Friday Five

1. Baby D is now climbing.

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Lord help us….

He was more interested in the box than the toy.

2. No matter what, when I put on “big girl” clothes I get peed on, puked on, or pooped on.

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Yep… 15 minutes at church and this happens.

3. Fall weather is here… and I’m so itching to start training for a race!  Fall weather is the perfect running weather.  I think I might see a 5k in my future… :)

4. We are taking our first flight with Baby D today!

Off to Boston we go!!  Any and all Boston suggestions are appreciated!

5. I’m guest posting today over at Bump Sweat about New Mom Fitness Tips!  Make sure you check it out!

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Gosh he was so little then…..

In case you missed it:

Dating My Husband Again

dating my husband again

6 Month Photoshoot

6 month photoshoot

Falling for Fall

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Here’s to a happy baby on our flights!  :)

What are you up to this weekend?

Highlight of your week?

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

This was my first attempt at cauliflower rice, and it was delicious.

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Even Luvy was a fan!  It was spicy and served with sriracha, so of course it would be loved around here.

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Anything spicy is a win around here.

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, riced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. First, wash cauliflower then put large pieces in the food processor. Process until it looks like rice. I had to do mine in 3 batches.
  2. Put the onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a large skillet with a good bit of olive oil.
  3. Cook until onion starts to soften.
  4. Add spices and cauliflower.
  5. Cook until cauliflower is softened but not mushy.
  6. Season with black pepper, and sriracha or hot sauce.
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Best part about my Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice is that it can be a side or paired with chicken, black beans, spicy sausage, or meatballs to make it a full meal.

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We’ve had it both ways, and both were wins!

Have you tried cauliflower rice?

Are you a hot sauce or sriracha fan?  We have always loved Frank’s Red Hot, and we just recently tried Trader Joe’s sriracha!

 

Falling for Fall

It’s been cool around here the past few days!

It is definitely fall.  Or as we southerners say, it is football weather!  Amen?

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffin

Pumpkin Buckwheat Muffin.  Pumpkin is back my friends!

I’m going to start getting my orange glow again.  :)

Lunch:

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice bowl.  I will have to share this recipe with y’all.  Something warm and spicy was perfection on a cool day.

After lunch, Baby D and I ran some errands.

Come to find out, nothing is safe in the cart with Baby D.  Turns out, he likes to chew on everything.  Good thing we were planning on buying that already!

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I had to go get some warm clothes for him for our trip to Boston!

Snack: 

Apple with homemade brazil nut butter.  No picture… I was hangry when we got in from errands.

Dinner:

Sriracha Haddock

Sriracha Haddock with Spicy Mexican Cauliflower Rice and sautéed kale.

I have been a busy bee in the kitchen lately.  I have all kinds of fun recipes to share with you all.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday y’all!!  Make sure to go to Jenn’s to check out what everyone else is eating!

Are you falling for fall foods yet?

You pick: recipe for fish or the cauliflower rice first?  Your wish is my command. ;)

6 Month Photoshoot

Baby D loves the camera… except when the professionals come.

Sweet boy was all smiles and giggles for us.  As soon as the photographer got to our house to shoot his 6 month pictures (on his actual 6mo birthday), he started yawning and nodding off.

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Regardless, I can’t say enough good things about our photographer.  We used A. Osborne Photography, and I love her!

If you are in the Louisville or surrounding area, she’s amazing.  She comes to your house, is super professional, and brings everything she needs with her.

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She is also great with babies… especially sleepy ones.  ;)

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I love sleepy baby snuggles!

Even though he wasn’t his usual smiley and bubbly self, we still got some really great shots.  Here are some more of my favorites!

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6 month photoshoot

6 month photoshoot

6 month photoshoot

I can’t believe this little peanut will be 8 months this weekend!

Let’s stop time now, mmkay?

Dating My Husband Again

We are dating again!!

It has been almost 8 months since I have been out with my husband sans baby.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love being mommy!  In fact, I waited a grueling 4 long years to be mommy.  However, there is something nice about sitting down to dinner and not having to worry about spit up, poop, pee, baby food flying, crying.. you get the picture.

