REVIEW Planet Box Rover Lunch Kit

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This post contains advertising content, but opinions are my very own.

 

Hi there, how are you guys doing this week? I cannot believe Christmas is only 3 days away. With that said, we are only a few more days away from the New Year.

2018 is going to be a big year for us. Isabel is going to start pre-school. Having her away from home for a couple of hours gives me all the feels. Am I prepared for that? Is she going to be okay? Is she going to eat good?

To make sure Isabel will be eating good, I decided to look for a good quality snack/lunchbox. I soon found Planetbox. (Call me a hippie if you want,) I love taking good care of my children’s health and toxin free products are something I am always looking for. Planetbox  products are amazing because they are non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead. They also come in three different styles (Shuttle, Rover, and Launch).

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We got the Rover lunch box because it is the perfect size for kids, it is divided in small portions, versatile and has two little containers that I love because it means less plastic bags, paper or any type of trash that hurts my heart and conscience.

One of the things that make Planetbox my favorite is because their products are stainless and dishwasher safe. So, after a busy day, I can just put the whole metal lunch box in the dishwasher and not worry about a thing (big plus).  I find it very stylish as well. I absolutely love the metal look. It is so modern.

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Here is an idea of how I pack Isabel’s lunch:

*If you have a picky toddler like me, you have to be creative, in this lunch box I packed pretty much everything she loves*

Gold fish crackers

Cheddar cheese in cubes

Some fruit (Mango, grapes, orange and/or berries)

Strawberry Yogurt

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I am impressed with our Rover lunchbox and I would totally recommend it if you have preschoolers like me or have kids in general. Although Isa isn’t in school yet, it’s been great for road trips, adventures to the park, and for play date snacks.  Even Gregory (my husband) wants a Planetbox of his own.

What do you pack your kid’s lunch?

 

Thanks for checking in.

          Bianca

xoxo

The Huishes New Christmas Tradition

Hey there, how are you guys doing?

I cannot believe Christmas is only 14 days away! Isn’t that so wonderful? I adore this time of the year so much. I love the music, the food, the spirit, the decor and pretty much everything related to Christmas. But what I like most about this season is adding traditions to our family.

As some of you might know we added a new member to our family this yea. I am so excited to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of four. I really hope it goes just as good as it sounds! HAHA.

Voilà! A new Huish family tradition was born!!!

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Throughout this year Greg and I have been thinking about cookies a lot. Why not, right? I mean who doesn’t love cookies? Said no one else ever.

So, let me tell you a bit more about this year’s new tradition. Every Sunday of December we bake cookies to gift to our families and friends. It is fun activity for the little ones and it is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with each other. Isabel loves being involved in the kitchen, and even Nora was there with us while we talked, played, listened to Christmas songs and baked the cookies.

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Because the cookies turned out so delicious, here is the recipe so you can try it and tell me what you think 😊

 

Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

½ Cup of Salted butter (Room temperature)

¾ Cup Granulated white sugar

1 Egg

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

½ Tsp Baking Powder

2 Cups of All-Purposed Flour

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Begin with placing the butter in a bowl with sugar and beat until smooth.

Add egg and mix well.

Add the vanilla and baking powder.

Then add the flour one cup at a time and mix until the ingredients are combined.

*this recipe required the dough to chill in the freezer* but because I am Brazilian, and I almost never follow recipes all the way, I did not put the dough to chill and the cookies turned out just fine. If you want you can try putting them in the freezer, but if you don’t, they can still turn out great. So, do not worry about it if you are in a hurry like I was.

 

Bake the cookies for 6-9 mins and let it cool before decorating.  Make sure you watch your cookies, they can go from perfectly done to burnt in a matter of second it seems.  That’s what happened to us with the first few.

 

And that’s it!!! I hope you guys try it out and let me know how it went.

May we always remember the real meaning of Christmas which is Jesus Christ.

 

Have a Merry Christmas!

 

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Idea: JORD Wood Watches

Olive & Acacia Wood Watch

This post contains advertising content, but opinions are my very own.

Hi there, how are you doing today?

I can’t believe it is December already and Christmas is just around the corner. With this crazy and busy life of mine, I decided to start shopping for the holidays a little earlier this year. I gifted my husband with what is in my opinion, one of the most elegant and sophisticated watches I have ever seen, plus it is a wood watch. Yes! You heard it right. It is a wood watch. So, I invited my husband to do a quick review of it and I am so excited to share with you his thoughts about JORD Watch.

