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Helping Baby’s development with Gerber Lil’ Bits

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.

Last week I was able to spend some time with family in Dallas. Man do I miss that area since we moved to Louisiana. But the best part of the entire trip was snuggling, holding, and kissing on my precious niece. You know I’ve always been the mama and this is really my first time to be the aunt on my side of the family. So that baby had NO idea what was in-store for her when I came to town, ha! I made her laugh, tickled her endless fat rolls, and pretty much never let her lay down for a second. That girl LOVES her some Bubby (my cute little aunt name)! So when I needed to head out for an event with local bloggers I just HAD to bring her along, I mean is WAS and event for Gerber and she IS the cutest baby I know right now!
Now this was probably one of the CUTEST blogger parties I’ve been to in awhile and the decorations were down right fun! We were ready to join the Gerber Chew U with the festive blue and orange colors and supplies!
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Look at sweet Ellie Mae, she’s ready to head off to school now, ha! I was such a proud auntie and showed her off to everyone there. I mean, No longer are my babies that small, so I desperately needed the baby fix!
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While it was fun to chat with other bloggers and feast on the fantastic food, I was really impressed with what I learned about the new Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes. The Lil’ Bits recipes are made with perfectly sized soft bit of fruits or veggies that help your baby learn to chew and mash. This is PERFECT for helping them transition into table food. Ellie Mae is just now entering the food stage and I love that as she works all the way up to “big kid” food she can use the Lil’ Bits line!
Gerber is launching 10 new Lil’ Bits recipes, 7 fruits and 3 veggies. The tasty fruits are: Apple Blueberry, Orchard Fruit Medley, Apple Banana, Banana Apple Strawberry, Pear Apple Berry, Island Fruit Blend and Banana Apple Mango. And the hearty veggies are: Mixed Carrots, Corn & Butternut Squash, Butternut Squash & Potato, Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon. Your little ones are going to LOVE them.
This little cutie is WAY too excited about her Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes! And right now Gerber has the Gerber Chew U Instant Win Promotion. Simply apply your little ones to Gerber Chew University and you can come back daily for a chance to win. But the promotion period ends on September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET

How do you transition your baby into table foods?



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.

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Snack Time for the Littles with Plenti Yogurt

One thing we take seriously in our home is food. And since we are a family of 9, we can sure pack it away, ha! I swear my kids could eat ALL day if I allowed them too, so it’s important for me to get them healthy snacks that will fill their little tummies and tide them over until our next meal.
The other day while I was grocery shopping, I picked up some Plenti Yogurt for the kids to try. But what I didn’t expect them to eat all of them in two days! they seriously loved the stuff! It’s called Plenti for a reason– wholesome ingredients and protein. Plenti Yogurt is Greek yogurt with whole grain oats, flax & pumpkin seeds and delicious fruit mixed right in. Doesn’t that sound tasty?! Somehow I only managed to sneak a bite from Pippa’s cup instead of getting one on my own. I guess that means I’ll be heading back to get a few more and hide them for myself!

See what Plenti has to say about their new yogurt:

“We start with Yoplait Greek Yogurt, a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Then we add just the right amount of hearty ingredients. Packed full of goodness, Plentí is a healthy, high-protein snack. A full life requires a fulfilling snack. No one has time for an energy dip. Plentí stays with you. It’s substantial and satisfying—an energy booster. Now you can keep going and have a truly plentiful day. It’s also gluten free and has a 1:1 protein to sugar ratio (12g of each).”

If you’re like me, then you like to know that your snacks are more that just empty calories full of sugar and leave you wanting for more. I want to snack well and I want my kids to do the same! So head out to your local grocery store and grab some!

For more information check out on Instagram and their website!


Thank you to Plenti for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their new fulfilling yogurt!

