ice cream + french fries

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm thankful for my growing family. It's been an amazing year and I can't wait for many more! #familytime

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Christmas Cards + Minted Picks

Ahhh... Christmas Cards... are you ready? I'm not. I still need to roundup my little family and snap a few photos. I mean, I have some great photos from the last few months, but I would love one where we're somewhat coordinated and maybe there's a little snow on the ground. Oh wait, it's snowing in Tahoe right now! Wa-hoo.

Once again, this year I plan on going with Minted. I love how our cards turned out last year.

Narrowing down a design is always the hardest. Here are my top 5 Minted picks. I do know our card will be a landscape and somewhat of a modern design, although I am loving the Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards this year. I guess it will come down to the photo.

I love Minted for so many reason's -- free address printingFoil-Pressed Holiday Cards, and even  New Personalized Wrapping Paper!

Take advantage of Minted's BLACK FRIDAY SALE! From 11/25 to 11/27, enjoy 15% OFF your order with NO MINIMUM PURCHASE and 20% OFF your order of $150+ on holiday cards and all gifts. Or wait until Cyber Monday [11/30 only] and enjoy 25% off Minted products and 20% off holiday cards!

Shop all Holiday cards HERE!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Healthy and Happy + A Giveaway!

This review + giveaway has been compensated by Fit Approach and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are 100% mine alone. #SweatPink #HolidaySOS


This morning I rolled over and felt like saying 'SOS' to my husband. It was just one of those nights. One too many glasses of wine + not enough water [oops] + a baby wake up call at 2 a.m. [we're cutting another tooth!]. Ugh. Before I could think about life, eating or the hike we had planned I needed to hydrate. I turned to my NEW secret weapon, SOS Rehydrate [c/o]. Their mix of electrolytes help the body maximize it’s ability to get more out of water. What does that mean? You'll stay hydrated longer. #winning

Seriously though, I downed an 8 ounce glass and was ready to hit the trail.


About SOS Rehydrate: SOS Rehydrate is a fast-acting electrolyte replacement drink that has been created to prevent and help combat mild to moderate dehydration due to active lifestyles and physical performance. Unlike most sports drinks, SOS has 50% more electrolytes and 75% less carbohydrates. When compared to energy drinks whose main ingredients are sugar and caffeine, they only give an artificial energy boost, and are not meant to hydrate you.


If you have time in the morning I suggest making a smoothie using the SOS Rehydrate [Mango Flavor]. I've be experimenting and included my favorite combo below.

SOS Mango Madness Smoothie  
1 cup water
1 pack SOS Rehydrate [Mango Flavor]
1/4 cup mango [frozen]
1/4 cup pineapple[frozen]
1 cup spinach
1/2  banana[frozen]


As a Sweat Pink Ambassador SOS Rehydrate is giving one lucky a reader a box of Mango Flavor.

Prize: (1) SOS Rehydrate, valued at $17.99

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Happy Day It's a Kitchenaid Giveaway!!

Enter to win a Kitchenaid Mixer Wowza, do we have a special treat for you just in time for the holidays!  I've banded together with Angie over at My So-Called Chaos, her sponsors, and some other wonderful bloggers and people to offer all of you lucky readers a Kitchenaid Mixer. Do you want to win a Kitchenaid Mixer?  Good-read on to enter! Angie asked the wonderful people participating in this giveaway with me to share their favorite holiday treats with you.  Maybe our answers will inspire you, and if you win, you can make those treats in your brand new kitchen baby.  *Swoon!* So here are the lovely ladies involved, and their favorite holiday treats: Kitchenaid Giveaway Sponsors

"To kick this off, I'll share that my favorite holiday treat is Pumpkin Pie.  I know, it's totally basic, but a good homemade pumpkin pie is something I look forward to all year long.  That and all the festive holiday coffee options-love!" - Angie from "There's something just so classic and comforting about freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. I bake them every year because the smell stirs up the best childhood memories." - Kimi from Kimi Who 

"I recently made Buckeye Brookies! They are a twist on an old Ohio classic. I made them on Monday and by Wednesday they were totally devoured. Everyone loved them and was asking me when I was going to make them again! Looks like I've found my signature sweet treat!" - Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me 

"I am definitely a sweet eater! I love just about any sweet, but when it comes around to the holidays, I'm in love with cream puffs. If you haven't ever had a cream puff, its a dough filled with a cream cheese mixture feeling. It is a must try this holiday!" - Ashley from Simply Ashley Nichole

"Churros with dulce de leche!, it's sweet and crunchy, and I just love the creaminess of the dulce de leche, it could also be Nutella!" - Gaila from Petit Gourmet

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is Christmas cookies. I love cookies year round, but the cookies my family makes around the holidays are super delicious. I love my Grandmama's shortbread and my Aunt's sugar cookies. I also like to make cookies and make some awesome chocolate chip cookies." - Christina from Cali Darling

"My favorite treat is homemade Caramel Apple Pie. I'm not great at baking but I can make some delicious pie and this one is by far my best. I'm proud of it every time I cook it and it's absolutely delicious." - Bethany from Stella Kenton Body Shop

"My favorite holiday treat would have to be brownies or cookies, wait maybe Pie. Lol I love all three. How can I choose? But I do need them to have some time of holiday spirit on them such as peppermint." - Jasmine from Classy, Sassy, and a Bit Smartassy

