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Friday, August 16, 2019

Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Even though all of the elementary and middle school children get free meals here, many days my girls like to pack their own lunch because school lunch is "icky". There are only so many peanut butter and jelly's you can shove into a lunch sack before your efforts are noticed as "icky" as well. So, I did what I always do and hit up the recipe page on Golden Blossom Honey in a search to add some new ideas to our lunch menu for the new school year. There are a lot of great sandwich options there, but what caught my eye this week was this Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

Usually the girls will put a slice of Swiss cheese on their ham sandwich, but I thought leaving the cheese off and topping it with a tangy slaw would really liven up lunch this week. I know coleslaw can be a love it or leave it kind of food, but thankfully my girls love it. The only downside is it is a bit messy, so I would suggest if you're sending this out the door with your kids, pack it into a plastic sandwich container instead of a zip top baggie. Include a fork too, so they can scoop up and enjoy the bits that may fall back into the container while they are eating. 

Ingredients
Coleslaw:
3 cups slaw mix or shredded cabbage
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM RAW HONEY

12 slices ham
8 slices rye or pumpernickel bread

 CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Ham Sandwich with Coleslaw

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.



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Coleslaw- love it or leave it?


 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why I'm Taking the Wente Make Time Pledge #MakeTimePledge

This post is sponsored by Wente Vineyards but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


I've been pretty reserved when it comes to sharing my struggles here on the blog. We all want to present our best side, but today I'm going to get real and honest for a minute. I think a lot of women add more to their plates than they can handle, myself included. As a mom, a wife, and a friend, I usually put myself last. For as long as I can remember, I've had this need to make others happy even if it came at the expense of my own happiness. I believe Teri Hatcher described it once as burnt toast. I'll always take the burnt toast so you can have the good piece, even though I hate burnt toast. I will inconvenience myself if I can make your life a little easier. I am a giver by nature and will run myself ragged doing for others, sacrificing my own happiness and sometimes health in the process.

Late last year I was hit with overwhelming fatigue. "It'll pass once the holidays are over." As it continued into the new year, I kept making excuses on why I wasn't feeling better. In my eyes, there was always a time frame on when it would pass. I then started experiencing stomach pain, which I chalked up to my autoimmune disorder, making even more excuses for my declining health. In March, we moved our pre-teen niece into our home which added even more to my already over-filled plate. I started having panic attacks. I withdrew from family and friends. The stress of daily life was so much, my body couldn't handle it anymore and forced itself out of remission from my colitis. It was now shutting down. I lost 20 pounds in under 2 months, simple tasks were a struggle for me to complete, and I had zero motivation to anything that required more than taking 10 steps from the couch. I had hit the lowest point in my life that I had ever been.

Thankfully, I have a good support system, and one particular person in my life I will be forever grateful for.

Best Friends

To the outside world, I was able to pull off the illusion that everything in my life was fine. However, my best friend Jenn quickly noticed that I was, indeed, not fine. "Cancel your plans for tomorrow. You and I are driving to Indy to see the New Kids on the Block." On that 3 hour car ride, we had one of those long heart-to-heart conversations where I was able to just let out everything that had been bothering me for the past 6 months.

Best Friends

She said, "I'm going to tell you what your problem is. You're doing too damn much for everyone else and absolutely nothing for yourself. So, here's the plan. Once a week, we are having girl time. Just you and me. You're going to get out of the house and we're going to do something YOU want to do."

Honestly, I was hesitant to agree at first. I thought, "Great. This is just another thing I'm going to have to add to my already packed schedule every week." But, my best friend is half Greek, half Puerto Rican, and that makes for one fiery, strong-willed personality you just don't say no to.

Best Friends

Over the course of the past few months, I learned she was 100% right. I've spent so much of my time doing for others, I forgot to make time for myself. I forgot how much stress you can let go of when you are doing something you actually enjoy. We don't have to make elaborate plans either. Sometimes we might splurge and go to a concert, but mostly it's the little things that give me something to look forward to each week- trying out a new cafe, bargain hunting at the thrift store, soaking up the sun for a few hours on the beach, or even just sitting on the deck enjoying a glass of wine.

Wente Wine

Making time for myself every week was exactly what I had been missing in my life. It doesn't do you any good when you spend all of your day doing for others and not setting aside time to do something just for yourself. I recently heard about the Wente Vineyards Make Time Pledge and thought that this was something that many of us, especially women, could benefit from participating in.

