Send a Flower & KIND Snacks via Bike Messenger in San Diego

Sorry for the double post today but this is such a cool promotion I just had to share before it ends on Friday!

Quick Back Story

In my humble opinion, breakfast bars are a moms best friend – fast, easy and the right ones can be very healthy. That’s why I’ve been loving addicted to KIND Healthy Grains bars, found at my local Sprouts store. (The Oats & Honey with toasted coconut might blow your mind – delicious)!

I had literally just eaten a bar for breakfast when KIND reached out to me to help them spread the word about their KIND-ness inspired program that is taking place this week in San Diego. I’m happy to help promote this brand and this cute promotion because literally, these bars are delicious!

KIND Breakfast Bar

Send KIND-ness

KIND is teaming up with Bicycle Film Festival to celebrate and inspire kindness by inviting individuals to have a FREE  flower bike-delivered to a friend, colleague, or family member in San Diego today through Feb 28. Individuals will have the ability to sign-up and include their very own personalized note through Thursday, February 27th. (I’ve already scheduled my delivery for a special someone – they’ll find out soon).

Jump on the KIND-ness wagon and send your free flower and KIND bars to friends in San Diego by signing up here!

Why not brighten someone’s day and spread the love? #kindawesome

Kindness Inspired Program San Diego

#FitFabFeb Workout #5 – Circuit Training at Home

Well, my friends, we are on the last stretch of #FitFabFeb! I’m happy to report that I have lost 3 pounds this month and feel stronger and more energized than I did in January (this might also have to do with the fact that Blake is now sleeping 6 hours straight – maybe it’s a combination of the two). My husband even said to me the other day, “Look at your 6 pack!” – HA! I laughed because I knew he was just humoring me, but I do know it’s under there, somewhere, and I will find it…someday. 😉

Let’s end the month strong with this workout to add into your weekly routines:

Circuit Training at home

And just because February is over and #MarchFitFab doesn’t sound as catchy, this doesn’t mean that we have to lose our momentum! I plan to keep on this fitness track and will continue to post occasional motivations here and there on this blog.

In case you missed them, here are all 5 circuit training workouts from our #FitFabFeb. As always, happy sweating (and cursing and wincing and whining…)

Postpartum workout

Circuit workout

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Circuit training workout

Circuit Training at home

Rookie Moms Challenge #5: Practice Yoga Baby Style

This past week Blake and I completed the 7th Rookie Mom’s Challenge: Practice Yoga Baby Style. This was easily my favorite Rookie Moms Challenge to date. I had taken a few prenatal yoga classes at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas while I was prego and I always wanted to come back with the babe to try out the “Mommy and Me” Yoga class. That’s why I was excited to see this challenge on the Rookie Moms list of 52 Weekly Challenges.

On the way to the class, we did start off a little rocky with Blake’s crying protest – Oh, the NERVE of me putting her in her car seat! It crossed my mind to turn around and try this class again the following week, but I figured she was dressed (in her most fitting baby yoga attire nonetheless), fed and changed so there was no stopping us now! The Yoga gods must have shone down on us because the second we walked into that studio she stopped crying. Namaste!

Nursing and Crying and Blowouts, oh my!

The class was full of babies all around Blake’s age. I had even invited some of my mommy play group members to come along and experience the fun (and they did)! You could see the slight fear on all of us baby-yoga-first-timers’ faces – what if our baby started crying during class? What if she needed to eat or be changed? All of these worries were immediately put to ease when the instructor began the class with, “Anything goes here – feel free to breastfeed, change diapers, and do whatever it is you need to do to make this enjoyable for you and your baby.” (I could almost hear the sigh of relief from some of the moms, me included – this was a safe zone)! And boy did we all take her up on that: Poop blowouts, crying babies and breastfeeding were going on all around us at all times. As soon as one baby was content, another one would need to be fed, or changed or rocked – it was glorious!

“Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed”

Of course Blake needed a diaper change about half way through, which wasn’t worrisome to me anymore, because, as we all had heard – this was perfectly acceptable right dab in the middle of class! What WAS worrisome, was when I realized that I was down to my last diaper in my bag – a.k.a. my “backup” diaper because it was one from my baby shower game where everyone writes funny sayings on the diapers. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about – check it out here). I laughed to myself because what are the chances that we’d be caught in a “spotlight” change situation (in the middle of a circle with everyone staring) where I have to whip out the diaper that says (in huge sharpie ink), “Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed” (Anchorman…anyone?). I paused for a moment, hoped that the other mothers played the same game at their showers and proceeded with the change.

