Dairy Free Dragon Fruit Chia Seed Pudding with Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk

This post is sponsored by Silk® but the thoughts + opinions expressed are my own.

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Make your dairy free mornings easy + delicious with dairy free dragon fruit chia seed pudding with Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk. Make ahead, refrigerate overnight + grab + go in the morning. Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk is inspired by the creaminess of milk + it’s the perfect addition to your morning protein-packed chia seed pudding.

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Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk is exactly what your dairy-free mornings have been looking for. New Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk is free from dairy, nuts, soy, carrageenan, cholesterol + artificial colors + artificial flavors. Plus, Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk is verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program.

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Progress is perfection®. Oat-tastick Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk is one extra step toward more dairy-free options in your daily routine. This creamy dairy-free alternative will help transform your recipe.

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Simplicity. Aren’t we all looking for it? Aren’t we all striving for ways to add simplicity into our lives? This recipe is simplistic in preparation, ingredients + ease of a grab + go morning meal.

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Dairy Free Dragon fruit Chia Seed Pudding with Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk

Ingredients:

2 Cups Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk; The Vanilla One

2 Cups Sprouts Frozen Dragonfruit

1 ½ Cups Chia Seeds

2 Tablespoons Vanilla

2 Tablespoons Confectioner’s Sugar

Directions

Pour 2 Cups Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk; The Vanilla One into a blender. Add 2 Cups Sprouts Frozen Dragonfruit. Blend on high until well combined. Pour mixture into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add1 ½ Cups Chia Seeds, 2 Tablespoons Vanilla and 2 Tablespoons Confectioner’s Sugar to the dragonfruit and Oatmilk mixture. Stir until well combined. Pour into small or medium sized glasses. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

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Dairy Free Dragon fruit Chia Seed Pudding with Silk® Oat Yeah™Oatmilk Topping Ideas:

Fresh Dragon Fruit

Raspberries

Blueberries

Shredded Coconut

Mango

Blackberries

Pomegranate Arils

Pineapple

Kiwano

Star Fruit

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Try all of the Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk Flavors.

The Plain One Oatmilk

The Vanilla One Oatmilk

The Chocolate One Oatmilk

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This recipe is free from: dairy, lactose, casein, carrageenan, egg, peanut and MSG. All ingredients are also verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program. No artificial colors or flavors here! You can find all ingredients + fresh produce at a Sprouts Farmer’s Market® near you. 

Did you know Silk® is part of  Danone North America, a cCertified B -Corporation®? Read their story here.

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This recipe was created in partnership with Silk® + Sprouts Farmer’s Market®. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, you can find me at Sprouts® often with a cart full of plant-based products + plant-based beverages. I have partnered with Silk® + Sprouts® to help promote Silk’s® dairy free alternatives + the Sprout’s® Plant-Based Tastes Great products



Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

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Apple Cinnamon Granola with So Delicious®

This post is sponsored by So Delicious® but the thoughts + opinions expressed are my own.

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Back to school, back to work, and back to routines.  Fall is here + this warm apple cinnamon granola will bring fall warmth into your home. Make this hearty granola ahead of time and grab a So Delicious® Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative 5.3 OZ. Cup to go and enjoy fresh fall vibes anywhere.

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This apple cinnamon granola is vegan, gluten free, allergen friendly, Non-GMO + plant based. Grab this granola straight out of the oven and pair it with a So Delicious® Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative. Top with fruit and enjoy your day.

 

Head to the Sprouts mobile App to download: BOGO So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative 5.3 OZ. Cups. Also, snag $2/1 So Delicious® Yogurt 24OZ Tubs.

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Hearty granola is perfect for breakfast or lunch. And, on busy days it’s the perfect stand-by for dinner, too.  Include your kids in a granola bar and enjoy conversations over a simple dinner or brunch.  Offer a variety of fruit alongside the granola to allow your kids to choose their own toppings. Offer a variety of seeds and nuts as well to up the protein value of the meal.

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Apple Cinnamon Granola with So Delicious®

Ingredients:

3 ½ Cups Gluten Free Oats

1 Cup Crushed Pecans (Substitute Pumpkin Seed Pepitas for Tree Nut Allergy)

½ Cup Shredded Coconut

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Salt

½ Cup Coconut Oil

¾ Cups Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 Large Apple, Diced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash a large apple, dice into small pieces.

Mix gluten free oats, pecans, shredded coconut, diced apple and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, salt and vanilla. Microwave the ingredients for 30 seconds and stir. If needed, microwave an additional 30 seconds.

Pour liquid mixture over dry mixture and stir.  

Place parchment paper over a baking sheet. Spread mixture over parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Stir and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Hearty Granola Bar Ideas:

 Fresh Raspberries

Pomegranate arils

Blueberries

Apple Slices

Apple Slices cut with mini cookie cutters

Blackberries

Peach Slices

Peach Slices cut with mini cookie cutters

Pumpkin Seed Pepitas

Walnuts

Almond Slices

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Try all of the So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative 5.3 OZ. Cup Flavors:

Vanilla

Passionate Mango

Pineapple Brulee

Unsweetened Vanilla

Strawberry

Strawberry Banana

Blueberry

Peach

Plain

Key Lime

Chocolate

Raspberry

Unsweetened Plain

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This recipe is free from: dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, carrageenan, egg, peanut and MSG. All ingredients are also verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program. No artificial colors or flavors here! You can find all ingredients + fresh produce at a Sprouts Farmer’s Market® near you.

 

Did you know So Delicious® is a certified B-Corp? Read their story here.

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This recipe was created in partnership with So Delicious® + Sprouts. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, you can find me at Sprouts often with a cart full of plant-based products + plant-based beverages. I have partnered with So Delicious® + Sprouts to help promote So Delicious dairy free yogurt alternatives + the Sprout’s Plant-Based Tastes Great products.

  

Simple Apple Cinnamon Granola. Gluten free, dairy free, plant-based homemade granola.

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.


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Visit Westcliffe, Colorado - Your Next Family Vacation

This post was created in partnership with Custer County Tourism. All thoughts + opinions expressed are my own.

Travel. Let’s make a pact not to travel for the ‘gram. Let’s travel for the memories, the happiness, the escape, the breath of fresh air (literally), the nature vibes + for the time you just can’t get back. Bonus if your getaway spot is totally Instagrammable. A vacation spot I love + I think you will too is Westcliffe, Colorado in Custer County. It’s an easy drive from Denver + I’m sharing here reasons why you need to plan your next trip to Westcliffe.

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Budget Friendly

As a mom of three kids, budget travel is always on my mind. My family loves Westcliffe for many reasons + budget travel is absolutely one of them. I’m sharing this first because I want you to know that vacationing in Westcliffe is absolutely doable. You can choose where you’d like to splurge as well as enjoy free activities like hiking, parks with the kids, star parties, walks, fishing, climbing, bird watching + resting + relaxing outside.

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The Views

The drive into Westcliffe gets you into the nature vibes mode before your trip truly even starts. Connection to nature has so many benefits + you will absolutely get a shot of them here. Once you are in Westcliffe you will see an entire majestic mountain range of 14ers, it will blow your mind. You will feel like you are living in a postcard during your stay. There is so much to do in Westcliffe, but the view alone is absolutely worth the trip.

