Monday, June 19, 2017

Easy Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowl Recipe

This is my favorite go to healthy meal to cook that I can make a big batch of and portion out for meal prepping. It is easy, fast, and so good! I like that it has no carbs and is relatively healthy. I hope you enjoy this super simple Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowl Recipe!

1 Lb. Ground Turkey Meat
1 Can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 Can Sweet Corn (drained)
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Cilantro and Lime Juice (undrained)
3 Tb Taco Seasoning
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt (sour cream substitute)

1. Put ground turkey in a pan on stove, season with 3 Tb taco seasoning, stir and cook thoroughly over medium heat.
2. When turkey is all cooked add 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed, add 1 can of drained sweet corn, and add 1 can undrained tomatoes with cilantro and lime juice.
3. Stir and heat through for another 5-10 minutes.
4. Separate into meal prep containers and top with cheese and greek yogurt when your going to enjoy.

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Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more quick and easy recipes from me!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide and Ideas

Father's Day is in a few weeks and I wanted to put together a little list of gift ideas for the Husband, Father in law, or Father in your life. I always have such a hard time finding gifts for my husband so I really put some thought into this and tried to find things I thought any Dad would enjoy!

1. A hand painted coffee mug from a ceramic store that the kids paint! I think this is such a cute idea and I will be doing it with my girls. Find a local store such as Paint Me Mine (our town has one similar called Picasso's Palette) that sells white ceramic pieces you can hand paint. Have the kiddos paint a coffee mug or whatever they would like for dad or grandpa and then they will fire it for you so it gets hard and shiny! This is a really cute idea and makes a great keepsake and I cannot wait to see what my kids pick to paint for their dad and grandpa.

2. This Universal Socket. I saw this on an ad somewhere and have never seen one before! It looks great! It is really affordable at only $10.99 and I think this would come in really handy around the house or even at work. I think this makes a great little gift and seems super useful!

3. A Nespresso Machine to make coffee and espresso at home. This is a really cool espresso maker machine and my husband actually owns one already. He loves it and any man who loves their coffee and espresso will really enjoy this machine.  You can also get a milk frother so they can make lattes or cappuccinos! You can chose flavored espresso pods too and they ship quickly from the Nespresso site, we highly recommend this product!

4. A Smartwatch like this Samsung Gear S2 would make a really great gift to give. We love our smart watches that sync up to our phones to help track fitness goals as well as alert you of text or calls. I personally use this Samsung Gear Fit2 and I find it super motivating to help me get all my steps in, track my workouts, and keep me updated on alerts when my phone is not with me. I think this would make a great Father's Day gift!

5. A new pair of sunglasses. My husband works outside and he is always needing a new pair of sunglasses! This is a great practical gift that I think most men would enjoy. I personally like these Aviator Ray Bans in Blue or these Original Wayfarer Ray Bans in black. I love looking through the different styles and finding a pair that I think my husband or father might enjoy! I mean, who wouldn't want new sunglasses as a gift?

I hope this little list helps you find the perfect gift for the dad you may be shopping for! I know finding a gift can be hard sometimes so these are just some ideas to help you find something.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Memorial Weekend Road Trip to North Carolina || Vacation Blog || Time Capsule

My husband had to work a week in North Carolina and since we have family there we decided to take a road trip and all go as a family for a little vacation. Our girls have cousins that live up there and so we wanted to be able to get them all together. I love doing trips like this to make memories for them. My biggest childhood memories are the times I spent with my cousins and so I want my girls to also have lots of a great memories with their cousins. Family time is really important to me and even though the long car ride is hard for us with two little ones we still all love to go up there.

The car ride up there was about 10 hours, we left at 9 and got there about 7. It was long for the girls and I did my best by bringing movies, activities, and lots of snacks to keep them occupied. Zoey does really well now becuase she is 3 and we can talk about what is going on, but Kenzie did get a little upset being trapped in the carseat after a while. We were are glad when we made it up there and the girls were so excited to see their cousins!

This is the awesome Melissa and Doug Sticker pad that I mentioned in my post about Toddler Road Trip Necessities! It was a huge hit with my girls! 
Another coloring pad with tray I picked up n the dollar spot at Target, Zoey loved it and was so excited to get to use markers.

My husband had to work the first few days we were there so he would leave for the track and I stayed back at the house with the girls. The kids got to play together and we had some outdoor fun where they played on a swing set and also played with some outside toys. These girls just love to climb and slide together, Zoey really looks up to her cousins and it was really sweet to see them all play.

Miss Ava and Kenzie sliding together, all the girls were doing this over and over and it was the cutest. I loved seeing the older cousins helping them climb up and showing them around their swing set.

