cranberry banana breakfast cookies (+ Skoop protein)

One of my New Year goals was to spend more time in the kitchen – more time experimenting, trying new recipes, and coming up with delicious (and usually healthy) items for my family. BJ loves breakfast but is usually out the door before I have time to make something “elaborate”, so I decided to make breakfast cookies that he can grab on-the-go. My cranberry banana breakfast cookies are gluten + dairy free, but totally delicious + healthy.

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These were a huge hit with BJ and Mr. President kept coming back for seconds. If you’re looking for an easy recipe that is delicious and fulfilling, try these breakfast cookies.Note: I added Skoop B-Strong Protein to half of the batch for a little added extra. The recipe is great with or without the protein.

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  • 1½ cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Flax Seed
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¾ Cup Slivered Almonds
  • ½ Cup Chopped Dried Cranberries
  • 3 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 scoops of Skoop B-Strong Viva-nilla protein powder (optional)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil a baking pan or line with parchment paper. Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the mashed bananas, honey, and vanilla extract. Form into cookies with 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture and place on the baking sheet ½ inch apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
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Enjoy!

 

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Note: I am a Skoop distributor but this post is in no way sponsored by Skoop. I love experimenting + cooking with Skoop in the kitchen. If you’d like more information about the benefits of Skoop, please send me an email. I’d love to chat: willrunformargaritas@gmail.com

 

a day in the life…

For today, I decided to link up with some fabulous bloggers to share “A Day in the Life…”. I love to know how everyone does it – full-time working mom, part-time working mom, stay-at-home (but always busy) mom. What happens each day? And how does everyone do it all?!

For the time being, I’m mostly a stay at home mom – but work about 10 hours/week consulting for small, local companies. I don’t have help/nanny so I try to squeeze everything in while Mr. President is sleeping. BJ travels for work (often gone 2-3 nights/week), so sometimes it feels like a lot. But I love it, and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Even though I’m sharing yesterday with you, this is a pretty typical day in the life of {will run for margaritas}. BJ is out of town (like most weeks), so I’m covering it all today.

2am: Mr. President wakes up. Crying. Screaming. “Mommy”. Poor guy is teething and congested. After 10 minutes, I go in, change his diaper, and try to calm him down. He calms down, snuggles up to me, and we rock as I try to get him back to sleep.

No such luck.

We end up on the floor, in a makeshift bed. He’s up until 4:30am but eventually falls back to sleep.

6:30am: Mr. President wakes up and is ready to go. Me? Not so much.

We get up. I read him a few books. And head downstairs for breakfast.

7:15am: Breakfast. Today we’re having waffles (slice of toast for me), fresh fruit, and a smoothie. I “splurge” on a cup of Green tea.

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8-9:30am: Playtime. LJ and I hang out. Lots of trucks, puzzles, books, and learning. I also vacuum the house during this time, since I don’t dare vacuum while he’s asleep (moms, can I get an AMEN?!)

9:30am: Nap for Mr. President, free-for-all for me. Put away clean dishes, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Clean-up from breakfast. Start a load of laundry. Answer emails. Do 1 hour of work. Pick-up the house. Make the bed. Put away clean clothes. Maybe, just maybe, I have time for a quick (uninterrupted) shower.

11am – 2pm: LJ is up and ready to play. We eat lunch. Today we’re having fish, rice, and avocado. After lunch we bundle up and head out. Errands include Whole Foods and the Post Office. We go to the library and meet up with a friend + her son. The library is a great place for the boys to run around and burn off some energy.

2pm: Nap for Mr. President, free-for-all #2 for me. 45 minutes of work. More laundry. Clean up lunch, toys, snacks on the ground. 30 minutes cleaning the basement (I’ve committed to cleaning the basement since baby #2 is on the way). Prep dinner.

3:45-6pm: Snack time. Play time. It’s warm – for January – so we bundle up and go for a run + post-run playtime at the park. We see friends at the park and play for an hour. Head home to eat dinner.

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6:15pm: Dinnertime. Salsa verde pulled chicken + corn tortillas, avocado, and sauteed peppers + onions. It’s a huge hit (recipe coming soon).

