Thursday, May 14, 2015

Things I'm Loving - May Edition

Hey there blog friends!

I know- I have totally neglected you.  Let me make it up to you with a whole post full of goodness for you.  Things that are making me happier and healthier - you might like them too!

This post contains some affiliate links.

Let's start with Mother's Day.  How was yours?

I got to start my Mother's Day running a 5K with the people who call me "mom".

Ken bought me this shirt - it was really fitting because sometimes 
I feel like saying this when my sweet girls act like they might die while we run.

Then we met up with Ken and had some brunch after the race! 

Now on to some other goodies for you...

Chalene Johnson recently did this podcast on Complex Personality Types.
I listened to it while I was driving in my car and I kept wondering how she was talking about me when we've never met. I'm an outgoing introvert, in case you wanted to know.  Listen to the podcast and find out all about me & my complexities.  (My friends are laughing now.)

I've become a little bit obsessed with Quest Bars. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is my favorite.
Apparently it's the favorite of some of my family members too because they seem to
disappear from the pantry pretty quickly.

I'm so proud to be an Ambassador for  1st Step Pro-Wellness!
Recently I requested that we send some protein powder to someone who works with patients in end-stage renal failure.  I learned that many of these patients have trouble meeting their protein requirements and powders are helpful, but can be expensive.  We were able to send full-size containers of Vanilla & Chocolate Whey Protein powders to those patients.  I love the generosity of this company!

Today I did a glute/hamstring workout with these Power Glide Discs.  Oh my heavens! Use these for squats or lunges and it adds an element of stability that makes your muscles take notice!

What are you loving lately? Tell me in the comments!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Randomly on a Tuesday...

...which totally feels like a Monday because I didn't have to work yesterday.  I keep having to remind myself that this is Tuesday.  This week is rolling with or without me and I need to engage!

So here goes...

1. My busy girl is only working on one show right now.  At one point, about a week ago, she was working on three different shows and juggling three schedules.  Katie landed herself the lead in her Jr. High Musical and that can really tire a girl out.  Good thing for her, Dad & Ruger are always available for a snuggle. 

2. I finished my pair of knitted socks in the yarn "Bah Humbug" and I love them.  
I've now finished several pairs of socks but the feeling just never gets old. 

(and also I'm way too excited by the fact that the stripes match)

3.  I found this image on Facebook and shared it with my mom-in-law who loves to sew.  
We had a good giggle over it.

4.  I have been learning to manage my stress lately and I've been working to be more at ease with my family.  I think I could take a few lessons from this guy...

Happy Tuesday friends!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I love Yoga- but what else?

So, if you've read this blog before you probably know how much I love, love, LOVE yoga!

There have been times when I do yoga every single day for awhile and then times when I step away from my mat for a bit.  But, I always come back and now I'm at a place where yoga is an recurring part of my fitness life- just not the only fitness-y thing I do.

When I'm not on my yoga mat I love running, walking my dog, Ruger
and I'm a little bit obsessed with P90X3 right now.

I figured I wasn't alone in this, so I asked some yogi friends in a Facebook group what other kinds of fitness they do when they're not doing yoga.

Here's what they had to say:

Jennifer: Pilates & Ballet

AndrewWhen I am not on a yoga mat, I like to work on my explosiveness. Explove moves, mean heavy lifting where you can only do reps of 3. Explosive movements also mean jump squats, squats with a bar on shoulders. Basically anything opposite of what yoga does. Yin and yang man. Gotta have both in your workout routine to stay balanced and stay fit.

SteveRunning , swimming and calisthenics each once a week on top of daily yoga practice

DavidKarate- walking- run after my twin 4 year old daughters.

GlennKettlebells, sandbag, running and jump rope

And many yogis & yoginis reported that they like to run and/or walk.

So tell me, what sort of exercise do you love?
Have you tried yoga?

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fairies, the Beagle, Lessons on my Fitbit, and a MealEnders Win for everyone!

