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Wow Summit 2016! | Discount Code |

Hey Y'all! I am excited to announce that I will be attending the 2016 WOW Summit by Mom's Meet!
I am THRILLED to be going to this conference again! If you remember, I attended about 2 years ago when it was hosted in Orlando (see that blog post here). 
Well, now the conference this year is being hosted in D.C.!
 For those that do not know I am originally from Maryland, just an hour north of D.C. So to say I'm a little excited for this trip is an understatement. 
Not only am I looking forward to enjoying the crisp Maryland fall air (that I miss here in Florida), but I am excited to network and learn alongside likeminded bloggers and moms! I learned SO much from the last conference that I can only imagine what I'll learn this year.

There are going to be some great sponsors this year! I'm personally excited for So Delicious seeing I use their coffee creamer in my coffee every morning!
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Oh and don't forget about the amazing speakers! You will learn so much! : http://greenmomsmeet.com/summit16/speakers.html

Want to join me!!?? I have a special code JUST for you. Take 15% off the ticket price with this code:
  JSS15
Register Here!
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Want to try to win a pair for you and your friend? TODAY (August 31st) is the last day to enter for a pair of tickets over at The Not So Perfect Housewife! Check it out!

I hope to meet some of you there!! 

The First Day Of College Classes | As told in GIF's |

This week is my first week back in the swing of college classes. I take my classes online now (I used to commute to campus) but I still know and have the same "first day feelings". I think we can all relate no matter what your college situation is!
Here are some of my thoughts, as told in GIF's.

Setting the alarm for the earliest time you've woken up all summerNickelodeon no nope the loud house loud house

"When your alarm goes off and you realize it's the first day of school"
morning tired smash bill murray alarm

Commuting to class and driving behind all the slow drivers
A24 tom hardy driving locke

When class start's and the first thing the teacher ask's is "did anyone look over the syllabus yet?"
sigh shrug shrugging movies maria
(side note for all freshmen. The syllabus is always same with only a few exceptions, so by your junior year you are VERY tired of them) 

Then the professor proceeds to read over the syllabus 
frustrated zootopia headdesk head desk

Then they finally get to the important parts. Due Dates and Major Assignments.
writing noted a strongly worded letter jimmy fallon note

How you feel after the first lecture? 
what arrested development jason bateman no

Required reading?? 
Victoria's Secret PINK school college tired sleep

Off to the next class to learn more about THE SYLLABUSnickelodeon bored spongebob spongebob squarepants class

When the hunger strikes during the lecture ( aka a stomach growl)class stomach


Then the first day is finally over and (if you are lucky)
 the school load is light and you can enjoy your day.
happy reactions excited yay minions


Happy Fall Semester Friends! 



5 Ways To Stay Healthy In College

Let's face it college friends, it is hard to stay healthy during the semester.
For many reasons. If you are on campus, you find yourself going from class to class with not a lot of time in-between. This only leaves you enough time to swing by the nearest vending machine or coffee kiosk to get something to get your through the next hour and half lecture.

Or if you are like me and a majority of your classes are online, you find yourself constantly nibbling on snacks in the house or getting sucked into the work that you forget to keep yourself nourished.

I've been in both situations and I think I have some great tips to help you out as we all get ready to get back into the swing of college, lectures, and class work.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy in College


1. Coffee can be your friend AND your foe.
Oh coffee.. a college students best friend. Just remember to always hydrate in-between the cups of coffee. Water is always beneficial and will keep you feeling hydrated and alert. Opt for a non-dairy creamer for a lower sugar intake and you might even find yourself feeling better after those morning cups! (I know I did when I switched to coconut creamer)

2. Protein, Protein, Protein!
I am slowly learning how majorly important protein is! Especially from "non-meat" sources. Protein will help with those afternoon sugar craving attacks. I encourage you to check out Dr. Hymans video with a TON of ideas for great protein filled snacks.

3. Get Creative....With SALADS!
Ok this is a biased tip, but I LOVE salads! And I think it's a great daily lunch. I eat a salad every day for lunch, but I mix it up, adding bits of things here and there! Beans, veggies, even lunch meat can help spice up your salad! A salad is easy to pack up a bring with you if you commute to campus (Mason jars are the best for salads on the go). And I know on campus that there is always salad options in the cafeteria. Basically, salads for life!

4. Supplements
It's SO important to include some type of supplements in your day to day life. It will help your immune system fight off those germs all around your school. I suggest taking a multi-vitamin, echinacea (great immune booster), and calcium. Make sure to stay away from supplements with dyes and unnecessary ingredients!
Also they may not be supplements but seriously consider using essential oils! Especially diffusing them! They are so beneficial.
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5. Prep
Now, for those on campus or those that commute, this is easier said then done. I know when I was commuting to campus I wasn't a big fan of prepping and packing food because it meant walking out to the car and getting a possibly lukewarm snack since the icepack in the cooler I packed it in did NOTHING.
But, there are also other ways to prep. Find snacks/food that don't need a cooler or can fit easily in your bag. I kept snack bars or dried fruit in my bag when I was on campus.
Now at home, I keep pre-cut fruit and veggies in easy reach and LARA bars in my purse/backpack at all times.
If you have the time, think ahead and prep!


Do you have any tips?? I'd love to hear them! 


