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Holiday Goodies

Happy Sunday! Did you remember to set your clocks back? I’m happy for an extra hour of sleep, but not so happy about it getting dark outside so much earlier.

Yesterday afternoon, we went to a craft fair where Marlene was showcasing her delicious desserts from her dessert company, Sweet Temptations Dessert Co.

She had so many goodies for sale and on display.

Cupcakes and cakes:

Peppermint roll:

Brownies and cranberry bars:


Peppermint bark:

I made sure to taste a little bit of everything, and Marlene sent us home with a box of goodies after the show was over. Danny’s favorite was the red velvet cupcakes, and I loved the cranberry bars and peppermint bark.

While we were there, I browsed around a bit and found this cute coffee travel mug for Jaden’s kindergarten teacher for Christmas.

It’s decorated for a teacher with a place for the child to write a little message and inside the cup is a pair of socks! How cute is that?!

I think these would also be a cute and easy thing to make at home. Between this cup and some ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest, I have a few ideas for holiday gifts to make, if I have the time. Sometimes the holidays get crazy busy, and convenience wins out over time-consuming projects, but I’m going to try!

Today’s Workout

  • 2.52 miles – treadmill

Total Pile on the Miles: 7.13 miles

I didn’t get as much time as I would like at the gym this morning, so I did a quick 2.5 miles. I don’t normally go to the gym on Sundays, and I thought they opened at 7 am. I got to the gym at 7:10 am and didn’t see a car or another person in sight. It turns out that they open at 8 am on Sundays.

So, I went back home, waited awhile, and then got back to the gym at 8 am and hopped onto the treadmill. Besides wanting to get my exercise in for the day, my biggest reason to go to the gym this morning was because I only needed one more stamp on my bingo card to turn it in. See, bingo really is motivating. :)

When I got home from the gym, Danny and Jaden were busy doing yard work.

Danny likes to keep busy on the weekends. I like to be lazy, which is why I love drinking coffee and reading the newspaper ads on Sunday morning.

This morning, we have to plans to go over to my in-laws and visit with my newest baby nephew. After that, we’re taking the kids to see Wreck it Ralph at the movie theater.

Have a great Sunday!

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite Christmas/holiday food?
  • Do you make holidays gifts or buy them? Or both?
  • Do you keep busy on the weekends or are you more lazy?
  • Any plans for today?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

A Baby Shower and Some Time at a Farm

Good morning! In case you missed anything over weekend:

  • I went to the library and farmers market
  • Ran a 5k
  • Celebrated my mom’s birthday


Yesterday was my sister-in-law’s baby shower, and it turned out wonderful. I can’t wait to meet my new niece or nephew in a couple more months!

My sister-in-law, Mandy, with the kids:

It was decorated so pretty, and there was so much food and really cute drink stations.

Marlene made the owl cake and a variety of cupcakes. It was carrot cake, and it was so awesome.

If you get a chance, could you please vote for Marlene’s business here. She needs at least 250 votes to be eligible for a small business grant. Just type in Sweet Temptations and click on Illinois. Thank you :)

After the shower, we went back to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s house. They live a legit farm.

The idea of living on a farm is so foreign to me. They only live about 30 minutes away from us in the Chicago suburbs, but it’s like a whole different world. Life on a farm is hard and constant work. They get woken up by roosters, they have horses and donkeys, they eat fresh eggs from their neighbors chickens.

Jaden loved it. He is such an animal lover. He loved learning how to brush the horses and ponies.

They also have a bunch of cute puppies from a nearby shelter. When the shelter is full, they house the extra puppies and dogs.

It’s amazing how different life is on a farm.

This weekend was super busy, and I woke up this morning feeling exhausted. I feel like I could sleep another eight hours, but Jacob has band this morning, so I figured since I have to be up anyway, I should go to BodyPump.

Have a great morning!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like carrot cake? It’s funny that a cake with a vegetable in it would taste so sweet and delicious!
  • Do you know anyone that lives on a farm? Have you ever had fresh-straight-from-a-free-range-chicken eggs?
  • Any plans for today?



Filed under Family Fun

Gimme That Cake


Last night, we went to Bingo night at my son’s school. It was pretty fun, even though Danny felt the need to be extremely loud, especially when he got a Bingo. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him yell so loud.

Bananas and Bingo – Life is good.

Danny was the only one out of the four of us to win, and he let Jaden pick out the prize. He picked out a gumball machine. Great, that gum will last two days. My son seriously has a gum chewing problem.


This morning, I pretty much rolled out of bed and went to the gym. Yoga started at 8:30 am, but I wanted to get there a bit early so I could walk on the treadmill for a little while. I got there at about 8am, and walked for about 20 minutes.

Then I went to yoga, which was a little more fast paced today. And I was done with my workout by 9:30 am. During the whole yoga class, I kept thinking about coffee, so as soon as I was done, I headed over to McDonald’s for some $1.08 coffee. Cheaper than Dunkin Donuts.

After I got my coffee, My dad called me to tell me that he was on his way to the gym with my stepmom. Way to go, Dad!

Talking to my dad. It had to be documented on camera, right?

Then I headed to the grocery store to pick up three things and walked out $65 later. This always happens to me – I go in for a couple of things and leave with a whole cart full. I should be banned from quick trips to the store in order to save money.


For lunch this afternoon, I made a roasted veggie  flatbread pizza and roasted brussels sprouts.

I also had a glass of Horizon chocolate milk. I am trying to add more protein to my meals, and one cup of this chocolate milk has 8 grams of protein. I checked the Almond Breeze chocolate milk, and it only had 1 gram of protein, so Horizon it was.

This evening we’re going over to my grandparent’s house for dinner and to play cards. I bought some veggies and dip at the store so that I have something healthy to munch on. It doesn’t help that Marlene owns her own dessert company and makes awesome treats, cakes, and desserts.

Here’s a Thomas cake that she made for Jaden’s 2nd birthday:

My baby shower cake and my sister-in-law’s baby shower cake made by Marlene:


And a birthday cake that she made for my Grandpa:

So, it’s pretty hard to pass up dessert at my grandparent’s house. Unless, of course, you hate delicious things. Which I don’t. Pass the cake!

What’s your favorite dessert? I pretty much love them all.

Any plans for the weekend?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out