Friday Favorites #6: Hashtag Style

It’s been a while since I done a hashtag style post. Plus with baby, well hashtags are just easier. #PumpkinEverything #TargetStoleMyMoney#OneHandedBreakfast #TastesLikeFall#MyHouseIsFallReady #CandleHoarder#Obsessed #PumpkinSeedLover#ForTheOrganicSideofThings #ThisFace #AlwaysMyFavorite#That’sAWrap! Those are a few things I’ve been loving this week. Thanks Heather for hosting Friday Favorites.

Question: Are you a candle fan?

Pumpkin or Maple flavors?

Think Out Loud #17: Hello September!

Where has summer gone? Oh yes, I was pregnant most of it. Can you believe I was 40 weeks pregnant almost a month ago?Can’t believe Baby girl is soon to be a month old this week.And can’t believe Dunkin has pumpkin out. #PumpkinEverything ;) My doctor told me that I could start testing working out at the two week mark. But when it hit, I knew I wouldn’t be ready for another week.

I took my first spin class this week since May 20th.

 It felt good to be back on the saddle, but I did take it easy. I went to Oxygen, Mind & Body and class was great! You should check them out if you are in the area.Great thing about that studio is that there is Whole Foods near by. I get to stock up on trail mix and oatmeal cookies. The vegan ones from Whole Foods are delicious. #CookieMonster :-DI’ve also become obsessed with these Good Health veggie straws.And these. This week was my first week back instructing and I feel pretty good. Love seeing this face when I come back home.I’m linking up with Thinking Out Loud for today, thanks Amanda!Hope everyone is having an awesome first week of September. :)

Question: Are you an oatmeal raisin cookie fan?

Veggie Straws: yay or nay?

MIMM #37: Marvelous, Lately

Happy Monday friends :-D

Today, I am sharing some things I am finding marvelous lately [like this tea]. And these marvelous pancakes. Did you see them yesterday?Some of my favorite snacks lately.How about this marvelous find?This morning, I have my 40Week appointment. 

I am beyond ready to meet Samantha and start mommy life, as you can see.I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday, thanks for hosting :-DQuestion: Any marvelous things you’ve spotted lately?

MIMM #36: “Day In The Life”

Happy Sunday friends!

It’s been a while since I posted a “Day in the Life of” postFriday’s were supposed to be designated for these posts but I also did mention it would be a day off or Friday Favorites.

Since having my last day of work almost two weeks ago, I decided to share what I do now in a typical day on leave. I plan to resume work [part-time] August 29th and instruct starting mid-September.


4:00am: Samantha’s kicking wakes me up and she gives me the “bladder good morning hug.” After, I head back to bed.

7:30am: Officially wake up, brush my teeth and get ready to start my day.

8:00am: Breakfast! I’ve been on an “proatmeal” kick.8:30am: While finishing up, I read up on Yoga. I am starting a Yoga Teacher Training through Aura Wellness for my Vinyasa certification. It’s been two years that I have been putting it off… think now is a good time.

9:45am: Snack time!

10:30am: Stretch! Workouts have officially stopped during week 38, so it’s walking and stretching for this mommy-to-be.11:15am: Shower and get ready to head out for a few errands. 

12:00pm: Marvelous is a Starbucks stop. 2:00pm: I ended up at Subway for lunch and had a turkey, Swiss, cucumber, tomato and spinach on honey oat bread. I also had pretzels and a plum on side.

3:00pm: Come back home, do some laundry and torture play with Bun-Bun.5:30pm: Get started on dinner for Pat and I.

5:45pm: Smoothie break!6:00pm: Finished dinner and cleaning up kitchen. Time to relax with Netflix and wait for Pat to get home.

8:30pm: Pat comes home, we eat dinner and relax for the rest of the night.

10:00pm: Bedtime :)


I’m linking up with Katie for an early MIMM, thanks for hosting! Hope everyone has a wonderful week :-D

Question: What do you typically do on YOUR days off?

Current Grocery Staples.

Good morning y’all!
I haven’t done a grocery haul in a while so today I am sharing some of my current kitchen staples. By no means do I eat 100% clean or 100% a certain way. I believe in an 80/20 balance and yes donuts are allowed.

After my weight loss, I found myself becoming a cardio addict, restricting certain foods and would go into binge mode. Though I had lost more then 80lbs, I was unhealthy. After over a year of being a binge eater, I found yoga.

Yoga helped me find that balance between mind, body and soul. I no longer felt the need to binge. I no longer felt the need to restrict foods from my diet. I simply ate when I was hungry, enjoyed cake and found my healthy balance.

Everything in moderation.


