Favorites |My Back to School Haul

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So I have been out of school for many years now and my kids have not yet started any sort of (in)formal education but I ended up going back to school shopping last week anyways. I seriously LOVE Autumn and the back to school season. As many of you already know I am ADDICTED to notebooks and love to write most everything by hand before I bringing it to my computer. It is something I have always done and I do my best work when I write it out first.

So while I didn’t need to go back to school shopping I did anyways and I did it after the back to school craze was over and everything was on major sale. Here is what I picked up:

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Neil and I picked up a giant white board for our new office that I didn’t take a photo of it but I think you can picture a giant white board.  Above you will find legal pads (for Neil) sticky notes, magnetic white board pens (no idea if our white board has a magnetic feature I mostly bought them because of the dry erase caps), and some arts and craft items for Edith (washable markers, water colors, gluex2, safety scissors and a pencil sharpener for her colored pencils). Oh and of course chocolate almonds for Edith because I promised I’d pick her up some; this kid is addicted to almonds especially dark chocolate ones. backtoschoolsnackbox

Besides having lots of fun back to school supplies aka office and art supplies we have been snacking on so many tasty snacks. Above are a few that we have been enjoying which include old favorites like applesauce packets and Mamma Chia Squeeze and new favorites like Lentil Snaps and Made in Nature Fruit Fusion snack packs.

These Made in Nature Fruit Fusion dried fruit snack packs are so tasty and I can snack on them while nursing, grab them on the run for a snack or stick them in the diaper bag to have when we are out and about. I have only tried the tropical flavor (thank you to Made in Nature for sending me a sample to try) and I like it but I think the Antioxidant or Mediterranean flavors are more my taste just because I’m not into dried pineapple. I just saw on the Made in Nature site that they now have Organic Maple Madagascar Vanilla Toasted Coconut Chips <– don’t these sound insanely good? Who has tried them and are they as good as they sound? They are now added to my “must try” list.

My family (Alder excluded)is already a huge fan of Harvest Snap Peas but we were sent a box (thank you!) that also included the Snap Lentils and everyone is just crazy about them. We all could easily eat a bag in a day and well I have to admit I ate the entire back of Tomato Basil ones (sorry Neil and Edith). They are insanely good and while we could toss them on top of a salad we just like to stick our hands deep into the bag and dig right in. Who else has tried these? Seriously they are so good!

So these are some of our favorites from our latest Target, grocery and mail haul.  If you like these types of post leave a comment below.

Question of the day: Do you enjoy the back to school season? What are your favorite parts? Also what are your favorite school supplies? I am all about these Piccadilly notebooks from Barnes and Noble that you find in the discounted books section that is usually right at the front near the check out. The covers are kind of terrible (as you can see in the photo back at the top of this post but they seriously have the best paper inside to write on. I’ll stop there before I write an entire sub-post on my undying love for these notebooks. I have been buying 2-3 quarterly for probably 8 years now. Seriously in love.

Weekend Adventures in Portland| Donuts and Brews

My parents are in town which means two extra sets of hands to help with Edith and Alder while I work on getting this house unpacked. We are slowly settling in and the boxes are starting disappear but then I remember we still have a small storage unit filled with boxes (ugh).  This weekend we were able to get a bit done but come Monday we decided to take advantage of the holiday and the beautiful weather and took my parents out for donuts, a walk on the esplanade and then out for brews.

For more photos and details about our weekend head over to Naturally Family. 

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Lately…

Well hello there! It’s been far too long since my last post and I ambitiously thought that I would be able to blog our first week in or new house but well as you can see that just didn’t happen. We actually didn’t even have internet until Friday and let me tell you six days with no internet was a huge challenge for me.

Taking a break from unpacking to go to the farmers market - smiles all around!

Taking a break from unpacking to go to the farmers market – smiles all around!

 

Okay, so I had some internet because our new complex has Xfinity Wifi but for any of your who have experience with Xfinity Wifi you know that basically equals no internet. For those of you who don’t have experience with Xfinity Wifi let me just tell you it’s like using dial up – slow as molasses and constantly dropping on top of that. If you have never experience dial up internet well consider yourself lucky. Anyways I had hoped to get out of the house to a coffee shop or even just over to the clubhouse to get a post or two up but moving + unpacking + toddler + newborn = no time.

Well we have internet now (wahoo!) and we are slowly getting unpacked so I am finding myself with a little more time. Bonus my parents come into town this week which means that I will have two extra sets of hands to entertain Edith and hold Alder which means free hands for this mama to catch up on blogging and finish unpacking.

