Sunday, September 30, 2012

Workout Log 9/30

9/29: Rest day! Ok, I admit it totally wasn't planned that way, but nothing seemed to be going as planned yesterday. I did decide that this weekend was my last weekend drinking soda for a while. This past few weeks it's gotten really out of control. I stocked up on those single packets of Crystal Light and Lipton Tea to add to water bottles. I'm hoping they'll help wean me off of soda and back to plain water. 

9/30: Took Mr. C for a bike ride. Next time I'll get a picture of him, he's so cute in his sisters Dora helmet! I haven't gotten around to buying one for him, so he gets to wear his sisters :) 

We rode about 4 miles together on the bike. It's been a while since I've taken one of the kids for a ride. Where we used to live it was really flat so riding was easy, here, not so much! There are hills everywhere! The first big hill I attempted to go up the gears got stuck and I nearly dropped the bike! If Mr. C hadn't been on and my unearthly mommy strength hadn't kicked in I probably would have too. I had to jog/walk/shuffle (in that order) the bike all the way up this huge winding hill. 

The other side of the hill was a huge pay off though :) Beautiful view of the mountains and lots of speed! Bugs too. Keep your mouth closed! 

Bike ride
4 mi
30 min

Still no stats. I have no idea which box my bathroom scale was packed in! However, I feel really good!

American Girl Doll Giveaway! 10/14

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Workout Log 9/28

(There's a comic halfway down the page with a curse word in it, if that bothers you, please move on!)

I'm starting a Workout Log to help keep me motivated and accountable for working out. Starting school and moving has been really hard on my ability and desire to workout :/ Well, the house is starting to get into a semblance of order, and I'm all caught up on school work, so it's time to kick it into gear! 

Yesterday's Workout (9/27): This was my first day getting back into working out. I decided to conquer a hill to boost my confidence :) Right outside of the gate nearest my house there is a long descending hill. Total ascent is only 170 ft. but it felt pretty good! Walked a few times but I finished :) 

Run: 2.7 mi; 33 min
Music: Pandora's "Dance Cardio" Station
(Here's a great pin for Pandora Workout Stations!)

Today's Workout (9/28): I was gonna hang out with Jillian and some 30 Day Shred but realized the video was on my other computer. So instead I chilled with Bob! Oh, Bob. How my quads despise you. 

Ever done a Bob workout? Try Cardio Conditioning. Wooooooo. Solid hour of Bob. There's only one water break and it's not until 45 minutes in! I can't explain how good it felt to have finished that workout. So instead I shall express myself with this awesome comic. :)

newyear—-newme:

“My feet shoot rainbows!”  It’s like they know.


Love this so much!

I'll post some stats this weekend when I find and unpack my bathroom scale :) 

Motivation?


Need some motivation to workout? Or some ideas on how to switch around your workout? Follow my Get Off the Couch board on Pinterest!




Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Decorating with Dried Beans: Cheap, Easy, Cute!



I saw this post from last fall at My Heart's Desire and thought what an awesome idea! For reasons I won't get into I have an exorbitant amount of dried beans, so this was perfect for me. I picked up these tall vases at Walmart for around $4 each (if you live on the mainland you should be able to find them for cheaper) and a bag of cheap popcorn kernels for about $1.50. Everything else I had on hand. Even so, a few bags of beans should only set you back a couple bucks! 

From the top down is: black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, popcorn kernels, and green lentils.

I played around stacking the bags on top of one another until I found a color scheme I liked. I love the colors! 



I grabbed a cheap bag of raffia too and mixed up the green and yellow. I gave up on a bow and just went for a knot. 

That's it! Pour the beans in one color at a time and then decorate with a bit of twine or raffia. This project is so simple, you can really play around with it!

The beans also gave me an idea for where I keep my spatulas and spoons. I use a vase that used to have some really ugly beads in it. I love this mix of black eyed peas and pinto beans! 



