Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan #34

Happy Easter!  What a day to celebrate -a day full of hope and promise.  A day to be thankful for the amazing gift we all get to accept with open arms. 

I have been praying for God to use this weekend to help me  better understand.  To not only know how to accept my salvation, but also to fully comprehend the giant sacrifice that took place for me.

For you.

My chains are gone;I’ve been set free; My God, my Savior has ransomed me.  And like a flood, His Mercy reigns.  Unending love.  Amazing grace.  

I will be back tomorrow with a full recap of the weekend - until then, here is my plan for the week.  



  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: 4 to 5 mile run
  • Tuesday: spin class
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run + arms
  • Thursday: 8 mile run
  • Friday: 21 minute HIIT circuit
  • Saturday: rest
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What are you up to this week?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dying Easter Eggs + Friday Favorites

I am sure it will come to no surprise to you that Ina loved dying Easter eggs.

She loved dipping the eggs in the dye.

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She loved hoarding the eggs.

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She loved dumping the eggs OUT of the container.  She even loved playing with dye box - she seriously couldn’t get enough of putting those circles thru the holes.

We now have 12 (slightly cracked) colored eggs for lunch next week and only 2 of my fingers are blue. Win!

Also of interest yesterday - I ran 7 miles.  I am still trying to decide if I should run a half marathon in a month and a half and I told myself that if I could get to 8 miles that I would do it. Almost there!

Here are are few of my favorites from the week:

- These printable daily command center schedules.  Changed. My. Life.  Seriously, I am going to do an entire post on these after a few weeks of using them, but let me just tell you now that after one week my productivity and efficiency have increased exponentially.  

- Mindy Kaling’s Jimmy Kimmel Interview.  I seriously snorted out my coffee laughing.  I completely agree Mindy!  I too  think that “it takes a lot of effort to look like a normal / chubby woman.”  Very well said.

- Sally Hansen Salon Pro DIY gel manicure starter kit- I bought this kit for my sister for her birthday and I am seriously eyeing it for myself.  ONE manicure at the salon costs as much as that set, so I should totally buy it, right?

- 24 People who applied for the world’s toughest job were in for quite a surprise.  I am sure you have seen this - totally blew up on my newsfeed this week.  I felt so bad for the interviewees once they realized they weren’t actually interviewing for a job. Talk about a let down.  However, it does still reinforce how hard it is to be a mom 24/7.  I actually get a break when I go to work in many ways because I get to sit down, drink coffee, eat my lunch, talk to a friend, etc, without the responsibility of caring for Ina.   However, I sure do miss her!

- 18 babies experiencing things for the first time.  So cute!

- This very interesting (and beautifully made) video on Coca-Cola focusing their advertising on minorities.  Watching this totally reinforced by hatred for soda.  I showed it to Dan, because I am really trying to get him to stop drinking soda before Ina starts wanting “sips.”  However, I also know that I can’t sit on my high horse for too long, because although I don’t drink soda, I do still consume sugar, which is kind of the same thing.  

- Closing Comments (but Opening Up More Conversation). I am strongly considering closing the comments on my site after reading this- mostly because my site is not very conducive to commenting, and people usually email me anyways.  I do have a few very faithful commenters - who I love and appreciate.  Also, I would love not getting those hundreds of spam comments I get in one day.  

- The Shu Box on 10 years of blogging.  Interesting thoughts on time and prioritizing blogging as a mom.  

I think that is all I have.  I hope you have an amazing and blessed Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

First of all, I am thankful for my teeth.  I had a crazy dream last night that they fell out and I couldn’t get my phone to give me directions to my dentist’s office.  So, I was very thankful when I woke up to find them all still nicely in tact.

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I am thankful for Ina saying “thank you” appropriately.  She mostly says it when I give her a cup of milk, something to eat, or a toy she wants, but it is still so sweet.  She will also say it to Danielle when we leave, if I ask her to.  

