Chicken BLT + A Sheet Pan Dinner

When looking for dinner ideas, mostly on Pinterest ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ, I find myself always including the words quick or easy. Usually a few sheet pan dinners pop up in the search results and that got me thinking – why not experiment withย  them? I have one sheet pan dinner that I’ve posted in the Momchella Facebook community before – Sausage, Peppers and Gnocchi – which has had a great response! So why not try more out?! What if sheet pan dinners are a delicious and healthy way to all the weeknight dinner woes?!

So we kicked this experiment off with Chicken BLT + A! I love it because you can make a lot if you are cooking for a crowd or simply want leftovers. Plus it is so versatile. Here is what you need:

Chicken BLT + A Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts – I used 2 but you could totally do more!
  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Buns for sandwiches (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • Create a foil divider to split the sheet pan in half (see picture – make sure the foil has raised edges…keeps the bacon grease contained!)
  • Cut 1/2 pound of bacon in half and place strips inside foil
  • Put chicken breasts on the other side of the pan and drizzle with olive oil and then lightly season with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and basil.
  • Pop the sheet pan in the oven for 25 min (optional: turn bacon halfway through cooking!)
  • While it is in the oven, chop up lettuce, tomatoes and avocado!
  • Slice chicken when it is done cooking and transfer bacon to a paper towel to drain the grease off.
  • Serve as a salad, sandwich or a wrap!

 

Loved this dinner because everyone ate without complaining ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ! Plus the super easy prep, cooking and cleanup was amazing! I can’t wait to try more sheet pan dinners out!

 

XO – Meganย 

 

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Blue Dimple Designs

You all know that mama loves to SHOP ๐Ÿ›! I can’t help it. I just have to do it. I have to. I especially love shopping from mommy-preneurs – a mommy who has their own business about something they are passionate about. I find these women SO inspiring! I was lucky enough to have met the creator behind Blue Dimple Designs, Jenna Congdon-Martin, and immediately was in awe of her story and her amazing product.

Jenna said bye-bye to her 12-year career at Costco to be a stay-at-home mom to her four kiddos! She even named Blue Dimple Design after them, because all four have blue eyes and dimples ๐Ÿ˜. Jenna, on top of raising her tribe, now makes these unbelievably awesome earrings. She uses genuine leather, faux leather and glitter canvas to make them. Her creativity with patterns, different shapes and textures with her earrings is fantastic! They range in price from $6-$18 (that’s right NOTHING isย even $20! ๐Ÿ™Œ)ย and she uses nickel-free wires – again with the ๐Ÿ™Œ emoji! You remember how I was allergic to my wedding ring because of nickel? Haha, well these earrings are 100% safe ๐Ÿ˜‚!

OH! And she ALWAYS offers free-shipping. That’s right mamas – FREEEEEEEE SHIPPING! This is super exciting because I’m totally the type of person that will put $106.52 in their online cart but refuse to pay the $5 in shipping ๐Ÿคฃ!

Here is my personal collection of Blue Dimple Design earrings so far:

The black are 2.5 inch with an amazing embossed pattern on them!

The camo print were a super sweet birthday gift from my friends – this is how I became hooked on these earrings!

The third pair pictured are also 2.5 inches and are a cork-looking material with beautiful speckles of gold that shine through!

The last pair are definitely going to be worn a lot this winter – double layer buffalo plaid! I love the leaf shape on these!

I can’t wait to keep adding to my collection because they are so easy to wear! Jenna gave us a sneak peak of patterns she has coming in for the holidays! Take look at this gorgeousness:

leather samples

EEEEK!! I can’t wait to see what she is going to do with these patterns! You guys definitely are not going to want to miss out on any Blue Dimple Design earrings so you need to find her Facebook page RIGHT NOW and follow it! Search Blue Dimple Designs on your Facebook search bar or click this link:ย Blue Dimple Designs Facebook Page

You will be able to buy directly through the Facebook page and Jenna is going to open an Etsy store soon so be sure to look for that! Here are some more pictures of what Blue Dimple Design offers. They are all incredible!

And this is just a SAMPLE of what she has to offer – there are seriously so many options so get on Blue Dimple Designs Facebook page to check it all out! I could have posted EVERY picture because I love them all but I decided to do a few of my favorites – meaning these will be in my collection very soon ๐Ÿ˜‚! Like I said, mama loves to shoppppp!

 

XO – Megan

 

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ForEVER ๐Ÿ‘„

Before I begin….kind of LOLing at that red lip emoji I used in the title ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. It will make more sense when you read this, haha!

