McDonald’s® Chicken Select Tenders Are Back!

I’m enjoying McDonald’s® Chicken Select Tenders as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #McDPartners….

My very first job was when I was 15 1/2 {the youngest that you could work in Washington state at the time} at McDonald’s®. I worked there for 2 years, and loved it. I have such good memories from that time. The franchise owners were awesome – They threw us fabulous themed holiday parties each year, actually visited and helped work in the store with us, and were just so super nice. I’ve also stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle multiple times – which is funded by those little change jars you see at each register. So, McDonald’s® has always been a part of my life. :)

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7 Winter Soup Recipes

Here where I live, in Central Washington – {Yakima, Washington to be exact} – we normally have loads of snow each year. This year? Nothing. While it seems like everyone else in the country is being overloaded with snow, we’ve had one powdered-sugar style dusting. So weird. And totally disappointing to me, since I love snow. But, it’s still pretty cold. And when it’s cold, I totally get in the mood for soup! If you’re a winter soup lover too, then you’ll love this collection of awesome winter soup recipes!

Tortellini Soup

This Tortellini Soup is one of my very favorites. So, I’ll share that recipe, plus a bunch of my other favorites, in the list below. Then you’ll have a ton of awesome soup ideas for the next month, until we warm up for summer :)

7 Winter Soup Recipes 

Are you hungry yet? I am :) You can add french bread, toasty garlic rounds like I share in the first recipe, the one shown in the pic above – or some homemade cornbread, to make it a meal. {I’m a carb-lover, so I always need some type of bread at each meal!}

Chosen Chix

Want more Winter inspiration? Well, I’m not the only one sharing seven things about winter! Check out my fellow Chosen Chix and some of their thoughts on winter:

 

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Easy Mealtime Hacks from Breakfast to Dinnertime!

Easy Mealtime Hacks

You guys know how I’m all about what I call “smart solutions for busy moms,” right? Things like how to keep the house looking clean – the easy way. Quick and easy recipes. Fun fashion that’s still comfy enough for chasing a toddler around. Stuff like that. Which is why I’m super happy to partner with Van’s Foods this month to share some of their super clever mealtime hacks… Plus a great giveaway too! Check it out….

Hello from Van’s Foods!

We know how busy life can be for Van’s foods fans. Between work, working out, parenting, driving, walking, riding, creating, days get full – fast. Some meals are easy, and you’ve got plenty of time to plan, shop and put together something delicious.

Other times, there’s yoga or soccer or Scouts or a late meeting, and you need something fast and easy that you can still feel good about eating.

Which brings us to our gift to you this month – easy, nutritious mealtime hacks from your friends at Van’s. They’re all delicious, nutritious and a cinch to pull together.

First up?

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Is Food an Addiction for You?

This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching and Essentials product, watch their Super Bowl “All You Can Eat” commercial and share my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

So, by now you’ve been following me and my weight loss journey for quite some time. About a year and a half ago I got super motivated, lost about 20 pounds in less than 4 months, was SUPER excited about that.

Then? Then I got complacent. Or maybe lazy? No, not lazy. Just busy. Very busy, and very distracted. I work at home while trying to manage a super wild preschooler. I travel a lot. We’re remodeling our whole house. We’ve had some major family crisis stuff. There are only so many hours in a day, and only so many things I can concentrate on. And one thing that I let slip was diet and exercise.

But recently I partnered up with the awesome people at Weight Watchers. Not only do I get access to their awesome program and tools – being able to track the foods I eat, get awesome recipes, chat with other members, get helpful tips, and more – but I also have a personal coach who is amazing. I get to chat with her whenever I need to, and since she’s someone who has already successfully lost a ton of weight with Weight Watchers, she’s got loads of advice to help me stay on track this time. Instead of a “diet” like I did before in my life, she’s helping me learn a new lifestyle. LOVE her <3

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins – Grain Free Recipe

Physician Advises: Skip the Grains But Not the Treats This Holiday Season… Cardiologist and Best-Selling Author Dr. William Davis Shares Grain-Free Recipes for the holidays and tips to stay healthy. This post wasn’t compensated – just wanted to share some cool info.

At a time when we most want to look and feel our best, we seem to do everything possible to ensure we don’t, says cardiologist Dr. William Davis. “The weather starts to change and we reach for the pumpkin-spice cookies, cider doughnuts and beer, which launches us into processed carbohydrates season,” says Dr. Davis, author of “Wheat Belly Total Health,” (www.wheatbellyblog.com), the latest in his bestselling “Wheat Belly” series. {And I’m the first to admit that I am a processed carb-aholic. Seriously.}

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Pumpkin Spice Cocktail Recipe

Today I made my Sweet’N Low Pumpkin Spice Cocktail as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars.

I love fall. Honestly, as much as I love summer and pool parties – fall is really my favorite time of year. I love hoodies, boots, crisp and cool weather, apples, {I’m in central Washington, apple capital of the world, pretty much.} I love how fall is like, the gateway to the super-fun holiday season. And I love the foods and flavors – especially anything pumpkin-y.

How to make a pumpkin spice cocktail

So, since I love this time of year, and do a lot of entertaining, I wanted to create a new drink for our fall celebrations. Something totally delicious, fall-flavored, and of course – find a way to shave a few calories off of a party drink too. Check it out – my Pumpkin Spice Cocktail! #Ohmyheckyum

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Making Kids’ Healthy Lunches Awesome

I’m excited to share the new premium line of lunchmeat from Hillshire Farm with you – I was compensated for sharing this info with you – but it’s all 100% my opinion, as always! #HillshireNaturals

As a mom, there are SO many tasks to juggle every day. And the start of a new school year always brings even more challenges – adjusting to new school schedules, finding time for all of the fall sports and activities, starting to think about the upcoming holiday season, and on and on. I’m sure that by now you’re starting to settle into new routines – but I know one thing I hear a lot from you guys is coming up with ways to pack healthy lunches your kids will really eat, that are affordable too. Well – I’ve got a couple of fun tips today to help you with that!

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