Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Photos from Quinn’s Camera 4

Good morning!

Qman is on a photographing spree recently, so I wanted to share another batch of his pictures. My first few blog posts featuring his photos were such a big hit with you guys, maybe they’ll become a regular feature on CNC. Quinn’s photos give a little insight into his life as a 3 year old – I hope you enjoy them!

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Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl

This Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl is creamy, delicious and super EASY to make with a variety of fun toppings and fresh fruit!

This Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl is creamy, delicious and super EASY to make with a variety of fun toppings and fresh fruit!

Summer isn’t over just yet so I’m making the most of it with this crazy delicious Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl!  I’m such a fan of smoothie bowls because not only are they super easy to throw together on busy mornings or lazy Sundays, but you they look so pretty and require fun toppings!

Smoothie bowls are so customizable too which make them really fun to make.  As I said before, I love adding a variety of toppings like fresh fruit, homemade granola (recipe coming soon!), chia seeds, hemp hearts, etc.  There are so many different flavors and variations that you really can’t mess this up so just whip out your blender and give some a try!  I always have frozen fruit on hand and even freeze bananas once I know they’re pretty ripe since they make smoothies nice and creamy.  Feel free to throw in some greens as well such as spinach or kale!

Hope you all enjoy this smoothie bowl and cheers to enjoying these last few weeks of summer!

Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl
 
Serves: 1 Serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • Ice, for thickening
Optional Toppings:
  • Fresh fruit (I used blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • Granola
  • Hemp hearts
  • Chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Add all your fun toppings and enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 bowl • Calories: 121 • Fat: 1.8 g • Saturated Fat: 0 g • Carbs: 19.4 g • Fiber: 5.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugars: 10.9 g • WW Points+: 3 • Smart Points: 4

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5-Minute Face (Effortless Beauty)

Hi, guys!

I wasn’t sure whether I should devote an entire blog post to Beautycounter’s 5-Minute Face, but the deal is just TOO GOOD not to share! And if you’re interested in cleaning up your beauty products (which can definitely affect your hormones – yes, I’m obsessed), it’s a great way to discover what Beautycounter is all about.

The 5-Minute Face includes six of Beautycounter’s most popular products:

  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation (I wear Sand)
  • Touchup Skin Concealer Pen (I use Light)
  • Color Define Brow Pencil
  • Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara
  • Powder Blush Duo
  • Lip Gloss

$178 ($241 value)

Interested to learn more? Check out how the 5-Minute Face can give you effortless style in just 6 quick steps (#momlife). Then, just select the combination of products that best works for you!

If you guys have any specific questions about products, please don’t hesitate to contact me (or just leave a question in the comment section below). My goal is to support you on your journey to discovering cleaner beauty products. And, as always, I truly appreciate your support!

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One of My Least Favorite Things

Hey, guys!

So, yesterday involved one of my least favorite things: Not eating. I’m off to a colonoscopy later this afternoon, so, in preparation, I wasn’t allowed to eat anything after noon yesterday. Ugh, I’m terrible at not eating, and it will take every ounce of my being to survive 26.5 hours without food. Ok, I’ll stop being so dramatic. I’m sure I’ll survive just fine. I’m just a baby when it to comes to being hungry. Anyway, here’s a recap from yesterday!

I was allowed to eat in the morning, so I had my usual oats mixed with ground pumpkin seeds, collagen, SFH churro protein powder, and a big scoop of sunflower butter.

I decided not to go to CrossFit – mostly because I was sore from the previous two days’ workouts, but also because I wasn’t able to properly fuel my day. I stayed home and worked while Mal and Quinn went to the gym.

Mid-morning, I snacked on a coconut peanut butter Perfect Bar. I figured a figured a high-fat and high-protein snack would keep me satisfied for awhile.

When lunchtime rolled around, I made a rice bowl with chicken, sweet potatoes, and barbecue sauce. I wanted something both filling, delicious, and GI-friendly as my “last meal.”

After lunch, Quinn went down for his nap. I got back to work while Mal did some projects around the house. When it was time to see the eclipse, we went outside with our homemade pinhole glasses (cereal box) to see it.

We eventually figured it out and saw the eclipse  – very cool!

Around this time, I started to get pretty hungry, but I feel like it was more out of habit than anything, so I grabbed a La Croix sparkling water.

When Quinn woke up from his nap, we took a family walk around the neighborhood.

