Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

First up, the winner of the FitBook is Amy B. Congrats, Amy! I sent you an email!

How is everyone doing today? I haven’t been to the gym in a couple of days because Jaden has been feeling a little bit under the weather. Monday night, he had a “migrate” all day. That’s migraine in Jaden speak. That night he had a 102 degree fever but it only lasted the night.

He’s feeling a lot better now and Saturday he has a doctor appointment for allergy testing. He’s done allergy testing in the past but the doctor wants him to do it again since it’s been a few years. I feel bad for him because allergy testing does not look fun.

Danny and I plan on going to the gym tonight to work on shoulders. My leg is still been a little sore so I haven’t been on the walking track in a week but we’ll see how it feels tonight. Monday is my second post-op doctor appointment!

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, I made chocolate peanut butter protein pancakes.

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I mixed together: 1/4 cup Quaker perfect portions oats, one egg white, 1/2 scoop chocolate peanut butter cup 1st Phorm protein powder, and 2 tbsp. of PB2.

I cooked the pancakes about 3-4 minutes each side and then topped them with Walden Farms syrup.

I am not usually too hungry in the mornings but I always make sure to eat something!

Lately, Danny and I have been eating a lot of the Yasso Greek Yogurt Mint Chocolate Chip bars, but I can only find them at Target. Today, at a local grocery store I found a new flavor – peanut butter cup!

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I bought a box to try out and we’ll see if they live up to the mint chocolate chip flavor. I have high expectations for anything that is peanut butter cup flavored!

Danny and I participated in the ice bucket challenge to help raise awareness and money for ALS. If you want to check out our video, it’s on Instagram. @RunEatPlay

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you eat breakfast every day? What’s your favorite breakfast?
  • When’s the last time you were sick? I have had colds recently but I can’t remember the last time I had a fever!

 

 

 

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Target Finds

Good afternoon! Don’t forget – there’s still time to enter my fitbook giveaway!

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Speaking of giveaways, I recently won a giveaway on someone’s else blog and my prize came today:

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A whole box of Quest bars!! I was very excited about this – not only do I love Quest bars but those darn things are expensive and now I have a whole box!

I can’t wait to try out the different flavors.

This is the kids last week before school starts on Monday so we’ve just been trying to get things done – buying school supplies, backpacks, and clothes. Today, I had to stop by Jacob’s school and get his scheduled fixed.

Then, we stopped at Target. Oh Target, how I love you.

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I picked up a few good food finds at Target today. When I was there a few weeks ago, I saw the Jif Whips in Pumpkin Pie Spice.

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I decided to wait to buy it because as much I love pumpkin spice, I like to wait until Fall starts and really savor the pumpkin flavor. I’m not about starting the pumpkin spice craze while it’s still summer.

Anyway, I decided I would just buy the pumpkin peanut butter at Target today and wait until Fall to open it. Good thing I went to get it today because it was the very last one on the shelf. I had to climb up the shelf just to reach it.

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Yay!

I have been eating a lot of flatbread pizza lately, and I was excited to see these new Flatout flatbreads at Target:

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I love everything bagels, so I figured I’d use these everything flatouts for sandwiches. Yum!

Tonight, Jacob has soccer practice so Danny and I are going to the gym to work on back and biceps!

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For my family and friends:

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  • Do you like Quest bars? Favorite flavor?
  • Do you like pumpkin spice? Favorite? I love pumpkin spice donuts and pumpkin spice lattes.
  • Favorite Target find?

 

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fitbook Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received a fitbook at no cost to me to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Good morning and Happy Fit Friday!

Danny and I went to the gym last night and worked on shoulders. I brought my new FitBook that I have been using all week!

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Lately, I have been doing a really good job at eating healthy and recording my food. I used to do really good at recording my workouts too. I even have an exercise tab above where I recorded my workouts for a long time, but then I just stopped for some reason.

Since my surgery, I haven’t been able to do much cardio so I have really been focusing on the weight lifting. The FitBook is perfect to help me write down my workouts and stay on track.

The FitBook is a 12-week fitness and nutrition book designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals.

The first few pages of the book have sample pages to show you how to fill it out.

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It starts with a 12-week goal and has space for you to record your weight, body fat, goals, motivation, etc.

