Friday Five and Favorites

1. I am loving shopping for our new house.

Friday Five

I could get into trouble…

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2. Since moving into the city, Luvy and I have been having lots of coffee dates on our way to and from errands.

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Somehow, he always gets the better end of the deal.  ‘splain that to me!

3. I’m about over the snow.  I need spring…  It’s bad when 30’s feel warm!

4.Last night, our friends and family got into a huge debate.  Have you seen this dress from swiked on tumblr?

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What color dress is it to you?  Luvy sees white and gold, and I see blue and black.  We were fussing over it all night!

5. Today I’m off to barre and to get my hair cut!

Make sure you follow me on Instagram for the after shots!

In case you missed it:

Easy Guide to Brewing Kombucha

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Mommy and Me Eats

Find Your Fitness Fit

Find your fitness fit

Some Favorites:

Sweet Scallops and “Fried” Veggie Quinoa from Cotter Crunch

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {Gluten Free} via Nutritious Eats

. i had no idea my healthy habits weren’t healthy at all . via Running with Spoons

Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins via Hummusapien

Cinnamon Turmeric Sweet Potato Fries (Vegan and Anti-Inflammatory) via Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding with Unsweetened Almond Milk from The Fit Fork

Nutty Raspberry Dark (Hot) Chocolate via Me and The Mountains

The Marriage Secret No One Wants To Admit via Huffington Post Wedding

A Blueberry Muffin Recipe with NO SUGAR & it’s Gluten Free! from Brittany Suell

I Want to Freeze Time via The Lean Green Bean——>>>>  AMEN!

What are you up to this weekend?

What color is the dress to you?

Find Your Fitness Fit

Find your fitness fit

There seem to be so many different fitness trends out there.

I mean, either people are really into running, or all about cross fit, or finding their zen with yoga.

Not that any of these things are wrong, but sometimes what fits one person doesn’t fit another.  I tried running a few years ago, and then I ended up burning myself out and getting IT band syndrome.  It wasn’t the running that injured me, rather the fact that all I did was run.

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Then, I tried more HIIT workouts.  I did Insanity, cross fit style workouts, and other high intensity classes.  This left me overtrained because I was doing the same things over and over.

Next came the heavy lifting craze.  If you weren’t lifting your body weight or above in deadlifts you weren’t working hard enough.  Strong is the new sexy right?

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I loved the results!  Less cardio, more weights… I’m all for it!  Except, it wasn’t feasible to keep up.  I don’t have time to spend and hour or so in the gym every day lifting weights.

Plus, I can’t be super sore the day after leg day.  I have a 13 month old to run after.

Over the past few months, I realized that I was trying to fit into the fitness world, not finding my fit in the fitness world.

You would think I would know this as a personal trainer.  It’s hard to practice what you preach sometimes.

For the months of December and January, I took time away from fitness.  I walked some and did a few online yoga classes to stretch out, but only when I felt like it and never planned anything.

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(very old picture… but we still love walks!)

It was glorious.  It was exactly the reset my body needed.  It also gave me time to think about what my fitness would look like moving forward.

I knew I needed something sustainable and something that I was capable of doing for the long term.  My life is only going to get busier as Baby Delight gets older.  I assure you… he isn’t slowing down any!

I realized that my fitness fit isn’t anyone else’s.  I have to find what works for me.  Right now, my fitness fit is lifting weights a couple times a week, long walks, short runs 1-3 miles, and something new… barre!

Barre is something that has always intrigued me, but I had never tried before.  Over the past week, I have been going to barre at B. You Fitness here in Louisville.

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When I went into the class, I was really excited to take a class since it is based off of Suzanne Bowen’s BarreAmped.  I have loved Suzanne for years.  I had taken her pilates class before, and I have been dying to do BarreAmped.  When I found out there was a studio here in Louisville, I knew I had to try it!

During class, something just clicked.  It took me back to my dance roots.  I hadn’t done barre work since college.

I was amazed at how well my body felt after a class, and how much I miss dance.  It is quite pricey to take classes there, so I’m not sure what it will look like in the future.  I would love to keep taking classes as I can.

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I’m so glad I tried something new, because it fits.

Never be afraid to step out of the box and try something new.  Listen to your body.  If it doesn’t feel right for you, try something new.

Keep trying until you find your fitness fit.

If you can’t find your fit, I highly recommend working with a personal trainer who you trust to help you find your niche.

