Easy Recipes: Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash

I’m always on the hunt for quick, easy recipes to make for dinner. Balancing a full-time job and a growing baby keeps me very busy. I don’t always have a lot of time to prepare an intricate meal for dinner.

I love spaghetti squash and found a ripe one over at Gilcrease Orchard a few weekends ago. While I was searching on Pinterest for an easy recipe for it, I came across this Chicken, Bacon and ranch quick meal. It honestly took no time to prepare and fed four hungry adults. Here’s the recipe to give it a try!

Chicken bacon ranch spaghetti squash - Wonderful World of Bree

Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients: (Recipe makes 4 servings)

    • 1  large spaghetti squash or two smaller ones
    • 2 large chicken breasts
    • 4 slices of bacon
    • 1 packet Ranch seasoning mix
    • 4 ounces cream cheese
    • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Poke about 5-7 small holes into your spaghetti squash. Try to space them evenly around. *Note: You can put the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes to make it easier to slice open*

3. Cut the squash in half vertically and remove all the seed and stringy pieces.

5. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the squash cut side down.

6. On the same tray, place your chicken breast and season with a dash of the ranch seasoning mix. 

7. Bake for 30 minutes. *You may need a little more or less time depending on the size of your squash. Check periodically to make sure it is soft but not mushy. You want to easily shred the insides.*

8. While the squash is baking, cook your bacon and dice it into small pieces.

9. In a large bowl, mix the ranch seasoning and cream cheese.

10. Once your squash is complete, shred it using a fork and intermix with the cream cheese and ranch seasoning. Add 1/2 of the cheese and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

11. Once the chicken is cooked, dice it into small pieces and add it to the squash mixture.

12. Add the squash mixture back into the skins and top with crumbled bacon and the remaining cheddar cheese.

13. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

14. Remove from oven and enjoy!


‘Naaaamaste’ at Goat Yoga Las Vegas

IMG_8657Have you tried the newest craze in fitness? Goat Yoga. Yup, you heard me right. These four-legged furries are taking over the yoga scene with Goat Yoga Las Vegas. And let me tell you, this isn’t your average yoga class.

I signed up for a sunset yoga class and headed to Western Trail Park. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was pretty excited to see a pen full of baby goats when I arrived. I walked into the main enclosure and set my mat up facing the outside of the fence. Note: don’t bring anything into the class you don’t want the goats to mess with.

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Holly and her goats

Holly was our instructor and directed us on exactly how the class would run. She had prepared a simple, beginner series and filled it full of goat selfie opportunities. You’ve probably seen the Instagram pictures of people holding fabulous poses with goats on top of them. I planned on getting exactly that. So, I was ridiculously excited to say the least.

We began our series with some down dogs and folded forward stretches and moved to our first photo-op. We took all fours and worked in a few cat cows before holding the pose and inviting the goats to join in a photo. Holly’s assist was well prepared with food to lure the goats into our pictures.

And let me just say, these little goats are very food motivated. At one point, I had more than one goat trying to climb on me at a time! But, I still got some awesome photos.


We even joined shoulder to shoulder and made a goat train. Holly and her assistance sprinkled treats along our backs and the goats started running!

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We then headed back to our mats to continue some sun salutations and get a least a little bit of a workout in. Then, photo-op number two was being created. Depending on our comfort level, we could either hold a wheelbarrow and bridge pose and have a goat stand on our stomach. I was a little nervous about several baby goats jumping on my stomach, but I went for the wheelbarrow anyways.

woman doing wheelbarrow yoga pose with goats

It was actually calmer than I thought. The goats were getting a little lazy and didn’t want to jump up that far. Instead, Holly’s assistant placed a little goat on my stomach and she waited for her photo. Once she was up there, some of her goat friends did decide to swarm underneath me though.

woman bottle feeding goats - Goat YogaAt the end of class, we were all invited to line up and feed the baby goats their bottles. At this point, I have plenty of experience bottle feeding but these goats were 100 times hungrier than my son has ever been. They were going crazy for their bottles!

