Double Roast Chicken

This is the perfect dish to make on the weekend to ensure you have plenty of leftovers for your week ahead. The chicken is very flavorful and moist. I love the roasted oranges in this recipe and enjoy squeezing them onto the chicken and sweet potatoes before eating. Your house will smell wonderful!

Double Roast Chicken

I love one pan meals because they save time and eliminate a pile of dishes to clean. I have prepped this meal in the morning and placed it into the oven in the afternoon and it has worked great. Let me know what you think if you try this out in your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 4 sweet potatoes, quartered
  • 4 apples, seeded and quartered
  • 2 chickens (4 to 5 pounds each), giblets removed, rinsed and dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 2 oranges, quartered
  • 1 garlic bulb, peeled and cloves pressed
  • Several sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place chickens over vegetables in 12-by-18 inch roasting pan; sprinkle cavities with salt and pepper. Fill each cavity with onion, lemon, and fresh rosemary or thyme.
  2. Carefully lift skin and separate from chicken breast and rub pressed garlic under the skin of both chickens.
  3. Arrange sweet potatoes, oranges, and apples around chickens.
  4. Spread coconut oil over chickens; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until the skin is deep golden and crisp and the juices run clear when the skin is pierced, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the breast should read 180 degrees. Remove from oven, let sit for 15-30 minutes before serving.
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The Motivation Behind My Active Lifestyle

This post was sponsored by lucy through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about lucy, all opinions are my own.

I love to move my body. Being able to get up every morning and pick up my babies is such a gift.

In my early twenties I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder that left me paralyzed from the neck down. For two years I worked diligently to rebuild my strength, balance, and coordination. Everyday simple tasks became challenging struggles. Brushing my hair, putting on clothes, making meals, and being able to walk were all things that I had taken for granted.

Lucy Get Going Pant & Workout Racerback

My health became the driving force behind everything I did. I researched topics from nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques, to alternative medicine. If there was something that I could be doing to benefit my body healing I was willing to investigate it further. I also prayed. Lots.

I believe everything happens for reason. I looked at the setback I had experienced and decided that it could either make me bitter or better. I took the latter.

In the years following my recovery I went on to become a registered yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, and also teach various strength and cardio group fitness classes. I had personally seen how living a healthy lifestyle had enhanced and improved my health. That passion I discovered became a stepping stone for me to branch out try new things.

Lucy Get Going Pant & Yoga Girl Long Sleeve

Now that I am a mom staying healthy is even more important to me.

Being active allows me to pick up and confidently hold both my two year and 4 month and go on hikes with my husband.

Being active has taught me to breathe during the challenging moments of life and remember that I am stronger than I realize.

Being active has shown me that my body is pretty darn amazing and I can accomplish anything that I set my mind on to achieve.

I am not going to lie. Some days it is hard to find the motivation to workout. My husband works 24 hour shifts as a firefighter which means he is gone before the kids are awake and home the next day after breakfast has been eaten. On his shift days I know I will feel better mentally and physically if I can exercise. I have found that if that means waking up early or doing a workout during the baby’s nap I will do it. I have even been known to include my kids in the workout. Try squatting a 30 pound toddler – it is tough – they like to wiggle.

It is very rare that you find me in something other than workout clothes. I am either going to be training clients, working out myself, or playing with my kids. From the yoga studio, gym, or playground I want activewear that meets my performance expectations but is also stylish and versatile.

I am way more likely to workout if I am already dressed for the activity. For this reason I put my workout clothes on first thing in the morning. I was thrilled to be able to try out a few items from lucy activewear and loved everything I selected.

lucy activewear must haves
Get Going Pant | Workout Racerback | Perfect Core Legging | Yoga Girl Long Sleeve

I love all of these items so much. They are perfect for my active lifestyle and can easily be interchanged with each other to make a fantastic outfit. Follow me on Instagram to see how lucy activewear fits into my active lifestyle and motivates me to get sweaty.

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Pumping, Dumping, Freezing Breast Milk, & Bottle Feeding

Disclosure: The Workout Mama is a Joovy Moms ambassador and as such is provided with product for reviews. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Over the last 2 months I have been going to weekly doctor appointments to see my vein specialist for endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy. For this reason I have been pumping, dumping, freezing my breast milk, and bottle feeding my baby for 24 hours at a time.

When I became pregnant with Maisie I wore my compression socks everyday but by the end of my pregnancy my legs were bruised, discolored, and painful. We now had a healthy baby but my legs were a mess and I needed more treatments.

I went in for an ultrasound several weeks after Maisie was born to get the treatment approved by insurance and the morning pumping sessions began. Maisie hadn’t been waking up for an early morning feeding for several weeks when I started pumping. Every morning for the past 3 months I have set my alarm to ring at 5am.

