A Day in the Life: Weekend Edition

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Hey friends! How are ya? Hope you had a nice weekend. Instead of my normal weekend recap, I thought I’d share a day in the life. This was Saturday, which was a really busy day, but lots of fun.

5:45 AM Wake up. For a brief moment, I thought everyone was still sleeping, but within in a few minutes everyone was up. I snuggled on the couch with the babies while drinking my coffee. I shook up an iced coffee with almond milk, collagen and a little MCT oil.

7:00 AM Orangetheory. I knew we would be running around most of the weekend, so I wanted to make sure I got a good workout in early. It was a good one using all sort of equipment (ab dolly, bands, TRX). I love ones that use a lot of equipment, I feel like it makes the workout fly by.

8:30 AM Breakfast. After class, I made a quick breakfast of leftover sausage, Brussel sprout and potato hash with an egg on top. It was delicious. After breakfast I played with the kids a bit and took a quick shower.

10:00 AM Teach class. I teach a 30 minute seated workout class Saturday mornings. It is a fun group and was a great class. After class I rushed home for a quick wardrobe change and to collect my little family before we were off again.

11:00 AM Baby shower. We went to a friend’s sprinkle for their second baby. It was a great shower for the whole family and I loved all the decorations. They had a pineapple theme, which was super cute. They even made Ferrero Rocher chocolates into little pineapples, so clever!  There was also a Mexican food lunch, which I always love. The rice was especially good.

1:30 PM Chore time.  We got home around 1:30 and tried to get the babies to take a nap, which was pretty unsuccessful. So while they kind of rested, the hubs and I blitzed through some chores and cleaning. Before heading out for our second party of the day.

4:00 PM Birthday party time! We attended a 1st birthday at the park.  The birthday boy was so cute, and I always love watching babies dive into their first birthday cake. They had a nacho bar and it was right by the playground, which was just perfect for the babies. It was an outer space theme, which was a lot of fun. We also saw several old friends we hadn’t seen in a while, so it was great to catch up a bit. Check out this cute little smash cake the birthday boy’s grandma made.

7:30 PM.  Night out.  I met up with a friend later in the evening for drinks and catching up, and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law later joined us. It was a great time, but definitely a later night than anticipated.

So there you have it friends, a jam packed Saturday. It was a busier day than usual, but so nice to get to see so many people and catch up. Also the kids were thrilled to have some many friends to play with, not to mention two events involving cake in one day.  We also got to enjoy a much more relaxed Sunday, which was much appreciated by this tired lady.

What did you do this past weekend? Do you prefer a busy weekend or a laid back, unplanned one? I like being on the go, but was grateful for some downtime yesterday, after what seems to have been a busy last few weeks.

Hope you have a great day!

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Friday Favorites – 4/27/18 – Fair, Food and Fun!

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Hey friends! How’s your week been? It has been a pretty fun one over here, though I am feeling a bit behind on life now. We have been super go, go, go recently.  Which I actually really enjoy, but part of my brain is like yo, we need to clean, get things organized and SLEEP!

In usual fashion, I wanted to share some favorites from the week. This was a particularly fun one to put together, because there were lots of things I really enjoyed from my week.

During my solo shopping experience last week, I picked up this facial scrub from TJs. I liked that it didn’t have any funky ingredients, and at only 5.99, was a super affordable skin care find. It is nice and gentle, and makes me feel just a little pampered each time I use it.

I mentioned this on Wednesday, but I ended up getting to meet a friend for dinner on Tuesday. We went to a new Poke place in town, which I was super excited to try. It just opened a week or so ago, and it took a long time for my friend’s order to come up (she ordered before me but I had my food way before), so think they are still working out the kinks. My meal was awesome though! I went with crab and spicy tuna, I’m pretty sure I could eat a poke bowl every day.

When it comes to sunglasses, I go super cheap. I tend to be rough on them, throwing them into my purse and letting the babies play with them, so they get dinged up pretty quick. Because of this, I am always almost in need of a new pair.  The hubs picked me up this pair that I just love and am doing my darnedest to keep in good shape. I love the shape and the tint of the lenses.

