Monday, October 16, 2017

Current Favorites

YOC - January Inspiration

These are a few of my favorite things...When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeeeeeelllling sad! 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my current favorite things! Fall is here and everything seems to be getting busier and busier but these things are keeping everything in check. 


Brooks Running Levitate Shoes - Brooks Running sent me a pair of these shoes and they are AMAZING! Seriously. They are so light but also super supportive. I love the color and how they feel. 



Conscious Coconut Oil - When the weather turns colder and the heat turns on, my skin starts to dry out. I love Conscious Coconut Oil to keep everything moisturized without needing extra lotion. Bonus, this smells like suntan oil! 



Champion - The Infinity Shape Racerback Seamless Sports Bra - I've been exercising a lot but I only had one sports bra that felt great so today, I ordered two more. This bra works pretty well for me. I have a hard time finding great sports bras with the size of my generous chest. 



Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz - I started this book in Suncadia and am loving it! It's set in England, near Bath and full of mystery and intrigue! 
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Week in Review 10.14.17


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Re-entry into regular life was hard! I had such a good time at Suncadia that coming back to regular life was rough. It was also a busy week with lots of volunteering in the kids classrooms while trying to keep my regular work up. Annnnd I started the Fall Transformation Program with Sync. Whew! 


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Exercise

I got in 5 
workouts this week - three boot camp classes, one barre3 class and one really long and great yoga class. I want to get in another workout this weekend but it is not looking so good. I feel like my hips got a major workout this week. Most of the workouts were focused on hips and boy are they sore! 



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Food

My food was on point this week with the Fall Transformation Program. Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard to stick to the plan. I know I need more vegetables and when I actually eat them, I like them! I did have a few moments when I really wanted to stop and get a coffee with a pastry but I drank water and moved on. 



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On Thursday, I got a text that the Amazon Treasure Truck had poke for their deal. Maggie is a poke fiend so I quickly got in on the deal and snagged a box. It wasn't the best I've ever had but it was pretty good. 

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The Girls

I spent a lot of time volunteering in each of the girl's classes this week. I chaperoned Maggie's preschool class to see Go, Dog. Go! at the Seattle's Children's Theatre. It was fun but a wee bit long. 


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On Wednesday, I helped out Molly's teacher with my superior cutting skills. She needed some sight words cut out so I got chopping! Thursday I went in to help with the making of applesauce. I came a bit early and had so much fun watching Molly's class in action. Molly's teacher is AMAZING and she seems to be thriving in the room. 


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The girls and I also went swimming at the Lynnwood Pool on Wednesday. That place is fantastic and I can't believe I've never been. We will be back! Friday was a day off school so we had Molly's friend over for the day and they played and played and played. 

Other Goings On

This week was so busy and I never felt like I got anything done. I'm ready for a break! Scott and I went to see Bladerunner 2049 on Friday and it was so good! It's a slower film but I liked the pace. There were a ton of famous actors in the film too. 


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Stories Published


Seattle's Child: Celebrate Fall at Suncadia
Seattle's Child: Fly High with Fall Zip Lining
Seattle Refined: Travel Guide: 48 Hours on Camano Island

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Weekend Away at Suncadia

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This past weekend, I headed to Suncadia for a weekend away. I was graciously hosted by Diamond PR and Suncadia. I could not have had a better time. Suncadia never disappoints.

On Friday afternoon, I left the kids with a sitter and headed east. Traffic was terrible leaving the city and I arrived a bit late which meant I missed out on a tour of the property. Luckily this was not my first visit so I had a pretty good idea of the lay of the land. After settling into my room, I met up with the rest of my group for dinner at Portals, the restaurant on-site in the lodge. I've had breakfast there in the past but not dinner. I ordered the Elk Shepard's Pie and it was amazing. The dish was rich and full of hygge comfort. The portion was giant though so while I wanted to finish the entire plate, I could only fit about half in. After dinner, we all headed back to our rooms to rest up for the busy weekend ahead.

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My room was HUGE. I had a kitchen, living area, giant bathroom and a separate bedroom. I could see my whole family enjoying this space. The room also had a full fridge and a washer/dryer which is a huge bonus when doing so many outdoor activities.

