Whole Foods Red Lentil Dal Soup (copycat recipe)

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Sharing my version of the amazing Whole Foods red lentil dal soup, which is one of my very favorites. It’s gluten-free, dairy free, and a plant-based source of protein and nutrients.

Hi friends! How’s the week going so far? I’m in full elf mode over here; baking cookies, wrapping gifts, and even though I feel like I was prepared, there are a lot of last-minute errands to run. To k(partially) preserve my sanity, I’m spending some time in the sauna blanket tonight and have a yoga class booked for tomorrow.

For now, how about a cozy bowl of soup?

I have a mental list of quick grab-and-go meals that I can swoop in a pinch, are healthy, and that I really enjoy. Thankfully, Tucson has a lot of amazing healthy restaurants (and we just got a True Food!!), which makes it pretty easy. If I find myself in a bind and hangry in between picking up kids and running errands, it’s nice to know I have some faves I can easily pick up.

Whole Foods Red Lentil Dal Soup (copycat recipe)

This is one of my favorite easy healthy pickup meal options. I’ve had this lentil soup so many times this fall season already, I knew I needed to try to recreate it at home. The result is a super hearty, flavorful soup, with lots of nutrients, and is great with a large salad for lunch. It also freezes beautifully.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


One yellow onion, diced

2 carrots, peeled and chopped


Winter Skincare Routine

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Sharing an my current winter skincare routine, from luxurious moisturizers to exfoliating masks, using safer products.

Hi friends! Happy Monday! How was the weekend? I hope you had a great one. We were in Phoenix with some friends, and did our annual stay at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess. We also saw Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker and it was LOVELY. I’ll definitely share some pics from the adventures in Friday Faves! I just added the winners to this year’s Favorite Things giveaway here.

For today’s post, I’m sharing my winter skincare routine!

The colder air outside (I live in Arizona after all!) and the dry indoor heat strip my skin of its natural moisture, leaving it prone to dryness during the winter months; so, altering my skincare routine this time of year is key to maintaining a healthy, happy complexion.

The first step is a gentle cleanser wash away makeup and impurities without over-drying. Next, I incorporate my beloved vitamin C serum that’s loaded with antioxidants and a hydrating moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help lock in moisture and repair the skin barrier.

Additionally, a weekly exfoliation with a mild scrub or chemical exfoliant can slough off dead skin cells, promoting a radiant glow. I rotate between my favorite masks, listed below.

Lastly, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, even on cloudy days, ensures protection from harmful UV rays. This is my go-to.

Here’s what my winter skincare routine looks like. It changes and evolves over time with new products I find or like, but these are a lot of my tried and true faves.

My Winter Skincare Routine

Cleanser & Serums

Friday Faves 12.15

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Hi friends! Happy Friday! How’s the week going? I hope you’ve had a wonderful one so far! We’re off on a little staycation – I’ll be posting the adventures over on IG stories- and am looking forward to lots of holly jolly fun. I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead!

I didn’t have time to run the random number generator before hitting the road, so you have a couple more days to enter the Favorite Things giveaway!! I’ll edit this post on Monday morning with the winners and will send them an email then, too. Hop in if you haven’t already entered. 

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Friday Faves 12.15

Fashion + beauty:

This sweater dress from the latest RTR Unlimted shipment. It might be a keeper since it fits well and is easy to dress up or down.

I’ve been on the hunt for a good eye primer that doesn’t irritate my eyes, and this has been the winner.

LOVE these sparkly heels for holiday dinners and parties.

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Peloton Workout Plan for Beginners and Bodyweight

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If you’re looking for a Peloton workout plan for beginners, I’ve got you. I’m sharing three sample workout plans you can follow using the Peloton app. Two Peloton Beginner workout plans + one is a bodyweight option if you don’t have the bike or weights at home. 

Hi friends! Happy Monday! How was the weekend? We had a great one. We met up with my dad and stepmom for dinner, Liv had a dress rehearsal for dance competitions, and we took Maisey on some extra adventures. She’s getting spayed this weekend and my heart can’t even handle it. If you have any recovery tips or anything I can do for her, please let me know! (The last time I dealt this this with Bella, I was in college. It feels like a lifetime ago, but I remember being so worried about her. I’m pretty sure I didn’t leave my tiny apartment for at least three days.)

For today’s post, I have some new sample Peloton workout plans! This Peloton Workout Plan post continues to be one of my top posts every single day, and I figured it was time to share some new options, especially since there are so many new classes on the app.

I wanted to focus on a few specific things for this post: a workout plan for bodyweight only (if you don’t have weights at home, but still want a balanced plan using the Peloton option) and two beginner workout plans (one using the bike, and one without the bike).

A friendly reminder here to always check with a doctor before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and modify as needed.

Peloton Workout Plan for Beginners and Bodyweight

Peloton Workout Plan for Beginners (no bike)

Sunday: 20-minute beginner yoga

Monday: 20-minute dance cardio for beginners

Tuesday: 20-minute beginner bodyweight strength

Wednesday: OFF (you can also do a 20-minute full body stretch)

Thursday: 30-minute full body strength for beginners

Friday: 20-minute power walk

Saturday: OFF (option: 20-minute restorative yoga)

Peloton Workout Plan for Beginn

2023 Holiday Gift Guide for tweens

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Sharing lots of ideas for the tween girls you’re shopping for this holiday season! I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments, too. 

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far! We have dinner with the fam and are looking forward to a little Phoenix staycation this weekend. For today’s post, I’m sharing what I think is my favorite gift guide of the year: for tweens! While I have to admit that I do miss the Magnatiles and Melissa and Doug days, it is pretty fun shopping for tweens… even though many of them seem to have better taste than I do. 😉 Shopping for Liv and her friends is so fun right now, and I thought I’d share some of the popular gift requests if you have a tween girl on your holiday list.

As always, if you have any ideas or if you’d share your tween’s gift requests in the comments, that would be amazing!

2023 Holiday Gift Guide for tweens

New Stanley cup

Hatch light. This made a huge difference in my stress levels, so I got one for Liv last year, too. She prefers to have bird sounds wake her up instead of me lol.

Silk pillowcase

Nike platform sneakers

Makeup eraser set

initial pendant necklace

Laneige mini set

Clean beauty set

Skincare headband

Mini skincare fridge 

Aviator Nation hoodie. These are an amazing special occasion gift! I got them for the girls this year for Christmas since they’re always trying to *borrow* mine.

A Kindle