I hope your Monday has gotten off to a good start.  My weekend was crazy and hectic and Monday is turning out to be the same.  Scott was traveling all weekend, so I was juggling my work, Skylar, babysitters, errands, single parenthood, my blog, my workouts, and just life.

I was able to juggle up a good plate of greenery, though.

I made a dressing use 1/4 c mashed avocado + 1/4 c Vegan Slaw Dressing


I could have just drank the dressing.  It was so good. And it made use of my 67 cent each avocado stash.

Nut pates are great for when the weather warms up and I can’t be bothered with turning on my oven to make tofu or roast chickpeas or juggle anything else.  A quick blend and they’re ready.  No oven juggling required.

Try Sweet & Tangy Chicken-less Salad

I snacked on some dried mango and raisins.

Reminds me that I need to make another batch of No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites

I juggled a few workouts in.  I run outside for 20 to 30 minutes and then do 10 to 20 minutes of yoga/core/pilates moves indoors.  In, out, and done in 40 minutes.

The weather has been so-so.  This picture was taken when it was sunny, but we’ve had lots of overcast and dreary, windy, cold weather the past week.  However, by the middle of this week, it’s supposed to be in the low 80s!

From my last post about Flax, I am glad so many of you love your flax.   As mentioned, so many benefits to it.

And I’m glad you liked the flax recipes I shared.  The no-bake flax cookies I mentioned seemed to be popular in the comments.  Let me know if you make those.

Hopefully you have time to juggle your schedule and make Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Takes 1 minute of active work to make.  Then the chia seeds go to work and do the rest.  You can squeeze that in, right?



1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I savored a few No Bake Nutter Butter Special K BarsSo good.

2. Can you juggle?

I can’t.

As a kid, I really wished I could but it’s not exactly something I practice trying or care much about as an adult while I am juggling real life.

3. What are you juggling lately?  How do you feel about it?

Life is one big juggling act for me!  Work, child, husband, household, workouts, money, cooking, cleaning, errands, my blog, fitting in ‘me time’.  It makes me dizzy some days.

But somehow I am keeping most of the balls in the air, most of the time, so to speak.

However, I’ll admit, there are times when I just want to stop, drop, and let the balls fall. But that’s not in my nature; that’s not who I am.  I am the proverbial juggling act with 17 irons in the fire at all times.  I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t have countless projects, people, and things to juggle.  That’s where yoga comes in.  It grounds me, centers me, and recharges me to go back out there and keep on, keepin’ on.  Keep on juggling, baby.

I know I will look back on this phase of my life just like all the other working moms who have raised their kids and wonder how I did it, but that I did it, and it all worked out.

What or Whom is in your juggling act?


  1. yum, avacado! i’m on a total kick of late – must get my daily fix.
    man, you DID have a busy weekend. kudos on keeping it all going…and staying sane!
    i cannot juggle at all. i’m stuck at toss one ball in the air, and catch!
    i’m trying to juggle lots of activities and stuff on my to do list with not enough time…extra hours in the day would be SO nice. i’m getting to bed later than intended every night because i’m trying to squeeze in a couple more tasks!
    hope that warm weather arrives – then send it up here, please!

  2. I wish I could juggle. I’ve made many attempts, but have yet to be successful!

  3. ah i just got back into classes so im juggling that, workouts, blogging and sleep!! im sleep deprived already!!! ahhah iused 2 be able to juggle two balls in one hand! woot woot! your mango cookie dough bites are just gorgeous!

  4. My brother can juggle like crazy. He used to go to the park on weekends to randomly juggle with people. They’d throw around the things they were juggling, and it amazed me how someone would always catch it!

    Am I juggling? Yes, way too much. Full time job, two kids, one of whom is 6 months old, trying to get back in shape, blogging, laundry, dishes, cooking, romancing my hubby, too much!!!

  5. Those mango bites look gorgeous! I think many women’s lives are defined by juggling! Thankfully many do it with grace & style!!

  6. I can totally juggle! We had to learn in high school drama class…it was worth a good chunk of our mark!
    In my daily life I juggle work, manfriend, workouts, school, me time and sleep. Thankfully it’s not too overwhelming.

  7. We learned how to juggle in 6th grade but I don’t know if I remember. It was super fun though!

    I feel like a juggler right now too – packing the house, moving into a new apartment, work, blogging, working out, cooking and my post-cancer treatment in two weeks. Ack! But today is my boyfriend’s birthday and I’m concentrating on juggling some fun in there for him :) When I went to Kripalu, one of the teachers, Terri, is a psychotherapist and she said “When life seems really, really hard – stop saying it’s hard. Just say it’s easy. And it will be.” To which I was like omg, really? Who does/says that.” But I’ve started saying it and it really helps me to mentally just get through it. Keep on, keeping on! I agree, yoga helps me stay sane too!

