Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was pretty chill with a few runs at the park and a long awaited get together with a couple girlfriends. I’ve lost count of what week of this situation we’re in, but I know it’s been too long since I got to see my friends.
We are all being careful and taking safety precautions and thankfully a couple of us were able to meet up in honor of Trisa’s birthday. I know it meant the world to her and to us too. We’ve been friends since college and I can’t believe we are in our 40s now!
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Did that title draw you in?! 😉 Even though I cook most of my own meals at home, I often wish there was a fairy that could deliver healthy prepared meals right to my door. Sakara might not be a fairy, but it’s definitely a Godsend of a service that I’m beyond thrilled to have tried and would be happy to use again in the future.
I’ve used meal delivery services in the past and enjoyed them, but with those, you receive the ingredients and still have to cook them yourself.
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Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Ours slowed way down when James came down with the stomach bug that had him down for the count all day Saturday. And Jordan napped for three hours, so that was reeeealllly nice for a change. On Sunday, everyone was feeling good and we spent a lot of time in the backyard enjoying our beautiful weather.
Finally, Sunday evening I went for a jog with Jordan in the jogging stroller (something I haven’t done in forever!),
Today I’m sharing an easy white chicken chili recipe that you can make in a slow cooker! But first, a little on how this recipe came about…
I’m so thankful to have such a great group of mom friends at my son’s school. We hit it off when James started Pre-K3 and he’s in third grade now, so we’ve all really gotten to know each other over the years. About a year ago or so, we put together a Bunco group so that we’d have a standing monthly date on the calendar to get together. You know how it is,
Good Monday morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are starting this week with a refreshed spirit, ready to tackle this week ahead! I’m excited about a fresh week and a clean slate to get all the things done and to continue on the healthy food journey I started. I thought I’d share what I eat in a week since eliminating meat in my diet to help you come up with healthy meal options or put together your own meal plan!
Eating Less Meat
After two weeks of totally being off my game- just busy with work and life and not consistently working out,
Good morning friends! It’s been a while since I’ve given you the lowdown on what I’ve been eating and it’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately, especially after the swimsuit dressing room post, so I’m happy to share my typical daily meals with you!
When I was in my 20s, I could eat whatever I wanted and it never seemed to affect my shape. #thosewerethedays Now that I’m in my 40s, it’s another ballgame for sure! I have a pretty big sweet tooth, but I’ve noticed that when I indulge too much,
Since my meal planning post, the next obvious question is, “what are you eating?” and specifically, “what’s for dinner?” Before I started religiously meal planning on Saturday morning, I used to dread that question because I often had no good answer! My son eats the same thing on repeat, but since Jordan started eating what my hubby and I eat, I needed to have good dinner options on hand most of the time! She’s a great eater, but I realize she wants to eat real food that tastes good. As long as that’s what’s served, she’ll usually gobble it up!
On Stories, when I asked you what you were most interested in or needed the most help with in organizing and productivity, I was flooded with responses! It seems we all have areas we struggle with and many of us have too much to do and never enough time! By far, the overwhelming majority of you said you wanted tips with meal planning and I totally get that! The struggle is real with “what’s for dinner?” We go through that in our house too. I’m not above admitting that some nights it’s cereal for dinner! It happens!
Welcome to a new year friends! Are you feeling alive and ready?! Or more like ready to stay under the covers?! I, for one, am feeling very ambitious and excited about 2018! Ever since I was a little girl, 8 was my favorite number and my son turns 8 this year! When you have a new baby, it’s easy to think, “I never want you to grow up, stay a baby forever.” But, my experience has been that each stage and each age gets better and better as your child grows and your relationship expands. It’s truly the best thing in life!
*Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring today’s post!
As we settle into our fall schedule of activities, I’m finding less and less time to do my meal prep. Time to call on Blue Apron! I’ve used this service before with great success. This time I was looking to do one of their meat-free options to change it up because my husband has been on a semi-vegan kick lately. The Summer Vegetable Paella was a perfect way to end our “summer” and head into fall with a festive dish!
Hi friends! We’re approaching the end of the week and our fridge is starting to look bare again. I try to make it through the week with just one trip to the grocery store, planning my menu and then shopping on Saturday or Sunday. These two summer salads have been on repeat this summer, so I wanted to share them with you today. Both of the recipes are from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good Cookbook. I bought the book on the recommendation of my foodie friend Nat, and it has redeeming qualities, like the two recipes below (and more),
Happy Monday friends! This weekend flew by and I’m feeling like I need a rewind! My in-laws were visiting with us, so we kept things pretty low key and just hung out. I had some down time, so I went through all 46 pages of the women’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog online and narrowed down the “must haves” from each category so you don’t have to feel like you missed something- there’s too much!
