Reaching your 2017 health goals #Giveaway

Friends! I hope this hump day, as well as this year, is treating you well so far!

We are a couple weeks into 2017, and I feel like (according to my Instagram feed) everyone is on that health train and going in the right direction! Although they sometimes seem monotonous, posting your healthy eats and exercise pictures are motivation to many and often give people the inspiration they need.

KEEP.IT.UP!

I know it’s not easy, I know it takes time, and I know it can really put you in a grouchy mood sometimes. (Just give me a piece of chocolate!)
Been there, done that, back there again, and so on.

The things I hear the most regarding healthy eating is “I don’t know what to eat”, “It takes too much time”, or “I got bored of that food”; and I think I hear these a lot because most people are looking at it as a temporary thing. I agree, if I was eating chicken and sweet potato with a side of spinach every day I’d want that to be temporary too! If you look at healthy eating as a way of life and the way you should be eating, you’ll find ways to spruce it up. Don’t think about it too much, just start putting stuff together.

One of my favorite companies that makes healthy eating easier and versatile is organicgirl! I’ve teamed up with them to help promote their New Year #LiveLifeFresh giveaway!

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I buy organicgirl products on the regular since their boxes of greens get used at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Smoothies, salads, bowls, wraps, you name it, I always try to get a handful of greens in each of my meals.

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organicgirl baby spinach used in a Guacamole wrap for lunch

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organicgirl baby spinach used for a dinner salad topped with Crockpot Taco chicken

To help their fans #livelifefresh, organicgirl is hosting an amazing #giveaway right now!

You can sign up here to win a giveaway of salad, dressings and juices FOR A YEAR + a $500 gift card to the trendy online fitness boutique evolve fitwear + $100 to your favorite grocery store. Beyond the grand prize, organicgirl will be giving other prizes along the way, too! FUN!

You can’t win if you don’t sign up! 🙂 Here’s the link, again!

Let’s #LifeLifeFresh together in 2017!
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**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post through a partnership with organicgirl. I received compensation in the form of free products for this blog post and social media love! As always, all opinions are my own.

Everything to do in NYC with Kids

New York City….a city of pure wonder and delight, and dirty streets and police sirens.

We did the unthinkable (according to many people who commented so) and brought three very young children to NYC with us. The trip wasn’t about me, relaxing spa days, fancy dinners, or going bar hopping. It was about the magical feeling NYC has at Christmas, eating all the yummy foods, and having fun! If that’s not kid-friendly, then I don’t know what is!

The only problem we ran into was using the double stroller on subways and busy streets and keeping up with all the hats and gloves everyone needed. We had five hats, ten pairs of gloves, and three blankets to keep track of while navigating the streets. We lost at least one glove every day and made three trips into H&M (on every corner) to restock. New York City has the best H&M stores, so I wasn’t mad about going in there so many times. 🙂

First lets talk about a stroller in NYC. You’ll see a stroller here and there on the streets, but you will not see one double stroller (besides ours). Three kids in NYC must be like black magic and people will look at you and make comments like “wow that’s a lot of kids!” or “you’ve got your hands full!” Then you smile and say things like, “Thank you for that obvious observation.” Yes, some of the subways have elevators, but not all, and some of the ones that do, don’t work. We got stuck on one and I had a mini heart attack. After that incident, we made the kids get out of the stroller each time and threw it down/up the stairs at each stop. It worked and we were free to move about NYC without obstacles. Will I bring that double stroller to NYC again? Not a chance. Here’s what I recommend. For babies 24 months and under, wear them in a baby carrier. They will be too distracted by the huge buildings, crazy loud people, and lights to kick and scream to get out. For kids between two and six years old, use a fold-up umbrella stroller. Kids over six years old should probably walk along side you, not taking their hand out of yours for a second. Let’s be safe!

