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Things I’m Loving- October Edition

Posted Oct 17 2013 6:30am

Hope your week has been great! I thought I’d hop on to share some of the products, websites, recipes and ideas I’ve been loving this month.

1. Fitness Blender is an awesome resource for at-home workouts! Here is a playlist of the full length workout videos  on YouTube.

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I did two of the yoga videos this week, and I’ve sampled a handful of other videos in the past! The videos have great timing (no struggling to keep up), and the routines are easy to follow. I wish Kelli didn’t make the workouts look so easy because they can be TOUGH! Kelli and Daniel always give modifications (knees on ground for push ups, for example), so this is a great resource for anyone looking to get in a good workout! Plus, you can easily search for your perfect workout with numerous choices:

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Just a sampling of the workouts that came up when I searched for a “30 minute, low impact, cardio routine with no equipment”. Pretty great, huh?

2. Breastmilk storage bottles are fantastic for making and storing homemade salad dressings! I don’t mind making a big batch of dressing to store in a mason jar, but sometimes I just want to make enough fresh vinaigrette for just Daniel and myself.

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These little bottles are perfect because they have ounce markings on the outside which are handy when you’re prepping your dressing and, for portion control, you can see how much you’ve poured out! Another bonus- the bottles (with the screw-on lids) are spill proof- so you could slip your dressing into your lunch bag knowing that they won’t leak!

3. Trips to the Pumpkin Patch with this nugget. We had a blast visiting Blooms & Berries Farm in Loveland, OH.

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4. This recipe for (gluten free) Butternut Baked Ziti from Nicole . This recipe has squash, pasta, kale and cheese. I used 3 different GF pastas and subbed in 1 delicata squash for the butternut.

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Next time, I’d rather use butternut as the delicata was quite… squashy? It was more similar to acorn squash in texture and flavor. It was still really, REALLY good. Even Adeline loved it!

5. Liberté yogurt. I know, you’ve heard me talk about Liberté  a lot. It’s not just because I’m a Brand Ambassador , it’s because I really do love their yogurt! Daniel and I had a very special date night (on Adeline’s birthday) to have a meal at the Orchids at Palm Court here in Cincinnati. This restaurant is a no-elbows-on-the-table place. You have to know which fork to use. Have I ever mentioned how bad I am at table manners?

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There was supposed to be another brand ambassador and their plus one joining us for this dinner, but they never showed. Oh well! We had a fantastic “happy first year as parents” dinner. The best part of the dinner was the DESSERT! Chef Megan Ketover made us some amazing desserts featuring Liberté yogurt.

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She even made my plate totally gluten-free. Amazing. Did I mention that Megan was on Top Chef Desserts? Yep, she’s pretty cool. And she made some phenomenal pairings with Liberté . My favorite pairing was probably the Blackberry Mediterranee with a “granola” with pistachios. There was just the right balance of sweet and salty and I didn’t want that little cup of yogurt to end. Of course, I loved the chocolate too, but there’s just something about the sweet and salty combo that is totally satisfying.

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6. I’m excited for the weekend ahead! My sister-in-law and her husband are running the Columbus Marathon, and we’re going to cheer them on! The running bug has bitten- I’m following Hal Higdon’s 8 week 10k training program . I’m gearing up to run the10k Turkey Trot, yippee! Hopefully my body (ahem, and my milk production) agrees with this training plan- I’m looking forward to my first postpartum race!

7. This mineral makeup from E.L.F . I got the “fair’ shade and it works great. It’s not quite as fantastic as Bare Minerals, but the price is awesome. It’s paraben-free and doesn’t contain any artificial dyes or preservatives. The foundation also has SPF 15.

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I purchased my E.L.F. Mineral Makeup from Soap.com , and if you use my referral code HXLL8377, you can save 20% off of your first order from Soap.com .

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What are some thing that YOU have been loving lately? Any new products you have tried?

*Disclaimer* I was provided the dinner at Orchids at Palm Court at no charge. I wasn’t under any sort of contract to write a review, I just though I’d share some of the fantastic desserts we had! I was also not approached by FitnessBlender to review their website, it’s just a site that I use regularly so I thought I’d pass it along! I will receive a $5 credit for each purchase made with my referral code for Soap.com*

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