Family · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Purely Inspired · Recipes

Purely Inspired No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bites

Although we’re mostly paleo, we definitely have our little treats here and there – Some are still healthy! This time.. We’re doing Chocolate Protein Bites! Lately I’ve been really, really sluggish, exhausted, foggy brained, etc. and needed to create SOMETHING to help me!

So I’ve been skipping coffee in the mornings and having a multivitamin Purely Inspired Organic Greens smoothie instead to try and get as many vitamins and minerals in me as I can and it’s definitely already made a difference. And although Oats aren’t paleo they are beneficial as they absorb slowly in the body, giving you a longer boost of energy so I decided to start making some protein bites to assist in getting my energy levels back up!

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They’re perfect as each batch makes around 12 (Depending on how large you make them!) – So they last for a few days, the kids love them for snacks, they’re perfect for on-the-go and for a MUCH needed energy pick-up.

I’m gonna share this recipe with you as it’s made a huge difference lately and they’re really, REALLY good.. And it’s perfect for the summertime as no-bake is great since it’s already SO hot outside!

Chocolate No-Bake Protein Bites

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After combining in a bowl, place in fridge for around 30 minutes. Then form into balls and enjoy! They last around 5 days in the fridge! Easy peasy!


 

I’m sure these would also be AMAZING for breastfeeding Mamas needing help getting their supply up a little! Wish I would’ve had this recipe when I was BF Hudson!

Will be doing this recipe LIVE on Purely Inspired’s FB page tomorrow at 12PM MST! Check it out! I’ll also post on here when I’m done!

Beauty · Collaborations · Ibotta · Lifestyle · Local · Reviews

Bodhi Body Progress

As y’all know, I’ve found my favorite massage studio ever and it’s only about 8 minutes away. Well, I’ve started going every two weeks to try and work some severe problems I’ve been having.

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When I was 5 years old I got incredibly sick and no one knew why until one Doctor came to the conclusion that I had bacterial spinal meningitis. I was urgently hospitalized and given a 50/50 chance to live (And if I did live was expected to have some form of disability). I lived and didn’t have any complications what-so-ever. The Doctor has since deemed me her “miracle child”. Years later, I am starting to discover that I do have a slight issue arising as I have a pinch nerve in my neck/spine that nearly disables either of my arms from use if I overexert either of them (Really tough for a parent with a toddler that loves when Mommy carries him!)

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So after going my first time to Bodhi Body I realized they were able to really work on a kink in my neck that may have a connection to the nerve problems as the more they’ve been working on it the less weak and tingly my arms feel! I never expected massage would be the answer to a medical problem like this but it’s been incredible seeing it slowly recover before my eyes. Alternative medicine/practices DO work (I’ve tried physical therapy and it never works, it actually exacerbates it!)

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Also, I’ve found a recent problem where I severely grind my teeth (Even during the day now!) and didn’t think it was something they could work on but they started rubbing my jaw and it hurt so bad I cried. It was EXCRUCIATING. But they’ve slowly been working on it every session and I’ve seen a drop in the amount I grind and just in the pain overall.

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Side Note: The wonderful owner, Stephanie, happened to hear I worked at Ibotta and she loved my CEO Bryan when she heard him speak at a conference so offered to do some free massage chairs for our whole office! So I made the arrangements and they spent the WHOLE day treating everyone to some well deserved massages! How awesome is that?! They’re the best! ❥

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I love this place and it’s benefits to my body. I’ll continue to go and continue to update on how this has been changing my life and aiding in my body’s healing. If you’re in the Denver area, check them out! You can get a free 30 minute massage using my code SIMPLY.

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Also; For Father’s Day I booked my Husband a 90 minute massage!! It’ll be a wonderful surprise for him – Dad’s work hard for our little ones so be sure to spoil him!

Beauty · Collaborations · Lifestyle · Reviews

National Eyewear Day

Eyeglass wearers.. June 6th is official Eyewear Day! It’s a day to celebrate your EYES and maybe treat yourself to a fresh pair of new frames (And maybe an updated lens prescription 😉 )

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I had to start wearing glasses because of how often I stare at my computer, the TV, gaming, my phone, etc. etc. I had gotten mine a few years back but hated wearing them so never did but because I’ve needed them so much lately I wear them every time I blog or work. I’ve really come to love them actually! personally believe they look cute, and are a fashion statement for people who don’t even wear them – So why not revel in the fact that we HAVE to wear them?! 😉

So, when I heard National Eyewear Day was coming up I decided to treat myself. I got myself TWO new frames from Zyloware (They’ve been around for 94 years, so I trusted their products!) One for driving (For my distance needs) and one for my home/work glasses (For blue light filter, eye strain, etc).

