Yumbutter Review and Giveaway!

Hello Friends

I really wanted to get a post up yesterday but it didn’t happen!  I spent Sunday  night laying on the couch after the kids were in bed and the tasks for the day were done.  My computer stayed closed all weekend long.

We got our first major snow fall over the weekend.  In just 7 days I went from running outside to embracing long runs on my treadmill.  (More on that another time.)


Anyways, to kick off the holiday vacation!  Woo hoo I am doing a great giveaway with Yumbutter! You all know that I love my nut butters and what could seriously be better then portable pouches of goodness!!!


First off, meet Adrian and Matt, the genius behind Yumbutter who dream to nourish the world!

Our individual journeys have uniquely inspired where Yumbutter is today and where it will go as it continues to reshape the nut butter industry. After meeting and bonding over nut butters, wholesome food, and world-changing business ideas, we set out to achieve our dreams of running the world’s most responsible food company. 

Yumbutter has an amazing  BUYONE:FEEDONE™ mission!


Every time you buy one jar or pouch of Yumbutter, you help feed a child with malnutrition.

So besides this wonderful companies commitment to giving back and helping out these portable pouches are great any and everywhere!


I had to restrain myself from just squeezing it right into my mouth!

I’ve been loving it on bananas, in my smoothies, oatmeals and I just brought back one of my favorite pre-run meals….


Sweet potatoes and almond butter!!  THE BEST!

I’m saving what’s left of the pouches for travel next month!

What to win a pouch of organic peanut butter and a pouch of their almond butter?… I mean who doesn’t!?!

Enter below for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided these pouches are goodness in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own!





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Friday 5: Thanksgiving, Food, Snow and my Little Man

Happy Friday!!  I don’t know about you but it’s starting to feel a bit like the holiday season around here!  I’m hosting Thanksgiving next week and then Hanukkah a few weeks after that.  Then less then a week after our Hanukkah party we will be on a plane to Mexico.  These final weeks of the year are going to go FAST!!  What’s on your Thanksgiving menu!!  Aside from Turkey I am making this brussels dish that I am very excited about!!  I had a hard time making a decision on which brussels sprouts dish to add.  If it was up to me there would be MANY but I don’t think everyone at me table shares my love of brussels sprouts!  Do you love them??

Let’s get to this weeks 5… mostly about food… shocking right!??!


  1. IMG_5785Snow is coming… or so they say.  The actual totals keep changing and I SERIOUSLY hope that we don’t get over 7 inches.  I’m not ready for it.  Last weekend I had two amazing runs outside and while I know it was a gift I’m not prepared for another winter YET.
  2. IMG_5756Vega has a BRAND Vega Sport Performance Protein!  I love Vega and am so excited about trying all of these amazing flavors!   Vega Sport Performance Protein now has:
    • Increased Protein, BCAAs, and glutamine30 grams of GMO-project certified, complete-plant based protein per serving and 6 grams each BCAAs and glutamine
    • Added Performance Ingredients: turmeric, tart cherry, black pepper, probiotics (1 billion CFUs), and bromelain
    • New Non-GMO Project certified Protein Blend:from pea, pumpkin seed, organic sunflower seed and alfalfa protein.

    Our mornings are super crazy here and often involve me running out the door with a smoothie in my hand!!  Are you a VEGA fan?

  3. IMG_5788The Hubs and Sara were so excited about this package that showed up on my doorstep the other day!  They are meat lovers! I’ll be cooking up some tacos on Sunday with  PRE® Brands ground beef and will give you guys my thoughts on all of their meats in the coming weeks!   PRE® Brands is 100% grass fed!
  4. IMG_5719I Heart Keenwah, which I mentioned on Wednesday has been part of my lunches and snacks for the last couple of weeks!  Their Quinoa Puffs are incredibly crunchy and flavorful!!  Their quinoa puffs are made from quinoa flour and pack 5g of protein per set serving! The flavors are unique and so tasty!!  Addicting too… especially the Sea Salt Trio which I managed to polish off on my own in a couple of days!
  5. IMG_5712Leaving you with a pic of my me and little man!!  I love having Thursday’s off with him and while the winds and temps are changing and long walks and mornings are the park have likely come to end for many months I love having the time to just pause once a week and play!

Have a fantastic weekend?  What’s on your schedule? Hopefully we won’t get too much snow but I have a feeling we will be spending more time inside this weekend.

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Day in the life: WIAW

Happy Wednesday!

Great weekend weather took over time on the computer and this week has been busy.  Thanksgiving is next week!!  What??!  I’m linking up for WIAW with another version of a Day in the Life.  I haven’t done one since B was 5 months old! Life has REALLY changed Let’s get to it!


