A Healthy Slice of Life http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com Delicious recipes, healthy living tips, and fun food facts Wed, 06 May 2015 10:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 7 Facts from Yesterday http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/7-facts-from-yesterday/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/7-facts-from-yesterday/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 10:27:04 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26394 1. Until a couple weeks ago, it had been a couple YEARS since I’d been to the dentist. Did you just unfriend me? No worries, I’m full of excuses (pregnancy, babies, forgetfulness) but that’s the fact. Lucky for me, my diligent brushing and attempts at being diligent with flossing have paid off and my teeth are […]

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1. Until a couple weeks ago, it had been a couple YEARS since I’d been to the dentist. Did you just unfriend me? No worries, I’m full of excuses (pregnancy, babies, forgetfulness) but that’s the fact. Lucky for me, my diligent brushing and attempts at being diligent with flossing have paid off and my teeth are doing alright, minus the fact that I’m evidently a teeth grinder and a filling I had from a while back was coming loose. Yesterday I spent a glorious kid-free hour getting numbed up at the dentist to fix that up.

2. When half your mouth is numb, you don’t know whether you are chewing up your omelet or your cheek and it’s rather unappetizing.

toast breakfastI boxed it all up to bring home, disregarding the strange looks from my server. I couldn’t explain the situation for fear of drooling on the table as I spoke.

3. When undergoing a renovation, always add on another week and some extra $$$ to the estimate.

bathroom progress4. I always forget about sandwiches. I’m not sure why because not-so-news-flash, they are fantastic!

lunch sandwich5. I have a birthmark smack-dab on the middle of my forehead. I guess it’s not super noticeable to the average bear, but it’s there and acts as a gauge to my body temperature and/or my current emotional state. When I sweat or cry, it turns bright red. Exhibit one:

bootcampLuckily yesterday was the former. Daniel, our regular bootcamp fearless leader, had been gone and returned yesterday with a vengeance and a killer metabolic conditioning workout that included sprints, burpees, box jumps and more.

Birth mark says…. GREAT WORKOUT!

6. I originally had salmon planned for last night’s dinner, but had to make a grocery time decision switch because, Cinco de Mayo. Obvi.

cinco de mayo dinner7. I’m invited to a Mother’s Day Tea with Hailey today and I’m ridiculously excited. Like, cutting this post short so I can pick out what to wear excited. At what age do kids start making little gifts with sloppily painted hand prints on them? Soon? I hope so because I wouldn’t treasure anything more! …ok, ok so a massage would give that a good run for its money but… just kidding, kids.

Happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Hide Avocado in Your Kids’ Food http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/5-ways-to-hide-avocado-in-your-kids-food/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/5-ways-to-hide-avocado-in-your-kids-food/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:44:17 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26381 Feliz cinco de mayo! I know everyone has delicious Mexican food on the brain today, right? I can’t wait to whip up some chicken fajitas tonight and we all know what really makes a Mexican meal… the avocado! Sadly, not everyone agrees (cough, Kaitlyn, cough), so her’s will be a little more doctored up than […]

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Feliz cinco de mayo! I know everyone has delicious Mexican food on the brain today, right? I can’t wait to whip up some chicken fajitas tonight and we all know what really makes a Mexican meal… the avocado! Sadly, not everyone agrees (cough, Kaitlyn, cough), so her’s will be a little more doctored up than just plain ‘ol slices.

Um, Brittany, I thought you didn’t believe in hiding food from kids?

You’re right, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean I’m against adding in the good stuff where I can and telling them about it when I do. And I’m actually exaggerating my efforts to show Kaitlyn the avocado in her food in hopes of winning her over. Kaitlyn (11 months) is more particular about what she eats then Hailey ever was at this age. Since she is petite and her brain is growing so incredibly fast at this phase of life, I really am cognizant about getting her enough calories and healthy fats. Lucky for me, she’ll eat peanut butter by the spoonful (that’s my girl!), but sadly she has not taking a liking to my beloved avocado. She even teased me yesterday by crying for them as we walked past them…

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but as soon as I sliced them up at home, no dice.

Since avocados are by far my favorite healthy fat source, I’ve been getting more creative with adding it to her foods. I find she eats it this way just fine, so I continue to add it and let her watch me in hopes that she might eventually take more kindly to the incredible edible avocado.

