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Life Favorites–Jumping into the BIG pool!

Happy Wednesday! I am a busy bee today trying to get ready for the family to head to Disney World! This will be my first time at Disney World and I could not be more excited. . . full recap next week when we get home! If you have any suggestions for our first time, please share!! Smile 

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I have lots of favorites.  ..

One of the biggest ones was Luke jumping into the BIG pool at swimming lessons all by himself {to a noodle}. He was so excited and proud of himself. . . and I’ll be honest, this Mom was too!

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Nice weather! It appears that spring has finally made an appearance in MN. I am loving the 50s and 60s and running outside!

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Baby smiles and coos. Heart melting every day.

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He is getting too big too fast!

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And he looks just a little bit like his brother. . .
Luke on the left, Jake on the right!

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Aunt Jenny came to visit!

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Mom and Dad selfies with Jake.

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A little too much fun with snap chat filters.

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Luke continues to be the best big brother. It is amazing how much he thinks of his baby brother and how he wants to make sure that all activities include him!

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Back to teaching at the YMCA. Both BP and CXWORX.

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Aunt Laura came to visit!

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Cupcakes from the new place in town – Bluebird Cakery. Delicious! The cookie dough one was amazing.

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Sunday morning coffee run in PJs.

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Framing the newborn pictures of Jake {print from Shutterfly} . . it already seems so long ago that he was that little and new. It seems like he has been part of our family for a long time already! <—that might be part of the sleep deprivation. Winking smile And I am loving my new Easter bunny sign. ..

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I am looking forward to the weekend at Disney. . . and hoping that I don’t melt in the 90+ degree heat!!

Hope you are having a great week – any highlights to share? Plans for the weekend? Have you ever been to Disney? Advice for us??

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Weekending. .. 10th annual Country Fest!

Hey there! Happy Tuesday!

I am extra happy today because I finally figured out my picture situation. . . well . . .unfortunately, I really don’t know what the problem was, all I know, is that it’s working now! Winking smile 

I almost had a heart attack last week when I realized that was scheduled to work this last weekend – Country Fest weekend! In the past 9 years, Fest has always been the last weekend in June. . . and this year, they switched it. .  . but I never double checked the dates! Laura randomly texted me about getting ready for the weekend, and then I realized, OMG, I am scheduled to work all weekend. Thank goodness, I have some amazing co-workers and it just happened that one gal wanted an couple extra shifts, so I was able to have the weekend off.

And it was awesome. Beautiful weather. Great times with my sister. And Carrie Underwood!

Here’s a look at the weekend.. .

Sprinkle doughnuts.

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Special K bars. .. means Abby gets to lick a peanut butter jar.

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Driving the tractor.

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Picnic lunch on the boat.

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Squirt gun fights.

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All tuckered out.

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Park time.

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Country Fest time!

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Dierks.

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Craft time. . .. just wait until you see the wreaths we made – SO cute!!

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And the total highlight of Fest this year – Carrie Underwood!!

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And Sam Hunt.

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Whew. Such a good weekend. . . and now back to work!

How was your weekend?? Highlight??

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Weekending. . . sentence per picture

Happy Monday! Did you survive the weekend?? Mine was all about hanging with my sister, getting ready for Luke’s party and then enjoying a lazy Sunday!

Here’s a quick recap – one sentence per picture style!

I got this cute picture at work of Luke helping Scott check out some road construction.

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Abby having fun with a neighborhood cat. . . or maybe the other way around. Winking smile 

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Teaching early morning pump with a little flex Friday.

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Massage!

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Because someone likes to get up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays, I am SO thankful for fruit punch spark.

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Running with Scott while Laura watched Luke (thank you!).

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Coffee + craft fair.

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Luke’s 4th birthday party! (more details this week!!)

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Family Sunday afternoon exploring.

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Weekend perfection. Smile 

Hope you had a great one. . . what were you up to?

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

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Weekending. . . AdvoNation + freezing

Hey!

Happy Monday. Smile 

I am writing this during the Packer/Redskins game and it’s currently 24-18 and I just hope they can hold on to their lead. . .

Laura and I headed to Des Moines on Friday afternoon. . . dinner, pedicures, shopping and the hot tub was the perfect evening.

Then, on Saturday, we headed to downtown Des Moines to attend AdvoNation. It is basically a meeting with stories of people’s success with AdvoCare, training on how to be successful and learning more about products and the company.

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I shared my thoughts about the event on Facebook:

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And while I was gone. . . the boys had a fun day together. . .

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I was hopeful that Drew Brees would be there talking about his love for the AdvoCare products, but no luck. . . maybe at Success School. Winking smile 

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We had dinner and then hit the road back to Mankato. . .

And back to this:

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Yup, wind chill of –22 = staying inside all day in sweat pants watching football.

And the score is still 24-18 in the fourth quarter. . . I’m off to do bath time and bedtime. And an early bedtime for myself – up at 4:40am tomorrow to get to the YMCA for BODYPUMP 96!!

TOUCHDOWN! + 2 point conversion!! 32-18. Smile GO PACK GO.

Hope you have a great Monday!

What were you up to this weekend??

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

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Friday Favorites: Headed to Des Moines!

Happy Friday!!

I’m headed to Des Moines this weekend for an AdvoCare event. I’m excited to hear more about AdvoCare. .. I’ve been involved with the company for about 2 years now and still love them. Hello SPARK. . . And if it’s anything like success school was, then I’m in for a good event. AND Laura is coming with me! She’s building her business too and I’m so excited for her. Plus we are going for the whole weekend – pedicures, shopping + hanging out. I. can’t. wait. 

Speaking of my little sister. . . she did this to her dog’s tail last week. I know, right?

