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Christmas Brunch – Orange Waffles and Syrup Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyHoliday #CollectiveBias For me, Christmas is about being together with my family, sharing in our traditions, eating amazing food, seeing all of the kids’ excitement and feeling the love of each moment is what this holiday is truly about. This year the pressure is on […]

Power Quinoa Salad

I am a HUGE salad fan but sometimes making salads at home is less exciting than getting the $12 salad when I’m out at a restaurant… I think the reason it’s so exciting is the fact that I didn’t have to make it… I digress, sometimes I get stuck in the rut of eating the […]

Key Lime Protein Shake Recipe

If you’re like me, staying on track with your fitness goals can be tough, ESPECIALLY if you have a sweet tooth. A year and a half ago I started following the Isagenix plan to lose weight and by replacing two meals a day with my favorite (macronutrient balanced) protein shakes. So far I’ve lost 81 […]

Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls

I know protein balls are all the rage right now, and understandably so! Protein balls are easy to make and even easier to grab on the go for a protein packed ball of goodness. When it comes to treats (even healthy treats like these) it’s important to make sure you’re staying balanced and not going too […]

4 Easy Overnight Chia Pudding Recipes

Veggie Lisa and I have teamed up again to bring you another delicious recipe! This one is really a four variations of delicious chia pudding recipes. Chia seeds seem to be all the rage right now for superfoods right now (actually, more like the past five years), and I’m FINALLY jumping onto the chia pudding bandwagon. Better late than never, […]

The Easiest Way to Light Charcoals

Summer is officially here and that means it’s time to get the grill out and start having barbecues. I love grilling, but since we got this new Vision Grill –  Kamado Smoker it’s been REALLY intimidating for me to use. It’s one thing to turn on the propane and push a start button, this thing doesn’t have a […]

Ideas To Help Your Toddler Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®. The opinions and text are all mine. #MottsMovieBonusDo your kids struggle to eat their fruits and vegetables? I know lots of kids who won’t touch them (especially vegetables) with a ten foot pole. I’m not sure if all of those bland carrot purees […]

Outdoor Pizza Party and Lemonade Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TimelessPizza #CollectiveBias Simplicity. I used to think simplicity meant doing bare minimum, but as I’ve gotten more relaxed and wiser in my old age (I just turned 30 you know), I’m realizing that simplicity is a beautiful thing. Take frozen pizza for example, […]

Strawberry Almond Coconut Protein Shake Recipe

I LOVE my morning protein shake, I’ve been drinking one for the last 15 months and I feel that it is the biggest reason I’ve kept off 75 lbs (and counting) for that long. If you’re new to protein shakes, here is a list of things to look for in a good one: 23 vitamins and […]

Honey Grilled Bananas with Coconut Ice Cream

It must be summer because I’m wanting to eat ice cream all day every day. Who else could get a little excited about bananas and ice cream and still look amazing for swim suit season!? Thank heavens for Veggie Lisa, this girl is taking this banana themed treat to the lighter and better-for-you side by […]

My Favorite Utah Stay-Cation//Zermatt Resort

Hospitality is something I’ve always been familiar with. When you’re mom is from Brazil, I grew up having people over All. The. Time. It was very common for us to host friends/family (even acquaintances we barely knew), and invite them to spend their vacation staying in our home in Southern California. It’s actually a big part of Brazilian culture to […]

Rosemary Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks of ALL TIME is popcorn! I love all forms (except kettle corn, which is probably the only kind they serve in H-E- double hockey sticks. So there you’ll be in the hot, hot heat, hangry and needing a snack. Then, you’ll think you’re getting normal popcorn and eat a handful of […]

Copy Cat Trader Joe’s Trail Mix Cookies

Have you tried the Vegan Trail Mix cookies at Trader Joe’s? Don’t let the fact that is a vegan cookie scare you, they actually taste like normal cookies. So funny story, I actually went on a vegan kick for an entire year (remember how I was a crash dieter?) and my parents brought them up for […]

Lemon Chia Protein Power Balls

I’m a huge fan of drinking a protein shake every morning. It’s comforting to know I’m getting vitamins, minerals, lots of protein and all of the other goodies inside my body at the start of the day. Sometimes when you’re craving treats (or honestly want to chew something) its nice to have other healthy options too. […]

Sweet Potato Curry

I’m a huge curry fan. Its probably the coconut milk and veggies, okay its all about the coconut milk and veggies. This recipe from Veggie Lisa will satisfy any curry lover and its vegetarian. It’s: Warm Comforting Satisfying Rich but healthy Not too spicy Perfectly sweet And loaded with veggies The end result? A super […]

