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Beach Yoga + Ocean Spray

It was a day in the works for quite some time. The weather hadn’t cooperated and the event had to be rescheduled twice. Finally, we received a break in the rain and some beautiful bloggers and I met up to enjoy some beach yoga and delicious Ocean Spray® Mocktails. I brought together these beautiful ladies to celebrate being a mother as well as celebrate our mothers and share the best advice we have received from them!
I envisioned the day for quite some time. Some of the bloggers I had been following on Instagram for a while and some I already knew. It is always so much fun getting together with a group of ladies who all have a shared interest and who also love trying new things. Some of the ladies had never done yoga before and some were quite experienced. Lauren of Roses and Rain Boots brought her wonderful mother who practices yoga regularly. It was so nice to have her there! Jen from Red White & Denim does yoga all the time and nailed all of the poses! Yinka from Yours Truly, Yinka had such great energy and ideas for photos! Amanda from 5 Feet of Fashion is also a mother and has gorgeous style and a fun personality! I loved spending the morning with all of these truly inspiring ladies!
The drinks we tasted were the all new Ocean Spray® Mocktails. They are non-alcoholic juice drinks inspired by your favorite cocktails! They are so refreshing and delicious and offer an alternative to only drinking water while you are pregnant! These amazing juices are made with all real fruit juice, are 90 calories per serving, and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They come in three GREAT flavors, Cranberry Peach Bellini, Cranberry Sangria, & Tropical Citrus Paradise. I do have to say, my favorite flavor of the three was the Cranberry Peach Bellini. I added a little bit of seltzer to mine for a little fizz! I have shared these with some friends who are currently expecting and they LOVE them too!
After the tasting, we got started on some beach yoga. My aunt, Maria, has been a yoga instructor for many years and a great figure in my life. I couldn’t have had a better person be our yoga instructor for the day! She gave us some great tips on our form as well as showed us some new yoga poses to practice at home. She motivated us and gave us some wisdom. We all enjoyed the class and I know I am pretty sore today!
Our event was turned into a relaxing escape with yoga and the tasting of some amazing drinks! I think we all had our favorites and thought of a ton of different occasions that we could all enjoy our drinks! Jen said she was purchasing some for her beach vacation she was heading on shortly. I also stocked my fridge with my favorite flavors to enjoy with company at home or on the go!
Each of these ladies are all so inspiring in so many different ways! We also took the time to talk about the best advice our own mothers gave us. Each of the ladies had such different answers. Stay tuned for short clips for all of us telling our best advice from our mothers!
There were so many beautiful photos it was hard for me to stop including them! Keep on scrolling for some awesome photos from one woman who has been a true inspiration to me, Sasha Dale Photography.
*This post and event was sponsored by Ocean Spray®. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*

Cooking as a New Mom with HelloFresh

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After becoming a mother, I don’t think I was able to successfully cook dinners for my family for about a month. Between being sleep deprived, having a messy house, and not being able to find the time to get to the grocery store has made it extremely difficult to find time to make healthy meals. Luckily HelloFresh provides me with simple meal ideas and all of the ingredients straight to my door. I love when I get a delivery because that means more time spent with my family. Cameron’s first few months have been full of precious memories and I have not been wanting to miss our on anything.
The three meals that I received this week were Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas, Melty Monterey Jack Burgers, and Sesame Shrimp. The first meal we tried was the Melty Monterey Jack Burgers. These were probably the easiest to make! The instructions say to make them on your stove but I heated up my grill and threw these burgers on. They were Mark’s favorite out of the three. Then we made the Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas. I LOVE Quesadillas and I loved how you made these in the broiler. I normally fry mine in a pan but I have been changed and now make them in the broiler which is so easy! After making your chicken or veggies for the inside all you have to do is throw your quesadilla on a cookie sheet and throw it in the oven for 2 minutes! Such a simple little trick!
I love that all of the ingredients are always fresh and there is never any waste. Normally when I go grocery shopping I end up with so much left over that we never end up eating. I feel like I have wasted my money as well as wasted food that someone else who needed it more could have had. With   HelloFresh that is something I never need to worry about. 
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NYE Host Gift Idea with Banfi Wines

Heading out to a friends for NYE this year and want to bring a gift? 
One of my favorite gifts to bring is a bottle of wine because you may be able to enjoy it with your friends but why not add something extra special to it to present it to them? Something that we all probably have in our homes are unused dish towels and they happen to make the perfect wrapping for something that is difficult to wrap, a wine bottle! Of course if you don’t have an unused dish towel you can head out to the store to pick one up for less than $5! I purchased these ones at Home Goods along with the wine stopper, ribbon, and pom poms which add the perfect festive and sparkly touch! Although I won’t be enjoying any wine this year, I will be gifting tons of wine to friends and family, a glass for everyone to enjoy! Watch the video below with Banfi Wines to see how I will be wrapping my host gift for NYE this year!

Formal for the Holiday

Just three more days until Christmas and I couldn’t be more excited! I have finally gotten all of my Christmas shopping done and plan on relaxing and wrapping all of my gifts tonight! Today I wanted to share a little look for all the momma-to-bes as an inspiration for a formal party or dinner for the holiday! I have had this amazing Leota ‘Evelyn’ Body-Con Dress for a few weeks now and have been saving it to wear with something for the holiday. I thought what could go better together then some faux-fur, black, and red!

