Highlights from the weekend + Big News!

Hey friends! How was your weekend? We had a pretty big one over here. Over the last few weeks, I feel like I have been doing lots of complaining about being busy on the blog and not really any elaborating as to why.  I want to apologize for that, I usually like to be more forthcoming about things, but I get a little superstitious about some things and I was afraid saying something would jinx it. So what have we been working on?

We bought a new house!

We started moving into our new house on Friday and it has been a whirlwind of packing, moving, unpacking, sleeplessness and emotions. We are so happy though. While most of the weekend was spent on move stuff.  Doing chores, cleaning and packing/unpacking can be pretty all-consuming, we did a few highlights I wanted to share.

One of the biggest highlights was all the help and support we had in moving, which we are so incredibly grateful for. We definitely could not have gotten everything done without the friend and family support. My step-dad, brother, brother-in-law and a good friend all assisted in some of the heavy lifting moving. My mom also watched the kids while we moved and set up beds the first night and sent us both dinner, and the fun goodies pictured above.

While most of the week was all hustle and bustle, we slowed down a bit to enjoy a family happy hour on our new back porch, and then took a walk around the new neighborhood Saturday evening. Notice the tiny hand, the little miss loved that spinach dip on the plate and was dipping and eating as fast as she could.

I had debated skipping my 40 Day Challenge meeting with everything that was going on but ended up taking a break to go.  I am so, so glad I did.  It was nice to hear how everyone’s experience with the fruit fast went and we had the most amazing yin yoga session.  I tend to convince myself I’m not as into yin yoga and rarely take a class. But then when I finally make it to a yin class, I am like yeah that was exactly what I needed. I left feeling so relaxed and de-stressed, it really shifted my whole perspective from where I was prior to class.

Sunday was mainly spent unpacking and trying to figure out what goes where. We did take a mid-morning break for some donuts though. The top right one got a little smudged, but it has the coolest, sparkly Mardi Gras inspired icing.

As we get more settled, I am hoping to have more workouts and recipes to share with you guys. I miss creating in the kitchen and gym and am excited to get back to it.

So tell me, what’s new with you? What did you do this past weekend?

 

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Friday Favorites – 2/16/18

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Hey friends! How are you today? Hope you have had a great week. It has been an up and down week over here that blew by super-duper fast. This weekend is expected to be a big one as well and hopefully next week I will get to share why.

Now, let’s talk Favorites, shall we?

First up, Valentine’s with my babes. The hubs had to work that night, so it was just me and the babies. We decided to stick with the hubs and my usual tradition of pizza and a movie. I picked up heart-shaped pizzas, and the babies decided on Cars 3 on Netflix (which we have only seen a couple of dozen times).  It was a nice, relaxed evening.

I also so very much enjoyed looking at all their Valentine’s with them. They were so excited about the Valentine’s we got them (little toolkits made out of felt and mini m&ms), as well as their school Valentines. I was so in love with this particular Valentine my little miss received. One of the kids in her class has a grandparent that carves wood and made each of them a hand-carved toy, how amazing is that!

I also wanted to send a little love to Sephora. It was actually a couple of weeks ago that went in there (I used the face mask last week), but wasn’t until this week I got into all my goodies. While Sephora can get expensive in a hurry, I went in for one $5 item and walked out with a ton of samples and birthday goodies, I love that!  The bagged samples are a couple different shades of Tarte concealer and foundation.  I really like that Tarte products are more natural, vegan products without some of the add-ins I would prefer to avoid.  I will need new face makeup soon and wanted to try them out before committing.  Anyone use Tarte regularly?  Any specific other natural beauty products you would recommend?

I am also way excited about the new calendar I impulse purchased at Natural Grocers. I usually make a wall calendar with photos of the babies, but just hadn’t had a chance to. I love this one, it has different Dias de Los Muertos artwork each month.

I also tried these Bare chips while doing my fruit fast this week (I needed some texture variety), they are so good!

In online faves:

I love a good breakfast cookie and can’t wait to give these Protein breakfast cookies a try.

