One of my favorite things to eat in the summer are fish tacos. They are so light, refreshing, and delicious. They also go great with margs, and any marg-friendly food is a favorite of mine 🙂 I often make these as bowls to make them a bit healthier, especially since I avoid gluten. You can use GF corn tortillas or corn chips if you prefer, or can even use a lettuce wrap to make them more like a taco. These are paleo-friendly and are also one of my favorite FWTFL low carb or low macro day meals. This recipe is one of the 8 recipes I include in my Healthy Eating Tips + Recipes Guide (FWTFL and paleo-friendly), which you can download here. But I wanted to share one recipe for free to give you a good idea of what is included. So, here ya go!
I tend to stick to a “capsule” for each season. Some pieces are sustainable and timeless staples I wear every year and a few are more on trend pieces that are more affordable but don’t last beyond that style’s moment. For this year’s Spring/Summer 2019 Style Capsule, I included some tried and true favorites:
A good summer weight button down shirt: My favorite style are the Central and Courier Shirts from Madewell. They are slightly oversized and drapey, but just enough. This yellow is a great bold color choice, and this striped one is also pretty for summer and would work well into fall. This indigo one from Target is a really soft and drapey Tencel and a budget-friendly option.
Denim cutoffs: I feel like IG influencers are always recommending denim cutoffs, and every time I see them I’m like “yeah, maybe on your size 2 body, but those will never work on my size 10 frame!” They are often too tight and usually too short. I like my cut-offs to be a 5 inch inseam and these from Madewell are made for curvy bodies like mine. These from Old Navy are slimmer but also 5 inches, so better for slimmer thighs when you still want a tiny bit more length.
You can shop them directly below and you can also find them in my LIKEtoKNOW.it profile. I regularly update these with current links with style selects for each season.
Ok, next let’s talk swimsuits! The only thing I used to hate more than shorts were swimsuits. But not this year. This year I feel better about myself and I also got to a point where I have no effs to give. I’m not letting a little cellulite or wobbly bits or a lack of thigh gap or a belly pooch that grew three babies to stop me from wearing a swimsuit and have fun with my kids this summer. I’m done with that. Let’s all wear the swimsuits! Here are a bunch of cute ones that will help us fake it till we make it 🙂
So, who’s in? Who is gonna wear a swimsuit and some cut offs and just have fun with their kids this summer? Thighs and wobbly bits and cellulite and all.
We’re in the midst of potty training over here (for the last time, yay!) It isn’t going as smoothly as I expected or as easy as it did with my older two. I guess I just thought that the baby brother would want to be just like his older brothers and would take to it rather quickly. But Quincy… well, Quincy can’t be forced to do anything before he is ready and it seems like he just isn’t quite ready. He is three and a couple months and while he has successfully used the potty a couple of times it seems to have actually caused him more problems in the long run. He now holds his poop for days which causes constipation and harder to pass bowel movements. He can’t be bribed with a sticker chart or rewards or new undies, which worked great with my oldest son at a much younger age. He is also my oldest to start preschool (he’ll start this fall) so we haven’t been able to rely on his seeing his peers going potty to get him over the threshold of being interested, which is what worked for my middle son.
I get lots of requests for a potty training post and I’ve wanted to share one for a while (I actually had one drafted after we potty trained Calvin but it just never came to life), but since I can’t seem to potty train Quincy I started to feel like a fraud. How can I give advice on potty training when I can’t potty train my own? But then I realized I have potty trained two other kids and I have learned a lot from trying to potty train Quincy, and while we aren’t there quite yet I think I’ve got a lot to share on the topic that might be helpful to those of you who are also attempting or preparing or in the midst of potty training.Read More
It has been a long time since I did a giveaway, but I never miss out on a chance to shower a fellow mother with gifts and goodies. So I’ve gathered up some stuff that I love so I can give one of my readers a special Mother’s Day treat. The full giveaway is in my instagram feed (look for the photo above) but I wanted to detail the prizes here. Also, leave a comment below sharing something motherhood has taught you for a bonus entry!
This post is sponsored by Merion Village Dental, but the experience and opinions are my own.
I know I’m not the first person or only person to struggle with dental anxiety. Going to the dentist is probably one of the more common anxieties out there. But my fear is big and intense, sometimes crippling. I have been scared since I was little, when I had to go to the dentist just to get my teeth pulled because they didn’t fall out easily on their own. I didn’t have a dentist with a good bedside manner and he wasn’t great with kids. I had to be numbed to have my teeth pulled and the needle in my gum was traumatizing. Everything about it was horrible. And I have carried that with me ever since. I dread the dentist. I avoid the dentist. And by the time I finally go, little problems have developed into bigger problems and the visit is much more invasive than would have been necessary. What would have been a simple filling turns into needing a crown. I even had a root canal once, when I was pregnant with Quincy. Talk about traumatizing!
I never had a cavity until I was an adult. Unfortunately I am a jaw clenched and grinder, and years of it meant I had unknowingly whittled down the enamel of my teeth, leaving them less protected and more prone to cavities. Add to that three pregnancies that really did a number on my dental health (which is really common in pregnant women) and now that I’m 40 my teeth are suffering from neglect and abuse, largely caused by my own anxiety during the decade that I was pregnant and busy with young children.
I was three years overdue for a visit to the dentist and I could tell I had at least one tooth that needed attention. But it took my son head butting me in the mouth and accidentally chipping my front tooth to get me to make an appointment. Because I can deal with pain, but a chipped front tooth is my line. Even still, the anxiety building for days before my visit was rough. Here is how I helped alleviate it a bit:Read More
Most parents are pretty vigilant about watching kids closely when swimming or near a pool or the ocean. But there is just as much of a drowning risk for small children when you aren’t swimming, and because parents aren’t as aware of the risks it is probably even more dangerous.
As parents, we’ve educated ourselves on water safety while in the water, the signs of drowning, what to do during a potential drowning emergency – but it’s also vital to be aware of accidents that can happen even if you’re not actively swimming. Whether that is being in proximity of an accessible pool, the bathtub, or even a bucket of water it is imperative to be aware of any potential drowning hazards. Young kids need only seconds and 2 inches of water to drown. That means drowning can happen where you’d least expect it — the sink, the toilet, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater. It really is that easy. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help prevent drowning when you aren’t actively swimming from our friends at Goldfish Swim School: Read More