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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Protein Shake

School has been out for 2 weeks for my kids. Luckily the temperatures have been pretty good and by pretty good I mean in the 90's! Arizona weather can get in the 100's in May. So for it being the end of May it has been gorgeous!

The summer activities are in full swing. My sons are both in swim team which is early in the morning. Followed by that is basketball camp and then usually more swimming and activities! Lazy summer mornings aren't a thing in our house right now. I am hoping that kicks in soon but for now it is go go go!

So I am always needing something to grab quick that will last me for a few hours! I was super excited when Stonyfield introduced me to healthy Skoop Plant-Based Nutrition. It is quite an amazing product and I have loving using it in my smoothies. It has 20 grams of protein from a variety of ingredients! From brown rice to hemp and 4 servings of fruits and veggies.

I paired it with one of my favorite Stonyfield Greek Yogurts their strawberry and it was a yummy smoothie to start the day with! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Protein Shake
1 5.3 ounce container Stonyfield Greek Strawberry Yogurt
1 scoop healthy Skoop Chocolate Protein
1/2 (5.3 ounce) container of water
1/2 (5.3 ounce) container of almond milk
large handful of frozen strawberries

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Scrap sides and blend if you need to!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Grilling is done year around in our home. During the spring time when it starts to get hot grilling is done multiple times a week. I love not heating up the house and enjoying the gorgeous springtime weather. Usually the kids are running around the backyard and I am getting dinner ready.

I was super excited when I found out about the new and improved seasoned turkey burgers from Honeysuckle White. I have loved their turkey products and wondering how they could improve their already delicious turkey burgers. But they have done it again! They are the perfect addition to this grilling recipe!

I have been day dreaming about Hawaii lately and love a good teriyaki sauce (My favorite marinade recipe is here) so I decided to whip these Hawaiian Turkey Burgers for dinner one weekend. They were extra delicious and extra messy. I think the way to know how good and juicy a burger is is by the amount of messy that drips down your hands as you take a bite.

These Honeysuckle White turkey burgers were juicy as can be. Top with a melted monterey jack cheese, juicy grilled pineapple, grilled slices of ham and yummy teriyaki sauce! So how about you kick off grilling season this weekend as the official "start of summer" on Memorial Day weekend and serve up these mouth watering Hawaiian Turkey Burgers!

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
1 cup teriyaki marinade, store bought or homemade
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
4 sliced monterey jack cheese
4 1/2 inch slices of fresh pineapple (I like to grill mine with the sides on them so they stay together and them trim off the outsides and center before placing on my burger)
12 sliced Black Forest Ham
4 Hawaiian Hamburger Buns

Marinade turkey burgers in the teriyaki marinade for at least 2 hours. Place on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until meat reaches 165 degrees F through the patty. Take the left over marinade and place on a stove top. Heat up until it begins to boil then add cornstarch. Let boil for about 3 minutes or until the teriyaki sauce begins to thicken. Set aside. 

Once turkey burgers are cooked add the slice of cheese. Turn off grill and let cheese melt for a few minutes. While you are grilling the turkey burgers slice the fresh pineapple. (I like to grill mine with the sides still on them so that they stay together and then I trim them before I place on the burger. You can also grill them with the sides cut off and the core center cut out. I have grilled them both ways!

Add the slices of ham on the grill when you are doing the pineapple slices. Cook on both sides for about 2 minutes. Then set aside.

Grab some Hawaiian Hamburger Buns spread some teriyaki sauce on the bottom bun, then add the turkey burger with cheese on it. Then top with 3 slices of grilled ham and 1 slice of grilled pineapple. Add more teriyaki sauce and then eat up!!!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Time Spinach Salad with a Creamy Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

It gets hot here in Arizona during the summertime! I am always looking for refreshing lunch and dinners to enjoy that don't heat up the house! This salad paired with bowtie pasta takes it up a notch and makes it a little heartier. Which means you can enjoy it for dinner as well as lunch!

I always love using Stonyfield Greek yogurt to create a creamy dressing to pair my salad with! I love using these 5.3 ounce containers because they are perfectly measured with the right amount of Greek yogurt to make a dressing for my family! 

There is some yummy salad dressings from The Cookful. Ever since I got pregnant last year I am been blue cheese obsessed! Mostly with a wedge salad. I can't wait to make this Blue Cheese Dressing from The Cookful! Are you kidding me YUM!

So here is how you make the dressing! Grab a jar and squeeze in the lemon and lime juice

Pour in the honey

Grab the Stonyfield Greek yogurt

Pour it in the jar and then pour in the olive oil

Then dump in the poppy seeds

Shake it up!

Taste and add salt and pepper if you would like

Creamy Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

1 5.3 ounce container Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons freshly squeed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon poppyseed
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bottle or jar and shake well. Whisk with a small whisk if you need to! Add salt and pepper to taste!

Summertime Spinach Salad

Bowtie pasta- cooked according to directions on back of package
Strawberries, sliced
Avocado, cubed
Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
Sliced almonds

Place large handfuls of spinach down. Add as much pasta as you would like. Then top with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, avocado, monterey jack cheese, and sliced almonds.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Best Nerf War Party Ideas

Nerf War Party
We had one epic Nerf War Party for my son.

