Friday Favorites #11

Friday Favorites #11

Happy Friday friends!

AND happy second day of October!  I love this month around this area as there is just so much fun, fall things to do. harvest festivals, pumpkin patch visits, farm tours, fall farmers markets, oh and of course what The Love Nugget is so excited for, Halloween!  This year he’s decided he wants to be an astronaut for Halloween.  Not just any astronaut but the one from Pottery Barn Kids.

Which happens to be $70!  Seriously!?!  When did costumes get so expensive?  I wish I was crafty and could make a cute one like my mom used to make me.  True story one year she made me be a bunch of grapes and taped purple balloons all over a green sweat suit.  I couldn’t sit down all night!

The Love Nugget and I are heading out-of-town for my nephews birthday tomorrow so tonight we are having a family fun night.  Hopefully a stop into the Halloween store to look for a cheaper astronaut costume :-)

Anyway, I skipped a few weeks of Friday Favorites but am joining Heather on this lovely Friday for a few favorites from our week and around the web :-)

Friday Favorites

Favorite Family – Evening walks with all my boys now that the weather is finally cooling down :-)


Favorite seasonal – Fall Sunsets.  There is just something so amazing about the sky this time of year.  Gorgeous and makes the evening drives home from teaching so much more enjoyable :-)


Favorite morning – One of my goals this month is to make it to yoga at least once a week.  Thursday The Hubby said he could take The Love Nugget to school so I jumped at the opportunity to head to the 6:00am yoga class.  Then I spent an hour before training at my favorite local coffee shop sipping on a decaf Pooh Bear Latte while getting some work done.


Now a few favorites from around the web…

Favorite Beverage – This refreshing, homemade ginger ale sounds soo good!

Favorite Treat – I went to make these Paleo Pumpkin Cookies the other day but we were out of eggs :-(  Ever since I’ve been craving them so need to make ASAP!

Favorite Style – It’s fall!  AND finally cooling down.  Which makes me want to put on big cozy sweaters, leggings, boots, and scarves.  I’m loving the big floppy hat right now but never know how to wear it.  This outfit looks so cute but yet comfy!

Favorite Halloween – So The Love Nugget is terrified of the scary Halloween decor.  He won’t even walk down the aisle that has Halloween decoration at Target.  I don’t know how he’s going to go Trick-or-Treating but honestly if he decides to skip it this year I’m okay with that 😉  Our neighborhood gets all decked out though so I want to decorate without making him sacred to enter our house.  This friendly Halloween front porch looks welcoming and festive!

Favorite Surprise Shipment – It’s always fun to get packages at your door.  Especially when those packages contain gorgeous lingerie that I might not otherwise buy for myself.


I’m a creature of habit so I tend to stick to the same boring bras and panties without venturing out.  So when I was invited to be a ThirdLove ambassador I jumped at the chance to try out new, pretty bra and panty sets!


ThirdLove really focus’ on creating comfortable, beautiful bras that are made to fit real women.  They offer half sizes as well as a wonderful app that allows you to size yourself in less than 5 minutes.


All their bras are designed with thoughtful details such as;

  • Removable pads that even out your cleavage
  • Breathable foam that bans boob sweat forever
  • Multi-way straps that complement every outfit
  • Tagless (scratch-free!) foam-lined bra hooks

Like I said above I tend to buy the same bra over and over again so I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t like the change.  However, after slipping into my ThirdLove bra I was immediately in love.  It was so comfortable and literally felt as if I was wearing nothing without making me look like a 9-year-old boy 😉

That’s it for today folks!  Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and amazing fall weekend!


  • Any fun fall type activities planned this weekend?  
  • Have you heard of ThirdLove?  
  • Favorite bra brand? 

Disclosure: Through my relationship with Sweat Pink and as a ThirdLovelies Ambassador, and I received this shipment free of charge. 

Ahhh…. Fall :-)

Ahhh…. Fall :-)

Hi friends!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!   We’re on the home stretch just one more day until Fri-yay!

This weeks been quite wonderful mainly because of the cooler, fall-like weather we are having.  We even got some rain yesterday and are expecting more today.    The rain made me want to put on cozies and curl up on the couch yesterday.  Which was just what I did for a few hours while The Love Nugget napped.  A mug of tea, yoga pants, and my laptop.  It was wonderful!   Short lived of course.  The delivery man came to the door causing the dogs to go crazy (as usual) and wake The Love Nugget after an hour.  It was definitely an hour enjoyed though!

The cooler weather had me itching to bake something.  Since we still have a ton of apples from our visit to Apple Hill, I whipped up these Mini Paleo Apple Muffins to take to Afterburn today.

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Switch it up with Viva® Vantage® Paper Towels!

Switch it up with Viva® Vantage® Paper Towels!

