{friday 5}

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Hello and happy Friday friends!!  Who’s ready for the weekend.  Meeeee!

Before we pop the wine bottles and crack open an ice-cold one…let’s chat about 5 things on my mind.

 

ONE – Challenge // Who’s down to start a new challenge Monday?  Not a wine drinking challenge.  A little fitness challenge 🙂  Push-ups + Squats + Sit-ups.  Not too bad, right?  You have all day to get it done.  Split it up.  Do half in the morning and the other half at night.  Or if your like me, I like to get it all done before I hop in the shower each morning.  It’s quick and doable.

(click on the image, print it and stick it somewhere where you will see it as your daily reminder)

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I found this one on My Healthy Happy Home

 

 

TWO – Crack Broccoli // I have found my go-to broccoli recipe.  The only way I plan to prepare this veggie for the rest of my life.  Bailey LOVES trees.  Her favorite green vegetable.  So, we have it quite often.  Steamed. Sautéed.  Then I became infatuated with roasting all the veggies I could get my hands on.  If you follow me on insta stories, you are aware of this.  It’s a weekly thing.  Two heads of broccoli should serve 4 people, no problem, right?  Well, Bay and I kill this whole batch between the two of us.  It’s so addictive!!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into steaks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of dry red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

 

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with foil

Cut broccoli into steaks: YouTube

In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil + garlic + red pepper flakes + salt.  Add broccoli steaks (and all the little pieces too) and toss to evenly coat.

Arrange broccoli cut side down on cookie sheet.

Roast for 12 minutes.  Flip  broccoli and add sliced almonds.

Roast for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove from oven once almonds are toasted and golden.

Gently toss with lemon juice then top with parmesan cheese.

Taste test.  Brace yourself.  This shit is highly addictive.  Hence the name 🙂

 

THREE – Thursday Night // Can we do chard + cheese every Thursday night?  Such a great time catching up with these chicks.  There’s just something really fucking great about sitting around a table (full of wine + cheese, of course) laughing and talking with girlfriends.  It makes my heart so happy.

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{photo cred: erica via nikki’s insta}

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{kaia brik measurements}

Kaia Fit Woodland Kondition Kamp BRIK came to and end.  About 3 weeks ago.  I’m fashionably late, as always.  It wouldn’t feel like BRIK if I didn’t share my results.

In the last month or so, I’ve collected some new followers, so I thought I’d share a more details about how and when I got started with Kaia.

Here’s a run down of my Kaia history…..

Pre BRIK (January 2016) {weekend notes} // Post BRIK (February 2016) {before + after}

Pre BRIK (August 2016) {friday 5} // Post BRIK (October 2016) {BRIK results}

Pre BRIK (January 2017) {four}  // Post BRIK (February 2017) {brik results}

Pre BRIK (May 2017) {pre brik measurements}

With lots and lots of CORE sessions in between…… {kaia fit core}

Which brings us to Post BRIK (June 2017) …….

 

 

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{friday 5}

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Man oh man, this week felt like it would NEVER end.  TGIF!!  What’s on the weekend agenda?  I made shit happen this week…clean car, full tank of gas, groceries purchased, yard work done, meals planned…which means only one thing.  I get to #chardsohard and lay out in the sun with every spare minute this weekend!  Whoop Whoop!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

ONE – Cold shoulder for girls // I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was down with this trend on my daughter.  Anyone other mamas feeling the same?  Don’t get my wrong….I’m all about the cold shoulder for me.  But, my 10-year-old?  I had to remember how obsessed I get with new fashion trends.  She’s my daughter…it’s in her DNA to love the same things I do.  So, I caved and bought her one.  No wonder Bay fell in love with this adorable cold shoulder flutter sleeve top.  Cute, Stylish + Trendy!

And those blue eyes….I die ♥

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Cat & Jack Cold Shoulder Top

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TWO – Grilled Mango Salad // Not really sure why I call this a salad?  Salads don’t have to contain leafy greens, right?  Think potato salad.  Or pasta salad?  Fruit salad.  So guess what I did?  Googled that shit…..

Salad

a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.

Grilled Mango SALAD it is!

It’s the perfect combo of sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavors.  If you like a good kick, this is your salad!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1 red jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 2 mangoes, cut into slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (I forgot this ingredient and knew something was missing)

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice and jalapenos in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Coat mango slices with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt + pepper.  Heat grill pan over high heat until smoking hot (literally).  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add mango slices and cook without touching for 4 minutes.  You want nice grill marks.  Flip and cook 2 additional minutes.  Then place on platter.

Combine renaming 1 tablespoon lime juice with sour cream stirring till thinned out and smooth.

Spoon jalapenos over grill mangoes.  Drizzle with sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle with cilantro.   Serve with lime slices.