Always remember, just because something is trendy or it is what everyone else is doing doesn’t mean it is for you.  You have to find what works for your body, your goals, and works with your schedule.

What is your fitness fit?

Have you ever tried a barre or BarreAmped class?

Mommy and Me Eats

Well hello there friends!

Sorry I didn’t catch y’all yesterday.  I spent my day with the little guy in and out of Lowe’s.  Good thing I don’t mind Lowe’s and Home Depot!

I promise I will catch up on emails and comments asap.  This house renovation has me tied up right now!

Today, I thought I might give you all a little glimpse into what we have been eating as of late.  Baby D is really eating much differently than the last time we chatted about his eating schedule.

Breakfast:

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Baby D and I both had a big bowl of Love Grown Super Oats.

Today we had it with coconut oil, blueberries, and banana.

Mommy had her’s with a side of coffee.  Baby doesn’t need any of that!

Lunch:

Baby D had leftover pot roast.  We were late getting in for lunch, so he was hangry.  No pic of his lunch.

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After he was fed, I threw together a huge salad with leftovers from the fridge.  Ya do what you have to do….

During nap time, I cut off all electronics and sat in silence with a nice cup of hot tea.  Best thing ever!

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Snack:

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Baby D had full fat yogurt with bananas pureed in.

I had a plum while cooking dinner.

Dinner:

We all had salmon.

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Baby D would eat his salmon and mine if I would let him.  He loves it!

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Too much like his mama…. :)

He is loving feeding himself these days.  Mr. Independent!

After dinner, I was off to my new found fitness love.  We haven’t talked much about fitness these days around here.  I’ll fill you in tomorrow!

About an hour before bed, Baby D gets a bottle of whole milk before he goes down.  He drinks water throughout the day.

I’m sure mommy will be having a snack before bed tonight too since she is going to work out.

Well friends, that is what is looks like around here these days.  Baby D eats pretty much anything we do, and that makes it really easy!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

What have you been eating lately?

What is your favorite throw together lunch?

Easy Guide to Brewing Kombucha

Hey friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We are finally out of snowmageddon around here, and it feels so nice to get out!

Today, we are going to talk about my former most expensive habit– kombucha.

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There is nothing more than I love some Gingerade Kombucha, but I don’t love the price tag.

In case you don’t know what kombucha is, it is a fermented tea made with sugar, yeast, and bacteria.  It is not an “alcoholic” drink.

Because of the active bacteria, kombucha is great for gut health.  Research is being done to show how effective kombucha is for healing leaky gut and ulcers.  I can’t attest to this, but I do have a lot of gut issues.  I know it has definitely helped me.

Since it is so expensive, I decided over the summer to try to brew my own.  I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try since several of my friends say it is so easy.

Honestly, I was shocked at how easy it was!  I just knew there had to be a catch, or I was doing it wrong.  I have been brewing for several months now, and we love it.

I promise if you follow these simple directions, you will be brewing in no time!

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Items you need:

SCOBY starter

Gallon jar- preferably with a spout

1 cup cane sugar

4 caffeinated tea bags

water (filtered is best)

Instructions:

First, you want to obtain a SCOBY.  I got mine from a local kombucha brewing company here in Louisville.  Since then, I have given several SCOBYs away to friends as mine grew.  You can either get one from a friend, a brewing company, or check your local health food store.

Start by brewing your tea in 4 cups hot water.

When it is still warm, remove tea bags and stir in 1 cup of cane sugar.  You do not want to use honey in this.

When this has cooled to room temperature, add to gallon jar.  Next, add in 8 cups of cool water.

You will then place your SCOBY and your starter liquid in the jar.  Make sure you never stir your SCOBY with a metal utensil.  Also, make sure you wash your hands really well before touching your SCOBY.

Cover with a coffee filter or a kitchen towel and secure with a rubber band.  This keeps the flies and other critters out that can cause mold.

Store in a dark, warm place.

When the weather is warmer, it won’t take as long to brew.  In the summer, I check mine after 10 days.  In the winter I let it brew for 2 weeks before I test it.

To test, I simply pour some kombucha into a cup and taste test.  Some people like theirs sweeter and some like it more stout.  The longer it brews, the more punch it will have.

After your kombucha is done brewing, it is time to either drink it, or do a second ferment.  This is when you flavor your kombucha.

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Delicious and made for pennies!

To be continued….

Now, on to my next most expensive habit.  B. You….

Have you ever tried brewing Kombucha?

What is your favorite flavor?

