$75 Kmart Gift Card Giveaway | Kmart Layaway

*This post is sponsored by Kmart.  I was compensated for my time and given a gift card.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

First of all, this little man rolled over from his back to his belly three times last night!

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Superstar!

But the real reason for this post is to tell you about Kmart layaway, and at the end, one lucky reader will win a $75 Kmart gift card!

Alright, so itz no secret that I’m the biggest procrastinator ever.  I do gift shopping the week before, if not the day before birthdays and holidays.  However, now that we are paying for “school” (daycare) for our baby boy, we’ve been trying to budget our money each month.  Jonny and I both are not big spenders; we’re good at saving which is a great since school is expensive.  We set aside a little money each month to spend for fun.  We’re not quite sure how that will work when the holidays approach since we’ll be spending more.  Yes, we’re talking holidays, and itz just September, but bare with me, I’m going somewhere with this.

Kmart approached me wanting to try their layaway system, and after learning about it, I think that’s just how we will prepare for the holidays this year.  Instead of dropping major dollars in December, we’re going to pick out what we want now, pay as we go, and then get our goods just in time for the holidays (and probably before… for the first time ever!).

So here’s how it works:

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  • Kmart is offering no money down layaway that goes through September 20th
    • No money down is a special introductory offer to kick-start the holidays. After September 20th, it’s just $10 down.
  • Kmart eliminated the $10 or 10 percent down payment previously required. So no matter how much the sum of the items are put on layaway, it’s no money down, versus paying 10 percent (or $20) on a $200 layaway contract, for example.
  • Kmart layaway is offered year-round (shop now for the holidays!).
  • As a Shop Your Way member, you can save even more:
    • Kmart has weekly specials running just for Shop Your Way members like $10 off $50 in Apparel, Footwear and Jewelry, and 5% off Toys, Sporting Goods, and Home
  • Best of all—you don’t have to live near a Kmart to get layaway—you can create a contract online for only a penny down! (waaaay easier with a baby! Plus, you don’t have to battle the holiday crowds at the mall!)

Here are some of the items I’ve got my eye on:

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Kmart’s layaway program ensures I get all the gifts I want:

  • Toys: jumper and walker for William, anything baby doll related for Audrey, and Lego sets for Jacob and Jackson.
  • Electronics: Jonny and I may get a tablet; we don’t have one yet…
  • Clothes: winter coat, new boots, I could have added a lot more here!
  • Home: our old Keurig broke, time for a new one!

See?  There’s literally something for everyone!

Check out Kmart’s Not a Christmas Commercial! (funny – way too early for Christmas!)

One lucky reader will receive a $75 Kmart gift card!  All you have to do is pick out what you would purchase at Kmart, follow Itz Linz and Kmart on Twitter, and tweet to us saying what that item is using the hashtag #KmartLayaway.  For example, “I want a ______ from @Kmart! @ItzLinz – http://wp.me/p2WMfo-2Fy #KmartLayaway” and leave a comment on this post with what you want.  Good luck!

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, September 19th.

5 month old baby William

5 month old baby William happened on Wednesday.  Baby boy is growing up right before our very eyes!  He continues to be so much fun, incredibly happy, and, well…. the best and cutest baby ever.

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Here’s his five month baby update:

Height & Weight: I took him to the doctor a week ago because he has been very congested and he weighed in at 14 pounds 12 ounces.  Gaining nicely!  Now only if we could get rid of this darn congestion that he’s had for a few weeks, grrr!

Eating: (Drinking?)  William continues to eat about every two hours throughout the day. Now he is getting bottles while I am at work, and he’s still eating close to every two hours.  He eats anywhere between three and five ounces though four ounces is the norm.  Of course, at times he takes less, especially lately being congested.  When I’m with him all day (on the weekends and in the evenings), he seems to nurse more frequently, but for shorter periods, but I really think that’s because he’s congested.

Sleeping (naps): William takes a nap every couple of hours.  Sometimes, itz two hours on the dot, other times itz a bit longer in between.  His naps still last between thirty and sixty minutes, and he still needs and loves to be swaddled or in his Halo sleep sack.

