Holiday Workout Gear

 

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Fa la la la laaaaa It’s time for holiday workout gear!! All this festive gear is perfect for a holiday group workout, race, or to lounge around and eat Christmas cookies all day! Is that just me??

Either way, these fun items are great for gifts for the fitness enthusiast in your life or yourself. I’d definitely be happy with any of these cute things!

Do you incorporate fitness into your holiday plans?? As always, share with me in the comments!

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Healthy Holiday Fruit Bake

I found this pin while scrolling the Holiday tab of Pinterest and knew I needed to make it. The combination of fall fruits, the beautiful autumnal colors, and the seasonal spices just called out to me to make this healthy holiday treat during a weekend meal prep session. I figured the recipe is so versatile-I could add it to oatmeal, protein pancakes or waffles, yogurt, or just enjoy some on its own. I am always on the hunt for healthy recipes that will keep me on track throughout the holidays and this one seemed to check everything off my list. And holy candy canes, it’s so delicious.

 

There’s no better combination than cinnamon, brown sugar, and apples, cranberries, and pears. The pineapple chunks added such a sweet treat and really complemented the flavors so well! I really looked forward to this for breakfast every morning. Top it off with some pecans and it made the most amazing breakfast.

Recipe from Cotter Crunch:

  • 2 cup sliced apples
  • 2 cups green pear slices
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (save the juice)
  • lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp agave or honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 stick melted butter or 4 tbsp melted earth balance vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil (this is optional but does give it more flavor and coating. Add 1 tbsp butter instead if you don’t have coconut oil).
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans due to a walnut allergy)

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss your fruit and add in 1-2 tsp lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In another glass bowl, combine your melted butter, sugar, spices, and coconut oil.
  4. Add in honey and a little bit of your leftover pineapple juice as well.
  5. Add this sugar/butter mixture to your fruit and coat evenly.
  6. Pour fruit evenly in a 9×12 baking dish.
  7. Pour the leftover sugar/butter/oil mixture on top.
  8. baking for 1 hr.
  9. Add your nuts last.
  10. Mix fruit again and serve.
  11. You can also add your nuts in the last 30 minutes of the baking time if you prefer them hot and baked as well.

I added a scoop to oatmeal every morning, topped with nuts, and stayed full ’til lunchtime! I also really loved this on top of a frozen, toasted waffle for an easy breakfast or snack. I need to make this recipe again!

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Holiday Baking Pinterest Bucket List

Back in the early fall, I put together an autumn Pinterest bucket list that was a super popular post! I have a feeling a lot of you out there pin a lot to Pinterest but hardly ever get around to accomplishing any of those gorgeous pins. I feel ya because off my fall Pinterest bucket list, I accomplished one thing:

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Pie crust chips and dip. But hey, at least it was a delicious task and was a big hit. Now that I’m about to have a newborn just in time for Christmas, I seriously doubt I will get around to any extra holiday projects, let alone showering for myself, so I figured it was a great time to again put together a Pinterest bucket list, but this time holiday baking style!

I would love to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up these gorgeous, festive treats, and while I may not be able to this year, maybe I can next year. Or maybe I’ll get a burst of energy while baby girl’s sleeping. Or not, but we shall see. Without further ado, here’s my Holiday Baking Pinterest Bucket List!

 

  1. Cranberry Bliss Bread via The View From Great Island

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How gorgeous is this loaf of ‘Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread’?! I have dreams I’ll whip up this treat and bring it to neighbors with a bottle of wine throughout the season. Only time will tell…

2.  3 Ingredient Butter Shortbread Cookies via Chew Out Loud

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So I actually attempted to make these delicious little morsels last year, but didn’t have all purpose flour and substituted almond or wheat flour and long story short they tasted like nutty crackers and were pretty gross, so I’d love a redo at this recipe. I can practically feel them melting in my mouth right now.

