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Run Forest Run!

Okay, so maybe that title dates me. But I don’t care. No one is more inspirational than the fictional Forest Gump, who broke his braces, and then ran his way across the country, just because he could!

(If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you see it at least once.)

About 5 weeks ago I started a journey to improve my fitness through running (jogging). I have been following the Couch to 5K running schedule, with a few repeated days when my mom came to visit.

Honestly, I was terrified of week 4. A lot more running, and a lot less walking. Two days of the three down though, and I have accomplished it!

Not only have I accomplished it, I have increased my speed and distance. For example, I was originally running about a 21.5 minute mile. Today I ran an 18 minute mile!

I still have a long way to go. I cannot run longer than 5 minutes at a stretch…yet. But last week I would have told you that I wasn’t able to run 5 minutes straight. And I have conquered that.

Now before you ask, no, I have not lost weight. I still have a good 20-30 pounds to shed. And yes, it is my goal to lose those pounds. But I am not running for the sake of weight loss.

I’m running for my fitness. I’m running because my body is a Temple of God and I haven’t been treating it as such. I’m running because it is me time. And yes, I am hoping to eventually lose weight and keep it off for good.

If you haven’t heard of C25K and were wanting a way to ease into running, I highly recommend it. Here is a look at what the plan entails. 


Keep in mind, this is only the first 3 weeks. It goes for a total of 9 weeks.

I have tried this program before, and was never successful. The thing that I have found to be the MOST helpful for me is purchasing the app through It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or an Android, you can get the app. It will tell you when to walk, when to run, and can log your progress. If you run outdoors it can even keep track of where you are running via GPS. And, if being chased by zombies is more motivating to you, there is even a zombie trainer!

You can find the link for the app and the whole program by clicking the photo of the schedule above.

Have you tried C25K?


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P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Facebook giveaway! I am picking the winner TOMORROW at NOON!

Giveaway June 2014

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Summer Time Fun!

Just a quick peek at the outfits I have been (slowly) working on for my kiddos so that they will be nice and cool when the hot, humid, Mississippi summer hits…

Peek a boo patterns summer outfits


I need to get my stinkers to let me get better pictures. And to get some of the outfits outside. But I am so in love with these summer outfits. So cute, so cozy…perfect for summertime! Now all they need are a couple of glasses of lemonade and some time in the SUN!

I’m linking up:

Keep your eyes peeled for more on the cute and comfy Coastal Craze Baggies pattern by Peek A Boo patterns coming soon!
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Candy Castle Peppermint Swirl Pattern Review

If you are someone who sews PDF patterns, you have probably seen the Peppermint Swirl. The twirls, the swirls, the fabric bends and curves just right to make a wonderfully fun dress perfect for any little girl.

I’ve made 5 of these dresses. 4 in size 5 and one in size 18 months. Each one has been a labor of love. And each one has amazed me at their outcome.

Here’s the dresses that I have made.

Peppermint Swirl dress collage

My final dress was inspired by the all so popular ice queen from the newest Disney movie. I altered the pattern of the bodice to make it mimic the ice queen’s bodice. I also made a cape to drape over it. But that’s not part of the pattern. ;)

Here’s a glimpse of it with the cape.

Ice Queen Cape

Although there are many women who have tackled this pattern as beginning seamstresses, I would not recommend it to someone just starting out. It is not a complicated pattern but it does have a lot of parts to it and might be overwhelming to someone just starting out. It is perfect for the intermediate or advanced seamstress.  Or for a very brave advanced beginner!

I am in love with this pattern! It goes from 6 months to 12 years old.

Need an adult version? Candy Castle has one of those for you too! It goes from 11 years to a women’s XL and pairs with either your favorite bodice or the Cherry Cosmopolitan Dress bodice (shown in the photo) also offered by Candy Castle Patterns. (Notice the beautiful woman is this photo? That’s the amazing designer Rebecca who created these beautiful patterns.)

 really hope you will give these dresses a shot! They are truly beautiful and worth every second of your time.

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*I have not been paid for this review. I personally bought the original Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern. The pattern belongs to Candy Castle Patterns, but the review and photos of (aside from the two from the Candy Castle Patterns website) are entirely my own and are not to be used without consent.


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Making Progress

Its been awhile since I checked in on my weight loss.

You might have caught some of my recent posts about things that I have been eating in order to have a healthy body and a healthy life. I want to take a minute to share the book that I have been reading.

