Life Lately: Where have I been?!

So I promised myself I would blog right after Valentines Day. Obviously that date flew by.

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We painted this love tree with our thumbs and made banana pops. We also went to Darcie’s birthday party (she is in remission right now by the way! <3 )

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Then I said for sure I would post about my birthday. My mom came to visit and watch Austin so we could go on a date to my favorite restaurant.

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But then it snowed and we  had to cancel our plans and order pizza and stay in our pajamas instead. Actually it won’t stop snowing. Please stop snowing.

If you follow my Instagram feed (a great place to keep up) you know I’ve been dieting and exercising more.

More is in an understatement. I post my meals and work outs almost daily. Keeps me accountable! (To whom I don’t know but … I feel like YOU ARE WATCHING! :) )

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I’ve been running a lot to burn calories and fat (about 2 miles, 5 days a week) and lifting weights. I’ve lost 10 lbs! I weigh close to what I did when Nick and I got married, but I am actually a little more toned then even then. That’s just crazy right?

So, let me start by saying that I am not trying to sell you anything. It’s really not in my nature and I have to many jobs to start another one, but I did the Advocare 24 day Challenge and it changed my life. All you mamas out there looking for a little more energy so you can make it to the gym (and maybe even blow dry your hair and do your make up after!) Check out some of their products. I’m in love with Spark and Catalyst!

I can’t believe I am one of those people with all these supplements and calculating protein intake all the time. But hey … I can’t wait for tank top season.

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My blogging dilemma has been that I have been taking my blog post time (Austin’s nap) and doing our meal prep for the week. I think I might just photograph those meals and share them with you? What do you think of that?

Healthy weekday meals instead of boozy, high calorie treats for awhile? Woomp, woomp.

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So Austin climbed out of the crib the other night. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster since then. Not that he has ever been a good sleeper but this is a whole new ballgame.

Last night at 11pm I heard a sweet and scared sounding “Mama, Mama, Mama”. He was standing in the middle of his room in the dark and looked so sad. I should have put him back in his bed but I couldn’t do it. I picked him up and brought him in with me and we slept like angels the rest of the night.

I am weak.

His pirate ship bed comes next week. I will have to be stronger then.

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Something tells me there is a lot more Starbucks and Spark in my future.  More posts coming soon. I won’t be a stranger for this long again. Thanks for being nice while I took my bloggy break!

P.S. Speaking of Starbucks. Check out my new swag.

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2014: A Year of Firsts!

This year was our first full four seasons with Austin Dean and it was all about learning to live life as a family of three. There were first steps and first words and first foods! Nick and I had to learn how to take care of ourselves (hair cuts, sick days and work deadlines etc.) while taking care of Austin first and foremost. My mom helped out a ton this year, traveling from CT so we could have a date night here and there or even just get some cleaning done on the weekends.

I learned how to pump breast milk on a train from NYC to DC (oh the fun) and in my car while driving to and from work and in my office while typing emails.  There was that day when I had two different colored shoes on at work. Or the time when Austin had a temperature of 105.3 while we were at the beach in North Carolina at 2:00am. Or how about when he got his finger stuck in the bunny cage at the Zoo. His first trip to the Zoo.

We had first haircuts and and first mothers day tea parties at school. We had an AMAZING first birthday party.

We took our first plane trip with Austin. There were pina coladas in Florida (so many pina coladas) and moscato and mango juice at home (often) and several diet attempts (salads and zuchinni noodles galore). Lots of pureed fruit pouches and names written on school lunches and trips to the park.

It sounds a little crazy but crazy has started to feel nice, like home … and home is my favorite place to be. Does that make sense? This morning when we got Austin out of his crib (after he woke up ridiculously early) and brought him in bed with us to cuddle for a few minutes he said “Mama!” and then climbed on top me and planted sloppy kisses on my face over and over “mwah, mwah, mwah …”  You see it’s a tricky thing. Just when you wish you could please. just. sleep. in. Toddler kisses make it all better again. Happy New Year guys!

P.S.  Remember last years video?

Life Lately: Feelings and Stuff

Dear Party People,

I’ve been slacking on blog posts and I know it. I hope I haven’t failed you … or your Christmas party. Ready for some emotional blogger stuff?

I feel a lot pressure to create for That’s so Michelle (and have a ton of ideas!) but have other responsibilities to my family and my professional life. As much as I’d like to be able to execute on all levels, I just can’t. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to fall freely into my hobby, it’s felt really forced. Because of this, in my eyes, That’s so Michelle has lost it’s luster.

I think (pure honesty here) the excitement of That’s so Michelle having a book sucked some of the real life out of my blog this past year. It’s become a business venture instead of a place to be creative and have fun.

I need to get back to my roots. Sharing awesome treats that I make for people in my life and the stories behind them.

Please forgive me while I zone out this holiday and try and find that magic again. The post below (and perhaps more to follow) is an exercise in inspiration.

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Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles

Why didn’t anyone tell me it was so easy to make truffles? I would have been making truffles as gifts for Christmas every year if I knew it was this easy!

I’m usually not a baker (is this baking?) but I was invited to participate in a “holiday truffle challenge” using chocolate and tequila. You know me … boozy truffles? Sign me up.

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Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Pudding Shots and a $50 Giveaway

I need to apologize for my one track mind.

Ever since I’ve discovered that adding pie filling to pudding shots is DELICIOUS, I can’t stop coming up with new flavor combos.

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