Pantry Items: 

  • Bagel Slims
  • Instant Oatmeal (Plain)
  • Special K Protein Cereal
  • Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins
  • Chia Seeds
  • Jasmine Rice (Minute)
  • Olive Oil
  • Teddie’s Chunky All Natural Peanut Butter
  • Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • Sea Salt Popped Crisps
  • Luna Bars
  • Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
  • Not Shown: Whole Wheat Pasta, Vanilla Protein Powder, Shakeology (Chocolate & Greenberry), Honey Braided Pretzel Twists, Raspberry Green Tea & Stevia.

Fridge, Freezer, etc.:

  • Ground Beef (90/10)
  • Morning Start Grillers Original Veggie Burgers
  • Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedges
  • Babybel Light Cheese
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Frozen Mango Chunks
  • Frozen Berries
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Greek Yogurt (Fage & Stonyfield)
  • [Light] Minute Maid Mango Passion Fruit Juice
  • Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Not Shown: Electrolyte Smart Water, Thin & Trim Turkey Breast, Fat-Free Milk, Light String Cheese, Light Butter Spread & Hummus.

If I had to choose 5 things I can’t NOT have in the house is oats, berries, Greek yogurt, Babybel cheese and peanut butter.

Question: What about you? What are some of your kitchen staples?

WIAW #126: Protein’d.

If I may say, I’ve been doing a pretty good job during the past few weeks getting my protein in; 120g+!

This my number one struggle during this pregnancy. I’ll have good weeks at 110g+ of protein, then others maybe 85g. My body feels good getting in at least 110g.

My muscles are working overtime to support and make baby. For this What I Ate Wednesday, I’ll be showing you some of my protein’d up eats. Enjoy!

Breakfast: Going back to oats; 1 packet of sugar-free maple & brown sugar instant oats (I need the added iron), 1/2 scoop of peanut butter marshmallow Cellucor whey, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries & 2 tsps crunchy peanut butter.Snack #1: I made this smoothie last week, but I am enjoying it again. It’s delicious and refreshing post-workout.It’s a Cherry, Cherry-nilla Smothie: 1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Chobani Simply 100 Black Cherry Container, 1/3 Cup of Pitted Cherries, 1/2 of a Frozen Banana, 6oz. of Water, Handful of Ice & Blend!

Lunch: Now that I am at officially on “maternity leave,” lunches are quick. I like to do veggie burgers with fruit and pretzels.Snack #2: I’ve been hooked on the Luna Chocolate Salted Caramel protein bars. Perfect for running errands. Dinner: Subway sandwich. You can’t go wrong with lots of turkey, veggies all toasted up.Night Munchies: I had a little bit of everything; Trader Joe’s popcorn, light Swiss cheese wedge, grapes & some reduced-fat Wheat Thins! I’m linking up with Jenn for WIAW. Thanks for hosting! Question: What’s YOUR favorite protein filled snack?

Thinking Out Loud #14: Bodybuilding = Motherhood

Good morning beautiful people <3Today is a gorgeous day in New England. It’s cool and sunny. I know it’s not going to last too long before 80 degree weather hits, so I am enjoying the moment.For today, I am sharing some thoughts – Thursday thoughts to be more specific.

The other day I was thinking about how bodybuilding prepared me for motherhood:

1. Bodybuilder’s Sleep = Baby’s Sleep: Both VERY important; one for muscle recovery, the other for brain development.
2. Counting Macros = Breastfeeding: Macros and Breast are best, but sometimes you can’t/ don’t want to anymore for what ever reason.
3. Society on Bodybuilding = Society on Motherhood: People will ALWAYS have something to say, tell you what you SHOULD be doing, how you’re doing it WRONG, etc.
4. 5 Weeks Out = 35 Weeks: Both have 5 Weeks left til the big day!
5. Bodybuilder Body = Post Baby Body: It takes time, work, dedication and most importantly, PATIENCE.

I know, I know, I am strange one but it was on my mind. What do you think fitness mamas?

Speaking of bodybuilding, I am continuing my “stock up” for after baby arrives. I found this organic vanilla Muscle Milk protein powder on sale at Target for $17.24. Not the best price per serving (about $1.44/serving) but I didn’t feel like making a giant order on since they have sweet deals. I do need new tires on my car first. There is always next time, right?

Fear not, I do have a new protein pancake recipe coming at ya next week. Stay tuned :)I don’t think Bun-Bun is not amused that I keep bugging her. She’s just too cute!Oh, in case you missed it, I am loving THIS 20-Min. HIIT workout.

It’s low-med impact (you can nix lunges and deadlifts for a lower impact), gets you heart pumpin’ and 2 rounds = 20mins. If you have more time, try THREE.Dark chocolate is always nice post-workout. ;)I am linking up with Amanda today over at Running With Spoons, go check her out and thanks for hosting.Question: What’s your current favorite of the follow:

Protein powder, protein bar, workout and/or breakfast?!