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Hey!  This is Greg, Bianca’s husband and I am the owner of the watch in question.  I’m here to share with you my thoughts on the watch.  My most recent watch purchase was a smartwatch, so this watch is a complete contrast.

The watch is by JORD, it’s part of their Dover series & I opted for the Olive & Acacia Wood variant.  It also comes in 4 other wood combinations which you can find on their website.  For me, I chose the Olive & Acacia variation because of the wood’s significance in history.  It also turns out the combination works well with my skin tone & wardrobe color preferences, so it ended up being a great choice.

Going from my first smartwatch to my first wooden & automatic watch, I have a really enjoyed a new-found appreciation for a more natural, cord-free timepiece.  This watch is made to last, with the sapphire glass protecting the face & the automatic timepiece, no batteries needed.  Again, a stark difference from my smartwatch.

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This watch stands out!  Using this watch while out-&-about and at work people have taken notice.  The inviting wooden band & casing catches people’s attention, then they are even more impressed with the open face showing the inner workings of the timepiece.  They usually ask if it is comfortable or if it feels cheap.  On my wrist, it is very comfortable, & it feels great.  The weight is perfect, & the wood links are smooth & secure, no pinching & no hair pulling.  The numbers are large and easily visible.

Without a doubt this watch is great!  I love it & I fully recommend this watch for yourself or as a gift.  JORD has quite a few other options in their online shop.  They also offer sizing and engravings, both on the watch & on its wooden box.  Take advantage of the exclusive savings as well! (Below)

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Since it is the holiday season, JORD is giving my followers a 25% off discount! Their watches would be a great gift for men and woman. The codes are limited, and it ends December 15th, 2017 so hurry up & make sure you put in your information, so they can deliver your discount code!

I hope you can find some inspiration for the perfect gift for your loved ones and enjoy the 25% off code. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

– Bianca

xoxo

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Thankful for Small Shops

Hi there, how are you guys doing this week?

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I wanna start this post by reminding all of us about the beautiful feeling of gratitude that involves this holiday season. I have so much to be grateful for. This year we added a new member to our little family (Nora), I started the blog and a YouTube channel, we moved from a small town to a much bigger city and we found the perfect place for us. There is just so much, so much to thank God for, all the many blessings in our lives. I am extremely thankful for all your support and love. It keeps pushing me to be better and keep my work going. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I am extremely thankful for each one of you. 

I am grateful that in this short journey I have found some amazing entrepreneurs whose items inspire my style as a momma and my personal style.  So, two weeks ago I came across these two Esty shops and I completely fell in love with them. They became two of my favorites shops for accessories for babies and toddlers. I absolutely love their products and so do my girls.

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Britt is a very talented momma from New Jersey. She makes the most beautiful and very stylish top knot turbans. I love them because they are so in right now. They add the perfect touch to any outfit. The fabric is soft, and the prints are so cute. I think a little girl cannot have too many turbans and they make the perfect gift for the holidays. I am considering getting one for me too, so I can match with my girls. New Girls Knots sent over a promo for my followers as well! If you use the code MOMMA10 at her Esty shop you can get 10% off. How awesome is that? Check out her shop here.

 

Mommy and Me Chewelry

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Marissa is the creator and owner of Mommy and Me Chewelry. When Isabel was little I always complained that she was always chewing on my necklaces, so I mostly stopped wearing jewelry. This time, when Nora started teething I decided that it was time to try out Mommy and Me Chewelry.  And guess what? I LOVE IT and so does baby Nora! I regret that I did not want to spend the money with this product when Isa was a baby. This is a life saver for me because it can keep Nora calm and entertained while sitting on my lap, plus Marissa’s products are handmade, BPA free and so stylish. Check out her shop here.

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I am a big support of small shops, especially when their products are so amazing and handmade which adds so much love in each piece. I love these two Esty shops and I hope you love them as well.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for checking in

xoxo

 

 

 

My Tiny Wonder Woman

In honor of World Prematurity Day, today I decided to share with you some of Isabel’s story, from my point of view anyways.

I remember like it was today, the day I took that pregnancy test and two lines showed up.  It was a Thursday night and my husband, Gregory, and I spent the evening playing volleyball with friends at church.  When we finally made it back home, without telling Gregory, I took a pregnancy test that night.  I saw two lines showing up in that plastic, purple, dollar store test.  Immediately I started shaking and screaming.  Gregory hurried to the bathroom quite a bit nervous asking what was going on. He saw the pregnancy test in the bathroom sick.

–       What do two lines mean? He asked.

–       We are having a baby. I said.

We could not believe it! Having been married for only 4 months and already with a baby on the way.  How crazy and scary! Both of us cried happy tears of excitement that night.

