Recipe: Easy Berry Smoothies

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Hello friends and Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I am sharing my growing love for being intentional. I’ve been talking about this a lot as it is my focus word for this year, and I have found ways to implement it into most of my life and daily routines. Being intentional with my time and my health means I need to make sure I say ‘yes’ to things that will nourish my mind, body, and soul and ‘no’ to things that don’t. Our new morning routine consists of daily meditation, yoga practice, and easy berry smoothies, which sets us up with such a positive and nourishing start to our day. 

Because I am not a professional yogi, I often utilize YouTube to find yoga flows for my daughter and I to try and practice. And for kids 10 and under, I highly recommend Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. The instructor themes her flows to fun stories, songs, and movies your kids will recognize. Practicing yoga and meditation together is so much fun and I feel like I am modeling good practices for my daughter as well.

After our yoga practice, we make easy berry smoothies, packed with all the good stuff including wanu water. I love using wanu water in our smoothies because they are naturally flavored and include essential nutrients like B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, K, Folic Acid, Biotin, Fiber and antioxidant Vitamin E. They are also gluten free and vegan and are naturally sweetened by Monk fruit. 

For my easy berry smoothie recipe, you’ll need:

  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen black & blue berries
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt (*optional… remove if you want vegan/dairy free)
  • 1 cup wanu water (any flavor)

Add everything to your blender or Ninja and blend until smooth. Transfer into a cup and don’t forget a smoothie straw! Such a great invention, those smoothie straws. 

We love all of the wanu water flavors: Kiwi Cucumber, Peach Passion, Watermelon Raspberry, and Dark Cherry. We take them with us when we go hiking and biking too. You can find them all at your local Safeway. Save $1.00 on the purchase of any two (2) 16oz bottles of wanu with this coupon (Expiration date: 12/31/18). 

I can’t wait to hear if you try out our easy berry smoothie recipe! Be sure and let us know!

What does your morning routine look like? Are you intentional with that time so that you can start your day off right? 


Sweet Elephant Baby Shower

Hi there, makers! A few weeks ago I had the honor of throwing my little sister a baby shower. If you’ve been around here for a while, then you know I love to put together baby showers (see here and here and here) for friends and family. Babies give me all the heart eyes, so I’m all about celebrating their arrival! My sister is expecting a little girl in February and her nursery theme is elephants with the colors pink and grey. So we thought we’d have a Sweet Elephant Baby Shower to celebrate baby Raelyn. 

This baby shower was so fun to put together. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make all of the paper elephants and added them to banners and mason jars full of fresh flowers.

I even added pins to the backs of a few elephants and stamped them for Mama, Amma (Grandma), and Nana of the sweet baby princess. 

We had the baby shower at 11:30am, so we went with a brunch menu, complete with a “mom-osa” and waffle bar! We had homemade waffles, fruit, chocolate chips, whip cream, syrup, orange juice, and champagne.

We also made a delicious breakfast casserole and had a tower of donuts topped with sprinkles.

I made the baby name sign with my Silhouette Cameo and gave it to my sister as a gift. It doubled as a great baby shower decor piece! All of the plates, napkins, streamers, balloons, and cups were purchased from Dollar Tree. The pink banners, paper straws and paper mandolins were purchased from Target. I have a plethora of chalkboards I keep with my party planning essentials, so I put those to use too.

We played three games: Guess how Many Peanuts, Who Knows Mama Best (print), and Name That Baby Animal (print). We had fun prizes for each the winners… gift cards and pamper items. 

As a thank you to guests for coming to the shower, I packaged up bath bombs in cellophane bags and ribbon. 

We had so much fun showering my sister with love and gifts for the baby girl. We chatted and laughed and made fun memories. 

There’s one thing I know for sure, my sister is so loved…and so is that tiny princess. 

We all can’t wait to meet little sister Raelyn! Especially this auntie!! Give me all the baby snuggles! Oh! And you’ll want to see the gorgeous maternity shoot we did, so head over here to see it.