I was recently asked by my friend Jenn*, who has an awesome EVER Skincare business, to take what she coined, “The Forever Challenge”. EVER recently launched a longwear liquid lip color collection. Full coverage, matte finish but none of the nasty chemicals you find in some products because all of EVER’s products are clean. (You can check out everything EVER has to offer here:ย EVER with Jenn Mosier

So the challenge was to wear one of the Forever colors all day. Simple and easy. Put it on in the morning when I get ready, take pics at different parts of the day, but don’t reapply because we want to see how long this lip color truly lasts! The colors are: Glam, Crush, Flirt, Party (Limited Edition), and Swipe. I chose to wear Flirt, which is the color in the center of the picture.ย images

 

I put the color on around 9:30 AM after I got back from dropping my oldest off at preschool – let’s be honest I didn’t get ready BEFORE drop off ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™ƒ! Here is what Flirt looked like right after I applied it.ย 930 AM

I loved the subtle brightness to the color. I also loved how easy application was. Are you ready? Prepare yourself….you just swipe it on. That’s right ladies – you just glide it right on your lips like lip gloss! It feels moisturizing and has zero stickiness! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ŒAbout 4.5 seconds after this picture I took a sip of my chai tea latte (grande, non-fat, extra hot chai tea latte if we are being specific ๐Ÿ˜œ.) Here was my coffee cup after:

Coffee

Hardly anything came off! I was super excited. So I continued on with my day – honestly forgetting I even had anything on because it felt that natural on my lips. I took pics again at 12 (after I had lunch and had tons of water – you guys know I’m like part camel or something ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง), 3 PM, 6 PM (after I had dinner and…more water!), and 9 PM after I had taken all my other makeup off and just had Flirt left on! Here were the results:

12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM

I mean that lip color LASTED. It even made it through a smack-you-in-the-face-while-nursing session with B-boy – his hand circled in red for dramatic effect.ย Brody's Hand

I loved that I didn’t have to reapply. I loved that my lips felt moisturized. I loved the color. I loved the fact that there was no weird smell or taste. I. LOVED. THIS. PRODUCT. And you guys know I’m honest – read through my blogs, if I don’t like something I say so ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. Even taking the remainder of Forever off was easy – just a little splash of EVER’s new beauty water on a cotton square and I was good to go!ย Beauty Water

If you are looking for a trustworthy, clean product then this is it! Forever retails for $29 but if you join the easy subscribe-to-save program it is $26.10! Here is the link again to check out all things EVERย EVER with Jenn Mosier. I can’t wait to try the other colors – let me know in the comments which one is your fave!

And if you are interested in knowing more about EVER contact Jenn through that link above! She is super knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have. And for you Cincinnati locals, EVER is hosting an event near Xavier University on Saturday October 13th! You can go explore ALL the products, test them out and hear what EVER can bring to your life! Plus, you can go hang with Jenn – she’s the best! Here is the link to tickets and other information about the awesome event:ย EVER Event Info & Tickets.

Thanks for reading and I hope you love Forever as much as I did! Plus…those red emoji lips at the top make more sense now right?! ๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„

 

 

XO – Megan

 

*Jenn, by the way, is a complete ROCKSTAR. Seriously. She’s a full time stay-at-home-mom to 4 amazing kids. Two of her kiddos have Type 1 Diabetes and she is not just their caretaker but their advocate – and a GOOD one at that. Plus, she is killing it with her side gig with EVER Skincare! Hands down one of the best people you will ever meet!

Pampers. All day. Every day.

There are many overwhelming things when it comes to being a parent. It starts even before those precious little nuggets are here!๐Ÿ‘ถ Did I have enough pre-natal care? Do I have the right birth plan figured out? Am I going to breastfeed or bottle-feed? Will I swaddle my baby? Co-sleep? Stay-at-home or go to work? AH!!!!! Seriously you can drive yourself NUTSO with the questions. ๐Ÿ˜– Yes, I said nutso. Yes, it is a word….at least to me. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

So it should come as no surprise that there are also choices upon choices piled on top with questions when it comes to diapers. When we had our first son I knew that the disposable diapers were going to be the ones for us (if you use cloth diapers, you go girl! You do you when it comes to being a mama!). The hospital used Pampers Swaddlers on our baby and that is what we started buying from the get-go. I liked the comfort of having the blue line to let me know when the diaper was wet when our son was brand new. It helped give me peace of mind knowing he was getting enough milk! I kept my oldest in Pampers Swaddlers all the way through until he was out of diapers!

We continued with Pampers Swaddlers when our second baby boy came along! Loyal customer, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ When our second son was 3 or 4 months old I started hearing about a Pampers Pure line. It promised to offer the same protection as the Pampers Swaddlers (because seriously those bad boys do NOT leak!) but they would be free of any chlorine bleach, fragrances, parabens and latex. As a parent you want what is best for your baby and these were claiming to be THE BEST, and clinically proven to be better for your baby’s sensitive skin.

I was always curious about these diapers and finally, at a year and some change old ๐Ÿ™ƒ, I got to try them out on B-Boy! I decided to do a little experiment between my trusty Pampers Swaddlers and the new Pampers Pure line. So for 3 days I kept B-Boy in the Pampers Swaddlers and it was business as usual…haha. He SOAKS diapers up but we rarely, if ever, have had any leaky diapers with the Swaddlers ๐Ÿ˜œ. I was excited to try to Pampers Pure out and was happy to discover the same fit as the Swaddlers. The biggest difference was the super cute all over print that the Pure collection has! It seems similar to what the brand Honest does on their diapers! But I have to say…about 20 minutes into the first Pampers Pure diaper I smelled pee. At first I couldn’t figure out where it was coming fromย because my first son is super Type-A and has never had an accident ๐Ÿ˜‚. I could not figure out where the smell was coming from, but it was for sure PEE.