The next week, at 5 weeks of pregnancy, I had my first prenatal appointment.  It was in a small clinic that I enjoyed visiting. The doctors and nurses were so friendly and nice to me.  I felt completely secure to be their patient at that time. They asked for some blood work as well as a pee sample. It was confirmed then, that baby Huish’s due date was April fourth of two thousand fifteen.  The following 10 weeks were miserable.  I could not eat or drink anything without vomiting and getting ready in the morning was impossible.

When I hit the second trimester, everything was almost back to normal.  I had my energy, appetite, and disposition back.  At 22 weeks, I had an ultrasound scheduled.  Gregory and I got at the clinic a couple minutes early. We were extremely excited to find out if we were having a boy or a girl and of course, my husband was cheering for a boy.

We were shown in to the room. The ultrasound technician started by showing us the baby’s legs, arms, fingers, head, and heart.  For me, that little tiny human looked a lot like a shrimp.  After a couple of minutes talking about how tiny the baby was, the technician finally told us that we could start buying everything in pink.  We were having a little girl!  How exciting!  But after all the joy and excitement, she took a moment and called the doctor, Dr. Evans.

The Doctor came into the room where we were and they both watched the images together. He told us that our baby was measuring weeks behind and because of that, he would need us to go do a level two ultrasound so they could make sure everything was okay with the baby. We were so excited to finally being able to call the baby, “She”, and to start buying clothes for her that we did not care much about doing a more expensive ultrasound.

I had done at least 6 level two ultrasounds by week 32, and in all of them, baby girl was measuring small.  So, going to the hospital every week was a lot of work and planning for Gregory and me because we lived an hour away from the hospital, in a small border town called Douglas. The appointments would last around an hour or so, and afterwards we would always go out for a lunch date, which was fun.

The weeks passed by and suddenly I was 36 weeks. It was a Thursday morning, going to a routine appointment to check on baby girl when at this time a Doctor called Silva, who was the main doctor at the clinic, came to our room and told us that the baby had Intrauterine growthrestriction (IUGR), which is basically when the baby has a poor growth while in the mother’s womb during pregnancy.

IUGR is dangerous and in most cases, the baby would be healthier receiving more nutrients outside the belly. For this reason, the doctor told us to come to the hospital again in three days, on a Sunday afternoon, to be induced.  We were shocked! I left the hospital room miserable, feeling awful about my body not being able to keep my little one safe.

On Sunday morning, I woke up early, prepared mine and the baby’s bag. We went to sacrament meeting and afterwards, straight to the hospital.  Getting there, I did the check-in, and a nurse took me to the room where I was going to deliver my baby.  The room was huge, and red. Yes, the room was RED! Crazy, right?  I think the color was a little disturbing but it was okay I guess. My amazing and loving husband gave me a blessing and then the nurse administered the inducing medicine via IV.

The next day was Monday, I was in so much pain that talking was almost impossible. Miserably, I asked for pain medicine because I could not take that situation any longer. So, they gave me an epidural and my water broke in that afternoon.  My mom and sister got there to support me while my contractions were getting stronger every minute.  Pushing was the worst part of all. I pushed for hours and soon my beautiful baby girl was there, real and with us but, I did not have the chance to hold her.  She was born with some breathing problems and because of that, they took her straight to the NICU.

The next day, the pediatrician let me see but not hold my girl. She had tons of machines and tubes around her. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen but she was strong and she wanted to live.

It took her a whole week to get better and finally could go home with us. Everybody was so excited. Now she is a healthy and strong two-year-old. Every day of my life I will give thanks to my Father in Heaven for the opportunity given to be Isabel’s mother.  She is the light of my heart, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Thanks for checking in.

xoxo

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Hi everybody,

This week’s post is not mine but from a very talented blogger friend of mine. I am very exciting for her to share this yummy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp recipe with you as we are getting closer to the holidays!

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Hi there, I’m Kara! Founder of Life Well Lived, lover of allll things chocolate, obsessed with recreating recipes to be healthier, and creator of Transform: Nutrition Bootcamp {where I’ve helped hundreds of women change their nutrition, lose weight, and change their lives}.

It’s November again, and if you’re anything like me, there’s so much to look forward to about this season. With the exception of the colder temps, I love the changing colors, the time with family, and all the delicious desserts that come with this time of year.

In my family, Thanksgiving can’t be celebrated without apple crisp. It’s a seasonal staple in our house. But this year I’m especially excited for apple crisp because of this easy + simple + delicious recipe. But the best part of this recipe is that it’s free of all the added sugars that most crisps contain. This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp is sweetened with only pure maple syrup. I promise, your friends and family won’t even know it’s a healthier version.

