Getting to know you…

Happy Thursday, we are getting closer and closer to the weekend!  Had a pleasant little evening last night coming home to this.

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The hubs made dinner!  It is the best coming home to a home cooked meal.  This is basically the Whole 30 friendly components of this meal, Italian roast pork sandwiches (plus green beans).  Which the hubs has been making for years and has perfected.  He uses a pork loin instead of a roast, and makes it in the crock pot.  Here is his sandwich.

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After dinner we enjoyed some family time, hanging out before the kids went to bed.  Then I was off to Turbokick, I have really been enjoying getting some classes in recently.

Since this little blog is pretty new, I thought it would be fun to do some getting to know each other.  I saw this question and answer on a friend’s Facebook and enjoyed it, so here it goes.

  1. Who are you named after? As far as I know, I am the original Emily in my fam.
  2. Last time you cried?  The day before Mother’s Day, the handmade toddler gifts really get me right in the feels.
  3. Do you like your handwriting?  My handwriting is pretty bad, sometimes I even have trouble reading it.
  4. What is your favorite lunch meat?  Turkey
  5. Longest relationship?  The hubs and I have been married for 5 years, together for going on 9 years.
  6. Do you still have your tonsils?  Nope
  7. Would you bungee jump?  Never say never, but no plans to.
  8. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Cracklin Oat Bran, but I have not had it in years.
  9. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?  Not usually
  10. Favorite ice cream?  It depends on my mood, but I always love the Love Potion 31 at Baskin Robbins, it is white chocolate ice cream with raspberries and dark chocolate.
  11. What is the last thing you ate?  Currently snacking on some dried mango
  12. Night owl or morning person?  I can do either, but am definitely at my best in the am.
  13. Favorite season?  Fall, I love that chill to the air, and am a huge Halloween fan.

Now tell me a little about you?  Were you named after someone?  Favorite ice cream?

Hope you have a great day!

A day in eats + super quick dinner idea

Hey guys!  How is your week coming along?  My little guy had me trying to hide my laughter at his bedtime delaying tactics last night.  When I brought out his jammies he offered to do my hair for me instead….little cutie.

Today I thought I would share a day in eats, this is from Monday and is a full day of eats that accommodated my Whole 30 plan I am doing right now.  I also finally got around to ordering the Whole 30 book and am excited to learn more (I have done quite a bit of online research, and check out some of the recipes).

I started the day with some unpictured black coffee, and lots of water.  I am always a pretty good water drinker, but find that I really rock it when I add a little fruit for flavor.

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For breakfast I munched some hard-boiled eggs, raw veggies with salsa, and some berries.

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A short time later I snacked on some cashews, almonds and dates (about double what is shown, I was snacking while getting a bowl).

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For lunch I enjoyed some of my prepped sweet potato, onion, kale hash with some chicken sausage and a clementine on the side.  You guys, it took some work to find sausage with no sugar in it, but I am glad I did, it is pretty good.

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After work I snacked on about 843 of these beauties.  I LOVE Rainier cherries, between baby girl and I, these were gone within two days.

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Dinner was a thrown together creation that turned out awesome!  So awesome that I wanted to share it with you.  This recipe was super easy and is Whole 30 and Paleo friendly if you are into that sort of thing.  It could be called Trader Joe’s to the rescue, because it is primarily items from Trader Joe’s that joined together in perfect harmony.  But I will go with the Three C’s sauté since it is carrot noodles, cauliflower and chicken.

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Quick Three C’s Sauté 

Ingredients:

  • One head cauliflower riced, or one bag pre-riced cauliflower (I had some purple cauliflower in the fridge.  Any cauliflower will do, but colors are fun)
  • 1 package carrot noodles (from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup cooked diced chicken (I diced up two plain chicken patties from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Everything But The Bagel Seasoning (Trader Joe’s)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Heat oil and ghee in pan and add frozen carrot noodles, cover and cook 3-4 minutes.  Remove lid and gently separate noodles with spoon.  Add riced cauliflower and sprinkle in all seasonings, gently mix to incorporate seasoning.   Add in diced chicken and continue cooking another 5-7 minutes, until hot throughout and veggies are cooked to your liking. Serves 3.

