WIAW: Instagram Edition

Gosh I love Wednesdays! We are finally half-way to the weekend. For stay-at-home moms it means we are half-way to having HELP! HAHA. :) Wednesdays are also amazing because it means that it is time to link up for “What I Ate Wednesday” with Jenn from Peas and Crayons!

I thought it would be fun to make this week’s post my eats captured via my iPhone and my Instagram :) This is also the last “Love Your Veggies” post!


Spinach and ham scramble with a side of bacon and a Rudi’s whole grain with flax English muffin with strawberry jam.


I took the Emster on a 4.5 mile run in accordance of my 1/2 marathon training plan.  Pushing a jogging stroller is seriously no joke.  I was spent!  I average 10:30/mile which is definitely slower than I’d like but I figure I HAVE to be faster without it, right? 😉  Emmie gets a kick out of going with me though.  She loved to look around for the first half of my run and fell asleep for the second half.



I met a friend at Ruby Tuesday for lunch today.  It’s my goal to get out of the house at least once a day … if I didn’t I am pretty sure I would lose my sanity 😉  I got the grilled salmon with a side of broccoli and a trip to their amazing salad bar!



Homemade pizza!  I used Rob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix and then added pizza sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, chopped spinach, and Italian seasoning.  To be honest … not a huge fan of the crust.  My hunt for a good homemade crust continues!


Emmie’s Dinner

I made my first batch of homemade baby food … PEAS!  Emmie LOVES them and obviously loves her veggies too 😉


Next month Jenn is switching things up with “WIAW GOES GREEN!”  Start thinking now about ways you can greenify your meals :)

What are your favorite veggies?  What’s one way your greenify your meals?

February Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Ahh I had so much fun participating in Foodie Pen Pals again this month!  Lindsay, of The Lean Green Bean, has quickly become one of my bloggy besties and she is also the genius behind this incredible food exchange party!  I had the pleasure of sending some goodies to Leila of Spinach and Skittles this month!  I in turn, got an awesome box of treats from Jane!  You can see my last month’s box here.

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Jane was so kind!  In her note she said she immediately thought of Trader Joe’s when it came to my box!  I am SO thankful since we don’t have a Trader Joe’s where I am at :)



I got some amazingly tasty treats this month!!


Crunchy peanut butter with flaxseeds, tricolor quinoa, everyday seasoning “tastes of Africa”, and tomato paste.  I have already used the seasoning on pork chops and they were amazing!  I also used the tomato paste in a shepherd’s pie the other day too!  The tricolor quinoa is also destined for great things.


Fruit wraps, dark chocolate Tahitian vanilla caramels, and dried pineapple rings.  I munched on the caramels while writing this post and they were divine!


Thanks Jane for an awesome awesome package!  I had so much fun getting it … you picked out the best stuff!


SO do YOU want to play in March?  Here are the deets:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 

-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

If you’re interested in participating for March, please send  an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
WHETHER YOU ARE A US RESIDENT OR CANADIAN RESIDENT. – this is SUPER important so you get on the right list!

You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

***PLEASE NOTE: if you send an email, you WILL GET A RESPONSE within 48 hours. If you don”t….please re-send your email or contact Lindsay via Twitter (@LeanGrnBeanBlog). Last month we had a few emails get lost as spam so we’re trying to avoid that!

1/2 Marathon Training Progress

Hi friends!  I hope you all had a GREAT weekend!  If you are just catching up here is what we were up to:

AND congratulations to my Activewear USA winner:
Congratulations Ali!  Send me an email at foodfitnessandfamily {at} gmail {dot} com so we can get you your prize!

I can’t believe that I am already half-way through my 1/2 marathon training … 6 weeks to the big race!  Ahh!!  I thought that since many of you expressed interest in my training plan I would give you an update as to how it is going.


Yesterday I did my 8 mile run per my training schedule … and it was HARD.  I had planned to get running around 9AM but Chris wanted to take the dogs to the park while I ran and then Emmie decided to take an extra long morning nap.  Therefore we didn’t get out the door until closer to noon.  On top of the late start it was WINDY.  Like 20-25 mph wind gusts.  Eek!  I ran a 2.6 mile jogging trail that passed by the dog park while Chris and the dogs played.  Emmie came along in the BOB with me for the first lap.  Little did I know though that there was a solid 1-mile uphill stretch INTO the wind … pushing a stroller.  So she got dropped off with daddy 😉  Most of this run was a mental game and I tried hard to beat it.  I almost stopped twice … but I didn’t.  I ended up averaging 10:30/mile.  This is definitely slower than my goal pace but considering that I almost didn’t finish I am darn proud.



Luckily so far I am injury free.  My knees and hips hurt last weekend but did surprisingly well today.  I came home from the run and iced my calves and wrapped them up with ace bandages since I don’t have compression sleeves hehe.


Top: Nike

Pants: Lululemon Wunder Under Capris

Shoes: Brooks Adrenalins


SO what’s the plan from here?  I am going to stick with my training schedule and still shoot for 10 minute miles.  As long as I beat my last 1/2 marathon time of 2:45 I’ll be happy 😉  I am trying to do my long runs outside and keep my treadmill runs to around 3 miles for my own sanity.  However, I am quickly learning that Emmie probably won’t join me on anything over 3-4 miles because pushing the stroller is just so dang hard!  I am also going to continue working on winning the mind game I got going on and giving up on self-doubt!


