Friday Favorites: 4/18/14–Luke’s Birthday Day

Happy Friday!!

The house is starting to have less boxes, Abby is getting used to the wood floor, and I am in love with  my kitchen. All is good. AND I took off Wednesday and Thursday off of work – Wednesday for Luke’s birthday and Thursday spend more time with Luke at the new house and to continue going through boxes.

My favorites from this week are the memories we made with Luke for his 2nd birthday. Both, Scott and I took the day off of work so we could hang out with Luke. A trip to the MN Zoo was the only thing on the to-do list.

Sign for Luke at daycare this week. . .

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super cute card from Laura. . .

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the birthday boy (and a puppy nose)

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Peek-a-boo bunny Jamberry accent nail for Easter.

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birthday smoothies from Panera.

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birthday haircut (his 2nd one!)

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MN Zoo. . .

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All tuckered out. . .

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a trip to his favorite store – home depot. . .

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and a necessary trip to IKEA after you move into a new house. . .

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the day finished with teaching BP89.

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Such a great day and all of my favorites from this week!

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What are you favorites from this week? Easter plans? We are headed to the cities to celebrate with my parent’s on Saturday night and Scott’s family on Sunday.

And finally, the winner of the Feetures giveaway –> congratulations to Kate!! Email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com!!

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3 ingredient pancakes

So, one thing I am really loving about this Advocare 24DC is that I am trying new things that I probably would have never tried before. See, I love pancakes. Perkins has the best pancakes – IMHO – both buttermilk and potato. If I am making them at home, I have to follow this recipe that uses Chobani – YUM!

But on my challenge = no flour, no sugar, no dairy.

But, I want to eat some pancakes!

I found inspiration from this recipe.  . .

And made these.

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Now, don’t be fooled – they don’t taste like regular pancakes. Banana pancakes, maybe, but not fluffy Perkins buttermilk pancakes. But a great clean-eating healthy breakfast that I will be making again. *In fact, after I made them the first time, I made them again the next day – but a double batch so I would have leftovers.

3 ingredient pancakes
1 banana
2 eggs
1/4 t baking powder

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Directions

Mix together –>I think the blender works the best.

Spray a pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Pour a small circle onto pan. Wait for bubbles to form. Flip. Enjoy.

I think these are amazing with a little bit of nut butter. Whoa. So good.

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And you better believe there is a stash in my fridge ready for a quick breakfast anytime. IMHO – I think they taste awesome cold from the fridge.

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2 years old!

It seems like just yesterday that we were bringing Luke home from the hospital.

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And now my little boy is 2 years old today.

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We are off to the zoo to celebrate. . . and, of course, eat some cupcakes. Smile 

Happy Wednesday!

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Advocare Update

So after my recap for the 1st three days. . . I headed into the last 7 days of the Advocare cleanse phase.

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Days 4-7:

  • Upon Waking: Spark mixed in 20 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack with 2 catalyst
  • Dinner
  • Before Bed: Herbal Cleanse tablets

Days 8-10:

  • Upon Waking: Fiber Drink mixed with 10 oz water + 2-16 oz water, wait 30 minutes
  • Spark mixed in 20 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner 
  • Before bed: 2 Catalyst

The rest of the cleanse phase went well. I still hate that darn fiber drink. Winking smile And I am glad that it is done (I have heard the peaches and cream is better?).

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I still feel about the same as before. Good. Not great or awesome. I like that my pants still fit well, nothing is too tight. My weight is back to where it was before Hawaii. I feel like I am looking more toned. Hello guns! Smile 

Life is SUPER busy right now. Work was probably the most busiest it has been in forever last week. PLUS trying to do my regular running + BODYPUMP. PLUS trying to coordinate moving and finalizing house details. So, I think that played a role in how I was feeling. I felt fine, mostly good? I’m not sure if I wasn’t doing the 24DC, if I would have felt worse or differently?

