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Thursday Randomness

Good afternoon, friends! I feel like I haven’t been around all week. I’ve just been busy with life.

Today I thought I’d just share some randomness with you. :)

I’ve been working a lot. Taking Jaden to school before I go to work:


We took the kids to the pumpkin farm just to walk around and see the Halloween sights.


Honestly, we just buy pumpkins at the grocery store because it’s so much cheaper but we just like to walk around the pumpkin farm. I think we’re going back to the pumpkin farm next week with my family to go on a haunted hay ride.

The kids had fun at the pumpkin farm. Jaden found a gourd that thoroughly disgusted him.


I just love his face in that picture!

Jaden checking for baby rattlers which were literally baby rattles.


Danny and I got apple cider donuts which were amazing. Even though they were delicious and I wanted more, I’m glad we only got one each because I could have easily eaten half a dozen of those delicious, fresh, apple donuts.


I’ve been working out and eating. I’ve been loving the Simply Balanced salmon from Target. I tried the chipotle bbq flavor recently. It was good but a little too spicy for my liking.


I also made roasted sweet potatoes. My sweet potatoes never seem to turn out very crispy but I read online that you can add a little bit of cornstarch to them to get them nice and crispy. Unfortunately, I added a bit too much cornstarch but I’ll know for next time to use less!

Jaden has resorted to making a dog out of a shoebox and paper because he has been dying to get a dog.


Jaden and I both have dog allergies but we’re okay with some dogs. We’re thinking about possibly getting the kids a dog for Christmas. We would like to adopt a dog from a shelter but we’re still researching hypoallergenic dogs. We would like a big dog and most hypoallergenic dogs seem on the smaller side. But we are looking into goldendoodles.

Jaden did do a really good making that dog. I was impressed. It actually stood on those paper legs and Jaden took it outside to play and everything. It only lasted about two days but it was a good two days. :)

Tomorrow I work during the day and then on Saturday, we’re having our annual family Halloween food and pumpkin carving contest! I can’t wait- it’s always such a fun day.

Here’s a few Halloween foods from past years:


Have a great day!

  • Do you have any pets?
  • Did you have a pet growing up?
  • Do you carve pumpkins?


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Labor Day Weekend

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!


On Sunday morning, Danny and I did a back and shoulder workout with one of my friends from the gym. In the afternoon, we celebrated my nephew’s third birthday.


He had a Minion themed party and my sister-in-law made the cutest Minion cake and other fun Minion desserts.



She used Nutter Butters, Milano cookies, and Oreos to make little Minion cookies!



After a weekend with lots of family, food, and fun, I was ready to get back to normal. On Monday morning, I went to the gym for a chest, abs, and HIIT workout. Then, Danny and I took the kids to the pool for one last summer swim.


Yesterday was the last day the pool was open for the summer and they did duck races. For $5, you could buy a duck and they let all the ducks go down the slide and the first three ducks won a prize. Jaden picked out a green duck but sadly it didn’t win.


It was still fun watching all the ducks race down the slide.


After lots of cake and wine this weekend, I was more than ready for a healthy dinner. I decided to make spaghetti squash because I haven’t made it in forever. Spaghetti squash is such a great low-carb healthy alternative to pasta. And it tastes amazing!

I cooked the spaghetti squash (cut side down) in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After it cooled for a few minutes, I used a fork to pull out the strands of spaghetti squash.


I added sauteed onions and spinach, marinara sauce, and reduced fat feta cheese.


Delicious and healthy!

Have a great day!

  • How was your weekend?
  • What was the best thing you ate this weekend?
  • Favorite veggie?



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Coffee and Workouts

Good morning!


Now that the kids are back in school, I am back to working the desk two days a week at the gym. This means my schedule and workouts change a little bit, but I still try to fit everything in.

When I woke up the other morning, my heel was killing me. Great. One day of running outside and I already have an injury. My body really hates running. I have dealt with plantar fasciitis before and I am pretty sure that’s what it is. My plan is to take it easy on running until it feels better. I will have to find a different exercise to complete my HIIT workouts.

I taught my Women on Weights class on Tuesday morning and then Jacob and I went to Starbucks when he got home from school. There’s about an hour or so before Jaden gets home so it was nice to have some one on one time with Jacob.


I got a cold-brew coffee with two splenda and he got a s’mores frappuccino.

I went to CrossFit Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I bought my workout clothes with me to work and worked out after I got off work. (That’s a lot of work in one sentence :) ).


I worked glutes and biceps.


Dinner had been my usual rice and chicken bowl but I’ve been adding brussels sprouts lately instead of my normal green beans.


