Health + Fitness

Meal Plan: A Little Bit of Paleo & A Meatless Dish or Two

I miss Emily’s weekly meal plans! Don’t you? I have a few recipes that I wanted to shoot her way but I decided to whip up a blog post about it instead of interrupting her while she is undoubtedly making someone laugh. Or, pouring herself a glass of wine. Hi Em!

One of my good friends, Dr. Delaram Raisdana is an awesome acupuncturist and even better holistic nutritionist. She introduced me to the world of Paleo and I included a couple of Paleo friendly recipes in this week’s meal plan. I also like to do at least one meatless meal a week but this week you’re getting two!

So it’s been said that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Here’s to meal planning, prepping for your week ahead and getting $hit done. You go girl! Or boy 🙂

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Photo Credit from Top Left and continue Clockwise: Paleo OMG, The Recipe Critic, Primavera Kitchen, The Food Network, A Head of Thyme

Recipe 1: Pan Seared Mahi Mahi over Sticky Coconut Rice and Mango Salsa via Paleo OMG.
Recipe 2: Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef via The Recipe Critic
Recipe 3: Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet via Primavera Kitchen
Recipe 4: Butternut Squash Soup via The Food Network
Recipe 5: Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto Spaghetti via A Head of Thyme
 Recipes featured from top left and continue clockwise.

My personal notes and tips for each recipe:

To cut time with the Pan Seared Mahi Mahi dish you can buy pre-made mango salsa. Trader Joe’s sells a yummy version. I also like their Pineapple Salsa with this recipe. You can also buy cauliflower that is already riced. I prefer the frozen riced cauliflower over the fresh riced cauliflower. For some reason the fresh riced cauliflower has more liquid. However, buying a head of cauliflower and ‘ricing’ it yourself taste the best.

I don’t use the cornstarch in the Mongolian Beef Recipe. I just throw all the ingredients, minus the carrots, into a large ziplock bag, mix together and then add to the crock pot. To save time you can use baby carrots. This recipe is so easy to make and is so yummy! This pairs well with brown rice. Auburn and Ronen love this meal.

The Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is a perfect one pan meal. Don’t substitute the yellow bell peppers for red or green. Yellow taste best with this recipe.

Butternut Squash is a pain in the butt to cut so I buy the pre-cut bags of butternut squash at Trader Joe’s. Serve with salad and bread for a complete meal.

Do not make this recipe in the baby bullet! (duh, right?) I broke ours while making this. But it was SO delicious. It is a great dip for cucumbers, bell peppers, anything! You can also buy gluten free spaghetti for this meal. It was SO easy and quick to make. This would be great with a grilled lemon chicken breast too.

Find the grocery list for this meal plan here: Meal Plan Paleo and Meatless








Decorating Apple Donuts

Donut worry moma, these donuts are a healthier version!

Apple Donuts


My friend’s niece came up with this healthier alternative to donut decorating and it was so yummy and fun that I had to share. The first time we did this we used the green Granny Smith apples. The tartness of this apple combined with the lemon and the sugar of the sprinkles was delicious! The second time I used Gala apples. This combination was an sweeter and smoother flavor overall. I liked the sweet & tangy taste of the Granny Smith apples better but the kids preferred the Gala apples.

This is a great activity to do at the pool because it can get kind of messy!

Apple Donuts


  • Apples (Gala or Granny Smith)
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt with Honey (We used this Trader Joe’s Brand and also this Dannon Brand.)
  • A variety of food coloring.
  • 1 lemon
  • Sprinkles in a variety of colors and shapes
  • Sanding sugar in a variety of colors

1. Core apples and cut horizontally in about 1/4 inch slices. Squeeze half of a lemon over apples slices to prevent browning.

2. For ‘frosting’ use plain vanilla greek yogurt (with honey is yummy!) portioned out in clear plastic cups. Add food coloring to achieve desired hue. Mix well. Have the children use a spoon or plastic butter knife to ‘frost’ their ‘donut’.

