Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup

My Hubby and I are mega sick with something.. Our coughing has been so bad it’s nearly impossible to sleep at night. So I ran to the grocery store today to grab some ingredients to make some homemade paleo chicken noodle soup..

And well, it turned out INCREDIBLE and has already helped the inflammation in our throats. Try it out if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to a classic cold remedy!

Try it for yourself and tell me if it helped you at all with an illness or if you made any changes! xoxo

Ocean Prime – Valentine’s Day Specials

My favorite restaurant in Denver is Ocean Prime. Their Larimer Square location is gorgeous, classy and the staff is literally perfect. We’re making plans to visit in February for our Anniversary/Valentine’s celebration and Ocean Prime is always our tradition!

So to spread the love wanted to share their amazing 2019 Valentine’s Specials! First, is their “Cupid’s Kiss” cocktail – A delicious love inspired beverage made with prickly pear puree, lemon, St. Germain, prosecco, and orange bitters ($13).

I’d be all over this drank if I wasn’t preggo 😉 Photo Credit: Ocean Prime

Next, their amazing appetizer – Chargrilled oysters (6-piece), served with Worcestershire Sauce, butter, and parmesan ($24) *drooool* I wish I could have shellfish *cry*

Photo Credit: Ocean Prime

End it with their incredible entrees with your choice of Waygu NY strip (6-oz.) served with lobster ravioli, charred broccolini, and lemon tarragon sauce ($60) or the Roasted Sea Bass over Alaskan King Crab Gnocchi with Champagne Cream served with baby carrot salad topped with a preserved lemon pepper vinaigrette ($60)

Yasss! Photo Credit: Ocean Prime

Then top off your exquisite romantic dinner with their decadent raspberry marble cheesecake with a macadamia nut crust ($13)

Photo Credit: Ocean Prime

You know how busy Valentine’s can be so reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling: (303) 825-3663 (Ocean Prime Larimer Square), or: (303) 552-3000 (Ocean Prime DTC), or by visiting: https://www.ocean-prime.com/reservations.

Enjoy the delicious food and charming atmosphere while spending time with the one you love most. You’ll make it a tradition too once you try it – No need for thanks 😉

Formulate – Personalized Shampoo and Conditioner

Anyone else super picky with beauty products? 🙋

I’m so weird about what I use for my hair because I feel like my hair either gets super greasy or super brittle – I could never find the right balance! But after doing some research I found Formulate!

They use chemists to create specific hair products based on your hair type and hair goals. So your products are actually scientifically engineered for you! How cool is that?!

When visiting their website you’re prompted to describe your hair – Color, length, pattern, thickness, oily/dry, scalp sensitivity, which tools you use to style your hair, and more. They use all of this information to decide which problems you may be looking to fix.

After your hair history is added you move on to your specific hair goals. You can choose between 1 to 5 goals and they’ll create the perfect mix to aid you in your healthier hair objective! For example, I chose as my five goals: Deep Conditioning, Hydration, Lengthening, Volumizing and Glossy Hair! AND what I was really excited for.. You get to choose your OWN scent! There are seven different scents and they’re all natural and fresh smelling. I chose Verdant (Which is Grass, Lilies, and Eucalyptus) and it smells amazinggg.

As you could probably tell I was SO excited to give it a try. It shipped super fast and I used it immediately!! The scent was so fresh and the lather really felt like it was penetrating deep into my strands and scalp! Wasn’t something I had experienced with other hair products before!

Now I know this sounds ridiculous but LITERALLY it made a difference after the first use!! After my hair dried I brushed it thoroughly and came out with fluffy, soft and luscious hair! My Hubby said something as soon as he saw it!

That shine, though ❥

After using it for over a week I can honestly say I’m still obsessed and in love. The scent grows on me more and more every time I use it (It actually lingers which I LOVE)

I seriously cannot imagine going back to traditional shampoo and conditioner after using something that was so specifically formulated for me! And the bottles look super fancy.. So that’s a plus 😉

I’d love for my followers to get a chance to try it for themselves! In collaboration with them I am giving ONE lucky winner the chance to win a set of their very own personalized shampoo and conditioner! To Enter Visit: https://www.formulate.co/u/simplykaraliz! Good luck y’all! 🌺

(I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. I seriously love this stuff, y’all!)

Air Fried Paleo Wings

Y’all – Just got my new air fryer for Christmas and it’s AMAZING. You can throw nearly anything in there and cook it health-ily in half the time! Our first experiment was with chicken wings and OMG they were the best tasting wings I’ve ever had.. (Not to toot my own horn 😉 )

We bought the Cooks 2.5L Air Fryer from JCPenney for $49.99 and it works fantastic!

I wish I could add more photos and details to this post but it’s literally just that easy that it only takes a few paragraphs! We made two batches: Half BBQ and half buffalo. In each bowl we threw our wings in that we had bought from Sprouts then seasoned them with salt, pepper and cajun seasoning then topped them with paleo-friendly sauces!

I set our air fryer to 360°F, placed the wings in the basket evenly and cooked them for 15 minutes. It could fit about 7-8 wings and we had 15 so it worked out perfect for each batch. We removed them from the basket and they were cooked completely through! The skin was incredibly crispy and flavorful (Without the need of deep frying!)

We’re officially hooked and already trying to figure out what ELSE we could make with it! We are running back to the store today to grab some more wings so we can make some for some friends coming over for the Cowboys Playoff game and I cannot wait for someone else to try them out!

What are some recipes you love to make in the air fryer? Would love some more paleo suggestions!

Mile High Epidemic – Teen Vaping

I’m sure y’all have heard comments like this before: “Vaping isn’t nearly as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.” or, “It’s just water vapor – How can that be worse for you than straight cigarettes?”.

