Liam’s Easter surprise…

Easter is SO early this year it seems…  Joe and I did a sweet little basket for Liam last year, but now that he’s getting older, I’ve been shopping for some additional age appropriate toys that will help with his balance and coordination.

I came across this the other day and decided it would be his Easter present!

Sure, we’ll have a few other small surprises for him, but I tend to shop when I can get a deal.  If necessary, I’ll keep gifts for Christmas!  Surely, I’m not the only one…

A wonderful fitness site reviews Shakeology…

You have no idea how surprised and excited I was to see this today.  I am a follower of the latest news on Zen Lab Fitness, and today they reviewed Shakeology!  Click here to see the unbiased review.  I know it has been a HUGE benefit to me in cutting my craves, leaving me energetic and satisfied, and fueling my body for my workouts.  If you want more info on the product and believe that it could benefit you on your fitness journey, comment below!

My E&E and R&R experience…

I know I haven’t posted a lot on this page about my journey with Beachbody so far even though I’m quite vocal on Facebook.  I experienced something last night that made me REALLY want to share about the products like never before.  Bear in mind…  This is my honest and unbiased opinion…

So last night, we returned from our weekend visiting in WV.  I still had my 4 mile run to do to keep on track with the half marathon training program.  I had ordered the Energy & Endurance Formula and Results and Recovery Formula because I knew I wanted to give them a shot.  I’m a big believer in trying something before I make up my mind…

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First up was trying the Energy & Endurance.  I made it according to the instructions on the package, and I waited about 20 minutes before getting on the treadmill.  Why did I wait?  Well for one I thought I was going to throw up!  Probably not literally, but the flavor was supposed to be lemon-lime, yet it was SO sickeningly sweet at the same time.  NOT my cup of tea at all.  I wasn’t sure how I would like it sloshing around in my belly while I ran, but I went for it.

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So, history…  I’ve been training and felt like I was pushing pretty good at a 13:34 pace on average.  (I never said I was fast, folks!)  Now, I get on the treadmill and warm up for a few minutes and start to run…  I realize this feels different.  It feels easier.  I feel less tense and like I”m breathing better.  My feet are also hitting the cover at the front of the deck, so I up the speed…  A few minutes later I up the speed again.  I find a comfortable pace, and I finish at 12:24/mile average.  Can I tell you that I was like what the H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS was that?!?  I was shocked, but I felt like I could still run more surprisingly…  How did a 4 mile pace beat my regular 3 mile pace???


I stretch and cool down and mix up my Results and Recovery Formula.  It claims to reduce soreness, replenish nutrients, and restore energy…  First, from the first drink this was A LOT better.  Remember Tang as a kid?  This is totally that flavor wise.  I can honestly say that I didn’t mind the taste at all and actually enjoyed it and found it refreshing.  I still felt good from my run, but I wondered how I would feel in the morning…

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So the verdict is in…  I feel great today.  I’m not sore, I’m not sluggish, I’m not tired…  I burned around 600 calories during this run if the treadmill and my fitbit are to be believed.  I had the treadmill set for a specific terrain so it adjusted and gave me higher incline when the route dictated it.  The incline didn’t slow me down for once!!  I just kept pushing and realized I could do it.

I’m absolutely going to do it again next weekend on my long run day and would recommend it to others.  In my opinion, the payoff was worth 8 oz of something I REALLY don’t like to drink.

If you want more information on these products or any other Beachbody products, please feel free to send me a message by email or on Facebook.

“Like A Girl”

I LOVE the attention the “Like A Girl” campaign is getting post-Super Bowl.  Gone are the days when throwing like a girl or acting like a girl are derogatory terms.  We should be teaching the younger generation that being a girl is something to be proud of.  That being a girl doesn’t limit your options because of your gender.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here: Like A Girl

Please encourage a young lady (or lady of any age) to act like a girl today.  Tell her that she should be proud just for being herself.  For parents of boys, encourage your young men and boys to treat ladies as equals instead of something less than.

If we could love each other just a little more, the world would be a better place.

The daily cry for parents…

A friend shared this today, and I had never seen it before! The end of year one feels like a HUGE milestone for babies, and we often forget that it’s a BIG milestone for parents, as well! This video is lovely and touching and may bring tears to your eyes…  Remember, you’re doing right by your little every day.

Mom’s First Birthday (Select the option for English or CC.)

Looking for a healthier alternative to the big game appetizer?

I came across this today and thought about how perfect it was to have a healthier alternative appetizer for the Super Bowl!  Nobody wants to miss out on the fellowship and snacking that goes on, but there are options to partake that won’t make you regret it the next day.  For all the fans of the “onion” at Outback Steakhouse or Texas Roadhouse, you won’t want to miss this one by The Cookie Rookie!

Baked Bloomin’ Onion