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Thanksgiving 2014

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


On Thanksgiving morning, I went to the gym. Yes, I’m one of those people that works out on Thanksgiving. I am up to seven minutes of running.


My stepmom and sister-in-law ran the Turkey Trot and since I couldn’t run it this year, I ran my seven minutes at the gym.

In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house. They just got a brand-new baby puppy named Abby and she’s adorable.


The kids loved her but I think Jaden wanted to try sneaking her home. He carried her around all night like she was his baby. Unfortunately, we can’t get a dog because he’s allergic but he seemed really good when he was playing with the puppy.  But the next morning when he woke up, his nose was stuffy and his eyes were red and swollen. Poor guy. He loves animals. Once we bought him a dog balloon that you could walk around and he loved that thing like it was a real dog.

The kids: Jaden, my niece, and Jacob.


Dinner was amazing. This was the first year I’ve had turkey in a long time and it was really good.


The cranberry sauce is my favorite. My cousin and I always fight over which is better – cranberry sauce or green bean casserole. One day she’ll accept that I’m right and she’s wrong. Cranberry sauce is the best.


As much as I loved dinner, dessert was incredible. There are no words to describe the pie/cake my grandma made. Well, there’s one word besides amazing – pumpecapple cake.

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It’s crazy – a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and an apple pie all stacked and baked into a cake. This can only be eaten once a year on Thanksgiving when calories don’t count.


PicMonkey Collage

How amazing is that cake?! And it was delicious. Great job, Grandma Marlene!

When we got home on Thanksgiving night the kids elf, Nick, was waiting!



On Friday morning, I did go shopping at about 6 am. I will not go shopping on Thanksgiving. I think it’s crazy that stores are now opening at 5 or 6 pm. But I did wake up early on Friday to go to Meijer and Target.

The one good thing about shopping that early is that it’s actually late because all the sales started 12 hours ago and the stores were dead. I mean there were a few people out but I as able to find everything I needed, hardly had to wait in line, and was home early.

On Friday afternoon, we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom. We don’t see her on Thanksgiving so we started the tradition of doing Thanksgiving again on Friday and I cook. This was the first year that I actually made a turkey and I was so nervous.

Last year, I bought one of those turkeys in a bag that can go from frozen in the freezer right to the oven. They are double the price of a frozen turkey so this year I bought a Butterball turkey to roast. I just took the basic route and thawed the turkey, seasoned it with salt, pepper, brushed it with butter, and cooked it. The easy route.

It did take a lot longer than I thought to cook. It was 15 pounds so it should have took 3-3.5 hours but it took  closer to 4.5 hours before the meat thermometer said it was done, and you don’t want to mess around with under cooked turkey.


I din’t get too many pictures but the turkey turned out perfect and I was really happy because I was so nervous. I should have been more nervous about the rolls because I ended up burning those.

It was a great dinner and it was our third Thanksgiving dinner! The past few weeks I have been overindulging and I am can tell I have gained a few pounds. I have said this many times on my blog – I can workout all day, everyday but sometimes I struggle with eating. It’s all mental and it’s hard to overcome bad habits that you’ve had for years. I’ve lost 30 pounds in the past and have been at my “happy weight” so it’s hard to see the pounds start to creep back especially when it’s my own fault.

The holidays are hard – there’s always parties and family and food and drinks. And let’s face it – I love food. But it’s time for me to get back on track with my eating and I’m going to try hard.


Today we’re going with my family to cut down a Christmas tree. We have gone almost every year since I was a kid so it’s a family tradition.

Last year’s tree cutting:


Luckily, the weather isn’t supposed to be too cold today so it’ll be the perfect day to cut down a tree!

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Do you have any plans for the rest of the weekend?
  • How was your Thanksgiving?
  • If you celebrate Christmas, is your tree up yet?


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Good morning – I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

On Friday, Danny had a half day of work, and we went to Jaden’s parent visitation day at his school.


Afterwards, Danny and I grabbed a quick lunch at Whole Foods.


I love their California rolls. :)

Friday afternoon, I had physical therapy and was able to run for three minutes on the treadmill. I also did a lot of leg work including lunges. I was a little worried about doing the lunges because the last time I did lunges at physical therapy, my quad was in pain for days.

