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Good afternoon! Exactly one week until Christmas! Who’s excited?!

Today, my morning started out with a McCafe k-cup!

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I am excited that McDonald’s is now making k-cups! I don’t like McDonald’s food, but I love their coffee. Before my Keurig days, I drank McDonald’s coffee almost every day.

For breakfast, I had one of these Dannon salted caramel Greek yogurts. I found them at Wal-Mart yesterday and had to pick some up to try. Delicious!

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This morning I went to the gym and started out on the elliptical for about 15 minutes. I’m still not running yet because my Achilles tendon still bothers me. Super frustrating. I worked on chest and triceps exercises today and finished up my workout with about five minutes of jump roping.

I’m starting to do some jumping exercises at physical therapy  so my therapist said I could incorporate about 10 minutes of jump roping into my gym routine twice a week. I haven’t really done high intensity cardio in awhile so I was pretty much out of breath after jump roping. I jump as long as I can in a row and then rest a few seconds before continuing.

I ended up burning 574 calories!

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My chest and triceps exercises included:

  •  incline chest press machine
  • decline chest press machine
  • chest press to single arm chest flies
  • chest press machine
  • overhead dumbbell triceps extensions
  • cable triceps pressdowns
  • overhead cable triceps extensions

Lunch

I am back to eating grilled veggie pizzas for lunch.

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I typically eat the same thing for lunch for a couple of weeks in a row and then switch it up. It’s just easier when I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat for lunch everyday.

This afternoon, I have a few more presents to wrap and then I have to get things ready for Jaden’s holiday party at school tomorrow.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite body part to work out?
  • What did you eat for lunch today?

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Monk Fruit in the Raw

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not reflect the the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out Monk Fruit in the Raw.

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I usually use sugar alternatives in my coffee and tea, so I looked forward to trying Monk Fruit in the Raw in place of my normal sweetener.

Monk Fruit in the Raw is a zero-calorie sweetener made with real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit from Asia. The monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet. It’s great in your morning cup of coffee.

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Monk Fruit in the Raw can also be used to replace regular sugar. You can use it in cooking or baking. The taste of Monk Fruit in the Raw is the closest taste to regular sugar of all the non-caloric sweeteners and it doesn’t have bad aftertaste!

Monk Fruit in the Raw conversion chart:

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I like that the Monk Fruit in the Raw comes in two different packages – individual packets for coffee and tea and a large package to use for baking. And it’s very reasonably priced. The individual packets are about $3.49 for 40 packets and the Monk Fruit in the Raw Bakers Bag is only $6.99.

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Monk Fruit in the Raw is vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. It doesn’t contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses.

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I used one packet in my coffee. I also added one tablespoon of cream and it was perfect! The Monk Fruit in the Raw adds just the right amount of sweetness without adding any extra calories or carbs.

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I watch my niece two days a week and my sister-in-law usually drops her off at about 7 am. Since she’s here early, we decided to try out a breakfast recipe using Monk Fruit in the Raw.

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We made cinnamon and Monk Fruit in the Raw French toast!

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Cinnamon and Monk Fruit in the Raw French Toast               Serves:2

Ingredients:

  • four slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk (we used honey almond milk)
  • 2 tsp Monk Fruit in the Raw
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk eggs. Add Monk Fruit in the Raw and cinnamon. Whisk together.
  3. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture and put onto hot pan. Cook each side until browned, approximately 3-5 minutes per side.
  4. Add you favorite toppings and enjoy!

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This is a super easy breakfast and loved by adults and kids!

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You can learn more about In The Raw products on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Do you use a sugar substitute? 

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Two Minutes

Good afternoon! I hope you all are having a warm Thursday :)

Breakfast

This morning for breakfast, I had egg whites, Greek yogurt, and toast with peanut butter.

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I am not usually too hungry in the mornings and normally just eat a few egg whites and yogurt before the gym and then have a snack immediately after my workout – almost like two mini breakfasts. But lately I’ve noticed that I am a lot more hungry in the afternoons and have the tendency to start snacking and snacking. So, I’m hoping that adding a little more food in the mornings will help my afternoon snack attacks.

After breakfast, I went to the gym and per doctor’s orders was allowed to run two whole minutes! I walked the rest and finished my workout with some biceps exercises…and a selfie. Totally normal.

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I felt really good running those two minutes and I bumped my speed up to 5.0 mph today. I wish I could run longer but I know it’s better for my body to take it slow. And on Saturday, I’ll get to run three whole minute. Yes!!

After my workout, I was rewarded with this little alert from my car. And by rewarded, I mean not rewarded.

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Usually it tells me how many miles I have left and today I apparently had so little gas in my car that I’m surprised I made it to the gas station. I like to play a little game called “Let’s See Many Miles I Can Get Down to Before My Car Runs Out of Gas.” AKA “It’s Way Too Cold to Pump Gas in This Kind of Weather.”

Luckily, I made it to the gas station and a crisis was averted. I guess I’d be a lot colder stuck on the side of the street with no gas than I’d be pumping gas for two minutes.

Yesterday, I stopped at Starbucks for a skinny peppermint mocha.

