Tropical Pineapple Banana Smoothie (WIAW #27)

Happy WIAW!

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With the weather in Boston becoming hot, hot, hot, my smoothie addiction is becoming out of control!  I’ve been enjoying a smoothie a day so it was no surprise when all I wanted for dinner the other night was yet another cold, refreshing smoothie.  Not only is a smoothie the perfect snack or meal any time of the day but there’s also en endless amount of ways to make a smoothie…  you’ve got the super healthy green smoothie, the fruit-filled smoothie, the tropical coconut water smoothie, the creamy greek yogurt smoothie, the protein-packed smoothie and on and on.  So many amazing options! 

But before we keep talking smoothies let’s start with my foods + drinks from earlier in the day…  

Here’s ‘What I Ate Wednesday Last Sunday’:

Breakfast – 7 am

My morning started with a bowl full of vanilla greek yogurt, blueberries, sliced banana, almond slivers + grape-nuts cereal.

Morning Snack – 10 am

A Peanut Butter Bear Naked energy bar – so good!

Lunch – 12 pm

A turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese wrap with cherries and Cape Cod potato chips on the side.  Oh, and a glass of ice water…  this pregnancy has me chugging water 24/7.

Afternoon Snacks – 4ish pm

I packed a container of strawberries + blueberries for a ‘lil snack at the beach…

and then came home and stuffed my face with Oreos, ughhh.  But it’s OK, everything in moderation, right? ;)

Dinner – 8 pm

Apparently eating too many Oreos left me feeling kinda sick and not super hungry for dinner…   but I knew I needed something to hold me over through the night (plus, I figured the baby could use some more nutrients) so I quickly whipped up a delicious, protein-filled smoothie for dinner!

Tropical Pineapple Banana Smoothie

1 cup coconut water
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

Blend & enjoy!

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What’d you have for breakfast today?  

Do you crave smoothies during the hot summer months?

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Life Lately {According to my iPhone}

Good morning!

Hope you all had an awesome weekend!  I figured I’d do a little recap of my weekend in pictures for ya…

Friday 

Friday after work, Mike and I headed over to Breakheart Reservation for a 3 mile hilly, power-walk through the woods.  The weather has been perfect – mid-70’s, low-humidity & sunny – for getting outdoors and exercising.

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After the walk, Mike prepared one of his amazingly good pizza’s!  It included flat-bread crust, mushrooms, orange peppers, artichokes, tomato sauce and crumbled goat cheese. (We also had grilled eggplant on the side but I forgot to snap a picture).  Home-made pizza is such a better alternative than greasy, calorie-ridden take-out pizza!

Saturday

Saturday started like usual….

with my cat’s face right on top of me.  Seriously, he needs to let me sleep in for once.

Breakfast was a bowl of vanilla greek yogurt, strawberries, Fiber One cereal + a scoop of peanut butter and Dunkin’s coffee w/ almond milk (I usually have iced-coffee but forgot to make it the night before, boo… )

After breakfast we (Mike, the baby bump, and I) headed out for an early 4-mile power-walk around the lake…

and ended our walk at our towns Farmer’s Market.

 I really wish Farmers Markets lasted longer than just the few summer months!  It’s so nice being able to buy fresh foods + drinks…

including this refreshing iced-green tea.  So good!

The goodies that I picked up…  I’ll have to carry more cash with me next time I go.

I ran a bunch of errands during the afternoon, got a mani/pedi, cleaned up the house and then prepared a really, really tasty smoothie to hold me over ’til dinner.

Strawberry, Banana Protein Smoothie:

1 cup coconut water, 1 cup frozen strawberry/banana mix, 1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder + 1 scoop almond butter.  Blend & enjoy!

Sunday

Started off as a lazy morning but we eventually made our way to Cape Cod and then over to Mayflower Beach.

