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Getting Ready for the Weekend

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all enjoying your Friday afternoon – it’s almost the weekend!

I have been running around all day trying to get stuff done for Jaden’s birthday parties this weekend.

This morning started with a workout:

  • 3.15 miles treadmill, walked/jogged

I did not go to BodyPump this morning. I know, I know. I even felt my own forehead to see if I had a fever. I didn’t. I just wasn’t in a Body Pump mood this morning, which is pretty shocking since I haven’t missed a BodyPump class in forever.

Instead, I spent some time on the treadmill. I walked/jogged 3.15 miles before going to get my niece from the kid’s room. My quad is a lot better, but my calves have been tight lately, so I am slowly trying to ease back into running. I better get my butt in gear though because I have a couple of 5ks coming up, and I have to start training for the Biggest Loser 15k.

I was glad to get out of the gym a little earlier today because I have a lot stuff to do to get ready for the weekend. Jaden’s family party is tomorrow. Sunday, he has a dance at school and then his party with his friends from school at Chuck E. Cheese.

First, I stopped at the party store to order balloons and get a few party supplies.

Jaden doesn’t know it yet, but he’s having a lego themed party. Marlene is making awesome cupcakes for Jaden’s party at Chuck E. Cheese (I can’t wait for Jaden to see them!), so I thought I’d try my hand at making his birthday cake.

I found the cutest cake on the Betty Crocker website, but it’s a bit involved. The extent of my caking making skills are: open box, mix ingredients, pour in pan.

This cake is still a box mix cake, but it’s shaped like legos! I am going to try my hardest to make it, but if it comes out crazy then Danny is on stand-by to run to the grocery store and pick up a cake.

After the party store, we went to the grocery store to pick up the food and snacks for tomorrow.

And yes, that is Coke in my cart. I don’t drink pop (or soda!), but people at the party will. I actually got this in an email the other day that I found interesting:

I haven’t drank pop since September 14, 2009. Yes, I know the exact date! And since starting the Diet Bet, I don’t think Danny has drank any pop either, except on Super Bowl Sunday. I just personally don’t like drinking pop and prefer water, but I will admit that sometimes I smell Danny’s coke. Is that weird or what? It just smells so good. I also much rather eat my calories and sugar than drink them :)

This afternoon, I have to clean up a bit and clean off my desk. I keep putting it off and putting it off. My desk is pretty much a catch-all for all my stuff, and it gets pretty cluttered. I hate cleaning it, but it must be done!

I hope you have a great rest of your Friday afternoon and a wonderful weekend!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you call it pop or soda? I call it pop :)
  • Do you drink pop? What kind?
  • What’s your least favorite thing to clean?
  • Any plans this weekend?


Filed under Fitness, Working Out

My First Zumba Class and A Night Out

What I Learned From my First Zumba Class:

  1. I can’t dance to save my life.
  2. I have no rhythm at all. None.
  3. It was the funnest workout I’ve ever done.

Yesterday morning, I took my first Zumba class. A few weeks ago, my gym added a Zumba class right after my BodyPump class. Normally, I can’t take it because I have to pick the kids up from the kid’s room after BodyPump. But since Danny had the day off yesterday, I was able to stay.

The Zumba class was so much fun. I can’t dance at all, but I still had a great time. And it went by so fast. When the class was over, I couldn’t believe how fast the hour sped by. It was very fast paced with some dances moves that I couldn’t do, but when in doubt, I just jumped around, that way I still looked like I was doing something.

I would definitely take the class again, I just don’t think that it’ll be a weekly thing because it’s offered at a bad time for me.

Later in the afternoon, Danny and I dropped the kid’s off at my mom’s house so that we could have a fun date night. The kid’s had so much fun at my mom’s. She took them to a BMX bike demonstration, and Jacob was picked as a volunteer to do a bike trick and their names were mentioned in a local newspaper. The kids were so excited!

Danny and I stayed at the Hotel Arista. (That’s our room all the way at the top!)

