FFavorites #3: Dry Shampoo, Sweet Goodbyes, 100th Class & More!

Happy first Friday of the month!

It’s actually my FIRST Friday off in quiet some time; we are talking some time last year. I have other days off of course, but I love Fridays for less traffic and not to mention there are many activities that fall on Fridays at the library.

Last week, I taught my last few classes at Orangetheory. I started teaching there (before I knew I was pregnant) in April. Unfortunately the doctor said I needed to cut back on stand/ intense activity. 20170728_143014Everything at Orangetheory is modifiable but as an coach, you need to be able to demo the exercises efficiently and in proper form.

Hence me needing to take a step back. 20170728_084927They had a sweet little “goodbye” table for me with goodies. It was a fun morning and I even did a little competition in each class to win some Quest bars.20170728_060256Quest sent these Beyond cereal bars for the Orangetheory Westford crew to try out. The waffle is my favorite and is quiet delicious plus only 110 calories.

By the way, I have a chance for you to win a couple of waffle ones NEXT week. Stay tuned!

Speaking of bars, I’ve become obsessed with these peanut butter fudge Power Crunch bars. They just might be my new favorite brand!20507765_10103108465452180_7506811353208065794_oIt is so good and satisfies my chocolate peanut butter cravings, not to mention gives me some protein and bit of iron.

I finally reached my 100th class at Pure Barre a few weeks ago! I would have hit it sooner but you know #morningsickness. I had my first class with Emily and my 100th! 20170720_052857Here’s to 250 whenever the twins and toddler allow it to happen. 😉

Speaking of twins, since being pregnant (currently 21 weeks) this time around, I’ve gotten quiet lazy. 20525934_10103107167812660_1098829112357129064_n[Oh and check out my Time Turner necklace from my birthday. Any Harry Potter fans out there?]

Well, kidding… kind of. I’ve just been super tired and don’t want to spend a ton of time standing in the shower (due to my leg swelling).20479899_10103107103995550_6999484495086265186_n-e1501714787550.jpgI tried this Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo out at Orangetheory and fell in LOVE. I’ve tried many different brands but this one actually does the trick for my hair. I have very fine, oily hair.

Other brands I’ve tried weighed my hair down or made it more oily looking. Definitely check this one out! 20525454_10103107167742800_4771281198426195937_nI purchased mine at Target.com and in the above pictures I am going on day FOUR no wash (never before could I do that).

Lastly, I found these  Little Duck Organics fruit & veggie freeze dried snacks on sale at Whole Foods and decided to let Sammy give it a try. 20170803_165412She loved it all, except for the edamame. Guess that only makes it two-thirds of a favorite.

I’m linking up with Heather over at Life In Leggings for Friday Favorites. Friday-Favorites-Button-Life-In-Leggings-Link-Up-2Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Don’t forget to stay tuned for that giveaway coming NEXT week. 😀

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 😉

FFavorites #1: July Favs!

Happy FriYAY. 😀

This is my first Friday Favorites on this blog and I am super excited to recap some of my favorite moments, finds & such of July. Tomorrow my baby girl is going to be ONE. Where did the time go?

  1. NYC trip: It was a smooth ride with the babe to and from NYC. 20160711_115928I got to hang out with my family and Sam got to visit the Bronx Zoo, Playland the beach, eat some Spanish food. Fun week!20160711_141220

2. Canobie Lake: The fiance and I had on overdue date together and we went to Canobie Lake! My first time there. Both of us hadn’t been to an amusement park in years, so it was fun to feel like a kid again… without the kid. 😉IMG_20160721_2148143. Chobani FlipHoney That’s Nuts! There are times where I like having Greek yogurt for breakfast if I know I’m going to have a busy morning. This Chobani Flip kept me full and fueled for almost the whole morning.20160802_075736

4. Core Hydration Water: I love that it has electrolytes + minerals and has the perfect pH to balance your body. I save these for those super hot, muggy days.IMG_20160729_132347

5. Fruit Picking: We went raspberry picking early in July and blueberry picking yesterday at Smolak Farms. 20160804_100958Nothing like getting your fruit straight from the source!13512001_10102573927071380_940931602135429243_n

6. Breakfast Dates: Let’s face it… it’s too hot to cook all the time. Sometimes Sam and I would go out for breakfast dates [sometimes Dad would come too]. It’s always nice when someone else cooks for ya. 😉20160717_083512That’s a wrap of my recap for July favs. There were plenty of fun things over the last month, but these are the things that stood out the most. favoritesI’m linking up with Heather over at Life In Leggings. Thanks for hosting!

