10 Random Tidbits 2.26.15

Tidbit 1:  I’m starting to love these tidbit posts.  They’re a great way for me to dump all of my random thoughts without trying to come up with a catchy, cohesive story.

Tidbit 2:  This morning we woke up to another {thin} blanket of snow.  I loved snow days as a kid because I didn’t have to go to school.  I loved snow days as a teacher because I didn’t have to go to work.  And now I love snow days as a mom because Little Miss is completely enamored by the magical white fluff.  She could watch it fall all day.

Tidbit 3:  I can’t remember the last time I made a smoothie and to be honest, the last few times we used our blender was to make milkshakes and margaritas {not at the same time}.  But after clicking on all of the links in this article, 9 High-Protein Smoothies That Taste Like a Milkshake, I feel the need to buy all of the ingredients to make all of the smoothies.  ASAP.

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Tidbit 4:  I mentioned last week that we’ve started to look at houses.  I’ve watched House Hunters for years and always got a good laugh at the buyers with the unrealistic list of expectations…  But I’ve realized that I am that person, too.

Tidbit 5:  I’ve also realized that an ugly kitchen is a deal-breaker.  The house could have {almost} everything on our list, but if the kitchen needs a lot of TLC I’m moving onto the next property.  Kitchens are wicked expensive to remodel and I really don’t want to live through months of construction without a working kitchen, especially with an infant.

Tidbit 6:  I tried a LUNA Protein Lemon Vanilla bar for the first time yesterday and I’ll give it a thumbs up…  Unlike the chips I ate yesterday which get two thumbs down.  The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter are still my favorite flavors because they remind me of a candy bar without the guilt.

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Tidbit 7:  I popped a few potatoes into the oven for dinner and between feeding Little Miss, cleaning up her lunch mess, a dog that needed to go outside, and making lunch for myself, I totally forgot about them.  Thank goodness sweet potatoes smell so delicious when they’re roasting, otherwise there’s a good chance that I would have forgotten them until dinner.

Tidbit 8:  I’ve been doing an awesome job with sticking to my half marathon training plan this week, today being an exception.  Little Miss refused to nap so I wore her in the carrier for the majority of the day so today’s run is being pushed to tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll sneak it in before she even wakes up…  That’s ambitious.

Tidbit 9:  Ryan and I are hosting a St. Patty’s Day Potluck where everyone is asked to bring a dish and their favorite 6-pack of beer to share.  What’s your favorite Irish-inspired dish?

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Tidbit 10:  Do you like Life’s a Bowl on Facebook?  If you don’t already, make sure you head over now and “Like” it.  Yesterday I shared some exciting news {notice the new badge on the sidebar?} and there might be a giveaway exclusively on Facebook in the near future.  Wink, wink.

— Allison

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WIAW: Hiding at Starbucks

Shhh.  I’m hiding at Starbucks until my family needs me.  I was driving home from tutoring and Ryan said that Little Miss is sound asleep so here I am…  Sitting in one of the comfy chairs, sipping a {decaf} Americano, and listening to Jack Johnson.  “Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together.  Mmm, we’re somewhere in between together.”

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Multiply the cup of coffee by two and add in a banana, steamed broccoli, and a bowl of oatmeal…  Those were my Tuesday eats!  I just got a message that Little Miss has awoken and is ready for dinner so that’s my cue to go.  Tootles, y’all!

Question:  Have you tried the rice chips by popchips?  I picked up a bag because they were on clearance at Target, but I’m not a fan.  I love the orginial popchips and rice cakes, so I thought they’d be right up my alley.  They remind me of communion at church – bland and stuck to my tongue.

Question:  Peas – yay or nay?  YAY!  I apparently loved frozen peas when I was a baby and I still do.

