Month: February 2016

Recipe Share: Zucchini Boats

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Looking for a healthy recipe that the whole family will love AND that only takes 20 minutes to make? I got your back.

We just came back from a cruise so I wanted to get back to our normal eating routine habits and loose the weight I gained while we were gone. Plus, we had no money to eat out!

So, here it is:

ZUCCHINI BOATS

2-4 whole zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise and hollowed (I iust used a spoon to scoop out the insides)
Meatballs
(I buy chicken meatballs by Aidells)

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Spaghetti sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

The meatballs I buy are already pre-cooked so I just have to warm them in a saucepan with the spaghetti sauce.

While this is cooking, cut and hollow the zucchini and place in a baking dish.

Once the meatballs and sauce are hot, place meatballs inside the “boats” top with sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

Cook for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Why coming back from a cruise sucks


  1. LAUNDRY. Good God the laundry. First, there’s all your and your spouse’s crap from vacation, but then the kids somehow managed to wear ALL of their clothes in the 4 days you were gone. Plus, someone peed in their bed, so there’s extra bed sheets to be washed.
  2. You have to make your own bed again. Dammit! And no cute towel animals!IMG_2323
  3. Not pooping alone! Enough said.
  4. Not begging and pleading with your kids to eat. Every meal. Every day.
  5. Sleeping in/ guaranteed nap every day. I didn’t sleep in every day (I woke up to work out), but after breakfast and the pool, I did take a nap EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
  6. Room Service. Want chocolate chip cookies at 10 p.m.? Room service. Cheese pizza at Noon? Room service. Just call and food is delivered. You don’t even have to get out of bed until someone knocks on your door. With food.
  7. Not weighing yourself. See Room Service above.
  8. No cell phones. There are WiFi services available on ships now, but my husband and I literally LOCK our phones in the safe or put them on airplane mode, so we have no interruptions of Facebook notifications, e-mails, texts or anything else bothering us.
  9. Roaming bartenders serving you. Mimosa or a Bellini poolside? Don’t mind if I do. I’ll just lay right here basking in the sunlight while you go grab that for me.

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Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck

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I know Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about your significant other or spouse, but I’ve ALWAYS celebrated it as a day of LOVE. We send Valentine’s to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and even old co-workers! So, the fact that my husband and I don’t have “Big Valentine’s Day plans” isn’t really that big of a deal to me. But if you are stuck with your kiddos this weekend, here are 7 ways we have been celebrating WITH the kids so that Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck:

1) DONUTS! Because who doesn’t love donuts?!

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2) Mommy and me Mani/Pedis

I used Jamberry on my nails and paint on my toes and the girls’ toes. You could turn this into a date and actually go to a nail salon, but I just DIYed it at home.

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3) Ice Skating!

If you have a rink nearby, this is a fun option! We are thinking of taking the kids but aren’t sure they even make skates big enough for them! Maybe next year!

4) A boat ride

We did this last year and it was awesome! We took a boat out of Clearwater Marina and did a dolphin cruise.

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5) BAKE!

Cookies and brownies and frosting, oh my!

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6) Craft

Hand and footprint crafts are a favorite around here! Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!

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7) Learning Activities

I got a few printable here to practice our ABCs and color recognition. I also made a name puzzle and a number matching game.

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