Have you thrown a baby shower for a friend or family member? What was the theme?

Live Everyday with Intention

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Hello friends. My year is already off to such a great start. While goal setting and planning for the year, I choose a word to focus on. Something that will help me to grow as a person and be a better mom, wife, and friend. I try to dig deep and find what it is that my soul needs so that I can be those things. I really want to take charge and “own it” this year, so the word that I picked is ‘intentional’ which means ‘to do with intention or on purpose…deliberate.” I want to live everyday with intention.

I did some reading and soul searching over the word ‘intentional’ and came up with a few tips for intentional living. I broke it down so that I won’t be overwhelmed…change is hard for me, but often times so necessary for growth. 

Be Present

Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I want to be present in the moment. I want to take it all in and enjoy it rather than thinking about what’s coming next or multitasking twenty-five other things. The laundry can wait. The dirty dishes will still be there to clean later. Enjoy this season. Time is so fleeting. 

Plan Your Priorities

“Plan your priorities, don’t prioritize your plans.” I read that quote on Pinterest and had an moment of realization. Each morning I am going to start out with a good breakfast and plan out my day while focusing in on a few main priorities (it’s okay to say NO to things or activities!). I’ll probably turn on some good music, open the curtains, and talk about the day’s plans with my sidekick while enjoying breakfast together. And lucky for me, I don’t have to spend too much time making the breakfast… thanks to Kellogg Special K® food and snacks for fueling our busy mornings. Less time making breakfast equals more time spent planning our priorities together.

Healthy Choices, Healthy Thoughts

I want to be intentional with my choices and thoughts. From the food I eat to physical activity to self talk… I want to be intentional with it all. While planning out our day or week, I will be consistently meal planning and making sure that I have exercise and mediation on our agenda. Diets are out, confidence is in and that’s what I want to model for my daughter. 

The Special K® Nourish line has wholesome ingredients so you can feel confident giving your body what it needs. Having easy solutions for breakfasts (and snacks!) makes meal planning that much easier. Some of my very favorites are Special K® Chocolate Delight Cereal, Special K® Nourish Coconut Cranberry Almond Cereal, Special K® Fruit and Yogurt, Special K® Sausage Crustless Quiche, and Special K® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich. 

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I’m going to live less out of habit and more out of intent. I’m going to be present, plan my priorities, and have healthy choices and thoughts. This year holds so much potential and I’m looking forward to being intentional.

How do you live an intentional life? I would love to hear your tips!







Personal Breakfast Pizzas

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We all know that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. And lots of times I am lacking ideas for breakfast, so it results in cereal or protein bars because they are easy go-tos. Lately I’ve decided to up my breakfast game, especially during summer break. (Do kids get hungry during summer break, or is it just mine?) I love finding ways to get my daughter to try new things, and often times if I allow her to help prepare or make the food, she’s bound to try and often times like what she’s made. Enter in Personal Breakfast Pizzas. 

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Don’t they look deliciously cute?! We had so much fun making them the other day that I am certain this will be a regular occurrence for breakfast and afternoon snacks. You only need a few ingredients…

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  • Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Bagels
  • English Muffins
  • Fresh Fruit

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First you want to clean and prep your fruit. We chose berries and kiwi for our personal breakfast pizzas. I had my daughter wash all of the fruit and I cut up the strawberries and kiwi in thin slices.

breakfast pizzas3 Next I had my daughter toast the bagels and the English muffins.


breakfast pizzas4 Then we smeared on the cream cheese. I love Weight Watchers Cream Cheese because it’s delicious and made with real, all natural cheese.

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Then we got creative with our personal breakfast pizzas. We have a patriotic pizza, a ‘watermelon’ pizza, and two faces. We had so much fun making them and boy did they taste good…

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The combination of the toasted bread, whipped cream cheese, and fruit was perfection. It was kid and mom approved, so I highly recommend that you try out personal breakfast pizzas in your home.