We have been trying to go on a date night for a long time now.  Every time we planned, something came up.  Saturday, we decided that we were calling a baby sitter and going for it.

I took a shower and washed my hair—pulling out the big guns!, put on makeup, and even wore clean (i.e. no spit up or baby reside) clothes!

Luvy took me to a new to me restaurant that he recently found call The Irish Rover.

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The Irish Rover

It is amazing!  I love Louisville for all their original and delicious restaurants.  You should come visit. ;)

The Irish Rover

I can’t wait to go back again soon.  They have some really great looking items on their menu.  Plus, they had an entire gluten free menu!

The Irish Rover

Before we ate, we walked around the water treatment place in Louisville.  It was actually really pretty.

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Louisville is known for their drinking water.  Supposedly, they have the best tasting and cleanest large city drinking water.

It was a short and sweet date night, but I can’t wait for more!

I wasn’t worried about leaving Baby D, but I did get anxious several times when I would look in the backseat and he wasn’t there.  I felt like I left something at home all night.

I can’t wait to do it again.  I have missed dating my husband… and him opening my car door for me!  It’s the simple pleasures friends…

Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday friends!

What is Marvelous in Your Monday?

How was your weekend?

Moms- How often do you do date night with your spouse?

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday!

1. I’m brewing!!

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Kombucha that is.  Clare and I decided to brew, so I’m getting started and passing along the scoby baby to her.  Now, I just need to figure out how to flavor it.  I have 4 more days… so give me all your wisdom!

2. We are all finally all getting better over here.  I am disinfecting my house as you read this.

3. Baby D has been sleeping in his crib!!  I can’t wait to get the room decorated to show it off!

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You know his room would be orange.  ;)  Go Vols!!

4. This baby didn’t want to eat solids at first, but now he can’t get enough!

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Turns out, he loves avocado!

5.  I need your help with something else…. We are headed to Boston in a few days!  If you are from that area, let’s meet up!  I would love to hear your recommendations on things to do and places to eat!

I’ve never been to Boston before, so this is going to be fun!

Before I go… I must say that everyone’s comments on yesterday’s post brought me to tears!  I can’t wait to respond to each and every one of them.

I love y’all!

In case you missed it:

50 States in 1 Year

10 Simple Things to Live a Healthier Life

10simplewaystobehealthier

WIAW: Mending Up

Adoption: Does He/ She Feel Like Yours?

family picFavorites: 

Food:

GF Oatmeal Raisin PB Chocolate Chippers from Never Home Maker

Raw Fig Bars  via The Healthy Maven

Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies via Fit Foodie Finds

Chocolate Buckwheat Mug Cake via Strength and Sunshine

Healthier Homemade Crunch Bars via Slim Sanity

September: In-Season Produce via It’s Progression

25 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes via Jill Conyers

Pumpkin Buckwheat Porridge via The Lean Green Bean

Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Bites from The Little Honey Bee

Pumpkin Irish Cream  via Ari’s Menu

Don’t Be Fooled By The Sugar-Free Label via The Lean Green Bean

Chai Spiced Pear Baked Steel-Cut Oatmeal from The Hummusapien

when being healthy is unhealthy from The Real Life RD

Workout/ Health:

3 Common Beginner Running Mistakes via Mommy Run Faster

5 Ways to Actively Enjoy End of Summer Bliss via Ericka Andersen

Jump’N Pass Kettlebell Workout via Lifting Revolution

Med Ball Core Workout via Pumps and Iron

The things no one tells you before you start running via Happy Fit Mama

I Stopped Counting Fat Grams & Calories: You Can Too from Sweet Life Ericka

Delts of Doom Workout: 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders! from Your Trainer Paige

Food Intolerances in Athletes – Understanding the Performance Impact via Run to the Finish

15 Minute No-Equipment-Required Workout! from The Body Department

Life:

Dropping the “Just” from A Healthy Slice of Life

3 Tips To Being Authentic in Your Email Newsletters via Kamila Gornia

What are your plans for the weekend?

