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30 Meals in 30 Days: Caprese Bruschetta

First up for our 30 Meals in 30 Days is a classic Craprese Bruschetta.  I love love love to eat this for lunch.  It’s quick & easy & my 2 year-old actually loves the mozzarella part.  If I make this for dinner, I’m not going to lie & act like all my kids snarf this down.  Let me assure you, they don’t.  Some nights when dad is traveling & homework is heavy & practice schedules are tight, I don’t hesitate to whip them up some grilled cheese sandwiches.  I just then make myself this. #truestory

So here’s the simple recipe:

Caprese Brucshetta

1 crusty Italian loaf of bread — sometimes I choose a great loaf, other times, I’ve missed the mark.  The key is to have it be un-sliced so you can cut a nice thick piece.

Basil Pesto (I use the Classico brand)


mozzarella cheese, that is unsliced

balsamic vinaigrette — you can make this yourself out of balsamic vinegar, but it takes forever & your house will stink OR you can just buy it.  Find it by the vinegars.


Cut your bread into a thick slice & spread with the basil pesto.  Broil in oven 4-5 minutes, until bread is golden on edges.

While that’s cooking, chop up your tomatoes & mozzarella.  Remove toast from oven, place on plate.  Top with tomatoes & cheese then drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette & enjoy.


30 Meals in 30 Days: Dirty Diet Coke


Dirty Coke Recipe
Some days you gotta just take the edge of…and Dirty Diet Coke does it, and does it really well.  I got this recipe from my girl Heather, which is not unusual!  I’m not gonna lie, when she introduced me to it, I was a little skeptical, because truth be told, it looks a little gross in your cup, BUT close your eyes, take a sip & you’ll be hooked.

Dirty Diet Coke

1 can Diet Coke, please have this pre-chilled, or why bother???

2 limes, you can do 1, I’m just a 2 lime kind of girl

1 tsp half & half, I don’t even measure, just make it easy on yourself & add a splash

1 cap full of Coconut syrup, I think you can get this at World Market, but if I’m being honest, my other friend ordered mine for me on Amazon! Good friends are the best.

And that’s it!  Try it & let me know what you think.  Tag your pics on Instagram #30meals30days so I can see!

30 Meals in 30 Days: The Why

This blog is to serve as the behind-the-scenes look of Olive Lane and then some.  The thing with social media is that you are only served up a very narrow portion of a person & for whatever reason, I always really struggle with presenting myself in that way.  The odd thing is, that it doesn’t bother me when I think about it in the context of others, but it bothers me in the context of myself.  Weird?  Probably.  Anyway, when I started the venture of Olive Lane, I didn’t anticipate the growth & as it as grown, I’ve struggled with the idea of perpetuating this ‘life is so easy’ persona.  I’ve also struggled with the thought of people thinking I eat, live & sleep Olive Lane, that’s hardly the case.  It’s fun & I enjoy it, but my family is where it’s at.

Alllll, that being said, I have very specific, non-negotiables in regards to how I manage my family time & my work time.  One of those non-negotiable items is dinner.  I refuse to work to the point that I can’t cook dinner 80-85% of the time.  Does that mean I will put off some growth?  Yes.  Does that mean I will sit some events out?  Yes, again.  With a busy work schedule, practice schedules & a husband that travels on the regular though, I’ve had to make dinner time easier for myself, which first meant making it harder.  I kept finding myself putting off deciding what was for dinner, which landed us in the realm of cereal or drive-thru…neither one an option I loved.  And so, last month I made a commitment to myself to get out of my dinner rut.  To find, re-visit & organize new recipes.  The only way to get better at dinner time is to practice…like most things.

Over the last month, I’ve spent an overwhelming amount of time in my kitchen.  It has meant sitting out of playing out front, writing detailed shopping lists & creating big messes every day.  But I will tell you this, it has also increased my confidence in this arena & more & more, I’m looking forward to dinnertime.

Over the next 30 days, I’m sharing 30 meals we eat on the regular.  Does this mean everyone in my family likes them?  No.  Does it mean I’m cooking every single night?  Also no.  One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that I can often times pull two meals out of one cooking session.  So instead of just keeping gobs of leftovers in my fridge, which I then throw away, I separate them before hand & freeze a portion, which is a huge help.

