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Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread

I am a hypochondriac.

The first step is admitting it, right?


Literally every week I tell my husband I’ve got some sort of sickness/disease, and I’m 100% sure because at least 15 out of the 27 websites I checked said so. And let’s be honest, the doctors on those sites are LEGIT!

And then today, my daughter locked herself and the baby in one of our bedrooms so as I finally opened the door, she wam-bam slams the door right into my head.

Flashbacks of the movie Simon Burch went through my mind, because I’m pretty sure she hit my temple. I dropped to the floor dramatically as I sat silently holding my head. I waited a few minutes, only to hear my 3 year old laughing hysterically.

I survived. But barely.


This bread was the only thing that kept me from googling “what happens if I hit my head on the temple”, because we all know Youtube would pop up and THAT scene from Simon Burch would pop up, and then I would cry, and then I would call my husband and freak out, and then I would probably eat the whole loaf of bread in the corner of my closet watching the movie…crying.

Was that a run on sentence?


I didn’t google it thankfully, and I even shared this bread with the child that almost killed me. After all, that’s what any sensible person would do…


Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread
  • 3 c. flour, white whole wheat or unbleached white
  • 1½ c. pure cane sugar OR coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. all spice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. melted butter OR melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ c. molasses
  • ⅓ c. water
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 2 c. chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the oil/butter, eggs, pumpkin, molasses, water, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet to dry, and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in 2 greased bread pans, and bake for 50-60 minutes. I usually cover the bread with a foil tent so the edges don't burn.
  6. OR, make 24-26 cupcakes and bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on the oven.




If you HAVE to google anything, google this bread. After all, the author is LEGIT!

Reality vs. Expectation

The other day I was walking with one of my mom friends and we were discussing some of the ‘crazy-ness’ that goes on in our every day life. Whether it be motherhood, wifehood, cleaning the house-hood…We talked about it all.

After the conversation I had this constant thought in the back of my mind that I couldn’t shake. I feel like I’ve always known this thought to be true. But convincing myself of it’s reality some days can be hard.

Just like me, this friend has a messy house. Just like me, this friend has crazy kids. Just like me, this friend has struggles and trials. Just like me, this friend eats ice cream. Just like me, this friend doesn’t have 6 pack abs.

Why do we have this ‘expectation’ that others have it/are doing it better?

Why do we believe what we see? Why do we believe what we read? And honestly, why have we become SO focused on things that are of little importance.

On a daily basis we SEE not only how the Jones’ next door are living, but we also see how the Smith’s in Idaho are living, as well as the Millers in California too. It’s no longer keeping up with the dang Jones’ next door, but now we’ve got to keep up with the neighboring states as well?! FU-REAK!

Trust me. We think ‘so-and so’s’ house is always clean. And that person never has to worry about money. Or her kids are dressed so cute, and so is she! Love the dress, hate her right? And I bet that mom is a fun mom, all my kids ever do is watch movies and play iPad. Oh look! Another romantic getaway for her and her husband! And COME ON, do those kids really like asparagus and eggplants?! Like seriously?

You guys. It’s not really that real.

It’s a filter of reality. It’s a filter of pretty things. And trust me, our eyes are just drawn to pretty, shiny, clean things! (Like clean kitchens! OMG! So hot.)

Part of living a healthy lifestyle, in my eyes at least, is not being drawn to the shiny, grass is greener on the other side aspect. It’s all about finding happiness in today, finding gratitude in what we have now, and realizing that although someone might look like they have it all, they don’t. No one does, and that my friends is ok. What fun is having a perfect life anyways?

I mean, isn’t it more fun to spend 45 minutes a night just trying to get 3 kids to bed?! Now that’s an adventure!

I won’t lie though. I love pictures of white kitchens and cute outfits. I’m a sucker for a dessert covered in sprinkles, kale salads, and running workouts. I find joy in these things, but we have to remember one thing…

It’s okay to find joy in these things, but it’s not the main source of joy. These things bring instant gratification but not everlasting happiness. Except I’m pretty sure dessert brings everlasting happiness…

Now, here is where it’s going to get real…Here is a peak as to what filters I could have used just this week:

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I recently finished decorating the babies room and it’s SUPER cute. I wanted to take a picture of the crib against the ‘THIS IS MY FAVORITE COLOR TURQUOISE” wall, and put it on instagram. The picture would have been cute, but I was having a hard time positioning it to where you couldn’t see my dirty laundry…Literally.

