Weekend Wrap Up

~ Another week, and more snow.  They are predicting there will be 4-6″ of heavy wet snow by the morning.  I’m hoping that the forecasters are wrong or it will be bad enough to cancel school and work.

~ I was still sick yesterday – I had a bad cold for over a week.  Fortunately, Brian and the girls let me lay down for about an hour yesterday with total quiet.  It was just the rest I needed.  Today I was finally able to function.  No medicine helped me except the Honest Company Breathe Easy Rub.  I’d never used it before, but it’s AMAZING!

~ Today was my first Sunday not teaching Zumba in 6.5 years.  My class was from 10-11 and it was about 30 minutes away, so I really couldn’t start doing anything until 11:30 on Sundays.  It was unreal the amount of extra time I had today.  I had all the laundry ironed and clothes set out for the week before Brian got home at 10:00, we grocery shopped and the house was clean before dinner.

~ I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with dates and keeping everything straight, so I recorded TONS of information into my Erin Condren planner tonight.  I also cashed in some referral credits to buy a bunch of birthday presents from there.

~ Have you seen the I Am That Girl campaign?  I’d never heard of it, but Erin Condren is doing a collaboration for the month of March.  I ordered the planner cover because I love the message and I love the color.  (If you are looking to save money on Erin Condren, my link will save you $10).

How was your weekend?

~Elizabeth

 

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Step Up Sunday

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I’m linking up today for a new link up with KathyBritt and Rebekah for Step Up Sunday.  A post to keep people accountable in their weight loss/health journey.

1. How many pounds did you gain or lose? 0.  I had planned all our meals this week, but I’ve had a really bad cold, so there were a few days where I just bought soup at work for lunch and never got in all my food for the day.  I made it to the gym once and taught all three Zumba classes.  But, I’m officially not teaching anymore, so I need to find a way to make up for that activity.

2. Your weekly exercise or step goal, and did you meet it?  My steps this week were about the same as last week.  I said last week was my week to hit 70,000 steps, but this IS the week :)

3. What is your favorite healthy snack or meal? Hot chocolate and decaf coffee are still my go to snacks especially when I have a cold and sore throat.

4. Do you have any advice or tips for the rest of us? Keep going even if you have a snack or meal that’s not in your diet or as healthy as you want to be eating.  Getting right back to your diet is the best thing you can do.  I have about a week and a half left in my first DietBet and am officially behind for the first time.  But, if I can stay on track for the next 10 days I know I can meet the 4% goal!

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Five on Friday

I’m linking up with a.liz adventuresDarciChristina, and Natasha for their 5 on Friday. :

This week I decided to showcase my five favorite tv shows.  I’m a big reality tv  junkie.  Sometimes I watch for pure entertainment like the Bachelor, but here are the five shows you may not be watching that you should:

1. Wicked Tuna: Sundays on NatGeo.

Maybe it’s because it’s set in my state, but I love this show.  I don’t fish, but I love seeing what they go through to make their living.

2.  Married At First Sight: FYI

This show aired over the summer and is available On Demand.  Even though the premise seems kind of like a trashy reality show – marry a complete stranger and see if the marriage works – this is really a show about relationships and psychology.  I loved the couples the first season and hope I love the couples as much for the second season which starts in March.

3. Married At First Sight – The First Year

Again, a surprisingly intelligent show.  It’s really about learning to make a marriage work – whether you’ve been together for a few months or years.  Because I loved the couples so much on Married At First Sight, I really love this.  I’m not sure if I would want to follow every season of Married At First Sight for their first year, but these guys were great.

4.  Shark Tank: Fridays, ABC

This is a show I should have started watching WAY before I did.  I thought it would be boring, but listening to people pitch their products and ideas is actually amazing.  And I love when I see something in the store that I saw on Shark Tank.

5. Amazing Race: Fridays, CBS

This show was getting kind of “old” and formulaic.  But, this year they’ve changed it up and not all teams have a pre-existing relationship.  All teams this season are dating couples and a handful of the teams are on a “blind date” and did not know each other before the Race.

Thanks for checking out my favorites this week!  What are your favorite shows?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Finally, it seems like our constant snowfall is ending!!!  I can’t believe it will be Spring in a few short weeks.  Hopefully it will be warm and there will be grass somewhere under this snow.  I can’t imagine what the shrubs in front of our house look like.

~ I’ve been binge watching Married at First Sight: The First Year and love it.  If you haven’t watched the original season or this one, it’s really good.  It’s a relationship show, not a trashy reality show.

~ We finally booked a night at Great Wolf Lodge as a surprise to the girls.  We don’t plan on telling them until we are actually headed there.  After deciding it was too expensive, we got a great coupon code.  I can’t wait to go!

