Friday, November 27, 2015

30 Day Plank Challenge!!!! Let's Do This!!!!

I wanted something I could print off and reference and not have partly dressed people on the print out or a close up of body parts. I wanted something that I didn't mind my kids seeing and so I created this. I am finishing up JJ's 30 Day Ab Challenge right now and it is going well. I do it in addition to my 5 days of exercise and thought I need to keep the momentum going and am trying to encourage and motivate some friends so I suggested we try this #Christmasbooty Squat Challenge. I chose this one because I thought it was a good one for beginners, but if you want one with greater numbers try the 30-Day Squat Challenge I posted in November 2 years ago. We are starting the #Christmasbooty challenge tomorrow and I will start this plank challenge on December 1st since my ab challenge continues until November 30th.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington is a large green space that kids can run around and play, and awesome hill and play space among an old gas works building, and an awesome play to fly kites while overlooking Lake Union. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pottery Scrubbie Holder

I made this for my mom last year for Christmas. She had requested a pottery scrubbing holder that allowed for her scrubbie to drain out water and not sit in it's own water. So, this is what I made up with.

I modeled it after this Slab Rolled Mug with bottons I had previously made, but left off the handles and added drainage holes and some feet to the bottom. I think it turned out pretty nice. I made the scrubbies I included as well.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Confetti Pasta with Shrimp

I came up with this recipe last Christmas went I decided I wanted something other than Ham or Turkey. I desired something that would be filling, delicious and something we all would like but not require me to spend all Christmas Day in the kitchen. I wanted it to seem "Christmas-y" and so I thought making it red and green would do the trick.

Christmas Confetti Pasta with Shrimp
12 oz. Linguine, cooked
1/2 C butter
12 oz. shrimp
3 green onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 med. zucchini, cubed
salt, pepper and parsley, to taste
1 can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Melt butter on baking sheet in the oven
  • Add shrimp, onion, cloves zucchini and lightly toss
  • Sprinkle desired amount of salt, pepper and parsley over the top
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • While Shrimp is cooking, bring water to a boil and cook linguine
  • Drain linguine and place in a large pasta bowl
  • Heat up can of diced tomatoes
  • Pour tomatoes and cooked shrimp mixture on top of  linguine and toss together
  • Enjoy!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fitness Friday: Chocoholic Frolic

The Chocoholic Frolic was another fun run I did recently. This one was only 2 weeks ago and I did it with 3 girlfriends. We scored a really good deal on Labor Day weekend (it pays to like races on FB because then you find out about specials) and we were able to register for this one for only $29/pp. Our race fee included race entry, a technical hoodie or 1/4 zip jacket (your choice, I got the hoodie), a race bag that says "Life is Better with Chocolate" and chocolate candy bar, plus a fondue buffet afterwards (and a hot chocolate stop at the halfway point if you wanted but I couldn't imagine having hot chocolate when I still had a a little over a mile left to run.) They had both a 5K and a 10K, but we all signed up to do the same run and some were just beginning running again, so we did the 5K.

As of right now, I am not signed up for another race, but I am thinking about a holiday themed 5K to do next month. I am starting to think ahead to next year and what races I might want to do. I don't often repeat too many, but there are some I do because they were just so much fun or they are local.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Make Your Own Lego Greeting Online

Once again, you can create your own Lego Holiday Greeting just like we did. I will unveil our Lego greeting on Christmas, so you'll have to wait, but you can see what our 2014 Lego Holiday Card looked like.

It's FREE to do and you can save your image on your computer and it also allows you to share across social media sites. Be one of the first to create yours this year.