Happy Halloween Friday Five

This little owl and I wanted to pop in and tell everyone Happy Halloween!


1. We took Baby D “trick or treating” at the local high school with my coworkers and their kiddos.


He absolutely loved it.

I’m not sure if he enjoyed it more than we did though.  Both of us loved watching him as we worked our way through the decorated high school.


(photo courtesy of my awesome boss!)

2. I can’t wait for Refresh Summit.  Y’all God is working and preparing some amazing things for that weekend.


3. Just as I posted about Indian Summer, the temperature is going to bottom out!  We are supposed to get snow flurries today!  Seriously??!!

4. From all the squash and pumpkin I’ve been eating, I think I’m starting to get an orange glow.  It’s serious.  I need to buy stock in Libby’s pumpkin.

5. For kicks and giggles… here’s a throw back to when I was a kid on Halloween!


Poor dog….

In case you missed it this week:

Baby Delight is now 9 months!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie— told you I was addicted to pumpkin

Indian Summer Eats

Halloween Meal Plan Ideas

We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!


I die over that costume….

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

Halloween Meal Plan Ideas

How fun is it that Halloween is on Friday night this year?  Makes for a perfect Halloween party!  Right?

Baby D is too young to really enjoy Halloween, but I love seeing the kids all dressed up and having fun.

I also love feeding people.  It makes me happy when I can make someone a meal that they enjoy.

I’ve taken the thought out of planning your Haloween party meals for you… your welcome! ;)

Here are some great meal ideas:

Main Meals

Butternut Squash Chili in a Pumpkin Bowl

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Crockpot Cocoa Chili

Jambalaya with Okra, Peppers, and Sausage


Cushaw Stew with Lentils and Chickpeas

cushaw stew


Millet and Butternut Squash Salad

Millet and butternut squash salad


Delecata Squash Fall Salad

Delicata Squash Fall Salad

Fall is Coming Salad

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Make sure you start out your Halloween with a nourishing and healthy breakfast.


Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffin

pumpkin buckwheat muffin

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

pumpkin smoothie

Starting your day off right helps to reduce cravings and will keep your hand out of the candy bowl!

As important as it is to eat “healthy”, it is just as important to treat yourself.  Allow yourself to have some candy and extra treats for Halloween.  Life is too short not to have the chocolate!

Here’s some easy cookies you can make for your Halloween party.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

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What are your plans for Halloween?

Are you planning to make anything special for Halloween?

Indian Summer Eats

I am loving this warmer weather!

It’s just a tease though, because starting today the temperature starts dropping around here!  Tuesday, we beat the record high!  It got up to 85 degrees here.  It felt like summer all over again.


pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie



Fall salad

Fall salad.  Similar to this one… or this one.


spicy salmon

Slap Ya Mama Salmon.  We busted out the grill since the weather was so gorgeous!

Sizzlefish to the rescue!  :)  Recipe to come!

roasted pumpkin seeds

I snacked all day long on homemade roasted pumpkin seeds.

I save all my seeds from squashes and pumpkins… if you don’t want your seeds feel free to send them my way! ;)

Totally kidding… kind of.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!!

A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

What fall foods are you loving right now?

Is it still warm where you are?

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

It is the end of October, and it reached 80 degrees here yesterday.

I’m such a fan of warm weather, so you will never hear me complain of an Indian Summer.

However, my taste buds are ready for fall food.  When it is warm though,my body wants something cool and refreshing.pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie to the rescue!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 scoop Vega One Vanilla Nutritional Shake
  • 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • handful of spinach


  1. Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. You may need more milk depending on your blender and the texture you want.
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This was my first time trying pumpkin in a smoothie.  It was awesome!  I love the savory texture and taste that the pumpkin and the pumpkin spice gives.  Just what I needed to satisfy my fall palate, yet give me something cool and refreshing.

pumpkin smoothie

Vega is one of our Refresh sponsors, and they so graciously sent me some protein.  I have a feeling I’ll be having lots more creations to come!

If you are coming to Refresh, I will be demoing this smoothie during my nutrition talk.  Get excited!!

pumpkin smoothie

Have you ever tried pumpkin in a smoothie?

Do you say goodbye to smoothies once it gets cool out?

Baby Delight: 9 Months

Let’s stop time… seriously.

9 month baby

In one month, we have gone from crawling to pulling up and wanting to walk.

Stop it right now!  :)

I’m so not ready for this boy to be walking around just yet.  He’s supposed to be my baby.

9 month baby

New this month:

Pulling up.


Eating anything and everything I put in front of him!  He loves his “big boy” food.

baby eats

Verbalizing.  He has his B’s D’s and G’s down pat… now for the “mama”…. ;)

He also met his first animals!  This month he was introduced to a cat and a dog.


He seems to really like animals.  We just have to work on being gentle!

