Gah! Feeding my coach. It's got to be one of the hardest parts of football season for me. It wouldn't have to be all that hard, except for the fact that I really want my hubby to eat WELL during football season! I also don't want to spend a fortune on prepared foods or him going out to eat. He works long, stressful hours, spends time traveling and definitely gets worn down. If I can at least fuel him with healthy food, I feel like I'm doing my part to help the team succeed!
Now, every team/school/staff is different, but everywhere we've been so far my husband has eaten 3 meals a day at school AT LEAST 4 days a week. That means really doing something thinking and planning ahead when it comes to having food prepared and ready for him! I'll be honest - some weeks I really fail at this. He comes home at night looking for food to bring the next day and I'm like - "there's an apple...how about some cheerios?".
One of the things that I've done that really helps is make sure I plan several meals throughout the week for me and the girls and I make plenty for leftovers. That way, we can have them the following day for lunch and the coach can take them for at least one meal too. I try to do at least one meal a week in the crockpot. I've also found that pre-making 1 large egg dish for a week's worth of breakfasts has been a huge time/sanity-saver.
These egg bakes aren't the prettiest...and I'm definitely no food photographer! But they taste good!!
Another lifesaver this year has been finding a good shake mix for him to take as a snack in the afternoon. If you know my husband you know he is a coffee FANATIC and drinks it all day long. When I heard about CLICK protein mix and had the chance to try it for a review, I KNEW my husband was going to be excited about it. It's turned into one of the best things I can send with him each day! So here's the deal - they've taken a great protein powder (16 grams/serving) and added 2 shots of REAL espresso for awesome coffee flavor and a kick of caffeine! There is also a great boost of essential vitamins and minerals so it's totally suitable for a meal replacement shake too! Click comes in mocha, caramel and vanilla flavors. My coach is a total mocha fan so that was his hands down favorite. But the said they were all really good! He's been taking it to work every day and likes mixing it up with hot water for a mocha latte-type drink. We've also tried it blended with ice at home! All yummy! Coach claims that it's been keeping him full all afternoon while giving him that caffeine jolt he needs to get through practice and late night film watching! I'm just thankful that there is 1 less snack I need to pack each day!
Here are a few of our other football season stand-bys...
Click provided us with free drink mix to try & review. We loved it so much that we wanted to share it with you too! One lucky winner will get their very own canister of CLICK in their favorite flavor!
Enter the giveaway below!
Happy November! It's officially "holiday season"!
Isn't it? Is there some official person that decides that? Well, I've decided it for the rest of us...and I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED!
For once I've actually been thinking about gifts early this year so I wanted to share my findings! Do you have an essential oil lover in your life? Want to share YOUR love of oils with your family and friends? I've found the coolest gifts any essential oil addict would love. Bonus points - many of these products are sold by small businesses and mom-preneurs...my favorite kinds to support! Many of them have been kind enough to share discount codes with my readers so be sure to head over to their sites and show them some love! You won't be disappointed and neither will your friends and family!
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For the Oily Kiddos in Your Life
These snugly stuffed animals are essential oil diffusers for snuggling! Place 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil onto the "brain" and place it into the pocket located at the top of the head between the ears. Simply snap the pocket closed, hug, snuggle and sniff. These are the perfect gift for little ones who need some extra help falling asleep at night or just need a little extra lovin' some days!
You can get these silly little faces in several different styles and colors and in 2 different sizes. I recommend the gift set with the most adorable companion book "Sniff The Earth"! We just got our set and I can't wait to give it to Miss Mak for Christmas! Hallie and I have been sneaking snuggles and reading the book ahead of time!
This shop is closing on November 13th (maternity leave for the mom-boss!) so be sure to head over there SOON and get your order placed! On November 4th and 5th you can save 20% on your entire order with the code: SMELLYSALE20
Another diffuser option for the kiddos (or a kid at heart!) these adorable animal diffusers run for 8 hours and are the perfect addition to a little one's bedroom. You can even add a water bottle to it to work as a humidifier on sick or dry days.
We have Rosie the Pig and LOVE her!!
For Your Stylin' Friends
What if you could bring the benefits of your oils with you all day long, while looking beautiful! I love diffuser jewelry - they are so practical but so pretty too! This shop has several beautiful necklaces and there are even more on Etsy if you search around!
This is the perfect gift for your mom or BFF or anyone who wants a little extra oil
with them every day!
I've got an obsession lately with tees and tanks with fun quotes and sayings on them! I recently purchased this "oils & coffee" tank from Oils all the Time and I wear it constantly! Super comfy, cute, and a great conversation starter! This mama owned shop has other great shirts with oily sayings as well as really cute labels for your oil roller bottles!
Get 20% off the entire shop through Nov. 30th with this code: HOMEFIELD
For the Diffuser Addict
This is the PERFECT diffuser if you're shopping on a budget! For just $15.99 you get a long lasting (up to 6 hours) mist, an auto shut-off, and MY favorite - changing colors! I think kiddos would love this but I would love it too! I have a friend that bought this exact one recently and she is loving it!