7:00pm: Bath, books, bedtime. I read anywhere from 5-10 books before bed, we love to read. After I turn out the light, I rock with LJ and sing to him. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day! Just the two of us.

8:00pm: Mr. President is in bed, sleeping. I pick-up bathtime toys, clean-up the kitchen, straighten up the playroom. Grab laundry from the basement and start folding. Turn on trashy TV, tonight it’s BRAVO’s Millionaire Matchmaker (and if I wasn’t pregnant, I’d be drinking wine too).  Grab my computer, answer a couple of emails. Unwind.

10pm: Bedtime for me. Can’t wait to sleep!

There you have it.  A typical day in my life as a {part-time work-from-home, runner with a 15mo old + #2 on-the-way mom}.

What does your day look like? How do you do it all?

Link up a post about your day & check out the other “Day in the Life” posts.



{review} capital teas: tea for the tub

I love taking baths. It’s the one place, one time, I get some alone time. And even though baths are much shorter these days and a little less relaxing, I still really enjoy them.

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Capital Teas recently launched Tea for the Tub – and I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try. I love tea. I love the tub. Tea for the Tub just makes sense.

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Soothe: Soothe your skin and senses with this blend of green tea, mint and citrus.
Purify: Arouse your senses with this warming blend of white tea, ginger, and spices.

Since I was looking to relax, I opted for Soothe. It was a nice blend + the flavors/smells really filled the bathroom (if you live in Arlington, you know that’s not hard to do, ha). You use Tea for the Tub like you would any bath bomb – simply drop into the tub while filling; relax + enjoy!

And if I wasn’t pregnant, I would’ve enjoyed my bath with a glass of processco. Instead, I drank Capital Tea with my Tea for the Tub – and that was a pretty close second. Note: try Orange Grapefruit Wellness tea – the flavors are insanely delicious.

If you’re looking for a different approach to a bubble bath, give Tea for the Tub a try. At $5.95/packet, its price point is on target with any luxury bath bomb, and you’ll enjoy trying something new!

To order, visit www.capitalteas.com or stop by one of their 13 locations in the DC/PA area.

 

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new year, new YOU: For Two Fitness Giveaway

I am thrilled to partner with For Two Fitness for an amazing New Year giveaway. I wore For Two Fitness apparel throughout my first pregnancy – and now with #2 – and they quickly became my absolutely favorite maternity fitness apparel brand. For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the New Year. 

From For Two Fitness:
Happy New Year! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, and friends. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at $1000. We have phenomenal prizes, including the newest offering from BOB – a Revolution FLEX jogging stroller – plus prizes from ASICS, Ergo and Maison Drake baby boutique, and For Two Fitness – all facets of your healthy mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!

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The grand prize winner will win everything you see listed here. Prizes have been furnished by our wonderful brand partners in connection with a sponsoring ambassador (Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy and ME from Will Run For Margaritas). Here are more details about the amazing products that have been generously donated for you to win and enjoy:

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Grand Prize Giveaway items:

  • The New BOB Revolution FLEX single stroller
  • For Two Fitness maternity athletic outfit (top and bottom of winner’s choice)
  • Ergo 360 Baby Carrier furnished by Maison Drake baby boutique
  • Asics Running Shoes (1 pair of the winner’s choice)

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Wow! We are thrilled to give away these amazing prizes. This contest runs from Monday, January 12th through midnight on Friday, January 16th. Visit the For Two Fitness site to enter. Be sure to follow @ForTwoFitness and our co-hosts @run4margaritas and @momslrb on Instagram in order for your entries to be valid.

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Thanks for celebrating the New Year with us – and Good Luck!

 

 

 

{review} Alive Juices (raw-pressed juice)

I love juicing (!!) – but there’s so much involved (preping all of the fruits + veggies, time – something I don’t have a lot of, and clean-up – I seriously have to soak + scrub the machine 5 times before it’s clean) that I rarely do it. I wish I had the time but with a very busy boy, I just don’t.

And because I don’t juice myself but spend money on raw-pressed juices that someone else juices for me, I consider myself a bit of a raw-pressed juice connoisseur.

