sausage and broccoli quiche with a simple whole wheat crust

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Hello!  Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  How’s your Thanksgiving looking this year?  We’ll be attending 2 Thanksgiving dinners (one Thursday and one Friday).  I have my contributions all planned out and everything purchased so no last minute grocery store trips should be required.  Some of this afternoon will be prepping foods, but I’ll mostly do the actual cooking on the day of.

Here’s everything I’m making: honey whole wheat dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, sweet potato and apple casserole with pecan crust and arugula salad with ultimate vinaigrette.  I can’t wait!

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I’ll also be prepping this quiche for dinner this afternoon, just to make dinner simple tonight.  Plus some roasted brussel sprouts and acorn squash.  At least once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Usually it’s on Thursdays when I’m just tired from teaching and don’t really want to cook, but most of the time I just crave something comforting, and breakfast is my comfort food. If I have some extra time and think about it, I love making a quiche for my BFD choice.  Other favorites include pancakes, french toast and omelets. :)

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I have another quiche recipe (sausage and french sorrel quiche with oatmeal crust), but the crust recipe is a bit more fuss than I normally want to go through.  It’s delicious, but sometimes I’m just lazy and don’t want to pull out my food processor.  For this one I’ve gone with a much simpler 4 ingredient crust.  If you are cooking for someone who doesn’t like whole wheat flour (like my husband), make sure you use white whole wheat flour.  It looks much lighter in color and has a smoother taste to it than standard whole wheat flour.  I actually prefer it too but sometimes it can be harder for me to find at certain stores.

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Sausage and Broccoli Quiche with a Whole Wheat Crust 

Crust recipe from 100 days of real food

Ingredients for crust

  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp milk

Ingredients for filling

  • 1/2 cup milk (I used whole milk)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt and pepper
  • 2 fully cooked chicken sausages. diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked broccoli, diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Have a 9 inch pie pan out and ready for use.
  2. Combine all crust ingredients into a bowl.  Use a fork to mix until combined.  Use your hands to finish the mixing and then form a ball in the pan. Press it into the pan and bring it up on the sides, and then pinch the top (with your finger or a fork).
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the milk, eggs, sea salt and pepper together.  Layer onto the uncooked crust sausage, broccoli, green onion and half the cheddar cheese.  Pour the egg mixture over the top, then top with the remaining cheddar and all the parmesan.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the filling is set.
  5. Serve warm, at room temperate or chilled – the beauty of a quiche!

The winner of the Aurorae yoga mat giveaway is the very first commenter, ErikaMC!

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Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 1.33.52 PMThanks for entering and telling me about the yoga you guys like doing.  It was fun to read up about it and see what everyone is into.

What are you cooking for Thanksgiving?  Do you love breakfast for dinner?  What’s your go to BFD meal?

Heather

PS happy 9 months to my baby girl Zoe today!  I have a few family posts lined up the next couple weeks (Zoe’s 9 month, my 9 month post baby and Hunter’s 2.5 year post).

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fitness yoga journey + aurorae yoga mat review + GIVEAWAY

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Today we are talking yoga!

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When I first stared teaching group fitness classes, I never thought I would teach yoga. Ever. I’m so not the meditative calm kind of instructor. I like energy, energy, energy!  If that’s you or what you like, awesome! Enjoy it! It’s so cool that we can all enjoy the type of yoga or exercise classes that we like. Everybody has their own style which is great.

So I never though I’d be a yoga instructor. I began my group fitness career with strength/bootcamp classes, cycle and body pump. I slowly added more as I learned more (aqua, step, senior fitness and body combat but that last one has been a bit more recent). Yoga was one of those, ‘hey we need someone to teach and cover fitness yoga last minute, can you put something together?’t. So I threw together some flow sequences, probably did lots of stretching and my fitness yoga teaching began at a small club I already taught at. I’ve taken yoga on and off for years, have studies in books and videos, so I had a bit of knowledge to start with. Since I started teaching it 2 years ago I’ve gained a lot more knowledge about yoga and expanded on my classes, but also on my own yoga practice. Someday I would love to go through a formal yoga training, but for now I love my own style of yoga.  It fits what I like, and people seems to really enjoy it too.  It’s definitely become one of very favorites to teach. And now it’s actually the format I teach the most every week (5x).