Well, these thoughts and ideas are filling our teen’s heads and they believe they’re actually making a “safer” decision by keeping to e-cigarettes. In reality, a JUUL pod (an e-cigarette cartridge) contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes. TWENTY CIGARETTES.

Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, most recently, on Sept. 12, 2018, the FDA declared vaping as an epidemic across the United States.

How terrifying is that?! Colorado is ranked at TWICE the national average. As the mother and step-mother of almost five children that absolutely horrifies me. That could be one of my children. My 14 year old step-son could so easily hear these misconceptions and think it’d be “cool” to try vaping and then get addicted. Getting hooked on e-cigarettes could introduce horrible chemicals and nicotine into his body and within a year it could be a gateway into actual cigarettes.

There is little known about the long-term effects of vaping, however it is proven to have negative effects on their mental development as it harms their memory capabilities and causes depression. There is enough going on in our teens’ brains at this vulnerable age and we cannot have them stunting it with smoking.

This is not the future I want for my children and that is the reality of many teens right now in our state and country. So I implore my fellow parents and educators to cultivate their children’s thinking on vaping, even if it is not cigarettes. It Still.. Isn’t.. Safe.

According to the Tobacco Free Colorado website, about half of Colorado high school students have tried vaping nicotine and a statewide school survey shows 87 percent of Colorado high school students think cigarette smoking is risky, but only 50 percent think those risks apply to vaping nicotine.

As parents, we hold the responsibility in informing our children of the risks – even if they don’t smoke or have never tried it. It’s important to bestow the knowledge onto them.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a suite of materials to help parents and askable adults to understand the risks of vaping, and prepare them to have informed conversations with teens about it. The materials are available on the new Tobacco Free Colorado website at www.TobaccoFreeCO.org/know-the-facts.

(I was compensated for this post in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. All opinions are my own and I truly feel passionate about this as my children are my world!)

KidSpace A Children’s Exploration Center

Y’all know I love to do local places – This is one I really love to take Hudson to! It’s fun, educational AND health conscious so wanted to share them with y’all incase you’re looking for some fun places to hit up during these cold Colorado winters!

You walk in and it just screams interstellar.. There are themed sections everywhere! You see scientific experiment games based on Archimedes’ work, a launch lab where kids can use different levels of strength to get a rocket ship to different planets, a ballistics zone where kids can run, play, climb and use air launchers to shoot balls – And SO much more!!

Wherever you look there’s STEM play and that’s an amazing feeling as a parent to have the opportunity to have your kids learn as they play! I believe STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is so crucial for children, especially at a young age as it allows their minds to bend and flex in ways they wouldn’t be able to ordinarily.

They have hourly planetarium shows in an amazing blow up igloo which is so fun for the kids!

Something all parents can appreciate is the extreme cleanliness of the entire facility – I never feel as though I’ve got to give Hudson a bath after he leaves! Another parent pleaser is the amazing full espresso bar with delicious coffees and healthy snacks!

The owners are so friendly and passionate about their creation and they should be. You can easily spend hours here.. So if you’re looking for a fun, indoor place to take your stir crazy kiddos – Bring them here!! You won’t be disappointed and they’ll be begging you to come back!

2018 Holiday Guide – Six Under $100

I’ve never done a Holiday Guide but I’ve seen a ton of them lately so decided to do my own.. These are a few things I’ve either bought or things I know I’d LOVE 😉 Still looking for last minute holiday buys under $100? I’ve got you covered with a few that are currently HOT!

  1. Cooks 2.5L Air Fryer ($59.99) – I’ve never had an air fryer but have ALWAYS wanted one. A healthy way to fry my food?! YES, PLEASE! I’ve had many friends with them that say they’re incredible. Crunchy sweet potato fries, crispy wings, yummy chicken nuggets for the kids – EFFORTLESSLY. No hot oven on, no unhealthy deep frying just a bit of oil and air doing the job ;). This is something I’d LOVE to add to our healthy kitchen!
  2. North Pole Trading Co Chenille Reverse to Sherpa Throw ($39.99) – Super comfortable sherpa blanket. What more is there to say? I’m a blanket FIEND. Seriously, I’ve got a problem and this one is just screaming my name.. Anyone else?!
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2 ($59.98) – Y’all know me.. I’m a huge gamer and one game that I am desperate to play is RDR2.. It’s REALLY popular right now and it looks hilariously fun.. It’s so hard during the holiday season not to buy stuff for yourself but you just hope and pray it’s one of the gifts under the tree for you 😉 Have a gamer in your life? GET THEM THIS GAME. You may not see them for weeks but they’ll love you for life 😉
  4. Pouchee Avi Crossbody Handbag/Organizer Purse ($47.99) – My favorite purse of ALL time. I’ve gotten so many compliments on mine over the years. It’s a crossbody with a built in wallet. Leaves tons of room for whatever else you need. Very practical, very fashionable and super affordable!
  5. Portable Blender Smoothie Juicer USB Rechargeable ($39.99) – A portable blender that’s USB rechargeable.. The possibilities! When traveling you can plug it in your car and have a healthy smoothie to go. At work? Charge it with your computer and make a healthy smoothie in the office! (Try not to annoy your co-workers 😉 )
  6. Vacuum Sealer By NutriChef ($59.99) – We love to get meat on sale. How much easier would it make freezing with a vacuum sealer?! Found this one on Amazon and it’s WAY more affordable than I thought it would be.. May have to add this to my push gift request 😉

Six amazing ideas and all for under $100. Let me know if any of y’all get any of these for your family/friends and what their reactions were! Happy Holidays, y’all! ❥