Congratulations to Courtney, winner of the barre3 giveaway!
Courtney, please email MyWiseMom at gmail dot com within 48 hours. I’ll get you set up with your free download code for the barre3 app.
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Finn attending his first official birthday party Sunday afternoon! His friend Ewan asked him to attend a movie to celebrate turning 4. Can I tell you he was over the moon to be invited and attend!? Ewan’s mom, Kirsten, is one of my best friends from college, and our sons were born just a few months apart. Crazy to think how much life has changed in 11 (ish) years!
Evie is walking around babbling like a crazy lady lately. I have a feeling once this door opens a hair more, it’s game over for any silence. Sometimes I’m pretty sure she’s telling herself jokes as she’s rattle something off and then laugh to herself. I even think I caught a knee-slap once.
I spent Saturday morning power scrubbing our house. Justin whisked the kids off to the Science Center while I cranked up some JT and wiped, scrubbed, and scoured the house. It wasn’t fun, buy holy smokes that’s an “accomplished” feeling when you’re done!
I somehow found myself watching (alot) of clips from The Blind Side last week. Why must I torture myself with hysterical tears? Such an amazing story!
Last week after a light snow, Finn wanted to go outside and build a snowman. He was also convinced Christmas was NOW and Santa was packing his sleigh. This could be one long season! Are any other children already talking about Santa and Christmas?
Life has returned to normal after being gone last week. The kids are back to sleeping. We are back to not sleeping. School is in full swing. Finn runs around telling Evie to repeat words like, “magician” and “disgusting.” All is right in the world!
Justin is taking the kids on an adventure tomorrow morning while I roll up my sleeves and give the house a deep clean. It needs one. It actually asked for one. That bad, people, that bad!
Hopefully you have something more exciting planned with your time.
While you dream up the possibilities, enjoy some of the most fantastic online finds. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.
Fantastic Side:I’m not sure I’ve ever met a piece of kale I didn’t like. In fact, our kale is still growing like mad in our garden! (It likes cold and frost.) If you’re needing to change up traditional kale chips, check out some of the variations here and be inspired…
Fantastic Yum:I know this site doesn’t tell me how to make this dish, but does it matter? It looks pretty standard and pretty amazing!
Fantastic Gift: My friend Julie and her family live in Africa. She works for an organization called Baby Safe which works to prevent baby dumping, intervene with abandoned babies, support pregnant women in crisis, and empower mothers in need. Every time you purchase a Motherhood is Beautiful product, you help a mother in Africa provide food for her whole family. Need a gift idea for the upcoming holiday season? Here it is…
Fantastic Read: As a recovering Oreo addict, I can confirm -without doubt- how terribly addictive Oreos can be. This article sheds more light on the terrible state of food in which we have grown accustom.
Fantastic Swap: I always skip on any recipe calling for buttermilk because I fear our dairy substitute (almond milk) wouldn’t be the right consistency. In the same boat? Today is your lucky day! Use almond milk and add one of the following to replace buttermilk to add those yummy recipes back into your arsenal.
Fantastic Cozy: I have been on a mad hunt for sweaters long enough to cover leggings, but not so long they look like dresses. I love this length-changing option. Kind of like a mullet, only cooler.
Fantastic Adorableness: I purchased the white shoes for Evie as she’s the flower girl in my brother’s wedding next month. I WISH I had a toddler boy to put these oxfords on. So over the top adorable I might squeal!
After a good night sleep following Day 1 & Day 2, Justin and I continued on our Denver getaway Friday morning. Ben, Kristin and Lincoln had just arrived in town so we joined them and my in-laws for breakfast at Snooze. I know there are cute babies in the world, and I put my 2 at the top of the list, but Lincoln… that child is just so darn precious! He’s a heartbreaker, for sure!
I’d been told Snooze has off-the-chart pancakes, so I went straight for a side of fruit, chai tea and a peanut butter cup pancake.
Can I just tell you… I’ve forgotten how freaking amazingly delicious peanuts are! Since Finn was diagnosed with a peanut allergy, we avoid peanuts like the plague. We don’t buy peanuts, peanut butter or anything that contains peanuts. It’s been years since I’ve had a peanut. This pancake was as big as my head and drizzled with a peanut/chocolate mixture that was as sweet and delicious as you can image. And let’s be honest, this was more like dessert than breakfast! I must return to you, Snooze, I simply must! I savored 5 mout-watering bites (which was actually the perfect amount of sweet) before I had to take off early. After all, I had a workout to attend to
Denver is home to a barre3 studio, nestled in the quaint, cozy Cherry Creek district. I’ve heard so much about barre3 and done many of their online workouts, but to be in a city with a studio, I simply couldn’t leave without attending.
Julie, the barre3 Denver owner, was gracious enough to join my newbie self at the 9:45a Friday class taught by Candice. Candice is an incredible instructor. Full of wit, great moves and a fun personality that made 60 minutes fly. Plus, she’s so tiny and cute you just want to put her in your pocket! The class left me wanting to move to Denver stat and enroll. It’s amazing that no matter how much you workout, when you switch it up, your muscles shake and quiver, begging for mercy. No doubt, this is what barre3 did to my legs!
