My First Ikea Trip

And just like that… May is here!  Is time flying for anyone else?  I have just three weeks of school left before summer vacation.  It’ll be a busy three weeks, and break will be here before I know it.  For now, I’ll stay in the moment instead of getting ahead of myself.  Let’s recap the weekend; it was a fun one, indeed, and included my first Ikea trip.  That happened on Sunday, so let me highlight Friday and Saturday first.

Audrey and William spent the day together at my parents’ house on Friday.  They thought this was the coolest thing ever since they’re two peas in a pod, and I took them both home with me once I got off of work.  They ate a good dinner, so we went to Trader Joe’s and bought mini ice cream cones which was an obvious hit.

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Audrey ate hers in 30 seconds, while William took forever, had it dripping all over him, and needed me to eat the chocolate off so he could get to the ice cream.  Then they both thought it was the greatest thing ever to throw their cones when they finished the ice cream (who doesn’t eat the cones?!).

Saturday morning included a coffee date because those are the sweetest on the weekend.  I ended up running a bunch of errands, as well.  William thought he would rearrange part of his play area and become part of it…

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Silly baby!

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The weather was gorgeous on Saturday evening, so we decided to walk to a nearby ice cream joint.  It was a lovely stroll, we enjoyed ice cream (as always!), and then a MASSIVE THUNDERSTORM rolled in!  Crazy winds, loud thunder, tons of lightning and hail; there was no way we could walk home!  Luckily, we were close and ended up getting a ride home.  When we finally arrived back at my house, we were greeted with a beautiful double rainbow!

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William thought it was pretty awesome, too!

Sunday came and I finally went to Ikea for the first time!  It’s been in St. Louis for maybe six months or so (totally guessing there, but it’s still fairly new), and I’ve really been wanting to go to see what all the rave was about.  My thoughts?  Pretty overwhelming!  The whole store is a maze and I never had any idea where I was.  It’d be much better to go in there with specific items you need instead of just to look, although it was fun just to look.  And I did end up finding a new large kitchen door mat which was perfect.  I assume Ikea is similar to Target in that you always find something that you “need.”  The prices are crazy cheap!  I’m not sure if it means the quality is just as cheap, but I definitely see what the appeal is.  William picked out a pack of 100 straws.  They were a dollar and a half.  I couldn’t say no.

After browsing through the first floor, we took a gigantic elevator up to the showroom.  William showed his skills by busting out some pull ups.

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He might actually be part monkey.  He climbs on and swings from everything he can reach.  Literally.

We hung out at home for a few hours after Ikea before going to a birthday party where William could actually climb, swing, and jump.  He loved it and was ready for a bath when we got home.  And if you needed any further proof that he is, actually, 100% my child…

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And now I’m off to sleep as I type this Sunday evening.  I’m going to try to be better about posting this week, but I do have a really busy week coming up.  I know, you’ll miss me. 😉  Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@itzlinz) as I’m always posting my adventures there!

What’d you do this weekend? Have you ever been to Ikea?

just ONE afikomen

If you’re Jewish, you know that Passover began Friday evening.  If you’re not, well now you know. 😉  We started the holiday with a lovely seder at my grandparents’ house.  They’ve hosted every year for as long as I can remember and probably years before that, as well.

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The evening was filled with warm bodies, full hearts, good food, and lots and lots of laughter.  It’s always so nice to be surrounded by those you love.

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Yes, William’s curly locks are just as amazing in person as they are in photos.

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The strongest women in my family.

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Lots of little ones present, but missing many more!

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Part of Passover’s tradition includes finding the afikomen.  The afikomen is part of a piece of matzoh broken off, wrapped up, and hidden to be found by the children.  But if you know children, then you know it’s totally not fair if just ONE child finds the afikomen.  So to prevent meltdowns, every year every child wins.  Yep.  This year there were eight afikomens hidden.  My cousin Michael did a great job explaining the rules before letting the children loose to explore.  He made it clear that they were allowed to find just ONE afikomen, and no matter how good of finders they are, they must exit the room immediately after finding their own.  Then he made them stay back while the babies got a head start.

Take a glimpse into our evening with this short video my sister made (including the rules and finding of the afikomen!):

Stephanie takes the best pictures and puts together awesome videos.  We’re always grateful for her capturing our memories!

