Post Turkey Burn Workout

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

I loved scrolling through social media and seeing everyone’s gorgeous family pics!I know I overate yesterday {which I don’t regret at all}, however, a good sweat sesh is what I need to give my body a little reset.

Given this weekend is busy with holiday shopping and spending time with family, I wrote up a quick workout you can all squeeze in between all those activities!

Perform each exercise for 1 minute and repeat the circuit 2-3x through.
{Enjoy the burpee push-ups!}

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Blog World!

I know I’m not on here very often this past year, but I’m still thankful for this space, the blogs I read, and those who have become blog friends!

I’m also thankful for this crazy little family of ours and look forward to enjoying some food, conversations and WINE later today. (This is the first holiday season in two years that I’m not pregnant)ūüôā

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Cheers to the start of the Holiday Season everyone!

Xo, Marielle

Planning Meals with a Family

This post is sponsored by FitzeeFoods,  I received a week of meals in exchange for an honest review.

I know you Mommas out there understand when I say Meal Prepping for your family is SO tough {especially when your kids are young}.¬†¬†Feeding a picky toddler is an event in itself and I could save the details on that for an entire blogpost. Throw in a newborn and a husband, I don’t have a lot of time to plan or prepare healthy meals.

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Going to the grocery store¬†is a process with both of the kiddos, so I always try to go once my husband is home from work or on the weekend.¬† I typically plan my meals out a week in advance but there are times where I just don’t feel like it- I’m in a cooking funk or am simply¬†lacking creativity!

Most of us by now, have heard about companies that mail fresh ingredients and instructions directly to your door. Those are great- the food is fresh and they always seem to give me some new ideas. However, there is still a lot of prep work involved, which again, is hard finding the time for these days!

Along comes Fitzee Foods…….

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From the website:

“We provide healthier versions of American Classics that makes the easy choice the healthy choice. Unlike grocery shopping, prepping, cooking and cleaning, FITzee saves your precious time, money and waistline. Many FITzee Foods products appeal to dietary needs and restrictions such as paleo, gluten free, and dairy free. Whether you want to lose, gain or maintain weight, the name of the game is portion control, but a healthy diet is not just about portion control, it‚Äôs also what‚Äôs in the food that counts. FITzee provides a variety of meals from paleo spaghetti to red chicken enchiladas to paleo BBQ pork. We know that life gets really busy so when you don‚Äôt have time to cook‚ÄĒThink FITzee! We like to think of ourselves as a healthy alternative to fast food.

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We received 12 small meals that I shared between me and the hubby…and some for Charlotte. At¬†first, I was thinking¬†that¬†these won’t¬†taste that great but I will give it a try.¬† In my experience most premade meals aren’t that great.

The first meal I ate was the Red Chicken Enchiladas and I have to say, I was super impressed! And the fact that the meals weren’t packed with a ton of gross ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce.

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 I wanted hubby to try some meals too without any prompting, just to see what he would say! He was pleasantly surprised as well and shocked when he read the nutrition information! His fav was the Paleo Carne Asada Bowl (this man loves his meat). Sadly, he ate that one all up before I could snap a picture or try it out myself!

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{pictured is the BBQ pork and sweet potatoes meal}.

What I also loved besides the taste & convenience factor, was not having to do dishes and the portions were just right for us.

I don’t think it is something I’d do ALL the time, however, it would be great to add this in on weeks when the husband is traveling, after getting back from a trip, or even when I’m just in a cooking funk!

Interested in trying some for yourself??

All of my readers using code: fitgirlprettyworld15 at checkout will receive a 15% discount (good until 11/30 so hurry up and order some meals)

Thank you again to FitZee Foods for feeding me and my husband for a week!

How do you plan meals for your family each week? Please share in the comment below!

Is it October already??

So I just realized that next week our little Donovan will be 5 months! 5 months, that’s basically half of a year. Whew the time really is flying by!

Now I feel like I might be jinxing it by putting this in writing, but our little man has been sleeping better at night! I still nurse him around 3 or 4am but besides that woke up¬†he is doing much much better. I still try to get into bed around 9:30 so that I get a decent stretch of uninterrupted slept until feeding time. So we are getting there….there was a time that I did not think that was ever going to happen. Phew

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Well I can’t say there is anything new going on with us, haha the same crazy days but we are gradually getting into somewhat of a routine. Our outings are still limited to the morning times bc of Donovan’s naps, but between our moms club &¬†stroller strides playgroups we always have something on the agenda!

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Besides the kiddos…what’s going on with me??