College Basketball Watching Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameForBasketball #CollectiveBias This post is not medical advice.I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA from my blog and social channels over the weekend. I’ve actually been sick and in bed with the worst fever over the past three days. Of […]

Best Hummus Recipe and Veggie Wrap

I LOVE hummus, its the perfect way to curb snacking (or even make it into a full lunch by adding it to a wrap) with something that is filling and satisfying. So when my friend Lisa said she was making me some hummus for lunch I was REALLY excited. I love this hummus, my husband […]

Basketball Tournament Watching Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoopMadness #CollectiveBiasEven though I’m not the most passionate basketball fan, I actually enjoy watching basketball. I know some people look forward to March, building their brackets and basketball-mania all year long (pointing to my husband). As most of […]

Better Snacks for a Sweet Tooth//DOVE®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveDoveFruits #CollectiveBias  I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth, especially while I’ve been trying to stick to my health and fitness goals for 2016. What I’ve found is the more I tell myself I can’t have something, the more I want […]

Cheese Platter//Roasted Garlic//Sun-dried Tomatoes

Are you a fan of cheese? I used to be cheddar cheese only kind of girl, but as I’ve grown up my tastes have grown up too. I recently had some new friends over for dinner and I wanted to serve an appetizer that felt a bit more adult, since we’re all adults and whatnot… […]

Easy Creamy Chicken Chili // Kitchen Hacks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCan #CollectiveBias Whether you’re busy or just efficient, hacks are EVERYTHING. I love learning new ways to make hard boiled eggs easier to peel, how to core strawberries with a plastic straw and how to shred chicken with an […]

Red and Blue Cereal Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBiasHoney Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted has been one of my favorite cereals for as long as I can remember. It has followed me from my childhood years, to college, through boyfriends and breakups, getting married, starting a family […]

Three Healthier Last-Minute //CHOCOLATE// Valentine’s Treats

Ummm, wasn’t Christmas just last week? I mean, what the heck? Valentine’s Day has totally snuck up on me this year, and honestly I just pulled out my Valentines day decor box yesterday… On the bright side, since I haven’t decorated yet, I’m already one step ahead, because “technically” its already down and put away. If you’ve just […]

Easy Tzatziki Recipe

I used to be a BIG snacker. I used to be able to open the pantry and reach for a bag of chips and pretty much eat the entire contents of said bag in one sitting… Now I love having healthy snack options so I can still get a salty and crunchy fix and stay on […]

Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Veggie Lisa and I are back at it again this beautiful Monday morning with her easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe. This recipe is a perfect (and very filling) way to start your day, especially if you workout first thing. In the past I’d grab an apple or banana on my way to the gym, it totally […]

3 Mocktail Recipes Just In Time For New Years Eve

 With the New Years Eve only a few days away, its time to start making preparations for your party which will hopefully include some yummy drinks and refreshments. Besides, the resolutions don’t start until the 1st right? Can you tell I’ve derailed a bit this holiday season? #keepingitreal So without further adieu, three fruity mocktail recipes […]

Curtis Thanksgiving 2015

I LIVE for Thanksgiving! For me, its all about the food, presentation and atmosphere. I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family (even those who weren’t here) and for the helping hands of everyone who made yesterday a beautiful and memorable day.The tablescape was a “Woodland meets Copper” theme and it […]

Jimmy Dean® Sausage Cornbread Stuffing and Brazilian Style Feijoada (Beans)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SavorTheSeason #JDFamilyTable #CollectiveBias My husband LOVES cornbread so when I came across the Jimmy Dean® sausage cornbread stuffing recipe (found here) I knew I had to try it out. I decided to pair the stuffing with a traditional Brazilian BBQ menu because I […]

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Parfait with Chobani®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #HolidayWithChobani #CollectiveBias Thanksgiving is one big food holiday (aka the biggest dinner party of the year) and I live for this day. I am so excited about the food, the gorgeous place settings, visiting with friends and family, creating memories and did […]

The Ritz Carlton – Cancun

I love, LOVE-LOVE traveling, and my travel style (up until now) had always been somewhere in-between: Can I find a similar room for less? And googling hot deals and comparing prices alone and not-really-reading reviews or doing much research. So you can bet when I hear about a personal review from someone I trust, its going […]

Harry Potter World – Diagon Alley

Last month I was incredibly blessed to be able to vacation for TWO WEEKS in Orlando, Florida. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. Almost too much, lets just say by day 13 I was ready to be home and sleeping in my own bed. But for those of you who LOVE Harry Potter as much (or […]

