It’s Monday. I’m sure if you’re anything like me you blew any and every bit of a cheat meal this past weekend. I fully intend on using this week to redeem myself. (Who am I kidding I just had tacos with chips & guacamole)
Ok I’ll start tomorrow. However, I thought I would share a super easy and healthy meal with you guys to get your week started on the right track. Hope you like fish…here we go.
2-4 Tuna Steaks
Black Sesame Seeds
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Siracha for garnish/decor or dipping
Make a rub with sesame seeds, cajun seasoning and ginger seasoning. Coat raw tuna steaks with sesame oil then press into dry rub. Sear on medium heat on each side to your liking. (1 1/2 minutes per side for rare) Cut into slices and arrange on serving tray.
Diffuse siracha on platter as sort of a design then top tuna with scallions.
Charred Romaine Lettuce:
4-6 Romaine Lettuce Hearts
Salt & Pepper
Rinse then cut hearts in half-length wise. Spread out on baking pan. Mix equal parts of balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Brush mixture on romaine hearts and then generously coat with salt and pepper to your liking. Broil on LOW till outside of hearts char. You can also grill them.
I know what you’re thinking….charred lettuce? Whaaaaat…I promise you’ll thank me. Honest, it is so good.
The best part: Healthy. My mother in law and I made this for my friends the other night and they immediately asked for the recipe. Feel free to share with anyone you think might like this scrumptious delight.
OK let’s be real for a second. We all crave pasta. Carbs, carbs, carbs. That is one of the hardest parts of dieting or eating healthy. No pasta, no pizza, yada yada. (Don’t worry I’ve got an amazing cauliflower pizza substitute coming for you soon too) What if I told you that you could enjoy those pasta feelz but eat healthy the entire time? Gimme dat zucchini.
Spiralizers have 100% upped my cooking game. I just look for things to spiralize pretty much nowadays. Zucchini is perfectly acceptable as a substitute of pasta. You can eat it nearly raw if you want that crunchy taste or saute for a softer comparison to noodles. I’ve gotten a few requests from my Instagram photo I posted to share this recipe of the ever so popular zoodles. I tweak this often but the recent version I made was absolutely delicious so I’m gonna share it.
Turn stove top on medium heat. Put oil and garlic in a pan. Season chicken with the seasoning on both sides, completely covering. Put chicken in pan, sautéing for 10-12 minutes and turning halfway between, squeezing the juice of the lemon on the chicken. Remove from stove eye and let cool. When cooled down, cut into bite size pieces.
“Zoodles Pasta” Ingredients:
6 medium zucchinis
1 bag of spinach
1 container of grape tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tsbp minced garlic
1 Tbsp basil
Himalayan pink salt and black pepper to season
1/2-1 Cup of chopped scallions
1/2 Cup of goat cheese crumbles
2.25 oz can of black olives, drained
1 Tbsp capers
Saute the tomatoes, spinach, garlic and olive oil on medium heat. While that is sautéing, pull out your spiralizer and get to work on those zucchinis. This is mine. (Here is one for less) Cut off the jagged ends and place the cut tip on the blade and the rounded end on the prongs then use those muscles to turn, turn, turn baby. You will get the most beautiful noodles. But seriously, they really are so pretty. Then I add the zoodles. (I really just like saying that word hehe). Saute to your liking. I personally like them a bit softer. After you cook all that goodness, drain the existing water left in the pan the best you can.
Toss the zoodles, spinach and tomatoes with the chicken, black olives, basil, and goat cheese. Then I top it with a dusting of scallions, capers and salt & pepper. Then serve… Viola!
It’s so yummy. This is one of the many variations I create with zucchini noodles and I will share some more recipes if you guys like this one. It is so light and refreshing but fulfills that “pasta” craving. I hope you folks LOVEEEEE it! Let me know if you whip it up and how it turns out. Also feel free to tweak it however you see fit. I always do that with every recipe. You might always want more or less of something.
It’s late at night. You’re getting ready for bed. Staring in the mirror picking apart every inch of your face, searching for all the flaws. Especially since we are coming off of winter, we are all thinking our skin is ruddy and bleh. Every little wrinkle you have is peeking out at full force.
We all do it. I am always searching for a way to make my skin look more youthful and have more of a glow. Sure I can wear makeup with highlighters galore…and trust me I do…but are there any other options?
Que the Hydrafacial.
It’s the latest craze in the beauty & skin care world. All the celebrities (such as Kate Winslet & Beyonce) are doing it to achieve results immediately. My friend reached out to me a few weeks ago and told me she had the most amazing facial and I had to try it. She raved about how much better her skin looked. I was sold and dying to try it. Quite the splurge at $185, I still searched around for locations who did the service in Nashville. Luck hit me and the sweetest girl ever named Ashley (obviously she is a bad ass with that name) had seen my blog and just so happened to be an esthetician at Dr. Sieveking’s office downtown Nashville contacted me about trying a hydrafacial. I booked it with her last week. She let me know ahead of time there was no downtime and at most I might be a little flushed for 30 minutes or so directly following.
I drove my little happy booty down to Nashville after my Novo class in Franklin. Their doctor’s office is in the cutest little house downtown. I walked in and filled out some paperwork, anxiously awaiting Ashley to greet me. When she finally did, she proved she literally is the sweetest human. My first thought was that I was instantly jealous of her perfect makeup because I’m ashamed to admit I looked a hot mess. She fully informed me what we were going to do and gave me a chance to answer any questions. Here is my before photo. I’m looking super hot in that cap I know.
