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25 healthy lunch box ideas (for kids)

we are in our second full week of school and I have been having fun meal planning my girls’ lunch meals for the last week or so. my dietitian brain starts working and I push the limits to see what combinations my girls will actually eat when I send it. its among the first two […]

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WE EAT | Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta

a few things that you might not know about me.. or you might, who knows. (pre-kids) I used to be a personal chef (not trained, just prepared meals for clients with special diet needs). I used to write a (healthy) food blog.. as well as all the recipes that were on that food blog. when […]

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we eat | (healthy) chicken tamale casserole

this is an oldie but a GOODIE. I’ve been making this casserole for YEARS and posted it on the blog (HERE) back when the twins were babes (2014, I think!). after making it this week for the fam I decided a little refresh was due! if I’ve brought you a meal in the last 8 […]

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WE EAT | Kidfresh Foods

this post is sponsored by Kidfresh Foods; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. food and what I’m feeding my kids is probably among the most asked questions I get on my blog- especially now that Brady is eating table foods and we are following a true baby led weaning method with him. […]

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we eat | chicken + quinoa enchilada soup

the weather is finally FINALLY starting to cool down here- we barely hit 70 over the weekend and even though it was a bit gloomy it was a welcome relief from the 90s and 100s we’ve been hitting for the last 6 months or so.  it was also perfect weather for soup!  thats right, more […]

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WE EAT | Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

slow cooker meals are my love language. two things.  one. life is so busy.  like WAY. and number two: I need easy. very very easy. the slow cooker does both of these these things for me. this time of year my slow cooker has her permanent place on the counter top.  the weather is still trying […]

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We Eat {this week} | 8/13/17

meal planning.   something I used to be SO good at.  I used to meal plan every single week. I also used to make a hot meal every night and attempted to continue that trend when the twins were born.. and sort of fizzled out after Baker arrived.  pregnancy keeps me tired and not hungry […]

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eating for TWO: keeping up my supply + exercise

I couple weeks ago I asked for Q’s regarding breastfeeding on my stories and you all delivered! which in turn I have written the longest post EVER.. so stick with me..and if you make it to the end, well then you’re a rockstar:) I’ve breast fed four different babies in the last four years and […]

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in the kitchen with Hello Fresh

we had a special and rather delicious delivery hit our doorstep last week.  while you might be thinking I’m talking about Baker’s cheeks.. I am actually talking about a giant box filled with a week’s worth of ingredients from hello fresh.  I found myself back in the kitchen this last week, excited to make and […]

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weekend top 5

one. kitchen sink stuffed peppers I made these stuffed peppers last week and they were SO stinkin’ easy.. I made another version again using sausage + quinoa instead of ground beef and rice as listed in the recipe below.  basically, anything you have in your fridge or pantry that needs to be used or tossed is […]

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pregnancy protein bowl | 3-ways

now that I’m in my second trimester Ive started to really get my appetite back.  food isn’t such a struggle, which I am thankful for, and I am enjoying food again. while I wasn’t terribly nauseous or feeling like I was going to throw up all the time, food just really wasn’t interesting to me […]

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healthy snacks + fit pregnancy | albion fit

I’ve gotten plenty of questions about staying fit during this pregnancy and to be honest it was something I was most excited about when I started my pregnancy journey.. before I was even pregnant.  I have never been super active during any of the pregnancies (nothing more than just walking and low impact stuff) and […]

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We Eat | crock pot beer chili

there is nothing more that I love about fall than warm soup on a cool evening.  well, this weekend we had a taste of cool weather (82 degrees!!!) and I was excited to whip out my favorite recipe for beer chili, dump it all in the crock pot after getting home from church and lounge […]

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we eat | sausage + ricotta stuffed shells + spinach

lately we have been going with the same staple items every week- meal rotations that I know are easy to please the family, but also ones that are E A S Y in general.  I try to add in some fun recipes here and there, but when I find one that was quick to whip together in […]

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15 easy ideas for post workout nutrition

though some women look at working out as a chore on the “to-do list” and something that wears them out, working out actually can give you more energy throughout the day to chase kids, grocery shop, clean, work or whatever your day consists of.  waking up at 5am to get in my workout is what […]

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food facts from Texas FNCE 2016

its the time of year again for all things food and nutrition in my world.  I mean, it usually works out to be about 65% of my day between work and home when I feed my family- but when the Texas Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo rolls around I’ll fully submerged in it.  just what my nutrition slash foodie […]

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a dietitian’s food journal | that mama life