  8. That dressing sounds delicious!

    Best thing I ate all weekend — super good guac from Saturday and banana bread yesterday. It doesn’t get better than that!

    I cannot juggle — I tried when I was younger (I think my parents bought me a kit with a book too) — couldn’t do it. I try to juggle everything and keep it in balance — eating right, exercising, training, working, spending time with Jason, with friends, with family, keeping a clean house, errands, blogging, eat.

  9. I can’t juggle :( And when I think of it I really don’t have that much to juggle in life. I mean I do my blog, but if I’m too busy I don’t have a problem skipping a day, I do it when I have the time. I do all the household stuff, dishes, laundry, cooking, picking up etc. which is juggled along with 2 kids and taking care of myself – workouts, showering, etc. I’m actually just starting my garden outside so add that to my list of household chores. I’m almost cringing at the amount of work it brings on me, but it’s so worth it. All in all not that much on a regular day to day basis. Some days are just nuts though!

  10. I absolutely cannot juggle – but I’m pretty good at juggling life! Between school, work, parenting, working out, blogging, and taking care of our house – I know exactly how you feel! Even though I’m super busy, I wouldn’t change anything! :)

  11. Nothing like a fresh salad with an awesome dressing! Fabulous! And your tjs dried mango always makes me jealous ;) That stuff is addictive to me! Lots of balancing going on over here! Regular work, teaching, being a wife, Mom to Frank, pregnant lady, etc! But I’m loving it and wouldn’t have it any other way :)

  12. I know how you feel! Sometimes I wonder how I can handle everything at once! Crummy weather for sure! I am not loving the rain and the cold air…I NEED sunshine! :)

  13. Yoga is what keeps me sane also. When I have a bad day (like today..ugh) my yoga mat is the only place I can find solace. <3

  14. Wish I could juggle, but I’m the least coordinated person on the planet! Mike can, though, which is kinda cool.

    Sometimes I feel like I’m juggling college with the “real world.” I think your early 20s are a really fun but kind of confusing time, because you have the responsibility to take care of yourself and start to make grown-up decisions, but at the same time you’re kind of in a bubble. To be honest, I’m ready to be in the real world 100%- people always tell me I’m crazy for saying that, but the people that know me best all agree that I’ll actually be less stressed once I have more structure in my life, and can surround myself with more maturity in general!

  15. I can’t juggle. I used to try when I was a kid and the balls would always hit me in the head. I decided to give up before I killed too many brain cells.

    Right now I’m juggling full time school and two part time jobs, plus other commitments with regards to health, family, friends, etc. It’s a balancing act, but we get through it somehow, right?

  16. I CAN juggle, but only few a few seconds. Then I lose my flow : (

  17. COMPLETELY agree! I am the type of person who always has to keep busy. I need direction and focus, even if that means a getting a little stressed now and then. Having purpose and always having something to do makes me happy and makes me the person I am today. :) Doing yoga and going for walks every day has been my lifesaver in keeping me stress free and sane. I also have those couple of people in my life who I know I can also vent to and they’ll never judge me. That’s truly priceless.

  18. I feel like I’m juggling so much right now – with school, work, dating, running and blogging! Luckily I enjoy most of it (not always the dating part), but sometimes I feel so totally overwhelmed! Sounds like you had a crazy time! Happy Monday!

  19. Best thing I ate was BBQ tempeh sandwhiches with a cabbage made with your vegan slaw recipe (so good!).

    I can’t juggle, but my husband can – pretty much anything and it’s kinda cool.

    I’m juggling more than I want to right now. Stressful job, sick relatives back home (2000 mi away), a busy family, and training for my first triathlon. Still…I’m fortunate as I can imagine.

  20. I am jealous of your avocado!
    I have not eaten one in probably 1 1/2 years…crazy eh?
    In korea, avocados cost around $3.25 for ONE,

  21. I’m juggling school, my internship, traveling, my health, my blog, and communicating with my loved ones back home! I’ve felt very relaxed these past few weeks, but things are kicking back into gear. Back to researching for me :)

  22. oh i bet the mashed avocado gave the a dressing a nice, creamy texture!

    1. I made this spicy Cuban black bean and rice soup. SOOOOOO delicious
    2. My hand/eye coordination is awful. Just awful. lol

  23. what am I NOT juggliong lately! oh geez…this comp prep is slowly taking over my life I am trying to maintain my relationship, give it 100% at work, give 100% with my diet and training adn it is hard to balance everything thats for sure!

    too funny about the avocado this morning in our oats! it was delicious! i cut it into little pieces and put it on top and it was SOOO good!!!

    • I wish i had taken pics of mine. I thought ppl may not care that i was putting green things in my oats so i didnt take pics. lol

      comp prep…yes, that was me at this time last year. my show was june 5 and this was crazy time! i tried to just workout as “usual” but even so…that was like 2hrs a day some days to get it all in and done!