Pumping is a commitment. Props to all you moms who do it full time.

Each morning I pump 8 ounces of milk, I use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump, and proceed to carefully pour it into ice cube trays for freezing. The No Spill Ice Cube Trays I purchased have a silicone covering that acts as a protective barrier to prevent spills and freezer burn. Love these trays!

Breast Milk Ice Cube Tray

Freezing Breast Milk Ice Cube Tray

If you decide to use this method each breast milk cube = 0.5 ounces.

Once the milk is frozen I have been placing the breast milk cubes into glass storage wear in my freezer. I bought a set of various sized Pyrex Storage Containers.

Freezing Breast Milk

On days that I have been getting treatment I fill up mason jars with the appropriate amount of ice cubes for Maisie. Because I had been only nursing Maisie up until this point I didn’t have a great idea on how many ounces she was actually consuming.

Based off the recommendation of her pediatrician I offered 2.5 ounces of breast milk per pound of body weight each day. For example, Maisie weighs 12 pounds, I gave her about 30 ounces of breast milk in a 24-hour period. She is eating 6 times a day so I put 5 ounces of milk in each bottle. Some feedings she would drink less but for the most part 5 ounces each feeding worked out perfectly.

Freezing Breast Milk Mason Jars

When it is time to feed Maisie I remove a mason jar for the fridge and set it out on the counter 30 minutes before her feeding. After letting it sit for 15 minutes I make a hot bath for the mason jar by placing it inside a Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Measuring Cup.

While the cubes are melting and heating up I occasionally swirl the milk around inside the mason jar. It is important to swirl and not shake the breast milk. Shaking causes the nutritional content of the milk to break down faster.

Heating Frozen Breast Milk

Once the milk is ready I pour it into my favorite bottles EVER. When Caden was an infant we bottle fed him occasionally but he hated it. Thankfully I was able to work my personal training clients and group fitness schedule around his feedings so he rarely needed a bottle. I was a little worried and apprehensive at how Maisie would be especially knowing that a bottle would be her only to way to nourished for multiple 24 hour periods.

Shortly before my first treatment we tested out the Joovy Boob Baby Bottle and all my worries soon faded. She devoured the bottle without any discomfort or hesitation. This bottle is amazing! No leaks, easy to clean, and they come in a variety of materials ranging from high quality and medical grade polypropylene to glass.

Joovy Boob Baby Bottle

Joovy Boob Baby Bottle Glass

If you are on the fence about purchasing glass bottles I highly recommend these! We haven’t had any break and the protective silicone sleeve works great in case the bottle gets knocked around. The glass bottle when clean looks brand new even after multiple uses, no streaks or discoloration.

Like I mentioned earlier these bottles come in a variety of material and we also own the durable polypropylene plastic boobs. Each bottle is individually shrink-wrapped to deliver the highest level of cleanliness and is free from BPA, phthalate, and lead. Joovy has put together a Boob PP Baby Bottle Set that would be perfect for the mom who plans to bottle feed their little one, it has everything you need from 5 and 8 ounce bottles, brushes to clean, lids, pump adaptor so you can pump directly into the bottle, and extra nipples.

Joovy Boob PP Baby Bottle Set

Each of 5 ounce bottle comes with a stage 1 nipple. Maisie is 5 months and I still prefer this slow flow nipple to the medium flow nipple (sold separately). I felt that the stage 2 nipple, which is recommended for 3M+, was a little fast for her and still is. There is also a CleanFlow Vent Ring that is placed on the bottle before the nipple and collar are tightened. This is what ensures there is no leaks and also that the baby does not inhale additional air.

Cleaning these bottles is very easy. I rinse them out with a quick hot soapy scrub and place them into a Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag. Super fast and kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

Quick Clean Micro Steam Bag

Heating up frozen breast milk, bottle feeding a baby, pumping, dumping, and cleaning the bottles takes me about 45-60 minutes total. It is time consuming but worth it. Since starting treatment on my legs they are already feeling so much better.

I only have a few more weeks of sclerotherapy left and then I will be able to put my pump away for awhile. I really love this bottle and it is great to know that we can leave Maisie for a few hours with family if we need or want to in the future. As far as transitioning from breast to bottle and bottle back to breast I could not be happier with my experience. Thank you Joovy for making a great product!

ABOUT JOOVY

Joovy is an american based company that is a family-run business that considers their employees, customers and factory partners as members of the family. Their goal is to design and manufacture family gear products that are extremely useful, practical, good-looking and FUN. You will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase this stroller or any other product from Joovy.

WHERE TO FIND AND BUY

Joovy Website, Amazon, Joovy Facebook, Joovy Twitter, Joovy Instagram

I would love to know what has worked for you! Any neat tricks or tips you have when it comes to pumping, freezing breast milk, or cleaning bottles?

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