Question: What was YOUR favorite thing about July 2016?

Thirsty Thursday!

Happy Thursday. 🙂

I’m dropping in today to share a guest post from one of my co-workers, Shelby! She is a fitness coach and instructor. She’s here to tell you about the importance of drinking water. Something that I’ve been focusing on more as the summer heat hits. 636013925362627019725559220_internet_of_things_for_waterI find myself wanting iced teas, lemonades or diet sodas. The real fix is good ole fashion H2O with a bit of lemon. Not drinking enough water can do some crazy things to your body… keep reading below to find out!

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Hello, everyone!  My name is Shelby.  As an online fitness coach, I love Thursdays.  Why?  Because I’ve nicknamed them Thirsty Thursdays and these are the days when I get to really tell my online clients the importance of water.  So when Sabrina asked me to be a guest blogger for her and I realized the article would come out on a Thursday….SCORE!!!

After 19 years in the fitness industry, I could LITERALLY give an all day seminar on water alone.  That’s how important it is.  And…true confession.  I often use water to gauge how successful my clients will be in their fat loss.  If a client resists the idea of drinking more of an odorless, tasteless, inexpensive, and refreshing liquid, then I know they are not mentally ready to change their life around.

But unfortunately, in my journey as a coach, I have discovered that telling people super simple ways they can increase their water intake rarely get more than a “great idea!” from many people.  Nope.  It seems that BAD, SCARY, NEGATIVE news gets people’s attention much faster than the whole, “here’s your simple fix” articles that I prefer writing.  But never fear.  I like to give the people what they want!  So this following article is designed to put the FEAR AND HORROR of dehydration in you. Then maybe perhaps, you’ll hurry out and buy yourself a nice water bottle and start guzzling away.  And if you DO drink plenty of water each day, then give yourself a pat on the back and read this article anyway. 😉

First, let’s start with the obvious. Water is everywhere that there is life.  Water is essential to life.  Don’t drink it for 3 days and you could die. Water is essential to the earth.  70% of the earth is ocean. Water is essential to food. Rain makes plants grow (one of those plants is the cacao bean, which makes chocolate…just sayin’). Water is even essential to fun.  After all, jacuzzis, beer, and lake houses do not just happen in the dessert.

So why is it that many people are chronically dehydrated?  Quite simply, whether it be a migraine or fatigue, people don’t realize that their symptoms are caused by lack of hydration. So now, let’s go over some of the things that people experience that could be due to lack of water.  Granted, I’ve super oversimplified some things.  But you’ll get the idea.

Migraines: when you’re dehydrated, water is restricted to the brain.  Literally your brain shrinks.  Seriously.  So lack of water causes headaches and even migraines.  Think about it.  Your brain is this round ball suspended in water in your cranium.  When you’re dehydrated, water is removed from your blood, lowering your blood pressure.  So now the brain has less cushioning.  It also has less electrolytes, causing the brain to release pain signals. Fotosearch_k15390049Overeating: In nature fruit and vegetables have lots of water.  Juicy apples, WATERmelon, lettuce, carrots, corn.  All have water.  But in this modern age, we don’t go for that.  We go for things like donuts because they come with our coffee.  Or candy that we can suck on..and has tons of sugar.  So being dehydrated signals to us to eat in order to get water.  But either we get it with tons of calories, fat, and/or sugar.shalqinInfections: When you don’t drink water, you don’t pee less often.  You just pee less.  And this means that your urine is more concentrated with waste and more acidic.  Can you say…UTI?  Can you say…bladder cancer?  Yes, peeps.  I do NOT exaggerate.  Research found that higher fluid intake is associated with lower bladder cancer rates. (Total Fluid and Water Consumption and the Joint Effect of Exposure to Disinfection By-Products on Risk of Bladder Cancer, Michaud D.S., Kogevinas M., Cantor K.P., et al. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2007 Nov;115(11):1569-72)

Fatigue: When you don’t drink water, you get fatigued.  You know how you feel groggy and just not “with it” when you wake up?  Well, you’re dehydrated!  You haven’t had water in 6-8 hours!  People will often say they can’t “wake up”  without a cup of coffee.  Really, it’s the water that helps get people going.Fotosearch_k4327608Mood Swings:  Blood in the body is mostly water. And therefore, it carries electrolytes vital for cellular function.  One of those functions is hormone production. So water helps regulate hormones and hormones help regulate mood.  You know how women are pretty much a different animal when they have their period?  Well, blood loss is a type of fluid loss!  And yes, dehydrated men get “hormonal” too.  Next time you feel like you’re not “yourself”, don’t go out for a beer.  Just drink water.

