Friday, November 3, 2017

Crazy Life - Catching Up

Hi everyone!  How have you been?

Have you been crazy busy like my family?

Wishing you just had a moment to breathe? 

Or is that just me?  I don't know... either way, let's just take a moment to review the crazy, ok?
Maybe if I show some of this stuff to you I won't have to have it all spinning around in my head.

Halloween came and went with too much sugar and chocolate.  On the upside, Katie & Mandy dressed themselves as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.

The fact that they did this at 14 & 16 years old without my input just makes my heart happy.  If these two grow up and stay close I'll feel like all of my fretting was worth the grey hairs. (which are covered- obviously)

Just a few days earlier Katie & Mandy competed with their Marching Band in the Lakeshore Marching Band Association Championships.  Happy night!- They won their class and brought home the big trophy!

Ken & I went down to the stadium and my toes nearly froze right off my feet.  I'm so glad we were there to celebrate with them!

This is Katie's third year in the band and she earned herself the Junior Drum Major spot and was also a mellophone soloist.

Mandy just finished her first season playing flute in the marching band.

Ken & I were- ok, ARE big big nerds.  I would never have imagined in high school that I'd have little band nerd children and get to experience it all over again from a different point of view.

Great news! I was selected to be a Just Strong Ambassador!
(FYI- these super soft joggers are my new favorite)

I love their message.  I'm not strong "for a girl"... I'm Just Strong
In addition to joining an awesome group of strong women, I get to share a coupon code with you!
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My Younique business is rolling along! 
Today (11/3) is the start of a brand new party...

I guess that's all for now.  I'm sure I have forgotten something important because that's just how I'm rolling lately.  I'll get back to you when I remember.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mystery Hostess Younique Party

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Her Times 5K Race Report 2017

Hey friends!  This past Sunday was the Her Times 5K, 
an annual race just for us girls, here in my hometown.

14. That's how many pictures we have to take in order to get this group shot that we all like.  There was a shadow on Kristina's face, Katie's eyes looked weird, who knows... everyone gets to say "no" if they wish and we take the picture again.  14 times.  That's how we roll.

Pictured above- Me, Katie, Kristina (my BFF/Sis-in-law), Mandy, 
Grandma Glo & Makayla (my niece, Kristina's daughter)

I got to run with Kristina & Katie.  None of the three of us have been running much lately and we've been struggling with various ailments that you don't want to hear about.

Here's the selfie that sums up our race...

But we made it.  We walked more than usual but that also meant we chatted more than usual so I'm calling it a good morning.

Mandy & Makayla did their own run/walk thing 
and finished strong as always.
Grandma Glo (my Mom) walked with them at the beginning 
and then finished on her own.

This year they passed out headbands at the finish line! My friend Heather is a great race director.  She always finds little ways to make the day special for all the women who come out.

We always celebrate our finishes (regardless of whether or not we liked the time) with food.  Sunday we stopped at Tim Horton's and relieved them of quite a few donuts.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Picking up Heavy Stuff!

Well friends, a week makes a big difference.

I was all excited to re-visit The Ultimate Yogi 108.  My hips?... not so much. 
I've visited my chiropractor (Ellen the Amazing), and spent a lot of time with Dr. Google.  We've decided that weight-lifting seems to be working better for me.  I took several days away from any sort of exercise.  I have made friends with my couch and an ice pack and taken a good amount of ibuprofen. 

The good news is that I also did a good amount of knitting.

This week... back to picking up heavy things.  I have a 4-week program that Jamie Eason gave away during a Diet Bet last year and I'm going to use that to build my strength again.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Things I'm Loving ~ 9/8/17

Things I'm loving this week...

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1. The Ultimate Yogi 108 Program.

Committing to this program isn't easy.  It's 108 days of killer yoga practices.  Yes, you can get sweaty doing yoga.  Don't believe me? Try this program.


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3. The Fast Metabolism Diet.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I feel better when my diet is full of real, minimally processed foods and free of sugar.  This book helps me stay on track and I don't have to count macros.  Hallelujah!

4. Younique Lash products.

It's normally $42 all by itself.  But right now you can buy it alongside the Moonstruck Epic Mascara and get both for $59!

I started using the serum twice a days (as directed) about a week ago and I really think my lashes are getting thicker.

(We don't have to talk about how they are thinning 
and I think it's because I'm getting older)

I wish I had taken before pictures to show you!

These are the things that are making me happier this week.  
Maybe they'll make you happier too!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Striving for Ultimate... again

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday. This is one of those weeks when I don't even know what day it is because Monday was a holiday and the kids didn't go to school and I didn't go to work.  So Tuesday felt like a Monday and now I'll be a wee bit off all week.

Saturday was my last day with Jamie Eason's Oxygen Challenge program.  I really loved it and felt like I got stronger over the course of 12 weeks.  I confess that I did not lose one single pound.  I didn't follow the nutrition program.  I just can't get myself to meticulously count macros.  I've only ever tracked my food on MyFitnessPal for 4 consecutive days.  It's not necessarily something I'm proud of, but it is something I know about myself and I've given up trying to change my natural tendencies.  I'm gonna figure out how to roll with them now.

Yesterday I re-started The Ultimate Yogi 108 program.  I did the whole thing a few years ago.  It was tough and challenging and wonderful. I did the first video (CrossTrain) on Monday and realized that I had forgotten the happiness I find on the yoga mat.  

I'm switching gears.  Let's see what happens.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Younique News!

Hey everyone!

I have some exciting news! I've decided to become a Younqiue presenter.  


Well, because I'm a little obsessed with their mascara.  Honestly that's about it.  Since I fell in love with the mascara, I've learned about the other products and I'm hooked.  So now I want to share the love with you!

