Weekend vibes at the Lake

Oh what a weekend!

We were back at the Lake this weekend. And I want to go back! I cannot believe that the next time we will be at the Lake, it will be the end of summer for Labor Day ..  . seriously, where did summer go?

Speaking of time going way too fast, how is this baby 8 months old?! Somebody hold me.

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Anyway.. .  back to the Lake weekend.

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Playing cards with Aunt Jenny.

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Boat time.

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Doing “kung fu” in the new PJs Aunt Jenny and Aunt Laura brought from China.

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Hanging on the dock.

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On Saturday, we headed to Camp Manitou (the YMCA camp that I attended when I was younger). . . we got to do crafts (make bracelets)

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Check out the camp.

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Go on a war canoe

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And make s’mores!

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There were sink baths. . .

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And more boat time

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and nap time.

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and ice cream cones

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And when I downloaded my pictures form the weekend. . . I found a nice montage from Luke. Winking smile 

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Happy Monday friends!

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Weekend at the Lake with Magic Cookie bars {recipe}

*This post is sponsored by Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

This past weekend, we headed to the Lake for some time with friends.

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We had lots of talking, laughing, swimming, and time in the boat.

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I was recently sent some Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk to try in a recipe and share on the blog.

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I knew this was the perfect weekend to try my Mother in law’s recipe for magic cookie bars.

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And you guys, they are SO good!

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Magic Cookie Bars {recipe inspired by my MIL – Way}

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup each: white, milk and semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In 9×13 pan, sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over melted butter, combine and pat into bottom of pan
3. Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk evenly over crust
4. Top with chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans
5. Press down gently
6. Bake for ~25 minutes until lightly browned.
7. Cool completely and serve.
8. Accept compliments. Smile 

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And I already cannot wait for our Lake weekend next year!

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I’m still alive! Alternatively titled: Life as a #boymom. . . nothing gets done

Hey! How are you?? How’s the summer going? Can you believe that it is already the second week of August? Time. slow. down.

Also, you know what else I can’t believe? That I have an almost 8 month old and an almost kindergartener. someone hold me.

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Life has been life. and it’s been pretty wonderful. and busy. these days if I’m not doing something for Jake, I’m doing something with Luke and in between going to work, doing laundry, making dinner, teaching BODYPUMP, running, etc. Oh, and occasionally sleeping. Winking smile 

But it’s nice to check back in on the blog and reflect on life recently. . .

We’ve been soaking up family runs.

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Ice cream cones.

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Time at the Lake.

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And this boy and his smiles. heart. melting.

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And please send help. . . he is already crawling, pulling to stand and furniture surfing!

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I’m still teaching BODYPUMP 3x per week and CXWORX on Fridays. Working on getting my guns back. Winking smile 

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And soaking in the last days of summer before Luke starts kindergarten in September!

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While I can’t promise anything. . . I am hoping to start to get back to posting regularly again. So, with that, I’m off to pick up Luke from day camp at the YMCA. I took vacation time last week and this week to spend with the boys while daycare is closed, so this afternoon we are headed to the park and maybe for some fro yo!

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Living Life!

Hey!!

Happy Friday. Smile 

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I am pumped up o endorphins from teaching PUMP/CX this morning at the YMCA! And I have the day off work. And we are busy packing up to head to the Lake for the weekend. It’s a good day!

I didn’t mean to disappear for the last month. . . as you can imagine, two kids + full time job + summer running + teaching BODYPUMP + life = busy!!

And honestly, it’s been the same things over here. . .

Jake is getting bigger. 6 months old already!

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I’m still teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX twice per week at the YMCA.

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Summer trips to the Lake.

Family runs. We bought another BOB running stroller. .. Scott pushes Jake and I push our 50 pound 5 year old. *We are working on Luke riding his bike with us instead of riding in the stroller!

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Scott and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary!

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Luke is still an amazing big brother.

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And Abby’s a pretty good big sister. Winking smile 

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So, if you need me, you know where you can find me. Smile 

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Have a great weekend!!

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Memorial Day Weekend & turning 35!

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. .. we were at the Lake – it. was. wonderful.