Since fitness yoga isn’t a normal yoga class term, here’s how I like to explain it to people who ask about it or are coming for their first time. Fitness yoga is a yoga inspired fitness class. We typically do vinyasa flows with many yoga poses and balances poses at the end as well, but I also get the liberty to do lots of push ups, squats, lunges, ab work and yoga burpees (yes burpees in yoga :) ). It’s constantly changing, challenging, evolving and so much fun!

I’d love to hear about your yoga story, so be sure to tell me about it once you get to the end of this post. But first, a yoga mat review + giveaway!

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Aurorae contacted me to review one of their yoga mats. I choose the synergy yoga mat/towel because the combination of a yoga mat + yoga towel sounded really cool and unlike any yoga mats I’ve used. Gosh this mat smelled so fresh and heavenly when I got it! After a while the essential oil smell went away but I loved that the first few weeks.

From Aurorae:

“Aurorae sells the best reviewed yoga mats, yoga apparel,and yoga and meditation accessories online. You can browse their yoga mats, yoga bags, yoga apparel and other yoga accessories here.”

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What I love about the mat:

  • It’s super long (72 inches in length) which is great for a short person like me – I can stretch arms up and legs down and stay pretty much completely on the mat. It would also work well for tall people who normally might not lay completely on the mat.
  • The microfiber towel top is soft and makes me want to cuddle up for a corpse pose nap.
  • It rolls up nicely but is thick enough that when I roll it out it lays flat without any ends curling up.
  • The thickness is great for laying on hard surfaces and still being comfortable.
  • It smelled wonderful!

What I don’t love about the mat:

  • I feel like I do slip a bit more when my mat is on a slick surface. I teach on wood and on carpet usually, and on carpet it’s great, but I have to use my toes to grip a bit more on wood.
  • I’ve taken it outside for some yoga classes and dry grass is hard to get off the microfiber towel top.

GIVEAWAY

When I got my mat months back (I’m quite delayed on this review…. or maybe I was just doing LOTS of testing!) they didn’t have the impressions yoga mat. They are beautifully designed and unique. One of you will be lucky enough to win one for yourself!

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Here are the deets on the giveaway and how to enter.

  • One commenter will win an impressions yoga mat of their choice (pictured above). I would totally pick the wooded pine or eternity, but you can go for whichever you choose.
  • Must be in the US to enter.
  • The giveaway runs for 6 days and the randomly selected comment winner will be announced here on Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014.

How to enter:

Leave a comment for each entry. The more comments, the more chances to win!

  1. Like Fit Mama Real Food and Aurorae on websites/social media pages – leave a comment for each follow/like for entries
    Fit Mama Real Food: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram
    Aurorae: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instragram
  2. Tweet about this giveaway tagging @fitmamarealfood and @auroraeyoga – leave a link in the comments to the tweet for an entry
  3. Leave a comment answering the questions below for another entry

Good luck!

Do you enjoy yoga? What style of yoga do you enjoy? Do you have a yoga story? Please share!

Heather

on mothering two

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Motherhood is pretty rad.

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Having Hunter was one of the best, most amazing experiences of my life. It was seriously life changing. I am thankful everyday that I get to be called his mother.

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Having Zoe was fantastic and familiar, but also unique as every birth is. I looked forward to it with excitement and less worry. She is such a blessing to my life and I am thankful everyday that I get to be called her mother.

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I am almost 9 months into being a mother of two young kids (Hunter is almost 2.5 years old and Zoe is almost 9 months old). I feel like I can finally look back a bit and get a gauge on what mothering two has really been like. While going from one to two is not as drastic as going from zero to one, there are definite changes, challenges and so many positives. These observations are mostly on the past 4-5 months, because really those first few months are all about survival. They are tough without a doubt!

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On mothering two… the tougher times

I never leave the house early and barely squeak out on time. Getting out of the house is an event of it’s own. Gotta make sure the diaper bag is ready, backup undies and pants for the tot are packed, snacks and water to take, all my stuff can’t be forgotten, make sure everyone is dressed and the babe has a dry diaper (they seriously always poop about 5 minutes before you need to leave), get the toddler to potty before leaving then get shoes on, the baby in her car seat and getting out the door with everyone and everything. Can I take a nap now?