3. Top with sanding sugar and sprinkles in a variety of colors and shapes.

I would love to use a food coloring alternative so if you momas have any suggestions please let me know!

Auburn Donuts


I hope you’re enjoying these last few days of summer!






Milk & Mascara Summer Bucket List

Last night at 9:24pm marked the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice. So happy summer solstice! What exactly does that mean, you say? The summer solstice happens when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, with the Earth’s axis tilting most towards it and situated directly above the Tropic of Cancer. In other words it means long days, warm nights and a chance to tackle our Milk & Mascara Summer Bucket List!

Summer 2017 BucketList

I love the summer season and everything associated with it. Maybe it’s the Leo in me. I always look forward to nights at the pool, BBQs and my birthday! Most of my favorite fruit is in season during this time of year and I LOVE summer fashion. Although, this off-the-shoulder trend is making me wish that I hit the gym earlier in the year. Oh well.

We can’t wait to tackle our summer list along with you! We hope this list inspires you this season. If you complete something on our bucket list we want to see it!! Please use the hashtag #mandmsummer and tag us so that we can share it!

Stay cool,





Food + Fitness

Week 14 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 14

Recipe 1: Teriyaki Chicken via Plain Chicken and Sesame Carrot and Cucumber Slaw via Fox & Briar

Recipe 2: Grilled Chicken Fajita Kebabs via Fit Foodie Finds & Mexican Street Corn Salad via Cooking Classy

Recipe 3: Korean Turkey Bowls via Damn Delicious

Recipe 4: Slow Cooker Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken via Carlsbad Cravings

Recipe 5: 20 Minute Cashew Chicken via Chef Saavy

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Week 14 Grocery List(viewable in iBooks)

Week 14 Grocery List


10-12 Chicken Breasts
1 pack of ground turkey breast

6-8 garlic cloves
4 ears fresh corn
3-4 limes
1-2 medium avocados
4-5 large bell peppers (any variation of colors)
2 red onions
2-3 medium cucumbers
2-3 medium carrots
chopped spinach
freshly grated ginger
green onions
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)

chili powder
ground cumin
garlic powder
chili powder
onion powder
brown sugar
Asian sweet chili sauce
low sodium soy sauce
hoisin sauce
rice wine vinegar
sesame oil
sriracha (optional)
mayonnaise (optional)

unsallted raw cashews
sesame seeds
red pepper flakes
brown rice
4 large eggs
Cotija cheese





Apparently I can’t do it all….

I am going to be totally straight with you guys right now. I love Kim Kardashian. Not only do I think she is SMOKING HOT….I think she is brilliant. I think her sisters are beautiful and I think her mother is a money making/marketing BEAST and I love them. I love this family. You can hate on them all you want for flaunting their bodies….their beauty and their famous last name…all while you do your own laundry and cook your own food…..because they have better things to do….like be millionaires. You may think they are terrible human beings because they have a better butt than you but one thing they are NOT….is stupid. Even if Kim is an ugly crier….because she is. Sorry Kim. When I was working full time, I constantly battled with traditional (aka lame) PR firms over how to connect with our targeted demographic….REAL, QUALIFIED consumers and once referred to the Kardashian marketing strategies in a meeting….it didn’t go well. Anyway, this girl knows what she’s doing when it comes to selling….whatever it is she sells. I’m buying it. Lip gloss. Shoes. Waist trainers. Mascara. I don’t care. Just take my money. So…….when I saw this meme it really resonated…because I love Kim and I am not sane.


