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Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Surviving the Stomach Bug

Since having children, one of my biggest ‘fears’ has been the whole family coming down with the stomach bug at once. I’ve heard so many horror stories from other parents regarding this particular issue and I’ve been dreading the day when those horror stories became my reality.

Well, my friends, my fear became my reality this weekend.

Atlas went down first. He woke up early Friday morning getting sick, but he bounced back quick (because he’s a real champ #mygenes). And we had about 24 hours where all seemed normal again. A sense of false hope overtook us. We thought we dodged a bullet. We went out for pizza to celebrate on Saturday night (#bigmistake). Then at about 10pm, I felt something in my stomach that wasn’t quite right. By midnight I was on the bathroom floor begging God to have mercy on my soul. Fast forward 6 hours and I finally crawled back into bed, where I asked Dave to please take care of our children because I had been knocking on death’s door all night (really, I’m only being slightly dramatic here). Fast forward 30 minutes later to Dave bringing Andi into our bedroom, telling me that he ‘just can’t handle her right now because he’s not feeling good.’ I was all, “I need to see you get sick because I think you’ve just got sympathy pains. You’re going to have to prove this one to me, Pal.” He did. A few hours later and he was down for the count. The rest of our Sunday pretty much included Dave & I alternating turns laying on the bathroom floor while the other parent watched helplessly as our children chewed on the dogs’ toys. We finally had a sitter come help us in the evening and she seriously saved us.

As of right now, Atlas is totally back to normal. I’m almost at 100%. Dave is still recovering, but hopefully by tomorrow he’s back in tip-top shape. Little Miss Andi Rose has had an upset stomach, but nothing like the rest of us have had. I’m praying she’s in the clear but I read that germs from a stomach virus can linger for up to 2 weeks so I spent today bleaching & washing & Lysol-ing ALL the things in an effort to make sure Andi Rose stays safe.

You know what I thought about this weekend while I was laying on the bathroom floor though? It doesn’t matter how good of a planner I am – I’m not in control. I can plan every little detail of our day. I can clean the house like an OCD maniac. But at the end of the day, I really don’t have the final say in our lives. Something as simple as a stomach bug can derail all my plans. It might sound strange, but I took a bit of comfort in that thought. I think it is good to be a planner, but I’m also learning it is important to just roll with the punches life occasionally throws. Sunday I just kept saying, “HE is good, even when I don’t feel good. God is in control and I can trust that He is good.”

So that’s that. The stomach virus of 2016. I can cross that fear off my list. It was every bit as scary as I imagined it would be, but we survived.

In other news, I’m down 6 pounds. My plans to make up for that loss include brownie batter + Ben & Jerry’s Milk & Cookies ice cream. But not pizza. Never again will I eat pizza. Ugh. ‘Never again’ seems too harsh. But it will seriously be a long, long time.

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

Being Healthy is More than Being Fit: Juice Plus+

I’m coming at you guys with a post I’ve been crazy excited to share for a while now. This post is incredibly important to me because a lot of research, heart, passion and prayer is fueling it.

Today I want to talk to you guys about fruits and vegetables!

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Wait…come back! I promise this will be worth the read.  Okay, so vegetables may not sound exciting but if you leave a grape out long enough it turns to wine and we can all get excited about a fruit that has those kinds of magical powers, right?

I’ve mentioned in a few posts that I’ve partnered with a company that is passionate about getting more fruits and vegetables into people’s diets. That company is Juice Plus+ and I’m so proud, excited and honored to be a part of their team.

Juice PlusI blogged about Juice Plus+ over a year ago when I first began taking it. At the time, I chalked it up to being a cool supplement. However, after conducting some deeper research and reaching out to a doctor and a nutritionist during my pregnancy, my entire perception of the product changed. Juice Plus+ isn’t a vitamin. It isn’t a diet pill. It isn’t medicine. It is simply whole food nutrition. There’s nothing complicated about it. It is organic fruits, vegetables and grains put into capsules (or gummies).

