Monday to Friday it’s just Zoe and I. She’s a sandwich and cucumber kind of gal, my palette is slightly more defined. After making her lunch, there is usually an email that comes up or something shiny happens and next thing I know lunch has come and gone. And then Ground Turkey Chili with Quinoa happened! Never again will I skip lunch!
This recipe will make 4 large lunches or 8 small lunches and freezes beautifully! I make it ahead of time on Sunday night and take a container out of the freezer each night. You can basically add whatever veggies you want. For me, I do not enjoy beans so I substituted peppers for beans.
Additionally, you can top with cheese and avocado, this meal is truly diverse. Serve it for lunch or dinner. Perhaps with some fresh buns? Either way, this recipe is a must try! Packed with lots of good veggies and an excellent source of protein! I’ll never miss a lunch again!
Who’s ready to get cooking? Let’s make some Turkey Chili with Quinoa!
You remember that scene in Finding Nemo when Nemo is first placed in the fish tank in the dentist office? The chest opens up and the one fish swims over “I LOVE THE BUBBLES!” This is my girls and Gazillion Bubbles! Our summer consists of a lot of outdoor playtime and bubbles is one of those must-have summer toys! Gazillion Bubbles takes bubble popping fun to the extreme!
From funny faces, bubble popping fun and a ginormous bubble tornado, Gazillion Bubbles is guaranteed to have the kids giggling with excitement! Ava & Zoe couldn’t get enough the bubbles that seemed to float a lot higher and last much longer than regular bubbles.
With the Gazillion Bubbles Tornado, you can create a bubble storm that will have the whole neighborhood talking! With no pump and no wait time, you’ll be creating a bubbles in a flash. This ultimate bubble machine blows 4500 bubbles per minute at the push of a button! Which means 4500 chances at bubble popping fun!
The Gazillion Crazy Wands had the girls laughing in hysterics, seeing each other’s silly faces. These whimsical, themed wands are great for parties and fun for the whole family! With 6 wacky styles, there is a crazy wand for every occasion.
With so many fun products by Gazillion Bubbles, your kids will have a blast playing with bubbles all summer long! Funny faces and endless bubbles make for magical moments that will get your kids off the couch and outside having fun!
Who doesn’t love bubbles? I know there isn’t a kid out there that will say they don’t LOVE bubble Popping Fun! So I’ve partnered up with Funrise Toys & Gazillion Bubbles to giveaway 2 of the 2Litre bottles of Gazillion Bubbles to one lucky Canadian resident!
This top secret “super solution” has been formulated to create the biggest, brightest, most colorful bubbles on earth! Each 2 Liter bottle of Gazillion Bubbles solution comes with a specially designed 7-in-1 bubble wand and works with any Gazillion Bubbles product. This premium solution is eco-friendly, safe, non-toxic, and will not stain clothing or furniture. With Gazillion Bubbles, you’ll run out of breath before you run out of bubbles!
It ain’t no secret that I kind of love spring rolls but if you didn’t know I’m also a big Cheeseburger fan! Want the best of both worlds? Try these tasty Cheeseburger Spring Rolls! No bun to sit heavily in your stomach but all the flavor of a delicious cheeseburger!
Make them ahead of time for an easy snack or save them as an appie at an upcoming party whatever you want to do with them, you won’t regret it!
Preheat a medium cooking pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and minced onion. Saute until onion is translucent.
Add ground beef to the pan and break it up as much as possible. Season with some salt and pepper, cover and cook until meat starts to brown. Stir well and make sure to keep breaking up all the meat clumps as it cooks. Drain off all the juices and place cooked meat into a mixing bowl.
Add Cheese to the bowl. Mix until cheese is melted and evenly distributed. Stir in pickles.
Heat the oil to 350F as you roll the spring rolls
Gently whisk egg while and set it close to you.
To roll the spring rolls, place spring roll wrapper on a diamond. Spread about 2 tablespoons of cheeseburger filling in a line, leaving about an inch on either side. Gently fold the corner closest to you over the cheeseburger mixture, and tuck under the filling. Fold both side corners toward center of wrapper, it will start to look like an open envelope. Dip your fingers in egg white and trace the edges of the wrapper to seal it closed. Carefully roll up the spring roll.
Place Spring Rolls in the deep fryer in small batches for 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning once the bottom side turns golden.
Whisk all ingredients for the sauce until completely incorporated. Serve with Spring Rolls.
You don’t need a BBQ for this one! These Cheeseburger Spring Rolls are the perfect crunch with a whole lot of cheesy goodness!
Have you ever suffered a bad nights’ sleep at the hand of a bad mattress? If the answer is yes, then you know how I was feeling for the last few years! My husband and I suffered sleeplessly in pain as the box retailer we purchased our bed from would not honor their extended warranty that we paid extra for. The split box spring warped leaving us unsupported and uneven. We were sick of endless hip/lower back pain, the restless nights and complete discomfort. Then we found the Canadian-made mattress with rave reviews. I knew Endy would change our sleep!
There is no word of a lie here folks. Back pain GONE. Previously, I was unable to roll over in my bed without pain radiating intensely throughout my body! Unable to put my feet down on the floor without tremors pulsing through my body! I woke up after that first night’s sleep and my life had changed!
Why? What’s so great about the Endy mattress? How is it possible that I would see such a difference after one night?
