• Boo Winter {Weekend Recap}

    January 6, 2014

    Good morning! Happy Monday!

    Some random tidbits for the morning:

    • FREE CANDY! You can get a package of M&Ms or a Snickers (or any “Mars chocolate single”) for FREE at CVS this week with your ExtraCare card! Hey, I’m excited. I have a special love affair with peanut M&Ms.
    • The Harvest Your Bundle Sale ends tonight at midnight! Hop on it to get some amazing health and wellness resources for just $39!
    • I posted the challenge for week 2 of the Get Healthy, Stay Health Challenge! It’s all about getting your sweat on this week, and my post includes a bunch of fun workouts! Check it out!
    • Please ‘like’ Carrots ‘N’ Cake on Facebook! Did you know CNC is on Facebook? My page is relatively new, and it would love some love from ya!
    • Dogs are so smart! Just wanted to share this article: Dogs do doo-duty in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field.

    So how was your weekend? Mine was relatively low-key. We got a pretty big snow storm late in the week, so I wasn’t super motivated to leave my house, except for a couple of special occasions. (Winter, snow, and I generally don’t get along.)

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    Murphy and I kept ourselves entertained with pug Glamour Shots.

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    On Saturday morning, I managed to rally, but barely. ONE degree?! Really?

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    But CrossFitters are crazy people, so off to 781 I went!

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    I loved this WOD! Well, actually “loved” is a more accurate description. This one hurt, but in a “good” way and once it was all over, of course.

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    21-5-9 of these three movements isn’t so bad, but when you do them for 20 minutes straight, they become quite challenging. I did the workout as prescribed, and I was actually a little worried about the 75-pound power cleans, but they ended up being the “easiest” part of the workout. The over-the-bar-Burpees where brutal. I felt like I spent half the workout just doing those! And now that I have a baby belly forming, I do them a lot slower and lower myself down to the ground, so my arms were especially smoked by the end of this workout. Even still, great WOD. I finished 5 + 9 Rx.

    You know you’re from New England when…

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    After CrossFit, I had a serious craving for pancakes, so I whipped up a big batch with (defrosted frozen) blueberries and, oh my goodness, they were delicious. I wish I had snapped a photo before I demolished them! Here’s the recipe in case you’re interested!

    Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup almond meal/flour
    • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1.5 cup almond milk
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup blueberries + more for topping

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients, except for blueberries, in a large bowl and mix well. Once batter is smooth, stir in blueberries.
    2. On a prepared griddle on medium/high heat, use a 1/4 cup to portion batter and pour onto griddle. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
    3. Top with maple syrup and fresh blueberries.

    Serves 2-3 (1 Mal serving + 2 Tina servings)

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    I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon cleaning the house while Mal ran errands. When it’s cold and snowy outside, I’d much rather stay home than venture out, so I offered to clean the house from top to bottom while Mal went grocery shopping and picked up a few things at Lowe’s. (The house projects never end!)

    On Saturday night, we had a few friends over for football, snacks, and drinks. I honestly can’t remember what game we watched, but it was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone and chowing down on delicious appetizers.

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    Murphy had an especially nice time and passed out even before the game ended.

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    Yesterday, I went to my friend Beth’s baby shower, which was so nice. It was Winnie the Pooh-themed and absolutely adorable!

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    Question of the Day

    What’s your relationship with snow and winter? Love it? Hate it? Love it through December and then hate it until early April?

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    sally @ sweat out the small stuff January 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I love snow! I love the cold weather! But the only thing I hate is commuting to work during this time. Waiting for the bus in blizzards and then crawling along the snow covered highway to the city isn’t fun. And by the time you get on the bus you’re overheated and have to take off as many layers as possible….lol!

    I realized I need warmer boots but I’ll still take this weather over hot humid august temps on the east coast for sure.

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    Stephanie January 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I also have a love affair with peanut M&Ms. I rationalize that they’re better for you than regular ones because they have protein to keep you full longer! I think I could rationalize anything…

    Being a Massachusetts gal myself, I generally enjoy the winter. I don’t mind the snow; in fact, I love how pretty it makes everything look. Is there anything nicer than sitting on the couch drinking coffee on a weekend morning as you look outside to see the snow slowly falling? It’s so calming!

    What I do mind is people not knowing how to drive in the snow when it gets in the single digits as it did this weekend. -20 with the windchill just takes your breath away, and not in a romantic way.

    Happy Monday!

    P.S. Adorable baby shower!

