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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

Honoring all the Dads in our Life

The month of June is the month in which we celebrate all the dads in our lives. This is my husbands second father’s day. I am so grateful he is the father to my daughter. He does so much for all of us and really deserves to be thanked not only on father’s day but every day. My husband cooks dinner, does the laundry, watches our girl during the week, and is her DAD not babysitter. There is something so special about a father and daughter bond and I can not wait to see how theirs grows with time.

Father’s day: Grandpas

Amelia is so lucky to have two of the best granddads out there. They are both so loving and have always been present in her life. I am so grateful for my dad. I have many fond memories of his stories, always playing silly games like “walking on the ceiling with mirror” and even blowing dry my hair as a kid. My father in law has always been there for my husband and I, and we are grateful to have two of the best dads out there. Thank you to all Dads you are so important to the family dynamic and your support is immeasurable. I hope you realize how much you are loved and valued not just on father’s day but every day.

Gifts for Dad: Super Last Minute

If you are like me I am the worst at trying to find the best father’s day gifts. I want it to be thoughtful but not something to cheesy. I have gathered a list of a few items for you to give the dads in your life even if you are short on time.

Car Wash

Car wash! Take the dads in your lives car to the car wash. This is a super easy way to show them that you care. Or better yet wash their car at home and get the kids involved. Below is the car wash we use and it can be purchased most places like Amazon, Walmart, or automotive stores.

Free Father’s Day Interview Printable Card:

Father's Day Printable Books from Fun Cheap or Free
https://funcheaporfree.com/fathers-day-printable-gift-idea-interview-book/

Ladies if you have not already heard of Jordan Page, of Fun cheap or Free you are missing out. This lady is one of the smartest moms out there. Her and her husband are parents of six. They give tons of advice for living more frugally, paying off debt, budgeting, and shopping while saving. Such a great resource so go check her stuff out.

This interview card is such a sweet idea! This will be something you can repeat each year to see how your kiddos answers change. This is definitely one of the most thoughtful gifts out there and the printable is free!

Coupon Book:

This is a repeat idea from my mother’s day post. This is such a easy gift and I used to make this for both my mom and dad growing up. So here is how you do it. Get yourself some construction paper a hole punch and some string. Punch some holes and string your coupons together. Here are a few ideas for your coupon book. I owe you one free lawn mowing. Or something like one free dog walk. Or even as simple as breakfast in bed. This idea is so clever and if you have littles be sure to get them involved in this father’s day activity.

Dad Day:

Dedicate a day even if it is not on father’s day. Use this day to eat wherever, shop or go wherever the one you are celebrating chooses. This is a fun way to let them take control of the day and spend it how they want. I love this idea and its really fun for the whole family.

Outdoor gift package:

Get your dads an awesome cooler or tumbler. Yeti has a rotomolded type cooler, and awesome tumblers, and they are pricey but excellent. You can use them for fishing, camping, and all sorts of things during the summer. They really do keep things cold for days! Some reviewers even reported the cooler keeping ice cold for a week. There are plenty of videos on how to load your Yeti that will help lengthen the time in which it stays cold.

Here is a link to a video on how to pack your Yeti

They also sell Ozark trail mugs and coolers that are similar to Yeti but at lower price points at Walmart if you are interested.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-30-Ounce-Double-Wall-Vacuum-Sealed-Tumbler/171452737

Dinner and Movie at Home

https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/06/02/sous-vide-steak-our-first-attempt/

One of my favorite ideas is dinner and movie at home. You can go out and get some steaks, wings, or whatever your loved one prefers. Then cook it up on the grill. Be sure to make a movie gift package! In this gift include popcorn, movie, and candy if you desire or whatever your prefer when watching a movie. This is super fun and a great way to enjoy the holiday at home. Above is a link to my Sous Vide Steak a great way to make sure that you are getting a perfectly evenly cooked steak if you are interested.

What’s up with you?

What are you up to this father’s day weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend celebrating all the dads in your life. Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

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Foodie Friday: Cobb Salad With a Twist
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Foodie Friday: Cobb Salad With a Twist

Cobb Salad for Foodie Friday

Cobb Salad will be the first featured recipe on my new segment on the blog called “Foodie Friday”. Each week I will share a recipe with you all. I hope you find inspiration with these recipes and I look forward to hearing what you all think. Now on the the Cobb Salad.

