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Fitness Friday

Friday May 23: 1.45 miles total
Saturday May 24: 1.28 miles and that was from the grocery store.
Sunday May 25: 5.22 miles for the day with 4 miles jogging.
Monday May 26: 5.5 miles total for the day. 4 miles jogging.
Tuesday May 27: 4 miles jogging. 4.49 total for the day
Wednesday May 28: 3 miles jogging.  3.86 miles for the day.
Thursday May 29: I didn’t jog but I did swim for about an hour total. 


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Friday – seriously can’t remember but I am sure I probably didn’t do so well on food.
Saturday – I totally had an off day and ate a burger and fries and queso and chips.
Sunday – hot dogs for dinner.
Monday – Did good, had hard boiled eggs for breakfast, lunch was a yummy salad. Dinner came and I just was not hungry. Plus I had a few drinks with friends. baddddd!!!!
Tuesday – bagel and cream cheese for breakfast.
Wednesday – I an’t remember my food
Thursday – I can’t remember my food


Tips to Increase Family Bonding

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Spending time together as a family has been something we have to work hard for. My husband is a chef and that leaves us to two days a week to spend some quality time together as a family. So when we are together I make sure to find fun ways for us to send together as a family and enjoy each other’s company.

Below are some of the things we love to do from Spring to Fall and the memories we make are ones I know I’ll never forget.

Play Games: This can be games from indoors to outdoors. Tossing the Frisbee or football is fun and there is always a lot of laughter going on.

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Camping: Even if it’s only for one night, find a campsite that is near you, or heck camp in your back yard! No electronics, just your family telling stories and having fun!

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Eat Together: One of the most important things I think we can do together as a family. Enjoy meals at the table together. We can talk about our day and plans for the coming days! These dinners can also include a game! Who doesn’t love dinner and games? My kids do. You can do anything from a board game, to drawing games, or guessing games. Our new favorite game is guessing the character of a cartoon.

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Get Outdoors: We love to go swimming, go on hikes and boat rides. Anything where we can get outside and make memories is good with me. Of course our Boat trips are probably some of my favorite times, the kids love the ride and then we always swim at the dock and beach.  We have a lot of fun parks where we live so the kids love to go to the park and play.

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Any time that you can find to spend with your family is important, the kids love even the smallest thing like watching a movie together.  KFC launched a fun way to spend more time together as a family too!



At KFC right now, you can get a free I Spy game when you buy a KFC 12 pc Meal or larger, complete with 2 large home-style sides 4 biscuits and 4 sauces. 

The I Spy posters give families one more way to engage with each other over dinner. KFC agrees: Game Night should be a weekly thing! 

*This post is sponsored by KFC.

Fitness Friday

Well this week I did HORRIBLE!!!  I just wasn’t feeling good this week and the weather was yucky. No excuses I know.

Friday May 16th: .21 miles
Saturday May 17th: Did’t wear my fitbit so not sure what I did but I did not exercise
Sunday May 18th: We went to the lake did a quick mile before going.
Monday May 19th: sunburn and did not war my fitbit.
Tuesday May 20th: 4.87 miles. 3.5 miles jogging.
Wednesday May 21st: 4.7 miles total with 3.5 miles jogging.

Thursday May 22nd: .25 miles. bleh


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Well I did try harder with food and eating less breads.

Fitness Gear for the Summer

We will be sharing our favorite Fitness Gear all summer long!