Basically the process is broken down into 4 steps. The first step is the cleansing and exfoliation. It almost felt like a microdermabrasion tip exfoliating the top layer of my skin. All the dead cells are removed, leaving your skin resurfaced. The second step is an acid peel. Don’t freak out! It’s not the kind that makes your skin peel off. It just helps release all the grime from your pores. The third step is extractions. This is my favorite thing to get done to my skin. I know I’m a weirdo but I love knowing all the gunk is coming out of my clogged pores. It isn’t painless and the vortex suction is used to clean out the pores. The final step is hydration. And boy does it hydrate. You can literally feel the hydration flushing through your face. I like to compare it to steam cleaning your couch. You know how you have to flush it with water and cleaning solution to bring out the gunk? Then you see all the murky water in the tank showing what it sucked out? Yep that’s exactly what the hydrafacial does. It flushes antioxidants and hyaluronic acid in your skin to plump & feed that beautiful skin of yours.
My skin felt so revitalized directly following. It does exactly what it says it’s going to do. You 100% achieve immediate results, and it honestly gets better within the next few days. My skin glowed right away and like Ashley promised, it was just flushed a little. By the time I left my lunch afterward, it had calmed down completely. So zilch downtime and immediate results. I’m sold for life. Technically I could walk in with mascara and my eyebrows done and have it done on my lunch break. Walk out with perfect skin. Perfect for you on the go ladies too. It takes 30-45 minutes max. The best way to get maximum results is to maintenance every 4-6 weeks.
It’s perfect for all skin types or conditions. The Hydrafacial is also excellent for resolving:
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Elasticity and Firmness
Skin Tone Evenness & Vibrancy
Advanced Signs of Aging
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. I know I stated that already in my skin care product blog earlier on, but honestly take care of it now before it’s too late. Ok now that I’m done fan girling all over this facial, I cannot wait to see any results you guys get from this if you try it.
Since Ashley is like I said the sweetest human ever, she has extended an offer to my followers to come in and try one for $99! That’s nearly 50% off of their regular price of $185. There is no excuse not to try it now. So go forth and obtain that J Lo glow skin you beautiful ladies (and dudes if you want in too)!
To book an appointment with Ashley here is her contact information below and don’t forget to mention my blog name Nashville Lifestyles to get that awesome deal. If you guys book let me know what you think! I’m dying to see the results 🙂
Ahhhh now here is where the real love affair starts.
I can’t trust someone who doesn’t love dessert. I personally love it all. I eat healthy pretty much the whole day but there’s one thing that is my weakness: Sweets. Candy, chocolate, cupcakes, donuts…you name it. I recently saw a study that suggested we may have inherited our sweet tooth. Man I hope that’s not the case because God help my poor Keatyn if so. I love Krispy Kreme and all but donuts from an actual bark make my head spin.
Recently, I have attempted eating healthy and exercising, and I am doing pretty well at it for the most part. The main thing that hinders me is that darn sweet tooth of mine. At some point every single day I will have something sweet. The experts are dead on, sugar is highly addictive.
For you Nashville folks, I have put together a list of some of my favorite local (and some are chains) dessert & candy whereabouts. Hope you check them out & ENJOY!
Goozy in Green Hills is one of my ABSOLUTE favorites. I have eaten there with a friend of mine and our kids and every single thing we ordered we LOVED. We had the grilled cheese (they were fabulous), the Nutella Goozy cake (I can’t put into words how amazing this was), lattes for the mommas and ice cream for the kids. They gave us rock candy to sweeten our latte which was such a cute idea. They also have a dessert and a full bar during the evening for a date night. I’m definitely wanting to try a hot toddy there. There is a vinyl record selection and customers can select whatever record they choose to play. This is definitely a place I would return to…and frequently if my stomach allowed me to.
Ok every Valentine’s Day I ask my husband to get me chocolate covered strawberries and that’s literally all I want. So the name of this place alone makes me happy. Look how delicious that baby looks in the above picture. They carefully select each strawberry that they use to cover in chocolate or in dessert dishes, use in entrée dishes, and make homemade strawberry lemonade. Their sweet ending desserts are well-rounded too in case you’re not looking for chocolate.
Every person I have heard talk about Christie’s Cookie Company just love love love the oatmeal raisin cookie. (There are many gluten-free options too) They are 30+ years old and also the creators of the Doubletree cookie, I had no idea about that honestly until I researched them but that is pretty nifty. You can also order them online and have them shipped anywhere in the US.
Sweet Cece’s started in Nashville and has spread like wildfire through middle Tennessee. Their frozen yogurt is a favorite around here. Every location has endless choices of toppings and are always changing their specialty flavors, and also keeping the traditional ones like Original Tart and Country Vanilla. My personal favorites are Yummy Green Apple Sorbet, Cupcake Batter and Peanut Butter Cup. There are multiple locations spread all over the Nashville area.
Even though Menchie’s isn’t a Nashville specific product, we do have locations in Nashville and Smyrna. It’s worth a mention because of the location in Lennox Village primarily makes it very accessible to families, especially with children. I don’t personally enjoy it as much as Sweet Cece’s but I do love that they have a giant chalkboard wall for kids to draw on and activities to distract them.