Despite only doing beginner moves, I was pretty sore the next day. It was probably from trying to hold still while goats jumped all over me!

Goat Yoga Las Vegas has been around for two years and has been making their way around the city. They have recently added Tivoli Village to their stop and are now booking private events. All of the goats are well taken care of and live at Jeffry’s Farm and Petting Zoo 2 U. Classes are $30 a person and can be booked here.

The Truth About the Mom Bod

The Truth about the Mom Bod

Fitness and being in shape have always been really important to me. I can remember as a kid going through my 5th/6th grade chubby stage and feeling not confident about myself. Being a chubby pre-teen girl was not as easily accepted years ago as it is now. No one bullied or body shamed me, but I was very hard on myself.

Thanks to puberty and learning better habits, I grew several inches in middle school and lost all my baby fat halfway through 7th grade. Since then, I’ve made working out and trying to eat right a priority. I indulge now and then on my favorite treats but I have learned a healthy balance.

When I became pregnant, I was very proud of my fitness level. I attended an aerial fitness gym several times a week, participated in fitness challenges like Spartan Race and avidly practiced yoga and Pilates. Luckily, I was able to keep up most of my fitness during the majority of my pregnancy. As my stomach grew, I modified my workouts and practiced more prenatal yoga. This focus helped me keep my weight gain at a manageable level.

Despite all that hard work, by the time I went to deliver, I had gained 35 pounds. Stepping on the scale was very scary for me. A few weeks postpartum, I had dropped 20 pounds just from nursing and naturally getting rid of excess fluids. Then, I was left with the dreaded 10-15 pounds that seem to take forever to come off aka the mom bod. That’s when I started working out again.

Getting back into fitness was harder than I thought. Even simple movements seemed to be difficult. My balance was off and my core was so weak. It honestly took a full month just to get myself to a beginner level. It was defeating to see the number on the scale suddenly frozen week after week. I struggled trying to dress this temporary body. Thankfully, I had a lot of encouragement from close friends and my husband.

To get back into shape, I wanted to do something challenging that wouldn’t take all of my time. So, I tried T25. And finally after a month of working out, the scale started moving. The inches started falling off and my cute skinny jeans fit! I didn’t stop there. I’m still continuing the program and eating healthy, but it’s not gotten any easier.

Scheduling work outs while working full-time and nursing a hungry baby is exhausting. Some nights I have to force myself to get on my mat and turn on the video. Many times, my husband will jump in and sweat right next to me.

I don’t work out for vanity. Knowing that I can be the healthiest for my baby is the best motivation. I know that my body is different from what it was a year ago and I’m working towards building this new me.

So, if you’re a mom that is in the struggle of loving your mom bod, I can relate. Every BODY is different. Some women lose everything right away, others, like me, have to work for it. Wherever you’re at, remember to love the journey and yourself. Find your why and focus on it. I don’t want to be that chubby little girl wishing she could be happy. I choose to be happy right now and fight for my health.

Meeting My Fitness Inspiration: Cassey Ho

This weekend was a once in a life-time experience. Fitness leader, Cassey Ho, offered a complimentary live Pop Pilates class at Idea Fit here in Las Vegas! As soon as I found out, I planned my Popflex outfit.


As mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been following Cassey’s page, Blogilates, on Youtube for over two years now. I first got hooked when I was looking for a hardcore fitness routine to get me wedding ready. Now, I’ve tried a ton of different workout from Insanity to P90X and more, but Pop Pilates was different.

For years, I’ve been attending Pilates and Yoga studios to get my workouts in. And yes, I love hands-on training from certified teachers, but I didn’t love the competition between other women working out. In Yoga, I haven’t come across too many vain individuals. Pilates is a completely different story. I loved the workout but never felt the community…until I tried Pop Pilates.

