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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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Fourth of July 2014

Good  morning! I hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July!!

My morning started out with a very patriotic breakfast.

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In the afternoon, we headed to my grandparent’s house to visit, eat, and relax in the sun.

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It was such a perfect summer day yesterday.

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We visited for awhile, played bags, and Frisbee golf.

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The kids enjoyed their festive popsicles.

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The best part of the food was the dessert, of course. How awesome is the cake my grandma made?!

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My dad made tuna pasta salad which I politely declined since I do not enjoy tuna or mayonnaise. He tried many times to get me to try it and after I kept politely refusing, he resorted to explaining to me how tuna in a can is made.

This is how it goes:

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While his explanation was the best ”how tuna gets in a can” explanation I’ve ever seen, I still refused to try the tuna pasta.

I. Don’t. Like. Tuna.

In the evening, we headed to a local fireworks display and then headed home from there. It was a fun time with family :)

Today, I’m practicing BodyPump at home and will be teaching my last class tomorrow!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • Any plans for today?

 

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Bud’s Run 2014

My last 5k before my surgery is complete!

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We have run the Bud’s Run 5k for the past few years. It’s a local race celebrating Bud, a running coach, who passed away from sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. We ran into Jaden’s first grade teacher and she said that Bud was actually her cross country coach when she was in high school.

The race is very close to our house - about 5 minutes away. It was at a different location this year and we arrived at about 7:30 am for the 8:00 am start time.

Danny and Jaden:

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My dad and stepmom came with to keep an eye on the kids while we ran.

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My sister-in-law also ran the race. My brother planned on running it, but his back was bothering him. He had back surgery about a year and a half ago and his back still bothers him from time to time.

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The race started at exactly 8:00 am. It’s a smaller race which is good because the course was very narrow. Had there been anymore people, I think it would have been a problem. We had to run a two loop course around a lake.

Making sure our bibs are okay:

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Danny decided to run the whole 5k with me because he was worried that I’d be in pain. I managed to run the first 1.5 miles okay. The last half of the race killed me. I had to walk/run the last 1.5 miles. My leg and groin hurt. I also made the mistake of taking two pain pills before the race and I felt nauseas the whole race.

I made it a year without any prescription pain medicine but when the pain recently started to get worse, I finally had to ask the doctor for a prescription. I usually one take one when my leg is really bothering me, so taking two probably wasn’t the best idea (the directions do say I can take two at a time!).

I managed to finish the race in about 35:50. The official times haven’t been posted but I was right around there. I knew going into the race that it would be difficult and I’d have to walk. And it was a lot hotter that I expected. I am just glad that I finished and that my wonderful husband ran with me.

One of my favorite parts about this race is that Culver’s is there giving away free Italian ice :)

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Jaden ran the 1k which started at 9:00am.

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I don’t think he realized how far it actually was because he started out sprinting. He wanted to run all by himself and would walk for awhile and then go into a full out sprint. He even skipped a couple of times. He was very excited to cross the finish line all by himself.

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There was also a “Budding” run for kids under five which my niece ran.

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The kids had to run to a basket, grab, a ball, and run to put the ball in the matching bucket. It was cute and a little crazy.

All the kids got a little star medal and sunglasses.

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Overall, it was a good race and I’m glad that I ran it. My leg is sore now but nothing more than it usually is. Wait until tomorrow…

After the race, we met my mom for brunch to celebrate her and Danny’s birthdays.

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I plan on having a relaxing evening before teaching BodyPump in the morning!

A big thank you to everyone’s continued support with all my surgery/hip/running issues!

Have a wonderful day!!

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A Workout With my Son

Good afternoon!

Something amazing happened today – I got my son, Jacob, to workout with me AND take a picture with me…willingly. That kind of stuff just doesn’t happen with a thirteen year-old.

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Usually, when we get to the gym, Jacob heads right to the treadmill and walks for an hour while I do my workout. Danny, Jacob, and I went to the gym last night and Danny got Jacob to try out some strength exercises.

