A Healthy Slice of Life http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com Delicious recipes, healthy living tips, and fun food facts Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:16:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 My Current Favorite 20 Minute Workout http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/current-favorite-20-minute-workout/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/current-favorite-20-minute-workout/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:46:21 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24226 Happy Halloween!! What are you making for breakfast?? These amazing pancakes?? Healthy Whole Wheat Flax Pancakes Yeah, me neither. I had full intentions to do something cute (trying to rival the cutesy Halloween snacks I made last year), but the holiday really snuck up on me this year and I didn’t buy a squeeze bottle. […]

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Happy Halloween!! What are you making for breakfast?? These amazing pancakes??

Spider Web Pancakes | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Healthy Whole Wheat Flax Pancakes

Yeah, me neither.

I had full intentions to do something cute (trying to rival the cutesy Halloween snacks I made last year), but the holiday really snuck up on me this year and I didn’t buy a squeeze bottle. C’est la vie.

In fact, I’m just hoping I have everything we need for our costumes tonight (homemade for the win!), but at the end of the day, Hailey is 3 and wants to be a pink kitty cat so the fact I have ears for her to put on is more than enough. After all, she was over the moon with just this.

pink cat

It’s been a busy week around here, coupled with the fact I woke up at 2am the other night with the throbbing pain of a clogged duct and was up for a nice chunk of time pumping and hot compressing. That was fun. But that’s life, right? I’ll bet there is at least one thing going on in your life throwing off your routine right now, right? (Please say yes). Since that’s just how life seems to be lately, I’ve found a new workout that fits the chaos.

simple effective workout

It’s awesome because you can pretty much do it anywhere- at the gym with a track or treadmill, in your front yard, in a field.

I can’t take credit for it of course; I found it on Jen’s blog, which is always my go-to for workout inspiration. I used this one (that she has a great instructional video for).

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Since I first tried this one a couple weeks ago, I’ve tweaked it every time and it keeps me entertained.

At the gym, I’ve done tricep dips, step ups, crunches with a half mile run in between each set.

At home, I’ve done push ups, lunges and side planks then ran up and down my street in between each set. (Stroller friendly!)

Realistically I’m only doing it about twice a week right now, but it serves it’s purpose and offers me a nice strength/cardio blend that feels like a solid workout in only about 20 minutes. Right now I’m all about efficiency because it’s either that or nothing at all.

20 minute workout

These workouts, the short yoga youtube videos with David and double stroller walks are my intentional exercises of the moment. I hope to build back up intensity and duration, but that will come with time. But not today. Today is about spooky fun, costumes and trick-or-treating! Happy Halloween!

What workout are you loving lately?

Any great Halloween costumes out there?

What are your Halloween plans?

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My Sponsored Post Pledge to You http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/my-sponsored-post-pledge-to-you/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/my-sponsored-post-pledge-to-you/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:36:50 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24215 Sponsored posts. It’s enough to make you roll your eyes and click the ‘x’ button, right? I get it. I am a blog reader too. However, I have the advantage of seeing the other side of the coin as well. I’ve done a lot of thinking about the subject of sponsored posts and want to […]

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Sponsored posts. It’s enough to make you roll your eyes and click the ‘x’ button, right? I get it. I am a blog reader too. However, I have the advantage of seeing the other side of the coin as well.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about the subject of sponsored posts and want to do away with the secrecy, shame and uncomfortable silence that goes along with them. I figured the best way to do that is to talk to you guys about them.

First, for those that don’t care that much about blogging and just swing by to check out what is going on- hi! And you probably won’t care much about this post. For those that read a lot of blogs and understandably get annoyed seeing every other post sponsored by XYZ, this is for you.

my pledge to you about sponsored posts

First, a sponsored post (by my own definition) is a post I am commissioned to write for a brand or product. Usually it’s very open ended in terms of what I’d like to do with it and I am NEVER compensated to give a specific (positive) opinion. Wonder why the products I talk about all seem to be pretty great? Because if I try a product for a sponsored post and don’t like it, I contact the rep and tell them I did not have a positive experience. I give them the choice for me to post honestly about it or to cancel the contract. Obviously they usually go with the latter. If I do like a product but maybe have a few small issues with it, I will post those in my review. I do my best to be completely candid.