Sleeping (at night): Holy cow, what happened to sleep?!?!  That four-month sleep regression thing is no joke, but now that he’s five months…. WHEN DOES IT END?!  Baby boy has been up so often throughout the night for the last few weeks, like sometimes every hour.  I don’t know if itz the four-month sleep regression, his congestion, a combination, or neither.  He’s not always hungry.  First, I try to pop his binky back in his mouth, and then I try to feed him.  Sometimes he will fall right back asleep the second I pick him up.  Stinker.  Momma needs more sleep.

Clothing: Some 3-6 month stuff, mostly six month onesies, and his adorable Eric Carle pajama outfit was actually 6-12 months!  But that was from Gymboree, and I’ve heard from other moms that they typically run on the smaller side.

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New this month: Talking!  William has really found his voice!  He was babbling and making noise before, but these last couple of weeks, he’s really started “talking.”  He entertains himself, especially if he’s looking at a light on the ceiling or a fan, and just cracks himself up, squealing, laughing, and babbling.  William has been reaching for toys a lot more, too, even on his belly which causes him to move a bit.  Sometimes, he will completely switch directions when on his tummy.  He’s pretty good at rolling from his belly to his back, and he’s getting close to going from his back to his belly!

William likes: He’s been a huge fan of tummy time and sustains it for quite awhile now multiple times a day, especially when he’s got something to do like look in the mirror or watch and listen to a book being read to him.  William still loves music and putting everything in his mouth, and he’s been drooling like crazy.  He gives everyone the biggest smiles, and his little laugh is just the cutest thing ever.  Itz gone from a little chuckle to a full out belly laugh!

William dislikes: This is a hard one as William really is such a happy baby.  When he’s tired, he doesn’t like to be on his tummy or in the bumbo.  Occasionally, he gets scared by loud noises (like our little dog Zoey barking loudly and startling him), but really, he’s just so happy!

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Keep on growing, little man!

Mommas, did your babies hit a four-month sleep regression? When did it end? 

Eric Carle Pajamas | #WhatDoYouSee Photo Contest

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gymboree.  All thoughts & opinions are my own.

One of my best and most prominent childhood memories was our bedtime routine.  Perhaps because it happened every single night, or because it was time cherished with my siblings and parents.  Bedtime always always always included books.  Each of us were allowed to choose books, and I remember always asking for more.  This was tradition from as far back as a I can remember, which is probably what led to my early love for reading.  After my parents would put me to bed, I’d turn on my small bedside lamp or take out a flashlight just so I could read more. Now as an adult, itz something I really appreciate and want to instill in William, as well.  Even though he’s just five months old, our bedtime routine includes books.

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As a teacher, I cannot stress enough the importance of reading from an early age.  Parents should always always always read to their children, even once their children learn to read.  (Then, it should be a healthy mix of both.)  I think itz a combination of several factors that made bedtime books so special.  Not only was it a love for books, but it was uninterrupted family time where we were cuddled up on the couch or in bed, getting lost in the words and pictures of books.  It sparked conversation about the characters, situations, places, and events that led to questions, discussion, life lessons, and laughter.  Book after book, story after story, words were read and our thirst for reading quenched.

If there’s one author that’s timeless, and just as popular today as he was thirty years ago, itz Eric Carle.  Most notably, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I’d dare to say most children and adults can recognize the author, title, and caterpillar.  Eric Carle has numerous wonderful books.  I read A House for Hermit Crab each school year at the beginning of the year when we are building our classroom community as transitioning to a new grade level can be challenging, just as the hermit crab moved to various shells.  Itz all about the text to self to real world connections!

Gymboree has partnered with the World of Eric Carle to create a limited-edition play and sleepwear collection inspired by the beloved, iconic characters from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Eric Carle’s illustrations are whimsical and vibrant, and the sleep and playwear line captures just that.  Not to mention, they’re absolutely and completely adorable!

