When Should You Have a Baby

"The best time to have a baby is whenever you are ready." | Thyme is Honey

Life is full of lessons and adventures and there are so many things that we have to learn along the way.

When we first got married our plan was to wait at least a year before having kids. 3 months after our wedding my husband started a new job and we relocated. His company has an amazing sabbatical program, sending you anywhere in the world for a month after your 5 year anniversary. It wasn’t hard for us to decide that a family would wait until after that milestone. I think we were both relieved to have such a convenient excuse when people asked when we were having kids. “We’re going on a sabbatical in 2016 and then we’ll think about it!” was our go-to line for 5 years.

I’m a planner by nature so it won’t come as a surprise that having this planned out so strategically and so far in advance appealed to me. When we were a year out from the trip I read “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting” and Josh read “Dude, You’re going To Be A Dad!” I had a prenatal appointment and started taking prenatal vitamins. Those were the things that were supposed to happen a year before conception and I was checking things off the list.

Last summer, as we entered the final countdown to our sabbatical in Japan and Thailand we finally looked at each other one night and realized that this wasn’t what we wanted. We’d been going through the motions and preparing for a baby that we weren’t ready for. When we stepped back we realized that we were doing it because it was the plan we had put in place 5 years ago, hadn’t really reassessed it at any point along the way and because society had made us feel like this was what we were supposed to do next.

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Why We Love Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness Review

Today marks 1 year since we first tried Orangetheory Fitness. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve problem seen me share my workout summary in my Story from time-to-time. I’ve gotten a lot of messages asking “What’s this app?” “What’s this workout?” as well as general inquiries about my fitness routine. Well, I’m no physical specimen, but I am excited to tell you more about Orangetheory Fitness and why we love it!

Josh and I are both pretty active, but most of our favorite activities come to a halt in the wintertime. Josh routinely participates in two weekly basketball leagues, so last winter I decided to start going to Hot Yoga classes on the nights he was at basketball. I did it for a few months and loved it, but come February I felt like I was ready for something that was more challenging and would result in a higher calorie burn and was really interested in finding something we could do together. I had found Orangetheory Fitness through Instagram, so I asked Josh to attend a free class with me (your first one is free).

Well we went, and never really looked back! We’ve been doing their unlimited plan for a year, which gives us access to as many classes per month as we can fit into our schedule. We try to go a minimum of 2-3 times per week, but have gone through spurts where we’ve gone 4+ times each week. We tend to go less during the months when we are biking and Josh is biking to/from work. We honestly just love it, and the classes are so fun and enjoyable.
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My 6 Favorite Healthy Snacks

My 6 Favorite Healthy Snacks

Snacking between meals can be where most of us fail in the quest to healthier eating. I think it usually has to do with time: we grab things on the way out the door, or we feel too rushed with work or life to take time to really make something amazing. Any why would we? It’s a snack and efficiency is the point. Below are the foods I keep on hand to curb cravings and mid-day hunger.

  1. A Banana with Toppings: Bananas are one of my favorite foods. If I’m in a hurry I simply slice the banana and pair it with a tablespoon of Yum Butter or All Natural Peanut Butter. If I have more time, I like to heat 1 tbsp honey in the microwave (less than 10 sec) then stir in one tbsp all natural peanut butter. I drizzle this combination over an entire banana and then top with things like chia seeds, oats, or dried cranberries.
  2. Cashews or Walnuts: Both of these can be a very satiating snack that a lot of us forget to keep on hand. Because I work at 5AM, I tend to eat dinner at 4PM which means when I wake up in the morning I’ve gone at least 12 hours without a meal and I’m usually pretty hungry. When I wake up I usually go straight to the kitchen for a few nuts. I also love them as a late night snack or something to munch on during a movie.
  3. Turkey Wraps: I keep a pack of Applegate Farms turkey breast slices in the fridge at all times and I use them like little tortillas. I like to fill them with hummus, carrots, spinach, cucumber, , cilantro peppers or any vegetables or greens we have around. Then you just roll them up and enjoy! The turkey is low-carb and delivers a dose of vegetables directly to your mouth. Pro tip: buy the pre-chopped package of broccoli slaw to use as filler to save yourself a lot of time!
  4. Cottage Cheese: Top it with a bit of sea salt and cracked black pepper and this is one of the fastest snacks you can grab. However, my favorite combination is sliced tomatoes and sweet peas. Also great with peaches or pineapple for something sweeter.
  5. Dark Chocolate: Craving something sweet is definitely my weakness. While I absolutely love chocolate covered peanuts and treat myself to them occasionally, I also try to keep dark chocolate (at least 80% cacao) on hand. Dark chocolate is not that sweet, but even a small piece seems to trip those triggers in my brain and kill the craving without really doing much damage to my eating plan or goals.
  6. Protein Bites: You can find my recipe for Vanilla Power Bites here (which can be made with any vanilla protein powder, or even made without it), or you can find various recipes online. I like to make a double batch and store them in the freezer to grab before or after workouts.

