I cannot believe I’m already seeing back to school pictures. My southern friends are already heading into the next school year and I feel a little bit like summer just started! Even though we still have the month of August to enjoy, the reality is that it won’t be long before we will be doing the same here in New England.
Even though we are still summering hard around these parts, now is actually a great time to think about any personalized lunch boxes, pencil cases, soccer bags, etc… for back to school. Having your name or initials on your kids items is both fun and practical!
And if you have a little one heading off to kindergarten this fall, you NEED this nap mat. I don’t mean to sound pushy but I seriously cannot recommend this enough. My girls all used and loved their sweet little mats, and I think when my twins were in kindergarten every other little girl in their class ordered one as well as a few boys!
This is just a sampling of the many color options. And almost all pieces coordinate with lunch boxes and pencil cases, or snack bags. These nap mats are machine washable and have a little pillow and blanket for a cozy rest time. My girls just clipped these onto their backpack when they needed to bring them home for a wash.
A towel is fine, but this is so much more cozy! Let me know if you want to get any orders in – I’ll be thrilled to personalize your back to school goods for that sweet boy or girl! And if you are ahead of the game and already have your own goods, I still am happy to personalize those for you as well! Message me for more info.
Just popping in to share a quick recipe. This one is a crowd pleaser and I almost always get a request for the recipe by at least one or two friends. My southern friends will easily recognize the inspiration, as this is one of the sides from my favorite chicken salad place from back home.
I’ve had to get creative over the years, finding ways to satisfy so many of my southern cravings and I’m pretty happy with my version of Zoe’s feta slaw.
One bag of shredded cabbage
Feta Cheese Crumbles (I usually use about 1/2 of a 4 oz container)
1 Large chopped Shallot (I use this in lieu of green onions for a lighter taste)
Greek Seasoning – sprinkled liberally (I love and use Zoe’s Spice of Life)
Pinch of Salt
Red Wine Vinegar (I never measure – maybe 1/4 cup???)
Olive Oil (I just give it a good glug!)
Those who know me best, will appreciate that I just don’t have exact amounts for this recipe. I literally just throw this together minutes before we leave for a party and by the time we are there, it has reached the perfect consistency.
This pairs really well with chicken salad, fruit and pita chips for the perfect ladies lunch, but also works with just about any backyard BBQ fare, from burgers to grilled meats. It’s pretty much the perfect summer side and we keep it on rotation at our house.
Do you have a favorite slaw? Share one with me in comments if you can!
I think I get more feedback on this recipe than I do any other I’ve shared so I’m just sharing it again. It is a perfect summer dinner, the cilantro lime crema is crazy good (And I swear even if you triple the recipe you will use it all. If you somehow don’t, add a little vinegar and it becomes a delicious salad dressing…) If you are entertaining, make up a batch of black bean corn salsa to go with it – you won’t regret it 🙂
Make it a priority to put this on the dinner menu ASAP!
Last year, I shared my thoughts on Intermittent fasting and how I try to incorporate it into my daily living. If you are not familiar with the term, intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather a dieting pattern. Intermittent fasting generally means that you consume your calories during a specific window of the day, and choose not to eat food for a larger window of time.
I’ve been following this way of eating for well over a year now and I think it’s a great way to incorporate fasting into your diet without “suffering” through the hunger, low-blood sugar headaches and other general discomforts that come with not eating. With IF, you are still eating, but gaining all of the heart, mind, body benefits of a fast.
This article gives a great, practical explanation of both the science and the how-to’s of incorporating IF into your daily living. And I should note that I look at this in the same way I look at exercising. I try to do it as much as I can. I know it won’t be daily. I won’t skip out on social events or other activities because I don’t want to “mess up” the pattern. I don’t obsess over it and if I’m really and truly hungry, I will eat!
If you are looking for a fresh start, trying to lose weight or just overall hoping to add a boost to your healthy living, I encourage you to take a minute to read (or re-read) my original post on Intermittent Fasting.
Drop me a note in the comments if you practice this or are looking for more practical tips for making this a healthy part of your daily routine.
Other Resources related to Fasting and IF:
*Fasting Benefits and Risks
*Johns Hopkins Health Review