If you’re taking the Orchard and Garden blend, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting nutrients straight from the following foods into your diet…

• Apple • Orange • Pineapple • Cranberry • Peach • Acerola Cherry • Papaya • Carrot • Parsley • Beet • Kale • Broccoli • Cabbage • Spinach • Tomato • Oat Bran • Brown Rice Bran

 

And if that’s not enough for you, you can add the Vineyard Blend to get the following berries into your diet each day…

• Concord Grape • Blueberry • Cranberry • Blackberry • Bilberry • Raspberry • Red Currant • Black Currant • Elderberry

So everyday, no matter what I eat I’m getting nutrients from all the above fruits/veggies when I take my Juice Plus+. Of course there is no substitute for eating fruits and vegetables but taking Juice Plus capsules does help bridge the gap between what we should eat and what we actually eat.

Very few of us consume an adequate serving of fruits/veggies every day. When we do put vegetables on our plate, we usually cook them to death, draining them of their nutrients. I eat a ton of spinach, broccoli, peppers, squash and zucchini but I cook them all in butter and I don’t consider them edible until they are wilted. Of course, it is better for my body than french fries but I’ve robbed myself of so many vitamins when I sauté my peppers in an Asian salad dressing for 20 minutes (←so good btw, you should definitely try it). Furthermore, how many of us truly eat a well rounded serving of fruits and vegetables each week? I reach for the same things at the grocery store – I shop on autopilot these days. Bananas, apples, strawberries and blueberries. Today I grabbed peaches just to be adventurous. If I get a real wild hair, I’ll grab a plum. But an elderberry? Or a papaya? That’s just crazy talk. I would have to google what those look like and how to eat them and ain’t nobody got time for all that. Juice Plus+ helps add the nutrients of those fruits/veggies I would never eat back into my diet. So cool, right?

Since taking Juice Plus+ I’ve noticed a difference in my skin (fewer breakouts), my digestive system (do I need to get specific?) and my husband. Dave isn’t a veggie lover, but since taking Juice Plus+ I’ve noticed him reaching for more vegetables at dinner. He will actually eat a salad loaded with fruit. He doesn’t turn his nose up to all things green (except brussels sprouts – he still won’t touch those). Dare I even say…he craves vegetables sometimes. Okay, so that may be a stretch, but I have seen a difference in foods he’s willing to try since he’s been on JP. Tonight we had veggie burgers topped with avocados served with a side of zucchini, squash and strawberries. If I served that to Dave a year ago, he would have ordered a pizza. Tonight he wolfed it down.

Before you close out of this window, I want to share one more thing…a message that has been on my heart for a while. Each day when I check into all the various forms of social media I am inundated with posts/pictures/status updates/ads/etc of people talking about fitness. A big part of this is due to the circles I run in (←pun ♥). I love reading about people’s fitness journey. I find most of it inspiring and commendable. However, a good chunk of what I read makes me cringe. Obviously, I love sharing workouts and talking about running. They are some of my favorite parts of life. However, fitness is just 1 part of living a healthy life for me. Fitness isn’t my life. My run this morning didn’t make me healthy. When I see people documenting every single workout (typically with that infamous post workout selfie – classic) and talking about how they only consumed ‘x’ amount of calories and they use some hashtag about getting healthy I literally cringe because that isn’t healthy. Sure, it may be a great way to lose weight and if that’s your only goal then rock on. But it isn’t healthy to be so consumed with the way you look. It isn’t healthy to be consumed with a number on the scale. It isn’t healthy to be obsessed over being a size 2. And I hate to break it to you, but just because your meals are ‘portion controlled’ doesn’t mean you’re eating healthy.

You can be fit and be unhealthy. You can be so obsessed with your body that you’re failing to focus on relationships that matter and that’s unhealthy. You can consume 1500 calories a day and be unhealthy. You can run a half marathon but live on wine and chocolate. That’s not healthy (its awesome if you can do that, but not healthy). You can be a size 4 but be very unhealthy. Health is about longevity. It is about lengthening your life. It is not about being skinny. It isn’t about running faster or farther. And that’s one of the main reasons I love Juice Plus+. They are passionate about helping people get healthy. Not fit. Healthy.  They want to lengthen lives. Prevent cancer. Prevent heart disease. Prevent strokes. And they realize that those things have more to do with what we fuel our bodies with than the number on the scale. They want to help you eat right, not so you can get smaller and run faster (although hallelujah if those things happen in the process). They want to help you eat right so you can instill a healthy mindset in your children. So you can be around to watch your grandchildren grow. So you can change the quality of life for our generation and the generation to come.