Baby Yoga

The instructor came around the room and banged her little gong in front of each baby’s face, asking each one if they were ready for yoga. Blake’s eyes have never been wider when she saw and heard the gong – oh yea, she was ready! :) The first part of the class was all about “baby yoga” stretching their little arms and legs, singing yoga songs (to the tune of common nursery rhymes) and then giving them soothing massages. It was probably the cutest thing I have EVER seen – and Blake was loving it.

The second part was all about mom – practicing the typical beginner yoga poses while our babies looked up at us from the mats (Blake thought it was hilarious when I did poses dangling over her – funny mommy).

Soul of Yoga

The last part of the class incorporated the babies and moms – swinging the babies around, practicing different poses while holding the babies, etc. This is about when Blake reached her yoga limit and started wailing – just in time for the…breath in, breath out…Namaste! We made it! :) 
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These are a few of my favorite (baby) things…

I can’t believe on Friday my baby girl will be 12 weeks old! I know everyone tells you that they grow up so quickly, but I just can’t believe how fast time is moving!

I must say, being 12 weeks deep into this “parenting” gig – I’m starting to feel a little cocky – like, I got this! I know how to distinguish her different cries and give her what she needs – milk, diaper change, quiet time, cuddle time, etc. I know how long she’ll be happy in her car seat so I can plan my errands accordingly before we get into the “danger zone” of uncontrollable crying. I know restaurant noise will put her right to sleep and quiet stores will wake her right up. I know she’ll sleep a solid 7 hours the first time we put her down at night. I know the first thing she’ll do in the morning, when she sees my face, is smile a big toothless grin, and I look forward to that every morning! I’m learning – adapting – when she ebbs, I flow and it seems to be working out pretty well. I’m sure now that I’ve typed this all out, she’ll throw me a huge curve ball next week, just to keep me on my toes (and I love that about  her)!

I wanted to share a few items that have really been life savers for me during these first 12 weeks. I found most of these through recommendations from other mamas and trial and error with other similar products:

best products for infants

1. Burts Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment: Blake has a sensitive little tush so after trying some other diaper ointments that just made her irritated skin even worse, I landed on Burts Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment which soothed irritation and was gentle enough to use with ever diaper change.

2. Zo-li Buzz B Nail Trimmer: I was TERRIFIED to clip Blake’s nails. She has very busy hands and I swear a piece of me would die every time I tried to clip one little nail. Instead of dealing with this anxiety attack every time her nails grew (which seemed to be every other day!) I came across this Zo-li Buzz B Nail Trimmer. It files down the nails perfectly and it’s gentle on the skin. Plus, Blake loves it – she thinks she’s getting a little baby manicure. :)  (NOTE: Don’t make the stupid mistake that I did and order all pink pads. I thought they were cute for a little girl but the different colors are really intended for different ages. Pink is 0-3 months, blue is 3-6 months, green is 6-12 months and orange is 12+ months).

3. NoseFrida the Snot Sucker: Say what?! No, I’m good! That’s what first came to mind when my girlfriend told me about this one. But after numerous failed attempts at suctioning the “boogies” out with a bulb syringe (I was losing the battles and the war), I tried the NoseFrida and wow – it works so much better. It also seems more gentle than the bulb syringe as you can control how hard you suck. And DON’T worry – there’s a filter so no snot makes its way to your mouth. (It does look weird when you’re doing it though – my husband started dry heaving just watching me!)

4. Gerber Soothe Colic Drops: Our pediatrician recommended these drops when Blake was about 5 weeks old. She was always very gassy and would cry for hours on end in pain (poor little girl). After we started giving her this probiotic drop once a day, she was a new baby! No more painful cries and way more smiles! This little bottle is a bit on the pricey side but it’s kinda like a little bottle of magic – so worth it!

5. Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer & Sanitizer: This bottle warmer is super easy to use and works well for refrigerated or frozen breast milk. I also found Dr. Brown’s bottle sanitizer to be a huge help – no more boiling water to sanitize all of the bottle and pump parts (what is this, the 1920’s? We have machines now!). I hear the Dr. Brown’s brand has great bottles too but Blake prefers the little Gerber bottles right now.

For all of the products above, I’ve linked them to the manufacturers’ sites, but I did purchase each of these on Amazon.com – Amazon Prime is scary-convenient, especially if you have the Amazon app on your phone – 2 clicks and your package will arrive in 2 days! But be careful, it’s a slippery slope! Just ask my husband who comes home to little brown amazon boxes on our door step every day. 😉

Any other products that you’ve found to be super helpful, especially in the first 12 weeks? I’d love to hear!

Whine & Dine: Solterra Winery & Kitchen

In my world, nothing says, I love you, like wine and tapas. My husband, knowing this, reserved the 3 of us an early Valentine’s Day dinner date at Solterra Winery & Kitchen. I had mistakingly been here once before when I was pregnant – talk about the biggest tease ever. See all of this great wine we offer? You can’t have any of it! I vowed to come back again one day when I wasn’t so… prego…and Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse. Blake was the cutest little valentine I could have ever asked for and, true to form, the noise of the restaurant put her right to sleep and she peacefully napped while Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a beautiful dinner.

