(Sadie says hi from her little cocoon of blankets!)
My day began dark and early, as usual, when I woke up to my alarm and headed downstairs to get a jump start on work for the day at 5 a.m.
I snagged one of the banana muffins I made for Chase earlier in the week to take the edge off my hunger and worked until Chase was up for the day. (I followed Angela’s recipe for vegan banana bread but used whole wheat flour instead of the spelt flour and turned them into muffins. So tasty!) With my little sidekick ready for action at 6:30 a.m., I headed upstairs to scoop him up from his nursery.
I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been thinking of random new ways to enter into Chase’s nursery when he wakes up and he absolutely cracks up when I do something unusual to greet him for the day… Like crawling or doing little frog jumps over to his crib. The unexpected is hilarious to him for some reason and I’m such a sucker for his big belly toddler laughs. Once Chase was dressed and ready, we headed downstairs for his and hers breakfast!
After I set Chase up with his morning meal, I made myself a quick bowl of chocolate protein oatmeal and dug in.
I wanted a warm breakfast to enjoy on a chilly January morning and this one hit the spot! To make the oatmeal, I loosely followed my high protein egg white oatmeal recipe but added cocoa powder and chocolate almond butter to the mix before topping it with cacao nibs for a chocolaty crunch. Loved it!
The next 40 minutes passed by in a blur of teeth brushing, playtime and changing for the gym and before I knew it we were walking through the doors of Burn Boot Camp and I was sweatin’ up a storm!
Our workout began with a plank challenge and thankfully I had my friends Lauren, Laura and Abby to distract me through a five minute plank hold. (We took short breaks as needed but MAN it was tough!)
The core of yesterday’s workout was a cardio beast and we completed as many rounds as possible of the following workout for 25 minutes:
I felt 10,000 times more energetic after my workout and once I picked Chase up from BBC childcare and said goodbye to my friends, I headed off to Target and downed a small bag of cashews on the way.
(Pomegranate vanilla cashews = Unreal.)
I needed to pick up a couple small things to add to a gift I am assembling for a baby sprinkle I’m attending tomorrow morning for my friend Meghan who is expecting her second baby boy next month. (In case you were in the dark about baby sprinkles like I was, a baby sprinkle is basically a small-scale baby shower for baby #2.)
Once we arrived back home, it was time for a snack before Chase’s nap so I quickly made a peanut butter sandwich for him to serve with grape tomatoes (he shocking loves them) and a banana. While he ate, I threw a load of laundry into the washing machine so my father-in-law will have clean sheets and towels waiting for him when he arrives tomorrow morning. (He’s spending his birthday weekend with us!)
I also roasted some okra in the oven since it was on its last leg in the fridge and needed to be used ASAP.
We followed up snack time with Sadie playtime before Chase blew her kisses and headed off for his nap just before 11:30 a.m. Once he was down, I took a much-needed shower and washed my hair for the first time in five days. (Truth. Bless you, dry shampoo.)
Lunch + Work
After my shower, I assembled my lunch!
I worked at the computer while I ate and was incredibly productive which felt amazing! About halfway through Chase’s nap, I popped some microwave popcorn to snack on because I was craving a salty crunch.
My afternoon work session concluded when toddler cries came through on the baby monitor and I headed upstairs for Chase Playtime Round 2 of the day! After a quick lunch, we played in the living room for a bit while I tried to straighten up Chase’s toy area.
We have the majority of his toys tucked behind a corner of our couch, but I’ve been on the lookout for some kind of a storage system to use in this space that isn’t a giant eye sore for a while now.
Anyone with a knack for interior design have any ideas!?
Our afternoon activity of the day took us to Discovery Place Kids for a play date with friends and, as always, Chase had a blast running around like crazy.
I think the above image will tell you why I don’t have the guts to let my little running ball of mayhem use the kiddie carts at the grocery store just yet.
Once we made it back home and Ryan arrived home from work, dinner came together quickly thanks to fresh ravioli we had waiting in the fridge. Once the pasta was done boiling on the stovetop I strained it over fresh spinach to wilt the spinach and topped it with marinara and mozzarella pearls.
Dinner = Done! So tasty!
The rest of our evening included more playtime, a bath for Chase and some bedtime stories before we kissed Chase goodnight and headed downstairs for Sadie cuddles on the couch.
I cannot believe it but our favorite furry lady will be NINE years old next Friday! I’m happy to report that Sadie is just as energetic and crazy as ever, despite what the above sleepy picture of our sugar-faced dog might make you think. (And yes, we’re definitely planning to follow through with Sadie’s annual birthday challenge again this year.)
Eventually we made it upstairs for reading + bed time and I crashed hard a little after 9 p.m. I was tiiiiired!
I hope you guys have a great Thursday and I’ll see ya tomorrow for your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday feature!