This time, my physical therapist had me foam roll right after I did them, and I haven’t had any pain! Yay!

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym. I started out by running four minutes on the treadmill. Since I feel okay running, I’ve been trying to increase my speed slightly. I ran at 5.4 mph. It’s amazing how fast you lose your fitness level after taking time off. I haven’t run in over four months and those measly four minutes at 5.4 mph left me out of breath!

I just have to work on building my endurance back up.

We also did some back exercises including:

  • close grip lat pull downs
  • seated rows
  • t-bar raises
  • deadlifts
  • renegade rows


It was a great workout and I’m really feeling it today!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to my in-laws to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.


We did it a little early because everything is so busy on Thanksgiving that it’s hard to get together with all of our family members.

I ate way too much and I ate turkey this year! I have been a vegetarian for many years so I haven’t had turkey in a long time! I just started eating chicken and turkey this year so it was nice to have a little turkey yesterday.

I’m not really a meat person and would be totally fine if I never had meat again, but sometimes I struggle with getting enough protein so eating chicken helps me get more protein in my diet.

The kids are off of school this week for Thanksgiving break and we have a few things going on – parent/teacher conferences, orthodontist appointment, physical therapy, Thanksgiving meal planning and shopping. There’s never a dull moment around here!

Have a wonderful day!!

  • Favorite Thanksgiving food?
  • Did you workout today?


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It’s All About That Kale

Yesterday, I received another box of Door to Door Organics produce.


There were a lot of great fruits and veggies including bananas, pears, apples, carrots, potatoes, romaine lettuce, red onions, and green peppers.

There was also kale.


I’ve had kale before at restaurants, Whole Foods, and a wedding, but I have never had it at home so I was excited to get it in my produce box.

I knew I wanted to do something super simple with it so I decided to use it in a salad. Kale can be eaten raw but it needs a little bit of prep work before it can be eaten.

It needs a massage.

Yes, you read that correctly – kale needs to be massaged. Raw kale is slightly tough and bitter but by massaging it, it transforms into a soft and sweet vegetable. As you massage, the leaves will get darken, shrink and turn softer.

Massaging kale is easy to do. First, you need to rinse the kale.


Then, you need to remove the leafs from the rib. This is easy to do by taking your fingers and sliding them down the rib in the middle of the kale. This will break the leafs right off.


Then you need to break the leafs up into small bite sized pieces. You can use a knife but I found it easier just to rip the pieces with my hands.


Then you get to massage! You just want to squeeze and massage the kale for about 2-4 minutes or until the leaves start to darken and shrink.


Ta-da! You have massaged kale that’s ready to go into a salad!


You can store your massaged kale covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Another option is to add olive oil, salt, or lemon to the kale before massaging. I just left mine plain because I knew I would be adding dressing to  my salad.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Kale: yes or no?



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Door to Door Organics Recipes and a Giveaway!

Disclaimer: Some of the products I used in these recipes were purchased using the gift card that Door to Door Organics provided me with. Door to Door Organics is providing gift cards to three readers. All opinions are my own.

Good afternoon and happy Friday! I have a great giveaway for you today so be sure to enter!

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I received some great produce and groceries from Door to Door Organics in Chicago. I used some of the produce and groceries to create two recipes. One is an easy lunch idea that serves one person and the other recipe is great to serve your whole family for dinner!


Grilled Veggie Flatbread Pizza     Serves: 1



  • 1 oz (28 grams) red and orange peppers sliced thin
  • 1 oz (28 grams) onion sliced thin
  • Flatout pizza crust of your choice
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Note: There are so many veggies that would work on this pizza so feel free to add whatever veggies you have on hand. I love the onion and pepper combo so that’s what I used.


I used the Cucina Antica pizza sauce and Organic Valley mozzarella cheese from Door to Door Organics.



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat grill pan over medium heat until hot. Spray with cooking spray. Grill veggies about 5 minutes or until desired doneness.
  3. While veggies are grilling, place flatbread in oven for 2-3 minutes directly on rack. This is will help the flatbread crisp up so it can hold your toppings.
  4. Once flatbread and veggies are done, spread sauce on flatbread. Top with grilled veggies and cheese.
  5. Place flatbread on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe is my go-to lunch recipe. It’s quick and easy and tastes delicious!

