Erin-Go-Bar (Baby’s first Bar Method class)

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When your friend stops by and you guys accidentally look like a lesbian couple at their bohemian wedding.

 

Back story:

I went to my friend Erin’s birthday party and one of her other friends brought a handmade lavender bath bomb from @Spire_Sweet, and Erin was like, “Emily you have to try this sometime,” so I grabbed it and was like, “oh I totally will, thanks!” and then Erin’s friend had to awkwardly be like, oh, actually that was my birthday gift to Erin. And what I should have done was be like, “how embarrassing of me to assume it was for me to try, of course I can’t keep this” but what I actually did was throw it in my purse and yell BYE-YEE! Continue reading

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KC Live: Modern Mommy Essentials (Pills, Boobs, Booze + More)

The greatest thing happened to me today. Right before we went live, I was asked to “say something” for the mic check and I got to utter the epic words, “The arsonist has oddly shaped feet…what is your name, Lanolin?” in a real life TV studio.

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Here’s my girl-talk with the amazing Michelle Davidson. Everytime I see her I love her more and today was no exception:

 

Here are the innovative modern mommy essentials from the segment and where to find them:

The Innovation award-nominated mifold is more than 10x smaller than a regular booster seat but just as safe. It’s literally small enough to fit in your purse and therefore perfect for travel and ideal for times when you need to fit three booster seats across!

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Order the mifold Booster Seat HERE

Nanobébé Breastmilk Bottle. Launching in the US now and also up for an Innovation Award, this is the first bottle specifically designed to protect breastmilk nutrients and allow the baby to start self-feeding at an earlier age. This bottle cools breastmilk 7x faster than standard bottles, preserving more nutrients. It also warms 2-3 times faster so you can quickly feed your crying baby without destroying any of the good stuff you worked so hard to pump!

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Order the Nanobebe HERE

Vitasome’s Curcumin-C & Glutasome have energy-boosting turmeric which is a natural anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin, diminishing the signs of aging (YES!) What’s so different about these supplements is the patented liposomal delivery system. Liposomes surround the nutrients until they penetrate your cells where they’ll have the most benefit so the nutrients are never mistaken for waste.

 

 

Order Vitasome HERE

The Nugeni Steva + is an all in one, easily interchangeable handheld vacuum (cordless and upright), steam mop and a mobile steam cleaner. You can even use it to steam clothes! The steam kills 99% of bacteria so you don’t need to use any harsh chemicals.

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Order the Nugeni Steva + HERE

 

Defying Gravity (And Better Judgement)

Once in college I went on a Greek leadership retreat where the team-building exercises were a series of ropes course activities, all involving heights. Long story short, they had to lower me by my harness down to the ground where I spent several minutes dry heaving in the fetal position in front of my horrified peers.

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The Bare Gyminum

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I went to the gym today for the first time in months. I have no excuse other than that working out is not my Me Time. Watching Hulu and eating my kids’ Halloween candy in my own empty house is my Me Time.

So you always know you’re at the gym in Johnson County when the middle-aged moms with their large fake breasts and manicured fingers are significantly fitter than the actual trainers. I saw one mom today that was like a muscular skeleton in head to toe Lulu Lemon, chiseled midriff bared for all to see. Lest you think I’m body shaming, I’m not. I am always the first one to say, “Damn girl, those legs are hot!” or “I just have to tell you, your body looks amazing!” As I type it out, I’m now realizing these unsolicited comments might actually be sexual harassment. Like, what if I was randomly commenting on men’s fitness levels?

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#LT90DayChallenge : Progress Report

Here is my most recent progress picture. This is about 6 weeks in and after I took a two week hiatus from weightlifting while I was on vacation. My weight is down 6 lbs without cutting calories but my body fat is at 21.9% (up from 21.6% at my last progress post.)

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I’m really happy with the definition I’m seeing in my abs. The weird thing about a post-baby body is that some days I look down and I have a pooch that makes me do a doubletake, like, WTF am I three months pregnant?! Moms, what is up with that?! Like my ab muscles are disgruntled workers and they go, f*** this, she put us through enough, I’m goin’ out. I’ll clock in in the morning.

Then other days when I’ve been eating “clean,” I look back at pictures from before I had children and I think I look better now. Here I am on my honeymoon when I was 24, and I think I look a lot stronger today at age 30.

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(Sorry for the blurry pictures, I promise to take better ones at the end of the 90 days.)

