Monday, January 8, 2018

Fit Momma Giveaway

Mondays are always better with a GIVEAWAY! I’ve teamed up with some #girlboss champs to bring you this Fit Momma prize pack valued at $750!
Giveaway Details! 
  • Start date: January 8
  • End date: January 17 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Open worldwide to entrants 18+ year old
  • Prize includes:
    • Baby Jogger City Select LUX Stroller
    • Workout Outfit
    • Running Shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • All valued at $750
  • Winner drawn on January 18. Announced within 48 hours.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Our Kitchen Renovation

New Year = New Kitchen! Happy 2018!

When we walked through our house, I thought ehhh not the huge dream kitchen I was hoping for BUT I can work with it and make it my own. And luckily no one had touched it, so I had no guilt about tearing up new renovations that weren’t my style. So after months of deliberation on colors, tiles, hardware, countertops, appliances, driving my husband absolutely insane…we are FINALLY done.

So this was my BIG Christmas 2017 gift. I told the hubby to put a big bow on the kitchen, but he just reminded me to look over and that was my gift.

BEFORE

DURING

AFTER

The kitchen is a complete reflection of my classic yet unique or ambitious style. I decided on classic quartz countertops for their durability and remarkable marble pattern. I matched the white/grey countertops with a stunning herringbone pattern marble backsplash with a unique gold schluter trim that matches great with the hints of golden champagne I brought in on the hardware (pulls and handles) and champagne bronze faucet. The cabinets were professionally painted, because after our small attempt, I knew that I would be super unhappy with a DIY result. And boy am I glad we didn’t go forward ourselves because the incredible finish we have now is stunning. The color is bold, yes it’s blue. It’s a little more blue than I wanted but everyday I am falling more in love with it and it truly is a happy kitchen and a reflection of my personality. The paint color we choose was Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray. Willie did a fabulous job on the peninsula as he added a gorgeous white beadboard and trim that I love and glad it’s not the same color as the cabinets. And this DIY project is totally doable and very low cost (like under $30)! And finally my amazing appliances…the double oven is absolute heaven and my fridge is perfect, I just want to kiss it everyday haha.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Healthy Holiday Chocolate Bark

So if you know me at all, you know I never, and I mean never turn chocolate down. But with all the holiday treats and sweets, I wanted something that also provided some nutritional benefit and packed with tons of antioxidants. This healthy holiday bark is the perfect combination of flavors that indulges any sweet tooth.

Using the base of dark chocolate with a matcha tea white chocolate drizzle for layers of superfood deliciousness. This is an antioxidant power bomb in your mouth! To start, the interesting taste level (and awesome Grinch inspired green color) of the matcha tea brings tons of immune boosting, detoxifying, and antioxidants benefits. Chia seeds provide an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, and calcium. Dried cranberries provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties packed with vitamins. Raw pumpkin seeds contain a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium to zinc. All these delicious goodies provide the perfect nutritional pick-me-up while enjoying a holiday treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of powered matcha green tea
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (or pistachios)

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In two separate cups add the dark and white chocolate with 1 tsp. of coconut oil in each separate bowl of chocolates
  3. Slowly melt in intervals of microwaving and stirring the chocolate (the white will be done faster because there is less)
  4. Pour the melted dark chocolate on the lined baking pan and spread until thin
  5. Add the matcha tea to the white chocolate mixture and combine well
  6. Drizzle the green chocolate over the entire spread dark chocolate, you can have fun with big and small lines and really just use your creative freehand unless you want perfection
  7. Sprinkle all remaining superfood toppers evenly over the melted chocolates
  8. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before breaking into freeform pieces

I LOVE Christmas. It’s my absolute favorite and I’ve been enjoying spoiling Hartley with baking and treats WAY too much while being pregnant. Every day she asks to make “In-ge-di-ents”. She is such a good little kitchen helper, except when she sneaks about 20 chocolate chips. We have made about 200 cookies and treats for family and friends and packed them up in holiday boxes and trays. It’s such a nice gesture to give something made with love in your kitchen. OHHH and side track for a second…did I mention our kitchen renovation is finally complete…YESSS! I cannot wait to share photos. But anyways, you must try this healthy version of holiday bark. It is the perfect addition to your holiday baking repertoire. Everyone will enjoy this little superfood boost during the holidays. Oh and this recipe is totally kiddo approved!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pregnancy Update – 25 Weeks

Hope everyone had a very great thanksgiving filled with love, cheer, and full tummies!

