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Dry Needling and Vacation!

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My heart goes out to all those affected by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Even thirteen years later, I am sure the pain is still fresh for some. United we stand. Never forget.

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Good morning!

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I had a small set back in physical therapy. Basically, my adductor muscle (inner thigh) has been in a lot of pain that won’t go away. It is overactive and compensating for my weak hip and glute muscles.

It has been making it very difficult to do the exercises at physical therapy because my adductor muscle constantly takes over when it shouldn’t. I am pretty much at a stand still with my hip and glute strengthening exercises because my adductor muscle is all like, I’m king of this castle! I am going to take over every muscle in your body! Bwahhhhaaaa.

My adductor muscle is being a jerk.

Despite all my physical therapist’s best efforts, we haven’t had any luck with my adductor muscle pain. So, yesterday she suggested we try something a little different: dry needling. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. It’s similar to acupuncture.

From the Athletico website:

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and release underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.  Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation.

Do I hate needles? Yes. Am I terrified of needles? No.

At this point, I was so sick of the pain, I was willing to try anything to make it go away. Including jamming needles straight into my muscle.

I think my pain tolerance level falls somewhere in the middle of the pain tolerance spectrum. I’m not a huge baby but I don’t like pain either. I’ve had two babies, three amniocentesis needles stuck in my belly, my tonsils out, my nose pierced, hip surgery, plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis, detached rib cartilage, cortisone shots, and more. I’m no stranger when it comes to pain.

Dry needling hurts. It was not fun. It was one of the weirdest sensations I have ever experienced in my life. I am not one of those people that outwardly screams or yells when I’m in pain. But when they stuck that needle into my muscle a sound came out of me that I couldn’t stop. And my muscles spasmed on their own which was weird.

I wouldn’t exactly call it unbearable pain but it was not fun. At all. The whole process lasted about 5 minutes or so. I didn’t look at all so I’m not really sure what the needles looked like. I’m sure they were small, but I wasn’t about to make myself faint by looking.

I was sore afterwards which is normal. My groin muscle was really sore for the rest of the night and I spent the afternoon on the couch.

This morning I felt better but still sore. The physical therapist said it was okay to swim but to stay out of the gym until my appointment on Friday afternoon. She said that if there is still pain, I might need one more dry needling session. I pray that I don’t.

I really hope this works because I am anxious to get on with my physical therapy and get better!

With all that bad news about my recovery, I do have a some good news – I’m going on vacation! I won’t have access to a gym while I’m gone and that’s actually a good thing because it will give my leg a lot of time to rest. I will have access to a pool which is good because the physical therapist says that swimming is the best thing I can do at this point.

To tell you the truth, I actually invited myself on my sister-in-in law’s vacation. She is going out to California to visit our aunt and uncle and once I heard she was going, I invited myself along (Sorry, Crystal!). It was really a last-minute and spontaneous decision which isn’t like me at all.

Danny usually goes to Canada every year or every other year. We usually take a small family vacation in the summer, but I haven’t had time to relax alone since I went to California with my mom about seven years ago.

Me and my mom seven years ago when we went to California:

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Oh my gosh. Can we talk about how nice my hair used to be! What happened?! I was also nervous about leaving the kids that time too. You can see a list taped on the door for Danny of everything Jacob needed in his backpack for school and what to wear!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and kids to death, but everyone needs a break sometimes. Time to relax and recharge. And in my case, recover. The hardest part will be being away from my kids for so long. I can’t even think about it because it makes me sad. Jacob went to Canada with Danny last year but Jaden has never been away from me for so long. I think it will be hard on him too, but once I’m gone, I’m sure they’ll have funny with Danny. And they’ll be in school all day.

We’re leaving Tuesday afternoon and coming home Saturday night. It’s not an incredibly long time but I’ll still miss Danny and the kids. The hardest part is being so far away. What if something were to happen? Of course, I have total faith in Danny with the kids but you never know what can happen.

I am really looking forward to the trip and can’t wait to go!!

Like I mentioned, I went swimming this morning. I was tired and sore, so I used a kickboard for a lot of my laps and did squats and lunges.

I am used to swimming now although I don’t think I’ll ever love it. The worst part is that it’s making my skin crazy! I normally have very sensitive skin and the chemicals in the pool are drying out my skin like crazy.

I have two huge rough dry patches of skin on my cheeks where the skin is peeling and flaking off. It’s gross and make-up just makes it look worse. I googled ways to deal with dry skin from swimming and most websites said to use moisturizer, Vaseline, or sunscreen prior to and after swimming and to shower right away.

