Yes indeed we all need to start somewhere. Today I start with gathering and collecting what I need for meal prep and meal planning for the week. I’m doing a 7 day Clean eating challenge this week and my menu is already laid out for me. What an easy way to start the week. Although most of it will be easy to make and prep I still have a few new recipes to try out. But at last, I need to start somewhere.

I honestly don’t want to meal prep at all today for the fact that my kid was up all night puking. So my lack of sleep doesn’t help with knowing I should meal prep. (rant over)

So here is what I’ll be eating for the 7 Days (I’ll be tweaking it a bit to accommodate my family) :

  • Sunday- Leftover pork tenderloin with baked sweet potato  and couscous
  • Monday- Salmon with steamed veggie
  • Tuesday- Chicken mango Roll ups
  • Wednesday- Zoodles (check out my new gadget)  with sauce and ground beef
  • Thursday- Shakshuka (new recipe) Not sure about the poached egg part!!
  • Friday- Pizza
  • Saturday- Grilled Chicken and Cauliflower steaks

If you’ve ever had Shakshuka please let me know how you like it!! I’m so curious.

Workout Recap

  • Sunday- 5 mile run
  • Monday- PiYo Core
  • Tuesday- 5 mile run on the tread
  • Wednesday- 4.5 mile run outside
  • Thursday- rest day ( I was beat from working two jobs)
  • Friday- Did my new lower back and abs routine from the chiropractor
  • Saturday- Rest day

It wasn’t my best week for working out, but very pleased with my mileage his week. I think I might be getting sick or I’m PMS’ing way to much  (sorry if that was TMI).

Linking up with Jill Conyers.

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I’ve been cooking like crazy lately and with that trying to make our meals the healthiest possible. I’ve done a mock zucchini apple pie once and frankly it turned out delicious. Summer came and I had no idea what do with all that zucchini from the garden.

Strolling though our local store the other day, my eye was drawn to this:IMG_7736I didn’t pick it up at first, but thought this needs to be in my must have of gadgets for the kitchen. I love my simple slicer from pampered chef, but this bad boy was screaming my name. It seemed like a  gadget because of the Seen on TV logo. Who cares I thought. I want deliciously healthy food and I think the kids would get a kick out of it too. IMG_7723I went on to make Mock spaghetti and meatballs with salsa. Now I know I could make my meatball healthier by making them myself, but I have to start somewhere. This was really easy to do and prep. I did a little twist with this new contraption and wah-la………. I had veggie noodles.

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  • One medium zucchini with ends cut off
  • 1/4 cup of salsa
  • 6 mini meatballs( can omit if you don’t eat meat)
  • A little coconut oil for sauteing the zucchini

Here is what I did:

I cleaned and washed the zucchini and cut off the ends. I put it in the contraption over a pan on medium heat. I tossed on the coconut oil and twisted away with the zucchini. I let is cook for a quick 4 mins. Tossed on a plate. Heated up the meatballs and added salsa.


Linking up with Jill Conyers and FairyBuger


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It’s cold here. Today’s weather forecast : high of 22 degrees.


The weather hurts my face. But I still managed to go out and run in the cold. I really didn’t want to. I made a thousand excuses of why NOT to go run in the cold. I actually canceled on my running buddy last week because I was being a baby about running in the cold.

Umm……..but today was colder than last week and I still went.

Mile one was cold and I could totally turn around at anytime. But the small group I was with never complained. So I kept going.

Mile 2 and 3 where much better. I was warm and actually sweating.

We then went inside to finish our running. One mile on the indoor track was like heaven. I tossed off all of my outer wear and ran a nice fast mile.

I don’t like running in the cold. I really really don’t. I do however love my body. I made a push and left my comfort zone. I keep thinking and visualizing………….Summer bodies are earned in the winter!


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If anyone is counting this will be week #dos of menu planning and meal prep. I’m feeling inspired and motivated by the challenge group that I coach. It only started Monday and I feel the energy, even tho its all on facebook. These people are giving it their all and in return, so am I. Accountability does wonders.

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This weeks menu plan for dinner in a photo.

