Tabata Tuesday #2: Kettlebell Style!

Morning friends. :-D

I am dropping in today to share another Tabata workout! This time, we are going to be using kettlebells. If you are wondering “what the heck is Tabata” then you need to check out THIS post first.

Today we are NOT going to get that fancy with moves, but we are going to get a heart-pumping kettlebell routine going! Are YOU ready?

All you need is a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer app on my phone) and a kettlebell! I use a 10lb one but if you don’t have one, a dumbbell will suffice.

If you have ANY questions on moves you can CLICK HERE for a demo of the ones you might need to double check like the swings.

Alright, let’s GO!1934284_10102418558541160_6217047951363467874_nTotal Body Kettlebell Tabata Routine [8 Rounds, 32* Minutes Total] 

MOVE #:

  1. Figure 8’s
  2. Two-Handed Swings
  3. Alternating Lunges [w/ Overhead Press]
  4. Upright Rows
  5. Front Squat
  6. Deadlifts
  7. Clean & Press
  8. Plank & Row [Alternate sides- shown in photo]

*Be sure to warm up and cool down/ stretch!

Great Wolf Lodge (Review)

Happy FriYay!

I am popping in today to share with you a review of our stay at Great Wolf Lodge of New England. We originally were going to go camping but then the ad for Great Wolf popped up on my Facebook feed. The weather was going to be rainy, so I figured it was a sign to go here instead.

I signed up for a member deal that was to get up to 15% off and $50 resort credit for each night you stay. That $50 could be used anywhere; dining, arcade, giftshop, etc.!

We only stayed for one night and arrived at the hotel at 2:00pm. You are allowed to check into the resort at 1:00pm and enjoy the park.20160919_194000Check-in was a breeze. I’m sure that partly has to do with the fact that it was a Monday and school is back in session. We got to our room, unpacked and put our swimsuits on.

Although they recommend you have your things packed if for any reason you can’t check into your early (room check is at 4:00pm). family-suite-newma-1-img6457-1200x500When we got to the room, there were gummy bears and Dasani water bottles for us (I LOVE gummy bears). We got the deluxe suite since it was the same price as the double.

I was worried that Samantha wasn’t going to be able to nap, but she had so much fun that she tired herself out and napped very well! The beds and pillows were super comfy.14332968_10102666731760040_3724989365170879989_nWe first went to the water park to before hitting the arcade after dinner. I loved that they had life jackets the kiddies (and that you didn’t have to bring or purchase one).20160919_160938For dinner, Pat ordered a pizza from “Hungry as a Wolf.” The pizza was a little pricey but was delicious, even Samantha gobbled some up.

After dinner, we went to the arcade and won some fun things for Samantha. We ended up missing story time, but managed to swing by for music time and relaxation by the fireplace.20160919_194317It was time to turn in for the night. We relaxed and watched some TV before heading to bed. I opted not to get the breakfast buffet because we knew there was going to be a fridge and microwave.

We brought cereal, fruit and other goodies. 20160920_125833Patrick did get me a pumpkin spice latte from Dunkin (which is inside the resort) as a treat! We went downstairs to the water park. Now it said on the door and on our room schedule that it opened at  9:00am.

By 9:20am, an employee had come down to change the sign and said it didn’t open until 10:00am. We were a bit upset since we had planned out the morning based on check out time (11:00am).

Pat and I went to talk to the front desk and they offed us a late check out (2:00pm) and credit for the arcade while we waited for the park to open.

I’m sure if it was summer, we probably wouldn’t have received such a great compensation. 20160920_102348We stayed at the park for another couple of hours before heading upstairs to allow Sam to nap.

While she was napping, we packed up and relaxed. I was a little worried that we weren’t going to enjoy it too much because we had Samantha. 20160919_165735There were only a couple things Pat and I couldn’t get on because you needed two people and she was too small to ride. There was a single slide and tube rides for us to enjoy. Not to mention the wave pool, lazy river and water play area for kids.20160919_163252Overall, the Gendrons had a blast on their mini family vacation. Pat liked it so much that he said he wanted to make it a yearly [or every other year] adventure!

