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Things I’m Loving

Good afternoon!

One week until Christmas and three days until the kids are off of school for two weeks! Fun times.

Today, I thought I’d talk about a few things that I’m loving lately.

1. Cardio Fusion Class – 1/2 cardio dancing and 1/2 strength training. It’s the best of both worlds! I went to class this morning and I love that it’s a fun class but still a great workout.

2. Vienna Kosher Dill Chips – I love pickles. I love them. So good. I usually buy the Claussen dill sandwich slices, but I saw these Vienna pickles at the store and had to try them out. I bought the jar three days ago and they’re almost gone. Like I said, I love pickles.

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3. Pop Chips – I also love chips. It seems like I love crunchy and salty snacks. I know that potato chips aren’t the best for me so I have been eating Pop Chips. I’m sure they’re not all that great for me either but at least they’re slightly better regular chips.

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4. EOS lip balm – actually any lip balm or Chapstick in general. I think I have no less than five lip balms within five feet of me at all times. Danny says I have a problem. I disagree.

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5. Nick, our elf – This morning Nick made snowmen out of donuts. He sure is a clever elf.

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6. Baking – I usually prefer cooking to baking because baking requires exact measurements and I like to just throw ingredients together, but lately I have been loving trying out new cookie recipes. I plan on baking all my Christmas cookies these weekend, so I bought some cheap mixing bowls (I only have one big one) and some cookie boxes.

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7. The Twilight Zone – this is totally random but the Twilight Zone is one of my favorite TV shows. The old black and white episodes, not the newer ones. They come on a lot during Halloween but the SyFy channel randomly plays them so my TV is set up to record them when they’re on. And then I watch them. Because I love them.

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  • What are you loving lately?

 

 

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2014 Goals

Good afternoon!!

Last week I had to cancel an appointment with my normal hair stylist to get my hair colored and eyebrows waxed because I had to work. Yesterday, I was at the mall picking up a few Christmas gifts so I decided just to get my eyebrows waxed at a hair salon because they desperately needed it.

When I got home later I realized that she dripped hot wax all over my head and hair and didn’t even tell me! I thought I remembered her touching my hair and my brother pointed out that I had something weird all over the side of my head. Yeah, it was hot wax. Everywhere.

It was also stuck in my ponytail holder so all the surrounding hair was stuck to it. Not to mention the huge glob on the side of my head. So, I googled how to get hot wax out of your hair. Surprisingly, it didn’t yield too many results. Don’t more people need to get hot wax it their hair?!

The information that I did find said to use baby oil or olive oil. I ended up putting olive oil all over a paper towel and wiping it in my hair. It seemed to work and I washed my hair, but it still looked oily. It was such a nightmare but thankfully I got it out. That’ll be the last time I get my eyebrows waxed there.

I understand that accidents happen. But if you drip hot wax all over my hair, the least you could do is apologize and tell me how to get it out.

Moving on….

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Zumba – 60 minutes

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential FFC on behalf of Designer Whey. All opinions and goals are my own.

Today is exactly a week from Christmas Eve! This year is just flying by and it’ll be 2014 before we know it! With the end of the year quickly approaching, I thought I’d share some of my New Year’s goals and resolutions.

1. To run a sub-30 5k. I have only run one 5k in under 30 minutes. It was the Run Like a Mother 5k, and I finished in 29:22.

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That was one of my proudest moments. Running has always been hard for me and my body doesn’t usually cooperate when I run, so finishing in under 30 minutes was a great accomplishment for me. I hope to be able to do it again in 2014.

2. To run a race longer than a 5k – a 10k or hopefully a half marathon. My goal has always been to run a half marathon. I was training for my first one last year when I got injured. I am still not fully healed and running long distances in extremely hard on my body. I definitely plan on running a 10k and if all goes well, a half marathon.

My longest race to date was the Biggest Loser 15k – 9.3 miles. I loved it and figured if I can run 9.3, hopefully I can run 13.1 :)

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3. To keep better track of what I’m eating. Lately, I have been slacking on watching what I eat and I haven’t been food journaling. I would like to start using the My Fitness Pal app again to keep track of what I eat.

4. Going along with #3, I would like to get back to eating healthier. With the holidays and being so busy, I have been grabbing the easiest and quickest food, even if it’s not the healthiest choice. And I have been baking a ton which means I have been eating a lot of cookies :) One way I plan on eating healthier is by using Designer Whey. I have used Designer Whey in the past and I really enjoy their protein powders and bars.

