Peloton Update

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So we’ve officially had our spin bike and the Peloton app for a little over a month now. I’ve been asked about it a lot lately and figured I’d do a quick update! I can’t sing its praises enough. We didn’t drop the large amount of dough on the “real” Peloton bike because frankly, I wasn’t sure how much we’d like it or use it. We started small with the intention that if we fell in love and used it often – potentially down the road we would upgrade.

About Peloton

Peloton offers tons of on demand classes as well as live spin classes from 6am-8:30pm. They range anywhere from beginner to more advanced. There are various time lengths available as well as types of classes and lots of instructors to choose from. A little something for everyone. I will typically do a 45 min rhythm or live DJ class. Cody Rigsby is my favorite – he’s my spirit animal.

Our Journey So Far

We started out strong – Leep and I both riding once a day. Alternating between live classes and on demand depending on the time of day all while juggling Gunnar. Then I twisted my ankle and right as that was healing… I came down with pneumonia. Right as I was getting comfortable and the soreness [in areas] was wearing off – had to take 10 steps back.

It’s safe to say its been a slow start. I finally jumped back on the bike yesterday evening and remembered how much I loved it. We have our bike set up in the garage with a small TV that we connect to the iPad. With the volume cranked loud and the dim lights of the garage you can really dig deep, jam out and get a good workout in!

Pictured above – follow me on Snapchat [mhuett] for a “day in the life” look of: tons of filter photos, randomness and Gunnar cuteness.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. My body after baby isn’t going to just bounce back – after all, it did take 9 months to put on, I created a human, it’s not going to just fall right off. Also – my main priority is focusing on time with my family and staying healthy, not a number on the scale!

Tell me about your journey to health and fitness after a baby below!

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Spiced Rum Cupcakes

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Leep has a deep love of spiced rum, so for his birthday a few years ago I set out to make some Captain Morgan spiced rum cupcakes. I scoured the internet high and low with not much luck on what I was looking for. So I gathered up a few different recipes and worked some cooking magic to combine them into my own personal mix.

The cake is spicy and moist while the frosting is sweet and boozy. These are one of his favorites and get rave reviews by all who taste them. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Cupcake Ingredients:
1 French Vanilla cake mix
1 1.75oz (4 serving) instant French vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cold milk
1/2 cup Real butter, melted
1/2 cup spiced rum

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350º. Combine all ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake for 22-24 minutes. Cool slightly on a rack.


Buttercream Icing:
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, at room temperature
¼ cup whipping cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup Spiced Rum
5 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (give or take)
Pinch of salt

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Directions:
In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter to lighten. Add 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until incorporated.  Turn the mixer to medium and continue to beat until well blended.  Add the whipping cream, vanilla and Spiced Rum and beat until smooth.  Add the pinch of salt and the remaining sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition, until the desired consistency is reached. Each time I make this I end up using different amounts of sugar.  Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to two days.  If refrigerated, bring to room temperature and beat lightly before using.

Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon on top. 

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Whimsical Woodland Nursery

Walking through Babies R Us with the scanner in my hand trying to determine what “theme” I wanted my future child’s nursery to be, I realized that everything is so cartoonized and predictable. There were varying shades of light blues, greens, pinks and yellows. Cartoon animals, hearts, nautical and underwater scenes. I wanted something different, something my child could grow with and continue to enjoy. It was clear I was on my own but knew with my creative abilities I could make it something great.

I finally landed on “Whimsical Woodland”. Our color scheme is grey, white and navy blue with pops of gold. I wanted it to feel rustic and have non-cartoonized woodland animals.

For my baby shower I wanted something different – I wanted each person to have a “piece of the painting” to hang in Gunnar’s room. We bought 4X4 canvases and provided paint in blue, grey, gold and tan and gave general directions and had each person paint the canvas to their desire. We then hung them all together to form one larger painting – here.

For the most part it’s completed and will change and grow as Gunnar does. Photos with details below.

12208749_10101619022707647_4579612527264769775_nCrib, Bookself, Antlers – Homegoods and spray painted gold

IMG_3494Recliner – already owned, Giraffe, Pouf – Homegoods, Shelves – homemade

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Growth chart – homemade cedar, Rocking Moose

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Dresser, Changing Pad & Cover, Basket & Letters – Hobby Lobby, Paintings – homemade

12122768_10101619022652757_2137931644072321345_nKnobs – Deer, Wood, Fox – pulls came with dresser spray painted gold

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IMG_3495Wood Sign – won in an auction, can purchase here

PSA: Cease the Parent Shaming

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I’ve always heard about it, seen friends share articles and in my intensive expecting research I even browsed a few. It wasn’t until I had a smiling cherub of my own that I actually understood the ugly beast it is. While I try my hardest not to be, I’m occasionally guilty of it. Newsflash: So are you! At some point we’ve all judged another mom in passing, on Facebook, or even our friends.

There is no “right-way” to tackle the journey of parenthood. As I first time mom I am clumsily learning that first hand, very quickly. Everyone does things differently, even different pediatricians tell you to do things differently. In the end, we all turned out OK [well most of us] and our children will turn out OK.

While some comments are said as jokes, some as unwarranted advice and some just are downright ugly – they all hurt a little [or a lot] and make you feel like you’re not parenting correctly or maybe a bad parent. You question every decision you’ve made and start to compare yourself – and your baby – to those around you.

STOP. Stop it right now. Breastfeed, great! Formula feed, wonderful! Cloth vs disposable diapers – just change em! Cry it out vs cuddle – you do you. In the end we’re all raising amazing little beings in our own way that’s just right for us and for them. We need to band together. When asked, offer your advice – judgement free. I know I wouldn’t have made it through some of the tough times, and won’t make it through the tough times ahead without asking for the wonderful advice of my mom, other moms and my new mommy friends!

Let’s collectively as a whole try to put an end to parent shaming. Instead of shaming let’s uplift and encourage. Stop and take a moment to tell that person how great of a job they’re doing. After-all, we’re all in this together – let’s stop being annoyed by everything and start lifting each other up.

I recently saw a post on Instagram that speaks volumes:

“To the pregnant women on social media posting constant updates and belly pictures, I am so incredibly happy for you and the fact that you will soon be blessed with the most amazing little bundle of joy, I love seeing how excited you are to become a mommy. To the women posting “selfies”, thanks for letting young girls know it’s okay to love yourself and to feel beautiful! To the mom posting a million pictures of her kids, it makes my heart so happy to see parents so proud and loving their babies! To the married couple constantly posting “sappy love posts” thank you for being a reminder to the next generation that all hope isn’t lost and happy marriages DO exist.”