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Friday Favorites

Good morning!

This morning we are off to Alabama for a family wedding! I rarely travel but in the last week and a half I’ve been to California, back to Illinois, and now off to Alabama.

Since the kids are coming with us we decided to drive to save money. Plane tickets for the four of us would have been a little over $1600! I’m not exactly looking forward to a 12+ hour car ride but at least it’s saving us a lot of money.

I recently wrote an article for Chicago Parent on how to survive a long car ride with kids. If you want, you can check it out here.

I’m assuming it’s going to take us quite awhile to get there between bathroom breaks and food stops. Also, my physical therapist said to stop every few hours so I can stretch out my hip. We’ll see how it goes!

I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in awhile, so I thought it’d be perfect for today.




My gluten-free chocolate chip pecan pumpkin muffin recipe was recently published in the book The Everything Gluten-Free Breakfast and Brunch Cookbook!! I am so excited!

This book has tons of great gluten-free recipes. If you’re interested in buying it, you can purchase it on Amazon.

  • Pumpkin Spice Gum

I will never be over the pumpkin spice craze. I love it all!

I recently found Extra gum in pumpkin spice and apple crisp flavors. I only bought the pumpkin spice flavor to try out but I will be buying the apple crisp flavor too.


This gum is amazing. You might not think that pumpkin spice would work in a gum but it does. I love it.

  • Jack Links Turkey Jerky in Sweet Teriyaki

I’ve pretty much gone my whole life without eating jerky then I discovered turkey jerky. I just recently started eating white meat again to get more protein in my diet and I love this turkey jerky! Normally I buy the regular flavor but when I saw they had teriyaki I was excited to try it out!


I bought the big bag to eat in the car on the way to Alabama. Turkey jerky is good but it’s expensive!

  • Awesome Companies

International Delight coffee creamer recently noticed I am a huge coffee lover (maybe because I post lots of coffee pics on Twitter and Instagram) and they sent me this awesome mason jar glass with my name on it.


How awesome is that?! I love that a company just randomly sent some coffee lovers mason jar mugs with their name on it. Way to go International Delight! I will forever buy your coffee creamer because you sent me an awesome jar with my name on it. I will also buy a Kia car because the commercial features dancing hamsters. What can I say? I’m a sucker for advertising. :)

  • End of Season Sales

The wedding we’re going to in Alabama is outside and it’s going to be hot and humid so we were advised not to wear heels. I don’t have any plain black sandals or flip flops so I ran to Kohl’s to see if they had any.

They had a bunch of them on sale for $2.40 and $2.80! I got three pairs for less than $9! I’ll bring one pair for the wedding and save the others for next spring and summer.



I saved $72!


Yay for sales!

Those are all my favorites for this Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • What are your Friday favorites?
  • What is the longest car ride you’ve ever been on?


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Squats are Back in my Life

Big News: Yesterday at physical therapy I did 30 squats!

Okay, they were ball squats on the wall, but they were still squats. Doing thirty squats might not seem like big news, but it is to me. Before surgery, I was taking BodyPump at least two times a week, teaching it once a week, and practicing it for numerous hours at home. That’s a lot of squats.

I haven’t been able to do squats for 47 days…until yesterday. It felt good to be able to actually do an exercise that I’m used to doing and something a little more challenging.

Yesterday was my second post-op surgery appointment at the doctor. It has been almost seven weeks since my surgery. The doctor said that I am healing nicely and the range of motion in my hip is good. I am allowed to start doing lower body exercises with my physical therapist only.

I can continue walking and the stationary bike. In a week or two, I can add the elliptical. I can also do strength exercises in the pool and use a kickboard. The pool isn’t my favorite but maybe I’ll try it out.

Of course, I asked about running. The doctor said that my legs and hip have to be back to pretty much full strength before I can run. He said that hopefully in six weeks, I can start a walk/run program. I have another follow-up appointment in six weeks so we’ll see what he says then.

I am so used to running and doing races that sometimes it’s hard to watch everyone around me continue to do them while I can’t. I know I just have to get better and I’ll eventually get there, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard.


This morning, I went to the gym and rode the stationary bike for 20 minutes then did a shoulder workout. Some of the shoulder exercises I did included:

  • shoulder press machine
  • plate raises with a twist
  • Arnold presses
  • upright rows
  • lateral/front shoulder raises

Post-workout, I had a Luna bar for a snack.


Yesterday, I had a smoothie for an afternoon snack.