About the kid thing: If I’m being completely honest I will tell you this, if you have a young baby (under 2) dinner time is rough, so don’t be too hard on yourself, just do what you can.  I’m not in that stage right now, but I remember the struggle of trying to hold a baby & cook a meal.  It doesn’t really add up.  My youngest is 3 & yes, sometimes prep is filled with yelling & screaming & ‘he did this to me’s…’ — I’ve started ignoring it or making them help.  They set the table, they clear the table & some can do some minor cooking & cutting.  I’m hoping if they see it’s important to me, it will one day be important to them.  Until then I just put my head down & get to work.  It’s okay if it’s loud &  messy…in fact, I’m pretty sure that’s how it is supposed to be.

Some of my kids are picky eaters.  For the most part, I can easily accommodate them within any meal, but on the night they decide to dig in their heals, they can get themselves some bread, apples or bananas.  Kids who don’t eat what was prepared, are not allowed dessert.  I refuse to argue about it & I refuse to make multiple meals.  It just is what it is & that’s that.

In the end it boils down to this: I like eating good food & I love gathering around the dinner table.  My husband is rarely home for dinner, but my kids & I turn the TV off & engage.  For whatever reason 95% of the time, I’m reminded how much I love my family at dinnertime, seriously 95% of the time…it’s usually the 5% that kill us, but we are working on it.  They are cute & funny with each other & this is time I’m able to hear all about their days.  If it was non-negotiable before, it is set in stone now.

So pour yourself a Diet Coke while you cook…or my favorite, a dirty Diet Coke & let’s get committed to dinnertime.  Tune in tomorrow for my 30 meals in 30 days.

March 31, 2015 - 9:19 pm

avery milne - Amy–I just spent the last little bit reading through several of your last posts–time very well spent. I have LOVED reading your thoughts, some seriously good stuff!! I just wanted to let you know that..:) Oh If only the whole world shared your views expressed here. And I’m sort of beyond excited about the 30 meals in 30 days..I love cooking and dinner time but lately it’s been rough (that whole baby under 2 thing) but I’ve got the same set in stone mentality tho and am seriously looking forward to the inspiration.
see you soon.. :)

MedSpa Winner + Discount Code

After my little sit down with Breanne at Innovative MedSpa I was so encouraged.  I honestly had no idea that only 20% of aging was genetics, with the other 80% being outside factors.  Suddenly, my face wash routine seemed totally worth the effort.  Here are a couple things I walked away with after my appointment:

- Look for Vitamin C in your products.  It lightens & tightens, evening out pigmentation.  Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, which will help protect the skin from the effects of aging.

- Peptides.  Look for them, they help stimulate collegian.

She sent me home with Antiox+, which I use morning & night.  Its loaded with antioxidants & helps protect & prevent wrinkles.  sign.me.up.  Not gonna lie, it feels divine & my make-up goes on like butter after I put this on.

Without further adieu, we have our winner from last week:

If you didn’t win, I still have a coupon code for you!  Hydrafacials are normally $150, but first time clients can receive the treatment for $99 and mention Olive Lane to receive another 15% off! 

Which probably means you should just book your own appointment for Mother’s Day & call it good…just saying.

March 30, 2015 - 10:05 pm


Innovative Med Spa Giveaway & Taking Better Care

Over the last 8 years, I’ve been in what I could only call an intense phase of life: The birthing of babies phase.  My twenties slipped right past as I had babies that grew into toddlers & then added babies a couple times.  This is the biggest span of time that I have gone NOT pregnant in the last 8 years.  And now, I’m playing a bit of catching up with myself, by better taking care.  I’ve been so busy taking care of everyone else & I don’t say that begrudgingly, I happily signed up for this & wouldn’t trade it, but, let’s be honest, I usually fall to the end of the list.  I think most mother’s can admit to that.  It isn’t even that we don’t have the time or money, for me, it is moreso, the energy.  The energy to make an appointment, the energy to find a sitter, to make the trip, to schedule it in.  But it’s time.