This Banana cake looks so delicious, and really you can’t go wrong with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting.

I have mentioned Bad Yogi before as a favorite online yoga resource.  Erin is doing a monthly Zodiac Yoga class that I think sounds so cool.  I have not taken the Aquarius one yet, but am looking forward to trying them each month.

Workout wise it has been a yoga heavy week, which has been nice and good for stress management.  I am in the mood for a good cardio and sweat session though, so hopefully this weekend. I did get in one OTF workout earlier this week and am hoping to squeeze in another one today or tomorrow. I usually try to get in a lot of walks since the weather this time of year is nice, but it’s actually been very rainy the last few days so it’s been an indoor only activity kind of week.

Now your turn, I always love hearing what you guys are up to. What was a highlight of your week? Any plans for the weekend?

Hope it’s a great one!

Letting someone else do the work with the What to Eat Meal Plan + special offer

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Happy Valentines Day friends!! How’s your week going? Any plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day? The hubs and I normally have a pizza and movies party at home, so we keep it pretty low-key. Valentine’s Day was actually a favorite of mine to spend with my girlfriends. One of my dearest friends and I had so much fun in high school and college just goofing off and getting each other little Galentine’s gifts (before we even had the catchy name).

Today I wanted to share my experience with the What to Eat Meal plan. As I have mentioned a few times recently (sorry to be a bit of a complainer, guys), it has been crazy busy and have had very limited time to meal plan and cook.

When my friend Kelli over at Hungry Hobby asked me if I wanted to check out her new meal plan, I was both super excited and a little nervous. I was excited because I tend to fall into a rut of eating the same foods over and over from time to time, so the idea of having a healthy menu already picked out for me was pretty exciting. Particularly one that I knew would be healthy and tasty and designed by a dietician or nutritionist. But I was also a bit anxious because well, finding time has been an issue recently. Would I have time to follow the meal plan?

Turns out, The anxiety was unwarranted if anything the meal plan saved me quite a bit of time.

A few days after filling out a quick questionnaire, I was able to access my meal plan. You can arrange your days however you like, so if you know you have more time to cook on Monday and less time Tuesday, you can plan accordingly.  There are also recipes that make 1-2 servings and ones that serve more, which was convenient as I typically am making dinner for the family, not just myself, and don’t want to make two separate meals.

There is also a shopping list that is generated for the week, from your meal selections. This was a favorite feature of mine. I had planned to print it out, but I already had most of the ingredients I needed, so I just jotted down the 5 or 6 items I needed.

My breakfasts were definitely on point on the plan. I made a batch of the almond flour pancakes for breakfast on Sunday and ate them for the first few days of the week (I usually will have the same breakfast a few times a week). I also loved the loaded peanut butter and blueberry overnight oats, which were perfect for a grab and go breakfast during the work week.

I also couldn’t get enough of the “adult Lunchables” which were quick, easy and exactly the picky type of lunch that I love.

The dinners were delicious too, but not as easy to photograph as they were generally eaten while chasing playing with my toddlers. I loved how quick and easy they all were.

A couple other things of note about the WTE meal plans. All recipes are gluten-free or have gluten-free options. I don’t really stay away from gluten normally, but I think these plans would be awesome if you are newly gluten-free or just want to incorporate more gluten-free meals into your diet.  I also didn’t feel like anything was missing in my meals, which I sometimes feel like when following a specific food plan.

I also loved that it was plenty of food. The plan included three meals a day and snacks. I am an eater. So that is important to me.

The only kind of bummer was it’s not mobile friendly. I couldn’t access my shopping list or recipes on my phone. This wasn’t the biggest deal as the recipes came together really easy, so I didn’t need to reference on my phone all the time. Also, the recipes I made were also available through Kelli’s or Megan’s websites, so you could access them there.

Want to let someone else do the work of meal planning for you?  What to Eat Meal Plans is offering Pizza & Pull-Up readers 10% off using the code “10pullups.”  For Lent they will also be including a pescatarian/vegetarian meal each week.

Let me know if you give it a try.

