Friday Fitness: Stepping Up Strength

With the weather turning cooler I’m inside more.  No more Stroller Strength until the spring.  I’m still running outside because I love cold weather running and because I don’t have a treadmill, but I’m moving my strength training inside.  I’m on my own now.  No class to tell me what to do. 

Of course I started out with a long run on Saturday.  I had no distance in mind when I showed up to the MRTT group run.  And even once we started running there was no plan for the gals I set out with.  We talked about it along the way.  The consensus ended up being to run 8 so we wouldn’t have to cross a street (we were on the bike path) and so we could get to Panera Bread for coffee and chatting with the rest of the group (who were running anywhere from 3-7 miles).  It was my second weekend of running 8 miles (9:19 min/mile) just for fun.  That’s right.  I ran 8 miles just for fun.

Sunday, as usual, was a rest day.

Monday I woke up before the girls and hit up YouTube to find a workout to do.  I settled on POPSUGAR’S Full Body Workout.  And it was a good way to start the week!  And I managed to do the whole thing before a kid woke up and demanded breakfast!  In the afternoon Pumpkin and I set out on our hike while Cupcake was at her last park program.  I’m going to miss those afternoon hikes!

Toddlerwearing hikeI’m not sure Pumpkin will miss much.  😉

Tuesday I got up early again and did Fitness Blender’s Brutal Butt and Leg workout before the girls woke up.  And then I went for a  stroller run after Cupcake was off to school.  And my legs felt like lead!  And it was raining.  But I had some running buddies with me and we managed 3.1 miles (9:59 min/mile).

Sleepy running buddyClassic Pumpkin.  She must have been tired after gymnastics class.  Later that afternoon I took Cupcake for a short run, too.  She’s training for a Turkey Trot one mile fun run next week!

Wednesday I did a quick 12 minute upper body workout, again from Fitness Blender.  And I sewed all day and didn’t even get in my 10,000 Fitbit steps. 

On Thursdays I run.  Even really windy Thursdays.  And yesterday was one of those really windy Thursdays.  And of course I picked the big open park, so when those 20 mph wind gusts came rolling through we felt them!  Pushing a stroller in that wind is tough!  But we got 3.25 miles in (9:37 min/mile).  My plan was to go a little longer, but the wind was too much.  And I did a 10 minute ab workout at home.

Windy day runI was hoping to join some friends for a run today, but I had to finish up some work, so the home workout will have to suffice.  I was hoping to get it in before the girls woke up (I was on a streak!) but the littlest one came in to snuggle just before 6 am so I had to stay in bed wedged between her and the dog. 

I’m thinking I need to make myself a calendar of workouts to keep me accountable and so I’m prepared when I wake up early.  So, does anyone have any great workout recommendations?  Preferable free ones I can get on YouTube?  Please and thank you!

Oh, and while we’re talking fitness, I should tell you that Road ID‘s are on sale.  These would be a great stocking stuffer!  I have one, my hubby has one and my kids each have one. 


Have a great weekend!!!


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Baby and Me Brooklyn Dresses

Yes, I’ve been sewing for Pumpkin again. It’s just too easy!  She loves dresses, her dresses are small, so they don’t take long and they don’t use a lot of fabric.  And she makes a lot of fabric store trips with me when Cupcake is at school, so she’s been picking out fabric.  Baby and Me Brooklyn Dresses On a recent fabric store trip she picked out this fun zebra print knit and asked for a twirly dress.  I’m a pushover so of course I said yes!  We picked it up a day or two before the new Made for Mermaids Brooklyn dress was released, so once the fabric was washed and ready to go I decided to try something new (instead of the usual Pippa)!

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesI almost didn’t buy this pattern because it does seem similar to Pippa, especially when doing the gathered skirt, but it was on sale and it had a matching doll dress and I was feeling adventurous, so I sprung for both patterns.  The flutter sleeves did it for me.  I’ve never sewn anything with flutter sleeves and Pumpkin just seems like a flutter sleeves kind of girl!

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesPockets were a fun bonus, too.  So, I had my zebra print fabric, but I needed a little something to pair with it.  Luckily I had this dark fuchsia cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee on hand.  In preparation of the cold weather on it’s way I went with long sleeves on this dress and I added a matching pair of Bonny Leggings.

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesThe best part, though, according to Pumpkin is that her Baby Stella doll (who she calls Rosie) got a matching dress!  The doll dress comes with 15″ and 18″ doll patterns, so I used the 15″ pattern for Rosie, as she’s a 15″ doll.  The fit on the neck is a little big and the sleeves are a tad too long, but for the most part it worked and Pumpkin loves when she and Rosie match.

