Nuby Light-Up 360 Wonder Cup

Lately we’ve become obsessed with Nuby cups. I’ve posted so many reviews for each cup and I have yet to be disappointed. Their products are so reasonably priced, have great quality and are super adorable for boys and girls of any age.

We’ve now had the opportunity to try the Nuby Light-Up 360 Wonder Cup. Just like the others, this one is another winner for my kids. It’s a 10 oz BPA free cup with beautiful light up designs. It’s recommended for 12 months and older, has a No-Spill Hygienic Cover and a double wall insulation that keeps drink cooler for longer!

My daughter likes to use this cup before bed because she enjoys seeing the colors light up while her room is dark.

So, we usually use this cup as one last bit ‘fun’ for the evening. She knows the cup has her milk in it, so she heads to bed ready to have a drink and to see the lights glow from her cup.

We kind of have a Nuby cup for every occasion. Liliana has one for gymnastics. Kyle has one to take outside with him. We never leave the house without one in our hand. Why would we though? These cups are so reliable, I never want to leave the house without one.

You can find this one at your local Walmart.

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Practical Baby Shower Gifts Every Mom Will Love!

I’ve learned from being a mother myself that some of the most unexpected gifts are by far the best gifts you could receive during your baby shower. Of course, we love all of the cute clothes, soft blankets and rattles but most people (and new moms) never think of the items you’ll truly need until the time comes to use them.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite baby items to give (and receive) at a baby shower.

Infants Tylenol/Motrin. You can never have too much medicine for your little one. Nobody ever wants to walk through the baby isles and buy medicine as a gift… but DO IT. It will be put into great use. Trust me. You can never go wrong with this gift and to be honest, a lot of new mothers don’t think about buying medication beforehand. You never think you need it until you wake up in the middle of the night with a sick child.

Thermometer. With my first child, I didn’t even think to buy a thermometer for young children until the time came where I was asked “did he have a temperature at all today”. I felt way too embarrassed to answer with “I didn’t have one to take his temperature with”, so I completed fibbed and told them he “was just a little warm”. I will never go without one anymore.

Mommy & Me Teething Products. I think teething products that children can chew on and mommy can wear are a phenomenal idea. It makes baby happy and keeps mommy looking fashionable. I love the necklaces, but recently came across the Nuby Teething Trends Beaded Bracelet’s and thought they were a great piece. Since it’s wearable, you’ll never be without it. They have a soft textured surface for teething and comfortability while wearing. It’s BPA free and comes in mint, maroon, black, and gray. It’s the perfect size for dressing up an outfit while not looking too gaudy. Find something like it here!

Children’s Q-Tips. Sounds crazy, but it’s smart! One box of these as a gift can last for months. Maybe it’s just me, but I have a weird pet peeve about my children having dirty ears. These were a perfect and not a ‘typical’ gift for myself, so I now continue to buy them for every other mama who’s shower I attend because it’s rare they’d get a second box.

Something for Mom. Yes, baby showers are all about the baby but us mothers would love something a little special for us after the baby arrives (of before). Maybe a few bath bombs, a cute pajama outfit, some comfortable slippers to wear at the hospital. No matter what it is, it will be greatly appreciated! Something new for us might make pushing a baby out sound a little better.

What are some of the best baby shower gifts you received? I’d love to hear!

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Gymnastics and Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip-It Active

My daughter is taking after her mama and has started gymnastics. I honestly don’t know who’s more excited about it, her or I. All I know is that she absolutely loves it. While we aren’t quite at the strict structured stage yet…watching her run, jump, and swing all over the place makes my heart melt. I’m really enjoying watching her grow and take interest in hobbies that I used to love myself.

We travel 40 minutes away to Hanover Gymnastics and it is worth the drive. The coaching staff, the kids, the parents are all so kind and inviting. They get to know the children personally and greet them at every practice. They sing songs, play music, and just enjoy the children while they play.

I’ve always grown up playing sports and being super active. I don’t want all the electronics of this generation to rule out that option for my children, so I’ve done my pushing to putting them into sports early and I don’t regret it at all. Keeping them active is a big goal of mine throughout their childhood.

