I’m 30

Well, today’s the big day.  I’m 30.  Birthdays are funny, aren’t they?  At first, you look forward to them so much, count down the days, drag out the celebration, and get excited to turn the next number.  Then you go through a phase where you’re ok with birthdays, but they’re just not that exciting.  And eventually, I do believe, you don’t want to celebrate your birthday or have anyone know how old you are.  I’m in the middle right now.  It’s my birthday today and it’s the big 3-0.

1 year old

First birthdays are way more exciting than thirtieth birthdays.

I don’t feel the need for a big party or any sort of celebration.  It will feel nice to receive the love and kind words from my family and friends, and that’s all I need.  I feel pretty lucky right now in my life.  I’m healthy, my baby’s healthy, and I’ve got the greatest support system ever.  I have a good job with coworkers who have become some of my closest friends.  My family would do and does anything at the drop of a hat.  And my friends know exactly what I need without speaking any words.  Life is good.

Is it always good 100% of the time?  No, of course not.  And you know what?  This has been a tough year.  It’s been the best year since William was brought into my life, but it’s certainly had its hardships.  Being a mom is the most rewarding yet challenging job.  I could go on and on about that, but I know my fellow momma friends hear me there.

1year love

30.  What’s to come this year?  Who knows.  There’s no telling what the future holds, but I’m welcoming it with open arms and an open heart.  I’ve always been a strong believer in everything happens for a reason.  We may not know or understand the reason during a challenging time, but in the end, it’ll all be worth it.  Good things happen to good people (and bad things also happen to good people, but there must be a reason for it!).  So what do I want as I turn 30?

I want to do better in the world and be the best version of myself possible.  I want to practice patience, show love, be compassionate, and spread kindness.  Because the world needs more of that.  In my thirties and beyond.

It’s the first official day of school today and these are the morals I want to help instill in my students.  Kids are never too young to learn patience, love, compassion, and kindness.  It’s up to us to show them the way, guide them through, and live by example.

1year black and white

Because someday they’re going to grow up, and they’ll get to make their own decisions.

Maybe I am feeling a little emotional as I start this new chapter in my life.  But it comes from this overwhelming sense of gratefulness as I reflect on where I am right now and who surrounds me.  I’ve had it pretty good, these last thirty years, and I’m eager to see what this next part brings.

first birthday

Here’s to 30!

xoxo

back to school

It’s that time of year again – back to school.  Last week, I was back for a couple of days just for teacher meetings, but today the kids come for Meet the Teacher.  I still have a ton to do in my classroom, so here’s to hoping I’m crazy productive today!

This was a good summer.  Summer is always good, but it was especially fun with William since he is old enough and mobile enough to do lots of things now.  Summer was so good, and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end.  We’ll still have our evenings and weekends, but it’s definitely not the same as having every single day open.  There’s something to be said about routine, but I’m not yet feeling it.  (Probably because I’m nowhere near settling into a routine yet.)

Last year, it was fairly simple to get ready in the morning because William wasn’t yet mobile.  I could put him in a bouncer or exersaucer or let him play with toys on the ground while I got ready.  This year?  No way is that happening.  Little man is into everything.  Not to mention, lately he wants to be held all the time.  I love snuggling my little (not so little) baby, but when I’m trying to make myself presentable for work, it can definitely be a challenge!

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One last splash pad visit before returning to work!

I’m trying to do as much as I can the night before.  I packed William’s lunch which is a legit lunch now instead of all milk.  Not only is it a real lunch, but it’s breakfast and snacks, too.  I always send a lot of food because I don’t want him to go hungry haha. Also, he eats more when he’s not with me because when he’s with me, he’d rather nurse all day, so it’s hard for me to know exactly what to send for him.  Tomorrow’s food includes blueberries, raspberries, and bananas, sweet potatoes and spinach kale bites (from Trader Joe’s – I want to try to make my own next time!), a peanut butter sandwich, and a apricot pumpkin peach pouch.  And I might scramble him an egg tomorrow just to be safe.  I put all his food in glass baby jars because I hate plastic.  Eventually, I’ll need to get an aluminum or glass bento box or something.  That would probably be easier than the few jars I send.

