Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jumping is simple to do. My son jumps constantly and sometimes I check his feet for springs because it just doesn't seem possible to jump allllll the time. But since starting xfit I have learned that jumping is a lot harder than it looks.

My goal is to be able to jump up onto this...

It seriously comes up to my knees! I see other people do it and it is humanly possible, but I'm not 100% convinced my clumsy butt can do it. I should video it just in case it's worth something on youtube! ;)

I think I'll start by jumping up onto the curb outside.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I need to write out my goals for xfit (the brutal cross training gym I joined for the next 11 weeks). I was going to write them out and give them to the instructor, but I thought I would share them here for the ultimate in accountability.

Ya know, cuz if you publish something on the internet....it hasta happen!

Goal #1: Get through a full xfit workout without cheating or modifying.
How I'm Going to Get to the Goal: Really push myself at each workout, trying everything at least once before I modify it.
Prize: A morning babysitter and I can go read or shop or do anything I want.
Punishment: 50 push ups at the last class

Goal #2: Complete the 24 day Advocare Challenge (I'm on day 2)
How I'm Going to Get to the Goal: Focus each day on what I put in my mouth and log it on myfitnesspal.com.
Prize: Girl's Night Out
Punishment: I think failing is punishment enough....but pulling weeds!!

Goal #3: Run a 5K in under 30 minutes
How I'm Going to Get to the Goal: walk/jog on days that I'm not doing xfit
Prize: New exercise clothes
Punishment: wear nasty old exercise clothes longer

So, there it is in black and white...I just have to stick to it now! I think the punishment for failing will be sharing on here that I didn't make it....must stay on task!!!

Meat Free Monday

Monday, April 9, 2012

I am a failure!

I planned today as Meat Free Monday. I planned to make potato, zucchini and cilantro soup. I collected all my veggies then got down to the veggie broth part...um....veggie broth.

Darnit! I knew I forgot something!!!!

So it said I could substitute chicken stock....so I did.

*hangs head in shame*

I bet the soup will be good though....even if it isn't meat free! :)

Brown Rice

In an effort to eat healthier, I got rid of the white rice in the house and replaced it with brown rice. I enjoy the taste of brown rice, but it seems like it takes more effort to cook it, and have it come out yummy. I've tried cooking it like white rice, that didn't work. I've checked out a few different methods online and none of them really floated my boat....until I found this page: http://pinchmysalt.com/how-to-cook-perfect-brown-rice/


The recipe is pretty simple. Take rice, a pinch of salt and some water. I use the 4 to 1 ratio, get the water boiling, rinse off the rice and throw it in the pot then leave it alone for 30 minutes or so (today it went a bit longer, shhhhhhh.....don't tell anyone!) Strain out the water and let the rice chill for a little bit and you are done!

I have been making pretty large batches so that I can have leftovers for a late night snack or with sliced almonds, apple chunks and cinnamon for breakfast. 

Happy Easter!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The best parenting advice I ever received

Saturday, April 7, 2012

There is a local gal who is referred to as the Super Nanny of Whatcom County. She is fantastic! This year she came to MOPS as a speaker and I can honestly say she changed my parenting style in around an hour.

She began by playing a game with some moms. She didn't explain the game, didn't talk about the purpose of the game or how to win....she just started playing. At first it was just plain confusing, but soon we "got" it. It is NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to play a game when you don't understand what is going on. How frequently do we do this with our children? I was great at saying "No" but not great at explaining what I expected of my son. How can I expect him to do things as expected when he doesn't even know the expectations?

The Super Nanny gave us rules to use with our kids. They are VERY simple, just 6 easy words:
-USE ETIQUETTE (we changed this to manners)

At first it felt strange to say "That's not safe" instead of screaming "NO!" when my son flung himself off the back of the couch, but I kept trying. It seemed somewhat effective, but I wasn't so sure he was getting it. I wrote our family rules on the blackboard in our kitchen as a reminder (mostly a reminder for me) and one day my son pointed to them and repeated them back to me. I was kinda shocked! Once I figured out that he did indeed get it....it was on! Anytime he did anything that broke our family rules, he was asked what our rules are and then would ask which rule he broke.

