School breakfast roundup & last week of summer!

Last week I had my mother in law staying with me to help so I could get out and do some fun things with the older kids without the baby, or with an extra hand. It was really nice to have the help and cross a few things off our summer list. Our last week of summer is approaching now, and we have a few places we want to get to before it comes to an end. I am kind of sad: I love the lack of a schedule, and lazy summer days. But at the same time, it will be nice to get back into the routine.

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This week, we did a salad bar one night that the kids loved! And lots of quick easy dinners – mostly salads!

Next week is going to be similar, I am loosely meal planning but throwing things together with what we have on hand.
I got a door to door organics box for 50% off – so between our garden & the box, I’ll use what is in there and not shop for produce this week ahead.

Sunday- Philly CheezeSteaks and broccoli

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Monday – Quesadillas with rice & beans
Tuesday -fish tacos and meatless night with Avocado Dill Potatoes! Yes please!
Wednesday- avocado boats with nachos
Thursday-  baseball game
Friday- fend

I’m totally not recovered from vacation and have not been to the gym in the early morning since the week before we were away!  I am going to try to get back to that routine but I have just been enjoying sleeping in and sneaking in workouts that are  20-30 min high intensity.  Lots of tabatas! Here is one that you can find on Blonde Ponytail!

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This weekend I am focusing on school breakfasts that are quick and easy, my little (big) guy has to be on the bus right after 8am – ahh!

Breakfast roundup!

Toast with Avocado, yum.

peanut butter & J muffins  – recipe & photo credit Minimalist Baker

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Pop tarts – recipe & photo credit Minimalist Baker
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Beet & Berry

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chocolate  – recipe & photo credit Minimalist Baker

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PB cookie pancakes – recipe & photo credit The Vegan8
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Blackberry Corn Muffins – recipe & photo credit Minimalist Baker

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Glo Bars – I make these into a mini muffin pan – photo credit 
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Breakfast Bites
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Fruit Crisp  –  this one is so versatile! photo credit by Randle Browning
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What are some of your favorite breakfasts?

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Meet new friends, exercise and have a drink!


Fall racing season is fast approaching! Want a chance to train with Philly’s top coaches, while enjoying a beer and supporting local charities? What could be better?

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Core and cross training workouts will help take your running up a notch. The team behind the ODDyssey Half Marathon is partnering up with the Uptown Beer Garden to organize a fun social program.

Every Monday starting September 14th at 6:30, for six weeks, there will be a workout led by one of Philly’s top running coaches – for 6 weeks. Each week a local running charity will also be present, raffling off prizes.

For $30, you get:

  • 6 group work outs with runners of all levels from the City you love.
  • free Craft Beer from U-Bahn after every run you complete.
  • $15 Voucher for a purchase over $75 from Philadelphia Runner. (This makes it practically free.)
  • Free door prizes raffled off every week. (ex race entries, running shoes and great running swag).
  • A chance to audition six of Philly’s Best Running Coaches to keep your motivation all year long.
  • Introductions to the great Running Charities from our city that will inspire you.
  • All Profits from registrations donated to charity.

Spaces are limited!

Register here!

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On-the-go fun for kids! Review

If you are tired of listening to “How much longer?” and “Are we there yet?” and the fighting that ensues on long car rides, visits to the doctor’s office and anytime kids have to wait, you will want Amanda Morin’s book: On-the-go fun for kids!  I was sent a copy to review – I included this book in my back to school roundup! All opinions are my own.

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On-the-Go Fun for Kids! is a paperback book that offers 100 engaging activities including word puzzles, scavenger hunts, games, imaginative play and more.

The chapters are Car Trip Games, Planes and Trains, Hotels and Vacations, Things to do While you are waiting around, Shopping Trip Games, and Bonus Activities for Work-From-Home Days. On the way home from the beach, we did some of the abbreviations – such as what does SWAK stand for? It shows a picture as a hint. How about SOS? We also enjoyed making our own license plate, and doing a scavenger hunt and bingo at the grocery store.  You can print a printable grocery store bingo here.  Amanda includes this link in the book. The book has found a home in my purse for anytime we are waiting around or I hear “I’m bored” which has happened a lot this summer! There are so many resources mainly app ideas and websites that she lists in the book along with an idea.  Here is a preview of some of the pages, from Amazon’s sneak a peek.

