NOW Foods and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This post is sponsored by NOW Foods.  All opinions are 100% my own.  I love this company and think you should too.

 

One of the neat things about blogging is getting the opportunity to meet some pretty cool people.  They might be bloggers and sometimes they might be people from brands.  I had the chance to meet some awesome ladies from NOW Foods back at FitBloggin‘ and I fell in love with their products.  When I had the opportunity to work with them and try out their Living Now line of foods.

 

Living Now NOW Foods

 

The Living Now line from NOW Foods is allergy friendly.  The products in the line are made with the 8 most common food allergies: dairy, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish, or shellfish.  So many people I know (including myself) have some pretty intense TRUE food allergies.  As a future healthcare provider I know my exposure to this issue is only going to increase.  It’s great to see a company focusing on making some great products available to families dealing with food allergies.  The product I was MOST excited to try was the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Mix.

 

NOW Foods Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 

Banana bread is a HUGE favorite in our house but I don’t always have the time or ingredients on hand to make it from scratch.  It can be really hard to find a boxed mix with a decent ingredient list but this one delivers.  I mean, check this out, things I actually can pronounce and know what they are!

Ingredients: Organic Turbinado Sugar, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Millet Flour, Chocolate Chips (cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter), Tapioca Flour, Arrowroot Powder, White Chia Meal, Organic Golden Flax Seed Meal, Guar Gum, Baking Powder (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate, non-gmo corn starch), Baking Soda, Sea Salt and Cinnamon.

All I had to do was preheat my oven, add eggs, bananas, and oil (I subbed coconut oil) and pop it in the oven!  They even offered egg substitute directions if you needed you bread to remain allergen free.  This was honestly my first time trying a gluten free bread and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

 

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It was love at first bite.  It was a little denser than what I am used to but the taste was spot on.  The only con I found in this bread is that it doesn’t stick around a long time.  The entire loaf was devoured by the family within hours.  Chris loved it and so did the girls.  Here is Bryn’s seal of approval:

 

Bryn NOW Foods Chocolat Chip Banana Bread

 

You can see all the products available in the Living Now line HERE.  I have my eyes on working with the pancake mix next to make some pancake muffins I have been seeing floating around Pinterest.  NOW is a great family owned company that is on a mission to make healthy products affordable and available to everyone.  I honestly love this company and all that they stand for.  You can learn all about them on their website and order their health foods and personal care products there too!

 

Have you heard of NOW Foods?  What’s your favorite product?

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Style Me Pretty Fall 2014

Happy Monday friends! Here’s to another week ;)  I had a vendor fair on Saturday for Beachbody and then had to spend the rest of the weekend studying hypertension and epidemiology/biostats.  BOO.  This morning we have a special lecture on ebola so we are starting the week off with a bang!

 

On a more fun note …. you guys know how much I love to shop and how I have been working this year on putting together new and fun outfits now that I have a reason to get out of my yoga pants each day.  So when Brittany and Ashley posted about the Style Me Pretty Challenge I had to check it out!

 

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So what is the challenge?  Alison, the mastermind behind Get Your Pretty On, gives you a list of clothing items to make up your wardrobe capsule for a flat participation fee.  Then she sends out 1 outfit per day for 21 days on how to style the pieces in your capsule for 21 unique outfits.  On top of that there is a FB group of over 1,000 women who are participating for ideas and tips on where to find the best deals!

 

Now, I feel fairly confident in my abilities to pull together an outfit but I thought this would be a great way to get some new ideas.  Since the challenge is focused on a more casual wardrobe I am going to have to adapt the daily styles or save them for later to meet my professional dress requirements.  Once I got the wardrobe list I was pleasantly surprised to find that I already owned all but 3 of the items so I got to shop my closet for my capsule.

Fall Wardrobe Capsule

 

 

I took a few minutes yesterday to pull together a few of my own looks with the pieces before the challenge started.  I think that it’s going to be a lot of fun and the “looks” are right up my fashion alley :)

Style Me Pretty

 

We just got our first outfit last night so there’s still time to join in!  You can sign up here.  If you’ve ever wanted a stylist to help you put together some outfits this is a great opportunity :)

 

Today is a scrubs day for me so I will definitely be saving outfit 1 for later this week :)

 

How was your weekend?  How do you feel about fashion?

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Art Themed Birthday Party

For the last year I have known that I wanted to make Emmalyne’s third birthday party something art themed. Emmie has always been really into drawing and art so it fit her personality perfectly!  I searched Pinterest and soon came up with the vision that I wanted.  Over the last couple of months I have slowly ordered and accumulated everything that I need to make my vision come to life.  On the day of her party I was so excited to see everything that I had in my head come out exactly as I hoped!

Art Themed Birthday Party

 

The best party about an art themed birthday party is that it keeps the kids entertained and gives them something special to take home with them.  I set up little tables with individual canvases, paint pallets, and lots of different colors.  I ordered painting aprons from Amazon so each little artist got to don their smock and set to work on their masterpiece.