We have been trying different dairy-free snack options for Jaden and he loves yogurt, so I bought some dairy-free yogurt to make smoothie for him. His smoothie looked so good that I decided to make one for myself using plain Fage Greek yogurt.

I love smoothies because they are so simple. Our smoothies had yogurt, frozen strawberries, frozen peaches, and almond milk.

Yesterday on Instagram, my wonderful internet friend, Summer, mentioned that Pumpkin Spice k-cups were back. But I have a Keurig Vue coffee maker which doesn’t take k-cups and I haven’t been able to find the Pumpkin Spice in a Vue cup…until today!


Yay! I saw they had the Vue cups on the Keurig site so I ordered two boxes! I can’t wait for Fall weather so I can start drinking pumpkin coffee and eating all things pumpkin!!

Also today, I started wearing my Fitbit again.


I took it off right before having my surgery because there was really no point in wearing it, but since I can be more active now, I decided to wear it again. I know that there’s no way I’ll hit 10,000 steps a day yet, but I’m interested to see how many step I will take.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you a fitbit or a similar device?
  • What pumpkin food or drink are you most excited about?



Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Things I’m Loving Friday

Happy Friday!

This week seemed to go by fast, and I’m glad the weekend is here!

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • My heart rate monitor.

I have the Polar FT7 and I love it. I love that it tells me my heart rate, calories burned, and the time I’ve spent in the fat burning and fitness zones. Yesterday, I walked, ran, and took a Trifecta fitness class and burned 737 calories!


  • Green Mountain Nantucket Blend coffee.


I have been having such a hard time finding the Vue cups for my Keurig coffee maker lately. All my local Targets stopped carrying the Vue cups. I went to another local grocery store, Meijer, and they had a whole bunch stocked. The only problem is that they haven’t restocked them.

This box of Nantucket coffee was the only regular box that they had left. All the rest were decaf or the travel mug size. I’ve never had the Nantucket blend and I was glad I tried it because it was awesome.

I finally ordered some Vue cups off the Keurig website. I had a coupon code and it ended up being cheaper per box than I would have paid at the store. And there’s a way bigger selection online.

  • Core Power

I brought a bottle of Core Power Lite for a post-workout snack after BodyPump this morning. I’m normally not a banana fan, but the strawberry banana flavor wasn’t strong on the bananas so I liked it. I would definitely buy it again. One bottle has 150 calories and 20 grams of protein.


I kept it in my car while I worked out since it was so cold out and drank it when I left the gym. It’s important to consume protein within 45-60 minutes after strength training to repair muscles and with 20 grams of protein, the Core Power protein drink is perfect and easy for an on-the-go snack.

Don’t forget – there’s still time to enter my Core Power Giveaway!

  • Spring Races

I already have a few races lined up for the spring and I am so excited! The first one is the Shamrock Shuffle on March 30th, one of the biggest 8ks in the U.S.


My stepmom has ran it for the past few years and always says how fun it is, so Danny and I are going to run it this year.

We also have a 5k lined up for the beginning of April, and we found a local 5k on Jacob’s birthday in May that he’s really excited about running. Then, we have the Mother’s Day 5k which I have ran for the past few years.

I can wait until winter is over and spring is here!

  • Dexter


Danny and I have been spending way too much time on the couch lately watching Dexter. We’re already in the middle of season three and it’s so addicting. Once we finish one episode, it’s hard not to watch another when we have the DVD sitting right in front of us!

Have a great weekend!

  • What are you loving lately?



Filed under Fitness

Teaching BodyPump

Happy Friday!!

I am feeling pretty Christmas-y today! The radio just started playing Christmas music 24/7 and I love it! Danny thinks its too early for Christmas music, but not me – Christmas music makes me happy :)

I also had a gingerbread latte from Starbucks this afternoon.


So good. If Christmas music and holiday lattes don’t put you in the Christmas mood then I don’t know what does!


Last night, I was reunited with my niece after not seeing her for a week!


I missed her so much. I’m glad that she had so much fun at Disney, but I’m glad that she’s home.

Today’s Workout

  • Taught BodyPump – 60 minutes

I taught Bodypump on my own for the first time this morning. I was so nervous. I hardly slept last night because I kept having dreams about all the stuff that could go wrong. I had never used the sound system before, so I was a little nervous about getting it up and running.

Luckily, everything went smoothly. I got the sound system to work and I taught my first BodyPump class. I had never taught the triceps, biceps, and core tracks before so I was a little nervous about those.

I wasn’t perfect but I wasn’t horrible either. I knew all the moves and chorography, just my timing was a bit off a few times. But I figure that I can only improve from here!

