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In the Kitchen {Easy Mango Farro Bowl}

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I whipped this up super fast for dinner last night and it was a huge hit with the entire family. The key to making this quick is to cook your grain of choice ahead of time in bulk, that way you have it ready to use throughout the week for lunch and dinner. I also had the corn leftover from a few nights ago, and the sauce was from the night before. So this took me all of about 10 minutes to prepare. Win win! For a little extra protein this would be great with some black beans as well.
Tomato Corn Mango Farro Bowl dinner recipe kid approved

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My Morning Must Haves

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I was recently asked what my morning routine looks like, and what things I can’t live without so I thought I would share a little peek into my mornings here with you all. I feel like these are my secret weapons and I am so excited to share them with you! First up, my all time favorite app, A Color Story. This app is seriously my secret for getting brightly lit, beautiful, professional looking photos with just a few clicks. It’s my all time favorite! I have been trying to take weekly photos of Greyson and this app allows me to take consistent looking photos regardless of the lighting which is so convenient, especially on those mornings when we both have had very little sleep and I just need to shoot and go.

A Color Story, Photo Editing App, Bright Light

 

Next is fueling up. As you all know, mom or no mom, it’s important to feed that body in the morning or you will crash shortly after you arrive at the office. My latest coffee breakfast smoothie concoction is so heavenly, plus it takes care of my caffeine fix and my breakfast in one delicious glass. I posted the recipe over on Piper Grey Life. Do yourself a favor and give this one a try. I promise you will be hooked!

Cofee Banana Breakfast Smoothie, Healthy, Protein, Recipe

Then I dive into my latest obsession, my Emily Ley Daily Simplified Planner. I put all my work tasks in the to do section, check to see if I have any meetings for the day, and there is even a spot to put what I am going to make for dinner that night. Brilliant! Plus how can I not be happy looking at the pretty rainbow stripes. I love this for work especially since it allows me to keep all my notes and tasks in one place, so I can look back if need be and I am not trying to search for a loose piece of a paper.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner, To Do's, Task List, Meal Planning

Lastly is The Skimm. I have been receiving this in my inbox for a few years now and it’s the best way for me to stay up to date with world news. I love that it just takes me a few minutes to read in the morning, yet I feel completely informed. Plus it’s written with a sassy sense of humor so I am not bored reading it. LOVE that!

The Skimm, world news, sassy, fun

Hope this answers your questions, and you will find my secret weapons useful. I would love to hear what your secret weapons are for the morning! Share in the comments.

 

Mom Monday {Quinoa Breakfast Porridge}

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I made this recipe originally for Greyson, as baby food. I had some left over quinoa cooked in the fridge, and I wanted to give her something different from the usual oatmeal she had been having. I put the quinoa in the mini-prep with a banana, strawberries and breast milk, and voila! a protein-rich delicious breakfast. The best part was it was so easy to adapt so the whole family could enjoy it! Can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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Mom Monday {Homemade Baby Food}

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With 2 kids, I had to get a bit more intentional about making Greyson’s food ahead of time, in bulk. I have been making it every weekend and then freezing it. This way she has a variety of foods and I am not cooking every day. It’s been working great. The sprouted rice is so versatile, I have made it as breakfast cereal by heating it up with breast milk, cinnamon and banana, or I mix it with the red peppers. Thats the other fun thing is that you can mix and match different flavors together and get baby used to different tastes and textures. Greyson isn’t as easy as Piper, with eating. She seems a bit more picky, but I just keep trying. At first she wouldn’t eat anything with banana, but finally one day she just devoured the banana oatmeal.  What are your favorite baby purées?

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Friday Fun {rosé + nordstrom anniversary sale}

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The time has finally come, public access to one of my favorite sales of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I have selected my favorites below including this travel shawl and this Frye tote!  that I need asap.  Now if all that shopping has made you hungry I have a treat for you. I made these eggplant bahn mi sandwiches last night and my mind was literally blown! The hoisin glazed eggplant between crisp sesame cucumber slices and pickled carrots, avocado and fresh herbs and the punch from the siracha mayo…seriously do yourself a favor and make this one asap. Sipping on Rosé all day is a fabulous way to spend the summer but I am definitely curious about this twist on the trend. Rosé lillet cocktails! Yum. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and get yourselves and your loved ones outside for an outdoor movie night!

Friday Faves {Coconut Bowls & Super Sale}

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Happy fourth of July weekend friends! Today’s post includes the prettiest acai bowls I have ever seen, organic fresh pressed juice cocktails and the prettiest picnic spread. Think cheese and charcuterie, grilled summer fruits, herb roasted cherry tomatoes and local honey. Perfection! Don’t forget to shop the bottom of the post. I have included my picks for Anthropologie’s big sale this weekend, all sale items are on sale!!

 

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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Mom Monday {Pink Oatmeal Baby Food}

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I have been experimenting with different ingredients for Greyson’s baby food lately. I love trying new combos and let’s face it, food is just more fun when it’s bright pink don’t you think? I whipped up a batch of this pink oatmeal for Greyson  yesterday and she loved it! All I did was mix organic rolled oats with some breastmilk (you can use any type of milk) and a tablespoon of my secret ingredient, this organic Pitaya smoothie pack. I made smoothie bowls for the rest of us, win win! Pitaya is a natural source Antioxidants, fiber and magnesium! Give it a try!

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Friday Faves {Simple Sips & Adult Forts}

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So sorry for my radio silence. I have been battling a pretty bad cold, but finally feeling on the mend. Todays Friday Faves are so fun. From vegan meatballs that look amazing! to super simple cocktails that have just the right amount of sweet and sour. I am imagining a blissful afternoon with my love under one of these fabulous adult forts (twinkle lights and all) sipping palomas, clad in this fabulous dress. Don’t forget to shop my summer favorites below. My ideal summer wardrobe with just a touch of whimsy. Perfect!

Friday Faves {Memorial Day Sales!}

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Happy Friday friends. Hope you all have a fun and safe long weekend ahead of you. A few things for you to start your weekend off right. First up this amazing vegan pasta dish from the fabulous Jessica McBeath. My new favorite IPA from Noble Ale WorksDesign Essentials sent me some fabulous paraben-free coconut infused hair products for Piper and I to try. The smell was absolutely heavenly and the curl refresher spray is perfect to freshen up Piper’s bed head before school. The deep moisture mask is the perfect way to pamper yourself this weekend, all you curly girls out there! Lastly I put together a few of my favorite under $100 finds so you can get your memorial day online shop on. Enjoy!