I Love Food

I got a new planner. It’s like one of my favorite things to do. Plan stuff. So I’m really excited for fresh new pages to write things down. I always plan my weeks, workouts, tasks to do, chores, etc. It keeps me sane. So yeah, I’m pumped.

So, it’s already January 5th. Yipes. That happened fast. This coming week is my first full week back at work and I’m nervous, anxious, and loads of other feelings. Just trying to enjoy every minute of this weekend. I already got in a nice workout I’ll post below and went to Target. I love going to Target at 7 AM because I’m literally the only non-employee there. Everyone is super friendly and I can get in and out without getting stuck behind people who block the aisles with their carts.

I got my planner, some almond milk creamer, chocolate milk, and deli ham so I could make avocado toast. YUM. Oh and dental floss because I’m trying to be better about that.

I also made a pit stop at Starbucks because lately I’ve been obsessed with their cold foam blonde cappuccinos. They are literally everything to me right now as I’m trying to cut back on sugary crap. I think a grande is like 60 cals with little to no sugar so I’m all about that. The foam on top is a tasty little treat. I’m going to try the cappuccino setting on my cafe barista later today to try to re-create this tasty beverage.

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Beauty

Oh, back to avocado toast. I love making this when I’m not rushed because it takes a little bit more time than my typical bowl of oats. I got some fun bread at Aldi (I love this place…they have great healthy finds at the cheapest prices and I’m on a strict budget for 2019).

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Sam will not eat this…he says he doesn’t like birdseed

I toasted the bread, attempted to make some fried eggs, then assembled my toasts. First ya smash the avocado on your toast, then ya sprinkle some garlic powder and a squeeze of lime juice. Then top that with my fresh deli ham and the fried-ish eggs. It’s so good. I could eat this all day.

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Good Morning.

Okay so now for today’s workout…it was a fun one!

4 Rounds for time:

Row 500 meters as fast as possible (this took me a little over 2 min)

20 wall balls

10 heavy cleans

Give it a try, I think the whole thing took around 15-20 minutes to complete. Speedy and sweaty, just the way I like them ūüôā

Today it’s pretty much going to be Spring so I plan to spend a lot of time in the fresh air. I also need to do some serious house organization, meal prepping, wine drinking, baby snuggling, laundering stuff as well. Last night I started going through Harry’s clothes to put away the things that don’t fit him anymore and started crying because he is growing so fast. He’s starting to outgrow 6 month clothes already and he’s not even 4 months old. Big boy ‚̧

For meal prep I’m hoping to make some tuna salad, chicken, rice, and veggies, and chocolate pumpkin muffins. Maybe some homemade coffee creamer as well. OH also, my other new fave thing…carrot cake oats in the instant pot. My mom got me an IP cookbook for Xmas and this recipe caught my eyes because DUH I love carrot cake and oats. You literally take shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, raisins, steel cut oats, and water and add that to the instant pot. Let it cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and naturally release the steam. Jim-any Crickets, fresh oats in 10 minutes. Yes plz.

Yesterday I topped mine with vanilla yogurt and a dollop of cream cheese to pretend it was cream cheese frosting and it was one of my better decisions. Sam said I shouldn’t eat so much dairy. I told him cream cheese is more like butter than dairy…I’m right right?

Okay, enough food talk, I’m getting hungry again. LOL. Gotta fly. Have a fab day.

Toodles!

-Hales

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The Babymoon

Another week has flown by, little dude is growing by the day, and I’m starting to slow down in almost every daily task. I still feel pretty darn good considering we have less than 10 weeks to go!

This last week I haven’t had much of an appetite but when I do, it’s a force. I’ve been craving pizza (hello Margharita from Punch Pizza), ice cream, and milk shakes. Also BBQ chips…weird because I’ve never loved that flavor.

Workouts this week have been pretty good. A good mix of full body stuff, weights, and some cardio…Although running is getting a little difficult… might give that a rest soon.

Now for the main topic of this post…Baby moon! Sam surprised me with a little getaway to a town called Bayfield, WI last week. We had the most lovely time and the weather was just perfect.

I kept a journal (per Sam’s request) and am thinking maybe one day I’ll publish a travel journal…LOL.

We left our house at 10AM Sunday morning and made a few pit stops along the way. It took us about 4 hours to get there but it was worth the drive. Bayfield is on Lake Superior and just plain gorgeous. Our motel was right on the water and the front desk lady was just the cutest.

We kept a pretty low key itinerary for the most part. We did a lot of walking around then sitting on patios with beverages (beer for Sam, H2O or lemonade for me).

We ate a ton of good food, especially our breakfast Monday morning. We hit up a little joint called The Fat Radish. I had the most amazing pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and a lavender latte. OMG. I could eat that daily.

It was good to have all that fuel because right after breakfast we hopped on the Fairy to Madeline Island. The ride over was beautiful. We sat on the top deck and got some pretty amazing views of the lake.

Once we got on the island, we rented our selves some bicycles (Sam was voting for mopeds but I was not into that), and headed off on a 15 mile round trip to Big Bay State Park. We did a little Lakeshore hike there and scoped out the campground. I really wanted to rent kayaks but was too afraid I wouldn’t pass the safety test on account of my belly is the size of a basketball.

After the bike ride we stopped at The Beach Club for a snack and a drink. We then took a nice walk to the Marina and stopped at a little Pub where the waitress specially made me a fresh strawberry and soda water. She was a doll. Everyone on the Island was so friendly and I’ve never gotten so many congratulations on my belly.