One thing I know for sure is that my daughter is exhausted afterwards. It’s the perfect way to get her to nap which makes me one happy mama. After all that running, jumping and swinging I don’t blame her for being sweaty and thirsty. I’m totally okay with the sweaty hugs when the class is over because she has a blast.

When it comes to thirst, we bring our ‘gymnastics’ cup. It’s one cup she takes along with her to each practice, so she doesn’t get confused. It’s the Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip-It Active. She loves it. She enjoys the cute girly design (don’t worry young men, there’s more colors for you!), it’s the perfect size of only 12oz (360ml) and it’s great for the active kids on the go.

There is a hygienic cap that keeps the straw clean, because we all know how little ones like to toss their cups everywhere. The silicone band is easy for gripping and it won’t spill when the cap it closed. It’s BPA free and made from tough, durable tritan plastic from eastman.

We have been receiving compliments on how cute the cup design is. Another favorite of mine is the straw. I love how it’s bent for easy drinking! It is helping my daughter drink with the cup down since she has been so used to lifting cups and bottles to drink. It is working for sure. As she would say, it’s “easy peasy”.

I do know that this will be a go to cup when it comes to sports activities. It has been my favorite so far.

You can find these cups on Amazon and Nuby.Com.

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Here’s To A New Year

Have a New Year’s Resolution? Ready for a New Year, New You?

 Whatever it is, you got this!

2018 was a good year, but it can be topped. We celebrated our daughters first birthday and our sons fifth. We went on an amazing family vacation, celebrated our second wedding anniversary, and updated our home. Let’s just say buying a new oven topped the list for me. Oh, the little things.

But for 2019, I’m coming in full force. I want to make it a successful year and I want to look back 365 days from now feeling fulfilled. You would think that 365 days is such a long time to carry out your resolutions, but it’s not. It goes by so quickly, in a blink of an eye. So, make the best of it.

While I do have three goals going in the new year, my mindset about carrying out these goals will be completely different. Things won’t always go as planned. Mistakes will be made, lessons will be learned, tears will be shed. Things will be broken that can’t get fixed. There will be fights and battles. You’ll feel like giving up at times and feel like the world is against you. But, positivity can go a long way and always remember you grow through what you go through and come out stronger than ever.

With that being said, here’s my three…

I want to visit places. I want to get away from Central Pennsylvania at times and explore. To start 2019 off right, we’re visiting Boston the first weekend in January. It was a last minute, spontaneous trip that I am so excited for. I also want to visit wineries, all over. If you already didn’t guess, I’m quite the wine drinker. I love wine tasting and exploring different flavors and makes. It can be day trips or weekend trips, but this mama is doing it.

Organizing is going to be a big priority this year for me. We have a nice size home, but not large enough for the number of toys these children have. 2018 ended with toys thrown in random bins, missing pieces to everything, and broken toys taking up space. That’s no longer the case. I’ve spend these past few weeks throwing away the old and bringing in the new. I’ve hung up an adorable dry erase calendar, to do list board, and mail holder. With t-ball, soccer, gymnastics and more on the agenda this year, a planner and calendar are a must in this household.

Remodeling the home is going to be the biggest project this year. We’ve recently bought new kitchen appliances and are installing a new kitchen floor as I type this. I’ve bought all new home décor and I can’t wait to get rid of these ugly yellow walls. We are painting the entire bottom floor of our home. We’re also hoping to install all new hardwood floors. Let’s just say, I’m ready for the change. It’ll be a long stressful process but so worth it.

New Year, New Home!

With those being the top on my list, of course I’ll stick to the basics too. Going places with my kids, keeping up with my exercising and eating healthy, getting outside more, having date nights. Those are a given and will be happening throughout the year. I’m not really the person to set resolutions, but I like to have a positive mindset going into the new year. If these ideas don’t get accomplished, so what. That doesn’t mean my year will be unsuccessful or that I can’t continue to push towards these goals for another year.