  24. Oooh that salad looks so yummy. I am finally in the mood for raw veg again now that spring is here – or at least on it’s way. My carb cravings are starting to dissipate ;)

    Best thing I ate over the weekend – deep fried ravioli bites, that happened to be called ‘tasty little bastards’. They lived up to the name, although it’s not something I will make a habit of eating!

    I can juggle a bit, but not well or for long. So maybe the real answer is no, I can’t! Currently I am not really juggling much as I have lots of time to focus on my business, and just live life along with it. I am appreciating having a more calm life, and the time to do what I want and live my dream – and that makes all the juggling I did in previous years really worth it!

  25. You have a lot more balls in the air than I do, but I still do a bit of juggling between work and blogging and life. :) Dustin knows how to juggle for real! He’s pretty good at it. I can’t. I suck at it, but haven’t vested more than 3 minutes into it, either. haha

    Busy is good. Idle = bad. I think keeping busy and never retiring keeps you young and feeling fabulous!

  26. Your pics are looking so foodpornriffic these days!

    I’m so with you–I’m a juggler. Sometimes I feel like a clown, but at my best times I’m an acrobat. People tell me to just relax and “just be.” I can do that…for a few minutes. Usually by playing video games or reading a book. But make me “just be” for longer than a few hours and suddenly I “just become” a lazy ass. An object in motion stays in motion, yeah?

    You’re definitely an acrobat though! Screw super moms, you’re a plain super lady between kids, work, yummy eats, money, and most importantly, YOU. I don’t get people who praise these run-down “do it all” ladies who look like they should just take their kid’s doctor appointment from themselves. That’s not good juggling. But you take care of yourself dang well too, and that’s the real art of it.

    Oh, and I got a ton of free dried mango, both sweet and sour kinds. Besides your white chocolate dough balls, got any other mango ideas? :-)

  27. 1. Crunchy peanut butter on organic bananas. I had like, eight of them in two days. SO GOOD.

    2. Nope! I wish I could though.

    3. Term papers, studying for finals and maintaining my social and bloggy life.

  28. I definitely love white chocolate, but not real excited about mango cookie dough. I definitely like the dressing and it sounds delicious. That’s probably the one thing i’ll definitely try.

  29. can we talk about my absolute LOVE AFFAIR with chia seeds. haha i just order the 20 buck 2lb bag from chia seed direct yesterday because i’m almost done with my initial bag i bough from wf last week. they’re AMAZING and seriously have some SEWIOUS staying power.

    anyways! um i was just thinking earlier tonight how much i love a good buttery cado.

    you’re the queen of juggling girl!

  30. I love that TJ’s dried mango. So good!!
    Right now I’m juggling my personal training business picking WAY up in so many ways, while still maintaining my part time job as a project planner for an insurance company. If only fitness was a consistent career…

  31. It’s been a crazy start to my week too. I hear ya on juggling, that was me at work today. Your dressing sounds great.

    1. Got in a little relaxing and saw a movie with hubby.
    2. Nope, but I’ve never put much effort into learning it.
    3. A lot at work between training a new employee and working on my own tasks, exercise, housework, time with hubby, and not letting this cold get to me. It’s a lot, my work schedule is crazy enough that I don’t know how some mom’s work full time, go home to kids and find enough time to take care of themselves.

  32. Just wanted to let you know that every time I see your white chocolate mango balls, I drool just a little!

  33. Mmmm…I love anything with avocados in it! That salad dressing sounds yummy! :)

  34. The best thing I did was perform in my gospel concert! The second, make muffins. And now you’ve given me a craaving for mango :)

  35. I can’t juggle – literally.
    But I’ve been “juggling” a lot – a lot of moving around and relative craziness.

  36. I can juggle with 3 items, but I am not good at it!

    I juggle work, grad school, blogging, and a social life …

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  38. I always wanted to juggle, and I realized I can…once. And then they all fall ;)

    Right now I’m just juggling work (part-time at my church), some health problems, and keeping up with bills. Oh and my husband, can’t forget about him, lol. I say “just” because I think mom’s do all of that and a whole lot more!

  39. Oh, do I ever juggle a ton of stuff in my life! But I don’t know that I’d want it any other way. I think I’d feel lost with “nothing” to do. I really thrive on routine and schedules, so I think I do a pretty good job of keeping those balls in the air!

  40. The best thing I did and ate over the weekend, was a cookie at VegFest with my Mom. It was peanut buttery caroby heaven.
    Right now I’m juggling school (6 more months), part time work, wife, homemaker, blogger, etc. Juggling is the perfect term for it. I’m doing alright keeping the balls in the air…it’s good to be busy and fun, but there are things that I would love to be doing that I can’t make the time for like reading for pleasure, movies, crocheting, and seeing my friends more often.
    I can’t juggle for real.

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