Just another day in paradise…

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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


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?


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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:

Maui Muscle Tee Gideon 2

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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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.

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Just another day in paradise…

Wow! I had not realized how much I had neglected my blog! Has it really been 6 months since my last post?

Guess I will take a few minutes to update you on all that has been going on in our lives. Please be aware that this will be a very photo heavy blog post. I have a lot of photos to share!

In December Uncle Andrew (my husband’s brother) and his son, M, came to visit us. It was so nice to have them! We hung out, celebrated the holiday, and braced the cold to tour Philly. We also took the kids to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It was so much fun! I hope that someday soon we will be closer to our family so the kids can spend more time with their cousins. I know that they would love that.

Here is a collage of Christmas photos. I was so happy to get a photo of each boy in front of the tree. In Christmas jammies, none the less. I just won’t tell you how long it was AFTER Christmas that I took them!

On the day after Christmas we took Uncle Andrew and M to see the Rocky stairs and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Although there was no snow, it was bitterly cold! We were all bundled up and did not last outside very long. But we had a lot of fun, and I got some great pictures! (I added the snow overlay on Couldn’t resist!)

Before the Uncle Andrew and M left, we took to Baltimore where we toured the National Aquarium and then had dinner at the Hard Rock, waiting for our table at the Barnes and Noble where T played with trains, which is one of his favorite things right now.

January brought Baby G’s first birthday. I can’t believe how fast he has grown! He learned how to walk, and is now running all over the place, and climbing up on everything. If he can figure out how to get into it, he will!

We were a bit delayed on celebrating his birthday but we got to have a nice birthday dinner at Red Lobster with the Read family. It was great to catch up with them and just celebrate Baby G’s life.

n February we embarked on a new adventure. We packed up (and allowed the movers to pack up) our house and began the long drive from Delaware to Mississippi. With three little ones, it took several days and lots of stopping. It included a stop by to play with cousins, I and J, and meet their Uncle Jeremiah (my brother) and Aunt Andrea (wish I had gotten pictures and that we could have stayed longer!). We took the longer route so that I could drive on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel which takes you from Delmarva to Virginia Beach. The boys got to play in numerous Chick Fil A playgrounds and even shut one down thanks to an unfortunate accident.

We went from this:

Brr! Just looking at that picture makes me cold!

To this:

Most of those pictures were taken at one park, on base, on the last day of February. The boys were all wearing lightweight long sleeve shirts but they probably would have been fine in short sleeves. Its humid here and summer will be HOT but it has been so nice not having coats to put on and take off all the time like we had in Delaware. The boys are just loving being able to play outside more often!

We are now in the process of just settling in. We have some unpacking still to do but for the most part we have unpacked what we plan to unpack since we are only going to be here for a short time before moving off to our next big adventure! Part of the fun of being part of the military is getting to go to unknown places at unknown times. Getting to explore the country and possibly even the world! Sure, it comes with stresses, and its hard to be away from family, but we are grateful that we are able to serve the country alongside my husband. He does the hardest job of serving our country through his day to day tasks, and gives of himself all the time. We simply stand behind him and support him. Something I am proud to be able to do.

But I digress.

We have already had the privilege of a visit from my good friend Krystal. It was so good to see her! The last time I had seen her was when I was pregnant with T and S was only 6 months old! Krystal was only here for a short visit but we had fun taking her to a few local places and shopping at Hobby Lobby.

This month my mom, Grandma, will be coming to visit. Then at the end of June we are going to have a visit from Nana, Papa, Aunt Amie, and the boys’ cousins, J, C, and K. We are so excited!

I’ve got one more collage for you.

April brought sun, and fun. It also brought us Easter. A day to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. This year we did an Easter egg hunt that included eggs with treasures that told of the story of the cross. The boys and I watched the Resurrection story on their tablets. We talked about how Jesus had to die on the cross because we do bad things and if He didn’t die on the cross we wouldn’t be able to go to Heaven to be with God someday when we die. We also talked about how amazing it is that Jesus rose from the dead. Unfortunately the resurrection part got lost in the two 3 year olds’ brains. They are used to their favorite superheroes coming right back to life after dying in things like the Lego games. Oh well. At least they got the concept of their bad things keeping them apart from God and Jesus being the only bridge back to Him. T got that really well.

A lot can happen in 6 months! What have you been up to? How has life been treating you?

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