Cobb Salad With a Twist

This week on my first Foodie Friday I will be featuring a super simple recipe that is a twist on the traditional Cobb Salad. Salads are amazing but can also get so boring. They are an easy way to add in some greens and extra vegetables into your day. However when you go on a salad/health kick they get old fast. This recipe is anything but boring and I hope you enjoy it as much and me and my family does.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This glorious Cobb Salad features a different source of protein and includes one of my favorite fatty fishes salmon. Omega 3s are essential nutrients that many of us are lacking. The key word here is essential as they can only be obtained through diet and not made within the body. I am a big fan of obtaining our nutrients within our food whenever possible. This is mainly due to the synergistic effect that occurs when vitamins and minerals are combined and not isolated. In other words vitamins and minerals often need each other in order to be digested and used more easily.

Getting In More Fish Is a Struggle

Getting in enough fish can be boring. This salad helps with that and provides a new and interesting way to add in your omega 3s. It may even help you overcome that salad rut you might be in.

On to the Recipe: Cobb Salad With a Twist

This recipe is super simple and can be tailored very easy to meet your individual needs. Please be sure to add or take away any ingredients as you see fit, but most of all enjoy!

Serves 4:

  1. One to two bunches of chopped romaine. (I use organic whenever possible)
  2. Two hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced or chopped.
  3. One pound Baked Salmon. You can even bake from frozen and add seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic powder, or spice it up with some lemon pepper seasoning. (whatever you choose)
  4. One sliced avocado.
  5. Bacon bits, a few tablespoons.
  6. One cup of shredded cheese of your choice. ( We chose Monterrey and cheddar)
  7. Dressing of choice to taste. ( We chose ranch)

Enjoy Your Cobb Salad

I hope you enjoy this recipe and my new series. Please be sure to leave any comments and your thoughts if you try it! That’s what I am up to on this Friday what are you up to?

Check out some of my previous recipes.

Steaks on a Grill
https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/06/02/sous-vide-steak-our-first-attempt/
https://whatsupwingo.com/2019/04/24/the-very-best-tzatziki-sauce/
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May Favorites: 2019

May Favorites:

How is it June already? I have no idea where this year has gone. Today as I am relaxing from the beach, I bring you another favorites post. I think it is so interesting to see what other’s are purchasing. This month I am including a wide variety of items that are sure to please all readers. I hope you enjoy and find some new products to try.

Before we get into the post let me tell you a little about my month. My birthday is in the month of May and my husband made the best cake. This it is my favorite cake and has been a repeated request for three years now. Ill be sure to insert a picture just to make you all hungry… lol. It is a Reeses’ cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting and if you didn’t know Reeses are by far my most favorite candy. My husband also made me my favorite pasta dish and we had some amazing gluten free sour dough bread. Ill be sure to link to this bread because if you are gluten free you must try this bread! I hope all of you had a great May especially all moms, I hope you realize how much you mean to your loved ones and got the chance to spend time with them during this special month.

May Favorites: The Best Gluten Free Baguette

First we will start off with the most fabulous store bought gluten free baguette I have ever had.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047IHKCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0047IHKCC&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=cac863bdb41e0ea58b8ba2872b643eac

This stuff is fabulous and the texture is spot on! I have been missing a good gluten free baguette since going gluten free five years ago and this one makes me so happy. It comes in a package of two and they are individually sealed so they stay fresher longer . IF they make it that long in your household. They freeze well too if you are looking to enjoy on occasion. They are a little pricey but let me tell you it is so worth it! Pair it with some Sous Vide Steak for a great meal!

May Favorites: Audio book

The next item in my May favorites is my favorite audio book of the moment. Like I mentioned in a previous post audible is such a great way to enjoy books on the go for busy moms. It is a refreshing break from the radio, helps you clothes get folded faster, and tedious house work is made much more enjoyable.

Here is the link to my previous post on my favorite audio books. The Top Five Audio Books you Need to Hear.

This month I am loving Mel Robbins The 5 second rule.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1682612384/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1682612384&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=c85f643adc2b1928015887952dba1a27

Click here for a free trial of Audible.

This book is so good. It is a must for any of you procrastinators. I am an over thinker and this book has helped me tremendously. Thinking is important but believe it or not sometimes we overthink the silly things that don’t need much thought. This book helps you move past your thoughts and initiates action to help you achieve what you want in life.

