Friday Favorites: Short and Sweet

Oh man, I don’t know about you, but this week kicked my boot-ay!

I am looking forward to some down time and sunshine this weekend!

Here’s a few pictures from the week. . .

Luke and I took a trip to the Zoo. . .

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And then Luke spent a few days at Grandma Way’s house while Scott and I had to work. . .

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Short and sweet. . . Smile 

And with that, I’m off – have a good one!

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Things I’ve googled recently–2

I shared a “Things I’ve googled recently” post back in October and it was fun to share the random things I type into google and then hear craziness from you guys too. . . so here we go again. Smile 

short hairstyles.

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I am *thinking* about cutting my hair short. Some days I am SO over long hair especially with the warmer weather but then I know how much I love and depend on my pony tail and I just can’t decide! haaalp please! 

target weekly ad. . .

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because Sunday. Every Sunday, I sit on the couch and scroll thru the target ad while watching HGTV. #reallife 

are scorpions deadly?

we have some friends who are moving to Arizona and got into a debate about scorpion stings and of course I had to look it up. 

The venom of most scorpions is only potent enough to kill the small insects or animals that they feed on. In fact, the United States has only one type of scorpion that is considered deadly to humans. The Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) is the only deadly scorpionpresent in the U.S.

expedia flight deals. I was really hoping that I could find some cheap tickets to a beach somewhere because I really wanted to take a spur of the moment trip, but no luck. . . Sad smile 

sweet tooth sweet life garbage bread. . .

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I was trying to find this recipe so that I could use up some pizza dough I had on hand. I did my own spin on it with pizza sauce, pepperoni and pineapple <– our favorite pizza toppings. 

plank jack knife – I had to double check that I knew how to do this move when I was doing Becky’s core boot camp workout. Whew, that was hard and amazing. I can’t wait for her to do another one! 

movies in Mankato. I’m always checking out the movies at the local cheap theater in town – they have the best recliner seats and lots of room = perfect for a rambunctious little boy at the movie theater. I am anxiously awaiting Zootopia – I’ve heard it’s really good!

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ideal macro breakdown. I’ve been using My Fitness Pal lately to keep track of my eats and exercise. It gives you a macro breakdown, but I wasn’t sure if the recommended percentages was correct. . .. and they aren’t exactly, from what I’ve found it looks like 40/30/30 carbs/fat/protein is the ideal for building muscle. 

Sia.

Anyone else see her on American Idol? It drove me crazy to not see her whole face. . . I know, I know, it’s all part of her “act” but I couldn’t handle it and had to look her up. 

how long does a 6 pound chicken take to cook? #Easterdinnerproblems. Answer – 20 minutes per pound. 

President Obama oval office. . .

I’m not sure where I heard this, but apparently each president can pick how the oval office is decorated. Some pieces have to stay, but otherwise, they get to decide how it looks and since I am currently watching all the white house shows (West Wing, Madame Secretary, Scandal, House of Cards) and each one shows a slightly different version of the oval office, I was interested to see how the real one looks! 

crocodile monkey song because I have a three four year old. Winking smile

Peyton manning twins.

Did you know that Peyton Manning has twins? And that they are the cutest things ever? 

Your turn – what random things have you googled recently??

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Friday Favorites: Cheesecake!

Hey there – happy Friday! 

While I am not super excited about the weekend. . . it is supposed to be cold, rainy and I have to work, there is just something about Friday that makes it better. And truth be told, I like the rain. My favorite is to sit on the couch and listen to the rain fall. It’s simple and beautiful and soothing. 

Anyway, enough weather talk, right?! 

Friday! 

And that means favorites. . . 

1. Survivor.

Man, I love that show and I love how each season is awesome. Spoiler alert – I cannot believe how many medical evacuations there have been this season. And I felt so bad for Joe, at 71, he was amazing. But I am not sure who I want to win! 

2. Bath time.

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This kid is so funny with his stories and imagination. And while I end up being as wet as him because of splashing and playing, it is the best part of my night. 

