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Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese

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We try and limit our dairy intake at home since my oldest daughter has a dairy sensitivity. But the thing is she LOVES cheese, especially mac and cheese. I mean what kid doesn’t? I don’t mean the gross orange kind in a box but the kind with tons of real cheese and milk. So I had to come up with another way to get that creamy, cheesy feel without the dairy. This butternut squash creamy mac and cheese is so amazing, the entire family LOVED it which is a huge win. The butternut squash gives it that fun orange color, and the cashew cream gives it a silky creamy feel, with the nutritional yeast adding a bit of cheesiness. Give it a try friends! It’s super easy, and super yummy!

Thrive Market Top Picks

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Sorry I know I have been away for a while. I took a week off to get away with the hubby and we are also in the middle of revamping the website. I cannot wait to show you everything we have been working on. But until then I thought I would share with you one of my latest obsessions, Thrive Market. I love getting all my healthy pantry items delivered to my door, and they always have fun promos going on so I get to try new items all the time. It can be a little overwhelming at first so here are some of my top picks to get you started.

I have been making a morning smoothie or potion as I like to refer to it, for the past 3 months as my breakfast. It’s become somewhat of a ritual mixing all my powders and butters together. Sometimes I have my coffee as my potion as well, and when I do that I add this Vanilla Ghee. It’s seriously so heavenly you could really just eat it by the spoonful. It’s great in baked goods too!

Maca Powder is one of my favorites. I love the caramel flavor it has naturally, and it’s great to add to my morning potions or smoothies as it’s a great natural energy booster.

Ashwaganda is one of those buzz words recently. It’s such a powerful thing to add to your foods with not only immune boosting properties but it helps with physical and emotional stress.

Bone Broth is such an amazing thing to have around the house especially during cold and flu season. When anyone in my house starts to show the first signs of getting sick I gently heat up a bit of this bone broth and it’s not only soothing but a great way to kick that cold!

Avocado oil is a great neutral tasting oil and I have been using it more and more to cook with. This one is a great value and it has super cute packaging which I am always a sucker for.

1| Vanilla Ghee /  2| Maca Powder  /  3| Ashwaganda  /  4| Bone Broth  /  5| Avocado oil

Coconut Aminos adds such great flavor to my asian inspired dishes and sauces. So yummy and the kids love it!

Maca Maple Cashews make the perfect snack on the go, and you can feel good about what you are eating as they are covered in maca powder. Yum!

Both my kids love these Seaweed Snacks and they are so easy to have on the go. I buy them in bulk to save money.

I love finishing my dishes with these Sea Salt Flakes. So yummy!

This All-purpose cleaner is super cheap, works super well and is non-toxic. What’s not to love?

Since we started making our own cashew milk, buying good quality, inexpensive and organic cashews has become a must. These go in every order.

6| Coconut Aminos /  7| Maca Maple Cashews  /  8| Seaweed Snacks  /  9| Sea Salt Flakes  /  10| All-purpose cleaner  /  11| organic cashews

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Mom Monday {Kitchen Hacks}

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As parents, we are always looking for the quick way to get things done, the simplest. I thought I would start sharing some of my kitchen hacks that I use regularly to get things done quick without compromising on health and nutrition. This is one I just recently started doing and it’s a total game changer. We get a CSA basket every 2 weeks and we always end up with an excess of greens. I typically throw away the beet greens, because I know I just won’t get to using them. Well the beet greens a few weeks ago were so pretty I couldn’t bear to throw away so I threw them in the vitamix with some water, froze them and voila, instant smoothie cubes. They are so easy to add to our morning smoothies, without having to worry about washing and trimming the greens on top of everything else that has to get done in the morning. The perfect short cut. I also have kale and swiss chard cubes now in the freezer. So great!

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How We do Valentine’s Day

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My husband and I have never really been the people to go out to a restaurant on Valentine’s day but we do like to cook fun things, and celebrate in small ways with the kids. Here is a fun peek into our Valentine’s day. My husband made us heart shaped pink pancakes for breakfast, we had pink baked donuts I made over the weekend, heart beet salad with pink garlic vegan aioli, and I packed a fun valentine’s themed lunch for Piper. Would love to hear what you guys do on Valentine’s day. Any fun traditions!?

Easy Green Breakfast Muffins

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I discovered green muffins from The Tribe a few weeks ago, and have slowly been perfecting my own spin on them. Infusing them with superfoods and adaptagens. They are so delicious and both my kids LOVE them. They are great to make ahead and then have a quick grab and go breakfast, especially on those mornings when you are short on time. We had a super late morning today in fact, and I just grabbed a few of these and we ate them in the car on the way to school drop off. Not picture perfect, but we do our best, right mamas? What i love about these is that the greens are raw, so you don’t have to cook anything in advance, and they are super easy to throw together. I love that they have so many health properties and a great way to start your morning. Here’s the recipe, adapted from The Tribe, with my own superfood twist.

Health properties include immune support, stress relief, digestive health, heart health, energy boost and tons more. With the combination of the Reishi, Tocos, Chia and Flax you have a winning combo here my friends!

 


Friday Fun {Tulum and Cat Ear Gear}

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As I get ready to head off on our annual family vacay I leave you with a few inspirations and some killer kid travel gear. We are headed out to Tulum, where the hubs and I honeymooned after our wedding in Playa del Carmen almost 12 years ago!! I know that Tulum is a much different place then it was back then. We stayed at the most darling hotel, their dining room was on the sand with a thatched roof, and the food was to die for. I am very excited to see what Tulum has in store for us this time as we head back with our 2 kids in tow! I thought the food and drink recipes this week could transport you to mexico.  These tofu black bean tacos look like perfection. And who doesn’t like a spicy margarita right!? If you have the chance, definitely take a drink out of a whole coconut this weekend. Whether it be a rum cocktail or simply the pure coconut water, this will guarantee to put a smile on your face trust me. And this travel gear for kids is pure perfection. Think playful cat ears mixed with fabulous design. Let’s be serious here, I would 100% rock those cat ear headphones myself. But I know Piper would just about fall over for those. If you feel so inclined, you can click on the travel gear to shop the post! Enjoy friends! Excited to report back after our Tulum adventure. xoxo

Mom Monday {Traveling with Baby}

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As we get ready to take our annual family vacation I thought I would share with you my travel essentials. From comfy leggings, to comfy outfits for baby. Don’t forget extra outfits for baby. I also love to introduce new toys on the plane. They seem to be so much more fun for Greyson if she hasn’t seen them before. Also don’t forget snacks for you and baby.

 

The Perfect Baked Fries

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Ok confession time… I have tried too many times to count, to make baked french fries in the oven, only to be utterly disappointed. They came out soggy, stuck to the baking sheet, and, let’s be honest, were not very good. Who’s with me? I finally discovered the trick to the most perfect, crisp, fabulous fries every time, without fail. Here are 3 easy steps to making these delicious fries that the whole family will love, trust me!

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Maple Garlic Glazed Brussel Sprout Lentil Bowls

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This was one of those made up recipes that turned out so super good, and the entire family enjoyed them. Win! We are still eating our meals 75% of the time as “build your own” style since this seems to be the best way to get Piper to eat AND enjoy her dinner. The sweetness of the maple syrup glaze balanced out with the garlic and the saltiness of the proscuitto is a great combination! Truth be told I overcooked the eggs by just a minute so they weren’t really runny. But if you have that runny yolk, it really makes for a silky smooth sauce.

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