Homemade Pizza Made Easy with Rustic Crusts

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If there is one thing Mike knows better than anything else… it’s pizza. The man would live on pizza if I allowed it. Everyone knows it is his absolute favorite thing to eat ever. So when I was approached by Rustic Crust to have an in home pizza night with their delicious crusts and sauces, I did not hesitate to accept.

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Rustic Crust makes it easy to have the perfect pizza night at home. With their ready made crusts and sauces, all you need is your favorite toppings to make your meal complete. All Rustic Crust ready-made crusts are made using traditional, Old World baking methods: Hand formed and double proofed for flavor. Rustic Crusts uses only delicious, all natural ingredients, select herbs and spices, and no GMOs or artificial ingredients. Unlike other premade crusts we have used it in past, you can literally taste a difference in freshness with Rustic Crust.

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The Rustic Crust sauce is equally as delicious. I am not a big fan of pizza sauce – any time I order I ask for “light sauce” but we really piled this on. The carton comes with three packets of sauce – measured out perfectly for the extra large crusts. I emptied the packet and let Midge help by spreading the sauce around. Then we topped it with cheese and veggies.

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About fifteen minutes later – dinner was served. Since I was on whole30 I had salmon and veggies, which made the family happy because they literally fought over the last slice.

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There are nine different Rustic Crust Ready Made Pizza Crusts to choose from. We actually cooked two different ones – the Cheesy Herb Flatbread and Tuscan Six Grain Flatbread. The Cheesy Herb Flatbread was our favorite – it had tons of flavor and baked up perfectly. I was super happy to have a meal that I could make right alongside my whole30 meal and the entire family be happy. And Mike of course was ecstatic about having pizza in the house again.

You can pick up Rustic Crust ready made crusts and sauce from your local health foods store or buy online to have it shipped directly to your door!

Baby Shower Ideas: Milano Cookie Babies

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Remember a few weeks ago when I hosted the #PampersFirsts Baby Shower with some of my close girlfriends and their little bundles? We had an absolute blast and it was by far one of the most fun parties I have ever thrown. I went completely overboard on the food and decorations – but hey, it’s what you when its your besties having babies!

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The biggest hit of the day – both in cuteness and in taste – were the Milano Cookie Babies. They were super simple to make and were absolutely delicious. All you need is four ingredients and a little bit of time to make a cute and memorable snack! In fact – these were gone so quickly I did not get any great pictures – so please forgive that!

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Milano Cookie Babies

Ingredients:

  • Carton of Milano Cookies – either size works great! I used the minis.
  • White candy melts
  • Food coloring
  • Chocolate decorators icing

Start by melting your white candy melts in a large bowl. You want it to be deep enough that you can dip your cookies in to make the “diapers.” Gently dip each cookie about 1/3 in to the white candy melts and place on a foil or wax paper lined cookie sheet to let cool completely.

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While they are cooling, add a few drops of food coloring to the white candy melts to make the “hats” of your choice. Since we had both boy and girl babies at this party (well… one little girl who arrived 48 hours later) I mixed up a bowl of pink and blue. When the cookies have cooled completely, gently dip the other end of the cookies in to the colored candy melts and place back on the cookie sheet to cool.

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When candy melt has completely cooled, pipe on two little dots for eyes using the chocolate icing and voila!

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I Am An “Exerciser”… And I Am Perfectly Ok With That

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I have mentioned before that I am a part of a women’s group here in Pensacola called SBL. It is by far the most loving and supportive group of women I have ever encountered, and over the year and a half that I have been a member, I have made some of the best friends a girl could ever ask for. While the group was originally started to be solely a weight loss support group, it has evolved in to a true sisterhood that supports each other the way all women should.

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This week a topic came up for discussion that has been on my mind ever since. One of our members asked “When is it ok to start calling yourself an athlete?”

Thing is, many of us have begun training for upcoming triathlons, iron mans, marathons, and more. Our days are filled with swimming, biking, running, crossfit, zumba, ReFit, POUNDFit… you name it, the SBL girls create a LOT of sweat on a daily basis. And the question generated a pretty amazing conversation about what being an athlete “means” and where we all fall. Then someone commented with this post about “Are You An Athlete or an Exerciser?” It hit a nerve with a lot of people when they realized that … they might in fact not be an athlete and more of an exerciser. I commented on the thread that “I am an Exerciser… and I am PERFECTLY ok with that.”

Thing is – I am not going all of this to try to come in first or to eventually do an Iron Man or some extreme fitness challenge. I am doing it for fun. And because I enjoy it. And because I enjoy these ladies. And because ultimately I love the way I feel, and am even starting to love the way I look.

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I care nothing about PR’ing – in fact even back when I did my 12 5ks in 12 months I wasn’t concerned with time. My best time that year was my run in September. Not the one in October… or November… or the two I did in December. Yep, my time got increasingly worse instead of better… and I could not have cared less. My goal was never to get sub-30 or to even beat my best time. I just enjoyed being there, getting the Tshirts (literally), and marking off the goal for the year. That’s it. I had a blast at every single one of those runs – laughed until my sides hurt every time (when you are laughing, shin splints are much more bearable) and enjoyed a well deserved cocktail at every finish line. *ahem*

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But what really stands out to make me an “exerciser” more than an “athlete” as the above writer points out so well is the schedule and priorities. See, when given the chance to work or work out… I choose work. Every time. When given the chance of hitting snooze or getting up to run… I hit snooze. And while I may get up and head to the beach on a Saturday morning to take the bike for a spin, I know that the reason I drive all the way out to the beach is not because it is a better ride – but because as soon as I am finished you will find me laying in my beach chair soaking up the sunshine right afterwards.

