The Friday Five


5 Things that Motivate me for a Workout


1. A new playlist

(although it’s been TOO long since I’ve updated my ipod). Currently tuning into Slacker Radio on my Blackberry 😉


2. New Sneakers & Other Workout Gear


3. My clients & readers

because you all work so hard too 😉



and a current motivator….


4. Endurance for Giving Birth & Bouncing Back Post-Baby

5. Always remembering how it makes me feel mentally and physically




Current Obsession


Be on the lookout for more yummy mango recipes next week 😀

….if I don’t give birth before. If I were writing on my twitter page it would say #wishfulthinking next to that statement 😉



5 Latest Pregnancy Complaints


Waaaaaahhhh Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh 😉

courtesy of “watch me grow” 😉


1. Pelvic Pain


2. Swollen Ankles


3. Charlie Horse in the Middle of the Night….Michael thought I was waking up in labor I was screaming so loud


4. Waddling like a Penguin because of the rapid 3rd tri weight gain (and Ella’s head dropping)


5. Needing to rest more and not being able to sit still :/



It could be worse though!!!!!!! I still feel extremely lucky to have had a wonderful pregnancy overall!


Cute-ism of the Week:

He’s STILL obsessed with my new glider. Plus–he’s been staying OUT of the crib. I can share my chair with him, I don’t mind 😉




Currently In Search of…


A KILLER Vanilla Cupcake Recipe.

It’s Michael birthday on Sunday and his request was “vanilla cupcakes with no weird stuff in them, like beets.” “I want some cupcake wars ish.” Hahaha. No, Michael. I only put beets in my Red Velvet Cupcakes, silly boy. And you KNOW they were delicious when you ate them! In Michael code that means no vegan stuff. What he won’t know won’t hurt him as long as they are killer tasty. Baking is my specialty, but I don’t think I have any really fantastic, blow your mind vanilla cupcake recipes. I think plain vanilla can be so boring, but that’s what he wants. With butter cream icing. Nothing too horrific as far as sugar goes, I am banned from using stevia blends too. If anyone has any ideas let me know! Nothing where I have to buy all kinds of expensive ingredients either.  Babycakes has a recipe but I think they will cost me like $50.00+ to make. I will be searching I heart cuppycakes and the reviews at All Recipes & Food Network until then and keep you posted 😉

Let me know if you have any site or recipe suggestions!

He doesn’t want me to buy anything for him this year. He wants me to use every penny I am making towards bills and Ella since, things we need. I will be out of work for a few months. I can’t stand that, but since he is IMPOSSIBLE to buy gifts for anyway. His family and I are taking him out to dinner tonight and I’m making him his dinner and dessert of choice on Sunday. No matter what it is, I can’t debate it.  He only gets a birthday once a year and he deserves to get what he wants!!!




Enjoy your weekend!!!


This wasn’t a topic today…but I want to know what is your favorite workout move lately???


Current Obsession??


Favorite Song(s) on Your Workout Playlist?


Stay tuned for my post-baby plan for getting my pre-baby bod back sometime soon!!!


I also owe you “My Pregnancy 3rd Trimester” to finish off the series!





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  • Reply Beth

    I haven’t tried either recipe, but these two recipes sound delicious.
    Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting (
    Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream (

    April 8, 2011 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I’m sure you can find plenty of cupcake recipes on Jess’s blog! ( She’s a baking genius! My favourite songs on my workout playlist right now are Fire by Raghav, Till the World Ends by Britney, and Atlantic by the Midway State.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    Hang in there, your almost at the end! It must be so hard, but you’ve done so well so far! I am obsessed with Mangos too, speaking of, I need to restock ASAP!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Annie

    Sorry I had to comment here cause it made me laugh even though you didn’t mean to make me laugh.
    You are so sweet to worry about what to get Michael when you are giving him the greatest gift ever and hopefully so close to his birthday too! Just wait for when Ella finally comes and he gets to hold her.. NOTHING you could have bought him will compare to that!

