Chai Tea Latte

Can you believe it’s already holiday season?!  It’s time to get that turkey ready, deck the halls, and warm up with a delicious hot drink.  We love drinking chai tea lattes.  Spending money at the coffee shops all the time just isn’t an option.  I like to make my chai tea latte recipe at home, loaded with milk, and sweetened naturally just how I like it. 

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Drinking milk is one of the simplest and easiest ways to make a choice that’s good for the future.  According to Got Milk?, “milk remains the best way to get your daily bone-building dose of calcium.  Doesn’t matter what form it’s in.  Hot, cold, chocolate, smoothie-based or that extra bowl of cereal – they all deliver critical need calcium.”   

Ready for the chai?  Let me break it down for you step by step.

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Steep the tea bags in hot water for five minutes.  I generally have a hot pot, but this time I used a pot.

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Warm milk in a pot for 3 minutes.  Do not let it boil!  Then, froth milk with an electric frother.  

Don’t have a frother?  Pour warm milk into a large mason jar, twist on the lid, and shake for 30 seconds.  Voila, frothy milk!

Remove tea bags and pour tea into frothed milk.

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Add honey and combine together. 

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Serve in a cute mug, top with cinnamon, and enjoy!  Sometimes, we also like to top it with fresh grated nutmeg. So good!

Chai Tea Latte
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 4 chai tea bags
  3. 1 1/2 cups milk
  4. 1/3 cup honey (can adjust to desired sweetness)
  5. cinnamon (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil then turn off heat. Alternatively, you can use water from a hot pot or kettle. Then, steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. In another saucepan, warm milk over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir often and do not let it boil! Once the milk is warmed up, froth milk with electric frother. If you do not own a frother you can pour milk into a mason jar and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Combine tea with milk and stir in honey.
  4. Spoon into serving mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.
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My son likes to feel grown up with fancy drinks so I make his kid-friendly.  I dilute his with more milk to really reduce the amount of tea.  I like to use decaf and steep the tea for 30 seconds-1 minute at most.  A little of the spice comes through without adding unneeded caffeine.  That’s the last thing kids need!  What he does need is all the great benefits from this milk-based drink. 

They say “what you say with a glass of milk lasts forever,” and this chai tea says “yum!”

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ‘Got Milk?’ through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about ‘Got Milk?’, all opinions are my own.

 

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Getting Fit, For Real

I’m about to get really real with you guys.  Like, completely-out-of-my-comfort-zone real up in here.  As many of you know I have struggled a lot with my weight after having Paxton.  The difference between one and two kids is a lot greater than I thought.  I was pretty much back to normal-ish by 10 months after Damian.  I had excess skin but I looked good in clothes and was back in 25/26 jeans.  This time around?  Well, things are different.

Granted, I haven’t been as diligent with clean eating as I was after having Damian.  When I gave birth to Pax, I weighed a whopping 180 pounds.  It wasn’t exactly the cutest look on a 5’2″ short waisted frame.  There are a lot of excuses I could give but I just wasn’t doing what I needed to do.  I binged on horrible food and wouldn’t exercise as often or as hard as I should.  As soon as I really sucked it up, got a workout plan, and started to eat well I suffered a knee injury (unrelated to my workout plan) that set me back a month.  It’s really hard to rest a knee with two kids and a husband who was always working!  Football season is not a 9-5.  It’s more like a leave at 6 in the morning and come home at 11 at night.  I had no choice but to be supermom and my knee took a bit longer to heal.  I became depressed and made matters worse by eating “comfort foods” and gaining the weight I previously lost back.  After I posted some of my lucy activewear posts on Instagram, I had a couple questions about my workout routine.  