 

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Painting Themed Birthday Party 3

 

For food, I had a kids table set up outside.  I made Annie’s Mac-n-Cheese ahead of time and served it in little bowls.  We also had rainbow fruit skewers, little cups of pretzels, and pigs in a  blanket.  For the parents, I had my counter inside loaded with a veggie tray, guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, and pulled pork.  The best part though was the desserts!  I made sugar cookies with royal icing, cake pops, and had an amazing cake made by a local baker.

 

Painting Themed Birthday Party 6

 

Food the goodie bags, I found mini watercolor sets online, included multicolored chalk, bubbles, and a pack of Skittles.

 

Overall I am so happy with how everything went.  As I was setting up the party Emmalyne kept saying “it’s so beautiful!” which made my heart very happy.  All the kids had a blast, parents got to socialize, and overall it was really an amazing day.  We got blessed with perfect weather which was icing on the cake :)

 

Now I get to start working on Bryn’s first birthday …. hold me now.

 

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Outshine Fruit + Veggie Bars

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars.

Thank you for all the well-wishes for Emmalyne’s birthday! I read them all to her and she kept saying “it’s my birthday”!  Got to love three year olds ;)  Speaking of being three … I would be remiss to not confide in you guys about Emmalyne’s less than stellar diet.  Ever since she has turned two she has had an aversion to vegetables.  She will eat fruit all day long but give her something green?  It’s game over.  Somehow my kale lover turned into a veggie hater.  What the heck?

 

So I’ve been on the hunt for finding ways to sneak in some vegetables into her diet.  The trick for me is finding something that tastes great but is still a healthy snack option for her.  So when I was given the opportunity to check out the Outshine Fruit + Veggie Bars I thought why not?  Let’s give it a try.

Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

 

The Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars combine real fruit, fruit juice, and vegetables with coconut water into a delicious bar.   In fact, each bar is at least 25% vegetable which is right up this mom’s alley.  While we try to eat whole foods as much as possible, these bars are  great alternative for a healthier treat.  They are great sources of Vitamin C and have no high fructose corn syrup which sets them apart from other options.

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I tried the Tangerine Carrot flavor first and loved how refreshing and crisp the bar was.  It was sweet without being overpowering and definitely hit the spot.  Since summer is holding on by a thread here in Savannah these bars are nice on a warm afternoon.

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The real test however came when I let Emmalyne have one to try.  I let her choose which one she wanted and she went with the Blueberry Medley.  What did she think?  I think pictures speak louder than words on this one:

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Her exact words though were “it’s so delicious!”.  I think that means she likes it.  We steer clear of most frozen treats but these are ones are a keeper in our house!  I am not going to give up trying to bring this girl back to the land of vegetables but in the meantime I am going to get them in however I can!

 

What flavor of Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars look good to you?  Do you sneak veggies in?

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Three.

Dearest Emmalyne,

Somehow we are here, on your third birthday, and I simply cannot believe it.  I was recently puling out your 12-18 month clothes for Bryn and it felt like I had just put them on your little body and yet now you are suddenly so much bigger!  It seems like yesterday that I was meeting you for the first time, smelling your sweet baby hair, and watching you sleep.

 

Emmie is 3

 

My sweet Emmie Grace … you are the one who made me a mama and you will always have that distinction.  We’ve been on a journey of discovery, you and me.  You have taught me patience, humility, the ability to find the joy in the smallest of things, and what unconditional love truly feels like.  Everyone tells you that your life will change when you have children and you think you know what that means but you simply don’t until you hold your own for the first time.  Holding you sweet girl rocked my world in the best possible way.

 

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This last year has brought lots of change into your life.  Most importantly you earned the title of “big sister” and you have embraced that role to the fullest.  You currently tell everyone who looks at Bryn, “that’s my sister” and you’re constantly patting her saying, “oh she’s so cute!”  We are still working on sharing our toys but every day you give Bryn a little bit more.  Bryn just loves you little girl and no one can make her giggle the way you can.  I hope you two always cherish and love each other because having a sister is truly one of life’s greatest gifts.

 

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Little one, you live life passionately and you feel things passionately.  You are a spirited little girl which is sometimes challenging for both of us but truly I hope you never lose that fire that is in your soul.  You currently love to read, horses, painting, dancing, and playing soccer.  You have developed a passion for princesses and love to play dress-up.  Everything is “so beautiful” and you love to give “big hugs”.  You know your numbers up to twenty and all of your letters and are soaking things up at school like a sponge.  At night you love to say your prayers, always including Trigger and Bailey, and insist that we sing “Twinkle Twinkle” and the “ABCs” as your lullabies.  You always ask us for “just 5 more minutes” and are so good with your pleases and thank yous.

 

Every day little one you teach me more and more.  I don’t know what I ever did to get so lucky to blessed with you as my daughter but then again I feel like I have known you my entire life.  I simply don’t remember what life was like before you because you are in the center of my world.

 

You are the sunshine in my life!  Happiest of birthdays.  Mommy, Daddy, and Bryn love you so very much!

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