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I always have a hard time getting enough protein in my diet, and the Designer Whey protein powder is quick and easy to throw into a shake or smoothie. I’ve even used it to make French toast.

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I also need to start adding more veggie into my diet – I have been neglecting veggies lately. Sorry, veggies.

5. Spend more one-on-one time with my kids. Jacob and Jaden are both is school all day. In the afternoons, I also watch my niece and another girl so we have a full house until after dinner. Weekends are usually busy running errands, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. So, I would really like to make more of an effort to spend some quality one-on-one time with my kids. I think it’s important for them and helps build a better relationship.

Maybe there’s something going on at school that they want to talk about or maybe they just want to play a game with mom or dad. We all lead such busy lives that sometimes we need to slow down and focus on things that might not seem as important like reading a book together for 10 minutes or playing a quick game of cards. These moments are precious and kids grow up in the blink of an eye.

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Those are the goals that I plan to work on in 2014!

  • What are your New Year’s resolutions or goals?
  • Do you have any hair salon mishap stories to share?

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Weekend Fun…and More Cookies

Good morning! Happy Sunday!

I haven’t been around for a couple of days, so this post is going to contain a lot of randomness.

First up, Danny got a car!! It’s Chevy Equinox, and Danny is very happy with it. It’s the first SUV we’ve ever owned and I’m sure the space will come in handy.

Danny’s really good about keeping cars for a long time. I think he’s owned two cars in his life, whereas I’ve owned quite a few.

Friday.

On Friday morning, I taught BodyPump. I brought my new water bottle.

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I saw this water bottle at Dick’s Sporting Goods a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. Hey, the paint splatter reminds me of the 80′s, and I love all things 80′s. But it was around $16 so I didn’t buy it.

I finally decided that I wanted it and went back to buy it. You can never have too many workout clothes or water bottles. Even though I think Danny disagrees with me on this – he’s always trying to throw my water bottles away.

When I went back to buy it, it was gone :( . I tried looking online for it with no success. Then, on Thursday night, I went to TJMaxx to buy something else, and there was my water bottle! And it was only $8! Awesome.

Friday’s BodyPump class went pretty well, and I worked for a little bit afterwards.

Tea

Although coffee is my #1 love, I have been loving tea lately. I found this super cute coffee mug at Michael’s for only $2.99 and I got some Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride from Target to try out.
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The tea really does taste like a sugar cookie! It’s really good but the peppermint flavor is still my favorite.

Saturday

Saturday morning, Jacob had an eye doctor appointment. Jacob was born 15 weeks early, weighing 1 lb. and 14 oz. He has had a few complications but nothing serious. As a baby, he had eye surgery to correct a condition called exotropia, which basically means that his left eye wants to turn outward rather than straight.

He had eye surgery as a baby to cut the muscle to force the eye to go straight. He wore an eye patch for extended periods during the day to help strengthen that eye. He has very little vision in that eye and the glasses help him to continue to use it.

There is always a possibility that his eye could go back outward again, so we see the eye doctor often for check-ups. It was a routine visit and the doctor said everything is looking good.

Saturday evening, we went with my family to an illumination show at a nearby arboretum.

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All of the trees are lit up with different kinds of lights.

You can change some of the lights by waving your hand over a certain place and you could hug trees to change their lights.
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It was really neat although it was freezing out and the kids were being a little overly energetic (read: crazy).

Afterwards, we had some hot chocolate…or three, before deciding to go to Red Robin for dinner. Two words – bottomless fries.

Cookies

I made another cookie recipe, oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip.

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I have been making so many cookies lately because I like to give them out during the holidays and I wanted to narrow it down to three delicious kinds of cookies. I think I am going to make chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and Reese’s butterscotch cookies.

The only problem with making so many cookies, is that I eat a lot of cookies. I usually send them to work with Danny, but it’s the weekend so they’ve just been sitting on the counter looking all delicious!

This morning, I am going to BodyPump at the gym. I am hoping that the instructor is doing the new release because I’m having a little bit of trouble with the timing and thought it would be helpful to do it while someone else was teaching.

Later this afternoon, we’re going to my best friend’s son’s birthday party.

Have a great day!