I also had this pizza with a salad on the side. I used the super green salad mix from Door to Door Organics and added some chicken, pecans, and croutons.


Chicken Parmesan    Serves: 4



  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz spaghetti

I love Organic Smart Chicken and I was excited to see that Door to Door Organics offered it on their website. I am super picky about chicken but this one is my favorite.



    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Then combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in a dish. Place egg in another dish.


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.
  2. Dip each piece of chicken into egg then dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Place chicken in hot pan and cook approximately 3-4 minutes per side or until lightly browned.
  4. While chicken is cooking place about a quarter of the marinara sauce in a baking pan. When chicken is browned, add it on top of the sauce. Top with about a quarter more of the sauce.
  5. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes. Divide mozzarella cheese evenly between chicken breasts and continue cooking approximately 15 more minutes.
  6. Serve on top of spaghetti and with additional marinara sauce.

My family loved this recipe – it came out perfect and so delicious!!




I served it with some fresh green beans.


I steamed them for about five minutes and then added just a bit of olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic.



Now you can win your very own Door to Door Organics gift card! Door to Door Organics is giving away a $50 gift card to three readers.

Please note: Since Door to Door Organics is a local Chicago company, they only deliver to Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. You can enter your zip code on their website to see if they deliver to your area. If you’re not in Chicagoland but know someone who is, please pass this giveaway along to them!

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Labor Day Weekend

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Our weekend was jam-packed with workouts, cookouts, and family fun.

On Friday night, Danny and I went back to the pool to swim again. I am getting a lot more used to the water although I’m still not a huge fan of putting my face in the water. I have been swimming laps with and without the kickboard and doing a lot of kicks under water.

My leg and quad are still really sore so the pool in a nice low-impact workout. But trust me, it still gets my heart rate up. I’ll swim a lap as fast as I can and by the time I reach the side, I am so out of breath! Swimming is hard work!

On Saturday morning, we went to the gym to do a back and biceps superset workout.


After the workout, Danny helped me foam roll my leg. It is incredibly awkward but he is able to put a lot more pressure on my leg then I could by doing it myself.


Saturday afternoon, Jacob had a practice soccer game and I brought with a new Luna bar flavor – lemon vanilla!


It was so good! If you can find this bar, I definitely recommend trying it!

Jaden and I also had fun taking some selfies :)



Sunday afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house to cookout and celebrate my grandma’s birthday. My grandpa made her the most delicious Snickers cake.


The weather was beautiful (except for those darn bees) and we had fun playing bocce ball and bags.


Sunday morning, we met my family at a nearby restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, Danny and I headed to the gym and spent about 45 minutes swimming.

For dinner, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s for a make your own nacho night!

It was a busy weekend filled with fun and family! The weather was perfect and it was a great way to end the summer.

Now that September has arrived I am ready for all things fall!!

  • Who else is ready for fall?!
  • What did you do this weekend?


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Decisions, Decisions

Good morning!

Yesterday morning I went to the gym to do some light cardio. I started on the walking track for the first time since having hip surgery 5 weeks ago. Nine laps equals a mile. I was able to make it two laps which took me five minutes.

I was a little disappointed at first because I was really expecting to be able to go farther than that, but it was causing me too much pain. Then I decided that two laps was just fine and I’ll just need to work on building up my laps. It gives me a goal to work towards. :)

Speaking of running, many of you know that I signed up for the Disney Half Marathon at Disney World in January 2015. Danny signed up for the full marathon.


My life running goal has been to run a half marathon and every time I try to complete this goal, my body works against me. My first half marathon was supposed to be the Zooma Half Marathon over a year ago but that when all my pain started and I was unable to run.

Of course, I am not able to run the Disney half marathon in January because my hip won’t be recovered enough. Basically, I have two options regarding the race:

1) Do nothing. In that case, I am out $340 for the cost of the half marathon and the full marathon. That’s a lot of money.

2) Defer the race to January 2016 by paying a total of $90 for both the half marathon and marathon.

