Aloha Friday #18

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

What is in your iPod (or Mp3 player, CD player, car, whatever!) that you just can’t stop listening to?

I have a very diverse mix of genres in my iPod (Paramore, Alicia Keys, Muse, Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon, Gaga, Ke$ha, Madonna and Ludacris just to name a few…) but I really can’t stop listening to Michael Buble’s new song – Haven’t Met You Yet. It’s a great Aloha Friday song! :)

Hey! Bring It Down A Notch (Or 3)

belt

What is this fabulous self portrait of my lower torso you ask?

I’ve moved my belt in 3 notches in the last 6 weeks! Oh Happy Wednesday!

(Catch more Wednesday posts at 5 Minutes for Mom and Seven Clown Circus)

Aloha Friday #17

Aloha Friday

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

What do you do to stay healthy?

As I’ve been working on getting healthy and losing weight, (you can read more about my progress here) I’ve realized it isn’t about a “diet”. It’s about a full lifestyle change. I’m excited to be getting such great results with IdealShape. This week I was down another 2 pounds, but most importantly, I’m down a little over 4% body fat and 4 inches in my waist and hips! Woo hoo! I’ve loved IdealShape so much that they’ve given me the chance to do a couple of giveaways! This week, I’m giving away a free 30 day supply of their fantastic shake. That’s a $50 value! Take your pick of Milk Chocolate or Smooth Vanilla. To enter, simply comment on this post with your answer to Aloha Friday, along with your choice of flavor. Coming up in the next few weeks – I’ll be giving away the entire program! Want 2 more chances to win?

  • Write a post about this giveaway with a link back here
  • Subscribe to my feed
    (You’ll want to do this anyway so you know when I’m giving away the full program!)

Make sure you tell me in your comment if you blogged about this giveaway or subscribed. Good luck! This giveaway ends on Monday, February 22nd at 10 AM. I’ll contact the winner via email.

Slash/Slash/Slash

I’ve been really, really busy lately and when I get too busy, I don’t blog. Which I hate. So this week, I’m doing a slash/slash/slash post which = Aloha Friday #16/What I Learned This Week/The Diet – Post 4, Day 32.

Aloha Friday

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

When you don’t have time to blog, do you write things down and try to blog about them later? Or do you just let them go?

I write things down…but I’m so far behind I don’t know if I’ll ever really post about them! Besides, who wants to hear my thoughts on American Idol Season 8 anyway?

What I Learned This Week

It’s not my birthday that make me feel old, it’s my kids birthdays. Especially when my baby turns 7…going on 17.

Lila 7th Bdaysm

You can see the glass half full or half empty. I chose half full.

Beyonce really is the hottest chick in the gamewearing Jay Z’s chain.

The Diet – Post 4, Day 32

So…I’ve been a bad girl. Last week was a really hard week for me.

#1 – I’m a stress eater. I was feeling stressed about lots of things; planning a birthday party, PTA/Primary duties, regular old motherly/household duties, etc. I’m mean, seriously – how many outfits are my kids wearing a day?? Does anyone else do 10 loads of laundry every few days?? And who has time to fold it all??

#2 – When I’m busy, it’s hard to eat every 2-3 hours. I had a couple of slip ups too. I ate 3 pieces of Papa John’s pizza and a container of garlic sauce at Lila’s birthday party. I’m PRETTY sure that wasn’t part of the diet plan. Although the garlic is healthy…right? Right? Ok, who am I kidding. I get a FAIL stamp on my head for last week.

I was really anxious about going to weigh in because I’d been so bad. But believe it or not, I was actually still down 2 pounds! I’ll take it. And I was down 4 inches around his hips and waist after 2 weeks! Hooray! So it’s working even though I’m not making it any easier on myself. I feel a renewed sense of motivation this week. 2 reasons why:

#1: (Why am I always making lists?…) Skyler gave me a very specific diet plan to follow for the next week. I love it because it’s easier for me to follow something that tells me EXACTLY what to do.

#2: The new CD we are listening to helps you figure out what makes you feel stressed out by identifying self-sabotaging and limiting beliefs. Basically – am I stressed because I think I should be stressed? I don’t know. I enjoy doing all the things I do. Sometimes I just feel like it all comes at once. Maybe it’s all in my mind and I do have the time and resources to get it all done. Can I just change my attitude about it? We’ll see what I learn. If anything, I’ve already learned that these Mastering The Mind hypno-therapy CD’s put me into a coma. But I always seem to wake up right when they are done. Kinda creepy. Kinda interesting.

I’ve made a new and exciting goal for myself: I want to run in the Utah Valley Marathon! Who’s with me? When I was running intervals on the treadmill last night, I was able to do 5 sets at 8 MPH, my fastest yet! :) My friend Erica told me how much she loves to run fast (10 MPH) and I used to think she was crazy. Now I’m beginning to understand…

We’ll see what the next week brings! I’m feeling good…so bring it on!