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I also did a bunch of meal prep for lunch and snacks.

meal prepRecap of last weeks workout report:

  • Sunday-Rest day
  • Monday- PiYo lower body
  • Tuesday- Ran 2 miles and did TRX suspension training for 30 mins
  • Wednesday- 2.5o miles and 30 mins of TRX upper body for 30 mins
  • Thursday- Active Rest day and stretching
  • Friday- 4.21 miles at the gym
  • Saturday- PiYO Core and swim with my little

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Hey I hope everyone had a great Holiday. It’s been all over the place here when it comes to menu planning or meal prep. Nothing really happened because I didn’t plan. Back at it this Sunday.

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See whats for dinner this week:

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This week I’m clearing out the pantry and fridge, so that means slim pickings. I can make it work . I’ve also included my meal prep for lunch and breakfast. Shakeology for breakfast every morning. Nuts for mid morning snack and all the other stuff for lunch! Meal Prep 1-4-15

The Basics To Menu Planning.

  • There are numerous ways to plan your menu. Keep in mind, there really is no right or wrong way to plan
  • If you start out with one menu planning system and after a few weeks find that is not going to work then try something else.
  • Be flexible- If you completed your weekly menu and realize you only made it to Tuesday and want something different. Go for it.
  • If you find that your current menu planning is stressing you out, take a step back and create a system that makes your life easier.

I am linking up my meal plan and prep with Jill Conyers for What’s For Dinner!


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Thanks for sticking along side of me in 2014. It’s been a fantastic year for so many reasons. Today’s blog post will Recap my most favorite posts. I found magic this year! Check out the links to old posts. Enjoy!

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January- I wrote about joining a program called Run this Year with a goal of running 400 miles in 2014. I beat that by doing 659 miles!

February- It doesn’t seem so long ago but I wrote about the beginning of the end of breastfeeding.

March-  I also landed a new Job in 2014 doing something I completely love, Painting & Teaching. To this day, this job rocks.

April-  I was inspired to make a compost bin and to this day still use it. I HATE to bring things to it when its cold out, but come spring, I’ll have compost.

May- I ran with no regrets and crossed my own fence. I annoaced that I was going to run my first 1/2 Marathon, which is a big deal kids!  I was then a week later, let down by someones dirty feet.

June- I made the best ever Strawberry Ruhbarb Oatmeal bars. YOu’ll want to check it out.

July- This month was a doozy for blogging. I made two post, Why Kids Whine and This is life lately!   

August- I talked about how my kid doesn’t have a Lazy eye. He has Duanes Syndrome.

September-  This month, nothing important happened. See October for excitement.

October- I ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon and I went a little batty. Read here why!

November- I fell off the earth, but still managed to give you updates.

and then came December- I found the magic place and Made January 2015 Goals.


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Welcome to the New Year. If you’re just joining me here, welcome.  Goals for me didn’t just start in January, or heck even this year. For the last 2 years, (mostly) every month I would set aside time to write out monthly goals. I started in October of 2012. You can read them here.

Why Monthly Goals? As stated before, Monthly goals give me better results. making Monthly goals is a powerful process for thinking about my ideal future in little increments.

Why Set goals for Health, Wellness and Family? To me being healthy also includes having a healthy family. This includes wellness, well being, spirit is high, and my body is moving forward. A person’s quality of life or state of physical health do not exist as isolated events, its in conjunction with. Does that make sense? We all look at health, and wellness differently. What does it mean to you?

What I have learned along the way of setting Goals: I learned a lot about myself while writing and trying to accomplish the goals I set forth. Sometimes I didn’t accomplish my monthly list, but instead revisited them and revised them to fit my  needs. Sometimes I aimed to high, or too low, but I try either way.

  • By writing my monthly goals out, I am more likely to stick to them and accomplish them.
  • I find that airing them online I’m more likely to holding myself accountable for the things I say and want to do
  • When I have several goals I like to give each a priority.
  • I tend to only set around 4 goals a month. This helps me to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct my attention to the most important ones. Sometimes I over lap each month with a goal, but change the priority level.
  • I have learned that my goals have change as time goes on. I adjust them regularly to reflect growth in my knowledge and experience, and if these goals do not hold any attraction any longer, I consider letting them go. For instance my 30 before 30 list. I wanted to take a martial arts class. I decided that it’s not a good idea while pregnant and I picked up Yoga instead.

