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Crater Lake & Mount Hood Travel Diary

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So we’re traveling for 4 months… Now what!?

That was the question we asked ourselves once we decided we were going to travel for the summer. The thought of traveling long term has always been a dream of mine but the execution with a 6 year old & an (almost) 3 year old was going to take a lot of planning. I was up for the challenge though & immediately started brainstorming places we wanted to travel to.

One of the first ideas that popped into my head was a road trip through Oregon, Washington & Canada. I had done it once before but Kannon was a toddler & Adam wasn’t able to join us because of a work project so it would be a new adventure for them. One thing led to another & next thing we knew, we had a 3 week trip in an RV planned! Keep reading for the first part of our summer road trip adventure!

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Day 1: Salt Lake City, Utah to Winnemucca, Nevada

Our first day consisted of driving from the Salt Lake City, Utah area to a small city named Winnemucca in Nevada. We didn’t want to drive the entire way to Crater Lake in one day so we decided to drive halfway & stop to sleep to break up the trip. I’m not going to lie, we slept in a Walmart parking lot that night & while it might sound very odd, it wasn’t bad at all, it was free & actually convenient because we could run into the store for water or any necessities we needed! Apparently, this is a thing for RV life & some Walmarts allow it but some don’t so if you’re looking to stay in a Walmart parking lot, make sure to check with the manager or they might come knocking on your door & make you leave in the middle of the night 🙂

Day 2: Winnemucca, Nevada to Crater Lake, Oregon

We woke up early (thanks to our sweet boys :)) & decided to get on the road since we still had about a 6-hour drive to Crater Lake. The drive was beautiful & we made plenty of pit stops along the way to let our boys get out, stretch their legs & throw some rocks on the side of the road (which is their favorite activity on road trips). This was our first time to Crater Lake & it was absolutely breathtaking! Photos don’t do it justice because you can’t quite capture the expansiveness of the lake & its surroundings but it truly is a sight to see. If you’re traveling through Oregon, I highly recommend making a stop, even if it’s a quick one, because it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

After exploring for a bit we jumped back in the RV & headed to our campsite. We stayed at Diamond Lake Campground ($24/night) & it was such a beautiful campground! The view of the lake from our RV window was lovely & besides the crazy amounts of mosquitos, it was incredible! We had a couple of major mishaps occur the next day but if you haven’t already, you can watch our vlog from this portion of the trip HERE. Those experiences made for a funny story & a crazy day but honestly, it made the trip that much more memorable & we were just thankful that we were safe.

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Day 3: Crater Lake, Oregon to Mount Hood, Oregon

What should have been about a 4 1/2 hour drive turned into a full day because of the crazy tire blowout I was talking about above (video of the day is HERE) BUT those moments are what make the adventure a true adventure & it’s a story that we’ll talk about for years to come. To be honest, I felt really proud of us for figuring the situation out considering we had never changed a flat tire on an RV, we didn’t have any cell service & we were blocking half of the lane of traffic. So all in all, I will take the experience as a win!

Once we finally made it to our campground near Mount Hood, we started a campfire, roasted marshmallows & watched the most beautiful sunset overlooking Trillium Lake & Mount Hood. The woman standing next to us said the sky was the most pink she’s ever seen it & she wasn’t lying, the sky was absolutely breathtaking!

Have you been to Crater Lake &/or Mount Hood before? What’s the most beautiful lake you’ve ever seen?

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Our First Summer Vacation 2019

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If you guys don’t follow along with my YouTube videos, you may have missed our big announcement! I’ll post it here for you guys in case you want to catch up with our big summer plans 🙂

For those of you who did watch it, you know that we have a wild ride ahead for this summer. 4 months of traveling is no joke & the prep that went into getting everything ready & packed up was slightly absurd BUT I would also do it over again because I’m so excited for our adventures ahead. It’s been a dream of mine to travel more long-term for years now & this is our practice run to see how much we (aka the boys) can handle.

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Our first adventure was a 3-week road trip in a motor home & I’m excited to put together a couple of posts for you guys with all of the places we stayed, the route we took, our must-haves for RV life, etc. This trip was one that put me slightly out of my comfort zone but this summer I’m really trying to broaden my horizons & do things that make me feel uncomfortable because I think it’s a great way to grow as an individual. Traveling in an RV might not sound like a big deal to most but I don’t personally love camping & the whole process makes me slightly anxious. I’m happy to say that I survived the trip though & actually really enjoyed the RV life!

