June 22, 2015

Not-Too-Shabby




The weekend turned out to be not-too-shabby as I was able to fit in two different runs, both a little over 3 miles, updated my playlist, brought Claire to the park, picked up a few groceries and a few garden accessories at the hardware store and then had a gluttonous meal at The Pop Shop where we met a good friend for dinner.  I had a chopped salad that could have fed a football team and ended the meal with some delicious and creamy coffee flavored ice cream with caramel sauce, ( necessary) and extra whipped cream!  


That was mainly Saturday.  Sunday was a sweet day as Claire and I visited my dad for a few hours and we gave him a box of Dunkin' Donuts and had some coffee.  My husband wanted to grill for dinner, so we devoured London Broil, a bottle of tasty red, grilled corn on the cob with too much garlic but in a good way, and for dessert...a hot and sweaty fire pit night where I ate too many marshmallows. 









Monday wasn't too shabby.  It was a beautiful day, but fairly hot.  I went in the office, participated in a yoga class that my company was offering and got a good workout in that way! I ate fresh strawberries, carrots and some guacamole for lunch.  I drank tons of water throughout the day and peed every 15 minutes.  I had a yummy Luna Bar for a snack.  The apple pie flavor is one tasty biotch!  And then I devoured two scrumptious pulled pork sandwiches for dinner that cooked for 8 hours in the crockpot.

You can see them here


I have a recurring theme of cooking really hot foods on sweltering hot days. 


Time to get some sleep.  My daughter will be waking up every 2 hours since she seems to have a telepathic mind and wants to mess with me ( it feels like she knows I'm upstairs in the next room).

By Thursday, cookies will be in or around the vicinity of my mouth.  I just know it.

Sweet Dreams.


February 23, 2015

Oatmeal: not so boring



Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post for Quaker Oats.  I just love oatmeal and am sharing my creations for tasty and filling breakfasts!



A pregnant breakfast {not now}: Oats/ probably 2 TBSP JIF peanut butter/ dried cranberries/ honey/ cinnamon

I get told, mainly from my mom and a few good friends that I make such awesome creations with my meals. (thanks guys!) It's usually a healthier dessert, a snack or my breakfast with oatmeal.  I usually go a few weeks in between without eating oatmeal for the simple fact that I just forget about it.  Life get's busy and if I'm not actually starved in the AM, I just have my coffee and start my day.  Plain fruit like an apple or banana usually gets thrown in my bag; but let's be real.  Those items are boring and sometimes not filling enough.  

Although, an apple and some nut butter never gets old!

I love adding fruit and nut butters to my oatmeal and getting creative with it.  I think the average person doesn't care for oatmeal and yeah, if you don't really spice it up too much, it will be tasteless and blah.  I thought I'd share a few of my creations with you for a healthy and satisfying breakfast.  I hope you'll also create something genius and share it with me.  Follow me here
And here and tag me @mrs._moderation.

 
 
 At the office breakfast: 1/2 cup oats/ a little too much milk/ dried cranberries/ plain Greek yogurt



Chocolate Oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats/ 1 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder/ dash of vanilla extract/ strawberries.  Would also be great with raspberries/ banana/ diced apple



Off the cuff creation at work one day.  I had brought in cooked oats with some almond milk and happened to have dried cranberries in my drawer and leftover pumpkin from a can. Weird I know. It was Halloween time and I ate something else with the pumpkin a few days earlier. 

ANYWAY. recipe: "Pumpkin Oatmeal"  1/2 cup oats/ water and 1/2 cup almond milk mixture/ dried cranberries/ about 1/2 a cup of pumpkin puree/ cinnamon/ honey  It was really good!



Healthy Dessert:  OKAY. this one isn't oatmeal but it could still be used for breakfast!  Simple and healthy. Strawberries/plain Greek yogurt/ honey or agave/ granola/ and cinnamon I'm sure.  I always add cinnamon to this kind of stuff.



Peanut butter and Banana Oatmeal: This would be my go-to for breakfast.  Who doesn't like banana and peanut butter together?  1/2 cup oats/ 1 sliced banana/ 1 TBSP peanut butter or  almond butter/cinnamon/ honey


Apple Oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats/ 1 medium diced apple (Honey crisps are perfect)/ cinnamon/ honey or agave  SO tasty!



Strawberries and almond butter oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats/ water and 1/2 cup almond milk mixture/6-7 sliced strawberries/1 TBSP plain Greek yogurt/ 1 TBSP your favorite nut butter/ honey/ cinnamon



Same as the above apple oatmeal just with added chocolate chips. Because, yes.  And as the chips melt throughout the hot oatmeal,  Heaven!

What's your go-to food in the AM? Do you get hungry in the morning?  For me, it depends on the day. If time was ideal every single morning, I'd make oatmeal.