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You can prep it ahead of time and store in the fridge for a day or two. And when you’re ready to make it just pop it in the oven to bake.

This apple crisp has the perfect sweet, crisp topping with soft, cinnamon apples. The perfect dessert or breakfast {don’t you love when a dessert can act as a breakfast too?!}. The warm apple smell that will fill your house is enough of a reason to make this recipe.

 The secret ingredient to my crisp is using Seven Sundays Blueberry Chia Buckwheat Muesli. Side note: my family is now obsessed with their cereal. I love that they use simple ingredients, no refined sugars, and it’s delicious. Immediately, I knew after my first bite that I needed to use it for my next recipe. You can snag some here. If you choose not to use the muesli, I’ve included a substitute below.

 And if you’re wanting to learn proven strategies that I personally use to prevent holiday weight gain this year, join me in my next LIVE masterclass! It’s FREE and I’ll be showing you how to find balance this holiday season. You can enjoy your favorite foods without going up a size in your jeans! You can register for my free class: 5 Simple Steps To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain HERE!

Want to discover more secrets to fat loss and simple + easy + delicious recipes? Then check out  Life Well Lived. You can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram @karaswanson.

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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

6-8 apples cored, sliced {and peeled if that’s what you prefer}

1 1/2 cup Seven Sundays Blueberry Chia Buckwheat Muesli*

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup pure maple syrup {or honey}

1/4 cup coconut oil {melted}{or olive oil}

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a bowl mix apple slices and cinnamon together then add to 8×8 pan.

3. Mix the rest of ingredients well and spread onto the apples.

4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and topping is golden brown.  

 

This would be PERFECT with homemade coconut whip cream or a scoop of Coconut Bliss ice cream!  

*If you aren’t using the muesli, use 1 cup gluten-free oats and ½ cup chopped nuts {almond, pecans, cashews}.

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I cant wait for you to try this Gluten-Free Apple Crisp! It would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving.

Thank you for checking in

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Balance

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Hi there, how are you guys doing? We have been doing amazing, except the girls who were NOT going to sleep the last couple of days. This week’s post is about how I keep my life in balance, or at least how I try to keep life in balance, I mean, just last night I had a mini breakdown and I found myself crying a bit.  Maintaining balance is an ongoing, fluid process. If you haven’t found out yet, you will, because being a wife and a mother is so consuming.  Seriously, it is SO CONSUMING guys! I constantly find myself in the middle of a mess trying to catch up with all the things I need to do for my husband, for myself and for my two little girls and still run a house. Life just easily gets busy for me with all the things that my mind tells me need to be done today and not tomorrow.

When I became a mother, I was 21 years old and It was so overwhelming. I had to give up so many things to be what I saw as a “good” mother at that time. Honestly looking back, I think I made things a lot harder just because in that time I did not know what I know today. Recently, I became a mother of two and the idea of motherhood keeps pushing me to fight for my goals and dreams so in the future my girls will be proud of their momma.  So, I hope that you can find some inspiration here to keep up the good work.

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For me, my mother is my greatest inspiration. She works so hard to achieve her dreams in life. I love that! I have seen how her priorities move her to reaching her goal time after time. I think setting priorities helps me feel secure and less stressed for the challenges that always appear when spending the day with my kids.

1-      I put God first. He is my strength, my Lord, and my Father. My relationship with God is something I always want and will put first above anything and anybody else.

2-      In second place comes my relationship with myself. I came to the conclusion that I am the only one that is responsible for my happiness. And if wife is happy, husband is happy. HAHA. Same thing with the kids. Plus, when I feel good about myself, consequently I feel good about the people around me. So, take a shower and put some make up on mama! Feel pretty and love your new life as a mother.

3-      Then, comes the relationship with my husband. He is amazing I love him so much!  He might as well be in with number 2 because he completes me (he came up with this last part & made me include it).

4-      In fourth place comes my children. I do everything I can to let them know that they are very important to me, that I love them and want the very best for them.  Don’t get me wrong, my girls are a priority for me (that’s why they are on the list), but I have found that they are not the center of my life because they aren’t the center of the world either.  Some day they will grow up and need to build their own life with their spouse, and I will still have my first three priorities.

So, this is how I keep my balance, by giving some and taking some. Life is always busy, but when I am healthy, my mind is calm, and I am happy I feel like I am in good balance.

Take care of yourself and thanks for checking in

xoxo