Not only is a barre3 workout stellar, but there is an onsite child nook for moms which leaves no excuse not to sweat. In our class, 4 pregnant women joined in the burn. That speaks volumes to me! Moves were easily modified for pregnant women and mommas-to-be can usually attend classes up until their due date. Some of these women were counting down the days. Many fitness routines don’t allow for that type of softness on the body which sets barre3 apart.
And if you can do barre3 and be as fit and great as Julie, you’ll want to climb on board! She is a peach of a lady! Thank you, Julie, for hosting. You have an incredible studio with such a warm, welcoming environment. Think I can somehow “workout-commute” everyday?
If you live in Denver or are visiting, this is a must-try workout. If I lived in Denver, this would without a doubt be my jam! Thankfully, as you’ll see later in today’s giveaway, there no need to let distance prevent you from experiencing all that is barre3! More on that below…
From barre3, we made a quick stop to change before heading to the History Colorado Center for the wedding rehearsal. You might notice a familiar face doing the ceremony
I was starving after this! It was 2p and I’d had some fruit, some water and chai, and 5 pancake bites. Thanks to yelp, we found an incredible local, organic juice shop and cafe to grab a bite, Parsley. The turkey fig sandwich is all sorts of awesome. Try it if you’re in the mood for something sweet. I balanced it out with a super vegetabley juice, Kate’s Kiss.
Next we were off to a treat everyone on a vacation should enjoy: a couple’s massage! Justin had never had a massage and loved every minute. It is amazing what massage therapists can tell us about our bodies. It goes hand-in-hand with chiropractic care. If you’re in the Denver area, check out Elixir.
That evening was the rehearsal dinner which offered another great opportunity to catch up with Justin’s family. Justin and his cousin’s played mad rounds of shuffleboard while Ellen, his cousin’s wife and I, gabbed up the night. This girl is a Southern treat, always wished we lived closer!
The next morning the crew reconvened for more of the same – food! We hit up Sam’s No. 3 where Justin ate his weight in some breakfast burrito concoction that literally left him hurting. That thing had to be at least 3 pounds! Maybe it was just what we ordered, but we weren’t overly impressed with Sam’s. It likely wouldn’t appear on our “to return to” list.
It’s wild what the body will do when you’re not used to eating so much. Justin needed to move, so we attempted to walk off the pain at the 16th Street Mall and topped off breakfast at ink coffee.
I was having a juice craving and after attempting to visit 2 other juice spots – both closed – we decided to head back to Parsley, a must-visit for anyone in Denver. I dove mouth first into a juice (Kim’s Legacy) and salad before watching some college football at a local watering hole.
That evening was the wedding, which was so beautiful. Elyse, the bride, is Justin’s cousin and wildly creative. The flowers were all handmade from old books, which was the theme of the entire Storybook Wedding. The bride and groom met at a bookstore, so it only seemed fitting.
The food was hands down some of the best wedding food I’ve ever had and the company was next to none.
We joined Justin’s parents for some fun shots in the photo corner. Why wasn’t this around at our wedding?!?! Genius!
Sadly, one of the sweet flower girls, Sweet Shya, just couldn’t handle all the excitement and crashed in her mom’s arms (picture above). The other flower girl, Rose, took it all in! They both are Justin’s cousin’s daughters and let me tell you – Rose and Evie are one in the same! Although they haven’t met, Evie somehow found Rosie’s playing cards and is a mini of that little doll – looks and personality! It was such a treat to see both little girls. They are so fantastic, and of course made us miss our little Finn and Evie so much.
Sunday morning we took in our last Colorado breakfast at Jelly before quickly saying good-bye. Jelly is your standard breakfast joint. I’d say the best part about it was the fun throwback cereal boxes that lined the walls. The food wasn’t anything to write home about.
It was time to go see our littles!
Thanks, Colorado! Such a treat to getaway to your amazing weather, incredible atmosphere and over-the-top food. I absolutely love how Colorado is so focused on local artists, food and culture. It’s also refreshing to see so many healthy food options, from vegan and vegetarian, to allergy-friendly, to local, to organic, to fresh pressed juices. I could live in this city, no question. Until next time, Colorado!
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Even if you’re not fortunate enough to live near a barre3 studio, you now have the option to take barre3 with you wherever you go!
barre3 recently released an app for your mobile device allowing you access to their incredible workouts at any time, in any location.
The barre3 app allows you to select from various on-the-go workouts, practice barre3 from your phone to your own music (always fun!) and browse some incredible recipes.
barre3 is offering one lucky reader a code to download the new app at no cost.
To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me where the closest barre3 studio is. Maybe it’s down the street, maybe it’s 3 states away. Doesn’t matter – all are eligible for the free app.
Entries/comments must be posted by noon (CST) Friday, November 15. I will post the winner Monday morning, November 18.
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