Month: July 2014

I’ve Got a New Neighbor

My mom got back from Europe a few days ago and she had a great time, but actually thought the trip was a bit too long. She took a lot of pictures to share and of course showered the kids with souvenirs. We’re glad to have her back and what makes it even more exciting is that she just closed on a new house… ONE STREET AWAY! Mimi is our new neighbor!

For those who don’t know, my dad passed over 5 years ago. He was sick for a long time and we had a lot of time with him to talk and prepare for life without him. While you’re never really ready to say goodbye to someone who means so much, we did have the opportunity to talk about some serious “life” decisions mom would need to make. One being where she’d live. My parents built this house with their own hands. I can remember 9 long months of running around an empty lot, climbing on scaffolding, jumping through “soon-to-be” windows, picking out our rooms and how we’d want to decorate, and then finally moving in and growing up in the only house I really remember ever calling home (before getting my own home one day). This house is so full of memories – good and bad – and I think that’s why my mom stayed in it for as long as she did before deciding to downsize.

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A 3,200 sq ft home for a woman and her dog just didn’t seem practical anymore. Plus, why not move closer to your grandbabies?! So, she did!

Now she calls home a 1,300 sq ft house that the kids and I can double-stroll to in less than 5 minutes. Even though she’s only been moved in for a little over a week, I can tell this has been a great move for her and I hope we can make many new, wonderful memories in her new home.

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I have a feeling we have lots of bike rides in our future.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

If our house hadn’t been hit by the pesky Stomach Bug, I would’ve embarked on this adventure a week ago. However, a home-sweeping illness cannot hold me back any longer. Starting on Monday, I’m beginning the 21 Day Fix from Beachbody.

The 21 Day Fix is more than a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. It makes eating and fitness simple. There’s no counting points or carbs or calories. It is just easy to follow portion control and one 30-minute workout per day. With the kit you get seven color-coded containers to measure out your food portions – one container per type of food (example: green=veggies, purple=fruits, red=protein, etc). The Eating Plan booklet breaks down exactly how many of each container you should eat per day. The kit also includes 7 different workout DVDs to follow – one for each day of the week – and they are only 30 minutes long, so you really have no excuse for not hitting play. Sounds pretty simple!

Now, I eat “clean” a lot of the time anyway, but I have been at a standstill on the scale for far too long. With Cameron almost 2 years old, I can no longer blame my muffin top on baby weight. After trying several workout programs and not seeing the scale budge or my clothes fitting any better, I figured it may not be lack of working out; it has to be what I’m putting in my body. So I broke down, read the Eating Guide front to back to front again, figured out my bracket, and I’M READY! I’m excited to see how portion control can help me break through this plateau!

But before we jump two feet in… what about my sweet tooth?! For fear of falling off the wagon simply by not having a “healthy” option on hand, I took a few minutes and made these bad boys!

I have to admit, while making them and even taking a small bite once they were done, I didn’t think I’d be a fan. These little guys are RICH and you can smell/taste/feel the coconut oil very strongly! The first time I tried them, I couldn’t take more than one bite. They weren’t bad, they were just rich and gooey. I wasn’t sure.

Then I stuck them in the freezer. THAT was the answer! These guys, straight from the freezer, tasted like the guilty pleasure I needed. Now with half a dozen of them still hanging out in the freezer, I am ready to embark on this new journey knowing that these delicious fudge bites are ready to savor as an allowed cheat 3X a week if I need it! Wish me luck!

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