Bangin

Oh my gosh I just made this and am literally rolling on the floor because it was seriously the best thing I have ever tasted. The mashed potatoes rocked my world. The homemade gravy was just insane. AND THE FREAKING MEAT. HOLY MOTHER ALMIGHTY. Sam even said it was really good. That’s saying something. Do yourself a favor and make this ASAP. You will be so thrilled.

I can’t believe Sunday night is already upon us. I just put Harry to bed after we read 2 books and am now sitting on the couch eating chocolate chip muffins. I get so sad on Sunday’s because it means the weekend and family time is over.

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I wish I had his lashes

This weekend my mom and I drove to my sister’s in Duluth to wedding plan/dress shop as she is newly engaged (YAY!!!!!). I love going to Duluth-it’s such a fun place to visit and I love spending time with my mom and sister.

One of my obsessions is the Lake Superior Bakehouse. I make a point to stop there every time I’m in Duluth now because they have the most INSANE pastries and lattes. They open at 8 AM on Saturdays and I make sure I get there right at 8 so I have the first pick of all the treats. This time, after staring at the case of sugary snacks I selected a white chocolate raspberry scone, a caramel pecan roll, and my fave of the bunch, the blueberry cream cheese roll. UGH. I would love to eat these every day. They also satisfied my sweet tooth for the day. For my beverage I chose the smore’s mocha as it was the seasonal special. LOVE.

Seeing these pictures seriously makes my mouth water. I mean look at the frosting on that roll. GOOD lord. Help me.

Our weekend was spent at the wedding show, dress shopping (She said YES!), and playing games. Oh, we also watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m obsessed. Oh and Pillow Talk. So good.  My mom and I left this morning after breakfast so I could get home to the fam bam jam. Also, traveling always throws off my bowel movements so I can’t wait to wake up, drink coffee, and poo.

I also got in a nice workout this afternoon. I finally got my push jerk in the 100’s and almost pee’d myself from excitement. I got 3 sets of 3 at 105 and couldn’t have been more joyous. Hard work pays off peeps. My workout was fast but fun. Here ya go:

For time:

27-21-15 reps of:

Burpees, Swings, Snatches (alternating arms), and Air Squats

Then…5-5-5-3-3-3 Push Jerk

5×12 lunges with barbell on back.

OOFDAH.

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Hey.

PS I got bangs. Yeah. Now I really feel like a mom 🙂

That is all for now as I have to get my shit ready for tomorrow. Fresh week. Big stuff ahead. Get focused, carry on.

Have a sweet Sunday night and eat dessert (get it?).

XO

-Haley

 

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Thoughts on a Friday

I had my alarm set for 4:30 am to go to the gym. Hare Bear decided to wake up at 4:29. I guess working out will have to wait…that’s OK though, I’d rather spend my morning snuggling the little guy. Pretty sure he’s teething and growing. The sweet thang is almost 4 months old. OMG. I can’t believe it. He is so excited to start solid foods (he told me he’s especially excited for avocado, banana, and sweet potatoes). He’s def discovered his hands and will shove them in his mouth any chance he gets.

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My sweet monkey boy ❤

He’s discovered how to make one shitty diaper (hehe). He “talks” to me and tells me secrets and it melts my heart. He also loves bouncing in the crib. Love you buddy. Here’s some pics from when he was just a wee one…those aren’t tears, my eyes are just sweating.

Confession…I still wear my postpartum undies. TMI. But seriously, they go over my belly and I have this weird obsession with pulling my pants over my belly. Even if you’re not pregnant or postpartum, I’d highly recommend them if you want to be extra comfy.

Moving on…Instant pots are taking over and I am 100% on that train. I haven’t made one thing yet that hasn’t melted my taste buds. My mom gave me a rack of ribs a while back and I had no clue what to do with them. I stumbled upon a rib rack recipe (say that 3 x fast…cmon, try it) and INSTANTly had to try it. Seriously, it took 20 minutes to cook an entire rack of ribs.

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Helllooo

Basically you brush the ribs with a mix of vinegar and water then sprinkle with the spice mixture (who knew I liked smoked paprika so much) and cut into individual ribs. Then you put that in the pot with the remaining vinegar water mix and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. BOOM.

I’m a child and served mine with a side of boxed mac-n-cheese and pears. And I loved every bite.

