Frozen Protein Bowl

My Go To Frozen Protein Bowl

 

Frozen Protein Bowl

Protein bowls are one of my favorite things to make. I eat them for breakfast, lunch or post workout. This frozen protein bowl is definitely my go to recipe but I do switch up the fruits and add nut butters for time to time!

Id love to know how you make your protein bowls! Share your favorite recipes below .

Frozen Protein Bowl

Ingredients : 

  • Frozen fruit.  for this bowl I used banana & raspberries
  •  1/2 a cup of nut milk of choice.  I like to use almond or cashew milk . You don’t want to use too much liquid or your bowl will be too watery
  • Protein powder. I use one scoop and usually use  chocolate but any flavor will work.
  • Optional* acia powder, coaco powder  ect

Toppings: 

  • dark chocolate chips
  • frozen raspberries
  • coconut
  • oats

Add all ingredients ( not the toppings ) to a blender . Blend until smooth. Don’t over blend or it will become too watery. If you need to, chill in the fridge a but to make the consistency thicker.

Top & enjoy!

 

Self Care Tips for Moms

Self Care Tips for Moms

Self Care Tips for Moms

Self Care Tips for Moms

Putting yourself first isn’t always easy, especially for busy moms. We  tend to put  house work, kids, spouse, dogs first but somehow forget about how important it is to take care of ourselves.  It’s okay to feel healthy, look awesome &  feel awesome all while taking care of your family.  Below are some of my favorite self-care tips for moms . Id love to hear your go to tips , comment below and get the convo started.

Self Care Tips for Moms

  • make sleep a priority
  • start your day with “you” time  & gratitude . Wake up before your kids and have time for yourself.  Set the  intention for the day to make it a good one.
  • 20/80 your eat healthy & workouts  ( stay hydrated )
  • pamper yourself at least once a month ( more if you can! ) You don’t have to go crazy. Take a hot shower & use an essential oil scrub,  use a face mask, get your hair done or relax with some coffee ( or wine ) and a diffuser .  Sneak in a nap if you can!
  • make time with your friends . Go out to lunch, take a walk , join a mom book club or take a cooking class with friends!
  • unwind at night. After your kids go to bed take time for you to unwind. Put the phone down and unplug for a bit, connect with your spouse, get comfy and watch a movie. It’s okay to relax and forget about what needs to be done!
  • try meditating or other “self-care ” aps. I love using simple habit to do quick guided meditations.
  • get dressed every morning.  Get out of your pjs and throw some mascara on! Even if you are not leaving the house, it will make you feel better
  • ask for help! I know this is easier said then done but sometimes us moms need help so don’t be afraid to ask.
  • keep a gratitude  journal . If you are having a bad day you can always go back and read through it

 

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Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Are you trying to become a morning person ? Maybe you are looking to take control of your day by taking control of your morning. That was my plan when I started googling  reasons to become a morning person. Being a SAHM has made it difficult for me to get up before my son. Instead I was waking to the sound of my son yelling for me ( sound familiar ?) . It wasn’t till I read the miracle morning that I realized I needed to take control of my mornings.

I was doing so well with my morning routine ..until summer hit and trouble sleeping happened due to this growing belly! But its time for me to get back to my morning routine and I’m super excited to get started and share with you how I plan to do it!

There are tons of benefits of waking up early. Research shows that people who wake up early are happier and healthier, that should be reason enough to get up !! Waking up early can lead to a more productive and stress free day. Mornings can be the BEST time of your day . Take the challenge with me and become a morning person!!!

Become A Morning Person

  • Go to bed earlier Duh! But the best way to wake up early is to go to bed early ( and ready for the next day ) Give yourself a bed time and stick to it! If you have to set an alarm in your phone to go off every night to remind you to get ready for bed.
  • Put your phone down before bed & establish a routine ( and don’t start scrolling as soon as you wake )
  • Set your alarm for the same time everyday. Make it your schedule & turn it into a habit. We thrive on schedules. STOP hitting that snooze button , it is not helping you at all, instead its making you grumpy that the alarm keeps going off so now you are starting your day grumpy… no one needs that.
  • Set your coffee maker . I set my coffee maker to go off every morning at the same time. It’s about 30 minutes before my son normally wakes up . The smell of the coffee is enough for me to get up! Plus theres nothing better then enjoying some hot coffee alone 
  • Wash your face right away. Even if you just splash some water on, it will wake you right up
  • Start your day with a GIANT glass of water ( before coffee )
  • Make stretching part or your am routine. If you are like me and cannot workout first thing in the morning try doing some light stretching 
  • Try doing A miracle morning  .