3:00am- The little man wakes up to eat.  He’s been asleep since 6:30 and this is now the average time of his one wake up.  We are going to work on eliminating the night time feeding in the coming month… at least that is the plan.

5:00am- The alarm goes off and I am dead asleep.  Like in full in dream mode.  I struggle to get out of bed but change and go downstairs.  I do my 2 minute plank as the Hubs and I are doing a 30 day plank challenge this month and get on the treadmill.  3.1 miles later I am a sweaty and very awake mess!! 

So glad I got the workout in!!  I never regret it but yesterday it was hard to start it!

5:45 B is stirring.  We he’s been on an early wake up these last few days but my general rule is not to go in to start his day until 6:15 so we leave him in his crib while I jump in the shower fast!

6:00- Apparently Sara has been awake since 5:45 in her room playing with her Shopkins.  Kind of rare for her to be up so early but after I shower I get up and feed him!  By 6:30 we are all downstairs

I pack all the lunches and bags for the day and eat what’s left of the massive batch of oatmeal I made last week.  I add some pumpkin, hemp seeds, almond butter and cinnamon to mine.

By 7:10 we are out the door.  I drop Sara off at her school for early care and then B at daycare.  I have a few extra minutes to play with B at school which is always a bonus.  Then I hit up Whole Foods for an 8am meeting.  Afterwards, I grab a few things for dinner and run home and throw it in the fridge. I pump on my way into my office.  Thank goodness for being able to pump in the car.  It has saved me!

9:30-11:00 I catch up on emails and do some planning.  I have a meeting at 12 so I eat this before I jump in the car at 11:30 to head to my meeting.

After my meeting I get back in the car and pump while I drive back to my office.  By the time I get there and get settled it’s after 1 and I am starving!

I made Oh She Glows African Peanut Stew from her cookbook for dinner on Monday for the hubs and I and have enough for lunch for the next few days! 

I also snack on the what’s left of these amazing crunchy goodness from I Heart Keenwah!

The rest of the afternoon is spent planning for a couple of classes that I have to teach this week and it goes by really quickly.  Yesterday was a horribly miserably day filled with a ton a rain!

3pm I pump one last time before I pick up the kids and have some pomegranate seeds while I finish up everything for the day.


I get into my car at 3:30 and head to pick up B.  I grab him and then pick up Sara who is at my neighbors house.  We get home shortly after 4pm and I unload the bags and the bottles.

The Hubs gets home close to 4:30!  B has been on the lookout!


Once the Hubs gets home I change out of my work clothes into sweats.  Around here we are typically in our sweats well before 5!  I get started on dinner.  We used to eat after B went to bed but we’ve been trying to eat together now that the Hubs is home earlier.  It makes the afternoon crazier but then we are done with dinner and the kitchen is closed so much earlier!  It makes for a more relaxing evening.

5pm: We have chicken taco bowls for dinner!


B has beans, hummus (his favorite) and some squash.


5:45pm: While I bathe B and watch Sara have a Taylor Swift dance party in the bathroom the Hubs cleans the kitchen.  Divide and conquer is the theme of our lives!


Before I put B to bed we all have a little dance party in Sara’s room.  We listen to a whole lot of Taylor Swift in our house!

6:30pm: B is down for the night and Sara is playing in her room.  I head downstairs to make a batch of Sara favorite oatmeal and fresh batch of almond milk.

6:45pm- We won’t talk about Sara’s meltdown that occurred which was probably a result of her 5:45am wake up.

7:15pm- Sara is down and the Hubs and I FINALLY sit on the couch.  I work on this blog post and he gets things done for work.  Hot tea, the premier of Chicago Med and one last pumping session all occur before hitting the sack at 9pm!

And there goes another day….

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Are you mornings and evenings crazy too?

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B’s 8/9 Month Update

It’s been 2 months since I last gave you a TRUE update on my little man who isn’t so little anymore!!  It’s crazy to think he’s been here in the world with us longer then he was in my  belly at this point and I know the BIG 1 will be here before know it!!

Remember this…. it was about 8 hours before our little man arrived…


Age:  9 MONTHS on 10/28!!


Height and Weight: 18lbs 6 oz at his 9 month check up on 11/1.  Up from 15lbs 3oz at his 6 month check up!!  I forgot how long he is but he’s in the 50%tile for height and up from the 24%tile when he was 6 months old.

Clothing Size: 6-12 month/9 month and some 12 months too.  B grew a ton over the last couple of months

Milestones:  Babbling “mama/dada/hi/hey/byebye”  Waving goodbye,  clapping, crawling (mostly army drawing) pulling to stand and just moving ALL OVER THE PLACE.  Sara was such a cautious baby… this man… not so much!!  He’s into everything.  I feel like months 8/9 and as we move into 10 are such huge months of development.  B has such a wonderful and sweet personality.  He is always happy (except if he is hungry …) and loves smiling and being with people.

