Coconut Banana Muffins

Look who is blogging a recipe?! I made this muffins one rainy day last week and upon first bite knew I had to share the recipe. In typical Lindsey fashion I find a recipe, look at it and then do my own thing. Luckily these turned out way better than I imagined! So as soon the girls went for their naps I snapped some photos and got the recipe blogged. Priorities people, what grocery list?

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Coconut Banana Muffins – Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1t baking powder

1/4t salt

2 medium ripe bananas – mashed

1t vanilla

1 egg

1/3 cup cane sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil — softened

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat over to 350, put muffins liners in muffin tin. In a stand mixer add bananas, vanilla, egg, coconut oil and mix well. Add in dry ingredients, flour, salt and baking powder, mix until combined. Add in 3/4 cup coconut and chocolate chips and mix to combine.

Put the mixture into the muffin liners and add remaining 1/4 cup of coconut to the tops of the muffins. Bake for 22 minutes, let cool for 5 minutes and moving to cooling rack.

Now get to your kitchens and make these, you will not regret it!

Lindsey

Orange Theory Fitness

On Friday night Becky arranged for us to try the new Orange Theory Fitness that recently opened up here.

I had very little idea of what to expect and seeing as I was just cleared to workout I was not sure how much I could do. Spoiler alert – I did everything, it felt great and I loved the workout.

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What can you expect from a workout at Orange Theory Fitness? There are three parts to the hour long workout, rowing, strength and the treadmill. The workout uses the science of heart-rate based training so you get to wear these fancy monitors:

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From their brochure: “The Orange effect is backed by the science of post exercises oxygen consumption, our heart rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. The result is the Orange Effect: more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after you workout”

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Back to the monitors you wear…These allow you heart rate to be monitored throughout your workout and determine what zone you are in with the goal of being in the orange zone. My monitor had some issues and did not work for the first half of my workout putting me in the grey (pretty sure this is resting) zone for most of it. The trainer said after that most of my grey zone time would have been in the green zone. Here is my workout summary chart:

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The above chart came from an email, they email your results to you right after your workout – pretty cool, right?

Throughout your workout all current time results are displayed on TVs so you can see – as well as everyone else in the class so if competitiveness is your thing this would motivate you even more.

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We were asked to arrive 30 minutes before the workout to get an orientation. The trainer went through the workout and equipment with us before the class started since we were all new to the studio.

I admit I was a bit confused after but the trainer said we would catch on quickly once the workout started.

We started on the rowing machines, did a 1000m row then onto the strength area for a series of 5 exercises all of which were demonstrated to us by the trainer. I really liked the one on one feeling the trainer gave us even though we were in a group setting. He was constantly going around correcting everyone’s form which added to the experience.

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We did more rowing (250m) and back to strength a couple more times before completing that part of the workout. I should note that not every workout is the same so it is always changing what you are doing.

The next part was my favourite since it involved treadmill running!

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This part was easier to catch on for me, on each treadmill it told you what incline and speed to go for the three levels, power walker, jogger and runner. I kept to the runner ones which was perfect for me. In the treadmill workout there are three phases, base, push and all out. The trainer yells out which one to do and the time left on each phase. I found this really easy to follow.

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Me, Becky and Laura on the treadmills:

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There is also bikes and an elliptical in case you are injured and cannot use the treadmill which I thought was a great option to accommodate everyone.

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After the workout you go through some stretching with the class which I was happy to see since I am bad at stretching on my own.

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Your first session is free so make sure you visit to take advantage of that, I guarantee you will get in a great workout. They offer a variety of memberships, including punch passes and there are no contracts.

Lindsey

Have you ever tried Orange Theory Fitness? If not, would you?

 

Long Weekend Recap

Not going to lie here this weekend was pretty lame. Dang rain! Though in Alberta we should expect it if not snow :( After four days of rain I am ready for sun this week!

Friday

Day one of the rain. We baked, went and bought craft supplies, made pom pom caterpillars and kept busy inside singing “rain, rain, go away”.

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That evening I met up with Becky and Laura at the new Orange Theory Fitness which is a couple minutes away from my house. Review coming this week!

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After we had a drink at Browns then headed home.

Saturday

The rain let up for a few hours, just enough time to have a short garage sale, which actually was pretty busy for a bit. My in-laws brought up lunch over and watched the girls while we got things ready.

Chloe had a 2.5 hour nap in the garage in a snowsuit – thankfully I kept Avery’s – never thought Chloe would need it!

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We ended the day with tacos – I think this is a new Saturday tradition and watching hockey.

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Sunday

I started my day with a treadmill run! 5km in just under 30 minutes :)

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After Chad’s workout we headed for brunch with friends that ran the Woody’s Marathon, they are all brave, it was so rainy and cold out!

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The rest of our day was spent doing things around the house, watching Zootopia, eating popcorn and hanging out.

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Monday

I felt like I was coming down with a cold Sunday but thankfully woke up okay. I took advantage of Chad being home since it was a holiday and worked out. A 2 mile run followed by my first Hard Corps workout.

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Avery and I ran out to do a couple errands late morning then since the rain stopped we came home and opened up the garage sale again. It was a slow start but picked up and we made a decent amount of money. Chloe once again loved her snowsuit and slept for 2.5 hours in it.

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Later we had some craft time and then it was supper!

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I had been craving a kale an quinoa salad for awhile – soo good!

And that was our May long, not how I thought it would be with all the nice weather lately but that is okay!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

I am starting to type this on Wednesday and now am convinced tomorrow is Friday. I cannot believe how fasts days go, well I can, after all I run around after two kids all day. Our week:

Monday – We kidnapped my brother in the morning to go to Costco and then ended up at Old Navy and Winners too – oops. My haul:

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Matching flip flops for the win!