Remember , waking up early is hard at first but it WILL get easier when it starts to become a habit you love. It won’t take long to so just keeping going!! Id love to hear from you , what has worked to help you become a morning person??

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Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Whether you are a new mom or already have one at home getting your house ready in the third trimester is a must! Below is my third trimester check list to help you prepare to bring your new baby home . Id love to hear from you , how did you prepare to bring baby home? Comment below and get the convo started!

Third Trimester Check List

  • A lot of people make a birth plan… I am not one of them! My plan is to go to the hospital and have a baby!
  • clean the house .Declutter as much as you can . People will bring you flowers, food,  gifts , you’re going  drop your hospital stuff as soon as you walk in so having a clutter free home before you head to the hospital will make life a little easier when you get home
  • stock up on supplies . Make sure you have coffee, wine, paper towels , toilet paper ect. I know its easy to order on amazon and have everything the next day but it is nice to have everything you need when you need it.
  • freeze some meals . Also make sure you have food in the fridge ready to eat  for when you get home you will be hungry!
  • pack your hospital bag and put it in the CAR!
  • install the car seat
  • find a pediatrician
  • have diapers and wipes ready, you don’t want to run out at 2 am!
  • stock up on batteries for swings , sound machines ect
  • wash baby clothes,  blankets and bottles
  • prepare an at home post birth recover kit . Think pads, witch hazel, peri bottle ect
  • make plans for your other children and pets ( make sure you have food for your pets! )

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Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Sadly Labor day has passed , summer is over and the kids are back to school . ( and I’m still pregnant ! ) Almost everyone I know is ready to for  change !  Who else had too much ice cream, pasta , bread and cocktails??! By the end of summer we are all in a funk and ready to get back to our normal healthy lifestyles . I know I’m craving normal meals and my daily workouts . When was the last time you got a good workout in? If you said June , trust me you are not alone!

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

  • set small goals. Set some daily , weekly and monthly goals. Set goals you know you are going to crush! This will give a confidence boost and help you to get out of that funk and to keep going!
  • figure out your biggest challenges. What is going to be your biggest obstacle ? Workouts, nutrition, meal prep, motivation ect . It’s best to figure out your biggest challenge and come up with a plan to get past it.
  • be honest with yourself about how you go to this point. Be honest, maybe you enjoyed ice cream every night, skipped your workouts most days, had  too many cocktails . Being honest with yourself and how you are going to make a change will help you get back to feeling great a lot quicker .
  • simplify your life/meals/workouts.  Make it simple. Don’t get crazy and find some over complicated recipes and meal prep ideas on pinterest. Keep everything easy and make your workouts fun till you get back to a good routine
  • get outside. Take a morning walk or after dinner walk. Getting fresh air & exercise is a great way to boost your mood
  • buy some new things ! Get a new workout outfit, water bottle, sneakers or something fun to make meal prep more fun. Adding something new is exciting and can help get you out of that funk. You don’t have to go crazy, sometimes just a new water bottle is enough for me!
  • start small. Don’t go crazy and throw away all the food in the house and sing up for workout classes 7 days a week. Take it slow. Maybe start with some walks and clean up your diet slowly . Going from 0 to 100 is not going to help you make this healthy lifestyle a long-term thing.
  • focus on one thing at a time. workouts / nutrition. If you have to start with one thing at a time. Take a week a focus on nutrition . Get back to feeling good , heal your gut  and then add in your workouts .
  • track your foods. I know this isn’t always fun! But tracking what you eat even for a few days can give you a lot of perspective about what needs to be changed.
  • finish the day the right way.  Relax, take a hot shower, stretch if you need too. Get your workouts ready for the next day so you have no excuses. Pour a big glass of water and have it ready for when you wake up.  Organize the house a bit so you don’t wake up to chaos. And don’t forget to go to bed early!
  • talk about it/ find an accountability partner. Sharing your new goals with somewhere is a great way to help keep you on track. You can help keep each other accountable and help each other out when things get tough.

Id love to hear your best tips for getting out of a funk! Comment below and let me know .

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Diastasis Recti, A Plan To Help You Close The Gap

Diastasis Recti, A Plan To Help You Close The Gap

You have probably heard about the “mom Pooch” but you might not actually know what it is. It could be ab separation , and the good news is there is a way to fix it!