So friends, tell me, have you ever tried a meal plan?  Doing anything for Valentine’s Day.

XOXO-Em

Weekend Recap

Hey friends, how’s it going? Did you have a nice weekend? We got some fun family time in, which was very much needed after a busy week. The weekend kicked off with a little pizza date with my momma. It was nice to both catch up and to enjoy some delicious New York style pizza.

Saturday we continued our delicious and indulgent food trend, with a family breakfast out. It has been a while since we had gone to breakfast (more often than not we make something a little special at home on the weekend. We went to a local Mexican spot and I rolled with lunch for breakfast and got the machaca tostadas with rice and beans, along with all the salsa. It was so good!

After breakfast, we also got to introduce the kids to making a wish by throwing a coin in the fountain. They were so excited about it and my little guy took his wish making very seriously.

We were then off to a birthday party at a jumping center. I didn’t even know this place existed, but we the kids had an awesome time jumping and climbing through all the obstacle courses. I had not ever appreciated what workout jumping castles could be, we were all worn out after a couple of hours of play.

Later that day I headed to my 40 Days to Personal Revolution meeting, I will provide an update on how that is going soon.  We have our three-day fruit fast this week, so I want to include that experience as well. In the actual meetings, we have started spending the majority of the time workshopping poses, which I have really enjoyed.

Sunday started with some family park and zoo time. It was a beautiful morning and great to just play with the kids a bit. Some friends were up and came to meet us at the zoo, which was fun.  It turned out that the zoo was having a Valentine’s Day event over the weekend, so the kids free animal themed valentines.  Spontaneous play dates for the win.

The rest of the day we spent relaxing and hanging out with family. I also capped off the day with an evening yoga class, which was a real treat as well.

Now tell me about your weekend? What did you do? Have you been watching the Olympics? I have caught some here and there, but have not been able to sit and watch much.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 2/9/18

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Happy Friday friends! How are you today? My apologies if you got an email about this post yesterday. I was having some technical difficulties and accidentally published a very early draft, it was only up for a couple minutes, but the email still went out. Sorry for the confusion!

I feel like it has been quite the whirlwind week, how about you? I am ready to relax a little this weekend and catch up with some friends. The last few weeks have been busy and I am feeling like a very dull girl over here. Before the weekend, let’s hop into some usual Friday Favorites.

First up, shout out to one of my regular MVPs, coffee! I feel that I have really been savoring my coffee all week, at home, at work, and on the go. Not just in that, I need this or routine kind of way, but it has been tasting especially good and has been a nice, soothing moment in my day.

Another soothing thing, having my favorite wonton soup on Wednesday night for dinner. My mouth was still a bit sore from the dentist, and this soup hit the spot.

I also found a new snack I am loving this week. I actually bought these for the kids, but keep finding myself reaching for one. I have always loved the garlic and Herb Laughing Cow wedges, and it makes a great little breadstick dipper.

I listen to the Model Health Show Podcast fairly regularly, but this episode on meditation was just what I needed as I have been struggling with my meditation practice a bit this week.

I really enjoy Paula’s post about self-care and happiness boosters, she includes some great strategies that can be incorporated into regular, day to day life.

I am really looking forward to trying this Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup from Anne at Fannetastic Foods, it looks so good!

I always really enjoy learning about how some of my favorite bloggers got to where they are. Megan shares how she became a nutritionist here.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Any big plans for the weekend?  We have a birthday party tomorrow I am looking forward to, as well as some family in town.

Hope you have a great weekend!

How to become a personal trainer or group instructor

Hey friends, how are you today? I spent a miserable couple of hours at the dentist yesterday (dental work is the worst).  So a little sore, but so glad to be done with that for now.

I have gotten a few questions about how I came to be a personal trainer and group instructor. So I wanted to share a little about my personal journey and how to go about getting certified.

To start, a little background on me and why I wanted to pursue being a personal trainer and instructor in the first place.