I decided I wanted to get something a little more sturdy (Now that I have a 1 year old tornado!) but also a lot trendier since I’ll be wearing them all the time! SO I chose the Via Spiga Paola and the Leon Max 4010 frames. I LOVE them both!! I really loved my Leon Max so I decided to make those my house glasses since they’re the ones I’ll be wearing the most – They’re just SUPER cute and frame my face perfectly 😉 And again aren’t flimsy at ALL so I love how durable they are since they’ll be face to face with a little Tasmanian devil 😉

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I’ve already got them sent out to have the lenses put in them and I cannot WAIT. Feels like Christmas.. So this National Eyewear Day, treat yourself AND your eyes at Zyloware!!

xoxox

Family · Hudson · Lifestyle · Texas · Travel

Louisiana Trip – Traveling with Toddler

Y’all – I know, it’s been QUITE awhile since I last posted. I apologize! But we’ve been having an amazing time in Louisiana with some family and friends! Sooo happy to be home but also a little sad because there’s nothing quite like the South.. Southern hospitality, tons of history, antiques shops everywhere and sometimes the sweetest people!

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It can be pretty nerve-wracking taking a 1 year old toddler on vacation whether you’re flying, driving or BOTH. It’s pretty scary imagining how your little one will deal with not being able to be independent and active so I tried my hardest to ensure I had everything planned and covered!

I started with cleaning the entire house. SPOTLESS. So when we came home there was absolutely nothing left to stress about but getting into bed and passing out after a long 17 hour drive! Then began a ton of packing, Hudson and I were flying but my Husband was driving so we were able to leave all of the bags with him except Hudson’s diaper bag. We got the CUTEST little bag from our neighbor that I used for a diaper bag and it fit all of the goodies he would need and could fit my tablet, phone and wallet as well. It made it SO much easier only carrying a backpack so my hands were completely free for my busy bee!

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We were flying into Dallas since it was cheaper than flying all the way to Louisiana so we planned for us to fly in right as Brent would be driving by so he could swing by and grab us! It worked out perfect and Hudson was so great on the plane ride there – I kept him busy with tons of treats he usually wouldn’t get, toys he hasn’t played with before, movies on my tablet for him to watch and tons more! (We flew Spirit and although it went smoothly, I’ve NEVER met a ruder flight crew in my life.. Not to me specifically but you could very clearly tell they did NOT want to be there)

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After we made it and got in the car we started our 5 hour trip East towards Louisiana. Hudson was exhausted so he very quickly passed out! (It can be so incredibly difficult to eat healthy while traveling AND why would you when in cajun country?!) We stopped and got some Whataburger since we didn’t have any in Colorado (Wasn’t impressed, unfortunately) then made our way to our friend’s house who was holding us up for a week! (Bless their hearts 😉 ) 

We were EXHAUSTED but quickly passed out and were ready for the next day. My Husband was going to be working at this Dad’s house all week helping him renovate so I had a week full of fun stuff for Hudson and I to do!

We started with a trip to our good friend’s adorable little store found in Ruston that has a ton of vendors that sell awesome rustic/unique goodies for the home, for the kids, for yourself (Got myself a pair of shoes for $20 that look EXACTLY like Yeezy Boosts Which are $3,000!!) It’s the cutest little shop and I could spend WAY too much money in here, everyday..

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After our stop here we made the trip down to see Hudson’s half-brother (His Father’s oldest) and his family. They’re such great people and we had a full day of fun down in New Orleans planned for the next day! But first.. Food! Hudson had his FIRST alligator and LOVED it at Walk Ons. Tasted just like chicken except a little chewier and he digged that 😉

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The next day we made the short drive down to New Orleans and it was absolutely gorgeous. It was a whole new world it seemed. It was full of culture, music, performers, amazing food smells I couldn’t even identify and more! There was also a lot people watching ;).