I burned just under 700 calories teaching. I definitely burn more calories teaching the class than just taking the class!


After BodyPump, I had about an hour and a half to kill until I met with a client. I did a couple of errands and then headed back to the gym.

Tonight, we’re going out to dinner to celebrate my sister-in-law’s 3oth birthday!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you think it’s too early for Christmas music?
  • Do you have any plans this weekend?



Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Mother/Son Run

Good morning!

Good luck to my sister-in-law, Crystal, who is running her first half marathon in Florida tonight! She will turn 30 years old  at the stroke of midnight while running – a very Disney Cinderella moment :)

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Ran 1 mile – Treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I am slowly getting in my miles for Pile on The Miles! I ran one mile before BodyPump yesterday and I burned over 600 calories!


Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles – outside

This morning, Jacob and I ran together for the first time outside.


His first 5k is coming up on Thanksgiving and he is used to running on the treadmill so I wanted him to run outside a few times before the 5k. I think he realized today what a big difference it is running outside vs. the treadmill. And it didn’t help that today was really really windy.

We started out running for awhile and walking when Jacob needed to. For the last mile, we ran two minutes and walked one minute. The wind made running so hard, but we finished three miles in about 35 minutes.

Hopefully, we can run outside a couple of more times before the 5k!

After running, we stopped at McDonald’s for mother/son coffee and chocolate milk.


I love the holiday cups!


For breakfast, I made an egg and cheese sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free bread.

PicMonkey Collage

I really like the gluten-free bread – it’s even better that regular bread and I plan on continuing to purchase it. It’s expensive but it comes frozen so it’ll last a long time.

The breakfast sandwich was so good and even better than my beloved bagelwich.

This afternoon, we’re going to my dad’s for lunch and maybe seeing a movie.

Have a great day!

  • What are your plans for the day?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Running, Working Out

Is It Fall Yet?

Happy Friday!

I’m so glad that today is Friday! Even though this week was a short week because of the holiday, it still seemed long!

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching/Foam rolling
  • Squats, lunges, tube walking side to side
  • One legged bridges and regular bridges

Since I have BodyPump training tomorrow, my physical therapist recommended taking it easy today. So, for my workout today I did a lot of the same stuff that I do at PT at the gym.

I did hip and glute stretches. I did walking lunges and tube walking side to side. I also did squats and bridges. Those one-legged bridges are harder than they look!

Tomorrow is the first day of BodyPump training. I go at 11 am tomorrow and 8 am on Sunday. Each day is about 9 hours of training and can be extended if the instructor feels the need. It’s going to be intense.


Part of me is nervous and part of me is okay. I do great practicing my BodyPump tracks alone at home, but once I am in front of people, I seem to mess up. I have the tracks completely memorized, I just have to actually be able to perform them with the right timing and cues.

I am hoping that this weekend will help me learn to do that better. I am looking forward to it, but am nervous at the same time. I’ll let you know how it goes :)

I’m not sure when I’ll start teaching at the gym because I know that I also have to submit a video of myself teaching to be 100% certified from Les Mills, but I do know that I will be teaching Sundays and subbing as needed. I’m scared.

After the gym, I had a hair appointment. To get to the salon, I have to walk past Bath and Body Works. I couldn’t help it and had to go in to look at their new fall soaps and candles. Once I saw the Honeycrisp apple soap, I was sold.


Luckily, they were on sale and I had a gift card leftover from my birthday (thanks, Mom!).

I love the “Keep Calm and Carve On” soap! I originally had two Honeycrsip apple soaps and put once back to get the Keep Calm soap, which is a pumpkin cinnamon scent.


I love eating pumpkin products, but I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin scented soaps and candles. I prefer the fruitier apple and orange scents. I also love the Leaves candle.


Now we just need some fall weather!

The warm weather didn’t stop me from drinking my first pumpkin spice coffee of the season though :)


Then I stopped at Victoria’s Secret to use another gift card that I’ve had since Christmas. I bought a pair of boyfriend sweatpants.


They are gray with leopard print letters! How can I pass that up?!

I love these sweatpants and they’re pretty much all I buy at VS. I think I own a pair for at least everyday of the week. Honestly, in the colder months, if I’m not wearing workout clothes, I am wearing my VS sweatpants. I love them.


Lunch this afternoon was another bagelwich, carrots, blueberries, and grapes.


