Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year...New You! (Or so the saying goes...)


It's that time of year again!  Time to make resolutions that MIGHT last us through January! Or at least that's how so many of mine have played out in the past.  It's alot of pressure to take on a list of dramatic life changes all in one day.  It seems like it would make alot more sense to make gradual changes and work on improving yourself as the year goes on.  Or simply to make reasonable resolutions that we know we can keep!!!  I'm thankful that health & fitness are a huge part of my life.  That way I can focus my resolutions on something other than health/fitness (which I'm guessing make up about 99% of people's new year resolutions).  So these are the things I'm going to resolve to do in 2013.  By listing these out I am holding myself accountable!!!

Get ready for an honesty overload ahead...

1.  Spend more quiet time with God & in the word.  All of the things I would love to change about myself start with me getting where I need to be spiritually.  I don't care if you're a preacher, an outreacher (not sure if this is a word) or a Sunday School teacher (you get the point)...no one is ever too good to work on their relationship with the big man.  I have to constantly put effort into my human relationships...and just because God is perfect and loves me no matter where I am in life, doesn't mean I can push that relationship to the side.  God will meet me where I am, but the closer I am to Him the better off I will be.  So...that's my biggie!  And this one is way way way too important to let slide. 

2.   Work on having patience, a positive attitude, and a pure heart.  (Oh hey, won't these virtues accompany my #1 resolution? YESSS)  As a wife and a mom...patience is like THE most important virtue I could have.  I'm a pretty patient person, but not patient enough.  Life's challenges evoke big emotions...so I will be doing even more holding my tongue and thinking through my responses.  A positive attitude is a big one too.  It's easy to keep up that perky attitude when life is going smooth and great...but what happens on those mornings when I wake up late, Kollyns wakes up crying halfway through my shower, I spill coffee on my new cream pants,  realize I've left my windows down as it rained through the night...and on & on.  These are the days in the new year that I promise myself I will breathe, laugh & take a step back and start saying everything I'm thankful for out loud.  These little things that seem like such an irritatingly big deal...are SO not a big deal in the big scheme of things.  And finally a pure heart.  A pure heart comes from finding contentment in the Lord and wanting to please Him in all things.  What's in my heart is what's important.  I can say 15 nice things about a something/someone aloud but if I feel another way in my heart, what's the point in even saying nice things.  God sees my heart and  I desire a clean heart.  I want to see the good in everything and everyone.  I have a 2 year old that copies every move I make and absorbs every word I say... so I have to handle life & myself with care.

And now for the less important resolutions...

3.  I will cook every single day for my family (except for the night(s) we go out.)  I cook alot during the week, but some days I get lazy & find myself wheeling through one of those nifty little drive thrus. Nope, not this year.  Devin was raised in a home where mama cooked the good stuff every night for supper. It's important to him, so I'm making it important to me.

4. I will maintain my fitness regimen (don't know why I'm putting this on the list, obviously I'm not going to stop working out)

...and at the moment I can't think of anymore. :)

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Kollyns must have been NICE this year...

Kollyns was a very good girl this year...and Santa, Mommy & Daddy, and all of her grandparents took notice. I'm still finding myself scrapping for places to put all of her new toys in my humble abode. Don't think I'm placing alot of value on material things at Christmas because I for sure emphasize that Christmas is about Jesus, not toys...but she has LOTS of grandparents.  And with lots of grandparents come lots of toys.  These are a few of her favorites!


 
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
Prince LionHeart Wheely Pig
Avigo Mercedes Ride On
Wooden Puzzles & Food Play by Melissa & Doug 
AniMagic Honey Baby Pony

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stay fit...even this time of year.

It's not hard for dedicated gym rats to notice patterns in the gym.  Like a flood of new members coming in on January 1st and fading out by February.  Or a new wave of people in May trying to get ready for the beach in just a few short months.  Here's the thing...it is SO much easier to maintain a fit lifestyle all year round.  Why why why let your body go to waste 6 months out of the year and spend the other 6 beasting it in the gym only to return to where you had gotten the last time you finished your gym spurt?  Also you have to re-adjust yourself to a routine of going to the gym, it's easy to slide off the right track and back into old habits.  Stick with it all year and it will become a part of your life just like taking a shower or brushing your teeth!  You will feel like your day isn't complete without it!  Promise!  Around November/December I go into maintenance mode.  I cut back to 4 days a week and lighten my workouts to around 45 minutes to an hour on those days.  In January I will get back to 6 days a week, but Thanksgiving/Christmas are my favorite times of year and I'm not spending all of my mornings or evenings in the gym!  So here's a sample of two of my workout days during the holidays! It's super hard this time of year but crank it up & find your motivation to stay fit, sugar!