Bloggers each decide for themselves how many sponsored posts to do,  which ones to take and how to present them. Why are so many bloggers doing them? Because honestly it’s the only way to make money with blogging. OK, not the only way, but from my limited knowledge, it’s one of the main forms of income. Now I’m not going to get all preachy about how I DESERVE TO MAKE MONEY BECAUSE I PUT TIME AND EFFORT INTO THIS BLOG. I certainly do do that, a lot of time and effort, but I also get so much out of it personally and love the community we’ve built here (that means you guys). However, blogging does cost money. Between domain registration, hosting, tech help (I’m so bad at that stuff), equipment, blog design, etc, it can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars a year to run a blog.

So, it’s nice to make some money to support my hobby and if the income outweighs the expenses, I’m great with that too! Still, I believe there is some integrity to maintain in doing so. And in that vein, I’ve put together a list of promises to you about what you can expect from sponsored content around here.

1. Sponsored posts will be limited. I usually try to keep sponsored content to 2 posts a month max. That’s less than 10% of my blog writing. To do that, I’m REALLY picky about what I agree to. I get a lot of pitches each week in my inbox and say no to 99% of them.

2. All sponsored posts will be about products I am genuinely excited about using and fit my lifestyle organically. Sometimes I wonder how some pitches find their way to me. People want me to write about marathon training (um… the furthest I’ve ever ran is a 10k) and cookie diets (I’m not that big on cookies and write almost everyday about how crazy diets aren’t for me)? Have they read my blog? But health foods, fun drinks, fitness apparel and gadgets, baby/kid items, travel opportunities, household helpers, fashion help, anything family related— YES. Let me check ‘em out!

3. I will be transparent when a post is sponsored. I promise I’m not trying to pull a fast one on anybody. I won’t be sneaky. I’ll tell you if I was sent a product to try, I’ll post clearly if a post is sponsored and I’ll answer questions you have honestly. I will stick to this to the absolute best of my ability and if you ever wonder if something is sponsored or an affiliate link, ask! I’m happy to be clear about it all.

4. I’m always trying to get something for you guys too. In all my sponsored content I inquire about a giveaway. After all, if I like the product, I want you to be able to try it too!

However, there is something I’d like to ask of you in return.

Please give the sponsored post a chance. I try really hard to make it something useful or entertaining for you and like I mentioned above, I only work with brands that I’ve researched, talked to and like. If you like the product, say so! If you have a question about it, ask it! Feel free to engage. When I do post a sponsored post, I’m not trying to take a day off of blogging and put a billboard in your face, I promise.

And at the end of the day, if you just plain hate sponsored content, that’s OK too. But please keep in mind that I’m not getting rich off of them (though I’d be lying if I said I’d mind that). Again, I genuinely like the products/brands/people I work with and they do help support this little internet space of mine. So by reading the post, clicking over to see the product’s site or leaving a comment with feedback, you are supporting me and I can’t tell you how grateful I am of that from the bottom of my heart.

At the end of the day, I hope this post was presented in a good light, as it certainly was my intent. My goal is to be transparent with you about some of the behind-the-scenes action. If you ever have a question about how I’m doing things, ask me. I am an open book!

To sum it up, I respect you guys and consider you friends (whether you find that creepy or not is up to you…) so I promise to treat you as such.

Now as my heart pounds as I push publish…

As a blog reader, what do you think of sponsored content?

If you have a blog yourself, how do you handle sponsored posts?