Here is William and I last Passover (just look at that face!!!).  And this Passover:


He is a growing boy, that’s for sure!

How was your weekend?

2 year old baby William

Yes, he’ll always be my baby William.  He is TWO!  2 years old!  That is still crazy to me.  I haven’t done one of these updates for an entire year when William turned one.  I think I intended to do one when he turned 18 months, and then I just missed the boat on that one.  Oops.  Two is too big of a deal to skip!  These days, William is a real boy, definitely not a baby anymore, but when I ask him if he’s my baby, he still says, “Yes.”  Just how I like it!  But seriously, how big (and cute?!) is he:

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photo courtesy of stephanie cotta photography

Height & Weight: 25 pounds 8 ounces and 34 3/4 inches

Eating: William is definitely in the toddler stage of eating.  He can be super picky, love something one day, and hate it the next.  Here is a day’s typical schedule:

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs, pancakes, or French toast and a banana
  • Lunch: pb&j sandwich (sunflower seed butter for school), turkey, leftovers from the night before
  • Dinner: chicken, salmon, pizza (we make our own by getting whole wheat crust from Trader Joe’s, marinara, and mozzarella cheese), soup, noodles, salad, and vegetables
  • Snacks / Other Favorites: avocado, sweet potato, cheese sticks, carrot apple pouches from Trader Joe’s (these are a treat and not given daily), grapes, blueberries

William is definitely pickiest with vegetables.  I try to offer them at every lunch and dinner, but he doesn’t always touch them.  He does LOVE my grandma’s beef barley soup which has a lot of vegetables in it.  When I’m in a pinch and don’t have any other food to send William with to school, my “emergency” foods are turkey meatballs and spinach kale balls from Trader Joe’s.  They’re definitely not an everyday thing, but he will usually eat them.  He’s great at using utensils and drinking out of an open cup.

And… we’re still nursing.  But I’ll save that for another post. 😉

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Sleeping (naps): William continues to nap better at school versus at home.  He typically sleeps for a couple of hours at school beginning at 11:45 / 12:00ish.  A big change is that a few months ago he transitioned from the pack n play to a cot at school!  I was REALLY worried about it (even met with the wonderful preschool director), but the transition went so smoothly!

Sleeping (at night): Ha!  So… about two months ago William climbed OUT of his crib while wearing his sleepsack.  Yeah.  He did it safely, too.  Twice.  Well, a lot of mommas said if it was a one time thing he may not do it again for awhile.  So I kept him in his crib and he did it again, but fell out (thankfully he was fine!) a couple weeks later.  At this point, it was a safety concern, and I knew I could not risk him staying in his crib again.  I took off the fourth side of his crib, so his mattress is just a few inches off the ground.  My dad attached a crib rail on the side.

Now, he’s not sleeping through the night anymore and I plan to sleep train him again in a few weeks, but am waiting for some additional information before beginning that process.  It’s been rough over here at night!

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Clothing: 18 / 24 month or 2T

New this year: So much, where to begin?  William sings along to the alphabet (misses a few letters here and there) and can count to ten (though usually not on command).  He’s great at jumping and anything sports related: kicking / catching / hitting / throwing a ball in particular.  He knows his body parts, colors, animals, and animal sounds.  William seems to understand just about everything and follows directions really well (most of the time, he IS two…).

William likes: William loves any and all things related to sports.  He also loves books and likes to “read along” with me to his favorites.  He likes singing and making music.  He likes playing in his kitchen and on his tool bench.  He really likes school buses and often shouts, “Where are you school buses?” in the morning if one hasn’t driven by.  He likes running and being outside.  He likes vacuuming, sweeping, and doing laundry.  He likes all kinds of art including chalk, paint, markers, stickers, crayons, etc.  He likes cars, trucks, trains, and boats.  He loves playing with bubbles.  William loves loves LOVES his cousins Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson, Yaya and Pops, Mama and Papa, Poppy, and our dog Zoey.

William dislikes: William tends to be shy in new situations, often burying his head in my shoulder.  It definitely depends on the situation though.  For his birthday party, his cousins Jacob and Audrey were in the gym playing around and William was quick to join them.  However, we went on a walk the other day and stopped at our neighbor’s house.  (We’d never played there before.) William insisted I pick him up and wouldn’t even look at the girls.  It takes him awhile to warm up and definitely takes comfort in his momma!

