Thank Goodness for Strollers + A Halloween-Inspired Workout

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Heyyyyyy! Happy Day-Before-Halloween!

A little recap of yesterday…

Quinn woke up at 4:00 AM and then would not go back to sleep. Whomp whomp. For the past week or so, he was sleeping 7-9 hours, rocking the 3:30 AM feeding, and then sleeping until 6:00/7:00 AM, which was awesome, but then he switched things up on us. It was a rough morning and he just cried and cried and cried, so after I ate breakfast, I took him for a drive in the car. He fell asleep in like 60 seconds.

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When we returned from our early-morning adventure, Quinn was in a much better mood. I fed him and then we headed out to meet Kerrie at Southfield for a 3-mile run with the jogging stroller. We took turns running with the stroller, and it was a great workout. No UC issues at all!

When I ran with Kerrie a couple of weeks ago at Southfield, she powered up one of the bigger hills at the end of our run without any issues and she had never even run with a stroller before, so I really wanted to tackle that same hill yesterday. I took it slow and steady while Kerrie offered some words of encouragement, and I did it! I didn’t stop once to walk! First time ever. It was such a great feeling.

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After our run, I said goodbye to Kerrie and hit up 1st Stop for a pumpkin spice iced coffee. When I got home, I immediately made myself second breakfast: toast with a fried egg and Light Creamy Swiss from The Laughing Cow.

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Quinn cried and cried and cried for the rest of the morning. I tried all of my usual tricks to get him to calm down with no luck. He wouldn’t nap and he was so overtired, I eventually took him out in the jogging stroller again and he fell right to sleep. It’s funny how things can change so much from day-to-day with a little one. On Tuesday, Quinn went down for all of his naps (in his crib even!) without an issues, but then yesterday, he fought every single one. *Sigh*

When we got home, I was famished. Luckily, I had some leftover baked mac & cheese that I made for a post on (It’ll be published next week!) It’s made with a delicious trifecta of cheeses (Parmesan, cheddar, and Light Creamy Swiss from The Laughing Cow), and it is soooooooooooooo good. I’ve made it twice already, and I was pumped that I had some ready to reheat when I got home. I housed it.

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After that, I ate some butternut squash soup.

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And then I made a batch of cookies, which, of course, I needed to sample. (Recipe on CNC soon!)


When Mal got home from school, we went for a “family walk,” which was a nice way to end such a frustrating, emotional, and exhausting day. Quinn was still pretty cranky in the early evening, but we gave him a bath, fed him, and he went right to sleep. What a day. #wineme

Health News & Views

Sure, Halloween is all about costumes and parties but what most of us really love about the holiday is the tasty treats, am I right? Colorful candy corn, “fun size” chocolate bars, and chewy gummy candies will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth, but, unfortunately all of those calories aren’t doing your waistline any favors.

But you can balance your splurges with this Halloween-inspired body weight workout. Perform it a few times a week and you can enjoy those treats with less guilt!

Burn Off Candy Calories With This Halloween-Inspired Body Weight Workout

Halloween Workout

Questions of the Day

Are you dressing up for Halloween tomorrow?

Are you dressing up for your Halloween workout tomorrow?

What’s your costume?

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  1. My little guy did the same thing last week- cried all day and of course it was the day my husband was traveling. There is nothing that worse than that sad cry. It’s so true, kiddos change from day to day. Hope today is a better one for both of you!

  2. I feel so bad for not having a costume for tomorrow. What a shame! I hate being one of those nonfesrive people but at the same time i dont have anything. I might need to throw some pieces together, draw some make up and call myself a dead waitress.

  3. william is going to dress up like the cutest little pumpkin ever! 🙂 and since i’m a fourth grade teacher, my teammates and i always do some type of theme to accompany our costumes and we try and tie it to the curriculum. so this year i am going to be sacagawea and they are going to be lewis and clark. sexy, i know. lol

  4. My son’s birthday is Saturday (2 yrs old! ) so between getting his costume and getting resdy for his party, I completely forgot about costumes for my husband and I! We were batman and robin last year so maybe we’ll just do that again.
    My son is going to be a dog. Sounds boring but it’s soooo cute! Can’t wait to see what Quinn is going to be! So glad you are feeling better too. 🙂

  5. Oh i remember days like that and I’m getting ready to start over with a new baby! Scarlet was so colicky, sometimes it was hard to stay positive! It passes fast even though at the time you don’t know what to do.