If you read our blog (just pretend you do because it makes me feel good) you know that I missed Week 14’s Meal Plan and while no one might reads this or actually follows my meal plans it really kicked me in the ass that I missed a meal plan. To me, that meant I failed. I failed you…the imaginary people I pretend read this blog. So, imaginary people, you may remember when I wrote “…after deciding to leave the workforce and stay at home I felt a bit guilty….like I let my “sisters” down by “giving up” my career to stay at home….and felt like I gave up my right or my voice….like I  had set us back…or let down all the women who fought so hard to give me so many opportunities.” and some days this still holds true but I really do know in my heart that taking a hiatus from my career was the right move for me and my family at the time. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t second guess and criticize this decision A LOT. There are days where I feel like Lucy would be better off if she was still in daycare with formally trained and educated teachers. Or that I don’t hold Eli enough or talk to him enough or read to him enough because I’m painting rainbows and unicorns with my psychotic threenager. Or that I swear to God my dog is depressed because half the time I forget I let him out back.

You grow up (or at least I did #millennialprobs) hearing “you can be whatever you want” or “if you work hard enough, you can do anything you want”….but it’s just not true….and I’m not talking about running for President guys….I’m talking about washing your hair more than once every two weeks. I fear that I have come to the conclusion that I simply can’t be at home with my kids full time, maintain my career by running my own business part time, have a social life, work out, make healthy-ish dinners without starving my children, teach tiny humans to be decent, have a clean home that is full of educational toys & resources and smells like fresh baked cookies instead of baby shit, contribute to a blog, maintain mediocre hygiene standards all while trying to remember to have sex with my husband and NOT ABSOLUTELY 100% LOSE MY SHIT. I just can’t. There is not enough wine in the world that can make it happen. Trust me. I’ve tried….I am actively trying right now and I am failing. So what gives? I can’t starve my children….I love my husband….I already avoid having a social life by pretending that going to the zoo is me being social (mom hack). I need to work out….like bad you guys…I don’t call em’ ham hocks for nothing. I already don’t wash my hair or shave my legs….so mediocre hygiene standards are long gone. My work is important to me….I like it. I’m good at it and I will go back. I like this blogging thing. I do. I didn’t think I would but I do. Sometimes when I am working through something I will think about “it” as being good content for the blog….and it actually helps me process whatever it is I am dealing with in a much more tangible way than flailing in the wind clenching a bottle of rose in my hand. I don’t want to give any of it up but it’s catching up with me. Once again….I don’t know what the solution is or if there even is a solution in which I don’t have to give something up but I know people who do it. Like real people. Who are my friends.

I worked with a woman who had a baby, was a single mother, worked her way up, started her own company, met the love of her life, remodeled their home, bought a boat, sold her home and bought a bigger boat, continues to dominate in her industry all while travelling the open seas with her husband and dog while her daughter attends college.

Or I have this annoying girlfriend who has two boys 5 & under, who works out every day, cooks, cleans, is social, thoughtful, kind, funny (did I mention annoying)….works part time as a consultant….writes a blog or two, travels, brushes her hair <<< SAY WHAAAAT???!!! She doesn’t even break a sweat….I swear to God she texts me recipes in her sleep….or she doesn’t sleep….or she’s a vampire.

Or how about our very own Amy of Milk & Mascara….two kids…works for an amazing non-profit that changes lives…is a yoga instructor….has an amazing body….and skin (see how she gets it here)….takes her kids on wonderfully magical adventures….blogs….is kind and funny and an amazing wife to an engineer who insists on building hover crafts and backyard hobbit villages with zip lines all while staying home full time with a stupidly beautiful smile on her face.

I could keep going. These people are out there. They’re magical unicorns and I don’t know how they do it all. I want to be them when I grow up but I’m 30 now and I’m still hiding in the pantry eating cookies on the daily….soooooo there’s that. Anyway, sorry I missed Week 14….it won’t happen again (just kidding – it totally will). I’ll post Week 14 tomorrow. Thank you for being patient and understanding imaginary friends. Love you all!



