Six Summer Crockpot Recipes So You Can Set it & Forget it!

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Summer is for laughing, swimming, exploring, and relaxing.

NOT for spending hours in a hot, hot kitchen. (unless you want to, of course.)

There are lots of simple ways to spend minimal time in the kitchen while still maintaining all of your healthy and delicious standards for summertime dinners..

One easy way is to dust off your trusty crockpot.

Yes! Even in the summer.

I usually take a hiatus from the crockpot during the summer. I have other healthy hacks that I rely on out of good habit to make sure the family and I are well fed every (ok, most) days. But on a recent stroll around the internet I found a few really awesome crockpot recipes I had to add them to our menu.

And just because I love you I thought I would share some of those awesome crockpot options with you!

Take a look at these 6 Summer Crockpot Recipes!

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken thigh stew by KarinCooks. This simple recipe has only 8 ingredients. You probably have them in your kitchen right now. I am thinking I will serve this over greens or maybe even some farro.

Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef. I can already picture a dozen ways to eat this: over rice and veggies, tucked into lettuce cups, packed into a baked sweet potato,… and the list goes on. This recipe can’t help but be delicious.


Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Because nobody wants to skip TACO TUESDAY just because it is summer! This recipe includes an InstaPot variation as well. That can make everyone happy…just like tacos.

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. I love this recipe from Dinner Then Dessert. Sabrina, the author, is so thorough and gives us lots of options for smokier dry rubs, or tangier sauces. Even with the tweaks, the whole things is pretty simple and looks delicious.

Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers. Need an awesome Meatless Monday idea and want to make it in your crock pot. I gotcha! These stuffed peppers are easy to prep and have all the ingredients for a delicious meal. These look like they will win in my house.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork. I can’t resist the combination of pineapple and almost anything else. (Except pizza. I haven’t ventured there.) This pineapple and pork recipe sounds divine.

Set one of these simple recipes up in your crockpot and forget about it! Then go ahead and get yourself outside to soak up this gorgeous summer sun!

Don’t forget to tell us about the recipe you made! Share with us in our online mom group, the Real Moms Collaborative!

The Healthy Hacks the Spring Brings


The Healthy Hacks The Spring Brings

Real Moms, Real Health

There are so many things to love about spring.

Especially all of the healthy hacks that come along with this season.

Spring is a time of new life, fresh growth, and cleansing.

If we pay attention we can see it in nature and we can feel feel those same tendencies in ourselves.

It is really not surprising if you think about it, but after a little added sunshine and fresh air we suddenly want to open all the windows, change every bed linen and re-organize “the drawer” in the kitchen. (You know, THAT “catch all” ‘drawer that holds everything from pliers, to matches, to coupons & box tops.)

Come springtime many of us observe a change in our eating habits and a renewed commitment to our healthy habits.

It isn’t by accident either.

What spring is doing in the outside world, we intuitively want to do in our inside world.

But here is the even cooler part.

Mother Nature doesn’t make mistakes. That drive to cleanse, get a little more active, tidy up our healthy habits… well, spring brings along ways to make those things so much easier to embrace than it has been in the winter months.

So not only does nature stir those tendencies in us, she puts all the tools right out there for us! (Love Her!)

3 Healthy Hacks the Spring Brings



Spring brings fresh berries at every Farmers’ Market and grocery store. Loaded with antioxidants & other nutrients, they are here for us to enjoy so eat up!

What are some fresh ways to enjoy berries this spring?

  • Toss them in your salad! A strawberry and spinach salad or a fresh green salad with blueberries and walnuts are perfect dishes.

  • Add berries to your water to add flavor and nutrients.

  • Pack berries for a snack on your way to park or your child’s softball game.


Fresh air & sunshine

The temperatures are warming up and the days are getting longer.

The outside is calling!

Spring makes it so easy to get some vitamin D, some cleansing fresh air, and an extra bit of exercise. How?

  • Leave the car behind and walk to the store, to school, to the park. While you are at it, leave your phone behind too and really take it all in.

  • Open those windows. Air out the house and enjoy the beautiful breeze.

  • Homework can wait, play outside! Kick or toss a ball back and forth, get out your bikes, or the bubbles, anything. Make the most of the lengthening days.


Greens, greens, and more greens

Greens are sprouting all around us for a reason.

All the fresh green growth makes being healthy easier.

  • Super healthy & cleansing greens are ripe for the picking. Arugula, dandelion greens, lettuces, and watercress are ready in gardens, farmers’ markets and groceries. Dig in!

  • Fresh herbs are sprouting! Thyme, mint, parsley are all waiting for you with their detoxifying qualities and amazing flavors.

  • Green grass is calling. Kick off your shoes and connect to the Earth. Barefoot walks in the yard or a grassy field are awesome. Earthing has many positive effects. Is earthing for you? Take a peek here.

Spring makes it easy to be healthy.

So here is to a happy and HEALTHY springtime! Enjoy!


Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Kid's Birthday (Sugar-free, too!)


Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday!

(Sugar-free, too!)

In our house March is a busy month.

We have lots of family birthdays including the birthdays of both of my girls. With school celebrations, family celebrations, and everything in between, this month can easily slip into the “sugar overload zone”.

It was a few years ago when I first started organizing two class trays of treats, two family parties, plus celebrating the day of their actual birthday that I quickly started feeling overwhelmed by the back-to-back-to back presence of cupcakes, brownies, birthday cake and then leftover birthday cake in our home.

Around this time I decided there had to be a better way… a healthier way.

Don’t get me wrong. Everyone here gets a birthday cake for their birthday. (I am not that mean.) However we try to remain mindful eaters, “birthday month” or not, and that is where many of these ideas can fit in.

Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday (Sugar-Free, too!)

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1. Share a healthy (but fun!) snack.

There are so many ways you can make something simple that has lots of fresh, bright colors, and kids will love. Depending on your craftiness, you can really dress up your kid’s class treat or keep it fairly simple. Melon kabobs or fruit-filled butterflies are manageable choices but feel free to challenge yourself with some Pinterest inspiration if you are up for it!


2. Take a trip!

Whether it is an afternoon visit to someplace local or a weekend getaway to a nearby city, spoiling your birthday kid with experiences rather than a sugar overload is always worth it. My girls don’t need to go far, they simply LOVE the idea of staying overnight in a hotel with a pool and a breakfast buffet.


Try a bucket list item!

3.Try a bucket list item. Is your child adventurous? Or maybe trying to come out of his or her shell? Why not try something worthy of anyone’s bucket list!? Take a trapeze class, try snorkeling, go whale watching, try paddle boarding, go parasailing!


Get active!

4. Get active. Gather up the family or even some friends and get moving. Spend the afternoon bowling, rock climbing, playing laser tag, or racing each other through a local ninja obstacle course. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have a lot of laughs and an overall good time.


Go Camping!

5. Go camping. Want to really connect with your child and celebrate their special day? Unplug and head outdoors!

There are lots of ways to celebrate your child (without the sugar overload) and maybe your next celebration idea is listed above!

Maybe you have a unique idea of your own that you can share with us in the comments or in our online mom community, The Real Moms Collaborative.

Either way, I look forward to keeping the idea list growing.

Thanks for being a part of this awesome community!

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