Yesterday I ordered William labels from inchbug.com which I’m pretty excited about.  They slip over bottles, sippy cups, or a thermos.  I just bought William a Foogos thermos for his water and I have a glass Green Sprouts straw cup for his milk.  Sending him to school is so weird now because he seems SO much older.  The toddler room is vastly different than the baby room.  William does love school which I’m very grateful for.  I get pictures throughout the day which warms my heart.

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eat. sleep. ball.  STUD! :)

In the morning when I’m trying to get ready, I have toys in every room we go in.  When I try to do my hair, I stand on one leg and the other leg is keeping the toilet shut (new favorite thing for William to do – ugh!).  He’s occupied by playing with the toys in the bathtub by standing outside of it, or actually sitting in the tub (no water).  He has toys in my room when I get dressed and toys in the third bedroom where I do my makeup.  Yes, we have toys all over our house!

Other ways I try to prep for going back to sleep is food for myself.  Yesterday (finally!), I baked a bunch of chicken to have on hand for lunches and dinners.  It really makes life so much easier when you do the smallest amount of prep.  Tonight I made a jar of overnight oats, too, just to speed up the morning even more.  I got everything ready that I could for tomorrow.

I know it will take a little while for us to find our routine again. The two days that William went to school last week, he was so exhausted when I picked him up.  I know it’s because he had so much fun and was super busy all day, but that means our time at home is a bit more limited.  It’s also because he only takes one (long!) nap at school.  When he’s with me all day, he still takes two.  That will even out eventually, but for now it leaves me with a tired baby at the end of the day!

Alright, I think that’s all for my jumbled rambles today.  I’m heading to bed myself in hopes for a good night of sleep before my new students come.  Wish me luck!

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sure will miss this little cutie!

What helps you get into a routine for work?

squeezing out the last bit of summer

I know I said last weekend was the last weekend of summer, but this past weekend REALLY was.  Last week I had teacher meetings, so it was back to work, but this week the kiddos come, so summer is officially over.  William and I were squeezing out the last bit of summer over the weekend and enjoying every moment of it.  We kicked off the weekend with a quick dinner to Chipotle with my friend Julie and her son Wolf.

wolf chipotle

tacos and tank tops – really, it’s burrito bowls, but tacos and tank tops has a much better ring to it, agree?

Wolf came over for a play date, but both the boys were getting restless at the house, so we knew it was now or never for dinner.  William was exhausted from going to camp all day while I was at school.  Straight from the fastest dinner ever, he went into the tub and in bed.

Saturday morning included a trip to the pool.  William had fun wading in the baby pool and splashing around.  In the afternoon, I went on an 18 mile bike ride.  It was overcast and gorgeous out, perfect riding weather.  Oh, and I signed up for another sprint triathlon.  This one is in a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping for a few more training sessions.  It will be even more difficult now that school is starting, but that’s alright.  It’ll be fun to race!

After a busy day, I plopped William in the bath tub and took one of my classic black and white tub photos.

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Soon after, William went to sleep, a babysitter came over, and I had a girls night.

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Caitlin and I met another one of our friends out.  It’s always so good to have girl time and talk!

On Sunday, I took William to an event at Ballpark Village.  It was his first time downtown and he made sure to take in the most important site.

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Cardinal Nation, baby!

And a close up of his crazy curly hair:

crazy curly hair

The humidity makes it even wilder than usual!  I love it!  I’ve actually been using Ava Anderson Non Toxic anti-frizz serum on it which helps with the frizz.  But when he’s outside running around and sweating, there’s really no hope in taming those curls.

He especially loved the bubble bus!

bubbles

He was so funny to watch chasing the bubbles everywhere!

Linking up with Katie & Erin.

After Ballpark Village, we went to check out a new juice place that we heard about.

juicepress

St. Louis Juice Press shares space with Hot Yoga St. Louis.  I’ve never taken yoga there before, but I do love hot yoga, so I should try that next.  Their juices are cold pressed and immediately bottled (never heated or oxidized), so their juices provide the highest level of enzymes and nutrients you can find in a juice! Not to mention, they tasted fantastic.

  • Green: apple, celery, cucumber, spinach – this was a classic green juice
  • Watermelon: the sweetest and favorite of the bunch, William even approved
  • Carrot, Apple, Ginger: the ginger gave this one a good kick
  • Green: celery, spinach, apple, ginger – green juice + ginger to make it a bit spicy

We tried one other juice – Pineapple, Cucumber, Jalapeno.  It was refreshing and not nearly as spicy as I anticipated.

