Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Quinn & Mumma Morning (3.5 Years Old)

I’ve partnered with Wonderful Halos to bring you this blog post. Right now, the brand is hosting a “Good Choice Challenge” to encourage consumers to make good snacking choices by choosing Wonderful Halos over other traditional unhealthy snacks in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. We LOVE Halos in our house and, most days, we’re eating at least a few – if not more – from our fruit bowl. Here’s a peek inside a Quinn and Mumma day and how we incorporate Halos and healthy snacking. As always, thank you for your support!

Quinn “boop-boops” me on the nose, and I’m instantly awake. Whatever dream I had the night before mixed with him poking my nose startled me awake. Haha! Once I figure out what the heck is going on, we head downstairs to see Dada. He’s already in the kitchen making himself breakfast.

Most mornings, I start my day with a glass of iced coffee (+ collagen), but I’m starving. Quinn says he’s hungry too, so I make him breakfast and then grab some Powerseed Protein Overnight Oats from the fridge for myself. Mal finishes his breakfast and heads upstairs for a shower, so Quinn and I eat in the living room, which is a special Friday treat! 🙂

Once I finish my oats, I give Murphy (his middle name is “spoiled”) my empty jar of nut butter. Look at those pug paws!

After breakfast, I get Quinn and myself ready for the day. It’s a “gym day” and we have some fun plans afterward, so I pack some snacks to take with us. We both ate an early breakfast, and we won’t be home until close to lunchtime, so I want to make sure we’re prepared for an active morning. I pack Quinn a couple of his favorite snacks: cheesy crackers and some Wonderful Halo mandarins, which I peel ahead of time for easy access.

Halos are great for sharing and easy to pack in lunches, take on-the-go, and snack on through the day. I also fill his water bottle and place inside his lunchbox. For myself, I fill a shaker with protein powder and then toss a couple of Wonderful Halos in my bag. Boom. Snacks are packed!

Once we’re packed up and ready to go, we say goodbye to Murphy.

And then hop in the car to drive to CrossFit. Of course, we remember to bring “Geet” (Quinn’s blanket) and Elmo, which is a new/old favorite. Quinn mostly likes throwing him in the air and trying to hit the ceiling.

At the gym, I work out while Qman plays with the kids in the childcare room. Class ends about 5 minutes early, so I hang out and chat with friends while I refuel.

My picks: Protein shake + Wonderful Halos, which is the perfect combo of protein + carbs after a workout. At 50 calories each, Wonderful Halos mandarins are a great post-workout snack and an excellent source of vitamin C. I love that Halos are so travel-friendly, sweet, seedless, and easy to peel and eat. It makes post-workout refueling super convenient!

Once I’ve had my post-workout snack, I head into the childcare room to get Quinn. He’s having a blast with the kids, but comes running for a big “Quinn hug.” Even though 3.5 years old is super challenging at times, it’s also so sweet. Qman is such a kind and loving kid. <3

After the gym, we head straight to Billy Beez, which is Quinn’s FAVORITE place right now. He asks to go just about every other day!

We stay and play for nearly 2 hours before he starts to get hungry and thirsty. We have packed snacks and water in the car, so we leave Billy Beez and head home.

I’m pretty hungry too, so Quinn and I share his snacks on the way home.

Back at home, I reheat some leftovers for lunch. Quinn and I eat together and then he tells me he wants to take a nap. This rarely ever happens, so I tuck him in on the couch and he falls fast asleep.

What a fun morning with my sweet boy. I can’t believe he’s already 3.5 years old. I know I say this all the time, but WHERE does the time go? I’m starting to realize just how quickly he’s growing up, and I’m excited to see him grow, but, man, it hurts my heart knowing that he won’t be small forever. THIS age is truly my favorite so far. I love hanging out with Quinn – just him and me. I truly cherish these days, and I’m glad that I can share some of them with you guys!

Happy holidays, friends!

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24 Days of Togetherness (Days 13 – 19)

The holiday fun continues in the Haupert household! It’s been a fun few weeks to say the least, and I really love that this tradition adds so much to this time of year. Here’s the next recap of our 24 Days of Togetherness activities!

Day 13: Make a holiday drawing.

We named this year’s drawing: “Snowstorm in December.”