Diastasis recti  happens during pregnancy when the two large ab muscles separate due to your growing uterus. In some cases your  ab muscles go back to normal once you give birth but in  a lot of women  they do not.  Diastasis recti is very common and often called the mom pooch. If you do have an ab separation ( even if your kids are older ) you can do some moves at home that can help close the gap.

Remember always check with your doctor first before adding in any of the moves from below. Also a Dr can help determine the size of your gap.

I hear from moms all the time that they can not get rid of their belly. Diet and traditional exercise will not help fix DR. You can be spot on with your nutrition and still not see the results you want if you are suffering from DR.

Check for Diastasis Recti: 

First you need to check to see if you have DR.  To do so:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet close to your butt.
  • Place your  hand on your abdomen with your fingertips flat at your belly button, fingers facing downward.
  • Gently push your fingertips into your abdomen while rolling your shoulders off of the floor, keeping eyes looking up
  • Here is where you will feel for a separation between  your ab muscles. A  2-2.5 finger gap or more signals diastasis recti.

Close the Gap

Start by doing the  five moves  listed below 5-10 reps per move every day for a week.  Each week add 5-10 more reps in . You want to take deep breathes in and out and really focus on the muscles you are contracting . Try these moves for a month or two and then re-test your ab gab. Avoid sit ups, v ups and planks for now.

Abdominal Drawing In

Draw ins NOT suck ins. This move will safely start to engage and strengthen your ab muscles.  Drawing in is not the same as sucking in, instead its   done by using your  inner ab muscles to pull your abdomen  toward your spine. Think about using your  lower  abs for this move.  This move  is something you can do as you walk around your house, as you sit & stand, when you pick up the baby ect or you can do it lying down .

Belly Breathing

Lying flat on your back.  Deeply inhale, your belly & chest should  inflate. Next you will  slowly exhale all the air out, drawing in your abdominal wall & hold that draw in for as long as you can ( image that you are wearing a corset)  You can also do this move standing up tall. You will  inhale deeply just like if you are on the ground and  exhale, drawing your belly button in and up toward your spine( again image you are wearing a corset )  and hold that draw in for as long as you can

Abduction  Ab Activation

Grab a resistance band and loop it right above your knees.  Lying on your back exhale, draw in and engage   your pelvic floor muscles while you pull your knees apart. Rest & repeat.

Draw in  Rotations

With  a broomstick or small pvc pipe behind your neck on your shoulders, perform the belly breathing from above, when all  your air is exhaled and you are holding your breath and drawing in, slowly rotate from side to side for as long as you can .

 Heel Sliders

Lie flat on your back  with your knees bent ,  feet flat on the floor. Exhale as you engage your core  and slowly slide one heel  along the ground until your leg is straight. Inhale,  engage your core then exhale as you bring your heel back to the start position.

There are a TON of videos on youtube to help learn how to breath correctly I highly recommend watching a couple.

Id love to hear from you! Do you have a gap? Or did you get one after having kids? I love to know if these exercises worked for you. I plan on adding them in this fall after having this baby!

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Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

These bowls are so tasty and thanks to Trader Joes ( and most stores ) , extra easy to make!! Sometimes life with Brody can be difficult , especially around dinner time!! Getting the pre cut, almost ready foods are not my fav but I do love almost anything from TJ and these things are simple and clean. So I bought some guac, already zoodled zucchini and some already pealed & cubed sweet potatoes to make life easier.

The sweet potatoes come all peeled and cut, all you have to do is cook them. I like to heat them in the microwave for about 2-3 min then add them to a skillet to make them crispy. The zucchini is these bowls are not cooked! How easy is that!! And since the guac comes already made all you have to do is mix it with the zoodles.

I like to top mine with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes to make it a little more filling.

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

  •  cooked & cubed sweet potato
  • zoodles
  • guacamole
  • salt & pepper
  • Optional, eggs & tomatoes

Mix the zoodles, guacamole , slat & pepper . Add the cooked sweet potatoes , and egg and tomatoes !  Garnish  & enjoy!!!

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Trader Joes Haul + What Im Cooking

Trader Joes Haul + What Im Cooking

Trader Joes Haul + What Im Cooking

This week I went to trader Joes specifically to buy some frozen meals! We are busy in the summer and dinner time has become a little stressful . We always get home from the beach right around 530 and every one is STARVING!!! Unless I have something planned dinner gets rushed or we snack too hard and don’t eat our dinner ! So I bought some frozen meals hoping it would help out. Below I shared my Traders Joes haul + what I’m cooking with it. I hope you find it helpful. Id love to hear from you and know what your must have items are when you shop there?