A little over a month ago, I started a distance trainer created by my high school bestie, Kirsten, and it completely transformed my body.  Kirst is NASM certified so she knows what she’s talking about.  She has created two distance training programs which consists of one month of workouts and daily caloric breakdown personalized to your fitness goals.  She created getFIT for those with gym memberships and homeBODY for people like me who don’t have the time or money for a gym.  It’s perfect for new moms, fitness newbies, busy gals, or people who watch their wallets.  Once I obtain a gym membership, I am going to purchase her getFIT program.  Right now mama just don’t have time for that so homeBODY is my trainer of choice.

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Take a look at that picture.  The before picture was taken on October 1 and the after on November 8th.   That is one embarrassing before and after.  I really, really hate to admit this but in the before I am sucking in my stomach.  It’s even bigger than it was 3 months postpartum.  Humiliating!  

I wish I measured the inches because I clearly lost a lot around the waist.  I started the program at 150 pounds and am currently 138 pounds.  That’s 12 pounds gone in one month!  The best part was I was able to still treat myself to Oreos if I wanted as long as it fit my macros.  I love eating clean but I also love treating myself.  Kirsten teaching me about macros was mind blowing. 

What I really love about the getFIT program is everyday is different.  I’m not doing the same routine day after day.  I have 3 training days, 1 cardio/ab day, and every workout is different.  Each warmup is dynamic to get loosen the muscles and get the heart rate up.  After throughly stretching, I transition to circuit training.  For this month’s cycle, I only completed the circuits twice.  My goal for this month is to consistently complete them three or four times.  Wish me luck!

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I will keep you guys updated with my progress!  Hopefully I can shed the hard to lose abdominal fat and (with time) get my abs back.  Okay, that’s unlikely since I have so much excess skin, stretch marks, and weird bubbles on my stomach.  That, my friends, is the aftermath of a hideous case of PUPPPS.  Side note: my belly button now looks like an anus.  Not cute.  At least I’m losing the weight and getting back to my pre-baby shape.  

Be sure to email Kirsten at kirstendohertyfit@gmail.com to learn more about her trainers and discuss your fitness goals.  

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Super Easy Breakfast Smoothie

Life with kids is crazy. We are constantly on-the-go shuffling from school, karate, soccer, and of course, play time! There are so many unhealthy options for kids on the market. I like to keep things fresh and simple with an easy breakfast smoothie made with milk, fruit, and oats. The milk is just what my son needs to “Drink to a brighter future.” It fuels my son’s school day and extra activities!

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My son has a bit of an obsession with asking if things are healthy. Chances are if something isn’t healthy he will pass for the healthier option. He knows more than any other beverage, milk impacts current and long-term health of kids – it’s the foundation for their bodies for the future (bones, muscles, teeth) into adulthood. Can you tell we talk about healthy foods a lot in this household?

The mornings are one of the most hectic times in a household. Sure we would love our kids to sit, drink their milk, and eat their oatmeal and fruit, but sometimes we simply do not have the time. Well, I have the perfect, easy, and delicious solution for you right here.

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Start with the key ingredients: milk, yogurt, banana, oats, pitted dates, ice, and fruit. This time I used slightly thawed frozen strawberries, mango, and peaches. This recipe works with whatever fruit you have on hand!

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Pour your milk and yogurt in the blender. Then, throw in the banana, oats, dates, fruit and ice. Tip: use less ice with frozen fruit and more when using thawed or fresh.

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Blend it all together and pour into a glass!

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Top it off with a sprinkle of goji berries and now you and your kids can drink to a better future!

Super Easy Breakfast Smoothie
A delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie the whole family will love!
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1/2 cup yogurt
  3. 1 banana
  4. 1/3 cup oats
  5. 2 dated, pitted
  6. 2 cups mixed fruit of your choice(fresh or frozen)
  7. 1 cup ice
  8. goji berries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour your milk and yogurt in the blender. Then, throw in the banana, oats, dates, fruit and ice.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Pour in serving glass and top with a sprinkle of goji berries.
Notes
  1. Tip: use less ice with frozen fruit and more when using thawed or fresh.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ‘Got Milk?’ through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about ‘Got Milk?’, all opinions are my own.

