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.

linking up with the healthy diva today

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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…

linking up with peas & crayons for what i ate wednesday ‘

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:

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  • 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:

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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…)

Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix

Jelly beans.  Just like last year, I find jelly beans difficult to come up with a recipe for.  Last year, I made Chocolate Pretzel Jelly Bean Bites and White Chocolate Raspberry Jelly Bean Bark.  While both combinations were unique and good, this year’s Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix blows them both out of the water!  I made this over the weekend and keep sneaking my hand into the bag for a bite.  Or two.  Or twelve.  Everything in the mix compliments each other so perfectly, and it’s sure to please since there is a little of everything.  Sweet and salty.  Chewy and crunchy.

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Colorful and pretty, too!  So let me tell you something funny about these eggs.  As I’ve mentioned before, my toddler William LOVES playing in his kitchen.  While we have a few different Melissa & Doug food sets, what he loves best is “real” stuff from the kitchen like oven mitts, measuring spoons, and egg cartons.  Well, I was out and about yesterday running errands and of course all stores right now are stocked for Easter.  We don’t celebrate Easter, but I thought the plastic eggs would be PERFECT for William to play with to fill his egg cartons.  Then, as I was assembling the mix, I realized they would also serve as the perfect prop!  Double win!  Here’s the “recipe.”  (Literally, just combine six foods together!) Check it out:

Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Brach’s tiny jelly bird eggs
  • 1 cup Branch’s speckled jelly bird eggs
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 2 cups pretzels (minis or sticks)
  • 2 cups mini Nilla wafers

Combine all ingredients together.  Set out to enjoy or store in an air tight container.

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This recipe was developed for SimpleRecipes.club on behalf of Brach’s.  Simple Recipes not only has tons of free… simple recipes… but also daily coupons!

This was the first time I tried Brach’s speckled jelly bird eggs.  They are, hands down, my absolute favorite jelly beans.  Most likely, I won’t ever buy any other kind.  Particularly, the blue and the pink ones.  Yes, I pick them out of the bag.

While William is still a bit too young, I know my niece and nephews would love putting this trail mix together.  It’s different than traditional trail mix, but perfect for spring.  Obviously, there’s no chocolate in it, but that’s ok for spring, summer, and the warmer months. You don’t have to worry about it melting.  Even if you make it with the kids or intend on serving it to the kids, be ware: this stuff is addicting for everyone, adults included!

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What ingredients are a MUST to include in trail mix for you?

 

Let’s have coffee…

Let’s have coffee… shall we?  Grab a cup of joe (or tea or water or whatever strikes your fancy), sit down, and we can catch up about our weekend happenings.  Coffee was the theme of the weekend, it seemed, and my little guy even wanted to get in on the action!  He kept grabbing momma’s cup, saying, “Coffee!”

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I let him pretend without actually tasting the good stuff!  He’s got to wait quite a bit longer for the real thing.

My spring break began on Friday.  I kicked it off with hosting a play date with my co-workers and their babes in the morning.  William and I hung out the rest of the day before going to visit his best bud, Wolfie, for dinner on Friday evening.

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They were both holding Shabbat candles and we were singing Shabbat Shalom which is why William was so excited every time we said, “Hey!”

Saturday began with a coffee date with William at Starbucks.  I enjoyed a mocha, while William had a blueberry muffin and water.

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Cutest little Starbucks date ever.

Later on Saturday, I went to check out the True Runner Spring Gear-Up event.  I’d never been in the store before, but was impressed at the great selection of shoes and apparel.  I actually ended up buying a pair of CALIA (Carrie Underwood) capris that are just gorgeous!  And of course I had to take part in the #WhyIRun photobooth fun.

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Yeah, I run for my sanity, yet haven’t been running lately… So, maybe that’s why I’ve been feeling a little cray?  (Oy, did I just say cray?!)  Actually, I am hoping to get in a couple of runs this week during my spring break!

William and I went to my grandparents’ house on Saturday night.  Whenever I mention Mama and Papa, William immediately starts talking about pool and hitting the balls in the pocket.  First, he takes out the mini pool table, but eventually goes into the pool room to stand on a bench and reach the big pool table.