He is so inquisitive and curious.  I can tell he is going to be a smart little guy!  (don’t all mom’s say that??)


Taking walks.

Hanging out with friends and being around people.  He is social little man.



Standing up.

Screaming and being loud.

Chewing on everything.  There are bite marks on all of our furniture and his crib.

(okay mom’s… help with the crib issue please???)


Having to be still.

Being quiet.

Getting up early.

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Being dirty.

Then again, I don’t like any of those things either.  I’m with you kid!

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Check out his past updates to see how much he has changed from 876543, and 2 months!

2 months

9 month baby

My baby is not a baby anymore.  Time to face the facts.  

Every time I think he can’t get cuter or be more fun, I’m wrong.  

His little smile and laugh light up any room.  I can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Happy 9 Months sweet boy!

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!

1. First things first… that dance video I was talking about is here!

One day, I’m sure Baby D won’t appreciate this.  He loves it right now though.. ;)

2. We had another house showing this week… we just need a buyer!  Any takers??  Seriously, I never realized how many places baby prints can get!

3.  The weather has cooled down, and I’m loving my Fall Style Me Challenge.

style me challenge

Getting up in the morning and getting dressed is making such a difference in my life and my demeanor.

syle me challenge

4. I have become a consignment queen!  I got those boots above for $14!!!  You can barely tell they have been worn.

5.  I’m off to unplug and love on this little guy today.  I’ve missed him the past couple days!

Pouty face

oh… one more for ya…

Last chance… If you are a couponer or just frugal (like me) make sure you get the $1 off coupon on Cottonelle here.

In case you missed it:

Mom Time: Getting Pretty and Fresh with Cottonelle

Renewed Appreciation

renewed appreciation

Good Fall Eats

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

Some Favorites:


Easy Autumn Dinner! Braised Lamb with Cranberry Ginger Sauce from The Fit Fork

Halloween Chocolate Nut Butter Rice Crispy Treats from Nutritious Eats

Easy Butternut Squash Soup via Healthy Helper Blog

The Benefits of Kombucha via Wellness Mama

Quinoa Pumpkin Porridge via The Detoxinista

. no-bake pumpkin spice granola bars . via Running with Spoons

health/ workout:

Ultimate Guide to Running Hydration via Run to the Finish

Killer Kettlebell Workout for the Total Body from Your Trainer Paige

Halloween Workout via Itz Linz

4 Yoga Poses for Tight Hips from Keep It SimplElle

Eating for Muscle: A Primer for Women via Workout Nirvana

In and Out Leg Workout from Fitting It All In

so wish I could do this:

5 Tips for Working Out in the Morning via Slim Sanity


on stepping out, stepping back and desiring God’s will for our lives from Lindsay’s List


I Hate My Need for Validation as a Stay-at-Home Mom from Babble

Healthier Halloween Options (Without Being the Creepy Lady Giving Toothbrushes) from Myer’s Cross Training

Do you like to shop consignment stores??

What are you up to this weekend?

Favorite link for the week?

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

Brazil nuts are a new favorite of mine.

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

For years, I always picked out those large, weird looking nuts out of the mixed nut can and left them for the next person.  I had no clue what I was missing!

Brazil nuts are where it’s at y’all!  Plus, they are super high in selenium.  Without getting too nerdy, selenium is great for antioxidant protection and it supports natural thyroid function.

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

This Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter is naturally very creamy and drippy.  Just the way I like it!

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter


  • 1.5 cups of brazil nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla bourbon extract*
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or organic sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Toast Brazil nuts for 7-8 minutes on a baking sheet.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to COMPLETELY cool.
  4. Place nuts in a small food processor and process until creamy.
  5. Add vanilla bourbon extract, salt, and maple sugar. Process well.
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*No vanilla bourbon extract?  That’s okay!  Just use vanilla extract.

Feel free to double this to make a larger jar.  This makes one small jelly jar of nut butter.

It is delicious on muffins, oats, fruit, or just on a spoon.

Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

My vote is on a date or just straight out of the jar!


Good Fall Eats

I have to admit, we’ve been eating good food over here the past few days.

When Luvy was gone, my meals were simple and blah.  I forgot how hard it is to cook for one person.  Plus, when you have a munchkin at your feet, cooking isn’t so easy.

That’s why breakfast and lunch are always easy around here!  Playing is much more important.

Someone was a mommy’s boy yesterday.  We ran errands, visited a friend, and had a dance party!

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I need to see if I can figure out how to upload our dance video on here.

Let’s get on to our good fall eats!


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Love Grown sent me some quick oats in my Love Drop!  Easy, delicious, and gluten free!  I added a banana and some homemade nut butter to top it off!

Plus, they are super quick.  Just what a mom needs, right?


Delicata Squash Fall Salad

I can’t get enough of my Delicata Squash Fall Salad.

