WIAW #19: Modified-Autoimmune Protocol Edition

Hi Everyone!

Hope your week is going well! Some of you know that I have started to follow a special diet, a modified-Autoimmune Protocol diet. It is very similar to Paleo except it also excludes eggs, nuts/seeds, nightshade veggies, and coffee/caffeine. For right now I am focusing on just cutting out eggs (except for my paleo mayo), nightshade veggies and limiting my nut/seed intake. I am NOT giving up coffee! Let’s not get crazy now! I started this Protocol last Monday and only made it 4 full days until the weekend hit and it all went down hill from there. I am back on day 3 today and determined to make it through the weekend strong! I will go into more detail about this Autoimmune Protocol in a later post (hoping to get it written out this week, but don’t hold me to it!). The main reason obviously has to do with my own autoimmune condition and trying to decrease the chance of another flare-up. Since this AIP is so restrictive you are probably thinking what can I possibly eat? I am going to share with you some of the yummy meals I have been eating this past week and a half and show you it is possible to still get delicious food and at the same time follow the Autoimmune Protocol.

WIAW #19: modified-autoimmune protocol eats!

 

 

Since it is Wednesday, I am linking up with Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for her weekly WIAW series!! Don’t forget to hop on over to the link-up party and  check out what other bloggers have been munching on!!

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WIAW #19 : Autoimmune protocol edition

1. breakfast-Italian beef casserole (used Popular Paleo’s recipe for Tex-Mex casserole but swapped the spices for Italian seasonings and omitted the bell peppers) 2. lunch-Chicken/apple sausage w/ sauerkraut + pickles + mustard (not AIP) +chicken salad (w/ paleo mayo-not AIP) over a bed of mixed greens 3. lunch- tuna salad (mayo not AIP) over a bed of mixed greens + pickles 4. breakfast-sweet potato hash + beef patty w/ Paleo Caesar dressing

These are not your “normal” breakfast items! When you can’t have eggs, you have to start getting creative.

WIAW#19 Autoimmune Protocol edition

5. Kielbasa w/ apple + sauerkraut 6. crispy smashed chicken (Nom Nom Paleo) w/ mango/cucumber salsa (Nom Nom Paleo) w/ a side of mixed greens 7. balsamic glazed meatballs (Primal Palate) w/ sautéed julienned carrots

 

There it is! What do you think?

Do any of these recipes sound like something you could eat?

 

If you want to read more about my autoimmune story check out these past posts:

My Autoimmune story From the beginning

My Autoimmune story: Part 1

My Autoimmune story: Part 2 (Finally some relief)

Paleo is a lifestyle, not a diet.

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Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots

Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots

I am going to make this post short and sweet for you today. I am linking up with the fabulous DC Trifecta, aka Courtney @EatPrayRunDC , Mar @Mar on the run and Cynthia @YouSignedupforWhat?!. Today’s theme is “Fitness snapshots”.

 

 

Friday Five: Fitness snapshots

This snapshot was from a couple of weeks ago. If you follow me on Instagram and my Facebook page than this isn’t new to you but for those that don’t, here ya go! I saw someone on FB post a video of their wall walks and it looked like something I could try and work on. My hubby saw it too and next thing you know, we are both practicing these wall walks and trying to do better than the other person. We aren’t competitive at all {insert *sarcasm*} If you want to see the whole video go to my IG or FB account and it was from a couple of weeks back!

 

 

Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots

We all went over to my parents for the 4th of July and had a nice day in the pool! Z loves the water which has its positives and negatives.

Friday Five: Fitness snapshots

Last Sunday I met our training group for another group run. Majority of us started at 6:30, but I wanted to run 12-13 miles that morning and knew I needed to get out there before than. I met one of the ladies in our group at 5:30 so we could get in a few extra miles before the rest of the girls showed up. It was hot that day. I am glad we got an early start. I ran 5 miles at 5:30am, 4 miles with the group and drove home and ran my last 3 miles to make it a total of 12 for the day. I was going to run the last 3 on the trail, but I quickly started having bathroom “issues” and thought it would be smart to be “close to home”.

