Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Big-Ass Salads—Worker Bee Style (and a Contest!)

I Got My “Baby” Back

Hi, friends!

We switched Quinn from full-time daycare to part-time this week and my heart couldn’t be happier! As you know, my “baby” turned 4 years old this past Saturday – and before I know it, he’ll be in Kindergarten, so I’m making the most of my time with him. It passes so quickly!

My day started bright and early at 6:00 AM, but Quinn’s didn’t start his until 7:45 AM, which is easily the latest he’s ever slept in his whole life. Woohoo! Sleep PR for Quinn! I actually started to get a little worried about him (he’s rarely ever slept passed 7:00 AM), but he had quite the weekend of birthday celebrations and missed his nap the day before, so I just figured he was tired and let him sleep. I ended up getting some work done, so his late wake-up was greatly appreciated! 🙂

Once we got ourselves ready for the day, we headed out for a “gym day.” Quinn’s buddy Gavin was going to be there (and he had a birthday present for Qman), so he was really excited to hang out.

After CrossFit, we headed to Coffee Shack with Gavin and his mom for a little coffee + donut date.

There were coconut donut samples, so I obviously needed to snag one! 🙂

Car shenanigans! 🙂

After our coffee + donut date, we headed to the library to pick out some books. We used to go to the library ALL the time when Quinn was younger, so I’m glad we’re bringing it back as a regular activity. It’s actually really fun to pick out books with a 4 year old! 🙂

The final stop of our morning adventures was at Target for a few items + playing with the toys, which just never gets old for Quinn!

Back at home, Quinn and I played his new game from Gavin while I threw together lunch for the two of us.

Quinn wanted to eat outside on the fire pit, so that’s what we did. Great idea! It was quite the nice lunch – he even sat and ate for 5 minutes! 🙂

After lunch, Quinn went down for his afternoon nap, and I got right to work. He actually slept well into the afternoon, so I got quite a bit done. Mal even got home from school and the gym before he woke up! Maybe the little dude is going through a growth spurt?

Once Quinn was awake, we took Murphy for a family walk around the neighborhood and talked about our Mondays. Mine was especially nice, and I’m so glad I was able to spend some time with my sweet boy!

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Top 10 Meal Prep Tips: So You Can Spend More Time Doing What You Really Love

Magic Blue Chia Pudding

I am nuttzo about the texture of chia pudding! If you haven’t tried it, “fluffy” is the best way to describe it. If you have, then you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout! Since we’re in the season of chilled breakfasts and rushed mornings getting to camp on time, I’m all about overnight oats, chia pudding, or a quick smoothie I can take with me in the car.

This recipe is a basic chia pudding with some of the fantastical Blue Majik I bought a few weeks ago stirred in. This stuff is simply blue fun with some bonus nutritional benefits. It’s expensive, and honestly if I didn’t have a reason to want to jazz up foods in beautiful colors (a blog), I’m not sure I’d buy it, BUT spirulina does have its benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s good timing for me to take it with all the SI joint pain I’m feeling from this pregnancy. (Read a summary of all its benefits here.) Plus a little goes a loooong way. It’s a great way to naturally turn things magic blue!

Naturally I prepare the chia pudding in a jar. Add all of your ingredients and then give it a good shake! You can eat out of your jar or pour into a pretty bowl. Or take it with you!


We are also loving the rainier cherries in season right now. They are so flavorful and sweet!

Magic Blue Chia Pudding

Yield 1 serving


1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup milk

Pinch kosher salt

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Blue Majik (optional)

1 tsp maple syrup (optional but recommended)


Combine everything in a jar or bowl and mix or shake completely.

Chill overnight in the fridge, or at least 4 hours.

Courses Breakfast, Snack

This recipe makes 1 serving that is about 380 calories with 20 grams of fiber + protein. Split into two portions for snack size.

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Easy Clean Eating Red Beans And Rice Recipe

This easy clean eating red beans and rice is wonderful with our without the meat!

I’ve always read about getting adequate protein (all 9 amino acids) through the combination of rice and beans. And… Read more →

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