International Dark Sky Community

Westcliffe is the first International Dark Sky Community in the state of Colorado. On any given night, you can lay under the stars + view an incredible night sky. Bring a blanket to lay on + one to cover up with + enjoy the stars like you quite possibly have never seen before. Bonus if you visit during a Sky Party, or book your own private party. Professional, giant telescopes are available to the public during a Sky Party to view constellations + planets. My family got to see Jupiter’s rings + Jupiter’s Moons!!

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DeWeese Reservoir

Fishing. Boating. Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle boarding. Picnics. You name it. The DeWeese Reservoir is a must visit. Plus, if you visit during the 4th of July, you can watch the fireworks right over the reservoir. DeWeese Reservoir has nearby trails for hiking, running, biking + ATV’s. Camp at La Vista Campground.

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For the Foodies

Grab a warm cooked meal at The Valley Mercantile. The menu is creative, hearty, offers allergen friendly options like nut-free, gluten-free, vegan + more. Look at my beautiful meal that was on the menu, no substitutions requested. A gluten free, vegan meal in the mountains? Yes, Please! Enjoy the family friendly atmosphere run by a family themselves. Games are available on the tables for the kids, this is a must visit.

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Small Town Atmosphere

Visit during a parade, holiday or visit anytime + feel the small town cheer. Enjoy the events without the huge crowds + with the perfect mountain backdrop. Visit the 4th of July Parade, the Westcliffe Farmer’s Market, take the kids to play on the school playground or the town park + playground, the All Aboard Westcliffe Flea Market, the car show. And, you must visit the bowling alley. The bowling alley has a nostalgic feel + is so budget friendly, you might want to visit it more than once.

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Explore the Downtown

Explore the downtown, grab a coffee, visit the shops, head to the Sunflower Market to pick up some organic groceries. My husband absolutely loved Sugar and Spice Bakery, I think you will, too. I loved the White Bird Emporium for coffee. I was so excited to find macadamia milk there. And, the kids were excited to find ice cream in the White Bird Emporium. While you’re exploring the downtown, look for this fun Wescliffe wall to get a shot with your family to remember the trip.

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Take a hike

There is an unlimited amount of outdoor recreation in the Westcliffe, Custer County area. Click here to view the seemingly endless options for hiking, biking, camping, snowmobiling and more! We hiked the Comanche Trail, it’s a very friendly trail, even our two year old happily hiked. The views are incredible + majestic. We drove past the old Hermit Basin Ski Area on the way to our hike, it’s a neat site to see an old, abandoned ski area.

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Stay Awhile

Custer County offers many unique accommodations. Dark Skies Vacations offers exciting experiences. Experience the Milky Way like nowhere else with your own private observatory through
Dark Skies Vacations. Click here to view a comprehensive list of Westcliffe accommodations.

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Experience the Arts

Don’t miss an experience at the Jone’s Theater. There are tons of opportunities for a rich experience while in Westcliffe.

Whatever you do while you are in Westcliffe, Colorado of Custer County, I hope travel for the memories, the happiness, the escape, the breath of fresh air (literally), the nature vibes + for the time you just can’t get back. Oh yeah + don’t forget to take some pictures!

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

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Mommy + Me Lunchboxes with BFree Gluten Free Bread

This post is sponsored by BFree Foods but the thoughts + opinions expressed are my own.

Brighten up lunchtime with a mommy + me lunchbox. Create a lunch you + your little one will love with BFree Foods. Say bye to the boring routine + hello to a new lunchbox recipe that will make your bellies + hearts full.

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BFree products are created with carefully selected ingredients that make gluten free bread taste like bread. All BFree breads are gluten free + allergen friendly. You won’t believe how soft the bread is! It might even bring you back to the days when you could remember what gluten-filled bread tasted like.

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I know you know how to pack a yummy sandwich for your little one. So, here I’m sharing a new, fun way to mix-up your sandwich packing routine. Your little one will love the freedom she has to choose how to eat her sandwich, dip her bread or stack her veggies. Build off of this idea to include BFree Soft White Rolls in your lunch routine for endless fun lunchbox options.

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Our worth as parents is not measured by if our kids eat healthy foods or not. Or, if our kids eat fruit + veggies or not. However, we can offer healthy options, a range of fruits + veggies + open the door for our little ones to try new foods that will help them to be healthy food explorers.

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Offering a dip with a BFree sandwich kabob will help our little ones feel in control of their healthy exploration. Plus, it is so yummy they will fill up on the tasty + nutritious food.

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Mommy + Me Lunchbox Recipe

Simple + Fresh Basil Sauce

Ingredients:

3/4 Cups Wash and loosely packed fresh basil leaves

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tsp Herbed Salt

1 Tsp Black Pepper

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until sauce becomes a smooth consistency. Enjoy on the veggie kabobs + fresh veggie sandwich.

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Kid Approved GF + Plant-based Kabobs

Ingredients:

BFree Soft White Rolls

1 Package Cherry Tomatoes

1 Medium Avocado

1 Medium Cucumber

Simple + Fresh Basil Sauce

Mini Cookie Cutters

Medium Sized Kabob Sticks

Lunchbox Ingredients:

Multi Colored Carrots

Cucumber cut into Matchsticks

Celery Sticks

Gluten Free Animal Crackers

Mini-Fruit Kabobs: Raspberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Blueberries

Toothpicks for Mini Fruit Kabobs

Directions:

Cut BFree Soft White Rolls into medium-sized shapes with cookie cutters. Cut small slices of avocado, cut cucumbers into small animals or shapes, wash cherry tomatoes. Place bread + veggies on the kabob. Pour Simple + Fresh Basil Sauce into a small container in the lunchbox. Add above ingredients to the lunchbox + encourage dipping!

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Mom Approved Warm Veggie Sandwich

Ingredients:

BFree Soft White Rolls

1 Large Beef Stake Tomato

1 Large Avocado

1 Bunch Radishes

Simple + Fresh Basil Sauce

Optional: Fresh Sliced Mozzarella Cheese or Vegan Cheese Spread

Directions:

Slice BFree Soft White Rolls. Toast over medium heat with olive oil in a frying pan. Wash + slice Tomatoes, avocado + radishes. Spread Simple + Fresh Basil Sauce onto the Soft White Roll, top with fresh veggies. Optional: add cheese or vegan cheese.Spread Simple + Fresh Basil Sauce onto the Soft White Roll, top the sandwich + enjoy!

Enjoy your mommy + me lunch with your little one.

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Find these additional products to brighten your lunches:

Bento Box Lunchbox: Stuck On You Official

Super Soft Bamboo Pajamas: Kickee Pants

Plastic-free Lunch Bags: LunchSkins

Shoes: PediPed

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Vegan Fresh Lemon + Dill Sauce with So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative

This post is sponsored by So Delicious® but the thoughts + opinions expressed are my own.

Looking for new ways to eat your plants? I promise, plant-based doesn’t mean raw carrots three times a day. Promise. And, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this vegan, gluten free, allergen friendly, plant based Fresh Lemon + Dill Sauce with So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative.

