FREE Printable Weekly Meal Planner

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I used to drink soda everyday. Once I got pregnant with this baby the ONLY thing I want to drink is water…and that’s perfect because it’s the best thing for me and baby number 3. I feel better, I’m more energetic and my skin looks awesome now (I used to break out…which at 30 years old is NOT COOL)! It is SOOO important for expectant moms to stay hydrated and eating healthy is key to a healthy pregnancy. That’s why I created this FREE Printable Weekly Meal Planner. Not only does it have a meal plan, you can keep track of your daily servings of fruit, veggies, protein, milk and water!

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I was lucky I was educated in my first pregnancy about staying hydrated (and water really is the best for you when pregnant!) Being hydrated helps with circulation, digestion and even prevents preterm labor in some cases. If you’re heading out for the day, make sure you take some water with you. I usually keep bottled water in the fridge and then when I leave the house, I take one and replace it with another. I take water EVERYWHERE now. Grocery shopping, doctor appointments, or for walks.

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You can purchase Nestle Pure Life Water at Walmart. I always buy in bulk! It’s a good idea to have these on hand in case of emergencies. I would like to see the 5 Gallon Bottles of Nestlé Pure Life Water at my local Walmart store, too…since Arizona’s water is NOT the greatest tasting. Follow Nestle on facebook in English or Spanish and Instagram.

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Downloading this free printable is a great way to keep track of the foods you intake and it also helps plan out for the week. When I go to the store without a plan, I usually buy a bunch of junk. This will keep you focused!

To make sure you’re staying hydrated:

  • Start the day with a glass of water
  • Take water with you EVERYWHERE
  • The second you get thirsty, drink a glass…that means you’re already dehydrated
  • Drink more when you workout
  • Keep a supply of bottled water at home…you never know when you’ll need it!
  • When in doubt, write down your water intake!FREE Printable Weekly Meal Plan on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #HealthyHydration #CollectiveBias #Ad #freeprintable

Download the free printable HERE and leave a comment letting me know how you like it!

Also, check out my health goal tracker for more tips to staying healthy (plus, it matches these printables!)

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Girls Night with Low Calorie Popcorn

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I love hanging out with my kids and my husband, but sometimes I just need a night out (or in) with the girls. We celebrated one of my friend’s birthdays last week and it was so fun and relaxing! Every time I have a girls night I think I should do that more often. Only, last time I ate way too much. Way way too much of food that was so not healthy. I love the idea of serving Skinnygirl’s Low Calorie Popcorn at a Girls Night. We can keep things light next time! Plus, this popcorn is delicious and even more so when I add just 3 ingredients to make Spicy Honey Pistachio Lime Popcorn (try saying that 3 times fast).

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Girls Night with Low Calorie Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1 bag SkinnyGirl Lime and Sea Salt Popcorn
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 Tbs chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn in microwave according to instructions.
  2. Stir in chili powder and pistachios.
  3. Drizzle honey on top and mix together.
  4. Serve.
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Skinnygirl popcorn is BRAND new. It just hit shelves at Walmart on September 1st. You can find it in the popcorn aisle (usually next to the chip aisle). Skinnygirl is a great snack to have on hand since it has 20% fewer calories than most popcorn brands and has no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

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After you mix up your popcorn, serve them in cute dishes with my cute toppers, or in my printable popcorn boxes!

Download the FREE Girls Night Printables HERE! (and leave a comment telling me how you like them)

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There are so many things you can do for a Girls Night in, including:

  • Movie Night- A couple years ago, I threw a Chick Flick Party and we watched “Pillow Talk” with Doris Day.
  • Game Night- I can tell you there will be no Monopoly at my game night. I love The Game of Things or Cards Against Humanity…anything that will make me laugh uncontrollably!
  • Craft Night- Pick a craft everyone wants to learn and have everyone help pay for the supplies. I’m going to a painting party later this month that I’m really looking forward to.
  • Spa Night- Do hair, nails, make up…whatever floats your boat!
  • Swap Meet Night- Bring items you’d like to trade with others (nice items…not white elephant style)
  • Just Because- Sometimes girl talk is all you need to unwind. Have everyone gather around the couch and share some snacks!

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What do you like to do when you get a Girls Night? I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

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M&M’s Fall Dessert Waffle Bar

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A few years ago, I went to visit family in Pennsylvania and my cousins had us over for dinner for dessert waffles. I thought it was really weird at first, but ended up LOVING it! Who doesn’t love dessert for dinner? That was the inspiration behind my M&M’s Dessert Waffle Bar. I threw a waffle brunch party last year for summer harvest, so it was only fitting I created the same thing this year, but with fall flavors!

