Weekend recap – 3/19/18 Catching some Zzz’s and a Musical

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Hey friends, how are you today? Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend started with the usual pizza and park time, which we always look forward to. Afterward, the hubs headed out to his fantasy baseball draft, while I fell asleep putting babies to bed, lol. I actually fell asleep while putting my little guy to bed (somewhere between 7:30-8:00). The hubs woke me up to come to bed when he got home, and other than that 2-3 minutes it took to get in my bed, I was asleep for a glorious 9.5 hours. You would think after going to bed so early I’d be ready to pop up and go workout, but no, I decided to embrace rest and baby snuggles. It was a gloriously restful morning with my little family.  I think I needed the rest and am glad that I took the opportunity to get some extra sleep.

After some morning lounging, we went and bought all the groceries at TJs (seriously, I can’t stop myself from impulse buying at least 2-3 things every time I go there.

After teaching my class and hanging at home a bit, I was off to enjoy a date with my momma. We went to see The King and I, which was visiting as part of a touring production. I had actually never seen The King and I (the movie) and didn’t know what it was about. It was SO good! I love it. It was also wonderful to spend a little time with my mom hanging out and catching up.

The rest of the evening was spent hanging out with the family, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with vegan Shepard’s Pie, sautéed cabbage, and Irish soda bread.  The hubs and I also watched Hidden Figures, which was nice.  It had been a while since we had hung out and watched a movie.

Sunday morning started with an Orangetheory Class. Not only was it a great workout, but it was also their two-year anniversary party, which was fun. They had food, local vendors visiting and giveaways.  I ended up winning a shirt and towel and also got to enjoy some snacks after class.  Sadly I had no bites of that mini bundt cake, I took it home to the babies, who were more than happy to polish it off.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent hanging out, meal prepping and trying to pick up. I had my book club that afternoon (I managed to read the book!). I made this lightened up spinach artichoke dip to share, recipe coming soon.  The book we read was The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain, which I have mixed feelings on.  I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but the more I thought about it after, the less I liked the characters and I felt like it wasn’t as well-developed as it could have been.  The group consensus was that it would be a good beach read.

The kiddos and the hubs joined me for book club as well. The kids had a great time playing with the other kids there and the hubs was a rock star keeping an eye on them. The rest of the evening was spent getting ready for the week and crying over our broken brackets. So many upsets!

How was your weekend? Read any good books recently? If you did a bracket how’s it doing?

Hope you have a great day!


Friday Favorites – 3/16/18

Happy Friday,  happy St. Patrick’s eve, and happy March Madness! How are you, friends? I am writing this as my beloved Wildcats are starting their first tournament game. I love the basketball tournament. I do brackets every year, which have yet to even kind of pan out, but perhaps this is my year for accurate predictions, lol.

In the usual fashion, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some favorites from the week. I would love to hear what you are loving too, so please play along in the comments.

First up, a little donut date with my dude. I stayed home with my little guy Monday since he was still not feeling great. By midday he seemed a little antsy, so we went on an adventure to get my emissions testing done (thrilling, I know). Afterward, we stopped to get these beautiful donuts. Sadly, he still didn’t have much of an appetite and only picked at his, but it was still some nice bonding time. The hubs and the baby girl were also pretty pleased to come home to the leftovers.

I also took the plunge and tried out Thrive Market (<referral link, get 25% off your first order) recently. I have been aware of Thrive for quite some time but hadn’t tried it because I felt like I could find most of the items I wanted for about the same price on sale at stores in my area. I just don’t have time to track sales that closely anymore though, and Thrive’s prices and convenience are great! I was amazed how quickly my order got to me. I also ordered my brother and sister-in-law a box of goodies to celebrate their new home and it was delivered to them in just a couple of days.

My Thrive order also introduced me to a new favorite lentil pasta. I love lentil pasta as it has a hearty dose of protein without needing to add meat to the dish. This pasta tasted great and didn’t have the gummy texture that some lentil or bean pasta can have. (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of it before preparing it, hence the empty box).

