It's time for a little football here on the ol' Home Field blog! I don't post a lot about being a football wife because - hey, it's my husband's job just like your husband has a job. It comes with it's own set of struggles and perks! While it's a demanding schedule, I wouldn't trade our football life and football family for the world! I do like to share little peeks into our little football family life from time to time though...so here we go...
BIG shout out to Under Armour and Lisa Wells for these awesome sunglasses for my coach! With year round sun exposure here in TX - a good pair of sunglass is so important out on the field! He's loving these CORE 2.0's!! (#ad - we were provided these sunglasses for free in exchange for an honest review)
I was planning to post about Spring Football (the 4 weeks in March/April where college football teams get to do official practices and scrimmages) while it was happening but apparently I missed the ball on that one. So I guess y'all will just get a recap!
We wrapped up our spring ball season last Saturday with a BEAUTIFUL evening spring game. Seriously, you couldn't have asked for better weather. My kids happened to cooperate the whole time as well (I know, a miracle) which made for a perfect night!
Spring Ball is actually one of my favorite times of the football year. As a college coaching family, we have lots of "football seasons". We have pre-season, season, recruiting, conditioning, spring ball, recruiting and camps. Yeah. If you though a football coach just worked Aug- Nov, you thought wrong! But I love spring ball for a few reasons. First, we get to enjoy some football after a few month break from the official season, and it's so fun to get back on the field! Second, at least here in Texas, the practices are actually cool enough to attend, so I get to bring the kiddos more often.
Unfortunately this season, our team held many of their practices in the evening. Not only did this mean that we didn't get to go as much, it also meant I had lots of solo parenting bedtimes in the past month!
Luckily, we stayed busy and we made time to get to the field or to practices as much as possible during the day.
This was my first spring ball with 2 kids - who both happen to be ON THE MOVE!! No more Ergo pack and sleeping newborn (that was short lived!!).
Here are a few fun things I did with the girls during spring ball:
While Spring Football is fun, I'm excited for SUMMER now! Summer means some extra time with my hubby, a chance for vacations and no more solo bedtimes!!
Football wives - what is your favorite football season? What fun stuff do you do during spring ball?
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!
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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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