The new shades came in super handy when we decided to take the kids to the fair last-minute on Wednesday. The county fair is in town, and we really hadn’t planned to go as I thought the kids were too little to be interested in rides.  However, some friends had extra tickets they offered us (Thank you!), so we decided why not, and figured we could at least enjoy some fair food and check out the animals (I love the pygmy goats).  Turns out, I was way off about the babies and rides.  They LOVED them.  I was nervous at the top of that Ferris wheel, my little guy, no fear at all, he was thrilled!  It was a great time!

Online there have been so many yummy looking things floating around.  I am especially excited to try these:

Chocolate cherry espresso oatmeal bars from Confessions of a Mother Runner.  These sound like three of my favorite flavors all combined into one healthy bar.

I love lemon desserts and these Greek yogurt lemon bars from Skinny Fitalicious sound like the perfect summer time treat.

This pasta primavera from Looney for Food looks so delicious and springy!

Also a big congrats to my friend Kelli over at Hungry Hobby.  Such exciting new and a super inspiring story.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Any big weekend plans?  Do you splurge on sunglasses?  I will rock those free pairs they give out at events forever.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Do Anywhere Body Weight Workout

Hey friends!  Hows your week going so far?  It has been a pretty good one over here.  I had made plans a week or so ago to have a later dinner with a friend last night, but had to cancel because the hubs had a work thing.  As it turned out, he ended up not having to work, and I was able to make dinner after all.  Score!

We are also in that Arizona sweet spot right now, were it is nice a lot of the day (though already roasting mid-afternoon), so I have  been enjoying a lot of outdoor family time, as well as workouts while I can.   It has been fun to be able to finally bust out some cute tank tops I got for Christmas for my workouts.  These two below make me so happy!

In honor of workouts you can take outside, I wanted to share a quick do anywhere workout with you all.  This is an AMRAP or “as many rounds as possible” workout, with 3, 8 minute blocks of work.  It is a quick and effective total body workout that can be done anywhere!

 

As always, feel free to customize to meet your needs and check-in with your doctor before starting on a new exercise plan.

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Highlights – Unmeasured workouts and grocery store alone time

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Hey guys! How was your weekend? We had another busy one over here. Not as many big outings as we have had recently, but lots of little things and the hubs had events all weekend. It kind of felt like we were just high fiving as we passed each other.

Friday night started with the usual pizza and park with friends, followed by something that doesn’t happen all that often. I went grocery shopping….ALONE.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love grocery shopping with the babies, but it was pretty nice to leisurely stroll the aisles on my own and be able to read labels.  Also, I didn’t forget anything, which pretty much never happens with the entourage in tow.

Saturday morning started with an Orangetheory Class, which was both good and frustrating. It was a great workout, but my heart rate monitor would not sync, so I could not track how I was doing. A definite first world, not a real problem, problem, but I was still a bit annoyed about it.

On Saturday I also had a mini reunion lunch with some of the ladies from my master’s program (it’s been 8 years since we graduated, ahhhh). We had lunch at Culinary Dropout. It was so nice to see them all and catch up on everyone’s lives.  I got the butternut squash cannelloni, which was good, but I was having a little burger envy.  One of the ladies ordered a burger and fries, and it looked so good.  Definitely will have to try it next time.

Sunday started with a little kiddo art project.  They were painting letters to go on their bedroom doors, they were so cute in their technique and application and had me cracking up the whole time.

Followed by another Orangetheory (the soreness is real now). Still wasn’t able to use my heart rate monitor, but I think the problem has been identified, so hopefully next time it I will be back on the board.

After class we decided it was too pretty outside to not be out and about and headed to the farmer’s market, which is always a favorite Sunday activity. The weather was lovely and that cupcake my dude picked out was amazing. Like that frosting is what dreams are made out of.  Also, I was amazed with all the rose bushes around the farmer’s market, they were beautiful!  I have tried to grow roses before and mine never got big or had more than a couple roses at a time.  Gardener friends, whats the secret?