I have always loved being active. I started swimming on teams when I was six (if you ask my grandpa, I started swimming before I could walk) and kept it up into high school. I also tried my hand at a variety of other sports and activities, with limited success. My coordination would impress no one, so my basketball career was pretty much over before it began.

I also loved fitness classes and the gym from the first time I tried them out. Now, I wouldn’t say I have always lived the healthiest of lifestyles, but the working out part, I have always been a fan of.

While I have belonged to a gym and had my regular classes I would take since my teens, I never really thought about working in fitness. I just didn’t see myself as a trainer.  If we’re being honest, I think a lot of it was I didn’t feel like I looked like a trainer. Which I feel a little self conscious talking about even now, but we all have our perceptions and insecurities we struggle with.

After I had my babies I was loving being a mom but felt I was a little lost in who I was now. I wanted to get back to some of the things that I did just for me, and not just in a participant way. I wanted to really know how to develop a workout plan, I wanted to know how and why things worked, and I wanted to connect with folks who shared my interests. I also found that I didn’t really care about how I was supposed to look for the role anymore.

So, about a year and a half ago I did some research, decided on a personal training certification program, studied my tail off and got my certification in November 2016. By the end of the year, I was doing one on one sessions and getting ready to start teaching a regular boot camp class. Over a year of teaching and training later, it is still one of the best decisions I made.  I love teaching, I love connecting with people, and I love watching my clients get stronger and accomplish their goals.

If are interested in becoming a teacher or instructor, here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Decide on what you want to do. You may already know or this may take some research. If you love, love, love barre, then looking into barre certification might be right for you. I chose personal training first because I feel most comfortable interacting one on one or with a small group and because I really wanted to know the ins and outs of how the body worked and how to develop safe, effective and personalized workouts.

  2. Once you know what you want to do, do a little research on what is required. I would also suggest checking on specific requirements of employers if you know where you want to work. Some gyms require a certain certification. Many studios require you be certified in a specific method.  For example, Barre3 instructors are certified by Barre3, so another barre certification would probably not qualify you to teach there.  I ultimately decided to seek certification through NASM because they are widely accepted, have a great reputation and because several trainers I know and respect are certified by them.

*******the rest of these steps are specific to becoming a personal trainer, other certification may be similar, or more focused on certification through a workshop or conference*******

  1. Decide on a package. Through NASM there was an online option, an online plus mentoring at a participating gym, an independent study (basically, the textbook), and an in-person training.   I went with the online, but I feel that this is a know yourself time, where you need to think about how you best learn. I am good about studying on my own, so online worked for me. That being said, I have heard the in-person training is amazing and I want to take it one day for professional development.

  2. Make yourself a study and practice schedule. My personal training study materials were broken into chapters. I focused on 1-2 chapters a week and made sure to complete all the practice quizzes and activities before moving onto the next chapter.  I also designed a workout plan for myself by month and designed workouts for friends and family for practice. I found that the designing of workouts and then practicing training my loved ones really got me thinking about how to utilize what I was learning and identify areas I needed to spend more time on.

  3. Get CPR/First Aid certified. Or find your card if you already are, you will need it get your certification.

  4. Study, study, study.

  1. Schedule your test, if you are working or have a less flexible schedule you may want to do this a bit in advance.  For the NASM test, you have to actually schedule a time at a local testing center.   It was my experience that most available test times are during the work week and during the day, so you may need to take a little time off or arrange for childcare.

  2. Test day. Take a deep breath and do your best. I’m sure you will do great! Test results are available immediately following.

  3. Once you have your certification, get promoting! Make a training specific resume, and start applying.

  4. You’re hired. Make sure you are prepared to work with your clients. Find out if an assessment tool is provided, if not, find or develop your own. Take the time to prepare quality workouts, individualized to your client’s needs prior to each session.

*Bonus tip:  While thinking about seeking certification, studying for your exam, on the job hunt, or once you become a certified instructor – attend classes or take some groups, and ask chat with the instructors.  I have learned some great techniques from some of my favorite instructors and have found some new favorite exercises chatting with other trainers.

I hope this is information is helpful.  If you have any questions, please let me know, I would love to connect with you and help you on your journey.

