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Return of the Eats

Today was another beautiful day so after work, we ran around outside for as long as possible.  My Rylnn did help me sweep out the garage 🙂

Rylnn Sweep

And my azaleas out in front of my house are just stunning this year!

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I have also not been doing a very good job at logging my food (and my waistline is proving that to me every single day!) so here it comes…The Return of the Eats!


2 of these beauties and half a Clif bar, with my two cups of coffee of course


Clif Bar


I had two salad bowls from the salad bar (with just a TINY bit of dressing), one slice of cheese pizza, and one cinnamon stick.  This afternoon, I did have another Clif bar for a snack because I was almost getting hangry!


I had another large salad with romaine lettuce, a touch of shredded cheddar, and the leftover shrimp from the Mother’s Day shrimp boil.  My dessert was one of the amazing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles we picked up from Trader Joe’s last Saturday.  Yum.

My legs are still screaming at me from the 40-30-20-10 workout where I think I did 239847 million lunges, so tonight my cardio was running around the yard after my baby and then I just stuck to Giselle’s Summer Ready Challenge of 100 sit-ups, 50 squats, and 25 push-ups.

Now it’s time to go catch up on Hell’s Kitchen episodes (guilty pleasure show!) and then crawl into my sweet bed!

Do you have a guilty pleasure show?



Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

Yesterday afternoon was absolutely glorious!  The weather was warm, but not that KY summer humid yet, the sun was shining, we got to play outside all evening…I feel like I should be singing some Broadway song with jazz hands and a kick line 🙂

I know that we are in our “terrible twos” now but I am loving this age right now!  His personality is so funny and sweet and I just love watching his brain work as he tries to figure things out and come up with the right words for everything as he plays and discovers new things.

Since we watched Papa (my dad) use the bush-hog on the back of the tractor last week, Rylnn has to “put his bush-hog on” at least once or twice a day now.  These may look like clamps and hinges to you, but I assure you, they are in fact a bush-hog.

Rylnn Bush-hog

He also decided that he needed to fish (again, like his Papa) and then air up his tires.  I love his concentration face 🙂

Rylnn Concentration

Rylnn Fishing

Rylnn Tires

For supper we tried some of the stuffed peppers that I had mentioned yesterday and I thought they were great.  I decided to stuff ours with quinoa, black beans, and some broccoli slaw that I sauteed for about 10 minutes over medium heat with some coconut oil, and then topped them with cheese.  I used sliced Muenster Jalapeno cheese for one and then shredded Parmesan and cheddar for the other two.

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I really liked them, but if I make them again, I will definitely add some garlic and some onion (for some reason my mind simply went blank yesterday and I forgot to add any seasoning except for some salt!) and I would add just about a tablespoon of cheese between the layers, because who doesn’t like more cheese?!

Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

3-Bell Peppers

2-Cups Quinoa

1/2 –Bag Broccoli Slaw

1-Tbsp Coconut Oil

2-Cups Cheese, divided (whatever flavor you prefer, and it doesn’t have to be shredded)

1-Cup Black Beans

1-Tbsp minced garlic

½-Small onion chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Sautee the broccoli slaw over medium heat with garlic and onion. 

Cut the tops out of the bell peppers and place in foil covered baking dish.  Stuff each pepper with quinoa, broccoli slaw mixture, and black beans, adding about a tablespoon of cheese between each layer.  Top each pepper with remaining cheese and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

I believe I could also add some salsa, sour cream or my Grandmamma’s hot pepper relish to have on the side with these peppers 🙂

Then we swiped some chocolate cake from Gamma (my mom) and I don’t know if I just wanted chocolate cake that bad or if my mom is just that good of a baker (it’s the second one, I promise!) but I swear it tasted better than any chocolate cake I’ve ever had 🙂

Chocolate Cake

Last night’s workout came from Danica’s Blog and it was a killer.  I only did the circuits through 2 times and I was done!  My arms are screaming at me this morning after the last two nights of workouts, so NO ARMS this evening!


Hope everyone has a great Thursday and remember, tomorrow’s Friday!!