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He’s seriously such a coordinated toddler!  It won’t be long before Papa puts a golf club in his hands!  Mama had William talking up a storm the whole night.  We were laughing because some of his language is still indecipherable, so after a long sentence / paragraph of him talking, we can catch the last few words.  Like I said before, his speech is exploding and he’s able to say more and more everyday!

linking up with katie and erin for my marvelous weekend snapshots

I received a MASSIVE delivery recently from Influenster.  Influenster is a community where you review products, take surveys, and provide feedback.  They send you surveys to see if you’re eligible for certain campaigns, and if you are, you get sent whatever box it is.  Then, you’re asked to complete a survey about the product.  You can work to earn a “badge” by completing different tasks, as many or as few as you’d like.  Typical tasks include sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.  Sometimes tasks involve writing a review on a certain website, blogging, or vlogging.  Like I said, they’re all optional, so no pressure.  And the best part? Anyone can sign up! Not just bloggers! I’ve had several of my friends sign up.  (Sign up HERE if you’d like! It is a referral link and I get “points” for people joining.)  So the best box I’ve ever gotten from Influenster? THIS:

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Seriously, how amazing?!  I am so excited to be able to make coffee at home now, and the flavors they sent are awesome, too!  There is a breakfast blend, dark magic, and caramel vanilla creme.  They also sent a “My K-cup,” so I can use regular ground coffee if I run out of K-cups.  Totally stoked and definitely the best box I’ve received from Influenster!

Speaking of coffee, Sunday morning started with some coffee, as well.  (Check out the first picture in this post.)  We met my grandpa Poppy out for breakfast!  Some of my earliest memories with Poppy are of him taking me and my siblings out to breakfast at a local deli, so taking William out to breakfast with him was just as fun as I remembered when I was younger.

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Everyone is SO happy!!!  I love cooking breakfast daily, but there is something extra special about going out to breakfast, especially with your baby and his great-grandpa and cousins!

As you may know, Sunday was the first official day of spring.  St. Louis welcomed spring by SNOWING!

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Boo, snow.  Luckily, it didn’t stick and we should have warmer temperatures later this week.  Let’s hope… I want to get out there and run!

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you go out or make it at home?

True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner.  All opinions are my own.

Celebrate rising temperatures and the start of running season with True Runner as they are hosting their annual Spring Gear-Up event on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th!

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This couldn’t be any better timing for me.  I’ve only gotten in a handful of runs since the weather has been decent.  I’m more than ready to kick-off this running season with people who are just as excited as me.

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th at their Brentwood location.  True Runner and HOKA ONE ONE are hosting a FREE Fun Run Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Meet at the store for a 4-5 mile group run demoing the latest running shoes from HOKA.  All paces and abilities are welcome.

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What will be at the True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event?

  • Photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Price wheel
  • Nutrition sampling
  • Brand reps

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You’ll be able to spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes from top brands.  Brand reps will be on-site offering product expertise and demos.  You’re encouraged to share your picture from the photo booth and your “Why I Run” story on social media for a chance to win great prizes!

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And the best part?  I’ll be there! 😉

While it’s a two day event, I’m planning on going on Saturday morning.  But who knows, I may just have so much fun and come back for more on Sunday!

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True Runner carries a range of shoes, apparel, and gear to support your running needs and help you achieve your needs.  It’s created for runners, by runners.  They get it.  It’s more than just a specialty running store, it’s a community.  I hope to see LOTS of you on Saturday!

For more details about the True Runner Spring Gear-Up Event, click HERE.

Has your running season started yet?  Did it ever end?  Already signed up for any races?

Cucumber Crab Bites | Easy Appetizer

Put your hands in the air if you like sushi!  [Stands up, waves hands wildly, shouting, “Me! Me!”]  I love sushi.  However, I’ve never made it, nor do I have a real desire to attempt it.  It seems way too labor intensive for a short return, although incredibly delicious.  I’d probably spend an hour creating a roll that takes me four seconds to shove in my mouth.  Yeah, I’ll just enjoy my sushi out at restaurants or for take out.