This ice cream joint is my FAVORITE in Nashville right now and not just because it’s fairly close to my house. The decor is so eclectic; the store has barbies and shabby chic chandeliers scattered all around. They have unique flavors of ice cream like Bourbon Ball ice cream and cakes and pies galore as well. They make mostly everything from scratch and with local ingredients. You can also have it shipped. I am definitely looking into ordering the chocolate collection: intense dark chocolate, chocolate squared, chocolate raspberry truffle, curry curry, coconut almond white chocolate dream and mexican chocolate ole’. Also I feel I have to mention for your doggie mammas like myself, they also have pooch treats for your pups.
This 12th South gourmet popsicle shop has something for everyone’s taste, ranging from fruity to sweet to adventurous. I cannot wait to try the chocolate avocado popsicle. I could eat an endless amount of these babies. Who doesn’t love a popsicle? It brings you back to that moment as a child on a hot summer day. Ahhh nostalgia. The price per popsicle is $3.50.
Like the Comfy Cow, Jeni’s has very unique flavors also. Some that I have tried are Whiskey & Pecans, Brambleberry Crisp and Goat Cheese with Red Cherries. I’ve never tasted anything bad from here and trust me, I’ve eaten here often. they also used to sell Jeni’s at Fresh Market in Brentwood so I used to buy them often.
I will warn you. The wait can be ridiculous. Especially in the summer at the 12th South location…the line is the door. I’m embarrassed to admit I have waited in that line a couple of times. Jeni’s is a Nashville staple. It is so good you won’t ever want any other kind of ice cream. My personal favorites are the Darkest Chocolate and Salty Caramel.
This unique ice creamery is located in the Five Points district of East Nashville.They have 24 flavors available at any given time and these certain flavors are always available: Trailer Trash, Professor, Oatmeal Raisin in the Sun, Chocolate, Vanilla, Toffee Loaded Coffee, C is for Cookie, Movie Star, Some Like It Hot, Strawberry and Peanut, Peanut Butter and Chocolate. The location is set in a house and Pied Piper Creamery actually made the list of the 21 best ice cream shops in America! That’s insane. If you can’t tell by the ice cream choices I pick, I definitely can appreciate thinking outside the box with these quirky ice cream flavors.
I haven’t stopped thinking about Sprinkles cupcakes since I had them in LA 7 years ago. I just kept hoping one would open closer to me. I loved them so much, I even had a friend buy me the baking kit so I could attempt them myself. When I heard we were getting one in Nashville, I was ecstatic. What is even better is the fact that we have a cupcake ATM for when they aren’t open. Holy crap. Prayers answered. My favorites are the Red Velvet and Chocolate Marshmallow. Their cupcakes just have the perfect icing to cake ratio so it doesn’t feel too heavy. If you haven’t been, you HAVE to go.
The cupcakes are served in the cutest house in Germantown not far from my old condo. I am in love with that area and absolutely hate that I had to move the to burbs. But when you have kids…what else can you do?!
You’ll wanna get there early to make sure you get the best choice of flavors before they sell out. The cupcakes are the perfect size and so moist & flavorful.
This downtown location is beyond charming and the fact that the display has the candy spelling out Nashville is impressive. The leading favorite seems to be the Chocolate Pralines. Everywhere you look there is candy, from wall to wall. They also have ice cream and gelato.
Look at those two cuties! The adorable little boy in the bottom pic is my friend’s son and he is the sweetest little boy ever! That little princess in plaid is my sweet baby Keatyn almost a year ago. They were like kids in a candy store….oh wait, they actually were. Ha. This store reminded me of an old candy store like when you were young. Candy everywhere, and of pretty much any genre. They had stuff I had been looking for but couldn’t find. The only con is that it isn’t cheap.
I love that it is family owned and it is the perfect setting for children. And…..they also sell Jeni’s ice cream. That’s truly a win win. Candy and the most delicious ice cream ever, you just can’t beat it. If you’re looking for a location to re-live your childhood (and who isn’t), this is definitely the place.
This place reminds me of a place in my hometown that I used to go to often after school or after bike rides with my family. It has been in Sylvan Park for over half a century and is also a Nashville hit. They do have a full menu if you want to indulge in a burger & fries but you absolutely have to have one of their yummy dipped soft-serve cones or an old school specialty shake.
Guys seriously. This donut place is LIFE. I simply cannot stop. After I discovered Five Daughters Bakery almost a couple of weeks ago, I ate it 4 days out of 7. Not even kidding. Their 100 layer donuts (aka cronut) are the end of me. The Maple Glazed and Vanilla Cream are currently my favorites. I have also sampled the Cherry Rhubarb, Chocolate Sea Salt, Vegan Chocolate, Raspberry Chocolate and Paleo Chocolate. Emotional eating at its finest. Yes I have an addiction. I literally find reasons to go there. My friend had a baby, let’s take her donuts. My friend is sick, I’ll take her donuts. It’s real friends. They’re addicting.
They have locations in Franklin at the Factory and the new location in 12th South. The locations are family owned by a husband and wife and their 5 daughters. Again, so adorable. If you don’t try it, I just can’t talk to you. No really, do it. You will thank me.
I hope my round-up of the best shops for your sweet tooth (in my opinion) do not disappoint. I can guarantee you that if you love anything ice cream, donuts or candy you will fall in LOVE. I hope you guys check them out if you live in the Nashville area or if you plan on visiting our fine city. We love to support our local businesses and it makes it super easy when they are unbelievably amazing already. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’m intrigued to know your thoughts on any of these if you check them out! Have a great weekend.
Hey parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nannies….you get the point here…anyone who deals with kids.