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This book is comprehensive – she thought of every idea possible. It is well written and would make a great gift for any child who is traveling! The book is currently under $10 on Amazon.   My kids will be each have one of these for our next road trip!


Amanda Morin is an education writer and a special education advocate. She is the author ofThe Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education and The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book. Morin is also a contributing writer for Parenting Special Needs magazine and on the editorial team of Her work has been featured on the National Center for Learning Disabilities website,, PopSugar Moms, and You can visit her website for more info!

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Review of Virus Zero

On my back to school roundup, I included the Virus Zero, a portable air disinfecting system.

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Virus Zero uses Samsung SPi technology to send disinfecting ions into the air, which cleans the air by neutralizing the structure of germs and other contaminants, so the air becomes clean and remains clean.  The system is also beneficial for allergy sufferers.  I was interested in trying one of the Virus Zero units because my son has severe seasonal allergies, and I was sent a sample to review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

With all of the germs floating around in schools, moms are always looking for ways to prevent illness. The Virus Zero is the size of a travel coffee mug, and is able to get 99.7% of germs and contaminants out of the air.  In doing so, it reduces mold, dust mites, pollen, smoke, animal dander, fungi, amongst other contaminants.  Cleansing ions are flowing into the air to disrupt the contaminants in the air.  The whole system works with very little noise, which is awesome.

Our Experience

My son suffers from seasonal allergies as I said, and usually when he wakes up in the morning, he is all stuffy. Since placing the virus zero in his room, he is waking up feeling much better and with little stuffiness.   It is hard to determine whether it is working or not, but this was one sign.  As I said above, it is a very quiet unit. It is just enough to provide a little bit of white noise in the background. I actually would not mind if it was a little louder, because I am in favor of white noise for sleeping!

We tried it in the car to lessen the smell of plastic floor mats and after 48 hours the air was noticeably clearer. In the kitchen, I often make broccoli and when you walk into the house, it smells awful.  We brought the virus zero into the kitchen and ran it and the smell dissipated !  We also tested it out after making curry in the kitchen and it worked great to clear the air!  And last, after my mother in law visited for an extended period with her puppy, the dog smell was cleared out quickly by the Virus Zero.

I think this product would be fantastic for a cubicle at work, or to bring on a car ride – it includes an adaptor for the car!.  It plugs into the wall or car, and does not need filter changes which is huge!  The one that I tried is portable and cleans up to a 230 square foot room. I read that it is also good for smokers to clear the air.   I would definitely be interested in using the largest unit to clear the air in our entire house, and I think this would be a great product for allergy sufferers. When winter comes around, this will be a great product to have on hand.

I have a 25% off coupon code for you, good through 9/31/15. Use code 25Runner2015 at You will be happy you did!

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Calling for your favorite salad recipes

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10 weeks old

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bondi band and in the jogger!

Last week was our family vacation so we’re back up and at it this week. Family vacation with kids turns into lots of extra hands to help out and lots of time with the fam!  Family vacation with a newborn is not so much vacation but still was great to be away!  I definitely didn’t get in as many workouts or good eats as I wanted, but we did involve the girls in our workouts 2 of the days, which was really fun!  My little runners are very interested in running too!

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So it’s the week back from the beach and I’m declaring it a week of salads. No one feels like cooking after returning from vacation right? I’ll share a few recipes that might fall into my meal plan if I happen to find the time, but otherwise I’ll be throwing together some easy salads, starting with tonight’s Mexican salad! So, please share your favorite salad recipe that I can add into my rotation this week as summer nears the end – nooo!!


Mexican Salad – black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, carrots, red pepper, celery, red cabbage = rainbow!
With this lime dressing that was great! and some chips.
I looked at this picture for my inspiration – photo credit to the website

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Another one that looks awesome: photo credit The Garden Grazer

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Monday – mushrooms and biscuits from minimalist baker

Tuesday Greek night?  with pitas

photo credit – five heart home

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Wednesday: mahi mahi tacos with…

Panzanella – a fave with zucchini, tomatoes, croutons and sometimes feta.
The baby’s middle name (Siena) is named after a panzanella lunch date that we had in Siena in 2006!
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What other favorite salads do you have?

Here are some recipes that look good too!
Thursday and/or Friday ideas ~

Cookie + Kate Peanut Sesame Slaw
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Cookie and Kate Enchiladas!

