Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Anxiety, Sleep and Podcasts are this week's links from around the web

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Why We Need to Take High Functioning Anxiety Seriously - Since having kids, I've been more anxious but most people wouldn't know it. Also I think I manage it pretty well which means I'm high-functioning but it doesn't mean that it is not there. 

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State' 

A Remembrance of The Fish Missionary You may not know his name, but you have tasted his steadfast work in the food industry. John Rowley passed away last week and the world lost someone important. 



Monday, October 16, 2017

Current Favorites

YOC - January Inspiration

These are a few of my favorite things...When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeeeeeelllling sad! 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my current favorite things! Fall is here and everything seems to be getting busier and busier but these things are keeping everything in check. 


Brooks Running Levitate Shoes - Brooks Running sent me a pair of these shoes and they are AMAZING! Seriously. They are so light but also super supportive. I love the color and how they feel. 



Conscious Coconut Oil - When the weather turns colder and the heat turns on, my skin starts to dry out. I love Conscious Coconut Oil to keep everything moisturized without needing extra lotion. Bonus, this smells like suntan oil! 



Champion - The Infinity Shape Racerback Seamless Sports Bra - I've been exercising a lot but I only had one sports bra that felt great so today, I ordered two more. This bra works pretty well for me. I have a hard time finding great sports bras with the size of my generous chest. 



Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz - I started this book in Suncadia and am loving it! It's set in England, near Bath and full of mystery and intrigue! 
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Week in Review 10.14.17


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Re-entry into regular life was hard! I had such a good time at Suncadia that coming back to regular life was rough. It was also a busy week with lots of volunteering in the kids classrooms while trying to keep my regular work up. Annnnd I started the Fall Transformation Program with Sync. Whew! 


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Exercise

I got in 5 
workouts this week - three boot camp classes, one barre3 class and one really long and great yoga class. I want to get in another workout this weekend but it is not looking so good. I feel like my hips got a major workout this week. Most of the workouts were focused on hips and boy are they sore! 



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Food

My food was on point this week with the Fall Transformation Program. Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard to stick to the plan. I know I need more vegetables and when I actually eat them, I like them! I did have a few moments when I really wanted to stop and get a coffee with a pastry but I drank water and moved on. 



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On Thursday, I got a text that the Amazon Treasure Truck had poke for their deal. Maggie is a poke fiend so I quickly got in on the deal and snagged a box. It wasn't the best I've ever had but it was pretty good. 

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The Girls

I spent a lot of time volunteering in each of the girl's classes this week. I chaperoned Maggie's preschool class to see Go, Dog. Go! at the Seattle's Children's Theatre. It was fun but a wee bit long. 


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On Wednesday, I helped out Molly's teacher with my superior cutting skills. She needed some sight words cut out so I got chopping! Thursday I went in to help with the making of applesauce. I came a bit early and had so much fun watching Molly's class in action. Molly's teacher is AMAZING and she seems to be thriving in the room. 


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The girls and I also went swimming at the Lynnwood Pool on Wednesday. That place is fantastic and I can't believe I've never been. We will be back! Friday was a day off school so we had Molly's friend over for the day and they played and played and played. 

Other Goings On

This week was so busy and I never felt like I got anything done. I'm ready for a break! Scott and I went to see Bladerunner 2049 on Friday and it was so good! It's a slower film but I liked the pace. There were a ton of famous actors in the film too. 


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Stories Published


Seattle's Child: Celebrate Fall at Suncadia
Seattle's Child: Fly High with Fall Zip Lining
Seattle Refined: Travel Guide: 48 Hours on Camano Island

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Weekend Away at Suncadia

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This past weekend, I headed to Suncadia for a weekend away. I was graciously hosted by Diamond PR and Suncadia. I could not have had a better time. Suncadia never disappoints.

On Friday afternoon, I left the kids with a sitter and headed east. Traffic was terrible leaving the city and I arrived a bit late which meant I missed out on a tour of the property. Luckily this was not my first visit so I had a pretty good idea of the lay of the land. After settling into my room, I met up with the rest of my group for dinner at Portals, the restaurant on-site in the lodge. I've had breakfast there in the past but not dinner. I ordered the Elk Shepard's Pie and it was amazing. The dish was rich and full of hygge comfort. The portion was giant though so while I wanted to finish the entire plate, I could only fit about half in. After dinner, we all headed back to our rooms to rest up for the busy weekend ahead.

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My room was HUGE. I had a kitchen, living area, giant bathroom and a separate bedroom. I could see my whole family enjoying this space. The room also had a full fridge and a washer/dryer which is a huge bonus when doing so many outdoor activities.

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Saturday morning arrived with a brisk rain which put a slight damper on my spirits. We had a Guided Beer and Bike Tour on the schedule and I wasn't feeling too hip on riding in the rain. Luckily, the clouds parted and we were able to hop on some bikes for a ride to Roslyn. We headed to The Brick to sample some local brews before snagging lunch at Base Camp Books and Bites.

