Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower + Yogurt Dip

This weekend we had an amazing Super Bowl party with our neighbors on the block. We did appetizers + drinks before the game and then ordered the largest pizza EVER. When everyone was decided what we were going to eat and make, I decided it would be fun to bring back an old favorite -> who remembers my Meat Free Buffalo Wings + Dip?

For the Cauliflower Bites -> Cut into bite-able sized pieces. Season with salt and drizzle EVOO – Bake at 450* for about 25 minutes until they are crispy. When the cauliflower is crispy transfer them to a bowl & top with about 1/2 cup of hot sauce {I used Franks}. Dial it up or down for more or less heat!

For the Yogurt Dip -> In a bowl I combined 1 cup of Double Cream yogurt, juice of 1 lemon, a sprinkling of chives, 2 garlic clove finely grated and some salt & pepper. I then topped with a small container of blue cheese to give it an extra kick!

Serve alongside some crispy veggies, fabulous friends, good drinks and you are good to go! Definitely calms the buffalo wing craving – I love these things, they turn out really nice every time and it’s defiantly guilt free snacking!

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Do you have a healthy + guilt-free favorite snack?

Would love to hear it!

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Brooks’ Homemade Valentines

I feel like a broken record, but THREE is SUCH a FUN AGE! Brooks has always been an awesome tiny human, but I feel like he’s recently been blossoming into this amazing little kid. He asks questions CONSTANTLY, he always is learning, always inquisitive, always excited about anything and everything.

I can also see him using his imagination more and more – to play and have fun. It’s really sweet to watch and even sweeter when his little bro joins in on the fun. Brooks also loves to create, which I’m a big fan of. He’s been loving various arts + crafts projects I’ve been setting out for him too. We’ve been having a blast with paint and ever since our trip to the Crayola Experience, he’s been loving coloring too.

I got an email last week letting me know that Brooks’ preschool would be having a little Valentine’s Day party and that all the kids should bring in Valentine’s to hand out.

SO SWEET.

I’m so excited because it’s going to be the cutest thing! Naturally, I thought this was the perfect excuse to do a little crafting project and have Brooks make some cute Valentine’s for all his little friends.

Why not take the time to spend an afternoon doing something fun and creative with your little, right? We both enjoyed working together on this – check it out:

We started off with pink, red + white paper, which I cut into squares using these really cool decorative edge scissors.

Brooks and I then put his wooden stamp set to good use, putting his name on the back of the cards – it was a fun to practice spelling his name together – he always says B R O O O K S – adding an extra O in there. Ha. Working on getting it down to two.

Then it was time to put these cute little mini photo punchers to work! Brooks really liked lining up the paper in random spots and pushing down on the punch together. It gives a cute little extra flare to his valentine’s for sure!

Then Brooks got really focused and did some creating! He put stickers all over the front and used his new vibrant gel pen set to draw in neon, glitter and metallic tones.

I love how the cards look exactly like a three year old made them! Ha! They turned out really sweet and Brooks had so much fun making them for each of his classmates. It was a fun little afternoon crafting together and I’m hoping we can continue this, can I call it a tradition if we’ve only done it once?, for years to come!

Can’t wait for Brooks to hand them out next week!
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Do you do anything fun with your Littles for Valentines Day?
Would love to hear about it! 
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Also – a huge thank you to my friends at Polaroid for sending us some fun pieces from their new scrapbooking accessories. Was so fun to spruce up Brooks’ valentines with these fun, crafty pieces!
And as a little treat, let me know what is your favorite piece from my Polaroid scrapbooking collection and I will send one lucky winner a new treat!
What would you love to try out and use in your crafting adventures? 
Thanks to Polaroid for the scrapbooking treat.
This post was NOT sponsored. 

The Crayola Experience – Easton, PA

As a part of Brooks’ 3rd Birthday celebrations, we decided to make a special trip to check out the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA and it was SO COOL, I had to do a little blog post on it to share.

Side Note: This post is NOT sponsored at all, just thought it would be fun to share our day at Crayola – If you are in the area or looking for something fun to do with the kids, definitely go!

