Love Blogger Wedding Giveaway

Happy Friday, y’all!

Our little family is officially on vacation.  We are starting out at a wedding of a good friend of ours.  Luvy has the honor of officiating the wedding on Saturday, and we are so excited for this sweet couple.

Speaking of weddings, Maddy and Alex the creators of Love Grown are getting married here very soon!!

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In honor of their wedding, we are hosting a special Love Blogger Wedding Giveaway*!!

Giveaway Prize includes one of each of Alex and Maddy’s favorite flavors of LOVE:

  • Original Power O’s
  • Cocoa Goodness Oat Clusters
  • Strawberry Raspberry Hot Oats
  • Blueberry Super Oats Packet
  • Nuts and Seeds Super Oats
  • Chocolate Mighty Flakes

That is some delicious stuff there y’all!!

I hope you all will enter this giveaway and also tell Maddy and Alex your best wishes for them.  They really are an amazing couple!

*Winner must live in the US… sorry friends!

The winner will be announced next Wednesday, May 27th.  Submissions will be open until 11:59pm EST May 26.

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Good luck!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

From as early as I can remember, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie has been my favorite pie.  I usually only got it when we went to Ohio to visit my mom’s side of the family.

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My Aunt Dixie was the pie queen.  No one can make Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie like her, but I can come close.  Plus, being gluten and dairy free, my pie is quite different from the delicious pie Aunt Dixie made.

For the crust, the best is to use a graham cracker crust (GF is need be), or you can do like me sometimes and leave it naked.  If I don’t have a crust on hand or I’m too lazy to make one, I leave it crustless and it is still just as delicious… and rich!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter layer:
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Chocolate Pudding:
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder (unsweet)
  • dash of salt
  • 2 cups Unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or regular)
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp GF vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place your pie crust in the preheated oven (350) for 10 minutes to brown.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup of powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter in a bowl. Mix well until it is well combined and crumbly. Add more powdered sugar if necessary.
  3. Once pie crust is browned, put the peanut butter mixture in the bottom on the crust. If you aren’t using the crust, just place in the bottom of the pie dish.
  4. For the pudding, mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Add 1/3 cup of milk and mix until mixture is smooth. Add in the rest of the almond milk and stir well.
  5. Stir continually over medium heat until the pudding begins to thicken and it is bubbling.
  6. Once it is thickening, add in the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and stir until smooth.
  7. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  8. Pour the pudding over the peanut butter mixture and immediately cover with plastic wrap. Otherwise, a film will develop over the pie. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Chill overnight if possible before serving.
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My Aunt Dixie isn’t with us anymore, but her memory lives on every time I have my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

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I hope you enjoy this pie as much as me and my family do!

Are there any family recipes that you make?

What is your favorite pie?

Life Lately

Hey friends!

Did everyone have a great weekend??  I took a long weekend to recover from our weekend.

Last week, I told you all that it was a busy weekend.  What I didn’t mention was that Sunday was our 7 year anniversary!

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Don’t we look so young and well rested???

I can’t believe that 7 years have gone by since we got married.  I love and respect this man more everyday.  He is an awesome husband and father!

We are celebrating by heading out on vacation soon.  I can’t wait!!

I told you I have some stuff up my sleeve…. I can finally let you in on one of my secrets.

We are having a VIRTUAL Refresh Summit!  More details to come, but mark your calendars for Saturday June 13th.

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There will be fitness, fun, workshops, worship, giveaways, and more.  Oh, did I mention this all FREE??  Grab a couple girlfriends and join us!

Update on the house…. we are still under construction.  When we get back from vacation (hopefully), the first two floors will be complete!  The upstairs is a loft bedroom and bathroom.  We finally picked out our tile for the bathroom, and I’m in love.

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Tonight we are hoping to get the bathroom painted so that the contractor can finish everything up.

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I’m so excited to come home to a “finished” house so I can start to unpack completely and really settle in!

There is nothing like living out of boxes… LOL!  However, it has forced me to be more patient.

Baby D is loving the new house.  He loves being close to the park, having so many people around to watch, and being closer to so many fun things.  So does Mommy.  :)

Barre training is still going on.  I’m loving the co-teaching process and I’m so thrilled to start teaching in June.

