Our Brooklyn Apartment

As I mentioned in this post, self-care comes in many different forms. It may be a spa day or a run through the park, or it could be maintaining an organized and clean living space. The latter of which is definitely true for Tim and me. Having lived in New York for over 10 years now (crazy, I know), we've become accustomed to small(er) dwellings. We have learned the value of less is more and know the importance of staying decluttered. It makes such a big difference coming home to and living in an organized space, especially given that our one bedroom apartment is only 750 sq ft. We've lived in 4 different apartments throughout our time here, with our current place feeling the most like 'home'. When we first moved in together our ...

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Pregnancy Diet

26 week bumpDisclaimer: While this worked for me, I'm not a certified nutritionist, so would always encourage you to talk to your doctor or seek a professional opinion if you're looking for more in-depth advice. Over the past few years, I’ve become much more conscious about eating real, whole foods; so when I began my research on preparing for pregnancy and a well-balanced, healthy diet kept popping up, I already felt somewhat prepared. I still listened to podcasts and read more on what exact nutrients I needed to ensure I was incorporating them into my day to day regimen, because diet is SO critical to fetal development. I focused on including good fats, lean proteins, and carbohydrates low on the glycemic index, along with foods ...

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

Every year since Summit was a pup, we make homemade dog treats at the Holidays to give to his park friends. Just a little something to say ‘thank you’ for all the chasing, wrestling, and frisbee sharing over the past year. Since I know some dogs experience food allergies, I always try to make these treats as simple as possible, using ingredients that aren’t generally common in triggering sensitivities.  For this recipe, I also incorporated oats into the mix, to add a layer of additional fiber and promote that good gut health. While I haven’t decided on the final recipe to give out this year, I have been busy experimenting and Summit’s been hard at work taste testing.  You can whip these up in less ...

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Etsy Gift Guide

This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here.Burlap Stockings by Etsy Seller TwentyEight12 Whenever I tell people I work for Etsy, they always love to tell me their Etsy story. Whether they found the perfect gift, item of decor or experienced a helpful seller, these stories are just one of the reasons why I love working for a company that supports real, independent artists. Since Etsy is the place to find one of a kind items, it’s easy to get lost perusing the site. To help save you some time this Holiday season, I’m breaking down my top gift picks. Gifts for Her Swinging Hoop Earrings by Etsy Seller GemBlue Chunky Knit Blanket ...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal

This is dessert for breakfast and I'm 100% on board. Mixing cacao powder with milk, makes this oatmeal decadently delicious, adding all the chocolately flavor you could want, but with more nutrients and less calories than chocolate chips. Cacao powder, if you're not familiar, is made by cold pressing cocoa beans and is extremely high in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and calcium (heating the beans and processing gives you cocoa powder). Pure cacao powder, similar to dark chocolate has more of a bitter profile and promotes good heart health. If you haven't been adding cacao powder to your oatmeal, smoothies or yogurt, you should definitely give it a try. To elevate this dish, I decided to also add in some sautéed banana, but this ...

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Refined Sugar Free Apple Crisp

These past few weeks have been quiet in the Reynolds household as we gear up for the Holiday's ahead and as temperatures drop, I am all about staying in, cozying up and hibernating. This past weekend as it hit a low of 35° in Brooklyn, Tim and I did just that. I recipe tested, we cleaned the apartment, snuggled with Summit and caught up on the newest season of Jack Ryan (love me some John Krasinski). One of the recipes I've been dying to test is this gluten free, refined sugar free apple crisp. Apple crisps are hands down one of my favorite desserts, so coming up with a 'cleaner' version has been on my list for some time. I first tested the topping for this to add to Simple Mill's Pumpkin Bread mix, in this Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb ...

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