Why you need an AIR FRYER!

My Avalon Bay Air Fryer is the most used gadget in my kitchen - even more than the oven or microwave. I've taught both Oliver and Madison to use it, if they can master it I believe you can too. This is the second air fryer I've owned, the first had a touch screen that I was not a huge fan of, instead I prefer a dial. I store mine on my pantry floor when not in use, the handle at the top makes it easy to put away.

What the heck is an air fryer? It cooks food with hot circulating air thus causing food to come out crispy. This is great for lots of food - frozen or fresh. The downside to an air fryer is that you can only cook limited amounts at one time - you shouldn't over fill the fryer basket or things take too long to fully cook and dry out. Also it's kinda hard to figure out what temp and how long to cook items, not a lot of directions out there. SO I usually do 400 and start with 8-10 minutes and check every few minutes after, once you cook things a time or two you will remember.

A family favorite is chicken nuggets! Madison begs for them, I'm happy to see her eating so much protein! I cut fresh chicken into chunks {usually during meal prep Sunday, leave in the fridge and dish out a portion as I make a meal}. I place some on foil {parchment paper didn't work well for me} sprinkle with truffle seasoning {found here!! No I don't have discount code, I'm sorry! well worth it!} spray with coconut oil lightly  and cook at 400 for about 12 minutes.

If you love Mexican food you need to follow Sarah Fit After 5 - she's the queen of air frying tortillas and topping with yummy items, plus her DRIZZLE y'all.

You know I'm pretty obsessed with my two ingredient dough - Greek Non Fat Yogurt + Bob's Red Mill Low-Carb Baking Mix. You mix half a cup of each and that's FREAKING IT. So good as pizza dough or bagels. I followed SkinnyTaste's recipe for bagels in the air fryer and they are so good - cut in half and make a breakfast sandwich with eggs and Canadian bacon, super high protein meal!

We love Trader Joe's Orange Chicken - even better crispy from the air fryer. Alexa Sweet Potato french fries - a Sunday favorite with our burgers. Plus when I have to make chicken nuggets shaped like Dinosaurs for the toddler man baby - I can easily pop in 2 or 3 and cook in just a few minutes. Just don't taste them because THEY ARE DELISH. I'm sorry, but they are!

Somedays I just don't want to spend a lot of effort on my meals - meat, potato, with cheese usually is filling and satisfying. These potato's are already diced, I just weigh out on foil, season, cook at 400 for about 8-10 minutes. When they are almost done throw some cheese on for a minute. You can spiral sweet potato and air fry for a healthier french fry, just spray with coconut oil and put some sea salt on!

Burgers are super easy in the air fryer - but only 2 at a time! I season and place directly on fryer basket, cook at 400 for 6 minutes per side.

I'd love to hear what items you love to cook in the air fryer?


Hair Tutorial + Favorite Products

Finally, a hair blog post! I get asked pretty much everyday about my hair so hopefully this will help answer all your questions.

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Oh Monat, so many opinions on this product both GREAT and TERRIBLE. I had to give it a try so I could voice an opinion - I paid for my products {even on sale is was $$$}, but even if someone gifted me them my opinion is honest. I fall somewhere on the fence about this product, my hair was NOT super damaged going into use. Yes my hair felt the cleanest ever and it did stay cleaner for about 4-5 days vs 3-4 with my regular shampoo. 

I had a LOT of people send me the horror stories - I'm pretty sure there is even a FB group for people who claim this product destroyed their hair, I haven't actually looked it up, but it sure did put some fear in me. 

After about 3 months of use I decided not to buy another set, I just don't think the benefit [for me] was worth the dollar bills.

**Amazon store on the upper tabs no longer works - you can find a link in my IG profile or by clicking here.

My hair is super fine and very very straight  - so I love anything that gives me volume BUT doesn't make it gross so I can go more days in-between washing.

Bumble and Bumble Pret A Powder Shampoo I can't live without this product, I put it in on day one after blow drying. It gives just enough texture to give your hair some umph, but unlike the PuffMe it doesn't leave my hair sticky! Worth all my pennies.

Aquage Uplifting Foam is great for washing days, it's powerful but not too sticky or stiff in my fine hair.

I rarely use hairspray - I find it doesn't do much in the Texas humidity and tends to make my hair feel dirty faster. If I do braids or some type of updo I will use Kenra Volume Spray.

And I can't forget this purple shampoo - it's BOMB for keeping the yellow to a minimum!!! AG Hair Colour Care Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo I use it once a week, it can be drying so don't overdo it!


