behind the scenes blog tour

Take a look inside Itz Linz with this behind the scenes blog tour!

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my first blog header – I still love it!

Who nominated me?

Joanna from Makingmine. (Check out her behind the scenes post HERE!)  Joanna describes herself as “a wife, mama, cupcake connoisseur, and fitness newbie. I’m striving for a healthier, more well-rounded life.  Life is what you make of it, and I’m Makingmine!”  Clever little lady, eh?  Smart, too!  But what she’s too modest to tell you is that she’s amazing in the kitchen, her food photography skills rock, and she’s quite the DIY crafter.  She knows how important it is to incorporate fitness into her everyday life while finding the balance of being an incredible mamma to her sweet Eleanor (and baby #2 on the way!).

What am I working on?

Well, isn’t that a loaded question? How about LIFE! Ha. Truthfully, I’m still working on finding balance, teaching is incredibly busy and before school and after school is devoted to taking care of my precious baby William.  Taking care of the house, making nutritious meals, and trying to find time to workout have all become secondary priorities to William.  Don’t get me wrong; I do what I have to do.  Dishes are done, bed is made, laundry is clean.  And I eat.  Oh, do I eat. (I will never, in my life, go hungry.)  And fitness?  Well, 30 lunges here, 15 push-ups there, and lots of movement at school, at home, and in my neighborhood is the norm, though I do fit in “real” workouts when I can.  As for this guy?

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He’s working on moving.  I set him down by his toys, and just a few moments later, he was completely off the blanket!  He’s not crawling (yet!), but, boy, is he moving!  He rolls and scoots, and is getting faster by the day!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m a healthy living blogger like so many other wonderful bloggers.  Many other bloggers blog full-time or hold some type of degree in fitness or nutrition.  I’m more of an “everyday woman” who holds a full-time job, is a mom, and balances living a healthy life with nutritious foods and lots of movement.  I’m not knocking anyone for what they do; truth be told, I would be a stay at home mom if I could, but that’s not in the cards right now.  So I’m doing the best I can while balancing that thing we call life!

Why do I write/create what I do?

I’ve been blogging for almost three years now (woah!), and when I started, it was for several reasons.  First, my friends and family were always asking me questions about the “weird” foods I was eating and asking for advice in the gym, how to workout, etc.  I’ve always been interested in all things related to food, fitness, and healthy living.  Annette, my best childhood friend and amazing lady behind Enjoy Your Healthy Life, introduced me to the blogging world with her own blog.  I started reading more and more, and soon began thinking, “If they can do it, why can’t I?”  Annette encouraged me to make the leap, my sister Stephanie took pictures of me, I set up Itz Linz, and the rest is history!

Really though, I worried that I wasn’t “qualified” to write a healthy living blog because I don’t hold a degree in health, fitness, or nutrition. (I do have my Master’s Degree in Education though!)  But then I realized, I’m not claiming that I’m certified in anything; I’m just sharing what I know and what I do.  It’s not like I make up information.  I read a lot on a variety of topics, so I do feel pretty well versed in the subject matter that I write about.  Also, I disclaim that I’m not a doctor, personal trainer, dietitian, etc. all the time.  I’m just me, sharing about my life, hoping to show that living a healthy life doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, or complicated.  Eat mostly healthy foods, move your body, get enough sleep, keep stress to a minimum, smile a lot, surround yourself with those who love you, and you’re good to go!  (Sometimes easier said than done, right?) Life is like a tree…

How does my writing/creative process work?

I write what’s on my mind.  Besides posting Monday through Friday, I don’t really have a posting “schedule.”  I do participate in link-ups, sometimes more often than others, but if I don’t have anything worthwhile to post, I don’t.  I do try to be as authentic as possible because those are the blogs I enjoy reading.  I want people to be able to relate to me in some way.  That being said, I don’t share every.single.detail. of my life.  For one thing, that would get really boring to read, another thing, some privacy is nice, and lastly, it’s my choice what I share.  I absolutely love blogging.  I love writing, I love the community, I love learning about new workouts, products, clothes, etc., and most of all, I love sharing it!

The next stop!

