Family Vacation–Siesta Key

Hey! Happy Sunday. . . we are getting ready to pack up and head back to MN from Florida. We’ve been in Siesta Key for the past week enjoying warmer weather and beach time.

I thought I’d pop in to share some pictures!

View from our condo. . .

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Beach!

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Jake’s first time in the ocean (gulf)

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Baby flip flops

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Beach runs, sunsets and naps

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The best caramel latte from Buddy Brew Coffee (seriously, on my top 5 best ever list!), enjoying it while at my medical conference lecture (the reason we went to Florida)

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Sharing.

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Meanies Mini Donuts <—must have if you go to Siesta Key

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Beach time

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Gorgeous sunsets

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Pool swimming

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Perfection during nap time

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Mini golf fun

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And feeding the gators

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Beach pictures <love>

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And now wish me luck on our 3 hour flight back home with an 11 month old. Winking smile

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Thankful

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

We had lunch with Scott’s family yesterday. . .

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And I’m feeling pretty darn thankful for both of my turkeys.

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Also, I’m just thankful for our every day memories. . .

Having lunch with Luke at school.

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Jake falling asleep while eating dinner {something that Luke never did!}

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Playing at the Children’s Museum

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Teaching BODYPUMP 

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Fun with Aunt Jenny at Underwater World at MOA

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This.

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And these. . . living in these slippers from Target. Love the price tag too!

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And living in these out of the house.  ..  <—25% off right now with code Thankful

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And decorating the Christmas tree as a family this morning.

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my heart is happy.

hope you had a great thanksgiving with the ones you love.

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Life update–10 months, 13 years and Pumpkin everything!

Man, life is crazy these days! Two kids is no joke!!

I’ve been meaning to check in for a while. . . but life kept happening.

So, here is a quick picture post of our life lately. . .

Finally a haircut after 10 months!

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Pumpkin Everything season. + a fun package from Krusteaz.

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Fun (?) at the Pumpkin Patch

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#momlife

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Current favorite thing

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Oh the cuteness. . . I cannot wait until Halloween!

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Abby turned 13!

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Do me a favor and buy these muffins. They are so yummy! Seriously, a batch in our house lasts less than 24 hours. . . 5 year old, husband and baby approved!   Thanks again to Krusteaz for sending them!

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Just a typical night. . .

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Halloween trick or treat event

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Spectating the Mankato Marathon

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And 10 months old!!

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Still soaking in all the baby snuggles I can!

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Now, off to fold a load of laundry and get Luke over to swim lessons. Smile 

Hope you have a great night!!

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Friday Favorites–Goodr, Zella, Spark

Happy Friday. . . of Labor Day weekend <—seriously, how??

We are headed to the Lake. . . looking forward to fruit pizza, swimming, and family time. Smile

I thought I’d pop in today to share a few of my recent favorites. . . Friday favorites are always my favorite posts to write and read!

Ever since my previous running sunglasses decided to take a swim in the lake. . . I’ve been looking for a new pair.  .. that won’t break the bank. I’d love to splurge on a pair of Oakleys. . . but I just can’t do it. Thank goodness, a friend told me about Goodr running sunglasses! They were sold out when I first heard about them, so, I preordered these cute pink ones!

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Cherry spark. OMG you guys. It’s like drinking a cherry popsicle. While I don’t think anything can beat fruit punch as my favorite flavor, this is a really really close second!

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Zella leggings. So, in my closet, I have lululemon, Athleta and Fabletics leggings. And to be honest, I love them all. But, I have another pair to add to the list. Zella are comfortable, figure flattering and cute! I snagged two pairs at the Nordstrom sale.

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S’mores blondies. These are the ultimate summer BBQ dessert. I have made 3 batches in the last month. So good.

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And super easy to make. And do yourself a favor and buy the box of graham cracker crumbs vs making your own. Total game changer. Smile

This book. <—but only if you want to cry big alligator tears

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Hope you have a great weekend!! What are you up to??

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MN State Fair–2017

On Monday, we went to the Great MN get-together!

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Luke has been every year and this was Jake’s first year.

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We had perfect weather and a great day hanging out as a family.

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But. . . the real reason we go, is the food!

Here are the highlights. . .

#1. Pie in the Sky sundae. From the Dairy Building.

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A sweet and tart mix of crunchy, spiced “airplane” cookies and lemon curd, topped with dark chocolate drizzle and served with vanilla ice cream as a sundae or malt.

#2. Mini Sconuts

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Buttermilk scone holes filled with chocolate, marshmallow and Nutella®, deep-fried and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar

#3. Cashew salted nut roll

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#4. Mini cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

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#5. Cheese curds #fairstaple

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#6. Luke’s ice cream cone

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#7. Scott’s vanilla and mint milk shake from the dairy barn #yum

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And if you go to the fair, do me a favor and take a pass on these. . .

#1. corn dog – just meh.

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#2. Honey puffs <-new fair food this year, but not worth it.

Deep-fried dough balls crispy outside and sweet inside, tossed in a sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

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And we had fun wandering around. . .

riding in style. . .

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Sharing his ice cream cone with Babe the Blue Ox.

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Giant slide. . . Luke and I are on the far right. . .

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Baby nap time

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Building at the Home Depot barn

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My boys. . .

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Already looking forward to next year! And having another Pie in the Sky Sundae! Smile

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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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