Hope your Monday isn't too painful!  Here's a few links to brighten it a little:

This is helpful, especially about the goats.

This will be next on the list to make.  OMG.






February 22, 2015

When plans change: Saturday


So this happened yesterday.



About 5-6 inches.  I heard it was coming but my phone weather app said not until late evening.   I was out doing a few errands around 11am and by 12:30, that's when it's started flurrying and flurrying fast!

Gary and I had planned to do a night out, starting with dinner here. 

If you're ever in south jersey, visit Haddonfield for dinner and walk the quaint streets.  You won't be disappointed.  It's such a cute little town, with your typical yuppies scattered throughout and nice stores. But their dining spots are perfect for delicious food, byobs, and sweet charm.

*I recommend the pistachio and basil crusted salmon with sweet potato.  Sorry no photo. I couldn't find it in my stash from last time. :(

Friday night was girl's night.  Dinner and Fifty Shades.  Dinner and drinks? Fabulous. The movie? In my opinion, not fabulous. Like, at all.  #booksareusuallybetter


Blackberry Margarita. yum!


Big ol' Saturday morning mug of coffee did the trick.



Our plans for dinner Saturday night got won by the stupid snow.  Our plans would have consisted of taking the train, walking a few blocks to dinner and to other bars in town. It was just nasty out and it would have been a hassle.  So we eventually got over it, ordered pizza and relaxed.  We played with our sweet girl all night and it was awesome. I also indulged in some ice cream on the couch.


Ben and Jerry's Peanut Butter Jam Session  
SO good!


Tell me: What did you do this weekend?  What do you do when plans change suddenly?  How do you typically react at first?

Our Sunday plans:  We might do dinner out this time. No idea though.  I'd like to watch the Oscars, too. For now, I'll be cuddling with my baby girl!  And more coffee.

Talk soon,

Mrs. Moderation

February 20, 2015

Never Assume Anything


The title of this post was originally intended to be written about someone who made me feel guilty for mentioning how tired I felt the other day and how the hubs and I still get out here and there and how we look forward to it. Call me crazy, but I think getting out is healthy. Every parent needs it. Also, I'm not going to be made to feel like I was 'complaining' about being tired. That's like the #1 rule in parenting. You're going to always be a little more tired. Could you tell yet that this person doesn't have kids? Hey, I get it. Life is difficult and tiring without children. But the saddest part is that I know they want them in the near future and they are no where close. We've never discussed it personally, but what I gather from others, it sounds like that's the case. So, this person assumed that since I 'complained' about being tired and how some days I can't wait to slip out with my husband, that I'm not grateful. Again, they didn't say those exact words, but actions speak louder than words.

The title is still fitting. So I kept it.


Before I had a baby, I had not a clue. I would see photos of babies and it all looked so perfect and easy. I can't believe I'm even typing the word easy. I just assumed the parents were rock stars at being parents and they had it all figured out. The babies’ hair was combed just right. That baby is smiling so he/she must be happy all the time. Her bib is placed so perfectly. They took their baby to church? Didn't it cry? Bath time looks like a fun time.


I just assumed these things because I didn't know. And I think that's a natural thing to do. When we don't have any experience with something, we sort of make assumptions about them as if we do know about it or it's like we wish we knew more.

And let me preface what I'm about to say to anyone I personally know and love who don't have kids and to the billions of people I don't know who don't have kids at the moment. You all rock! However, this is what it is. It's just the truth of the matter. You simply have no clue what it's like until you have a child of your own. Until you become responsible for another human life, you are clueless.


And that's totally fine. That's not a put down so please don't take it that way. It's not a bad thing that you are clueless right now. I'm not calling you stupid or naive. You just have to experience it to know. It's that simple. And did you know that once parents become parents, they are still clueless? At least for the first few months. It's all new and challenging and just takes its course. You learn as you go. And you eventually just grow into it. It becomes another appendage. Being a parent is a complete and utter emotional roller coaster.

That's the best way to describe it.

And hey, I'm almost only 1 year into it. The year went fast, but some days I'm still totally clueless. I am about to celebrate my baby girl turning 1. You better believe I'm going to be having a tiny celebration with my husband, too. I'm thinking champagne and cake! We deserve a little parent celebration for surviving 1 year. All parents should!

As I'm clearly excited about this milestone coming up, I'm getting sidetracked.

Friends who are not parents yet, please don't fret. If I've upset you, which I hope is really not the case, just remember that I bake really good cookies. Friends who are about to become parents, all of this is normal. You're in for a real crazy journey and that's all I honestly have to say about that. I'd like to end this post with a few facts about how clueless I have been in the past with an infant, to most recent. You're not alone in this parenting gig. Let's all never assume other people have it perfect and good. Because that's just not the case. And remember that a photo can really portray perfectionism. Social media makes it so easy to snap a photo and assume that a person's life is wonderful 24/7.

