Back to the grind

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Happy Monday friends!  Hope your week is starting off well.  We are back to the grind after a down weekend.

So, funny story about the coffee.  I am a big coffee drinker and usually have multiple cups throughout the day.  The babes apparently hear me order coffee a little to often, as they have now taken to trying to order themselves coffee.  My little dude told the server at dinner that he would “take a large coffee” the other night.   He has asked me repeatedly in the last week if “we should drink coffee?”  his little sister will generally start chanting coffee in the back ground as well.  It is kinda funny, but also I promise I am not giving caffeine to my children (can you imagine a super caffeinated two-year old – terrifying).

With travel and illness, my workouts have been kind of sporadic the last couple of weeks, so I am focusing on getting in some good workouts this week.  Here is one I put together recently, if you want to give it a try.workout

Weekend recap (When the going gets rough, make a smoothie)

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(I still love that little succulent so much)

This weekend did not go as planned.  We started strong!  I enjoyed a lovely dinner at my favorite Vietnamese place, with a good friend Friday night. I had a great class on Saturday morning.  Started planning some workouts for the week.

But by Saturday afternoon, we were battling injuries – I smashed my heel into the coffee table while dancing with my little dude, it is a black and blue mess.  As well as illness, fortunately whatever bug we have has been short-lived, and we are now on the up and up.  Special thanks to the hubs, who is an awesome caregiver, and took great care of the babes and I.

So instead of boring you with our lazing on the couch activities of the weekend.  I thought I would share a recipe with you instead!  This is the babies’ favorite smoothie recipe.  It is on frequent rotation in our house.  Usually I will make the babes one to share, and will make another for myself, adding in a scoop of protein powder (Vega Bodacious Berry Protein Smoothie is delicious in this) and occasionally some Spirulina.

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Pina Green-lada Smoothie (or the babies’ favorite smoothie)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1.5-2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
  • .5 cups spinach (frozen)

Directions:  Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.  Serve immediately. *If you do not have frozen fruits/veggies, fresh works great as well, but you may want to add some ice and a little more coconut water to get a nice, super cold smoothie.

How was your weekend?  Any fun adventures?

 

Friday Funday!

Hi friends! Happy Friday to you!  This past week has been busy, returning from adventures and back into the usual work grind.

Some of my favorites this week included making Easter baskets for the babies (I suppose  this was more of a last week fave, but still loving it.

Enjoying lots of fun times with the hubs, celebrating a dear friends wedding (and partying it up) in Vegas.

Coming home to fun goodies in the mail, this is probably the first time I have won a blog drawing, I was so stoked!

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Finally trying this little bit of delicious.  I have a everything seasoning inspired snack recipe coming at you next week.

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All in all, it was a great week.  This weekend I am looking forward to (hopefully) getting some work and prep done.  I want to play with this little blog here, to learn how to better format and tag things.  I am also planning to sit down and develop a more formal workout plan for myself for the next couple weeks.  So more workouts to come!

What are you up to this week?  Any fun Spring or Earth Day activities in your area?

Homemade Chocolate Coconut RX bars

Happy Tuesday!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  Trying to get back into the swing of things after our long weekend.  It is amazing how much catch up is required after just a couple of days away.

I wanted to pop in to share a new recipe with you.  I love snack bars of all kinds (RX Bars, Larabars and Quest Bars are my current faves).  They are just so convenient to keep in a purse, desk or gym bag, and help prevent me from hitting up a vending machine when the hungries strike.  But they can get pricey.  I also love knowing exactly what is in my food, so I often try to make variations at home.  Which leads me to this…

Homemade Chocolate Coconut RX Bars!  These are no bake, come together super quick and pack a healthy dose of protein.

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Homemade Chocolate Coconut (Copycat) RX Bars:

Makes 6 bars

Ingredients:

  • 12 Tablespoons Egg White Powder (I got mine from Trader Joes)
  • 18 pitted dates
  • 1/3 Cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 Cup cashews
  • 1.5 Tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (depending on how chocolaty you like it)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-3 Tablespoons of water (if needed)

Directions: Add all ingredients, with the exception of the water, to the food processor.  Began blending until all ingredients are finally chopped and beginning to form a ball.  If the mixture is too dry and is not beginning to form a ball, slowly add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture becomes sticky and starts to ball up.  The combined product should resemble a grainy dough, with no visible dry ingredients.  Once mixed, scoop into an 8 x 8 dish that has been lined with parchment paper.  Press down into pan, forming a smooth, even sheet of the mixture.  Cover and place in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to allow to set.  Cut into bars and enjoy!

