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Super Easy Monkey Bread French Toast with Maple Cream Cheese and Berries

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While I err on the side of pancakes, french toast is a staple in this house. Aside from being insanely easy to make - you only need bread, egg, milk and butter (or oil). Usually I'll bake it, but after finding a loaf of monkey bread it would have been a crime to cube it and toss it into a dish to bake it. So I gave it some thick slices, doused it in the milk and egg mixture and cooked it to perfection. And perfection it was. You better believe I'm never using regular bread again....

What You Need: 
Loaf of Monkey Bread or Cinnamon Raisin Bread
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
3 Eggs

Combine eggs, milk and vanilla in bowl. 

Heat pan to medium high heat (I love T-fal pans because of the thermo-spot indicator to let me know when it's fully heated and ready to go). 

I personally love a pat of butter to grease the pan, but use your favorite. 

Dip toast and add to pan. Cook each side for around a minute or golden brown. Flip, repeat and remove.

Maple Cream Cheese: 
1 8oz. Pkg cream cheese, softened. 
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Cream the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer on medium/high. 

Add maple syrup and vanilla and whip until smooth on medium to high. Set aside. 
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The Millennial Girl's Guide To Life Constantly On-The-Go and 6 Ways To Thrive, Not Just Survive


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Life on-the-go is never short of its quirks and frustrations. It's true whether you're a parent of three, frequent traveler or just a gal who finds herself constantly 'moving'. We're all in the same boat, and let's be real: It's not easy.


I often refer to myself as a butterfly or hummingbird. Buzzing from one flower to another without stopping. I'm not the only one, right?ways to survive life on the go, life hacks, mom hacks, life on the go, thrive not survive, street style, lifestyle bloggerMural Credit: Ryan Seslow/ Welling Court Mural Project
So let's talk tips for taking the edge off life constantly on the move...
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Yes, you need to constantly hydrate, wherever and whenever. I'll admit I do err on the side of re-usable containers but I DO have three children who are constantly losing caps, lids and misplacing entire bottles on the regular. So having a back-up plan stocked and ready to go when needed is a lifesaver. Trust me, it happens more often than I'd like to admit. 

But, Grabbing a 15-pack of 700ml smartwater® at Sams Club(also available in 1L) is a huge must-have for life on-the-go. If you're a long time reader you already know that smartwater® has been mentioned here several times and I'm still playing favorites with smartwater®'s one-of-a-kind unique fresh, crisp and pure taste from it being ultra purified - smartwater® is a purified water made using vapor distillation, a purification process that simulates the hydrologic cycle — similar to the way water is purified in nature. So, it comes with me whenever necessary. 


That being said, Sam's Club members get to take extra advantage of its electrolyte-fueled goodness with an extra $2.75 off ONE SmartWater's 15-pack of 700mL or 1L. Offer valid In-club, Club Pickup and Scan & Go. (ends 9/15; Limit 10 per membership.) So, GO take advantage! 
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2. Take You Time 
Whether it's lunch alone under a shaded tree in the park while the kids play or a mom-cation every month, you-time is one of the most important keys to keeping yourself sane when you're always going. I have to remind myself to put aside an hour a day with no phones, no work and no kids just to catch a breath.
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3. Work It Out 
Meditate. Yoga. Run. Swim. Do something. It clears your head and helps you prep for whatever comes at you next. 30 minutes first thing in the morning helps you get on your feet and ready to the put the rubber on the road. 




4. Kick Out The Clutter
While some clutter can be good for a creative mind, having your space in some sort of order makes coming home a soft landing. Whenever we leave the house for an extended period of time we always do a deep clean so we can come home to a sparkling clean space after a long trip. 




5. Get Organized 
When you're constantly moving it's easy to lose sight of organization. I'll admit I 100% forget to put events, due dates and appointments in my calendar. Aside from keeping tabs on things online, I have a notepad with things-to-do including a schedule for the week to help keep tabs on myself.
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6. Remember You're Not Perfect
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect and accomplish everything. Let's be honest, it's impossible. Cut yourself some slack, while you can do A LOT, you can't do it all. And that's 100% ok...
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How Do You Survive Thrive in your Life On-The-Go?

Don't forget to stock up on smartwater® multi-packs at Sam's Club! 
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It's time to channel your inner 90's kid with overalls this season + 8 Ways To Wear Them

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Overalls are definitely not a new sighting in this neck of the wood - but they're back and bigger than ever. Just in time for fall. So, in honor of our childhood trend being back in action - let's take a peak at some of my favorite ways to style them over the past several years. I'll start off by saying there is no wrong way to wear overalls and I highly recommend you try out different styles of overalls before landing on your favorite. It's one of those trends that you have to find the right silhouette for your body type. I personally love the wide leg styles right now but have been a fan of relaxed and skinny versions in the past...

The Easy and Delicious Colorful Vegetable Frittata You Didn't Know You Needed in Your Life

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This post is sponsored by Walmart but all photos, opinions, and thoughts are my own.