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What Schedule? http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/day-in-life-5-months-and-3-years/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/day-in-life-5-months-and-3-years/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:44:34 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24209 I can’t even use the word schedule right now. If someone were to take over for the day, I’d have a heck on a time explaining to them what needed to be done and when. …yes, Kaitlyn needs to eat… every so often? …and she needs to go down…when she seems tired? …Hailey wakes up […]

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I can’t even use the word schedule right now. If someone were to take over for the day, I’d have a heck on a time explaining to them what needed to be done and when.

…yes, Kaitlyn needs to eat… every so often?

…and she needs to go down…when she seems tired?

…Hailey wakes up from her nap… at some point?

Seriously. We are flying by the seat of our pants over here. Overall, it’s working out OK I guess, but I’d be lying if I said my crazy inner scheduler wasn’t going a little crazy. I was texting with my friend yesterday about it and how I needed to totally reset then she brought up some great points… Halloween and Day Light Savings. Why bother?

Agreed.

So we shall continue flying footloose and fancy free until next week when maybe I’ll try to implement a little more structure to our days. For now, here is what footloose and fancy free looks like for us…

breakfast

The day really started way before breakfast, around 5:30am. I heard Kaitlyn, but by the time I got to her room, she was quiet again. So I started my blog post until I heard her really get up. 6:15ish? I fed her and she seemed so tired, so I put her back down, finished up the blog and got Hailey up at 8:00. Kaitlyn still hadn’t woken back up so Hailey and I took our time with breakfast and playing around.

kitchen play

I washed sheets and got myself dressed. Look, real clothes!

outfit of the day

Well, kind of. Those are maternity jeans. The comfort just really can’t be beat.

Kaitlyn finally woke up around 9:15 and by the time everyone was fed and dressed, we were in the car around 10:15 heading to Barnes and Noble. Hailey played with some toys before begging to read books.

barnes and noble chaos

We made it through a couple, but now that Kaitlyn crawls, she is unsatisfied staying in one place and I just couldn’t stomach her crawling all over the carpet of the book store, so we packed it up and headed back home for lunch.

lunch

Thanks to some Sunday food prep, my salsa chicken salad came together quickly, which was helpful as I tried to make Hailey’s lunch and feed Kaitlyn who had just woken up from a car nap- blast. Thanks Minnie Mouse Christmas Special for helping me out during all of that.

dinner prep

Hailey was in bed for nap (not to be confused with actually napping) around 1:30. Since Kaitlyn scored some zzz’s in the car, she wasn’t tired yet, so I marinated steaks and sliced sweet potatoes for dinner while she hung out. We also rolled around on the floor and took a ton of selfies until she finally seemed tired and the girls’ naps overlapped for 45 glorious minutes, in which I contemplated a nap but sucked it up, grabbed a piece of chocolate and spent some time with my email inbox and working on a project I have going instead.

dove

Once Kaitlyn was back up and fed, I snagged a snack and we waited for Hailey to get up.

snack

It was a warm, gorgeous fall day, so we loaded up and walked to a local playground.

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I’m grateful that for being a busy bee, Kaitlyn seems to like stroller rides now. She loves that Hailey sits right next to her, too.

kaitlyn 5 months 2

Have I mentioned I think she’s teething?

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We hung out at the playground for quite a while and I played with my camera a lot. I’m trying to learn how to take real pictures. I still have a lot to learn.

hailey 3 years

Koda got to run around too and show off her svelte figure. I’m not sure I ever updated you guys, but Koda lost about 10 pounds through the green bean diet and exercise.

vizsla 7 years

Once we got back home, it was a blue of dinner for Hailey, bottle practice for Kaitlyn, baths and finally the girls were in bed by 7:15. Then David and I pulled out the yoga mat and did our new routine of 15 minutes of yoga.

evening yoga and wine

Can you call it a routine if we’ve only done it 3 times? And yes, there was wine. And I’m sorry I just showed you David’s feet.

How about this instead?

dinner

Steak with sautéed shallots and horseradish sauce, roasted sweet potato rounds and kale Caesar salad. At about 8:30.

Then, as usual, bed by 9:45. One day I’ll be able to make it to 10 again, right?

