Top 10 Keto Side Dishes
August 7, 2019

I love living low carb.  I always feel so much clearer when I practice the Keto way of life.  One thing I have noticed though is my lack of using side dishes.  I have no problem finding protein and doing salads, but I'm getting a little sick of eating the same thing every day. I really wanted to shake it up.  I want to try new side dishes.  My "go to" side dish is brussel sprouts.  I haven't really tried anything else besides a simple salad.  So, I found 10 top keto and low carb side dishes that will make your mouth water. These side dishes are interesting too.  I like trying more exotic foods so I think you will approve of these keto side dishes; …

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Easy Keto Pumpkin Chili
August 5, 2019

This is a sponsored post for Boiron® and PTPA, however, the opinions I have expressed are my own. School starts next week and I can feel things shifting.  Soon, we will be talking about fall and the festivities.  Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s so beautiful and the weather cools down here in Phoenix a little.  I’ve been eating salads all summer but I love cooking hot food, especially comfort food like soups and chili. I love a good chili but it has to be spicy and have a kick! I enjoy spicy even more in the fall as it warms my whole body up. I also enjoy freezing chili for later meals. It’s so convenient, especially with the kids back to school. So, I found …

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How to Make Wheat Free, Gluten Free Snacks for Kids
July 17, 2019

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own My kids love making sandwiches out of crackers.  There's something about the ritual of making it.  They get excited about what they are going to put inside the sandwich and it becomes a step by step game for them. They also love the crunch! Sometimes, they get slight skin reactions from snacks that have wheat and gluten in them.  You don't know what you're buying when you get the premade processed stuff. But I found a way to get them to make these fun snack sandwiches by themselves using fresh ingredients that are wheat and gluten free. You shouldn't have to settle for …

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How to make Blueberry Gluten Free Snack Bars for Kids
July 11, 2019

This is a Sponsored post for General Mills; however, all opinions are my own. My kids love cereal for breakfast.  This summer though, we have been trying to come up with new things now that school is out.  Every morning I'm met with the same questions, "what's for breakfast? followed by "what are we doing today?" It's all about the food, snacks, and activities. So, since Cheerios came out with yummy NEW Blueberry Cheerios, I thought I'd make a fun, creative snack bar for them to put in the lunchboxes when they go to camp. The Blueberry Cheerios are made with real blueberry puree and other natural flavors.  Whether they have them for breakfast with milk or find these fun bars in their lunchbox, you can't go …

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Keto Chicken Enchilada Soup
June 27, 2019

This is a sponsored post for Boiron and PTPA, however, the opinions I have expressed are my own. I love spicy food.  It started when I got pregnant, I couldn't get enough of it.  The spicier the better!  Recently, I started the Keto diet and am trying some new things.  We've been hitting up barbecues lately celebrating the Holidays and they've been giving me some ideas on spicy food.  One thing I love but never see at a barbecue is soup.  You can count on chicken wings and spicy dips. But I have never seen soups. And who doesn't like chicken enchiladas?  So, I thought maybe trying chicken enchilada soup as an appetizer would be something fun. The best thing about soup too is that you …

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Sparkling Strawberry Peony Smash
June 10, 2019

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on something and purchase it, I will receive commission.  However, all opinions are my own. Today is National Iced Tea Day and I am thirrrrrrrrsssssty.  It is 100 degrees outside here in Arizona and I need to stay hydrated. I need some iced cold tea! Wouldn't is be awesome to stay hydrated and have health benefits also? Teas with antioxidants are so good for you. especially ones with high catechin levels  like White Peony Tea Crystals. White Tea is the least oxidized of all teas and contains the highest levels of precious green tea antioxidants. White Peony White Peony is favored for its rich, robust flavor. Smooth, full-bodied and fragrant.  It's delicious and refreshing. Check out this Sparkling Strawberry …

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5 Amazing Desserts for Fourth of July Celebrations
June 9, 2019

