travel and mifold booster


Happy Monday! We have been enjoying the awesome weather lately. It is close to 70 today- love the pretty colors and fall leaves and warmth!
I’m having a little trouble staying away from sugar lately??

I’m craving sweets, even though I’m taking a probiotic and trying to stay on track! What gives?! I’m making it to the gym at 5:30am, but then I get there and can’t motivate to do much. I need to do some classes! I tried to make it my goal last week and just kept getting there just a few minutes too late to walk into a class. What motivates you during the holiday time?  My friends motivate me by meeting up with them for workouts – mostly outside runs! It doesn’t feel like a workout when you can run and chat with a friend :)

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Well, we are getting ready to travel for the holiday this year, and looking for easier solutions to bringing carseats on board for air travel. I came across this new booster seat called the mifold

mifold is the most advanced, compact and portable child car safety seat in the world – ten times smaller than a regular booster seat. Rather than “boosting” kids up – the seat brings down the seat belt to a child’s size.
Invented by a father of four, the grab-n-go mifold seat is now available for preorders – and will start hitting the market in Spring 2016.”

This booster seat looks amazing. And made by a father of 4, he gets it! It’s always a hassle to figure out how to drop all our kids off at the grandparents, get a ride from a friend, bring a friend home… we can’t fit any more kids in our car right now with how much room the seats take up. But we could fit two more if we had a mifold seat! We’re also at a loss with how to bring all the carseats through the airport and then taking them all the way to our destination. This seat would do the trick! It is just as safe as a standard booster, but can fit in your pocket! The seat is for ages 4-12.  Check out this video. It is very informative and will answer all of your questions about this seat. It is $39 with free shipping.  You can pre-order now – they are due out in May 2016.

What questions would you have? Would you like a seat like the mifold?

We are using up our food this week!
On the menu…

Risotto w/ Mushrooms (leftover)
Chicken/eggplant parm (leftover)
soba with veggies in peanut sauce
rice, beans and quesadillas (kids are loving this meal)
buddha bowl!
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What’s cooking this week?




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Meal planning, Juice & goals

Hello friends! Wow – those of you with a few children were smart. Max 2 seems the way to go?? Not truly sure what I was thinking, I am practically drowning :) This weekend was the baby’s baptism, which was great to have family together. Love these two pics, thanks to my sister for being the photographer for the day!

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We made it easy and used Wegmans for all the food – and a Whole Foods Cake.  All was delicious!
We also had leftovers to use for Monday’s lunch and dinner!

Since daylight savings, I have been up and out each morning during the week to the gym or to meet up for runs, hooray! Back in the groove.  The runs I enjoy the most. It feels like you are not working out when running with a friend! We did 5 miles on Thursday, the most I’ve done since probably a year ago! I missed not running the half marathon on Halloween, I really did! And I hope to return to some long distance running soon. My goal for now is to do the 10-miler in May and be in some sort of shape for it!  My short term goal is to attend a class at the gym this week! It is HARD to commit, and get there on time – but it is a goal!

As far as snacking, I bought some Suja Juices when I feel like I need a snack. These are working great! Better than eating healthy baked goods and chocolate chips.

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And now for the meal planning ~ I have stopped trying with meat, and trying to just have the family eat what I’m eating too! I know it’s healthy so why try to make meat that I can’t taste and multiple meals. No time, no desire. Keep it easy, keep it quick, keep it healthy :)

MEAL PLANNING – week of 11/9

Monday – leftovers from our party
Tuesday – made homemade whole wheat bread, so good! and a big pot of soup for a rainy day!
Wednesday – veggie burgers, rice & broccoli
Thursday – quesadillas & Carrots
Friday – quinoa and black beans? or look up minimalist baker risotto – sounds yummy! (thanks Cassandra!)

My kids are loving roasted chick peas right now! Roast about 20 min with olive oil and salt at 450.
Great with dinner or a snack! Photo credit –
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what is your favorite comfort dish for a rainy day?

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Review of the Stingray 6 in 1 kitchen multi-tool

I had the opportunity to try the TNK BRAND Stingray Kitchen 6 in 1Multi-tool aka the STINGRAY.
Photo credits – the grommet.

