Monday, September 22, 2014

Victoria's Secret Sport

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.All opinions and words are my own. 


I was so excited when I was accepted to try out the Victoria's Secret Sport voxbox from Influenster. I am working more and more teaching yoga classes, taking yoga classes and living in yoga clothes, which I don't mind one bit. I can always use more sports bras and yoga pants. 
I have never tried VS Pink yoga pants before but I have heard they are see through. One thing you do not want if you are inches away from your neighbor in a class and bending over. These new yoga sport pants are great. Thick enough to not show anything but not thick enough to be suffocating in a hot yoga class. I love the cut on them too. Very flattering.
The bra is amazing. I am a lot smaller since breastfeeding and I hate wearing sports bras that just push anything I do have completely flat. The VS Sports bra has great form, lift and hold all in one. I was able to get my actual bra size, not just small, medium, etc. The best part though, the zipper closure up the front. After a hot yoga class, I'm dripping and don't have any strength to even wiggle out of a sports bra. By far this is my favorite sports bra I own. 



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

gardening

We tried to have a garden when we lived in Salem. We got a few tomatoes and herbs but the seagulls would steal everything faster than we could pick it. Our garden this year is really coming along. Everyday Dave brings in a handful of little tomatoes. Our bigger tomatoes are looking good. The kale and rainbow chard is probably ready too but we haven't wanted to disturb it. A few weeks ago Dave picked a little carrot. He keeps forgetting to involve Elinor in the process of picking! She gets so picky with foods randomly. I am hoping that seeing where it comes from and being a part of the process will keep her interested.
Playing in the backyard the other day, I helped her pick another carrot. This one was a lot bigger than last time. She tried eating it right away all covered in soil. We came inside, she cleaned it almost all by herself and ate it. She's been on a carrot strike lately so I was happy.
Now if we can remember to take advantage of having these treats outside! We wanted to make a smoothie the other morning but needed mint. Dave reminded me we have plenty of it in our garden!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Namas Day Philly


Have you heard of Namas Day? How does a day full of yoga workshops, master classes and networking sound? Philly Area Yoga is organizing this festival for 400 yogis from the area October 19th at West Chester University's Sykes Student Union.
Come be inspired by local teachers from the city and suburbs as they bring new and educational experiences. There is a wide variety of classes and styles. They are ranging from athletes in mind with a class by sports coaches Ed Harrold and Cara Bradley to an Acrobatic yoga class by Christine Hebestadt and Lex Peters. I'm also really excited to check out Fire & Water: Rigor & Release with Shannon Audet. I've taken Shannon's classes before and love her!
Registration is now open here. Stay up to date with Namas Day details on Philly Area Yoga facebook and Namas Day facebook.

See you there!

Friday, September 12, 2014

I like food

I didn't eat much this week due to not feeling well. The rest of my family I'm assuming did eat but I was too grossed out to even be around it. Once I started feeling better this is what i ate...

 stir fry from honeygrow. So good! Elinor helped me pick out what we were getting and wanted noodle instead of rice like I usually get. Of curse she ate nothing and only wanted to act like the puppy that was at the table next to us. At least the puppy ate. I even got her a fruit bowl with coconut shreds on top. She loves fruit, she loves shredded coconuts but the two together? no way! 
 When I finally got my appetite back, I ran to the store for vegetable broth to make hearty white bean veggie soup. It was perfect and just what I needed. I ate leftovers from this for a few days. Each day it was even better than the last.
It's always exciting when there is a demo in Whole Foods for a vegan product. Elinor and Dave tried out every flavor and loved each one. We ended up buying the triple chocolate nirvana that I tried later. It was like a huge homemade delicious soft oreo. I'm drooling for one now. Good work Happy Girl Cookie Company, we will be back for more. PS they are also gluten free.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

working

I've been working more and missing Elinor terribly. Besides teaching, I have been helping out working the counter at the gym. It's been nice to have more adult interaction but I can't stand missing my baby! She has been a little more demanding and baby talking lately. I have to think it is because I'm not there.
giving her everything because I feel guilty.
I'm planning a new schedule for us soon. I'm terrible at keeping a set schedule so it will be pretty flexible. I just want to add more structure and activities for her. I think it will help with the acting out. Especially if Dave keeps up with it the days I'm at work.