May Favorites: Hair Care

I have discovered some AMAZING hair products and I have to tell you about them. Kristen Ess is the brand and I picked these up from target. They claim to be luxury hair care but they are affordable! Ladies these babies deliver! I picked up three products that I will link below.

https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-weightless-shine-air-dry-cr-232-me-5-fl-oz/-/A-52567810

https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-the-one-signature-hair-water-7oz/-/A-52567946

https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-weightless-shine-leave-in-conditioner-8-45-fl-oz/-/A-51397343

The first product is an air dry creme for helping to achieve a gorgeous air dry look. Lets get real ain’t nobody got time to blow dry their hair this time a year. The next item is her signature hair water. This stuff is amazing. It helps to refresh your curly or wavy locks, and is like no other product I have ever used. I can’t use dry shampoo on the days when my hair is more natural but the hair water solution is a perfect. Finally is a leave in conditioner which we all need this time of year.

May Favorites: Shoe Obsession

https://www.zappos.com/p/vans-slip-on-59-washed-nubuck-canvas-humus-blanc/product/8120707/color/789738?zlfid=191&ref=pd_sims_sp_1

These Vans are the best spring/summer transition shoe. It is made with a suede type material that is very comfortable. The light beige color looks so lovely with pastels and vibrant colors. Vans are so fun and I love all the new prints and more feminine options they have been coming out with lately.

May Favorites: For the Kiddos

My final items that I have been loving are the pacifier clip and teether from the company Ryan and Rose. I purchased these items on Amazon and this teether might be the best one I have ever gotten. My daughter has been teething and this is the only teether that she has really taken a liking too. I chose the white pacifier clip, however this marble is to die for! I love that they have several types of clips with different bead options, colors, and lengths depending on your needs. These clips serve as a teether as well as a clip. These are such good quality and are a must try.

Whats up with you?

I hope you all have enjoyed my favorites for this month. Lets keep the conversation going let me know what you have been up to during the month of May and what your favorites are.

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Steaks on a Grill
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Sous Vide Steak: Our First Attempt

Sunday Funday: Sous Vide Steak Experiment

I hope you all are having a great weekend and enjoying the steamy weather. In the Wingo household we use Sundays to catch up on cleaning and getting ready for the week which generally includes some meal prep and a trip to the grocery store. As a family we have been trying to spend more time outside as Amelia gets bigger and we decided it would be the perfect day to grill out while relaxing by the kiddie pool. We recently got an Anova Precision Cooker which is used to Sous Vide food. We decided to give it a go and cook up some delicious steaks in a Sous Vide steak experiment. Sous Vide is a type of cooking that is done inside a water bath. This bath is at a consistent temperature to provide perfectly even cooking. It seems pretty complicated but once you get it set up its honesty super simple. This thing basically does the work for you while you sit back, relax and catch up on any shows on Netflix you might be behind on.

Getting Started

I am going to take you step by step in how we completed this Sous Vide steak experiment. I will be sure to include links to all the equipment and tools so if you are feeling adventurous you can achieve this restaurant quality meal in the comfort an ease of you own home.

Here is a list of the things you are going to need before getting started. You can use a pot or a container that is heat safe that is deep enough to hold the water and food that you are cooking. We purchased this container from amazon and it works perfectly.

The next item you need is a food saver or some kind of vacuum sealer. This is a must have for everyone! It is great for keeping meat extra fresh if you plan to buy in bulk and deep freeze. I can’t seem to find the exact food saver series as I am using, but I am linking the basic starter kit which should work perfectly.

We picked up some New York strips for grilling, but choose whichever steak you like. Make sure to google the cut of meat and and desired doness for your correct time and temperature. We set our temperature to 130 degrees for 2 hours.

You first start by setting up your water bath. On the Anova Precision Cooker there is a minimum and maximum line for water so make sure your water is within the required levels. We ending up using 9 liters and it was plenty of room for our 4 steaks. This is the link to the cooker that we have. So far we are pleased with its performance.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UKPBXM4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00UKPBXM4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=fda7c7e758f35c67b1b6c12695408997

This particular model has some pretty neat features including an adjustable clamp and is blue tooth capable in order for you to use your app. Pretty neat little gadget that I hope to use more frequently.

