Monday, August 14, 2017

Easy Crockpot Breakfast Casserole {Paleo & Whole30}

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For the crazy project filled weekend we had…This easy veggie & protein packed breakfast with lots of coffee using my new Mr. Coffee® 12-Cup Programmable Advanced Coffee Brew Coffee Maker was the only way we survived. The kitchen is a construction zone…literally we have exposed insulation and only half of our countertops. We are prepping for new backsplash and countertops…yippee! Willie also worked about 12 hours trying to get a playground assembled for Hartley. It was her fabulous birthday gift from her grandparents and we are super excited to get it set-up. I just keep saying a few more weeks of crazy project-filled weekends and we will be done. We will have an AMAZING new kitchen and the BEST playground for Hartley in our own backyard! Ekkkk I’m so excited for the reveal of both these HUGE projects.

Here’s what you will need to make this delicious make-ahead breakfast in the crockpot:

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Can of coconut cream
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 squash
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder, italian seasoning, and ground mustard (you can add fennel too if you like)

Recipe:

  1. Brown ground pork with olive oil, spices and salt & pepper (doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through since it will have time in the crockpot)
  2. Set pork aside and let cool
  3. Wash and cut squash, zucchini and tomatoes into bite site pieces
  4. Wash, peel, and shred sweet potato with grater
  5. Crack 12 eggs in separate bowl with lots of pepper and salt and the 1/2 cup of coconut cream (the coconut cream gives it a almost custardy texture…ummmm ymmmm)
  6. Whisk egg mixture together (kitchen helper pictured…hehe) – it will look chunky
  7. Grease crockpot with coconut oil or ghee
  8. Layer everything in crockpot…I did pork, veggies then egg mixture
  9. Set for 6-8 hours on the low setting
  10. Drain fat liquid from top before cutting and serving (you can drain pork after cooking, but I like the flavor it gives to the dish cooking with it)
  11. Also – if you’re not strict on Paleo/Whole30…add a little cheesy deliciousness for an extra boost of flavor
  12. Cut like a pie or plop big spoonfuls in a bowl and ENJOY!

*Bonus – with this huge crockpot meal, you are set-up for meal prep for your work week 🙂

Before – Set your coffee and egg casserole the night before for a yummy easy morning!

After – How amazing to wake up to freshly made coffee and breakfast already made!

I’m sure all you moms and dads can relate when you pour a hot cup of coffee, but by the time you actually get to it it’s cold. Having a home cooked meal ready for you right when you wake up forces you to take a morning breather and actually sit and relish your coffee and breakfast. All you have to do when you wake-up is sit and sip. Since August is National Coffee Month, I encourage you to take a moment and savor your coffee, because all of us lead busy lives, and sometimes you just need a #MrCoffeeDay!

If you don’t follow Mr.Coffee on social media yet they have great recipes and ideas, especially on how to incorporate coffee in celebration of National Coffee Month. Follow on Facebook, Pinterest (OMG…the Coffee Infused Treat board is pretty much HEAVEN), Instagram (@mrcoffee), and YouTube.

Right now Walmart is offering a a $5 coupon on all Mr. Coffee® Coffeemakers and Espresso Units over $29. Find it in the housewares aisle at your local store. Also, keep a lookout for Mr. Coffee® Product Demo’s at their local Walmart. Having a programmable coffee maker is a lifesaver for a busy mom like me. Go ahead a treat yourself to a fabulous cup of coffee to celebrate National Coffee Month with Mr. Coffee®!

Pin this recipe for later!

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Budget Finds {under $50}

Happy first day of summer!

This summer is going to be jam-packed with events and as exhausted we are going to be, I cannot wait to share some incredible memories with friends and family. So to start off my summer I’ve created a list of my summer budget finds under $50 because even as a fru-GAL (see what I did there haha) everyone need a fabulous wardrobe and beauty essesetials for summer fun!

Summer Accessories

Accessories are EVERYTHING for summer. It’s the perfect time to rock fun earrings, colorful big bags, fabulous sandals, and funky sungalsses.

Summer Closet Essentials

I think my summer motto will be “Yoga + Iced Coffee”, so of course a fun tee needed to be included on my list! And I’m loving the deep plunge white swimsuit…can we say HOT?!? I’m super easy for summer as shorts aren’t my thing, so my go-to look is a t-shirt and yoga pants or long flowy dresses.