Option #2 would probably be the best option but  it’s a very long time away. Who knows what could happen between now and then. I wanted to run the Disney race as my first half marathon because I thought it would be a fun experience. But I feel like since it’s so far away, I’d rather just run a half marathon as soon as I’m ready rather than waiting 17 months.

And who knows where I’ll be in life then. Jacob will be in high school – what if I don’t have anyone to watch the kids? What if Danny is unable to get time off work? What if I get injured again and can’t run? What if, what if, what if?

If I paid the $90 and then wasn’t able to run, I’d be out $430 – that’s even more than $370!

What would you do in my situation?? Any advice??

Last Night’s Dinner

I wanted to share last night’s dinner because it was so good!


I made Greek yogurt parmesan garlic chicken. It was delicious and the best part was that the recipe was easy and required only a few ingredients!

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Serves: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Pat chicken dry and coat with yogurt mixture.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and golden brown.

I loved that this recipe was easy to make and healthy! I loved it and so did Danny and Jacob. Jaden ate it…after he dumped half a bottle of ketchup on it.

Some other food I’ve been loving lately:


I finally tried the Yasso Greek yogurt bars in mint chocolate chip. They are amazing. I must stock up on these! Another favorite lately has been the dark chocolate cocoa almonds. They are one of my new favorite snacks!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Any advice about my half marathon situation?
  • What foods have you been loving lately?



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A Surprise Dinner

sGood afternoon! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Here’s a little recap of how my weekend went:


Friday morning I went to the gym. I started out on the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Then I moved onto back exercises. I did bent-over rows and reverse flyes. I think the standing back exercises put a little too much pressure on my hip because I left the gym in pain rather than just sore.

As a result, I took the rest of the weekend off from going to the gym and let my body rest. From now on, I’ll stick to lat pulldowns and seated rows. Those didn’t seem to bother my hip.

On Friday night, I took Danny out for a surprise dinner. He has been doing such a great job taking care of me after my surgery and I just wanted to let him know how much I appreciate everything he has been doing.

My mom came over Friday night to watch the kids and Danny and I went to WildFire, a steakhouse (yes, I’m one of those people that orders a salad at a steakhouse).


I started out with a martini flight which is funny because I am not usually a martini fan. The stormy night martini was the best one hands down. The waitress described it as melted jolly rancher and she was right! If you ever go to Wildfire, order the stormy night martini.

I started with the crab and shrimp bisque. It was also delicious. I even got Danny to try a bite. I can’t even tell you how many loaves of their warm bread and butter we ate – it was a lot. A lot.

For dinner, I had the Wildorf salad which came with romaine, spinach, cranberries, pecans, celery, crouton, apples, and apple ranch dressing. The combination of all the flavors worked perfectly together. I really liked the apple ranch dressing.

Danny ordered the filet mignon. I decided to be brave and try a bite. Sorry to all you steak fans out there, but I hated it. I just cannot get over the texture of steak. This is gross but it feels like I am chewing animal flesh and that’s nasty. This is also why I have a hard time eating chicken. I am just not a meat person.

Of course, we had to end the night with dessert. We shared the skillet cookie with ice cream. It was very good but I thought the cookie was slightly overdone.

By the time we left, I could hardly walk to the car because I was so full!

When we got home, we watched Santa Paws with the kids (Jaden’s pick) and when they went to bed, we watched Divergent.


Saturday was one of those lazy days where we didn’t really have anything planned. I ran some errands and Danny mowed the lawn and washed the cars. Since I ate so much Friday night, I tried to eat good on Saturday.

For dinner, we went to Chipotle. On their website, Chipotle has a nutrition calculator so you can figure out the calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc in any meal you want. I used this calculator before we left so I could still stick to a healthy amount of carbs, fats, and protein.


I do think that the website largely underestimates the amount of food that Chipotle actually gives you. For example, their website has the brown rice as 4 ounces but our local Chipolte probably gives you three times that amount. So, when I ordered I made sure to ask for a very small amount of everything. One little scoop of brown rice instead of two huge ones.

I know that the measurements are exact but at least it’s a close estimate.

I had a small amount of brown rice, chicken, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, a small amount of cheese, a little guacamole, and lots of lettuce.