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Mash it into refried beans. Slices don’t have a chance of making their way down the hatch, so I take ripe avocado and mix it into refried beans. Then I take that mixture, spread it onto a tortilla, melt some cheese on top and viola, nutrient-packed quesadilla! I slice these into strips or squares and she devours them.

Use them in smoothies. Like spinach, avocados are pretty easy to work into a smoothie to pump up the nutrition factor. Use 1/4-1/2 an avocado with a frozen banana and 1-1 1/4 cup of liquid of choice (we usually go with almond milk). You can doctor it up like you would any smoothie- frozen fruit, spinach, chia seeds, protein powder, etc. The avocado makes them creamy and luscious.

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Turn them into a dip. You can go the guacamole route (which funny enough, Kaitlyn will devour) or keep it simple with lime and cilantro, but you can also take it to the next level by pureeing it with a little olive oil, mustard and herbs. Brooke’s Creamy Cado Dip is a great option for kids and adults alike- after all, who doesn’t like dipping veggies in a tasty sauce? Also, you can always make a thick dip and spread it onto toast too.

Mix them with pasta. I just remembered that I used to do this with Hailey (here is a video of her eating avocado pasta at 14 months old) and now am bringing it back for Kaitlyn. You can just mash it with a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, or step it up and throw it in the blender or food processor with olive oil and herbs. Then just mix in the cooked pasta.

Turn them into popsicles. Similar to smoothies, mixing them with fruit and making them cold works magic. Since Kaitlyn also isn’t that crazy about bananas, so I love the idea of this avocado coconut version. I plan on making them soon, nixing some of the added sugar. Kaitlyn doesn’t need to know about sugar yet. I’m planning on full on sugar shock for her birthday cake smashing.

Are you an avocado fan? Here are a few of my favorite avocado recipes!

Avocado Feta Salsa – Perfect for grilling out with friends (it’s always the first dip gone!) or on top on chicken.

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Avocado Mango Salsa – I may never make fish tacos again without it!

avocado-mango-salsa-simple-640x963Are you an avocado lover too?

What’s your favorite way to eat them?

 

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Alternatively titled, Mom’s One Day Vacay.

When plans for this past weekend got mixed up last minute I was a little bummed. Still, I was beyond grateful that Mema packed up and headed up here quickly to take care of the girls while David worked so I could make the 4 hour trek to Atlanta for Laura’s wedding. Laura is amazing. She is the sister of one of my best friends that I’ve had since the sixth grade and I love that family so much. I felt honored to be included in the celebration.

I arrived and went straight to the bridal suite to see the bride getting dolled up while I chatted with best girlfriends from college. I was so excited to see everyone, but soon it was time to disperse and get dressed.

That’s when it hit me… I have a hotel room. To myself. With no responsibilities. I don’t think I can express how foreign it felt for me to take my time getting ready, flipping through cable and not having something to do or someone to tend to. It was INCREDIBLE.

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For those that asked on instagram, my dress is this Adrianna Papell, which comes in petite! High fives for my fellow shorties.

It was the most beautiful day for a wedding, about 75 and not a cloud in the sky.

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I wiped a tear per usual as I watched Laura walk down the aisle arm and arm with her dad. Listening to the ceremony on mine and David’s anniversary (albeit alone), was a great reminder of how grateful I am to have found him and I sent a mental kiss his way as I watched Laura and Wilson say their vows.

Then, it was onto the party!

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All the details were in place at the Atlanta Country Club. From the patio bars to wedding cake; all was picturesque.

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2015-05-02 18.35.08It was a really fabulous evening. Drinking wine, hanging out with my friends and eating several small plates of food and red velvet cake was incredibly enjoyable.

wedding- foodAnd the band? They were ON POINT and we danced our booties off all evening.

If you need a wedding band, I highly recommend Loose Chain. I fully blame them for this picture:

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…not the pinot grigio.

The duck face is not my best look, but man oh man was it fun.

I didn’t bring my nice camera, so I couldn’t snap a picture that did the bride justice- absolutely stunning!