When I looked at Willie the other night on the sofa and said, “I’m 6 months pregnant today” and his response was “No, can’t be…it’s too fast”. I knew I had to get some updates written down. I was all set on trying to write a pregnancy journal since I didn’t with Hartley, but just with everything going on I have had no time to commit to that. I have barley done my weekly bump shots. I have 7 bumpie’s out of the 25 I am supposed to have…whoops!

How far along? 

  • 25 Weeks + Day 6 – tracking right along for March due date – 100 more days to go!

Baby is now the size: 

  • About 13 1/2 inches. Her weight – 1 1/2 pounds – isn’t much more than an average rutabaga (according to my app)

Gender: 

  • Girl

Names:

  • Feeling some pressure on another girl name, but once list is narrowed down we will wait until she is here to decide.

Movement: 

  • Some days I can feel a lot more than others. Once I get Hartley to bed and sit down with my nightly cup of hot chocolate is when I finally get to relax and enjoy all the movement in my belly. It’s the best part of my day!

Sleep:

  • So far I’ve been able to stay comfortable and sleep a majority of the night unless Hartley or my bladder wakes me. I am starting over the knee compression socks to see if that helps with the veins and restless legs I experience sometimes.

Exercise:

  • Still working out about 5-6 days a week. I have modified some of my high intensity classes (like Kazaxe (dance class), Peloton, and Insanity) and hope to make it a few more weeks before it’s too much. Pure Barre has been an amazing once a week lunch workout treat. I’ve started to tell the difference and modifications needed for core work, but I swear it has kept the definition in my abs much longer than my first pregnancy. I also think it’s lifted my growing butt too. At the gym I am sticking to the elliptical and lower intensity stairmaster for my cardio. I’ve kept up with weights and have just lessened my lower body weight. I have narrowed down two yoga studios for prenatal yoga that I want to start in December. I’ve been getting light stretching in but not a regular yoga class since I was directed not to practice Bikram. Need to get my zen on!

How I’m Feeling:

  • Feel great. I’m one of those lucky women who LOVES being pregnant. Only thing really bothering me is my hips. They are pretty sore by the end of the day. Mentally I am a little drained with still being a full-time working mother, worried pregnant lady, holidays, social events, growing my blog business, and trying to finish some projects around the house before the baby. I know I’m killing Willie on trying to finish renos, but I want to be done and just able to enjoy my home.

Weight Gain/Skin:

  • About 17 pounds so far. I feel it mostly in my bottom half. My legs by genetics are the worst part of my body and boy do they take a beating while pregnant. I have a huge spot of spider veins that have popped up above my knee that are super painful at times?!?! With Hartley I had to get varicose vein removal too which was UGHHH the worst experience ever. Ohhh and is normal to be itchy EVERYWHERE!?!?

Food Cravings: 

  • Bagels, bread, muffins, cereal, sweets, sweets, and more sweets. I have been trying to enjoy a bit, but don’t want to indulge too much. My pregnancy diet is such a departure from my normal healthy diet, but temporary.

Food Aversions: 

  • I seem to have less and less interest in more and more foods. Nothing really satisfies or tastes amazing right now.

Survival Items:

  1. Earth Mama Natural Stretch Oil (swear by this stuff!)
  2. Rainbow Light Prenatal Multivitamin
  3. Spectrum Prenatal DHA
  4. Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant
  5. Maternity Leggings & Blanqi Belly Support Leggings

Reading List:

  1. Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy
  2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  3. Birth Happy: The Savvy Woman’s Approach to a Satisfying Birth
  4. The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Nursery Update:

  • Finished my changing table remodel. Found it for $10 at a yard sale. Painted it two-tone (pink was supposed to be rose color but more looks like Pepto-Bismol pink…oh well) and finished with pretty baskets and rose knobs (I will share later). Painted the nursery this weekend. Just used leftover paint from our main level living. It’s a stunning greige. I also found a large art piece from Target for above the crib. Probably not too much more since everything was in there from Hartley. Just need to switch their closets and just that organized as well.