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Waffle Bar Decor

I decided to go with less traditional colors for my party because I wanted it to look bright and colorful (like candy!) so I chose a teal blue and golden yellows and tied it together with black accents. I am in love with this color combo! Adding ribbons, fabrics and sunflowers makes the table look soft and inviting, while the black makes it look modern. That’s something that is important to me because I don’t want it to look dowdy with too much fabric, but I don’t want it to look cold either. The colors of the M&M’s and Mott’s Apple Juice made it look even brighter and more fun!

I created the wood art pieces by using my Silhouette Cameo, some vinyl and paint. I will be posting the tutorial soon (it’s easier than you think!)

You can download the FREE Printables HERE! (after download, unzip the file to view PDF and Silhouette files)

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Food

Now on to the important stuff…the FOOD! These are so good, you guys. It’s like having a soft, warm, gooey waffle cone sundae. There were so many different combos to try, so I had everyone eat 1/4 of a waffle at a time. My very favorite combo was the Candy Apple waffle (top image). I had it with my Cinnamon Motts Apple Sauce Waffles (recipe below), topped with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon apples, caramel sauce and candy corn M&M’s. Those M&M’s really seal the deal here. They add a burst of sweetness and it’s wonderful with the crunchy candy shell!

This waffle batter is AMAZING! I modified the recipe from my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. The applesauce makes them so soft which is why they’re perfect for dessert waffles. If you would like regular waffles, just take out the cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Cinnamon Motts Apple Sauce Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c Motts Apple Sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix together dry ingredients in a medium bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt).
  2. In another medium bowl, beat eggs slightly, then stir in milk, applesauce and vanilla.
  3. Add egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just moistened (it is okay for it to be slightly lumpy-you do not want to over mix waffles!)
  4. Pour waffle mixture into a lightly greased and heated waffle iron. Follow your instruction manual for the time and amount of batter needed.
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I served a variety of fruit and M&Ms (peanut butter, candy corn, mini, almond, and pumpkin spice). I crunched up the larger M&M’s to make them easier to eat. For fruit, I served strawberries, bananas and cinnamon apples. Cinnamon apples are so easy to make (and I made extra so I could have some for breakfast!) Simply peel, cut them up, throw in a pan with melted butter, cinnamon and brown sugar and heat until they’re tender. They were divine over these waffles!

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I served Motts Apple Juice for drinks to tie in the apple fall flavor. Once I gave my kids a bottle, they hardly came up for air! It looks so cute with a stripey straw, ribbon and my printable apples!

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I purchased all the food items at my local Walmart (I also purchased almost all my decor items there too, including the wood boards for the background and fabric for the tablecloth!). You can find Motts Applesauce in the canned fruit section, the Apple Juice in the juice/drink section and M&M’s will be in the candy section. For M&M’s fall flavors (candy corn,  candy apple, which is sold exclusively at Walmart, pumpkin spice), make sure you check out the seasonal section as well.

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It was such a fun party and a great opportunity to invite some friends and eat some candy and ice cream for dinner! It was a blast and I’ll definitely be doing this again!

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Super Easy Fall Art!

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It’s still frying hot here in AZ, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not excited for Fall (come on, October!) This watercolor painting is the epitome of Fall and it is SO SO SO easy to recreate with a Silhouette Cameo! Check out Craftaholics Anonymous for the tutorial!

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Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #freeprintable #fall #cupcaketoppers

Fall Tin Can Floral Arrangement with FREE Printables on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #fallfloralarrangment #falldecor #freeprintables #frenchlabels

Eternally Thankful Free Printable Wall Art on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #freeprintable #thanksgiving #thanksgivingprintable #wallart

 

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Dark Hope Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Dark Hope Book Review and Giveaway on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #DarkHopeBook #CleverGirls I was never a reader in high school…not for fun anyway! Once I wasn’t being forced to read, I ended up loving it. I can not put a good book down once I start it. I shirk all my other obligations because I HAVE to know the ending. Once I had kids, I wanted to read books that could keep my attention, but were light enough that I could take care of a crying kid, read while I was breast feeding…you know, mom stuff. Young Adult novels are one of my favorites because they’re usually fun and entertaining and easy reading. I really liked the first book in Monica McGurk’s Archangel Prophecies called Dark Hope. I knew it was a good read because I finished it in 2 days and couldn’t put it down!

Before I read a book, I like to learn about the author and get a little background. I know, I’m a nerd. Monica McGurk is a mother of three children and I think that’s amazing. I can barely write 300 word blog posts without being interrupted or distracting and she’s writing novels. Okay, moving on…She actually got her start writing fan fiction for the Twilight series. Monica won a reader’s choice award for her alternate ending to Twilight, then she started her own series. I think that’s amazing!