Bam, brick to face. Nothing wrong with pretty pictures of beautiful rooms, trust me. But what might look like a pretty clean room, is really hiding a week (or more) of laundry just begging to be taken care of. (I know you guys, laundry is of the devil. We’ve had this conversation before I feel like…)

But still. That wall color though…

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This one is pretty hard for me to post, being a ‘healthy eater’ and all. I was seriously about to post a picture of my lunch on instagram, but I had to move the Burger King Kids meals bags and milkshakes out of the way. Um…HYPOCRITE much?! “So you feed your kids shiz, and you eat healthy?!”


In that moment, yes. I make 3 meals a day for my family (expect my husband is only 2), and I rarely take them to fast food. BUT, we’ve done it. Do I hate it? Totally. But my kids love it, and it’s a treat to them. This particular day, my oldest had started her 2nd week of Kindergarten and needed a little pick me up/treat. We had construction guys in our kitchen and I didn’t want to go down and make 3 lunches, so I told them I would get them hamburgers and milkshakes. It was a fun outing for them! I had some of their milkshake and came home and made myself this lunch.

Of course you would have never have known the back story had I just ‘shoved’ the BK bags to the side…


I think I’ll end on this because well…

Love you friends!!


Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review

86% of the time my children steal my food.


When food packages arrive in the mail I try my best to hide the goodies from those adorable little thieves, but it doesn’t take them long to find mommy’s hidden stash. ” Bite! Bite! Bite!!”


This month I was sent a box of Vegan Cuts Snack Box, and I was SUPER excited! It’s different than most snack boxes because not only are their snacks completely Vegan, but it came with more than just snacks!


(Note: I’m determined to find these bars in a store near me. I see a new addiction in the near future!)



Like a glass straw, which I’ve always wanted! I refuse to drink out of anything else now, because for some reason, water taste so much better….Is this possible?



And a smoothie, oatmeal, and savory tea! All three flavors that I’ve never considered to even try! This doesn’t happen often, but I love each one. Especially the espresso oatmeal. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love coffee flavored foods. Makes sense.



They also sent a protein powder sample which I LOVED. There are SO many proteins out there, that it’s nice to sample of few before you spend a lot of money on a whole tub of something you might like!


Check out Vegan Cuts Snack Boxes, if this box was exciting to me I can only imagine what fun items other boxes could have!

*I was not paid to write this post, but was sent a box on behalf of Vegan Cuts Snack Box team! All opinions are my own!*

The Diva Dish…Cookbook?

So I’m in the works of putting together a Cook Book…


I’ve wanted to do this for a while, and each time I’ve thought about it, I’ve scribbled a few random notes on paper of “cool ideas” for a cookbook I could put together. I’ve written on a handful of notebooks and papers, and I don’t know where any of them are…And half of them now have pink scribbles and princess stickers all over them. That about sums of my dreams.

I will add that I’m not in the works with a huge publishing company, but I’m working towards making an E-Book. (Something you could download on-line.) It’s going to be a 3, maybe 4, series book, Breakfast, Lunch (Snacks), Dinner, & Desserts. All geared towards busy families that have a desire to eat healthy. There will be a common goal with each book, but I’ll share that detail a little later :).


(Can I add, I feel like blogging about it makes it officially…official. Kind of scary.)

A few weeks back, I partnered up with AT&T to test out their Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet and it’s been helping me a lot gather my recipes and ideas for this new book. At first I was kind of prejudice because I’ve only ever used Apple products (GASP!), but once I started to play around with it I fell in love. It’m pretty sure this Tablet was created with bloggers in mind. Seriously.

