Friday Morning Iced Coffee Date (12/23)

Hi, friends! Merry (almost) Christmas to you! (Seriously, where did December go!?!)

Since it’s Friday and all, let’s get right down to “business” with our morning iced coffee date. Once again this week, I’m drinking my iced coffee with a splash of eggnog and collagen for some added protein power. FYI (since I get this question a lot): I mix the collagen right into my iced coffee. I add a little bit of warm water to the bottom of my glass, pour in about a tablespoon of collagen, swirl it around so it fully dissolves, and then add my iced coffee, cream, and ice. Boom. Simple as that. Ok, onto the coffee talk!

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First things first: Thank you to everyone who entered the Merry Maids giveaway. I hope you enjoyed reading our holiday hacks and found them helpful. If you missed the post, you can read our 5 Holiday Houseguest Hacks here!

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And here’s the winner of the $100 VISA Gift Card from Merry Maids: ErikaMC!

Clutter drives me crazy – and it’s always around our house so I if know someone is coming over I make a mad dash to pick up anything that is out of place and at least put it upstairs in a bedroom where I know they won’t go. And do a quick sweep of the floors so they aren’t walking on crumbs.

Congrats, Erika! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize!

Speaking of prizes…

I recently sent some RXBARS to a few of my Designed to Fit Nutrition clients. They recently finished their 8-week Premium Plans, so I sent them a little care package to say thank you and happy holidays. Related: If you haven’t tried RXBARS yet, you absolutely need to. (Have I mentioned this before?!) They’re so friggin’ good! I am totally obsessed with the Maple Sea Salt flavor. I like to eat one after my workouts along with an iced coffee. Mmm!

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So, a few of you guys asked how Quinn’s play went last Friday night. Well, it didn’t exactly happen. I think the poor kid got overwhelmed by the situation since it was a new place with unfamiliar faces, so he had a bit of meltdown before it started. We tried to calm him down, but it just wasn’t happening, so we headed home. Oh, well. Maybe he’ll make his musical debut next year!

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We recently discovered that Qman (kind of) likes raw veggies when they’re part of a party platter. (FYI: He’s a super picky eater, so anytime we can get him even semi-interested in veggies is a win for us!) We recently started buying a veggie platter each week as a way to encourage healthy snacking in our house. It keeps Mal and me on track (instead of reaching for junk), and Qman thinks it’s fun to pick and dip his veggies. We’ve probably only gotten a half dozen bites into him, but at least he’s giving them a try. And doesn’t it take like 20 exposures for kids (and adults) to like a new food? Something like that? I dunno, but we’re enjoying snacking on veggies as a family, so just wanted to pass along this healthy idea! 🙂

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Speaking of healthy ideas…

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift or you want to sign up for a meal plan yourself, Designed to Fit Nutrition offers email gift cards and we’re accepting new clients to start their plans on January 23, 2017. We’d love to have you! Drop me an email with any questions! We really make meal planning, prep, and grocery shopping SO EASY, especially with our NEW internet-based software. Oh my gosh, guys, I am so incredibly excited!!

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A little CNC update: I organized my RECIPES by category, so now they’re a zillion times easier to find. Want some new ideas for breakfast? Here you go!!

Just wanted to share this info since readers/followers frequently ask me about my combo diaper+gym bag… ok, it’s technically, a diaper bag, but it works so well for the gym. It has lots of pockets and compartments to keep everything organized. I also just use it as an everyday bag even when I don’t have Qman with me.

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Annnnddddd… I get a lot of questions (and compliments!!) about these Mesh Moves Leggings from Reebok. Super cute, right? I wear them a ton, both in- and outside the gym! Must-have for 2017.

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Speaking of the gym, I recently worked with Modell’s on a couple of Instagram posts and just wanted to share a little tip about their gear. It’s really cute and SUPER affordable. Some favorites: Moret Ultra Womens Tech Fleece Hoodie ($23.99), Champion French Terry Womens Funnel Neck Hoodie ($24.99), and Moret Ultra Warm Systems Womens Legging ($19.99). And you can save 20% off regular priced items online through 1/31/17. Just use code CNC20. There are some SERIOUSLY awesome deals, so be sure to check it out! FYI: I’m wearing the Moret Ultra Warm Systems Womens 1/2 Zip Top ($23.99), and it comes in 4 different colors. I’ve worn it a ton since I got it a few weeks ago!