I had the opportunity to try local company, Alive Juices over the holidays. I couldn’t be more impressed with the overall package Alive Juices has to offer. From custom juice plans, to excellent customer service, to free delivery + bottle pickup, there’s no reason not to try Alive Juices.

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Made to Order. Gluten-Free. Vegan.
Alive Juices come in 8 unique flavors. Each flavor provides unique health benefits (heart, bones, vision, protection against cancers etc). Each flavor contains different produce, but they all have Big 4 – Apples, Ginger, Garlic and Lemon. These are well researched disease fighters, that go above and beyond in keeping us healthy.

Each juice has roughly 200 calories – so it’s healthy while keeping you full and on-track for your 2015 goals.

I had a chance to try 4 different flavors: image (1)
#1 Postive Karma: Big 4 + Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Cilantro
#4 Detox Mantra: Big 4 + Carrots, Beet, Kale, Cilantro
#5 Guru’s Greens: Big 4 + Romaine Lettuce, Bokchoy, Collards, Fennel
# 8 Morning Sunshine: Big 4 + Squash, Cilantro, Pineapple

While all flavors were great (I love Ginger & Lemon), Postive Karma + Morning Sunshine were my favorite (I still crave pineapple as much as I did when I was pregnant with Mr. President). I definitely had more energy (something I need even more of) and felt great! Of course I couldn’t do a full cleanse (juice-only) since I’m pregnant, but I used these juices to jump-start my day and carry me through healthy eating and options. When I needed a pick-me-up, I snacked on the nut mix provided with each cleanse. I’m a huge fan of Alive Juices!

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If you’re thinking about starting a juicing plan or just want to try a few flavors, Alive Juices is your go-to. There’s a plan and flavor for everyone. And if your excuse is that you’re “too busy” (which is often my excuse), this is the perfect option – custom plans, great flavors, and FREE delivery.

These are safe to drink during pregnancy (I’d be in big trouble if raw-pressed juice wasn’t part of the plan) – and often encouraged because of all of the healthy benefits.

Get started today: http://alivejuices.com/juice-plans/
*FREE $15 in juices with your 1st order

 

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2014: reflections + blessings

And just like that, 2014 is over.

I say this every year – but 2014 went by entirely too fast. I haven’t slept in 14 months but I wouldn’t change a sleepless night for anything in the world. Now that I’m a mom, the days go by way too fast.

2014 was a good year. Like any year, there were ups + downs, really great times + some really hard times, lots of laughs + a few good cries. But it was mine, and I’m thankful I’m still here, one year later.

  • My baby turned ONE. Ummm, fastest year of my life.
  • We traveled – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Florida, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Ohio, North Carolina. We explored, had fun. Saw old friends. Ran races. Mr. President met his great-grandparents (96 + 94 years old!).
  • I partnered with Transamerica to run half-marathons around the US, raising over $20,000 for charities (St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, IM ABLE Foundation, and ASPCA)
  • Found out I’m pregnant with baby #2 (and wonderful, unexpected surprise).
  • Went on a handful of dates with my handsome husband! There weren’t many, and it’s mostly because I was (am) way too tired to get ready, but it was fun to get out and enjoy a night together. Just the two of us.
  • Run with my PIC 2-3 times/week. We have so much fun exploring and talking.
  • Went back to work part-time, got a promotion, lost a job. Maybe this is a sign I’m supposed to be with LJ full-time (instead of part-time)
  • Breastfed my baby for 13 months. I’m so thankful we were able to make it one year+. Even crazier that I kept my baby alive for 6 months on breastmilk only. The body is incredible.

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I love you to the moon & back!

I love you to the moon & back!

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I was hoping 2014 might hold more PRs and races than it did, but it took me awhile to want to run again after having Mr. President (5 months to be exact). Races and PRs aside, 2014 was a wonderful, blessed, crazy, fun year. I’m so thankful for my family, their love + support, my curious + adventurous little guy, legs + lungs that carry me through (tough) runs, a healthy pregnancy, and husband that works really hard to provide all we need (a house, food, and enough so I can spend most of my time/days with LJ).

I hope your 2014 was a wonderful one, filled with love, races, margaritas, and PRs.  Cheers to 2015!

minted.