I filmed a video with all of our must-have items that made being in an RV comfortable with 2 adults, 2 children & a dog that I’ll be sharing with you all in a few days. I discovered quite a few new products that made that “glamping” life so much easier & I can’t recommend them enough for road trips & traveling with kids. Let me know if you guys are interested in a post or video dedicated to what I brought in my makeup bag &/or the skincare products I can’t travel without!

What are your summer plans!?

 

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Father’s Day Plans

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We love any excuse to celebrate as a family & celebrating Adam is always so much fun because we end up having the best family adventure day! Since Hendrix’s birthday falls on Father’s Day this year, we decided to celebrate a little bit early so that they both had the opportunity to celebrate their special days. Adam loves activities so we planned the day around some of our favorite things which included yummy food, the carousel, the ferris wheel and a day spent running around with our boys.

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The day was a complete success & I can’t get enough of their matching outfits! I think this might be the first time that we’ve ever had all 3 of them match & it melted my heart watching them all run around together in this cute pineapple print from Old Navy. If you guys haven’t already, you need to check out the fun summer prints Old Navy has! They have matching styles for the whole family (boys & girls included) & I love how colorful all of the different styles are. I have my eye on this watermelon print as well & might need to order before our next trip because you guys know I never miss an opportunity for a fun photoshoot.

We were so excited to partner with Old Navy again because they’re celebrating dads this month in honor of Father’s Day & using the hashtag on socials #dadtakes so we can all share the hilarious things that dads get up to with their minis. If you know Adam, you know that he is always having fun & doing hilarious things with Kannon & Hendrix so I thought this was the perfect fit & I’m excited to share more of his #dadtakes over the next few weeks so make sure you’re following along so you can see all the fun moments!

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Supplements I’m Loving | EVOLUTION_18

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*Special thanks to Walmart & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

I’m going to be honest, up until a few years ago, I didn’t take supplements. Sure, I would take the occasional multi vitamin or vitamin C tablet when I was sick, but at the time I didn’t realize how vital good supplements can be for your body. Fast forward three years & here I am, supplement obsessed!

Now let me just start by saying that I’m obviously not a licensed professional & can only share my personal experience with these supplements. Always check with a doctor before starting new supplements, especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Okay, now that I got all of that out of the way, I am excited to introduce you to a new supplement brand that I am absolutely LOVING!

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I was introduced to EVOLUTION_18 by a couple of my blogger friends & I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the products. I particularly was ecstatic to try the collagen products because I can tell the biggest difference in my nail, skin & hair when I’m not taking collagen supplements. I’m lucky enough to have a Walmart around the corner from us now so I stopped in & picked up quite a few of their products to try out. Honestly, it was hard to choose which ones I wanted to try first but I decided to start with the Beauty Hair and Nail Growth Gummy with Biotin and Keratin, the Collagen Peptide and Protein Powder and the Probiotic Beauty Blend Quick Melts. You better believe that I opened up those gummies in the car to see how they tasted & guys, they taste incredible! But taste aside, I really wanted to see the affect these products had on my body, so I started taking them regularly to see if I noticed any results. I’m going to break down these products below for you guys & let you know the benefits of the supplements & how I use them/how I feel about them!

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Beauty Hair and Nail Growth Gummy

These delicious gummies are filled with a powerful combination of biotin and keratin for thicker, healthier hair and stronger nails. I don’t know if any of you have struggled with your nails being incredibly weak & peeling but it can be frustrating to say the least! Plus, I have very thin hair & color it on top of that so I need all the help I can get in the hair department! I’ve been taking 2 gummies daily & have been loving them so far. Keep in mind that results won’t happen overnight (obviously) & with every supplement, it can take a few weeks to really notice a difference, especially when it comes to your nails & hair. But if you’re searching for a supplement to help support healthy nails & hair, I can’t recommend this one enough.

