Here’s a glimpse into our day yesterday:
Breakfast + Morning
My morning began with coffee and blog work at the computer, as usual! I made myself a hot mug of coffee by blending coconut oil and collagen together and loved every creamy sip.
About an hour later I made myself breakfast which included leftover baked oatmeal from Sunday topped with cashew butter and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.
Chase was up for the day at 7 a.m., right after Ryan left for work. I headed upstairs to get him dressed and ready for swim lessons before it was time for him to dig into his morning muffin and sliced strawberries.
Quick tip for anyone else with kids in swim lessons who are also still in diapers: I put one of Chase’s disposable diapers on under his reusable swim diaper for the drive to the pool and then undo the diaper and slip it right out of his swim diaper. It makes getting ready for swimming once we get to the pool SO much easier!
We had a fun time swimming with my friends Carrie and Jess and their little ones and Chase was all about the kickboards. As always, it was a bit of a battle to get him out of the water and into dry clothes but once he was changed, I gave him a snack before he basically sprinted down the hall toward the gym’s childcare. Since Chase seemed energetic and ready for more playtime, I said goodbye and got in a sweaty leg workout before scooping him back up and heading home.
Yesterday’s leg workout began with a warm up that included 15 minutes on the elliptical followed by some bodyweight squats. And then it was time to work!
Here’s a rundown of everything:
Lunch + Afternoon
Chase and I made it home about an hour before his usual naptime, so I made him and early lunch that included a cashew butter and jelly sandwich (cashew butter is his latest love) with some carrots and milk. I ate an RXBar while I put his meal together because I cannot get enough of the chocolate coconut and chocolate chip flavors. They’re so good!
After Chase was done eating, he did a decent job of entertaining himself with his trains and cars (with occasional calls out for attention from Mama) and so I threw together a frittata to reheat for breakfast throughout the rest of the week and chopped veggies for dinner while he played.
Once Chase was napping away in his crib, I grabbed a quick shower before heading back downstairs to wrap up dinner prep.
I hadn’t made it to the grocery store since last week, so when it came time to figure out what we would have for dinner, I took a small inventory of our fridge and pantry staples and Googled “sausage and cabbage soup” and crossed my fingers. I quickly found this recipe from Everyday Maven that called for simple ingredients I had on hand and knew I had a winner!
While the soup simmered and Chase slept, I began typing up this blog post, responded to time-sensitive emails and hopped on a conference call. I ended up having a bowl of the soup for lunch along with some veggie chips while I worked!
Chase’s nap lasted right around two hours and once he was up, I turned off my computer and went back into mom mode!
Since it was raining all day yesterday, indoor fun commenced with a trip to the library after a snack of apples and peanut butter for both of us. We had some books to return so we returned our books, picked out some new ones and hung out at the library for an hour or so.
Our local library has a little toy area with building blocks for kids and Chase played with two bigger kids for 20 minutes or so before we spent some time reading a few books together.
Eventually we hit the road and popped into the grocery store before making our way home. We pulled in the driveway right as Ryan arrived home from work around 6:30 p.m.
Dinner + Evening
I was glad I wrapped up dinner earlier in the day because we simply reheated the sausage cabbage soup and dug in!
Something about soup and rainy weather just seem to go together and Ryan and I both loved this meal. (Clearly I liked it since it was the second time I ate it in one day!) I threw together a quick fruit salad to serve with the soup as it was heating up which was sweet and refreshing.
Chase got another burst of energy after dinner, so we had a little dance party in the living room before bed. “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” was our song of choice and we played it on repeat. We laughed pretty hard as Chase did his best to jump off the ground and flail his arms about. I LOVE that song and LOVE dance parties with my boys and Sadie… even if Sadie prefers to jump up and body slam into us as her signature dance move.
Chase was down for the night around 7:45 p.m. and I joined Ryan on the couch for half an hour or so of chatting and relaxing while I ate a Yasso Greek Yogurt bar before we headed upstairs to bed.
Since we climbed into bed quite early, I reached for the book I started more than a week ago. I ended up reading half of The Hand That Feeds You in one evening so I left it by my bedside for a while because I wasn’t ready to spend hours and hours reading again and had a feeling it would suck me right back in. Well, it did, and I finished the book around 11 p.m. and proceeded to pass right out once I was done. (For the record, the first half of the book was much better than the second. The book is definitely a page-turner and kept me intrigued the entire time but felt almost sloppy in how it all came together in the end.)
Today should be a good day around here and I’m crossing my fingers for some sunshine. I hope you all have a great Wednesday!
Juliette | Namastay Traveling says
What a perfect weekday! So good to see Chase in swimming classes, I remember back when you were teaching the swim aerobics 🙂
Alexis deZayas says
What a sweet little day! I never think to google recipes for the couple ingredients in my fridge – I’ll have to try that next time!
I screenshot the workout you posted and can’t wait to try it out. Looks like it’s hard but I love those types of leg workouts.
I have definitely googled ingredients in my fridge and hopped for a winning recipe. The best was bacon and sweet potatoes that I turned into loaded stuffed sweet potatoes that were out of this world!
That sounds delicious!!
Amanda @ amanda-isms says
Looks like a great leg day! Haha sometimes I think those recipes we could me up with to use up the rest of the food end up being the best!
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
I’ve done the “google the ingredients that I have to figure out dinner” thing too. Sometimes I Just need some inspiration. The cabbage and sausage soup looks like it turned out delicious.