 

 

Friday Five: Fitness snapshots

Since we moved Z to his toddler bed, the nap situation hasn’t been that consistent and/or long. The only way he will go done for a nap is if I take him on a short walk (in his stroller) around our neighborhood. The walk is only about 20 minutes, but when it is 1 in the afternoon and it is already at least 95 degrees, it isn’t the most relaxing walk (for me). It is worth dealing with the heat for 20 minutes if it gets  Z to sleep for 3 hours. It is totally worth it! I don’t know how to break this cycle of him having to be walked in order to fall asleep, but I will try anything so he keeps his long 3-hour naps. I know he still needs a nap because when he doesn’t nap than by dinner time he is literally falling asleep on the couch. Okay, enough of my rant about my sons’ nap time, I could write a whole novel in this topic.

Friday Five: Fitness snapshots

Last night, I did something that I have never done. I ran on the trail at night. Actually, it wasn’t technically dark out, but by the time we finished our run the sun had gone down. I met up with a running buddy and we ran 6 miles with her. It was tough to get motivated to get out that late in the evening to go running, but I was glad I did (when I was finished). It is true what they say, “You never regret the workout you did, but always regret the one you didn’t do” or something to that effect.

 

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WIAW # 18: New Paleo Eats! {Bonus recipe: Cherry protein smoothie}

Guess what today is? Wednesday, duh! And that also means it is WIAW (or aka What I Ate Wednesday)!! I’m linking up with Jen @Peas and Crayons for her weekly series where bloggers share what they have been eating.

WIAW #18 New Paleo Eats! {Bonus recipe: cherry protein smoothie}

It has been awhile since I have shared some of the yummy paleo food I have been eating. Unless you follow me on Instagram than some of these will look familiar! If you read my post on Monday (“I’m back baby, I’m back!”) you already know I bought a new Paleo cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen, by Juli Bauer (PaleOMG) and George Bryant (Civilized Caveman). This book is one of my favorites already! In the last week, I have already made 3 of the recipes in the book and they have all surpassed my expectations!

side note: Since legally I cannot share the recipes in the book, unless that particular recipe has already been released, you will have to just go out and buy the book for yourself!

Without further adieu, here are some of the new paleo eats!

WIAW #18 New Paleo Eats!

1.Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes (The Paleo Kitchen, cookbook)  2.veggie omelet (spinach, onions, peppers and mushrooms)  3.Chicken Fingers {The Healthy Foodie} over a bed of mixed greens + honey mustard dressing  4.Rosemary and sun-dried tomato meatballs {The Paleo Kitchen} over a bed of julienned sautéed carrots  5 Cranberry chicken salad {The Paleo Kitchen} over a bed of mixed greens + Paleo deviled eggs  6.lettuce wrapped hamburger + side of mixed greens w/ homemade ranch dressing  7.cherry & blueberry protein smoothie (using Formulx protein powder) {see recipe below}

 

WIAW#18: Cherry + blueberry protein smoothie

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I’m back baby, I’m back! {Catching up with One Mother of a Day}

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I’m back baby, I’m back!!

Do you still remember me? I hope so! I am back from an unplanned break from blogging. Actually, three weeks to be exact. I popped in last Friday when I linked up with the fabulous trifecta ladies of D.C. for their weekly Friday five series, titled, “Things you may not know about me”. My plan wasn’t to wait so long in between blog posts. I will be honest with you, blogging takes up a lot of my time. I really don’t know how bloggers do it, putting out blog posts DAILY, commenting on dozens of other bloggers, and interacting on all social media outlets. I can’t keep up! It was getting too much for me to try to write 3x a week or even 2x a week. I was realizing that I wasn’t focusing as much attention on being a Mother and Wife. When my blogging starts to interfere with my home life that is when I know I need to take a break from blogging.

Since I have been MIA, I will update you on what has been happening in my life, these days.

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Whole30?

If you remember back in May I started another Whole30 round with some of my readers. I was posting weekly my food prep/meal planning posts and would do a weekly wrap up of what I ate each week. You may have wondered what happened because after week 3 I stopped posting about my experience. Okay, I am not going to beat around the bush here, since this whole post is about honesty, here we go:

My Whole30 did not go well.

I had slip-ups. A lot of them.

I wasn’t perfect.

I was in denial that those slip-ups wouldn’t affect my body.

My mind wasn’t in this Whole30.

