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Easy and Healthy Lunch Salad

March 5, 2019

 

Easy Healthy Salad For Lunch

My dear friend Ashley made this salad for us one day when we were rehearsing at the house, and I could not believe how quick it was to make and how DELICIOUS it was! I now (literally) eat this salad almost every day. YUM! And honestly, when she first added beets to this, I thought to myself – um no. I’ll just eat around those! But they are the perfect addition to this salad! Try it! I love them now!

Easy, Quick Salad For Lunch
Pre-washed mixed greens
Rotisserie chicken
Feta cheese (Trader Joe’s brand with the yellow sticker is THE best)
Avocado
Red bell pepper
Pre-cooked beets (find in veggie section in any grocery store)
salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
balsamic vinegar (I love a pomegranate flavored one)

Making this salad is a breeze; just toss some pre-washed greens in a bowl and add your chopped pepper, pulled chicken, crumbled cheese, diced avocado, and chopped beets. Then season with salt and pepper, and drizzle your oils and vinegars on top.

Feel free to add any other veggies or toppings you have laying in your fridge. I’ll add leftover quinoa if I have it or mushrooms…apples add a sweet touch to it as well!

Enjoy, mama!

xo,
Kate

Valentine’s Day Craft-Picture Frame

February 8, 2019

Is there anything cuter than a homemade gift from our kids on a holiday? Even better when we help them make it and send it to a loved one, grandparent, or friend. These cute little picture frames are simple to make and are sure to be a hit when given as a gift. Add these delish valentine’s treats to the mix – DONE! Or if chocolate is your jam…make these brownies!

Valentine's Day Craft

Things you will need:

  • Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks
  • Multi Colored Buttons
  • Felt Hearts
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue sticks.
  • Picture of your kiddos

 

Valentine's Day Kid Craft DIY gift

Putting these together is a pretty basic craft-which is great for this mama, because crafting ain’t always my thing 🙂 Glue four craft sticks together at the corners to make a square/rectangle. Once glue has dried you can start attaching buttons and hearts as you’d like. We kind of created a pattern together, but if you let your kiddo do all the placement I’m sure it will be equally as cute.  Once everything has dried attach a photo on the back side to be seen through the opening, and you are done.  Super cute, and a fun craft to do together on a snowy day.

Valentine's Day Craft

 

 

 

Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats

February 6, 2019

It’s the month of LOVE y’all. Do you all celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way?  When I was younger I didn’t really enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day.  I don’t know if it was my lack of a significant other, or just the over the top hearts, googley eyes and Hallmark cards. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve been a bit more in to celebrating the day of love, at least with my kids.  They love allllll the holidays, and having them get excited about the day makes this mama heart happy.

Make these cute DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to go with these treats and your February 14th will be a hit! (Rather have chocolate this time? Make these brownies instead! Or just make them both 🙂 )

Valentine's Day Dessert Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

These treats are fairly easy and super fun to make with your kids. Outside of the sticky mess you have to clean up this recipe is a breeze.  Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Treats

Ingredients:

  • Rice Krispies
  • Large bag of Marshmallows-10oz bag
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • One Bag of White Chocolate Chips-I used Ghiradelli
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles 🙂
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters
  • Red Food Coloring-optional

Make Rice Krispie Treats according to directions on the box. If you want to make the treats pink or red this is when you would add food coloring as you are mixing together.  Once the bars are cooled you can cut out pieces in the shape of hearts. After your hearts are cut, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave so they are ready for dipping your hearts in. Dip one half of your hearts into the chocolate and place on a wax paper lined tray.  Then sprinkle the Valentine’s Day sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate. This was my son’s favorite part! Repeat with all the hearts and then leave to cool.  And DONE.  Easy, fun for the kids and oh so festive.  Happy Valentine’s Day, Mamas-hope you are spreading all the love and getting some back in return. xo Valentine's Rice Krispie Treats

 

Super Bowl Party: Recipes and Crafts!

January 29, 2019

 

Super Bowl Party Ideas Recipes Crafts DIY

It’s that time again…biggest Sunday of the year! And no, I’m not referring to the football game 🙂 I’m talking about WHAT FOOD ARE WE GOING TO MAKE FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! To eat during the game so that we don’t miss the commercials, obvi.

Check out some of our favorite dips and snacks to make for any super bowl party – or even a kid friendly Football Birthday Party!

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe for Super Bowl Party ideas

Pigs In A Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are always a hit! This one is fun to make with your kids, too. Check out our recipe HERE, and bonus points for plating them in the shape of a football, with mustard “laces” on top!

