I just want to say...

Thank you!!! To all those that have played any type of role in either my life or the boys! We are beyond grateful and appreciate it all! It truly takes a village to raise children and I'm blessed to have had that support not only with Aaron growing up but also Andrew.


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! I plan to take lots of pictures Christmas morning but I can't promise they will be uploaded that very day. As exciting and joyful Christmas is it can also be exhausting especially when you wake up at the crack of dawn (5:00 am) to see what Santa put under the tree! :-)


I'm really looking forward to 2015! It's always exciting to see what the New Year brings and what goals are set to be accomplished. My goal for this little blog next year is to continue posting and try to get a set # per month. I think its doable! Happy New Year! Hope you all continue to follow along!



 

Keep calm and stay cozy


Baby it's cold outside!!! I'm not a huge fan of the cold weather, I don't know how anyone can be! With the cooler months approaching you can find me trying to keep warm and cozy inside the house. Below are my holiday winter favorites...hint the repeated red color!



As mentioned before, I love scarfs! They are easily my go to accessory since I tend to be very minimal. I wear them non stop during the colder months even inside the house...oops!



I love lighting candles it really sets a relaxing atmosphere plus it doesn't hurt that they smell amazing. During the week it's not unusual to see me in my pjs or lounge wear snuggled up on the couch with a cup of tea. It's the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

Link Love

Finally a new link love post! Sorry it's been forever! Now that the holidays are in full effect I have tons of cute stuff to share with you! Some I've found through friends so thank you guys for sharing!

So let's cut the small talk and get to the good stuff!

  • I need of some simple holiday decorations check out these 12 Easy & Elegent Christmas Decor ideas! Love the idea of hanging the Christmas cards!
  • I really enjoy wrapping gifts! Must be my artistic side. These Stylish Gift Wrapping Ideas are giving me tons of different ideas!
  • Love taking pictures but never print them? Well, look no further ~ Snapfish makes it easy to print your favorite photos. Not to mention they have tons of coupons, so if you haven't already please look into it!
  • I'm sure you'll be going to a few holiday parties and the best way to spruce up your everyday look is to add a sparkly shadow - Use this Shadow Stick 101 guide for the perfect application.
  • Make this Potato Bacon Broccoli Cheese Soup if you want something warm, cozy and good over the weekend!
  • I have to try out this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate recipe over the next few cold months!
Have a wonderful weekend! Hope you get tons of shopping done and spend quality time with your family! :-)


Life lately

Sorry I have been MIA lately! So much has been going on with the holidays approaching! Take a peak at what's been going on the past few weeks! Hope to be back to a normal routine soon! Hope you get a chance to try out the treadmill workout this week!


Workout Wednesday



Finally, I have a workout for you. I know it's been a while. Now that the weather is colder most people have moved their workouts from outdoors to indoors. I don't blame them, it is way too cold to try and walk/jog/run outside. Here is a treadmill workout to get you up and moving again. The treadmill is a great way to help build stamina and increase your speed.



I know the treadmill can be somewhat boring so make sure you load up your MP3 player/Iphone/Andriod or whatever device you use with some good music! The better the music the better I perform...typically! :-)

My little baby

My little baby turned 2 this weekend! He had such a great day. I'm so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be his mother. 

He is such a loving child. His curiosity gets him into trouble but he always means well. Here are a few pictures that I was able to capture during our celebration with family and close friends. 


Link Love

Hello there!! I know it's been quiet but I"m still here! I plan to be back on it next week.

Here are a few links I've been loving over the past few weeks.


P.S. Today is my Mom's Birthday!!! Wishing her the best birthday yet and many more to come! I don't know what I would do without you! I love you more than words can describe!

Have a great weekend! I'm gearing up for Andrew's 2nd birthday so I've got a lot to do today and tomorrow. We will be enjoying LOTS and LOTS of cake! :-)



3 Things

There is so much I'm loving lately. I love fall! The weather is getting cooler but there is still just the right amount of sun during the day. It's just so beautiful outside!