~ I’ve been sick all week with a cold, so I feel like I haven’t gotten much of anything done.  I’m hoping to kick this cold soon, because I really need to be hitting the gym hard before my DietBets end and I go to Great Wolf.

~ I have a Fabletics order arriving tomorrow!

~ Last year I bought a bathing suit from Athleta on clearance.  Everyone had raved about their suits so I bought one, but I just didn’t love it.  My sister in law bought a suit from Beach House that was really cute and she loved.  I’m thinking I may get this:

with shorts instead of with a skirt.  I don’t like bathing suits where I feel like I’m going to fall out (since I’m usually running after kids and not sitting on the beach).

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Finish This…

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I’m again linking up with Nicole over at Three Thirty One for her Finish This… series.  She provides the prompts and I provide my answer.

Something that has impressed me this week…

After sending an email to my Zumba students to let them know I am ending classes at the end of this month, I got so many kind emails.  Some of these women have been taking my class for 6.5 years – they are a great group of women and reading their sweet emails really made my day.

Someone who has impressed me this week…

Can I say I’m impressed with myself?  I had a rough week workout and food wise last week and I am right back on track where I need to be.   I also gave up my Zumba classes after 6.5 years to spend more time with my family which is a HUGE deal for me.

Thanks for reading!

~ Elizabeth

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Citrus Lane February 2015 Review + Coupon Code

Citrus Lane is a monthly box of goodies delivered to your door for your little one birth – age 5 and start at $29 (and decrease if you prepay).  We purchase our box for our youngest daughter who is 25 months.  Box contents are not themed but are different depending on age and gender.

Lately the Citrus Lane boxes have been a great value and we’ve used all the products that come in the box which makes the value even greater to me.  But, each box has felt like it’s missing something.  With Koala Crate being AMAZING lately, I think we will end this when our one year pre-paid subscription is up and just stick with that.

Our Citrus Lane  box is for a 3.5 year old girl so that I receive items that are good for both Ava (2) and Ella (5).  Some months we have received a choice of items for the box, but this month there was no choice.

First Look:

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First Look Citrus Lane – February 2015

The first look was a nice, full box which I always love to see.

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Citrus Lane February 2015 Information Card

I was disappointed to see that there were only 4 items in this box again.  I really liked when the boxes included a “mom” item like a hand cream or a lip gloss.

The Products:

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Hape Lacing Skate

Hape Lacing Skate: $11.99

We had the choice between the red or blue skate this month.  Since we already own the red one, we opted for the blue.  The girls love these, but don’t use them too much for practicing tying shoes.   They push them around and their little dolls ride in them.

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Yum Earth Naturals Sour Beans

Yum Earth Naturals Sour Beans: $1.25

I gave these to the girls for dessert the night the box arrived.  I thought they might not like them since they are sour but both girls loved them.

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Tegu

Tegu Magnetic Blocks: $12.00

I’ve always wanted to buy these for the girls but they are so expensive.  They are wooden blocks that contain magnets.  The girls have had a blast playing with these and I think we may need to pick up a larger set.

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I Could Be, You Could Be: $5.99

Cute book, probably not one that will make it into our favorites pile, but it reads well and the illustrations are adorable.

Final Thoughts: Subscriptions start at $29 a month, I paid about $15 for this box and received $31.23 worth of products (estimated).  There were again only four items, and while I liked them all, I wasn’t blown away by this box.  I really think the only way to make this subscription a value is to purchase a yearly subscription when they have their sales.

To learn more about Citrus Lane or to sign up click  here and save 50% off your first box with my referral link.

~Elizabeth

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Currently…

I’m linking up with Becky at Choose Happy for her Currently post.

Decorating… I’m not redecorating yet, but I want to redecorate our kitchen.  It’s the first room you enter in the house and it’s looking bland.  Nothing major, just new tablecloth and maybe valances to brighten up the entry.  I saw this one in store at Target, but I think the pattern is too much, although I do like the colors:

 

Watching… Married at First Sight, the First Year.  I fell in love with this last year and forgot to tape this season.  All the episodes were on last week, so I’ve been binge watching it.

Trying… to get more organized.  A trip to the Container Store over the weekend was one big step.  Now to just place that huge Amazon order I have…

Painting… Not currently painting anything, but I want to paint my room, the kitchen, the hall, the living room, Ava’s room…. too many rooms to tackle at once!

Craving… our regular routine.  With so many snow days and school vacation and my husband working at a different store, our regular routine has been thrown out the window.  We are all ready to get back to “normal”.

~ Elizabeth

 

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