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.


Not ready to commit to 108 days? 30 days? even an hour?  There's something for you on It's like Netflix for people who like yoga.  These are high quality, professional videos.  They'll even give you a 30-day Free Trial.

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.

Contact me anytime in the comments or at

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.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Capital Celebrations

Happy Independence Day to my friends in the US!

My family is celebrating in Washington DC! Katie & Mandy (my lovely daughters) will be marching in the National Independence Day Parade tomorrow.  Their school's marching band was chosen to represent our home state of Pennsylvania. 

I'll post parade pics later this week, but for now, here are a few things I'd like you to know:

1. Our tour guide talks an awful lot. I know, I know, that's her job.  But seriously, I don't need her to fill every single moment of my Day with weird stories. Katie & I look like this when she goes on for too long...

2. So far, the FDR Memorial has been my favorite. It includes many quotes that seem very relevant today. 

3. Ken used to be a High School band director. This is our first Marching Band trip in 17 years.

4. The Changing of the Guard and the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are so beautiful. 
The bugler who played Taps was so good.  It never fails to make me teary-eyed. 

5. I truly hope your family has a wonderful day tomorrow. See you on the other side!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Randomly on a late Monday night.

Hello all! Here's a quick random update for you...

1. Last week and this week I am teaching music at a local Musical Theatre for kids.  The campers range in ages from 5 years old up to 15 or so.  It's a lot of fun to watch them learn and meet new friends with whom they share a common interest. I always say that music is magical and I'm usually not kidding.  It can change the way you feel.  To me, that's just amazing.

2. On Sunday, Katie & Mandy played at their annual piano recital.  This generally makes me a hot mess.  I play professionally all the time and never get as nervous as I am when the girls play.  Here's the problem- I can't help them! They have to sink or swim with nothing from me! This is rough for a mama.  They played great and I survived to play another day.

3. Next Sunday we depart for Washington D.C. where Katie & Mandy will perform in the 
National 4th of July Parade!

4. I've got a lot of work to do this week. But for now, it's late so I'm going to bed. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Night Partying

Hello friends, it's Friday night so naturally I'm partying...

If you guys know me at all you just cracked up a little.  I'm totally sitting on my couch writing to you.  When I'm done I'll probably knit or read until I head for my bed before 11:00 pm.  Crazy, right? Haha!

Today we got new appliances in our kitchen.  Our refrigerator died about a week and a half ago and our dishwasher was threatening to die so we used this opportunity to switch all of our appliances to stainless steel.  I must officially be a grown-up now because this makes me ridiculously happy.  I keep showing my kids the freezer drawer and how cool it is.  They are nice kids so they are pretending to care.

We've been storing the bare essentials of food in a cooler on our deck for the last week.  I've been attempting to remember to buy ice every day.  It's like camping! I hate camping.

To be honest, this arrangement has really cramped my style when it comes to eating healthy.  Food prep without a refrigerator or freezer just doesn't go well.  But now, no excuses.  It's on.

I signed up for the Oxygen Challenge 2017.  I chose Team Jamie.  I have been hesitant in the past to spend money on a plan because Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer is so amazing and it's free!  But- a new program from Jamie... that's worth money to me!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sprints Interrupted

Hello friends!

So last week I told you how I was starting my new workout program.  That went pretty well until Saturday.  I had to take my kids to get fitted for their marching band uniforms (more on that later) so I woke up knowing my time was limited.  I jumped on my treadmill for some sprints.  I figured I'd hurry up and get sweaty for 20 or 30 minutes.  A little bit of running is better than no running at all, right?

So I got about 10 minutes into my workout and suddenly my mid-back went into spasm.  I couldn't hit the stop button fast enough. I stepped off the treadmill and spent a little time being horizontal on my yoga mat which had been rolled out nearby.

I was really bummed because prior to the sudden back pain I was feeling great! My legs felt strong and I had just thought I might bump up the speed on the next sprint interval!  Ugh... it's fine, really.  I'll just lie down instead.  Whatever.

I have forced myself to take it easy this weekend.  I think my back is feeling better.  But I'm going to give it another couple of days before I run again.

But I'm gonna lift tomorrow...

Things I'm Loving ~ 9/8/17

Things I'm loving this week... (This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase through these links,  a portion of the profit wi...