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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Recent Eats & The Good Bean {Giveaway}

Yesterday I had the intention of posting my race recap.  I started writing in the morning, uploaded pictures during lunch, and planned to publish when I got home but that last part didn’t happen.  The past few weeks I’ve been starring at my computer screen at work for too many hours – inputting data, updating spreadsheets, confirming contracts, etc. – so by the time I get home the only screen that I wanna stare at is the TV.

Side note: have y’all watched ABC Family lately?  I haven’t in ages but last night I caught a few minutes of Pretty Little Liars and the sneak preview of Twisted.  Holy heck, those girls are much more mature than Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever was…  Er, or I’m just getting older?

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I thought I’d sandwich my race recap between my recent eats [ba-dum-bum! get it? sandwich cause it’s WIAW] but then I realized that this post would be a million miles long so I’ll save it for another day.  Don’t expect anything groundbreaking, just some of my pre-, during, and post-race thoughts.  Today I’m sticking with tradition and sharing a few of my recent eats and surprising y’all with a good giveaway – whoop whoop!

Ryan is traveling for work this week so that means that I’ve been cooking for one – uno, solo, nada one else, single gal – and that has translated into easy and convenient comfort food.  Charlie always gets mopey when his partner in crime is MIA so I’ve been trying my best to fill the void.  But I evidently I’m just not as cool as dad…  Charlie’s mind: daddy = play pal // momma = couch cuddler.

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A few of my recent eats photo dump style.  All were tasty with the exception of not so tasty green goop…  Although it does fit in perfectly with this months theme 😉

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

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The Good Bean Review & Giveaway

A few months ago when I was perusing the aisles of Whole Foods, I stumbled upon The Good Bean chickpeas.  I’d seen a few bloggers post recipes for roasted chickpeas but my semi-homemade loving self opted to buy the snacks versus baking the beans myself.  And I am so glad that I did, they were amazingly delicious!

The store by me only had the Cracked Pepper flavor so that’s what I tried first.  I’m a big fan of pepper so I had high hopes…  They were sprinkled with black pepper, a touch of salt, weren’t overly spicy, and were super crunchy – two thumbs up in my opinion!

Bummed that I couldn’t find any of the other flavors around me, I contacted The Good Bean and they were happy to send me a sample of their 4 chickpea snacks and 3 fruit and no-nut bars.

A little bit about the products as seen on The Good Bean website :

Chickpea Snacks

Healthy!  Our chickpeas are naturally packed with intense nutrition – for a healthy heart, a healthy waistline, and for sustained energy.  Tasty!  They’re also intensely delicious.  Dry roasted sloooowly, and then tossed with tasty spices.  Yum!  Gluten-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free, low fat, low in carbohydrates, nothing over-engineered, nothing artificial.

Fruit & No-Nut Bars

Fruit & nut bars are the ideal healthy snack any time of day, and the growing popularity of this category is testament how much people love them.  Here’s a bar with all the textures, flavors, and wholesomeness of fruit & nut bars, but without the fat and allergens of nuts!  Our bars – packed with seeds, fruits, and chocolate – are truly delicious, and pack a nutritious wallop.

After tasting each of these products, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them – I didn’t dislike any but I did have a few favorites…  Sweet Cinnamon and Cracked Peppercorn were my top two favorite chickpea snacks and Apricot Coconut was my favorite fruit and no-nut bar.

Lucky, lucky you because The Good Bean has graciously offered to give 2 lucky winners each:

  • [2] Chickpea Snacks
  • [3] Fruit & No-Nut Bars

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 24th at 11:59PM EST.  I will randomly select the winner and announce her or him on Monday!  To enter, please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

*Please note: you must leave a separate comment for each to receive multiple entries – you can enter once, twice, or all 7 possible ways – the more entries, the better your chances!*

— Allison

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WIAW: Inspiration from Julia

I truly enjoy being in the kitchen, chopping and dicing, tasting and testing.  Cooking calms me…  When I have time.  During the week 30-minute and semi-homemade meals are more my style.  Just because something takes hardly any time to make or uses no more than 3 ingredients does not mean it isn’t tasty!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty What I Ate Wednesday link-up :)

Comforting. Convenient. Healthy. Hearty. Simple. Satisfying. Scrumptious.

Breakfast

Folgers vanilla biscotti cappuccino, frozen berries, & a pumpkin pie spice waffle topped with pain yogurt + peanut butter frosting + pistachios + raisins

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” ~Julia Child

Mid-Morning Snack

sugar-free Starbucks peppermint coffee

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” ~Julia Child

Lunch

simple spinach salad, red Anjou pear, & acorn squash + baked chicken tenders + slivered almonds

“One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.” ~Julia Child

Afternoon Snack

green apple, light mozzarella string cheese, & Kashi Go Lean + Peanut Butter Puffins

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ~Julia Child

Dinner

cauliflower loaded salad, sunny eggs with parm cheese, & cranberry walnut bread with a schmear of peanut butter

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~Julia Child

Dessert

[unpictured] Deep Chocolate VitaTop & popcorn

“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.” ~Julia Child

Yesterday…  #elf4Health 11/27 Day 2:  Send a card or handwritten note to a friend.

“Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people’!  In other words, friendship is the most important thing–not career or housework, or one’s fatigue–and it needs to be tended and nurtured.” ~Julia Child

Today…  #elf4Health 11/28 Day 3:  Try a new workout today!

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 11/29 Day 4:  Get up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect.

Question:  Cooking- yay or nay?  *Regardless of whether you think you’re good or not!*

Question:  How do you take your eggs?  Sunny and runny, hard boiled, over easy, poached, or scrambled?  Sunny or hard boiled for me please!

— Allison

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