Saturday night, we watched The Conjuring. I hate scary movies. I blamed Danny for watching the movie but really it was me who suggested it. I actually made it through the whole movie…which meant I had to wake Danny up every time I had to go to the bathroom that night. You know, in case I had a demon clinging to me or something.


Sunday was also a day when we didn’t have too much going on. Sometimes our weekends are so busy that it’s nice to have a weekend without tons of stuff going on.

The kids visited with their Grandma while Danny and I did some shopping. All at once it seems like Halloween is approaching. The stores are getting ready!


I love the fall season and Halloween is a big holiday in my family :)

I also brought back zucchini pizza bites into my life. These are so good and a great healthy option if you’re craving pizza!

I sliced the zucchini and sprinkled on some Italian seasoning. Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. I took them out and topped them with pizza sauce and cheese. I put them back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes. Trust me, these are delicious!


Jaden wrapped up the weekend by playing in his frog tent.


I bought that tent at Target on clearance years ago and I am actually surprised it’s still standing. My kids are a bit…rough on toys.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • Do you like scary movies? What’s the last movie you watched?
  • Favorite vegetable?




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Arthroscopic Hip Surgery: Two Weeks Later

Good morning my wonderful internet friends!!

Yesterday marked exactly two weeks since my arthroscopic hip surgery due to a femoroacetabular impingement and labrum tears.

After two weeks, I am feeling great! The first few days post surgery were very hard and I remember repeatedly telling Danny that having surgery was the worst decision that I ever made in my life and crying. A lot.

I was wrong.

Having surgery was the best decision that I could have made for myself. Yes, the first few days were very hard but after 72 hours, they’re over.

I am still on my crutches and using my hip brace. That part is still pretty annoying but I am used to them by now. I am also still sleeping in my hip brace which I can’t wait to be done with. Hopefully by next week, I should be done with the crutches and hip brace.

As of yesterday, I am done with the continuous passive motion machine and the ice machine. That’s almost five hours a day of my life back!! What ever will I do with all my time?!

I am going to physical therapy at Athletico twice a week for the next couple of months. I see the same therapist that I saw last year when all my problems started in the first place.

Now some downsides to being two weeks post op. First, my schedule is so messed up and it drives me absolutely crazy.

Before surgery, I normally woke up about 7:30 am (earlier during the school year) and would eat breakfast fairly soon after waking up. I would get to the gym about 9:00 am and do my workout for the day. From there, I would either pick up my niece or do errands for the day.

Before surgery, I usually went to bed around 10:30pm. These days, I am staying up a lot later, sometimes after midnight and sleeping in, sometimes until 10:00 am. I didn’t even sleep in that late on the weekends before surgery!


Since I would wake up so late, I would do my CPM machine right away which meant I was eating anything until 11:oo am or sometimes later.

And the gym? Yeah, that doesn’t happen. I still can’t drive so most of my day is spent laying in bed staring out my window at the gorgeous weather that I am not out in.

I haven’t made in to the gym lately since I can’t drive. Evenings are hard because Jaden has swim lessons twice a week and I have physical therapy twice a week.  But hopefully only another week or so and I’ll be back on schedule!

Since a lot of my day is spent in bed, I have been watching a ton more TV. I record some shows at night to watch the next day.

The TV show that makes me the happiest is Blossom!


I watched Blossom growing up and it was my favorite show. Right after my surgery, they started playing it at 9:00 pm on The Hub network. I love it!

Some other shows I been watching are Chopped, including the Teen Chopped Tournament on Tuesday nights, Big Brother (love it!), Extreme Couponing, Under the Dome, and Say Yes to the Dress.

I have also been reading and am halfway through Wild by Cheryl Strayed.


I have also been trying to stick to healthy eating and have been loving strawberries lately.


Watermelon is my favorite fruit but I think strawberries are a close second!

Yesterday after my physical therapy appointment, we went to Whole Foods to get sushi to bring home for dinner. I was super hungry and needed a snack for the car. I grabbed these Snapea Crisps which were surprisingly good.IMG_20140723_194227

I’m sure they’re not the healthiest snack but I figure they’re healthier than potato chips! Have you tried them?!

