San Diego Boat Show

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San Diego has been having THE MOST BEAUTIFUL weather this past week (did anyone else feel like #junegloom was never going to end?!) Here’s to hoping this sunshine sticks around!)
One of my favorite thing about living in America’s Finest City is that there are always fun events going on, and more than that, events that are family + kid friendly. As a single mom with a toddler wingman, this is near and dear to my heart (and my adventure list).
This Thursday and Friday, San Diego welcomes a huge international boat show at Spanish Landing Park, East.
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Additional info can be found here.

San Diego International Boat Show
1380 Harbor Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

 

f you go to the boat show, get social! #SDBoatShow, and tag the show using @SDIntlBoatShow on Twitter, @SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow on Facebook, and @SDIntlBoatShow on Instagram.

 

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Cashew Garlic and Basil Pesto

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  • 1 cup fresh organic + local basil leaves
  • 1 ripe organic avocado
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted, organic cashews, raw or roasted
  • 1⁄2 cup  parmesan and/or romano cheeses OR sub with  2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast to make dairy free/vegan
  • 1⁄2 cup Chosen Foods olive or avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

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  1. Add all ingredients into food processor and blend until desired consistency is achieved
  2. Add to chicken, steak, salads, charcuterie boards, tomato + mozzarella, and more!

Lunch Game on Point: Bento Box

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Tanny and I are totally head-over-heels for his new lunch box, so we wanted to say hiiii and share!

 

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What I love as a mom: the compartments that tell you exactly what to pack [dairy, protein, veggies, fruits, grains, and a little circle for whatever your little heart desires, aka probably a treat of some-kind]. This Bento Box is also the only one we’ve ordered so far that fits IN his lunchbox WITH ice packs [others were too big, and his Batman lunchbox is kind of a big deal, so that was always an issue].

 

 

 

 

What T loves as a toddler: it’s basically a fancy AF lunchable and the compartments are a fun surprise at lunch time, and cute to eat out of [I mean, he totally tells me that…]

 

 

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Interested or love this little gem as much as we do? There are a few different colors and you can shop below:

 

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P.S. This totes is NOT sponsored, I just really love and stand behind this Bento Box!

P.P.S. it also comes in a larger teen + adult size (yewww), or a mini snack size:

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Summer Bucket List

Summer is for adventures, staycations, memories, and warm nights. Say yes to things you normally wouldn’t, enjoy moments with friends, and get out and explore with this

s u m m e r    b u c k e t    l i s t

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s h e l l e y

Homemade Healthy and Vegan Fudgesicles

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Homemade Healthy Fudgesicles

Makes 4

ingredients

  • Dairy-free milk [almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, etc.] OR whole milk for toddlers who aren’t intolerant or on dietary restrictions
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ground or whole
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 – 1 banana OR 1/4 avocado OR both
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt of choice. [I used unsweetened coconut yogurt; if you used milk and aren’t dairy-free or intolerant, feel free to use any plain or vanilla yogurt with low sugar]
  • 1 tablespoon 100% cacao powder [dairy-free]
  • optional: 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, 100% pure maple syrup, or honey [if not Vegan]
  • optional for protein: add 1 tablespoon cashews [soaked overnight]

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directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Divide evenly into popsicle molds and freeze at least 4 hours, or until solid

 

* How adorable are these ice cream popsicle molds, PS?! Scoop them up by clicking on the image below :

Pho your Busy Weeknight

I recently had a massive food allergy panel done after struggling with chronic lower intestinal issues since October. Yes, that means over seven months of what’s felt like my appendix bursting mixed with ruptured ovarian cysts, where at times I haven’t even been able to eat anything, feeling every churn of my digestive tract; everything hurt, and I still have really bad flare-ups. It’s been awful as a home “mama chef” and foodie, and I’ve gone through a colonoscopy and an abdominal MRI, and a ton of other random shit that’s left me feeling like a total lab rat, poked and prodded in every nook and cranny. Literally. SO, that being said, I found out I’m allergic and highly intolerant to a few major things – including, but not limited to — Beef. Dairy. Eggs. Gluten. Pineapple. Black beans, navy beans, green beans and kidney beans. Peanuts. Oats. Peanuts. Garlic. YEAH – WHAT THE FK. And mild allergies to…Turmeric. Ginger. Bananas. Avocado. Vanilla. And I’m sure I’m forgetting 1738 other things too.