So when I picked up Crab Classic at the grocery store, the first thought that came to mind was SUSHI!  And then I remembered my aforementioned thoughts about the reality of actually trying to make sushi and decided, instead, to think about what ingredients I love best paired with crab in sushi.  Well, that’s easy.  Avocado.  Cream cheese.  Cucumber.  Because any roll that includes those is sure to be a winner.  Topped with some sweet chili sauce?  Oh yeah, now we’re talkin’!

cucumber crab bites

Easiest appetizer (or Sunday afternoon snack) ever.  The cucumber crab bites are actually a lot like sushi… without the intense labor or the rice, which is a win in most people’s book.  You’ve even got to cram the whole bite in your mouth, just like sushi, because it’s too hard to just eat half of or take a bite.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Very ladylike, I know.

So here’s the deal with how to “make” these delicious little cucumber crab bites.  You slice a cucumber.  You give each slice a shmear of cream cheese.  You add a hunk of crab.  You add a bit of avocado.  And you pour a dollop of sweet chili sauce on top.  Eat.  Repeat.

cucumber crab bites appetizer

What’s this Crab Classic that so wonderfully sat on top of my cucumber bites? Crab Classic is the #1 surimi seafood brand nationally, made from wild Alaskan Pollock and King Crab meat. It is also gluten-free, fat-free and certified by the American Heart Association as heart healthy. Besides that, Crab Classic is also certified by the MSC as a sustainably sourced seafood.

Crab Classic comes in a variety of different forms including flakes, chunks, legs, shreds, and single servings, though my grocery store was limited and just had chunks.

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The legs would have been perfect for a roll-up type thing I made with the same ingredients as the cucumber crab bites just wrapped up in lettuce.

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And not nearly as dainty or pretty. 😉

cucumber crab bites recipe

Have you ever made your own sushi?  What must-have ingredients would you pair with crab?

Disclaimer: I received coupons for Crab Classic free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

the best

As you’ve all seen, I take a million photos of William.  Probably more than a million.  Possibly a million at one time.  Usually I text my sister Stephanie half a million at once and demand she chooses which of the [almost identical] pictures are the best.  She calls me needy, then tells me.  Anyway, some days I feel like I can’t quite capture the moment as beautifully as I would have liked.  Well, this weekend was not one of them.  I feel like I caught the most amazing moments on camera.

Our weekend began with a sleepover with Audrey.  They are too cute together.  Audrey is like his little momma and he listens to her so well.  Sure, there are times he pulls her hair and steals her toys, and Audrey acts like a typical four year old.  But most of the time, I sit back and watch them play together.  Audrey has the best imagination I’ve ever seen, and she’s definitely teaching William how to use his!  My parent educator actually commented on what a great job William does with imaginative play!

Saturday morning was the sweetest with plenty of cuddles, kisses, and stories.

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I told them I wanted to get a picture of them, so they climbed up on the couch.  As if on cue, Audrey wrapped her arm around William.  They were smiling and giggling as I was snapping away.  Audrey leaned in for a kiss as William had the biggest grin on his face and I caught it on camera!

We ended up watching my sister’s dog, Ellie, for a night.  William loves Zoey, but he really loves Ellie.  I think it’s because she tolerates him a lot more than Zoey and lets him lean on her and hug her.  When I gave the dogs dinner, Zoey scarfed hers down in no time flat, as usual.  However, Ellie is a lot more finicky and wasn’t eating.  I sat down and poured a few pebbles out of the bowl.  William plopped right down next to me and started feeding Ellie her food, one pebble at a time!

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The whole time, William was saying, “Here you go, Ellie!  Take a bite!  Yum!  Yum!”  Seriously, too cute.  And yes, he does have on just one sock.  And yes, that is the most perfect long curl hanging down!  Perfect shot.

linking up with katie and erin

On Saturday, we went to a friend’s birthday party.  It was at a place with several bounce houses and arcade games.  William LOVED playing basketball, no surprise there!  I set him on top of it since he could hardly reach the game from the ground.  He made quite a few baskets!

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Nice shot, short stuff!

And one last perfect shot of the weekend – fixing the door handle.  This is funny for several reasons, but here I’ll just reiterate William’s love of using real screwdrivers and fixing things.  I had to readjust a few door handles at my house, and of course William was right there behind me doing his part.

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There is just something so beautiful about black and white pictures!

What was the best part of your weekend?