Balancing Acts: Blogging and Life Itself

Posted on by Susan Posted in Random | 1 Comment

As you might know from my previous post, I’ve been feeling a little lost/stressed lately. Our current home is only temporary, so I’m not very motivated to cook and prepare healthy meals with limited gadgets and a different kitchen. I also don’t have the luxury of childcare for taking a random yoga or exercise class. I am however making being healthier a priority again.

As I’m catching up on my favorite blogs, I am seriously wondering just how in the world all these fabulous girls do it all the time.

They’re not only sharing tidbits of their day-to-day life, but also create workouts, recipes or meal plans, photograph their food and shopping trips and entertain their readers with their writing. Most of these bloggers work (either from home or outside), study, and many are full-time mothers to little ones (and/or fur babies). They somehow manage not only to balance their busy lives, but also get their workouts in, cook their own food AND have the time to blog about it.

And here I am, barely managing the basics.

However, here’s what I’ve been loving lately, health-wise:

  • I took my first Barre class yesterday and let me tell you, my entire body is SORE! I wasn’t particularly amazed by the class (I prefer booty-shaking cardio classes like Zumba), but I can already tell that this will bring amazing results.
  • Soups extra servings of veggies ready to slurp down? Yes, please! I’ll take the carton or take-out variety over homemade, because, as I said, limited kitchen tools, no slow cooker, no time, etc.
  • Scheduling more me-time. I’ve been going on walk/runs, doing yoga or the new-to-me Barre class mentioned above
  • Vitamin D: at least there’s no lack of sunshine here in Southern California. Enough to splash around in the pool or get soaked at the water fountain! ;)

Random Thoughts:

I love the contrast of the lush vegetation (these phone pics really don’t do it justice) nestled into the dry, shrubby almost desert-like hills of Southern California. This also fits well with the balance theme of this post. ;)

From our neighborhood:

Although we were at the San Diego Botanic Garden yesterday, I barely managed to snap any pictures. The water fountain at the playground is more fun in the heat anyways. :)

I really love being a part of the healthy living blog community for the past three years. Blogging might have fallen a bit to the wayside lately. However, I am striving to be more consistent in sharing more food, recipes, and my journey to get fit (again) with you all. After all, blogs were what inspired me to get healthy in the first place, more than 4 years ago, and eventually led me to write my own little blog here. Posts might be a little random, as we are looking for a permanent place to live and explore the area, but I have big plans to return to the kitchen and make this a blog mostly about food and healthy living again.

Thanks for hearing me out on this one! I hope you’ll join me!



Random Act Of Kindness

Posted on by Susan Posted in Parenting, Random | 7 Comments

Hey Friends! How are you?

I have a really, really nice story to share with you.

Last Sunday something strange but wonderful happened to us. We went for brunch to Denny’s (yes, that Denny’s). While I usually try and eat healthy most of the time, there are days, when the least thing you want to do is cook and then clean the kitchen. Denny’s is just a few blocks walking distance away, so that’s what we decided on.

Easy. Yes. Greasy. Yes. But sometimes that’s just what I need. And a milkshake. :)

We were eating, while entertaining our son and then we eventually let him walk around the restaurant (which was half empty).

I have no problem going to restaurants with our little man and he’s been to countless places sine he was born, from cheap hole-in-the-walls, to fast food outlets, to overpriced fancy(-ish) restaurants. We go out to eat at least once a week. Our philosophy is that we are a family, and we don’t want to keep our son from sharing this experience with us, just because he is still small. But that requires us, mommy and daddy, to keep everyone in this little family of ours happy, including entertaining our son during dinners, lunches and brunches out. Entertaining = talking, playing, pointing to the lamps (a favourite!), and when patience is running out, we let him walk around for a little while.

I’m not a believer of the “children are to be seen, but not to be heard” philosophy. Children are human beings and are part of our society, just like adults and seniors, and people of any age in between. And, yes, sometimes they are louder than adults. Sometimes they aren’t. Should we keep them away from public spaces until they are able to be quiet? I don’t think so. But that’s our family’s philosophy. Yours might be different.

Anyway, as we were eating and playing, an elderly couple walked up to us and congratulated us on our little family, and told us that we are doing a great job. Oh, and then the man mentioned that they payed for our food! They gave us a hug and left.

What? I couldn’t believe what just happened! This lovely gesture definitely made our day! It really wasn’t about having our food paid or saving money, really. It was more of a gesture to share kindness and acknowledgement, as well as encouragement.

This couple reminded me to appreciate the moment, enjoy life, and most of all, to be kind to others and grateful for what I have.

Were you ever on the receiving end of a random act of kindness? Or have you done something similar yourself?


Nothing to Reveal but Coconut Chicken

Posted on by Susan Posted in Random, Recipes, Workout | 1 Comment

Actually it’s Foodie Penpals Reveal Day, but I have nothing to show you. Either my Foodie Penpals partner forgot about me or decided not to participate any longer, or my package got lost in the mail. Either way, I have nothing to share with you this month. :( I hope next month there will be some fun foodie treats in my mailbox. ;)

In other news, I am so impressed by some of the great blogging mamas and mamas to-be out there. First of all they take care of their babies, go to work, then they cook for themselves, exercise and even blog about it – often on a daily basis! And I can barely write up a single post per week, although I really try.

I’ve been trying to blog more often, but I get caught up in life’s events (and paperwork…), and dreaming of pretty things. Like this Lululemon bag for example.

Sackasana Bag

Sackasana Bag

Back to reality…

I did workout a bit more lately than my usual long walks and yoga. I’m trying to take one mom & baby fitness class per week (for $15/class they are pricey though), because we’re going on vacation this summer and I want to look and feel good and be fit to do some scuba diving. It’s been a while, but we are PADI certified and we love the ocean, so when we will be at the west coast of Sweden this August, I really hope to get some bottom time in.

Brittle Star in Hawaii (2010)

So, as far as exercising goes, I’ve taken Stroller Fitness and Mom & Baby Spin in the past couple of weeks and I love the classes. Hello sore thighs!

I missed yesterday’s Fitness class and I missed today’s yoga. :( The little man is napping right now and there’s no way I’m waking him up, just so I can get there on time… I’ll try Mom & Baby Spin on tomorrow again, but our son is getting a bit mobile now, so I don’t know for how long I can keep doing this. I also still have a punch card for Zumba classes and they welcome kids in their little play area inside the studio…

And with exercise comes a starving mama! Good thing I have green split peas soaking for tonight’s soup. And I really wanted to share this easy chicken dish, perfect for appetizers, snacking or party-food.

Baked Coconut Chicken Bites

perfect for dipping…

For an appetizer-sized portion for two people, you will need:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (organic, if you want to avoid extra hormones, antibiotics and other medications often given to conventional chicken)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, mixed with 1/2 cup bread crumbs and chili flakes, if you’re feeling the heat :)

Cut chicken in bite-size pieces or strips. Prepare 3 bowls, one each with flour, whisked egg and the coconut-breadcrumb mix. Coat chicken pieces in first flour, then egg and finally the crumb-mix, place on a slightly greased baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180°C/400°F (make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked though – every oven is different).

Sweet & Spicy!!!

Mrs. Renfro’s Mango Habanero Salsa works great as a dipping sauce!

Go make this right now! ;)

I’m sure if you leave out the chili and serve with a mild salsa, this could be great for kids too.

Let me know if you try it and what you think about it.