And just to round out the weekend with the same way we began, William and I picked up a bowl from Chipotle to share for Sunday night dinner.  (I really need to start some sort of meal prep when school begins!)  Have you ever seen a baby so happy to have a gigantic Chipotle bowl in front of him?

chipotle dinner

After I took the photo, William immediately began digging in with his hands.  Usually I put a few pieces at a time on his tray, but it was too cute to stop.  I literally pulled my stool in front of him and we ate the Chipotle together from his high chair haha.

How are you squeezing out the last little bit of summer?

the thing about sponsored posts

So here’s the thing about sponsored posts… I debated writing this since it could be a controversial topic, but figured it’s my blog and I’ll write what I want. :)  That being said, I do want your opinion and feedback, just please remember to be respectful in the comment section.

Lately I have published more sponsored posts than usual, and truthfully, that’s just bad timing on my part.  I was met with the end of the month deadline, and since I was out of town for a week in July, I got caught with several posts that needed to go up.  But here’s why I’m not apologetic about it:  I only work with brands who I truly believe in and spend my own money on anyway.

When I started this blog three and a half years ago (!!!) I never thought I would make money from it.  I thought maybe I would review some cool products, but I never imagined that it would bring in any, however inconsequential, amount of income.  While it’s not like I could live off the money the blog brings in, it’s a definite bonus.  Would I blog without the sponsored posts?  Of course!  And I did!  For quite some time!  It wasn’t until the last year or two that sponsored posts became an actuality.

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What’s the big deal with sponsored posts?  Picture added for distractibility & cuteness.

I feel like I have a good perspective on sponsored posts because I’m coming from both a reader (I read tons of blogs!) and a blogger.  As a reader, I don’t mind sponsored posts as long as it fits with the blogger’s true style.  Now, if they are blogging about something cat-related and they don’t have a cat… well, that clearly just doesn’t make sense.  But a food item that they eat anyway?  Hey, awesome that they are getting paid to write about it!

As a blogger, I choose to accept my sponsored posts very carefully.  If it’s a food item, it challenges me to create a recipe.  I like to share recipes on my blog anyway, so the fact that I may be making a few dollars from it, doesn’t bother me, and I don’t understand why it may bother some.  Sometimes I do roundup posts which I love pinning and referencing later when I’m looking for recipes.  If it’s a non-food item, perhaps clothes, it’s the same thing.  I like sharing all different aspects of my life, so if it fits and I’m able to share the brand, paid or not, I will if I think you will enjoy it, too.  Frankly, I’m honored that companies not only trust me to give my honest review of their brand, but want to pay me, as well!

Just wanted to share my thoughts on the topic today, and I am curious to your opinion.  The bottom line is that I’ll always be true to what I’m about and what I believe in, with or without the money.  And even though I may accept a few sponsored posts here or there, it’s not like I’m quitting my day job anytime soon. :)

What are your thoughts on sponsored posts?  As a blogger or a reader, do you mind them?  Why or why not?

Day in the Life {summer}

Just like it’s fun to take a look into people’s bags and purses, I think it’s equally fun to know what they do… all.day.long.  Today’s Day in the Life {summer} is from Monday.  All my summer days vary quite widely, but they all include William, food, and getting out of the house a time or two.  I didn’t do the greatest job documenting, but I have the food (since today IS wiaw!) and a couple other cute shots of baby boy.

William woke up around 6:30 in the morning on Monday.  We did our usual routine of letting Zoey out, getting her breakfast, and changing his diaper before some play time.  He is SO silly and cracks me up all the time.  He cracks himself up, too!

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Soon enough, I was getting hungry, so we headed to the kitchen where I made William his daily bowl of oatmeal while I munched on this bowl:

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Plain Greek yogurt with honey, fresh blueberries, Love Grown Foods apple walnut granola, and a big glob of peanut butter!  A glass of maple water on the side that I recently picked up from Trader Joe’s – not impressed.  I love, love, love coconut water, so I was excited to try maple water (not sure why I thought to compare the two?), but maple water is not good, in my opinion.  It tastes like dirty water lol.  Won’t be buying that again!  This bowl, however, has been eaten for breakfast and snacks more times than not!