I found a great package online.

When we checked in, there were two weddings going on, so they upgraded us to a two room king corner suite on the top floor so the hustle and bustle of the weddings would bother us. Or maybe they were just worried that we’d sneak into the reception…

The room was beautiful with three flat screen tvs, including one in the bathroom mirror, and ceiling to floor windows. After we put our stuff away, we headed to a local outlet mall to use our $40 gift cards that were included in the package. Danny spent his at Under Armour, and I spent mine at Nike on a white zippered sweatshirt.

The good thing about buying a long-sleeved sweatshirt in summer is that it was on sale. I’m sure it won’t last too long before I spill something on it.

After shopping, we came back to the room and changed for dinner.

We went to The White Chocolate Grill. We ordered from the “date night” menu which includes one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert. We started with the artichoke and spinach dip.

Then I had the grilled salmon with broccoli. Danny had the NY strip with mashed potatoes.

But the best part was dessert. We had their famous white chocolate brownie which was the best part of the meal.

We back to the hotel room stuffed. About an hour later, the hotel delivered a complimentary wine and cheese plate.

Danny and stayed up until about 1 am watching Storage Wars on A&E. Have you ever see this show before? We just watched it for the first time last week and are addicted! There has been a marathon of it on A&E, so we’ve watched about 20 episodes in the past few days.


This morning we woke up and ordered breakfast which was included in our hotel package. I had the Greek yogurt with berries and granola.

I tried to eat healthy, but Danny ordered delicious looking French toast, and I ate a bunch of that. It was so good.

Tonight, we’re going out to dinner with my family to the Weber Grill. I am scared to weigh myself lately because I know that I have gained a few pounds from eating out so much, but after tonight the long run of eating out ends and life can go back to normal!!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you have a favorite hotel? Favorite restaurant?
  • Have you ever seen storage wars?
  • Have you ever snuck into someone else’s wedding reception?
  • What’s the best dessert you’ve ever had?


Filed under Breakfast, Dinner, Fun

What’s Next

We got a new cat. I named her McKitty.

Just kidding. That’s just my niece. But isn’t she adorable? I forgot how hard it is having a baby around. She likes to be sneaky and get into everything. She likes rearranging Jaden’s Skylander collection the best.


A few people have asked me about what I plan to do next after losing 22 pounds. I still have about 10-12 pounds that I would like to lose to be at a weight where I feel comfortable. It’s a weight that I have been before, so I know that I’m not striving for a weight that isn’t ideal for my body. I plan to stick to writing down what I eat and counting calories.

I am debating joining the Biggest Loser contest at my gym. I really like the contest because you meet three times a week to workout with an optional 5k training workout. There are also nutrition seminars and monthly weigh-ins. I’m a little bit nervous about reverting back to old eating habits, and I feel like this contest would help me feel like I was on the right track.

I don’t thinking winning the contest would be in the cards because I don’t feel like I have enough weight to lose; I would just participate to help keep myself accountable. On the other hand, it would cost me $225. I don’t know if it’s worth $225 to lose 10 pounds that I could probably lose on my own. I think I am going to take this next week and half to see how I do, and if I’m having a hard time, then I’ll join.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

The new BodyPump releases is hard. There are so many push-ups that my arms feel like jelly by the time we’re done. Danny has next week off, and I’m going to see if I can get him to go with me on Monday to BodyPump.

My weight-loss teacher gave me a bracelet for winning the contest last night. I think it was a great gift because I plan on wearing it to remind of how hard I worked to lose weight and how I want to keep it off. So, if I’m reaching for a fourth cookie, I’ll see the bracelet and think, hmmm do I really need this cookie? Probably not. I should maybe say that after the first or second cookie actually.

We have some fun plans next week – we’re going to take the kids to Wisconsin Dells for a few days. Which means that I have to do something that I hate – buy a bathing suit. I don’t care if I’m 22 pounds less, I hate bathing suits no matter what. I bought a tankini last year when we went on vacation to Florida, and for some reason the top is missing. I have the bottoms, but the top is just gone. I looked everywhere for it, and trust me, I looked good because I don’t want go bathing suit shopping again. But now I have to. Sigh.

