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Preperation for 52 weeks of Fitness

26 Dec
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What you need: Walk/Jog/Run

Good Running shoes!

Wear what’s comfortable.

No need to wear more than shorts and a tee-shirt for temperatures above 55F.
Step up to tights/sweatpants and a long-sleeve tee for temperatures above 45F.
Add a sweatshirt for lower temperatures.

Consider a stocking cap and cotton gloves too!

What you need: Yoga

cotton tights
bike shorts
loose T-shirts
tank tops

Think comfort!

  • A yoga mat or exercise mat is good to provide a warm, cushioned, surface.
  • A small firm pillow or folded blanket is helpful for seated postures if your hips, lower back and hamstrings aren’t very flexible.
  • a long strap, bathrobe tie or belt is helpful to use to stretch the hamstrings in either a seated or supine position.
  • props: mat, pillow, blanket, cushion, strap, wooden blocks, folding chairs, blankets etc.; store them together and set aside or bring to the practice area before you begin

Create and Organize this holiday season with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape

10 Dec

Around the House

  • Moving furniture for the tree –Mask off your desired layout using ScotchBlue to make sure everything will fit just right the first time.
  • Labeling and wrapping gifts – It’s easy to make sharp edges and cleanly wrapped gifts by using ScotchBlue to hold wrapping paper edges down until you’re really ready to tape.
  • Cups at holiday parties – Everyone knows the guest who keeps misplacing their cup! ScotchBlue can be used for quick and easy cup labeling.
  • Your wish list – Make sure everyone knows which gifts you want without ruining the catalogues. “Discreetly” label your choices with ScotchBlue.
  • Labeling leftovers – Sweet potatoes look a lot like squash, and permanent markers are, well, permanent. Avoid any food confusion by labeling your leftovers with ScotchBlue.
  • Labeling holiday decoration boxes – There’s nothing worse than not knowing where you put the star for the top of the holiday tree.  Use ScotchBlue to ensure a hassle free holiday this season and next.
  • Storing holiday lights – How frustrating are tangled up holiday lights? Use ScotchBlue tape like you would use rope; a guaranteed way to make sure your lights don’t get tangled in the box before next year’s season.

For the Kids

  • Making gingerbread houses – Let’s admit it – not everyone’s edible glue holds their gingerbread house together. Hopefully ScotchBlue tape can help you stabilize your house. Not edible!
  • Mark spots for school and church plays – No more questions about where your child is supposed to stand during the holiday play. Mark small X’s where each cast member belongs.
  • Decorating ornaments – A fun arts and crafts project for the kids. Make sure they get the best result by using ScotchBlue to create unique designs using paint or egg dye.
  • Holiday designs on cards – ScotchBlue is the guaranteed way to ensure clean lines on your homemade holiday cards, whether you’re using water color, oil paint, markers or crayons.

Families Create Brimming Stockings at Walmart Full of Toys, Candy and Savings for $25 or Less

9 Dec

BENTONVILLE, Ark., (Dec. 8, 2010)Families are approaching stockings this year with the same savvy budgeting they are using throughout their holiday shopping.  To help customers create brimming stockings for a total of $25 or less, Walmart is offering savings on popular stocking stuffers including approximately 20,000 gifts under $5 and several aisles dedicated to $1 candy, toys and games in Walmart stores nationwide.

More than half of surveyed moms enjoy opening stockings together as a family and many consider them one of the most treasured traditions of the season. Although eight out of ten moms plan to spend $35 or less for each stocking this holiday, customers can shop Walmart to build stockings with flair for $25 or less. Consider these original and affordable ideas for creating stockings for kids and moms from Walmart:

Tiny Tots’ Stocking Stuffers – under $25

Families can fill stockings with fun playthings and bath time items, and watch little ones’ faces light up with joy with the following:

  • Santa Sippy Cup (assorted shapes available) – $1.00
  • Holiday Time Dots Large Pencil – $1.00
  • 3-in-1 Game and Puzzle Set (Licensed: Cars, Disney Princess etc) – $2.00
  • Holiday Coloring Books (Licensed: Shrek, The Penguins of Madagascar, etc) – $2.50
  • Cozy Kid Slippers (Licensed: Disney Princesses, Kermit, Mickey Mouse, Cars, Fairies) – $3.50
  • Zhu Zhu Hamster Babies – $3.88
  • Tub Time Friends with Squirters and Bubble Bath (Licensed: The Penguins of Madagascar, Sponge Bob, Toy Story 3 and more) – $5.00
  • Great Smile Kit with Tooth Brush, Cup and Holder (Licensed: Toy Story 3, Spiderman, Sponge Bob, Dora and more) – $5.00

Pamper Me Mom Stocking – under $25

Don’t leave mom out! No one deserves a stocking more than mom, and caring customers can honor their favorites with stockings full of top spa kits and quality beauty items including:

  • Bodycology Body Cream – $1.00
  • Hard Candy Just Nails (includes bonus heart shaped nail file and heart shaped ring) – $1.00
  • Celine Dion Perfume (assorted name brands, .375 fl oz fragrances) – $3.00
  • Hair Brush Set (includes 2 brushes, 1 comb, hair bands and 2 hair clips) – $5.00
  • Hard Candy Face Facts Set (includes eye shadow primer, 3 eye shadows and applicators, blush/bronzer and brush) – $5.00
  • Olay Revitalizing Spa Kit (includes 1 body wash, 1 body lotion, 1 paid slippers, 1 caddy, 1 Febreeze candle and a 1-year subscription of Allure magazine) – $10.00

Furry Friends – under $10

Let’s not forget the extended family – cats and dogs! Walmart offers pre-packaged pet stockings purr-fect for our furry friends, full of assorted holiday toys for under $10, each.

Other Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers

Be creative and consider a number of other fun holiday items for girls, boys and dads with stockings stuffers for under $10, under $5 and under $1 for every member of the family, while supplies last:

$10 or Less

  • Assorted Bath items for women, girls and kids as low as $10.00
  • Special holiday jewelry collection items (assorted sterling silver with 18K gold plaited earring) –  $9.00
  • Tangled Mini Doll – $6.00
  • Axe Special Pack (Shower gel, deodorant, body spray, shampoo and conditioner) – $8.88
  • Fruit of the Loom bonus sets with socks, tees and underwear for men, women and children from $6.00 – $8.87
  • Facebook Credits gift cards in $5, $10 and $25 denominations

$5 or Less

  • Oral-B Smile and Play Pack (Tooth brush, tooth paste and kids floss; Licensed: Toy Story 3, Disney Princesses, Cars, Spiderman, Sponge Bob) – $5.00
  • Select Board Games (Licensed: Chutes and Ladders, Ants in the Pants, Yahtzee and Monopoly) – $5.00
  • Select DVD Movie Titles (Talladega Nights, Caddyshack, The Karate Kid and more) – $5.00
  • Candy Apple Beauty Case (Includes more than seven lip glosses and apple case) – $5.00
  • Old Spice Classic Collection Gift Set (Includes 1 cologne and 1 deodorant) – $5.00
  • Women’s 2 Pack Cozy Socks – $3.00
  • Faded Glory Winter Apparel for men, women and children including hats, gloves and cotton tights – $1.00 – $5.00
  • Holiday Tins (assorted patterns and sizes) – $1.00 – $3.00

Only $1

  • Hot Wheels (assorted styles) – $1.00
  • Bodycology (including body mist, body cream or hand sanitizer) – $1.00 each
  • Beauty sweets lip cream and cream bath (assorted shapes: ice cream and cup cake) – $1.00
  • Holiday Time Games and Activities (multipacks range from 3-12 items per pack) – $1.00
  • Candy Assortments include Bob’s Candy Canes, Baby Bottle Pop Candy, Dubble Bubble or Tootsie Roll Reusable Banks, Starburst Fruit Chews and more – $1.00

Visit www.walmart.com to find gifts and other stocking stuffer items for any person and at any holiday budget. What are you putting in your stockings this year?