What time do you get up/go to bed?

Are you a schedule lover or do you prefer to go with the flow?

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

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Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/pumpkin-spice-cinnamon-rolls/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/pumpkin-spice-cinnamon-rolls/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:53:15 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24175 Somewhere along my healthy eating journey I heard a concept that stuck in my head. I’m not sure who said it, Michael Pollan? Mark Bittman? but the message was this: eat all the junk food you want, as long as you make it yourself. Sounds kind of odd, right? A health advocate condoning eating whatever […]

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Somewhere along my healthy eating journey I heard a concept that stuck in my head. I’m not sure who said it, Michael Pollan? Mark Bittman? but the message was this: eat all the junk food you want, as long as you make it yourself.

Sounds kind of odd, right? A health advocate condoning eating whatever junk you want? However, over time, it really started making so much sense to me. A majority of people talk about how difficult/time-consuming it is to eat healthy. However, if you apply this principle, then really, it takes a lot more time and effort to eat unhealthy.

Go ahead- think of your favorite guilty pleasure food- Oreos? French fries? Ice cream? For me, it’s potato chips and onion dip.

Now think about if you had to make it yourself in order to enjoy it. My particular scenario would mean thinly slicing potatoes, frying them in oil, salting them and letting them drain and cool. Then I’d have to slice and caramelize onions, add herbs and whip it all together.

And still, once I went through the effort, the final product would still be healthier than the store-bought variety because chances are I wouldn’t have monosodium glutamate or Yellow 5 in my pantry to add to it, which is in most popular store-bought onion dips.

Now I realize this method isn’t realistic, nor is it practical for everyday modern living, but it’s worth considering for some perspective.

And in that same vein, let’s chat cinnamon rolls!

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These are real cinnamon rolls, made with butter, sugar and flour. Only a few short years back, I tried to healthify every recipe I made and while I do believe many recipes can and should be made healthier, for occasional recipes, I just want to make the original, for several reasons.

pumpkin cinnamon rolls 3

One of those reasons being that while I love that Hailey identifies and eats edamame and quinoa with ease, I don’t want to make less nutritionally-dense real foods taboo.

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Like I’ve mentioned before, those foods just don’t show up as often. However, when they do, we enjoy them! I want her to know the joy of licking cinnamon and sugar off her fingers (it was just for us- I wouldn’t serve finger-full baked goods to friends!… or would I? wink).

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I want her to experience the deliciousness that is a warm cinnamon roll with a hint of pumpkin, fresh out of the oven and drizzled in glaze.

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And I want her to enjoy and know the process it takes to make it.

baking with kids 2

However, she’ll have to wait a couple years on the coffee. A three year old on caffeine is what nightmares are made of.

So there it is. Somehow I managed to get philosophical over cinnamon rolls. So without further adieu…

4.5 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
 
Serves: 12 rolls
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
 
These pumpkin cinnamon rolls make the perfect fall weekend breakfast. Guaranteed to warm you from the inside out and impress any guests you may have up for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • For the dough
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 4¼ cup all purpose flour (King Arthur recommended)
  • ¼ cup milk (I used vanilla almond)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast

  • For the filling
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • (optional) raisins

  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1½ Tbsp milk (I used vanilla almond)
Instructions
  1. Combine pumpkin, eggs, butter, milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt and yeast in large mixing bowl. Using the beater attachment, mix on low until thoroughly combined.
  2. Switch to dough hook attachment and mix of medium to low, adding ½ cup of flour at a time until fully incorporated.
  3. *The above steps can also be done by hand using plenty of elbow grease.
  4. Cover and let it rise in a warm spot for 1½ hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Once the dough has risen, roll it out into a 12 x 15 inch rectangle on a clean surface that is coated with flour until about ¼ inch thick.
  7. Sprinkle filling over the dough and spread out evenly.
  8. Roll the dough into a spiral loaf and slice into 12 even slices.
  9. Place uncooked rolls in a greased 9x13 pan.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  11. As the rolls cool for 5-10 minutes, mix up the glaze by melting together the butter and milk, then whisking it with the confectioner’s sugar.
  12. Drizzle the cinnamon rolls with the glaze and serve warm.
Notes
Total time for recipe is 2 hour and 30 minutes when adding in the time for the dough to rise.