YaYa’s Island

Today after a true Monday at work, I picked up Rylnn for the most fantastic afternoon ever.  We started at the bookstore where he became Spiderman.


Then we met Daddy, Granny, and all the cousins at YaYa’s Island for an evening of the most fun a kid can have with pizza on top.  This was our first experience at YaYa’s and it was absolutely wonderful…Completely and totally everything a kid could want from live birds, iguana, and fish to indoor inflatables, a massive wooden tree house, a little dance floor with a television where you can watch yourself, a car track, and this huge jungle gym type apparatus that went from floor to ceiling.  Rylnn found a little car to ride around on and even though I don’t think he was really supposed to, he rode it all over the entire place.  By far his favorite toy of the night.

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I also want thank you so much for all the helpful insight and recommendations on my credit card issue and I can tell you that I will take each into consideration!  After spending some time on Mint.com I can tell you I will definitely be utilizing it whether or not I decide to apply for a card and I highly encourage everyone to check it out.  It’s a great site and I think it will be very useful.

Lastly, I am considering running in a Tough Mudder  type of race in a few weeks to benefit our company’s Relay for Life team so I have been researching training plans for such a race and tomorrow morning, I will be forcing myself out of bed to begin the training process.  I’m still not 100% sure I’ll be participating in the muddy race, but the training program I’ve selected looks like it would be a great workout anyway, so why not?

Have you run in a Tough Mudder?  Would you?

Strep-1, Rylnn-0

Today started just about like any other day…work, coffee, work, coffee and then I got a phone call from Mel (who takes care of my Rylnn and whom I love more than life) but her calling me during the day means only one of two things, he’s sick or he’s hurt.  Unfortunately, he was sick, with a 104 temperature!  Since this was by far the highest fever he’s ever had and he hadn’t shown any other symptoms of not feeling perfectly fine, I freaked out just a little bit and straight to the doctor we went.

I do love my baby’s pediatrician and love the fact that he is so thorough, even though he took one look at him and immediately stated his diagnosis, “strep,” he still looked him all over while the strep test was (testing?) and gave him a blueberry sucker.  The strep test was positive so off to the pharmacy we went and then straight back home to rest.

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It took a little while for that fever to come back down, but eventually it did and he wanted to go play outside, so outside we went.  Love snuggling with my baby, but not when he feels puny…

On another medical note, please remember our niece Sara in your prayers…She is just over 6 months old and is going to have to undergo open heart surgery on Monday.  While the procedure is relatively routine, it’s still very scary and I honestly can’t imagine what Andy’s brother and sister-in-law are feeling right now as they are facing the thought of their baby not only going through such a major surgery, but also the recovery process and how it will affect their other 4 older children.

I took a day off today from working out to take care of my baby boy so tomorrow I am going to get back at it, maybe with Jillian Michaels…I feel like I might have ignored her shred for entirely too long, especially when it used to be my number one go-to workout!

Do you have a favorite go-to workout?

Any strep relief suggestions?

Funnies, Bunnies, and Gummies, Oh My!

After finishing up a little work this morning, I was able to relax and enjoy a pretty peaceful Saturday with my boys (at least as peaceful as you can get with a 2 year old running around, that is).  We relaxed, built destroyed tents, played blocks, watched funnies (America’s Funniest Home Videos), all the things that make Ryman’s world go around.

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After several failed napping attempts this afternoon, we gave up and headed to the grocery store (for a much needed gummie purchase), completed a  coffee stop, and then drove out to Kaylee J Burgess Photography for our Easter bunny shoot, with live bunnies!  The two precious bunnies were less than thrilled to be there I think, but they were so stinking cute and Rylnn LOVED them.  We have never done any pictures with her before, and she was VERY patient with Ryman and just wonderful to work with.  I haven’t seen the previews yet, but I just know they are going to be fabulous!

Tonight’s workout comes from PB Fingers via Pinterest and looks rather challenging!  I also plan on incorporating some arms (bicep curls, tricep extensions, and overhead presses) to get these arms back in shape!

After tonight’s workout, I plan to start making my travel lists out…Headed to Florida and NYC in less than a month and I must get organized.  If anyone has any travel tips (especially about flying with a 2 year old) please shoot them my way!

