Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day2

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Friday, August 29, 2014

{Friday Five}

The Sweetest Occasion - Lobster Boil
Surfside Oyster Boil at The Sweetest Occasion

Recipe-of-the-WeekKeep It Simple - BLT Pasta

Craft-of-the-WeekPet Scribbles - DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art at Pet Scribbles
Home-Design-of-the-WeekCentsational Girl - Wood Tile Floors

Faux Wood Tile Floors at Centsational Girl
Random-Link-of-the-WeekMiss Elaneous Life - I'm Such a Good Mom
I’m Such a Good Mom at The Miss Elaine-ous Life

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 87

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.


Thoughts: Well, I knew that all that unearned weight loss would stall out at some point.  At least I didn’t gain, right?

How I am Winning this Week:  It was so hard to get up early and workout Tuesday morning.  Originally I was going to do a Boot Camp workout, then the first alarm went off and I figured I’d just work out during my lunch break.  Then the second alarm went off and I realized that going in late meant no lunchtime workout.  So a quick look through Pinterest found me a Tabata workout I could do in my family room.  20 minutes later, I was winded, but so glad I did it.

Areas of improvement: I’d like to get back to weekend workouts.  Both girls love to go play at the gym childcare, and L loves it when I push her around in the jogging stroller for an hour or so.  Our schedule has made it difficult lately, but it’s time to get back to it!

Workout Log:




How I feel: Strangely content with where I’m at, though not ready to stop working at improvement.

How do you involve your kids with your workout routine?
Have you ever convinced yourself to workout when you didn’t want to?

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

{Old School Blogging} Summer!

Have you heard?  Old School Blogging is back!  As usual, I’m a little late to the party, but I still made it!  And in perfect time for T's upcoming start of Kindergarten, this month is all about recapping Summer.  And what a summer it was!

Old School Blogging
What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?Did I do anything alone this summer?  I think one of the best “alone” moments for me was taking L out in the jogging stroller at Bald Head Island.  There’s nothing else quite like ocean views while jogging.

What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?
We did a lot of new things as a family this summer.  I loved taking two weeks off to vacation together, but we also took a lot of small moments as a family.  There was a free weekly concert series in our neighborhood on Saturdays, so we took advantage of that a few times.  We also spent almost every Sunday just letting the kids run around the backyard while the husband grilled dinner, which was almost always eaten outside as well.  It was one way to make sure Monday was spent longing for the weekend.


What books did you read this summer?All the books I read are geared toward kids 30 years younger than me!  Though T and I did read some old classics like The Velveteen Rabbit and Peter Rabbit. 
What do you WISH you had done this summer?I always wish for more time to relax with the family.  We focused on it more this summer than in years past, but it just never seems like enough. 
What movies did you see this summer (if any)?Nothing in the theatres really looked all that interesting to us this year.  Was this year a big movie flop, or are the Husband and I just that obtuse when it comes to these things?  We did finally watch the __ version of True Grit, though.  Don’t tell the husband, but I was far more interested than I thought I would be.

Where did you travel this summer?We spent two weeks traveling around the mid-Atlantic, visiting Williamsburg, Bald Head Island and Raleigh.  Crazy, but fun.

Williamsburg Vacation2
What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?I always thought that we would spend more time getting ice cream for the girls, but most weekends we celebrated with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream….yum!

Nutty Buddy1_wm
What did you celebrate this summer?Summer is full of birthdays for us.  Between mid-June and mid-August we celebrate 7 birthdays in our families.  There must be something magical about the fall and early winter air that leads to so many summer babies!

Happy Birthday 2 Year Old
5 Years Old1_wm

Did you grow anything this summer?
I planted a lot of new flowers in our yard…only some of which have either survived or are keepers.  We also tried to grow a cucumber plant, but that was  a total bust this year.

What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?
Do I have to pick just one?  I’m really loving the new format for the Friday Five series…and that it’s helped me find some new blogs to stalk--- enjoy.  And then I love looking back at Part 1 and Part 2 of our crazy vacation from this summer ( so many memories!).  But then again, both my girls hit major milestones – and reminiscing over L’s second birthday, and T’s preschool graduation just makes me smile every time.  I guess I just share what I love…so I pretty much love it all!

What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?
There’s no way I can pick just one…but here are a couple favorites of the kiddos:


What do you want to do next summer?
So many things!  Plant a large vegetable garden, go back to BHI, get more organization done. You name it, I’m thinking about doing it.  Next Summer could hold a lot of changes for us, but only time will tell what’s really going to happen…

What was your favorite Summer moment?

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