MIA…but back!

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Whew!

Sorry!!  It has been forever!  I am not so great with keeping up with things but plan to be better!

Where have I been?  The life of a hockey mom and basketball coach wife means not a lot of time to myself!

I have recently completed a 12 week challenge with a local gym Little Sweatshop and the wrap up is on Sunday.  No weight lost but 4 inches.  I am happy with that!

I am in between programs right now as Bikini Body Mommy Challenge ended April 2nd and 4.0 starts on May 4th.  So I have been filling workouts with different ones.  I have to be honest, I like the structure and accountability of a set program.  But I am still working my butt off!

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Not a lot of change, but a little is better than none!

I have also been in muffin mode!  I have a freezer full of frozen banana and blueberries so bring on muffins for the kids lunches and snacks.

I found 2 fabulous recipes on Ambitious Kitchen and they are now my go to!  I used liquid coconut oil instead of olive oil and cut the honey back in the blueberry ones, and they are FANTASTIC!

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Here is the link for the recipe:

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2015/01/healthy-blueberry-zucchini-muffins/

Anyways…I will try to keep more up to date!

Cheers and enjoy the sun!

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How was your day at school? What did you do? Nothing? Again??

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How many of you have kids who come home from school and when you ask, “What did you do at school today?  How was your day?” and they say nothing.

Enter this conversation piece.

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A friend of mine shared the page with me and I LOVE it!

http://www.livinglocurto.com/2011/08/notes-back-to-school-free-printable/

I printed out the page and then put it into a frame (it was white, so I decorated them a bit).

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Then my kids can use an erasable marker to talk about their day (I didn’t want any more paper around my house).

I am excited to do this tonight with my son!

 

Filling the Belly…Squashing the “I’m Hungry” Woes

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I’m hungry. The daily, hourly lament of a 7 yr old boy.

Ii swear H keeps feed in his feet and has a bottomless pit of a stomach.

So, thanks to Prevention, we whipped up some quick less processed granola bars. Took 10 minutes and that includes the melting time of the peanut butter. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.

The Recipe:

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup of peanut butter

-melt that together in a small saucepan on the stove just below medium heat

-add to a bowl of combined

1 cup rice krispies

1 cup of oats

1/2 cup chopped nuts…we used almonds

1/2 cup dried cherries or apricots…we did 1/3 cup of chocolate chips

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

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-mix thoroughly and press into a parchment or Saran Wrap lined 8×8 pan

-chill for 1 hour at least and then cut into bars

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**if I was at home! I would have added flax meal! hemp hearts! chia seeds! and pumpkin seeds! as well as swapping almond butter for peanut butter and using less honey.

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H approved!

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“spring” “break”…try “winter stress visit”!

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Spring.

it is supposed to be here.  We had some warm-ish weather and then the hammer was dropped again.

Friday the kids and I packed up and headed to SK to visit my parents at the farm.

Saturday was a day filled with overcast, blowing snow, and wind…but the kids plowed through and payed outside.

6:25pm after supper, the kids decided to go out and play on the snow banks.  They had frozen and melted over the past few days, leaving icicle stalagmites and knives protruding from the ground and now a mom’s worst nightmare.

My Mom had gone outside and the kids quickly called her over and Marrin was screaming!

Marrin had fallen off the snowball and onto the ice leaving a huge gouge in her forehead and her face looking like she had been dragged across a glacier.

We quickly got her in, phoned into the hospital and told them we were coming in.  What a trooper!

6 stitches and many hugs later and we were on our way home.

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She is unbelievably strong and makes you realize that things can happen anywhere.  My kids do not live in bubble wrap and I love that they like to be outside.  I am just sad that she had to get so hurt.  😦

 

and who who wanted to go outside the next day and go sledding…yep…Marrin!

 

hug your cubs….Momma bears can only be so tough and in so many places.

Do you want to build a snowman…

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March 27th

Do you want to build a snowman?

No.

Not now.

Not until next winter.

I am officially done with snow.  But, we have it again.  I am boycotting the “snow”man making by crafting with 2 of the little ones.  Grab a couple of toilet paper tubes, pipecleaners, paint, felt, and away you go!

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First, we cut the tubes to 3 sizes for the head, body, and bottom.

Then, we painted them white.

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With a glue gun, we attached wiggly eyes, arms, scarves, and bells for buttons.

They were a bit top heavy, so we glued them to a plastic lid for a base and then using white glue, added cotton for the snow.

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Keeping Sanity…after volunteering at the preschool!

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Busy.

Very Busy.

Extremely Busy!

The only words to describe 3-4 yr olds on a day when their teacher is away and there is a sub.  They are sooooo funny and out of character….and busy!

Water table…check!

Painting…check!

Crafting…check!

You name it, they are doing it.  I just marvel at the energy that they all have and the ability to sustain it all day.  After 2.5 hours with them, I am ready to be home.  Popped a pomegranate fizz stick in my water on the way home and reveled in the silence on the way home in the car.  Enjoyed a quick protein pudding and now feel refreshed!  I WISH I could bottle their enthusiasm, zest, and cheerful spirit!

Keep smiling!

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