July 21, 2013

4 months and counting...

Well it has only been 4 short months (what?!) since my last post.  First, I hope you still find the archives intersting, because there is a lot of hard learned information in there. Secondly, I hate blogs that just fizzle out, and I don't want to be that blogger! So I'm officially taking a break from the blogging world. It has helped me keep my sanity during crazy mothering...years, and given me a place a grow in my knowledge of grace and health, as well as fill a craving to write! But we are moving into a little different place in our family life and I need to put my attentions in other places for awhile. I'll be back to share those joys with you in the future, but until then...PLEASE, kick off your shoes....and stay awhile. =)
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March 27, 2013

We Snack (mostly) Raw Wednesdays: On The Go!

Some of my favorite on the go snacks are of course fruits!  I almost always grab an apple on Sundays when we are at the church for 6 hours.  I also love the fresh, ready to go baby carrots. But here are a few other ideas:

Lara Bars.  I love these simple, raw bars!  They have mini versions as well, and SO many flavors. I don't think any bar has more than 5 ingredients, and they are yummy!

Smoothie (if you have a few minutes to prep first).  There are so many options of healthy, tasty, even dessert-y smoothies.  I love a green smoothie in the morning, check out this recipe.  I also love a little Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie when I'm craving something sweet.  Play around with your favorite ingredients and see what you can come up with!  Here are some recipes to get you started.

Think Thin. (not even close to raw) These are some of mine and my hubby's favorite protein bars.  They are ToneItUp approved with no sugar, 20 grams of protein and lots of flavor options.  My favorites are Chunky or Creamy Peanut Butter (they taste so much like a Reese's), and I love the Fudge Brownie as well.
Luna Bar. (also not raw) I think these make great mid-morning snacks or pre-workout energy boosts. I like that these are geared towards women's needs, but LOVE that they taste De-Liscious!!! =)  The Chocolate Dipped Coconut is my all time favorite!

Easy to Grab Fruits and Veggies of course.  I like pairing them with little Peanut Butter Packets or Hummus Packs.

I have fallen in love with these little Guacamole Packets too. Fill up on the healthy stuff!! I hope you find some of these easy, healthy and tasty too!

March 23, 2013

100 Miles in 6 Weeks!

I did it! Starting on January 2nd of this year, I took on the Love Your Body Challenge (I posted about it here).  Part of the challenge was to run, walk, jog, bike or crawl 100 miles in 6 weeks (ending on Valentines Day).  Between sickness and travel I barely made it, with jogging the final 2 miles ON Valentines Day, but it was a huge accomplishment for me since I hadn't seriously got back into running since getting pregnant two years ago.  Something else pretty cool: I was one of the 10 runners up, to the top 3 winners, out of 400 entrants!!!  I don't think I've ever really won anything this big before, but especially not in fitness! =) It was so exciting and encouraging to be recognized for working hard and reaching personal goals.  Plus I won a little prize package from ToneItUp that's pretty cool too! =) What are your fitness goals this year?  If you don't have any, I'd encourage you to pick a few to get started with, like "drink half my body weight in ounces of water daily" or "walk 1-2 miles every day." Wherever you are in your journey to healthy living, having goals is critical! =) 

March 22, 2013

Walgreens Challenge Week 8

So my previous Walgreens post, I spent all my Registered Rewards on a Rebate, which means I have no money to put towards any new items for a few weeks.  I did get a toothpaste deal, where I paid $.50 for a tube of Crest and got back $3 in RR.  Then I used those on some medicine for my baby after she had an allergic reaction to something. =(  So we are kinda back at square one here.  I am still logging my walks so I can get more points, they add up slowly.  I am deciding if I want to keep at it after my rebate comes in or not.  I may have finished this year long challenge in 2 months.  Haha.  Live and learn.  It was still fun though. =)

March 21, 2013

SSMT Verses 5 & 6

I hope you guys are taking on the Scripture Memory challenge!  1 Verse every 2 weeks, we can do it!! I missed posting my 5th verse, so I'm doubling up here.  If you are interested in joining, check out the details here. =)

Verse 5:
"Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." - Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

Verse 6: 
"[She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." - Psalm 112:7 (NIV), emphasis mine.

Four Weeks In the Making...

Well this post was four weeks in the making (or maybe that's just how long it's taken for me to sit down at my computer!).  And what a full four weeks this has been! The first notable event was the girls (my three oldest and their friend) being flower girls in a very special wedding!  We spent all day a few Saturdays ago getting pampered at home, a pre-wedding workout, a bath and manicures.  Then we somehow had run out of time and were rushing to get everyone dressed, hair up and out the door in time for pictures. It was a beautiful day, some of my favorite moments:

All of you brides-to-be, check out a free app called WedPics.  Our friends used this, and everyone with a smart phone could upload all their pictures, wherever they were.  It was awesome seeing everyone's perspective and experiences of the very special event.  

We just finished Spring Break, and tackled Potty Training!!!  Yes, if you've been reading awhile, you know I potty trained over the summer, but we never got 100% finished, and then back pedaled a bit.  So I stayed firm and finished over spring break.  Yay!  And my little 2 year old is doing so well!  So many wonderful goals were met in the past few weeks, like getting my baby sleeping through the night (Yes Lord!), potty training, making spring break fun for the girls, and getting all our teeth cleaned (oh my, what a learning experience...never take all four of your kids at the same time, by yourself...I had to call in reinforcements). 

I also played guitar again! Wow, I know.  It had been two years since I'd literally even picked one up. DJ and I decided to have me start playing one Sunday out of the month with our worship team.  It was definitely a little awkward getting used to it again, and my poor fingers were hurting, but I'm so happy that I have a reason to force myself to get back at it.

God also made it really clear that I need to be vocal coaching. What?!...I had NEVER in my life thought about it really, but in 3 weeks I had 4 different people ask me if I would help them.  So, I spent another 4 weeks hesitating (which I am sadly really good at...but working on!) and then decided I would really love to do it!  So, I don't know where that is going to lead, but it's pretty exciting for sure!!!

I have been trying to make some time to sit and write, and especially to write creatively, I don't know when THAT will happen again, but at least I can sit in a little cafe, staring at a grey sky and type away to catch you up with what's been going on. It only took 4 weeks! Heehee.  This also goes week 4 on having NO dryer.  The lovely people who are supposed to be fixing it are still waiting for the new part (don't buy Samsung), and though they told us 2 weeks at most, they really have no control over the situation. So I have been using all my friends dryers...thank you guys!

And last little bit of news I can think of, DJ and I are going to be taking on the P90X challenge starting in April!! I'm really excited, you know from all my previous workout posts, I love a tough physical challenge and especially a little competition!

I have a few posts to catch you up on some other areas, I'll try to get those done soon!!!  =)  Thanks for your patience dear friends.  

February 21, 2013

Walgreens Challenge Week 7

Week 7 already!  I was pretty disappointment with last week, and this wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped, unfortunately I've found that my Walgreens sells out of the good deal items VERY fast =(.  But I HAD to use my $4 Register Rewards that was expiring on Monday.  So I got this Natural Dentist Mouthwash.  

It was priced at $4.99, so I paid $1.07 after tax and RR, and I filled out this form for a $5 Mail in Rebate.  So it's free, but I have to wait a long time to get that money back.  So with 1,300 points shy of my $5 reward, I'm not sure what next week will look like.  But that's part of the Walgreens Challenge Fun! =) What Did You Get?
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