Before we left, you know I did my research on NYC must-go-to places. I had a list with so many things on it that we didn’t get around to everything, even though we rarely took a rest. (I told you no relaxing spa days on this trip!) I’ll start by telling you about everything we did do, then leave a list of everything we didn’t get around to. If you go to NYC and do any of my unconquered list, you MUST tell me how it was!
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  1. Central Park – Central Park is huge and if your kids are old enough to ride bikes, I recommend renting them to see all of the park. There are hills, professional bikers/runners, and horse buggies around so they should be strong bike riders. We walked around, played on the various hills, and then the kids all fell asleep. You’ll find various musicians and artists posted up, and maybe even have a Big Bird sighting.  Central Park is home to an ice skating rink that’s a lot less crowded than Rockefeller Center, a zoo, and tons of wonderful people watching moments. You can also re-enact many scenes from Home Alone like at the Bethesda Fountain & Terrace.
  2. Washington Square – Located in the Greenwich village neighborhood and known for the beautiful, picture-worthy arch. They have a decent size playground for the kids to play on and is surrounded by great eating spots! New York University is right across the street so be prepared to be stopped by many people asking if you have a minute for various human rights issues.
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  3. Radio City Rockettes –  I don’t even think this needs an explanation. Sophia (5 years old) and I were in awe, Penelope (3) did great for about an hour, and Rockwell (7 months old) slept the whole time. Radio City is beautiful and the Rockettes are amazing! I can’t wait to bring the girl’s to more Broadway shows when they get older.
  4. Bryant Park –  Pure heaven during the Winter Village. We went twice because there is so much to do and eat, it’s ridiculous. To name a few: Pickle Me Pete for the best fried pickles ever, Wafels and Dinges for sweet tooth satisfaction, and a goat cheese topped arepa from TopArepa for a little taste of Venezuela.  The Winter Village is the best there is and runs from the end of October till  beginning of March.
  5. Times Square – The ultimate tourist trap. This is my least favorite thing in NYC, but it’s a must-do at least once. It’s extremely crowded and full of stuff you can find elsewhere, like Applebees and the Disney store. The kids LOVED it for the M&M and Hershey stores, I loved looking at it from 42nd Street, but dreaded walking through it.
  6. UrbanSpace Vanderbuilt – Basically a food court with everything you’d want! We came here for dinner one night when we couldn’t decide on just one thing to eat. There are about 20 different food vendors available and long communal dining tables in the middle (that you may have to fight for).  This is a popular “after-work” spot located right next to Grand Central terminal. We ate a burger and chocolate milkshake from Burgers, a Hai Chicken sushi burrito from Hai Street kitchen, and a fried chicken sandwich from Delaney chicken. Everything we got was delicious in it’s own way. I mean, you seriously can’t go wrong in this place.
  7. Tompkins Square Bagels – Bagels are everywhere in NYC, but take the hike to Tompkins Square bagels, and thank me later! Angelo said his Weezer bagel sandwich was the best sandwich he’s ever had. I had the French toast bagel with birthday cake cream cheese because it was extremely popular on their Instagram. They have gluten free bagel options, several cream cheese options (that look like delicious ice cream), and Lox! I can’t recommend this place enough! (Cash only)
  8. Dylan’s Candy Bar – I know there are candy bars around the U.S., but this is the three-story flagship bar! Stop in for a bag of your favorite candies, and get “The Best of Both Worlds” milkshake. Post of pic of Instagram right before your kids devour it! 😉 They have a full alcohol bar and food menu also.
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  9. Ellen’s Stardust Diner – The only place worth going to in Times Square. You’re not going for the average diner food, you’re going for the entertainment. The staff is full of Broadway hopefuls who sing and dance the entire time. The place is loud, colorful, and absolutely perfect for kids!
  10. Lombardi’s Pizzeria – Proclaimed as the first pizzeria in NYC, we have been here on both trips to NYC and 100% recommend it! It’s located in Little Italy, so it’s a great area to explore. Grab a Buddy’s special pizza loaded with prosciutto and arugula and a Brooklyn lager to wash it down. This place is cash only, but there is an ATM inside.
  11. Rockefeller Center – Another extremely busy area, but a must-do if you’re there during Christmas time. We sat and watched the ice skaters, took pictures, and checked it off the list. This is the area where they film the Today show, so if you’re extra early you may be on TV! (Hi Mom!)
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  12. Stroll down Fifth Ave. – Right now Fifth Ave. is a mad house because Mr. Trump lives there. All walking traffic is pushed to one side when you get close to the Trump Tower (right next to Tiffany & Co). If you go earlier in the day it’s not too bad and you’ll actually get a picture in front of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, but you’ll miss the light display on Saks Fifth Ave. So, this is a place you’ll have to brave twice, once in the morning and once at night. The store window displays are absolutely beautiful!
  13. Chelsea Market – Ah, I feel in love with this place and it’s now one of my favorite places in the whole city! There are so many different restaurants, shops, coffee bars, etc and you will not go wrong with whichever one you choose. We strolled through the market after dinner one night and grabbed a milkshake from Chelsea Creamline and a Matcha latte from Chalait.
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  14. Subway rides – Coming from a Florida girl who thinks the idea of Subways are scary, just do it. The first two days I was hesitant to do the subway with the kids and stroller, but after walking 10 miles one day and two feet blisters later, I was desperate. You can always take taxis or Ubers everywhere, but then you’ll go broke. The subway is extremely affordable, quick, and rather easy to get a hang of. Once you understand the street/avenue grid that makes up NYC, you’ll never NOT use the Subway. You’ll be saying sentences like “take the L train to the 6, to go uptown to Grand Central” and sound like a true New Yorker. If you get lost, just ask the nice New Yorkers around you. 😉
  15. Eataly – Absolutely beautiful, but eat somewhere else! I wish we had rented an apartment just so I could go grocery shopping here and make a delicious Italian dinner one night. Eataly is a cool place to roam around, grab a drink, and maybe pick up some goods straight from Italy. We ate at the restaurant inside the downtown location and honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it for an Italian meal in NYC. My steak was great, but the spaghetti wasn’t.
  16. Ground Zero & Oculus – If there’s one place in NYC I wanted my kids to see, it was this. Although they may not understand now, this is a huge part of our country’s history. It became our classroom for the day. They have the memorial poles, a museum, and the newest Oculus. The Oculus is a new landmark in NYC and is stunning! Inside we strolled past high-end shops, restaurants (Eataly), stopped at the Apple store to charge my phone, and my favorite, Sugarfina, an adult candy shop!
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  17. Grand Central Terminal – There was something amazing about standing in the middle of GCT and watching New Yorkers do their daily commutes. It was a movie-like experience! We were lucky to have this right next to our hotel and where we hopped on the subway every morning.