Fat Storage:  Lastly, being dehydrated causes your body to hold onto fat.  Why?  Because fat can be used to store water.  So in order to burn fat, you must provide your body with plenty of water so that it will store fat effectively. Your body needs extra water in order to use fat as a fuel.

If you’ve been lethargic, hit a weight loss plateau, or are noticing that your headaches are on the rise, make a special effort this week to turn things around.  Put an alarm on your phone that will remind you it’s time to drink water. Buy an app. Flavor your water with fruits.  Make more soups.  But just please make sure to raise 8-13 glasses of water to your lips on this beautiful Thirsty Thursday!

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Have YOU drank enough water today?

 

TOL #8: Hello Balance!

Can you believe it’s June already? IMG_20160525_174117I seriously feel like this month… well this year for that matter is flying by. I think it is true that the years go faster by with kids, this love bug is almost 10 months!DSC_9455-10 Even though the days feel slow sometimes, this year is just flying by.SAmsillyI find myself having more consistency as time goes by and as Samantha grows and gains more independence.20160528_163741 I designated Wednesday mornings to be “catch up on computer stuffs” day.IMG_20160525_070844I also find that I’m getting back to my “normal self.” Finding the time to take care of myself, eating right and accomplishing my goals. fruitHello shorts confidence wearing self!IMG_20160528_163616Can’t wait to enjoy the summer ahead with this babe.FreetoBeSamSamantha and I signed up for MyGym for the month so expect some updates about that place. I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out LOUD Thursdays. Thinking-Out-LoudHope everyone is having a great week! 🙂

MIMM#8: Gernanium Fest, MyGym & More!

Happy Monday friends!mondayWhile I eat my marvelous breakfast (oats, cinnamon, hemp & chia seeds, pb & rasps), I’ll  be popping in for a marvelous in my Monday post. 20160521_075237 - EditedThis past weekend I tabled at the Geranium & Kids festival in Lynnfield, MA. I was at the Mamas Move booth (the pre & post-natal fitness center I work for). 20160521_125543-1 - EditedMarvelous is some local businesses coming together for this event!  Samantha and daddy even stopped by to keep mom company. She even snagged a marvelous Elmo animal balloon.20160521_125545-1 - EditedMarvelous is nut butter for $1.00. I’ve been wanting to try PB & Co. nut butters but never have. Until Walmart had this bad boy for only $1.00. #winning.20160519_213657Marvelous is one of my clients losing 20lbs!

Megan has been such a joy to work with. She’s following my Bootcamp program as well as doing some one on one training. She’s been working with me since the end of January and looks fabulous.IMG_57061Marvelous is finding “MyGym.” MyGym offers kids classes for all ages to help them learn/ stay active. They even offer their first class free.SamTunne I wanted to try it out since it’s closer to home then where I work. Samantha had a blast and I got a workout from chasing her around!20160520_123116 In a nutshell; they had circle time in the beginning, an activity planned for one of their five senses, separation time, story/ song time and a circle to end.20160520_124924They also have times for “practice & play,” where you can just come in and use the “gym.” Perfect for those rainy or too hot of days. :-)MIMMI’m linking up with Katie for marvelous in MY Monday!

So what’s going on in YOUR next of the woods? Hope it’s marvelous too and have a marvelous week.

 

Starbucks & Sunshine.

My first official Mother’s Day down in the books. 

I must say, it was a pretty awesome one. I think Pat made me the best breakfast EVER.IMG_20160508_102412Everytime I go to Starbucks, I get a Venti ice water. I find drink through this cup and straw just helps me get my water in. Whatever works right?

My mom so graciously got me a REAL one for Mother’s Day. My family gets my Starbucks problem. #noShame.20160507_082607Gotta treat yourself to a delicious flour-less cookie.20160501_121746Since the weather was horrible on “actual” Mother’s Day, Pat let me redo it yesterday. He said I could go ANYwhere. 20160511_132614I really wanted to go to the farm (mostly to get an apple cider donut) to walk around and get some Vitamin D. I think she enjoyed herself!20160511_132619Now that the warmer weather is upon us, we can to sit by the river and watch the sun go down, without freezing our bums. 😉IMG_20160510_191122 (1)I’m linking up with Amanda for thinking out LOUD Thursday.Thinking-Out-Loud Hope this week brings plenty of sunshine to your thoughts!

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