Healthy and Easy Lunches For Work

Healthy and Easy Lunches For Work

Juggling three full time schedules (work, school, and being a MOMMY) can become really busy, really fast. For the longest time I was so caught up in my schedules that I wouldn’t put much thought into what I was eating throughout the day. My job requires me to work long hours outside of my home and if I wasn’t careful I would wind up with junk food and four cups of coffee in my system to get me through the day.

I’ve recently made a pact with myself to plan and make my lunches for work. To do this, I started making list of what I was going to bring for lunch each day of the week and make it one night before. Not only did I start to feel physically better, I also felt more in control and motivated.

Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite meals to take for work! They are all filling, hearty, and easy to make.

Lemon Pepper Salmon and Rice:


You will need: Salmon fillet, lemon pepper seasoning, olive oil, and white or brown rice.

  1. Place a large salmon fillet in large greased baking pan and sprinkle with your preferred lemon pepper seasoning (don’t be afraid to be generous!).
  2. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Steam rice! I use a basic rice cooker.
  4. Portion salmon and rice and place into containers.

*** I like to use glass containers for food I am going to re-heat at a later time. They are more convenient and way easier to clean!

Home made salad kits:

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You will need: Romain lettuce hearts, your choice of pre-cooked chicken (optional, obviously), salad dressing (caesar is my favorite), croutons, one whole avocado, and lemon.

  1. Wash and chop the romain lettuce hearts and place into your containers.
  2. Put your pre-cooked chicken and croutons in separate zip lock bags.
  3. Put your salad dressing in a separate small glass container.
  4. For convenience, throw all of the above into one large container.
  5. When you are ready to eat, empty the contents you’ve packaged into your large container, slice up your avocado as well, drizzle with lemon, cover and shake well!


Over night oatmeal is what I opt for when I am gunning for a lighter breakfast/lunch for work — it’s filling and provides you with lots of healthy energy!

You will need: Your choice of oatmeal (I prefer Steel Cut Oats by Quakers), Vanilla almond milk, 1 banana, and a mix of berries.

  1. Create a 1 cup to 1 cup ratio of uncooked oatmeal and vanilla almond milk.
  2. Slice up one banana and layer on top of oatmeal/almond milk ratio.
  3. Top with desired amount of berries.
  4. Place lid on container and let refrigerate over night.



Minimalist Version of Whats In My Purse

Minimalist Version of Whats In My Purse

I decided to invest in a good quality small size purse when I realized that having a purse filled with clutter was a reoccurring issue of mine. The idea of minimalism really inspires me and I enjoy applying minimalistic approaches to my lifestyle where I can. As a disclaimer, I am no where near living a 100% minimalistic lifestyle. However, I do consider myself pretty good at purging things that no longer serve a purpose in my life.

In an effort to carrying around only things that I need, I’ve switched to using a mini black purse as my everyday bag. Learning about minimalism has checked me back into the realty of not needing to carry my whole life in my bag! For example, I don’t need to carry every makeup item I’ve used that day in my purse – just to run errands or go to the store. The bag I carry and the things inside change depending if I have work that day, or if we are going on a family day-cation. But I’ve narrowed down my typical every day carry-on to a minimal for my local days off.


There’s something about a simple mini black purse that catches my eye. It’s probably the way that I can wear it with a laid back gym outfit and tennis shoes or something a little more dressed up – the important thing is that it goes with anything and any season.


Small size wallet: I love using a mini wallet because it forces me to immediately throw away unneeded receipts. I like to carry my bank card, Identification, emergency service cards such as: AAA and health service cards, . I typically do not carry cash but if I do, it’s usually a really small amount.

Burt’s Bee’s lip balm: My favorite flavored lip balm of this brand is the Coconut & Pear. I have tried countless lip balm flavors/brands, but this particular one is the only kind that my lips don’t grow dependent on. It is extremely moisturizing and improves the condition of my lips.

