Monthly Archives: November 2014

Friday Favorites: 11/28/14–Thanksgiving!

Hi!! Happy Friday. Smile

Just popping in to share a few of the highlights from celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday with my family. Hope you had a great one!!

Driving up to the cities.




Ellie puppy snuggles (with my sister, Jenny)



Enjoying the fire.


Abby puppy snuggles.


Sadie puppy. And my little sister, Laura.


My Dad, who loves to play/tease the puppies.




And Lukie.


Who insisted on using the gravy spoon as his utensil of choice.


The family. My Dad, Lukie, Mom, Laura, Jenny and Scott.


My plate.


Grandpa and Lukie making pie.


And Grandma helping too.


The finished product.




What made you smile yesterday?? Highlight of the day?? Weekend plans?

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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Happy Thanksgiving–2014!

Just popping in today to say


From my little turkey to you. Winking smile 

throwback to Luke’s first Thanksgiving. ..

Hope you have a great day!! Smile


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Hey! Happy Wednesday. Happy Thanksgiving Eve. Wait, that isn’t a thing, is it? Well, it totally should be. And we should probably get the day off work for it. Whose with me? Because we all know that food prep starts way before Thursday anyway. . . btw – isn’t it crazy how much cooking and planning goes into one! meal. Thank goodness there are always tons of leftovers. Smile

In honor of Thanksgiving Eve, I thought I would share the typical dishes that make up my family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Turkey. Duh, right. Have you guys seen the Jennie-O oven ready whole turkey? As a member of Jennie-O switch circle team, I was sent one to check out!


A whole turkey that comes all ready to go in it’s own bag. Pretty amazing. All you have to do is poke a couple of holes in the bag and put it in the oven. I’ve always been super nervous about making my own turkey and screwing it up, but I am pretty sure I could handle putting it in the oven. . .


bahahahaha – they even call the bag “The fool proof bag.” Yup, perfect for me. Winking smile

2. Mashed Potatoes and gravy. My Mom rocks these out. But doesn’t this recipe for crockpot garlic mashed potatoes look amazing?

Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

3. Stuffing. Does your family call it stuffing or dressing? I think in mine we call it both, it depends on which recipe my Mom makes. . . My Grandma Christine’s recipe is dressing, but the other recipe Mom makes (Mark Consuelos stuffing recipe) is stuffing. Craziness. This year, we are trying something new. I am going to make this recipe.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Double score for a crockpot recipe on Thanksgiving. Fingers crossed that I don’t ruin Thanksgiving.

4. Crescent rolls.

5. Canned cranberries. That no one really eats. . .

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

6. Corn.


7. PIE.


My Dad makes the best pies. His apple is amazing. Seriously, I wish I could send you a piece. .. but then there would be less for me, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it. Winking smile

What’s on your menu for tomorrow??

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!!

Finally, my winner (according to my random number generator – aka my husband) for the Les Mills Good Protein giveaway is AMY! <– check your email!!


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TYT#17 – Shopping!

Shhhhh don’t tell my husband. I’ve been shopping. Winking smile 

A new shirt from Reebok. Double score because it’s also a Les Mills tank.

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New shoes for teaching BODYPUMP from Asics. At first I thought they were too pink, but then I remembered there is no such thing as too much pink! Winking smile 

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And they have the cutest pink ribbon laces!!


My new favorite black leggings. OMG you guys. These salar leggings from Fabletics are literally my new favorite. I have been wearing them all-the-time. They look amazing. Super comfortable. And totally flattering. btw – it is super tough to take a good pic of black leggings. . . just trust me that my husband has been checking out my butt A LOT in these pants. . . Winking smile 

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New boots. The search is finally over. I had been looking for brown boots for literally the past 3+ years. I was super picky. They had to be the right shade of light brown, have a buckle detail and a zipper in the back. And be able to fit my athletic bodypump calves. Winking smile These Steve Madden boots are perfection.

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Lulu pink shorts. Another thing that has been on my “I want” list for-ev-er – a cute pair of PINK! lulu running shorts. I was browsing at Lulu last weekend and found this pair. Love love love love love them. Smile 

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And for my husband’s sake, that is all. Smile 

Have you been shopping lately??

Linking up with Becky for TYT. Thanks for hosting!!


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Weekend Update: 11/23/14

Hey – happy Monday! Need a laugh? Check these out –>

“All About That Bass” Parody “All About That Baste” (Thanksgiving Song)

And this one for a spin on a Christmas song classic for the 21st century? And it just makes me love Kristin Bell even more! Smile  –> Text me Merry Christmas

Here are the highlights from my weekend. . .



movie night – Frozen ftw.


