I’ve talked about it before in past posts but I will mention it again, I love living a healthy lifestyle! This past year I have lost 55lbs and that is L A R G E L Y due to changing my diet. I of course also incorporated workouts into my daily routine but that’s for another post!
Today I want to talk to you about snacking. I’ve always been a snacker, reaching for not so great options led, in part, to my weight gain. By cutting out the junk and replacing it with nutritious and filling options, the weight fell off! Not only was I losing weight but my energy levels stayed up, I slept better, and my overall happiness and mood changed for the better. I know many are like me and want to snack during the day, especially if you are a busy mom! Let me share what I reach for when I want a snack:
I recently discovered Power Up on Instagram and was intrigued. They were kind enough to send me a few samples of their delicious trail mix and I was so impressed! My husband has even managed to finish off a bag by himself. They have so many varieties and the best part is they are made from all natural ingredients, gluten free, and even Vegan!
It has taken me a while to find a yogurt that I will consistently buy and eat on a regular basis that is also healthy. Once I tried Oikos triple zero I never looked back. I like that it is low in sugar and high in protein. I top mine with a little bit of granola and fresh fruit to make it a little more filling but it is also perfectly fine on it’s own. I prefer the vanilla flavor but will occasionally reach for the peach or strawberry options as well.
I am a CHEESE lover! The problem is cheese can be loaded with fat. These little individual cheese packages are perfect for me. I find that one is a perfect afternoon snack.
I have always been a big fruit lover. We have this basket of fruit filled with the best seasonal options. This is great because if I am looking for something quick it is easy to just grab an apple or an orange. In the summer we stock up on peaches and nectarines. I also eat grapefruit daily so we always have those on hand as well. If you are looking for a little more filling option I like to top rice cakes with peanut butter and bananas or dip apple slices in peanut butter.
As with all things, life is all about balance! Although I tend to eat healthy the majority of the time, it doesn’t mean I am perfect. I love ending each day with something sweet with my kids! Hope everyone is able to treat themselves this Thanksgiving!
*I received some items in exchange for my review, however all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.*
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already next week! Christmas and the holidays will be here before we know it and then 2018, it’s basically March 😂
I’ve teamed up with PinkBlush to share two outfit ideas with you for Thanksgiving. Now, if you celebrate like my family then you keep it low key, casual and comfortable. Many celebrate with bigger more formal gatherings. I have attended such gatherings and they can be a blast too!
Let’s start with the more dressy look
This off the shoulder top is so cute. I loved that the material was soft enough that I didn’t feel uncomfortable in it. I really think this is the perfect fall top, the colors scream fall! The bell sleeves add a little something extra and unexpected. I paired this look with dark jeans and tall dark boots. I also added a cute hat for a little twist!
The next look is a little more comfortable, possibly for a smaller family gathering
This cardigan can be worn so many ways which is one reason why I love it! You can wear it open and draped, the fringe is such a pretty detail. You also have the option to button one or both sides for a more closed off look.
You really can’t go wrong with either of these options! PinkBlush uses such great quality fabric for their products which is always key when choosing a great outfit! Hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving🍁
I get asked often how I manage to handle my family, full-time job, and my recent blogging growth. I won’t lie, it’s not easy! Some days are harder than others. I decided to track what a typical “day in the life” looks like for me. This past Monday, I tracked how my day looked.
Take a look below at just how crazy my days can be!
5:00AM- Wake up, I like to wake up about an hour before my kids. I use this time to catch up on my social media. I reply to Instagram direct messages and comments, complete Facebook group threads and reply to any comments on my blog. This time is critical to me having less stress as I tend to wake up with quite a few messages to catch up on and I don’t like to sit on them.
6:00AM- This is about the time my kids wake up, my husband and I tag team getting them ready for the day. My husband cooks their breakfast (usually oatmeal) and I get them dressed.