Questions of the day:

  • Would you try to lose the last 10 pounds yourself or join the contest?
  • Do you like shopping for bathing suits?
  • Any vacations planned for this summer?


Filed under Fitness, Spring Weight Loss Challenge, Working Out

Whole Foods Shopping Trip

Holy smokes, Whole Foods is expensive. We left there last night with two bags of groceries and it was $83.82! And those bags are only half full!

There are some things at Whole Foods that I really like and will pay a little bit more for, but I could never shop there on a regular basis or for a full shopping trip.

I didn’t have a plan in mind when we went to Whole Foods, and I kind of wished I did, but I just kind of winged it. Since I did have a gift card, I bought some of the more expensive things that I wanted to try but don’t normally buy.

I’m really looking forward to trying Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes. I told Danny that I was buying wholesome junk food and he thought that I was kidding until he saw the package when we got home.

They look yummy, but I’m also worried to try them because the serving size is two bite-lettes, and I’m afraid that I might want four bite-lettes…or six. We’ll see how it goes. I think they’ll be a sweet, yet wholesome, dessert.

I didn’t really pick up anything too exciting. I did get the infamous blogger chia seeds though. I saw these on Dr. Oz a while back, so I figured if everybody’s eating them then I should too. Chia seeds are actually really good for you. They have antioxidants, omega fatty acids, fiber, and protein.

Ch…ch…chia. Danny asked me if I’m going to grow grass in  my stomach.

I also bought:

  • Bars! Danny loves the Builder bars, the kids love the Z bars, and I picked up a chocolate covered strawberry thinkThin bar that I’m dying to try.
  •  Fuji apple crisps <— so good! And only 39 calories a bag.
  • Fruit – Pineapple, pear, peach
  • Cheddar burgers (for the boys).
  • Garlic dill salmon (for me).
  • A lemon poppy-seed muffin for Jaden <—- These muffins are awesome! My favorite muffin by far.
  • Assorted cookies for Jacob
  • Eggs
  • Chicken scallopini <— For Danny, but it looks so yummy
  • Broccoli cheddar twice baked potato

And whatever else I forgot to mention. Oh yeah, I also stopped at the salad bar before we left to make a salad to eat on the way home. I love Whole Foods salad/hot bar.


Of course, I had to use the chia seeds in my breakfast this morning. I heard they’re a great oatmeal thickener, so last night I mixed up:

  • container of plain Greek yogurt (usually I use strawberry, but I didn’t have any)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey (for sweetener, since I was out of fruit Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup Quaker oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

I mixed it all up and let it since overnight in the fridge, then I topped it with sliced strawberries.

It was super thick when I took it out of the fridge, so I added a small splash of almond milk and stirred it up. I was a little nervous because I have never made overnight oats with plain Greek yogurt, but it was really good. When I added the strawberries, it didn’t taste any different from my normal overnight oats.

I’m off to yoga this morning. Have a wonderful Saturday!

Questions of the day:

  • Is there an expensive food that you love but will splurge on?
  • Have you tried chia seeds?
  • Favorite salad topping?


Filed under Breakfast

Baby Forks are Fun

In case you were busy with life this weekend, here’s a couple of highlights from over the weekend:

Last night, my mom, Paul, Crystal, and my niece came over to cook out on the grill.

Danny cooked burgers and salmon. I bought strawberries that were the size of small apples.

I also had a slice of strawberry cheesecake that my mom brought. I couldn’t resist. I haven’t had cheesecake in forever, and it was so delicious.

The slice that’s missing is not the slice I had; it’s the slice my mom had. You better believe that I had a fat slice of cheesecake.

My McCutie Super Sweet niece got me the best Mother’s Day present.

How did she know?!

I made this cute flower-pot with my niece for my sister-in-law.