It has some more sample pages showing you how to fill out the weekly page goals and how to record your workouts and food each day.

I love the food log guide page. It tells you how many recommended servings of each food group and nutrients you need per day and each daily page has a nutrition tracker so you can check off how many servings you ate during the day.

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I have been using My Fitness Pal to record what I eat lately but sometimes it takes a while to enter into my phone. With the FitBook, I can just jot down what I ate really quick and use it as reference to enter it into my phone later.

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The book has a weekly page where you can record your plan for the week, your stats, and goals.

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Then it has a daily page where you can record your exact workout and food.

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I like writing down the workout I did and the weights so I can work on lifting more weight. Before, I would just lift the weight but never remember exactly how much I lifted.

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Finally, it has a weekly wrap-up page where you can reflect back on your week and record any good and not-so-good things that happened to try and change those for the following week.

I’ve only had the FitBook for a week, but it has really helped me stay on track and I love it! I have even lost a pound or two this week! :)

It’s the perfect size to throw in my gym bag and carry around the gym with me. It comes with a little pen but I prefer using a pencil.

The Get Fit Book website has tons of products to help you reach your fitness and nutrition goals. Besides the regular FitBook, they also have a FitBook for pregnant women and a FitBook for kids.

If you’re more into technology, they have a FitBook app available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. They also offer apparel, water bottles, portion plates, and food scales.

The FitBook website also has free recipes, workouts, and tips on how to meet your goals.

Studies have shown that more people reach their goals when they write them down and keep track of them. I have always struggled with my weight and I didn’t start losing any weight until I actually started writing down what I ate (you can read more about my weight loss journey here.)

I am a firm believer that tools like the FitBook can help you achieve your goals. Of course, you need to put in the time and effort and do the work, but by writing it down, you can make it a reality!

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Decisions, Decisions

Good morning!

Yesterday morning I went to the gym to do some light cardio. I started on the walking track for the first time since having hip surgery 5 weeks ago. Nine laps equals a mile. I was able to make it two laps which took me five minutes.

I was a little disappointed at first because I was really expecting to be able to go farther than that, but it was causing me too much pain. Then I decided that two laps was just fine and I’ll just need to work on building up my laps. It gives me a goal to work towards. :)

Speaking of running, many of you know that I signed up for the Disney Half Marathon at Disney World in January 2015. Danny signed up for the full marathon.

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My life running goal has been to run a half marathon and every time I try to complete this goal, my body works against me. My first half marathon was supposed to be the Zooma Half Marathon over a year ago but that when all my pain started and I was unable to run.

Of course, I am not able to run the Disney half marathon in January because my hip won’t be recovered enough. Basically, I have two options regarding the race:

1) Do nothing. In that case, I am out $340 for the cost of the half marathon and the full marathon. That’s a lot of money.

2) Defer the race to January 2016 by paying a total of $90 for both the half marathon and marathon.

Option #2 would probably be the best option but  it’s a very long time away. Who knows what could happen between now and then. I wanted to run the Disney race as my first half marathon because I thought it would be a fun experience. But I feel like since it’s so far away, I’d rather just run a half marathon as soon as I’m ready rather than waiting 17 months.

And who knows where I’ll be in life then. Jacob will be in high school – what if I don’t have anyone to watch the kids? What if Danny is unable to get time off work? What if I get injured again and can’t run? What if, what if, what if?

If I paid the $90 and then wasn’t able to run, I’d be out $430 – that’s even more than $370!

What would you do in my situation?? Any advice??

Last Night’s Dinner

I wanted to share last night’s dinner because it was so good!

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I made Greek yogurt parmesan garlic chicken. It was delicious and the best part was that the recipe was easy and required only a few ingredients!

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Pat chicken dry and coat with yogurt mixture.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and golden brown.

I loved that this recipe was easy to make and healthy! I loved it and so did Danny and Jacob. Jaden ate it…after he dumped half a bottle of ketchup on it.

Some other food I’ve been loving lately:

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I finally tried the Yasso Greek yogurt bars in mint chocolate chip. They are amazing. I must stock up on these! Another favorite lately has been the dark chocolate cocoa almonds. They are one of my new favorite snacks!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Any advice about my half marathon situation?
  • What foods have you been loving lately?

