Friday, July 5, 2019

July 4th on the Cape [Timestamps]

We had quite the July 4 celebration!! 🙂

We headed down to our friends’ house in Centerville on Cape Cod the night before July 4th and stayed through most of the holiday the next day. As a way to recap, I wanted to switch things up and share some snapshots with timestamps from our mini vacation away. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

July 3

We were up and at ’em on Wednesday morning with last-minute packing, breakfast and other activities before we started our drive down to the Cape. Breakfast was a rice cake with ground flax (I’m still seed cycling), pumpkin butter, cinnamon, and banana slices. Mmm! It was delicious, nutritious, and super satisfying!

And, of course, iced coffee with collagen and caramel-flavored Nutpods was on the agenda. I swear, my day always goes better with this combo in-hand! 🙂

Then, it was time to pack up the car and hit the road. Our first stop was the “dog spa” where Murphy spent the night with our new dog sitter and her four pups. (He had a great time, btw!)

Less than an hour later, we drove over the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod! (Have I mentioned how much I love living on the South Shore?)

We stayed with our friends for the night, so once we arrived at their house and got settled, we all headed out to the nearby beach. It was mid-morning, and I was feeling especially snack-y, so I broke out a bag of snap peas. Mal and I have been on such a snap pea kick, and we’ve been crushing bags lately. The organic ones from Whole Foods are especially amazing and so great as a beach snack!

A short while later, the ice cream truck arrived, and Quinn came running out of the water ready for a treat! He picked a Ninja Turtle ice cream and ate it while taking a break from swimming.

About an hour later, it was nap time for our friends’ kids, so we packed up and headed back to their place to hang out. Quinn was actually feeling pretty tired himself, so he asked to take a nap as well. The guys headed out to check out a local brewery while the ladies stayed at home with wine and snacks while the little ones napped.

Quinn changed his mind about a nap, so he came downstairs and played Play-Doh with us. The dentist set was a big hit!

Once nap time was over, we all headed out for an early bird dinner. I can’t remember the restaurant’s name, but it was very dark inside and the food was just so-so.

After dinner we took a family walk, but I forgot my phone in the car, so I didn’t snap any pictures. After that, we put the kiddos to bed and stayed up talking, laughing, and singing late into the night! 🙂

July 4th

The next morning, we were awake bright and early and ready to celebrate America’s birthday! Our first stop: Dunkin for iced coffee and munchkins! I ordered an iced decaf with a splash of milk.

The munchkins, of course, were in big hit with everyone. I have a newfound appreciation for glazed munchkins from Dunkin and must have eaten about a half dozen myself!

Once everyone was ready for the day, we headed out to breakfast at The Daily Paper, which was a great spot. It was really busy, but we didn’t wait long for a table and the food and service were excellent. The menu was great with quite a few gluten-free options. I highly recommend it if you’re in the Hyannis area!

After breakfast, we stopped home to change into our bathing suits and pack up our cars for another trip to the beach. But, first, we made sure to snap a quick family photo of our patriotic garb for the day! 🙂

My star tank is from Target last year, but I found this one from Old Navy, which is super cute and on sale! My shorts are, of course, the Caslon Rolled Denim Boyfriend Shorts, which I pretty much wear non-stop in the summer! More favorite shorts in this post.

The beach was a lot of fun! It was super hot, so we spent a lot of time swimming around in the ocean with our friends. Good times!

After the beach, it was time to head home for nap time. Quinn didn’t want to nap, so he stayed up and snuggled with me on the couch while we waited for the little ones to wake up.

Apparently, Quinn’s decision backfired because when we left the house to go out for a late lunch, he fell fast asleep in the car. Even when I got him out of his car seat and and started to carry him towards the restaurant, he was still so exhausted and slept on me for quite awhile during lunch. Quinn rarely naps on me nowadays, so I soaked up every minute of it. I love snuggling with my “baby.”

My rainbow hat is from the RUN PROUD line at Brooks. I lovvvveee it. It’s definitely my go-to summer hat! My top is from Nordstrom!

For lunch, we went to Anejo Mexican Bistro. The drinks and food were awesome – definitely check it out if you are in the area! 🙂 I ordered a smokey margarita with spicy salt, and it was incredible!

Our sweet boy snoozed through the first half of lunch!

Thankfully, Quinn woke up to eat 2 bites of his cheese quesadilla (he said he wasn’t hungry) before we needed to find a spot for the July 4th parade! The boys absolutely loved it, especially the candy that was thrown from the various vehicles and participants!

We concluded our Fourth of July celebration with a trip to the Beechtree Taqueria for a drink with our friends before heading home. The restaurant is absolutely breathtaking and such a cool spot to have a drink or grab dinner. I definitely want to visit again, but without kids – it would be quite the romantic date night!

The end.

Question of the Day

How was your July 4th holiday? 

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Weekly Link Love — Edition 36

Research of the Week

Agriculture (and increased availability of carbohydrates) increased the frequency of genes controlling blood sugar. People with the ancestral version of the gene have an easier time maintaining blood sugar while fasting but tend to have more trouble controlling blood sugar after carb consumption.

For the first time ever, scientists directly observe the transfer of RNA from an animal’s brain to its sperm and onto its offspring. Is this the mechanism for transgenerational inheritance?

Trigger warnings don’t actually help students reduce stress or learn any better but they make students believe in their efficacy.

Pesticide exposure linked to increased depression in teens.

We once walked with (or ran from…or ate) birds as big as elephants.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 353: Endurance: Brock Armstrong: Host Brad Kearns talks with frequent guest Brock Armstrong about synching endurance training and goals with quality of life and losing fat the healthy way.