Free time during nap time doesn’t exist much anyone. With one I could rely on a solid 1.5-2.5 hours of afternoon free time. Now about once maybe twice a week I get them napping for more than 45 minutes at the same time. I’m not saying I need a couple of quiet hours in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t hate it. Showers are nice for everyone around me.

When one is freaking out crying loud and wanting your attention or to be held, chances are the other one will too. It’s a law.

Embracing the loud is now a norm. Sometimes it’s happy loud, sometimes it is very much not happy loud coming from these kiddos.

I sleep less for sure now that we have two. The toddler more easily wakes in the early morning and doesn’t go back to sleep very well if he’s up in the 5/6am hour. This baby girl doesn’t like to be consistent with her sleep. I need more coffee. Always.

I totally thought the kids would be sharing a room months back. Many, many, many months back. It’s been a rough road and at almost 9 months I think they’re close (we’re 3 days in once again so who knows what tomorrow holds) and both getting relatively good sleep. I never thought she would be a pack-n-play for so long but it goes to show kids do get a bit of a say in how things go down.

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On mothering two… the wonderful times

Having two kids is awesome. Zoe is at the stage where she likes playing with toys more now and can scoot around to try and get them. If it’s out of reach and she’s not happy about it, but say I’m in the middle of cooking, I now have a little fella that will gladly get things for her when I ask. He is always so excited to help make her happy.

I get to watch Hunter’s sweet, kind and loving heart grow right in front of me. He shares with Zoe because it makes her happy. He gives her kisses and hugs if she’s hurt. He is excited when she’s awake and loves making her laugh.

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I love watching their bond and friendship grow. Yes, having kids less than two years apart is tough (see above), but I so want them to be close and have close relationships. That they grow up playing together and being one a others best friend. I get to watch the beginnings of that, every single wonderful day.

When you have one kid, your heart is filled with love for that child. It’s full to the brim. You can’t imagine another child taking up any of that love.  Then you have a second and no love is taken away, your heart just gets to grow to add more and more love for your second child. Every bit of challenge that comes along with mothering two kids is met 10 fold with love, joy and insane happiness I honestly can’t describe. It’s easy to remember the days that challenged me, because it was a distinct moment in time where I had to make a decision on how to handle a situation. It’s harder to remember the words Hunter said that made me smile, the cute giggles Zoe made while getting a bath or the look they gave each other when playing happily together. Yet there are so many more of those moments that make my mama heart fill even more past the brim.

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Yup, motherhood is pretty rad.

Heather

five ways to simply eat more vegetables

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I’ve been on a person mission lately to eat more vegetables.  It comes and goes in waves.  Right now it’s in the forefront of my mind and I’m making good progress with it.  I have a few tips that have helped me naturally eat more vegetable, without too much thought or pressure.

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1. Have a lot of vegetables chopped up for easy snacking.  Taking the excuse out makes it easier to simply snack on more veggies.  When I look into the fridge for a snack or to make lunch, if I see cucumbers or bell peppers ready to be eaten and all I have to do is grab them, I am way more likely to do that.  I also say ‘a lot of vegetables chopped up’, because it will encourage you to eat more.  It does for me.  I don’t want to waste it and let it go bad, so I’ve got to eat it.

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2.  Always have a side of vegetables.  Sometimes I get lazy and make a meal like this one.  It’s simple and has everything my meal needs – grain, meat and veggie!  But when I really look at the portions my veggies are lacking.  So now I just always add a veggie side.  I made creamy chicken and potato soup this week.  While I could have only had that, I also roasted some sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.  I then proceeded to eat half a pan of brussel sprouts with my soup.  And it was good.

IMG_92183. While it’s good to rotate, it’s okay to have the same vegetable multiple times if it gets you to eat more vegetables.  I’ve been loving steamed broccoli lately.  I don’t always love it like I do now so I’m totally taking advantage of it and eating tons this week.  I’m sure next week I’ll move onto something new after I eat through tons of broccoli.

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4. Keep grabbing more and more vegetables.  I like lots of volume with my food, and especially at dinner time I’m starved so I chow down.  I’ll fill my plate, eat it all and normally go back for seconds of certain things.  I’ve been loading up on veggies first, then smaller portions of whatever else we’re having.  I’ll continue to do that until I’m satisfied.

