5 X 3 Cardio & Blueberry Muffins

Hey guys!

I’m feeling a ton better than I was yesterday. Guess I was just in funk. Thanks so much for all the support on yesterday’s post :)

Last night I got the chance to really catch up on some me-time, which felt really good. My husband was away for the night on a business trip, so I took the night to be selfish and catch up on me.


I came home with the intention of running after work. I surprisingly had a lot of energy after work (3 cups of coffee will do that, eh?) but my apartment’s gym was very full and I couldn’t get on the treadmill. I was a little frustrated at first because, come on- if I am going to make the effort to workout after work when I least want to, I better be able to do it!

But instead of throwing a pity party for myself, I went back to my apartment and did my favorite cardio moves for a quick but heart-pounding cardio sesh.

5 x 3 Cardio Workout | FreeingImperfections.com

These are my favorite cardio moves. I did one minute of each move without stopping, then rested for a minute. Repeat 3 times and be done! Easy.

Blueberry Chia Seed Oat Muffins

After that, I was feeling like getting my bake on. I’ve seriously been wanting to make like 20 different muffin recipes for the past few weeks but haven’t had time.

Blueberry muffins are my favorite though. I made my own variation of it last night, and I have to say it’s a total keeper!

I specifically wanted a recipe that would make less than 12 muffins because I knew we couldn’t eat them fast enough in my house between just my husband and I. This recipe only makes 8 – perfect for two muffin lovers!

Blueberry Chia Seed Oat Muffins


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup or so of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add egg, vanilla, baking powder and mix well.

3. Add flour and milk slowly. I started with 1/2 cup of milk and went from there. I found my batter to be rather thick, and added more milk. If your batter seems too thick, don’t be afraid to add more milk as the chia seeds will soak up a lot of moisture when baking.

Be sure to mix the batter well before adding the blueberries as you need to fold those carefully in.

4. Add oats and chia seeds, slowly folding in. Fold in blueberries.

5. Add batter to muffin tin lined with muffin cups. Muffin cups should be 3/4 of the way full.

Blueberry Chia Seed Oat Muffins

6. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Blueberry Chia Seed Oat Muffins

These muffins are particularly delicious heated up with some butter on top – but what muffin isn’t? I couldn’t stop myself at just one either. Hopefully there’s some left by the time my hubs gets home 😉

I also gave myself a good manicure last night too. I just picked up this nice fallish/holiday color by Essie.

Maroon Nails

And now I’m a new woman! A workout, some baking, and a mani? Recipe for relief right there, eh?

Questions for You: 

  • What are your go-to “me time” activities?
  • Would you rather do an activity to relax or be more passive?


  1. Sounds exactly like what you needed! It’s hard for us to be selfish sometimes, but it’s so worth it. I’m glad you are feeling better, and can completely relate to a new mani, baking, and a workout!!
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  2. A workout and a recipe? This post is perfect :)
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  3. Love the workout, and the graphic is so cute! I’m lovin’ the Winter theme on PicMonkey :)

  4. Glad you’re feeling better today! The workout looks awesome, the muffins look amazing and I’m loving that nail color! :-)
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  5. Glad you’re feeling better today girl! Sometimes alone time & doing girly things (like painting your nails) is just what us ladies need <3
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  6. I want that nail polish color so bad!
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  7. it is always the small things that can just totally recharge your day!
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  8. That finger nail polish is perfect for this time of year. I really need to paint my nails more!
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  9. The workout and the recipe both look great! My go to me activity is usually reading, working out, working on my blog, or just playing around on my computer.
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  10. Love that nail color! Essie is easily my favorite brand of polish.
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