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Afterwards we biked back to Suncadia and then headed to the Glade Spa for spa treatments. I had a facial and for the first time in my entire life, I was told I had great skin. Seriously, that has never happened. I guess my lack of make-up and infrequent moisturizing is going well!

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After our spa treatments we had time to roam the property or relax in our rooms. I decided to head to my room to read and relax. It was such a treat! I rarely get quiet time so I soaked it in. For dinner, we enjoyed a cider tasting sampling with some great harvest tastes. There may have been a Diary Queen run after dinner where I was able to get a beloved blizzard. I don't know why I like them so much. 

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After sleeping a ton, I was up and at it on Sunday morning. I enjoyed breakfast alone at  Portals before meeting up with the group for an excursion into Cle Elum. We stopped by the bakery and Owen Meats. They had a meat jerky vending machine which was so exciting! A MEAT VENDING MACHINE! 

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We explored town and then the group headed out on a hike while I headed back to my room to get some work done. We met up in the afternoon and went to the Harvest Fest for some nibbles. I also got to shoot a bow and arrow! I actually shot an arrow through a pumpkin so basically I'm the next Katniss.

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Later that night, we met up for a final dinner at Smokey's BBQ. I ordered the "World Famous Train-wreck" which is pretty much everything on the menu on one plate. It was so good and definitely gave me heartburn later (totally worth it though). I left the group and headed home. They were all flying out the next day but I needed to get home and let's be honest, I missed my family! I can't wait to get away and then when I do, all I want to do is get back to them. #can'twin!

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Check out the article I wrote for Seattle's Child on Suncadia's Fall Offerings.
Monday, October 09, 2017

September Book Report

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September's reading was slim. I finished two books and most of a third which I'll save for October's report. I really did enjoy both books that I read though and wish I could have read more.

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My first book was "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. They are making this into a movie and it was amazing. I can not wait to see the movie. All of the references to the 80s made my heart sing. This book is about a dystopian future where a billionaire dies and leaves behind a complex video game. Whoever beats the game inherits his fortune. The book follows one player as he attempts to conquer the game and rise above.

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My second read was "George & Lizzie" by Nancy Pearl. I really enjoyed this book even though there were many times I wanted to hug Lizzie and shake her! This book follows the story of Lizzie and her complicated love life before marrying George. I really liked this book. 


Yearly Book Total: 38/52

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means if you buy something from a link, I receive a very small percentage back. 
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Week in Review 10.7.2017

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It's been a busy but good week! I went on two press trips (more on those later) and restarted The Minimalist Game to clear out more stuff. It's a never ending battle. 

Exercise

I got in 4 
workouts this week - two boot camp classes and a barre3 along with a bike tour at Suncadia! Next week I start my Fall Transformation program with Sync and I'm going to bring the power! I'll be working out 5-6 times a week while focusing on good, healthy eating. 


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Food

I've had some amazing meals this week between my trip Kristoferson and my time at Suncadia. I took zero photos of them. I was too busy enjoying the meals. 


We are eating a lot of fruits and vegetables at the house. Maggie is currently obsessed with plulots and eats 8 at a time. I've had to slow her down so everyone else can enjoy one or two. Maggie and I also enjoyed some poke from the 45th Stop and Shop. It was really good!


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The Girls


The girls have been busy this week. On Sunday, we had a birthday party at Safeco Field. The kids loved the press room and pretended to give a press conference. We had a busy week at school. It was Maggie's conference this week too and we had a good time learning more about her days at school. 

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Other Goings On

This week was a bit surreal! I went on a press trip to Camano Island on Wednesday. I was excited to go but man, it got so much better when a really good high school friend also showed up! We haven't been able to spend as much time together since having kids and working and living life as we used to so it was a HUGE treat to have a day with her. They took us zip lining and I was so nervous about it. I knew she would love it and she did. It was so much fun though! We went out with Canopy Tours NW at Kristoferson Farm
Monday, October 02, 2017

Monthly Goal Check-in (September)

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September came in with a bang! Molly started Kindergarten, Scott went to India, Maggie ramped up her preschool days and I just kept swimming.  

2017 Goals

1. Workout 217 times in 2017 - I worked out 19 times in September. I'm at 177 workouts with 40 more workouts to complete this year. I'll need to complete 3.3 workouts a week for the rest of the year to complete this goal. Totally do-able! 


2. Participate in the Year of Creativity -  This month was all about Relating and while I loved the idea, I did not love the execution. All of the writing exercises and resource suggestions were about religion, God and relating. While I am working to relate to other people's struggles, I am not someone who believes God is why I exist. 


3. Shoot one roll of film a month - I spent way too much time on other projects and never got around to this. 

4. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - Ummm, yeah about that. 


5. Finish my Miter Square Blanket - I knit one square but really need to buckle down on this project. 

6. Read 52 books. - I read 2 books this month. This means I have 14 books to read this year and 38 under my belt. I loved all the books I read this month and can't wait to recap them later this week. 