In workouts this week, it has been a hectic one to fit much in. I did get in an Orangetheory workout in on Monday but otherwise have been sticking to at home and lots of streaming workouts. I have had a FabFitFun (<- referral link) subscription for several months now, but finally got around to trying some of their workout videos and am loving the variety. I have tried a barre, a yoga, and a dance workout this week. I will definitely have to use their videos more often.

Around the web:

These sneaky spinach brownies seem like a great way to get an extra serving of veggies into the kids.

I gave up meat for Lent, and have been keeping an eye out for vegetarian meals that the family would also enjoy. This meatless meal plan that Julie at PB Fingers shared earlier in the week has so many great vegetarian meals on it.

Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookie.  I can’t wait to try these healthy, 4 Ingredient Samoas from Eating Bird Food.

Maureen was sharing some truth with her post What is up with women’s clothing sizes.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Any big plans for the weekend and St. Patrick’s Day?  We will be enjoying the holiday at home with the kids, probably eating this vegan shepherd’s pie and all the Irish soda bread.

Hope you have a great weekend!

40 Days to Personal Revolution – Recap and Final thoughts

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Hey friends! How has your week been? I stayed home with my little guy Monday (he is feeling much better now, thanks for all the well wishes). Going back to work yesterday felt like I had been off for a week, I had SO MUCH catching up to do. Hoping for a calmer day today.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrapped up my 40 Days to Personal Revolution program, so I thought it would be a good time to recap the experience and share some thoughts.  You can find my intro to the program here and my halfway check-in here.

The program focuses on four key components: meditation, diet, yoga, and journaling.  I will address each below.

Meditation: Throughout the whole program, you meditate twice daily. The first week started with 5-minute meditations. Each week 5 additional minutes were added, so you end with 30-minute meditations in the 6th week. I was pretty consistent with my meditation throughout the whole experience. I would usually meditate early in the morning, and then again during my lunch break or in the evening. I was pretty on top of my meditations, and meditating the recommended amount until about the 4th week. I just couldn’t always get in two 20 minute meditations, and I didn’t really get it together for the 25 and 30-minute meditations that followed in weeks 5 and 6. I still meditated twice a day, but usually, my meditation sessions were between 10-15 minutes. Despite not following the meditations as suggested (I keep wanting to say as prescribed). I still feel like I got a lot out of them and have been trying to maintain a once daily meditation practice since ending the challenge. I do feel that the meditation helps me to feel more focused, and just in general calmer as I move through my day-to-day life.

Diet: The program focuses on eating healthy, nourishing food and paying attention to when your body needs more cleansing foods (fruits, less dense foods, smaller portions) and when it needs more building foods (larger portions, proteins, spicy foods). There is also a three-day fruit fast built into the fourth week. This area of the program was honestly the one I focused on the least. I did participate in the fruit fast, though I ended it a little early. I also tried to think about what my body seemed to need and how the foods I selected made me feel but otherwise made no significant changes to my diet. I don’t personally feel that my diet needed much of an overhaul, but I do like the idea of focusing on how foods made me feel.

Yoga: The yoga was my favorite part of the program and what initially attracted me to it. We started with a daily 20-minute practice, and added time each week, ending with a 90-minute practice. It was encouraged to practice in the morning, and the recommended practice included a series of vinyasa flows and increasingly challenging poses. To be honest, I never quite made it to 90 minutes a day, I just could not find the time. I was able to get in one 20-60 minute practice each day, and also had a second, 20-30 minute practice at least a few times a week in the last few weeks. While I was not practicing as much as recommended, I still noticed myself getting stronger and more flexible as I moved through the program. I have been a bit less consistent with my yoga practice since the program ended, but am still practicing multiple times a week. Or group also workshopped several poses, which was a really valuable experience for me and I feel really helped my up-dog pose and some other foundational poses.