We put her tiny handprints on the flower-pot.


I didn’t go to the gym today. My calves were still sore from yesterday, and I just wasn’t in the mood to workout. I am going to try to go for a short run later. Instead, I ate breakfast and went shopping.

I had Fiber One and pineapple for breakfast this morning.

And yes, I ate it with a baby fork. All of our forks were in the dishwasher, and I was too lazy to wash one. Hey, if I’m not motivated enough to go to the gym, then I’m not motivated enough to wash a fork.

After breakfast and taking the kids to school, I did a little shopping.

I bought Baby McCutie Summer Baby a bathing suit and swim hat because we spend a lot of time at the splash park in the summer.

Baby bikinis are cute and all, but they don’t protect that sensitive baby skin from the sun!

I also ran to Ulta to pick up a new eyeliner because mine ran out. My favorite eye liner is the Ulta automatic eyeliner, and they go on sale for a $1 once or twice a year, and I always stock up. Well, I completely ran out of brown eyeliner and had to go pay full price for a new one. And they didn’t even have the color I wanted, so I had to settle for black/brown.

Now were just hanging out at home while the baby takes a nap. It is so beautiful out today, hopefully we’ll be able to fit in a walk or go to the park.

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite makeup product?
  • What’s your favorite thing to shop for?
  • Any plans today?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun


Randomness #1:

Things That Suck:

  • Trying on clothes at the mall with two energetic children who are tearing the store apart.
  • Realizing that you can’t squeeze into your normal size pants (maybe I should lay off the Christmas cookies?!).
  • Finally finding a pair of pants that fit after a half hour & are on sale for $9.99, waiting in line for 10 minutes, and then realizing that you left your wallet at home in your gym bag. Seriously?!

Needless to say, it wasn’t a great trip to the mall.

How I felt after the mall:

Randomness #2:

After the mall, I had a deep, thoughtful, and insightful text message conversation with my dad. It went like this:

Dad: Hi

Me: Hi

Dad: Happy Christmas eve, eve, eve

Me: Lol. You too!

Dad: Tomorrow I’m going to send you a message that says Happy Christmas eve, eve.

Me: Okay. Thank you.

Dad: Then after that…the next day I’ll see you and say Happy Christmas eve.

Me: That’s a really good idea.

See, I told you that it was deep and insightful. That’s some serious conversation right there.


Randomness #3: Lunch

Salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, red pepper, carrots, tortilla strips, and salsa ranch dressing. Bagel thin with egg whites, Muenster cheese, and peach preserves. Same ol’, same ol’.

Randomness #4:

This afternoon the kids and I worked on a top-secret Christmas Eve treat with these ingredients.

Do you have any random thoughts today?


Filed under Family Fun, Lunch

Daily Feats Rocks My Socks


Last night, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for dinner and to play cards. When we got there, I did the most important thing first – I cuddled Baby McCutie Sweetface. After cuddling time, I demanded to be fed.

Crystal made an awesome dinner – spinach & artichoke dip and enchiladas. She was even nice enough to make some meat-free cheese enchiladas just for me.

After dinner, we played cards for a while and I was losing miserably, so I suggested that we switch to a new game. And then I won, so I was happy. And Danny won, and he was happy. Everyone else lost, and they were not happy.

During cards, Baby McCute Pumpkinbutt was eating her baby cereal dinner, and I tried to get my brother to taste it. But he wouldn’t. What a baby. My step-mom womened up and tried the baby rice cereal. She liked it.


This morning, I woke up way too early to do a little Christmas shopping. I had plans to go to CVS, Toys R Us, and Best Buy. I went to CVS first, and got there before they opened. They open at 7 am. Yeah, I told you that I woke up way too early.

I also went to Toys R Us with my two $10 gift cards from the Daily Feats website.

If you have never heard of Daily Feats, it’s this awesome website where you check off productive and healthy stuff that you’ve done and accumulate points for the tasks you’ve completed.