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Apparently, she was trying to cut out some matting and then all of the sudden, her tail was basically gone. Pretty sure any girl who has tried to cut their own bangs can understand how you are just cutting a little hair and then the next thing you know, they are all gone. Totally happened to me in 6th grade. It was awful!

Anyway. . . here are a few of my recent favs. . .

I’m super excited about my new running calendar. Pink + chevron = winning.

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Afternoon lunch date with my boys.

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Cookie baking buddy.

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BODYPUMP + pink everything. Smile 

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Seeing my top 10 clean eating recipes getting shared with the newest group of AdvoCare challengers. . . and psst – you don’t need to be doing any sort of challenge to make and love these recipes!

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A haircut. Finally. It had seriously been a year. It was just a trim, but it feels so much better!

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And this. I just had to laugh. Yup, that’s a container of play d’oh in my coffee. And yes, I took it out and still drank it! Winking smile #reallife #momlife

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Extra time with this guy. Fun at the Children’s museum.

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A good visit to the vet for Abby. She’s had this weird lump on her neck for a while and it started to get bigger, so I took her in to get it checked out and feared the worst, but thankfully, it’s nothing to be worried about. Thank goodness!!

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Now, off to the weekend. . .

Have a great one! Whatcha up to??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Weekending. . . baking all the cookies

Hey! Happy Monday! And happy short work week. Smile

I am working today and tomorrow and then I have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off.   . . but don’t be too jealous – I have to work all of next weekend.

But this past weekend was awesome.

Kicked off with BODYPUMP.

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And checking out the new YFIT space at the YMCA (basically cross fit at the Y) and did a nice little EMOM of 5 burpees and 10 wall balls. Before and After pics. . . still smiling!

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And then off to my Mom’s house for Christmas baking with my sister.

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We had good taste testers.

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Sunday was more of the same. . . coffee and (frosting) cookies.  Smile

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A little outlet mall shopping. . . thankfully it wasn’t too crazy.

And back home.

Dinner and watching season 4 of Revenge to finish the evening.

And now, off to work! Have a good one!

What were you up to this weekend??

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

And finally the winner for the Krusteaz Holiday cookie giveaway –> congratulations to Steph!

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Friday Favorites: Recent smiles

Happy Friday! I cannot believe another week is gone. And Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK? Uh what?? Between working, unpacking, projects around the house life is just flying by lately. I am looking to a low key weekend. Teaching BODYPUMP tomorrow morning, more unpacking and Sunday morning pancakes. #weekendperfection

Here are a few of my recent smiles to share with you for Friday. Hopefully, they make you smile too and don’t forget to share your favorites from this week in the comments or link up your Friday blog post!

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Crafting projects with my sister + new curtains for the house!

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Finally getting to eat pizza and sit on the couch at the new house.

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Fall fun in the leaves. And that smile.

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My BIL’s birthday + cookie cake.

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First overnight stay at Grandma Way’s for Luke + extra time for Scott and I to work on the never ending task of unpacking.

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Abby wasted no time getting her toys out and ready to play with. . .

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Splashing in the rain + that outfit.

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Interested in a pre-Christmas challenge? I am putting a group together for a start date of November 30th. Meal plans/ideas, support and accountability. Plus who doesn’t want to feel better at the holidays? And if you haven’t tried spark yet, now is the time! Smile There will be another huge group starting in January too, just email me (running4cupcakes@gmail.com) for details and more information! Or if you are ready to jump in – order here.

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What have you been loving lately? Plans for the weekend??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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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.

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And wasted no time hitting up the pool.

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And getting drinks.

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

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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.

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Ate dessert.

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Saw Penn and Teller.

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And hung out with them after the show.

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Breakfast at the best place ever – Mon Ami Gabi.

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Their blueberry French toast is amazing.

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Laura gave up on the last day. . .

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It was hard to say good bye.

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

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Hope you are having a great start to your week!

What were you up to this weekend??

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Using vacation days

Hi! Happy Wednesday. How’s your week going so far?? Mine is pretty awesome since I took a few vacation days on Monday and Tuesday this week.

It’s been the perfect mix of productivity and binge watching Prison Break. Winking smile

Hanging with this guy.

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Prison Break + coffee

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Couch buddy.

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Finally finished refinishing and reupholstering 2 chairs for my office.

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And the highlight of my two days off – my sister, Laura, coming over and making me an amazing dinner (including these!) and watching Pitch Perfect 2 together.

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And now off to work . . . but hey, it’s already Wednesday, right?!

And before I forget – the next big AdvoCare group challenge is starting October 5th, feel free to email me for more information!

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And finally, the winner of the Balance Bar International Chocolate Day Winner is Maggie. Congrats and check your email! Smile

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Weekend Update: 7/5/15

I don’t know about you, but Mondays after a three day weekend are even worse than a typical Monday. But, honestly, I can’t complain today. Since I worked urgent care yesterday, I took the day off to spend an extra day with my boys. We don’t have anything planned, but I am looking forward to hanging out for one more day. .. But, already not looking forward to Tuesday. . . anyway, let me share my weekend with you. 

I kicked off my weekend by teaching a bodypump class and rocked my Suns Out. Guns Out. shirt with a little #flexfriday 

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And smoothie action. My favorite – frozen bananas, almond butter and almond milk. 

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Headed up to the Lake. 

Boat time. 

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Run time. AKA fun with selfies time.

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Play time. 

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Tractor time. 

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Quiet time.

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Fruit pizza time. 

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Fireworks time. Just sparklers – my favorite.

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Family run time. 

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More boat time.

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And after a day of working in Urgent Care, finished off the weekend with blizzards from DQ. Pecan cluster ftw.

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So, what were you up to?

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

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