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I was so wrapped up in the beauty of the old French architecture and the Hurricane Drinks 😉 I didn’t get a chance to take many photos but made sure to get some shots of the gorgeous Jackson Square!

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We headed back after a VERY long day in New Orleans to Baton Rouge to see Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) and get some beignets. The campus was sooo gorgeous but unfortunately there was a torrential downpour the entire time we were there so I couldn’t get out to check it all out but it was amazing to see regardless and the beignets were DELICIOUS.

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After heading back we said our goodbyes and left back to our friend’s house and took it easy and Hudson had a blast hanging out with their little ones! They were all best buds.. 😉 Their land was gorgeous and made me SO wanna be out there for good.

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We made sure not to eat completely healthy on this trip because we couldn’t miss out on all the unique and authentic food! Hudson enjoyed it too.. We found an ADORABLE little diner RIGHT on D’Arbonne Lake.. He had shrimp bites, his new favorite thanks to Louisiana!

He also LOVE my Zyloware sunglasses! I LOVE these too. They’re my first high end pair of sunglasses and they’re so worth it, they’re durable and classy! ❥

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Before heading back to our friend’s house for some more relaxing we headed to his Papaw’s house for some lovings and to get some sillies out before naptime. He LOVED the big open space.. AGAIN.. I wanna move to the country as I believe he’s a country boy at heart 😉

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Of course we had to leave and stop for some BBQ before nap time.. We went to Podnuhs and Hudson LOVED it and their sweet tea.. We had a lot of that there..

Some of the meat was a little large for Hudson so I had to use his awesome new Tiny Bites shears to cut some up for him, they worked great! ❥

 

We headed back to their house for the rest of the day to rest up for our very busy day the next day. We were going to Shreveport to see my Dad who lives in Texas! We don’t get to see him very often so it’s SUCH a treat to get to see him!

We woke up bright and early the next morning for our hour and a half drive West to Shreveport and once we got there were welcomed by the GORGEOUS Boardwalk on the Red River. Then by DAD! It was so so nice to see him. Hudson loves him so much and remembers him every time he seems him.. Even if it’s been awhile.

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We started by walking around the Boardwalk, getting a HUGE sucker (Lucky little man), doing some shopping and riding some kiddie rides! He had a blast (Despite the stickiest of sticky humidity and heat :p)

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We HAD to get out of the heat so stopped at a delicious little cajun restaurant called the Blind Tiger and it was delicious. Of COURSE Hudson had some shrimp bites ;). I swear, they make the BEST drinks down there. Everything was so sweet with a side of rum or whisky. YUM.

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After lunch we wanted to continue being INDOORS. It was just too muggy.. So we found an awesome little kids museum that had the most AWESOME area for toddlers his age. There were water parks, (He splashed all the little girls and old ladies.. What a flirt.. Hahaha!) a fire-station, a construction zone, a store, and so much more! We spent FOREVER in there. It was SO awesome. I really wish we had a place that cool here.. (Maybe we do?! I should look that up! You should too!)

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Hudson very quickly got grumpy (I’m sure the heat wore him out) so we just started driving around Shreveport and looked at all of the history. The gorgeous mansions and very, VERY old cemeteries.. We went through the cemetery twice, we loved it so much.

As sad as it was it was getting late and I had to get back home to get Hudson to bed as we had a long drive back to Colorado the next day. So we said our sad goodbyes (Even though we were gonna swing by and have lunch with him on our way out of state!) and headed back East to the house.

It was so, so sad to leave Louisiana as it’s a completely different feel out there than anywhere else I’ve ever been. But we had to get back home. So the next morning we headed out on our long 17 hour drive back to Colorado. I was not exactly excited to start the long journey as I wasn’t sure how Hudson would do but he was fantastic on our way to lunch with GrandDad. He had a ton of snacks and lots of toys (Again, I brought a ton of toys he hadn’t played with before to entice him)

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We stopped in Denton, TX for lunch at Chilis with my Dad and he was so happy to see him again. We had great food, great conversation and Hudson flirted with our blonde waitress the whole time.. hahaha! But all of his flirting sure did tire him out because after lunch we started our drive again and he was OUT for hours! Thanks blondie 😉

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Although it was sad to leave my Dad, again, we were so ready to be home so we kept trucking along and Hudson was good the WHOLE time. We played games, sang songs and just enjoyed the agonizing butt pain that came from sitting for SO long.