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Mommas – tell me what to expect during the “twos!” 

three peas in a pod

This weekend left little to be desired, and it’s very rare you’ll catch me saying that.  At the end of last week, I started feeling a little under the weather, but I attributed it to allergies.  Well, by late afternoon on Saturday I felt worse, and by Sunday, whatever bug I had was in full force.  Ugh.  I HATE being sick.  I mean, I know nobody likes it; it’s really just awful.  I know exactly why I came down with something, too.  My sleep has been horrible lately, for a variety of reasons, and I always get sick when I don’t get enough sleep.  Hoping I’m on the upswing this week for health, sleep, and sanity purposes…

Luckily, I have the best sister ever.  Stephanie picked up William at 9:00 on Sunday morning, so I could get some much needed rest.  While not much else was doing it, this photo definitely brought a smile to my face:

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Totally an overalls type of day!

These three peas in a pod didn’t miss a beat spending all day together –


Soaking up the sunshine, just as warm, sunny days should be spent!


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I’m pretty sure Audrey wants William to live with her full time…

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And I think William would be just fine with that.  As long as his momma could come, too, of course! 😉

They literally spent the whole day outside, from chalk to bubbles to walks to bikes to basketball to soccer to baseball to watching Audrey’s tee ball game.  Even dinner on the patio!


And while I’ve been inside most of the day (in my bed, sleeping, or at least trying to!), I’m most grateful for Stephanie for taking care of William all day and for the bond these three peas in a pod share; for its something that will be cherished and grown for years to come!

What’d you do outside this weekend?

Oh heeey

Oh heeey there, friends!  A week and a half hiatus from the blog was unintentional; I’ve just had a lot going on, lots of good, and some not so good, but such is the nature of life, right?  I found myself not wanting to blog in the evening and just wanting to go to bed, so I did just that.

While I was away… WILLIAM TURNED TWO! I’m still getting over that one and will have his update and second birthday party post up soon enough (within a couple of weeks??).  For now, here are a few photos from the past two weeks that have been shared on Instagram (follow me – @itzlinz), but not yet on the blog.


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At least one of us is running these days, right?  Ha.  We love going on walks ever since the weather has gotten nice.  Usually William likes to hold Zoey’s leash, but when he gives it to me and says, “Running,” I can’t help but smile!  Running makes everyone happy.  I’m looking forward to getting back into consistent running (at least twice a week) one of these days…


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Oh my goodness this cracks me up.  William calls it “hopping.”  Hop hop hop is all he wants to do!  For the longest time, he would just bounce when he was “jumping.”  And then all of a sudden, he started getting some serious air.  (Serious meaning like a solid couple of inches.)  But he really gets both his feet off the ground now.  He likes to jump everywhere and off of everything.  I can’t ever take my eyes off him for fear of him jumping off!


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So my sister Stephanie started this “math for breakfast” thing with her oldest, Jacob.  Jacob is smart, just like Stephanie, so she teaches him different math concepts as he eats breakfast in the morning before school.  (He’s seven.)  Math for a two year old is slightly different, but we implemented our own math for breakfast deal over here!  My Parents as Teachers educator always suggests super simple activities to further their development and this was one of them.  William has a giant tub of cotton balls.  Most recently, we added colored pom poms.  From the dollar store, I bought three little ramekins, and William practices sorting the pom poms by color in the tiny bowls.  Sorting is a pre-math skill. #smartbaby :)


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Drawing with chalk has quickly become another favorite activity.  (Have I mentioned how much we both love this nice weather?!)  As hard as I try to make creative chalk pictures like Stephanie, it usually doesn’t happen.  William wanted me to make a sun – that, I could do! – so we both laid down for a picture with our sunglasses on!  His cool shades are Babiators from his first birthday party and mine are Vira Sun from MizzFit’s last quarterly box. <– I highly suggest this! It’s so fun, filled with amazing items, and she’s getting ready to release her tenth box! I’ve been subscribing since the beginning!

So that’s all I’ve got for today.  I’ll find my blogging rhythm once again; I just needed some time off to try to focus on myself.  Everyone has a lot going on that you may not know about, so just remember to be kind to one another.  Be a good person.

Catch me up – what’s going on with you?!