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Freshly made sauce can liven up any meal. Garden-fresh herbs, like dill can cheer up any quick + simple meal. Plant-based meals don’t have to consist of raw broccoli + carrots. Plant-based meals can be hearty, creamy + delicious.  Vegan, gluten free + plant based meals can offer endless possibilities, when you approach it from a creative angle. Include this Vegan Fresh Lemon + Dill Sauce with So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative in your next meal.

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Everywhere is somewhere amazing. So, wherever you’re at with your plant-based diet, go with it. Keep going. Eat the veggies you know you love + explore one new thing at a time to open up your plant-based diet. Besides, a little freshly made sauce always helps the vegetables go down.

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There are always a few plant-based staples to have on hand to help make meal planning, plant-centered snacking + creative cooking easier. I always recommend having the Plain So Delicious® 5.3OZ Yogurt Alternatives on hand.

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Vegan Fresh Lemon + Dill Sauce with So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Containers: So Delicious® 5.3OZ Plain Yogurt Alternative

1/2 Cup Fresh dill, on stem

Juice of ½ lemon

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Pepper

 

Directions:

 

Pour all ingredients in a blender. Blend on medium until well combined. Garnish with fresh dill on stem and a fresh lemon slice, if desired.

 

Plant-based Meal Suggestions:

 

Oven-baked carrots with roasted potatoes, garnished with fresh carrot matchsticks with sides of cucumber slices + fresh gluten-free bread for dipping.

 

Directions:

 

Wash + peel carrots. Drizzle carrots with olive oil + lightly salt on parchment paper. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

Wash + thinly slice multi-colored potatoes. Drizzle olive oil on parchment paper, + place potato slices on the parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil on top of potatoes. Lightly salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Broil on low for 5 minutes to desired crispness.

 

Enjoy roasted carrots and potatoes topped with fresh carrot matchsticks + Vegan Fresh Lemon + Dill Sauce with So Delicious® Yogurt Alternative. Include sides of sliced cucumbers + gluten free bread for dipping. Enjoy your plant-based meal!

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This recipe is free from: dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, carrageenan, egg, peanut and MSG. All ingredients are also verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program. No artificial colors or flavors here! You can find all ingredients + fresh produce at a Sprouts Farmer’s Market® near you.

 

This recipe was created in partnership with Silk + Sprouts. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, you can find me at Sprouts often with a cart full of plant-based products + plant-based beverages. I have partnered with Silk + Sprouts to help promote So Delicious dairy free yogurt alternatives + the Sprout’s Plant-Based Tastes Great products.

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What's In My Diaper Bag? Feature with Bump Club + Beyond

What’s in my diaper bag? Well, that’s a loaded question. Because…… I load that thing up! I’ve found that there are some things I always need + I carry those. I try to be prepared to face the day + situation with ease the best I can. Diaper bag goals = ease. I’m sharing here what helps me find ease, peace in the motherhood moments + some happiness too. It’s all in my diaper bag.

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The Bump Club and Beyond interviewed me to find out What’s In My Diaper Bag. You can read the feature Here. And, you can enter the amazing Diaper Bag Sweepstakes Giveaway Here.

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When my son, Bowan, was first diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, I was so overwhelmed + honestly… depressed that I would now be responsible for always carrying epinephrine, everywhere. I’d also be responsible for choices that would keep him safe from his allergens. Talk about pressure. I remember crying for a few days when I realized I’d never be able to just run to the park again without a bag or purse, because I would need the epinephrine everywhere. Even in our neighborhood. I was. So. Overwhelmed. Over the years, carrying the epinephrine has become second nature + I’m so thankful that we have great products available to make managing life with food allergies a little easier.

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I’m always hauling around Stuck On You Bento Boxes + Name Labels on the kids things, especially water bottles. PediPed shoes are stuffed in my bag. And, so are Ergo Pouch layers.

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I love the Vilah Bloom diaper bag because it can be worn as a backpack, which makes the treks to the park so much easier. It’s also make with vegan leather + has a front dispenser for wipes.

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I love all of the California Baby products. They are top 8 free + cruelty free. The sunscreen stick + aroma sticks are some of my favorites, I’m always hauling them around. The first California Baby product I ever bought was 8 years ago, when I was pregnant with my oldest son, Breck. I was so excited to use the bubble bath with the adorable bubble wand. Still using it 8 years later!

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I love to carry around Janie and Jack bow ties, because…. Just in case! I also love the newsboy hats to help keep the sun out of the eyes.

I’m telling you, I load my diaper bag up. I’m known for hauling around trash trucks, mini garbage trucks + mini toy trash cans. Breck, Bowan + Bridger love the Driven Garbage trucks. I’m always carrying around a notebook or two, hoping I will have a few minutes to make a few notes or write a new list. I love the Rifle Paper notebooks, the beautiful patterns inspire me + my notebooks always seem to come complete with scribbles from my kids. I also love the Logan + Lenora wet bags, I use one to carry my camera. I love the Oh Joy! first Aid case for the epinephrine. Since I have to carry them around, I will do it with a happy pattern.


Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. + Kathleen Peachey Photography





Take a Dip Down Memory Lane with Good Karma's New Plant-Based Ranch Dip with a DIY Vegan Ranch Veggie Boat Recipe

Do you remember the days of ranch as a kid? Dipping until your heart was content? Me, too. Missing ranch a little now that you are dairy-free or dairy-light? Me, too. No worries, I have the solution for you: Good Karma Plant-based Ranch Dip.

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Let’s take a Dip Down Memory Lane with a Vegan Ranch Dip Veggie Boat Recipe with Good Karma.

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This recipe is perfect for busy families that would like to include more plants into meal time + snack time. Parents + adults can take the lead on this recipe, or parents can guide + set this recipe up for the kids to create.

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Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip is vegan, allergen friendly + lower in fat, sodium and calories than other plant- and dairy-based options. Another reason to love Good Karma Ranch Dip? Good Karma Ranch Dip contains live + active cultures.

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DIY Vegan Ranch Dip Veggie Boat Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Container Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip

15 Mini Peppers

1 Bunch multi-colored carrots

1 Bunch Radishes

1 Cucumber

1 Yellow Squash

1 Bunch Rainbow Chard

1 Container Mini Heirloom Tomatoes


Directions:

  1. Wash veggies.

  2. Slice mini peppers in half. Float your boat tip: set the pepper on a cutting board to see how it lies flat best + cut horizontally.

  3. Scoop Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip into mini pepper boats.

  4. Peel carrots. Then, cut into slices that create circles. And, cut lengthwise to create matchsticks.

  5. Slice yellow squash + cucumber. Cut into half moon shapes. Also, cut into matchsticks.

  6. Slice radishes. Cut into half moon shapes.

  7. Slice rainbow chard into thin pieces.

  8. Slice tomatoes.

  9. Gather toothpicks.

  10. Arrange sliced veggies on toothpicks. Place toothpick into the boat.

  11. Add veggie slices to boats. Float your boat tip: pretend the pieces are ores, people, captains + the crew.

  12. Enjoy!

Child Led activity: To allow children to actively participate, have a child safe vegetable knife available for slicing. Let children slice softer veggies like: yellow squash, tomatoes + rainbow chard. Encourage children to decorate and arrange the boats. Also offer an additional bowl of Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip to encourage dipping + exploration of vegetables.