3. How to Get Away With Murder – Season 2 on Netflix.

What? Like seriously, what? but it’s so good, I can’t stop watching. . . 

4. This book.

One of the best ones I’ve read in a while. It sucked me in from the first chapter. It would be a great summer on the beach read. 

5. This cheesecake is happening this weekend. And I cannot wait. 

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Want a super easy dessert that takes literally 5 minutes to mix up? So, this is a spin on the classic Philadelphia cheesecake recipe, but fits into a 9 inch pre-made graham cracker crust. If you follow the original recipe – you end up with enough for 2+ crusts.

Ingredients:
9- inch pre-made graham cracker crust
2 pkgs cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 t vanilla

Directions:
Mix all together, pour into crust. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45-50 minutes. Chill in fridge for at least an hour and enjoy!

And with that, I’m off – have a good one!

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BODYPUMP 97 {review}

So, as you all know, I am a Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor and I teach a few times a week at  the YMCA in Mankato!

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Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this release yet! I’ve been teaching it for the past month.

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And if I had to use one word to describe it – challenging!

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I thought that it was tough at the beginning and would get easier over the past month and OMG, it hasn’t. Not. at. all. That shoulder track – just about kills me every time. The chest track – whoa burning pecs!!

The theme for this release. . . “But did you DIE though?!”

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Anyway, here’s the whole review

#1: Warm up – “Scars”

meh. it’s not my favorite warm up song ever. I really really don’t like how the music just doesn’t seem to match up with the single rows and single clean and presses. But, it gets the job done. 

#2: Squats – “Derp”

6 minutes and 17 seconds of legs. And it’s awesome. I love that it is a mix of all counts and not just a ton of bottom halves. While bottom halves are awesome, I feel like the other counts, especially the 1/1/2 is really where it’s at for quad isolation. And while I wish they would bring back squat tracks with lyrics, I do really like this song and the beat. 

#3: Chest – “Generation Day”

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OMG. This track is TOUGH. Bottom 8’s? Craziness. Those fast bottom 4 pulses are killer too. My pecs are toast every time I teach this one. I love that it is so challenging because I use it to remind my class to focus on form and utilizing their whole body to be successful – shoulders down and next to the spine, core engaged, low back flat to the bench, feet flat on the floor in set position stance. 

#4: Back – “Dark Skies”

So, I like the challenge of 8 clean and presses but this one just isn’t my favorite. I get bored. I do like the challenge of adding weight after the second set to really up the intensity of the last set. 

#5: Triceps – “Waiting for Love”

Love this one. Love the song, love the track. I think the combo of extension/press/push ups and overheads is perfection. You hit the triceps at every angle and keep it going until the end. The song is really fun to sing along to! 

#6: Biceps – “We Don’t Run

Another winner. This song is perfect to build that fitness magic. And I love the combo of 1/3 and 3 pulses.

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#7:  Lunges – “How Deep is your Love”

While I like this song, and I think the 8 pulses are a great challenge, this one is just meh for me. I will be coming back to teach it at times because it is a good leg burner. 

#8: Shoulders – “Bumble Bee”

I die. Every time. The combo of 4 overheads with 4 push presses. Whew. That second set is always super tough. And then my deltoids feel like I got a tetanus shot. holy soreness. But if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. right? So, ever though it is super tough and I am slightly concerned that my arms might fall off, I still love it. However, the song isn’t my favorite. . . 

#9: Core – “Young & Stupid”

Yes. Good, fun song. Good mix of core moves. Love working the obliques + pulse crunches. 

#10: Cool down – “Purple”

No. Just nope. I hate this song. I will probably not teach it again. Just isn’t for me. But after a tough class like this one, I’d probably be happy cooling down to nails on a chalkboard because that means we are done. #truth 

Overall, I thought this was a really solid release. Challenging! I liked the 8 bottom halves in the chest track and the 8 clean and presses in the back track. New challenges with the same moves.  

But, I’m not going to lie, I am already looking forward to getting the music for 98 in a few weeks (after doing it at the SuperQ, I am extra excited!)