  6. So, so sorry about sad Quinn (and sad mommy!!!!)
    Best (and worst) thing about babies is that they are so always so mysteriously changing on us! My bebe has woken up at 10 PM to nurse (she is RAVENOUS) the last 3 nights…granted, she has been in bed for 4 hours, but that’s a big change! Anyway, point is: these babes are always changing. Today it’s one wild thing and it will be over soon, on to the next mysterious thing…

    Something else I have been thinking about is why my baby chose ME to be her mother; what was she sent to teach me, what can I learn from her?
    Why did Quinn choose you? Deep thoughts for an early morning. 🙂

  7. My neighborhood is having its first ever Halloween block party! My husband and I are going as Mary Poppins and Bert. We don’t have kids yet, so I’m excited to see everyone else’s little ones all dressed up. Although, sadly I don’t think the toddlers will recognize Mary Poppins.

  8. Hey Tina, just wanted to give you a little encouragement and say that your food photography has really improved over the past year or so. All of the photos for those recipes look really great! Can’t wait for the mac’n’cheese recipe!

  9. Just want to say that I admire your discipline for working out ! I mean after being up from 4:00am…you go and run the hills ! Wow…You go girl ! That is truly amazing.


  10. I have a 4 month old and we go through the same thing. Totally depends on the day for him and his naps. Last night he slept 11 hours though! wahoo! the night before he was up 5 times, which is so unlike him.

  11. I love that butternut squash soup. In regards to Quinn, we had the same issue with our baby, well, not an issue but you know what I mean. They get use to be soothed by motion only. I know that he enjoys stroller walks, and you enjoy running with him, and taking him on car rides, but they get used to it really quick, and after that is so much harder to sooth them without motion. You should try yo schedule some of your runs after he napped so he doesn’t get used to napping in the stroller or car that often. It tooks us some time to teach Sebastian that.

  12. I would love to dress up for work, but my office is ridiculously stuffy/old-fashioned, so it would be…not a good idea.

    Halloween is my favorite and I’m still so excited for tomorrow!

    That mac-n-cheese looks delicious! Can’t wait for the recipe!

  13. im really excited for that macaroni and cheese recipe! it sounds wonderful! I work tomorrow and won’t be wearing a costume to work, but i will dress up later on with my fiance, we are going to a halloween party at a local bar and we are being Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas!

  14. Babies are so unpredictable! It is hard when you finally seem to have the sleep thing down and then something changes. I spent so much time in the first few months trying to figure my little one out, but sometimes you just can’t! Hope today goes better for you and Quinn!

  15. So my gym is having a costume contest all week, and so far I have been an 80’s girl, a “beautiful monster” (for the song in Body Combat), pirate, raver ( for the Body Pump song Eat Sleep Rave Repeat, SWAT team member, and supergirl tomorrow! I am done with costumes this year but it has been a fun week at the gym!

  16. Our littlest is 4.5 months and she sleeps great. 7/730 to between 5 and 5:30 usually straight but I’m fearing daylight savings time. I can’t handle regular 4am wakeups! I’m trying to push bedtime back this week a little so maybe atleast we will only have 5am. For some reason even when she woke up once and slept til 7 thereafter it felt better than being up at 5 for the day. Lol

  17. Any chance your new meds are irritating him? I’m sure you already discussed that with the doctors. Just all I could think of. Good thing tomorrow is Friday!

  18. These babies change things up regularly! So cute, but so frustrating sometimes. I have an almost 6 month old now and he really keeps us on our toes! Maybe Quinn is going through 4 month sleep regression? Our little one did that for abour 1-2 weeks around 4 months. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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