Author: Sharon @ Mama Chit Chat

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites!

ONE

We started the week off with a potluck at the park. It was nice getting out and meeting new families.TWO

Jacob has been all over the place with sleep. One day he will sleep 3 hours and the next day refuse to nap. The other day I decided to just let him play in his room. 15 minutes later I walked to see him on the rug asleep. Oh toddlers!THREE

Sarah has become quite the accessorize queen. On this day she is wearing a unicorn headband, kitty knee high socks and a princess necklace. FOUR

Hubby worked late a couple times this week so it was just me and the kiddos. I needed a minute so I asked Sarah if she would read a bed time book for Jacob. I walked in and found them like this. Sweet loves!FIVE

I’m on week 3 of Whole 30 and have been loving all the new recipes. Here are a few things I made this week.Happy Friday, friends!

Chicken Fajita Bake

We were invited to a family potluck last week, but since I’m doing Whole 30 it makes eating out a bit tricky. I knew I had to have at least one thing that I (and my family) could eat, so I did a quick Pinterest search. I found a yummy dish that no one would even question. Since I tweaked it a bit I thought I would share my recipe. Ingredients

Skinless, boneless chicken cut into strips

Frozen bag of TJ’s fire roasted bell pepper and onionsCilantro (I happen to have fresh on hand)

1/2 tbsp cumin, 1/2 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepperInstructions

Mix veggies, chicken, and spices.Drizzle 2 tbsp oil. Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes. Top with lime juice. Enjoy!

Chicken Fajita Bake
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Ingredients
  1. Skinless, boneless chicken cut into strips
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro
  3. 1/2 tbsp cumin
  4. 1/2 tbsp paprika
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tbsp lime juice
  7. 1 tsp onion powder
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 tsp pepper
  10. Frozen bag of TJ’s fire roasted bell pepper and onions
Instructions
  1. Mix veggies, chicken, and spices.
  2. Drizzle 2 tbsp oil.
  3. Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the juice from half of a lime or 1 tbsp lime juice over the top.
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Whole 30 – Week 2

Week 2 is done and I’m feeling great! My kitchen, dishwasher and hands are all tired from all the homemade sauces and food, but my tummy is happy. Which is why I started this journey anyway (see more here).

Here are some of my favorite recipes from Week 2.

Spinach, mushroom and tomato frittata Combine 6 eggs, veggies of your choice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour into greased pan at 400 for 25 minutes.

Sweet Potato Zoodle Scramble Spiral sweet potato and egg in a pan until cooked.

Crispy baked chicken with roasted cauliflower ricehttps://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2016/01/21/paleo-whole30-chicken-tenders/

Homemade Ranch https://www.whole-sisters.com/dump-ranch/

No fuss salmon cakes with avocado salsa and roasted butternut squash zoodles.(pg 346)

Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers, Oven Fries and Roasted Mushroomshttp://unboundwellness.com/sweet-potato-chicken-poppers-paleo-aip-whole-30/

Chimichurri Burgers with Roasted Garlic Green Beans (pg 306)

Baked Chicken Fajita

I brought this dish to a potluck tonight. It was easy to make and everyone seemed to like it.http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/baked-chicken-fajitas-190951#activity-feed

See you next week for week 3.

Week 1 recipes

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites!

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Jacob and I ditched school yesterday to meet up with my cousin who is in town from Florida. We spent the day in LA, eating cupcakes, and going out to lunch. Spending time with him is my FAVORITE.TWO

We spent the afternoon a friends house baking cupcakes. Watching these kids giggle was my FAVORITE.THREE

I saw this on Facebook the other day and laughed. Putting gas in my car is NOT my FAVORITE. I’m definitely the one on the right. FOUR

I love cooking for my family, but I don’t love how much time some dishes take. Thanks to my Whole 30 plan my kitchen is being worked overtime. Luckily I found some new shortcuts to make dinner easier. Definitely a new FAVORITE!

FIVE

My friend recently gave birth to a super cute baby boy. So I brought my FAVORITE breakfast over to her house and met the baby. SIX

The other day we were going out to dinner when Sarah noticed we were all wearing vests. So we got hubby to grab a picture and made a mental note that we need to get hubby one too. Twining with my kiddos is my FAVORITE.SEVEN

Weekly Facetime with my nieces and nephews is my FAVORITE. I so wish they lived closer. :(Happy Friday, friends!

How We {January}

I’m linking up with Mix and Match Mama and A Little Bit of Everything for their monthly series called, How We… This month we are talking about goals and resolutions.

I’m not the kind of girl that makes New Year resolutions, instead I make monthly goals. I have a never ending to do list on my fridge, in my phone and in my planner.

