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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The Healing Powers of a Green Juice

I love everything about green juices. And this is crazy because a few years ago, I was SO in love with green smoothies. So much so that I thought about doing a series all about green smoothies. That didn’t happen. Ha! But The love for the smoothies is still there but honestly…I love green juices more. Don’t get me wrong, I still curling up with a book and glass of freshly blended greens and fruits but there’s something very special and nourishing about a green juice. 

Green juices

For one thing, they aren’t always sweet. I have a greater appreciation for vegetables because unlike my smoothies, my juices usually only have 1 fruit in them as opposed to nut milks, bananas, berries, etc. The juices keep it simple but still oh so delicious. 

Yummy Green Juice

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5 Ways To NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Did you know that it is possible to NOT gain weight on a cruise? I had no idea, but honey, I’ve done it! I managed to cruise for 5 days and not gain an ounce. This is a big deal because if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that they are notorious for feeding you. The portion sizes are massive, the food is generally delectable and you can get food 24 hours a day. You can get pizza at 2am, have ice cream for breakfast and eat dinner rolls by the basket. And it doesn’t stop. You try to convince yourself that it’s okay to stuff yourself full of food because, why not? You’re on a vacation! Who cares, right?


Well, I cared. Which is why I tried my hardest to not eat like crazy and tried to get in fitness where ever I could. And here’s how you can do it.

Utilize the ship’s track – Almost every ship has a track. Use it. And daily. Walk or run at least a mile a day. I found getting up early in the morning was the best time to do this. I could to experience beautiful sunrises, cool breezes and I had a refreshing start to my day.

Just say no to desserts – It seems like a crime, but you CAN turn down dessert. At each dinner, you are offered a 3-course meal and some nights I just skipped the sweets. If you have to have that sweetness at the end, ask for a bowl of fruit instead.

Take the stairs – I lived on the stairs. Cruise elevators are usually always packed with people and if I had to get from the 4th floor to the 11th floor, I took the stairs. I almost died each time, but hey…I got in some extra exercise and usually got to the top quicker than the folx taking the elevators.

Royal Caribbean

Drink water. And only water – Some cruises offer soda packages and you know what? You don’t need it. You really don’t. I purchased a Bobble water bottle before cruising off and only drank water during meals and in between meals. I knew I was going to be eating more than usual and it made no sense to sip calories when I knew I’d rather be eating them. And speaking of eating…

Don’t eat everything on your plate – I haaaate being wasteful. But the portion sizes I got for each meal were way more than I would have ever eaten. I never finished my plate. I ate slowly, allowed my food to digest and would always be full before I was halfway finished with my meal. Also, to prevent myself from getting full off of the carbs, I always ate my protein and veggies first.

Of course these same tricks can be applied on land, too. But I found these tidbits were so useful when I was on the ship. It was a challenge, y’all. But, for me, one screw up can change my entire fitness/diet world and I didn’t want that to happen.

Have you ever lost any weight on vacation? Share your secrets!

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 6 – Greeeeens!


I didn’t always like salad. And then I met Esposo who has turned me into a salad snob. I won’t touch iceberg and romaine. Oh noooo. I need my arugula, spinach and red cabbage. I LOVE greens so so much. I can eat spinach raw. I can eat it in a smoothie, for breakfast, steamed, on a train, on a plane…you get where I’m goin’.

I am so thankful for greens and how nourishing they are. How diverse they are. And how good they are.



A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 4 – Esposo’s Cooking

Quinoa Tabbouleh

I really don’t know what I was eating before I met Esposo. Clearly I was eating somethin’ because I’m not exactly a skinny girl. I know how to cook but I don’t like cooking. I just don’t. But I am so thankful for my wonderful husband because in the almost 2 years we’ve been married and the 1 year we dated, I have never had to prepare a meal. He cooks everything at home. And he serves me.

Yeah, I got it maaaaade.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 3 – Dairy Alternatives

I didn’t give up dairy because I’m a vegan. I gave it up because dairy killlllls my stomach. I am of the belief that it is kind of weird that we consume something that was never intended for our bodies and even still, I will never deny the awesomeness that is cheese. Or ice cream. I don’t eat either and I’m still surviving thanks to almond, coconut, hemp and cashew milk.

Coconut milk

I am so so thankful for these suitable alternatives that give me the chance to enjoy my favorite foods without being doubled over in pain.

But er uh…for the record, I’ve tried so many brands and there really isn’t a good substitute for cheese. Like, no. Just…no.

The Best Green Juice EVER. Thanks Skinny Limits!

Green smoothies.

Y’all know how much I love them. I could easily drink my weight in green smoothies and have been doing so for many years now. A few weeks ago, a brand by the name of Skinny Limits reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying their green juices. At first I was all snobbish like “OMG, green juiiiiice? But I’m totally married to green smoothiesssss.” But green is green, right? Plus I’ve heard that green juice is great for cleaning out some toxins. I couldn’t do a full detox because I’m still pumping for Elle (can you believe it? 9 months!) but could I incorporate Skinny Limits juices in my regular diet?

Um, yahhhh….

