Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Pancake Winner!

Happy Friday friends!  I hope your week has gone well! I have to say that I am pretty happy it is Friday! It has been a bit of a crazy week, and I am ready for a little extra sleep and fun times with friends!
This week we did a fun theme with pancakes!  I have always been a fan of pancakes.  Some of my favorite childhood memories were having breakfast at a local place called The Waffle Shoppe and eating the chocolate chippers!  Now that I have some food sensitivities/allergies, I can’t just eat any pancakes these days.  I have tried so many different mixes and recipes the last few years, but nothing really hit the spot…till now!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for pancake themed week!
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Gluten free vanilla almond pancakes
Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I used this)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4-1 cup almond milk
  • 1 TBS coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Enjoy Life choc chips
  • Butter

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Directions

  1. Heat griddle or pan
  2. Mash banana
  3. Add in flour, protein powder, and eggs.  Blend together.
  4. Add in almond milk. Start with 1/2 and slowly add till smooth consistency.
  5. Add in remaining ingredients and more milk if needed.
  6. Butter griddle.  Scoop 1/4 c of the batter into circles onto the griddle.
  7. Cook till edges begin to crisp and then flip. Repeat on each side till cakes are browned and cooked fully.
  8. Enjoy!

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for some Energizing themed recipes!

There is also another awesome pancake recipe you should check out! From my fav RD, Abby! See these awesome vegan, gluten free & dairy free pancakes!

Be filled with joy and health!

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16 in 16 & a training update

Hello friends!  If you are here from the blog hop and/or her for the first time, welcome!  I am so glad to have you!  I am honored to once again be a part of the blog hop that Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner put together.  Three cheers for Kristy! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
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If you missed my post from the last hop, you can check it out and learn a few more facts about me.

I have really enjoyed getting to meet new bloggers and see some familiar faces on this hop!

It has been a crazy few weeks in my real life.  If you missed some of the news, you can see it here & here.

We are only in month 2 of 2016, but I feel I have already learned a lot.  My goal the rest of the year is to take what I have learned and make changes, accept the facts, and continue to be the best me I can be.

So 16 things I have learned (or rediscovered) in 2016 (so far)…

  1. My need for things to be organized.  I have always been more of a neat person, but when life happens, my organization seems to be put on the back burner.  I was invited by some friends to participate in a 30 day cleaning/organizing challenge.  Even though I have not been able to participate each day, I have made some major headway on several areas of my life/home!  My heart feels happy when things are clean and organized! Plus I discovered a bunch of clothes I forgot about 😉
  2. I feel I am reminded of this each year…but really hits home during challenging times, who my true friends are. Friends who don’t care what I look like, but who care about and for my heart!  I am forever grateful for these friends, and it is my goal to be this kind of friend too!
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  3. A greater appreciation for my husband and how he loves & cares for me.
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  4. I left part of my heart in Costa Rica. {This is not a new discovery, but just a reminder to myself that I can be 2 places at once…at least in my heart}
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  5. I am learning to love yoga…and to not be so scared to try new moves!  {But I am still trying to find a REALLY good mat that won’t fall apart after a few weeks and also won’t cost a ton! Any tips appreciated!!}
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  6.  Pinterest hair designs for little kiddos…I really don’t know why I am late to the party on this one, but I have been having fun with all the little girl hair designs I get to do!
  7. After struggling with insomnia for YEARS, I finally found something that works for me!  A friend suggested this recipe to me! I was missing one ingredient, and I added one of my own, but this little gem is AMAZING!  I literally can be asleep in 5 min after putting this on! img_7684
  8. I have really been enjoying eating some all fruit/veggie meals lately, especially when it is go-go-go!
  9.  I might have put all the Christmas decorations away on Dec 26th in 2015 (to make room for a new couch), but this message just has to stay up year round! {And props to my hubby who thought I made it…I wish.}
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  10. I have never been a fan of plastic bags at the grocery store.  My sweet friend Candace introduced me to THESE, and they are a lifesaver! Plus they look really cute 😉
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  11. Trying new recipes from other awesome bloggers after I pin them…It has been turning out rather deliciously!
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  12. My elephant collection keeps growing…thanks to my husband!
  13.  I still am not that great with grief.  I am working on facing that better this year as I remember several sweet friends I lost in 2015.
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  14. Lifting weights and working on my form has caused me to get stronger {logical, yet I was missing the beat before}
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  15. As this is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I feel it is my opportunity to share!  I am a survivor! I have been in solid recovery for the past 8 years(!!) after battling for more than 20! If you have any concerns or are struggling, or know someone who struggles, please reach out. You are WORTH fighting for, and for getting any help needed! NEDA has a great website with tools, and although I am not an expert, I am willing to share with you what I have learned from my experience!
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  16. One wonderful point that I have rediscovered yet again is the amazing blogging community!  I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of people! You all make my heart smile and I love reading about your life adventures!  Thank you for including me on your journeys!

