Vegas {recap}

Hey! Happy Monday. I am trying to adjust to the time change with a 3 year old that got up at 8am central time, when my body is still on 6am Las Vegas time. . . Early bedtime for our house tonight!

Just stopping in quick on Monday afternoon to share some pictures from our long weekend in Vegas!

We took a morning flight on Thursday and got in about lunch time.


And wasted no time hitting up the pool.



And getting drinks.


We stayed at the Bellagio. The view of the fountains and the strip were amazing.


We didn’t have any plans before we went, other than I was in town for a medical conference, so I had my conference every morning and then had the afternoon/evenings free to hang out.

We explored.


Ate dessert.


Saw Penn and Teller.


And hung out with them after the show.


Breakfast at the best place ever – Mon Ami Gabi.


Their blueberry French toast is amazing.


Laura gave up on the last day. . .


It was hard to say good bye.


And I want to wish Sadie (Laura’s puppy) a very happy 3rd birthday. . . doesn’t she look thrilled? Winking smile 


Hope you are having a great start to your week!

What were you up to this weekend??


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Friday Favorites: Vegas!

Hi! Happy Friday from Las Vegas.


I’m in town for a medical conference this weekend. And Scott and Laura decided to tag along for a fun weekend.


Off to learn lots, soak up some sun, eat some good food and enjoy this amazing view from our room at the Bellagio. Smile


Have a great weekend!

Plans for the weekend? Any suggestions for things to do in Vegas??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Coffee Date–October 2015

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you. . .


*That my Dad is doing pretty good. We had a pretty big scare in July where he had a fungal infection that took the sight in his left eye but thankfully, if didn’t extend to his right eye or his brain. He’s been home for the past month working on recovery. He has to clear this fungal infection completely and get stronger to be considered for a bone marrow transplant that will hopefully cure the leukemia. While he is still having some bad days, most days are good and we are hopeful that transplant will be happening soon. 

*that life has been c.r.a.z.y. like whoa.

As you may remember, I moved to Wisconsin in February for a new job. And the plan was for Scott to move a few months later. . . well, that didn’t happen.

Scott was offered a big promotion at his job – something he’s been working towards for the past 8 years – and well, we decided that he just couldn’t down this amazing opportunity.

So, we changed plans again. I looked for a new job back in Minnesota. And thankfully, found one that I am super excited about.. . I’m still going to be working for Mayo Health System, but switching from practicing traditional family medicine to urgent care.


So, I’ve officially quit my job in Wisconsin and accepted this new position in Minnesota. But transitioning for physicians is a slow process, and I won’t be starting in my new job until later this month.

*I’m the most sad about leaving my sisters and not being within a 15 minute drive of their house. It has been so wonderful having Luke spend extra time with his aunts and I seriously almost start crying when I think about taking him away from that. 


*And we bought (another) house. Unfortunately, we figured out all the job stuff AFTER we sold our Minnesota house . . . that we just build last year. sadness. But, thankfully, we found another house and closed on that a few weeks ago. It’s a smaller/older home than what we’ve had in the past, but I think it will be a good home for our family for a few years.

Scott is busy working on some updates after work each night. BTW – he is amazing.


The projects that he can take on and do around the house are astonishing. I am so lucky to have him (for more than just his home improvement skills. Winking smile)

*Our current house in Wisconsin is on the market. Fingers crossed it sells quickly. 


*We found a new school for Luke that I am hoping he loves. I am sad that we have to transition him from another town/school/house but thankfully, he seems to be so easy going and as long as we are together as a family, he goes with the flow. 


*Oh and did I tell you that Luke is finally potty trained. Hallelujah. I’ve tried a few times over the past year or so and he never seemed very interested and so I didn’t push it. Finally, when I was on leave for my surgery, I decided that enough was enough and I didn’t want to buy diapers anymore (geez those things are spendy!). And thankfully, he was ready. Still working on nighttime to be 100% but all things considered with our crazy life right now, I’m calling it a win. Smile 

*I am so thankful for our supportive families and the fact that I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. So, while the past few months haven’t been the most ideal, that’s ok, it’s called life and it’s supposed to be crazy sometimes, right?


Anyway. . . now that I’ve been talking for-ev-er, what’s new with you?

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!


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little steps

I came across this quote last week at the gym and it just clicked. . .