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Collagen Peptide and Protein Powder

I am collagen obsessed at this point & had actually stopped taking the last collagen supplement I purchased because I wasn’t noticing any change in my body. I have been using this powder in my smoothies daily, but you can also mix it with 8 oz of water because it’s unflavored. This powder is made to support skin, hair and nails from collagen peptides & has added protein to nourish your muscles, support brain function and leave you feeling satisfied. With 14 grams of protein, this is the perfect addition to my favorite smoothie! I figured this would be the perfect time to share my favorite smoothie recipe with you guys too. Forewarning, it’s very simple but tastes absolutely delicious!

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Daily Smoothie:

– 3 strawberries

– ½ of a banana

– 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– a handful of spinach or kale (or a mix of both)

– 1 packet of stevia

– 1 scoop of EVOLUTION_18 Collagen Peptide and Protein Powder 

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Probiotic Beauty Blend Quick Melts

“Beauty starts in your gut. With 10 billion live cultures, this quick melt made up of vital bacteria and essential prebiotic fiber, makes it easy to nourish your guy for a healthy microbiome and in turn, clear and beautiful skin.” If that description alone doesn’t make you want to incorporate this product into your daily routine, then I don’t know what will! In my opinion, probiotics are so important & I genuinely believe all of us should be taking them regularly. These quick melts make it easy to get your daily dose because they come in a convenient packet that you can carry around in your bag & have on hand wherever you are, even when traveling. They are a win-win!

So those are the products I have been using regularly but I am very excited to also try the Beauty Bubbles Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid Tablets (such an easy way to get your collagen in for the day & hydrate your skin because of the hyaluronic acid) as well as the Beauty Glow Capsules with Collagen (I know, I am collagen obsessed). I love that you can find EVOLUTION_18 products in-store at Walmart or online at Walmart.com & that they are in an affordable price range. I can’t recommend this brand enough & couldn’t wait to share them with you all! Check out all of the products below!

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20 Minute No Equipment Workout

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Once upon a time there was a girl who had ample amounts of time to fit in workouts. Then, she had two children, started her own business & stopped working out somewhere along the way. Okay, I know that was the shortest story ever but does some variety of that story feel familiar to you? I can’t be the only one who got busy with life & stopped focusing on my own health!

I’ve honestly had the hardest time being consistent with workouts over the past few years & until recently, I couldn’t even find the energy to begin getting back into a workout regimen.

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Like most people, I have a love-hate relationship with working out. It’s mostly a love relationship, but as I’m sure you can all imagine, it can be super difficult to keep the momentum going & stay committed to exercising more days than not.  To make my life a little easier, I put together a quick & easy 20 minute workout that targets all areas of my body, gets my heartbeat pumping, and is able to be executed in whatever space & time frame I have available. So… let’s hold each other accountable! I encourage you to throw on some of your favorite workout jams & get ready to break a sweat!

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20 MINUTE (NO EQUIPMENT) WORKOUT

Dynamic quadricep stretch (30 seconds)

Standing, use your hand to draw your heel up toward your glute. Draw your knees to touch to deepen the stretch into your quadricep. Allow your opposite arm to reach up over head. Hold here a few breaths & repeat on other side.

Knee Hugs (30 seconds)

Also standing, interlace your hands right below your knee cap & draw your knee up in toward your chest. Try to keep your upper body upright as you breathe deep into your hip flexors. Switch out legs & repeat.

Chest extension stretch (30 seconds)

Interlace your hands behind your low back & draw your hands away from your shoulders (parallel to the ground). Try to keep your rib cage & shoulders down.

Jog in place (60 seconds)

Stay present. Find a steady breath.

REST (60 seconds)

 

Side shuffle (60 seconds)

Begin in an easy squat, feet hip’s width distance, hands clasped in front of you. Now find a gallop (or shuffle) from right to left & then back the other way. Spring off the ground & try to land softly on your feet. You should feel this in your inner & outer thighs.

Reverse lunges (30 seconds)

One foot at a time, step your leg back & lunge down until your knee hovers two inches off the ground. Your front lunge should have your knee stacked directly over your ankle. Alternate legs.

Modified push ups (30 seconds)

Option to take a full push up! Otherwise, drop to your knees & plant your palms wide. Lower down so that your elbows stack over your wrists & exhale as you push back up. Try to keep your tailbone lengthened toward your heels & core engaged!