Do I exercise a lot? Yes. Do I do more than most people? Maybe if you compare me to the general population and not solely to the SBL girls (because let’s face it – they all absolutely rock!) Does that make me an athlete? No.

I do not know if I will ever be an “athlete” because at this time in my life, I do not care to be. It is not because I do not think I am capable – I am simply uninterested in putting training over my family, or my work, or my social life. Simple as that. I have no dream of completing an Iron Man or a marathon – although I DO plan to do a half marathon next year… but again just for fun. Well… and for a medal.

I am an exerciser… and I want to thank Greg for his post, and showing that being an exerciser is perfectly ok.

Tips For Healthier Teeth From Colgate Enamel Health

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This week I went in for my semi annual dental cleaning and xray. Now, most people I know absolutely hate going to the dentist – but I love it. That may be because I am happy to say that soon I will be celebrating my 35th year of no cavities. *tosses confetti*

If you know me, you know I carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste at all times, and I am a bit neurotic about dental health. My friends have made fun of me for ducking in to bathrooms for a quick brush nearly every chance I get, but I do not mind. I remember my mother telling me as a young girl how important it was to take care of the enamel on your teeth as well as brushing and flossing regularly, so those were habits I established early on. When I saw that Colgate has a new line of products that focus on enamel health just like my Mom told me about years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to share.

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Colgate Enamel Health line of products help replenish natural calcium for stronger, healthy enamel, provide protection against enamel erosion and their multi-protection formula helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities and freshening breath. The Colgate Enamel Health line includes three different toothpastes – whitening, sensitivity relief, and multi protection – as well as two specialized tooth brushes for sensitive teeth – Colgate 360* and Colgate Sensitive with Built In Sensitivity Relief Pen.

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My favorite product from the Colgate Enamel Health line is the Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush+ Built In Sensitivity Relief Pen. Even though I am cavity free, I still battle tooth sensitivity big time. In fact, that is why I do not eat ice cream – it is actually painful for me. The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush+ Built In Sensitivity Relief Pen is not only healing keep my enamel healthy, but helping my sensitivities as well. The Sensitivity Relief Pen literally clicks in to the handle of the toothbrush for easy – and portable – use anywhere. I have replaced my little travel toothbrush in my purse with this one, thanks to that pen!

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In addition to using great products like Colgate to keep your teeth healthy, here are some great tips for you and your entire family:

1. Watch your diet. This one is a no brainer, right? The things you put in to your mouth can either help or hurt your teeth. Acidic foods and drinks can lead to enamel erosion which weakens your teeth causing increased sensitivity issues as well as leads to cavities and other oral issues. Mom always warned me about eating lemons – explaining how quickly they can break down your enamel. Foods that are high in starch and sugars are also causes of enamel erosion.

2. Watch your medicines. Did you know that medicines you take can directly affect the health of your teeth? Over the counter medicines like asprin and antihistamines can lead to enamel erosion. Instead of reaching for a bottle, try a natural remedy instead.

3. Get regular checkups. I know you hate going to the dentist. But trust me, when it is just a matter of cleaning and polishing and no drilling is required, the dentist is a much nicer experience! Plus your dentist has great treatments that can help treat and prevent enamel erosion.

4. Make your dental health a top priority. No, you do not have to get as neurotic as I am about it, but your dental health should be a priority in your ever day routine. And – parents – teach your children the importance of dental care as well. I am so thankful that my mother told me early on how important tooth enamel was and helped me create good habits very young.

These tips plus daily use of products like Colgate Enamel Health can help your next trip to the dentist be a positive one.

Caress Forever Collection Body Wash: My Gym Bag Essential

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In the last year I have changed my lifestyle to put a huge emphasis on my nutrition and fitness. I have traded “going out” for working out and cook at home about 95% of the time, as opposed to eating at restaurants 3+ days a week. My workout schedule is pretty rigorous, so one thing you will find I always have with me is my gym bag – stocked with all of my “must haves” for even an impromptu workout. When I was given the opportunity to try the new Caress Forever Collection, I knew immediately this was a gym bag essential.

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The new Caress Forever Collection is a collection of body washes that give up to 12 hours of fragrance release. Since I have begun training for my first triathlon, I have made jokes that my new “perfume” is a mix of sweat, chlorine, and IcyHot. Thankfully now with Caress in my gym bag, I can not only smell great after every workout, but for hours after. The Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours.

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I tried both fragrances – Love Forever and Adore Forever – and it is hard to choose a favorite. Both fragrances are light and flirty and really do last all day long. Caress enlisted the help of Master Perfumer Loc Dong to come up with these two signature fragrances. Loc Dong has close to two decades of experience crafting more than 40 renowned scents for major fashion and fragrances houses. Inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman, Loc Dong captured the widely coveted scent of the mysterious scarlet red rose with breakthrough Living Rose technology for the Caress Forever Collection. In addition to Loc Dong, it took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to come up with this technological breakthrough in beauty.

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You can pick up both of the new Caress Forever Body Washes at your local retailer. Whether it is for your gym bag or for your shower at home, Caress will keep you smelling great all day – or night – long. Also be sure to follow Caress on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for new product releases, news and coupons.