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Aurora’s Four |Pumpkin Raspberry Pancakes

My baby is four, how sad and exciting at the same time. Literally, where has the time gone? She’s only been four for over two weeks and she’s grown so much in such a short time. It’s insane, I still have trouble wrapping my head around it all. My little 8lb 9oz, 21 inches baby girl is now 40 lbs and 42 inches. She has such a wonderful imagination and love for life. Give her a good meal (cheeseburger) and some hot coco on a crisp morning and she’s eternally grateful.

Aurora enjoys the simple things. Movies, friends, doll houses, Littlest Pet Shop, shopping and food. Aside from the netflix show and dollhouses, she is a pint size version of me. She’s my shopping partner and helps me pick out all of my amazing sweaters and dresses. If I need a hiking buddy or coffee date, she’s game. And you can bet, I will be the one taking her and her girlfriends to Vegas for her 21st. That’s right, Aurora is my pint sized bestie. Forget your friendship|parent standards crap. I am her parent when I need to be, but I want her to know that I can also be her confidant. Aurora will know she can trust me with her secrets and share her funny and embarrassing moments with me. We will definitely cry together and get incredibly angry with one another. If she’s my mini-me then you can guarantee she is stubborn and sassy, just like me.

We had a birthday party for her over the weekend, her first real birthday party. Her first birthday we took her Traintown with our friends and family and for her 2nd and 3rd birthday we were in Disneyland. So, it was time she had a party. Her dad and I decided to have it at the park downtown, which was the perfect setting. I brought a bunch of sand toys and they all ran around and played. Of course it was Peter Pan themed. So, I found this really cute idea to paint little treasure chests on pinterest. It was awesome, we had a huge spread of paint, glitter, and little trinkets they could glue on, they loved it. Instead of a cake I made cupcakes and arranged them in the shape of Tick-Tock Crock, which was pretty impressive. That was another pinterest find of course. It was really cute seeing her in action with all of her little friends.

Another thing that’s great about Aurora is that she’s good about trying new food. She doesn’t love everything we put in front of her, but she at least tries. I have been trying to slowly cut out dairy and gluten from my diet. My stomach has been really bad lately and I know it’s from those two things. I have a great recipe for Gluten free pancakes. I’ve been craving pumpkin pancakes so I decided to tweak the recipe and also change some of the ingredients. It had regular sugar and not a lot of flavor to it. Took a few tries and trying different things and I think these delicious, I added raspberries and it was a game changer.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Raspberry Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups gluten free flour
  • ½ cup Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ¼ cups Almond Milk (Vanilla or Plain)
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbls Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 2 tsp Raw Honey
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda

I honestly wrote out instructions and then stopped. Pancakes are super easy to make. You literally mix all the ingredients together and cook on a large pan. I like using coconut oil spray for the pan so that the pancakes don’t stick. They will bubble a little during cooking, but check the bottom to make sure it doesn’t burn. Flip over and cook for another couple of minutes. Enjoy with some more raspberries on top and maple syrup and you are good to go!

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Health and Fitness

Cycling, breakfast & PSL’s

I tried something new. That shouldn’t necessarily be completely shocking though. I am pretty good about trying new things and being open minded, especially when it comes to working out. Last week, I was feeling good. My headaches weren’t that bad and I didn’t have a migraine, yet. I was cleaning my room and found a free class card for a spin studio we have in Sonoma called Sonoma Cycle Fit. It’s actually the first cycling studio in Sonoma, as far as I know. They also offer TRX classes and other strength training classes, it’s great and has been a huge hit in town. Sonoma may be a small town, but we have a ton of yoga studios, a pure barre studio, cycling studio, two CrossFit facilities and a handful of gyms. Also, one of the Zumba instructors teaches at school gymnasiums to give people an opportunity to experience her class outside of the gym. There’s really NO excuse to not work out if you live here. We are incredibly lucky and I had to state that before I go any further. So, there I was with my free class card, I looked up the schedule for the nights classes and there was going to be a 30/30 class. Spin first then TRX after. I prepared myself all day, making sure I had plenty of food and water in my system. During spin I was okay, it was my first time but easy to follow along with the workout. Of course, I kept my gears a little lower then everyone so I didn’t over-do it. When I do cardio that really gets my heart rate going I have to be careful, too much and I get light headed. Well, we finished spin and I felt good. We grab kettle balls and go into kettle ball swings and I’m still feeling okay. It was after we finished kettle ball swings that I started feeling light headed, then my vision was getting a little blurry. All I could think was “fuck, don’t faint. There’s a glass wall or a mirror, nowhere safe to land”. I was more concerned about being the bull in a china shop, then injuring myself. It was pretty embarrassing having to excuse myself to sit outside. I hate feeling like I can’t do something that I know I can do. I have the strength and mindset to do it, but my head can’t for whatever reason. I was pretty bummed the rest of the week. I went back to my gym and continued my workouts, but I was still so frustrated about not being to finish the class. Now, I am determined to get myself to finish a Spin class. Yesterday instead of running I jumped on a bike and did that for 20 minutes. I would increase the difficulty and decrease it like we did in class. I got a little lightheaded, but was fine to continue my workout and lift weights. So, hopefully soon I’ll be back in a cycling studio not almost fainting.

This past week I have also been really good at eating breakfast. Like, really good. Well, I’m actually good at eating breakfast, but I love it when someone else makes it for me. Like, one of my favorite restaurants in town. My go to place is EDK (Eldorado Kitchen). I know that menu better than myself. Mmm, now I want chipotle eggs benedict, damn. I always try to be good about starting my day off with a big meal. But, I’m really good at just having coffee or tea and feeling fine. I don’t make terrible food choices the rest of the day, but I definitely eat more when I do that. When I have breakfast first thing I feel so much fuller throughout the day and eat less. I love breakfast, it’s my favorite meal you can have, aside from sushi, tacos, pizza and burgers, ha-ha. Poached eggs have been a big thing for me this last week, no matter I chose to have I always made sure to have an egg as the main part of the meal or on the side. I discovered whole wheat pancakes, thanks to my dad. I enjoy and prefer them compared to regular pancakes. I’m one of those non-loving pancakes folk. Pancakes are too dense for my stomach, especially for my first meal. But, the whole wheat ones are light and much easier on my stomach. One day I was short on eggs and traded out the egg for applesauce and I always use almond milk in place of regular milk. They were so good! I highly suggest you go try it that way. If any of you have made anything paleo or vegan you’ll already be aware of this wonderful trick. The applesauce gives the pancake a nice sweetness and you really don’t need any kind of syrup on it. But, maple syrup was really good on one of them. Making time for my morning meal has really been one of the best things I have done for myself as of recent and I’m glad I’m doing it.

Oh – and I have found a Pumpkin Spice Latte that warms my heart…Dutch Brothers, who knew!? I tried it this weekend with some of my girls and it was delicious! October without Pumpkin Spice Lattes was leaving an empty place in my heart and soul. Seriously though, try Dutch Brothers PSL with soy or almond milk. I have had it blended, iced and hot and all were delicious.

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