"Definitely hot chocolate! Maybe with a shot of espresso? It reminds me of colder weather (I live in Florida!) and cozy blankets! There's a comfort in holding something warm." - Samantha from Samanthability

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is simply hot milk with cinnamon. I think cinnamon immediately drives me to the Christmas atmosphere as for the whiteness of the milk that reminds me of snow falling down." - Caterina from Kate/idoscope

"Cookies....because who doesn't love cookies? :)" - Linda from Brunch with Joy

"Every Christmas, my grandparents in New Jersey ship us out kiffles from the Kiffle Kitchen Bakery in PA, and they're by far my favorite holiday sweet treat! I love them because they remind me of the holidays in NJ when I was a child! Now that I'm across the country in AZ, it's nice to have a little something that reminds me of home during the holidays." - Nicole from Violet & Vine

"Our favourite holiday sweet treat is a chocolate candy called Almond Roca. It comes out in the stores around the holidays. It's toffee wrapped with chocolate and almonds." - Tript and Prabh from Footnotes & Finds

"Anything with chocolate - white, milk or dark, I love it all!" - Ang from Juggling Act Momma

"A big ol' piece of pumpkin pie covered in Cool Whip! But, minus the crust. I eat around that nonsense ;)" - Leeann from Join the Gossip

"I love my mom's homemade butter cookies. Her baking always fills up the house with a fantastic smell that reminds me of the holidays. I remember sneaking cookies that just came out of the oven. So good!" - Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is pumpkin pie, although I have met very few cookies I don't like. I love the spices of the pie and it brings lots of fond memories. Plus, I love to squirt the whipped cream in my grand kid's mouths." - Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas

"I love homemade toffee - one bite takes me back to sneaking pieces off my grandma's kitchen counter during the holidays!" - Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

"I love cinnamon rolls. The sweet smell. The warmth. It just is perfect for the fall and winter time!" - Amanda from Green Tea & Cotton

"My favourite holiday sweet treat is something we get in the UK called After Eight Mints. They're absolutely delicious and I can't imagine not indulging in a few (or half a box) after dinner on Christmas Day!" - Louise from With Love From Lou

"Every Christmas we host a Family Cookie Day, so I have to go with Butterscotch Haystacks as my favorite holiday sweet treat. Eating them brings back great memories of my youth." - Darcey from Foodie & Wine

"Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - they're a tradition in our family and I've been making them for my kids for about 15 years!" - Julie from Mom Fabulous

"Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies because they're good with coffee or after dinner." - Tiara from Ice Cream & French Fries
"It's so simple (and might sound totally lame) but I love Peanut Butter Blossoms. Every holiday season I crave them!" - Mary from Vindulge

"My favorite holiday sweet treat are Hershey kiss peanut butter cookies! There is something that just screams holidays when I'm stuffing them in my mouth by the handfuls, haha!" - Amanda from Little Lady Little City

"I love hot chocolate and fudge! Hot chocolate just reminds me of the cooler weather and fudge reminds me of Christmas time!" - Alissia from Stay at Home Mompreneur

"Sugar cookies topped with sprinkles are my favorite! They are so simple to make and taste delicious." - Krystal from The Krystal Diaries

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fit Through the Holidays

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away? Well I can't. Honestly it's amazing how quick this year has flown by. While the average american might gain 10+ pounds this holiday season, I'm working on maintaining. Here are just a few ways I'm staying healthy and fit.

5 Tips to Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

1. Baby wearing while shopping [borrow one if you don't have one] Wearing a baby while power shopping will help you burn more calories and keep you from Christmas shopping for yourself instead of loved ones. #truestory

2. Get Outside with Family and Friends  - Ninja kicks are mandatory whether hiking, snowboarding or just being awesome outside! #optoutside

3. Buy new workout gear - Do you really need a reason? Ok, this #SweatPink Sweat Drop Racer tank [c/o] is my new favorite tank and well when you us code: sweatdropracer you get 15% off! Who doesn't love a deal. Click HERE to purchase the tank.

4. Make delicious good for you food!  Because DUH. 

bistroMD’s Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffed Acorn Squash  [c/o]
Nutritional Information: (for each serving, serves 8)
Calories: 219 Protein: 5g Carbohydrates: 44g

4 medium acorn squash, halved lengthwise with the seeds removed
3 cups of water
2 cups quinoa
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 ½ cups diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon minced cardamom
1/8 tablespoon of turmeric
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup diced apples
1/4 cup dried currants
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust rack to the middle shelf.

Simmer the quinoa in 3 cups of water to make fluffy, this should take 15 to 20 minutes.

While the quinoa cooks, add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, cardamom and turmeric. Using fresh apples, cut into small dices and soak with lemon juice. Cover the pan and simmer the vegetables for 5 minutes until they are tender.

In a big bowl, toss together the quinoa and vegetables. Stir in the dried fruit, diced apples, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Brush the skin of the squash lightly with olive oil. Place the squash, cut side down, in a baking pan. Pour 1/2-inch of boiling water into the pan and bake for 20 minutes to soften the squash.

Move the squash to a plate and set aside until cool enough to handle. Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa mix, return them, stuffing-up to the pan, and bake until the flesh can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife. This should take 30 minutes or less.

5. Drink More Water/Kick off your day with a Green Smoothie - With all the fun festivities don't forget to stay hydrated. I like kicking off my mornings full off veggies and fruits and don't skimp just because its the holidays.

How are you staying fit this holiday season?
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