Anyway, what I learned on vacation is that my best defense is a good diet. Although I only worked out once or twice, I made a conscious effort to eat sensibly MOST of the time (think, hamburger without the bun, order two chicken tacos but only eat one tortilla with all the chicken, etc)

I saw this on Pinterest and it really rings true for my experience the past few weeks.

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This week I’ve been back in the gym and back at the weights. It feels awesome. I’m planning to dial back in for the remainder of the 90 days, but I’m already so happy with the changes in lifestyle I’ve made in this process. My husband and I have completely revamped the way we grocery shop and cook. I can’t wait to show you his progress pictures at the end!!!

And on a personal note…

Not all of my feedback from you guys about this endeavor has been positive; some insinuate that I’m setting a bad example for my daughters by focusing on my appearance. Body image is a touchy issue and I’m obviously not a fitness blogger, but I do blog about my thoughts and my life because I figure if I’m interested in a topic, there are other moms out there who are too. I’m glad you guys read and comment, even when you don’t agree, because that’s the whole point of sharing my real life with you. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing!

#LT90DayChallenge : The First Two Weeks

This is the first I’m posting about it, but my hubby and I are competing in the 90 day challenge at Lifetime Fitness. He’s doing the Weightloss Challenge and I’m doing the Transformation Challenge, which means they judge my change in body fat because I already have a healthy BMI.

Over the winter I put on about 15 lbs of mush, all around my middle, because that’s ‘how I rolls.’ (Sorry.) When I weighed in I was surprised to see that my body fat had skyrocketed to 24.6% from the 19-20% it’s always been since I had Savvy! Like anyone, I love a before and after picture, just not of myself…but what’s the point of this if I don’t show AND tell…

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Side note: isn’t it funny how small and tight my swimsuit bottoms look in the first picture compared to the second? Talk about holding on for dear life!

I am thrilled to have already changed my body fat percentage so much over the first 2 weeks, but for a little perspective, this is a picture of me last year at about 18%:

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My goal is to get to 17% body fat in the next 75 days by following a mainly low-carb diet and adding weight-training four days per week.

At the gym I’m usually a flip-through-Us-Weekly-on-the-elliptical kind of girl, so this weightlifting thing is new to me. I look like George Banks at the gym in the beginning of Father of the Bride Part II. (And if you get that reference, please comment because we are probably soulmates. I can’t even find it anywhere on the internet.)

I am tall (5’9″) so my plan is to eat anywhere from 1500-1800 calories per day depending on my workouts. These are the foods I eat in various combinations:

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I also do a lot of squats at home and light conditioning while I’m watching TV.

You know what really annoys me about celebrities? When they’re like, “Oh, I just stay in shape by eating right and keeping up with my kids!” Really? Because I’m pretty sure you have a nanny doing that anyway and the rest of us with our kids ALL DAY LONG are not ripped.

ALRIGHT!

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#FitMommy: Kid-Approved Chocolate Protein Pudding

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Perhaps I am the last person to figure this out, but did you guys know you can make a delicious creamy dessert using avocado, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder?

I made it yesterday (on accident because we were out of bananas and didn’t have enough milk to make a shake) and it was a huge hit. I rarely post recipes, but Avery and I both agreed this deserved a post on the blog. The texture turned out as a cross between pudding and a Wendy’s frostie. For someone like me who is constantly battling sugar-addiction, this was a nice surprise dessert alternative to my usual greek yogurt or sugar-free jello.

What I did:

In blender or Magic bullet cup add:

4 or 5 ice cubes

1 small avocado

2 full scoops chocolate protein powder (Arbonne is a favorite of mine)

About half a cup of unsweetened almond milk

Blend until creamy then spoon in to bowls and enjoy! This amount was enough for the three of us. If my husband was having some, I’d probably add 50% more of everything.

-UPDATE- Nutrition Info: Obviously it will depend on the exact ingredients you use, but the way we make this it is approximately 190 calories per serving, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 25 grams of protein.

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Low-Carb Food for Toddlers

As moms, we are all looking for ways to help our toddlers drop that pesky baby weight, am I right?

JUST kidding! This post is NOT about putting your baby on a low carb diet. That would be so Fiona Wallice. (Are you watching Web Therapy? Lisa Kudrow is a genius.)

I’m going on a girls trip to Florida in a couple weeks! Anytime I know I’ll be in a bikini, I go to my tried-and-true low carb diet. The only problem with this is that I make about 9 meals per day and countless snacks because I stay home with a three year old and a one year old. Clearly Pizza and Mac and Cheese are always a hit. My challenge is making things in addition to the “kid food”  that they will like and I won’t feel bad about eating either. I’m not a baked chicken breast and steamed vegetable kind of person. I just can’t. I actually find most baked chicken breast dry and nasty. I’ve had an aversion to it ever since I got pregnant with my first child. (Weird, right?)