So enough of all the other helpful tips for you to set up goals for yourself, here are my January Goals for 2015:

  1. Work out between 3-5 times a week. Currently my planned schedule looks like this – Sunday- Long run, Monday- Rest day, Tuesday- run at the gym, Wednesday-  easy 2 mile run with weights, Thursday- PiYO, Friday- Cross train, Saturday- Active Rest Day.
  2. I am going to run at LEAST one more half marathon come spring. That means another 3 months of training! I can’t wait and look forward to it.
  3. Continue to carve out family time. With our busy schedules and my early to bed sleepers, there doesn’t leave too much family time. We set aside Saturdays to do something as simple as going to park together, going for a swim at the Y together.
  4. Make a baby in 2015!

What are your goals this month? 



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Happy Friday everyone. Today I did something scary.how-to-expand-my-comfort-zone

It wasn’t comfortable, but it didn’t kill me. I fianlly reached a running goal of mine. To run a sub 10 min mile. Well today I killed that goal and did a 9:24 min mile. I left the comfort zone of the normal running easy pace.

I also took on a new class, which I thought was Zumba and ended up being Bokwa. Yes that’s a work and dance. Bokwa participants draw letters and numbers which look like dance moves. It’s energizing and fun but being my first class I looked a little out of place. It wasn’t hard, just something my brain has never seen before. Check it out below.

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Um…….. it’s clearly been a while since my last post. At least its in the same month and year, so it could be worse.

Giving a little update on things also known as my life. Not in any particular order.

I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the FIRST time ever. Yeah and I’ve never cooked a turkey before. Chickens yes, but never a turkey. For the last 30 years I’ve always gone to my grandmothers house and had family dinner there. This year I really don’t want the stress of chasing two kids under 4 around an unsafe house. They redecorate, destroy and break things and I just want to relax. Alan and I made the right decision and felt it was a much needed opportunity to just enjoy our own family. We invited others over too.

I am still working 3 jobs in art. While it may seem a like a bit, it really isn’t much time or effort doing something I completely LOVE and ENJOY.

Goals for the month of November went out the window especially after my half marathon. I needed a break to just (LIVE) go with the flow of life. No set, I NEED to run this many miles today plan to follow and frankly I LOVE IT. My longest run has been 6.8 miles on a Sunday in the freezing cold. Next up the Turkey  Trot on Thanksgiving. It’s been a long time since I’ve ran a 5K and excited to push it. My last race was a 10k and I hit a personal record at mile 3.1.  I am ready to do it again. I will write December goals, that’s a promise.

Both boys are doing well. Speaking of well, we had a well appointment for them last week. 18 months and 4 years require shots. We sat in the waiting room for 40 mins before someone called us, after I said to the receptionist how much longer? It wasn’t the first time we’ve waiting a long time, but I was PMSing and pissed. So I walked out and said don’t bother rescheduling us, we are done here. It’s NOT okay to have 2 little kids wait more than 15 mins to be seen and it would probably have waiting in the room for another 20 mins for the doctor and 30 mins for the appointment. Making it over two hours of being there. NO thanks. So I found a new place to go. IMG_7392IMG_7367

I also had company last week. I took care of a 4 month old on top of watching both boys. Man it was work and makes me question WHY on earth we want another one?!! I must drink more wine. End of story.

What have you been up to lately? Is anyone still around reading this crap?


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Menu Plan & Tip #50

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  • Sunday- Pull pork sammies with raisin walnut coleslaw
  • Monday- Porcupine Meatballs with a side of couscous and green beans
  • Tuesday- Taco Tuesday with the fixings
  • Wednesday- Leftovers
  • Thursday- Banana Pancakes for dinner
  • Friday- homemade Pesto pizza with fresh Mozzarella
  • Saturday- Leftover or chili

Menu Plan Tip: What Can I feed my kids that they will eat?

The hardest task planing my weekly menu is coming up with ideas that my kids will LIKE to eat for dinner. Planning allows me to NOT have to make separate meals for the kids and a meal for us, the parents. While they MIGHT not always be smitten with what I cook, they do however had to take a no thank you bite (at least the oldest).   I always serve a side of something I know they will enjoy, but NOT always their favorite.

I was pleased to say that tonight’s dinner was a success with the coleslaw. My oldest tried cabbage and ate a walnut! Go figure.

What are you cooking this week?