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Here are the six functions:
You can lift a burger with the spatula
Flip a steak with the tong
Grab a veggie dog with the toothed tong
Pierce a vegetable with the fork
Gently release with the “launch control”
and keep the counter clean with the curved spatula.

It is dishwasher safe, and a one hand tool. My favorite feature was being able to grab and flip a burger.
I usually make bean burgers which fall apart half of the time so this was perfect and kept them together, with no mess! It is super easy to use and very convenient.

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Check out this video:

This tool can be found at the Grommet for $14.95. Well worth it for your kitchen – and makes a great gift for the holidays!

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5 months – mom/baby updates

Baby girl is 5 months old!

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This past month was a HUGE developmentally for her – rolling, grabbing and reaching for objects and putting them into her mouth, and now starting to sit up. She is so sweet and such a happy girl. Loves attention from her siblings and smiles ear to ear (with a dimple too!) when you talk to her.  It took seriously this whole last month for her to return to her normal sleep patterns from the 4 month sleep regression (it’s real!). It was impossible to get her to go to sleep on her own, and I used the Ergo a ton to get her down for naps. The key now seems to be to put her down after she has been awake 1 hr 45 min, and she’ll go to sleep on her own in the crib and take a good nap. Phew! Long month of 30 minute naps and Ergo carrying. She adjusted well with the Daylight Savings time too! The kids love her and she’s such a joy! Can’t wait to see her continue to learn and do more each month. It’s so fun!

Mom updates ~

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Not sure where my mojo has gone! My motivation is totally lacking. Monday morning I was up at 5am with the time change and picked out a workout, and just didn’t feel like doing it (???) I have been eating super healthy, but eating when I’m not hungry :/  I got out for a run solo outside for the first time (In forever???) 2 weekends ago and it was amazing. I ran only 2.5 miles, and had shin splints after that, but it was glorious. It’s the little things.  The treadmill and workouts in the basement aren’t really cutting it :( I need to see people and go to classes – my goal for this month. The time change is key in this goal!

I’m home a ton for naps and it is boring and makes me a little stir crazy and the mindless eating comes into play. I watched the end of the NYC Marathon Sunday and then a picture from Marine Corps w/ my sister popped up in my time hop the next day and it made me feel nostalgic! It feels like so long ago and at this time I can’t say I could find the time to train for a marathon.  4 kids is a lot.  I’m a bit overwhelmed most of the time with everyone’s needs and fitting in the time for myself too.  I feel like a full time nanny would actually be warranted so I could take everyone where they need to go and get in my solo errands too! :)  Wouldn’t that be nice? Just an extra person sitting at my house to stay home with whoever didn’t have to go out would be fantastic! I am crazy about being home for the baby’s naps so that my day goes smoothly, but with 3 other kiddos, that can be tough!  She gets more fun everyday and I love seeing her grow!  It will all be worth it in 7 months!!


Halloween was fun!  I took a cue from my bestie twin and got in costume (Target hoodie)
here w/ my silly cousin in her baby onesie
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As far as meal planning this week, B made the lentil/cauliflower tacos from Food Babe this weekend – not a huge fan.
We are working through them and trying to repurpose.

made pumpkin pancakes halloween breakfast!

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Monday – kids had sweet potatoes, brown rice pasta, carrots and smoothies. We had the lentil/cauliflower salad
Tuesday-  mushrooms & biscuits (kids won’t eat the mushrooms so this dinner ends up being biscuits)
Wednesday – quinoa bake? have lots of quinoa and trying to use up what we have instead of running to the grocery store!
Thursday – pitas, hummus, olives – mediterranean plate – or breakfast
Friday & Saturday – we have company coming


Made Zahav’s amazing hummus last week. It’s a process but totally worth it!

Made some healthy treats with amazing grass chocolate as the chocolate (with coconut oil) and filled with peanut butter and vega on the inside. Healthy nut butter cups!

How was your Halloween? What is worth mentioning for you this week?


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Meal planning 10.26.15

Ahh.. this week I spilled tea all over my laptop and I’m just praying that it decides to come back to life but it’s not looking good :/

This week I brought back BULLETPROOF COFFEE – but blended it! It’s delicious! I took a cup of coffee, one cup almond milk, 1 tsp coconut oil, blended then warmed up – it’s frothy and delicious! Pic from

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My favorite thing that I made this week was whole wheat oatmeal bread – not in the bread machine! Best sandwich bread that I have come across so far – and takes less time than the bread machine. I will find where that recipe is from and share soon!

