4 weeks old…homemade salad dressings

Baby girls is 4 weeks old – she has been a great baby so far, very chill and easy. The kids are so helpful and are loving her and constantly want to hold her.  Sleeping – just one middle of the night feeding around 3am so I am surviving but would LOVE to get up and get back into the workout routine! I’m just a nicer person when I start the day that way. I’m also super laid back about it right now because I’m tired!

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<where am I???>

I workout when I can. If I do workout, usually I don’t find the time to make dinner or something else that I should be doing. In fact, I could use a dinner delivery service for the next 2 months! That time of day always seems to be stressful!  I have been trying to make easy meals, and do a rough meal plan over the weekend because I find it to be easier for me to stay organized! We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary this weekend and were at the shore, so meal planning started Tuesday.

This week’s plan was ~
Tuesday – warmed up garlicky chicken from freezer that a friend made + veggies and OSG quinoa patties for me
Pasta Fagioli. Basically I opened the freezer and took out whatever I could warm up and threw together some patties for myself.

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Wednesday – naan bread pizza with hummus and veggies
Thursday –  fish tacos (mahi mahi) with black beans, sweet potatoes and avocado

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Friday  -Mushrooms Marinated and zucchini parm. Zucchini from the garden…
Saturday – happy 4th – have to round up some yummy BBQ food!
Ooh I made an adapted recipe of MInimalist Baker Cheesecake Cups. So delicious!  We have been buying a ton of cashews and soaking over here! I used pecans, dates, almonds, oatmeal and coconut oil with maple syrup for the crust and followed her filling recipe. Yum!

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In the past few months, I discovered a raw cafe, here is their taco salad! Yum!

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They offer lots of kale salad options and dressings. One that I made a ton while I was pregnant was massaged kale salad with avocado, yum!  Another one of the salads at the cafe was ranch – and when I tried that, I wanted to make it!  I didn’t stop there – the Detoxinista’s cookbook contains a handful of great recipes, my favorite is the Everyday Basil Vinaigrette,

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Love this dressing with raw veggies!  Here are a few recipes that I want to try with my favorite here below:

Rawtarian Ranch Dressing! http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-ranch-dressing-recipe

Detoxinista:
Creamy Tahini Dressing: http://bit.ly/1dqXyNp
Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette: http://detoxinista.com/2013/07/raw-apple-cider-vinaigrette/

Do you have a favorite homemade dressing?

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2 weeks old & meal plan

Happy Father’s Day! Hope all the dads out there have a great day!

Today we went to a local farm for brunch and I had a zucchini panzanella. Delicious!

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Baby K is sleeping a lot and a good baby! I feel like I have some time to workout when she is sleeping, and got some meal planning in too! Not sure if I’ll actually have the time to cook the meals on the plan, but we will see!  As far as workouts, one day I did a strength workout, and one day I made it to two miles running at a slowww pace. It feels so good!  At the same time, I know our family is complete, and I’m trying to enjoy every minute with my sweet baby girl!  I’m taking it easy for sure and not in a big rush to get back into training mode.

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The kiddos had a race the other night which is super cute. We saw some good form on our 4-year old Lil Runner :)
Leading the pack.

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3-year old wiped out and was a DNF and 6-year old was waving to the crowd as he cruised into the finish :) 4th place!

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And now for the meal plan!
I have been loving Minimalist Baker for recipes lately. Her cookbook is coming out in November! Can’t wait!

Sunday – mushrooms and biscuits with creamy spinach!
Monday – Leftover Chicken Marsala and rice, broccoli
Tuesday – Portabello Burgers with Buddha Bowl and farmer market Quiche
Wednesday – Cheesy Mac and Cheese (detoxinista cookbook) w/ Zucchini
Thursday – Honey Sesame Chicken (maybe) – 10 year anniversary!
Friday/Sat – we’ll have dinner taken care of for this weekend!

What are you cooking this week?

Other recipes to try:

Garlic mac & Cheese!