Fourth of July is coming up and my boys are so excited.  I'm excited about barbecues, get togethers, yummy food and desserts.  They are excited about fireworks.  It's all about being safe and having a good time. Somehow everything will all come together. But for me, it's all about the food and decor.  I love fun projects that bring celebrations alive.  And I definitly have a sweet tooth.  So, I found 5 amazing Fourth of July Desserts.  These are my top 5 red, white, and blue patriotic desserts. Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting I love watermelon especially during the summer, it's so refreshing. And coconut cream? I use it everyday in my shakes.  Add some berries and I'm totally hooked.  This is a great cake to …

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How to Make Easy Keto Brownies with Sugar Free Sprinkles
May 21, 2019

This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on something and purchase it, I will received a commission.  However, all opinions are my own. I also received product to facilitate this article. Who doesn't like brownies? I love a good brownie with walnuts.  My kids love brownies with sprinkles.  Everyone has their preference.  I love the keto way of life because it allows for sweets - in moderation and prepared specifically the keto way; sugar free. For now, I only eat keto friendly brownies.  And I have always stayed away from sprinkles because they are usually loaded with sugar and toxins.  I recently made Keto Cupcakes with Homemade Sprinkles.  But it was pretty time consuming to make the sprinkles and if you …

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9 Delicious Low Carb Cupcake Recipes
April 10, 2019

Who doesn't like Cupcakes? I don't know a single person who doesn't.  I do know that for myself, I have a hard time just having one.  But wouldn't it be great to know that your delicious cupcake is low carb? I found 9 awesome recipes for low carb and keto cupcake recipes that will make your mouth water.  Check them out! Piña Colada Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe (Low Carb, Gluten-free) by WholeSomeYum.com Low Carb Carrot Cake Muffins by KimspiredDIY.com Low Carb Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes by PeaceLoveandLowCarb.com Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Chocolate Cupcakes by JoyFilledEats.com 30 Minute Keto Cupcake Recipe with Confetti Sprinkles by MomJunky.com Zucchini Spice Cake Cupcakes – Cream Cheese Frosting by LowCarbYum.com Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting by LowCarbYum.com Keto Carrot Cake Cupcakes by The Flying Couponer   Sugar-free Cupcakes Recipe with Raspberry Frosting (Low Carb, Paleo) by WholesomeYum.com These low carb cupcakes …

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Keto Egg Fast Lemon Cheescake Fat Bombs
March 30, 2019

There are affiliate links in the post, which means that if you click on something and purchase it, I will make a commission. Lately I've been stagnant with my diet.  Part of it is because I cheated and went of course while traveling, which is easy to do. But now I'm back and ready to get back on the Keto bus.  I have given myself a few days to adjust but have recently discovered the 3-5 day Keto Egg Fast. What is an Keto Egg Fast? It's basically when you plateau while on Keto and need to kick start the weight loss by eating eggs and only eggs for 3-5 days.  Sounds fun, right? lol.  If you are intersted in doing the Keto Egg Fast, do some …

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30 Minute Keto Cupcake Recipe with Confetti Sprinkles
March 20, 2019

  There may be affiliate links in this post which means that if you click on a link and purchased something, I will make commission. Sometimes you want something sweet.  Like now! The Keto diet gives you lots of options to satisfy your sweet tooth, including cupcakes. Making keto cupcakes can be a little time consuming so I found a way to "get 'er done!" Cupcakes, sprinkles and icing! All in less than 30 minutes! The Cake I used Keto Queen Kreations; a low carb (1 net), sugar free, cake mix I received in My Keto Snack Box, a low carb snack box. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:22] All I had to add was one stick of butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese and four eggs.  I made 12 cupcakes in a silicone mold …

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Keto Bars are Now Available in Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel
February 11, 2019

This post has affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I will make a commission.  However, all opinions are my own. It's Monday peeps! Guess what? My favorite, clean, keto-friendly snack bars, Keto Bars, are now available in two brand new delicious flavors: Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel. What are Keto Bars? They’re literally the cleanest bar on the planet. They: ✅ Taste like dessert, but have no sugar alcohols, dairy, fillers or junk ✅ Have 3g of net carbs ✅ Contain 10g+ of grass-fed collagen protein ✅ Are specially formulated to minimize impact to blood sugar levels Everything these days says “Keto” on it. But these actually are keto - meaning they won’t jack up your blood sugar and they won’t kick you out …

