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Dark Chocolate Apple Bunnies

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Need a healthy dessert idea for Easter? Why not create these adorable dark chocolate apple bunnies! Not only are they the cutest dessert I’ve ever made, but they taste great and are packed full of antioxidants.

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What you need:

2 large apples (I used organic Granny Smiths, but any variety works)

A sharp knife

Dark chocolate (60% cacoa or above)

Small marshmallows

Wax paper

 

With a sharp knife, carve apple slices into rabbits (see this youtube video for a tutorial on how to do this). In a small bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. Dip rabbit tails and bottoms into the chocolate to coat. Place one small marshmallow on the back of the rabbit for a tail. Place onto wax paper to allow to harden. Enjoy!

Friday Fitness: The Anti-Couch Potato Challenge

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The weather has finally started to warm up, so you know what that means- bikini weather is right around the corner! Sure, you can hit the gym for an hour everyday. But did you know some research has found that when we work hard at the gym, we actually end up being less active the rest of the day? This means that all of your hard work won’t start to show if you end up burning fewer calories in the remaining 23 hours of the day.

 

To prevent this, you need to focus not just on structured exercise, but also on increasing your overall movement day in and day out. Think about the times you are mostly sedentary. For instance, when you are working on the computer or watching TV. Now, think about how you can change this. Stand up while you type instead of sitting. During commercial breaks, walk around the house. If you are talking on the phone, pace as you talk versus sit on the couch. The more you move, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

 

Your challenge: Fit in at least three short 5-10 minute walks during the day (in addition to your regular exercise routine) each day this week.

 

How else do you plan to fit in more daily movement this week?

There’s Even Poop on His Head!

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IMG_3075Poop- it’s not something I discussed much prior to having Joey. It wasn’t ever a topic of conversation or anything I chose to give much thought to. However, after having Joey, poop became part of many of my adult conversations, whether I wanted it to or not. “How much did the baby poop today?” “What do you mean he hasn’t pooped all day?” “Is that color of poop normal?” “Is that a new noise he learned to make or is he pooping?” “How can such a small person poop so much?” “What the HELL did he eat?!” and the list goes on and on.

 

One word of advice I would give any new parent- if your baby has yet to poop, and you expect him to in the next few hours, don’t dress him in an outfit that has to go over his head (or an outfit you like for that matter). This advice is especially important for babies with a history of diaper blowouts. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way, as has my husband. The day I checked my phone and saw the text “he pooped…he pooped everywhere… there’s even poop on his head” did make me laugh hysterically. The poor guy was trying to take off the poopy onesie and it got everywhere. I think this is why he hates onesies and won’t put them on Joey anymore. To be honest, I feel like this is my scissors were invented- just cut that sucker off and say goodbye to it. Sometimes, it’s just not worth salvaging.

 

But hey, pooping is a sign of a healthy baby, so I’ll take it. It’s just another part of life as a parent 🙂

 

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Workout Wednesday: Shoulder Press with Baby

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Want toned and sexy shoulders? Shoulder presses are a great way to achieve them. And you don’t even have to go looking for weights. Your baby makes the perfect workout partner for this exercise!

 

To perform:

 

Hold your baby securely under his armpits. While keeping your back straight and core tight slowly raise your arms and straighten your elbows to lift your baby above your head. Lower back to the starting position and repeat. Aim to perform 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions.

 

 

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