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5 Minute Workout: A Quickie at the Playground + baby food fun

Tuesday is rest day number 2 after my 17.5-miler on Sunday. I’m eager and ready to run but I follow the plan and use today as an active rest day. Morning time with the family is great…that is if I can get hubby out of bed to join in the fun! This morning I did šŸ™‚ It’s funny how the simplest task…like my husband getting out of bed early and going for a nice family walk can make my morning bright and sunny. I was also getting antsy about putting up a park workout!

We are very, very fortunate to be located 1 block from the neighborhood park! It doesn’t get much better than that unless I had my own park. If I can feed and dress little bug and out the door before it’s too hot, the park will be our main stop! After a quick 20 minute walk with the fam it was playtime for all. Hubs played some bball, bugs took to the rocks and stairs and I headed for ledges and benches to squeeze in a few minutes of working out! Here is a few of the exercises I did. As always I did them one after another.

Push-ups: 2 sets of 15 but I perform them slowly to really work the arms!

Step-ups: 2 sets of 10 per leg.

Dips: 2 sets of 25 or more
Ā Pull-ups: 2 sets of 12 or until I couldn’t do them anymore
Ā Notice how I’m closing my eyes…that sun was a killer this morning! So…you are probably wondering…how does she look so gorgeous in the morning? It’s simple really: 1.) Don’t look in the mirror until right before you leave. 2.) Put you hair in a ponytail. 3.) Find an accessory for your hair that covers most of your head. 4.) Use a million bobbypins to tuck away the stragglers. 5.) Put on random clothes you haven’t worn in ages!

It’s that simple!

What I’m trying to get at with this park workout is that you really do not need fancy workouts every single day. Even just 5 minutes here and there doing basic exercises can make all the difference!

I’ve had a few friends facebook me about healthy food ideas for baby/1-year-olds and thought I’d share a staple in my little girl’s healthy meal plan. Lunch time usually means a sandwich with fruit and veg on the side. Today’sĀ delicacy was a spread ofĀ avocado (fruit),tuna (protein),cheese (dairy/protein), andĀ cottage cheeseĀ (dairy/protein).
To make the spread I mashed up 1/3 avocado, 2 T tuna, a bit of grated cheddar and about 2 T of cottage cheese. The cottage cheese keeps it from being too dry. Simply mash all theĀ ingredientsĀ with a fork and spread on your carb of choice.

I am in love with these thin style buns! Even whenĀ refrigeratedĀ they still stay soft enough for little bug to chew through! I love them for myself because then the sandwich is less “bunny” and I can actually taste all the goods I slap between the slices.

And they are thin! Baby’s side dishes included 1/3 of a banana and then some mashed broccoli and potato which I made last week and froze into cubes. I still find it easier and moreĀ convenientĀ to make and freeze a lot of her veggies.

This is a great spread for adults too…obviously! It tastes nice with some crackers or a pita. I’ll share more baby food ideas when I can get the pics in before the baby goes crazy demanding her eats!

Ok, I’m out. Have a great Tuesday!

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5 reasons why my day ROCKED!

1. Fab brekkie: I opted for some yog, a tiny handful of almonds with 1/3 banana, 1 huge strawb, and 2 T granola! Yummy, sweet and crunchy!

Baby girl Waby had overnight oats. (3 T oats, 3T organic whole milk, 3T organic vanilla yog, 1/2 apricot…stir and soak overnight) She devoured every little bit and some of mine!

2. Lovely family walk. We tested out the baby hiker. First checkout the sun glasses.
Worth every penny. AND she kept them on almost the whole time.
The Test Walk was a huge success. Baby loved every moment. I love how well it supports her!

I think I have the better end of the deal. Hubs carries her; I look at how cute she is!

3. Great little workouts popped into the morning! We took little bug to the park and I shoved this in: push-ups, dips, lunges w/ elevated back leg, pull-ups! Once we got home, I grabbed 10lb weights, a yoga mat and a medicine ball and did this: squats to an overhead press with weights, alternating curls, many minutes of planks and side planks, calf raises with weights, push-ups, a few different exercises with the medicine ball and about 5 minutes of downward facing-dogs to plank moves!

4. Date day with hubs: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Loved it! This was followed by a reunion with Boulevard beer at Buffalo Wild Wings! 6 Wings of spicy goodness!

5. Someone received part of her 30th bday pressie early. Can you guess who?
Hubby surprised me with my Forerunner305 running watch! YAY!

And it’s still 2 1/2 weeks till the big b-day! Hubs decided that with 17.5 miles on Sunday (no, that is not a typo), I needed my watch early!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s all set and ready to go for tomorrow! I am so glad that hubby knows how to take a hint šŸ˜‰

I love it so much that it’s coming to bed with me! xoxo to my new Forerunner 305 named Betsy! May our runs be swift, painless and dog-poo free!