5. Find ways to sneak in veggies.  I’m not above sneaking veggies in where I can, not only for my family but for myself.  Some simple ways I’ve been doing that is by adding canned pumpkin into oatmeal and pancakes and greens into smoothies (like this or this one, yummmm).  There’s always veggies into baked goods as a way to simply add more veggies into your life.

How do you find ways to get more veggies in? Is it normally a challenge or pretty easy?

Heather

peanut butter pumpkin snack bread

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Hello!  How’s it going?  I hope your weekend is ending on a good note.  We had a mellow Sunday since most of us actually woke up feeling crummy.  Saturday was a fun day, especially for the boys.  Jacob and Hunter had a father-son day that included a ho scale model train show in Portland and picking up some new ikea trains and tracks for the house.  And then lots of train playing.  :)

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While they were away I cleaned the house – exciting stuff!  I go back and forth between making the time for food prep on Sundays. Thankfully this weekend I made it happen! I actually grocery shopped Saturday evening and after church on Sunday, so with all the veggies and fruits to put away, I got to chopping for easy grabbing and snacking. I also prepped crockpot yogurt, a few servings of overnight oats, hard boiled and peeled eggs, cut up pork and made this peanut butter pumpkin snack bread.

I like to call the bread a snack bread so people don’t think it’s a normal sweet bread. The sugar is cut way down so that I feel good eating a lot of it (since I know I will) and giving it to my 2 year old. It’s quite delicious with a shmeer of butter (it’s not the most moist bread so I found butter was needed) and my husband even liked it!  It’s also healthed up a bit by subbing out white flour for whole wheat pastry flour and leaving the chocolate chips out (who am I?). Cutting the sugar down and subbing for whole wheat flour are two automatic adjustments I normally make when baking up a healthier treat. And it still turns out delicious!

The original recipe came from Cheese Curds in Paradise, the blog I was assigned for this months Secret Recipe Club reveal. I will admit I totally procrastinated on baking from Ashley’s site. I kept pursuing through her site deciding on what to make and just couldn’t make up my mind. Her homemade cream of chicken soup looked amazing along with her white bean and bacon dip.  But then when push came to shove I went for something snacky and delicious. Because… peanut butter and pumpkin, yum! I’m very glad to have it around for the week!

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Snack Bread
Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla with a whist. Whisk in the sugar, spice, cocoa, baking soda and flour until evenly mixed.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth so that it is even. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until middle is set (this is a very dense bread and you will likely always have a few crumbles with the tooth pick test).

Have you done any baking with pumpkin this fall? Did you get any food prep in over the weekend? If so, what did you prep?

Heather


DIY owl costume

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When Halloween came around and I was figuring out what Hunter was going to be (he didn’t really have much of an opinion about it not knowing what halloween was), of course an owl popped into my head.  We’re big on owls here, especially for Hunter since it’s the theme of his room, so it made sense that for at least one year he had to be an owl.

And he sure was a cute one! IMG_7193 IMG_7192For his costume I focused on a mask and wings.  Both sewn, and for both I followed different tutorials.  Let’s start with the mask.

I got the owl template (along with the raccoon and fox templates I also made) from here.  The original masks are made with felt, but since I have access to leather scraps from my mom’s book binding business, I made them in leather.  I thought they would last longer that way, since I’m hoping Hunter uses them for pretend play.  And also because leather is just super cool.  However, leather is kind of uncool to sew with.  It was my first time sewing with leather and all sewing was slower in general.  I didn’t have too much trouble with it sticking, just that it look longer than anticipated.

IMG_8826The wings were sewn and I’m so happy with how they turned out!  I love the fading of the colors.  The tutorial can be found here.  The actual sewing of the wings was easy and quick.  Cutting out the feathers is what really took the longest.  Instead of a ribbon tie for the neck I added elastic loops to go around his shoulders/armpits.  It works well at staying on and doesn’t pull on his neck.

IMG_8833Like I mentioned above, I made fox and raccoon leather masks as well. I’m hopeful for lots of fun woodland creature play in Hunter and Zoe’s future!

Did you DIY any halloween costumes or decor?  Tell me about it!