Things we didn’t get around to:

  1. Macy’s Santaland (in December)- If I hadn’t already gotten a great Santa picture of the kids before we left home this would have been a priority. We didn’t get out of the hotel early enough any morning to try and beat the line either, which is highly recommended.
  2. Dominque Ansel Bakery – Get a Cronut and cookie shot!
  3. By Chloe – Probably the only “healthy” place on my list. Get the Quinoa Taco Salad and sit in their swing chairs!
  4. Ottos Tacos – I really wish we would of gone here and eaten the Carne Asada taco because we love tacos so much and this place has amazing reviews!
  5. Koronet Pizza – They have the biggest slices of pizza! I must admit I have this on the list purely to get a picture of me holding a pizza slice that’s bigger than my head.
  6. Brooklyn Bridge – Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is weirdly on my bucket list, but not in 30 degree weather.
  7. The Statue of Liberty – Angelo & I have done the Statue of Liberty before and I had it on the list because I think kids would really enjoy it as well. It was just too cold for us to do it this time around.
  8. Eloise Tea at the Plaza – If the girls were just a year or two older I would have made reservations for this. “I am Eloise. I am six.”
  9. Serendipity3 – If you ever tell anyone you’re going to NYC, they will tell you to go here for their Frozen Hot Chocolate. We’ve been to the one in Miami (now closed) but never the NYC one. We tried to go in 2009, but they were booked solid. Make a reservation and squeeze in!
  10. Empire State Building – We walked past this building and I showed the kids the 5th tallest building in US. I wasn’t comfortable taking the kids up and they didn’t seem to care, so this is a older kid adventure!
  11. Milk Bar – They have a thing called ‘Crack pie’ and that’s all you need to know.
  12. Big Gay Ice Cream – Get their Rocky Road Ice cream cone or any of their delicious and Instagram picture worthy cones!
  13. Alice’s Tea Cup – This will definitely be a must-do on our next trip to the city. Make a reservation with your little ladies to go to this “most whimsical tea house”! I’m curious to know how it compares to the Eloise Tea at the Plaza.
  14. Children’s Room at the NY Public Library – A beautiful landmark, with a Hundred Acre Woods themed children’s room.
  15. The High Line – More of a spring-summer attraction for us Floridians. An abandoned railroad track where your kids can run through wildflower fields above the city streets.
  16. Coney Island – Bucket list item! Eat a hot dog on Coney Island in the summer.
  17. New York Yankee Stadium – Even during the off-season, Yankee stadium does daily tours.
  18. Madison Square Garden – Try to catch a game or concert here, but if not, they do daily tours as well! Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous arenas.

Now go out there and conquer the Big Apple like a #momboss!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Hi friends! Happy 2017!

