Friday Five and Favorites

It’s Friday y’all!

1. Christmas is 6 days away!!  Operation Christmas shopping begins….now!

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2. I’m in love with my new scarf my friend Kassie got me.  

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Excuse my goofy/cheesy smile. Guess where it is from?!?  The Dollar Store!  Awesome right?  It’s my #govols scarf for sure.

3. You know last week when I told you that my boot fell apart at church?  Well, a week later… my boot sole was in the parking lot!!  I so wish I had thought to take a picture.  I will if it is still there on Sunday!

4. Speaking of Christmas Shopping, some of my favorite companies are having major sales right now!

Skoop is 25% off!  Enter Enjoy25 at checkout.

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Sizzlefish is offering 15% off their Holiday Sampler with the code HOLIDAY.

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Is it bad that I want to add both of these to my own Christmas list??

5. Make sure you check the Love Grown Giveaway to see if you won!

In case you missed it:

Holiday Breakfast Bowl

Love Grown Holiday Giveaway—> did you win??

A Taste of Louisville

To the Working Mom

Some Favorites:

Get in the holiday spirit w/ 12 Days of Christmas {Kettlebell} Workout from Love Life Surf 

30 Minute Yoga for Athletes: Perfect for CrossFit lovers, runners, cyclists, and gym-goers!  via Tina Reale

Gluten Free Red Velvet Pancakes via The Almond Eater

We’re not superwomen [and why we’re allowed to stop trying] via Let’s Get Up and Live

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Tart with Peppermint Truffle Filling via Food Faith and Fitness

Soothing Coconut Cranberry Smoothie {For Gut Health}  via Cotter’s Crunch

Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Chickpea Blondies with Maple Glaze via The Hummusapien

Ambrosia Apple Upside-Down Cake {Gluten Free} via Nutritious Eats

10 things healthy people do differently (hint: it’s NOT eating salad)! via Butter Nutrition

How to Avoid the Health Risks of Computers via Wellness Mama

How I Handle the Hard Days of Being a SAHM from A Healthy Slice of Life

White Chocolate Stuffed Ginger Molasses Cookies via Ari’s Menu

I’ve been all about the Christmas goodies lately!  :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks to Clare and Heather for the link up today!

Have you done all your Christmas shopping?

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Anyone else out shopping with me this weekend???

To the Working Mom

I never regretted not going back to work full time.  This week, I am working “full time”, and I’m pooped.

Just working what’s considered full time one week makes me amazed at all the working mom’s out there.

Honestly, I don’t know how they rock it the way they do.  I have so many great friends who work full time with kiddos, yet still keep all their plates spinning.

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I offered to take Baby D to work with me when he was really little!  ;)

Let’s just get real. I’ve been a mess this week.  I’m so thankful for this time, because it helps me to understand when mom’s tell me that they don’t have time to cook, workout, or shop.  I get it now.

As a personal trainer and health education specialist, it is important for me to understand where my clients are coming from.  Although this is not my favorite week, I feel like this week has given me a small snapshot into what some of my clients experience.

This post is by no means saying that stay at home mom’s or part time working mom’s don’t work hard.  (trust me, I know you do!)

I am tired of all the judgements put on women who work, don’t work, work part-time, or whatever.  I think staying at home has it’s benefits, and it is also very difficult.  Working full time also has it’s benefits, and it is very difficult as well.  I’m blessed to have a mixture of both…. and it is a mixed bag of good and bad.  We are all women, and we all have our challenges and blessings.  There is nothing inherently wrong with working or not.

Since I have not worked full time since Baby D was born, I had never experienced the challenges of working full time until this week.  I have an entirely new perspective and appreciation for women who work full time and juggle family.

To the working mom’s out there, you are awesome.  You are doing amazing, and I applaud you for all you do.

Now that I know more of what the struggle is like, I’m excited to change up some of my client’s plans and incorporate some things that will help with their limited time and schedule.

