Friday Faves

Yay for June! There are so many things to love right now. Summer is coming, the weather in New England is getting better, the grill is fired up more than it was over the winter, and my kids are playing outside more!

Here are some of the things that I ‘ve been especially loving lately:

RTIC tumbler with silicone straw

We all need tons of water to keep our body healthy and moving in the right direction. I love my RTIC tumbler and take it with me wherever I go. For some reason I drink more it if I have a silicone straw. I don’t really like the taste of the water through the stainless-steel ones and without a straw I feel like it water is going to dump all over my face. I love that RTIC cups are affordable compared to some other double-walled stainless-steel cups and keep things either hot or cold forever.

Cracklin’ chicken by Nom Nom Paleo

This stuff is the bomb! My whole family eats this salty, crunchy delicious chicken — and asks for seconds. It is becoming more of a weekly staple in our house as it is not only delicious, but super affordable since you use chicken thighs. I serve it as the main course, throw it on salad, or use some if I need a mini meal. I always double the recipe as I love leftovers! I’m using Jenny’s photo since she took a photo before eating hers!

Pro Tip: Get a grease splatter guard. It really saves time on clean-up! I like this!

Condiment bottles for the sauces I make (No more dripping jars here!)

It’s weird, but these bottles make me feel like a pro in the kitchen. I use dump ranch as my plated fat a lot and I got tired of it just dumping out of the jar instead of nicely spreading it over my salads. I find that my portions are more accurate when I use this as it doesn’t plop down on my lettuce and kale in one spot. They are inexpensive and really help with the mess. No more rings from the bottom of the drippy gross jar in my fridge!

Summer and the growing garden that comes along with it!

Summer is fast approaching, and I am excited to have tons of outdoor fun with my kids. I am excited for swimming, and less stressful schedules. I am looking forward to finally making a summer bucket list.

My kids are finally old enough where I feel like we can conquer some of the fun things without completely losing it. Although I am still taking classes, for some reason I feel like summer is still a break from that.

I am also loving the rate at which my raised beds are growing. Last year was a seriously black thumb year and so far, I have had so many salads from the garden and am looking forward to all sorts of veggies and flowers. We moved to our house during summer last year so this year we are really settled, and I am happy to see some of the beautiful flowers that are growing. I mean seriously, look at these peonies. They are just gorgeous! Plus, we have baby broccoli and cauliflower and they are so stinking cute!

Running outside

Although this is currently on pause for me due to heal pain that is seriously getting me down, I know that soon I will be able to get back out there and not have to bundle up. I love running outside. It’s so much nicer than on the treadmill. The warmth of the sun or a little breeze, music rockin’… I just love it.

Plus, I like to pace myself to the beat of the music. I feel like I am in my own little world and can hear myself think. I often take time to process through things that are happening, and the runner’s high is REAL!

It just makes me happy and I’m glad that the weather is cooperating so that when this pain in my foot gets better, I can hit the road in my sneakers on and my music blaring.

Happy Friday! What are YOU loving lately?

Friday Faves

Hi Friends! I feel like I can finally get excited for summer now that the sun is shining more days than not. The warm weather in New Hampshire means I try and get my kiddos outside as much as possible, but getting kids slathered in sunscreen should be an Olympic sport, AMIRIGHT!? Even more than putting sunscreen on my kids, here’s what I’m loving this week.

Happy Squeeze Apple/Kale/Blueberry Pouches

I get these pouches for my kids for snacks on the go and they are great because there is a veggie component to them. If I’m being totally honest, I usually throw an extra in the diaper bag for me too along with a baggie of almonds or cashews, just in case a trip lasts longer than expected. They actually taste really good and make my life easier, so that’s a win.

Shredded Chicken

You know what’s saved my tush lately? Shredded chicken. The busier I am with getting stuff done around the house and outside, the less motivation I have to create every meal from scratch. I love throwing a few chicken breasts in my Instant Pot and magically having a container of chicken to pull from throughout the week. I use it in egg bakes, salads, wrapped in lettuce, mixed with mayo…you name it. It’s so versatile and it saves the day countless times.

Dance Parties

I am talking about the kind you do in your PJs in the kitchen or living room or car….or anywhere really, that make you forget you’re actually probably getting a good workout in. My (almost) 3-year-old son has some pretty sweet moves and he likes to bust them out. We listen to anything from Moana and the Trolls soundtrack to 90’s pop and hip hop to the Beatles. I don’t always have time to get a true workout in, but there’s always time for dancing. My 1-year-old son is starting to want to join in too and that makes my heart so happy!

Vanilla Lemon Nutpods!

I’m going to be totally honest (who are we kidding?! I’m always totally honest! HA!) I was ready to really hate this. I thought there is NO WAY I’m going to like a lemon flavor anything near my coffee, but you know what?! I am actually, reeeaaaallly into it. I mix mine with Thai Kitchen coconut milk and really like it in hot or iced coffee! It’s light and yummy and totally not overpowering, which is what I anticipated originally.

