Monday, December 17, 2012

Saved by the Hop

No, I didn't mean to put bell, or hops... though a beer does sound good right now :).  I have some Big Moose Ale in there from Saranac that may or may not be calling my name.  Of course, now I am rambling.  I was in a blog brain freeze when my friend at Domestically Seasoned once again saved my butt!  She is hosting a Random Acts of Kindness Blog Hop.  Basically, she is challenging each of us to perform Random Acts of Kindness and hopefully that person will carry on with another, and another, and another.  You get the picture.

As it turns out, I did a Random Act of Kindness just today!  Mini-Me were waiting patiently in line to do a return at Old Navy.  The woman in front of us was doing quite a bit of shopping, for twins if I heard correctly.  Her sale was almost complete when I remembered coupons in my purse.  They were for $30 off $100 purchase or $15 off $50.  Honestly, I don't think I ever spend that much there because I tend to shop the sales, so I offered her my $30 coupon.  Someone might as well take advantage, right?  She must have thanked me 5 times before leaving the store.   It certainly made me smile, so I did it again in Gymboree.  Hey, these coupons come to me, and I can only shop so much.  I like to see others get a deal too!

But I do definitely want to do more, and I will from now through the New Year.  Who's with me?  Just go to Domestically Seasoned and sign up.  She has some fun ideas ready for you to try too.  You don't even have to come up with them on your own!

In the meantime, tonight is the last night to register for my Funbites Giveaway.  You don't want to miss it!  Go here, now!

Friday, December 14, 2012

FunBites Giveaway!

Not going to lie.  I am exhausted.  We got in last night at 12:30AM from the work holiday party.  Yep, I said holiday.  Sorry, I actually do know lots of people that celebrate something other than Christmas.  And I find the use of holiday completely acceptable.  ANYWHO... I am going to be lazy and do a repost because I want to see more people have a chance to win.

Follow this link and enter for a chance to win a FunBites product of your choice.  Moms, you will thank me :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Officially Training for 1/2 Marathon

I think I am still riding the high from getting into the Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon yesterday.  Seriously, I couldn't be more excited.  The fact that it was lottery makes it all that more fun.  It was like winning something already.  Really, what else could explain why I am looking forward to this schedule below?  Although, I have to admit, crosstraining days throw me a bit.  I am planning yoga today along with those fabulous squats and plank.  They are getting a little easier, so hopefully that means I am getting stronger! 

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone!   And don't forget to enter the raffle for a FunBites of your choice.  You can find the review and rafflecopter here: FunBites Rock!


Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1m plank
  25 squats
1 min plank
  30 squats
 
1m 15s plank
  35 squats
  30m run Mod sprint
  5x30 hard
1m 15s plank
  40 squats
  45m run Lt
1m 15s plank
  45 squats
  Cross train
 
1.5m plank
  50 squats
  60m run Mod
55 squats
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
1.5m plank
  60 squats
  80m run
2m plank
 
2m plank
  65 squats
  40m run Mod sprint
  8x30 hard
2m plank
70 squats
50m run Lt
2.5m plank
75 squats
Cross train
 
2.5m plank
80 squats
70m run Mod
85 squats
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
3m plank
90 squats
80m run
3m plank
95 squats
3m plank
100 squats
30m run Lt
3.5m plank
100 squats
45m run Lt
3.5m plank
50 squats
45m run Mod
 
4m plank
55 squats
Cross train
 
60 squats
70m run
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24
25
26
27
28
29
4m plank
100 squats
 
4m plank
65 squats

45m run Mod
Sprint 5x1m mod
90s rest

4.5m plank
70 squats
 
4.5m plank
100 squats
50m run Lt
5m plank
Cross train
 
 
5m plank
80 squats
70m run Mod
85 squats
30
31
 
 
 
 
 
6m plank
90 squats
90m run
6m plank
100 squats
 
 
 
 
 


 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Long Overdue... Fun Bites Review

I have to apologize to Bobbie over at FunBites!  She sent me this awesome product a little over 1 month ago, and I really had every intention of having this review up right away.  Of course, life happened, and I forgot.  So here is my long overdue review.