6:45AM- My husband and I load the kids in the car to get them on their way! Today our son Kellan, has nursery school. First my husband will drop off our daughter Marley, at her babysitter. Then he and Kellan usually run errands or grab a bagel before he gets dropped off at school.
7:00AM- Workout. I love to begin my day with a workout, this helps clear my mind. Today I chose yoga. I alternate between running, yoga, HIIT workouts, or toning moves.
7:30AM- Hopped in the shower and then sign on to work. I work from home full-time, so I like to get a head start most days.
7:45AM-8:30AM- I use to this time to again get caught up on social media and post my Instagram picture. I plan my posts out in advance so I am able to go to drafts on Instagram and simply click the photo I have prepared and post. I also use this time to edit posts going up this week and reply to emails.
8:30AM- Start working, I have to catch up on work emails from the weekend and make a few calls.
9:00AM- Today we actually had a parent/teacher conference at my sons school. My husband stopped and picked me up so we could head on over to his school.
9:15AM- The meeting was quick! My husband and I head back home, he also works full time from home.
9:30AM-11:15- I use this time to catch up on work emails and also engage in social media. This time is critical because it is when a large portion of my following is online.
11:15AM- I leave to go pick Kellan up from School. His class ends at 11:30AM, from there I have to drive him to his babysitters house. Kellan goes to the same babysitter as Marley so she is waiting for him when we get there!
12:30PM- I get back home, log back into work and catch up on some emails. Grab a quick bite from the kitchen!
1:30PM- I like to start a few blog drafts of different ideas I have. I find it easier to write about something if I have an idea “jotted” down.
2:30PM- I have a few exciting collaborations coming up this month. I have to shoot a few flat lays for photos. I find that if I wait until the last minute, I get more stressed. If I plan ahead, I can take more time to edit photos and think of captions.
3:00PM- Work meeting via teleconference. I am able to multi-task pretty well, so while I am listening in to my meeting, I am also getting caught up on my social media for the day.
3:30PM- My husband leaves the house to go get the kids. It generally takes him about an hour, I use this time to catch up on work again. I also have to start dinner for everyone! Tonight we are having spaghetti with sauce made on Sunday.
4:30PM-5:00PM- Kids get home, I help my husband get them in the house and get their bags in the house. Occasionally we will stay outside and play for a half hour but today it is raining! Kellan eats a quick dinner because he has soccer practice tonight!
5:00PM- My husband leaves with Kellan to go to soccer. I generally stay home with Marley because she goes to bed before they get back. This also allows me some one on one time with her.
5:15PM-5:45PM- Marley and I play baby dolls, blocks, build towers and have a dance party. She also eats her dinner, we had spaghetti!
5:50PM- Bath time for Marley, books, and then bed. My kids are usually in bed by 6:30PM, especially with the recent time change. Our sleep schedule has been all over the place!
6:00PM-7:00PM- This is my down time. Marley is asleep and I am waiting for the boys to get back home. I will usually eat my dinner, catch up on social media, and clean up the house.
7:00PM- My husband and Kellan return home from soccer and I have already started running his bath. This is a later night for him because of his practice, we do a quick bath time routine and he is in bed by 7:30PM.
7:30PM-9:00PM- This is the time my husband and I use to “catch up” with each other. We are busy with work and the kids most days. It is really important for us to have this time. We love to watch Netflix and just hang out. I also use this time to fine tune any blog or Instagram post I have going up the next day.
9:00PM-9:30PM- I usually head to bed, I go to bed pretty early most days because I am an early riser. Also, with two kids, a full time job, and just life in general, I am T I R E D most days by this time.
So, as you can see, life is crazy busy most days! I will say that life seems to be the craziest for us Monday’s through Wednesday’s. I blame this on my son’s soccer and school schedule. Life tends to slow down to a more manageable pace for the rest of the week.
Now, tell me what your days look like! I’d love to know what the “busiest” day of the week is for you? What is the least busy day? Do you make time for yourself each day? This is something I really try to do as I feel it is important for my sanity 🙂