I wasn’t quite sure what the are range at the Crayola Experience would be – I heard a few different things, but really it had something for everyone – Graham at 1.5, Brooks at 3 – definitely something for the older kids and myself and my parents who came along for the fun really enjoyed ourselves as well. All ages for sure! 

First up – the building! Yellow, colorful and cute! Definitely screams creativity and fun! 

Brooks was PUMPED!

And I also have to note that kids under 3 were FREE. Brooks was 2 days shy of turning 3 so he and Graham got in free, which was awesome. 

So the Crayola Experience is 3 floors – we were told to start from the top and work our way down. Our first stop was a melting craving spinning art creation!  Brooks and Graham each picked some crayon colors our and made spin art – I now have them proudly displayed on my desk, they are really cute! 

Next up –   we melted crayons  into different shapes! Brooks decided on a dinosaur and it was really cute to watch Brooks watch the crayon be melted into the mold and set.

Such a cute little dinosaur crayon creation!

Next up we paused the arts and crafts to stretch our legs and let the littles run around. Brooks caught site of a rather large play area and had to climb his little heart out all up around and over the place! Again, can’t believe the kids were free because this was totally their jam!

Next we hit up the dark room to do some glow in the dark drawing.

Then the boys did some dancing with the crayons – the crayon picked up the littles movement and mimicked them. Graham had a really fun time with this!

Another cool thin in this room was the interactive floor that had different games you could play. The boys LOVED this.

The games changed every few minutes so it was constantly keeping them on their toes!


Then we made some puzzles! You draw whatever you want on the pages, put it through this machine and it cuts it up into a puzzle! So cute!

Then we went to ANOTHER play area which was more for the younger kids. This was awesome because Brooks and Graham ran around like crazy, which was just what they needed since Easton, PA was about 1.5 hours away from Philly. It was a long day in the car so them being able to run around for a bit and explore was much needed.

Then we hit up the water play area, each little got a crayon boat and you had to get it from one side of the river to the other, using the locks and bridges. If you’ve been to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia , its similar to that! 

Next stop was an interactive room where you could draw something and then put in this machine which would bring it to live onto a computer, and you could move it. Pretty cool stuff, but a little advanced for the littles.

We just took a group selfie instead!

My favorite part was that we each got to make our own personalized crayons – such a cute little keepsake! For the price of admission for the older kids and adults, you can defiantly get your money’s worth in terms of all the art you get to make, keep and take home with you in a bag they give you when you first walk in to keep it all together. Really organized – love it!

Brooks and Graham picked their colors for their presonalized crayons and they made one for Dad – when I asked Brooks what we should put on Daddy’s Crayon, he said “Daddy’s Crayon” – so thats what Charles got!

I made a little crayon with love for the blog!

And Her Little Crayon Too

All in all we had an amazing day at the Crayola Experience.

I have a new love for crayons {markers are the worst} and Brooks came home LOVING drawing on everything. It’s his new thing to do when he’s waiting for me to make a meal in the kitchen. And I love him drawing and creating new things!

And going on a Friday in January was perfect – it wasn’t crowded at all! Lots of space to explore and move, great for the littles. Apparently the summer months can be a little crazy here, so if you are looking for a winter activity, add it to your list!

We will be back for sure!

Have you ever been to the Crayola Experience? Is it on your list of things to do?

Valentine’s Day Date Looks

So Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’m excited to say that we actually planned ahead this year and have a date scheduled for V-Day weekend! Crazy, right? Woohoo! I’m usually not one to get excited about going out to deal with the crowds and expensive menus, but we have a fun night out with friends thats been in the works for months so I know it will be a good time – and it just happened to fall over valentines weekend.

Anyways, I’m excited about a night out and I thought it would be fun to get a little jump start on the outfit planning and share some fun Valentine’s Day inspired looks with you on the blog. I love to get dressed up, and a dress with the good twirl factor is everything – but sometimes it’s nice to dress up the denim a little, even if they are distressed.

I’m loving the fun detail on all the tops out at the moment – embellishment, off the shoulder and big sleeves – all so fun and can really make a look pop! Here are a few of my favorite V-Day picks in shades of grey, red and pink – and don’t forget some cute accessories and a pop of color on the lip! 