Enjoy!

Do you try to healthify recipes?

Are there any that you leave as they are?

What is your favorite ‘junk’ food?

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Baking, Davidson and All Things Fall http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/baking-davidson-and-all-things-fall/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/baking-davidson-and-all-things-fall/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:36:44 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24160 David was gone working from Tuesday through Saturday night, so I’ve been grateful for the phenomenal weather we’ve been having since we spent 99% of that time outside with friends. We are fortunate to live near some really cool parks and know some really cool people that played with us until late in the day, […]

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David was gone working from Tuesday through Saturday night, so I’ve been grateful for the phenomenal weather we’ve been having since we spent 99% of that time outside with friends.

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We are fortunate to live near some really cool parks and know some really cool people that played with us until late in the day, leaving me only to  scrub both the girls clean before calling it a night.

I decided to try and give Kaitlyn a good crib nap (which she refused) and bake breakfast at home on Saturday morning. I even busted out my first can of pumpkin for the occasion. Hailey sampled all the ingredients before deciding she loved flour the most and licked the measuring cups clean.

weekend 2

Whatever floats your boat kid!

She also helped me try to take decent pictures of our pumpkin cinnamon rolls to share with you soon. However, snapping pictures with a baby, a 3 year old and curious pup is no simple task. I’ll spare you the picture of spilled coffee, icing on the dog’s nose and a 5 month old that wanted to be in the shot, not bound to her exersaucer.

pumpkin cinnamon rolls

I had this great idea to fill the afternoon with a fall festival, so I dressed up the girls and attempted a family picture.

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Swing and miss. Take two…

weekend 3

Eh, a career in family photography is clearly not in my future.

We headed out to a festival that ended up not existing, so we detoured to ‘downtown’ Davidson.

weekend 4

We hopped from playground to playground before deciding to grab dinner at The Pickled Peach, a new to me spot that I quickly fell in love with.

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…and that wasn’t just the wine talking. Their kale caesar salad is incredible.

The girls were both so excited that daddy was home to play with on Sunday.

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So was I because I totally kicked my feet up and took advantage of our unfinished back porch and David’s portable hammock for a legendary afternoon siesta.

weekend 7

After raving about our afternoon in Davidson the day before, we decided to try and recreate it, so after all our naps we headed back to Davidson for more playground fun and a walk around town.

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We even returned to The Pickled Peach because I just needed David to try it. Plus, the had an amazing swing we took advantage of while waiting for our meal.

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And just like that, the weekend was over.

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Oh fall, I simply adore you.

Have you done anything fall-ish lately?

Festivals?

Pumpkin patches?

What’s your favorite fall activity?

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Friday Favorites http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/friday-favorites/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/friday-favorites/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:46:53 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24129 Happy Friday friends! I have some fun things to share today that have been making me smile lately. Speaking of friends… Did my fellow Netflix lovers hear that EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE of FRIENDS will be available for streaming on Netflix starting January 1st? Every single one. So much for starting the year off on a […]

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Happy Friday friends! I have some fun things to share today that have been making me smile lately. Speaking of friends…

Did my fellow Netflix lovers hear that EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE of FRIENDS will be available for streaming on Netflix starting January 1st? Every single one. So much for starting the year off on a productive note.