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  • Sunday- Meatball subs with fruit salad side
  • Monday-Tillapia rosemary olive oil Quinoa with a side of Asian salad
  • Tuesday-Crock pot Sesame Honey  over rice
  • Wednesday-  Zucchini Parm Chips, homemade chicken fingers and egg noodles
  • Thursday- Lo Mein loaded with veggies
  • Friday- homemade Pizza
  • Saturday- Crockpot smothered Chicken with a mushroom Gravy, baked potato
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Because It’s my goal to post my Menu plan for the week, here it is!


  • Monday- Southwester grilled chicken over spinach with a side of Garlic Bread( not clean so I won’t be eating that)
  • Tuesday- Taco Tuesday for my Lego playing kid with ground beef and veggies
  • Wednesday- Stuffed peppers (with leftover taco meat) with a side of brown rice
  • Thursday- Leftovers with side salad
  • Friday- Homemade Mushroom Pizza
  • Saturday- Pasta with Spaghetti butternut squash sauce with a side salad


  • Monday- Cottage Cheese with fresh pineapple, side salad and nuts
  • Tuesday- Ham and Hummus on flat bread with a grapes
  • Wednesday- Taco Salad with leftovers from dinner the night before with an apple
  • Thursday- Tuna Salad, hard boiled egg, with veggies and side of grapes/or apple
  • Friday-  Cottage cheese with fresh apples/pears and flax
  • Saturday- Turkey and Hummus Sammy on flat bread with hard boiled egg


I really haven’t plan to write out my breakfast menu, but I am hoping to make a batch of banana muffins. I will also eat cottage cheese, and oatmeal with fruit in the morning. I also will hard boil a few eggs to have as a quick breakfast.


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This week and next I’m tapering. What is that you ask? I’m supposed to “take it easy” and rest up for the BIG DAY. It’s not to say that I can’t workout and run, I’m just supposed to NOT try anything new, do anything different and build up reserves in my muscles. Apparently week one of tapering is making me bat shit crazy.
taperingI went to the gym this morning, remember it’s on my plan and I still need to run, and I banged out a nice pace for 4.5 miles at 10:23 average. Not bad, but sitting still ain’t easy. Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be running 5 miles over the weekend on Sunday too.

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Welcome to October, already. September flew away from me and I did manage to meet my goals. You may look back at my September goals and think to yourself, ” you only had three goals to accomplish, so yeah you would get them done”. I get it to. I actually only set a few small goals per months because if I compile a list three feet long I wouldn’t tackle half of them or any. It’s overwhelming. Besides, I have a bit on my plate and I don’t want to stress myself out with “trying” to reach way to many goals. Some months I can’t even meet the three I planned.

I’m proud to say that I meet each goal last months: menu plan for the week and stick to it, run at the gym, and manage a 21 day challenge group. It was a great few goals that I set for myself. I went at least 2 times a week to the gym and of course I did my own working out besides that. I ran a total of 92.2 miles last month. Holy batman! I guess when your goal is to run a half marathon, you need to put in the miles! Next two weeks I begin to Taper. Menu planning went great. I’ve kept on track with food and under budget for the first time with grocery shopping. I didn’t lie when I said in this post how important it is to menu plan to SAVE money.  I’ll be joining another 21 day challenge starting Oct 6th. Can’t wait to continue to be on track with my eating.

October Goals

  • 21 day challenge, my ultimate goal is to eat clean for 21 days!. It’s going to be a challenge alright, but what doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t make you stronger. My plan is to make things from scratch, like pancakes, instead of buying them. It’s going to make me PLAN, PLAN, PLAN like a mofo, but I am willing to give it a go. I will continue to menu plan for dinners and now lunch.
  • I also plan on TRACKing my food budget this month again and seeing where we fall. I plan on mostly shopping at the discounted grocery store, Aldi’s, for most of my food. I will keep all my receipts in one spot.  I am not even sure how much I spend in food! <–sad realization.
  • Fitness: My 2nd half marathon is on the 12th of October. I will continue to work my running training plan. I can’t believe I am going to say this, but I am going to allow myself some time off of running long distances, I think. Honesty I am torn about what to do next!! part of me wants to start x-training again and weight lifting and part of me wants to continue to run high mileages.  Not really sure, what or where I’ll be after my half, but I do know I’ll keep moving. So I guess I need to gather a plan.
  • Finish painting the kids playset!
  • Have all the kids clothing squared away and organized
  • Wash the family room carpet
  • I really want to blog more. I need to carve out time to do this. I think once my 1/2 training is complete there will be a little more time to think, process, and write. I really love blogging and writing.