I have been working out at home in the mornings and made it to the gym one morning this week to work with a trainer as part of a free trial when we joined our gym. Throughout the 5-week program, we worked on proper technique for deadlifts, squats, & kettlebell swings and did some quick workouts that were effective and hard!  I really enjoyed!

As for the meal planning, trying a few fall like meals, oh my veggies inspired. Most pics are from Oh My Veggies!

THE MEAL PLAN. 10.26.15

Sunday – Lasagna soup

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Monday – Brussel sprout, tempeh and soba noodles

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Wednesday – Quesadillas/fish and greek salad
Thursday – walnut tacos
Friday – Leftovers from the week
Saturday – HAPPY HALLOWEEN! english muffin pizzas

I’m trying to stick with a detoxinista inspired meal plan this week, I need to stop eating after dinner and stay on track!

I just mistakenly watched a documentary called FED UP on you tube regarding GMOs – I meant to watch the Katie Couric one, and now I’ve started watching that. Both are super educational, and sort of scary! The first one talked about supporting local farmers and why to eat organic.  Have you watched Katie Couric’s FED UP?

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What are you making?

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end of 22 days

At the end of 3 weeks of the 22 day revolution, I feel like I didn’t stay on track but B did. He did not eat meat and had amazing will power and dropped about 10-15 lbs. Going forward I think he will be ready to have portion sizes that are smaller and incorporate smarter breakfasts. He did great! So proud of him! My goals were to curb mindless eating – it depended on the day. I don’t know if it’s the nursing, or what is causing me to not follow my hunger signs and eat whenever I think of something that I want to eat! Here are some tips of curbing mindless eating that I need to follow myself:

Listen to your hunger signals and eat as you are getting hungry. Don’t wait until you are starving or you will overeat!
Out of site, out of mind. Remove any temptations from your house or don’t keep them at eye level! 
Plan out your meals and snacks.

What other tips do you have for curbing mindless eating?

Going into flu/cold season, I have been looking for smoothies to load up on fruits and veggies.
Here are 2 good ones that I found – do you have a fave?


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Meal planning

Sunday – mushrooms and biscuits from Minimalist Baker
Monday – mexican quinoa salad cups with creamy cilantro lime dressing
Tuesday – quesadillas and veggies
Wednesday – have dinner w/ friends and brainstorm a good meal!  TBD
Thursday –  cornmeal polenta & crispy chick peas
Friday –  make your own pizza

My workouts have taken a beating due to the 4-month sleep regression. Naps are about 30 min then I put the baby on me and she sleeps more. It has been about a week, and I think she’s starting to go back to normal!  I am just going with the flow for now – some days I get frustrated though! But trying to realize the time goes fast and enjoying all my snuggles!

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Meal planning – week 3!

We have gone through 2 weeks of a vegan diet. We’ve loosely followed the gluten-free part. And my husband is more hard core than I am, he is doing awesome, especially being a big meat eater!   I’m so proud of him!

I am still struggling with mindless eating mid-afternoon, mostly times when I’m giving the kids snacks or making their lunches and I just pick at food even though I’m not hungry!  This was not a problem before, but maybe due to nursing, I have no will power?? Trying to be more aware!

We got sick of the meals in the book and picked out our own. I don’t recommend the book, my biggest “beef” is the lack of snacks, lack of protein (you won’t stay full) in his meals, and lack of dessert (1 oz dark chocolate a night is healthy!). It’s not a set up for success in my mind.  I would recommend the Plan for testing out what’s good for your body and a better reasoning with the science behind meal combinations, or the Detoxinista’s Detox!

Monday – “Cheesesteaks” with veggies

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Tuesday – quinoa mushroom burgers with peas

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Wednesday –  maybe walnut tacos? or I’ll use the walnuts for cookies (below)
Thursday – caesar salad

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with pumpkin sage pasta (yum this was delicious!)
Friday –  I’m still looking for one more idea! What are you making?
Saturday  – Yay! Day 23 – we’re done, out to dinner to celebrate!

RECIPES I want to try this week:

Walnut cookies!
Peanut Butter “Lara” Bar

What are you making this week?

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