Other things I’m loving lately…

The POPKEY APP. Think of it of emojis on steroids. With this animated keyboard you can send GIFS! Basically I may never use words again. Thank you Alise, for bringing this time suck obsession into my life.

popkey app

Sushi from Joel’s. Because some nights you just need to pick up dinner and keep your kitchen clean.

joel's sushi

Baby snuggles. Kaitlyn had a little case of the sniffles the past few days, which led to many a snuggle. She’d fall asleep on me while nursing, so we just went with it. How can you be upset about a snuggly baby?

stuffy nose

Bone Broth. Speaking of sniffles, with cold season upon us, I’m loving bone broth. I like to make my own, but was recently sent a sampler from Pacific Foods of their new organic bone broth! So cool. I plan on keeping it on hand to sip in a warm mug if I feel under the weather.

Pacific Foods Bone Broth

Home Design. My friend Alexis just started a blog and posted recently about how to style book shelves. I’m certain it was aimed directly at me and my lack of style sense (juuust kidding A-lex!), but she did offer some great tips and I plan to spend nap time reconfiguring my bookshelf. It’s a wild life I lead.

plants collage

Koda snuggles. It’s just been a snuggly week over here all around. Hooray for cooler temperatures! Koda usually stays on her specified couch blanket, but last night she cinnamon-rolled up right on me. I didn’t have the heart to move her. I did, however, feel just fine using the flash in her face. Sorry pup.

cinnamon roll vizsla

This sweater! I fully intended to take some fashion pictures from the challenge, but it hasn’t really happened. And while I wouldn’t deem this outfit (and greasy ponytail) I’m sporting to be super fashionable, it’s not yoga pants. And the sweater- oh man, it doesn’t get any more comfortable. Plus it’s on sale right now! I may or may not have a different color sitting in my online cart waiting to be decided on.

jcrew sweater

I’m looking for something fun and fall-ish to do this Saturday.  I’m considering the Amazing Maize Maze that Julie visited or hitting up Patterson Farms. Do any local friends have any other suggestions?

What are you loving lately?

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Body After (Second) Baby: My Final Update http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/body-after-second-baby-my-final-update/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/body-after-second-baby-my-final-update/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:20:09 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24113 I’m five months postpartum and things have settled in. I don’t feel like our family of four is a new thing anymore, it’s just our family. I don’t look at my body like I just had a baby, I just look and see my body. And I like what I see. “Like what I see” […]

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I’m five months postpartum and things have settled in. I don’t feel like our family of four is a new thing anymore, it’s just our family. I don’t look at my body like I just had a baby, I just look and see my body. And I like what I see. “Like what I see” doesn’t mean I’m back to the exact weight and inches I was before kids, but should that really be what I’m striving for?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m close to where I was pre-pregnancy, but picking at the last couple pounds or inches isn’t what I want to be doing right now because honestly, I don’t care that much. My clothes pretty much fit and I feel healthy and fit. The pictures are getting pretty silly to take because well, it’s like I’m just showing you the difference between hairstyles.

postpartum pictures 4 to 5 months side 1

This past month I have lost a little more but it’s largely just taken care of itself with time. I’ve been eating how I always eat and honestly, could be doing better with exercise. I’m working on fitting it in when I can, which is looking a lot more like family walks to the park and step ups on the playground stairs.

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In between the walks though, there is a lot of up and down stairs, ‘ice skating’ around the living room with Hailey and afternoon scavenger hunts. While none of those would pass for an intense workout, I’m far from sedentary.

I have a lot I still want to accomplish. I want to run more, I want to tone my thighs and arms and I want to strengthen my core. So while I will not be documenting my weight and inches anymore, I will be sharing my fitness journey and what is working for me right now as a mom to two little ones.

postpartum pictures 4 to 5 months

For my final ‘weigh in’ —

4 months postpartum 5 months postpartum
Right Bicep 10.75” 10.75”
High Waist 28.25” 27.75”
Around Belly Button 31.5” 31”
Hips 38” 37.75”
Right Thigh 22” 22”
Weight 119 lbs 115.5 lbs

I appreciate you letting me share my journey with you. It helped to see progress monthly when I wasn’t feeling it. It helped to hear your encouraging words that helped keep me accountable.