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Long weekends and Great Food with Hormel Chili

Our Memorial Day weekend seemed to fly by. We ran all around our area but we had a blast. That’s my favorite part about my “little” family. No matter what we are doing and where we are we have a good time. But as any good southerner we had the most fun eating great foods. Who doesn’t love a good bonfire to roast marshmellows in and cook the world’s tastiest hot dogs in?! Not to mention if you’re our boys you hang out in front of the fire shirtless, I mean is there any other way?! Ha!
One of our favorite things to add to our hot dogs is chili. HORMEL® Chili to be exact. It’s such an easy way to kick the flavor of your meal up a notch, and let’s face it, chili dogs are all the rage around here! Also, a new tasty treat we’ve found around here is the HORMEL® Chili cheese french bread. Not only can you dip pieces of french bread in your dip, but grab yourself a bag a chips and use them too!
If you’re not familiar with this savory snack, let me explain. All you need to do is cut a hole in the top center of your french bread, add a block of velveeta sliced in half length wise, and then pour in the HORMEL® Chili. Bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Also, if you’re like me and prefer your dip with a kick to it, feel free to add a can of rotel to the mixture prior to sticking it in the oven.
This dish plates up nicely tastes oh so creamy and delicious. We are BIG fans of HORMEL® Chili and it doesn’t hurt that it’s America’s #1 chili. With so many varieties, Hormel Foods has a chili for everyone. Whether it’s a chili dog, chili cheese dip or your traditional chili in the bowl, HORMEL® Chili can be enjoyed year-round. HORMEL® Chili helps chili lovers savor traditions – all seasons, all occasions – by bringing together good foods and good times.

LouisianaHORMEL® Chili shared over 50 regional ways to enjoy chili on their website and Facebook page to show fans Chili Nation, a nation that has declared their love for all things chili! Visit the HORMEL® Chili website for a sampling of recipes and chili pairings from every state, it also features videos, quizzes, and a coupon offering. So be sure to head over there and check it out!

Now tell me, did your weekend end with you or your kids crashing like this?!

Thank you to HORMEL® Chili for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try a new way to eat chili!

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Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

Boy I thought I’d look forward to the day that my children would outgrow the diapers and wipes phase. I could claim back my purse, my car, and counter space, because having to tote around all the extra “stuff” is a quick second to the less than thrilling moment of changing a child’s diaper. Am I right?! But what I didn’t expect to have happen, was my great love for wipes and how MANY times I use them throughout our day…and not only for diapers.

Like a few weeks back when our family participated in a school’s Color Run. Our girls were able to toss the color on all the runners and boy were they pumped to do so. What I didn’t expect or factor into our equation, was that they too would end up covered in the powdery color themselves. Head to toe, those little ones beamed the rainbow!
Boy were they a sight to behold, ha! Thankfully I packed my cute little pack of Huggies® Wipes to clean them off a bit. The clutch ‘n’ clean ones (grabbed them at Wal-Mart) are so convenient and easy to toss in your purse as you head out the door. Not to mention the fact that they don’t look like a normal baby diaper product. Shoot they may even been ahead of my style curve, ha! Huggies® Wipes come in a variety of fun, convenient packaging, so whether you keep them stashed in your living room, or bag, or car, there is a design that will suit your needs. They come in stylish designs to compliment any trendy mom’s ensemble. These babies are new and improved and the ONLY wipes with Triple Clean layers! So Huggies® Wipes are a great way to clean up any family’s mess, not just baby’s!
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In fact Huggies has started a new 101 ways to use HUGGIES® Wipes campaign. They are certain other families are just like mine and haven’t stopped using wipes just because their children have stopped wearing diapers. Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

Which of these videos best highlight how your daily life?

101: HUGGIES® Wipes, the ONLY wipes with TripleClean* layers. Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes.* #tripleclean

Explorers: Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun! HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. #bestfriend

The Cleaner: Ice cream #fail! Watch how HUGGIES® Wipes saved the day from this on the go mess!

Pasta Baby: Question: What happens when babies and pasta collide? Answer: HUGGIES® Wipes with TripleClean* layers.

Playtime: Playtime can be a dirty job. HUGGIES® Wipes. Keep the play. Not the dirty.

Yes, I’ll be honest and say I use my HUGGIES® Wipes for all the above! Now you tell me, how do YOU use wipes beyond diaper duty time?!

Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Huggies Wipes at Walmart!

