Halloween Recap + Twin Prep!

Happy November friends!20171104_135336It’s been a week or so since I posted – I just have not been feeling too great on top of a million appointments for the twins.

Work had a Halloween party a couple of weeks ago that I was able to take Sammy too. After pre-term labor, I wasn’t sure what we would be able to do for Halloween.

Still pregnant 😉

We also were able to go to the library for an “Adopt A Kitten” party. They had Halloween crafts, treats and of course kittens! 20171028_105554I still wasn’t sure if Sammy was going to get to go Trick or Treating. 

The twins managed to hang on and Sammy was able to get some treats on her first Trick or Treating adventure! 23130589_10103216787468990_5154106919493751389_nShe was a fairy princess this year thanks to my mom. ❤

So as it gets closer to the twins coming, I’m trying to get a little better on meal prepping and doing some last minute “thangs.”

Something as simple as putting a serving of cereal in a container + the fixings makes it super easy in the morning. For cereal I do Special K Original or Red Berries with pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds.meal prepFor the oatmeal, it’s just a plain instant oatmeal packet + chia seeds, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, pumpkin seeds mixed with water. In the morning, I’ll add frozen berries and a bit of peanut butter after I heat it up.

I’ve even whipped up some “toddler” muffins for Sammy to have a quick breakfast/ snack on hand. 20171105_133359 #ToddlerApproved 😛23031403_10103216787798330_7280472273085227599_nI was able to finish up the baby corner decor now that these letters came in from Michael’s.23130769_10103216787763400_4214589896345462251_nI spent some time yesterday sprucing up the house and disinfecting since Sammy and the husband are sick.20171105_090501 I made some “blankets” with a piece of fabric for Sammy’s dollhouse beds. She loves the ones from the library [since they have blankets].23131647_10103216787733460_7510339298492420508_n.jpgA little glue [gun] goes a long way!

That about wraps up what’s been going on in the last couple of weeks. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for weekly randomness of Fit Coffee Mom. ❤

 

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Day In The Life: Summer Day w/ My Toddler

It’s that time of the week… “hump”day!

I haven’t done one of these “day in the life of posts in a while. Now that I’ve taken my hours down a bit at work, I have more time in the week to spend time with Sammy.

Note: we don’t follow a “schedule” on playschool or Saturdays aka family day!

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7:15am: We go into Sammy’s room and find her awake (not sure what time!). She’s been sleeping in her very own big girl bed since about 18 months. On occasion, we’ll catch her reading her Trolls book.

After a few minutes of “good mornings” and cuddles, the husband or I does a quick diaper change then we get Sammy some breakfast.

7:30am: Today she wanted my Special K red berries cereal. We also did half of a banana and a piece of multi-grain bread. 20627081_10103108545796170_4293872841416132400_oI made myself breakfast or heat up some oats I prepped the night before really quick and eat with her.

8:30am: Once Sammy is done with breakfast, I get her cleaned up, her teeth brush and change her outfit depending on where we plan to head out for the day.

8:30am: Structured Activity: This is new for Sammy! We are trying to get some time planned early to get her brain flowing. At the moment we do flash cards (with “first words” or colors) or color/ word search in books. Once she gets this down, we’ll move on to numbers and letters).20170801_1059219:00am: Independent Play. This usually involves her Troll book (that’s she’s obsessed with) or her Leapfrog laptop. I found a few “toddler schedules” online and loved this idea. Especially since Sammy is going to have two new siblings in the winter, it will be good to get her used to this.

She already does well playing on her own, but now it’s structured and makes mommy’s life easier! I set a timer for about 45 minutes (on the stove) and I’ll clean the kitchen, check emails, get myself ready for the day, etc.

9:45am: Snack and Outside Play: We have different activities we do in the summer but we’ll go to the library (if it’s really hot), to the park, the beach museum or even fruit picking.20170801_11105511:45am: Lunchtime! I make sure to come back home by this time to get Sammy some lunch and some for myself too. Sometimes we’ll eat at the kitchen table; other times her little table in the living room.

Today I heated something quick; A few chicken nuggets, potatoes fries, snap pea crisps, mandarins and a couple of blueberries with a side of almond milk. 20170803_163936The blueberries were not planned… she just took them out of the fridge and handed them to me and said “please.”

12:45pm: Naptime!