    I wish you the best for the following weeks and good luck in your cupcake hunt.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:34 am
    • Reply laury

      haha, I am glad I amuse you 😉

      thanks…you are right, his present is on the way!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    You can check this vanilla cupcake recipe out Laury! I’ve made them before and they were good!

    My current favorite song on my workout play list is Katty Perry’s “ET”! 🙂

    April 8, 2011 at 8:54 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Lisa!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    You’re so big! Love the pregnant pic 😉 Hopefully it hasn’t been too painful overall. My current obsession has been granola 🙂 Funny how you’re enjoying Mango, I remember when my sister in law was pregnant everytime she ate Mango her belly would kick, guess he was a fan haha 😀

    April 8, 2011 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    Love the baby belly!!! Current obsession lately has been carob powder 😉 just love it for some reason! And yes having a good play list and a good support team keeps me motivated to keep up with my workouts!

    April 8, 2011 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Sissy

    Happy Birthday to one of the best brothers a gal could ask for!!! I’m excited for dinner tonight. I haven’t made vanilla cupcakes from scratch in a long time- but if I were to, I would check out what has to offer. I love the recipes on there! (might not be super healthy, but ALWAYS delish!)
    I love Slaker Radio too Laur!! I’m weird and like working out to slow jams at the gym (Elton John Radio, Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons and the Beatles) Check those stations out! Sometimes I even throw in a little Madonna.
    See you tonight! XO

    April 8, 2011 at 9:18 am
    • Reply laury

      you’re so weird 😉

      If i workout to slow jams my workout is a slow jam!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Kat

    oy mango and I are NOT friends. I cant slice that thing to save my life. It always ends up super slippery and slides all around, half the time it jumps out of my hand!! It is pretty delicious though 🙂

    April 8, 2011 at 9:30 am
    • Reply laury

      they are hard to cut..I was going to do a “how to” but it was messy cutting and taking pics at same time. If I can get Michael to take proper food pics I will

      April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Mmmm, I love mango so much. I’ve been buying it frozen recently and I love eating them straight out of the bag. Soooo good. I love fresh mango too of course and it’s been making my smoothies taste so good. Looking forward to some mango recipes next week… or baby news, I will be super excited about both 🙂

    April 8, 2011 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Happy early birthday to Michael! No clue about recipes, I usually just go to or Martha Stewart for help with that sort of thing!

    Charlie Horses — I got those all the time last year before I got my foam roller. I remember almost kicking Jason in the face because I was bucking around so much! Eek!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Donna

    I’m obsessed with sunflower seeds right now
    You look absolutely gorgeous and i can only hope to look as good as you when i eventually have little ones!
    I laughed at your husbands comment about the cupcakes, my BF says the same kind of thing ALL the time, “and please don’t fancify it hunny, i just want plain ____”
    Song i’m obsessed with is the new JLo, its the best song at Zumba right now!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I love that Micheal requested cupcakes without beets!! haha People always say that to me – I want this, but please don’t add any crazy ingredients! 🙂

    April 8, 2011 at 10:47 am
  • Reply jennifer

    I love mangos and peaches so can’t wait to see what you make. I have been wanting to try the Champagne Mango, everyones been talking about them since WF’s had them on sale. I have no natural stores near by. As for the cupcakes one way to kick them up is to use Pure Vanilla Bean Paste its cheaper then the vanilla beans, my local store sells it at $6 for a bottle where 2 beans is like $14. I think vanilla bean anything is wonderful such a pure natural flavor!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:42 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! I need to track that down! Vanilla Bean is his (and my) favorite flavor!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply erica@fashionmeetsfood

    All the mangos I have bought lately have been terrible! Hearing the pains of carrying a baby makes me not want to have one ever lol. After you have the baby will you be jumping right back into working out?!


    April 8, 2011 at 11:47 am
    • Reply laury

      I plan on jumping back as soon as I’m ready! I hear it can be 3-6 weeks after depending on how tough delivery is. I am going to start with walking her in my jogging stroller because it will be spring. Then go from there! Can’t wait to start doing planks again!