NYX Slip Tease Lip Oil: I use the shade ‘I Woke Up Like This’, this color is my ride or die. Whats yours?!

Benefit’s ‘They’re real’ mascara sample: I feel it’s necessary to carry around mascara because I like to touch up often through out the day. I particularly like to carry around a mini version of Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara because the brush is built to really separate your eyelashes which makes it great for re-application.

Perfume roller ball: Currently I’ve been carrying around my Bombshell by Victoria Secret roller ball perfume. My favorite oldie, but goodie!

Portable charger : I like to carry a small/compact portable phone charger because my kids love using up all my phone battery to watch cartoons and play games. (Portable chargers are life savers, we also keep them in our cars! )


Love, Lindsey




Fast Food, But Healthy!

Fast Food, But Healthy!

I stumbled upon the Nugget Market when I was exploring for a good place to have lunch when I was new at my job. My intent was to find non-drive through fast food and a quiet place to eat. I found everything I was looking for at Nugget Market! They have ready made hot food for breakfast and lunch, a sandwich bar, salad bar, coffee & fresh juice bar, and desserts through the roof.

My personal favorite part of the market is their salad bar where my ‘usual’ has become a caesar salad that I build myself (their caesar salad dressing is super yummy!). In addition, they have a wide selection of fresh juice brands if you’re in a rush and want to opt for a healthier drink.

The Nugget Market is the perfect breakfast or lunch joint (and you can pick up groceries while your at – it) !





Me, Myself, and Coffee

Me, Myself, and Coffee


Deciding to go back to work has surely made my life more fast paste. The early mornings and late nights have me feeling like sleeping is an inconvenience at times, lol. Through trial and error I’ve learned that planning ahead is the best way for me to get things done and not feel like life is running ME. Lately, on my days off I’ve been making an effort to wake up early, make myself a cup of coffee and review my to-do list’s that I collect on my phone note pad. This little time to myself before my youngest son wakes up has become my “me” time! I never understood the importance of “me” time until I became a working mom. Committing to two full time schedules, my career and motherhood, has me up and running most of the time, but finding little windows to dedicate to getting my mind rite and preparing makes all the difference!


  • MAKE LIST – My best friend has drilled into my brain an important life organizing tip. That is, make list when life feels hectic or unorganized. This tactic may seem like a no brainer, but it actually took me a while to become consistent. Making list on my phone notepad is extremely convenient for me because it’s easy access. Theres something about having a visual list of tasks that encourages me to commit to my plans and stay focused. With all that goes on during the week, making lists allows me to not have to remember EVERYTHING and just focus on whats priority at a given moment. Weather you are a ‘pen and paper’ list maker or a ‘phone notepad’ kind of person, list making is self-motivating because you can get extremely personalized and creative with it, the important thing is that you become focused!

List categories that I often find myself creating:

  • To-Do 
  • Pro and Con 
  • Things To Follow Up On 
  • Songs To Download 
  • Recipe’s To Try 
  • Inspirational Quotes 


Love, Lindsey



Family Portraits

This past week we finally had the time to take family pictures and I couldn’t be more happier with the way they turned out!

We decided to pass on hiring a photographer to take our photos so we could save money and have full control over re-takes, cause Lord knows how difficult it is to get two little boys to look and smile at the camera – at the same time! Rudy and I told the boys we were having “family picture” day, though they didn’t understand exactly what that entailed, they were excited anyway! We packed up our camera and tripod and headed straight to the marina to catch the cool lighting before sunset. As we walked around the marina we stopped along the way to shoot photos in areas where we liked the background scenery. Rudy and I cherished seeing the boys get involved and pitch in their ideas for poses. This photoshoot surely captured real moments.

It was a great family evening spent with just the four of us.

Reflecting on our photos has reminded me of the true value of time.


DSLR Camera Remote <– See here for the camera remote we used to take our family portraits!