3.  Peppermint Ganache Pie via Crazy for Crust

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Peppermint and chocolate are a holiday match made in heaven. I’ve had this recipe pinned to my Home and Holidays board for like 3 years now. Time to get on it girl!

4. Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays via The Style Dossier

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Not technically ‘baking’ but this pin has been sitting next to the peppermint pie for 3+ years just begging to be tested out. I can already smell how nice the house will smell.

5. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via Bakergirl Holiday Baking Pinterest Bucket List | Fresh Fit Florida

I’ve actually made similar cookies from this pin before, but would love to again. Super easy…can use store bought cookie dough to save time…and imagine how adorable they’d be at a cookie swap or school function for the kiddos.

6. White Christmas Truffle Cake via Vikalinks

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This cake is just so so so so pretty and it screams White Christmas. I would love to have this dessert on the table for Christmas dinner. So white, clean, and pure, except in FL, just like the holidays.

7.  Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting via Super Golden Bakes

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Place this beauty next to the Truffle Cheesecake on that holiday dessert buffet for a Pinterest worthy event. So beautiful and festive. Love me some gingerbread at the holidays!

8. Christmas Tree Cupcakes via Cuded (couldn’t find original pin)

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Such a cute little cupcake forest! Wishing I find the time to make these and all the other sinful confections.

9. The Most Precious Holiday Door Cookies via Cori’s Sweet Temptations 

Holiday Baking Pinterest Bucket List | Fresh Fit Florida

How freaking precious are these decorated door cookies?! So simple, but adorable, I just want to whip up a batch and bring them to all my neighbors.

10. Frosted Sugar Cookie Shake via The Seasoned Mom

Holiday Baking Pinterest Bucket List | Fresh Fit Florida

I had to throw in at least one healthier recipe into the mix…so a Frosted Sugar Cookie Protein shake it is. How good does this look?! I love dressing up shakes to make them more decadent and festive and this recipe certainly will not disappoint. I’m also thinking of keeping this recipe around for raging breast feeding hunger. Can’t go wrong with a sugar cookie…

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So that’s that! My Holiday Pinterest Bucket List for 2016. Let’s see how much (if any) I’ll accomplish. Do you have a pin that’s longing to be checked off your list? I know I can’t be alone! As always, share with me and let me know if you accomplish anything off your list! Happy Holidays!

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The Prettiest Maternity and Nursing Robes from PinkBlush Maternity

Thank you PinkBlush for collaborating with me and sponsoring this post!

It’s about that time that our bags are packed for the hospital and everything’s ready for our baby’s arrival. It could happen any day now, although that’s a lot of wishful thinking!

 

One of the things that can easily be overlooked in all the baby planning prep is cute stuff for yourself after baby’s arrival. You definitely want cute things to slip into once your little one arrives and I don’t plan on skimping on that for myself. I’ve stocked up on some transitional pieces like comfy sweats and loose tanks for my post baby body, but something I certainly needed to get were cute nursing essentials for all the feedings coming my way!

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PinkBlush Maternity has the absolute prettiest nursing friendly robes that I’ve ever seen! They are so perfect because the robes can be packed and brought to the hospital and then worn around the house once you bring baby home. I’m also guilty of lounging around in my super pretty navy floral robe  while I get organized and packed!

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I love that the PinkBlush robes can transition from pregnancy, to the hospital and then back to home. I can’t wait to pack this in my hospital bag to throw on for photos while we’re in the hospital!

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Robe c/o PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush also has the cutest nursing gear, including this nursing cover that is definitely on my holiday wish list! There’s so many gorgeous dresses I have my eye on and tons of nursing bras that I’ll definitely be browsing through once our little girl arrives.

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In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, PinkBlush is having some major sales! They’re offering 40% off and free shipping to the U.S! Head to their website to see the deals and all the prettiest clothes for mamas and ladies out there! PinkBlush also carries apparel for women who aren’t pregnant or nursing, so don’t feel left out. It’s all so cute! I will definitely be shopping for some new clothes to help me motivate to lose the baby weight.

