Chicken Pesto Pasta a Fresh & Easy Meal

Fresh & Easy is our 1 stop shop for groceries.

For busy parents on the go, Fresh & Easy will make your life easy. Fresh & Easy aisles are wide and stroller friendly. You won’t find a lot of last minute items like candy or magazines crowding the cashier lane so you can get your stroller in and out of the store with ease.

We love to cook, during our latest Fresh & Easy shopping adventure, we purchased ingredients to make Chicken Pesto with Whole Wheat Pasta.

This is how we made it:

And this is what it looked like:


We also like Fresh & Easy because the prices are extremely affordable and the shelves are always fully stocked. In the rare occasion that an item on our grocery list is not on a shelf, a Fresh & Easy associate is always happy to check inventory to see if the item is in storage waiting to be placed on a shelf or on back order. Fresh & Easy can also special order an item for you. Just ask one of the managers.

Looking for organic produce? Fresh & Easy has that too! They really have everything!

As strong environmental activists, it is important to us to support stores that are doing everything they can to maintain a low carbon footprint. Much to our satisfaction, Fresh & Easy is ahead of the curve. All of their display and shipping materials are recycled or reused. This includes materials like cardboard, paper, plastic shrink wrap, pallets, totes, crates or damaged hand baskets. All of their delivery trucks are use aerodynamic, fuel efficient trailers to help minimize their CO2 footprint on the road.

**This is a sponsored post, but opinions are our own. We have been loyal customers of Fresh & Easy since their first stores opened in Southern California over 10 years ago. We were extremely excited to write a sponsored post about our experiences and thoughts about Fresh & Easy. The sponsorship we received was an added bonus!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Mama’s Monday Favorite: California Baby Bubble Bath

Cue Beach Boys Music…I wish they all could be California Babies!

California Baby Bath is our favorite source of bath time bubbles. We like it because it is gentle on the skin and is made of 100% natural and organic bubbling ingredients such as organic soapbark, wild harvested yucca and super gentle glucosides. This means no irritation of delicate skin. We LOVE that it is tear free and does not contain sulfates. Each bottle also comes with a brightly colored bubble wand!
Ready to buy your California Baby Bubble Bath? Wait, it gets better. The ingredients are made from renewable and sustainable vegan sources and are totally and extremely biodegradable. California Baby Bubble Bath is made in a FDA registered and Certified Organic facility.

We love the Tangerine, sweet orange, and chamomile scents of the “Overtired and Cranky”. This gentle on your skin bubble bath works well for cranky and overtired mommies too!

** The opinions are our own. We did not receive product or monetary compensation for this review.

– Mama

Mama’s Monday Favorite: Instant Brown Minute Rice with Kung Pao Chicken

Need a quick, nutritious meal for 4? We have you covered! Brown rice with Kung Pao Chicken


– 3 Organic chicken breasts
– 2 Red bell peppers (diced)
– 2 Green bell peppers (diced)
– 1 red onion (diced)
– 1/4 cup Dried red chili peppers
– 1/4 cup peanuts (no shell)
– 2 cups Instant Minute Rice (brown)
– Kung Pao seasoning sauce
– Salt and pepper to taste


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
– Cut chicken breasts into cube sized portions.
– Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
– In a medium size baking pan, add chicken breasts, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, red onion, chili peppers, peanuts, and kung pao seasoning sauce.
– Bake chicken for 45 minutes
– 10 minutes before chicken is ready, prepare the Instant Minute Rice according to directions on box.
– Once chicken and rice are both ready, dish and Serve immediately

We went from:


In less than an hour!

**You can substitute brown rice for white rice. We recommend using all organic ingredients.

Minute® Rice is so quick and easy to prepare and is great pantry staple. When meal time seems like a hassle, Minute® Rice is a go-to ingredient your whole family will love and allows you to have more quality time doing what your want with your loved ones.

Leftover rotisserie chicken or veggies from a meal earlier in the week? Minute® Rice can easily be paired with some of your leftover ingredients to make a quick, easy and wholesome meal your whole family will love in just a matter of minutes.

Visit to create a great main meal or side dish for your next family get-together or potluck.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Mama’s Monday Favorite: The Diabetes Miracle

3 Simple Steps to Prevent and Control Diabetes and Regain Your Health…Permanently

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, this book is for you. The Diabetes Miracle addresses the root cause of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, insulin imbalance and resistance. Author Diane Kress, RD, CDE offers proven strategies to control diabetes with minimal need for medication.

The Diabetes Miracle provides simple, efficient, inexpensive strategies to:

  • Correct your body’s insulin imbalance naturally and stop the progression from Metabolism B to prediabetes to diabetes
  • “Rest, reset, and retrain” your pancreas to process carbs and react more normally to blood glucose changes
  • Lose weight and keep it off—especially the love handles and excess back fat
  • Get the best blood sugar readings you have experienced since your diagnosis on the least amount of medication
  • Have more energy, sleep great, look younger, and feel healthier
  • Gain control of type 2 diabetes on an easy, livable program

Diane Kress, R.D., C.D.E., owner-director of the Nutrition Center of Morristown, has developed, personally follows, and has successfully taught this proprietary program to thousands of patients. She also wrote The Metabolism Miracle, 3 easy steps to regain control of your weight…Permanently.