And after the festivities I returned to my clean, quiet hotel room so a blissful night’s sleep. I slept all the way until… 6:30. #momproblems

And even though I enjoyed every second of my four hour drive home filled with talk radio and not a single preschooler song, I was more than excited to see my girls run to me as I pulled in the driveway.

Who knew a one day vacay could be so incredibly refreshing!!

What is your favorite part of weddings?

I love seeing the first song choice. Laura and Wilson’s was the beautifully classic Stand by Me. Fun fact, mine and David’s was Everything by Michael Buble!

 

 

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Things I’m Loving Lately http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/things-im-loving-lately-3/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/things-im-loving-lately-3/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 11:41:23 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26348 Happy Friday! I’m a little bummed that our Friday night camping plans were thwarted by David’s unpredictable work schedule, but that’s the way life goes. However, I am excited that I’ll still be heading down to the ATL on Saturday for a friend’s wedding! It will be nice to catch up with my college girl […]

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Happy Friday! I’m a little bummed that our Friday night camping plans were thwarted by David’s unpredictable work schedule, but that’s the way life goes. However, I am excited that I’ll still be heading down to the ATL on Saturday for a friend’s wedding! It will be nice to catch up with my college girl friends and celebrate mine and David’s 6th anniversary in a hotel room by myself- haha. We’ll celebrate year 7 babe! And while I have a long intro going, I’m going to shout out a super HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dad who celebrates another fabulous year on Sunday!

This coming weekend perfectly sums up the May I have ahead of me… crazy and busy! I can’t wait.

But first, I’m really digging some fun things lately…

Whole Foods Bulk Salts – these jars of goodness have been hiding in plain site and I just discovered them after a friend pointed them out. There are multiple salt and spice blends and they are incredible for adding some oomph to basic dishes. This smoky fireside blends fired up the sauteed veggies I used for our fajitas

whole foods bulk saltsand this combo is incredible for roasting veggies.

aegean salt- whole foodsYou only need a sprinkle to really up the ante up on flavor.

This girl. (and my other sweet girl, but I don’t have a picture of her at the moment!)

kaitlyn 11 months…but you knew that already after my doting yesterday.

Now that she’s walking, I could justify buying her sandals and found THESE adorable ones from OshKosh at Target!

baby sandals Osh GoshNow she doesn’t really know how to walk in them well yet, so I’m holding off before I also go crazy and buy these and these.

Green Juices. I loved the Lumi juices I got to try, but haven’t been able to find them near me yet. Still, I find myself grabbing a new drink to try fairly often, the greener/less sweet the better because I have a thing for self punishment. I’m only kind of kidding, but I try to stay away from the high sugar of the more fruits variety. Recently I tried Temple Turmeric.

tumeric beverageIt drew me in since turmeric is fabulous for the brain and has anti-inflammation properties as well. If you are a green drink lover, I recommend trying this one! It is not sweet, but I really loved it.

Spring Sandals. Not to be outdone by my girls, I splurged on some new shoes for me too.

michael kors wedgesForgive the blurriness, as I am not accustomed to taking shoe selfies, but I really love these Wedges from Michael Kors that I snagged from Nordstrom (free online shipping and returns!). They bring back a little bit of pre-kids me when I used to try to dress cute and loved my heels. Wedges make it easier to walk, which I guess is important, and I plan on wearing these with everything from jeans to shorts to dresses. (Does that justify my purchase, David?)

Ultimate Plank Fitness.

My friend, and fellow blogger, Jen recently released her incredible book, Ultimate Plank Fitness!

ultimate plank fitness by JenAt first I wondered how there could be a whole book on planks, but now I see how much I didn’t know and I love it! So many of the variations and moves highlighted in the book are used in my bootcamp workouts and are seriously great strength moves. I love how Jen breaks down the movements to ensure proper form, because if you aren’t doing it right, it kind of defeats the purpose of the exercise.

ultimate plank fitnessShe is also hosting a month-long ultimate plank challenge that starts today so check it out!

That about sums it up for today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and just in case you are part of the 1% that hasn’t seen this gem yet,

may…still makes me giggle 😉 Have a great weekend!