Discuss colors, textures + the vitamins that the veggies offer while creating + enjoying the boats. Try the veggies with your children to encourage them to try them all as well!

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Are you mindful of the dairy consumption for yourself or your kids? There are so many benefits of a plant-based diet + Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip is a tasty way to enjoy more plants. Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip is available at Sprouts Farmers Markets nationwide.

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Does Good Karma’s new Plant-Based Ranch Dip have you feeling nostalgic for summers past? Join in on the fun and enter to win a prize pack full of Good Karma goodness and everything you need to make a poolside splash! Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Share a photo of your favorite summertime fun memory on Instagram or Facebook

  2. Use hashtag #GKDipTrip and share how you’re excited to share Good Karma Ranch Dip with your friends and family

This recipe was created in partnership with Good Karma. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, Good Karma Plant-Based Ranch Dip is in our fridge + we are dipping with it. I hope you take the opportunity to try it as well.

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

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Veggie boats with plant based ranch dip, a simple DIY recipe that is gluten free, vegan, dairy free and plant based.

15 Lunchbox Recipe Ideas to Help Your Lunches go from Boring to Brilliant

Lunch box ruts are pretty easy to hit. I’ve run into them many times myself! Here are 15 ideas to inspire a new lunch box routine- so you can stay in the happy lane + stop hitting the ruts. Adapt the recipe ideas as needed- the 15 simple lunch box ideas here are: gluten free, dairy free, vegan + allergen friendly. Enjoy!

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15 Fun Lunch Box Ideas. 15 simple lunch box recipes to bring your lunches from boring to brilliant. Easy gluten free, dairy free, vegan, nut free, peanut free, allergy friendly lunch box ideas with Lindsey Lee and Co.
  1. Happy Face Bagel

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2. Beets + Treats

Beet puffs + Enjoy Life Protein Bites + Apple with SunButter dip + cantaloupe + blueberries + Good Karma FlaxMilk

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3. School Safe Roll Ups

B Free Tortilla with SunButter Spread + Pomegranate Jelly + Banana Slices + Strawberry Slices. Add, Cal Organic Multi-colored carrots + cucumber slices.

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4. Bento Box Fun

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5. Vegan Bites, am I Right?

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6. Apple Sandwiches

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7. Cookie Monster’s Delight

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8. Protein Cookie Surprise

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15 Fun Lunch Box Ideas. 15 simple lunch box recipes to bring your lunches from boring to brilliant. Easy gluten free, dairy free, vegan, nut free, peanut free, allergy friendly lunch box ideas with Lindsey Lee and Co.
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Plant based Ice Cream Pie Recipe with So Delicious®

This post is sponsored by So Delicious® but the thoughts + opinions expressed are my own.

Spring is the time for fresh blooms, new life + new growth. Buds are forming. Plants are sprouting. Fresh life is being created all around us. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy more plant-based meal options. What better way to enjoy spring than with a Plant-based Ice Cream Pie with So Delicious® Dairy Free?

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So Delicious® frozen dessert brings this pie to life.  It’s full of plants + completely decadent. The creaminess of the pie is refreshing; the sunflower butter lends a hearty feel, the granola crust offers a crunch + the fresh berries lend themselves to a spring celebration.

 

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This recipe is plant-based, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, peanut + tree nut free, as well as free from the top 8 allergens. This recipe calls for no artificial colors or ingredients.

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You can add the New So Delicious® Oatmilk Frozen Dessert + the New So Delicious  Dairy-free Mousse to your Sprouts mobile app during the Checkout Challenge.

 

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Plant-based Ice Cream Pie with So Delicious

 

Ingredients:

 

1 Container So Delicious® Oatmilk Oatmeal Cookie Frozen Dessert

2 Containers So Delicious® Cranberry Cherry Swirl Dairy-free Mouse

1 Cup Sunflower Seed Butter

1 Cup Fresh Raspberries

1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

1 Cup Fresh Blackberries

2 Cups Frozen Cherries

2 Tbsp Agave Nectar

1 Container Edible Flowers

 

Granola Crust Ingredients:

2 Cups Gluten Free Granola

1 Cup Sunflower Seed Butter

¼ Cup Agave Nectar

¼ Cup Hemp Seeds

¼ Cup Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp Vanilla

Directions:

Melt 1 cup sunflower seed butter for 30 seconds in microwave. Pour sunflower seed butter + agave nectar into the granola. Stir in the hemp seeds, chia seeds + vanilla.  Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 inch spring form pan. Pour + press the combined granola mixture into the pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Let cool.


While preparing the granola mixture, let the So Delicious® frozen desserts thaw.


Pour the So Delicious® Oatmilk Oatmeal Cookie Frozen Dessert onto the granola crust.


Melt 1 cup of sunflower seed butter for 30 seconds. Pour over the Oatmilk Oatmeal Cookie Frozen Dessert.


Pour 1 1/2 Containers So Delicious® Cranberry Cherry Swirl Dairy-free Mouse over the sunflower seed butter layer.


Place in the freezer for two hours or overnight.

 

In a blender, blend together 2 Cups Frozen Cherries + 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar. Swirl this mixture onto the top of the pie.

 

Arrange fresh berries + edible flowers on the top of the pie. Reserve additional berries to serve alongside the pie.

 

Enjoy!

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Plant-based diets can center on progress over perfection. Desserts can still be enjoyed while created from plants, yet completely decadent. Enjoy your bowl full of plants that is disguised as a pie!

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This recipe was created in partnership with Silk + Sprouts. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, you can find me at Sprouts often with a cart full of plant-based products + plant-based beverages. I have partnered with Silk + Sprouts to help promote Silk Almondmilk + the Sprout’s Plant-Based Tasted Great 35% off sale running 3/27/19-4/3/19.

 

 

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

 

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DIY Plant-based Smoothies with So Delicious

Looking for inspiration to fill your spring mornings with color, taste + plants in one easy bowl or cup? Small steps leading to change can absolutely add up. Change can happen one morning at a time, one smoothie at a time, one plant-based alternative at a time. Create a smoothie you love with this DIY guide here with So Delicious.

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 Sprouts Farmer’s Market is the perfect time to stock up on plant-based yogurt alternatives + milk alternatives to help achieve your plant-based goals one step at a time.

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 Here are some great products to have on hand to create a single serve smoothie you can enjoy any time of the day: So Delicious 5.3OZ Yogurts: Vanilla Coconut, Strawberry Banana, Blueberry + Raspberry. The So Delicious 24OZ Vanilla Cultured Yogurt Alternative is also an excellent staple to create family-sized smoothies.