It has Microsoft Word, where I’ve been able to keep track of everything blogging. I can also choose a format on there that is made for BLOG posts! Crazy right? In addition, they sent me a Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus where I can look at my recipes on the counter propped up, add notes as I’m recipe testing, write things down, and continue to cook.

It’s made this cookbook process a ton easier! I can’t tell you how many notebooks I have throughout my house with scribbled recipes on them! I also again can’t tell you where they are. It’s going to be nice to have everything in one place!


I promise you that things with this cookbook (e-book) will start picking up more, and hopefully you will be able to purchase it in the coming months! I’m going to be pouring my heart and soul into this project, and have each and every one of you and your sweet families in mind!

I’d love to hear feedback as to what you really want to see in this cook book series. My goal is to not just make it an ordinary cookbook, because there are SO MANY COOKBOOKS out there. I want this to stand out and make a difference in you and your families lives! No pressure…



See that beautiful food picture? You mean, a piece of technology without 457 pictures of my one year olds forehead? Yes…I love it.



Again, thank you to everyone for all of your love and support here on The Diva Dish! I’m amazed at how many wonderful people there are out there who are willing to support a silly girl like my self! I would LOVE your feedback for these new Cook Books coming out in the near future! After all…they are for you :).


*Thank you again to AT&T for sending me their Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet to review, along with the Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus. All of the opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this post. The tablet is a great tool for bloggers out there! And you love to cook and follow recipes in your kitchen, the Belkin stand definitely makes things a lot easier!

Boxtera Snack Giveaway

Ever since moving to Las Vegas, I’ve had this ‘Ba-Humbug’ attitude about what there is to do here that’s ‘family friendly fun’. Coming from San Diego where we had beaches and zoo’s and amusement parks…Hold on, I’m crying.


I’ve tried to have a better attitude about Las Vegas, even though I’m convinced all these rocks and dry dirt backyards is what Hell might look like…It’s not all that bad. There are some places that have grass.

Recently we’ve discovered the Springs Preserve Museum, and the girls love it. It’s a partly out doors dessert gardens, park, and discovery area! I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with it because there is a ton of walking, and I get a great workout in while the kids have a blast! Sadly, when summer hits and it’s 125 degrees we will have to say goodbye! So for now we are getting a lot out of the museum as possible!




Usually I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us, but this time we were lucky enough to have our Boxtera Snacks with us! Remember last month when we had a giveaway from them? Guess what, It’s happening again!

The snacks worked great because I didn’t have to lug a cooler around to keep them from going bad, and there was something for each of our taste buds! Some had protein, some were salty, one was sweet! It was perfect!

After a few hours of running around exploring, out family was definitely hungry!  And more importantly everything is natural and healthy! Win Win! Except for the fighting over the Fruit Filled Bars…Someone didn’t win there.






Would one of you like another chance to win a Box of Boxtera Snacks?!

Here is how you Enter:



After my tired little babies filled their bellies, they went perfectly down for a nice loooong…

30 minute nap.


Thank you Boxtera for sending me a sample of their snack box. I was not paid to write this post, all opinions are my own.

Dessert Bullet Giveaway

I’ve always been a Magic Bullet fan from the beginning. In fact I’ve had mine for almost SIX years now, and I just recently used it yesterday! It was the first machine that I ever made  a green smoothie from (and this green muffin!)



Well a few months back I was contacted by my wonderful friends over at Dessert Bullet, (same company as the Magic Bullet!), and they asked if I’d be interested in trying out their product! I obviously went all fan girl crazy and said yes, and couldn’t wait to try out the machine!

The Dessert Bullet is a machine that can make fresh & healthy sweet treats! For example, if you love Banana Ice Cream (Frozen Banana blended up), then you will LOVE this machine!



Since then, I’ve been contributing 4 recipes per month for the Dessert Bullet Blog, and I have to tell you…I’m having such a fun time playing and creating recipes that satisfy my sweet taste buds! My girls love when mommy is playing the kitchen with her ‘ice cream toy’, they go crazy!

I‘ve made chocolate covered popsicles, fruit fizzy drinks, coladas, almond milk slushies, cheese cake ice cream with strawberry sauce, lime pie ice cream, and a purple velvet ice cream!