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Brittany from Delights and Delectables.  Brittany is a blog-friend turned real-life-friend.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brittany on a few occasions, and I can tell you that she is the kindest, sweetest, most down to earth woman I’ve ever met.  While we don’t get to see each other as often as I’d like, she’s always willing to give advice, provide a listening ear, or simply laugh and chat with.  Brittany understands how to balance a busy life of working full time, being an outstanding momma, cooking healthy meals, and working out – she definitely motives me!

And Brittany’s Baby D is, inevitably, going to be best friends with baby William.  I mean, who could resist this face?!

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He hopes you enjoyed this behind the scenes blog tour!

Do you have any questions I didn’t answer?  If you’re a blogger, what makes your blog unique?

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve linked up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday, so I thought today would be a good day for it!  I don’t have a recipe to share and my meals that I’m showcasing aren’t pretty – just being real and showing you what I’ve been eating over the last couple days.  Well, I’m showing you my main meals because I eat way too many snacks and graze way too often to snap pictures of it all.  We’ll save that for another day.  Maybe.

Confession: A few times a year, I eat McDonald’s breakfast.  (Gasp! I know, I know.  A healthy living blogger that east McDonald’s? Sue me.)  An Egg McMuffin to be exact.  (The ham and sausage kind of skeeves me out.)  If I’m going to eat fast food breakfast, that’s what it’s going to be.  Clearly it’s not healthy, and I don’t eat it on a regular basis, but occasionally… very occasionally… I eat it.  I actually haven’t eaten it recently, but my breakfast the other day reminded me of it, but this was a much healthier version.

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Here’s what it is and why it’s healthier than McDonald’s:

  • Toasted whole wheat bagel thin: healthier because it’s not slathered in butter and the whole wheat provides 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein
  • Spinach: greens are always good, something McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches are lacking
  • Turkey: a lean meat – healthier than ham or sausage
  • Cheese: I used less than McDonald’s… cheese is still cheese though. I did use low fat (fat-free is gross, in my opinion)
  • Two whole eggs: I’m not sure how McDonald’s cooks their eggs, but I know they’re not fresh…

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not totally knocking McDonald’s Egg McMuffins… Once in awhile… so very seldom… they can be tasty, but my version is much healthier!

Yesterday we didn’t have kids at school due to Election Day. (Did you vote? You better have!) We, the teachers, took the opportunity to go out to lunch – something that doesn’t happen on the regular.  We wanted someplace quick since we were working on report cards.  We chose Firehouse Subs.  It was alright.  I’ve gotten a sandwich before which was good, but yesterday I felt like I needed some roughage so I ordered their Firehouse Salad which included romaine, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, mozzarella, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, grilled chicken, and light Italian dressing.

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Doesn’t look so hot, eh?  It tasted fine though, just nothing to rave about.

Dinner, on the other hand, was something to rave about.  When I find a recipe I like and is easy to make, I make it over and over again.  This is one of those recipes: Light ‘n Easy Cincinnati Chili.  The secret ingredients are cinnamon and cocoa powder.  Sounds weird, but this chili is amazing!  I literally ate it for lunch and dinner for three days straight!

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I also cooked a spaghetti squash for the first time in forever.  I added beans and quinoa to the chili.  The recipe only called for one cup of chicken broth, and I had a can so I had another cup left.  I made quinoa with the remaining broth, and the recipe didn’t call for beans which I thought was odd, so I added a can myself.  Topped with cheese, of course.  Seriously so good.  Go make it and thank me later.

My good friend, Angel, came over the other night and brought me a big ol’ bowl of cake batter froyo with sprinkles.  It has been way too long since I’ve had froyo.

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Oh yes. Eaten in my pajamas during some much needed girl talk.  Great night!

Favorite fast food breakfast? It’s ok, you can admit to eating it very occasionally…

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This past weekend was chilly, so I made sure to bundle up William anytime we went out.  My sister gave me the absolute cutest outfit from Baby Gap that used to be Jacob’s.  It’s fleece and the pants have feet attached (rare for six month clothes!) and there is a jacket with a hood that has two little ears.  Too cute.  William was so snuggly when wearing this, and he basically lived in it during the weekend as we were out and about.  I know he’ll outgrow it quickly, so I’m getting the maximum amount of use out of it as I can! He was so cozy he fell asleep against me!

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Love that face.

