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Game Day


Its a BEAUTIFUL fall Sunday morning and perfect day for Football!   I am so grateful for my birthday gift, a ticket to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburg Steelers (go Birds!).   Excitement and hope are in the air in South Philly as a legit quarterback is rising in the organization.   Get on the Wentz Wagon because he is smart, dynamic and determined.

Ok I am done my Football analysis.

Time to talk about how I plan to keep focused on my goals and still enjoy myself at today’s tailgate.  

Heading off for a football game is an all day event.  Leave at 10:30am, tailgate 11:30-3:30pm, game start at 4:25pm, sit in traffic 8:30pm and get home at 9:30pm to give Gavin a kiss good night.  Knowing all that and the it was a “surf and turf” tailgate theme, I shifted around my meal prepping to Saturday.  I grilled a bunch of meats for lunches and dinners and then made two sides (one of which is heading to the tailgate)  Theme of meal prep… Cook once, eat all week!

Vegetable Quinoa Medley

Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Hash


Sunday Morning – Game Day

My main goals for food choices is protein with each meal, sneak vegetables in whereever, drink loads of water, and some “damage control” AdvoCare products. 

  • 5:10am Wake (out of bed 5:30am)
  • 5:30am Spark!
  • 5:45am Mediate (work in progress) goal now is 3 minutes, lol
  • 5:50am Pre-workout: AdvoCare Muscle Strength
  • 6:15am Pre-workout: 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp. of sunflower butter
  • 6:45am Workout
    • Strict Press 5×5
    • EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) check out video below
      • 5 Pull-Ups (subbed with Body Row)
      • 5 Front Squat 65#
    • 200 Jump Ropes
    • Accessory work: Shoulders and Triceps
    • Loved this workout because I got in solid strength work in and the EMOM kept me moving, got my heart rate up and I got sweaty! On top of that it only took 40 minutes… WIN!

  • 7:30am MNS and Crave Check.  Crave Check is a my damage control for tailgate and game fun.  
  • 8:00 am Breakfast – 3/4 egg whites, 1/4 cup oatmeal and chia seeds
  • 9:30 am ThermoPlus, second damage control product 
  • 10:00 am Snack –AdvoShake and 1/4 scoop protein
  • 11:30 am – Have a good one time 




Toddler Reads

Toddler Reads

Before Gavin started walking I got in the good habit of reading to him before bed.  It was so easy because he wasn’t so squirmy and wormy.  Shortly after his first birthday we got out of the habit and to be honest it is sometime easier to watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and snuggle with Gavin.  However there is always a twinge of mom guilt when I don’t read to Gavin.  For the obvious reasons that reading time is a great way to get the ball rolling on conversation, bonding, and teach good habits for future.  Check out this article on 10 Reasons Why you should Read with your Toddler.

Our Favorite Books

Our book collection really took off at the the baby shower and when Gavin was born.  I truly appreciated all the books because I love a big book collection and wanted to make reading apart of how I raised Gavin. These are probably the books that have been most read to date and our personal favorites.

Newest books added to collection

Purchased at Marshalls each book was under $5, an absolute bargain. To be honest with you I thought the book selection at Marshalls was really impressive. They had a few popular book but had a large selection of Halloween books. I was just pulling books off the shelf and dropping them in my cart.

Each book has a purpose behind it:

Big Boy Underpants – help with transition out of diapers to underpants!

The Cherrios Play Boom – fun interactive book for snack time or breakfast

My First 100 Words – love love these books because it’s less of toddler needs to sit, more interactive and so easy to get conversion going and

Five Little Pumpkins – the pumpkins on cover are so darn cute and Fall is upon us (yay!)

I am going to make it a habit for rest of month to read to Gavin three nights before going to bed 3!

Question? What’s your favorite childhood book?