Day in the Life (3 Years, 3 Months) + VISA Gift Card Giveaway

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I can’t believe my sweet baby is growing into a little boy so quickly. I’m so glad that I’ve documented so many of our adventures together on CNC to see how he’s changed (so much) over the weeks and months. This “day in the life” recap is from a random Friday a couple of weeks ago, and Qman and I had quite the nice morning together. He’s such a cool kid! 🙂

Quinn and I were up and at ’em before the sun. The little dude used to sleep until his alarm clock turned green at 7:00 AM, but, apparently, he’s over it. When he’s ready to get out of bed and “go downstairs,” there’s no stopping him, which means I also start my day. It’s still dark outside, so I definitely need some coffee.

Now that fall is in full swing, I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin (obviously). I recently started making a super easy Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte to take with me when I’m on-the-go in the morning. I’m often rushing out the door with Qman, trying to get him to school on time, so I love this grab-and-go option. (It’s also great for those of you who are trying seed cycling to balance hormones since it has ground flax in it!)

On-the-Go Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots of espresso (or strong coffee)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 packet Organic Stevia In The Raw®
  • cinnamon to taste
  • handful of ice

Directions: Brew espresso (or super strong coffee) and then transfer to a shaker bottle. Add almond milk, pumpkin, ground flax, Organic Stevia In The Raw®, and cinnamon. Shake like crazy, add ice, and drink immediately. It’s as easy as that!

Combine above ingredients and leave in the fridge overnight for a true grab-and-go morning beverage! Adding half of a scoop of vanilla protein powder is also quite delicious! 🙂

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With Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand, I immediately grab my laptop from my office. I bring it downstairs and stand at the kitchen counter, which is such a bad habit, but I need to respond to some time-sensitive emails. Mal just left the house to take Murphy for a walk and Quinn is watching The Octonauts, so I have about 10-15 minutes to get them done.

When Mal and Murphy return home, I pack up my computer and start making breakfast for Quinn and myself. Mal says goodbye and leaves for school. Once breakfast is finished, I head into the living room to let Quinn know it’s ready, but here’s nowhere to be found. He’s hiding from the “Mumma Monster,” who tickles him like crazy when she finds him under the blankets. Haha!

After that, we eat breakfast at the kitchen counter and then spend the rest of the morning getting ourselves ready for a “gym day.” Qman loves everything about gym days – the kids, spending time with Mumma (and Dada when he comes), and, of course, the donuts from Coffee Shack afterward. Now that he’s back at preschool full-time, we only have gym days on Saturday mornings. Quinn’s questions about “gym days” were really starting to tug at my heart strings (so much mom guilt), so I decided to keep him home, so we could have a special day together.

On the way to the gym, I realized I totally forgot to grab wipes. I used them right before we left the house and left them on the kitchen counter, so we swung by CVS to buy some. As you can see, Quinn was ALL about the automatic doors. He said, “it’s magic” as he opened his arms wide! 🙂

At CrossFit, Qman played with his friends while I worked out for an hour. The workout was a tough one! I mean, any workout with 10 rounds is going to be challenging, right? And this one really started to hurt at round 7 or so. Yowsahs – but I survived!

After CrossFit, we headed straight to Coffee Shack for iced coffee (for me) and donuts with friends. Coffee Shack was just about out of donuts, so, instead of his favorite, go-to Honey Dip, Quinn picked a Chocolate Coconut, which is my favorite kind of donut. I managed to snag a bite, but then got caught up in a conversation with my friend.

When it was time for her and her kids to leave, Quinn must have thought we were leaving too because he got up and threw away more than half of the donut. Oh, the horror! I sooooo wanted another bite. I asked Quinn why he threw away the donut, and he said he was full. Haha! The whole thing was so cute, but, seriously, who throws away a perfectly good Chocolate Coconut donut!?

After Coffee Shack, Quinn and I made a quick pit-stop at Target to buy a present for one of his friend’s birthday parties. We, of course, made time to see all of the “creepy” Halloween decorations.

Our final stop of the morning was a hair cut, which Qman needy badly. He was getting so shaggy!

He was really well-behaved during the haircut, so he got an awesome prize (huge bouncy ball) at the end.

After our morning adventures, we headed home for lunch and nap time. Even though we mostly just ran errands, I really enjoyed our time together. Qman is talking so much nowadays, so hanging out was such a difference experience even compared to a few months ago. He’s becoming such a little person with his own thoughts, ideas, and ridiculous humor (he’s so funny), and I love watching him grow.

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Just Another Manic Monday

Holy cow. Monday isn’t even close to over, but it’s already hit me like a ton of bricks. Blahhhh. Let’s hope this isn’t a sign for the rest of the week!

Once again, I just need to THANK YOU guys for all of your awesome responses on my recent CNC survey. The majority of you wanted more “day in the life” posts, so your wish is my command, and I’ll do my best to keep up with them. They’re actually my favorite kind of post to write, which, of course, is how this blog started nearly 10 years ago, but now I feel like alllllllll I do is sit at a computer and work. Boring. Ha! But, hey, maybe I can make it exciting, right? 😉

This morning kicked off with a big bowl of Chia-Flaxseed + Protein Overnight Oats with a big scoop of Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds. I’m still trucking along with the seed cycling-hormonal stuff, and I find this is recipe is the easiest way to get all of those flax and chia seeds into my diet!

And, of course the pug wasn’t far from the food action.