I was able to soak in the afternoon-sun,

hang with my cute, little nephew,

and spend some time reading Self magazine.  Doesn’t this Blueberry Waldorf salad sound/look delicious?

 Once the tide was low enough, I went out for a 45 minute walk along the shore…

Getting my 10,000 steps a day is so much more enjoyable on the beach than walking around my neighborhood. Love, love, love this beach!

I spent the evening chillin’ at my mom’s house with my brother, SIL & two nephews.   It was a perfect weekend of exercising, getting stuff done and relaxing….   which is just what this 35-week prego lady needed. :)

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How was your weekend?  What’d you do?

Does anyone else take pictures of recipes in magazines?  

Five Things Friday

Hello, hello!  Let’s jump right into ‘Five Things Friday’….

1. – As you know, I’ve been obsessed with fresh pineapple and going through 2-3 a week!  Thankfully a whole pineapple costs only $2.99 and it’s super healthy so I’m OK with this obsession {now my out-of-control chocolate obsession is a whole different story}.

 Besides the amazing flavor, do you wanna know why pineapples are so awesome?

health benefits of pineapple

2. –  For the past few weeks, I’ve had the hardest time sleeping at night.  It’s partly due to insomnia and part because my cat tries to sleep on my head.  The cat I can’t really do anything about but for the insomnia I’m hoping that if I read for an hour before bed it’ll help calm my mind.  Does this trick work for anyone?

summer beach ready

I started ‘Beautiful Day’ the other night, ‘Orphan Train’ is the July pick for my Book Club and the other two books look like fun, summer reads. :)

3. – We’re in the final countdown…  baby Doyle is due in only 5 weeks!!  I feel like we’re fairly ready for the baby but still have so much to do.  I know you can never be fully prepared for a baby but I’m hoping to finish up some more things on our to-do-list before the little one arrives.  First up, is to actually write out a to-do-list. ;)  

As for classes, we’ve already taken the ‘Baby 101’ class, the ‘Birthing’ class and hospital tour but we still have the ‘Infant CPR & First-Aid’ class and I have a breast-feeding class in July.  And we need to install the car seat {and have it checked by the fire department}, finish the nursery, buy more baby supplies, etc.  Maybe I’ll write a post on our ‘Baby TDL’?

4. –  I’m still keeping up with my 10,000 steps a day!  I’d say 90% of the time I’d rather drive home and chillax after work but I force myself out for power-walk and always feel a million times better once I’m done.  

Yesterday’s walk was a really peaceful one…  

It was just me, the baby bump, a little reggae music on Pandora and a hilly, 3 mile loop in the woods.

5. –  I’ve been really slacking with my dinner’s lately but on a good note, I’ve been eating more Panera Bread.  I’ve been a huge fan of Panera for years and even worked there during college.  Last night’s dinner included the delicious ‘Strawberry Chicken Poppyseed Salad’ + a glass of water with frozen strawberries. 

And I also enjoyed a big ol’ chocolate chip cookie after dinner…   Perfect dinner for 1, right? 

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Happy Friday, everyone! :)

Blueberry Paleo Pancakes (WIAW #26)

 Goooood morning!  

You guys ready for another WIAW post?  And ready for an awesome, 4-ingredient paleo pancake recipe?

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Here’s a look into ‘What I Ate Wednesday Last Sunday’:

Breakfast (6:45 am)

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Blueberry Paleo Pancakes! 

I’ve been making these pancakes for years since they take only minutes to prepare and they’re perfect for a guilt-free Sunday breakfast.  Plus, they contain only 4 ingredients – and that’s including the blueberries! 

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana
1 egg (cage-free)
1 scoop almond butter
1/2 cup organic blueberries

Directions:

1) Mash a banana in a medium bowl, add an egg and almond butter and stir until well combined.*  Pour the blueberries into the mix. 

2) Spray a frying pan with non-stick spray. Spoon the batter onto the pan and cook over medium heat.  Flip when bubbles appear in the middle of the pancakes.  