Friday night pizza. with a side of puppy begging.


Saturday morning started early because Luke did not get the sleep in memo. Homemade latte and a fire helped.


More running.


Pretzel chocolate chip cookies. Using this recipe. And nope – that photo is not staged. Winking smile 


Sunday morning it was 50 degrees! So of course we took advantage of that with a family 4 mile run!


Sunday afternoon = football. Go PACK Go!!


Big pot of chili for dinner.


Sometimes kitchen sink clean up is necessary.


And an Abby puppy.


Hope you had a great one! What were you up to?

And because it was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday!


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Friday Favorites: 11/21/14

Whew. Friday. Yes!!

I have to work this weekend but looking forward to movie night tonight, grocery store shopping to stock up for Thanksgiving dinner and snuggling in front of the fire.

Here are my favs from this week. .. feel free to play along in the comments or by linking up!


#1. RunEatRepeat IG account  –> OMG hilarious-ness.



And are we friends on Instagram?? Smile 

#2. The newest Advo product. 


White Chocolate Peppermint Meal Replacement Shake. I know, right? Drool.

#3. Spark!!


I have been drinking spark on a regular basis for 6+ months now and I LOVE it. I couldn’t imagine my day without it. I start pretty much every day with one. I will drink a second one in the afternoon at work sometimes if I need some extra energy to get through my afternoon or to help avoid all the treats in the break room.


I will otherwise have a second one before/during/after my workouts. Usually with teaching bodypump after work, I mix up a full blender bottle (24 ounces) and drink about 1/3 before my workout, 1/3 while teaching and the last 1/3 afterwards. It gives me the perfect amount of energy and hydration to get through my afternoon, teach and get home! 

#4. Les Mills Good Protein Energy Balls.


OMG love. Like so so so good. The chocolate ones are like a chocolate dream and the vanilla has a great flavor and pairs so great with the peanut butter. I have been eating them for breakfast and afternoon snacks. Delicious. Super glad I made a double batch last weekend. Winking smile 


And the wonderful people at Les Mills have offered an amazing giveaway. One lucky R4C reader will win two pouches (1 of each flavor) of LES MILLS™ Good Protein, valued at $140 USD! 

Awesome, right?

**Just leave a comment below telling me how you would use this amazing protein powder. To fuel before a workout? Energy balls? Saturday morning protein pancakes? 

The contest closes at midnight on November 25, 2014 and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

If you don’t want to wait to see if you’ve won the giveaway, you can buy Les Mills Good Protein here. For more nutritional information and resources, check out this page.

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

Have a great weekend! What are you up to??

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I mustache you some questions

Hi guys! Happy Thursday!!

There’s this fun little survey circulating the blog world right now, and since Kim nominated me, I thought it’d be fun.


Four names that people call me, other than my real name:
KT – my initials – but also my name. Smile
Boo – Scott
Momma – Lukie

Dr. Thompson – my patients

Four jobs I have had:

McDonald’s employee – I did it all but really liked working the drive thru.
Lifeguard and Water Swim Instructor

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
A Few Good Men <—huge early Tom Cruise fan. Smile
The Firm
Pretty Woman
The Fugitive

Four books I’d recommend:
Check out my most recent Reading Recommendations Post


Four places I have lived:
St. Paul, MN
Maplewood, MN
Eau Claire, WI – for undergrad at UWEC
Des Moines, IA – medical school

Four places I have been:
St. Lucia – honeymoon

Maui, HI

Las Vegas

Cuernavaca, Mexico – study abroad in College

Four places I’d rather be right now:
At the beach
Hanging out at my best friend’s house in Colorado
Taking a nap in my bed
Anywhere that it’s warmer than 50 degrees – it is just too cold in MN right now!

Four things I don’t eat:

Four of my favorite foods:
These chocolate chip cookies
Special K bars

Four TV shows that I watch:
Amazing Race –> yup, reality show junkie
Top Chef
The Blacklist

Four things I am looking forward to this year:
The Holidays
Celebrating Christmas with Lukie

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Winter vacation – not sure where yet – just someplace warm!
New BODYPUMP music coming out – 92!!

Four things I’m always saying:
Seriously. . .
Go Pack Go

Lukie. . . in my “you better stop doing that right now” voice
I love you bud. (to Lukie)

Four people I tag:

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!!


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Les Mills good protein powder {review}


Good Protein is low carbohydrate, dairy-based protein powder, sweetened with stevia leaf extract. It contains the same ratio and types of proteins found in real milk, whey and casein. Whey gives a fast release of amino acids, and casein provides a slower release over several hours. Together, they provide optimum muscle recovery. Les Mills Good Protein is protein as nature intended.

