Mother’s Day Weekend, workouts and meals

Mother’s Day Weekend, workouts and meals

Hi guys!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating Mother’s Day!


We kicked off the weekend Friday with a nice long family walk followed by an easy left over meal, then couch surfing to watch Scandal.  Pretty exciting Friday night!  Saturday I started with a workout followed by some meal prep then out for a little shopping.  Which was a total bust because EVERYONE was out shopping.  I’m not used to shopping on the weekends and I hate crowds so I returned home.   Which was fine because it gave me some time to relax before we headed off to a birthday party.

The Love Nugget’s best buddy and his little sis were celebrating their birthday’s and their mom always throws the best parties.


This year was a carnival theme and of course she didn’t disappoint.  Fun games, prizes, a bounce house, and yummy food!

Saturday evening my mom arrived at our house so we lounged around with her and watched The Sandlot.  Such a classic!

Sunday I was awoken bright and early by my lovely little guy.  Bright and early like 5:40 am.  Thanks for letting me sleep in on Mother’s Day son…. Surprisingly though before I made my way downstairs The Hubby got up (he very rarely gets up early on the weekends) and started making coffee.  I was also very surprised to see a very large painting bucket filled with all sorts of supplies.


I’ve been getting more in to chalk painting lately so he thoughtfully picked up a few things that will come in handy when I’m painting.   The Love Nugget picked out a beautiful necklace from my favorite local shop, Bayabelle!  Love him and his awareness to my favorites 🙂

We headed out for a nice morning walk while The Hubby cooked a delicious breakfast.


Eggs Benedict over asparagus, berries and cream and a pumpkin smoothie all from Against all Grain.  So good!

After breakfast we headed up to Sutter Creek for some antique shopping and wine tasting.


It’s been years since we’ve been up there and it’s really improved!  There were tons of little shops and tasting rooms that we enjoyed.

We also enjoyed a special treat from Shari’s Berries to celebrate Mother’s Day.


They not only have amazing chocolate covered strawberries but they also have a TON of gift items like this organic dried fruit and nut box.  Perfect for snacking on while sipping on wine 🙂


Of course the whole day was even more special because I was able to celebrate it with my mom 🙂


Now, since it’s Monday I’m joining  Ashley for her weekly eats and workouts from the past week.

As most of you read, last week I did a liver detox that was suggested by my naturopath.  I started on Sunday and stuck with it for the full recommended seven days.  I didn’t stray once other than drinking some naturally flavored carbonated water which I think was actually okay…  Anyway, due to the cleanse my meals and workouts from last week were a little different.

Workouts –

Sunday – Woke up early and hit up the gym before drinking my cleansing shake.  Did a little treadmill run followed by back and biceps.

Monday – Taught cardio and weights which didn’t have me doing much other than a few jumping jacks etc.  + 20 minute walk

Tuesday – Taught Cardio and weights (again not much exercise for me) then took hot yoga at Zuda.  It felt so good to sweat!

Wednesday – Barre at The Dailey Method + 30 minute walk

Thursday – Taught cardio and weights and did three tabata cardio sets with the class then went to spin for 40 minutes in the evening + 30 minute family walk

Friday – Treadmill run for 30 min with two tabata sprint rounds followed by 4 rounds of;

250 row

20 TRX plank side crunches

20 TRX plank knee tucks

15 bulgarian lunges (each leg)

20 shoulder presses

Saturday – Crossfit workout at the gym with a friend.

50 box jumps, 50 kb swings

400 m run

40 box jumps, 40 kb swings

400 m run

30 box jumps, 30 kb swings

400 m run

20 box jumps, 20 kb swings

400 m run

10 box jumps, 10 kb swings

I hadn’t planned to go to the gym Saturday but The Love Nugget woke up super early and by 7:00 am I needed a break so went to de-stress a little.