Once I got myself together and William dressed, we headed to Target.  I was looking for some glass or aluminum containers to hold his water, milk, and lunch for this year at school.  I didn’t find anything there.  Mommas, have any suggestions for me? I’d really like to avoid plastic… After Target, we went to a friend’s house for a play date.  The boys played and the girls chatted.  From there, we stopped at the DMV so I could renew my license.  William was very patient despite him getting tired and almost ready for a nap.  I fed him lunch (egg cooked in coconut oil and blueberries) before putting him down to sleep.  While he slept, I took the time to prepare a gigantic salad.

fried egg salad

Arugula, romaine, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, lentils, avocado, a fried egg, and Bolthouse Farms blue cheese dressing that’s made with yogurt (it’s a new favorite find of mine!).  My salad was fantastic and I was very impressed with myself! :)

When William woke up from his nap, we went to Trader Joe’s and played at the house for a bit before meeting my parents out to dinner.

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How adorable is William in that shirt? My parents brought it back for him from their last Hawaii trip.  Too cute!

We started off with an order of mussels cooked in a broth with Cajun spices.

mussels

Bread for soaking up all the extra broth, of course!

I ordered the Lobster & Seafood salad.

seafood salad

It was HUGE!  The corn muffin on the side wasn’t too bad either!  The restaurant had a fish tank in it which kept William occupied for part of the time when he wasn’t sharing my mom’s salmon.  I have a hard time getting William to eat a lot of vegetables, but he LOVES any and all meat, chicken, and fish!

By the time we got home, William was ready for the tub.  And you know how I love my black and white bath pictures…

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So gorgeous, so happy, he just melts my heart!

When William went to sleep, I blogged before heading to bed myself!  And that’s a snapshot of a day in the life for us – summer edition!



What do your summer days look like?

Jack Link’s Jerky {giveaway}

As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for new, easy, healthy snacks.  Shoot, I feel like everyone is always looking for new, easy, healthy snacks!  Men, women, mommas, college kids, everyone!  Let’s be real – EVERYONE needs to eat – it’s all the better if a snack is easy and healthy!  Being home with my William this summer has been amazing.  We’ve had so much fun and have stayed very busy.  He is an incredibly active little guy, barely ever sitting still which means my food choices – meals and snacks – have got to be fast!  And of course, I do want them to be healthy.

I was recently introduced to Jack Link’s jerky.  The best part?  William is too young to eat it, so I don’t have to share!  Ok, I’m just kidding, but not really.  William was all like #SayYestoJerky!

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He really was trying to get in there!

Chicken is a staple in this house.  And it’s one of the few foods that William will eat, so I definitely always have chicken around here!  Chicken is so versatile, packed with protein, and healthy.  Taking chicken on the go?  Not so much.  I’m totally not going to be the girl that hauls around a chicken to eat.  Wouldn’t fit in my diaper bag anyway.  But now there is a solution!  Chicken JERKY!

jack links chicken

Jack Link’s chicken jerky is BRAND NEW!  It’s portable chicken for on-the-go, uses white-meat chicken breast, has 11 grams of protein and 80 calories per serving, 98% fat free, lean, and tastes good.  It’s seasoned and marinated with cracked black pepper along with sweet and savory spices.  Never did I think that I would be carrying chicken around as a snack.

The other two varieties, Jack Link’s turkey original and sweet teriyaki, are both winners, too.  The sweet teriyaki is my favorite – such good flavor!

jack links turkey

  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky: Solid strips of lean, white meat turkey breast seasoned and smoked over mesquite.
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky: Soy, ginger, a little onion and a whole lot of perfectly smoked turkey. The very best of East meets West.

On the back of every package, there are different sayings that have been cracking me up.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Eat like nobody is watching.
  • No more cheesy fingers.
  • A balanced diet means having Jack Link’s in both hands.

Haha. There were other funny ones, but I’m pretty sure I finished the packages before I typed this post.  They gave me a good chuckle.

Now… for the best part of this post: Jack Link’s Jerky GIVEAWAY!!!!  One lucky winner will receive a gift pack that contains:

  • Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky
  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky
  • Water bottle (it’s glass and I’m obsessed!)
  • Headband
  • Sweat towel
  • EOS lip balm

(as pictured below)

jack links giveaway

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to #SayYestoJerky. Additional optional entries include:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Jack Link’s on Twitter, and tweet the following, “I want to #SayYestoJerky with @JackLinks NEW chicken jerky! Giveaway at @ItzLinz — http://wp.me/p2WMfo-3i4 #FitFluential”
  • Follow Itz Linz and Jack Link’s on Instagram.
  • Tag two friends on my #SayYestoJerky Instagram post.

