Friday, August 30, 2013

What's Up This Week

Happy Friday, Everyone! I have a few random things that didn't each warrant their own post so, just thought I'd just stick them all in one.

  • I have a newfound love affair with Twitter. I put it off for years and now I know why. I've spent an average of 12 hours on it everyday since. First it was FB, then Pinterest, then IG and now Twitter. I check it like it's a newborn baby. It's #redic. It totally overwhelmed me at first, but once you get going it's so much fun.

  • I've switched CrossFit boxes. I know. I feel like it's against CF code too, but I had to. It's definitely been a bittersweet thing. It's made me reevaluate it altogether. I love CF like it's my job, but I feel a little bit like it's such an all or nothing sport and the hubs totally thinks I'm crazy. I'm debating on going back to doing my own thing. Note: If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I've said this before, then actually go 'do my own thing', hate it and march right back to the crossfit box with my tail between my legs. 

PS. LOVE having a girl trainer. Breaker however, was not amused...until we gave him a Lacrosse ball...

  • I am so sick of all these flies. I mean, seriously. What purpose do they serve?! I've pretty much been over them since I ate one.

  • I don't get sick. Like ever. It's one of those things I kind of pride myself on. I don't have time to be sick. Well, apparently I got a little too cocky and came down with viral meningitis. Self-diagnosed, of course. That's the beauty of the internet and shows like House, right? Breaker got HFMD (again, self-diagnosed. Ok, I may have a problem...) and apparently viral meningitis is a "complication", which it fully lived up to, by the way.

  • These are more parenting questions. First question: Is it wrong to not keep every. single. piece of artwork? I have seen so many adorable ideas of how to scan them in, make a book, etc., but can't seem to get it together enough to do it. Second question: Is it wrong for telling Charlie that "the mosquitos will get you!!!!" every time he wants to go outside and I don't and now he's developed a fear of every flying object?

  • Oh, and I posted yesterday about creating a Pitbull rescue if I ever won the lottery. I won't get on a soapbox about the ignorance and media-hype surrounding the breed, but I will profess my love for them and responsible ownership/parenting.

Yes, we were the crazy people that had their dogs IN their wedding. :)

Until next week, Lovelies! 

OH! And Sunday is the LAST day to get yourself and adorable and well-deserved Stella & Dot piece and enter the giveaway

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

{Involuntary} At Home Workouts

I love the gym. It is my happy place. As crazy as it sounds, that's where I go to relax and recharge. There aren't many days that I voluntarily don't go to the gym, but sometimes, I legitimately can't get in there - like today when both of the little guys are sick. I thought I'd share with you all what I do when life keeps me out of the gym.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Meal Prep Monday #1

Hi Everyone! 

Time for Meal Prep Mondays! I hope to make this a bi-weekly link-up so, please let me know what you guys think! You can read a little more about why meal prepping is an important routine in my life here

Here we go:

(PS. I meal prepped on Sunday and took this picture on Wednesday, hence the lids on. I'll redeem myself next #mealprepmonday. Promise!)

Here's what went down: 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

{Recipe} Clean Turkey Meatballs

Happy Friday! This week has seriously flown by. I'm such a routine person and when my routine is thrown off, it just rocks my world. Kid No. 2 started walking (last week, actually, but now he's full on running), painters have been here AND I started at a new box on Wednesday. Oh, and cleaned out the entire garage #nbd. Hopefully, that will make up for the Erin Condren I just bought...

I did manage to make these delicious little meatballs and you will love them! They are so good, offer a ton of protein and are easily packable.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Back again this week linking up my eats with Jenn

PS. Pretend that says *august*. K thanks.

Today (yesterday) was my youngest's first day of pre-pre-school. That's a real thing, right? Either way, I've been looking forward to this day for 18 months.

Monday, August 19, 2013

{Recipe} No-Bake Energy Bites

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I ate a fly so, that was awesome. I mean, seriously? How does that happen? Well, word to the wise, don't leave your shaker cups open on the counter and DEFINITELY don't think it's ok to chew while drinking a shake. There's a short list of what you could be eating #lessonlearned.

I've been hittin' the old meal prep pretty hard as of late. It makes life so much smoother - as smooth as it can be with three children (ages 33, 3 and almost 2). It has really helped me eat clean 90% of the time. Dinner is always the hardest for me, but it's been a lot easier since I've been meal prepping. The hardest part is talking yourself into it. Those who do it, am I right? In any case, I've been searching for healthy treats to make in bulk and eat throughout the week and I remembered a girlfriend has sent me this recipe and said her boys raved over them.

I was a little skeptical about these since they had coconut in them, but they are awesome, easy, healthy and totally 'packable'. I changed up the recipe a little, but here's how it's done:

Monday, August 12, 2013

{Guest Post} Eating Clean with an Unpredictable Schedule

Happy Monday!

I apologize for being a little MIA this past week - rough one, but we're back on track now :)

If you've been following this blog for awhile, you probably know that I'm a big fan of being gluten-free {mostly}. I feel my best when I'm 90+% gluten and dairy-free, but that's me and I realize that may not be everyone. I also realize that we're all busy in varying degrees with various things and eating clean sometimes falls to the bottom of our priority list. I believe that you can do anything with determination, discipline and preparation. I can't help in the determination and discipline department, but I'll do my best to help with preparation!

I've asked Elle from The Clean Project to share her tips on eating clean despite a crazy schedule.

Hi, Hello Stripes readers! I’m Elle from The Clean Project and I’m excited to be sharing with y’all today. Big thanks to Niki for having me!

I originally shared this on my page and Niki asked me to share it with y’all too. I work a little bit of a crazy, unpredictable schedule and don’t get home until 1am, so sometimes its really hard to keep eating clean. These are the things I use to stay on track even when I have to eat out of a lunchbox all the time. Of course, these tips also work if you’re just really busy in general or always on the go.