Just thought I’d pop in and share a little life update and weekend recap.

We’ve been enjoying the spring sunshine.

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And this stuff is amazing. I love it on avocado toast or hard boiled eggs.

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Loving that we live just a few blocks from the boys’ school.

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My new favorite flavor!

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Luke and Mom movie date.

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sometimes you just have to nap. . . in the middle of the house.

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Making cookies with my boys.

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Luke is such a great big brother.

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5 months old!

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Feeling the love with a birthday cupcake.

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And a Caribou gift card from my favorite girls.

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My 35th birthday started out with birthday BODYPUMP.

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And dinner with my family and sisters at Red Robin. Yum! Smile

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Followed by ice cream!

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And then we headed to the Lake for the weekend.

Doughnuts!

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First boat ride.

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Time on the dock.

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And <love> with #gopackgo

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Time to get ready for work! Hope you had a great one. Smile

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Disney World Tips

Here it is. My BIG Disney World tips post.

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**disclaimer: this is just my own thoughts and tips after our very first trip to Disney World with two young kids.

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Before your trip:

1. You can make dinner reservations 180 days in advance, so as soon as you book your trip, get on My Disney and book away!

2. If you can swing it, I would highly recommend staying at a Disney property. We stayed at the Grand Floridian and it was so beneficial.

*If you stay at a Disney resort, they will provide transportation to and from the airport

*They will take your luggage from the airport directly to your hotel room.

*If you stay at the Grand Floridian, you are one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, literally about a 3 minute ride.

*Free transportation to any of the parks. We took a bus to Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs.

*You can book fast passes 60 days in advance. Fast passes are basically a cut to the front of the long line by getting in the shorter line.  You can pick three fast passes per day at the park. These are HUGE TIME SAVERS if you pick the right rides/attractions.  You sign up for a fast pass time on the My Disney Experience (either website or phone app). You have an hour window to use the fast pass. There is actually a 5 minute lag either way, so if you’re fast pass is from 2-3, you can get on from 1:55- 3:05.

On your trip:

1. IMHO, only plan for one park per day. I think the park hopper tickets would be a waste of money with young kids.

2. Plan for a rest day. It’s hot in Florida. The pool is a great place to spend the day and rest your feet.  Smile

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3. Bring snacks.

4. Plan to spend a ton of money on food and for it to not be good. Seriously, the food was awful and super spendy. *Dessert from the candy store at Magic Kingdom was the exception* Character buffets are worth it to be able to sit down in air conditioning and get something to eat while meeting all the characters. We did one with Cinderella and one with Winnie the Pooh and I would recommend both for the experience, not the food. . . I will say that Luke seemed to enjoy the food and they definitely did a great job catering to the kids with mac and cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets, etc.

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5. We usually made one food reservation per day and then ate snacks or stopped for a quick bite to eat along the way.

6. Plan ahead for what/when you’ll eat. .. or at least think ahead. Lines tend to be super long so if you wait until you are already hangry, it’s not going to be fun to wait another 20+ minutes before you get food once you decide where you are going to eat. . .

Decide ahead of time if you are going to do signature books for Characters to sign and/or pin trading.. . and come prepared. We didn’t know about signature books for the characters to sign, so we missed out on that one. We got some pins for Luke to trade on our last day and he LOVED it. I wish we would have gotten him started sooner, and I wish we would have bought some ahead of time to trade as they are pretty spendy in the park.

All of our character visits were worth the wait. We tried to fast pass most of them, but they were really the highlight of the trip.  Other fast pass suggestions for Magic Kingdom:

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight
  2. Jungle Cruise
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean

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Another highlight, the Safari ride in Animal Kingdom – so cool! Try to do it early in the morning when the animals are most active. .. and fast pass it!

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Beware of FOMO. You can’t, won’t and shouldn’t try to do it all in one trip/day. Seriously, you could drive yourself nuts because every time you turn around something new or different is going on in front of the castle or down main street. My best tip is to just enjoy the trip. Take your time and soak it in, and just stick to one or two areas per day.

I wasn’t sure what the dress code is for Disney. . . I went for the comfortable Lululemon route and would highly recommend that to anyone. Comfortable tennis shoes are a must!

