Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

mother and daughter smiling

How is it already Mother’s Day? I feel like this year is completely flying by! I am doing my best to prepare a thoughtful Mother’s day gift guide to help inspire you all. This year more than ever we need to show our appreciation for the moms in our lives. Enjoy this guide, and I hope that you find a few items that would be wonderful for Mom.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Self Care

This year above all I feel like moms need comfort and self care. Most of us are holding multiple roles and are having less time to devote to ourselves. Self care is extremely important so we can show up as the best version of ourselves for our kids. If we are not able to care for ourselves then our children will suffer also. Now let’s get to the gifts!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Spa Time

We may not be able to go to the spa right now but who says you can’t bring the spa to mom. Here is a highly rated foot soak that I found on Amazon. Besides, what mom doesn’t need some help with those feet? Especially after being couped up all winter long. This has an affordable price point and is sure to make mom feel like a queen.

Pair this foot soak with this safer nail polish from Cote in this fabulous spring-inspired color. Cote is a lesser toxic option that is available on Amazon. Another new nail system you can try is Dazzle Dry , it is a non toxic system that promises to last up to two weeks. I recently received this as a birthday gift and hope to report back soon on its effectiveness. In the meantime here is a review from a fellow Beautycounter consultant and one of my favorite bloggers Cassy Joy Garcia of fed and fit.

Now to add the icing on the cake, you must snag this lemongrass body butter and sugar scrub. My mother in law is a huge fan of this sugar scrub and the scent is not at all overpowering. Follow the link below and search for lemongrass body set and it will pop right up for you.

Beautycounter and Mother’s Day

As a Beautycounter consultant, I have to be sure to include some of my favorite safer products in this Mother’s day gift guide. If you would like more information on this company and why I choose to become a consultant please be sure to check out this blog post.

A board that says beautycounter #betterbeauty

Beautycounter has a ton of awesome products but here are a few of my favorites for Mother’s day gifts. They include eye revive cooling masks for dark circles and puffy eyes. Almost every mom I know needs these! Pop these in the fridge for an even cooler effect.

What Mom couldn’t use a good mask right now? This counter plus charcoal mask is one of my absolute favorites and a best seller. It has a cooling sensation and is not overdrying. I like to use weekly to keep breakouts at bay and keep skin looking fresh.

I can’t forget the star of the show the overnight resurfacing peel. This has been a complete game-changer in my skin care routine. As stated on the website “Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Featuring a proprietary multi-acid complex, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and boosts clarity without irritation or over-drying. This is definitely one of my favorite products.

Finally, I can’t forget to mention the peel’s newest companion the All bright C Serum which is clinically proven to even skin tone and improve skin radiance and brightness. Plus who can’t get over this gorgeous glass yellow bottle!

As always please reach out to me if you are in need of assistance and copy and paste this website and search for the product you are interested in

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Amazon Twenty and Under

I know it is a difficult time for many families and I have compiled a list of some of my Amazon favorites that are twenty dollars and under. You don’t have to compromise on a good gift even if money is tight.

I love this book idea. What an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift for mom!

Turquoise might be one of my favorite colors, besides who wouldn’t love this mug? Fill it with wine, water, whatever mom chooses nobody is judging!

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How gorgeous is this bag and it’s under 15 bucks!!!! Don’t forget to add in this purse organizer to make it easier to find her belongings.

https://amzn.to/2WtyLBj

Treat Yourself this Mother’s Day

Finally don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something special this mother’s day. I know I will be upping up the skin care from Beautycounter and I will be chilling in my favorite longsleeved pocket tee and Mama bear hat!! I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day. Please let me know if this Mother’s day gift guide was helpful to you.

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For more inspiration check out my post about last minute mother’s day gifts here.

Mother and daughter in matching red shirts smiling

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Recipes, Uncategorized

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes

White plate salmon cakes and remolaude dipping sauce

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: for Foodie Friday

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. Today I have a recipe for you that features the best gluten free salmon cakes. Growing up my mom frequently made salmon cakes and they were always a big hit. I didn’t realize just how simple and healthy those lovely golden brown patties could be. Now that I am gluten free I find these as a super easy go to meal when I need to get a little more fatty fish into my families diet. Stay tuned for the recipe, but first I’m going to tell you a little bit about why you need to make these cakes.

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: High in Omega 3s

Salmon is considered a fatty fish and it is high in Omega 3s. As I have mentioned in a previous post Omega 3s are essential to our diet. Essential fatty acids are those that can not be made within the body but instead are obtained through our diet. Eating fatty fish a few times a week is a great way to ensure that you are getting adequate levels of omega 3s. The only problem with this is cooking fish the same old way can get super boring. In comes the Salmon Cake to the recipe rut rescue.

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: Family Friendly Recipe

This recipe is not only healthy and easy but is family friendly. It can be difficult to get kids to eat fish at times especially fish with a stronger flavor like Salmon. This recipe is definitely kid friendly and once you add my Remolaude sauce it will be a big hit.

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: Ingredients

cutting board with sliced lemon garlic and red onion

For this recipe you will need the following:

For the cakes: Serves four to six

  • four 6 oz cans salmon skinless boneless. Wild caught is the best
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1 egg
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1 tbsp parsley dried
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning or seafood seasoning of choice
  • 1/3 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs plus more for dredging
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil for frying the cakes

Remolaude Sauce ingredients: You may want to double your recipe its just that good

  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp relish I used dill
  • dash hot sauce. I prefer franks
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • dash of pepper and old bay seasoning

The Best Gluten Free Salmon Cakes: Directions

Remolaude Sauce:

This sauce can be made ahead and actually tastes better if done so. However if you are in a hurry it is still delicious if made right before serving.

Finely dice 2 cloves garlic and two tablespoons onion place in a medium bowl. Add relish, mayo, Dijon mustard, dash of hot sauce, half of lemon that is juiced, and spices. Stir all to combine.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

bowl of remolaude sauce on counter top

Directions for the Cakes:

Start by draining your salmon place into a medium to large bowl. To the bowl add one egg, 1/2 cup diced red onion, splash of lemon juice, spices, and salt and pepper to taste.

Next add in 1/2 cup of almond flour and 1/3 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs. Combine the ingredients and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. After refrigeration If you find your mixture to be do dry add an extra egg or if to moist add addition bread crumbs. Use your hands to form into patties however large or small you prefer.

Fill the bottom of a plate with some additional bread crumbs and dredge your patties in the bread crumbs and press to coat flip and press on additional side.

To Fry:

Put two tablespoons of coconut oil in a frying pan and heat to medium high heat. If you do not like the taste of coconut use refined coconut oil instead of unrefined. You can also use a different oil of choice.

Once your oil is warm add your patties in a single layer pan fry until golden brown. Flip and fry on additional side.

Once cooked through and golden brown place on paper towel lined plate to absorb extra grease.

Serve along side coleslaw or sweet potato fries and enjoy!

Check out my other recipes for more salmon inspiration.

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Whats Up Wingo

I hope you all had a great week and enjoy your weekend. We plan to do some swimming this weekend and I hope to get my closet organized. We recently bought a Eufy which is a robotic vacum cleaner for the upstairs Ill place a link below if you are interested.

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As you can see I am feeling the need to purge and clean. Coming up next on the blog I have a few posts planned. One is all about vitamin d and my breastfeeding series is still in the works. Hope you all have a great weekend let me know in the comments how you plan to spend it.

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