Friday, October 19, 2018

Fab Friday Morning + Brandless Life

Hi, friends! Happy FRIYAY to you!

I just wanted to pop in real quick to share a “Quinn and Mumma” morning because (selfishly) I want to remember these days, and CNC is a great way to document them. I mean, our little dude is going to be in Kindergarden before we know it, and I know I’ll miss these days a ton!

Friday morning started off fabulously with an update from one my past nutrition clients (see below). She did the Jumpstart plan with me awhile back, which is only 4 weeks, but it’s intended to “show you the ropes” with regard to macros. Of course, I’m there for support and accountability, but my goal is to TEACH you how to track macros and then send you on your merry way. She’s been rocking the macros for weeks on her own and checking it with me now and again.

Also, please note that this client references August, and it’s now midway through October. Slow and steady LIFESTYLE changes and habits win the game!

Quinn and I headed to CrossFit for our usual Friday gym day. The workout was a fun one, and I kind of liked that it wasn’t timed. We really focused on form today, especially with regard to the Turkish Get-Ups, which are kind of tricky!

After CrossFit, Quinn and I headed to swim lessons at Goldfish. Despite his face in the photo below, he had an AWESOME time. Seriously, the kid had such a blast. I love that he loves swimming so much!

I saw this flyer on the bulletin board at Goldfish – just wanted to share for the local readers. I’m obviously not against candy on Halloween, but I love the idea of trading it in and gifting it to soldiers overseas.

By Friday, our fridge is typically pretty empty, so today’s lunch was a random mix, but it turned out deliciously!!

Quinn went down for his nap right after lunch – he was exhausted – so I took a quick shower and then busted out my laptop. I saw an add on Instagram last night for Brandless, so I made a note for myself to check it out today. It’s actually super cool, and I’m planning to place my first order as soon as I’m finished with this blog post.

Not sponsored, I’m learned about Brandless for the first time today, but definitely seems right up our alley as a family, who loves high-quality products at an affordable price. Brandless sells “better-for-you” quality products and makes them more widely accessible and affordable for everyone. They have direct relationships with their suppliers and customers, which eliminates all of the extra costs associated with inefficient and unnecessary markups. Nothing is more than $3, and every time you check out at Brandless, a meal is donated to someone facing hunger. Amazing, right? And if you place an order, you can get $6 credited to your account using my (affiliate) link. How’s THAT for awesome?!

Ok, I’m off to place my order. I’ll be sure to report back! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, guys!!

Question of the Day

Halloween candy trade-ins: Yay or nay? 

P.S. Have you seen these limited edition New York City Marathon sneakers from Brooks Running yet? If you know someone running the marathon (or just someone who loves NYC), definitely check them out! They’re SO FUN!!

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Crazy-Easy Pumpkin Spice Granola [Macro-Friendly]

The nights have been dipping into the 40s more often than not lately, and I’ve found myself contemplating turning on the heat (I’m holding out until November 1st) and bundling up while walking Murphy first thing in the morning. The shift to colder weather does mean sweater weather, right?! 🙂

The chilly mornings and evenings have got me craving ALLTHINGSFALL, especially pumpkin- and pumpkin pie spice-flavored foods! I’ve already made a few batches of pumpkin spice protein balls, so I figured it was time for something new –  why not whip up some pumpkin granola? Granola is one of those foods that may seem complicated and slightly intimidating – but wouldn’t you know, this version turned out to be crazy-easy (hence the name)! Just toss your favorite trail mix (seriously, whatever you have on hand) with gluten-free oats, coconut oil, maple syrup, and of course, pumpkin pie spice – and you’ve turned a few pantry staples into a delicious fall-inspired treat!

I love this granola for a quick pre-workout snack or with a pour of almond milk for dessert. Use it to top your smoothie bowls for some extra crunch or pack it as a super portable and mess-free snack. Not only is it easy, it’s also way cheaper and healthier than most packaged varieties – and super customizable to your own taste preferences!