If you have a young baby, Disney has a Baby Center in each park. They have a quiet room for nursing, changing tables, a place to mix up formula and warm up bottles. They also have a room for the bigger kids to watch a movie or read books while Mom and Dad are taking care of the baby.

We carried around a backpack for all the things we would need while at the park. We had sunscreen, a small first aid kit with band aids and Advil, water bottles, snacks (granola bars, applesauce packets, fruit snacks), backup phone charger, supplies for Jake (light blanket, diaper, wipes, bottles, etc.)

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Random suggestion for parents with kids – have a souvenir rule and prep kids ahead of time. Scott and I decided that Luke could pick out one souvenir per day. We prepped him for that rule ahead of time. So, no melt downs or fights while we were there because he knew the expectation and rule ahead of time.

It is a truly magical place. Enjoy it and enjoy watching the kids soak it all in!

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Friday Favorites–Carrot juice and spring weather

Happy Friday!

I have lots of happy endorphins from my PUMP/CX class this morning!

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I’m also super excited to be heading up to the cities to spend the day with my sister. We are shopping, eating and going to see Wicked!!

Finally, I am on Day 10 of an AdvoCare 24 day challenge. I have a love/hate relationship with the fiber drink. . . don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad, but after doing it for 10 days, I’m ready for a break. . . and for max phase! Smile

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Otherwise, I’ve been enjoying my last few weeks of working a part time schedule hanging with my boys. . .

Legos and snuggling are my life.

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And carrot juice. My fav combo – carrots, apples and lemon.

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Just hanging.

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4 months old!! time. slow. down.

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that face. seriously.

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Running in the sunshine.

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Practicing letters for Kindergarten. Seriously, someone hold me. Winking smile

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Trip to the park.

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Evening stroll.

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#perfection

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Alright, I’m off to shower and get ready for the day!

Hope you have a great Friday and an awesome weekend! Whatcha up to??

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Life Photo Dump

Happy Monday!

Life has been crazy busy, awesome and passing in the blink of an eye right now. . . How is Jake 4 months old??

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Because it’s been so busy, I haven’t had the chance to blog as much as I would like. . . and so I have a bunch of pictures on my iPhone that I haven’t shared. . .

So, quick life recap via photos today!

Caribou coffee date.

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Trying to take a family selfie. . . #fail. Winking smile

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Loving spring weather running with my little man.

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His little face makes me so happy.

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Post-run snuggles.

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You can never have enough baby snuggles.

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Abby agrees..  .

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Loving tummy time.

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Luke always wants Jake to be involved in all activities.

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Teaching PUMP/CX combo on Friday mornings.

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My boys.

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Easter Eggs!

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#truth

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When my Dad died, my friends from the YMCA, gave me the beautiful gift of a tree planted in his honor at a local park. So, when my family was in town for Luke’s birthday, we planted a beautiful maple tree.

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the end. Smile

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5!

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And just like that my first baby boy is 5 years old. . .

He turned 5 on Easter Sunday. .. so we had a family birthday celebration.

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We spent the day building his new Legos and checking out his new Ninja Turtle bike. . . hoping those training wheels can come off this summer!

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Then, last weekend, Luke had his birthday party at the YMCA. It was a superhero theme. They made superhero masks, played games and played in the pool.

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And finally, on Sunday, both families came over for a family birthday party. . .

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My family.

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Scott’s family.

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and Luke’s third birthday cake (batman, superhero and transformers). . . he’s one lucky kid!

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Life. slow. down.

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5!

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And just like that my first baby boy is 5 years old. . .

He turned 5 on Easter Sunday. .. so we had a family birthday celebration.

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We spent the day building his new Legos and checking out his new Ninja Turtle bike. . . hoping those training wheels can come off this summer!

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Then, last weekend, Luke had his birthday party at the YMCA. It was a superhero theme. They made superhero masks, played games and played in the pool.

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And finally, on Sunday, both families came over for a family birthday party. . .

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My family.

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Scott’s family.

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and Luke’s third birthday cake (batman, superhero and transformers). . . he’s one lucky kid!

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Life. slow. down.

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