Recycling Kids Artwork

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School is out and like me you probably have tons of your kids artworks to put away. The best way to recycle them is to showcase them around the house. I get my frames from IKEA and Michael's

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I've been recycling my kids artworks in the last five years and actually it's one of the event I look forward during the year. It's like Christmas in June! What do you do with your kids artworks? 

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Photography by Aurora Heitman

Best Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

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Father’s Day is coming up and I have not forgotten, but I've delayed the gift buying process due to my extensive research for the best and useful gifts for my number one ;-)  I've rounded up the best gifts out there for my practical guy who I know he will enjoy and appreciate them. Have a fantastic Father's Day y'all!

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The Chile Cause Crate - The Spicy Gift Box That Gives Back by Fuego Box. The Chile Cause Crate is the world's 1st hot sauce gift box with a higher purpose. For every crate sold, Fuego Box donates $5 directly to prostate cancer research.* From award winning hot sauces to spicy honey featuring the world's hottest pepper, this crate is the perfect gift for the spice lover in your life who actually gives a damn about his fellow man. #sponsored

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These Waterproof Birkenstocks are perfect for my guy who loves fly fishing. I think they will look great with hiking pants, shorts, in the lake, or just slip them on to take out the recycling.

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In-home couple massage service by Zeel. The perfect staycation with your guy! Get $20 off on your next massage with code: MOMLIKETHAT. #sponsored.

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Ready-to-eat, meal prep service by Model Melas. Their menu changes weekly, arriving fresh, not frozen twice a week, and 100% Whole30/Paleo approved. They use organic and locally sourced ingredients prepared by professional chefs packaged and delivered right to your door in sustainable, and eco-friendly packaging. Get 25% off on your first order using this code: PatriciaO25. #sponsored.

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Whenever we’re on a road trip, camping, or at the park, we love playing frisbee with the kids and our puppy. But a glowing frisbee at night is just more fun! I got mine here

Bell Sleeves and Lace Dress For Summer

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I love feminine white lace dresses for summer, especially in the hotter days. It just feels light and bright on a hot summer day. And if you in the market for a new bag but don't want to break the bank, I highly suggest checking out the handbags by Zac Posen. 

// Mango white lace dress (similar here, and here) - Zac Posen bag - WHO WHAT WEAR heeled mules //

Slow Food Nations 2018

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The Slow Food movement started in Italy about 30 years ago, and has fully arrived in Denver, Colorado! Have you checked out the weekend lineup for Slow Food Nations? It’s a free food festival this July 13-15 on Denver's Larimer Square where hands-on culinary workshops, engaging talks and lots of dinners parties are waiting for you.  

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Slow Food USA aims to revolutionize everyday life to bring people together around good, clean and fair food. The festival theme is Food for Change focusing in connecting food to climate change. Learn where your food comes from, and meet the producers behind your food. The Food for Change tent will present easily digestible, bite-sized conversations that invite you to learn about Slow Food and make real change in your food habits.

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Celebrating food to bring culture and communities together. From the Global Street Food Social and a workshop on The Ancient Art of Tortillas, to Italian wines and sake makers, the festival is a window to the global food movement. Got kids? Bring them to the Family Pavilion and learn how to grow, cook and enjoy Slow Food — real, delicious, flavorful food. Our kids needs to learn how to make good food choices, too!

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Come hang out, have a drink, create food art with your kids and sample your way through the Taste Marketplace. And most importantly connect the dots between food and farmers. Learn more at  www.slowfoodnations.com.

This post is sponsored by Slow Food Nations.

Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Give me a pack of chicken sausage and I can cook it in a million ways (ok may be 20). My favorite version is made with cauliflower rice. This dish is such a crowd pleaser and never goes wrong. I like to be creative so feel free to mix and match with whatever ingredients you have in your fridge or pantry. I do highly recommend the All Natural Alfresco Chicken Sausage. It's delicious, gluten free, and are 70% less fat with no artificial ingredients.

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Ingredients:

1 pack of any All Natural Alfresco Chicken Sausage (I use sweet Italian style)
1 bag (16 ounces) of cauliflower rice (You can substitute with white or brown rice)
1 cups of baby spinach or any leafy green vegetables
1 red bell pepper diced
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 cup of olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons of light sodium soy sauce
Half English cucumber diced (optional)
A pinch of red crushed pepper (optional)

Instructions:

Cook the chicken sausage over medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil until they are brown and crispy. Set aside when they are done. In another skillet scramble the eggs in to thin layers, about 2 minutes. Remove and set it aside. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in to the skillet and cook the cauliflower rice for 5 minutes. Add soy sauce, kosher salt, black pepper, onion, and garlic powder and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the spinach and stir for another 5 minutes. Mix the chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, and bell pepper for a couple more minutes. And viola! You have a delicious chicken sausage cauliflower fried rice. 

Optional: I like to top it with diced cucumber for extra crunch and a pinch of red crushed pepper.

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This post is sponsored by All Natural Alfresco.

Floral Kimono

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Kimonos are the perfect piece of outerwear for the warmer months. They’re lightweight and come in every combination of material, color, and pattern, which makes them perfect for any occasion. This whole outfit would be perfect for Bottlerock this weekend. Hope to see some of you out there!

// Marshall kimono (similar here and here) - H&M camisole (similar here and here) - Nordstrom Rack Ted Baker London heels (similar here and here) - BP denim (similar here and here) //

Photography by Aurora Heitman

Easy Fish Tacos

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My kids always ask for mommy's fish tacos. And guess what night they have them? Taco Tuesdays! I make them with Gorton's Smart & Crunchy breaded fish sticks with homemade easy slaw. It's always a hit and the best part is that they are half the fat, without skipping the flavor. They are easy to make and kids can help with very little supervision. A great dish for entertaining as appetizers as well. 

You'll want to keep this recipe!

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Ingredients:

1 bag of Gorton's Smart & Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks
1 bag of 12 small corn or flour tortillas
1 bag of 3 color deli slaw
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 cup of chipotle mayonnaise (I use Sir Kensington's)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 avocado
1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place the fish sticks in the oven and bake for 20 to 23 minutes. While the fish sticks are cooking, mix the 3 color cole slaw with salt, black pepper, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, lime juice and sugar. Set aside. Heat the tortillas on medium and set aside. Remove fish sticks from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Assemble the tacos by spreading a small amount of the chipotle mayonnaise on the corn tortilla. Next add a tablespoon of slaw and top it with two fish sticks.

Optional: You can add slices of avocado or use them for decoration. 

Enjoy!

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This post is sponsored by Gorton's

Photography by Aurora Heitman

Olema Campground

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Over the weekend we joined the Northern California Airstreamers rally at Olema campground. It was our first rally and camping trip of the season and couldn't pick a better site to start with.

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My family and I fell in love with Olema campground. Kids rode their bikes all day long, made new friends, and play ongoing cornhole matches. 

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And morning snuggles are the best!

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We'll definitely come back again!