“The Endy is made up of three layers of polyurethane foam. The top layer has a unique open-air cell structure. It’s designed to provide outstanding support while reducing pressure and contouring to the body. The mid layer is medium-density transition foam that transfers the pressure between the top and base layers. The bottom layer is high-density foam that serves to prop up and support you as you sleep. The cover is made of soft, polyester fabric and a quilted top to encourage comfort and airflow.”
That open-air cell structure is designed to provide the best support reducing pressure and contouring specifically to each body! It doesn’t stop there. each one of those perfect little tiny air cells acts as a shock absorber. They release air independently as pressure increases, hence why I was able to wake up with no back and hip pain!
Endy has taken the comfort and support that foam beds are known for and elevated it with a unique foam composition. With 3 total layers, the top layer is not temperature sensitive, which means that your mattress will keep the same firmness year-round. Endy is made with a quilted top to add to the comfort and to encourage airflow for a cooler night’s sleep which solved my next problem- Overheating!
The foam’s top layer uses open cell technology which allows heat to dissipate from the body faster, hence providing us with a cooler and higher quality sleep. For my husband, it was like crawling in bed with radiator!
Now, my between my tossing and turning in discomfort, my husband working late nights a few times a week, and getting up with kids, I don’t know how long it had been since we both had uninterrupted sleep. Thankfully Endy has that fine cell structure which decreases motion transfer. This translates to a life of luxurious uninterrupted, supported and restorative sleep we need and deserve!
A good nights’ rest is essential, our bodies need us to invest in the quality of sleep we get making this Canadian-made Endy mattress backed with a 10-year warranty one of the best investments you will make on your own health and wellbeing!
I’m going to up the game here a little bit and go one step further. I’m going to share with you one of my “not-so-secret” secrets. Because of how the Endy mattress is made and the support that it offers, one of my favourite things to do in bed is… WAIT FOR IT… YOGA!
Yes, Yoga in bed is a real thing! There are so many stretches that you can do from the comfort of your own bed. Maybe it’s something you do at night to fall asleep, or first thing in the morning? Regardless of what time of day it is, a few simple stretches along with the most supportive and restorative Endy mattress is the perfect combination for anyone looking to make some small changes to their overall health and wellness.
Now just in case, I haven’t 100% sold you on Endy just yet, Endy also has a 100-night trial. If you don’t love it for any reason, Endy will pick it up and issue you a full refund no questions asked.
So now I know that you’re going want to try this out for yourself and so I have a promo code for you to use for $50 off any size mattress. Head over to Endy.com and use my promo code AVATOZOE50
Be sure to follow Endy on Social Media to see more unboxing videos and learn why more and more people are falling in love with Endy every day!
**Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with our friends at Endy. We received our beloved Endy Mattress and Pillows in exchange for inclusion in this post. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own and if I don’t love it, I won’t share it and we LOVE our Endy!**
You see these family photos and they’re perfect! The kids all look amazing, parents look happy, the house is beautiful! Why can’t that be me? Today I’m going to make you feel better about your kids who don’t listen, your style that you believe lacks and your “dark & dingy lighting in your house! Keep reading for a few truths behind not just family photos but these tips can also help with content photography.
Ok friends, the biggest truth I can tell you is, that photo probably took FOREVER to actually capture and the photographer luckily somehow got all the stars to align to capture JUST ONE in focus shot!
I’m now going to share with you the photos you hope you’re going to get, with the reality of what is probably actually being captured. Huge shout out to my girl Kristy Powers Photography for working with me to capture the best family photos and content photos for my blog and social media! When you find someone who “gets you” hold them close and this girl gets me with little to no effort and that’s not easy, ask my husband!
You’re going to want everyone looking their best with perfectly styled beautiful outfits like all those super nice Christmas cards you get at Christmas time when you wonder how the eff did they captured that photo? This is what your kids are probably going to actually look like at first!
PRO TIP: Go shopping for kids outfits during the slow time of the day or if you can plan it when a merchandiser is working, you just might luck into getting outfits put together by someone who knows how to put together super cute outfits!
You’re going to want them sitting straight up and smiling for the camera like this…
BUT you’re going to spend 30 minutes trying to get someone to sit still long enough for the photographer like this
PRO TIP: Let the kids goof around, let them be silly, let their voices be heard but tell them to remember for every silly photo, mommy gets one nice photo.. (bribes optional)
Everyone looks so darn sweet and happy. Family photos are magical, aren’t they? WRONG!!!! No one wants to have their kids running amuck during a photo session but sometimes if you just let them get it out, often you can move past it quicker.
Let them goof around! What’s the harm? You end up with photos like this…
PRO TIP: Emotions are big, sometimes our kiddo’s cannot quite communicate what’s bugging them. Stop for the hugs and silly faces, sometimes a simple hug can make the world a better place for them.
Lastly, be aware of your lighting! When planning the places you want to shoot, consider the lighting and angles. Your photographer SHOULD know how to move around to find the best lighting but sometimes the lighting isn’t great to begin with. Like this…
Moving to the other side, like Kristy has done here will change the look. Consider lighting when choosing a location.
PRO TIP: Get your cell phone out and do some test shots of your own before setting the location. Obviously, it won’t tell you EXACTLY what it will look like but you’ll get a solid idea!
Now my girl Kristy and I go back aways so she knows my style quite well. Kristy was the photographer for both of my Yoga Retreats at Nectar Yoga BNB on Bowen Island.
SO because Kristy is all KINDS OF AMAZING! We’re giving away one free lifestyle photography session Value $400.00! Enter Below!!
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