After breakfast, I got Qman and I ready for the day. On the way to school, he stopped to take some photos outside of our house. I love that he enjoys taking photos so much! 🙂

Check out my mums – isn’t it weird that one died, but the other one is totally fine?

After dropping Quinn at school, I drove home and immediately got to work. My hope was for a totally uninterrupted morning with no calls, meetings, or places I needed to be, but it was just the opposite with one million fires to put out, phone calls, emails that needed immediate attention… gahhhh. I know it’s all part of the job, but so much for “dominating” my to do list.

I did, however, squeeze in some recipe testing… caramel popcorn, rolled oats, peanut butter… hey, now!

Unfortunately, it was a total bomb, BUT the recipe definitely has potential. It tastes great; it just needs something more to hold it together.

I spent the rest of the afternoon glued to my laptop before my neck and shoulders started to bother me. Whomp whomp. It was definitely a sign that I needed to get up and move around, so I threw on my sneakers and headed out for a run.

I’m actually running the Tel Aviv Night Run at the end of the month, so I’m trying to keep my mileage up around 5-6 miles per run a couple of times a week. I’ll give you guys the full details about my trip to Israel soon, but, in the meantime, does anyone have advice for long flights? My flight from Newark to Tel Aviv is 10.5 hours! Beside sleep, what should I do/pack/download?

I hope you’re having a productive Monday so far!

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High Low High 23

Good morning and a very happy Monday to you!

I love a good High Low High blog post, so here’s a recap of our weekend, which shares both the high and low points from it. I always like to focus on the positive side of things, so there’s typically more highs than lows. With that, here we go! And, of course, I’d love to hear about your weekend too, so feel free to share some highs and lows in the comment section below!

HIGH: Working out at Salt Shack on Saturday morning! It was such a busy week last week, I only made it there once, so I was excited to get my sweat on!

LOW: Mal missing class because of Saturday school (basically, it’s weekend detention – he does it every few months.)

HIGH: Working out with Marisa! Salt Shack is kind of far from her her house, but she sometimes pops in on the weekend, and it was fun working out and catching up with her!

HIGH: Visiting Coffee Shack after class for a glazed donut and iced coffee.

LOW: Quinn leaving the lame part of the donut for me. He just ate the delicious sugary edge! Haha!

HIGH: Visiting the open house at the Hanover Fire Department!

Quinn had THE BEST time!!

HIGH: Trying 3PM Bites! They actually showed up at my house right when I wanted a snack – perfecting timing! They’re really tasty and so convenient!

HIGH: Having date night with Mal!

LOW: Sitting in SO MUCH traffic into South Boston.

HIGH: Enjoying a delicious dinner at Worden Hall. The nice folks from the restaurant invited us for dinner, and we were more than happy to accept!

Mal and I ordered some drinks to start. He was really excited about the beer list, and I loved seeing a mineral-y white from France – my newest wine obsession!

The Loaded Sweet Potato Fries immediately caught my attention on the Chef’s Specials menu. Hickory smoked chicken, sharp white cheddar, and Memphis BBQ sauce over sweet potato fries?! HELLO!! It was basically my dream appetizer, and, my gosh, they were amazing!

For my entree, I ordered the San-Seared Faroe Island Salmon, which was served with fingerling potatoes, carrots, and an English pea puree. Delish!

And, for dessert… whoa… this one was epic. Listen to this combo: Churro Sundae made with malted vanilla ice cream, caramel popcorn, pumpkin seed brittle, chocolate ganache, and apple cider caramel. It’s definitely a dessert we’ll never forget!

What an awesome night. Thank you, Worden Hall, for the invite! We’ll definitely be back! 🙂

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297 – Half Size Me: Why You Don’t Want To “Borrow” Weight Loss Only To Regain It With Bryan

In this episode of The Half Size Me™ Show, Heather talks to Bryan about how he hit rock bottom at almost 600 pounds what he did to help him start his weight loss why he did not want to “borrow”

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3-Ingredient Maple Bacon Potato Hash (Macro-Friendly)

Hi, guys!

You guys know that I’m ALL about easy recipes and meal ideas. I always look for ones with simple steps and not too many ingredients. I’m often cooking two (or more!) meals a night because, hey, picky three year old, so the easier and faster I can get dinner on the table, the better!

This recipe for Maple Bacon Potato Hash comes together in about 10 minutes (if you prep the potatoes ahead of time). I cut them up on Sunday afternoon and stored them in the refrigerator overnight in a container with a lid, so they were ready to go for dinner the next night. Then, the meal came together in the time that it took the bacon and potatoes to cook. Easy-peasy! I used mixed vegetables, but you can use whatever “steamfresh” veggies you’d like. Feel free to get creative and customize to what you and your family most enjoy. I hope you love this easy meal as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces red potatoes, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound maple bacon
  • 10 ounces steam-able vegetables of your choice

Directions:

  1. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces and then place in a large skillet on the stove top.
  2. Heat bacon on medium-high heat until about 80% cooked. Then, add cup potatoes and combine with bacon fat.
  3. Cover skillet and cook for about 7 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Toss potatoes after 3-4 minutes to prevent sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, cook veggies in the microwave according to directions.
  5. Once potatoes are finished cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove them as well as the bacon pieces from the fat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  6. Combine potatoes, bacon, and veggies and serving immediately!

Makes 6 servings

Macros: P 33 C 26 F 31

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