Monday, March 5, 2018

Gym Days Make Me Crazy, Crazy Happy

Hi, guys! It’s finally nap time here, so I just wanted to pop in with a quick recap of our morning.

Quinn’s school is closed today (they’re without power), so we had a fun “gym day” together. Early this morning, when I asked him if he was excited for our upcoming adventures, his response was: “Gym days make me crazy, crazy happy!” I mean, is that not the cutest thing ever? 🙂 I love that Quinn loves gym days as much I as do!

Breakfast this morning was Pumpkin + Chia Overnight Oats from Daily Harvest, who makes all sorts of awesome frozen overnight oats, smoothies, and soups delivered right to your front door. The brand sent me some samples awhile back, and I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned them on CNC yet. They’re so darn good! I love that they’re made from wholesome (and interesting!) ingredients and how convenient they are – just grab one from the freezer, prep (add water or almond milk), and you’re good to go!

After breakfast, Quinn and I headed to the gym. He brought along his new favorite toy – a flameless remote control candle from our powerless Friday night. He’s been obsessed with it ever since. He even took it to bed with him last night. Ha!

When my friend Natalie arrived to class, she gave me some Big Sexy Hair Powder Play (aka “hair boogers”), which is the most amazing volumizer ever. You just sprinkle a little onto your dry hair and then use your fingers to work it in – and just like that you have instant volume. Check out my New Year’s Eve hair to see it in action, but it’s also great for everyday hair that just needs to be washed/styled. It’s seriously THE BEST.

This morning’s CrossFit workout was a fun one with some of my favorite movements. It took me about 15 minutes to finish, which included a quick intermission to take Quinn to the bathroom. #momduty

After CrossFit, Quinn and I headed to Rosa Farms for a smoothie/coffee date with a couple of our friends. We also stopped in to see Clover, the bunny.

Quinn ordered a “vanilla smoothie,” which was made with peanut butter and banana. He lovvvved it and drank the whole thing! 🙂

I ordered the “Tree Chugger” to which I added SFH vanilla protein powder. The combo was incredible – basically dessert!

After that, we headed to Toddler Time at Starland Sportsplex.

We had never been before, but it was definitely a fun kid thing that we’ll visit again. Qman had a blast! And it was only $8! 🙂

By the time we got home, Quinn and I were both starving for lunch. I whipped up a quick meal for him (pita, hummus, and apple slices) and then threw together a bunch of leftovers from the fridge for myself. On the menu: Cauliflower cheese pizza (from Trader Joe’s – not recommended), roasted veggies (Brussels sprouts, fennel, carrots), and arugula with Parmesan, sunflower seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette. There wasn’t an ounce of meat in this meal, but still came in at 25g of protein!

Question of the Day

How was your Monday? Please share a highlight from it! 🙂

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A Weekend of Red Eyes, Fossils, and Sunshine

Sunshine, FINALLY! Our weekend started with some crazy winds that cut the power for a good portion of Virginia. Some of my friends still don’t have it. We were lucky to only have had it glitch a few times. And on Saturday, the skies were bright blue.

Friday vibes:

We made our second of four Blue Apron meals for dinner: seared steaks with mashed potatoes. Steak isn’t something I usually crave, but it always tastes so good! We had cabbage and apple saute on the side.

After dinner, Thomas and I had a special date night in to watch The Shape Of Water. We had the idea to order cookies from Red Eye Cookie Co. which delivers hot cookies to your doorstep for a $2 charge (and an $8 minimum). What a cool service from Red Eye!

MY OTHER RECIPES

We tried four kinds (two of each) and nibbled on them all weekend. The chocolate chip and cookies & cream flavors were AMAZING! The peanut butter and signature red eyes (like red velvet) cookies were good, but I am a classic cookie kinda girl.

On Saturday morning, we made oatmeal – whipped banana chia with cinnamon vanilla almond butter.

And then dug for fossils!

The House Fairy brought Mazen this egg, which was great and much easier to dig into than the big block we did a month ago. Afterwards, you assemble the little fossil inside. Very cute!

Mazen went swimming, I fit in a workout, and we had leftovers for lunch, which was half a pork sandwich T brought me for lunch on Friday.

On Saturday afternoon, we went to the Big Room at acac Adventure Central with our neighbor, and then the boys played outside for a good portion of the afternoon.

We had Blue Apron Ginger Chicken Burgers with sweet potato fries for dinner.

T and I started The Handmaid’s Tale (it’s on Hulu, which I am doing a free trial of) and LOVED the first episode. I can’t wait to see what happens. (I should know because I read the book, but I think that was like 20 years ago – eek! – so I don’t remember the plot.)

Sunday:

A bed made by a 5 year old. Lol. I’ll take it!

And finally, an epic breakfast to end off a great weekend! T got croissants at the grocery store late Saturday afternoon and made us these breakfast sandwiches with egg, cheese, and bacon. Talk about a treat!

On Sunday afternoon, I had my first outdoor soccer game of the season (and it was a glorious sunny day for playing outside!) and then went to a girls’ night Oscar party in the evening.

Hope you had a good weekend! What did you think of the Oscars? Have you watched The Shape Of Water or The Handmaid’s Tale?



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Thanking Our Lucky Stars

Hi, guys! Happy Monday!

We had quite the eventful weekend on the South Shore. We lost power for a few hours on Friday night because of the storm, but, luckily, it came back on before we all went to bed. We were VERY lucky because tons of people, including some of our friends, are STILL without power. We definitely thanked our lucky stars and offered our home for showering, charging, and whatever else was needed. What a crazy few days for the South Shore. Hopefully, everything will be restored soon enough.

Qman was up and at ’em at 5:30 AM on Saturday morning. I actually went to bed at 8:00 PM the night before, so waking up at that hour wasn’t bad at all. (Mental note: I really should start going to bed earlier.) We snuggled on the couch, played, and then made pancakes for Dada.

After breakfast, one of our neighbors called to tell us that one of our packages ended up at his house during the storm. It was my new book: Food: What the Heck Should I Eat. It was a little wet and the pages were wrinkly, but definitely read-able. I started it last night, and it’s soooo good! I skipped ahead real quick to the “Pagan” diet and supplements that Dr. Hyman recommends at the end, and I’m happy to see that I’m already implementing a lot of his suggestions. But, of course, there’s always room for improvement, so I’m excited to really get into his book. He explains each food group in detail – the research, why it’s confusing, and then what you should eat.

Saturday night, we headed to our friends’ house for a family dinner and game night.

Of course, there were was plenty of shenanigans.

And lots of laughs!! This What Do You Meme game was hysterical. It reminded me a lot of Cards Against Humanity, but with memes. So friggin’ funny!

We headed home early on Sunday morning. We needed groceries and most stores on the South Shore were closed, picked clean, or just plain crazy, so we opted to shop near our friends’ house.

As soon as we got home, I hoped in my car to drive down to Mirbeau for brunch and a spa day with my girlfriends. We planned it months ago, but it seemed like a lot of South Shore and Cape people opted for a getaway (the resort had power) because it was so busy. It was such an incredible day with friends, and I can’t wait to do it again with them! 🙂

The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step Giveaway

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This looks like a great resource for those with digestive issues. Thanks for sharing this and for the great giveaway!

Congrats, Michelle! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

Question of the Day

How was your weekend?

If you’re local, do you have power? 

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