Low Carb Zoodle alla Carbonara

I love creamy sauces like alfredo or carbonara but I don't like how heavy it is with regular pasta. When I have a thick and creamy sauce I like to use my favorite pasta substitute the zoodle. Since all of the ingredients to make the carbonara sauce is low carb I decided to make it with my zoodles. Carbonara is a creamy sauce made from eggs and cheese with the addition of bacon or pancetta.

It is one of my favorite "pasta" dishes because it is super easy to do. Since you don't have to boil the zoodles it is also quick and a one pan meal. All you have to do is cook some pancetta and then add your zoodles. Mix some eggs and cheese and drizzle into the zoodles and pancetta. It's amazing how creamy the combination of eggs and cheese make this dish.

Low Carb Zoodle alla Carbonara (printable recipe)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 zucchini 
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Clean the zucchini really well and slice off the top and bottom. Use a spiralizer to cut your zucchini into zoodles. Set aside. 
  2. Place olive oil and pancetta into a large pan on medium heat. Cook pancetta until it gets golden and crispy. Add garlic and stir frequently so the garlic doesn't burn. 
  3. While pancetta is cooking whisk eggs and then add Parmesan and mix well. Set aside. 
  4. Add the zucchini to the pancetta and cook stirring for a minute. 
  5. Boil 1/4 cup of water and let cool for a couple of minutes. Slowly add to the eggs that have been whisked to temper the eggs. Whisk in the cheese.
  6. Remove pan from heat and drizzle in the egg and parmesan mixture while mixing. Mix really well so that the sauce covers the zoodles completely. 
  7. Cover pan and let stand for about five minutes. 

Recipe adapted from Anne Burrell's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

SinfulColors Summer Street Fusion Collection

**I received the samples below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

Can you believe that summer is already a week in? It seems like just yesterday I was taking about the Spring colors from SinfulColors. The SinfulColors new summer colors are out and they are jammed packed with a color for every taste.

You are not going to just see the normal summer colors like yellow and hot pink but you are going to see all shades from around the world. They have cream shades, neon appliqués, spicy reds, oranges, cooling blues, henna appliqués, foil tips, pinks, purples, glitter toppers and more! The polishes also have cute names like "Snow Me White" and "Love Nails"

SinfulColors sent me:
  • Pink Ansen: A really pretty light pink with glitter
  • Maroon Fine: A really shinny metallic copper
  • Sky Tree: A really bright and sparkly teal 
  • Keira Blu: A really deep indigo 
  • Otaku Anime: A nice bright yellow with lots of sheen 
  • Fuji Fiji: A holographic silver glitter

My favorite by far was the Fuji Fuji. It has so much glitter in it that really coats the nail. It looks like I just dipped my nails in some really cool glitter. The toddler loved my Fuji Fuji nails so much that she kept grabbing my hands and saying "So Pretty!" My daughter LOVES glitter :) I was excited to try them because I love how smoothly they go on and how fast they dry. The only time I have to paint my nails is when the toddler is asleep for the night, so it's nice that these dry fast so that I can hop into bed myself once they are dry. 

Can you believe that they are ONLY $1.99 each! You can purchase the Sinful Colors Collection at Walgreens, Rite Aid and many other big retailers.  Check out SinfulColors.com to see all of the other beautiful colors they offer. Follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest product news.    

Xanadu 24K Gold Serum

**I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

Now that I am in my mid thirties I have tons of fine lines and wrinkles on my forehead. It really didn't help that in my teen years and twenties I never took care of my skin or used any facial moisturizer. With so many great products out there I am trying to reverse the damage that I did to my skin so I am up for trying all kinds of creams and serums.

I got to try another serum called Xanadu 24K Gold Serum. Yes it does have beautiful specs of gold in the bottle. The bottle is absolutely gorgeous and I love how easy it is to pump out the serum onto your palms to apply. It is said to "moisturize, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even skin tone, repair sun damage, and give you a golden youthful glow.