It seems as though this week my bump has finally popped and it made me so excited to put on this dress and see the amazing curves of my belly. I think pregnancy is beautiful and it is the perfect time to show it off! I have been wearing mostly form fitting dresses and tops and this dress was so perfect. Since the length is a little longer it still is extremely classy even with the deeper V and the body-con style.
My favorite thing about this time of the year is being able to see everything decorated and light up. Around every corner you can almost always find something red and twinkling. For Christmas this year Mark and I will be heading out to our families and staying close to home. This year it seems as though we have a lot of people to see and not enough time! Thankfully we will have Monday off to relax!
This outfit is something so simple to recreate for the holidays. You can even dress this down with a pair of crushed velvet booties like this pair. A simple black dress’s best accessory is a red lip and I usually live with a red lip during the holiday and this faux-fur made the look oh so glamorous!
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Cranberry Almond Granola Cookies for Christmas

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With Christmas right around the corner, I have been a busy busy bee doing all sorts of “Christmassy” things. Shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, and sending out Christmas cards has become my part time job and I just love it! Christmas is a great time to try out some new recipes and make new memories and traditions. I usually bake a few cookies to give to friends and family and decided to give a new cookie a try this year. I have been only putting things that are better for you in my body since becoming pregnant and decided that I would try Cranberry Almond Granola Cookies this year for Christmas made with Quaker® Simply Granola purchased at Walmart. With a little bit of protein and a great crunch, they not only make a delicious treat but also make a great snack to get you through your day! Keep reading to see how I made these!

My idea for these cookies started out with a simple thought of making a no bake cookie. I knew I could put some delicious ingredients together and roll them into balls, stick them in the fridge, and be done! With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t be spending a ton of time to accomplish this treat but wanted to make something satisfying that I could easily fill up a bag with.
With 34 grams of whole grains, the Quaker® Simply Granola, Oats, Honey & Almonds are not only a great ingredient in a recipe like this but also make a great snack or breakfast treat. With what I had left over, I ate with Greek yogurt or in a bowl with a bit of almond milk for breakfast! Check out the Quaker® Social Hub for more ideas!
Since I LOVE chocolate, I decided to add some mini chocolate chips to the recipe to add a little more sweetness. You seriously can’t go wrong with chocolate and cranberries. I often find myself purchasing chocolate covered almonds as well which made m think that this was going to make the best combination!
I wrapped each of these bags with my favorite candy cane twine and cut a piece of fresh pine off of our tree to add to the bag. I plan on giving a few out at the office and sticking some in stockings as I did here! Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!


INGREDIENTS


1 box Quaker® Simply Granola, Oats, Honey & Almond purchased at Walmart
1 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla


DIRECTIONS

1. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl mix granola, cranberries, and chocolate chips.

2. In a small saucepan, mix brown sugar, peanut butter, and corn syrup. Heat to boiling and stir continuously over medium-high heat. Boil and stir for one minute and mix in vanilla. Remove from heat.

3. Pour syrup mixture over granola mixture and stir until evenly coated. Place two table spoon rounded balls onto parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once hardened place into festive treat bags!

Fruit Infused Water

Drinking plenty of water though out my day is so important to me. Since I currently have a desk job, not only does drinking water help keep me hydrated but it also gives me an excuse to get up and walk to the water bubbler to fill up my bottle and back to my desk. I make sure to do this multiple times each day to have a good stretch. Sometimes drinking plain water can become boring day after day. Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite fruit infused water combinations and their health benefits!

As you may have seen on my Instagram story this week, I shared a few of the combinations I am currently drinking in my KaizenOne VIVA Bottle. So far this week I have made a lemon, orange, and mint combination and a pineapple, lemon, and pomegranate combination. I love the pineapple, lemon, and pomegranate combination as it has a little bit of a tropical flavor to it. To make each of the combinations below, simply slice up your fruit and place it in your favorite water bottle. Mine is the KaizenOne VIVA Bottle. It is glass and has a diffuser that you place in the top if you would like to make some tea or add your fruit to the diffuser. Add some ice and water or refrigerate over night. The best part is you can fill up your bottle all day long to enjoy your fruit infused water all day long!
Here are a few combinations and their health benefits!
Lemon + Orange + Mint = Immune booster & aids in digestion
Feeling a cold coming on? Make this combination for a boost of vitamin C. Mint is also a great tummy soother. Whenever I have a bit of an upset stomach I always reach for fresh mint or mint tea. 
Pineapple + Lemon + Pomegranate = Detox & Anti-inflamatory
This is one of my favorite combinations because of how delicious it is. I love pineapple and almost always have it in my fridge. Pomegranate reduces joint pain and inflammation. It also reduces blood pressure!
Lemon + Lime + Green Tea = Weight & Sugar Control
This combination is perfect to make in the KaizenOne VIVA Bottle because of the diffuser that you can pop in and out. To make this combination, add your green tea to the diffuser pop it into the bottle and steep it in some hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Add your lemon & lime and enjoy hot or add ice to make it an iced tea combination. Green Tea can help raise your metabolic rate which helps aid in weight loss!
Orange + Strawberry + Cranberry = Antioxidant & Vitamin Rich
This is also a delicious combination. The fruits really shine in this drink! Cranberries are a great source of Vitamin C as well as orange. They also are full of antioxidants which are so great for your overall health. Strawberries contain folate, magnesium, dietary fiber, and high amounts of vitamin C. Another great reason to create this delicious water!
Now that you have your combinations, head over to my Instagram to enter to win a KaizenOne VIVA Bottle! Hope you have a great Wednesday!