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Have you shopped at PinkBlush before? What’s on your wish list??

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Thank you again PinkBlush Maternity for sponsoring this post!

8 Tanks for Your Turkey Trot

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Week! Who else can’t believe the holidays are in full swing?! I seriously can’t, but couldn’t be more excited. Bring on the turkey, stuffing, mac n cheese, and DESSERTS! The only thing missing is wine. I would love a glass more than anything right now…only a couple more weeks to go!

Anyways, a big part of Thanksgiving are the Turkey Trots! I participated in races for the last two Thanksgivings and really enjoyed incorporating it into the holiday tradition. I’ll miss it this year, but I still plan to get out there and log some steps before getting ready for all the festivities. It’s always great to get active on holidays, especially with your loved ones. Make it part of the holiday tradition! And make lots of room for pie. Hope you all have a great Turkey Day and a fun Black Friday if you’ll be shopping. I know I will be! 🍗💫✨🎉🌲🌟

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Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Shake

It may be November, but it’s still sunny and warm in Florida and probably will be until Christmas Day (and beyond). But that 100% does not mean I am willing to give up cold weather favorites like white peppermint mochas, ciders, and hot chocolates…it just means I may sweat a lil if I’m outside or moving around. That’s totally fine with me btw.

Sometimes though, it’s nice to enjoy a seasonal treat without profusely sweating or also packing on the calories. I love to indulge this time of year, but it’s always good to try and stay on track here and there as well. Especially with this baby weight that I plan to get rid of!

This baby is so frosty and sweet, you’d have no idea it’s secretly healthy. Protein smoothies and shakes are an easy favorite to whip up quickly without making a mess in the kitchen and leave you feeling satisfied. Making shakes in holiday flavors is a fun way to stay seasonal and fit so you can enjoy treats like cake and Christmas cookies amiright??!

Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Shake | Fresh Fit Florida

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chocolate almond milk (or chocolate milk of choice)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or 1 of vanilla + 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla)

1 Tsps vanilla extract

Extras like mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and your other favorite hot chocolate toppings!

Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Shake | Fresh Fit Florida

The How To:

Add all ingredients except toppings to a blender. Blend it all up and serve it nice and frosty! You may need some additional milk to thin the shake if it’s too thick for you to blend. Add a splash (about 1 Tbsp) accordingly.
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What’s your favorite healthier holiday treat? Share with me in the comments..don’t forget the recipe! 😜

Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Shake | Fresh Fit Florida

Baby Moon in Sand Key

Brian and I have been WAY overdue for a getaway, so I knew I had to plan a surprise trip to celebrate our baby moon. We had one weekend with no plans, so I jumped on booking a quick surprise vacation for us to enjoy a trip where it’s just us for awhile!

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

We had an OB appt with a doctor in Tampa last Friday, so we decided to make the most of it and enjoy an evening at one of our all time favorite restaurants Bern’s Steakhouse. If you’re not familiar with Bern’s in Tampa, it’s an iconic restaurant that can really only be described as a ‘unique culinary experience’. Brian took me there for our first Valentine’s together and I’ve only been lucky enough to visit Bern’s once since then, so we seriously were looking forward to a night out at this steakhouse.

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

After our appointment we made our way to Howard Ave. in Tampa and checked in to our reservation for dinner. There are several courses offered at dinner at Berns and you leave absolutely stuffed. The food is just so good and the service is impeccable. I can’t wait to go back!

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

After dinner, you HAVE to go upstairs to The Dessert Room. You’ll just have enough room for one of the amazing desserts, coffees, or cocktails they have that they make right there on site. They offer a ton of different homemade ice cream flavors which are to die for.

