Red, White, & Blue

The 4th of July is around the corner! I don’t know about you but I LOVE this holiday. The family time, usually in the sun- typically surrounded by water – with yummy food, has all my favorite things in one day.

dress | lace kimono | shorts | tank top | shoes | premium v | star scarf

And look at how maternity friendly a kimono is!! You can still feel put together while almost 7 months pregnant.


I thought I would share some cute 4th of July looks for the family today as well as some easy recipes (because no one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen when they could be enjoying the sunshine!) that are festive and fun for the parties!

You

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Kids

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Recipes

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Goat cheese dip


Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta
  • 1 (8 ounce) log goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 lb yellow cherry tomatoes- or to your liking 
  • 1/4 lb red cherry tomatoes- or to your liking 


Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray a small dish- about a 6″ baking dish- with nonstick spray. 

2. In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, ricotta, goat cheese, feta, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and basil. Mix it all together. Once combined, gently stir in half of each of the tomatoes.  

3. Pour mixture into baking dish and top with remaining tomatoes! Bake for 30-40 minutes until it is bubbly and slightly browned. 

4. Serve with crackers or sliced bread! Such a simple and super yummy dip! Enjoy! 

Pineapple salsa

This is the perfect summer salsa! I’m not normally a fruit salsa fan, but this one hits the spot every time- plus it’s super showy and cute for any summer party! 


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 cup diced peppers- any color!
  • 1 cup diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup minced purple onion
  • 2-4tbsp lime juice
  • 1tbsp diced jalapeño 

Directions:

  1. Make the pineapple bowl bycutting  about 1/3 of the pineapple off while leaving the stem attached to that larger piece. Then using a knife around the edges, cut out the pineapple so that it’s a nice, empty bowl. Make sure to drain the juice from the bowl once all the pineapple has been removed. Dice the pineapple for the salsa- 1 cup- I sometimes use a little more. Save the rest, or eat it right then!
  2. In a bowl, mix together everything. 
  3. Transfer to the pineapple bowl and enjoy! (If you’re not eating right away, store it in the fridge  with some cling wrap over it)

Happy eating!

xox

Aj

Links I’m loving 

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My little family just got back from a quick trip to Orlando for Memorial weekend- during the trip I found a few things I’m loving and thought I’d share! I’ve also included a few things I’m coveting 🙂

  1. Let’s face it- sunscreen is an evil we all have to deal with. It’s awful to put on. Our kids fight us about it. It’s filled with tons of toxic chemicals- but the benefits outweigh the risks. We need to wear it. Well…I’ve found a new one that I’m loving: Sunbum sunscreen. I used it for the first time on this trip and so far, I like it!
  2. The Ibiza tote has become my go-to beach bag! I love it! It screams summer- is the perfect size- and it’s cute, which is a must.
  3. You know I love a good one-piece swim suit- this DVF swimsuit is adorable.
  4. Pregnant or not, I stalk cute dresses. This embroidered dress and this lace & stripe dress are so pretty! I want them both!
  5. These beach towels are so amazing. I want each and every one of them! This one is pretty awesome as well..

 

xox

aj

 

pregnant & fit-ish : running

I thought during this pregnancy, I would start a series called ‘Pregnant and Fit-ish’. This is my third pregnancy, and even though I am FAR from a super fit pregnant chick, I do try and stay active. I consider myself a middle of the road pregnant chick when it comes to working out. With my first babe, I did nothing but eat and maybe some walking. With my second, I kept up spin classes through most of the pregnancy and lots of arm workouts. With this one, well, read on and you will see!

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watch | tank | shorts | support belt | headband similar here| shoes | socks | sunglasses

Today, let’s chat about Running while Pregnant

Let me start by saying- I never ran during my other two pregnancies. With my first, I really didn’t do anything and with my second, I did some weights and spin classes. This time, however, I wanted to keep up running to help with the horrific anxiety I get during pregnancy. Running is a release for me- so I thought I would try it.