How hard is it to tote those little buggers anywhere that isn’t Chuck E Cheese?! Every time my husband and I are trying to decide on a place to eat when my three year old is coming with us, we struggle so hard to figure out places we can still be trendy and bring our kid along. Let’s face it…most places that are popular aren’t exactly kid friendly. Fret not friends, I am here to hook you up with a somewhat social existence again. Be seen in a few “hot spots” and not hire a babysitter?! Winner winner chicken dinner. (I crack myself up) I’m also including some spots that are just straight kiddo accommodating.
Ok I’m gonna break it down in Ashley lingo in a few sections for you: Straight up kid hot spots (meaning not only do they cater to children, but they have nights dedicated to them and discounted prices etc. for children), Kid friendly hot spots (meaning local faves that cater to children also), Somewhat kid friendly hot spots (meaning they don’t necessarily cater to children but they are more than welcome. I also have personally taken my child here.)
This place has family night every Tuesday night 4 pm – Close!! $1.99 Little Surfer Meals for children & $6 small burrito combos for adults. My local Blue Coast in Lennox Village also has a person there every week making balloon animals for the kids.
Not only does Chick Fil-A give you healthier options for fast food and a place to take your kids to play, did you know most locations offer a kid’s night with free kid’s meals? Every location varies but the ones in Brentwood, Nashville, Mt Juliet, Smyrna and Franklin (Mallory Ln) are every Tuesday night between 5-8, in Franklin (Columbia Ave) on Tuesday 4-7 and Hendersonville on Mondays 5-8 . If you purchase an adult meal, you get a 4 count kids meal for free. Also, ask if your location has the new Mommy valet program. Awesome idea for us folks with little ones. read the deets HERE.
This is hands down in my top two favorite places to get sushi in Nashville. Not only do they have amazing specials for the grown ups on Monday and Thursday with half price sushi, but kids eat FREE on Sunday 12-4. Get their crab and asiago dip.
On Wednesdays kids eat free. We live close to this restaurant and I love their hibachi. The fact that you get a free meal for your child makes it sting a little less that as adults you’re paying so much for your entrée. Hey Dolly Parton loves this place, what more reason do you need?
One of Nashville’s most famous places to eat, Loveless Cafe not only caters to children but their menu is pretty impressive as far as a children’s menu goes. It is decorated unbelievably adorable and is actually an old motel. You feel catapulted into the 50s. I will also forewarn you it is a drive away. It is not close to most Nashville attractions. However, it is worth it. They also have coloring books and crayons. Their biscuits and gravy are to die for. They make everything entirely from scratch.
This Germantown brunch favorite is insanely busy at all times. Be prepared for at least a 30-45 minute wait at their busy times. The good thing is that they have rocking chairs outside you can sit and enjoy the day if it’s nice outside. It is only open Friday through Sunday from 9-2. My advice would be to get there early because you’re going to hate life if you hit it up after church lets out. As far as food goes, I hear rave after rave about their banana foster pancakes. Your kids will love the Chakara Big Cake, Chocolate Chip Pancakes or any of the other option on the kids menu. $5 including the drink. Um, that’s a steal.
Biscuit Love is tucked away in the Gulch behind Bar Louie. This place is a Nashville MUST TRY. They are extremely kid friendly and the decor is adorable. Their kid’s meal range from $5-7. The only drawback is that you do have to wait in line to make your order and there is potential for kids to get impatient if it’s very busy. It’s still worth a shot in my opinion. I’ve heard their Bonuts are everything.
Not only do they have a children’s menu but they are so friendly and accommodating there! I adore this place. They gave my daughter a coloring book to take home and crayons. On another occasion we sat outside and they gave us blankets when it became too chilly outside. The food is reasonable and tastes amazing. Obsessed.
New to Nashville, tucked away in the Germantown area, this southern/mexican restaurant is a new trendy fave. I personally haven’t been here yet but it’s on my list to try. Since it is a newer hot spot, I did call to confirm if it was a kid friendly establishment. It was verified to me that they have high chairs, kids menus and crayons. there ya go. No excuses. Check it out hip parents.
If you’re looking for an amazing burger and fries you have to check this East Nashville restaurant out. If it’s warm and not super crowded, sit outside. The atmosphere is lovely and relaxed even though it can get ridiculously busy in there at certain times. In addition to their milkshakes, they have variety of old school sodas to choose from. Kid’s meals are $4.50. I’ve personally taken my child here and we love it.
I just have one thing to say. Truffle fries. (Drops the mic) For you parents, the Bison burger is just delish. They have a decent selection of burgers: bison, black bean, salmon, quinoa, lamb, etc. They have a children’s menu withgrilled cheese, pb & j, hamburger sliders for $5 and all come with fries & apples. The menu is an activity book. Kids can also order apples and peanut butter for $3.
Sky Blue Cafe is a quaint, smaller cafe in East Nashville but it is beyond delicious. They have the best chai latte I have ever had. I HAVE to try their PB & J Stuffed French Toast Pancakes asap. They have a kid’s menu and crayons for the little ones. The portions are big and under $5.
I’ve been having coffee and breakfast here since I moved here almost 7 years ago. There is a reason Taylor Swift loves it here. Aside from the super chill vibe, every thing I have had on their menu is pure yum. Most importantly their coffee. Thumbs up. As for the kids, they have a children’s menu (all under $6) and high chairs.
Nashville is known for their hot chicken and Party Fowl delivers.Most of their menu is definitely designated for a cheat day buttheir grilled chicken deconstructed cobb salad is my jam. They do have a kids menu and crayons but you have to ask for it, it’s not printed.