Jules (who is the oldest at 5) and Zoey sliding together. Jules has to be the sweetest kid I know, she is so loving towards others and how she plays with her little cousins and sister is just so sweet. She loves to help them and guide them in everything they do, her heart is pure gold.

This is a little outside play house that they have and I think it is just the cutest! 

Jules driving Zoey around. Ava drove Kenzie around and that was a little sketchy! Haha. It may be time to get my girls a power wheels this year. ;) 

The girls are playing hide and seek here, it was so cute! Ava would pretend not to see them, but Zoey would just scream "Gotcha!" right away. They kept hiding under this easel and it was hysterical and seeing Kenzie copy along has to be the cutest thing ever.

Zoey was dead serious about this Karaoke machine, she was putting her whole heart into singing but unfortunately she does have her father's pitch and singing may not be her forte. That's okay we will just tell her she sounds great like they did to my husband when he was a child. Haha!

Crazy Cousins, I love this picture.

Later in the week we took a trip to their community pool. It was a really nice big pool and the day was just beautiful for swimming.  They enjoyed going in and out of the water over and over and running all around. My girls love to be in the water and chasing them around kept me on my toes! Thankfully my sister in law was there to help me because my kids are wild.

I was really debating leaving this part out of my post because when I look back I do not want to remember this even happening. It is part of the trip though and since everything turned out just fine I guess I should include it. Kenzie choked on a small toy and even though I was able to clear her airway I still took her to the ER to make sure the object was not going to get stuck in her intestines. They did X-rays and the Dr basically said they will poop out almost anything and in the end I felt like it was a wasted trip. At least I can know I did everything I could to make sure she was okay. It was really scary and I hope we never have to go through that again. 

Kenzie is playing with the hospital bed remote and she was pretending it was a phone. We waited over 2 hours and it was really boring for her and the poor girl did awesome.

Later that day (since Kenzie was just fine) we took all the girls to the racetrack to say hi to everyone. It was hot and my girls were exhausted but man they love to be at the track. Zoey is always talking about wanting to go super fast and race already. I am not sure if I am ready for all that! 

We got to spend Sunday out on the Lake with some more family and they did a big BBQ. It was a lot of fun spending the day out there. Both my girls loved this big water carpet and were able to sit on it in the water! It stays on top of the water and you can sit or lay on it! It was really cool and it made it fun for the girls to be able to be in the water even though they can't really swim yet.  It was hard for me because I was worried about Kenzie, even though they all had floaties on I was stressed about her going in the water and swallowing too much. My girls actually did really well and had a lot of fun out there! The older cousins could jump into the water and climb back out onto the mat over and over, they had a blast! This was the funnest day and the food was all so delicious, they made cheese burgers, steak, asparagus, and hot dogs! yummm. I will be craving fun summer days like this all summer long. The day ended with a beautiful sunset to remember.

That's Kenzie in the middle of the mat, she loved just sitting on there and splashing in the little puddles around her. She fell in once and then was too scared to go near the edge again. Zoey was a little more scared but still got on the mat a few times. 

The last morning we had there everyone was sleeping in so Kenzie and I went for a walk around outside. I just love these pictures of her exploring and I will steal any alone time with my littlest one as I can. 

The older kids went to the park this day and I stayed behind with Kenzie while she napped. We had a low key day and just hung around enjoying our last day there before we headed home.

On our way out to head home the next morning we stopped at a local juice bar so I could finally try this Acai bowl and it was so good! I have not been able to find a local place that offers these here in Florida so I was excited to get to try one. 

The girls did so good on the way home they were exhausted from such a fun vacation. They were able to make it up until the last few hours of our car ride home until they passed out. They look so sweet both sleeping.

We love going to North Carolina to visit our family and will hopefully be heading back up there for Christmas. I was really glad to get to go enjoy a summer trip up there for once and let the kids have some fun in the sun and water! Thankful for these memories the girls will always have with their cousins. I'd love to know what you did for the Holiday weekend, let me know in the comments below!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Family Fun Friday Movie Night with Nuby

My girls are finally old enough to enjoy a family movie night with popcorn and a new movie. They have been loving our designated Fridays for family movie nights and were so excited to try their new awesome Nuby cups to enjoy their snacks and milk from. I was sent these products in exchange for my honest review of them and thought they would be perfect to try for our movie night!

They were so excited about the Nuby Snack N' Sip cups. These are the perfect drink and snack cup that holds up to 9 ounces of fluid with a container on top that holds up to 4.5 ounces of snacks! It has a Flexible silicone straw to drink out of and is perfect for toddlers 12 months and older. They got to drink their evening milk and enjoy their popcorn from the same container and they were so excited! My favorite part is that they are BPA free and that they get to drink AND snack from the same container. Less dishes for mom and more fun for the kiddos. They loved the cute designs on the cups and I have found they are great for at home, at the park, and even out running errands. Both of my girls constantly ask for snacks so to be able to have them hold their snack and drink in one container is such a great help!

