DIY Christmas Cocoa Bombs
December 19, 2020

I'm a little late for the viral Cocoa Bomb craze, but the Holidays have gotten me inspired. It's been a rough year and I am starting to feel festive. So, I whipped up this fun DIY Christmas Cocoa Bomb recipe. It's simple and fun. This is the same recipe as the New Year's Eve Tradition Cocoa Bombs except for the decorations I used on top of them. You can also give these DIY Christmas Cocoa Bombs as gifts. Hot chocolate is so comforting too! I used leaf molds and Color it Candy Pearls to decorate the hot chocolate molds. These turned a simple cocoa bomb into a beautiful decorative holiday cocoa bomb. Supplies Semi-Sweet Lilys Baking Chips Lily's White Chocolate Baking Chips (optional) Mini Marshmallows Ghirardelli Chocolate …

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DIY New Year's Eve Cocoa Bombs Tradition
December 17, 2020

I'm not the only one to say that we are happy to say goodbye to 2020 and ready for 2021. 2020 was a nightmare. Many of us are wondering what to do for New Years during Covid-19. Many of us will be drinking heavily celebrating while social distancing during New Year's Eve. I will not be. We are starting a new tradition this year. Actually, we are just altering our tradition to fit a social distanced, stay at home Year's Eve. My family has a Greek tradition every New Year's. Typically, they make the traditional vasilopita, a cake-like bread and bake it with a coin inside. After cutting all the pieces for family and friends, we eat it and wait …

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Celebrate the Holidays with Cheeseless Crab Nachos
December 7, 2020

All opinions are mine alone. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Louis Kemp. #CrabDelightfulHoliday #CollectiveBias Last year our family traveled to Arizona to spend the Holidays with my parents.  The kids love it and they usually get to see snow in the mountains.  Here in Florida, there's no chance of seeing snow.  They are a little bit sad about not returning this year but as we are moving there next year we thought we would stay for our last year in Florida.  So, as we are staying in town for the Holidays, it still means parties and festivities galore!  Will there be pines trees and snow outside? No! But we can bring the celebration to other people's homes. I love celebrating …

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How to Make the Best Keto Low-Carb Vanilla Hot Cocoa
December 2, 2020

This is a Sponsored Post for Torani, however, all opinions are my own. This is my favorite time of year.  I love the smell of Holiday cheer. However, I don't like the temptation all around me with all the sugary, fattening treats including Holiday drinks.  It's hard to stay away from fattening stuff around the Holidays. I try to practice a low carb diet and eat mostly from a Keto approved menu , but I have to be brutally honest; this is the most difficult time of the year for me.  There is so much temptation! I've got a big sweet tooth that gets me in trouble. There's nothing worse that feeling guilty after eating something full of sugar and carbs.  But this year I've decided …

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25 Keto and Low Carb Holiday Desserts
November 12, 2020

The holidays are my favorite time of year. I love everything about it, family gatherings, gift giving, and food! This year we are doing some Holiday Keto recipes with some Keto Holiday Side Dishes. But if there is one thing you can't keep me away from during the Holiday's are the deserts! I absolutely love Holiday low carb deserts. If you are on the Keto diet, you will love these Holiday Keto deserts, from snowflake keto sugar cookies to low carb pumpkin bread, you will be in low carb heaven with these scrumptious low keto Holiday deserts. Which one are you going to make?

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How to Make the Best Black Forest Cake for the Holidays
November 3, 2020

Black Forest Cake was born in the southwest region of a German mountain range known as the Black Forest, which is renowned for its wealth of cherries. The chocolate layers paired with cherries, whip cream, and chocolate shavings make up a classic Black Forest Cake recipe. I wanted to share a holiday dessert with you that is not only a classic and delicious, but also easy to make for anyone, especially busy moms such as myself! Black forest cake is a must-have dessert in our home, especially because my wonderful husband is French and it’s one of his favorite sweet treats during this time of the year. This cake is actually quite popular in French Patisseries that specialize in sweets and baked goods, such as my …

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Top 10 Keto Side Dishes
November 3, 2020