My Favorite Healthy Dinners

Start eating healthier with 6 o my Favorite Healthy Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights!   | Thyme is Honey

My #21PageChallenge starts tomorrow. If you don’t know what it is, here’s a super quick summary: it’s a challenge group that focuses on filling out one of my organizational pages each day January 1 through 21 to help develop new or healthier habits for the new year. It’s free, and we use a Facebook Group for accountability and motivation. It’s fun and I’d love to have you join me! Get started by joining The Facebook Group

Meal planning can be such a drag, but part of what makes the challenge so great is sharing recipes with each other! Below are 6 of my current favorite (I switch things up a lot!) healthy meals to make for dinners throughout the week:

  1. Pesto Zuccini Noodles with Broccoli and Bacon from Perry’s Plate – We have been eating a ton of zoodles ever since we got home from Thailand, where I learned that the easiest way to make them is with a Julienne Peeler. It’s so fast and easy! I honestly have two zoodle machines/contraptions in my kitchen and this kicks both their asses. I’ve switched up this recipe by adding spinach instead of broccoli, chicken instead of bacon, sometimes salmon or tilapia etc. I also love zoodles with feta cheese (amazing). There are endless combinations and they are SO good.
  2.  Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Martha Stewart – These are delicious and we like to make them as lettuce wraps or as a big salad.
  3. Quinoa Fiesta Enchilada Bake from Skinny Taste -Some friends recently cooked this when they had us over for dinner. We were huge fans! They also commented on how great it is warmed up, so I think it will likely be a dish that I make on Sunday and eat for lunches throughout the week.
  4. Cauliflower Fried Rice from Martha Stewart – Another obsession we’ve had since our trip to Thailand has been Fried Rice! We love this recipe made with cauliflower rice for making it a bit healthier (I swear you can’t really tell) and we usually add a hefty portion of pork or chicken. Meat, eggs, and veggies — it’s a great meal! The leftovers are tasty on their own or in lettuce wraps.
  5. Salmon and Avocado Caesar Salad with Fried Egg from Cafe Delites – We will pretty much put a slab of salmon and a fried egg on top of anything and call it dinner. I definitely use store-bought dressing with this recipe but it’s a great example of how to make a simple, healthy, beautiful dinner.
  6. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls from Pretty Providence – I love “bowl” meals. They are so easy! We’ve been making variations of this one for the past year…we switch up the type of meat

How to Increase Your Water Intake in 4 Days

How to Increase Water Intake in 4 Days: a simple plan to gently increase your water consumption to meet your Daily Water Goal. | Thyme is Honey

A big part of my journey to healthier living has been drinking more water. Around 150 ounces per day, to be exact. I’ve been doing it for over 6 years and it’s something I don’t really have to think about anymore, but I know that getting started can be really difficult for some people.

Here’s a simple 4 day plan that helps you gently increase your water consumption to get close to the recommended 80 ounce per day minimum, however, the amount each person should consume is different for each of us. Below is a simple formula you can use to calculate what your Daily Water Goal should be, you can also find this on my 21 Page Challenge Prep Sheet.

Need ideas for how to get more water into your day? See my post on How to Drink More Water.

21 Page Challenge Prep Sheet 2