Making Healthy Eating Easier + A $100 Kohl’s Giveaway!

*The following “Making Healthy Eating Easier + a $100 Kohl’s Giveaway” post is sponsored by Kohl’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A few months ago, Kohl’s reached out and asked if I would like to try a few items from their Healthy Cooking lineup. Being a huge Kohl’s fan, that was a no brainer. The only hard part? Deciding what to order! They have some amazing appliances and tools available (at equally amazing prices, might I add), so it took me a few days to nail down exactly what I wanted to try first.

healthy eating tools

I ended up choosing a few items that I’ve always wanted to own but have never taken the time to go purchase. I snagged a salad chopper, an avocado slicer, and a salad spinner. The salad chopper I found has since sold out, but this chopper would get the job done, too. Each of these items makes meal prep so much simpler, and I feel a little silly for not pulling the trigger and buying them sooner. It’s amazing how such affordable kitchen accessories can make such a big difference. The one that blew my mind the most was definitely the salad chopper. I didn’t know what I was missing out on, y’all.

easy healthy chopped salad

I always order chopped salads when I see them on menus, because they are about 10,000 times more amazing than the regular old tossed variety. I have no idea how it works, but having everything blended together perfectly makes it taste better. It’s just a fact. Maybe it just makes the proportions of every single bite on point? I’m just glad I’m able to whip these salads up quickly at home now. The one in the picture above was literally just every vegetable I could find in my fridge + a few shrimp. It took no time at all to throw together and I was glad to get some extra veggies in for the day. It’s proof that, with the right tools at your disposal, healthy eating can be delicious and easy. And with a toddler and another boy on the way (hopefully any day now!), I’ll need to save all the time in the kitchen that I can.

Now that I have a few more useful tools, I have my eye on this adorable kid’s chef set for Maddux. He loves cooking and making his own snacks and meals, so it’s definitely something I want to continue to encourage. If you’re also in the market for healthy cooking tools and appliances, you’re in luck. To help us with our shopping, Kohl’s let me in on a few upcoming sales. Between 1/29-2/3, we can save $10 off of $50 off of any home purchase with the code “HOME10″. They’ll also have a two-day sale on 1/29 & 1/30 for 20% off sitewide with the code “FORYOU20″. These codes are totally stackable, so that means more even more savings! I don’t know about you but I plan to hit it up on the 29th for sure.

For one lucky reader, though, Kohl’s wants to foot the entire bill. They have offered to give away a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card to one of y’all! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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Good luck & happy shopping!

Barre-Inspired Prenatal Workout + Maternity Workout Clothing

Oh, hey. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, huh? My lovely family passed a cold/sore throat/cough thing to me and it took me down. I woke up feeling a bit better today so I tried to complete this quick workout before I left for the office. I miss taking barre, so I tried to incorporate some moves that reminded me of it. Of course, everything is totally modified for my huge belly.

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Let me just say this: it was brutal. I swear I thought I had retained some semblance of fitness and that this would be a breeze. Nope. I hadn’t and it wasn’t. The move that killed me? Push ups. Yes, I struggle-bussed it through 30 modified push-ups while simultaneously cursing myself for thinking it was a good idea. That being said, I’m glad I finally got up and got moving. It was much needed!

One thing that motivated me was being gifted some cute new maternity workout gear. For Two Fitness is known for their adorable, functional workout tanks. I’ve worn their clothing in the past, so I was excited to get some new “themed” pieces. The barre tank is absolute perfection.

barre maternity tank

I also received a training tank, yoga shorts, and active capri. The bottoms each have a 3-way belly panel and I definitely appreciated that fact when I was huffing and puffing my way through my workout. I pulled them up for as much support as possible, y’all.

for two fitness tanks

I highly recommend the brand if you are expecting. I truly haven’t found better (or longer lasting) maternity workout gear. I wonder how long I can get away with wearing these things after the baby? I mean, belly up to the barre doesn’t necessarily mean I’m pregnant, right?

Friday Favorites + an Armpocket Giveaway!

Long weekends really are the best, y’all. I figured it was a good time to bring back Friday Favorites, since I actually have a few minutes to type one out. Without further do, here are a few things I’ve been digging lately.

Chestnut Praline Lattes

chestnut praline latte

I usually hate “nutty” flavors but I’m obsessed with these. Granted I switch the three pumps of praline to one pump praline and one pump white chocolate, so I’m kind of cheating. Whatever, it’s delicious and I won’t stop ordering them until the season ends.

DNCE

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My friend Molly made me listen to “Cake by the Ocean” a while back and now I’m addicted to every single song they’ve recorded. The fact that the band has a Jonas brother in it just makes me that much more obsessed. What can I say? I am eternally thirteen years old. You can’t make me grow up and/or acquire good taste in anything. Stop trying.

Making Huge Messes

toddler art

I was going to say “Painting” or “Art” or something, but I decided to be honest instead. It’s fun to randomly be like, “here, son, make a mess with no repercussions”. It confuses children. You’ve got to keep them guessing if you want to stay in control. Plus, little handprints are adorable.

Quick Road Trips

We are currently in the car headed to the mountains for what will undoubtably be the best trip of Maddux’s life thus far. I’m excited because we get to come home the next day. Quick road trips are where it’s at, because I really just want to hang out at the house and drink hot chocolate for the next month. Lazy.