I served this “salad” alongside grilled pork tenderloin.  But, this would be a great taco Tuesday side, don’t you think?

 

 

THREE – Kaia Challenge //  Week #1, I believe day #1? (correct me if I’m wrong) We were introduced to the BRIK Kondition Kamp Challenge.  Holy shit!  It’s a tough one.  For me, personally, the toughest yet.   Jump roping + running are the devil.  Long story short, I’ve got maj bladder issues.  Like so maj that I’ve jumped though hoops the last year to correct and still no results.  Specialist + bladder therapy (I fucking swear it’s really a thing) + gadgets galore (TMI).   Debated for months about writing more about this topic…maybe when I finally find a cure I’ll be more inclined to share?  That means, probably never…ha!

Anyway, back to the challenge…..

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Some days I feel like forest fucking gump and the next like a turtle that gasping for air.  There is no rhyme or reason to it…I just never know what’s going to happen when I hit the pavement.  From week #1 to week #3 I was able to shave 2:17 minutes off my week #1 challenge time.  I gave myself a damn high-five for that.  Ha.  Week #3 I must have had a forest day.  I was runnin!

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{pre brik measurements}

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It’s that time again folks!  Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK round #2 for 2017 has arrived.  Actually, it arrived 2 weeks ago.  This post is a little late.  The last two weeks (and more)….let’s just say, I’ve been a really shitty Kaia girl.  Attendance wise.  But, I think….I got my mojo back. Fingers crossed!  

Kaia Kondition Kamp BRIK (May 1st – June 10th)

Welcome to Spring training Kondition Kamp.  This isn’t your typical kiddie camp: We’re training your mind & body to be disciplined!  We will lead you to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.  This is the session to embrace challenges, find your strong and have a BLAST with your fellow Kampers!

Sounds like a massive ass kicking session to me!  Just what I need!  Just when I need it!

It’s never too late to get your shit together!!!  My current motto!

Which is why I’m ready to finally share my pre BRIK measurements.

I swear this holds me accountable.  I’ve been sharing these measurements since the very beginning……

Pre BRIK (January 2016) {weekend notes} // Post BRIK (February 2016) {before + after}

Pre BRIK (August 2016) {friday 5} // Post BRIK (October 2016) {BRIK results}

Pre BRIK (January 2017) {four}  // Post BRIK (February 2017) {brik results}

With lots and lots of CORE sessions in between…… {kaia fit core}

Which brings us to Pre BRIK (May 2017) …….

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday friends!  It’s Friday, and as usual I have 5 things on my mind……

ONE – My girl // This morning as we walked out of the door for school + work, I squeezed her extra tight.   Knowing that I won’t get to see her face till Monday night.  Monday night!!!  Man, that is so long away!  I’m leaving today for a girls trip + she gets to spend time with her Dad.  He’s teaching her how to change the oil in a car.  Ha.  And she’s freakishly excited to learn.

 

TWO – #ootd // So I recently fell in love with Madewell all over again.  I hadn’t been in their store in a really long time, until I went to do a return for my homegirl Alex last week.  I wanted everything!  The jewels.  The shoes.  The tops.  The bags.  Everything!

30% off all sale items use code: MOODLIFT

Get yourself something cute today!!

Madewell Modern Tie-Front Top – I can’t wait till I can rock this top with a pair of cut-off jean shorts.  Someday!  I love this top.  I wore it last weekend and packed it to wear this weekend too.  Only $39 too!  And it comes in white!

GAP Mid Rise Curvy True Skinny Jeans – I scored a new pair of denim during the GAP sale.  The entire store was 40% off last week.  NEVER pay full price at GAP.

Madewell Glider Bangle Bracelet – This little pretty was added to the gold stack.  I’m a total sucker for ANYTHING gold!

Mossimo Supply Co Maeve Gladiator Sandals – Even with the shitty weather I’ve been able to pull these sandals out a for a couple wears.  Target has the cutest shoes right now.  Go.  Run!

Stella & Dot SIGNATURE ENGRAVABLE DISC NECKLACE – My everyday necklace.

 

 

THREE – Sweet Potato + Carrot Tots // You guys, these little fuckers are good!  Like whoa good!  A healthy alternative to the beloved tater tot.  Don’t even pretend like you don’t love tots too!    One sweet potato + one carrot shredded in the food processor along side some other goodies.  I served these as a side to our bbq turkey burgers this week.  Bay ate them without me even asking her too.  She said they were ok…but she prefers the real deal tots!  I, on the other hand polished these off for lunch the next day!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (one of my fave spices)

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 375.  Line sheet pan with parchment paper or silpat.

Cut sweet potato + carrot into chunks.  Place in the food processor and process until finely chopped into rice-sized pieces.