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 DIY Plant-based Smoothie Recipe with So Delicious:

 

Start with your base, Choose:

 

1 Container: So Delicious 5.3OZ Vanilla Coconut Yogurt Alternative

1 Container: So Delicious 5.3OZ Strawberry Banana Yogurt Alternative

1 Container: So Delicious 5.3OZ Blueberry Yogurt Alternative

1 Container: So Delicious 5.3OZ Raspberry Yogurt Alternative

 

For a Family-sized Smoothie:

 

3 Cups So Delicious 24OZ Vanilla Cultured Yogurt Alternative

 

Choose Your Fruit:

 

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Cup Frozen, Peeled Banana

1 Cup Frozen or Canned Pineapple

 

For a Family-sized Smoothie:

 

Add in 3 Cups of fruit

 

Choose Your Color:

2 TBSP Powdered Dragon Fruit

2 TBSP Green Matcha

 

For a Family-sized Smoothie:

 

Add in 5 TBSP Powdered Dragon Fruit or Green Matcha

 

Extra add-ins:

 

¼ Cup Spinach

¼ Cup Hemp Seeds

¼ Cup Flax Seeds

¼ Cup Walnuts

¼ Cup Almond Butter

¼ Cup Sunflower Butter

 

For a Family-sized Smoothie:

 

Add in 1 Cup extra add-ins

 

Optional toppings for a hearty Smoothie Bowl:

Granola

Walnuts

Drizzle Almond Butter

Drizzle Sunflower Butter

Sprinkles

Frozen Blueberries

Sunflower Kernels

Cacao Nibs

 

Tried + True Kid-Tested Raspberry-Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe:

 

 

1 Container: So Delicious 5.3OZ Raspberry Yogurt Alternative

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries

2 TBSP Powdered Dragon Fruit

¼ Cup Hemp Seeds

 

Blend together on Medium, top with sprinkles + a fun straw + enjoy!

 

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However you choose to create your smoothie, just remember every step counts. Start with a combination you know you will love + venture out to adding a few leave of spinach, then next time maybe a few more. Remember, progress is perfection.

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This recipe was created in partnership with So Delicious + Sprouts. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, you can find me at Sprouts often with a cart full of plant-based products + plant-based beverages. I have partnered with Silk + Sprouts to help promote Silk Almondmilk + the Sprout’s plant-based alternatives that are available at a Sprout’s near you.

 

 

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

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9 Reasons Why The Midwest Is Best with Mazda

I’m a Midwest girl living in a Colorado world. Wherever I am in the world, part of my heart is in the Midwest. Particularly, in a cornfield in Southeast Michigan. I’m sharing why the Midwest is Best with Mazda.

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The Midwest is calling + you should go. Here are 9 reasons why you should book your next trip to the Good ‘Ole Midwest.

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  1. The Small Towns are Charming.

    The small towns scattered throughout? They are quaint. They hold some history. They are a blast to explore. There is always something to explore in each small town you drive through. The towns take pride in their own little corner of the Midwest + they’ll show you their hospitality when you stop by. I love the town, Tecumseh, Michigan, where I’m visiting here with Mazda.

  2. The Lakes are Beautiful.

    Not only are the lakes beautiful, but there are lots of lakes to explore. To find a lake surrounded by the tall trees is like a piece of Heaven waiting for you to relax, unplug + connect with the people you love out on a lake, floating, swimming, boating, canoeing or kayaking. The kids playing in the shallow water, making sand castles + rivers. That’s what childhoods are made of.

  3. The People are Warm + Friendly.

    There really is something to the Midwest Hospitality, wouldn’t you say? Need directions, a cup of coffee, help shoveling your driveway? Don’t be shy, Midwest Values seem to prevail. The pace of life can feel slower in the Good ‘Ole Midwest, so sit back + enjoy some time at a bon fire with people you love.

  4. The Grand Traverse Area is One of the Best Places in the World.

    You can visit yourself to decide, but Northern Michigan is truly a special place on this planet. Each season has something to offer in the Grand Traverse Area. Summer: swimming + boating in the beautiful aqua lakes, the Cherry Festival + hiking + biking the many trails. Fall: The colors are on fire + there’s nothing quite like it. Winter: snowmobiling, snowshoeing + visiting the ice covered water is just the tranquility we need. Spring: the perfect time to hike the Great Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes + drive the scenic M22 route.

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5. There are Fireflies.

Take an opportunity to just sit + watch fireflies float about as the sun is setting, is a beautiful experience, no extra events or effort required. Just a chance to connect with nature + experience the fireflies + soak up the Midwest lifestyle.

6. The Forests are Healing.

Science shows us that forests are healing. Even just a few minutes spent in a wooded area is proven to lower cortisol + stress levels. There are so many forests + trails to explore in the Midwest. There are beautiful forests in Northern Michigan, especially when they are covered in a blanket of white in the winter.

7. The Great Lakes are Great.

Who needs a trip to an ocean when you have the Great Lakes? Fresh water + fresh fun. The beaches + parks + playgrounds along the Great Lakes are easily accessible, reasonably priced + fun for the entire family.

8. The Orchards + Small Farms are a must.

The Midwest is home to many orchards + small farms. Traverse City is the Cherry Capital of the world. The fresh cherries are amazing + there are many wineries to explore as well. And, come fall, you can find many quaint pumpkin patches + apple orchards throughout the Midwest. Let go of everything and explore a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard + enjoy the time right where you are at.

9. Your Family is There.

Hey, even if you don’t have family in the Midwest, you might make some friends that turn into family.

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The fall colors in the Midwest are fabulous.

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Take a drive with Mazda, explore the fall colors. See the historic downtowns. Enjoy the fresh farm stands.

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This post was sponsored by Mazda. I only share brands I love and use. I feel alive in the Midwest + when driving a Mazda6 we #feelalive

DIY Matching Game Gifts with Parabo Press

It’s that time of year, the season of giving. I don’t know about you, but I want things to be meaningful + fun. While some super fun toys are what will make my kids totally love Christmas Morning, I also want them to have some memorable + meaningful gifts as well. I’m sharing a super simple matching gift game idea with Parabo Press.

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Plus, the Parabo Press packaging is so gift-able. Just tie some beautiful, unique ribbon onto the packages + your life is a little simpler + the gifts are totally beautiful. Ribbons with varying texture surely up the wrapping factor.

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I know we all love taking photos of our kids. Both the big dressed-up moments + the silly, grainy moments. They all deserve to be printed. Kids love to see photos of themselves. It brings them right back to the really special + happy moments. Plus, it helps us moms to lay off our mom guilt a little because we are doing the best we can + look how happy the kids were in the moment + look how happy they are now, looking back on it.

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Here’s my fun + simple idea for a DIY Matching Game gift that is way easier than it seems. Just upload your favorite photos to Parabo Press. Add two of each photo to your cart. And, done + done. Super simple. Double photos of your kids make for a matching game that is super fun. It feels handmade, but the work just gets delivered straight to your door without slaving over a special gift. Plus, it’s a fun way for your family to spend time together as, ever our two year old Bridger likes to play Memory.

If you’re ready to print a matching game, you can get 30% off your order at Parabo Press with code: LEE30

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The secret’s out….. I never finished sending out my Christmas cards from last year…… Parabo press makes beautiful cards. Now, maybe I can just send our 2017 card out for 2018. Just, maybe.

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This post was created in partnership with Parabo Press.

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co. + Photography in the squares by: // © Kathleen Peachey Photography

Plant-Based Almond Zoodles with Silk + Sprouts

Plants. Powerful, nutritious, fresh, environmentally friendly + fun. These are some of the rewards of a plant-based diet. But, where to start? How to make progress? The perfect place to start is where you are.

