Happy Friday!!

  1. It’s Friday
  2. There is a long weekend
  3. We have Ben’s 1st birthday party on Sunday!
  4. The Hubs and I have date night on Sunday (thank you mom and dad!!)
  5. Grey’s Anatomy came back last night and it’s waiting for me on my DVR :) and Walking Dead comes back on Sunday.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile then you know that I like to fun blogger surveys every now and then. Always, I saw this one Angela’s blog and I figured it would be a different spin on FRIDAY 5 .

So let’s kick of Friday!

Five Places I’m Dying to Visit

  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Fiji
  • A quiet beach with  sun, the Hubs, a drink in my hand and NO children (I’m not picky!)

Five Foods I Eat Every Day 

  • Nut Butter  ( I could name five different kinds but I pretty much consume at least 1-2 kinds every day!
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Hummus
  • Coffee with almond milk (too me, my coffee is just as important as other foods that I eat!)


Five Talents I Wish I Had

  • Being good at a team sport
  • Actually making the crafts that I pin on Pinterest
  • Being able to throw together a outfit!
  • Decorating ability
  • Play a musical instrument

Five Healthy Food Bloggers I Wish Would Cook For Me Every Day

Five Things I Wear (Almost) Every Day

  • Mizuno running shoes
  • Nursing Bra
  • A sports bra
  • Sweatpants (that I put on as soon as I get home from work!)
  • Earnings that represent my kids that the Hubs gave me.

Five Movies I Can Watch On Repeat

  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Remember the Titans
  • Field of Dreams
  • Breakfast Club
  • Big

Five Random Things I Ate Yesterday


  • Overnight Buckwheat Oats with Pumpkin and Nut butter
  • Hardboiled egg
  • Pumpkin Lentil curry
  • Sautéed green beans and cauliflower rice
  • Soup

Your turn! Pick a topic and let me hear your 5 things.  


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Green Blender Review and Discount Code

We are a smoothie loving family!  We enjoy them for breakfast and lots of times for snacks on the weekends!  We’ve even had them with dinner when I make breakfast for dinner.  “Brinner” is a household favorite.

Although I wish I had time to sit down for breakfast and enjoy my meal 7 days a week, it’s not realistic.  Our mornings are busy busy busy!

The folks at Green Blender sent me one of their smoothie boxes.

Inside you get recipes, pre measured ingredients and easy to follow directions for 5 smoothies!  The even send smoothie straws!  They’ve seriously thought of everything.


Although the smoothies are very different from what I am use to they are amazing!!  Using ingredients like squash and cranberries were a change for me but a wonderful change!img_7089

Each recipe tells you why the ingredients were picked and how they go well together and why they are good for you.  Inside the box is also a bag filled with “boosts”  like hemp sends, pea protein powder, cashews, dates, cinnamon and walnuts. img_7029

Our favorite was the creamy orange carrot!  It seriously tasted like a creamsicle!  Remember those?  img_7054-1The Green Blender makes it so easy to have healthy, filling and incredibly tasty smoothies within minutes!  Just pull the ingredients form your fridge, wash, dump in your blender and add water and ice.  Each recipe is 2 servings.  Although I found myself really doing 1 1/2 servings and Sara enjoying the rest!

If you want to give Green Blender a try, you can use the code RUNNINGMAMA  and get 20% off your first box.  You can also find a ton of great recipes on their website!

Are you a smoothie person?

Disclosure: I received a box from Green Blender in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own. 

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MIMM: Date Night, Running and The Perfect Day

Happy Monday!

We had a great weekend!  Did you?  I actually made a comment to the Hubs on Saturday when we were out that Saturday was pretty much the perfect day.

It started with a great run outside, which I repeated again on Sunday!


Then while B napped and the Hubs hit the gym I did some MAJOR organization and cleaning of my closet!  It felt amazing. Does anyone else feel good after they purge stuff?


Sara and I got our haircuts and came home and had lunch and then I got out for an hour to get a manicure. (ALL BY MYSELF!)  We neglected to get a picture of our new and shorter haircuts, but we are both big fans!

We topped off  the day with our amazing and wonderful date night at The Stained Glass Wine Bistro

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Our entire dining experience was outstanding!  Everything came out beautifully!  Their “grilled cheese” dessert was OMG!!  You can check out my full review on Facebook!

Date night is so important and thankfully we have a couple more scheduled this month!

Sunday started like this!  I wanted to hold onto this moment forever.  In reality it only lasted a few minutes but I loved it.


After my morning run and B’s nap we got busy doing food prep, lunch prep and Super Bowl party prep.  The word of the day on Sunday is usually PREP!

Did you watch the Super Bowl?  I caught some of the commercials and a portion of the game at the party we were at.

What would your “perfect day”  include?

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Ultimate Coffee Date: February 2016

Ahh another month is here which means we are another month closer to spring and more importantly summer!!  While I’ve expressed my jealously to those of you who have experienced a major snow storm, I still love summer the most!


Thanks to Coco @ Got 2 Run 4 MeLynda @ Fitness Mom Wine Country, & Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother for hosting the party!