      April 9, 2011 at 12:24 am
  • Reply Keri

    Happy Birthday to Michael! I feel like him and Dan would get along so well! He would make a similar beet comment or something like that…We did an interesting version of a plank yesterday in FIT. You won’t be able to do this until after Ella is born, but it was a modified plank (forearms) and we brought one knee in towards the opposite elbow (sort of twisting, dropping the opposite hip to the floor but not touching) and held it there. Killer for the obliques and even quads because you are in a 3-point plank. We held for about 30 seconds on each side.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply laury

      I love those plank moves! Can’t wait to rock them again!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I love mango. LOVE. All tropical fruit really. I ate half a pineapple yesterday. I wish I were kidding, but the sores in my mouth from the acid tell me that ir really did happen.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply laury

      Bahahaha…you crack me up! That has totally happened to me from eating waaaaay too much pineapple in one sitting!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Didn’t chef Chloe win a cupcake competition on TV for her vegan cupcake? They look bomb, too! I honestly don’t think it being non-vegan would make it taste any better (except the frosting…. maybe… I’m just talking about the “cake” part).

    April 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Dang those charlie horses. Those suckers are EVIL!

    I’m so excited for how close you are getting. 🙂

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply laury

      They are!!!! I feel like it was just yesterday you were where i was. I guess it hasn’t been that long…

      April 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    New workout gear and playlists are definitely the best motivation ;). My current obsession in papaya. Can’t get enough :).

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World has a recipe for vegan vanilla cupcakes and vegan vanilla buttercream. They don’t have anything weird in them and my omni friends always say that they wouldn’t have known they were vegan if I didn’t tell them.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, someone sent me that one actually early on Friday! I made them…so good!

      April 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Great post! I don’t have a good cupcake recipe…but I do love vanilla cupcakes a lot 🙂

    I’m with you on the old playlist….I really need to work on that! I’m planning too, very soon 🙂

    Good luck with all the preggo stuff!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Girl, you look awesome!! Your belly is so beautiful, really it is:)

    When I have a new playlist I’m so excited to get to the gym!
    I’ve had to take a bit of time off for my back to heal but my fave move before that was the squat and press! Good stuff!

    Favorite songs on playlist…pitbull- on the floor (or something to that effect), the new Brit song, what the hell (covered by Justing Robinett and Michael Henry). Basically anything with a strong beat!!

    I think Angela (Oh she glows) has some great recipes for cupcakes!
    All the best, hang in there!!
    Have a great weekend..nesting:)

    April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply La.

    The last month is SO HARD! You are doing grrrrrrrrrrreat! You look GREAT! I’m just a leeeeeeeeetle jealous of the no stretch marks! 😉 Sounds like your man is kicking it into high gear this last month. I’m so glad you found a great one!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Current obsession: butterhead lettuce and sweet potatoes! I just can’t get enough!
    Oh and the song: Party like 2012…excellent work out song!

    Have a great weekend girlie!! Goodluck finding a good cupcake recipe! I have no ideas!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    mmm i love vanilla cupcakes. hey nate’s bday is on monday! happy bday to the boys 🙂 you’re almost there, hang on you’re about to have your sweet baby daughter!

    April 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Lmao @ the cupcakes with beets remark! That is awesome 🙂 Hope you find a great recipe, I can’t wait to see what you whip up.

    Playlists always get me excited for a workout along with this gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately. It’s a reminder that I will be wearing less clothes soon!

    April 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Making Good Choices

    Those 5 things would motivate me for a workout too! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    My favourite workout move lately is the pushup with a side plank. I love it for some reason!

    April 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOOOOOOOOOOOVE That Move!!!!!!!! I can not WAIT until I can (and am strong enough) to do it again! Probably my top favorite to make my clients do too. Such a great move, awesome benefits!

      April 9, 2011 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    You look so healthy! That is awesome 🙂

    Munchkin, adorable for the camera per standard.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Definitely agree about a new playlist! That always motivates me!! I ate some mango slices last week and they were so so good! Now I just need to add some to a salad!

    April 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm
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