So that’s about my life lately.  Not super exciting, but it’s keeping me busy!  That’s why it’s been so sporadic around here.

I can’t promise it will get better anytime soon, but I promise to make it worth the ride.

Tell me… what is your life like lately?

Friday Five and Favorites

TGIF!!

1.  Check out my peonies that are growing outside my house.

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Aren’t they pretty??  I hope my black thumb doesn’t kill them.

2. I co-taught half the class at barre last night.  I’m so excited to get to teaching!

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Check me out on the inspirer page!  My bio should be up soon.

3.  I haven’t had dinner with a girlfriend sans baby in months!  I finally got to meet up with my sweet friend Leslie for a quick dinner Wednesday night!

It was so refreshing… and she stocked me up on books.  Love that girl!

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4.  I’m so bummed to be missing my first Blend Retreat.  This is the first year since it began that I didn’t go.  Life happens…..  Missing my blends!  Enjoy friends!

5.  This is a big and busy weekend.  This is my last weekend before we head off to NC for a wedding and then on vacation!!  I’m so ready for some time away and quality time with my boys!

Also this weekend, my oldest niece graduates high school.  How did that happen???  So incredibly proud of the young woman she is!

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Her little sister graduates from preschool this year too!

Happy, Happy Birthday to my sweet Daddy this Saturday.  The big 6-0…looks good on you!

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Thank you for being such an amazing dad and papaw.  We love you! (and we need updated pics of you and Baby D!)

In case you missed it:

Why I Celebrate Mother’s Day

Throwback Eats and Treats

Refreshing My Workouts

Some favorites:

Dear Mom Of An Adopted Child via Huffington Post Parents

Spicy Spiralized Sweet Potato Fries via Strength and Sunshine

Double Chocolate Almond Muffins {Gluten-Free} via Nutritious Eats

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars via The Roasted Root

Crispy Peanut Butter Cups from Edible Perspective

Complete Core Workout Using a Medicine Ball from Your Trainer Paige

30 workouts to stay in shape while traveling via Purely Twins

Lean & Sleek Barre Arms Workout via FitFluential and Suzanne Bowen Fitness

What are you up to this weekend?

Best book you have read lately?

Refreshing My Workouts

Moving really took a toll on my workouts.  At first I was just too busy, and then I just plain got lazy.  I was inconsistent at best.  My old routine is no longer working for me.

I’m drawing a line in the sand.  It is spring time and the weather is gorgeous out.  I have no excuses anymore!

For this post, I have partnered up with Zevia*.  They’ve asked me to put a fresh spin on my old routine in honor of Spring (and right when I needed it!).  Get in on the fun on twitter and instagram by tagging them and #TheNewSweet.

I live across from a huge and gorgeous park where it is so easy for me to take Baby D on walks.  Plus, he loves being outside.  Why wouldn’t I want to take him to play at the park??

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For the next 4 weeks, I’m doing Bobbi’s Summer Shred. I’m also co-teaching a lot at barre right now, so with a mix of those three it is sure to get me whipped into shape!

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It’s amazing how fast we can lose our fitness if we don’t do anything for several months.  It is humbling to say I’m a fitness professional and personal trainer and be huffing and puffing.  However, I’m a real life human being and that makes me more relatable.  Life happens friends!

Fitness should never be your life… it should be a part of it.

After my first (humbling) workout, I made sure to fuel myself well.

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My Power Bowl was a mix of healthy fats, protein, and carbs.  A must for every meal/snack!  I also added pink Himalayan sea salt because I sweat so much!

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With the warm weather, I paired it with a refreshing Zevia!  Zevia is naturally sweetened, zero calorie soda that comes in 15 amazing flavors!  My favorites (in no particular order) are: Ginger Ale, Grape, Ginger Root Beer, Black Cherry, Grapefruit Citrus, and Cream Soda.

We go through a lot of Zevia in this house!

*Zevia did not compensate me for this post, however they did give me coupons for free Zevia.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

How do your workouts change as it gets warmer out?

What is your current fitness routine?

Throwback Eats and Treats

I’ve been in a meal rut for a while now.  Do you ever get that way?

I feel like I make the same 5 meals over and over and over.  With spring here, I know we will be doing lots of grilling, which I’m really excited about.

