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Wisconsin Dells 2016

Good morning I hope you all are having a great weekend!

We just got back from Wisconsin Dells on Friday. We went with my brother, sister-in-law, and niece.

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The kids had fun swimming, mini golfing, rock mining, taking the boat shuttle, and playing in the arcade.

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Danny, Jaden, and my sister-in law, Crystal, had a great time going down the waterslides.

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I don’t like water slides (especially ones where the floor drops out from underneath you) so I was the photographer.

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While we were in The Dells, my niece turned five!

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We celebrated by opening gifts, swimming, going out to dinner, and making s’mores. We made some s’mores with peanut butter cups instead of a chocolate bar. If you never have tried this before, it’s a must. Everything is better with a Reese’s peanut butter cup. :)

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We came home Friday evening and on Saturday, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for my niece’s birthday party.

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Crystal had a cute make-you-own-cupcake station set up for the kids. I had a little fun with Jaden and he might have ended up with frosting on his face.

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But don’t worry, he took me by surprise and got me back. I guess I deserved it. :)

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My grandma, who owns Sweet Temptations Dessert Company, made the most amazing Elsa cake.

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My niece loved it and the cake was delicious.

We had a great time in The Dells and a fun time celebrating my niece’s birthday!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite cake flavor?

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Garage Sales and Taco Pizza

Good morning!

This past weekend, we had a garage sale at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.

Waiting for customers:

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We have a couple vacations coming up so we’re trying to get a little extra cash…and we have a lot of stuff.

My brother and sister-in-law were selling a motorized scooter which thankfully sold.

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The first night we were there, we had a make your own pizza night. My sister-in-law has been making taco pizzas lately and although I was leary to try it, I ended up loving it!! See what happens when you try new things. :)

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We used the Pillsbury refrigerated dough for the crust. The taco pizza had refried beans, Mexican cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and yes those are crushed Doritos on top.

Danny’s pizza had ground beef on it and my brother and sister-in-law made theirs with black beans. I’m not a black bean fan but the pizza was good with refried beans. I’ll definitely be making this at home.

I made the other have of the pizza with my favorite toppings – onion and pineapple. Sometimes I add bacon and I have yet to find someone who loves the bacon, pineapple, onion combo as much as I do.

On Sunday afternoon, my sister-in-law, niece, mom, and I met at a nail salon to get pedicures. My niece’s birthday is tomorrow and she wanted us to get together to get our nails done.

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Working Out

On Monday evening, Danny and I went to the gym. With summer, the kids, and other stuff going on, I took a little break from the gym.

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Sometimes, I think it’s good to give your body a little break. And I often tend to overdo it so this little break was good for me. But I was very happy to get back to the gym!

Danny and I did a leg workout which included:

  • deadlifts
  • split squats on the bench
  • weighted sumo squats
  • calf raises in the Smith machine
  • leg press machine

Danny used 16 45-pound plates on the leg press machine for a total of 720 pounds.

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I used four plates. :)

And finally, I have to share a picture of my tacos from dinner last night.

We found this Mexican restaurant near us which has quickly become my new favorite Mexican restaurant.

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Mexican food is my favorite and I could eat tacos every day!

I hope you all have a great day.

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  • What’s your favorite pizza topping?
  • Favorite leg exercise? (I’m always looking for new ones!)

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Father’s Day Fishing Derby 2016

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

Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day with Danny and my dad at a local fishing derby. Later in the day, we went to my in-laws for a cookout.

On Saturday, I took Jaden to Michael’s to make a Father’s Day shirt for Danny.

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All we had to do was a buy a t-shirt and the supplies were free to use. Jaden loved making the shirt.

Sunday morning, we met my dad at a local lake for the fishing derby. The park district holds this fishing derby every Father’s Day. We did it four years ago and then again this year.

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They had breakfast set up with bagels, cream cheese, donuts, danish, fruit, juice, coffee, and water.

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We had fun fishing and Jaden tried so hard to catch a fish but unfortunately we didn’t catch any.

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They had trophies for the biggest fish in each age category. We didn’t get a trophy or catch any fish but Danny and my Dad both ended up winning the raffle at the end of the derby!

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Danny won a fishing pole and my dad won a tackle kit.

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It was a fun and hot morning!

After the fishing derby, we went to lunch with my dad and then later in the afternoon, we visited with Danny’s family for a cookout. My sister-in-law and I were twins! :)

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Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?

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Elgin Fox Trot 5k 2016

Good morning! I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Last Saturday, I ran the Elgin Fox Trot 5k. This was my sixth time running this race and I did the two mile walk with my dad the year I had arthroscopic hip surgery.

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My family did the Two Mile Walk for a Cause.

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This was my first 5k since last year’s Hot Chocolate 5k and I haven’t been running lately so I went into this race knowing it wouldn’t be my best. The course is very hilly which always is hard for me so I wore KT tape on my knee which has been bothering me lately and my Zensah calf sleeves.

