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July 26 2014 at the beach for blog


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Five Minute Friday: FINISH

Every week a group of bloggers write for 5 minutes on a single topic and then link up together. For several years Lisa Jo Baker has hosted this writing on her blog. Starting August 8th it is going to be moving. But the spirit of the blogging will continue.

Although I only contribute on a hit and miss basis, I have been in love with the concept of 5 minute Friday, knowing that at least once a week I can come to a place to find a topic that is shared by hundreds of others, and I can delve into writing with very little thinking or planning. Simply what flies off of my fingertips.

If you are interested in participating, make sure to follow the link and check out what other bloggers have posted. And follow us as we make the transition to a new host!

Five Minute Friday

 

 

FINISH:

Its hard to finish things.

Sometimes finishing means that you have to leave something behind that you love. Something that you don’t want to leave behind.

We are about ready to finish another adventure.

As part of the military, we go where we are sent. Sometimes that means that we go to someplace fun while my husband is doing a training. And sometimes it means that we move to a place for several years that we really don’t want to live at.

We’ve loved living here.

We moved here in February. It was cold and snowy when we left Delaware. What a relief we felt getting to Mississippi to the sun, the warmth (it was in the 60s-70s!) and the water! But even getting here we knew it would be short lived.

And now, as July finishes up, and October quickly approaches, we prepare ourselves for our next step. To finish this short chapter of our lives.

We look forward to the new chapter. Finishing isn’t always a bad thing.

We are going to miss the water. The beach has been fun to visit and the water warm enough to play in.

I am going to miss the thunder storms. I love thunder storms! And the amount that we get here is far greater than any I have ever experienced.

We will miss the Hard Rock. Silly but my boys just love the “Guitar Restaurant.”

But its okay.

We will soon finish with our life here in Mississippi. But it will only mark the beginning of our life in Saint Louis!

July 26 2014 at the beach for blog


And just as a reminder, the Mystery Hostess party is still going on via Facebook.

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We will be playing games and drawing a winner for the Hostess rewards on Wednesday, July 30th. Make sure to check it out and get your order in before Wednesday to qualify for the rewards.

Blessings!

 

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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. 

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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 active.com. 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?

Blessings,

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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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For the days when life is too hard…

Let me be honest with you. There are days when life overwhelms me. Days when my depression takes over. Where I am angry at everything that happens in my life. At my kids, my husband, and even the TV stations. Days when I feel trapped and alone.

It happens more than I would like it to.

Lately I have been succumbing to that anger and depression. I have been wanting to curl up in my bed and just hide or sleep all day. I have been angry at my children over the littlest of things. And I have let my temper get ahold of me.

I don’t share this so that you will feel for me, or out of some kind of pity party. I share this to be transparent. To let you know that you are not alone.

There will be days when you too will be tired of your job, your family, your kids, your significant other…or simply life in general.

There will be days when it will be hard for you to get out of bed.

Days where all you want is to quit.

I’m here to tell you that it is OKAY.

Its okay to have rough patches. To not be yourself.

Its okay to struggle with the day to day and to feel overwhelmed with life.

Its okay to wish that you didn’t have so much on your plate and to want to no longer carry the burden on your shoulders.

Its okay to grieve over the life that you wished you would have, but didn’t end up with.

Its okay.

The trick is to not allow it to overcome you.

Grieve if you need to. Take time for yourself. But don’t let the struggles of today overcome the joy of tomorrow.

I share this with you after having a couple of weeks of pure struggle. Of allowing myself to be overwhelmed.

For me, I find that reading God’s Word and spending some quality time in prayer really changes my attitude and outlook in a way that nothing else does.

It doesn’t have to be a specific passage. But I find that reading stories like Job’s (in the book of Job) and Joseph’s (Genesis 37-50) are great for reminding me how minor my struggles are. Paul is another inspiration. You can read his life stories in many of the letters of the New Testament. Romans is one of my favorites.