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Baseball Rice Krispie Treat bouquet

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We are full swing into baseball season, with three boys on two teams. While I love to see my little men play ball, jumping on the standing cheering for great plays and hard hits, my favorite part of the game is snack time. Oh there is nothing better than munching on some tasty treats and spending time with family. We have become experts on the art of game snacks, you know with at least 4 games a week our schedules are quite crazy! But along with our own snacking comes the joys of providing snacks for the entire team. Now this may not sound like fun to some people, but the moment you provide food for a team of hungry players, you become the favorite! Best job ever my friends! So I’m thankful to Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® for allowing me to share a little bit about why they are one of our go to treats! baseballbaseball and krispies treats
Seriously, feeding the team with tasty Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® is so simple. I love how they are already packaged and ready to go! And nothing beats the creamy taste and sweet smells of these treats, reminding you of the moments you used to spend in the kitchen whipping up a homemade batch with your grandma, but with ease and convenience of the fantastic packaged wonders. The only problem with handing out Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® after the game is when the kids want to keep coming back for more!baseball treatsbaseball krispies
I am so incredibly thankful that my boys have the opportunity to be involved in sports and learn to play as a team. It’s especially fun to see their faces beaming because they are proud of all their hard work. But mostly I am beyond blessed by the adults and coaches who have chosen to invest time in the lives of my little ones and encouraging them. Because I respect them so, I created a fun little thank you treat that happens to be extremely tasty!
baseball rice krispie treats Using Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® I created a Baseball Rice Krispie Treat Bouquet. And this baseball season, Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® is helping families unlock fun and #GetKreative with unique treat creations to spark imagination. This is how we #getkreative in the Estes household! As I’m sure you know, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands because I spend most of it chasing 7 children around. That’s why I loved being able to just rip open the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and start from there. No baking required, gotta love that!
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Let me show you how to make this bouquet in less than 10 minutes. For real!

Here’s what you’ll need:

*Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®
*fancy straws (any pattern you’d like)
*melted white (vanilla) chocolate
*red cookie icing
*display bucket

First open up all your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and dip them in the melted chocolate, covering one side. Allow them to dry and harden, then you can “draw” on your baseball lacing with the red cookie icing. Once that has hardened, use a butter knife and poke a hole in the middle of your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and insert a straw. To keep the straw from falling out seal it with a little melted chocolate! Arrange them in a little bucket and decorate with extra goodies to make it look extra special! Extremely simple, right?!

But before you head out to grab yourself some Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, they have teamed up with Major League Baseball® and legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., to help families unlock the fun this baseball season with their favorite snack. Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner. And even better is the MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game with Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. So head out and show us how you #getkreative with your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

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The Power of Five: Fighting for our children to end malnutrition

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Amway and Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Last week my baby sister brought the most precious baby girl into this world. My heart was overfilled with joy and yet at the same time I was surprised with all the emotions that flooded me. She was going to be the BEST mother to this little soul and I was so honored to witness this journey she was just beginning. As any new mother, my sister now felt the heavy reality of being responsible for another human being, one she loved dearly, and would willingly give her life for. ellie maeellie mae 1 I remember those same feelings. Which diapers were the best, how do I know breastfeeding is working well, is the hospital crazy for letting me leave with this child, and driving home going 15 miles UNDER the speed limit because this tiny human seemed oh so fragile. And as my baby held her baby it seemed so surreal, how have the years flown by so quickly. The Lord has really blessed me with 7 healthy and beautiful children and now a super sweet, healthy chunky monkey of a holding baby But their health is something I take for granted sometimes. Not only do my children have access to great healthcare, but they also eat the food needed to help them to grow “big and strong” as we say it. Sadly, not every family has this as their reality. According to the World Health Organization the first 5 years of a child’s life and health. If they do not receive proper health and nutrition on these 1000 days they can suffer from stunted growth, poor brain development, and low immune systems. These affects last all the way into adulthood. Furthermore, 7 million children die each year before reaching the age of five due to preventable causes, and 45% of those deaths are due to malnutrition. power of 5 campaign 1 Now when I think of malnutrition my mind goes right to third world countries. And while I would be correct, I was shocked when I learned that malnutrition is not ONLY a third world country issue. It’s an every country, global issue. In my community there are 1 in 5 children who go to school hungry. Y’all ONE in FIVE. The need for proper nutrition is all around us. And there are people stepping up to help solve this global problem. We have people that have started backpack programs which stock backpacks with food for children to take home for the week and then the same on weekends. This way these children have a fighting chance at life, learning, and don’t have to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. But let’s think bigger than this, Amway™ and Nutrilite™ have partnered together for the Power of 5 Campaign. They are committed to fighting childhood malnutrition. the power of 5 campaignAmway has the nutrition expertise needed to address this issue. But it cannot be addressed by one person or one company alone, but requires key partnerships. This campaign distributes Nutrilite™ Little Bits™, a micronutrient supplement designed to provide children essential vitamins and minerals in their first 5 years of life. Right now Nutrilite™ has distributed these supplements in 6 countries, but they home to expand to 15 countries by 2017.

