Tofu Scramble Stuffed Pepper

Tofu scrambles are my breakfast go-to. They’re packed with protein, seasoned with a ton of flavor, and so delicous! I switch up the veggies I use everyday to everything from mushrooms, to cherry tomatoes, spinach, to zucchini. To take the flavor to the next level I started stuffing fresh fryer peppers from the garden with them!  They’re so good and such a quick breakfast to whip up! 

I add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil to a pan over medium heat, add cubed super firm tofu and season with tumeric, granulated garlic, granulated onion, Pink Himalayan Salt, fresh ground pepper and nutritional yeast. I mix the tofu around well to evenly coat the seasonings and cook until crispy, and top with a little bit of vegan cheddar shreds. I hollow out the inside of the pepper and cook it, then stuff it with the tofu mixture. I drizzle hot sauce for an extra kick! 

Tips for Traveling with a  Newborn & Toddler

What we learned traveling as a family of four, with a newborn & a toddler, for the first time…

I was curious about what we should/shouldn’t bring to make things more convenient prior to our trip, so I wanted to share what worked for us! 

1) We say this every time we travel, but we couldn’t have meant it more this time. Getting TSA Pre✅ is the best decision we’ve ever made a couple years ago. Not only does it make traveling extremely convenient whether you have kids or not, you don’t have to take off your shoes, you don’t have to take out your laptop, and you don’t have to take out any liquids. Without TSA Pre✅, you aren’t allowed to take a baby through security wearing them in a carrier (from what I’ve read, and people I’ve talked to), and they go through and scan each of your bottles. With TSA Pre✅, I didn’t have to take the baby out of the carrier I was wearing and they didn’t touch our bottles. We got through security in under a minute. 

2) Wearing a baby carrier through the airport (these are two great options here and here) couldn’t have made things easier to have free hands to hold Hunter’s hand and roll a carry on or hold the diaper bag 

3) Bringing the boppy in our carry on, and using it on the plane (along with a baby blanket.) This was so convenient, not only did I feed Hudson at take off and landing on it, it helped him stay asleep comfortably (for both of us) the entire plane ride. I also used it to change him on, opting out of the tiny plane bathroom. The slipcover is washable so you aren’t bringing all the plane germs home 

4) Feeding the baby or letting him/her suck on a binky during take off and landing to ease ear pressure. While doing this, Hudson didn’t seem to mind the pressure. 

5) If traveling with formula, the most convenient way to have the bottles pre-measured without having to refrigerate them or bring any liquid, we filled the powder into these and then just bought bottled water once we got through security (we got lucky and found non-refrigerated) and poured them in the bottles and mixed them as needed on the plane (I use these any time I leave the house!)

6) Packing healthy snacks and an iPad with headphones with Netflix or Hulu on it for a toddler to watch movies or their favorite show. Hunter has a bookbag his size so he was excited to pack it with his favorite things and wear it through the airport

7) Always Always Always pack extra clothes for all kids, in case they get sick. An extra outfit, underwear, socks, shoes everything (you never know) we lucked out having extra clothes and shoes in our carry on after an unfortunate incident 

8) Purchasing a bag to put the car seat and base in before you check it. This one worked great 

9) We purchased bulkhead seats, because they are the “Even More Space” seats on JetBlue, which made it nice to have the extra room to change the baby and not feel so confined 

10) Soak it all in and take endless amounts of pictures to savor all of the memories 

The Perfect Exfoliant 


During my manicure last week, the nail tech used this exfoliant on my hands. With a newborn, my hands always tend to be dry, because I am either constantly washing them or washing bottles multiple times a day. I was amazed at how well it removed any dryness and left them looking smooth and moisturized. I decided to scoop up a bottle for myself, and imagined the great results I would have using it on my face. 

I have combination skin. During the Summer I have occasional dryness on my cheeks, and oiliness in my t-zone. I am absolutely amazed at how well this exfoliant combats both, removing any dry skin on my face and excess oil from my t-zone. It leaves my skin so soft and smooth afterwards, making my moisturizer sink in better and  my makeup application go on much smoother, avoiding any dry flakes! Normally when I use a toner, it would leave my skin shiny and tight, but this is on another level, using no harsh chemicals. I am obsessed! 

