MIMM #12: Muffins & A Toddler.

Good evening friends. 🙂

This week is going to be a short one so I decided to pop in today to enjoy the holiday week with my family.

I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes, that isn’t even mine. Sometimes you just have a surplus of bananas, but don’t want to make banana bread or freeze them for smoothies.

Or is that just me?20161108_123039Marvelous are these muffins…

I found this recipe online years ago when I was eating 100% gluten & grain-free. They are delicious peanut butter banana muffins. You can even sub the peanut butter for any nut butter (almond is delish).

The only thing different I do to the recipe is 2 eggs and 2 egg whites (as opposed to four whole eggs) and I sub the walnuts. Usually for pumpkin seeds or raisins for Samantha.20161108_122951This toddler has been in “picky” mode and muffins are something  she’ll always gobble up. I have a couple of other marvelous muffin recipes on the blog that I’ve experimented on her and she loves them. 20161108_122750It’s good to have a million options.

We may have seen the last weekend of marvelous, warm-ish weather.20161117_140452 It’s been chilly and windy this week.

It went from 60 degrees to 35 degrees overnight.😦 20161119_095631I suppose I can’t complain since in New England we tend to skip fall and go straight to winter in October. And we still have My Gym we could go to for marvelous fun!img_20161120_100210Time to whip out those marvelous puffy coats.😉

I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday, thanks for hosting!MIMMI hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Enjoy good food, conversation and lots of love.❤

TOL #10: Toddler Traveling Tips

Good morning friends!
With the holidays coming around and many family gathers, I’ve been thinking about what that MIGHT mean for you… traveling [and overnight trips] with your child[ren].
If you only plan to travel under an hour or two and return the same day, some of these still will be able to help, especially if you have messy or picky eaters!
Today, I am sharing with you my top FIVE car traveling tips for your toddler. Now if you plan to head on a plane, some of these can apply too!20161002_081850Our family has done a bit of traveling with our daughter. We’ve traveled this year in March (3 hour plane ride), July and September (3-4 hour car rides for July & Sept). Each of these tips helps us [and Samantha] stay sane. Check em’ out:
  1. Food, Food… did I mention FOOD?! Whether it’s having breast feeding essentials, formula or solids, make sure you pack food. A good tip to remember is to get a few bottles ready with water and packing formula already portioned out. If you’re traveling by air, the TSA will let you pass with ANYTHING for baby, just be sure to keep it all in a separate baggy. If you have snack fiends, make sure you are prepped. Sam loves whole grain Goldfish, animal crackers, berries and bananas.20161030_131347 If you’re heading out early and have a toddler, I think these snack bars by Plum Organics make a great on the go breakfast with some milk and fruit. Don’t forget a snack or two for you!20161115_121439
  2. Diapers & Other Toiletries. Make sure you have enough [and then some] diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, sunscreen, Tylenol, etc. What ever you need for baby, make sure you have it. There is nothing like NOT having enough diapers or wipes and having to pray they don’t poop galore!
  3.  Entertainment. This will vary by age, but make sure you have your child’s FAVORITES! Sam loves her rag doll, this squishy Zebra and her Elmo crayons. We also have books, Scout lappup and other fun gadgets. Just be prepared.20161030_133400
  4. Lots of Clothes. There are days where we go through three changes of clothes. Make sure everything can be mixed & matched together and have plenty of comfy items for them. Plan for 2 outfits a day, plus socks, a jacket/ coat (if it gets chilly) and shoes.
  5. Timing: Now what do I mean by this? If you know your babe’s long nap is around 11am, plan to leave a half hour to an hour before. That way you can chat with them, play tunes/ they can play and slowly start to settle into a nap on the drive. I know Samantha will fall asleep after being in a car for 30 minutes and nap for about 1-2 hours. This gives us plenty of open road travel on 2-4 hour car trips.
  6.  Open Mind: You’re baby is going to be thrown off at some point during any trip, whether you drive or fly. Try not to stress if your babe missed a nap or didn’t want to eat her usual 2:00pm snack, it will only stress you out more. If they see YOU cranky, they will get crankier; plain & simple.
Have fun and remember it’s only a short time period of them being “off.” You’ll get back to your normal routine in no time [hopefully]. Thinking-Out-LoudI’m linking up with Amanda for thinking out LOUD Thursdays and sharing what’s on
MY mind. Thanks for hosting!
Safe travels 🙂