Ready For Spring

It’s Groundhog Day today. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter. Phil is by far the most famous of Groundhogs, but there are lots of other groundhogs around the country that didn’t see their shadow. Who made Phil the King of the Groundhogs anyway? I choose General Beauregard Lee as my 2010 groundhog of choice. Mostly because I like his name. Out of 11 groundhogs, 6 predict an early spring, 5 predict more winter. I see the glass as half full today. See ya Winter!

Early Spring                                        Jimmy the Groundhog                  Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Early Spring                                        General Beauregard Lee               Snellville, Georgia
6 More Weeks of Winter                 Malverne Mel                                   Malverne, New York
Early Spring                                        Staten Island Chuck                       Staten Island (New York City)
Early Spring                                        Woodstock Willie                            Woodstock, Illinois
6 more weeks of winter                  Wiarton Willie                                   Wiarton, Ontario
6 more weeks of winter                  Punxsutawney Phil                         Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
6 more weeks of winter                  Spanish Joe                                        Spanish, Ontario
Early spring                                        Dunkirk Dave                                     Dunkirk, New York
Early Spring                                        Buckeye Chuck                                 Marion, Ohio
6 more weeks of winter                  Shubenacadie Sam                          Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Musical Monday – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

The Grammys were on last night and it was Beyonce’s night! 6 Grammys! Her music has been everywhere, so it’s not really a big surprise. During her performance, she threw in her own little rendition of “You Outta Know” by Alanis Morissette. I got the feeling that maybe she was singing that on behalf of her mother…? So, in honor of Beyonce’s amazing night, I picked Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). You can view the video in the sidebar.

Did you miss the show? Here are a couple of highlights:

Beyonce – If I Were A Boy/You Outta Know

The Michael Jackson Tribute – Earth Song

Pink – Glitter In The Air

As for Album of the Year…While I agree that Taylor Swift is amazingly talented, I was sad that my Gaga didn’t win. :( Here is she performing Poker Face and with Elton John.

One last thought…as much as I like The Black Eyed Peas, they were sued for “stealing” songs and not giving the original artists credit a few too many times this year. I realize the creativity sparks creativity, but I don’t think they should have won a Grammy for a song they ripped off of another artist. Give credit where credit is due. Just sayin. But here they are performing anyway :)

What I Learned This Week/Aloha Friday #15

What I Learned This Week

U2 didn’t do their homework

Getting sick with the stomach flu on Tuesday doesn’t help me with new blog posts (Note there isn’t a link…that’s because I didn’t post anything all week! You know I’m really sick when I don’t get on the computer)

C’mon – we don’t have to find a way to add race to everything…

The “future” is closer than we think

Aloha Friday

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

As I watched my almost 2 year old take a giant bite out of crayon today (and thoroughly enjoy grinding it between his teeth), it made me wonder if I’m missing out on something! I haven’t eaten many strange things, but I have tried eating a sea cucumber before. It was disgusting!

Musical Monday – Pride (In The Name of Love)

Did you know U2 was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr to write Pride (In The Name of Love)?

Early morning, April 4

Shots ring out in the Memphis sky

Free at last, they took your life

They could not take your pride

The world was changed (and is still changing) because one man had a dream he shared. What’s your dream? How will you change the world? You can view the video for Pride (In The Name of Love) in the sidebar. Happy Monday and MLK Day!

What I Learned This Week/Aloha Friday #14

What I Learned This Week

Parents aren’t the only ones who can tune out annoying toys

Utah is capable of being the dirtiest at something

Money can’t buy happiness or perfection (She looked WAY better before…)

The Best Is Yet To Be

I have everything I need – Others aren’t so lucky (Click here to donate to the American Red Cross)

How Wheat Works and How Wheat Works Against Me

Aloha Friday

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

Does your TP roll over or under? And have you voted?

Even though I have to admit rolling under would solve some of the issues with my kids un-rolling the TP everywhere, I still can’t stand it. OVER ALL THE WAY!  And no, I haven’t voted. But I did think the commercial with the guy and his swiveling tp holder was pretty funny.

Brrr – It’s Cold Outside!

Maybe it will reach the 36 degree high today…brrrr! Sounds like an easy, yummy chili day! Throw these easy ingredients into your slow cooker and have a delicious and healthy dinner to keep you warm.

chilli

  • 1 large bottle of salsa (I use Pace)
  • 4 chicken breasts

Cook for 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken. Add

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of corn
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • Water to consistency

Cook 2 more hours or until hot. Serve with cheese and sour cream as toppings.

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