Holiday Roundup Part 1

Hello, my friends!

Long time no speak! I miss you guys!

Just wanted to give another quick update and let you all know I will not be blogging too much between now and the holiday. I need to take a “personal” leave. Our little family has a lot going on. Everything is fine…I just can’t commit to getting regular posts out over the next 2 weeks.

I do have a couple of recipes to share so hopefully I can get them out before the new year. I also want to give you some new booty busting workouts!

I’ve been doing lots of power yoga, strength training workouts…and…something I hate…RUNNING! Eek! Nothing special at all. Pretty much just sprint intervals for a couple of miles. If I have the right music it’s kind of fun! Nothing is hurting either…I am just a little extra tight in my hips and calves so I’m trying to foam roll it out.

I’ve organized a lot of the workouts I’ve been posting on my “Work It Out” page for you guys. I also need to post a OPBB update before I gain my weight back in cookies 😉 Ever since Ella started solids it’s been falling off. I was very discouraged in the beginning when nothing seemed to be moving and I just wanted to say all you moms were right! BF does make you hold onto it a little, for a good reason! I’m only 6 1/2 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight now and am happy staying here…my goals at this point is more muscle/tone and personal fitness bests! OPBB post coming sometime after the holidays.

Here are some of my favorite workouts lately in case you missed them:

“Puke-Worthy” Booty Buster [just ask Melissa!]

Killer Arm Workout

Post-Stuffing Bootcamp

5 Tabata Workouts

I need these hardcore HIIT workouts with all these amazing desserts I will be making!

In addition to the 10,000 cookie assortment  I have planned, I am thinking about whipping up some old favorites.


All Natural Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes



Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti [technically a cookie but they are my family’s favorite!]

I also need to take better pictures of them for my photo skills have gotten a little better over time

My brothers favorite…

Chocolate Pudding Pie


My infamous apple cake which I do not have  a pic of and am too stingy to share the recipe to 😉

 I am going to attempt to make a new vegan cheesecake….hopefully it turns out and I have something delicious to share!!!

What are you making for the holidays?

[links welcome! I need a vegan protein dish idea…maybe something with seitan?]


I am also making my Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad for Chrisma-Hanukkah dinner at my house Friday night

Talk soon!





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  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    I hear you with needing some time. Things are crazy busy this time of year! Thanks for the workouts…I haven’t been to the gym in a few weeks- just squeezing in whatever I can at home! Enjoy the holidays!

    PS- my bootcampers LOVED the Men’s Health bands!

    December 20, 2011 at 7:20 am
    • Reply laury

      yey!! glad they liked it!

      Happy holidays, Keri!

      December 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    Hope you enjoy your time off from blogging! Once we finish our smoothie series on Friday Maria and I are taking at least a full week off too!! Need to enjoy the holidays and not be attached to a computer screen!

    December 20, 2011 at 10:19 am
    • Reply laury

      I don’t blame you girls! It’s such a time suck being on this computer haha. Happy holidays to you both xoxo

      December 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply allison

    Have a great christmas/holiday season:):):):) And have fun with the family, i’ll be here in florida for christmas so i’m definitely missing the north and the cold and all the holiday cheer!!! 70 degree weather and palm trees is kinda a buzz kill:(:(:(:(

    December 20, 2011 at 10:33 am
    • Reply laury

      Happy holidays, Allison!!! Awww I can totally understand it not feeling the same without that crisp chill in the air in the NE! If it makes you feel better it’s supposed to be rainy and gross here :*(

      December 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    i am so proud of you! your progress is amazing and you look incredible! you totally prove that having a child doesn’t mean you have to “look” like a soccer mom lol. yes that workout was really rough! it took me like 2 days to recover!! mmm the choco-walnut biscotti looks so tasty! i’m making raw cranberry-pom relish (it’s super spicy and christmas-y). prob also will make roasted rosemary potatoes & maybe some raw vegan truffles 🙂 hmmm what about something with white northern beans & toasted pine nuts for your protein?

    December 20, 2011 at 10:46 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Melissa! Yes I am really starting to feel good. things are looser and I am fitting in my jeans! Woot! Nice to see the hard work paying off!

      I remember that relish from last year I think….it looked so good!

      December 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    great workouts! thanks for sharing.
    and have a great time with your family we plan on doing the same 🙂

    December 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    You totally deserve a break! You are one busy mama! I am baking banana bread like a crazy person over here! Have a happy holiday!

    December 21, 2011 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Alexa @ SimpleEats

    That chocolate pie looks to die for!

    December 21, 2011 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Kat

    mmmmm everything looks so tasty! I just made a gift basket filled with baked goods and a sinful little treat. It’s so fun baking for others 🙂 I must say, one of the best compliments I can get is someone telling me how much they love my food!!

    December 21, 2011 at 10:33 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh my, sounds amazing!

      December 23, 2011 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Shayla @ The Good Life

    I’ll miss you lots Laury!! I know how busy we can all get this time of year so good for you in taking some time off – you certainly deserve it and I know your precious baby girl needs her mama most of all this time of year 🙂 Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!! xo

    December 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Miss y ou and happy holidays to you and yours, Shayla!

      December 23, 2011 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Tiff

    Happy Holidays! Enjoy your family time. 🙂 I’m going to check out that chocolate pie – loooooove chocolate pie!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:44 am
    • Reply laury

      Happy holidays, Tiff!!!

      December 23, 2011 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Hi Laury. You don’t look gaining weight. I think you would be working out for maintaining your fabulous body. Its tough to get in shape but its tougher to maintain the gained shape. I am looking forward for power yoga work outs so please enjoy your holidays and come back to work soon. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm
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