Heather

coconut curry chicken with udon noodles and broccoli

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There are some flavor profiles I just love… like anything with peanut sauce is a win.  Obviously.  Coconut curry sauce is another one.  There’s something about the refreshing coconut milk paired with spiced up curry that mixes perfectly.  You can make curry hot, or keep it mild.  I tend to keep it milder for my own personal preference and also since I’m serving the dish to two littles.  The hubs usually adds some sriracha onto dishes that need a little extra heat for his liking.

IMG_8923I’ve made this dish twice before.  The first time I served it over whole wheat egg noodles, and the second time over rice.  This time I had udon noodles on hand so I went with that.  All work great here.  The dish is super saucy.  I like to serve it over a bed of steamed broccoli.  While I’ve changed up the starch each time, steamed broccoli has been constant.  It just works, trust me.

IMG_8920I love that the chicken is simmered into the coconut curry sauce.  It keeps the chicken from drying out and absorbs so much flavor.  I like chicken thighs for this dish, but have used breasts too.  Both work!  I’ve simplified the recipe from the original to make it just a bit quicker and easier, but also to make the list of ingredients ones that I pretty much always have on hand.  Simplification at dinner time is always appreciated, amen?

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Coconut Curry Chicken with Udon Noodles and Broccoli

Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breast, cubed
  • 1 cup diced green onion
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced (can sub in a small can of diced tomatoes – I’ve done both)
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 8 ounces uncooked udon noodles (or sub in whatever starch you’d like to serve here)
  • 3 crowns of broccoli, chopped into pieces
  • optional: 1 tsp cornstarch for thickening

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the green onions in and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add in the turmeric, cumin, red chili powder, ground ginger and garlic.  Saute for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, coconut milk, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, then add the chicken.  Stir and bring to a simmer.  Turn the heat down to low-medium and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. While the chicken cooks, get the udon noodles cooking and the broccoli steaming.  My udon noodles take 8-10 minutes in boiling water, then they have to be rinsed after cooking.  They taste super salty when not rinsed, so I’d stick with that step.
  3. If you want to thicken your curry sauce a bit more, combine the cornstarch in a small bowl with 1 tbsp of cold water.  When the cornstarch is dissolved into the water, pour into the sauce and continue to simmer for a few more minutes.
  4. Once the chicken and noodles are done cooking, and you’ve rinsed your udon noodles, add then into the coconut curry sauce.
  5. Serve a layer of steamed broccoli onto a plate, top with the udon noodles and saucy coconut curry chicken.

If you love curry, be sure to check out this cheesy curry chicken and rice casserole.  It’s comforting and a crowd pleaser!

Are you a curry fan?  Do you tend to go for extra heat or keep things pretty mild? 

Heather

halloween 2014 + Bi-Zi Farms pumpkin patch

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The last couple weekends have been very fall-like and very festive.  We went to the same pumpkin patch with some friends (Bi-Zi Farms).  As anticipated, it was tons of fun yet again.  Last year Zoe was in my belly.  This year… well she was in the Ergo the entire time so still near my belly.  She looked around a bit, but mostly napped through it all.  Hunter loved riding the mini tractors, petting animals, riding his first pony(!), having his first face painting(!), and then of course, finding a couple little pumpkins to take home.

IMG_8735IMG_8741IMG_8754IMG_8768IMG_8775IMG_7172IMG_8784IMG_8804IMG_8777IMG_8815IMG_8816IMG_8823Later that night we went to a pumpkin carving/Halloween party/dinner.  I have proof we all wore our costumes for at least 1 minute. :)  Hunter was an owl, Jacob was a fox, I was a raccon and Zoe was a bear.  Woodland creature family for the win!  The masks and Hunter’s owl wings I sewed (up to the last minute before we left for the party). Zoe’s bear suit we had from when Hunter was a little babe.

IMG_8833Then on Friday evening (in the rain) we took Hunter trick or treating for his first time!  At the Halloween party he wanted nothing to do with his costume.  Once trick or treating started he wore it the entire time.  It was so much fun seeing his joy and excitement going from house to house knocking and saying trick or treat.  We went to about 6-7 houses.

IMG_7193IMG_7192IMG_7194Truth be told, before taking Hunter out trick or treating I was a bit of a trick or treating party pooper.  His joy made me so excited to take him.  Now I can’t wait for next year!