Lets Get Cooking our Sous Vide Steak

Once you have chosen your steaks pat them dry and add your seasonings of choice. Today we went with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. We seasoned both sides of the meat and then placed into a double sealed food saver bag. We learned this trick to double seal the bag from Brad Leone of Bon Appetit . P.S. he makes some great recipes on his YouTube series “it’s alive”. I love that he gives different spins on fermented and probiotic rich foods. Super cool watch, so be sure to check him out.

After placing meat in the bag, seal again and this will make an air tight bag perfect for Sous Vide. Once your water is up to the proper temperature, its time to start cooking. Place the sealed bag into your warm water bath set yourself a timer and go watch some Netflix. We added a clothes pin on the side of the container to keep the steaks from moving around too much.

Hurry up and wait

While we were waiting for the steaks to warm up, we headed outside for some fun in the sun. The weather has been scorching so we definitely needed to sip on some bubly and apply sunscreen. We were back and forth between inside and outside due to the heat, but still managed to enjoy our time.

Why do little ones try and eat lotion and sunscreen? LOL! The look on her face was priceless. So as time passed we decided to get the grill up and going to cook up some veggies and for searing the steak after cooking in the Sous Vide.

Time to Grill

When you take the steaks out of the Sous Vide bath, they are going to look a little funky. Don’t worry though, the searing of the steak is a very important step and makes all the difference in look and flavor.

Be sure to turn your steak to get those gorgeous grill marks and serve it up with some parsley or an extra dash of seasoning. We added a cherry smoked sea salt to the top

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CWHX88K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00CWHX88K&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=2b32b1992e2e179146a30aea6e8d4dc5

Time to Chow Down

After you grill your steak be sure to let the meat rest before cutting so you get the maximum flavor distribution. Overall here are my final thoughts on this Sous Vide Steak. The meat was tasty and the cooking was definitely much more even. The negatives is the time it takes to cook. You have to set aside a decent amount of time but the benefit is it is mostly inactive cooking. I definitely recommend this to those cooks who have a hard time getting an even cook every time. We had a blast playing with this gadget and look forward to making more recipes Sous Vide style in the future.

Since it is hot and you need to cool down you need to check out my recipe for Tzatziki sauce. This stuff is so tasty and is made with Greek yogurt. It would be a fabulous complement to this steak or use it on a salad if you just can’t bring yourself to get out in the heat to grill.

Whats up with you?

I hope you all had a great weekend spent with your family and friends. Let’s keep the conversation going and let me know what you have been up to.

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Summer 2019 Must Haves!

Alright Y’all the heat has turned up and got me thinking about my favorite must haves for this summer season. Whether you are planning on taking a trip to a more tropical location or just chillin at home these are this summers must haves! This summer guide for 2019 includes links to Amazon products because who doesn’t love AMAZON especially prime!

The Goods:

Lets start with one of the most important items you should have in your beach bag and that is SUNSCREEN! Listen up, May is skin cancer awareness month and sunscreen is our best defense. I have compiled some of my favorite sunscreens to help a sister out. I will be including some options for your little ones as well as everyone in the family.

This is my favorite sunscreen for my little one. It scores well on the environmental working group (EWG) website. It is reef safe and is SPF 50+ which is a very important factor for me when deciding which sunscreens I purchase.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3DJ796/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00I3DJ796&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=ea9c06c34f1e3cbe715ed5b9e65d67ae

The Alba sport mineral sunscreen is another awesome option. This product scores well on the EWG website also. I love that it is fragrance free as I have extremely sensitive skin.

So the next thing you need to pickup before your trip is an awesome sunless tanner. I have pale skin and need a little boost during this season so I don’t look too much like a zombie. Recently, I picked up this product because of its excellent reviews and the fact that is scored a 1 (the safest level) on EWG website was a huge bonus! I love the idea of a safer tan by using a self tanner. The problem many people don’t know is how many chemicals can be in these products. This one however is such a great option and am so excited to share it with you all!

I recently picked up this product because of its excellent reviews and the fact that is scored a 1 (the safest level) on EWG website was a huge bonus! I love the idea of a safer tan by using a self tanner. The problem many people don’t know is how many chemicals can be in these products. This one however is such a great option and am so excited to share it with you all!

