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FIT4'MOM' of the Month - Angela Wallace

Each month we highlight one of our fabulous moms from our FIT4MOM Village. For the month of December, please meet mama Angela!

*If you are interested in being highlighted as a FIT4'MOM' of the month, please let your instructor know.

Name: Angela Wallace

Workout buddy and age: Amelia, who turned ten months old on November 28th!

Originally from: I grew up all over, but lived the longest in Arkansas before moving to Seattle.

Favorite thing about FIT4MOM: I love that we’ve made so many new mom and baby friends in the area. And the fact that I can now carry Amelia, the diaper bag and like three bags of groceries up from the garage in one trip. I couldn’t do that a few months ago!

When did you join FIT4MOM? At the grand opening in Lake Forest Park. I could barely stand up for three days after that. I almost didn’t come back!

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home? I used to be a commercial interior designer but now I'm a SAHM and I hand dye yarn with a friend that we sell on Etsy and wholesale.

What is your favorite food? Mexican food (I grew up in Texas and New Mexico)

What is your favorite beverage? Red Wine, so much so that JD gave me two bottles of William Church Malbec as my push present!

You are given four free hours of babysitting, what would you do? Get to work and dye yarn!!!

What is your dream kid free vacation? JD and I are dying to go back to Scotland (which is where he proposed).

What is your dream family vacation? Harry Potter World!

How has becoming a mother changed you? I used to be overly concerned with what people thought of me. Taking care of another human being has moved those thoughts to the very bottom of my priority list. :)

I'm happiest when....(fill in the blank) I'm at home with my family.

What are three things you wish you could go back and tell yourself before having children? 1. The books will make the crazy. 2. The Internet will make you crazy. 3. It's all going to be okay.

Fondest childhood memory: Frequent snow days when I was a kid living in the mountains outside of Albuquerque.

Your favorite "go to" family friendly recipe? My grandfather was Greek so my mom always made Greek food for Easter when I was growing up. Eventually she gave me my grandmother’s cookbook and now I cook Easter dinner. But we make this recipe all the time.

Melitzanosalata (eggplant salad) :

- 2 eggplants (bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees, peel off skin)

- about 3 cloves of garlic, crushed

- a can of chopped tomatoes, drained

- salt and pepper

- about 2 tbsp fresh parsley

- about 1 tsp dried oregano

- up to 1/2 cup olive oil

- up to 6 tbsp red wine vinegar

Put all ingredients except the oil and vinegar in a food processor and chop/mix well. Then drizzle in olive oil and red wine vinegar alternately a little at a time until the dip is thick and smooth. It’s best when it’s been sitting in the refrigerator for a little while so it’s chilled. Serve with pita bread.

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