Question: Have you ever been to the Great Wolf Lodge? If so, which one and how did you like it?

Healthier Reese Peanut Butter Cups [Recipe]

At first I wasn’t going to share this recipe because well it’s just so simple. But I think sometimes we forget delicious recipes are just that; simple.

I had a mean craving for Reese peanut butter cup. My husband is obsessed with them and it was just on my brain. Yes I am married now, but a post on that later.😉20160914_174024I decided to use my noodle and make a healthier, cleaner alternative with a hint of protein. I used silicone cupcake liners for the peanut butter cups, but feel free to use small containers, ice cube tray, etc.

Technically this recipe only needs 4 ingredients, but I like the touch of the sea salt and vanilla. Feel free to experiment with different nut butters/ extracts too!20160914_174000Healthier Reese Peanut Butter Cups* (Makes 6 PB Cups)

  • 80g Dark Chocolate (Chopped, 70% or higher)
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Warm Water
  • 1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (about 2 Tbsps)
  • 1.5-2 Tbsps Natural Peanut Butter

Place the first four ingredients in a small bowl and microwave for 20 seconds at a time until all the chocolate is melted. Once melted, throw warm water into bowl then stir in protein powder until everything is well blended.

You should have a consistency that is a little thicker than pudding. Place a thin layer at the bottle of each liner/ container. Then add 1/2 to 1 tsp of peanut butter to center. Once that is complete, add the remaining chocolate to cover the peanut butter. 20160914_172346You can use a spoon to smooth it out. At this point you can leave as is or top with goodies like I did with the peptias.

Place in freezer for about an hour (or overnight if you can). Keep them in freezer and when you are read to eat, let them sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes, then eat!

Question: What’s your favorite candy (or from when you were a kid)? I use to be obsessed with Starbusts and M&M’s. M&M’s I still like do but eek to Starbusts!

*can be made vegan by using a vegan chocolate and protein powder

MIMM #9: The Secret Is…

Last week was the last full week of August… or summer depending how you see it. Many are going back to school or coming back from vacation.

A lot of marvelous things happened last week like:

My Bachelorette party at Muse Paintbar. Thanks Katie aka EatSleepMomRepeat. And to answer your burning question, I am getting married September 3rd!20160823_191426My Gym gondala swings.20160828_095725Beach date with marvelous friends.20160825_145149 A ton of free organic baby food jars from my coworker.20160828_202635And with all these jars, I needed an idea. 20160823_151457So I thought of a marvelous one; “why not use them in my toddler muffins instead of yogurt?” 20160823_151453Okay well it didn’t go like that. I ran out of yogurt and really wanted to make them for Samantha for the week ahead.Resized_20160823_131746You can use any baby food jar that has banana and grains, sweet potato or pumpkin’d one. If you don’t have a baby or baby food jars, feel free to use pumpkin puree instead.20160828_202559#Pumpkineverything season is coming after all.20160823_151440.jpgCinnamon & [Sweet Potato/ Banana & Grains/ Pumpkin] Toddler Muffins* [makes about 2 dozen mini muffins]:

  • 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I used this one)
  • 1 cup oat flour (click here to make your own)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I used pure cane, feel free to use other)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (use cow’s or coconut too!)
  • 1 Sweet Potato, Banana & Grains OR Pumpkin Baby Food Jar (4oz)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter (or your choice nut butter)**
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl mix together first five [dry] ingredients until combined. In a small bowl, mix together the almond milk, puree of choice, egg, peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Add this wet mixture to the dry and stir until combined. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of muffin mixture into a muffin pan then bake for about 14-16 minutes or until lightly golden.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. These store great in the fridge for about a week and freeze well too.

Feel free to top with a little granola or add other toppings to your muffin and tailor it to your little ones!

I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday. Hope everyone has a fantastic week and happy early September!MIMMQuestion: What’s your favorite non-traditional baby food jar idea?