Do you have any stumbled upon/thrown together recipes that have become go to meals?  This was so quick and easy, I could definitely see it showing up on rotation.

Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal

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Hello friends!  How was the start of your week?  Mine has been pretty good, I was able to get back into the work groove pretty quickly after a 3 day weekend, and feel fairly on top of things so far. Though I feel like I usually start the week strong and then, you know, life happens.   I also got in a Zumba class last night.  I had not taken Zumba in ages, it felt good to shimmy and shake up a sweat!

Anyways, how about some breakfast? I made this peach oatmeal last week, had it for breakfast 4 days in a row, and gave some serious thought to making another batch the very next day.  It is lightly sweet, and stuck with me all morning.  Also, it couldn’t be easier, about 10 minutes of prep in the evening, and boom, breakfast is waiting when you get up!

Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups steel-cut oats (old-fashioned oats will not work here)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • .25 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups diced peaches (about 3 peaches)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
  • Toppings: brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon

Directions: Add all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir together.

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Cover and cook on low for 6-6.5 hours (overnight).

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Once cooked, stir and serve.  I enjoyed mine topped with walnuts, brown sugar and a little more cinnamon.  Makes 6 servings

*I did not add any sweetener to the oatmeal itself, because I prefer to just add a little on top before serving  If you prefer, a little brown sugar or maple syrup can be added to the oatmeal itself.

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This was great to take to work.  I just scooped it in a jar, added an extra splash of almond milk, and heated it up when I was ready to eat.

I love cooking up big batches of oatmeal so I can take it for breakfast all week.  What are your go to quick or make ahead breakfasts?

 

 

Weekend recap

Hey Monday, how did you get here so fast?

How was your weekend?   Is it just me, or did the weekend totally fly by?!?  I took last Friday off, so I had a three-day weekend (that still went by in the blink of an eye.

Friday I taught class, and then headed on over to Barre 3 for a free workout in celebration of their 3rd birthday.  I had done at home Barre workouts before, but it was my first studio experience.  It was awesome!  I had a blast, and left feeling happy, energized and very sure that I would be sore the next day (spoiler, I was very sore the next day).

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The rest of the day was spent getting ready for the hubs’ graduation party, and relaxing with the babes.

Saturday was all about celebrating the graduate.

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We had a gathering at the house, and enjoying lots of yummy eats: fruit, veggies, mini chimis, taquitos, beans, rice, sangria, and of course, cake!

We started mid afternoon so everyone’s kiddos could enjoy the festivities.  It was a blast catching up with family and friends and celebrating the hubs accomplishments.

Sunday morning we just kicked back with the kiddos and relaxed.  In the afternoon, I attended a dear friend’s baby shower.  It was beautiful, and I can not wait to meet her sweet babe later this summer.

On Sunday I also spent some time meal planning and prepping.  The last few weeks have been kind of hit or miss on the meal front, with lots of indulgences.  I have not been feeling my healthiest.  So I really want to get back on track making healthy food choices, as well as exercising consistently, getting some sleep, and just making healthy choices all around.

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I also decided to try something new!  I started a Whole 30 challenge on Sunday.  For those of you not familiar with Whole 30, it is a 30 day diet, that focuses on eating whole foods.  The diet consists largely of proteins, fruits and vegetables, and prohibits a number of foods.  There is no dairy, sugar, alcohol, beans, or grains while on the Whole 30 diet.  I have always been a bit weary of Whole 30, or really any diet that cuts out groups of foods.  I am more of an everything in moderation person.  Also, I love grains, smoothies, and cheese (and wine) and feel these can all be part of healthy diet.