Seriously, saved. my. sanity!!!

I've emailed this amazing gal to thank her for making me a better mother. Who knew 6 simple words would make such a difference in our family!

Live Simply, Give More, Expect Less

Friday, April 6, 2012

I think this little quote might actually be to blame for this blog. When I was in college, my husband (then fiancĂ©e) and I bought a little 750 square foot manufactured home. I'm pretty sure about a month before we bought the house I was instructing my husband to shoot me if I ever had to live in a trailer park. It's so funny how life works out sometimes. When I saw the photos of the house, I just fell in love. It was sweet, it was cute, it was cheap (I WAS a student after all). 

Now, almost 9 years later, I look at the house and see the kitchen we flooded on our first night of home ownership (and our first "do it yourself" project....that was a huge failure). It is the place we came home to after getting married. It is the first and only home our children know. It is the home we have poured many hours and days into fixing just how we want it. It is honestly our pride and joy. 750 square feet in the middle of a trailer park is our diamond in the rough. We love this house.

Now, it took me a LONG time to get to this point! I have spent many years being embarrassed to say where I live. I perfected my ability to make it sound like I lived near the lake (which is true mind you, but there is a huge distinction between my house and the homes just across the street from me!). I didn't want people to think less of me. I didn't want people to judge me for we chose to live. I guess I didn't want people to think the things I once thought of people who live in trailer parks. To say I've struggled, is an understatement. I wanted what everyone else had! I wanted the big house, big yard, nice neighborhood to show as my status symbol. I would look at my house and just hate it. 

But, slowly, my outlook on my own home began to change. It didn't get magically bigger (well, we did add a 4' x 6' storage room) but my perception of the house made it feel bigger. I cognitively made the decision to end my misery and make lemons out of lemonade. We created storage where we could, we purged the junk that we didn't really need, we found a place for everything. And when everything is in its place, I am one HAPPY momma. We painted the things we wanted to paint and hung photos of those we love so much. We made this tiny house, into the home it was worthy of being. We stopped putting things off. We stopped making plans for "when we have a bigger house" or "when we have more money" and it enriched our lives more than I ever anticipated. 

However, the number one reason I love this house, is that it affords me the ability to stay home with my children and sit here with my feet up and type this. It affords me the ability to donate my time and money to things that are bigger than myself. When I stopped feeling sorry for myself, stopped reaching for things I didn't really need, stopped measuring myself against other people....life became fulfilling just as it was, and this house became more than enough.

Of course I have my days where I throw my little fits and scream "I WANT OUT!!!!!!" I want a yard for my son to run in instead of doing laps around the kitchen table. I want a room for each child so that I don't have to wake up to a screaming baby at 3am along with a four year old screaming "MY SISTER IS CRYING!!!" 

Ya, I got the memo....thanks! 

We will eventually move to a larger house and I'm sure with it we will have other frustrations (the grass is always, always, always greener on the other side) but I will always cherish this house and I hope we can find someone else who will love it as much as we do.

And the quote at the top of the page, well it needs a little bit of explaining. I couldn't agree more with the "Live Simply" and "Give More", but the "Expect Less" to me means to not expect that things will just be handed to me in life....but I can, and should, expect greatness in my life...I just have to go out there and find it!

Baja Fish Tacos

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hold on to your britches....this is gonna blow em off!




Heat about 3 inches vegetable oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, toss the cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, honey and mayonnaise in a bowl. Season the slaw with salt.
Warm the tortillas in a skillet over medium-low heat or wrap in a damp cloth and microwave 25 seconds. Wrap in a towel to keep warm.
Mix the flour, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste in a shallow bowl. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture, then fry in batches until golden and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Season with salt.
Halve, pit and slice the avocado. Fill the tortillas with the fish, avocado, slaw and salsa. Serve with lime wedges.
Per serving: Calories 777; Fat 45 g (Saturated 7 g); Cholesterol 103 mg; Sodium 529 mg; Carbohydrate 66 g; Fiber 9g; Protein 31 g

That is heaven on a plate!!! It is beautiful and INSANELY yummy!!!