It’s a nice change but I still love green beans!

Today I have a meeting at work and then I’m going to try and squeeze in a quick cardio workout.

Have a great day!!

  • What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
  • What’s your favorite vegetable?


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Food, Workouts, and Parties

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

On Friday night, we went out to dinner with my family.


I had a delicious gorgonzola pear salad with pecan crusted chicken. It was amazing!


On Saturday morning, Danny went out to run 14 miles. It’s his longest run so far for his marathon training. His average pace per mile was 8:17. He is fast – I don’t think I’ve ever run even one mile at an 8:14 pace, let alone 14 miles!

While Danny was running, I went to CrossFit.


The workout was awesome and included lots of ring rows, push-ups, and goblet squats.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together and worked on legs and glutes. We started out our workout with a few minutes on the arc trainer. We tried to see how long we could go at level 100.


That only lasted a few minutes.

Danny also threw some weighted push-ups in there. :)


We did leg presses, calf raises on the Smith machine, squats with an overhead plate press, weighted step-ups, hip thrusters, jump squats onto the bench, and a few core exercises. Another great workout!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to a family party for my nephew because he’s home from the Navy for a few more days and then will be leaving.

The desserts were so creative. There was US Navy and American flag jello and the cupcakes were in the shape of an anchor.



My nephews:


We visited for most of the afternoon and evening and then headed home.

Today, I have some errands to run and will try to get to the gym late morning.

Have a great day!!

  • How was your weekend?


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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yesterday, my sister-in-law and I took the kids to the splash park and they had such a fun time playing in the water.


The splash park is perfect for the summer because it’s close and free!

After the kids played for a couple of hours, Jaden and I left to go grocery shopping.

I picked up two Chobani yogurts – watermelon and peach. I ate the peach one for dinner and while it was good, it didn’t have enough peach chunks for me!


I also picked up some ingredients to make a salad for dinner.


The thing I love about salads is that you can customize them to your tastes. You can throw anything that makes you happy on a salad. Sometimes, I love topping my salads with pickles.

Yesterday for dinner, I had an amazing spinach salad that was so simple to make yet tasted restaurant quality.

I started with a big bowl of spinach and then I added grilled chicken, blueberries, strawberries, feta cheese, and honey roasted pecans. I topped it with Bolthouse Farms strawberry merlot dressing.


It was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night!

Have a great Monday!

  • Favorite salad topping?
  • Favorite salad dressing?


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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

It’s the last day of school which means the unofficial start of summer!

I haven’t done Friday Favorites in a while so I thought I’d talk about a few favorites today.

  • CrossFit

Of course, I have to start with CrossFit as a favorite! As of yesterday, I have been going to CrossFit twice a week for a month. Yesterday’s workout was tough. I just talked about how I’m trying to run less and part of our workout of the day yesterday was to start with a mile run – figures! Really though, I don’t mind running short distances.

Our workout was a one mile run, five minutes straight of dumbbell snatches, and a plank for as long as possible. My mile time was 9:18. I did 82 dumbbell snatches in five minutes, and held the plank for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Afterwards, I was so dead. I brought Powerade Zero with in the car to drink after my workout and at that moment, it was the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. I’m only smiling because I was so darn excited to drink that Powerade. In actuality, I could barely move. :)


  • Lemonade Sparkling Water

I have mentioned my love for sparkling water a few times and I’ve tried just about every brand and flavor there is and have finally found an absolute favorite.


The Glaceau Fruit Water in Fizzy Lemonade is the best flavor I have ever tried. I have only found it at one grocery store near me so I always make sure to stock up on them!

  • Meal Planning/Meal Prep

It’s so much easier during the week to plan out meals ahead of time. Life is always so busy with work, the gym, crossfit, baseball, and the kids’ activities. I find it helpful to make a meal plan and prep what I can ahead of time.


I eat a little different than my husband and kids so I find it easier to prep my meals ahead of time so I can cook their dinner and then mine is ready to go!


I usually only prep meals for two or three day in advance. My favorite is to cook chicken and green beans ahead of time. Then I make some instant brown rice in the microwave and add the chicken and green beans. I also have a few Premier Proteins smoothies ready to go after a workout. I have a small insulated bag than I usually carry with me to the gym.

  • Skinny Cow Salted Caramel Pretzels Bars

Most evenings as a treat, I have a Yasso Greek yogurt bar but for some reason my normal grocery store stopped carrying them. Instead, I picked up the Skinny Cow ice creams bars and they are amazing.


So good and portioned controlled so I won’t eat an entire pint of ice cream!

Have a great weekend!

