First and foremost, thank you to all the men and women who fought and died for our freedom. We are a military family: our Grandpa Greci was a Navy man, my Uncle Darrell fought in Dessert Storm, our Uncle Mario was a Green Beret, and the list goes on. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost veterans and we are so thankful to those who have served and are currently serving. Bless you.
It seems like every holiday is marked by big sales, and today is no exception! Below you will find some sales to places that I personally love. Happy shopping!
Every Friday I will be linking up with Shay Shull of Mix and Match Mama and sharing all my recent fav finds! Today, it is quite the mix, from food to music to sunscreen!
If you blogged about your favorite things, make sure to link up with Mix and Match Mama and myself!
Coconut Bowls was created and inspired by the opportunity to reduce single use plastics through sourcing sustainable coconut shells, while providing jobs for low-income artisans. I love that their bowls are handcrafted by artisans from coconuts that were discarded as waste, they are so beautiful, and every purchase supports sustainability and helps the environment. I also admire their company and its purpose:
“Giving back is at the core of the Coconut Bowls purpose, and thanks to the incredible support of the Coco Community, who have not only helped Coconut Bowls champion sustainability to millions of people around the world, you’ve helped donate tens of thousands of dollars to environmental charities through Coconut Bowls verified 1% For The Planet commitment. In addition to this commitment, Coconut Bowls has offset all of the carbon from every shipment since the very first order back in 2016.”
Get your own Coconut Bowls here and use code LGRECI at checkout.
Zinc It Over
I HATE wearing sunscreen…especially on my face! I always breakout, it feels awful, it messes with my makeup. THAT HAS ALL CHANGED!! My skin care guru recommend I use sunscreen because I have sun spots, plus were are outside A LOT. Spring/summer = lake around here. Zinc It Over is awesome! I can wear my makeup as usual, then I just spritz this on top and voila! I am covered and protected!
Chocolate is always a fav! BUT, with my health issues, I cant consume sugar…so that got me on the hunt for something that I could eat that would satiate my chocolate craving. Enter Lakanto Monkfuit Chocolate Bars! I love them! I usually grab a couple squares and nosh on raw almonds while watching my fav show.
Summer is just better on the lake. My husband is incredible at finding good deals and this boat was no exception! We had been on the hunt for the PERFECT family boat for a couple of years…and ladies and gentlemen…we FOUND HER! We purchased her last year and spend pretty much every weekend on the lake in the summer. She’s a pre-owned (though you wouldn’t know it looking at it) tri-toon and my hubby named her ‘No Plans.’ Which is fitting for this quarantine life we are living!
We have already been out a few times this year and can’t wait for more lake days!
Love Bug Apparel
Love Bug Apparel is by far one of my favorite clothing lines! Aside from it being our dear friends company, I would buy every shirt they own! They are cute, soft, durable, and so super comfy! You can pretty much always catch me wearing one of their shirts! Here are just a few of my favs:
Write the Word
My Write the Word journal is one of my favorites! I love waking up before the kids and writing down the Bible verse for the day and getting a moment to write out my prayers. I love the simplicity of the journal and the space to make it yours. I recently finished my first journal and now starting my second – Cultivate Prayer.
Trolls World Tour Soundtrack
Y’all…we rented the movie and watched it more times than I can count (we had to get our moneys worth!). Now we listen to the soundtrack allllll day. And I’m ok with it! My boys ask Alexa, “Play the new Trolls soundtrack” and we listen day after day! My favorite song is Don’t Slack. What about you? Have y’all been listening to this on repeat??
My guest for the Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #9 is Kimberly Partain and boy did we have a great conversation! She opens up and shares about her past abusive relationships (even how one pulled a gun on her), how she battled an eating disorder and has risen above all of the challenges she has … Read More
I have been battling systemic candida since November 2019. My diet is very strict and doesn’t allow much wiggle room. I have been living a gluten-free lifestyle for many years, however, trying to kill off candida takes more than abstaining from gluten. Since November of 2019, I have also cut dairy, caffeine, sugar (even from fruits), alcohol, and a variety of veggies and grains.
Within the last week, I have been slowly adding in some of the food that was restricted in the beginning stages of the Candida Diet. But, even though it is slowly improving, it is still not gone. I have started transitioning to more of a SCD and leaky-gut diet in order to heal my gut and prevent candida from getting into my bloodstream.
We rarely eat out because of my diet. Thus, I rely greatly on recipes and cookbooks. Here are just four of my top favs that I go to often for dinner recipes that are mostly compliant with my food restrictions:
I LOVE ALL of Danielle Walker’s cookbooks! I have all of them now and reference them often. Her recipes are kid-approved, too! I know that when I pick a recipe from her book, the whole family will enjoy it. Plus, I am able to stick to a gluten-free, dairy-free, SCD diet with the majority of her recipes.
Minimalist Baker is another favorite of mine! I try to eat more plant-based these days, but with my diet, I can’t make many of Dana’s recipes at the moment because of the use of maple syrup, beans, and some grains. However, my kids LOVE her muffin and bread recipes and I love how her cookbook is mostly gluten-free.
I purchased the ebook version of Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook and LOVE it! So many beautiful bowls, smoothies, salads, and vegan options, most of which I can eat with my restricted diet. I love how fresh and colorful all the recipes are and they are so delicious!
If you want to purchase your own Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook ebook or hardcopy, click hereand use code LGRECI at checkout.
In addition to these cookbooks, I have a lot of go-to websites where I pull recipes to try. I usually print the recipe, and if my family likes it, I keep it and place it in my recipe binder. If they don’t, in the recycle it goes! I also like printing the recipes because I often forget where I found the recipe and if I made any adjustments, which if I do, I can just pencil it in.
What are your favorite cookbooks and recipes sites? Share below…and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!
These pancakes are an adaptation from Mix & Match Mama’s recipe and I absolutely LOVE it! It is gluten-free, full of flavor and super easy to make! I hope you enjoy! Protein Power Pancakes Ingredients: 1 egg 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I love Truvani’s super clean vanilla protein powder) 1/2 mashed banana 1/2 cup … Read More
My guest for the Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode #8 is Kim Lukas, a mom to three children, wife to Jeremey Lukas, who is running for a seat in the local city office, and is just a Godly woman full of insight and wisdom! I love chatting with Kim and when I say we chatted … Read More
It is warm here in North Texas and as summer looms, I am cooling down with this lovely iced matcha. It has a hint of sweetness and it is perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up! Iced Matcha Latte Ingredients: 1/4 cup boiling water 1 tsp organic matcha powder 1/2 tsp vanilla powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch … Read More