I’m interested to hear from you all what your biggest hurdles are for eating healthy and fitting in exercise.  For me this week, it was time.  I felt like by the time I got home, got Baby D’s dinner, got our dinner, and got bedtime routine done, it was time for bed for me!  There was no time to workout unless I woke up way early.  I thought sleep was more important.  :)

Mom’s who work… how do you juggle it all?

Stay at home mama’s… what is your biggest challenge?

What is your biggest hurdle in eating healthy and fitting in exercise?

Before I forget… today is the last chance to enter to win some Love Grown goodies!!

A Taste of Louisville

Louisville is a great foodie town!

This past weekend, Katie and Sam from 50 States in a Year were here.  We got to go out and explore some of Louisville’s original restaurants and coffee shops.

Breakfast:

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We all made green smoothies for breakfast each morning.  Sam puts carrots and such in hers, and I’m so going to try that!  Sadly, my blender is a cheap one.  Now to decide if I want a Ninja or bite the bullet and get a Vitamix or Blendtec.  Thoughts??

Lunch: 

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For lunch on Saturday we ate at my favorite… The Grape Leaf.

It never disappoints.  Baby D even loved it.  He ate some of my salmon…. kid loves salmon.

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We also hit up Quills Coffee.  Louisville has some awesome coffee shops!

Dinner:

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Friday night, Clare joined me, Baby D, and the girls for dinner at Ramsi’s.  I haven’t eaten there in a long time.

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They have completely redone their menu and I was pleasantly surprised at my meal.  The salmon we perfect.  Of course, Baby D had to try it too.  However, I could have done for more “salad”.  LOL.  I went home and ate a snack to fill me the rest of the way up.  Lesson learned.

At dinner, Baby D ate his dinner.

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As you can see, he’s a great eater!

The longer I’m in Louisville, the more I love it!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

Who wants to come visit me next?

What blender do you have?  What do you recommend?

PS… Don’t forget to enter my Love Grown Holiday Giveaway!!

Love Grown Holiday Giveaway

Let’s be real.  We love us some Love Grown around here.

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I am so blessed to be a part of the Love Grown family!  They are so generous, and their stuff is so delicious.

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Plus, all their stuff is gluten free!

I’m excited to be able to share some of my favorite items with a lucky one of you!

1 box Honey Power O’s

1 bag Cranberry Pecan Oat Clusters

1 unit of Blueberry Hot Oats

1 bag Super Oats nuts and seeds

Just think… you will be able to make your own Holiday Breakfast Bowl with your own Love Grown!

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There isn’t a day that goes by that Love Grown isn’t eaten in our house, so we won’t mention this little giveaway to Luvy… he might get jealous!  ;) (and no Luvy… you can’t enter!)

**Giveaway is open to US and Canada only

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I will be announcing the winner on Friday.

Good luck!!

Holiday Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast is my toughest meal of the day.  I tend to get in a rut with breakfast.

Not that there aren’t amazing and delicious breakfast foods, I tend to just have the same thing day after day.  Mostly because it is convenient, but more than anything it’s a time factor.

I created this delicious holiday breakfast bowl over Thanksgiving, and I have been having it 2-3 days a week since.  It is to die for, and it is like having Thanksgiving or Christmas flavors every day!

Holiday breakfast bowl

Holiday Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Love Grown Super Oats (or other oats)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • leftover squash, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 scoop Vega Vanilla Chai
  • Toppings: leftover cranberry sauce, nut butter of choice, or toasted nuts

Instructions

  1. Put your pumpkin, oats, chopped apple, and almond milk in a pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in Vega Vanilla Chai. Fold in squash if using and banana.
  4. Top with cranberry sauce and nut butter or nuts.
http://www.delightsanddelectables.com/holiday-breakfast-bowl/

Don’t leave off the cranberry sauce… it’s to die for!

It was a random “leftover” holiday breakfast, but it is absolutely delicious.