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The weather was overcast and warm. I was happy not to have the sun beating down on me and even though it wasn’t too hot, I warmed up quickly. There was a sprinkler on the course at one of the water stations so I took advantage of it and ran under it to cool myself off.

The hills killed my calves but overall it was a good race. I finished in 33:47 which I expected since I haven’t been running at all lately except for sprints during HIIT workouts. Of course I hoped to do better but every race can’t be the best. Still, I had fun and was happy to participate in a race that my family has been doing for years.

The FoxTrot has a post-race party with a live band, food, and water. Each 5k runner gets a free beer ticket and this year all runners got a free hot dog. We stayed and hung out for a while after the race. There was even more running going on. :)

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Can’t wait to do it again next year! Have a great rest of your weekend!

  • What did you do this weekend?

 

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Birthday Fun

Good afternoon! How are you all doing?

Last Friday was my birthday so we spent the weekend celebrating. Last weekend, we went over to my dad and stepmom’s house for dinner and cake.

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On my actual birthday, my dad took me out to lunch.

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I had the macadamia crusted halibut with lemon cream sauce which was amazing and they brought me out tiramisu for a birthday dessert!

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On Saturday night, my mom watched the kids when Danny and I went out to dinner with my brother and sister-in-law.

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We went to the Grand Crab Buffet at Shaw’s Seafood Restaurant (also known as the most expensive dinner in the world). At least the all-you-can-eat crab legs were worth it. :) Crab legs are one of my favorite foods but reserved for special occasions.

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After dinner, we went to a local bar and had a few drinks. We picked the kids up on Sunday and my mom had a birthday cake for me.

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Thank you to all of my family for making my birthday so wonderful –  I truly am blessed with the best husband, kids, and family.

My step-brother turned 21 yesterday so of course we had to add a few decorations to his house as a birthday surprise.

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His girlfriend’s 21st birthday was the day before mine so we will be going out this weekend to celebrate! We have a lot of May birthdays in my family. My son, Jacob, is in May as well as both my in-laws.

Besides all the birthday fun, I’ve been working at the gym and working out at the gym. Basically, I’m at the gym a lot – which is what I love!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • When is your birthday? Favorite age so far?

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Life Lately

Good afternoon! How have you all been?! I have been busy with life and work and kids and all that good stuff. :)

Last week  Jacob turned 15!

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Celebrating with a cinnamon roll for breakfast.

It still boggles my mind that he’s 15 years old and will be gtting his learner’s permit later this year. It seems like only yesterday he was born 15 weeks early, weighing in at only 1 pound and 14 ounces. Now he’s almost done with his first year of high school. It’s amazing how fast the time goes.

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We also celebrated Mother’s Day on Saturday with my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Sunday was the first Mother’s Day that I was able to sleep late for the first time in about five years (and by late, I mean about 7:30 am). I usually run the Run Like a Mother 5k with my family but unfortunately the race wasn’t held this year. Hopefully it’ll be back this year!

Jaden picked me some beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day.

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On Mother’s Day morning, I had Dunkin Donuts coffee and a delicious jelly dount for breakfast and then Danny and I went to the gym.

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We worked legs and Danny pressed 650 pounds on the leg press machine. Impressive.

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After the gym, we had lunch, and then took the kids and Baylee to a local outdoor trail to walk and enjoy the weather.

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The trail recently added some exercise machines along the way. Jaden and I stopped to do some box jumps.

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I love that they have a little drinking fountain for dogs but Baylee was a little scared of it and we had to pour water in Danny’s hands for her to drink instead. Princess.

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In the evening, we went out to dinner and I had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I’ve been trying to walk and run with Baylee more but the weather around here is always so unpredicatble.

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One day it’ll be warm and sunny and the next day it’ll be cold and rainy.

This morning, I went to the gym and did a quick chest and triceps workout followed by a HIIT workout.

Post workout:

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The exercises I did included:

  • stability ball chest press
  • stability ball chest flies
  • medicine ball push-ups
  • tricep dips
  • overhead tricep extensions

The HIIT workout included:

  • running laps
  • box jumps
  • kettlebell swings
  • burpees

After the gym, I stopped at Target and found three new products.

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The Fage Crossover yogurts are delicious! This is the only one that I’ve tried but it is amazing. I was also excited to see that Applegate now carries pre-cooked chicken. It just makes life so much easier. And pickles because who doesn’t love pickles?!

And that it pretty much what I have been up to lately! Have a great night!

  • What have you been up to lately?
  • How was your Mother’s Day?
  • Pickles: yes or no?

 

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Running, Walking, and The Weekend

Good afternoon!

On Friday the weather was beautiful so after I got off of work, I took our puppy, Baylee, out for a run/walk. I haven’t ran outside in forever and Baylee has never ran outside so I was surprised at how well we both did.

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My calves always get extremely tight when I first start running outside and this time was no exception. My calves are still sore and tight today. Baylee did good running and made it about two miles or so before she needed to walk for a bit. It was more of a run/walk but it went good!

