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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.

We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.

The best.

So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.

Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.

So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.

And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m obsessed with bacon. I mean, I’m always obsessed with bacon but right now, I’m super obsessed.

One day last week I had bacon for every meal. There was a sweet potato and bacon hash for breakfast, I fried up some bacon for my lunch salad, and then for dinner I had bacon in my brussels sprouts. #paleo

I will put bacon on anything and everything. Even cake.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy bacon is on pizza. If you’ve ever seen any of my pizza Instagrams (they happen frequently), you know that I order my pizza exactly the same way every time. Barbecue sauce, ham, pineapple, tons of jalapeños, and BACON.

No one ever wants to share a pizza with me and I can’t figure out why.

Anyway, I’ve been switching things up recently and have found myself in love with Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.

Except no one does a good cheeseburger sauce so I’ve been making this myself.

Cheeseburger sauce?

Yeah. Just ketchup and thousand island dressing. But it’s so good.

I’ve been using Wright® Brand Bacon for all my bacon needs. It’s so delicious and a great value at Walmart. Wright® Brand Bacon is a bigger better bacon so it’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or hey, even cake. I won’t judge you.

So this this pizza I used the cheeseburger sauce, the Wright® Brand Bacon, some ground beef, shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack, and topped it off with pickles.

This pizza is so delicious. My kids loved it, I loved it, there was none left for my husband to try. You know how we do things around here.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Things that I love, in no particular order:

Bacon.

Ranch.

Pasta.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m ALL ABOUT the pasta salads. It’s my go-to summer side dish. Mostly because I always over cook potatoes for potato salad and who likes mushy potato salad?

Well, my 3 year old. But that’s beside the point. 

Anyway, because I’m making pasta salad every weekend this time of year, I’m always trying to come up with a new version or new stuff to put in it. This one was a definite winner over this past weekend. It’s got bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, and black olives. So all my faves! And then it’s tossed with my favorite ranch dressing by Newman’s Own.

You guys know I love Newman’s Own products and you probably also know that I’m obsessed with the salad dressings. I am in a full-on relationship with the Lite Honey Mustard – I can’t remember the last time I had a salad without it. Husband and I also love the Balsamic, Olive Oil and Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, and Creamy Caesar. Plus, Newman’s Own has a bunch more that I haven’t even tried yet.

This post is about the Ranch though! I’m pretty particular about ranch (as everyone should be) and Newman’s Own definitely makes my favorite. It’s great tasting, high quality, and made from the finest ingredients. 

Plus, you can feel good about buying Newman’s Own because all profits go to charity. For more information, check out the Newman’s Own Facebook page or the Newman’s Own BuzzFeed Page.

And next time you pick up a bottle of Newman’s Own Ranch dressing, you should definitely try this recipe. It’s perfect for a party, potluck, barbecue, anything!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

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As you guys know, this month was a crazy one for us. We spent half of it living in a hotel and then several days waiting for our household goods to be delivered.  I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I had candy and a diet soda for breakfast in the last month. But, you know, if you’re stuck in a hotel with 3 kids and 2 dogs while your husband is trying to wrap up work, there are only so many options. One thing I did to at least try to offset my horrible nutrition this month was take my vitafusion™ Women’s Multivitamin gummies every day. They were one of the first things I packed in my hotel bag because I knew that we’d be eating from drive-thrus and vending machines way more than anyone should.  I’ve been taking vitafusion™ vitamins for as long as I can remember. I love that they combine the power of vitamins with a great-tasting gummy. They really make taking vitamins easier and more enjoyable. vitafusion™ products are gluten-free and made with natural fruit flavors and colors derived from fruits, vegetables, and plants. Plus, vitafusion™ has a huge variety of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements to meet your health needs at any stage of life. They have varieties tailored to men, women, pregnant women, and those 50+

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Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my kids go back to school after 9 days off so we’re living it up with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes! And probably a trip to the park to fly some kites that I found in the back of my closet while packing. 

My kids are total cereal connoisseurs so they were pretty impressed by these cupcakes. They were, however, more impressed with the Skylanders Skystones game that came in the box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Do you remember being a kid and being SO EXCITED when there was a toy in the box? I can remember standing in the cereal aisle and asking my mom for a specific kind just because it had a toy. And lucky me, I was an only child so I didn’t even have to fight anyone for the toy!

But anyway, the Skylanders Skystones games are hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals. You get the box of cards and then the gameboard is on the back of the box. 

My oldest got his first Skylanders Playstation game for his birthday last month and since then all 3 of my boys have become obsessed with Skylanders. They Skystones game that comes in the cereal is so fun and I love that it fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play. And each Skystones game comes with a downloadable code to unlock characters in the popular mobile game. 

Participating Big G Cereals include: Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, Trix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

Basically all my favorites. 

Also, be sure to look out for special offers and free prizes inside Big G cereals all year long!

About the cupcakes?!

The cake part tastes like French toast except better because, well, cake. And then for the frosting, I used crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of sugar. 

It. is. amazing.

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