To be fair, I did do good for the first 2 1/2 weeks, but after that I became lazy and my old cravings came back. I was going through the Starbucks’ drive-thru daily and buying cookies and pastries at the grocery store. I was no longer following the Whole30 program, at that point.

So, am I still doing Paleo?

***Editior’s note: Some things have changed since I wrote the paragraph below. This was written last Thursday, June 26, 2014.***

I am on Day 3 of strict paleo. For the last month, my non-paleo foods were outweighing paleo foods and that is always a recipe for disaster. After the Whole30 fiasco and being out of  town last weekend, my body was sending me a message. Last weekend, my autoimmune symptoms made an appearance again. I woke up with puffy eyes, lip and a couple dozen hives spread throughout my body. For the last 5 months, I had been slowly weaning off of one of my autoimmune medications (Cyclosporine), under the direction of my Allergist, we had been hopeful that I would in the very near future be off of this drug completely. Needless to say, I was rather disappointed when I woke up looking like a hive of bees had attacked me. I will spare you the details of my whole medical history, but I was down to only taking this particular drug 2x a week, which was huge since I started having to take this drug 4x a day, every single day. So, after that whole minor flare-up, I made a decision, when we got home from our trip, I would go back to 100% strict paleo and see if my symptoms would subside. I am on day 3 of strict paleo and it has been 3 full days since I have had to take Cyclosporine. *knock on wood* I hope I am going in the right direction.

UPDATE! {Monday, June 30, 2014}

Here is an update since I started writing this post.

I wish I had better news to tell you, regarding my autoimmune symptoms. Over the weekend, my symptoms came back again. Sunday was the worst of all the days. Of course, that was the same day that I was joining a few ladies on our local trail to start their half marathon training in the Fall. I was so glad I followed through with running that morning. When ever I am going through a flare-up, running is the only thing that will take my mind off my symptoms. At first, I was just only to run the 3 miles with our training group and go home, but once I was out on the trail I knew I had to keep running and get my 10 in for the day.  I was so hopeful for those first 3 days since they were going so well. I have starting taking the Cyclosporine daily. Today I have not had to take it yet *knock on wood*

No races in the near future!

Yes, you read that right! For the first time in a while I am not registered for any races! It is actually very freeing. I love not having to follow a strict running schedule. If I want to run than I will. If I don’t want to run, than I won’t. Simple as that. By not having any races to train for, it has actually made me love running even more. Since my running schedule has become more open it has given me an opportunity to help “train” a group of ladies that are running half marathons this coming Fall. I love helping others get into running.

Alright, enough of me rambling on. I will show you in pictures what we have been up to the past few weeks! Enjoy!

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Runners: have you ever taken a “break” from races and just run for fun?

Bloggers: Do you take blogging “breaks”? Planned or unplanned?

Tell me one thing that you have been up to lately? Catch me up!!

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{Friday Five} Things you may not know about me!

Hi everyone!

How has everyone been doing? Getting ready for the 4th? Any special plans? I’m linking up again with the D.C. Trifecta, aka Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed up for What?! for their weekly Friday five series. This weeks’ theme is “about me”. This sounded like a fun topic, who doesn’t like talking about themselves and especially bloggers. I know as a blogger we talk about our life, our interests, and our experiences, A LOT, so you would think you would know pretty much everything about me. Right?! Surprisingly for you, there are still some things you may not know about me.

Ha! You like how I completely ignored the fact that I haven’t posted on here in 3 weeks? You are probably wondering where I have been and why you are seeing a new post from me today? No? Okay, that’s fine. For those of you who still remember me, be on the look out in the next day or so for a post explaining why I took an unplanned break from blogging.

 

Friday Five: Things you may not know about me

 

1.  For the longest time, I wanted to be a toxicologists and/or a medical examiner. When I was a teenager i was reading a lot of Patricia Cornwell books who the main character, Kay Scarpetta, was a Chief Medical Examiner. I loved that she was a strong-willed woman who didn’t take crap from anyone, especially her friend/colleague Mario. I could really see myself in that field; on the end where the victim can not tell you their story, you have to figure it out on your own, by running tests, looking through evidence and examining the body. Well, I obviously came to my sense and realized that blood, guts and gore make me physically sick and that line of work would not be my best option.