I also have daily goals that I try to meet.

I also have other goals like a summer bucket list and a fall bucket list.Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2015

Fall Bucket List 2017

How do you stay organized through out the year? Please share below.

Cal Water H2O Challenge {2017}

A couple years ago I made the trip with my mom and aunt to see the Hoover Dam.  It’s always been soemthing I really wanted to do, a Bucket List item as they say. Thankful I was able to take this little girls trip with my family.  It was beautiful and massive!

Yet I couldn’t stop staring at the noticeable water line. It was well below normal. It was frightening!!!Living in California we are always reminded that there is a drought.

At home we do our best to be water conscious.

We turn off the faucet while brushing our teeth, we have our shower heads set to low, and use reusable water bottles.

Join the Cal Water H2O Challenge and learn how to teach your kids about water conservation.

It’s crucial that all Californians, young and old, conserve water in order
to secure a reliable water supply for present and future generations. Cal Water H2O Challenge is a free program teaching kids how to care for water. This timely initiative consists of two separate competitions: the Classroom Challenge and the Individual Challenge.

Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6, designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Individual Challenge is a media competition in which individual students submit original art, photography, or videos focused on caring for water. Open to individual students in grades 4-12 living in a Cal Water service area, students compete in one of three tiers based on grade level.

About Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge:

The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.

A handbook can be found at challenge.calwater.com/resources, including a guide for the ow of the project, and sample lesson plans.

Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute the final submission. Sample Portfolios can be found in the resource section.

Early Registration closes Dec. 31, 2017. Final Registration closes Jan 31, 2018. Submissions are due February 28, 2018.

Curriculum Alignment: Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating these guidelines.

Project-Based Learning: Developed with the help of the WestEd / K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards.

Objective Rubric: Judging of the competition will be conducted by a panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field. It will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term bene ts, integration with student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.

Winners of the Cal Water H2O Classroom Challenge will receive amazing prizes! See below.

Grand Prize

Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant

Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place

Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place

Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place

Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes

Student Recognition: An official certificate of participation for every student.
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card.

Learn more online

Learn more about the challenge, access the resource center, and read the FAQ section at https://challenge.calwater.com/.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Moms Meet provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Whole 30 – Week 1

I love food. Cooking food, trying new food and talking about food. However almost always I have an ache afterwards.

I’ve tried different medications, had a endoscopy, taken allergy tests and more. Ultimately I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Basically a bunch of nonsense.

After a dinner last year I decided I was done being in pain. I Googled a few things and came across Whole 30.

What is Whole 30 you ask? Whole 30 is not a diet. It centers on eliminating certain food groups such as sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes for about a month to improve health. Processed foods and alcohol are out; but, you can eat meat, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, oils and healthy fats, like avocado.

The first time I did Whole 30 I successfully did 30 days, but with a few modifications. It wasn’t easy! I didn’t tell my family I was doing it. I didn’t want to spook them or think I was doing a diet. I wanted to see if removing certain food from my diet would help me feel better. And it did!! I started feeling better after 5 days. I wasn’t bloated, in pain or ill. To think some of my favorite foods was making me ill was just awful.

I was heartbroken. I love food!

I loved Whole 30 and even lost some weight, but then someone had a birthday, we made plans to check out a new restaurant in town, it was a holiday, etc. You get the point. Something was always in my way.

Then my sister’s bachelorette weekend in Mexico was coming up and I remembered how I felt (and looked) so I did it again. This time I only lasted the two weeks up to her bachelorette. Hello vacation food and cocktails!

After a painful episode last December I deiced on the first day of the year I was going to commit to my health and do another round.

This time I talked it over with my family, read books (thanks Whit!), saved recipes, shopped for food, prepped and did my research.

The first week was hard! Like real hard. I so miss my morning (and sometimes afternoon) coffee with milk and brown sugar. But I decided to stick to the plan, so I haven’t been drinking coffee, because coffee with almond milk is just plain nasty.

After completing the hard week I thought it was best to remind my self of all the yummy recipes we tried and liked.

Here are some of my favorite recipes from Week 1.

Southern breakfast bowlhttp://thedoitallmama.com/2016/05/whole-30-southwestern-breakfast-bowl.html

Baked Salmon with cilantro sauce and cilantro lime cauliflower ricehttps://www.themediterraneandish.com/baked-salmon-recipe-garlic-cilantro-sauce/

Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thaihttps://littlebitsof.com/2017/06/sweet-potato-chicken-pad-thai/

Sloppy Joe Potato Bowlshttps://physicalkitchness.com/whole30-sloppy-joe-bowls/

Good food, that tastes good, that’s good for you. I love Whole 30! 

See you next week for week 2.

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