Friday Favorites # 10

I haven’t done a Friday Favorite’s in a while so I thought it was time to join Heather in this fun link-up party. (Yes, it’s a day late and I’m sorry.)

Life In Leggings

21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Plan

Yes, I love the workouts too, but I just can’t believe how much my diet has changed since I started following the 21 Day Fix plan. I feel so much better and I don’t even think about snacking on junk. Currently I am following the meal plan exactly Monday through Friday and easing up a little on the weekends. Now when I say easing up, it doesn’t mean I am going crazy, just not as strict. By Monday I am ready to get back to my almost 100% clean eating.

Blogilates

Yes, I took about 2 months off from Blogilates to follow the 21 Day Fix Extreme program, but this week I decided to switch back to it and I am in love once again. I truly forgot how much I love her workouts and if you haven’t tried them yet, you must.

Rodan + Fields Amp MD Roller

This just may be my very favorite skin care tool/product. The roller paired with the night renewing serum is a perfect way to prevent/diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and large pores. The list could go on and on. I use mine nightly and couldn’t be happier with the appearance of my skin. www.reneeguy.myrandf.com

Here is a picture of a fellow consultant. Her results speak for themselves.

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Lighter Chicken Parmesan

For Steve’s birthday Thursday night I made one of his favorite meals (and mine). The best part; it is half the calories of the restaurant equivalent, but oh so delicious.

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Paleo Cashew Crockpot Chicken

This is another one of our favorites and it is way TOO easy.

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Thinking Out Loud # 49

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{Linking up for Thinking Out Loud}

1. Today was Steve’s birthday and I can’t even begin to tell you how much we appreciate this man. He truly is an amazing father and husband. We are blessed to have him in our lives. Thank you hubby for all you do for all your girls. We love you.

2. How do you keep 2 little ones entertained at a restaurant? Give them chips. The other night we went to On the Border for a school fundraiser.

McKayla couldn’t get enough of the camera. Every time I took a picture of someone else she was smiling, waiting for me to take one of her. Oh my!! McKenzie was too busy talking on her “phone”. Best advice I have for keeping kids happy when out: always keep certain in the diaper bag; this way they are like new to them. :)

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2. I’m sick again. Seriously? I have no idea what’s going on. I just need warm weather to come and stay; at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Deep down I know I need more sleep, but it’s not very easy with two little ones.

3. As I always say, it’s a good thing they’re cute. We really need to break the pacifier habit. They only get them in their crib (okay sometimes as long as we are upstairs). Hey whatever works. Right?

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4. When I need an activities to change things up, rainbow looms never fail. You’re never too young to learn how to make bracelets.

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5. These girls are my life. I love watching the way they take care of each other. The other night Isabella fell and Sophia couldn’t have been by her side quicker. When one of the babies cry Sophia and Isabella are the first to hug them, they are the first to comfort them. It is beautiful. When this Mama has had enough of the crying and whining they show me it’s time to suck it up and hug them. :)

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One Sad Mama – Isabella and Preschool

When Sophia went to school for the first time I was sad because she was my oldest, my first child who was going to be away from for a period of time.

With Isabella starting preschool in the fall I am sad for different reasons. Yes, I am so sad to not be with her all the time having to share her with other people (apart of me is thrilled to share my Isabella with the world; she is amazing, one in a million). I am also sad because I am sending my sweet little Isabella out into the world all by herself. See she has always had her big sister to watch out for her, she is not alone very often. When she was little and I would drop her off at the gym child center, she had her sister, when she goes to Sunday school she knows her big sis is right next store.

Yes, I am excited for her, but I am not going to lie it is not easy sending your little ones off into the world. As parents we spend all this time raising them, loving them to be able to go off on their own one day. To be able to be good people, to be able to be happy, loving, caring people. Being a parent is so difficult, both emotionally and physically, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

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MIMM # 97

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{I’m joining the MIMM link-up party}

What a weekend we had. It all begin with beautiful weather on Friday which brought us to the playground for the first time this year (just Mama and her girls; talk about a workout).

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McKayla wanted her sis to sit by her, but McKenzie had other ideas.

Steve and I had date night on Saturday to celebrate his birthday. This date night thing has kind of become a once a month thing. I am not sure how that happened, but I must admit it’s kind of nice. :)

The girls spent the night at Mimi and Papa’s house and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing they are to take our four girls. First, of all they always thank us for letting them have our girls. Seriously? They’re crazy. Second, Mimi and Papa make it very easy. They always have the girls favorite milk, food, and all the special things they like. I don’t have to pack much; so nice. Our girls also have their own bedrooms (Sophia and Isabella share and McKenzie and McKayla share) always ready to go. It really is a dream to have parents/grandparents like them. Steve and I truly don’t know what we would do without them. Actually, I do; we would go crazy!! I can’t even begin to thank them enough for all they do for our girls and us.

After dropping the girls off we went to dinner at the Rochester Chop House and it was delicious. I had a salad with balsamic dressing, the filet with redskin potatoes and green beans. Not only was the food amazing the atmosphere is so lively and upbeat, yet elegant. It was a wonderful night for us. After dinner us old folks decided we simply wanted to go back to our quiet house, relax and go to bed. Ha!! I slept from 10:30-7:30 and it felt marvelous. Sleep is a glorious thing.

Sunday morning we woke up, went to breakfast and once again it was so quiet. I am not sure how I feel about all the silence. Don’t get me wrong it’s kind of nice, but I miss our chaos. After breakfast we came home and I cleaned for a good hour; it felt marvelous. Seriously, you can get so much done without little ones making extra messes. We then headed to the mall, ran some errands and finally ended up back at Mimi and Papa’s to celebrate Steve’s birthday!

The girls enjoyed see their Gigi (Great Grandma), giving Daddy his presents, eating cake, and wearing Mimi’s shoes (McKenzie and Mckayla’s favorite thing to do these days).

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One thing I have learned is that you HAVE to spend time on your marriage. You have to remember that your relationship with your spouse is one of the most important things, if not the most important thing in your family. I know this can be difficult to do when you have little ones, but it is truly worth the effort. Over this weekend I realized even more then ever how wonderful Steve and I are together. We complement each other so well. We support each other and care for each other in all ways. We love each other with everything we are and that will never change no matter what. Having four young kids is not easy on a marriage I can attest to that, but as long as you always respect and love each other everything will be okay!!

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