What is your most expensive habit?

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!

1. It was so nice to get out yesterday after being in the house for days!  The snow is pretty, but cabin fever is not.  Right after I posted Wednesday’s post, we had to cancel our work day due to road conditions.

Even though I only got out to go to work yesterday, I don’t think I have ever been so excited to go to work in my life!

2. I will miss all the coffee runs that we made during snow days though.  Local coffee is the bomb.

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3. Pinterest and I have become good friends.  If you aren’t following me, you should.  I’m pinning house stuff like crazy right now.

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Lunch time = pin time

4. Since it’s been so cold, I needed some slippers.

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I scored these for $4 at Target!  Major win there.

5. We are supposed to get more snow this weekend and possibly ice.  If I’m stuck in our apartment again, I might go crazy.

I’m supposed to have a Zumba date on Saturday am with Audra.  If I can’t make it, I might turn this apartment into a dance party.  I haven’t worked out in over a month and I need to move!

In case you missed it:

A Non-Mushy Valentine’s Day

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

WIAW: Snow Day

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Some favorites:

Building Your Blogging Brand Part II: Taking Action via Cotter Crunch

Pride and Injury: 7 Lessons in Injury Prevention via Run to the Finish

Coconut Mocha Cashew Butter via Ex Sloth

#wycwyc is not about excuses. via Carla Birnberg

Vegetarian Red Lentil Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls from Food Faith Fitness

Do The Thing That Makes Your Heart Race via @runwiki

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Eggs {Gluten Free, Paleo} via Nutritious Eats

vegan flourless banana bread muffins  via Running With Spoons

Spiced Chocolate Cutout Cookies from Treats With A Twist

Thanks to Clare and Heather for the link up today!

What are you up to this weekend?

Anyone else snowed in this week?

What do you like to do when you are snowed in?

WIAW: Snow Day

We’ve had two snow days this week, and I’m super sad to say I had to go back to work today.

I was loving the 3 of us all being home and playing all day.  Spoiled me a little bit.

I felt like a little kid waiting to see if work was going to be cancelled the way I would if school was cancelled.  Of course, there is no reason not to work, but when there is snow… you just want to play and snuggle!

Breakfast:

I found a really good looking breakfast recipe the other day.  Of course, I didn’t have all the ingredients.  I was wanting to make something for our snow day, so I improvised and made it my own.

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Enter my Buckwheat and Millet Apple Breakfast Bake.  To die for!

Lunch:

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Quick Sweet Potato, Lentil, Apple, and Zucchini Hot Salad.  Because we needed something quick and hot!

After lunch, we headed out to see how the roads were.

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That answered that….

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But we made it to get a hot coffee, to the grocery store, and around town for a bit.

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The snow is so pretty!

Dinner:

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Leftover Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

No one wants to come in and cook after playing.  Now, I need a new soup to make because it is so stinking cold here!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

Hope everyone is staying warm and cozy where you are!

Do you have any snow?

Best warm meal you have had lately?

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Hello there from snowy Kentucky!

There is nothing I love more that a warm bowl of soup on a cold day.

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Yesterday, we got snowed in here in Louisville.  We got around 7-8 inches of snow, and I loved being with my two guys all day.

This week is going to be extremely cold here in KY.  We may break some records of how cold it is!  You better believe I will be eating lots of soup.

I have made this soup now a couple of times, and it is a crowd pleaser every time!  There is something about Curried Lentil and Potato Soup that just warms you right up.

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6-8 mushrooms
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 5-6 large red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • dash of cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper or to taste
  • 8 cups water or broth*
  • *if you use broth you may want to decrease salt
  • Optional:
  • Sriracha or hot sauce
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • chicken or Applegate Farms Savory Turkey Sausage

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot, saute your onion in olive oil until starting to brown.
  2. Add in mushrooms until they start to cook down.
  3. Toss in potatoes, lentils, zucchini, seasonings, and water or broth.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 30-40 minutes or until everything is cooked through.
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I highly recommend serving with sriracha, cilantro, and avocado.  Luvy says the Applegate Farms Turkey Sausage makes the dish though.

Curried Lentil and Potato Soup

Honestly, I just want soup… anything I can add hot sauce and avocado to is a bonus!

Do you have any snow?

What is your favorite soup when it is cold out?

A Non-Mushy Valentine’s Day

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

How was everyone’s weekend?

We had a great and relaxing weekend.  Even though I have been unplugged for a week, we unplugged like we do every weekend and snuggled.