(And this coming month I’ve got even more fun recipes including cake & cookies! All Healthy, Light, and Natural!)



Okay, are you ready for this!

My friends at Dessert Bullet and I will be giving away TWO Dessert Bullet Machines to my lovely readers and friends here at The Diva Dish!

I’d love for you guys to win one, so here is how you enter!

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Good Luck!

Boxtera-Healthy Snacks Giveaway!

While some parts of the country are inside watching snowflakes land on their window seals, here in Las Vegas we’re outside enjoying the sunshine…Sighhhh.



Despite living in a desert, there really are beautiful parts of the area including the stunning Red Rock mountains. Usually once a month we go on a family hike, and it’s been a fun family tradition to start. I’ve always been an advocate of doing a fun physical activity together as a family, and hiking is on the top list of ours! (Which is funny because I’m not a huge fan of out doors-y activities, or anything really where dirt is involved…)

(Note: I love this pic of m Husband carrying my camera bag and water bottle…)


Happy Hiker…


Usually 5 minutes into the hike, my three year old is starting to show signs of Dehydration and asking when we can stop and have a snack. Also by this point, i’m starting to feel that 45 pound backpack resting on my shoulders. So we find a nice shaded spot to rest, and fill our bellies up.


Usually i’ll pack snacks that are simple like crackers, bars, pretzels, dried fruits, granola, etc., but this time we had some extra special snacks with us! We got a sweet package from Boxtera, which is a monthly  healthy snack delivery service.




The girls enjoyed the dried mangos and bananas (which I swear taste exactly like banana bread), while my husband and I gobbled up this spicy mix of dehydrated nuts & beans. We also had these BBQ dried banana chips, but my husband doesn’t know about those. They are hiding in my purse because well…he’s a snack hog and they are all mine. mine. mine.



And since Boxtera is so awesome, they want to share some healthy snacks with YOU guys too! So nice right? These snacks have:

  • No trans fats
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors 

And I’ll add one more:

  • Toddler approved
  • Wife approved
  • Husband approved (when he’s allowed to taste that is)

Here is how to enter! (US residents only!)



Good Luck Friends!

Quest Nutrition Bars Giveaway!!

I love when new food obsessions come into my life!


A long while back I noticed many people posting about Quest Nutrition Bars and I have to admit how quickly I became intrigued! I saw a lot of different people/friends talking about how amazing these bars were, and “OMG have you tried this flavor?!”..I knew I had to try them immediately!


After a friendly tweet/email to the kind people over at Quest Nutrition, they generously sent me samples of their bars to try out for myself! I knew once my kids and husband saw those pretty packages, it would be a war to see who would get to them first!


I want you guys to know that I don’t promote ANY product I don’t believe in, because well, that’s just not fair to you guys!

But let me tell you…We LOVE them!

These bars are:

  • Usually under 200 calories
  • HIGH in fiber, Im talking like 17g!!
  • HIGH in protein, 20g!!
  • Healthy & Natural

Now, my final step of approval for most things usually has to get a thumbs up from my kids because you know…they run my life.


Initially the bars straight out of the wrapper are not soft enough for little hands and mouths, BUT did you know that a few seconds in the microwave (about 10), softened them right up and made for a warm and soft delicious treat?!


After you soften them in the microwave, you roll them into cookies,  bake them @350 for like 3-5 minutes, and you have the perfect COOKIES! Like seriously Quest? Seriously?! Amazing.


I owe Quest Nutrition a HUGE thank you because they want to share their amazing product with all of my friends! So nice right?!

And not just with ONE friend…but with THREE FRIENDS!!!

And you aren’t just entering to win 2-3 bars, you are entering to win a 15 SAMPLER PACK of Quest Nutrition Bars!! (No Matter Where you Live!!)



Here’s how to enter:

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Good Luck Friends!!

Giveaway End Wednesday Feb. 5th at Midnight!



WIN the ULTIMATE “Valentine’s Day Basket” + Blog Hop


Love is in the air, friends!