However, I felt ready to try something new, and kind of in need of a break from the extra desserts, rich foods and drinks that I have been indulging in the last few weeks. I figure it can be a good learning experience, and an opportunity to really think about my food choices.  Also, I have known several people have tried it, and really loved how they felt on the plan.

Have you ever tried Whole 30, or any other diet plan?  What did you think?  If you have done Whole 30, any recipes I should try?

While I will be abstaining from oatmeal for a little while, I did make some delicious slow cooker peach oatmeal last week, that I will be sharing tomorrow.

Hope you have a great one!

 

Congrats husband! Happy Friday!

Hi friends, happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and have a fun weekend ahead of you!

This week started a little rough, but cleaned up well and has been full of fun moments. We enjoyed an impromptu picnic dinner at the playground with the babies (why do kids love pushing things?).



I enjoyed a great Turbokick class, and took a little me time to get a pedicure. But the best thing that happened this week happened last night!


The hubs graduated! He is there in that crowd.  Being amazing and accomplished, probably wishing his extra wife would stop gushing (I won’t).

Hubs, I’m so proud of you! You have worked so hard and accomplished so much, all while being a supportive husband and the best dad.

I am so excited to spend the weekend celebrating you with our friends and family.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend! See you Monday.

It’s almost time to party! + Plank it out workout

Happy Thursday, how are you today? Hows your week been going?  It is shaping up pretty nicely over here.  My bruised knee is in full on purple mode, so unattractive, but not especially tender any more.  The baby girl is feeling better, and my handsome fella is graduating today!  I am so proud of him and so excited to celebrate this weekend.

Also, I just love these graduation candy stickers, they are just so cute and fun.  The hubs is not a huge fan of Hershey’s kisses, so we had to get some peanut butter cups in the mix as well.

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It has been a busy week with babies, work and getting graduation stuff ready for the hubs, but I have been working in some fitness where I can.  I had a good sweat session at Turbokick last night, and am headed to a Barre class on Friday.  I am super excited for the Barre class, I have taken online classes, but never an in person one. Also, it is my local studios third birthday, so it is a free class (score)!

In addition to teaching and a couple of classes, I have also been trying to sneak in some mini workouts here and there.

If you are looking for a quick workout, how about my quick plank workout? It has a focus on core and upper body strength, and all you need is one dumbbell and 10 minutes (or less).

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A little retail therapy

*This post is not sponsored, I have just been impressed with my experiences and wanted to share.

So one thing you should know about me is that I am a super bargain hunter.  With the kids I tend to indulge a bit more, but if it is for me, it pretty much has to be on-sale and I will have an internal back and forth about whether to get it or not for like 10 minutes.  I have always loved going to second hand and consignment stores, looking for great deals.  But, it takes time to find something perfect for you at second hand stores, and I just do not have the time anymore.

Enter Thred Up.  Have you tried Thred up?

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It is an online second hand/consignment shop and I love them.  They seem to have all the brands I love, great pricing, and there always seems to be a code for a discount, or free shipping available. My favorite part it is that you can filter for the brands you want, in just the sizes you are looking for, which saves so much time!

I have purchased from Thred Up a few times and have always been so pleased with the items I received, they have all been exactly as described and in pretty much new condition.  Here are some recent finds (from a few weeks ago, the purse was for someone and I didn’t want to post until I gave it to her).

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My little miss was pretty excited to see too.

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On this shopping adventure I got my little dude some new duds (He is SUPER into Cars).

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Gotta this momma some new workout gear (ASICS top and Reebox bottoms)

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A new shirt for Spring and Summer.

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And this beauty for the madre!

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I was most excited about this purse.  It is a large one, and in perfect condition.  With a 20% discount they were running at the time, I was able to snag it for about a quarter of what they run new, score!

Are you a Thred Up user?  If so, what has been your favorite find?  Mine is definitely the above purse.  I also scored some Kut from the Kloth jeans for about 17 bucks.  I love how Kut from the Kloth fits me.

New to Thred Up?  Use my referral link and we both get 10 bucks to shop with.

Hope you all have a great day!