Later on Saturday we had a date with Bianca from Mizzfit at Deer Creek Coffee.  Bianca is an amazing woman, simply put.  She’s a fitness fashion blogger who empowers women in a variety of ways.  She’s always got the latest on what’s new in the fitness and the fashion world, and somehow, so beautifully ties the two together.  Not to mention, she’s incredibly down to earth, wise, and beautiful, on top of it all! Have you signed up for her Quarterly box? It’s full of awesome fitness & fashion goodies!

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William was trying to show off his yoga moves for her!

Thanks to daylight savings time, William and I hung out extra long in our pajamas on Sunday morning.  No complaints here!

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Those eyelashes!  William is doing awesome sitting up on his own, but I still love to have him in my lap.  And he’s been gnawing away on anything and everything – loving those teether toys!

Remember when William rocked his baby mohawk all the time?  Well, now that his hair has grown so long, when it’s wet I try and “style” it a bit.  Ok, not actually style it, just comb it up, and sometimes it dries that way.  He’s a stud no matter what.

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Am I right, ladies? ;-)

William’s First Halloween

William’s first Halloween – did you expect a different post for today? ;-) Come on, now!  Even though we celebrated Halloween last weekend with my family, I was still excited for William to wear his costume on actual Halloween.

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Just the cutest little pumpkin I ever did see!  Since he obviously couldn’t wear his costume to school, I dressed him in this adorable pumpkin outfit we received as a gift:

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And look how this big boy is sitting up all by himself!

The teachers always dress up at school on Halloween and we try to be creative with our costumes and tie it into our curriculum somehow.  This year, we tied it into Social Studies – I was Sacagawea and my teammates were Lewis and Clark!

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We were trying to reenact a real scene from Missouri’s early settlement. ;-)

My costume came from my grandma who dressed up as a Native American some time ago for Halloween. She kept this fabulous suede outfit which turned out to be perfect for Sacagawea!

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Of course Sacagawea was babywearing – you know I loved that!  All day long, my students asked me why I didn’t bring Baby William and said they hoped he wouldn’t get jealous I was wearing a different baby…

Random side note: You know I love Water Wipes.  They’re the only wipe I’ll allow to touch William’s bottom because they contain 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract.  I didn’t put any face paint on William, but if I did, I would have been totally comfortable using Water Wipes to remove any makeup.  I do use Water Wipes to wipe him down if I’m about and about.  Or if he pees on Audrey while she helps change his diaper (this happened over the weekend – HILARIOUS!). If I need to wipe my hands or clean his binky while we are out, I grab a Water Wipe from the diaper bag.  They really are the most gentle wipes and can be used on anyone from parents to kids to babies!

Back to Halloween.  In the evening, we went to one of my friend’s houses.

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The mommas and our babies.  Wolf was an adorable lion, Carly was a sweet bee, and William’s pumpkin costume was overtaking him.  They rode in a wagon to trick-or-treat (for about ten minutes!).

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It was the cutest thing ever; they were all wedged in there.  It was a bit chilly, so we didn’t last long.  Towards the end, William was getting tired and I caught a super cute sad face on camera!

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But more times than not, he was his usual happy baby self!

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We decided this was the beginning of a tradition that must happen every year.  Crazy to think how quickly time has flown and will continue to fly; next Halloween, they’ll all be walking (running)!  That’ll be a whole new ballgame!

What’d you do for Halloween?  Trick or treat?  Party?  Pass out candy?

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe my little pumpkin is celebrating his first Halloween!

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Baby William is going for the typical-first-Halloween-costume: a PUMPKIN!  But this is no ordinary pumpkin costume.  This has been worn for the last three years by Jacob or Audrey.  Must keep the tradition alive!  On Sunday, some of the cousins went to my grandparents’ house, Mama and Papa, to celebrate Halloween and wear their costumes.

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These cousins are so lucky to spend so much time with their great-grandparents!

Superheroes to the rescue!

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Typical boy costumes.  I suppose William will get there one day. ;-)

And Elsa.

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I’m sure noooooobody else is dressing up like Elsa this Halloween, right?  But she’s the sweetest, for sure.

It’s always a fight to decide who gets to hold and sit by William…  Audrey wins, as usual.

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But then Jacob is upset, so he gets to hold William for the next picture and decide who gets to be in it with them:

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Obviously not Audrey.

All was good and they all got their William-fix.

But I don’t think we can ever have too much baby William.

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Happy Halloween from my little pumpkin!

