Snow day

January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am (2010, family, snow, Snow Day)

My 2010 Snow Buddies ~ January 2010

It doesn’t take much snow in Atlanta to get everyone all excited. In fact I get excited just over seeing a few flurries.  So we can make a lot happen with just a half-inch!!!

And that’s what we got Thursday evening.  Schools closed  & Pepper was home from work.  We tried to stay warm, stay busy & have fun!!

We celebrated the Snow with an impromptu “SNOW DAY of Fun”.

We ate White SNOW Powdered Doughnuts for Breakfast.

Snow Powdered Doughnuts

Watched “SNOW” Themed Movies (Curious George Plays in the Snow, Snow Buddies, and Ice Age).

Movies & Popcorn

Ate Smores from the fire.

Yum! Yum!

And of course got some sledding fun in too!!  Poor Megan only lasted about five minutes but Evan was absolutely LOVING it!!

Sledding (on ice)

I really love the snow, but goodness gracious I get stir crazy fast!!!  I would love a big-time snow (you know, 3-4 inches – ha!), but I think now (as a parent of two little ones and not the excited teen/adult missing school or work) I’d want it all melted & gone in about two days!!  Times have definitely changed:)

IF this happens again, I’ll have to be a little more prepared!!!

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Things i love thursday … 30 day shred

January 7, 2010 at 7:09 am (2010, diet, Things I Love Thursday)

I know everyone’s making New Year’s Resolutions these days.

The question is, is anyone actually keeping them???

I have several goals that I’m really trying hard to work on this year!!

And of course, one continues to be weight loss. I always recommend this DVD in person, so I thought I’d lay say it in print now!!  I don’t even remember when I started it exactly, I just know I like it a lot!!

You can read review after review if you just google it (I think I’m going to start saying ‘swagbucks‘ it instead!!).

But in a nutshell, here’s why I love the 30 Day Shred so much:

1.  All you need is the video & some weights ~  You can find the DVD for about $10 and you likely have some weights laying around.  All you need is about 5-10 lbs or so.

2.  It’s just a 20-minute work out ~ I can find 20-minutes in my day.  Whether it’s in the morning before everyone’s up or at night when everyone’s down.  I can even get a work out, a shower, a load of laundry & some tweets out during Megan’s nap!!

3.  It builds on itself ~ One DVD has three levels on it.  That’s three different work outs on one DVD.  So I can mix it up and not get too bored.

4.  The work out is in intervals ~ 3 minutes of Strength, 2 Minutes of Cardio and 1 Minute of Abs … then repeated 3 times during one work out.  When you get to the 2nd interval, you’re half-way done!!

5.  It works ~ That’s always good when you spend time working out, isn’t it?!?  I can definitely feel a difference in my tone and muscles (all over) when I use the Shred & when I don’t.

So, that’s just something I love on this fine Thursday.

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Happy new year!

January 3, 2010 at 12:46 am (2010, blogging, diet, family)

I’m not really a big resolution kind of gal, but this year I’m actually feeling “it” (resolutions that is)!  I think it’s because I feel a little out of balance and out of sorts in several areas of my life.  So more than just resolutions to make & break, I have a few goals to hopefully improve my life and the life of my family.

So my apologies in advance that the last post of 2009 and the first post of 2010 are more for myself than you, but really – isn’t that all I do on this blog anyways?!

Personal Goals (for me):

  • Lose 18 lbs. – I got a good start on my weight loss goal last year.  In 2009, I wanted to lose 42 lbs.  I had hoped to come in on the last day of 2009 with a 29 lb loss, but the holidays got to me and I totally slacked so I gained a few lbs back and came in with a total loss of 24 lbs.  I’ll continue with Joy’s LIFE Diet (more on that later) and kick up my exercise!
  • Run – This is totally NOT me.  I actually can’t even believe I’m saying this.  I don’t like running.  In school I enjoyed relay races (you know the one where you pass the Paton to the next runner?), but long distance was totally NOT in my vocabulary.  I’m not even ready to say my goal is to run a 5k yet, I just want to be able to run in the neighborhood without stopping after 2 mins.  I want to be able to run for exercise.
  • Find a Balance – I spend too much time online.  But it’s my hobby.  It’s also my source of information, the way I pay my bills, communicate with friends, get some awesome deals (totally scored through Twitter & FB Fan Sites this year!!) & work on outside commitments.  But it’s also a trap for me!!  I get online with the intention of paying the bills and then three hours later I’m still paying.  And it’s not because Bank of America is that slow!!  It’s because I get that distracted.  I need to find a balance.
  • Bible Reading – I’ve neglected this pretty badly the last several years.  I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve re-learned a second “story” from the Jesus Storybook Bible that I’m reading with Evan.  I need to spend daily devotion with Him again!!

Personal Goals (for my family):

  • Get Organized – I used to be organized and pretty much on top of things.  But that’s when I was taking care of only myself and Pepper.  Now I lose someone’s shoes EVERY day, can’t find checks that people give me, and still haven’t filled in page one of Megan’s baby book!!  I’m horribly UNorganized right now & I absolutely HATE that feeling!!  I need systems and I need to de-clutter!
  • Better Eating – Yes, I followed a plan and a diet to lose the weight I did last year, but the basics of it is eating clean, unprocessed, real food.  Fresh fruits, veggies, lean chicken/meats and fish.  Nothing really came from a box except the occasional whole wheat pasta.  I want to continue that & improve upon it for the whole family.
  • Activities for Kids – Evan is in school a half-day for three days out of the week.  I need to be better at planning activities though when he’s home.  It’s better for all of us … too much free time drives everyone a little crazy!!!  I want a planned schedule (within reason) of crafts, snacks, play time, and fun stuff.
  • Lower Expenses, Increases Savings – I’m trying to master (ok, that’s probably strong … how about “understand”) couponing more than I do now.  I did alot better this year, but my goal this year is to consistently save 30%+ at each trip to the grocery store.  Sites like MommmySnacks, Keeping The Kingdom First, Money Saving Mom and Coupon Mom have all been my go-to sites this past year.   I’m also starting to get really excited about Swagbucks and Ebates Accounts.  If you don’t use either of them … you should definitely look into it!!!  I didn’t have enough points to bother cashing them in this Christmas, but my goal is to “buy” gifts throughout the year and next Christmas with these accounts!!

Blogging:

  • I actually have several goals for my blog this year.  One of those will be happening next month, when I go to Blissdom 10.  I’m really excited to meet a lot of “real” bloggers and Twitter friends there.  I’m also excited to be going with my IRL friends ohAmanda, TheVioletFig and Simply Staci.  But more on my Blogging Goals later.  I’ll be linking up to Savvy Blogging Carnival on Monday.

So, those are my goals. Now the real question … how am I going to get there?? Honestly, I’m still working on that.   If I knew exactly how to eat better, stay organized, run, and plan activities I’d probably be doing all that already!!  So the truth is I’m not sure.  I’m working on some things and I’ll post more as I go.

Do you have any awesome suggestions for me?

What are your goals for 2010?

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