Splits challenge


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I've been thinking about what my goals should be for the next few months as we enter into the snow season here on the East Coast.  I can't pretend like I am going to make it into the gym 3-4 times a week and spend and hour+/ day running like I was doing this summer.  It's not going to happen.  I've been working too much and it's too hard to get the kids out in the snow.

So my goals are more health related than training related.

1.  One cup of green tea every day
2.  Hot lemon water every morning before coffee
3.  More water. It's probably not going to be 8 cups but I need to double my water intake, at the minimum. (Does anyone else hate water?!?)
4.  Sweat at least twice a week
5.  Start wearing the Fitbit again and hit 10,000 steps most days/week (anyone else have tons of trouble getting their Fitbit to charge?)
6.  Get back on the vitamin supplement bandwagon.  I bought most of my stash yesterday so just need to start taking them

And the biggest one....

7.  Stretch DAILY and be able to to the splits

Now, I have challenged myself to stretch more and get to the point that I can do the splits no fewer than a half dozen times in the past couple years.  I failed every time.  I haven't been able to do the splits since, oh, high school... Maybe junior high.  But, this time, I'm not giving up.

My goal is the splits by Christmas.  Anyone else want to join my challenge?  Do you think you can stretch enough to do the splits by Christmas?

Pictures you think are cute but just aren't


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1. Your 18th picture for the day.  One a day is enough.  I promise.  Yes, your little angels are adorable.  Doesn't matter.  No one and I mean NO ONE cares about seeing the sixth picture of your kid for the day.  Promise. 

2.  Quick clips of your infant zoning out on cartoons.  Babies shouldn't watch tv.  At all.  The fact that you put them in front of the tv so often that they actually pay attention to it and zone out is gross- not cute.

3. That adorable pic (again) of your kid passed out in his lunch bowl at the table or sprawled across the playroom floor.  Put your kid to sleep for a nap if they (obviously) so desperately need it that they stop dead in their tracks and pass out.  Routine and sleep are important for little ones.  Make one.

4. The naked butt pics.  This one's hard for me because baby butts are freaking adorable but this is the internet, folks and weirdos and creepers thrive on the internet.  If you ever wonder what happens to those adorable naked/sexualized baby pics on IG, fall down the rabbit hole of searching for the pics of Jessica Simpsons infant daughter in the bikini.  You will barf.  And then need a good scrub down.  And then cry for our future.  There are some very, very sick individuals on this here internet.

5. Leaking diapers/ spit up everywhere pictures.  Sure, it might be a funny story about how your kid crapped all the way up to the top of his head or drenched your face in spit up breast milk.  No one wants to see it.  Pinky swear.

Things that shouldn't be adorable but just are
1.  Crying kid pics. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you snapped the picture before you grabbed the kid but, hey, you couldn't help it, it was funny! (and it is)

2.  Full on dress up/ make- up/ high heel pics.  Yes, we don't need our girls growing up too early and focusing on their looks - we get it.  But, there are some girls who love dress up.  Get over it.  It's cute.

3.  Crazy messy food face pics- You know the ones- spaghetti on the head, cake smeared across the face, cheerios in the boogers.  Gross, yes...  Still cute.

4.  Breast feeding pics- this one has a caveat though.  If you post them constantly, it's annoying (we get it, you feed a baby from your boobs), but occasionally showing a sweet, peaceful baby nursing brings a smile to my face every time.


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A whole lot of little things


What a week.  Between working, the husband's car crapping out, and Eva's newfound sassy attitude, I need a break.  With the craziness of life, it is important to remember the little things that make it all worthwhile... 
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It's the little things: Eva has been a brat lately but I am acutely aware that it is her path.  She is finding her voice, testing boundaries, and learning limits.  She is smart and she is learning.  She deserves to have a Momma who leads her through developmental phases with patience and kindness.  I am thankful that despite a (sometimes) sassy attitude, she is still the best "sharer" I've ever seen, friendly and social with every one she comes across, and a sweet older sister to her brother.
It's the little things: Going along with the post above, having the opportunity to leave her sassy butt at pre-k for three hours a day.  Sometimes this Momma needs that little break!