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite “low-carb diet” foods that my kiddos love to eat with me. These are not Atkins-grade low carb, just a good alternative to bread/pasta/crackers/potatoes/etc when you are trying to drop a few lbs and you need to cook for kiddos too. I hope it gives you some fresh ideas!

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1. Hard Boiled Eggs with sea salt and fresh-ground pepper

2. No Sugar Added Mini Gherkins

3. Tomatoes + Mozzarella + Basil with a splash of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Salt and fresh-ground pepper.

(We currently love the mini yellow and purple tomatoes and the Pink Himalayan salt grinder from Costco. Also, if you’re not always using fresh-ground salt and pepper you are wasting portions of your life on mediocre seasoning choices. I question other life choices you might be making…)

4. Green juice made with spinach, one lemon and one pear. This is a Savvy Carter morning FAVORITE. That baby loves her green juice more than anything!

5. Edamame with sea salt. (I have to remove the soybeans for the baby but the toddler eats them out of the pod.)

6. Shrimp with cocktail sauce.

7. Avocado. My kids and I eat them plain with a spoon.

8. Crockpot shredded chicken with taco seasoning and melted cheese. A yummy dinnertime alternative to baked chicken or fish.

9. Sauteed zucchini slices with olive oil and a dash of soy sauce at the very end. The soy sauce caramelizes and makes them taste sweet!

10. Mashed Cauliflower. Steam a head of cauliflower then add olive oil, garlic salt and white pepper. Blend with an immersion blender. My family actually prefers this to mashed potatoes.

11. Butternut Squash Fries. Cut a raw butternut squash into thick fry shapes (not for sissies, these things are tough so make sure you have a sharp paring knife) then coat the fries in olive oil, put on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 450 degrees until they are done to your satisfaction. I like them SUPER squishy and a little burnt on the edges which usually takes about 20-30 minutes in my oven.) Avery loves these so much she asks for them!

What other ideas do you guys have?

5lbs in 5 days: The Soup and Booze Diet

This post was supposed to be titled something much more glamorous like 20lbs in 6 days: The Master Cleanse.

Turns out I hate cleansing. Also, I found out that it would be super irresponsible for me to do that while in charge of two small humans because it made me EXHAUSTED even more than I already am.

So why post about this at all?

Because I already committed to blogging about it and even though I technically failed at dieting, I still made a couple small changes. And since I’m all about keeping it real here, I wanted to share.

I have an unhealthy obsession with reading about different diets on the internet (looking at you, Pinterest) and telling myself that that’s ALL I have to do and I won’t have to think about my weight ever again. Ever notice how diets start with the phrase, “All you have to do…” or “All you eat is…” like it’s the simplest thing in the world. It’s so seductive.

So I’m not advocating this as a diet plan at all, just sharing my experience on the “Master Cleanse.”

Day 1: This was probably my first clue that I should not attempt the Master Cleanse.

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After the initial cake in the morning, I consumed nothing but the Master Cleanse “lemonade” and then I got super woozy in the afternoon so I ate an avocado.

Day 2: Master cleanse lemonade. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Carrot Soup. It was really good!

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Day 3: Master Cleanse lemonade. Carrot Soup. Caprese Salad. 4 slices of pizza for dinner and half a bottle of wine. I’d say that was the night the wheels really fell off.

Day 4: Thank God for girlfriends.

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Bloody Mary. Water with lemon. Carrot Soup. Then I went to a trunk show where I had champagne and some sort of pumpkin cheesecake brownie. Worth it! For dinner I had a couple bites of the kids organic white cheddar mac and cheese and an avocado.

Day 5: Despite my indulgence I could definitely tell my tummy was less bloated. Scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast, 5 chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A for lunch, an avocado for a snack and chicken noodle soup for dinner. Also prosecco. Then Avery and I were sitting on the couch and my husband was across the room with a bag of pretzels and somehow a game got started where he was throwing them for us to catch so I ate a bunch of those too.

So the grand total weightloss, as you may have deduced, was 5 lbs. I probably didn’t lose any fat, but I did lose a lot of bloat as you can tell from the picture:

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My takeaway is that what works for me as a whole is to generally drink more water, eat more vegetable soup and less meat. Probably good principles for all of us.

If you are one of those rare birds that has actually completed, say, a full day of the Master Cleanse I want to hear your experience! Do tell!