2.  I watch reality TV, a lot of it. Yes, I am guilty of it. I am not proud of it, but it is what it is. I actually watch more reality than non-reality. Don’t tell me I’m the only one?! If you need someone to talk to about who the latest Catfish was that Nev and Max helped catch or if Jenalle will ever get full parental custody of Jace ever again or if you are looking forward to the return of RHONJ (even though they have replaced over half the cast from last season-what’s up with that?!) than I am your girl!

3. I worked at a local coffee shop for over 7 years. Yes, it is true. It was literally the perfect job! What’s not to love?! You are around coffee all day, you drink coffee all day and you get to make others happy by giving them coffee. You wouldn’t believe how people’s mood would change after you gave them their coffee drink and they took their first sip of the day, their mood and demeanor were like night and day!

4. Owning a coffee shop. And no, not another Starbucks location! Please there are way too many of those! This is related to #3 since I spent so much time working at a coffee shop. Towards the end of my time at the coffee shop I was also going to school for a business degree. When we were assigned projects I would always use the coffee shop as my business plan. I had hoped some day I would be able to open my coffee shop and being able to fulfill a dream of mine. Maybe some day…

5. Went back to school to become a Nutritionist. That latest a quick minute. I was in between jobs (aka unemployed), at the time, and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do as a career and I have always been interested in nutrition, how the body works, etc. I registered at a nearby community college that offered a program in becoming a Nutritionist. I loved all the classes I enrolled in. I was getting A’s in all my classes. I was for the first time truly enjoying school. Then reality hit and I chose a full-time job over part-time schooling. Looking back, I wish I would have followed through with the program. Oh well, that is life!

Ugh! sorry for the complete lack of pictures in this post! I promise next post will have an over flow of pictures!

Did any of these surprise you or did you already know?

Your turn! Tell me one thing that people may not know about you.

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Friday Five: This Summer I will…

Friday Five: This Summer I will....

Hi everyone!

This was a last-minute decision to participate in this weeks’ link-up, hosted by the wonderful trifecta team of DC, that include Eat Run Pray DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed up for What?!. I was on the fence with this weeks’ topic because I didn’t think I was going to be able to come up with anything. To many, Summer means, summer break, no school, having the kids home all the time, but for me none of that applies. I am a stay at home mom that doesn’t have any kids in school, yet. Summer for us means just hotter days, trying to find ways to stay cool during the day, and parks/playgrounds being more crowded (hey don’t tell me I’m the only one that thinks this). The more I thought of the topic I started coming up with a list of different personal goals that I wanted to work on and new/old places I wanted to take my son.

 

 

1. Going technology free an hour before bedtime.

I will be the first to admit that I spend wayyyyy too much time on my phone, computer and tv watching. Mainly, my phone I am on pretty much ALL.DAY.LONG. My goal this Summer is to work on cutting my time on my phone and focusing more on my real life because life goes by way too fast and before I know it my son will be going off to college and I would be left wishing I hadn’t spent so much time on my phone.

 

2. Go to bed by 10:30 (the latest).

Lately I have been going to bed after 11, sometimes not til midnight. There is no reason for me going to bed so late. I feel the best during the day when I get between 7-8 hours of sleep. When I get less than that I can tell a big difference in my mood and energy level during the day. I also make bad food choices when I am not well rested which probably contributes to my mood and low energy. It is a vicious cycle. With me going to bed after 11:30 and waking up between 5:30-6 or 4:30 (thanks to a certain 2 1/2-year-old), which does not equal 7 hours.

 

3. Take Z to The Cove (a local water park) and Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)

I really think he would enjoy both of these places. Z loves the water and this water park is only 25 minutes or so away with a reasonable fee to get in for the day. I want to make sure we go to the Aquarium during the month of June because only this month at 10 or 11 in the morning they will let the penguins walk around with the public. You can’t get any  closer than that. {Visiting or live in Southern California and need some ides to take the kids? Read my post on 5 places to take your kids this Summer, here}

 

4. Do more trail running.

Friday Five: THis Summer I will....

I have only been trail running twice now, but I am hooked already. It is a completely different feel than road running. You are more aware of where you are stepping, focus more on reaching a certain point on the trail, rather than how long it took me to get there. It is freeing, you are among nature, no traffic zooming by you, and overall very peaceful. I would like to make it up to Big Bear and do a little running up there this summer. Last time I ran in Big Bear was for a 15k that I didn’t train for properly and literally just wanted to walk off the course and pretend it never happened. I want my redemption, in a sense.