If you would like more posts on instructing, training or diving into the fitness world, let me know.  I am still on my journey as well and have so much more I want to learn.  I would be happy to share about my fitness loves and adventures with you as I discover them.

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap + winner winner (vegan dinner)

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Hey guys! How was your weekend? I hope it was a great one!  Before we jump into the weekend recap, I wanted to announce the cookbook giveaway winner…

Kaitlyn H.

Congrats Kaitlyn,  I will be emailing you to get the address to send your prize.  Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway.  I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit with me and hope to be able to bring lots more fun things your way in the future.

Now onto the weekend.

Our weekend started with a lovely al fresco family dinner. After picking up the kids from school, I braved swinging by the grocery store with a 2 & 3-year-old, it was an adventure, but we made it through with all the ingredients for dinner plus some essentials. When we got home, I made a quick turkey bolognese, that we enjoyed with noodles and zucchini. It was a beautiful evening, so we ate outside and took a little time to unwind.  While I am scared of how hot it’s going to be this summer, since it is already pretty warm, I have been enjoying the balmy weather we have been having here recently.

Saturday morning, the hubs let me sleep in a little bit (it was glorious). Then after some toast and hang out time with the babies I was off to Orangetheory. It was a great class and my heart monitor worked pretty well for the most part. I was pretty excited about that since I have had some issues with it recently (apparently this is a me issue, because I was having trouble with a loaner monitor as well).

Most of Saturday was spent doing chores and hanging with the babies. They both “helped” me clean and organize their rooms, which was sweet, even if it took a while. I had my 40 Days to Personal Revolution meeting in the afternoon and it was an awesome meeting. We spent a lot of time really focusing on form in a couple of yoga poses and I feel like I learned a lot.

I capped off the evening with a little me time after the kids went to bed. I took a bath and busted out this face mask, which left my skin soft and literally smelling like roses.

Sunday morning started with another Orangetheory class (my poor quads, walking down stairs is painful right now), followed by iced coffee.

The morning was a bit of a rush because my little dude had a performance that we were trying to get to on time. He is in a preschool basketball class and they were putting on a performance during halftime at a college game. It was the cutest thing ever and he had so much fun performing with his friends. I went total super paparazzi mom and filmed and snapped pictures the whole time.  I was so proud of my little guy. Also, their little basketballs are so cute!

Our plan was to come home for naps and then to my in-laws for the Super Bowl. I had a few projects I really needed to get done though. So the hubs and kids went to watch the game while I stayed home and worked.  I did send over the peanut butter brownies I made for the occasion, but not before cutting a piece for myself.

How was your weekend?  Did you watch the Super Bowl?  I was bummed to miss it, I always enjoy the game time foods and the visiting (the game and commercials are pretty fun too), but sometimes adulting is necessary.

Hope you have a great day!

 

Friday Favorites – 2/2/18

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Hey friends, happy Friday, and cheers to a new month!  I cannot believe we are already a month into 2018!

How was your week?  It has been a good, but busy week for me, with lots of long work days and various house projects.  I am really looking forward to hopefully catching up on sleep this weekend, but before we get there, let’s reflect on the best parts of the week, shall we?

First up, a longtime favorite, and new favorite beverage. So, you may not know this about me, but I am pretty much always thirsty and sipping on something. I drink plenty of plain water, but love to have coffee, tea, sparkling water and other favorite beverages throughout the day. I was super excited to find one of my favorite Kombucha flavors at Fry’s this week. I also had the opportunity to try out some sparkling waters from Voss, which are so refreshing.

Since we have been doing a lot of running around this week, I have also been loving having some grab and go healthy meals and snacks prepped. I snagged these for the babies afternoon snack the other day. They loved them, and I love that they are just fruit and chia seeds.

I have also been loving these protein snack boxes for lunch all week. They are from the What to Eat meal plans, which I will be sharing more about next week. I made several to grab and go during the week and looked forward to eating it each time. I love a good picky lunch.

