What A Working Mom in Maryland Eats in a Day

I read an article today about, “What a Barre Instructor Eats in a Day to Look (and feel) Fabulous.” Let me start by saying I love these types of articles. I always find it fascinating to read what famous people, CEOs, influencers, health/wellness/fitness people, eat, their daily routine, etc. I’ll also say that Sami Sweeney is an amazing woman and God bless her for her dedication and drive. I wish I had an ounce of that. This article got me to thinking, what does a typical day look like for me? Nobody will ever ask me, because who gives a shit about what I eat. But here it goes:

  • 7:00 am – Some sort of cereal with almond milk and a two cups of coffee. If I’m feeling fancy, I might do toasted wheat bread with peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey OR vanilla yogurt with probably too much cinnamon raison granola.
  • 10 to 11 am – A snack of some sort. Earlier this week I had veggie chips, I went through an orange phase last month. It’s always random.
  • Noon – LUNCH! If I’m good I’ll bring in a turkey/ham sandwich I made at home with mustard, tomato and pepper jack cheese. Recently I’ve been getting Zoe’s Kitchen, Chick-Fil-A…bad. I truly feel guilty typing this. I always have good intentions over the weekend to pack lunches, meal prep, etc., but by the time the little one goes down or gives me some freedom all I want to do is anything BUT meal prep.
  • 3 pm – The dreaded afternoon slump. Pistachos, more veggie chips, chocolate. This is embarrassing.
  • 7:30 pm – I’ve being doing a lot of Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice stir fry. Super easy, squirt some soy sauce on and BOOM! Done! I can sit down to relax, eat, and watch This Is Us with nobody needing me. It’s one of my favorite times of day. Other go-to’s for dinner are frozen chicken cordon bleu, spaghetti, Territory meals. If you don’t know about Territory meals, it’s pretty awesome – check them out. Trying to use them to get me back on track (probably not the best solution to get back  on track, but the food is delicious and they do all the work for you, bless them!).

Because I’ve been eating a little bit later a night I haven’t had the urge for a post-dinner snack of chocolate or a glass of milk (who does that?!).

So, no. My day looks nothing like Sami’s and most other people who are telling a renowned source what they eat throughout the day. But, it’s real. Life with a toddler is hectic and I’m doing my best. Do I need to do better? Yes, 100%. But it could be worse, right? I could be eating Chick Fil A every day and pizza every night (that sounds amazing).

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Zesty Paws Dog Bites

They were our first. They hold a special place in our hearts. But then, we have our children. That first child—there’s nothing like it. And as much as we love our sweet pups (formerly only referred to as our furbabies), our sweet babies take the priority. Some of the luxuries and special treatment our pooches got has now gone out the window.

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Probiotics: Healthy or Another Marketing Fad?

Probiotic is one of those words you’ve been hearing a lot about lately—on yogurt commercials, in health magazines, on Pinterest, etc. Seems like it’s good thing, right? Well, we think so, but let’s go back to the beginning for a second. A good place to start: what the heck is a probiotic? Continue reading

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Gift Guide: Coworkers

Believe it or not, the holiday season is officially here. True, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we know you’ve seen Christmas stuff at Target, holiday treat ingredients at the grocery store and that your neighbor has already put up their Christmas tree.

We may not have our decorations up yet, however, we’re going to pat ourselves on the back for already having our Christmas shopping list compiled—we have who we need to buy for, it’s just the “what” that we haven’t finalized yet.

One of the hardest categories to shop for is coworkers. You want to get something cool and useful (ok, maybe not always useful), all without breaking the bank. Its hard, we get it! To help you out this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite finds for coworkers. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration and the ability to cross a few people off your shopping list.

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Around Annapolis: November

The best things to do in Annapolis this month.

Annapolis Maryland

Small Business Saturday
Shop Local!

When: Saturday, November 26; all-day
Where: All Over Annapolis

Grand Illumination of the Holiday Tree
This year’s celebration begins at 4:30 pm with dancing and carols by local school groups.  Santa arrives to help light the tree around 6:30 pm and help get everyone in the holiday spirit. The Jaycees serve hot chocolate and candy canes and  have ornaments for children to decorate. The Jaycees also accept donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for their annual Angel Tree program, which helps local families in need during the holiday season.

When: Sunday, November 27; 5:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown next to the Market House

Tug of War
The annual event between Annapolis and Eastport is back!

When: Saturday, November 5; 12 noon
Where: City Dock

First Sunday Arts Festival – Holiday Edition
As the holiday season approaches the popular First Sunday Arts Festival continues on November 6th to fill the historic streets and parks of Downtown Annapolis with some of the regions best musicians, food, artists and crafters.

When: Sunday, November 6; 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Calvert and West Streets

WRAYBN is Turning 3!
SAVE THE DATE for the special celebrate.

When: Saturday, November 19
Where: 12 Annapolis St., West Annapolis


NOTE: Event list will be updated throughout the month. If you have an event that you’d like to have listed, please email madeinannapolis@gmail.com.

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Around Annapolis: September

The best things to do in Annapolis this month.

Vinyasa at the Vineyard
This is the final Vinyasa at the Vineyard event of the 2016 season. Vinyasa at the Vineyard includes a 1 hour all levels vinyasa flow followed by a wine tasting that includes 7 premium wines followed by a glass of wine of your choice. All you need to bring is yourself, your mat, and some water to keep hydrated throughout class.

When: Sunday, September 11; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Great Frogs Winery

Vinyasa & Vino with Capital Yoga
Yoga, nature, and wine!  Join Capital Yoga Studio at Great Frogs Winery for an all-levels Vinyasa flow (one hour class) followed by a wine tasting that includes 7 premium wines and a glass of wine of your choice.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the Vinyard following the tasting.

When: Sunday, September 25; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Great Frogs Winery


Ongoing Events:

Great Frogs Date Night Series

Come out for an intimate evening with music, pizza, and wine at Great Frogs the last Friday night of  August & September. Sample the newest selection of wines, choose a bottle to share and enjoy farm to table pizza from WellCrafted Pizza.

Wednesday Night Sailing Races

First gun is 6pm every Wednesday during the summer in which 150 crews test their skills in this weekly tradition. Grab a seat at a restaurant or enjoy the view from the Eastport Bridge or Ego Alley.


NOTE: Event list will be updated throughout the month. If you have an event that you’d like to have listed, please email madeinannapolis@gmail.com.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

What do you get for the person who has everything? Here’s a list of great ideas–for budgets both small and large.

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