3) Serve with honey, maple syrup or almond butter and enjoy!  (I topped my pancakes with organic honey & fresh strawberries).

*I’m sure you’ll want to add flour or something to thicken the batter but trust me, you don’t need it. ;)

Morning Snack (10ish am)

larabar

Mike and I attended a birthing class in the morning so I packed a water bottle and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar to hold me over.

Lunch (12:30 pm)

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We had about 45 minutes between the birthing class and the hospital tour so we stopped at a little cafe for lunch.  I went with an all-natural chicken breast, lettuce, tomato & cheddar cheese on whole-wheat bread panini.  I also had a little bag of chips and pickle with the meal.

Afternoon Snack (5ish pm)

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A banana before my work-out (btw I’ve definitely ‘popped’… )

Dinner (7 pm)

yogurt bowl

 I was still hot from working-out and craving something cold for dinner so I went with my beloved yogurt bowl.  In the mix: vanilla greek yogurt, chia seeds, strawberries, GoLean cereal & a big scoop of peanut butter (<– for the extra protein = stay full longer = happy, pregnant Julie :))

Thanks Jenn for hosting the WIAW  link-up!

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Do you love yogurt bowls/parfaits?  What do you add to yours?

What’s on the menu for today?

 

Wild-Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa

I love, love wild-salmon.  Not only is it such an easy dish to prepare but it also has tons of health benefits including:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • High Quality Protein
  • Essential Amino Acids
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin E

In the past, Mike and I usually ate salmon a couple of times a month but since I’ve been pregnant we’ve really made an effort to have it at least once a week.  Salmon is loaded with DHA which is a fabulous fat for boosting the babies brain power.  Heck yeah!  

And I know it may be tempting to buy the farm-raised salmon since it’s so much cheaper (like $10 per lb cheaper!) but as I’ve mentioned in other posts, it’s really not worth it.  On the days we’re having salmon, I usually look online to see if any local grocery stores (Shaws, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods…) have salmon on-sale.  If they don’t, then I just remind myself of all the health benefits we’re gaining by eating the fresh, wild fish instead of the gross farm-raised fish.

Alright, and now on to the simple, quick, delicious, and so flavorful recipe…  

avocado mango salsa

Wild-Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa

(2 large serving sizes)

Ingredients for the salsa:

  • 1 medium diced avocado
  • 1 ripe diced mango
  • 1/4 cup diced orange bell pepper (or any bell pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons diced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion (optional) 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt

Ingredients for the salmon:

  • 1 lb wild-caught salmon
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Sea salt

Directions:

1) Combine the ingredients for the salsa (avocado, mango, orange bell pepper, onions, fresh cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt + pepper) in a medium bowl.  Lightly stir and crush with a fork to mix up the juices then set aside.

2) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easier clean-up) and place the salmon on the foil.  Drizzle the olive oil on the salmon and add salt and pepper to taste.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.

3) Serve the salmon with the salsa spread on top and enjoy!

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By the way, want to know how to buy a ripe mango?

I was at the grocery store yesterday staring at the mix of red and green mangoes and realized I had no idea how to figure out which ones were ripe…  Somehow I’m 31 years old and I’ve never bought a mango before?  So I pulled out my cell phone, googled ‘ripe mango’ and here’s what I learned:

  • Don’t focus on color. It is not the best indicator of ripeness.
  • Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will give slightly (similar to an avocado).

I also wasn’t exactly sure how to cut-up the mango so I quickly checked out this site for easy step-by-step directions. :)

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Do you enjoy salmon?  

How do you usually prepare it?

34 Weeks

How far along? 34 weeks 

Baby Size: The size of a Savoy Cabbage – about 5 lbs and 18 inches long

Total weight gain: 24 lbs

Maternity clothes? Yep, probably about 85% of my clothes are maternity.  Thankfully my workout capris and shorts still fit so I haven’t bought too many new workout outfits.

