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Throwback Thursday

Hey y’all! How’s it hangin?

Thought I’d post today since it’s been awhile! Finally getting back into paleo again after the holidays and vacations and I’ve been feeling uh-mazing. Eating whole foods does so much for your body so wanted to take today to revisit an older post that I still feel so passionate about and still helps me SO much!

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom or are a student it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving!

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Just 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Am I right? How awesome was that tip nearly 2 years ago?! I forget this tip often but lately I’ve been buying random snacks/fruits that’ll satisfy my cravings and are easy for on the go when Hudson and I take our outdoor adventures!

What’s your favorite go-to snack?

Collaborations · Family · Hudson · Lifestyle · Mama Bear · Reviews

Chipolo – Bluetooth Tracker

As a Mom I feel like I constantly lose EVERYTHING. I’m always in a hurry and always doing something so I lose track of my keys, Hudson’s toys, his blanket and my phone. I decided enough was enough and got myself a Chipolo Bluetooth Tracker! You attach it to anything you don’t want to lose, download the app and click Ring To Find and it’ll sound loudly to alert you to it’s location! **You can also double click the finder and it rings your phone on loud, even if it’s on silent!Screenshot_20180220-122726.jpgIt’s little, discreet and cute! I’ve already tried it on Hudson’s toys and blanket and it worked amazing! He loved hunting to find his stuff, it became a little game 😉pexels-photo.jpgBut after awhile realized it was most helpful on my keys since I lose them the most! So they’re permanently on my keychain and have already come in handy TWICE in one week. *facepalm*Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 12.12.15 PMI highly recommend it to any Parent or anyone who is forgetful like me :p They also have Chipolo Card which is a super convenient wallet/purse finder! I may need to get that as well because I ALSO misplace my purse often 😛 Use their code STOPLOSING10 for 10% off your order!

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

Family · Mama Bear · Reviews

Toy Fair – Hottest Toys and Trends

Hey y’all! These are some of the biggest toys showcased at this year’s Toy Fair – The largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere!

Huggers by Wild Republic

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These adorable little guys are huggers! Fun plush stuffies that hug you back! Their arms are made from snap bands so they safely and comfortably hug onto wrists, backpacks, strollers, bikes and more! They come in a large variety of different animals and are only $7.99! They’ll make any kid feel snuggly cozy! ❥

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Glove-A-Bubbles by Zing

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You may have seen these fun little gloves on their commercial and they’re JUST as fun as they look! They come in 8 different animals and are only $8.00 for a 4 pack! Just put the glove on (They have handy finger slots so they don’t easily slide off your kid’s hands!), dip them into the bag of solution and wave back and forth to create tons of different sized bubbles! Your kids will LOVE these!

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Dough Sets by Green Toys

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We LOVE Green Toys products in our house but their new dough sets are our kids’ favorite new playtime activity! They are safe for children ages 2 and up because they’re non-toxic and made with organic flour in US food-safe facilities! Their tools are made from 100% recycled plastic and are dish washer safe! How nice is that?! They have 4 different sets: Race Car, Flower, Cake and Meals! They’re really fun and a great company to get behind!

**They’re regularly $24.99 but are currently on sale on Amazon.com!

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Poof Lacrosse Launcher by Alex Brands*

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These are really fun lacrosse launchers that are pump action and can shoot out one or multiple balls at a time! Perfect for team or solo practice sessions! They will be available this Spring and would be amazing for any kiddo in lacrosse!

* Link to product not available yet. Can be found this Spring on https://www.alexbrands.com/

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Brackitz Pulleys Set by Brackitz

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These amazing STEAM toys were made by a Colorado Dad whose Children were outgrowing the tradition blocks and puzzles. So he designed Brackitz to promote next-level thinking. They’ve already got some great sets but their pulleys sets are new and show children the relationship between the pulleys, cranks, axels, hooks and strings in relation to the crank mechanism to haul and lift the bucket!

It’s an amazing toy that teaches basic engineering and architecture! They retail for $39.99.

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I’ve got all of these toys in my home and my kids love them!

Health Tips · Paleo · Purely Inspired · Recipes

Superfood Fruit Strips

Hey y’all.. It’s been a long week. It was going really well in the beginning until I came down with food poisoning. From what? No clue. But like those commercials say, parents don’t get sick days. So I’ve been trying to soldier through these miserable past few days and have found one thing that’s been helping a ton – My Purely Inspired Organic Greens Superfood Mix.

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I haven’t had much of a desire to eat at all. It all comes back up anyways! But when I do feel a slight pang of hunger I want it to be nutritional so I’ve been making quite a few smoothies with my Multivitamin mix and they’ve been a life saver. But I’ve been really needing something with a little more texture so decided to make fruit strips!! They’re incredible and are exactly what I need – They aren’t heavy enough to upset my stomach but still give me a little bit of solids in there AND I add the Organic Greens to my mixture so that they’re PACKED full of vitamins and nutrients!

They’re perfect for sick days but also for whenever – Especially for the kiddos! Love that I decided to make these cuz they’ll now be a household snack all year round! They weren’t difficult to make at all (If you’ve got a dehydrator 😛 ) Try it for yourself! ↓ ↓

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Superfood Fruit Strips

 

  1. Set dehydrator to 158°F – I spray my fruit tray with coconut oil non-stick spray just incase.
  2. I like to use whichever fruit is going bad soonest, the riper they are the sweeter they are, but my favorite mix is banana and strawberries.
  3. Blend your fruit with a splash of water and a scoop of your Organic Greens mix (You need the mixture to be thick!)
  4. Now pour your mixture into your trays (The more mixture added to each tray the thicker the strips, we like them either way!)
  5. Let them dehydrate for 10 hours! It’s a long time but it makes a TON and it’s worth it! I usually do mine overnight so they can sit for a few hours in the dehydrator afterward to finish hardening 🙂
  6. Enjoy!