If you’re interested in joining the Juice Plus+ team and spreading a healthy message in your world, learning more about the product/company or finding out how your child can get it for free, I would love to hear from you. You can purchase Juice Plus+ by clicking here or contact me for more information! I know so many of you are fitness freaks (its why we’re friends) and I would love to partner with you in spreading a healthy message to our world!

One final note: I endorse very few products on this blog. If you go back and read previous posts, I think you can count on 1 hand posts that have been sponsored by a company. I have turned down opportunities to work with companies over and over again because I don’t ever want CnC to turn into a string of food/fitness advertisements. When you come to this site I want you to read something genuine. So, as I tell you about this company/product I hope you know that I care about what you read on this site and this is something I’m convinced would benefit you and your loved ones. It is something I couldn’t help but share. I want to challenge you to run. I want to encourage you to workout. I hope I inspire you to be fit. But more importantly, I hope CnC motivates you to pursue a healthy life. 

P.S. My husband just walked into the living room with a Juice Plus+ shake mix as opposed to a beer. He said he was in the mood for dessert so a JP shake sounded better. The stuff contains quinoa, pumpkin, chickpea powder and alfalfa sprouts among other things. Proof that JP has changed my husband.

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Friday Favorites

I know Friday is half way over, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to link up for a Friday Favorite’s post because…well…they are one of my favorites. 🙂

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I’m a mom, so you can’t expect me to be on time for anything until 2033. This includes appointments, blog posts, responding to e-mails, airport arrivals, etc. I will be late until Atlas is capable of feeding, changing and taking care of himself (& let’s face it – we probably can’t expect those things to happen any time in the next 2 decades – I think we all know a grown man or 2 who still isn’t fully capable of those things).

Anyways, better late than never. Here are a few of the things that I’m lovin’ this week…

1. My vitamins.

ImageI have been fighting something fierce (think sore throat, aches, cough, etc) since Tuesday and I think the only reason it hasn’t taken me totally down is because I’ve been doubling up on my vitamins. I think my body is having a tough time handling Polar Vortexes + public transportation (sucky combo), but I think Juice Plus is keeping me from going down for the count.

2. Group texts with my mom and sisters.

IMG_4245Even though we all live in different states, it is so nice to chat with them every day. Our ongoing group texts encourage me and keep me laughing on days when I’m stuck inside due to cold temperatures and cold viruses.

3. Brotherly love.

Image 3Marley isn’t too interested in Atlas most days, but I think in just a few short months those 2 are going to be the best of friends.

4. These Powerberries are the jam.

Image 1Trader Joe’s does it again. And it is official – I like all things dark chocolate, which sort of makes me feel like an adult because only adults like things like dark chocolate and red wine. Also, I just started to enjoy lemon things this past year and that made me feel like I was getting old. I used to think only grandma’s enjoyed things like lemon bread when I was a kid…but now I crave lemon bread from time to time and I can’t help but think that is a sign that I’m getting old. ←There’s your totally random, useless piece of information of the day.

5. Home cooked meals and snacks!

Image 4I’m going to toot my own horn for a second. I only ordered food ONCE this week (the truffles from momfukus – not even sorry about that though). That may not sound like a big deal, but I assure you it is. I was ordering food a lot over the last several weeks because in NYC that is just what you do. You have cookies delivered at 9pm and smoothies delivered at 9am. It’s the norm. But it is bad for your bank account and skinny jeans. So, I decided to start making all our meals and snacks this week and it was a success! I almost caved today and ordered soft serve ice cream from momofukus but I stayed strong, thanks to Dave’s encouragement (see above screen shot of our texts). I’m confident if I ordered oatmeal cream pie soft serve, that would make the Friday Favorite’s list next week though.