I use moisturizer daily anyway so today I just applied in to my face before I got in the pool.

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I also used overnight conditioner in my hair before I got in the pool.

I don’t like showering at the gym and I only live 5 minutes away, so I just take a shower as soon as I get home. I think the moisturizer helped a little bit today. My cheeks were still dry but not nearly as dry as usual.

Tomorrow, I will be resting from the gym because I have a tons of errands to do. I am going to my cousin’s baby shower this weekend and I’m bringing cookies. I still have to buy a gift and cookie ingredients. I also have to get a few little things I need for California. It’ll be a busy weekend!

I have one more fall food find that I wanted to share with you:

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Dannon caramel apple pie Greek yogurt. These are amazing!!

Have a great day!

Biggest loser starts tonight! Anyone watching??

  • Have you ever done needling/acupuncture?
  • Are you watching the Biggest Loser tonight?
  • Any dry skin tips?

 

 

 

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Zevia Zero Calorie Soda Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received this product free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

As a Moms Meet Ambassador, I was recently given the opportunity to try out Zevia Zero Calorie Soda.

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As a rule, I try not to let my kids drink too much soda on a regular basis. If were at someone’s house or a restaurant, I’ll usually let them have one. To me, it’s more something that should be a special treat, rather than just something you grab when you’re thirsty.

My kids were very excited to try out the Zevia soda. To them, it was just like drinking regular soda. To me, it was giving them something a little better than a sugar-filled Coke.

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The nice thing about Zevia is that it’s sweetened naturally with high purity, US grown Stevia and monk fruit. Zevia soda does not contain calories, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. It’s perfect for kids and adults!

All Zevia soda is kosher, gluten-free, and vegan!

Six-packs of Zevia range from $3.99-$5.99 and comes in tons of flavors. My kids were so excited to try the Mountain Zevia flavor, and they loved it!

Other flavors include: Grape, Ginger Root Beer, Strawberry, Cherry Cola, and lots more.

I liked that this soda is sugar-free and doesn’t use artificial sweeteners without sacrificing flavor. I also liked that the ingredients were very simple.

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Baby Showers, Swimming, and The Bears

Good afternoon!

AMRAP Nutrition Bar Winners

The three winners of the AMRAP bars are Sarah, Kelsey, and Melissa. I sent all the winners an email. Congrats!

The Weekend

Our weekend was busy but low-key at the same time.

On Saturday morning, Jacob had a soccer game. On Saturday afternoon, I went to a baby shower for my best friend’s sister.

The mama-to-be:

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Me, Jenny, and Crystal (another mama-to-be):

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I made a cute diaper cake for the shower.

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My grandma made an amazing elephant cake for the shower. How cute did it turn out?! It was delicious red velvet cake on the inside.

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Sunday

In addition to my quad pain, I have been having some pretty bad adductor pain. My quad will get sore when I am doing too much, but the adductor pain is pretty much a constant annoying pain all the time.

My physical therapist told me that I should stay out of the gym for the whole weekend, except for swimming. She said at this point swimming is the best thing I can do. She said to do squats and lunges in the pool rather than kicks because the kicks are using my adductor muscles too much for the time being.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I swam for about 45 minutes. I did a total of 35 laps which is my most so far. I count swimming to one side of the pool as one lap. I usually do some laps without the kickboard and then use the kickboard once my leg and hip starts to get too tired.

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I told myself that if I burned at least 300 calories while swimming, I would get a Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice crème brulee iced coffee.

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It was amazing.

Sunday afternoon was the first Chicago Bears game of the season! My family came over to watch the game.

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My adorable niece.

Today

Danny was able to find the Chobani pumpkin spice yogurt at Wal-Mart near his work and I had it for breakfast this morning.

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It was so good! It reminds me of pumpkin pie and it would be delicious with graham crackers crumbled on top. Yum! I’m loving all the pumpkin food.

I also found pumpkin bread and cookies.

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This morning, I went to the gym. My adductor is feeling a little better but my quad is sore after working out. It’s never ending and super annoying.

I worked on back and biceps today. I did some of the following exercises:

  • wide grip lat pull down
  • seated cable row
  • back extension machine
  • quadruped opposite arm/leg raise
  • seated biceps curls
  • cable biceps curls
  • plate twists
  • concentration curls

It was a fast workout because I had to pick up my niece. I think I will spend the rest of the day resting my leg!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Are you a football fan? Favorite team?
  • Favorite pumpkin item?

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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.

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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.

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

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

Jaden and I also had fun taking some selfies :)

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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.

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

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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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Allergies

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?

Here’s a recap of our weekend.