So, I am pretty much a protein powder newbie. Yup, you all know how much I love AdvoCare’s post-workout recovery – but honestly, I just usually use that for energy balls (either this recipe or this one.) And I have never really drank protein powder or used it in anything else. Also, as you guys know, protein powder is spendy! Unfortunately, this protein powder is too – each pouch costs $69, and there are 30 servings in each. . . but honestly, I am willing to spend the money for a great product. And this one only has 6 ingredients. How amazing is that?

Just opening the bag, you can tell this powder is GOOD. The smell is wonderful. The chocolate smells like a chocolate bar and the powder looks nice and fluffy. Same with vanilla. Pure vanilla flavor. No artificial or fake anything.


Of course I tried them first in my favorite energy balls.


–> OMG great flavor. The chocolate made the balls really chocolaty and helped when I was craving leftover Halloween candy. And the vanilla was the perfect complement to the peanut butter –  it almost made me think that I had made these with vanilla almond butter!

and then in my favorite smoothie  concoction –> almond milk + banana + chocolate protein powder


–> LOVED this one. The chocolate was super yummy. The powder made my smoothie super thick so it was like drinking a chocolate banana milk shake.

I really want to try protein pancakes next. I have this recipe to check out:

3 eggs whites
scoop of powder
almond milk

The highlights of Les Mills Good Protein

  • 26 grams of protein and 120 calories per serving.


  • There are only six simple ingredients, nothing artificial


  • Milk protein concentrate (whey and casein proteins from the milk of grass-fed cows)
  • Stevia leaf extract
  • Natural flavors
  • Guar gum
  • Salt
  • and the last ingredient depends on your flavor of choice – chocolate protein contains cocoa powder and vanilla protein contains natural vanilla flavor with real vanilla.


What’s your favorite protein powder? Favorite way to use protein powder??

*This post was sponsored by Les Mills. But as usual, all opinions are my own.

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!!


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TYT#16 – Garth Brooks!

Last Friday, I had the day off work and so I used it to have a great treat yourself day. . .

started with a 5k run.


Then (after my post-run spark), picked up Caribou for the drive up to the cities.


I dropped Luke and Abby off with my Mom.


And hit up Chipotle. Picked up lunch for Melanie and I. And then I got my new baby fix. Her little boy is the most precious baby. And it was so wonderful to see and catch up with Melanie – she is doing amazing as a new Mom!!


Then off to the Mall of America. Being alone was wonderful.

Browsing at Sephora.


Having time to try things on. . . and finding new pink! lulu shorts.


And a little afternoon shopping treat. The cupcakes looked yummy, but I was in a turtle cookie mood. Totally hit the spot. . .


Then, it was off to meet with my friends (actually Scott’s group of friends from high school, that I feel lucky to call my friends now too), for dinner – Hell’s Kitchen. The juicy Lucifer with tater tots. For the locals – not as good as the juicy Lucy at the 5-8 club, but still yummy.



And then time for the main attraction. . . GARTH BROOKS!!



He puts on a great concert! So many amazing songs. And with SO many people at the Target Center, you could pretty much sing at the top of your lungs and no one could hear you.

So, it was basically like Garth and I were singing together. Winking smile 


Such a fun day!! Thanks again to my Mom and Dad for chasing after Luke all day. Smile 

Linking up with Becky for TYT  – thanks for hosting!!


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Weekend Update: 11/16/14

First things first, happy birthday to my big sister, Jenny! Hope you have a great day!


We had a great weekend. . . lots of hanging out and family time.

Ice cream cones at lunch.. . and Luke’s idea for ice cream cone cheers.



Post-nap couch snuggles.  . . which turned into more napping.


Movie night. Scott picked Despicable Me. Such a cute movie. Plus the obligatory popcorn – skinny pop for the win. That stuff is the best!


Plus Special K bars. Smile 


Pancakes for breakfast on Sunday morning. My first attempt at a free form Mickey Mouse pancake.


Plus learning the skill of cutting with a knife and fork.


Then, time to shovel/play in the snow. .  in 5 degrees. I think Luke was wearing 4 layers!


6 miles on the treadmill. Checking out a new show – Royal Pains. It’s cute. Winking smile 


Awesome afternoon of football. go Pack go!!


And an even more awesome crockpot meal for dinner – maple dijon chicken drumsticks.



And then couch time with season 3 of Once on Netflix + leftover Halloween Oreos for dessert. btw – have you tried the cookie dough Oreos??  whoa yum!

Hope you had a great one! What were you up to?

And because it was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday!


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