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    Kristy Illuzzi
    Kristy Illuzzi
    Kristy Illuzzi

    Kristy Illuzzi

    Full time working mom, CPA, devoted wife, and mother of 2 daughters under the age of 4.

    Crock Pot Mac and Cheese. You don't have to cook anything ahead of time. Macaroni goes in uncooked.

    Cauliflower Crust Pizza WOW, this pizza is fantastic and if I never eat a real pizza crust again, I won’t even miss it. This cauliflower crust is firm, with great flavor, you can cut it like a regular pizza and pick up the slices and eat them with your hands. This recipe is just downright fabulous and everyone, kids and adults, who have tried a slice have loved it and couldn’t figure out the secret of the crust.

    A new fun way to do brussels sprouts, and very healthy. If you don't have leeks on hand, I used onions and it still turned out delicious! You could also serve cold in the summer.

    Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wrap by taste-for-adventure: Low carb, this is tossed with soy sauce and plum sauce and sriracha and garlic and all sorts of other good stuff and tucked inside a wrap of buttery-soft lettuce! #Lettuce_Wrap #Tofu #Healthy

    Quinoa-Spinach Bake - In place of fresh spinach, you can also use 3/4 cup frozen, chopped spinach that has been thawed.

    I was looking for a zucchini bread recipe with less fat than the traditional as we have lots fresh from NC this week. I am going to try this one, replacing the regular white sugar with maple syrup.

    I am so excited to make these for dinner tonight. I already prepared the roasted garlic cream sauce and it is delicious!

    I plan to try these in the next week. I am going to cut down the sugar though, as 1 cup of sweetener seems like a lot. I am thinking maple syrup. And I might also fold in some raisins and walnuts!

    Quinoa Salad with Apple, Baby Spinach and Chick Peas in a Maple Vinaigrette

    Banana bread that uses protein-rich peanut butter in place of butter or margarine. I am also thinking of replacing some of that brown sugar with stevia or agave.

    Who knew you could actually do something with watermelon other than just eating it all by itself on a hot summer day. I made this today, and the flavors are so yummy together! I would have never thought to mix feta cheese with watermelon, but it works! It makes for a great afternoon snack, as it satisfies any sweet cravings.

    I made this last night and it is a great new way to make cauliflower. I substituted oilve oil rather than butter to make it healthier.

    Trying this for dinner tonight since I have fresh asparagus and red peppers in the fridge!

    Rainbow Asian Slaw with Spicy Honey, Sesame, Ginger Dressing by heatovento350: Yum! #Rainbow_Coleslaw #Asian

    50 Shades of Grey, read all 3 books in about 10 days. Beware, bet you cannot read just the first one!

    Ended up going with this one since my husband is in the wedding, I wanted to step it up with a longer dress.

    I just made this dip yesterday (used pinto beans as I had those on hand) and it is so delicious!!

    "OMG Chicken" Just mix sour cream or yogurt (1/2 c) and parm cheese (1/4 c). Spread over chicken breast in a baking dish. Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top and bake for 20-30 minutes. So moist and tasty!

    LOVE this color for summer! I am thinking on someone like me who is only 5'2" it would look a bit longer, which would be good.

    Decided to go with this one. Black tie preferred wedding in May. Renting it from www.renttherunway..., anyone tried that before?

    Whole-wheat Orzo Salad with Broccoli Pine Nut Pesto

    I bought a similar version of this suit on zappos at a great discount! It is perfect for a mom who is looking for a sexy suit that stills hides the troublesome tummy area. It is loose enough around the waist that it hides any bulges really well.

    I am loving BCBG dresses for a wedding, they have so many gorgeous styles.

    Looks like a cross between pink and red, I like that the rushing around the waist would help hide belly issues!

    I like the one shoulder look and the color on this one.

    This is cute, and I am thinking the ruffles could help hide a post-baby belly!

    I tried this one on in NYC and really liked it. Would have to be tan to pull off this color though.

    Pinehurst resort and spa, only an hour from Raleigh, but can feel like a world away. We try to make at least one girls trip annually. FYI- every January and February for the past few years at least they offer an amazing spa package since I would imagine they are slower that time of year.

    Venice, Italy. I was 8 weeks pregnant with Stella when Matt and I went for a visit. What an amazing place. Stella refers to it as the city on the water when she sees pictures. We will have to bring her someday!

    Our latest book club read...a bit slow the first 50 pages or so, but then becomes a real page-turner. It is written from the perspective of a 5 year old so it takes so getting used to, but brilliant writer!

    Great product for anyone with little girls and lots of barrettes in their life! Love!

    Best running shoes I have ever had, and definitely worth a little extra money to save your feet!

    This is my go-to gift for new babies! Fits 4 baby bottles perfectly for moms on the go. And when the kids get bigger, can be used as a lunch box or daycare tote. Thanks GoosiePie Monograms for this excellent gift idea!

    By the author of the kite runner. A pretty serious book, but makes you think about the lives of women throughout the world.

    Another great Kristin Hannah book, read this one while at the beach last summer. I don't have an sisters, but this book made me really want some!

    Just started reading this one, but can already see it being a real page turner. I have heard very good things from friends who have read this, and I already downloaded the trilogy knowing I will probably want to read them all!

    Lake Nakuru Lodge outside of Nairobi, Kenya. I went on my very first African safari here, back in the days before children :-)