Then, after going through everything, I had to place another order- shhh, don’t tell Jimmy!! for things I didn’t see in my store and wanted to try out. I’ll share them with you on Friday when the sale opens to everyone! In the meantime, if you find a field of money trees, send directions!!
On Sunday, I got to visit a very special friend in the hospital and I wanted to ask for your prayers for this precious little girl named Savannah. She’s just two days older than Jordan and has already undergone her second open heart surgery. On Sunday, she was doing well and in great spirits, smiling and scooting around her hospital room floor in her Minnie Mouse pajamas, showing me her toys and handing me books to read to her. She’s already been in the hospital for 3 weeks this time and so ready to go home. I don’t even know how her mom is holding up, but she says any mom would do the same. She’s asking for all the prayers she can get that the surgery was successful (she won’t know for 3-6 months) and if you leave your well wishes in the comments or on my Instastories, I’ll forward them onto her. Thank you so much!
I couldn’t think of anyone who would appreciate a warm, cozy circle cardi more than a mama staying with her baby in the hospital, and she loved it! I picked up 4 more for Christmas gifts too. 😉
Today, I’m answering two of the most frequently asked questions around here- what do I eat in a day and how do I plan my weekly menu?? Although my bikini contest prep days are in the past, I still try to eat healthy most of the time with protein at each meal and 4-5 meals each day. I’m hungry that often, so it’s no problem for me to eat that often and I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off!
I do indulge in sweets though- it’s my weakness! I workout 4 times a week and still prefer a strong, athletic build, and even though I’m still working on my ab separation, I have seen an improvement with consistent workouts and more ab-focused exercises.
I’m not the biggest fan of grocery shopping just because it usually takes so long and it’s harder to complete with kids in tow, so I sometimes order groceries online for pickup at Kroger or my husband goes. Usually on Saturday morning, I take stock of what we have left in the refrigerator (not much), throw out the bad leftovers, and spend a good 30 minutes browsing my cookbooks or Pinterest boards for healthy meal inspiration.
I have to think about including Jordan in these meals now since she’s a good eater who eats a lot and thankfully, everything! James is still super picky and eats his same food without much branching out. I’ll usually pick 4 recipes to cook and plan for leftovers, along with a couple things to eat for lunch and snacks to have on hand.
Using this Grocery List magnetic pad helps me organize things because I can write on the left side what we’ll be eating and put the groceries we need on the right. I think it’s out of stock now and I might cry because it’s the pad I like the most!
Hi guys! Did you have a good weekend?! Ours slipped through my fingers like quicksand! It was one of those busy, busy ones where I feel like I definitely need another day of weekend! Yesterday, it was off to the car show and James’ favorite restaurant (iHop). I love doing weekend outings together, but at the car show, I was mostly chasing Jordan and trying not to lose the boys! But at least I was comfy! Flats and soft, cozy pants for the win!
Good Monday morning friends! I hope you had a great weekend and are starting the week feeling refreshed and ready to go. Our weekend was packed with baseball and parties and even a couples’ date night, which is always a good thing.
Today, I have another food post for you and this one is even better because I’ve got Jordan cooking in the kitchen with me with one of our Blue Apron meals. She’s been a great eater since Day 1 and it’s crazy to look back and see how quickly she’s transitioned from homemade baby food and purees to mostly eating what we eat,
In my quest to become a better cook this year, and so I don’t get bored with my typical meals, I committed to trying one new recipe a week. One new recipe doesn’t feel too overwhelming and has been pretty easy to incorporate, especially if you take a few minutes on the weekend to decide what the recipe will be. My intention is to branch out, get more comfortable with cooking and new flavor combinations, and try different cooking techniques. I use Pinterest, cookbooks, websites and also Blue Apron to mix things up.
Because I’m trying to get back into good shape before Jordan’s first birthday, I’ve been sticking to a diet that’s 40% protein, 35% carbs, and 25% fat. It’s the same thing I did during my 40-Day Challenge, except I upped my protein by 5% and lowered my fat 5%. I got good results then, so I’m back at it! I needed to after ALL the food and sweets I ate during the holidays!
During the day, I still pretty much follow the bikini meal plan (because it works and is so easy to do,
8/22/16: Weight 111, Body Fat 22.7% (starting stats)
8/29/16: Weight 108, Body Fat 21.7% (Wow! Lost one whole point in a week, fantastic!)
9/07/16: Weight 106, Body Fat 19.1% (OMG! I’m at my goal already! I thought it would take longer!)
p.s. I’m 5’1.
I always weigh myself first thing in the morning when I wake up, but by the time I weigh-in at the gym, I’m a couple pounds up. I decided to go with my weight at the gym since that’s the number my trainer uses when calculating my body fat.