Do you brew kombucha?? I would love your recipes!

Favorite Boston places??

Adoption: Does He/She Feel Like Yours?

It’s been a while since we talked about adoption around here.

Honestly, adoption hadn’t been on my mind lately until last week.  A lady very innocently asked me if Baby D felt like mine.

It took me way off guard.  If I hadn’t have known her and her heart, I would have been deeply offended. (and probably would have wanted to punch her… )  I ended up being thankful for the question though.

It made me realize how much Baby D feels like a part of me.

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When I see him, I don’t think about him being “adopted”.  I just think he’s mine.

He’s loud like his mommy… and has big hair like mommy.

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Loves to hear the piano and music just like daddy.

He loves to be silly and laugh like mommy.

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Smart and very curious like his daddy… and a bit mischievous…

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And he loves to scream when we say GO VOLS… just like his parents!

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You see, he may have been adopted, but to us he’s our son.

I couldn’t imagine my life without my little man.  He has become a part of me.  So deeply intrenched in our hearts that I don’t even think about the fact that I didn’t birth him.

I may not have had 9 months to prepare for him (16 days to be exact), but this little boy was made for us.  God’s perfect plan brought us Baby D as our son.  God intended for us to be a family, and we would be incomplete without him!

So, does he feel like mine?

Absolutely.

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If you are struggling with infertility or the decision on whether or not to adopt, please feel free to email me anytime.  I would love to share my heart and our story with you.

WIAW: Mending Up

We are mending up here finally!

When I worked full time, I was exposed to so many “bugs” that I never got sick.  As soon as school started back for Luvy, he didn’t feel well.  Then, he passed it to me and the babe.

I’m telling ya… it goes through the whole family!  It’s one thing to not feel well, but to have a baby not feeling well on top of it is rough.  It broke my heart!

I still don’t have too much of an appetite.  I’m sure I’ll make up for it as soon as I don’t have so much drainage!

Breakfast:

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The last thing I wanted was a cold smoothie… I was freezing.  The 59 degree temp this morning didn’t help matters either.  I found this jewel from Love Grown I got from Blend in my cabinet.  Couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!

Lunch:

mexican

Mexican.  It was leftover, and easy.  Win, win!

After lunch mommy and baby both needed a nap.  Poor baby fell asleep playing.

 

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Snack:

A banana with cinnamon.  Plus a Ginger Ale Zevia.

Dinner:

sweet potato, lentil, apple, zucchini hot salad

Comfort food at it’s finest.  Sweet Potato, Lentil, Zucchini, and Apple Hot Salad.

This was the only thing that sounded appealing.  Then again, I don’t think it could ever not sound good.

I’m hitting the hay early.  Gotta rest up well.  It’s back to work for this girl!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!!

A very special thanks to Jenn for the link up.

What are your favorite mending up foods?

Any food that you can’t stomach when you don’t feel 100%?  Mine is nut butter, almond milk, and anything too rich.

10 Simple Things to Live a Healthier Life

Fall is here. With that, school is starting back and we are getting into a whole new swing of things.

I know over summer, we were crazy around here. It’s time to get things back in a routine and back on track.

Here are a 10 simple things to live a healthier life right now!

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Drink more water.

Lots of times we think we are hungry, but really we are just thirsty. Plus, when we are even a tiny bit dehydrated it impares digestion, cognitive function, and physical performance. Plus, the extra sugar and caffeine in other drinks does us no favors!

Have a plan.

What’s the saying… Fail to plan, plan to fail? Meal planning has been huge for us. When I have a plan, I am much more likely to stick with it. Plus, you don’t waste money buying things that go to waste, or things you don’t need for the week.

Make extra for healthy lunches.

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This has been a life saver since Baby D came along. I just make extra dinner to have for lunch the next day.

Schedule fitness.