 

5. Focus on drinking more water.

I know I have mentioned this before, but I am horrible at drinking water. If I don’t work out during the day it is extremely hard for me to drink water. I have tried all sorts of tricks to get myself to drink more water: bought new water bottles, added my Nuun hydration tablets and infused my water with different fruits and herbs to add flavor. My goal this summer is to focus on drinking at least 80 ozs a day. This is really important during the Summer months because it gets so hot here (and is already hot), I will be outside a lot, and will be running in the heat, so I will need to make sure I am replacing all those electrolytes that I am sweating out and avoid dehydration.

What are you going to do this Summer?

Are you a good water drinker? Any tips or tricks?

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National Running Day 6.4.14 {I run because…}

National Running Day 6.4.14

Today is National Running Day! So, what does that mean? Go out and get your run on! Share you reason why you love to run.  If you don’t run all week, make today the day you get outside and go for a run. If you don’t run, make today the first day of your running journey.

In honor of today, Cori over at Olive to Run is hosting a link-up for all the bloggers who write a post completing this sentence: I run because {insert your reason why}.

I run because…..

I CAN.

I have two able legs.

I have breathe in my lungs.

I love the feeling of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.

I love the challenge.

I love the feeling of wanting to give up but pushing through.

It is my “ME” time.

I feel free.

It is my calm.

It is my sanity.

Anything is possible.

I feel the most alive.

National Running Day 6.4.14

You can make your own “I run” badge, here.

Finish this sentence:

I run because_______________________.

How many miles are you getting in today? I am hoping to get in a few miles, with Z, this morning before our Stroller Strides class!

Don’t forget to check out my other posts I wrote on running:

5 Reasons why I love running and why you should to!

I am a runner.

Run, like how you live your life, with no regrets.

My running story.

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WIAW# 17: What I ate…week 3 of my Whole30 {Bonus recipe: Iced Buttered Coffee}

WIAW# 17 whole30 week 3 eats

Hi All!

It’s that time again! Time for another WIAW post. I’m linking up again with Jenn @Peas and Crayons for her weekly series.

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Along with the meals I ate I also want to share with you something that will change the way you drink coffee. In the Paleo world, Bulletproof Coffee is huge and is all over the Paleo community. The problem with Bulletproof Coffee is that it is expensive, initially, to buy the ingredients needed to make this drink. The original Bulletproof coffee recipe consists of MCT oil, grass-fed butter and Bulletproof coffee beans. The Bulletproof coffee beans and MCT oil alone can run you $40, at a minimum. You can read the details on these ingredients, here. Maybe one of these days I will spend the money and make a real Bulletproof coffee, but in the meantime I will make a more consumer friendly version with ingredients I already have in stock. I have come across numerous other recipes that followed a similar concept, so I wanted to try one too!

WIAW# 17 whole30 week 3 eats

Iced buttered coffee (adapted from Stupid Easy Paleo):

  • {Kerrygold} grass-fed butter ONLY!
  • brewed coffee {HOT}
  • cream/milk/coconut milk/any other milk alternative

Instructions:

  1. brew coffee
  2. I used about 1-2 tsp of butter for every 8 ozs of coffee.
  3. use your immersion blender until butter has emulsified.
  4. place in fridge until ready to drink
  5. pour your cold buttered coffee over ice
  6. add a splash of half and half or any milk of your choice.

WIAW # 17 whole30 week 3 eats

Benefits of using grass-fed butter vs. grain-fed butter:

  • Grass-fed contains more K2 vitamins (fat-soluble)
  • Grass-fed has a Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio of 1:1

Since making my first Iced buttered coffee earlier in the week I am officially obsessed with this drink!! You have to try it!!

Enough coffee talk! Let’s talk Whole30 and food!

Whole30 week 3

symptoms/mood/cravings:

Days 15-16: still felt good. no digestive issues. High energy throughout the day.

Days 17-19: for most of these 3 days my energy level drastically dropped. It was a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time. Even after my coffee in the morning I had no energy, lethargic, and no real motivation to get things done. By the time the afternoon hit I was done for the day.

Days 20-21: Finally I felt like myself again! I don’t know what happened during those couple of days but I was glad I had my energy back.

