Summer Toddler Schedule + My Day

Summer Toddler Schedule

Summer Toddler Schedule + My Day

Summer Toddler Schedule

Brody  is 19  months now , I can’t believe how he is growing so fast! Summer can be a crazy busy time but we still like to keep Brody on some what of a schedule. I find that when we follow a schedule Brody has better days and sleeps great too. Below I talk about my summer toddle schedule  + my day. We do not follow this 100% all the time! We try are hardest but things come up and we go with the flow. As long has he has some type of structure and one good nap a day he is a happy kid ( and I’m a happy mom! )

Some days ( like today ) we do our structured play at the beach! I shared a little about it on my instagram. Here is what we did .

 Summer Toddler Schedule

Summer Toddler Schedule 

6:00 – 6:45 am – Miracle morning before he wakes up.  Brody wakes up + breakfast ( of course I wrote this last week and this week he has been sleeping till 715!!! )

– I work- Mon- tuesday- Wed- thursday  7-8am out of house Brody hangs with dad or one of his grandparents .

8:30 – 9:30 am – free play, outside time, beach if its low tide  – Workout if I can

9:30 – 10:30 am – structured play, activity, more purposeful time. Sometimes we do our structured play at the beach!

10:30 – 11:15– independent play time with age appropriate toys . Brody has always been good at playing with his toys by himself.

11:30 am – 11:45 pm – outside time, free play while I make lunch

11:45- 12:20 pm – lunch then nap. Workout if I didn’t get it in earlier.  Prep dinner if needed. Tidy up the  house & blog work . Sometimes I nap too! Brody sleeps 2+ hours here.

2- 2:30 pm – wake up from nap and have a snack

3:00 – 5:00 pm – beach time,  free play,  outside time and sometimes we go for a walk or bike ride

5:15 – 5:30 pm – dinner then we sometimes play outside one last time

6:00 – 6:45 pm – bath, get on pajamas, wind down. Movie  while I clean up dinner

6:45 – 7:00 pm – read books

7:00 pm – bed

After Brody goes down I clean up the house + blog work. I always pick up Brody’s toys, put the puzzles back together, set up his play kitchen ect!

Structured play ideas  

Again , sometimes I switch my days around but I do try to do a different structured play activity each day. Below are some ideas that we like! Id love to hear from you, what are your favorites? Comment below so we can try them too.

Monday: ABCs, numbers , nursery rhymes , naming objects , finding objects , shapes . I made a toy out of a box with different color holes and Brody matches the colors with balls.

Tuesday: motor skills, filling , dumping, throwing while counting, shapes, stacking, play dough. We use the water table a lot here and fill cups & bowls and transfer to new cups .

Wednesday : jumping, crawl through things, follower the leader, throw pillows, build forts, climb things . He loves to throw things! We throw pillows around , throw the ball to the dogs , climb under pool noodles ect

Thursday : Art, color, paint , play dough, music

Friday : Pick one form above , sensory toys

 

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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

 

Id love to know what your favorite must have items are from trader joes?! Get the convo started below .

 

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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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Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Stay at home moms have so much going on and it can be tough on your mind and your  body. With so much responsibility you might feel exhausted all the time . But with a few simple changes we can hopefully fix that and avoid the stay at home mom burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

  • Try new things .I know most of us live by a schedule because our kids thrive when they have a routine. But sometimes switching things up can be nice. Try going to a new park or class. Or if you normally go tot he park in the am try going later in the day.  Try out a new lunch spot or picnic in the park once a month.
  • Get ready in the morning. Even if you are doing nothing that day you will feel better knowing you are dressed and ready.  Getting dressed can help change your mood for the day. I’m not talking full faced make up ( unless that’s your thing!) Just get out of your pjs and do something nice with your hair. You will feel more put together and ready to take on the day.
  • Get out of the house !I know this can be tough , especially with multiple kids and during the winter months but it’s so important to get out.  Go for walks , play at the park, head to the beach for a walk .
  • Wake up before your kids. This is tough, especially if your kids do not sleep through the night. But having time in the am to you is amazing! I start my day with a miracle morning and I swear it has changed my life.
  • Ask for help.  And I’m not just talking from your partner. If a messy house is stressing you out maybe hire a cleaner once a month to come in to help out. If grocery shopping is a big stressor, do curbside pick up or have them delivered. Check out pinterest for “mom hack” ideas on rainy days or days you just can’t find something to do with he kids.
  • Focus on you.  Take some time away from the kids. You deserve this! Get your hair done, head out with a friend or have date night a few times a month with no kids!