  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • What are your favorites things today?


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Stubb’s BBQ Sauce Review and Giveaway

May is National Barbecue Month and in honor of this month, Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sent me some coupons to try out their authentic, premium sauces, marinades, and rubs.


I put Danny in charge of picking out the barbecue sauce and he picked out the Hickory Bourbon flavor. It’s made with real bourbon and hickory smoke.


Stubb’s is the only nationally available BBQ sauce brand to have the Gluten-Free Organization Certification seal and doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup, msg, or gluten. The full line of Stubb’s products contains 7 sauces, 5 marinades, 2 injectable marinades, 5 rubs, 4 cookin’ sauces, a moppin’ sauce, and a wing sauce. Pretty much there’s a sauce, rub, or marinade for any of your barbecuing needs!

I used the Stubb’s hickory bourbon sauce to make grilled pork chops. Actually, Danny made the pork chops. I’m the cook in the family, but he’s the griller. :)


I took four boneless pork chops and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. Then I put them in a Ziploc bag and added a good amount of the Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon BBQ sauce. Straight outta Texas.


I let them marinate in the fridge for about three hours and when Danny got home from work, he put them on the grill. One plain pork chop for Jaden!


Jaden actually ended up surprising me and asked to try the BBQ sauce after the pork chops were done. Usually he’ll only eat ketchup. All the ketchup.

We also made grilled greens which are amazing. I just added a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic to the green beans and threw them right on the grill.


Danny added more hickory bourbon sauce to the pork chops as they were grilling and they came out delicious and juicy.


I also made myself a rice, chicken, and green bean bowl and dipped my chicken in the BBQ sauce.


I loved that the sauce had a great flavor and little kick without being spicy. Danny and Jacob loved the hickory bourbon BBQ pork chops and I know the sauce was two thumbs up when even Jaden asked to try it and actually ate it!

Stubb’s BBQ sauces would be great on salmon and even on a BBQ chicken pizza! Yum!

In honor of National BBQ Month, Stubb’s is giving one reader a chance to win three coupons for free Stubb’s products! Enter below!

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Disclaimer: Stubb’s provided me with coupons for free BBQ sauce at no cost to me. All opinions are my own…and Danny’s…and my kids. 


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Anniversary Date Night – Shaw’s Crab House

Happy Marathon Monday! Good luck to all those running the Boston Marathon today!!


On Saturday evening, Danny and I went to Shaw’s Crab House to celebrate our anniversary.


We went to the Grand Crab Buffet which they only have on Saturday nights on the upper floor of the restaurant. The Grand Crab Buffet is definitely pricey but it includes all you can eat king crab legs. If you’re a crab leg fan then you know how delicious but expensive they are!

Even though it was expensive, the food was delicious, and it was something special we’d only do once a year for our anniversary (or maybe birthday?! 😉 ).

Besides the amazing king crab legs, there was tons of other food. Danny isn’t a huge seafood fan so I was proud of him for trying some of it. Luckily, it’s not all seafood and there’s other foods as well.

There was a couple different kinds of salad, crab cakes, shrimp, crab tarts, sushi, and snow crab legs.


The waiter brought mini lobster bisque soups with a mini grilled cheese on the side to our table.


I love lobster bisque soup. I had it the first time about two years ago and I fell in love with it!

There was also lobster and spinach mac & cheese, beef tenderloin, parmesan crusted chicken, carrots & parsnips, au gratin potatoes, fried shrimp, oysters, and more.


The king crab legs were by far my favorite.

And of course there was dessert. Most of the desserts were mini sized so I figured I should try lots of them!

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There were peanut butter cookies, creme brulee, red velvet cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, brownies, coconut macaroons, pecan tartlets, cake pops, and more.

Overall, the meal was amazing.

After dinner, we met up with my friend Jenny and her boyfriend, John, for a few drinks.


We got home late and picked the kids up from my dad and stepmom the next day. It was an amazing anniversary with my wonderful husband.


I went to the gym this morning and worked on legs.

Some of the exercises I did included:

  • leg press machine
  • calf raises on the Smith machine
  • walking lunges
  • squats
  • deadlifts
  • step-up to knee on a bench

After my leg exercises, I walked one slow mile on the treadmill. My Achilles still hurts so I’m going to wait another day or two before I try to run again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever been to?
  • What’s your favorite food?


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A Birthday Dinner at Gordon Biersch

Good morning!

Yesterday morning, my dad joined Danny and me at the gym! I was excited to have my dad come work out with us and he came on our hardest day of the week – leg day!


Yesterday was the first day I did lunges with a barbell since my hip surgery. I was a little wobbly but they went pretty good.

