Weekly Food and Fitness Plan

Hello everyone!! I took an unexpected long weekend away from the blog, hope you guys enjoyed the weekend as much as I did! The warm weather this weekend had me craving spring like crazy, hello sunshine!!

Brent’s travel schedule has been crazy lately so he was gone again last week. Thursday we had a special birthday dinner at my in-law’s house, the girls had a blast running around like crazies, ha!

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Happy Birthday!

Friday we enjoyed having daddy home, playing chase around the house and being goofy…

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Cheese!

We all were tired so we hit the sack pretty early Friday night. Saturday we had a big day! It was my niece’s 3rd birthday party so we had breakfast and then spent the day at the zoo!

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Charlotte LOVED feeding the giraffe’s, the zoo gives you a bundle of lettuce for $3, that $3 was worth every penny for the joy it gave Charlotte! Funny story-Last time we fed the giraffe’s I had the bundle of lettuce in my hands getting and we were getting ready to feed them when a thief of a giraffe came up and ate the entire bundle right out of my arms! Needless to say we had to go and purchase more lettuce and try again…

IMG_2396This was my conversation with Charlotte on the way home from the zoo… “Mama, I’m tired” “Close your eyes baby” “But I want to sleep in my own bed” how cute is that? She wanted to nap in her own bed, but obviously you can tell by the picture above that the sleepiness eventually won and she passed out.

Sunday we were all pretty tired from our big day Saturday so we watched church on TV in our PJ’s, best invention ever! Then we spent the entire day outside, we setup some chairs on our driveway with our neighbors and let our girls play in the cul-de-sac, and after nap took Charlotte to the park. She could seriously swing for hours…

IMG_2372Then Sunday night was the Oscar’s (!!!!) Yay Leo, you will forever be my high school crush. Though I’m not going to lie, sometimes watching The Oscar’s makes me feel totally out of the loop when it comes to film.

Here is this week’s food and fitness plan

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Did you watch the Oscar’s? Any surprises?

Tell me a highlight from your weekend!

 

 

Thankful Thursday

Good morning everyone! How has the week been so far? So far we’ve had a great week!

I think being grateful for the things we have is a great practice for everyone to do, so here are a few things I’m thankful for…

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  • For these two nuggets, they make the whole SAHM gig super enjoyable. It’s awesome because they are best buds without the whole sibling fighting or rivalry thing 😉
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  • For this man….he is a wonderful father, provider, husband, man, friend. I’m truly thankful for his presence in my life.
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  • For learning to love myself, just as I am. This may come easy to some but it doesn’t come easy to me. I’m a lover of perfection so I’m learning to give myself grace and to be gentle with myself.
  • For coffee and wine because these are the things mom’s live off of am I right?! 😉
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  • For the upcoming almost 70 degree weather we are getting this weekend. I cannot.even.wait,!!!! I’m learning that after January hits I’m quite the fair weather loving girl. I am totally all for snow between October-December but once January hits, give me all the sunshine and warm weather! We are celebrating my nieces 3rd birthday (how the heck is that possible?!) at the zoo this weekend, so we will soak up all the vitamin D our bodies can handle.
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  • For Charlotte’s preschool teachers. I’m super thankful for these two ladies who love on, teach, encourage, and help our kiddos two days a week. I’ll be sad when she gets moved to her big girl preschool class.

 

Tell me…what are you thankful for today?

A Super Simple but Yummy Dinner

I have this super simple but yet super delish recipe that every time I make it gets devoured. I also have shared with some friends and they love it too! I am kinda embarrassed to call it a recipe since it’s seriously so easy but I’ll share it anyway!!

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One Pan Sausage and Veggie bake

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 russet potato peeled and chopped
  • 3 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • bushel of Brussel sprouts sliced or chopped
  • 2 packages of your favorite chicken sausage sliced (we really like a spicy one like mango chipotle and a sweet one like apple and chicken)
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tbs. pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Chop all veggies, place on baking sheet
  3. Coat veggies in olive oil and toss with seasoning
  4. Top veggies with sliced sausages and place in oven
  5. Bake for 45mins to 1 hr depending on how crispy you like your veggies and sausage
  6. Enjoy!

