Friday Randomness

Hi guys! Happy Friday. It’s a hot one here – apparently we skipped spring and went straight to summer! At least the tulips are still out, though. :)

dc morning sunrise run

I closed out my week with a run – I was supposed to meet a friend, but she had to bail last minute due to being sick. Bummer! But since I was already there and ready to go, I figured I might as well take advantage and do my own solo run!

early morning run dc3

I ended up having fun out there – I did some running, some walking, and some strength stuff, too – walking lunges, pushups/dips/step ups on benches, etc. I  also took a couple videos that I posted in my Instagram stories! I probably ended up covering about 3.5 miles total, with 2ish of those actually running. Felt good to move, and to take in some of my favorite DC early morning sights!

dc early morning run2

My other fitness attempt this week was on Wednesday – I met up with a couple friends at the Stroller Strong Moms workout, but Riese was NOT feeling it. About 15 minutes into the workout she was done with the stroller, so I improvised and did some of the moves while holding her/using her as my weight, and then I decided to skip out on the last bit of the workout. Oh well! Unless timing is magically perfect and Riese is really, really tired, she doesn’t love sitting still in the car seat in the stroller (she’s okay when it moves because she likes looking around, but when it stops she is awake and wants to get out and be held), so I’m not sure if I’ll try another of these workouts anytime soon or not. It probably makes more sense to just keep sneaking out for solo early morning workouts and then just enjoy our Wednesday mommy and baby days doing our own thing, or going to more baby-focused adventures. We’ll see!


stroller workout fail

After we hung out for a bit on a bench and played and then I fed her, she was happy again, so my friend Lily and her baby joined us for a lunch outing. We walked over to honeygrow in Pentagon City and grabbed salads – I had the “Make it Grain” (awesome name), which was really delicious. It had wheat berries, quinoa, arugula, grapes, roasted carrots, feta, and roasted cashews. I added chicken as well for some protein, plus a red wine dijon vinaigrette. I forgot how awesome grapes are on salads! Must recreate this at home.

honeygrow pentagon city

Speaking of lunch, I was also really into Mexican bowls/salads this week – I had a variation of this salad a couple days for lunch: brown rice + chopped romaine + black beans + salsa + peppers + cheese + hot sauce.

baby led weaning webinar

On Tuesday I had the salad while on a webinar for Registered Dietitians about baby led weaning! I heard about it through some fellow RDs and it was free and gave me some continuing education credit, so I decided to listen in, mostly for personal interest since we will be starting to feed Riese solid food soon! It was interesting, and the woman who led it, Jessica Coll, has a great website all about BLW with recipes and resources, too.

To continue with this super random all over the place post, I have been reading magazines (instead of books) this week while pumping and flagged a couple interesting things to share. First, I was thrilled to see an article on raising intuitive eaters in a recent Today’s Dietitian magazine! You can read it here if you’re interested. As you guys know, I’m a huge proponent of intuitive eating – it’s the approach I use with my AnneTheRD nutrition clients, and I even have a whole intuitive eating e-course called Joyful Eating, Nourished Life!

raising intuitive eaters

And second, I loved this article featuring creative uses for nut butters in a recent edition of the Food & Nutrition Magazine. It was written by fellow RDs Serena and Deanna who blog at Teaspoon of Spice. I thought the frosting tip was a fun and delicious idea – as was the easy Asian-inspired sauce recipe. Reminds me of my 8 Easy Marinade Recipes post, and my Easy Mix + Match Stir Fry Recipes! Peanut butter in Asian sauces is so good.  

use peanut butter to make frosting

I will close out this super random post with a cute baby photo. Have a nice weekend, guys!

kind of a big dill

p.s. Okay wait, one last thing! My personal trainer friend Gina just came out with some awesome personalized Fit Guides… check them out via my affiliate link here. She is offering 6 different plans targeted to your specific workout personality – and there’s a fun quiz you can take to determine which one is the best fit for you. Such a great way to get a more personalized fitness plan but without the hefty price tag of a one-on-one trainer!

p.p.s. Nevermind… one more! Has anyone seen “Tully” yet? I’m curious if it’s worth going to see!


  1. 1
    Kristin says:

    I’m interested on your take with BLW for Riese (who is adorable) – is she already sitting up independently and seeming interested in food? That seems to be the recommended starting “criteria” as opposed to purees, although if you’ve come across anything differently through your online training I’d be very interested in hearing it. Thanks!

    • 2

      She’s looking interested in foods, but hasn’t started sitting independently yet, so we will wait until that happens to start with BLW!

  2. 3

    For my husband’s birthday a few years ago, I made GF yellow cake cupcakes and topped them with Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. His favorite birthday cake has always been yellow cake with chocolate frosting, and they turned out wonderfully! I’m glad you’ve been able to get out and do some running as I know that’s very important to your emotional/mental health. :) Walking is the same for me. It really can help me clear my mind. I hope you all have a great weekend!

  3. 5

    Aww Riese is such a little peanut! She is Matt’s clone! I would love to hear more about how the transition has been going with the nanny, and how your life as a family of three is going.

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    Kaci @ Kaci's Healthy(ish) Life says:

    Thank you for the BLW website! We’re starting solids with my little man this weekend and I’m struggling with knowing what to make that I feel comfortable giving him. I’m excited to see a cookbook by an RD and not just some random person who’s declared themselves an expert.

    I had the same problem when I tried Stroller Striders-he was NOT happy being parked in the stroller! I wish there was a mommy workout that involved the baby more. Her smile is too cute, btw!

    • 7

      Yeah I think I’ll feel the same way when we get started feeding Riese… seems scary but I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it!

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