Easy peasy! If you give this a try let me know! I'd love to hear about your adaptation! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Easy Toddler/Preschooler Halloween Craft!



I got this idea from a friend who posted pictures of ones she'd done with her kids on Facebook. Thanks! We miss you! 

This was super easy to do and Miss M loved it! Unfortunately I don't have step by step pictures because Mr. C was being really cranky and my extra 3 mom arms were busy keeping him away from the craft glue. BUT that should tell you something of how easy it was to do. I only needed 2 real arms to do it :) 

These are Toilet Paper Jack o' Lanterns and Monsters! 



Supplies

Colored tissue paper
Scissors
Glue
Felt or Construction Paper cut into shapes for faces
Pipe Cleaners
Rolls of Toilet Paper (One for each craft)

Instructions

1. Take your tissue paper and lay it out on a flat surface.

2. Place your full roll of toilet paper in the middle of the tissue paper. 

3. Pull up the edges of the tissue paper and stuff them into the center of the toilet paper roll. (Miss M really liked this part!)

4. Make sure the tissue paper is in there nice and tight. Glue or tape down in bits that you think might pop out. 

5. Pick a spot you want to put the face and using just a small amount of glue, stick the face pieces to the tissue paper. (If you want something nice and cute do it yourself, if you want something messy and cute let your toddler/preschooler pick out where the face pieces should go!)

6. Roll the end of pipe cleaner for vines and help your child poke them into the middle of the roll. If the tissue paper is too thick use a pencil to poke a hole. Miss M really wanted to use pipe cleaners to make hair for the monster but we didn't have time!

That's it! 

Miss M was so excited about these it took a lot of convincing to get her to give them back before her little brother got a hold of them! 



With little ones everything is a learning opportunity. We talked about colors and shapes when putting on the faces and I let her help me squeeze a little glue out. Remember "A dot, a dot, a dot will do! Anymore is too much glue!" :D 

Hope you have as much fun doing this with your little one as I did! 

Wordless Wednseday 9/26

This week is all about.... CATS!

We've been moving and my camera was packed up, so crappy phone pictures of the cats are the best I've got :D Be sure to link up!!




Friday, September 21, 2012

The Importance of Military Flags

Living on a military installation, it’s really important to a lot of people to express their patriotism or association with a certain branch by displaying a flag. It’s really great to drive down the street and see porch after porch decorated with American flags, POW/MIA flags and others.

Since 9/11 just passed, a lot more families got out their flags to show their support of the troops. I think I saw more flags on 9/11 then I do on the 4th of July! I couldn’t believe the number of people who had the Flag of Heroes displayed, or their branch flag. We’re Air Force and have just recently moved to a Navy installation, so we may have to be getting our own military flag soon to show our support of the Air Force!



In military housing I feel like it’s really important to show your support of the troops, since there are so many families with deployed military members. However, it can be even more important for families living off base to show their support and association with the military. I remember the first time I saw a POW/MIA flag on my neighbors house across the street. I was really young and asked my Dad what it was. He explained what the letters stood for, and how it was important to remember the men and women who were missing in action or prisoners of war.

I know in the future my children will see 9/11 flags and ask their meaning and I will have to explain the terrible things that happened to our country and the events that occurred afterwards. By putting a flag outside your door, you tell your civilian neighbors that you support the troops, are a military member and are proud to be an American.




Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Big Move Is Finally Over!

I can't believe it. It's happened. We're officially moved out. 

This has been the longest week for me! We were supposed to be done with the house on Monday, but had to extend to Wednesday. This is what happened. After moving the entire house by himself, my husband had terrible muscle spasms in his back and had to go to the ER on Saturday night. I got about two hours of sleep, then spent the next day scrambling to get the house ready for Monday morning. It wasn't going to happen. I also had about a million pounds of homework due Monday at noon. Definitely wasn't going to happen. In the midst of all this, a bridge closure on Monday made it impossible to go back to our old house all day, and made traffic the next couple days simply awful. No one around here has seen traffic so bad. If you're on Oahu then I'm sure you heard about the Karsten Thot Bridge mess, and we were caught right in the middle of it! 