  • How many cars have you owned?
  • Any plans for today?
  • What do you own a lot of? I own a lot of workout clothes, water bottles, coffee mugs, and shoes.

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Cookies and Cars

Good afternoon!

I wasn’t able to pop in yesterday because we’ve been having a little bit of car trouble and Danny had to work from home, which meant he needed access to the computer all day.

I got a new car a few weeks ago and Danny took my old car. Unfortunately, my old car started having transmission problems and even though it’ll start, pushing the gas pedal does nothing. It just sits there. The car has a lot of miles on it and it can’t be guaranteed that the problem can be fixed, so we’re going to have to get another new(er) car. Again.

We went from zero car payments to two car payments. Not fun, but that’s part of being an adult.

So, we’ve been trying to work out things with having only one car for the week – I need to get to work, Danny needs to get to work, I need to get my niece. It’s been a pain, but hopefully Danny will find a car this weekend.

And a big thanks to my brother for helping out!

So, today I am stuck inside all day without a car (and there’s so much Christmas shopping to do!) I decided to be constructive with my time and bake cookies!!

I found a great blog through Pinterest, Sally’s Baking Addiction, which has tons of delicious cookie recipes. I made the Reese’s Butterscotch Cookies for Thanksgiving and they were one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. The Reese’s Pieces and butterscotch chips really complemented each other.

Last week, I made the chocolate chip cookie recipe and those came out perfect also.

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I made two different batches – one with dark brown sugar, like the recipe calls for, and one with light brown sugar. Both batches were good, but I prefer the cookies made with the light brown sugar.

Today, I tried out the cake batter chocolate chip cookies.

These came out good, but they were very sweet. Of the three cookie recipes I made, the Reese’s butterscotch were the best hands down.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Cardio Fusion – 60 minutes

I went to the gym yesterday morning before I worked and took the cardio fusion class. By the time the afternoon rolled around, every part of my right leg ached – my hip, my quad, and my calf. I can tell when I am starting to overdo it so today I plan on taking a rest day because tomorrow I am teaching BodyPump.

Since I am stuck at home, this afternoon will consist of baking, cleaning, and doing crafts with my niece.

I’m going to try and get some Christmas shopping done when Danny gets home, but it’s so cold out that I don’t even want to leave the house.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Favorite cookie?
  • Favorite place to find recipes?

 

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Nike Training Club Workout

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Treadmill: walk/run – 10 minutes
  • Nike Training Club Workout – 30 minutes

Last night, I rushed to the gym as soon as Danny got home to take the 5:40 pm HIIT class. I got there at exactly 5:40 pm only to find out that the class was on Tuedays, not Mondays. I mixed up my days.

Since I didn’t have a class to go to, I wasn’t sure what to do. I ended up pulling out my phone and using the Nike Training Club app for a great workout.

I started with a 10 minute warm-up on the treadmill and then I completed the following workout (I did change an exercise or two a little bit):

*Each exercise is done for a minute and with weights of your choice.

  • Straight leg kicks
  • Hopping side to side
  • Jogging in place
  • Sumo squat with press
  • Alternating medicine ball push-ups
  • Deadlift
  • Burpee to shoulder press
  • Side plank
  • Plank row
  • Russian twists
  • Modified push-ups
  • Side lunge with rotation
  • Deadlift with alternating row
  • Opposite arm/leg supermans
  • Sumo squat with press
  • Hip bridges with chest press
  • Deadlift
  • Burpee to shoulder press
  • Side plank
  • Plank row
  • Wide leg deadlifts
  • Russian twists
  • Side lunge with rotation
  • Deadlift with alternating rows
  • sumo squat with press
  • Hip bridges with chest press
  • Opposite arm/leg supermans
  • Quad stretch
  • Lower back stretch
  • Hamstring stretch

It was definitely a great workout with no recovery time in between so I worked up quite a sweat!

Tea

Yesterday afternoon, I drank the candy cane lane green tea and it was a lot better than I expected. I felt very festive drinking my peppermint tea out of a cute gingerbread mug.

Isn’t it nice how something as simple as a gingerbread mug can make a person happy.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

I worked out at the gym again this morning (my hip is sore!) I took the Butts and Guts class and it was awesome. I was supposed to work at the gym after my workout but plans got changed. I have been missing all my morning workouts, so it was nice to get back to the gym this morning.

This afternoon, I am going to practice BodyPump a little bit and then spend some time wrapping presents.

