• TOMS Friends & Family Sale

    Okay… we all know how much I LOVE TOMS. I love their product, I love their mission and I love their prices. Win, win, win. They are having their Friends & Family Sale right now; 20% off all full price items! (Use code FRIENDS20) I have gathered my favorites for the whole family below! Let me say limiting the sunglass choices was hard… I have four pairs of TOMS and I would take about four more- my favorite! All of these are sure to be Summer go-to’s! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. / 13. / 14. / 15.    

  • Basil – Spinach Pesto (dairy free)

    Sooooo I have not been cooking all that much these past few weeks. We are trying to sift through some health stuff and our diet has been a bit restricted. Besides my current Low FODMAP Diet (oh how I miss shiitakes, cauliflower and YOGURT!!!) we have our child on an elimination diet. He has TERRIBLE eczema so we are trying to get to the root of it. An elimination diet is painful… for both parent and child! So when you have to be dairy free, egg free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, nightshade free, peanut free, pork free, beef free and citrus free it can be… well… tricky to…

  • Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    You’ve got just under one week to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Thank goodness for express shipping! I put together four basket/bags chock full of excellent gifts for any Mom out there! Obviously it would be amazing (and a little over the top) if you gifted the entire contents of the bag to those special moms in your world (Maybe we can make Mother’s Day baskets a new thing?) but I’m sure you can find an awesome gift in these bags to give! The Gym Bag! Everything a mom needs to escape to the gym or the studio for some much needed self care! 1. MZ Wallace Jimmy Bag…

  • Secret Source: J. Crew Factory

    Summer clothes… they get so grungy by Labor Day am I right? I do not like to invest heavily in summer pieces unless it is a dress for an event. I would rather buy less expensive items that only last a season or two. Not to mention summer is the best time to try out new trends, new colors & new styles, so why break the bank. I have been getting my fun summer upgrades from J. Crew Factory for years (I probably do have a few shorts from the first trip there!). Everything is always on sale and you are guaranteed to get cute style for less. They are…

  • Super Seedy Overnight Oats

    Oh overnight oats, you are so miraculous in the morning! I am always lazy about putting them together the night before but so grateful that I have done it when I am rushed the next day! Normally I will do a little assembly line of these and make them for everyone for a few days. Such an easy breakfast! I have tried lots of variations of overnight oats and I love the extra nutritional boost from the flax and chia here. I’ve made these dairy free but feel free to use your favorite milk here! Ingredients 1/2 cup rolled gluten free oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon to…

  • Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

    I have received several requests for how I make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, so here you go! This method stems from Melissa Clark’s recipe in her (AMAZING) cookbook, Dinner In An Instant. Super simple, hearty and delicious. They are perfectly creamy without the addition of milk, great for those of you who are dairy free. I always make a large batch and reheat them all week long.  If you do not have an Instant Pot yet, I love this one. And here is my review of why I think it is just so fantastic. Ingredients 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, ghee or butter if not dairy free 1…

  • Chocolate Cashew Butter “Bonbons”

    Does anyone remember that expression “it’s not like I’m sitting around all day eating bonbons?” Was that only something my grandmother and mother said? I’ve always wondered what a bonbon is exactly; per Webster it is “a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts. Or something that is pleasing in a light or frivolous way”. So these little treats definitely qualify for both of those definitions. They are a healthier version with no refined white sugar. They are gluten and grain free and also paleo if you choose the right chocolate chips – this brand is good for Paleo. The dates bring a…

  • Thrive Market Review

    Who out there has tried Thrive Market yet? I swear I signed up for an account over a year ago and never ordered. Something about membership fees always gets me. Yes, it is like Costco, but I always hesitate. I did the same thing with Beachbody. I waited forever and we all know how that turned out. So, my advice to you is DO IT. Don’t wait like I did. I think it may just be the best online source out there for natural and organic products! My first box arrived this weekend and it was packed perfectly. Glass jars intact, delicate pasta noodles still perfectly whole in their box,…

  • Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

    Muffins. I grew up eating muffins every weekend. My dad would make the best muffins (out of a box, my favorite were the Duncan Hines Deluxe Blueberry Muffin… which they still make a version of, but sadly I can no longer eat! ).  We would enjoy them with eggs and bacon; it was the highlight of the weekend. So, it comes as no surprise that my kids love muffins too. I find that they are great weekday breakfast paired with fruit and yogurt if you make them with simple healthful ingredients. We can save the super fun treats for the weekends like my parents did. These also freeze well so you can…

  • Raspberry Compote

    Raspberry Compote is the perfect topping for homemade yogurt. Or ice cream… or toast… or pound cake… or over goat cheese… or swirled into pancake batter. See where I am going here? It takes anything and elevates it; perfect for entertaining or just making Sunday morning breakfast a little more exciting! Bright, slightly sweet and so easy to make; this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire! Raspberry Compote 12 oz of raspberries (2 small containers or one of those big long ones) 1-3 Tablespoons of real maple syrup (all dependant oh how sweet you like it, if it was just for me I would do a heaping…