Be sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry. This giveaway will be open until Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 8:00 pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, August 7th, 2015.  Closed!

Congratulations to #43 Rae! Please email me your shipping information so we can get your prize pack sent! Thanks to everyone who entered!

Be sure to check out Jack Link’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Jack Link’s.

end of summer weekend

…And just like that, summer is coming to an end!  So, not officially, but for me as school starts back again soon,my summer is coming to an end.  Teacher meetings start this week (why so soon?!?!) and kiddos come next week.  That made this the end of summer weekend – good thing it was a fun one!

Friday morning started with a three mile run.

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Followed by a selfie.  I was smiling in the picture, but it was a tough run.

Saturday morning also included a run, this time around the lake…

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…while somebody slept for the majority of the time!

He was probably tired from all the work he did earlier…

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Busy baby!

Linking up with Katie and Erin!

Saturday night was a night out at the baseball game.

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Cardinals didn’t bring home a winner, but it was fun nonetheless.

Sunday was a very busy day.  It started off with a visit from my friend Diana and her baby Emily who live in the neighborhood.  Sweet babies.

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Then we headed to my parents’ for breakfast as our family friend was in town (Hi Howard!).  Straight from there, we went to a first birthday party.  William took a short nap when we came home, and we got ready for the pool.  We spent a solid three hours there.  William LOVES the water.  He took one short snack break, rocked his Babiators, and ate an Earth’s Best pouch.  Back in the water for the little fish!

babiators pool

He was exhausted by the time we got home, so I quickly fed him dinner, bathed him, and into bed he went!  Now I’m off to enjoy our last few days of summer…

What did you do this weekend?

A New Appreciation for the Outdoors

I’ve always loved the outdoors.  When I was younger, a great majority of my time was spent outside.  We walked to and from school, came home and had a snack, went outside to play until dinnertime.  My family used to go camping every summer.  Now, as an adult, I still love being outdoors.  It centers me.  It relaxes me.  It rejuvenates me.

William has also always enjoyed the outdoors, but I think our Colorado vacation really sealed the deal.  He’s learning to appreciate the outdoors and nature now that he is getting a little older.  One of my favorite pictures from our trip:

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Smelling the flowers.  Whenever he sees flowers now, he has to smell them.  It’s the cutest thing ever.  After he smells them, he proceeds to pick them and rip off every single petal, but it’s still adorable.  Being outside keeps him entertained forever!

I’m not going to lie, I’m usually much more of a beach person.  But I didn’t get sick of these mountains or beautiful views once while on vacation.

colorado mountains

How could you?  Gorgeous!

I know we got back in town over a week ago, but I’m going to share a few more snapshots from Colorado that haven’t yet made their appearance on the blog.  Plus, it lets me relive a little bit of our vacation.

Like these two smiling babes:

aud colorado morning

It’s never too early to go outside, jammies and all.  Good thing William’s babysitter was willing to do anything and everything for him! (Thanks, Audrey!)

I think William misses waking up in the same house as his cousins…

jacob reading colorado

They literally took care of him.  Jacob would read and Audrey would do everything else.

But William always makes time to snuggle his momma…

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Cutest little smile I ever did see!

More adventures in the town of Durango:

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Big bear, little bear.

My adventurous little baby… Not scared of anything!

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Flexible, too! 😉 He wanted those rocks in the water so bad!

One morning while my parents watched Audrey and William, the rest of us went for a white water rafting adventure.

white water rafting

It was a pretty calm trip with not a lot of paddling as our guide did most of the work.  It was still fun to be on the river though!  The kids jumped in which was impressive considering the water was 45 degrees!  Brave little ones!

And then all of a sudden our adventures in Colorado came to an end. We boarded a tiny plane, and headed back to St. Louis (well, Denver first).

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‘Til next time, Colorado!

And just in case you missed the other posts from our summer vacation:

Have you ever been to Colorado?