I love living low carb.  I always feel so much clearer when I practice the Keto way of life.  The Holidays are tough for me but there are some great Holiday Keto recipes.  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. Keto side dishes are important! 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 …

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13 Top DIY Halloween Treats
September 16, 2020

One of my favorite Holiday's is Halloween.  Why? Because it's an opportunity to spend time with the kids making crafts and sweet treats.  We love decorating in our family.  One year my friend made an awesome Halloween Pinata! But we really love decorating sweet treats, spooky treats, creepy treats and scary treats.  So, here's a list of my top 13 favorite diy treats I created for you all. Enjoy! Sweet Monster Rolls - Mom Junky These sweet rolls are going to be a conversation starter at any of your Halloween get togethers. You would never know by looking at them that they are made out of Hawaiian sweet rolls because they look just like a dessert versus a side at your every day meal. Definitely a must …

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How to Make DIY Sweet Monster Rolls
September 14, 2020

I can't wait for Halloween! We start decorating and getting ready in September. I like everything about it but I especially like making sweet treats for parties.  There are so many options and fun candy and props to make DIY spooky, creepy, Halloween sweet treats. This year I decided to make Sweet Monster Rolls.  The most important ingredients are the rolls, of course.  I love sweet rolls with dinner, especially King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls.  They can brighten up any meal with their soft and chewy, light and fluffy, melt in your mouth deliciousness. So, how does one create a Sweet Monster Roll? And is there anything sweet about monsters? If you make them like I do, yes.  They are adorable and delicious and a great conversation starter …

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10 Fun Ice Cream Desserts
August 1, 2020

July was National Ice Cream Month, and although I'm a few days late, it's never too late to eat ice cream, especially here in Phoenix! It was 121 degrees yesterday. We hit a record this month! If I could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I would. I'd have a Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich for breakfast, Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich for lunch, Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich for dinner and Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert! No, I'm kidding. That's not healthy at all but a girl can dream, right? Ice cream is my favorite dessert to eat. There are so  many ice cream flavors to try.  My favorite always has stuff inside, like Rocky Road or Pralines and Cream.  All you need is …

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How to Make A Strawberry Victoria Sponge Cake
July 1, 2020

I love a good sponge cake with a cuppa.  I am a "Brit" as they say.  But I'm half British and half Greek and while I do like some of the British food, I tend to lean on enjoying Greek food more. Unless we are talking about cakes. I love British cakes. So, when I find a British dessert that I love, like a Strawberry Victoria Sponge Cake, I share it.  I feel like I would be doing my readers a disservice by not sharing it. This is the best recipe for a Victoria Sponge cake, I promise you. Also called a hot milk sponge cake; it is one of the easiest and tastiest cakes I have ever had. The Victoria Sponge …

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Amazing Fourth of July Desserts
June 24, 2020

The Fourth of July is coming up and my boys are so excited.  I'm excited about barbecues, get togethers, yummy food and red, white and blue desserts.  They are excited about fourth of July 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 definitely have a sweet tooth.  So, I'm on a mission to find an easy red, white and blue dessert. I found some mouth watering 4th of July Dessert Recipes for celebrate Independence Day. Check out these decadent patriotic desserts. Some sweets are quick, simple, and healthy and some dessert recipes ideas are not so …

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Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes
May 16, 2020

There are affiliate links in this post. It's been a few days since I started Weight Watchers and I am so pumped up! I've done it before and lost 25 lbs. I also quit smoking at the same time! I've always struggled with portion control so Weight Watchers really works for me. It also works for me because I don't have to deprive myself, which is usually why I fall off the wagon. You can find some great Weight Watchers recipes out there. Of course my first post was on Weight Watchers dessert because I have such a weakness for sweets. But in real life, I can't survive off of desserts and must pull my big girl panties up and …

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Top Weight Watchers Desserts
May 13, 2020

I started Weight Watchers two days ago! I'm pretty excited because I know it works. I just want to stay healthy at home. This time I'm doing a diet during the Covid-19 outbreak. I did Weight Watchers about 15 years ago and lost about 30 lbs. This time I'm going for 50lbs before 50 years-old and I will be doing Weight Watchers at home most of the time. It sounds crazy to say that but I need to get healthy, for myself and for my family. I think it's the best diet to do while quarantining due to Covid-19. This virus has kicked my butt emotionally and I have been eating up a storm! I don't know how to eat healthy …