Teeth: At 8 1/2 months we FINALLY cut our first two teeth just days apart from each other!


Likes: Taking baths, eating, moving and talking!  Loves the songs “Wheels on the Bus.” and “If you are happy and you know it..”  Loves to play with his friends at day care, and be with his sister!


Dislikes:  Being kept waiting if he is hungry.  The 4-5pm is probably the hardest.  B never really had a “witching hour” as an infant but he tends to get cranky around the dinnertime hour.  He wants to be held a ton which is hard when I am trying to get dinner on the table for all of us as we now eat much earlier so we can all eat together.  B also hates being changed after his naps.  He just wants to move.  Sometimes I break out in a sweat changing his clothes.

Sleep:  We did some sleep training and things are much better.  B goes to bed at 6:3opm and gets up one to nurse for about 15 minutes anywhere between 3 and 4:30am.  He then goes right back to sleep and gets up for the day between 6:15and 7am.  He takes two naps and they are each between 1 and 1 1/2 hours.  Hoping to work on dropping the middle of the night feeding over the next month.

Best Moment: Right before B turned 8 months his cranial helmet came off.  That was pretty spectacular.


But we have been loving all of the daily changes in our little man!  I love watching him eat and feed himself.  I love watching him explore even it it means that I can’t take my eyes off him for a second and I love listening to him laugh and giggle!!

Worst/Hardest Moment: B has started to develop some slight separation anxiety when he sees me leave the room at home.  Drop off a day care is thankfully not an issue as he is so happy.  We have also struggled a little bit with nursing this month with his teeth.  I have NOT enjoyed being bit but with some firm “NO’s”  things have gotten better.  OUCH!!

Health: 100% Healthy, Happy and AMAZING

Breastfeeding/Pumping I’m still going strong with breastfeeding and thanks to my freezer stash B was able to take bottles of frozen milk for the entire time while I was gone.  I pumped a lot on my trip to keep my supply up and I was worried that our breastfeeding relationship would be affected by me being gone for 4 day but we are totally fine!!  As we approach 10 months, I feel like reaching my goal of 1 year is truly becoming doable.

Eating: B does great with the homemade baby food that I send to daycare.  At home he much more prefers to feed himself.  Breakfast is his favorite meal.  He gets applesauce and pumpkin!  He LOVES pumpkin.  I still make almost all of his food.  I cheat with canned organic pumpkin and Trader Joe’s organic applesauce.  He also loves beets, which is another cheat of mine since I buy steamed organic beets from Costco.  Broccoli and green beans are up there too as far as favorites.


Overall:  We’ve got a wonderful little man who is curious about the world around him!!  Looking forward to seeing what the next days, weeks and months bring! Although he keeps us on our toes these days and is into everything he is just so happy and brings us all so much joy!!  Love him!



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Vacation Highlights from Arizona!

Hi Friends!!

I’m back from my FIRST post baby VACATION!!  When you are with your kids it’s a TRIP!  When you are away with a friend and NO KIDS it’s a true VACATION and we had the most amazing time!!  It was the perfect mix of fun, adventure and relaxation!!

We hit up Arizona for four night and spent 2 nights in Sedona (Probably one of the most beautiful places in this country) and 2 in Scottsdale!

We hiked all over Sedona in some cooler temps (highs in Sedona were in the upper 50’s/low 60’s but when we went Hiking on Saturday there was snow on the ground.

Our hikes were all different and we saw so much beauty!  It truly never got old.

We hiked, jump over streams, got our feet wet too many times to count, saw beautiful sunrises and sunsets and ate and drank our way through Arizona!!  We enjoyed some of the most amazing food!!


This was my favorite quote from True Food Kitchen, where we ate on Sunday night!  I pretty much want this in my kitchen or dining room.

I enjoyed my fair share of mules (all different each night…)  who know there were SO MANY different ways to create a Moscow Mule!


I even got to watch TWO movies (one each way on the plane!)  I watched St.Vincent on trip out and McFarland, USA on the way home yesterday.  Both were SOOO good!!  I rarely have time for movies these days!  I haven’t been to a movie theater since before B was born!  There is so much I want to see.

I think the only sad part of the trip was having our chia pudding that we purchased Sunday for our breakfast Monday morning on the plane taken away from us by security because it was not “solid food.”  TOTAL FAIL on our end but who knew!!!?!?

Yes my friends this was TRULY a vacation in every sense of the word.  Of course coming home from vacation to these two and the Hubs was pretty amazing too!


I missed them lots and am happy to be back home!  Anyways, it’s back to work and the normal routines until we take a FAMILY TRIP to Mexico next month!

How was your week?  When was the last time you went on a true vacation?



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