 

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Back and Biceps Workout

Good morning!

How are you all this morning! The weather has been a little cooler here yesterday and it makes me excited for fall!!

Workouts

Yesterday morning, I went to the gym with Jacob.

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Usually, he sticks to the treadmill but I got him to workout with me a little bit. :)

Last night, Danny and I went to the gym.

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It’s always nice to have a workout buddy. We worked on back and biceps. Here’s the workout I did:

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Lately, I have been recording all my workouts in my Fit Book. I absolutely love it! Check back in a couple of days for a review and a giveaway!

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The past few times I have worked out, my quad has really bothered me. This was the problem I was having before my surgery and now it’s back. The physical therapist has been doing soft tissue massage and yesterday I had Danny use the foam roller on it. I’m not supposed to lay on the foam roller yet so Danny just rolls my quad. It was extremely uncomfortable but it feels better afterwards!

Pre workout, I had a cookies and cream Quest bar. Chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite flavor but cookies and cream is a close second!

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I baked mine at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and the broiled it for 2 minutes. It tastes like a dessert!

I’m off to the gym again this morning to do some light cardio. I still haven’t tried walking on the track yet. I was going to yesterday after my workout, but I was way too sore and knew it wouldn’t be a good idea. I am going to try walking this morning for about 5-10 minutes and then do the stationary bike.

Have a great day!!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite pre or post workout snack?
  • Do you have a workout buddy?

 

 

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A Surprise Dinner

sGood afternoon! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Here’s a little recap of how my weekend went:

Friday

Friday morning I went to the gym. I started out on the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Then I moved onto back exercises. I did bent-over rows and reverse flyes. I think the standing back exercises put a little too much pressure on my hip because I left the gym in pain rather than just sore.

As a result, I took the rest of the weekend off from going to the gym and let my body rest. From now on, I’ll stick to lat pulldowns and seated rows. Those didn’t seem to bother my hip.

On Friday night, I took Danny out for a surprise dinner. He has been doing such a great job taking care of me after my surgery and I just wanted to let him know how much I appreciate everything he has been doing.

My mom came over Friday night to watch the kids and Danny and I went to WildFire, a steakhouse (yes, I’m one of those people that orders a salad at a steakhouse).

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I started out with a martini flight which is funny because I am not usually a martini fan. The stormy night martini was the best one hands down. The waitress described it as melted jolly rancher and she was right! If you ever go to Wildfire, order the stormy night martini.

I started with the crab and shrimp bisque. It was also delicious. I even got Danny to try a bite. I can’t even tell you how many loaves of their warm bread and butter we ate - it was a lot. A lot.

For dinner, I had the Wildorf salad which came with romaine, spinach, cranberries, pecans, celery, crouton, apples, and apple ranch dressing. The combination of all the flavors worked perfectly together. I really liked the apple ranch dressing.

Danny ordered the filet mignon. I decided to be brave and try a bite. Sorry to all you steak fans out there, but I hated it. I just cannot get over the texture of steak. This is gross but it feels like I am chewing animal flesh and that’s nasty. This is also why I have a hard time eating chicken. I am just not a meat person.

Of course, we had to end the night with dessert. We shared the skillet cookie with ice cream. It was very good but I thought the cookie was slightly overdone.

By the time we left, I could hardly walk to the car because I was so full!

When we got home, we watched Santa Paws with the kids (Jaden’s pick) and when they went to bed, we watched Divergent.

Saturday

Saturday was one of those lazy days where we didn’t really have anything planned. I ran some errands and Danny mowed the lawn and washed the cars. Since I ate so much Friday night, I tried to eat good on Saturday.

For dinner, we went to Chipotle. On their website, Chipotle has a nutrition calculator so you can figure out the calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc in any meal you want. I used this calculator before we left so I could still stick to a healthy amount of carbs, fats, and protein.

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I do think that the website largely underestimates the amount of food that Chipotle actually gives you. For example, their website has the brown rice as 4 ounces but our local Chipolte probably gives you three times that amount. So, when I ordered I made sure to ask for a very small amount of everything. One little scoop of brown rice instead of two huge ones.

I know that the measurements are exact but at least it’s a close estimate.

I had a small amount of brown rice, chicken, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, a small amount of cheese, a little guacamole, and lots of lettuce.