Life isn’t made up of big steps. . . it’s a bazillion little steps/decisions that we make every day.

And little decisions can – over time – lead to big changes. . . in health, happiness and everything in between.

Cheers to the little steps!


And congratulations to the giveaway winners:

For Krusteaz Breakfast giveaway – Lorraine!

And Adora Calcium giveawayKelsey!


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Weekend Update: Klinger’s Family Farm

Hi! Gosh, it was such a good weekend, I don’t even mind that it’s Monday. Smile 

Family, friends, a Packers win. You can’t ask for much more!

I kicked off the weekend trying one of Starbucks new fall drinks. . . the Graham latte. Eh, it was just ok. It seemed to be missing something. . .


I also kicked off the weekend teaching 2! BODYPUMP classes. One was the kick off of 95 – amazing!

And then a 4 mile run with my friend, Sue, who was in town!


After that, it was a quick trip to Target and then some couch time (with Prison Break – onto season 4) to recover.

Then, up to the Lake for a family dinner.


And Aunt Jenny got major bonus points when she brought cupcakes for dessert.


Then, my Dad got out the guitar to play some songs for Luke.


On Sunday, Luke and I headed to Klinger’s Family Farm for some fall fun.

There was a duck race.


A hay bale jump.


A huge pumpkin – 740 pounds!



Then, we snuggled on the couch and watched the Packers play.

Followed by a family walk.


And ended the evening with some hot apple cider – one of my favs!

And now, off to work. Smile

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend??

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


Filed under body pump, Lake, Luke, Recap, Running, weekend update

Friday Favorites: Fall!

Friday happy dance. We made it. #boom

I am looking forward to a low key weekend with no plans (other than launching BP95 on Saturday morning!) and nothing that HAS to be done. Usually when the weekend rolls around I have a to do list of everything I didn’t get done during the week or needs to get done before the next week starts. . . and this weekend, there is NO list. Hallelujah. Winking smile There are a few things I’d like to do – some baking, the Farmer’s Market, watching Prison Break, take Luke to the park, but it is just nice to not have to do anything too.

Back with some Friday Favorites this week. . .


Running with Luke. I pushed him in the jogging stroller for our run together and then he wanted to run with me at the end. . . so we ran the last 1/4 mile together! And I am loving the fall running weather!!


Reading books to Luke that are from my childhood.


Panera Autumn Squash Soup. <love>


These apple cheesecake bars. I think I am going to have to make them this weekend. They are a bit more work than I usually put into making bars, but sooooo good.


Fall decorations.


A quick shout out to my husband. He’s been working so hard lately for our family (more details about this next week) but I just want him to know how much I appreciate all his hard work and I know it will all be worth it in the end.

And don’t forget to enter my two giveaways going on right now – Krusteaz Breakfast giveaway AND Adora Calcium Supplement giveaway!

Your turn! Current favorites from the week? Plans for the weekend?

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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National Women’s Health & Fitness Day {Adora Calcium giveaway}

Ummm happy National Women’s Health and Fitnes Day?

Ya, I didn’t know that was a day either.

But, as a general rule, I am a fan of women, health and fitness. . .  so why not celebrate. Smile

I am partnering with Adora Calcium supplements to help “celebrate” the day. You might not know this about me, but I don’t drink milk unless it is in latte or milkshake form. ..


I just don’t like the taste. . . so, it is super important to me to get in my calcium every day. I love cheese and yogurt and ice cream, so I’m not too worried about it, but as a doctor, I know how important calcium and vitamin D are to bone health! I really really really don’t like taking pills and love love love eating chocolate so Adora Calcium supplements are perfect for me.


I love to eat one after dinner for a little treat – because who doesn’t love to end their night with chocolate, right? And you guys, they are SO good, you won’t even know that you are getting all your daily requirements of calcium and vitamin D. Win. Win.

And get this – they are made by a chocolatier with over 130 years of experience, plus each serving is only 30 calories and has no GMOs.

AND I had a giveaway for you guys!!

Adora has generously offered to send 1 (US residents only) R4C reader some Adora Calcium supplements!

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to get in your required daily calcium intake.

2 –> Follow Adora and Running4Cupcakes on Twitter.

3 –> Follow Adora and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win yummy chocolate calcium from @AdoraCalcium and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on October 3rd, 2015 and I’ll announce the winner shortly after.  Good luck!