You can find these at Babies R' Us  and they have lots of other cute designs for boys and girls.

We also got to try out this Insulated 360 Wonder Cup. My girls like to drink milk and I have been looking for a cup that will keep their milk colder longer and also not spill on the carpet. This was the perfect cup to solve this problem! Just like the 360 wonder Cup we tried before it has the same No-Spill soft silicone rim insert that keeps it sealed tight for no leaks and uses the sensitive TOUCH-FLO which allows your child to drink while just sipping and seals when they stop sipping. This insulated base will keep any liquid drinks cool for up to 6 hours and this is exactly what I needed! I was able to not worry about it going bad too fast while they enjoyed other snacks and could set it down and come back to it later. This holds 9 ounces and is the perfect size for them to hold onto. My favorite part is that it doesn't leak because my youngest did drop this a few times and I was happy to not find any spills. Perfect for bedtime milk or water.

This is for 12 months and older and can be found at Babies r' Us. Just like with all their other products they have tons of fun designs for any kid.

My oldest daughter likes to have water next to her bed at bedtime and I usually worry about her spilling a normal cup of water. I found that this Thirsty Kids Flip-it Canteen is so helpful with this, she can have it beside her bed and drink from it at night and in bed and it doesn't spill.  It can be flipped closed and thrown into a bag and won't leak, as well as when it is sealed the spout gets covered so no extra germs! We have other canteens but this one's slim design makes it fit easily into my kids hands plus the silicone band makes it easy for them to grip. The plastic is very durable and can survive some outside fun and it is BPA free. This is the perfect water cup and we used it for at home as well as on the go! I trust these not to spill and to stay clean if they fall on the floor or are left in my diaper bag.

You can find these at Target in different colors and designs and these are for any age.

Overall we love having Nuby products to enjoy our family movie nights with, these are products I will continue to use and my girls and I both love. Thank you Nuby for sponsoring this post.  I received these products in exchange for my honest review and opinion of them. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Toddler Road Trip Necessities

We are about to do a very (very) long car ride with two toddlers! They are 3 years old and almost 2 years old and I know it is going to be hard on them. It will all be worth it though when they get to play with their cousins for a whole week! I put together a list to share with you of the things I am bringing to keep them entertained and busy and hopefully happy on our trip!

1. Mess Free Markers - I definitely have mentioned these before, they are fantastic! The markers are like those "magic markers" from when I was a kid and they only color in the coloring books made for them. They make no markings on their clothes, face, furniture, anything else! I love these for trips!

2. Surprise Pouches- They make several of these for different things like My Little Pony, Doc Mcstuffins, Sofia the First, etc. I am going to save these for when they are really not happy and surprise them with them! They will be so excited, they just love the idea of getting a little package to open that is a surprise!

3. New DVDs - I got them two new movies that they haven't seen yet to watch on their DVD players in the car. I got Pinocchio and a My Little Pony disc I saw at Target for only $4! They are going to love getting to watch new movies and this is hours of entertainment! My plan is to not let them watch a lot of tv the day before and I think this will help too.

4.  Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad - I found these at Target for under $5 a piece. I got Zoey a princess one and Makenzie a Dinosaur one, catering to their favorites at the moment. These are awesome! They are huge and there are pages of scenes that they can decorate with stickers that actually can be moved around. They are going to love these!

5. Activity tray with NotePad and Crayons - I found this in the "Dollar Spot" but it was $5 and I think this will make it easy for them to color on. It is a hard clipboard to hold their coloring pages and opens up to hold their note paper and color crayons. I think Zoey will enjoy this the most and be able to hold it on her lap.

6. Ipad- This is probably a given but the Ipad can be a lifesaver in many situations. Both the girls love to play games on this and it can keep them occupied for long periods of time.

7. Candy - I know I know, candy in the car is probably not the BEST idea... but hey anything to stop the screaming right? I am bringing some emergency candy in case (mostly Kenzie) is inconsolable because .. well... candy.  They both will stop crying for some candy! Haha!

8. Snacks - Of course I am bringing tons of snacks for them (and some for the adults too) I grabbed their favorites Pirate's Booty, Goldfish, Pretzel Sticks, Cookies, Granola Bars and I will be bringing bananas and fresh cut up strawberries and blueberries as well. I plan to take a little cold pack and put their milk, maybe some yogurt, the fruits, and a few other drinks in it.

9. Nuby Snack and Sip Cup - This is the perfect cup for a road trip with kiddos. They can fill it with snacks on top and their drink goes in the cup. They love eating out of this and having both things in one hand is very helpful for the little ones in the car!

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