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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
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! 🙂
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!!
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.
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!
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!!