About the Wente Vineyards Make Time Pledge:

We know people are happiest when they make meaningful connections with one another but with so much competing for our attention, it’s easy to overlook things that truly matter. That’s why Wente Vineyards has been committed to making time for one another since day one, crafting wine and wine country experiences that bring friends and family together. We invite you to choose to make time for each other too.

With Wente Vineyards’ Make Time Pledge, we are encouraging you to take your commitment to making time for the activities, pursuits, and people in your life a step further by taking a 21 day pledge that will guide you in your #maketime journey with helpful tips and ideas along the way. 

Wente Vineyards

I know that it's hard to put yourself first sometimes. Women, especially moms, have this nasty habit of feeling guilty when we put our needs first. We need to stop doing that! Do you remember the last time you did something that was just for YOU? If you're struggling to think that far back, I think it's time to take the pledge. For the next 21 days, make time to do things that you love. Take a painting or cooking class, bicycle through the park, check out that book from the library you've been meaning to read for ages, spend time with someone whose company you enjoy. It's okay to make time for yourself! I didn't realize how bad I was jeopardizing my physical and mental health by not taking time for myself. Little indulgences really add up. I can honestly say that while I'm still on the road to recovery, I am in a much better place now than I was at the beginning of this year.

Best Friends

Check out the Wente Make Time Pledge and let me know in the comments how you're planning to make time for yourself.



Friday, August 9, 2019

Healthy After-School Banana Snack

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


School days are upon us once more, and I'm just going to admit that I am READY to send the kids back. It's been one long summer and this mama is tired! I know that a lot of your kids went back this week, but next Thursday is our official BTS day. I will miss our carefree summer days, but I think even the girls are ready to get back into more structured days. It's time to get those brains working again, so by the time they get home they need a healthy pick-me-up snack to recharge their batteries. That's where this Healthy After-School Snack idea from Golden Blossom Honey comes into play.

Banana Boat

This banana snack is one that most kids can toss together themselves, and is packed with lots of nutrition for refueling, making it the most perfect after-school snack for growing bodies and minds. I also want to point out that if you follow the SCD diet, all of the ingredients here are SCD legal, so not only is it good for kids, it's a great snack for those with tummy issues, like me. 


Ingredients
1 banana, sliced
1 teaspoon nuts, chopped
1 teaspoon raisins or any dried fruit
1 teaspoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM RAW HONEY

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Banana Boat
You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Swords, Stones & Cahir Castle

When I was plotting out our road map from Dublin to Cork, I tried to squeeze as many castle visits in as I possibly could. In my search, I saw that Cahir Castle was going to be directly on our route, so I made sure that I scheduled a stop into our itinerary.


Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle, built in 1142, is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Ireland. Some of the castles in Ireland come with a hefty entrance fee (Blarney), so I was pretty excited during my research of the castle when I saw that our family could get a guided tour for less than $20 USD. Sadly for us, we dilly dallied around too long at Rock of Dunamase earlier that morning, so we arrived at Cahir right when they were closing for the day. Thankfully, we could still walk the perimeter at take in views of the exterior portion of the castle. There's a stream of water that runs alongside the castle that leads to the River Suir, and you'll find many beautiful swans lazing on the bank between the castle and the stream.


Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is still in really great shape, retaining its tower and most of its original defensive stronghold.
Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

We found this little Sword in the Stone prop on the side of the castle and couldn't resist the photo opp:

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Even though we were late to tour inside, there's a gorgeous park you can walk through that's located right beside the castle, so all wasn't completely lost on our stop. Even if you miss the cutoff time to tour Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary has quite a few charming spots to see, so I'd totally recommend scheduling a stop into your itinerary to check out all that they have to offer!

Cahir Castle



Friday, August 2, 2019

Crisp Days & Rustic Spinach Pie

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


What is it about August that gets people in the mood for fall? Normally, I'd be a bit miffed about all of the fall memes that I've seen floating around my social media lately since I'm a summer girl through and through. But, after the horrid heat waves we've been getting, earlier this week I welcomed a day of crisp air. I shut off my air conditioning, opened the doors, brewed myself some hot tea, then wrapped myself in a chunky sweater blanket and relished in the thought of fall hurrying along. I was jonesing to bake a nice warm comfort food, so I pulled up this Rustic Spinach Pie recipe from Golden Blossom Honey and got to work. 