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The Low Down:

  • Very accommodating for the baby. They had originally reserved our table by the live music on the “winery” side of the restaurant (which would have been very cool had we not had little Miss Blake with us). They moved us to the opposite, quieter side of the restaurant without hesitation.
  • Amazing, friendly service. Our waitress was extremely attentive and friendly – she even brought Blake a menu so she didn’t feel left out  (I told her she’d take the filet and a glass of their best red). 😉  The owner even came by to thank us for the business.
  • Outstanding food. We ordered a smorgasbord of tapas including the Charcuterie Board (if you like green olives and prosciutto, this plate is for you), Aguachile (with bay shrimp – incredible), Tri-Tip Beef Skewers, Patatas Bravas and Krispy Brussels (with bacon!). Oh yes, and don’t forget the Costa Azul Malbec (come to mama)!
  • Ambiance gets a 10 – live music, surrounded by barrels of wine, country-chic feel (just my style)…perfection!

Solterra Winery & Kitchen   Solterra Winery & Kitchen

My Favorite Part:

Probably the Aguachile: Bay Shrimp, Hominy, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Cilantro, Avocado and Lemon-Jalapeño Broth – just typing this makes me want to hop in the car, head back to Solterra and order two more!

Solterra Winery & Kitchen

And my obvious favorite was spending time with my two Valentine’s. I’m a lucky girl! 😉

Valentines

#FitFabFeb Workout #4 – Circuit Training at Home

Wowza, I have been lagging with posting more #FitFabFeb workouts. Sorry, I’ve been eating instead (sigh). BUT, I’m back on track this week and ready to finish the month off strong – let’s do this!

Here’s a new workout to mix into your routines:

Circuit training workout

Whine & Dine: Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant, Encinitas

My name is Kristin, and I’m a pho-aholic. There, I said it. I have an undeniable obsession love for Pho and would order it for take-out every night if that was acceptable in life.

That’s why I was extremely excited to find Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant close by our house in Encinitas. Usually we order take-out from this place about once every other week, but in the spirit of our new vow to eat out more, we decided to dine in with little Miss Blake in tow.

The Low Down:

  • Very friendly service (they LOVED Blake).
  • Restaurant noise level was pretty quiet  with just enough white noise to keep Blake content.
  • The Vietnamese Zodiac Calendars pre-set on the tables were fun – I learned that I’m a Boar: “Noble and chivalrous (I started brushing my shoulders off). Your friends will be life long, yet you are prone to marital strife.” (Umm, what?! – Mike glared at me when I read the last part – haha!). Mike was a Rat: “Smart and honest (sounds about right). Prone to not having lasting friendships.” (Hmm – they really build you up just to cut you right down)!
  • We ordered egg rolls to start (delish!) and I got the Tofu Pho (I’m so predictable) and Mike went with the Chicken Chow Mein. Oh yes, and a glass of vino to bring out all of the flavors. 😉 Everything came out quickly, the food was piping hot and delicious and my water glass was always full (something I always appreciate)!

Pho Encinitas Kim's Restaurant

My Favorite Part:

Blake was awake throughout the whole dinner just peacefully sitting in her little car seat, watching Mike and I talk – so content. She even chimed in on our conversation with her sweet little coo’s every now and then. I just love her.

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Rookie Mom Challenge #4: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino

Blake and I are now on our 4th week of Rookie Moms challenges and we are loving every second! This past week we decided to complete the challenge: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino (Activity #12 on the Rookie Moms list).

February just happens to be Museum Month in beautiful San Diego, so I decided to take full advantage of half-off admission and head to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. Having lived in San Diego for 12 years, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never visited this museum before this trip. Oh well – a first for me and Blake alike!

The ‘Fit…

Blake insisted on wearing one of her “fancy” outfits to the museum, so I wasn’t going to stand in her way. We tried to pull off her adorabe pink sparkly shoes, but the little lefty wouldn’t stay on her “busy” feet – socks it was!

Baby girl clothes

Is This Real Life?

If there’s one thing that I can always count on with Blake when we’re out and about – it’s that she’ll only sleep when it’s noisy! Mike and I took her to an (unexpectedly) loud Mexican restaurant last week (stay tuned for the write up in my upcoming Whine and Dine series), complete with a mariachi band performance, and the Little Miss stayed asleep the entire time – didn’t even flinch when the trumpet started playing! Now, I bring her, fast asleep, into the quietest most serene museum atmosphere ever and her eyes popped wide open and frowned as if the quiet ambiance was annoying her. Luckily, I had our trusty Mr. Wubbanub handy to keep her entertained while we perused around.