If you’re looking for fresh, healthy food with a variety of options, here is your staple. They have multiple locations spread out in Nashville too. The kid’s menu has 3 entrees to choose from , plus two child-sized side items for $4.35. And their fruit tea btw….OMG.
Back to back fresh & healthy food. This Brentwood spot is hands down one of my most frequented spot. I try for the most part to eat healthy and nutritious. This place does it with tons of flavor. Mainly their menu is seafood but they also have chicken, salads, sandwiches/wraps, and tacos. They have healthy or fried choices for their kids menu starting at $5.19. I’m telling you as your friend: Get their bread sticks and Wasabi encrusted tuna seared rare. You will thank me later, especially if you’re a healthy eater.
This pizza joint in Hendersonville and Franklin is very kid friendly. They have a chalkboard wall set up for your kids to draw on (who wouldn’t love a distraction for their kids) and they will give them pizza dough to play with. Their kid’s pizza or pasta dishes are $4.95 including a drink. They also have gluten-free options.
Ok first off the prices here are more than reasonable…meaning they are cheap guys. Plus their pizza is delish. They have pasta dishes all for $6.50 or kids can eat pizza with you big boys and girls.Tuesday is 2 for 1 on pizza slices. Just don’t attempt it on Tuesday nights, it turns into a hot spot for all the young people in Nash.
SOMEWHAT KID FRIENDLY HOT SPOTS
I’m not going into detail as much with these particular restaurants considering they do not have actual children menus. They do however accommodate children and I have been to all of these places with my toddler. Either these places will specifically make items for your child or have kid friendly items you can order as sides. I have also personally called each of the locations to verify these details.
The menu changes to what’s fresh now. I took Keatyn here for an upscale brunch before the ballet on a Sunday. Even though they did not have a children’s menu, they customized whatever I ordered for her into a meal a la carte. If you wanted to grab food here it definitely can be kid appropriate.
This farmhouse style restaurant is one of my favorites in Nashville! Their brunch is so good! Deviled eggs (they are never the same), biscuits & gravy, hot chicken sliders…those are some of my brunch favorites. Their dinner is really good too. The food the make are local and support our local producers & farmers.
I’ve taken Keatyn here so many times I can’t count. As long as you’re sitting downstairs at the tables it’s not as an issue with seating. The upstairs patio has high top chairs so that’s not exactly kid friendly. Most of their sides (especially at brunch) can be turned into a kid’s meal. They will definitely want to finish off lunch or dinner with s’mores. Personally their Tuscan Kale salad, Tavern burger & fries, White Trash Hash, Singapore Stir Fry and Cheddar cheese biscuits have MY HEART. Actually pretty much everything on their menu is addicting.
Great atmosphere, wonderful food. If you want a place you can take your kids to and play games that also has spectacular food, this is your place. You can bowl, they offer board games and etch a sketch games for your little ones. That definitely makes up for not having a children’s menu. Like the other restaurants on this list, you can make your own kid meal practically.
This is not your typical burger place. They take your typical burger expectations and completely throw a wrench in it. When I went with a girlfriend and our kids, the waitress made special accommodations since there is no kids meal. They also offer chicken fingers and fries or grilled cheese with fries. Oh and the Nutella milkshake with burnt marshmallow topping was so good I drank it in maybe 2 big gulps without stopping. Yes that’s embarrassing. I never pretended to have self-control. Note: They do not have changing tables.
Ok that’s what I’ve got for now. I have fully researched these places or I have eaten here with my child, so rest assured. I hope this article has helped anyone who plans on going out to grab food with children in tow on some options they have, in the Nashville area especially. Please feel free to comment with any other restaurants I did not include or any questions you may have. Enjoy friends!
Also, look for my post tomorrow night on some local and national sweet spots to take kids! They are always wanting that sugar high and it doesn’t help that as adults we mostly do too 🙂
I smell chicken tortilla soup. I’m seriously salivating at the thought. A few weeks ago, Keatyn and I were going nonstop all day then hopped on a plane to meet her dad and my in-laws in Florida that night. After we landed and drove an hour to their house, I was famished. I’m such a spoiled brat when it comes to food and I just knew I was gonna end up making myself a sandwich since we were getting in so late. To my delighted surprise my amazing mother in law had made a big batch of chicken tortilla soup. I had only eaten tortilla soup from one other place before so I was nervous….expectations exceeded. OMG it was divine. I fought my family for the leftovers the next day for lunch.
Honest to God, I bet I’ve made it 5 times since I’ve been back home. I make a large batch and I eat it for like 3-4 days. I thought I would share the recipe with you guys so you can join in with my healthy comfort food. Shout out to my lovely MIL Anne (Hiiiiiii & I love you)
Honestly I make this a different way every time, but my favorite way is in a crock pot because it is so tender. I’ll give the 411 on what I put on it this last time. It’s super simple.
2-3 lbs chicken breast
1 Tbsp Minced garlic
2 Tbsp Cajun or Taco Seasoning (I use Flavor God)
4 oz Ginger Bone Broth (or any chicken broth), save the other 4 oz for the soup
Lime Juice from 1 lime
Put chicken in crock pot on high for 3.5-4 hours on High or 7-8 hours on Low. I love to use the crockpot liners so I can just throw away the mess after I’m finished. Pour in broth and cover the chicken with the seasoning. Spread over the minced garlic and squeeze the lime juice over the chicken. Cook away and it’ll melt in your mouth. I shred mine in my kitchenmaid mixer after it is cooked.