Monthly Goals

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Hello Beautiful September. I’ve missed you and have a need for your cooler temperatures. My last post talked about how I need normalcy and this month I am focusing on just that. Routine and normalcy. Summer was fun, but I am done!

lets recap last months goals

  • Make a Menu Plan for each week of this Month. Fail
  • Starting back up my 1/2 Marathon Training Program. Success
  • Keeping up with cleaning. Success

While I love menu planning, I was all over the place last month with it. I would make a menu, change it, and then never bother to look at it to stay focused.IMG_5741

This September I am going to revisit staying on my target menu plan. It will help to cut cost on our food budget, that has gotten out of control and I plan on shopping mostly at Aldi’s for this month. I don’t like their veggies or fruit as they don’t last long, so I am going to make an extra trip to either the other grocery store or the farmers market.

Stick to my new workout plan that Previously posted. I’ll be running at the gym, which isn’t what I like, but it needs to be done. Doing it in the morning and not evening makes a world of difference on my runs and body. I am shot usually at the end of the day. So I am making time in the morning for it.

I also joined a 21 day challenge group where I’ve become a coach or mentor. I’m really enjoying the responsibilities and it will be the extra kick that I need. I post daily one picture of me working out/ running/ or any activity and 1 healthy meal a day. Last month I dropped over 5lbs doing a 21 day challenge group. It’s very motivating. Let me know if you want in for October!


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Super excited to start the fall schedule and normalcy of life starting yesterday next week. I’m trying not to hurry the rest of the summer time fun along, but I urn for a routine to follow. Speaking of which, I’ve done a little fall workout schedule for myself. It’s there to help guide me in my 1/2 marathon training and over all healthy and fitness goals. Fullscreen capture 8292014 20855 PM.bmp

As you can see I’ve been consistent on running my “long runs” on Sunday mornings. It works best for our family as it does take some time to complete the miles. I a lot about 2 hours of time to do my longer miles of 6+. I teach on Monday and Thursday and it usually wipes me clean of energy. Teaching elementary art and computers is exchanging, so I choose not to do anything to strenuous those days, expect arms, if i Choose to. Tuesday and Wednesday are my “treadmill’ runs at the gym. Fortunitly for me they have baby sitting right there on premise. After I drop Calvin off at school, which is the building next to the Y, I’ll go get my runs in while Rogan Plays. Saturday’s are usually my major rest days and spend with the family doing non rest day stuff. But it’s still a rest day for me.

What does your  workout schedule look like for the fall?

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Two months before Rogan’s 1st Birthday we had a very serious doctors appointment. After many kind people pointing out Rogan’s lazy eye we finally saw a pediatric Ophthalmologist. I was really nervous about his appointment and concerned for the out come.IMG_6632

As you can see here from the picture it looks to be a lazy eye. After a few tests and many questions later Rogan was diagnosed with Duane’s Syndrome in his right eye. He doesn’t have a lazy eye. IMG_6877

What is Duane’s Syndrome?

According to American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Duane’s Syndrome is a group of eye muscle disorders that cause abnormal eye movements. People with Duane syndrome have difficulty rotating one or both eyes outward (abduction) or inward (adduction).

There are 6 muscles in the eye that control all the movements and Duane’s syndrome is a mis-wiring of those eye muscles. In Duane syndrome, the sixth cranial nerve that controls the lateral rectus muscle (the muscle that rotates the eye out towards the ear) does not develop properly. The problem is the nerve that transmits the electrical impulses to the muscle.IMG_6800

So far Rogan doesn’t face any other characteristics beside the “lazy eye” look and that one  eye is smaller then the other. In Rogan’s case, Duane syndrome does not require surgical treatment at this point in time. Surgery for Duane syndrome is indicated for one of four reasons:

  • To reduce strabismus
  • To eliminate a socially unacceptable head position
  • To eliminate a significant upshoot or downshoot.
  • To eliminate disfiguring enophthalmos.

