Life is Better – Thanks to Cotton Candy Grapes

Cotton Candy Grapes

Yes, this blog post is about grapes. I realize you’re probably somewhere laughing at me and I’m totally okay with that. If you told me that at 30 years old, I’d be an accomplished blogger who writes about mascaras and grapes, I too, would have laughed. But seriously, you’ve gotta open up your horizons a little bit and experience the wonderment that are cotton candy grapes.

Grapery Cotton Candy Grapes

They’re exactly what they sound like. Grapes that taste like cotton candy. I first heard about them on Buzzfeed and while intrigued, I figured they were just some funky fruits that those crazy kids in Cali were playing around with. I thought they were a California-exclusive thing and I figured I’d never seen them in my hood. 

Until I saw them in my hood.

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Girlfriend Time and Summer Cocktails with Alizé Passion

Allow me to preface this sponsored post by letting you know that yours truly did not indulge in the alcoholic beverages that you will see in this post. Yes, I know. It’s sad. I’ve put together these gorgeous drinks just to miss out on the opportunity to guzzle them. Don’t feel too badly for me because you better believe after giving birth, I’ll be toasting with a drank of…something. 😎

I’m not a big drinker (remind me to tell you about that time in college…) but I have a few girlfriends who love getting cocktails and fancy drinks. In honor of life…I decided to host a little get together with two of my gal pals with Alizé Passion drinks being the star of the show. This was no easy undertaking, y’all because I’ve never put together a drink in my life. It could not have been easier and based off of everyone’s expressions, I’m guessing I did it right. Woohoo!

Summer cocktails

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Grilled Pineapple Salsa – Love on a Plate

Delicious pineapple salsa

I’ve been trying to be a good pregnant woman and eat healthily. Not gonna lie. It’s not easy. The cravings are out of control  and many times, I don’t even try to control them. I just give in. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and it’ll likely never go away but what I’m trying to do is get my sweets in via fruits and veggies. These are far better picks than the crème brûlée I could eat daily, right? Also, we’re trying to provide more diverse food options in Elle’s diet. For once in her picky toddler life, she is actually open to at least TASTING some new things. So we’re running with this one. Which is why this pineapple salsa is such a fabulous idea.

Pineapple salsa dish

Full of color, nutrients and texture, enjoying this is easy because you can put it on anything. A chip? A cracker? As a side dish? In a salad? It works for so many scenarios and it’s addition makes the entire plate or bowl just that much more appetizing.

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20 Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day. Dairy-Free Kids Invited!

National Ice Cream Day

Y’all. I love ice cream. Actually, love is an understatement. I love ice cream so much that I could happily eat just that for the rest of my life and be okay. Buuuut, I’m lactose intolerant. I know. God’s got jokes. Luckily, when I’m pregnant, somehow I can tolerate dairy a bit better and you better believe, I probably over do it more than I should. Carelessly, at that. In honor of National Ice Cream Day (which should be everyday), I’ve compiled a beautiful list of recipes from fabulous folx who love ice cream as much as I do.

This isn’t a dangerous list, though. Many of these are perfect ways to get fruits into picky eaters. And have you ever tossed a frozen banana in your blender, girl? It turns into ice cream. Yes, it’s just a creamy banana but it’s quite reminiscent of ice cream and it.is.heavenly.

Let’s start with the dairy free selections! 

Dairy Free

Non dairy ice cream in a bag-ABC Creative Learning
Dairy-free strawberry banana ice cream-Life Love Liz
Dairy free chocolate ice cream-Real Moms Of Vegas
Vegan carrot cake ice cream with cashew sour cream-Vegan Richa
Snow ice cream for the lactose intolerant-The Nerd’s Wife
Almond milk ice cream-I Am The Maven
Banana blueberry ice cream-The Pretty Bee
Pumpkin ice cream-Scratch Mommy
Pistachio ice cream with dried cranberries– Slap Dash Mom
5-minute very berry ice cream-Not Enough Cinnamon
Rum raisin ice cream-Chocolate Covered Katie

…Dairy Galore!