Skinny Limits

So here are 3 reasons why Skinny Limits Rocks:
-They will ship FRESH juices to you.
-Their juices are absolutely delicious.
-Their juices are absolutely delicious.

Yes. So good that I had to mention it twice. These juices are amazing! I’ve always been weary about jumping on the green juice bandwagon but one sip of Pure & Simple converted me.

And here’s the thing: juicing isn’t cheap. It isn’t cheap if you juice at home and it isn’t cheap if you have someone else juice for you. But, c’mon…you get what you pay for and if I’m going to pay $49 a day on juices, I want them to be juices that I can at least tolerate.

Welp. I can more than tolerate Skinny Limits’ uses. I could live off of them. They are just beyond tasty. I was given a 3-day trial of juices and so I really got the chance to fall in love with them.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Instructions

Skinny Limits makes it simple by providing you with thorough instructions and a color-coded and number system that tells you when to drink which juices.

Skinny Limits Pure and Simple

Balance juice is made up of kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger. Esposo and I couldn’t get enough of this juice. This was our favorite. I love greens but I would have never thought that a juice with parsley in it would be so tasty. The sweetness from the apple and the zing from the ginger  had my tastebuds dancing up a storm. I could easily drink this juice every day.

Pure & Simple has the same ingredients as Balance except it eliminates the ginger. I found it to be just as tasty.

Skinny Limits Scorpion Lemonade

Scorpion Lemonade has lemons, agave nectar, cayenne and filtered water. I’m familiar with the taste of this because I’m one of those crazy people that has done (and suceeded at!) the Master Cleanse. It is far from like a conventional sweet lemonade. The lemons were super fresh and of all of the drinks, I found it to be the most refreshing.

Skinny Limits Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon has raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave nectar and filtered water. This was my second favorite drink. Each 16 oz bottle has a good 300 calories of sweet creamy goodness.

Who are these drinks for?

Anyone! I’m a big fan of detoxing so if you’re feeling like you need to jumpstart a new diet or refresh your body from the inside out, detoxing is ideal. And even if you don’t plan on detoxing and just want to introduce some new tastes in your life, these drinks are perfect.

Skinny Limits bottles


Are these shipped safely?

Yep! A huge box arrived with my drinks and they were packaged nicely and every drink was nice and cold.

What could make these better?

Uh, let’s see…if someone could come and make these for me every few days, I think I’d like these A LOT better. 😎

Way to go, Skinny Limits. Keep rockin’ out and making delicious and healthy juices that can be made available nationwide. For more information about Skinny Limits, be sure to visit their site. And if you’re in the Austin, Texas area, you can visit the Skinny Limits HQ.

So who else loves green juice? Why didn’t you guys tell me how great they were?

A Super Sweet Twitter Party with Dunkin Donuts…and prizes!

Dunkin Donuts

So apparently it’s Fall and I’m buggin’ because in hot and humid Florida it STILL feels like the middle of summer. I should be used to it since I’ve lived here my entire life but dang, it would be nice to have real and obvious seasons, ya know? Luckily, I can kiiiiinda get the feel of Fall through one of my senses: lé taste, darlings!

Aside from the leaves droppin’ and beauty brands releasing their gorgeous fall collections, September is the start of something else…the pumpkin menu at Dunkin’ Donuts! New pumpkin menu items, including a new Pumpkin Pie Donut, and a new Frozen Pumpkin Coffee Coolatta, are at Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. These pumpkin delights are only around for a limited time so it’s either consume them in great quantities now or cry about it later.

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice

Did you know? Dunkin’ Donuts offers guests one of the largest varieties of pumpkin food and beverages of any national restaurant chain. Want to know more about the ready-for-fall Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin menu and other DD offerings? Join in the fun with all of the Dunkin’ Florida regional Twitter handles including: @DDCentFla, @DDNeFla, @DDTampaBay, @DDSWFLA, @DD_Gainesville, @DDPanhandleFL & @DDSoFla, our host @JoscelynRC and co-hosts @ClumpsofMascara, @MakeitAllWork, @paulabendfeldt, @teachme2save and @BBAbushka for the #DDFuelsFlorida Twitter Party on Thursday, September 26 from 7-8pm EST!

Learn about the latest news brewing at your local Dunkin’ Donuts at the oh-so-virtually yummy event and RSVP to be eligible to win $500 worth in mGift prizes via the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app!


Party Details:

What: #DDFuelsFlorida Twitter Party
When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 7 to 8 PM EST
Where: Twitter
Hashtag: ##DDFuelsFlorida


Who to Follow:

Host: @JoscelynRC
Co-Hosts: @ClumpsofMascara, @MakeitAllWork, @paulabendfeldt, @teachme2save and @BBAbushka
Moderator: @DDCentFla@DDNeFla@DDTampaBay@DDSWFLA, @DD_Gainesville@DDPanhandleFL & @DDSoFla



Up to $500 worth of mGifts (mobile gifts), i.e. virtual gift cards via the new Dunkin’ Donuts app. (Virtual gifts can also be received via text, email and Facebook Connect).



To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP, be 18 years old or older and actively participating during the Twitter Party. Click below to RSVP or at http://twtvite.com/DDFuelsFlorida.

Hope to e-see you there!