We also did the leg press machine, sumo squats, calf raises on the Smith machine, plate squats, and step-up to kickbacks on the bench. My hip and adductor were really feeling it by the time we were done, but it was a great workout!

Later yesterday afternoon, we went out to dinner to celebrate my grandpa’s 79th birthday!


We went to a restaurant called Gordon Biersch. They are a restaurant and brewery. We go a few times throughout the year with my family and my grandparent’s have a point card where you earn points for every dollar spent.

They finally saved up enough points for a free brewer’s dinner for ten people. The brewer’s dinner consists of a tour of where and how their beer is made and a five course meal with a beer pairing for every course.

I’m not a beer drinker but Danny loved all the different beers. The food was amazing. Each course was presented and then the employees and chef of the restaurant explained what each course was, the type of beer, and why it was chosen to be paired with that particular course.


I admit, I didn’t pay much attention to the beer information but I paid attention to the food information!

Our first course was salmon cakes with remoulade.


I’ve had crab cakes before but never salmon cakes. These were amazing. They had a salmon taste but I liked that it wasn’t too overpowering. I only ate a little of the remoulade because it was a little too spicy for me.

The salad came next. It was a spring mix with a house-made vinaigrette.


The star of the salad was the breaded artichokes and pretzel bread with brie cheese. Lucky for me, Danny doesn’t like artichokes so I ate his. They were delicious.

After the salad, we had two main entrees. The first was a sirloin steak with leeks, asparagus, cauliflower puree and a wine red reduction.


I am not a steak eater at all but I was brave and tried the meat. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Usually the texture of steak turns me off but this meat was so tender and really flavorful. I had three bites of it and then gave the rest to Danny.

I am also not a huge cauliflower fan, but the puree was absolutely delicious.

After the steak, was a seafood course. This was probably the best course of the night.


It was pecan crusted halibut with butter sauce over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Amazing.

I like fish but I usually stick to salmon or tilapia. After having the halibut I wouldn’t hesitate to order off a menu next time we went out for dinner. The pecan crust and butter sauce really took it to the next level.

All the food items we had for dinner were specially prepared by the chef so they aren’t even on the regular menu. Too bad because I would order any of them in a heartbeat.

Finally came dessert. We had fresh berries topped with house-made whipped cream, a cookie crumble, and beer caramel sauce.


This was the perfect dessert. It was satisfying and sweet without being overly sweet. And since Danny isn’t a berry fan, I got to eat his too. :)

By the time we left, I was stuffed. It was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had and the prefect way to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What was the best meal you’ve ever had?
  • Favorite food?


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St. Patrick’s Weekend Fun

Good afternoon. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday morning, we had a nutrition fair at the gym I work at so I was working all morning. I didn’t get a chance to workout because my family was coming over on Saturday evening to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I had to get home to start cooking!


My cutie niece:


We really seemed to like those glasses.


I made corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, and carrots for dinner.



I have made corned beef a few times over the years and usually I don’t eat it. I tried a bite a couple of years ago but didn’t like the texture. I tried it again yesterday and actually liked it. I think I might have cooked it a little better yesterday because it was a lot more tender. I ate two small pieces and then filled up on chicken Caesar salad with bowtie pasta.

Of course, we also had to have pie since it was Epic Pi Day on Saturday. We got a mint chocolate pie.


Sadly, I thought the pie was just okay. It was extremely sweet and minty. Overly sweet and minty. I gave my piece to Danny to finish. Then he laughed at me for not eating the pie crust. I don’t like pie crust and I never eat it. I just eat the pie filling.

On Sunday, we made it to the gym. We worked back and biceps and I tried out some KT tape on my wrist.


KT tape is an elastic tape made for muscle, ligament, and tendon pain relief and support. Since my wrist usually bothers me the most when we do biceps, I thought it would be a good time to try it out.


There are videos online on how to apply it. Since it stretches, the tape has to be applied with different degrees of stretchiness. The KT tape provides neuromuscular feedback that relaxes stronger firing of muscles and tendons.

I think they KT tape really helped with my wrist pain. I made it almost the whole workout pain-free. Towards the end of my workout, I tried doing a plate twist bicep curl and I immediately felt a pain shoot through my wrist. Any twisting motion really seems to bother it.

Overall, I think the tape really helped and I’m going to try it out on my Achilles for running.


Today at the gym, I did a full body circuit workout that left me tired and sweaty.


It felt nice to get a great workout in and I burned 522 calories.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at all over the weekend?
  • Favorite pie?
  • Have you ever tried KT tape?





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