Friday, July 25, 2014

{Friday Five}

Party-of-the-WeekThe Prudent HomemakerHarry Potter Birthday Party at the Prudent Homemaker

Recipe-of-the-WeekA Blossoming LifeBlueberry Basil Lemonade from A Blossoming Life

Craft-of-the-WeekHomeWorkHow to Galvanize a Tin Can from HomeWork

Home-Design-of-the-WeekOld House to New HomeNo Sew Bench Cushion from Old House to New Home

Random-Link-of-the-WeekRun Eat RepeatWater and Workouts from Run Eat Repeat

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 82

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

: My body must be very confused.  Doesn’t it know that when I get back on track it’s supposed to lose a bunch of weight that first week?  At the very least, the body fat stats indicate that I put on some good muscle this week and actually lost a pound of fat.  The real question is whether or not that will continue next week….

How I am Winning this Week:   I got back to the gym and actually incorporated some strength training this week.  I even improved on my pace with the jogging stroller…though I still spend more time at a brisk walk with the stroller than actually jogging.

Areas of improvement: I’d like to get back to at least two strength training workouts a week, and still need to find a good workout to do in the gym.

Workout Log:

Boot Camp

4 mi walk/jog

Jogging Intervals

How I feel: Annoyed by weight gain, but confident that it’s only temporary.

Do you have a favorite strength training workout?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Monster Vacation…Part 3

For those who haven’t read about our earlier antics, our family took a two week vacation, starting with a trip to Williamsburg, VA where the Husband I and geeked out over the historical details and we celebrated L’s second birthday.  After that we spent a week in Bald Head Island filled with hurricanes, golf carts and lots of water play for the kids.  If you haven’t guessed by now, we somehow can’t just have a simple, relaxing vacation.

After all that excitement, we were ready to get back home, but we had one more stop to make.  As it turns out, one of my siblings announced earlier this year that they were engaged.  It was a bit of a shock to the family, but we rearranged our schedules to be sure that we could be there for the ceremony.

So off to Raleigh, NC we trekked.  We arrived Sunday evening from BHI, and enjoyed a family dinner before getting to bed for the excitement the next day.

Pullen Park_Collage
Of course, we have young kids, which means that activities need to be planned.  I had heard about Pullen Park from other blogs and from doing some on-the-road research (meaning in the car between BHI and Raleigh) and figured there was no better time to check it out than then. 

Pullen Park is seriously the best public park I’ve ever been to (and we have a pretty awesome park near us).  The playgrounds are great…including a mister (which was perfect for such a hot day) and a sand box that actually looked pretty clean for being outdoors.  It’s really the carousel, train and paddle boats that take it over the top.  Unfortunately our girls were beyond the point of exhausted and we ended up in meltdown mode before we could enjoy those extras.  At least we know where to go next time we visit!

Wedding_wmLater that evening we went to an adorable little chapel and attended a small, but sweet wedding.  Thankfully the antics at the park earlier in the day seemed to have gotten the fussiness out of the kids and they were quiet during the ceremony.   Between grandparents, cousins and electronic entertainment the kids stayed well entertained and well behaved until far past their bedtime.  And considering the adventures we’d just been through for the previous ten days, I was grateful.

The next morning we got up for another five hour trip back home.  It felt so good to be back…even the kids were ready to be home in their own beds and seeing their school friends again.

Mail_Box(Just had to share this last pic…you know you’ve been gone a long time when your held mail gets delivered in a Post Office box!)

What’s the best park you’ve been to?
How do you find activities to do when you travel?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

{Friday Five}

Fiesta Party at Wipperberry

Recipe-of-the-WeekCopycat Frosty
Copycat Wendy’s Frosty at Raining Hot Coupons

Craft-of-the-WeekDIY Easy Watercolor
Easy DIY Watercolor by Tatertots and Jello

Home-Design-of-the-Weekmarimekko entry
Marimekko Entry at Nalle’s Home

Printable Prayers
Printable Prayers at Catholic All Year

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