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Finding routine…2 weeks old & ice cream!

I had the intention of meal planning this week but that idea came and went quickly! Things have been busy but we are finding a routine so far.  With all of the kids home daily, it was challenging in the first week with everyone transitioning to being home together and fighting. It is getting a little better, but can be a little wild at times!  Getting out of the house is best, but the weather has been tricky!

Baby girl is 2 weeks old, time is flying already.

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Wow it feels good not to be pregnant anymore, that’s for sure. But knowing I’ll never do that again brings with it a tiny tiny bit of sadness!  On Tuesday I ran a mile really slowly and it felt so good to sweat and move!

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This week I discovered an amazing non-dairy ice cream recipe at Minimalist Baker. I made her raspberry ripple one, then found her sea salt caramel one. Ahh! Can’t wait to make that! Check out the recipes below!

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Click the links for beautiful pictures and recipes!

Raspberry Ripple
Sea Salt Caramel
Vegan Peanut Butter

I also ran out of paper containers so here are a few options for storing homemade ice cream!

Tovolo Guide a Scoop

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Tovolo Sweet Treats Containers
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I’m just so excited for these non-dairy options of ice cream!
I started my non-dairy challenge in December, and did pretty well, but took it full force in 2015. I don’t miss it!
I rarely eat dairy. Sometimes I use butter in recipes or on veggies, and that’s my only dairy item. I’m not crazy strict avoiding it, but I don’t want it anymore!  My goal for the rest of the year is to limit fake products such as Daiya cheese (non-dairy), Fakin Bacon (made with gluten as main ingredient) and stick with food that can be made with nuts & seeds instead of fillers.  Check out the Detoxinista’s cookbook for some great recipes that do so!

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{40 weeks} – Welcome baby!

On Wednesday at 12:35, our baby girl was born!  She was 4 days early and weighed in at 8 lb 8 oz and 21 inches long!

Everything went smoothly, I love the epidural and it is an amazing thing! I went into labor around 2am so I was up most of the night (which has been the case for all my labors!) We arrived at the hospital at 7:15am, I had the epidural by 8 and was just waiting for hours until the doctor came to check progress, break my water and start pushing! My favorite doctor delivered. I was so lucky and happy!

This was our first middle of the day baby, and I feel like normally they would turn down the lights and we would try to sleep, but instead it was the beginning of the day and we were just looking at each other wondering what to do!

We have had 6am, 11pm and 3am deliveries.  Baby girl was sunny side up so the delivery was a little challenging, leaving me pretty sore!  For #4, you would think it would be easy!   I was pretty sure it was a boy (again) towards the end by the heart rates and way I was carrying. People would even tell me in the store randomly that I was having a boy.
Nope! Another surprise! I love being surprised :)

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I found a nifty contraction timer around 3am which was super helpful:

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Scenes from the delivery room:

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Wow! It feels good to not be pregnant anymore,
I am so excited to run when my body feels up to it and I have some energy!
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go on an elliptical machine again!
And I’m done having babies which is a weird feeling, but I know this is it for me!

My last workout was Tuesday morning, I walked a bit and did some lifting. I was feeling so done!

We’ll be winging it for meals for a bit now!

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Father’s Day ideas by Backyard Sports

Love the idea of giving active gifts to kids to play with dad!  Play outside with Dad and dad can use the app to track performance and records.

Here is a roundup of some Father’s Day/child gifts that they can use outside and be active! All of these gifts can be found on Amazon or major retailers.

Sonic Boom Bat

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This is the one we tried! It has an oversized Sonic Boom chamber to smack the ball and makes booming sounds. It is also infused with Action Track® technology that can be used in the digital game.
My son (age 6) loved using this to smack the ball, and also my daughters (4 and 3) did also!
We didn’t connect to the app but the bat itself was a big hit!

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Trick Pitch Ball: Pitch like a big league star with this new ball that delivers extreme, never-see-before Trick

Pitch performance through its patent pending Dynamic Fin design. Or scan the ball into the game for wild, in

game pitching power ups.

