APPLE ENVY: The best apple desserts

I think it’s fairly obvious that fall has arrived, no? For those out there who are running after the sun, unpack those bags destin for Bora Bora, throw your little sun-kissed arms in the air, and surrender yourselves, and that also means those itty bitty shorts you’ve been sporting. Embrace the cold nights, the cozy knits, fringe boots, and all the delicious APPLES. This right here, this is my ultimate apple dessert throwdown; you’re welcome! BUT WAIT, please take note I’ve yet to try any of these ridiculously amazing looking desserts, not because I don’t want to, come’on people I’m not blind, but because decision making is not […]

FIVE THINGS {100 days of dukan}

The five recipes and snacks that have gotten me through 100 days on the dukan diet: 1. a marinade that works on steak, to pork chops and chicken wings, i’m telling you this marinade recipes is a must for anyone on the dukan diet or not. it’s easy to make, only has 5 ingredients that you probably already have on-hand, and it keeps so you can make it in advance  {recipe here} 2. dukan diet boxed vanilla cupcakes; because honestly who has the time to find all the ingredients dukan’ers can have. this box-mix makes it easy, and yummy to have a snack or breakfast on the run. and don’t forget, use […]

EASY HOMEMADE {toddler approved} POPSICLES

The other afternoon Sofia and I were craving a day of crafts, baking, or anything that got out hands dirty, mouths smiling, and tummys happy. It’s not until we stept outside did I realize staying in where there was ac was not only the best idea but safest option too. Off to the dollar store to pick up a few things for our afternoon in the kitchen; dixie cups, and wooden popsicle sticks. INGREDIENTS    Frozen Fruit :: Vanilla Ice Cream :: Milk :: Honey SUPPLIES    Dixie Cups :: Popsicle Sticks Arriving home, we dug into the freezer and found three of Sofia’s favorite fruits, pineapple, […]

RECIPE: Healthy’ish Cheesecake {dukan friendly}

Cheesecake, while on a diet. Wait! What? From one cheesecake lover to another, I give you a cheesecake you can eat minus the guilt. Almost. I wouldn’t suggest you eat it everyday but I would recommend you make a batch and treat yourself this weekend, or the next late night TV session you have planned. So I was on the hunt for something sweet this past week, something that I could savor and enjoy without the lasting guilt of a slice of devils food cake or a krispy cream donut. AND , I found it, a low fat cheesecake that taste like store bought; which we all […]

Weight Loss UPDATE :: Day 52

…I would like to thank my family for always standing behind me, and cheering me on as I ate the 2 slices of bon-bon cake on father’s day. My subconscious that insured me I deserved the additional treats through out the week; and the wonderful woman at the grocery store who gave me a kit-kat “on the house” to congratulate me on the weight loss. DIET UPDATE :: I gained 0.8lbs this week and while I accept this deserved reward, I feel unimpressed with myself and very disappointed. Okay enough with the pitty-party,  it wasn’t all sadness when I went and saw Dr. Natalie today. NOPE. After […]

Weight Loss Update :: Day 46

…I’M BACK! I promised I would give you an update this weekend and I would hate to be made into a liar; so here you have it. Today we mark day 46 of my weight loss journey and we currently sit at 22.5 lbs lost. I’m pretty stinking happy to say the least. I mean a month and a half ago I was nearing 200 lbs and today all I see is a number closer to 150 than it is 200. Now I could sit here and toot my horn over and over and over again, but how much fun is that {okay, it might be a […]

RECIPE :: Bubbly Lemon Jello

Outdoor entertaining is something we find ourselves doing a lot over the Spring and Summer months. So much so I would consider us “the” party house; and I mean that in the least frat-house sort of way. We love being that house that everyone ends up gravitating too, it nice to know other are that comfortable in our home, means all the little things we do to make our house feel like a home are working. >> Now being “that house” means you have to be ready at any given moment, saving yourself from always having to run out every other given moment. This is why sodastream has come […]

Weight Loss Update :: Day 36

Seeing is believing they say, and if you can’t see it let me explain. It’s my time to easily snap, to cry over spilt milk, and to over analyze every situation. You guessed it, I’M BLOATED! …good things comes to those who sweat. This past weekend as some of you know I was on a mini-vacation with ‘la familia‘ in Whistler {here, here, here, and here}. I stuck faithfully with everything I was supposed to, alternating days with pure protein and protein and vegetables, including snacking on veggies on the road trip there {vs. the burger king the rest of the car was enjoying}. As I knew […]

Weight Loss Update :: Day 29

My mama always said “the proof is in the puddin“. And by proof she must’have meant the pictures, before and after pictures. Right mama!? Holy Hannah! Three cheers for me and my lack of baby-tummy! Where the heck did that go? Down nearly 18 lbs in 29 days feels mightly nice, looks nice too ‘eh? …a year from now, you’ll have wished you started today. Okay enough tootin’ my horn, let’s get the balls rolling on what you’all came here for. The deets, the recipes, the DL on all the amazing dishes we’ve been teasing you with via instagram all damn week! As promised I’m sharing two […]

RECIPE :: EMPOWERING TEA WITH A TWIST

You know what empowers me? My family, because at the end of the day all that I have strived to do has been for them. And you know what gives me the strength to tackle the daily “to do” lists? Tea; tea allows me to stay calm, collect my thoughts in silence and best of all it keeps me awake when all I’m being fueled by is 4 hours of sleep {as we all know this happens often as a mama}. Come spring and definitely into summer Tea isn’t always my drink of choice, I’d say something more refreshing and laid-back is craved most come these months. This is why […]