What We Are Loving Lately!

Hello, hello!

Dropping by to share some of some new finds, a new bed for the toddler and other favorites. Let’s go!

Through trial and error, we’ve realized Sammy has a wheat intolerance, [just like her mom]. I spotted these at Big Lots and purchased the chocolate and cinnamon ones. 34471821_10103432996229900_6165704515828842496_nThey are pretty delicious for gluten-free cookies.

Products have come a long way since I found out almost 10 years ago that I had the intolerance.

I spotted this protein bar one day in Walmart and I had to give it a go. I knew it would totally NOT taste like cake. img_5494They are sweeter then the other thinkThin bars I’ve tried and it’s perfect for a sweet tooth without the guilt! 😉

This infant/ toddler swing has been fantastic. 33940791_10103427890382060_4905422486817996800_nThe swing set we purchased had two “big kid” swings and Sammy just isn’t a fan yet (although she knows how to use them).34499434_10103432995361640_695666040595546112_n It’s big enough for her and good side for the babies!

Speaking of babies, they have been teething like crazy and loving the Happy Baby teething wafers. These were Sammy’s favorites too! 35749730_10103446684089320_7340758764301058048_nWe were planning on moving the toddler and Harrison into bunk beds in a year but for some reason, Sammy has grown like a million few inches and the toddler bed just became to short for her. 35686998_10103446537019050_5102733520619438080_nI found this twin loft bed on Wayfair on sale. It was not too bad to put together (and I did it alone) and took under an hour total time.35532005_10103444147951760_8152447896084545536_nI was worried that she wouldn’t be able to get in and out well but with her toy chest being next to the ladder, it adds a extra step. 35660829_10103446536949190_8136087549610295296_nWe opted not to put the slide because I just don’t see how with an energetic toddler, things go well!

My husband purchased this essential oil diffuser for me a while ago, but I totally love it. My current favorite combo to diffuse is a little lavender with Eucalyptus.34508496_10103432996993370_6644250575108046848_n If the babies are being fussy or I want to have a relaxing cleaning sesh, this stuff is my go to!

Hope everyone is having a great week! See ya’ll on the next post. 🙂

 

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‘Sunday Morning’ Oatmeal Pancakes [GF]

Breakfast is probably my favorite part of the day.

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite recipes that I am bringing over from the ‘former’ Nutritiously Sweet.

It’s perfect for your family’s Sunday morning breakfast – or any time!I like to prepare the batter over night (you made need to add just a smidge extra liquid in the morning) or wait about 30 minutes before cooking so the oats can absorb all the liquid. They are very nutritious and filling. 

These do still have protein powder, just not as much. If you want, you can even omit the protein powder* all together and just add another tablespoon of flour. Simple.

If you’re making a batch for a little one under 12 month old, I would omit the protein powder, Stevia & maple syrup. They don’t need it nor will they notice anything. Perfect finger food too!

Feel free to double (or triple!) this batch for a bigger crowd or why not save some for later? These pancakes freeze well once cooked and last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes (serves two “adults” – maybe)

  • 1 Cup GF [Quick] Oats
  • 2 Tbsps GF Flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 tsp Stevia (or sugar of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg, Whisked
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)

Take first four dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Take the remaining ingredients and whisk together; add to dry ingredients and blend well. On a low-medium flame, cook pancake on stovetop.

Wait until pancake bottom is golden brown to flip and repeat cooking on other side. Remove from stove top and let cool, repeat til batter is done (makes about 4-5 pancakes).

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MIMM #5: Cleaning Up “Shop.”

Happy Monday folks. 🙂

Hope everyone is having a fabulous start to the week!

Marvelous is… The weather this weekend. It was such a beautiful weekend here in New England last, this girl got to go to the zoo. Though she didn’t get it much, it was nice to go out and get fresh air with friends!20160311_113404Marvelous is… seeing ab definition. I’ve been working hard at the gym the past few weeks and trying to clean up my diet to see those gains. My workouts are still pretty much the same, which you can view here.20160313_125333-1 (1)Marvelous is… Electrolyte Packets. These packets were only $0.49 at Whole Foods, just mix into a water bottle and go. Now I can carry less and fill up a bottle at the gym. #winwin.20160312_091451Marvelous is… an empty super market. I got to do a little grocery shopping on Sunday and I think that everyone was still sleeping in. It was AWESOME.20160313_105124Marvelous is... Udi’s gluten-free everything bagels. I’m trying to clean up my diet free from most gluten since I do have an intolerance. I just choose to suffer, smart right?20160313_111752-1I’ve been feeling foggy, so I am cutting out my allergens/ intolerance a bit. They are [in case you are wondering] peanuts, wheat, corn, sesame seeds, chicken, green beans, all fish/ shellfish (which I don’t touch at all). 20160313_113609These veggie burgers have both wheat and corn, so I’ll have to put them on the side for a bit. 

Marvelous is… mushy avocado. I’ve been starting to like avocado these days and I found these packets. 20160313_112810I’m 9/10 times always on the go, so this is something both Samantha and I can share. It’s literally JUST avocado.20160313_112836I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!MIMMQuestion: What’s one of YOUR favorite on-the-go snacks?