This is my first post as “Alex, the real housemom” and the first post of 2017 on the blog! I couldn’t be more excited for all of the new material that I have coming to you, plus all that awesomeness you’ve been enjoying for the past couple years will still be here! I’m talking recipes, kid activities, and real mom/family talk with a side of humor. Something else you’d like to see? Shoot me an email! –>  Alex@AlexTheRealHousemom.com 

Back to bizzniz….

The weather here in Florida has been so cold (for my standards)! We are hitting temperatures in the 30’s for crying out loud. If there’s one thing that I want on a cold night (besides full body onesie footed pajamas) it’s a huge bowl of soup…and since we’re in January, you know it’s got to be healthy soup (goals). 

This vegetable soup was everything I wanted it to be and more! It had amazing flavor packed with vegetables and beans and it filled me up. I served it to my family with simple corn muffins because kids heart carbs, as does the hubby who can lose 5 pounds in a day when I’m struggling with 5 pounds in a month.  Major side eye when they were throwing back those muffins. But anyways, do this soup! Chop up the veggies in the morning, pour everything in the slow cooker, and let it cook all day while you do your thing. Come home to a hearty meatless Monday or vegan Tuesday through Sunday meal. We all need more of those…am I right?!
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Penelope took one look at the soup and asked where the noodles were, because apparently all soups require noodles. After some convincing, I gave her a spoonful and 50 bites later the bowl was empty.  Kid approved and mom win! Sometimes they just need a small pep talk!

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Great traditional vegetarian soup packed with vegetables and beans.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 stocks of celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt or as desired
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker, except for frozen corn and peas.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  3. Add peas and corn to slow cooker 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve warm.
http://www.al2getherfit.com/2017/01/10/slow-cooker-vegetable-soup/

Mocktails to Celebrate

Friends! I can’t believe we’re about to celebrate a new year!
With three young kids, New Year’s Eve is a little different these days.
Staying up until midnight may be a challenge in it’s own, but having a kid-friendly party isn’t!  Get a party-pack full of hats and horn-blowers, then get creative for a midnight toast with the kid’s left standing (or adult’s who would rather have a mocktail).

 

Milk & Cookies
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Fruit and lemonade
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Milk with yummy Rimmed glasses
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– vanilla icing with fruity pebbles

Gummie bears with Sparkling Cider
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Other celebration drink options
Cotton candy
Any fruit juice (apple, orange, fruit punch)
Rock candy stirrers
Chocolate milk
Whipped cream with sprinkles
Hot chocolate with marshmallows

 

Whole Wheat, No Sugar Added Banana Bread

Whole Wheat, no sugar added Banana bread to add to your baking lineup this winter as a healthy alternative!

Friends!!! My friends! How have you been?! I hope great, seeing that it’s SO CLOSE to Christmas time. AH!
We recently got back from a short trip to NYC, the girls are out of school for Christmas vacation, and baking season is in the house!

When you think of Christmas and baking, cookies usuaully come to mind. But, that day, that day we set aside to bake up as many Christmas cookies as we can, is later this week with my mom. So, hold up!

Until then, we bake other yummy things! Things we can eat without getting a sugar rush. Things we can eat without feeling like Buddy the Elf baked it himself.
This banana bread cannot come at a better time. A time when everything is filled with sugar. It has the perfect amount of sweetness provided by honey. Sophia did request chocolate chips in it, but we must draw the line peeps! We have enough chocolate in our lives right now (yeah, I said it)!

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Whole Wheat, No Sugar Banana Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Whole Wheat, no sugar added Banana bread to add to your baking lineup this winter as a healthy alternative!

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas.
  3. Add rest of ingredients and mix until combined. Do not overmix!
  4. Pour batter into lightly greased loaf pan.
  5. Add slices of bananas to top of batter and sprinkle with oats and cinnamon.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Enjoy!
http://www.al2getherfit.com/2016/12/18/whole-wheat-no-sugar-banana-bread/
 
 
XOXO

#HowDoYouHoliday at Westfield

It’s that time of year again…Santa has arrived at Westfield shopping centers!

I brought the whole family last weekend to visit Santa, decorate cookies, create ornaments, and even see Santa’s reindeer! This was kind of a big deal because apparently Reindeer for rent are few and far between. Who knew?! The girls had a blast, Rock had his first encounter with Santa, and I got some great photos! (Total mom win!)

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Last year we made an attempt to see Santa and it didn’t go well. Penelope was terrified of the big jolly man and the line was outragously long! This year couldn’t have gone any better than it did! Although the line was still long, there were two different Storytime stops. Staff members read books to the kids and the kids didn’t completely lose their minds of bordeom during the wait! Another win!