See below for a few of my clueless moments as a parent.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Moderation xo

1. My baby isn't really a baby anymore. When I take her out of the tub, she's shivering. Yes that's normal, but maybe if I use a larger, normal size person towel instead of her newborn baby bath towels, she may not shake as much. Lo and behold, the other day I did just that and she barely shook! Warmth!

2. The sound machine has been our best friend pretty much since Claire's been alive. Lately when she naps and a few random times she's been put to bed without it on, she sleeps just fine. We should probably stop using it soon. Tough call right now though. Anyone with 1 year olds and older still use a sound machine?

3. We have a two-story house. Claire is crawling fast and everywhere and slowly learning to walk with her push toys and assistance. She also started going up the steps. (With assistance of course). We still have yet to get a child gate and place it at the top of the stairs. I will go in the bathroom with her bedroom door wide open, knowing very well she will crawl down the long upstairs hallway. I just remember to either be quick, or if I 'm brushing my teeth I stand out in the hall and watch her. Not the safest I know. But it's real and it happens sometimes. We will be getting a gate sooner than later.

4. Word to the wise:  Don't fill up your coffee cup holder with piping hot coffee and bend over your child to pick something up with it in hand. I've never spilled coffee on my child (sorry for the mini stroke), but it's shit like that that makes me upset or angry. We are so busy and have ten million things going on. My coffee cup holder had a tight, closed lid. But it's the principle. I've learned to not hold coffee anywhere near my child. Which still kind of sucks because I feel like coffee should be nailed to my hands.

5. When my child screams her head off and becomes beyond fussy only around me sometimes, she doesn't hate me. I think she does though. And on days where I'm just crazed with work and her shenanigans and I would like a cuddly hug but nothing will satisfy her, I get upset. I have to keep telling myself that my baby doesn't wish me dead. She's just got her own problems too.

6. Parents are not mind readers. We are still human. Take this new life with a grain of salt.

February 5, 2015

No Gym Selfies. Just Good Music.




I’m not one for constantly documenting my trips to the gym nor do I like to participate in gym selfies. There’s nothing wrong with snapping a photo of the actual gym, showing off your new kicks ( see above photo) or progress/transformation photos. Those are fine. I think at times they can be inspiring. However, let’s be true here. Some gym selfies that are out there in internet land are plain obnoxious. I don’t have to get into it much, you know the ones I’m talking about. 


At any rate, I usually try to hit the gym during the week around 6am to bang out a workout. My goal, besides trying to be healthy, is to just tone up my arms more and actually start to see some definition. And to work on my inner thighs a bit more and my running. Running is hard but it seems to be my necessary evil. All I can do is try. The workouts I choose work for me and it’s a personal preference. I’m not trying to lose any more weight as I’ve been at pre-baby weight now for about 4 months all while fluctuating here and there because, well, that’s what women do. 


So, on my instagram account, you might see some sneakers, some gym equipment like the treadmill or elliptical, and if I ever get Kelly Ripa arms ( not my goal but you see my point) then I’ll def snap a progress photo or two. But I do like to start my days off with exercise. It’s the getting out of bed part that is a real struggle some days. 





 I recently had to charge my iPod shuffle and figured it was time to change up some tunes as well. There’s nothing like workout songs that have just completely overstayed their welcome. I'm one of those people that need music to workout. As I was updating the tunes, I realized I do listen to some unique stuff while working out. I like to workout to fast-paced music. I go for the club/techno/dance stuff along with some recent pop songs and a few good 80s pop. You won’t find any Taylor Swift on my shuffle. Her songs are catchy, but they’re not for me when working out. So I thought I’d share some songs I love to run to and do weights with. These songs will really get your butt moving and I hope you’ll add a few to your smart phones, iPods , shuffle or CD players. Hey, I’m not judging. Whatever works! 

 Running/Cardio songs 

-The Beat Is Rockin' 
 -Beatbox (Radio Box) 
 -Blame Calvin Harris (feat. John Newman) 
 ( song begins at 41 mark) 
 -The Killers Song- Carolina Marquez
 -Moments-Noise Maker  
(great song. weird video)
-Unidos Para La Musica (Cosa Nostra Mix) 
-Love Me Harder (Workout Mix) 
-Only Girl (In the World)  Rihanna 

Weight lifting/Circuits/Cool down

-Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly) Lady Gaga 
-Midnight City 4:04 M83 Hurry Up
-Big Time Peter Gabriel  
-George Michael- Fastlove
-Walking On the Moon The Police  
-Heads Will Roll Yeah Yeah Yeahs  
 -Beat Goes On Madonna Feat. Kanye West 
- Dance 2night Madonna 
 
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