2 Bell peppers chopped (I use 7-8 of the mini peppers)
2 tbsp Finely chopped or minced garlic (I’m a garlic happy person)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Cumin seasoning
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic, lime and cilantro seasoning (garlic seasoning would also work)
4 oz remainder broth for sautéing
Either 3 tbsp Better than Bouillon Reduced sodium Chicken base or 2 32 oz. reduced sodium chicken broth
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans, drained
1-2 containers of fresh salsa
Low fat cheese
Low fat sour cream
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
Ok so I tweak this every time I make it. If you wanna add more or less of something, have at it! I always end up add more seasoning to the pot because I am definitely a flavor lovin gal.
Saute on medium heat the olive oil, chopped peppers, onions and garlic until tender. Add the 4 oz broth and can of corn with juices, continue to sauté and add seasonings. Stir until slightly browned, just be careful to not burn. Meanwhile bring water and the bouillon or chicken broth to a boil. Add salsa, beans, jalapeños and all of the sautéed ingredients. (Ps. As for the salsa, I ALWAYS use fresh salsa but the best version I have had of this soup is when I used Chuy’s salsa. It’s perfectly spicy and you can make it at home. It will be an extra step though. Here is the link to make the salsa.) Stir in more seasonings to your liking, boiling for another 5-10 minutes. Lastly, add in shredded chicken. Voila!
Scoop out into bowls and add whatever toppings you prefer. I like to add cilantro, scallions, avocado and one teaspoon light sour cream. See above ingredients for ideas. Put remainder soup in Tupperware and enjoy for 3-4 days. Seriously this is so good, I make it in bulk and eat it for every meal when matt is out town. Hope you enjoy!
I finally just put my 3-year-old to bed. Geez after the “just one more story” “I can’t sleep without my horse” and “Mom I need a drink of water” speech I get every night I can now finally relax with my glass of wine and TGIT tv shows.
Before I started my blog last month I used to get messages often asking what my routine was. Well long story short… I personally do not tan, smoke or drink regularly except a glass of wine a few nights a week so I’m sure that has helped my aging process. I barely wear makeup which is amazing for your skin as well. I know that is strange to hear considering I am so obsessed with makeup and my collection is ridiculous, but I only wear it for events or if I am going out for the evening. I definitely do not put it on for day to day life. I’m rocking that baseball hat, homeless mom look but with Lululemon yoga pants on pretty much daily. With that being said, I do have a routine going that I feel has helped me. I hope I don’t look almost 33 anyway. This is definitely a quick routine too because if you’re a mom like me or you’re just too busy to fiddle with a lengthy skin routine, you just wanna go to bed at the end of the night. Or in the morning you are scrambling to get out the door. (Ok ok that’s me, so I’m pretending every one else does it too) So here we go folks…
I start my day by rinsing off the product from the previous night. Then I put on SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. This anti-aging, antioxidant serum contains ferulic acid that neutralizes free radicals and builds collagen. Once the product is absorbed it cannot be washed off. I love it! It has a strange odor but that’s a good thing, when it loses its odor it loses its effectiveness. It gives me that “glow” daily. If you order it by 02/29 use coupon code SPR20 for 20% off. If you miss that date, Skinstore or Dermstore always have great deals & coupons.
Then I put on eye cream because that is my weak spot. I spend most my time laughing and smiling and I’m not complaining. That does give me laugh lines around my eyes though so to soften them, I use Clinique all About Eyes during the day. It is extremely light and is intended to diminish puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. It helps hydrate under my eyes, especially if I am wearing makeup. If you sign up on Clinique’s website for emails you can get 15% off your first order.
Honestly that’s all I use during the day because I don’t usually wear makeup, so the rest of the good stuff doesn’t come til night time. When I’m ready for bed, I wash my face with Philosophy Purity for the most part. (I’ll go into other face washes and products in another post, these are just my DAILY rituals) I always use a washcloth and not my hands because a washcloth gives you that extra bit of exfoliation to get all the grit off of your face. It is very gentle but at the same time it dissolves all dirt and makeup off of your face while keeping you hydrated. It’s amazing to use after any type of peel because of its gentle nature. Ps. you can also use it to clean your makeup brushes.
Oh… You can use that same code on Skinstore.com SPR20.
Ok my holy grail at the moment is dadadadada drum roll please….
Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil. I love how this makes my skin feel. I’m going to be honest, I went through a purge phase that I wasn’t too thrilled with but I persevered. Like the ferulic serum, it does have a different odor but it isn’t unpleasant. The blue tansy in it does give a blue tint to your skin when it is first applied but it goes away almost immediately. Blue tansy is an essential oil that contains calming and anti-inflammatory effects. Luna oil is a retinoid oil but unlike retina, the oil restores hydrated skin and gives a more even toned complexion. It’s also formulated without sulfates and parabens. Trust me you won’t find a coupon for this…but if you do please email it to me haha.
I pair this with Sunday Riley Good Genes. I put it on 5 minutes after my Luna oil. You usually would put Good Genes on before every Sunday Riley treatment, all except for Luna oil. It is a brightening treatment and lactic acid mask, that also hydrates fine lines, renews skin to reveal a vibrant complexion. It is promised with long-term use to restore damaged skin, reduce hyper pigmentation and reduce wrinkles.