Pop Pilates is more than just a workout. Each video Cassey posts is a little fitness inspiration to love yourself where you are at. Working out shouldn’t just be about looking good; it should be about feeling good not matter your size. And there is a whole community of people working toward thats goal. Her program even offers tips on eating right for your body and rocking some body flattering gear.

So when Saturday rolled around, I was too excited sleep. I arrived at the Las Vegas Convention Center at 9:45AM to get checked-in for my class and get a seat close to the stage. Many other Popsters were already lined up outside of the ballroom waiting for the show to begin.


The Blogilates team revered everyone up by filming and photographing participants as we hurried inside. The room quickly filled to its 400 person capacity and the floor became a sea of yoga mats. All across the room, ladies we decked out in Popflex gear.

About ten minutes later, Cassey came on stage and the crowd erupted. She wasted no time and jumped right into the choreography for the event. One hour later and I was sparking in sweat after a killer workout.


The Blogilates fam hosted a complimentary Q & A with Cassey right after the class. It was so inspired listening to her talk about her fitness journey from vanity to strength. After her few questions, the team announced a surprise meet and greet with Cassey! I all but flew off my mat to get in line.


As I stood at the edge of the stage, I ran through what I could possibly say to such a successful fitness leader. Her genuineness to her brand was astonishing. She really lived her values and never gave up when times got tough. As I walked on stage to say hello, I shared that my passion for Pop Pilates started when I began wedding planning. She gave me a hug, posed for a picture and completely made my day.


Feeling so inspired by these few hours, I made my way over to the Director of her team and inquired about certification. By Spring 2018, I will be a certified Pop Pilates instructor! This opportunity is a God send and a dream come true.

Keep an eye out here and on social for more updates on my progress!

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Silent Savasana with Dray Gardner

Las Vegas yogis are taking over every square inch of the community. From Yoga on the Lawn with Trufusion to practices at the Valley of Fire, the options are endless. Silent Savasana is a specific yoga experience that is blowing up the city.

Using the noise cancelling headphones, instructor Dray Gardner, teaches beginner and expert students the joy of yoga. I experienced my first class poolside at Red Rock Hotel and Casino.


I arrived at 6:15PM on a Tuesday night and was astonished at how many individuals had already covered the pool deck. Silent Savasana team members had already set up a check-in table accompanied by a growing line. At the table, each person received their headphones and a battery operated tea light.


I grabbed by items and found an open spot near the DJ. The deck was quickly filling up with yogis of all ages. The air was buzzing with excitement about the upcoming 75 minute practice.

Gardner began the practice with instructing everyone to place their headphones on and open their hearts. A local DJ spun instrumental mixes of popular songs that pulsated through one ear of the headphones. Gardner spoke through the other.


I was expecting a somewhat easy practice seeing as there were so many levels present. Gardner had an entirely different agenda. We flew through challenging balance poses on four arms, hands and heads. He encouraged everyone to fall in and out and just let the day go.

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Photo by Silent Savasana

Through out the practice, Gardner shared his journey. In 2006, a doctor told Gardner he would need to undergo a serious back surgery. Refusing to do something so risky, Gardner reached for yoga and fell in love. One year later, Gardner attended his first teach training and has been helping people discover their inner light ever since.

We finished the practice as the sun went down bonding between the small candle light. I love yoga because of the freedom. The ability to fall in and out of poses with no judgement and just let yourself go. Silent Savasana helps you find yourself on your mat.

Silent Savasana is available all over the city including at station casinos, the High Roller at the LinQ. Checkout their full schedule of events here. Follow their social channels for more updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Don’t Ignore Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene

I never put a second thought to my dogs’ teeth. I always assumed they would be intact for their whole lives. But a few weeks ago I discovered I should have been paying attention to my pets’ teeth a long time ago.


