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2014 May » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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May 272014
 

A few weekends ago (gosh – it’s been at least a month now) we hosted some friends and their daughter over to see the cherry blossoms and while we didn’t get any pictures of the actual blossoms – the crowds were just too nutz, we did a get a bunch of the kids down at the lake as we had dinner. We just had to break in the new grills down there and try things out.

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May 182014
 

(or “enemy action” depending on what Rule of Three definition you want to go by..)

As always I’ve been in a start/stop mode with the whole working out thing. I was doing really well when I was training for the half and even signed up for another half to try to keep it up. Unfortunately somewhere in the working, commute, trying to dinner made, kids fed and bathed and into bed, I fell off the wagon. Seems that falling off the wagon, which I’ve done more than three times for sure, has become my pattern.

Fortunately for me, patterns can be changed if you try hard enough. I realized that I have to stop viewing my efforts as a diet and rather look at it for the lifestyle change that is necessary to live healthier.

Before kids DH and I were out every night doing something active. Our mountain bikes never sat idle for more an a day or two and our backpacks got a regular beating at least every other weekend. It was our lifestyle.

Fast forward a bunch of years, a house, a dog, kids, and the responsibility that surrounds those, things changed (as one would expect them to). Our lifestyle changed and while we’re just as happy as we were before we’re not as healthy. Face it, trying to cook a healthy dinner every night while dealing with a long evening commute and kids that are starving when they get home doesn’t always happen. It’s really easy to resort to bag meals, frozen chicken nuggets and PB&J sammies and exercise is the last thing on my mind.

So when a friend of mine was looking for accountability partners for a 90 day challenge and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to kick off a lifestyle change and try to get back to that active state as a family.

What this meant for me (which will hopefully trickle down the family) was:

1. Planning my lunch and dinner menus for the week and shopping for it (generally on Saturday).

And writing it down on the menu board so everyone knows. Having the plan means that I can avoid the 20 min “oh-shoot” stance in front of the fridge wondering what I’m going to make. It also allows me to try to prep things ahead of time on the off occasion I have the energy left over at the end of the previous day. I’ve been doing this since Lia came along but have in the most recent weeks skipped it. So, I’m trying to get back into the habit. I don’t always follow the menu but it’s nice to have it there when it is needed. (I usually plan 4 meals, 2 backups and one assume “out” night per week). I added my lunches to this plan as well to keep from eating out every days.

2. Switching to a more whole foods diet and cutting way back on the processed foods

This is the biggest switch I think. This means ditching soda, alcohol (except for special occasions), and as much processed food as possible. And switching to lots of whole veggies and fruits and meats. I’ve been really trying to shop the outside walls of the grocery store vs. the aisles (because you find more of the prepackaged and proceed foods in the aisles generally).

We’ve also cut our eating out at restaurants way back. Which, aside from being an awesome calorie saver, is a money saver too!

3. Logging everything in MyFitnessPal

So that I can keep a sense of what I’m eating on a regular basis. One of the goals of this lifestyle change is to get back to a healthier weight. Which I know will come with improved eating and activity but while I’m still learning portion control and making better choices in the food department, I have MFP to back me up (and the community that surrounds it).


4. Picking up a work out that I can do in my limited time in the evenings.

My friend introduced me to the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge which is what spurred much of this change. I’d love to get out for a run every evening to keep active but truthfully I have about 20 min to spare and that’s generally after the kids are in bed (so it’s dark out – I don’t like running in the dark). In those cases in the past I would just make up an excuse and move on (and I still may some nights:). However, BBM takes 30 min or less but still gets the heart pumping so I’m able to fit in a quick burn and feel good about the day. That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to jump at the chance for a long run or ride, but as for daily exercise – this does it.

We’re also, as a family, trying to find activities that we can do together. DH and Noah go out for a kayak ride sometimes in the evening or a bike ride as I’m putting Lia to bed. We’ve been grilling out a lot so that we can play soccer or kickball in the back yard as dinner cooks. On the weekends we go for at least one big family walk or bike ride a day.

Bottom line, I want to make sure that as Lia and Noah grow up, they favor the outdoors like we do and want to do things that get them out and stretching their legs and lungs. So far so good – they’d rather be outside playing than inside so we just have to keep it up!!

May 172014
 

So, I’m only a little behind schedule with these posts. Such is life:) I just managed to get these off the camera and edited at least a little bit.