Sausage Dip Jimmy Dean Super Bowl Party

Jimmy Dean Sausage Dip

Delicious with Fritos! This one is a huge hit every time I make it. Recipe HERE.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe Super Bowl Party

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Fun take on the classic wing dip sauce flavor! Serve this with pitas, veggies, corn chips, crackers- really anything! See recipe HERE.

Football Brownies Recipe Super Bowl Party

Football Brownies

I feel like these are pretty much self explanatory! YUM. Find recipe HERE.

Football Mason Jar Craft DIY for Super Bowl Party

And make these adorable DIY Football Mason Jars with the kids, too! They can easily paint the whole jar, and you can dive into the details if you’d like. Check out the DIY HERE.

 

Football Mason Jar Craft DIY for Super Bowl Party

 

Football Mason Jar Craft DIY for Super Bowl Party

This craft is so cute, and so much fun to do with kids! Do you have as many mason jars and empty jelly jars laying around your house as I do? Just waiting to be used or filled? Or have you already Marie Kondo’d them out of your house!? Well, if you haven’t, grab them up and get ready to paint!

These are so cute for a football birthday themed party or even for your upcoming Super Bowl Party! You can fill the jars with utensils, straws, whatever you need to corral for the party on your table.

Football Mason Jar Craft

Mason Jars
Acrylic Paint (this paint sticks the best to the glass!)
paint brushes

Instructions:

1.) Paint outside of jar with paint – this step is great for your kids to do!

2.) Add details once initial coat is painted. See photo for inspiration! I’ve seen the referee jar with a whistle tied around the lid…so cute

Aaaaaaaaaaaand, HIKE! Happy painting, mama!

The VERY best Sausage Dip for Superbowl Party

 

Sausage Dip Jimmy Dean Super Bowl Party

This dip is all the things.  Delicious and seriously one of the easiest appetizers I make. It is a crowd pleaser, and you will be patting yourself on the back for bringing the party favorite.

Sausage Dip Recipe

Ingredients:
One package of Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage
One 80z. package Cream Cheese
One can of Rotel
One bag of Fritos Scoops

Instructions:

  1. Cook the sausage until browned
  2. Add in the cream cheese and Rotel
  3. cook until warmed and combined
  4. Put in a small crockpot if you’d like to keep it warm throughout the party

Serve with Fritos and enjoy! Side note-This is a great Keto friendly appetizer if served with celery.

Sausage Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe Super Bowl Party

This is a pinterest favorite and one of my favorite Keto friendly appetizers. Another easy recipe to whip up, bake in the oven for 20 mins and you are done. Perfect for a Super Bowl Party!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Ingredients
2 cooked Chicken Breasts-shredded. You can also buy rotisserie chicken if you are in a rush.
1 package cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2  cup ranch dressing
1/2  cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
*Optional- Sliced Green Onions

Instructions:

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and put into a greased 8×8 pan. Put in the oven and cook for 15-20 until dip is hot and a bit bubbly. Sprinkle sliced green onions on top if you’d like. Serve with pita chips, veggies, tortilla chips-really anything you’d like! You can easily double this recipe depending on how many you are serving. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Football Brownies Recipe for Super Bowl Party

January 23, 2019

 

Football Brownies Recipe Super Bowl Party

Friends. This is the easiest dessert to bring to a football party, hands down! Now sure, you could make your brownies from scratch and really put some extra effort into it……but why? 🙂 Go ahead and pick up a box of brownie mix- I used Pillsbury Milk Chocolate this time around. You will also need a small tube of white decorating icing with a fine tip, gel or regular frosting will work great.

Football Brownies JJ

Make the brownies according to the box, and ask a cute kid to help out.  If they have a cake like option, I personally think that makes it a little easier to create your “footballs”, but you can most certainly make them the regular way. Once brownies have cooled cut them into little football shapes (or use a cookie cutter-even easier!). Then take the white frosting and decorate them to look like the laces of the football. AND DONE. See I told you. Easiest recipe ever, and a festive addition to any football party! Disclaimer – I let my son help me with these, if you do them yourself I’m guessing you could make your lines just a weeee bit straighter – lol. We had fun together and that’s all that matters!

See here for more awesome Super Bowl Party Ideas and Recipes – including this adorable Pigs In A Blanket plate!

Football Brownies

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe for Super Bowl Party

 

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe for Super Bowl Party ideas

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned Pigs In A Blanket recipe!? I’m telling you, make these and they will be all gone. Every party needs a good pig in a blanket, especially a Super Bowl Party!