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I also started writing things in my new planner I talked about last post. I love it so much. It has these cool goal setting areas and every week your supposed to pick the top 3 things you want to focus on. Super motivating and it makes me take time to think about what is really important in my jam packed days.

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Highly recommend this planner!

My workouts have felt meh lately as I came down with a little bug and just felt drained. I haven’t been running much because it just doesn’t sound fun right now. It’s also been icy AF and I don’t want to break my ankles. I can’t imagine carrying Harry around on crutches. I do plan on doing this later today:

12 minute AMRAP

15-12-9-6-3 THRUSTERS/PULLUPS

Then…EMOM 10 minutes: 3 squats remainder of minute AMRAP of squat jumps

Rest 1 minute

Then…Treadmill sprints (maybe).

Okay, that is all. Time to get ready for work. PS Dunn Bros has a lavender latte and I’m obsessed. OKAY Love ya, bye!

-Hales

Protein Packed Saturday

I had a decaf caramel macchiato from Starbucks today and I swear it just puts me in the best mood. Harry and I (we tried to get Ruthie to come but she said she’s on a no caff diet right now) went at 5:30 this morning because the child wakes up at 5 everyday. It was so fun.

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Decaf duh

So, yesterday afternoon I went to a class at Alchemy (haven’t been for a while) and it was a blast. I went to the A10 since I’m just getting back into it and it kicked my bum. The workout had pull ups and I haven’t attempted a pull up since about March. Oofdah. But I gave it a shot and it wasn’t all that terrible. Except today. I def feel it today. I forgot how much I love working out in a class setting!

Today has been a busy day. After coffee, I came home and prepped my fave protein pancake recipe.

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Protein Pancake essentials

It’s really simple and so yummy. You take a cup of egg whites (I always add one whole egg), 1/3 cup of oats, a dash of baking powder and whatever spices you want. Sometimes I add tumeric. Today I went with cinnamon. You can also add protein powder, cocoa powder…the options are endless. Then you pour all that into a hot pan oiled with coconut oil and cook. I suck at flipping the thing because it’s giant so it always turns into a giant blob. But eating blobs is the most fun.

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YUM

The topping options are endless as well. Today I went with a little PB, some jam, a few dark chocolate chips, and some local honey. I might have licked my plate after. Only Harry and Ruth were here to judge me so that’s whatever. Oh, and whipped cream. Ruthie recently discovered her love for whipped cream as well and I always have to give her a little taste.

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Masterpiece

After downing my cake, I wanted to take Ruth for a run. But she was protesting the cold so I went by myself. I don’t know how far I went and I sure as heck didn’t go fast. I just took my time and enjoyed the snowflakes falling on me.

Next on the agenda, muffins! I found a box of Kodiak cakes muffin mix at Target yesterday and decided to try that with my fave easy muffin recipe. All you need is a box of cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and mini chocolate chips. Seriously, so simple.

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Choco-punkin

All you do is mix the cake mix with pumpkin and about 1/2 cup of water…add your chocolate chips and bake at 350-375 for 12 ish minutes.

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I love these muffins because they are so moist. I usually underbake them a tad so they are gooey in the middle. I offered Sam one but he politely declined. The options with these are also endless. Sometime I do a spice cake mix and rasins, or a white cake mix and white chocolate chips. YUM!

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True Beauty

I eat these for breakfast and dessert 🙂

The rest of our Saturday was spent lamp shopping (fail), eating, going for a walk, drinking Coconut La Croix, snuggling, and eating Chipotle.

PS there’s a new Hallmark movie on tonight and we can’t wait to snuggle in with our muffins and a cup of decaf mocha.

Have yourself a merry night!

XO

-Hales

 

 

 

Harry Takes on Duluth

Good morning pals. Harry is currently having a day. He’s been awake since 5 AM and seems to only settle down when I hold him. I can tell he is super tired but he won’t fall asleep. Come on buddy, get your rest!

I’m also still  not confident in my breast feeding skills and have been pumping and feeding him the bottle…at least he’s still getting breastmilk right? I just love him so much and want to make sure he’s getting enough nutrition.

I can’t believe how fast the days goes with a baby. I don’t do a whole lot but I feel like every time I look at a clock another hour has gone by.

Over the weekend we took a road trip to Duluth, MN to visit Aunt Molly. We left Friday morning and arrived to beautiful snowfall. You know, the big fluffy flakes that make you feel like you’re in a snowglobe? The flakes that make you want to listen to Christmas Music, decorate, and bake cookies? Yeah, those flakes.