7. Finish up various House Projects - I was on fire this month with house projects! We had a weekend of outside work where we cleaned up the yard, painted the front banister, re-painted the front door threshold, cleaned up the outside furniture and toys. I also painted the girl's room. That was an epic adventure. I decided to do it while Scott was gone so they could sleep with me. I forgot what aggressive little sleepers they are. Combined with all the reaching while painting, I was in so much pain. Their room looks awesome though! 

8. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - I've gathered all the images into folders and am planning to start their actual books this month! 

9. Become more politically active and work to be the change in my community. - Trying! 

10. Learn how to make a really good stock 

Bonus Goal: Grow two new crops in my garden and add some chickens to my flock. 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Week in Review 9.30.17

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We've been having some adjustments around the house due to the new school year and entrance to kindergarten. None of it is unexpected and yet all of it is so aggravating. Scott got fed up with the girls refusing to go to bed on Sunday night and told them he was taking TV away for a month. I may have stared at him aghast before muttering, "Don't dole out a punishment, I have to enforce." I decided to go along with it and while I did give the girls time on their kindles, this has been a good thing. They have been playing together a lot more and being more kind. Bedtime, sigh, continues to be a struggle. 

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Exercise

I got in 3 
workouts this week - two boot camp classes and a CityCycle Spin Class. Maggie shared her cold with me this week and I started to feel bad on Wednesday morning but powered through boot camp. Then on Thursday I had already signed up for CityCycle through ClassPass and would have been charged if I didn't go so I went. I thought I might sweat the fever out. A friend of mine also went. It was her first class and she totally dug it. I decided to skip exercise on Friday and today just to rest up. I'll be back at it on Monday! 


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Food

I've been shopping a big more with Acme Food and Farms and LOVING their offerings. Instead of going out on the weekend, I've been making more food from their offerings and we're eating better and saving money. I've been getting thier locavore boxes and using adding a breakfast or lunch add-on. Sometimes I do a quick and ready. It is all so good! If you'd like to try them, here is a referral link.


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I've also started making soups! I do love Fall because I like to make hearty soups and one of my favorites is Buffalo Chicken Soup


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The Girls

Molly and I continue to walk to school everyday and it's been really nice. We have chats about what is coming up and what she'll do at school. Her school's curriculum night was on Thursday and it was fun to hear from the PTA and see what is going on in her classroom. She has such a loving kindergarten teacher which is just so perfect for her. 


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Molly also had her first ballet drop-off experience. I had a meeting to go to and Scott wasn't home yet so I dropped her off and said that Scott would pick her up at the end. She was so nervous but excited about all of it working out when I got home from my meeting. She's growing up! 

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Other Goings On

The Refined Reads book club met on Friday night and I got to meet Nancy Pearl! I was so excited and she is really a kind woman. I also quite enjoyed her new book, George & Lizzie and the discussion was great. 

Stories Published




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Week in Review 9.23.17

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Scott came home from India on Monday and we were all so excited. He's been slowly getting into the new routine and getting over jet lag. I think we all need a nice quiet weekend at home. I had a lot of writing to get done which was good. It was also a bit stressful since I had a hard time getting people to respond to my requests for images and information. 


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Exercise

I got in 5 
workouts this week - three boot camp classes, a barre3 class with one of my favorite instructors and a really good yoga class. My leg and hip are still bothering me so I'm working on strength and trying to loosen up the muscles. The yoga class this morning was hard on my leg but afterwards felt so wonderful since we really stretched our muscles. 



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I also signed up for the Fall Transformation Program with Sync and I'm so excited. I need a reboot. I have the exercise portion down but need to get back to the heavy veggie lifestyle. Sometimes a reboot is just something one needs. 



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Food

The lunch excitement continues with most of my new ideas being rejected. I did however turn Molly onto tortilla roll-ups so one more fun thing to add to the rotation. She's been really into finishing her leftover lunch when she gets home so I wonder if they say something at lunch about finishing your food at home. 



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I'm also back on my meal prep plan and loving it. I plan to write about how I do it soon. Anyone have anything they want to hear about meal prep and how to do it? 

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The Girls

This week was spent getting used to the routine. The excitement of getting up early for school is slowly wearing off for the kids. I like having a bit more time to get things done but do not really enjoy the 7:00 a.m. to 7:40 a.m rush. I feel a bit like a Drill Sargent. "SHOES!" COAT!" "GO! GO! GO!"



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I also spent last weekend painting the girl's room. When they heard I was going to paint the kitchen, they insisted on jumping the line and having me paint their room purple. Their room hadn't been painted since before Molly was born, over 6 years ago so it was time. It turned out really cute but it was an exhausting feat!



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Other Goings On

There wasn't really much in the "Other Goings On" arena this week as I had a lot of work to get done. We did however meet with our architect and start working on our new basement design. We plan to start work in January and I'm super excited! It is going to be a lot of work but it is going to be so worth it. All I'm excited that it is officially FALL!



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Stories Published


Seattle Refined: A comprehensive guide to all things fall in Seattle 

Seattle Refined: Goodbye summer, hello fall foliage road trips (!!)
Seattle's Child: Get your fitness on with these parent friendly workout classes
 
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