Top Ten

In honor of Dave Letterman’s last show, I thought I would share some recent tid bits in a Top Ten format. I used to love staying up to watch Leno and Letterman and find it a bit sad – it feels like the end of an era. So, without further ado, here is my Top Ten list from life lately.

10. I knew the second I said something about Mitch’s schedule I would send bad vibes into the air. Low and behold, I did. Granted, we have expereinced some great days on this new schedule and one day off does not make a trend. But I had to note the irony.

09. Last night Phil had class so Mitch and I were on our own. We decided to run some errands, one being Home Depot. It was funny because the last time I was there I went into labor (Mitch was born 12 hours later!). We were in the store for 20 minutes and three people told me how much he looks like a doll.


08. I am in week six of the TIU bikini series and loving it! The workouts, food and support from the girls and community is amazing. It amazes me how motivated I am to get in my workouts and eat well. What I love is how energized I feel.


07. Tonight I am going to grab a drink with my friend. I haven’t seen her in far too long and I cannot wait to catch up.

06. Tomorrow I am going with my sister to see Pitch Perfect 2. She is a huge fan and I loved the first movie as well. Has anyone seen it? I’ve heard good things so far!

05. Today started with a workout and was followed up by a shower and protein pancake; my favorite way to start the day.


04. Some of my favorite workout items are on sale in the Nordstrom sale that just started. You can score my favorite capris (loving this pair!!).

03. I may have bought this the other day too….

02. Something strange, we have had plans every weekend for the last two months, and then the long holiday weekend is wide open. I’m certainly not complaining, I love knowing I can set my schedule around my favorite spin and yoga class, my boys and watch way too many episodes of House of Cards.

01. I got a new DSLR and am doing my best to learn how to use this bad boy. To say I am intimidated would be an understatement. But, I have been wanting (dreaming, drooling, wishing) one for a year and finally decided it was time. Do you have any tips or great resources to learn the best way to use a DSLR? I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos and yes, even reading the instructions. <—nerd alert.

OK, I’m off! Time to get some work done before little Tot wakes up and then we are off to the Farmer’s Market.

What are you up to this weekend?

Tell me two things that would be on your Top Ten list.

Did you watch Dave’s last show?


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WIAW: TIU Bikini Series

Wednesday means WIAW. And while I love sharing my eats, I think it is especially interesting to document the day during the Tone It Up Bikini Series Challenge. The challenge came at such a great time for me, at six months postpartum I was felt back to myself but was looking for something to help push me past my limits. And the TIUBS is doing just that. At week six I am stronger, running faster, lifting more and heavier, eating better and yes, even lost some weight. I feel amazing and am so glad I committed to this challenge.

So, lets get into yesterday.


Workout & Breakfast

My day started bright and early at the gym with some cardio and the new TIU kettlebell workout (a majority of TIU workouts are available on YouTube for free). The workout certainly got my body pumping and ready for the day. I grabbed a coffee and headed home for breakfast with my little man. He had oats and banana while I went for a smoothie.

wiaw-tiu-bikini-series1.JPG In the blender went coconut water, mango, honey, protein powder and…avocado! It was a new addition for me but I am definitely a fan. The avocado didn’t change the flavor, but added a smooth, creamy texture to the smoothie that I loved.

Mitch took a shorter than planned nap, so we ran out to knock off a few errands. Around 11:30 I started to get hungry and knew it would be some time before I was able to eat (I needed to nurse Mitch once we got home) so I snacked on a 100 calorie pack of dry roasted almonds (unpictured because it was on the go and I was driving). But this is a great reminder to always keep a snack on you. Those few almonds saved me from making a decision I many not have been pleased with later. Don’t back yourself in a corner!


Around 2pm I finally got the chance to eat lunch and was so glad for that small pack of almonds earlier.


On the menu was a salad made with a combination of mixed greens and spinach. It was topped with quinoa, pecans and a sliced plum. Stone fruit is coming into season and I am thrilled, does anyone else love peaches, plums and nectarines. I used a pomegranate vinegar as my dressing.


Phil let me know he was on his way home and in true fashion asked if I needed anything. I always answer no, but yesterday I was in the mood for tea. He swung by a local coffee shop to pick up my favorite cinnamon spice tea. I sipped on the warm tea while working away for another hour.


Our night was a bit off since Phil had a meeting last night. We ate dinner a bit early, and thanks to my late lunch I decided to forego a real snack.


Our dinner came together in a flash last night, which is just what we needed. Phil grilled up chicken sausage for me and hotdogs for himself while I sauteed peppers and onions, sweet potato mock-tots and steamed green beans.


All I did for the mock-tots is steam a sweet potato (on Sunday during my meal prep). Then last night I sliced it and put it in a pan with some coconut oil. Let them warm through and toast up. Done! So good, simple and satisfying.

And that was Wednesday in food.

Are you a snacker?

Do you like avocados? Ever had one in a smoothie?

Do you workout with kettlebells?


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