Find my Younique site HERE or click on the Younique tab above.

So here's the deal with my new favorite mascara.  The top picture is the Moodstruck Epic Mascara.  It's an awesome one-step product that looks great all day.
The bottom picture is the 3D Lashes.  They are a little something extra.  I wear them when I'm getting dressed up or sometimes when I just want to feel a little bit fancy on an otherwise normal day.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ready on the Outside

People, school has begun and I think it's fair to say that I was not ready.

I mean, we had all the supplies and the kids got on the bus and they had lunches packed and everything.  We looked ready on the outside.  
But in my heart I'm still living a summertime life.  
I don't want to go to bed on time.  I don't want to remember my schedule. 
 I'm longing to just put on a hat and call that "ready to go".  

But time moves on and I'd better get on board.  I can do this.

Katie & Mandy (dear, sweet daughters) 
are both in the marching band this year.  

This means they have weird tanlines that make it look as thought they are always wearing socks.  They also tend to sing under their breath a lot and seem a wee bit tired all the time.

They are also very, very happy.  

This is my new favorite picture of them and they are super excited that I keep sharing it with people.

Katie is the drum major with the flying ponytail.

Mandy is the little flutist with the surprised face.  We have no idea what she's looking at.  She's really not into football so I feel like it's unlikely that the game shocked her like this.

It's late... I guess I should go to bed.

Tomorrow I'll tell you about the 5K that nearly did me in.

Peace out.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A New Friend at the Beach

Hey friends!

Fun fact: there are beaches in Pennsylvania.

Did you know? They are practically in my back yard, so naturally I don't go out and enjoy them very often. Usually around this point in the summer I start feeling guilty about the way that I take Lake Erie for granted and get the girls out there.  This summer is no exception.

I got a little sun, my freckles popped out, 
and we found a teeny little friend.

This tiny frog went hopping up my beach towel and Mandy caught him.

We checked him out and sent him on his way.  He hopped over to the next family on the beach and they put him in a bucket. 

Then they sort of loudly decided that he needed some water dumped on him because he might be dehydrated and they needed to escort him back to the tree-lined edge of the beach.

Here's where the story gets good... Mandy announced that she was going back in the water and on her way said to them, "You can tell by his coloring that he's a sand dweller and should just be left here."

That's my girl.  Defender of all things living.

I won't lie... they looked annoyed. 
 I remembered that I am busy raising strong women 
and decided not to care.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Motivation/Metabolism Monday 7/24

Hey there friends!

I'm attempting to start this week off on the right foot by telling you my plan! I'm re-starting the Fast Metabolism Diet tomorrow.   I've done it before with great success.  When I follow the plan my skin looks better, my digestion gets more regular (tmi?), and I generally feel better.  So why don't I do it all the time? Well, because I never did say I always make good choices.  And also it's a little labor-intensive to plan all the food.  But no more excuses - I'm doing it!

Last night I made a big pot of my favorite Fast Metabolism Turkey Chili which I can eat on both
Phase 1 & Phase 3.  It also freezes well so I can have this hearty soup ready in the freezer as my "just in case" meal.

Saturday morning I got to go for a run with my Best Running Friend/ Sister-in-law, Kristina.  We have both been slackers in the running department this summer.  When we manage to run together we enjoy it so much that we wonder why we don't do it all the time.  (See note above on how I don't always make good choices)

The weather was quite humid and our bodies seemed a wee bit shocked that we were going to try this running thing again but overall it was a great morning.  My two cutie nieces even came out to greet me in their jammies.

Adorable, right?  

(Just a note, when you race them down the driveway 
they are big cheaters.)

Before I got a shower I took my beagle for a nice walk.  He's been kind of a slacker this summer too so we both got our butts in gear.

Tomorrow begins week 7 of Jamie Eason's Oxygen Challenge program.  I am seriously loving it.  I had to go buy heavier dumbbells.  Yay!

I'm gonna keep this motivation going all week.  For real.

Here I go!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More from Independence Day & things I need to remember

Hi everyone! We're back from vacation, the summer camps I've been working have ended and today was my first real day off in quite awhile.  No appointments, no running kids all over creation - just a few errands to run on any old schedule.  Yay! So I thought I'd take a few minutes to tell you about our vacation to Washington DC.

The best day by far was the 4th of July when my 2 kids marched in the National Independence Day Parade.  The route took them down Constitution Avenue right past the Washington Monument.  This was Katie's first performance with the band since being named Jr. Drum Major.

Mandy has joined the marching band this year and was such a trooper in DC.  Parade day was about 92 degrees.  When you march in the National parade you want to look your spiffiest which means full uniform... this also means you are really hot.

That night we attended the Capitol Fourth Concert on the lawn of the Capitol building.  It was so fun!  The Beach Boys were there and thy played my song.  I've been saying tho is for a couple weeks now.  I'm kind of shocked how many people respond with "what's your song?  Umm... people have been singing Help Me Rhonda at me my whole life.  (And I swear everyone thinks they are the first person to sing it *sigh*)

John Stamos hosted - he's still dreamy and doesn't seem to age.  

I really couldn't have been more happy with the fact that Ken was able to go with us.  His recovery from surgery in March has been difficult and slow-going.  We were over due for some fun.

I hope you & your family are enjoying every last bit of summer.  I feel like I'm still learning that life is short and can change on a dime.  I shouldn't take anything for granted.  I'm working on remembering that.  Feel free to remind me.

Crazy Life - Catching Up

Hi everyone!  How have you been? Have you been crazy busy like my family? Wishing you just had a moment to breathe?  Or is that j...