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In the Moment

In the Moment


I was going to do a What I Ate Wednesday post for my birthday eats yesterday, but I’m not.

The only actual pictures I took yesterday were of all my goodies I got from Love Grown Foods from my first LOVE drop.


By special request a little someone snuck in the picture.


(By the way- this Friday is take Flat Kitty to work day. Email me your pictures by Thursday night so I can put them in Friday’s post.)

He was quick to scope out his favorite flavor.


Cocoa Goodness. I even like just saying that.

I also took some pictures of my lunch.


I had to put my first LOVE drop to good use right away (and take full advantage of nap time because yesterday morning was a doozie).

In the bowl- Chobani plain nonfat yogurt mixed with my homemade chia berry jam, some Love Grown Foods simple oats granola and a tablespoon of crunchy SunButter.

That’s not all.


There was a little something left over from STUFT Daddy’s trip to Starbucks earlier in the morning. I decided to live a little and add this treat to my yogurt bowl (you know, since it was my birthday and all).


I don’t even know exactly what is was. It was blueberry and delicious and I’m sure had more calories than I want to know. But, I added it and enjoyed every single bite.


I truly believe that part of balanced eating is letting yourself enjoy things in moderation. I did just that.

Then I followed it up with a soy green tea latte espresso twist.


The rest of the day was spent at the hair salon and then STUFT Daddy and the boys took me to dinner.

Last night I lived in the moment.

From 7:00pm to 10:00pm I did not look at my phone once.

I went out to dinner with the family looking tired and ragged. I had wet hair and was wearing sweats. The best thing was I didn’t even care because I was just content spending time with my men.

We went to BJ’s. I ate calamari, BBQ chicken salad, and vegetarian pizza. They even messed up the order and didn’t bring the dressing on the side (I always order the dressing on the side). Instead of complaining and making them do it over (as I usually would), I ate it. Full fat dressing and all.

Guess what else.

We ordered REAL pazookies. No homemade pizoatie yesterday. We got the sampler plate with 3 mini ones. One had a candle in it (so we could sing and everything- yep, just the four of us). We ate every last bite.

It was a great night. A GREAT night.


I’m taking a lesson from my friend Heather, and going to make a conscious effort to be in the moment more every single day.

Sure that may mean making a workout a little shorter, missing a message or an opportunity on Facebook, not being able to participate in a Twitter chat that would help my career, having less than mediocre boards on Pinterest, not being up to date with the big talk of the day with social media, not getting a post done every day, etc.


it will also mean that I lived each moment of the day to the fullest and gave each moment and my friends, family, and clients all of my attention. Goodness knows they deserve it. 

Hope you get to do the same. Today and everyday.

Be in the moment!

On a side note-

Thank you for all your birthday wishes yesterday here and on Facebook. I am one lucky mama. I am thankful for you every day.


See you tomorrow with a giveaway! It’s about darn time, right?

Oh and I’m going to a health fair today and planning on either bringing Peanut Butter Doughtzel Balls or Green Goblin Muffins. Which ones would impress people more?

Ha ha!

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  1. 1

    I’m glad you enjoyed your day to the fullest! A mini-social media detox AND real salad dressing?? YOU’RE CRAZY…in the best way 😉

  2. 2
    Amy Zirkle says:

    Thank you so much for a wonderful reminder to “stay in the moment.” I always need to remind myself of that and so thank you for keeping that front and center in today’s post. So glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration – at the end of the day its those little boys and your hubby that matter and sounds like you celebrated with joy and surrounded by love – 🙂
    Okay – back to work for me (shhhh- i had to read your blog today from the office ;)). have a great day!

  3. 3

    I am really trying my hardest to remember to live in the moment, to live a fuller life and remember to just enjoy.

  4. 4

    I absolutely love this. With my dad in the hospital right now it’s ringing true more than ever. Enjoy every single moment – we never know how many opportunities we have! <3

  5. 5

    I am so with you on really taking time for life’s moments. Being spread too thin helps no one! Do what’s right for you and your family. Oh and totally take the balls! Everyone like balls, right? I’m glad you had a great birthday. I hope today treats you well!