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Brinner with Krusteaz {+giveaway}

Anyone else love breakfast for dinner? Or Brinner?

Serioulsy, it’s one of my favorites.

Easy, quick, delicious, kid friendly. Winner winner breakfast dinner.

Luke is in l.o.v.e with pancakes lately. And he loves to help in the kitchen.


So, when Krusteaz approached me about doing a review of their pancake mixes for their breakfast night program, I honestly couldn’t say yes fast enough.


For Krusteaz, every Wednesday night is Breakfast Night, where the family can spend quality time together and enjoy a meal that’s easy, familiar, and delicious.


{amen to that!}

And you guys, breakfast night couldn’t be any easy than with Krusteaz products. Their mixes are complete and all you have to do is add water, mix and cook.

And thankfully, I have the perfect 3 year old helper.





And EAT. Smile


And Krusteaz  has offered to do a giveaway for R4C readers –>

Giveaway includes Krusteaz mixes: Buttermilk pancake, Belgian waffle, Blueberry pancake, and wild blueberry muffin. PLUS a squeeze bottle, a spatula and a coupon for free product.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which pancake mix you would be most excited to make!

2 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Instagram.

3 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win an amazing breakfast night prize pack from @Krusteaz and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on October 4th, 2015  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!


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Weekend Update–short and sweet

Monday already? How did that happen?? I’m headed off to work in a few minutes, but wanted to pop in quick and share a few pictures from our short and sweet weekend. . .

Fun times with Grandpa Tom. Luke thought his physical therapy bands were pretty cool. . .


And Dad did some lifting. . .


Kicked off the weekend by teaching pump at the YMCA.


Panera for lunch. Autumn squash soup and pumpkin cookies for the win. And don’t get me started on Luke’s shirt. Sad smile


Family dinner.


and cold stone. birthday cake batter with graham cracker crumbs for me and mint Oreo for Scott.


And I fully admit, that I might have a Panera problem. Caramel latte (skinny, no whip!) and a strawberry granola yogurt parfait.


Sunday was spent working some hours in Urgent Care, dinner with my in-laws, and a quick stop at my parent’s house for Luke to take a bath before bed on our way back to Wisconsin.

And now, off to work. Smile 

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend??

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


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Friday Favorites {currently}

Hi! Happy Friday. Smile We made it. Fist bump.
I am headed to Minnesota today. I have some things to do for work, then the weekend! Teaching BODYPUMP, family time and a little bit of work on Sunday. Should be a good weekend!
I’m switching it up a bit this Friday and sharing a little snapshot of what life is currently like in the R4C house. . . enjoy and feel free to share your “currently. . .”
Current Book:

I just started this one. .. I’ll let you know what I think of it when I’m done. . .


Current TV Show:

can’t stop, won’t stop watching Prison Break.

However, Survivor started again this week and that is probably my all time favorite show.

Current Excitement:

Getting ready to go to Vegas in 2 weeks with my husband and my sister, Laura!!


Current Exercise:

Still keeping it real with teaching BODYPUMP 1-2 times per week and running 4-5 times per week.


Mankato peeps – I’ll be teaching pump tomorrow morning at 8:15 at the YMCA!

Current Song:

I am working on learning the choreography for some older BODYPUMP releases and I am loving the squat track song in 64 – “More than a Feeling”

Current Bane of My Existence:


Living apart from Scott and having to single parent a three year old. It is HARD. Thankfully – it’s going to be over in less than a month! 

Current Outfit:


Still loving these shorts from lulu + a sweatshirt. because fall in MN means trying to wear shorts for as long as possible but staying warm at the same time.

Current Food:


I made this stir fry this week and forgot how delicious and easy it is. And perfect for leftovers for the rest of the week. 

Current Drink:


Spark. Fruit punch in the morning. Grape in the afternoon. Orange during workouts. I might have a problem. Winking smile

Current Indulgence:

Laura made carmelitas this week and left a container of them for me. They were SO good.

Current Photo:


Pancakes for dinner = winning.

And having a happy, fun toddler = awesomesauce.

Thanks to Krusteaz for sending us some awesome pancake mixes!

And this is officially my 1,000 post! Craziness. Thanks for reading, commenting and following along with Running4Cupcakes! Cupcake cheers to 1,000 more.


Your turn! Current favorites from the week? Plans for the weekend?

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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