*Note* We like to put this recipe over the top of some cous cous or quinoa and serve with a side salad, glass of wine is optional but recommended 😉

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Hope you enjoy!!

A Letter To My Newlywed Self

A letter to my newlywed self

There I was in my first period French class of freshman year of high school, I was so nervous/excited/anxious. Our classroom was split in half so one half of the class was facing the other half of the class. There he was…bright blue eyes, rosy cheeks, tall slender body, and gorgeous lips. Each class we would make eye contact, smile, and look away. This interaction lasted a few weeks, I kept waiting for him to ask for my phone number or my AOL screen name. (yes, I realize I’m aging myself. AOL chat was THE thing when I was in high school). Finally, as the class gathered by the door before the bell rang, he asked. I was so giddy the rest of the day and immediately signed into AOL as soon as I got home from school and waited….and waited….then I heard the *ding* and all the butterflies started going crazy in my belly. We instantly hit it off, we both played basketball and enjoyed the same types of things. Our first official date was chaperoned by his mom (we were only 15 at the time) and we went to the movies to see “Shanghai Noon”, what a stupid movie haha! After that day we were inseparable, we wrote notes to each other in class and would pass them in the halls between classes, hung out after school, played basketball together, went to all the school dances, he was my love.

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We dated on and off through college (took some time apart to do our own thing) but were engaged the February before college graduation. We were 22 and in love, excited to start our lives together but had no idea what we were doing. We had the wedding and honeymoon of our dreams.

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When we returned to reality we quickly learned we didn’t really know how to have a successful, thriving marriage because we were both so young and still so selfish. So now after almost 9 years of marriage this is the letter I would write to my newlywed self:

Dear newlywed,

You are about to embark on an amazing, exciting, difficult, beautiful, journey called marriage. There will be great up’s and down’s in this journey but keep these things in mind.

  1. Marriage is designed by God and therefore is good. “God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage…So guard the spirit of marriage within you” (Malachi 2:15). God cares about your marriage and wants it to succeed, however that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Marriage is more about selfless love and refining you into who God designed you to be than it is about butterflies and lovey feelings. It takes great maturity to lay down your life day in and day out for another person, learning to take hold of that maturity will be key. “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace…But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.” (Matthew 19:11-12).
  2. Your marriage will not always look like a romantic movie. There are countless romance movies that tell the beautiful story of a man and woman falling in love. The kisses that make a woman get swept off her feet, the romantic gestures, and then the movie ends. Most movies don’t touch on what happens in the middle and end of a marital journey. We spend so much time planning the perfect wedding but not enough time preparing for what it takes to keep a marriage thriving. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!'” (Luke 14:28-30). Create an extraordinary vision for your marriage that includes what you want it to look like in the middle and end.

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    Our 1st Wedding Anniversary

  3. There will be hard times, sometimes seemingly impossible times. Since marriage is the joining of two selfish, sinful, people it is bound to come across difficult times. “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” (1 Peter 4:12-13). Know this, you will hurt your spouse, and your spouse will hurt you, but there is room for forgiveness and reconciliation and even a stronger bond on the other side of the difficulty. You and your spouse are a team and should work for a common goal in all good times and more so in challenging times.
  4. You should always seek your spouse’s best interest and put their needs above your own. This was a hard concept for me to grasp at the beginning of our marriage. However, once I changed the terminology to me ‘serving’ him it changed my attitude toward it. Serve your spouse with encouragement, helping them fulfill their goals and desires, and giving them freedom to pursue their interests.
  5. Comparison really is the thief of joy. In today’s society filled with Facebook and Instagram it can be easy to compare your life with other’s highlighted life. Don’t! Remember that ALL couples argue, and go through ups and downs. Focus on the good in your spouse even on days when the good is hard to find. Know that your marriage is YOUR journey, each marriage is different and will take a different path in different seasons. The grass will grow where you water it….meaning put the effort you would normally use into comparing into your marriage and it will do you a lot more good.
  6. You will love your spouse more than you thought possible when they become a parent. The day Brent became a dad will go down in history as one of the most beautiful and sacred moments of our marriage. The look on his face when Charlotte was brought into this world was full of love, pride, and joy. Watching him interact with her, love on her, discipline her, has changed the way I look at him. I never knew how much my love would grow for him once he became the father of my daughter until it happened.
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Proud new Daddy

Marriage takes work but it’s so extremely worth it. These past nine years have been the best of my life and I’m really looking forward to the adventures coming our way.

