I am Zen


How many of you can identify with this?  I know I can.

Sometimes life gets a little crazy and sometimes you just need to unplug and decompress.  I think it is essential, especially for mothers and wives, to do this.  We spend so much time   …..most  of our time…..ok pretty much every waking moment taking care of everyone else, we forget we need to be taken care of too.  Our spirits need to be filled, our bodies need rest and relaxation, and our minds need to be turned off.

So for two days I did just that.  It was LOVELY & I feel 1000% better.

I worked-out Wednesday morning on the treadmill and then did some abs and stretching.


I finally started Catching Fire Wednesday afternoon.

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I ironed.  This is relaxing for me…I never have time make time for ironing and it stresses me out.  I have many summer clothes that I can’t wear unless I iron them…so I am stuck with wash and wear stuff over and over.  It makes me sad when I go into my closet and see so much potential for cute outfits but I can’t wear any of it because I lack ironing discipline. So I ironed for two hours on Wednesday night and watched about 5 DVR’d  Joyce Meyer shows.  I record these but never get to actually sit and watch them.

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It was heavenly Winking smile

I also listened to about 5 or 6 of her podcasts while getting ready for my date with Prince Charming on Thursday.


I got pretty for my Prince.

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  • Shirt: Polo (It’s a youth size that I found at a children’s consignment shop when I was selling Aidan’s clothes to them)  I love it.  I rarely wear it though. Why?  Ironing.
  • Cami: Old Navy
  • Jeans: American Eagle
  • Shoes: TOMS
  • Accessories: Watch- Fossil, Bracelets- Coach and a gift from a friend.

We both thought this was funny.

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Clif MoJo bar.  It was delicious by the way!

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We had our Starbucks and then walked around the mall.  He wanted to take me ice skating because I keep saying like every week…..I want to go ice skating!  But wouldn’t you know, this would be the week I wouldn’t feel up to it!

So instead we had a long….looooooooong heart to heart and ate copious amounts of chocolate.

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On a Dessert for Lunch Date at Carino’s!  I think I have started a new trend.

He also got the best thing ever for this picky girl who can’t seem to find a new perfume.

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Sephora Fragrance Sampler for Her.

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This is brilliant.  You buy the box of 10 of their favorite fragrance samples.  Wear them, test them out, decide which one you like & return the gift voucher in the box for a full size bottle.  When we got home I had all 3 boys sitting on the bed with me smelling perfumes and getting their opinion.  It was adorable.  Today I am wearing the one we all liked the best, Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola.  It smells really lovely at first, but then the scent fades quickly.  Perfect example of why it’s good try it out first.

We picked up little A from school and went to get Jeremy’s hair cut and more sweets.  Copious I said.

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Later that afternoon I got the grocery shopping done.

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By Thursday night I was Zen.


I slept like a rock last night, probably because I had another case of insomnia Wednesday night.  I found myself asleep sitting up in bed after trying to read just one chapter of Catching Fire.


My new favorite.

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.Chobani 2% Greek Yogurt, 1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1 tbsp. Sunbutter, 1/2 small banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.  It felt really good and I got super sweaty.  I downloaded some new music from Itunes and I am pretty sure that had everything to do with it.  Music is essential for cardio.  It’s a non-negotiable for me.  These people who work out with no music are bionic or something.

  • Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta & Sia
  • Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato
  • Back in Time – Pitbull
  • Wild Ones (feat. Sia) – Flo Rida
  • Boyfriend – Justin Bieber (don’t judge me)
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

I am looking FORWARD to my sweat session tomorrow!


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  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 7 chopped baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red and green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette.

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

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A Granny Smith Apple the size of my face and a Cara Cara orange.

A little later, I had a serving of Blue Diamond natural almonds and the other half of the small banana from this morning.

I wasn’t hungry really at dinner time and now it’s after 9pm and wouldn’t you know my tummy us rumbling!  I am about to have 1/2 a Sandwich Thin with some PB.


I have not nor do I plan on reading the naughty little novel that is taking the women of this country by storm, but I thought this was hilarious!

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The first person I thought of when I saw this was my BFF Cheryl, who told me ALL about it!



  • What do YOU do to unplug and decompress?
  • Have you read Shades of Grey?  What did you think about it?

OF NOTE:  My Raspberry Ketone has been ordered and is on its way!


Dessert for Dinner? Yes please!

After Luke got his hair cut last night (isn’t he handsome?) we went to Carino’s for dessert.

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Carino’s Italian Chocolate Cake (we shared of course)

This was my dinner last night.  I must say, eating dessert for dinner is the only way to go.  First of all, you are able to eat all the dessert instead of just a few bites because you are too full from dinner.  Secondly, you save calories by not eating dinner, only the dessert!  How’s that for some justification? Winking smile

I think I will be having dessert for dinner at least once a month.  I was in SUGAR COMA after this.  But wow, was it worth it.

My snacks yesterday afternoon included a Clif Kid Z- Bar and two pieces of protein bread with 1 tbsp. of peanut butter.

Today started early at 5am.  I was going to sleep in a little but our gym was having a “Family Fun” day so I wanted to be sure to get there earlier than I had planned.



I promise there is oatmeal under there!

After chores and getting ready we were off to see what all the fun was about.

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There were local businesses there with free stuff galore.

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My Cuties

Bounce Houses

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I SERIOUSLY need one of these for my back yard.

There were two of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders there, but Luke refused to go anywhere near them.  Winking smile

I MADE IT TO YOGA and it was glorious.

Minus the cramp I got doing this business….



When we got home we surveyed all of the goodies we got!

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The Elf Grahams and the Post Great Grains cereal were snacks from the gym and I also had an orange at home.  The cookies and cereal were delicious!


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White corn tortillas, the soy crumble/tomato mixture from the Skinny Mexican Pizza and 1 tablespoon of cheese on top of each taco.



Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread w/ 1 tsp of peanut butter on top of each.

I got our mess cleaned up and laid down on the couch to read Catching Fire then proceeded to take a coma nap for 2 hours. It’s been a long week.   My children are so freaking perfect?  Oh no, they get to play video games as long as they are quiet.  It’s bribery at it’s finest!  Mother of the Year right here!

I need to spend what’s left of the day getting our clothes and stuff ready for church tomorrow and also getting a crock pot meal prepped so I can just throw it together in the morning!

Hope all are having a beautiful Saturday!