The weather here has been freezing up here!

My mom and stepdad came up to visit for a Baby D’s belated birthday, and they couldn’t believe how much colder it is up here than East TN.

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We had a great visit!  We took them by the new house, went shopping, and out to eat at Irish Rover.

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It was an awesome Valentine’s Day.  I don’t believe that Valentine’s Day has to be all mushy and lovey-dovey.  (is that a real word?? I think so…)

Don’t get me wrong, I love to be romanced.  I love to go out just the two of us to a nice dinner with no baby trying to eat all my salmon and all that jazz.  BUT… I love sharing Valentine’s Day with the people I love.  That’s what it is about.

Luvy and I are definitely having date night soon.  We need it.  Every couple needs it!

We have a couple more days of hunkering down and snuggling.  We are forecasted to get 8-12 inches of snow through Tuesday morning.

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Sadly, I made the mistake of going to Kroger here in the middle of the city yesterday afternoon.

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There was nothing on the shelves… I don’t know why I bothered.  I have to go back now after snowmageddon is gone.  If my hair wasn’t already curly, it would have been after that trip!

Staying in and finally catching up on Parenthood (we have only the series finale left!) and Downton Abbey sounds pretty marvelous!

Happy Marvelous Monday!

What do you like to do on snow days?

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

The Big Move

Hey friends!

Long time no chat eh?  I’ve seriously missed blogging and reading other blogs, yet it was really refreshing to completely unplug for a week.  However, I’m so glad to finally have internet!  I just want to google everything just because I CAN!

So, about that move… it was crazy!  You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you go to pack it all up.

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We did so much throwing away, yard sale pile, and sending stuff to Goodwill.  It was glorious!  Now we get to start up in our new home clutter free!

We had packed some the weekend Luvy’s parents came to visit.  We didn’t do a lot until we finalized last Friday.  You know, when I told you all I had big news??  Well, this was it.

Since we had sold before and it fell through, I didn’t want to say anything until it was a done deal.  We finalized on Friday and were out by Sunday.

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That happened way too fast!  There is no way we could have done it without our awesome friends helping us to pack and move.  I won’t list everyone here, but they know who they are.  We don’t have blood family here in Kentucky, but these people are our family.

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Enough of getting all sappy… :)  We used to live in the suburbs, but that gave Luvy a crazy long commute.  Due to traffic, he was commuting 2.5-3 hours a day!  That’s a lot of missed time.

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So, we are moved into the city!  I’m not so sure what this country girl is going to do in the city, but I’m so excited for the adventure.  I love having Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and all the good coffee shops and restaurants right down the street from me.

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Cause we need coffee… lots of coffee!

Our last night in our house, we had no furniture so Baby D slept in his pack-n-play, and we slept on our air mattress.  Bittersweet night!

Moving

We are living in an apartment temporarily until the first phase of our new home is renovated.  We bought an older home in one of our favorite areas of Louisville.  I’ve been pinning like crazy ideas for our new home.

I’m thinking I need an interior designer…. I’ve changed my mind already like 10 times.  Good thing Luvy is patient.  ;)

Okay, so that’s the big move.  So glad it’s over, but we will be moving again into our new house here in just a couple of months.  So, pardon my crazy for the next little while!

I feel like I’ve missed so much without internet.

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day.  Make sure to hug someone and tell them you love them!

Fill me in on you… and GO!

Have you ever renovated a house?

Wanna be my interior designer??

 

We Moved!

Surprise!!

For those of you that don’t follow me on Instagram, I just wanted to pop in and tell you I moved…. literally.

We have almost sold our house one other time over a year ago, so I didn’t want to tell anyone this time until we actually closed and finalized.

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We closed on Friday and we were out in a whirlwind by Sunday.  Crazy right?

Anywho, more details to come.  I just wanted to pop in here really quick and tell you all what was going on.

We don’t have internet until Thursday, so I will be back Friday with more details.  (I’m bumming internet right now..)

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If you are lucky, I will be back tomorrow.  I wouldn’t plan it though.

It is killing me to be disconnected from everyone, but I think that God knew I needed to unplug.  I have gotten so much unpacking done now that I can’t binge watch Hart of Dixie and read blogs during nap time!

My phone won’t even connect to the internet right now.

Please be patient with me while I’m unplugged as I am very behind on emails, comments, and everything else!

Hope you all are having a great week!

Tell me what’s new with you??

No internet: blessing or curse?