I still have quite a few Christmas presents to buy and tons to wrap!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you ever use a phone app for workouts?
  • What simple thing makes you happy?

 

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Christmas Tree Weekend

Good afternoon! It’s Monday! How was your weekend?

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we went to cut down our Christmas tree.

My niece loved the horses that take you out to the field.

There wasn’t any snow but it was freezing out! After walking the field for a long time and looking at all the trees, we finally found the perfect Christmas tree.

Danny cut it down with Jacob and my brother’s help and then we headed back for some much need hot chocolate!

We ran into Santa and Rudolph :)

Sunday

On Sunday morning, we went to breakfast with Santa at the fire station. My brother-in-law is a firefighter and organized this year’s breakfast.

I might be wrong, but I don’t think my nephew is too fond of Santa…

The kids had fun eating pancakes, visiting with Santa, and climbing in the fire trucks.

As we were leaving to drive back home, it started snowing….and it continued to snow all day long.

Jaden was so excited to face plant himself in a snow hill on the way to the bus stop this morning.

I was happy to run back inside the house because I don’t like snow or 19 degree weather.

Sunday evening, we spent decorating our tree.

Today

I worked for a couple of hours this morning. I’m going to practice the new BodyPump this afternoon and I am thinking about going to the gym tonight.

I always drink coffee in the mornings, but in the afternoon, I usually have a cup of tea. I get so cold in the afternoons and drinking tea helps warm me up!

I usually drink the Tazo green tea, but I saw Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane green tea at Target this weekend and picked it up to try.

I am looking forward to drinking a cup of it this afternoon.

Elf on the Shelf

Our elf, Nick, has been having fun around our house lately. This morning, he made himself some pancakes.

I’m not sure how he managed to get the pancake mix out and cook the pancakes, but he did :)

Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • What do you top your tree with? A star? An angel?
  • Coffee or tea?

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Koss Winner

Winner of the Koss Headphones Giveaway – Meredith B.

Please email your shipping address to runeatplay(at)hotmail(dot)com. Congrats!

Happy Friday! I am so glad that it’s finally the weekend!

Tomorrow, we’re going with my family to cut down a Christmas tree.

The weather was pretty nice last year but tomorrow, it’s supposed to be really cold out and I know Jaden will spend most of his time complaining about how cold he is, so I picked up a few hand warmers from the dollar section at Target for the kids.

Last year:

I love big fat Christmas trees and I usually think the one that we pick will fit in our house but then it ends up taking up half of the living room.

Our tree a few years ago:

So big and fluffly puffy. I love it.

Sunday, we’re going to the fire department that my brother-in-law works at because they have a fun breakfast with Santa for the kids.

Today

I worked this morning, then I went to Target to pick up a few things. I needed medium sized gift bags and gift tags. Normally, I’m good about buying gift bags after Christmas to save for the following year, but I guess I didn’t buy any last year. So, I went to Target and stocked up.

Do you see those Hershey’s peppermint bark candies in that picture? The best candy I’ve ever tasted. I bought them the other day to add to some presents and I think the kids and I ended up eating more than we gave away…which lead me to have to buy another bag. So good.

After I got home from the store, I practiced the new BodyPump release. I am teaching BodyPump next Friday, so I am trying to learn the new one by then to teach.

Have a great weekend!!

  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • Fat Christmas tree or skinny Christmas tree?

 

 

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Core and Kettlebell Workout

Hey guys! How is your Thursday going?! I’m so glad that tomorrow is Friday. I feel like I have been so busy this week!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Ab workout
  • Kettlebell Workout

I worked for a couple of hours yesterday morning and then watched my niece, so Danny and I went to the gym last night and worked out together.

Once in a while, we’ll actually do the same workout together and that’s what we did last night. We started with this ab workout:

Then, we did a kettlebell workout. Some of the kettlebell moves included:

  • Kettlebell Press-ups
  • Kettlebell squat to kick with a shoulder press
  • Kettlebell lunge (passing KB through legs)
  • Squat, burpee, to upright row with the kettlebell
  • Hip bridge chest press with kettlebell
  • Kettlebell swing (my fav!)
  • Kettlebell swing around the body

It was a great workout and something different because I don’t normally use the kettlebell.

Today

I watched my niece early this morning, so I spent a little time before she came over learning the new BodyPump release.