High knees (30 seconds)

Getting into a bit of cardio, find a jog, but this time lift your knees up in line with your hips. This will take a bit more of a jump & get your heart beat pumping! Try to stay as upright as possible & option to hold your forearms parallel to the ground in front of you & hit your palms with your knees as they lift.

Hip lifts (60 seconds)

Roll onto your back and plant the soles of your feet to the ground hip’s width distance apart. Plant your palms face down alongside your hips. As you inhale, squeeze your glutes & lift your hips up toward the sky. As you exhale, lower all the way back down to the ground. Make sure your tailbone hits the floor every time you lower!

REST (60 seconds)

 

Squats (60 seconds)

Plant your feet hip’s width distance apart, hands to heart center. Inhale, lower down into a squat so that your knees track safely over your second toes. Exhale as you press back up to standing.

Superman (30 seconds)

Lower onto your belly, arms stretched out over head. Inhale, use your back strength to lift your arms & legs up off the ground (just like you’re flying!). Exhale, slowly lower to the floor. This exercise targets your erector spinae (lower back muscles), along with your glutes & hamstrings.

Mountain climbers (30 seconds)

Find a high plank position, with your shoulder stacked over your wrists. Press the floor down and away so that the valley in-between your shoulder blades domes toward the sky (as opposed to sinking in). Draw your knee nose, and alternate as fast as you can!

Arm circles (60 seconds each direction)

Roll up to standing & “T” your arms out to the side. Begin to draw small circles forward from your shoulder joint. Repeat with circles in the opposite direction.

Jumping jacks (30 seconds)

We all know how to do jumping jacks right?! Make sure your heels hit the floor every time! Don’t forget to smile & have fun 🙂

REST (60 seconds)

 

Plank saw (30 seconds)

Come back to high plank pose & then replace where your hands are with your elbows, moving into a forearm plank. Align your hips with your shoulders & press out through your heels. Inhale, shift an inch forward onto your toes, exhale, shift back.

Seated ab twists (30 seconds)

Come to seated with the soles of your feet to the ground. Begin to recline back into a boat pose with a long spine, hands at heart center. Twist right and left, while trying to keep your hips stable. Draw your elbow as close to the ground as you can so that you work deeper into your obliques.

Scissor kicks (30 seconds)

Lay on your back & lengthen one leg up toward the sky perpendicular to the ground. Lift your chest & head off the ground. Now press your belly button toward the floor to engage your core. Keep your upper body engaged & lifted, then switch out your legs. Option to interlace your hands behind your head, elbows wide, & draw your opposite elbow to knee as your scissor your legs. Another option is to keep your lowered leg hovered off the ground to get into your deep transverse abs!

Sit up with punches (30 seconds)

Lay on your back & draw the soles of your feet to the floor. Place your arms up in front of you with your hands in fists like you’re ready to fight. Inhale, roll up through your spine to seated. At the top send out two strong punches, then exhale & roll back down to the floor.

Seal pose (30 seconds)

Roll onto your belly & let your legs easily splay apart about hip’s distance wide. Plant your palms under your shoulders & press yourself up so that your shoulders stack over your wrists. Give the front line of your body a nice long stretch. Slowly lower all the way to the ground.

Seated Forward Fold (30 seconds)

Extend your legs out on front of you & flex both feet. Inhale & reach your arms up over head. As you exhale fold down over your legs. If you’d like to keep this nice and active, as you inhale lengthen your spine and slightly lift your gaze & heart up and forward. As you exhale, deepen your stretch & allow your hamstrings to stretch.

Supine Figure 4 (30 seconds each side)

Lay on your back & cross your right ankle over your left thigh. Now wrap your hands around your left thigh & draw your knee in toward your body. Lengthen your tailbone flat to the floor & try to relax your shoulders away from your face. Repeat on the other side.

Spine twist (30 seconds)

Lying on your back, draw your right knee up into your chest, then guide your knee across your body. “T” out your arms & take your gaze to the right. Anchor both shoulders flat to the floor (more important than getting your knee to the ground). Hold for a few breaths & repeat on the other side.