On the two nights a week I do not use Luna oil or Good Genes, I use doctor prescribed Retin-A Micro. That has done wonders for my skin. Acne and Wrinkles. I cannot provide a link for that because for medical grade you need to see a doctor, but I can provide you with some photos and information. When Retina-A is regularly applied to the skin it has been shown to unclog pores, while stimulating collagen growth. It also slows down your loss of collagen, which is why the sooner you start usage, the better in order to avert wrinkles. I have been using it off and on for years. It does make my skin flaky and peel a lot at first but eventually your skin does adjust. After you push through that initial flakiness, it actually gives your skin a glow while evening out skin texture. I always follow with moisturizer considering Retina-A dries out my skin. You should always wait 20 minutes before applying any other products to your face. Bonus…you can use it as a spot treatment to drastically reduce pimples overnight. Win win.
Speaking of hydration. When I’m needing that extra kick for my dry skin, my go to is Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa. Thanks Aunt Vicki! My aunt turned me onto this product before we got it here in the US. It literally quenches my skin overnight. Those smart, smart people…they know that skin soaks up every bit of anything at night. It feels so luxurious and silky on your skin but without that expected price tag. It does not weigh your skin down or feel oily. In fact it feels amazing on your skin. Here’s the kicker….for $28! Come on, that’s insane. Honestly you wake up with your skin feeling like heaven.
Ok last but not least because your eyes are the window to the soul: Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream. They sell this at my doctor’s office but I have found it on a couple of skin/beauty websites with a coupon. I’m always about saving some moolah, especially if I planned on buying it anyway. This eye cream has 30% more PSP (processed skin cell proteins) to smooth and soften fine lines and wrinkles. It revitalizes the eye area which is the thinnest and most fragile skin on our entire face and is more susceptible to damage. It hydrates and firms your under eyes and helps reduce the appearance of under eye darkness, while the caffeine helps the puffiness. It might have a hefty price tag, but trust me it’s worth it. Ps. again this is included in the 20% coupon with Skinstore.com right now. No I am not an affiliate for them, even though I wish I were.
Well that’s it. No, that is definitely not the only products I use on my face. They are the top main products I use on a regular basis though. I swear by them. I cannot wait to share the other products I use that I also swear by. I can promise you if I don’t like a product I will tell you guys. 100%. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Let me know how you like these products if you already use them or if you try them. Please feel free to leave me a comment, drop me an email or go to my Instagram or Facebook page to let know what you wanna read or how you feel about what I’m posting. Have a great night! This old lady is heading to bed, it’s past my bedtime.
Such a cute and sassy look on the blog today. When it was warmer weather earlier this week, I took full advantage. I got this amazing belt at a vintage store in Orlando a few weeks ago and have been itching to wear it.
This burgundy romper has an open back. I’m short waisted so sometimes rompers box me in. I bought it at Blush boutique in Nashville. It’s no longer in stock there but I’ve found a couple dupes for you guys.
I absolutely LOVE these fringe booties. They have become a staple shoe for me.
The necklace is also on sale right now. Fringe & tassels are so popular and I’m loving it.
My hubs has been out of town, so I’ve been covered up and finished last night’s blog when my baby girl went to bed. There was no way I could also include the items I loved from the kid and home section of Nordstrom’s 40% off winter sale, without staying up until the wee hours of the morning. But I wanted to for you guys! If you know me at all, you know I don’t behave nicely on little sleep. Sleep is my savior. Coffee is too obviously. They both get me through the day. Then when night approaches, wine gets me over the day 🙂 I’m sure you guys can relate.
Moving on…ok so I’m sure some of you have children like myself or have children in your life that you buy way too much for. Let’s be honest it can get pretty ridiculously pricey. I found some really cute stuff for boys and girls of all ages. Maybe you guys have been searching for similar stuff already or this post makes you want it…regardless, it’s on sale so hopefully that cushions the blow.
I’ll start with the little fellas:
These sneakers are so precious. They look like little Oxfords even though they are sneakers so I’m sure they would be super comfy for your little guy.
I’m dying over this Tucker & Tate hooded flannel shirt. It makes me want a boy so bad!
Obviously I’m a fan of hoods. This one is from Hudson and it is denim jacket with a black hood. Too cute.
I’m in love with these little boy Sperry Kids leather Oxfords.
I love these suede, skater style Nike’s. Very trendy and cute.
Nike’s all the way baby. I love Nike’s so if I can find them cheaper I’m all for it! These Nike free running shoes are perfect for any little guy.
My nephew loves clothing like this brand/style and he’s 10. This Quicksilver hoodie has a very athletic feel and you really can’t go wrong with a henley. Ps. They are my favorite types of boy shirts.
And for the little ladies:
Ok these skinny Hudson jeans that have a bit of sparkle & shimmer scream girly but edgy.
Am I the last one to know that Wildfox makes girl clothing too? They need to make matching mom and daughter stuff since I already wear their line all the time. This raglan sweatshirts is adorbs!
Again Wildfox has my heart. This sweater would be so stinking cute on your little daisy.
I am dying over this Bernardo Faux Fur hooded jacket. It’s very winter chic with geo patterns on the arm.
Like mom, like daughter. I LIVE in yoga pants. Apparently your kids can too. These graphic Zella leggings are so bright and colorful.
Another pair of Zella leggings. This pair is a bold, bright pair as well with more focus on greens and teal.
Minnetonka double fringe booties. I buy my daughter these every year I love them so much!
How cute are these studded fringe booties?! These cute suede booties have a tiny stacked heel too. OMG.
These Uggs give your kiddo comfort all day. Super comfy and they come in purple with bows!
I love this Pippa & Julie dress and I want to buy it to take my munchkin to the ballet or tea with me! So precious with oversized flowers and a flared skirt.