Mama’s Monday Favorite: Plum Organics Baby Food

In our quest to find healthful, tasty, organic food to feed our babies, we stumbled upon Plum Organics baby food. Plum Organics offered everything we were looking for; gently cooked baby food made with fruits and vegetables, wholesome toddler food, and bite sized snacks made with organic fruit and whole grains.

Our babies’ favorites are the Just Peaches (4 months and up), the Pumpkin and Banana (6 months and up), the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal breakfast meal (8 months and up), and the Blueberry, Oats, and Quinoa Mish Mash (toddlers). The sweetness, texture, and overall flavors satisfies hunger while providing important nutrients. We must confess, we like to eat them too!

Plum Organics is so dedicated to serving up healthful food and making the experience great for parents and children that they partnered with Boon and created a dispensing spoon designed specifically for their portable pouches. The spoon attaches directly to the pouch and makes serving easy.

Reasons why we feed our babies Plum Organics:

  • certified organic with 100% pure organic fruit
  • non-GMO ingredients
  • nutrient rich
  • no high fructose corn syrup
  • no added sugar, juice, colors or flavors
  • no trans fats
  • no artificial ingredients
  • BPA-free packaging
  • convenient portable pouch
  • child-safe cap, reseals for flexible portions
  • meat and vegetarian options

Plum Organic baby foods cost around between $1.40 and $1.19 each and are available online and in stores like Target, Whole Foods, and Babies R Us.

Have your baby or toddler try some today!

– Mama

** Plum Organics provided the product for review.

Mama’s Monday Favorite: Dr Brown’s Make-A-Smash Food Masher

As an avid user of Dr Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle Warmer and Glass Bottles, were were excited to try out the “Designed to Nourish” Line. The “Designed to Nourish” line includes a blender, puree masher, food storage pods, proportional plates, snack cups, bowls, utensils, and storage labels. The first item we tested is the “Make-A-Smash Food Masher“.

The Make-A-Smash Food Masher is a must have food preparation tool. It’s easy design makes mashing fruits and vegetables effortless. It is simple to use and lightweight enough to take with you wherever you go. You can take it on vacation, to mommy and me outings, to a friend’s house, lunch with grandparents, or even the park.

The masher is small enough to fit into your diaper bag or purse! It also comes with a bonus feeding guide and a booklet with recipes and simple tips and helpful hints on how to introduce solids to your infant. Our favorite helpful hint is “Gauge food sensitivities and allergies by introducing one food at a time to your infant, spacing two or three days apart.”

Looking for a fun way for your baby’s older sibling to bond with the baby? Have them use the food masher to make the baby’s lunch or dinner.

The Make-A-Smash Food Masher comes in vibrant colors to capture your baby’s attention. Our masher is white and orange, blue and white is also an option.

Dr Brown has plenty of other amazing products. Visit their website and join the Designed To Nourish community to receive special product news, promotions and tips from Dr. Brown.

– Mama

Mama’s Monday Favorite: Fitter First’s Soft Balance Board

When it comes to Fitness Balance Boards, there is only one name you need to know Fitter First.

The Fitter First Soft Balance Board comes in beginner, regular and advanced versions. The Soft Balance Boards are great tools for individuals seeking muscle or joint rehabilitation, balance-training, or strength building.

The Fitter First Soft Balance Board’s gel-like cushion is easy on the knee joints. If you’ve had a knee injury, you can use the beginner’s board to regain your balance and strengthen your muscles without putting yourself through a lot of pain. The non slip 4 corner compression legs create a solid contact with the ground, enhancing your experience and creating a no slip sensation.

The board’s gel-like cushion is also great for strengthening muscles, ankle ligaments and tendons. The cushion gives you the sensation of floating on a cushion of air while still providing a predictable foundation underfoot. And with its light weight, you can take and use it anywhere.

Source: Balanza Tablero by Trendy Toys

Already have good balance?

Then the advanced soft board is the one for you. The advanced board is specially designed to improve balance, increase core stability, motor function, posture and stance. The advanced soft board is a unique tool that can be added to any exercise routine. This board is especially useful if you are training for a marathon or a triathlon and need to build your core strength.

Benefits we love:

  • Safely achieve better balance, coordination and overall agility.
  • Enhance function based on a 3-D sensation where the boards tilt and float laterally creating a tri-place sensation for the user.
  • Non slip legs create a solid contact with the ground – no slipping sensation.
  • Non marking and silent base means these boards are quiet when in use.
  • Larger surface area allows for a variety of foot or hand and sitting positions.

Mama’s Monday Favorite: Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes by MD Moms®

Looking for a less messy way to apply sunscreen on your baby? The Baby Silk line by MD Moms® has just that!  Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes.  These wipes come with broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen that’s gentle enough for a baby but also perfect for grown-ups.

As moms we know how challenging applying sunscreen lotion to our child can be and that why MD Moms made it so easy.

Here are the things we love about these wipes:

  • Each one is enriched with Vitamins E and B5, marine silk, aloe and oat, so it does not only protect but it also moisturizes the skin.
  • Contains NO phthalates, mineral oils, petroleum, waxes
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No chemical sunscreen ingredients.
  • UVA rating: PA+++
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • One wipe will give your child protection from head to toe!
  • No animal testing
  • Made in the USA.

Each package contains 15 towelettes ( 7in x 8in) and it’s light enough that you can take it anywhere and use it at any age.

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