Now if only I could learn to dress this body! Hoping to give you an update on how the fashion challenge has been going soon Smile

What fitness goals do you have set for yourself at the moment?

How are you working towards reaching them?

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Kaitlyn at 5 Months Old http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/kaitlyn-at-5-months-old/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/kaitlyn-at-5-months-old/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:32:26 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24100 Oh my sweet Kaitlyn. You, my dear, most definitely are your own person. There is no comparing you to Hailey, which I love. Be feisty and unique, baby girl! I’m loving learning more about who you are every month. In the traditional breakdown… EAT You are still exclusively breastfed and I am getting more and […]

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Oh my sweet Kaitlyn.

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You, my dear, most definitely are your own person. There is no comparing you to Hailey, which I love. Be feisty and unique, baby girl! I’m loving learning more about who you are every month.

In the traditional breakdown…

EAT

You are still exclusively breastfed and I am getting more and more excited to dip our toe into solids through baby led weaning next month. The ‘exclusively’ part of breastfed is how you prefer things, meaning you by no means get excited by a bottle. I am going to start giving you one every day for practice because when I left you this past Saturday, you refused to eat for Nana and Aunt Cara, which I’m sure was no fun for anyone.

You eat 4-5 times a day, but have a hard time staying focused. I have to go into a quiet room or else risk some serious injuries resulting from a strong latch and a jerking head. You just doesn’t want to miss a moment of the action!

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I do love nursing though, because that’s when you settle in, snuggle me and wrap your tiny hand around my finger.

SLEEP

I’m sorry you don’t have a schedule. I keep saying you do, but you don’t. You go to bed every night at 7/7:15 and wake up either at 7:15 or at 6:15, where you will eat and go back down until 7:15. You are always ready for your first nap by 9:00, so we either have to be in the car or back in your crib by then.

You take 2-3 naps a day and usually give me one long one (1.5-2 hours) if you are at home in your crib. I’ll be honest though, a lot of your naps are on the go.

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This must be why second children are usually more adaptable.

PLAY

This is the section that needs the most attention this month because baby girl, you are busy!

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You get up on all fours now, but your crawl is still army style.

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I don’t let it fool me though because you are fast and can dart across a room in no time. You never want to go for the toys I lay out either. Nope, you want cords, tiny pieces and anything you shouldn’t have. I can’t believe I’m already having to baby proof.

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You make the funniest high pitched squeals, but also will ‘talk’ so softly in the sweetest little voice. It never fails to make me smile.

You always want to be a part of what is going on. You don’t like being put in your exersaucer anymore because you can’t move when you are in it. You also hate if Hailey and I leave the room you are in. You bust into screams until we are all back together again.

Back to crawling for a minute, my favorite Kaitlyn-ism of the moment is that you will stop mid-crawl to look at me and strike the same pose every single time.

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Such a little model.

Dislikes: the car seat for longer than 20 minutes at a time, being left in a room alone, getting your diaper changed, the bottle, being forced to stay in one place.

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Likes: the stroller, army crawling, pulling on my hair, kisses on your feet or neck, bath time, playing airplane, playing with things you shouldn’t, drooling, your sister.

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Oh, how you adore Hailey. And she loves you right back, as long as you aren’t trying to play with her toys.

Now off to snuggle and feed you before your sister gets up. I love our morning time together! Happy 5 months!

For fun- Hailey at 5 Months Old

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3 Healthy Eating Myths I used to Believe http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/3-healthy-eating-myths-i-used-to-believe/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/3-healthy-eating-myths-i-used-to-believe/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:17:04 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24079 I don’t put nearly as much thought into food as I used to. Sure I now meal plan, browse recipes and enjoy cooking, but even with all that, I’m spending so much less time and effort focusing on what I eat. How is that even possible, right?  Here are a few myths I used to […]

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I don’t put nearly as much thought into food as I used to. Sure I now meal plan, browse recipes and enjoy cooking, but even with all that, I’m spending so much less time and effort focusing on what I eat. How is that even possible, right?  Here are a few myths I used to believe that might explain it…

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1. Calorie Counting Is Just a Way of Life. I seriously used to believe that everyone must count calories. How the heck did anyone really maintain or lose weight without assigning a numerical value to every morsel that entered their mouth? I prided myself on being able to eyeball calorie counts to an almost scary degree of accuracy and spent hours recording calories and/or macros into online food diaries. If I didn’t know a food’s count, I’d usually skip it. This led to me eating more processed/packaged foods because the calorie count was clearly displayed.