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Halloween Family Movie Night

Who loves a night in with Netflix?  *raises hand*  

I posted this pic on Instagram and I would be lying if I said I didn’t sing it every time I read it.  This month, I joined the Netflix Stream Team and am beyond stoked.  I get to keep up with all things Netflix!  I love me some HGTV so right now I have been binge watching House Hunters while folding laundry.  I always choose my favorite home like I was the buyer.  Please say I’m not the only one!  Netflix streaming seriously rocks.  The hubs and I binge watch The Tudors, I love watching documentaries, and there are so many great choices for the kids and family as a whole.

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Obvi it’s Halloween season and we are streaming our favorite Halloween movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.   

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I think it’s a Halloween movie but someone told me it was for Christmas.  Which one is it?  Both?!

One of our favorite Halloween traditions is to curl up and watch our favorite spooky shows at night.  In the city we live, trick-or-treating is done downtown during the day.  I personally love it for the little ones because it’s safe, we can discover new businesses, and it frees up our night for a family night in!

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Some of our other favorite family Halloween picks:

What are your favorite Halloween movies/shows?  What are you loving on Netflix?!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netlix #StreamTeam.  I was given a subscription and streaming device in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.  

I Love lucy

It’s official – I love lucy!  No, not the one you’re thinking of (although I do love her, too)!  I’m talking about my absolute favorite activewear line.  If you’ve seen me in person, then you know I have been living in all my new lucy gear.  It gives me the performance, style, and versatility that I need.  Plus, their yoga pants are hands down the best ever!  I’ll tell you why in a bit.

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First, let me tell you why I love lucy so dang much.  lucy is perfect for you, the busy woman.  This is for you.  The ones who have it all… on your to-do list.

Personally, my day is jam packed with pickups, dropoffs, sports, playdates, errands, and all life brings.  I can feel a bit lazy if I wear my workout clothes throughout the day.  That’s not the case with lucy.  I don’t have to sacrifice workout time with having to run home to change.  I generally have to give up sleep or a clean house in order to get my workout in.  Now, I can seamlessly go from my daily activities to my workout.

Let’s get to the clothes, shall we?  This Ultimate X-Training Jacket  has been my best friend.  It’s not super chilly here in Cali but sometimes a light jacket is needed.  It’s great for chilly morning runs, errands, and warm ups.  I haven’t even hung it up because I always grab it before I head out.  I mean how gorgeous is that jade color?

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Of course I had to get the matching Perfect Core Halter.  Duh!  Having two kids is the best thing I have ever done but it has done a number on my stomach.  This cutie pie not only wicks moisture while still being fashionable – it also gives you a sleek tummy!  The ruching hides lumps and the built in compression flattens while engaging the core.  I wish all my clothes had this technology!

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At least these pants do!  The Perfect Core Pant has compression on side, hip, and thigh with added compression at the torso to increase core support.  The high rise keeps everything tucked in while still being comfortable for workouts.  Or errands.  Or whatever else because I could live in these.  The hubs says they are his new favorite pants of mine which is always a good sign.

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In addition to my rockin’ outfit I also purchased the Track Goddess Half Zip and some headbands.  I had to show you guys this pullover.  I don’t know how but I swear it’s slimming.  Clearly, what I look for in clothes.  Perfect for the weekend, coffee runs, morning walks, and quite frankly life.  It’s just perfect.  And that pop of coral?  To die!

Head over to the lucy Facebook page to enter in the “This Is For You” giveaway.  lucy knows how busy life can be and they want to help!  Each week, you can win a year of house cleaning, babysitting, or meal delivery.  One grand prize winner will receive all three!  Let lucy give you more “you time” to do the things you truly love.  This is a giveaway you need to enter because you deserve it.  It ends December 16th so make sure to enter every week to increase your chances and share it with your friends.

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This is for you.  The ones who have it all…on their to-do list! Let lucy take away the small stuff that stands between you and a good sweat.  

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by lucy through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about lucy, all opinions are my own.