Sleep: Is alright…   Between being a restless sleeper, getting up to pee at least twice a night & my cat sleeping on my head, it’s really hard getting a good nights sleep.  But on a good note, I’ll be ready for the sleepless nights once the ‘lil one arrives. ;)

Miss Anything?  Booze, running & being able to eat a turkey sandwich without microwaving the deli meat…

Movement: Feeling lots of wiggles and little kicks. 

Best moments this week: I don’t know if this qualifies as ‘the best moment’ but we took a birthing class this weekend and did the hospital tour so now I feel a bit more prepared for everything.  We also had a much-needed, relaxing afternoon at the beach yesterday….  :)

Food cravings: Same as always: WATER, fruit {mostly pineapple & strawberries}, and chocolate…

Food aversions: Nope

Gender: Girl

Symptoms: This shortness of breath thing is getting to be ridiculous…  I can’t even walk a flight of stairs without becoming huffing & puffing…   wtf?  But besides that, I’m feeling pretty good.

Workouts: Nothing too crazy for workouts but I did go out for a 3 mile power-walk all 7 days last week.

 And I made sure to stop at the park benches for multiple rounds of push-ups, tricep dips & lunges.  

And here’s one of my top tips about working-out while pregnant….

stretching

Always, always end your workout with a good stretch.  I know I sucked at stretching back in my running days and really only stretched after 10+ miles runs but it’s a whole new ball game when you’re pregnant.  With your muscles and ligaments stretching and pulling, it’s really important to end your workouts with at least 5-10 minutes of stretching.  I usually just grab my water bottle from my car, sit in the shade and try to make the stretching session a little more enjoyable. :)

Looking forward to: Meeting our girl, of course. And looking forward to my brother, SIL and 2 nephews flying in from Portland, OR next weekend…  I haven’t seen them in almost a year!

Alright, time to log off and watch the World Cup…  USA! USA! USA!   Enjoy your Sunday evening, everyone! 

Currently I’m….

Good morning and happy Friday!  Hope the weekend forecast in your area is as gorgeous as it’ll be in Boston!  Too bad I’ll be at birthing classes on Saturday & Sunday but I’ll definitely get out and enjoy the sunny weather after the class.  Maybe a late-afternoon trip to the beach followed by a BBQ in the yard?

Alright, let’s jump into a ‘Currently I’m… ‘ blog post.  I’ve seen similar ones around the blog world and figured I’d do one myself.  

Currently I’m…. 

Eating….   As I’m typing, I’m eating a Luna bar but in general I’m eating lots of sweets.  Fresh fruits {mainly pineapple & organic strawberries}, dark chocolate, ice-cream bars…

strawberries

Drinking….   A home-made iced-coffee with almond milk.  So good!

Reading….   A bunch of fun blogs & magazines {Parents magazine, Runners World & US Weekly}.  As for books, my Book Club just selected Orphan Train as our July book so I’ll start that as soon as I pick up a copy.

Obsessing over….  Everything at JCrew Kids and Pottery Barn Kids.  I used a gift card yesterday and picked up some items at PBK’s for the nursery including this adorable elephant mobile…

elephant mobile

and this tote bag (without a monogram):

diaper bag

We already have a SkipHop diaper bag so I’m thinking I’ll use this as a daycare bag? :)

Watching….   Not a lot, actually.  I just finished catching-up on Scandal (obsessed!) and now I’m just watching The Real Housewives and some other not-so-great shows.  I’m also giving Season 1 of ‘Orange is the New Black’ another chance but (don’t hate me here) I’m not loving it…

Listening to….  Pandora.  Currently I’m jammin’ out to Jack Johnson, Slightly Stoopid, Coldplay & Dave Mathews stations.  I’m hoping the mellow music will help produce a happy, chill baby.  That’s how it works, right? ;)

