Blue Diamond Almonds Fast Food – Friday Facts

Switching up the routine Friday Facts this week and including one big great big FACT

Fact – Almonds Make a Great Fast Food!

I’ve loved almonds for as long as I can remember.  So when I heard about the chance to partner with Blue Diamonds as a Blue Diamonds Tastemaker I jumped right on it – a chance to taste hot new nut products and share with you, win for everyone!!

You can imagine our lives are a bit crazy right now with twins on the way (maybe here by the time this posts, you just never know ;) ) and moving all in the same month.  But one thing remains the same…I like to have great, fast, healthy food at our home for me and others!  So here are some fun facts for you on this Friday all with almonds.

Blue Diamond Almonds

Blue Diamond Almonds

Fact – Almonds are a great source of healthy fat and protein.

Growing two babies is hard work (and taking care of them will be too!!!) and I’ve become a big fan of light snacks throughout the day.  I just can’t fit a lot more food in this baby stuffed stomach.  So I grab a handful of Blue Diamond Almonds paired with a piece of fruit and call it a ‘meal.’  It is key for us all to get a good deal of healthy fat and protein throughout the day…most snacks fall short in providing this in a clean, healthy fashion – not almonds!  Try keeping a jar of almonds at your desk at work or home and when you get a tummy rumble try a handful to fuel yourself!

Fact – Almonds can be thrown together with other snacks for easy entertaining.

With babies on the way and moving boxes to be prepped, we’ve had a lot of people pop by our house and I know once the babies arrive even more folks will be visiting.  The last thing on my mind is making formal snacks and impressing folks in the kitchen.  But Blue Diamond Almonds can make for a great, entertaining ‘dish’ that I can literally throw together in seconds.  These new Blue Diamond Rosemary and Black Pepper almonds are AMAZING with cheese and crackers.  I paired them in a nice bowl with some bacon cheddar cheese and crackers – entertaining snack in no time!

Fast snack plate with almonds

Yummy snack plate for visitors who stop by!

Fact – Almonds help to make fast, healthy lunch items for Dan.

At some of his clients Daniel can pack and bring his lunch which i love :)  saves us money and I know he eats a bit healthier ;) those days since I’ll pack his lunch!  He loves a mid morning snack…sometimes a piece of fruit but lately I’ve thrown in some nuts and dried fruit together in a portion friendly bag (yep there is such thing as too much of a healthy snack!) and he is set.  I like knowing it takes no time to put together, he can do it too if I’m busy, and it is HEALTHY!

Apricots + Almonds

Perfect snack for Dan mid morning – Apricots + Almonds

What’s your favorite nut?  How do you like to eat almonds? 

 

Oh yes – and I have a winner from the Earth Fare Gift Card giveaway JR!  I will be emailing you and appreciate all of you for reading and entering!

 

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond.  I received nuts to review and share with you all.  All thoughts and opinions are my own as always!

Pregnant with Twins – 36 weeks

Howdy folks!  I am still here and still pregnant with twins at 36 weeks (and counting technically 36 weeks and 4 days today :) )so here is another weekly update.  Please make sure you are following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as I see the blog slowing down a bit closer and closer to ‘the day’ but I am sure we will be keeping you up to date through social media as we can. And know that if I just stop blogging I WILL BE BACK but it might mean baby time has come!

This past weekend we ventured out to the Indianapolis Museum of Art a GREAT place to visit whether you live here or are driving through Indiana.  It is FREE and offers indoor and outdoor walking and exhibits.  So this week’s picture comes from just inside the main doors inside of this hanging bamboo curtain exhibit…it is super cool (if you live close GO CHECK IT OUT!!!)!

36 weeks!

Pregnant with twins 36 weeks!

 

Best moment this week:  Great doctors’ appointment and hearing and seeing our little guys.  They are so squished in there it is a bit hard to make much out at this point.  But they are both measuring just at 6 lbs.  WOWZERS! no wonder I feel like a beached whale a majority of the day.

