Category Archives: motherhood

Baby-fied Paleo Butternut Squash

Nugget baby is getting to that pincer-grasp/finger food stage. I bought her some organic cereal to play and practice with and now she’s actually getting it to her mouth so I need some better grain-free options for her. I had some leftover butternut squash sliced (I used it for Butternut Squash Lasagna), so I diced it up to make a good snack for me and baby.


1-1/2 cups diced butternut squash

2 cloves garlic, pressed (I never dice garlic. I am way too lazy. I always use the garlic press)

1 tbsp coconut oil (or fat of choice)

1. Heat yo pan up over medium heat. Add the coconut oil. Add the garlic and sautee for 1 minute.

2. Add the BS (butternut squash, haha) and mix well. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let roast/sautee for 15-20 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Uncover and let the water reduce down until almost gone.

3. Let cool and serve to baby (and you). Store in the fridge.

Tagged , , ,

Hot Topics

1. Less than a month until C-money and I fly back to Deutschland. I’m excited to reunite with my husband (and my stuff), but dreading the flight somethin’ fierce. A small part of me is terrified of inciting a passenger mutiny and them throwing open the emergency exit door and forcing us down the inflatable slide thing. My baby has a habit of screeching when bored…crap.

2. C is teething. Enough said. 4 hours of sleep a night is probably not preparing me well for the Open WODs. Oh well.

3. I am obsessed with Lululemon. It’s so flattering, cute and comfortable. I want to wear my workout clothes all. the. time.

4. The best baby teether I have come across is my iPhone in an Otterbox cover.

5. Hail Merry vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free desserts are rocking my world right now. You won’t regret eating one. Seriously.


Do you remember when Calvin Klein Obsession was the hottest b*tch on the block? Around the era when everyone was wearing Tommy Hilfiger mid-calf white athletic socks with shorts and Doc Martens sandals. Thank you for evolving, fashion world.

So, I have become obsessed with getting my long-ish pixie cut ala Michelle Williams, spring 2010. My appointment isn’t for 2 weeks. It’s going to be a long 2 weeks for my Pinterest followers! Clothes, makeup ideas, etc.

I’m over 1 month in to my 8 week strict Paleo challenge. I had 2 cheats: 1 margarita on 1/23 for my birthday and 1 glass of wine on 1/14 for my birthday. I know…2 birthday cheats. I’m a loser. But I am seeing results and that’s what counts.

I use Washington Post Social Reader on Facebook and for the most part, it’s good, except for the fact that after a few relevant articles, my feed is riddled with sports pieces from my alma mater, which I really don’t care about. And I especially don’t care about basketball. It’s a sport I just don’t get.

And you may notice (small, humble collection of followers–and I think one of you is a business, so that brings me to one follower), that I changed the name of my blog to Max Effort. Max effort is a term popular in CrossFit, especially re: sprints. But it takes my max effort to parent well, to CrossFit well, and to make appropriate food choices. So there you have it.

Tagged , , , ,

Hair today, gone in a week or so?

Once upon a time, after a particularly long and rough deployment to Iraq that include many familial traumas, I chopped all my hair off just before my husband came home. And I don’t mean that in a 4-inches kind of way. I mean that in a I had hair halfway down my back when I entered the salon and I looked like Mia Farrow when I left kinda way.

Well, now I’m feeling the itch again. And I saw this beautiful cut that Michelle Williams had at Cannes in 2010. And I want to do it. Like, bad.

So chic, so effortless. I want to be her.Isn’t that cute? I know some men hate short hair on women. Lucky me, I was neither raised by one or am married to one. They both dig short hair on a lady.

In WOD news, I did a solo Fran at the box on Friday. It was killer/lonely. It really hammered home just how weak one can get taking 6 months off (and I will reiterate I didn’t /want/ to take 6 months off!).  I did it RX’ed–9:39. Ugh.

I should note, for my own posterity, that no TV program delights my daughter more than the Today Show. Home-girl loves her some Matt Lauer. She also stood on her own for 2 seconds yesterday (she’ll be 7 months in 2 days).

Also, 6 weeks to go until I fly baby C and myself back to Deutschland. Anyone have any tips for 11 hour plane rides with an 8 month old, aside from drugging her (which I really don’t want to do)?

Tagged , , , ,

Back at it

For the longest time, my husband has been begging me to write, because I’m so damn hilarious. But as a new mom, my free time is pretty much limited to doing laundry, meal prep, working out and the occasional afternoon of watching Friends reruns and reading something completely mindless like Mindy Kaling’s book. But…you know, I’m feeling inspired. I feel like all the wonderful and appreciative people in my life will be absolutely delighted to read what’s really going on in my head.

So, I’m gonna give you a little list of hot topics for me right now–

1) Sharing religious/political crap on facebook is unnecessary if you use it to “socially network” with your coworkers. Seriously…keep that sh*t to yourself. I’m not going to watch/read it anyway.

2) If 37 of your friends have already shared a link on facebook, do you really need to share it, too?

3) I’m tired of hearing how hard it is to work out or make an effort to think about what your putting in your pie hole. You know what’s hard? Having your toe fall off from diabetes complications. Having a stroke. Breaking a hip. I do good for my body now so I won’t be a crochety old ball of wrinkles unable to enjoy my grandchildren.

4) It takes about as much time to make Hellburger Helper as it does to season some ground bison, form it into patties, cook it and serve it with some salad and a few slices of avocado. Bonus: no freaky corn and soy byproducts going ape on your organs.

5) My sweet baby has figured out the jumperoo. To her credit, she’s very short for her age, so her feet have only really reached the ground for about a week. Anyway, for the past 2 days she’s been delighting the hell out of herself in her little jumperoo. Pretty cute. Brightened my day after I spent way too much time on the phone dealing with my [deployed] husband’s stolen debit card information.

6) I’m tired of the mommy wars. Cloth diaperers, boobaholics, baby-led-weaners, formula feeders, rice cereal at 2 weekers, tummy sleepers. WE ARE ALL JUST DOING WHAT’S BEST FOR OUR BABY. Don’t wear it like a combat patch, ladies.

7) I feel bad for anyone who questions me about my eating habits. They get way more than they bargained for, including diatribes against corn, grains, high fructose corn syrup, industrial feed lots and the like. Sorry, y’all.