Day 14: Tell each out something you love about them. Quinn told me his favorite thing about me is “cuddling.” Awwwww!

Day 15: Give each other 10-minute massages or back scratches (Mal and Quinn’s favorite).

Day 16: Wrap Christmas presents and drive adult beverages.

Day 17: Buy Murphy a Christmas present. Murphy loved the ride in the car + the trip to the store.

We ended up buying him donut doggie treats, which, of course, he loved! 🙂

Day 18: See Christmas lights. We saw the lightshow on Lilah Lane once again this year. If you’re local, it’s a MUST SEE!

Day 19: Get holiday drinks from Starbucks. Quinn got a kid’s hot chocolate, Mal went with an iced peppermint mocha, and I got an eggnog latte.

P.S. Still looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? I’ve got ya covered with this holiday gifting round-up!

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Grok’s Favorite Things: 14 Gifts For Yourself (or Other Primal Types in Your Life)

Podium with gift box, 3D rendering isolated on black backgroundGrok may not have an entire cable network or billions of dollars in net worth, but I’d suggest he’s at least as good as Oprah at picking good gifts. This is his gift list for 2017. For a dude whose idea of high technology was an atlatl, it’s an impressive one.

If you’re shopping for the Primal types in your life, or maybe you want to treat yourself to something not just nice but useful, use this gift guide for ideas.

1. 70-Gallon Stock Tank

I’ve been banging the cold plunge drum for years now, but the fact remains that most people don’t have an easy way to fully immerse themselves in cold water. Showers aren’t plunges. Bathtubs don’t offer full immersion, and the warm water always beckons. $120 gets you this 70-gallon stock tank, which is large enough to accommodate most full-grown adults interested in immersing themselves in cold water.

2. All-Clad Stick Blender

The stick blender is a great idea, but most of the time people skimp on the price and end up with a substandard, underpowered piece of junk. If you want one that lasts, one that can probably blend a smartphone, it’s worth forking over a little more money.

As of the writing of this post, this blender is about $30 off its price.

3. Cast Iron Tuscan Grill

The Steven Raichlen cast iron Tuscan grill is incredibly versatile. Let’s go through the attributes.

  • It’s cast iron. Get it hot enough and you’ll see the grill marks on your steak from space.
  • It has screw on cast iron legs. This allows you to take it on hikes, to the beach, and anywhere else you might want to start an impromptu grill session.
  • It’s both a grill and a platform for other cookware. You can grill directly on the cast iron grate or use it as a cooking stand for your cast iron skillet.

Get one or two if you care at all about wood fire or charcoal cooking.

4. Evolution Board Game

This game won’t exactly replace The Origin of Species. It’s not a substitute for learning about natural selection. But it’s a great time for the family, suitable for most ages, and is at least moderately related to evolution. I’m always asking you folks to play more, and not just physically. This is a good way to do it.

5. Luna Sandals

Though it’s wintertime and most of us aren’t really thinking about donning sandals, keep these in mind for warmer times. You can do everything in Luna sandals. Hike great distances, run trails, climb mountains, walk in the rain, chill on a beach. Check out their Instagram account for a broad sample of what people get up to in their sandals. An old friend of mine, Barefoot Ted, makes these in Seattle, so you’ll be supporting an American business (if you care about that sort of thing; I do) and supporting a friend of the blog. Also, the guy is named Barefoot Ted, so he definitely understands the detailed workings and requirements of the human foot.

6. OURA Ring

I’ve always been skeptical of wearable technology. It’s not very accurate, it overstates its abilities, and it engenders over-reliance on the tech and ignorance of our own intuitive powers. But if the initial studies bear out, and it appears they will, the OURA ring looks to be an unobtrusive and accurate wearable for measuring sleep, heart rate variability, and body temperature.

7. Anova Sous Vide

If you don’t have the space for Dr. Eades’ Sous Vide Supreme Touch+, the Anova is the next best option. It’s an immersion sous vide, meaning you dunk it in the vessel of your choice and it regulates the temperature of the water.

8. Primal Kitchen® Gift Kit

For the Primal foodie in your life (or your own Primal kitchen)… I think Grok would be proud of his likeness engraved on the cutting board and chef’s knife, not to mention our Mayo, Extra-Virgin Avocado Oil, and Balsamic Dressing. I’ve gifted a number of these already this season.