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When it was our turn, Penelope saw Mrs. Claus first and went right up to her! Sophia and Rock got to sit on Santa’s lap, while Penelope felt more comfortable with Mrs. Claus. This is one of my favorite things about Westfield Brandon’s Santa pictures!

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The staff helping out with the Santa pictures were awesome! They had jingle bells and big smiles on their faces trying to get the perfect Santa picture for me. I’m so thankful for them! You can visit Westfield and have photos taken now until Christmas Eve.

Westfield is really cranking up the holiday spirit this year with several events throughout the month of December to put you and your family (even the dog!) in the Christmas spirit.
Hound for the Holidays is coming up on December 11th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Bring your furry family friends for a special night with Santa. The first 50 pet parents receive a stocking stuffed with treats for their beloved family member.
Visit Westfield.com/holiday for everything from Holiday gift guides to details on how to skip the Santa line!

Merry Christmas! From these precious ones!
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XOXO

30 Ways to Spread Kindness

Towards the end of every year we tend to step back, count our blessings, be thankful for everything we have, and give back to those in need. Whether that be a bike for a child to ride on Christmas morning or a hug for a police officer!

It comes in all sizes and it’s usually the littlest forms of kindness (that you don’t even realize you’re doing) that mean the most. Letting someone in front of you in traffic, leaving a little inspirational note on a table, or just sitting and talking with a friend could brighten someone’s day in ways you may never know.

I believe kindness starts in the home, so let’s start by being patient and kind to our own kids and spouses, then spreading the goodness throughout the community.

Although kindness should be spread year-round, everyone seems to be in the giving mood around the holidays. My hope is that this list gets passed around all year long, for years to come, and kindness is spread daily!

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XOXO

Thanksgiving Kids Table You’ll Want To Sit At!

Create a kid-friendly table anywhere you go for Thanksgiving with a few supplies!

Friends! I can’t believe this week is Thanksgiving! It has creeped up on me like a drunk turkey, even though I almost skipped it while putting my Christmas tree up 3 weeks ago! 🙂

In order for everyone to enjoy Thanksgiving, we know the kid’s must be happy, right? 😉

We had a “friendsgiving” at our house this past week and I made sure there was something “cool” for the kids. I wanted them to WANT to sit down and eat. I knew the picnic style seating I arranged in my backyard would get the kid’s (and adults) attention.
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(Picnic table created with blankets, pallets, and butcher paper)

I won’t be hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday so I created some things that are easily transferred to someone else’s house. You may be going to a friend’s house that doesn’t have kids or your grandparent’s house that has glass figurines everywhere. (YIKES!) Get some crafts and kid-friendly eats at a table for the kid’s entertainment, so you can get a chat in with relatives! On second thought, some of us might actually prefer the kid’s table this year due to the elephant in the dining rooms..cough…cough…politics!

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Crafts

  • Thankful Chains – cut strips of construction paper and have the kids write things they are thankful for on them. (Some will need help!) When they are done writing, use a stapler to link all the strips together. Have the kid’s tell you where they want to hang it!
  • Thankful Leaves – Many art/craft stores had leaf shaped paper available. Provide markers for the kids to write things they are thankful for on them. On construction paper, draw a tree trunk and have the kids glue their leaves on top to create a “thankful tree”.
  • Activity table covers – I found a few table clothes that had activities on them for the kids. You can also use butcher paper as a table cover and provide markers for the kids to freestyle some art and/or games.
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Food Fun

  • Kid friendly foods for them to snack on throughout the day that won’t go bad: Popcorn, pretzel sticks, goldfish, chex mix, veggie straws, etc.
  • Fruit cornucopia – Buy waffle cones and make a fruit salad. Have the kids spoon some fruit salad into their own waffle cones to create “fruit cornucopias”.
  • Waffle Cone TeePees – Break the tip off the bottom of each waffle cone to make a hole. Dip the top and bottom of a waffle cone into melted chocolate, then immediately into a bowl of sprinkles. Stick 2-3 pretzel sticks into the hole you created. Place cone tee-pees onto a flat surface until chocolate is hard.
  • Turkey Cups – Buy clear plastic cups and the stick-on googly eyes. Create a turkey face on each cup using the stick-on eyes and marker for the break. Squirt ranch at the bottom of each cup and have the kids put in their favorite sliced veggies to create “feathers”. Veggie straws also work!
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Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
XOXO

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato & Chicken Stew

This Sweet Potato & Chicken stew puts a healthy and delicious twist on the traditional chili for Fall/Winter nights!
Make and share at your next football gathering for a quick meal for everyone to enjoy.