80% of adult dogs suffer from dental issues. What begins as normal tartar build up can actually lead to periodontal disease. For any of you unfamiliar with this, this disease is basically an infection that spreads throughout the mouth and can affect the heart, live and kidneys.

Much like people, animal teeth are necessary and if ignored, will lead to severe issues. Periodontal disease can also affect humans. It begins as gingivitis that can be treated and managed. It then progresses and can lead to early tooth decay and expensive dentist bills.

Luckily, veterinarians are making a big deal about taking care of your pets mouth. Most offices advertise dental cleanings at a discounted price. Still, they are a timely procedure that requires your pet to be under anesthesia.

If you can get a head of the plaque build up by brushing your pets teeth, those visits to the vet will be less expensive and less often.

FionaOne deep cleaning and three tooth extractions later – my littlest dog is on her way to proper hygiene. I have also invested in dog toothpaste and an additive to her water. In total, I spent about $400.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you don’t already have dental care in place, you can ask you vet or local pet store what items will work best for your pet.

Healthy Easter Snacks to Try

In my previous post, I shared how much it really takes to work off those delicious Easter candies. Here are some alternatives that still fit the holiday theme.

Fruit and Veggie Bunny

Pre-cut your favorite fruits and vegetables and build into the shape of a rabbit. Try grapes or blueberries for eyes, apples for ears and of course, carrots for whiskers.

Fruit and Veggie Egg Hunt


Instead of filling those plastic eggs with jelly beans and candy, sneak in almonds, strawberry, raisins and apples instead.

Peep Fruit Kabobs

If you must have a peep, throw your favorite fruits in the mix.

Deviled Egg Chicks

What recipes and snacks have you Eastered out?

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The Cost of Easter Candy

Easter candy has filled all of my surrounding stores and the temptation to indulge is unbearable. Staying on track with my health goals has got me looking for any excuse to say no. Pop Sugar recently ran a detailed  article on how many jumping jacks it take to work off the top-selling Easter candy. Check it out.

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So before you dive into a bowl of goodies, is 49 minutes of a vigorous workout worth it for one item?

Find out healthy alternative to these treats here on my post “Healthy Easter Snacks To Try.”

Clothing Feature – Popflex Active

I’m always on the hunt for affordable and comfortable workout clothing. From yoga, to aerials and HIIT, I need material that is going to last. After following Cassey Ho’s Blogilates workouts for a little over two years, I fell in love with her Popflex Active clothing line.


In my collection, I currently have two leggings and a sports bra. And honestly, these are the most comfortable workout pieces I own. I no longer have to worry about adjusting my clothing mid workout. This super soft material stays in place no matter how I choose to feel the burn.

If you sign up for a free account, you can even get a huge VIP discount. You can shop by following the link here, (http://bit.ly/2jHWGYn).

The full line of the new edition, Dark Bloom is out now!

Trufusion Summerlin – Tru Hot Pilates

If you are looking for a class to kick your but with no mercy, Tru Hot Pilates is the group fitness class for you. Taking place in 95 degrees with 45% humidity, you’ll be sweating your entire day away. This class also gives you the opportunity to really dig into your muscles by using hand weights, a resistance band and a yoga block.


I decided to break my normal morning workout schedule and give an evening class a try. From wall to wall, the HP floor was covered with a rainbow of mats. There had to be at least 30 people in this class which means the heat will only rise.

Aside from me, there was only one other newbie in the class. Everyone seemed to be well accustomed to the intensity of Tru Hot Pilates. From 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., the entire class went nonstop covering every muscle possible. We took a few resting breaks that were just enough to blow out your hot air and jump right back into the class.

We covered the entire body alternating between different muscle groups. Just when I thought I couldn’t do one more row, the class was transitioning into squats and we were burning another muscle group.

For any interested in challenging yourselves with this amazing class, make sure you arrive early and bring your game face. The results you put in will be the results you get out. Only you are responsible for obtaining your fitness goal.