Let me start off by saying I ♡ this little guy with his new haircut! His hair was getting out of control so his Awesome Aunt did us a huge favor and cut off the excess!


I'm always on the go these days, well pretty much EVERY day! To avoid stopping at fast food joints I try my best to pack somewhat healthy snack. Lately, my favorite go to snacks are KIND bars! They are sooooo delicious! They're low in sugar and are packed with healthy nuts so you get your protein in! They offer so many different combinations. If you haven't tried them already please pick up one - they are available at your local grocery store, Costco, gas stations, and Starbucks! :-)

 Now that November is here, my favority Starbucks drink is officially available!! Who doesn't love Peppermint Mocha! It's the perfect balance of mint and chocolate! Also, if you cut back on the whipped cream its not too bad for your waistline!


Happy FRIDAY!!!

Never too much

The love I have for my boys is so dear to my heart. I can't even being to explain how much I love them and each in their own special way. I thank god everyday for giving me the opportunity to be their mother. I cherish each and every day and some days I overdo it by hugging them a little longer or giving them a million and one kisses but it's because I love them! 


I could never do too much for them. Some days we spend the day together just having fun and watching their favorite shows while eating oreos (them more so then me) and they just laugh and smile and climb all over each other (and me). I love to spoil them...now not everyday but if they've been behaving really well and listening I have no other choice to reward them for a job well done! They both love cookies and cupcakes (who doesn't!?!?!) so some days we make special trips to the bakery or depending on time we will run into our local 7-11 which never disappoints.


My Superhero Boys

The boys were Batman & Robin this Halloween.  Aaron is infatuated with superheros these days so he couldn't be anything other than Batman especially since he's already been Spider-man and Hulk. Once Aaron picked out Batman it was only right to have his littler brother tagged as Robin! As always, I'm mom so this year I opted for a batman (girl) t-shirt! I know lame but I'm really not into dressing up and what not. Maybe next year?



The lady with the red hat is my Granny! Isn't she the cutest witch! 

Workout Wednesday


So I'm pretty sure if you've been reading for a while that you noticed I like to switch things up! What can I say, I get bored easily! I've been working out pretty consistently for a while now and I need a challenge. Since the weather is still somewhat nice outside with a slight breeze I don't really feel like a indoor workout (checkout my DVD collection). 

So I have decided to go for the gold and work towards completing a half marathon (13.1 miles). I know, I'm crazy! Really I'm absolutely crazy but I need something that will challenge both my mind and body and I think this will do the trick. I ran a 5K last September and was AMAZED at how well I did! So I'm gonna start with a simple 10K and then progress to 10 miles and then boom 13.1 miles! 

What's the worse that could happen...if anything, this may motivate me to complete a full marathon! I doubt if I'll do that but who knows. So as I start to prepare for my first 10K, I have decided to try a new workout which involves running at least 3 times a week. Here's my new routine! Wish me luck! Feel free to join me on this new running journey :-)


4 Week Beginner 10K Training Schedule
CT - Cross Training
ER - Easy Run (Steady pace)
LR - Long Run (Slow steady pace)


Week 1:
Day 1: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 2: 2 miles ER
Day 3: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 4: 2 miles ER
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 3 miles LR
Day 7: 2 miles brisk walk or Rest

Week 2:
Day 1: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 2: 2.5 miles ER
Day 3: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 4: 2.5 miles ER
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 4 miles LR
Day 7: 2 miles brisk walk or Rest

Week 3:
Day 1: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 2: 3 miles ER
Day 3: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 4: 3 miles ER
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 5 miles LR
Day 7: 2 miles brisk walk or Rest

Week 4:
Day 1: 3 miles ER
Day 2: 30 min CT or Rest
Day 3: 3 miles ER
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: 2 miles ER
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: 10K Day!

