Green Goddess Pesto Bowls Sponsored by Happy Cards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Cards. The opinions and text are all mine. The Happy Cards gift card mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift to use in this post, thank you so much!

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Today I bring you a different post all about heading into the New Year and focusing a little bit more on self-care. Hitting that reset button always seems to be something we crave right about now each year as we are in sugar overload from all the holiday sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some dessert, but I also love getting back on track and packing in those green veggies, mindful intentions, and a little more self-care, whatever form it comes in. I decided to start 2019 with more of a self-care attitude. As I am 7 months pregnant and headed into the third trimester, I’ve been trying to take a little extra time for me. That includes making sure my diet is balanced, it means taking longer showers for some “me” time, and indulging in a massage or two because my back has been hurting a lot more this pregnancy. And I think with being a working mommy to a wild two-year old, I deserve a little pampering 🙂

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Happy Cards to the rescue! If you’re not familiar with Happy Cards, they are awesome because you can get more choice and flexibility with multi-store gift cards for all of your “Happy” occasions! As a dedicated mommy and wife, I often put myself last, which can mean by the end of the day there is little room left for me, and I am just exhausted. With my New Year resolution of spending just a little bit more time on self-care, I decided to select the Happy Bride gift card from Happy Cards! Now, I know I am not a bride, but the store choices on this particular card were awfully appealing to me. I can use this gift card at:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • David’s Bridal
  • Ulta Beauty
  • JCPenney
  • Spafinder

So basically lots of pampering in my near future depending on what I’m feeling like. Maybe I want an impromptu massage (Spafinder), or maybe I want to buy myself some new makeup/skin care (Ulta Beauty), maybe I want to update my space at home with something that makes me happy or a new kitchen appliance, because I need yet another one lol (Bed Bath & Beyond), or buy myself a new outfit (JCPenny). I don’t even know the last time I went shopping for myself was! I haven’t quite decided, but that’s the amazing thing about Happy Cards, is that you don’t have to right away. That’s also why they make the perfect gift for anyone, so you don’t have to spend forever staring at the gift card carousel at your local grocer stressing about which one to get. Happy Cards has lots of different options, the one I chose was just one of eleven choices! Check your local grocer to buy the perfect Happy Card. Head over to their website to find Happy Cards in a store near you!

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Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting Sponsored by LouAna

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of LouAna. The opinions and text are all mine. The LouAna product mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift to use in this recipe, thank you so much!  Moist, fluffy gluten-free, vegan cake has been something that I've been working on achieving. Taking eggs out has been a challenge, but all you cake connoisseurs, I think you'd be proud of me! Holy jingle bells, this Gingerbread Cake will knock your holiday socks right off! This cake is like gingerbread cookies meets cinnamon cake meets holiday cheer. In other words, it checks all the right boxes. I had to share this cake with you right away because I am so excited! I'm not necessarily known in my house for my baking skills, but I think I nailed

Holiday Nog Protein Pancakes Sponsored by Ripple Foods

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ripple Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. The Ripple product mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift to use in this recipe, thank you so much! Let's chat for a minute about how these Holiday Nog Protein Pancakes make me feel all the holiday feels! I mean, can you feel that?! That Christmas cheer? I think even Mister Grinch himself would think these pancakes are joyful AND triumphant! These Holiday Nog Protein Pancakes will warm your hearts and fill your bellies leaving you wanting more (and good news, you can make more!). Let the holiday pancake feasting begin. I feel like pancakes are one of those things that just can't be overdone. Who doesn't love a warm stack of pancakes?!

White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookies

It's my favorite time of the year! Despite the cold and the snow we get here in Ohio, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas. I mean, God knows that I love Christmas so much that two years ago he blessed me with my son, born on Christmas Eve. I got to play Christmas music my entire labor and delivery and it was miraculous! Not quite to the same level of miracles, but these White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookies are also pretty miraculous. These cookies are amazing for numerous reasons: ☆ they're freaking delicious. Period. ☆ they only take 20 minutes to make- heck to the yeah! ☆ they are crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside... mmm.. get in ma belly! ☆ they are gluten-free and vegan, but I swear you'd never know it. ☆ they make a great

Savory Shortbread Herb Biscuits Sponsored by Melt Organic

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Melt Organic. The opinions and text are all mine. The Melt product mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift to use in this recipe, thank you so much! And so, let the non-traditional shortbread recipe experiment commence. I'm sure you've indugled a time or two in your favorite shortbread cookies- I mean, how could you not love some shortbread cookies? So I wanted to take my love for shortbread and it into a savory, herby, melt-in-your-mouth deliciously perfect recipe to pair with any meal or eat as a snack! I am happy to report that the shortbread experiment was a huge success! Now I do want to point out, these biscuits aren't the big and fluffy kind you might think of immedietly when you hear

Curried Butternut Squash + Lentil Soup Sponsored by Suncore Foods

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Suncore Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. The Suncore products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift from Suncore to use in this recipe, thank you so much! Raise your hand if you're totally swooning over soup this fall! This year it seems as though it's my go-to for dinner, and it's perfect because I usually end up with leftovers for lunch the next day. Less time in the kitchen, makes this mamma very happy! This autumn-inspired Curried Butternut Squash + Lentil Soup is so flavorful, super easy to make, and uses amazing, healthy ingredients to create one bomb a** soup! Soup is SOUPer for so many reasons. It's easy, it's flavorful, the possibilities are kind of endless really, and for

Roasted Carrot Hummus Sponsored by New Chapter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of New Chapter, maker of whole-food vitamins & supplements. The opinions and text are all mine. The New Chapter product mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift from New Chapter to use in this recipe, thank you so much! If you would have told me a year ago that I would be obsessed with something that had carrots in it, I would have looked at you like you're crazy. See the thing is, I don't really like carrots. Never have. But I eat them because I know just how good they are for you. I have to admit, I try to disguise them any way I can, and what better way to sneak in some hidden carrots than in this Roasted Carrot Hummus! If you like my Oven Roasted Tri-Colored Carrots with Toasted

Sweet Potato + Brussels + Cranberry Waffle Sandwiches Sponsored by Vitamix

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vitamix. The opinions and text are all mine. The Vitamix Explorian E310 machine mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift, thank you so much!  As a food blogger, this time of year can easily become the most stressful, but it can also be the most scrumptious. I mean we're talking food, food, and more food! And then we're stuck eating leftovers for weeks, which for me is kinda great (because I don't have to cook), but after a couple days, I start craving something other than the same five things... that is unless I'm creative enough to reinvent them and use them in a different way! So I busted out my Vitamix Explorian E310 blender and I challenged myself to do just that. Ta-da! Sweet Potato, Brussels,