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Find all of the ingredients, including Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese, at your local Kroger store. Make sure you let us know what you think!


Frozen Banana Cheerios ™ Pops

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Hello there Makers and Happy Monday! I’m excited to share a yummy, kid-friendly recipe that makes the perfect breakfast on those busy school mornings or a wholesome afternoon snack. Plus, it’s so easy that the kids can make it themselves. Check out these delicious Frozen Banana Cheerios ™ Pops!

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They are so good and kids will love them! When I was growing up, Cheerios ™ was a staple in my home. It was used as breakfast with a bowl of milk or as an afternoon snack, dry. The best part about this recipe is that it’s gluten free. That’s right… even the Cheerios! Cheerios products will maintain the same great taste that consumers love and with the exception of Multigrain, none of the other products needed to be reformulated. Cheerios are made with Whole Grain Oats as the first ingredient. Oats are inherently gluten free, but the supply of oats contain small amounts of wheat, rye and barley that are inadvertently introduced at the farm or during transportation which prevents the product from being labeled Gluten Free. General Mills developed a process to remove the wheat, rye and barley from our supply of whole oats in order to ensure that the oats in Cheerios are Gluten Free. To celebrate the new Gluten-Free line, Cheerios has launched the Buy-A-Box-Give-A-Box Coupon program. Each box of Cheerios will have a unique code where shoppers can enter that online and give an e-card and mailed coupon for a free box of Cheerios to a recipient of their choice! How fun is that? I sent a box to my friend of mine with Celiacs disease and it was so simple…I did it right from my phone!


After grabbing a box of Cheerios from Walmart, enter the Give a Box code on the website HERE. Fill in the information including a friend or family member’s email address who you want to Give a Box to. Then you can type in a message and pick a cute E-card to accompany your gift. (I didn’t take a picture of the E-card I picked for my friend, because she reads my blog and I want it to be a surprise! But trust me when I say ADORBS.) Took me two minutes…it was that easy!


Now that you’ve purchased your  Cheerios ™ and have gifted a box to a friend, it’s time to try out this yummy snack recipe with the kids.


  • Bananas
  • Nut butter
  • Cheerios ™
  • Cake pop or popsicle sticks

First, you want to cut your bananas in half and peal them. Insert the sticks into the bottoms of the bananas and wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer for a few hours (or until frozen).

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Next, soften your nut butter (we used peanut butter) in the microwave. Be sure it’s not hot. Remove the bananas from the freezer and plastic wrap. Coat the outside of the bananas with the softened nut butter.

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Then roll or sprinkle the bananas with Cheerios ™. Put them on wax paper or a Silpat and stick back in the freezer for about an hour.

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Remove the Frozen Banana Cheerios ™ Pops from the freezer and enjoy! If you make them ahead of time, just wrap them back up in the plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer. Fun and easy for the kids to make and they are super fun to eat too.

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What are your favorite kind of Cheerios ™? Who would you gift a box to?


As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios™ and Honey Nut Cheerios™ produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen.  This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to:

Food-a-licious Friday: Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts

Happy Halloween friends!!

I’m stopping by quickly to share a new favorite recipe at hour house. Recently my daughter joined me on my gluten free journey so we have been adding recipes to our gluten free stock pile. One day she was craving donuts…and let’s be honest…who doesn’t crave a good donut? So we decided to make our very own, super duper Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts. They just sound delicious don’t they?

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They look good too, don’t they? And trust me friends. They taste good too!

You will need:

  • 1 box of yellow gluten free cake mix
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin spice creamer
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • a donut pan
  • coconut oil (to grease the pan)
  • powdered sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350* and grease the donut pan.

2. In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients (except powdered sugar) together.

3. Put mix into a piping bag and pipe into the donut pan.

4. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and allow time to cool.