I’m making a commitment to take better care & not feel guilty about it.  Why do we do that to ourselves?  I want to live a healthy, long life, so slowly but surely I’m making those doctor appointments.  I started with an easy one: a facial.  The last time I got a facial was 3 years ago & it was one that my brother gifted me for my birthday.  I loved it then, it was a little slice of heaven. I’m so happy I made another trip back to see my friend, Breanne at Innovative MedSpa.   When it comes to skin care, I’m completely clueless & she’s an expert.  I’ve always enjoyed relatively ‘good’ skin, but as time goes on, I want to make sure I’m doing my part to maintain & take care.  But first, I had to figure out what my part even was.  I’m so glad I sat down with her!  The biggest motivating thing we talked about was this: 20% of aging is genetics, that’s it.  The other 80% is outside factors like sun damage & smoking.  80% is outside factors.  Can you believe that?  I had no idea & I felt like Dumb & Dumber when I wanted to yell, ‘So you’re saying there’s a chance!’

I’ll fill you in on all the ingredients & products we talked about soon, but want to encourage you to take better care of yourself too…imagine, if we all encouraged each other to take a little bit better care.  Whether it’s a dentist appointment, a pedicure, that physical you’ve been putting off or just 15 minutes of solitude, let’s do it.  To help you start, I’m giving away a free HydraFacial from Innovative MedSpa (a $150 value).  This facial uses a hydradermabrasion technique that exfoliates & hydrates your skin.  Then a light chemical peel formula is applied to soften impurities for extraction and lightens pigmentation. The skin is infused with specialty serums that contain anti-aging antioxadants, collagen stimulating peptides, and hyaluronic acid which is known for its hydrating ability to hold up to 1,000x it’s weight in water.  All that & utter relaxation!
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March 26, 2015 - 8:52 am

Brimley McGrath - I know I’m young and not a mom…but I would seriously love to win this!!

March 26, 2015 - 9:16 am

Brandi Young - I plan to take better care of myself be staying honest with my emotions, needs and failures. I find that we try to move past what’s unpleasant or mundane but that doesn’t lead to a positive or carefree lifestyle.

March 26, 2015 - 9:17 am

Lamies - As a mom of a 13 month old. Also a full time Engineer, a full time wife and a full time house keeper add working out almost everyday It’s really hard to have time to keep up with my beauty regiment. But my goal is to be able to organize my team and take a good 15 min at night to take care of my self. I hope I win

March 26, 2015 - 9:25 am

mindy hermann - Oh I need this so bad. I never take care of my skin on my face!

March 26, 2015 - 9:25 am

Jamie Arnett - New mommy, needing to take some time for myself! What a sweet thing to do, OliveLane!

March 26, 2015 - 9:38 am

Rebecca - My son just turned 1 and I have yet to have time that’s just for me. I would live to learn new tips and tricks on how to take better care of my skin. I used to spend so much time in the sun and living in az I know protecting our skin is huge but that’s just 1 where my skin care stops sadly.

March 26, 2015 - 9:38 am

jenea ruthem - I’m a busy momma of 4 small kiddos! I would love to try to take more time to take care of myself too!

March 26, 2015 - 9:44 am

Kim - I would love to win this.

March 26, 2015 - 10:46 am

Brittany buchholz - I’d love to win this for my mama!! She’s always putting everyone else first and April 2 is her 53rd birthday!! She’s so deserving of this especially working two jobs and taking care of my 11 yr old brother, she doesn’t get to do anything for her self

March 26, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Stephanie - I’d love to win a facial! I’ve been thinking about doing a chemical peel but always chicken out :)

March 26, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Emali - Eating better!

March 27, 2015 - 6:54 am

Jill - Eating less sugar, drinking less diet coke, exercising 5 days a week, getting back into yoga, and taking better care of my skin

March 27, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Suzanne Miles - Winning a free hydrafacial would be so wonderful! Life gets busier and busier and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to take care of me. I spend most of my time helping my daughter take care of her beautiful new baby.
Really, omly 20% of how we age is genetic?! Wow!