I did one of these ‘food journals’ a year ago, give or take a couple days. I was 6 months pregnant with Baker Bree and feeling the need to switch up my day to day because I was eating the same food stuffs over and over.   right now, in this new stage of life […]

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we eat: 9 months | nuby giveaway

feeding your infant table food can be one of those really fun things and really stressful things simultaneously happening at the same time.  I mentioned a little about out mealtime routine in Baker’s 9 month update.   she is such a hot mess. as much that gets to her mouth goes into her hair, too. […]

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WE EAT | shrimp pesto alfredo

playing catch up over here.  this week has been hectic and full and just plain exhausting.   finally I am seeing the light at the end of all this sickness. I think. I might have just jinxed it.  lets pray not. anyway.. finding motivation to cook has bee sparse- we’ve been eating a lot of […]

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weekend snaps

this weekend was fast and furious, but thats how we like it. its been super warm here- like 80 degrees, warm.  so I knew it was going to be about getting outside for most of the weekend without a doubt.  so how about a recap:   we (they) turned my house upside-down and covered in […]

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valentine’s day fun | strawberries + cream puppy chow

this is our first official valentine’s day swap.. but we are big fans of this LOVE-ly holiday. remember this? omg its still among my favorite photos ever. more of this sprinkled with love style shoot with the talents of auntie (here) the preschool doesn’t make a huge to-do about valentines day, but they do exchange […]

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WE EAT | mexi-rice (super) taco bowl

there has been lots of talk in the foodie world about one of the greatest food holidays quickly approaching.   I know you have heard of it. the.super.bowl.  I do love football- a lot.  more than my husband, probably..maybe.  part of me doesn’t even care who makes it to the big game.. okay, nearly all […]

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we eat | one pot sausage + meatball ziti

second week in a row for pasta.  we haven’t eaten this much pasta since before I got pregnant with Baker baby.  a few weeks back the bestie sent me a link for a delicious one-pot pasta meal she made in a snap.  in a snap??  um, yes.  I legit had one pan to clean at the […]

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Baker’s First | By the Spoonful

..and its ON.  We’ve hit the 6 months milestone and its time to start introducing solid food to this little miss of ours. While we introduced cereal to Parker and Jolie at 4 months old, I really wasn’t ready to rush Baker into solid foods just yet.  She was gaining weight, staying healthy, and although […]

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WE EAT | Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Its been a while.  A while since we sat down as a family to eat a home cooked meal.  Since Baker was born its hit or miss, and if we do sit down together as a family we are rushing through because up next is baths for everyone, chocolate milk + Peppa the Pig and […]

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WE EAT | the best of 2015

We ate a lot of delicious food in 2015. and then I got pregnant and we ate a lot of cereal.  theres nothing like homemade.  delicious. fit for a dinner table full of young babes.  oh- and the most important part: e.a.s.y.  Looking back over this last year of meals passed around at our dinner […]

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preparing for solids

Her first bites.   We are SO close to getting Baker’s first taste of this messy and delicious milestone.  At Baker’s four month check up, her pediatrician mention starting cereal, but I hadn’t noticed her increased interest in food when we would eat around her- besides.. I just wasn’t ready yet.  The twins started eating […]

Littles

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Picky Eaters Need Vitamins

Hey girls!  What’s your favorite food?? Jolie: salaaaad, gock-leee (broccoli), kayeeets (carrots)… Parker: FRENCH FRIEEEES!! Jolie: ..be-mannas (bananas), be-matooes (tomatoes).. Parker: CHIPS!!!   Story of my life. In a perfect world, Parker and Jolie would gobble up every single thing I put in front of them without a fight.  Grilled chicken, whole wheat pasta and […]

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WE EAT | Pizza Pasta Casserole

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys.  After posting a snap of my yummy dinner last week, I was funny to me how many became interested in one of the most simple meals I have ever made.    After getting several texts and emails asking for the recipe- the verdicts came rolling […]

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WE EAT | Slow Cooked BBQ Brisket Sliders + Mango Salsa

Its football season and there is nothing I would rather be doing on the weekend than to be huddled up on the patio with sangria and a snack in my lap.. preferably a chip dipped in something involving cheese and jalapeños. For some fans, football is all about the tailgate, pick’em leagues, and Sundays spent […]

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WE EAT | Broccoli Bacon Mac + Cheese

Cooler weather is approaching- I can feel it..even though it is still forecasting to be in the 90’s, but it will be here soon..right? I am so excited about the thought of fall and winter because with that comes all the comfort foods of the season.  Root veggies are among my favorite foods to prepare […]

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WE EAT | BBQ Meatloaf Muffins + Roasted Veggies