I’m finally trying to get back into a regular running routine, with the temps going down it is much more manageable. I got up to 4 miles last weekend, which was tough but felt great knowing I could do it. ¬†I know it takes time to get back to your pre-baby body but it sure is frustrating when you don’t exactly feel like yourself.¬† I’ve been eyeing these running shoes for awhile…..some new workout gear always motivates me to get my butt moving!

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Also for the month of October, I’m trying to take part in the 31 Day Challenge from Tone it Up. I printed out the calendar and left it out in plain site so I’m reminded of it even on the days where I feel like doing nothing! So hoping I notice somewhat of a difference by the end of the month!!

I’m also so excited….I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Emily Ley’s book: Grace not Perfection. I’ve been following Emily on Instagram for a couple years and was excited to hear that she wrote a book. I think it’s going to be a good one, and I should get my copy tomorrow- woo! Now if only I had some time to read….hmm, I’ll work on it!ūüôā

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Alright that’s all for now…thanks for stopping by!

Are there any books you are loving right now?? Please share below, I always love new recs!

Barre at Home in 10 Minutes

Hello there!

Today I’m coming at you with a quick at-home barre workout. Those of you with¬†you kiddos¬†know that some days all you have is 10 minutes. I love being able to get out of the house and making it into the studio for class, but I also like the option of doing something at home-even if it is for 10 minutes!

It’s almost impossible to get some alone time at home- so C & D are helping me out with the mini photo sesh!ūüôā

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The lovely people from SimplyWorkout sent me the “You Had Me at Barre Shirt” as well as my sticky socks! {these are so lightweight I’ve been wearing them around the house lately). My pants are Beyond Yoga (my favorite) from last winter.

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How do you squeeze in a workout at home?

Please share in the comments below!

Oh Hi There

Oh the poor blog, I do think about you often but just can’t seem to get to you that much anymore!!

As it turns out, having 2 kids is hard and doesn’t leave much time for myself, but we are working on that! Both kiddos are napping now (woop)¬†and instead of doing housework, I’m doing something for me.ūüôā

Right now we are just at a tough stage….Charlotte is 18 months, loves to explore the world, touch everything, throw everything, and not follow direction that well yet.¬† And Donovan is so much more alert now that he refuses to sleep in his stroller. Arg! Sure makes going places tough, but once he is on a good 2 or 3 nap schedule, life will be a little easier, I hope!

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I mean so cute right? I love that hat!

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We finally took C to the Slash Pad in town. She was a little hesitant at first but got over that quickly, haha! It’s so much fun to watch her explore new¬†things. Although chasing her is tough, but that is only going to help me get back in shape right?

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Our little family photo from the weekend….

Paisley figured out that Charlotte drops food on the regular, so she is right there when C is snacking. Haha. {And yes D only has one sock on}

Oh and that fancy car?? Daddy made an “impulse buy” for the little princess….a remote control car. It is so fun. We don’t have much space in the house so we take her out on the sidewalk, she thinks she is cool. haha!

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This just made me laugh. So true. Amazon prime- I love you and hate you at the same time.

Blogger Friends, what is new in your worlds?? Please share in the comments below!

Updates And Bob’s RedMill Giveaway

Hello Hello! Can you believe August is next week? It’s been so hot here lately so I’m looking forward to September when the temps start cooling down.

So What’s New?

Miss Charlie finished swim lessons this week! So fun and she enjoyed every minute of it! Now I know what to do with her when we take her in the pool and some things to work on as well! She loves the water and had no problem getting in and splashing around. So fun!

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Mr D is officially a big boy….we took him in for his 2 month well check last week and he weighs 13 pound 9 oz!! He weighed 8lbs when he was born so that’s quite the weight gain in¬†2 months! At least I know his middle of the night nursing sessions are productive!ūüôā

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Snapchat filters are the best, haha!

How’s Sleep?

We are gradually getting better, but we still have some rough nights here and there. Typically he will do¬†one long stretch of about 5-6 hours, eat, then do a 3 or 3 1/2 hour stretch. So it’s not terrible, but I really long for the days that I don’t have such broken up sleep! ¬†Soon I hope!!

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*Giveaway*

Catch up with the deets in my most recent post all about Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powders.

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Summertime and smoothies just go hand in hand for me and I’ve already finished the chocolate powder and started in with the vanilla. So yum! Since I’m loving this stuff so much, I want to give one lucky reader the chance to try some themselves!!

*1 lucky reader will get their choice of a 16 oz bag of any of the 4 protein flavors above. (Value $30) *

To enter the giveaway, Like Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook, Follow on Instagram, and leave a comment below which flavor you most want to try!

Grab a coupon here! I know I will be using one! :)  I will select a random winner August 1st! Good Luck!!

Thanks for reading friends and have a great weekend!! Hubby and I finally get a date night, can’t wait!!