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    Erika January 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I wish we could have some winter weather. It’s been unseasonably warm in CA so far. I want some rain!

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    Danica @ It's Progression January 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I absolutely hate winter (and I live in Minnesota!)…my husband and I are in the works of moving to California – seriously. With the wind factored in, it’s negative 40 degrees today. disgusting!

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    Jackie January 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I despise winter weather unless I can stay home!!

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    Kylie January 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Tina, I love your boots and workout pants! You may have answered this already, but where did you get them?

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    Tina January 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks! The pants are from Moving Comfort (similar to these: http://www.movingcomfort.com/Urban-Gym-Tight/300476,default,pd.html) and the boots are from UGGs, but I bought them a few years ago. I found some that are similar in this post: http://carrotsncake.com/2013/11/friday-favorites-cold-weather-edition.html

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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance January 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Ugh! I HATE winter! I literally just landed from an Xmas vacation in warm Australia and was met with tons of snow and cold weather. I wish I could live in warm weather all year round! I would be so much more motivated!

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    Pamela January 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I live in New Jersey and our snowfall was just as bad. I HATE the snow/winter and always wish i was lucky enough to just up and move to florida!
    And that is the cutest baby shower idea ever!

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    Amelia January 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Love, love, LOVE snow! Especially snow days when everything closes down…snow days make me oh-so-productive at home and also slow me down. My favorite months of the year are late September through May and unless I’m basking on a beach, with nothing but ocean/some mass of water near me, I don’t want to be outside on hot, humid days. I’ve been told that I’m weird for not minding when it gets dark earlier. Something about being cozy and hibernating is very comforting.

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    Lauren January 6, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, that is some deep snow. I don’t miss it at all. The sky looks pretty and blue. Stay warm.

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    Bethany January 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Love the Pooh theme!
    I never loved the snow. We are living in Seattle now and the weather has been about 40 all weekend.

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    Amy January 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh how I long for 1 degree temperatures. It’s currently -15, “feels like -40″ here in Minnesota. :)

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    Tina January 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Brrrr!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I hate the winter! I can;t stand going out side from October to like may haha!

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    Karen January 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I am from Maine and grew up in the snow. I always loved it – sledding, skiing and snowmobiling as a kid was great. Now I live in France. No snow in Paris… but I still love seeing all the pictures, even though I know how tough it is on people in New England ! Miss the snow, but DO NOT miss the cold….

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    Alissa Jo January 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I’m in northern MN and it’s ridiculously cold. I wonder sometimes why I live here! I am OVER winter!

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    Bezzymates January 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I hate snow!!!

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    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More January 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Hate it, hate it, hate it. I have never been a fan of winter. Our high was a whopping 3 degrees today. I cannot wait to move back to the west coast.

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    Lisa @ runningoutofwine January 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I am so over winter! I am usually ok with it until late February, but the weather has been so terrible that I am ready for spring now.

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    Kate @ Coffee with Kate January 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Iced coffee on icy days … my absolute favorite! It’s going to be as low as -30 here tomorrow and I’m insane enough to probably still get my favorite Starbucks Iced drink: Hanson Milk Tea. Gahh

    http://www.coffeewithkate.com/2013/11/27/hanson-milk-tea-hansonmilktea/

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    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I can’t even with this weather… it’s not as bad in PA as MA though!

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    Jessica Styers January 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on CVS free candy :) I am always ready for winter by October but ready for it to be over by March. I do not get as much snow as you down here.

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    Christa January 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I am loving this cold weather! It’s not exactly the best when I want to go on a run (I despise the treadmill) but it is much better than sweating out a gallon of water. I would love to live in Boston after I am out of college!

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    Mickala January 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Hate winter and snow! But I will probably never leave Iowa so I deal with it. I’m especially ready for it to be over already this year for some reason. Not sure why.

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    jen January 7, 2014 at 12:38 am

    loved it as a kid, as an adult it depends on my mood. I do find snow storms to be fun at times, as long as the power remains on lol. I find it so funny how us New Englanders still crave an icy cold coffee in below zero weather, I think its just that it taste so good!

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    Allyssa January 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

    You would think living in MN would make me love winter, but I don’t haha I want it to be over and it’s only January!

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    Kristi January 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I used to love a good snow storm, until I got a job that never closes and I’m expected in no matter what the weather is like.
    That is a lot of snow. If that were in Virginia it would probably shut everything down, and everyone would be sitting in their houses not wanting to leave.

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