Monday, March 30, 2015

Kombucha 101

I made a video last week on what Kombucha is. I have so many questions and emails regarding this amazing wonder drink that I am obsessed with. I have been brewing it every since last summer and it's so darn easy and saves so much money! Here is a quick video on the details!!! And yes the scoby terrified me for months. I refused to touch it and used tongs to move it! haha!

PS I got my hair cut and got bangs. I am loving the change up!! It has been such a fun switch because I wear my hair in a messy bun a ton so now I semi look put together because I have bangs! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2 HEALTHY treats for your family.

Last month I was invited to share some recipes on Rebecca Regnier's show Full Plate. I love Rebecca because not only is she a boy mom, she is so laid back and cool! I shared two of my favorite treats for my sweet tooth addiction! I love chocolate and getting my body healthy again I decided that the only way to make it work was finding ways to incorporate healthier sweets in my diet. Here is the clip from our segment! 




Here are the two recipes in full:

Cookie Dough Balls. 
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut (either sweetened or unsweetened)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup nut butter of choice (i love almond butter)
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients together. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper and freeze. Transfer into a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer.

Shakeology Protein Balls-
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup honey
1 cup chocolate shakeology powder.

Mix all together and roll into small bite sized balls. I store mine in the fridge.  

Thanks again to Rebecca for having me on the show! If you have any questions about these recipes or other recipes let me know!  xoxo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Citrus Lane Box

I seriously love these boxes! Its such a nice surprise every month. I am not much of a toy buyer and I threw away so many baby toys so its nice for Sam to get some age appropriate toys vs Lego's and choking hazards that the older boys play with! Here is a peek at this months box!
Sam who is a cup snob actually loves the sippy cup! It will be great for him to grow into. Jude really liked the flash cards and its nice because they are on a ring hook so they don't get lost! And the bath game is Vincents favorite! So the box made all the boys happy! I had the hot cocoa on a stick for a treat one day when the boys aren't looking. I mean it wouldn't be fair to pick one of them so I'll sacrifice and drink it myself!!!

Here is a link for 50% off your first box. It brings the cost to $15. Also a little insider tip. If you go to cancel each month they will offer you 50% off the next box if you stay! So you never really have to pay full price. It kind of rocks!!!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Baby Must Haves

Well it only took me 4 babies to fully narrow this list down to my all time favorite items for a baby in their first year. If you would have asked me after baby 1 I would have said things like a boppy or bumbo seat or a swing but as we had more kids we barely used those things and noticed we didn't need near as much baby gear! So here if my refined list!
1. Jennifer Ann baby set- This was hands down the BEST purchase I made from all the boys baby years. It was so worth it for those tiny personalized leggings, lovie, hat and blanket. I had millions of compliments on them and Sam still uses his blanket. Its such an amazing keepsake and the fabric is 100% organic and Jennifer is AMAZING!! A mom made business! 

2. Sophie The Giraffe So Pure teether- The older 3 had the normal Sophie that squeaks but I found this one for Sam and these are WAY better. Easier to grip for their tiny hands and no noise! Plus there are two different teething textures. Double the fun! haha

3. Sleep Sacks- I LOVE THESE!!!! I just had the Carters brands fleece ones and they were a life saver. I am a huge psycho about babies and blankets so this was the best of both worlds. They were in a nice cozy cocoon while they slept and I didn't have to stress about anything in their face! 

4. Rock and Play Sleeper- YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS!!!!! They were not around for babies 1-3 but holy crap we had one for Sam and it was a life changer. He slept next to us in our room in this for 6 months or until he started rolling over at night. It was so handy. Lightweight so you can move it all over. I would carry it downstairs for naps and play time. Its the BEST!  

5. Cloud B Sound Animal- We call him Mr. Foxy and Sam is obsessed. He sleeps with him every nap and at night. The sounds totally help calm him and he loves to cuddle and play with him. They have all different animals but we loved the Fox! 

6. Munchkin Straw Cup-  The best cup we have EVER had! Its a straw cup but the straw is weighted so they can sip from any angle. So they can flip it up and still get the flow. Its seriously a game changer. Sam is OBSESSED and it's bad because he gets angry at any straw cup that doesn't act the same!! We have created a monster! But it's a great cup! 

7. Sqooshi Reuseable Pouches-  Sam sucked those food pouches down so darn quick that we started to make our own. These are easy to fill and clean. I would just mix food up in the blender and pour directly into these and feed him. So much cheaper than buying them! 

8. Phil & Ted's Clip On High Chair-  This chair has been the best. We used to have a high chair that attached to an actual chair which was great but it used up seating for an adult so this chair is amazing because it clips onto the table! I also clip it onto the island counter. Its easy to pack up and take along on trips as well. Amazing purchase. 

Those are my refined must have baby items!!! What are your must haves? 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#40KINDDAYS

I usually am horrible at lent and end up always giving in to whatever it is that I give up!!
This year I decided that the things I were choosing to give up really did not have a huge effect. If I gave up chocolate who is that helping. Yes I understand it is teaching me to sacrifice and not always get what I want but I would rather DO SOMETHING for others and impact other people during this lent season. For my birthday I did the #bdaygiftsoflove and it was so much fun. I gave 29 gifts of love and it was honestly the best birthday ever. Giving to others gave me such a warm feeling in my heart and it was honestly such a high. To do something that someone isn't expecting is awesome!
Today Luke and I had a lunch date before Mass and gave our waiter a bigger tip than usual to jump start our #40kinddays It was just something simple and easy to do. The acts don't have to be big or elaborate. There are so many ways to spread love for free. Send someone an email you haven't been in touch with in awhile. Write your childs teacher a thank you note. Open a door for someone. Bake your neighbor a treat. Invite friends over for dinner. Volunteer somewhere. I have a board on pinterest with tons of ideas I had for the birthday gifts of love and a lot of them are FREE! 
So please consider joining along with my besties and I as we spend this next 40 days spreading love!! I promise you will be so fired up and love life more by trying to make someone elses day brighter! 
Post your pics and hashtag #40kinddays 
xoxo