  1. BIC Bands - If you follow me on Instagram then you will see I post a lot of my workout pics. I am almost always wearing a headband, and they are BIC Bands. I love how they stay put, keep my stray hairs out of my face and they look cute!
  2. Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra- Is my absolute favorite sports bra especially for the ladies who are larger chested. If you want a sports bra that is adjustable, comfortable and wont give you a “bounce” when running, this is the one to get!
  3. Roxy Fitness Basic Black Leggings – These leggings are perfect for the cool summer mornings. A sweat-wicking tight excels at more than just flattering your figure—think: baselayer under snow/rain pant, yoga or running wear, comfy around-town chilling gear … the list goes on. A contoured waistband, gusseted detailing, and the fabric’s soft stretchability combine to deliver a move-with-you fit, while a zip-closed rear security pocket creates the perfect spot to stash your key or card.
  4. Roxy Race Ready Tank -  Perfect tank for exercise and for races. The tank has a skinny racer back offers you a full range of motion. Great for daily exercise, crossfit, running and weights. Or wear it out and about.
  5. Ellie Little Black Capri –  I wear the Little Black Capri a lot! They are a cute crop, they don’t chafe, they don’t roll down and they have a pocket to store your car key or gym key.
  6. Saucony Guide 6 Running Shoes - These are by far my favorite running shoes. I bought them for my birthday last year and keep buying new ones as I wear them out. They offer both support in the sole of your feet and your heels. For me I run on my toes and walk where my heel hits first. Great support.
  7. Sport Tote by Fitmark-  The perfect gym bag! Tons of storage and also comes with a separate shoe and laundry bag, yet it’s somehow small enough to not lose things. The pop of color will make you smile, while the separate compartments will keep you organized on the go.

I’ll be sharing full reviews of some of these products so be sure to check back!

*Some products was provided, while others i purchased myself. Even the ones originally provided I have since bought because I love them so much!

Our Week in Pics – Week 113 – May 10th-16th

We started our week with The Color Run which was an absolute blast!!! Sunday was Mother’s Day and I had a very nice brunch with my little family, the rest of the day I would rather forget it.

The week was great, book Fair at school and dance classes for the girls. Sarah is getting really excited for her Spring Showcase with Lyrical! I finally got back on the treadmill and am going to work at getting my 5K time in under 30 minutes.

Fitness Friday

Friday May 9th: Walked a quick mile, my foot was sore. Total for the day was: 2.5 miles

Saturday May 10: The Color Run 5K in 45 minutes! Total for the day was: 6.67 miles

Sunday May 11th: Mother’s Day – rest day. Total for the day was: I did not wear my fitbit so I have no idea.

Monday May 12th: helped at Book fair at school and had too many errands to run. Total for the day was: 1.44 miles

Tuesday May 13th: Worked Book fair. Total for the day was: 1.45 miles

Wednesday May 14th:  Did four miles jogging. Total for the day was: 5.6 miles

Thursday May 15th: Did four miles and also 30 Day Shred.  Total for the day was: 7 miles


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Food: I worked much harder with food and less breads. Felt great this week and down 1 pound.

Our Week in Pics: Week 112 – May 3rd-9th

We had a great week. The weather was nice so we headed to the lake. I spent the rest of the week playing with the kids, running errands, going to the dentist, having a special lunch ate with my Sarah and running. We finished the week to pick up our gear for The Color Run on Saturday!

Fitness Friday: Week Four

This week was great, and I worked harder with my less snacking. While I did get exercise in I still struggled with food at the beginning of the week. I ended up getting a bad sunburn so I took an extra day off.

No weightloss this past week because I know I snacked too much and I need to keep track of my food and eat less carbs which is what I have been saying ALL MONTH LONG!

I am going to change the days though from Friday to Thursday and check in on Fridays.

Thursday May 1st: 4.5 miles  in 77 minutes total for the day was 6.37 miles

Friday May 2nd: 1.68 miles

Saturday May 3rd:  1 MILE REST DAY

Sunday May 4th: 2 miles walking  in 36 minutes total for the day was 2.71 miles

Monday May 5th: I was so sunburned I could hardly move. I didn’t even put on my fitbit

Tuesday May 6th: 4.3 miles in 70 minutes. Total for the day was 5.60 miles

Wednesday May 7th:  4.27 miles in 70 minutes. Total for the day was  6.53 miles.

Thursday May 8th: 4.30 miles in 71 minutes. Total for the day was  6.19 miles.

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This week I WILL challenge myself to not snack on junk an say no to drinks when offered!


Our week in pics (week 111 – April 26-May 2)

We started our week with my hubby and I getting a date day and went to Knott’s Berry Farm and had a blast. The rest of the week was relaxing, getting some workout in and having fun with the girls.