The rest of the afternoon will be spent practicing BodyPump and getting my stuff ready for tomorrow. There’s actually quite a few things that I need to bring including: extra clothes (I guess we’ll sweat a lot), a DVD player or laptop to watch the BodyPump DVD on, an iPod loaded with the BodyPump music, an laptop with the BodyPump manual loaded on it it, printed paperwork and waivers, the BodyPump DVD and CD, snacks and food.


I’m kind of bummed that I am missing the grand opening of my new gym this weekend – they’re doing a ribbon cutting and everything, but I think Danny might take the kids to it. He can take pictures for me :)

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite fall scent? I love apples!
  • Did you workout today?
  • Any plans this weekend?


Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Running, Running

Yesterday evening, Danny brought me home the best Valentine. It wasn’t chocolate. It wasn’t flowers. It was…


…coffee!! ( I don’t know why my head is so weirdly tilted).

I was way more excited for the coffee than I was for the chocolate covered strawberries (which were delicious, by the way). I have been looking for the Golden French Toast coffee everywhere, and I haven’t been able to find it. I mentioned how hard it was to find the other day, and Danny went out to Wal-Mart near his work and was able to find it!

Now, I know he really loves me…I wasn’t too sure before :) I also know that I have an odd obsession with coffee. I’ve got my eye on that Keurig Vue coffee maker…too bad the thing cost $200!


Our dinner last night was very nice. We had a candlelight dinner with every candle I could find in the house, and the kids got to order off their menus. It was a lot of fun. After dinner, Danny took Jacob to archery, and we had dessert when they got home.

PicMonkey Collage

I ate a lot.

Today’s Workout

  • 9.33 miles treadmill (!!!!)
  • 15 minutes stretching

Yes, you read that correctly – I ran 9.33 miles today!!

I decided not to go to BodyPump this morning and run on the treadmill instead. I was feeling good so my goal was to finish 5 miles in under an hour. I finished 5 miles in 55:34. Then I figured why not keep going?

I didn’t have to pick my niece up today, so I had some extra time to spend in the gym. I completed 9.33 miles in one hour and 51 minutes. I was able to run the first five miles without stopping at a slow and steady pace. After five miles, I had to incorporate some walk breaks.

I felt awesome, especially because I tend to stick to 3 or 4 miles at a time. 9.33 miles is my second longest distance. Bring on The Biggest Loser 15k!

Post 9.33 miles:


I wore my calves sleeves during my run, and surprisingly, my right quad is the most sore right now. I did make sure to stretch after my run. Maybe I should pull the foam roller out…

According to my BodyMedia Fit , I have taken over 17,000 steps and burned over 1800 calories by 11 am! A good way to start the weekend!


Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Do you have any plans this weekend?
  • If you run, what’s your normal distance? Do you incorporate walk breaks?
  • Any workout today?
  • What kind of coffee maker do you have?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

BodyMedia Fit Review

Last Night’s Workout

  • Stationary Bike – 15 minutes
  • Elliptical – 20 minutes

I did end up going to the gym last night, but I didn’t go to yoga. I like yoga, I really do, but sometimes I really need to be in a yoga mood. And last night, I just wasn’t in a yoga mood. Instead, I took a 15 bike ride through the forest…


I love the new bike with the screen at my gym. Last week, I was racing on a track and this week I’m riding on a trail through the forest. Fun.  After 15 minutes, I switched to the elliptical for 20 minutes. Danny didn’t go the gym last night because he takes Jaden to get an allergy shot on Wednesdays once a month or so. Poor Jaden and his allergies. Luckily, they seem to be slowly improving.





That was it. I know, I know. I broke the #1 rule – Thou shall never skip breakfast. But I woke up a little late and not feeling the happiest, so I just stuck with coffee.

Today’s Workout

  • Adaptive Motion Trainer – 18 minutes
  • Step Class – 60 minutes

Of course, within the first 10 minutes of Step class, I was kicking myself for not eating breakfast, but I got through the class, and ate my post workout snack in the car.


A Builder Bar and a clementine. I love those chocolate peanut butter snack size Builder bars so much. I just wish they weren’t $8 a box. I also treated myself to some McDonald’s coffee.


Directly from the gym, I go to pick up my niece, and when I got there today, I saw the best thing ever:


Little McCutie Fitness has her very own Step, just like Auntie Heather! Could life get any better :)

Well, I use mine to stay in shape, and she uses hers to practice walking up a step, but I still love it!

BodyMedia Fit Review

I have been wearing my Body Media Fit device for about 17 days now, and I just wanted to do a quick review on it.

