Last minute Easter Basket Ideas and Pesto Deviled Eggs!

Last minute Easter Basket Ideas and Pesto Deviled Eggs!

Hi guys!

Happy almost Easter!  Are you ready for tomorrow?  This Easter snuck up on me for sure!  If it did for you also, here’s some last minute Easter ideas for your kids baskets and an easy appetizer 🙂

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An at Home Valentine’s Dinner from Whole Foods

An at Home Valentine’s Dinner from Whole Foods

The Hubby and I decided to just stay home for Valentine’s Day.  Actually, my birthday is today and my mom is coming down tomorrow so we are sort of celebrating it tonight with a nice, romantic dinner at home.  One that I had a blast picking out yesterday at my favorite grocery store, Whole Foods!

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

My crazy, busy life lately has caught up with me.  I woke up yesterday with a sore throat 🙁

Ugh, of course this would happen when we have a fun weekend planned.  I should have seen it coming with my fast paced life lately but I’ve been feeling so good, have had so much more energy and have been having fun that it’s hard not to keep going.

I’ve been drinking some homemade bone broth, lemon/honey water, loading up on vitamin C and elderberry.  So fun!

Anyway, rather than dwell on the negative, I’m going to switch gears and talk about some positive because after all, it’s Friday!

Five Fabulous things for Friday 

1.  I mentioned this earlier this week but I’m hosting another AMRAP Bar giveaway!

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WIAW – Post Running Fuel from Whole Foods

WIAW – Post Running Fuel from Whole Foods

Good morning and happy hump day!

It’s crazy how much faster the week goes now that The Love Nugget is in school. Which by the way he is still loving and doing great at 🙂

The hard part about him starting school has been the little wrench it’s thrown in our schedule. Before I was able to go to the gym for Crossfit a few days a week at 8:30. They only offer a few classes each day with the two mornings times being at 5:30 am then 8:30 am. Since The Hubby typically goes to his Crossfit box for the 5:30 am class I was going to the 8:30am class. The evenings just don’t work as we are usually busy and I have to get dinner done etc. Anyway, The Love Nugget’s school starts at 8:45 which means I’m not able to make the 8:30 class. I was planning to go Mon, Wed, or Friday but we’ve had something going on pretty much every day during the 8:30 time slot. So I’ve been doing at home workouts, gym workouts (minus cross fit) and of course, running!

In preparation for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon of course 🙂

If you missed it, I shared with you all how I have the opportunity to run the Nike half in San Francisco with Whole Foods.  An opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I’ve been very careful about not overdoing it and fueling my body properly before and after my runs.

Yesterday the hubby was home so I took advantage and headed outdoors for an early morning long run.

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Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Winner!

Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Winner!

Good morning and happy Friday!

Woo hoo!

For those of you who’s kids just started anther year of school congrats on making it through the first week 🙂 Or if you just began yourself, congrats!

The Love Nugget definitely enjoyed his first few days of school.  I think he’s going to have a great year in preschool and I’m excited for all the fun events and parties.   Total classroom mom over here 🙂

Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve talked fitness with you all so I thought today would be the perfect day.

As most of you know I’ve suffered two miscarriages (if you missed it you can read about them here and here) and have struggled with fertility for over a year now.  Which has led me to forcing myself to gain weight and cut back on my exercise.  There was a time when I was running + weight lifting + cycling + boot camp + HIIT training at least 6 days a week sometimes twice a day.  Not to mention counting calories like crazy.

The first thing I cut back on was my running as I felt that this was the main reason I was having sporadic menstrual cycles.  Unfortunately this didn’t fix the problem and I was forced to cut back even more with my exercise routine.

I joined a Crossfit gym and started going to that a few days a week along with a day of cycle and a few days of HIIT or other cross training.  Sometimes yoga was thrown in there along with some walking.

Since then I’ve been forced to cut back even more as my cycle continues to be sporadic and I suffered a back injury.  I’m constantly trying to find what’s going to work for me and how to adjust my plan to better my health.  As I mentioned the other day I’m seeing a naturopath that I think will help me to understand a bit more about what might be going on.  Until I have my follow up appointment with him I’m just continuing to take it easy and trying to maintain a low stress level.

Recently I started adding in a bit more running in place of cross fit and cycling.  I was loving it.  Just getting out in the fresh air or even mindless running on the treadmill felt amazing!  Nothing too intense just a few days a week of short runs.  I had forgotten how enjoyable it was to just hit the pavement and go.

Then an opportunity came my way that I couldn’t pass up.  The Nike Women’s Half Marathon.  Something I’ve always wanted to do and after much contemplating and discussion with The Hubby I decided to “just do it.”

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Not only am I able to register for an already closed race that is pretty difficult to get into, but Whole Foods is sponsoring me for this race.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Here’s the deal though, I’m taking it at an easy pace.  I’m doing this race for fun.  Not to get a new PR.  Not to beat anyone else.  Just to go and experience an event that has been deemed one of the best runs in the country.   Yes, I’m training but nothing compared to how I’ve trained for races in the past.   I’m not even sure I’ll be running over 10 miles during training as I’m just planning on taking it nice and easy.  No stressing about pace.  No worries about time.  No freaking out over missed days.  Just for pure fun 🙂

Here’s a look at this past weeks fitness.  I will be adding in some cross training as well but had set a goal to take an entire week off from anything except running in order to finally heal my back.  Running has actually felt pretty good and I think I’ll be 100% by Monday!