Journaling: Each week of the program included different journal prompts, which you were expected to sit down to respond to at some point during the week. I did do all my journaling and do see the value in processing thoughts and feelings on paper and taking that time to reflect. However, actually sitting down to do it always seemed like a chore, and I just don’t see myself journaling regularly anytime in the near future.

Takeaway: Overall I feel that this was a really valuable experience for me, that has helped me to become more mindful. My initial goal was to establish an at-home yoga and meditation practice. Even though it may not include as long of practices as I would like, I do feel I accomplished this goal and hope I can make it a lasting routine. I would really recommend this book and program if you are looking to deepen your practice or develop an at-home practice.

If you are brand new to yoga, I would suggest taking some in person or streaming classes before starting the program. The book does provide a great breakdown of poses, but if it is totally new to you, I think having more visual instruction would be helpful.

Question:  Have you ever tried a yoga or meditation program?  Do you journal?

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap – Sunday’s are for Farmer’s Markets

Hey friends! How was your weekend? We had a pretty great one until the end when the cooties invaded.  I feel like it has been a rough cold season.

The weekend started with pizza and park after school.  We aren’t always able to hang out after school pick up, but I always love it when we can.  It is a great way to wrap up the week.

Saturday morning started with an early Orangetheory. This one was a killer, I got more than half of my splat points during the row and weights portion, which almost never happens.  Usually, I need to get my splat points on the treadmill or it is not happening. I also got a new personal best for my 200-meter row, which I was pretty excited about.

Afterward, I taught my Saturday class and hung out with the family a bit before heading out to a bridal shower. It was great to catch up with some old friends and celebrate the bride to be. I also got to enjoy an amazing lemon cupcake, made by the groom’s very talented mother.

I also loved these little hula wine favors. How cute is that?

The evening wrapped up with a little at home happy hour with my little family. The hubs made a frozen pizza, and I had a sushi roll.   I love when we all get to relax on the porch a bit. My little lady tried sushi for the first time as well, she is not a fan but I’m glad she is open to trying new things.

Sunday morning started strong. We took a family walk and went to the farmers market, which is one of my all-time favorite Sunday morning activities. It was also such a beautiful morning for it, overcast but warm. We tried out some amazing homemade, organic chocolate and scoped out all the fresh fruits and veggies.

I then headed out to my book club brunch. Turns out, nobody read this month’s book, but brunch was still a blast! I love catching up with the ladies. The food was also awesome as well. We went to a restaurant called Augustin’s Kitchen.  I had asparagus with hollandaise and a perfectly poached egg, along with a side of toast and jam. They get their bread from Barrio Bread, which is a serious local favorite. We also shared that beautiful waffle.

After brunch, the day got a little derailed. We had plans to go to a family event that afternoon, but when the hubs texted me that our little guy had fallen asleep after complaining of a headache, I was a bit concerned. When I got home, it was obvious he was not feeling well. So I stayed home to snuggle my dude, while the hubs and the little miss were off to the event. I hate seeing him sick but was glad I could stay in and comfort him. I also got a few chores done and made some cheese enchiladas, which I had been craving recently. Hopefully, my little guy will be back to his chipper self soon.

So friends, how was your weekend? Any fun adventures?  Any tips on how to keep an under the weather little guy comfortable and happy?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites 3/9/18

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Happy Friday friends!!! How has your week been? I hope it has been a good one. Overall my week has been pretty good, I attended a really interesting training earlier in the week and have been able to squeeze a little fun in here and there. The hubs has been off a little earlier than normal too.  So we have been able to eat dinner as a family more and have more bike and play time after work and school, which is always nice.

So being that it is Friday, let’s talk favorites! This week I have been loving being able to spend a little time reading. Since the last several weeks have been pretty busy, I had really only been reading my 40 Days to Personal Revolution book.  This week I finished The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k. It was a fun read, I wouldn’t say especially profound, but entertaining and it did encourage some self-reflection. I also just started The Silent Sister, which is one of my book club books this month.


I also got to enjoy a little friend date to see The Shape of Water this week. I really liked it, it is different, but really well done and moving.  I also really enjoyed all the old show tunes in it.

