taste of whole foods market

Every Saturday in May, Whole Foods Market is hosting “Taste of Whole Foods Market“. You are invited to taste & enjoy this free sampling event. Live cooking demonstrations will feature the Whole Foods Market private label brands, unique products for foodies, products from local suppliers, and take-and-go products that are made fresh in the Whole Foods kitchens.

I attended the May 7 event and had so much fun sampling food and sipping wine with my mom. The menu changes every week so you can attend any or all of the sampling events and always have something new to try.

We tasted caviar, guacamole, arugula salad, brie with sour cherries, prosecco, and rose’. I got new ideas for the kitchen and picked up recipe cards to use in the future. I never pass up dinner inspiration.

Tomorrow (May 14) is the next event. Don’t miss out on a fun, free way to sample and sip your way through Whole Foods. Other dates: May 21, May 28

Every Whole Foods Market location in Northern Virginia will be hosting a free in-store sampling event from 12-4pm. Share what you tasted or cooked at home with the products you discovered. Snap a photo, share it using the hashtag #TasteofWFM and tag your local store. Whole Foods will repost their favorites.

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the story of motherhood

Today was a hard day. Coco was up 3 times in the middle of the night. Mr. President woke up with a 103 fever. I’m absolutely exhausted. My husband is out of town until Wednesday. I stubbed (broke?) my toe on Abe’s poorly placed stool and two minutes later, I stubbed the other toe on the coffee table. It’s pouring down rain. I haven’t worked out in 5 days. My kids won’t stop crying. And I really want a margarita.

But despite all of the chaos, the exhaustion, and the frustration of today, I get to spend my days with these two. My greatest accomplishments. My miracles.

I’ve cried more times today than I have in six months but it’s because I don’t want these days to end. I don’t want to stop having babies, I want them to be this cute and this small forever. Maybe it’s because Coco is almost ONE or maybe it’s because I truly am exhausted or maybe both.

That’s motherhood. All of the love, and chaos, and exhaustion, the exciting times, the frustrating times, the crying and the laughing, the fevers and sleepless nights, the snuggles and hugs and kisses, the messes, the memories. I want to remember it all and I never want it to end.

To my babies, I love you forever. To the moon and back. I hope you know that.

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coconut date bites

I love having healthy snacks around the house, especially since we’re always on-the-go and someone is always hungry. I’ve had dates just waiting for me for months and Orange Blossom honey from Waxing Kara that I’ve been dying to try. Combine those ingredients with a string of rainy days and something was bound to happen in the kitchen.

Toss everything in the Vitamix or food processor and these bites are ready in less than 20 minutes. Yum.

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Ingredients 
2 cups Pitted Dates
1 cup Nuts (I like walnuts or sliced almonds)
1/2 cup shredded coconut + more for dipping
2 tbsp honey (I used Orange Blossom honey from Waxing Kara)
2 tbsp vanilla

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor. Roll into small balls and dip in shredded coconut. Makes 30 balls.IMG_2341

Enjoy!

 

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DC Bike Ride + Special Offer

Have you heard about DC Bike Ride? A new event coming to DC in May?

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Washington DC is closing 17 miles (yes, 17) throughout the city. With DC as your backdrop, it’s not hard to be inspired. Cruise the city at your own pace . Bike by yourself, with your friends, or your family. Take in some of the most iconic sights in the world. Our hope is to bring people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love and call home.

After the 17 mile ride, end your epic journey at the DCBR Finish Festival near the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue (America’s Main Street). The Finish Festival will feature live music from DJ Questlove, from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and White Ford Bronco, DC’s premier all-90s cover band, as well as food trucks, including Jose Andres’ Pepe and the Dolci Gelati Truck.

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Date & Time: May 22, 2016; 8AM to 1PM
Course: 17 miles, closed road and traffic-free through DC and VA
Starting Line: 301 Penn Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. Bring or rent a bike and meet us in front of the Capitol.
Finish Line: After the ride, celebrate life on two wheels at the Finish Line Festival near the Capitol with food and family-friendly fun
Beneficiary: WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) and their efforts in bringing DC’s Vision Zero Campaign to life.

If you love riding in the springtime, taking in the sights and sounds of DC, and meeting great people passionate about biking, register here.

Use code MJONES for $10 off standard registration.

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sweet potato bruschetta

Spring means fresh herbs in my garden.  My favorite herb – and the one I cook with most – is basil.  I feel like you can do a lot with basil, but I’m still a sucker for bruschetta.  This sweet potato bruschetta is a healthy take on the traditional kind, made with grilled sourdough bread.  I swap bread for sweet potatoes; You still get the crunch and flavor but without all of the guilt!

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Ingredients
Olive oil spray
1 large sweet potato, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch thick ‘coins’ (unpeeled)
½ red onion, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ avocado, chopped
a few sprigs of fresh basil leaves
a drizzle of balsamic glaze

Directions
Preheat oven to 450F.  Spray a baking tray with oil and spray the potato coins with the oil, being sure to coat both sides.  Lay coins flat on the tray in a single layer and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.  Roast potato coins for 15 to 20 minutes; carefully flip coins over and roast for another 15 minutes.  Broil for 2 minutes.  In the meantime, combine onion, tomatoes and avocado in a bowl.  When the potatoes are done, remove from oven and place onto serving plates.  Top each coin with bruschetta salad mix and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, serve, and enjoy!

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Enjoy!

 

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diaper clutch // must haves

In order to keep my diaper bag clean & my life sane, I have a diaper clutch for each of my babes. Each diaper clutch is customized to each kid, with a few mom things thrown in for good measure.