Summer Makeup Favorites

My summer skincare routine is simple and I try to use the best products for makeup routine. If you have not heard of or used Tarte Cosmetics, they are absolutely amazing. I wear their BB Cream and Clay Finishing Powder every day and it’s the perfect amount of coverage but lightweight and keeps my skin healthy. Their bronzer and self-tanner are perfect to get a fabulous glow without the harmful efffects of the sun. Every product I’ve used from them has exceeded expectations, so I hope you give them a try!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lucketts Spring Market Recap 2017

Happy Monday! This is my second year attending the Lucketts Spring Market and it provides such wonderful inspiration! If you haven’t experienced the market yet, the 3-day event hosts over 200 of the best “vintage hip” vendors featuring painted furniture, antiques, architectural salvage, vintage gems, hand painted signs, and handmade items. This year was the first year they held it outside of the actual store’s grounds so it was a different vibe then my first experience, but still amazing. It was a hot then rainy Friday afternoon, which made the crowds less than my previous attendance on a beautiful Saturday. The fairground vibe wasn’t as cramped but as provided a weave that you had to remember where certain vendors were which was my only downfall compared to the easily navigated aisles.

I’m a total vintage junky so all the old doors, windows, furniture, light fixtures were definitely the highlight for me. All the refinished furniture and painting demonstrations were inspiring, but also made me realize that you can make something on your own without the store prices if you’re willing to put in the hard work. The farmhouse vibe is TOTALLY in and people were absolutely following the Joanna Gaines movement. I mean for obvious reasons…her style is impeccable! Rose and Grace Market had some fabulous farmhouse items and the cutest shirts.

Plum Pretty Design and Decor had an amazing pop-up booth as well. I adore her logo and her Instagram page full of farmhouse loveliness.

I was amazed by the Miss Mustard Seed following as her barn booth was almost all sold by the first day of the market. Her items are fabulous and her perfectly staged booth was something out of a story book!! I also cannot wait to try some of her products.

Loved Carolina Chic Home Decor and Salvage as well! They had these HUGE amazing corbels.

Lucketts also featured beer and wine vendors, live music, food trucks, workshops, and a children’s section this year which was perfect for entertaining little Miss Hartley while mama shopped!

Until next year Lucketts! Thanks for all the wonderful creativeness and one-of-a-kind finds!

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

5 Ways to Create a Space for Living Well

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I drink tea everyday! I love how easy it is to incorporate tea into your daily beauty, fitness, and nighttime rountine to fuel your body with good for you ingredients. Here is my daily tea rountine, along with how to create a space for yourself to support well-being.

My Daily Tea Routine:

Bigelow Benefits is a new line consisting of 6 herbal teas and 1 green tea that is designed to support everyday wellness that fuel your body with good for you ingredients. Bigelow Tea’s have been delighting tea lovers for over 70 years with inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten-free, blended and produced in the USA that are so imaginative with exceptional flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them all day. Bigelow believes their Benefits teas, as part of your everyday routine, can help you define the life you want to live and support clean eating and a healthy balanced lifestyle. It’s perfect for the everyday person who is looking to do little things to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle just like me!

How to Create a Space for Well Being:

My outdoor gazebo space has been transformed into a place for meditation and relaxation (aka my Zen Garden). I’ve used bright colors and surrounded myself with an fresh herbs, motivational yoga space, and an inspiration journal. This space is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea and “disconnect and reconnect with life”. Creating an individual space that you can indulge in a Benefits tea will help you carve a path in living well everyday!

#1 Creative Colors

I went opposite of what I am normally drawn to. I have a muted color pallette within my home, so having bright bold colors in my creative thinking space was a way to inspire me. Oh and these papasan chairs I found…most comfortable things EVER.

#2 Fresh Surroundings

Fill your space with flowers, plants, or herbs. Having bright beautiful flowers always makes you smile. And growing something yourself in a special space will make you feel motivated and ready to try new things.

#3 Inspirational Quotes or Journal

I feel in love with this “disconnect and reconnect with life” journal because it was exactly what I wanted my well-being space to be used for. I also love the sound of chimes, so including one in my space was part of my inspiration.

#4 Meditation/Yoga Area

Now that the weather is nice again, I can’t wait to take yoga practice back outside. I enjoy doing some “homework” when I can’t make it to the studio and sometimes it’s just nice to have 5 minutes of stretching and quite time after a long day. If you do not enjoy yoga, just set a goal to have at least 30 seconds of your own mind meditation a day within your space. You can work up to longer durations, but start giving your mind a break!

#5 Have a Meal or Drink Alone

This is your space. Enjoy a cup of tea, glass of wine, or breakfast ALL alone. Having these alone moments are so important in our hectic environment. Set out a commitment to take yourself on a date every once in awhile. I try to take myself out once per week and it is such a treat!

I hope you are inspired to create your own LIVE WELL space. What would you include in your space? Share some ideas in the comments to help encourage each other to LIVE WELL. I also hope you try this fabulous new line of support tea. I found my Bigelow Benefits tea at my local Safeway. It is sold at numberous distributers, so it should be easy to find and enjoy!