Are YOU an avocado fan?

MIMM#4: Happy 7 Months!

Happy Monday folks!20160305_103209 It’s been a crazy week. Can we say #gains? #sevenmonthsPOSTpartum.

Marvelous is… this babe! She turned Seven Months on Sunday. Like whoa, wasn’t I pregnant last year?! 20160306_115352-1Oh yes I was and clearly don’t remember a thing from it. 20160306_115355-1Which is good, because pregnancy was tough. 20160306_115521-1Marvelous is… getting back on my gluten-free wagon. I do have an intolerance to gluten but I chose to just take probotics to easy the stomach pain and they do help.20160306_073503-1But I’ve just been feeling too foggy, so I am going to at least cut the cereal and donuts. Cookies? Well I can always make my flourless cookies or head to Starbucks for some.

Marvelous is… getting organized. Remember my making habits post? So I decided to go through Sam’s clothes and organize them. 20160304_152116-1She’s fitting into 12-18 month clothing these days, so I got to organizing 24M to some 3T items we have.

Marvelous is… this guy. I love watching them both interact. He is such an amazing father to our pumpkin!20160305_145854Marvelous is... Plum Organics! Since we still haven’t retried the green beans/ peas and the babe and I are always on the go, these veggie combos are awesome. She gobbled this combo right up!20160303_134144Marvelous is… yogurt melts. We ventured into these this weekend and she didn’t like them at first but after a few tries, she loves them. I like to have things on hand for her. 20160304_145955-1Of course she id still taking about 4-5 bottles depending on the day and if teething is really bugging her.20160303_154320I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday. Thanks lady for hosting. 😀MIMMQuestion: What’s YOUR favorite on-the-go item or snack? 

What’s YOUR BEST organizing tip?

MIMM #39: Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

It’s not secret that pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is in the air. I even contributed and whipped up some nutty pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies this past week.  This fidgety little pumpkin spice though is my favorite of them all. Don’t worry, I’m still consuming other marvelous non-pumpkin things.Of course, some toffee nut Starbucks goodness is always in order. Free coffee? Yes please!I’ve also been obsessed with this marvelous grey pullover from Walmart. Perfect on those chilly mornings before I head to teach or the gym.By the way, I am six weeks post partum, crazy huh?

It’s been another crazy week in my household. Work is starting to pick back up and spending time with the pumpkin is always on the agenda. Go check out the oatmeal cookie recipe – you won’t be disappointing!

Thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous In My Monday. 😀Question: Where do you BUY your workout/ gym swag? I need more ideas!

Nutty Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Happy Sunday! 😀

I’m dropping by today to share a delicious fall treat for y’all – Are you a cookie monster like me?

If you’ve ever heard of the 21 Day Fix Plan or read about it, you’ll recognize these cookies. I decided to do a Fall twist to them. This batch makes 16 small cookies and a serving is 2 cookies (one yellow container treat). 

If you are NOT doing the 21 Day Fix or want to add some “protein pizzaz” to the cookies, I added 2 Tbsps of Vanilla Protein and they tasted pretty bomb. But trust me, these cookies are delicious on their own. 

They also can be made gluten-free and vegan by using appropriate oats and chocolate chips. Yummy as a snack or for a quick breakfast, enjoy!Pumpkin Spice & Nutty Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seed pepitas*
  • 1 Tbsp toasted pecans*
  • 1 Tbsp almond slivers*
  • 1 tsp of maple extract*

Oven goes to 350 degrees; preheat. Combine oats, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl. Then add in applesauce, chocolate chips and nuts/seeds and mix well.  

Drop tablespoon sized cookies on a baking sheet, bake for 14-16 minutes. BOOM you are done!

(*Original recipe has 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of toasted pecans and no vanilla)

Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes {GF Recipe}

I’m almost always making protein filled pancakes.While they are very delicious, sometimes you just need a heartier pancake.

I am sharing with you one of my favorite oatmeal recipes that is perfect for your family’s Sunday morning breakfast. I usually make these for my fiancé and I on the weekends.

I like to prepare the batter over night (you made need to add just a smidge extra liquid in the morning) or wait about 30 minutes before cooking so the oats can absorb all the liquid. They are very nutritious and filling. 

These do still have protein powder, just not as much. If you want, you can even omit the protien powder* all together and just add another tablespoon of flour. Simple.

Feel free to double (or triple!) this batch for a bigger crowd or why not save some for later? These pancakes freeze well once cooked and last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes (serves two)

  • 1 Cup GF [Quick] Oats
  • 2 Tbsps GF Flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 tsp Stevia (or sugar of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg, Whisked
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)

Take first four dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Take the remaining ingredients and whisk together; add to dry ingredients and blend well. On a low-medium flame, cook pancake on stovetop.

Wait until pancake bottom is golden brown to flip and repeat cooking on other side. Remove from stove top and let cool, repeat til batter is done (makes about 4-5 pancakes).

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For a vegan take, check out my vegan oat waffles recipe here 😀