My 4 year old daughter loved making these with me! And she did a great job, too – these are a perfect food to get your kiddos involved in.

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe

1 can of pillsbury crescent rolls
1 package of Lil’ Smokies

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll the crescent rolls and cut into smaller pieces. I match the number of “rolls” to the number of lil’ smokies I have. – one can of crescent rolls to one package of lil’ smokies. Roll up a lil’ smokie in the smaller pieces of dough. Place the piggies on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with ketchup, mustard, and whatever else your heart desires!

If you’re making these for a Super Bowl Party or a football party, plate the pigs in a blanket into a football shape and add “laces” with mustard on top!

Check out these delicious Football Brownies you can take to your Super Bowl Party with these piggies 🙂 And Click HERE for our full Super Bowl Party post of ideas and recipes!

Pigs In A blanket recipe for super bowl party

How To Create A Healthy Morning Routine For Moms

January 17, 2019

 

How To Create a Healthy Morning Routine For Moms

Isn’t it amazing how our days can feel inspiring or hard based on how the first few minutes of the day turn out? It’s time to take charge of your days, mama. We are the heroines of our own lives – we definitely need to start believing that and knowing that we deserve positive, inspiring, uplifting days. EVEN WHEN they are hard days! With just a few adjustments and mindsets, we can 100% choose and control how we approach our lives. We can choose to be joyful about it!

So here we go – my 5 step healthy morning routine for moms. I really make an effort to do these 5 things each and every day. I can tell when I don’t. My day just doesn’t start off the way I want it to. (Are you pregnant? Click Here to see my 5 Step Morning Pregnancy Routine.)

Step 1: Wake Up 30 Minutes Before Your Kids

I know. This one is HARD. Trust me, I really know! My 4 year old daughter sleeps late. My 2 year old son does not. He loves to wake up at 5:45am. AHHHHHHHHRGH. So this one is a struggle for me. We are working on getting him to sleep later – and some mornings he makes it to 6:30 or 6:45am! Hallelujah! But generally, I try to wake up around 5:30am so I have a few quiet, precious moments to myself. It is so much better to set your own wake up time, than to be woken up by your children!

Step 2: Read Something Inspiring

Either read your Daily Soul Sessions or a passage from another inspiring book! I actually read my Daily Soul Session for Every Mama book each morning (well, right now I’m reading the one for Pregnant Mamas because I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant!) AND then I read my First 5 devotion. First 5 is an awesome Christian app geared toward women. The idea is to spend your first 5 minutes of the day digging into the Bible. I love it!  Need some more inspiring book ideas? Check out Maria Shriver’s book, Sally Kempton’s Yoga book, Jedidiah Jenkins’ travel and self discovery memoir, this book on overcoming fear and creating a life of magic, this book on a doctors incredible NDE, and YES, just YES to The Four Agreements.

Step 3: Finish A Full Glass Of Water

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! They say so many of our small “issues” each day (headaches, dry skin, ability to concentrate, exhaustion, etc) can be improved with upping our water intake. So I find that by keeping a full glass of water on my nightstand and finishing it before I even stand up starts my hydration journey in the right direction. I also find that drinking water out of straws makes it go down waaaaaaay faster! I end up drinking more water when I use a straw than when I have to unscrew a bottle or cap. Random, I know, but true! Maybe the extra intake of water will outweigh the lip wrinkles “they” say we get from drinking with a straw. It’s always something 🙂 This one from Ban.do is super cute! Or these cups…I like the ones where I can see how much water I’m takin in!

Step 4: Make Your Bed

There is a popular facebook video from a decorated war general where he talks about the importance of making your bed. It starts your day in an orderly, organized fashion. It’s fairly therapeutic to just go through the mindless motion. You can even spend those 3 minutes in gratitude – saying thank you to God for all of your blessings! And then every time you head into your room, there is one thing that is organized amidst all the rest of your chaos! Write down the thoughts you have to make even more of an impact – this journal is gorgeous.

how to create a morning routine for moms

Step 5: Do Some Yoga Or Write In Your Journal (or both!)

The last step is to do something for myself that I can do until the kids wake up. Stretching and sun salutations are always beneficial and make me feel better. But so does writing. We are big advocates of writing in a journal every single day – in fact, if you need some writing inspiration, check out our 10 Minute Journal Prompts for Moms we have available on Etsy! It’s 30 days worth of journal ideas to start your writing adventure. Writing helps get all the cobwebs out of your brain so you can start discovering your creative thoughts underneath all the noise.

10 minute journal prompts for moms