These are healthier alternatives to fruit strips with an added bonus of superfoods and multivitamins! They’ve already done wonders helping my stomach settle – And the kids love them too!

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(I am compensated by Purely Inspired with products as an ambassador. However, I did this recipe on my own for the reasons stated above and LOVE it. All opinions/recipes are my own.)

Health Tips · Lifestyle · Mama Bear

Your Space, Your Time

You learn a lot of things when you become a Wife and a Mother. One thing I’ve learned is how important it is for everyone to have their own time. Finding it hard to catch up on cleaning? Too tired to cook? Yup, we all do at times. But one thing I’ve finally realized is IT’S OKAY.

If I don’t feel like I’ve got the energy or have the patience I make sure I get 2 things done: I take care of my child then I clean my room. Why my room? It’s my space. And it’s one thing done that I’ll really appreciate. It’s decorated the way I want, I’ve got my Google Home in there to listen to relaxation music, I’ve got my Essential Oil Diffuser and I can close the door.. :p

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So once my son goes down for a nap that is MY time. Sometimes I don’t need it, but when I do and don’t want to do anything else while he’s asleep – I clean my room, make my bed and just relax in here. I’m actually doing it RIGHT now and it’s amazing.

Some people don’t take enough time to recenter themselves and empty their minds. Which ends up leaving people feeling overwhelmed and pissy. How do I know? That was me too. Sometimes it can make my family resentful that I need this time but in reality I’m helping them out, hahaha!

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So don’t feel guilty about having you time, just do it! And make sure you do it in a space that feels like yours ❥

Beauty · Bodhi Body · Collaborations · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Local · Mama Bear · Wellness

Massage Benefits

As an active Mom with an even more active little man I am constantly tired (Like any other parent 😉 ) With fitting in exercise as often as I can, getting us out of the house 4-5 days a week for activities and being a house wife I am constantly on the go and although I’m only 26 I feel it catching up with me where I would welcome a nap with a smile and a mini-mom tear.20180120_133642.png

So I cannot be thankful enough for my biweekly massage. It isn’t just for releasing stress and aches and pains but preventing my pinch nerve problems in my neck that cause my arms to go numb when I over-exert. I’m a parent – I ALWAYS over-exert.20180120_133700.pngHaving Bodhi Body know specifically what my problem areas and concerns are make it a pleasurable yet needed appointment. If you’ve got an issue like that I highly recommend you checking them out or if you’re out of state trying your own local therapists. It makes a WORLD of difference!

Also, for those weight loss or strengthening New Years resolutions, when you feel stiff and achy from exercising when it may have been awhile or you’re trying something new it can be so disheartening to get back onto that yoga mat for more! But getting a massage totally works those aches and gets you back and ready for more by the next day!Screenshot_20180120-133729.jpg

It’s all around beneficial and I LOVE my massage studio. Stephanie is the best and it’s an adorable yet relaxing environment that puts you at peace as soon as you walk in. Try them out for yourself if you’re in the Denver area! Free 30 minute massage with code SIMPLY .

(I am compensated for these posts and my affiliate code, however all opinions are my own!)

 

Family · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Mantra Mondays · Paleo · Wellness

Mantra Monday – Paleo Eating

It’s that time of year for New Year, New Me mantras, and I’m all for it! Always try and be the best versions of yourself! It’ll make for a healthier and happier you! When I talk to friend’s who are trying to revamp their life with better eating habits and more exercise I always get asked, “Why Paleo? What is Paleo? Isn’t that a fad diet?”.

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That’s what a lot of people think when they hear Paleolithic, just that it’s the same old diet that everyone fails and never likes. Well I’m here to help those of you who may believes those ideals!

Paleo eating is incredible. I’ve been paleo for 4 years now and I couldn’t imagine going back! The Paleo (Or Caveman) diet isn’t really even a diet. It’s a lifestyle. A change of your thoughts on food and living. It promotes the caveman experience – Living active lifestyles and eating whole, natural, REAL food.

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The Cavemen didn’t have processed foods (obviously) but just what God supplied for them. Meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. etc. And in the beginning I know how hard it is to cut out everything and imagine how to go from everything you’re accustomed to making/eating to going down to the basics but it’s doable and it works!fruits-market-colors.jpg

 

Processed foods can be very detrimental to your health in the long run which it’s why it’s best to embrace the paleo lifestyle because eventually all of the bad ingredients in foods nowadays will catch up to you and can cause some issues. Of course there are times where we indulge and enjoy some delicious pizza, pasta or drinks (Outside the paleo allowed red wine) but it’s better than the alternative of eating bad all the time with a few healthy foods sprinkled in every now and then.

Our children even eat predominantly paleo because obviously we want to promote this healthy lifestyle to them and show them that you don’t need fast food to get delicious tasting meals. It begins with us as adults to make the change for us to make a difference to the future generations.

So.. My manta this week is New Year, New You – Try Paleo! . It can make a huge difference in your life and your families, especially down the road.

Have any questions about paleo? I would love to help! Just ask 🙂