Butterfly stretch (30 seconds)

Slowly roll up to seated & draw the soles of your feet together to touch, knees wide.    Begin to fold your upper body down toward your feet. Hold here & breathe. Just as slowly, roll back up through your spine back to seated.

How do you feel!? Ready to take on the day? I thought so. Sometimes you just need a little movement to energize your body & prepare for the day ahead. Something is definitely better than nothing & once you start feeling the results, you’ll surely be back for more. I’m always looking for new ways to stay inspired & motivated, so be sure to comment below with tips on how YOU stay active throughout even your busiest week! 

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Husband Tag Video

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This has been my most requested video for the past 3 years & we FINALLY filmed it for you guys! If you’re not subscribed to my YouTube channel then head on over & SUBSCRIBE! I’ve gotten into the rhythm of posting consistently & am hoping to work up to 3 videos per week so don’t miss out on all of those. I hope you guys enjoy this & get to know us a little bit more 🙂

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Friday Favorites | Matching Sets

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I am such a big fan of matching sets & I realized that I don’t wear them enough. I saw this green matching set while shopping in H&M last week & I knew I had to have it! A matching set is a perfect way to look dressed up without thinking too much about an outfit & I love that you can also wear the pieces separately for a more understated look. Plus, if you work in a professional environment, fun prints & colors can really spruce up your workwear attire! I found some beautiful sets below to share with you guys & am curious which one you would wear?

Comment below with your favorite choice!

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Super Bowl Tips & Recipes

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I’m going to be completely honest with you guys & tell you that the main reason I love the Super Bowl isn’t for the football game being played. I love the Super Bowl because I’m a big fan of the parties (mainly the food) & the halftime show. I know, football fans everywhere are crying a little inside. But in my defense, my team hasn’t played in the Super Bowl in a very long time & let’s all be honest with ourselves, who doesn’t love the party food!?

With that being said, I thought it might be fun to put together a post for you guys with a few tips, recipes & must-haves for your Super Bowl Sunday festivities.

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TIPS

-Get all of your shopping done Friday evening or Saturday morning. This will save you time & a headache because the stores aren’t as crowded. Trust me, I’ve made the mistake of going on a Saturday afternoon & it was a nightmare!

-Make a list beforehand & stick to it! This way you’re not wandering aimlessly & picking up things you don’t actually need.

-DON’T FORGET THE FEBREZE! Sorry for the caps but this is one of the most important (and often time forgotten) things that every Super Bowl Party needs. With all of the chips & queso, pizza & cheese platters, you CAN’T forget the Febreze! You guys know I keep a bottle of Febreze in every room of our home & I can promise that it will save you – and your home – from all of the smells of your favorite Super Bowl foods & their after-effects (gross but we all know it happens with a house full of guys)! If you want to have a good laugh, go watch this video Febreze created with Terrell Owens! I seriously couldn’t stop laughing & know you guys will get a kick out of it as well!

-Last tip – Prep everything you can the night before! I like to put up all of the decorations once my boys are in bed & prep any food that I can. This makes the day of the party so much less stressful!

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RECIPES

-Our family loves bite sized caprese skewers. They’re so simple to make & absolutely delicious! Grab a toothpick (or appetizer stick if you want to be fancy) & skewer 1 cherry tomato, 1 rolled up basil leaf & 1 bite sized piece of mozzarella. Then right before the party starts, drizzle balsamic glaze over the top of the skewers.

-It’s not a Super Bowl party without chips & queso in my opinion! We love to keep it simple & combine 1 can of vegetarian chili with 1 jar of queso dip, heat it up on the stove & serve. When you’re cooking for a big group of people, it’s nice to save a bit of time on some of the appetizers!

-A cheese platter is one of my favorite things to eat so it is a party staple for us! Some of our favorite things to include are: Dried apricots, almonds, candied walnuts, jalapeño jelly, honey & assorted crackers. Always make sure to have a good assortment of cheese as well! Some of our favorites are Unexpected Cheddar, Port Salut, Gouda, Honey Goat Cheese, Brie & Pepper Jack for our boys.

-We love a good Stromboli in our house & I love that it’s easy to make as well as easy to serve. We have used the recipe below for years except I use a veggie meat substitute since the boys & I don’t eat meat. Also, I love that you can switch up the ingredients to whatever you prefer & use different sauces depending on your preference! (Tip: Buy pre-made pizza dough to save a ton of time!)

