Our Winter Toolkit + Family Snow Trip

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The Johnson family in the snow winter 2016

This mama returned to work yesterday after three months of maternity leave taking care of my little girl, Kinsley. Even though we got out of the house a fair amount of time during my leave, my family and I didn’t get any of the fall bugs that were going around. We went to the doctor’s office multiple times for checkups. We went on walks outside, sometimes when it was wet out. We evn hung out with a 5-year old who was just starting to get sick. Still we all remained pretty healthy.

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Under the Sea Nursery

underwater newborn nursery ocean-themed

Now that little miss Kinsley has been around for nearly two months, I finally have some downtime to get back to blogging. Mom life has been amazing so far and I’m loving every minute of it, well except getting mastitis twice within the first month post birth. That has been no fun.


When Kinsley was 10 days old we had our wedding photographer Briana come by and do a newborn shoot. She also photographed our nursery, which has become my new favorite room in the house!

Product list below.

IKEA Hemnes dresser DIY knobs nursery changing tablenursery rocking chair ottoman ocean theme modernocean themed newborn nursery mobileBabyletto 3-in-1 Hudson white crib nurserynursery bookshelf tree baby letto whitedriftwood art wallpiece ocean themedgift driftwood art K for kinsley ocean themedcoworkers baby shower giftocean theme wall decals for newborn nurseryair plant hanging jellyfish nurserybaby blocks nursery decorationsea shell ocean themed artwork prints etsybaby shower diy ocean beach themed banner craftsair plant shell nursery decornursery artwork Finding Dory prints

Lighting

Himalayan Salt Lamp with Dimmer via Amazon

Mini Himalayan Salt Rock Plug In Night Light via Etsy

Decor

Hanging Seashell Jellyfish via Treasure Island Flea Market

Pink Sea Urchin Air Plants via Air Plant Design Studio

Nautical Baby Mobile via Etsy

Jellyfish Decals via Etsy

Watercolor Seashell Wall Art Prints via Etsy

Wooden Shelf and ‘K’ Driftwood Art via Adrift by Sarah Cusenza

Furniture

Babyletto Tree Bookshelf via Babyletto.com

Babyletto 3-in-1 Convertible Crib via Babyletto.com

Baby Relax Rocking Chairs via All Modern

Hemnes Dresser via IKEA with Faceted Sotara Knobs from Anthropologie

HomePop Ottoman via Overstock

Mid-Century Side Table via eBay

White Starfish & Shell Throw Pillows via Zulily

Photography via Briana Calderon Photography, San Francisco Bay Area

Welcome to the world, Kinsley!

baby kinsley born

The reason I’ve been MIA for so long was because of the beautiful lady above. Matt and I welcomed our baby Kinsley in August and have been adjusting to life with a newborn. These last few weeks have been fulfilling, exhausting, exciting, and full of love (and a whole lot of Googling)! I finally understand those cheesy lines new parents spew about having a child. Those long 9 months were worth every minute for the amazing end result.

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5 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Go

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tips for eating healthy on the go

I am currently 26 weeks pregnant and always on the hunt for what is going to make my life easier, especially as the third trimester is inching closer. Over the holiday weekend, I did some gardening outside as the weather was nice. I’m not used to lugging around this extra weight and getting worn out so easily, though. After a few hours of yard work, I was beat and starving! Good thing we had elevAte Salads in the fridge from Costco, which make for the perfect healthy lunch.

elevate salad nutty cranberry from costco

elevAte Salads are made from natural ingredients that are full of flavor and deliver clean and functional nutrition in every bite, a meal a mom growing a baby in her belly really needs!

The prepackaged salads are perfect anytime, but especially when you’re on the go, don’t feel like doing dishes, or just want a healthy meal. The packages are portable and so convenient. They have everything you need: bowl (check), fork (check), tasty salad with delicious ingredients and yummy dressing (check).

elevate salad nutty cranberry

What really stands out to me about elevate salads is the quality of the ingredients. Oftentimes you buy a store brand prepackaged salad, only to find that that a majority of the lettuce went bad and you have to throw out half of it. It’s such a waste when that happens and I always regret my purchase. The quality of elevAte Salads beats out the prepackaged salads I’ve tried before. I picked up elevAte Salads‘ Organic Nutty Cranberry salad with organic spring mix lettuce, cranberries, creamy feta cheese, walnuts and almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. elevAte Salads are Non-GMO Project Verified, Organic or Gluten Free and they never use antibiotics in their chicken.

elevAte Salads superfood line-up has recipes featuring ingredients like ancient grains, plant-based proteins, nutrient-dense greens, nuts, legumes, and seeds that are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and full of naturally occurring vitamins and antioxidants. A meal to feel good about eating or serving!

I can’t wait to try all 8 ready-to-eat superfood salads, which I plan to over the rest of my pregnancy and beyond. If I’m tired now, I can only imagine how life will be once our little one is here. Easy, portable elevAte Salads are now my go-to healthy meal choice. Get them at Costco in the Fresh Produce section.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Go (or at Home)

  1. Meal plan. Now this is something I have yet to master, but I’m working on it! If you take an hour each Sunday night to plan out your meals for the week, you’ll save money and can use that time to plan meals for the week to eat while on the go.
  2. Don’t wait until you’re hungry to decide what to eat. Every time I do this, I end up eating unhealthy and crave fried food or sweets.
  3. Stay motivated. If you forgot your meal at home or didn’t have time to pack one, don’t cave in and run to the nearest fast food joint.
  4. Encourage your friend or co-worker to eat clean with you! When you’ve got someone else in the same boat, you can rely on the to keep you honest.
  5. Pack your meals ahead of time. elevAte Salads are ready-to-eat, portable meals that come with everything you need to enjoy it on the go. These are an obvious choice for lunchtime when you’re at work, but are great for any time you want to eat clean.

elevate salads in store at costco

elevAte salad at costco fresh produce aisle

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What are your tips for eating healthy while on-the-go, or just too tired to cook? This soon-to-be mama can use all the tips she can get!