Weekly Love

weekly love

Just a few things I’ve been loving this week…

· I love Stacy London and if you do too, then this article on her favorite beauty products and skin care routine is a must-read. I always like to hear what she has to say about skin care since she has really sensitive skin which I struggle with as well.

· Here’s a nice weekly workout routine that focuses on building core strength and balance in order to prepare you for completing a successful handstand.

· I’m not the biggest kale chip fan, but I will try just about anything salt & vinegar flavored so I’ll be making this recipe soon.

· Cat from Outside Beauty, Inside Health shared some of her favorite fitness YouTubers.

· This Korean bbq tofu bowl with stir-fried veggies and quinoa looks sooo good!

· I can’t stop listening to Marilyn Manson’s new album. It is so good.

· I’ve got to make these rainbow spring rolls with ginger peanut sauce. They look amazing!

· Here are some really good tips on how to stick to your workout routine.

And in time for the Super Bowl, here is a pretty funny video that shows you how to make “the best friend smoothie”.

Yesterday & Fun Kid’s Activities In Chattanooga

cashew chattanooga - vegan nachos

If I see nachos on a menu that’s usually what I’ll order. I just love them. I’ve had these vegan nachos at Cashew before and even though I said I was going to try something different, once I got there I just couldn’t do it. They are just SO. GOOD.

Waves got the mac n’ no cheese with peas and fruit on the side. They have really great options for kids and some awesome side items that would make a good kid’s meal too. Oh, and we also split a doughnut before our food arrived and it was great as well.

Seriously, if you’re ever in Chattanooga, you need to stop by here to eat. Be sure to check their hours since they close pretty early most days. Here’s a link to the menu. I’m getting hungry just looking at it.

chattanooga aquarium stingray touch tank

We headed to the aquarium for a free kid’s program they put on, but it was a little much for a two year old because the activities were geared more toward older kids. Waves was over it about half an hour in, so we decided to head out a little early and go to the touch tanks instead.

We purchased an aquarium membership and it’s been great. Usually we will just go up to the touch tank, check out the butterflies, and head home. It gives us something fun to do when it’s gross and cold outside. We are really lucky to live in a city with such a great and gorgeous aquarium. The salt water tank is incredible and a must-see.

Speaking of fun things to do in Chattanooga, I thought I’d make a little list of our favorite places to go. I just wanted to share in case you’re new to the city like us and are trying to find cheap/free activities geared towards toddlers.

balance studios chattanooga - printmaking

· Balance Studios has yoga and art classes specifically for 2-4 year olds. We’ve taken and loved both! The art class where Waves learned all about printmaking was definitely our favorite. She had such a great time!

· The Gymnastic Center of Chattanooga has a preschool open gym on select days. Waves loves going here and playing with other kids for a couple of hours. I’d give them a call to ask when their preschool open gym hours are.

· The downtown library has an awesome kid’s floor. There are computers loaded with toddler level games, puzzles, board games, legos/duplo blocks, a bookmaking station, and tons more. Seriously, we can easily spend two hours here just playing. There’s a pay lot across the street and meter parking around the library is free after 4:30pm. They also have a 3D printer on the 4th floor that is definitely worth checking out.

I feel like we are running out of things to do when it’s nasty outside. If you have any ideas please let me know as I think we’ve done every toddler activity on Pinterest!

Weekend & Planning for the Week

cherokee mountains - tennessee


We decided to do some exploring around Chattanooga this weekend and ended up in the Cherokee National Forest. Although it was cold and windy, it was still a beautiful day and there was lots of sunshine. And check out that view! Gorgeous, right? Waves had a blast up there and we plan to go back soon.

thai smile tofu pad thai

Chattanooga has a ton of amazing restaurants so we’ve been trying to go to new places on the weekends. We went to Thai Smile downtown on Saturday and had pad thai. Mine had tofu and it was delicious! I will definitely be going back.

strawberry heart pancakes

I saw the cutest pancake idea on Pinterest and I knew that I had to make them for Waves. I let her mix the batter and pour the sprinkles which she loved doing. She was so excited about these pancakes—it was super cute.

Here are some recipes I’m looking forward to making this week:
sweet potato, squash, and black bean enchiladas (vegan)
kung “pow” tofu
slow cooker vegetarian lentil chili soup

And a couple of new workouts that I’m going to try out:

Cardio Dance Workout by Tracey Mallett

Hip-hop Tabata Dance Workout by Keaira LaShae

Have a great week!