18 Life Lessons

Last year towards the beginning of the school year, I did a community building activity with my fourth graders on life lessons.  I have several quotations hanging up around my classroom (thanks to Pinterest!), and we read and discuss their meaning.  Every morning, one student reads a quote of the day to spark conversation and deep thinking. Words are powerful and I try to instill that in my students.

I asked them to come up with their own quotation, their own life lesson.  If they could tell the world one thing, what would it be?  What’s their big message?  This fits into our curriculum, as well, because it’s similar to determining the theme at the end of a fiction text.  Theme is the author’s message, the big idea, or the life lesson that can be applied to everyone.  Last year, the students came up with such insightful quotations and it was such an interesting activity, that I just had to do it again this year.  (Read last year’s: 24 Life Lessons.)  Here is the 2014 version with this year’s class:

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Life Lessons as Told by Fourth Graders:

  • Be nice and good things will happen to you.
  • Great ambition is great passion with great character.
  • Say something – not, “I’m giving up on this.”
  • You don’t need to be perfect – just be yourself!
  • Keep trying.  Never give up.  Do your best.  Never say you can’t.  Don’t let people boss you around.  Be who you are, don’t change who you are to fit in; people will like you the way you are.
  • Life is a book.  Turn the page and you will start a new chapter. You won’t know what happens until you read it.
  • Never give up and never surrender.
  • Life is like stairs – you have ups and downs.
  • You never know what you can do unless you try. Try! Then try harder! You know you can do it!
  • Tell the truth and never life.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up to bullies.
  • Try. Try.  Do your best.
  • Think about success and not failing.
  • Life is like a two-way street. One is good, one is bad, but don’t wonder what if.
  • Be in charge of you; don’t boss people around.
  • Think before you say it.
  • Your imagination can get you anywhere, so never stop imagining all of the possibilities in the world.
  • The world needs you to lead a variety of tasks and open more possibilities.

Pretty awesome, right?! Once again, I’m impressed with how wise these young children are.  I have them come up with several different quotations and then they pick their favorite to “publish.”  They type their quote on the computer, play with the font, and get to make it all fancy.   Then, we paste it on a piece of colored construction paper and laminate it.  We have a whole wall full of these life lessons!  I love it because they begin to understand how powerful words can be, and I think they feel empowered taking part in coming up with these important life lessons.

If you could tell the world just one thing, what would it be?

Peas, please!

Thinking back to yesterday’s post “life is like a tree,” and roots, one of my biggest, strongest, most supportive roots is my sister Stephanie. I’ve sung her praises many times before, and I’m here to do it again.  Not only is she an amazing momma to her two little ones, but she’s also an award-winning photographer, and the absolute very best auntie to baby William.  She’s crazy busy, but always so willing to help me out in every way possible.  Yesterday, she (and Audrey!) babysat William all day while I was at work.

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(Remember when a photographer watches your baby…?)  Here’s the second edition:

William loves, loves, LOVES spending time with his favorite Aunt Stephanie and cousins Jacob and Audrey.  (Jacob’s always bummed that he has to go to kindergarten and can’t spend the day with William, too.)  Audrey, as you know, is like William’s second mom.  Yes, she’s three years old, but takes care of him like he’s her own.

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They had a full day of playing, reading, singing, and more!  William especially loves getting to play with Jacob and Audrey’s old toys, and Audrey just loves hearing how she used to use / play with something when she was little like William.

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William is well taken care of when he’s with them.  I get a full report throughout the day and the best pictures, too!  So much love and happiness.

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And if Stephanie isn’t busy enough, she offered to make William’s first vegetable: peas!  I had intentions of making it this weekend, but that obviously didn’t happen, and after eating oatmeal for a week or so, it was time to introduce a new food.  Mind you, I wouldn’t trust just anybody to make William’s food.  I mean, this is a big deal.  But Stephanie (and my mom!) teach me everything I know about being a momma, so there’s nobody else who I’d prefer to make it than her (them).  Sometime during their busy day, Stephanie managed to make me two ice cube trays full of organic peas!

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I did make her promise not to feed baby William any peas without me!  I wanted to be there for his first time eating a vegetable!

What’s the verdict?  Did William like peas?

