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It’s so easy for moms to forget that our work is never-ending, physically taxing, and constant. It’s also easy to forget that we’re deserving of the occasional breather….so matter how small. That’s why, this summer, I’ve stocked my freezer with as many flavors of Haagen-Dazs ice cream as I could find at my local Stop & Shop. (See coupon info below)

Beets are such a great way to get in extra vitamins. They’re chock-full of essential everyday nutrients like  vitamin B, iron,  copper, magnesium, and potassium. Beets contain health-boosting nutrients that you may not get anywhere else. There are tons of ways to cook them. Check out the recipe below and continue to scroll for 3 methods to prepare beets for any recipes weather you like them roasted, steamed, or boiled.

Love,
The Lawrences

What I’ve learned in my daily struggle to get a delicious dinner on the table….you can’t go wrong with quiche. I mean, it’s eggs in a pie crust…. Quiche has been a fan favorite in my home for years because of how easy it is to make and how little I have to fuss with baby girl to get her to eat it.  I thought I had exhausted all possibilities and tried every recipe combination known to woman. That was until I attended the dinner party of a good friend, Dionne Christopher.

I love the hint of savory herbal flavors in summer drinks such as basil, rosemary and mint. I’ve spent this long winter/cold spring testing out different smoothie and drink recipes for fun. I love experimenting with fresh herbs, and mixing in different syrups and fruit purees.

I’ve finally settled on my signature summer mocktail and I’ll be serving it at this year’s Mother Day brunch. (Can you believe Mother’s Day is 2 WEEKS away?!) We’re keeping it small and simple this year and I’m responsible for wowing the crowd with my fun brunch-friendly mocktails.

Finally, all smiles for both of us at dinnertime. #stressfree

My main goal in 2018 is to simplify my life and allow myself to have a bit more breathing room. I literally feel like I’m running a marathon everyday from 6am to 10pm. From the moment I roll out of my bed (or off the couch!) to prepping for school drop-off to my busy 8-hour work day to bath time at night, my life is a series of non-stop action.

I recently figured out that the most stressful part of my day was dinner time. The age old question, “What’s for dinner?”  plagued me until I chose the path of least resistance with my 5-year old of particular tastes.

As a Chicagoan, I consider myself a pizza connoisseur. Ever since I moved here, I’ve been searching for pizza that compares to that of my hometown, but  I’ve always come up short. (Chicago does it best)  As a non-New Yorker, identifying the best joints can be difficult when there’s a pizzeria on practically every corner.

Enter Skinny Pizza! Nestled in the food court of  Hudson Eats downtown is one of the most spectacular pizzerias I’ve found  in NYC.

This on-the-go breakfast packs perfectly into a 16oz or 8oz mason jar for a breakfast that travels well anywhere.

Full disclaimer: I do have to wake up 20 minutes earlier on the mornings when I pack these…but they work for both my breakfast and my kids lunches, so it’s totally worth it. I line everything up at night in the fridge so I don’t waste time searching for all the ingredients. My breakfast gets layered into a mason jar or a simple bowl while the kids’ servings go in plastic jars in their lunch bags.

Shake up your breakfast and try out these oatmeal recipes. I’m always looking for ways to add a new twist to an old staple. Plain oatmeal, while packed with nutrients, can become monotonous in the breakfast routine. The three recipes below are easy ways to add an extra layer of nutrition and vitamins to your family’s meals without sucking too much time out of already busy mornings. 

Not only are they healthy and delicious, they all take under 10 minutes….breakfast in a flash. Go, Superstar!

 

Love.

The Lawrences 

Simmer, puree, and serve! I make this fresh, creamy soup at least once a month. It’s quick (under 30 minutes!) and like all my recipes, freezes well for future meals and packs well into thermos lunches for the week. Multifunctional meals to the rescue!

Love,
The Lawrences

PHOTO CREDIT: The Awesome Green

I’m currently trying to incorporate 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into my family’s diet each day.

This benefits of this miracle oil are endless. It raises your metabolism and is a superb energy source. Plus, its lauric acid content supports your immune system and helps your body fight off disease. It’s basically good for everything ,and if you’re looking for simple ways to stay healthy, this is an easy start.