I swear when I was 25, I had all the time in the world – to go shopping, to sleep in, to go out and party all night. I don’t know if it’s technology, the sun going down at 4:30pm these days, or just the fact that I running multiple jobs and companies from home WHILE being a mom, but I would literally KILL for those days I would lay around watching Hoarders marathons all day eating Chinese takeout with my roommates.
So as a mom, I have to take different means of re-energizing these days (can’t just pop a Redbull the moment I walk into the bar to work 12 hours straight for a Steelers game).
I saw you roll your eyes – I know, I KNOW! But if you get into a routine, it gets So. Much. Easier. I like to hit the gym first thing in the morning on the days I don’t have my son, and then I do Kettle bell workouts in my living room the days I do when he’s napping. If we’re going to be out and about all day – I consider that my daily exercise. I walk an extra 10/20 blocks instead of taking the subway, and carrying him and the stroller up and down those subway steps is DEFINITELY cardio!
I remember growing up watching my mom brew a pot of coffee every morning in that old Mr. Coffee maker. I hated it and couldn’t understand why she would force herself to drink that black sludge every morning. Oh age, how you’ve caught up with me! I too, now cannot live without a hot cup of java every morning, but these days – coffee has come a long way!
In fact, The BRAND NEW Keurig® 2.0 hot beverage brewing system ($199) not only brews one single up – but a full four-cup carafe! This can come in handy on Monday mornings when we ALL know we drink more than one cup. It’s also perfect for those simple little dinner parties, or mom playdates you’ll be hosting this winter.
If you have the self-brewer from your old Keurig or those old K-cups, unfortunately they are not compatible with the new brewer (so you might want to wrap them up as stocking stuffers for friends!) This is because the Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology. K-Cup® packs must have Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™ to be used in the Keurig® 2.0 system. This is represented by a ring around the lid on K-Cup® packs and a number shown in a circle at 6 o’clock.
The Keurig® 2.0 brewer brews all of the new Keurig® brand packs, which include nearly 400 different beverages from 60 brands, including including beverages from brands such as Snapple ®, Lipton ®, and Dunkin Donuts ® among others. You can view all available brands, here.
I know it’s hard, but all that crappy food you’re eating is dragging you down. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to build up your fat lair like a bear about to hibernate. You should already be thinking about that bikini this summer, or the simple fact that Americans are the most obese country in the world, and um, well…you’re not looking so fine, ol chap! Go ahead and eat that cookie, but make sure you’ve earned it first. A great way to save calories and still indulge in winter foods is soup. Soup keeps you warm, you can pack it full of veggies and protein, and it won’t make you look like one of those people in Wall-E by the end of January. Try my awesome Stuffed Pepper Soup recipe, or my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe. Both are freaking delicious.
Yes, sleep – that stuff you’re not getting enough of. Stop trying to work and clean the house into the wee hours of the night and just go lay down. It’s proven that people that get MORE sleep are actually more productive. That means you’re ENCOURAGED to get your beauty rest. Stop trying to do it all and I guarantee when the kids get you up at 5:45am, you’ll actually feel rested enough to take on the day (well, with a carafe of coffee of course!)
I received product for review in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.