A big part of being an awesome mom (or dad) who wears heels is finding new ways to entertain your kids in ways that benefits them socially, cognitively, and well, that is fun too!
Parents, we’re in luck, because Super League Gaming is coming to Albuquerque for a fun, 6 week after school enrichment program. Each week starting Tuesday, October 6th, kids of all ages will be heading to the movie theater for Minecraft tournaments where they will be placed on teams of 4-7 and competing in a recreational environment.
What’s cool about Super League Gaming is that you can get your players out of the house to do what they love to do in an environment that increases their social skills and ability to work as a team. Some more educational benefits of Super League Gaming’s Minecraft are:
Increases creativity by letting players build complex, unique structures
Helps teach users how to problem solve and work collaboratively
Minecraft users have even been linked to higher SAT scores
The video below shows us more of what to expect:
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Here’s some more info about the event:
When: Tuesdays starting Oct 6- Nov 10 at 4:30 pm
Where: Regal Winrock Stadium 16
2100 Louisiana BLVD NE
*Tickets are $100 for season pass
*Parents are welcome and have free admission
*Gamers bring their own laptops (some are available at theater for use too)
For more info, check out Super League Gaming’s website.
As I sit here writing this, I am 39 weeks pregnant–officially due in 3 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!
So ready to meet my daughter!
This last week of my pregnancy has been the longest one. The closer I get to meeting my daughter, seemingly the more anxious, excited, and READY I become.
So–I thought it’d be a good idea to be productive this last week as to avoid going crazy of impatience. I thought…what do I need to do that hasn’t been done yet?
Since I plan on breastfeeding my princess for at least a year, I realized it’d be a good idea to make some recipes that will aid in breast milk production.
Lactation Cookies are an amazing staple to have when you have a newborn because:
They’re a filling snack you can have that is ready-made
This recipe contains vitamins and minerals that will contribute to energy–much needed with a newborn and toddler!
They will help milk production so that mommy can store and freeze some for later! (Idk about y’all, but I plan on freezing as much as possible for my little one!)
Healthy and Yummy!
I decided not to use the peanut butter in this batch!
So without further adieu, here is my recipe!
(Add ingredients in order listed)
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of brown sugar (Looking for healthier option? Substitute for 1/2 cup of agave)
3 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
4 tablespoons of Brewer’s Yeast *Don’t skimp out on this ingredient! This is the key ingredient that produces extra milk for moms
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup (melted) coconut oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips (healthier option–raisins!)
1/2 cup of oatmeal (important–do not use instant oats! old fashioned works best!)
Preheat oven to 350 and mix all ingredients together. Scoop in large tablespoons on nonstick pan. This batch makes between 30-50 cookies (depending on how large you scoop them out). I suggest freezing some of the dough for later! I baked about 30 and froze the remaining dough.
Freeze remaining dough in scoops and bake an additional 5 minutes next time!
If you have a pregnant or breastfeeding mama friend, please share this with here! I have high hopes these lactation cookies will only help my milk supply and save me time when I’m hungry!
Ever wonder what you need to remember to pack in your hospital bag? Well wonder no more.
I’ve watched several “what’s in my hospital bag” vlogs on YouTube, and have checked out dozens of sites for checklists to ensure I’m not forgetting anything important. But the best reference I have with knowing what to pack is the experience of having a baby!
Generally, it is a good idea to be packed and ready by around 37 weeks. Check out the list below and leave a comment of your most important item you’re bringing!
What I’m Packing in my Hospital Bag:
1) Birth plan and registration form--who wants to fill out paperwork during a contraction?!
2) Custom hospital gown: personalizes your birth experience and makes it unique!
4) Nursing Bra
5) Bath towel–hospital towel is usually small and rough
6) Lip Balm — lips and mouth get very dry during labor
8) Boppy Pillow– great for breastfeeding/comfortability
9) Going home outfit for baby and mom (I will be in leggings and a maternity shirt!)
10) Belly Band (helps shrink and tone uterus and tummy)
11) Cell phone/cameras/chargers
12) Snacks! Although I can’t eat during labor, I’m sure my husband will want to. Plus I can have some after delivery
14) Music and Headphones
15) Remember to bring car seat!
Make sure you utilize all the hospital has to offer! Notice I don’t have diapers, wipes, underwear, or sanitary pads on this list–the hospital offers these to you!
As always, thanks for liking and sharing! Happy Pushing! 😉
For #throwbackthursday, I wanted to share a video I filmed almost 2 years ago about how I prep my food.
In this particular video, I was training to compete in a fitness competition–a goal I am getting back to once I have my daughter!–so not everyone is going to want a diet plan this strict.
However, implementing this meal even once a day (at work for example) can assist you in reaching your fitness goals.
Currently at 9 months pregnant, my diet is 65% clean–35% not so clean (treats like ice cream and chips!). These cravings in this last month have just been bananas. But after I give birth and start working out, these numbers will shift to my eating clean 85% of the time (at least). If my finances, etc are in place, I will be looking to step on a step to compete in about 9 months after giving birth. That’ll take some dedication!
Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to try to food prep this week. Make the goal! Simple life changes can = huge positive results.
With only a little over 3 weeks to go, I am getting VERY excited to meet my daughter. I feel like she can be coming any day now, and everyone (including my husband and I) believe she is coming before her due date which is September 26th.
