My Fitness Edit

1.29.2015

For many years, I went through life wearing whatever to the gym. To me, it wasn’t important. Afterall, I was there to sweat. But gradually, my mindset began to change. I purchased a few cute pieces from discount stores like Target, Old Navy, and TJ Maxx. Some were great, some…not so much. I can’t tell you the number of items I’ve donated because the pants ended up being ill-fitting (nothing like having to pull up your pants every 2 minutes) or the bras were not supportive enough for my post-breastfeeding girls.
That’s when I decided to start investing in some nice workout wear. It may sound strange on the surface, but really, it makes all the sense. Why?

Because I am all about efficiency. If I am out and at the gym, it only makes sense to run to the grocery store afterwards. Albiet sweaty, at least I look cute in my workout clothes.
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Because it motivates me to work out. Seriously. My lounge at home clothes cannot be my workout clothes. And being excited to wear something cute to the gym? Sure…its a small motivating factor.

Because its comfortable. It doesn’t bunch, move, sag, fall down, gap, or anything else when you’re working out. There’s nothing worse than stopping what you’re doing to readjust.
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Recently, Wantable came out with a Fitness Edit. Much like the highly popular Stitch Fix, its a try-before-you-buy program where, after you fill out a style quiz and then you’re sent 5 items. You’re charged a $20 styling fee, which is applied towards the items you choose to keep. If you keep 3-4 of the items, there’s a 20% discount. If you keep all 5, the discount is 30%. All items are generally between $30-$70, which is in line with the popular workout fashion stores

Once I submitted my quiz and my request, my edit arrived very quickly.
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I loved the detailing on this black tank. It gives a plain black tank a little something extra.
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However, I put down XS as my size and, as you can see, this came up short in the chest area. Guess I need to size up.
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I also loved those gray NUX flash capris- they were almost like a super light compression tight. Again, I had put down XS, but these were just a bit too tight. I am going to be a bit frank…they gave me camel toe. And that’s no bueno.

But these cobra leggings?
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These were perfect. I love them. A lot.
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While I may not have kept everything, I’d say that this was a win. I’ll definitely be trying the Wantable Fitness Edit again. And its fun to get a surprise in the mail, is it not?

Disclaimer: I received product from Wantable, but the opinions are all my own.

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Super Simple Valentines

1.27.2015

My 5th graders still hand out classroom valentines, but they’re now at the age where we have to be extra choosy about what they may say and their busy schedules don’t allow for the fun (albiet time consuming) handmade valentines that they used to send out.  And of course, they completely poo-poo’d the idea of sending those cheap cards in the box (“MOOOM. Those are so boring.” said the pre-teen girl).

Pear Tree Greetings Valentines

That’s when I found these cute yet simple lollipop holders from Pear Tree Greetings. I was able to pick ones they thought were appropriate and cute and customize them to their liking.

Lollipop holiders via Pear Tree Greetings

If you order now, you can get 15% off and free shipping with the code BEMINE15.  Offer is good through February 7th. Further details can be found on their website (and while you’re there, check out this adorable free printable!)
Pear Tree Greetings classroom valentines

boy valentines from Pear Tree

Do your kids give out classroom valentines? Handmade or storebought? Candy or trinket or nothing?

Disclaimer: I am a Pearista for Pear Tree Greetings. I was provided with product for this review, but opinions are all my own.

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From the trenches | Oldies but goodies

1.07.2015

The other night, as I was laying awake sleepless, my mind started drifting to thoughts of, “If only blogging was a thing when my kids were little. Oh the stories I could have shared with other moms.”  And then I started laughing. Because seriously….I have stories. Upon stories.

My children were born 20 months apart. So just imagine yourself in the grocery store with 2 babies that are in infant seats and a toddler. You simply cannot fit 2 infants into a cart with a toddler, so what you do is you put one carrier into the basket, your 2 year old into the “fun truck” at the way front, and you take your 3rd infant and you put them in a wrap and wear them so that you have somewhere to put your food.

Halfway through the store, the kids start screaming…toddler doesn’t want to be in the truck. Or maybe he dropped his binky. Baby in carrier wakes and wants to eat. And baby you’re wearing is just generally pissed at life, because that’s her MO.  So you rush. You push that bus (those things are so hard to maneuver, are they not??). And because you have infants are are not yet in your post-partum pants and also because its 2004 and the velour track suit is a popular thing, you are sporting one that day. And then it happens…the baby that you’re wearing, who is mad as hell, is thrashing and manages to rub your waistband so much that she undoes the drawstring on your pants. And just like that…they are around your ankles.

I kid you not.