Get involved

Yes, it’s easy to read about my experiences and what I’ve learned, but I want YOU to see for yourself. Once you are educated on the REAL preventative issue at hand, malnutrition, I’m certain you’ll be compelled to get involved. Speaking of education, Amway has sponsored The Malnutrition Mapping Project, which is a digital visualization of the global burden of malnutrition in all its forms in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Developed by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition or GAIN, it offers perspective on how proper nutrition effects the health of the people from all economies. This map allows you to analyze and compare issues children and adults are facing in the 30 countries featured. Issue like low birth weight, vitamin deficiencies, and more in children, as well as obesity, heart disease in adults.
But please don’t stop there, you also have the opportunity to help make a difference. A MAJOR difference in the lives of these children. Share about the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign and the good work they are doing. Advocate for these children; I plan to, in honor of my children and my precious niece. But beyond spreading the word on this initiative, you can donate. Your donation doesn’t have consist of your entire life’s savings, every dollar counts. Maybe this week you can pass on the cheeseburger, or specialty coffee, and send that money to the Power of 5 Campaign.
We are an empowered generation and we cannot sit on the sidelines while we have the chance to change lives. Let’s move mountains for theses children, let’s work together to end malnutrition across the globe!

How have you helped stop malnutrition? Share with me!

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Feeding baby the Honest Way #honestfeeding

This week my precious baby sister gave birth to her own little bundle of joy. I was beyond heartbroken to not make it there in time for the baby’s birth, but hustled that 9 hour drive soon after to hold that sweetie. We arrived to Arkansas at 5:30 in the morning and I had to fight the urge to sit outside of the maternity ward until visiting hours started, ha! Once I busted in there I darted to her room and scooped up that baby. And here she is, my chunky monkey, 8 lb. 8 oz., Eliana Maybre!! (Whom I will be affectionately calling Ellie Mae…cute, right?!)
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This is my sister’s first baby and with that she of course had a lot of questions for this mom of seven. They ranged from bedding color choices, breastfeeding questions, and which products are best for baby. But one of the best things I was able to share with her about was one of my favorite companies, The Honest Company. While my baby making days are over I am BEYOND passionate about the products we use/used on our sweet little ones. Not only does the Honest Company use products that aren’t harmful for the family, home, and baby, but they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which have strict standards for how our products are marketed.
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The Honest Company recently announced a brand new feeding category! From Lactation Plus to Nursing Pillows to Organic Formula to Nursing Scarves, Honest will offer options for moms who choose to breastfeed, formula feed, or a combination of both. So exciting, for any mom and their personal feeding preferences. My sister really hopes to be able to breastfeed so I got her a box of goodies to help her along the way.
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Lactation Plus $19.95: Highly targeted, scientifically formulated blend of botanical extracts and organic ingredients designed to help support breast milk production.

Baby DHA $19.95: Carefully sourced from premium fish oil with added Vitamin D3 that provides critical support for brain and eye development and earned the highest Five-Star IFOS rating for purity, potency, and freshness. 2-in-1 Nursing Cover + Scarf $59.95: Designed in collaboration with Piece & Co., stylish year-round accessory and easy privacy cover for nursing made of soft and breathable 100% organically grown cotton.

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Organic Nipple Balm $13.95: Organic salve helps to soothe pain and irritation and encourage healing to relieve and revitalize nursing nipples.

Nursing Pillow $69.95: Foam-free and specially designed to offer stable support and comfort for both baby and mom, with a superior patented surface that gently angles baby to encourage optimal feeding position.

Natural Feeding Baby Bottle$12.95 (5 oz.) $14.95 (8 oz.): Features a highly innovative design using medical-grade silicone and peristaltic nipple to closely mimic natural breastfeeding, squeezable bottle and integrated tri-vent system to reduce gas, colic, reflux, and spit-up.
Natural Feeding Peristaltic Nipples (2) $4.95: Medical-grade silicone with flex accordion design allows baby to feed in natural, wave-like motion to provide easy assimilation and transition between breast and bottle-feeding.
Certified Organic Premium Infant Formula $29.95: Carefully modeled after breast milk, nutritionally complete, easy to digest, and meticulously blended using ingredients sourced from trusted organic farms, made without GMOs (genetically engineered ingredients) and “Honestly Free” of gluten, pesticides, carrageenan, hexane-extracted DHA, antibiotics, growth hormones,, and artificial colors and dyes .

