KidzShake : {Finding a Shake for kids}

I am a protein shake and smoothie momma all the way.  Almost every single morning I drink some sort of a protein shake or a smoothie.  This is great for me, but the problem is my girls always want some of mine!  I give in some days because I they are picky and I want them to get in some protein and vitamins, and let them have some….but I always feel a little weird about it because I don’t always know whats in mine.  I hate to say it but sometimes I value flavor over the most “natural” protein powders out there.  That’s why I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to try the KidzShake products!

KidzShake sent my kids and I some awesome products to try out: The Strawberry Cream and Chocolate Cream flavored shakes and the Sportzpure Hydration drink.

KidzShake is a Premium Nutritional Shake for kids aged 2 years old to teens and was developed by a doctor FOR kids, with only ingredients that are good for growing bodies.

-Organic Protein                      -Has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners

-GMO Free                                -Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Corn Free

-Omega 3’s                                -17 Essential Minerals + Vitamins

and more!  We were excited to try them: My youngest ALWAYS asks to sit on the counter with me and “help” whenever I “cook” and this was no exception.  I always make my smoothies with unsweetened vanilla almond milk…don’t ask me why…sounded healthier and my kids don’t taste the difference.
KidzShake has lots of great recipes on their website like this Berry Banana KidzShake we made.
They drank it up and loved the taste.  Healthy & tastes good…BONUS!  They literally keep asking me to make them smoothies anytime I ask what they want for snack or meals.  My blender needs a rest lol. SportzPURE is a flavored hydration drink that supports rapid hydration, and contains electrolytes….similar to Gatorade or Powerade, only less calories, less sugar, no artificial colors, and natural/organic sweeteners.  So better basically 😉

Re-Play Recycle Plates : {My Favorite Kid Plates

I just had to pass on my favorite plates for kids to the moms out there.  I have used all different kinds, but these by far are my favorite!  They are made out of the bottom of recycled milk gallons.  I love them because they have compartments, and are curved and semi-bowl like.  So I can put liquids like spaghetti O’s in one area, and solids in another, and not have to worry about them running together.

You can grab them on Amazon and they come in 4-packs.  Enjoy!


Help For The Brows & Boobies : {EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®}

I hate to admit it, but I used to shave my eyebrows in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME, remember that thin eyebrows were in!…in I tell you!  (90’s Pamela Anderson gets it).

Anyway, because of this “brilliant” idea, I have always had a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows.  I spent years growing them back, only to find that they never came back as thick as they used to be.  I am sure you have often heard from people that they used to overpluck and now their eyebrows don’t grow back….well I am one of those people.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my eyebrows now, but I have had to work really hard at them, and I still long for them to be fuller.

Fast-Forward from the 90’s to today and it’s all about the full, natural eyebrows!  Eyebrow powders, gels, and pencils are everywhere…we all want those perfect, bold, Kardashian “brows on fleek.”  You may remember that a while back I had a post called “Birthday & Brows”  where I discussed my longing for perfect brows, and how in my pursuit of said perfect brows…my eyebrows were botched and I spent months trying to bring them back to life!

Well I am excited to share with you all a new product that I just discovered and am about to start trying to help my brows! EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®  helps to nourish and revitalize eyebrow hair and has been shown to support eyebrow fullness and suppleness. It is also the first clinically tested eyebrow solution in the beauty consumer market!  It was actually originally formulated for chemotherapy patients, to help prevent the loss of eyebrow hair during treatment.  Thats so cool right?!

So, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EES® is proud to offer 20% off your first purchase of EES®.  Use Promo Code EES20SOCIAL.  Plus, they’ll donate 10% of all proceeds in October to @Lookgoodfeelbetter So grab yourself a bottle  (Here) and try it with me!  We can help our brows and at the same time, help the boobies by thinking pink and helping fund breast cancer research!  

Now for my Before Photos (I can’t wait to show you my After Photos in a few months):

You can see here that the end of my left eyebrow is thin and just almost cuts short.  I have tried to grow out the hairs but I have to fill it in a lot with pencil & powder.  My right eyebrow does continue more than the left, but it is patchier/thinner and the arch at the top is not as defined.  I end up penciling these areas in to match my other brow.   Each bottle comes with instructions and some cotton swabs for easy application.   Check back in with me in a few months for my “after” photos!

 

Texas State Fair

Everyone has told us since moving to Texas that we have to go to the Texas State Fair and see “Big Tex!”  We visited and had a great time!  We are used to the OC Fair that happens in Orange County every summer, so this felt familiar and fun in comparison.  My favorite thing from the OC Fair is the bucket of hot, mini, cinnamon and sugar donuts …….they are HEAVEN!  But I could not find them here at the Texas state fair.  But where they were lacking in donuts, they made up for in cotton candy…they honestly had the best cotton candy I have ever tasted!  The kids loved the fair (I quietly mourned our Disneyland Days), and we made some great memories.  I am excited about this new fall tradition!