Cooking meals and baking up my own snacks really isn’t bad. I enjoy knowing exactly what I’m putting into my body. So I say, “Holla for home cooked meals!”

No telling how many readers I just lost due to the above statement. #dorkaward.

6. This laugh. It is my all time favorite.

Other favorites include scrambled eggs with buffalo sauce and ketchup (I tried taking a photo of this – it is just too ugly to share, but too delicious to keep to myself), this series (if you have 20 minutes, watch part 4), 40 degree temps (oh yes, that is happening in NYC this weekend) and this shaving cream (random, but I’m really loving it).

Head on over to Katie’s blog to check out her favorites from the week! Her posts always make me smile! 🙂

And tell me all about your Friday Favorites in the comments below!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Temporary Blog Issues + Exciting News

*I’m sorry for those of you who tried to access CnC last week and weren’t able to. The server crashed causing my site to be unavailable for a week. We are getting some glitches worked out, but for now most of my older posts don’t have photos. Hopefully it gets resolved soon though!*

I am currently not able to upload photos to my site, which is a HUGE bummer because on October 5th, Atlas Luke Andrews graced us with his presence!

Once I get these technical issues worked out I will be back with a full recap of Atlas’ birth plus lots of photos! 🙂

A big thanks to those of you who have reached out to check on us! We are so grateful for friends like you who share in this exciting time with us. Can’t wait to introduce you to Atlas!

Hugs & Love. ♥

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Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Twas the Night Before Christmas…

My Christmas Eve started with a PR…

and some good views…

The afternoon was filled with great friends, cheese fries and cocktails…

During the evening games were played with family…

And now I’m curled up on the couch with this guy, A Christmas Story, sugar cookies & wine…

We’re trying to keep Marley out of the Christmas gifts and Ob away from the sugar cookies.

We’re failing on all attempts. But we’re not too worried about it tonight. I’m also not worried about the calories in my wine or the intensity of my next workout. Tonight I’m just enjoying what’s left of this special season with the people (and pets) I love most.

Merry Christmas from the crew at Cupcakes n Crunches (ornament compliments of Dave)!

 

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Lying Garmin + A Special Birthday

Things have been crazy busy in the C&C house this week. My out-of town family members began arriving today for my papa’s wedding this weekend (SO excited for him!) so I’ve been trying to knock a lot off my to-do list so I can just enjoy my family and lots of holiday festivities this weekend. It has been a cold and rainy week and I have been forced to bring my workouts inside, since I typically workout on my back porch. However, I was able to squeeze in a 5 miler tonight.

I know my Garmin says I only ran 4.98 miles, but it lies. I ran my normal 5 mile route in the freezing cold and if Ob could talk she would back me up. I’m so glad she can’t talk though because God only knows what else she would tell you about me.

In addition to the wedding and holiday festivities, it is also Dave’s birthday today. I’m as cheesy as they come, so I took the time to write him a little birthday poem.

To the guy who motivates me to run that extra mile,

You make me laugh. You make me smile.

When I only want to run 3 miles, you force me to run 9,

And then you make it worthwhile by pouring me some wine.

I know with you, I’m guaranteed some fun,

There is no one else with who I want to run.

 

To the guy who tries every (weird) think I cook,

You can melt my heart with just one look.

You’ve eaten southern casseroles without even a pout,

Maybe this year we can get you to try brussels sprouts?

 

 

To the guy who has the world’s sweetest lab,

You’re the greatest thing I ever did nab.

You’re one of a kind; even Ob agrees.

Marley completes her and you complete me.

 

 

To the guy who puts up with my crazy,

Life without you can get kind of hazy.

Although I’m the eyes & brains of our canoe,

It is your oversized heart that keeps us runnin’ like new.

 

To the guy who motivates me to always do my best,

Your friendship reminds me that I am truly blessed.

Now, I could probably keep talking until the end of May,

So I’ll wrap this up with an “I love you” & a “Happy birthday!” 

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I’m excited for this next year and all that’s to come.

Cheers to you…now please pour the rum!

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