A Day In Our Lives + Wild Zora Giveaway

A Day In Our Lives + Wild Zora Giveaway

Oh hey there!  How’s life treating you all these days?  Yes, we’re still alive, and still busy as ever!  Which means blogging has still been pretty non existent.  Still, I’m okay with that for the time being.  Family comes first!

I figured since we haven’t chatted in awhile, I’d pop in and share what a day in my life looks like lately.  Of course it’s always changing as things just do when you have kids but just for fun here’s a peak at our Tuesday 🙂

4:50 – Tuesday’s start early for me as I teach the 6:00am class at Burn-IT.  It just so happened that my little muffin woke up at 4:49 and wanted to eat so perfect timing!  We aren’t on a firm schedule as far as eating/sleeping goes.  Most nights he wakes 1-2 times to eat.  Sometimes like this past Monday he wakes more frequently and wants to eat all the time…  I blame the full moon for that night 🙁  Anyway, I feed him, then get some coffee, check in with my challenge groups and head out the door for class.

6:00 – Workout and coach a 45 minute HIIT class.  We did 15 minutes of treadmill intervals, 1 min at a jog, 1 minute at a push pace, 45 seconds at an all out sprint.  Then did a floor circuit which left us drenched in sweat!

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7:00 – Get home and quickly shower while The Hubby finishes up breakfast with The Love Nugget.  Blend up a pumpkin pie green smoothie for me (and some for The Love Nugget) then get the Muffin Man up and get us all dressed.

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7:45 – out the door to take The Love Nugget to school.  Drop off is 7:50 which is WAY too early in my opinion…

8:00 – Back home to nurse my little guy real fast before heading out to run some errands.

8:50 – Meet a friend for coffee and some shopping 🙂

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BTW I’m not normally a huge Starbucks fan but when those red cups roll out along with my favorite peppermint latte’s I can’t help myself.  My treat drink is usually a almond milk latte with one pump of peppermint.  Yum!

11:15 – Pick up The Love Nugget from school, chat with some other moms and his teacher then homeward bound.

11:30 – Nurse the little muffin then help The Love Nugget get his lunch while heating up mine.

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PB and J, carrots, mandarin for him, baked cod, rice and vegetables for me 🙂  Prepped ahead makes for a fast lunch!
12:30 – Put the baby to sleep then search for plane tickets while The Love Nugget plays outside.

1:15 – Finally book our tickets to Cabo in February then call the Love Nugget in to take a rest.  We read a story together then he reads some books on his own.

1:30 – While he rests, I clean up, put away laundry and get some work done.

2:00 – Love Nugget wakes up and we color then he plays outside while I get some stuff done on the computer.

2:45 – My little muffin wakes up and I feed him then we head out to run a few errands.

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We eat a quick snack on the way home of mandarins and Wild Zora Jerky.

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Speaking of that snack, we’ve been obsessed with both mandarins since it’s their peak season right now, and Wild Zora bars.  I’ve mentioned before how much we enjoy these grass fed meat and veggie bars on my Instagram but wanted to share here with you all.  Wild Zora  was created by a health conscious woman named Zora who wanted a healthy snack to feed her family.  One that was free of grains or gluten or soy or added sugar or MSG or Nitrates.  This was hard to find so she decided to create one herself.  There was born Wild Zora bars!  A delicious combination of grass-fed meats and veggies.

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Flavors include;

Parmesan Beef Bars with Kale, Tomato 

Chili Beef Bars with Kale, Apricot, Cayenne Pepper

BBQ Beef Bars with Kale, Tomato, Red Bell Pepper

Curry Masala Turkey Bars with Spinach, Dates, Cardamom
Mediterranean Lamb Bars with Spinach & Turmeric
A delicious snack I can happily feed my family and myself 🙂
4:15 ish – Get home and feed the little muffin again then get help The Love Nugget build with his fort boards.
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He was really focused on making a letter L.
5:00 – Get dinner together, tonight is soup with broccoli, chicken, carrots and butternut squash.
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6:00 – After cleaning up, it’s time for bath time!

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Then he eats again while The Love Nugget watches his show.  Little man falls asleep when he’s done.  It’s a little early for him to go to bed but oh well.

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He doesn’t take a pacifier and isn’t a thumb sucker but enjoys those two fingers…

7:00 – The hubby gets home from work and takes The Love Nugget upstairs to read stories and get ready for bed.  So I watch a little Gilmore Girls on Netflix and relax on the couch.  Everyone kept telling me to watch it and now that I have I can’t stop!

7:30 – Hubby comes downstairs so we hang out and watch some DVR’d This Is Us.  Love that show!

8:30 – I head to bed since I know I’ll be waking up to feed my little muffin in a few hours… He usually wakes around 1:00 and 4:30.  Someday we’ll sleep train…

Now for something fun!  As mentioned above, I’m giving away some of our favorite healthy snack lately.  Wild Zora Bars!  Follow the instructions below and enter to win!

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Stay Healthy with Mega Foods Winter Wellness Pack

Stay Healthy with Mega Foods Winter Wellness Pack

Every year at least someone in our family gets sick.   I say at least but it’s usually all of us at some point during cold and flu season.  I’m not a huge fan of the flu vaccine especially when pregnant so we try to keep ourselves healthy through other ways.   While we don’t always manage to completely steer clear of illness’, we do manage to keep our days spent in bed or on the couch sick to a minimum.

Here’s Five Ways You can stay healthy during the winter too!