Hey there!
The cold weather is upon us, even here in Florida! I haven’t exactly taken out my winter coat yet (I don’t know if I actually ever do), but we’re getting some amazing temperatures this week. Cool weather means a lot of things are happening; boots, Thanksgiving, turkey, sweat pants, Christmas trees, and SOUP!

If youre anything like me, this week before Thanksgiving is usually a week of simple meals, maybe even “healthy” meals to prepare for the food coma coming up. #Balance, right? Unless you’re testing out recipes for the biggest day of eating, add this to your menu to give yourself a few days off in the kitchen.

This stew is as easy as they come and loaded with all Fall flavors. It literally takes about 10 minutes to put together before work/school, and you’ll come home to an amazing and warm dinner! It also never fails with soup to have tons of left-overs for the week! SCORE!

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Sweet Potato Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size:

A healthy and delicious twist on the traditional chili for Fall/Winter nights! Make and share at your next football gathering for a quick meal for everyone to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, washed & trimmed
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package chili seasoning mix
  • 5 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to crockpot and carefully stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hrs (or high for 4 hours).
  3. With two forks, shred chicken and stir stew together.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  5. Serve & enjoy!
http://www.al2getherfit.com/2016/11/16/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-chicken-stew/

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XOXO

Chicken Sausage with Vegetables…Maybe the easiest dinner you’ll ever make!

The easiest dinner you will ever make, using ingredients you always have! Vegetables sauteed in chicken sausage juices, covering a bed of your favorite rice. 

Hey friends! I know I’ve been in and out lately, but tis life. Current news: Penelope is officially three years old and I already have my Christmas tree up! Priorities. I had to get it up this week because the next couple weekends are insane. Parties, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, NYC, Christmas parties. Ey yi yi! The Christmas tree gives me all the good feels, so why not?!

With life so crazy I haven’t really been cooking much, which is sad because I love cooking!! Our meals have been strange, as in not really put together, just kind of whatever we’ve got type meals! Meal planning has been almost nonexistent, which means I’m searching around in the fridge trying to think of something to make each night. When I’m feeling stressed and dinner sneaks up on me I do have a go-to meal that isn’t PB&J sandwiches. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with a PB&J sandwich for dinner!

I really go back and forth with even writing these “recipes” out for the blog because they aren’t really recipes. Then I get asked,”how do you have time to make healthy meals with multiple kids?!” and I feel like I should try to write them out so y’all can see just how simple they are.

Seriously, I don’t make anything that is time consuming because I don’t have longer than 45 minutes to make dinner, but I do always try to make it healthy AND something my kids will eat.

This meal is almost completely put together from start to finish using one hand. It’s a sight to see and I may actually make a video of me cooking dinner one night so y’all can see how close to a disaster it actually is.EVERY.NIGHT. After chopping the vegetables, (which you could do anytime during the day and keep in fridge) you’re good to pick up screaming baby. Why do kids always get REALLY cranking when it’s time to make dinner?!

Obviously I DON’T recommend cooking dinner with an infant strapped to you because #safety, but I know a million of you are doing it anyways so there’s that.

I make this meal multiple times a month, using different veggies depending on what I have in my fridge and what needs to be used. I got my sister-in-law hooked recently because it an excellent dinner, the kids eat it, and it’s insanely quick and easy. You can use any meat, any vegetable, and any type of rice you have! This is just some ingredients I always seem to have in my fridge. Quick and easy are my favorite words when it comes to dinner. Well, besides reservations. 😉

The flavor comes from the sausage, so use a good one, and season with salt & pepper as desired.

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I get aidells Chicken & Apple sausages from Costco, but have used others before. Costco has a great selection of organic chicken sausages for a great price.

Check out the ingredients! Good stuff.
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Sauteed Sausage & Vegetables Over Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4

One of my favorite, quick, and easy dinners to make during the week's hustle and bustle! Meat, vegetables, and brown rice make for a complete, healthy, and FAST FOOD!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 of your favorite sausage, sliced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/4 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 cups brown rice

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. I use Boil-In-Bag Brown Rice because it takes no more than 15 minutes.
  2. Add 1 tbsp EVOO to skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add sausage and cook until browned
  4. Add vegetables and sauteed until tender.
  5. Top brown rice with mixture & enjoy.
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