Sunday the weather was gorgeous and 80 degrees so we took Baylee to a nearby forest preserve for a walk and a family picnic.

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Baylee loved the water. As soon as she saw it, she immediately got in. She’s going to be a water doggy!

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We walked for a little bit letting Baylee and the kids explore.

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We packed a lunch to eat and the kids picked out boxed water to bring.

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At first, I thought the saying on the boxed water meant that the water tasted better but it actually means that it’s better for the environment than plastic bottles.

This morning, I went to the gym. I took a new Bootcamp class that my gym just started offering and it kicked my butt. Before class I did a few chest and tricep exercises including:

  • dumbbell chest presses
  • tricep dips
  • push-ups
  • overhead tricep extension
  • cable chest flies

It was a great workout today!

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Post workout, I had a Premier Protein bar and a Starbucks cold brew coffee.

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Have a great afternoon! Go Chicago Blackhawks!!

  • How was your weekend?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite fitness class?

 

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A Little Bit of Everything

Hello! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! We’ve been busy, busy, busy. The kids are on Spring Break and we spent most of last Thursday night in the ER because my older son who has a peanut allergy accidently ate two peanut butter cookies.

He normally only has a slight allergy to peanuts but this reaction was the worst he’s ever had. He immediately needed benadryl, oxygen, an IV, an epi shot, steroids, and two nebulizer treatments. Luckily, everything went okay and he was fine a couple of hours later. It was definitely scary.

On Saturday night, we went out with my family to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday!

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It was a great dinner and fun time with family.

On Sunday morning, we had family over for Easter brunch.

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In the afternoon, we went to my dad and stepmom’s for dinner.

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Danny and Jaden were twins.

Over the weekend, we stopped at the Vitamin Shoppe and I picked up a couple of new products to try. First, is the FlapJacked Mighty Muffin

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I have heard good things about the FlapJacked products but have never been able to find them. The Vitamin Shoppe had a few varieties of the high protein muffin mix so I bought the peanut butter flavor to try out.

I also picked up a single-serve package of Pro Pudding to try after my workout. I usually drink a protein shake after my workouts but the Pro Pudding was a nice change.

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We also stopped at Target and they had the new Yasso bar flavors! I usually eat a Yasso bar as an evening treat and the new cookies and cream flavor was delicious. I can’t wait to try the cinnamon bun flavor next.

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And finally, my father-in-law sent me a picture of the newspaper on Sunday night.

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It turns out that my dad and I were in the Daily Herald’s Neighbor section for the Color Run that we ran last year. I had no idea about this so I was glad my father-in-law spotted it.

Have a great day!

  • How is your week going?
  • Have you ever been in the newspaper?

 

 

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Workouts and Easter Eggs

Good afternoon, friends! How was your weekend?

Our weekend started out like normal at the gym.

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Danny and I worked hamstrings, glutes, and core on Saturday and did a 30 minute HIIT workout on Sunday. And lots of foam rolling. Foam rolling is always a good thing.

And yes, I did get hair extensions. I will be doing a whole post on them soon. :)

On Saturday evening my family came over to dye Easter eggs.

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Easter being in March is throwing me off this year. I feel rushed to get stuff done. The nice thing about Easter being this weekend is that the kids start Spring Break on Monday so they don’t have to worry about getting up early Monday morning. It’s always hard to get back into a routine the day after a holiday because the kids are usually up later than normal and stuffed with jelly beans.

As usual, my Dad set up his own egg dying station. He’s very hard at work on those eggs.

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He started a couple of eggs.

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A few Easter eggs from previous years:

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Clearly my family likes to get creative with Easter eggs. I just like to put my egg in the cup of dye and then take it out. :)

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you dye Easter eggs?

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The Best Pillow Ever

Hello! Happy February 29th! :)

How was your weekend? Our Friday night started with the much anticipated Fuller House on Netflix. Yay!

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I grew up watching Full House so I was so excited to watch this new series! We watched five episodes on Friday night – we sure do know how to party!

On Saturday morning, Danny and I went to the gym and worked on back and shoulders.

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We also did 30 minutes of high intensity interval training.

For lunch, I made a flatbread pizza with red pepper, green peppers, red onion, pineapple, mozzarella cheese, and feta cheese.

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My all time favorite pizza toppings are onion and pineapple. I’m  not sure if that’s a weird combo or not but I love it.

On Saturday night, we celebrated my dad and stepmom’s birthdays. Their birthdays are only a day apart. We had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and then went back to their house for cake and ice cream.

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On Sunday, we were back at the gym to work glutes, quads, and biceps. Afterwards, we went to Costco where I found the best thing ever:

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Jelly Belly pillows!! And they actually smell like Jelly Bellies. I bought the orange flavored pillows.

We just hung out and relaxed the rest of Sunday. I watched Nurse Jackie on Netflix. I am about halfway through season two. Netflix is addicting! Especially because I can watch it on my phone which means I can watch it anywhere!

Have a great rest of your day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite pizza toppings?
  • Do you shop at Costco?

 

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