Rustic Spinach Pie

I've been feeling a bit under the weather this month, so this rustic spinach pie was just the comfort food that I was needing to lift my spirits. And, I said a little prayer of thanks that I had every ingredient already on hand so I didn't have to make a last minute run to the grocers to pull it all together. 

Rustic Spinach Pie

Now that school is right around the corner, this will be a great recipe to tuck away for early morning breakfasts. Make it the night before (be sure to refrigerate it after cooling), then just do a quick reheat the next morning for a fast and tasty breakfast before sending everyone out the door. 

Ingredients

2 ready made 9-inch piecrusts

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
1 egg, beaten

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Rustic Spinach Pie

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.



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Are you ready for fall, or do you hope summer sticks around a little bit longer?


 

Share Your Child’s #ClearPassion with Mott’s!

Disclosure: “The product, information, and gift card have been provided by Mott’s so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Mott’s. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Mott’s.”


As a mom, I've seen my girls try on many different hats over the years, trying to find that one thing that they are passionate about. From the time Allison was a toddler until her tween years, gymnastics was her "thing". While she had a good run in gymnastics, as her teen years started to approach, her interests started to shift. Since joining high school, she's been dipping her fingers into all the extracurricular pies to see what new passion she might just get hooked on next. 

Theater was a big deal to her last year. She had a few minor roles in several school plays, and while she'll continue with that in the upcoming school year, this past year she also found a love for photography. I gave her a small camera to practice with last year on our European vacation, and since then she's graduated to using my more professional one. Of course, when she loves what she does and excels at it, I want to do everything that I can to keep encouraging her to chase her passions. A lot of women have "Instagram husbands", but she likes to brag that she's my "Instagram daughter". Any photos that you see of me on the blog or Instagram have been shot by Allison almost exclusively. 

Brooklyn Bridge

On our recent trip to New York, she had a blast snapping some iconic landmarks. I'm pretty sure she ended up taking more photos on this trip than I did!

Statue of Liberty
The tonight show

Allison's actually looking forward to the start of the school year in a few weeks because she signed up for a photography course as one of her electives. Right now she's just having fun playing with landscapes, people, and nature, but she's hoping to hone her skills this year and find out what niche she'll be most passionate to shoot.


She did ask the other day when my end date for running this blog would be because she's eager to take over. I have no definite plans right now for my exit, but after she's finished her photography courses, be on the lookout for a few guests posts from her! She's eager to learn the ropes and is willing to put in the hard work it takes to pursue and excel at her passions. 

With all that hard work, a girl does need to stop for a snack break though, and one snack that we can always agree on is applesauce! 

Mott's Applesauce

Mott's® has been a staple in our house for as long as I can remember because it's a healthy snack option that I don't mind the kids reaching for. I'm pretty excited about their newest offering, brand new to shelves this summer are NEW clear applesauce pouches with matching, distinct characters for each applesauce variety who together form the Pouch Pals, a group of high-energy friends with distinct personalities and interests—from Crispin who is passionate about music to Seedney who loves to skateboard—making snacking as fun as it is delicious.



Motts Applesauce

Even though Mott's is a trusted brand in our house, I have even more peace of mind with the CLEAR pouches since I can see exactly what my children are consuming. They are convenient to take on the go while Allison's exploring her photography passion, and with the upcoming school year, they are the perfect size for tucking into lunch boxes, too.

 

New Mott’s® Clear Applesauce Pouches can be purchased in a variety of flavors and pack sizes beginning in July at the majority of retailers in the U.S. Flavors include:

   Mott’s® No Sugar Added Applesauce
  Mott’s® No Sugar Added Mixed Berry Applesauce
  Mott’s® No Sugar Added Strawberry Applesauce
  Mott’s® No Sugar Added Blueberry Applesauce
  Mott’s® No Sugar Added Cherry Applesauce


To celebrate the launch of the new pouches, Mott’s is giving parents a new reason to share their kids’ #ClearPassion. Parents can share a photo of their kid(s) pursuing their passions on social media for a chance to win free product, and five (5) lucky winners will be chosen to have their child’s passions amplified!

From July 22 to August 30, parents can submit photos of their kid(s) pursuing their passions via Twitter or Instagram by tagging @Motts and using #ClearPassion and #sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes that help amplify their kids’ personal passions. One grand prize winner will also receive a year’s supply of Mott’s for the family!



For more information about Mott’s #ClearPassion sweepstakes and new clear applesauce pouches, visit www.Motts.com


What is your child most passionate about?