I felt a little drained in the beginning of the week but towards the end was feeling really good and itching to get back into the gym.  So I did 🙂

Sunday – Walk


Sunday – Detox shake

Monday – Detox Shake

Tuesday – Grilled chicken and Kale strawberry salad

Wednesday – Turkey spaghetti over spaghetti squash with kale salad

Thursday – Roasted chicken and roasted vegetables

Friday – Left overs

Saturday – Late lunch of left overs so just had my detox shake for dinner then a rice cake with almond butter for a snack after we got home from a birthday party.

Sunday – Burger and salad

The meals suggestions that came with the detox were actually pretty good.  Not far from what I would typically make so that was good.  Besides the first two days of only shakes me eats from the week were all really yummy 🙂  Anyway, I’ll touch more on that later this week.

On another note, the winners for the Livin’ Spoonful and Bayabelle giftcard have been chosen!

Congrats to – 

Livin’ Spoonful – Cassie S.

Bayabelle – Amber Schumann


  • How was your Mother’s Day?  
  • Have you had Sherrie’s Berries before?  

Disclaimer – Sherrie’s Berries provided me with a sample of their products in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own and I was not otherwise compensated. 

My running goals and weekly workouts

My running goals and weekly workouts

Hi there!

Hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend!

I’m up early and off for a morning jog then home to pack lunch and head out for a day with the family!  Love Sunday’s 🙂

Speaking of running, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon is just over a month away!  I’m excited and feeling good with my training.  Definitely still taking it easy and trying not to get too intense with my runs.

Here’s a few things I’m focusing on to keep my body healthy, [Read more…]

Fitness Friday is back!

Good morning and happy Friday to you all!

I took a break from Fitness Friday to try and steer my focus off of fitness while I tried to cut back on my exercising for health reasons.  If you missed it you can read more about why here but basically, Aunt Flow hasn’t been to visit in several months and I’m assuming, over exercising is the reason.  I know some of you are probably thinking, “Why do you want her back?”  Well, I don’t think it’s natural and normal to just stop having a cycle altogether.  So I’m working on little things I might be able to do to help bring her back.

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Summer Challenge prizes!

Summer Challenge prizes!

Happy Fitness Friday to you all!

This past week was pretty much a wash as far as fitness was for me.  Wednesday I was feeling somewhat better but only managed to get in 45 minute elliptical + my challenge exercises for the day. Very low energy but was feeling better.  Thursday I woke up feeling okay but quickly went downhill.  It could have been the apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach followed by coffee but I wasn’t able to hold my breakfast down and felt extremely nauseous   throughout my Stroller Strides class. I kept it mellow then rested the remainder of the day.  Today I woke up early wide awake and feeling okay so I got up and did a nice, sweaty workout with my new kettlebell.  Hopefully I continue feeling good from here on out! Ugh, so annoying!

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Some Fun Friday favorites and a Fitness Giveway!  (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Some Fun Friday favorites and a Fitness Giveway! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Happy Friday! 

Boy am I glad to say that!  It’s been a long week around here.  With the head cold and the rain I feel like we’ve been trapped at home!  Although it was nice to get a little rest, I’m ready to get out and play!

The hubby and I have plans tomorrow to head to a wine event at a nearby winery and pick up a wine club shipment.  We were going to take The Love Nugget but Nani, AKA my mother-in-law, offered to come down for the day.  He is beyond excited to see her and it will be nice to have an afternoon to ourselves.

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for Lily’s chocolates and there’s still time to enter my giveaway for a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Seeds!

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Fitness Friday

Fitness Friday

Yay for Friday!

TGIF! :)

Does anyone else feel like this today?  I think I’m extra excited one because it’s been a long week and two Auntie Gigi and Uncle Nony offered to watch The Love Nugget ALL NIGHT Saturday!  Which means the hubby and I get a date night out!  Woo hoo!  So excited!  Not sure what exactly we are going to do yet but there have been talks of going to watch Oz and out to dinner.  It’s been ages since we’ve been to a movie so that would be fun!