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How to Make an Easy DIY Gender Reveal Cake
March 10, 2020

Throwing a gender reveal party has become all the rage over the last few years. There are so many different gender reveal ideas, whether you will be adding pink or blue to your family. Doing a gender reveal cake is not as hard as you might think. A lot of people outsource this part of the party, but it is something you can make yourself even if you aren’t the best at baking!  I have always been a huge fan of do it yourself parties. DIY parties are fun and rewarding. You don’t have to go crazy with a homemade cake either. Buying a box of cake mix is perfectly acceptable. There are some really great ideas for how to make a gender reveal cake. …

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10 Amazing DIY Hot Cocoa Bombs
January 1, 2020

I've never been a big fan of hot chocolate unless it's made with real cocoa and milk. I don't like the instant cocoa you get from coffee shops or the cocoa you mix with water. No thank you. But when I heard about this new thing called Hot Chocolate Bombs, I was intrigued. I love that they are fresh hot cocoa bombs. I love the amount of time and creativity put into them and I think that hot chocolate bombs are great gifts and would brighten up any ones day and taste buds! I found some fantastic ideas using candy melts and hot chocolate mix. 10 Amazing DIY Hot Cocoa Bombs Fun Surprise Valentine's Cocoa BombSurprise Cocoa Bomb with Conversation HeartsDIY New …

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Amazing Ninja Foodi Recipes for Dinner
December 26, 2019

Before the Ninja Foodi I didn't cook. Now I really enjoy cooking as along as it involves the Ninja Foodi. I want to cook side dishes and chicken recipes using the crisp lid, soup recipes and french fries with the crisp basket. There is so much to learn about cooking in my Ninja! It's all about making the best Ninja Foodi recipes now. It's a life changer. The Ninja Foodi 7 in 1 is the world's first crisping pressure cooker that also air fries, bakes, roasts and boils all in one cooker. The pressure lid cooks food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking. It truly makes the best pressure cooked recipes. I’ve never pressure cooked anything …

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How to Make Easy Keto Bacon and Egg Cups
December 17, 2019

The New Year will be here in days and I've got Keto on my mind. I know that there will be slips and lots of cheating between now and then; in fact I planned them! It's the Holidays; a time to celebrate and with celebrating comes delicious food. So while I am celebrating, I am also preparing a menu for myself so that when I'm ready, I won't have to fumble for Keto recipes. Preparation is key. (New Year's Resolution). I came up with something delicious; breakfast egg muffins, using only 3 ingredients, bacon, eggs and chives. It's a simple as that. And they also work for Whole30, low carb diet, the Paleo diet, and are gluten …

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Easy Keto Pumpkin Chili
August 5, 2019

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 a low carb chili recipe with awesome Keto chili seasonings like chili powder, paprika, cumin and cayenne …

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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 taste …

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How to make an Awesome Gluten Free Snack for Kids
July 11, 2019

My kids love cereal for breakfast.  This summer though, we have been trying to come up with new things to make for the kids to eat 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 lunch boxes 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 wrong with Cheerios, especially their …

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Keto Chicken Enchilada Soup
June 27, 2019

. 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 Keto chicken enchilada soup as an appetizer would be something fun. The best thing about soup too is that you can freeze it for later and with my busy life, it helps to just grab something …

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Sparkling Strawberry Peony Smash
June 10, 2019

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 Peony Smash iced tea recipe from Pique Tea. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:23] Happy National Iced Tea Day? What are you making to quench your thirst?