I had planned to work a little bit tonight but after a busy week and weekend I am going to call it a night and relax on the couch with a glass of wine (yay for not being pregnant anymore!) and watch a show or two with Neil before heading to bed. I’ll be back this week with some fun new posts though!

XO. Lindsay.

Life Lately

Happy Friday!

First off no I haven’t had the baby and second if you didn’t know we are expecting baby #2 anytime now (currently 38 weeks).

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I know I haven’t been blogging as consistently as I once was/would like to and the reality is life is just a bit chaotic right now. Neil started a new job in June which has left him commuting anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours per day depending on traffic or if he takes public transit. This has been a bit of transition for us all since Neil is now leaving earlier in the morning and arriving home later in the evening. We have settled into a routine but I’ll be glad when we move to our new place and the commute is only 30-60 minutes per day.

That takes me to our next thing we are moving AGAIN. Once again just across town but moving nonetheless which has really taken over most of my days lately. We are trying to get as much as we can packed up before #2 arrives because we both know there will be little time to pack once they do.  This process is also taking a whole lot longer because third trimester + toddler + heat + commuting husband + packing = slow process.  I have a goal to pack 1-5 boxes per day and I’d say at this point we are 80-89% packed right now. If you stopped by you might not think that’s the case but our cupboards and closets are mostly filled with packed boxes and the items that we do have out are things we use on an almost daily basis.

We decided to get a storage unit this week so that we can move out the boxes so that (fingers crossed) our place rents more quickly without the box clutter so that we are not have to deal with too many viewings. Oh the joys of renting. Neil has been bringing boxes out with him every morning and dropping them off on the way to work. This also will help a little bit when it comes to moving in and hopefully not living in a land of boxes for too long. I am hoping to move a number of boxes in and then move less important/used items into the house overtime so that we can hopefully just get all moved and settled in <– our biggest moving problem. Seriously we never seem to get ourselves settled into a home and live out of boxes for months.

What’s next? Oh yeah, I’m 38 weeks pregnant this week and well I’m just ready. Ready for this baby to arrive and to start our life as a family of four. I won’t lie I’m pretty anxious for this baby to come and would like them to come ASAP so that we aren’t moving with a two week old. Alas babies come when they are ready and I don’t think this baby is ready to come yet. I have been getting out for walks, doing lots of squats and lunges, cat/cow, eating spicy food (umm I’m always eating spicy food), drinking raspberry leaf tea and today I’m getting a prenatal massage! I also want to get acupuncture but unfortunately with Neil’s work schedule it’s really hard (rather impossible) to find an appointment time that works, oh well.

Lastly, We have been spending a lot of time doing things as a family of three. Just trying to get out and enjoy the summer and as much time together as we can. We also have been trying to get together with friends because with baby #2 arriving, moving and my parents coming we know that it could be awhile before we are able to make time to get together.

So that’s life right now. What’s been going on in your life lately? 

Virtual Blog Tour | The Details On Why I Write

I am slacking on this hugely! Nicole invited me to participate in this tour and while I agreed I dropped the ball and forgot to post last week. So here I am posting a week late but better late than never?

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Total eclipse of the sausage feet. 35w4d prego and still growing.

1. What am I working on?

I am working on growing a baby but that’s not what this post is about. Lately I have been working on getting my affairs in order in preparation for the birth of baby #2. I have a few fun sponsored posts coming up, some products that I’m looking to forward to sharing with you and also a few surprises in between. I have also been working on doing the same thing over on Naturally Family. I feel like I have so much to share and yet life has been really taking over or should I say a toddler + exhaustion has been dominating my life. I feel a big surge of nesting coming on and with that lots of planning and prepping for everything.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am not really sure how to answer this question. I think that being an active mom and a health coach gives me a different perspective on life. My blog has certainly changed and evolved over the years from being a specifically vegan recipe blog, to being a vegan food and lifestyle blog, to being a plant-based fitness and healthy living lifestyle blog. While I did blog and still do a bit about pregnancy and family I have chosen to keep that a little more separate and started a second blog before Edith was born called Naturally Family. Now I don’t know if that really answers the question but that’s my story.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write what I do because I love to. I love writing about health, fitness and food. I love creating recipes and sharing them with others. I also write what I do to keep myself inspired, motivated and on track with my own personal health and fitness goals. I write to (hopefully) inspire. I write to share my life and my favorite things. I write because I need to have an outlet that is specific to my passions and time to myself. I write to connect with others.