The waitress told Sam he could take his margarita in a to-go cup because apparently you can walk around like Vegas on Madeline Island. So fun!

We hopped back on the Fairy around 3PM then hit up a rooftop for some more hydration.

Since it was our last night, we decided to do dinner then dessert. We had dinner at the MannyPenny Bistro (Great chicken fajitas), followed by an insane dessert at the Pier Plaza (I think this was the name). I went with the monster carrot cake because duh and because I’m feeding a growing boy. Sam chose the chocolate lava cake. We were both very satisfied with our choices and it was the perfect ending to a super fantastic Baby moon.

This week I’m hoping to paint the nursery and get up the cacti decals! Other than that, I’m just cooking. and cleaning, and hanging by the pool with my mom.

Have a lovely summer weekend!

XO

-Hales

Week 23

23 down, 17 to go. YIPES! That’s not very many¬†weeks. How fun! I have my 24¬†week check up Monday and am hoping to get Sam and I signed up for a couple baby classes in the next¬†week. I’m really pumped (no pun intended) to take a breastfeeding class…Sam on the other hand…

The 23rd¬†week brought a growing belly and even more protruding belly button. I can’t touch it, it freaks me out.

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Now we Bumpin!

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Outtie

I feel like I’ve been a little more tired lately so I’ve been sleeping in in the mornings and doing my¬†workouts outside¬† after¬†work since it’s been a gem of¬†weather lately. I’ve now been going to Anytime like 3 days a¬†week and doing at home¬†workouts the other 2-3 days of the¬†week. I still feel pretty good but take breaks¬†when I get super tired and try not to let my heart rate get above 135. I’m loving the at home¬†workouts though because I can take my¬†weights and go out to the backyard and¬†workout in the sunshine. Ruthie likes it too because she usually gets a PB treat to keep her occupied for the 13-15 minutes I can’t pay attention to her.

Runs have been nothing more than 3-4 miles. I have been running to the gym¬†which is a nice 1.15 miles one¬†way and a great¬†way to¬†warm up/cool down. My running pace now is about a 10 minute mile. Pre-pregnancy I¬†was doing around 8:10 min miles so I am taking it much easier and it feels really nice. Ruth and I even¬†went for a nice run this¬†week….I probably enjoyed it more than she did.

I’ve also been taking Ruthie on lots of¬†walks/hikes. There’s this great 6 mile loop at the State Park¬†we try to do once a¬†week. It tires her out for a couple days¬†which is nice. She’s just so snuggly and adorable¬†when she’s tired. Ruth and I also¬†went for a fun¬†walk¬†with my gal pal Chels and her 11 month old son yesterday. It¬†was Ruthie’s first time meeting an 11 month old baby and I think she did pretty darn good. It makes me feel better knowing she likes being around kids.

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Little Snuggle bug

Cravings this¬†weeks have been kind of odd. I craved a tuna melt every day and finally had one last night. It probably was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I’m also craving Italian Dunkers (if you remember these from High School)/Punch Pizza, Rice Krispies¬†with blueberries and sugar, tacos, and hamburgers. Cool. At least it’s a fun variety of things.

I did have a spectacular time meal prepping last¬†weekend. My mom gets the most amazing cinnamon rolls from¬†work (except not anymore cuz she is now a retired lady!!!!) and gave me half a case (whadup rolls). You just let them rise for like 2 hours then bake and frost them. They are seriously the best cinnamon rolls ever. Besides the ones from Sand Pedro Cafe in Hudson. But that’s besides the point. So I made the rolls and frosted them then ate almost all of them. I got a hungry baby inside my belly OK?

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Does eating rolls give you rolls?

I also had some fun picking fresh rhubarb from the plant in our backyard. I’ve never actually picked anything from my backyard and I felt so cool going out¬†with a pail and getting about 2 cups of fresh rhubarb. I decided to try my hand at a rhubarb crisp but since I only had 2 cups, I added strawberries and apples. It¬†was super simple to put together and really the only bad ingredients in the crisp¬†were the butter and the sugar (but are they really that bad?). I also pretty much ate the entire crisp but again,¬†whateves Bevs.

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Crispy Crisp

I asked Sam¬†what I should make for breakfasts and he sent me a recipe for egg cups¬†with a sweet potato crust. I¬†was very shocked to see he sent me a recipe¬†with sweet potato in it. I’ve also never made egg cups so I tried those out. They looked disgusting and some of the egg spilled into the empty muffin tin slots but they tasted like a dream. They had ham and pepper and eggs and cheese. I’d probably make these again and double the recipe since it only made 8 and I ate 2 at a time. Again, I ate all of these. I asked Sam¬†why he didn’t have any and he goes…”I picked that recipe because I thought you would like it.”¬† Aww man,¬†what a guy.

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Getting J(eggy) with it

Other than that, my life has been pretty much same ole same ole last¬†week. I did finish another book¬†which¬†was exciting and I currently have another¬†waiting for me at the local Library. PS have I ever told you how much I love the Library? It’s the most magical place. You can get any book, movie, magazine…it’s pretty neat.

Sam also planned our baby moon road trip but is keeping it a secret. I am so excited!

I’m probably going to go vacuum or do something productive now. Have a swell¬†weekend!

XO

-Hales