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesAnd the girls that wearing zebra dresses together twirl together. 


And I’ve already bought more fabric to make more Brooklyn dresses for Pumpkin.  And Rosie.

Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Every Saturday when I work on my menu for the week in preparation for Sunday’s grocery trip I struggle between coming up with new and interesting meals and just making the same old thing.  I really like variety.  I love food.  I love trying new recipes.  But sometimes it’s hard to find something new and exciting that I think the whole family would enjoy. And that is healthy!  When hubby suggested we have burgers for dinner one night I thought it was a great idea.  And a great time to try something new!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers #recipe #dinnerChipotle Turkey Burgers were just the thing!  These burgers came together quick and they turned out delicious!  They had just a bit of spice without being too spicy for the girls to eat.  Of course if you want them spicy you could spruce them up a bit by adding an extra pepper.  Add these to your menu next week!  You won’t be disappointed!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers
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  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  3. 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  4. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp seasoned salt
  8. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix with your hands. Form the mixture into 4 equal patties and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Cook patties on a preheated grill until the patties are cooked through, flipping once. Top with cheddar cheese when there's about 2 minutes left on the second side.
  3. Serve hot on a bun.
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Pippa and Bonny

I had last week off from work, so I was able to squeeze in some fun sewing!  Mostly for Pumpkin.  She’s fun to sew for!  Since she’s so little I don’t need a lot of time or a lot of fabric to whip up some cuteness for her!  So, I dug through the stash of fabric and decided on a Pippa Peplum and pair of Bonny Leggings to make the most adorable outfit for Pumpkin!

Pippa Peplum and Bonny Leggings with Gircl Charlee KnitFix fabricIsn’t she adorable?  I can’t stand it! 

Pumpkin LOVES her twirly dresses (Pippa Peplum with circle skirt) but I didn’t have enough of this fabric (from Girl Charlee KnitFix) for a dress after having used it for my twirly dress.  But I was determined to use the last of this fabric to make something adorable!  Luckily I was able to squeeze out a Pippa Peplum top!  I did have to piece the back instead of cut it on the fold to make it work.

Pippa Peplum and Bonny Leggings with Gircl Charlee KnitFix fabricShe loves it so much she had to twirl!  Girl loves to twirl.

The fabric for the leggings was also one of my favorite KnitFix fabrics.  I’ve already made a twirly dress from it and have plenty leftover.  I realized the pink polka dots are the same color as the pink and the flowers and I knew I wanted to pair the two fabrics together.

Pippa Peplum and Bonny Leggings with Gircl Charlee KnitFix fabricThankfully we had some beautiful weather last week, so she was able to wear this adorable outfit and play model for me.  And by play model I mean she went on a leaf hunt and twirl party at the park a I took her picture.

Pippa Peplum and Bonny Leggings with Gircl Charlee KnitFix fabricWhat a ham!

Even though I don’t have any more of this amazing floral fabric I’m loving this peplum and leggings combo, so I’m going to have to find some more beautiful fabrics to add more adorable outfits to her wardrobe.  Good thing KnitFix comes out again tomorrow! 

Pippa Peplum and Bonny Leggings with Girl Charlee Knitfix fabric

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

You guys.  It’s November, but it feels like spring!  It was 75 degrees yesterday!  The girls had so much fun playing in the leaves, drawing with sidewalk chalk, riding bikes and getting fresh air. 

Beautiful fall dayOh, to be a kid again.

Speaking of kids, these two of mine love pancakes.  Like LOVE pancakes.  If they could only eat one thing for the rest of their lives it would be pancakes.  So, I like to try to sneak a little extra nutritional value into their pancakes.  Like adding pumpkin.  The girls love pumpkin pancakes, but hubby not so much.  So, I changed it up this weekend and made Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes #breakfast #pancakes #recipeI had a big bag of Granny Smith apples that were perfect for apple cinnamon pancakes!  I love Granny Smith apples, but I was willing to sacrifice a few for the pancakes.  And it was worth it!  These pancakes are delicious!  The girls (and hubby) gobbled them up!   I had to make a second batch because they were all gone before I could even eat one!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
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  1. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 cup shredded Granny Smith apple (two small apples)
  5. 1 1/4 cup flour
  6. 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 tbsp sugar
  1. In a large bowl combine the butter, egg, milk and apple. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Oil a griddle preheated over medium-high heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook on one side until browned, flip and cook until the other side is browned.
  3. Serve warm with maple syrup.
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Adapted from All Recipes
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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes #breakfast #pancakes #recipeWhat is your favorite breakfast?  I’m on an egg sandwich kick again!

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