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Just a bit of a training update real quick as I join up for the Wild Workout Wednesday link-up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another workout recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!
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My next race is in 10 days!  Eek! I officially changed from the half marathon to the 5k.  I know that pushing myself would have only done harm to my hip and now foot, and it would not have been the PR I am seeking this year! So even though I am still somewhat disappointed, I am thankful that I can still race! And my dr is happy with my choice, so I guess there is that 😉
I had a REALLY great workout week last week! I would say it was probably the best week of workouts I have had in a long time.
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Monday- Piyo and Zumba
Tuesday- Zumba and 6 mile bike recovery
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga
Thursday- Body pump
Friday- Piyo
Saturday- Full REST! I even got a 2 hour nap!
Sunday- 3.5 elliptical recovery miles

I have been able to do Body Pump 2-3 times a week as well as a yoga class 2-3 times a week and I have been able to see a difference in my strength, confidence and stamina!

Thank you for taking time to read so much today!  Can’t wait to see you all on Friday for Foodie Friday!  It is national pancake week so stay tuned for some awesome pancakes!

QOTD: What is something that 2016 has taught you?

Be filled with joy and health!
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Back!

I am so grateful.  I am surrounded & supported by amazing friends, family & blogger friends. Thank you ALL for ALL your love, kind words, prayers and encouragement lately!
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My fantastic husband arrived home tonight after almost a week away.  I feel like my life will return to normal after a few REALLY crazy and not so great days.
IMG_4772Even though things were very nutty, I am constantly reminded I have the choice to stay strong and keep keeping on!
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So here is to a better rest of the week & month!
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Stay tuned tomorrow for a fun blogger post!

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Hard Week…

Hello friends. I’m normally not a grouchy girl, but these past 2 weeks have been just plain hard.

It began last Monday with a phone call from my husband saying our water heater exploded and basically flooded 1/3 of our house. Thankfully our landlord was able to come over right away and replace the water heater while The Hubs cleaned up the mess. We lost a rug in the process. It was a pain to deal with, but I’m so thankful The Hubs was home between meetings! 

As we were eating dinner that same night we received a phone call that our sister-in-law had a heart attack and was in a coma. 

A ton of other junk has happened in the last 12 days with other friends and family stuff (surgeries, relationship drama, hip still giving me issues, insomnia, etc.). Just too much to hash out here and now. 

We were able to The Hubs a last min ticket out to LA so he’s able to help his brother and family out. The news about our SIL is not good, and unless a miracle happens soon, we will be losing her 😦 

Taking today off from Foodie Friday to process all that has been happening. 

I will be back to posting in a few days. 

  
We love you Iris! 
XO,

Esther 

Thankful

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers about my sister in law.  So far the news has not been good, but we are holding onto hope.  The Hubs is flying out tomorrow morning to LA.  I just booked a ticket.  I am so thankful that we are able to send him out and that the ticket has good times and was not too expensive.  I will try to post my updates later, but this is all the time I have right now.  Got to get him packed up and ready to go.

Thankful and hopeful…

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Change in plans…

Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying your week!  I feel like I am still recovering from our little trip to San Antonio over the weekend.  I love to travel, but I am not a fan of the unpacking and recovery time.

I am linking up again today with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another Wild Workout Wednesday recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!

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Thank you for all the kind words last week about changing up my distance for my upcoming race.  I talked to the race director and I am pretty sure that is what I will be doing.  My hip has just not been really happy with me plus running has just not happened the way I have planned.  I have been discovering that I kind of stink at following a training plan…I really don’t know why.  So I will be dropping from the half marathon to the 5k, and then working on getting this hip back in shape before I pick another half to run.  I am disappointed in myself a bit, and in my body, but I am trying to stay focused on the positives.

