PB & Banana Cold Oatmeal

We all know that the best breakfast for a flat-belly is oatmeal. But during those hot summer months, or if you live in Florida like me – every month, the last thing you want to eat is something hot. So why not make your oatmeal cold? This is a spin-off of my breakfast smoothie recipe. I love it because it’s easy to mix up the “toppings” so that you are able to keep breakfast interesting and healthy everyday.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 c Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 c Low-fat yogurt (or yogurt of your choice)
  • 1/4 c Reduced-fat milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 banana
  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Small air-tight container

Directions:

Put your oatmeal, yogurt, milk, and peanut butter into your air-tight container and mix up. Seal and refrigerate overnight. In the morning cut up your banana on top of your oatmeal mixture and voila! Peanut butter and banana cold oatmeal – delicious and a great source of protein and fiber first thing in the morning!

You can interchange the peanut butter and banana for berries and honey, or just cinnamon if you’d prefer.

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?

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1st Trimester Food Tips

We are super excited to introduce our newest category for your reading pleasure – Miss Mommy! I am currently pregnant with my first child and thought there might be some helpful tips that I can share with you all along the way!

If your 1st trimester is anything like mine, it will [unfortunately] include that pesky side-effect – nausea. If you’re going through this, the last thing you probably want to do is eat but of course you need to! Here are some suggestions and tips to give you your best shot at keeping some food down.

  • Follow the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.
  • Bland, bland, bland – this might be hard for some of you (personally, i love spicy food so this has been difficult). Food that is too spicy or flavorful can really upset your tummy so shy away.
  • Don’t take in too much liquid when you’re eating.
  • Keep food in your stomach throughout the day – try 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large ones.
  • Stay away from anything that’s too greasy – your digestive system just can’t handle it right now.

Good luck to all the future mommies out there who are dealing with 1st trimester nausea! Hang in there!

What are some of your best tips or food ideas for the 1st trimester?

Get Rid of Those Pesky “Love” Handles!

Tired of that extra little flab hanging out around your hips? Try these easy to do, even at home, fitness tip!

All you’ll need is you, a flat surface, and a broom or something of similar shape. Standing on the flat surface with your legs spread shoulders width apart, hands holding the broom straight up above your head. Keeping your arms straight, bring them down to your right side as far as you can go, remembering to keep your arms and legs straight. Slowly, return to your starting position, then move to your left side. This is 1 repetition.

Start off doing  6 reps at least 3x, and gradually work yourself up to more. In a few months, maybe even a few days we guarantee you’ll notice a difference!

What fitness tips do you have to share?

DIY Olympic Rings

Recently, my company decided to have an Olympics-themed luncheon and games day. Being an ex-event planner, I loved this and couldn’t wait to figure out what cute decorations I could whip together. Behold the DIY Olympic Rings!

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 Pool Noodles
  • PVC Pipe or something of similar material (I used plastic test tube sized shot glasses)
  • Duct Tape
  • Clear Tape
  • Appropriate Colored Streamers
  • Fishing Wire

I was lucky and able to get the majority of this at my local dollar store so my total was a whopping $12 for this project and about 30-45 minutes of my time.

Directions:

Insert the pipe (or test tube shot glass) into one end of the pool noodle, then circle the other side around insert the other end of the pipe into that side of the pool noodle. You will probably have a little gap in between the 2 end of the pool noodle touching so tightly wrap it with duct tape, which will also secure your circle in place.

Then use the clear tape to tape down one end of your streamer at a diagonal. Then continue to wrap the streamer around the noodle until you’ve covered the whole thing and are back to where you started. Secure the end with more of the clear tape.

Once you’ve done this for all 5 of your pool noodles, place them in the formation you’d like them to be in. Use your fishing wire to secure them in place and ta-da, you’re done!

If you try this project, let us know!

Big Curls

Big curls are my go-to hairstyle when i want something cute and natural with a little hint of glam.

Achieving these curls is so much easier than it looks but will always turn heads and get you compliments. The way i like to get these curls is actually with my flat iron. Sound crazy? i’ll tell you why it isn’t – traditional curlers can leave your hair too curly. Personally, i’m not typically going for a Shirley Temple look … so the flat iron method is perfect.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Heat up the flat iron – you want it hot, but don’t go too crazy. Singed hair is not pretty.
  2. Take a section of hair and place it in the flat iron (start at the top of the hair)
  3. Pull the flat iron down the section of hair; as you pull down, continually turn the flat iron (i like to spin under, but you can try either way)

For our more visual learners, check out this video:

What’s your favorite way to get big curls?