Monday, October 24, 2016

Fighting for Our Freedom in Election 2016.

I know, I know. Never ever talk about religion, politics or really anything that someone might disagree with.  I know.  But why should we only talk about simple things and not talk about our rights.  I think one thing we can all agree on is we as Americans take pride in our rights and freedom.   We believe that America cannot fall.   I also believe, we in America, have grown to take our right for granted and that is a dangerous thing.  We have been and continue to lose our rights in this country. Slowly.  Very slowly and always with a the people choose to not notice.  

Do you know the media is all run and owned by essentially the same groups of people.  This information is everywhere, should you choose to see.

As if Americans needed more proof - WikiLeaks has released mountains of evidence of the dark dealings in our government by people that are obstructing justice and freedom.

There is so much evidence, videos and data, but I think the people are easily swayed this way and that and don't want to burden themselves with information that cause them to think too hard.  

Before you vote.  Just watch this news segment.  Just watch.

If you are upset over this.  If you are getting ready to unfollow me or write a nasty comment.  I encourage to you to think why.  Why does this upset you?  Does it cause you to rethink or relearn what you have been programmed to believe?  Then instead of getting upset at me for having truth.  Dive in.  Skip tonights TV and educate yourself on what is most certainly the most important election in any recent history.   This election is being controlled by media, the owners of the voting machines (yes, really) and by the world's elite.  These people despite what they say on camera, care nothing for our rights as people. Nothing for our right to raise our children in a safe and healthy world.

The media tells you to believe lies and not truths.  

Will you participate?  

The future of your children is directly depending on this very thing.

For whatever good it does in an "election" that has already been decided.  I will vote for Trump.  The mere fact that he is not a career politician and has the rights of the people and for the people in mind. That is reason one why I am voting.  Back to Basics. For ALL American citizens!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dark Dog Organic Energy Drinks!

We are so pleased to partner with Dark Dog Organic Energy Drinks!

So I have to be honest, I was looking forward to getting Dark Dog Organic Energy Drinks delivered. It all happened very fast...the drinks were delivered, my husband came home from the job site for lunch....and well...he asked if he could have a "few" for the guys.  I said sure...  Apparently, they're all awesome and come highly recommend in the Alabama heat for guys working their tails off in construction! 

 I did manage to snag a Blood Orange and a Coconut Water flavor - they were right - YUM!

Organic Sugar, No GMOs and NO nasties - everything you want in an energy drink and nothing you don't!

They really had me at - Made in Italy!

With ingredients including organic elderberry, yerba mate, blood orange, lemon juice, coconut water, black carrot juice, rose hips, ginger root, green teas, cranberries, coconut sugar and organic sugar (all ingredients listed here are organic) and vitamins for maximum healthy energy! 

Dark Dog Energy Organic Drink - Made in Italy and with coconut water! 

DARK DOG – The energy drink company since 1995 has aimed to meet the highest quality standards and use the best ingredients.

Committed to a healthier, more sustainable way of life, we created great-tasting, refreshing, organic energy drinks that cater to the needs of consumers who care about their well-being in search of tasty, nutritious products free of unnecessary ingredients and chemicals.
After 3 years of extensive tests, we have come up with this product line made of the best organic ingredients available. Our mission is to provide you with ORGANIC ENERGY. You can feel good about drinking a can of DARK DOG ORGANIC because it has been certified by the USDA and verified by the Non-GMO Project!

Dark Dog Energy Drinks on

Yes, we happily partnered with Dark Dog Organic Energy Drinks and Mambo Sprouts! Opinions, as always are my own! (and always include husbands / kids opinions too)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kitchen Wares, Food Props & House Styles!

I recently featured some foodie shots on my Instagram and had loads of DMs asking about my props. Yay! So here you go -  Sugarboo & Co has kitchen wares that I simply cannot find anywhere else.  As a food blogger, I am constantly on the look out for different props and kitchen gear.

I go to Sugarboo & Co for kitchen wares, but they also have gorgeous gifts for little ones, incredible planting pots (they look like logs and they're awesome), framed quotes and so much more to bring originality to your space.

This enamel colander has a powder blue finish and oooh, the black ring at the top!  The tea towel is utterly exquisite in quality and looks! Looove them both!  And of course, organic, fair trade strawberries make everything extra delicious. 

This batter bowl is absolutely gorgeous and looks like it is straight from the farm! 

This half-sized ceramic farmers market berry basket is completely perfect for blueberries, blackberries and raspberries! 

Hello Gorgeous! 

Awesome tote, jeans, heels are from Madewell! 

I buy Simply Organic Spices and Frontier Co-op Spices! 

Knive is Henkel and awesome! 

We always buy organic berries - always except for wild blueberries! 
Happy cooking, lovelies! 

We are so very pleased to feature Sugarboo & Co! Opinions are my own.  

Construction - On-The-Go Picture Book Pack!

We are so pleased, as always, to partner with Candlewick Press and Nosy Crow Books publishing companies to bring moms fabulous reads for their littles!  Enjoy! 