Food + Fitness

Week 13 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 13

Recipe 1: Teriyaki Meatballs via Short List Meals & Asian inspired salad with Sesame Dressing via Just a Taste

Recipe 2: Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef via Your Home Based Mom

Recipe 3: Cilantro Lime Chicken & Avocado Salsa via Short List Meals

Recipe 4: Greek Marinated Chicken and Cucumber Salad via Eazy Peazy Meals

Recipe 5: Grilled Balsamic Chicken & Spinach Salad via Short List Meals (Recipe Below)

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I guess Motherhood IS pretty powerful after all…

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My daughter recently asked me: “Mom, can I be Super Man even though I’m a girl?” and I said “yes, of course….Super Man isn’t Super Man because he’s a boy….he is Super Man because he is brave and kind and generous.”

To be perfectly honest, I’m not too worried about Lucy feeling inferior simply because she is female. Not only is she surrounded by strong women but, maybe even more importantly, by men who respect and empower women as peers and colleagues. So while she may one day face inequality in school or the workplace, I feel pretty confident that she will handle it like a bad ass. I mean….she’s only three years old so I guess I shouldn’t get ahead of myself but I’m not too worried about it.

Due in large part to the current political climate, the topic of equality (or lack thereof) has been at the forefront of our society…and you know what….I’m glad. More people are discussing inequality than ever before…fighting for it….advocating for and recognizing it now more than ever. After deciding to leave the workforce and stay at home I felt a bit useless…..and guilty. There was part of me that felt like I let my “sisters” down by “giving up” my career to stay at home….and felt like I gave up my right or my voice….like I  had set us back…or let down all the women who fought so hard to give me so many opportunities. I was desperate to contribute to and be a propellant for positive change…and have spent a lot of hours thinking about how I can make a difference. So, as I continued to think about my role and what or how I was doing to contribute to society I realized I needed to dwell less on what I had done and more on what I could do moving forward and I have come to realize that regardless of whether or not I am working, the most powerful way I can make a difference is by raising kind humans who believe in and fight for equality. I can raise my family and my children in a way that paves a path for equality. It is something I can show them….day in and day out. I can do that. Regardless of a persons gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or any other magical reason someone is different from them….I am going to raise humans who see beyond any of that. I am committed to raising children who grow up loving their neighbors something fierce….I’m going to sprinkle kindness around like confetti. It’s going to be a kindness party up in here (okay, okay…I’m getting carried away….or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to drink during the day).

It’s amazing how at 3 years old my daughter is already recognizing the different roles genders play. She recently asked me why girls don’t play sports. Ummmm….I’m sorry….come again child. Not only does Lucy play any and every sport she wants…..but ummm…I’m her mom. I love sports. In fact, I would even say that I’m a better athlete than her dad (he LOVES when I tell people this). After discussing this with her in great detail (especially the part about me being a better athlete than her dad) she said….”yeah but why don’t girls play sports on TV”? Hmmm….you got me there kid….guess we’ll be watching a lot of softball this year!

Speaking of….we just celebrated Lucy’s 3rd birthday and this came up on my Facebook memories from a year ago:

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“I am not one to easily take offense to something and I choose to keep politics to myself but trying to pick out the perfect birthday card for my smart, brave, hilarious, construction/dinosaur/monster/Paw Patrol loving daughter, I am disappointed in the selection. Every card I choose for her says Birthday BOY…..where my ladies at?? Good thing I have a Sharpie readily available!!”

Seriously….every dinosaur card was for a birthday boy. But you know what….it goes both ways. One of Lucy’s very best friends is Frozen obsessed. He LOVES Frozen!!! We wanted to give him a Frozen birthday card but they were all for the birthday girl. I recently saw a friend of mine post about how her son wanted to wear a Wonder Woman shirt. HELL YES. She has twins (yes, she is in fact Wonder Woman) and her son wanted to wear a Wonder Woman shirt but of course she couldn’t find one. See below:

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From: @annda003 

“The kids wanted Wonder Woman shirts so we could match. Of course, there weren’t any in the boys section. Apparently girls can sport heroes, but boys can’t wear heroines. Females team members are missing almost always missing from boys apparel. You can see this with The Justice League, The Avengers (give Black Widow her own movie!), Star Wars, Paw Patrol, The Lion Guard…How can we teach our sons to respect women as peers and colleagues (let alone as leaders) if we exclude them from the narrative? My son will learn that women kick ass just as much as men. Not because he has a mom who kicks ass or his sister kicks ass. Because they are PEOPLE who kick ass. So yes, I found him a shirt. He’s wearing a girl’s size small and he loves it. His shield is in the way and the Invisible Jet is parked out back.” 