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We finally made it home around 1:30am and couldn’t have been happier. I put Hudson down and PASSED out. It was such an absolutely amazing trip and now I’m officially obsessed with Louisiana. It’s a whole other world down there ❥

It IS doable to both fly AND drive with a 1 year old toddler – As long as you’re prepared!

xoxox

Family · Health Tips · Hudson · Lifestyle · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Hey y’all. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately! Been busy with getting ready for our trip to Louisiana! Hudson and I fly out Friday and I’ve been scrambling to get everything ready!

This last weekend I ate a little gluten because of a party I went to and Mother’s Day! I definitely paid for it, I’m JUST feeling better.. It’s so important, even if you’re stressed, to take care of yourself. It’s keeps your energy levels high and improves your overall mood!! I don’t feel yucky now because I’ve been eating whole foods, drinking tons of water and exercising! It makes a huge difference.. Not only do I feel confident because I like how I look but I also feel GREAT. So eat your whole foods, folks! Drink tons of water and GET UP! Be active! Even if it’s chores around the house or just a little walk! ❤

Collaborations · Family · Lifestyle · Reviews

Pins+Needles Kits

I love subscription boxes. They’re so convenient and make for a nice treat for yourself, your pet, your baby, whomever! (We currently get Bluum boxes for Hudson and he loves them!) I have been looking for one for myself, though! So I recently found a cute one called Pins+Needles Kits that sends you a box on the 10th of every month and it’s got adorable sewing goodies in it!2296ca79ada24979b6102fca9429e952.jpeg

They send you a pattern/instructions on how to make that month’s theme and they send you everything you’ll need to make this and get working on your machine! This month was a sewing machine cover and pincushions, sooo cute!

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They had an array of fabrics, a cutter (Incase you didn’t have one!), wire, and really thorough instructions! I LOVE the box I got this month.. But still not sure whether I selfishly want to keep it for myself or give it to my Mom for Mother’s Day..

Decisions, Decisions! 😉

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Highly recommend this to anyone who has a crafty Mama who is looking for a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day – Whether it’s one box or a monthly subscription! It’d mean a lot showing the thought that was put in as it’s something she can use many times over! ♥

 

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Beauty · Collaborations · Lifestyle · Reviews

Migraine Magick

When I was younger I was always around essential oils, I remember my parents had a cabinet FULL of all different scents and my Mom would put them in my bath every night and it always put me at ease. Once I moved out I didn’t realize how much of an impact it had made on me. It always made me feel more relaxed and calm.

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It’s been almost 10 years now since I last used essential oils (WHY did I wait this long if I know it’s something I love?!) but recently my step-daughter has been having headaches almost EVERY night. So much so they’re keeping her up at night and making her feel “hot” – Poor thing. Although she has been taken to the doctors they always down play it and believe it’s happening for different reasons every time so I decided to take it into my own hands and find a natural remedy for her pain.

I found an amazing natural product from Migraine Magick – It’s just that. MAGIC for migraines. Using essential oils and natural ingredients it aids in healing physical pains, providing relaxation and more!

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I personally sourced the highest grade of natural ingredients that have the healthiest, nourishing, replenishing and therapeutic vibrational frequencies for healing in order to ignite your inner you so that you can feel super radiant!

When I told her about it she was ECSTATIC – When a child hears there is a magical spray that can help them feel better at night (Or whenever!) whether it’s a headache, tummy ache, can’t sleep, whatever!it’s like a dream come true. She asks for a quick spray for whatever is ailing her and not only is it making her actually feel good but it’s helping her not get into her own head, allowing her to sleep peacefully at night and play during the day without interruption!

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I LOVE to use it when my head is hurting as well or when I just need relax! It’s such an amazing spray. It smells DIVINE and feels even better – Sometimes I get a little tingle from it too. I’ve also been using it as a perfume if I’m feeling a little earthy 😉

 

This stuff is amazing and we’ll definitely keep using it as it seems to make a huge difference for us all! (Especially my sweet step-daughter’s migraines which was my biggest concern!) 

It’s also amazing for a little spray on the pillow before bed.. Smells amazing and the lavender scent is supposed to be beneficial for sleep as it allows you to fall asleep faster, sleep better and wake more clear and refreshed!

Thanks Migraine Magick!!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)