I took a little break over the holiday weekend so that I could visit my grandma who lives in Kentucky. We didn’t get to see her on Thanksgiving day since we had a couple of dinners to go to, but we were able to celebrate with her the day after. Two Thanksgiving’s in a row ain’t bad at all.
When we got back into town, we went to Fantasy of Trees since we had never been before. It was super crowded which Waves loved. She got to ride a carousel, make a Christmas ornament, and eat a giant pretzel so she was stoked.
Last night I made a huge batch of black beans and rice for dinner. It was so, so good!
After I put Waves to bed, I did this zumba playlist I made on YouTube. I swear Zumba is no joke. It is so much fun! I miss the class I used to go to and wish the times worked better for us so I could go again. It was nice being able to do a few of my favorite songs at home though.
Today Waves helped me make some chocolate chip cookies. This is the best recipe ever, by the way. I always take mine out of the oven after 8 minutes and they look like they are so not finished, but they firm up a lot after they sit out for a few minutes.
I have to tell you all about that baking sheet for a second. I got it at Home Goods since our other cookie sheet was getting pretty grody and I’m glad I did because it’s the best I’ve ever used. It’s by Nordic Ware, is aluminum, made is the US, and they have pretty great business practices. Nothing has stuck to this pan and everything washes off so easily. I definitely recommend checking them out if you need some new bakeware.
This was my lunch today. I bought a few of the Zevia sodas to try out since I got a little crazy with regular soda at the holiday dinners and my grandma’s. The Dr. Zevia flavor is pretty good and goes well with sweet potato fries.
Now we’re back to our routine over here. I always intend to write more about my days, but they’re always so similar. Although, Waves has learned to climb onto the couch and over the ottoman I had blocking the bottom of the stairs, so she’s changing things up a bit haha.
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday!
It’s that time of year where it’s sometimes hard to get a workout in since you’re busy with all kinds of things and maybe even traveling a lot. I’m a big fan of workouts that require no equipment since I can do them anywhere. I came up with a list of five of my favorite workout videos that I have done and loved. Most of these are short but that doesn’t mean they’re not effective! Usually those are the ones that’ll get you the most.
1. Detox Flow with Clara Roberts-Oss
This is my go-to yoga video because it’s short, a good stretch, and I love this instructor.
2. Keaira LaShae
Love all of her videos that I’ve done, but these are my favorites: HipHop Cardio Kickboxing, Booty Pop and Body Roll Dance Workout, and Hip Hop Tabata Dance Workout.
3. Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown Level 1
This is a challenging workout while still being relaxing after a busy day.
4. POP! Pilates Total Body Bangin’ Workout
This video is tough! It is fun, challenging, and only half an hour long.
I love dancing because it doesn’t feel like a workout. I’m horrible at it but I don’t even care because it’s so much fun. I put together a playlist of a few of my favorite zumba routines.
What are some of your favorite no equipment workouts?
Since it’s Thanksgiving week and we have a few dinners to go to, I held off on grocery shopping to work with what we already have. There are very random things in the pantry so it was a little tough coming up with a meal plan. We had breakfast for dinner tonight and the home fries recipe was super good!
Monday: eggs and home fries
Tuesday: kung “pow” tofu – except I will be using whatever veggies we have on hand and no tofu
Wednesday: golden rice bowls
I’m going to make either these chai spiced snickerdoodles or these chocolate chip cookie bars to bring along for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve made both many times before and they are great. If you’re looking for a dessert to take to a dinner this week, try one of these!
I was checking Bloglovin’ earlier and saw a few recipe posts I wanted to share with you guys:
a vegan thanksgiving guide
sweet & savory veggies
vegan sausage & sourdough stuffing
gluten-free pumpkin waffles
banana berry chia pancakes
I’ve got this huge bowl of popcorn and the new Walking Dead episode to watch so I am out of here! Take care :]
This week has been one of the best ever. It has been all about holding brand new babies, cooking and baking for those I love, and watching my nephew (Waves has had a blast).
Speaking of my nephew, whenever him and Waves are in the car together they hold hands like this the entire trip. Like guys, I can’t even. I swear this is the most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life.
Things with two kids is insane! I am just so not used to having to keep an eye on two crazy kids. Iced coffee played a huge part in being able to keep up with them.
The treadmill has been a lifesaver for naptime workouts. They may not be long, but they work.
Another great thing is waffles. Lots and lots of waffles with peanut butter and bananas to keep us going over here.
· This chocolate peanut butter swirl icebox cake looks awesome. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and requires no baking.
· I loved this story on how a chef learns to make his nana’s sweet potato pies. I call my grandma everyday during breakfast and I absolutely love hearing her tell me about her life while growing up on a farm. Just the other day she was telling me how she had never been to a grocery store until she moved to Ohio at 18. Her family made, grew, or traded/bartered for everything they needed.
· Super bummed about 5Pointz being painted over. There was incredible art there.
· Yeah, I may have resisted the pudla for awhile, but this I decided to try it yesterday and now I feel silly for not trying it sooner. It’s delicious.
· This stability ball arms and abs workout over at BusyBod looks super challenging and this ab move over at 9-to-Fit will be added to my workout for sure.
Warpaint – Love Is to Die.
Have a great weekend!
We are still loving the wonderpot recipe over here. I found a few more recipes like it that I’m wanting to try out: Spinach & Artichoke / Tomato Basil / Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta
· Speaking of pasta, this tutorial shows you how to make your own using your food processor.
· NPR has some really good songs available for free download right now.
· Speaking of music, The Dauphine has created an autumn mixtape that is really lovely. Also, if you haven’t heard of Songza you’re missing out. It’s a great way to discover new music.
· I won the most awesome giveaway ever over at Veggie Belly! Thanks to her and Blue Apron, I will be receiving all the ingredients to make a week’s worth of vegetarian dinners! How cool is that?!
· These roasted salt and vinegar potatoes sound awesome.
· KeikoLynn shows how to get the perfect brows.
I really loved this post from Sean Flanagan’s Facebook page:
I don’t have anything against eating clean. My objection is to the arbitrary and rigid labeling of foods as “clean” and “not clean” in the first place.
I spend a small fortune stocking up on local/organic/grass fed foods. They are what comprise the majority of what I eat. I like nutrients. I don’t need to assign a moral code to my food – I can just seek out some nutrients.
But that little bit of ice cream and chocolate… they have their role too. It’s a different kind of role. But I reject the notion that when I am consuming them, I am putting dirt inside my body.
What kind of visual is that anyway? Is that really helpful for health, which should include healthy psychology, to equate a small amount of super pleasurable foods with doing something ‘icky’ and wrong?
F that noise.
What are you loving right now? I hope you all have had a great weekend so far!
I’ve been away most of the weekend because my sister had a baby girl early Saturday morning! She’s a total cutie and now Waves has another cousin to play and grow up with. :]