Before you go applying that self tanner you need to pick up this mitt to help you achieve that perfect glow. This package is amazing and it includes a small mitt for your face and an exfoliating glove for prep before application.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZ0PHYE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01MZ0PHYE&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=51c37b58838a69b9eeeab2826eb1104b

I have found the best cooler bag to take with you to the beach, the office, or poolside. Packit has a bunch of different cooler options that you simply put in the freezer flat and the insulated gel provides the cooling that you need. Since you don’t have to put any additional cooler packs inside, you are left with a much larger area for all your goodies! I linked the picnic bag and its a must have!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0185K91ME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0185K91ME&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=c6acbcc50742f85d71e94f42fe641cf0

Girl you need this cover up and summer handbag! It will be the perfect accessory for dinners at the beach and that tassel is to die for! I am hooking you up with a link to a kimono that can also be paired with jeans and your favorite tank.

So i know you ladies love the look of a wide brim sunhat. I have several in my closet that I honestly have NEVER worn. The problem is a hat is to be used for hat hair! Whenever I reach for my hat or if I am at the beach, pool, or outside my hair is not down. Girl you need this hat it solves this problem!! It has the same gorgeous look of a wide brim sunhat but has a cut out at the top for your messy bun. Plus this particular hat has a bow where the hat comes together around your head. And bonus you can roll it up for ease of packing. Along with that hat you need the perfect oversized sunnies and with this tortoise shading it will look great on all skin tones.


I hope you have enjoyed my summer 2019 guide. Lets get the conversation going let me know what you ladies are loving this summer! I look forward to hearing what is up with you!

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Magnesium and How To Get More of it Without Having to Take a Pill

Magnesium is such an important mineral it is unfortunate that it is often overlooked. Many of us are lacking in magnesium and don’t even know it! Increasing our Magnesium intake can help with sleep and relaxation, anxiety, constipation, energy metabolism, and the list goes on and on. Besides the role that we know magnesium plays in the body, it is very likely that their are other functions that we are not even aware of yet!

Here is a list of magnesium and the RDA for both males and females of varied ages to help you better understand exactly how much you should be getting on a daily basis.

The RDA for magnesium is as follows (1):

Age Range: Males : Females:

Birth to 6 months (AI)30 mg 30 mg
7–12 months (AI)75 mg75 mg
1–3 years (RDA)80 mg80 mg
4–8 years (RDA)130 mg130 mg
9–13 years (RDA)240 mg240 mg
14–18 years (RDA)410 mg360 mg
19–30 years (RDA)400 mg310 mg
31–50 years (RDA)420 mg320 mg
51+ years (RDA)420 mg320 mg

As the western diet increases in processed foods and we rely less on whole foods a decrease in magnesium through the diet is noted. If you think you may be low in magnesium I have some solutions to help boost your intake.

Food First: Magnesium

It is always the best idea to start by making sure we are getting our necessary vitamins and minerals through our diet. Food first is always the best policy as vitamins and minerals tend to work synergistically. I have complied a short list that according to the NIH contain good sources of magnesium (2):

Almonds that are dry roasted without oil: one ounce includes 80 mg per serving

Spinach that is cooked by boiling: 1/2 cup contains 78 mg per serving

Cashews that are dry roasted without oil: one ounce contains 74 mg per serving

And of course we can’t forget CHOCOLATE!!

Dark chocolate which happens to be around 70-85% cacao provides around 36 mg of magnesium per 100 calorie serving (3).

It can be hard to make sure that you are getting the adequate amount of magnesium daily so on those days that you find you are not able to get enough I have you covered! Here are my top three ways to increase magnesium without having to take a pill.

1. Natural Calm:

Natural calm is a delicious way of getting in some magnesium. You can drink it hot or cold and it comes in lemon, cherry, unflavored, and raspberry lemon which is my favorite. It is vegan, gluten free, non GMO, and sweetened with stevia so it is a good alternative to those who are watching their sugar intakes. This is a great night cap. It is the perfect solution to help you wind down and get relaxed before bedtime. It is however fine to take anytime of the day. This is a must have in my pantry especially during times where I am extra stressed, and need a flavor filled boost.

2. Pink Stork Magnesium Spray

My second option is pink stork mist. This mist is marketed toward prenatal care however it can be used by men and women alike. I love this stuff as it is simply a spray and you are DONE! As the packaging states is helps with morning sickness, aches and pains, poor sleep and more. This stuff SAVED me during my pregnancy. Not to brag but I had ZERO morning sickness and I used this religiously. Six sprays equal 200 mg of magnesium. Magnesium that is absorbed is much more gentle on the gut and is great for those who want to treat a spot ache or pain as you can spray this directly on the targeted area.