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Triple Threat Bat: The only three sided bat that allows players to hit three different

ways. Unique three-sided bat design has energy rings for towering home runs, power ridges for hard line

drives and force-absorbing foam for surprise bunts! Unlock the bat digitally to take your digital batting

experience to triple the level!

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Mega Morph Super Hoop: Get ready for MEGA fun with the only basketball hoop that has a motorized rim

that actually changes sizes while you play! Real game announcer and sound effects to put you in the

action…and an electronic scoreboard and shot clock and test your skills! Infused with Action Track®

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Ultimate Game of Horse   : With over 45 signature trick shots from the pros, experience the Game of Horse

Backyard Sports style! Pick a card, attempt the shot. Or scan in various player codes to unlock trick shots in

the digital game.

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39 weeks…

Walking, sitting, cleaning, scrubbing floors, Murphy’s oil, bath salts, gardening, couch.
That’s how I would describe this past week :)

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Took a nice long walk with my early riser today!
I walk so slowly that I don’t even break a sweat though…
excited to run soon!

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I don’t think I made any of the meals that I planned last week so I am going to wing it again this week, but share some favorites that are looking good or that I want to make :)

Cinnamon Buns! The sticky buns are actually my favorite of the two recipes.
These are so easy and make a yummy Sunday morning breakfast!

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This cake looks yummy – Chocolate Vegan Layer Cake

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photo credit: Kathy @ Happy Healthy Life

I made these mushrooms this week and the kids loved them!
This week I’d like to make the biscuits too! We had them with pasta.

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photo credit: Minimalist Baker

A loose plan:

Sunday: biscuits + mushrooms!
Monday: pasta with cheeze and veggies
Tuesday: fish tacos
Wednesday: Naan with hummus + fresh veggies
Thursday:  Nachos with garlicky kale salad
Friday: pizza
Saturday: company in town! No cooking here.

Here’s a workout of the day for you!

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Almonds almonds everywhere!

I’m doing an almond recipe roundup today! First, this is an educational post about why you should buy organic almonds!

And here are just a few of the health benefits of almonds for you to take in :)

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photo credit: Nuts.com

Almonds are a good source of the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Manganese
  • MagnesiumAlmonds also are a good source of healthy fat (monounsaturated fat) – helps keep cholesterol levels down, good for your heart!

    Almonds contain linoleic and linolenic acids, which help reduce inflammation

I love almond butter – out of all the nut butters, it is definitely my favorite!  I use almond flour in recipes as well, some of which I will mention below!  Leave a comment with some of your favorite almond recipes!

RECIPES WITH ALMOND BUTTER
Make almond butter in the vitamix! 

I love adding a scoop of almond butter into my smoothies!
Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Smoothie – Running with Spoons!
Delicious!
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Cookie Dough Smoothie ~ Running with Spoons!

Oh she glows – granola bars
with photo credit: Just a little organic

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Detoxinista – Almond Butter Pancakes!


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She also has her cookbook coming out on Tuesday, which you can pre-order!

OSG Almond Butter Cups!

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These are delicious!

Photo credit: OSG

Coconut Almond Butter
Looks delicious, have not tried this one!
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One more nut butter recipe:

RECIPES WITH ALMOND FLOUR

Make almond flour by grinding up almonds in the vitamix into a flour

Elena’s Pantry – Breakfast bars!

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picture credit: Elena’s pantry

Cookie Dough Bars – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
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Cookie Dough Balls – my favorite cookies!

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Chocolate Donuts – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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Organic almond products are not cheap! And not easy to find either.
Check out nuts.com  – you will find all almond products in the organic form.
For a 16 oz jar of organic almond butter, expect to pay $8-15!

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For a pound of organic almonds or almond flour, expect to pay on average $12-15

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What are your favorite almond products!

 * I was not compensated for this post nor is it a sponsored post. All opinions are my own!*

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