TOL #9: Thank YOU [+ Giveaway]

 

Did day light savings time throw you off this week?20161108_101938***

Oh, guess what? The Fit Coffee Mom Facebook page has reached 100 likes! This transition has been on my mind for a few months now. I have to say, it has been a tough going from Nutritiously Sweet to Fit Coffee Mom. BfastI had established N.S over the span of 5 years. I just didn’t feel much of a connection to it anymore due to my new “mom lifestyle.” 20160823_151440I still enjoy my sweets, but I don’t find myself baking as much anymore. From time to time, I will create goodies for Samantha like her toddler muffins or some healthier Reese for myself.20160914_174000 Other then that, it isn’t a weekly occurrence as it use to be.

As promised on Facebook, I am hosting a giveaway for reaching 100 likes!

It will include a copy of my virtual bookcamp e-book for FREE. Just in time for the holidays to whip your butt into pie eating shape. I’m just kidding, but in all seriously, why else would you want to burn extra calories?bootcamp#kidding #maybe😉

Giveaway will include:

A $25 gift card to Target. Who doesn’t like Target? You can grab some coffee, protein bars and something for baby all at once.😉

And as mentioned, my Virtual Bootcamp Ebook –4 weeks of fitness, health tips & more (a 29.99 value)!

How do you enter to WIN?*

Simple. Leave a comment below telling me what you are THANKFUL for this season. For THREE extra chances to win, you can do one or ALL of the following:

  1. FOLLOW the Fit Coffee Mom blog
  2. Click LIKE on the Fit Coffee Mom Facebook page
  3. Follow the Instagram page for fitcoffeemom.

Thank again for your support friends.

I am linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking OUT Loud Thursdays, thanks for hosting!Thinking-Out-LoudHave a great rest of your week. 🙂

*Giveaway closes on November 17th 11:59 EST. Winner will receive both giftcard and ebook via email by November 20th.

Tabata Tuesday #3: At The Barre

11698540_10102263228269270_5456906521248473284_nSince my pregnancy in late 2014, I have been very into Barre and “Barre-like” workouts. Barre has helped to keep me in shape while keeping my back pretty pain free.

I was a Tabata, HIIT, kickboxing and body building junkie before pregnancy (and lower back injury from early 2014, but that’s another story).

But with severe back pain, I ended up going to physical therapy and my doctor suggested thanking things down a hundred a few notches.

Barre is low impact, yet very effective for toning up. It incorporates light weights and high repetitions as well as a “barre,” mini balls, resistance bands, etc.barreFor an great article on Barre workouts, click HERE. Most barre classes will have a similar structure: There is a warm up that will include planks and push-ups.

There will then be a series of arm exercises followed by a lower-body section to work your thighs and glutes with or without the barre. Finally, you’ll finish with a series of core-focused exercises and a cool down.6-barre-workout-lessons-to-apply-to-any-workout-01-722x406I still try to get some cardio (spin or Arc Trainer) in because Barre doesn’t really get your heart pumping as much as a Tabata or HIIT class would, which is why I decided to do a Barre Inspired Tabata routine just for you!tabata-clocks_15aAll you need is a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer app on my phone) and a set of light weights (no more then 5lbs, I used 3lbs). Set your time for 8 rounds, each round being 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 4 minutes… and GO!

‘Barre Inspired’ Tabata [8 Rounds, 32* Minutes Total] 

  1. High Knees (to modify, bring one knee up at a time for a “standing crunch”)
  2. Tricep Push-ups (on knees if needed)
  3. Plank Jacks
  4. Plié to Overhead Press (add heel lift for extra challenge)
  5. Plié Jumps (stand in a plié and JUMP!)
  6. Bicep Curls & Hammer Curls w/ Lunge Pulse (alternate between the curls for each round)
  7. [Weighted] V-Up’s
  8. Leg Lifts to Knee In’s
  9. [Weighted] Hip Lifts w/ Heels Lifted

 

*Be sure to warm up and cool down!

Check out my previous Tabata Tuesday posts:

Tabata Tuesday #1

Tabata Tuesday #2: Kettlebell Style!

 

MIMM #11: Happy H’ween!

Happy Halloween.😀20161026_102313I know I am popping in later then usual, but I am fighting a little cold. Samantha was sick (is still sick) this weekend and I could feel myself catching it. Blah. 20161031_165453We managed to get outside and enjoy some fresh air; it was almost 60 degrees on Sunday. I’m pretty sure this back and forth with the weather has plenty something to do with the cold.20161031_165520But on a more marvelous note, we were able to go to some fun activities around different towns and get our Halloween on. We are not taking Samantha trick or treating this year, but definitely next year.

