Fall Family Bucket List

Lists– you either love making them or hate it. If you’re a list-lover, YAY! You are my people. I live and die by my planner and to-do lists keep my forever-forgetful mom brain in line. If you’re a list-hater,  you’re in luck, because I am HAPPY to do it for you 😉 I am a sucker for creating traditions, so I present to you: The Kilbane Fall 2018 Bucket List! I decided to leave the name off (even though I’m a sucker for monogramming and personalization), that way you can download and print your own copy.

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Love it? Download Yours Here:

(sans any typos on my first copy, above!)

Fall 2018 Fam Bucket List

 

 

4 Fall Trends Moms are Rocking

While NYFW is amazing and inspiring, it usually doesn’t scream “mom-friendly fashion”. This year, I decided to look for the big takeaways and use them as starting points for re-vamping my Fall wardrobe. While I’d love to buy #allthethings, I’m going to stick with trends that can be seamlessly blended into a stylish, FUNCTIONAL mom wardrobe! Just because we’re mamas chasing toddlers around, wiping up drool, and doling out Purell like it’s made of gold doesn’t mean we have to look like slobs.

Check out my 4 fave trends below, with links to some of items I absolutely adore for Fall {this post is not sponsored in any way and I will not make any money from you buying these items… just my good ‘ole honest picks}!

Leopard – because leopard will forever be a neutral

 

 

             H&M Trumpet Sleeve Blouse | Steve Madden Calf Hair Loafers | Half-Zip Leopard Print Denim Skirt | Universal Thread Slides 

Interesting Plaids – more than your boring boyfriend flannel

 

 

Ruffle Plaid | Peplum Plaid | Checked Swing Blouse | You Belong With Me Blouse

Jewel Tones – rich, gorgeous colors to compliment neutral basics

 

 

Satin Camisole | Floral Print Swing Dress | Ruffle Front Top | Bell-Sleeve Romper

Chunky Knits – cozy, but with eye-catching details

 

 

Frappe Fringe Knit | Cable Knit Puff Sleeve | Nestled Up Cardi | Cuteness on Sleeves

Which trend are you most excited about? 

 

No Excuses: Mama’s Guide to Working Out with Littles

Before having kids, I honestly wasn’t too interested in exercising. I did it, sure, but for all the wrong reasons. I did it solely because I wanted to “be skinny”– it had NOTHING to do with my physical being and everything to do with being superficial. These days, working out has a whole new meaning to me. Granted, I actually really do love working out now, but it isn’t just about me anymore. My goals have changed from wanting to “be skinny” to wanting to be strong and lean (have you ever tried to carry a four year old and a two year old, in the 100 degree Texas heat, while also singing a rendition of “Old MacDonald” and not drop your coffee or diaper bag?).

As they get older, they not only get squirmier and harder to carry, but they start to really understand what exercise is and why we do it. Sure, you could drop your little at the chain-gym childcare, but you could also keep them around and get the same results.

Sound too good to be true? Sound like something only a SAHM can accomplish?

(insert an image of me doing a sneaky “I told you so” smile) While I honestly love to sneak away and hit the gym/yoga studio solo, #momlife means that isn’t always an option. Good news: you that you CAN get the results you want *and* you can bond with you littles and show them the value of good health.

FIT4MOM classes 

If you know me or have followed me for a while, you know that my love for FIT4MOM runs DEEP. It is my life blood and honestly I can’t imagine where or who I’d be without my village. Killer workouts? Check. Make mom friends? Check. Entertain and engage your littles instead of leaving them sitting on the sidelines? CHECK. They’re nationwide, so find your village here or message me!

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Load the crew up for a jog

A good jogging stroller is worth the investment, hands down. We use ours for running, hiking, and anywhere that might have even slightly rough terrain. I usually run with both kiddos, but now that M is getting a little bigger, she likes to ride her bike! Does it slow down my runs? Yes. Is it worth it to spend time together and let her also exercise? Also yes!

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Tone It Up app

I started using the Tone It Up workout app when they had a “bikini body series”, even though I have little intention of wearing a bikini! Team #onepiece or high-waisted swimmers for life! But what I fell in love with was the fact that they have daily moves, studio workouts where you can sign up for a virtual class, and on-demand workouts. They offer a ton of content for free, but also offer a paid version with more.

PopSugar Fitness or Fitness Blender on YouTube

Similar to Tone It Up, but you don’t need any type of app or membership. While there is a TON of free content on YouTube, these two channels are by far my favorites. Both have a huuuuge selection on what type of workout you can do, but they vary in terms of length and entertainment. PopSugar keeps me laughing, has motivating trainers, and is typically targeted to females. Fitness Blender is a little drier, but they have great countdowns on the screen that let you know how much time you have left, which is awesome!

Make it a Family Affair!

When we’re all home, we try to turn fitness into a game. It doesn’t have to be moaning and groaning to be a good workout! Kyle and I will alternate strength and cardio work, so that one person is always with the kids. If it’s just me with the kids, we’ll set O up with some trucks or other independent toys and M and I will workout to a video together! The most important advice here is to be patient. Get as much done as you can. I often have to split up my workouts when we work together and that’s OKAY. If you follow me on Instagram, I try to post some of our workouts in my story highlights. It’s about progress, not perfection.

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Do you workout with the littles, or fly solo? I’m ALWAYS open to chat working out, so send me a message! 

Good Eats: Weekly Meal Plan {9/16/18}

The Plan

Each Sunday, I’ll use Playdates and Prosecco to record our dinner plans for the week, including anything made during Sunday prep. I’ll link any relevant recipes and include some of my favorite products/staples in case you want to use ’em!