Although I will totally tattle on myself. I bought beer battered fish and skipped the breading and frying part. And the tortillas were store-bought, I didn't go whipping up my own batch or anything. I did make the coleslaw with my own two hands!

You MUST try this!!!!


Yesterday I was driving down the road and spied a highschool aged girl walking with her friend. The girl was decked out in a flannel and Nirvana t-shirt. She looked a bit like this:

I was instantly transported out of my mommy van and back to Jr. High. Awe....memories.

When I snapped back to reality, I did a little quick math and realized this girl wasn't even BORN in the early 90's. *sigh*

It's one thing to have an outfit let you take a little nostalgic jaunt back to the 90's....it's quite another to realize that is now "retro" *SOBS*

The shoes I wear

Monday, April 2, 2012

I wear shoes like the ones above. These aren't my actual shoes, that would take finding the camera, finding the memory card, finding the shoes, etc. It is much easier to google "frumpy, boring black flats" and ....wammo....there are my shoes! :)

I'm not fancy, I'm frugal. I would rather have boring black shoes that go with half my wardrobe and a boring brown pair that go with the other half of my wardrobe, than a pair of shoes that can only be worn with one outfit. 

But sometimes, when I'm sitting around in my mom jeans, crazy hair and grown out pedicure....I come across something I want for no reason at all....

These shoes are so not me. I'm pretty sure I don't own a single thing that would "go" with these shoes. But wouldn't it be fun for one day to not think about a budget...not care about automobile safety because OBVIOUSLY this person is not wearing a seatbelt...throw caution to the wind and wear absurdly expensive shoes you might never wear again?

Naptime is over and the children are not content in their beds....back to my reality....Pretty sure I've been watching too much "Sex & the City" again!

Play Kitchen Part 1

Sunday, April 1, 2012

While on a pinning spree I came across this adorable play kitchen.

I did what every good Pinterest addict does...ripped off the idea and ran to the store for supplies.

So today, our family went on a little treasure hunt. I excitedly told our 4 year old that we were going on a treasure hunt at the Re-store....imagine how upset he was when we got there and the place was just full of cabinets, chairs and random doorknobs. I have to say, I could have spent a lot more time in there, but with two children in tow, we had to move fast. 

I came across this beauty and fell in love, but the pricetag said $70 and there was NOOOOOOOOOOOO way I was spending $70 on a cabinet to drill holes in it and turn it into a play kitchen. But upon further inspection (and a second opinion from the hubster) it was actually $20! MUCH more reasonable given the fact that we had a store credit for $13 from last summer when we gave them our toilet (we totally thought we would have to PAY to get rid of that toilet and we were SO happy when they took it and then we were beyond shocked when they gave us a $13 credit!!!) ok....back on track. So the kids started getting fussy (and N was just a bull in a china shop) so B took the kids out to the car so I could look for some knobs and a faucet. I found some treasures, added up the damage and loaded it in the van!

On the drive home I mentioned that I would like to find a metal bowl as the sink. We brainstormed where to find such a thing. I could have searched at Goodwill or Value Village....but I knew for a fact they have them at Cash & Carry so we just headed over there. With the cost of gas right now, sometimes it's just best to buy it and not drive all over creation.

So we got new project home with all the other treasures and I cleaned it up (with a Norwex Hand Pad of course!) and it sparkled. Now it was time to cut that bad boy up.

The kitchen I posted above had a microwave and oven, but I decided that was just a bit more work than I was willing to do. So first we started with the sink install....this is how it turned out.

I still need to clean the stickers off the faucet! :)

We are going to take the right cabinet door off and replace it with a curtain. We'll take the handle from the door and put it on the left door and cut that cabinet in two so that there is a freezer and a fridge door (hence the two handles) then I'm thinking I'll paint both the doors with magnetic paint!

My next task is to buy the fabric for the front and paint the stove top on the top of the cabinet. A friend has offered to make them a microwave, and I'm super excited (those things are INSANELY expensive!!!)

Project Costs:
Cabinet, Faucet & Random Knobs for Stovetop:       $18
Bowl for Sink:                                                            $5
Fabric:                                                                      Need to Purchase
Magnetic Paint:                                                         Need to Purchase

So far.....only $22....not too bad!!