6. Remove the donuts from the pan and dust the tops with powdered sugar.

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This recipe is easy enough to let the kiddos help with. It’s a recipe I used in my kids’ cooking classes, and even the 3 year olds love it! Especially the piping and the dusting…those are always the favorite steps in this recipe. 

A yummy cinnamon cream cheese frosting would be good on these too. And I dare you to just have one…it’s almost impossible. 

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Have a safe and magical Halloween, friends! 

Food-a-licious Friday: A Month of Gluten Free Breakfasts

Hello there!

Last week I shared 25 {Delicious} Gluten Free Dinners so I see it fitting to share breakfast recipes this week. How about a month of gluten free breakfasts…sound good? I think YES!

I scoured some of my favorite blogs and PInterest for some of the very BEST gluten free breakfasts. I even found some new gluten free foodie blogs to follow along the way (score!). Get your ‘pinning’ finger ready my friends…

A Month of Gluten Free Breakfasts

 Low Carb Breakfast Lasagna

Peaches n’ Cream Oats

Red Pepper Egg in a Hole

Gluten Free Breakfast Sausage Bake

Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies

Gluten Free Breakfast Bake

Gluten Free Breakfast Tostadas

Quinoa Breakfast Bars with Blueberries

Egg Muffins

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Maple Coconut Bacon Pancakes

Breakfast Waffle Sandwich

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Healthy Homemade Fruit Cereal Bars

Cinnamon-Apple Breakfast Bake

Gooey Breakfast Cakes

Gluten Free Waffles

Breakfast Skillet

Oat Pancakes

Apricot Almond Breakfast Bread (Coffee Cake)

Ham and Cheese Muffins

Cheesy Bacon Corn Muffins

Gluten Free Breakfast Time

Gluten Free Breakfast Egg Cups

Breakfast Quesadillas

Snickerdoodle Doughnut Gems

Red Pepper Eggs

Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Flour Pancakes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Banana Almond Breakfast Bake


Mmmmmmm…. aren’t you so hungry for breakfast now? It’s possible to be gluten free and still enjoy yummy foods and delicious recipes. Be sure to click the links above to get each of the 30 recipes. And don’t forget to PIN this post to your gluten free Pinterest board. Feel free to check out my Gluten Free Recipes board for even more yumminess.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you next week!

Food-a-licious Friday {105} Fancy Breakfast Pizza

Well good morning sweet friends and welcome to another Food-a-licious Friday!
Did you know that it was National Nutella Day earlier this week? Yeah. For real. 
Did you know that I L.O.V.E. Nutella? Well if you didn’t, you do now : )
So naturally, today’s recipe has Nutella in it.
The Fancy (and easy) Breakfast Pizza. talk about DELICIOUS, friends. Seriously.
Here’s what you need:
Mixed berries (raspberries, black berries, blue berries, strawberries)
Lemon juice
English muffins
Here’s what you do:
1. In a mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of berries with about a teaspoon of lemon juice (I eyeball it) and about a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon honey. Fold the honey and lemon juice into the berries and let sit in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
2. Lightly toast your English muffins and spread Nutella over the tops.
3. Spoon the berry mix into the center of the English muffins.
4. Serve and devour. 
Optional: Sift powdered sugar over the top or top with a dollop of whip cream.
(Yes, that’s a DIY chalkboard cake plate. Yes, I love it.)
Try the Fancy Breakfast Pizza!
And thank me later : )
Thanks for stopping by today, friends!
Happy Friday