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and I can’t believe that BP100 is coming soon!! 

Have you done BP97??? What did you think?

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Weekending. . . Mother’s Day

Hey there – happy Tuesday!

I’m just popping in quick before work to share some pictures from the weekend. . .

We spent Friday at my Mom’s house. We made good progress and finished cleaning out the garage!

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The lilacs were in bloom, so I made sure to take Scott down to Summit Ave for a run thru them. . . there is about a half mile where you can run with lilacs on both sides and the scent is amazing!

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Saturday morning started with BODYPUMP. And we had to celebrate Brad’s birthday!

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and then we went and checked out some of the new home construction on the Mankato Tour of Homes. Lots of cool houses and fun ideas.

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And ice cream.

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Mother’s Day was super low key.

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A cute card from Luke.

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And dinner with Scott’s family.

Early bedtime for the win. Smile

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Friday Favorites: Extra time

Happy Friday!!! Smile

I have the day off from work today so I am extra excited about the weekend. We are headed up to the cities today to spend some time working at my Mom’s house to get her ready to move. . . she is going to be selling her house in the city and moving up to the Lake place full time! It’s a big change but I think it’s a really good one for her. Anyway, my Mom and Dad have lived in that house since I was in 6th grade, so needless to say, there is a lot of stuff to go thru. Last time I was there, I found my prom dresses from high school! So. many. memories.

Other plans for the weekend include teaching BODYPUMP, going on the Mankato Builder Association Tour of Homes, and dinner with Scott’s family on Mother’s Day. 

And now on to my favorites from the week. . . 

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Getting a sneak peek at our family photos from last weekend. Love them!! 

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Extra time with Luke. . . poor guy got strep again this week, so he and I had a few days together while he was out of school. Thankfully, he’s doing much better and being a total trooper about his medicine which he does not like! 

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And for Netflix. Luke had to come to work with me for the morning and thanks to Chuggington, he was happy as a clam to sit next to me for the morning.

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Sunshine and warm days. 

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Facebook memories. <love>

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Teaching pump. I just love it. The members energy. The music. The workout. It’s just awesome. I went back to 96 this week and it’s been a good one!

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And with that, I’m off – have a good one!

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34th birthday wish list. . .

My poor husband.

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The guy has to get me something for Mother’s Day, my birthday (May 26th) and our anniversary (June 7th) all within 6 weeks of each other.

He’s usually pretty smart and asks for a list. . . he is also super good at listening and remembering, so he’s had some good “off the list” presents too. 

I love to see what other people are buying/getting or just on their wish list. . . so I thought I’d share what’s on my Mother’s Day/birthday/anniversary or just Happy Thursday to me list. . . Smile 

Kate Spade purses. . .

I am in love with this one (in black)

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and this one (in pink). . .

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Leather strap watch. . .  Fossil has nice ones 

like this one.

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or this one.

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Feetures. . . aka my favorite socks ever.

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Couch pillows to match our ottoman 

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New workout gear. . .a girl always needs more. Smile 

like my favorite shorts ever.

Tracker Short IV

Super simple tank with a little peekaboo in the back.

Salute The Sun Singlet II HBJC 2

This is my all time favorite scarf and while I’d love to own it in every color, it’s a bit too spendy. . . which makes it a really nice birthday present!

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Panera gift card. Because Panera and it has a drive thru. Winking smile 

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A gift card for a facial. Oh man, I looooove facials but I hardly ever get them because I have a hard time justifying the cost . ..  so it would be a nice treat!

A trip to fro yo with Lukie. Smile 

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This shirt. So cute, right?

"DOGS" Women's Basic T-Shirt

What’s on your current wish list??

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Les Mills SuperQ

On Saturday, I drove up to the cities with my friend and fellow BODYPUMP instructor, Chris, to attend the Les Mills Super Q! And it was so. much. fun.

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A Super Quarterly is a day jam-packed with massive workouts, great education, and hundreds of fellow Les Mills Tribe members.

We started the day getting checked in and getting some new gear – a Reebok towel, water bottle and sweat wrist band.