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My niece Audrey was SO excited about her ladybug shirt, and even more thrilled when she discovered she would be matching baby William.  Her shirt was from the playwear line, but she ended up sleeping in them since baby William was wearing his Erice Carle pajamas.  Both the playwear and sleepwear clothes are so soft that they could pass for either… and they did!  My sister called me the following morning telling me Audrey refused to take off her shirt, so she was sending her to school in it.  Good thing she’s cute!

And upon hearing that, I decided William looked too cute in his, so I sent him to school (ok, baby daycare) in his as well.  His teachers all instantly commented on how ridiculously cute his pajamas were.  Naturally, they took out the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  How could you not when you see this cuteness??

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#WhatDoYouSee Photo Contest

The world is a beautiful and wondrous place through the eyes of a child. Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, ask your little one #WhatDoYouSee.  Help your kids take a photo of what excites and delights them, then share it using the hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or via this page, for a chance to win one of ten Eric Carle-themed gift baskets.

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What was your bedtime routine like growing up? Favorite childhood book?

clogged & blogged

Clogged & blogged – that’s the name of the game today.  I’ve got a clogged milk duct + I’ve got my food from the day blogged for WIAW = clogged & blogged. #genius So on Monday, my left breast felt pretty sore, and I was wishing and hoping that it wasn’t turning in to a clogged duct.  I’ve had two of them previously, and itz miserable.  Well, yesterday morning I woke up not feeling great.  I went to school, pumped, and had our school nurse take my temperature.  Sure enough, I had a fever.  After quickly typing up some sub plans, I was on my way to my parents where William was.  Receiving this picture from my dad of him and William definitely made me smile!

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I’m so thankful for my parents for taking care of William for the day.  I literally slept all day, and woke up to nurse William.  I took Tylonal to help with my fever, used hot compresses on my breast, tried to massage it out (OW!), and lots of lots of rest.  I’m really hoping it doesn’t turn into mastitis, but it doesn’t feel much better and my body is still pretty achy. Ugh.

Now on the food front:

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  • A bowl of cereal containing Kellog’s Mueslix with raisins, dates, & almonds and cinnamon Life.  I woke up STARVING, and cereal was the fastest thing I could get my hands on.
  • Steel cut oats with peanut butter, raspberries, and blueberries for a substantial snack.  I’m usually more of an old fashioned oats kind of gal, but steel cut oats are definitely good, too.
  • Lunch was a bed of greens with grilled chicken, chicken salad, and cherry tomatoes.
  • My mom made dinner of a salad, pulled chicken in the crockpot, steamed broccoli, and roasted peppers.  Very tasty.

Many snacks were eaten throughout the day, just not documented.  Some snacks included blueberries, chips and guacamole / cheese dip, crackers, turkey slices.

While I was sleeping, William clearly had fun with my parents:

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And now I’m going back to bed and dreaming of super healing powers to relieve my pain, reduce/prevent my fever, and open the clogged duct.  Oy.

Nursing moms – any advice???

Are you more of a steel cut oats fan or old fashioned oats fan?  

take the time

Hi! My friend, author of Pumping At Work, is back for another guest post. Itz a good reminder to take the time to sit down, to breathe, to think about your little ones.  Enjoy her words of wisdom, comical stories, and adorable children. Here she is:

When I went back to work after my ‘lil man was born, I took eight weeks off.  I began the new routine of going back to work as a mom of two.   Not only are you juggling your kiddos and their needs (day care, uhum), but you’re trying to remember who you are.

Needless to say, the pumping routine fell into place.  I pumped during three to four hour intervals during my working day.  To my frustration, my right boob wasn’t working.  It would eek out two ounces max while the left was giving me 4 – 5 ounces.  By the end of the day, my boob was the size of a gourd and harder than a softball.  Ouch!  And, it was quite the leaker. Oy vey.

I had tried warm compresses and a heating pad to no avail.  Things were getting serious.

So, I called the lactation specialist at my pediatrician’s office.  She told me to relax.  We went over my past history of pumping with the first.  I explained that all of my parts worked fine for the first kiddo and that breastfeeding was once again going well.  She asked me if I was stressed?  And, I wanted to laugh and say, “Stressed…what do you mean stressed?”  She encouraged me to relax and read something light-hearted like People magazine.  The advice was somewhat helpful, but I didn’t really buy into it.