3. Epsom Salts

The third option is Epsom salts. These are wonderful! They can be used to soak just your feet or as a full bath. They are relaxing and as this package claims aide with eczema, acne, and softens skin in addition to increasing magnesium levels in the body. If you desire a scent there are many different choices of salts with lavender and other essential oils added depending on your needs. This is an excellent solution for aches and pains as well as a nice way to relax at the end of the day.

Finally because I know chocolate might be your favorite way to increase magnesium I thought I might link my favorite chocolate bars

Alter eco makes several really good dark chocolate bars. They are organic and have some of the best tasting chocolate considering the low sugar content.

I hope this was helpful to learn several different ways to increase your magnesium intakes without having to resort to a pill form of supplement. Let me know if you try any of these options and please be sure to share with your friends and family!

Please be sure to comment below and let me know whats up with you and what your favorite ways are to increase magnesium.

MD knows best disclaimer:

As always I am not a doctor and I recommend you consult your doctor before making changes to your diet or adding in additional magnesium or any supplement as diet Changes or supplementation can be harmful to some individuals.

Sources:

(1) Institute of Medicine (IOM). Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride . Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997.

(2) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, 2012.

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/#B1

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Ladies let me tell you I am the worst at waiting until the last minute! I have such a hard time deciding what to get my loved ones. Mother’s day is quickly approaching and if you’re like me you still have nothing purchased for the holiday. Since I can’t be the only one out there in this boat, I figured I would compile a list of a few items that make great gifts. Don’t worry girl I got you! I am making sure to hit all price points and these items can all arrive in time for the holiday. OK lets get started!

For those with a Limited Budget:

After all mother’s day is most importantly about making those mamas feel special and appreciated for all the hard work they have put in. First and foremost lets make sure those special ladies in our life know how much we love them. Don’t worry, you can do that without breaking the bank.

Coupon Book:

I have always turned to this as a great solution for almost any occasion. You can personalize it to the individual and it is practically free! So here is how you do it. Get yourself some construction paper a hole punch and some string. Punch some holes and string your coupons together. Here are a few ideas for your coupon book. I owe you one free room cleaning of your choice. Or something like one free dog walk. Or even as simple as one free dinner prep on one meal of your choice. As mamas, who doesn’t want a little help!! This idea is so clever and if you have littles be sure to get them involved in this mother’s day activity.

Pick Some Wildflowers:

Flowers are always a treat for most mamas. They can get pricey but who wouldn’t love the effort of your loved ones picking fresh flowers just for you!

Foot or Hand Print Canvas:

For new mamas out there make a footprint canvas. My husband and Amelia did this for me last year and it was so special to me. My husband got a canvas and then painted my daughters foot and made an imprint. I will forever have this and it was such a great gift as a new mom.

Mid Price Range Gifts:

If your wanting to spend a little more on gifts this year without completely blowing your budget I got you covered!

Gift Card of Choice:

What mama doesn’t love target or amazon. If you simply can not decide on a gift, pickup a gift card. Bonus if you have a Kroger near by you can get extra fuel points for purchasing your gift cards there.

A Selfcare Package:

Put together the ultimate care package! Feel free to tailor the package to your loved one however you see fit. Here are a few links and ideas of what would go great in your self care basket.

This soy candle in fresh linen is a slow burner and is made with soy so it doesn’t have all those nasty chemicals.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=whatsupwingo-20&keywords=B07CKPSH95&index=aps&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&linkId=52120aa06b72a9e8e025eb8a7de9332d

Bath bombs are amazing! These ones are organic and are great value. Plus they are simply gorgeous!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D6PPW8C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07D6PPW8C&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=c5a126f3b97532b29f57444cbd600e2c

Facial mask in french rose that has cleaner ingredients and is simply luxurious!

Eve Hansen French Rose Clay Face Mask | Resurfacing Pink Clay Mask with Bentonite Clay and Kaolin Clay | Blackhead Remover Mask, Acne Scar Treatment and Soothing Dark Spot Remover Facial Mask | 1.7 oz

Beverage of Choice Package:

Include a nice mug and some tasty coffee or tea of choice. Here are a few of my recommendations.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BF7TYCV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07BF7TYCV&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=78c56414a326ed34985ad6d4fa0a5c18
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q8BLA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Q8BLA4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=3dd84e866dd14a30f396907b0bd2f4f5

Luxury gift guide:

For those who have more to spend or want to give a truly special more luxurious gift here are a few of my favorite suggestions.