What are you loving lately?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kaitlyn at 11 Months http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/kaitlyn-at-11-months/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/kaitlyn-at-11-months/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:44:13 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26333 These 11 months have zipped by and it’s been incredible seeing Kaitlyn’s personality continue to emerge. She is a spunky, happy and busy little girl and I love that she keeps me on my toes. I love my little peanut so much! EAT Kaitlyn eats 3 meals a day and snacks whenever I am eating […]

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These 11 months have zipped by and it’s been incredible seeing Kaitlyn’s personality continue to emerge. She is a spunky, happy and busy little girl and I love that she keeps me on my toes. I love my little peanut so much!

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Kaitlyn eats 3 meals a day and snacks whenever I am eating something. She truly does eat more/more variety if she eats with me. She seems to be particular about her food choices, yet will snag a spinach leaf out of my salad. Monkey see, monkey do. Some of her favorite foods include: roasted sweet potatoes, frozen peas, yogurt, any fruit, my homemade spaghetti, oatmeal, green monster smoothies, hummus and asparagus. She doesn’t seem to be too fond of: bananas, beans, cheese, zucchini, shredded meats.

k eatingI’m still nursing her 4ish times a day. It’s pretty much on demand which ends up being morning (7ish), 11ish, 3ish and at bedtime (7ish). I notice we have plenty of flexibility though, as she isn’t as dependent on it. I don’t have any plans to stop soon, but may drop to 3 sessions, just because she seems to be heading in that direction.

SLEEP

My favorite thing about sleep now? She must have ‘bunny.’

2015-04-17 13.53.06I love that she loves her bunny so much. When I pull it out of the crib she literally bounces up and down with joy. Adorable!

Nighttime sleep has finally reached a rather solid place. She goes down at 7pm and will sleep usually until 7/7:15am. Occasionally she will lean closer to 6:45, but it’s doable overall. Her naps, though, are anyone’s guess. If we are at home all day, she might take two- a morning (9:30/10- 11) and afternoon (2:00-3:30), but there certainly are days that she just takes one (11:30ish-1ish). She seems to do OK both ways.

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There is so much to share on this front! Around 10.5 months, she started taking steps. She’d pull herself up, turn to me and get one or two in before crashing. It progressed quickly to about 8-10 steps at a time and now, as of about 3 days ago, she is what I’d call full on walking!

2015-04-21 16.10.33We’re pretty excited. (that face- HA!)

She knows what she wants and asks for it now with an insistent finger point and ‘DIS!!!!”

She is busy. Oh, I’ve mentioned that? But seriously, the girl is never still. Never. Thank goodness for swings because it’s the only moment of stillness I can find outside of naps.

swinging kThough I pick, I love her being so busy. She flies up stairs and can get down them on her own too. I love watching her approach them, then turn around and scoot backwards towards them.

I know this is such a mom thing to say, but she’s so smart. She just gets things and I find myself amazed at little things throughout the day. For example, she pulled the chair out of Hailey’s doll house and set it up on the floor, then proceeded to turn around and try to sit in it. She didn’t fit (obviously), so she grabbed the couch and tried the same thing.

Also, she walked over to the play kitchen sink and started wringing her hands under the faucet, as if washing them until I interrupted her with a WAIT LET ME GET MY CAMERA.

2015-04-16 08.04.59You didn’t think you’d get through a monthly update without plenty of doting no-one-cares-but-mom stories did you?

She knows who she is and she calls me Mama. (mmmmah-mahhh). She says dada (though she says this towards a lot of things). Her favorite word is “dis?” and “DIS!!!” (this). Her wave is adorable, as she basically just opens and closes her hand as it faces her, but she will occasionally say buhhh-bayyy (bye-bye) while she waves. She also loves shrieking- just plain, loud squealing. SO that’s fun.

2015-04-13 15.04.42She gets really excited whenever I pick her up from gym childcare and smiles so big and bounces up and down. It’s my favorite!

spunky kOk, ok, you’ve been kind to indulge this mommy love fest, so I’ll wrap it up…

She’s a peanut, though I don’t know her exact measurements I’d guess she’s about 17 pounds. She’s in size 3 diapers and 9-12 month clothing. She’s spunky, yet incredibly loving and will come over just to cuddle quite often. I just can’t get enough- I love her so much!