4. How does my writing process work?

I have an editorial calendar that I try and keep up with for sponsored posts and time sensitive posts. Otherwise I just write based on what is currently going on in my life. I try to plan as much as I can to keep myself on track but honestly the best posts I write are ones that are not so planned. As for writing I tend to hand write an outline/first draft of my posts and then I type them, work on photographs, edit the posts and photos, schedule social media and then finally schedule posts.

I know it may seem a little strange that I handwrite my blog posts first but honestly it’s the best way for me to organize my thoughts. I have always done this whether for a paper for school or a blog post for me. While you will find me just typing things up (like this current posts) usually my best posts are the ones that I write out by hand first.

So that is a little bit about why I write and my writing style and now is when I am to pass this on to a few other bloggers. Well again I dropped the ball on recruiting and since I am not positive as to who has participated in this tour I am going to switch things up and ask that if you are reading this that you take a moment to answer these four questions on your blog and then come back here and leave a link to your post in the comments. I look forward to reading your answers and learning more about you! 

 

 

 

Unintentional Mini Blog Break

Happy Thursday Friends!

I realized this morning that it has been 9 days since my last blog post and honestly I think that is the longest I have gone without blogging in years! It was really an unintentional mini break and was a result of life just taking over.

Last week we had some friends in from out of town so we spent a few nights meeting up with them after Neil got out of work. This resulted in late nights for Edith and the following days were long for me. I know you all know about the importance of sleep and well with a toddler it’s even more important!

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This past weekend we were busy, busy, busy with Saturday morning family time and then a birthday party and then a dinner party (yes all on Saturday) and we pretty much ran ourselves down on Saturday. Sunday while a little more laid back we spent most of it trying to catch up on chores from the week, grocery shopping and swim lessons.

After a crazy busy weekend Monday came and so did my summer cold. I blame it on the weather as we went from 80’s to 50’s back to 80’s and whenever that happens I tend to get a cold especially when I’m already tired out. I sometimes forget that I am 35 week pregnant and that I need to slow down a little; which is really hard when you have a toddler and it’s summer.

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Finally it’s Thursday, my cold is starting to clear up and I know a semi relaxing weekend is on it’s way. We or rather I don’t have a ton of plans this weekend besides meeting up with friends for happy hour/dinner. Neil has plans go hiking and to take E to her swim lessons but otherwise we both plan on laying low, maybe hitting up a park and a farmers market. What are your weekend plans?

 

Photo An Hour | 6.10.14

7a books in bed7:13a Edith and I check out books in bed before sipping on a giant jar of lemon water and making/eating breakfast. 8a cookie prep8:30a Edith and I work on finishing up a batch of My New Roots Vanilla-Rooibos Fig Newtons that I had made the dough for on Monday. P.S. found that giant bag of organic figs for $10 at Costco. 9a coffee9:30a I finished my 40oz of lemon water so it’s coffee time with beans that were freshly roasted the night before by my loving husband.* 11a fig cookies10a Cookies have baked and cooled so obviously we had to taste test them while watching Elmo’s World and blogging (me not Edith).  10a kitchen play11a It’s time for some dishes to be done and lunch to get ready so that means kitchen playtime.  12p sweet pot lunch12:03p Lunch time! I had a (baked) sweet potato fries salad with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, green onions, sriracha and vegan ranch.1pm netflix and blog1:15p Edith is finally down for a nap so that means work time and Royal Pains. 2pm playtime 2:45p Edith is up so it’s playtime!  3pm watermelon fitpregnancy3p We take our playtime outside for a little baby pool action for Edith, Fit Pregnancy for me and lots of watermelon for both of us.  4pm dinner prep4:21p Time to prep dinner! (I made a lasagna with those no bake noodles and didn’t use enough sauce so dinner was kind of a bust).  5pm dishes5:05p All this cooking means lots of dishes to wash… 6pm bikes6:36p dinner has been eaten, Neil is home and it is time for a family walk!  7pm sorbet froyo7:01p Vegan Froyo. Enough said.

Share a moment in your day with me.

*I sat down to drink my coffee and check in on some blogs while Edith watched a few minutes of Sesame Street and instead found myself in tears at the news of another school shooting, this one only 20 miles from my house. My heart is feeling pretty heavy today – when will we finally put a stop to gun violence?