Saturday, June 25, 2016

Week in Review - 6.25.16

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This was a pretty great week and I totally killed it with working out. It was also the end of a chapter for me - the last day of co-op. I've really struggled with co-op this year and was really glad to be at the end. I also spent some time thinking about to all that I accomplished there and have to say that I'm quite proud of what I did even if the appreciation wasn't there. I know I made some good improvements to the school that will help it go forward. (Now excuse me while I work on getting my arm back into joint from patting myself on the back)

Exercise

As I said, I killed it on exercise this week. I went to Sync Bootcamp, 3 times. Wednesday's workout was epic. The trainer had four decks of cards and we were to select a card to find out our workout. If someone pulled a Joker then it meant the entire class had to run the huge hill and do 10 burpees. I think 6 of the 8 jokers were pulled! My Fitbit reported that I had run 30 floors by the end of class. A typical day is usually 12 floors so I was way over my average. I also took a barre3 class on Tuesday and put Maggie in childcare. I was pouring sweat throughout the class and then had to drag Maggie out of childcare. She did not want to leave! On Thursday, I took a reformer pilates class that was honestly way too easy. It was nice to stretch but I was hoping for a little more of a workout. It was a huge difference from the reformer pilates class I took a few months ago where I prayed to God and decided that I'd rather give birth again than continue with the class. Friday's class was hard, partly because I was so tired from 4 straight days of working out and partly because Jill (the trainer) always gives us a nice, hard workout. I don't think I'll be doing 5 straight days of working out again. I need a break every three days!

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Food

I get an organic box of vegetables and fruit delivered on Wednesdays and this week, I decided to quickly prep everything as soon as it was delivered. I cut up the broccoli, shelled the peas, sliced up the lettuce and get it all taken care of about 20 minutes after delivery. Now my fridge is stocked with healthy vegetables which makes them easier for all of us to eat.

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I also had Maven Meals delivered this week. I had a busy week and having some pre-made, prepped food in the house meant that I ate well. I had salads delivered and some breakfast foods. The breakfast quiche was so filling that I couldn't finish it and wasn't interested in lunch until way later. I love that kind of breakfast. It was also full of veggies and delicious-ness.

#100daysofsummer is celebrating the last day of co-op!

The Girls

The girls had swim lessons all week again and have really been improving. Poor Maggie is terrified of her teacher on Monday night though. I think I'm going to take them one more time and let her sit out. She was physically shaking which is not like her. She was eventually lured into the pool when they switched the teacher and did fine at swimming at the other pool all week.

Both girls enjoyed their last days of co-op and preschool. Molly will continue at preschool for the summer session before moving to a pre-K classroom in September. Maggie will start in September.

Molly had her last ballet class this week and is bummed that she won't be dancing until September. I told her that she could always dance at home. Both girls will be taking ballet again in the Fall. Maggie has been dying to be in classes so she'll be thrilled when classes start.

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Other Goings On

I received my Mighty Fix this week. I started this a few months ago and I love it. Every month for $10, the company ships me something that is better for the environment but super useful in my home. This month, I received some glass containers. Previous months have included dryer balls (love them!), bees wrap (ehhh) and reusable snack bags (hooray!).

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We also received our monthly Bookroo package. Every month the girls receive two new books. They love books and getting two new ones a month is a winner. I also got a Give $10, Get $10 referral code this month so if you are interested in trying Bookroo out, here is my referral code: REBMON I also gave into temptation and signed up for the Book of the Month Club so I'll be getting my own books every month too! Disclosure: The Book of the Month Club link is also a referral code so if you sign up, I get free stuff. 


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I received an avalanche of work so I spent Wednesday night putting all my stories on index cards with due dates and the research that needs to be done. I find that using index cards helps me keep my thoughts organized and means that I actually work faster which when you are being paid per piece or word and not for the actual time it takes you to write, means you get paid more in the end. Now excuse me while I get back to researching, photographing and writing all these fun stories! 
Friday, June 24, 2016

Project 52 - Week 15

Project 52 - Week 15

For Father's Day, Scott requested Peace, Quiet and Sanity. While I couldn't give him sanity, I knew I could give him a few hours of peace and quiet. I took the girls out with me to Madison Beach. I needed some photos for a story and thought it would be a fun place for them to play. I, however, neglected to take into account the fact that they are fish who will dive into any water, even if their Mother doesn't have an extra change of clothing for them. Molly ended up coming home in a cape as a skirt paired with a coat while Maggie wore a dirty sweater I found in my trunk with a diaper. They were so stylish! I've now packed a change of clothing for both of them in the trunk of the car! They had a blast and are ready to go back to the beach. I'll gladly take them again but I'll be better prepared.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

54 Months (4.5 Years) with Molly Pop!

Project 52 - Week 8

Dear Molly,

I went looking back for your 4-year-old update and I can't believe that I didn't write you a letter! I must have gotten caught up in the holiday celebrations and never got one written.