Bodyweight Workouts

chair workout moves

I’m not totally lazy, though, I swear. I’m trying to be a little more conscious of my movement during the day, so I’m adding simple bodyweight workouts back into my life. So far, so good. By that I mean I’ve worked out once so far, but it still totally counts. I’m sore, but it’s the good kind of sore where you know your body still works. If you want to try one of my favorites, go complete this chair workout.

Armpocket Bands

armband for iPhone 6

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Armpocket fan. I’ve reviewed them in the past, and none of my thoughts have changed since then. I was even caught on Buzzfeed rockin’ one. When I changed phones, though, my old band didn’t fit anymore. Sad times. The generous folks at Armpocket sent me a new one (since I’m super mature and told them I would be depressed if they didn’t and that it would be all their fault). Anyway, they wanted to also share the love with one of you! One lucky reader will win an Armband of their very own.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Friday, December 4th at midnight. If you just can’t wait that long, you can go ahead and order one from the Armpocket website. You will not regret it! And if you’re shopping for any runners this year, this is legitimately the perfect gift. These things last forever, store everything you need, and come in some pretty sweet colors and patterns.

Okay, back to serenading my boys for the remainder of this ride. (I have the voice of an angel, except the opposite.) Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving + Running While Pregnant

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying the family time, because we definitely are. I mean, we clearly took our dessert making seriously today. 

 

(PS: cooking with a toddler is way less stressful when you do it in someone else’s house. Just saying. Thanks, Mom!) 

In addition to hanging out with my boy, I’ve also been doing a little thinking. I’ve primarily just been listing off the things I’m thankful for, because I’m an awful person and only do that one day out of the year. Being pregnant was obviously one of the things that popped into my head, but it also came with a “but”. While I’m grateful for this experience and for the tiny person that will make his debut soon, I’m also not the best pregnant woman one earth. In fact, I’m kind of a crappy one. There are days when I just want the whole thing to be over with, and I want that to happen as quickly as possible. The main complaint I have is that it’s just hard to feel like myself. The biggest issue this time around is the fact that running is impossible. Honestly, I liken my feeble attempts at jogging around the block to a walrus attempting a marathon. It just ain’t gonna happen. It’s also not very pretty. That being said, I am extremely thankful that a lack of fast-paced cardio is my only pregnancy issue. I’m actually crazy lucky, you know? 

While I haven’t been running around the neighborhood like I had envisioned, I have been:

  • running after a toddler (while a cliche, it really is a legitimate workout)
  • running my mouth (it’s the hormones talking, I swear)
  • running on empty (what is with me and the cliches today?)
  • running all the errands (the holidays are no joke, you guys)
  • running the world (okay, fine, I just wanted a fifth thing to list)

See? Tons of running going on around here. Take that, negativity. I win. Totally a glass half full kind of gal now. But, seriously guys, I hope y’all have a great night and that you can recognize the positives, too. :)

Your turn: What are YOU thankful for?

Weekend Recap + A New Challenge

Happy Monday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a weekend recap, but I figured there was no better time than the present. We’ve recently gotten into the habit of letting our two-year-old plan our weekends, which has been surprisingly fun. We get Japanese and Chick-fil-A on the reg, we play with the water hose like it’s going out of style, and we always make time for dessert. It’s like the best life ever, y’all.

Friday night, after stuffing ourselves with hibachi rice, I’m pretty sure we just went home and passed out. I recall nothing, but we probably read some books and did some puzzles. I really need to start photographing everything like I used to, because remembering things is not my strong suit.

Saturday morning I headed to Pure Barre Augusta with my friend Molly. It was only my second class, but I’m already starting to understand the process. Sort of. I’ll get there.

pure barre augusta

I met the fam at the market afterwards, where I was greeted with purple mouths and dinosaur balloons. The kid gets what he wants these days, remember?

augusta market

I’m honestly not sure why there have been bouncy houses downtown every single weekend, but we’re digging it. He was terrified of them for the longest time, but he broke through the fear a week or so ago. Oddly enough, we’ve run across them several times since then. No complaining here.

bounce house augusta

It had been too long since Ryne and I took pints of ice cream to the face while watching a Redbox DVD, so we clearly had to make that happen. He got chocolate something or other but I got cheesecake, which in my humble opinion, is Bruster’s best flavor by far. You’d have to be an idiot to get anything else. Sorry, Ryne.

best night ever

Sunday was spent swimming and doing yard work. I did something in the middle of those two things. I put my feet in the pool and pulled random weeds within arm’s reach. Hard work, you guys. Hard work.

yard work

Oh, remember when I said I was going to run more? Well, I didn’t do that this weekend. And now I’ve totally just committed to something else instead. You think I have a bit of a commitment problem? I should probably work on that. Eh. What am I saying? I’ll never learn.

Today I signed up for my first full month of Pure Barre and it happened to coincide with the first day of a 20 out of 30 challenge. So now I’m going to try to make 20 classes this month. Partly because I’m insane and party because I need some motivation in my life.

pure barre augusta

The fact that I worked out all of 2.5 times in May probably has something to do with why I’m actually really excited to sign my life away for a month. I need the push. And, on the plus side, I tend to improve in a lot of areas when I start to work on just one. I bet I’ll run more often, clean the house with a little more oomph, and eat less donuts or something. I’m kidding about the donuts. Some things never change. Ever.

Question: Have any of y’all ever completed a workout challenge? Did you survive to tell the tale? ;)