I also went out on a limb and put a glug in my compliant chai tea and that was also a delight. Again, with the honesty, pumpkin spice was my JAM, but this is a nice change of pace from my usual hazelnut. I liked it so much I got two 6-packs. Really rolled the dice on that one, eh!? Actually, nah…Jenny would have snagged them from me if I didn’t like them. Right, girl?!

Driving with the windows down

One of the many perks to the summa summa summa time is being able to drive with the windows down and get some fresh air circulating through my mama-mobile. Two toddlers does a number on the smell factor. I recently pulled the trigger on some new prescription sunglasses and I get to wear those bad boys too while I’m cruisin’…to the dump…and to the grocery store…and to all of the very glamorous places one takes two toddlers. ANYWAY, I’m into it.

Added bonus: When the windows are down and you’re singing your heart out to Beyoncé with the wind in your hair, you kind of feel like you’re in a music video.

I hope everyone has a spectacular holiday weekend!

Friday Faves

Yay! It’s Friday! We’ll aim to celebrate this glorious day on the blog with a round-up of some of our favorites from the past week. These are the things that are making me happy on this Friday…

Lime SeaSnax

For an upcoming partnership in the Facebook group with SeaSnax, I was able to try some of their amazing flavored seaweed sheets, which include onion, lime, and barbecue! I started with lime – and while it sounds crazy, it’s actually delicious! It’s tangy and tart, and has an awesome lime kick. Their tagline is “Strangely Addictive!” – and it’s a true statement. I have started using seaweed sheets to scoop up tuna salad and scrambled eggs. Yum!

Paleo Meatloaf

Yes, I know it’s spring and it’s getting into grilling season, but I am head over heels for Jay’s Baking Me Crazy Paleo Meatloaf. It’s easy and SO tasty. In fact, it gets better with age and I love eating it for lunch cold a day or two after I make it. I mix it with homemade coleslaw and it checks off everything on the meal template – protein, veggies, and fat. For my latest meatloaf, I used some Fruitchup – and it came out amazing (and was much easier than making my own homemade ketchup!) You can grab some Fruitchup here and use the code EVRYDY30 for 15 percent off your order!

Polar Seltzer Summer Flavors

I am a giant seltzer fan and beyond excited that the summer flavors of Polar Seltzer are here! These are light, fruity, and refreshing! My favorite flavors are Mango Cherry Bliss and Pineapple Lemon Twist. These are great to drink alone, or you can mix in some compliant kombucha and/or some muddled fruit to make a summer mocktail. I used to drink a lot of wine outside in the summer but these days, I always have a bottle of seltzer in my hand. I know these aren’t available nationwide so I count unlimited access to Polar as one of the best perks of living in New England!

Core Workout

Last week at my gym, I veered from my usual Friday strength class and instead, took a 15-minute Core class, followed by a 30-minute Cardio Kickbox class. The Core class was great – short and sweet but it left my abs burning in a good way. It reminded me that I should do more stand-alone core workouts, and that they are easy to do at home with minimal (or no) equipment. Here are two quickie workouts I found from some of the healthy living blogs I read, in case you want to give them a try: Peanut Butter Fingers Weighted Core Workout and the 8-Minute Plank Workout from Carrots ‘n’ Cake. (As a reminder, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any sort of new exercise regime!)

The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook

A few weeks ago, on a whim, I sent an Instagram message to Michelle Smith, the blogger behind the popular The Whole Smiths. To my surprise, she responded almost immediately. Michelle kindly agreed to give away a copy of her brand-new Whole 30 Endorsed cookbook in the Facebook group, send me a copy, share an exclusive recipe with the group and the blog, and host a Facebook LIVE for us! WOW! I had a bit of a #fangirl moment and then took her up on all of her generous offers! My cookbook arrived the other day and it’s incredible. Beautiful photos, well-written stories, and easy, delicious recipes – for Whole 30 and your Food Freedom beyond the round. I am over the moon to host Michelle for Facebook LIVE and I nearly fell over when she told me she has been in the Facebook group for a year and loves it. The cookbook comes out on June 5 and is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Snap this one up! Also, Michelle is going on a cookbook tour starting June 5. Click here to see if she will be in your neck of the woods!

My Baby Girl

Mushy alert! Yes, I am one of the voices behind the blog and a strong presence on our Whole 30 Facebook group but did you also know that I am a mom? And my baby girl is turning 5 next week. It feels like I *just* had a baby and now I am *just* about to have a kindergartner! She is awesome and funny and the love of my life — and she just LOVES to talk about Mama’s Whole 30 cooking, Melissa Hartwig, and my passion for vegetables. The apple doesn’t fall far…

TGIF! What are YOU loving this Friday?