Was there a correlation between my non-paleo foods I ate and my drop in energy? If there was no correlation that it was a huge coincidence. I will be the first to admit I have not been as strict as I wanted to be for this Whole30, but I am quickly learning what foods work against my body. I hate that I even have to write this but in the last week I have had some ice cream, a bowl of cereal, some of my iced caramel macchiato and few other bites here and there. I feel like I have let the people in my Whole30 FB group down. I was the one that organized it and I can’t even follow it for 30 days. I than remember that I am only human and my goal was to tighten up my “diet” to help heal my gut and find what really works with my body (not against). I believe I have accomplished that goal. I learned that diary (in excess), gluten, and grains makes me uncomfortably bloated along with excessive gas. I noticed that my sleep was disruptive, hard to wake up in the morning and when the afternoon hit I would have no energy.

 

WIAW# 17 whole30 week 3

1. Polpette di Vitello {Nom Nom Paleo} 2. kielbasa + sautéed cabbage/onions + sauerkraut 3. {Applegate} chicken/apple sausage + pickles + Paleo coleslaw {The Clothes make the Girl} 4. {Applegate} salami + Paleo deviled eggs + black olives + pickles 5. sweet potato hash {Nom Nom Paleo} w/ fried eggs 6. {Applegate} beef hot dogs + sauerkraut + pickles + Paleo deviled eggs 7. strawberries and bananas 8. scrambled eggs + sage maple roasted butternut squash {Paleo Parents} 9. fried eggs + roasted beets + bacon

 

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Have you ever had butter in your coffee?

Have you been fortunate enough to have Bulletproof coffee?

What do you put in your coffee?

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Toddler Tuesday: Places to take your kids in Southern California

I was scrolling through my thousands of photos on my phone and found pictures of some places we have taken Z in the last year. He is getting to the age (2 1/2 yrs old) where he is starting to understand different things and able to connect what is real and not real. Overall he gets excited about going to different places, exploring and learning about the world around him.

Over the course of Z’s 2 1/2 years, that he has been alive, we have taken him to many places. Some have been flops, some have been wins. Every child is different in what they are interested in, so it is always a gamble when taking them to new places. The first few trips we made to the Zoo/Safari Park, Z didn’t quite understand the concept. It finally took the last trip to the San Diego Zoo for him to start understanding everything. I believe what clicked was when we went to go see the pandas and he had his own stuffed animal, panda, with him and looked at both of them and realized that they were the same type of animal. That moment made the whole trip worth it. {currently the stuffed panda has been in quarantine since it was dropped in poop and I am that lazy I haven’t cleaned it yet. At this point, our next trip to the Zoo we will just buy him a new one.}

Toddler Tuesday: Places to take your kids in southern california

The list I am going to provide is only places I have personally taken my son to. Each place will vary depending on the child’s age(s).

Toddler Tuesday: places to take your kids in southern california

 LA Arboretum (Arcadia, CA)

age: newborn and up (nice exercise for the parents no matter the age of the child)

cost: $9 (adult); $4 (kids age 5-12), FREE (kids under 5), 3rd Tuesday of each month admission is FREE.

Features:  “127 acres of plants, natural landscapes, wildlife and historic buildings. You will discover plants and trees from all over the world as you wander along paths and learn about California history on your journey through the garden.” LA Arboretum website

Our experience: This was the most recent place we took Z for the first time. He loved it! This place is the land of the peacocks! They were everywhere. Z saw quite a bit of wildlife: ducks, geese, turtles, peacocks, birds, and every other type of bug and insect.

Will we be returning? Yes, we will definitely be going back soon.

 

Toddler Tuesday: places to take your kids in southern california

 Amy’s Farm (Ontario, CA)

age: all ages (the older they are the more they will understand how a farm works)

cost: $8 (anyone over 2 yrs old), FREE (under 2 yrs old)

features: A real working farm that offers hands-on, guided tours for all ages. Bonus: they have a farm stand where you can purchase some of their produce.

our experience: Z loved seeing all the animals, his favorite were the sheep.