Movement:  Oh my, Baby B has moved.  He is still transverse (sideways) but totally the other direction from where he was last month in the ultra sound.  His head is now in my ribs (under my chest) on the right side, he was on the left side.  It is a bit painful at times with how high he is but I’m considering the fact I”m still walking at 36 weeks as a blessing any pain is just an annoyance.

Food Cravings:  All the nut butter and fruit I can get!  I think my body knows it needs calories and doesn’t have tons of space so I just listen to it and do my best to eat clean BUT if I want something at this point I pretty much just go with it :)

Sleep:  Not too bad considering there is 12+ pounds of baby moving around in there!  Just LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of bathroom breaks.  My FitBit tracks how many wake ups I have, the most is 12 the past week and the least is 9…so you can see I don’t get much continuous sleep….all preparing us for the fun ahead! (Fit Bit also tells me I’ve hit over 10,000 steps every day for over a week now in a row! yipee!)

Wedding rings on or off? On, on, on :)  and still as big in size as before I was pregnant, I can fully turn my ring around on my finger, yipee!

Happy or moody:  Happy camper right here.  I’m fine with however long they want to stay in there (ok, boys but you’ve had your warning 38 weeks and you better be ready!) as long as everyone is happy, healthy, and safe.  However, I am getting a bit tired of going to the grocery store with a list made as if we’ll be gone and then having to go again each week :)  when we realize they aren’t coming just yet.

Baby Survival Pack

Just a week or so ago I mentioned that we received an AWESOME Baby Survival Pack from some friends.  You all were intrigued by my teaser of a description.  I got emails, facebook comments, and blog comments all wanting to know more about this kit.  So here it goes!

Now I have no idea where this idea originated, I looked on pinterest and couldn’t find this exact one.  That being said I hope I’m not stealing anyone’s thunder…just want to share a super cute gift that I know I will be giving to a lot of moms to be in the future.

If I would’ve known how popular this Baby Survival Pack was going to be I of COURSE would have taken pictures…but silly me…I ripped right into the package and destroyed the ‘cuteness’ of it.

The kit came in a shoe box with a piece of paper that described each item to be found inside.   This is the list we received.

Baby Survival Pack

  • Baby sleeping gown – these make nighttime diaper changes SO much easier!
  • Door sign – You finally got baby to sleep, the last thing you want is someone ringing the bell!
Babies are sleeping!

Babies are sleeping!

  • Notebook – for documenting the eat-sleep-poop schedule and everything else your mommy brain needs to remember.
  • Book – (ours was chosen by the gifter’s little boy :) ) it was one of his favorites
  • Chapstick – nursing makes you so thirsty, be sure to drink your water but a little chapstick never hurt anyone
  • Tissues – to wipe away the tears, yours and baby’s
  • Coffee – to help you survive after a sleepless night
  • Shower puff and gel – it might be the most pampering you get some days, so enjoy those few minutes in the shower with some good smelling soap!
  • Baby powder – of course, some days you may not even get a shower…this stuff make GREAT dry shampoo!
  • Baby lotion – and if all else fails, just make sure baby smells good…no one will notice what you smell like :)
  • Wet Ones – you may eventually decide to venture out of your house, these will help disinfect things, even if it’s just baby’s hands after some stranger touches them
  • Shout wipes – you just never know what’s going to end up on your shirt
Shout wipes

For big people and little people messes – SHOUT it out!

  • Chocolate – stock up ;)
  • Pizza gift card – for when there’s no time to cook
  • Condoms – so you don’t ‘accidentally’ end up here again
  • Thor – to remind you that no matter what, you’ll always be your baby’s hero!
Thor Super Hero

Super Hero Moms and Dads to the rescue

Underneath this list were all the items listed :)  In our case some items two times over.  It was a perfect package.  I thought such a cute idea and so useful!