Dark Hope is the story of a girl (Hope) that is a survivor of a childhood abduction. Since the incident, her overly protective father has pretty much kept her locked up in her home for 10 years. She finally gets to move to a new town with her mother and meets Michael…he’s mysterious and gorgeous and very protective of Hope. Couldn’t really ask for more than that, right? She finds herself researching Atlanta’s sex trafficking trade and makes startling discoveries about her own abduction.

I really dislike characters in YA books where the main character is either bratty, or doesn’t act their age. I thought Hope was a great balance of a mature teenager with all the teenage angst. You could really tell that she led a sheltered life. She’s a teenager and has teenager emotions, but she’s also smart and responsible and has a great moral compass. I REALLY liked Hope’s character. I admit I thought the archangel idea was a little weird for me at first, but the more I got into the story, the more comfortable I got. The two stories (that of sex trafficking and angels and demons) actually meshed together smoothly and I couldn’t wait to finish the story! I think she made the brutality of the sex trade real and scary, but censored it enough for young readers. You can tell McGurk did her research and is very passionate about the cause to stop human trafficking. In fact, one of my favorite things about this book was at the front:

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I will definitely be reading the other books in this series to see what else is in store for Hope and Michael! If you want to win a FREE copy of Monica McGurk’s Dark Hope, fill out the rafflecopter below and be sure to follow Monica on twitter, facebook and pinterest!

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Trio AXS Tablet with T-mobile free data

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Any mothers out there remember having to go to the OB all the time? I am 21 weeks along now and I feel like I spend half my life there (and I have a really healthy pregnancy so far, so I’m lucky!) Usually my doctor is really prompt, but one time I had to wait an hour and a half! To make things really “fun,” I had my 5 year old and 3 year old with me. It was pure TORTURE! They are usually pretty well behaved, but that’s just way too long to make little ones sit. They were running all over the place, being loud, complaining…I really wish I had my Trio AXS with T-mobile free data with me at that appointment because it would have saved me from the embarrassment!

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The Trio is nice for moms and dads on the go, because most schools and soccer fields don’t have WiFi! My favorite thing to do with my tablet is read books. With my Trio, I have 200 MB of free data every 30 days for life, so I don’t have to worry about finishing a book and not having something to read to kill time (third world problems, I know). I didn’t even have to sign up for a plan (although, you can get more data for a very reasonable price).  It’s compact and perfect when I’m on the go, but the screen is large enough to keep my kids entertained.

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I picked mine up at Walmart. I compared all the notes with this one and it’s such a good deal! It has as much memory  and is as fast as the leading tablets, but it costs less. And did I mention my kids love it? I downloaded some educational apps.While I like to teach my kids their colors, shapes, etc myself…I really like how they can apply what they learn with the tablet. It reinforces what I teach them and I love that!

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I have to say my FAVORITE feature is that you can easily plug in a memory card. I have had major problems with my phones or tablets breaking and losing all the pictures (because I apparently will never learn to back up my photos). With this, I don’t have to worry because I can just take the memory card out. I really don’t know why every tablet doesn’t have this option because to me, it’s just common sense.

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You can bet the next time I have to take two kids to the doctor’s office, I’ll be bringing my #TabletTrio and some snacks! It’s the only way to survive sometimes ;)

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Free Printable Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers

Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #freeprintable #fall #cupcaketoppersI’m way too excited for Fall! It’s still blazing hot in AZ, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy Autumn past times like pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! I made these amazing Pumpkin Cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction and topped them off with my cute Free Printable Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers! You can find them today on I Heart Nap Time. I’ll be posting my cream cheese frosting recipe soon…it’s soooo yummy!

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Pumpkin Banana Muffins with Free Tombstone Printables on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #freeprintables #halloweenprintables #pumpkinrecipe

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie with Pecan Crumble on www.strawberrymommycakes.com #pumpkinpierecipe #fallrecipe #pumpkin

Banana Pumpkin Pudding on Strawberry Mommycakes

Chocolate Pumpkin Waffles

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Monster Lunch Notes

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My daughter has been going to school for a month now and we’ve had a few bumps along the way, but we’re finally getting into the hang of things. I made her meals for a week, but then found out she was eating the cafeteria food (which I admit is a little offensive). I still have to get her a snack ready every morning and it’s hard to find a fast snack that’s healthy that my picky daughter will eat. We got our first NatureBox this month and we LOVE all the healthy and tasty snacks!

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Mongolian BBQ Party

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This Mongolian BBQ Party was THE BEST party I have ever thrown. It had everything…great food, fun, decor, and amazing friends! I was eating at a Mongolian BBQ restaurant and I knew I had to make my own. With the help of Sam’s Club Wholesale, this party was a HUGE success and easy to put together!