During naps, I’ll do some cleaning, laundry… maybe even have a snack if I’m extra hungry!  I try to be productive, then get rest; maybe read or watch YouTube videos.20643404_10103115262256330_7681286838216990890_o2:45pm: Wake up! She usually needs a diaper change and I’ll get her a light snack to hold her until dinner. She loves Snyder’s gluten-free pretzel sicks and peanut butter! 20170718_074832I also gave her the piece of multi-grain bread she didn’t finish from breakfast. After her snack, we’ll have some “screen time” and play. Lately it’s been part of the Trolls movie, Superwings or Ruff Ruff, Tweet & Dave.

During this time I’ll hang out (and interact with her shows, asking her questions) with her til about 4:30-5:00pm and then get dinner ready.

6:00pm: Dinner is usually the tough meal of the day. Sometimes it breakfast or it can be pizza. We try to give her different foods each week but she’s definitely in pick mode!

6:45pm: Bath time!20170511_1006147:30pm: Quiet time begins. Sammy will have some milk & a few animal crackers while she reads one of her books. Sometimes she’ll want us to read it, other times she just sits quietly in bed. We do a quick teeth brushing before getting her tucked into bed.

8:15pm: Bedtime: I’ll spruce up any of Sam’s mess and her toys then relax for the rest of the evening while I wait for Pat to come home from work.20170730_19431310:30pmBedtime for mama! Some days I fall asleep by 10:00pm or earlier just because making two babies at once is EXHAUSTING!

That’s a wrap on this “day in the life of” with the toddler! Is this schedule perfect? No. Does she follow it to a “T” everyday? Not at all! But getting your toddler on a routine helps them and you too!

I want her to have some type of routine to help her out, especially for when the twins come! Her independent and free play times will be great to manage the twins while Sammy can still feel like she’s still in her routine… I’m hoping. 😉

Question: What are some of your top activities that YOU do with your toddlers during the day?

Day of Eats: Pregnant Edition

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen that we are Team… “YELLOW.”20170717_155045We are having another girl and a baby boy and we couldn’t be happier! Both babies are doing well and are healthy.20170717_155043***

I don’t think I’ve shared a day of its on this blog.

For those who may remember, I use to be “Nutritiously Sweet” before I switched to Fit Coffee Mom. I did a ton of “What I Ate Wednesdays” but then once I got pregnant with Samantha, my day of eats became boring or super receptive.

Not to mention unhealthy some days... #pregnancycravings

For this day of eats, I’ll be sharing one of my work days during this pregnancy!

This post has been requested by some, so here goes nothing. 😉

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Pre-breakfast:  I usually wake up pretty hungry, so I’ll have either toast or a banana to curb the hunger while I get dressed/ ready for my day.

Breakfast: It varies between Special K’s Red Berries cereal, oatmeal or Nutrigrain whole wheat waffles! 18671124_10103006128830590_2326381334240356815_nFor this day, I added a little chia, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, blackberries and splash of pure maple syrup.

Snack #1: I get pretty hungry quick no matter how big of a breakfast I have (because you know twins). I’ll usually do a serving of snap pea crisps with cheese… with coffee. 20170726_163407The baby boy in me make craves these salty things!

Lunch: Sometimes I’ll grab lunch from the cafe at work, other times I’ll do a frozen meal or leftovers. I try not to do too many frozen foods, but I do love these Healthy Choice steamers because you can control the sodium.20170728_075433The sauce is separate from the meal. I only add 1/4 of the sauce for flavor and I’ll add a little bit more rice for extra carbs/ energy.

Snack #2: Baby girl gives me those sweet cravings! 20170726_162240I’ll usually have some fruit. Lately it’s been red grapes or strawberries.

I’ll also do a couple dark chocolate truffles. #Yum 20170726_162005Dinner: I used to have dinner at work before pregnancy, but now I’ll have a “pre-dinner,” of a yogurt with half a bagel and peanut butter. 20170720_100921I don’t get home til 8:30pm and I am usually starving.

On these long work days, it something light like an eggwhite sandwich with cheese and maybe even 1/2 of a packet of Shakeology (or Vega Nutrition). 20170728_075404I’m still having a terrible time getting nutrients in from veggies, so Shakeology makes up for it! I also usually teach two classes (a barre & Tabata) so I need to refuel as many of those burned calories as I can.

Snack #3: Maybe a chocolate chip cookie [or 3] or some pretzel sticks if I’m feeling a little salty. 😉

That wraps of this post of a pregnancy day of eats! You can see there isn’t too much meat or veggies as I am working my way to get those in.