This morning, when Jacob and I went to the gym, he said he’d do weights with me. We did back, abs, and walked on the track.

Here’s what we did:

  • lat pulldown x15
  • seated row x15
  • deadrows x15
  • deadlifts x10 (these bother my glute so I only did 10)
  • plank to row (aka renegade row) x 12 each side
  • reverse lateral raises x12
  • partner sit-ups with medicine ball x20
  • Russian twists with medicine ball x 15 each side

We did each set of two exercises as a superset, resting one minute in between, and doing each superset three times each.

Jacob had a hard time with the rows and deadlifts so he did some biceps curls instead. He was very serious about it :)

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After the gym, we had a few errands to run. Our first mission was to find coffee! I have a Keurig Vue coffeemaker and recently all the stores that I used to buy Vue cups at stop carrying them. I managed to find one box at Wal-Mart but that box is almost gone so we had to find more.

Sometimes I order boxes off the Keurig website because they usually have really good deals but I only had a few Vue cups left so even if I ordered, they wouldn’t have gotten to my house before I ran out.

And I need coffee.

Luckily, Bed, Bath, & Beyond carries lots of Vue cups and I bought one of my favorite flavors – hazelnut.

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I’m just going to order a bunch of boxes online soon. I love my Vue but the k-cups are so much easier to find.

Jacob managed to find bacon duct tape and decided that he needed it in his life.

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After Bed, Bath, & Beyond, we made our usual Thursday stop at Whole Foods to get sushi. I also got this Amy’s pizza for dinner tomorrow.

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These pizza are a little pricey but they’re so good. My local grocery store used to carry them but they stopped. It seems as soon as I like something, my grocery store stops carrying it.

Tomorrow is Friday!! I am staying home from the gym and I’m just going to practice BodyPump at home. We are doing a 5k on Saturday and I don’t want to do too much tomorrow.

My hip/glute/quad is getting progressively worse, so even if I have to walk some of the 5k, I’m fine with it. Just cross your fingers that it doesn’t rain!

Have a great day!

  • If you have kids, do they workout or do activities?
  • Favorite body part to workout?

 

 

 

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Good2Grow Juice

As a Moms Meet Blogger, I was recently able to try out some good2grow juice which my kids have been loving!

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The good2grow juices are especially appealing to kids because they have caps with different characters. I like that you can save the cap (dishwasher safe!) and put it on refills of good2grow juice. The kids just loved drinking out of a character bottle. The bottle are all BPA-free.

Jaden loved the Ninja Turtle bottle.

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My niece loved the Tinkerbell bottle.

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You can check out their website for a list of all the available characters.

The juices are non-GMO, 100% juice, and deliver nutrition in each bottle. They come in  fruit and veggie options (a great way to sneak some veggies in your kid’s diet if they’re picky like mine!). Flavors include 100% apple juice, 40% less sugar apple juice and purified water, 100% fruit punch, tropical fruit medley v-blend, strawberry kiwi v-blend, and organic 100% apple juice.

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I love that good2grow juices don’t contain any added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. My kids might not care about any of this, but I do. :)

Besides the taste, Jaden’s favorite part was that these bottles are spill-proof. Of course, he had to immediately try it out by turning the bottle upside down and squeezing it and shaking it as hard as he could.

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Lucky for him the bottles are indeed spill-proof. And trust me, he tried really hard to spill that thing.

The good2grow juices are great for at home or on the go, provide servings of fruits and veggies, 100% of their daily vitamin C intake, and taste good. My kids really enjoyed them!

You can check out the good2grow social media experience StoryStitcher here to enter to win a $5000 scholarship and coupons! You can also go here to register for a chance to win a good2grow birthday party and $500. For signing up, you’ll receive a free refill 6-pack when you buy a single serve bottle. Pretty good deal!

  • Do you drink juice? What’s your favorite kind of juice? I love orange juice!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of 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.  

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