10.20.2014

Nice Long Weekend


How is it Monday already? I have had a nice mini vacation from work. I go back tomorrow evening so it was like 4.5 days off! 

Tim and I were very crafty this weekend. We usually decide to make things as Cristmas gifts in December. This year we decided to plan ahead and make things before it got cold. My father in law has an amazing barn with lots of woodworking tools in it, but it has no heat so it is no fun to make things in December ��
I can't show you much of this project, but I will in December. I am not sure how many family members read my blog so I don't want to ruin any surprises ��

I also made another project for Mason this weekend. 
I want to do a tutorial on this too, but there is another one next to Mason's that we made for another Christmas gift so the tutorial will have to wait a couple months. 
I want to do a tractor theme in Mason's room when we finally move. I was going to go with green and yellow, but I was vetoed by Tim. He wanted orange and blue for Kabota. 

Enough about our crafty-ness. Let's chat about how good I felt the other night. Mason went for a sleep over at Tim's parents' house so Tim and I decided to go out to dinner. I decided last minute to wear my new sweater dress with some boots. I was amazed at how much I liked it and how confident I felt! A far cry from a couple years ago when I wore a dress. 

We had a drill with the fire department and rescue squad yesterday morning. That meant waking up extra early to get my workout in. Yes I woke up at 6:30 on a Sunday to get my workout out of the way. I did the same on Saturday! 

After treating a few "patients" I was given a camera by the fire chief and told to get some photos. Twist my arm ��


It was a good drill and it was nice to see so many departments working well together. We did it at Telescope Casual Furniture... Does anyone know that name? Have any of their outdoor furniture? Great quality and it is sold all over the country. 

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I have already finished day 10 of Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred today. I am excited to move on to level 3. It feels good to have a routine again and a goal / plan. 

Tomorrow I will recap my 5k from Saturday. 

How was your weekend? 

10.17.2014

5 on Friday

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG
Linking up with Darcy again this week :) 

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I am not a big fan of fruit in my yogurt unless there are no chunks so I try to find different flavors of yogurt that don't involve fruit. I found this boston cream pie greek yogurt last week while grocery shopping. It is not bad and for 100 calories it does help with my sweet tooth. I have to say that Yoplait greek is one of the few greek yogurts I can tolerate. I like the taste. I tried Chobani years ago and did not like it at all. It took my until about a year ago to try greek yogurt again.

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Tuesday I went to a new Market that just opened in my home town - Edward's Market. We did not really have time to make dinner because we had running around to do so I ordered some subs to try them out. It is in the same spot as the grocery store of the same name used to be when I was growing up. I actually grew up across the street and through a path in the fence.

The store is cute and I loved some of the products they had.

I am a big sucker for soda in glass bottles. I have not had soda since August, but I ended up buying a cream soda and making Tim share it with me.
They make their own maple cotton candy! I did not buy any, but I thought it was a cute display and a good idea.
While I was getting the photo above Mason was behind me or so I thought. I turned around and found him with an arm full of apples. He had three apples in his arms and each one had a small bite out of it. I had not planned on buying apples, but I did.

Then he found the bakery display and was waving to the cookies.

We have a farm in the county that has an ice cream shop with a cold stone and they have some delicious chocolate milk. When I saw that they carried their chocolate milk in glass jugs I had to have one. You can get your $1.50 deposit back on the jug if you return it, but I think we will keep one of theses. I love that they sell the milk in glass jugs, feels like a throwback of sorts.
We had a training at the rescue squad on Wednesday night and I had no idea what to get for dinner for everyone. I contacted one of the managers of the store and turns out they make hot dinners. I ordered a big pan of macaroni and cheese with a loaf of bread and a box of goodies. I was told it was delicious (I don't like mac and cheese so I didn't eat it). I love supporting local business and this is perfect!

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We have a new favorite book in our house....
To calm Mason down at night and start relaxing for bed we now bring him into our room and turn a small light on. We all sit on the bed and Mason picks a few books for us to read. His is obsessed with the "doggy book" and he likes a monkey book too. This seems to be working well. It gets him out of the living room, away from his toys and the television. We have had good luck putting him in his crib after a couple stories.

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Last week was fire prevention week so I wanted to try to get a fire truck to visit daycare. They were not able to go until yesterday and I was told the children enjoyed it. A couple of my co-workers brought the truck over and did a little classroom teaching session with the children. I was sent a few photos of it while I was at work. I was happy to help out and get a fire truck to visit the center. The toddlers in Mason's class were able to see it and so were the preschool students.