SPICY CHICKEN STROMBOLI

Dough

3/4 cup warm water

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons yeast

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour as needed

Filling

1 pound boneless chicken breast (or Veggie Meat Substitute)

1/4 cup sauce (we use All Spice Cafe-Chipotle Garlic)

2 tablespoons butter melted

1 cup diced onions

1 3/4 cup Pepper Jack (or cheese of preference)

Oil, Parmesan & Fresh Parsley for topping

Directions

• In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Stir and let sit until
yeast becomes active and mixture looks foamy. Add in remaining ingredients (except
white flour) and begin to mix with dough hook. As dough comes together, add as much
white flour as you need so that dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
Once dough has enough flour, let mixer run for 5-8 minutes longer in order to knead
dough. Once done, spray with oil and set aside. Let rest for 45 minutes.
• While dough is rising, cook chicken (We bake ours in the oven but anyway works)
Once chicken is cooked through, dice into 1-2 inch cubes and combine with Sauce and
Butter (your Sauce to Butter ratio will determine the heat: More Sauce=hotter.)
• Pre-heat oven to 425˚ with a baking stone (we just use a baking pan)
• Once dough has risen, role out into a 16 inch rectangle with the 16 inch edge parallel to
your body. Leaving a 1 inch border, spread chicken over dough (drizzle a little of the extra
Sauce over the chicken-about 2-3 T). Sprinkle Onions and cheese (the amount of
cheese is really up to you- I give you suggestions.) Beginning with the side closest to you, begin to roll the Stromboli away from you. When finished, seal each end edge and
the long edge by pinching the dough. Cut three-four slits in the top and brush with olive
oil and sprinkle with fresh parsley and parmesan. Slide onto baking stone (or sheet tray)
and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the filling begins to bubble out and the crust is golden. Let cool slightly before cutting.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I would love for you guys to comment below with
your favorite Super Bowl recipes as well, so I have a few new options! Have a fun & safe Super Bowl Sunday!

**Special thanks to Febreze for being the real MVP of the Super Bowl AND for sponsoring this post!**

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How To Meet Genuine People In A New City

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Let’s be honest, once you’re out of school it becomes way more difficult to be social and build a new community in a brand new place. Add marriage and kids into the mix and it becomes even more challenging to find time for anything but your family. Not that this is at ALL a bad thing (because it most definitely is not!), but it can be isolating and keep you closed off from others, especially when you move to a new city and know absolutely no one. Last year we moved out of central LA and into a smaller surrounding city that is much more family friendly. Though I absolutely love it here, one of the hardest parts about the move was moving further away from my friends. I’ve always been lucky enough to have family members or longtime friends live right down the street, so this was definitely new for me. Small talk is my personal worst nightmare (if you’ve met me, you know I’m absolutely terrible at it), so getting outside of my home-life bubble was definitely a bit of an uncomfortable stretch, but in order to form a strong local support system for myself and my family, I knew I had to push myself outside of my comfort zone and seek opportunities to connect with new people. The question then became, “Where do I find genuine, kind, and reliable humans to form relationships with as an adult?” After almost a year in this new city, this is what I’ve come up with…

Friends of Friends

I remember when we first decided to move and people were just learning about our plans. More often than not we’d hear, ”Oh, my _____ lives there. I should give you their info!” It’s crazy how small the world is, and how someone always seems to have a friend or acquaintance they’re dying to introduce you to. So let them! Tap your closest resources first. These are the people you already love and trust, so most likely whoever they introduce you to will have common interests, similar mindsets, and a personality that meshes well with yours. The bonus is that you can have group get togethers with your mutual friend and expand your circle quickly.

Family-Friendly Establishments

Another way to find genuine people is to get out of the house and frequent family-friendly places. My kids love a trip to Dave and Busters (who doesn’t!?), where there are always a ton of families out and about. Not that everyone is going to be the perfect match as playmates, but we often notice some of the same people wherever we go; whether that be a specific arcade, restaurant, playground, store, or park. By letting common interests dictate who we are around, we may find ourselves another family looking for people who share the same interests and hobbies.