Happiness is most important. Positivity and kindness can go a long way.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year.

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FabFitFun Winter 2018 Unboxing

It’s my favorite time of the season again you guys; my FabFitFun unboxing! I just received my winter box and of course, it never fails to impress! I get so excited when I receive the email saying my box has shipped and I’m like a kid on Christmas when it arrives! I’m excited to share all these products with you and to share a future post on what I thought about each product.

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But let’s get to what we’re all here for, the products!

Mark & Graham Color Block Throw.

I received the Gray/Ivory color, but you could also receive a Natural/Ivory color. I must admit, I already opened this throw and put it to good use. It is super cozy and warm. The stripe design, fringe detailing, and neutral colors making is easy to pair with any living room décor. Even the kiddo’s love it!

Valued at $49

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Bearpaw Combo Set: Headband and Pop-Top Glove Duo.

These 100% polyester and sherpa-lined headband and fingerless gloves are adorable, and super soft! It’s perfect for those chilly days and are super stylish. I’m excited to try multiple different hairstyles with this headband.

Valued at $45

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Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo.

If you’re a mom like me, we love our dry shampoo. So, I will quickly use this. Each time I receive a dry shampoo in my box, it’s gone within a few weeks and I loved every single one of them. This product is sulfate-free and absorbs all the unwanted oils and impurities while soothing the scalp and restoring strength and softness.

Valued at $44

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Sherrie Matthews Acupuncture Jade Stone Roller.

I’ve been looking into these and to my surprise I received one in my box. It’s an anti-aging beauty tool that has been used for centuries! This roller helps stimulate energy (qi) and promotes a feeling of facial relaxation. I can’t wait to try this!

Valued at $45

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Way of Will Elevate Essential Oil Set: Sweet Orange and Eucalyptus Oil

Oils have become a very popular product and are being used for everything. I personally, have not tried them yet. This will be a good start to see how I feel about them. These oils can be applied directly to the skin. The sweet orange eases stomach cramps and headaches while the eucalyptus helps with cold symptoms and muscle aches. All four of those issues run through our house like wildfire so these will be put to great use!

Valued at $31

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Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella”

I will try anything to help hide these mom bags. This brightener is infused with macadamia and meadowfoam oil. This silky champagne eye brightener instantly highlights and brightens your eyes.

Valued at $24

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Ahava Hydration Cream Mask.

A few boxes ago, I receive a hand cream from this brand and I still love it. This cream mask is enriched with mineral spring water, shea butter, and vitamin E. This creamy mask softens and smooths the skin while giving intense hydration and comfort.

Valued at $33

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Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid

Love love love eye masks! I have those mom bags, for sure. These masks help swollen and puffy eyes with activated charcoal. It helps to detox and de-puff and give you a refreshed look.

Valued at $29

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Mystery Item: Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion

This is an age defying exfoliator. It renews skin radiance, polishes and smooths, and helps diminish the look of fine lines. I may only be 27, but it’s never to early to keep your skin from aging! I’m excited to try.

Valued at $25

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If you are interested in buying your own box, click here for $10 off!

As I say every time, you won’t regret signing up! These boxes are to die for!

Check back soon for a product review!

 

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Keep That Holiday Cheer All Season Long; Less Stressed

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Maybe it’s just me (I doubt it), but stress during the holiday season is inevitable. There is so much you want to do in just a few short weeks. Decorate the house, cut down a tree, visit Santa, see Christmas lights. Trying to fit everything in can make you feel overwhelmed and sometimes we lose sight of the really meaning of the holidays.

This holiday season, I really want to slow it all down and soak up all the memories I create with my family so I’m trying to kick the stress out the door.

Here’s how:

Start Early. Who cares if you have your tree up before Thanksgiving, or your house is decorated right after Halloween. That just gives you more time to enjoy the holiday season before you take everything back down and get ready for spring. Decorating early means more time do the fun things, like drive around and see Christmas lights or snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

I’ve realized that decorating early diminishes the stress of trying to quickly get everything up the weekend after Thanksgiving. I’d rather spend that time with my family.