— Allison

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I Haven’t Found the Balance, Yet

Morning, y’all!  Yesterday we had a tough time napping and as history repeats itself, Little Miss had a hard time sleeping last night as a result.  You’d think that it would be the opposite, that she would sleep soundly at night since she hardly napped throughout the day, right?  Wrong.  It’s the complete opposite.  On the days she naps well, she sleeps well at night.  And on the days she hardly naps, she hardly sleeps at night because she’s overly exhausted.  Poor girl.

Ryan was home with us this morning because Little Miss had her 4 month doctor’s appointment.  She did great and is growing like a weed – weighing 14 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 24 inches long!

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As a new momma I appreciated reading Jenn’s WIAW post yesterday.  The past couple of months I’ve had a cloud of guilt looming over me because of my inconsistent blogging schedule.  I applaud the new mommas who continue to keep up with posting regularly, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet without making sacrifices.  I could stay awake after Little Miss goes to bed, but I love our 8PM bedtime just as much as she does.  I could stay awake after the middle of the night feeding, but I’m a zombie so I can only imagine the content I’d come up with.  Or I could skip going to the gym, but I love my endorphins too much.

I’m saying that my life is “ohmygod so much busier” than the other moms out there by any means, I just haven’t figured out how to balance everything yet.  But with time I will.  Over the past few weeks Little Miss has been falling into a more consistent routine in terms of feedings and naps, so hopefully I can get myself into a more consistent routine, too.

That tangent came out of no where.  Sorry, but it’s been on my mind.  Onto my eats from Tuesday that I planned to share yesterday, but due to the reasons mentioned above and two tutoring sessions, it’s a day late.

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Breakfast:  My raisin obsession continues {they’re hiding under the pear slices}.  Last weekend we picked up a package of English muffins at Costco and I’ve eaten one every day since – I love the nooks and crannies!  This one was topped with turkey, two fried eggs, and ketchup.

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Morning Snack:  Because of the freezing temperatures and snow, we enjoyed a slow morning at home.  Little Miss took a two-hour nap which gave me time to do some cleaning and to enjoy a {second} maple almond milk cappuccino and the last few of my Nutty Breakfast Balls.

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Lunch:  Nothing sounded too appealing other than Barbeque popchips.  I’m guilty of shaking the bag to find chips with the most seasoning on them.  But since chips would keep me full for all of 10 minutes, I added some protein in the form of a hamburger {leftover from Monday night’s dinner} on top of a simple salad with lettuce, carrots, and a bell pepper.  Plus an apple and peanuts on the side.

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Afternoon Tea:  When I first started to breastfeed I read up on natural ways to increase your supply and one of them was Mother’s Milk tea.  Many moms swear by it, but the verdict is still out if it really has helped with my supply.  I like to add a little maple syrup to mellow out the strong licorice flavor that comes from the fennel.

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Afternoon Snack:  While Little Miss was down for her afternoon nap I checked emails and snacked on grapes and a bowl of Cheerios with Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.  Two weeks ago I tried to reintroduce dairy but things didn’t turn out so well.  I’d give almost anything for a bowl of Greek yogurt {or ice cream}.

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Dinner:  After Ryan got home from work I went to the gym and ran the best 3 miles I’ve run in a long time.  It was awesome!  When I got home I was ravenous and needed something filling, but quick.  Ryan requested chicken sausages so I sliced up a few and tossed them into a skillet with Trader Joe’s frozen red potatoes.  We had steamed broccoli on the side.

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Dessert:  I enjoyed baking a cake for Ryan on Valentine’s Day, but there are only two of us in the house which means we each have a half of a cake to eat!  The past two nights I’ve added a slice to my bowl of oatmeal.  Plus, I’ve eaten it while laying in bed while watching HGTV and browsing the housing market…  It feels so sinful, I love it.

P.S.  The winner of the Tosi SuperBites giveaway is Holly Denise Edwards.  Congrats Holly!  Please email your address to me at lifesabowlblog@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Question:  How do you like your eggs?  Scrambled, fried, over easy, boiled…

Question:  What’s been your most recent guilty pleasure?  See my dessert description above.

— Allison

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