Will we be returning? Yes! Next time maybe on a cooler day :)

 

Toddler Tuesday: places to take your kids in southern california

 March Field Air Museum (Riverside, CA)

age: all ages (In a couple more years Z will enjoy learning the history of all the planes)

cost: $10 (12 yrs and older), $5 (5-11 yrs old), FREE (4 yrs and under)

features: the museum depicts the history of the base using photographs and aircrafts from the bases’ founding in 1918.

our experience: Z enjoyed it for about 20 minutes than he was ready to play in some dirt. He loved seeing all the planes close up.

Will we be returning? Yes. Z will appreciate it more as he gets older.

Toddler Tuesday: places to take your kids in southern california

 

Toddler Tuesday: places to take your kids in southern california

 San Diego Zoo/Safari Park (San Diego/Escondido, CA)

age: all ages

cost: {one-day pass} $46 (12 and older), $36 (3-11), FREE (under 3). Get the membership! It is good for both Zoo and Safari Park. If you go at least twice, it will pay for itself.

features: the difference between the two is the Safari Park focuses more on the African animals and their natural habitat.

our experience: Even before Z was born, I was a Zoo member. We took Z to his first trip to the Zoo when he was a year old and try to go to either the Zoo or Safari park at least 3-4 times a year.

Will we be returning? Of course! Planning a couple more trips in the next month or so.

Toddler Tuesday: places to take your kids in southern california

 Kidspace Children’s Museum (Pasadena, CA)

age: all ages (the kids that would get the most out of their experience would be kids 4 and older)

cost: $11 (adults and children), FREE (kids under 1 years old)

features: hands-on learning and interactive activities

our experience: We went on a week day where there were a lot of schools visiting the same day. It was too crowded for my taste. Z in my opinion was still too young to be able to do most of the activities they had for the kids. He loved the foam shapes!

Will we be returning? Probably not for a while. At least until Z is a little older.

 

There you have it! A few of the places that we have taken Z.

Have you been to any of the places I have mentioned?

Where is your favorite place to take your kids?

Don’t forget to check out the other two posts in my Toddler Tuesdays series!

How to start your toddler’s first garden)

Coffee + playdate {Bonus recipe: Paleo mini pumpkin pies}

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Whole30 week 4: food prep + meal planning {Bonus: Memorial Day menu}

I am in the home stretch in my Whole30, 7 more days. I will go more into detail in my WIAW post this week on how week 3 went. {spoiler alert! It did NOT go well!}

You know what I realized after writing four consecutive weeks of these food prep posts? I eat a lot of the same foods EVERY.SINGLE.DAY! I feel like the only meals that change are my dinners and that is only if I make every thing I say I am going to make for that week and not have it spill over to the following week. {sorry I know that was a run on sentence, deal with it!} Yes, this is my life. I contemplate a lot about what I am going to eat each day. Living a Paleo lifestyle has made me much more aware of what I am eating and how often I eat.

Enough of the chit-chat! On to the food!

whole30 week 4 food prep

Food Prep:

 

Breakfast:

  • sweet potato hash w/fried eggs + bacon +avocado
  • veggie omelet + avocado

Lunch:

  • salame {Applegate} + Paleo deviled eggs + black olives + pickles + sauerkraut
  • chicken/apple sausage {Applegate} + pickles +sauerkraut + coleslaw + fruit (melon)

Dinner:

sides/snacks/misc:

  • Paleo deviled eggs
  • almonds
  • applesauce
  • fruit/melons
  • banana or apple with almond butter
  • bacon
  • avocado
  • iced buttered coffee

 

{Memorial weekend menu}

Whole30 week 4: Food prep + memorial day menu

Since we got propane for our grill a couple of weeks ago, we have been grilling every weekend since. This weekend we had some ribs since they were on sale on our grocery store. We used Primal Palate’s recipe for a dry rub and their method of slow roasting the ribs first in the oven at 225 for 4 hours. We finished off the ribs on the grill for only 10 minutes or so, the meat was literally falling off the bone when we took them out of the oven. To go with the ribs, I made {The Clothes make the Girl} Paleo coleslaw, grilled balsamic marinated zucchini and cut up some watermelon and cantaloupe.

Did you do any grilling this weekend?

Thank you to all the past, present and future men and women who have served our country and fought for our freedoms.

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Look for these upcoming posts this week:

Toddler Tuesday: Activities to do with your kids in Southern California

WIAW: What I ate…week 3 on my Whole30 {Bonus recipe: Iced buttered coffee}

 

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