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my first precious baby

So, I called the lactation group at the hospital where I delivered.  We went through the same history type questions.  She said that if the left was working, then, the right one should as well.  She hadn’t really heard of my situation before.  There was an alternative radiation type procedure that I could try.  But, to be honest, I wasn’t at that point yet.  She also encouraged me to relax and suggested that I take deep breaths, close my eyes, and use sensory imagery to help get the juices flowing.

I thought this was a little crazy.  It wasn’t until I had an overnight trip for work and broke down out of desperation and tried it.  I actually sat down in the hotel room.  I took deep breaths and just sat there (while pumping of course).  I didn’t watch tv, check emails, check fb, write a to-do list, etc.

I just sat there quietly and thought about my ‘lil man.  The way he has that wonderful baby smell, his sweet smile, the hair that is just starting to come in on his toe head, his soft pajamas, his sweet smile, his small, precious feet, his sweet smile….you get the point…and….it worked!  The sensory technique worked!

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my second sweet bundle of joy

It was nothing short of a miracle and a big lesson.  Take the time to sit down, to breathe, to think about your little ones.  This theory holds true in life as well.  Put down the phone, shut down the computer and just breathe.  Don’t think too much about the to-do list or the tornadic mess in your family room.  Dwell on the good things, the baby, your family, and gratitude.

When do you take the time?

little moments

So those adorable little moments I promised you that Stephanie Cotta Photography (aka my sister) captured during her day with baby William? Here they are:

We’ll start with one repeat, just because itz too precious not to use again:

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Jacob had to leave for kindergarten, but not before he got in some baby William time:

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Then it was Audrey’s turn.  She had lots to tell him:

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Always the gentlest kisses for baby William:

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Watching his every move:

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And always looking out for him:

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Fixing his clothes, giving him his binky, whatever he needs.

Carefully inspecting him:

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William’s GAP onesie is Jacob’s from when he was a baby and those slightly-still-too-big paw print pants are from his Aunt Stephanie during a Chicago trip.  He’s loved.

My all time favorite shot of the day…

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The love and happiness makes my heart so full.

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday today!

Are you good at capturing little moments? What’s one you’d share today?

when a photographer watches your baby…

Earlier this week, William spent the day with his Aunt Stephanie when I went to work.  As an elementary school teacher, I’m constantly thinking about, referring to, and reading children’s books.  You’re all familiar with the famous If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, right?  Well, today’s post is titled, “When a photographer watches your baby…”

this happens:

Literally twenty minutes after I dropped him off at her house, I received this picture:

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Impromptu mini photo session!  Yes, having the best photographer ever as your sister is the best thing ever.  Not to mention, she’s an incredible momma, as well!  (And aunt, and sister, and friend, and I could go on and on and on and on.)

All pictures in today’s post are from Stephanie. Many came from either her Instagram (@SCPstudio) or her Facebook page, so I’m using her captions because, in addition to being a phenomenal photographer, she’s also excellent with her words!

Anyway, soon after, this gem came:

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Cousin love.  Do you see how Audrey is clutching William’s arm for dear life?  She always has to be touching him.  And Jacob is just playing it cool, as usual.  He’s got five years of posing under his belt; he knows what to do when the camera comes out.  All they’re missing is their other cousin Jackson!

Their day began as they took Jacob to school (KINDERGARTEN, yikes, when did that happen?!).  Stephanie’s caption, “They love him and want to keep him.”

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Check out William’s chins!

In the morning, I gave Stephanie a quick lesson on babywearing.  Like everything else she does, she mastered it in no time!

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Steph’s caption, “Baby wearing… a pretty cute accessory today.”

Soon it was time for Audrey’s gymnastics class which I can only imagine to be the cutest thing ever.  Steph’s caption, “Baby William watching Audrey on the bars.  She glanced over her shoulder only every two minutes to make sure he was still watching her preform.”