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It was just meh. I’m not a huge mocha coffee fan so it probable wasn’t the best choice.

Tonight, I’m going to Costco with my dad! I think I only go to Costco once a year around the holiday season. They usually have really great holiday gifts!

Have a great day!

  • What do you usually have for breakfast?
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?
  • Do you shop at Costco?

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It’s October!

Happy October 1st!

It’s the first day of October and the Halloween season has begun! My family is big into Halloween and we have a Halloween event planned for every weekend in October. It all ends with a big Halloween party where we keep our costumes a secret until the party.

Last year, Danny was Superman/Clark Kent and I was Wonder Women.

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I am still thinking of a good idea for this year’s costume!

Yesterday

Yesterday was my first day back to the gym since before we went to Alabama. My adductor muscle is still bothering me a little so the physical therapist said I should do strength training every other day and rest or swim on the days in between.

Yesterday when I went to the gym, I worked on back and biceps. I also walked backwards on the walking track. I am having a hard time walking for more than a few minutes without pain in my hip and glute. So on Monday, the physical therapist had me walk backwards on the treadmill to work my hip extensors.

I have a hard time being coordinated enough just to walk regular so I was nervous about walking backwards on a treadmill but I went at a slow pace and managed not to go flying off the back of the treadmill. I was nervous about walking backwards by myself on the treadmill at the gym, so I did it on the walking track instead.

Have you ever tried walking backwards for an extended amount of time? It’s harder than it looks!

I wore my heart rate monitor to the gym yesterday for the first time in a long time and I was happy to see I burned so many calories strength training and walking.

From Instagram:

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Yesterday afternoon, Jacob got braces!

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I can’t believe how grown-up he looks with braces. I still think of him as my little baby and its hard for me to comprehend the fact that he’s a teenager now. How do they grow up so fast?!

He did really well getting the braces and was excited to show all the kids in the neighborhood when he got home. Now he just better take care of those things because braces are expensive!

I didn’t get braces on until I was 16 years old and I wore them until I was 19 years old.

Today

Since I worked out at the gym yesterday, I stuck to swimming today. I haven’t swam since before California and I can’t say I was overjoyed to get back in the pool. Swimming is okay but I don’t think I’ll ever love it.

Today I swam 40 laps (with and without the kickboard), did three sets of squats, and three sets of walking lunges.

Now, I have so much water stuck in my ears and it’s driving me crazy.

Breakfast

Along with my breakfast this morning, I had a Dannon Pumpkin Pie Greek yogurt.

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My dad texted me a picture of this yogurt the other day and I had to run out to the store to find it!

This yogurt is amazing! I also had one with my dinner last night. I’ve had the Chobani pumpkin yogurt also but the Dannon is a lot better. I like them both but the Dannon is sweeter and tastes more like pumpkin pie!

This afternoon I have physical therapy and then I have my next follow-up doctor appointment on Monday. I’ll be almost three months post surgery. I can’t believe that my surgery was three months ago!

Have a great afternoon and enjoy the start of October!!!

  • What are you looking forward to the most in October?
  • Do you dress up for Halloween?
  • Did you ever wear braces?

 

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A Tiny Setback

Good afternoon and Happy Labor Day Weekend! Who has a three-day weekend?!

Well, I had a tiny set back in my physical therapy. I’m not sure exactly why but the therapist thinks it might have been the squats. Sigh. I was really really, I mean really excited for those squats.

I did them at physical therapy and then I did them the next day on my own. By the time my physical therapy appointment rolled around on Wednesday my quad hurt and burned more than it ever has. I usually do a 10 minute warm-up on the stationary bike when I get to physical therapy but that day I could barely make 5 minutes.

Instead, I took it easy and we did a lot of massage and stretching. My physical therapist told me to hold back on the squats, stationary bike, and walking for a day or two. She suggested going in the swimming pool. Sigh again.

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When my gym first opened, I took the pool running class. It was okay, just not really my thing. I used to love swimming when I was a kid but not so much now. I probably haven’t gotten in a pool to swim in 20 years…until last night.

I hate sitting around doing nothing more than I hate the pool, so Danny and I went to the lap pool last night.

I can’t believe how hard swimming is. I was out of breath after one lap.

Even though my leg still ached, the pool was so much less stressful on my quad. It took me a while to get used to the water. I tried putting my face in the water while swimming and I had a panic attack the first ten times. I felt so trapped and like I couldn’t breath. Okay, obviously I couldn’t breath because I was underwater but I don’t even remember the last time I was underwater. It’s weird.

I ended up swimming two laps at a time. Then I would stop and do front kicks, side kicks, and back kicks in the water. I swam 16 laps (some of them I used the kickboard) – I’m counting a lap as one time across the pool, doing the kicks in between. At the end I did a few sets of bicycles while hanging onto the wall.

I wasn’t in the pool that long, about 35 minutes, but it was tough. The pool was a nice change and I’ll do it if I have too but it’s not my favorite.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday – a Kodiak power cakes waffle and egg whites.

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I used some of Jaden’s dairy-free chocolate chips in it and it was so good. The mini chocolate chips make it so much better. I think chocolate makes everything better.