Food-a-licious Friday {84} Breakfast Pizza

To make meal planning easier, I make breakfast for dinner once a week. I’m not sure why, but breakfast foods always seem to be quick and easy to put together and the cost is very low. Not to mention, totally kid-friendly.
I try to find different ways to make breakfast for dinner so we aren’t having scrambled eggs and waffles every week. One of my girlfriend’s asked if I had ever tried Breakfast Pizza before. 
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That’s when I decided that this week, we shall have Breakfast Pizza for dinner! I’m told there’s a ton of ways to do this, but today I am going to share how I made it for my family (even chef husband liked it…score!). 
2 cups of pancake mix (Bisquick)
1 1/3 cups water
8-12 turkey sausage links 
6-10 pieces of turkey bacon
8 large eggs
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste
In a mixing bowl, mix the pancake mix and water until smooth. 
Spray your 9×11 rectangular cake pan with cooking spray and poor pancake mix in, making sure the bottom of the pan is covered in mix.
Place in oven at 350* for 10-12 min.
While your waiting for the “crust” to pre-cook, cook your sausage and bacon and chop up.
In a bowl, mix the eggs, salt, and pepper with a fork (I like to add parmasan cheese and a splash of water to mine) and set aside.
Pull the “crust” out of the oven and spread the chopped/cooked bacon and sausage over it. Then slowly dump the scrambled eggs on top of that. Lastly, spread out the shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Put back into the oven at 400* for 15-20 minutest (or until cheese is melted and bubbly).
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 min before cutting.
My daughter likes to dip her Breakfast Pizza in syrup but I prefer gravy.
SO easy and SO food-a-licious.

Last week I took a fondant/icing cake class taught by my sister-in-law and her husband (at CCI). I learned so much and had SO much fun! Check out what I did…for the very first time, I might add…

 How cool is that?!

My sister-in-law taught me how to make fondant roses too

If you are in Arizona and are interested in registering for some FUN weekly/monthly cooking classes (for ALL ages…preschool-adult), check out CCI!

Those last two photos were taken via Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!
I’ll see you tomorrow!

Friendship Valentine Party

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day!
We sure did! I planned a friendship party this year for my daughter and her little friends, and it was a hit! We had a breakfast menu, a craft, a game, decorated heart cookies, and passed out Valentines. It was a special day, focused on our love for our friends. 
The decorations for the party were simple, inexpensive, and cute. I used these awesome printables I found at Tatertots & Jello, streamers I had left over from my daughter’s 3rd birthday party, and the Valentines decor that was already up in the house. I found pink plates, cups, napkins, straws, and utensils at the dollar store along with a red table cloth. I also cute out hearts to hang from the dining room chandi.
The menu for the party was breakfast themed and thanks to Pinterest and my own imagination, I was able to give it a Valentine’s Day twist.
-Blueberry and banana nut muffins with cute Valentines wrappers and toppers
-Heart shaped waffles with homemade vanilla syrup and strawberries
-Heart shaped cinnamon rolls with heart sprinkles
-Heart shaped turkey bacon
After our craft (not pictured), the kiddos decorated heart shaped sugar cookies. They used frosting, tons of sprinkles, and heart marshmallows. SO fun!
The kids had fun playing with each other in my daughter’s playroom…they especially  loved her instruments. We played “Pin the Arrow on the Heart” using straws, tape, a blind fold, and that cute “I You” printable. Everyone won (winks) and the prizes were glow in the dark bracelets! The kids enjoyed sharing Valentines with one another and we were actually able to get a group photo with almost everyone looking at the camera. 
Here is my daughter’s Valentine’s loot… the top photo shows her Valentines from her friends and the bottom photo shows her gifts from mom and dad (I only spent $7 on all of that!). 
You can check out the Valentines we made to give our friends here
Here we are, me and my girl, on Valentine’s Day. Love her to the moon and back.
And after a long day of decorating, cooking, hosting, partying, and cleaning, I sat on the couch and put my feet up… for 20 minutes until I had to start dinner : )
The rest of the evening was spent together as a family. My husband and I made dinner together and then we all snuggled on the couch for popcorn and TV to wind down for the night. Low key and with my family… perfect way to spend my Valentine’s night.
How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you do anything special?
Thanks for stopping by!
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