Later in the day, the kiddos and I headed to my book club, which they always enjoy, as they get to play with the other kids and sneak more cookies than I would give them.  It was a great spread of goodies, mostly desserts, as well as the typical good conversation. We read The Power, which I don’t feel I can quite review yet, because I still have about a quarter of the book to read. The premise of the book is that women develop a new power, which is essentially a built in electrical force that can be used as a weapon.  The story then follows how the world changes with the development of this new power in women.   It was definitely a thought provoking book and I enjoyed hearing everyone’s perspectives on it.

Next month I am hosting, so I brought a few book options for the group to pick from. Thank you all for the recommendations, you guys are the best! The group ended up deciding on My Abandonment, which is based on a true story of a young girl and her father living in the Oregon wilderness. Let’s hope it’s a good one, I always get a little nervous when it’s my turn to bring some choices.

What did you do this weekend? Does it throw you off when you can’t measure your workout like you normally do? It always throws me off more than I care to admit.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 4/20/18 – Who doesn’t love shoes and snacks

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Happy Friday friends! I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by.  I feel like I blinked and we were at the end of the week. How was your week? Was it a fast one or a slow one for you?

I was actually expecting the week to drag a bit, mainly because it has been super windy recently and my allergies have been flaring up.  But despite being a little foggy headed all week, it was a productive, fast and fun one.

Now let’s check out some weekly highlights. I always love hearing about your favorites, so let me know what you are loving this week in the comments.

First up, new kicks! I had been wanting some casual sneakers to wear while chasing kiddos. Not gym shoes, just comfy go with everything sneakers. I was thrilled to find these white Pumas at Costco for 25 dollars, they are comfortable and just what I was looking for. I found a similar style here.

I also ordered these Madden Girl sandals from Thred Up recently. They don’t look like they have ever been worn and fit perfectly. I think they will get a lot of use this Spring and Summer.

The kids and I have a deep love of the unsweetened dried mango from Trader Joe’s. It is so good.  Which ends up meaning the bag is almost always gone the first time it is opened. We were delighted to find a big bag of unsweetened dried mangoes at Costco! Yes to a bag that lasts!

I have also been loving some yoga this week. I had an especially challenging strength workout Monday that left me pretty sore. I attended a sweaty vinyasa flow class Tuesday that helped to stretch out those achy muscles, and a super relaxing yin class last night. It was glorious.

In parenting related chuckles, a friend sent this to me a week or so ago, and it still has me laughing. Bedtime can be a struggle!

Some online favorites this week:

These BBQ Tempeh Chips from Eating Bird Food look awesome!

Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake share these delightful looking meal prep breakfast cookies I am looking forward to trying.

This Thai curry from Tastes Lovely looks right up my alley, I can’t wait to try it.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Any big weekend plans?  I have book club this weekend, and am a little nervous because I host in May, so I have to bring book options to vote on to this meeting.  Any book suggestions?  Especially anything you loved that maybe wasn’t a really well-known book?

Hope you have a great weekend!

A Day in Eats – WIAW – 4/18/18

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Hey friends! How’s your week going? I started the week by forgetting my purse on Monday and stressing about it all day, so you might say I started out a bit scattered. This also meant that I forgot the planned out workout I had for class (it was in the notebook I carry in my purse) and had to make one up on the fly.  This ended up not being a bad thing though as I was really pleased with the workout I came up with and will be sharing it with you all soon.

Today, I thought I’d share a What I Ate Wednesday, or specifically, what I ate on my scatterbrained Monday. It was not the most exciting eating day, it was mostly random snacks and leftovers.  But it was fairly typical weekday and I always enjoy seeing what other people eat in a regular day, so without further ado.

A day in eats….

The day started as it normally does, with a big cup of water and a big iced coffee to sip while getting ready. This particular coffee contained just a splash of almond milk. Though I have recently been making iced coffee in a shaker cup, so I can add some collagen or protein powder to the mix.