Are you getting into fall activities?  Did you or your kids dress up for Halloween? 

Heather

why keep blogging?

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For the past few days my site has been down.  It was quite the annoying ordeal, but a self inflicted annoying ordeal while working on the back end server stuff and making an incorrect move with backing up and a bunch of hosting stuff.  In other words, mistakes were made.  As I spent more hours than I would like on the phone with tech support, I started telling myself (out of frustration) that if I couldn’t get it fixed, I’d just walk away.  No more blogging.  I hadn’t been regular with it or even very inspired to sit at my computer and bust out a post lately.

But then when I though everything was lost, I got really sad. I instantly missed blogging.  I missed sharing and connecting and being inspired by the wonderful blogging world.  I have so many memories and moments stored on here. My life with Jacob.  My life as a mother. My journey becoming a fitness instructor.  So much of my life is documented and saved on this little itty bitty space on the internet.  I’ve been connected here for almost 6 years and leaving just doesn’t seem right or even what I want.

After those few moments had passed where I was ready to let go, I was instantly re-inspired.  Re-inspired to share and connect with the blogging world, but also to keep my memories here.  I want to share more life.  Life is pretty grand and I just love sharing about it.  God has blessed me with an amazing husband, two wonderful children and so many opportunities to pursue my passions.

IMG_8828Fit Mama Real Food just keeps changing with my life.  It used to be all about food and fitness.  Now there is so much more going on.  Food and fitness are still passions in my heart and they will be here, but I foresee more life capturing as well.  I hope you’ll all continue to follow along!

With all this mumble jumble website mess up all of the posts since April went missing so I’ll be reposting them… which means if you get email subscriptions you may see them a second time around (I will try to put ‘repost’ in the title so show it’s nothing brand new)- sorry about that!  The look of Fit Mama Real Food is being updated since that was all lost too.  Lastly, I’m pretty sure most email subscriptions have been lost as well, so if you want to resubscribe you can do that below.

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And while I’m at it, here it is for following on Blogloving as well.

It was nice taking a little blogging break, realizing what I was missing and then now returning ready to share once again.  All this blog mess up stuff was a blessing in disguise. :)

There are still many hours of clean up needed, but if you see anything wonky on a page, links that don’t work or anything that just looks off, please let me know!

If you blog, tell me, why do you keep blogging?  What’s the focus of your blog?  Has it evolved and changed with you?

So glad to be back and have a live website again!

Heather

DIY magnet fishing set for toddlers/kids

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Happy day! I have a fun little DIY project to share today. It was seriously so simple I think pretty much anyone can do it. Back in August Jacob went on an Alaskan fishing trip for a week.

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How gorgeous is that sky?? We all missed him like crazy and every day I would talk to Hunter about daddy’s fishing adventure in Alaska. He got super excited about fishing and wanted to go himself. Thanks to Pinterest inspiration I DIY’d his own little fishing set. And here’s how you can!

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Materials

Card stock paper in a variety of colors
Scissors
Paper clips
A magnet
String
A stick (about 12-18 inches in length)

The How-To

Find a fish shape you like or draw your own onto the card stock. Cut out the fish (as many as desired). Take a paper clip (one per fish) and create a hole near the mouth and attach the paper clip to it. Repeat with all fish.

Now take your magnet and string and tie the string onto the magnet. I used a circle shape and a U shape so I could easily tie onto it. If you can’t tie it on, use some super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the magnet to the string. Tie the other end of the string near one end of your stick.

Then get fishin’!

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Fishing has not only been fun, but educational too.  I’ll ask Hunter to catch all the green fish (or other color) or a certain number of fish. He’s a pro fisher.

I’m sure with older kids the paper fish would get ripped less, but with my crazy 2 year old a few fish have seen the end of their swimming lives. Good thing they cost practically nothing to make. I have future plans (a Christmas gift) to sew fabric fish with some metal hiding in the mouth so he can still use with his magnet fishing pole with them. They’ll be sturdy and oh-so-cute too!

What is your favorite kind of fish? Either to eat or look at? I’m planning to sew all sorts of fun fish so ideas of fish are welcome.

Happy DIYing!

Heather