AND just because she is so dang cute … here are some pics of Emmie from this weekend 😉

Emmie started avocados this weekend.  Little girl LOVES them!!  Just like her mama 😉

Seriously … is there anything cuter than baby sunglasses?  Chris says that I say that about everything Emmie owns … he says it’s just because they’re tiny.  Haha.  I LOVE THEM!

What did you do this weekend?  Did you race?  Are you training for one?

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Spinach Pasta

Marriage is about finding your soul mate.  The ying to your yang.  The one who balances and completes you.  Lucky for me I did.  Chris and I are opposites in so many ways it’s funny.  One of the things I just can’t comprehend about him is his distaste for shrimp.  I LOVE shrimp!  SO when Chris had to go out of town for training the other night I knew I had to utilize shrimp into my dinner.


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This pasta was just the right amount of creamy.  I loved the combo of the shrimp, broccoli and spinach.  The tomatoes added another flavor which went along with it perfectly.

This is also the perfect dish for the Lenten season.  As a Catholic, I don’t eat meat on Friday’s during Lent.  Fish is A-OK though :)


Shrimp, Spinach, and Broccoli Pasta

by Madeline G.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: saute entree Shrimp


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 12 ounces whole-wheat linguine
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups shrimp, cooked & tailless
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • a pinch of salt


In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Salt/oil the water if desired. Cook pasta according to directions on box.

In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add broccoli and onion. Saute until tender, or about 5 minutes.

Add spinach, basil, and shrimp and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.

Stir in ricotta and milk. Mix until well combined. Add to pasta.

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Tips For Flying With A Baby

Now that I have had a few days to get settled back in from vacation, I thought I would share with you some of the things I learned about flying with an infant! As you all know, Emmie and I went to Phoenix for a week for a friend’s wedding and to visit family. The weeks/days leading up to the trip were full of anxiety about the impending trip … especially since I would be making it ALONE. I reached out to fellow moms (thanks Lisa!) and got some great tips. Others I learned on my own. Regardless the information is worth sharing so maybe one of your trips can be anxiety free :)



Tips for Flying With a Baby 

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1.  If you can, try to travel at naptime or bedtime.  Both of my flights coincided with either bedtime or naptime.  While she didn’t sleep the entire flight, Emmie did sleep a good portion which made it easier.


2.  Research your diaper changing options.  One of my biggest concerns going into my flight was where I would change Emmie’s diaper.  I didn’t know it but many airplanes now have changing tables on board.  On my Southwest flight it was in the forward lavatory but not the rear.  Ask a flight attendant when you get on board.


3.  You can pack breast milk or formula.  The TSA allows both breast milk and formula through security.  They count it as medication so you can how more than the 3oz allotment you are normally given.  I packed some milk in a small separate bag making it easy to pull out for screening.  If you bring an ice pack, it needs to be a HARD, completely frozen pack.  Find more of the TSA guidelines and tips for traveling with children here.


4.  Wear your baby.  Since I was traveling by myself I thought the stroller would be more trouble than it was worth.  I wore Emmie thru the airport.  I even was able to wear her through security … they just had to swab my hands to check for explosives.  I didn’t take her off once.


5.  Check your car seat and stroller.  Most airlines allow you to check both your car seat and stroller without charge.  On Southwest I was able to check 2 bag, my car seat, and my stroller free of charge.


6.  Buy a new toy.  Even though Emmie is only 4 1/2 months old, having a new toy made all the difference!  I bought this toy at Babies’R’Us in Phoenix and she played with it most of the flight!  Even babies like things that are new and exciting :)


7.  Nurse/feed on take-off and landing. Babies cannot pop their ears the same way we can.  The sucking helps their ears adjust to the change in pressure.


8.  Bring “poop” bags. On the chance your child decides to go #2 on the plane you will thank me that you have these.  We have scented poop disposal bags we got from Babies’R’Us.  The whole plane will be glad you got one 😉  On the note of diapers … do NOT ask a flight attendant to dispose of dirty diapers.  First, they aren’t allowed since they serve food.  Second, it’s just rude.  Use your poop bag :)


9.  Have whoever is meeting you at the airport get an escort pass.  This was something I didn’t know about before this trip and my mom enlightened me.  You can have 1 person meet you at the gate to help you.  They have to go to your airline ticket counter, give your name and flight number, and get an escort pass allowing them thru security.  If you’re flying by yourself this will be a God-send.  My mom met me in Phoenix, got one when I was leaving so she could help me to the gate, and Chris got one to meet us in St. Louis.  Seriously, use it!


10.  Take a deep breath.  You will be A-Ok!  Babies can sense tension so the calmer you can be the calmer they will be.  :)  Take a deep breath and just be confident in your abilities!


Have you ever flown by yourself with kids?  Any tips?


**If you haven’t entered my ActivewearUSA giveaway yet … do it now!  You can find it here.