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Where you are right now is where you need to be + steps big or small towards adding more plants into your meals is perfect progress. Just start with one meal a day. And, keep going from there! A great place to start is with the plant-based selection Sprouts offers.

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The good news about eating a plant based is that is doesn't center around lots of rules, just eating more plants. More plants-based options each day or each meal is progress. Here is a delicious plant-based Almond Zoodle recipe to help you fall in love with plants.

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A good starting point for eating or drinking more plants are smoothies. But, where do you go from there? Are there any other ways to use Silk Almondmilk other than in smoothies? Well, here is a savory recipe that allows you to continue using your Silk Almondmilk throughout the day.

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Spiralized Zucchini

1 Cup Spiralized Sweet Potato

1 Cup Spiralized Beets

½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds

½ Cup Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes

¼ Cup Chopped Leeks

¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro


1 Cup Almond Butter

½ Cup Silk Almondmilk

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds + more for garnish

1 Tsp Garlic Salt

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

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Directions:

Spiralize zucchini, sweet potatoes + beets. Or, purchase the veggies pre-spiralized as a time-saver. Saute zucchini with olive oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat until golden. Continue to saute the sweet potatoes + beets.

In a pot, add almond butter + Silk Almondmilk. Stir over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic salt, black pepper + red pepper. Continue to stir until well combined. Add in hemp seeds.

Prepare with the sauteed zoodles in a bowl, scoop Almond sauce onto the dish. Garnish with: heirloom tomatoes, leeks, cilantro, pomegranates + extra hemp seeds.

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This recipe aims to bring you inspiration for ways to include your Silk Almondmilk in savory recipes. So, you can always substitute a vegetable for garnish. Or, maybe spiralize only one vegetable instead of three. Whatever you decide, you are making perfect progress by adding more plants into your meals. This sauce is a perfect option to include in lunches for dipping vegetables or spreading on a sandwich, even.


You are right where you need to be. Your progress is perfect, keep pushing forward with the power of plants.

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Did you know Silk is a certified B-Corp? Read their story here.


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This recipe was created in partnership with Silk + Sprouts. I only share products + brands that I honestly love + use. And, you can find me at Sprouts often with a cart full of plant-based products + plant-based beverages. I have partnered with Silk + Sprouts to help promote Silk Almondmilk + the selection of plant-based options available at Sprout’s.

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Watch the re-cap video of the Danone Event I attended with Sprouts + Silk.



Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.



Listening to Myself + Going Places with Toyota

My inner voice, is it there? Yes, it’s always there, but sometimes I’m not listening to it + even worse, sometimes I’m not following it. I’ve been working on opening myself up to my inner voice, listening to it + following it. That also means going places I might not otherwise go with Toyota. I’m sharing a personal story about listening to my inner voice + 5 ways to listen to your own voice. Spoiler alert: it needs you.

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This past year, I faced many challenges, losses, life-changing moments + I’ll just name it: trauma. Honestly, if I could give any of those moments back + hop on a boat + call it smooth sailing, I’m sure I would take it, because who really wants to go through pain? I’ve gone through the process of grief over the multiple losses I faced this past year + while working through my experiences I’ve looked for the silver lining + reached acceptance. By reaching acceptance, I do not mean that I feel like it’s Okay that I lost a baby + went through a surgery that I genuinely feared even though it did quite possibly save my life. I’m not Okay with the memories I have of watching my son experience anaphylaxis to two unknown fruit allergies that each happened within 2 1/2 months time + the shock I went through responding to the emergencies. I just accept that these experiences happened among many others + they’ve brought me to a place I may not have arrived to without the journey I had to face.

One thing that my experiences brought me was the gift of depression. I say gift, because one thing that came from my deep sadness was that in those moments, my inner voice was loud + clear. I heard many things, thoughts, values + truths I already knew. But, I was just a little de-railed, surely life changing events can cause a re-commitment in life, + maybe I came to a place where I needed to focus on something else. I had to get back to my roots. In every way.

I had an unexplainable draw to the corn fields, trees + serenity of Lake Michigan that I grew up with. I wanted to be with my family + lifetime friends that know me + the natural aspects of Michigan that bring me true peace. I traveled to Michigan + Toyota was there with me to help me go places.

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Our inner voice. It’s so deep within us, I mean it truly is who we are. If we can listen to + find our inner voice, we can find true peace + it can set us out on a path we are meant to be on. The path may not be easy, but if it’s meant for us, there is something undeniable about that.


Through my experience, I’ve found 5 ways to help find your inner voice:

  1. Identify your values. - What is important to you?

  2. Focus on the things you loved as a child.

  3. Focus on awareness, not avoidance.

  4. Listen to the painful feelings.

  5. Go where your calling takes you.

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I would fall asleep dreaming about Traverse City, my favorite place as a little girl. I absolutely love Traverse City, MI, but I did not have a deep drive to visit there for over ten years prior. Traverse City was something that kept calling to me. My original intention was to move there. The doors kept closing on that opportunity, but because I went, my kids got to experience a place that means so much to me, I made a new friend that I think will be a lifelong friend + I bought a company while on a trip that I surely never would’ve done if I wouldn’t have listened to my inner voice. The road since hasn’t been easy, but I think it’s my road I’m supposed to travel.

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Your voice may be a still, quiet voice, but it is surely there. Listen to it, nurture it, find patience with it. We are all created with the same intention. However, our unique purposes are different. Life isn’t a one size fits all. Your voice is your voice. Your path is your path. I hope you find it + hold on tight to it.

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The road may not be easy, but I’m on it. Toyota sponsored this post. Toyota believes in helping us go places + they sure create vehicles to help us do so. I only share brands I love + I love the mission behind Toyota.

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

Gluten Free + Vegan Lunchbox Ideas 4 Ways with Enjoy Life Foods

It's Back to School Season + we are here to help lower the chaos + overwhelm with help from Enjoy Life Foods. The fresh start to a new school year can bring so much good! Let's build on that with, good, nutritious, fun + easy lunch ideas! Plus, we have 4 lunchboxes 4 ways that are allergy friendly, nut free, vegan + gluten free. Lunchbox problems: Solved!

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Sometimes we can miss the point. In the middle of this motherhood journey, there is just SO MUCH. There is so much we CAN do for our child's lunch. But, we don't have to do it all. And, we don't have to do it all the time. It's fun to make elaborate lunches + sometimes our kids really appreciate it. But, sometimes simple is really sweet. 

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Let's get back to the basics here. Lunchtime is about fueling our kids with nutritious food. It's also awesome if we can all have a little fun + enjoy ourselves. Sometimes, just focusing on simple gets us to this place. Honestly, nutrition might be our highest priority for our kids, right? And, the Enjoy Life Foods Protein Bites taste like a treat + fuel with a protein punch. 

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We know protein is essential for our children's optimal growth, right? But, let's do a re-cap of exactly how important protein is for our growing children.

The Importance of Protein for Kids:

   Builds cardiac muscle

   Supports immune system

   Supports oxygen to the brain + body

   Read more about the importance of protein here

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Meet the Enjoy Life Foods New Protein Bites: They are packed with up to 6 grams of plant-based protein per serving. They are free from the top 14 allergens. They taste like a treat yet filled with nutritious ingredients. They are gluten free, dairy free + nut free. Plus, they are totally snackable. 