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Jacob was jealous that William got to watch Audrey do gymnastics and he didn’t.  Audrey said we could all come watch her a different time.  “And baby William!” she kept saying over and over.

Steph’s caption, “Can we go wake baby William up now?  Now?  When can we wake baby William up?”

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Steph’s caption, “You may be sick of the Audrey and baby William love fest, but here’s one more… She literally is the most gentle person with him.  She rubs his back if he fusses, asking him, ‘You okay, baby William?’, reads him stories, pets his cheeks, and kisses his hands. #truebabylove”

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Eventually it was time to pick up Jacob from school, so Steph took all three tots to the park for some play time before I came back.

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Do you think they had a good day together?  I think so.

And lastly, my two favorite pictures from the day.

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Steph’s caption, The only person who might have loved being with William all day more than me was this girl… she was sad to see him have go home and didn’t want to leave his side all. day. long.”

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Steph’s caption, When she is older and I tell her stories about how much she loved and cared for her littlest cousin ‘baby William’ (as we all call him now) when she was only two years old, I will show her this photograph.”

And right when I finished writing this post, Stephanie texted me saying, “Check e-mail.”  I found seven more pictures of the kiddies from the day that are even cuter than the above, if that’s even possible.  But you’ll have to stay tuned next week for those!

Have a fabulous weekend, friends! xo

10-Minute Dumbbell Burn Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.

You guys.  I worked out.  Alert the media, please!  I know, I know.  I’m impressive.  Nevermind the fact that my workout lasted ten minutes.  It was ten minutes longer than I had been doing – gotta start somewhere!  And don’t knock a ten minute workout. By the end, my arms and legs were both burning and I’m sure I’ll be feeling it tomorrow.  All you need is a light set of dumbbells.  I used five-pounders, but that was enough for me as I’m just getting back into the workout world!

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Oh, and I got a new fancy watch with a heart rate monitor.  More on that in a second.  Last night after I put William to sleep, I did this quick ten minute workout.  I said I was going to try to find ten minutes in the morning, but that’s not working for me.  I normally don’t like working out at night, but this seemed to be the only time.  And you know what?  I didn’t hate it.  I loved that I finally did a workout.  Ten minutes was all it took.  No biggie, but it worked, it raised my heart rate, and it made my muscles burn.  Here it is:

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I tried to maximize my time by doing moves that were compound exercises (multi-joint moves – aka works several muscle groups at once).  Since I was using lighter dumbbells, I did a higher number of reps.  I went through it twice and it took ten minutes.  Obviously it could be done more times for a longer workout.  To make it even more challenging, throw in some mountain climbers or burpees between moves.  I’ll try that next time.  I’m just starting out again, gotta take it easy at first.

Now about that watch.

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Itz the Polar FT60 fitness heart rate monitor with the Polar FlowLink data transfer unit.

Polar FT60 Features:

  • The Polar FT60 helps improve fitness and keeps you motivated with the Polar STAR Training Program, which adapts to your personal exercise habits, providing weekly feedback and updated goals.
  • It syncs with G1 GPS sensor and S1 foot pod for those who want to begin tracking speed and distance. (RUNNERS!)
  • Itz designed for fitness enthusiasts, gym-goers, runners, and any and all active sport participants. aka ITZ FOR YOU!
  • Stylish watch that can be worn any time, at work or play.
  • Smart Coaching: Polar has 35+ years of developing training features that help interpret training intensity. <– that’s Smart Coaching!

Smart Coaching Features:

Pre-Training

During Training

  • STAR Training Program: Shows you how hard and how much you need to train to reach your long-term goals.  Itz designed to keep you motivated all week and every week by using a personal guidance program that’s no further away from your wrist. (VIDEO LINK)
  • OwnZone: Knowing the right intensity to improve fitness can be a challenge. OwnZone adjusts your heart rate training zone to perfectly match your body’s current physiological condition. By using OwnZone, you can be sure you’re training at an intensity that improves your aerobic fitness.
  • Smart Calories: Calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on weight, height, age, gender, individual maximum heart rate (HRmax), and how hard you are training.