If you could write a letter to your newlywed self what tips would you have??

 

 

Weekly Food and Fitness Plan

We had a really great, low key weekend over here. My husband was gone all week traveling for work so it was really nice having him home Friday. Friday We went to story time at the library and picked our books to check out for the week. Charlotte loves to read, we read throughout the day but mostly she really enjoys her 2 library books we read each night before bed. Friday afternoon and evening we really just relaxed and enjoyed Brent being home!

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“Mama, take my picture in front of this tree!”

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Playing with Playdoh outside!

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Best cuddle partners

We had a really great dinner Friday night, I’ll share the recipe later this week.

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So good!

Saturday I literally didn’t take one picture, we spent the whole day outside because it was so nice. We took the dog to the dog park and Charlotte to the park. The park we took Charlotte to has a really awesome stair incline on one side, so while Brent played with Charlotte I got a killer workout.

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I went up this and ran down the half-mile trail that brings you back to the bottom of the stairs twice, so good!

Sunday was church with my loves…

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“What did you learn at church today Charlotte?” “About Jesus, He bit a shark!” haha! PS my husband is hot!

Meal and Workout Plan

Monday-Spaghetti with meat sauce and salad. 60 minute cycle class

Tuesday-Tortilla Soup-We are supposed to be getting a cold front with some snow (boo) so this yummy soup will be in the crockpot but I’m subbing chicken for Turkey. Tuesday is a 60 minute Muscle Max class

Wednesday-Healthy Ranch Chicken Skillet-60 minute Cardio Strength Class

Thursday-BLT’s with tator tots (or as Charlotte calls them-Minion fries)-60 minute B.U.R.N. class (HIIT class)

Friday-Homemade Pizza and salad, yum! 60 min Body Pump class!

 

Any highlights from your weekend?

What’s on your food/fitness plan this week?

 

 

What My Two Year Old Eats

I’m going to start the post with a preface; my daughter has always been a great adventurous eater with a good appetite, until she turned two! I love the topic of nutrition and try to be responsible in my food choices for our growing daughter. I homemade all of her baby food with organic fruits and veggies, I started adding probiotics to her milk when she started drinking it, she didn’t have any sugar her first year of life, etc. Things quickly (and annoyingly) changed after she turned two. We now have DAILY I mean d.a.i.l.y. struggles over meals, something I’m still kind of trying to figure out! So here are some meals that we she has been eating lately.

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Applegate chicken sausage, organic cheddar cheese, apple with peanut butter, organic mixed veggies

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Whole grain toast with peanut butter topped with sliced banana’s and a sprinkle of chia seeds, fried egg, apple gate chicken sausage, vitamins, whole milk

Blueberry Chobani yogurt, protein pancake, apple gate sausage, defrosted organic cherries and blueberries, vitamins and milk.

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Egg bake, whole wheat toast with grass fed butter and organic strawberry jelly, vitamins and whole milk.

 

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This was Valentine’s breakfast, heart shaped pancake with pink sprinkles, heart shaped apples and sausage.

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Chicken burger, salad, and sliced strawberries.

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Jasmine rice, sliced steak, stir-fry veggies, and stir-fry sauce for dipping.

As you can tell we really love the apple gate chicken sausage around here, it’s easy/nutritious and has protein. You’ll also notice a lot of these pictures are from breakfast, it’s the least crazy meal around my house. Lunch is almost always leftovers from dinner the night before or some sort of snack plate and dinner is just usually too crazy for me to remember to take a picture.

So tell me…

What’s your toddler’s favorite meal/food right now?

Any ideas you would like to share?