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Fitness Friday

Fitness Friday

We’ve been enjoying some absolutely glorious weather the past few days and are looking forward to a nice weekend home.  Well, hopefully not home but out enjoying the sunshine!

Yesterday afternoon we went to visit The Hubby at one of his job sites.  He works for a general contractor overseeing projects and at one of them, they had big tractors working this week.  So of course we had to go by to see them!


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Fitness Friday #18 with two winter workouts

Fitness Friday #18 with two winter workouts

Happy Friday!

I can’t believe Christmas is so soon!  We actually start celebrating this Sunday with my family then continue from there.  Lots to get done still but so looking forward to spending time with all our families 🙂  Unfortunately, the Love Nugget and Hubby are still sick 🙁  I feel so bad for them both and am trying to stay healthy by taking extra vitamins and keeping busy.

Since the Love Nugget was sick all week, we didn’t get to go to the gym at all.  So I did more on my elliptical and a few circuits at home or early morning at the gym.  I actually like going early since there are less people and more free weights.  Plus, I’m a get it over with early type of person.  Love having the rest of the day especially when I’ve got so much to do!

Saturday – This awesome circuit treadmill workout I made up at the gym


Sunday – Rest

Monday – Fast 15 minute run, 15 minute row then this great circuit I made up as I went.

tone it up

Tuesday – 45 minute elliptical with 25 sit ups and 25 push ups every 10 minutes (I so wanted to go to boot camp but the Love Nugget was sick)

Wednesday – A combination of two at home Cross fit workouts from The Acsent blog


2 Rounds:

10 Burpees

10 Air squats

10 Push-Ups

Across the body shoulder stretch, hold 60 seconds each side Arm circles, 15 revolutions each direction (forward and backward) Pigeon stretch, hold 60 seconds each side Butterfly stretch, hold 60 seconds Trunk rotations, 15 reps

Then… 10 more Burpees

WOD: 15 minute AMRAP (work for 15 minutes, doing as many rounds of the following as possible)

10 Horizontal Jumps over your broom/bar/object (So you will jump over it from side to side, not front to back, counting each side)

20 Lunges, count each side

30 Push-Ups

40 Bicycle crunches, count each side

Crab walk to the other side of the room and back

I still wanted a little more after that WOD so I did this as well…

30 second forearm plank hold
10 Burpees
45 second forearm plank hold
20 Mountain Climbers, count each side
60 second forearm plank hold
20 sit-ups
45 second forearm plank hold
10 Burpees
30 second forearm plank hold

After so many push-ups, burpees and planks, my arms were shaking!

Thursday – 1 hour on the elliptical 5 minutes at resistance 6 5 minutes at resistance 10/11.

Friday – This treadmill workout from Blonde Ponytail

Out of the Box CrossFit WOD - Blonde Ponytail


There are tons of great posts and articles floating around online right now with tips on how to keep those holiday pounds off.  Rather than repeating what has already been said because let’s be honest, they’re all pretty much the same tips, I thought I’d share a few holiday posts that I’ve enjoyed lately.

Jessie shares some tips for how to eat healthy on Christmas day – Healthy Eating on Christmas Day

Angela at Happy Fit Mamma shares a few awesome yoga poses – 5 Yoga Poses for a Holiday Stress  

Over at Fit’N’Well Mommy, Melissa shares some tips for a stress free holiday – Holiday Survival Guide

Looking for a great winter workout, head on over to Julie’s blog – DecemBURRR Circuit Workout

and Gina at Fitnessista has an awesome Tabata workout video – SanTABATA workout

In case you like to bake, (like me) and would like some healthy treat ideas,  check out the following links,

Gingerbread Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Coconut Oat Bars

Almond Joy Macaroons

Cream Cheese Meltaways with Lemon Glaze

Brownie Bourbon Balls

If you haven’t yet, make sure to enter in the awesome giveaway I’ve got going on right now for Lily’s Sweets!  I’ll be choosing the winner this evening!


  • Have you done any new, workouts lately? 
  • Do you enjoy baking during Christmas time? 







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