I’m kicking if off early since it is Friday and who needs to wait until Saturday for coffee :)

If we were having coffee I would tell you that Hubs and FINALLY have date night tomorrow.  We had some poor planning in January and attempted to do the whole last minute babysitter thing and it failed MISERABLY!  So this month we have sitters lined up!  We are absolutely at the point where B can’t go out to restaurants and well we figure if we are going to spend the money on eating out we might as well enjoy ourselves…. without KIDS!!  We are headed to Stained Glass Wine Bistro tomorrow night thanks to an amazing opportunity that I am getting through the Chicago Food Bloggers!!  Expect some drool worthy pics on Monday!!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that Sara and I are getting out haircuts tomorrow!  We do it every 3 months or so and it’s long overdue! Can’t wait!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that Sara and the Hubs are headed to the Daddy/Daughter Dance tonight.  It’s pretty much light a rite of passage around here.  They are both so excited!  While they are gone dancing the night away I am thinking about binge watching season two of Transparent!  Has anyone finished it?  I loved season 1 so I don’t expect season 2 to disappoint!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that last weekend it was mild enough to run outside both days and hopefully it will like that this weekend again!!  My outside runs got me super excited about spring 1/2 marathon training and summer marathon training.  After not racing for over a year I am getting antsy and so excited!!

If were having coffee I would tell you that B is such a different child than Sara was!  He’s all boy and into so much trouble!!  Climbing… testing the limits and the boundaries.  I can’t take my eyes off him and child proofing this time around has taken on a whole new meaning!


Note that I didn’t put up on that table… he climbed up there himself!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that next weekend is B’s birthday party and I haven’t even ordered the cake or the food!  Ugh… need to get my act together.  Thankfully the place, entertainment and people are all set!  Hey, at least I remembered to send out the Evite!?!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I love throwing random dinners together!  Last week I set out to make all the dinner from what was in my freezer and we totally did it.  Of course I also had fresh veggies and sweet potatoes but last night after I put B to bed I threw together another amazing dinner.  Well.. amazing to me and just for me since Sara was out to dinner again with my parents and the Hubs was at work thing!


Trader Joes Riced Cauliflower, Broccoli and Farmers Market Paleo Veggie Burger!

Speaking of my parents, If we were having coffee I would tell you how HAPPY we all are now that they have returned from their month in Florida!!  Yeah mom and dad!  I firmly believe and have always said that it takes a village to raise kids and while I loved that my parents got out of the cold for the month of January we were very much missing a part of our village :)  Happy we are all back together now!

So if we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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WIAW: Day in the Life

It’s been awhile since I have done a day in the life and WIAW post!  While our days are always super exciting they are certainly busy!!


5am the alarm goes off.  I almost felt “late” as typically I wake up on my own just before 5am.  I run downstairs pump for a handful of minutes and then change to get on the treadmill.

5:25am I am on the treadmill and again feel a bit rushed.  Lately, B has been waking before 6am and while we keep him in his crib until 6 I know I only have time for a short workout today.  I run 3 fast miles and decide to save the pushups, planks and stretching for the evening.

6am I am in the shower and B is still asleep!  It’s a win already!  I shower, get dressed and head downstairs to pack lunches.

6:25– It’s a freakin miracle both kids are still sleeping and for the first time in a long time I enjoy coffee and silence!


6:35- B is up!! Happy as a can be and so am I!  I nurse him and get him ready for school.  We wake up Sara around 6:50 and get her dressed.

7:15- Sara and I drop off Ben at daycare. One to two days a week I don’t take Sara to early care and so we come home while I get work down and have breakfast together! While I get some work down and a little food prep for dinner!

Breakfast was an amazing smoothie from Green Blender.  I’ve been enjoying their smoothies since last Friday and the Creamy Orange Carrot was perfect since it was loaded with Vitamin C– I’m fighting a little cold and the combo of the carrots, oranges, and cashews made for an amazing breakfast.  Seriously like a creamsicle!  Side note:  You can use the code RUNNINGMAMA to get 20% off your first box at Green Blender!  My full review is coming next week!


8:30- I take Sara to school and head to the office. I’m thankful that I have ZERO meetings today so I have a full day in the office of catching up on lesson planning, emails and paperwork!  Sounds pretty boring but I am thrilled to have the time!!!

10:30- Snack break while I pump.  I’m down to two pumping sessions at work.  Next week going to try to get to one!!  Even going from 3 sessions at work to two has been wonderful!  I had a couple of these hemp protein balls that I was enjoying during the Runners Reset.


12:00- Lunch.  I’m starving today!!  Drinking tons of water and tea but all I want to do is eat.  I have these days every now and then and I just rolls with it! Thankful for lentil soup that was in my freezer, homemade hummus and peppers.  It’s nasty, rainy and raw and I am thankful to be in my office and not running around!!  I’m slightly jealous again of the snow storm that took place again yesterday that “missed” Chicago.


2:30- Pump and consume a hard boiled egg at my desk.  Trying to really up my protein these days!  Finish up emails and touch base with a few co-workers!

4:00 Pick up the little guy from daycare and head home.  My neighbor gets Sara on Tuesday’s so it’s one less stop I need to make!  The Hubs is home when I get home and we all play!  Sara leaves to go to dinner at my parents house.  They just got back from Florida and are enjoying lots of extra time with her! So it’s just the 3 of us for dinner!

5:00- Leftover BBQ pulled chicken and roasted sweet potatoes and veggies.  Nothing fancy but great!


5:30pm Bath and bedtime for B! Which was nice because it didn’t feel rushed at all!


6:30 Ben is down and while I was putting him to bed the Hubs cleaned and “re-racked” the house as he calls it.

7:00 Sara comes home from my parents and the Hubs gets her ready for bed so I can finish up this post and get a quick plank and set of push-ups in!

7:30 Kiss Sara goodnight and head downstairs  to prep lunches for tomorrow.  Tomorrow is another day and my night entails Chicago Med and tea time!

What did you do yesterday?



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