How the BodyMedia Fit works:

Your BodyMedia® FIT Armband has multiple sensors. Those innovative sensors take 5 different “views” of your life:

Motion The Armband contains an accelerometer, a device that measures motion. (Your car air bag has an accelerometer in it that lets it know when you’ve been in an accident.) We use it to measure HOW you move from multiple axis and perspectives, allowing us to better understand your activity.
Steps We count your steps, using the accelerometer to measure the distinct patterns created by walking and/or running.
Galvanic Skin Response When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps us see how active you are.
Skin Temperature There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that helps us know how hot you are.
Heat Flux When you move, your muscles produce heat. We measure the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment.

Basically, you wear the BodyMedia Fit on an armband all day (and night). It measures your calories burned, fitness levels, steps taken, and sleep. You can input what you eat into the activity manager so you can see how many calories you’ve eaten compared to how many you’ve burned.



It’s pretty simple. I put the armband on my left triceps and I leave it there all day. Before I go to bed, I plug it into the computer and this screen pops up automatically:


This screen was uploaded about noon before I had entered my breakfast, that’s why it’s showing that I only consumed 37 calories. I put the device back on my arm and sleep with it on. I plug it in one more time when I wake up. So, once in the morning and once at night. And that’s usually enough time to fully charge it. A full charge will last about five days.

I input everything that I ate so that I can make sure that I am burning more calories than I am consuming. When you initially setup the BodyMedia Fit, you can enter in your stats and activity levels, so that you know how many calories you should be eating and burning. It is really simple to set up.

So far, I love the BodyMedia Fit. It is very easy to use, and the activity manager goes into a lot more detail with nice reports and nutrition feedback, but I personally just like the basic screen with my basic information. This helps me know if I’ve burned enough calories and if I’ve gotten in my 10,000 steps for the day.

At first, I wasn’t excited about wearing it on my arm all day. I can’t even stand wearing an iPod armband for a whole 5k. But surprisingly, after the first day, it didn’t bother me at all. And now, I feel weird if I’m not wearing it. You just velcro it on once and then you can slip it off your arm when you need to remove it. It doesn’t even bother me when I sleep.

Even though, I love this device, I’m not convinced that it measures my sleep correctly. I think it underestimates how long I’m sleeping, and honestly I’m not very much interested in how much I sleep. I can easy figure out how many hours of sleep I am getting without this device. But it does go into detail about when you’re laying down, when you’re sleeping, and when you’re awake.

I think I like the BodyMedia Fit so much because it really lets me see everything that I’m doing during the day. I am very good about counting every calorie, so it’s nice to see how those calories are being burned. The only downside is once you spend $100+ on the device, you then have to pay $7 a month to go online and see all the info. (The first three months are free). But you can also sync the BodyMedia Fit with an iPhone or Android app.

Right now, I just plug it into the computer to see my info and that’s good enough for me. If you’re looking to lose weight and want to know how many calories you’re burning, I would definitely recommend the BodyMedia Fit. It’s a little bit pricey, but if you’re a little bit obsessive like me, it’s nice to see all those numbers. And it helps you track your food which is a great aid in weight loss.

I know there are  few other devices like this one, The FitBit and BodyBugg, but I have no experience with those so I can’t compare them to the BodyMedia Fit. Bottom line, I love my BodyMedia Fit, and even Danny is thinking about getting one. It’s simple to set up, easy to use, and very helpful in showing how much activity you get throughout the day.

  • Do you use a device like the BodyMedia Fit or FitBit? I would love to hear your thoughts on it!
  • Do you ever go to yoga?
  • How often do you eat breakfast?
  • Favorite meal of the day?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

National Night Out, Boot Camp, and Coffee


Yesterday afternoon, I took the kids to see the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.

It was really cute and funny, and the kids enjoyed it. I let the kids pick out a candy at the store to bring to the movie theater. I didn’t plan on getting popcorn, but knew that I would reach for the kid’s candy if I didn’t get something for myself. So, I bought a bag of sugar-free Werther’s Original hard candies. Five pieces of candy have only 40 calories. And I’ll admit it, I did eat five of Jaden’s Sour Patch Kids. I have a serious sweet tooth.

Jacob has been very into skateboarding lately, so after the movie, I took the kids to a local skate park so they could check it out.

We actually ended up going back to the skate park later in the evening because they were having some pre National Night Out festivities. National Night Out is an event sponsored by the local police and fire departments to heighten crime awareness and just to help bring the community together. This year it’s on August 7, but a town near us was having some activities last night too.