Friday

On Friday, we went to the kids schools to meet their teachers.

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I actually wore real clothes and did my hair and make-up. :)

Everything went good and the kids got to see their classrooms, meet their teachers, and drop off their supplies.

Saturday

Saturday morning, Jaden had an allergy test appointment at the doctor. We were there for a little over two hours.

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Jaden has had pretty bad allergies for years and gets an allergy shot every three weeks. He is also on allergy medication but isn’t helping as much as his doctor thinks it should be so they did allergy testing (he also had this done a few years ago).

Jaden’s main concern was seeing if he was allergic to dogs because he has been dying to get a dog. He was a little sick when we went for the appointment with the start of an ear infection. Jaden gets an ear infection every six months like clockwork. He also has a constant stomach ache.

It turns out that he has an allergy to dairy and this is what could be causing the ear infections and the reason why his allergies aren’t improving. We are stopping dairy right now, but once he’s not sick, he has to do an official food challenge.

A food challenge consists of removing all foods that he’s allergic to completely for a week. After a week, we re-introduce foods three times a day, every three days and see if him symptoms return.

Jaden is also allergic to dogs, pineapple, lemon, watermelon, and lettuce. Yes, I said lettuce. I asked the doctor if people can really be allergic to lettuce and she said, “Well, Jaden is”.

I have a pretty good suspicion that removing the dairy will make him a lot better. We could never figure out why his allergies couldn’t get under control and Jaden lives on dairy – mac and cheese, yogurt, cheese quesadillas, ice cream, etc. I really think removing the dairy will help him.

Too bad dairy is in almost everything! He is very picky so I went grocery shopping hoping to find some non-dairy foods that he could actually eat. I picked up a bag and pretzels, thinking they would be perfect for his snack at school, and guess what?! They contain dairy!

Luckily, I was able to find pretzels that didn’t have dairy. I also found him some dairy-free pancake mix, chocolate chips, oatmeal, bread, yogurt, and butter. You really don’t realize how many things contain dairy until you read the ingredients.

I even managed to find dairy-free mac & cheese at Whole Foods. Jaden is very picky so I’m hoping he likes it!

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On Saturday afternoon, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house to visit and then we went to my nephew’s 2nd birthday party.

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He had a Mickey Mouse themed party and my grandma made the cutest (and most delicious!) Mickey Mouse character cupcakes.

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The kids had so much fun playing, going in the bounce house, going on a tractor ride, and eating treats.

Sunday

On Sunday morning Danny ran The Biggest Loser 10k at Six Flags Great America.

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We signed up for this race before I even knew I was having surgery. Needless to say, I was unable to run. I ended up staying home with the kids while Danny ran. My sister-in-law and her cousin also ran the race.

Sunday afternoon, I went grocery shopping and I finally bought a waffle maker!

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I have been wanting one for awhile but never got around to buying one. I heard about the Kodiak protein pancake/waffle mix on Instagram and then I heard that it was featured on Shark Tank so I bought some to try out.

I made waffles with it this morning and it was delicious with lots of protein! I also bought a can of pumpkin so I can’t wait to start making pumpkin protein waffles. Maybe I’ll even add some chocolate chips.

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Today

Today was the kids first day back to school!

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Jaden started his morning by eating a waffle with dairy-free chocolate chips and dairy-free butter. He ate the whole thing! Usually he isn’t a huge eater in the morning so I was surprise he finished it all.

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Then the kids went off to school! I miss them already!

Have a great day!!

  • Do you or your kids have any allergies?
  • Pancakes or waffles?

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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

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).

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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

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.

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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

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!

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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!

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

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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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Family Fun Weekend – Bears Family Fest and Arlington Park Family Fun Day

Good morning! How was your weekend?

We had a really busy weekend. I think I walked more in the past two days than I have in a month! I am a little sore and really tired today but it was worth it to have such a great weekend!

Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, we attended the Bears Meijer Family Fest at Soldier Field.

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The Bears Family Fun Fest included entertainment and activities for the kids.

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Jacob and Jaden waited in line to play Dr. Pepper Pong and they won some pretty sweet Dr. Pepper sunglasses.

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There were different sampling booths and games set up before the gates to Soldier Field opened. It was crazy crowded and the lines were super long but the kids still had fun.

At 5:00 pm, the gates opened and we were able to go into Soldier Field.

We stayed for awhile to watch the Bears practice. They announced each player with fireworks as they ran on onto the field.

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It was neat being able to see how the Bears warm-up and practice before games. It was a different experience from watching a regular football game.

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We didn’t stay too ling to watch them practice because by that time we had already been there a few hours and I was having a hard time with my hip.