Remember no one is perfect! Keep in mind that your house is going to be messy sometimes, dinner will be late, the kids will be cranky and that’s OK! Sometimes its okay to leave the dishes in the sink all day !! Don’t expect everyday to be the perfect day, we all have off days . Being a stay at home mom is HARD work and I know you are doing awesome! Kids are exhausting but we love them anyway! And always remember, some day they will be in school all day and you are going to miss these crazy days at home, I know I will!!

 

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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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Easy Family Snacks

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Easy Family Snacks

 

Meal prepping for you and your family can be tough, especially during the summer when we are always on the go. These easy family snacks are perfect to prep and even easier to grab when you are on the go

When I grab my snacks to go I always try and grab a protein , carb and fat! Don’t just eat your fruit bags without a protein or fat, you will be hungry!

Easy Family Snacks:

Fridge snacks:

  • Portioned out fruit- today I made raspberry, grapes &  blueberries bags
  • Veggie bags – My go to bags are carrots and peppers with guac or hummus
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt – I buy plain and add my own fruit to cut down on sugar
  • I also keeps lots of fresh fruit to grab on the go
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Frozen berry bites 
  • Ready to make smoothie bags . Add fruit and spinach to bags- dump in blender when ready

Snack draw:

  • Fruit snacks
  • Pirate boot
  • Portioned out pretzels bags with peanut butter 
  • Rasins
  • Portioned out granola bags. I like to buy a simple granola mixes and add in some dried fruit and chocolate chips
  • Portioned out popcorn
  • Energy balls   

Easy Family Snacks

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Having a healthy pregnancy routine is a must if you want to have a joyful pregnancy and birth. A healthy routine includes more than just eating right and exercising daily ! Below I will share my healthy habits, steps on how you can add them into your life and lastly how to commit to your new habits for life .

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

First we need to pick some healthy habits to add to your routine. There are lots of things you can  try , you will need to find what works for you. These habits are what work for me.

Habits:

Starting your day with a positive mindset and a short meditation is an awesome way to relieve stress and we all want a stress free pregnancy. You can meditate throughout your day too if you are feeling tense . Start by taking 5 minutes every morning for you. Read some positive quotes, check out your vision board, list some things you are grateful for, do some light stretching  or visualize your perfect day.

We all know how import exercise is for our growing bodies. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in a gym. There are plenty of non gym activities you can start adding to your routine. Try going out for a morning or post dinner walk to start.

Meal planing is just as important as exercise. We want to fuel our bodies and growing baby properly. Check out these superfoods you can add to your diet. Taking some time once a week to meal plan and prep some easy recipes/snacks will help make your life so much easier.

It’s also important you listen to your body everyday and take some time for you.  Relax with a big glass of water and a book. Even if it’s just enough time to read one chapter . You time is important when it comes to a healthy pregnancy.

Action: 

Next its time to take action with those healthy habits from above. Start slow if you need too. Maybe each week add a new habit. I think stating your day with a morning routine is the most important but feel free to do things differently than me. Each day you can build on your habits. Maybe days 1-3 you walk for 10 minutes , then by day four you jump to 15 minutes. It takes time to build a routine so don’t give up when things get tough!

Make a planner so you can mark off things that you have completed. Write the different habits with different colors on a calendar and check off each day that you complete your new healthy habit.

Commit:

Now its time to commit. Commit to what you can do each day to help make your pregnancy healthy . Please don’t stress out if you miss a new habit every once in a while, that’s okay, we are human !! This is your plan so make it around your life & goals so that way you will stick to it.

I hope these tips and habit help you to have a healthy joyful pregnancy! Id love to hear some of your healthy routines . Get the convo started below .

 

 

 

How Long Should My Workouts Be

How Long Should My Workouts Be 

How Long Should My Workouts Be 

How Long Should My Workouts Be 

How long should my workouts be, I get asked this question all the time . Personally I think everyone is different and what works from me might not work for you. That being said I have done lots of different kinds of workouts at all different lengths. At crossfit , the classes where an hour-long but we did not workout that whole hour. After the strength portion the actual workout was anywhere from 8-20 min  on average . Post Brody I started with 30 minute workouts , mainly 21 day fix, max 30 and 21 day fix extreme. I had great results with those quick workouts . I also did 80 day obsession after Brody , those workouts are longer , between 30-60 min. Honestly didn’t love the longer workouts anymore! Mentally, I believe it’s easier to  motivate myself for a 30 min workout.

Why I love shorter workouts:

30 minute workouts are my jam! 45 minutes is my limit . Being a mom is busy and finding the time to get a workout in can be hard BUT we can all mange 30 minutes a few times a week. I found with the longer workouts I skipped them more or Brody was over it by 40 minutes and Id have to stop anyway. The best results I have seen are when I do quick effective workouts with a combo of weights & cardio. Honestly,  I went from skipping /dreading my longer workouts  to looking forward to my quick short ones . I always feel great after. Remember no matter how long your workout is quality & focus  is far more effective than quantity.