And, hey, in honor of Grok, take 20% off your purchase through 12/31/17. Just use the code 20GIFT when you check out.

9. Darn Tough Merino Wool Hiking Socks

I rarely wear socks, but when I do, I enjoy the Darn Toughs. Wool keeps you warm in the cold and comfortable in the warmth. Socks usually give me “hot foot.” The Darn Toughs are some of the only ones that don’t.

10. Four Sigmatic Chaga and Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee

Lately, I’ve been really curious about Lion’s Mane mushrooms, which studies show have the potential to stimulate neurogenesis—the growth of new brain cells. This product is a great way to get both coffee and lion’s mane (plus chaga, another beneficial mushroom). The alternative is buying and cooking fresh lion’s mane, which is delicious but runs rather expensive for everyday use.

11. Mother Dirt Products

We carry these in the Primal Blueprint store for a very good reason: They work with your body’s natural ecosystem to keep you clean. If your giftee has hair, go for the shampoo. If they don’t, go for the cleanser. And everyone could use the AOBiome spray, which preferentially targets ammonia-producing bacteria and reduces the need to shower and use soap.

12. Chef’s Choice Knife Sharpener

There’s nothing more satisfying than using a really sharp knife to slice meat and chop veggies. There’s nothing more dangerous than using a dull knife to slice meat and chop veggies. Purists would have you invest your time and money in buying and learning to use a sharpening stone, and that’s a valid option, but most people won’t dedicate enough of themselves to really learn the craft. This knife sharpener gets top marks.

13. Red Dragon Torch

It’s designed to kill weeds, and that’s all well and good. I like it to start charcoal fires. Rather than light your coals in a chimney, pour them out, and hope for the best placement, you can set your coals up in the perfect arrangement and then light them with the torch. Other benefits include finishing off dishes with a blast of flame. Oh, and if you use this at night, it just looks awesome.

For outdoor use only.

14. Pure-Wave Power Massager

Essentially a massive vibrator, this is no replacement for visiting a skilled body worker, but it’s probably a lot better than visiting a cheap one. You can use it to hit trigger points, do self-myofascial release, or just have a nice relaxing approximation of a rub. If you hate foam rollers but need them, you might enjoy hanging out with the Pure-Wave while you read, browse the web, or watch TV.

That’s it: Grok’s gift guide for 2017. Now I’d love to hear from you…. What are you getting people? What are you lusting after? What’s been the best purchase you’ve made or received in recent memory?

Thanks for reading, everyone. Take care!


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Ooey-Gooey Dark Chocolate Eggnog Cookies (Gluten-Free)

These are a few of my favorite things about the holiday season: Eggnog, cookies, and family. And I was able to combine them in quite the delicious event!

Ok, so this time of year can get pretty hectic, and we’re all doing our best to hang ALL the decorations, buy ALL the presents, remember who’s holiday party is coming up next, and, of course, make time for the people we love most. (Wow, it’s been a crazy few weeks, right?)

I’m thankful that our family has “24 Days of Togetherness” to help us enjoy the holiday season as much as possible. We make time for one another with activities that put us spirit of the season and one of our favorite things to do together is bake!

This year, we took two of our loves (chocolate + eggnog) and combined them into one delicious cookie: Ooey-Gooey Dark Chocolate Eggnog Cookies. They. Are. Delicious. These cookies have subtle hints of eggnog and nutmeg with melt-y dark chocolate making them the ultimate cookie swap or holiday party tag-along. I promise you will not regret making these deliciously decedent and surprisingly simple treats. They’re gluten-free (you won’t even be able to tell the difference), so just about everyone can enjoy them!

Gluten-Free Ooey-Gooey Dark Chocolate Eggnog Cookies

Makes 18 cookies


  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp rum extract
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie tray with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together butter, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla extract, rum extract, nutmeg, eggnog, and eggs until combined.
  3. Add almond flour, baking soda, and salt to the liquid mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in dark chocolate chips/chunks to the batter.
  5. Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake 12-15 minutes until just browned. Serve with a tall glass of milk or eggnog!