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Zzz bloody rain RUINED my run!

My brain was hurting after Zumba on Wednesday. Different day, different teacher, different dances and now everything hurts. Not to mention that hubby and I were out until 2am being bodyguards at my brother-inlaw’s gig. I haven’t done 2am in a looong time!

Oh, and how could I forget the 100 Pushup Challenge
Week 3, Day 2 went like this: 20, 25, 15, 15, max out set…I did 27! (90 sec. rest in between sets) THAT’S 102 PUSHUPS!
Like the baby distraction šŸ™‚

This was indeed a 3 coffee day.

I haven’t been neglecting my juicing needs though! Yesterday, I dusted off the orange juicer and got to work.
Wednesday was Orange-Carrot-Apple-Ginger!

Not as good as Carrot-Apple-Ginger but a much-needed energy-booster before I headed to Zumba. My Pi Beta Phi house-mom said that if you drink normal drinks out of a pretty glass, it’d help you feel special. I agree!

Little bug totally approved!

The rain unfortunately RUINED and DESTROYED my run up to Mijas tonight. The day wasn’t completely wasted though. We went scarf hunting as I would like a new one for PARIS! Did I mention I’m heading there in 7 days!!! Info on that later. We also saw our good friends Vicki and Amelia Rose today. The girls are only 2 days apart!

I wallowed about my missed run in a large tub of hot water with a cocktail (my hair was screaming at me for a good scrub)!

Energized…I proceeded to read 15 books to little bug before putting her to bed. I promise something halfway interesting this weekend šŸ™‚



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Runners Nook: Weekend Running

Weekend running DONE and completed!! Woo Hoo!I had a great training partner on Saturday.Ā  Little bug enjoyed the people watching and even took a great little nap during my cool-down. This is us stretching our legs after the 4 miles.

She loves water and this fountain was the perfect distraction so mommy could get in a 15 minute stretch! After our trip to the fruitman for avocados and peaches, I was famished and dug right into a brie and cranberry sandwich on a whole grain baguette.

Little bug even had to wait for her diaper to get changed. Gross, I know. but there was a seriously empty tummy waiting for this.

The rest of my day was mainly spent making a giant batch of soup for little bug and this made-from-scratch carrot cake! We were celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday and I wanted to make her favorite cake.

God bless the Betty Crocker website. She is my go-to-gal when it comes to cakes and frostings!

Daylight saving time in Europe took place and that combined with the cake and wine and little sleep…well needless to say tunes were needed for this 7 mile Sunday run. The Ipod was dead on its heels but luckily for me I still have my “vintage” Mp3 player.

I didn’t even check the tuneage…so what do you think was the first song to blast into my ears?

Dixie Chicks “Ready to Run”

I was pumped! Dixie Chicks bring me back to good ol’ SD and my fabulous friend Andrea. I was more than pleased to start my run to this classic.

I was a bit ambious for this run as it included pavement, about a mile of beach running in the sand, a bit of trail and 6 HILLS. Not little bumps either. I’m talking proper dog-panting, sweat-dripping, arms-pumping hills! My favorite aspect of hills…finishing them! My 15 minute stretch was heaven.

Today was a 3 coffee day needless to say. I set a horrible (but realistic) example and had dessert again around 1 with some leftover carrot cake but redeemed myself with a mega healthy, nutrient packed supper of chicken breast (with garlic salt, onion powder and herbs), roasted sweet potatoes (with nutmeg and cinnamon), and carrots and parsnips (with a sprinkle of salt)!

I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend! Did any of you have a good run this weekend? What kind of tunes do you prefer to run to?



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Nutrition Nook: Soup Made Easy

Will I ever feel my toes again? Will I ever be able to walk around the house without 2 layers of socks on? I live in Spain so therefore we must not get winter! Oh how I wish that statement was true. Once acclimatized, 50 degrees here is equivalent to about 20 back in the midwest. And houses here, they are built to deal with the insane summer heat, not the damp, ugly, gray coldness…which means no central heating and our floors are tiled and there isn’t a sign of carpet anywhere. Carpet…ahh, just the thought of stepping out of bed onto carpet almost makes me warm…almost! So yes, we do get our version of winter here.

Last year when I was pregnant, we had 3 miserable months of non-stop rain. Talk about going stir-crazy! I remember spending my Sunday’s making soup for the entire week, sometimes even 3 different kinds in one go! Soups for me are hands-down the perfect lunch in the winter. Placing my hands around a bowl of steamy soup…ahh, that’s comfort right there. Pair it with a few slices of fresh bread and we’ve got ourselves a sweet meal. This was another huge pregnancy staple for me – Cheap, Easy and Healthyand such an easy way get in your veggie quota for the day. Simply cut up some veggies and throw them in a pot – that’s my idea of cooking! Or even easier, tear open a bag of frozen veggies, throw them in a pot – that IS my idea of cooking!