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Hello, August! {Back to school round up & giveaway}

My kids start school on the last day of this month!! I can’t believe it! We have had a fun summer, but definitely a slow one, which was to be expected with a newborn. We didn’t cross off most of the things on our bucket list but had lots of pool days, afternoons at home, and a few field trips. I love this post about replacing guilt with “gift.”  I have definitely felt overwhelmed and that I’m not spending enough time with each child during this summer time so I found this to be a good read!

On to “back to school,” I had a little taste of this this week with a drop off activity for the girls and camp for the big brother – I have mixed emotions! I am excited to get a handle on things! When the baby is napping, I might be able to accomplish a few things! But I will miss everyone being home and our time together, lazy summer days that are unscheduled!

Here are some of my favorite things for back to school and some new ones too:

Easy Lunchboxes

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Planet Box

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these look SO cool, but they’re so expensive! I really want to try these!
Maybe worth it since they’ll get tons of use!

LLBEAN bookbag

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$30 and lifetime warranty? Can’t beat these bags. I used them growing up, did you?


Slim Snack
These look fun for snacks and maybe yogurt?

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Kids on the go
This book is awesome! It is great for long car rides, sitting in the dr office, anytime your kids are bored and need a puzzle or some thinking.  Stay tuned for my review of this awesome book soon!

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On the go virus zero


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Small room size clean air purifier for common allergens! My son has fall and spring allergies and this is working in his room right now! I’m waiting to see if it makes a difference in his breathing & allergies!

Z Protein Bars

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 Z bars are my favorite! My kids love these protein bars as a treat in their lunches, the chocolate mint is a favorite!
Want to win some for your kids’ lunches (or yours?) I won’t tell :)
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Last, I found this fun way to organize out each year of school. I’m getting it together to do it for this upcoming year!

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2 months old (mom/baby updates)

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Our littlest one celebrated 2 months old this week! She is so cute! Smiling, coo-ing, playful. Super predictable as far as what she needs. She sleeps best in her crib and works best on a schedule.

At 2 months, I wake her up around 7:30, and she eats just about every 3 to 3.5 hours. After she’s been up for about 1 hr 15 min, she is tired, and I put her down for a nap – then wake her to eat whenever it’s time. At night, she goes to bed early!
Dream feeding didn’t work for me, so she goes to bed between 7-8, and wakes up around 3:30/4 am. A couple of times she slept until 5/5:30 or 6, but not consistently. I’m excited for when she stretches it to about 5:30, then I can just feed her and head to the gym until she wakes up again at 7:30 :) Overall the kids love her and she is doing great!

2 months schedule

7:30 Wake up time, feed
8:45 Nap
10:30 Feed
11:45 Nap
1:30 feed
2:45 nap
4:30 feed
hope for a catnap in here – but this is tough!
between 7/7:30 feed and put to bed!
10 pump (before I go to bed)
4:30 on average – feed and pump other side
Start over again!

sometimes the catnap looks like this:

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other times in the carrier, swing or just doesn’t happen at all :/ evenings can be tricky!


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Mom updates~
Good days and bad days! Good days usually means I slept enough and have enough patience to not make an outburst or lose patience :) “Mom, mom, mom… wahhhhhh” – everyone is calling me at once, baby needs to be fed, or we need to get out of the door, and I’m trying to listen and hear what everyone is saying. It can be tough! I am trying to soak it all up, and get sad often thinking how quickly the baby is already growing, but more how quickly the others have grown. One night I went to kiss/tuck in my girls and they looked HUGE to me. Like they grew overnight! And my son – I am trying to enjoy the bedtime routine with him before he doesn’t want me in his room anymore :/  I’m trying to savor the time that I have with them being little – it goes so quickly and I can’t believe it.

I have been trying to work out 6 days again. A workout could be 20 minutes long or an hour. I try to get in something 6 days and take off one. I’m a little discouraged by my stomach right now, but I know it’s early on. I don’t remember this the last times postpartum but my belly just has all this fat ? extra skin? and is a sad story!  I’m eating well but definitely trying out recipes and eating lots of nuts – maybe too many!  Trying to be as active as possible but definitely sit down a ton to rock, hold, feed :)
Just trying to enjoy this time and not worry about it – but a little hard with it being pool/beach season!

I found this blog post interesting and think I did a ton of planks and sit ups this pregnancy – oops!

Here’s a workout from BP that you might enjoy
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I have mostly been doing quick cross fit type workouts with running!


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