The Extra Day

by Lauren on May 25, 2015

Today was the “extra” day in the three day holiday weekend and even though I still had to work, it’s always nice to see the world in weekend mode on a Monday.

I was at the gym early to get some work done before my RPM class.

Before I left, I chowed down on some chia pudding I had waiting for me in the fridge.


I finally switched things up in the breakfast department with chia pudding. It’s still cool, creamy and delicious and a nice texture change than overnight oats.

To make, I mixed 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 3 chopped dates, 1 cup of almond milk and a teaspoon of vanilla in a large bowl.  I whisked this for a few seconds to make sure the chia seeds were incorporated.  Then, let it sit in the fridge overnight and in the morning, top with your favorites.  Mine was strawberries, 1/2 a banana, almonds and sun butter.

Class was great and work was short.  I came home and hung out with my loves for awhile.



I made the exact same lunch as I usually do on weekdays – 1 scrambled egg with spinach and goat cheese on an Ezikel english muffin with a basil, mint, banana, kale and mango smoothie.



We went on a family walk after lunch and then came back to hang out with John for a bit before he went off to work.  Once he did, Grayson and I had to run to the mall to pick up some birthday presents for Daddy (he turns 30 in a few days!)

One big reason I was stoked to go to the mall was to redeem my free Starbucks drink.



I was at a loss as to what to get but I knew I wanted something different.  The girl at the counter talked me into this: a cinnamon chai frappe with a shot of espresso.  I had mine with coconut milk and decaf espresso but this was delicious!

When the babe and I got home, we played hard for awhile before it was time for his dinner.





After dinner and bath, the little man was over the day.  I got him ready for bed and then put him down on the early side tonight.

Once he was out, I put together my dinner.



This was a small sweet potato and 1/2 a zucchini spiralized with broccoli, edamame, and chicken in a Thai peanut sauce.

And now I’m finishing up some work things so I can devote my full attention to The Bachelorette.  I told you, I’m all in!

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!


Memorial Day Weekend

by Lauren on May 24, 2015

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the long holiday weekend.

First and foremost, happy Memorial Day!  Even though this holiday use to mean to me the unofficial start of summer, I now understand its true meaning and always try and take a moment to really reflect in gratitude for all those who have served this country so that I can have the kind of life I do.


I know Memorial Day weekend usually entails lots of picnics and BBQ’s but our weekend was pretty low-key.  We are getting ready to go away for a few days later this week, so John is working hard so that he can enjoy a full week off!

We did have some gorgeous weather though and made sure to soak up some sun.



Saturday morning, I headed to the gym to get in a run and a quick circuit strength routine on the TRX bands.  I’ve been digging those bands lately.

When I returned, the babe went down for a nap and John and I put together lunch.



Egg sandwich and a green smoothie always after a workout.

When Grayson got up, the two of us went out to run some errands while John went to work.  We came back and did our usual play, eat, bath, sleep routine and then I got my dinner going.


This was a big ol’ salad with so many good things. Baby kale, roasted brussels sprouts, avocado, strawberries, peaches, goat cheese, pecans, grilled chicken and just about any other ingredient I found in my fridge.  There’s no such thing as too much of a good  thing right?

I actually spent most of my Saturday night working.  I’m trying to get ahead of myself so I can actually enjoy a little break on our family vacation later this week.

This morning, Grayson was up ea-r-r-r-r-r-ly! For some reason or another, he’s been on a 5:30am wake up call for the past few days. I pray it’s a phase.

We played for a little before he started demanding breakfast.

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Look at that face!  Does that say, “feed me mommy” or what!!?

I promised the kid pancakes so pancakes I made.

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I make these using one mashed banana, one egg, and a 1/2 cup of oats. Add a splash of full fat coconut milk until you receive the desired consistency and cook in a pan with coconut oil.

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He loves them!

After the little one ate, he was ready to go back to bed.  I probably should have joined him but instead, I was too hungry to sleep.  Besides, his pancakes instilled  a serious craving.

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John woke up as soon as breakfast was ready and we were able to enjoy a quite meal together outside while Grayson napped.

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Later in the morning, we headed to church and then to my parents’ house for a picnic lunch.



We had grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs, grilled asparagus, strawberry pecan and goat cheese salad and fresh fruit.

It was all SO GOOD, and so was the delicious Strawberry Shortcake my mom made for dessert.



And now summer can begin!


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!





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