I have also been loving some recent Thred Up (<-referral link, use it for $10 off your first order) spring finds. I had initially ordered two pairs of pants, two tops, and two dresses. Sadly the dresses did not fit right, but I am loving the pants and shirts.  That pink top was originally from Anthropology and was new with tags.  I got it for $14.40, score!

Online this week:

I am still cracking up over this post about What the Spice Girls Taught Me About Raising Toddlers.  Good to know I am not the only one trying to decipher what the “something” in the repeated “I want something” demands refers to.

I thought this article gave a great break down of proper plank form.

I love podcasts, and can’t wait to check out The Skinny Confidential after reading about some of Ashley’s favorite health and wellness podcasts.

All the yummy mac and cheese flavor quinoa form?  I’m in!

What are you loving this week?  Any big plans for the weekend?

Hope you have a great one!

Healthy and Hearty Roasted Vegetable Salad

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Hey, how has your week been so far? We are a rocking and a rolling over here. Monday was a busy day (it is typically our longest day), and Tuesday just flew by.

A few weeks ago, we picked up dinner at a restaurant called Sauce Pizza & Wine.  It is a place I used to frequent but had not been to in at least a few years. We ordered a delicious rosemary potato pizza (potato on pizza is amazing) and a roasted vegetable salad. Both the hubs and I adored the salad, and I knew I had to recreate it at home. The original salad used Brussel sprouts, but in my remake, I used asparagus. I am personally a huge Brussel sprout fan, but the hubs is not, so I wanted to use a vegetable we could both get behind. I also went with pumpkin seeds at the hubs suggestion, instead of walnuts the restaurant used.  I think any nut or seed you love would be great here though.

This salad is a delicious, hearty vegan meal that is awesome warm, or cold. The dressing is easy to make and uses only a handful of ingredients. This is also a great meal prep option, as you can make the dressing and roast the veggies in advance. That way, meal assembly can be done in minutes.

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Serves 3-4


Directions:  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  I like to add in a jar and shake, but you could also whisk in a bowl.

Roasted Vegetables:

  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and chopped
  • 2 cups (one small) butternut squash, diced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed and cut
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Lightly toss veggies in olive oil and season with salt and pepper (I do this right on a baking sheet to avoid additional dishes). Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Remaining ingredients:

To assemble:  Place a bed of salad greens on a plate.  Top with roasted vegetables, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.  Drizzle with dressing. 

Hope you enjoy this salad as much as we have. Let me know if you make it with any customizations, I always love hearing about new flavor combos to try. I personally think a little diced avocado would be great in this salad and will be trying that the next time I make it.

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap – To The Races

Hey guys! How was your weekend?

Before I jump into recapping the weekend, I wanted to apologize if you had commented in the last couple weeks and not had it show or had not received a response (or hadn’t received a response until this weekend). For some reason, I have a bunch of comments that had been flagged as spam.  Not sure why/how, but I think it’s fixed now, my apologies again.

Now let’s talk weekend, shall we? For whatever reason, I woke up in a funk on Friday. So after teaching my class, I picked up donuts for my team at work. They were super fresh and while they didn’t totally knock me out of my funk, donuts on a Friday morning are never a bad thing.

Friday after work I went to pick up the kids, and we decided to stay for an event the school was having, which was the mood booster that finally broke my funk. The kids had a great time (and wore themselves out) in the jumping castle.  I always enjoy watching them play and getting to know the other parents better.

Saturday morning started with Orangetheory. It was a tornado partner workout, which I always enjoy but don’t normally get my splat points in. So I was pleasantly surprised to get my points in with this workout.  It was a good one!

The rest of the morning was devoted to teaching class, unpacking and hanging with the kiddos. We took a midday break from chores to bake some cookies together. Turns out the babies are big peanut butter cookie fans.