Ok I’m almost done guys bear with me. I am gonna go through the home items with you real quick and then let you enjoy your night….hopefully spent shopping 😀
This cute little pillow is the perfect gift for a loved one! So sweet.
If you love to bake like a mad woman like little ole me then you cannot pass THESE up. There are 48 paper & foil wrapper for cupcakes along with decorated toothpicks and they are only $8!
This rustic wall mounted bottle opener would be perfect for a man cave.
Show off that state pride and have a reason to drink beer? I’m sure you know a man (or hey a female) that would enjoy this unique art. State Map Bottle Cap Display.
THESE His & Hers champagne flutes would make a perfect engagement gift. They are so cheap! $9!
Again with the man room decor, but my husband has one and every time I see these quirky things, it makes me wanna get him one. What man doesn’t love whiskey, beer, bacon and YOU?! Not one I want if he doesn’t. Check out this wall art.
Love this Marquee Home Sign. Show everyone who comes to your house your love of family and the home you share with this vintage-esque marquee sign with metal letters.
Seriously how cute is this wine stopper? I would buy this as a small gift or add-on to a present.
This a great deal on these Kate Spade gold striped highball drinking glasses. $33. Here are the old-fashioned versions.
Pamper your wine bottles with this luxurious faux fur wine bag. I am so in love with this. The only problem I would have is I wouldn’t wanna give it up when I gave the gift of the wine.
Hope you guys liked these items! Have a great weekend.
Hey guys I write to you today during my “peaceful” hour at K’s gymnastics class. Why is it so hard to get things accomplished when you have children…especially a toddler. Anyway, here I am just browsing through Nordstrom’s website eyeing this Free people jacket I have been coveting when I see to my amazement that it is now 40% off. I bet Matt is glad I didn’t buy it before that now. Only trying to save you money honey 😉 You are welcome.
Sooooo I thought I would share with you ladies (or fellows who wanna buy your girl a trendy gift) some of my favorite deals I found. Deals for you obviously because hey you’ve gotta treat yourself sometimes, but also deals for your man or your kiddos if you have them. Lets get started…
FOR YOU LADIES:
Um I have to start with my jacket of course because it’s awesome. The perfect casual vibe but still trendy enough to wear out. Dress it up, dress it down, it doesn’t matter. Free People Denim & Knit Jacket $73.98!!! Too freaking cute.
TopShop Rupa Snake Embossed Ghillie Sandal. First off the fact that this shoe is $24 is enough of a reason for me to need it in my closet. This pewter gladiator style heel is to die for. Plus we all know that 5 inch heel will boost that booty up.
This Kate Spade watch is classic! You can pair it with pretty much any day-to-day outfit. The perfect casual watch for daily wear in my opinion. On sale for $134.98!
I found this Coffee Shop Trench Coat for $52.80. I mean I wasn’t even aware you could find a quality trench coat for under $100. Perfect for spring.
I love these brightly patterned Zella ‘Live In” Chalet print leggings to work out in. Since honestly I live in yoga pants, I should probably invest my money into this type of attire instead of actual clothing to wear out. Typical mom. At $46.80 I would never re-wear the same pair twice in a week. I own a pair of Zella leggings and I love them!
Halogen is killing it for me right now. Adorable shoes at a cheap price…uh you already had me at shoes people. These studded cute slip on sneakers are $53.96 and you could rock with any casual outfit or dress them up.
I’m not gonna lie. I picked this one because of the name haha but it is really cute. Very Carrie Bradshaw. Jane Basch Designs Diamond Nameplate Necklace $73.98 If anyone wants to get me this I won’t object. I’m kidding but please look at the name they have on the stock image. Love.
#1 You can NEVER go wrong with leather. #2 I love BLANKNYC. These faux leather pants are adorable and I’ve been scouring to find them in my size.
These Honeydew Intimates pj sets are so cute! I love the donut one so much and they are so soft. On sale for $32.40
Now that I have made all your boyfriends and hubbies hate me, let me redeem myself by offering a few gift options for the men.
I love these Sperry boat shoes. The color is so different and unoriginal. My husband doesn’t wear boat shoes but if he did, I would make him wear these.
These leather gloves are so hot to me. So stylish yet manly and rugged at the same time. Yum.
I bought these exact same boots for my husband before they went on sale and thought they were steal then at $100. He needed a pair of trendy boots to wear every day so he didn’t ruin his expensive shoes. They look so stylish. He loves them. the only thing is they rub his ankles raw so make sure to get the guards that go on the back of shoe.
I don’t know about you all but my man can not remember for the life of himself to take off his shoes off, even when I nag him every day about it. He definitely needs a good pair of slippers he can walk outside to take the dog etc., without walking all over the dirty floors in Nashville and bringing that gunk back in our house. These slippers have “faux shearling lines a cozy suede slipper grounded by a durable rubber sole for both in- and outdoor wear.” Per reviews, it says to order a size up.
I am a fan of dress shoes and my husband is quite the dress shoe snob but I really think he would love these oxfords. The colors are snazzy and I love the detailed tip.
Well like I said…I LOVE LEATHER. Unfortunately Matt doesn’t wear it so humor me if your guy does and get this jacket. Matt if you read this pleases wear this jacket! Meow. So hot.
Tomorrow morning look back at the site for the children and home version of my favorites from their sale. The sales lasts through 2/21/16. I hope you guys find great deals and like the suggestions I gave you. Have a great weekend.