Holiday Gifts under $5: Sugar Cookies

5 Dec

Sweet Treats for Under $5*

Walmart offers recipe ideas from old fashioned gingerbread to butter toffee bars.

  • Sugar Cookies – recipe makes 36 cookies – 3 separate gifts
  • Fantasy Fudge – recipes makes 80 pieces – 3 separate gifts
  • Old Fashioned Gingerbread – recipe makes 12 pieces – 3 separate gifts
  • Snickerdoodles – recipe makes 60 pieces – 2 separate gifts
  • Butter Toffee Bars – recipe makes 48 bars – 4 separate gifts
  • Jolly Snowmen Faces – recipe makes 24 cookies – 2 separate gifts
  • Chocolate Holiday Bears – recipe makes 16 cookies – 2 separate gifts

Sugar Cookies

What you will need:

• 1 pouch Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie Mix
• 1/4 cup Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
• ¾ cup powdered sugar
• 2 tbsp. Margarine
• 1 1/2 tsp. milk
• 1/4 tbsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 egg
• 1 stick of butter

• Jet-Puffed® Mini Marshmallows
• Nestlé® Toll House® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

What you will need to do:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F (or 350 degrees F for dark or nonstick cookie sheet).

To make drop cookies: Stir cookie mix, 1 stick softened butter and 1 egg in medium bowl until soft dough forms. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

To make cutout cookies: Stir cookie mix, 1/3 cup softened butter and 1 egg in medium bowl until soft dough forms. Roll dough on floured
surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before removing form cookie sheet. Cool completely; store in airtight container.

Click here for a printable Sugar Cookie Recipe Sheet

*Price per serving calculated based on the prorated cost of required ingredients actually used in each recipe using Walmart’s average national pricing as of October 9, 2010.

Thanksgiving & Praise Day 13

13 Nov

I am Thankful for

my Coffee

Yes I love my coffee, however I am thankful for my cup of Joe not only for its great taste, the ability to wake me up and the ability it has to keep me going on those long nights writing and reading. I am also thankful for its ability to join people together. One can easily start to get to know another person by inviting them for coffee. It has become a given in my gatherings when meeting with others.


RED – Breathe Into Me


And this is how it feels when I ignore the words you spoke to me
And this is where I lose myself when I keep running away from you
And this is who I am when, when I don’t know myself anymore
And this is what I choose when it’s all left up to me

Breathe your life into me
I can feel you
I’m falling, falling faster
Breathe your life into me
I still need you
I’m falling, falling
Breathe into me
Breathe into me

And this is how it looks when I am standing on the edge
And this is how I break apart when I finally hit the ground
And this is how it hurts when I pretend I don’t feel any pain
And this is how I disappear when I throw myself away

Breathe your life into me
I can feel you
I’m falling, falling faster
Breathe your life into me
I still need you
I’m falling, falling
Breathe into me
Breathe into me
Breathe into me
Breathe into me

Breathe your life into me
I can feel you
I’m falling, falling faster
Breathe your life into me
I still need you
I’m falling, falling
Breathe into me

Breathe your life into me!
I’m falling, falling faster
Breathe your life into me!
falling, falling, falling
Breathe into me
Breathe into me
Breathe into me
Breathe into me

Giggle of the Day

29 Oct

Mom’s Ten Commandments

1. Hello love! Give me a hug!

2. Don’t throw that ball in here! Go outside!

3. Clean up your room!

4. Don’t touch!

5. That isn’t yours! Put it back!

6. Don’t talk with your mouth full!

7. Quit hitting your brother!

8. Share with your sister!

9. Remember the magic words! Say, ‘Please and thank you!’

10. Bedtime! Give me a kiss!

by Sally Morem

What I Wore

29 Sep

Wow! This week flew by fast. I feel as tho I just posted my What I Wore. Well the saying goes Time Fly’s by when you are having fun! I am having fun.. just being a mommy and wife, Life is just Good!