PURE Haven Essentials Refresh Kit

As many of you know, what was formally known as “Ava Anderson Non Toxic” just went through a rebrand and name change and is now PURE Haven Essentials.  I’m a big believer in nontoxic products. I could go on and on about why, but really, the more I learn about toxic chemicals, the more I make a conscious effort to make the switch to completely nontoxic.  You can make your own decision about using nontoxic products or not; that is not what this post is about.  (But if you want to learn more, ask questions, or discuss in further detail, please do not hesitate to reach out!)

This post is to introduce you to the PURE Haven Essentials Refresh Kit which is available for a limited time for just $59 (products retail for over $250!).  I know the $59 price will last at least for another week (possibly longer, I’m just not sure), and then the price will probably go back up to $99.  The discounted price is merely to get the new name off the ground, so take advantage of it while you can!  If you purchase the PURE Haven Essentials Refresh Kit, then you automatically become an Independent Consultant.  It is your choice if you want to “sell” the products or simply stay a consultant for the great discount. :)

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So what does the PURE Haven Essentials Refresh Kit include?  I’ve broken it down into three groups of products.  Something AMAZING about PURE Haven Essentials is that they have transitioned to 100% of all products are made in-house now.  This means they have control of every single ingredient that goes into their products.

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  • Makeup Remover: Perfect for your entire face, eyes included!
  • Exfoliator: There was an article going around for awhile about how toxic drugstore exfoliators are to our skin and our environment. PHE’s exfoliator contains apricot kernels and skin softening ingredients to gently buff away dry skin, dirt and imperfections, leaving your skin fresh and radiant.
  • Cleanser: This gentle, enriching cleanser is full of antioxidants to leave the skin clean and refreshed. 
  • Toner: Made with yucca, which acts as a natural antiseptic, and witch hazel which opens pores and removes impurities.
  • Moisturizer: Enriched with antioxidants, conditioners, emollients, and nourishing oils, to help achieve radiant skin with improved elasticity.

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  • Hyaluronic Acid: This is a MUST for the morning! A light-weight, non-oily serum, perfectly formulated to intensely hydrate dry skin, help restore skins’ elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Also helps protect against skin-damaging UVB rays.
  • Night Serum: With COQ10, our serum helps to rebuild skin on a cellular level; resurfacing and smoothing.
  • Eye Cream: Formulated with some of nature’s best ingredients & essential oils, respected for healing and skin regeneration. Moisturizes and firms, while helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and discoloration.
  • Blemish Stick: Six of nature’s healing ingredients, including organic tea tree essential oil, a natural antiseptic, combine to help prevent breakouts, reduce redness, and keep skin clear. (Honestly, I don’t even need this with how clear my face is now thanks to the PHE skin essentials!)
  • Lip Balm: Organic shea butter, beeswax and essential oils keep lips healthy, hydrated and soft.
  • Lip Gloss: Moisturizing and long-lasting, these glosses, infused with organic botanicals, offer vibrant color, with no synthetic dyes or fragrance.

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  • Hand & Body Lotion: Delivers gentle hydration and moisture to the skin. You will notice immediate and on-going improvement. Leaves hands and skin soft, not greasy.
  • Hands on the Go: A healthier, nontoxic hand sanitizer. Organic essential oils work together to cleanse and moisturize hands naturally and safely – no alcohol. Leaves hands silky soft.
  • Toothpaste: A pop of peppermint for your morning brush, with no added sweeteners, artificial preservatives or harsh abrasives. Freshness without fluoride never tasted so good or worked so effectively for healthy teeth and gums.
  • Spray Deodorant: Formulated with enzymes and organic essential oils. Fresh lavender scent.
  • Boo Boo Stick: You can say “all better” faster with our boo boo stick. It’s loaded with botanicals, including neem and rose hip oil, both of which are anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.Use on scrapes, bug bites and scratches to aid in healing.
  • Anti-Frizz: Made with organic argan oil for long-term conditioning and shine. Naturally adds smoothness and manageability. Also controls frizz and flyaways. I use this in William’s out of control hair everyday!

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I’m telling you, my face hasn’t been this clear since I was pregnant almost two years ago!  (I was lucky to have really good skin during my pregnancy!)  If you’d like to try out some products without purchasing the Refresh Kit, you can absolutely do that, too.  And remember, I always offer free shipping, just shoot me an email first.  Also, April’s promotion includes a FREE boo boo stick with every order over $95. Make sure to enter party number 146534 during the month of April! :)

Sign up for the PURE Haven Essentials Refresh Kit or shop for products HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at: itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com.  Happy Monday!

believe in yourself

Believe in yourself… because if you don’t, how will you ever accomplish anything great?  It doesn’t matter how many people you have supporting you and cheering you on.  You have to believe in yourself first.  That can be challenging to do, especially during a tough time, which is exactly why a little reminder can be particularly helpful…

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I know all too well.