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Sure!  I honestly think William will like any and all food that goes in his mouth.  He’s been a hungry baby since day one!  He really didn’t make that many funny faces, so I’ll take that as he liked ‘em.  So now we’ll do oatmeal in the morning and peas in the evening for several days… until I (or Stephanie lol) make his next new food… which will be… ______ (suggestions, please!).

Big thanks to Stephanie for being the best root/sister/auntie/friend ever.  I love you!

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And your million photographs of William! ;)

What should William’s next food be?  Squash? Avocado? Sweet potato?

Life is like a tree

There are some situations that really make you think about and reflect on life.  Lately, that’s been happening to me a lot.  This weekend was perfect.  It was low-key (much needed after my mile a minute week), sprinkled with good friends and family, and of course, baby William.  The weather was gorgeous which naturally puts me in the best of moods.  I went for many walks outside with William and Zoey to soak up the sun, think, reflect, and enjoy our time together.

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recycled picture, but it was all the same – william wrapped up and zoey on a leash

I’ve had lots of time to think lately.  Walking outside is the best place to think for me.  The warm sunshine, the blue skies, the cool breeze, and the peacefulness of it all makes it perfect.  What’s more, walking is not only good for you physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Fall is in full swing here in St. Louis and the trees are gorgeous as they’re a beautiful array of color.  Some red, some orange, some yellow, some still green, and some bare as all the leaves have fallen.  Some are in the midst of changing like one particular tree I noticed in my neighborhood.  It may sound silly, but that tree made me think, and almost instantly, I realized how life is like a tree.

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Life is like a tree. It changes, but always remains grounded.

Life constantly changes.  Whether you want it to or not, it changes.  For better or worse, it changes.  It’s what you do with those changes that help mold the outcome.  At times, it’s hard to remain positive, but focusing on what you do have control over, and what you don’t, can help you find your center, your balance.  My life is changing.

Remember who you are.  There are external factors that can change trees… or you.  Stay true to who you are.  Regardless of the number of leaves or leaf color, the trunk or base of a tree, always remains the same.  That’s true for people, too.  You know in your heart what kind of person you are, what kind of person you want to be, stay true to that, and do what you can to be that person.  That’s what I’m doing.

Stay grounded. Don’t lose sight of the long run.  While life can be challenging, there are more moments that should be cherished than there are the times you hope to forget.  Life is precious.  God has a plan.  Everything happens for a reason.  Keep believing.  I am.

Remember your roots.  True for people and trees, alike.  There are people there to support you, people who have always been there, people who always will be there.  That’s who counts.  They’re there to lift you up when you’re down, be by your side when needed, and celebrate the happiness often.  Roots are an unbreakable love forever.  Family and friends are my roots.

Whoever thought trees and people had so much in common? ;-)

How is your life like a tree?

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday because LIFE is marvelous.

more faces and a mile a minute

So I intended on posting a recipe today, but life got in the way (not a bad thing!).  Life is moving a mile a minute these days as I’m constantly go go go!  For example, take yesterday.  After working all day, I picked up William, came home, washed my pump parts, sanitized his bottles, and got him ready for a walk as the sun was shining, the air was crisp, and it was too nice not to go outside.  Then he spit up.  Like a lot.  William very rarely spits up, so when he does, I kind of make a big deal out of it.  After cleaning up William, taking a picture, and texting my mom out of worry, she assured me it wasn’t as much as I thought.  I cleaned up the floor and began getting ready for a walk once more.  He spit up again.  At least we were in his room with hard wood floors which made it easy to clean, but man oh man!  I’m not sure if he had an air bubble in his stomach or if he was overfed during the day, but a lot came up. Twice. Yuck.

Anyway, eventually we did make it outside for a lovely stroll.  We came back in, I fed William oatmeal, gave him a bath, we played, we sang, we read, and he went to sleep around 7:15 pm.  William must have been starving due to his empty stomach after our walk because I could not feed him his oatmeal fast enough.  He actually got really angry when I stopped for two seconds to take a picture.

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Sorry, baby.  But you’re still ridiculously cute.

