Thursday, May 9, 2013

I Miss This Little Man So Much!

Waiting to board his flight!

Okay, okay...so he's not so "little". But, as any momma will tell you, no matter HOW big her children get - they'll always be her "little ones"! 

Anyway...Ethan left for CA yesterday to see his grandparents, Aunt and Uncle on Dean's side. Then tomorrow morning they're all flying out at the crack of dawn for NY and Washington DC.

It promises to be a very exciting trip for my little boy (oops! There's that word again!) filled with all sorts of sight seeing and adventures. But in the meantime...I miss him like crazy! :(


A Trip to the Kangaroo Farm

What? Kangaroos in WA? Somebody pinch me!!

Last Sunday, we decided to take a trip up to Arlington to visit The Outback Kangaroo Farm. This little excursion was decided due to the fact that my one and only SON would be GONE for Mother’s Day {he’s off visiting his CA grandparents and Aunt for the next 2.5 weeks}, so I wanted to get my celebratin’ time in early. *Humph*



We saw so many adorable animals including donkeys, llamas, alpacas (no, I don’t know the difference), miniature horses, peacocks, and of course – wallabies and kangaroos!

At the very end of our little tour, we were SO excited to get to hold a baby wallaby! He was only 7 months old and absolutely breathtaking.


We *rarely* do stuff like this, so I can honestly say that our little trip was the most fun I’ve had in a LONG time! If you’re in WA state, I highly recommend you pay the ‘roos a visit! You won't be disappointed. :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Coconut Oil as a Face Wash?

IMG_2528A few years ago, I learned about some of the amazing benefits of coconut oil. (Lots of good-for-you medium chain fatty acids, stable at high temps, etc.) I used it for several months then for some reason, I just kinda stopped buying it. {I can’t even tell you why.}

Well, then a few weeks ago I noticed a friend/co-worker’s skin was looking particularly awesome. Being the generous gal that she is, she told me how she’d started using coconut oil on her face. She said she sprayed it on like a tropical mist each night and in the morning, her skin was a happy camper! “Coconut oil? Seriously?!” Hmmm….

Then the following week (can you sense a pattern here?), my friend/boss, Karrie over at Happy Money Saver posted about how she used coconut oil as a moisturizer for a full 30 days in an effort to save a little moolah. Guess what? She too had great results!

So of course, that got me to thinking: Why don’t I give the ol’ coconut oil thing another try? This time…for facial purposes, not just cooking! Winking smile 

After researching things a bit further (Search: “coconut oil” + “skin care” + holy cow), I decided to dive in and take the plunge! I went to Trader Joe’s and picked up a jar of their Organic Coconut Oil for $5.99. (Name brand varieties found at organic grocery/health food stores ranged in price from $9.99-$15.99, so I saved a nice little chunk there.)

I  told my daughters about it who (I admit) looked at me with more than a touch of skepticism, but they were up for anything that promised to make their (teenage hormone-driven) skin look better. Smile 

Each morning and every night before bed, we’d simply wet our faces with warm water, ‘wash’ with a little “scoop” of coconut oil, then rinse. A little bit of oil stays on your skin but it does absorb rather quickly. (It won’t leave greasy marks on your pillow cases or anything like that…Hee hee!)

And so far…? We LOVE it! Our faces are surprisingly NOT greasy in the morning, we didn’t wake up with pimples the size of Mt. Everest – in fact, the little tiny blemishes we did get were just that – tiny! And they were totally GONE within 24 hrs without using extra “stuff”. (Yayyyy!!) Even more interesting? We use it to shave our legs and – tadahhhhh! – no need for lotion afterwards! Winking smile 

So! What do you think? Have YOU washed with coconut oil before? What were your results?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jammies to Work!

So in honor of “Wear Your Pajamas to Work” Day (which is actually *tomorrow*…) I thought I’d share this pic of me and my ADORABLE co-worker and “boss”, Fernando. Isn’t he precious?

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{And yes, those are Stomp-Eez on my feet. They’re cute, too! But not as cute as Fernando! Hee hee!}

Do YOU work in your jammies?? I don’t normally, but for a fun little “photo shoot”, I figured…why not?! Smile

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fit Mommy Returns!

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Check it out, peeps! Smile For those of you who’ve been ever so kind enough to read my blog since “back in the day”, Fit Mommy is back! Hooray! {Insert showers of confetti here}

My sweetie pie friend, Heidi asked if I’d like to be a contributing writer over at her new site, Homeschool Mosaics and well…let me tell you, I was touched. Touched I say!

So with that, I signed up and I’ve been back in the writing saddle ever since. My monthly column is designed to help, motivate and inspire other busy moms to get back in shape, once and for all!

