The Loudest 2nd Birthday EVER ­čîŞ

We had the best time celebrating our friend’s 2nd Birthday. She had a really fun, loud, color-filled Trolls themed birthday party! My friend really out did herself!

If you’re looking for inspiration for a really fun Birthday party for your toddler, my friend Kristyn of Carolina Fireflies┬áparty is sure to inspire you! It was like stepping into the most fun trolls party house ever!

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When you first walk in, a huge rainbow, lots of treats and things hanging from the ceiling greeted you. And how gorgeous is this dessert table? The Trolls popcorn was so much fun to eat, and I’m sure it was hard to make it and not sneak a few bites! If you want to try some yourself, check out this recipe.┬áTrolls Popcorn is sweet, salty, delicious and full of chocolate candy and pretty sprinkles. This treat might just get you showered in Troll Hugs!

Another easy and fun treat my friend made were these yummy pretzel flowers! A little salty and a little sweet, your kids are going to have a hard time eating just one!

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There were so many cute details!

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These flowers are all made by hand and a huge labor of love. Pinterest is filled with patterns and tutorials on how to make them. This huge rainbow flower was completely done by hand, including the pattern my friend used to make the flowers.

 

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Lots more flowers and balloons! I loved how she incorporated the trolls theme throughout her decorations. Now who’s ready for hug time?

 

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Unfortunately this is the only photo I took of the balloon rainbow my friend made. Of course it’s the photo of the birthday girl and my little one getting into mischief, right? I’ve linked a similar photo, and a how to by abeautifulmess!

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The party was filled with lots of music, silly dancing, hugs and of course lots of eating. There were fruits and vegetables served on trays in a rainbow of colors. For your own party you might want to try making jello in rainbow colors to put out for the kids! I hope you’ll be inspired by this party to have your own Trolls Themed Party!

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xo,

Christine

 

Clean Eating, Week Two!

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Hi! Welcome back!

I’m so excited to share this week’s meal plan with you. It’s really challenging to cook healthy, delicious food that the whole family will love, that won’t take forever to prepare! I’ve put together a few of my family’s favorite meals, a few good-for-you comfort foods, and lots of tasty snacks!

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I hope you’ll join me on this journey, and remember good eating is done one meal at a time. You can do this!!

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Veggies with hummus is one of our favorites!

 

Here’s a quick preview:

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And you can download and print the meal plan here: Delightful Southern Moments, Week II Meal Plan

 

Recipes

There are a few new Recipes this week, so I’ll share them here:

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumettes

Fish Tacos (skip the cayenne pepper for the kids)

Lentil Soup

Tomato & Spinach Soup

I buy my Korean Short ribs from Trader Joes. They’re already marinated and are so easy to make. I recommend popping them in the oven under the broiler. But you have to watch them closely so they don’t burn!

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If you try any, or all of these recipes, please share! We’d love to hear from you!

xo,

Christine

Eating Healthier in the New Year

We’ve all been there, but are you really ready to jump start your ideal weight goals?

Let’s do it together!

I’ll be sharing my favorite recipes, and a few new ones here for us all to try together! Come along with me on the journey to cleaner eating, mom and toddler friendly┬áexercises, and lots of positive thoughts to inspire us in the new year!

I’m really excited to share our meal plan for the week. While not vegan, many are vegetarian and all are dairy free. There are lots of great recipes here that I’ll be sharing with you and I hope you’ll try them! You’ll notice that most of the recipes have proteins and vegetables, or veggies and carbs. This is because it is easier for our body’s to digest foods in certain pairings. But more on that later! My favorite┬ánutritionist recommends starting your day with a cup of warm lemon. It helps get your digestion moving and has tons of digestive enzymes!

Another great tip is what we drink. I’ll let you do your own research with this topic, but a friendly reminder to myself is to drink less adult beverages when I’m loosing weight. I also skip all sodas, even ‘diet’ labeled stuff. And I use half or completely skip the sugar I add to my coffee. I drink it with plenty of un-sweetened almond milk, but almond milk has it’s own sweetness. Between drinking lots of plane water, juicing (that’s another blog post for another day), green smoothies, 1 cup or less of coffee a day, warm tea, and 1-3 glasses of wine a week I find that I don’t need to drink any soda.

 

Our Meals this Week

We love making a special meal once a week. Have you ever made pork wellington? It’s actually really easy! My hubby makes this amazing dish for us! Here’s the recipe for Pork Wellington.

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Another favorite meal, that is oh so toddler friendly is oatmeal! We use instant oatmeal, sprinkle in a little cinnamon and raisins. For the littlest member of our family we add sprinkles!

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We love breakfast around here! A new favorite is this Banana Breakfast Wrap!

Below is a preview of this week’s meal plan, you can download it here, Delightful Southern Moment Clean Eating Meal Plan.

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(Please note that this is not medical advice and not to replace meal plans given by your doctor).

Recipes:

Banana Breakfast Wrap

Nutty Carob Power-Shake

Veggie Wrap

Easy Roasted Chicken

Green Smoothie

Honey & Soy Salmon Skewers

Chia Acai Smoothie

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Homemade Granola

Portobello Burger

 

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Being Active

To balance out all the good eating, I need to get more active! It’s difficult in the frozen winter months to be motivated to run outside, or even head over to the gym. What if you could workout at home? If you’re interested in the workout video I showed on stories the other day, you can find it here on Amazon. It’s engaging, fun, and yes, even toddlers can do the exercises and have a great time! All you need is a mat and a couple of weights.

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If you aren’t sure how to make something, or are curious about┬ásubstituting something, or even looking for a recipe you don’t see here, feel free comment below or send us a message through our Facebook or Instagram pages! What are you hoping to add to your wellness plan for the new year? Comment below to tell us about your plans!

xo,

Christine