Until we dig out our grill, I decided to dig through the ol’ blog here and find some meals I hadn’t had in a while and make those.

Breakfast:

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Simple Love Grown Oatmeal.  Work day so it had to be quick!

Lunch:

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Power bowl.  No kale or quinoa but I did throw in something green and potatoes!  I also mixed it up and put one egg on top and one on bottom.

I hate when I’ve eaten all the egg and there is still veggies left!  :)

Snack:

I’m all over some tangelos and salted cashews.

Dinner:

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I made some of my Lentil Enchiladas.  I haven’t made these in ages!  I need to redo the recipe for you all with better pictures.  I’ll put that on my to-do list.  :)

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It’s not a pretty meal, but it sure is delicious!

Snack:

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I have been craving my Aunt Dixie’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie for weeks.  I have yet to find a good gluten free graham cracker crust, so I just finally broke down and made it without a crust.  You wouldn’t be interested in that recipe too would you?

It isn’t “healthy” at all… but so healthy for the soul!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

What is your healthy for your soul food??

Favorite snack right now?

Why I Celebrate Mother’s Day

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Mother’s Day…. that day can bring about so many different emotions.

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For those who long to have children and don’t yet…. it is painful.

For those with sweet ones at home…. it is joyful.

For those who have lost their mother…. it is grief.

For those whose mother is there to celebrate with them…. it is a celebration.

For those who are alone on mother’s day…. it is lonely.

For those who are with family and loved ones…. it’s a blessed day.

There are so many people who hurt on Mother’s Day, and I was one of them for years.  It almost seems hypocritical of me to “celebrate”.  However, I don’t think it is the case.

God has blessed me more than I deserve by gifting me with a sweet boy that calls me “mama”.  (except when I want him to say mama, and he says “dada, dada”.. but that’s another story.)

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I know my blessing was someone else’s loss, and for that I’m eternally grateful.

I’m thankful that my son’s biological mother loved him enough to choose life for him and chose adoption.

For this reason, I can celebrate Mother’s Day as a “Mama”.

I can also celebrate Mother’s Day because of my mom.  She gave me life, raised me to hate bugs, love the sun, go barefoot, drink sweet tea, keep a clean house, have a very good and detailed memory, and be a strong and independent woman.

I celebrate Mother’s Day for my husband’s mother.  MaryAnn is one of the sweetest, gentle, and sincere people I know.  I can’t thank her enough for raising my husband to love the Lord, love music, share her love for the mountains and hiking, and teaching him to do everything he does to the best of his ability…. which he always does!

I also celebrate Mother’s Day for my sweet sisters who have given me the sweetest nieces and nephews.  They are my role models for how to be a good mom.

Finally, I celebrate Mother’s Day for all my sweet mama friends who inspire me, lift me up, encourage me, and give me sanity each and every day.

For those sweet ladies out there whose hearts ache on Mother’s Day, know you aren’t forgotten.  There is no pain like wanting a child, yet being infertile.  You feel forgotten and it seems like everyone around you keeps having babies.

Please know that God has a plan for your life.  I know my infertility was not in vain.  It lead us to adopt Baby Delight, and for that I’m eternally grateful.  I wouldn’t change that for anything.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and future moms out there!

 

I hope you all have a Marvelous Monday friends!

What did you do this weekend?

How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!!

1. Sorry I’ve missed you all twice this week.  I’ve been SICK.

All I could do was sleep and whine apparently.  Thankfully, my two boys are nursing me back to health.

2. The renovation is coming along really well.  Painting for the upstairs is almost finished!  Who knew it took 2 weeks for carpet to come in though??  Oopsy.

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3. I’m loving teaching barre.  It is so rewarding, and I love all the women at B.You.  Come join me this Saturday downtown for the How-To Festival!  I’m going to be going through a shortened barre class with everyone!

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4. Y’all know how much I love being a Love Blogger for Love Grown, right?

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Check out this awesome package they put together for my mom for Mother’s Day!!  I’m her favorite daughter…. and the only daughter.  😉

Make sure you call your mother, grandmother, or motherly-figure in your life this weekend and tell them how much you love them!

5.  We just booked our condo for vacation at the beach!!  I’m so excited and counting down the days.  This mama is more than ready for a vacation!