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Miss. Chloe (just because):

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After nap time we got ready to head to Avery’s dental appointment. She has been twice before but we go every 6 months with her to stay on top of things and to get her used to it since she is ALL drama over these things.

Waiting to see the dentist:

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Great news – after a mini freak out, she got her “treasure” and then fully cooperated and got a clean bill from the dentist – minus the fact that she has no spaces in her teeth – I sense $$ later for us.

No clue what we did Monday night…

Tuesday – From yesterday’s post you know all about our day already! A few more photos for fun. More on this romper soon, but I am pineapple obsessed and this is just perfection:

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Wednesday – Chloe and I had our 6 week check-ups so Avery went for a visit at her dayhome for a couple hours. She had a blast, she tells me daily she misses “all her best friends”. Chloe and I got our clean bills of health. Chloe is in the 50th percentile for height and weight and wait for it, 85th for head! WHAT? For comparison – Avery has never been over the 12th percentile until her 2 year check up when she was in the 20th.

In the afternoon we met up with my Grandma at Tim Hortons.

My flower attendant – they might stay alive this summer:

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The only other photo from the day? Supper, which was awesome. I am all about the salads these days.

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Thursday – Our day started with a 4.75km run (still working on finding a 5km route). It was cloudy but a good temperature, in under 30 minutes we finished not too bad since it had a few small hills in there too!

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The rest of the morning was spent getting ready and baking cookies. Avery requested cookies so I could not say no but gave half away to my Mom and brother.

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After naps we ran some errands then headed home to meet my Mom and brother since they were watching the girls so we could go for supper. I was taking Chad out for his birthday and a date night since we have not had once with Chloe came along! Local peeps, we went to Chive and Cilantro.

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I had a Moscow Mule (so yummy) and their Hawaiian Chicken Burger, Chad had the Bison Burger. We will definitely be back!

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Onto meal planning for next week:

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Saturday – Thai Chicken Tacos – Cooking Classy

Sunday – Sweet Potato Chips (Homespun Capers) & Turkey Bacon BLTS

Monday – Kale Salad (Damn Delicious) & Homemade Chicken Fingers

Tuesday – Grilled Naan Avocado BBQ Chicken Pizza (noble pig)  – Chad’s birthday supper!

Wednesday – Greek Chicken Pasta Salad – Budget Bytes

Thursday – Easy Veggie Stir-Fry (but with noodles) – Two Peas and Their Pod

Friday – Chicken Smokies & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad – Averie Cooks

Today we have a couple play dates and visits planned then tonight I am trying Orange Theory Fitness for the first time (review to come!) then grabbing drinks after :) This weekend is well a long weekend and it is supposed to rain every day – of course! I am hoping to have a garage sale still so that is about all that is on our agenda!

Lindsey

 

A Day In My Life

Since my life is very different than it was the last time I did one these posts I thought I would give you guys a sneak peek into our daily lives right now. It is fun, crazy and by 8pm I am ready for bed!

6:30am – Alarm goes off. Yes, I set an alarm still but 50% of the time Avery or Chloe are up before it. Go downstairs to breakfast in the crockpot (steel-cut oats).

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6:45am – Avery gets up. We eat breakfast. Breakfast went unpictured but was enjoyed with coffee too of course.

7:00am – Clean up from breakfast. Chloe wakes up.

7:00-8:00am – Feed Chloe, clip girl’s nails, Avery has some TV time and we hang out until Chad leaves to work.

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8:00-9:00am – Get myself and the girls ready. Not too much to do today since we are going for a run.

9:00-10:00am – 4.5km run with the girls which is NO joke! And a stop at the playground then to get the mail.

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10:00-11:00am – I shower & get ready then feed Chloe, play and read books. I find getting ready for me is key, even if I am not going far I feel much more human!

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11:00am-Noon – Make lunch while Avery plays with Play-Doh and Chloe watches from her bouncy chair and eventually falls asleep. Lunch today is a snack plate Avery and I share:

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Noon-2pm – Girls nap and I get one or two things done on my list, then relax if nobody woke up early. Today, Chloe woke up half way through her nap but I got her back down. I planted some flowers, swept the floor then made a smoothie and watched HGTV.

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2-2:30pm – Feed Chloe, make Avery a snack and pack up to head out for the afternoon. I always aim for an afternoon outing of some kind. Today we head to Sunnybrook Farm but first stop at buy cupcakes from our favourite place.

2:30-4:30pm – Cupcakes and Sunnybrook Farm!

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4:30pm – Home before Chloe is too mad and hungry – YAY! Feed Chloe, Avery gets to watch a show and I start supper prep.

5:15-6:00pm – Chad gets home and goes to workout (he works out 2-3 nights a week after work). I make supper. Like breakfast it went unpictured. There is a 50/50 chance Chloe is fussy during this time which makes it interesting but we always survive!

6:15-7:00pm – Eat supper and clean up.

7:00-7:45pm – I feed Chloe, Chad baths Avery then we swap, he baths Chloe I get Avery ready for bed and read books, then he joins us. It is a crazy time some nights.

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8:00pm – Our goal time right now to have Chloe asleep too. So far we do good but usually she falls asleep in the bouncy chair so we are going to get her into her crib sooner.

8:00-10:00pm – Our time, we do different things, tonight we did garage sale prep, then watched TV.

10:00-10:30pm – Chad gives Chloe a dream feed bottle and I pump.

10:45pm – Lights out!

Lindsey