Saturday night, we watched The Conjuring. I hate scary movies. I blamed Danny for watching the movie but really it was me who suggested it. I actually made it through the whole movie…which meant I had to wake Danny up every time I had to go to the bathroom that night. You know, in case I had a demon clinging to me or something.

Sunday

Sunday was also a day when we didn’t have too much going on. Sometimes our weekends are so busy that it’s nice to have a weekend without tons of stuff going on.

The kids visited with their Grandma while Danny and I did some shopping. All at once it seems like Halloween is approaching. The stores are getting ready!

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I love the fall season and Halloween is a big holiday in my family :)

I also brought back zucchini pizza bites into my life. These are so good and a great healthy option if you’re craving pizza!

I sliced the zucchini and sprinkled on some Italian seasoning. Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. I took them out and topped them with pizza sauce and cheese. I put them back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes. Trust me, these are delicious!

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Jaden wrapped up the weekend by playing in his frog tent.

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I bought that tent at Target on clearance years ago and I am actually surprised it’s still standing. My kids are a bit…rough on toys.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • Do you like scary movies? What’s the last movie you watched?
  • Favorite vegetable?

 

 

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Four Weeks and One Day

Good afternoon!

Surgery Update

Are you super sick of me talking about my surgery and recovery yet?! Well, yesterday was exactly four weeks since I had surgery.

This was actually a big day because it meant I could finally ditch the crutches and hip brace. While it was such a relief to get rid of them, it doesn’t mean that I’m fully better. Walking still hurts and sleeping is still hard.

It’s nice not to have to sleep in the hip brace but my hip is still sore so I spend a lot of the night tossing and turning. I feel slight pain in my hip when I walk but the physical therapist says it’s normal and the muscles just have to be re-trained.

I have been spending a lot of my time strengthening my glute in physical therapy. I’m up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike with a resistance of 2. I was also given the okay to walk 5-10 minutes at a time on the track or treadmill although I haven’t yet because walking without crutches is still a little hard.

The best part is that I am finally able to drive! No more being stuck at home for weeks!

So, of course the first thing I did this morning was drive to the gym. :)

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I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes, did some bicep exercises, and finished with some of the exercises from physical therapy.

Bicep exercises:

  • Hammer curls x12, 3 sets
  • Concentration curls on stability ball x12 each side, 3 sets
  • Bicep curls with resistance band x12, 3 sets
  • Alternating twisting dumbbell curls x12 each side, 3 sets

What I’ve Been Eating

I’ve been doing really good this week sticking to healthy eating. For breakfast, I made some protein pancakes.

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I used Quaker Perfect Portions oats, two egg whites, half a scoop of 1st Phorm chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder, and 1/2 tbsp. of peanut butter.

So good and lots of protein! I topped them with berries and Walden Farms syrup.

I’ve also gone back to eating flatbread pizzas! I’ll go through phases where I’ll eat flatbread pizza for a long time and then not eat it for months. It’s always a healthy choice when I’m craving pizza.

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I use a Flatout flatbread, pizza sauce, mini sweet peppers, red onions, and mozzarella cheese.

I have been also drinking a ton of water. I have turned a Voss water bottle into fruit infused water.

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I love that the bottle is glass so I can reuse it. I just cut up some lemon and limes and popped them in the bottle. Easy and refreshing!

I have plans to go to the gym tomorrow morning and do a few errands. Then it’s the weekend!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What have you been up to lately?
  • Do you like driving? I actually dislike driving but I also hate being stuck at home! :)
  • Do you drink a lot of water?

 

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A Workout and Win High Performance Sports Detergent

Disclaimer: As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was sent Win High Performance Sports Detergent at no cost to me to use and post my opinions on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Good Morning!

First up, the winner of the Thirty-One Lunch Box from Chiquita is Meredith! I’ve already contacted the winner by email!

On Monday night, Jaden has gymnastics and I have physical therapy an hour later. Since we had about 40 minutes to kill in between, Danny and I went to the gym for a quick workout.

Since I am unable to do Body Pump for awhile and I can’t do any cardio besides the stationary bike, I have been trying to focus on the weight lifting that I can do. I bought some pre-workout and protein powder for Danny and me to help give us that extra oomph for our workouts.