Hey there friends!  It's Saturday night and I'm living the life.  That's right- in my jammies and watching a Tinkerbell movie with my girlies.  

Katie & Mandy were cast as fairies in our local theatre's production of Peter Pan.  
The fairies roller skate in the show so naturally we organized a fairy skating party!

None of the girls had spent much time on skates (it's not as popular now as it was when I was a kid) but after 2 hours they were all looking more confident.  I'm so proud to know these young ladies and can't wait to witness their journey to the stage.

In other news, you can now follow Ruger Berlin on Instagram.  
Because really, don't you need more cuteness in your life?

Follow here---> @rugerberlin

Also, in case you were wondering, this week I learned that if you run your Fitbit Zip through the washing machine it doesn't survive.  Go ahead, ask me how I learned that lesson.

So, I upgraded to a Fitbit Flex.  So far my Flex thinks I haven't slept in 2 days.  So I googled the Flex and it turns out I'm supposed to tap on it when I'm going to sleep.  Oops.  
See? I'm learning all sorts of things this week.

The winner of the MealEnders giveaway is Sheila Shroeder! Congrats!

But get this... 

Everyone is a Winner with MealEnders 
Exclusive MealEnders Discount! 

MealEnders wants to put an end to overeating and believes the more people its 15-calorie signaling lozenges can help, the better!  So for two weeks, all "runners up" for our recent giveaway will be able to buy MealEnders at 30% off.  

Just enter coupon code WINNER-TOO at checkout. To place your order and learn more about the product, visit

So if you didn't win, or even if you didn't get to enter, you can still use the discount code 
and get your own shipment of goodies!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

MealEnders Lozenge review & Giveaway

***Update- This giveaway has ended.***

Hey friends!

I'm swinging by the blog to tell you about MealEnders signaling lozenges.

I was given MealEnders to try for free in exchange for this review.  Don't worry- I was not required to give a positive review so all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Ken & I have both tried the lozenges and although I would describe the flavor as strong, it's never unpleasant.

Here's the idea- after a meal or when you feel like you want to snack, but you know you shouldn't be hungry, you suck on one of the lozenges.  Then your brain gets the idea that you are satisfied and you get to stop overeating.  Sounds good, right?

I have also been given the opportunity to give one of you the chance to try Meal Enders!  One winner will receive the same 4-pack of lozenges that I received.  You can try them yourself & I'd love to hear what you think!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment in this blog post OR on this Facebook post. (you are certainly welcome to comment in both places but I'll only enter you in the drawing once)

Winner will be announced on Friday 3/6!  Good luck!

***This giveaway has ended***

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

SnowShoes, Skis and Little Fishies

Hello friends.  Winter has officially brought out the big guns in my neck of the woods.  The snow is deep, the air is cold, and my feet may never be warm again.

A lot of people around here spend the month of February complaining about the weather. (I would just like to take a moment here to say that I feel like people who go outside wearing only a hoodie for outerwear have officially forfeited the right to complain)  Instead of complaining, we like to look for the winter fun.

Last weekend we make our Saturday trek to the Wilderness Lodge where snow is looked upon as good news!  I got to spend time snowshoeing on the trails.  I really can't think of a prettier place to spend the afternoon.

Katie and Mandy headed out with the Wilderness Wildcats to enjoy some fun in the snow on their skis.

Ken has been ice fishing a lot this winter.  I'm so glad he's getting to use the big tent thing I got him for Christmas.  I really felt like ordering that thing might have jinxed our winter activities and led to warmer than usual temperatures.  I should not have underestimated my hometown.  One thing it always delivers is a serious winter!

Ken brought these guys home along with a few of their friends...

Aren't they pretty? They were delicious, too!

I also made a medicinal tea from a recipe in Haylie Pomroy's new book
These days I'm all about using food as medicine and Haylie's books & website are just overflowing with good information.  

I love hot tea on a cold night.

Is it cold where you live?
How do you make the most of the winter months?

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