Formula Dispenser $6.95: Convenient 3-compartment solution for easy, hygienic feeding: anywhere, anytime.
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It’s so great to know that my even though my sister is new to this mommy journey she can still feel confident in the products she is choosing for her baby. And of course I love that my niece will be using only but the best! Check out more from the Honest Company on Facebook and Twitter!


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Homemade Pop Tarts with Chocolate Filling

Post sponsored by Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls, but all opinions are my own.

In our house, pop tarts are like gold. For one the store bought ones are kind of pricey (when you factor in the amount of pop tarts needed to feed our army), and we burn through them quite fast! Well the other day I decided to try my hand at making a few homemade versions. Now being the pop tart snob that I am, I was a little worried with the end result, but if I do say so myself, they are pretty tasty! Plus adding to that is the fact my kids now think mommy is the coolest. Our first batch were strawberry preserve filled, but we decided to kick this last batch up a notch with some chocolate filling. Homemade Pop Tarts
While shopping the other day at Wal-Mart I came across these Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls and thought their chocolate-peanut buttery goodness would be perfect for our pop tarts. Hay you heard of these chips from Nestle? They are down right amazing, in fact I bought a bag for our recipe and a bag for me to eat WHILE cooking! (you know you do that too, ha!)
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What you’ll need:
2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
4 – 5 Tbsp ice water
1 bag of Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls

For Icing…
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp half and half (more as needed)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, ice water, and mix until you have dough clumps. Drop mixture onto a clean surface, gather dough into a ball then divide into two portions. Shape each portion into about a 5-inch circles. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Grab 1 circle at a time (keep other in fridge to chill), roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 10 by 7 1/2 inch rectangle. Then cut into six 5 by 2 1/2 inch rectangles (cut length in half, then three cuts through the opposite side).
Arrange 6 of the rectangles on baking sheet and spread a handful of Nestle Delightfulls down the center of each rectangle, leaving about a 1/2 inch rim on all sides. Grab another dough circle from the fridge and repeat. Add tops to each of the rectangles, then seal edges with your fingertips and/or a fork. Poke the top center of each tart with a fork (for venting). Cover and transfer to freezer to chill at least 2 hours or up to one week!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks (if you have multiple baking sheets) once halfway through baking, about 25 – 30 minutes. Allow to cool then begin to add icing!

For the icing:
In a mixing bowl whisk together all icing ingredients well then add more half and half about 1/2 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over tops of cooled pop tarts, sprinkle tops with sprinkles, and allow glaze to set at room temperature.

Now enjoy!

These pop tarts have now become a staple in our homes and I hope they’ll be the same for you! But tell me, what would you fill yours with? Do you have a favorite filling?
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For the Love of Olives #OlivesfromSpain

Who loves themselves some olives?!

(hand raised)

Some of my favorite dishes boast the yummy goodness that is olives. So when I got the opportunity to feature Olives from Spain and share with you some of my tasty treats, I was super excited! These olives mean business and are some of the best. In fact, this month, Olives from Spain will head to Miami for the country’s premiere food festival, Sobe. Yeah, they’re the real deal. But now on to the good stuff, our simple yet very delicious recipes.
german stuffed bread 3 This recipe was first introduced to my while my husband and I were still in Seminary. The thing about being in school is that you meet many different people from many countries. One of the sweetest ladies I met was from Germany and she taught me this recipe. There was no name for it, but it was divine, and has become a HUGE hit in our house. So in honor of that sweet friend, we added her beloved country to the name, German Stuffed Bread!
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What you’ll need:

* French Bread
* 8oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
* 1 cup of shredded cheese
* 1 1/2 cups of ham chunks (finely chopped)
* 4 pickle spears (finely chopped)
* 4 boiled eggs (finely chopped)
* 1/4 Olives from Spain (finely chopped)
* 1 tbsp of mustard
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tsp pepper

In a large bowl, add: cream cheese, shredded cheese, ham, pickles, eggs, olives, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients with a spoon until well blended. Cut french bread down the middle. Then scoop out the mixture and generously spread it on both halves of the french bread. Bake in the oven for 20min at 350 degrees.

