Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Earth Day Giveaway! $200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing

Eco Friendly Clothing

Long time no see, friends! I didn't intend for the blog to go silent for two weeks, but I have been so busy with work projects over on our Instagram that I (so rudely) had to ignore the blog for a minute. I'm going to make it up to you guys today though, with a really incredible giveaway in honor of one of my favorite days of the year, Earth Day, which is tomorrow!

To celebrate Earth Day and the importance of making sustainable choices in our daily lives - including our wardrobes - we are teaming up again with our friends and long time Bubby and Bean partner Gaia Conceptions to give one lucky Bubby and Bean reader a $200 gift card to spend in Gaia's online shop! (Scroll down to enter!)

Gaia Conceptions offers a huge variety of truly beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessory items made by hand in the USA. Each of their pieces is custom created to your color choice, fabric selection, and size. They truly epitomize what it means to respect and honor the planet, and I am thrilled to offer this special Earth Day Giveaway with them.

Eco-Friendly Clothing
Gaia Conceptions $200 Giveaway
Win a $200 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing

Use the form below, and/or do the easy entry on on Instagram right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through the end of Earth Week, Saturday April 24, 2021. It is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here early in the week of April 25, 2021.

Thank you to Andrea and friends over at Gaia Conceptions for giving the Bubby and Bean tribe another chance to own some of their beautiful sustainable apparel. Happy Earth Day!


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Strawberry Mango Papaya Tofu Smoothies

Strawberry Papaya Mango Tofu Smoothie

We love making these easy, protein filled smoothies. They're so good for breakfast, but made a great dessert as well. And they only take a few minutes to make.

Strawberry Mango Papaya Tofu Smoothie
Serves 2

½ pkg. soft tofu (We like House Foods brand)
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh papaya (peeled, seeded, and chopped)
1 cup frozen mango cubes
1/2 banana

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. So easy. So good. 

These are also delicious frozen into popsicles! 


Thursday, April 1, 2021

8 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump

8 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump
This post is in partnership with Simple Mills, but all opinions are my own.

I am not a morning person (at all), but once I get up and get going, I am at my most energetic, productive level of the day. Mornings are when I usually work out and also when I get the bulk of my daily work done. Then comes afternoon, and guys, the crash is real. Usually around 3 PM, I am feeling all sorts of blah. 

One of the things I've been working on in 2021 is finding ways to beat this afternoon slump - both mentally and physically. After years of slamming afternoon coffees to stay alert followed by difficulty falling asleep, I set out to find better ways of picking myself up. And I am happy to say that several things have really made a difference. Today, I'm going to share them with you!

1. Stretch
When my daughter was doing e-learning, her teacher would have the students get up several times a day to stretch. She called it "taking a brain break." I noticed that those little breaks of stretching and movement made a big difference in my daughter's motivation. And it's worked for me too!

Eating Snacks to Beat the Afternoon Slump
Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

2. Eat a snack
That lag in between lunch and dinner wreaks havoc on my energy level and mental focus. I find that if I have a quick nutrient-dense snack like Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers (alone or with some cheese and fruit), or a Simple Mills Almond Flour Soft Baked Bar, I feel like I can easily power through the end of the workday. You guys have heard me gush about my love for Simple Mills snacks before, but they've become even more a part of my daily routine in the past couple of months. Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers (Fine Ground Sea Salt is my favorite) and Simple Mills Almond Flour Soft Baked Bar (the Dark Chocolate Almond variety is everything!) are both delicious, and also contain only whole food ingredients, with nothing artificial. I'm a big fan of the minimal ingredients too. They are truly the perfect snack for beating the afternoon slump. Grab some at Walmart, in-store, or via online pickup or delivery, and make sure to take advantage of this great Ibotta offer!  
Breathing Exercises for Mid Day Slump

3. Breathe
My 5 year old's son answer to everything is "just breath!" And he's not wrong. Setting down my computer and doing some quick breathing exercises resets me, mentally and physically. Try sitting criss cross, closing your eyes, inhaling for 10 second, holding for 10 seconds, and exhaling for 20 seconds. 

4. Go outside
It's still pretty cold here in Chicago, but even 5 minutes of outdoors times in the afternoon makes me feel rejuvenated. 

8 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump
Simple Mills Dark Chocolate Almond Bars

5. Choose grain-free, nutrient-dense foods
I'll be honest with you guys: I love sugar, and I love grain-filled carbs. But they do not love me (or anyone) back. And when I choose foods that contain them, I feel the afternoon slump harder than ever. I mentioned in number 2 above that grabbing a quick snack when you feel that afternoon slump coming on is helpful, but make sure you're choosing the right kind of snack. When you feel the urge to eat a cookie, grab a Simple Mills Almond Flour Soft Baked Bar instead; they're naturally sweetened with honey and molasses, and are chock full of nuts, seeds, and fruit pieces for a satisfying blend of textures and flavors. If you're craving potato chips, opt for Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, made with a wholesome blend of almond and seed flour.

The foods you eat genuinely affect the way you feel, and Simple Mills nutrient-dense, grain-free snacks help me feel like I'm at my best. (I said it above and I'll say it again! Head to Walmart or use their online pickup or delivery service, and get yourself some Simple Mills today!)

6. Do jumping jacks
I'm serious. Try it! Any exercise burst will be helpful, but a few good old jumping jacks do the trick for me. 

Dancing to Beat the Afternoon Slump

7. Turn on music
A couple of months ago, I really noticed the music played during my live stream yoga classes and how it motivated me to work out harder. Then I read that music helps boost concentration. So I decided to see what happened if I listened to music when I started to feel the afternoon blahs. It helped! Now I turn on music for a few minutes every afternoon for a quick pick-me up. Sometimes (usually if my son is nearby), it turns into a mini dance party too. 

8 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump

8. Hug someone
Yes, I know this isn't the period of time when you can hug just anyone. But if you work from home and start feeling that afternoon slump, go find a family member and give them a hug. Or facetime a friend or family member and give them a virtual hug. Loving human contact increases endorphins and just makes you feel good. I always feel more energized afterward. 

8 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump

I hope these tips help you with your afternoon slumps as much as they've been helping me! And don't forget to grab yourself some of my favorite afternoon slump-beating snacks -Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Simple Mills Almond Flour Soft Baked Bars - at your local Walmart, or via Walmart online pickup or delivery!  (And don't forget to take advantage of the Ibotta offer!) 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tiramisu Ice Cream Floats

Tiramisu Ice Cream Floats

I know the first day of spring was officially only a few days ago, but I'm already daydreaming of summer. One of my life long favorite summer treats is ice cream floats. Growing up, we made them with rootbeer and cola, but these days, I like to experiment. A couple of summers ago we decided to try to make a tiramisu version, and if it's not heaven in a glass, I don't know what it is y'all. So, so good.
Tiramisu Ice Cream Floats

Tiramisu Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops Tiramisu ice cream
1/2 cup coffee, chilled
1-1/2 cup cream soda, chilled
whipped cream
cookie or wafer for garnish

Place Tiramisu ice cream in a glass. Pour coffee and cream soda over ice cream. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cookie or wafer. (You can also make a caffeine-free version without coffee and with a cake ice cream for the littles ones, which technically isn't tiramisu at all, but it's still freaking delicious.)

Tiramisu Ice Cream Floats

Anybody else ready for ice cream float season?