Butter Beer Caramel Corn

My husband and I are obsessed with butter beer which can be found at Orlando’s Universal Studios Islands of adventure in Harry Potter world. check out my recipe HERE.  Last week I made a scrumptious batch of butter beer and had a lot of leftover rum caramel. Almost immediately this brilliant idea popped into my head and I […]

Chopped: Young Women Activity Idea

The girls in our Young Women are always wanting to cook creative in the kitchen. To make it interesting, we decided to have a “Chopped” night. Each team had a basket of 4 mystery ingredients that needed to be incorporated to the dish.  The stakes were obviously very high as the girls were competing for a fake $10,000 […]

Roasted Raven Sandwich

I have always loved the story of Sleeping Beauty! Maleficent (surprisingly) has become one of my favorite characters, she just seems so classy for a villain and I like that. I might have to cross-stitch that into a pillow: “Classy & Evil”      These darling twine tied sandwiches were one of the cutest things from the […]

Where to Start with your Finances>

Do you feel overwhelmed because of your financial situation? Are you behind on bills? Barely making bills every week or feeling like you make too much to have nothing at the end of the month? Do you have a goal in 2014 to get out of debt? You’ve come to the right place! I can teach you […]

8 Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Lives {Financially}

1. Buying too much Stuff (aka crap) they don’t need One of the best ways to be broke is to spend all of your money on things that you think you need right now. Please don’t do this!  2. Not using a Budget I know the “b” word sounds really scary and limiting, but the […]

Budgeting 101 – The Dave Ramsey Way

I have always been good at making money, but the money comes in and the money goes out. At the end of the day, I made too much money to be broke. I thought I could “out-earn” my spending habits and stupidity… I was so WRONG and had a pitiful amount in savings to boot.  […]

How The Total Money Makeover Changed My Life

    Money is one of those “touchy” subjects. I’ve been taught to never discuss how much you have or make, how much you paid for something, or ask someone else how much they have or make. It’s also something that some people use to show others position and how much they have (or how well […]

How to give Yourself a Raise

Most people think raises can only be obtained from an employer. While that is one way to get a raise here are five tricks to giving yourself a raise.   Get out of debt The best way to find extra money is to stop paying it out to everyone else. If you stop spending money […]

Debt Rant

I’ve been reading a ton of posts in blogland about getting out of debt to “improve your credit score” so you can get a better rate on your next car or home loan. Dumb! If you are saving, scrimping, sacrificing and working hard to get out of debt why in the world would you turn around […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 7

Baby Step 7 Build wealth and give! It’s time to build wealth and give like never before. Leave an inheritance for future generations, and bless others now with your excess. It’s really the only way to live! Golda Meir says, “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” Vow to never hold your money so […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 6

Baby Step 6 Pay off your house early Now it’s time to begin chunking all of your extra money toward the mortgage. You are getting closer to realizing the dream of a life with no house payments.As you attack this last debt, you will gain momentum much like you did back in the second step […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 5

Baby Step 5 College funding for children By this point, you should have already started Baby Step 4—investing 15% of your income—before saving for college. Whether you are saving for you or your child to go to college, you need to start now.In order to have enough money saved for college, you need to have […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 4

Baby Step 4 Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement When you reach this step, you’ll have no payments—except the house—and a fully funded emergency fund. Now it’s time to get serious about building wealth.Dave suggests investing 15% of your household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement plans. Don’t invest […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 3

Baby Step 3 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings Once you complete the first two baby steps, you will have built serious momentum. But don’t start throwing all your “extra” money into investments quite yet. It’s time to build your full emergency fund. Ask yourself, “What would it take for me to live […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 2

Baby Step 2 Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball List your debts, excluding the house, in order. The smallest balance should be your number one priority. Don’t worry about interest rates unless two debts have similar payoffs. If that’s the case, then list the higher interest rate debt first.The point of the debt […]

Financial Peace Series: Step 1

Baby Step 1 $1,000 Emergency Fund An emergency fund is for those unexpected events in life that you can’t plan for: the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, a faulty car transmission, and the list goes on and on. It’s not a matter of if these events will happen; it’s simply a matter of when they will happen. This […]

7 Baby Steps for Financial Success

   Before I took Financial Peace University: I was really dumb with money, I wasn’t good about paying bills on time, I had just about $50,000 worth of debt (not including our house) and had too much ”stuff.”  My husband and I basically lived paycheck to paycheck and we decided that we made too much […]

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Photo from DealstoMeal.com/Blog    Before I did a written budget (see post here) I used to spend close to $900 a month to feed my husband and I. It was a lot of food wasted, buying produce out of season and eating out. I quickly realized this was a huge waste of our money and I […]