Cherry cheesecake ice cream-Mom Foodie
Homemade ice cream rocky road-Jade Louise Designs
Toasted coconut ice cream-Flour On My Face

Churn-Free and Easy!

Easy no churn ice cream-Just Us Four
Peppermint snow ice cream-Wife Mom Geek
No melt ice cream-A Mother Thing
Easy chocolate ice cream from pudding mix-Jenny At Dapperhouse
Sea salt and vanilla fudge chunk ice cream-Love And Olive Oil

Delicious Treats for your Spring Party

Spring Party

Hosting a spring party but have no idea what to serve? No problem. I’m here to help. With these incredible and tasty meal ideas, your guests will be talking about your party until next spring.

Fresh, Easy And Colorful Apps

Adding in fresh fruits and vegetables to traditional dishes gives your party a colorful flair. For instance, strawberry ricotta bread is a fresh, colorful take for a beautiful spring appetizer. Plus, it’s insanely easy to make. Bake your favorite bread, lightly melt ricotta cheese on top and then top with fresh cut strawberries.

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5 Ways To Get Your Picky Toddler To Eat Avocados

Ways To Get Your Picky Toddler To Love Avocado

I’m not gonna lie, y’all. I can be a bit of a controlling parent. Sorry, not sorry. When it comes to my child’s nutrition, I’m just not okay with dealing with her temper tantrums and giving in to the demands of fries and chicken nuggets. Which, she’d eat every day with complaint. I believe in offering healthy options as often as possible and eventualllllly I know she’ll eat it. And if she doesn’t, I’m okay with hiding it. Such is the case with avocados. 

Elle never liked avocados. Ever. But I’ve found some ways that I can actually get her to eat this nutrient-rich fruit. In fact, this morning after she downed her oatmeal, she asked for a piece of toast. I toasted a piece, slathered avocado all over it and cut it in a cute shape. She gulped it and asked for seconds. 

Could it be that I’m actually winning in this Picky Toddler Eating department? 

 

Check out 4 other ways that I use avocado in my toddler’s meals.

 

11 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

Ways To Use Coconut Oil

I love me some coconut oil, y’all. It is truly my bread and butter and is the IT ingredient in just about every way. There are so many ways to use coconut oil that my small list of 11 uses doesn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg. It’s the only product that not only lives in my kitchen, but also lives in my bathroom, bedroom and toddler’s room. Coconut oil could run for President and I’d be right there campaigning and spreading the word about how fantastic this glorious stuff is. 

I’ve heard that some people don’t like coconut oil. A good friend of mine thinks the stuff is too greasy, smells too nutty and tastes awful in food. Whatever girl. I’m not hatin’ a sista but I’m hoping that she can one day see that light and fall in love with my beloved coconut oil.

My list of ways to use it is over at Mom.me

Your turn! How do you like to use coconut oil?

Bulking Up Meat Loaf with Veggies

Veggie meat loaf
Vegetarians look away. If meat loaf grosses you out, look away. If you aren’t head over heels in love with meat loaf, look away.

I’m hoping I have some of you still looking. I get why people don’t like meat loaf. I mean, pretty much anything with the word LOAF in it that isn’t related to bread is a bit freaky. But in our attempts to get Elle to eat, we’ve triiiiied so many dishes. She actually really likes meat loaf. Like most toddlers, she runs from vegetables and like all overprotective parents, we try to find ways to incorporate vegetables in dishes that she already likes. I’m learning that the key with these crazy kids is to just psyche them out. With everything! Very deceiving, I know, but honestly…I never once said I know what I’m doing in this child raising thing.

I’m pretty much getting by with the hairs on my chinny chin chin.

Meat loaf meal

And so our version of veggie meatloaf was born. Take your recipe and add the following…

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