INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!

I've partnered up with Little Beans Clothing to give my Instagram followers a chance to win a $25 shop credit to snag some of the cutest mommy & baby apparel!

To enter, here's what you do:

>  Follow @AshleyMarkwood & @LittleBeans_Co

>  Like the photo posted with the giveaway

*Please tag some friends who you think would like to enter! The giveaway closes in 48 hours!

 

Why I'm totally #TeamLittleBeans:

I love meeting fellow mommy's that are so inspirational and motivate me to chase my dreams! Stephanie, the owner/creator, it not only extremely talented - she's also super sweet!  I'm all about graphic tee's that are witty and just REAL ... so when I came across this company, it was a match made in heaven. Her designs are unique and there's something for everyone; moms, dads, boys, girls, toddlers & babies ... I love the variety!

I hope you all enter this Instagram  giveaway for a chance to win! Below are some of my favorite pieces from the online shop!

xx,

Ashley

 

Friday Five

Is it Friday already? This week has gone by in the flash, but I'm not complaining. It's been a week of discovery for me as I learn to adapt to my growing body and work out the kinks in classes like prenatal yoga and coconut oil massages. I also started reading a new book "Bringing Up Bebe" and I'm finding it rather entertaining. I hope you all had an amazingly fulfilled week! XX!

 

One // ILY Couture "donut tee"

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Two // Multi layer necklaces...Wildflower Shop

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Three // Wood prints...*swoon*
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Four // Cinnamon bun pancake cravings...

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Five // My new read...

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Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

This weekend, Chris and I had an uninterrupted 72 hours together - which probably hasn't happened since our honeymoon last August - and it was pretty great. We were lazy bums around the apartment, watching basketball and eating delicious homemade creations. Sunday morning I figured I should go all out with a little homemade pancake action to cap off an amazing few days. I love the blog A Cozy Kitchen and highly recommend you to check it out for yummy breakfast, apps, dinner, etc ideas. 
The cinnamon bun pancakes are super yummy - the glaze, I would definitely tweak a little because I didn't die over it. I mean, it was good - but not great. With that said - they are definitely worth trying on a weekend/cheat day as a little treat!
Glaze:
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 T milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pancakes:
1 c flour
2 T sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 c buttermilk
1 large egg
1 T unsalted butter, melted then cooled
Directions: Heat griddle or cast iron skillet and coat with cooking spray or butter.
Whisk together ingredients for glaze and set aside. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and sift together. Separately mix together wet ingredients (buttermilk, egg, butter) and add to dry. Stir together gently - there should still be some lumps left over - DO NOT OVER MIX. Scoop the batter onto the skillet making the pancakes roughly the same size so they are stackable. (Helpful Hint: They are done when you see little bubbles forming all over) Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to plate and top with glaze - serve with warm maple syrup for that "little something extra!" Enjoy!

Avocado Goodness...

Looking for a good snack packed with nutrients? Look no further :) 
I toasted two pieces of whole wheat bread and spread half and avocado on the toast as you would butter or cream cheese. Drizzle olive oil (just a touch) and sprinkle with sea salt/pepper and BOOM...you've got a killer snack!
Another snack idea that I'm into lately ... plain greek yogurt with raspberries and sliced mango topped with honey! The honey and fruit give it just enough natural sweetness so you don't need to buy the flavored yogurts that are super high in sugar. You can even add granola...a little goes a long way! This snack is great for post-workout, because yogurt has great protein content! 

 

"Snowed-In" Workout!

Are you snowed in and can't possible fathom the idea of walking or even driving to the gym? It's cold, wet, slippery...why not get a good sweat in at home?! Better than skipping out all together - and this workout will definitely get the heart pumping! 

*Complete this rotation 3x (take a short water break at the end of each!)
- Jumping Jacks x 50
- 30 second plank
- Burpees x 15
- 30 second right-sided plank
- Squat jumps x 25
- 30 second left-sided plank
- Tricep Dips x 25
- Mountain climbers x 50
- Bicycle crunches x 50
- Knee ups x 1 min