This time of year I go crazy for Christmas cards. I never thought I’d say this but I kinda go a little overBrass-Drink-Stirrers_-028board on selecting, designing, and printing the perfect card for our family. A good card can go a long way!

But I don’t stop at just Christmas cards. No! I love cards for every great occasion: save-the-dates, birth announcement, first birthday parties, and more.

I’ve been using minted for years. I love their unique designs from independent artists.  Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses. 

And because the designs are one-of-a-kind, I get to send out my one-of-a-kind card, no matter what the occasion.

Need a save-the-date? Minted has you covered (now featuring their new collection of S-T-D’s)
Want to announce the birth of your new baby? Yep, minted’s got that.
Birthday party, baby shower, or party decor? Check, check, check.
Holiday cards? Of course minted has it.

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I can’t say enough great things about minted, their designs, and services (ahem, free address labeling!). If you want something different, something that people won’t want to throw away, check out minted. You won’t be disappointed.

SoulCycle to open in Bethesda + Flash Giveaway

It’s a fitness party you don’t want to miss!

Stop by SoulCycle Bethesda on December 20 (8am-6pm) for a GRAND OPENING party! There will be a DJ, photobooth, and refreshments from Sweetgreen.

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SoulCycle was generous enough to give me 3 FREE class passes to raffle off to 3 lucky readers ($30 value). For 24 hours, enter to win a free class pass; must be able to use the class pass at the Bethesda location. (winner will be announced tomorrow 12/19/2014 at 5pm EST and notified via email)

Comment below to win: what’s your favorite workout & why?
*add a comment for each entry

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SoulCycle, the country’s premier indoor cycling studio will open its second studio in Bethesda on December 20.  As a fitness enthusiast, I couldn’t be more excited!  SoulCycle is all the rage in NYC – and I can’t wait to experience the same workout in my hometown.

At over 3,000 square feet, SoulCycle Bethesda features a 53-bike studio and a SOUL retail boutique, selling SoulCycle’s original clothing collection. Additional rider amenities include showers, bathrooms and a locker area. SoulCycle D.C. is located at 4931 Elm Street, Bethesda MD. If you live or work close by, there’s no excuse not to try a class – the amenities are perfect for those on-the-go.

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{soulcycle experience} 
Over 10,000 riders a day ride at SoulCycle to release stress, burn fat, tone muscle, and change their bodies and lives.  The SoulCycle experience is high energy, joyful, results-oriented, and community based. At SoulCycle, riders engage in a high intensity cardio experience (burning between 500-700 calories in 45-minutes) while also toning their upper bodies using hand weights and practice core-engaging choreography. The exercise program focuses on rhythm, and the “energy of the pack,” which creates a strong bond between instructors and riders.

SoulCycle classes are held in candlelit studios, making riders feel like they are partying in a healthy nightclub.  The dark room allows riders to take a journey and lose themselves in the workout. It enables riders to set an intention that is reinforced by the inspirational coaching of the instructor. Rides take place to one-of-a-kind playlists, which set the tone for a unique new experience every ride.

With over 30 locations nationwide, SoulCycle has established itself as the leading indoor cycling brand and attracts everyone from editors, celebrities, young professionals, and captains of industry to outdoor cyclists and fitness enthusiasts. Familiar faces at SoulCycle studios include Oprah, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Olivia Wilde, and Bradley Cooper. SoulCycle is expected to expand to upwards of 60 locations over the next two years with additional studios in New York, Los Angeles, London, and beyond.

More than just a workout, SoulCycle has its own active and loungewear clothing and accessories collection and releases over 14 collections a year. SoulCycle clothing and accessories are available in SOUL boutiques and on soul-cycle.com.

With its strong foundation in music and rhythm, SoulCycle is recognized as a key influencer by the music industry and has been involved in album releases for top artists including Jennifer Lopez, Arianna Grande and Afrojack. SoulCycle currently curates unique playlists for Beats Music.

SoulCycle is the destination where you take a journey, change your body and find your soul.