Then I realized..it was B-Boy! Haha the diaper did not leak but the lack of fragrance (because the Swaddlers do have a nice fresh scent to them) did not disguise the smell of pee AT ALL. So I changed him much sooner than I normally would have because, I mean, he was stinky! And it was the same thing with the next diaper. Maybe it is something that you have to get used to when you make the choice to go the all natural route when it comes to diapers but I just don’t think it could work for me. I found myself doing more frequent diaper changes (like I said, B-Boy soaks up a diaper ๐Ÿคฃ). But I couldn’t justify spending more on a pack of diapers and going through them faster.

Here is the price comparison at Target. I could’ve looked at other stores too but let’s face it…Iย usually end up at Target for diapers (and other things that fall into my cart) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†!

For a jumbo pack of the Pampers Swaddlers (in a size 4 like B-Boy)ย  it is $8.99 for 22 diapers.ย Swaddler

 

For a jumbo pack of the Pampers Pure (also a size 4) it is $11.99 for 23 diapers.

Pure

I totally get the appeal of wanting the most natural, chemical free product for your baby. I really do. But I also don’t want him to smell like pee ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. I couldn’t bring myself to spend more on diapers, because let’s face it they are expensive enough right?!, that I was going to go through faster and that I wasn’t thrilled with. For me, what is best for your baby is sometimes what works best for you and your family. And for us, that is sticking with the Pampers Swaddlers!

 

XOXO – Meganย 

 

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V8+ENERGY

Do any of you mamas (or anyone trying to adult ๐Ÿ˜‚) remember what sleep is? Not just the few hours here and there – I’m talking the worry-free, full-night, uninterrupted kind of sleep! ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด Anyone? Anyone know what I am talking about??

Bueller

No? Ugh, me either. This mama needs a little boost in the mornings (and sometimes mid-morning, afternoons, early evening ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†!) And honestly, sometimes making a pot of coffee in the morning just doesn’t have a spot on my to-do list! I need an instant jolt of energy, something to get me going with my day so I’m not a TOTAL mombie in the preschool parking lot ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธย  <— does this emoji look like a girl zombie? It looks weird on my computer but I’m just going to roll with it.)

And that is why I have been loving V8+ENERGY Drinks! 1 can has 80 mg of caffeine, which is comparable to an 8 oz. cup of brewed coffee. V8+ENERGY uses green tea as the caffeine source so the energy you get from these is lasting! Each can is 1 full serving of fruit & veggies and there are no added sugars.

V8ENERGY

They have a wide variety of flavors as well as diet and sparkling versions of the energy drink. You can view the whole selection here:ย V8+ENERGY

I was lucky enough to test 4: Peach Mango, Orange Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, and Tropical Green.

Peach Mango:ย So this one I knew I loved because I have been drinking it for a while! Haha it has a subtle and sweet flavor. I pop the multi-pack in the fridge while unpacking the groceries so I can enjoy them all week long. *Which reminds me to tell you guys that I definitely recommend drinking these cold or over ice!* This is the flavor that I have always purchased. I’m the type of shopper that finds something I like and I never change it. Haha, some people call that being loyal while some people call it picky. WHATEVER! I like what I like ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ! So I highly recommend this flavor!ย 

Tropical Green:ย To be honest, this was the flavor I was least excited to try…I am like a child when it comes to trying new things (even though I’m constantly encouraging my boys to try new things, so maybe I should take my own advice?!)! I have this weird idea in my head that anything green is going to taste like grass ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ In the words of Chrissy Teigen, “goodbye new followers!” But seriously it’s like this mind over matter thing I’ve got to figure out. But you’ll be happy to know this flavor was DELISH! Absolutely will buy it at the store next time to mix up with my Peach Mango! Super yummy. I actually ended up finishing this can after I taste tested them!ย 

Pomegranate Blueberry:ย We got through blueberries in our house like you would not believe. Like the giant container at Costco is gone halfway through the week! So I 100% thought thisย flavor was going to be my JAM. But I gotta be honest, the flavor was TART and STRONG. Definitely a BOLD flavor. I did a LIVE video tasting these in my Facebook community (Momchella: A Mommy Lifestyle Blog —> come join us there!) and my eyes started watering a little from how tart the flavor was! Haha, it’s not that it tasted bad I just wasn’t prepared for how strong of flavor this would be and I’m not sure I could regularly drink this flavor.ย 

Orange Pineapple:ย This flavor was good! Definitely more my style. Had a similar subtle flavor to the Peach Mango and Tropical Green, which is what I like. I have to say if Kroger was ever out of the Peach Mango I would probably pick this one up in its place!ย 

Overall, I love these V8+ENERGY drinks. They are a quick grab & go energy source that busyย mamas will appreciate! Be sure to pick up your multi-pack at Kroger this week! They are on sale there! A 6 pack is usually $4.99 but right now they are $3.99!

 

 

XO – Meganย 

^ please read the XO in the Gossip Girl voice!