Heat skillet over medium heat, spray with pam and add riced veggies.  Cook, stirring for 5 minutes, until softened.  Transfer to a large bowl and add egg + panko + mozzarella + onion powder + garlic powder + smoked paprika + salt + pepper.  Stir to evenly combine.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture then form into rectangular pieces with your hands.  The cookie scoop helps keep them all the same size.  Place on a sheet pan and spray lightly with pam.

Bake 10 minutes.  Flip tots, then bake an additional 12 minutes until brown + crisp.

Thank you Skinny Taste for another delicious healthy recipe!!

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{brik results}

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Amen to that!  The last 6 weeks have been epic.  The numbers are not the only thing that matter peeps.  Although, I know it’s pretty rad watching them decrease over the weeks.  Besides the scale.  I believe my healthy-er lifestyle has greatly contributed to my mind + body + spirit.  Thanks to Kaia Fit Woodland, I’m stronger + healthier + happier than I’ve even been!  Physically + mentally + emotionally!  (trust me, ask my family + friends the can vouch).  Kaia helped my find my inner strength.  Sounds corny, I know!  My inner strength has always been there, I just lost sight of it.  I have since stretched + grown + expanded my comfort zone time and time again striving to improve.  And once again, the results are proof!

 

Ok, and now the numbers, since I bet half of you didn’t even read that first paragraph…lol!

I’m sure most of you have already read the results + seen the photos on the Kaia facebook/instagram pages.  I wanted to share a little more.  So bare with me…..

 

The first Kaia Fit Woodland 2017 BRIK session wrapped up last week.  It was one of the best, results wise.  Melika read off these numbers below at the Saturday Share the Love workout and my jaw dropped.

COMBINED…..

Over 250 lbs LOST

Over 300 inches LOST

86% of body fat LOST

GONE.  BYE-BYE.

You guys….that’s just this last Kaia Fit BRIK alone….we’re talking SIX weeks people.  6 weeks!  1 1/2 months!

January 2nd – February 11th!

Isn’t that crazy insane?

I call if proof!

 

 

 

I began my Kaia Fit journey in January 2016.  You can read more about that here!

And remember January’s blog post {four}?  It was the beginning of this BRIK session.  You can read about that here!

 

My personal results from the beginning to today…..

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{weekend notes}

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Do you ever wake up Monday and think, damn that was a good weekend?  That was me this morning.  I woke up feelin it!  Maybe the 8 1/2 hours of sleep I got last night contributed to that?  Likely.  But, it really was a good one.  We had family tme + lots of time with Bay + did a little shopping + drank a margarita the size of my head + Yaya time + baking with Bay + sleepovers + cooking for GG ♥

Anyway, I hope you all have a little extra pep in your step today too!

Friday nights at Blue Note have become a family thing!

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Somehow we all congregate here.  Sometimes unplanned.  But, I like it.  I love the kicked back vibe and it’s a bar that allows kids.  I mean, Yesssss!

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And a band.  A good band….

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Ran into one of my favorites, What’s up Rachel!!!

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The fam-bam ♥

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We had the boys for a sleepover.  They had me laughing all night!  Love those crazy boys!!

 

Saturday morning was the final workout/measurements for Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK.  Melika gave out awards to some special ladies.  Kaia Queen, The the hard working Mama (she’s a 5am’er that is pregnant and gets it), Biggest weight loss (over 14 lbs in 6 weeks), and a tribute to a Kaia girl who’s journey was documented/followed though out BRIK.  Melika’s words brought tears to the whole house.  Even my cold-hearted ass got teary!  It was a great 6 weeks!

I’ll be sharing my results later this week.  Stay tuned…..

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The sun was out Saturday!  It was still cold AF, but the sun was out!  We spent time outside working in the yard, car wash and even a bike ride.  Who else is beyond ready for some sunny days + higher temps?

Then Alex rained on my parade (literally) by tell me that March is going to be the wettest month yet!  F that.  NO thank you!

Check out the cool video I snuck of Bay 🙂

 

And we went back to Blue Note…haha.  We kinda like it there a little.  The Squeeze Inn food truck was slangin burgers + hot dogs (lol).  “hamburgers are here!!”

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Sunday was spent with the Yaya’s!  Brunch + Galentine’s + Pub crawl!  We celebrated 2 special Yaya’s Birthday’s too.  Nikki + Tara!  I convinced the girl in the Nugget bakery that writing “Happy Birthday Bitches” on a chocolate overflow cake was completely necessary. She finally agreed!  Haha!

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After brunch we played a Pub Crawl B-I-N-G-O!

This was one of the easier cards.  Tramp stamp + sweat stains + dyed hair were marked off pretty quickly!

Hot Dude + Eye Candy + Suit & Tie + Last Call were not likely to happen at noon on a Sunday in Downtown Woodland…lol!

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If you’re planning a day or night out with your girls print these cards and try it out.  I think later in the day and more drinks downed, this could get fun!

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