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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 low carb, keto friendly brownies.  And they are sugar free brownies too. 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 …

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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

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, get back into keto nut butters Keto snacks, but I 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 interested in doing the Keto Egg Fast, do some research first. There are rules even though you are only eating eggs. It's just a temporary …

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

  Sometimes you want something sweet.  Like ! The Keto diet gives you lots of options to satisfy your sweet tooth, including low carb cupcakes. Making keto cupcakes can be a little time consuming so I found a way to "get 'er done!" Cupcakes, keto sprinkles and keto icing! All in less than 30 minutes! This is the best keto cupcake recipe ever. 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 and baked at 350 for 25 minutes. The Icing All that you need for …

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

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 of ketosis. Perfect Keto gets my seal of approval on taste and ingredients. Disclaimer: Don’t go into this expecting it to taste like a snickers candy bar or light …

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Keeping Game Day Simple with RITZ Crisp & Thins
February 2, 2019

The big game is coming up and everyone is scrambling for game day recipes. Not me though. I like to keep things simple. And I love a good deal.  Getting into the spirit does not have to mean over doing the food. Entertaining doesn't have to be stressful either. So, this year I got some simple ingredients from the Walmart and some oven-baked RITZ Crisp & Thins and made guacamole, a game day staple. With just a few ingredients like avocados, lemon, tomatoes, cilantro, onion and seasoning, your set for an awesome game day recipe. The best part is that you don't have to measure anything. Just add everything until it tastes the way you want and season to taste. It won't be complete though without RITZ …

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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 Holiday Recipes
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 the Keto diet should not be complicated! There are so many great festive Keto Holiday dishes to choose from.  Here's a list of low carb Holiday dishes that I'm sure will get your tastes buds going. I'm loving the keto holiday dessert dishes! 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 …

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Jason's Deli in Scottsdale
November 11, 2018

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 corn syrup or dyes, and no artificial flavors or colors.   The service is great. This is …

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How to Snack When on Keto
October 17, 2018

Many of you have been asking me about the Keto diet.  The truth is that I am still learning about it.  It's the one diet (when I say diet, I mean a way of life) that takes a lot of research.  But once you figure most of it out, it's cake (carb and sugar free cake, lol). So, one of my downfalls with unhealthy eating and gaining weight is snacking.  As a busy mom of two boys, sometimes it's just easier to snack on their snacks.  Sometimes I snack on their dinner as I'm making it. When I first tried Keto, I couldn't figure out on how to snack.  I almost gave up. There is only so much beef jerky and pork rinds one can handle, hehe.  …

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Keto Stir Fried Bok Choy Recipe
October 16, 2018

m. Make your mouth water and your taste buds happy with this Stir Fried Bok Choy  recipe. You can enjoy this with chicken (like I did) or make it vegan by omitting the chicken and just adding more vegetables. On Instagram, I documented one of my grocery hauls and was gushing about how much I loved bok choy and the questions came rushing in! So I thought I’d give you guys this recipe so you can go try it out and learn to love bok choy as much as I do. Bok Choy has so many different vitamins and nutrients in it. Bok Choy contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium (which are essential electrolytes especially when on a ketogenic diet). It also contains folate, vitamin-C, and vitamin B-9, amongst other things. Bok …

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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 in Scottsdale 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 in Scottsdale? The answer for the great majority of you is going to be never. …

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

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 as parents, some of us are looking for that and more; like crackers with no artificial flavors.   …

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Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning
July 11, 2018

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.   I love going to Farmers Markets.  I look forward to Saturday mornings just for this …

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

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 C The red peppers have more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C intake and are a good source of vitamin B6 and …

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Easy Easter Bunny Pops Recipe
March 21, 2018

Easter's just a few days away and I thought it would be fun to make Easter Bunny Treats.  The kids love any kind of Easter crafts or bunny treats so I knew Easter Bunny pops would be a hit! Who doesn't like bunny treats? They make a great DIY Easter treat for Easter Parties too! Not to mention, they are easy and fun to make for both parents and kids. CHECK OUT THESE EASTER PRINTABLES This is a really simple recipe using Vanilla Wafers and Candy Melts.  You just need to add some Eye Candy, M&M's, Vanilla Frosting, Marshmallows, and Pop Sticks! Make sure you refrigerate the frosting so that it's keeps the pop together when you dip it in the Candy Melts. This is a really easy Easter bunny …

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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

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 bustle of people searching for their favorite produce with their recyclable bags in hand.  I hear the greetings between the farmers and the …

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

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 non-pretentious, yet sophisticated way. Prices are affordable, especially for the location.  Here's what we ate...and …

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