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?

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?

Spin Playlist #2: End of Summer.

I’ve been gathering music for my Fall Spin playlists.

I am oddly sharing my “current top 11 songs” on my playlist. Get it?

For you spin folks out there, isn’t this beyond true?  :-D


1. Lean On (feat. MØ) by Major Lazer & DJ Snake (love this for a warmup)

2. Ghost Town by Adam Lambert (starts off as a slow hill then gets heavy as the beat progresses – killer)

3. Another Lonely Night by Adam Lambert (same as song #2 – heavy hill progression)

4. Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd (isolations and hills combo)

5. Sparks by Hilary Duff (jumps mixed with a little hill)

6. Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy (sprints – I like to throw in jumps too)

7. Honey I’m Good by Andy Grammer (fun for sprints)

8. WhooHoo by Christna Aguilera Ft. Nicki Minaj (jumps all throughout)

9. Five More Hours by Deorro X ft. Chris Brown (sprints/ recovery song)

10. When The Beat Drops Out by Marlon Roudette (cool-down)

11. Renegade by X Ambassadors (awesome cool-down tune)


And there you are, my current top 11 songs jammin’ on my playlist. What’s on YOURS?

{Playlist #1: click here.}