We spent Easter up at DH’s old hood this year (we alternate venues each year). As has become the tradition, his mom did an Easter egg hunt for the kids and then his sister hosted for dinner. It’s always nice to get everyone together. Noah loves his cousins so much and I’m so happy that they’re able to spend time together as they get older.

Probably the one family photo we have of us since Christmas. I figured we were nice and dressed up and relatively coordinated:)
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The kids checking out their haul…
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The best pic I got of her in her dress. My grandma bought that for her last year
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May 152014
 

I was walking through the mall this past weekend and thought to myself, “I’m so spoiled by Stich Fix”. This was in reference to the fact that I had to stop at 5 different stores and try on 10 different things to finally find the shorts I wanted. So much work…

Which is why when Stitch Fix #6 came the other day and I was so excited to see what they picked! I had one specific request for a gold bib like necklace to expand my collection. I had only one and needed some variety.

This time around I had Gillian to style me. I’m really happy with the pieces and I won’t leave you in suspense – I kept the whole box. With my referral credits, the styling credit and my birthday money it fit into the budget!

So, on to the clothes. I had DH snap the pics after dinner but the sun was still so high so I’m not looking at him because all I was doing was squinting. Ignore the odd poses (and the porta john in the background – I need to go photoshop those out!):)

First up: Collective Concepts Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse

I love this top. I asked for things that were not tight around my middle since I’m still really self conscious there and they delivered. It’s a smidge boxy but it moves well so you don’t really notice. I actually went out and bought new white shorts to wear with it for my birthday/mothers day dinner date with hubs! Love it! Kept it!
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Second: Paper Moon Crissy Spacedye Cross-Back Knit Shirt

Loved this too. It’s casual enough for jeans and I can dress it up with a nice pair of linen shorts (as seen here). I love the criss cross detail on the back (which I totally forgot to get a pic of) and the neat chevron detail on the pocket. Plus? It’s sooo soft and flowy.
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Third: The Bay to Baubles Eaton Metal Shape Bib Necklace is in those pictures too. This they totally delivered on! I asked for another gold bib type necklace and this is what I got. I loved it so much and have already worn it a bunch!!! It’s a nice change up from my gold chevron one.

Fourth Up: THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi.

This is a nice casual maxi. I love maxis although this one is a little more form fitting than I usually go for. A nice sweater over top helps. But, DH did love it so I figured it was a keeper.

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Last up was the Renee C Jaimie Eyelet Striped Cardigan

It looks terrible with the maxi but it was the last one I had to photo and didn’t want to change again. I love this cardi. It’s light weight and so pretty. It’s a little more casual but works well for my office. I think with the right outfit it can be dressed up a bit.
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So there you have it – Fix #6. I kept it all and have actually worn most of the pieces already!! I just noticed that they now offer the option to schedule your fixes ever 2-3 weeks, every month or every other month. I would generally just skip a fix but now I can set it to be every other month.(I find that every other month is just about right. It spaces things out so I can budget better). So, my next fix will be July.

So, if you want to try this for yourself, Click here on my referral link to sign up. (In full disclosure, I do get a little kick back when you get your first fix but then you can share you link and get the same!!) I promise, you won’t regret it!!!

(I wasn’t compensated by Stitch Fix for this review, just sharing some things I love with the 10 people out there that actually read this:))

May 132014
 

We came home from Easter at DH’s parents’ house with a goodie bag full of food (like we always do:)). At some point Noah mentioned green eggs and ham (because Dr. Seuss was the theme at school the week or two prior probably).

Well, DH decided to indulge our little one with a little bit of green eggs and ham. They LOVED it. I’m not sure I can get on board with eating green eggs but it didn’t seem to faze them one bit.

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May 052014
 

A few weekends ago we had friends over who had a very articulate 2.5 year old. She and Noah hit it off and we’d find them deep in toddler/preschooler conversation a various points of the day.

Noah was showing her his legos and telling her a story about the man on the car.
N: (struggling to get his Lego man to sit in the car)
E: You have to be patient
N: Yea, there’s traffic…

Other times he busts out with the most hilarious observations and/or logic..

N: Daddy, what happened to your face
DH: (thinking he’d done something goes to look in the mirror) I don’t see anything bud, what did you see?
N: all those cuts on your face, do they hurt?
DH: (confused as he sees no cuts…until he realizes..)…Oh buddy, those are wrinkles.
N: it’s okay daddy, they’ll heal

I really need to get on the ball and write more of these down.

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