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13 Fun Valentine's Day Recipes
January 21, 2019

One of the main reasons I like Valentine's Day is for the sweets.  Not the roses, or the romantic dinners, but for the sweets.  I have a major sweet tooth and Valentine's Day is an excuse for me to indulge. It's always fun to make Valentine's Day themed desserts and treats. I love this time of year because it makes me want to try new, creative treats like cookies, cupcakes and cakes.  The kids absolutely love it too. Last year I made 3 Ingredient Valentines Cookie Pops Using Thin Mints from Girl Scout Cookies!  They were so much fun.  This was my first time really getting into fun Valentine's Day treats and we had a blast - and gave them out to our friends for Valentine's Day. 3 Ingredient …

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5 Easy Keto Weight Loss Shakes
January 1, 2019

Well, here we are again.  Another year has flown by and I need to do something about my weight.  It's my own fault.  It all starts around Halloween.  The candy kills me! Then I'm off to the races until Jan 1.  It's called sugar addiction and it's not pretty.  But awareness is key, right? I love the Keto diet.  And I'm back, stronger than ever! I always feel so good after detoxing off sugar and carbs. Eating clean just gives me so much energy. But I still have a sweet tooth and crave sugary drinks.  So, I make protein shakes with cocoa powder and other stuff.  I love shakes but I like to try different things and mix it up sometimes with berries and sometimes with peanut …

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14 Keto Recipes for the Holidays
December 12, 2018

It's that time of year again! It's all about indulging.  Holiday food is a must.  There's no getting around it. We all have a Holiday recipe weakness, right?  Whether it's egg nog, or pie, green bean casserole or our Aunt's famous cranberry cake.  We all have that something that we can't stay away from.   Being on Keto should not be complicated! There are so many great festive Holiday dishes to choose from.  Here's a list of Keto friendly Holiday dishes that I'm sure will get your tastes buds going.  Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Garlic Butter Gravy {Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Keto} Find the recipe on Recipes From A Pantry Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts + Video Tutorial {Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Vegan} Find the recipe from …

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Jason's Deli in Scottsdale
November 11, 2018

I was hosted by Jason's Deli for this post. However, all opinions are my own. Everyone loves a good sandwich.  I've been to a few delis in my time. It's been hit and miss with me.  For me, it's all about the quality of the food.  If the quality is not there, I walk out disappointed. That's why I was excited to try out Jason's Deli in Scottsdale.  When I take my kids out to eat, I want them to eat healthy. Jason's Deli wouldn't serve your family anything they wouldn't make their family and stands by serving wholesome ingredients. In 2005, they became the first national chain restaurant to remove partially hydrogenated oil – a source of artificial trans fat.  There is no processed MSG, no high-fructose …

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Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Scottsdale
July 25, 2018

Thank you to Pomo Pizzaria for hosting me to facilitate this article. When was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? I mean a real Italian restaurant. Not a NY style Italian that really serves American food with Italian names. I'm talking about an Italian restaurant where almost the majority of the ingredients come from Italy. And again, not some commercial European business importing low quality Italian olive oil. I mean high-end Italian ingredients sourced for their quality and authenticity, regardless of their cost. So now that I've set the ground rules, I will ask you again… when was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? The answer for the great majority of you is going to be never. Sure, we’ve all had …

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How to Entertain with Wheat and Gluten Free Snacks
July 15, 2018

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. My kids and I are snackaholics.  We love snacking, especially on crispy, crunchy foods, like crackers and chips.  However, these don't always sit well with us.  I have noticed my kids having blotchy skin and breakouts after eating gluten.  I also don't feel good eating wheat, so I have eliminated it for the most part. Of course, my kids just want a tasty snack.  They don't take into consideration whether it is gluten free or not.  It's up to me to find that out and make sure it meets their little picky standards. Children don't understand the benefits of a wheat and gluten free snack.  They care about flavor, yet …

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Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning
July 11, 2018