Through my partnership with FitFluential, I was able to choose four bracelets from Momentum Jewelry.  I chose specific motivational quotes and colors for three of my dear friends to gift the bracelets to as a surprise, and I kept one for myself.  I needed this constant reminder to be able to push on.  Change is hard, especially when you’ve been through a lot of change already, but sometimes change is for the best.  Change doesn’t have to be forever, necessarily.  Change can be for just right now.  It can be hard to trust yourself to make the right decision.  But if you believe in yourself, well, that’s half the battle.  Easier said than done, like most challenging situations in life…

Anyway, if you need a little push, a little motivation, or maybe a unique gift for someone special, I’d urge you to check out Momentum Jewelry.  Use the code FFspark15 to receive 15% off Momentum Jewelry (expires 5/31/16).  They have so many awesome quotes to choose from, or you can create your own.

Do you know who believes in himself?  Yep, you guessed it. You knew I’d weave my little William in this post somehow.  We took my niece Audrey to her tee ball practice last week.  William quickly found a ball and bat to clutch on to so tightly until just the right moment.  After the kids practiced hitting off the tee, they went into the field.  William ran up to the tee, set up his ball, and hit (even better than some of the four year olds!).  He retrieved his ball and did the whole thing over again.  Time after time after time.

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I’m not just saying this because he’s my kid, but it was impressive!  Don’t mind the fact that he’s not standing on the correct side of the plate; the contact with the ball he was making was spectacular!

What motivational mantra do you believe in?

sunshine is good medicine

Is it Friday yet?


Anyone else having one of those weeks?  Oy.

At least the weather has been incredible.  Being outside always makes me feel better.  No matter what’s going on in my life, how little sleep I’m getting, how stressful life can be, whatever it may be, being outside always lifts my mood.  Therefore, sunshine is the best medicine.  Especially when spent with my little man.

We took chalk outside the other evening and drew balloons, fish, and water.  If you follow my sister Stephanie on Instagram (@scpstudio) or search the hashtag #audreyschalkadventures, you’ll see that she draws these magnificent pictures with chalk, has Audrey sit / lay on them, and snaps a photo.  You just have to see it.  Anyway, since my fish and water picture was less than stellar, I thought it would be funny to have William lay down and “swim with the fishies” and text it to my family.


Clearly I’m not the creative one in the family, but they still got a kick out of it. I’ll work on my drawing skills.

My parents had William yesterday, and my dad took William out to watch the trash truck.  There’s just something so fascinating about trash trucks.


William gets excited when any kind of truck drives through the neighborhood – trash, recycling, mail, UPS.  But trash trucks really are the most exciting as the arms pick up the bins, lift them waaaaay up, and dump them in the truck!  I remember my nephew Jacob used to be obsessed with watching them, too.  Oh, the joys of being a kid.

Last week was Purim (Jewish holiday), and my mom and I took William to a carnival where they had a petting zoo.  William loves all animals and spent a lot of time talking to the ducks.

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You should see William flap his wings and quack like a duck. It’s pretty cute.

I’m getting ready to go lay in bed and relax for the evening, I keep thinking about how much sweeter life is with my William.  It’s hard being a single mom and balancing everything, but there are many moments that make it so worth it.  When we were outside drawing with chalk and I had him lay down for a picture, he wanted me to come over and lay next to him.  How could I resist?


What have you done outdoors lately?

Watch Me Whip

Watch Me Whip. Now watch me nae nae. You know the song, right?  I know it all too well.  First, I learned about it from my darling fourth grade students as they always choose to dance to it during our brain breaks.  Then, my nephews and niece started doing it, too.  That’s when it really stole my heart.  They are so hilarious to watch and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that it makes me want to break it down with them each time.  And I do.  But you’re not seeing my moves today!  Watch Me Whip plays frequently at my house, my parents’ house, and my sister’s house, so it’s no surprise that William has begun to catch on to his mom’s cousins’ moves.

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Seriously so funny.