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I am on a mini vacation this weekend it feels like. Today is day one of four off. Tim is off today as well, just like every Friday until December. I am proud of myself though - I still manage to get my workout in with him home. A couple years ago I would not do a workout when Tim was home.
I have gotten up the last two days and wanted to get my workout out of the way. It is hard at times, but it is worth it in the end.
Yesterday morning it was so hot and muggy outside I could not even get dressed after my shower because I was still sweating! I wore minimal makeup because my face was drenched. It was crazy! This is mid October and we slept with just the sheet and the window open the other night. I shouldn't be complaining, but geesh when the fan and the summer clothes are already taken care of it is tough to get cool. 

What do you have planned for this weekend? I have a 5k tomorrow morning and then a drill Sunday morning with the fire department and the rescue squad.


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10.16.2014

A Treat for Nutmeg

Can you name a dog that doesn't like treats? I didn't think so. Nutmeg loves treats and we try to limit how many she has so she doesn't gain too much weight. She got a little fluffy last year so we started measuring her food and cutting back on snacks. 

When we do get her snacks we try to get some that look yummy. When I was given the opportunity to review a tasty treat for Nutmeg I was pretty excited. 
Do you know how hard it was to get her to stay seated while I was trying to get the photo. She was so happy that it was treat time.
I liked the Pedigree Stackerz because they have indents in the stick so you can easily break it into smaller pieces if you want to. This is not a big deal for Nutmeg, but for dogs (like my in-laws' pup) that eat food fast it would be a good way to slow them down a little. 
Mason loves feeding Nutmeg her meals and giving her treats so we gave him some treats to give to her.
Mason decided to try to treats as well, but he was not as big of a fan as Nutmeg. 
These treats actually look good and smell pretty good. I would not eat them, but Nutmeg seemed to enjoy them. She goes crazy when we get the bag out to get her a treat.

We seriously have the best dog in the world. She is great with Mason and she is so patient with him. Last night she even slept in his room for the night. I think that once we move him into a bed and out of the crib we will have to move Nutmeg's bed into his room. She definitely deserves lots of treats so we were happy to let her test out these snacks multiple times :)

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.



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10.15.2014

Weigh in Wednesday



It is a rare occasion in mid-October that we sleep with our window open all night long. It was 70 degrees this morning when I left for work. It is supposed to get humid and rain for a few days.

Yesterday I pushed myself during the 30 Day Shred. I tried my hardest to keep up with Natalie the whole time and I was dying by the end. Those chair squats with v-flies are a killer! My shoulders are killing me today.

Last night we took advantage of the nice weather and took a long walk with Amanda. Mason slept for the first part of it which was nice. Surprisingly he was good even after he woke up.

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I would not let Mason have an ice cream cone at 10 yesterday morning and he was not happy. I found him in the kitchen with his back pack on and he was trying to put his shoes on. I helped him with his shoes and he was off. I noticed he was rummaging in the kitchen and he came back with some food to take with him when he ran away.
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It is no secret that my eating has been off and I have not been seeing any difference on the scale even though I have been working out. I am not happy with the lack of progress. I gained a pound last week and that just made me even more bummed.

I am ready to take back my weight loss journey. I need to get serious and stop eating all of the food! I have a crazy goal of losing between 15 and 20 lbs by New Year's Day. That is 10 weeks away. If I focus I feel like I can manage that goal. I want to get to 160 pounds before getting pregnant again.

So staying focused is my main goal and start tracking again. I need to keep my workouts going and watch what I put in my mouth.

How is your journey going? Are you in a slump too?




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10.13.2014

Fantastic Weekend

Do you have today off? Tim has today off for the first time since college. He was pretty happy about his four day weekend. I am working until noon because we have some errands we want to run and then off to swimming lessons. I did manage to get up early enough to get my 30 Day Shred workout in for the day. I like getting out of the way especially on days we have things to do and I don't know when I would get it in later.