On the drive to teach class, I also munched this new to me bar we received in a recent Love with Food (<- referral link) box. The kids wanted to try it, but then refused to eat it, so it became my pre-class snack. It was their loss, it tasted like a more nutbuttery version of a banana bread Larabar to me.

A little later in the morning, I had my actual breakfast of a couple hard-boiled eggs, fruit and string cheese. I love a good picky plate breakfast and have been alternating between this type of plate and smoothies as the weather has warmed up.

While it was delicious, it didn’t stay with me long, so a couple of hours later I found myself snacking on a Kombucha (Health-Ade is BOGO at Sprouts, I think today is the last day), another string cheese, grapes, and some dark chocolate fruit and puffed rice clusters (the picture is poor but they were delicious). That Kombucha is a favorite brand of mine, particularly their pink lady apple flavor, it’s so good!

Lunch was a packed rotisserie chicken sandwich with a wedge of the garlic and herb laughing cow cheese used as a spread. I also ate up our leftover dinner veggies with some dip.

After work/school, we hit up the park with some friends, which is always a major snack time. I had my fair share of these apple slices, as well as a couple handfuls of sesame sticks and banana chips. It was also a proud momma moment for me because my little miss was all about the fresh fruit instead of some of the less nutritious goodies available.

When we do the park after school, we typically get home later than I like to start dinner, so we rolled with leftovers. I had a green Chile turkey burger sans bun with provolone and more carrots and dip. Nothing fancy, but it certainly hit the spot.

Overall it was a decent day, I usually like to get more veggie variety, but felt like I got a decent amount of produce and I really enjoyed my eats throughout the day.

Question:  Are you a creature of habits with meals?  Any especially delicious recent eats?

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Highlights – We like to party all the time

Happy Monday friends, how are you today? I’m back after what was a bit of a whirlwind weekend with lots of activity each day.

Saturday morning started with the definite highlight of the whole family sleeping until 6:45 am!  Pretty late in our house.  I had originally planned to go to Orangetheory at 7am. But I woke up for a minute around 5:30 and decided that if the babies wanted to sleep in, I should too.  Fortunately, I was still able to squeeze in an at home barre workout before heading out to teach my class.

After class, we ran errands, both the boys got haircuts and we found ourselves at Costco for the second weekend in a row for a little stocking up and a food court lunch.  We then hustled home to all get ready for our evenings.  The hubs had to work and I had a bachelorette party to attend so the babies went to their grandparents for a little slumber party.

The bachelorette party was a blast! A friend of mine I used to go to school with is getting married on Cinco de Mayo, so some pre-wedding festivities were in order.

We started with a sushi dinner. I had a bowl of miso soup and a couple of crab puffs (the restaurant put jalapeño in them, which was a twist this spicy food lover liked), followed by a Tootsie roll and a spicy crab roll. Both were good, but I especially loved the Tootsie roll, which is a longtime favorite of mine.

After dinner we finished getting ready before heading out for a night of drinks and dancing. As I am usually at work or chasing kiddos around, I so rarely get dolled up, it definitely felt good! One of the bridesmaids made these cute goodie bags with beads, a little bottle of bubbly, water and snacks, which I thought was so sweet.  Those little bottles were also perfect for toasting our bride to be.

Sunday morning the hubs and I were up around 7:00 and did some blitz cleaning before the kids got home at 8:30. Then we were off to Target and to a birthday party for two of my little guy’s school friends.

The party was an under the sea theme and had tons of decorations and themed games. I loved all the decorations they made.  The shower cap jelly fish were my favorite, so clever!

They also had a bracelet station where you could make your own foam bracelets. I was wearing one of the kid’s bracelets most of the morning, and when I took it off I was greeted with this pink surprise. We will see how long it takes to wash off completely, it was still pretty pink Sunday evening.

