Monthly Archives: December 2014

The best of 2014

The big recap post.

Top posts, favorite posts and memorable posts.

Let’s do this.

Food
Marshmallow peanut butter cereal bars {make these asap. no, seriously, do it!}

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Salsa Chicken {crockpot + AdvoCare!}

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Loaded Blondie Bars {O.M.G.}

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Salted Caramel Blondies {be still my beating heart}

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Banana walnut muffins {clean eating goodness}

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir Fry {the perfect quick healthy weeknight meal}

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa {clean eating + deliciousness}

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Cinnamon Walnut Oat Muffins {the AdvoCare perfect breakfast}

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The perfect party dip {Grandpa’s Dip}

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Egg Cups {Breakfast for dinner anyone??}

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Apple Cheesecake Bars {drooool}

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Puppy Chow {the classic}

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Chocolate Chip Larabar Balls {copycat recipe}

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {family recipe!}

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No bake chocolate protein balls {the perfect snack}

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Running

How I started running {the full story}

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Why working out makes me a better Mom

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Transitioning to summer running {a how-to guide}

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Spectating the Mankato Marathon

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AdvoCare love

My 24 day challenge tips

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My 1st AdvoCare 24 day challenge {recap + results}

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AdvoCare Success School {recap}

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BODYPUMP

How to get stronger in bodypump

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How I learn BP choreography {my tips and tricks}

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Life

The MN State Fair

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Country Fest!

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My Doctor Tips {how to get the most out of your appointment with your doctor}

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6 years {celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary}

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Luke’s 2nd birthday party {construction theme}

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Being a Jamberry Consultant {my thoughts}

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Moving {our new house!}

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Blogging {my pet peeves}

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Maui

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Juicing {my first experience}

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Valentine’s Day Craft {cute and easy!}

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Looking for more? Check out my recap from 2013!

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Weekend Update: Christmas

Anyone else completely lose track of what day of the week it was over Christmas? I am still trying to get back on track. . .  And I’m still on vacation this week! So, honestly, it really doesn’t matter. Winking smile 

But, I did want to share my Christmas holiday with you. And in the spirit of Tuesday and treats, I am linking up with Becky for TYT.

Our Christmas celebration started on Christmas Eve with Scott’s family.

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His parents and brother came down for the evening. IMG_4058

And my MIL brought the best hostess gift ever. Huge sprinkle sugar cookies! IMG_4033

So, we had dinner, but the highlight is always our dessert table after church . . . it’s epic. Smile 

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Then, presents. . . .

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And Santa came! A new backpack, dump truck and shovel for Luke.

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He loved every minute of it.

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And I gave the boys matching Purdue sweatshirts.

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And totally scored with a new winter coat from Scott!

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Abby got a new bed.

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Then, we headed up to my parent’s house. And I brought the most wicked cold I have had in a long time. No fun! Thankfully the Afrin helped. . . .

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Grandpa and Luke got a new sled.

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And Luke loves his new John Deer tractor.

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The day after Christmas, Scott and I headed out to do a little shopping. . . we almost bought a 2015 Toyota highlander. . .but decided to sleep on it for a few nights.

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And then the final Christmas gathering was with my extended family – including my grandparents. And the most adorable part of the afternoon was when my Grandma said that she made my balsamic crockpot chicken. So cute. Smile 

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The rest of the weekend was spent at home. Laundry, playing with new toys, and watching the Packers play the dirty Lions – btw omg – did you see that game? What a jerk that Lion was to step on (and stand on!) Aaron Rodgers injured leg!

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Anyway. . . hope you had a great Christmas too. Smile 

Tell me what your favorite part was!

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Are you ALL IN??

All-In AdvoCare

You guys already know that I am super excited for the next big Advocare January challenge . . . (don’t know what I am talking about? Check out what the 24 day challenge is all about here OR read about my experience here.)

And now it is going to be even bigger and better than ever.