I called housing and I emailed my professors. It took a few extra days but we're finally out of our old place! Now I just have to catch up on my homework. 

Our new neighborhood is great, really remote and tiny, a nice change from where we were before. I'm looking forward to settling in here and getting the kids into some regular day care so I can actually get some school work done. 

I'm also looking forward to putting time into my blog again! I've missed you all week! But I'm back. And from a much nicer location :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We're Moved In! (Kind Of)

I wanted to update everyone on the moving process! It's going good and we're working on getting everything out of our old place. We're in that super awkward stage of moving where all that's left is random odds and ends, trash, oh, and our food. All our food is still in the fridge and pantry. 

I basically want to throw away everything in the fridge and start anew. Is that wrong? 

I feel like I could walk in with a grocery bag, grab the bag of coffee out of the fridge, the kids' chicken nuggets and my bottle of vodka out of the freezer and be good to go. Toss the rest! 

Moving is a really great time to become a minimalist. It's so much easier to let go of something when you're forced to consider packing it, transporting it, and unpacking it. I have a whole trash bag of items ready to be donated to the airman's attic. That's after I went through the whole house a couple weeks ago and donated bags of things. Who needs all this stuff??

Anyway. Enough of that. I have homework to do. What I really wanted to do here was give you a glimpse of our moving experience and new house! And by glimpse I mean crappy pictures I took with my 2 year old phone (in other words, ancient). 

My walk in closet! It's so big we decided to giveaway our old dresser and just use this!

After a long day of packing.

Mr. C is great at  unpacking. Note: This is what happened when I tried to barricade him into the kitchen while Mr. Eight was bringing heavy boxes in through the front door. All the fragile glass dishes are in the bottom there. Sigh.
Things will hopefully be back to normal soon! I'm looking forward to bringing you some awesome Halloween tutorials. See you soon!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 9/12

We're moving into the rainy season here in sunny Hawaii! Not exactly the best time to visit :) It's been a few days but here is a little taste of what we saw this week! If you're driving in the rain remember: "Don't Drown, Turn Around!"

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We're Moving!

Today is the first day we can start moving in to our new house! We are moving to be closer to Mr. Eight's work. Right now he drives anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and it stinks! We moved to this particular spot because it was in the middle of his work and University of Hawaii, where I was going to school at the time. Well, I graduated last spring! So now there's no good excuse (aside from the amazing friends and neighbors) to stay.

I'm really nervous about how this will go down. I'm not sure how my kids will handle it (ok, Miss M is who I am worried about, Mr. C will just immediately look for the first thing he can climb on and/or destroy), it will be a longer drive to friends and visits will have to be planned, not sporadic like they normally are. Tomorrow is also her last day at the preschool/moms day out program I've been taking her to for 2 months. I hadn't known we'd been moving when she started or I would have waited. I'll most likely take her to the CDC up where we are moving to, but it won't be regular, just drop in care, and it won't be the same.

I get really sentimental about places too. This is where I was pregnant with Mr. C! This is only the second place we've lived together as a family, we've only PCSed once. My neighbors here are really great and I have a lot of memories here.

BUT I need to suck it up because this new house we're going to is AWESOME! It's so much nicer than where we live now. The appliances are brand new, there's a garage, the kitchen layout is much nicer, the amount of storage space (not including the garage) is ten times more than what we have now. I know we're going to be a lot happier there with the location and the quality of the house. I mean, the yard even has a fence!! Score!

Ain't she a beaut?? Look at that built in microwave! And the island!

WELL, I'm going to be pretty busy this week with the move. Our final out from this place is next Monday. In the meantime I'll be posting as much as I can and I'll share more pictures of our new house once we get unpacked! Wish me luck! :D


Monday, September 10, 2012

Real Kids Shades Review & Giveaway {9/25} #realkidsshades


It seems like everyday more studies are coming out showing how damaging the sun can be to our bodies. It's good to get out in the sun, but we need to do it safely, especially when it comes to our kids. Unless we're at the beach, I know that my kids hardly ever wear sunglasses. This isn't exactly smart since we live in Hawaii, where it's pretty sunny every day.