Slice it up and eat!

scrambled egg bowls In my house, we LOVE breakfast food. Like I’m pretty sure my children would ask for breakfast every meal of the day if I’d let them. But because I am not an 8 year old, I like to add variety in my meals, ha! Therefore I came up with the idea to make Scrambled Egg Bowls.
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What you’ll need:

* package of small tortillas
* 18 eggs
* 1 cup of diced ham chunks
* 1/4 cup of diced Olives from Spain
* 3 chopped Roma tomatoes
* 3 green onions chopped
* 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
* salt and pepper to taste
* hot sauce (optional)

Scrambled eggs with olives, cheese, ham, tomatoes, and green onions in a skillet. Place small tortillas in each muffin tin to create a bowl. Add scramble egg mixture in eat tortilla bowl and top with some shredded cheese. Bake in the oven for 10min at 350 degrees. Serve your tasty bowls up with a side of fruit and a fork. My kids gobbled these babies up!

What’s your favorite recipe with olives?

Want more info on Olives from Spain, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Secret Diet Ingredient

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It seems that no matter where you turn there are magic pills, tasty shakes, and wonder food diets to help you shed those dreaded pounds. They all sound fantastic at first, I must admit, it’s easy to be swept away by the romantic notions of eating all the cheeseburgers I want and popping a diet pill to solve all my cellulite problems. But that just isn’t the answer. Thankfully it seems most people are realizing the importances of a healthy diet combined with exercise is the right answer. Yes this life style change is a step in the right direction, but what if I told you that you still were missing one MAJOR fact in this equation. One that could greatly help or hinder your weight loss efforts. It’s the secret diet ingredient. Do I have you intrigued?!

The Secret Diet Ingredient
Sleep. It sounds pretty simple right, but that’s one of the first things to go with our booming, busy lives these days. Sure we will eat only the healthiest of foods and of course we’ll spend our hour at the gym, but our lives are so packed we have to sacrifice our precious sleep to fit everything in. In fact, did you know that you would die of sleep deprivation before starvation? Yep, it takes 2 weeks to starve to death, but you’re a goner in only 10 days without sleep. Yikes! Is sleep REALLY that important?! Well when researchers from Hospital University of Pennsylvania’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory deprived subjects of two hours of sleep the results were scary. At two weeks in they thought they had adjusted to the fewer hours, but they demonstrated impaired cognition that was equal to being drunk. And there ain’t nothing healthy about walking around functioning “drunk” all day, ha!

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So how does your diet stack up against sleep? Sure you can toss in a few extra fruits and veggies for the day, but that doesn’t make up for your loss of sleep. In fact, lack of sleep has been connected to a variety of health issues, including:

  • depression, mood disorders
  • weight gain
  • heart disease
  • hormonal problems
  • impaired immune function

You saw that right, WEIGHT GAIN! Might as well go out and eat that cheeseburger and gain weight that way, because you’re doing your body the same injustice by depriving yourself of sleep. Even scarier are these sleep deprivation risk factors:


Make Sleep a Priority

  • Don’t fall victim to the productivity myth and assume that losing an hour of sleep to fit in more work/exercise is actually helpful.
  • Take care of you and set a firm bed time for yourself. Whether you are done with your project or not, stop, drop, and roll go to bed, ha! Sam and I have started this at our house, because he’s noticed my lack of positivity (ha!) on days after I’ve lost sleep. This gal requires TONS of sleep and I take that seriously…sleepy heads unite!
  • Get a good mattress. I shared with you in my last post about all the research I put into buying a new mattress. Well a couple of months in and I am IN LOVE! I’ll be honest and tell you that I was a little skeptical at first, I mean because a mattress is a BIG deal. But with the 60 money back guarantee that intelliBED has and their less than 1% return rate (WHAT?!?!), I thought why not!

Clearly y’all are fed up with your lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep because I’ve gotten emails, texts, and comments asking me more about my new mattress. Because of this I plan to share more about the research I’ve found to help you sleep better as well as a FREE webinar with experts on the subject. I CANNOT tell you how much of a game changer this mattress is for me! I would bring each one of you into my bedroom and let you lay on it so you can SEE how amazing it really is. But since that is a little creepy and weird (or so I’m told, ha!) maybe now is the perfect time to try a intelliBED mattress risk free for 60 days?! AND the company is so great to offer you 10% off RIGHT NOW when you sign up here. Y’all that’s HUGE!

Deep Healing Sleep mattress

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?!


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