I was thankful for all 52 oz. of water during my 30 minute spin class on Tuesday.  Seriously, after the first song, I was so tired I wanted to be like, “just kidding” and leave, it was intense.  

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I am thankful for the check-out guy at Target who gave Ina a sticker and prevented a full on meltdown when the items in the cart had to go in the bag and she couldn’t “play” with them anymore.  She (reluctantly) said thank you to him too.  

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I am thankful that Ina has started sleeping in her crib again.  After writing Friday’s post I realized that I wanted to try it out again, and it worked!  Thank God!  The past few nights she has slept all the way through with only 1 five minute wake up. Thanks to all of you who gave me words of advice and encouragement.  You are the best!

I am thankful for family dinners - last night many of us went to celebrate my sister’s birthday and I got to hold my nephew Jake Potato (<— his too cute nickname).

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I am thankful for spring flowers - seriously - just can’t get enough.

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Lastly, I am beyond thankful for my salvation.

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[Blurry photo courtesy of my Purpose Driven Life Book.]

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ina's Easter Basket + A Few Easter Ideas

I went back and forth about if I was going to get Ina an Easter basket.  

Last night during small group we had a very interesting and needed discussion about how to celebrate holidays like Easter and if it would be possible to do things like the Easter Bunny without taking a child’s focus away from Jesus.  Many of the points the women brought up were interesting and things I have never thought of before.  

However, I was raised with Easter baskets from the Easter bunny, and I don’t deal well with change.  Also, I love celebrating every part of the holiday and all holidays, really.  

After talking with Dan, praying, and thinking a lot, I have decided (for now, this can always change) that we will likely get Ina a basket every year, but not tell her it is from the Easter bunny.  It is more of an Easter “present.”  

If she asks (of course she will ask), we will tell her the Easter bunny is a fun game, but not to spoil it for her friends.  Instead, tell your friends what YOU know about Easter.  Tell them about the cross.  Tell them about the empty tomb. Tell them that He is risen. 

All of that just to tell you that Ina got a few cool things, that I needed to get her anyways.

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  • A carrot and strawberry sip pie cup (yay fruit and veggies!)
  • Two new summer play clothes outfits (needed - desperately)
  • Organic fruit snacks
  • The basket and stuffed lamb were courtesy of my aunt
  • A ball and sunflower growing kit from the dollar bin (because she played with them while we were shopping and I felt like I had to buy them)
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I shoved everything in there pretty tight, so she will enjoy taking it out and then trying to put it back in over and over again.

A few other fun Easter ideas:

Planning anything fun for Easter?  With out without the bunny?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bad Decisions, Part Two

Good morning! Last week I wrote about a few bad decisions I made throughout the day.  Yesterday was actually a pretty good day, it is just filled with little mis-steps.  

- I sliced and de-seeded a jalapeño and then put my contacts in.  Yee-ow.

- I dressed Ina for the day (in a white shirt) and then gave her strawberries for breakfast

- I had plans to run during lunch, so I went downstairs to the gym to change.  Once I was completely dressed, I realized that I forgot my headphones at my desk.  So, I took the elevator up to the 4th floor, in my running tights and made the mad dash to my desk in the hopes that no one would see me.  I only saw my boss and her boss.  Sigh.  Nothing says “professional” like running tights.

- When I got to my desk I realized that I also didn’t have a hair tie, so I frantically searched my desk, and found one.  The only problem was that it was being used.  I can’t even say how it was being used, it is so embarrassing. Let’s just say I will never forget my hair tie again, because when I do I go to a very desperate and dark place where I don’t care about the consequences.  

- Yesterday was my sister’s birthday, so when I picked Ina up after work we immediately came home and I gave her some crayons to color her a card.  

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This was a good idea - but leaving her unsupervised with said crayons while I cooked dinner was not.  She colored on the table, I guess I should be lucky she didn’t color on the wall.  

A few good decisions from yesterday

- Running - 4.6 miles on the treadmill - it was the good run I have been looking for.