I really wish they would build a Whole Food closer to me – it would save me a lot on gas money…that I would then spend on sushi.

Since I don’t have to spend my time in the CPM machine, I’m going to go find something fun to do, like practicing dancing with crutches since we are going to a wedding on Saturday! :)

Have a great day!!

  • Have you ever been sick and stuck in bed for a long amount of time? <—-I was on best rest when pregnant with Jaden for six months and that was not fun.
  • Favorite TV show when you were a kid?
  • Favorite TV show now?





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First Follow-Up Doctor Appointment

Good afternoon!

Doctor Appointment

I had my first follow-up with the doctor’s assistant this morning. First, they removed the stitches (it wasn’t terrible – just a little pinch) and then they took X-rays.

The doctor’s assistant said that I seemed to be healing nicely but I still have to take it easy because of the labrum tear repairs. I am also able to start putting more body weight on my leg. I’m supposed to put 25% more body weight on my leg, increasing the weight every 2-3 days. So, after 8-12 days I should be able to put my full body weight on my leg.

That means close to two more weeks on my crutches and hip brace until I’m free! After two weeks, I’ll be able to walk normally and drive again. I have two days left with my CMP machine and ice machine and then I’ll be done with those.

I’m slowly getting better. I am still good with the stationary bike and upper body exercises, and I will continue to do physical therapy twice a week.

The bad news is that I am not able to do BodyPump for 6 months and then after that I need to take 2-3 months to ease back into it. I’m kind of bummed about that and I’ll have to put BodyPump teaching on hold for awhile.

I am able to start walking after I’m off my crutches and I can slowly increase the distance. Hopefully, I’ll be able to run again eventually.

I asked about having to wear my hip brace to the wedding Danny and I are attending this weekend, and the doctor said yes, definitely. She that it would be most important to wear it to an event like that because there will be a lot of people and I have to be extra careful not to rotate my leg and hip.

She said that it’s also good to wear the hip brace so people realize that they have to be a little extra careful around me. So, now I have to figure out how my hip brace is going to work while wearing a dress.

I have another doctor appointment in five weeks to check my progress.


After the doctor, Danny, the kids, and I went to Panera for lunch. I had a Fuji apple salad and lemon orzo soup.


After lunch, we went to a new frozen yogurt place that just opened near us today.


It’s called Menchie’s and I really liked it. They had a lot of toppings and goodies for the frozen yogurt.


Danny was really hungry :)


Jaden likes to stir all his frozen yogurt and toppings together and then feed it to his big brother.


Overall, Menchie’s was really good with a large variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings.

Last Night’s Dinner

I also have to share last night’s dinner because it was so delicious. We made chicken and veggie kabobs (burgers for the kids).


I marinated the chicken and veggies all day in a mixture of olive oil, low sodium soy sauce, honey, and garlic.

They came out delicious! We ate them with brown rice, grilled broccoli, and watermelon. Yum!


Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite frozen yogurt place? Topping?
  • What did you have for lunch?


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Happy 13th Birthday, Jacob!

It’s official…I am the mom of a teenager!

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My son Jacob turned 13 today!!!


Jacob is my very special micro preemie baby – he was born at 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb. and 14 oz. At his lowest, he dropped to about 1 lb and 8 oz. We went from not even know if he would survive to him turning 13 years old!

The sun is shining today which is perfect because Jaden has a baseball game and then we’re having a birthday party for Jacob.


Last night for dinner, I actually got sushi from an actual sushi restaurant.


I got a California roll and a Philadelphia roll. They were good, but I actually like Whole Foods sushi better. Yeah, I said it. First, I forgot to ask if they had brown rice and I’m not a fan of white rice. The California roll was a little spicy and I’m also not a fan of spicy foods.

I told Jaden I would buy him an ice cream if he tried a bite of the sushi. He tried a bite, gagged, spit it out, and drank a cup of water. Then he said, “well, at least I tried it.” I bought him an ice cream.

This morning, I’m off to the gym to practice for festival the park district holds every year in May. There’s a 5k, things for kids to do, demos of fitness classes, vendors, etc. This year I am doing a short demo of a BodyPump class. The festival is later this month, but we’re getting everything ready today!

Have a great weekend!



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