It was short week but felt like a long week! My husband was sick and now he’s in San Diego for his industry’s largest conference of the year. My boys are fully entrenched in school with homework and extra curriculum stuff and I am back to packing school lunches.
I complain about packing lunches but deep down I really don’t mind it. As moms it’s one those things we do, it’s love. If I’m really on top of things I pack lunches the night before but like I said that only happens if I’m really on top of things. I’m often asked why don’t my kids pack their own lunch. Well here’s the thing me making their lunches gives me peace of mind that at least there is a chance something healthy is going in their body. And there will come a day in the not so distant future when I will yearn for the days of making lunches.
I still tell stories about how my school lunches. My favorite was when my mom was on a health kick and I was the only kid with pb&j on whole wheat bread . . . it was so embarrassing but it stuck with me! Hey if me making lunches for them is one of the things they remember about their childhood then it’s all good.
So back to friday which means my Favorite Finds of the week!!
Kim Crawford Sauvignon blanc
Friday is a perfect day to talk wine! I have always been a red wine drinker but last weekend I got introduced to this white and loved it!! We had friends over for dinner and they brought this as it was way to hot outside for red which I had to agree with them. They insisted I would love it and I did so much so that I went off to Trader Joe’s the next day and picked up a couple of bottles.
Zella midi black leggings
After eyeing the Zella leggings for months I finally tried a pair and BAM I love them. I can’t believe I waited so long. Not only are they great for working out but I am wearing them today with t-shirt and my stan smiths.
Here’s what I love:
• The fabric thickness is perfect. You feel totally held in and it’s not to thick or hot.
• I love the length, it’s right between a capri and a full length.
• They are high waisted so no more muffin top and there is a pocket slit in the waist that is perfect for key, credit card and even my iPhone!
• The BEST thing . . . Lululemon quality at 1/2 the price!! I love Lulu but their prices are crazy and I can’t justify spending $100+ on leggings. Now you don’t have to!!
Zella midi legging – – – > http://shopstyle.it/l/g19K
everything but the bagel seasoning
A perfect Sunday morning would be a good cup of coffee and a fresh toasted everything bagel with cream cheese. I’m not talking just any bagel, I am talking NYC bagel . . . the real deal!
OK, so I’m not in New York City and I work hard on keeping carbs to a minimum but I can still enjoy a little taste of an everything bagel with this seasoning! I love sprinkling this on hard boiled eggs or I sprinkle over hummus on crackers or cucumbers. Trader Joe’s thinks of everything!
Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – – – > http://amzn.to/2vT4Ms1
They are actually called French Terry Joggers which sounds so much fancier than sweatpants! But whatever they are called I am obsessed with putting these amazingly soft and comfy pants on every night! There is nothing better then snuggling down into the couch feeling super comfortable and still feeling put together! BTW, I love the white with navy stripe!
Old Navy French Terry Lounge Pants – – – > http://shopstyle.it/l/g2hj
The only bars I recommend and eat myself are KIND Bars, RX Bars and Lara Bars. Not all bars are created equal and many equate to eating a candy bar. These 3 have minimal ingredients and no added sugars or artificial anything. They are the real deal but what’s even more real is making your own!
Trust me this recipe is super easy and you can get really creative with different nuts and dried fruits. I made PB&J bars this week (recipe below) but you can also click here for more recipes!
- 1/2 cup packed dried cherries
- 3/4 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup roasted peanuts
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional)
Line 9×5 or 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
Combine the cherries, dates, and warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, until the fruit is soft. Drain the fruit and pat it dry with paper towels. (If the dried fruit you’re using is already super soft and moist, you can skip the soaking step.)
Meanwhile, place the peanuts in a food processor and process until finely chopped but not pastelike.
Add the drained fruit, and salt (if using), to the food processor and pulse until the fruit is finely chopped and the larabar mixture begins to stick together and clump against the sides of the bowl and your processor starts hopping on the counter just a little.
Transfer the larabar mixture to the prepared pan. Place a large piece of parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap slicked with oil atop the bar mixture and use it to spread and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan. (Alternatively, you can form the mixture into any size or shape you can imagine. Go a little crazy.) Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Lift the bar mixture from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board and cut into bars. I store mine in a plastic container in the fridge. The bars will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months (let the frozen bar thaw for 1 hour before attempting to bite into it).
Here’s to a happy weekend and share with me any great finds or favorites . . . I am always looking for new things!