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Brooklyn’s Believers

I’m going to speed through tonight pretty quickly because I have a pretty meaty post planned!

When I got home this afternoon, we took Ryman on a quick trip to the bookstore and the pet store because he had been such a good boy this week and he loved every minute of looking at the toys and all the pets.

pet store

After we left, we headed to Papa’s house and ate a delicious BBQ sandwich with potato chips and a handful of peanut M&M’s and spent the evening playing with Papa and FaceTiming with Gamma, Auntie Miss and Baby Elizabeth in Florida.


Tonight’s workout on the treadmill consisted of running 2 minute sprints with 1 minute jogs in between and a 5 minute warm up and cool down for a total of about 30 minutes.  I also completed a quick arm set before showering and relaxing.

Now for the meat…

I know that you have all seen pages on Facebook of children with cancer, sickness, etc. and if you are like me, I am ashamed to say that I just skip over most of them, count my lucky stars, and move on down the news feed.  However, a few months ago, a little girl named Brooklyn caught my eye and absolutely captured my heart.  In November of 2012, she was 14 months old and diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma and since then has been through so much, I sit in tears just thinking about her and her family.


She has just come through a MAJOR surgery to remove her tumor and is now out of Pediatric ICU and back to her “regular” floor which is a huge success.  Why am I blogging about this?  I sincerely believe that God has placed this precious girl on my heart and I don’t know why.  I don’t know her or her family (though I did contact them to make sure a blog would be okay) but I believe I have been called to pray for them, so I’m asking that you all will please do the same.  You don’t have to donate or contact them or anything like that, I’m only asking you to pray for Brooklyn by name and allow God to be glorified through her life and her family.  I truly believe she already is a miracle.


My Happy Helper

Monday mornings for me are always crazy, but this particular Monday morning turned into “Let’s bring Rylnn to the office” day, which is just plain scary!  Placing a 2 ½ year old boy in my office on a Monday morning is almost like trying to put a dragon inside of a mall, but it didn’t turn out nearly as bad as I feared it would’ve.  Rylnn’s sitter is out all this week, due to an extensive surgery (and she’s doing great, by the way) and his Granny, that was scheduled to watch him today, was sick all last night, so I scooped Rylnn up and off we went.


I will say once again, as you all have read in previous posts, I have the most amazing co-workers on the face of the planet and they all treated Rylnn just like he was their own, playing with him and letting him “work” on their computers or in their office areas.  Just watching him as he quietly played by himself and “ran my office” all morning was so precious.  Andy got off at lunch, so I took Ryman back home and headed back to the office to get the rest of my day caught up, but what I thought was going to be a terrible nightmare of fighting my child all day turned into quite a blessing.  I underestimate that boy constantly!

Ryman and Tiff

When I took Ryman home at lunch, I rescued the ol’ Crockpot from underneath the cabinet, washed it up and got it ready for my self-imposed Crockpot Challenge.  I placed two frozen chicken breasts inside, covered them with some ginger sesame dressing and cranked it up to high.


By the time I made it back home, about 5 hours later or so, they were super tender and I was able to shred them up and put them on some leftover hamburger buns (and I might ought to mention that this Crockpot challenge will also be in connection with “let’s clean out the pantry and fridge this week) so I might be adding some strange items to my meals!

Tonight’s workout will be one I found on fitfabacities.com through Pinterest and while I don’t have an incline feature on my treadmill, I will just be using the faster speeds to try and make up for the incline absence.  I’ll have to update tomorrow with a workout recap on how it all went.

Any other Crockpot recipe suggestions for me?

Looking for an Elliptical

Okay everyone, I need help and opinions!  I’ve been looking to purchase an elliptical machine (for several reasons) but I would like to get a pretty good one, without shelling out too much dough.  Now, I live by the “You get what you pay for” saying but I just don’t have a ton of money laying around to spend on exercise equipment so I’m looking for a great bargain.  If you know someone who would like to sell a used one or if you know where I can get one relatively cheap, please comment below or email me.  Thank you all!

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