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I bought two sample packs of the Cellucor C4 in Icy Blue Razz and Pink Lemonade. I love that Cellucor offers sample packs with 5 servings so you can try out the product without committing to the full size in case you don’t like it.

I’ve only tried the Icy Blue Razz flavor and I really like it. I would definitely purchase the full size.

I also bought 1st Phorm protein powder in Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. I researched a lot of different protein powders before deciding to go with 1st Phorm.

I like the chocolate peanut butter cup flavor but I didn’t really get a peanut butter taste. It tasted more like chocolate to me. Danny said he could taste the peanut butter, but I also have a cold so maybe my smell and taste is a little off. Either way, I really liked this protein powder and it’s extra thick. It’s almost like drinking a shake!

Workout

At the gym last night, I focused on shoulder exercises. I didn’t have a enough time to ride the stationary bike so I just stuck to five shoulder exercises.

Here’s the exercises I did:

  • Seated shoulder press x15, 3 sets
  • Seated Arnold press x15, 3 sets
  • Side raises x 15, 3 sets
  • Alternating front raises x12 each side, 3 sets
  • Upright row x12, 3 sets

Win Detergent

Even though strength training doesn’t get my heart rate up too much, I still sweat like crazy. Luckily, as a Fitfluential ambassador, I was given the opportunity to try out Win High Performance Sports Detergent.

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As much as I workout, I still haven’t used a sports detergent, so I was excited about trying these detergents out.

First, I liked that Win makes a green detergent.

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When Jaden was a baby he had really bad eczema, so we’ve always tried to use green or free and clear detergents. Now that he’s older, it isn’t as much of a problem but I still prefer the green detergents.

The Win High Performance Sports Detergents eliminates embedded odors from technical and athletic apparel. It’s formulated to remove oils and residues that cause odor from synthetic fabrics.

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The detergent is biodegradable, septic safe, and color safe. The green detergent is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic.

Overall, I thought these detergent did a great job. The clothes looked and smelled clean and fresh. I also liked that you only need a small amount of detergent per load. It makes the bottle last a lot longer!

You can purchase Win through Amazon.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was Chobani Oats made with steel cut oats.

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I found two other flavors at my local grocery store – cranberry and apple cinnamon! Yum!

Have a great day!

  • Do you use a specific brand of laundry detergent?
  • Did you workout today?
  • What did you have for breakfast?

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Family Fun Weekend – Bears Family Fest and Arlington Park Family Fun Day

Good morning! How was your weekend?

We had a really busy weekend. I think I walked more in the past two days than I have in a month! I am a little sore and really tired today but it was worth it to have such a great weekend!

Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, we attended the Bears Meijer Family Fest at Soldier Field.

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The Bears Family Fun Fest included entertainment and activities for the kids.

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Jacob and Jaden waited in line to play Dr. Pepper Pong and they won some pretty sweet Dr. Pepper sunglasses.

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There were different sampling booths and games set up before the gates to Soldier Field opened. It was crazy crowded and the lines were super long but the kids still had fun.

At 5:00 pm, the gates opened and we were able to go into Soldier Field.

We stayed for awhile to watch the Bears practice. They announced each player with fireworks as they ran on onto the field.

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It was neat being able to see how the Bears warm-up and practice before games. It was a different experience from watching a regular football game.

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We didn’t stay too ling to watch them practice because by that time we had already been there a few hours and I was having a hard time with my hip.

The Bears Family Fun Fest was the same day as Lollapalooza so of course getting home was crazy!

Sunday

On Sunday, we were invited out to Arlington Race Track.

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We usually go to Arlington Park every couple of years to watch the horse races and sometimes we go on the Fourth of July to watch their amazing fireworks show.

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My dad was really excited to be there:

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This was the kids first time going to watch the horse races. Every Sunday throughout the summer, Arlington Park has Sunday Family Fun Day which is perfect for the kids!

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They have a Jockey Junior Zone set up which includes pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a magician, caricaturist, juggler, bounce house, live music, and hands-on activities.

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The kids loved the pony rides. My niece is such a big girl riding the pony all by herself!

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I was intrigued by the llama at the petting zoo.

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They even had the Arlington Park mascot out and about playing with the kids.