Exercise is also amazing for lifting the spirits. Go for a walk, get a breath of fresh air if possible, and get your heart beating. Dance, run, swim, bike…whatever you like to do that gets your heart elevated. It will release all those good for you chemicals and help you to feel more yourself. Plus, its great “me time.”

Another option, is to take a nice warm bath. Soak in some oils, and epsom salt. Play some soothing music. Whatever makes you smile. And simply RELAX. That can be so difficult for us, in our society.

And finally, turn off your electronics. Get off of Facebook. Stop watching TV. Don’t mindlessly play the candy game. Find a book to read. Clean the house. Write a journal entry. Find something productive to do that is off of electronics. Something that does not tell you about the latest drama, or ask you for more money, or cause you to wish for something more. Electronics are not bad. But there are times when they can be draining.

Get outside! Enjoy the sun. Give your loved ones some hugs. And remember that today is just one of many days. This too will pass.

What is your favorite thing to do, in order to get you out of a funky mood?

Blessings,

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Peek A Boo Patterns Maui Muscle Tee Review

Its released!

 

I am so excited about this pattern!

I was chosen to be part of the testing team for this pattern and was so honored. Its cute, my son loves it (and the other two are dying for me to get theirs done). And for someone who is fairly new working with knits, it was still super easy! I think it took me about 30 minutes from start to finish (not including having to stop to take care of the children).

Here’s baby G rocking his Maui Muscle Tee:

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I was able to use some fabric that I had left over from pants I had made from the Peek A Boo winter PJs pattern during January. I just love how cheerfully boyish it is!

Now I have 6 more tanks cut out and ready to be sewn together for the boys so they will be stylish when the summer heat hits!

Now here’s the best part. Amy at Peek a Boo patterns is offering a sale today on her Maui Muscle Tee! It is on sale for only $6.75! What a great deal for a cute pattern that runs from sizes 3 months to 12 years! And don’t think it is just for little boys. With some cute girly fabrics you can have an adorable tank for your little girl as well.

The pattern also has color blocking options. Create side panels in a different print or color for a whole new look! The possibilities are endless!

I promise you will be seeing more of these tanks on my boys. They will be hitting the park and the beach in style this summer wearing this adorable tee.

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I’m linking up to:
PiePie Designs

*I have not been paid for this review. Although I was given the pattern for free during the testing period in exchange for suggestions and help making the pattern ready for the general sewing public, I have not been reimbursed financially in any way shape or form. The pattern belongs to Peek A Boo Patterns, but the review and photos of Baby G’s shirt are entirely mine.


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WAFFLES!

Do you like waffles?

Of course you do!

Filled with gooey syrup? Or topped with strawberries and whipped cream? Or how about a mixture of butter, cinnamon and maple syrup for a truly amazing flavor?
Whatever you like on your waffles, it helps to start out with a good baking mix. And some of the popular store bought ones, while delicious, are filled with all kinds of unhealthy ingredients.

This recipe is a hit with my two picky 3 year olds and my 1 year old. It keeps my diabetic’s sugars stable, and I have found that even I can eat it in the mornings, despite my incredible sensitivity to carbs.

Here they are devouring the waffles. And then begging for more!

Best part? It is so simple to make up the mix. And if you keep it in the freezer, it can be used over and over and over again for super quick breakfasts that take no longer than toasting up some freezer waffles! What could be better?

Are you ready for the recipe?

Lets start with the basic mix.

And that’s it! Super simple, isn’t it? And it makes about 11 cups. That’s an awful lot of amazing mix to last you several days.

Now to turn it into waffles.

The nutrition information is going to vary depending on what ingredients you use. When I make it as written with all sugar free items the nutrition information is as follows:

What kinds of things do you like to put on your waffles?

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*Make sure you are using a quality protein powder. I use Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate or Swanson’s Whey Protein Powder. There are some others on the market that are made by reputable companies as well. Another option is to substitute powdered milk for the protein powder. But keep in mind that this will increase the carb count and decrease the amount of protein in the final product.