Gluten Free Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

This recipe was so good that I don't care that the photos are not up to par! I just had to share it with you guys!
I've been on a "skillet meal" kick lately. Mostly because it's just been so dang hot here in Florida. Our tiny little old house that heats up like an oven 95% of the time. So cooking meals on the stove is easier than running the oven and heating up the house even more.

I love anything by Skinny Taste! Her recipes are just genius! I put my own gluten free spin on this one and I will also share how you can make it dairy free as well!
Gluten Free Skillet Chicken Cordon Blue

Ingredients
3-4 thin boneless, skinless cutlets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I use Bobs Red Mill)
1/2 teaspoon butter (I used earth balance)
 Olive oil
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3-4 thin slices low sodium deli ham ( I don't eat pork so I used Turkey)
3-4 slices light Swiss Cheese

 Gluten Free Skillet Chicken Cordon Blue
Directions
Salt and pepper you chicken than lightly dredge the chicken with flour on both sides. Make sure to set aside 1 teaspoon of flour for the next part.

In another bowl combine chicken broth, lemon juice, dijon mustard and the teaspoon of flour. Whisk until smooth.

Heat up a large skillet, melt your butter and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Once melted add your chicken. Cook approximately 4 minuets on each side until slightly golden than transfer to a dish.

Reduce the heat and add you chicken broth mixture. Whisk and than simmer 2 minutes to reduce slightly.

Return the chicken and top with ham (or in my case turkey), and the swiss. 

Cover the skillet and let the cheese melt. About 3-4 minutes. 

Once melted you can top it with the sauce left in the pan! 

*To make this dish dairy free use a dairy free butter and top with a dairy free slice cheese. Go Veggie has some great options. *

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July Favorites

July Favorites

Mason Jar Snacks
I saw someone do this on Instagram and I was inspired! It's so simple to do! Just some cut up vegetables and hummus! And I mean, doesn't everything look better in a mason jar?
July Favorites : Mason Jar Snacks

Online Boutique Shopping:
I've become slightly obsessed with boutique shopping online! Especially ones that offer free shipping and great discounts! I HATE paying for shipping. Anyone else?? Plus the more local the boutique the better!
Here are a few of my favorites!
A Cut Above : I love this one because its local and supplies all my University of Florida needs! 
I can't get enough!
: Sophie and Trey : Also another great local shop with a ton of innovatory! 
I love this game day shirt here!
Impressions : this shop has the BEST selection of dresses! 
They have great sales that I keep an eye out for every year.

Sun Tea:
Friends! This is the EASIEST way to make sweet/unsweet tea. Especially in the south where it is horribly hot all day, making sun tea takes like 30 minutes top! I just followed this recipe here!
July Favorites : Sun Tea

Silk Dairy Free Yogurt
I LOVE finding great tasting dairy free foods. While I don't really have any real issue with dairy (other then bloated-ness), I try to stay as dairy free as possible. These yogurts are a gift sent from heaven! They are my go to afternoon snack because they are packed with protein to help me get through those horrible afternoon sweet cravings.

Side Note: I'm kind of upset my local grocery store doesn't have the Black Cherry or Tropical flavor! 
I need these, and the 24oz containers, in my life! 

Honorable Mentions
To Read: The Wrath of Dawn
To Watch: The Shannara Chronicals (netflix)
Recipe: Pad Thai

Enjoy Life | Amazon Dash

Friends, we are living in the future. A future where we can press a button and two days later 
(if you have amazon prime) wonderful allergy friendly cookies show up to your door step!
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I love the concept behind the amazon button. I know I'm prone to forgetting things.
Its an easy way to order your favorite items without rushing to your computer.

With one little press you can have 6 boxes of Soft Baked Snickerdoodles sent to your door!
Ok maybe you don't need 6....


Enjoy Life has so many products on amazon prime that you don't have to buy in bulk for every item.
Just need ONE Enjoy Life Brownie mix for your next party?? They got it! Need it once a month? You can subscribe and save and save even more! (thanks amazon prime!: )) 
And if you forget to order it! Thats what the amazon dash button is for!

The Enjoy Life Amazon Dash Button is available to order now and will be stocked and read to go on August 9th.  After your first press, amazon will reimburse you the price of the button so its basically free if you use it! Woot Woot!
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*Discloser*
This post contains affiliate links! And I was sent this product by Enjoy Life Food in exchange for a review.
Opinions are 100% my own.

Pad Thai | Gluten Free |

Can you obsess over a recipe?  If so, this would be a one I am obsessing with one at the moment. 
Its so SIMPLE yet so delicious!
(yes, I'm aware I say this about every recipe I post, but its true!)
Vegtarian, Gluten Free Pad Thai
Ingredients
8 ounces dried, wide and flat rice noodles cooked 
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons of lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce (I use San-J) 
1 squirt of Sriracha (optional, but highly recomended)
Olive Oil
Green onions chopped. White and Green parts seperated
Minced Garlic (1 clove)
2 large eggs, light beaten
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Directions
  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, and sriracha. Set aside. 
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add scallion whites and garlic and cook until fragrant 
  • Add eggs and cook
  • Add noodles, rest of green onions, and sauce to skillet and toss.
  • Serve noodles with chopped peanuts (optional).
Vegetarian Gluten Free Pad Thai
Original Recipe

Here's a video to make it easier for you!

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