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The Cards We Drew Birthday Giveaway

It’s a special day today! We’re celebrating blogger birthdays this week with The Cards We Drew and we’ve rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it’s YOUR birthday! We’re giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only–sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out the great prizes and bloggers involved and please be sure to read the fine print!

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Each blogger picked their own gift card to giveaway…so here’s what’s up for grabs!!

I chose Pottery Barn…what would you choose?

Someday Crafts $15 Chilis Gift Card / The Cards We Drew $15 Home Goods Gift Card / Sweet Tea and Saving Grace $15 Hobby Lobby Gift Card / A Girl and a Glue Gun $15 Home Depot Gift Card / Made to be a Momma $15 Amazon Gift Card / Cupcake Diaries $15 Olive Garden Gift Card / Glued to my Crafts $15 Lowe’s Gift Card / Kleinworth and Co. $15 Target Gift Card / Frenchie Wraps $15 JoAnn’s Gift Card / Simply Designing $15 Amazon Gift Card / Carissa Miss $15 Amazon Gift Card / Food Folks and Fun $15 Target Gift Card / Occasionally Crafty $15 Amazon Gift Card / Maybe I Will $15 iTunes Gift Card / Over the Big Moon $15 Pick Your Plum Gift Card / Yesterday on Tuesday $15 Amazon Gift Card / Housewife Eclectic $15 Amazon Gift Card / Our Thrifty Ideas $15 Pick Your Plum Gift Card / Gingersnap Crafts $15 JoAnn’s Gift Card / Pretty Providence $15 Target Gift Card / Crafting in the Rain $15 Panera Gift Card / Sister’s Suitcase Blog $15 Target Gift Card / DimplePrints $15 Lowe’s Gift Card / That’s What Che Said $15 Home Depot Gift Card / Twin Dragonfly Designs $15 Amazon Gift Card / Happiness is Homemade $15 Amazon Gift Card / The Baker Upstairs $15 World Market Gift Card / Blooming Homestead $15 Target Gift Card / Splendid Designs $15 Michaels Gift Card / Reasons to Skip the Housework $15 Target Gift Card / Giggles Galore $15 Michaels Gift Card / Raegun Ramblings $15 Amazon Gift Card / View from the Fridge $15 Chipotle Gift Card / Flats to Flip Flops $15 Old Navy Gift Card / Cooking with Crystal $15 Hobby Lobby Gift Card / Homemade Interest $15 Home Depot Gift Card / 100 Directions $15 Amazon Gift Card / 733 Blog $15 JoAnn’s Gift Card / Endlessly Inspired $15 Home Goods Gift Card / Here Comes the Sun $15 Target Gift Card / Bloom Designs $15 Michaels Gift Card / Strawberry Mommycakes $15 Pottery Barn Gift Card / Handmade in the Heartland $15 Amazon Gift Card / Wait til Your Father Gets Home $15 Amazon Gift Card / Mabey I Made It $15 Amazon Gift Card / Play Party Pin $15 Amazon Gift Card / Poofy Cheeks $15 Target Gift Card / Bombshell Bling $15 iTunes Gift Card / C.R.A.F.T. $15 Home Depot Gift Card / Gallamore West $15 Target Gift Card

AND on top of all those gift cards we have the following vendors participating…

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$100 Credit to Design Your Own Handbag at Wink and Winn

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$50 Credit to StitchFix where you can get your own personal stylist sending clothes to your door!

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$25 to Pick Your Plum

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PRIZES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

Winner One: $645 worth of Gift Cards + $50 StitchFix Credit

Winner Two: $60 worth of Gift Cards + $100 Credit to Wink and Winn

Winner Three: $45 worth of Gift Cards + $25 to Pick Your Plum + Jamberry Nail Decals

Giveaway Details and Fine Print:

Giveaway begins 8/27 and ends 9/5 at 11:59 p.m.. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter and winning entries verified. If winning entry is not complete, prize will be voided and another winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Gift cards are chosen by each individual blogger and are mailed out separately to the winner in increments of $15 per blogger. Winner may not choose what gift cards they receive as that is predetermined by the bloggers in advance. Winner will have to provide a valid mailing address and email address, which will be kept confidential, in order to claim their prizes from all parties involved. All individual blogs are responsible for fulfilling their own respective prizes and will have the gift card in the mail or through email to you within one week of verification of winning. Gift Cards are sent out in $15 increments. The Cards We Drew, nor any other blog, is not held liable for unfulfilled prizes from other bloggers and/or vendors involved with this giveaway and all associated with this giveaway are hereby not held liable for any issues with the winnings. Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram and not in ANY way involved with this giveaway and are hereby released of any responsibility or liability.

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