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For fun:

Hailey at 11 Months Old

All Baby Updates

Thanks for indulging me. I just can’t believe she will be ONE next month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Good Old Fashioned WIAW http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/a-good-old-fashioned-wiaw/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/a-good-old-fashioned-wiaw/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:01:25 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26319 After unloading all those heavier thoughts out of my mind yesterday and reading all your awesome comments, I’m ready for something a little lighter today, so…. FOOD?! It’s been a while since I’ve done a straight up WIAW post and actually enjoyed snapping some food pictures yesterday… I started the morning by splitting a smoothie with […]

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After unloading all those heavier thoughts out of my mind yesterday and reading all your awesome comments, I’m ready for something a little lighter today, so…. FOOD?!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a straight up WIAW post and actually enjoyed snapping some food pictures yesterday…

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I started the morning by splitting a smoothie with Hailey. I always have to wait until the girls are up because the Blendtec sounds like a rocket and Hailey insists on pushing the button. Since the workers (for our bathroom project) arrived early, the house was already loud and full of chaos when my sitter arrived and I felt a little bad taking off for the peace and quiet of Sun Up Cafe.

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Ok, not that bad.

I had a western omelet and fruit before I met up with Julie for a pedicure date. I had the best time just chatting it up and made a mental note that I need more friend dates on the regular.

I grabbed the girls and headed out for a few errands, including snagging an unsweet tea to wash down my favorite Larabar.

lara barWe were back home by 1ish and I patted myself on the back for Sunday’s food prep because…

salad in a jarI can’t tell you how happy jar salads made me.

I downed one and attempted nap time for the girls, which never really happened. I guess plumbing work, music and barking dogs make it hard to sleep, but on the upside, our Moen parts showed up!!!

moen bathI whine about the chaos, but really our contractor is keeping things moving along at a brisk pace, which I really appreciate.

I found myself hungry again around 3:30 and snagged another jar salad. They’re just so tempting sitting there in the fridge like that, all prepped and ready to go.

salad timeMixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, quinoa, cashews, feta and balsamic dressing.

Shared with this little busy body.

baby acrobatI knocked out a bootcamp class in the afternoon and got talked into doing hill sprints afterwards by a friend that I’m not sure I should thank or curse at… I kid, I kid.

Back home I packed Hailey’s lunch as she snagged bites out of it along the way. Typical.

preschool lunchOnce the girls were down, David and I dug into the BBQ pork that had made the house smell heavenly all day.

dill pickle krautPaired with dill pickle sauerkraut that I just can’t seem to get enough of.

And that about wraps it up!

For my own curiosity and future reference, what is your favorite ‘set it and forget it/cook all day’ crockpot recipe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Habits http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/focus-on-routine-not-results/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/focus-on-routine-not-results/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:05:54 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26300 I really admire runners. It blows my mind when someone can run a mile faster than 8 minutes. I gawk when I see people be able to bust out mile after mile and hit double digits. I sometimes find myself thinking, wow, how lucky they are to be such a naturally talented runner! …and then […]

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I really admire runners. It blows my mind when someone can run a mile faster than 8 minutes. I gawk when I see people be able to bust out mile after mile and hit double digits. I sometimes find myself thinking, wow, how lucky they are to be such a naturally talented runner!

…and then I stop myself.

Lucky.

I’m sure if I sat down to lunch with a marathoner and described them as lucky, they might laugh at best or at worst, be offended. I’m sure if I took a closer look that I’d see their dedication to running in the rain, after dark, in the cold and on Saturday mornings. Maybe I’d be enlightened after learning about the injuries they’ve nursed and overcome, the coach they’ve met with or the commitment to proper fueling they’ve had to focus on. Maybe after seeing how much work they’ve put into that ‘natural’ talent, I wouldn’t be so quick to label them as lucky.

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Do you ever find that to be true? It’s so easy to look at someone’s result and forget to consider the work that went into it. By labeling them lucky, I not only undermine their efforts, but I set myself up to never be able to accomplish the same things. After all, if they are a ‘natural’ runner and I am not, then I’ll never even have a shot at running a half marathon, right?

But that’s not true. I know if I took the time, focus and energy, that I could be a runner too. What really separates the runner and me is their routine, their habits. Running is grooved deeply into their day to day.