I think most kids go through a stage where trucks are IT and everything is all about trucks, tractors and everything construction!  Nosy Crow Books and Candlewick Press have the best books picked out for one awesome prize pack!  Introduce your kids to the word of transportation and how things work with trains, trucks, diggers and the whole construction crew!  

Reading construction books at a construction site...
yep...that's the stuff preschool dreams are made of!
Go Go Go!

Aren't giant tires everything?!

Our On-The-Go Construction Books for Kids

Dinosaurs On The Go! by Penny Dale (we have the board book 3 Pack!)

Construction Crew by Sally Sutton Illustrated by Brian Lovelock - 3 board book Pack!

Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Westergaard - illustration by David Slonim

How To Train A Train by Jason Carter Easton - illustrated by John Rocco

How To Track A Truck by Jason Carter Eaton - illustrated by John Rocco

Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb - illustrated by Jeff Newman

Candlewick Press and Nosy Crow Books have created this awesome prize pack for one on-the-go mom!  US only please. One winner will win all books shown.  Prize is shipped via publisher - we are not responsible for shipping or if your kid suddenly wants you to buy him/her a tractor! Just saying. ;)

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This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own.  Yay for reading!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tea Time With Alice In Wonderland! #ThoughTheLookingGlass #Disney

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It's here, it's here! Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass is here! We are making this our Friday Family Night Movie! Sooo excited!

Disney presents the spectacular live adventure Alice Through the Looking Glass. The all-star cast from the 2010 blockbuster is back with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter who’s desperately searching for his family; Anne Hathaway as Mirana, the kind, mild-mannered White Queen; Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth, the short-tempered, big-headed Red Queen; and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the heroine at the heart of the story. Sacha Baron Cohen joins the ensemble as Time, a magical being that is part human, part clock, and the late Alan Rickman—to whom the film is dedicated—is the voice of Absolem, the blue Monarch butterfly who metamorphosed from the blue caterpillar “Alice in Wonderland.” Bring the journey home October 18th on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere.

Download Alice Through The Looking Glass, How To Host A Perfect Tea Party

Print and Play Printables - Disney's Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp at a tea part - the dreamiest! 

This is not sponsored. Just plain awesome! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cooking Spiralized Beets for Dinner!

I am most happy to collaborate with Cuisinart on this post. 

It's autumn and one of my favorite warm comfort foods is root veggies with a bit of olive oil and sea salt.  It's simple and completely satisfying, not to mention extremely healthy.

I was making this a few weeks ago when a friend of my oldest was home from college stopped by.  After he said he didn't like beets - I smiled and handed him a bowl of these spiralized beets with olive oil and sea salt.  He couldn't believe they were beets!  He ate the whole bowl full and asked for seconds.  He's asked for the recipe and bought a spiraizer for these alone!  

Use the Cuisinart Spiralizer to spiralize the beets - I do about eight beets per dish.

Ingredients Matter - Choose organic and farm fresh!

Yellow beets are the prettiest - don't you think?!

Peel beets
Heat your iron skillet to medium heat.
Add a glub of olive oil.
Add your spiralized beets and sea salt to taste.
Cook and occasionally stir for about 2 minutes.
Taste, Tweak and Enjoy!

My Notes:

Ingredients matter.  As always, I choose organic and Non-GMO foods.
When at the farmers market, seek out the organic farmers and/or NO chemical at all farmers!
I use Simply Organic and Frontier Co-op Spices - Non-Irradiated, Fairly Traded and simply the best spices I buy!
I use olive oil or even coconut oil.  Never use canola oil - it is most certainly GMO and even if it's real nutritional value.  And why bother if it is not going to nourish your family?

Eat Well, Lovelies!

I am so happy to collaborate with Cuisinart, who have our same healthy cooking mindset.  Opinions are my own.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Animals Picture Book by Ingela P. Arrhenius Giveaway!

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We have happily teamed with Candlewick to bring moms spectacular picture books for their littles!

We are so very pleased to introduce you to your new favorite giant picture book by Ingela P. Arrhenius - Animals!  Animals is illustrated in brilliant and colors and has a vintage feel to it.  We simply love it.  The book is huge and certainly won't be missed in your little one's nursery and playroom!  

We highly recommend for ages 1 and up!  The pages are not for little ones to turn, as they may tear.  (not a board other words)

Ingela P. Arrhenius is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who has always loved to draw. She is the illustrator of The World’s Best Noses, Ears, and Eyes by Helen Rundgren, and her images have adorned stickers, prints, plates, and wrapping paper. Ingela P. Arrhenius lives and works in Sweden.

From a star of children’s design in Sweden comes an exquisite array of animals rendered with whimsy and stylish splendor. Every oversized page highlights a different specimen, from an adorable sheep to an elegant flamingo, from an endearing hippo to a silly-looking snake. Each animal’s name appears in a different eye-catching type treatment, making for an attractive graphic keepsake sure to find a prominent place in nurseries and bookshelves everywhere. - Candlewick 

If you must have your copy right now (we understand), Amazon has a great price! (no, this is not an affiliate link)

We have one giant hard cover copy to giveaway! Yay! Giveaway is for US only (apologies Canada!) and prize is shipped via publisher.  We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your little one suddenly begs for a giraffe!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Perfectly Pumpkin Chocolate Bread!