P.S. Here are a few more gluten-free cookie options that would be great for this time of year:

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How Finance Is Like Fitness

This post is sponsored by YNAB.

Friends!! You know from two of my previous posts that I am a total YNAB (You Need A Budget) freak. Ever since trying out the budgeting program back in March of 2016, it has completely changed my life. I check in with my budget daily (sometimes more than once a day), and it has made me very intentional with my spending and savings goals. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it! (Probably go back to complicated spreadsheets – shudder!) This is a product that I truly and wholeheartedly believe in, and I want you all to try it out!

Imagine my squeal when I found out that the founder of YNAB, Jesse Mecham, has written a book that goes into detail on all the why, what, and how questions of budgeting. You Need A Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want is currently available for pre-order and comes out next week, on December 26. The YNAB team sent me an advance copy of the book to read and share on the blog. 

Whether you’ve never budgeted or you’ve been using YNAB for years like me, this book will fire you up! It’s based upon YNAB’s four principles, but includes so much more too.


1) Give every dollar a job.
2) Embrace your true expenses.
3) Roll with the punches.
4) Age your money.

Mecham says “Think of a budget as a lifestyle-design blueprint.” Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck and not sure how you’ll pay for groceries, or if you just started a fancy new job and want to know you are reaching your long-term goals so you can have the confidence to buy the designer shoes you want now, YNAB’s program will work for you. It can help you get out of debt, save for a house, plan for retirement, and prepare for unexpected costs.

As I was reading the book and reflecting on my “lifestyle-design blueprint,” I started to realize how similar personal finance and healthy living are. Let me explain:

Budgeting and healthy living are a lifestyle, not a quick fix.

Just like you can’t go on a diet for one week, lose 5 pounds, and then go back to your old ways – budgeting isn’t something you can do for a month and then expect it to last. You have to be mindful and intentional about both your money and your health on a regular basis.

Flexibility is key.

As with health, there will be days when you feel like running 5 miles and days when you don’t have time to squeeze a workout in. There will be days when you eat green vegetables at every meal and days when you overeat. You have to be flexible and kind to yourself. Similarly, just as YNAB’s third rule states, you have to ‘roll with the punches’ when you overspend at Target or eat out a few too many times in one month. Taking money from less important categories to cover the overage is a normal part of budgeting.

There are many pillars to budgeting and health.

Diet, exercise, sleep, stress reduction – healthy living isn’t just one of these, it’s all of them. You can’t just do one and feel your best. Similarly, personal finance spans many categories: fixed expenses, variable needs, wants, true expenses, saving for the future, unexpected bills, etc. You can’t just budget in one of these categories, you need to be prepared for them all.

Knowledge is power.

The more you know about yourself, the better off you will be. Spending money and the health choices we make every day are both often emotional decisions. By taking a close look at our habits and reflecting upon them, we can best prepare ourselves for the future. Knowing what you spent on green juice (or sugary lattes) last month can help you tweak your budget for the next. Having a budget where you give every dollar a job actually gives you permission to spend your money on the things you want.

You don’t need to be perfect.

We are all going to eat cake for breakfast sometimes or drink too much on a holiday. No one is perfect. Similarly, we all overspend from time to time or impulse buy all.the.things. at Target (guilty!). Every step you take towards being intentional with your money (and your health) will snowball you into the right direction and good decisions will come more naturally in time. So, take the first step towards a healthier life – for your body and your wallet this year – and you will thank yourself later.


I am giving away a free copy of the YNAB to one of you! Comment below with a budget tip you use (or perhaps one you want to implement in 2018!). The winner will be chosen in one week’s time.

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Episode 381 – Dr. Nasha Winters – The Metabolic Approach To Cancer

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This episode of the podcast (Episode 381) we have guest Dr. Nasha Winters. Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac, Dipl.OM is the visionary and CEO as well as best selling author, lecturer, and the primary consultant of Optimal TerrainTM.   Informed by more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and a thought leader in personalized precision medicine, Dr. Nasha works to educate clients, doctors and researchers world wide on how to apply integrative oncology philosophically and therapeutically.

Listen in as we discuss the roots and causes of cancer and its relation to metabolism, genetics, stress, and what you can do to prevent and combat cancer.

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