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I’m using running as a big ‘ol analogy for any goal of course. To be a runner. To weigh 20 pounds less. To have X amount in savings. To get promoted. To start that business. To go on that vacation. To live in that neighborhood. Sometimes we get so focused on the goal, the outcome, the result of what we want that we bypass focusing on the steps to get us there and simply throw the label ‘lucky’ on those that have accomplished it. There is so much strength in consistency and we can use that to help accomplish our goals, whether physical, emotional or financial.

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As a mom, my day can be rather monotonous. Actually, it can be incredibly monotonous. It really helps me when I can look at our daily routine on a deeper level with a stronger purpose. Meal plan, food prep, nature walk, work out, kiss boo boos, sing songs, discipline, read books, bath and the same bedtime routine… but you know what? Practice makes permanence. If we, as a family, are practicing the same things everyday (patience, kindness, healthy eating, exercising, mental challenge, creative expression) then these are the things that will be deep-seated in our kids are they grow.

eleanor-roosevelt-choices-quotesThis is a philosophy that David and I discuss on the regular, especially when we feel a little beat down by our routines. Sometimes the day to day steps of showing up, putting in the effort, doing our best can feel a bit like a turtle stampeding through mud. It’s tempting to throw our hands up and say screw it! But we encourage each other to stay the course, remembering that each small step is working towards yielding a greater result.

Successful-people-areThese are the small thoughts that I repeat in my head to help keep me motivated and inspired day to day. David and I have big dreams and goals set up for 5, 10, 15, 30 years down the road. I know that we are laying the foundation for those goals now through our everyday choices. Though the motions may feel monotonous today, having the discipline to stick with them and turn them into habits will certainly serve us well in the future… at least that is what I keep telling myself!

How have your daily habits helped or hindered your success of your goals?


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I know this is a world away from mango salsa, so thanks for bearing with me as I sometimes gets all introspective 😉 If this is a topic that interests you, and you’d like to hear someone speak more eloquently about it than my jibber jabber, I highly suggest checking out the book The Power of Habit or the Elevation series The Power of Same. Not sponsored, just some sources that have given me some great food for thought lately.

 

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Avocado Mango Salsa http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/avocado-mango-salsa/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/avocado-mango-salsa/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:20:13 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26286 We had a special weekend over here, as Kaitlyn was dedicated on Saturday. We were thrilled that Mema (David’s mom) came up for the occasion, despite our house being in a construction zone state. It was a beautiful ceremony and Kaitlyn actually tolerated the fancy dress pretty well. After all, it had pearls to chew […]

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We had a special weekend over here, as Kaitlyn was dedicated on Saturday.

k's dedicationWe were thrilled that Mema (David’s mom) came up for the occasion, despite our house being in a construction zone state. It was a beautiful ceremony and Kaitlyn actually tolerated the fancy dress pretty well. After all, it had pearls to chew on.

k's dedication 3It was so sweet to see her in the same gown that Hailey wore a few years ago and we all enjoyed the morning and catching up with friends.

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Outside of that, things were rather low key. After being coerced into Mexican food Friday night (reallllllly had to twist my arm for that!), I got back into the cooking groove after being out of it for quite a few days.

avocado mango salsa ingredientsDavid wanted to sous vide some chicken, so I prepped an easy avocado mango salsa to top it.


This avocado and mango salsa from @ahealthyslice looks great for summertime- simple and fresh!
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avocado mango salsa- simple

Avocado Mango Salsa
 
Serves: 2 cups
Prep time:
Total time:
 
Ingredients
  • 3 small-medium mangoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • juice of one large lime (about 1 Tbsp)
  • ½ a small red onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently and serve immediately.

The salsa was great, as was the juicy chicken! The girls ate it up too, which is nice since Kaitlyn seems to be a bit finicky about avocado in general. How is she my child?!

avocado mango salsa on chicken

The rest of the weekend was rather low key, full of the regular chores and the added bonus of trying to get Minnie Mouse chapstick out of the screen.

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Never a dull moment!

What was a highlight from your weekend??

