My Panera Favorites + Giveaway!


Panera has always been one of my favorite meet up spots for lunch. I love the atmosphere, the lunch options, and the prices! Whether it was grabbing a sandwich with my teammates back in college, enjoying a bowl of soup with my family after church, or grabbing my favorite You Pick Two option after a long morning of moving, Panera has always been a great lunch (and dinner) spot.I'm sure y'all can . . . Continue Reading »

Dairy During Pregnancy


There's something magical that happens when you find out you're pregnant. Everything instantly changes! For me, my future had a different meaning, my goals changed, and I looked at my diet in a way I've never looked at it before. Food had a completely new purpose, and that purpose was to provide the nutrients my body needed in order to grow and support a growing fetus. The first trimester . . . Continue Reading »

An Active Weekend


I feel like I can't say it enough, but thank y'all so much for the kind words about our pregnancy. We're incredibly excited to be expecting and I look forward to sharing things with y'all along the way! This was a really enjoyable weekend! The weather was amazing, I was out of the house a bunch, and I got to spend some quality time with friends and loved ones. I kicked off the weekend at . . . Continue Reading »

365 Days of Fit: Week 13


So I have a funny feeling people are going to wonder what I'm going to do about the 365 Day Fit Challenge.  When I started it, we weren't planning on getting pregnant, so I wasn't keeping pregnancy in mind.   Being active every day during my first trimester has been really difficult, but I'm proud of my push to be active.  Some days a walk was all I could muster up, but other days I was ready for m . . . Continue Reading »

We’re Pregnant!


Neal and I are thrilled to be expecting our first child in early September!   I am currently 12 weeks pregnant and am absolutely overjoyed! How did I find out? When Neal and I returned from our cruise on December 21, I was really hoping we'd be pregnant.  I didn't want to overreact but I was eager to take a test.  On Christmas Eve I bought two boxes of pregnancy tests and proceeded to tak . . . Continue Reading »

New Beginnings

Coffee Cake and Cardio

Today is an incredibly exciting day as it marks the start of a new chapter and new beginnings here on Coffee Cake and Cardio!  These past few months I've been cooking up a few things and am thrilled to finally be able to share what's been going on in my life these past few months. The first thing you'll notice today is that Coffee Cake and Cardio looks incredibly different.  Last fall, I s . . . Continue Reading »

Taking Advantage of Our Pantry.


When Neal and I moved last weekend I was honestly shocked to see how much food we had in our pantry.  Neal and I usually run to the grocery store every weekend, picking up a few perishable items, but I have to admit, I don't do the best job of taking advantage of my pantry. Every time I go to Trader Joe's, Giant, or Whole Foods, I always pick up a few staples but seem to forget what I have in . . . Continue Reading »

Evening Snacking: How to Stop


Yesterday on the Coffee Cake and Cardio's Facebook Page, I asked... Rachel responded asking, "Do you find it hard to continue your healthy eating day into the evening? What helps you squash or at least control that late nite snacking?"  Well I wanted to take some time today to talk about snacking and how to control any excess evening snacking that may be going on. From my . . . Continue Reading »

Currently: February 2014


I try really hard not to wish away time, but I'm really ready for February to be over.  While I'm grateful for the experiences that February has brought, working long hours and moving to a new home has been really exhausting.  Regardless, it has been a really great month and I want to make the most of these last two weeks. Current Excitement: My best friend Stephanie, who has battled Cystic F . . . Continue Reading »

Best of the Weekend

Bayou Bakery

I'll be honest, I am emotionally and physically exhausted from our move this past weekend.  Though I loved having a super long weekend thanks to two snow days on Thursday and Friday, it was a little too long of a weekend due to the move. Friday morning Neal and I headed over to our new home and were welcomed by a 4 foot pile of snow... I had a feeling our neighbors would use our two . . . Continue Reading »