A little background: I had to stop running the month before getting pregnant because my body was basically revolting against me. I took the month off, found out the next month I was pregnant. My doctor advised me at this point to hold off on running until the end of the first trimester – due to various reasons – which really wasn’t a problem because I felt like CRAP… Plus I was having to organize our out of state move which sucked up any amount of energy I could possibly muster. So, at my 12 week appointment, I got the green light from my doctor to start easing back in to running. She suggested I start just like I was a new runner- which is what I did.

Fast forward to now: I try and run Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. I do incline treadmill walking on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My weekday runs range from 3-4 miles and my Saturday run ranges from 4-6 miles. My incline treadmill walking goes about 2.5 miles. After I complete the run or incline walking is when I then do either my arm workout or my leg workout (more on these workouts to come!)

Now, this is what I am comfortable with. This is what makes me feel like I am getting in a good little workout without overdoing it. It is slow, steady, and with lots of bathroom breaks- but I am loving it. I keep my pace comfortable – and something that allows me to complete a full sentence if I were to try and talk. That way I know I am keeping my heart rate in check. This is not something I am doing to keep my weight down, or anything like that – because gosh knows I am weighing WAY more this pregnancy than I did in my other two at this point…(10lbs more to be exact).

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FAQ’s

Is it ok to start running if I wasn’t running before pregnancy?

My first response: talk with your doctor. Generally speaking, don’t start anything new during pregnancy, but this also depends on your fitness level before. Start walking and gradually increase how fast and far you are going and see how it goes!

Are there benefits to running during pregnancy?

Yes!! Increased energy, easier labor & delivery, quicker postpartum recovery- and for me a sense of calmness and decreased anxiety! Exercising during pregnancy has also been shown to positively affect baby!

Any special things I need to run while pregnant?

Yes, and no. If your pre-pregnancy running stuff still fits you- Great- but for me that’s just not the case. I’ve needed a bigger bra first and foremost (keep the girls nice and tight!) and now a couple maternity running tops- just because they are more comfy. I also highly recommend a support belt. These help take the pressure off of your back, belly, and bladder as you run! This is the one I use, and so far, I love it. I highly recommend not running without one during pregnancy. Bonus, you can wear it post baby as well while your core is healing! Also, make sure your shoes are not worn out. You want supportive, good shoes always- but especially when running. See my post about shoes, here. And lastly, a water bottle! You need to carry water with you on your run. Non-negotiable! See my favorite water bottle here. Here is my favorite sports bra– when I’m pregnant and before! Here are the tops I’ve ordered and am loving thus far.

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What should I eat after a run?

While what you eat is important, the most important thing is your hydration. You HAVE to stay hydrated when pregnant- especially if you are working out. It is dangerous if you do not- for yourself and baby. Post workout nutrition food wise should consist of something healthy and nutritious. Think- green/fruit smoothie or some greek yogurt with some homemade granola. Or some of our favorite protein fudge!

How much should I run and how fast?

I personally don’t have any hard and fast rules I follow on this- I have a generally mileage I like to stay near but if I’m not feeling it that day- I stop. Or if I feel great, I keep going! This will primarily depend on your fitness level before and how comfortable you feel during your pregnancy. Fighting through pain is something we do when we are NOT pregnant- to push ourselves to get stronger. Pregnancy is not the time to do this. My doctor told me to use the ‘talk test’- This means if I am struggling getting out a sentence, then I am pushing it too hard. I should be able to get out a sentence. Or, if you have already gone pee two times in a 2.5 mile run- you might just call it quits for the day like I had to today! Just go with it.

When should I stop running during pregnancy?

The answer to this is: when it doesn’t feel good or beneficial anymore. If every time you go out, it sucks and you feel awful. Try switching to walking instead. Listen. To. Your. Body. It is the best gauge of whether or not you should be doing something. Again, pregnancy is not the time to push through something.

Enjoy this time with your babe! Get outside, get some fresh air! Get sweaty! All while knowing you are bonding with you babe and helping you both out.

happy running!

xox

aj