If there is one snack that kind of epitomizes childhood, it’s Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers.  I can’t take any of my kids to the store without them asking for a bag. And typically, they all want a different flavor so we end up with 3 bags. Plus one for me, of course! I love when they are all sitting at the table with a bowl of Goldfish crackers and next thing you know, all the Goldfish crackers have voices and the good Goldfish crackers are all running from the bad Goldfish crackers and there’s a whole story to go along with it. I know you’re not supposed to play with your food but I can’t be mad when my kids are using their imagination to make up fun stories.
 
My two oldest (8 and 5) are really into using the whole table as their canvas to create pictures, stories, and to spell words. And I love it because my 5 year old will be starting kindergarten in the fall and I totally feel like he is learning how to spell simple words thanks to his older brother and some Goldfish crackers I can’t wait for his teacher to ask how he learned to spell his name and he says “Pizza Goldfish crackers!” 

So what is your favorite Goldfish cracker flavor? My kids all love the classic Cheddar flavor but I’m so into the newer sweet ones like Vanilla Cupcake and S’mores! And yes, I totally love Goldfish crackers as much as my kids! I won’t lie; I have a bag of Cookies and Cream Goldfish grahams hidden on the top shelf of my pantry right now! They are the perfect sweet treat!

Goldfish crackers launched the Little Moments, Big Smiles campaign in February of 2015 at GoldfishSmiles.comVisit the site to view the latest Goldfish tale and enter the promotion. To enter, share a photo and a story for a chance each month to win a case of Goldfish crackers and for an entry to win the Grand Prize, an amazing trip to a US location of the winner’s choice to create more Goldfish tales.  No purchase necessary. Sweepstakes ends 7/31/15. Must be resident of 50 US/DC, 18 & older. Void where prohibited. Limit one entry per email address/ day.

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We made it to Fort Hood!

And to make it even more exciting, Fort Hood housing called us when we were still 7 hours away and said our house was ready 2 days early! 

Yeah, we ended up going with on post housing. I had just heard such mixed reviews about the surrounding cities and didn’t want to risk it. Plus, the housing is really nice. Especially compared to Fort Carson! 

Flashing back to when we had our old house, we had two days of packing and moving and then the carpet cleaners had to come in and do whatever they do. 

Cleaning the carpets, I assume.

But anyway, that was the end of 2 very long days since we have kids and dogs that needed to be kept out of the way. Plus, Penelope got loose twice and if you know a husky, you know that they won’t come back when you call them no matter how much they love you.

(I found her. Eating someone’s garbage. Both times.)

We decided that being done with our house was a Lobsterworthy Occasion and headed down to Red Lobster.

Have you seen #LobsterWorthy? People are sharing all the everyday moments that they consider worthy of lobster and it’s really cool to scroll through. 

 

Lobsterfest is currently going on at Red Lobster and I’m sure you know what that means. It’s the one time of year that Red Lobster guests can choose from the largest variety of lobster dishes on the menu. It’s Red Lobster’s best and most celebratory limited time special. 

Special lobster dishes at reasonable prices in a cute seaside atmosphere? I’m there! 

I, of course, started out with the Lobster Punch! It’s available exclusively during Lobsterfest and I couldn’t pass it up. It features features Malibu Red, pineapple juice and mango passion fruit mix, topped with Myers’s Dark Rum.

And for a starter we got the Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip which is available all year, not just during Lobsterfest. It was delicious – look at those giant chunks of lobster! 

For dinner, my husband went with the Ultimate Feast! It has a split Maine lobster tail, steamed North American snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi and Walt’s Favorite Shrimp. My husband was a happy camper after all that.

I ordered the Ultimate Surf and Turf (the very top photo in this post) which came with a Maine lobster tail baked with crab-and-seafood stuffing, paired with a peppercorn-seasoned grilled sirloin topped with Maine lobster meat in a citrus-hollandaise sauce. It was unbelievably good. 

And yes, I order french fries with literally everything I eat.

Lobsterfest is only going on for a limited time so make sure you check it out at Red Lobster soon! And when you go, use #LobsterWorthy on social media to share your celebration!

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If there’s one thing that drives me absolutely nuts, it’s the rush of a weekday morning. It seems like no matter how early we get up and how much prep I do the night before, we’re always hurrying to get out the door in time to get the kids to school. Someone’s always missing a shoe, someone always forgets to brush their teeth, I’m sure you know how it goes.  As much as that drives me crazy, it drives me even crazier when we are literally walking out the door and someone says, “But I didn’t eat breakfast yet!”  This happens at least once a week. Ugggghhhh. And at that point we’re already running late so I shove a sugary granola bar or cold toaster pastry in a tiny hand and continue nudging all the kids towards the car. I just recently discovered the Jimmy Dean Croissant Sandwiches. I’ve seen them in the store for years but it never occurred to me just how easy they would be for a quick weekday breakfast.
 