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Not only were our desserts amazing, we ordered Cafe con Leche and it was hands down one of the best coffee drinks I’ve ever had. I had mine flavored with gingerbread and it was absolutely phenomenal. I’m dreaming about their coffee! If we lived a little bit closer, trust me when I say that would be the ideal girl’s night out spot. Dessert, coffee, wine, live music…what else could you want?!
Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

I didn’t mention the wine this time, but I’ve blogged about Bern’s before and their extensive wine cellar/list. Check out photos from that trip here!

At this point of our evening, Brian actually had no idea I planned a weekend away for us. After leaving dinner I told him to enter in the hotel address instead of heading home. He was so surprised!!

We drove from Bern’s in Tampa to our hotel in Clearwater..right on the water!

The next morning unfortunately started off on the wrong foot, as I ended up super sick! I think the heavy meal at dinner just sat wrong in my big ol pregnant stomach and I couldn’t handle it. So unfortunately I was sick for a better part of the morning. What a way to spend our baby moon!

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Eventually I felt much better after sleeping it off and we ventured out for breakfast and a morning walk on the beach. Any time Brian and I go to the beach together, we have to walk by the water in the early morning. It’s one of our favorite things to do!

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

We stopped a little beach place for breakfast and I just had a bagel and fruit. Figured I’d keep it light in case I was sick again. Thankfully I wasn’t! Brian had a Mexican breakfast flatbread that looked SO good. Next time we go back!

We finished our morning by stopping into the shops along the beach and exploring a little.

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Once we got back to the hotel, it was my turn to be surprised! Brian rented out a poolside cabana for the afternoon. We were able to lounge in the cabana stocked with fresh fruit and water by the pool all day long. It was so relaxing and comfortable since being in the sun doesn’t sound 100% appealing to this sweaty preggo. The Gators were also playing and the cabana had a TV so we were able to watch the game from inside the cabana. It was the perfect way to spend our only full day in Clearwater!

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

No, that wasn’t my beer, but man I wish it were!!

After the Gators game, we headed up to our room to shower and go explore Clearwater and the nearby beaches for dinner. We drove down to Madiera Beach..about 20 minutes from Clearwater…and decided to skip the seafood festival at John’s Pass, which looked super crowded. We ended up at Conch Republic, a cute bar and grill modeled after Key West. We shared lots of some bang bang shrimp and a few other seafood dishes which were all really good!

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

After leaving the Conch Republic, we stopped for homemade ice cream before making our way back to our hotel. We ended up falling asleep pretty early and waking up early the next morning.

On our way out of Clearwater, we stopped at one of the pedestrian paths that made it’s way over an overpass and decided to walk off all the delish food from the weekend. It was the perfect end to a really great weekend!

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

 

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Baby Moon, Sand Key, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

 

Did you go on a baby moon before your kids were born? Any other things we must do before baby arrives??

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Seven Month Pregnancy Update

For my pregnancy brain’s sake, I decided to breakdown my pregnancy updates by month as we near the end, instead of trimester. Baby brain is real and I definitely am forgetful from time to time!

As I write this, I’m 8.5 months pregnant, but it’s been awhile since my Second Trimester Update so here I go recapping month 7 of my pregnancy!

There is just no doubt about it at this point…I am so preggo!

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Things have been going really well! I have truly been blessed with a healthy, wonderful pregnancy.

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Over the weeks of month 7, there was definitely noticeable gain in baby bump. She’s totally growing in there! This month brought so much movement that was visible from the outside which was totally crazy to see.

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Feeling:
Totally great all month long, thank the pregnancy gods!

Workouts:

Lots of walking and spin class weekly! Strength training has slightly decreased over the last few weeks, but that’s fine. I’m happy to be getting in workouts still and getting out there and active! Brian, his mom, and I had begun to go for daily morning walks at 4:30am…the only time we could all make it work. It was rough at first, but thankfully I got used to it. I go to bed so early anyways, so as long as I get in my full 8 hours, I’m good to go!

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Cravings:

Nothing too funky other than seasonal treats. I probably overdid it on pumpkin during the months of September and October, but other than that, there was nothing I seriously needed!