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It's that time of year for all the pumpkin things!  I look forward to making pumpkin bread every year.  This year I googled what was the most popular pumpkin bread and the top recipe has 3 cups of sugar - I repeat THREE cups in ONE loaf of bread!  Why oh WHY on earth would you ever want something with that much sugar?  There is NO reason ever to have 3 cups of sugar in one loaf of bread.  That's absurd and quite possibly, what is wrong with today's weight issues.   This recipe is gluten-free (if you want it to be), low on sugar and absolutely delicious!  Please see notes below.*

Ingredients - 

7 oz cup of Buckwheat Flour
8 oz of Oat Flour * (see notes)
2 teas baking powder
3 heaping teas of pumpkin spice
1 teas of Ceylon Cinnamon

3 eggs
4 oz brown sugar
15 oz - Pumpkin
4 oz grass fed butter - room temp

2 oz almond milk (no additives)

Chocolate Chips or Chunks - 1 cup and extra for topping

Bake - 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix dry ingredients
Mix eggs, sugar, pumpkin and butter together
Add-in dry ingredients into wet
Mix until fluffy
Add-in 2 oz of almond milk
Mix - batter should be fluffy
Add-in Chocolate Chips/Chunks
Top with Chocolate Chips 

Pour into your bread loaf pan.  I use unbleached parchment with mine.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until knife comes out clean.

Cool slightly but then feel free to grab a coffee and enjoy! 
My Notes:

I do not normally post recipes until I have pictures I am happy with.  However, I have had so many emails for this and DMs from my Insta-Story Sneak Peak that I'm posting now.  Pictures will be replaced when ready.  You're welcome! ;)

I am obsessed with Buckwheat Flour right now, which is not wheat, but a fruit seed relating to rhubarb.  I also love oat flour, which is gluten-free, as well as buckwheat.  If you don't want or need gluten-free - spelt flour is my favorite flour to bake with.  Spelt is very gentle on your system, digests well and is delicious! 

As always - Ingredients Matter!  Never think your ingredients do not matter.  Food matters more than your new 'improved' iPhone or anything else!

I use organic and non-GMO ingredients - always!
Simply Organic Spices, Bobs Red Mill and Arrowhead Flours are amazing.
For Spelt Flour - One Organic

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Simple Good Morning Porridge!

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Summer is still in full swing in the south (I'm currently in Birmingham), yet it's back to school time.  On mornings were you don't want to cook a full breakfast before work, school and everything moms do and rather than grabbing a packaged box of cereal - consider a simple breakfast.  Making steel cut oats doesn't require much effort and gives you that feeling of having made a "hearty" breakfast.

Try porridge with fresh berries, Korentji Cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg with a great cup of coffee or almond milk for the little ones and you have got yourself a simple and terrific way to start the day off!  And for the little ones, putting a teaspoon of brown sugar on top of the porridge makes it extra sweet!

My Notes:
I use organic fresh berries
Kitchen towel from Williams Sonoma (the brighter, the better)
I use Irish Steel Cut Oats
The tree cup makes me happy especially when I pretend I'm in the forrest from 
Yummy coffee is TOMS Roasting Co - try the Peru - fair trade happiness!

No, this is not sponsored.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rosemary Sliced Potatoes!

You CAN cook!  

In this day and age, everywhere we look we see instant meals, fast food, boxed-no-prep "food".  This is utter BS.  YOU CAN COOK.  And cook we must - for our health and that of our children!  Food is more important now than ever before!  We must cook like our very health is depending on it.  I posted these over the holidays last year and someone commented that they love Hasselback Potatoes (name is from Restaurant Hasselbacken in Switzerland).  Honestly, I had NO idea that is what these were or that they had an actual name.  I really just call them sliced potatoes.  Whatever you call them, they are amazing and just about the easiest and prettiest way to cook potatoes!  

These have fresh rosemary, but you can use any herb you would like to try.

Ingredients - 

Potatoes to fill your pan or skillet
Olive Oil - several glugs
Fresh Rosemary - chopped fine
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Celtic Sea Salt


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
Wash and slice your potatoes ( I usually peel mine)
Start from one end and slice almost to the bottom of the potato, across potato
  Stop before you hit the bottom, so the potato stays together.
Add a glub of olive oil to your pan
Place potatoes on top of the olive oil - fill pan
Coat tops with olive oil
Sprinkle Pink and Celtic sea salts, pepper and chopped rosemary - a great job for the kids!

Bake for around 45-50 minutes or until done

If your oven runs high, you can place unbleached parchment on top of the pan for the first 20 minutes.

Happy cooking!

My Notes:

We are so thrilled to have The Feed Feed pic up this picture for their Staub feature!

Food matters.  I choose organic potatoes ALWAYS!
I look for spices that have not been irradiated or are full pesticides - I love Frontier Co-op and Simply Organic Spices!
Yes, if you follow me on Instagram, you already know I'm obsessed with cooking, food and my pans!
(Staub rules, if you didn't already know ;)