A Letter to My Daughter About Her Self-Worth

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Dear Charlotte,

Right now you lay up in your bed sleeping peacefully as I think about the past two and a half years you’ve blessed me with. I still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with you, I cried and cried so thankful and excited for the life we would have together. Each morning as you grew in my belly I prayed over you, for your protection, but mostly for your future and who you would become. The moment you entered this world I remember saying how beautiful you were, I couldn’t take my eyes off you, I was instantly and overwhelmingly in love with you. As you physically grew so did your personality, your emotions, and your mind. I am daily taken back by how insanely smart, kind, loving, joyful, hilarious, beautiful, and sweet. I know that as you grow older you will become more aware, aware of yourself, the world, the people in the world and how they look at you. What I wish I could give you is the gift of being able to see yourself through my eyes everyday. I don’t want you to ever think less of what I described you as, but I know someday you will. When those days come there are some things I want you to forever remember…

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  1. You are fearfully and wonderfully made-When you were created in my womb, God had a specific design and plan for your life. A life that is full of joy, fulfillment, and beauty. You are here on purpose, for a purpose. Know that the plans God has for your life are way more than what you could ever think for yourself, be ready for an amazing journey! “The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” Psalm 37:23
  2. You are loved by so many people that all want to support you and see you reach your greatest potential. Know that you are never alone, even if life can sometimes seem lonely.
  3. You are beautiful on the inside and out. This world will want you to believe that outward beauty is what women should strive for. I don’t agree, I think beauty comes from within. Caring for people, having a gentle spirit, being respectful, possessing confidence, and loving well are all things that make you beautiful. Even though you are outwardly beautiful focus on the inside more and that brings outward beauty. IMG_1851
  4. You are strong and much stronger than you may believe. Don’t give up and don’t give in! You truly can do whatever you set your mind to accomplish, so dream big baby girl.
  5. You are so smart-You amaze me by the things you say and do. Continue to stick with your love for reading and learning, this will bring great things your way.
  6. Be willing to give yourself grace and plenty of it at times. You will stumble, you will fall, but always get back up. Know that mistakes and wrong turns can bring a beautiful outcome when looked at with grace. I wish I had been nicer to myself through the mistakes of my life, but you have the chance to do well in this from the beginning. Be loving towards yourself.
Charlie girl, if there are days when you feel “less than” remember these things I’ve told you, for they are all true. I pray you find your self-worth through these things and not what society thinks is worthy.
Thank you for making me a mama and allowing me to (hopefully) teach you how to navigate this sometimes scary world.

WIAW

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me today for my first ever WIAW (what I ate Wednesday), note that I am not a dietitian just posting a day of my own eats 🙂

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Breakfast consisted of Crave Check, coffee (must have!), egg bake with a side of toast and Olly Vitamins

Before my morning workout I took Catalyst, dropped my cutie pie munchkin off at school and enjoyed a 60 minute Muscle Max class!

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After my workout I drank a recovery drink that I SWEAR by, I don’t get very sore anymore, seriously! Try it! You’ll be glad you did

Lunch was so yummy, leftover chipotle for the win! Plus an iced coffee for an afternoon pick me up.

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Sleep good!

Sleep good!

While Charlotte napped I worked on the blog, did some laundry and caught up on a little bit of The Bachelor. I haven’t watched this show in years but for some reason I decided to give it another shot and I’m hooked again. Who likes who so far? I like JoJo and Lauren B.

After Charlotte woke up we took Maverick for a walk and I did some paint touch-ups in the house. We just built a new house and when we moved in we dinged a couple corners, found a few spots that needed help. The builder left us with a paint kit so I went around doing the walls and baseboards. Anyone else love the smell of fresh paint?

Time for dinner! Brent is traveling for work so I made just a quick fried rice and egg rolls for Charlotte and I.

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I had an appointment later this evening so my mom and brother came over to watch Charlotte for me. I got home around 8 and it was time to get Charlotte to bed (she’s normally in bed by 7). I finished up The Bachelor episode I started earlier with a small glass of wine and a handful of Cashews.

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10 o-clock rolled around and it was time for bed!

Thanks Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW!

Your turn…

Any yummy eats from your day you would like to share?

Any other Bachelor watchers? Who do you like?

 

 

Life and Death and What’s In Between

Having someone close to you who is nearing death is an odd experience. I had lunch with this person today and I watched her closely, the things she looked at, her smile, the way she smelled and looked, how she spoke to me. I tried to put myself in her shoes, having lived a full and long life knowing the end is coming sooner rather than later. Does she feel satisfied in how she lived her life? Does she have regrets? Is she scared or ready? I don’t know the answers to those questions but I want to have firm answers for myself in my own life. I lost my dad at the ripe young age of 12 and it was so unexpected I had no time to prepare or reflect. Now that I’m adult and have the ability to look at the bigger picture of life I have been really trying to dive deeper into its meaning and purpose.