The Bears Family Fun Fest was the same day as Lollapalooza so of course getting home was crazy!

Sunday

On Sunday, we were invited out to Arlington Race Track.

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We usually go to Arlington Park every couple of years to watch the horse races and sometimes we go on the Fourth of July to watch their amazing fireworks show.

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My dad was really excited to be there:

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This was the kids first time going to watch the horse races. Every Sunday throughout the summer, Arlington Park has Sunday Family Fun Day which is perfect for the kids!

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They have a Jockey Junior Zone set up which includes pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a magician, caricaturist, juggler, bounce house, live music, and hands-on activities.

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The kids loved the pony rides. My niece is such a big girl riding the pony all by herself!

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I was intrigued by the llama at the petting zoo.

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They even had the Arlington Park mascot out and about playing with the kids.

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We were able to watch the horse races and be in the winner’s circle for one of the races.

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The kids loved being up close to the horses and watch the winning horse walk through the winner’s circle.

They spray the horses after each race to keep them cool.

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They also had retired race horses out and the kids got to feed them peppermint candies.

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After yesterday, Jaden and my niece are both expecting horses for pets. My niece kept pointing to the horses and saying, “I want that one.”

Yesterday at Arlington Park was FireZone First Responders Day featuring The Gary Sinise Foundation which honors local fire, police, and military.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

Gary Sinise Foundation Mission Statement: At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. (Source)

You might better know Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump and Mac Taylor from CSI:NY.

We were lucky enough to see Gary Sinise at the track yesterday. It was exciting for Danny and me because we’re huge CSI fans and my dad is a big Forrest Gump fan.

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Overall, it was a great day yesterday. We had a wonderful day at the track with my family and the kids got to have some fun new experiences!

Today, I am really tired. We did a lot of walking these past few days and I am definitely feeling it! We were up early this morning because Jaden had an allergy appointment and I am ready to go back to bed!

I talked to the doctor’s assistant on the phone on Friday and she said that by Wednesday I should be able to walk without the crutches and hip brace. I should also be able to start driving again as long as I’m careful. She said that hitting the brakes puts my hip in a position that may not be good for it so I just need to take it easy!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

  • What did you do this weekend?

Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to both of these events and all opinions are my own. A huge thank you to Arlington Park for having us as guests and to the Bears Family Fest.

 

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A Workout and A Wedding

Good morning! How was your weekend?

Thursday evening, I went to the gym while Danny stayed with Jaden for his swim lessons. It works out that the gym and swim lessons are in the same building.

I am getting a lot faster on the stationary bike now. I am able to actually keep it on the whole time and rode three miles in twenty minutes. Yay!

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I also did a quick upper body workout while Jaden finished swimming. Hopefully I’ll be able to start driving this week so I’ll be able to go to the gym in the mornings again!

We had a busy weekend so I wasn’t able to make it to the gym at all.

On Friday night, we got frozen yogurt at Menchies.

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I love having a frozen yogurt so close to us now but that also means we’re spending a lot of time there.

On Saturday, we went to Danny’s cousin’s wedding.

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Sometimes I actually wear real clothes and not workout clothes. It’s rare, but it does happen. :)

Dress shopping (and jeans shopping!) is hard for me because I have a smaller waist and upper half and wider hips and bottom half so things don’t always fit me well. If the top fits then the bottom is too tight or if the bottom fits then the top is too loose. It’s a problem really.

Luckily, I managed to find a Calvin Klein dress that I loved and was a really good price. And it looked great with my crutches.

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The wedding was so much fun. The ceremony was outside and of course I was dying from the heat but the reception was in an air conditioned tent.

Danny with his mom, brothers, and nephew.

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The food was typical wedding food but my salad was really fancy, wrapped in a cucumber.

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We had a great night and thanks to my dad and stepmom for watching the kids!!

On Sunday, we picked up the kids and then stopped at Friday’s for lunch. We don’t go to Friday’s often and I can’t even remember the last time we were there. Danny and I used to go to Friday’s all the time while we were dating.

I got miso chicken skewers which were delicious. I loved them, I just wished they’d add more veggies on the skewers.

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Sunday afternoon, I was pretty wore out from Saturday and ended up falling asleep watching TV in the middle of the afternoon. Hip surgery has me spending lots of time in bed. I can’t wait to be better!!

Tonight, I have physical therapy and we’ll see about the driving and everything!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • When was the last wedding you went to?
  • Favorite restaurant?

 

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ginnybakes Review

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was recently able to try out some delicious ginnybakes products. ginnybakes is a product line that makes delicious gluten-free, non-gmo, organic, and kosher dessert products. They also have a line that is vegan.