From the Daily Feats website:

DailyFeats was created by a group of family and friends who are committed to bringing people together in the pursuit of a better life.

With help from our commercial and nonprofit partners, who support feats that match their own values, we believe that together we can create the change our society needs, starting from the smallest actions and working upwards.

It’s super simple. Ate a healthy breakfast. Check. Exercised. Check. Called my mom. Check. Gave my kids a hug. Check.

You get points for doing stuff that you do on a normal basis. All you have to do is go on their website and check them off. Once you accumulate enough points, you can trade them in for rewards.

They have rewards for things around your city – $ off haircuts, $ off bowling, etc. And they have bigger rewards like gift cards. I saved my points and got two $10 Toys R Us gift cards (I got them about a month apart). Perfect for holiday shopping!

And all I had to do was check off stuff that I do on a normal basis anyway. Check.

And the best part? It’s totally free.

While out shopping, I ate an Emerald breakfast-on-the-go. I threw the yogurt covered raisins in the garbage.

I actually shopped for about three hours, and then came home to my family, who was just waking up. Danny was nice enough to make me an egg and cheese bagelwich, and then I sent him outside to put up the Christmas lights. Okay, he actually volunteered. I swear.

I just supervised from inside my warm parka. Danny said that I was being ridiculous because it was like 40 degrees out. I don’t care – I was cold.

Then I went inside to make sure that the kids didn’t throw things at Danny while he was on the roof putting up the lights.

Have you started Christmas or holiday shopping yet?

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Who Needs Tonsils Anyway

I haven’t posted in a few days because I have been super busy with that little thing called life. Always getting it the way, isn’t it?

I found out yesterday that my four-year-old has to get his tonsils and adenoids out. Poor little guys. Giant tonsils suck.

The doctor said that it’s better to get them out when he’s young because there is less pain and recovery time.

I concur. I had my tonsils out when I was 23 and it was absolutely horrible. I stayed in bed for two weeks straight and lost about 10 pounds because I couldn’t eat anything.

Thanks mom for taking care of your grandson for those two weeks.

So, the doctor says that he doesn’t need his stupid tonsils. And we all know that doctors are right all of the time.



This morning we pretty much had no food in the entire house. Luckily, I scrounged up this pretzel and chocolate granola bar.

My son, however was not so lucky at scrounging something up, and he demanded that I take him to the store to buy food. Good thing I found a fruit strip in my purse on the way to the store, leftover from the zoo.

I figured that if I looked as homeless as possible on the way to the store than maybe someone would throw a little food our way.

Too bad the cell phone kinda ruined my plan.

No makeup. Check. Baggy t-shirt. Check. Baggy sweatpants. Check. Cell phone…umm not check.

Baby Homeless going into Target. No one fed us, so we picked up the essential breakfast items at Target.

Then my son spent 20 minutes picking out the perfect apple. It has to be small, red and green, and have a stem.

We also spent some time looking at the icecrackers. Yes, I know that they are nutcrackers, but for some reason my son thinks they’re icecrackers. And there is no point in correcting him because he doesn’t really care what they’re really called.

After the grocery store, I did what all normal people do after they buy food, I went to Wendy’s.

Come on, you know that sometimes you buy groceries and then go get some fast food.Wait? Only me?!

Whatever, my baked potato was good.


The Halloween party that I am going to is only two days away! I finally came up with a costume. It’s not my best costume, but it’ll do even if it is a little cheesy. Plus, it was cheap. And that’s good. And it doesn’t require pants, and that’s good too.

It won’t be as good as last year. Last year’s peacock costume was my favorite ever. I made the tutu out of tulle and ordered the peacock feathers and made the whole peacock tail.

See, I don’t always look homeless. Sometimes I look like a peacock.


I have plans tonight to go to a couponing seminar with my sister-in-law. She is a big couponer and recently started her own couponing blog. You can check it out here. So, when she asked me to go, I said yes because who doesn’t like to save money.

 Have a great night. Tomorrow is Friday!


Filed under Breakfast