AdvoCare is doing an ALL IN challenge. Everyone doing the 24 day challenge together. The biggest group challenge EVER.

And the most support ever.

If you join in, you will get:

–> ALL of the products you need to be successful (with free shipping!)

–> daily emails from the team of AdvoCare scientists that will set YOU up for success for those 24 days and beyond

–> support of my super awesome Facebook group (it has over 1,200 challengers!)

–> my support!

–> FREE limited edition blender bottle + wrist band

–> FREE shipping on any order (over $250) in January – perfect for stocking up on spark and post-challenge products.

To get the offer you have you have a membership (super easy!) or you can contact me and I’ll help you out! Pre-order by December 31st to get the full deal!!

Ready to commit? Ready for a HEALTHY start to your 2015? Email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com for details or check out my AdvoCare page to order. Smile

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Friday Favorites: 12/26/14 – Christmas

I am sitting down to write this post a few days before Christmas because I know I will be too busy spending time with family on Christmas Day to type up this post. . .but I hope that you had a great Christmas day and are able to continue enjoying the holiday today as well. And if you are at work. . . you’re almost there, it’s Friday!! Smile

I thought for my favorites this week, I would share some of my favorite things about Christmas time this year. The things that made me smile during the holiday season and that make this time of year so special.

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Luke asking to sing three golden monsters (The 12 Days of Christmas).

My Christmas present from my nurse. Perfect for our split house. Thanks Mary!! I told her that I love half of it. Winking smile

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The ornaments and Christmas crafts that Luke makes at school.

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Elf. Best Christmas movie ever.

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The house decorated for Christmas. . . I especially love our white mantle + our stockings.

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Extra time with family.

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and the crazy stuff that Scott does. . . including torturing the dog.

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*no dogs were harmed in the making of this blog post. And she got a humungous treat. Winking smile

Sugar cookies with extra frosting. We only make them at Christmas, so they are extra special and delicious.

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Your turn – what made you smile during the Holiday season?

Hope you are having a great Friday and have an awesome weekend – see ya Monday!!

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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Merry Christmas – 2014

Merry Christmas

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from my family to yours.

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Christmas Ornaments Favorites

Popping in to share a few of my Christmas tree ornament favorites from our tree this year. . .

Luke’s 2014 ornament.

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Caribou Coffee cup.

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Our very 1st vacation ornament from New Orleans 2008. Since then, we have bought an ornament from every family vacation. I love that we started that tradition. It was by accident too – we hadn’t even thought of it, until we were wandering around a shopping area in NOLA and found this ornament and came up with the idea. It is so fun to take a trip down memory lane with our vacation memories while decorating the tree.

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Another vacation ornament from our road trip to Jackson Hole, WY.

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And from our trip this year to Maui.

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And from our 1st married Christmas together.

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And one of my favorites from my Mom. Every year growing up, we would get a new ornament from my Mom. The th0ught was then when we had our own house, we would have a collection of ornaments to start our own tree. And I love it.

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Do you have a favorite ornament?

And btw I cannot believe Christmas is 2 days away and that Christmas Eve is TOMORROW!!

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

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Weekend Update: 12/21/14

Monday? Craziness.

To be honest, I am not too upset about Monday today. . . I have the rest of 2014 off of work!! It was hard to save my vacation days until the very end of the year, but right now I am super excited about it.

And the other thing that I am excited about? That I really don’t have anything to do. . . other than hang out with Luke and Scott and Abby. The presents are wrapped and my Holiday baking list is complete – ok not quite – those darn sugar cookies still need to be frosted, but I think I can handle that. Winking smile

And I don’t have too many pictures from this weekend to share with you. . . but here’s a few of the highlights. . .

Luke had a friend over for movie night. Two 2 year olds watching TV and eating popcorn on the living room floor is adorable. Bonus points that they were both wearing Mickey Mouse PJs.

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Treadmill run with BODYPUMP 92 choreography.