It was hard on the weekends with clean eating. We normally get pizza on the weekends and eat desserts on the weekend, so I definitely missed that! And our local Dairy Queen that closes for the winter, opened up, and of course, I have to drive past there on my way to teach at the YMCA! #tough

I have talked with a lot of people about Advocare. People I didn’t know who have done the 24DC or love Spark too or who sell Advocare –> I always think that is SO cool to make connections with people that you might not have had before.

I have continued with clean eating.. .

meaning no:
- coffee (and most caffeine, except the allowed “Spark” drink)
- ALL dairy
- ALL gluten
- white sugar
- processed foods
- salt/sodium

I have been eating:
- fruits
- veggies
- chicken, lean ground beef
- sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice
- nut butters, EVOO
- spices other than salt (curry powder!)

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And now I am onto the last phase of the 24DC = Max Phase!!

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14-Day Max Phase Schedule:

  • Upon Waking: Spark mixed with 20 oz water + 2 Catalyst + “Pre-breakfast” supplement pack, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + 2 “with breakfast” supplement packs
  • Morning Snack
  • 30 minutes before lunch – “pre-lunch” supplement pack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner
  • 2-3 Catalyst with water before bed

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Max phase update coming!!

Linking up with Becky for treat yourself Tuesday because Advocare is definitely treating yourself!!

And don’t forget to enter my Feetures! giveaway!!

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Weekend Update: 4/13/14–Moving!

What a weekend! Good news. About 95% of our stuff is moved to the new house. Bad news. There is so much unpacking to do! But I am having fun putting things away and finding places for everything.

Here are some pics from the weekend. . .

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What were you up to?

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Friday Favorites: 4/11/14 {+Feetures! giveaway}

Yippeeeeeeee! Happy Friday. :)

I am SO excited.

We are moving into the new house this weekend.

I’m trying not to think of all the little things that still need to be done and focusing on the big picture = that on Sunday night, I will be sleeping in the new house! Smile

So, that’s it. That is what is going on in my life this weekend. What are you up to?

Here are my favs from this week. . . (feel free to play along and link up with your blog post too!)

Moving into the new house! <– of course this is favorite #1!!

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Being done with the fiber drink and onto Max Phase. I still think that fiber drink is probably one of the worst things ever. . . so happy to be done with it and onto the next phase. Update coming soon.

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Almond butter.

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I just found out that the local co-op in St. Peter has grind your own almond and peanut butter. I bought a small container on Sunday to check out. Finished it with a spoon on Wednesday and stopped on my way home Wednesday night to buy more! It’s my favorite on a banana or with a spoon. Winking smile

BP89.

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Taught it for the first time on Wednesday night. It’s different than any other BP release, which is awesome for changing it up and continuing to challenge your self (you have to challenge yourself to change yourself!). I always get super nervous when I teach a new release for the first time and feel so good when it is over and when it goes well. Check and check. Looking forward to teaching it again next week!

Feetures! socks –> do you remember when I first talked about Feetures!?

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and how much I loved them?

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Well, I still do. They are my all time favorite sock. (Becky agrees with me too!)

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I literally get sad when I realize that they are all in the laundry. #firstworldsockproblems

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Well, the nice people at Feetures! sent me some more pairs to check out from their spring line. Love the bright colors –> pink is my favorite (of course!). I wear them spinning, running, lounging around the house, painting, moving, yup, basically all the time. . .

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Well, I have an awesome giveaway from Feetures!

–> one lucky R4C reader will receive a pair of Feetures! socks.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which Feetures! Brand socks you like would most like to have in your closet.

2 –> Follow Feetures! and Running4Cupcakes on Twitter.

3 –> Follow Feetures! and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win a pair of @Feetures socks from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on April 17th and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

**I was provided with Feetures! socks for free, but the opinions in this post at 100% my own. And always will be!

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Spreading the link love by linking up with Heather and Claire again this week.

