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#switchtosafer Friday with a few other tips 

Woohoo! Finally Friday 🙂 I have a few fun things to share that I’m currently digging and a little freebie Friday action thanks to Beautycounter! Hey, I feel like everyone loves a good deal, so I had better share. 

 1. Bird feeder! This one suction cups (I guess that’s how you say that…) to the window so perfect for a little one’s room or a kitchen window. Or maybe even an office window 🙂 

2. Book + Bible study! Lately I have been trying to prioritize this first thing in the AM. Some AMs are successful… some are not. But there’s nothing like a new study to motivate you! I’m super excited to start this She Reads Truth study (I mean how beautiful is this!!)… Danielle with Against All Grain actually did the recipes for the “grace days” 🙂 I have been doing She Reads Truth studies off and on since they started back when I was in college. Love them! 

3. BEAUTYCOUNTER eye cream to the rescue! This week has been crazy, work + a little boy cutting some big teeth = tired eyes/skin. This eye cream has been my staple. Both men and women can use it and most of the time the men end up using it more than us women. And that facial oil in the background… it is amazing. This week I have washed my face with the charcoal bar, massaged 3 drops of the oil in my face, then dabbed the eye cream around the eyes. Quick and easy routine! 

And guess what? You can get both of these FOR FREE plus some other goodies!! Here’s how: add $121 of products to your cart + add a membership to the cart ($29 for a year, all perks, no tricks and NO monthly orders!) and you will receive:

  • FREE Soothing Facial Oil ($68 value) 
  • FREE Rejuvenating Eye Cream ($58 value)
  • FREE Calendula Lip Balm ($20 value)
  • FREE Shipping ($5.95 value)
  • AND $18.15 store credit towards your next order! 

That’s $320.10 worth of products + store credit all for $150!!! Talk about an awesome opportunity to #switchtosafer products. Shop through the end of the month and be entered into a drawing for a prize by using this link–> Courtney’s Switch to Safer party link. Don’t need all of those products? They all make great gifts! Need more information about BC? Check out the party post right here on the blog or comment below. 

4. Bacon + grapefruit on a salad. So good!! Dinner last night was a hit with me and the boys. Do you see Leo in the photo? He got a little piece too. Don’t worry! 

5. Gingerade kombucha. Love this drink… and especially as a midday fizzy with lunch 🙂 

That’s it!! Y’all have a great afternoon and happy weekend from the Cookin Up Life crew… 

Halloween Week Menu

Hi! I hope everyone is ready for Halloween week 🙂 Can’t believe it is already here… You know Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.

I have enjoyed picking up a few fall decorations (love Tuesday Morning and Home Goods!) and pulling out some items that I bought at the end of last fall. I’m also (with the husband’s help and a friend!) hanging more things up at the house. Why is it so hard to commit?!? Ha. Anyone struggle with this?

Moving on… We are making a fun item this week, empanadas, from one of my most used cookbooks, Primal Cravings

Check out the menu 😉

Weekly Menu
Breakfast options: Health Starts in the Kitchen’s pumpkin pie chia seed pudding; eggs, frozen fruit, and coconut milk; Blueberry muffins from the The Zenbelly Cookbook
L- Taco Salads topped with avocado and salsa
D- Chicken Enchilada Empanadas from Primal Cravings
L-Empanada leftovers with salad
D- Tuna cakes with spinach salad (Using this Multiply Delicious recipe as a base)

L- Tuna cake leftovers
D- Mexican meatloaf from The 21-Day Sugar Detox
L- Meatloaf leftovers with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes
D- Spaghetti squash bolognese from The 21-Day Sugar Detox
L- Meatloaf leftovers with roasted sweet potato
D- Spaghetti leftovers

Then I will kick off the weekend with a crockpot meal– Paleo orange chicken from Health-Bent blog.

Y’all have a great week!

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