Life lately

Life has been a little busy the past few weeks. We were out of town for two weekends, had a field trip and celebrated a birthday (Patrick) this month so it's been busy needless to say.  Plus, we are gearing  up for Halloween. This is going to be a LONG week! I captured a few moments from the last few weeks on my phone. I know I should invest in a good camera but until then my Samsung Galaxy will do!

Workout Wednesday

FOCUS on the...GOOD


I had a reminder this weekend when I didn't have a chance to get my workout in because I was out of town. Why beat yourself up because you didn't get your workout in??? In life we just have to adapt and go with the flow! I may not be able to workout EVERY single day but when I can I should and that's all that really matters. Same goes for when I workout but I don't have a chance to give it my all, at least I got to workout!

It's all about baby steps!!! We all struggle sometimes and what we should focus on is that good, that fact that we are alive and well! So go ahead and have a cheat meal or two, you deserve it! I don't like to deprive myself of things I crave because that could backfire in the long run. I just try to make small decisions everyday that ultimately lead to big results!

I don't workout to be perfect or skinny, I workout to be healthy! I workout so that I can feel good and be strong! I workout so that I can be fast and fierce! So I strive for progress NOT perfection. I know that I've come a long way and I just need to stick with it.




3 things

First, let me just say this is NOT a promotion for Old Navy but they are killin' it right now with stuff for the whole family! So I had to pick up a few things for the boys and myself :-) Did I mention everything was on sale?!?!

Zip Front Sweater
I picked this sweater up for the boys (same color for both). It's perfect for layering either a t-shirt or a button up. I love that it's a full zipper so that they can bundle up if they choose to.

Quilted Vest
I tried this vest on in the store and was completely in awe over it! It's the perfect piece for this fall. I can layer it with a long sleeve tee or stack it on warm by layering it over a jean jacket or blazer for a different look.
Graphic Tee
I got this sweatshirt for Aaron because he's starting to read and wants all of his shirts to have words on them! If it helps him with school then why not, right? Plus, it's not too shabby!

Link Love

Here are a few links I'd like to share from the past few weeks.

  • I can't wait to try this ~ Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! It would be perfect for a chilly night.
  • I think we could all use a health boost these days ~ 3 DIY Super Healthy Smoothies
  • In a weight loss rut? These ~ 6 Tips to Get Out of Your Rut will do the job to get you back on track!
  • I heart Mexican food! I don't get it as often as I would like to but boy do I enjoy it when I have the chance. This ~ Almost Chili's Salsa is a copycat of the real deal at Chili's and I will be testing it out soon enough!
  • Unfortunately, I don't have a personal assistant so this is the next best thing ~ 25+ Apps that make life easier.
  • 33 Totally Creepy MakeUp Looks ~ I need some ideas for Halloween, so maybe I will attempt one of these looks.
  • I love soup! This ~ Tortilla Soup looks amazing!! I will be testing it out during the next few months.
  • I saw the quote below and it just reminded me that life is not a race, we really have to work at it and take it one day at a time. So take your time, put in the work and enjoy the journey :-) 




Workout Wednesday




I've got a tough workout for you today!!! Hope you are ready to sweat!!!This is a lower body workout that is sure to have your legs on fire! The workout is intended to be used in conjunction with a treadmill but you can always substitute the treadmill with jumping jacks, jump ropes, or speed skaters. Either way its sure to be a great high intensity workout.

Lower Body HIIT Workout

WARM-UP: Treadmill~ Speed:3.5/Incline:0 = 5 minutes

Walking Lunges = 1 minute
Treadmill~ Speed:3/Incline:15 = 2 minutes

Standing Squats = 1 minute
Treadmill~ Speed:3.2/Incline:13 = 2 minutes

Jumping Lunges = 1 minute
Treadmill~ Speed:3.4/Incline:11 = 2 minutes

Jumping Squats = 1 minute
Treadmill~ Speed:3.6/Incline:9 = 2 minutes

Jumping Squats with Jumping Lunges = 1 minute
Treadmill~ Speed:3.8/Incline:7 = 2 minutes

COOL DOWN: Treadmill~ Speed:2.5/Incline:0 = 5 minutes


Sweat is WEAKNESS leaving the body, 
so PUSH HARDER!!!