The kids and I have all been loving the Croissant Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches recently. These sandwiches take less than 3 minutes to heat up (in the microwave) and I love that we get a weekend breakfast on a busy school day! These are absolutely delicious! I have weirdly picky kids (remember how one doesn’t like pasta cooked in water?) so it is a miracle when they all like something and they definitely all love these. And it makes my life so much easier when they all agree on something.  They are also portable which is important because it seems like I eat half my meals in the car, going from school to school or football practice to soccer practice. So I really appreciate something that I can take with me. Plus, it stops us from going through a drive-thru! If you are interested in learning more about Jimmy Dean or seeing a complete list of products, check out Jimmy Dean’s website. Also be sure to visit Jimmy Dean on Facebook for recipes and all sorts of fun things!
 

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Happy Saturday!

I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway for TWO FitBit Flex Activity + Sleep Wristbands – one for you and one for your man, BFF, etc. Plus, a 3-pack of colored bands for both! 

If you are like most of the internet, you’ve made some sort of commitment to be healthier this year whether it’s eating, working out, sleeping better, drinking more water. The FitBit Flex will help! 

So basically, it’s a cute little bracelet that you wear 24/7 that tracks your calories, the distance you travel on foot, and your sleep! It’s seriously cool and I’m totally going to be jealous of whoever wins.

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Trader Joe's Must Haves

Welcome to the 2nd week of this weird Friday thing I’m trying to make happen! I thought today we could talk about my Trader Joe’s faves because I’m still not over having a TJ’s here. Ours opened in October and I still get excited for grocery day each. Plus, my favorite way to procrastinate doing anything is searching for new Trader Joe’s hauls on Youtube. 

You guys, I could waste HOURS watching people talk about what they bought at the grocery store. 

I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s but these are the absolute, must haves that I buy every single week. 

Also, our Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell wine (Colorado is so weird, y’all) so that’s why there is none here. Trust me, it would be at the top of the list. 

Cruciferous Crunch  I’m so over salads right now so in an effort to eat my greens, I cook this mix of kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli just until it starts to soften. It’s delicious and I just feel super healthy eating it. 

Sliced Mango – Judge me if you want. I hate hate hate cutting mango so I stock up on the sliced stuff whenever I go to TJ’s. I go through a package a day. It’s becoming a problem.

Honeycrisp Apples – TJ’s is the only place around here that has small Honeycrisp apples so I always buy at least two bags when I’m there. I’m going to be so sad when the Honeycrisps go away!

Serrano Salsa Fresca – I love all the TJ’s fresh salsas (especially the pico de gallo) but this one is my husband’s favorite. It’s got a good bit of heat without being overwhelming. 

Medjool Dates – These are one of my favorite snacks and I’ve ever got my husband hooked on them. I just take the seed out and then fill them with Sunflower Butter. 

Organic Carrots – Let’s be real, I just buy these because they’re fun colors. My kids love eating purple carrots!

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes – I found this after I’d already taken the other produce photo. Whoops. These are one of my favorite TJ’s buys because they’re only $2.99! And so delicious!

And now the frozen stuff.

Sweet Potato Tots – Because I have myself convinced that they’re good for me.

Mandarin Orange Chicken – I always have this on hand for easy meals for the kids. A bag lasts them two meals and they all love it. I may or may not sneak bites when no one is watching. 

Macarons – Duh. I’m obsessed with their macarons. I’ve now tried them all and can 100% say that the chocolate & vanilla box is the best. I have two every night while watching TV  or reading or whatever – for only 90 calories!

Mahi Mahi Burgers – These are my go-to protein for when I’m rushed or just don’t feel like cooking. So good and they only take a few minutes to cook. 

COCONUT!

Coconut Oil Spray and Coconut Oil – Just for everyday cooking and baking. They’re less expensive at TJ’s than they are at other stores. 

Coconut Milk – I used this in most of the Paleo recipes that I make for my husband. Most call for full fat coconut milk but this stuff works fine. And it’s only $.99!

I also love the Coconut Chips but I can’t buy those because I’ll eat the entire bag at once. They are addictive. 

Coconut Flour – The grocery store closest to my house sells coconut flour for $8.99 a bag. Trader Joe’s has it for $2.99. I go through it like crazy so I always buy at least one bag.

Nuts – I buy a TON of nuts each week. I get a few bags of the boring raw, unsalted nuts for my husband and then I alternate between these Coconut Cashews and the Honey Sesame Cashews for me. Both are awesome. 

Sunflower Seed Butters – We don’t do peanut butter since it’s not Paleo but neither of us like almond butter much (unless it’s the sugary Justin’s maple or vanilla almond butter) so we go through about a jar of Sunflower Butter a week. 

Raw Honey – My husband uses this for his tea and for other snacks. It’s $5.99 compared to the $9.99 Whole Foods one I was buying. 

And finally, treats! 

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints – My husband loves these! Technically, they aren’t Paleo but they’re close enough that he’s okay with them. The ingredients are literally honey, chocolate liqueur, and peppermint oil. They taste like the York Peppermint Patties but not so strong peppermint. They’re really good.

Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups  – What do I ever say about these? They’re like peanut butter cups but with cookie butter. So good. I keep them in my nightstand so I don’t have to share. 

 

 

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