Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is one of those great go to lunch ideas because it is full of protein to help you make it through the day and tastes great. It also makes the perfect after school snack when the kids come home complaining they are so hungry. I created this pesto and sun dried tomato tuna salad to change up my typical version and cut out a lot of the unhealthy items that typically go into a tuna salad. 

Tuna salad is the perfect lunch or after school snack option! Opt for this version which has zero mayo and is full of amazing flavor.

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Vanilla Pancakes with Blueberries

Have you noticed that so many things these days seem to be some crazy concoction of flavors? I was out the other day and saw strawberry caramel chocolate pretzel flavored ice cream. Now, I love all of the flavors sure and do enjoy some flavors mixed together {salted caramel or strawberry lemonade anyone?}. But, sometimes I feel like more traditional flavors like vanilla get a bad rap. They get labeled as boring or plain. Well, I’m going to #TakeBackVanilla and it starts with these delicious vanilla pancakes and blueberries.

Vanilla pancakes with blueberry compote #TakeBackVanilla #CGC #spon

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Strawberry Basil Teagarita

Almost every Friday, another family and I hit the local Mexican restaurant for margaritas. Both of our schedules have changed a bit so we haven’t been able to make it there as often and have opted for food and cocktails at home instead. Jose Cuervo makes a delicious ready-to-serve margarita and they just recently introduced the Iced Teagarita. It is an yummy mix of a classic lime flavored margarita and iced tea. It is an amazingly refreshing cocktail on a hot summer night!

I have been adding fresh berries to my iced tea drinks recently so I decided to combine that new treat with the Jose Cuervo drink and make a strawberry basil Teagarita.

Oh, strawberry and basil together are so good. What a great idea to combine it a teagarita! #CuervoTeagarita #spon

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Snack Time

Now that the weather is warm and the days are long, we spend a ton of time outdoors.  Sometimes we have a BBQ or other type of party planned but most of the time we are just hanging around watching the kids play.  After a little while, what we have for snack is usually where the conversation turns.  I am always looking for something that tastes great, is good for you and is also something the kids will eat.  On a recent, gorgeous morning, I decided that snack time would be the perfect time to introduce them to my new favorite snack bars.  

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Breakfast on the Go in Under 2 Minutes

How much time do you get for breakfast each morning?  If we are talking most weekday mornings, I get somewhere between 2-3 minutes to make breakfast before I have to rush out of the door.  That doesn’t leave me a ton of options and, if I am looking for nutritious and wholesome meals, the amount of options available is even less. It turns out that there is an option for a breakfast on the go in under 2 minutes that is not only delicious, but also includes quality ingredients like real cheeses and fresh eggs along with high quality sausage, ham and chicken.

Delicious breakfast on the go in under 2 minutes! #BetterBreakfast #TysonDayStarts

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My Miele Story

Let me give you a little insight into how I normally spend my late fall/winter {say October through February}: 10-15 doctor’s appointments between my two kids, at least 10 sicks days between the two and lots of tissues, runny noses, and medication to get every one healthy.  Oh, add in my normal 5+ sicks days from catching what ever the kids have had and you’ve got a pretty good picture of our winter. 

Now, let’s talk about how THIS late fall/early winter has been.  Two doctor’s appointments {one for each kid}, zero sicks days for them or me and not one single antibiotic between us all.  Yep…not one!  

Those doctor’s appointment: one had a cold and one had a something in her eye.  The only one of us who got sick was my husband and his was vertigo while we were in NYC.  

So, I am sure you are wondering what changed?

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Cleaning and Cooking in the Kitchen

I love to cook! In fact, if I had my way, I would totally spend all of my free time cooking in the kitchen. I hesitate to call myself a chef though because what I do in the kitchen is definitely more playing than anything of actual skill.

Of course, with playing around in the kitchen, comes a bunch of big messes.  I’ve been known to knock over full boxes of quinoa onto the floor or have little pieces of pasta fall onto the floor when I break the spaghetti in smaller pieces for my kids to eat.  There is a little corner in my kitchen that gets all the little extras that fall and don’t get noticed because I am focused on the food and not the clean up.  Then, when I run the little mini vacuum around the kitchen to do our nightly cheerio pick up, that food just gets bypassed because it is too far in the corner for the little vacuum to reach.
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Pure Air Vacuuming

Ok, if I say pure air, what comes to your mind?  I googled it and this was what I got
Pure_air_1 Looks pretty good right?  I certainly think so.

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First Impressions Last Forever #PureAirBlog


Remember my trip to learn all about Miele in New York? Well, prior to going, I had never even heard of Miele. That trip was my first impression of the brand and my first introduction to their products. Well, you know the saying “first impressions last forever?” Miele definitely goes above and beyond to make sure that first impression is completely positive.  To describe the impression I got in one word: quality.  The people were amazing and every product we were introduced to was nothing short of spectacular in the way it was engineered.

I’ve been home from that trip and living with my new Miele vacuum for just over a month now.  Has my impression changed at all from that first one?  Not one bit.
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Easy Carved Pumpkins for Halloween

We had  a semi-monsoon hit the east coast last week/weekend.  We were visiting my parents for a few days and really needed something to do to pass the time and entertain the kids.  Creating a carved pumpkin is a fantastic rainy day activity so we decided to go for it.
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