Looking for more lunchbox inspiration + organization? Download this Lunchbox Planner Printable Here.

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4 Lunchboxes 4 Ways:

Turquoise Tale:

Dairy-free yogurt, swirled with seed butter + topped with sprinkles. 

Enjoy Life New Protein Bites + Chocolate Squares

Fresh Cherries

Brussel Sprouts Puffs

 

Green Machine:

Roasted Corn Snacks

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies

To-go Hummus + Pea Chips
 

Blue Lagoon:

Celery Sticks

Vegan + Gluten-free S'more with Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies + Chocolate Bars

 

Pink Passion:

Homemade Muffin topped with sprinkles + a fresh cherry

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Mini peppers filled with dairy-free cream cheese. 

 

Mix + match any of these ideas for lunchbox  + after-school snack inspiration!

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This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. I only share products I absolutely love + use. And, we absolutely love + use Enjoy Life. They are a trustworthy, allergy friendly standby for our entire family. Not to mention delicious. Thank you for supporting the brands that help bring recipe ideas like this to life. 

 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Lunchbox Ideas for Kids: Simple Granola Bites Recipe

It's Back to School Season + that means lunchbox packing time. I like to focus on two things: fun + simple. Fun + simple for Mom + the kids. Because back to school is busy. Keep reading for a simple granola bites recipe that all will enjoy. It is gluten free + can be made nut free as well. 

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One way to keep Fun + Simple the focus during this Back to School Season is to hold a few Giveaways. And, I have Two Giveaways for you! They are amazing prizes to help your Back to School transition go a little smoother. And, obviously a little more Fun!

You can Enter the Giveaways

Here + Here

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Simple Granola Bites Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Oats or Granola -We used New England Berry Granola

1 Cup Nut or Seed Butter -We used WOW Butter

1/4 Cup Local Honey (Substitute Honey for Agave Nectar for a Vegan recipe)

Directions:

Pour the granola into a large mixing bowl. Heat the nut butter/Seed butter/WOW butter in the microwave in a glass bowl for 30 seconds, then pour over granola. Pour honey into mixing bowl. Next, combine all ingredients. Form into balls and place in paper cupcake liners. Boom, simple + fun. Plus, nutritious.

Cheers.

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Ouray Hot Springs: A Year-round Family Vacation Destination

Looking for a perfect family vacation idea? I've got you covered. Views. Therapeutic water. Sun. Shade. Kid friendly pools. Waterslides. HOT pools for the parents. A nearby park. Ummmmm, Rocky Mountain Heaven. They don't call Ouray the Switzerland of America for nothing. All the heart eyes for this San Juan Mountain Range. Our family absolutely loves Ouray Hot Springs + I think you will too. 

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The newly remodeled pool has something for everyone. A volleyball area, an obstacle course for older kids, a water slide, a shaded pool, HOT pools, lap lanes. Tons of chairs + even shaded areas for seating. 

This overhead photo was taken during our family hike on the Perimeter Trail. I absolutely recommend this trail for families. There are some steep sections + the kids likely won't hike the entire loop, but it's an excellent experience to hike as much as you can together. 

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This pool offers awesome floats to rent or, you can bring your own. Bowan was in love with this life-like gator. He was a wild one to ride!

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Where else can you do a waterslide with this kind of view? 

Breck loved the waterslide. He had such a great time!

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Breck snorkeled the day away + had the absolute best time. He's really gained confidence as a swimmer this summer + snorkeling in the warm water really gave him a great opportunity to improve his swimming skills + confidence in the water. 

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Bowan was living his best life on the float we found at Target. 

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Bridger was worn out after a lot of fun in the sun. 

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Kids SPF 50 Swim Suits: Cabana Life

Kids Swim Shoes: PediPed Flex

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This post was sponsored by Ouray Hot Springs. This is one of our favorite spots in America + we think you will love it too. 

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co. 



Zoodles at Noodles & Company

Gluten-free. Plant-based. Eat a rainbow. Hello low-carb noodle option. All this is covered with the new Zoodles at Noodles + Company. Zucchini Noodles are now offered at Noodles + Company + this is a great family dinner for all.

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Did you know zucchini is packed with Vitamin C + potassium? This veggie is a great immune booster + aids heart + kidney health. Zucchini noodles are made from fresh zucchinis spiralized in-house daily. Zoodles can be substituted in any dish. Try them as a fresh gluten-free option!

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Zoodles meets a variety of dietary needs:

- Gluten Free

- Vegan

- Low-carb + Low-calorie: a regular bowl of Zoodles has 60 calories + 11g of carbs. 

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Every bowl is cooked to order. Noodles + Co. offers a taste guarantee. Any guest that orders a bowl of Zoodles + doesn't feel the Zoodle love can get a replacement traditional noodle dish at no additional cost. But, they are so fresh + tasty, I'm sure you will love them! Any dish at Noodles + Co. can be made with Zoodles, but are featured in two great flavors:

-Zucchini Romesco: A roasted red pepper sauce with almonds, sundried tomato + garden vegetables

-Zucchini Thai Green Curry with Shrimp: A sweet coconut green curry sauce, pineapple, broccoli, red onion, snap peas, lime, black sesame seeds, cilantro + shrimp

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My entire family loved exploring Zoodles at Noodles. I hope you will to. There are many options to customize dishes due to dietary needs + I hope this dinner option my give you a fresh + tasty option on busy nights when your sink might be full of dishes + you are looking for an option out. This post was sponsored by Noodles + Company World Kitchen. I only share things that I absolutely love + use. Let me know what your favorite dish at Noodles is!

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5 Family Friendly Hikes in Traverse City with Toyota Highlander

Taking a trip "Up North" is a chance to go somewhere magical with sun, sand, snow, hills, dunes + great fresh water lakes. It's a chance to connect with nature, find yourself a little + create special memories with your family. I'm sharing 5 family friendly hikes in Traverse City + why the Toyota Highlander is an awesome family car. 

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5 Family Friendly Hikes in Traverse City, Michigan:

1: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the most popular single attraction in the Traverse City area. And, for good reason, it is beautiful + the end result of the hike brings a stunning view of Lake Michigan atop the dunes. The Dune Climb is totally worth it. A childhood memory of mine + my kids absolutely loved summiting the dunes + seeing the water on the other side, they thought it was the "coolest thing ever." There is a 27 mile long trail that runs along the dunes, so you can plan out multiple adventures here. 

2. The TART Trail: The Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail can take you on an adventure east to west across the city. If you're up for it you can cruise down the entire 10.5 mile trail, or take it in stride as long as your family would like to go. Another bonus, is the trail is paved so the kids my like biking, or in-line skating along the trail. You can even stop for lunch or a snack at a restaurant along the trail.

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3.  Empire Bluff Trail: This 1.5 mi loop is definitely doable with kids. It has amazing views of Lake Michigan, an opportunity to hike through a peaceful Michigan forrest + views of open fields, too. The town of Empire is very quaint + a fun spot to stop. 