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Then, we choose our spots for BODYPUMP and snagged some pictures with the Les Mills Instructor team. .. They were all super friendly, nice and fun to talk to!

Chris and I with Jeremiah.

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60 second selfie challenge. . .

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Pump time! I’m super excited for 98 to come out. Triceps were super fun and biceps were killer!

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Next I took BODYFLOW. And man, those instructors were bendy. Winking smile 

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Up next – CXWORKS. OMG – my new favorite of the day. A 30 minute total core workout. It was fun, the time went quick and it was super effective. And the boys teaching weren’t too bad to look at either. . .

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Then, I sweated it out on the bike with RPM. Les Mills never disappoints. Good, heart pumping music and a great workout.

Had to grab a pic with Sanna afterwards. . .

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Finished the day with GRIT – Strength with Adam.

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And all I have to say is the burpee challenge at the end is equal parts fun, challenging and evil!

It was an inspiring day to say the least. If you are a Les Mills instructor or fan, I highly recommend attending an event like this, you won’t regret it!

What were you up to this weekend??

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Friday Favorites: Rain, Legos and Candles

Hey! Happy Friday. I am super pumped for this weekend because tomorrow I am spending the day at the Les Mills Quarterly in Minneapolis. I’m most excited to take a pump class from the “pros” and check out two new to me LM classes – CXWORX and RPM! 

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Here are a few of my favorites from this week.. .  

It’s been rainy all week here in MN and instead of getting depressed, I made the most of it with come couch time + hot chocolate + fireplace on.

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Also, there is something about listening to the rain that is really nice. One of my favorite sounds. 

Playing Legos.

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I never got into legos much when I was younger, but Luke got a bunch of sets for his birthday so we have been working together to put some together.

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It is so much fun to see him work thru the instructions (or as he calls them “the constructions”) and be excited when we have a finished product. 

This image popped up on my Facebook feed this week and I shared it but I wanted to post it here too. ..

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when I think back to before AdvoCare and spending so much $$$ on coffee, I just shake my head and then smile, because I’m happy that I’ve found something that is so much better. PS – Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good caramel latte, but I’m not buying them every day now! 

This laugh. 25 funny parenting tweets. Yes to #2, #11, #16, #17 (SO true!!), and #18 #truth 

Candle sale at Bath and Body Works.

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Yup, I totally have a BBW candle problem. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Use code MORESPRING for an additional 25% off!!

And with that, I’m off – have a good one!

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A Pirate Pizza Party: Luke’s 4th birthday

On Saturday, we had 24 family and friends over to celebrate Luke’s 4th birthday.

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Laura’s dog Sadie was into the pirate theme too. .  .

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He wanted it to be a pirate party. And really wanted everyone to have swords, eye patches, and compasses. And a huge thank you to my sister, Laura, for making this cute sign!

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And a pirate ship cake with a pirate and a shark. Smile 

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Since the weather was going to be so beautiful – sunny and 72 – on Saturday, I decided to have some fun with activities in the backyard. And thank goodness for Pinterest for giving me some fun kid activity ideas.

I made a station with baking soda + vinegar colored with food coloring. When the vinegar hits the baking soda, it fizzes. This one was a huge hit with the kids.

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It was fun for Aunt Jenny too..  .

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They also had fun with sword fights. . .

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and walking “the plank”

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party fun.  ..

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Aunt Laura did pirate tattoos.

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Grandma Mary got in on the sword fights. . .

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And Luke pouted for a few minutes that it wasn’t time yet to open his presents. . . #beingfourishard

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I also made “moon sand” = mixed cornstarch and hair gel. And added black and pinto beans for “rocks”. Add in some dollar store toys = fun for hours.

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Scott and his family. . .

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Finally. . . time for presents.

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And then the best game of all. . . Laura and I filled up balloons with little toys and candy from the dollar store and then the kids got to pop the balloons to get the treats out. Oh man, they had a blast and it was hilarious!

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Cake!

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Such a fun day. We are so thankful to have so many friends and family that love Luke and came to celebrate with us!

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