*Inspired by this recipe

**Feel free to nix the nut butter all together, but I find the fat is better for the muffin.😉

Tabata Tuesday [#1]

My FAVORITE workouts include those that use Tabata training. I decided to do “Tabata Tuesday” posts once a month on the blog and share some of my favorite variations of Tabata.62c9c21ad18b3fee9500c3a57842f1ecNow some of you may be wondering… “what the heck is Tabata?” Or maybe you heard the word before and still are not too sure what it is.

Tabata is simple; one move, four minutes long, 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Now sometimes I like to get fancy and alternate two moves in one four minute set.

Today we are NOT going to get that fancy, but we are going to get a heart-pumping kettlebell routine! Are YOU ready?TabataAll you need is a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer app on my phone) and some weights that are challenging. For myself, I used 8lbs for this routine. Be sure to warm-up and cool down for THIS and any exercise route you perform.

Alright, let’s GO!20160822_130947Total Body Tabata Routine [8 Rounds, 32* Minutes Total] 

  1. Weighted Abdominal Crunch
  2. “V-Up’s” [Weighted]
  3. Russian Twists [legs up if you can]
  4. Chest Flies
  5. Weighted Wall Sit [or Squat Hold]
  6. Bent-Over Row to Tricep Extensions
  7. Deadlift to Upright Row
  8. Plank and Row [Alternate]

If you want to learn more about Tabata training CLICK HERE. If you have any additional questions, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at FitCoffeeMom15@Gmail.com.🙂

Samantha {12 Months Old}

Our “not so baby” girl turned a whole one year old on August 6th.13962749_10102626797972670_5126688078771877970_nWe made it through the first year. She grew from six pounds to twenty and from 18 inches tall to 30! 13934822_10102616453358360_8169598819087040644_nWe couldn’t be more in love with our summer love bug.FB_IMG_1470688125919Her birthday was Elmo themed as she is obsessed with the monster and anything red.13975433_10102616453787500_4814578181214728686_oShe didn’t want to eat her cake but she did decide to naw on her Elmo car and animal crackers. 13962803_10102616453882310_5856164550045106744_oSamantha’s current favorites BESIDES Elmo?

The Beach.IMG_20160818_171435Fisher Price Musical Lion Walker.20160813_181910Apples & Sneaking Food Out of The Fridge. IMG_20160815_171113Baby Backpack Walking.20160815_111423My GymIMG_20160811_194220An old favorite but we took a summer break!20160814_094257Marshmallow 2-1 Flip Open Sofa.20160809_204944Though it is Elmo, she is obsessed with having her very own couch.

Can’t wait to see what this second year brings.🙂

 

Toddler Blueberry & Yogurt Muffins [GF]

I was making Samantha these pancakes for breakfast, but wanted to change it up/  do something easy in bulk. Muffins are easy and are even easier to make in bulk. I had a lot of blueberries and yogurt that needed to be used up, hence these bad boys.

Now I will warn ya; the reason they are called “toddler” muffins is due to lack of sugar. The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup, but I used 2 tablespoons and Samantha was a-okay. She doesn’t know the difference, but you might. There is plenty of sweetness from the blueberries and vanilla.20160731_083455If you must, add the 1/2 cup of sugar. I assure you, you won’t miss it. You can also make this recipe vegan by using soy, almond or coconut yogurt in place of cow’s. These can be used as a quick breakfast or even a snack.

Enough chit chat… let’s bake!
20160729_202409Toddler Blueberry & Yogurt Muffins* [makes about 2 dozen mini muffins]

  • 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I used this one)
  • 1 cup oat flour (click here to make your own)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I used pure cane, feel free to use other)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup organic low fat/ full fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 heaping Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter (or your choice nut butter)**
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl mix together first five [dry] ingredients until combined. Stir in blueberries until they are coated with the flour mixture. In a small bowl mix together the almond milk, yogurt, egg, peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Add this wet mixture to the dry and stir until combined. Be sure not to over mix or you’ll crush the blueberries. Place about 3 tablespoons of muffin mixture into a muffin pan then bake for about 14-16 minutes or until lightly golden.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. These store great in the fridge for about a week and freeze well too!

Question: What’s your favorite quick and easy breakfast or snack to make in bulk?

*Inspired by this recipe

**Feel free to nix the nut butter all together, but I find the fat is better for the muffin😉