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Do you have a Valentines Day must-wear?

Please share!

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Got Potatoes?

I’ve been doing lots of research into re-learning about food these days. Before kids I was defiantely more mindful and intentional about it. Then the whole two under two thing happened. But now I’m really starting to take the time to fuel my body as well as my family with the right stuff. And in terms of eats, I want something that fills us up – in the right way!

And I have a new favorite vegetable – Potatoes!

As a busy mom who needs to carb up to chase around after the littles all day, potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium, and energy I  need to perform at my  best. They are a nutrient-dense complex carb, perfect for when you need to fuel up before a workout and a great food to sneak into the littles meals to fill their little tummies for a solid night sleep. #momwin

Potato Fun Fact #1:  Potatoes contain as much if not more of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis).

Carbs are the primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles. They are important for optimal physical and mental performance.1  And because your body’s own stores of carbohydrate are limited and may be depleted – even in a single session of intense and/or prolonged exercise– it’s important to replenish them.2 And if you are in need of Potassium -> Potatoes have even more potassium than a banana. Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function.

Potato Fun Fact #2:  A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates and 620 milligrams of potassium.

I feel like potatoes don’t get that good of a rap becuse people are afraid of carbs, but potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable. And adequate energy intake supports optimal body functions. A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 110 calories.

Whether you lead an active lifestyle or compete with elite athletes, there’s a potato option to fuel your body and brain throughout the day. I have been loving adding them to my new Insta Pot meals lately – such a great way to add some extra yum to a tasty meal! And with potatoes, there are so many varieties to keep meals interesting -> Russets, reds, yellows, whites, purples Petites, fingerlings, and more!

Potato Hash, Fries, potatoes as a side with protein, potato pancakes – so many things to make, and those are just a few random meals off the top of my head. Potatoes are a great thing you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it makes sense. And after learning about all the great nutritional benefits, I’m even more excited about adding potatoes to my family’s meals!

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy Potatoes?

Please share!

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This is a sponsored post  in partnership with FitFluential.

As always, all opinions are my own.

  • 1  Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Position of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, American College of Sports Medicine and the Dieticians of Canada. Med Sci Sports Excerc. 2015; 48:543-568.
  • 2  Burke LM, Hawley JA, Wong SH, Jeukendrup AE. Carbohydrates for training and competition. J Sports Sci. 2011; 29(Suppl 1): S17-27.

This is Three – Brooks’ 3rd Superhero Birthday Bash

For a walk down memory lane, check out Brooks’ previous Birthdays:

One / Two 

This weekend {actually all last week really} we celebrated little Brooks, who isn’t so little anymore! I swear he woke up older and wiser on Sunday morning. Pretty pumped for his birthday party with all his little friends – it was pretty awesome that his party was on his actual birthday, made the day even more special!

We had his birthday party at Kids at Play in East Falls – about 10 minutes from the Art Museum in Philadelphia. Finding a good birthday spot during the winter months can get tough, but this space was an awesome find! 

This place is amazing – it’s an indoor playground that has something for everyone – including a zip line with no weight limit – ha! And indoor {safe} archery!

You better believe I took advantage of trying out the zip line before our guests arrived!

I don’t know who had more fun on it, Brooks or me!

Love my little three year old.

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We had a ton of kids ready to PLAY, which is just what they did! Here are a few pictures of Brooks having some fun with his friends, because he was pretty much a blur running around because he was having the best time ever.

If you’ve seen Brooks + Graham’s other birthday parties, you know I am a fan of the favors – I don’t consider myself an arts & crafts person at all, BUT apparently when it comes to kids birthdays, I’m into it!

This year we had a little superhero theme and I thought it would be fun to make personalized capes for everyone that came to Brooks’ party. When they came into the party room, everyone had their own cape waiting for them on their chair. I was pretty proud of them {thanks to my amazing SIL for the help!} and the kids seem to really love them too!

Love these two little superhero’s!

I got the capes off amazon and they were so cute! Decorated with puff paint and it was such a great favor to give out that the kids will totally use again!

To go along with the theme, we needed a superhero cake – my mom picked this one up from her local Acme that she had made! Turned out really cute!