Later in the afternoon, my mom came to watch the babies for a bit so we could go pick up the last of the furniture from our old house. We capped off the day with a little Mexican fiesta at home. We grilled some carne asada for the family and some shrimp for me. I made a pot of beans in the Instant Pot, and we enjoyed it all with guacamole and all the fixings. We were also inspired to make margaritas with that jalapeno limeade, which was a recent Trader Joe’s find. It is pretty delicious and not too sweet, which I appreciate.

Sunday started with glorious sleeping in. Both the babies made it to at least 6:30, which is late for them. I then hit up another Orangetheory class (feeling the soreness today), before a family trip to Costco.  While going to Costco is always a fun family event (the cart has seats for two kiddos and there are always lots of samples), I was especially excited to see that my beloved riced cauliflower was back in stock. We blow through frozen riced cauliflower and Costco’s prices cannot be beat.

After Costco, we were off to the races! There are horse races in Tucson every spring, so we went to meet my family for the event. The kids loved checking out the horses, enjoying ice cream cones and just hanging out on a beautiful day with the family.

Once we got home we did the usual prep for the week before calling it an early night.

Your turn, how was your weekend? Any fun adventures?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – Goodies by mail and so many things to try.

Happy, happy Fri-YAY! How are you today? It’s been a pretty good week over here and I am hoping for an even better weekend. Today I am sharing some of my favorites from the week. I always feel like I discover the best new things from you guys, so please share what you are loving right now as well.

If you have been stopping by for a little while, you may have heard me talk about how much I love getting goodies in the mail. Because of this, I subscribe to Love with Food and FabFitFun (<-referral links), which are great boxes if you are in the market.  Love with Food is all healthier snacks and treats (the babies know the box and are so excited when it arrives).  FabFitFun is a quarterly box full of beauty products, jewelry and/or accessories, and various lifestyle and fitness goods.

This week I was surprised with this lovely gift basket in the mail, congratulating us on our new home (thanks Kourtney!). We have been sampling the goodies all week. The babies were big fans of the pomegranate truffles that came in it.

I also received some beauty samples from my friends over at Influenster, who sent me these goodies free of charge for the purpose of review. I am especially excited to try out the new razor, I like the brand (Venus) and it looks fancy.  Blogger friends, if you are interested in Influenster and trying out new products, here is my referral code, check it out 🙂


This week I also enjoyed a fun little at home pizza date on Monday. I had planned to go workout, but we got home late, the hubs suggested pizza and all of a sudden we were enjoying this delight. I love a good white pizza. I did manage to get in a yoga class Tuesday and an Orangetheory class Wednesday, so it all balanced out for the week.

One bummer for the week. There was a donut themed 5k the hubs and I wanted to do on the 25th (the hubs had not previously had an interest in a 5k, so I was pretty excited the donuts swayed him). I went to register this week, and it was sold out. Womp womp. We may still have to eat donuts that morning, you know, to support the runners.

I feel like there have been a ton of fun things online this week. Some of my favorite posts I have come across are:

You have permission to.. this post from Sarah at Bucketlist Tummy is a must read.

This Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese bake looks so good!

I love peanut butter cookies, so I can’t wait to give these Peanut Butter Cookies from Skinny Fitalicious a try.

These Dark Chocolate Coffee Nut Bars sound like pretty much my dream snack.

DIY bath products are a favorite of mine, I would never have thought to add mustard powder to a bath product, but I really want to give this DIY Mustard Bath a try.

What are you loving this week?  Any plans for the weekend?  We have a few little adventures planned and are hoping to get more unpacking and house stuff done.

Hope you have a great weekend!

15-Minute Chickpea Masala

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Hey friends, happy hump day!  How is your week going? We have been a rocking and a rolling over here.  On Monday, I had planned to catch a yoga class after dinner.  But instead, the kids and I stayed at the park late after school, celebrating a friend’s birthday and playing with school friends. I probably still could have made yoga, but the hubs suggested we order in from a pizza place he wanted to try, and pizza with the fam > better than class (even my favorite yoga class).  I did do a little yoga flow at home and managed to squeeze in a late yoga class yesterday, so I am calling it a win all around.

