Smoothie A Day Challenge

Hello world, happy Saturday!

I have felt quiet inspired lately, it is a mix of good weather, super cute baby, green grass and these crazy plants growing everywhere (weeds too! haha).   But one challenge I’m super excited about is a challenge by health is happiness.  I learned about it through lululemon on facebook, I have yet to set up a BHAG for myself but learning that I could participate in someone else’s BHAG I was totes in from the go.  So the challenge is simple enough… A smoothie (or two, or three, especially if they are green!) a day!  This is not a crazy challenge as I treat myself to these nutritious boosts regularly but this challenge has helped me to remain focused and somewhat organized:

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Picking up several staples at TJ’s including:

  • Organic Kale
  • Spinach
  • Berries! Fresh and Frozen (blue, straw, rasp… lol)
  • Pineapple & Mango (frozen and cubed)
  • Almond & Coconut milk
  • BANANAS!
  • Ginger, parsley
  • Lemons
  • Avocado 

At home I have protein powder, TJ’s green mix!, vanilla, maple syrup for taste if needed.

I’ve been very good about staying up to speed with this challenge as we get daily emails, with awesome recipes and you can checkout his site for great ideas on what to mix… Sometimes the mixes look awesome, sometimes not so awesome – but they all taste great!

I’ve made smoothies at home: at home

and had Loop Juice (LOVE detox smoothie!!!) and FFC do the combos for me:

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Blueberry pomegranate above with Omegas boost was amaze.  So. good.

I do feel refreshed and inspired, and it has pushed me to try new blends – some were crazy successful – some not so much.

My current fav is pomegranate, blueberries, water, ginger and lemon.  Um. Yum. So, good. My favorite green mix is almond milk, spinach, kale, TJ’s green mix, banana and vanilla.

Any ideas on a great additive for some healthy omegas?  I might search for Udo’s oil or something similar at Whole Foods today.

Something else refreshing?  I got a new top in the mail with a great new sports bra (not pictured below) – nothing like smoothies and the FedEx guy (aka Santa) to make this girl one happy camper:

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My goals have rewards… when I meet one, I treat myself to something special.  I have so many things on my wishlist and I’m checking them off one by one.  Big items I’m looking at? Vitamix and a Kitchenaid Mixmaster!  For my new kitchen, I feel like it would be really appropriate to treat myself to a vitamix after this challenge… But my blenders work quiet well so IDK… Mixmaster is a must, so that may win…

While I work on this internal debate I’m off to the gym, followed by some time with a prego lady, who is making me a bit baby crazy!!! :D

Shout out to my best and her new home! It is AWESOME! <3

Proud, very proud.

BAM!  It is the middle of May.  Seriously, what is with time?

Each day I wake up and really feel blessed.  I don’t know if it is motherhood or the job or what but most of the time I’m pretty blissful (except for those moments where I’m overwhelmed and upset with myself) but I’m loving so much right now… Especially today.  Today I got home, walked in my house and my perfect child was BEAMING, as always, to see me.  He lets out this beautiful scream of happiness and reaches out for Mmmma Ma.

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I’m so far beyond blissful when it comes to this little man.  He honestly makes me want to jump out of my skin because I am so happy.  Today I also finally took in all that Hector, Evan and I have accomplished lately.  I feel I have focused so much on what I don’t do… Missing a yoga class, not getting enough running in… Eating out too often, not doing laundry fast enough… But I haven’t focused on the BIG things Hector and I have worked towards… Like our home, our family… our new jobs.  Life has been a crazy transition lately and we have gone through some growing pains but I feel the relief… It is in sight.

So today I enjoyed this:

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The weather was an amazing 78 degrees when I came home and our little ninja who can stand all on his own (walking will happen, way before 12 months, I’m sure of it) enjoyed some outside time while mommy tried not to kill her plants (they were looking pretty dry).  How can you not smile at my little wanderer:

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Weekend In Pictures

I promise, someday soon I will catch up with words… As far as words for this post I feel, less is more.

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Smoothie a day challenge is still going strong and I plan to blog about some of my new found smoothie love!DSC_0856

Shopping! Smoothie stuff, baby food stuff and fluers of course ;-)DSC_0854

lululemon came to the rescue when I found myself at the gym without *gasp* a hair tie!  This nifty thing was attached to my gymbag as a pull and reminded me it is a HAIR TIE.  Brilliance.  one of the many reasons I love my luluDSC_0845

Alas more insane beauty in my yard.DSC_0832so awesome.

DSC_0867 DSC_0887 DSC_0936I have the worlds best behaved baby… Even when this forgetful momma forgot daddy’s car keys at grandma’s car – he played so nicely :) *sigh* yeah Hector’s car allows him to drive whereever once you start it… shut it off you can find yourself with a real problem…

Now for momma’s day!  Hanging around town and in the Gold Coast:

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I sure as the sky is blue… Love my life and love my family.  <3 Excellent weekend.
Cheers!

 

 

Dedicated.