It's the little things: Watching my kids playing together.  Eva breaks the bread into small pieces and hands them over to Nate to throw to the ducks.  They love to visit the ducks and watch them get worked into a frenzy over our half stale hamburger buns.  They giggle and squeal as the ducks get braver and braver as they move in closer for the bread.  We laugh as we run to escape from the greedy little ducks.  Making memories one old hamburger bun at a time.

It's the little things: Fresh mums on my front step.  The freshness, the vibrant color, the pop of life as everything around us goes into winter hibernation.

It's the little things: Having a buddy for life.

It's the little things: The most perfect little blond curly cue that has ever been created.  It's getting dangerously close to turning into an 1980's rat tail but I don't think it's going to get cut any time soon.

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Fall fitness


Notice I haven't posted a fitness update lately?  Well, you'd be right if you guessed that's because I've been slacking.  I actually do WANT to go but between my morning obligations and the gym's daycare hours, I haven't been able to make it.  Of course it is all excuses because I COULD go in the evenings but I can't justify losing the evening family time together.  I could also do my Jillian Michaels DVD in the mornings but I haven't been doing that regularly either.

I've only been working out once or twice (usually twice) a week for the past month or so.  I ran 5 miles last week and was actually sore the next day.  I'm usually never sore from running. 
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So that's my update.  Pathetic but true.  I haven't completely dropped off the program but the 60 miles/month motivation definitely left with the summer weather.

I am going to get some real (attainable) goals together this week for the upcoming freezing months.  I am going to pick a couple goals that I can work on at home and complete in the next few months.  I'll post those next Wednesday. 

How are you staying motivated with the dropping temperatures?

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Craft: Homemade crayons


Fall is here and with fall arriving, comes the rain...  And the cold...  And being stuck indoors for months on end...  With kids.  

So, it's time to start with the hunt for indoor activities that keep the kids busy.  

Homemade crayons, ladies.  You know how kids are annoying and they immediately start breaking all of those nice, new crayons you buy (over and over and over)?  Grab those old broken crayons and an oven safe mold for a quick, free project. 
2.  Crunch the crayons a bit.
3.  Let the kids fill the oven safe baking container (I used my silicone Valentines ice tray) with the crayon pieces.  They an pick whichever color combos they want!
4.  Bake in the oven at 170 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the crayons are all melted
5.  Let the crayons harden and pop out from the container.
Ta da! Heart shaped crayons that color the exact same as the normal crayons.  The only crayon that didn't work was the Crayola princess glitter crayon- it didn't harden properly.

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I'm walking into this weekend feeling awesome. I had a great, busy week. I worked three full days, went to a play date, worked out at the gym twice, got great news regarding my friend's health, crafted with my kids, visited the library, and filled my fridge with food. 

This weekend will be one filled with peace, gratitude, and happiness. 

Cheers to a fabulous weekend.

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Wainscoting: Easy, cheap(ish) house update


About six months ago, right in my front entry way a tool went through the drywall and left a large, gaping hole in the wall.  It was a terrible eye sore but the reno project got pushed to the side due to our busy schedules and, quite honestly, our lack of knowledge on replacing drywall.  It was too large of a hole to patch with the quick drywall patches.  So, the hole stayed right in my entry way for months.

When my husband finished his crazy summer work schedule, we decided it was way past time to fix this big embarrassing hole in the wall but as we started researching replacing drywall, we made a hard left turn and decided to install primed, recessed wainscoting from Lowes.

The installation was fairly easy.  The baseboards need to be removed (don't bother trying to save them since they will need to be replaced), the wainscot boards nailed up, and then new baseboards and chair rail installed over the wainscot boards.

We painted the wall above the boards a "paper bag" color and painted the wainscot boards, chair rail, and baseboards a glossy bright white after the nail holes were filled and sanded.




The total price for the hallway was approximately $250 but worth every penny!

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*not sponsored in any way by Lowes, it's just the product that we used*

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