The Kid & the Kindle

We were finally able to replace our Kindle a few weeks ago and it made all three of us very happy! I didn't realize how much I missed reading my books on it and how convenient it was for doing quick online tasks. The Prince loves to play with a variety of fun apps....

Battle of the Garages

  I became very thankful for owning our own home today. While watching my mom struggle with the ridiculously inept management at her apartment, I truly began to appreciate how lucky we are to no longer deal with the whims of others when it comes to our home....

A Sick Day

I swear that we seem to pick up something every time Xander has his check-up with the doctor! Now we've spent the last two days feeling completely lousy. Not a great time for me to get sick, because I have a ton of product reviews to get ready for you all.... so many...

New Furniture

This post is long overdue... not because I took it a long time ago and forgot to post, but because it is something we have needed for about six years and we finally got it. New furniture! A local company that has been around for many, many years is going out of...

Biking in the Leaves

The leaves were falling off the trees so much today that it looked like it was snowing leaves. Despite the breeze, it wasn't terribly cold out, so Xander and I ventured out to play for a bit. He decided to bike down the little ditch in our yard while I panicked over...

Give Yourself Credit

Give yourself credit where it's due. What are three things you've done well this week? It hasn't been my greatest week, but I have done some things right. I stopped drinking soda again. The sodas that I did drink were still caffeine-free (root beer), so I have steered...

A Video for a Change

Yep, there I go breaking my Photo A Day rules again! I'm posting a video. Tsk tsk. I published it to my YouTube page first, but I know I have  very few subscribers there compared to readers here. This one is funny enough to share a few times. You're going to love it!...

Xander’s Third Birthday

This past weekend we had a few family members over for a simple cake and ice cream gathering. I was aiming for one of those informal, no-fuss type of gatherings. I can't do no fuss... Originally, it was going to be Friday evening on Xander's actual birthday, but we...

Owls

Okay, okay... so it has been pretty much two months since my last "daily" photo. I've been taking plenty of pictures, but I haven't gotten around to doing the editing and post creating for each day. Today's photo is an owl pillow art project. It comes from Orb...

Best Part

What was the best part of your day today? The best part of my day was the nap I took. Yep, it was that kind of day... I made a mess of my weekend. It was Xander's third birthday and a few family members joined us for cake and snacks. The food was just too much of a...

Inspiring

What motivational quote, saying, or song never fails to inspire you? I don't know that the song I have in mind is necessarily inspirational, but it is that sing I can turn on whenever I hit a slump in my workout and it will push me further. It does inspire me to push...

Half Empty

Are you a "glass-half-full" or a "glass-half-empty" kind of person? What are ways you can start to think and act in a more positive way? When it comes to my progress in losing weight I can definitely be a very "half-empty" type of person. I look in the mirror and...

Our Day of Big Savings!

Yesterday was one of those days that made me understand the exhilaration felt by extreme couponers. We have a shopping strategy that centers around finding the best deals... and having all our city's major stores within a couple blocks of each other makes it very...

Your Day

What was the best part of your day today? It's going to sound so completely shallow, but the best part of today was dinner. My mother-in-law and father-in-law brought over a bunch of stuff from their gardens, so we have a bunch of fresh veggies and fruits available. I...

Talents

What's one thing you're really good at? I like to think that I'm good at quite a few things. One of my best skills is knitting. I've been knitting for about 15-some years. I taught myself to knit when I was in my teens and I have been developing my skills since. At...

Accomplishments

Write about one thing you'd like to accomplish in the next week. There are so many things that I would love to get done this week that I can't write about just one! I know SparkPeople encourages a holistic approach to weight loss, so I'll try to think of all aspects...

Changes

Every minute is another chance to turn things around. What will you do to change your life for the better starting today?  There are several areas where my life could use some improvement. I think that's the case with every one of us. Like they say... nobody is...

Inspired

Find a quote that speaks to you, then spread the word. I sort of do this (almost) every Monday with my Motivate Me Monday series, but I never turn down the opportunity to share things that inspire me. That's why I started blogging in the first place! I like this quote...

Excuses

Blog today about the most common excuses that get in the way of your workouts--and plan to counter each excuse to stay on track! Over the years I have come up with many excuses to not work out. It's funny that I do that, because I actually enjoy being physically...

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