Friday Favorites

Good morning and TGIF!

I cannot remember the last time I was this excited for the end of the week. Blame March Madness because my Spartans are playing tonight! We have plans of eating our homemade lean spaghetti sauce and tossing it with zoodles for this girl and pasta for Phil and of course a little wine and catching the game. Saturday we are visiting with friends and going on an Easter egg hunt with Mitch and on Sunday more friend time, church and a call with one of my beautiful Health Coaching clients. Now if only this weather would shape up. Come on Spring! 

Ok, here are some goodies from the week!

*Guest posting on Simply Southern Stacie.

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I adore Stacie, a friend through the blog, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post while she is working away in Boston. Be sure to check out the post – it is one of my favorites!

*Root Lifter.

This product acts like a mouse, but does not leave the sticky, stiff feeling in your hair. After you apply it to the roots, simply comb around with your fingers and then style hair as usual. I find my hair has just enough added ‘umph’ and helps me pull off the day two hair look so much easier. I love this product!

*Embellished Sandals

Like every other girl out there, I own plenty of sandals and flip flops, but I am dying to add a pair with some serious jewels. Paired with a cute summer dress, maxi, shorts and jean jacket or even a basic white tee and jeans – these sandals can pull an outfit together in no time flat.

*Non-Dairy Alternatives

You guys are the best – thank you for all of the love on this post. I get so many questions about food and health and I love sharing! Putting together this overview was so much fun!

*Artichokes.

30 Minute Cheesy Artichoke Skillet Flatbread I howsweeteats.com

Where have I been all of this time?! Ah! Artichokes are my jam. After my sister added them into her warm kale salad I have been stary-eyed over them. I think I neeeeed this pizza.

*Optimized State Tours.

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Randy Olson has been computing optimal road trips for all of the US and Europe. He selects the best/most popular places to visit and attractions and then computes the best way to do it all in the shortest amount of time and miles. I really want to try this! Maybe once Mitch is a bit older.

*7 Minute Barre Workout for Legs

Gina has an awesome blog, but her workout videos are a diamond in the ruff. She is in super shape and when she promises short, effective workouts, she delivers. Check out her YouTube channel for more including HIIT workouts at home! (I get so many questions about fitting in workouts…look no further!)

*Sleep! Mitch slept for 12.5 hours. Oh thank the heavens.

And with that, I am off. I hope you all have an awesome Friday and weekend.

What are you doing this weekend?

Are you into March Madness?

What is something you are loving this week?

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 Linkin’ Heather, Clare, and Katie!

 

Confessions of a {New Mom} Healthy Living Blogger

Over the course of almost six months I have been keeping a few notes as a new mom. I figured that since Mitch is rounding half a year, I would share my new mom thoughts here on Thinking Out Loud.

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*life becomes incredibly complicated yet simple all at once.

*you’ll understand why buns are the latest hair style and be grateful.

*you won’t understand why people tell you that giving birth is like running a marathon. Not true.

*you will look at your babe at least once wonder how the hospital let you leave with this precious babe without taking a test or something to ensure you know what you’re doing.

*you won’t know what you are doing. 

*you’ll celebrate some of the silliest, strangest and simplest things like taking a shower or the babe smiling.

*priorities shift drastically, whether you want them to or not.

*you’ll give yourself a virtual high-five when you nail the perfect swaddle.

*you’ll realize that your over packing for vacation was a drop in the bucket to traveling with a baby.

*you’ll have so.many.things

*you’ll start planning outings hours if not a day in advance because it takes a small village to get out the door. 

*without fail, something will go awry (puke, poop or for once a successful nap) and you will be late.

*the question of waking a sleeping baby (do or don’t) is a hot topic in your house.

*you’ll stop buying things for yourself because baby clothes are cuter than anything on the planet.

*you’ll become a master at dancing around and singing just to get a smile – no shame.

*you’ll talk to your partner about poop, feedings, food and puke. Romance, what?

*you’ll wonder what you talked about before the babe.

*you’ll have your first cocktail postpartum and you will get buzzed if not drunk.

*you’ll survive on freezer meals, to-go orders and the kindness of your friends and family who bring supplies for weeks on end. 

*anything goes when it comes to food. The time of day no longer applies. Cereal at 3am or 3pm – it is all the same.

*cold food is perfectly acceptable as are leftovers and repeats – hey, you’re eating and that is a victory some days.

*you’ll drink more water than a camel, or horse, or whatever – you think you’re thirsty when you are pregnant and then you start nursing. 

*you’ll see things in simple terms again. Watching your babe discover and wonder is one of life’s greatest joys.

*you’ll take pictures (and video) of everything your babe does. And if you are like me, you take five to ten shots of each moment to ensure you don’t miss the perfect shot.

*you’ll find a new and even deeper love for your husband/partner when they’re holding your babe. Or if they fall asleep cuddling – forgetaboudit.

*speaking of that crazy deep love, your babe will open up some dark spot in your heart that you didn’t know existed and you feel a new love that you didn’t know existed.

 

Moms, expecting moms and everyone in between, weigh in; what would you add, what do you agree with, any other insights?

bbsignature1_thumb.jpg Other confessions:

Confessions of a Pregnant Healthy Living Blogger

Confessions of a Healthy Living Blogger, Part 1

Confessions of a Healthy Living Blogger, Part 2

Confessions of a Healthy Living Blogger, Part 3

Confessions of a Healthy Living Blogger, Part 4

Confessions of a Healthy Living Blogger, Part 5

 

 

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