Once we unloaded the car (I feel like I need a moving van for all our stuff now) and fed the bear, my sister and I took a little trip to the craft store to find a Holiday project we could make. Here is a glimpse of the project we decided on.

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Turkey’s, Presents, and Trees…Oh my!

Dinner that night was at the Tavern on the Hill where I indulged in a lovely glass of wine and creepily stared at my baby. For dinner I went with the pork burrito bowl and we shared the fried pretzel sticks OMGSOGOOD.

Of course, we all had a craving for something sweet so we stopped at the grocery store for a Pumpkin Pie. Yum. My first pie of the fall.

Saturday morning arrived after about 4 hours of sleep and I decided I’d make a run to the Lake Superior Bakehouse. This might be my new favorite place in Duluth. They had a huge case of baked goods and I was only to pick 3…my what a feat. I went with a pecan caramel roll, scone, and cream cheese frosted cherry coffee cake. BEST CHOICES. I also got the best vanilla latte I’ve ever tasted. I kicked myself though for not thoroughly reading the menu and missing out on the lavender latte (they are my absolute fave). I was almost tempted to get a second latte but didn’t. I should have. Oh well. Next time.

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Effffff

Saturday was very relaxing as it was cold AF. Molly and I did a little putzing downtown and went to the Duluth Coffee Company where I got the best decaf mocha and she got the cutest little cappuccino drink. I just want all the warm beverages right now obviously.

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Yum ❤

Saturday finished with a little baking and The Greatest Showman. I’m so mad because I fell asleep about 10 minutes in. I wanted to see that movie so bad.

Sunday came too fast and we arose to more beautiful snow. After a fantastic breakfast at the Vanilla bean (GET the wild rice porridge)  it was on the road and back to the cities.

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Going to try to re-create this!

Every time I visit Duluth I always want to move there. It’s so fun and beautiful, outdoorsy, and relaxing. One of the best places to visit.

I always enjoy getting home after a weekend away though and catching up on laundry, working out, getting back on track with eating and meal prepping. After unpacking all our shit yesterday, I took a trip to the gym for a speedy workout (I haven’t been going during the week on account of I have a baby so it’s nice to go on weekends when Sam is around). Here’s a snap shot of what I did:

15 minute alternating EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute):

Minute 1: 13 Squat cleans

Minute 2: 15 Squat throws

* Every 5th Minute-complete 60 seconds of Slamball Step Ups*

Then…4 sets of 5 reps Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Superset with 4 sets of 10 reps American Swings (heavish)

Then…5 sets of 400 meter sprints on the treadmill

Cool Down with walking and stretching

I loved this workout and am def a little sore today. Give it a try!

Now, I’m hoping to make some gingerbread donuts today if my cranky baby allows.

Have a swell Monday and fantastic week. It’s almost Turkey Day, the best time of year.

XO

-Haley

 

Happy Halloween!

HELLO!

I think I got like 7 hours of sleep last night and feel like a gem. After feeding Harry the Zombie this AM I did a nice 20 minute workout then made one of my fave breakfasts.

Here’s a snap of my workout in case you’re looking for a fun at home option:

EMOM (Every Min on the Min) for 8 minutes: 8-10 Burpees (leave at least 20 sec of rest)

Then…Alternating EMOM for 12 minutes (hit each movement 4 times):

10 Alternating Snatches

15 situps (did these very slow)

20 Deadlifts

Cool down with stretching and coffee. You’re welcome.

Now, back to breakfast. You see, lately I feel like my sugar intake has sky-rocketed. I mean I’m not mad about it but I had been having sweet breakfasts (french toast, oatmeal with brown sugar) daily and then lots of snacks. I figured it was time for something savory. I popped 2 slices of bread in the toaster, made 2 fried eggs, and compiled some avocado toast with ham and a little bit of cheese because I love cheese (Ruthie always knows when I open the cheese up and politely asks for some…I can’t resist her). YUM. Hoping this keeps me full til at least 11 am 🙂

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Smashed Avocados

Also, I just finished my coffee so I’m guessing I’ll have to #2 v soon. HEHE.

Yesterday morning I had to cook for the first time since bringing Hare Bear home. Yes, I haven’t made a meal (besides cooking some spaghetti noodles) for 5 weeks. Sam and I have the best family/friends and people have been bringing us meals.

I clearly wanted something easy so I searched Pinterest for a crock pot chicken recipe and came across this!

