Thinking Out Loud #17: Time.

Where has three weeks gone?Time really does go by fast. {three weeks vs. 10 hours old}

I am three weeks post-partum and down 14lbs (I gained 27lbs). I have to say today I woke up feeling refreshed. I think I finally got the hang of this little human’s schedule. But I think coffee does help a smidge ;)Speaking of coffee, have you seen pumpkin “things” are starting to come out?Can’t wait to have me some pumpkin spice lattes. Until then, I will enjoy more iced coffee and yummy greens on the side.I’m linking up for Thinking Out LOUD today with Amanda over at Running With Spoons. Thanks for hosting!Hope everyone is having a wonderful week :-D

Question: What pumpkin “thing” do you look forward too? I also love me some pumpkin fudge and donuts. #drool.

Friday Favorites #4: Coffee Buzz!

As a new mom, I need my morning coffee. Loving this iced coffee to go.#Starbuckslover.I got a Starbucks stock from my sister-in-law and Pat, my favorite.Why yes, I am breastfeeding – I treat coffee as I would beer, if I was having beer.

I was going to have an Angry Orchard at Samantha’s “meet and greet,” but I only drank 1/4 of the bottle. All things chocolate have been a favorite this week too.And this guy who is such an amazing father..Especially when he makes delicious meals. I’m linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites. Thanks for hosting!Question: Who’s YOUR favorite: Starbucks or Dunkin?

Thinking Out Loud #15: Final Days

Tuesday marked 40 weeks of pregnancy.It has been such a crazy, love-filled journey and it’s coming to and end. I am excited for a new chapter for both myself and Pat. Here’s what has been on my mind this week…

Hearty breakfasts.Fury friends. Sugar cookies.Pizza made with love.New find.Pancakes galore. And…

 Starbucks, can’t forget Starbucks.Linking up with Amanda for “Think Out LOUD” Thursdays.Question: What’s been on YOUR mind?

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?

Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes {GF Recipe}

I’m almost always making protein filled pancakes.While they are very delicious, sometimes you just need a heartier pancake.

I am sharing with you one of my favorite oatmeal recipes that is perfect for your family’s Sunday morning breakfast. I usually make these for my fiancé and I on the weekends.

I like to prepare the batter over night (you made need to add just a smidge extra liquid in the morning) or wait about 30 minutes before cooking so the oats can absorb all the liquid. They are very nutritious and filling. 

These do still have protein powder, just not as much. If you want, you can even omit the protien powder* all together and just add another tablespoon of flour. Simple.

Feel free to double (or triple!) this batch for a bigger crowd or why not save some for later? These pancakes freeze well once cooked and last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes (serves two)

  • 1 Cup GF [Quick] Oats
  • 2 Tbsps GF Flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 tsp Stevia (or sugar of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg, Whisked
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)

Take first four dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Take the remaining ingredients and whisk together; add to dry ingredients and blend well. On a low-medium flame, cook pancake on stovetop.

Wait until pancake bottom is golden brown to flip and repeat cooking on other side. Remove from stove top and let cool, repeat til batter is done (makes about 4-5 pancakes).

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For a vegan take, check out my vegan oat waffles recipe here :-D

Chocolate Chia Protein Superfood Pancakes {Recipe}

I made these a couple of weeks ago and you won’t believe how amazing and decadent these babies are.

Behold chocolate chia protein superfood pancakes using Shakeology.

Why did I start using Shakeology? Not going to lie, I was skeptical and saw it as a new fad. But after trying it out for a couple of weeks, I fell in love.Not only does it taste great, it offers so much goodness like nutrients, vitamins, proteins, minerals, probiotics, digestive ezymes and more! My tummy has never felt better and I haven’t needed to take my daily probiotic, since it’s *ehem* helping me stay regular.

Where have you been all my life?Chocolate Chia Protein Superfood Pancakes (serves one)

  • 1 Serving Chocolate Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsps Flour (wheat, oat, glutenfree – your choice)
  • 1 tsp All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia
  • 1 Egg White (whisked)
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Place everything in a bowl an add 3-5 Tbsps of water til desired pancake consistency is reached. Cook like a pancake and eat!

Question: How do YOU feel about chocolate for breakfast?

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Want to try Shakeology? Check it out here

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.

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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 :)

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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?