Friday Five

My new Friday series is back today. Remember, it is called the Friday Five and I feature five things I learned, loved and just want to give a shout out to of what happened during my week.

So the first thing in this second edition of Friday Five is the maple leaf cookies from Trader Joe's. I am not a fan of pumpkin spice but I am a lover of maple. Get these cookies. You won't regret it and if you eat 2 or 8 cookies in one sitting that is ok, it is all about how you count. 

The second thing I am loving is C.S. Lewis. Have you ever read C.S. Lewis quotes? Amazing! Tell me what you think of this quote of this?
The third is the song, Flood the Earth by Jesus Culture, my current favorite song. Find it. Listen to it. Be encouraged by it.

Fourth, fall fruits, bring them on and all the yumminess to be baked with the fall fruits, apple pies, homemade applesauce in the crock pot, pear compote, and my personal favorite a cranberry apple crumb for Thanksgiving!

Finally, the last item is those quote by Henri Matisse. "Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." How are you encouraging your children to be creative? How much play time do they get or is their schedule jam packed of activities?

7 months

I blinked and here we are celebrating our baby girl's 7 month of life with us. Every month celebration now until her 1st birthday, I will cry a bit harder as that milestone gets closer because it is going all too fast.
She is becoming very expressive in the last few days. She is sugar sweet, full of personality, loves meal times of fruits and vegetables. 

Just a few snaps of her on her 7 month birthday! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

 I can't with the tongue!

Reality versus Social Media Worthy

I started a Sunday snapshot series on my Instagram page. Yes, yesterday's photo was pretty picture perfect as far as social media goes. 

Want to see some outtakes, the ones that are less than picture perfect because in reality we have to take about 10 of those to get 1 great photo especially when kids are involved?

By the way right before this, Caleb was having a melt down because he gave me his cup of lemonade after church and thinking he was done with it, I threw it away. Apparently, he was not finished hence the melt down so remember that next time you see a great photo on social media, there was probably something not so great before and after the photo was snapped!

Here's hoping maybe you enjoyed the outtakes a bit more and that next time you will stop and think and what could have happened before and after the photo was snapped, that life isn't picture perfect for anyone. 

No Excuses with Aaptiv

I love to run. Well lets say most days I love to run. Some days I love to sleep in a bit more longer but 4 or 5 days out of a week you will find me going for a run in the morning before anyone else in the house is asleep. I run because it helps me keep my sanity. I love before I leave my stresses and worries behind as I pound the pavement through the miles. I run because it is part who I am. 

There are some days when I wish I had a running partner to help motivate me to run on the days I feel like sleeping longer or on the days that running isn't going as smoothly. As a post-partum mom, making sure I exercise is a top priority but the reality is some days it just doesn't happen. Recently, I tried out an app called Aaptiv, which is a cardio app. So I have someone coaching me through a fartlek run, or someone to give me a morning stretch routine on those days that I want to work out but my husband's practice is too early for me to run or my kids got up more during the night but I still want to get a quick work out in. Aaptiv has trainers that specialize in prenatal workouts, they recently added stroller workouts to their app and soon will launch post-partum workouts and speedy workouts for the teachers aka a back to school program. 

As a mom, it is important that we stay healthy with regular exercises. It can be hard to place priorities on ourselves and our health but our kids need to see us taking care of our bodies. During the summer when Sean doesn't have regular practice, and Caleb is awake when I go for my run, he always tells me, "have a good run, Mom!" Staying healthy for me was a priority even while I was pregnant with both of my children running just a few weeks shy of my due dates.

The first time I tried Aaptiv, I did a fartlek run, which is periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running. I returned to the house and told Sean what I just did. Now he has been a college coach cross country and track and field coach for 8 seasons now and he has just let me run. He was pretty impressed I had just done a fartlek workout. 

The next morning they had earlier than usual morning practice so I tried out a yoga work out while my kids were playing in the house. I enjoyed this app because it allowed me to select a workout that fit my needs of where I could work out and the length of time I had while giving me plenty of variety and music in the background especially while running outside is pretty nice.

If you are wanting a variety in your workouts regardless of who you are, or a mom who needs a non-excuse to not miss a workout or you need a personal trainer while you are on the treadmill, running outside or doing a yoga routine to push and urge you on to the finish, get Aaptiv! 

Weekend Happenings...

How was your weekend? 
This weekend was the start of the cross country season for Sean and his team. They had their first meet on Saturday and the kids and I went out to support them! What is a weekend without a little park time as well.

Sunday was more family time from church in the morning to a bike ride in the afternoon. 
Family togetherness is what we value on the weekend and I am thankful for these three people who provide plenty of love and laughter in my life!