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We were able to watch the horse races and be in the winner’s circle for one of the races.

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The kids loved being up close to the horses and watch the winning horse walk through the winner’s circle.

They spray the horses after each race to keep them cool.

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They also had retired race horses out and the kids got to feed them peppermint candies.

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After yesterday, Jaden and my niece are both expecting horses for pets. My niece kept pointing to the horses and saying, “I want that one.”

Yesterday at Arlington Park was FireZone First Responders Day featuring The Gary Sinise Foundation which honors local fire, police, and military.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

Gary Sinise Foundation Mission Statement: At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. (Source)

You might better know Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump and Mac Taylor from CSI:NY.

We were lucky enough to see Gary Sinise at the track yesterday. It was exciting for Danny and me because we’re huge CSI fans and my dad is a big Forrest Gump fan.

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Overall, it was a great day yesterday. We had a wonderful day at the track with my family and the kids got to have some fun new experiences!

Today, I am really tired. We did a lot of walking these past few days and I am definitely feeling it! We were up early this morning because Jaden had an allergy appointment and I am ready to go back to bed!

I talked to the doctor’s assistant on the phone on Friday and she said that by Wednesday I should be able to walk without the crutches and hip brace. I should also be able to start driving again as long as I’m careful. She said that hitting the brakes puts my hip in a position that may not be good for it so I just need to take it easy!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

  • What did you do this weekend?

Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to both of these events and all opinions are my own. A huge thank you to Arlington Park for having us as guests and to the Bears Family Fest.

 

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Chiquita Apple Bites and a Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the manufacturer. I agreed to use this products and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do no necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer of the product.

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I can’t believe that it’s August 1st already. The summer is just flying by – it doesn’t help that I’ve spent most of the last three weeks stuck in the house.

August also means that school is starting this month! And back-to-school means back to packing lunches. When Jacob first started elementary school, he got hot lunch at school. I just figured it would be easier and a time saver for me. However, on the first day of both kindergarten and 1st grade, Jacob was given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that he was told to eat. Jacob is allergic to peanut butter.

Oh, you better believe the school and I had some words about that. Luckily, Jacob’s allergy to peanut butter is very slight and not life threatening, but after that I decided it would be more beneficial to my children to bring a packed lunch from home. That way, I could pack them healthy options and food that I know they’d actually eat.

And to be honest, Danny has taken over packing the kids lunches. :) I have such a wonderful husband.

I was recently asked to try out the Chiquita apple bites and I knew they would be a perfect option to put in my kid’s lunch. They are easy, portable, and healthy. They are great for children and adults!

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I received two large bags of apple slices, individual apple and grape packages, and caramel apple packages. I probably don’t have to tell you that they kids loved the caramel apples the best.

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These packaged apples came at the perfect time – right after my surgery. Since I wasn’t able to move around too much after my surgery, the kids were kind of on the own making lunch. Luckily, these apples are perfect to just grab from the fridge and eat. At least I knew they were having one healthy option with their pizza rolls. :)

The Chiquita website has tons of great recipes for using the apple bites. One of their recipes is for apple peanut butter toast but I decided to take it a step further and make apple peanut butter French toast! Yum! I made this recipe for myself, but Chiquita has lots of other recipes that are peanut free.

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First, I took some of the apple slices and sliced them a little bit thinner. Then I whisked together one egg, a splash of almond milk, and a few dashes of cinnamon.

I used two pieces of Ezekiel bread and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on each side. Make sure to put peanut butter on both slices so the apples will stick. Then I added the apple slices to one side of the bread and topped it with the other piece.

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I soaked it in the egg mixture and cooked it over medium heat until both sides were golden brown.

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I ate it with some syrup and more apple slices because who doesn’t love apples?!

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Yum!!

Chiquita Apple Bites  only have 30-80 calories per serving, are washed and ready to eat, contain half a cup of fruit per serving, and are a great source of nutrition!

Chiquita is currently running a Moms Rule Back To School contest on their Chiquita Snacking Facebook page. Check it out here and enter to win!

Giveaway

You can also enter my giveaway today! The wonderful people at Chiquita Snacking are giving away one Thirty-One Thermal Tote so you can bring your own apple bites (or whatever else you want :) ) with you where ever you go! You can enter below!

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Have a great weekend!

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