Remember everyone is different and you might have to test out some workout times, programs , classes ect to find what works best for you.

Pregnant:

I find 30 minute workouts are perfect when pregnant . Always remember to listen to your body, rest when needed and modify as your pregnancy progresses . As you get further along you may want to shorten your workouts even more, maybe to 15-20 min . I typically do about 30 minutes and that’s just perfect for this growing body. I aim for 4-5 workouts a week but I will include a long walk as my workout. It doesn’t all have to be in the gym. Remember short workouts are still effective !

After baby:

After having Brody quick 30 minute workouts were a must! No mom as time for an hour-long workout unless your gym has a day care! I plan to stick to my 30 minute workouts after baby number 2 comes this fall.

How to  have short effective workouts:

  • plan your workouts / follow a plan and be ready. Have your mat, weights, timer whatever you need ready for the workout
  • limit your rest periods
  • focus on the workout . Turn your phone off. It’s crazy how much time can be wasted checking our phones  during a workout
  • try timed workouts . Do circuits that are timed out or set your timer for 30 minutes and see how many rounds you can get done in the time frame
  • make a playlist. Make a 30 minute play list and stop skipping songs. Here is another big time waster . Changing the song searching for the right one can add a few extra unwanted minutes to your workout
  • find a workout video/program that is only 30 minutes and follow along

How long do you typically workout for? Do you love quick 30 minute workouts like me or do you love those longer ones?? Id love to know, comment below and get the convo started.

 

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My Healthier Morning Coffee

My Healthier Morning Coffee

My Healthier Morning Coffee

My Healthier Morning Coffee

Have you tried bullet proof coffee? Its def not for everyone ! I have put a small twist mine . Below is my go to healthier morning coffee that have everyday while doing my miracle morning .  The cashew milk I use only has one ingredient, cashews. The coffee mate I use to use had loads of ingredients, a bunch I couldn’t pronounce!

Ingredients 

  • hot black coffee
  • a tiny bit of butter or coconut oil
  • cashew milk

Add all ingredients to a blender. Quickly blend and pour into coffee mug. The end result should be a frothy cup of delicious coffee!

Now that summer is finally here I have also switched up my iced coffee. No more sugar or creamer filled with lots of unhealthy ingredients. I do black coffee, lots of ice and cashew milk.  I always drink mine with my metal straws!

My Healthier Morning Coffee

D you have a favorite coffee recipe? Id love to hear about it below!

 

Stay On Track This Summer And Still Have Fun

stay on track this summer

 Stay On Track This Summer And Still Have Fun

stay on track this summer

 

Summer is officially here!  This  is my favorite time of year , I love boating, the beach, bbq’s and summer nights spent outside. I know we all want to enjoy summer without giving up our health and fitness goals . Luckily we can do both. Below are some of my tips to stay on track this summer and still have fun.

How to stay on track this summer and still have fun:

Alcohol 

This could be the hardest for most people. Warm weather & summer nights just seem perfect for a cocktail! Try your hardest to limit drinking to the  weekends ( or special weekday occasions)  . When you do drink  ( yes you can still drink! )  skip those mixes that are loaded with sugar . When you are  making your drinks, use  soda water, lots of fruits and  fresh herbs. I love to make a vodka drink with flavored soda water and lots of mint from my garden! Make sure to drink  lots of water when drinking to help you feel less bloated the next day.

Nutrition + Meal prep

Don’t skip the meal prep! Most people give up on their meal prep over summer vacation. Make sure to keep it simple , don’t spend too much time in the kitchen,  or better yet meal prep on the grill so you can enjoy the nice weather. Do your food shopping on Fridays and prep for the weekend .

Make breakfast awesome, this helps set the tone for the day.  Starting your day with a healthy meal tends to help with  drinking enough water, getting  your workout in and helps you make better food choices. Load up on veggies and don’t skip the protein.  Stock up on fruits to snack on and dip veggies in salsa/ guac/humus instead of chips.

If you are heading out to a party or bbq bring  a healthy dish with you, that way if there is only junk food available you will have something to fill you up!   And lastly keep your portions in check. A whole bag of chips with guac is too much!!!

Workouts 

Get extra sweaty over the weekend  by add in a HIIT workout .  Try to push yourself a little harder during your weekday workouts as well. Now is the perfect time to add in some weight training if you are a cardio junkie! Lifting weights will help keep your metabolism fired up.

Add in more non workout activities such as bike riding with the family, surfing & paddle boarding, beach walks, frisbee, hiking  and taking a post dinner walk. We love to go on  night-time bike rides to catch the sunset when we are down at the beach.

 

Id love to hear from you!  Feel free to leave a comment below about how you stay on track during the summer! What is your favorite summer recipe or activity??!  

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