To continue my all the food trend, I also had a friend date Wednesday night to try out a new ramen place in town. It had been a while since I had ramen and now I remember why it’s a favorite. I could totally go for another bowl now.

I did not snag a picture of it, but the moon on the 31st was so cool. When I left to teach my class it was red and partially eclipsed, so cool to see! If you missed it, you can find some pictures here.

This week, I have also really loved having a pretty steady fitness routine despite the busy days. I have been getting up early to get my yoga practice in every day. Which has been challenging but an awesome start to the day.   Wheel pose is one of our poses this week and is a hard one for me. I don’t think I would choose it every day on my own but have noticed it getting a little easier each day, which is an awesome feeling. I have also been able to squeeze in my usual two OTF classes this week, which has been nice.

I have sadly not gotten to spend as much time catching up with my favorite bloggers this week (looking forward to some blog reading catch up this weekend), but did stumble across a few awesome things online this week.

Need a mood boost?? Check out this Happiness advice from kids post from Yolanda at Put the Kettle On. It is so sweet!

The hubs and I are both big Cajun food fans, and this Instant Pot Gumbo from the Starving Chef looks just up our alley.

I really love this Valentine’s Day handprint art from A Sprinkle of Joy and want to give it a try with the babies.  It is so cute and seems like a manageable craft, even for me.

Now your turn, what are you loving this week?  Any big plans for the weekend/super bowl?  I don’t have much of a connection to either team, but do have a connection to the good ol University of Arizona.  So I will be rooting for Nick Foles and the Eagles on Sunday.

Hope you all have a great weekend, don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you have not already.

40 Days to Personal Revolution – What is it and thoughts so far

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Hey guys! How is your week going so far?  It has been pretty good over here.  I feel like this week has been moving so fast, I can’t believe it is already Wednesday.  What about you, has it been a slow, fast or normal week so far?

I have gotten quite a few questions about the 40-day revolution I am doing (currently in week 2), so I thought I would share a little about it today.

One of my favorite yoga studios was offering it as a 6-week course, with weekly meetings. Since one of my goals for 2018 was to develop a more regular yoga and meditation practice, I decided to sign up for it. To be honest, I signed up without really knowing what to expect. I have had such beautiful experiences with this studio, I just figured it would be a great experience and jumped on in.

The program itself follows the 40 Days to Personal Revolution book, written by Baron Baptiste.  The book presents the 12 “Laws of Transformation,” which are essentially spiritual laws which govern our lives.  Each week of the program focuses on a different area to aid in your personal growth.  Week one focused on being present.  This week is focused on vitality.  Yoga, meditation, journaling, and diet are all tools used in the program.

The yoga and meditation are daily practices, that increase in duration each week.  We started with a once a day 20 minute at home yoga practice, and two 5 minute meditation sessions.  This week it has increased to a 30-minute daily yoga practice and two 10 minute meditations.  While I am a little worried about how I will make time for yoga and meditation each day as the practices get longer, I am really enjoying the practice thus far.

I have been doing my yoga practice first thing in the morning and notice such a huge difference in how I feel from start to finish.  I immediately follow with the morning meditation.  It is a wonderful way to start my day.  Even though I have been getting up a little earlier (which is already really early!) to get it in, I feel so grounded and ready for the day when I am done.

(Most of my daily practice has been in my living room surrounded by toys that didn’t get put away the night before, but I like to pretend I’m in my favorite little studio corner).

The evening meditation is a different story, I don’t know why exactly, but sitting to meditate even for just 5 minutes in the evening seems like such a chore.  I am working on it though and did manage to get in all my evening meditations so far.  Hopefully, I can keep it going.  I do find that it helps me to let go of some of the stress I had been holding onto from the day.

The journaling does not come naturally to me.  I know quite a few people who have found journaling to be such a wonderful outlet for them, but I always feel a bit forced when I sit down and try to journal (though I love dishing to you guys).  Fortunately, each week has prompts, which makes it a little easier for me.  Some of the first week prompts also really made me think about my life in ways that I normally don’t, and helped me to identify some areas I think I need to nurture more, so, all in all, I think it’s a good thing.

