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A Day in the Life

Morning Run | happyfitmama.com

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Garmin vívofit 2 through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Garmin vívofit 2, all opinions are my own.

Two minutes before my alarm goes off, my eyes fly open. Time to wake up!

I tiptoe quietly downstairs. I do my usual morning routine and get dressed for a short run and weights workout before the rest of the family is awake and Ron has to leave for work. 7000+ steps registered on my Garmin vívofit 2, before most people are awake. Nice!

Once I get home, everyone is up and Ron is about ready to head out the door to work. We say good bye and then the kids eat breakfast and I can get started on mine. Today it’s a smoothie bowl.

Smoothie Bowl  happyfitmama.com

I gobble it all down before I hop in the shower and get dressed. I quickly clean up and wrangle the kids to shake a leg in getting themselves ready for school.

Kids dressed, lunches and backpacks packed, shoes and jackets on – it’s time to walk to school.

I deposit the kids at school and head home. Another 3000+ steps done.

Post runwalk step counter Garmin vivofit 2

I scurry around the house – stripping the sheets off the beds, starting a load of laundry and cleaning the bathroom – before heading to yoga class. Nathan, our teacher, reminds us to set our intention for our practice today. Mine is to stay present in the pose rather than thinking of my to-do list. For the most part, I’m successful except for the time when I’m staring at the arm of the girl on the yoga mat next to me. Is that a fly or mosquito tattoo?

I walk out of class lighter and happier. A run and now yoga – my day is complete! Of course, I have to stop for an iced coffee afterwards. Why are all yoga studios strategically placed next to coffee shops?

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I hop back in my car and make a stop at the bank before heading home where I throw laundry in the dryer and another load in the washer. Then it’s time to do some writing. First it’s a freelance article. I’m the queen of procrastination so first I peruse Instagram, Facebook and pull up a podcast. OK – time to let the fingers fly!

I work for an hour before I hear a beep from my Garmin vívofit 2. Time to get up and move! It doesn’t care that I’ve already reached my personal goal of 12,000 steps/day. We all know that prolonged periods of sitting decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. By taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout your day, you can reverse that effect.

Garmin vivofit 2 - take a walk

On the days that I am home and not at my job as an Exercise Physiologist, I tend to park myself in front of the computer. It’s my time to get a ton of work done. I love that the Garmin vívofit 2 reminds me to GET UP! when I’ve been sitting too long. Another thing that I love? The battery lasts for one year – no need to charge it at all!

I scurry around doing more laundry, putting fresh sheets on everyone’s bed, start dinner in the crock pot and then make my own lunch. I throw together whatever I can find of leftovers. Everything but the kitchen sink lunches are my fav!

Lunch  happyfitmama.com

After lunch, it’s back to the computer to finish up another freelance article and to start a blog post. Before I know it, it’s time to pick the kids up from school. A brisk walk there and back gives me at least another 3,000 steps.

We come home, the kids eat a quick snack and then we leave to take Cooper for a short walk in the woods to burn off some extra energy. It’s a gorgeous day!

fall walk with the kids  happyfitmama.com

Once we get home it’s a flurry of homework, play and final dinner prep before sitting down to eat as a family.

Crock Pot Black Bean Quinoa Soup

I tackle the dinner dishes and school lunches for the next day while Ron tackles baths for the kids. We meet up for a bedtime story. Afterwards, I head to the computer to finish up some writing before shutting down my computer. Ron and I catch up on some TV for an hour or so before heading to bed. I check out my stats on the Garmin Connect App to see my sleep quality from last night – only 6 1/2 hours. Must get more sleep tonight!

Garmin vivofit2

I set my alarm and crash hard. Gotta get my sleep to do it all over again tomorrow!

What’s a day in the life like for you?

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This is a sponsored post as part of the Earth Footwear #WalkYourWorld Campaign. The opinions, as always, are my own. 

Life lesson #3245 – Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes.

I think I learned this lesson approximately 7 years ago. There was more than one time in my life that I bought shoes that were at least one size too small just because they were SO CUTE but they didn’t have my real size. I chalked it up to a sacrifice for wearing cute shoes and *trying* to be stylish.

While my feet did look cute, I was in complete agony and usually ended up barefoot at some point in the day or night. Most likely it was night…but that’s a story for another time.

Ladies, don’t wear cheap shoes and don’t wear the wrong size. Our feet deserve better!

With all my foot drama over the past few years, I’ve really embraced this life lesson. I’m not afraid to even go higher than my “normal” shoe size now if it means my feet are comfortable and happy. I’d love to wear my running shoes all the time or even go barefoot, there are some instances where “real” shoes are needed.

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Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks

Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks! Real ingredients that you can feel good about giving your kids for a snack. | happyfitmama.com
Disclaimer: As a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I received free products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

My kids are absolutely LOVING Kindergarten. Every weeknight when I tuck them in, I tell them to get lots of sleep because they have school in the morning. Their immediate response is YAY!!!!!!!

Let’s just hope that we can keep the positive school vibes going for the whole year.

With a new school, there are new friends, new routines and new experiences. One is lunchtime. At their old school, healthy snacks and a lunch were provided by the school so everyone pretty much had the same thing to eat. Now, there’s everything under the sun. Some kids get hot lunch. Some pack a lunch. Some healthy. Some not so healthy. We pack a lunch everyday. I soon found out that one of their new friends brings fruity snacks (aka fruit snacks in kid talk) every single day.

Of course, that lead to their request of having fruit snacks every single day at school. First off, I rarely buy fruit snacks. If I do, it’s a BIG deal. Secondly, I had to explain that variety is the spice of life. You don’t need to eat fruit snacks every single day.

As luck would have it, the very next day, the UPS driver dropped off a huge box of the new Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks.

STonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks  happyfitmama.com

I know what you are thinking – Stonyfield?!?!? Don’t they make milk and yogurt?

Yes! But now they are venturing out of the dairy aisle. These bite-sized gummy fruit snacks, that are shaped like the most adorable little cows, are made with organic ingredients including real fruit and vegetable juices. They come in two flavors: Mixed Berry and Strawberry.

Of course, I had to do a taste test before my kids got home from school. You know – for quality control purposes and all. They are so good! For a second, I thought about hiding every single one for my own stash. They’d never know! BUT, I’m not that mean.

When the kids got home, they were quite excited to taste the new little cow fruity snacks. The verdict? YUM!

Stonyfield Fruit Snacks Cows  happyfitmama.com

It’s nice to know that there’s an organic fruit snack option out there without anything funky added. I can pronounce every single ingredient on the label. And now my kids’ can hang with their new friend who loves fruit snacks. Maybe I should pack extras so they can share the goodness of Stonfyield with her?

Stonyfield Fruit Snacks are still quite new so you might have some difficulty finding them in your area. You can use the Store Locator to find the nearest available location to you. When they do show up on the shelves, stock up!