After Training & Long-Term Training Analysis

  • Training Load: This feature within polarpersonaltrainer.com displays a color-coded graph of your cumulative training load, notifying you when you have recovered enough for the next session, and accurately predicting training developments to prevent over-training (SO important!). This data also provides intelligence to modify training sessions as necessary.
  • Fitness Test: This feature gets a measure of your current fitness level in just five minutes. By regularly comparing test results, you can see what progress you are making and how your fitness is improving over time. (VIDEO LINKItz the world’s easiest fitness test – seriously!

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Social Community and Sharing:

  • Polarpersonaltrainer.comAn online exercise journal and community that provides guidance, tracks progress, and sets goals.
  • You can create a custom training plan or individual personalized program using the build-in planning feature.
  • Join the millions of people in the Polar community with Polar Challenges – based on miles, calories, and more.
  • Manipulate custom reports on Training Load, training volume, and intensity.
  • Share your exercise, and route map with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Price: $179.95

My results from walking in my neighborhood while wearing William for almost an hour:

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Itz pretty incredible just how much information it can provide and how easily accessible it all is.  I still need to play around more with the smart coaching feature.  There is so much it can do, and itz motivating for many reasons.  I like it because you can compete against yourself.  Showing your heart rate at all times really holds you accountable during your workouts. I logged my results from my ten-minute workout, and will be comparing my results in a couple of days (maybe tomorrow??) when I do it again.  Or this weekend when I have the time for another long walk!

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William is totally impressed.

To receive 10% off on an FT60, use code FitPolarFT60 (case-sensitive!).  This offer expires October 11, 2014.  Discount codes for Polars aren’t a regular thing, so I’d use it while you can!

Do you use heart rate monitors when you workout?

raspberry granola yogurt bowl

Itz been a hot minute since I’ve linked up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!  I thought today would be a good day, mostly because yesterday I actually remembered to snap photos of most of what I ate.  But first, let’s begin with some William cuteness.  He spent the day at my parents’ house (his Yaya and Pops), and clearly had the best time ever.

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Itz a shame he’s not a happy baby, eh? ;)

Ok, now for my tasty food.  Breakfast involved a raspberry granola yogurt bowl.  (And itz the name of this post since itz literally the only thing I actually made to eat all day.)

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We’ve got some plain Chobani Greek yogurt sweetened with Pure Via vanilla stevia, mixed with Cascadian Farm ancient grains granola, and tons of fresh raspberries. Driscoll’s raspberries were on sale for a dollar at the grocery store; I’ve never seen them that cheap, so I stocked up and put an entire container in my bowl.  So good.

When my dad picked up William for the day, he also brought some chicken salad that my mom made.  I love this chicken salad and will soon make my own batch of it.  But for now, I’ll eat hers for lunch (while I pump).chicken salad

My mom’s chicken salad includes chicken (duh), light mayo, dijon mustard, dried cranberries, almond slivers, celery, and apples.  Itz the perfect combination.

You all know I snack ALL.DAY.LONG. and I captured most of them.

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  • Detour SMART bar in blueberry
  • Juicy plum
  • KIND bar in nut delight
  • Dates with peanut butter
  • Turkey slices
  • Banana chocolate chip muffie (made by my mom)

Not pictured snacks included honey wheat pretzels from Trader Joe’s and fruit salad.  So this was the first time I tried the whole date with peanut butter thing.  I had seen it on several other blogs and I love both dates and peanut butter, so I thought why not?  I was at my parents’ when I tried it and my dad immediately said it sounded weird.  To be honest, I didn’t love it.  I felt like the peanut butter overpowered the sweet date flavor and I couldn’t really taste the dates at all.  So after one, I put the peanut butter away and helped myself to a few more plain dates.

I’ve been drinking tons of water lately thanks to breastfeeding.  I usually drink an entire bottle when I pump and I pump three times at school and twice at home on working days.  Usually one of those bottles includes a Cocogo packet.  Use code ITZLINZ to save $$!

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My absolute favorite cup ever.