My plan from last week:
Thursday- Body pump and hopefully 2-3 miles.
Friday- Piyo and a run outside
Saturday- Walk/jog outside- 5-6 miles
Sunday- Walk/rest day
Monday- Body Pump & maybe piyo and zumba.  Depends how I am feeling
Tuesday- 2-3 miles and Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga

What went down:
Thursday- Body pump
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Friday- A walk with the kiddos.  A dr appt threw the plans a little, but that happens sometimes.
Saturday- Pretty much a rest day. I was worn out from traveling.  I did walk some before we watched the Spurs play, so I did get some steps in.
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Sunday- Short walk and more rest
Monday- Body Pump! When I arrived at Zumba the gym lost power so they closed and there was not class 😦
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Tuesday- Biked 6.45 miles and Zumba.
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Wednesday- Body pump and yoga (This was all for you Andrea!!)
img_7259Overall it was not a terrible week.  I def feel like my glutes, shoulders and triceps are getting stronger.  I was able to up my weights a bit in body pump for a few muscle groups, and the ones where I stayed the same I felt challenged but not like I was going to pass out!
I joined a little 5 day healthy heart challenge this week and getting points for workouts, sweaty selfies and eating fruits and veggies….so pretty much what I already do 😉

I am out of town again for a few days so we shall see how that works out with my training.  I hope I will stick to it better than last weekend.  Hehe

Thursday- 2-3 miles
Friday- 2-3 miles and 30 min of stretching
Saturday- Elliptical recovery 45 min
Sunday- 3-4 miles
Monday- Body Pump & maybe piyo and zumba- Gonna try this again!
Tuesday- Elliptical or bike recovery and Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga (maybe

How have your workouts been going?  Do you use a training plan?

Don’t forget to join the link up 😉

Ps, I am getting back to my comments soon…we had a water heater flood our house on Tuesday night and my SIL is in the hospital in critical condition so I have not been on my computer as much to reply!

Have a joy filled and healthy day!

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Off to a Super Week

Happy Monday friends! Wow, the weekend went by way to fast, like always.  Actually the whole week seemed to go by quickly!  Between work, getting back to my training, celebrating the Hubs birthday, making Valentine’s cards, creating & eating yummy food, and working on getting my house back in order, I managed to still make time for some sleep and a mini road trip!

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!
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A few new recipes.  You can get the BLT recipe here, and I am still tweaking the pancake recipe!


I worked on some Valentine’s cards with my nanny kiddos and some for my family & friends.

Ever since the beginning of December I have felt like a slacker of a house keeper.  Life has been uber busy with weddings, traveling for vacation (Costa Rica!!), the holidays, being sick and putting forth a great deal of effort to get better sleep, the house work has lacked.  It drives me crazy though because I am a bit of a neat freak and like to have everything organized.  Thankfully last week a friend posted she was taking place in a challenge for 30 bags in 30 days.  Basically a challenge to declutter and organize places in your home that have been neglected.  I am slightly embarrassed to admit how many places in my house need reorganizing.  Most evenings last week I spent 15-30 min working on some spots and it has been a huge help.  I missed a few days with our trip but I plan to get back on track! Here are a few of my spots from last week.  I hope this inspires me to really finish the neglected areas and to FINALLY finish my office!!


The Hubs had a great birthday celebration!  We did a mini celebration at home with a lovely dinner and some new Spurs gear.  Then we headed to San Antonio on Friday night and spent the weekend with his family and we went to the Spurs game! It was a blast!  They were playing the Lakers, and it was Kobe’s last time to play in SA.  They had a really nice tribute to him before the game began.  The game was a nail biter down to the last few seconds of the game, but I am happy to report the Spurs came out with a win!!  The Hubs had a great birthday!

We enjoyed spending time together during the Superbowl.  We played some Monopoly (one of the Hubs other birthday gifts), and enjoyed some yummy snacks. I think I almost ate the whole veggie tray!  The guac was a hit and we both devoured it!

I hope you had a delightful weekend!  Did your team of choice win the Superbowl?
How about those commercials (the one time of year I actually watch them)?
Have you ever participated in a cleaning challenge?

Be filled with Joy and Health!
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