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Week Three #AveenoDailyChallenge

*I am a brand ambassador for Aveeno for 2014. I was given the gift basket and the Aveeno skincare products for free to try.
Aveeno Daily Challenge

With the Aveeno Daily Challenge I wanted to incorporate eating more veggies and fruit an less pasta/carbs. I worked much harder this week on my food. I had a few days of over indulgence and too much Easter Candy but I did incorporate more veggies and that I am happy for.

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit out of something and one thing I have noticed is how every day I am getting my miles done and I am so excited for it! Wednesdays are my days where sometimes I don’t do my miles because it’s hubby’s day off (for now).

Saturday Hubby and I went to Knott’s Berry Farm and while we did end up walking three miles we ate lots of naughty foods and drinks.

day 15: off day   – one mile total oops
day 16: 6.26 miles
day 17: 5.82 miles
day 18: 3 miles walking at Knott’s
day 19: 6.08 miles
day 20: 6.08 miles
day 21: 6.12 miles

That is FIVE days I got my exercise in! I am very proud of myself.


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I decided even though the three weeks is up I will still be posting weekly on my progress. Now that I am getting my food under better control lets see the weight come off too!

Aveeno-Ambassador-Badge*I am a brand ambassador for Aveeno for 2014. I was given the gift basket and the Aveeno skincare products for free to try.

Our Week in Pics (week 110 April 19th – 25th)

What an crazy busy week! We started with the day before Easter and the kids had fun seeing the Easter Bunny and dying Easter Eggs! Easter we spent at both my in-laws house and my Aunt and Uncles where my sister and her family were there. The girls had so much fun playing with their cousins.

The week itself we enjoyed playing and laughing.

Week Two #AveenoDailyChallenge

*I am a brand ambassador for Aveeno for 2014. I was given the gift basket and the Aveeno skincare products for free to try.
Aveeno Daily Challenge

With the Aveeno Daily Challenge I wanted to incorporate eating more veggies and fruit an less pasta/carbs. I also wanted to stick to my 4 miles a day.

My week starts on Wednesday as I started the day behind everyone else.

day 8 – hubby and I went shopping so we did a lot of walking trough store. I did not exercise at home. Still managed to get in 2 miles.
day 9 – I had every intention of working out but my fiend came over all day….. 1 mile total (boo)
day 10 – 5.2 miles
day 11 – I took the kids to the Village and they had an egg hunt. With little bit of walking I did almost 2 miles.
day 12- Easter and did not wear my FitBit so I have no idea how I did.
day 13 – 5.2 miles
day 14- as of right now I am at 5 miles.


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So I ended up exercising 3 days. While we did have a really busy week I am disappointed I should have did my run Thursday morning.

Each day I did make sure to have lots of veggies with each of my meals. I am also loving how soft my skin is feeling and I am not as itchy on my legs!

Aveeno-Ambassador-Badge*I am a brand ambassador for Aveeno for 2014. I was given the gift basket and the Aveeno skincare products for free to try.

Our Week in Pics (week 109 – April 12th – 19th)

Another busy week of running around and getting everything ready for Easter!

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Week One #AveenoDailyChallenge

*I am a brand ambassador for Aveeno for 2014. I was given the gift basket and the Aveeno skincare products for free to try.
Aveeno Daily Challenge

Week one is done and I am feeling great! I have found that I really do struggle with eating more veggies. This has been one of my biggest issues these past two months too. After my miscarriage the end of February I had a really hard time getting back into my routine and found I was eating way too much sweets and carbs AND bread! Back in January I went Paleo which meant I was eating no breads and hardly any potatoes.

With the Aveeno Daily Challenge I wanted to incorporate eating more veggies and fruit an less pasta/carbs. I also wanted to stick to my 4 miles a day.

Here is my first week, you can see the only day I missed exercise was day one but I was getting over the flue, day two we were at the desert so we did a lot of swimming.


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So far in my first week I already noticed my skin feeling softer and not as itchy!

Aveeno-Ambassador-Badge*I am a brand ambassador for Aveeno for 2014. I was given the gift basket and the Aveeno skincare products for free to try.

Our Week in Pics (week 108 – April 5th – 11th)

YAY Spring Break Week! And I got to spend mine sick! The girls spent their entire week down at the Desert with their Grandparents. Hubby and I made it down one day to see the kids and swim. We had a lot of fun!

Samantha also started Softball again!


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