  1. Get extra sleep – Realistically, we should be going to sleep when the sun sets and wake up when it rises.  Yeah that doesn’t really happen does it!?!  However, we can aim to get some extra sleep by making a goal to get into bed just 30 minutes earlier than our normal bedtime.  Before you know it, that extra 30 minutes will be routine and you can aim to add a few more minutes to make an even earlier bedtime.
  2. Exercise – Even if it’s just 15 minutes of walking outdoors any form of exercise is better than none.  Not only will it give you more energy but it’s shown that maintaining an active lifestyle helps to keep your immune system up!
  3. Eat clean – Seems like this should be an easy one for some reason during the winter we tend to slack off on eating balanced meals.  We should aim to fill our plate with LOTS of veggies, protein, some fruits and healthy carbs.  Oh and don’t forget those fats!  Most important are the fruits and veggies which are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients to help you combat winter sickness.
  4. Stay social – Don’t be like a bear during the winter and hibernate.  Sure you’ll be reducing your risk to germs by staying indoors but you’ll be missing out on fun dates with friends that will keep your spirits up.
  5. Take supplements – Even if you think you’re getting all the nutrients you need from your foods chances are you aren’t!  This is why you should first, ask your doctor for a full blood work up to see what areas you’re lacking in.  Then second, stock up on healthy, clean supplements to keep your immune system up and body healthy.

One of my favorite brands is MegaFood.  They use a three step approach to providing the real food supplements to the consumers.

  1. First they get real food straight from organic sustainable farms.
  2. The food and ingredients are tested 3 times to make sure it meets the purity standards.
  3. Then they mill, puree, and optimize nutrient content, then dehydrate ingredients to make the best products for our health.

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MegaFood has a plethora of supplements that are great for overall health but a few specifics that are especially great during cold and flu season.

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Daily C-protect nutrient booster powder, complex C, Vitamin D3, Zinc and Dream Release are all great for keeping your immune system up during the winter months.

Mega Foods has offered to send one lucky reader a Mega Food Winter Wellness Prize Pack to help keep you healthy this winter!

One reader will win,

  • 1 bottle of Daily C-protect, complex C, Vitamin D3, Zinc and Dream Release.
  • Blender Bottle for creating smoothies wtih teh booster powders
  • DIY Calendula oil to be used to soothe and protect your skin this winter.
  • A MegaFood coupon

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Merrithew Fitness Giveaway!!!

Merrithew Fitness Giveaway!!!

Hi friends!

Hope you all had a great Monday!  Ours was filled with the usual Monday fun lately.  Since we’ve had a few busy weekends, Monday’s have been my day to catch up on errands and get the house organized for the week.  Yesterday was grocery shopping and laundry.  Which I still feel like I’m finishing up from our camping trip a few weeks ago!

We also found some down time for crafts and play.

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Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts

Hi there!

How’s everyone’s week going?  I feel like while I’ve been checking in almost daily I haven’t really given you much of a life update lately.  Since it’s Thursday I thought I’d pop in and share some random thoughts and life updates lately 🙂

1. Coming home from vacation on Tuesday evening makes for a short week but also a little crazy!  The Love Nugget starts back to school Monday so I’ve been getting a few things ready for that.  We also had his back to school night last night which was fun!  Although a bit bittersweet as it brought back memories from when I was teaching and the anticipation of the first day.  I always get a little sad around this time of year but happy I’m able to see my little guy off to school everyday 🙂

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Crystal Deodorant Giveaway!

Crystal Deodorant Giveaway!

Oh my goodness you guys it has been so hot here!

I feel like if we cracked an egg on the sidewalk it really would cook!

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Fivesse Gym Bag Giveaway!

Fivesse Gym Bag Giveaway!

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and celebrations!  We are spending the morning at home with just our little family watching The Love Nugget hunt eggs, open his Easter basket and relaxing.  Then we’re heading over to enjoy another Easter egg hunt and brunch with friends.  This is actually the first Easter in years we haven’t traveled anywhere and I have to admit it’s pretty nice!

In case you’ve missed it, I’ve been celebrating my Bloggiversary all week-long with all sorts of fun giveaways.  You still have time to enter here, here, here, here and here!

I mentioned the other day I had one more giveaway for you and this is one you definitely don’t want to miss!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Fivesse, a bag company that makes functional and fashionable bags for women.

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Friday Favorites + Giveaway #5!

Friday Favorites + Giveaway #5!

Happy Friday!

I keep forgetting that Easter is this weekend!  I don’t think we are doing too much.  Hopefully a fun family day tomorrow with a few Easter events then possibly church, more Easter egg hunts and some barbecue action.  Low key and relaxing 🙂

Favorite Treat – Paleo Carrot Cake from Slim Palate.  Seriously this looks amazing!

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What!?! Pizza during a Workout + Giveaway #4!

What!?! Pizza during a Workout + Giveaway #4!

So did you guys know yesterday was April Fools day?

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What I Ate Wednesday + Giveaway #3!

What I Ate Wednesday + Giveaway #3!

Happy Wednesday folks!

We’ve been enjoying another week of gorgeous weather here (sorry East Coaster’s) so have been spending as much time as possible outdoors.  Daily walks, park play, picnic lunches and evening walks.  Definitely been getting in a good amount of Vitamin D!

Anyway, most of you are probably here to check out what we ate yesterday since it’s Wednesday and all.  AND because I don’t want to disappoint, here’s another round of What I Ate Wednesday!  Don’t worry, that giveaway will be somewhere in here I promise 🙂

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WIAW – My Coconut Kitchen Giveaway!

WIAW – My Coconut Kitchen Giveaway!

This month is going to go by way to fast.  I’m really trying to enjoy the most of it since like many others, I absolutely LOVE Christmas time!

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