I have several wands, but I use different barrels a lot depending on my mood. The sassier I feel the tighter my curl.

Nume is more expensive, but usually you can google and find a discount code.

This is a $40 set I got off Amazon and it works really well too if you don't want to invest a ton, ELEHOT Curling Wand Iron Set

I also have  The Beachwaver  which has a tiny clip to hold the end of your hair while you press the button and the barrel turns automatically for you. I find this easier on LONGER hair, it's a bit tricky to get those shorter parts when it's above your shoulders.

These are not the cheapest, but I only will put my hair in a pony with one! There are serval brands, I've found the cheapie ones are not as good. I've found them at Ulta + Target also - Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring  I use them at the gym and I also always put my hair up at bedtime so it doesn't get all flat on the sides, this bobble helps to decrease the dent in my hair.

Here's a tutorial on how I curl my hair, you can also click here to watch on YouTube. I am using the Nume wand 25MM barrel.

While I'm quite enjoying my blonde hair for now, let's take a little trip down memory lane in honor of #TBT

when I put my bra on top of my shirt to mess with madison. 

also, where are these booties?? I forgot about them!


My Last Half Marathon

A few months ago 2 of my Crossfit friends and I decided it would be a great idea to run a half marathon - not just any half but the Princess Half at Disney. We jumped online and bought a bib the day it was released, I can’t recall exactly how much it was, but I’m guessing close to $200. Since my second knee surgery last summer I had been pretty lax on the running, just a few miles here or there. I thought a race would force me to get out there and run again.

Signing up months ahead of time it was easy to say, oh I’ll start serious training next week’. The weeks added up and I was still only doing 5 miles here and there. Now I still was doing Crossfit daily so it wasn’t like I wasn’t working out AT ALL. Brooke was the same as me, probably running a few miles each week, Jennifer said she wasn’t running at all and planned to run/walk the race at her easy pace. Brooke and I started to add a few extra miles here and there - the farthest I did was a 9 mile run about 2 weeks before the race.

We planned a 4 day girls weekend - both of them are Disney fanatics and couldn’t wait to hit all the rides. I’ve only been to Disney twice, once as a teen and again with the kids 2 summers ago. I made the mistake of going in July, it was HOT AF, and made it pretty miserable at the park. Going when the weather was nicer and with someone who organized the trip I have to say I had a entirely different experience and will have to take the kids back again in the WINTER.

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Packet pickup went smoothly, but I was surprised to learn they wanted everyone on the monorail to get to the start by 3:30 am!!! The race didn’t start until 5:30 - then we realized {too late} that an error on one of our bibs had us in the last corral. We decided to not leave our hotel {The Grand Floridian} until 4:30 so we wouldn’t have to stand for hours before running. We got there right as the race was starting, but still didn’t take off until 6:30. They had a great start - music and fireworks for each wave! It at least a mile or so to walk to the starting area from the monorail/bus area.

I knew the course did not run through the park the entire time so I wasn’t surprised by the 3 miles it took to get to Magic Kingdom, it was very crowded and a lot of the course would become narrow so everyone had to slow and walk to push though. I will say they provided lots of extra water stops because it was hotter than usual for that time of year. Running through the park was great, but by this time my knees were KILLING me from all the weaving I was doing, plus I was SO HOT. It was cold in Dallas when we left and the extreme temperature difference was hard.

After we left the park it went downhill - you run in a construction area with absolutely nothing to look at. It was the longest miles of my life, no specatators cheering and the lines to get pictures with characters were crazy long. They had a DJ out at one mile and that was fun, still lots of water and sports beans and even cold sponges at mile 10 to cool you off.

I was wishing I was back at Epcot having the BEST MARGARITA OF MY LIFE.

Funny enough Brooke and I called Jen to see where she was, she somehow passed us when we stopped to pee. We told her to wait for us at mile 10, it was the funniest shit to hobble up and she’s laughing at us looking so ragged. The girl who scoffed at any training was absolutely fine and having to to help us along those last few miles! LOL

We finished and they had a huge medical area where they iced you up and gave you cold rags - that was awesome. We sat for a few then went to get our snacks - omg the snack box was HORRIBLE. This is DISNEY they are known for their snacks and we got fake cheese with a bag of tortilla chips. WTH I still ate the chips cause #hangry 

OVERALL I would say it was very organized, but not worth $200 - you don’t even get a DISCOUNT to the parks with your entry. The shirt was meh and the medal was huge. I also don’t recommend being meh with training. 