The Xanadu 24K Gold Serum has:
  • 24K Gold.
  • Vitamin C - which helps to brighten the skin and help with wrinkles and dark spots.
  • Vitamin E - which helps to moisturize and heal.
  • Rose Extract - which helps smooth out skin and makes the serum smell really nice
  • + other ingredients to support your skin's own collagen, supply energy to your skin cells and much more. 

The directions say to apply twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night to cleansed skin. All you have to do is add two pumps to your hand and rub palms and apply to face. It goes on super smooth and leaves your skin really soft and moist. I love the cooling effect on my skin especially with the warmer weather we are having. If you want a little bit of glow to your skin with the tiny flecks of gold you can add one more pump and dab it on where you want the glow.

Click on the link to learn more about the Xanadu 24K Gold Serum and to purchase one for yourself. 

Gurin Rechargeable Water Flosser

**I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

I try to take care of my teeth now more so because I like to set good examples for my daughter. Whenever she sees me do something she wants to do it too so I have a very happy teeth-brusher. I have always had difficulty flossing with regular string floss so I have always used the stick flossers with disposable tips. Those have been getting harder and harder to find at my local drug store so I was happy to be able to review the Gurin Water Flosser.

I had a water flosser years ago that came with a huge compartment to fill with water. Then you had all these tubes that needed to be connected not to mention also having to plug it into the wall. Bathrooms in NYC are pretty small so it was really cumbersome. I love that the Gurin Water Flosser is rechargeable so I don't have to worry about plugging it in. I also love that the water goes right into the flosser and I don't have to worry about having a huge container to fill.

Even though it is so much smaller and compact it still is super powerful too. You get three different settings with soft, normal and pulse. I started off with the soft until I got used to the pressure and then moved on to the normal. The pulse is great for a gum massage too. It did take some getting used to. You have to make sure to keep it at a 90 degree angle and keep your mouth slightly open to let the water trickle out. The first few times I used it I had a pretty wet shirt and had difficulty getting the back teeth. After using it a few more times I got the hang of it and knew the right angle to get the back teeth without getting wet. After using it my teeth and mouth felt extremely clean and fresh.

The flosser is really easy to clean and I love that it comes with two tips so that my husband can also use it. I highly recommend purchasing the Gurin Water Flosser to help step up your oral care routine. Click on the link to learn more about the Gurin Water Flosser and purchase it on Amazon.

How I Am Boosting My Chances of Conceiving Baby #2

Now that my little princess is officially 3 my husband and I have had the talk about baby #2. We both come from big families so we want to give her a sibling. My husband always wanted 3 or more children and I was always OK with 2. Since I am in my mid thirties and he is in his early forties we decided that the perfect time is now for baby #2.

We would always talk about having kids and what we would name them even as we were just dating. We got married and hoped for a honeymoon baby. Three years of struggle and then having to lose weight and getting some help we finally conceived our princess. Us both being older in age we don't have three years to do it so I am taking the following steps to boost my chances of having a baby very soon.

Losing Weight: Every single ailment I have I know stems from my weight. As soon as I lose some pounds my back stops hurting, I am more energetic, and overall happier. I have started this journey with my husband and I know that with every pound lost it helps our chances.

Nutrition: There are certain foods that you should increase and certain foods you should decrease if you are TTC. It is a good idea to eat a balanced diet and avoid excess saturated fat. Foods to increase are those high in antioxidants.

Exercise: Working out can decrease stress especially when you are trying and it doesn't happen. It can also help you gain energy and lose weight to go towards a healthier BMI.

Using Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive™: Did you know that using some kinds of lubricant while TTC can hinder your chance of conceiving?  Astroglide TTC™ gives sperm a better chance of survival compared to regular lubricants . Sometimes being intimate with your partner while trying to conceive can be stressful so Astroglide TTC™ can help things continue smoothly.

With a retail price of $12.99, Astroglide TTC™ is the best value compared to any other competitor. It also comes in pre-filled applicators so its easy to use and less messy than the traditional kind.

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Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine


Wordless Wednesday: A Ballerina in the City

Chimichurri Roast Beef Sandwich + Try the World Subscription Box

**I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

Try the World is a subscription box service that sends out boxes of food items in the theme of a country. Every two months you get to travel through foods of the specific country that has been hand selected by an expert chef. The box is full of 6-7 items that are staples of that country and a guide that gives information and even recipes to use the items right away.