Trim Healthy Mama was written by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. They are sisters who have been on a long journey to good health. Over the years the ladies have tried a variety of different techniques to achieve good health. None of the popular methods had worked for them.

There was a point when they discovered that each method had benefits but that they neglected the good of other methods. This cause their bodies to be healthy in some ways while being deficient in others.

The same can be said by most Americans. We live in a culture that prides itself on its speed. And with that speed comes a deterioration of nutrients. Even many people who are healthy eaters struggle to create a balance of nutrients that are needed in our bodies.

Serene and Pearl have looked at popular diets, studies, and what the Bible has to say about diet and have come up with a plan that is not only feasible but makes complete sense.

The basic premise of the plan is to eat meals that are centered around protein and use only use one fuel source. Either fat without carbs (similar to Atkins) or carbs (within moderation) without much fat. The carbs that are chosen are carbs that are filled with valuable nutrients and won’t spike blood sugars.

For my family this is perfect. Blood sugars are an issue, as you can imagine, with diabetes and hypoglycemia. And the plan only requires a few tweaks here and there from the way we were already eating.

But you don’t have to be a mama to glean valuable information from this book.

There are pages and pages explaining how our body works. And it all is in line with everything I have read on my own over the years or been told by my brilliant friend, Deanna (Hi Deanna! Love ya!). There are various recipes, some of which my family has loved and some of which we have used as a basis for different ideas that are just as healthy. I’ll admit that I tend to tweak just about every recipe to make them my own.

I am finally starting to make some real progress. I am eating healthier than ever before because I understand it a little better. Somehow it all has just clicked. And I am starting to see a change not only in the scale but also in the way clothes are fitting.

I was 222 at the beginning of May. Two days ago, on the last day of May, I was 216 (as of today, June 9th, when I am revisiting this unpublished post I am at 213, yay!). That’s 6 pounds in 4 ish weeks. I have lost at least 2 inches around my waist and another 2 around each of my thighs. And I have not been totally faithful to being “on plan” as I learn how to eat and search out new, healthier foods, that are available in the stores that we shop.

I admit that even when things were suggested to me as being healthy, I was hesitant because it was hard for me to get healthy food. I’ve been learning though that I don’t have to go anywhere special to get many healthy items that are very similar to what I already buy.

For example, flax seed is available at Walmart (and sometimes Sam’s). I’ve used it for awhile but I had never really experienced its potential. Coconut and almond flours seemed expensive, and they are, but not if used in smaller portions. The largest amount of almond flour I have used at one time is 3 cups and that was to make a large coffee cake for S’s birthday. Generally I use about 2 tablespoons at a time and that makes the flour last quite awhile.

Searching out and trying new foods has been part of the fun of this journey. I had no idea how much I actually liked sweeten iced tea, for example, until I started sweetening it with stevia extract. It has helped tremendously with my soda drinking (I still do indulge in diet sodas occasionally but it is becoming less and less frequent).

If you are interested in having a healthier life, in a way that is easy for anyone to do, I highly recommend checking out this book. Even if you aren’t a “mama” there are some great gems to be found in these 600 plus pages. Hope that it will bring new life to your diet and lifestyle like it has for me!


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*I have not been reimbursed or commissioned for anything stated in this blog post. It is purely my own experiences and opinion.

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Baby Sophie’s Gift Reveal

Do you remember this post about my soon to be born niece? Here are the photos I originally posted:


And here is the great reveal! I made it into a collage so you can see all the goodies in one picture.

Her outfit included: a headband (with removable flower), a pair of shoes, a dress, and a diaper cover (not intended to go over cloth diapers). Isn’t it adorable?

I got to use my serger and felt like a real professional making this outfit. I am really proud of how it turned out.

I can’t wait for baby Sophie to be born! She is due on the 13th of September so it shouldn’t be long now! I bet her mama is very eager!

If you are interested in making a similar outfit for someone special in your life, here are my inspirations:

Made By Rae’s Itty Bitty Baby Dress Pattern

Dana Made It’s Diaper Cover

Shwin and Shwin’s Pleated Mary Jane

Craftastical”s Fabric Flower Carnation Tutorial

Note: I did not follow any of these tutorials exactly. I simply used them as a guideline (except for Dana Made It’s Diaper Cover, as it included a printable pattern). These are simply tutorials that are out there that have already been done by talented women and that can help you to achieve similar results.

Happy Crafting!