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Did you know that you can use a paper towel to dry your hair,  to chill white wine or to strain grease from both?

I didn’t either until I learned about those and many more clever ways to switch up everyday tasks using Viva® Vantage® Paper Towels at a fun event I recently attended.

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Why I Decided to do the 21 Day Fix

Why I Decided to do the 21 Day Fix

I’ve been keeping a little secret from you all.  Not necessarily a secret but something I’ve been doing for the past month that I haven’t been blogging about.  For a few reasons really.  One I didn’t want the judgement.  Since I’ve been blogging about living a mostly paleo lifestyle for a few years now, I know some people will read that I’ve jumped on the Beachbody bandwagon and call me a hypocrite.   The Paleo community definitely doesn’t agree with a lot of the philosophy behind many of the Beachbody programs and I through many people would judge me based that.  Two, I wanted to see how I felt before sharing my thoughts and opinions.  Obviously I would be honest either way since that’s how I try to run my blog but I wanted to really feel out the program before sharing my thoughts and opinions.

Now, before I get into those thoughts and opinions, let me give you a little background on the past year of my life.

If you are new to my blog you may not know we’ve had our fair share of fertility struggles the past few years.  You can read about it here, here, here and here.  Most recently I shared that our first round of IUI (via timed conception) didn’t work.  I was disappointed but also a little relieved.  For one our chances of having triplets (or more) was very high.  Two, I haven’t been feeling like myself for quite some time now.  In the past year I’ve had to gain weight, cut back on exercise, and take hormones that my body did not like.  At the end of our first round I felt bloated, depressed, puffy and just not me at all.  I started thinking.  Is this the best way to start a new life form?  Will I have a happy pregnancy if I’m feeling like this before I get pregnant?  I decided to take some time off for me.  Which included, getting back on track with my eating, fitness, and overall health and well being.

I knew I didn’t want to lose a bunch of weight and I definitely didn’t want to jump back into overdoing it with my exercise (which I have a tendancy to do).  So after much contemplation I decided to start a program I had heard a lot about.  The 21 Day Fix through Beachbody.  I’m no stranger to Beachbody.  The Hubby and I did the P90x back in 2008 and had great results.  We also did Insanity which was fun but so intense as each workout was cardio driven and an hour long.  I know now that isn’t what’s best for me.  Regardless, I wanted something that I could do at home without having to create my own workout.  Something that was short, had varied workouts and wasn’t too intense.  So I bit the bullet and purchased a 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack.


Let’s first talk about the food..

When it arrived I felt a little leery about all the portion control.  For years I’ve worked at getting out of a mind frame where I’m worried about how many calories I’m eating.  This leeriness grew as I calculated my daily caloric intake based on the calculations in the 21 Day Fix book.  When it said I should only be eating 1200 – 1400 calories I got a little worried.  I didn’t want to drive my body back into starvation by not consuming enough food.  So I decided to follow the plan for the most part but aim to take in a little more calories than the suggested amount.



Lunch of baked sweet potato, spinach, ground chicken and salsa 

The other thing I was a little worried about was the carbohydrate intake.  I didn’t want to add back in breads and gluten so I needed to make sure I was getting in enough carbs.  This actually ended up being pretty easy.  I would just switch out the suggested carb portion (bread, pasta, etc.) with a carb source I’m used to like sweet potatoes.  I did however begin adding back in some gluten-free oats because I found this to be a quick and easy carbohydrate source that I didn’t react negatively to. So this worked for me.


Overnight oats with plain yogurt, cinnamon, stevia, banana and sunbutter 

As I started using the suggested containers for meals.  I found that my previous portions were much larger than they should be.  I was finding that at the end of my meals I felt satisfied but not stuffed.  I was still hungry for snacks throughout the day but by having to use the containers for those snacks as well, I found that I did less mindless snacking which is my biggest struggle.  At the end of most days I felt full,  but not bloated.  Satisfied and most nights didn’t need the extra snack as suggested in the evening.



Afternoon snack of 1/2 an apple, 1/2 cup plain yogurt mixed with cinnamon and 2 tsp. sun butter 

The meals were very similar to meals I already eat and I really liked the emphasis on eating real, clean foods rather than processed foods.  After a lot of research, I did order the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology  as suggested by my friend Gina.  One scoop was usually way too sweet for me so most days I would have 1/2 a scoop in the morning as a snack and 1/2 a scoop later.  Or just skip it completely and depend on real foods for my nutrients.

Now on to workouts…

The workouts were the main reason I decided to purchase the program.  After coming off a month of not working out much and wanting to get back into it but  not over do it, I knew I needed something that wasn’t going to be too intense.  Plus I have found that I have less time lately to go to the gym myself and honestly was tired of trying to come up with a workout I wanted to do at home.  I just wanted someone to tell me what to do so figured the videos would be a good fit for now.