All week I would ask Brooks what he wanted for his birthday and his response was “Cake!” so he was pretty excited when it was FINALLY cake time!

There was also a fun chalkboard in the party room and everyone got to write Brooks a special birthday message! Like a giant card from everyone he loves – such a sweet little detail.

Happy Birthday sweet, little Brooks.

We love you more than you know and hope your 3rd year is filled with lots of belly laughs, smiles, growth and all the happiness in the world. xo.

What I Learned From Two Weeks on the Jenny Craig Program

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

Hello! I’m back to share with you my how my two weeks on the Jenny Craig program went! I know I shared with you when I was a week into it all, check out that recap here. But I finished the second week and have worked my way back into the ‘real world’ of eating this past week – so I thought it would be fun to do a little update + recap on the blog.

It was so awesome to be able to try out Jenny Craig – I needed a little reboot after the New Year and with the kids it’s not always easy to put myself and my health goals first, as much as I may try. I had an awesome experience and I wanted to share with you a few things I learned from being on the program:

#1 – The Jenny Craig food is awesome. 

Seriously, the Jenny Craig food is amazing. So tasty and delicious, I was never hungry. Honestly, never hungry. You get to have a ton of food everyday, and even though I was only on a 1200 calorie a day plan, I always had something to snack on and I had to spread out my meals during the day because there was so much to eat! Tons of food on the meal plan list, various snacks throughout the day, desserts and endless vegetables and ‘Free Food’ I could enjoy during the day. Yum!

#2 I have {had?} a snacking issue. 

So from being on the program for 2 weeks, I really became more mindful of how much mindless snacking I would do each and every day. From snacking on the boys snacks, to nibbling on the meals they didn’t finish, do just throwing something to eat in my mouth because it was there, when I wasn’t even hungry.

They say it takes two weeks to develop a new habit and I think making the change to be more intentional with my snacks, grabbing for the vegetables or fruit to munch on if instead of the chips and cheese has so far stuck with me. I’ve been making that change and it feels really good!

#3 Portion Control. 

Initially the meal sizes I was being given seemed really small, I was used to just filling up my plate with whatever, sometimes going back for seconds. Chasing around the boys makes me hungry! BUT I’ve learned that I don’t need to fill my plate to really enjoy my meal and still be full. I’ve also started having a glass of water before and after a meal to ward off the not full feeling that can sometimes linger when you want to keep eating, even when you are already full. Again, being more intentional about the size of my meals along with the frequency.

#4 I missed cooking

While the Jenny Craig food is amazing, I am someone that loves to cook and enjoys making meals for my family. It was hard to keep cooking for everyone else, and not myself, but at the same time, it was easier to have my meals already done, portioned and ready to go – totally a life saver on days when I might have ended up skipping a meal. But for someone who is just cooking for themselves or wants to do the program solo or with their significant other, this could be a great option for everyone to have a break and get back on track.

#5 Jenny Craig Works! 

Clearly, cutting the calories will help you loose weight. I lost about 7 lbs. in 2 weeks, and so far I’ve been able to keep it all off {even with Brooks’ Birthday craziness this past weekend! } I am so happy with how it all worked out and even though I know my body, I’m aware of what food to eat, and I know how to loose weight – I consider myself a very informed person in that regards, but Jenny Craig made it so easy for me that I didn’t have to think about anything, which made the whole experience that much more enjoyable, and doable for a busy mom!

Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

Some more fun facts: With the Jenny Craig program, I loved checking in with someone – my consultant, Barbara was constantly cheering me on, motivating me, keeping me on track and sharing new ideas to change things up! The focus of this program is for members to develop a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced approach to living.  The goal is that they understand and overcome the internal/external challenges to healthy eating, identify enjoyable ways to move more, learn positive coping strategies and reframe their beliefs and attitudes to better support their weight management goals. And being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love.  Jenny Craig has more than 100 menu items, where 40 professional chefs make all the difference! All the yummy eats!

If you are thinking about changing up your diet, be sure to give Jenny Craig a try! Nothing to loose but weight!

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What are your weight loss, healthy + fitness goals for 2017?

I’d love to hear what you are working on!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



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