Weekend recap (Viva Las Vegas)

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Hi friends!  How was your Easter weekend?  Ours was great, though not especially Easter-y.   The hubs and I were in Vegas for a dear, old friend’s wedding.  I missed being home with the babies to hunt for Easter eggs and celebrate the holiday.  But it was such a treat to catch up with friends and family, and celebrate an amazing couple.

We got to Vegas Saturday afternoon and immediately started exploring.  We stayed on Fremont Street, which was a first for me.   It was great fun!  Very laid back atmosphere. Fremont Street at night is basically one big block party.  There were live bands on the street, a light show on the huge screen above us, it was a blast.  Also, oh so much cheaper than the Strip.

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Sunday was spent lounging by the pool and catching up with old friends and my BIL/SIL, before getting ready for the wedding.  We had a great day and the wedding was amazing.  I didn’t get anywhere near as many pictures as a I wanted.  The ceremony was at the Neon Museum, which is an awesome little place, full of old Vegas signs.

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This was definitely an indulgent weekend without much in the way of formal workouts, but I did manage to sneak in one quick workout.  The hotel had pretty nice facilities, here is the weight room.  The cardio room had better views, but other folks were in there, working out.  So I decided to not be a creeper taking pictures.

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So one random moment, the hubs magnetic knife.  It was so odd, none the other silverware on the table did this.  Anyone know what causes this?

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How was your weekend/Easter?  Any big plans for the week?  I feel like the last few weeks my eats and workouts have been a bit sporadic.  So planning to really focus and get back on track, with planned workouts and lots of healthy eats.

Happy (almost weekend)!

Happy Friday Friends!  Any big plans for the weekend?  Easter plans?

This is the start of a long weekend for me.  Which I am so, so ready for.  The last few weeks have just been a whirlwind.  The hubs and I have both been working a ton, the little guy is not sleeping well.  I have been feeling very off routine.

I am looking forward to spending today enjoying my babies!  I am on my way to the gym to squeeze in a quick battle ropes workout and teach class.  Then the babies and I are off to a play-date.  If nap time works out, I may do some recipe testing.  I am working on a recipe for homemade RX bars, hoping to have it ready to share next week.

Here were some of my favorite things from this week:

My favorite on the go breakfast.

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Finding a great sale and dress shoes that are actually comfy.  I have a wedding coming up that I needed shoes for.  I wore these to work to make sure they wouldn’t totally kill my feet at the wedding, and they were totally comfy all day (score!).

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A new addition to snack time, delicious with sliced apples.

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What did you love this week?

Hope you all have an awesome weekend!  We are looking forward to lots of adventures over here.  I will be late with my weekend recap, but will be back by Tuesday at the latest so we can catch up!  Follow me on Instagram to check out my adventures before then.

Let’s play a game (workout idea)

Happy Wednesday!    How is your week going?  It has been full days of babies, work and teaching classes over here, so the week is just flying by.

I have also been gathering up Easter basket goodies for the little ones, which has been lots of fun. I love picking out little goodies for them.  There is also just nothing like a small child’s enthusiasm.  Before the birthday party on Sunday, my two-year old spent a good chunk o’ time confirming that there would be birthday cake, and practicing singing happy birthday.  He’s the cutest!

Moving to workouts, I have a fun workout for you using a deck of cards.

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For this workout, the following values apply to each card.  For numerical cards, your set will be the value of the card (Ex. 9 of spades=9 squats):

Ace – 1 minute plank

King/Queen/Jack – 1 minute cardio of choice (running, jumping jacks, burpees, etc)

Spades – squats

Hearts – Bicep curls

Clubs – Sit ups

Diamonds – Lunges

Feel free to vary the types of each exercise to meet your needs and preferences.  For example, with lunges, you could do a round of alternating lunges, followed by curtsy lunges.

I love these kinds of workouts when I just don’t know what I want to do, it makes each round a surprise and is a fun break from a more traditional workout.  Let me know if you give it a try.