The best part about having a baby is the food.  Okay.. actually bringing home a newborn is pretty awesome and life changing but when your friends and family are super helpful and make you a yummy meal because your life at the moment has been consumed by diaper changes and newborn baby head smells comes […]

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WE EAT | Crock Pot Pork Verde + Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos

This meal made me proud.  Proud that I am finally getting back into the kitchen on a regular basis..but I might be a little embarrassed to admit how easy it was to throw together.  Dinner is dinner, yes?  The oohs and ahhs at the dinner table would have had you thinking that I put in the hard work to make this […]

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WE EAT | Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls

Life since adding in a third babe to the mix has been busy.  Even when we don’t leave the house for the day’s entirety I still feel like I’ve been run ragged by 5pm.. and I still have 3 hours before bedtime. I use that word (bedtime) loosely as it seems to be later and later every […]

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WE EAT | Tomato + Cucumber Greek Salad with Farro

Really, this is for my eating.  While meal planning for this week, and browsing through the most recent issue of Cooking Light, I all but doggy-eared the entire magazine.  I have been looking for quick and healthy things I can make a big batch of and graze on all week – and this seemed to do […]

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WE EAT | Grilled Caprese Pizza

With summer upon us, we’ve been grilling a TON.  We’ve been sticking to the typical, veggies and protein. chicken.veggies.steak. Lots of steak actually.. I have been craving steak during this 3rd and final trimester and have been making every excuse to get it on our kitchen table. Often times we forget the versatility of the […]

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WE EAT | Crock Pot Pork Tacos + Shopping the Sales

We are at the very end of May (how this Spring season has flown by so quickly is still a question to me), and with that comes the heat of the summer.  I am guilty of seeking my slow cooker out for just those cool-weather comfort meals, but really, the crock can be used year-round. […]

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Grocery Games

Grocery shopping can be one of the most stressful times of the week (month?) for some people.  Growing up my mom probably went to the grocery store 3-5 times every week for whatever she needed – food, toiletries, or random household items.   My mom with 4 busy kids somehow found the time to make it […]

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30 Weeks

banner / little dovie  long sleeve tee // gap maternity navy maxi skirt (non-maternity) // (old) groopdealz How far along? 30 weeks + 2 days Total weight gain: 16 pounds.  Fundal height actually hasn’t changed from a 33 week measurement in two weeks – which means my fluid levels are normalizing and most likely the continual increase of amniotic fluid […]

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WE EAT | Garlic Kale + Cashew Shrimp Fried Rice

How many times have I thought about the easy way out for dinner?  More than I can count on my hands (and toes for that matter..) – especially when I am exhausted out of my mind after work + a full afternoon of toddler games.  Add an active fetus that feels every need to kick […]

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10 Things I Learned at 2015 Texas Academy FNCE

I have spent the last week with about a thousand Texas dietitians for the 2015 Texas Academy Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo.  I am thankful and lucky to be part of such a profession that I am truly passionate about – and that there is so much to learn.  The continuing education piece to my yearly […]

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WE EAT | Black Bean Veggie Burgers + Sriracha Mayo

Make no mistake- we love meat in this house.  Okay, really – the hubby loves the meat.  The girls and I could stand to eat ‘vegetarian’ at every meal.. but I do love a great steak every once and awhile.  Bean burgers are probably my most favorite meal to make sans the meat, for a […]

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WE EAT | Toddler Snacks Part II

We have approached an age of toddlerdom that is no-longer really one that I can actually ‘control’ what my girls will eat, rather it is mainly about the choices they make on their own. And to two year olds- its all about the choice making ability. ..and if you don’t let them make the choice, […]

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WE EAT | Chicken + Bacon Alfredo Pizza (with Greek Yogurt)

Whats your favorite go-to easy meal? I remember asking this question of my social media mamas and the amount of answers were overwhelming, and SO good!  Legit quality meals to serve my family.  I cooked off that list for months:)  For us, it usually consists of something I can make ahead of time (say the […]

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WE EAT | Artichoke & Spinach Strata

I often find inspiration for recipes and meals that I put on my table for my family in a variety of places.  A favorite and most commonly I use Pinterest (duh), but I also absolutely love magazine mail days. Cooking Light is easily my favorite magazine, ever.  I have been reading and cooking out of […]

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WE EAT | Veggie Quinoa ‘Fried Rice’

I just realized that last week’s recipe featured this same grain.  Sorry (not sorry..) It’s high in protein. It’s high in fiber. ..and looks like bird seed. According to the grocery ringer-upper guy, anyway.  After buying a third bag of quinoa in three weeks, he asked me point blank if this was ‘food for humans?’ […]