This is a Sponsored Post for Ball with Everywhere Agency.  However, all opinions are my own. I love preserving food and canning. Whether it be making jam, meal prepping, or simply storing beans and pasta.  It is a no-brainer for a busy mom like myself.  But what's the point in canning if you're not using the freshest ingredients? Why would you can and preserve something that is not at its freshest? And where do you find the freshest ingredients? I have purchased my fruits and veggies from grocery stores and either scrubbed them or purchased organic only to be disappointed by the quality. So, I started going to Farmers Markets. I like to learn about where the produce is locally grown, and get to know the people.   …

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Spend Mother's Day at NYY Steak at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
April 26, 2018

Do you want to dine like legends? Your in the right place if you go to NYY Steak at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. When you walk into their dining room, you are transported into a different world.  You are in an elegant and relaxing place that displays amazing memorabilia from the world-famous New York Yankees. The Yankees are one of the most iconic baseball franchises and NYY Steak lives up to the name and the legacy it carries with it. NYY Steak only serves USDA Prime steaks which are dry-aged in their in-house butcher shop for a minimum of 21 days. If you are a steak lover, it doesn’t get any better than that! NYY Steak's in-house butchers perfect the old-world practices of dry-aged beef to deliver arguably the …

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5 Major Benefits of Bell Peppers and a Florida Three Pepper Salad Recipe
April 20, 2018

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever wondered why peppers are so good for you? Not only that, they add so much flavor to any recipe.  They taste great alone or with a dip, like hummus. I love them raw but sometimes cook them with a stir fry. In our house, we eat fresh peppers all the time. They also happen to be in season and very refreshing in this Florida weather.  There's nothing like a cold, fresh salad to cool you down! So, while I was preparing the The Florida Three Pepper Salad, a fun, new recipe,  I considered all the benefits Bell Peppers have. 1. Vitamin …

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Prezzo Opens Its Doors for Lunch
March 13, 2018

December 28 was the official opening and rebirth or Prezzo, located in the Park Place plaza on Military Trail in Boca Raton. The original Prezzo opened in 1989 and had the first wood-burning pizza oven in South Florida.  Not only did they bring that back, but guests can also enjoy their famed roasted garlic and focaccia bread sticks before their eating from the menu crafted by James Beard award-winning chef, Mark Militello . Prezzo is now open for lunch.  Available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to lunch sized portions of their signature pizzas and pastas, Executive Chef Mark Militello has added some traditional features to the lunch menu such as an Italian sandwich section. Averaging $13 each, options include Meatball, Chicken …

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Celebrating Birthdays at Red Lobster with Lobsterfest
March 12, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #LobsterfestCelebration #Lobsterfest #CollectiveBias When I walk into a Red Lobster I see families laughing and sharing biscuits and entrees.  This has been my experience for years. Up until recently it was always my husband and I on date night.  We love sharing meals together and have not been able to do that lately because we have both been so busy. My kids love to go out and dine with us sometimes too.  Last week it was my son's 4th Birthday and my Birthday as well.  So, we decided to celebrate together as a family at Red Lobster during …

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The Benefits of Buying Locally Green Produce
March 5, 2018

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I shop for fresh produce and/or meat almost every day.  We rarely freeze anything unless already purchased frozen.   We both grew up in Europe where you just walk to the local farmers market every day and get your produce there.  It's always fresh, every day.  That's how we are accustomed to living. So, Saturdays are the biggest days for shopping for us since we hit the local Farmers Markets for the freshest produce we can find.  It's such a beautiful scene at Boca Green Market, one of many local Farmers Markets that carry Fresh From Florida produce.  The hustle and …

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Roots Italian Kitchen Boca Raton Opens for Lunch
February 12, 2018

This is a Sponsored Post for Roots Italian Kitchen.  However, all opinions are my own. I had never been to Roots Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton, so when I was invited I was very excited to check it out. Like a lot of people in town I had heard about it but I had no idea what to expect. Roots Italian Kitchen welcomes you in a modern, open space atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Top Chef challenge: white, contemporary, minimalistic. It looks nothing like your grandma's favorite Italian restaurant with pizza, pasta, and the cliche tablecloth. The flavors have nothing to do with grandma's favorite either. No blend pasta smothered in questionable tomato sauce. Roots' flavors are precise, bold. Dishes are expertly prepared and presented in a …

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