One Year

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One year ago today I married my best friend. It could not have been a more special day! I am so lucky to have him in my life as a husband and father. I thought it would be the perfect time to share some photos to relive such a perfect day. Happy Anniversary baby!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Watch | Shirt | Tie | Belt | Briefcase | Shoes | Headphones | Helmet | Hoodie | Shoes | Fitbit | Aviators | Hat | Backpack | Skincare | Wallet

Fit Finds // Under $100

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Hoodie | Water Bottle | Sports Bra | Shoes | Cropped Leggings | Towel | TankHair Ties

Happy Monday! There’s something about cute workout clothes that make working out something to look forward to! Loving all of this fun finds and cool cutouts!

A New Routine


This week, I was given the green light to resume workouts, and I could not be more ecstatic. I just feel better when I’m  working out daily, and I have never been more motivated to get back in shape. 

When I’m working out daily, I tend to stick to all other routines more consistently, like my weekly beauty mask. Since I’m feeling like a new person this week, I decided to switch up my usual mask routine with something new

 Lately, I don’t attempt anything without multitasking, as I applied a layer and went on to wash bottles and load up the sertilizer. By the time I was finished, the mask had already dried and was ready to rinse off. The fact that it is quick-drying, makes it so much more seseptable for me to use. 

Curious to see how well it “pulled the gunk out of my pores” since it isn’t a peel off mask, I rinsed my face with warm water and was left completely amazed. It wiped my pores clean. I was so impressed with the facial-like results (without the inflammation) that I couldn’t wait to use it again, and feel like my face is clearer than ever. It’s seriously a game changing beauty product. 

My Baby Registry Must Haves

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When I first picked up a Baby Registry Checklist, I couldn’t have been more overwhelmed! There were items on it that I have never even heard of (i.e. a sheet saver) I went through the check list and compared reviews on each product, before adding them to my registry. I used a universal baby registry, so I could register for items from numerous stores (even Etsy!) The funny part is, a lot of our essential “can’t live without” products, are items we bought after Hudson arrived, so we definitely know what it’s like to live without them (and it wasn’t ideal.)

Dock-A-Tot – My mom had read amazing reviews about this prior to Hudson’s arrival and finally decided it would be a good idea to gift us one after he arrived. I wasn’t really sure what was so great about it, until Hudson was 2 weeks old, and spent an entire night awake, without sleeping in between any feedings. The following night, I decided to put the Dock-A-Tot inside his bassinet (it fits perfectly) ever since, the second he is laid in it, he falls straight to sleep, and sleeps wonderfully! The reviews are spot on, it truly is a miracle sleeper!

Owlet Baby Monitor – The Owlet sock monitors Hudson’s heart rate and oxygen levels at night, which I can monitor on my smartphone, keeping my mind at ease while he sleeps.

ZoLi ‘BUZZ B.™’ Nail Trimmer – Hudson takes after his mama, his nails grow like crazy, so we use this nail filer at least once a week, eliminating the need to have to clip his nails.

Aden + Anais Silky Soft Burpy Bibs – Aden + Anais makes a couple different versions of these, but the  ones made from 100% rayon made from bamboo are like a dream! Not only is the burp cloth/bib hybrid super convenient, but they’re just so incredibly soft on my baby’s skin, I’d hate to use anything else!

Baby Breeza Formula Pro – This wasn’t an item I registered for, because I never planned on giving Hudson formula, but with all of the complications, being a premie in the beginning I had no choice but to supplement. Prior to this purchase, I would make a pitcher of formula, measure it out into bottles, and keep them in a fridge we had to get for our upstairs, then warm them in a bottle warmer that took 20 minutes to warm before each feeding. Hudson was not a happy camper. With the Formula Pro, this process is literally cut down to 10 seconds. It’s like a Keurig for baby formula. You just stick a bottle under and press “start,” and it dispenses the correct measurement of water and formula, warmed to a proper temperature for feeding. This. is. a. life. changer.

4 Moms Infant Tub – I love everything about this tub, there are just so many innovative features that make bath time so convenient. The temperature controlled tub lets you know what a safe water temperature range is when filling it up, and the tub is designed to keep fresh water in, and dirty water out (extremely convenient if your baby pees within the first minute of getting in the tub like mine!)