This Week

The weird thing about this “challenge” is that it doesn’t really FEEL like you’re in cleanse. We’re still eating real food and able to eat *most* of what we want, so that’s all around AWESOME. I will admit, the hardest part is not going out to eat so often. For us, going out to dinner is our social time as a family, so it’s a big change trying to cook every meal at home. Yes, we COULD go out and stay on the plan, but that’s not quite as fun 😉

Oh, and in other news, I’m only planning four meals this week because Friday morning we’re headed out of town for Kyle’s birthday! Hooraaayyyy– I LOVE birthdays!

Here’s what we’re working with:

The Meals

Prep

Spinach/Romaine Mix (cut, washed, and ready to eat in the fridge for salads)

Oats for work Lunch (not doing overnight oats, just prepping the ingredients the night before for quick mornings. I’ve been doing cinnamon, almonds, berries, and flax seed, then I add hot water at work and mix!)

Bacon (for all the things)

Entrees

This week we’re having:

  • Spicy buffalo chicken salad (whatever greens of choice and chopped veggies, top with baked chicken tossed in a “clean” buffalo sauce)
  • Venison sausage with brown rice and peppers
  • Turkey meatballs with zucchini noodles and Rao’s spaghetti sauce
  • Omelet w/ leftover veggies from the week & avocado (this is a new fav! So quick and easy, plus you get to use up all the veggies in the fridge)

I’ve linked recipes I plan to follow or at least use as a guide, so feel free to steal ’em!

What are y’all eating this week?

Let’s start sharing ideas!

Good Eats: Weekly Meal Plan {9/9/18}

The Plan

Each Sunday, I’ll use Playdates and Prosecco to record our dinner plans for the week, including anything made during Sunday prep. I’ll link any relevant recipes and include some of my favorite products/staples in case you want to use ’em!

This Week

So who’s done the Advocare 24-challenge? We are starting it this week! I’m SUPER excited and plan to actually utilize a lot of whole-30 recipes into our dinner plans, just to amp up the nutrient-density. I’m going to try to make this as exciting as possible, as we’re basically used to eating pizza and chipotle whenever we feel like it (but seriously, yummmmm). These next couple of weeks will focus on clean-eating by way of new spins on old faves!

Here’s what we’re working with:

The Meals

Prep

Spinach/Romaine Mix (cut, washed, and ready to eat in the fridge for salads)

Overnight Oats (currently experimenting here… I’ll link my favorites when I find some good ones!) 

Lots of washed fresh veggies!

Entrees

This week we’re having:

  • Spicy Garlic shrimp w/ zucchini noodles (drizzled in EVOO, salt, pepper)
  • Venison steak w/ asparagus (season with Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning)
  • Baked lemon chicken w/ broccoli
  • Jalapeno venison sausage w/ red & yellow bell peppers, onions
  • Omelet w/ leftover veggies from the week & avocado

I’ve linked recipes I plan to follow or at least use as a guide, so feel free to steal ’em!

What are y’all eating this week?

Let’s start sharing ideas!

This is 30: smash cake style

It seems like the older I get, the more extra I’ve become. I mean, I’ve never been one to shy away from a photo, but in the past few years I’ve come to really see the value in investing in quality photography. I love documenting each season of life, but I seriously think that a good photographer can also make you see yourself in a new light. When you find photographers that “get” you, you get incredible images. And these images, my friends, are pure GOLD. If you’re in Austin, check out Jessica Rockowitz (p.s. this is NOT sponsored, I just adore her and her work).

Photos by: Jessica Rockowitz | Hair by: Shelly Perez at Breeze Salon |Crown by: Love Crush Crowns | Tutu by: amazon | Sign by: Project Junkie Designs

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Cheers to 30, y’all ❤

Good Eats: Weekly Meal Plan {9/2/18}

The Plan

Each Sunday, I’ll use Playdates and Prosecco to record our dinner plans for the week, including anything made during Sunday prep. I’ll link any relevant recipes and include some of my favorite products/staples in case you want to use ’em!

This Week

Okay guys it’s been a HOT MINUTE since I actually meal planned and prepped. Like, I’m kind of embarrassed by how far off track we’ve gotten. We’re on a mission to get back on the wagon and I’m starting this week with some fun and brand new recipes! I’m not following any specific “diet”, but I’m going to focus on real, whole foods and eliminating dairy and sugar where possible. Also, Kyle recently went hunting, so we have a TON of venison to use where I’d normally sub lean turkey or chicken.

Here’s what we’re working with:

The Meals

Prep

Bacon. If you aren’t meal-prepping bacon in the beginning of the week for sandwiches, salads, crumbling over pasta… you’re missing out. Such an easy staple to add a bit of flavor. We try to go for high-quality, low-sugar, low-sodium bacon to ensure it’s as healthy as it can be!

Spinach/Romaine Mix: cut, washed, and ready to eat in the fridge for salads.

Lunch Options: salad with bacon and turkey lunch meat, meal replacement shake, leftovers

Entrees

This week we’re having:

  • Baked Lime Chicken in Lettuce Wraps (with a brown/wild rice mix + bell peppers and onions + guacamole)
  • Meatball and Kale Soup
    • will make double venison meatballs to use for the soup AND for meatballs w noodles the next day
  • Venison meatballs w/ edamame noodles and tomato sauce (linked our fav noodles from Amazon!)
  • Baked Chicken w/ mashed sweet potatoes
  • Jalapeno venison sausage w/ frozen Tuscan blend veggies (we use Birds Eye Protein Blends– the Tuscan blend is a blend of whole grains, zucchini, chickpeas and carrots with a citrus olive oil sauce)

I’ve linked recipes I plan to follow or at least use as a guide, so feel free to steal ’em!

What are y’all eating this week?

Let’s start sharing ideas!