It's no secret that I love cooking with color, especially when it means cooking with fresh, colorful ingredients straight from the 'vine'. Be it a sliced, bright red tomato perfectly placed on a pizza topped with fresh basil, a purple cabbage slaw or a vibrant green kale salad, I'm constantly looking for ways to incorporate some of my favorite colors and flavors in the dishes I create at home, particularly for my family.

What To Pack: The Supplements You Need To Take With You When You're Traveling This Season

Travel has become a huge part of my professional and personal life over the last year. While it has incredible (mental and physical) health benefits that are indisputable, a constant on-the-go or uprooted state can take a toll on your health and mental state. Our last trip really tested me, for example. From the cat getting bit by a snake (expensive emergency vet bill) to a 14-hour car ride with 3 kids and a two cats all taking turns testing our patience on the trip back to the city. To say I was exhausted is an understatement, yet my bags are packed and ready for the next two upcoming trips. *shrug*

Away we go!

Where To Stay and What To Do, Eat, & See When You Only Have 4 Days on Fort Myers Beach During The Summer

I'm refusing to let go of Summer. 

While it's a bag of mixed emotions being home with the boys for two months during the summer, it's also such a great opportunity to go on new adventures and see what we can find. 

This week, we headed south to Ft. Myers Beach and it did not disappoint. I grew up nearly two hours north and had never set foot on the island so I was thrilled to make its acquaintance in my 30's with the boys in tow. Ft. Myers Beach is definitely made for families: the laid-back beach vibes gives you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you please. So before you jump to book your trip to the Gulf Coast here's everything you need to know...

The Best Ways To Take Advantage of Back-To-School Shopping As An Adult

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless. All opinions are 100% mine.
Back-to-school shopping has a pretty special place in my heart. Every year, my grandma would take me on a girl's only shopping spree to create a fresh new wardrobe for the new school year, followed by a lunch at one of our favorite spots. We always made a big day out of it, and it was such a special way to bond with her only granddaughter (at the time). I can still see myself so clearly standing in the fitting room buttoning each daisy-shaped button on a bright floral dress the year I started 5th grade. I remember thinking “oh, how retro, this is so cool.” Of course, today's outfit had to incorporate a little (yet, adult-sized) nod to that floral dress circa 1997.

Nowadays, the mom part of me dreads back-to-school shopping because it's a crazy rabbit-hole slash wild-goose-chase to find every correct color folder, 'special pencil' and every other *very specific* item on the list. I don't know why, but I can't for the life of me ever find an orange folder for the kid's school supply list. Why is orange so impossible to find? Why can't I just use black? And why do I need to buy 10? How many subjects are 3rd graders really taking? I hope it's not too obvious, but I'm already tired of looking at school lists and supplies, and we're just getting started...
So, today we're tossing the traditional back-to-school routine to the wind in favor of going back to that amazing time in my life when my grandma and I took advantage of all of the back-to-school sales without buying one single pencil...


For starters, did you know that back-to-school shopping is the second largest retail period of the year[1]? And, of course, if you're a smart shopper, you already know that the deals aren't just for traditional school supplies but also clothing and electronics too.


You know we're going to keep talking clothes, but first let's cover those new electronics. More specifically, a new phone. In this hyper connected world (when properly supervised and regulated) a smartphone can be a great asset. A wireless brand I trust is Straight Talk Wireless because it not only lets you save on the latest and greatest smartphones, but you'll also have nationwide coverage on America's largest and most dependable 4G LTE networks for up to half the cost when compared to major carriers.
After a little browsing I found some great deals on smartphones to kick off my back-to-school season (and yes, I might just be breaking down and letting Aiden go off to middle school with one). For a limited time, Straight Talk Wireless is offering a $200 discount on a Samsung Galaxy S9, or you can get an iPhone 6s for only $8 per month. Not only are the phone devices a steal during back-to-school season, the no-contract plans are always affordable. $45 for unlimited talk, text and 25GB of high-speed data is a win if you ask me...so, you can stay connected and put those extra funds toward your end of summer plans, like a last minute trip to the Florida Keys (and definitely not orange folders).


I opted for the sleek Samsung Galaxy S9 because I preferred the specs, but what you decide on is entirely up to you! Either way, it's a great way to test the waters of ditching your traditional carrier contract + adding a little more flexibility to your cell phone service – all while being affordable.
BRB, calling my NANA for a shopping date...

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[1]Mintel, Back-to-School Shopping, 2019; NRF Annual Consumer Spending Survey


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Here's How To Wear The Tie Dye Trend In Your 30's without looking ridiculous

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So, Tie Dye is back and I know you're just dying to get your toes wet with some of the seriously cool styles on the market. I know I am but it's paired with a deep dread of "am I going to look back at this in a couple of years and say WTF was I thinking"? 

I mean, remember the glitter fad of 2012? We can't go ever go back there.