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Pancake family breakfast.

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Swim time at the YMCA.

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Pecan turtle graham bars

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And that is pretty much it. . .

Other than I made this for dinner on night and it was delicious. Smile

Super easy and oh so tasty! Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Hope you had a great weekend too!! What were you up to??

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

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Friday Favorites: 12/19/14

Whoa. Can we just talk about how Christmas is NEXT WEEK? I mean, OMG, when did that happen? And anyone want to run to Target for me. I swear every time I go, I think it is going to be my last time before Christmas and then I need one more thing. . . ‘Tis the season, right?

Anyway, Friday. Yes!! Fist pump. Winking smile

And time for Friday Favorites. . . the little things this week that made me smile.

This new top from Nike – so soft. And thumbs up after teaching bodypump!

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Daily laughs from Run Eat Repeat on Instagram.

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Coffee Wednesday is officially a thing. Smile

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A much needed pedicure. Gold sparkles ftw.

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Lukie haircut. He loved his “dinosaur” on his head.

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Having a few days off work this week and enjoying some longer runs while watching horrible but entertaining holiday movies.

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OMG. You guys. Amazing news from AdvoCare. . . there is a HUGE group challenge starting in January. If you pre-order your challenge by Dec 31st, you get FREE shipping, FREE limited edition blender bottle and wrist band AND another one time free shipping on your next order of $250 or more in January 2015. If you were on the fence at all about doing a challenge, now is the time. Are you ALL IN? (email me for details –> running4cupcakes@gmail.com)

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Luke is loving his Advent calendar that Grandma Way put together for him.

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Teaching early morning BODYPUMP. Done teaching before the sun even came up – craziness. Being done with your workout at 6:30am –> glorious. Smile

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I am looking forward to more Christmas baking, dinner with friends on Saturday night, and football on Sunday!!

Hope you have a great weekend. What are you up to?? What made you smile this week?

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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Super easy DIY Christmas ideas

I had to share this list of DIY Christmas ideas from Pinterest for anyone looking for a last minute Christmas idea!!

Such a cute idea. And who doesn’t love Rudolph and Eos?

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For the grandparents from the grandkids. I didn’t know thumbprints could be so adorable.

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Just adorable. And way too crafty for me. Winking smile

Santa Handprint Homemade Wrapping Paper: Making your own wrapping paper with just paint and a few handprints!

For the man in your life, make these cute beer reindeer.

Didn't know Guinness could be so cute!!

Peppermint candy cane sugar scrub {looks totally easy and adorable!}

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

And for your Secret Santa – isn’t this adorable?

We Whisk you a Merry Kissmas!

And lol for this one. Winking smile

Snowman Poop

Do you have any good last minute Christmas ideas??

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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My Holiday Baking List

Ahhhh the Holidays. . . Christmas music, shopping, wrapping, pictures with Santa, Christmas Eve midnight church service, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and the baking. Oh the baking. The time of year you buy more butter and sugar than one person should ever have in their house, right?!

This year, I am super excited for Holiday baking. But, I am keeping it reigned in. I love baking, but hate spending an. entire. day. doing it. So, I paired down the list a bit and I think I have come up with my all-time favorites that will *fingers crossed* not take the whole day to complete. . . but make my sugar-loving husband happy. Smile Actually, the key in my house is to not do the baking too far in advance, otherwise, it might not make it to Christmas. I have already had a fail in my house of making RPSs and having most of them already gone. It’s a blessing and a curse that my husband loves my baking as much as he does. Winking smile

Anyway, here is my current Christmas Baking 2014 plan. . .

Oreo Truffle Balls

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Christmas Crack

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Sugar Cookies –  I use my family’s recipe, but these look amazing too.

Grandma's Homemade Sugar Cookies - Nothin' Better!

Chex Mix

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Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches

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Dark Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars

Dark Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars

What’s on your Holiday baking list??

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

 

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