Keep A List. My planner goes everywhere with me. Whatever I want to do during the holiday season, I write it on my calendar, so I don’t forget or overbook.

I also make sure to keep a list of everything my children see on TV that they want Santa to bring (so I can tell him of course!). List help me remember ever, because I am the queen of forgetting and stressing over how to fit everything in.

Rest Up & Pace Yourself. Nobody wants a Grouchy Grinch during the holidays. Make sure you get your rest. Don’t stay up until the crack of dawn wrapping presents. Take one or two, wrap those and do more the next night, hence the pace yourself.

Sleep is crucial for lowering stress, even when it’s not the holidays, so imagine not getting enough sleep this time of year.

Care A Little Less. Who cares if your gift wrapping doesn’t look perfect, the get ripped open anyway. Who cares if your decorating is not as good as your neighbors, you decided to spend that time with family. Who cares if your ornaments don’t match on the tree, your kids helped decorate it.

Just because something isn’t the way you expected it to be at first, who cares! The joy and happiness will still be there.

Your Family Photo’s Don’t Need To Be Perfect. I’ve learned to be real with my photos. There’s about a 13% chance that I’m going to get my children to smile together in a photo, and probably a 2% chance that my daughter won’t cry on Santa’s lap.

Let’s be real, if I was only 2 I’d think a big man with a white beard and a red suit was scary too. I’m not going to get myself worked up because the photos weren’t ‘picture perfect’. I’ll just laugh it off and hope for the best next year.

Gift Cards Aren’t A Bad Gift. I remember always saying that I hated giving gift cards as a gift because they won’t be as fun to open. I would stress trying to find the ‘perfect gift’ for every person I bought for.

But in all reality, gift cards are the perfect gift. You can use that little card to pick out your own perfect gift after the holidays and be happy as can be. Now-a-days, that’s what I’d prefer to receive.

 

Enjoy your holiday season!

 

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Holiday Traditions You Don’t Want To Miss Out On With Young Kids.

This holiday season I am really starting to focus on traditions I want to start with my little ones. My son is almost 5 and daughter almost 2. There are so many neat traditions floating around, and I wanted to share a few that I’ve come across that I have already started or will be starting with my family.

Family time and memories are cherished by me. Of course, I like to create memories all year long but there is a different vibe during the holiday season. The cold weather, the holiday music, the holiday movies, snuggling up on the couch while it’s snowing. It just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Let’s not forget the Starbucks holiday drinks that keep me from becoming a mombie all season long because we all know we stress over making the holiday season perfect for our kiddos.

Okay, so let’s get started. I’m the type of person who tries to enjoy Thanksgiving before I go all out for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll decorate early, but I want my kids to learn and understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving also. Not just go straight to wanting toys from Santa… but sometimes that inevitable. Let’s be real. But hey, a mom can try, right?

Thankful Pumpkin. I started this back in October. I bought each child a small, plastic pumpkin to list what they are thankful for on. Each day we write one thing we are thankful for and on Thanksgiving we will display them on the dinner table for all family and friends to see. I’ve really enjoyed this, and some of the words that have come out of my sons mouth about what he is thankful for his too cute.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ever since I was a young girl, I always sat and watched the parade while my mother prepped and prepared Thanksgiving dinner. The floats, the dancers, the music. I was glued for hours. It’s a fun way to start off Thanksgiving Day. In between cooking, my mom would come and watch some with me while we talked about our favorite floats. It’s something I’ll never forget, and I hope my kids won’t either. I’m 27 and still love watching the parade to this day.

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Breaking the Wishbone. Usually, with the wishbone you make a wish and whoever breaks the bigger piece their wish would come true. Hence the ‘wish’ part. My brother and I were always the ones to break it together. We mainly used it as bragging rights because we all know one sibling needs to be the winner with everything. It’s an exciting way to end a fun filled day. Plus, I always believed my wishes would come true when I broke the bigger piece… and I still do today.