In Case You Missed It:

Why a Rotation Diet Didn’t Work For Me

Fuel Your Better

Some Favorites:

. chocolate chip banana bread energy bites .  via Running With Spoons

100 Dairy Sources and Alternate Names from Sarah Kay Hoffman

Easy Healthy Snacks for Toddlers via A Forever Change

How to Work Out At Home via FitFluential

The truth behind 10 common running myths via Live, Life, Surf

Paleo Banana Snack Cake from Detoxinista

100 Calorie Cookie Dough Bites from Never Home Maker

Allergen Free Camp Crackers! via A Whisk and Two Wands

What Happens When I Don’t Follow a Training Plan? via Your Trainer Paige

No-Bake Cherry Vanilla Protein Bars via @The Hummusapien

May: Seasonal Produce via It’s Progression

What are your favorites from this week?

What are you up to this weekend??

Fuel Your Better

Hey friends!

I thought for sure that life would slow down once we got in the new house.  I was wrong.  LOL.

I can’t seem to stay away from Lowe’s, Home Depot, The Tile Shop, and other house places.  I can’t wait for the decorating fun to begin!  Plus, I’m co-teaching at barre so I start teaching solo in June.  Busy, busy girl!

Here are my eats from Monday since Tuesdays are too crazy.

Breakfast:

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Smoothie before barre.  Vega Chocolate with cinnamon, banana, and almond butter.

Lunch:

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Thai stir fry.  YUM!!

Snack:

An orange and a Blueberry Larabar on the go!

Dinner:

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Lemon Lentil Soup with rice and coconut milk.

Easy Peasy.

I’m trying to eat as healthy as I can to keep my energy levels up for all this house work and running around after Baby D all day.

Talking about Fueling Your Better… The Vega Sport Site is offering free resources including 8-weeks of training guides, meal plans, recipes, playlists, and nutritional education for preparing for your first or 30th  10K race, Half or Full-Marathon.

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Make sure you head over for these free goodies!  Who doesn’t love free?!??

 

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

 

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A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

How do you fuel your better?

What have you been eating lately?

 

 

Why a Rotation Diet Didn’t Work for Me

Hey friends!!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We had a fantastic time with my dad.  :)

I get lots of questions about food allergies.  I have my fair share, and I’m thankful I can help others deal with their allergies and sensitivities.  One of the first things that doctors and practitioners will tell you is that you need to be on a rotation diet so you don’t develop more allergies, and so you don’t over expose yourself once you reintroduce foods back in.

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Usually, they recommend a 3 day rotation diet.  This would be like if you have carrots on day 1, you wouldn’t have them again until day 4.

This is very difficult to do if you ever go out to eat or go to dinner parties.  For someone like me, it is consuming to deal with this.  I’m very Type A and I have to do things p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y.  It’s an all or nothing thing with me.

This is why a rotation diet didn’t work for me.  You see, when you are stressing out about your diet and what you can and can’t have, it wreaks havoc on your gut.  That is exactly what you are trying to prevent in the first place.

Plus, I found myself eating all the food when I could have almonds.  I mean, I would stuff myself silly with almond butter, almonds, larabars, almond milk….. you name it!  Since I knew I “couldn’t have it” again for 3 days, I made it count!  This restriction was terrible for my mind and my gut.  I went to bed each night with a stomach ache because I was bingeing on the foods that I wasn’t going to be able to eat for 3 more days.  That isn’t good for the gut either.  Oh, the vicious cycle…..

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Now, some people aren’t as crazy as me and they can deal with this.  I can’t.  Dealing with food allergies is such a personal and individualized experience.  For me, I’m allergic to bell peppers.  I don’t go into anaphylactic shock when I eat them, so sometimes the belly pain is worth eating them.  Other foods, like dairy or gluten, I know I can never have or else it is bad.

You have to learn how your body reacts and deal with them accordingly.  I will say, the less stressed you are about your food, and the more real foods you eat, the better off your gut will be.  

Do the best you can, eat the best you can, and find what works for you!  What works for you, may not work for me, and vice versa.  Don’t be afraid to try something new, or chuck old habits if they are no longer serving you.  In the end, the goal is to live a healthy and less stressed life.

Have you ever tried a rotation diet?

Do you have food allergies or intolerances?