Friday Five and Favorites

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

Friday Five

1. We may get some snow this weekend.  Did any of you get the big snow in the North East??  I want just one good snow..

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We got a small snow last weekend.

2. NuNaturals winners were announced.  Did you win??

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3. I’m still addicted to Hart of Dixie.  Everyone go set your DVR’s right now for tonight. It is in jeopardy of getting cancelled…. I might die!

4. Vega sent me a care package of their new formulation.  Verdict: LOVE it!  Can’t wait to share some recipes with you all!

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5. Luvy’s parents are here this weekend so I’m off to have some family time!  We are still in birthday celebration!

In case you missed it:

1st Birthday Party

At My House Survey

Warm Me Up

Gluten Free Chex Mix

Some favorites:

Food/ Nutrition

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Truffles via The Big Man’s World

134 Corn Sources and Alternate Names from Sarah Kay Hoffman

5 Effortless Ways to Drink More Water from Simply Nicole

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Bites via A Healthy Slice of Life

Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Brownies  via The Almond Eater

Healthy Breakfast Sweet Potatoes via Peanut Butter Fingers

One Dish Fish and Veggie Bake via Cotter’s Crunch

Gingerbread Energy Bars {Vegan, Raw, Gluten Free} via Nutritious Eats

Blog/ Social Media:

Why creating a Brand for your Blog is Important via Cotter’s Crunch

Thoughts on ‘Realness’ in Social Media from Enjoy Your Healthy Life

Fitness:

Hip Flexor Stretches: Yoga for Hip Flexors via Running with the Sunrise

5 Reasons You Are Not Seeing Results at the Gym from Stars Systemz

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you like snow??  If it is going to be cold, I want snow.  However, I would be very happy for the weather to never go below 70!

What are some of your favorites from the week?

Gluten Free Chex Mix

I love finger foods and snack foods.

It’s a good thing too since I have a husband with an insatiable appetite and a little boy who is showing signs he’s a big eater too!

Chex Mix is a all time favorite to my husband.  He was very concerned when we went gluten free that his precious Chex Mix would be gone forever.  Not so my sweet, not so!

I love Chex Mix for any hosting event or party.  It is easy to travel with, super easy to make, and such a crowd pleaser.

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Gluten Free Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • 10 cups gluten free Chex- I do a mix of corn and rice
  • 1 cup gluten free pretzels, broken in half
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/3 cup earth balance or real butter
  • 2 Tbsp gluten free worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. Mix cereal, nuts, and pretzels.
  2. Melt butter in microwave and mix in worcestershire sauce and seasonings.
  3. Pour over cereal and stir to coat.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes.
  5. Once cooled, store in airtight container until ready to serve.
http://www.delightsanddelectables.com/gluten-free-chex-mix/

Gluten Free Chex Mix

It would be perfect for your Super Bowl party this weekend!

Make sure you pin it for later parties you might have.  This is a recipe you want to keep handy.  Especially if you host people like me with crazy food allergies!

What is your favorite snack food?

Are you making anything special for the Super Bowl?

Patriots or Seahawks?

WIAW: Warm Me Up

It is freezing here.

We barely missed all the snow.  If it is going to be cold, I want some snow!  But let’s be really honest, I’m ready for spring.

However when it is cold out, I love foods that warm me up.

Breakfast:

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Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffin.  I need to work on some new breakfast meals….

I love the NuNaturals chocolate syrup on it!  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!!

Lunch:

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I had lunch out with my friend Jessica at Ramsi’s Cafe here in Louisville.

I got the warm sweet potato salad with salmon.  Baby D had to have some of my salmon.  #spoiled

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Because it was so cold out and we had lots of errands to run, I stopped by my favorite local coffee shop, Quills, for some coffee.

Dinner:

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Squash, Carrot, and Lentil Stew

Crockpot for the win.  Such a lifesaver when you are out all day and don’t have time to cook!

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We also snacked on some gluten free Chex mix.  Perfect for a Super Bowl party… or any party.  We also had it at Baby D’s 1st birthday party.

Recipe to come tomorrow!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

What foods do you like when it is cold out?

Did you get any snow??

At My House Survey

There are so many exciting things happening over here!  Right now, I am running from one place to another like a chicken with its head cut off (such a gross picture!).

I can’t wait to share with you all here soon!

Anywho, I saw this cute survey on both Annette and Ashley’s blogs.  Y’all know I’m a sucker for these things.  Maybe because I love learning about you all in the process!