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WE EAT | {crock pot} Mexican Quinoa Chili

The crock pot.  I feel like it has a permanent place on my island countertop these days.  We have been living and breathing simplicity since we find out I was pregnant (funny how that whole exhaustion thing works, eh?) and what is more simple than dinner being ready just moments after you arrive home from […]

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WE EAT | Chicken Divan

Casseroles are my jam.  There is really nothing more that I love than a hearty and delicious comfort casserole.  Growing up, my mother was the queen of the casserole kind (along with fried potatoes and eggs..but that’s for another post.). Needless to say, comfort casseroles take me back.  About 20 years, actually. I am traveling […]

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WE EAT | Meal Planning Monday

Hello, Monday! This weekend was amazing.  I still cannot believe it has come and gone.. ..and in case you didn’t catch all the crazy of the gender reveal party over on Instagram.. We are having a girl! photo : bfaith photography Much much more of that and a full recap on the blog t o […]

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WE EAT | Meal Planning Monday: What’s for Dinner

Today marks the start of a week of busy.  Busy that puts us having dinner as a family just once (Tuesday).. and therefore my meal plan is rather boring and full of repeat offenders.  Breakfasts mostly consisting of frozen waffles, quick cook oats, cereal with cartoon characters on the box, and yogurt.  Lunch is whatever […]

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WE Eat | Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Cravings.  Lets talk about those for a second.  I’m generally even keeled when it comes to food.  I pretty much love it all.  Peas are probably my least favorite of all vegetables, but I’ll eat them.  Blueberries are probably my least favorite of all fruits (its a texture, not flavor, thing for me), but again, I’ll eat them.  I’m just […]

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WE EAT | Meal Planning Monday

Mixing it up this week with these meal plans – Hello Monday:)  I have grand plans to succeed in follow through with these meals – breakfast and lunch isn’t the issue, it is always dinner that gets me.  I’m fully prepared to make it, but the energy to do it isn’t always the greatest at […]

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WE EAT | {Oven Fried} Asian Orange Chicken

When I talk about Asian foods with Jordan, he names Orange Chicken and fried rice.. or Shrimp Pad Thai as his favorites.  I gladly high-five him in agreement.  About 98% of the time he is kidnapped by the Food Court toothpick guy.  You know, the one that hands out the free buffet-style-chinese-chicken-something or other.  Usually, I’m […]

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WE EAT | Mealtime Favorites

I KNOW I have been slacking on the Meal Plans these last couple weeks.  I have pretty incredible food aversion, and while I’ve attempted to meal plan and have dinner on the table, it is rare that I’m actually eating it. So, meal planning has fallen to the bottom of my list, because, frankly, I […]

Year In Review

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WE EAT | Family Meal Plan

Happy Friday!  I must confess to slacking on meal planning.. even making a trip to the grocery store.  Between Thanksgiving, and even the girls’ birthday party  we haven’t done much for dinners over the last two weeks.  We usually keep it simple and fairly similar for breakfast and lunch, so those weren’t an issue.. but […]

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WE EAT | Christmas Butter Cookies

Growing up, my mom was crafty, especially around this time of year.  Christmas seemed to be her favorite.  There was always some kind of unique homemade gift for friends, family, teachers, and coaches (my 3 brothers and I were athletes).  I remember one year we collected pine cones (what seemed like a million to my […]

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Parker & Jolie’s 2nd Birthday | Pancakes and Pajamas

Ever have those kind of days where, after the fact,  you continue to relive it over and over in your brain?  Just thinking over the festivities of that day and every detail that made it special..  The first time I ever did this was for my wedding.  I was awake all night and unable to […]

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WE EAT | Mushroom & Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto has never fallen off the fancy train, so I’d call this meal fit for company AND a weeknight.  Of course it always gets a bad rap.  TAKES FOREVER.  Really.  Really it doesn’t.  This recipe, start to finish, is less than 45 minutes.  That includes all the chopping, roasting, and stirring. Typically I read my […]

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WE EAT | Weekly Toddler Menu Planner

Here we are- the weekend before Thanksgiving.  I’d LOVE to say I am 100% ready for this, but I’m about 90% there.  We do have out Christmas decor on display, complete with a metallic purple and hot pink tree. I decided to coordinate with Parker and Jolie’s birthday party theme.. and I think Jordan just […]

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WE EAT | Stuffed Spuds

I mentioned last week that I was planning a post all about stuffing potatoes.. well.  Let me tell you.  I had to bring myself under control because the options became endless and my family was eating a different stuffed potato every night (almost) and totally loving every bite.   Jordan said it was his favorite […]

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