Our big kid peddled his bike all by himself!

When we returned home, it was just about dinnertime. I was legit hungry then, so I broke out some green Jell-O. Yum.

Yeah, I know… eating Jell-O for dinner was not my favorite thing, but I did feel better after I ate the entire bowl.

The rest of the night involved catching up with Big Brother and the really “fun” part about colonoscopy prep, but I’ll spare you the details.

I went to bed early – just so I didn’t have to think about food. I’m allowed to have black coffee this morning before my procedure, so I’m planning a trip to Starbucks to hopefully distract my stomach and brain.

Only a few more hours to go. Wish me luck!

Question of the Day

What’s one of your least favorite things in life that you have to do?

 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Falmouth Road Race – It Was Hot

Hi, guys!

I ran my 5th Falmouth Road Race yesterday, and it was a total blast! I know I’ve said this in previous blog posts, but the Falmouth Road Race is truly the best race ever. The course is absolutely gorgeous, it’s well-organized, and the crowd can’t be beat – it’s basically like running through a party for the entire 7 miles! If you’re a runner, I highly recommend that you put this race on your bucket list!

Race morning started bright and early with coffee and breakfast.

I ate my usual go-to, pre-race breakfast of toast with peanut butter and banana. This meal never lets me down!

After breakfast, Marisa and I got ourselves ready for the race and then headed out to battle traffic and find a place to park. Falmouth is crazy the morning of the race, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to get ourselves to the buses to take us to Woods Hole. (The race is point-to-point, so the buses shuttle you to the start line.)

We arrived at Woods Hole at about 45 minutes before the start, so we had plenty of time to use the Porta-potties and snap some photos.

I just had a the photo below because 1) it cracked me up and 2) it just shows you how sunny and hot it was the day of the race!

And here’s the Instagram-worthy photo! 🙂

The race started at 9:00 AM, and we were over the start line about 10 minutes later. (The race organizers use a wave start and we lined up in the middle of the 9-minute group.)

Ready to run!

The first mile of the race was super crowded, but I was more than okay taking things slow and steady. The course winds around Nobska Lighthouse, which is just the prettiest sight, especially with thousands of runners in the distance. It continues along a number of semi-hilly roads, which I immediately felt. Ugh. I was a little worried with how blah I felt during the first two miles (it was already pretty hot), so I set a goal to not stop running and just enjoy the race experience.

  • Mile 1: 9:09
  • Mile 2: 9:49

Around mile 3 or so, the course flattened out along Martha’s Vineyard Sound. The sun was blazing down, so I slowed my pace a little, but I didn’t let myself stop. I also took advantage of the water stations (I must have dumped a half dozen cups of water on my head) and spectators spraying hoses along the route to keep cool. It was blazin’ out there!

  • Mile 3: 9:20
  • Mile 4: 9:49
  • Mile 5: 9:44

The final couple of miles of the race were totally packed with spectators.  It was awesome! Everyone was having such a great time, so it gave me a little boost to pick up my pace.

  • Mile 6: 9:15

The last mile was by far the toughest – it was so hot and my legs felt like a million pounds (dang, deadlifts and box jumps), but I knew there was a huge hill right before the finish line, so gave it everything I had to finish strong.

  • Mile 7: 8:45

Total: 1:05:39 (9:23)

It definitely wasn’t my fastest Falmouth Road Race, but it wasn’t my slowest either. I’m glad I was able to finish without stopping – and without any pain! I’ve had a rough run with injuries this year, so I’m extremely grateful that I was able to complete the race without stopping – and with a smile on my face (total cheese, but so true)! 🙂

Once I crossed the finish line, I grabbed ALLTHEWATER and then a few snacks from the refreshment tent.

Including my favorite Health Warrior bar – vanilla almond!

Woohoo! We did it!! And, bonus, we got medals this year. Every five years, the race gives away finisher medals, which was such a nice surprise! 🙂

What a race! The Falmouth Road Race is definitely still my favorite! 🙂 THANK YOU, Health Warrior for providing me and Marisa with bibs this year. I can’t express enough how thankful we are to experience such an amazing race!

P.S. Health Warrior kindly offered you guys 30% off on anything in the Health Warrior store with code carrotsncake30. I hope you decide to cash it in – I am definitely going to order some more vanilla almond bars. They’re perfect for seed cycling! 🙂

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