On pinterest, I found this great blog for ideas. I'm excited to try these out.

Anyone have any great links for homeschool preschool ideas?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sales!

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We obviously love all things Disney in our house. We walk into the Disney Store and Elinor wants EVERYTHING. I always love it when they have big sales. Right now you can grab some of their new line for 40% off online plus free shipping with the code SHIPMAGIC
How cute are these Minnie shoes??

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Elinor needs this outfit! She outgrew her jean jacket last year.

The shoes are even faux suede!


Friday, September 5, 2014

I like food

Since I took off I like food last week, I have extra pictures this week. Dave has been having to make dinner way more on nights I work. He is a better cook than me anyway but he isn't as creative with food. When we are getting low on food he says we have nothing in to make dinner. I can always pull a few more meals out of what we have. 
 This was one of the nights we were low on food but he made it work all on his own while I was working. Pasta with "meatballs" and tomatoes from our garden. 
 We had leftover "sausage" from when we made biscuits and gravy. I made it with tofu, asparagus, tomatoes and kale for a big scramble. Elinor is weird about her food being together but it was so good she ate everything. 
 In Cincinnati we went to Melt. We always have to go here when we are in town. It is super good and also there aren't many spots with vegan options around. I wanted a vegan grilled cheese for Elinor but their vegan cheese was a spread and wouldn't work. They offered to make her a tofu sandwich with the cheese spread and veggies. She ate half the sandwich and almost all the tofu out of it. I didn't get a chance to try it because I was eating this...
 a veggie 3-way with spaghetti. so good. I ate the entire thing and felt so sick after. I just couldn't stop eating it because it tasted that amazing.
 My brother had a grill out for everyone. They had a bunch of avocados left over so My sister in law and I made chocolate pudding. I couldn't find a recipe with everything they had so we just threw some stuff together and it was so good, especially with strawberries. I can't exactly remember what I added, I will have to make it again and write it down. I think it was just avocados, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and maple syrup. 
 Some of my favorite pizzas in Cincinnati is Dewey's. My mom and I would go to yoga and then straight to get a pizza. Makes sense right? Working out just to make room for the pizza. We picked up a couple of pizzas and went to my other brothers house. My sister and I split this veggie one. Their sauce and dough is so good you don't even need cheese!
 On our last night, my friend made us this amazing veggie dish. Even her roasted cauliflower was the best I've ever had. I keep telling her she needs to open a restaurant or food truck.
 She even made us homemade almond milk for our coffee
 oh and homemade coconut milk yogurt! We want to make our own but somehow they have the dairy free probiotics at the ohio whole foods but the one here. Once we get it, I will post about the process.
 Back at home, we really needed to detox from our bad habits while traveling. So much junkfood that I didn't post about in hopes to look healthy. I made this big veggie and rice bowl with tahini dressing. Just what we needed. Elinor even ate everything! deconstructed of course.
with the leftover tofu from the veggie bowl, I made a burrito. Mushrooms, avocados, carrots, tomatoes and scrambled tofu with black salt and nutritional yeast. The sauce onto is sriracha and follow your heart vegenaise.
 Getting to the end of their lives, I threw bunch of veggies in a pot with pho soup base (I didn't have vegetable broth). I wasn't sure how it would come out with the pho soup. It actually just tasted like a loaded veggie pho so I added some rice noodles and sriracha. I will make this again.
 I used one sweet potato for the soup and had one left. I searched vegan sweet potato recipes and found this one from Lunch Box Bunch, sweet potato veggie burgers. We didn't have cannellini beans so I subbed chickpeas. I think they came out great. I thought they would super squishy when you bit into the burger but they actually held form.
Another meal Dave made. Veggie stir fry with gardein chicken. We liked it a lot but he had added ginger to the sauce and Elinor said it was too spicy. 

We need to keep a bunch of veggies in stock so I can just live off of veggie bowls. They goddess dressing from Trader Joes is so delicious and easy if you don't feel like making your own.