FIT4"MOM" of the Month - Meet Caitlin Nalbandian!

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

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

Name: Caitlin Adele Nalbandian or Cait

Workout buddy/ies and age: I have Adam who is turning one 3/16 and Dean who will debut the end of June.

Originally from: Puyallup, WA

Favorite thing about FIT4MOM: Having such a wonderful group of mommas to hang out with and ask advice from.

When did you join FIT4MOM? I needed something that was going to motivate me to get off the couch. Everything else I tried was not working. It was also a huge bonus that I could bring Adam.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home? I am co-owner of Mama Fed, our own local and organic baby food making company. We will be ramping up production as soon as the farmer's markets start back up.

What is your favorite food? My husband's pot roast!

What is your favorite beverage? Sparkling water, an Old Fashion for alcohol.

What is your favorite movie? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

What is your favorite book? His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass).

What is one thing that people might not know about you? I absolutely HATE the "Apples and Bananas" song.

You are given four free hours of babysitting, what would you do? Ugh, homework.

What is your dream kid free vacation? Argentina.

What is your dream family vacation? I would love to go on a Caribbean cruise.

How has becoming a mother changed you? It's made me realize how imperfect I am and the ability to know that is okay.

I'm happiest when.... we have family functions at our house.

What are three things you wish you could go back and tell yourself before having children? "This is going to suck WAY more than you think it's going to but it is also worth it in so many ways. Big and small."

Fondest childhood memory: Playing on the tire swing by my house and playing in the huge sand pit with my best friends.

Your favorite "go to" family friendly recipe?


2 Jars of "Marinara" Sauce

1/2-1/4 Package of Spaghetti noodles

1/4 Pound of Spicy Italian Sausage

3/4 Pound of Italian Sausage (regular)

1 1/2 Carrots (peeled and fine diced)

1 Onion (chopped)

1 Stalk of Celery (sliced width-wise)

1 Zucchini (medium diced)

1/2 Of a Whole Garlic Bulb (fine diced)

2-4 Mushrooms (sliced w/stem removed)

1/4 Cup of red Wine

Put a large pot on the back-burner to boil. Pre-heat a large skillet then brown all the sausage (yes, skillet). When fully cooked add all of the vegetables and saute until the onions are transparent. Add the remaining sauce and wine and let reduce for about 20-40 minutes (this part super optional). Combine like usual. And ta-da, awesome spaghetti!


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