Right when William went to sleep, I got to work.  I started a load of his laundry.  I made some concoction that turned out to be my dinner and will be my lunches for the rest of the week.  It was anything and everything I could find in my house. I browned some ground turkey.  I sautéed an onion with garlic.  I made farro which was a new-to-me grain that I found at Trader Joe’s.  I made quinoa.  I combined everything and added fire roasted tomatoes, corn, peas, carrots, mixed greens, kidney beans, and an assortment of spices.  I chopped romaine to add to it for my lunches tomorrow and last night I made a bowl of it with plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and cheese.  And since I was going a mile a minute, I never stopped to take a picture.  It was good which is important since I’ll be eating it for my next eighteen meals.  I really need to start making my big batches on Sunday.

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That tongue.  I don’t know why I bothered with a bib since clearly I didn’t take the time to fasten it all the way.  Definitely defeated its purpose.  Or maybe William is going for an off the shoulder bib look?  Nah.

I’ve been in a baking mood lately.  Last Saturday morning I made this pumpkin bread (so easy to make!), Reese’s Gooey Cake Bars (ridiculously rich and delicious), and healthy blueberry banana bread which was the recipe I wanted to post today.  (Maybe tomorrow? We’ll see.)  Then last night, I made Trader Joe’s blondie bars to bring to work today because I love my co-workers.  And, not gonna lie, I wanted a couple bites of the dough…

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Those eyes.  He’s like, “I know I’m cute.”  Gets me every time!

So yeah.  I’ve been on a baking kick lately.  I will get you that healthy blueberry banana bread because it’s really fantastic.  I’ve made it a couple of times to tweak the recipe, and it’s finally ready to share.  I figure after the decadent treats I’ve been making, it’s time for something on the healthier side.  Though my dinner and my lunches have been healthy.  It’s all about moderation, friends.  Moderation and balance.

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Check out those cheeks.

I know this post is pretty random and jumbled, but that’s how my mind is lately.  Going a mile a minute, never stopping.  There’s always something to do, and then I think of something else.  Make William’s bottles for tomorrow.  Finish his laundry at some point.  Work is the same.  Grade papers.  Plan lesson.  Respond to emails.  The little free time I have is devoted to pumping at school.  I suppose my “down time” is the time I take in the evening to blog.  But even then I feel like I’m rushing and going a mile a minute.  Taking walks or doing quick workouts counts as my “down time,” too.  It’s all good.  I do like being busy, and I feel productive and accomplished when I get a lot done.

So far, I’ve taken a picture every time William has eaten oatmeal.  I wonder how long I’ll continue that.  Maybe I’ll make a book of all his faces.  And for those of you asking, yes I will soon try a vegetable since I’ve been doing oatmeal for a week now; I just have to make it first.  That’ll be my goal this weekend.

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Alright, the timer for the blondie bars just went off.  Time to take them out, clean up the million pots and pans I used in the kitchen tonight, pump for the fifth (!) and final time today, and head to bed.  Then, right when I fall asleep, William is sure to wake up since that’s how he rolls.  Little stinker.

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Oh, and I showered tonight.  I told you I was productive.  Now I even smell good, too.

What are you busy with these days?

Halloween Workout

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d whip up a Halloween Workout for you!  These days, my workouts consist of walks through the neighborhood and workouts in my living room.  My equipment is limited (dumbbells!), so I like to get creative and mix things up a bit.  This Halloween workout alternates cardio blasts with strength training moves for a total body workout that is sure to leave your muscles creepily burning!

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Cardio bouts are in green – get your heart rate up!  Some notes on the moves:

  • 15 walking lunges: alternate legs, lunge low, watch that your knees doesn’t extend over your toes
  • 31 seconds jumping jacks: stay low for more of a challenge
  • 15 bicep curls & shoulder presses: curl, then press
  • 31 seconds mountain climbers: wrists should be directly underneath shoulders
  • 15 squats: stick out that booty
  • 31 seconds speed skaters: click HERE for a demonstration
  • 15 push-ups: nose to the floor
  • 31 seconds frog jumps: sit your butt back as you go down to the floor, explode up
  • 15 dumbbell rows & tricep kickbacks: a row is like you are starting the lawnmower, then kickback for a tricep burn
  • 31 seconds plank: keep your butt down

There ya have it!  I was going to do this workout two days in a row, but my legs were on fire after the first day.  Thank you, lunges!

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~ When indulging in a few sweet treats, remember to practice moderation and find balance.  Don’t skimp on meals, try to cut calories, spend all day at the gym, or feel guilty about what you eat.  Be intentional with what you do and enjoy the holiday! ~