Just when I get the old one figured out, there’s a new one! And I don’t learn these easily, I have to do it over and over and over just to pick it up. Hopefully, it’ll get easier with time.

After my niece got here, we went out and did a few errands. I got a few things for Christmas and some stuff for some more projects I’m working on.

How cute are these jars that I found at Wal-Mart for only $3?!

Lunch

By the time lunch rolled around, I was pretty hungry. I was actually really excited to eat a bagelwich since I haven’t had one in so long because of the Grain Brain Challenge. And I had sweet potato fries…and apple slices.

Have a great afternoon!

Don’t forget – today’s the last day to enter the Koss Headphones Giveaway!

  • Have you ever done a kettlebell workout?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

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DIY Holiday Crafts, Treats, and Gifts

Good afternoon!

I recently did a post on fitness related holiday gift ideas, so I thought it would be fun to show some DIY (do-it-yourself) holiday gifts, crafts, and treats.

I love making gifts for people, baking cookies and other goodies, and making crafts with the kids this time of year!

Edible Christmas Trees

The kids made these fun edible Christmas trees last year.

They used a sugar cone as the tree and covered it with green frosting. Then, they used sprinkles and other edible decorations to decorate the tree.

Reindeer Water Bottles

Jaden and I made these water bottles for his holiday party at school last year.

I just bought little water bottles and added googly eyes, antlers, and a red nose. The kids loved them!

Candy Cane Reindeer

These are similar to the water bottles, only using a candy cane. I brought all the supplies into Jaden’s class and let the kids make them.

Snowflakes

One of Jaden’s favorite things to do every year is make paper snowflakes. It’s fun, inexpensive, and makes a great decoration.

I just googled “how to fold paper for a snowflake”. I folded a bunch of pieces of paper and let the kids cut out designs.

Hershey Kiss Pretzels

Who doesn’t love getting yummy treats for Christmas!

Last year, Jacob and I made these Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats.

They are super easy to make and we put them in individual boxes and Jacob gave them to his teachers.

Cookies

There are so many great cookies to make around Christmastime. Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Blossoms are one of my all-time favorite cookies.

Another good cookie are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies that I made for a cookie exchange a couple of years ago.

And everyone loves good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookies.

I like putting cookies in a nice Christmas tin to give as gifts. I went to Hobby Lobby last night to get a few tins for this year!

Another yummy treat that’s great for sharing are peppermint Oreo truffles.

These things are AMAZING.

Pampering in a Jar

Last year, I made a few of these “Pampering in a Jar” gifts.

They were easy to make and everyone loved them.

I got the mason jars on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, and then I just filled them with little lotions, nail products, hair products, fuzzy socks, and chocolates. I found the big snowflakes at Target and added those to the top along with some Christmas ribbon.

I have a few ideas in mind to make this year!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any gift, food, or craft ideas to share?

 

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Koss Headphone Giveaway

Hello!

I feel like I have been so busy and haven’t been around much lately!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Cardio Fit & Tone Class – 60 minutes

I have been working a lot in the mornings lately, so I haven’t been able to keep up with my normal workouts. To get a workout in, I went to the gym last night and took a cardio fit & tone class.

The class was mostly cardio with a few strength training moves, and then ended with some core work.

Whenever I work out at night, it makes me so hungry! The class started at 6:25 pm so I didn’t want to eat dinner before I went, and by the time I got home at 7:45 pm, I was starving!

I work again this morning, so I might go to the gym again tonight. I am still sore from Sunday’s BodyPump and yesterday’s class, so we’ll see how I feel later.

Besides working, I have been trying to get some Christmas shopping done. I feel like the holidays are sneaking up on me this year and it’s going to be a rush to get everything done!

Danny spent the day after Thanksgiving putting up our outdoor Christmas decorations.

We delivered letters to Santa’s mailbox.

Elf on the Shelf made an appearance.

Jaden has been so excited to wake up every morning and find the elf.

Koss Giveaway

I have a great giveaway for you guys today!

A pair of Koss FitClips headphones!

These would make a great gift or would be great to keep for yourself.

To enter:

Entering the giveaway will be super easy. All you have to do is comment below and tell me what your favorite song is. That’s it!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway will end Thursday, Dec. 5th at 11:59 pm CST. I received these headphones from FitFluential on behalf of Koss, but I am doing this giveaway on my own and will ship these out personally.

  • To enter: What’s your favorite song?

 

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