Oct 23, 2014

Cooking Planit & Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge || #3

Challenge Recap

This is it you guys! We are pretty much at the end of the 2 week challenge! I am happy to report that I am already feeling more confident in the kitchen and I have loved introducing more fresh ingredients into our daily eats. It only makes sense that since we work out daily, that we should be filling ourselves with the fuel that we need to make it through the day. We are feeling much better after eating healthier these last two weeks!

The hubby was very helpful with the recipes and was even excited to make a few of them - even Olivia enjoyed them! My favorite recipe over the past two weeks was definitely the BBQ Brisket! It was absolutely delicious and it was SO easy to make (I also love that we had leftovers for days afterwards!) We even dusted off our roaster rack (from our wedding!!) and used it to cook the brisket!

My favorite Colavita product to use these past few weeks was definitely the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I literally use it in every recipe and couldn't cook without it! Make sure to head over to Colavita and use code: EatFresh20 to get 20% off your order as well as free shipping over $99! 

 I was thrilled to finally try pine nuts in one of the recipes we made this week too. Crazy as it sounds, I've never used them in a recipe before and I LOVE them!

I made quite a few recipes this week that were out of my comfort zone. I usually stick to "italian" dishes and these ranged from asian to irish and I really enjoyed cooking different cuisines!

Cook Now
I wanted to show you this really amazing feature on Cooking Planit (available in the app as well) -- the Cook Now option! This takes you step by step through the recipe so that all of your dishes are done at the same time. It also builds in time for you to do your dishes (or have a glass of wine with your hubby) ;)

Also, be sure to visit Cooking Planit's YouTube channel, I just love their videos on prepping fruits and veggies. This week I watched this one on how to cut up carrots!

Winner of the Colavita Pantry Basket Giveaway

Congrats to Karen Delaney!!!

Be sure to venture on over to the other amazing bloggers that are participating in this challenge!

This post was brought to you by Cooking Planit & Colavita, however, all opinions and feedback are my own. 
Thank you so much for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible <3

Oct 20, 2014

Heart on my Sleeve

{outfit details}
Denim || Big Star Denim
Booties || Naturalizer
Coat || H&M (similar here)

The cold front came in this weekend and this means hot chocolate, warm nights by the fire and big cozy sweaters! One of my favorite online boutiques is PB & J Boutique for it's vintage inspired style. Everything from their shop is totally up my alley and I wish I could jump right in there to shop every morning when I wake up. It would definitely make getting ready for the day a lot easier ;)
Here are a few of my favorites from them right now:

Oct 17, 2014


{outfit details}
Sweater || Gap
Hair Clip || Hello Shiso
Pants || Old Navy

one year.
one year since we spent 18 hours waiting on you to make your appearance in the labor room at Yale. 
one year since you cried for the first time. 
one year since you changed our lives forever.

Liv is SO full of personality these days - it truly amazes me. 
She says NOM NOM NOM when she loves something that she's eating
She cut her first tooth!
She weighs 22.4 pounds and is 29 inches long
She says "ut oh" when dropping something and calls me MAMA when I leave the room
She has her own theme song that I made up and dances to it when I walk in to get her every morning
She's working on the whole walking thing but would rather crawl because she's fast like lightening
She has an obsession with leaves
She started taking classes at My Gym and LOVES climbing on everything
Still nursing twice a day! Waiting for her to tell me when she's ready to stop

I cannot wait to see what this next year will bring. I love watching you grow, little miss Liv! <3

Oct 16, 2014

Cooking Planit & Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge & Giveaway

Last week I had announced that I would be switching my terrible cooking habits in exchange for healthier ones with Cooking Planit & Colavita. You can read all about it here.

I am happy to say that the cooking has been going really well! I always felt overwhelmed having Olivia around and thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but I just put her right into her highchair and give her a few tasks to do while I cook (and dance & sing to entertain her). I already feel better eating fresh ingredients (rather than take out or microwaveable meals). 

By the way, this was my first time making caramelized onions and I swear to you that I will be making them with every single meal from here on out. They are flipping DELICIOUS and even Olivia couldn't get enough of them! The Colavita EVOO has been a lifesaver in every recipe thus far!

Oh, and this YouTube video helped me when preparing my brussel sprouts this week - check it out here!

((PS. you can still use code EatFresh20 for 20% off your order at Colavita))

This is the roasted tomato & herb pizza (I added in some peppers) and my husband LOVED it. It tasted so fresh and delicious and I cannot wait to make it again!
Don't forget that you can download the cooking app right to your smartphone or you iPad for easy viewing while your cooking. The app is on sale right now!

iPhone users --> go here
Android users --> go here

Next Week's Meal Plan

Tuesday: Broccoli Salad

Enter to win a Colavita Pantry Essentials Basket ($120 value!!)

Here is how to enter:

1.) Sign up for your free account here

2.) Snap & share a new picture of a meal that you've prepared using fresh ingredients with #EatFreshChallenge on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram between October 16th - 23rd, 2014

3.) Submit your Name, Email, Address & IG/FB or twitter URL via the Rafflecopter form

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to venture on over to the other amazing bloggers that are participating in this challenge!

This post was brought to you by Cooking Planit & Colavita, however, all opinions and feedback is my own. 
Thank you so much for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible <3

Oct 15, 2014

Pearly Whites

{outfit details}
Camera Crew onesie & tee || Click & Blossom
Beanie || Jolie USA

I admittedly despise my teeth. A secret that I usually keep to myself. I had braces for YEARS and then they took them off and realized that my teeth were all curved inwards and they needed to be put back on. It was a disaster and I have to tell you that all of my nightmares have been teeth related. I hate the dentist and I just hate.teeth. Period.

Now that you know that about me ;) Let me tell you about the challenge I agreed to take the next two weeks. I teamed up with Crest to try out their new product -  Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme Flexfit. Here are some important basics about the product:

- The Flexfit technology allows Whitestrips to stretch and mold to custom fit your smile for superior coverage and improved application providing

- Provides 30% more coverage to whiten more teeth

- Whitens as well as a $500 in-office professional treatment

Now here is my BEFORE picture:
{definitely slightly yellow, most likely due to the huge consumption of coffee on a daily basis - a baby will do that to you}

As a mama, I can honestly say that everything for myself now comes last and I haven't been taking care of myself the way I should. First, comes some new pearly whites - then I will work on the daily exercising, eating healthier & getting a darn haircut!

I will update you on the progress a week from now via social media and then a final post at the end of whitening to show you my results! 

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