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And, finally, just wanted to share this piece that I was recently quoted in: 7 Top Mom Bloggers Fix Your Holiday Stress

Question of the Day

What’s up for Christmas? What are your plans?

We’re having my in-laws over for Christmas Eve dinner and then we’re heading to my sister’s house on Christmas Day. I’m really looking forward to some quality family time and slowing down before the New Year madness begins!!

17 Comments

  1. OMG- those leggings!!! SO CUTE! Sorry for all the caps, I just really like them 😉
    I can not believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow! Tonight we are baking Santa cookies with my Mom and all of the cousins, Christmas Eve party tomorrow night with my extended family and then Sunday is split between our families. Crazy busy, but loads of fun.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. My husband and I are headed up to Virginia to spend Christmas with my family. He still hasn’t met my brother, his wife and son, and one of my sisters (we had a courthouse marriage to start since he’s in the Army), so this should be a really interesting trip! And should make planning our wedding ceremony pretty fun!

  3. It usually takes 12 or more tries with kids and foods. I would say it’s the say it’s the same for adults too who aren’t used to eating healthy foods. That’s what I tell my clients so they don’t give up at first bite. Love low love those leggings!

  4. Ah, school plays. I did have to smile though. Haven’t we all had these kinds of meltdowns? Twas a preschool Thanksgiving pageant for my son. We laugh about it now. He was a very angry Pilgrim 🙂 It’s hard to take it in stride at the time but that’s the only approach. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’ve recently bought veggie platters too. It totally helps to have quick healthy snacks on hand. I pull it out after school for the kids or when my husband comes home. Better than reaching for crackers or pretzels.

    We usually have a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at our house and then down to my in-laws in the afternoon for dinner. Merry Christmas!

  6. do you ever do holidays or extended vacations without murphy? if yes, then where do you drop him off IF family members can’t be there in the lurch? Any suggestions or do I just have bad relatives (ha!)

  7. We have the exact same holiday plans, kind of weird. My in-laws are coming for Christmas Eve dinner and then we are headed to my sister’s early Christmas morning and spending the day there.

    I have a few random questions/comments that seem fitting for a Friday morning coffee…
    When you do a cross-fit workout (like your 21-15-9), is that all you do that day in cross-fit? So, if it takes 20 minutes are you done lifting for the day? Sorry, I know that is probably basic but I just started lifting heavier weights and I like the workouts you put up. I feel sore and tired but then I am done and wonder if I should have added on some other form of workout since it doesn’t take a lot of time. My husband tell me I just need to lift heavier weights and it would take me longer and make me feel like it was a complete workout. 🙂

    And, I love your blog. Please don’t take this as criticism because it is YOUR blog and I hate when people make comments not liking a post. I love all your posts but, I would really like it if when I click on a link to something else if it would open in a new page not direct me away from your site. Does that make sense? Maybe it isn’t possible, I just always think of that when I click on a link from your post.

    1. Good question about CrossFit! The WOD (Workout of the Day) is just one part of a typical CrossFit class, and they can range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes (or more). Each day that I go to CrossFit, I plan to be there for an hour.

      Every CrossFit class is different, but here’s what the majority of them might look like:
      10-15 minute warm-up, usually done as a group
      15-20 minutes spent on either practicing a skill (rowing technique, handstands, jump rope skills) OR strength (deadlifts, overheat squats, Olympic lifts)
      10-30 minutes for the Workout of the Day (WOD). At my box, 90% of the WODs are done in under 20 minutes, but they’re no joke.
      The last 5-10 minutes of class are spent on mobility and improving range of motion (stretching, foam rolling, etc.).

  8. Those leggings are gorgeous! I would love a pair, maybe I’ll have to treat myself to some! My Christmas will be spent with family, although slightly unexpectedly I broke my ankle, so I’ll be very immobile and a bit dependent over the break!

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