- Making this brown rice and turkey casserole for dinner.  Ina and I gobbled it up.  I will repeat it for sure and probably double and freeze half next time.

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- Taking time in the morning for meditation and prayer.  Even though my mornings are pretty hectic, I find that when take time for this I can handle much more (see above) throughout the day with stride.

How about you?  Did you make any bad or good decisions yesterday?  

Have a good day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Few Random Stories

On a hot run this weekend I was pushing Ina up a steep hill, which topped out at a church that was hosting a fish fry.  There was a man outside advertising the fish fry and he looked at me and said, “Wow, honey, good for you.  There better be a special place in heaven for you."

I replied back, “I sure hope so!"


It makes me very nervous when Ina says “UH-OH” with a concerned look on her face and I have no idea what happened. What do you know that I don’t, kid?


This weekend I had my first taste of summer, and it tastes salty, mostly like sweat.  Although, it is cold today, so go figure.


Ina helped me bake brownies last night.  

Good thing she was so cute, because when the brownies came out of the oven and Dan and I tasted them, we gave each other a funny look and I said, “well, they might taste good with ice cream?"

Then he said, “it is going to take a lot of ice cream."


I made the mistake of checking my FB newsfeed at 2 am this morning while I woke up with during one of Ina’s 10 minute crying sessions and I read the horrible news about what happened yesterday just a few blocks away from where I work.  I couldn’t sleep wondering why there is so much hate?  I just don’t get it.  I sincerely pray that God can give the family members some type of peace and comfort and that we can continue to work to change the heart of the suspect.  


A few pictures from yesterday: 

- Kale salad of my dreams - kale massaged with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt and topped with a jalapeño (mostly de-seeded and diced), crumbled feta, and grilled chicken.

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- Something is up with one or both of our dogs and they have decided to leave “presents” on the carpet for us, so we busted out the carpet shampooer yesterday.

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Of course, it didn’t work, so we have to take it apart first.

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Then Ina thought she needed to help.

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Such a stink.

- I put a few more things up on the gallery wall in ina’s room

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and also added the vinyl letters around her picture in the hallway.  (It says, such a big miracle in such a little girl.  She really is miracle.)

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- We spent the majority of yesterday watching the rain come down and listening to thunder.  During Ina’s nap, I sat on the back covered patio and read our small group study - The Purpose Driven Life, What on Earth arm I Here For?.

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Such a peaceful, fun, and productive day, which I hope prepared me for this busy week ahead.  Have a good one!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan #33


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Happy spring morning to you!

So far I have spent this weekend running and grilling - 

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3 mile run on Friday night

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6 mile run on Saturday afternoon.  Let me tell you that both of these runs were hot, windy, and just plain hard.  They are a nice reminder that I need to start running in the morning again.  

Friday night we had a nice little grilled family dinner and we had my sister and her family over for dinner last night.

We had a blast “racing” with the kids outside, playing basketball, making every sure every square inch of my floor was covered in a toy, and eating ice cream.  

My nephew Kauffman took over the photography and I think he captured the evening perfectly with his blurry approach and his close-up of his nunchucks.  

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Nights like last night make my heart full.  

Here is my plan for the week:


  • Sunday: leftover grilled meat (chicken and turkey) with roasted broccoli and mashed sweet potatos
  • Monday: brown rice and turkey casserole with jalapeño kale salad
  • Tuesday: small group (I hear we are having GF tuna casserole - YUM)
  • Wednesday: crockpot Mediterranean chicken with brown rice and 
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: we are going to an educational farm-to-table dinner with Dr. Vandana Shiva.  Dan is beyond excited about this.
  • Saturday: Easter dinner at my grandmas - what should I bring?
I also plan on baking these gluten and grain free brownies today.


  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: 4 mile run
  • Tuesday: spin class or swim
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: 7 mile run
  • Friday: HIIT video
  • Saturday: 3 mile run
Running with Racheal

What are you up to for this week?  

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