I have always loved the vanilla Vega, but the Vanilla Chai is where it’s at these days!  I’m in love.

Strange but good maybe?

Meatless Monday

Thanks for the linkup Tina and Deborah!

Who likes Love Grown??  Come back tomorrow for a fun holiday giveaway!  :)

Do you have any fun breakfast concoctions you like to eat?

What is the strangest breakfast you have thrown together?

 

Friday Five

Happy Friday y’all!!

Let’s get to our Friday Five shall we?

1. I have no bought the first Christmas present.  I don’t see any of them getting bought until the week of Christmas.

I’m not a Scrooge, I swear.  I have had no time this year!  Plus, doing everything last minute is way more fun… right?

2. Tonight is girls night plus Baby D.  Katie and Sam from 50 States in a Year are here hanging out with us!  I’m excited to show then around Louisville.

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(That was from a long time ago!!)

3. Christmas parties are the jam.  You get to drink apple cider, see people you don’t see near enough, and eat…. and eat… and eat!  Let’s have Christmas parties year round!

4. I finally cleaned out my subscriptions in my email accounts.  Unrollme is my new best friend.

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I don’t hate checking my emails anymore.

5. Last Sunday, my flat black boots fell apart.  Literally.  The sole of them literally fell off at church.  Nice right??  I need new boots like now… suggestions??

In case you missed it this week:

About that Holiday Crazy

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Split Pea Soup with Butternut Squash

Split pea soup with butternut squash

Good Eats

Holiday breakfast bowl

Yoga for Stress Relief

No favorites this week.  You tell me yours!

What are you asking for from Santa??  (seriously, I need HELP.  I’m having an impossible time thinking of things to put on my Christmas list!!)

Best thing that happened to you this week… and GO!

Yoga for Stress Relief

I have never been a yogini.  I’m not patient enough. (I’m working on it)

I have always wanted to lift something heavy or move fast!  Now that I’m exercising less to reduce stress, my body is enjoying the break.

Every time I tried yoga, I couldn’t make myself enjoy it until I tried a new type of yoga with Clare a while back.  I really loved 502 Power Yoga here in Louisville, but it is pretty far from me right now.

After finding that yoga wasn’t so bad, I decided that when I’m feeling antsy on my exercising hiatus I would try some short yoga videos.  I have found that yoga really helps me to chill out.

I do these when I have some extra time during nap time.  Otherwise, Baby D thinks I’m making myself into his personal jungle gym!

I like following a plan and not having to hunt down something to do.  Enter Yoga by Candace’s 39 Day Yoga Progress Project: Flexibility and HoneyStuck’s 25 Days of Yoga.

Candace’s videos range from 15 minutes to 1 hour, and I love her soothing (yet not annoying) voice.

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I have also found that I am not very flexible, so I’m excited to see how I progress as I do these videos!

Katie’s 25 Days of Yoga is awesome because she incorporates other instructors as well as herself.  This is introducing me to different types and styles of yoga that I would have never tried otherwise.

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Plus, she has curly hair too.. that is always a bonus in my book!  ;)

Another site that I love for yoga is my friend Tina at Tina Reale Yoga.  Seriously, if I could do yoga with her every week I would!

She posts awesome videos every Monday, and her videos are 20-30 minutes long.  She makes you work those 20-30 minutes too!

Yoga is very new to me, and I won’t say that I am good at it.  My body is enjoying the nice stretch.  It is also helping me to unwind and decompress.  Who knew yoga would turn into such a stress relief for me?!!

Do you do yoga at home?

What are your favorite videos?

Good Eats

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

I’ve been in a breakfast food slump for a while now.  I don’t know why, but I was getting tired of my Pumpkin Smoothie and my buckwheat muffins.  Vega so graciously sent me some Vanilla Chai protein to try out, and this sparked my creative abilities!

Breakfast:

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Holiday Breakfast Bowl!  Yes… that is cranberry sauce on top.  Total deliciousness.  —> (is that a real word??)

