Getting back into a routine with SmartyPants #TheGoodGummy

I spent most of this summer on the road, away from home. From BlogFest to time at my parents’ house to spending nearly a month in Lake Tahoe (a conscious dodge of the hellish temperatures in Austin), it was a perfect summer.

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Coming home has been such a joy, too: from reconnecting with new friends in Austin I hadn’t seen all summer, to having much better access to coffee than I did in Tahoe, to settling back into a routine.

That routine part took a little shifting and adjusting to make happen: no one comes home from a long trip with a stocked fridge, clean laundry, or a plan for what they’re going to cook for the rest of the week. The first couple weeks were a mishmash of too much takeout, out of town visitors, and haphazard grocery runs. More than once I found myself in the grocery store, wondering “what exactly do I need? What is it that I eat every day?

I’d often come home with a lonely bag of random things: some salad toppings but no greens or substance. Yogurt with nothing to dress it up with. Tomatoes and mozzarella with no basil. My favorite potato chips and a Costco-sized package of blueberries.

Anyway. After a few disjointed grocery runs and a handful of nights staring at my fridge thinking, WTF can I make for dinner with greek olive mix, a head of cauliflower, and black beans, I think I’m getting through all that disorganized nonsense, and getting some routines in place for fall. A few things I’ve been doing to make this fall our healthiest yet, thanks to some routines I’m putting in place:

Habit stacking

I’ve been working on habit-stacking, or combining new, desired habits, with existing habits that I’m a pro at keeping. I’m adding new or inconsistent things like flossing, taking my vitamins, and packing my lunch, to do-or-die habits like making coffee and eating dinner. 

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On the vitamin front, I’ve been especially keen to be more consistent. I LOVE taking my vitamins because they are literally the perfect gummy candy: a nice balance of sweet and sour, but I’ve been wanting to space out my dosage better over the course of the day, rather than frontloading when I first wake up or pounding them all down before bed.

I think I’ve finally found something that works! I take two of my vitamins after every meal, and get all 6 of my recommended dose in small batches that feel like treats. SmartyPants vitamins are so deliciously candy-like that they totally banish my post-meal sweet treat cravings. Yes, ladies and gents, I’ve turned vitamins into dessert, and I’m never looking back. 

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Once the baby comes, and starts going to school, this is my plan for her, too. 🙂 Her lunches will come with handy little treats, AKA the vitamins she won’t throw away even when the rest of her carefully sliced fruits and veggies disappear into the trash or get traded for fruit snacks or cheetos. 

Sneaking veggies in

Getting my husband to eat his vegetables is a daily chore. (In some ways, this may be the best prep for having kids?!). I’ve been adding spinach to smoothies, sprinkling kale on his pizzas, and, when there’s no other option, just plunking a big salad down in front of him. If it’s just sitting there, he’ll usually eat it.

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I reward him with vitamins – his favorite part of the meal.

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No joke. I’m currently taking the prenatals, but when we run out of Adult vitamins (which happens all the time, because he loves them so much, he literally eats them like candy), I just share mine with him. They are also disappearing suspiciously quickly…

Adult Complte Life

Prep ahead of time

I know, duh. This one is so obvious, but it’s one I’ve never been consistent with. But I’ve started using my habit stacking here, too. If I’m washing and prepping veggies for dinner, or boiling some eggs, I just do it en masse and save some for later. 

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Every night, I’ve also started packing lunches while we’re making dinner. That way I only have to clean up the kitchen once for two meals. WIN.

Pack snacks

I’ve been keeping snacks in my purse to save me from accidental, desperate queso eating when I’m out and about. Some favorites are sliced veggies that don’t get gross after a little purse time, like carrots and snap peas, hemp heart bites, and apple slices with nut butter packets.




In celebration of fall routines, we have a super fun (and super yummy) giveaway, thanks to SmartyPants. We’re giving away a bottle of Adult Complete and a bottle of Kids Complete so the whole family can eat candy stay healthy.

Pro tip: they are even more delicious when refrigerated. Just sayin’.
#TheGoodGummy SmartyPants Vitamins



A huge thanks to SmartyPants for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. We so appreciate you supporting the brands that support Fit Approach and the #sweatpink community.


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    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Oh pumpkin… so delicious! I love this time of year just for all the delicious pumpkin baked goods! 🙂

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Nice! I honestly look forward to taking my prenatals… which is something I NEVER thought I’d say! Plus they got the stamp of approval from my midwife. BOOM.

  1. Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry

    Oh Alyse, so exciting to watch your pregnancy grow via social. The Smarty Pants are super great and I would have never thought about maybe putting them in the refrig. I am enjoying ours at the time also.

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Thank you, Lynda! 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying your SmartyPants! I learned about the fridge tip from the SmartyPants team and I’m hooked! 🙂

  2. Carleeh Mulholland
    Carleeh Mulholland

    My favorite fall routine is going to our local trail and enjoying all the autumn leaves and crisp air. Best walk or run spot ever!
    Smarty pants are our favorite vitamins! We got samples of them one time and fell in love!
    Funny fact- I have to hide the vitamins because Celeste loves them so much she tries to steal them!

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Oh yay, so glad you already know and love SmartyPants! Celeste and my husband have a lot in common… 😉

  3. Lindsey Bio
    Lindsey Bio

    Love these!!! You are so right! Keeping them in the fridge makes them feel like a sweet treat!

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Mmmm yes! I love all the snacks and the friends that come with watching football! 🙂

  4. Liz Wilson
    Liz Wilson

    I’ve fallen off the vitamin-taking routine lately, but loved taking them as a kid when they were Flintstones! Sounds like I’d enjoy taking these too! yuuuummm

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Ha, I remember the Flinstones vitamins! SmartyPants are the new Flinstones. 😉

  5. Amy Lauren

    Another fun fall ritual: The first pumpkin spice latte on a chilly day (we haven’t had a chilly day in SC yet)

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Mmm gotta love pumpkin. I’m right there with you: Austin is still in the 90s. I’m not convinced that fall will actually come… 😉

  6. Caroline

    Morning runs in the fall are my absolute favorite!

  7. Cassandra @ Powered By BLING

    Alyse!!!! Thank you for introducing me to these! I have been looking for a soy-free quality vitamin for some time. I love that these remind me of juju bees – one of my favorite childhood movie snacks!

    My favorite Fall routine is Sunday Football/Tailgating with the family.

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Oh hooray! I’m so glad you discovered and love them! 🙂 Oh my gosh, they are kind of like jujubees – I used to love those, too! Now I’m thinking about candy… 😉

  8. Jess

    Ooh I’d love to win these! I’ve been looking for good vitamins that my kids will eat. 🙂

  9. Rebecca

    My favorite fall routines are bringing all my boots and scarves out of the closet… love that crisp fall air.

  10. Casey

    Holiday baking is my favorite fall routine! I need to win these so I can stay healthy despite the cookies! 😀

  11. J

    I am going to miss summer for sure, but the pumpkin flavors for fall are a great consolation prize!

  12. Jenn

    Running in the autumn leaves and getting together with family for the holidays are where it’s at! So excited for fall!

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Love the fall colors, and it’s so nice to have opportunities to spend time with family! Hooray fall!

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      How fun! I haven’t carved a pumpkin in ages – maybe this is the year to start again! 🙂

  13. Laura Royal

    We always go to the blue ridge parkway during peak fall foliage time.

  14. DJ

    I love biking and hiking during the cooler months.

  15. Lauren

    I love cleaning out my closet on the weekend and making big pots of chili each week for dinner!

  16. DJ

    Making tasty pumpkin chai drinks and pumpkin bread in the fall is always fun.

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