My quick and easy Breakfast Smoothie

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My default in the morning is a bowl of multigrain cheerios. And while that certainly isn’t the worst possible thing to eat for breakfast, it basically has no nutritional value.

On days that I choose to make a smoothie for breakfast, I’m always happier and fuller for much longer! All I need is to take a bit more time to prepare and make sure I have all the ingredients to set me up for success every morning! And on days that I have a tough work out, I’ll make some egg whites to go with a smoothie and I’m full until lunch!

Justin and I took the plunge into the world of a Vitamix and it’s been a great investment so far. The kids love smoothies, and that’s such an easy way for me to sneak vegetables into their diets! So, I throw all the ingredients listed below into the vitamix and blend until smooth!

Quick and Easy Breakfast Smoothie

1 banana

6-7 strawberries

10-12 blueberries

10 rasperries

1 tsp chia seeds

2 cups fresh spinach

1 cup almond milk

Do you have a favorite breakfast smoothie recipe? I’d love to hear some other recipes in the comments!

The smoothie cups are actually coffee cups that I found on sale from Target!

Check out some more of my favorite recipes here and here!

Winter to Spring: Transitional Bags

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I think one of the things I love the most about a primarily neutral wardrobe is the ability to mix and match nearly everything.

I love carrying a neutral bag as well, so I don’t have to change it out depending on what I’m wearing that day. My preferences have certainly leaned more toward function versus style over the years, and these 3 are my favorites for this time of year.

Normally I only have 1 bag that I carry for several months, but with the combination of Christmas and a crazy, crazy sale at the Fossil outlet, I now have 3.

This is what I’m carrying at the moment. It was a gift from my sister + brother for Christmas. It’s the Transport Crossbody by Madewell. I’m usually a grey bag kind of gal, but I love the warm cognac of this bag!

It’s small enough to not be too bulky, but still holds all my stuff. If you are considering it for yourself, don’t be confused by the Transport Satchel, which is much larger (think of it as a tote) than the cross body.

The bag below was a serious steal from the Fossil outlet in December. I think it was 70% off, and it was already marked down. The total was in the $30 range if I remember correctly! I couldn’t pass it up!

This is an older bag from Fossil that I love so much. It really can work year round, and it’s a bit bigger than the two I mentioned above. It has all the zip pouches I need, and flips open for easy access!

Below are some similar bags that can work right now and bring you right into spring!

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven

While you’re shopping, check out this workout gear I’m loving for the new year!

Florence’s Coffee Cake

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I was so picky as a child. Now that I’m an adult I’m realizing all the delicious food I missed out on because I was too scared to try something new.

Caesar salad, Bruscetta, Caprese salad, coffee cake.

Yes, even something with the word cake in it caused trepidation. Perhaps it was the word coffee. Either way, when I finally tried it I was pleasantly surprised and became an immediate fan.

It’s hard not to.

My grandma Florence often had this coffee cake sitting on her round kitchen table when my family would go to visit. My parents would sit with Florence and Arnie drinking black coffee and having a bite of coffee cake, while my siblings and I would play with these antique metal cars in the other room. I can still vividly picture the stairway leading up to their apartment, even though it’s been years and years since we’ve been there.

All of my grandparents have passed, and oh I wish they could have met David and Luke. I’m glad, though, that I can carry some of their food traditions on for my kids!

My grandma liked to bake. My dad told me she would randomly bake pie’s during the week for no reason other than to have pie. That’s my kind of lady.

And her coffee cake is simple and delicious. It’s perfect for a baby shower, a coffee date with some girlfriends, or just a random morning in the week!

Florence’s Coffee Cake

This recipe is for two 8 inch coffee cakes. If you only want to make one, halve the recipe.

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Combine the first 5 ingredients until well mixed, then add all the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Pour into two 8 inch cake pans that have been sprayed with Pam.

BEFORE BAKING, make the streusel and sprinkle on top of the batter. Choose one of the following!

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel: 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped nuts; mix together and sprinkle on top of batter

Streusel Topping: 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar; mix together and sprinkle on top of batter.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

The plate, bowl, and tumbler were a gift from Honeycomb Studio. I’ve been following the brand on Instagram for a long time, and was very grateful to be gifted a set of dishes from their new tableware collection! Also how beautiful are these bud vases?

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