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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10 Random Tidbits 2.17.15

Tidbit 1:  We were forecasted to receive 5 – 8 inches of snow overnight, but we woke up this morning to see no more than 4 inches.  Bummer.  If any of you New Englanders want to send us some of the 7+ feet y’all have received we’d gladly take it off your hands!

Tidbit 2:  We all watched Ryan shovel the front walk this morning before he went to work.  Little Miss is in awe of the snow – it’s precious.

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Tidbit 3:  Did you catch Sunday’s post?  It’s one that you don’t wanna miss – a tasty {no bake} recipe and a delicious giveaway.  The giveaway is open to US residents and the winner will be announced on Thursday.

Tidbit 4:  The flowers Ryan gave me for Valentine’s Day are blooming beautifully.  I especially love lilies.  And peonies.  And tulips.

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Tidbit 5:  Saturday morning Ryan and I went to a Stroller Strides partners class in honor of Valentine’s Day.  It was a lot of fun having all of the spouses join and complete the exercises with us!  By the end of the day Ryan felt the burn from all of the squats and asked me why we still have a gym membership, ha!

Tidbit 6:  I may not be the best baker, but I can read directions on the side of a box.  This devil’s food cake with whipped vanilla frosting and dark chocolate hearts didn’t disappoint.

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Tidbit 7:  My goal this week is to get Little Miss to nap in her bassinet.  She loves movement so she naps great in her car seat and carrier, but getting her to nap at home {without wearing her} has been a challenge.  She’s a deep sleeper at night, but a light napper during the day.

Tidbit 8:  On Sunday we took a drive through the mountains and followed the Potomac River into Maryland.  Ryan and I started taking day trips when he visited me at school in Boston and I’m glad we’ve kept them going.  We’ve mapped out a handful of trips we hope to take this spring!

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Tidbit 9:  Every time I import pictures into iPhoto I end up with duplicates.  I’ve read online that it could have to do with my iCloud settings, but I have iCloud turned off.  Help?!

Tidbit 10:  I planned to share how I’ve been making the greatest boiled eggs the past few weeks, but it appears that my tricks aren’t so original.  How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg, Every Time, Every Way by Greatest sums it up perfectly.

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Question:  Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  We celebrated, but kept it low-key.  We exchanged gifts Friday night {because it’s hard to hide a cake} and Saturday we went to the Stroller Strides partners class and dinner + a movie at home.

Question:  Do you have any secret tips to make the greatest boiled eggs?

— Allison

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Tosi SuperBites Review & Giveaway + Nutty Breakfast Balls {Recipe}

Just like that it’s already Sunday and I’ve been writing this post for a week.  Every morning I wake up with a list of good intentions and grand plans, but within a blink of an eye Ryan is home from work and it’s time for me to go to tutoring.  I wish time would slow down.

A few weeks ago I shared via social media that I traded my job as a teacher to become a stay-at-home-mom.  It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s what’s best for our family.  I’ll certainly miss teaching, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to stay home with our little girl.  She’s already changed so much over the past four months!

Today I’m excited to introduce y’all to a new-to-me product that Ryan and I have enjoyed munching on the past few weeks.  They’re a great on-the-go snack and delicious swirled into yogurt or crumbled on top of oatmeal.  Plus, they’re…

  • gluten-free, yeast-free, and dairy-free
  • vegan
  • contain no trans fats
  • low-glycemic
  • a great source of omega-3, antioxidants, and phytonurtients
  • high in fiber
  • non-GMO
  • made from only natural ingredients and contain no preservatives
  • easily digested
  • a natural source of plant protein

So what is this delicious product with a laundry list of health benefits?  Tosi SuperBites.  Tosi {meaning “true” in Finnish} is a new company that was created by physicians, research gurus, and wellness fanatics to “make you healthier and feel better by balancing your body chemistry.”

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The company features only five products which Tosi believes “are the core, foundational products needed by everybody for improved or optimal health.”  The five products include: protein probiotics, digestive enzymes, Tosi Greens {an antioxidant powder drink}, Tosi Complete Meal {a meal replacement shake in vanilla and chocolate}, and SuperBites.

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When a rep from Tosi reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in trying any of their products I was initially hesitant.  I personally don’t believe in diet programs, rather I think healthy is a lifestyle – eating a diet rich of real foods, treats are enjoyed in moderation, and staying physically active.  Plus, I’m still breastfeeding so I didn’t want to add anything into my diet that could have a negative effect on my supply.

But when I learned about the SuperBites I was intrigued.  Ryan and I both love nuts and life with a newborn can be quite hectic, going immediately from one thing to the next, so an easy on-the-go superfood snack sounded perfect.

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SuperBites come in two flavors, cashew and almond.  The ingredient list is identical for both flavors, with the exception of the nuts.

Almond: Organic Almonds, Organic Golden Flaxseed, White Sesame Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt

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Cashew: Organic Cashews, Organic Golden Flaxseed, White Sesame Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt

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While food prepping the past two weeks I’ve made a batch of balls.  Ryan gets a good laugh every time I tell him I’m making another batch of balls, but we both can’t resist them.  Like SuperBites, the balls are packed full of healthy ingredients, can easily be made gluten-free and/or vegan, are a great source of protein, easy to eat on-the-go, and taste like dessert.

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In honor of this review {and giveaway – keep reading!}, I created the following recipe using some of my favorite breakfast items {hence the name} and SuperBites.  The recipe is super simple and can easily be made gluten-free by swapping gluten-free oats and cereal.

Nutty Breakfast Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 c Cheerios {crushed}
  • 1 scoop {94 g} vanilla bean protein powder
  • 1/4 c blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 1 package Tosi SuperBites {crushed}

Directions:

Stir all ingredients together until combined.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to slightly harden.  Use your hands or a tablespoon to form balls.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. 

Tip:  The mixture is super sticky so I used a tablespoon and dipped it in water to prevent the mixture from sticking to the spoon and my hands.  I ended up with 18 1-inch balls.

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Now onto what you’ve been waiting for…  The giveaway.  Tosi has generously offered to give one reader a package of SuperBites.  This giveaway will remain open until 12AM Thursday, February 19th and the winner will be announced in Thursday’s post.  Open to US residents only.

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— Allison

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