But even better? The time that the twins were turbo 2 and the oldest was 3. I had my annual appointment and figured it would be easy peasy.

Notsomuch.

Miss Thang screamed and cried and you would have thought that someone was torturing her. All because someone was touching her mom.  Mr. Inquisitive – the 3 year old- was in the corner asking what in the world they were doing to me. And the younger son was opening and closing the door. And opening. And closing. And opening. The OBGYN finally paged a nurse to come take my children, less the screeching girl, so I could relax for a moment. Relax. In stirrups. That irony is not lost on me.

 

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2014 | what worked, what I’d like to work on.

1.06.2015

Happy 2015!! I can’t believe it is already a week into the new year. 2014 was mostly a good year for me, with a few surprises thrown in.

Reading Recently, I read these  What Worked For Me posts at For The Love of and The Modern Mrs. Darcy and decided I would join in with the top 5 things that worked for me in 2015.

1. I got stronger.

I’ve always been fairly active. There have been times I’ve slacked, but overall, I’ve been mostly involved in some sort of activity or another, whether it be running, pilates, kickboxing, body pump, yoga, or simply hitting the regular old gym. But nothing ever really called to me. And beyond that, I was plagued with horrid back spasms. I could be vacuuming the floor or reaching up to water a plant and and throw my back out. PT helped, but ultimately, what I heard her say sunk in: I may have a slim core, but it was a weak-ass core. Finally, after some nudging from a neighbor, I tried out a local box that neighbor’s my son’s dojo. After seeing actual progress, I was hooked. And the back pain? Its gone.

2. We joined a local Co-Op.

My husband will be the first person to admit that he loathes Outpost. It has something to do with the happiness quotient of the workers and the fact that he doesn’t know where anything is. Oh – and “the shit is all healthy and expensive”.  Thankfully, he doesn’t do many grocery runs. I’m still educating him on the importance (to me, to our health) of local, humane, pastured, some organic, in season, unprocessed, etc. But the co-op has often been my saving grace, because I cannot run around to a million different stores.

3. I occasionally watch my niece and nephew.

Sure, it eats away at my time. And I sure as hell don’t get anything done when I have them. But when I do? It reminds me to sit back and enjoy. Because kids grow up too fast.  And honestly, can you deny the awesomeness quotient of when a 2 year old walks in the house in the morning and goes looking for her 12 year old cousin?

4. I switched to decaf.

Yeah. Never in a million did I think I would be a decaf girl. But after a few days of feeling like I wanted to vomit after my morning coffee, I decided enough was enough.  Sure, there have been a handful of times I’ve had some caffeine, but I can count on 1 hand.

5. I went back to the trusty ways of the paper planner.

I rely heavily on my google calendar to manage my kids schedules. That said, I was slacking managing my own life. I needed a place more organized than post-it notes to write down my to-do lists. Its been wonderful. And also? I love crossing stuff off.

 

Now…what didn’t work. Or perhaps, needs more work?

Sleep.

I need to work on sleep, y’all. My husband snores. OMG, he snores. And I’ve been suffering from insomnia on + off.  I just installed the sleep/relax, to bed, and sleep bot apps, so here’s to hoping they’ll help me out!

Time Management.

I just installed the Toggl app after reading about it.

How about you? Anything stand out in your mind?

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Basil chicken

12.22.2014

My family loves Asian food. So when I came across this recipe for Thai Basil Chicken, I knew that it would be a hit if I made a few modifications.  Low + behold…I was not wrong. They gobbled up every last bite.

basil chicken via houseoftubers.com

4 chicken breasts, cut into bit size pieces
1 small onion, sliced thinly
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 large red bell peppers, cut into strips (depending on how many of your family members like peppers)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cups basil leaves, loosely packed

Sauce:
4 TB coconut aminos (you could use soy sauce)
2 tsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp honey
2 tsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
pinch of black pepper
Prepare your ingredients. Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
Saute the garlic with the crushed red pepper in olive oil for a minute or two on medium heat until it smells fragrant; add the onion and cook for 2 or so more minutes. Add the chicken to the and saute until it is almost done, about 3-5 minutes. Add the bell peppers. Saute for 1 minute. Pour in the sauce and stir to coat. Cook for another minute or so- until the sauce thickens up a bit. Add in the basil leaves and cook for 30-60 seconds or until they start to wilt and become fragrant.
Remove from the heat and serve with hot rice.
We always use GP’s Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice recipe. My husband swears its the best rice ever and the only way brown rice tastes better than white. I think one of the keys is using short grain brown rice. The texture is more palatable.

Enjoy!

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