HALO® Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper – This bassinet makes nighttime so easy, because Hudson is right beside our bed when he sleeps. I can pick him right up for feedings, without even having to get out of bed or check on him at anytime.

Boppy Petite Trellis Luxe Feeding Pillow – This pillow is so convenient for nursing, as well as bottle feeding. Hudson loves to sit propped up in it, as well.

 The winner of the Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway is @aubreymeadows! Congrats Aubrey!

Baby Hudson’s Nursery + a Giveaway

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Restoration HardwareCrib, Mattress, Bedding, Dresser, Dresser Topper, Bookcase, Glider, Ottoman, Changing Pad, Changing Pad Cover, Light Fixture

Pottery BarnElephant Rocker, Plush ElephantActivity Gym

Home Goods – Rug, Mirror, End Table, Wooden Crates, Curtain Rods, Curtains, Pillows, Hamper, Globe

Hobby Lobby – Monogram Letter, Wooden Shelves

4Moms – Mamaroo, Bounceroo, Tub

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Ashwood

I had so much fun designing Hudson’s nursery. To celebrate the arrival of our baby boy, I’ve teamed up with Freshly Picked to giveaway a pair of moccasins to one lucky reader!

To enter, visit my Instagram @brittlaurenza

1. You must be following @freshlypicked

2. You must be following @brittlaurenza

3. Like the giveaway photo

4. Tag a friend! The more friends you tag, the higher your choices of winning

The winner will be able to choose their desired color and size. Must be a U.S. resident.

The winner will be announced on my blog Tuesday, May 10th!

Hudson Reed’s Birth Story


We welcomed our sweet baby boy, Hudson Reed Laurenza on April 5th, 2016 at 2:10 am. He weighed in at 6 lbs 1 oz and  19 inches long.

From the beginning of my pregnancy, I had a strong intuition I would go into labor a few weeks early. I was lucky to have a pretty easy pregnancy, feeling pretty well until a little over a week before going into labor. I started feeling much differently and I knew it was a strong indication he would be coming much sooner than later. 

I woke up at 4:47am on Monday, April 4th, feeling like my water slowly broke. I got up, laid back down for an hour and  still felt the same trickling feeling. I called the doctor’s office at 9am as my husband was about to leave for a meeting, and they said to come in immediately. We packed the car for the hospital and headed to the doctor’s office. Although the test the doctor had conducted didn’t show up as my water breaking, I had a strong inclination to get tested at the hospital anyway. Sure enough, it had. 

After 22 very long difficult hours, our precious baby boy arrived. They laid him on me for a split second, and I couldn’t believe how tiny he was. They took him to get his measurements, and suddenly  nurses were surrounding him telling us that he was going straight to the NICU and they didn’t know how long it would be before we would get to see him. It was extremely overwhelming to process, after being so excited that he was finally here. My husband had to go out and tell our parents that were excitedly waiting, that they wouldn’t be able to meet him that night. 

Before they took him, I asked to see him through the incubator, once they put him in it, since I haven’t even seen what he had looked like yet. They made a last minute decision, instead of putting him in the incubator, to try skin to skin contact with me to see if his breathing and coloring would improve. Sure enough within minutes of snuggling on my chest, he started breathing normally and his color started changing. They didn’t end up having to take him to the NICU at all, and I could not have been more grateful.

Our parents were able to come in and meet him after all and I was so thankful! 

From that moment on there is nothing I love more than having him snuggle on my chest. It’s the best feeling in the world. I just wanted to hold him and stare at him for hours in the hospital, I couldn’t believe how perfect and precious he was!

Hudson had experienced external head trauma from being stuck in the same position for hours during labor, as well as being posterior, and the cord wrapped around his neck. We experienced a very difficult delivery, along with battling low blood sugar the first 24 hours, then later on high billirubin levels, which we had to make trips to the hospital for bloodwork everyday until he was a little over two weeks old, and wearing a billiblanket 24 hours a day when we were home. He had so many factors stacked against him, especially being preterm, arriving almost 4 weeks early, but I am so grateful he overcame them all within the first couple weeks, and is doing wonderful now! He’s such a content baby, and so alert and observant, always looking around with his big blue eyes. We are so blessed to call him ours!