BUT I will say this really solidified with me that running is not for me anymore, I just can’t find the passion I used to have for it. It was fun the last 7 years - I did a lot of great races and that one not so fun marathon. I thought maybe a fun race would help be get there again, but no, and  it’s time to stop trying to force it. I know some people were disappointed to hear this, but it’s only natural for peoples interests to change and if I always did what I’ve always done then I would never grow as a person.

TBT  Rock and Roll San Diego was awesome!!!

For now my love is Crossfit - it challenges me in ways that I need right now. Running did that for me the last few years. I’m sure one day it’ll change again {probably not into yoga cause I suck at being quite!} Not to say I won’t do a few short 5k sometimes, I love the Hot Chocolate every year!

So maybe you are stuck in a rut doing something that’s just not working for you anymore - I encourage you to branch out and find something that does set your heart racing with fear! That’s the best kind of challenge!!!


Pinner Test Results

**This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I am NOT medical doctor and I'm not giving you any medical advice - I'm simply sharing my own story. 

My Mom and I have a long running joke about our 'sensitive tummies', it's not unusual for us to have stomach pains after eating. It's just something that has been happening so long that I deemed it normal, especially since it happens to my Mom. I got her hips, thighs, and sensitive stomach. 

It wouldn't happen after every meal or even after certain foods, that I was aware of. I'm already a super light sleeper and I spent many a night awake after being woken up with stomach pains. I shrugged it off as annoying, not life threatening. I'm honestly not one to run to the doctor whenever I have an issue - just like the year my knee hurt before I even went to have it checked. 

About a year ago I saw a friend of mine who was struggling with a lot of health issues post about the PinnerTest. I was intrigued, she shared that it really helped her to change her gut health. You can read her post here

The PinnerTest is an at home blood test that tests for food intolerance - NOT FOOD ALLERGY. I think some people were confused about this - there is a difference. "A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerance symptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems" 

The test was seriously easy - prick your finger - drop in your blood sample - and ship back to the lab with the prepaid packaging provided. 

Your results are emailed to you within 7-10 days. They will send your results in an easy to read chart with which food you react to and the degree in which you react, a scale of 1-3 low to high.

I was actually pretty nervous to get my results back - what would I do if chicken, cheese, or eggs were on there?? I guess it would come down to gauging each meal as 'IS THIS WORTH THE PAIN?'
I  was pretty relieved that I only popped on two items - figs and onions. Figs, totally random but I actually used to keep a pack of fig newtons in my pantry. They were a great low-fat treat that I didn't have to worry about binging on. They'd cure a sweet tooth in a pinch. I like them, but I'm not devoted to give them up. 

I did happen upon a replacement...

Good, low fat, and too spicy to devour the entire bag and feel regret.

Onions on the other hand - oh how I love onions. Soups, chili, mexican food, salsa, sandwiches, and pretty much everything else.  I made my beloved sweet potato chili with no onions, it was fine. Tuna is a bit bland without the onion, but I just added more pickles. I've gotten a bit more creative with my sandwiches - my current love is sourdough with chicken {or turkey} with avocado and feta. I cheated one day with a mexican restaurant - I was a margarita deep and ordered a dish with lots of onions without even thinking about it. Let me tell you - I regretted that decision the entire next day. 

I haven't been woken up with stomach pains even once since I quit daily consumption {minus the mexican food incident of 2017}. 

I am very aware of any bloating in my stomach since my skin removal surgery, not just a 'food baby' but a painful bloat that can really affect my mood. I haven't had that issue anymore, which makes it worth it for me to continue to work my foods around onions. Mexican food is probably the hardest for me - I haven't found a salsa without onions yet. I don't eat a lot of prepackaged meals, but the Trader Joes Chicken Fried Rice was a nice 'I wanna eat out, but I don't want to spend the money' Friday night meal. Onions ruined it. 

This test is on the expensive side, $460. It's not covered by insurance either. You may be able to go to a doctor and get blood work done - I've heard mixed results about this. Some say they usually won't test unless you have serious symptoms, some say they only test for food allergy. Some say they spent about that much out of pocket on tests. You need to do your research, I think it's worth it if you are having constant symptoms. I really want my Mom to order and take one, not to live everyday with a 'sensitive stomach' and think it's normal. 

You can learn more here - PinnerTest. You can use code SKINNYMEG for a discount. You can email me if you have more questions! skinnymeg@ymail.com


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