Thanks for the diaper and swim diaper tip! I’ll definitely give that a try once we have some warmer weather here in IL!!
That baked oatmeal with cashew butter looks amazing! My son is allergic to cashews so I can’t have any of that in the house and I miss it dearly! The library is such a great place to head to on rainy days. Happy Wednesday!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food says
Allrecipes has an option on their site where you can type in ingredients you have and it pulls up recipes that use them! You can also exclude certain ingredients too. It’s super handy in our house because I hate having to run out for one or two things!
That’s awesome!! I can’t believe I didn’t know that — I feel like I use that site all the time for discovering new recipes to try. Thank you for the info!
This recipe is totally happening in my kitchen tonight! I made a stir fry with half a head of cabbage last week, so this is a perfect recipe to cut in half and use up the rest of my cabbage!
No gonna lie, I’ll probably try your workout for leg day tonight, too!
It was really good!!! I’m excited for leftovers for lunch today, too!
Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups says
What a great day, that oatmeal looks delicious! I am a huge fan of Rx Bars as well, I actually recreated the Chocolate Coconut ones on my blog a few weeks ago, they are super easy to make at home.
Kelli @ Hungry Hobby says
Maybe that’s why I don’t like soup, it doesn’t rain in AZ and it’s never cold! LOVE LOVE LOVE those RX bars – that’s my favorite flavor too! I always love your book recommendations!
The picture of Chase in his little bathing suit is precious!! Thanks for circling back on that book. I looked it up when you mentioned it recently and several of the reviews on Goodreads said it was a page turner, but the ending was lacking. I was curious what you would think!
I’ve never used the reusable swim diapers before. What brand do you use? Do you have to put any type of liner or anything in before they go in the pool?
I use both The Honest Company and Swim School’s swim diapers. They basically look like little Speedos and you don’t put anything on underneath them. 🙂
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
You’re so creative with your workouts – do you think you’ll get back into personal training?
Stephanie Prause says
Love that flavor of RXBARs, too. I’m not a chocolate person but for some reason love all the chocolate RXBARs (I think because they aren’t too sweet??). .
Sounds like a lovely day! Love that picture of Chase returning the library book.. so sweet!
Silly question…when you say 3 x 12 superset, does that mean 12 of each exercise and repeated 3 times? Thanks!
yes!! not a silly question at all! 🙂
We always head to our local library too on the rainy days- I love how libraries have such fun play areas for the kiddos!
jordan @ dancing for donuts says
i have yet to try that rx bar flavor yet, but it sounds delicious!! and homemade soups are such a good idea, i don’t know why i never make them! it’s actually been a bit cooler and cloudy the last couple of days in LA, so maybe i’ll whip up one for the weekend 🙂
have a great rest of your week!!
Nathaly Abrahan says
Thank you Julie for that great idea of blending the coffee with coconut oil in the mornings. I’ve been doing it within the past two weeks: coffee + coconut oil + collagen = Perfection. I also put some coconut sugar and it tastes delicious.
I tried the collagen in my oatmeal this morning and I thought it was a very convenient idea. Since I wanted to take the collagen after my run, and I had my coffee before that.
Isn’t it so good!? It’s so creamy and frothy and I just love it. So glad you are a fan, too!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Love baked oatmeal!! 😀 That picture of Chase by the pool is so sweet! He looks so grown in his little swim trunks hahaha <3 You are a reading machine–I've been in to reading lately too!
It sounds like you guys had a great day! 🙂 I love the idea of bringing your child to the library on a rainy day! Our local library has a lot of kid activity days! Hope you are having a fabulous day! Xoxo
I can’t wait to try that leg workout! Looks like it will leave me sore for a few days 😉 Quick question.. have you ever added protein powder to your baked oatmeal recipe?
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West says
Chase likes cashew butter? He has expensive taste! That always seems to be the priciest of nut butters heheh! 🙂
I so agree, soup on a rainy day is the best combo! I actually have a pot of beans on the stove right now that I am planning on serving over rice. It may be simple, but it always hits the spot!
Omg, that idea of putting a regular diaper under the swim diaper is genius! I never thought to do that with my 2.5 year old and always just suit her up at the pool. Thanks for the tip!
Dottie @crazyfitmommy says
I totally agree, I wish I’d realized this sooner!!!
Julianne D Oliver says
Hi Julie! I have been reading for a couple years now, but I don’t think I have ever commented. Love this space! I did one of your super old 30 minute living room workouts yesterday..loved it! I love all of your workouts. Thanks for sharing!
Kim from MN says
I love the day in the life posts. And thanks for the book review – just like you, I am ALWAYS looking for good books to read! That pic of Chase dropping his book into the library slot is frame-worthy! Adorable! Such a cute family. Thanks for sharing!
You should do a summer reading list. I am reading Wired To Eat now but need a less intense book for June.
Love these posts!!! I need to get into a reading before routine!
Katie @ Live Half Full says
That swim diaper trip is a game changer! Thanks for sharing!
Patricia @Sweet And Strong says
Soup is definitely a great food for rainy days. Cabbage is my new obsession lately as I made delicious unstuffed cabbage bowls last week that were so good!
I love reading about other people’s days with children so I can get some good ideas :). You make it all seem so dang easy!! And I’ve had the same thing for lunch and dinner many times, nothing wrong with that!! Keep sharing your workouts, I love trying them out!
So glad you like the workouts! Thanks, Kathleen! <3