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#toddlerlogic at it’s finest

Happy Labor(less) Day!

This morning started off beautifully.  We came home from camping early because clearly B is too young to go.  I was anything but relaxed so I told my husband to stay and enjoy himself while we went home and did our thing. I had to work on the kitchen anyway (new kitchen remodel begins on Tuesday!)

So back to this morning; it’s quiet, crisp outside and I get B watching cartoons while I cook breakfast and start emptying out the kitchen.  We eat, relax, color, play with stickers and then the little dude tells me he wants to go for a walk.  Why, YES, my son!  I’ll admit, it’s been very lazy around here since I’m recovering from suspected food poisoning so his wanting to move around got my *ss in gear.

But wait….he doesn’t want to put on clothes.

So there I was tripping over myself trying to get dressed with a half naked giggling toddler clinging to my ankle.   Finally got my clothes on injury free and attempted to get the dude dressed when he threw an epic meltdown sh*t show.

“B, do you want to go for a walk?”
“Then you need to put on some clothes.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!” (flinging body to the floor)

So I had to pull the at-home equivalent of “I’m turning this car around!”

…..I got back into my PJs.

It’s not often I want to put on pants and go outside but I’ve found an exception.  These Flux Joggers from Athleta.  Don’t ask questions, don’t argue.  Just go buy these and thank me later.

While I was hoping to get an Instagram filtered picture walking B in these joggers this morning, looks like that isn’t going to happen at the moment.




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Setting a Standard?

This is absolutely my favorite time of year to run.  The crisp fall air, the smell of leaves and the bright colors…..what’s not to like?


The smell of leaves is up there with a spring rain and wood burning in a firepit.  If it was a perfume, I’d wear it.

So as I was running it occurred to me that I am better shape now than before I had B.  (Although I don’t look it).  I’ve done 2 half marathons,  which I would have gotten no where close to doing before and I have 2 more endurance races being ironed out.

I figured out why. I was over training and under eating.

I thought I was doing everything right, but doesn’t everyone?  I thought I was doing myself good by working out 7 days a week and eating insane healthy.  Or what I thought was healthy.  Since having B, I have slacked off a little bit….I work out 4 days a week on average. I will admit, I wish all my rest days were active rest days, but they are not.  Not to say that I’m sitting on my behind all day when I don’t workout; that’s not the case.  If only housework, running errands and all the things that Mamma’s have to do was considered “active” rest.

I have also eased up on my food.  Not many actually enjoy snacking on raw pepper strips but to my surprise B does!  Younger me would make baked chicken with avocado and roasted brussels spouts but why would I want to torture my son like that.  I want B to enjoy food, as all kids should.  Heck, as EVERYONE should!

So the next time I start getting down on myself or start giving myself a hard time about the extra 5#, I’m going to look back on this and remember what it is I have accomplished in such a short amount of time.

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Soups On!!

It’s that time of year again!  Got my sweatshirts out and pinteresting a ton of soup recipes that I want to try out.  But first, caldo verde.

I’ve had my eye on the chorizo for a better part of the end of summer.  Finally when I first saw my breath in the morning a week ago, I knew it was time.

My brother in law is Portuguese and his mother introduced us to this soup.  It is probably one of my most requested soups….other than my mom’s roasted eggplant soup, my brothers posole and a decent green chile.

My black bean soup is out of this world too.

Back to caldo verde.  It’s a very healthy broth based soup made with kale and chorizo and can easily be substituted with collard greens and any spicy sausage that you can find.  Honestly, if I cannot find chorizo, I don’t make this…..so I cannot vouch for any substitutions.

There is a nice simple recipe…but I added garlic and chili flakes when I sautéed the onion.

Thank me later. Now go cook!


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