Today I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore. Please join in the fun. It is just a great way to hold yourself accountable from staying in your pj’s (everyday) or just jumping into your sweats. Since I have started this series I have found the cutest clothes in my closet.

the pleated poppy blog


Great little day that Wednesday was. Attended my oldest son’s Open House at his Elementary school. His Father came with his new wife and surprisingly it was not uncomfortable this time. Which is fabulous because my son was so happy that we were all there!  Afterwords Malachi & I had a date at Ben & Jerry’s.  Just the 2 of us, we had sooooo much fun.  I am so glad that I got the opportunity to spend some one on one time with him.

Black Sweater, Brittany's Dress, Levi Jeans & Cute lil Starppy Sandals from the Goodwill


Thursday I took my Lily to Preschool Park and had a blast! Preschool park is an indoor fun place for children 0-5 in our church’s gym each Thursday morning.. Several Mommies come for fellowship & coffee and Children come to play with all sorts of toys. Click here to view pictures of Lily exploring, watching and playing.

Nike Sweatshirt from Fred Meyers, White Tee from Target, & Plaid Pants from Walmart


Friday I stayed busy around the house and caught up on some writings. Including my latest on 24/7 Moms More Than a Name

Long Maroon & Cream Sweater from the Goodwill & Levi Jeans


Saturday I hung out with Malachi and took him grocery shopping while Chad, Lily & Mason went to go pick up Brittany & Collin at their Moms.  That afternoon I started roasting my very first chicken (click here to see this on Facebook) and then we headed over to the park for some fun in the sun, that actually graced us with its presence that day. ( I actually got to change into a short sleeve shirt!)

L/S Striped Shirt that I got somewhere, Blue Jean Skirt from the Goodwill & Leggies from Target


Busy day with Church, lunch and then off to the airport to pick up my Mom!  After I picked her up she took me out to eat. What a wonderful time we had, I missed her. She was in Illinois visiting my Grandma.

Black Top from The Bon Marche (before it was Macy's) Pink skirt that I purchased many many years ago, & black capri leggings from Target

I am including Brittany in today’s what I wore because she is wearing my dress! We had a great girls night Saturday night filled with laughter, fun, & our tradition of a foot soak and chat in the tub.  We started watching The Princess and the Frog until we were distracted with playing dress up. She found a love for my dresses, I let her put on my wedding dress!  She even helped me put together the outfit I wore this Sunday.

My Black Dress I purchased at Salvation Army


I was exhausted ( the Giggle of the Day was perfect for today & how I felt) .. so I took a pajama day! Since I am keeping it real I thought I would even share 🙂

Tobmac sweatshirt from his concert at OCC, black shirt and favorite green pajama bottoms


I spent most of the day taking care of my sweet Lily who has a runny nose and cough. I missed TLC (which is a bummer I actually did my homework and I wrote a prayer that this bible study inspired me to ) this morning but I did get out of the house after school and took the boys to the YMCA. While they were busy with there Sports mix activity I grabbed a cup of coffee and read my new Jill Savage book, Creating the Moms Group You’ve Been Looking For. I spoke with Patti from the church this morning and I will be meeting with her this weekend to put together my Mom’s Life Group. I am so very excited to be putting this together. So I  kept busy with planning this new adventure God is taking me on.
After the Y we came home for dinner with my Mom and Brother. What a great evening full of laughter it was!

Black Sweater, Grey Shirt and Black Pants (Comfy for Snuggling on the couch)

So there it is .. what I wore! What did ya think? Did I do okay? I took a picture everyday. I think about it each morning as I carefully select my clothes. I feel like I did in high school making sure I wear the right thing..lol. I hope you are having as much fun as I am!

Blessings & Giggles until next time!

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