After breakfast, Baby D and I had a coffee date with a new friend of mine from church.  God has brought her into my life just at the right time!

Plus, coffee dates are my favorite.  Louisville has some really great coffee shops.

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Coffee for mama, banana for baby.  I got the better end of that deal.

Lunch:

Fall salad

Fall Salad

Lunch was a bit rushed and thrown together.  Seems like that is the trend here these days.  I blame the Holiday Crazy…  Still delicious though!

Dinner:

Sizzlefish salmon

Baked Slap Ya Mama Salmon with roasted potatoes, squash, and steamed broccoli.  I’m officially out of Sizzlefish.  Santa?????  ;)

That my friends, is a day of good eats!

 

A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

What are some of your good eats??

What is your favorite breakfast right now?

Split Pea Soup with Butternut Squash

This time of year calls for soups.

In fact, I think I could survive all winter on stews and soups.  Who’s with me?

Split pea soup with butternut squash

When you come in from the cold, there is nothing better than a pot of soup on ready to be eaten.

Split Pea Soup is one of my absolute favorite soups.  I was craving it, but I didn’t have any carrots.  I decided to try butternut squash and see how it worked.  It may be my new favorite!

Then again, I don’t think I ever turn down anything with butternut squash in it!

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Split Pea Soup with Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 bag split peas
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cups butternut squash, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme and cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 container of Pacific organic chicken broth
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper- adjust to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop all ingredients.
  2. Saute onion and celery in olive oil until translucent.
  3. Add all other ingredients to stock pot. Salt and pepper to taste
  4. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.
http://www.delightsanddelectables.com/split-pea-soup-butternut-squash/

This was the first “real” food I could handle after our bout with the stomach flu a few weeks ago.  I hope none of you all get sick, but if you do… I highly recommend this soup!

Split pea soup with butternut squash

Here is my traditional Split Pea Soup in case you only have carrots. :)

What is your favorite soup?

What foods are you craving now that it is cold outside?

About that Holiday Crazy

What is it about holiday’s and the month of December that makes us crazy?

Maybe it is all the Christmas parties, the travel, buying gifts… just busy.

I don’t want to pass that along to Baby D.  Sadly, I have turned my December into a crazy month.  On Friday, I looked at my calendar for the month and realized that I am spread too thin.

I know if I don’t make changes now, it will be that way next year, and the next, and so on.

That’s the way it goes.  If we don’t make the change when we recognize it needs to be made, tomorrow will never come.  At least not for me.

This weekend, I made an effort to let the crazy go and invest in what was important..

Like getting my hair did… Why can’t big hair come back in?

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I would so rock that.

and coffee.

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lots of coffee…

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with a good friend.  Why do we let the crazy get in the way of quality time with friends?

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(excuse the no makeup/ just woke up look.  sleep = more important)

Tree decorating.

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It’s so prreeetttyyyyy..  I’m wondering how long it will stay upright.

And snuggles.  Lots of sweet snuggles.

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Even when the preacher is preaching.

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Amen!

I don’t want the holiday’s to be rushed anymore around here.  I don’t want to have a “to do” list a mile long.

I want to remember that it isn’t about the presents or the food.

It’s about Jesus.  It’s about family.  It’s about quality time.

Life is too short to not make the changes now.  The emails can wait.  The to do list can take a backseat.

Right now, it’s about enjoying the season.  Not buying gifts because you have to.  If that’s the case, don’t buy them.  Buy them because it is a gift of love.

You don’t have to cook.  You get to bless people with a delicious meal.  One prepared in love.

Don’t add items and things to your agenda because you should do it.  It’s okay to guard you time even during the holidays.  There are things we are saying no to.  There are ways we are changing and making new traditions.

It will be weird.  However, it is going to be better for our family in the long run.

I hope you all have a Marvelous Monday!!

Tell me how you are guarding against holiday crazy.

Do you struggle with being over scheduled and too frazzled during the holiday season?