There was free pizza, chips, drinks, popsicles, train rides, and games. The skate park was open late with a DJ, and the pool was free to get into for the night. We stayed for a couple of hours while Jacob practiced his skateboarding and Jaden danced to the music. It was a fun night.


I had Biggest Loser boot camp at 8 am this morning, and this is what I saw when I got there:

Giant beach balls! Working in teams, we had to hit the ball back and forth while running down a field without letting it touch the ground. It was a lot of fun, but today’s workout was super tough. And the fact that it was almost 90 degrees outside didn’t help either.

Some of the things we did today:

  • jogging
  • squats with a shoulder press
  • walking lunges
  • jumping jacks
  • push-ups with a partner (we had to slap high-five during our push-up)
  • sit-ups
  • bear crawl
  • triceps dips

I think I lost five pounds in sweat.


When I got home, I made the same peach oatmeal yogurt parfait that I made the other day, only this time I added fresh blueberries to the top.

I also bought this Folger’s vanilla biscotti coffee to try out.

I really liked the Folger’s caramel flavor, so I thought this one would be good too. It ended up being okay, not the greatest. I’ll finish drinking all of it, but I won’t buy it again. I’ll stick with the caramel flavor.

Later this afternoon, we’re getting together with my husband’s family. I know there will be lots of pizza involved, so I’m making a salad to bring.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Questions of the day:

  • Any plans for today?
  • If you know you’re going somewhere where there won’t be much healthy food, do you bring something?
  • Do you drink coffee? How many cups a day? I usually drink one cup a day. Sometimes two on the weekends, and I treat myself to McDonald’s sugar-free iced coffee once in a while.
  • Do you have a National Night Out in your area?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Coffee Mugs are Fun


I had my tomato soup for lunch yesterday, and it was so good. This was the first time I’ve had the Campbell’s 100% Natural soup. I have had the Healthy Request and the Progresso tomato soup before, but this was the best one I’ve tasted. I thought it was creamy and very flavorful. Plus, it’s only 100 calories and 3 grams of protein per cup.

After we picked up my niece yesterday after, we went to Marshall’s and Target. Look at this super cute coffee mug I found at Marshall’s.

Keep calm and drink coffee. Yes, please. Only $2.99?! Yup, you’re coming home with me. And I also found this other cute little glass for only $1.99. I love coffee mugs, but I am super picky about them. Is that weird? I use the same two coffee mugs all the time. Well, I have two of the exact same one, so technically I use three, well, now four with this one I just bought.

After Marshall’s, we walked next door to Target. I found a Bell helmet for Jaden for only $8 on clearance.

I also found the boxes of the oatmeal iced cookie kid’s Clif bars and bought a box.

These bars are awesome! If you like Clif bars, try these bars. I ate one on the way home. I wanted to eat another one…or three, but I stayed strong.

The plan for tonight is to take the kids to Panera for dinner, then drop them off at my mom’s house. She’s watching them while we do the Muddy Buddy tomorrow morning. Then, we’ll drop my niece off at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. They live 12 steps from my mom. Literally. That must be nice. Hello, built-in babysitter, I mean mom.

I got the final instructions email from the Muddy Buddy. Besides Danny and me, Marlene and her friend Katie are also doing the Muddy Buddy. Danny and I start in the co-ed wave #4 at 7:18 am. Marlene and Katie start a little bit after us. Here’s a map of the course we’ll be doing.


Danny and I are the blue line since we’re doing the bike+run. The thing I remember most from the course is that major hills. Some of them are impossible to ride up, and you have to walk your bike up them. I also think there’s some new obstacles this year – should be lots of fun! I’m sure my legs will want to punch me in the face by the time we’re done.

Today’s Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, I had Kashi oatmeal topped with chopped apples. I usually top it with strawberries, but we were out of them, and I loved the nice crunch that the apples gave the oatmeal.

I’m taking the day off from the gym today, so after breakfast, the kids and I ran to craft store. I decided at the last-minute to make something to wear for the Muddy Buddy tomorrow.

My dad is designing our helmets, so I wanted to make something to go with it. You’ll see pictures tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll have time to finish it!

After the craft store, we stopped at the grocery store to pick up some sunscreen. I never can walk out of the store with just one item, so I wasn’t surprised when these ended up in my cart:

Frozen Greek yogurt bars! Awesome! And only 70 calories with 6 grams of protein! I can’t wait to try one.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you have any plans for this weekend? Can you believe the year is already half over?!
  • Do you collect anything?
  • Coffee or tea? Both? Neither? I love my coffee.


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