These last few weeks, I am working hard at getting the nursery/kid’s room together, staying active despite an extra 40 pounds to carry, and getting ahead on my social media networks as to not get behind when I give birth.
I can’t wait to share this new journey with you all of being a mom of 2. Thanks for sharing this journey with me!
I recently went on the Morning Brew TV show to discuss some simple tips anyone–busy or not–can do to have a healthier lifestyle.
The tips are:
1. Cut out all white products— rice, breads, flour tortillas. Incorporate whole grains instead like Ezekiel bread, whole grain tortillas, fruits and veggies
2. Say no to fast food; food prep instead. Don’t get stuck in traffic starving on your way home from work. Prep your food in advance to prevent fast food splurges. Need help with learning to prep? Check out my video on food prepping here.
3. Incorporate green smoothies into daily lifestyle. It’s an amazing way to start the day in a healthy way. Smoothie recipes found in my book.
4. Drink more water—half your body weight in ounces to be exact. So, for example–if you are 160 pounds, aim to drink at least 80 ounces of water a day (more if you drink wine and/or coffee!)
5. Schedule your workouts like an appointment. They are much more difficult to break that way.
6. Make your workouts work for your schedule (gym with childcare or workout with kiddos?) For me, it worked out great to workout with my boy–video of one of our sessions here.
Today I wanted to share the latest workout video to date of my second pregnancy. I’m not going to lie–workouts are getting pretty difficult at this point! But I always feel stronger, healthier, and happier postworkout.
The beauty of the workouts you see in the video below is that you don’t need any formal equipment to do them. I like to get my workout in outdoors (usually at a park) so my high energy toddler can have fun while mommy gets her sweat in.
As always, thanks for liking, sharing, and commenting!
I’ve always used stability balls for my workouts, but have fallen especially in love with them since becoming pregnant again.
Using stability balls during workouts force you to keep your abs engaged, so even if you’re “just sitting there”, you’re still working your core!
When I’m not pregnant, I love to work my abs in more engaging ways (ab workouts with stability ball to come postpartum). But now that I have an extra 40 pounds to carry, I prefer doing my favorite upper body moves while sitting upright on the ball.
Here are my favorite workouts:
I perform each workout for 12 repetitions and 3 sets (totaling 36 movements altogether).
These 3 key moves are my favorites for keeping arms and shoulders toned. Are these arm workouts in your workout routine yet? If you’re prego like me, I suggest trying them on your own stability ball–great preparation for labor AND you give your body a good workout. 😉
You’re busy. You really want to start a workout regimen, meal prep, and all that jazz but you can’t help but get interrupted by your own thoughts: How in the heck do I make time??!?
I am not here to tell you that making time to workout when you’re a mom is easy. Whether you work, stay at home, or a little in between (like me), it can be very tricky making time for your most important vessel: your body.
But can we as moms start to think about making time to workout a new way? Instead of feeling guilty about making time for ourselves to workout, let’s shift our thinking: let’s acknowledge that taking care of our bodies, minds, and spirits is the best thing we can do for not only ourselves, but our kiddos.
How awesome is it for your children to see mom taking care of herself, respecting her body enough to move it and feed it nourishing foods? The example you set is the example you live!
I cannot neglect the fact that I am a much more amazing mommy when I feel energized, strong, and like my best me. Even at almost 35 weeks pregnant, I try my darndest to stay active even though my mind always seems to beckon for me to stay on the couch.
And after talking to trusted family, friends, and subscribers, I realized this is a topic that needs attention!
Check out my top tips below on how I made time to workout when I was going to school full time, blogging, doing TV, helping my hubby at our restaurant and BEING A MOMMY! Trust me, if I did it, you so can too!
Tips to Make Time for Fitness Even if You’re a Busy Mommy!
1) Schedule it.
Treat your workouts like a business appointment. Non-negotiable time you prioritize to keep your body feeling healthy, energized, and looking its best.
2) Be Real With Yourself.
Don’t promise yourself you’ll jog in the evening if you can’t make time for that along with helping the kids with homework and cooking dinner. Perhaps you need to be realistic and set the alarm to wake up at 5:30 AM for your morning run. Set the goal that works for your unique schedule, and commit.
3) Workout While they Sleep
While my son was in his first year, I did my Insanity Fitness workouts while he napped in mid daytime. #nobabysitterneeded. I did homework in the morning before he woke up, and meal prepping at night when he was winding down. Basically, he was the boss of my schedule, and I worked around him!
4) Involve Your Kiddos
This one is my favorite. By the time Eliel was crawling (and could hold his neck up on his own!), I started incorporating him into my workouts. We’d go for jogs together, do squats–you name it! I honestly had a blast working out with my boy. I have several workout videos on my youtube that show workouts you can do with your baby and toddler–check them out and subscribe! (More to come after I have my daughter!) 😉
5) Join a Gym with Childcare
When I got really serious about weight training and having my uninterrupted mommy time, I joined a gym that offered childcare. Some gyms start watching children when they are only 3 weeks old! I joined Defined when Eliel was 10 months. Chances are your kiddo(s) will have fun in there with other children while mom gets her sweat on–win/win situation!
So there you have it! 5 tips to help you make time to workout as a busy mama. Part 2 will be out soon!
Thanks for liking, subscribing, and sharing! You rock!
Leave me a comment below and tell me–is there anything off this list you’re willing to give a try this week? I’d love to know!