Healthy “Milk”shake Recipe


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The heat of summer has set in and it definitely has me craving some sugary goodness! Instead of wasting the calories on your typical milkshake, I recommend trying out this healthier version the next time you have a sweet tooth. It tastes essentially the same as a milkshake and even has the same consistency. So yummy! I also recommend adding something like flaxseed or chia seeds to make this shake a little more filling and prevent you from drinking too much of it. Enjoy!

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups of Almond Milk
  • 1 Whole Banana
  • Dash of Vanilla
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed

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July Fourth Sweets


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Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I hope you’re all having a fun and safe weekend so far. I wanted to throw out this super yummy recipe for you all to try this holiday weekend. This weekend is known for the BBQ’s, outdoor parties, and coast-side get togethers. With that being said, I think skewers are the perfect remedy for those parties on the go. This recipe is super easy, super delicious, and a very sneaky way to get your kids to eat a bit of fruit. This disassembled strawberry shortcake is a great add to whatever party you’re going to this weekend!

Ingredients :

1 box Angel Food Cake Mix (for those on a time crunch, like myself)

2 boxes of Strawberries

2 cups of White Chocolate Chips

This recipe is super simple and only takes about an hour or two to assemble. While your cake is baking, wash and prepare your strawberries. After baking your cake according to the box directions and letting it cool, cut your cake into 2” squares. Assemble the strawberries and cake on the skewers alternating them. Then go ahead and melt your white chocolate chips and drizzle on top. Put them in the fridge to set and you’re ready to pack them up and bring them with you on the go! Super simple and very delicious.

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Cooking For Beginners – Hello Fresh Review


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It’s been quite a while since I posted (technically only four days but it feels like an eternity)! I wanted to catch you guys up on what new fun things have been going on in my life. The first, and most entertaining thing, which we tried out recently was Hello Fresh. For those who may not know. Hello Fresh is a food delivery service that puts together quick and healthy meals using fresh ingredients that are all delivered straight to your door. This was my first time ever trying out one of these services and it was so much fun! Of course, you get to choose which meals you want them to ship you that week; but, I didn’t look too closely at the recipes so it was always a fun surprise to open each day’s box. I’ll run you through the various meals we chose and which our favorite was. Stay tuned to the end to hear my final thoughts on Hello Fresh!


Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops

Yum, yum, YUM! I think this meal was my favorite of the bunch. It was definitely a different take on the pork chops than we usually see here in the Midwest. I thought the cherry drizzle was an interesting take on the savory sweet meal. Definitely a keeper!


A Caesar Salad To Rule Them All

One of the most delicious and filling salads I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to recreate this again! It filled me and my husband up (yes, salads aren’t just for ladies!) so much that we even had a bit left over for lunch the next day.


Vietnamese Marinated Steak

This was such a different style dish than my husband and I are used to eating but we loved it! If there’s steak involved, it’s usually a winner for my husband. I loved the mix of flavors together. The pickled salad was so good!

For a very beginner cook, like myself, I found it a little overwhelming balancing all the different things going on in the kitchen. But strictly sticking to Hello Fresh’s recipes and step by step instructions, it definitely calmed my worries. All in all, we were so pleased with our Hello Fresh box! (No, I’m not sponsored in any way.) We genuinely thought this was a great service. We could definitely see using it again in the future for those weeks that you know are going to be busy. It was great to not have to shop, buy the perfect amount of ingredients, or surf Pinterest for hours looking for great healthy meals. I highly recommend trying it out!

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Skinny Dirty Banana Cocktail

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Getting hooked on Dirty Bananas in the Caribbean was a terrible mistake because they’re so delicious and addicting! As soon as we got back into the states, my husband and I started recreating them. Of course they were still just as amazing but it’s not as fun without the beach view! Today I wanted to thin down the recipe a bit and make a “skinny” version of the Dirty Banana. (It’s still alcohol so how skinny can it really get, am I right?) I think this version really does it justice and definitely makes this cocktail skinnier than its original version. I’ll leave a link here so you can check out the original. It’s a great treat every once and awhile; but, it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to enjoy often. Try out this Skinny Dirty Banana recipe to enjoy this Caribbean treat!

Ingredients :

1 oz. Malibu

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. 99 Bananas

Dash of Almond Milk


That’s it! Mix all together and serve over ice. It’s so easy and much better for you than the original recipe. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy! Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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Drinks Your Guests Will Remember This Memorial Day

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While you’re planning what exactly to serve at your Memorial Day parties, be sure to give this amazing adult beverage a try. Here’s my twist on an Orange Pomegranate Crush!

Ingredients : 

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Smirnoff Pomegranate Vodka

1/2 orange juiced

1 splash of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

Serve over ice


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5 Places To Eat This Weekend

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In need of a fun new place to check out this weekend? Here’s a few to get your weekend started off on the right foot!

La Mie  – cutest little bakery with some delicious goodies

Eatery A – amazing brunch and their venue is to die for

Barn Town Brewing – local brews and funky design is always a win for me

The Republic on Grand rooftops and cocktails make the best pairing

Hurts Donuts – nom nom nom

Leave me a comment below of somewhere new I need to check out!
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Movie Night Basics

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The weekend is finally here! Has this week been the longest one of 2017 yet? I think so… For those who follow me on Twitter, you know I zoomed through the final season of The Vampire Diaries last weekend. (If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you definitely should!) Start to finish, crushed the last season in one weekend. Am I proud of it? No. Am I glad I did it? YASS!

With binge watching late into the night, sometimes the cravings kick in and I wanted to share with you my favorite combination lately. The mixture of salty and sweet is the classic winning combo and this is how I like to combine the two! I’m loving the Organic Chocolate and Love Sea Salt & Caramel chocolate right now. So yummy! I’d definitely give it a try because this chocolate on its own has your salty and sweet. But it wouldn’t be a proper binge watching marathon without the good old fashioned popcorn. Sadly, I didn’t have any kernels on hand (I normally like to pop my own popcorn for a healthier option) so I went for the lightly buttered microwaveable pouches I had on hand. I always top off my popcorn with Tone’s Popcorn Seasoning and I love it!

Perfect combination for a movie night! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re currently watching. I’m in need of a new show!
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