Healthier Banana Bread

I don't know about you, but I always seem to overestimate my banana consumption and end up with a few brown, overripe bananas on my countertop by week's end.  Lucky for me, I know these are the best kind for baking, so I'm always looking for a good recipe to make the most of my banana mush.  Not so lucky, the best banana bread I've ever made also came with a cup full of sugar and few sticks of butter.  It's definitely a give and take, and this recipe is no different, but I enjoyed it enough that I definitely will make it again, and contains ingredients that you likely already have sitting about the house.


2 very ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil or olive oil
1/3 cup honey or syrup
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
Any add-ins you desire (I used chocolate chips but you could add also add nuts, raisins, etc.)

Mix all of the ingredients and pour into a greased cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.  Just until you see the edges starting to brown.

Additionally, if you're looking to really step your "fit mom" fuel, I recommend adding a scoop of IdealFit Multi-Purpose Protein.  It's awesome because it literally has NO taste, so you can mix it into whatever you're making without fear of taste interference.

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Best Swimsuits for Cool Moms

I can't even believe I am doing this in February, but as I sit out on my 80 degree patio today, I can't help but get the itch for all things summer.  Sandals, tanks, sunglasses, a tan... and of course my own personal point of weakness, swimwear.  I know it's ridiculous.  I know I don't need any more.  But when it comes to swimsuits, it's just the one piece of fashion thirst that I can never seem to quench.  I figure every woman has her thing.  Some collect shoes.  Some collect handbags.  I collect swimsuits.  Seems perfectly normal and natural to me.  

Anyway, as I've grown, my tastes and lifestyle have changed.  While I used to swear by Doll and Beach Babe, Target has actually hit the nail on the head for me the past couple of years, leaving me no reason to search elsewhere.  So as I bid farewell to the cheeky bikinis that some have come to know me for, I veer my search in a new direction... the mom suit.  And it turns out these are actually equally as fun!  

If you're also on the hunt for a mom suit that doesn't leave you crying in the dressing room, let me be up front about my style.  I'm not looking for the kind of suit that covers every square inch of my body.  I'm looking for the kind that I can wear around Grandma without blushing but also makes my husband do a double take.  I'm looking for one that my kids can hang onto without fear of indecent exposure, but also sings "Rosie's mom has got it going on" if you know what I mean.  If this is also the look that YOU are going for, read on.  I have the mecca of swimwear (so far) for the 2018 season and I'm revealing my personal choices soon! 

What to do when you can't exercise

If you've been following me on Instagram, you know I've been in a bit of a funk.  There's a lot of potential reasons... winter blues, financial stress, terrible two tantrums, some mild health issues... but one underlying fact remains.  And if I follow the patterns of anxiety in my life, I can pretty accurately trace them back to one common theme... a failure to exercise as part of my daily routine.  Now before you go assuming that I've just fallen off the wagon, trust me, this was not per my own decision making.  I had to have a growing lump (called a lipoma if you really wanna know) removed from my back and the incision is quite sizeable, thus I've been advised not to any type of exercise for several weeks.  No stretching, no walking, no lifting.  Not even my own toddlers who seem to be going through some withdrawl of their own.

Valentine Favorites 2018 Edition

I'm not sure what it is about Valentine's Day.  It's not like it's the holiday that I love, but the fact that it's pretty much an explosion of epic girlishness a free pass to immerse myself in pink and hearts and sweet treats galore.  Whatever the excuse, I'm totally down.  So here's five of my favorite fun treasures I've seen around the internet this season.  Which are you going to snag for yourself?