We went to an event on Wednesday called “Too Cute to Spook,” where Sam was a pumpkin (thanks to my mom for the marvelous costume).20161026_101802It was at 10:00am, so geared for the little ones not in school. We also met up with Katie from Eat Sleep Repeat Mom.

The event had activities, a maze, goodie bags, snacks and crafts! Sam enjoyed munchin’ on some marvelous blueberry muffins.

On Thursday, my company had their Halloween party for the employees and their kids. Sam had a blast being a witch and running around “trick or treating” through the offices as well as playing with her “balloon animal.”20161027_162737Another costume my mom got her, thanks mom! It was a little big, so we can definitely use it again another year and maybe she’ll keep the hat on.

And to end our pre-Halloween week, Friday we went the MyGym Halloween party with the marvelous Skeleton pajamas, yes you guessed it, my mom got for Sam.😉20161028_174026There were so many kids that we ended up eating some snacks that they had out for the kids first. By that time, parents and kids started leaving, which meant there was more space to play!20161028_172458And that’s a wrap on Samantha’s marvelous second Halloween. Last year she was Snowmantha White. <3 12119054_10102366057987690_4658922490406159875_nShe was so tiny.

I am linking up with the healthy diva, Katie, for Marvelous in My Monday. MIMMHope everyone has a Happy Halloween and great week ahead!

MIMM #10: Things, Lately.

Good morning friends!

It’s been a while since I popped in just write a post. I’ve have shared some recipes and workouts like this Circuit Training routine last week.

My last Marvelous in My Monday post was August 29th, yikes.

Without further ad0, here are some things that we have been up too lately:

Marvelous is 80 degree weather in October.14639851_10102701143952730_5826920598868877301_n I can’t believe here in New England we were able to whip out the short sleeves and flip flops! It was such a beautiful day, we just had to take a walk through the park.20161023_105237With such warm weather, I couldn’t resist getting a delicious Green Passion smoothie from Panera [w/ EXTRA spinach].20161023_105221Marvelous is free snacks. I’ve been a little bored with snacks lately, so I signed up for Graze’s free first snack box. I tried it a long time ago and wasn’t too much of a fan.20161012_142602 But now with Samantha, it would be fun for her to try some things too! The cranberry & hazelnut toasted & dip on the bottom right corner is SO GOOD.

Speaking of snacks, there are time where I just want a bunch of snacks for lunch just because. It was quite tasty and kept me full til dinner.14520490_10102690539803530_205969954326188034_n In the mix is whole grain bread, hardboild eggs, peanut butter, Cabot cheddar cheese & grapes.

Marvelous is… sweater weather. My mother in law got this cute cardigan by Genuine Kids for Samantha. Now that the chilly air is coming back this week, we can wear it again.20161023_105301Marvelous is… this new workout tank that I found on Esty. I am in love with it. Ya’ll should know I am obsessed with Starbucks, coffee AND fitness. Hence Fit Coffee Mom, ya know?!20161023_105024Speaking on finds, I found this white cheddar mac and cheese on sale at my local super market. It’s pretty good, but I can’t say it’s something I’d buy on a weekly basis. 20161023_105129I do love that it has quinoa in the mix and allows you to get some delicious grains in.😉MIMMThat’s a wrap for this edition of Marvelous in my Monday. Thanks Katie for hosting, and hope everyone has a great week!

20-20-20 Circuit Training Workout

Instead of a Tabata for ‘Tabata Tuesday’ in October, I am going to share with you a sweaty circuit training workout, I’ve been having some of my clients do as of late.

This workout has 4 rounds; each round has 3 exercises that you perform 3 times total for… you guessed it… 20 repetitions each. I love this workout when I am pressed for time and want a really good total body workout.

As a mom, those “pressed for time” moments are more often then not. Best of all, you’ll need just your body weight but feel free to add in a set of weights for any exercise with ** next to it. And go!

20-20-20-circuit

Be sure to warm up and cool down before any and every workout. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at FitCoffeeMom15@Gmail.com.

For more information of my fitness coaching, CLICK HERE.

Other ‘Tabata Tuesday’ posts:

  1. Total Body Tabata
  2. Kettlebell Tabata