Yes, it looks like barf in the crock but was so easy and cheap! My two faves when it comes to cooking. I probably spent $15 total on all the ingredients and it tastes amazing.

I served it up with a big ole salad because veggies and some mini Pillsbury croissants because they are so buttery and delicious and a girl needs a buttery treat once in a while. Highly recommend this dish if you’re trying to decide what to make this weekend. I could drink the liquid right out of the bowl (and might have).

So, it’s Halloween. I’m not the biggest Halloween fan (except I love the candy and pumpkins) and don’t usually dress up now that I’m almost 30. I did buy Harry the cutest Harry potter outfit but it’s gigantic on him so he will just wear his pumpkin onesie and pumpkin hat. Sam and I will hand out candy tonight and I’m hoping to watch some sort of Halloween movie (or maybe just Hallmark XMAS because we only get like 2 months to enjoy).

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My lil punkin

So, Happy Halloween friends. I hope you get lots of treats and few tricks!

The rest of this week is kind of busy. I’m getting my hairs did tomorrow and can’t wait. I think getting my hair colored is one of my fave things. Yay. Harry and I have a bunch of errands to run and then Ruthie and I will probably go for some walks/runs. So fun.

Have a great mid-week day and we shall catch up soon.

XO

-Hale, Harry, and Ruth

PS My pits are so sweaty. Help.

Progress Over Perfection

Good Morning. As I was about to fall asleep at 4 AM after Harry took a trip to the dairy queen last night (credit goes to my cousin Amber for calling it this LOL) I was thinking to myself how lucky Sam and I are to have a baby that eats and then falls right asleep at night. KISS OF DEATH. Of course, instantly I heard Harry making noise. Lets just say I’ve pretty much been up since 2:45 am…God Bless Coffee.

Good thing about being up in the wee hours of the morning? Silence, time to browse all the home goods stores online, time to plan the upcoming week, and time to think.

Sam and I are trying hard to decorate our house (we’ve lived here almost 4 years and nothing we own matches). I have zero design style. Sam redid our basement bathroom last fall/winter and I love it. It’s dark gray, has a heated floor, and is real cozy to me. But it still needs to be decorated. Think art, a mirror, and succulents. Friday, I went to Target to buy a storage organizer for towels and other bathroom necessities. I grabbed what I thought was a black cube organizer.

Once home and assembled, I realized it was dark brown. You’ve got to be kidding me. Sam pointed out right on the box it stated “espresso”. How was I supposed to know espresso meant brown? My design style SUCKS. I need serious help. I just want my house to look like Chip and Joanna Gaines decorated it. So, I’ve started searching Pinterest for ideas and we will see what we come up with…stay tuned for updates!

Anyway, my main point of this post is to talk about getting back in shape post baby and making progress over being perfect. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I love working out but how I also need to ease back into it after giving birth. It’s been almost 5 weeks since Harry arrived and I’m in that antsy mode to hit it hard. I’m trying to find the balance between being active and taking it one day at a time (word to your mother, don’t scroll the search page on Instagram if you don’t want to feel like a slug/compare yourself to the IG fitness models…sheesh).

You see, I love being active. I enjoy running, lifting weights, cardio, hiking, biking…everything. But having a child to watch, time is very limited for squeezing in sweat sessions. I either have to go at like 3 AM after a feeding (Hell to the no), go when Sam gets home from work (also hard because I’m usually V tired by then), do an at-home workout (OK option but I like the gym because it has barbells), or just tell myself I’ll try again tomorrow. This has happened multiple days and I’m actually A-OK with it.

So far I’ve found a pretty good balance. Harry, Ruthie, and I usually get in a nice walk every day. I do bicep curls with Harry (he’s a great 9 pound weight), and I’ve made it to the gym twice. I’ve also gone on some lovely little runs with Ruthie, and done a bundle of at-home workouts while Harry sleeps. I really feel like I gave myself enough time to recover from child birth and am super excited for a fresh start.

I’ve also learned that now I must make my workouts super efficient. I like adding little sprint sessions into my lifting sessions due to time constraints. Friday night I did a fun little workout at Anytime that looked like this:

5 rounds AFAP (as fast as possible):

6 Squat cleans

12 Box Jumps (I’m still doing step ups)

200 m sprint

Then: 5 sets

2 Thrusters + 2 Back Squats

It was a blast, I felt like I got a good sweat in about 30 minutes, and it was progress. Each day is a win in my books. Each day is a step in the right direction.

