Monday, August 26, 2013

Dear Monday...



We grow up dreading Monday. It's the day that means the fun is over; it's back to work, back to school, back to a week of stress and chaos. But why does it have to be that way? Why not turn it around and make it the beginning of a new week to get more accomplished, to make new friends, achieve some goals, start over? I'm going to look at Monday now as the quote above, "my day". It's my day to start the week right with health and fitness, and start another week of my life living happy and healthy!

Dear Monday: let's do this!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hello 41......

YEAH,  I am 41!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's to a new year of opportunities and growth in positive (not size) ways. I'll post more later as to my goals for the year and what I accomplished at 40. But for now, here's to 41 being the new 21!

Happy Birthday to me. And to my Guardian Angel, my Grandpa who's birthday I was born on. Love you Grandpa Gail!!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Good Bye 40....

Only 1 minute left of being 40. Wow! What a year. I am proud to be 40, but am looking forward to being 41 even more. Life as a 40 year old was about making it through the joys and shit life through at me the year before. And I am hoping that, as a wonderful lady commented to me, "if 40 is the new 20, then 41 is the new 21."

So here's to getting to relive being 21 as a 41. Here's to getting in the best shape of my life (better then 39) and fulfilling my dreams! Here's to learning from the facts of life that came my way this last year + some.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash Review

I had the opportunity to review the new Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash.
Pros:
Great taste.
No burning sensation like with some other mouthwashes.
Clean feeling even after eating and drinking.
The whole family liked it.
The price in the stores is reasonable.

Cons:
It left a funny after taste in my mouth. Although it did eventually go away.  

Would I recommend Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash? Absolutely! Try some for yourself today.

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"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Friday, August 9, 2013

Five on Friday


Join the above lovely ladies for a 5 on Friday link up. You blog about any 5 things that are on your mind. Then grab the button above and paste it to your site. Finally head over to  any of these sites, The Good Life, Hello Happiness, Carolina Charm, A. Liz Adventures and link up. Simple as that and enjoy the blog hop. Happy Friday!

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MY FIVE (+)........
In no particular order....
 
#1) Another championship for the AC Milan Waza North 00 Black Soccer Studs: I love this pic of them!
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#2) Made our own beach chairs:
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#3) Some shots of us at the Warrior Dash:
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#4) Our last date night and honestly, I think the last time I actually got done up (as much as I can). Seriously. I thought about that on my run yesterday. I can't remember the last time I did my hair, makeup and nails at the same time, and wore normal clothes rather then workout clothes. Last time was in April when we went to Chicago. Oh, and what's worse, the last time I went out by myself with girlfriends? The Prim Mart Convention back in June 2009. Sad, sad, sad!
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#5) Some things I'm excited about: Supporting Sami from Simply Sami, in her virtual 5k honoring her sister. I put in 3 runs this week for Running for Maggie. You can too. The run is open until Sunday! Also proud to kick ass in my Sweat Pink laces from Fit Approach & Sweat Pink Ambassadors! And finally, I just ordered my first pair of compression socks through Pro Compression. They are 50% off at Active.com and as a member you get another 15% off... Total $21.21.
PRO Compression Marathon Socks - Unisex

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Goodies Box Review

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I got my first Goodies Box in the mail the other day and there were great products in it! I am thrilled to be able to get sample products and review them. And find new (healthy) snacks to buy!!! You too can try a Goodies Taster Box for just $7 as well. Stop by their website and discover new snacks you'll love!
 


These are my favorite!  Wow! What a great snack.
Even my kids loved these chips. We paired them with Raspberry Salsa.
These are delicious!!!

These delights I have savored and limit to two a day. They taste like candy and I'm not a big candy fan.
However, they are good! They remind me of those sour cherry candy balls.
These are very good. They are light tasting with a hint of salt.
I paired them with roasted garlic hummus. YUM!!
Oh holy Heaven! These are a delight! They taste like a cross between
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal and Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists - but healthier for you!
YUMMY!
I've seen it in the stores, but never purchased it. It surprised me being carbonated. This wasn't my favorite. Why? I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners and that's what I tasted the most.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Who Are You? Part 1...

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I'm a little behind on this great link up; Who Are You which gives us an opportunity to share a little of ourselves with the world reading our blogs. My last several days were chaos and mood swings, which resulted in an orphaned blog. But I'm back and if you want to join in, just head over to Kimmy's blog, That's The Thing About Destiny and link up with your for Who Are You?

Now a little about this crazy mom of 4...

List 20 random facts about yourself:

1. I am scared of heights (even though I was a cheerleader). It just came on 5 years ago when I was in the garage attic and as I went to climb down onto the ladder, I freaked. It took me like 10 minutes and my husband to come out and help me down.

2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to be barefoot!

3. I am only 4'11"

4. My favorite animals are wolves and horses.

5. Frogs terrify the living shit out of me!

6. I have never had a pedicure.

7. I have a tattoo on my foot that says "Stand and be strong".

8. I love quotes; funny, inspirational, motivating, etc.

9. I love seafood & sushi.

10. I love Mexican food.

11. I love spicy food.

12. I am named after my Grandma Mary Ellen.

13. I was born on my Grandpa Gail's birthday.

14. My 4 children are my whole world!

15. I had a miscarriage at 21. The baby would be 20 now. God works in mysterious ways.

16. I am a Lutheran, but don't go to church like I should.

17. I attended a Lutheran parochial school K-8th grade.

18. I am secretly planning to get two more tattoo's before my 41st birthday.

19. My favorite time of year is fall.

20. If I could be barefoot, and in shorts and a sweatshirt all year, I would be in Heaven.

Weekend Shenanigans

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I'm a date late, and tons of dollars short, but I'm still linking up with Sami for Sami's Shenanigans. You can link up with her too. Post about what you did this past weekend and then link up at her site, Sami's Shenanigans This past weekend Brad surprised us by taking Friday off, so we headed up to our cottage and had a little down time at the lake. It was a much needed break. And we hadn't been there since the 4th of July. I miss out cabin!

Our blue little piece of Heaven on Earth:

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Despite a hard cider now and then, I do eat very healthy! Ignore the Froggy's Chicago Dog down further.

So peaceful:

The boys helping out their sisters - how nice!

Road trip to Holland, MI, and our adventures there:
   
Fishing & Swimming:


Now it's back to life...back to reality...

Running for Maggie Virtual 5k

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I am honored to be supporting a wonderful and inspirational lady named Sami. She has put together a virtual 5k, Running for Maggie, in honor of her sister Maggie who died in a car accident. If you would like to join and support this amazing lady in tribute to her sister, just visit Simply Sami for more information.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Warrior Dash Recap Tomorrow

I just realized that I never wrote on my blog how the Warrior Dash went. I posted pics on IG, but never told you how it went. Tomorrow will be a recap of the AMAZING obstacle race!

Night!