I'll definitely be changing this habit from now on though! Did you know that children are at an increased risk for permanent eye damage from the sun until they are 10 years old? I didn't. Sunglasses are even more important for kids than they are adults.




Getting your kids to wear glasses can be a pain, however! It's important to find a pair that will stay on comfortably, so your child will be less likely to rip them off two seconds later.

Real Kids Shades make awesome, affordable, comfortable shades specifically designed for children. They block 100% of UVA and UVB rays (third-party tested). They're unique designs are made for infants to kids up to age 12. Velcro bands make it really easy to adjust sunglasses on babies and toddlers, and banded rubber frames for older kids means they are flexible, durable, and comfortable. They come in a variety of colors and styles as well, there's something for every kid!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

#LowEntry Giveaways Ending This Week 9/8-9/12

Here are some low entry giveaways ending this week! Have at it! 

Day by Day in Our World - Food Blogging For Dummies 9/8 

A Silly Mommy of 2 Silly Girls - The Oogieloves Big Balloon Adventure 9/8

Because I Love Coupons - 2 Quilted Coupon Organizer Totes 9/12

Win, Lose or Blog - 7 Workout DVDs 9/7

Sassy Shopper - One box of Pecan Caramel Patties 9/8

Stuff Parents Need - Spice Stack from YouCopia 9/8

Forever Fashionably Late - Lip Gloss, Nail Polish, and more 9/8

Exact Measurements are for Pussies - 3 e.l.f. Nail Polishes 9/8

Save Daily With Haley - $75 in Coupons 9/8

If you have a giveaway you'd like me to feature let me know!

How To Microwave Delicious Red Potatoes



I was at a friend's house last night and she showed me a way to cook red potatoes in the microwave I had never seen before! In truth you could use any kind of waxy potato (gold, purple, etc.). It's super easy and quick, even in my cheap, old microwave! I wish I had known how to do this when I was living in a dorm, they taste just like when you boil them! 

Method #1 - Steamed Potatoes


First, take your potatoes and give them a good scrub, cut off anything that doesn't look appetizing. 



Second, take those suckers and poke them with a fork a few times. 



Then, wrap in plastic wrap.

Put the wrapped potatoes on a microwave safe dish and microwave for 3-6 minutes. My friend has a nice, new microwave and hers only took 3 minutes. I have a really old one that's low wattage and it took 6 minutes. Only you can judge your microwave :) 

Carefully take out of the microwave, unwrap and stick a knife in one to see if it's done. It should be soft and slide in easily. 



Slather with butter and seasoning! Mmmm! (Mr. Eight couldn't stop talking about these. Just kept saying how he couldn't believe they'd come out of a microwave!)

Method #2 - Potato Chips


That's right! Potato chips! You can easily make your own tasty (mostly healthy) chips in the microwave!

Scrub the potatoes really well, then slice as thin as you can. Try to be consistent so they cook evenly.



Now, I've seen a few different ways you can do the next part. 

Toss the potato slices in sea salt/seasoning/olive oil, then lay them out on a single layer on a microwave safe plate. (This is what I did).

OR take the microwave plate out of the microwave, lay down a piece of parchment paper (spray it with cooking spray if you aren't oiling your potatoes) and lay down a single layer of potato slices on the parchment. Cover with another layer of parchment.

OR spray your microwave plate with cooking spray and lay a single layer of potato slices on it. 

They all seem to have good results! 




Cook them for 4-8 minutes. Stand near the microwave and watch them, when they get golden and crispy they are good to go. You may want to flip them over half way through.



You can put them on a rack to cool if you have one, I don't so I didn't and they were fine. 



That's it! Eat, Share, Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 9/5


Happy WW link up below!