Episode 354: Oren Jay Sofer: Host Elle Russ chats with Oren Jay Sofer about nonviolent, mindful communication.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 17: Laura and Erin talk with Rachel Bell about building your empire.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

How has legal cannabis gone in Colorado (NY Times link)?

Obesity takes the lead.

Interesting Blog Posts

Debunking top keto myths is a lot easier (and more convincing) when you have 150,000 days of patient care to draw upon.

Is Dean Ornish’s lifestyle program actually proven to reverse heart disease?

Social Notes

My constant companion.

Talked about some stuff.

Everything Else

Primal Jellyfish Collagen coming Spring of 2020.

There’s really no good metaphor for the human microbiome.

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people by their heartbeat.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’m not sure what to think about this: The Water Bar opens in DC, featuring a $25 bottle of water, among others.

Article I found interesting: How a man’s biology changes after becoming a father (NY Times).

I feel like I read a similar story every few months: There’s a new tick in the US.

Some cool concepts here (gluten warning): What you can learn from Norwegian packed lunches.

This is a powerful story: A boy had a rare genetic lymphatic disorder. Doctors inserted the relevant genetic mutation into 10 sets of zebrafish, tested different drugs in each set, and gave the one that worked to the boy. It worked in him too.

Question I’m Asking

Read the Norwegian packed lunch article from above. Can you come up with a similar concept for no-frills, easy-prep, near zero-cleanup Primal or keto lunches?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 30– Jul 6)

Comment of the Week

“Like most of us, I sometimes procrastinate for what seems to be no good reason. However, I’ve found two categories of procrastination that actually make me more productive.

With the first type of deliberate procrastination, I will put something off to allow for ‘subconscious fermentation.’ I find this very useful for certain tasks that involve problem solving that I am highly motivated to get done right away, but backing off for a day or two improves my effectiveness at tackling the task. For example, I had very large limb from a tree on my property break in a wind storm and get hung up in another tree with both ends suspended ten-plus feet off the ground. My first instinct was to deal with it right away. That meant either calling a professional and paying several hundred dollars or climbing up a tall ladder and wielding a chainsaw at a height that seemed precarious—neither of these options was particularly attractive to me, but something had to be done. I so badly wanted to get moving on this the day it happened, but I forced myself to procrastinate to allow my mind to work on the problem in the background. Two days later inspiration struck: I threw a rope over the limb, tied a large trash can to the rope and hoisted it several feet in the air, tied it off, put a garden hose in the trash can, turned it on, stepped back, and let the gradually increasing weight of the water-filled can safely pull the limb out of the trees and to the ground. Thank you, procrastination!

The second type of planned procrastination I use is for completing simple tasks I don’t care for that I have a tendency to do inefficiently and/or lament over if I give myself plenty of time. Put another way, some tasks become less unpleasant when I use procrastination to force a sense of urgency. For me, packing for a trip is a good example. I find if I decide to wait almost until the last minute (critical to this is giving myself a reasonable window of time), I’m forced to be highly focused in getting all my stuff together and the work becomes much more enjoyable and I spend my time more effectively.

With both of the above types of procrastination, I find I need to make a deliberate decision to delay. For the first type, it allows for more effective solutions to complex tasks. For the second type, it helps me to be more efficient and avoid the unease of anticipating doing a task I otherwise find monotonous or distasteful.”

– I love “subconscious fermentation,” Jim.

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The First Garden Tomato & 4th Of July

How was your 4th of July?!

Did you eat some patriotic overnight oats? Mid-week holidays always throw us off a little bit. It doesn’t feel like a Friday!

We had a pretty low key holiday. Thomas took off of work, which meant I was able to go to a 9:45 workout class at the gym. A true treat! We had family time at home for most of the day, including having a friend over for Mazen, and then headed out around 5:00 for a fun party.

Of course the skies opened up in a downpour as soon as it was time to go, but we got SO LUCKY that we were able to stay outside for the whole (outdoor pool) party. It barely rained despite a formidable forecast and radar dotted with storms.

We had delicious pot luck foods (we brought smoked salmon sliders!) and I had Resee’s pie in a cup on the way home. Birch did SO well staying up extra late.

After dark, Thomas took Mazen a few blocks away to the park to see the big fireworks. I was happy to put Birch to bed and let them have an adventure.

The Rest Of The Week…

Summer Pizza Night

Earlier this week we had our neighbors over for a pizza party. Pep + cheese for the kiddos.

And veggie artichoke for the grownups! We use Whole Foods crust and grill this on the gas grill. Thomas has the method down!

We made a little lime + mint drink for the kiddos and used these citrus ice cubes to help keep it cold. It was a hit!

Summer Fruit Love

I cannot get enough summer fruit all of a sudden!! All of the fruits with pits are my favorite – peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums. I’ve been having eggs with all.the.fruit. or yogurt bowls for breakfast.

My New Favorite Granola

Daily Harvest dragon fruit smoothie made with milk and granola on top. (Dontcha love it when the granola sinks to the bottom though!?)

This granola, which we get at Whole Foods, is SO GOOD! The honey + sunflower flavor is 100%, and there are always some clusters on the top that are great for snacking.

S’more Plenty

Grilled shrimp + sausage with the most delicious corn salad

And….S’mores in a jar!! OMG this was sooooo good! Thank you Della for dropping off a special treat! (I missed ordering this while I was at the beach last week.)

Happy Hour

I had an impromptu happy hour at my house, and we opened my second Summer Water bottle from Winc. (The mini drops are here and they are SO CUTE!)

I made pre-wrap headbands for all!

Highlights From Birch’s Week

Rolling across the room

Smashing avocado in there = baby gauc

Story time is the best time!

Art Camp

Mazey was in a cool art camp all week – he made some really creative things – like this scary mask!

Weekend Goal: Swim in a Pool!

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