Pamper Session:

Invest in a nice spa package including a facial or massage. This is a great gift that any mother will love. Truly a great way to provide some self care!

Digital Picture Frame:

This is a great gift especially for the grandparents. We bought one for both my parents and in laws for Christmas and I think its safe to say its a great gift. You can upload pictures via an email address and can share that address with multiple family members. Pictures will arrive automatically for you to view. It is a great way to simplify as its hard to find a place for all those picture frames.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J2CQYM4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07J2CQYM4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=527e3d8109eb135cef9dede2b54e0bdf

Special Day:

Use this as a chance to let your love one design their own day. Including meals, shopping, pedicure however they wish to spend the day. Make a special card including a self printed certificate for their day.

This will be my 3rd mothers day the first was actually the day I found out I was expecting our sweet baby girl. Last year was the first with our baby girl and this year will be lots of fun as she is much more active and into everything. I never quite knew how much I would love being a mother. I hope all of you mothers out there have a great mothers day and know how much you are appreciated and loved. Let me know what’s up on mother’s day in your households!

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Lifestyle

APRIL FAVORITES

I’m bringing you my April favorites post. Here are some things that I am loving at the moment. This month I have included a little bit of everything from fashion, to makeup, nails, and my favorite beverage. I hope you find inspiration from my favs and enjoy this post.

Fizz & Co. Seltzer Water from Kroger and Sweet Leaf vanilla Creme liquid Stevia

I love me a good coke. Whats better that sweet flavor and bubbly fizz….yum! As an RD, I try to find alternatives that I know are better for my body. If soda’s are your thing too, you have to try this. The Fizz and Co Seltzer waters are the bomb! They come in three flavors; Cola, Root Beer and The Dr. I have also figured out exactly how to take it up a notch where you wont even realize you aren’t drinking the real deal. The secret is Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia drops from sweet leaf. Add a few drops straight to the can and you will be in vanilla cola heaven.

Birkenstocks and Matching Cork Sandals for my Little One

Birkenstock Sandal
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUQ4ADQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BUQ4ADQ&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=342a10c99a729427cc594c53eb3e4b5a
Birkenstock Sandal

I love my Birkenstocks . As a kid during the 90s/00’s Birkenstocks were my go to. I swear they are still in great shape and I got them like 20 years ago! Even though I still own the original style clogs, I don’t wear them much these days. HOWEVER, I have found a new love in the Birkenstock sandal. These are super comfortable and I love the look. I found a Walmart cork sandal in a pale pink for my little to match!! So we have been matchy matchy this past month and to tell you the truth I am loving it! With the warmer weather starting to come around these are a must!

Physicians Formula Organic Mascara

Who doesn’t love makeup? I try to stick with a more natural makeup whenever possible. My mascara was dry and I needed a natural alternative that still functions well without breaking the bank. I picked the Physicians Formula Organic Mascara up this month and I have been loving it! It is a nice balance between lengthening and thickening without being clumpy. The wand really does a nice job of separating your lashes. It seems to stay put and the packaging is adorable. I am super excited about my find!

Milk Frother

I recently got a milk frother, and let me tell you I am in love! I am quite fond of a nice warm cup of goodness. I have recently seen a lot of awesome looking frothers but most have not so great reviews. I’ve only used this a few times so far but i’m really enjoying it. I have used it in tea, coffee, and even if I am looking for a splurge with hot coco. The coolest part is it has a cold setting for those hot days! It is definitely a nice addition to that cup your are brewing.

Zoya Nail Polish in Leigh

I have finally found a good nail polish, that is not full of junk! I have, and will continue to purchase some not so healthy polish if the color is to die for, but I try my hardest to stick with safer alternatives. This is a gorgeous color that is almost like a pinky beige with hints of peach in it, perfect for the spring time and summer.

I hope you all enjoyed my April Favorites! I look forward to sharing these with you monthly! Please let me know if you have bought anything this month that you are loving! Now that I have shared my scoop, what’s up with you?


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Uncategorized

Top Five Audio Books you Need to Hear

I have a long commute to work and need to find ways to pass the time. I love listening to the radio but I feel as though I waste away a large portion of my day hearing the same songs over and over again.  I have always loved to learn and lately I have been on a quest to increase my knowledge. Audio books have been a game changer for my long commute.