You schedule meetings, lunches, dentist appointments, so why not fitness? Make it like an appointment that way you are sure to make time for it. Even better, if you have a friend doing it with you it is extra motivation!

Find activities you love… and stick with it!

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Find things you love to do. Not a runner? Try group classes, spin, yoga, body pump, the options are limitless. Once you find what you like to do, schedule it in!

Involve your kids and family.

I love going to for walks with my family. I can’t wait to involve Baby D in my fitness routine once he gets bigger. Playing soccer, throwing ball, chasing him around the yard….. it is all fitness. It helps you stay active, and models good habits for your family.

Eat breakfast!

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Even when you are in a rush, eat breakfast. My favorite thing right now is smoothies!

I love using Silk in my smoothies for extra protein.

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If I’m in a big pinch, I’ll just shake up protein with my Silk and head out the door.

To learn more and to grab a coupon, check Silk out on Facebook!

Get enough sleep.

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Research shows that sleeping 5 hours a night or less decreases your life expectancy by 15%. For me, sleeping less than 7 hours a night makes me a bear. :)

Laugh.

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Laughter really is the best medicine. There is nothing better than being with people you love and laughing.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Silk. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What are your simple things to live a healthier life?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

50 States in a Year

I’m calling in sick.

A bug has hit the family including Baby D. So, while I’m tending to my baby and trying to convince my husband that he must rest, my friend Katie is going to take over.

She is up to something really exciting and fun! I think y’all will like it.  I’m always amazed at her free spirit and willingness to follow her heart and dreams!
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Hi Everyone!! If you don’t know me, my name is Katie and I blog at Talk Less, Say More. After meeting Brittany at the Blend Retreat three years ago, she’s definitely become one of my closest friends. I’m so excited (and thankful!) she’s letting me take over her corner of the world today so I can tell you about the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever taken!

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I’m one of those people who always gets really strong gut instincts and at the end of the day I know I need to listen to them. So when my job needed me to move and as much as I loved the company, it wasn’t feeling right, I knew I needed to listen… I was driving in my car one afternoon when this crazy idea came to me and for some reason, IT felt right. As the weeks passed, my heart kept pulling me towards this crazy idea more and more and after a great conversation with my boss, I decided to leave my job, take a giant leap of faith, and pursue 50 States In A Year.

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What is 50 States In A Year?

50 States In A Year is a charity fundraising tour where we (my friend Samantha and I) will travel to all 50 states in a single year spreading the health, wellness and fitness mission while raising money for the CrossFit for Hope charity.

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So let’s back up a bit…back in May of this year I finally decided to try CrossFit and immediately fell in love. Besides loving the workouts, I loved the community. I was immediately impressed by the nice, supportive and welcoming people at my local box. Not only do they help keep me motivated and push me to be better, they’ve become friends and a part of my support system.

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I wanted to find a way to say thank you, to give back and to bring this community even closer together. That was how 50 States came to be.

To help clarify, CrossFit for Hope is the official fundraising arm of the CrossFit Foundation and every cent donated goes directly to it’s target recipient as all costs (accounting, administration, etc) are paid for by CrossFit Headquarters. How cool is that?

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The CrossFit for Hope charity helps fund research for the fight against children’s cancer, provides educational opportunities and relief from hours of daily water cartage in Kenya, supports Infant Swim Resource to stop infant drowning, and provides educational opportunities to those in need. For more about the great efforts of CrossFit for Hope, please check out their website.

While our mission may be simple, it’s no easy task and it’s definitely not one that we can (or want to) do alone. We need your help, support and the power of the community that stands before us to come together. We’ll be documenting the year ahead in our blog, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I hope you’ll follow us and help spread the word. The more people who join in, the more we can give back to the charity at the end of the year.

As gandhi says…

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Sounds pretty neat right?  I can’t wait to see her pictures.  There are so many states I have never been to!

Lucky me, I get to see her when she comes through Kentucky!

How many states have you been to?– I’ve been to 25!

Where would you like to visit?– I wanna go to Hawaii (duh) and Maine.  I hear it is gorgeous both places!