I am celebrating February, 14th 2014 with an incredible giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

Are you ready for this?! TWENTY-EIGHT of my FAVORITE bloggers have put together amazing Valentine’s Day baskets filled with everything you will need for fun, romantic night! That’s right, ladies… no more stressing over what to do or scrambling at the last minute to pull together a memorable evening.

Valentine’s Day is 100% planned for the lucky recipients of these twenty-eight gorgeous baskets!

Each of our blogging friends {including me} are giving away a unique themed date night basket valued at over $100 each to make your evening something you will treasure forever!

Here’s a peak at all 28 giveaway baskets:

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Are you ready for a chance to enter 28 AMAZING Giveaways AND meet some of our favorite blogging friends? Welcome to The ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop!!

Here’s What You Do:

#1) Are you sitting down?!! Ready to feast on all the delicious eye candy of the amazing giveaways you are about to enter? I thought so!

#2) Scroll down further in this post to get a more DETAILED description of what WE’RE giving away.

#3) Enter OUR giveaway at the very bottom of the post.

#4) Time to start “blog-hopping!” Click on each of our friends’ links below & enter ALL of their giveaways!

#5) Definitely take time to check out each of these sites. We have quite the variety of talented ladies participating in this! You are in for a REAL treat!!

Want to take a PEEK as to what FABULOUS basket you can win here on The Diva Dish?! Let’s just say it’s full of goodies to make you look good, feel good, and make your hunk fall head over heals in

L-O-V-E with you!!




Click on each link to view each site, and enter to win their “Valentine’s Date Night” basket. If you receive an error message, click to the blog’s home page. So much inspiration, right?!?

1. The Dating Divas 2. Bombshell Bling 3. Thirty Handmade Days 4. All Things Thrifty 5. Nobiggie 6. A Little Tipsy 7. The Crafting Chicks 8. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke 9. Skip To My Lou 10. Snap 11. Fun Cheap Or Free 12. Positively Spendid 13. My Sister’s Suitcase 14. The 36th Avenue 15. Smitten By 16. The Idea Room 17. 4 Men 1 Lady 18. Girl Loves Glam 19. The Diva Dish 20. Entirely Eventful Day 21. Tatertots & Jello 22. Just A Girl 23. Dollar Store Crafts 24. The SITS Girls 25. Lolly Jane 26. Design Dazzle 27. My Insanity 28. Not Just A Housewife


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This Basket is AMAZING! I seriously contemplated keeping some of it for myself! (Selfish right?!)

Ok so this basket has all the fixins for the PERFECT valentines date night/evening!

The first part of the gift has all you need to Kiss The Ground your hunny walks on! Then after a sweet  love note, a trail of rose petals and chocolates, comes a room made ready to play The Game Of Love!!! Seriously, this game you guys…When I told my husband all about, well he was super excited! Here’s a list of what you will get:

1. Everything you need to make your Valentines Day special for you and your loved one!

2. Red Rose Petals: I love these because you can reuse them again!

3. Printable/Love Note to let your babe know that the fun is about to begin!

4. Victoria Secret’s Midnight Exotic Body Spray: Yes…Exotic, that’s right!

5. Victoria Secrets Hand/Body Cream : For massages and soft hands :)

6. Victoria Secret Red Nail Polish: To me there is nothing sexier than red hot nails!

7. Fitted Bed Sheet : The ‘board’ game part for The Game Of Love! (And so much more…)

8. Ribbons, Sharpies, & Tape: All the tools to set up and decorate your romantic night!

9. Chocolate Kisses to lead your man to :)

10. Victoria Secret’s Volumnious Lip Plumper: Pucker Up!!

11. $50.00 Victoria Secret Gift Card!!!: You HAVE to have the perfect ‘outfit’ right?

Ok guys, the total worth of this basket is valued at over $100.00!!!



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I’m SOO excited about this, good luck to everyone!!

The giveaway ends Jan. 24th at MIDNIGHT! {US Residents Only}

**A Special shout out to the ladies over at The Dating Divas for including me in this giveaway!! Check them out for tons of tips, tricks, ideas, etc. on falling in love, dating, marriage, and date ideas!**