The Neighborhood

Sometimes we don’t even have to leave our building to find families with common interests! Our new building is set up to surround a beautiful enclosed area with a pool, BBQ patio, work space, gym, and other lifestyle amenities that many residents take advantage of on a daily basis. No surprise, but last summer my kids spent most of their time at the pool. I found myself constantly talking with other parents, and interacting with a lot of other kids from the building. This was an excellent way to get to know our neighbors. It’s comforting to know that there are other sets of eyes on the safety of my kids, and to also be able to offer the same support in return!

Work

Jumping a little bit away from meeting other child-bearing families, a great way to find genuine adults is through work. Adam and I have it a little different because we mostly work for ourselves. But even so, through photography, acting, and blogging, we often find ourselves working alongside others, whether that be a client, an assistant, or a co-star. The workforce is always a reliable place to meet people because you spend large stretches of time together, and already have common interests through lifestyle and passion of occupation.

Congregation

And last but not least, turning to members of our congregation is always a wonderful way to meet kind, new, people. Not only are places of worship already all about community and leaning on one another for support, but they also tend to draw in those who are genuinely looking to connect, and be the best humans they can be. 

I’m not saying that I’ve successfully executed all these social experiments quite yet, but I am definitely going to continue to use these ideas to grow my family’s social network in our new city. Please comment below and let me know some of your best tricks to meet new, genuine, people!

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Current Skincare Routine & Favorites

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I’m going to be honest, I filmed this video over a month ago & just never got around to posting it with how busy the holidays were. BUT that doesn’t matter because I’m still using these same exact products (some I have repurchased recently because they work wonders) so this is still my current skincare routine! I have added a few more goodies into the mix recently though, so I’ll list those for you guys as well! Enjoy the breakdown below of all the products that make up my current skincare regimen.

First up is this age-defying exfoliator that comes from Dr. Brandt, a reputable skincare line that fuses science with active botanicals to yield results that refine the texture of my skin and give me a gorgeous, healthy glow.

These toner pads from Arcona are amazing! They use white tea extract and rice milk to nourish the skin, while a little cranberry extract helps to clarify & protect my skin with its essential fatty-acids, and vitamin-rich composition.

Also from Arcona, I am in love with this  activating essence. It’s perfect for a boost of rehydration, while it also helps to improve the elasticity & overall complexion of my skin.

If you haven’t tried Edible Beauty products yet, it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon! And I promise you won’t regret it. This Australian company uses pure, organic ingredients, which yield products that are so “clean” you could eat them. Vegan, hypoallergenic, & cruelty-free, what better product to put on your skin?! Right now I am obsessed with a couple different products:

First, this illuminating face oil is a great solution for dry skin, uneven texture, & loss of elasticity. It’s nourishing, rejuvenating, & supports natural collagen production to make my face look bright & radiant.

Next up is this intensive repair night cream. Deeply nourishing & moisturizing, this cream soothes dryness, redness, & irritation, & helps to boost the firmness of my skin.

And finally we have this ageless serum, which helps to reverse all my fine lines & wrinkles by charging them with antioxidants, SPF, & some of Edible Beauty’s wild-crafted botanical magic.

Another brand that I am using a lot of lately is Elemis. This company is the #1 luxury brand in Britain, & uses a combination of cutting-edge science & ingredients sourced from nature,  to produce ground-breaking & innovative skincare formulas. Here are the Elemis products that I’m currently super into:

This pro-collagen anti-wrinkle eye cream is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines & nourish the area around the eyes. It also uses an anti-oxidant derived from seaweed to lock in moisture & produce smooth & firm skin.

I cannot express how much I love this super cleansing treatment balm! Another pro-collagen product (I’m obsessed), this balm helps to dissolve makeup & other daily skin residue, leaving me with a complexion that is intensely clean & full of natural glow.

And last but not least, I heavily rely on this reviving peptide eye cream. This product targets dark circles & puffiness, making my eyes look bright, well-rested, all the while improving the elasticity & firmness of my skin.

Now that you have all the details be sure to test out these products for yourself, and get the gorgeous, youthful, glowing complexion you’ve always dreamed about!

Comment below with YOUR favorite skincare product of the moment!