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Saturday morning arrived with a brisk rain which put a slight damper on my spirits. We had a Guided Beer and Bike Tour on the schedule and I wasn't feeling too hip on riding in the rain. Luckily, the clouds parted and we were able to hop on some bikes for a ride to Roslyn. We headed to The Brick to sample some local brews before snagging lunch at Base Camp Books and Bites.

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Afterwards we biked back to Suncadia and then headed to the Glade Spa for spa treatments. I had a facial and for the first time in my entire life, I was told I had great skin. Seriously, that has never happened. I guess my lack of make-up and infrequent moisturizing is going well!

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After our spa treatments we had time to roam the property or relax in our rooms. I decided to head to my room to read and relax. It was such a treat! I rarely get quiet time so I soaked it in. For dinner, we enjoyed a cider tasting sampling with some great harvest tastes. There may have been a Diary Queen run after dinner where I was able to get a beloved blizzard. I don't know why I like them so much. 

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After sleeping a ton, I was up and at it on Sunday morning. I enjoyed breakfast alone at  Portals before meeting up with the group for an excursion into Cle Elum. We stopped by the bakery and Owen Meats. They had a meat jerky vending machine which was so exciting! A MEAT VENDING MACHINE! 

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We explored town and then the group headed out on a hike while I headed back to my room to get some work done. We met up in the afternoon and went to the Harvest Fest for some nibbles. I also got to shoot a bow and arrow! I actually shot an arrow through a pumpkin so basically I'm the next Katniss.

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Later that night, we met up for a final dinner at Smokey's BBQ. I ordered the "World Famous Train-wreck" which is pretty much everything on the menu on one plate. It was so good and definitely gave me heartburn later (totally worth it though). I left the group and headed home. They were all flying out the next day but I needed to get home and let's be honest, I missed my family! I can't wait to get away and then when I do, all I want to do is get back to them. #can'twin!

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Check out the article I wrote for Seattle's Child on Suncadia's Fall Offerings.
Monday, October 09, 2017

September Book Report

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September's reading was slim. I finished two books and most of a third which I'll save for October's report. I really did enjoy both books that I read though and wish I could have read more.

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My first book was "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. They are making this into a movie and it was amazing. I can not wait to see the movie. All of the references to the 80s made my heart sing. This book is about a dystopian future where a billionaire dies and leaves behind a complex video game. Whoever beats the game inherits his fortune. The book follows one player as he attempts to conquer the game and rise above.

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My second read was "George & Lizzie" by Nancy Pearl. I really enjoyed this book even though there were many times I wanted to hug Lizzie and shake her! This book follows the story of Lizzie and her complicated love life before marrying George. I really liked this book. 


Yearly Book Total: 38/52

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means if you buy something from a link, I receive a very small percentage back. 
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Week in Review 10.7.2017

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It's been a busy but good week! I went on two press trips (more on those later) and restarted The Minimalist Game to clear out more stuff. It's a never ending battle. 

Exercise

I got in 4 
workouts this week - two boot camp classes and a barre3 along with a bike tour at Suncadia! Next week I start my Fall Transformation program with Sync and I'm going to bring the power! I'll be working out 5-6 times a week while focusing on good, healthy eating. 


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Food

I've had some amazing meals this week between my trip Kristoferson and my time at Suncadia. I took zero photos of them. I was too busy enjoying the meals. 


We are eating a lot of fruits and vegetables at the house. Maggie is currently obsessed with plulots and eats 8 at a time. I've had to slow her down so everyone else can enjoy one or two. Maggie and I also enjoyed some poke from the 45th Stop and Shop. It was really good!


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The Girls


The girls have been busy this week. On Sunday, we had a birthday party at Safeco Field. The kids loved the press room and pretended to give a press conference. We had a busy week at school. It was Maggie's conference this week too and we had a good time learning more about her days at school. 

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Other Goings On

This week was a bit surreal! I went on a press trip to Camano Island on Wednesday. I was excited to go but man, it got so much better when a really good high school friend also showed up! We haven't been able to spend as much time together since having kids and working and living life as we used to so it was a HUGE treat to have a day with her. They took us zip lining and I was so nervous about it. I knew she would love it and she did. It was so much fun though! We went out with Canopy Tours NW at Kristoferson Farm
 
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