Be Present: August

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We’re two weeks into August, and I’m just posting these. But done is better than perfect, right? Last week was full of traveling, immunizations, jet lag, sleep training, and settling back into a new home routine. I really love doing these, because I felt like July was a lost month of baby madness. Work got pushed aside. Routines went out the window. But then sitting down to work on this, I realized the three big things I set aside for July actually got (mostly) done. All the more reason to write it down. You realize there’s progress even when you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere.

July in Review:

1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.

This was actually easy to do, thanks to a baby who insisted on being held and worn for all naps most of the month. I’ve learned to do quite a few things with a baby attached to me, but slowing down and just doing one thing at a time is much easier. And baby snuggles do not last for long.

2. Outline two new work projects.

One project is about 50% worked out, the other 25%. Now that we’re back home, and my sweet child is taking naps on her own again (hallelujah!) more progress is being made on these this month.

3. Get out and explore.

Yes! Being in a new city, without the creature comforts of home every day, kind of forces you to get out and try something new. Even just a naptime walk was usually to a new part of town. And weekends were spent on longer outings, driving around town, checking out new restaurants, wandering through parks. Forcing myself to get out at least once a week made daily life coming back home so much easier.

August Goals:

  1. Clear out clutter.
  2. Start marathon training plan.
  3. Batch cook meals.

Here’s to a productive and fun last month of Summer! 

What goals or bucket list items are you working on before back-to-school and Fall madness begins?

 

Weekly Menu: Semi-Homemade (+ 4 fast 5 ingredient meal ideas!)

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New recipes may not be happening much in my kitchen with a new baby, but I am still always brainstorming new meals, especially ones that are easy to put together. Taking advantage of store bought items can help with the time, ease, and flavor, whether you have a new baby at home or are tired from a long workday.  For me, this means actually getting lunch together and eaten with a clingy baby strapped to my body. It also means few ingredients to buy when making meals while on vacation or travelling. And it also makes meals customizable to multiple picky palates. So don’t think meal planning and prep has to be all from scratch! Semi-homemade can be just as healthy and nutritious.

Here are a few of my go-to semi-homemade meals for those busy nights.

Avocado Kale Salad

Take a bag of sweet kale chopped salad mix (the one with shredded Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and pepitas) and toss the salad dressing. Add in some extra fresh chopped kale or spinach for bulk. Slice a small avocado and add to greens along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a shake of salt and pepper. Massage kale with hands to rub the avocado in and soften leaves. Leave some avocado chunks for texture in the salad. Add a cup of chickpeas or tofu for protein, and any random produce you want to use up from the fridge (celery, apples, green onions, or broccoli all work great). Divide into two portions and serve.

Veggie Stir Fry

Grab a bag of raw or frozen stir fry veggies. Toss in skillet over high heat until heated through and slightly browned. Add in a protein of choice plus a cup of your favorite stir fry sauce (or make your own with equal parts soy sauce, hoisen sauce, and water plus a drizzle of lime juice, agave nectar, and sriracha for kick).  Serve over rice (I usually keep frozen brown rice on hand for quick meal nights).

Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal

Did you know you can buy precooked, frozen, steel cut oats? No more standing over the stove stirring while they cook forever! I’ve seen flavored varieties but you can also get plain oats cooked with water. And when ready to eat, just thaw and heat up.  Add a swirl of almond butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a handful of fresh blueberries, and you’ve got a filling and satisfying breakfast in a flash.

Pumped Up Pasta

Clean out the fridge by taking any random veggies you have, steam them, and puree them with a little water or vegetable stock in a blender or food processor. You can also puree some cooked white beans for a protein punch. Add to a jar of spaghetti sauce and heat together on the stove. Serve over your favorite pasta. Hidden veggies for picky eaters is a bonus! All the extra fiber and protein will give staying power and a homemade taste to the standard jarred sauce and spaghetti.

Happy Semi-Homemade Cooking!

 

Be Present: July

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If I accomplish nothing else this summer, I’m already calling it a success for making it through a 3 hour plane ride with a 3 month old without mess or fuss. Hallelujah! But honestly, June was a big month of milestones, and as much as I was nervous about everything that happened, I am so proud to have accomplished them. And so thankful that they happened. I am stronger, better, and more wise because of them.

July is going to be about settling in, taking adventures, and yet also, sitting back, letting my brain wander and dream, and truly relaxing and being present. My baby is already growing up so fast, and as much as there are some phases that I wish would be over already, I want to truly enjoy each and every moment before it disappears.

June in Review:

1. Enjoy the Summer.

This summer has been all about transition, and I’m thankful for a background in working from all sorts of places, which has made it much easier to keep my business thriving while navigating this season. So far, this has been a challenging yet rewarding month. More of the same is coming up in July, so I’ve got even more time to keep enjoying this season as much as possible.

2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.

This worked great when we were home, but traveling makes things harder. Especially when the point of this goal was some baby-free time. The beach does wonders for the soul, even with a tiny human attached to you, though. When in doubt, go smell the ocean air and dig your toes into the sand.

3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.

This has been going really well, though is still a work in progress. Trello, PowerSheets, and my go-to Simplified Planner have helped a TON.

4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. 

Running took a break since stress/hormones was impacting my milk supply. But yoga is my daily afternoon nap reprieve to get me through our current whining/clingy phase.

July Goals:

  1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.
  2. Outline two new work projects.
  3. Get out and explore.

Wishing you a beautiful month of simple joys and lasting memories. Happy Summertime!

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