Anyway, I started thinking a lot about how I can show Lucy that gender doesn’t (or shouldn’t) mean a damn thing and it got me thinking about how brands play such an important role in how equality is taught and comprehended by our youth. You walk through clothing stores, toy stores, book stores, etc. and its clear….boys vs girls. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have separate sections but boys and girls should at least have access to the same characters….right? My kid loves Paw Patrol but all of the girls clothing and accessories are Skye & Everest….well Lucy loves Rubble damn it. My nephew thinks Everest is a bad ass yet he would be hard pressed to find some Paw Patrol paraphernalia with Everest on it in the boys section. I truly believe we have more power than we give ourselves credit for. I can’t help but think that by making small changes to what I purchase….what I watch….where I spend my time and money…..that collectively, we can slowly show brands that this matters. It does make a difference. It makes a difference in how our children see themselves and each other and that matters. Now don’t get me wrong, there are brands out there who fight hard for this but oftentimes they are too expensive and/or not as readily available to everyone like a Target or Old Navy would be and while I love some of these small brands fighting the good fight for us (like Budding Stem)…..I just can’t seem to justify $39 for a dress or $27 for leggings (I don’t even spend that on my own wardrobe) that my 3 year old will likely grow out of in a few months or rip a hole through them on day 2. This isn’t easy….I know this is bigger and more complex than I even begin to pretend to understand….but isn’t there a way we can show big brands that this is important to us? That this is how you win loyalty from your consumers. Give us something that supports our mission….our mission of raising a generation of lovers, scientists, politicians and friends who don’t see gender, race, religion or sexual orientation as something that makes someone different but something that makes them unique and magical and beautiful. It is up to us to raise a generation who can heal and re-build a nation…a world….a society that is worth fighting for. We have to demand more from the brands that dominate the aisles of our stores. Unfortunately, I really don’t have a solution here….I don’t have some wise call to action or brand to support…..but a virtual chest bump that we CAN make a difference. Where you shop, where you eat, what you wear….it matters.

This sounds and feels so silly but I believe that by making small changes…big and small…we can change the conversation. Something small we did recently was for Lucy’s birthday. She wanted a princess party….greeeeeat….and she wanted to give all her guests tiaras….even bettttttter. So, as we were packing up the bags she said, “what about the boys?” Ummm “what about the boys???” and then she told me that “boys don’t wear tiaras”. TO HELL THEY DON’T!  I told her that yes, they absolutely DO wear tiaras….and that girls carry swords….and that some people wear a tiara and carry a sword while riding a magical unicorn over a rainbow (…but seriously….I think I’ve actually seen this in Portland). The point is….I don’t want her to see the world this way but somehow her little brain is already recognizing and internalizing the bullshit stereotypes society impresses upon our youth. Boys and/or girls can wear a tiara WHILE carrying a sword….in a pink tutu with soccer cleats on. So, I got on Amazon Prime and ordered 25 foam swords to put in the bags so everyone got a tiara and a sword because they are not mutually exclusive and yes, I realize this is trivial and silly but its one small way that we can start changing the way our kids see themselves and stop assigning erroneous roles based on gender. It starts with us…it starts right now with our kids and you know what….that’s pretty powerful.

WE LITERALLY MADE HUMAN BEINGS YOU GUYS….INSIDE OUR BODIES. We are magical freaks of nature. We can change the world….by being good moms…..and dads….and aunts and uncles and friends. Raising our kids to fiercely love one another… be includers…..and to fight for equality. We can do that. We can do that right now so yeah, I guess being a mom is enough. Motherhood is in fact pretty powerful.