I’m still completely perplexed how intestinal issues seem to be so much more common in women, and seem to magically appear around our late 20s and early 30s. Whatever is going on in my stomach has left me with an infection in the small intestine resembling Chrohn’s. Yay. So, this week I’ve been cleaning up my eating, staying away from my allergies that were in the “red / high / 100%” range [beef, dairy, eggs, garlic, oats, peanuts], and trying to make a new routine out of my grocery shopping and cooking habits. 

This pho recipe proves that my new little f*ked up foodie // blogger // home mama chef world does not have to be rocked because of allergies and intolerances. As always, I’ll continue to cook from the heart, from my kitchen to yours, with recipes that don’t taste like shit…pinky swear.


PHO YOUR BUSY WEEKNIGHT

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • Bone broth, beef or chicken
  • 1 small head of organic broccoli, washed and chopped
  • 1 small head of organic cauliflower, washed and chopped
  • 1 small organic red bell pepper, washed and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup shredded organic carrots
  • 3 cups fresh organic spinach or 1 C frozen
  • 1/4 cup organic purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • 7 organic basil leaves, chopped 
  • 1/4 organic onion, chopped
  • 1 packet of rice noodles [the pre-cooked “slimey kind”]
  • Avocado oil
  • Optional: mushrooms [sometimes their flabor can be overpowering]
  • Optional protein – tofu, chicken, sausage, pork, shrimp, fish…pre cook it
  • Optional seasonings – garlic, ginger 

d i r e c t i o n s :

  1. In a large stock pot, add bone broth and let simmer on low
  2. In another medium sized pot, bring water to a boil
  3. In a large pan, warm avocado oil
  4. Add broccoli and cauliflower. Cook until warm but still crispy
  5. Add garlic, ginger, onion, and basil
  6. In the pot with boiling water, add rice noodles. Follow instructions on bag, but mine called for only one minute of boiling. Once cooked, remove promptly and add to a strainer 
  7. Add shredded carrots and bell pepper
  8. Add spinach and cabbage 
  9. Add optional protein choice [pre-cooked]
  10. Mix meat + veggies together until everything is cooked
  11. Once bone broth is warm, add rice noodles, all veggies + protein, and any additional seasonings of choice 
  12. Ladle into bowls and top with fresh basil
  13. Optional: top with sprouts, hot sauce, fried egg, soy sauce, etc.

Pizza Hummus

Yes, really. This is H U M M U S that tastes like P I Z Z A.

You’re welcome.

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i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 2 tablespoons PIZZA @flavorgod
  • 1 can unsalted white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can unsalted garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 garlic clove(s), minced
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Optional: small can diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained

 

d i r e c t i o n s :

  1. Add all ingredients into a high-speed food processor
  2. Blend on high until evenly smooth
  3. Serve with your favorite veggies, pita bread, crackers, or top on toast!

35 Ways to Practice Self Care


35 Simple Ways to Practice Self Care :


1. Go for a walk; Listen to the sounds around you; hear the birds, the ocean, the wind through the trees…find solace in nature. 