4. Leelanau State Park Trail The Leelanau Peninsula is another breathtaking area. You take the M22 scenic drive to arrive to the park + that in itself is an adventure. You can take the well marked hiking trails to see the lighthouse or Fox Island. If you make it up to this hike, absolutely stop at Fishtown Leland to explore the historic fishtown. 

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5. Old Mission Point Park Trail: A trip to Northern Michigan isn't complete without a trip to a lighthouse. The drive to the lighthouse is beautiful along the peninsula + a stop at the Jolly Pumpkin on the way is another must. This 5 mile loop can help you feel like you a floating back in time with the lighthouse + help you to connect with nature in the trees. 

There is so much adventure to be found in Northern Michigan, explore + go where your sails take you!

Best family vehilcle with Toyota Highlander in Traverse City, Michigan

We traveled around the Traverse City area in a Toyota Highlander + my husband + I both agree it is an ultimate family car. The safety features are incredible from listing the street name + speed limit on the dash to the added steering control. My husband loves the excellent horse power. I loved the compartment to store tons of snacks between the two front seats. The bucket seats make it so easy for the kids to get in + out + the all wheel drive makes any hiking adventure much more fun. 

5 Family Friendly Hikes in Traverse City with Toyota Highlander

I always try to take as much caution as I can on a road trip with my most precious cargo inside, but of course I can get a little off track at times. The Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist was the most helpful feature I've ever experiences on a car. If I got a little right or left of the lane, the car auto-corrected. It was amazing. The entire Toyota Safety Sense package was amazing, but that was my favorite part. 

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If you are planning a family vacation, I highly recommend a trip to Traverse City, Michigan. The water is blue, the air is fresh + the trees are calming. Have you been to Traverse City? Let me know in the comments. 

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5 Family Friendly Hikes in Traverse City, Michigan

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This post was sponsored by Toyota + Traverse City Tourism. I only share things that I absolutely love + believe in + I hope this post was helpful for vacation planning + future car shopping. Cheers. 

Confessions of a #momboss with Gigi New York

I'm going to get a little personal here about working from home as a mom, running my own businesses + life as a boy mom, all while trying to stay sane. Ok, trying to stay slightly sane, since I'm being honest. I've worked from home in some capacity for the past 6 1/2 years, since becoming a mom to Breck, my first born. But, #momboss mode has taken on a completely different level for me since acquiring American Gluten Free

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We live in such an amazing time where opportunities can be abundant because of technology. It's incredible! However, just because opportunities are available, it doesn't mean balance automatically comes with it. Just like anything in life, balance has to be sought after, protected, practiced. The more we bring into our lives, the more we have to work to balance out, schedule out, take out, or delegate. Or, set aside until we can get back to it once things settle. All of this takes time + time is so precious, especially when you have three beautiful boys growing up right before your eyes. What balance looks like + feels like for me probably doesn't look the same or feel the same for the other #mombosses. All of our situations are probably quite different. 

I shared here why I purchased American Gluten Free + why I felt like becoming The CEO of American Gluten Free was the right step for me. Let's get really real here. Nothing in life is perfect. It's just not. There's a give + take. Sometimes the give is more than the take. And, sometimes we have to give a little less to feel life a little more. Is this new business opportunity going to change my life? It already has. Is it going to change me? It already has. Will it continue to grow + stretch my family? It already has. I'm not sure where this all will take us, but hopefully somewhere good. 

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Something I'm willing to get really personal about here is the internal struggle that comes with acquiring or starting a new business. This is true to me, but it seems to be true to many that go down this road as well. I mean, we are putting ourselves out in the world in a vulnerable way, so it's no surprise that internal struggles creep in.

Here are some things that I've faced but seem to impact other #mombosses trying to blaze a trail:

Self doubt. Any negative self-talk that swirls in my head on a daily basis, has come out like a ravaged beast. It's like an internal battle raging war on myself day in + day out. (Research tells us that we all have repetitive negative talk going through our minds on a daily basis + the same negative thoughts are on repeat for all of us. Our voices are just different). Something I've really been focusing on to get to the root cause of my negative self-talk. This has honestly been good (though hard) for me to face, as I set out to really rebuild my life + myself after my recent miscarriage + D&C + my son, Bowan's two recent anaphylactic episodes that were both life threatening + traumatic. After facing such painful experiences back to back, I realized my life just wasn't set up to withstand such difficulty. That led me to find a way to better structure my life + a lot of it centers on cultivating deeper personal strength. Running a business really helps to work you down to your core + it helps bring you more to the person you're meant to be. 

Priorities. Let's face it, we have to prioritize. Not just our time, but who we want to be. I want to work, yet I want to be with my kids + that's something I've had to work hard to figure out. Prioritizing things within the business are really important too. What is absolutely most important now, what will we get to next? What has to wait, what do we need to explore to see if there is a better or different way? Another priority of mine is to pay off our medical bills, on average we get about 3 medical bills in the mail each day. They just keep coming + we haven't even had any recent medical appointments. So, when I think about giving up, this priority of paying off our medical bills is set for me, something I'm working toward. 

Passion. It's so important to have some kind of passion project in life. Maybe it's a corporate job, or side hustle, or artwork on the weekend, or personal photography of your kids, or activism in the community. Running a small business surely needs to center around passion. Is the mission of the company central to a core passion of yours in life? I am so passionate about health, finding safe foods for people with food allergies, Celiac + autoimmune diseases. These things have touched my life in such a profound way, I can never go back. I can never un-be who I am because of these things that have changed me. Because I care so much about the central mission of American Gluten Free, it keeps me coming back even after the long days + long nights. 

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Here are 10 tips to help you on your #momboss journey:

1. Write down your why in life. Write down your why in business. How do they cross? How can they compliment each other?

2. Write down your top 10 priorities in life. How can you make sure to include them in your daily + monthly life? If some things have to fall by the wayside for a short time, how will you get them back in?

3. What negative self-talk to you tell yourself? Name it. Work through it. Give that voice a name. Tell her you hear her, but keep moving on + don't give in to her. 

4. What 10 things are you most passionate about in life? How can you work them into your personal life? How can you work them into your business?

5. Remember, how things look on the outside doesn't mean they feel the same way on the inside. How are you going to make things feel right on the inside once you peel back the layers of the business?

6. How do you want your customers + clients to feel?

7. Is there anything you can delegate? Make a list. 

8. Make lists. Find a beautiful journal + make a list of all of your ideas in one place. Business ideas, ideas for your personal life. All the ideas. Come back to them + explore them often. 

9. Find a way to get movement into your day. A focused run or yoga class is ideal. But, since #mombossing it ain't easy, sometimes we've got to get creative. Take the kids on a run, do some yoga with the kids. I love to lie on a yoga block in fish pose. Do some plie's while washing dishes. Find a few ways to move during the day, your thoughts + emotions will thank you for sure. 

10. Make a list of the things you are doing well. It's so easy to feel discouraged even when things are going well, because the to-do list might be longer than the day's accomplishments. Make a list of the things you are doing well + the things you've accomplished recently. 

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This post was sponsored by Gigi New York. Because sometimes #mombosses just need a beautiful purse to help express their creativity + to help them feel confident in the day to day of running a business. I only share things I love + use + I'm happy to share this brand with you. 

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