The party lived up to all of my Pinterest dreams but I will definitely look forward to doing something smaller next year! Haha! Cleaning up was a little exhausting but I passed the decorations along to a fitness coaching client of mine to use for her daughter's birthday next month so I am happy they will continue to get use.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Happy Monday morning. This is Spring Break for our local school district so we are looking forward to a slower-paced week around here since I have this week off of tutoring and Madeline's music class. I'm definitely not hating that.
Corey was out of town for a friend's bachelor party this weekend so I took advantage and went out for girls' night on Friday. I wore my favorite lace top that for some reason Corey hates but I just love, love, love. I met a few girlfriends at Foxcroft Wine Company and we enjoyed a light dinner, a couple glasses of wine, and several hours of catching up.
Then, on Saturday, I got my workout in (22 Minute Hard Corps) and got showered and dressed to take Madeline to meet a friend for an Easter festival. She did not participate in the egg hunt because I was terrified she would be trampled but she enjoyed a nice picnic lunch outside, some strawberry ice cream, and friend time.
On Saturday evening she enjoyed her last bottle. I am not sad to put the million Dr. Brown's pieces away for good but I am a little sad that she is growing up so fast. I have really loved giving her her bottle every night. We slowly switched to sippy cups starting around 10 months but I hung on to this bedtime bottle. This girl loves her ba-ba so I was really worried about the transition affecting her sleep or it breaking her heart when she didn't get her bottle last night. Well, it didn't phase her at all. It was absolutely harder on me.
After she went to bed on Saturday, I tested out these two products. I've never used the R+F tanner before but I had had my nails done with this polish several times. I loved them both. I've tested out a lot of new beauty products lately so I'll share a round-up soon.
Corey arrived home early Sunday morning. Then, we headed to a local nursery to pick out some flowers for our front porch. Madeline and I got the ferns at Lowe's on Friday. When we came home, he played with Madeline and put her down for her nap while Riley and I removed the dead mums from the planters (yep, they were still there) and replaced them with pretty spring plants. I am loving this little spring refresh to our porch.
Anyone feel like this? Last month's free Crockpot + Clean Eating challenge was such a huge success. This month I am offering a 14 day free ab challenge - just in time for summer and swimsuit season. It will focus on nutrition and daily core exercises. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in joining - just make sure the reply feature is on or you leave an email address.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Corey and I have officially booked our vacation to St. John to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. I am super excited because we haven't been on a "big" trip since our honeymoon. We do weekend get aways and go to the beach and we've been back up north to visit family but nothing really elaborate.
Let's revisit that Hawaiian honeymoon for a moment in case you are new here.
We spent five days on Oahu, most of it on the North Shore and a day in Waikiki so we could see Pearl Harbor. Then, we spend five days in Maui. It was my absolute favorite vacation and I was in the best shape of my life.
We are going on this year's trip in May instead of August, when our actual anniversary occurs, because we want to catch the best weather. That gives me just six short weeks to finish re-defining my abs and lose my last five pounds. I've already bought some new swim suits so I am pretty determined to meet this goal. No mom suits allowed on this trip.
Here are last week's workouts:
Monday: Barre Legs + 10 minute hardcore from Beachbody on Demand
Tuesday: Cize for cardio
Wednesday: Upper Fix Extreme + 10 minute abs
Thursday: Dirty 30 (21 Day Fix)
Friday: Walk with Madeline. I missed my regular workout time due to my mammogram appointment. Fun times, there.
Saturday: PiYo upper and lower body
Sunday: Country Heat for cardio
21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Cize, Country Heat, or get them all bundled together (and on sale this month) with Beachbody on Demand
This is one of the recipes that I shared in my Clean Eating + Crockpot Cooking challenge and we all enjoyed it, even Madeline.
Zesty zucchini chicken
1.5-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, chopped
1 large zucchini, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 T Italian seasoning
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
½ cup whole wheat penne
1 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, except for the pasta and cheese. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high for 3-4 hours) or until chicken is cooked through. In the last 20-30 minutes, add in pasta and cook until al dente. Plate your chicken and immediately top with 1/4 cup cheese.