Why Are Eggs Healthy + 30 Egg Recipes

I. LOVE. EGGS.  Simply put.  For good reason, too.  Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, can be eaten at any time of day as a meal, snack, pre/post workout, are incredibly versatile, and are delicious!  When my refrigerator is bare, you can bet I at least have eggs in there.  Not only that, William, my dear fifteen month old super picky eater, LOVES eggs (cooked in coconut oil!), so I feel good that, even though he doesn’t eat a ton of different foods, he’s getting the protein, nutrition, and benefits from eggs.

But guess what?  Unfortunately, all eggs are not created equal.  I’ve been learning how and why Eggland’s Best eggs are better than other eggs.  For a food that I (and William) eat on an almost-daily basis, you better believe I want the best.  That’s Eggland’s Best.

Not only do Eggland’s Best eggs have more vitamins in them, but they stay fresher than ordinary eggs, as well.  The secret behind creating the Eggland’s Best egg is their special, wholesome, all-vegetarian hen feed consisting of healthy grains, canola oil, and a supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp, and Vitamin E.  The Eggland’s Best hen feed contains no animal by-products and no recycled or processed foods. Eggland’s Best never uses hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind.

So why are Eggland’s Best eggs the BEST eggs?why are eggland's best eggs the best eggs

Here are the stats and why they’re important:

  • Stays fresher longer: Based on an independent study, Eggland’s Best eggs were shown to maintain freshness longer than ordinary eggs. To ensure they remain the leader in nutrition and freshness, Eggland’s Best conducts more than 30,000 tests a year & created a 27 points of quality and freshness program.
  • 10X more Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect body cells and tissues in the heart, skin, lungs, joints, or elsewhere in the body.
  • 25% less Saturated Fat: Reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet is recommended for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular functions.
  • More than DOUBLE the Omega-3s: Omega-3s are believed to be beneficial for heart health, brain and eye function, infant development, and alleviating hypertension.
  • 4X more Vitamin D: Vitamin D aids in the body’s absorption of calcium, which is essential in helping to form and maintain strong bones and muscle strength.
  • 3X more Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is important for healthy protein metabolism, energy production, and cognitive, cardiovascular, and nervous system health.
  • 38% more Lutein: Lutein is an antioxidant that helps maintain healthy vision, overall eye health, and may slow the effects of age-related macular degeneration.
  • A GOOD source of Vitamin B2: Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin, plays an important role in the production of energy by helping convert carbohydrates into sugar.
  • A GOOD source of Vitamin B5: Vitamin B5 is a water-soluble vitamin essential for our bodies to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Information from Eggland’s Best superior nutrition page.

Do you ever get bored from eating eggs? (WHAT?! How could you?! There are a million different ways to cook ’em!)  Here are 30 delicious egg recipes from my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors that are sure to mix up your usual routine:

30 egg recipes nutritional benefits

For even MORE recipes, check out Eggland’s Best eCookbook!

Whew!  The list could have gone on forever, but I thought 30 was a good number to stop at.  I was going to organize the recipes by meal, but really, you can eat eggs any time of the day!  Eggs are my go-to for every meal: breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner.  And like I said before, William loves his eggs, too!  They make him a happy, healthy baby (fine, toddler!).

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What’s your favorite way to eat eggs?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

Café de Paris Dip Recipe

You know me when it comes to recipes… they must be easy.  Well, I’ve got a new one for you that passes my “easy to make” test.  It’s the Café de Paris Dip Recipe.  It’s an extremely flavorful, creamy, yet healthy dip that is delicious with raw vegetables, white meat, or as a salad dressing.

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Through my partnership with SimpleRecipes.club, I received two products from Vom Fass that pair perfectly together: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Café de Paris Dip Spice Blend.  The olive oil came in a funky shaped bottle which was unique and fun.  The spice blend had a recipe on the jar which is what I made.  It’s super simple, but crazy flavorful.  The flavors in the spice blend are garlic, onion, turmeric, parsnip, coriander, cumin, chillies, fenugreek seeds, paprika, pepper, allspices, mustard speeds, ginger, fennel, cardamom, and sea salt.

cafe de paris recipe

Café de Paris Dip Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tsp Café de Paris Dip spice blend
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp VOM FASS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Mix Café de Paris Dip spice blend with water and let stand for three minutes.
  2. Add olive oil and Greek yogurt.  Stir.
  3. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

cafe de paris dip recipe

What is your favorite dip?