This post is sponsored by Organic Stevia In The Raw® and SheKnows Media.
I can’t believe my sweet baby is growing into a little boy so quickly. I’m so glad that I’ve documented so many of our adventures together on CNC to see how he’s changed (so much) over the weeks and months. This “day in the life” recap is from a random Friday a couple of weeks ago, and Qman and I had quite the nice morning together. He’s such a cool kid! 🙂
Quinn and I were up and at ’em before the sun. The little dude used to sleep until his alarm clock turned green at 7:00 AM, but, apparently, he’s over it. When he’s ready to get out of bed and “go downstairs,” there’s no stopping him, which means I also start my day. It’s still dark outside, so I definitely need some coffee.
Now that fall is in full swing, I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin (obviously). I recently started making a super easy Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte to take with me when I’m on-the-go in the morning. I’m often rushing out the door with Qman, trying to get him to school on time, so I love this grab-and-go option. (It’s also great for those of you who are trying seed cycling to balance hormones since it has ground flax in it!)
On-the-Go Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 2 shots of espresso (or strong coffee)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 packet Organic Stevia In The Raw®
- cinnamon to taste
- handful of ice
Directions: Brew espresso (or super strong coffee) and then transfer to a shaker bottle. Add almond milk, pumpkin, ground flax, Organic Stevia In The Raw®, and cinnamon. Shake like crazy, add ice, and drink immediately. It’s as easy as that!
Combine above ingredients and leave in the fridge overnight for a true grab-and-go morning beverage! Adding half of a scoop of vanilla protein powder is also quite delicious! 🙂
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With Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand, I immediately grab my laptop from my office. I bring it downstairs and stand at the kitchen counter, which is such a bad habit, but I need to respond to some time-sensitive emails. Mal just left the house to take Murphy for a walk and Quinn is watching The Octonauts, so I have about 10-15 minutes to get them done.
When Mal and Murphy return home, I pack up my computer and start making breakfast for Quinn and myself. Mal says goodbye and leaves for school. Once breakfast is finished, I head into the living room to let Quinn know it’s ready, but here’s nowhere to be found. He’s hiding from the “Mumma Monster,” who tickles him like crazy when she finds him under the blankets. Haha!
After that, we eat breakfast at the kitchen counter and then spend the rest of the morning getting ourselves ready for a “gym day.” Qman loves everything about gym days – the kids, spending time with Mumma (and Dada when he comes), and, of course, the donuts from Coffee Shack afterward. Now that he’s back at preschool full-time, we only have gym days on Saturday mornings. Quinn’s questions about “gym days” were really starting to tug at my heart strings (so much mom guilt), so I decided to keep him home, so we could have a special day together.
On the way to the gym, I realized I totally forgot to grab wipes. I used them right before we left the house and left them on the kitchen counter, so we swung by CVS to buy some. As you can see, Quinn was ALL about the automatic doors. He said, “it’s magic” as he opened his arms wide! 🙂
At CrossFit, Qman played with his friends while I worked out for an hour. The workout was a tough one! I mean, any workout with 10 rounds is going to be challenging, right? And this one really started to hurt at round 7 or so. Yowsahs – but I survived!
After CrossFit, we headed straight to Coffee Shack for iced coffee (for me) and donuts with friends. Coffee Shack was just about out of donuts, so, instead of his favorite, go-to Honey Dip, Quinn picked a Chocolate Coconut, which is my favorite kind of donut. I managed to snag a bite, but then got caught up in a conversation with my friend.
When it was time for her and her kids to leave, Quinn must have thought we were leaving too because he got up and threw away more than half of the donut. Oh, the horror! I sooooo wanted another bite. I asked Quinn why he threw away the donut, and he said he was full. Haha! The whole thing was so cute, but, seriously, who throws away a perfectly good Chocolate Coconut donut!?
After Coffee Shack, Quinn and I made a quick pit-stop at Target to buy a present for one of his friend’s birthday parties. We, of course, made time to see all of the “creepy” Halloween decorations.
Our final stop of the morning was a hair cut, which Qman needy badly. He was getting so shaggy!
He was really well-behaved during the haircut, so he got an awesome prize (huge bouncy ball) at the end.
After our morning adventures, we headed home for lunch and nap time. Even though we mostly just ran errands, I really enjoyed our time together. Qman is talking so much nowadays, so hanging out was such a difference experience even compared to a few months ago. He’s becoming such a little person with his own thoughts, ideas, and ridiculous humor (he’s so funny), and I love watching him grow.
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