 

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Skoop (plant-based protein) Review + Offer

I’ve never been a huge fan of protein powder. I’ve tried different brands and different flavors but the results are always the same. Somehow, no matter what, I end up with a drink I put down the drain. It’s always too chalky and I can always always taste the protein.

With baby #2 on the way (yes, I realize I haven’t officially announced #2 – more to come on that), I really need to get more protein, even when I don’t want it or have an appetite. When my Doctor told me that protein shakes are the easiest way to get more protein, I cringed. But I hate protein powder.

That is, until I tried Skoop.

Skoop. A line of powdered, whole-food sourced super nutrition. It’s how mother nature does performance enhancement.

Because I need protein, I decided to try B-Strong. B-Strong is a plant-based protein (with 10 servings of fruits + vegetables/serving) that’s antioxidant rich, gluten-free, and non-GMO. But better than plants and 16 grams of protein/serving, it tastes delicious – and maybe that’s because I can’t taste it. So my green smoothie tastes just like my green smoothie always has, and that’s pretty awesome!

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Formulated for plantheads, meatheads and everyone in between, one serving of B-Strong® contains 16 grams of plant-based protein, including essential and non-essential amino acids. With vitamins, minerals, prebiotic fibers and Omega-3, 6, & 9 fatty acids, B-Strong® works with your body intelligently. It’s protein for the masses, not just the massive.

In addition to B-Strong (viva-nilla), there’s A-Game (sweetgreens) and B-Lovely (renewberry). Each flavor is packed with fruits + veggies, protein, and more. Check out this Product Comparison Chart to know what flavor is best for you (Super Simple Superfood Blends).

I can’t say enough good things about Skoop! It’s delicious. It’s healthy. It’s full of fruits + veggies. And it helps people in need (for every serving of Skoop sold, Skoop donates one serving of free fresh fruits and veggies to a school lunch program in America).

I love Skoop so much that I’ve become an Authorized dealer. If you’re interested in trying Skoop, order through my page (affiliate link). I have some fun goodies to give you (for each purchase) and I promise you won’t be disappointed (or I’ll buy your Skoop from you).

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Lacinato Kale (3 big leaves)
Swiss Chard (2 big leaves)
Handful of Strawberries
Handful of Blueberries
½ Banana
Slice of Lime
Slice of Fresh Ginger
Chia Seed + Flax Seed
1-2 scoops of Skoop Protein
2 cups of water
2 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high for 30-45 seconds until completely smooth. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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winter giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And what better way to celebrate than a {winter giveaway} geared toward our mamas?! As a mom to 13-month old Mr. President, there’s not a lot of “me” time. For the record, I’m more than okay with that, and wouldn’t change one sleepless night for anything in the world, but every once in awhile, it’s nice to get something for you! Which is exactly why I teamed up with some of my favorite brands to offer you some of my favorite things. This giveaway is for YOU! Thanks for all you do, mama.

This is a prize pack you don’t want to miss (retail over $300).

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Ultimate Maternity Micro-Plush Fitness Pant: you’ll look and feel amazing draped in these leg-lengthening, figure-flattering bootcut pant from For Two Fitness (my go-to brand for all things fitness/maternity)

Okkatot Travel Baby Depot Backpack Bag: whether you’re driving to grandma’s house for the weekend or flying across the ocean, Okkatots’ premium Travel Baby Depot Bag fits all your travel needs. Its roomy design carries absolutely everything for little ones but still stays conveniently organized. (Provided by Maison Drake – my go-to for baby and mama)

Bundle Organics (3-pack): Bundle Organics prenatal juices are packed with organic fruits and veggies with an extra bump of essential vitamins for baby’s healthy development. Plus, the juices are pasteurized so you can sip worry-free!

Moving Comfort Mix it up Scarf: This lightweight infinity scarf is the perfect addition to any pre- or post-workout outfit.

Body Shop Body Butter in Satsuma: This rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade shea butter and smells of fresh satsuma.

Victoria Secret Shiny Kiss Flavored Gloss: The lip gloss you know and love gives your lips a sheer kiss of delicious color and shine. A supermodel essential, grab one for every bag.

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fine print: Open to US Residents only. Winner has 2 days to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. Opinions are my own;  was not compensated in any way for this giveaway.

 

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