Seriously, you would think I would be sick of it by now.  I’ve had it at least 5 out of the past 7 days for lunch.  What can I say… I’m a creature of habit.  ;)


Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter

Plantain Bread with homemade Vanilla Bourbon Brazil Nut Butter.  To die for… it isn’t going to last long!


Baked Cod

Some baked Sizzlefish Cod with lemon and dill, baked kabocha squash, and broccoli.

For some reason, I wasn’t too hungry yesterday.  I’m sure I’ll make up for it today.  That’s the way it usually goes!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!!

A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

Does your appetite come back strong after a day of no appetite?

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

Renewed Appreciation

My hat goes off to single mom’s.  Really.  I don’t know how they do it.

Last week, Luvy was traveling for work.  That meant Baby D and I were left to fend for ourselves.

renewed appreciation

I love my baby boy, but it was tough.  We don’t have any family here, so it made finding a sitter, taking him to the sitter, picking him up, getting dinner, baths, and all the stuff in between hectic.

Thankfully, I have an amazing friend who offered to keep Baby D for me so I didn’t have to drive 45 minutes away to our normal sitter, which is at Luvy’s work.  What a God sent!

We tried to plan some fun activities while Luvy was gone to get out of the house and help the time go faster.

Baby D loves going to Costco and people watching… much like his mama.  :)  We also found him a Halloween costume!  Cutest thing ever!

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Plus, we had a date with Miss Clare!

renewed appreciation

Baby D loves her, and for good reason!  :)  She is great with him.  We did some mall walking, consignment shopping, and coffee drinking.  As long as we were on the go, Baby D was content.

 renewed appreciation

Although it was exhausting without Luvy here this week, it gave me such a renewed appreciation for all he does do when he is here.  I’m telling you, you don’t realize how much your spouse does until they aren’t there to do it!  That extra set of hands and eyes are so helpful, especially for a curious and fast little boy.  :)

Needless to say, we were both thrilled when Luvy came through the door Saturday night.

renewed appreciation

We celebrated by going to pick out Baby D’s first pumpkin and relaxing.

renewed appreciation

He was too interested in people watching to smile for the camera.  (again.. like his mama…)

renewed appreciation

I think Baby D is much more relaxed when all three of us are at home together.

Luvy, thank you for all you do!  You are a great dad and husband.  PS.. never leave again.  ;)

Whether it is your spouse, parent, sibling, or roommate… go tell someone how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate what they do today!

Mom Time: Getting Pretty and Fresh with Cottonelle

This post is brought to you by Cottonelle, but all mom advice and thoughts are all my own.

Once I became a mom, I feel like I lost my “get pretty” time.  Not that I’m complaining at all.  I’ll definitely trade my “get pretty time” for this sweet boy.

For a while, I was feeling just gross.  I didn’t usually shower until the evening, and I lived in either pajamas or yoga pants all day.

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(We aren’t morning people)

Naptime is sacred around here.  cleaning and taking care of house things usually takes first priority before showering.  I hated not feeling “fresh”, especially when Luvy came home in his suit and tie.  He was looking all GQ, and I still had my pajamas on… nice right?

No longer my friends!  I have found a way to get pretty and fresh in about 5 minutes.

Let’s just be honest… 5 minutes is about all you get sometimes.

Each morning, I wake up, wash my face, brush my teeth, and put contacts in.  I feel so much better to just taking my glasses off and having a fresh face.

I also put on a little bit of blush, some eye shadow, and mascara.  Plus, I put on fresh clothes.  Even if it is workout/ lounge wear.  It is fresh.. meaning sans food and spit up.

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Feels like a new woman!

Except that whole shower thing.  Enter Cottonelle’s Flushable Cleaning Cloths.


I picked these babies up at Ride Aid, and I’m sold.

I mean, we use wipes on babies tushes to keep them fresh, why not us?  I’m telling y’all.. they are awesome!

Plus, when you have a baby at your feet (privacy is a thing of the past…), anything that is quick and makes you fresh and clean is a major plus!

Even better, these wipes are completely safe to flush!  Much unlike baby wipes.  Note: Do not flush baby wipes.


Getting fresh and having a bit of “pretty time” each day really does wonders for my self esteem.  I feel like I am more productive during the day too.  I also get out of the house more when I’m presentable, which does wonders for me mentally!

You can pick some of these bathroom supplies up at your local Rite Aid.  Right now, Rite Aid is offering a coupon for $1.00 off Cottonelle products.

Make sure you grab some of the Cottonelle’s Ultra Comfort Care Toilet Paper along with your Cleaning Cloths!  That is our favorite toilet paper… it is soft, and you don’t need to use much!

Trust me.. you will feel fresh and clean with these two!  If you know a new mom, pick her up some too… she will thank you!

Welp, I’m glad we are so close that we can get all personal about my morning bathroom routine.  ;)

Tell me.. do you think you would like this wet + dry combo?

Mom’s how do you find “pretty time”?