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Aversions:

My chicken aversion has evolved into just a chicken breast aversion. Breaded chicken tenders (especially Chick-fil-a is fine, but absolutely no grilled chicken. BBQ is fine again and depending on how they’re prepared, mushrooms are back in rotation!

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

7 Month Pregnancy Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Overall:

Things are going really well and our baby girl is growing beautifully! We can’t wait for December 16th!!

This was a short and sweet recap that I’m blaming on pregnancy brain..the past few weeks are a lil hazy! Thanks for following along on this journey. Can’t wait to see what the next few weeks hold!

 

 

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Year End Goals

It’s been quiet around here lately and besides the rigorous core program of school, getting all baby things ready, and wrapping up pregnancy, I just haven’t been feeling inspired to write and share anything. Things have seemed more like a chore than fun, and I hate to say that, but it’s the truth. I think I’m anticipating how things will be around here when the baby’s born. In my mind, I fully intend to blog and keep things consistent around here and balance a newborn with a successful blog, but truthfully I doubt that will happen. I know I have a learning curve coming my way and couldn’t be more excited to learn everything. But it makes me discouraged when it comes to my good ol blog…I want to keep this passion project going and make it as successful as it can be! In the next few weeks it is a goal to buckle down and create great content to keep me going for the days weeks months when I just won’t be able to dedicate time because I’m sleeping or devoting time to getting a shower in. 😂 It’s also been difficult to manage full time school and all the course workout with blogging, but by the time our bundle of joy arrives, I will be taking time off from school indefinitely and with that being said, once I get into a groove with our new baby the blog will be a space for some me time. So I figured now’s a good a time as any to get a lil roundup of some fun goals for the next few months to end the year on a strong note. How’s that sound??

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Goal #1

  • Get all my holiday shopping done early
    • Our baby will be here on or before December 16th, which does not leave me much time to get gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree before the 25th. I’ll miss hitting the stores during the holiday rush, but I’ll be recovering from delivery, so Goal #1 is to get things done early. Also it helps save money so there’s that. Amazon is a godsend btw. Can’t recommend it enough! Thank you Amazon for helping me get shit together.

Goal #2

  • Get through the holidays without eating everything
    • Easier said than done because I am in the last few weeks of pregnancy and I just want to bake everything and then eat it. Goal #2 is all about keeping up with my nutrition and workouts until baby’s here. And after too, but then it’s basically Christmas and I get a free pass right??!

Goal #3

  • Enjoy every single second of motherhood. I cannot wait to welcome our daughter in the next couple of weeks and become a mom. I can’t believe this pregnancy is almost over and we’re going to become parents! I want to be the best mother and partner I can be and I’m just so excited for her to arrive. I want to be able enjoy every second of being her mom, so I can’t wait for it to be here.

 

What are some of your goals for the month or the end of the year? Are you in the holiday spirit yet? I totally am full blown holidays and would decorate for Christmas yesterday if my husband would let me and get the decorations from the attic!😂 We normally wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving, but maybe I can convince him early!

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Halloween Workout Gear

Halloween is one week away!!!! 🎃👻🍁 It’s always so fun to dress up, treat or treat, throw a party, and participate in themed races/events. I seriously love this time of year! I also love roundups of fun themed gear to celebrate the season, so here’s my annual Halloween workout gear roundup.

Halloween Workout Gear | Fresh Fit Florida

Spiderweb Leggings |Sports Bra | Kettlebell | Ghost Tank | Socks | Jack-o-Lantern Tank | Headband | Shoes

Are you all prepped for your parties, trick or treaters, and costumed events?? What are you going to be this year? I’m probably not dressing up in costume (though this was my year for a good pregnancy costume) but will probably find a cute maternity shirt to get into the spirit of things.

As always, share with me in the comments how you’ll be spending All Hallows Eve and the weekend before!

 

Also- checkout last year’s Halloween gear outfit post!

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