Hi guys! How are we halfway through the week already? For some reason last week felt incredibly loooong but this week is flying!
Morning + Breakfast
I woke up right around 5:30 a.m. and the allure of a creamy cup of coffee motivated me to make my way downstairs, turn on the computer and sneak in a little bit of work before my tiny playmate was up for the day.
I sipped on my coffee and put together a report for a previous PBF sponsor with data regarding engagement, views, etc. It took me a solid hour to compile everything I needed to send over but it felt nice to check off one of the more mundane blog-related tasks I had on my to-do list first thing in the morning.
Once I was done, I made myself breakfast. On the menu for Tuesday’s morning meal was a smoothie made with frozen banana, almond milk, Greek yogurt, almond butter, frozen cauliflower and a handful of frozen strawberries.
As I sipped on my smoothie, I chatted with Ryan for a couple of minutes before he headed off to work just before 7 a.m.
Chase was up for the day soon after and the fun began! His love for books is at an all-time high and he now requests books both before and after nap and bed time. There’s a lot of reading going on in our house these days… And by reading, I mean there’s a lot of pointing out animals, matching the colors of cars and trucks, searching for the tiny mouse on the pages of Goodnight Moon, etc. (I know the Where’s Waldo books are way beyond his age range at the moment, but I have a feeling he will be ALL IN on those books one day because he loves searching for the smallest things in his books at the moment. Where’s Waldo books always remind me of my childhood dentist’s office.)
Once we made our way through a couple of books, I wrestled Chase into his clothes… and I really do mean wrestled. Getting Chase dressed and changing his diapers = Wiggly chaos these days. With a hastily-dressed toddler on my hands, we made our way downstairs for breakfast before heading off to a morning Burn Boot Camp class.
Upper Body + Core Stack Workout
Our Tuesday/Thursday morning swim lessons ended last week so I am excited to add a few more BBC workouts to my weekly routine now that our schedule allows for it again!
Tuesday’s workout was an upper body + core stack workout.
Stack workouts are admittedly my least favorite of the BBC workout formats we do during boot camp because they feel so darn repetitive but this one wasn’t too bad! It incorporated upper body strength exercises (my fav) and core work which – while challenging – doesn’t usually made my heart rate skyrocket. It was formatted as a partner-style workout and I went through it with my friend Lauren which made it fly by!
After my workout, I snacked on the RXBar I had in my bag and gave Chase one of his beloved Earth’s Best Organic Sunny Days Bars (his favorite food of the moment) as we headed off to Gymboree.
With swim lessons conflicting with Gymboree, we haven’t been to Chase’s favorite hot spot in a while and it felt good to be back!
Chase was clearly in heaven running around and playing with his little friends.
Afternoon + Lunch
We said our goodbyes after Gymboree was over and headed home to leash up Sadie for a quick walk around the neighborhood before lunch.
We got back in time for Chase to dig into a quick lunch that included a cashew butter and jelly sandwich, cucumber slices and raspberries before it was time for his nap.
Once Chase was settled in his crib, I ate an apple as I threw together a quick lunch for myself that included sautéed squash and zucchini, two chopped teriyaki salmon burgers and reheated roasted potatoes.
While the squash and salmon burgers were sizzling away in a skillet, I prepped a marinade for chicken thighs (I followed my easy baked chicken recipe but added rosemary and garlic) and chopped and roasted some veggies so I could quickly throw dinner together at the end of the day.
I ate lunch at my computer while I began working on some upcoming blog posts, including my summer reading list! (Flashback: Last year’s Summer Reading List post includes 10 books I previously read and loved if you’re looking for something to read in the meantime and my Books page is constantly updated with new favorites. This year’s list will be a little different and include 10 books I cannot wait to read.)
Chase was up from his nap around 3 p.m. and after we read a couple of books in his nursery, it was time for a quick snack before we made our way to a friend’s neighborhood pool for a play date with a bunch of my girlfriends and our little ones!
Side note: If you are coconut-obsessed like I am, you must try Pure Organic’s cashew coconut bar. It tastes like an ooey-gooey coconut cookie bar!
Chase is all about swimming and splashing in the pool these days and had a blast filling cups of water, crawling around and practicing his kicks in the kiddie pool and running his toy tractor under spouts of water. I loved chatting with my friends and laughing at our energetic toddlers as they had a blast!
My friend Carrie and I were the last ones at the pool and headed home a little after 6 p.m. As I was loading Chase in his car seat, I received a call from Ryan telling me he was on his way home from work. Perfect timing!
Ryan and I pulled into the driveway within 30 seconds of each other and after saying a quick hello, I put chicken thighs in the oven to do their thang while I grabbed a shower and Ryan played with Chase.
Once I was nice and clean and the chicken was ready, I reheated the veggies I roasted earlier in the day and dinner was done!
After dinner, we played in the living room with Chase and did about 20 rounds of “This Little Piggie” (no exaggeration) before it was Chase’s bed time. Once Chase was all settled in his crib, I joined Ryan on the couch for two episodes of House of Cards.
I almost fell asleep a few times on the couch while we were watching even though I think the fifth season is pretty entertaining so far but once we made it upstairs and crawled into bed, I was wide awake again and couldn’t fall sleep. I hate it when that happens!
Despite a rough night’s sleep, I am hoping today will be a good one. Aside from the usual to-dos, I have an appointment to see the dermatologist (gotta keep up with getting my skin checked!) and need to start packing for some upcoming travels this weekend.
I hope you guys have a good Wednesday!