Here’s what I’m crushing on at the moment, Baby Coco edition:

@loganandlenora wet/dry clutch is perfect for my mini and me, and holds everything we need
@honest diapers & wipes // I mean, look at the Paris inspired spring line. Love
@babiators pink polarized sunglasses 
@waxingkara sweet lips in crimson // inspired by bees, sweet lips is the perfect amount of color + moisture. I’m obsessed.
@cammi_and_co pink bow
@happyfamily organic teether snacks // we don’t leave home without them 
@angeldearinc owl lovey
@bareminerals moxie lip gloss

Use code RUN4MARGS15 for 15% off your order at Logan & Lenora.

What’s in your diaper clutch?

 

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chick-fil-a review // healthy options for mom & kids

I was invited by my local Chick-fil-A (CFA) to host a Mom’s brunch to test out two new products: Spicy Southwest Salad and Frosted Coffee. In addition, we were able to try the Superfood Side. CFA knows that one of their biggest customer bases are moms with young kids – and they’re doing everything they can to make the menu healthier. From Honest Kids apple juice to fruit salad to Superfood Side (made with kale), there are options that will appeal to even the healthiest (and pickiest) of eaters.

I never thought I’d order anything other than chicken nuggets from CFA, but the Spicy Southwest Salad might change my mind. I love the crisp romaine and baby greens (I’m a picky lettuce eater) and the Chile Lime Pepitas add an unexpected crunch. The portions are big and I was able to get two meals out of one salad. At 420 calories (not including dressing), the Spicy Southwest Salad is an excellent choice for those looking for a healthier option.

Ingredients: Slices of grilled spicy chicken breast, chilled and served on a fresh bed of chopped Romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots, grape tomatoes, a blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and a zesty combination of roasted corn and black beans. Made fresh daily. Served with Seasoned Tortilla Strips, Chile Lime Pepitas and Creamy Salsa Dressing (or guest’s choice of dressing). Chick-fil-A SaladCreated to replace the coleslaw side, the Superfood Side is a healthier alternative to its predecessor. Filled with broccolini and kale, and tossed in a sweet vinaigrette, the Superfood Side is both delicious and healthy. I love kale, but many of the moms in my group did not – until they tried the Superfood Side. At 140 calories, the Superfood Side is sure to change any kale-haters mind.

Ingredients: Chopped Broccolini® and kale blend, tossed in a sweet and tangy maple vinaigrette dressing and topped with flavorful dried sour cherries. Served with our roasted nut blend.

Last up — the Frosted Coffee. I love coffee and I love vanilla Icedream (if it werChick-fil-A Frosted Coffeee socially acceptable to eat icedream for lunch, I would). The Frosted Coffee is an amazing combination of two things every mom needs – coffee and ice cream. Not too much of either flavor, the Frosted Coffee is delicious and only 240 calories. Available for a limited time.

Ingredients: A delicious hand-spun treat that combines our custom blend of cold-brewed coffee with our famous vanilla Icedream®.

Menu items are available at all locations but subject to availability

A special thanks to the Chick-fil-A Seven Corners for hosting the Mom’s brunch and providing a wonderful meal to us and our kids. If you’re in the area, try new Mobile Ordering and Reserved Parking Spots (like a drive-thru but without the long lines) – order and pay online and when you arrive, a CFA employee will bring out your food.

6108 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
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valentine’s day favorites

This year I did all of my Valentine’s Day shopping at Whole Foods. And if you’re busy like me, you can appreciate the one-stop-shop. I was able to pick up a few of my favorite things for my favorite people.

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Find the closest Whole Foods here.

What’s on your Valentine’s Day List?

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happy birthday, daddy

Happy Birthday to the rock of our family, the one we always lean on and the one we love to hug. I’m thankful for all you do but most importantly, I’m thankful I get to spend my life with you. Enjoy your special day – we love you!

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review // lily jade co

Do you remember that line from Mean Girls: “I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom“? Yea, in my head, that’s me. But in real life, I’m just a regular mom that happens to like cool things. Things that are practical but pretty. Things that make mom-life better (and easier). Things that double as other things.

That’s why I love Lily Jade Co diaper bags. This is a diaper bag disguised as a purse.

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I love my Marc Jacobs Eliz-a-Baby but with 2 kids in 2 years, I needed something that was both pretty and practical. I needed a diaper bag that was also a backpack that was also a cross body that was also a purse. And that’s when I stumbled upon Lily Jade.

Lily Jade bags are made from premium full grain leather (think soft but durable). Each bags comes with a removable inner bag, referred to as the “Baby Bag”. The “Baby Bag” is machine washable (gentle cycle) and contains pockets for both baby’s and mommy’s needs. The “Baby Bag” is designed to quickly snap out and be easily transferred to your pool, gym, travel bag, office bag, or another one of your totes – making it versatile and functional. Add a cross body strap (that also makes the bag a backpack), silver hardware, and a brandy/camel color that will make you swoon, and you’ve found a diaper bag that will last you well beyond the baby years.

Screen Captures7You can find me mostly wearing my bag as a backpack (I need both hands with 2 little ones). I love the size – not too big, not too small. Big enough to fit everything I need. Small enough to fit in the stroller basket. Light enough that I can wear my baby and my bag. Strong enough to withhold the rigors of motherhood. Stylish enough to use as a diaper bag and purse. Functional enough that it fits into motherhood.

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If you’re looking for a bag that doubles (or triples) as something else, Lily Jade Co has what you need. And if you’re like me, less is more, you’ll love this bag even more.

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The bags range in price and are comparable to other name brand bags. When you buy a Lily Jade, you’re getting a great bag for a great price. Head over now – most bags are on sale, including my beloved Madeline in Brandy!

What do you love most about your diaper bag?

 

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note: I was given a Lily Jade bag in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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