Friday, August 12, 2016

A Tribute to Summerdog

I still look for her every morning.

Today Summer would have been Sweet Sixteen.

She was our first baby.

We can still remember the smell of her sweet puppy breath and imagine her soft, puppy fur.

Summer was a part of our family for sixteen years.  Our boys have only known life with a dog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The B's of the BCAAs and Outfit Formula

If you missed last week's post, you can read it here.  And if you need a refresher, I introduced my three part series, the ABCs of BCAAs and Summer Outfits.  A is for appetite suppressant, amino acids, and accessories.  And now for the B...

B is for beating the afternoon slump.  I must say I've tried many things to get through that time of the day when I just want to crash but have to get through dinner, books, and bedtime before I can.  I like an afternoon cup of coffee, but it's hard to drink something hot during these warm summer months.  Plus, by 3:00 I've maxed out on caffeine. :) Enter momsanity's BCAAs.  They promise to provide energy to get through the afternoon exhaustion.  And momsanity has a money back guarantee.  They're that sure that you'll love it.  I read through the many reviews on Amazon and found this from a customer...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Formula Post: ABCs of BCAAs and Summer Outfits

So, I promised a post about my new BCAAs and I am here to deliver.  But as I was brainstorming for this post, other things I wanted to share kept popping into my head, so I am going to be kind of all over the place.  Which is ok, because if you're anything like me, you've felt like life is pretty much all over the place this summer.

Why does it seem to be so hard this summer???  Between shuttling kids to all their camps and parties and playdates, to trying to squeeze in workouts and blogging for PetPartners and my personal blog, I feel like I hardly have time to breathe, much less plan healthy meals and look put together.

Enter my formula for the summer, aided by Momsanity's BCAAs which I LOVE and I am offering to you, my readers, at a discount through Sunday.  Ready for the formula?  Here goes...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Meal Planning

The longer I have been cooking for my family, the easier it has become to throw a meal together without having to head to the grocery store.  It feels like a victory when I look in the refrigerator and come up with something from the veggies I have on hand.  This recipe was born on a Friday night when I felt panicked as the dinner hour approached and I still didn't know what's for dinner?!  I had ground beef and suggested tacos, but Justin reminded me we had just had tacos.  I thought about meatloaf, but meatloaf seems like a weeknight meal to me.  Then I opened the veggie drawer in my refrigerator and saw that I had zucchini.  And it was zucchini burgers for the win!  Healthy and yummy.

But, the real delicious part came when I wanted to reheat the leftover veggie burgers two nights later without drying them out.  I remembered my mom wrapping burgers in bacon to reheat them while keeping them juicy, so I shot her a text to get her steps on the reheating process.  And they turned out beautifully.  Not dry at all, still full of flavor, and get this.  All three of my boys ate them!  Hooray for me!  Going into the weekly rotation, those burgers are.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Date Night on a Dime

A few weeks ago, Justin and I had a date night.  Since we are in the process of building our next home, we are watching our budget a bit.  We thought about seeing a movie, but I don't like watching movies on date night. Part of the point of going on a date is to reconnect.  We can't exactly do that while staring at a screen.  Plus, going to dinner and a movie can be end up being a $100 night.  So, I came up with a budget friendly, keep you guessing, reconnecting kind of "game" for our night.

I filled an envelope with these ideas...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Meal Planning and When You Should Online Grocery Shop

It's been a while friends, and our budget (and my waistline) have felt it.  Have we really only been on summer vacation for one week?  Last week was a whirlwind, and going into this one, I have felt the need to buckle down and have a plan.

Harris Teeter online shopping to the rescue!

Carson, Camden, and I went to the grocery store on Tuesday night while Jonah was at baseball practice.  Want to know what ended up in our cart?  Doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, and syrup.  Seriously.  Here's why it it pays to online shop, especially in the summer...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Race Yourself

I am writing this on the heels of a 2 and 1/2 mile run.  I ran 8.5 minute miles.  It was hard.

Somewhere else in the world, someone just finished a five mile run at a 7 min/mile pace. Another brave soul struggled through a 1 mile walk.  Still another person is stranded in a hospital bed wishing she could walk to the bathroom.

As we near the end of a school year, and award ceremonies loom in our future, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on this subject.  One of the most difficult parts of award ceremonies is that it is always a comparison.  My child won that award because his grades are higher than another child's.  She won most improved because she started out much lower than all the others.

The problem with this model is that all we can ever ask a child to be is himself.  And as long as he is challenging himself to be the very best he can be, he deserves an award.  He deserves an award for being better than he was the day before.  And as long as he is asking questions, listening, trying hard, hanging on to every new concept he reads about or hears or processes, tries new things, never gives up, gives each new thing he tries his all, he is better than he was the day before.  And for that, he is worthy of all the praise in the world.

So, as adults, we have a responsibility.  A responsibility to build our young ones up.  To reward their grades, no matter what letter is attached.

To tell them this:

You are brave.  

I am proud of your hard work.  

You are better than you were yesterday.  

There's just one you.  One person with the unique qualities you possess.  You're an artist.  A chess champ.  A really loyal friend.  A good cook.  A master builder.  A good leader.  A whiz at computer games.  A good speller.  You have great handwriting.  You're a good listener.  A kind person.  You tell the best jokes.  You're patient.  You lift others up.

You see, a year ago today, I was running a 10 minute mile.  But I wasn't challenged.  I set a goal to average 9.5 minute miles.  And then 9 minute miles.  And finally 8.5.  That's where I am today.  Am I content?  For now.  Who knows where I'll be in a year.  That's up to me.

Race yourself.  Be yourself.  Be a world changer.  Change your own world.