What I found was that the workouts were all pretty good!  Definitely not intense but a good way to work up a little sweat and all were great workouts.  I enjoyed that they were only 30 minutes long and offered a light warm up and cool down.  I found it easy to squeeze them in early before The Love Nugget woke up.  If I didn’t get it done in the am, it was easy to find 30 minutes to do it somewhere else during the day.  I even got The Hubby to do the yoga with me in the evenings a few times!  If there was a day the I worked out at Afterburn or at the gym I would just skip a cardio workout from the 21 day fix so I wasn’t over doing it :-)


So I’m sure you’re all wondering what I thought.  I actually ended up really liking it!  At the end of my 21 days I felt SO much better than I did before.  I ended up losing just a few pounds, and an inch around both my waist and hips.  Nothing drastic which is just what I needed :-)  I also toned up a little in my arms and mid section.  I didn’t take before and after pictures as suggested in the program since I wasn’t doing it to see a ton of progress.   I’ve since adapted some of the portion control into my daily habits and have enjoyed having the workouts to do at home when I don’t feel like thinking up something myself.

I definitely think it’s a great program for anyone looking to gain control over their eating habits and fitness.  There are a lot of ways you can modifications based on your needs.  If you’re someone like me who might not want to lose a ton of weight, it tells you how to do that.  If you want to add in more workouts, it gives you tips on how to do that.

I didn’t love how restrictive it said I should be with my calorie intake but again, because I know my body needs more calories I was able to adjust that.  Everyone is different and being aware of what you need is so important!

Overall I would recommend it to anyone wanting something they can easily do at home, in a short amount of time, and need a little help with their diet.

If you’re interested in learning more about this program feel free to email me!


  • Have you ever done a Beachbody program? 
  • What are your thoughts on at home challenges?
An Evening in France Dinner Party

An Evening in France Dinner Party


I mentioned yesterday that we hosted a super fun, French dinner at our house this past weekend so today I wanted to share a little more about that.

There’s a small group of us that get together once a month for a fun family dinner.  We rotate who hosts it and the hosts picks a country/theme, plans a yummy dinner then the guest bring wine that goes along with the theme.  Our first dinner was Spanish themed and we enjoyed Sangria and Paella.  Yum!

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Weekends are for Fun!

Weekends are for Fun!

Hi friends!

Long time no chat.  Things have been a bit busy over here lately which means blogging has been but on the back burner.  I’m not giving up on it yet but you may not see as much from me as life just seems to get busier and busier!

Speaking of busy, we had a lot of fun, busy happenings this past weekend which seems to be the usual around here.  It’s funny because you often here people say, “weekends are for resting.”  Not in our house!  Well actually, probably not in a house with anyone who has young kids.  These days everyone is running around to different sports, parties, activities etc.  It’s all fun but definitely busy!

To kick off our fun, busy weekend, we hosted our monthly friends dinner at our house.  This months chosen country was France!  I’m going to share more details about what our fun French dinner a little later but for now I’ll tell you it was definitely a success!

After a late one Friday I woke up Saturday feeling a little exhausted.  However, no time to rest!  I had to quickly get up, ready and out the door to teach the two morning classes at Afterburn.  I demonstrated through both classes then changed and my boys met me to head downtown for the Sacramento Farm to Fork Festival!

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I Scream you Scream we all Scream for… Pumpkin?

I Scream you Scream we all Scream for… Pumpkin?

I friends!

Since yesterday was the first day of fall, and everyone has been going pumpkin crazy since September 1st, I figured I’d share some favorite pumpkin recipes today.

Bring on the pumpkin!

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A Day in the Life – Tuesday September 22nd

A Day in the Life – Tuesday September 22nd

Good morning!

Happy first day of fall!  Really hoping we start to get some fall temperatures soon.  I’m ready for boots, sweaters, scarves and all things pumpkin!

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Dreaming of Fall Weekend

Dreaming of Fall Weekend

Hi friends!

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall!!!!   To say I’m just a little excited about that would be an understatement.  The only bad thing is, it doesn’t quite yet feel like fall…

It’s still pretty hot here hence the froyo post yesterday.  While having cold sweet treats like that one are great I’m just so ready for fall.  So much so that we tried to pretend like it was fall this past weekend :-)  We lit fall candles, got out our fall decor and headed to our favorite annual fall fun place, Apple Hill!

Apple Hill is an area just north of Placerville that has tons of farms, wineries, produce stands, and of course, apple orchards!

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Last week, our weather was absolutely gorgeous!

Cooler temperatures, light rain, crisp breeze…. It finally felt like fall!

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