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Crockpot Salsa Chicken {advocare approved}

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I’ve made this recipe before and loved it. Super yummy and easy. But I made a few tweaks to make it Advocare friendly for my challenge, and it is still just as delicious as before. I took out the cheese, sour cream and tortillas that I normally would have eaten with it. And then I found a salsa with no added sugar (BTW – I had no idea how hard that would be!) 

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= clean eating awesomeness.

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Ingredients:
1 lb boneless chicken breasts
1 sprinkle cumin (~1 t)
Salt and Pepper
1 jar salsa (12 ounces)
1 can corn or bag of frozen corn
1 can chopped green chiles

Directions:
1. Place chicken in bottom of crockpot.
2. Sprinkle cumin, salt and pepper on top.
3. Top with salsa, corn and chiles.
4. Mix.
5. Cook on low for ~8 hours.
6. Shred chicken.
7. Return to crockpot and mix all together.
8. Serve over lettuce or quinoa and top with lots of avocado!

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TYT #10–shopping in Chicago!

When I was in Chicago a few weekends ago with my blends, we did some shopping.  . .

With building a new house – expensive! – I hadn’t been shopping in months. And I was in need of a few things. . .

First stop: Lulu –> new running shorts and a new pink running top.

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Next – Banana –> 2 new tops – for work.

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And a total splurge was this scarf.

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I saw it at the store, it was right by the cash register, but I wasn’t sold. Thankfully, Becky bought one and immediately put it on during lunch. And it was so cute! So, I tried hers on, and then dragged the ladies back to Lulu so I could get my own!

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It is totally my new favorite thing. Smile 

What was your most recent splurge?

Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday!!

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Weekend Update: 4/6/14

Whew – another weekend that just flew by! I cannot believe that it is Monday. First things first, I’m not gonna lie – advocare is SUPER hard on the weekends. I just really want a cookie! Winking smile 

Anyway, I was able to keep myself pretty busy otherwise. . .

Breakfast.

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Selfies.

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Making new blog cards.

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Running.

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BODYPUMP with some extra weight during planks.

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Laura’s new Jamberry nails.

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Super good clean eating meal – plain burger, avocado, roasted broccoli and sweet potato fries.

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Pancakes (recipe coming!)

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Shopping trip to St. Peter Co-op – grind your own almond butter –> yes please.

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BODYPUMP on Sunday morning with Chris and Sue!

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Nap!

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Chipotle.

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Great weekend!

What were you up to?

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Friday Favorites: 4/4/14

Happy Friday. <– yup no !!! even though it’s Friday, I am looking at a super busy weekend filled with work, lots of to-do tasks on the house (moving in next weekend!), and generally being busy. BUT, I am looking forward to finalizing details on the house, play time with Lukie, teaching BP on Sunday morning, running with a friend and making some delicious Advocare friendly recipes.

Here are my favorites from this week:

Hot water with lemon.

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Something nice to sip on in the mornings. Perfect during the 24DC. My friend Nicole told me to add cinnamon to it as well – totally checking that out today!

Becky’s support during the Advocare challenge.

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From listening to me complain about the fiber drink, to discussing recipes and providing support and laughs.

Interest in Jamberry. So, even though I am a Jamberry consultant, I try to not talk about it too much on the blog because I don’t want to be that person. You guys know what I am talking about. . . BUT, I do LOVE them and love when I get emails requesting more information or a free sample to check them out <– seriously, email me (running4cupcakes@gmail.com) to check them out. And I have gotten quite a few requests this week! Maybe everyone loves my latest manicure?

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And I love how easy it is to host a Facebook party –> and some pretty sweet rewards!

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I’ve also had some questions about becoming a Jamberry consultant, so I am working on an update post for that too!

Scrapbooking. I have been working on an making a photobook (on Shutterfly) for our family from 2013. I just love going through all the pictures and putting together a memory book.

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What are your favorites from the week? Remember, it’s not the big things – it’s the little things!

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