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Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree. I am SO excited to start this year. My parents always bought a real Christmas tree for my siblings and I during the holiday season. We wouldn’t let them buy a fake one until we were old enough. But seriously, who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh cut pine tree in your home?! That’s one of my favorite scents. Now that both kids can walk, we are going to cut down our own this year and I can’t wait! Now I might regret the watering every day and the pine needles constantly falling, but my kids are going to love it just as much as I did as a child. Plus, it’s an awesome way to create memories and have some family time.

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Bake Homemade Cookies. My mother is the queen of making homemade cookies from scratch. Still to this day, she makes batches and batches of fresh chocolate chip cookies and I am always right by her side helping her. When I was younger, it was licking the spoon and eating her dough. Today, it’s helping her every step of the way while my kids eat the dough. I definitely want to keep this tradition going until my children are old enough to share it with their children. My mother always hid them from us also so we didn’t demolish them in less then a week. I’ll be doing that also. Maybe stash them in my room, so I can sneak one or two. 😉

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Donate Old Toys. My kids are spoiled. Honestly, who’s child isn’t? They have piles and piles of toys in their room, the living room, everywhere! They can never seem to have enough. Well now, we decided every year before Santa comes visit we are going to donate our old toys to places where they will be used. The kids are learning that Santa won’t come unless they share old toys that they don’t play with, because they need to make room for the new ones. Plus, it can help other young kids who don’t have many toys enjoy their holiday season.

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Go See Christmas Lights. One of my all time favorite things to do. We are fortunate enough that our area has SO many places to visit during the holiday season. We always visit a place called Christmas Magic and we take one evening to drive around our area to look at all the drive thru lights. I am grateful for the people who go all out during Christmas, because my kids LOVE looking at lights. They are always amazed by it. My son now reminds me that we must go see Christmas lights before Christmas day. It’s certainly a favorite of his.

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Christmas PJ’s and A Movie. On Christmas Eve, my little ones get to open one present. It’s always their Christmas PJ’s and a movie. My oldest is now catching on to the tradition and he’s already pointing out certain pajama’s that he would like for Christmas night. Once they are opened and dressed, we snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie before bed. We also sneak in some hot chocolate and a peppermint crisp or two, then we pour some milk and leave some cookies for Santa when we’re done.

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Santa Tracker. Now-a-days it’s so much easier to track Santa. Us adults download the app on our smartphone and the kids can check on where he is at. My kids really enjoy doing this and it’s a good way for them to learn other locations in the world. For an awesome mom tip, download the Santa FaceTime app. The kids think they are FaceTiming Santa and he helps them stay on the nice list because Santa is watching. Mom win!

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There are so many more holiday traditions I would like to try. This time of year is my favorite and spending quality time with my family means to most to me. I’d love to hear what you have in store this holiday season.

I hope you have an awesome one.

 

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Why I Switched to an Electric Toothbrush

Hey Everyone!

Let me start off by saying…

How did it take until I was 27 to switch to an electric toothbrush?! I’ve been doing it all wrong for years. I’ve always thought that no matter what the brand, style, shape, etc. was, the cleanliness of your teeth would always turn out the same. You know, brush twice a day, floss, rinse and you’re good. Your teeth can only get so clean right? WRONG. My teeth have never felt better lately. Even my gums have felt better. Anyone else suffer from bleeding gums? I do, but not so much anymore. You’ll see why a little further down in this post.

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Not only did the cleanliness of my teeth guide me to stick with an electric toothbrush. There is so many reasons why an electric toothbrush is just… better. Especially my new cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush by Smile Brilliant.

The storage. Anyone else have a mason jar full of manual toothbrushes? I do. Well, I did. Instead of throwing away a toothbrush every time we received a new one, we just kept piling them in there. To the point where they could barely fit. It got to the point where trying to shove your toothbrush back in there was more of an effort then brushing your teeth in the first place. Now, we have one waterproof cariPRO toothbrush handle (with FIVE brush modes) and two cariPRO Premium Brush Heads. One blue one silver, DuPont bristles, built in tongue scrubbers, and a rubberized head to protect tooth enamel. The handle sits nicely on a charging base and has a modern, sleek look.

