(Spicy) Fudge Brownies

Why on earth add spice to brownies? As I mentioned I've been craving brownies and chocolate like a feign lately. I've been guilty of eating half a pan and wondering where it went. Adding spice is a magical thing- it suppresses the appetite. A little spice in my chocolate helps me from over indulging. Spicy food can help us feel fuller longer AND rev up the metabolism! If adding a little spice can help me enjoy 1 or 2 brownies instead of 3 or 5 brownies then it's worth a try! So then the question became- why not add spice to my brownies? 

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Creamy tomato and basil soup

One of my favorite ways to spend 20 minutes on a Saturday morning is to cruise the book aisle of stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls or the Goodwill. I skim titles, read the back covers and weigh if the book will add to my collection or collect dust. Usually it's the latter so I rarely … Continue reading Creamy tomato and basil soup

Raspberry Lemon Rounds

When you have a hotboxkitchen the last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is turn on the oven. I try to avoid turning on the oven during the summer at all costs. However, there are a few occasions where I break that rule. These Raspberry Lemon Rounds are one of those … Continue reading Raspberry Lemon Rounds

21 Day ‘Fall’ into Health Challenge: Intermittent Fasting

This post is in regards to my 'Fall' into Health Challenge. Over the course of 21 days I will be blogging daily and practicing healthful habits to enrich my life. For information regarding the 21 day 'Fall' into Health Challenge, please read this.  In my previous post I mentioned that I would be intermittent fasting … Continue reading 21 Day ‘Fall’ into Health Challenge: Intermittent Fasting

21 Day ‘Fall’ Into Health Challenge

Mindful eating. Daily gratitude and movement. It's time to fall in to health! I'll be participating in a 21 Day health challenge and if you want to reset your health than I hope you follow along. It's going to be fun!

SAHM: it’s okay to not feel fulfilled

I always knew I would want to be at home with my kids for the first couple of years of their life. I also always knew I would eventually want to go back to work. My husband and I have brought two smart, quirky, demanding, fierce, beautiful, and very interesting girls into our world. My … Continue reading SAHM: it’s okay to not feel fulfilled

our top reasons for not sharing our kids photos or names online

A question I get asked quite often is why we don't share pictures of our girls online on any social media (with the exception being our private  snapchats). After our first was born, it was something I would get private messages about often and as she has grown, the question still arises, just less often. … Continue reading our top reasons for not sharing our kids photos or names online

protein hazelnut cinnamon coffee

Lately, my favorite drink in the late morning is this creamy chocolate and caramel protein coffee. Which is wild coming from me because anyone who knows me, knows I am NOT a coffee drinker. I like the taste of coffee as much as I like looking at slugs (not very much at all). However, I … Continue reading protein hazelnut cinnamon coffee

Failing in 2016 and looking forward in 2017

"New year new me." That's the common mantra every January 1st. We set these lofty resolutions (often without planning how we will make them a reality or how we will stick to them) and try to fix our entire life a the start of the year. I'm guilty of it as well. Remember when I … Continue reading Failing in 2016 and looking forward in 2017

The Christmas Story I’ll Always Carry With Me

Back in October, stores around the nation sneakily started displaying Christmas decor. By November, our ears bled with the sound of "Here comes Santa Claus" and now that it's December we all know what's right around the corner. My neighbors have a light show that includes a daily countdown down to the very last second … Continue reading The Christmas Story I’ll Always Carry With Me

December Intentions and Paleo-ish Noms

I'm less than 10 weeks until Lil' Kola makes its debute. 10 weeks! Of course that's only an estimate- really only this little spitfire knows the exact time it'll grace us with its presence. But either way, the end of pregnancy number 2  is drawing near. I'll be holding a new to the world baby … Continue reading December Intentions and Paleo-ish Noms

A Review of Meal Delivery Services

You know those ideas that are so good you wish you came up with them? Like Google, or toasted ravioli, or polarized sunglasses... all ideas I wish I had been apart of because they are brilliant. And now I have to add meal delivery services to that list. You can subscribe to monthly packages of … Continue reading A Review of Meal Delivery Services