Trader Joes Haul + What Im Cooking

  • Fried rice with chicken and egg. This is a go to in our house! I love their bag of fried rice , it’s a must if you shop at TJ. I always add chicken to mine and sometimes we add a fried egg or two. 
Trader Joes Haul + What Im Cooking Trader Joes Haul + What Im Cooking
 
  • Lemon chicken  with cauliflower stir fry. This lemon chicken is not our fav. Its way to lemony for me. I normally don’t buy it but they were all out of my favorite grilled chicken. It wasn’t that good int he stir fry . The stir fry alone was pretty good, not as good as the fried rice though!! 
 
  • Cauliflower power bowls. I used the frozen riced cauliflower to make some protein bowls. I added chicken, sweet potatoes , avocado and tomatoes . The frozen “rice” is super easy to make! 
 
  • Sweet pot toast . I have been making this almost daily! It is so good and easy to make . Try some of my fav recipes    
  •  Chicken burger ( they are frozen patties )  with  corn, avocado & tomato salad
 
  • Pork tacos with the frozen cauliflower rice and salsa
 
  • Farro bowls with avocado and a hard-boiled  egg. This was so easy to make and so filling! Definitely buying the faro again

trader joes haul

 

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Second Trimester Recap

Second Trimester Recap

Second Trimester Recap

Second Trimester Recap

I am officially out of the second trimester and into the final stretch! Below is my second trimester recap about our summer and what we have been up too!

Pregnancy.  As of now I have had it pretty easy. I passed my glucose test, I have no clue how much weight I have gained but I’m going to say not a lot! I’m at the point where I go tot he doctor every 2 weeks for check ups. I had Brody 15 days early , if that’s the case again then id have this baby in late September!!! No new preggo symptoms or cravings . Most of my clothes do NOT fit me but all my sun dresses do so that’s what I have been wearing most. These last few weeks have ben HOT and humid but we spend most days at the beach so I haven’t been overly hot . Luckily no ankle swelling and I am still moving pretty easily!!

Workouts. Going really well despite the heat the last three weeks.  Getting 4-5 30 minute workouts  in per week plus some walks. My walks are shorter because I have to stop to pee all the time! The days we had extreme humidity I couldn’t go for walks, it was too hot! 

Nutrition. Still eating fairly clean. My diet always changes in the summer with some extra ice cream. I will splurge on the real deal but I do also love the yasso bars and feel guilt free eating those . I have been eating lots of sweet potato toast with peanut butter , bonus , Brody loves it too. I also started tracking my water intake making sure I drink over 80 ounces everyday ( prob why I have to pee all day! ) 

Life . We moved! That was a lot of fun… We moved when I was pregnant with Brody and hopefully this will be our last move!! It has been fun setting up Brodys room and getting the new babies room ready!! Just recently I have been waking up early , like 515am. I haven’t had trouble sleeping just once I’m up that’s it, no falling back to sleep! 

Brody . He is also waking up early. Normally he would sleep till about 6:45/7 but he has been getting up around 540 every day. He also just started developing some  separations anxiety from me and Shane , he throws a fit when we leave him! I just started some more  structured play and a new schedule for him. We have always followed a schedule since the day he was born but we are pretty flexible with it. The schedule helps us but it also helps Brody know what to expect. I will be sharing his new 18 month schedule that we plan to stick to for a while soon in a blog post! Brody did great at his 18 month check up. Shane had to take him because I also had an appointment. Brody weighs in at 22 pounds!! 

Summer.  Lots of beach time! Getting in as much time at the beach with Brody as we can. We try to go every afternoon after his nap. Lots of times we end up eating dinner at the beach and staying up way past his bed time!  

 

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Summer Car Kit

Summer Car Kit

Summer Car Kit

Summer Car Kit

Summer is in full swing and you need this summer car kit to make your life easier ! We like to spend our days at the beach and nothing is worse than being out and deciding its time to hit the beach but realizing you forgot something! That Is why I always keep a beach bag all packed in my car. My bag is perfect for the beach whether we go during the day or at night for dinner. Also remember to pack things for you too!

Id love to hear what you keep in your car. Get the convo started below .

My go to Summer Car Kit :

  • sunscreen
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • extra bathing suit
  • extra set of clothes
  • pjs
  • hat
  • shoes
  • sippy cup
  •  beach toys
  • bug spay
  • towels
  • snacks that can stand the heat
  • bug spray
  • clothes for YOU!
  • a few bottles of water or Gatorade
  • we also keep a life jacket for Brody incase we decide to go for a last min boat ride.

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