Eat your veggies

I have been trying to eat better these days.  I have good intentions, but it doesn’t always go how I plan.  It is harder these days to try and cook dinner with Alex.  When we get home we are both hungry.  I give him a bottle and then give him his food.  We are trying more finger/solid food these days.  By the time he is done, I am starving and need to make something for Paul and myself.  Alex has started army crawling so he is all over the place.  And if he is not crawling he wants you to help him stand.  It makes it real hard to try and make dinner now.

Last night I had a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting and baked beans for dinner.  I thought I better add something nutritional to that.  I cut up some carrots, red potatoes and threw in some frozen broccoli.  Added a couple slats of butter and put it in the oven for 30 minutes.  It was pretty good.  I never would have thought I would be eating broccoli and carrots, but I have found recently I can eat them if they are cooked.  It was so quick and easy to make.  I feel this would make a great side to any main course.


Happy cooking,



Good deals

This past week I have gone to a couple thrift/consignment stores in search of dress pants for work.  I went into Clothes Mentor and Turnstyle Consignment.  They have more of the name brand clothes.  That is not a priority for me, I am not one that has to have designer brands.  I had Alex with me, he was a little fussy, so I did not look too hard at their stuff.  I just did a quick browse at their selection.

I then went to the Goodwill with Alex yesterday.  We first looked at the Halloween selection.  I found a cute giraffe and elephant costume for Alex, but I know Paul would not think it was so cute.  I then found a spider costume for him.  I thought for $9 I couldn’t pass it up.  It looks nice and warm for him as well.  I also got him a pumpkin shirt.  We then went to look for clothes for me.  I was able to find two pairs of dress pants for myself.  I have always had a hard time finding clothes for myself, and since having Alex it has been even harder.  I was very happy to find two pairs that were comfortable and they were only $9 a piece.  Overall, we had a very successful trip!  We will have to start going there more often.

Happy Monday,


Jump for ALS

The company I work for does a lot for our ALS patients.  We are participating in a 3 mile walk next month, so they had a fundraiser this week.  It was Jump for ALS.  We had to pay to jump rope.  The department with the most jumps won breakfast from our local HyVee store.  We had 4 different times we could jump throughout the day.  We could jump as many times as we wanted.  You jumped till you stopped or messed up.

I don’t think any of us has jumped in years.  I went a total of 5 times.  My jump totals were: 110, 80, 209, 25, 416.  My department got 2nd place.  I am happy to announce I got first in the highest amount of jumps at once!  They gave me a special prize, a yoga mat and DVD.


We were able to raise $180 for the cause.  It was great seeing everyone rally at the end for more jumps.

Have a great holiday weekend!




14 day challenge, week 2

How was week 1?  Did you stick with it?  What was your favorite workout?

It is time to do the second half of the challenge.  We will be doing 6 days of workouts with the 7th day as a rest day again.  Remember, if you want you can go heavier and decrease the number of reps per exercise.

How is your nutrition going?  Are you wanting to eat a little better after working out?  I find the more I work out the less I crave junk food.  I do find meal prepping on Sunday really helps.  It doesn’t take too long to do, and all my lunches are done for the week.  It is so easy to grab and go instead of making lunch at 6am.

We are half way there, you got this!!!

Day 8

chest and back

Day 9

Full body tabata

Day 10

Leg day

Day 11

upper body

Day 12

lower body

Day 13

Cardio tabata


Day 14

rest day



The new store

As you know I recently switched companies for work.  I now work a mile away from a new HyVee store.  I have never been to one till I started here.  They have a grocery store, gas station and car wash.  Their own little town 🙂

I love HyVee!!  They have expecting and new mothers parking.  They also have Super Hero parking for veterans, doctors EMTs etc.  How great is that.  The store is so open and bright.  I was able to buy locally grown cucumbers for a potluck.  And they were not double the price like normal organic fruit and veggies are.  Oh, and the bakery.  Mmmm Mmmm, everything in their case looks beautiful.  I don’t find that many places that wow me, but they have some great decorators on staff.  If I ever decide to leave the medical field I am going to the HyVee bakery for sure.

Their slogan is Where there’s a helpful smile in every aisle.  They really do live up to that.  I have been there twice now.  Both times every employee I have seen has been cheerful and friendly.  They have made me a believer in their wonderful store.

If you have never been there, I suggest you make a trip out to your nearest store.


14 day challenge: Week 1


I have decided to make a 14 day challenge for you all.  I have videos to go with every day.  There will be 6 workouts per 7 days, the 7th day will be your rest day.  You will need weights for this challenge.

I cannot stress enough how important nutrition is.  You can workout all day long, but will not see the results you are wanting if you constantly eat unhealthy.  I will be the first to admit this is the area that is the hardest for me.  I am doing my best at portion control, eating healthier and being more conscious of what I eat.  Just today I wanted a cupcake.  I took one bite then threw the rest away so I would not eat it.  It satisfied my craving for something sweet for the day and I did not overdo it.  Do what works for you.

Stick with it, it is only 14 days.  You got this!!!

Week 1:

Day 1:

Leg day

Day 2:

Shoulders, biceps, triceps

Day 3:

Cardio Tabata


Day 4:

Upper body

Day 5:

Leg day

Tabata abs

Day 6:

Full Body Tabata

Day 7:

Rest day.

Have fun 🙂




Snack Time

Have I mentioned before my love for peanut butter?  I eat it by the spoonful.  I needed a new afternoon snack, so this is what I have been having lately.

It is a peanut butter, banana wrap.  So good.

I like these whole wheat tortillas.


Spread peanut butter on half.  I use a full banana.


I fold it like a taco.  You can also roll it like a wrap.  It is still delicious either way!

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