Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

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It’s been awhile, huh?

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What started with a pink(ish) eye for Cora turned into a cold, which turned into a fever, which then turned into an ear infection, which then turned into croup. 

Hearing a baby cough with her entire body and being paranoid about her breathing is not a fun way to spend the night, but so far so good and she appears to be getting better. I am so thankful for medications like antibiotics and breathing treatments and ibuprofen. 

I am also thankful that she has been in a pretty decent mood with this whole thing and absolutely loves the extra time in the steam shower with her sister. 

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I am thankful that Dan’s work schedule (very temporarily) changed! It is no secret that I am not the biggest fan of Dan working 12 hour shifts and every other weekend. So, of course I was elated when he came home and told me he was working 8 hour days Monday to Friday for the next few weeks! It has been great having him here to help with, well, everything that we have to do when we get home.

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I am thankful for how great I feel after “detoxing” for 10 days. I use quotes because it doesn’t even really feel like a detox, I get to eat so many yummy foods. Well, except when I couldn’t eat soft pretzels at the super bowl party we went to. I felt that for sure. 

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I am thankful for Danielle taking Ina to a “solar system” class yesterday. It seemed like she had a lot of fun and she liked her teacher.

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Speaking of classes, Ina did even better at swim school last night. She only need an extra kiss and hug from Dan to be convinced to head into the water.

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I am thankful for Pinterest for inspiring me to be extra cheesey for Valentine’s Day.

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Here’s to a healthier end to the week! <3

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Highs and Lows + My Food and Fitness Plan

Good morning!

This weekend has been great, despite the fact that both girls have had a fever and I have not gotten much sleep. But, let’s not focus on the lows. Some highs from the weekend:

- Another super easy dinner: chicken sausage, roasted broccoli, and smashed potatoes. One pan. Thirty minutes. Yum.

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- Friday night bath time. When Cora is in her Bumbo she can almost actually play with Ina in the water and watching them interact is just about the cutest thing ever. Ina splashes water in Cora’s face and I almost stop her, but then Cora just laughs and loves it. 


Friday night bath party ������

A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onFeb 5, 2016 at 5:14pm PST

- I made some paleo coffee creamer. The detox is going very well with one little problem - I REALLY miss cream in my coffee and almond milk just isn’t cutting it. I made this recipe and it helped. A lot. (But Racheal, I thought you couldn’t have coffee on the Daniel Plan Detox? Correct. However, giving up coffee when I am not sleeping at all would pretty much mean giving up on life right now and I am not ready to do that. So, I have significantly decreased my coffee consumption to one cup in the morning and occasionally one cup in the afternoon.)

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- Danielle and I went on an early morning run on Saturday morning.

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It was so nice to chat with her without our kiddos and have her there to keep me moving. It has been some time since I have run 3 miles at a good pace without stopping and I was spent by the end.

- I spoke to pharmacy students about my career path, which I was happy to do, but also happy to get it over with. Those types of things always stress me out. While I was away Dan took the girls to his grandma’s house and they had fun playing. I don’t think they even missed me.

-We went out to eat for my mom’s birthday. 

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No pictures of the birthday girl (I was busy making sure my meal didn’t have dairy in it and trying to soothe my fussy baby), but it was nice to see a lot of  the family. 

Today we are going to church, have some family after, then small group and watching the game while eating some chili. 

Here is my plan for the week:


Fitness: Week 3 of The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up:



 Have a lovely week! <3

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

Today I a thankful for:

- this kettle bell, which Dan dug out of the trash and brought home a few years ago. I pressed play on this strength and Tabata workout and then discovered I would need a kettle bell. He knew it would come in handy one day. 

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- the fact that I am not alone.

- Cora not having an ear infection! Yesterday she woke up with pink eye and I immediately thought she would have an ear infection since Ina just had both and Cora has been pretty fussy lately. So, I took her to the doctor and found out that she is in the clear and her fussiness is likely due to her teething. (The doctor also said that because Cora had a clogged tear duct as an infant, anytime she gets a cold, her eye is going to look like she has pink eye, so I need to continue the “massage” and drops.)

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- Ina’s swim lessons went so much better this week. 

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She still was still hesitant at first and when we pulled in the parking lot she informed me that she “didn’t need to go to Emler Swim School” because she “already knows how to swim.” However, after some gentle and not so gentle coaxing, a pink floatie, and the promise of a Blow-Pop at the end, she got in and was GREAT the rest of the lesson. 

- Ina’s new clothes from my mom. Ina has been growing like a weed and all the clothes she got for Christmas don’t fit her (her belly hangs out of all of the shirts). I mentioned this to my mom and she made a few rescue Kohl’s trips to outfit Ina for the next few months. 

- Being DONE with the spring/summer consignment sale. On Tuesday Dan packed my car and I dropped all of our stuff off at the sale over lunch. 

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This was a lot of work, and likely not financially worth it, but I am happy to see someone else get use out of the girls’ cute clothes and plan to take the money they earn and put it in their college funds. 

- The easiest dinner in the world. 

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Yesterday morning I took 5 minutes to arrange this dish and stuck it in the fridge before work. Right before we left to go to swim lessons I popped it in the oven for a “timed bake.” We arrived home to a delicious smelling house and a healthy dinner ready to go. 

I hope you have a lovely day! <3

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Day 1

Good morning!

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There was a dent in her breakfast bar and I was making her wear a shirt that had socks on it (???). Of course that meant her world had ended. Ten minutes later she was fine and all was right with the world. #THREEnager)

Yesterday was my first day of the DP Detox and it went great!