Today I wanted to share a super easy recipe for a quick weeknight dinner.  This recipe comes together in about 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. It is also vegetarian, so perfect for my vegetarian friends, a quick meat-free Lent dinner, or for anyone trying to get more plant-based meals in their diet.  We loved this meal, and you can easily change it up by subbing in other veggies.  I definitely see this being a weeknight go-to for us.

15-Minute Chickpea Masala

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used grape seed oil)
  • 12 oz broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • A sprinkle of cumin
  • A sprinkle of turmeric
  • 1 jar (15 oz) masala sauce
  • to serve: brown rice, lemon, and cilantro for garnish

 Directions: In a frying or saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add broccoli and chickpeas and saute about 5 minutes.  Add garlic, turmeric, and cumin and stir for another minute.  Pour in masala sauce, as well as a little water if the sauce is really thick already.  Simmer for about 7-10 minutes until hot and broccoli cooked to preference.  Serve over brown rice (I used the instant frozen brown rice from Trader Joes, which microwaves in 3 minutes).  Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of cilantro.  Enjoy!

Looking for other easy weeknight dinners?  How about my Weeknight eggroll in a bowl or a Cuban Chicken Bowl.

What are you eating this week?

Hope you have a great day!



Weekend Recap

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Hey friends! How was your weekend?  Hope it was a great one! Ours was overall pretty good, with lots of great eats!  I am sharing my recap below and would love to hear all about your weekend.

Friday was a pretty quiet night over here.  The hubs worked late and the kids and I just relaxed a bit before I tucked them into bed. Later in the evening, we were pretty upset to find out about the UA basketball coach, as there was a report that he may have been involved in offering money to a player.  As big UA basketball fans, it was quite the blow for us.

Saturday ended up being a good family day.  To start it off I taught my new class for the first time (it is seated class geared towards older adults) and it went pretty well.  It’s a new format to me, so I have been researching moves and things to include in the class.  After class I joined the family for a bit at the park.  The rest of the morning was spent running errands and trying out a Mexican joint near our new house. This plate of cheese enchiladas, beans and rice ended up being enough for two full meals.I was also pretty thrilled to find Vega Protein Smoothie bags buy one get one free at Sprouts. I think the price was a little higher than I normally see it, but still a great deal.  The sale is through Wednesday, and they have lots of great BOGO items if you have a Sprouts near you and want to stock up.

Saturday afternoon was devoted to the slow process of unpacking and trying to figure out where things go in the new place. I had planned to attend my last 40 Days to Personal Revolution meeting but we ended up needing to take care of a few things with the old house and I had to miss it. I was pretty bummed to miss my last meeting.  Most of the meetings have workshopped poses, and we had planned to focus on inversions, which I could definitely use some help with. I am going to try to catch some of that instructor’s classes soon so I can thank her for such a wonderful experience.

That evening after the babes were in bed, a good friend stopped by for some wine and chat time, it was so nice to catch up a bit. I stayed up way later than I normally would, but as luck would have it the hubs let me sleep in until 7 am on Sunday(!), that’s like midday in my world, it was amazing!

I then headed out a spin class, which was such an awesome sweat session to start the day. This is the room pre-workout, it was a steamy jungle by the end of class.

Our Sunday continued with lots of unpacking and meal prepping (new recipes coming soon).  Until it was time to head over to my mom’s for book club.

I did not read the book (Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel) but the consensus was, listen to the audiobook. The group said it was pretty hard to follow when reading, but that the audiobook was like listening to a play. The company and food were on point as always, and the babies had a wonderful time playing with the other little ones that were there.  Below on the right is my plate, I had to share a picture of the baked brie on the left because it got there after I made my plate, but I had to go back for some, it was delicious!

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and getting ready for the week. I did a little at home yoga flow and meditation, which ended up being a perfect little end to the weekend.

How was your weekend? Any big plans for the week? Hope you have a great day!