The diet component so far has been focused primarily on noticing what you eat and moving towards eating nourishing, unprocessed foods.  While I would be lying if I said I was totally abstaining from chips, cookies, and more processed goodies, I do believe that I feel my best when I am eating primarily minimally processed foods and lots of fruits and veggies and am trying to be mindful and focus on foods that make me feel nourished.  Later in the program, there is a three-day fruit fast (our leader encouraged us to think of it as a fruit feast), so we will see what that is like. If it is full of beautiful mangos like this one, I think it will be doable. Also, we have been informed that avocado is a fruit to include.

I am planning to share about my journey in this challenge periodically over the next several weeks, but if you have any specific questions just let me know!

Question: Have you completed any yoga or fitness challenges? What kind and how was it? Do you meditate? If so, how do you get into a good meditation groove?  Going from a 5-minute meditation to 10 minutes has been a struggle for me, so I’m a little nervous about increasing duration each week.

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap + A Giveaway!

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Hey there! Before we jump into the weekend, I wanted to let you know that I will likely be decreasing my posts, at least for the next few weeks. I plan to keep posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will likely post at least one additional time most weeks (I like visiting with you guys).  I will miss posting Monday-Friday, and will get back to that schedule in the future if I can, but for right now I will need to scale back just a little bit.   Also, stick around for the giveaway at the end of this post.

Now, weekend recap time. How was your weekend? Ours was great, but I feel like it was over in just a blink. Friday afternoon was a hectic one at work, so we all got home a little later than normal, we quickly found our way into a weekend groove though.

I have to share this story about my little guy from Friday, because I was cracking up telling the hubs about it later. I was tucking him in and he had his eyes closed and seemed to be just about ready to doze off, when he looked over at me with the most adoring little look on his face. My momma heart was swelling up thinking he was about to tell me something super sweet when he said “momma, I love……apples….and English muffins.” He then rolled over and fell asleep. Yes son, I love those things as well, but I was kinda hoping for an “I love you, momma.”  Lol, oh well maybe next time.

Saturday morning we all slept in a little, and then enjoyed some coffee and lounging.  I woke up with a real hankering for a donut, and the family was more than happy to get donuts with me.  I went with an apple fritter, which was delicious.

I then was off to teach class (had a great time with my group, they always work so hard) and spent the rest of the morning hanging out with the kids and doing chores before heading to my 40 day revolution meeting.  I have gotten several questions about the 40 day revolution, so I will be sharing more about it this week.

After the meeting, I scooped up the family and we headed over to a friends for dinner and a play date.  Several families from the kid’s school were there and we had great time getting to know them better.  I brought a big bowl of fruit to share, and spent a whole lot of time with the homemade salsa and guacamole they had out.  It was so good!

Sunday started with an Orangetheory Class. I forgot my heart monitor, so no stats to share, but it was a great workout with alternating run, row, and weight sets.  I love the days that have you doing lots of different things, it makes it go by so fast.

After class, it was pancake time.  I used this almond flour pancake recipe, and added blueberries and an almond butter syrup (almond butter, a little syrup and a little water heated up and mixed together).  I hadn’t had pancakes in a while and it definitely hit the spot.

Sunday afternoon we headed to a first birthday party.  We ended up having to leave a little early, but had a great time there. It was a cowgirl theme, and I just loved this sign my friend made for the birthday girl.

We ended the weekend with homemade chicken noodle soup.

Now on to the giveaway. The Thug Kitchen and Thug Kitchen 101 cookbooks are favorites of mine.

They are vegan cookbooks, that are fun and cheeky (lots of naughty language).  The recipes are easy to follow and are real crowd pleasers.  I have made them for plenty of vegetarians and meat eaters alike and they all loved the recipes.  Recently, a dear friend gave me this set as a birthday gift and I actually already had them, so I wanted to share the love with one of you. Enter the raffle below for this set of cookbooks.  A winner will be announced on Monday and you have through Saturday to enter.

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Hope you have a great day!