A few weeks ago the church I attend spoke about the top regrets people who are dying have. I thought I would touch on those today and maybe we all can reflect a bit and make some changes if necessary.

  1. I wish I would have had the courage to live more true to myself-This one really hit hard for me. How many times do we try to fit a certain “mold” in our lives? We try to be more girlie and refined for a boy we like, we try to be more outspoken and hard for a friend you want to impress. When do we have the courage to live who we truly are and let the bricks fall as they may? I am working on being faithful to my authentic self in all that I do, this is a work in progress.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard-Ouch right?! I can hear everyone now, “but we need to pay our bills”, “I’ll have time to travel and experience life later”, “I need to focus on my career while I’m young”. I’ve said a few of those statements myself, however, how much are those statements based on fear? I believe life should be a healthy balance of work and the things we really enjoy. We should work to live not live to work and that is something I’ve been better at since having Charlotte.
  3. I wish I would have stayed in touch with my friends-In the past week how much have you been in contact with your close friends? I would say I have been slacking in this department. The excuses that come to mind: I’m too busy at the moment to call them, I’ll text them later, they are probably busy, I’m not feeling very social-throw those excuses out the window! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reached out to a friend that was on my heart and they tell me how timely the phone call or text was. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to connect with a friend when they need you but don’t know how to reach out. The woman I spoke about above just spent the whole weekend with a friend of 50 years (FIFTY!) and they had so much fun together. They stayed up late talking, had indulgent meals, laughed, and supported each other-what a blessing! Let’s make time for the people who matter in our lives so we don’t have this regret as we get older.
  4. I wish I had let myself be happier-THIS my friend is so important. I have noticed more and more how unhappy people are becoming, why is this? I think one thing is people are afraid to step out on a limb and change, the familiar is so comfortable but could also be what’s making people unhappy. Happiness is truly a choice, our lives are filled with choices each day, choose what makes you happy! Reflect on #1, find who your true person is and make choices that would fulfill that life you want. We get ONE life, there are no do overs, lets choose to be happy.

Life is beautiful, messy, joyful, terrifying, heartbreaking, and an adventurous journey we only get to take once. Let us pack our bags with the things that will equip us with the most fulfilling, satisfying journey with no regrets!

 

Weekly Meal Plan/Workouts + Weekend Recap

Happy Monday Everyone!! How was your weekend?! Have a Valentine hangover? 😉 Here are a few highlights from mine…

Friday was so ridiculously gorgeous here we decided to have a picnic on our driveway, our friends bear, elephant, stitch, snoopy, and olaf joined us 😉

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Like mother like daughter

Can she be any more beautiful?!

Can she be any more beautiful?!

Pretzel and blueberry picnic

Pretzel and blueberry picnic

I’ve been looking forward to Saturday for awhile, my husband’s two sisters invited me to an event at Upstairs Circus. You pay an entry fee which includes unlimited mimosa’s (yes, please) and the supplies to the craft of your choice. I was actually really surprised by the craft options you could choose from.

I made this piece that I’ll be putting in our bedroom

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These girls make me happy

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Saturday night we went to my in-laws house to meet the new additions to the family!

Meet Bella

Meet Bella

Meet Rosa

Meet Rosa

These pups are 4 year old rescue dogs and fit into the family really well. They are sweet cuddle bugs 🙂

Sunday was Valentine’s Day and we started the day with heart shaped breakfast, because it’s cute and why not?

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Weekly Meal Plan and Workout Plan

Monday-Avocado Chicken Enchiladas-21 Day Fix Plyo workout

Tuesday- Chicken Curry Rice Bowls-Muscle Max class at the gym

Wednesday-Leftovers-Run 5 miles

Thursday-Sausage and Veggie bake (let me know if you guys want the recipe for this one)-HIIT class at the gym

Friday-Chipotle (Friday’s are Chipotle days 🙂 )-Body pump

 

Tell me a highlight from you weekend…

Any awesome workouts planned this week?