This is the CADILLAC of diffusers you guys. It's way at the top of my wish list - I know several people who have one and love it, and I totally want it for my living room! It has the obvious diffuser component, but also a water fountain AND a bluetooth speaker! This would be awesome for an office too! By far the coolest diffuser I've ever seen!
Fun Stocking Stuffers
Who wouldn't want to drink their coffee out of this awesome mug every morning! This is another one on my personal wish list! Essential Oil Style is another small business that I LOVE to support. Aside from this killer mug, they have dozens of great shirts and other accessories to fuel your oil addiction.
They are offering 10% off your total purchase through Nov. 30th with the code: HOMEFIELDESSENTIALS
These are a personal favorite of mine, hand made by my very talented cousin! They hold 3 10ml roller bottles and are great for keeping your oils with you on the go! I've got one of these in my diaper bag and one for the kiddos too!
Taking pre-orders through Nov. 30th - email me to place your order!
Spread the Oily Love
What better way to celebrate the holidays with Peace, Cheer and Holiday Joy? These are just a few of the AMAZING oil blends available that you will LOVE these holidays! Here are a few of my favorite doTERRA products that are perfect gifts for the experienced oiler or total newbie! Get all of these products and more at a 25% discount by emailing me!
So...do you have your shopping list complete yet? Or maybe a whole new wish list? I hope you've gotten some great gift ideas here today and I hope you'll get a chance to check out some of my favorite shops - it's a shop small kinda holiday, don't you think?!
What's on YOUR oily wish list this year?
I've got exciting news! I've re-vamped the look (and name!) of my website! Did you notice? What do you think?
I've been dreaming and scheming for a while now and I knew it was time for a change. I'll be honest - the overhaul isn't complete. Changing things like this is way more consuming than you would expect and let's be realistic, I've got 2 little ones at home, a husband busy with football season and about 30 minutes a day to do what I want and that's usually a shower. So...I've busted my butt and made some awesome changes and have decided to just go live now and do the rest when I can.
It's kind of where I'm at in life right now too.
Things aren't ever going to be perfect. There is never a best time to do something. I'm never gonna have it all planned out. So I just DO. Each day I tackle my family and my business and my well-being the best I possibly can do it. And it will all be ok.
So, I thought it would be fitting to launch everything new on a random Thursday afternoon. It didn't have to wait til it was totally done. It didn't have to wait until Monday or until next month or until next year. I want to get started NOW!
You might be asking, "WHY THE CHANGE"?
Well, while fitness is still an essential part of my life (see what I did there?), it's honestly not my biggest focus right now. I need running and workouts to stay healthy and sane and I absolutely love teaching my Moms in Motion class, but I didn't feel like I was really delivering the "fitness" part of Home Field Fitness here on the blog anymore. That being said, I took a look at what I had been delivering on the blog lately and it all narrowed down to "THE ESSENTIALS". As a mama of two, I'm all about paring things down to the basic essential things for loving and living our healthy life here on the home field. Fitness is one of those things. So is good food, essential oils, amazing friends and coffee. Of course...the coffee. So I wanted to change things over and really delve deeper into those essentials! You may have also noticed that I've recently been doing a lot more education about essential oils, and I also wanted a better platform to share that oily love!
So, what can you expect from Home Field Essentials?
A little bit of everything!
Is it just an essential oil blog now? No.
Am I going to rattle on and on about how amazing essential oils are? Probably. Because y'all. They rock. But that's not everything.
I want to EMPOWER YOU to take control of your life and your family's life and be happy and healthy, no matter what your home field currently looks like. I hope you can come here for the tools it will take to get more active, to eat better, to have a healthier home, to be a happier person. I want to BUILD A TRIBE of amazing, inspiring, doing-the-best-they-can mamas who like to drink coffee and wear neon running shoes as much as I do.
You can expect to see posts about my kids, about our life as a football family, about our favorite healthy foods, my favorite workouts, race training updates and of course, essential oils too. I don't plan on posting super frequently here, because I want what I post to be great, and a girl has got to prioritize things. Certain things I deem as blog worthy and you bet your butt I'll get it posted up here.
But, I'll be doing a lot more of my updates and education on Instagram. I'm totally obsessed with pictures, I can post while I'm nursing a baby and it's what works-for-me-right-now. And that, my friends, is why I love being an entrepreneur. I can run this blog and my business exactly how and where and when I want to! Take note - my IG handle has changed - so be sure you're following @homefield_essentials over there and I'll be sure to follow back!
So all that being said...I want to thank YOU for reading and following and supporting me in this journey! I would love it if you to drop by and say hi in a blog comment or on Insta or even shoot me an email. I want to get to know you lovely amazing people who check in on my blog once in a while. And I want to hear from you to know how I can help you thrive on YOUR home field!
It's great to see you! I'm Alyssa and I blog about all the things I've found "essential" in my life as a fit mama and football coach's wife. You'll find all kinds of fun stuff here like workouts, oily info, football stories and more!
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