Halloween 2017

I am jumping on real quick to give an update on Halloween 2017.

We celebrated in Charlestown again this year and had so much fun. There are so many young family’s and kids dressed up in costumes.

Halloween 2017
Emerson surprised me with how comfortable she was with all the Halloween madness. She quickly figure out how to trick or treat and was walking up to houses and sticking her basket out for candy. She has no idea what candy is but she loved getting things put in her pumpkin! It was so fun!

Halloween 2017

I am not a big, creative costume type gal but I love all Holiday’s especially one’s where you get to go out, have fun, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Next year I think we might have to have a family themed costume.

Halloween 2017

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up!?

Weekend Fun

This weekend went by really fast! It was the first weekend in a while that we were home and it was really nice. We spent a lot of time together as a family and I also did a lot of yoga stuff!

On Friday night, my mom picked up Emerson from daycare and Vinnie and I went on a quick date night to the new Corepower Yoga Studio in the Seaport and then grabbed dinner at Empire. It was improntu and really nice.

On Saturday, I taught yoga in the morning and then we went to the Pumpkin Palooza at Lawn on D in the afternoon. We had no idea what to expect but it was packed and super fun. They had pumpkins there for families to carve, train rides, face painting and of course fall beer and yummy treats. It was a beautiful day and a perfect way to get outside and spend the Halloween weekend.

On Sunday, we explored a new park and hung out there for wayyyy too long. Emerson was exhausted but it was so fun we couldn’t leave. There were so many toys and kids to play with. We loved it and will absolutely be going back very soon.

Snacking At Union Park

Sunday afternoon, instead of watching the Pats game, I was in the yoga studio for 3 hours. We had a Q4 annual update teacher training meeting. It was actually a nice refresher and great to see so many of the other teachers. It can just be hard to give up so much time on the weekend especially when I only get 2 days to hang with my family. But, now I am super prepared to teach and that is a great feeling!

Tomorrow is Halloween. We did a test run in Emerson’s costume and she seemed to like it ok! She doesn’t love the hat but she wore the fox suit no prob. The tail gets me! She is going to be the cutest little fox!

Halloween FUN

This week, I am really trying to focus in on my diet and exercise. I have been letting it slip lately and I am determined to reset and restart. The Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge Round 2 starts today so I am going to try to use that as a guide.

My goals are to:
– Do the 21 daily moves, every day
– Pack my breakfast and lunch for work  and eat only what I bring
– Cook my dinners rather than just snacking on whatever is around the house.

Cheers to a new week!

I hope you had a great weekend! I will be back on Thursday to share all about Halloween.

Halloween 2016 👻

Halloween 2016.

Emerson’s first Halloween. It was a great one.

During the day, Daycare did a parade through our office so all employees could see the cute kids in their costumes. The infants were strapped into this awesome wagon-like thing that had seats. It was so cute! Emerson loved seeing all the people in the office and was super smiley.

Emerson was a pumpkin! I went back and forth about whether or not I should buy her a “real” costume. I opted not to spend the $$ and put her in a onsie we already had with a hat my aunt made and it was perfect!

After work, I headed to Charlestown for more Halloween shenanigans. I am part of the Charlestown Mother’s Association and during maternity leave would go for walks with all the moms that had babies around Emerson’s age. There are so many moms!! We made sure to take a picture all of the babies in their costume. It was adorable!

Babys in Halloween costumes

Family photo with our little pumpkin!

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Lots of family came down to celebrate Emerson’s first Halloween. It was a beautiful night! I am already looking forward to next year when Emerson will actually be able to walk around and trick or treat.

This is my favorite photo and I just had to share!

How was your Halloween!?

Quick Interval Treadmill Run + Bruins

I hope you had a nice weekend. Vinnie and I had no plans and enjoyed a very lazy and relaxing few days. Most weekends, we seem to always have friends visiting, family gatherings or trips to VT/NH planned.

On Friday I got home just in time to catch the Halloween festivities in Charlestown. We met up with our friends and walked up to the Bunker Hill Monument to join in on the celebrations. There was a Halloween parade, live music and tons of people!  It was so cute seeing all the kids dressed up and celebrating Halloween. We walked around for a bit and then headed home to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. It was a mellow Halloween with no dressing up but that is exactly how I like it!

Bunker Hill Charlestown Halloween 2014

The forecast for Saturday was very dark and dreary so I set my alarm to wake up in time to beat the weather. I did get up early, but I ended up sipping coffee, sitting on the couch and doing some work. By the time I got dressed to run the weather was starting to turn so I bundled up and prepared for a cold, rainy, windy run. I got about 20 minutes in and decided to head to the gym because it was so crappy out.  I got to the YMCA and scanned the class schedule, there was a Power Yoga class starting in 25 minutes! I am a new member to the Y and I am having a lot of fun exploring all the classes they offer. I have not taken this yoga class yet, so I was excited to try it out but I wanted to run a little longer so I jumped on the treadmill and did a quick interval workout to get the most out of the 20 minutes I had.