Next Month

Next month my littlest guy will be 2!!! I can't believe how fast the time has gone by, it really feels like we skipped a few months. The last few months he's grown SOOOOO MUCH!!! He's talking so much more and doing big boy things. He's a little character!

He is such a loving little boy. Everyday he tells us he loves us and gives us hugs and kisses, such a lover! He also starting tell me he loves me and then would say, "Daddy, loves you too" or "Aaron,  loves you too" he's very thoughtful. He loves sharing, particularly when it involves food! So if he has a snack then you will have a snack too :-)



Day by day he is becoming more and more independent. He no longer likes to sit in his highchair and will now sit at the table like everyone else. I'm pretty sure he thinks that he is the same age as Aaron (5). He adores Aaron, although they don't always get along for the most part they have a great relationship. He's so happy when Aaron plays with him and watches movies on the Ipad with him.

I'm looking forward to what the next year brings and all the little stages in between. I know the saying about 2 year olds but I'm hoping they won't be so terrible. We will have our challenges but as with everything it will be an adventure.

Life happens...

Things don't always go as planned and sometimes we get set back but isn't it all a part of life?

Lately I feel like I've been having a hard time balancing everything, I just get tired and things don't get finished. I'm not a big planner but I like to have an idea in my mind about how the day will pan out. During the week we have so much to get done and then when the weekend come we just want to relax and enjoy life but sometimes it doesn't happen like that. Some days we have tantrums and some days we have special projects that need to be completed. Some days we don't have dinner ready and have to make last minute plans. Some days are hectic...but I know its just LIFE!

I think the older I get the more I realize that there is no secret formula to getting everything done. You just have to get it done when you can and accept that. These days I'm just living and if that means I get behind on things then well I'm just behind. I don't want to have to worry about the small things in life so much that I miss out on what really is important and that's just LIVING! So if I get to the laundry then great but if not, there will always be tomorrow :-) That also goes for my workouts, if I can't fit it in then I will get to it later. No sense in beating yourself up for something that didn't go as planning, things happen and its called LIFE so enjoy it.



~Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you~

Workout Wednesday

Today's post is about MOTIVATION!
 


What keeps you going day after day? For me, I would say it's my family! I want to be there for them. I want to continue making healthy decisions so that I can be around for a long time. I want to be active with them and encourage them to be active as well.

One thing that keeps me motivated is seeing people who are twice my age still involved with fitness! It's so inspirational to see some working out as hard as me if not harder busting their butt in a workout not to mention they are old enough to be my parent if not older. I want to be that person when I'm older, I want to be able to out run those younger than me :-) I'm not saying I want to beat EVERYONE, I'm just saying I want to be a part of the race!

Let me be honest, some days are harder than others. Some days I'm not motivated to do anything but I know that I will feel awful if I don't stay consistent. If I've learned anything during my health/fitness journey it's that consistency is KEY! You have to stick with it, you may not see results overnight but if you continue day after day to make changes you will see changes. I've seen myself come far and then I've seen myself fall back and it's not pretty at all. All that hard work...GONE! If you truly want change you have to continue to work at it even when you get to where you want to be you have to maintain. 

I've really found that scheduling my workouts for the week really works for me. It helps me stick to a schedule and if I need to I can move things around in order to ensure that I get my workout in for the day. I got a planner last month and it's been the best thing ever! I schedule my workouts, doctor appointments, weekend activities and everything else! It's really helped me get into a schedule with everything. 


A LEGO Weekend!

Over the weekend we traveled to Richmond for the Lego Kids fest. The boys had a BLAST! There were Legos everywhere!!! They had Lego creation stations set up all over the convention center with different focuses. They also had huge Lego displays all throughout the center. Here are some pictures of our Lego adventure.