This month’s column focuses specifically on weight training and why it’s so important for ladies to engage in. Check it out and let me know what you think!

**JOIN THE FIT MOMMY DISCUSSION GROUP**

If you’re looking for additional motivation, encouragement and support, feel free to join the Fit Mommy Discussion Group on Facebook. It’s fun, free and – most of all – private! Winking smile No matter what your fitness level is, you’re more than welcome to join us! Request to join the group here

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Are *YOU* Up to the Challenge?

 

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When I first signed up as a Beachbody coach, I had NO idea where it would go or how far it would take me.

My initial thought was to get a discount on Shakeology since both Sierra and I were drinking it like water. Winking smile Then I thought how nice it would be to make a little extra cash on the side. No big, right?

So to kick things off, I formed my first-ever Challenge group back in March with a total of 6 Challengers. These ladies had watched my progress in real life and decided they wanted a shed pounds, lose inches and get healthier, too. So that’s what we did. We made a commitment to work together for 90 days straight – checking in and holding each other accountable – DAILY.

And you know what? Our efforts are paying OFF! Challenger #1 lost 6 pounds in her first 3 weeks; Challenger #2 has 3 pairs of work pants that no longer fit right (lost inches, baby!!) and Challenger #3 has whittled herself down to a svelte size ONE from a size 2-3….Amazing, right??

These ladies are blowing me AWAY with not only their progress, but their dedication, their passion and level of commitment to their – and their fellow Challengers’ – success. Their truly is strength in numbers, folks. And I’m loving it!

And while all this weight loss is completely cool, what’s really struck me is how I’m changing – as a person. The further along I get along this path, the more I realize: It’s SOOOO not about me! Everything I do with my Challenge groups or friends or customers is all designed to help THEM succeed – in whatever capacity they choose.

Whether it’s weight loss or gaining confidence or simply eating healthier, I love the “rush” I get from seeing other people happy, healthy and fulfilled. It’s incredible!

So…Are YOU up to the Challenge???

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Little March Madness

No, I’m not talking about basketball. Winking smile I’m taking about this past month – the good, the awesome and the sad.

So remember how I said I was doing P90X? Well check this out! This is yours truly as photographed on March 9th…I’m back in a size 2, bayyybeeee! {Aww yeah!}

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Not only that, but I currently have 6 ladies in my first ever Challenge Group and, at a week and a half in, they’re already seeing results! Woot, woot! I’m so proud and excited for them! Smile We’re working out, making healthier food choices, and holding each other accountable every stinkin’ day for 90 days!

Each Challenger is a mom - some of us homeschool, others don’t; some are still chasing toddlers, while others are planning “dates” with their grandbabies; and some of us go to work every day, while others stay home. But despite our differences, one thing is clear: No matter HOW busy we are, we still MAKE time to get our health in order!

{True story: One of my challengers is a homeschooling mom of 10 and a grandmother of 1! If SHE can find time to workout, ANYONE can!}

Moving along…!

On the 19th, we celebrated Abby’s ascent into the TEEN years! Yep, that’s right. My 3rd and final “baby” is now a teenager. {Boo hoo! Crying face }

Like the nice (old) Mommy that I am, I decided to take her out shopping and let her pick out a new outfit – complete with new shoes! (Which was exactly what she said she wanted…clothes, shoes and cash. Okay, so I didn’t give her cash. Ahem.) We also stopped at the Bare Minerals counter at Nordstrom for her very first professional makeover! Smile 

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The funny thing about this is that Sierra has been trying for months to get her sister to jump on the cosmetics bandwagon, only to be rebuffed at every turn.

Why???

Because unlike Sierra, Abby is a “less is more” kind of girl. So instead of blending 6 eyeshadows on her lids at once (I’m NOT exaggerating!), Abby prefers to look like she’s not wearing any makeup at all. {Funny how sibling preferences can vary so dramatically, huh?}

Then, we had Sierra’s friend, Emily bake Abby’s custom birthday cake featuring a Momma Hedgehog, Baby Hedgehog and “Mini” Cake!

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To say this cake was a HUGE hit would be a SEVERE understatement! {Isn’t it awesome?!}

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And in closing…just this past weekend, our family had to say goodbye to my parent’s beloved pooch, “Baby”. Sad smile Unbeknownst to us all, Baby had developed cancer. By the time she began displaying some very scary and painful symptoms, it was too late. Her cancer was discovered last Friday - her health declining rapidly - and on Saturday afternoon she was gone.

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So if you wouldn’t mind saying a few prayers for comfort and peace for my parents – especially for my stepdad who spent 24/7 with Baby and is having a really, really hard time without her – I’d be ever so grateful.

How has YOUR month been?

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