Quick Treadmill Workout

I worked up a good sweat and felt accomplished and ready to take on yoga. The yoga class was good, but I had a hard time focusing and calming my mind. The class is in a big open room with a wall of windows and I kept getting distracted by all the people walking by.

After the gym, I decided to get a jumpstart on prepping for the work week and started to make a grocery list. Vinnie and I are big into making a big meal that we can make ahead and eat leftovers for lunch. It was so cold and rainy, we were both craving warm, hearty meals. I looked around Pinterest and found some awesome healthy recipes. On the menu this week is Creamy (no cream) Corn Chowder, Paleo Butternut Squash Soup, and Baked Acorn Squash Bowls.

Cooking Soup

I started making the Cream Corn Chowder made with a cauliflower as the base when Vinnie came into the kitchen with a big smirk on his face. A friend of ours had extra tickets to the Bruins game and invited us to go. Obviously, we said yes! So, I quickly finished making the soup, bundled up for the cold walk to The Garden. The game was really fun and we had great seats. Sports games are always more fun when your team is winning!

Box Seats

Sunday we slept in, had a great breakfast and watched the Patriots game. Again, sports games are always way more fun when your team is winning.

Oh PS – The Cauliflower Corn Chowder is super good – and Vinnie approves! I made some small tweaks to the recipe and I will share later this week. That’s the only food prep I got done; the couch was just too comfy to get off it today.

Halloween Candy Calories

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of dressing up for Halloween. I have a hard time thinking of a costume and instead of just picking one and being done, I stress over all the options and can never make a decision. It’s a challenge and I always end up deciding to be nothing. This will be the 5th Halloween Vinnie and I have had together as a couple and we have never [I repeat… never] dressed up or celebrated together. Ridic, right!?
I believe we will do something this year; although, it is the day of, and we still don’t have any ideas or real plans. For being a planner, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants in situations like this! Regardless of how I feel about finding a costume, I always love to carve pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds and eat Halloween candy. Carving Halloween Pumpkins

Anyway, another fun fact about me is I have a serious addiction to keeping up with celebrity news. I check People.com daily, which brings me to the purpose of this post.

Harley Pasternak frequents people as a contributor and provides great fitness and nutrition tips. His recent post was all about Halloween candy. He listed the sugar and calories for the 10 most popular treats. I had a general idea of the nutrition info on these candies, but I was still surprised by some, and it was a good reminder to enjoy Halloween treats, but be mindful at the same time.

Halloween Candy Calories

I chose my top 5 from his list and I added a few more of my favorites:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup: 105 calories, 6.5g fat, 10.5g (=5 cubes) sugar

M&M’s
1 Fun-Size pack of peanut: 90 calories, 5g fat, 9g (=4 cubes) sugar
1 Fun-Size pack of milk chocolate: 75 calories, 2.5g fat, 10g (=4.5 cubes) sugar

Snickers
1 Fun-Size bar: 80 calories, 4g fat, 9g (=4 cubes) sugar
2 Miniatures: 85 calories, 4g fat, 9g (=4 cubes) sugar

Hershey’s
1 Milk Chocolate Snack Size bar: 65 calories, 3.5g fat, 7g (=3 cubes) sugar
2 Miniatures: 85 calories, 5g fat, 9 g (=4 cubes

Twix
1 Fun-Size bar: 125 calories, 7 grams of fat, 8.5 grams (=3.5 cubes) of sugar

While I LOVE chocolate, I am more of a gummy, sugary candy kind of girl so I added 3 more in that category:

Candy Corn my all-time favorite
19 pieces: 140 calories, 0g of fat, 3g of sugar

Dots:
1 mini box: 70 calories, 0g fat, 11g sugar

Skittles:
Fun Size: 61 calories, >1g fat, 11.4g sugar

The biggest thing I noticed was the snack size vs. miniatures. When given an option, I always grab for a miniature candy because I think it’s better and healthier. But that always leads to at least 2-3 miniatures whereas if you just had one snack size you would be way better off. Also worth noting is the gummy/sugary candy has less calories and almost no fat, but equal amounts of sugar – so pretty much you are eating straight sugar, no real nutritional value there! 🙂

Since it is Halloween, I hope this information helps you be a little more mindful when reaching into the candy jar. It is perfectly ok to indulge and enjoy candy on this fun holiday, but don’t let the mini versions of your favorite treats fool you, they still pack a major calorie and sugar punch!

Whats your favorite Halloween Candy?