This time last year I was about 31 or 32 weeks pregnant, preparing for my baby shower and discussing pregnancy must haves.  This year I am chatting with one of my best friends about her huge new move and career and watching my other best friend prep for her very own little man all while enjoying every moment I can with my little man that just steals my heart – everyday:

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I’m definitely feeling overwhelmed by emotion these days.  I am both beyond grateful and totally in shock with everything that is going on around me.  My son is about to be 10 months old, my best friend’s baby is 2 years old and going to school, and my other love above is really close to the end of her pregnancy… Can time slow down just a bit? (Joanna is the only one saying No to that… but this time next year she will be on the “where is the time going bandwagon”).  This time of the year it is so natural to celebrate motherhood and all of the wonderful, terrifying and crazy things we do because we are moms.  Last year I thought I had a grasp on how much I would love my little guy, after all he couldn’t be closer to me, right?

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This was just about a week before I had little Evan, now he is in this big world… it is exciting and terrifying.

Now that Evan is happily here with us, I could not imagine life without him.  He has brought me so much joy.  This Mother’s Day I will celebrate with my own mom, my grandma and my sweet husband and extended family.  Last night I spent with my three main men: Evan, Hector and Oso (not pictured) cuddled on the couch watching a movie – it was perfection:

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I’m so blessed, and so happy and excited to spend the day with people I love.

For the moms,

Happy Mother’s Day… You are all rockstars!

Love, Jen.

 

Off to Farmer’s Market!  Yippeeee!

Keeping it fresh

Hello beautiful weather!  I’ve missed you so!  All of the rain has really turned my yard from brown and drab to green and [sorta] fab!

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I’m also totally THRILLED about my potted herbs.  The previous owner was an AVID gardener and she told us DON’T RIP ANYTHING UP and although we will make alterations in back because we currently have no green grass space whatsoever – we would like a little for a play space for Evan and Hector *gasp* would even like to do a raised vegetable garden!  MY VERY OWN GREENS! This man, he has a way with words to make me swoon ;-)

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I’m so excited for summertime bbqs with friends and fam.  I’m so crazy blessed.

Someone super special to me is having a shower today – so back later for picks of the day!

Loving me

I have learned to so much this year, it is truly incredible.  You think the things you learn in college will translate to the real world but all of the text books, notes, lectures and late night-last minute study sessions could not have prepared me for real life.

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I remember being in High School thinking I knew it all.  Turning 21 and thinking “I am so grown up” – Ha. These past 5 years after 21 have been so incredibly packed with learning experiences .. I was just a baby at 21, and now (hindsight being 20/20 of course) I know I grew up too fast… But that is my personality and I would not change anything, all of my choices led me to where I am today, and for that I could not be more grateful.  Some did not see it but I was born to be a mother, sure he surprised us but nothing puts your life into full speed crazy perspective then having a child.

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He has saved my life in certain respects.  Each day is brighter because he is in it.  So many people told me “life will be over” when you have a child… Yet I feel like the opposite has happened to me.  Sure, I can’t just jet out of the house to a yoga class or take a random trip to Europe (we have to get him a passport first! duh!) – but those trade-offs are so worth it to me – that and I’m a lucky girl who has a CRAZY support group behind me.

Lately I have had such issues with time management (I think that has been an apparent theme in my blog ;-) ) but that is what happens when you own a house, have a baby and start a new job with longer hours.  I feel like the past few months have been crazy challenging and have really pushed me to continue to nourish my strengths and learn to build healthy mindsets, healthy relationships, bond with my son, and try to be a better friend and wife.  I want to thank the friends that have stood by me through this transition because I finally see the light… it has been a rough couple of months.

This month of May is going to be a great one, I’m getting my groove back one new lululemon top at a time:

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I’m challenging myself to focus on renewal.  I’m going to stress less, yoga it out more and really start getting mileage in.   I have found that I make excuses for skipping workouts:  Evan’s teeth, Hector’s hours, my exhaustion ..  Yet the common theme is if I don’t get them in I’m miserable.

I’m also taking on a 30 day smoothie challenge and have ROCKED days 1-3 so far (today is day 4, and I’m thinking after workout smoothie):

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I must say, and this might be counter-intuitive  but ever since I had Evan, I appreciate my body so much more.  It has done AMAZING things, and really held up and even when I eat pizza and add mayo – it holds up. ;-)  It is still giving Evan a MAJOR part of his diet, and it is still keeping me moving.  So this month I’m going to focus on chiseling in some of the finer lines and cleaning up my eats a bit more and cutting back on the sugars! I have no idea where the need for sugar is coming from, I bet something is lacking from my diet or because I’m always tired I crave the sugar rush? Either way – that is one of my major goals this month!

Today is going to be nutzo just like any other day – Gym, shopping (TJs, Costco, the norm), desert making for a bests baby shower (ha, less sugar but lets cover oreos in chocolate ;-) ) – and some cuddle time with that little man that lights up my life.

Any plans?!

xoxo