Now… most of the foods I eat don’t have nutrition labels and even when they do, I find myself going straight to the ingredient list instead of calorie count. It took years, but I slowly learned to embrace listening to how my body felt when eating certain foods. Ah,the mythical intuitive eating IS a real thing. I know now that I feel pretty awesome when I fill my plate with real food and try to eat in accordance with that as often as possible.

2. Food Is a Reward. I made it through finals! I deserve to eat an entire sub sub from Little Italy, an entire order of Pokey Sticks and a pitcher of cheap beer by myself because I earned it goshdarnit. Look, I ran! So now I’m going to down a pint of ice cream. I earned it. You get the point.

Now I am pretty committed to food not being a reward for me or my girls. I found when I used food as a reward for myself, I’d end up obsessing over it, overindulging or putting certain foods up on a forbidden pedestal, only making me want them more. Now, if we want ice cream or a cheeseburger or a beer (me clearly, not the kiddos), we have it, but not because we earned it in anyway. Food is food. I make no difference in how I present broccoli with how I present a bowl of ice cream to Hailey. The ice cream just shows up a lot less often.

3. Healthy Eating is All of Nothing. I remember eating raw vegetables and grilled chicken breast (ew, flavorless much?) and being pretty proud of myself. Then I’d end up snagging a few bites of chips and onion dip and BAM. I had blown it. My skewed logic said it I was off the wagon, I might as well go all out and I’d stuff myself silly with dips, indulgences and desserts because the next day I’d have to be back on the healthy train. I’d end up uncomfortably stuffed and greasy feeling.

Now… I’m not going to spew the 80/20 rule all over you. There is a lot of logic to it, but my crazy mind would end up trying to do elaborate equations to figure if I’d gone over my 20% or not- haha. Now I am really in tune with my body and I truly eat whatever I want. Cringe, right? I remember people used to say that and behind my nodding head and smile I’d be thinking ‘sure, must be easy if all you want to eat is spinach and chia seeds!’’ Now that I’m here, I just want to shout BUT IT’S TRUE. Once I no longer viewed food as good or bad, once I really could tell a difference in how I felt when I ate or didn’t eat certain foods and once I learned how to cook real food in a tasty way, the rest just fell into place. Sure I overdo it now and then, but I’d say 95% of the time I feel good about my eating habits.

Healthy eating looks different to each person. For me, it’s about focusing on how food makes me feel. It took me years to reach this place and I am grateful I am here now. I feel healthy and I sure as heck don’t have time to be counting every calorie with two kids underfoot.

How has your definition of healthy eating evolved over the years?

What is a health myth you used to believe that you no longer do?

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Three Words Per Picture (Georgia Edition) http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/three-words-per-picture-georgia-edition/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/three-words-per-picture-georgia-edition/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:09:05 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=24074 Nana’s happy place. Mandatory fall fun. My childhood home. Stacy’s bridal shower. The detail though. High school reunion. 94 years difference. Augusta Whole Foods. Restocking the fridge. Washed, vacuumed, quiet. Just add bacon. Can you describe your weekend in just 3 words?

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Nana’s happy place.

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Mandatory fall fun.

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My childhood home.

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Stacy’s bridal shower.

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The detail though.

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High school reunion.

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94 years difference.

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Augusta Whole Foods.

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Restocking the fridge.

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Washed, vacuumed, quiet.

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Just add bacon.

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Can you describe your weekend in just 3 words?

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