My oldest is near 5 now, and around 2 or 3, I really wanted him to start eating sandwiches.  I needed to make something other than chicken nuggets and turkey dogs :).  As an enticement, I broke out the cookie cutters and started making shapes out of the sandwiches.  It also served the dual purpose of cutting off the crust without drawing attention to the fact that I was cutting off the crust.  The problem with cookie cutters is that you need ones that are metal and deep enough to go through the 2 slices of bread, lunch meat and cheese.  Plus it has to have that nice sharper edge.  If you can find one that works well, then the other issue is getting it out of the cutter design without mangling the bread.

Luckily, someone else must have been thinking about this when they were making sandwiches for their own kids.  And that someone is Bobbie over at FunBites.  She has designed the ultimate sandwich cutter that can not only be used on sandwiches but lots of other foods.  I admit, we have it in full time use for sandwiches, so we haven't explored other opportunities just yet.  I can see the future of melon in our household though. 

Basically, the cutter is designed as a rocker - think the blades of a rocking chair.  You place it over the bread (or other food item) then rock it left to right until it is through the entire sandwich.  I love this because you aren't digging a cutter into your hands as you try to get that one corner through.  You are thinking, yeah, so?  Here's the best part - There is a unit that fits down into the cutter and pushes the now cut pieces out in perfect form.  Can you here the "ta da" ringing through the air?!

Geez!  My head is obviously still working out.  Actually, the even best of the best part is that the cutter isn't just a design.  It is a tangram design!  So there are all these little shapes that make up a bigger design.  It makes either perfect bite size pieces or parts that kids might want to move around into a new shape.  Ingenius!  We have rarely gone a day since it arrived without making a sandwich.  Thank you, thank you. 

Now for an even cooler thing.  They are offering one up for a raffle to one of my readers.  You get to pick which design!  However... you have to come by tomorrow in order to enter.  Tricky, huh?  Don't forget...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oh Jillian...

I haven't written a fitness update in a while.  And you might be surprised to know that isn't because I am not being active.  Actually, it is just the opposite.  I have been so busy maintaining my exercise regimen along with my normal life that I haven't had much time to sit and think about it.

In late September, I got involved in an online fitness group, Mama Laughlin's Fit Camp.  It was started by these wonderful ladies over at Fitness Unscripted.  The soul of the group came from a blogger Mama Laughlin who documented her weight loss journey in great honesty. And continues to inspire many in her continuing fitness endeavor.  The group hosts challenges monthly, support for goals, ideas and research to help you make better choices and get healthy.  It is no secret that this Mama likes a good challenge.  So far, I have participated in the Holiday Team Challenge which ends today.  I also signed up for a Piles on the Miles challenge, where I exceeded my 75 miles pledged and actually ran 102 in the month of November.  Now I am onto a plank and squat challenge and have joined the group that is training for a 1/2 marathon.  Whew!  In all that time, I have lost a little over 17 lbs!  Holy crap!

One of my reasons for posting this today is because, MLFC has planned a retreat this summer in Dallas.  They would love to have some speakers, and top on the list is Jillian Michaels.  Why?  Well, she has been the inspiration of challenges that I sadly missed before I joined.  Can anyone say 30 Day Shred and not wince a little :)?  Jen over at Fitness Unscripted has written a plea/petition if you will and we could use the comments to help coax Jillian that a group of 7000 women would really like to hear what she has to say.  Please take a pop on over and take a look, make a comment and help the ladies get their wish!  Just click on the icon to the right ------------------------------>>



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hermie Gets New Digs

Exhibit A
We bought the K-Man a hermit crab this summer while at the beach.  Actually, truth be told, we bought 2, but the other didn't make it past 1 month.  Great parents, huh?  According to K, it was his dad's anyway :).  I didn't ever think that hermie number 2 would last.  I had done some research after first bringing him home.  It turns out that hermit crabs are pretty social and playful.  Who knew?  And here, we have him in this tiny cage (see exhibit A) with little room to move, no climbing space and now no friend.

Flash forward 4 months, and hermie is still kicking.  So for Christmas, this mama bought him some new digs.  The new place has climbing walls, a real food and water dish, 2 sponges and 2 fake trees.  K-Man really would like to buy him a little house where he could hide.  Maybe Santa was listening and can bring that.  Watch him kick the shell next week!
He is in the lower right, back corner :)