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ha! Yes, everyone loves balls. Being spread too thin is the story of my life. Not good. Wish we could enjoy some moments together and eat out of fun jars. 🙂

  6. 6

    Way to go being in the moment on your birthday! I think I’m having one of those days today… a “in the moment” day, not a birthday. 🙂

  7. 7
    Annette says:

    Take the balls…best ever!
    Have fun.

  8. 8
    Bonnie says:

    Love this post. 🙂 I missed the recent twitter chat for the same reason – it’s just not always my top priority. Last night, small group dinner/Bible study and then time with my husband was! And that’s fine – never feel bad about that (doesn’t sound like you are), especially on your birthday. 😉

    And I’d go with the balls – I LOVE your green protein muffin (eating one after my run today!) and can’t wait for your new recipe, but I think the balls are easier to grab and go and would seem more appealing at an event like you described.

    And hey – HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY! Saw your post but neglected to wish you a good one yesterday! Here’s to a healthy, happy and honoring-to-God new year ahead full of freshness and vibrancy in your faith and life with your family!

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Bonnie- you always say all the right things. And you eat the right post long run snacks. He he! Yes, here’s to a new year with a better focus on God and precious life moments. Why can’t you live closer? 🙂

  9. 9

    This was my New Year’s resolution – BE MORE PRESENT! Somedays are better than others, but I’m making progress. Sounds like you’re trying too!

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Somedays are definitely better than others. Easier said than actually done, that’s for sure. I wish the rest of the world would just slow the heck down. 🙂

  10. 10
    Tiff says:

    The only thing better than living in the moment is being conscious of how wonderful it is. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed yourself!

  11. 11

    Yes to living in the moment! Love it!

  12. 12
    Laura says:

    Happy birthday! LOVE this post… it’s a really important reminder to step back from the craziness sometimes. Glad you could step back and enjoy your special day!

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thank you Laura. I really need to do it more often (as I’m sure a lot of others do as well). If only the world would slow down a bit. That would make it a little easier. Ha!

  13. 13

    Living in the moment, why is that so hard for all of us (myself included)? I love that you’re going to focus on that! It sounds like a great birthday celebration yesterday – happy birthday again!

  14. 14
    kerry says:

    First time commentor but long time reader – love your blog and your recipes – and your adorable little boys. You give me motiviation and I can realte so much to all you say. Can you post a printable recipe of the homemade pizoatie? – I am unable to open the video – probably because I am at work (shh) but it look so good, I wan to try making it.

    • 14.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Kerry- thanks for reading and for leaving a comment. 🙂 yes, I was planning on writing a printable version of the pizoatie. It totally got lost in the shuffle (as have a few other things lately). Will get that up soon for you!

  15. 15

    LOVE this post! I sometimes need to remember to step away from the computer and my school work and focus on living in the awesome moments of life!

  16. 16

    love Heather! great post. I am working on living the moment too! learning to be okay if I miss something on twitter, etc. just like you said. I am way behind on FitFluential stuff, but enjoying my life right now 😉
    thanks for the reminder!

    • 16.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Heather ROCKS (and so do you)! I’m convinced I will never be caught up with FitFluential stuff. It’s crazy out there! A good crazy, but I need to make sure family is a priority. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying life right now!

  17. 17

    Gawd….I die for granola. I swoon for it. I’d swim in it….dang grain free diet is killing me with no cereal and granola 🙁 Your lunch looks AMAZING!!


    • 17.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I love that you say swoon. Hang in there with the grain free diet. You’re amazing for doing so well with it thus far. I would’ve caved after just a few days. 🙂 You rock lady.

  18. 18

    Ah granola, how I love thee! Mmmm…Sounds like you had a great b-day. Thanks for the reminder to step away and enjoy the here and now!


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