While I listen to books mostly in the car, lately I’ve been listening while doing the dishes, laundry, or any housework.  I find that I keep focused better with a book going and actually manage to get a lot more housework completed.  It also makes the tasks a lot more enjoyable.

I prefer to listen to self help, organizational, and health and wellness books but occasionally like to take the opportunity to listen to a book just for pleasure and enjoyment.

Here are my top 5 favorite audio books not in any particular order:

Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis: Is an excellent book for helping mamas realize their worth. It is such an easy listen and is chock-full of excellent relatable info for all of us. It is definitely a must read.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077GZBL1Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B077GZBL1Y&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=d405f526800b116647265c959532406

Girl, Stop apologizing by Rachel Hollis: This is a great companion to Girl, Wash your face. It goes into detail about how to achieve what you want in life. Both of these books by Rachel are fabulous and are definitely must reads for all Mamas

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FSTP9WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07FSTP9WQ&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=6a9849852e5f8633cac3e59c4ba3a35d

The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman:  This book is a must have for all!  It contains great relationship advice to help us understand our partners better.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079B7PJMV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B079B7PJMV&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=ef5ebd67c38e0c5f2a3c4e31c0cafba0

the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo: This book is definitely organization goals!  I love her simple approach to tidying and I aspire to use her methods throughout my house.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RC3ZGN4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00RC3ZGN4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=ef6ce5d8c7240b92ef5b736984f25b44

It starts with food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig:  This book is a fabulous resource for those who suffer with food intolerance and want to take a more whole foods approach to eating.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PMCGFRS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00PMCGFRS&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=74f7496158664d4092677bf3570fdcdd

I love audible and have been using their audio books for years. They have a great selection and have just about any type of book you could be looking for.

I hope this article was helpful and you found some new books to listen to or read if that is more your style.  This is what’s up with me now tell me what’s up with you and what you happen to be listening to?


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Recipes

The Very Best Tzatziki Sauce

So I know I’m not the only one who loves gyros.  That greasy yummy meat, on fluffy pita, with feta, and of course that glorious sauce!   YUM! Tzatziki is a game changer.  It is cool and refreshing and even if you think you won’t or don’t like it trust me you will!!

Since I have been gluten free, that delicious sauce has been missing from my life. So I have been on the quest to make my own perfect tzatziki sauce. I have created the best recipe out there.  AND…..I am about to give it to YOU!

Before I get into the recipe let me tell you why you need to make this sauce. The best part about my tzatziki is you’re getting rid of those nasty oils (soybean) found in traditional salad dressings and replacing with good fat, like olive oil.  You are upping your protein intake which helps you feel fuller longer, and you’re adding in good bacteria with the yogurt to help feed your good gut bugs.  PLUS on top of it all this recipe is super easy.

Most other tzatziki recipes you find require salting, draining and lots of time preparing the cucumbers. NOBODY has time for that.  My recipe is super simple, requires very few ingredients and you just dump and stir!  You are going to find that this will soon be your go to sauce for dipping, dunking, spreading, and for just about anything! 

Prep and total time spent: 5 minutes or less

Recipe Serves: 10 (if you are anything like my family you will want to make a double batch)

Serving Size: 2 Tbs

Ingredients:

1 cup full fat Greek Gods Traditional plain yogurt

¼ English cucumber or approximately ½ cup chopped

1/4th tsp distilled white vinegar

½ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp dried dill weed

½ tsp garlic powder

1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Chop English cucumber and set aside. (We like big chunks, but you can chop, or mince as you desire)
  2. In a bowl combine yogurt, vinegar, salt, dill, garlic powder, and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Add cucumber to yogurt mixture and stir.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve..

This recipe can be made ahead for more flavor, or used immediately if you are in a rush. I have tried several Greek yogurts but have found full fat Greek Gods traditional to be the very best for this recipe.

Slather it on a burger to make it Greek style, try it on Steak or use as a dip for vegetables you could even just eat it with a spoon.

This is what is cooking at the Wingo house.  Tell me what you all think, and what’s up with you?

Approximate Nutritional facts:

Per serving

Calories: 40.8

Total fat: 3.5 gm

Carbohydrates: 1.7 gm

Sodium: 71.1 mg

Protein: 0.9 gm

Sugar: 1.6 gm

Fiber: 0 gm