Recommending….   1) Everyone go buy a pedometer.  Seriously, it’s such a good investment – my Fitbit gets me off my butt and out for a walk on a daily basis.  

pedometer

And 2) Everyone watch the documentary ‘Vegucated’.  I’ll admit I still haven’t finished it since I kept crying at the scenes with animal abuse but I’ll finish it this weekend. {PS it’s available on Netflix}

Loving….    Everything CORAL!  Nail polish, jewelry, shirts, sundresses, diaper bags…

Feeling….   Excited/tired.  Excited that I’m only a few weeks away from meeting my little girl but I’m definitely feeling tired from my lack of sleep at night.

Craving….   Besides a bunch of cold, summer beers?  I’m also craving this delicious No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.   How amazing does this look?!

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Looking forward to….   Meeting my baby…  Just 6 weeks to go!!!  I’m also looking forward to a few upcoming trips to the Cape including the 4th of July weekend.  That’s the weekend my whole family gets together for our annual ‘Totten Lobster Fest’!  Oh boy… 

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So what are YOU currently….

 Watching? Reading? Craving? Looking forward to? 

What I’ve Been Eating Lately {WIAW #25}

Happy Wednesday, friends!!!

This week I decided to switch up my WIAW post and instead of showing a day full of foods, I’ll show you guys some of what I’ve been eating over the past few days!  I’m mainly changing it up because I was too lazy to take pictures of my meals through-out an entire day….   For real, my lunches lately are just too boring to photograph.  But I also want to share the foods + drinks that get me excited enough to pull out my beautiful, fancy iPhone camera and snap a picture! :)

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So here’s ‘What I Ate Wednesday I’ve Been Eating + Drinking Lately’:

Green Smoothies…. 

My Green Smoothies vary daily…  Sometimes I’ll use coconut water as the base while other days I use almond milk.  I also switch up the source of protein by including either greek yogurt, almond butter and/or protein powder.   Today’s Green Smoothie included:

2 handfuls spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
1 cup frozen pineapple 
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop whey protein powder

Yogurt Bowls…. 

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Fresh Fruit… 

Paying only $2.99 for a big ‘ol pineapple was the best decision I’ve made in ages!!  I’m LOVING freshly-cut pineapple.

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Iced-Coffee….

I’ve been making the same, delicious iced-coffee for the past few months.  It’s just 1/2 Dunkins’ Hazelnut + 1/2 decaf (only because I’m pregnant) + a sprinkle of cinnamon + unsweetened almond milk. 

And Water…   

Over the past 33 weeks of my pregnancy, I’ve been craving water like crazy!  I feel like it’s even gotten worse over the past week?  I usually just carry my Lifefactory water bottle around with me 24/7 but sometimes when I’m home I’ll add frozen fruit to my water.  Yummmm! :)

**PS I’ve also been eating a lot of chocolate and low-fat ice cream bars but apparently didn’t take any pic’s…   just picture this happening on a nightly basis:

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What have you been eating + drinking lately?

Anyone else crave fresh fruit in the summer?  What’s your favorite?

What Motivates You?

As part of the 30 Day of Summer Photo Challenge, today’s question was…

‘Monday Motivation.  What Motivates You?’

I thought of numerous things that motivate me but as of the last 8 months my main motivating factor is to have a fit & healthy pregnancy.  

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Baby bump and I after a 3 mile power-walk this afternoon… 

Not only does working-out make me a much more positive, happy person but it can also help with labor/delivery and more importantly it’s extremely beneficial for little baby Doyle.  How can you not workout after knowing you’re helping your baby? :)  And here are my other ‘Top Motivators’ to get my butt in gear…

1. – My Fitbit. I told myself that I’d walk 10,000 steps a day/6 days a week and since I’m super competitive with myself, it means I have to do it.  No excuses; just do it!  If you don’t want to pay the $$$ for a Fitbit, any pedometer will do the trick.