 

My Family’s Favorite Salad : {Kids Eat It Too}

Getting my kids to eat vegetables is almost impossible…but I honestly don’t sweat it that much because I know it will eventually grow on them, they take vitamins, and they seem healthy enough.  But one vegetable they do eat regularly is this Dole Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad.  No joke…this isn’t an ad, we seriously just love this salad.  We eat it on average at three meals a week at lease I would say!  Because the dressing is a little sweet, and the lettuce, kale and cabbage is chopped so little….the girls gobble it up!  So I thought I would pass it along in case any of you mom’s are looking at a salad to get your kids to try, or an easy salad to take to a BBQ or party.

If I get invited to a party;  I bring this salad.  If I am bringing a meal to a new mom;  I bring this salad.  If I am cooking BBQ;  I make this salad.  I used to get the Sweet Kale salad from Costco that has the craisins and pumpkin seeds in it…but I like this one even better!  The only problem is it’s hard to find at times.  I have only found it at Ralphs & Kroger.  It comes in small bags (like in my picture), and big bags.  Good luck! 
The Salad comes with Bacon, Sunflower seeds, and the sweet onion dressing.  The dressing is kind of a creamy.  Just pour in and toss!

It’s Starting To Feel Like Fall! : {Fall Home Decor}

I bought this chalkboard stand (it’s Target Threshold) at Goodwill for $2.99!

I love the idea of using washi tape to help decorate.  I bought this one at Target on sale (It’s Scotch Brand)!

This mantel was in serious need of a makeover when we bought this house.  You can check out the transformation here.

Easy Lemon Salmon

I finally got both my daughters to eat salmon!  Mom victory!!  My oldest (4 year old) has been eating it for a year, and my 2 year old just started eating it a couple of weeks ago and I am so pumped because 1. I hate making them other food when I want salmon, and 2. it’s so good for them!

What got them into it was lemons.  They love “decorating” the uncooked salmon with the lemons I cut because they look like flowers, and then at the dinner table I have more lemons they get to squeeze on it themselves.  Plus, lets not underestimate how cool it is for them when we go to Costco and they can look at the dead packaged fish and then we talk about eating it at home.

Recipe:

I make this salmon once a week at home, and it’s super easy and simple.  I buy the big salmon filets at Costco, and then cut them up into smaller fillets, put them in ziplock baggies, and freeze them for later use.  Then when I know I am going to make salmon, I just defrost them in the fridge the night before.  First thing I do is throw a little olive oil on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Then I place my pre-cut fillets on top and kinda smear the fillets around to make sure they have a small amount of olive oil on them so they don’t stick.  (You can also use olive oil spray).  Then all I do is salt and pepper both sides of the fillets.  (Not too much pepper if you are feeding it to the kids).Next I cut the skin off a lemon, then slice it into the “lemon flower” shape my kids love.Then just place 2 “lemon flowers” on each fillet.   Now bake for about 20 minutes on 350 and thats it! *
*Just don’t eat the cooked lemon that is on the fillets.  Remove them from the fish and just toss them….cooking them makes them taste more bitter and won’t be good.  If you love lemon and want more, just squeeze some fresh juice on top when serving.  Also…it’s very important to use ripe lemons or they will get too bitter and ruin the taste.

Mantel Makeover

I am a HUGE fireplace fan!  I grew up with one, and my husband and I haven’t had one in years and I was so excited when we bought our house that it had a fireplace and mantel!  Our home was built in 1996 and has A LOT of honey wood and just feels a bit dated.  I have always been a fan of white wood and furnishings in my home and I couldn’t wait to turn our mantel white.  Here is the before and after!

Minute Corn : {Trick to Fast Steamed Corn}

Cooking dinner with the kids running around and my husband still at work can get a little crazy.  Why is it they always want to play in the kitchen when I am in there??  Anyway, my kids love steamed corn on the cob and my mother in law taught me this quick and easy way to steam corn…I call it minute corn…really its a minute and a half but whos counting?

Here is how to make it:
Wet a single paper towel (Don’t wring it out) Wrap the wet paper towel over each ear of corn
Place in the microwave on high for a minute thirty and cook one ear of corn at a timeAnd voila, steamed corn!

Tiki Tiki Tiki : {My New Fave}

I have become obsessed lately with Tiki Bars!  My friends Matt & Molly began taking me to some about a year and a half ago and I have been so into the vibe ever since.  Tiki bars are back people!

My two favorite Tiki Bars:

Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada…it’s like walking into a Mad Men episode.

Don The Beachcombers in Sunset Beach, California….go to the bar area and they have great food!

As a going away/house warming gift, my friends bought us some Tiki drink glasses and they are adorable so i just wanted to pass them along.  You can get them here.

Every time I went to Frankie’s, I would take the green drink stirrers for my bar cart decor.  They are great and I reuse them all the time and then just throw them in the dishwasher.