I got to the sample the Buenos Aires, Argentina box that was chocked full of items I wanted to try all at once. First of all I loved how beautifully packed the box was. It came in a sweet teal box that was heavy duty and beautifully lined. I will be recycling the box as storage. I received the following items:

Everything was really delicious and I really enjoyed trying out the red wine and honey sauce with turkey tenderloin. I spread the Dulce De Leche onto the Sweet and Salty butter cookies and at was the prefect complement of sweet with a little bit of saltiness. I took chimichurri sauce and olive spead to create the sandwich below.

Chimichurri Roast Beef Sandwich
  • 1 brioche bun
  • 2 ounces roast beef
  • 1 ounce smoked gouda, sliced
  • 2 tblsp chimichurri sauce, more or less to taste
  • 1 tblsp olive spread
  1. Lightly heat up the roast beef by tossing it into a small pan. Turn off the heat and immediately add the sliced cheese to the top. Cover and let the cheese melt. 
  2. Spread the bun with the chimichurri sauce on both sides. Please the roast beef and gouda on top of the bottom side of the bun. 
  3. Top with olive spread and place bun on top.

Check out the Try The World website for more information and to purchase a subscription. I hear the next box is coming from Japan so I am excited to see what's inside that box. 

HP MyPrintly Event + Disney Social Media Moms on the Road NYC

**I was invited to both events talked about below. All opinions are 100% my own.

I had the pleasure of attending two events in Times Square, NYC last Sunday and Monday! Although I live in NYC I don't travel deep into the city much so it was nice to have an excuse to go. First up with the HP MyPrintly event at the beautiful DoubleTree Suites.

First we got to sit at the crafting table to craft away and get some frames ready for all of the pictures we would be printing. There were tons of fabulous HP printers for a day of wireless and unlimited printing! Next up was the Cupcake Decorating Station. There I created a cupcake for the toddler to enjoy the next morning. I am so happy the to-go boxes did their job and the cupcake traveled nicely back to the Bronx on the subway.

Then we got up to mingle with other blogging moms and a few dads to check out the amazing new products that HP had coming out. HP Instant Ink is a monthly subscription service where they automatically ship out ink to you once your printer indicates that ink is low. How cool is that to have unlimited ink!

HP is also coming out with this amazing printable photo paper with a sticky back so you don't even need a frame to hang it up. Just print, peel off the backing and stick on the wall! The sticky part doesn't ruin your wall and easily comes off. Two apps you should be downloading right now is the HP Cards app and the  app. The HP cards app is a super easy and fast way to create a photo greeting cards and send to print it out right from your phone. With the   you can print out all of the pictures from your connected social media accounts like Instagram. One of the coolest new feature of some of the HP printers is the ability to print out pictures automatically from specific hashtags you set!

Monday morning was the Disney Social Media Moms on the Road in NYC event. It was a half day conference that was located in the beautiful New Amsterdam theater right in the heart of Times Square. Right now Disney's Aladdin is performing there so it was amazing to see all of the decorations and even the Genie lamp!

At the conference we got to mingle with other amazing Disney loving moms. We first got to learn about all of the amazing new things that are happening at the Disney Parks. They are doing different campaigns and events to let everyone know that Disney Parks can be enjoyed by every age! I was under the impression that for a kid to enjoy Disney fully they had to be at least 5 years old. That is definitely not the case with fun things for toddlers and even babies to do now.

I was also excited to hear that the Disney Cruise Lines will begin embarking from NYC again in October of this year. They will also be showing a Disney Princess Rapunzel Broadway show during the Disney Cruise Lines too.

After learning about the new happenings at the Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line we got to learn tips from some amazing speakers on how to better our brand and interactions with our readers. I learned a lot so I hope to make my blog a better experience for you guys. 
Lastly, we got a private tour of the New Amsterdam Theater. It was pretty cool to learn all of the history of this beautifully old theater. We even got to go to the prop room to try one some on!