As for nutrition…I try to eat well but I feel like I’ve been eating way more desserts since Harry came along. I mean, I ate an entire 9×13 pan of pumpkin cake by myself in a week. I ate 8 chocolate chip cookies in 3 days. I’ve had a heaping bowl of cookies and cream ice cream the past 2 nights topped with Halloween candy. Not to mention the oatmeal monster cookie bars my mom made…I think I’ve had about 10 of those since Thursday. And the bowls of cereal at 2 AM. Holy monkies that’s a lot of treats. These snacks are just so easy to grab when I’m feeding Harry and suddenly find myself ravenous. Plus, I feel like all veggies make me and Harry gassy. So what else am I supposed to do!? 🙂 I’ll try to reel in the sugar this week…try.

I was looking through my pictures this morning (duh, I’ve been up for hours) and came across some photos from pre-pregnancy:

during pregnancy:

and post-pregnancy:

And you know what…I’m not mad about how things have changed. I still don’t get where all the skin goes from my big bump. Or if that line down my belly will ever go away. But it’s kind of neat. Also a reminder of how insane our bodies are and how they can bring new life into this world.

So here’s to setting goals for this week to eat a few more veggies (and still enjoy a cookie or 5), getting to the gym 2 times, taking each day at a time/focusing on progress over being perfect, and enjoying all the snuggles with Harry and Ruthie.

Have a lovely day and Go Pack!

PS please excuse my rambling post today…I’m hopped up on caffiene.

XO

-Hales

 

Sunday’s are for Chores and Shopping

Good morning! I’ve been up since 5:30 am feeding a hungry baby and now I’m wide awake and ready for a Sunday funday!

I’m also very excited because I just ordered these shoes and can’t wait to try them on. I don’t know about you but I’m very into online shopping…except when you have to make returns. I hate that.

Yesterday was a busy day in the wakefield household. You see, having a new baby means lots of laundry because lots of poop and pee and spit up. So, it was a very convenient time for our washer to break…NOT. Sam thinks it’s my fault because I shoved a huge comforter and pillow in there but I think it’s time was just up. So we took Harry to Home Depot yesterday and let him pick out the new washer. He did a good job and didn’t even pick the most expensive one…win! He also picked a dryer so we got that too…you know you’re grown up when you get excited about a new appliance.

Yesterday morning I also attended my first Alchemy class in what feels like a year (I think it’s been like 3 months?). It was hard and I realized my core is SO weak after having Harry (Had to do planks from my knees!). I took it easy, used lighter weights, and modified movements I wasn’t comfortable with. It was really nice to get in a group setting and get in a good sweat. But holy cow am I sore today…a good sore though.

This morning it is freaking freezing out so I decided to skip my Costco Pumpkin muffin and make a large bowl of oatmeal instead. I was feeling nice and spicy so I zipped that bowl up with some lovely flavors. It looked a little something like this:

1/2 cup of oats

Large sprinkle of tumeric

Large sprinkle of cinnamon (Vietnamese from Penzy’s…only cinnamon you should ever buy)

*I never measure my spices, I just dump them in*

Handful of crasins

I topped this with some homemade pumpkin butter and local real honey. YUM. I always forget how much I love oats until I eat them. Nice and warm, perfect for a chilly fall day.

Speaking of chili, I love chili so much but am trying not to eat it on account of beans and breastfeeding. So today I’m hoping to prep my other fave fall soup from PaleOMG. This soup is so easy to make and I buy the already chopped butternut squash. HIGHLY recommend. I’m also planning on making something in the slow cooker because I haven’t used that once this fall, some chocolate chip cookies, and overnight golden milk oats because now I’m on the oat train. Oh, and maybe some fun fetti donuts!

Sunday’s are normally for Football but not today. Since our washer isn’t going to arrive until Nov 6th, I’m using my parents washer to do laundry a couple times a week (I feel like a college student). So today we will be making the trek to Hudson for laundry, some Harry introductions to friends, and *hopefully* a nice walk at the State Park. Yahoo! Sounds like a fun filled Sunday if you ask me!

Now I gotta go #2 because I had coffee and oats and that’s a deadly combo…TMI but who cares I’m sure you’re about to poo too (pretty sure Harry’s pooping right now too).

Have a lovely Sunday my friends. Thanks for reading, I appreciate you all.

XO

-Hales (and a big #2)