I hung out at my parents’ when I picked up William, and my dad had made a delicious beef stew in the crockpot for dinner.

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We had steamed cauliflower on the side.

For dessert, I had a bowl of Edy’s slow churned mint cookie crunch ice cream, but instead of showing you that I’m going to show you dessert from the weekend because there is a funny story that goes with it.  It was at the rehearsal dinner of my cousin’s wedding, and the waiters were bringing dessert to the table.  There was cherry pie and a delicious super chocolatey thing (I don’t know what itz called).  Well, they were alternating plates of dessert for the guests at each table, so every two people had one of both.  I noticed our server still had two plates left on his tray after we were served. I don’t like sharing dessert, so I begged and pleaded for him to give me my own set of desserts.  Then my sister chimed in and told this young man that I was breastfeeding. Needless to say, I got both desserts and was pretty happy about it.

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I devoured both.  (See, Uncle Ricky? I told you this picture would make the blog!)  Jonny is smiling in the background either because he’s just as happy as me that he didn’t have to share his dessert or because he’s proud of my skills to get extra dessert!

And just for kicks, let’s end with a picture of the world’s cutest baby.

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Bye bye now.

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I wheelie like you

Well, hey there, friends!  Long time no blog.  I’d say sorry, but I’m not, in the nicest of ways.  Sometimes life gets crazy busy and finding the time to blog just doesn’t happen even though I do love it.  (Still working on finding balance.) Last week felt long at work coupled with the fact that baby William decided NOT to be an awesome sleeper lately. (When does this “four month sleep regression” thing end?!?!)

Aaaaanyway, I’m back now, and let me tell you about my Labor Day weekend as it was spent celebrating my cousin’s wedding.  Quick recap: SO.MUCH.FUN!  As if you didn’t know by now, I have pretty much the most fun family ever, so when we all get together, especially with my extended family, itz an absolute blast.

Saturday night began with a lovely rehearsal dinner at the St. Louis Zoo.

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My cousin works with animals and is going to vet school, so having it at the zoo was very fitting. I’d never been to a formal event there; it was really, really cool and neat to walk through the zoo at night.  Not to mention, I love getting all dolled up occasionally.

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On Saturday, I had a much-needed, long-overdue hair appointment at Preston Salon for color, cut, and style.  I love what they did, and I love even more that I didn’t have to do my hair myself!

Sunday was spent at my parents’ house visiting with my little brother Justin and his wife Dana who were in town for the weekend.  Justin always pretends to be awkward with babies, but we know secretly he loves them. And William obviously loves his Uncle Justin!

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One of my friends just gave us a ton of clothes since her baby outgrew them.  She’s done this once before, and gives us the cutest outfits. Not to mention, we really appreciate her generosity – thank you, Julie!!!  Check out the latest:

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I wheelie like you

Heh heh.  Sunday was the actual wedding, and my mom treated Stephanie, Dana, and I to a blow out and eyelashes.  We all loved how our eyelashes looked, but they came off after the evening which we were a bit disappointed about. Usually we can get a couple days out of them.  And I didn’t love my hair; I think it looked a little flat, but at least I didn’t have to do it myself, so I can’t really complain.  Regardless, it was fun to get dressed up again!

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And the whole family…. well, minus our kiddos and Jason’s wife, Amy.

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We had fun tearing up the dance floor together!

The hubs and me:

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It was the perfect day for a wedding.  There was a little rain in the late afternoon, but it stopped before the ceremony began.  There was an outdoor patio where we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

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My grandfather Poppy with the ladies:

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The ceremony was meaningful, the room beautifully decorated, and the bride and groom so filled with love and happiness. We were glad to be a part of their celebration.

Monday was the brunch and we were all off of work, so it was a nice (and delicious) way to wrap up the weekend.  A shot of me and my siblings:

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Love them.

And William decided to dress up and rock his tie onesie.

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Cutie pie.

Last night was Miami’s opening game, and since Jonny is a crazy obsessed die-hard fan, he demanded the whole family sport their Miami gear.

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How was your Labor Day weekend?