Household chore I actually enjoy:

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Before Baby D came along, I cleaned my house from top to bottom every Friday.  I LOVED it.  The one I love doing the most is cleaning the bathroom.  Seriously weird I know, but I feel so much cleaner after a have a nice clean shower to bathe in.

Biggest house disaster:

Right now our garage.  It has a ton of storage and furniture in it from where we got rid of the office for Baby D’s nursery.  Plus, we have our lawnmower stored in there so Cleopatra (my car) got banished to the driveway.

Before company arrives, I hide:  

Baby toys. Also, I wipe off the little finger prints on our glass tables.

Most recent music download:

eeehhh…. I just use Pandora or Spotify.

The last thing I bought online:

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Baby D’s Christmas present

I hate to shop for:

Clothes!!  I would MUCH rather some one else just dress me.  Any takers?

Favorite family ritual:

Having family dinner each night.  We feed Baby D before we eat, so he plays and “talks” to us while we eat.

I sleep in:

My bed.  Joking… I love sleeping in shorts and a tank top in the summer and long pants (NOT FLEECE) and a long sleeve shirt in the cold months.  I also sleep in socks.  MUST have socks.

I have a style crush on:

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I have to agree with Ashley on this one.  Lauren Conrad.  Plus her jeans are my absolute favorite! Maybe she will be my stylist.

I’m currently reading: 

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I’m finally finishing Duty or Delight!

What’s up with the ________ trend?

Let’s just say all the “diets” and cutting out whole food groups.  You all know I have some pretty crazy food allergies, and so I can’t have lots of foods.  I couldn’t imagine giving something up just because.  But, to each their own!

How did I ever live without:

My iPhone.  Seriously, what did we do before always having people one click away.  Instagram, twitter, Facebook, FaceTime, texting…. sometimes I miss the simpler days.

 

1st Birthday Party

This weekend we had Baby D’s 1st birthday party!

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He has come a long way in 1 year.

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Friday night we got snow, so I’m thankful it didn’t stick around and deter people from being able to come and celebrate with us.

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Honestly, I’m kind of sad this big snow storm is going to miss us.  I would like one good snow before spring.

Enough about snow… more about the party!

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Baby D did so great!  He didn’t know what to think about all those people singing to him.

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He wasn’t so sure about cupcakes.  I think he is going to be like his mama and have a salty/ savory taste instead of a sweet tooth.

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The sugar rush sure did help with the lack of nap though!

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He even shared his toys.  One proud mama right here!

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The party was perfect, and I’m so thankful to everyone who came to celebrate with us.  I must give a special thanks to Audra, Kelly, Clare, Cindy, and Hannah for all their help.

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I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off near was well or as cute without those ladies!

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Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday!!

What did you do this weekend?

Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!

Oh boy, this has been a long week!  I’m so ready for the weekend.

1. It’s party time around here!

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Baby D’s first birthday party is this weekend, and we are in full prep mode.

2. I still can’t believe that my sweet boy is 1!!  It doesn’t seem right..

3.  I have an addiction problem.

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We signed up for a free month of Netflix so we could watch the last season of Parenthood.  During nap time, I found the show Hart of Dixie.  Oh dear… I’m totally addicted.

4. Speaking of Parenthood, I’m ready to be done with season 5.  It just makes me angry.

5. Don’t forget to enter the NuNaturals giveaway!

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup

In case you missed it:

How Multitasking is Ruining Your Mind and Mood

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Happy 1st Birthday Baby Delight!

1st Birthday Celebration

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Something Sweet for You

Some favorites:

Food:

Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes {Gluten Free, Dairy Free} via Nutritious Eats

Sweet Spiced Tahini Protein Balls  via Run on Real Food

GF Black Bean Avocado Brownies from Run on Real Food

Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon via The Big Man’s World

Fitness:

3 moves to help heal diastasis recti (ab separation from pregnancy) via Purely Twins

Adaptability Breeds Success: 5 Ways to Adapt Your Workout to Fit Your Needs via Your Trainer Paige

14 Ways to Get More Steps in a Day When You Work From Home via Love Life Surf

Health:

How we Combat Sickness with our 3 year old via My Healthy Happy Home

8 tips to avoid the flu without a flu shot or drugs from Run to the Finish

I hope y’all have a great weekend!!  I’m looking forward to relaxing!

What are you up to this weekend?

Have you ever watched Hart of Dixie?

Something Sweet for You (Giveaway)

In honor of Baby D’s birthday, I thought I might share a sweet treat just for you all!

I mean everyone like sweets right??

NuNaturals has agreed to do an awesome giveaway for you all.