In the afternoon, we had some friends over to play and have dinner. We did a fairly usual summer snack spread of veggies, chips and dip, deviled eggs and black olives, plus a bowl of fruit they brought over. For the main course we went with turkey sliders, a traditional version, as well as a green Chile, bacon guacamole burger. Slider form maybe my new favorite summer burger form. Typically I am a little filled up on snacks and don’t need much by the time dinner is ready, so a little slider was just right.

After saying good night to our friends and tucking some babies into bed, we got ready for the week and relaxed with a little Joel McHale on the couch. I loved Talk Soup when it was on and am happy to see him on Netflix now.

What did you do this past weekend? What’s on your agenda this week?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 4/13/18

Happy Friday the 13th friends! How are you today? Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th? I’m not, but it does always make me feel like I should watch a horror movie, perhaps I will see if the hubs is up for watching one tonight.

This week has been a good one.  I am working on being more mindful, and have been really trying to savor the good things as they occur. In true fashion, food and loved ones have been a major favorite feature (because what’s better than food with your favorite peeps?) all week long.

First up, a lovely lunch date with an old friend. I hadn’t seen her in a while and it was so nice to catch up a bit. We went to Corner Bakery, which is a favorite of mine. I had a spring salad (lots of fruit on it) with half an Italian Panini.  The sandwich was ok, the salad was great, but the company was the best part.

Tuesday evening as a whole was a favorite of mine because I felt like it was that perfect little balance of doing what you need to do and what you want to do that can be oh so elusive at times. It had been a pretty meh day for me (not because of anything, just not in the best mood) and I was not looking forward to working out, making dinner or working on unpacking the boxes still in the garage. Which has been a focus of ours this week. Really what I wanted to was chill with the babies and ignore all my chores and to-dos. After consulting with the hubs, a compromise plan was made. He picked up the babies while I hit up an OTF Class, then we met for dinner at a favorite Mexican joint.

Boom, happy life balance achieved.  The workout made me feel better, the babies were excited about burritos and a hibiscus margarita became a new favorite drink of mine. We even managed to tackle a little unpacking after putting the babies to bed.

I have shared my love of getting goodies and samples in the mail many times on the blog, but I don’t know if I have mentioned that Target does periodic sample boxes. You can check them out here. I recently ordered this face mask one for $7.00 and am super excited to try them all out.

As I mentioned above, I made it to Orangetheory on Tuesday, which was a great workout! I have also been doing a lot of online barre workouts through Physique 57. I have been using a trial membership and love their workouts! I don’t know that I will keep a membership, just because I prefer to workout not at home when I can, but would definitely consider it if I needed to do more workouts at home.  Since it is pretty low impact and quiet, it makes for a great nap time workout. I also managed to get in some yoga last night, which was exactly the stretchy meditative self-care I needed.

Online this week:

Glitter on a dime shared this Chocolate frozen yogurt bark earlier this week that looks so good! I can’t wait to try it with the babies, I think they will love it!

I could always use a Healthy one-handed snack.

I stumbled across these healthy peanut butter blondies on Pinterest, and can’t wait to make a batch this weekend.

So friends, what are you loving this week? Any big plans for the weekend? We are looking at a busy one, I have bachelorette party tomorrow night and we a kiddo birthday party and some other little plans, so it should be packed full of fun. Hopef,ully we can squeeze some unpacking and chores in as well lol.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Chocolate Hummus – A 5 Ingredient, Healthy Snack!

Yes, you read that right, chocolate hummus. Sounds strange, but it’s delicious.

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A while back, I saw a chocolate hummus (I think Boar’s Head brand) on Amanda’s Instagram story and was intrigued. A few weeks later, I stumbled across it at Fry’s, gave it a try, and was hooked (thanks for letting me know about it, Amanda!). It pairs perfectly with fruit and/or graham crackers and feels like a treat, but is full of healthy ingredients. I knew I had to recreate it at home.