I did go to the gym today. I tried to take it easy by doing 15 minutes on the stationary bike followed by a short upper body workout. I made sure to foam roll my quad and glute at the end.

My leg is a little sore but not too bad.

After the gym, I stopped by Target. Since it’s a holiday weekend, and we have a family get together planned, I wanted to get Jaden some dairy-free treats so he wouldn’t feel left out.

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Luckily, the Ghirardelli brownies are dairy-free. They contain cocoa butter, but after a little research I found out that cocoa butter isn’t actually a dairy product. I also got him some mango sorbet and So Delicious fudge pops.

Another common misconception is that eggs are dairy. They’re not. And Jaden, thank goodness, isn’t allergic to eggs. I am learning so much. :)

I also picked up some Earth’s Best chicken nuggets…for myself. Even though these are geared towards kids, I love them. And Jaden won’t eat chicken nuggets. I think he’s the only kid I know that won’t eat chicken nuggets.

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Have a happy and safe weekend!

  • Do you have any plans this weekend?
  • Do you like to swim?

 

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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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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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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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ProCakes Protein Pancake Mix

As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was sent a sample of ProCakes pancake mix directly from the company at no charge to me to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Hello! How is everyone doing?

Let’s do a quick weekend recap, shall we?

On Saturday night, we had plans to cookout with my family. We bought everything – burgers, chicken, salmon, fruit, (grilled pineapple is amazing), and my dad brought ingredients to make campfire pies over the fire…then Mother Nature decided to drop a huge storm on us. It poured like crazy and our backyard was so flooded, we could have swam in it.

Needless to say, we didn’t grill and ordered pizza instead. Boo.

We did grill the food on Sunday so we still got to enjoy it. Danny usually grills a few chicken breasts on Sunday night and we throw them in the fridge to use on salads for dinner throughout the week. It cuts down a lot on cooking time during the week.

Sunday morning, I taught BodyPump. Killed my leg, but I only have two BodyPump classes to go.

Yesterday night, Danny and I worked out biceps and triceps together. We did the following:

  • biceps curls
  • triceps cable pulldowns
  • single leg hammer curls
  • skullcrushers
  • reverse biceps curls
  • abs – plank and sit-ups

We did 3 sets and 12 reps of each exercise.

ProCakes

This morning, I had something new for breakfast – ProCake Protein Pancakes!!

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 I love me some protein pancakes and I was excited to try out this mix from ProCakes.

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ProCakes are gluten-free, have only 14 net carbs per serving, and have no added sugar. The directions are simple – you mix one egg, milk, and the ProCakes package in a bowl and that’s it!

I used one whole egg, 1/4 cup of almond milk, and a handful of blueberries for my ProCakes.

My ProCakes had 261 calories and 20 grams of protein! I ate them with a little bit of Walden Farms calorie-free syrup.

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I love that they came out brown, fluffy, and delicious! The mix made three good sized pancakes and I ate them with two egg whites for a little extra protein. They were very filling and I had a hard time finishing all three pancakes. They turned out a lot tastier that my normal protein pancakes made with eggs and oatmeal.

I definitely see more ProCakes in my future :)

Happy Birthday

A big happy birthday, to my mom today!! We’re going to celebrate with her this weekend!

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Love you, Mom!

Have a great day!

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Easter Weekend 2014

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a good weekend and a great Easter. We had absolutely gorgeous weather here yesterday and spent most of the day outside.

Friday

Friday evening, my dad and stepmom came over to dye Easter eggs with us.

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My dad always gets really creative with his eggs.

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This year, he made eggs for the girls and had them decorate their own eggs to look like themselves!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I made Easter bunny pancakes for Jaden.

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I thought they came out so cute!

After breakfast, Jacob had his first soccer game.

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I had to leave about halfway through the game to take Jaden to his baseball practice. It’s hard juggling activities with two kids – I don’t know how you moms with more than two kids do it! Luckily, my in-laws are always willing to help take the kids to practices and games if we need them to. :)

After baseball practice, I went to the gym for a workout. I did an upper body workout (biceps, chest, shoulders, triceps) followed by a 20 minute HIIT workout on the Stairmaster.

Saturday night we got the kids in bed early since the Easter bunny was coming! Jaden lost both his front teeth on Saturday so he got a visit from the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy! I have never seen him so excited!

Sunday

We woke up early Sunday morning and the kids had fun searching for Easter eggs and their baskets.

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Later in the morning, my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and mom came over for breakfast.

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Jaden missing his two front teeth:

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My niece had fun going on an egg hunt in our backyard. I just love when they’re that age – they get so happy and excited!

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Sunday afternoon, we went to my dad and stepmom’s house for dinner.

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The kids had another Easter egg hunt and had fun playing outside.

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The weather was perfect so we spent most of the day outside:

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I cannot wait to start having beautiful weather on a regular basis.

Of course, we finished the night with some delicious Easter cake.

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How cute is that cake?! And it was so good – vanilla cake with strawberries.

By the time yesterday night rolled around, I was exhausted. I was happy to get in bed and sleep!

**Congrats to everyone that ran the Boston Marathon today – an awesome accomplishment!**

  • How was your weekend/Easter?

 

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