Friday Favorites #7: All Things Fall.

Can you believe it’s October already?#ApplePickinginEffect.#PumpkinEverywhere. #PumpkinSpiceandEverythingNice. :-D I got my second Citrus Lane box this month. Samantha is loving the rattles, especially the egg shape; it’s her favorite!My current favorite pants to workout in are these bad boys from Walmart. Only six bucks, can’t go wrong!And post-work, my favorite is vegan chocolate Shakeology with a side of baby.If I’m feelin’ it, I’ll go a little tropical and do Strawberry.I’m linking up with Friday Favorites over at Life in Leggings. Have a great weekend everyone. :-D

Question: What are some of your favorite post-workout snacks/ meals?

MIMM #40: Samantha & Co.

Did anyone see the marvelous blood moon last night? Obviously was way better looking then my picture. This week was another busy one.

Whole Food’s marvelous sandwiches anyone?I am starting work soon at a new place that’s opening up. This company that is geared towards fitness and education of moms and new moms, plus their babies up until the age 6! Details on that to come for sure.

This week I also had a coffee date with my friend. I had a marvelous snickerdoodle latte with a side of apple cider donuts. So good. :-DStill on a marvelous oatmeal cookie kick.

Must be the fall weather, maybe?

I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday. Hope everyone has a wonderful week. :-DQuestion: What’s YOUR favorite thing about Fall?

I’d have to say apples, pumpkin and scarves!

Thinking Out Loud #19: Finding Balance

I have to be honest, past few days I have been feeling like crapola.

At least this little babe keeps me smiling. I’ve been nauseous, having massive migraines, very tired… I haven’t been sleeping the best either for obvious reasons.

Apparently there is such a thing as postpartum nauseau which can results from several things including dehydration, low iron, poor sleep and so forth.

Those three have just been horrible for me. I haven’t been taking my iron (and I’m slightly anemic) just because I simply forget and I remember as I am in bed and have no energy to take. Since my stomach has felt funny and the constant migraines, I tend to drink less water. I’m sure drinking water would help me much more but at this point, I am just so blah. I probably went back to work a week earlier then I should have, but I had all the energy and I was just ready for a routine change.

I hadn’t been working for almost 6 weeks and I wanted to get back into the grove. So now I am taking things down a notch and making some schedule changes. I am always a mom but I am a “full-time mom” 4-5 days a week. The 2 days that Pat is off, he takes care of her while I’ll work or study. Sometimes we split it if I am off that day. Most Sundays, my in-laws will watch Samantha while we both work.

Where is my off time? I need to really get into a groove of planning some time to myself to just veg on one of Pat’s days off. You definitely need the “you time” to keep yourself refreshed.

Even if you are not a mom, if you’re in school or working, you need to take a moment to yourself.

Me? I’m working on it. :-D

Sometimes just taking a few minutes to kick back, flip through Instagram and enjoy a cookie is all I need.Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking out LOUD Thursdays. What’s on YOUR mind?

How do you take “me time?”

MIMM #39: Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

It’s not secret that pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is in the air. I even contributed and whipped up some nutty pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies this past week.  This fidgety little pumpkin spice though is my favorite of them all. Don’t worry, I’m still consuming other marvelous non-pumpkin things.Of course, some toffee nut Starbucks goodness is always in order. Free coffee? Yes please!I’ve also been obsessed with this marvelous grey pullover from Walmart. Perfect on those chilly mornings before I head to teach or the gym.By the way, I am six weeks post partum, crazy huh?

It’s been another crazy week in my household. Work is starting to pick back up and spending time with the pumpkin is always on the agenda. Go check out the oatmeal cookie recipe – you won’t be disappointing!

Thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous In My Monday. :-DQuestion: Where do you BUY your workout/ gym swag? I need more ideas!

Nutty Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Happy Sunday! :-D

I’m dropping by today to share a delicious fall treat for y’all – Are you a cookie monster like me?

If you’ve ever heard of the 21 Day Fix Plan or read about it, you’ll recognize these cookies. I decided to do a Fall twist to them. This batch makes 16 small cookies and a serving is 2 cookies (one yellow container treat). 

If you are NOT doing the 21 Day Fix or want to add some “protein pizzaz” to the cookies, I added 2 Tbsps of Vanilla Protein and they tasted pretty bomb. But trust me, these cookies are delicious on their own. 

They also can be made gluten-free and vegan by using appropriate oats and chocolate chips. Yummy as a snack or for a quick breakfast, enjoy!Pumpkin Spice & Nutty Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seed pepitas*
  • 1 Tbsp toasted pecans*
  • 1 Tbsp almond slivers*
  • 1 tsp of maple extract*

Oven goes to 350 degrees; preheat. Combine oats, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl. Then add in applesauce, chocolate chips and nuts/seeds and mix well.  

Drop tablespoon sized cookies on a baking sheet, bake for 14-16 minutes. BOOM you are done!

(*Original recipe has 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of toasted pecans and no vanilla)

Thinking Out Loud #18: Last Week Happenings

Whoa it’s been what, 10 days? This little pumpkin has been keeping me busy and work too. Speaking of pumpkin… donuts anyone? My mom came this past weekend to visit, it was so nice to see her!We had a nice time and enjoyed a quick trip to the farm. How funny a goat named after her dad? :-DI can’t wait til Samantha is old enough to enjoy the animals. Speaking of enjoying… coffee anyone?Lots have been needed with my busy schedule. And quick breakfasts/ snacks. I’m opting for these now as a healthier option to these. #CookieMonster ;)Those are some random things on my mind, what’s on yours? Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking out LOUD Thursdays.

Question: Have you tried Kashi’s soft baked cookies?

What’s your favorite pumpkin treat? Donuts and fudge are on my top list!

MIMM#38: One Month Old.

Someone turned a whole month yesterday. To celebrate, we ate some spiced apple caramel cupcakes. What a marvelous week it has been. I’ve been using this Juice Beauty green apple moisturizer and it’s been doing wonders for my skin. It’s from the Citrus Lane mommy and baby boxy my sister-in-law sent.Samantha loves the purple rattle, complete with a mirror on the back! Can’t forget about marvelous and free lattes.Or my first spin class back!And a new favorite protein bar. Today Pat and I are enjoying a day off.

We’ve been go, go, go all the time so a nice stroll through the park, pizza and movie night is in order.

Hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day and week ahead!Thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday.  :-D

Question: Have you ever done a box subscription?

What’s your favorite group exercise class?