This dip uses only 5 ingredients, is vegan and makes for a perfect sweet snack! While it is a chickpeas base, you really don’t taste the chickpeas in the final product. Instead, you have a chocolatey, lightly sweet snack.  I found it satisfied my sweet tooth but was also filling and didn’t leave me with a sugar crash an hour later, which made it the perfect afternoon snack for me and the kiddos!

Chocolate Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)

Directions:  Add all ingredients in a food processor or blender, mix well, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.  Process until a nice, smooth consistency is reached. Serve cold with fresh fruit or graham crackers.

*feel free to add a little more or less cocoa powder or maple syrup to customize to your tastes.  

Let me know if you give it a try!

What are you snacking on these days?  As it gets warmer here, I have been all about cold snacks, give me all the smoothies and veggies with hummus!

I am linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for meatless Monday, stop by to check out tons of delicious vegetarian recipes!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great one!

Weekend Highlights – Play Dates and R & R – 4/9/18

R & R meaning really busy with a sprinkling of really good relaxation:)

Hey friends, how was your weekend? I can’t believe it is already over, I feel like the weekend just flew by. Probably because it was a pretty busy one, anytime we have a weekend where we are going from event to event it seems to go by really fast.

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Our Saturday started especially early because the little miss decided that we needed to get up about 4:15.  Her brother shortly followed. Since we were up, I decided a good breakfast was probably in order. We made banana pancakes from the Thug Kitchen cookbook, with a little added in flax-seed. They didn’t come out quite as fluffy as I hoped but were still pretty delicious. I made a double batch, which ended up being a ton, so we now have plenty stocked in the freezer for quick weekday breakfasts.

I also did an online barre workout.  Both of my little guys were very interested in it, they would come do some moves and then ask me to “crawl” so they can ride on my back.  So this 27-minute video took close to an hour, but I’m considering the baby moves bonus strength, lol.  Plus, it was super cute to see them try to mimic some of the moves.

The kids had a birthday party at the same time as my Saturday am class, so the hubs took them while I taught. This left me with an hour or so free before they would be getting home, so I decided to take full advantage and get a facial. We have a skin care school pretty close to us, which I have always had good experiences at. It is totally the spa experience, with awesome organic products, but much less costly than a spa because the services are provided by students.  I got a green tea facial, which smelled amazing and left my skin soft and glowing.

Later in the day, we had a playdate at the park, before heading to an event at the kids’ school. They had a Spring Gala, which was a nice adult dinner and silent auction (the kids had pizza and played in the room next door with some teachers from their school). Followed by an ice cream social with the kids. It was a lot of fun hanging out with some of the other families and hopefully proved to be a successful fundraiser for the school. I got outbid on my silent auction choices, but it was still lots of fun to browse.

Sunday morning started with bagels and some standard errand running to Home Depot and Target.  We are finally starting to organize and decorate at the new place.  It feels SO good to be getting settled in.

Midday, I had one of my book clubs, which was conveniently reading the same book (The Silent Sister: A Novel) as my other book club this month, so I was totally prepared! We went to AZ Wine Collective, which a friend and I had scoped out a week or so ago. It was a delightful little midday treat. They had a “Breakfast time” wine, which was basically a really good mimosa in a can. Paired with a manchego cheese, fig jam and almond crepe from the food truck outside, it was lunch time perfection.

Later in the day, we headed to an indoor bounce house place for my niece’s birthday. We had a bit of a mishap getting there, turns out there are two bounce house places in town, but once we got to the right place it was all good. The kids all had a blast and I always love watching them all play together (I also love climbing through the obstacles with them, #kidatheart).  This place had a “glow party” theme going, which reminded me of going cosmic bowling back in the day.

What did you do this past weekend?  Any big plans for the week?  I am excited to get some Orangetheory’s in.  I normally do one over the weekend and one during the week, but I had used up all my classes for the month early last week (my month resets on the 8th), so I did not go this weekend and I missed it.  I am also hoping to get a yoga class in this week.  I do some yoga at home, but I could really use the full stretch of an hour-long class.


Hope you have a great day!