Do you want to learn how to build a nerf war party? Here is 10 ideas for you...

Parties are one of my very favorite things to do! After they are over my husband always looks exhausted; which is super funny to me since most of the time he just shows up! I think he gets exhausted just looking around at all the party "stuff" and watching me run around like a crazy person getting everything ready.

The day that I threw this party for my son's 8th birthday I also threw a surprise party for my husband where the nerf course turned into a fun and hilarious adult nerf war into the middle of the night! When we finally got into bed that night my husband said how exhausted he was and that I must feel the same. And that is when I realized that parties are nothing short of exhilarating for me! They get me all pumped up and make me extremely happy! Especially when they are for my family members. I love filling my house to the brim with family and friends and seeing how the party all comes together! I am always sad when they are over and can't wait until the next one comes!


This nerf war party was nothing short of amazing! I searched the internet through blogs, pinterest, etsy, and instagram to find the best of the best for this party! I was able to collaborate with some pretty amazing people to take this party to the next level! I am so grateful for each of these creative people and their talents and can't wait to share with you all how truly amazing these creators are!

Lets start with the invitation! Because I truly believe that how you get the most people to attend your party is by sending out the right invitation! And that is exactly what I found over at My Paper Bug on Etsy. It is perfection! I made a little video for Instagram and it is over on my YouTube Channel.

After the invitation comes all the party prep. The little details is what makes a party! The welcome sign leading into the party was a design by Linda K Creations. I also laminated a smaller version of the welcome sign that was put on a wooden skewer to stick in the grass when you went outback to enter the war zone! She also created this special tags for each child. When they got to the party each child was given a special name tag that I laminated and then attached these lanyards. These were a huge hit at the party! The kids loved seeing their name on the lanyards and it definitely took the party up a notch! They were also given these safety goggles and were able to pick out their own color of darts that they used in the war! The safety goggles were a must for sure! She also did the Happy Birthday sign for the backdrop of the party!


Studio Bee Designs on Etsy helped with the party circles that I used all over the entire party, the candy bar wrappers, and the thank you tags! The candy bar wrappers that were designed are amazing. They have so much detail on them that makes them extra special. Her downloads are very easy to use and she is very fast! She also has lots of other fun nerf party items!


A lot of my party inspiration came from Hello My Sweet! They have thrown a lot of nerf war parties and their stuff is all over Pinterest! They are incredible! I wish I could attend one of their parties! They were able to collaborate with me on the targets for the party along with the signs going into the party! Their targets lined the party and the kids all loved doing target practice with them.


The vinyl that was done for the party was done by one of my really good friends Mallory over at Classy Clutter Designs. She did special orders for the large water barrels, the darts that were all over the party, along with the mini logos for the cones for one of the activities. If you mention this party I am sure she will be able to print you the exact same thing!

Now onto the food. The cake pops were done by Sweet Events. She is locally here in Arizona and did such an amazing job on them! She even arranged them in a cute container which lightened the load of me! Each child was able to either eat theirs at the party or take it home with them! She did a variety of designs and they were super yummy and birthday cake flavor! I highly recommend ordering from her!

The popcorn boxes and straw flags were done by PRT Skin digital! The popcorn boxes were easy to cut, fold, and put together! They stood up great all by themselves. The straw flags were also a favorite of the kids! I was able to also keep everyones drinks organized since every drink had a straw flag in it with the child's name on it! This is something I didn't realize until the party was actually going how amazing it was to know who's drink was who's! It cut down on the waste of not knowing who's drink was who's and the kids were also able to take their drink home with them if they had not finished! I also used the straw flags to label the take home gifts! I attached one of the straw flags to these yellow boxes that I ordered! It was super easy to do and also easy to keep track of everyone's stuff!


I ordered the drink wrappers from here. Along with the nerf cookie cutter from here. And also the backdrop of the Target here.

A few other must haves for the party were ordered off of Amazon. Because lets all be honest. Amazon is the best thing ever! The orange targets are found here. I bought the peg board from Home Depot and spray painted it black. Bought the hooks here. To help create the backdrop for the table. The blue cones for the shooting activity were the perfect size and were bought here. And then the napkins, forks, and plates were also ordered from Amazon. I also purchased hinges to make the little forts that the kids hid behind and under here. I purchased the wood from Home Depot. The camp cups that I put food in and glued the party circles to can be found here. Another addition to the party were these blue came nets. And the little targets that we lined up for the kids to shoot can be found here. These were way smaller than I intended but they ended up working out perfectly!

And the cupcakes that I ordered were locally from Top It Cupcakes! She did an unbelievable job! She bakes them fresh and delivered them to me right before the party started! We chose cookie dough as the flavor and are you kidding me with the hand made toppings! They were a definite hit of the party!!!!

I have been a huge fan of Sweets from Heaven for a long time! I swoon over all of her creations every time she posts on Instagram! I jumped on the first opportunity I had to place a order from her. I was amazed by the detail and loved the 2 nerf creations that she created for me! The kids equally loved both of them! I was a little worried that there would be a more popular one and that the kids would fight over a certain one but that wasn't the case at all! They were equally enjoyed and I was obsessed!

And here is a few more fun pictures of the party! I had the pizza place arrange the pepperonis in a target shape! 

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