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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Birthday and Welcome Summer!

Summer vacation is upon us and I'm definitely busy with new routines and with the kids home, I haven't been as diligent about blog posts. Sorry about that!  It's been busy. This past weekend we celebrated my youngest's 8th birthday! Birthdays sure do have a way of sneaking up on us! I feel like just last week we were walking her into kindergarten and soon, she'll be in 3rd grade. It's crazy how time is put into perspective when you're a parent. I've talked about that a lot here but the milestones like birthdays, holidays and the beginning/end of the school year seems to really put it ALL into perspective.

We had a great weekend celebrating. On Saturday she had a few school friends over to play and celebrate. It was pretty low key but fun for the girls. Sunday, we had a cookout, she unwrapped presents and of course, enjoyed cake and ice cream. She also woke up pretty thrilled with the fact that she's EIGHT! A new number, a whole year of new adventures and lots to look forward to!

I hope you guys have been enjoying these early Summer days! We've enjoyed the beach this week, a trip to the library and sewing camp! Lots of new fun! 



Friday, June 24, 2016

Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Hear Me Out

By now I'm sure most of you have seen cauliflower crust pizza. I've had my eye on it for a while now but I first attempt of making it was a couple of weeks ago. Let me start by saying I was not a believer. Years ago I made some cauliflower pudding which was gritty and just....not right. I often wondered if you try to invent new recipes out of old favorites if they'd actually work. I'm happy to report this cauliflower crust pizza was surprising in a good way. It was yummy and I actually felt like I was eating a slice of pizza. Not an exact replica of your favorite pie but close enough. I'd say the number one key to this crust is to make sure your cauliflower is completely puréed. You don't want to chunky pizza crust! Top with sauce, your favorite veggies or meat and cheese and you won't be disappointed (at least I wasn't)! 


Cauliflower Pizza Crust

  • 1/2 head chopped cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
Place cauliflower in food processor and grate finely (I've heard Trader Joes also sells frozen grated)
Steam cauliflower, drain and place in bowl
Mix in egg, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper 
Preheat oven to 425°
On baking sheet, spread parchment paper 
Flatten your pizza crust out as you would a normal pizza crust
Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned


Let me close by saying my kids even enjoyed this. Now I wish I planted cauliflower in my garden! There's always next year! Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer!

The day is finally here! Very first day of summer vacation! We had a great year, lots of learning and great teachers. It was challenging at times but I definitely feel very fortunate to be part of such a great community that rallies around our kids. That being said we are more than ready to be done with school, I can't tell you how ecstatic I am to not have to make lunches every morning! Today was our first day and although there was no sleeping in, there was definitely a happy calm over our morning. Do you remember that feeling? The feeling of being a kid and having the whole summer in front of you? It's pretty amazing! 
One last minute celebratory street I brought in to school yesterday where these cute cone muffins. These were easier to execute than I thought and I simply baked my favorite muffin recipe to lower the sugar content a bit. There are tons of recipes and instructions out there but you pretty much just put ice cream cones in a muffin tin, use an ice cream scoop to get the batter in your cones evenly and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. These were a huge hit at school! The kids were absolutely giddy with the thought of eating a cupcake cone! What better way to welcome summer and celebrate one last time with school year friends!
I hope you all are off to a fantastic day so far! Welcome summer ☀️

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services Feature #CFChampions, #IC #ad

This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my post.
How much do you know about Cystic Fibrosis? Did you know Cystic Fibrosis (CF) affects about 30,000 children and adults, in the United States? My cousin is one of them. She was diagnosed as an infant and since she's never known any other life, she wakes up like so many other children, happily and ready to play and enjoy her day. She lives her life positively and has never known any different life.  
My cousin's loved ones were scared when she was diagnosed but there was a bit of relief because there was finally a reason for all her unexplainable health problems – weight loss, tummy issues, and more.  Before my cousin's diagnosis, I had never heard of Cystic Fibrosis.  It’s something we all had to learn more about so we could support her as much as possible. She has a great support team; I’m so thankful for it because it’s what will continue to help her wake up each day and look at the brighter side of things.  Without love and support, people with cystic fibrosis often feel sad and alone. I don't ever want that for her. Walgreens now has a Cystic Fibrosis Champions program so that nobody ever feels alone. This way, patients, families and friends are "Navigating the Journey Together." 
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a complex condition; it’s something she will deal with for the rest of her life.  She will be educated about this as she grows and will be reminded of it daily for the rest of your life. 
CF primarily affects the digestive and respiratory systems.  There are many people with CF, who are isolated from other people due to the increased risk of cross contamination and infection.
Many CF patients report high levels of depression and anxiety which can often impact the disease severity and outcomes.  Thankfully my cousin is now a toddler and has not known any different life but it's still hard at times when she has to be careful. As she gets older, this will only continue. 
What Can Be Done To Help Those Suffering From CF?
Adhering to medications, which ultimately leads to better health outcomes and improved life experiences. CF affects everyone differently, so CF patients often take different medicines, but medication adherence is still important for those living with CF.
What’s a typical day like living with CF?
Everyday different and filled with things like lung exercises, walking on the treadmill, taking medications, sanitation, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, nebulizers, meeting her daily calorie intake and finding a way to smile and laugh each day.  She's happy and a light hearted toddler but still needs to get all these things done from day to day and sometimes, she's crabby or grumpy about it. Living with with CF is not easy but I am proud of my cousin, she is so strong. 

WALGREENS CYSTIC FIBROSIS (CF) CHAMPIONS “NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER

Walgreens CF Champions have learned to make the most of each day, and they do this by sharing their amazing stories and advice with people around the world. You can read some of these stories here. I was amazed and inspired to read their stories and read about Kristen, a Mom who was diagnosed at age 31 and also has two children, also diagnosed, at the ages of 3 and 7. I know life is challenging for a typical Mom but to read about her days was incredibly inspiring!  
Learn more about Walgreen Cystic Fibrosis Champions program on their website at Walgreens.com.
 
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