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Ran 45 minutes steady 9:40 pace

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Ran 5 miles outside not paying attention to my time or pace.

Thursday – Interval and hill work on the treadmill.

Friday – Spin class

Saturday – Might include a run but I’ll be out of town so it’s up the air and that’s okay 🙂

As you can see it was pretty mellow.  Obviously San Francisco has quite a few hills and since there isn’t many around my area I’m doing most my hill training on the treadmill.  Which I know will be nothing like the real deal but gotta do what I can!

Now, on to the most important part of this post.  The winner of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon entries and Whole Foods gift cards!

Congrats to Monica Brown!

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You’re going to have a blast!  Make sure to check in for my training posts with some recipes to help fuel and refuel your runs.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

QUESTIONS – 

  • Have you ever run a half marathon?  Full marathon?  
  • What was your longest training run?
MIMM – Nike Women’s Half Marathon

MIMM – Nike Women’s Half Marathon

Good morning!

This week is going to be a bit crazy for me.  A few appointments today, a birthday party and basketball for The Love Nugget tomorrow then I’m off to Blogfest on Wednesday!  So excited but really need to get organized and packed for the trip.  Going away is always fun but also a bit time consuming to prep for.  Not only do I have to pack and get myself situated, I have to make sure The Hubby and The Love Nugget are all taken care of.  If I didn’t make sure the fridge was stocked and snacks were prepared they’d live off cereal, and macaroni and cheese.

Busy, busy!  However, there’s always time to stop and share a few Marvelous happenings lately to kick off the start to a great week!

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Whole Foods inspired Date Night with Cherry Balsamic Salmon

Whole Foods inspired Date Night with Cherry Balsamic Salmon

Before kids, we used to go out on dates at least a few times a month.  Not always super fancy but dinner and a movie, drinks and some games, you know, the normal stuff couples do pre-kids.  Now that we have The Love Nugget it just doesn’t happen as often as before. Which is okay, we live a different life now and wouldn’t have it any other way.  However, continuing to have that husband and wife time is extremely important to us.  So we make an effort to have at home date nights a few times a month after we put The Love Nugget to bed.

Which we did the other night and enjoyed the most delicious dinner alfresco!

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A Funky What I Ate Wednesday

A Funky What I Ate Wednesday

Good morning!

The past few days I’ve been in a weird funk that has been really annoying to say the least.  I feel horrible because the hubby left on an overnight trip Tuesday and I was “grumpy skunky “(as we call it), the day before he left.  Some great wife I am!  Anyways, when I’m feeling blah or just not myself I typically try a few things to get out of my rut.

1. Exercise – I know, big surprise there right!?!  My awesome boot camp class yesterday morning definitely helped me feel a little better!

2. Spend time playing with my Love Nugget – I mean, how can I not get my spirits lifted by this little guy 🙂

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3. Look at old photos – I love taking pictures and having them to look back on.  With technology it’s so simple to go back through photos from the past which always puts me in a better mood.

One of our engagement photos from 5 years ago 🙂

4. Go for a walk – Such a therapeutic thing to do that we are trying to do more of lately.  Not only is it good for your health, but it’s good for the soul!

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5. Pinterest – I’ll spend so much time scouring the boards for motivational quotes, humorous pictures, videos, or anything else that will lift my spirits.

So, I thought I’d share a few of my Pinterest finds that helped to cheer me up yesterday.

This video which I had seen before but always cracks me up!

Yeah, been there three times in the past two weeks.  And I was doing so good before!

Bahahaaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND…. this one is always my favorite,

Gets me every time!

If you like these you should come follow me on Pinterest!

Anyways, I’m feeling much better today and happy to be here for another WIAW hosted by the lovely Jenn!

Peas and Crayons

Unfortunately with my funk, came a lack of appetite so breakfast was nothing special.

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1/2 a banana with sunflower butter, an egg with Dijon mustard and a few carrot sticks.  So boring!

After a super sweaty boot camp I came home and had one of these delicious protein bars.

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So good!

When the Love Nugget woke up from his nap we headed to Whole Foods for lunch with friends.    However, I was so busy visiting and keeping tabs on my busy little guy that I forgot to snap a photo of my food.  It was the same as usual, salad with salmon, and lots of veggies!

I did snap a picture of this delicious beverage I enjoyed.

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Later I snacked on a few veggies,

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Then a little trail mix,

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and slice or two of The Love Nugget’s apple.

I was planning to have a smoothie for dinner since I was solo but decided to go with my latest food obsession, roasted cabbage!

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Along with some leftover shrimp, asparagus and kabocha squash.  Delicious!

I was pretty full after dinner but a little later some fresh watermelon called to me from the fridge so I had to snack on some.  So good!

In case you missed it, make sure to check out my giveaway for a Simply Sophia Maria tank!

QUESTIONS –

  • What do you do to get out of a funk?
  • Are you a fan of cabbage?  If so, any good recipes to share? 

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