 

 

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Feeling High on Health http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/feeling-high-on-health/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/feeling-high-on-health/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:27:07 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26271 I arrived home last night to chaos. Ok, I exaggerate, but only slightly. David actually picked up as much as he could so I didn’t have a heart attack, but still, the house is covered with a thin layer of dust, brown paper is rolled all over the floors and, oh yeah, our bathrooms are […]

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I arrived home last night to chaos.

master bath demo

Ok, I exaggerate, but only slightly. David actually picked up as much as he could so I didn’t have a heart attack, but still, the house is covered with a thin layer of dust, brown paper is rolled all over the floors and, oh yeah, our bathrooms are totally ripped apart (which I actually know is a good thing, but my poor little neat freak heart is taking it hard). Did I mention we are redoing our powder room too? At least we still have the sink for now.

powder room demo

David and I have temporarily moved into the guest room, which means things are scattered between rooms and all over the halls.

chaosSo though I am fully aware that it is a #firstworldproblem, it is indeed a little chaotic.

Still I felt pumped up to get my health on. I guess I’m sensing summer creeping closer and though I’m not a BIKINI SEASON BOOTCAMP kind of gal, I do feel an urge to clean things up a bit (thanks Mom for the spoonfuls -plural- of cookie dough and dad, for the midweek martini!).

burn boot camp

I hit up Burn Bootcamp this morning for metabolic conditioning. There were 10 stations and the goal was to get 100 reps at each in under 3 minutes. I managed to hit that goal in 8/10 stations which I felt pretty good about, but I’ll be darned if half burpees didn’t almost do me in. I really missed this special form of torture of the past few days while I was away.

High on endorphins, Kaitlyn and I hit up Whole Foods.

whole foods list

I didn’t have time to rewrite my grocery list neatly or even spell andouille correctly but my chicken scratch worked well enough to pull together the necessary items for this week’s meals, which are:

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Roasted Broccoli

Grilled Mahi Tacos with Roasted Asparagus

Steak Fajitas

Homemade Spaghetti over Spaghetti Squash

Pulled Pork BBQ on Sweet Potato Buns

Sausage and Veggie Bake

Buffalo Chicken Salads

whole foods cartI ran into my friend Courtney while I was there, which reminded me to also pick up some of this sauerkraut that she introduced me to.

farmhouse culture dill pickle kraut

Oh my goodness y’all, it’s SO good!! It’s smelly, yes, but absolutely delicious. I ate it with a leftover chicken sausage for lunch.

I also got to try some Lenny Boy Brewing Beet Kombucha, which considering my disdain for beets, I was surprised at how much I liked it!

lenny boy kombuchaAfter picking Hailey up, I unloaded, threw lunch at the girls and now everyone is napping. Well, not really, Hailey is jumping around her bedroom, which means I better go shower before I lose my window of opportunity. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Have you tried any new healthy foods lately that you love?

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Mid-Week Vacay http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/mid-week-vacay/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/mid-week-vacay/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:10:26 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26262 It’s been a while since I can honestly say I lost track of what day it was, but I was able to do just that this week down at my parent’s place. It’s been pretty sweet to just focus on kids and food with Nana’s helping hands. (Are they called helping hands if she ends up […]

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It’s been a while since I can honestly say I lost track of what day it was, but I was able to do just that this week down at my parent’s place. It’s been pretty sweet to just focus on kids and food with Nana’s helping hands. (Are they called helping hands if she ends up doing most the work?… Nanas are special people…)

DSC04084By the way, I’ve been wooed by the French press, as delicious fresh coffee helps with early mornings and busy girls.

DSC04125We’re hitting a really fun age where Hailey and her cousin, Kyla, really play amazingly together. We’ve filled the days with parks, picnics

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and plenty of princess play.

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We’ve flat worn ourselves out…

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but lucky for us, Nana has been there to revive us with cookie dough.

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We’ve gone on golf cart rides and nature walks and eaten some delicious food.

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DSC04152It feels nice to get away and catch up with family.

DSC0414794 year age span in the above picture. How amazing is that?!

Last night I enjoyed one of dad’s special martinis and stayed up late chatting with mom and dad. I don’t get to do that often enough!

DSC04151It’s really felt like a mini vacation, well as much as one can vacation with three kids thee and under, but I’m soaking it up before heading back to the dust-covered chaos David tells me the house is right now with one way-off-schedule baby. Eeks!

Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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