I love using stevia, and I’m totally addicted to the NuNaturals Chocolate Syrup.  Dare I say it is so much better than Hershey’s….. and with no high fructose corn syrup!

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It’s even delicious on breakfast and in coffee!

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup

For the giveaway, 4 of you will win:

1 bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid  

a 50 pkt box of our NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets

1 bottle of the NuStevia Cocoa Syrup

a bottle of the Simple Syrup  

PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Liquid Cherry Vanilla

 

The giveaway will end Next Thursday the 29th and the 4 winners will be selected on Friday the 30th!

Need some stevia now? Use the code BLG0615 for 15% off when checking out with your order on NuNatural’s website!  Offer expires June 30, 2015.

1st Birthday Celebration!

My mind still can’t get around the fact that my baby boy is 1!!!

We had such a great day yesterday!  I went in to get him singing “Happy Birthday”  He just looked at me like I had lost my mind.

Breakfast:

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Love Grown Super Oats with blueberries and honey.

I haven’t had a bowl of “plain” oats in ages!  I don’t know why, but I just wanted a simple bowl of oats this morning.

After breakfast, the birthday boy and I played hard until nap time.

Lunch:

I did some major food prep during nap time, so I had a delicious salad very similar to my Fall Salad.

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Next was more playtime!!  We put pandora on and danced too.  This boy loves to dance!

Luvy came home early from work so we could go on a walk before dinner.  Baby D loved being outside, and it was a gorgeous day.

We also open up presents!

 

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Dinner: 

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Salmon for dinner tonight in celebration of Baby D’s birthday!  This boy loves his salmon!

After dinner, we had our birthday cupcake from Sweet Annie May’s.

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He loved it.

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I wish I had thought to give it to him earlier in the evening instead of an hour and half before bed….

Oops.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes and love you all have shown us and Baby D!

How do you like to celebrate birthdays?

What was your most memorable birthday party?

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Delight!

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Delight!!

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It doesn’t seem right that a year has passed since my sweet boy was born!

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It seems like just yesterday that he would forever change our lives.  I’m so thankful that God has blessed us with such a sweet and precious gift.

Even more special is that Baby D shares a birthday with my brother, Michael.  Too bad we are too far apart to celebrate.  Michael is the big 25 this year!  (such a baby……) :)

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I am amazed at how fast he has grown and how much he has changed over the course of 1 year!  No matter how many people tell you that time flies when your babies are little, you will never be prepared for how fast it really does go by.

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Today is all about the birthday boy.  We are going to play, dance, and sing all day.

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There may even be a cupcake in the future!

Thank you to all of you who have followed our adoption story and through Baby Delight’s first year.

I’m so thankful to have gotten to share this year with you all!

How Multitasking is Ruining Your Mind and Mood

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!!

Today holds such a special place in my heart, because on MLK day last year, Baby Delight was born.  Come tomorrow my baby will be 1!

Can you believe that??

Let’s chat a minute about what we talked about last Monday, choosing one thing and doing it well.  Miss it?  I’ll wait….

Like I said last week, I have so many things going on in my life that I feel like I’m not great at any of them.  Being a wife and mom is my most important roles, but I have just added way too much stuff to my life.

I feel like I’m constantly go, go, go, yet I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished that much.

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I think I know why.  Multitasking.

Yes, seriously.  I’m a woman, and even though us women are supposed to be the multitaskers it isn’t good for us.

Studies have found that those who multitask more are less productive than people who don’t multitask.  A Stanford study found that people who are constantly multitasking can’t pay as good attention and can’t filter out information than those who do one task at a time.

In all their research, those who did one task at a time out performed multitaskers.  Overall, they found that the minds of the mutlitaskers are not working as well as they should.

Ooops.  I’m the worlds worst at doing this.  I recently realized that I had 10 (yes, 10) drafts in my inbox that I meant to send, but didn’t because I got distracted by something else.

I do everything while doing something else, because I thought I was being more efficient.  Boy was I wrong.

Also, I read an article recently about how multitasking can also cause us to be less happy.

They say in the article that we are paying less attention of any one thing, so we enjoy all those things less.  They give the example of eating while you watch TV and how you enjoy your food less.  So true, right?

I had never thought of it this way!  Mind blowing…

My challenge is for you and I to start multitasking less and being in the present moment more.

Goodness, this might even mean my to-do list will get checked off faster!  Right?

Now, I’m off to clear up my drafts…. geeze!

Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday!!

Are you a multitasker?

If so, would you have a hard time stopping?

How was your weekend?