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It is amazing what food prep and meal planning can do. Although, Dan stole my kale salad, which I suppose I should be happy about because he typically doesn’t eat kale salads, but I would have liked to know that mine was gone before I had 3 minutes to pack my lunch and my daughter was having a meltdown because her breakfast bar had a dent in it. 

In case you were wondering, I was late to work yesterday.

I also squeezed in a workout: 20 minute AMRAP and whew, I am soooore today. 

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This was my first time doing an “as many rounds as possible” type workout and I really liked it. I got in 3 rounds in 20 minutes, but hope to get in 4 on Friday, now that I know the drill. 

Today is a busy day, so I better get to it. Have a good one! <3

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cora's First Tooth (+Other 6 Months Updates)

Good morning. 

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Wait, is it morning? I honestly have no idea, because I am getting even less sleep than usual, as Miss Cora sprouted her first tooth over the weekend. With the new tooth has come a boycott of sleep, both naps and at night. I have tried everything from ibuprofen to letting her nurse on demand in my bed and nothing seems to work. (Although, she is sleeping right now. Hmph.)

Despite all of this, she remains in a decent mood. She is a little fussy, but most of the time all I have to do is make a silly face at her and my happy baby returns. 

I know this is just a season, but man, I am ready for it to end, for her sake and for mine!

Other things about 6 months:

Like I said above, she is generally a very happy baby and rarely cries. She LOVES to laugh and honestly just waits for me to do something so she can let out a giggle or two.

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She especially loves to laugh at her big sister, who can do no wrong in Cora’s eyes. Ina will squeeze her very tightly, poke her eyeball, or splash water in her face and when I expect her to start crying her face just lights up. I will say there have been a few moments when Ina crossed the line, like when she rolled both of them off the couch, but that doesn’t happen too often.

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Cora can roll over both front to back and back to front, but she very rarely does so. I think she is just happy to stay where she is.

Cora loves her veggies and will gobble down squash, sweet potatoes, peas, avocados, and carrots. However, she is not a fan of brown rice and has spit it out at me so many times I stopped trying to give it to her. I also started giving her a few Cheerios and she is slowly getting the hang of having something solid in her mouth. 

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Cora likes to talk and “sing” and seriously does the best Chewbacca impersonation. I always tell Dan that I birthed a wookie. 

She is long and lean - measuring at almost 28 inches long and just under 16 pounds. She is in the 97th percentile for length! Her eyes haven’t quite decided what color they are going to be. Right now they are green/grey. On the other hand, I think her hair has decided it is going to stay red. (Yay!)

I seriously cannot believe she is already 6 months old. My little sleepy baby is gone and has been replaced with a (little) big girl.

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Have a lovely week! <3


Ina’s 6 month update

Cora’s 4 months update

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Another Daniel Plan Detox

Good morning!

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Kansas City has been hit with a heat wave and the girls and I have been taking advantage of it. We dusted off the BOBs and have gone on three walks/runs in the past three days. 

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Man, it feels so good to get outside again and move around. I think everyone else agrees, because the sidewalks have been very crowded and last night the park was busier than I have ever seen, even on a nice summer day. Ina made an addition to her “best friend list” and I talked to someone over the age of 3, so it was an all around win. 

Tomorrow I am starting another round of The Daniel Plan Detox, (basically eat real food, lots of vegs, no sugar, gluten, dairy, bad fats, or alcohol) so planning my meals, grocery list, and snacks took a little extra effort. But first, pizza.

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Here is my plan for the week:


Today’s prep: make energy bites, shred brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes for breakfasts, make hummus, and hard boil eggs. 

Fitness: Week two of Winter Shape Up

  I hope you have a lovely week! 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! 

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[Mustard chicken, roasted squash and beets, and salad greens]

In my mind I have plans to write here more than two days a week. I even have full paragraphs I want to say. However, life happens, so here I am, thankful that I have time set aside to jot down what I am thankful for. 

I am thankful for antibiotics. 

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Ina woke up Tuesday morning with a double ear infection and double pink eye. 

She kept on telling me her ears didn’t hurt and that she wanted her eyes to stay pink because pink is her favorite color and that she was OK and to leave her alone! Obviously, she felt great. 

She is doing much better now, and, much to Ina’s dismay, her eyes are no longer pink. 

I am thankful that Dan had yesterday off work so he could stay home with our still-infectious kid. Being a working mom is hard in so many ways, but one of them is that I am absent a lot more now that I have kids. Yesterday was one of those days when I really needed to be at work, and I am thankful I was there.

I am thankful for Winter Shape Up! I have been following along with the workouts and have had fun mixing it up and having someone else plan what I do that day. 

Speaking of working out, I am thankful for my mom who stopped by the house for 15 minutes after I had been cooped up with the girls all day so that I could go on a run. Although it was “just 15 minutes” it felt glorious and I ran my frustrations right out of me. 

I am thankful for Miss Mikelea at Ina’s swim school. Yesterday was Ina’s first day of swim lessons and things didn’t go exactly as planned. However, Miss Mikelea swooped in with M&M’s and stories about Elsa’s castle to save the day and stop Ina from screaming, “DADDY I NEED YOU” at the top of her lungs while Dan was holding onto the bottom of his chair so he didn’t go in and save her. 

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I am thankful for Cora and her playfulness.

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Look at that face! The girl just wants to go places. However, her silly legs aren’t ready yet.  I really need to take advantage of the few weeks I have left when I can put her down and she will stay in one place. 

So many other things to be thankful for, but it is time to get ready for the day. I hope your’s is blessed! <3

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