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My kids want to brush their teeth MORE. YES. You read that right. My children thought my new electric toothbrush was so cool, they had to get some of their own. We make fun out of brushing our teeth now. We all brush together saying we are going to “tickle our teeth” and they LOVE it. Like I mentioned earlier, my gums have never felt better. All because my cariPRO toothbrush has five brush modes.

  • Clean. The standard mode for a superior daily cleaning.
  • White. The most powerful mode to help remove surface stains, polish, give you a vigorously deep clean.
  • Massage. A gentle gum pulsation for gum stimulation.
  • Gum Care. For gentle cleaning along the gum-line. (Now you know why I mentioned earlier about my gums no longer bleeding)
  • Sensitive. Perfect for sensitive gums and teeth. Use this mode if you find the default clean mode slightly too aggressive.

My children enjoy choosing what “mode” I use each time and they pretend along thinking they are doing the same thing with their teeth.

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My tooth brush keeps time for me. You know as a kid, you were told to sing the ABC’s twice in your head because it equals out to about 2 minutes. Which is the standard time to brush your teeth twice a day. Well, no more keeping track! The cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush has four 30 second bursts of vibrations. For each quadrant of your mouth. I won’t lie, it makes me feel more accomplished after brushing my teeth, knowing that I did it for the full two minutes.

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Say ‘bye’ wine and coffee stains. If you know me, you know I love my coffee… and wine… a lot. What I don’t like is those pesky little stains they can leave on my teeth. I have noticed significant changes in my teeth after brushing with my CariPRO toothbrush. I’ve learned that harder is not better. Gentle brush strokes at a 45-degree angle is all you need to demolish those coffee and wine stains and the pulsations of the cariPRO do the trick.

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I could rant and rave about this product for hours, but we all know one of the most important questions, how much is the product? Trust me, as a mom of two, splurging on pricey things isn’t in my budget what so ever. But, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush offers optimal performance for half the price of comparable electronic toothbrushes. Clean teeth don’t have to be expensive and Smile Brilliant showed me just that with this fantastic toothbrush.

You guys have no idea how grateful I am to be able to pair up with Smile Brilliant for an awesome GIVEAWAY! Enter here now for your chance to win this amazing toothbrush!

Want more?! Here’s a coupon code for 20% off your purchase: cunninghamchronicles20.

You won’t regret it!

 

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Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto

Hey everyone!

Motherhood has gotten the best of me lately and I forgot to share this recipe with you. I’ve been working on bettering my eating habits because I have completely slacked off lately. Only downfall with me is that I’m the kind of person who gets sick of eating the same foods repeatedly. As much as I enjoy my chicken and vegetables, I just can’t do it every day. I get bored and I want to change things up.

I originally made this pesto to go over top of zucchini noodles, which tasted fantastic. But, I quickly realized that this recipe goes great on a lot of other foods, so I decided to just share the pesto recipe and I’ll let your mind soar from there and let you choose what you want to add it to. Just the other day I added it to chick pea pasta. Delicious. My son even enjoyed it with chips. Healthy and kid approved. I will take it.

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The texture is perfect to use as a sauce and has the perfect variety of ingredients to make your taste buds fall in love. The subtle hints of avocado, garlic, and basil together just made my mouth water. I’m really excited to pair this with other food products. Let’s not forget it’s crazy healthy and so simple to make. You could make a delicious meal in under 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados

1 cup fresh basil leaves

3 cloves garlic

3 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup pine nuts

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ tsp. sea salt

Cracked black pepper, to taste.

Instructions:

Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth

That’s it! How simple?!

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A few tips though. Avocados tend of brown quickly, so enjoy as soon as possible. Refrigerate any left overs and wrap in plastic wrap (making sure the plastic wrap is pressed against the pesto). This will prevent browning. If you are applying to zucchini noodles, be sure to dry the zucchini before sautéing so any excess water in soaked up.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out my other delicious healthy meals!

Healthy Egg SaladPeanut Butter Protein BallsBig Mac Salad – Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp Mix

 

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