Since it’s spring break, we’ve been spending a lot of time with my sister and her kids.  She actually watched William for a day last week when I still had school, and then I had her kiddos for a day this week.  Since she’s super mom and all, she took all three munchkins to the zoo!

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And then they stumbled upon a St. Patrick’s Day parade on the way out of the zoo.

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I asked Jacob if he purposefully matched William.  (Blue gray camo pants and blue shirt.)  The answer was yes.

Besides the random snow we got, we’ve really lucked out with nice weather in St. Louis this week which means we’ve spent lots and lots of time outside!

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William is learning how to pedal on a bike. He was especially excited to borrow Jacob’s helmet.  It’s the little things in life… 😉

We’ve made some trips to the park.

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We’ve also gone on countless walks this week.

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And we’ve even gone on some runs…

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I’m telling you, we’ve been LOVING the sunshine!

What have you been up to this week?

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups

I love breakfast.  It’s a meal that I could definitely eat three times a day and never get sick of.  The possibilities are just endless and breakfast foods are the best.  Simply put.  Lately, I’ve been getting sucked into those fast-paced videos on Facebook that show you how to make a recipe really quickly.  You know the ones.  Particularly from Buzzfeed’s Tasty are what impress me most, so I started following their Facebook page.  Well, one Sunday morning I watched one, and William and I headed to the grocery store.  At 6:00 a.m.  Seriously.

The videos always make recipes look so easy.  This one really was.  And then I had breakfast all week.  I made Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups and was pretty proud of it.  After Instagramming my masterpiece, I group texted my family who was instantly jealous.

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So while I call them Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups, Buzzfeed called them “Bacon Egg Cups.”  (My name is much more descriptive. lol)  Original recipe can be found here.  Buzzfeed definitely photographed them better than I did, but I’ve never claimed to be a food blogger, so that’s alright.  Now I’m noticing they added chives and a dash of pepper.  Definitely prettier.  Noted for next time.  Anyway, here’s what I did:

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups


  • 6 mini refrigerated biscuits
  • 12 pieces of bacon
  • 12 eggs
  • cheddar cheese


  1. Spray muffin tin and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place HALF of one biscuit in each muffin cup.
  3. Line the muffin cup with bacon.
  4. Sprinkle cheese inside.
  5. Crack an egg in each cup.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until bacon and eggs are fully cooked).

These Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups are so unbelievably filling.  After eating them for a couple days in a row, I decided I needed to be a liiiiittle healthier with what I’m eating most of the time.  Haha, I love splurging, but there’s nothing healthy about these.  Just being honest.  It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them though!  Give them a try for brunch when you have other people coming over to help you consume them…

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Last weekend, I went to check out Revel Kitchen with one of my foodie friends.  The St. Louis Cardinal’s nutritionist is the owner.  There are two locations in St. Louis, and we were excited to check it out.  We shared:


  • Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Bisque: This was the BEST and definitely the hit of the meal.  It was so incredibly flavorful.  It makes me want to try to recreate it at home. (Anyone have a recipe for something similar?!)
  • Cali Club: This was your typical chicken, bacon, avocado sandwich.  Honestly, it didn’t do much for us.
  • Gotta Thai Try: We added shredded beef to it.  This bowl had a lot of potential as it was a mix of cabbage, edamame, carrots, bell peppers, scallions, toasted sesame seeds, but the Thai dressing was a little too salty for our liking.

Honestly, we weren’t quite impressed with Revel Kitchen as we’d hoped.  However, the soup was so good, that we’d definitely give it another shot and order different items.

The dinner I’m highlighting is sushi because I can’t ever have enough sushi.  Though I’ve never tried / don’t have an interest in making it, I could eat it all day long everyday.  Along with breakfast, of course. 😉  And in case you missed my Cucumber Crab Bites Recipe, those are perfect for sushi lovers who don’t want to make their own sushi!  Sushi for dinner from a couple of weeks ago:


All sushi is good, but especially if it contains cream cheese and / or tempura anything.

Soooo, these definitely weren’t the healthiest meals I highlighted today, but just a glimpse of some fun meals I’ve been eating lately.  Now to get back on track with eating a little healthier…

But before I do, I’ve got to finish my Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix I still have left!

What’s the best not-healthy thing you’ve eaten lately? (Hey! It’s all about moderation, like I always say…)