Eating 5-6 small meals during the day helps to keep the hunger at bay, especially with two little ones hogging my nutrients!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 🙂

Blue Apron Meals

A month ago I decided to try out Blue Apron.

With all my pregnancy cravings, meals have become tough and super indecisive on my end. I browsed through the upcoming weeks (you can skip weeks you don’t like) and found one that sparked my interest!20170627_122315I found a deal (there is always one on their site) and only paid $29.99 for my first week. Now some weeks had some delicious looking pizzas, but I didn’t want to spend the money on pizza – I wanted to get all the meat!20170627_122545If you don’t already know, Blue Apron is a meal delivery service that comes in meals for 2 or 4.

The base is 3 meals per week, but you can add more for an extra cost. They also have wine you can purchase and provide a suggestion on each meal card.

The first one I tried was the soy marinated chicken thighs. Chinese food has been a big craving this time around during pregnancy so this meal was perfect. Unfortunately veggies is no on my top list for dinner (only lunch, so I saved it). 20170627_163253We had this meal without the veggies (though I added some snap peaces for a crunch) and topped the chicken over Jasmine rice.

I was worried that it was going to have too much “spice,” but it was seriously delicious! Definitely not a combination of spices and such I would have thought of.19657047_10103063655446790_5126684735565972270_nThe second one, the honey glazed chicken breasts. Again this one I tweaked but oh my gosh it was the one of the best chicken breasts I’ve cooked. I didn’t know a little honey and vinegar would bring out so much flavor.19732334_10103063650516670_7261793852661452978_nI served this over a rice pilaf mixed that I had made the night before (saved the Blue Apron side for another day) and a small garden salad. Seriously hit the spot and I’ll definitely be making this again.19247588_10103063655751180_4091737962622397908_nThe honey mustard pork chops were pretty juicy (according to the hubs, he had both), but the flavor wasn’t all there. I definitely think this dish should have been pre-marinated as oppose to making a pan glaze.506477-blue-apronAll in all, I did enjoy trying out some new flavor/ spice combinations that I would have never tried. The portions are pretty small (and calorie dense in my opinion for the size). I sent my sister-in-law a Hello Fresh week, and the meals looked fantastic.

Blue Apron seems a little more upscale, so it you are someone who likes high-end quality food, this is something worth a try.

I find that it is pricey and not enough food for the regular price of $59.94 per week. Our groceries are about $60 per week (for the THREE of us), so this exceeds our budget for food. But it was still a fun experience; with a coupon deal of course. 😉

Question: Have you ever tried a meal delivery service before like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh?

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. 😉

Cheese & Herb Flatbread [Copy-Cat]

Secret: I LOVE American Flatbread.

I went to the University of Vermont for my undergrad degree and was introduced to the wood-fire over goodness. Cheese and herb is there number one seller and it is so delicious!http://thebrandconnection.com/rustic-crust-american-flatbread-biggameparty-twitter-party-mon-jan-28th/They use simple, fresh ingredients for their flatbreads. They even sell them in the frozen section of your supermarket. They are usually $7.99-$9.99 for a box but I get them on sale from time to time for only $5.

I know you are paying for quality but sometimes a mom has to improvise. We are working on budgeting more with our groceries now that Samantha is really eating “people food.” 20160721_115914Let me tell you, this chick can eat, hence why I decided to try and make a “copy-cat” American Flatbread cheese & herb flatbread that was Sammy approved and we could all share!20160721_115739Cheese & Herb Flatbread [American Flatbread Copy-Cat]*

  • 1 Thin Pizza Crust w/ Herbs (I use Rustic Crust Italian Herb, but use whatever you’d like!)
  • 1/2 Cup of Italian Shredded Cheese Blend (I used this one)
  • 2 tsps of Garlic Olive Oil (or mix a bit of garlic powder/ crushed garlic into olive oil)
  • 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Dried Parsley Flakes OR 1-2 Tbsps of Fresh, Chopped Parlsey

Preheat oven to temperature set for flatbread crust you have chosen. Take olive oil and spread it over the crust. Sprinkle on cheese, garlic and parsley.20160721_120325 Cook as directed on package, then eat once done! If you don’t want to buy a cheese blend, you can also just use mozzarella and Asiago cheese instead – which is on my to do list for next time20160721_114914 (1)If you are a fan of white pizza/ non-red sauce, try it out and let me know what you think! Hope y’all enjoy this recipe… happy eating. 😀

*This flatbread recipe serves 3 or 2 really hungry adults!