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Be the Change...

 
In honor of the Sandy Hook Victims a #26Acts of Kindness campaign has been launched on twitter.  What a great idea to perform kind acts around the holidays and do something heartwarming in the wake of this heartwrenching tragedy.  I encourage everyone who reads this to do 26 kind things for random people or someone you love.  Write them notes and tell them how much you love them and care about them.  Pay for the person's food behind you at a drive thru.  Pay off someone's layaway at a local store.  Write notes to the first responders or police officers in your area or in Newtown and thank them for their service.  Go spend time with someone and listen to them.  Drop someone that you haven't seen in a while a line and let them know that you thought of them today.  The possibilities are endless.  It's so easy to get caught up in going through the motions of life and miss what's important especially this time of year. And please don't just stop when the holiday's are over.  If we all took the time to show God's love and reach out to others on a daily basis, you could prevent something like this from happening simply by being compassionate and valuing someone who doesn't value himself/herself.  A little bit of kindness goes a long way.  You never know when you could positively impact someone and change their life forever. 
Be the change.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Home Made Reindeer Ornaments!

Kollyns & I bought a $5 pack of gold glitter ornaments, used craft paint we already had at home, pressed her thumbprint onto the ornament & turned it into a thumbprint reindeer using the paint. The result was a priceless gift for the grandparents & for us to keep! You can also use white paint & do fingerprint snowmen too! How sweet! :)

 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

 
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
 
Photo card was created at Shutterfly...my all time fave website to archive photos & make lovely photo creations!  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Clothes for Kollyns



 
I'm a tiny bit obsessed with Baby Gap.  I just can't handle that level of cuteness.  So anytime I visit that website I swoon & oooo & ahhhh to no end.  I had planned to give the clothes in my most recent order to Kollyns for Christmas...but what kid wants clothes for Christmas?  So mommy caved & Kollyns has been sporting these fab duds since that little navy blue package arrived at my doorstep.
 
(Clockwise from top Left)
Cream Ruffle Top, Neon Stripe Shawl Sweater, Slip On Cap Toe Sneakers, Neon Pom Pom Headband, Neon Mixed Stripe Pocket Tee, Scalloped Lace Shift, Pom Pom Ballet Flats, Neon Skinny Jeans.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's The Hap- Happiest Season of Alllll!

Christmas is my favorite holiday of all time!  Mostly because we get to celebrate the birth of our sweet Savior, but also because it brings back some of my best memories and I absolutely love making new ones with my husband and our sweet girl! Everyday when I wake up I am overflowing with joy & praises to God for everyone and everything in my life.  I am so grateful for the blessings that have been poured over me that I don't come close to deserving.  As I watch my little girl grow each day as she learns new things & develops this vivacious, hilarious personality that she has I am in awe.  He chose ME to be her mommy and trusted me with guiding this beautiful little dreamer through life and raising her and teaching her.  All I can say is during the holidays I am so FULL of thankfulness that I wish I could pop and share my joy with everyone. Wow, that was over the top but I mean every word.  On top of being the season to be thankful, it's also the season to be full...literally.  Full of yummy holiday treats and goodies.  One of my favorite things to do with my sweet Kollyns is bake!  I'm a baking trick, believe it or not.  If any of you ever wonder why I workout it's really only because I have to keep a balanced ratio of eating cookies to staying fit.  Haha.  So aside from the usual chocolate cookies that Kollyns & I bake on a regular basis...I discovered a recipe on Pinterest that was a must try.  COOKIES AND CREAM DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CAKE BARS. And yep, they taste just as sinful as they sound.  I had to exercise SERIOUS self control around these bad boys.  They were so ridiculously easy to make too!  MAKE THESE!  They are so worth the calories. And that's not something you will hear me say often. :)

1 Box of Double Fudge Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Stick of Butter
1 Large Egg
1 1/2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips
1 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
18 Oreo Cookies broken into small pieces
  
Mix Egg, Butter & Cake Mix in large bowl. (I used my hands. It worked, but got pretty messy!)
Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of a greased 9 by 13 glass dish.
Top with crushed oreos.
Pour can of sweet milk evenly over the oreos.
Top with Chocolate Chips.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Oh my yum...Enjoy.



Original recipe & photo from Picky Palate...I made a few adjustments!