As someone with a huge sweet tooth, I appreciate the fact that ginnybakes products are healthier for me and my family. That means I can eat more of them, right? :)

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I received a bunch of tasty looking products to sample. Jaden immediately wanted to try the chocolate chip cookies.

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He loved them and ran outside with the bag to share with his friends.

ginnybakes has a few different cookies including: chocolate chip love, coconut oatmeal bliss, chocolate chip oatmeal bliss, and butter crisp love. We liked the chocolate chip love and chocolate chip oatmeal the best.

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I also love that the cookies come in small individual bags. These are great to put in lunchboxes or to throw in my purse.

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Besides cookies, ginnybakes also has other great products including bars and baking mixes.

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Of course, I had to immediately make the lovely brownie bliss mix.

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Jaden loves being my helper in the kitchen. This mix was great because it was super easy and kid friendly. To the brownie mix, we added one egg, water, and canola oil. The directions say to use coconut oil but since we didn’t have any, we were able to substitute the canola oil.

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We put them in the oven and 18 minutes later we had warm, delicious, chocolatey brownies. So good!

There was also a peace love and crumble muffin mix that I can’t wait to try out next.

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Another thing I loved were the ginnybars. Once again, these are a great product for at home or on the go.

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There were so many delicious flavors: love & nuts, karma, love, & apricot, peace, love, & apple, and happy chocolate bliss. The bars are organic, gluten-free, kosher, non-gmo, wheat/oat free so you don’t have to feeling guilty about eating one…or two.

Overall, I loved these products. They’re a great choice for a healthy dessert or treat. Even if you don’t eat gluten-free, everyone can benefit from eating less wheat products. They are a delicious and nutritious treat with ingredients that you can feel good about putting into your body.

ginnybakes products retail for $5.99 for a 5.5 oz. box and can be found at some Costco stores, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, some Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s, Big Y, and Peapod stores. If you want to learn more about ginnybakes check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or Pinterest.

  •  What’s your favorite dessert or treat?

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Throwing A Sports Themed Party – Chicago Bears

My family is really big into sports, and Chicago has some really good sports teams – the Bulls, the Blackhawks, the Cubs and Sox. One of our favorite sports teams is the Chicago Bears.

Who doesn’t love football season?! Even if you aren’t a big football fan, there’s just so much excitement in the air. Football kicks off the start of the fall season and our Sundays are usually spent having family over, watching the Bears game, and eating fun football food.

We love getting together as a family to watch football and especially the Super Bowl. Sometimes we like to go all out throwing football parties, so today I’ll go over how to throw a successful football party.

1. Invite people you like.

Parties are always better when you invite people that you like. :) It helps even more if they enjoy football. Even if they don’t enjoy football, invite them anyway - they can learn to like football.

There are so many ways to invite people to events these days – email, through Facebook, the evite website, over the phone. If you really want to surprise people, send an invitation in the mail.

2. Food

You cannot have a successful football party without food. People like to eat. If you can’t cook, don’t fear! Ask each guest to bring a dish to share or get the best football party food there is – pizza.

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Always make sure there’s cake.

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3. Decorations

Decorations always make parties more festive and liven up the crowd. Many party stores sell football themed decorations and even have specific team decorations. Or make your own!

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You can never go wrong with a Chicago Bears pumpkin.

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4. Games

Who doesn’t love a party game? Everyone knows that the most important commercials of the year come on during the Superbowl, so why not make a game out of it?!

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Last year, we played Superbowl Commercial Bingo. Everyone got a bingo card and when the commercial came on, they got to mark it on their bingo card. Fun was had by all!

5. Sports Clothing…and Props

Have people wear a sports jersey of their favorite team. If they don’t own one, that gives them the perfect opportunity to go shopping! And who doesn’t love shopping?

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6. Get the Kids Involved

My kids love watching the Bears on TV with their dad.

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It’s a great way for kids to learn about sports and maybe it’s even a sport they’d be interested in playing!

If you live in the Chicago area, the Chicago Bears are hosting Family Fest on August 2nd. The Chicago Bears Family Fest lets families watch the Bears practice under the lights on Soldier Field. There is also family-friendly games, live music, outdoor activities, giveaways, and fireworks.

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The kids are also invited to the Staley’s Corner, the Bears mascot, for some fun activities, and the first 200 kids ages 4-12 will get the opportunity to have an autograph session with the Bears players! It’s a great way to spend the day with the family!

If you’re in Chicagoland, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Do you have any fun party tips to add? Favorite sports team?

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