2. Start a new book

3. Get a mani / pedi

4. Meditate or listen to a hypnosis [never while driving]

5. Take a warm bath

6. Enjoy a spot of tea

7. Snuggle with a puppy, a kitty, your little(s), or your partner

8. Catch up with a friend

9. Order your favorite take-out and eat it in sweats

10. Be financially responsible; begin to pay off debt and get your finances in order

11. Pamper yourself with a detox mask or foot scrub

12. Dry brush

13. Go to a yoga class or your favorite fitness class

14. Try something new

15. Try a new recipe

16. Bake cookies

17. Take a photo in nature

18. Print your favorite photos and hang the around your house

19. Light a candle

20. Organize your pantry, your closet, or your kids’ toy bin(s)


21. U N P L U G for a few hours or a weekend

22. Plan a staycation or a vacation

23. Start a saving’s account

24. Journal every night about your day and what you’re grateful for

25. Drink more water

26. Listen to your favorite music

27. Focus on your breathing throughout the day

28. Improve your posture

29. Start a list of things you want to accomplish the next day, week, month

30. Create a vision board

31. Enjoy some quiet time doing “nothing”

32. Go get ice cream or fro yo with all your favorite toppings

33. Start a blog, or read through your favorite ones

34. Commit to a fitness routine, no matter how “small” it may be

35. Connect with people or things that make you smile, laugh, and feel whole
photo: Briana Lindsay (@briana_lindsay) 

Sunday Morning Gluten Free Berry Healthy Pancakes


When it comes to Sunday mornings with Tanner, we love to take it slow; slow cooking in the kitchen, slow to get dressed, slow to turn off music or the TV, and slow to get out of bed and end snuggle time. Since I co-parent, that means every other Sunday Tanner is with his dad, so I truly cherish our “slow” Sundays after a really long work week and a Saturday that went by way too fast. 

So, today, I asked what he wanted for breakfast, and he said, “CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES!” Admittingly, I forgot to add chocolate chips to the first batch 🙈, so these are delish with or without choco chips! Hope you enjoy this new recipe as much as we did!



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F R E E   B E R R Y   H E A L T H Y

 P A N C A K E S


ingredients:

  • 1 C gluten free baking flour
  • 1 C gluten free oats
  • 1 C coconut cream
  • 1/2 C unsweetened vanilla coconut + almond milk blend
  • 1/4 C fresh tangerine or orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Chosen Foods avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon Bee Keeper’s raw honey
  • 3/4 C coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 C fresh blueberries and blackberries
  • Optional, 2 tablespoons Enjoy Life chocolate chips [dark or semi-sweet]

directions:

  1. Using an electric skillet, heat to 250 degrees F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix
  3. Add wet ingredients into bowl and mix everything together 
  4. Add fresh fruit to batter and mix until well blended. If adding chocolate chips, add now, or, only add to half the batter after making half the pancakes first without
  5. Spray skillet with coconut oil
  6. Using a spoon, spoon about 1/4 C servings of batter onto warmed skillet
  7. Flip pancakes about every minute, or until sides are lightly browned 
  8. Continue flipping pancakes until cooked all the way through, and serve!
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Organic Medicine: Meet GENEXA

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With so many over-the-counter medicines out there, it’s hard to decide which is the best choice for you and your family. Genexa Health offers organic, non-gmo medicines for adults and your little ones.

The vision and story behind Genexa started when two dads, David Johnson & Max Spielberg, were in search of safe and organic medicines for their families but couldn’t find any. Because of that, they set out to create a team of highly experienced chemists, pharmacists, formulators, medical professionals and a solid business team who all share a common goal to make medicine healthier.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 12.41.12 PM.png

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Suffering from allergies and the usual stress of being a mama and trying to balance it all, Genexa products are one of my favs for combatting a healthier take on medicine, as they are free from fillers and toxins. They’re the world’s first and only USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified homeopathic over-the-counter medicines.

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A B-Corp Business for the Greater Good

“As a certified B-Corporation, Genexa does their part to use business as a force for good. To achieve this exclusive title, we demonstrated our commitment to our company values and treating employees and vendors with the utmost care. In being a B-Corp, we meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency to be a better business for the world” [Genexa, 2017].

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Devoted to Sustainable Sourcing

“As an Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified company, we practice sustainable forest management including protecting water, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and species at risk. Through rigorous auditing, our team makes sure each package was produced in accordance with SFI regulations, used recyclable materials, and was sourced from manufacturers who practice sustainable forestry” [Genexa, 2017].

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A Green America Business

“We are on a mission to harness economic power – the strength of people and companies – to create a more socially and environmentally just world. At Genexa, we use our business as a platform for positive social and environmental change. In becoming Green America certified, we proved our company is values-driven and acts according to principles that improve the quality of life for our customers, employees, communities, and the planet” [Genexa, 2017].

With 11 products; 8 for adults and 3 for children, there’s organic and non-GMO over-the-counter medicine options for everyone in your family. 

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Find Genexa on social –

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/genexahealth

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Learn more about Genexa here. 

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