September 19, 2016

Marvelous In My Monday ♥

Thank you, Katie!
Good Morning and a very happy Monday to you!
I desperately needed to be positive about this day.
Ever have those days (or weeks!) where the funk seems to be chasing you around?
I am apparently playing one of those games of 'tag' and I do not intend to be 'it'!
Nope, not at all!
I am running and the funk can go and find someone else to play his silly little game!
This chick is freakin' Marvelous in Her Monday!
I have to admit, I am totally slacking on picture taking during the weekend.
The boyfriend and I sort of spend a lot of time being schmoopy and not worrying about pictures, the blog, or anything else; we get such limited time together that we take advantage or 'us' time.
We love US!
What we don't love is our inability to take a decent picture together!
Seriously, we tried this weekend and it didn't work out so well.
He looked dorky, I looked good. I looked ridiculous, he had a great smile.
We couldn't get it together for a good picture and so we gave up in a fit of laughter.

The weekend started out a little like this on Friday night...
 Waiting for my sweetie to arrive, so why not get some good old fashioned ab work in?
Yup, I have an entire little routine that hits all the different ab muscles and kicks your butt belly in the best way possible. I good way to end the day and kick-off the weekend1
Saturday was filled with rain, rain, and more rain.
I am not going to lie, I love the rain and with cooler fall temps, too?
Yes, please!
Except for one thing...we had a soccer game to go to.
Well, we made it to the second half of the game and spent most of it in the car.
The rain let-up and we got to see the game end in a tie.
My son's bestie plays for their high school. the were 8-0 going in to Saturday's game; it wasn't a conference game so their ranking still stands and no losses!

I guess I forgot to get a picture of an amazing lasagna that I made the guys.
I don't make stuff like that, but my love said it sounded good so heck yeah I made one for everyone!
I hear it was pretty good.
The rest of the day was spent in total chill mode and it was fantastic!
Followed it up by one of the worst night's sleep I have had in a long time though.
Fell asleep early while Tim watched a movie and then woke up for over 2 hours in the middle of the night.
That is the worst! I am back on my magnesium and hopefully that helps!

Sunday had it's own little bit of excitement...
 My beloved George Foreman grill burned me!
The teeniest-tiniest little burn that feels like a crater!
Seriously, it is super little but it hurts like crazy!
Oh well, my kiddo loved his bacon wrapped burger, so it was worth a little 2nd degree burn, right?
(This would NOT have happened if I was cooking chicken!)
 My sweetie usually has to leave around noon on Sunday, so he and I went for a beautiful walk in the morning before saying our goodbye's. Sunday's have become my least favorite day; we cannot wait until the goodbye's turn in to good morning's each and every day.
Yes, we are on the countdown!
I spent the rest of the day cleaning like a mad woman and it feels so good to get the house stuff done.
Do you enjoy housework?
I do, I honestly do.
This was a full-blown vacuuming, laundry, freezer, trash and whatnot cleaning frenzy!
Fun stuff and one heck of a workout.
So here we are enjoying a nice workout for a Monday morning.
 A little more traditional than hauling a vacuum up and down the stairs.
Boxing, cardio and weighted compound moves.
How's that for a triple threat?
I tried to flex and I think I flopped more than I flexed.
The struggle is real on a Monday!
I would also like to point out the impressive bags I am traveling with these days.
These are for the new fall line...extra baggy!
It is a Monday.
It is Marvelous, is it not?
Well, you are in charge of the day so go out there and make it exactly what you want it to be!
Yeah, you've got that kind of power...


“Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for a boy to fall in love with you. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make something of the moment you’re in right now.”

September 17, 2016

Be an Encourager!

Our words can be encouraging or discouraging.

Have you ever heard the story of the two frogs?
I do not know where this originated, as it has been attributed to many but it goes like this:

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he had covered his ears in mud. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

There are a couple of morals to this story and one is that we should use our words to encourage others, especially when they need it the most.

The second is that you need to know when to be your own encourager.
Not everyone will have your best interest at heart, or those other 'frogs' may simply underestimate your determination.

Like the frog, you may have to tune out the other voices and believe that they are cheering for you.
The frog was able to jump from the pit because he believed that he could.
He chose to believe that the others felt the same way, but it was him all along.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:11

September 7, 2016

Recipe Wednesday ♥ Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

  Need a quick and easy idea for breakfast this weekend? 
You might want to give this a try!
I have a baked oatmeal recipe to share.
I did want to point out that I do consider this gluten free, but I do understand that not everyone can tolerate oats on a gluten free diet. It has been suggested that perhaps millet or quinoa would make a good substitute.
I have not had a chance to try either of them for this recipe, but if you are someone that can not have oatmeal then perhaps you have gotten creative. If so, I'd love to hear what you used and how it worked out for you!
I absolutely love how easy this is to make and keep.
I cut into serving portions in the freezer and pop one out for breakfast throughout the week.
It's perfect!
I've even enjoyed a piece at room temp after a race...
Still so good!
Truly comfort food at it's best.
This would make a great breakfast for a busy morning.
It could be made the night before and reheated in the morning.
I bet it would be fantastic with some chopped pecans added, or maybe even cranberries.
Such a simple recipe can usually handle whatever goodies you choose to mix in.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
3 cups GF Rolled Oats
2 Tbs. Ground flax seed
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Sea salt
1½ cups Milk, of choice
½ cup 100% Liquid egg whites
1 Tbs. Vanilla 20 drops liquid Stevia
1 15 oz. can of Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, flax seed, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and sea salt. Beat in milk, egg whites, vanilla, and stevia. Stir in pumpkin puree.
Spread into a 9x13 baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. 

{Kitchen Bits}
  • You may sweeten as desired. I do not use honey or other sweeteners, so stevia is my sweetener of choice. If substituting, you will have to add to your own taste. 
  • You could substitute 2 whole eggs in place of the whites. 
  • Don't be afraid to stir in whatever additions you would like (raisins, nuts, cranberries, etc) 
  • Don't like pumpkin? Substitute 2 cups of unsweetened applesauce - Delicious!