The goal of treatment is to restore satisfactory eye alignment in the straight-ahead position, eliminate an abnormal head posture and to prevent amblyopia. All which he shows no signs of. Some cases those with Duane’s Syndrome have other medical issues. He is one lucky dude and cute! 

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  • Make a Menu Plan for each week of this Month. It will help me stay organized.
  • Starting back up my 1/2 Marathon Training Program. I need to organize my days along with my x-training. It looks like Monday and Friday will be my cross train days. I might attempt a running class on Saturday mornings. Still working out the kinks
  • Keeping up with cleaning. The daily chores have gone to hell. That toilet that smells like piss, why yes it hasn’t been cleaned in two weeks, maybe 3. Umm yeah disgusting!


Recap of July

Continue to Rock my 530 am boot camp classes.I killed last months boot camp. I went 4 days a week!!! IT was killer and I feel great. Success. 

  Read a new book: seriously any book will do. I really miss reading. I’ll choose one book this month and finish it. Any suggestions? Fail

 I really need to do something crafty this month. I’ll get back to you on what that is exactly because I need to go pinterest a few ideas. Momma needs craft time. Success





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For me life lately has been pretty busy. Summer is in full swing and I’m checking off items of the summer bucket list. What does that mean for you? well the typical silence that you hear. That could be a good thing for some, who don’t give a rats ass about my blog, but you still read it. IMG_7078

I’m here to fill you in about what is going on in life. This is life lately.

I wake at 5 am, some days 530am. Not because children are in need of me. I’ve found a great routine starting with a bootcamp class that I give 100% to. It’s been a month of enduring vigorous boot-camp challenges and fatigue. Recovery hasn’t been glorious. It leaves me tired on days that I do it for 1 hour and 30 mins. Oh and it leaves me hungry!

I get home at 7am to be handed off my children from a husband who has 20 mins to get ready for work. I cook and make them breakfast and we are usually out the door by 9am.

OH it doesn’t stop.


We head to various fun activities, some days its backyard play. But whatever it may be it last till about 1130, when all hell breaks free because it’s feeding time.

I might have sat down for a few minutes if they were playing in the backyard, but most likely I didn’t. I tend to the garden.

I put Rogan, who is now 14 months old to bed. He is phasing out of his first nap, which is great and leaves for a longer afternoon nap time.

I quickly jump in the shower and wash off my 530am sweat. Yup I stink by now and you know it.  I constantly watch the clock counting on the little dudes nap to get shit down around here, like the 3 piles of laundry waiting to be washed, folded, and put away. I could possible blog about something, but that shower has taken 30 mins. I needed to shave my legs. It’s summer time people!

It’s 1 pm and I’m burnt toast. I try to find time to take a 15 min break, reading!! Yup reading, its a novelty around here to do, but I try to find time to do it. That really only leads to 5 mins of reading and a 15 min power nap. My eye grow heavy and it’s just to hard to stay away. If I get no nap, consider that  I have wine in my glass and I’m on my second cup.

I can give you a laundry list of shit I do till Rogan wakes, but it’s just domestic stuff. Pfff to that.

Rogan wakes at 330. He gave me enough time to prep dinner and wash dishes, maybe.

I don’t have time to blog during nap, unless I don’t shower. I miss you all and I miss writing. And the night only gets more crazy. So I’ll leave you to that. This is life lately!

It’s taken a dramatic hit on my writing and blogging.

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My oldest is 3 3/4 years of age. Over the last 2-3 months the whining kicked it. MY ears are so sick of this whining and it really gets the best of me. It really makes me cave in quickly to something I already said NO to. I’m doing it all wrong for sure. whining

What is whining?  It’s your little one’s more mature form of crying. It’s there to get your attention.

Rule # 1 : Stop giving in to the whining. He Whines because it works on me. Instead, to stop the whining I will try to be empathetic to his feelings first. ” Telling you no really made you feel disappointed, sad”. Move on in conversation, location after showing youre empathy for his feelings.

Rule #2:  Set the reminder. “Uh-oh, your nice voice has disappeared! I wonder where it went!” Proceed to look for it by calling “nice voice where are you?”

Rule # 3: whining is a call for attention. Maybe I need to sit back and engage more often and remember rule 1 and 2.  Make sure that your child gets enough of your positive attention, unprovoked.  I’m lacking on this big time!

Remember: Children only continue behaviors that get results.


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