Once little bug started solids, it was a perfect time to start-up my soup skills! I’ll show you how I make carrot soup, but all you have to do is substitute your choice of veggie(s) in for the carrots.

Ingredients: 1 bag carrots (1 kg or 2.2 lbs), 1 onion, 1 leek, 1 veggie stock cube, spices/herbs of choice, oil or butter.

The leek, onion, stock cube and even the butter/oil are all optional, but I have found that these things make it taste better. If you are not a fan of the strong veggie flavor, add a few potatoes!

For my spices, I decided on nutmeg and ginger. When making carrot soup I also suggest coriander (none on hand) or even curry. Not pictured but added was salt and pepper.

1. Peel and chop carrots, onion and leek

2. Heat few tablespoons of butter or oil in a medium pot, add chopped onion and leek and leave to sweat for a few minutes. Meanwhile, boil a 2-3 cups of water and then dissolve the stock cube in boiled water

3. Add water/stock mix and carrots to your pot. Now add seasonings; you can always add more seasoning when done if you’re not quite sure. Bring to a boil then lower the temp a bit and cover. Simmer until carrots are very tender (anywhere from 15-20 minutes depending on how you cut the carrots)

4. Now chill out, do your taxes, sweep the floor, change the baby’s diaper, fold some laundry…

5. Blend! I like my soup really thick so sometimes I don’t even use all the liquid. If you prefer thin and runny, you may need to add a bit of extra water when blending. You can also add a bit of milk or cream if you prefer a creamier flavor. Cooking this forĀ  baby: eliminate the stock cube and don’t season until you’ve set his/her batch aside.

6. Eat now or re-heat later, or even freeze in batches and use it for work (make sure you let soup cool first before freezing).

You see that glorious steam! Ahh, I can start to feel my toes already! Now that is some wonderfully thick-hearty-yet-sweet comfort food for the last leg of winter!

Served best with some whole grain bread for dippin’ and a tummy that needs to be filled.

Ha, this one looks like an egg! I like my soup sunny-side -up!

COMING SOON: Lookback: Pregnancy 1 year ago. Looking back at my pregnancy journal!

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Nutrition Nook: Cheese Squares (6 months +)

I didn’t move to Spain for the rainy weather, but that is what today has delivered! Crappy, ugly gray skies followed by ruin-any-opportunity-to-do-anything-outside-RAIN! But as a former-farmgirl…what do we do on these days….anyone???…bake some goodies!!!!!

I decided it was time to home-make my little bug a healthy treat and I decided on Cheesy Squares compliments of Healthy First Foods for Your Baby by Caitilin Finch. She says that babies can start on these at 6 months. But I must tell you that they are great for all ages! I remember “borrowing” a few of these off my niece a few years back!

I don’t know about you but I’m totally okay with buying this type of thing from the grocery store but these are so Easy, Cheap and Healthy with, NO sugar, NO salt, and NO added flavoring crap that I just feel better making them myself!! (If you have toddlers, these would be great to make together)

Let’s get bakin’!!

1 c. flour (I used plain, but I’d try whole wheat next time)
3.5 tbsp of butter
6 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp cheese (mild cheddar if you have a baby)

1. Pre-heat over to 355 F or 180 C.

Put flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub together until they form a breadcrumb texture

Add the water and stir with fork


Roll out dough on a floured surface and sprinkle on the grated cheese. Roll the cheese into the pastry.

Fold the pastry in half and roll out again. Fold in half a SECOND time and roll pastry out into a square shape

Cut with knife, pastry cutter or pizza cutter as I used into 1 inch squares, or you can do 1/2 inch strips and twist

Place on tray and bake for 15 minutes until they have a golden color.

Cool and enjoy!

I did this recipe from start to finish in less than 30 minutes…

…all while little bug ran around in her walker!


We had to resort to an indoor workout today. Luckily my in-laws have a nice little home gym next door with a X-trainer/Elliptical machine. I’m not the biggest fan of X-trainers but if I increase my resistance often enough, I luckily can get in 20 minutes before little bug loses interest in her ball workout. Here’s what I did:

This X-trainer goes up to a level 12 and since I only have about 20 minutes of baby bliss, I go hard the whole time. It’s been a while since I’ve done this so I was a bit jello-y when finished!

Level 10 baby! Go hard or go home…well, home is next door for me

My little bug’sĀ  “ball workout”

We followed this with some Mommy & Baby exercises until lunch time! It was nice little workout to start the weekend! Happy, Happy Weekend everybody!

COMING UP: NEW 5 minute workout!

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