2. – Signing Up For A Race. This one always works especially when I’m training for a half-marathon.  I can’t even count the amount of days that I went out for a run on a freezing, snowy afternoon or on a super hot & muggy summer morning.  If there’s a race on the horizon, then there’s training that needs to be done! (so hardcore, huh? ;))

Gearing up for a cold, winter run…

3. – A Workout Buddy.  This a win, win situation.  You have to workout if someone is waiting for you and a workout buddy makes everything more enjoyable. 

4. – Doing An Activity You LOVE.  Back when I lived in Southie, I was right down the street from an awesome boxing gym and loved being able to workout there.  I didn’t even question setting my alarm for 5 am since I knew how much fun I’d have at the 5:30 boxing class.  My new love (besides running) is ‘barre & soul’. :)

5. – Signing Up Online For A Workout Class.  Even though I love yoga and barre, there have been occasions when I really just didn’t wanna go…   but on the other hand, there’s no way I could bail on a class that cost me $15 so I sucked it up and went.  And surprise, surprise, I always left the class feeling a million times better. 

6. – Positive Mantras. I’m a little obsessed with positive workout mantras but that’s A-OK with me.  I just head over to my ‘Motivation’ board on Pinterest and read a few mantras to get me amped-up for a workout.

7. – Bikini Season! Just the thought of being in a bikini in a few weeks or months is enough to get me to the gym or out for a hard, sweaty run. 

8. – Treating Myself. On days (pre-pregnancy) when I didn’t want to workout, I’d tell myself, ‘if you just finish a quick speed workout or hill repeats then you can have a glass or 2 of wine!’  And it worked.  I’d go for a quick 30 minute run and stop at the liquor store on my way home. If wine doesn’t motivate ya, you could always treat yourself with a pedicure, frozen yogurt, a new workout outfit, etc.

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So tell me…   what motivates YOU?

Link Loving Friday

It’s Fridayyyy!!!

 Ha, yup story of my life.  Actually, I can’t wait to take it easy tonight and just run a few errands, work-out then plop on the couch with some take-out & Netflix. :)

I haven’t even done anything out of the norm this week yet I feel so drained…   Maybe this is what happens when you’re 33 weeks pregnant?  I just spent the week working, working-out (gotta get 10,000 steps a day!), and getting stuff ready for the baby, including her nursery.  Oh, and speaking of the nursery, it’s almost finished!  We ordered this glider and ottoman (in the natural/beige shade) from Wayfair.com and put it together last night.  It fits the little space perfectly and so far it feels really comfortable.   We have a few more things to pick-up and then we’ll be done! :)

Alright, and now onto the links!  Here’s what I’m loving this week….

Food

Bali-Date-Smoothie

This Bali Banana Date Smoothie looks delicious! I really need to start adding dates to my smoothies!

Here’s a great list of 15+ healthy summer recipes.

A lemon poppy seed cake is perfect for brunch w/ your friends this weekend.

Looking for a healthy pizza alternative?

These gluten-free peanut butter cookies look amazing and they’re under 100 calories each!

Opps, I refrigerate about 80% of these items…  11 foods you shouldn’t ever refrigerate.

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Fitness

T-Push-Up

Here’s a quick and intense 2 week total-body challenge to get you bathing-suit ready!

I need to start doing the one-minute bikini butt lift ASAP.

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Fun

IHeartDailyPlanner

 So this might not fall under the ‘fun’ category for everyone but I have a crazy obsession with organizing :)  Here’s a list of favorite organization ideas.

Well it’s wedding season!  Wanna know how to dress for weddings?

Here’s a great month-by-month guide on the best time to buy everything.  Apparently we should be stocking up on lingerie and dishware this month…  Who knew?

Somehow Mike and I kill all our houseplants (no lie) but maybe we’ll do better with these 7 unique non-toxic houseplants?

And lastly here’s how to get soft, sandal-ready feet for the summer.

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Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! ;)