Saturday was a full day. I went to drop Mason off at my cousin's house for a sleep over, but I was met at the door with bad news. Their son woke up with a fever and vomiting. They said they would still take him if I needed them to, but I did not want them to have to deal with a toddler and a sick 5 year old. I called my mom and she said she would take him for the night. {Phew}

Newsies was amazing. I am a big fan of Proctors to begin with because of the history and architecture of the building. The seats leave something to be desired, but it is only a couple hours. The show was very lively and energetic. There was a lot of singing and dancing which was on point.
I now want to get the movie and watch it again. It has been a few years {read over 10} since I have seen it. After the show we decided to go to dinner at my favorite place in the capital region - Tops. I have never had a bad meal there and their chicken and rice soup is to die for!


Amanda read my post on Friday and mentioned to me that I forgot about a 5k we had on Sunday. It must have slipped my mind when I was writing about my plans for the weekend. We had a great time and the weather was nice for mid October. I picked Mason up from my mom before the race because Tim's mom wanted to have him so he could watch me finish the race.
 It was chilly enough when I got dressed to wear my Under Armor Cold Weather Shirt. I was a little nervous that I would be too hot n the race, but it was fine. I got this shirt for Christmas last year and I would not really wear it then because it was too tight. Now it fits great!
I had an amazing time of 32 minutes. My fastest mile was 9 min 37 seconds. I am happy with these times. Some people want to get faster, but I think this is great compared to where I was two years ago or even a year ago. I was doing this time a year ago, but I was having a hard time with it and now it is easier.

Mason was being such a ham at the race. When I was done I walked with him over to the food table for a bagel and the woman said "Hi Mason good to see you back again." I told him it was not a good thing that the food table people know his name. :) I think he ate enough oranges to last him a week!

I got home from the race and did my 30 Day Shred workout. Phew I was done after that. I showered and got some sweats on. Tim played with Mason while I made a large pan of lasagna to bring to our Rescue Quad meeting last night. Once in a while it is nice to have something other than pizza for dinner after a meeting. I like to mix it up.

We went outside for a little bit before leaving and there were balloons everywhere!
Mason was so intrigued by them. He stood up at one point and tried reaching it.

Nothing too exciting this weekend. Today we are going to the mall so I can exchange a shirt (I keep ordering shirts that are too big) and do a little window shopping. Tim is also going to watch swimming lessons today. I am a little worried that Mason will want him in the water and not me.



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10.10.2014

5 on Friday

I am linking up again with darciaprilchristina + natasha this week. 

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The hosts of this link up are doing a great giveaway! You should go check it out.

{Two}
It is Fire Prevention week and I must say I got right into it with Mason's daycare. I made cupcakes with fire looking frosting. I tried at least :)
I also arranged for a fire truck and some firemen to visit the daycare center and talk to Mason's class and the preschoolers. They could not do it until next week, but they said that was fine. I love helping out when I can.

{Three}
I have said this before, but I love that Tim has Friday's off now. He got home last night and said he was so happy to finally have a day off on Monday. Geesh this guy. Today he started baking apple bread while I was working out. I will do a post next week with the recipe because between the two of us we changed the recipe we had a bit.

It just feels good to have 3 day weekend for 8 months out of the year. It is also great to have him home earlier at night. I feel a lot less rushed at night and I feel like we have more time on weekends even when I have to work a couple days on the weekend. It is amazing what a simple decision such as submitting an application for a new job can do to your life.

{Four}
Last night we went to Tim's parents house. On the way there Mason saw a "twactor" so that is all he talked about on the way there and when we got there. Tim went down to the barn and got the tractor for Mason to look at. Usually Mason wants nothing to do with riding on the tractor he just wants to point to it and say "twactor." Last night he wanted to right on it and Tim was teaching him how to steer and not hit things.
Tim told Mason that the Tractor had to go night night. When they put it away Mason saw the four wheeler. That was another half an hour of riding around the field. It is weird because that was another thing he wanted nothing to do with before now we had to bribe him with dinner to get him off of the four wheeler. He came inside with a red nose and red cheeks talking up a storm.

{Five}

Busy weekend ahead. Mason is going for a sleepover with his cousin Dalton at my cousin's house tomorrow. I am going with Tim's mom, aunt, and a few other people to a traveling Broadway show in Albany. I am excited because it is the show Newsies. I have always like that movie, the one with Christian Bale. Now I get to see the musical on stage - eek!

Sunday will be a lazy day. I have to make a big lasagna for our rescue squad meeting, but I love making lasagna for more than just Tim and I.


Any exciting plans for this long weekend? 



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