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Four has been amazing though. This year, you started at a drop-off preschool which you love. You are starting to recognize letters and can spell your name like a champ! You can *almost* swim on your own. You are so close that I hold my breathe while I watch you try your hardest.

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You take ballet classes once a week and alternate between loving them and not wanting to go to them. You were awesome at your ballet recital on Father's Day. You were a cat and told me all about your special cat ears which for some reason did not make it into the recital. I conquered the high bun your teacher wanted for your recital hair do. You looked so grown up with your mascara and hair that it made me cry a little bit.

You have a ton of sass. Your favorite expression is, "HOW DARE YOU!" with a hip twitch and curl of your lip. I try so hard not to giggle. We're already started having serious discussions about why you can't watch certain shows and whatnot. It's hard to be firm but so important too.

Week Two

You have two best friends, Penelope and Lorelei who you are going to miss next year when you move to the pre-K class room at school. Penelope is staying in your old classroom and Lorelei is headed off to Kindergarten. I know you'll still have fun though in your new room, just as you've had fun in your current classroom.

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We went to Suncadia for Dad's birthday and you had a grand time again. You love going there and made me do the Thousand Stairs twice. I also took you to family boot camp at my gym which wore you out. It was the best!

Project 52 - Week 11

You are a prolific artist and will spend hours coloring in your books and then hanging the pictures on your bedroom wall. I love indulging your artistic qualities. I have piles of your art on the bookcase in the living room, waiting to be displayed. I really need to get on that.

Project 52 week 5.1

Molly, you are growing up to be a kind, caring kid with big thoughts and huge emotions. I love how much care you have for others, your zest for life and your adventuresome spirit! 


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles

Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles

Now that Summer is here, Maggie is obsessed with popsicles. Every morning, she wakes up and heads to the kitchen where she points at the freezer and says, "Popsicle?" I decided to grant her popsicle dreams by making her one that could double as breakfast. And it was easier than I thought it would be to make.


Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles


Mix up the cherry pie filling with fresh fruit, blueberry pie filling or even more granola. This is breakfast disguised as a frozen treat. It's also a great way to celebrate Popsicle Week


Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles


Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles

Prep Time: 6 Minutes
Makes: 6 Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup cherry pie filling
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cup greek yogurt
Directions
  1. Whip the honey and greek yogurt together in a small bowl.
  2. Using popsicle molds, place a tablespoon of granola in the bottom of the molds.
  3. Spoon the honey/yogurt mixture over the granola and alternate with the pie filling for a nice swirled effect.
  4. Insert the sticks and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles

Find more Popsicle recipes at the Popsicle Week Blog!
Monday, June 20, 2016

Monthly Goal Check-In (May)

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May was seriously focused on fitness but I still did some work on some of my other goals. 

1.  Workout 4 times a week - I consistently worked out 5-6 times a week in May due to Sync Fitness and their boot camp. I am back in my fitness grove and loving it. I'm going to barre3 about once a week along with boot camp three times a week. My fifth workout is usually something new or a good walk. 

2. Complete Whole30 in January 

3. Keep purging the house with the Bowl Full of Lemons 14 Week Plan - I've been purging as I can. The kids mess up the house faster than I can clean it so purging sometimes falls by the wayside. 


4. Complete Four (4) Day in the Life Challenges and participate in at least ten 10 on 10's - I skipped May's 10 on 10. I have two more Day in the Life Challenges to go and 7 more 10 on 10s. I plan to do a Day in the Life challenge soon. 

5. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I made some great progress on this goal. I'm still working on a swatch a day for 100 days to get perfect swatches for this goal and worked on my blocking report some. I also tackled swatch #15 and need to do yet another one to see if I can knit it a bit cleaner. 

6. Grow a kick-ass Garden! I made even more progress on this goal. My garden is growing like mad! The intense sunny weather and heavy rain has made for some major growth. I need to plant more lettuce but things are going well. 

7. Read for 15 minutes a day- I have read every single day so far this year! I had a hard time reading in May due to a slog of a book but I still read everyday. I'm going to combine my May book report with June's. 

8. Volunteer with two organizations and include the girls - I've been leading a newborn PEPS group and they are really clicking! I also followed another photographer around the NICU to learn how they take photos. The babies are so small but mighty and their parents are so awesome. 


9. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - yeah, I really need to get going on this goal. 

10. Get back to Blogging on a more regular basis and focus more on my writing - I feel like I've accomplished goal but I'm still working at it every day. I signed up for a writing course that starts in July with Coffee & Crumbs. I'm so excited! 
 
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