All of the paintings and photography pieces were gorgeous, but my favorite part of the museum was a sitting room with huge windows that faced La Jolla Cove. The photo below almost looks like a painting behind Blake, but it’s not – it’s REAL LIFE! :)

Mommy Project San Diego

Catch us if you can…

Now, I’m still not really sure if I was allowed to take any photos inside of the museum. I didn’t see any signs warning me not to, but I think I’m scarred for life from my trip to Italy last year when I was scolded for taking photos inside of the Chanel Museum. The Museum Rep. actually stood over my shoulder and watched, glaring, to make sure I erased each one. How do you say “woopsies” in Italian?!

Just to be safe on this museum trip, I always stayed one step ahead of the security guard (who I believed to be hot on my trail) so I could take some of the shots you’ll see below. Blake was in and out of sleep the entire trip – drifting off when there was any sort of noise and then wide awake when all was silent.

#ParentoftheYear…

After we successfully made it through the exhibits with no baby crying and no mommy getting scolded (yay!), we headed down to La Jolla Cove to take in the beautiful, sunny day. While taking this next shot, I was so concerned about getting the right angle that I didn’t even notice poor Blake’s little face directly in the sun. Just a quick dose of Vitamin D, sweetheart! #parentoftheyear

Mommy Project San Diego

All in all a very successful trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and another Rookie Moms Challenge checked off our list!

If you’re in the San Diego area during the month of February and want to visit any of the wonderful museums in town at half-off regular admission – check out the list of participating museums here and visit Macy’s to obtain tickets. 
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#FitFabFeb Workout #3 – Circuit Training at Home

TGIF! I’m so happy to hear that many of you are following along with #FitFabFeb and completing these circuits at home! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been quite soar after each one. Finding the motivation to work out at home every day is definitely hard, but after each workout I always feel like a million bucks (and Blake loves watching me jump around like a crazy person – pure entertainment for her).

Must.Keep.Going!

Here’s the 3rd circuit to start intermixing into your weekly routines:

#FitFabFeb

Have a great weekend!

 

Rookie Mom Challenge #3: Visit Your Spouse at Work

Now on our 3rd week of Rookie Mom Challenges (we’re kinda on a roll), Blake and I decided to skip around on the list a little bit and complete the challenge: Visiting Your Spouse at Work.  It just so happened to be my husband’s 30th birthday last week so what better time to visit him at work and take him out to lunch!

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho – It’s off to work we go…

Mike’s office is a good 30 minute drive from our house, so this was one of the longest car rides Blake has experienced to date (besides her first ride home from the hospital when Daddy was driving 5 MPH on I-5). Blake normally has a love-hate relationship with her car seat. She HATES it at first (she waves her little fists and thinks, “how dare this contraption lock me into this position!”) and then after about 5 minutes she either becomes so disgruntled or so comfortable (I can’t really tell which yet) that she falls fast asleep. I also realized that her Wubbanub (the best and only pacifier she will take  – and it looks adorable in her mouth) has also helped to make car rides a lot more enjoyable for the both of us – this trip was no exception!

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Daddy!

When we reached Daddy’s office, we were about to go inside when Blake decided that she hated her car seat again and began to fuss (waving her little fists in protest again). Me, not wanting to bring a screaming baby into a corporate office building filled with important clients, decided to just pick Mike up in the front of his building and head to lunch. The look on Blake’s face when she saw her Dad was so cute! She looked shocked at first (it’s not even 6PM yet – what are you doing here?) then showed a big smile. She’s a Daddy’s girl for sure!

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SDPD at it’s Finest

We had lunch at a place called Croutons in La Jolla. They have the best salads, mostly due to their…wait for it…croutons! (Bet you didn’t see that coming did you?) When we first arrived, there were no seats available. As we stood in line to order our lunches a police officer came up to me, “Excuse me Miss?” I was a little scared at first – did I park illegally? Was Blake not installed correctly in her car seat? Did I look so disheveled that he thought I had been drinking? To my great surprise the nice police officer offered us his table which made me really appreciate our SDPD – a class act for sure!  After we were situated at the table, the buzz of the busy restaurant put Blake right to sleep so Mike and I could enjoy our lunches, including this delicious Buffalo Chicken Salad:

Crouton's Restaurant

Awkward Family Photo Opp

After lunch we dropped Mike off at work, but not before taking an awkward family “selfie” in the reflection of his office building window. I can only imagine the poor chap on the other side of that window wondering, what on EARTH is going on right now? Don’t worry sir (or madame) it’s just a Rookie Mom completing her Rookie Mom challenge in corporate America. Cheese! :)

Rookie Moms Challenge

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