After taking the first bite, I can tell you that this granola is ALL FALL whirred into a yummy, healthy snack. With only six ingredients, it’s crunchy, pumpkin-y, and warmly spiced seasonal deliciousness. The complex carbs from the oats and the healthy fats from the trail mix mean that it will keep you satisfied, too! It’s also perfect to share or to gift – although after one taste, you might not want to!

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Crazy-Easy Pumpkin Spice Granola


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. Mix the oats, trail mix, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and salt together in a large bowl.

  3. Melt coconut oil in microwave. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.

  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-24 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point. If you prefer chunkier granola, don’t stir since it breaks up the clusters. Instead, just rotate the pan at the halfway point to ensure even cooking.

  5. Once the granola is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool completely – it will crisp up as it cools.

  6. Transfer granola to an airtight container and store for about a week.


  • Calories: 229
  • Fat: 12
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Protein: 5

Keywords: granola, pumpkin spice granola, pumpkin granola, gluten-free

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10 + 26

Good morning! Breakfast yesterday ^^ eggs, buttered toast, pear!

So about yesterday:

I woke up at 6:21 am, a permutation of 10/26 (my birthday).

Throughout the rest of the day I continued to see combinations of 10/26 everywhere! I met my dad’s cousin, who just happened to be passing through Cville, for coffee, and we share a birthday. On the way there, I checked to see if I was on time for our 10:30 meeting and it was exactly 10:26 on the clock. I noticed that gas was $2.62 on the way home. My radio station was set to #61. Later in the day, I listened to a Lively Show podcast (for the first time in ages!) and Jess talked about how aligned numbers played such a big part in her recent life changes, just as they seemed to be for me today.

At my chiropractic appointment, we started talking about when the baby might come and when I casually mentioned my birthday was 10/26 my chiropractor said her daughter was turning 16 on the 26th. When I asked about her birth story, she said her daughter was born 10 days past her due date and weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces.

When I brought this up to my neighbor, she told me her son was due on her birthday – January 29 – which just happens to be 01-29, which is awfully similar to 10-26, just backwards and upside down! Ahhh!

By the end of the day, I was probably looking for signs, but they just kept coming.

I think this is the universe telling me that the baby is coming on my birthday, which would be 4 days after my due date (6-2 = 4!!) Obviously I’ve been obsessed with the number 26 my whole life so I would love for him to share my birthday, even if it means he’s not coming in the near future. So I am surrendering to this new “plan” and if he comes sooner it will be a pleasant surprise!

Yesterday for lunch Thomas and I met birthday brother Clay and his family at Kitchen(ette), a hidden little sandwich shop off Harris Street. I had an epic roasted pork and cheddar sandwich with chutney and arugula. I didn’t snap a pic, but it was great!

Mazen and I had after-school plans for a haircut (for him) and a Kohr Brothers Oreo Snowstorm (for me!). I’ve been craving one of their Snowstorms for weeks and honored the craving as a pre-haircut bribe. Fun fact: my parents brought me one to the hospital shortly after M was born!

The haircut did not go so well, but it sure looks good! I don’t know why M hates haircuts so much. I’m glad the top of his hair has grown back out since his super short oopsie summer buzz cut! He likes it longer on top, and so do I! He played with the neighbors in the back of Thomas’s truck until dinnertime. Those kids sure know how to play!

Thomas had back-to-back volleyball games last night, so M and I had a casual dinner night. He had a spinach and cheese quesadilla, and I had basically the same dinner as the night before – butternut squash soup (with some leftover smoked pork inside) and toast with goat cheese.

During bathtime I started to sort through some of M’s cold weather clothes. I’m taking out anything with a size 5 tag (he’s a solid size 6/7 now) and bringing out items his grandparents bought on sale last spring – like this cute Mini Boden jacket! The grandmothers find great sales at Boden at the end of every season and I tuck it away until the weather turns again. Opening up some of the new stuff was like Christmas morning!

Bedtime was surprisingly easy because M was totally exhausted from the day. He fell asleep in one minute flat! I got cozy with the fireplace on and watched some TV before retiring to my book for the night.

I am heading to Mazen’s school for a walk-a-thon this morning, and then I have my 39 week doctor’s appointment!

Hope you guys have a smashing festive fall weekend!

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