How Time Flies

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the audience of my daughter’s sixth grade graduation.

SIXTH GRADE!

I can’t believe that the past 6 years have gone by so fast, and really if I think about it, every day since my daughter was born 12 years ago the years have flown by.

Everyone expected there to be water works on that morning.

I’m the mom who cried the week I had to go back to work after having her, even though my grandparents were taking care of her.

I’m the mom, who cried on her first day of preschool,

And her first day of kindergarten.

It has always been my daughter and I.

She’s as much a security blanket to me, as I am to her.

When I’m with my daughter, no matter how broken I feel, all is right in the world.

As I sat though, I realized it wasn’t just my daughter and I. It was also our family and friends who have been there to love and support us every step of the way.

Her father has never been around, and though at times that has weighed heavy on my heart, I know that my daughter has so much love and support from those that are in her life. She doesn’t need someone that is going to be in and out of her life, like the waves of the ocean.

When I was contacted by the people at Treat.com to try out their website, I was thrilled by the opportunity. I had so many ideas swirling in my mind on who I would want to make a card for. Treat’s specialty is personalized cards and gifts, and I think I could have spent hours looking at all the different cards for all different occasions.

I thought about sending congratulations to three of my friends who have found new jobs.

I thought about sending a thank you card to my boss, who had really stuck by me through this past year at work, which I can only say was brutal.

When I really thought though,

What life event that stuck out the most to me,

Was that I wanted to say thank you to all of those who have supported me and Justine through this journey.

Sitting in the audience on a Thursday morning, were my parents, my grandparents, my sister, my niece and nephew, and my other sister that lives in Hawaii that just happened to be in town for business, and my best friend. As we were sitting there my sister made a comment that Justine probably had the most people there to watch as she graduated the sixth grade, and my sister was right.

It made me realize that we may not have the closeness that some families share, but we do have love and we do have support and that is what matters. I know that Justine felt so special that day, and I was so appreciative of everyone that attended graduation, and the get together we had at the house afterwards.

When I was looking at thank you cards on treat.com there were so many too choose from.

I finally decided on a design that had two pictures, I sucked as a mother that day and only took limited photos. I was too busy watching my little girl, and realizing that she isn’t so little anymore.

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The site was super easy. The site will tell you if the picture you chose will work on the card, or if you need to find a card with smaller or bigger pictures.

As I was looking at the cards, they already had a message written on the inside, and at first I thought to myself, well this card will work, but not what it says on the inside, not realizing that you can in fact change the message written on the inside of the card. That was my silliness though.

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The rest of the process was super easy, and I love the fact that you can have Treat.com mail your card, or you can have it sent to you and you can mail it. You can also include a gift card. How easy is that?!

I know there are times where I don’t have stamps at the house, because really who actually mails mail anymore? So the fact that I can have it sent directly to the recipient makes the thought of sending birthday cards that much more enjoyable.

I know there are times where I will have “go to the post office,” on my to do list for days, and though I drive by one every day, getting me to stop is sometimes impossible.

They also have the option of setting reminders so that you don’t have an excuse for forgetting birthdays. I am known to call someone a week or so after their birthday, because I forgot on the exact day. I love the fact that I can set a reminder, and I won’t have to send the “I’m sorry I forgot your birthday card.”

The people at Treat.com were super nice, and I will definitely be using their services in the future.

 

 

I received the cards for free, for trying out Treat’s website, and sharing my views on their services.

Things that make me want to smile

Hey guys!

So I wanted to share with you a few things that have been making me… HAPPY!

I think sometimes we focus so much on the negatives in life that we miss those things that make life, a little more enjoyable.

Anything salted caramel flavored is a win for me.  It might not be the best thing for me, but if it brings me a little happiness… I’ll run a few extra miles :)

fav5This Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut spread.  I’ll warn you that once the jar is open, it will not last.  Tread carefully, my friend.  You’ve been warned.

Coconut is another big win for me, so when I finally tried Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips.  I cried.  I cried because they are so good, and Trader Joe’s is so far away. I don’t know when I will get another bag of these.

fav3  These roasted coconut chips went good with another favorite of mine. Chia seed pudding.

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I mix my chia seed pudding with strawberries, coconut chips, chocolate chips, granola.  It’s so good and so easy to make.  I haven’t bought yogurt in forever, because I have been busy making chia seed pudding.

I also love always having some type of snack/energy ball on hand.  These have been one of my favorites.

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My mom sent me this recipe.  They are called Cavewoman balls.  I’m not sure where she got the recipe, but they are addicting-ly good.  They are made with cashew butter, pistachios, macadamia nuts, raisins, cacao nibs, and coconut.  I eat them as fast as I can make them.

I didn’t mean for this post to be mostly about food, but….

fav1Milk chocolate gummy bears, are basically like crack to me.  I have no control when it comes to these babies.  If you happen to find yourself in the same situation, I will happily take these off your hands for you.  It’s the least I can do :)

Finding this ginormous bag of lettuce at BJ’s.

favI have a salad at least once a day, sometimes more.  I love having as many toppings as I can fit on my salad.

America.

We were on our way home from the pool today, when I started seeing people standing on the side of the street, and American flags blowing in the breeze.  I had been getting text alerts on SSGT David Stewart’s motorcade, and knew it was going to come through my county.  As the road started to empty, I pulled off on the side of the road, as SSGT David Stewart made his final way back home.

fav7I felt only respect, that I was able to be there at that moment, and pay my respect for someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country.  The world stood still for a moment, and only SSGT David Stewart and the motorcade moved.

And lastly this post.  Sometimes I get down on myself because I run 11, 12, or even 13 minute miles.  When those around me are pushing themselves to  run harder, faster, I’m content running to enjoy my run.  I have no race I am training for.  I have no time that I want to beat.  I run because I enjoy running.  I enjoy having music blasting in my ear. I enjoy feeling the muscles in my body work.  I enjoy running for 2, 3, 4 miles… however long I feel like running.  I don’t want that enjoyment taken away from me, and this post made me realize, that it is ok.

So these are just a few things that make me smile, even when it’s a dreary day.

What are yours?

My morning fuel

I had always been one of those people who couldn’t understand when people said they had to wait a few hours to eat after getting up.

Say what?!

Breakfast used to be on my mind as soon as I woke up, and especially if I had big tasty plans on what I was going to eat.  I ate within 15-20 minutes of waking up, tamping that roaring stomach that felt like it had empty for days, not hours.

So when my appetite slowly started diminishing in the morning, I wasn’t sure quite what to do.

I didn’t want to not eat.

I listened to everyone who said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and I believe them!

I also try to get my exercising in first thing in the morning, because if I wait too long I usually end up talking my way out of exercising for the day.

I have been and on and off juicer for a few years, going through phases where I would juice daily and then not for a month, or few.

I didn’t just want to juice, I wanted to learn about juicing this time.  I’m all into this reading thing now- a- days.

juice4I checked this book out from the library about a month ago, and have had it ever since.  Thankfully, no one else has requested it, and I have been able to renew it a time or two.

And also thankfully, my grandmother loves to buy the newest gadget, which then often times get passed on to me.

juice1Jack LaLanee’s power juicer

The one thing I can say, is that this juicer is a pain to clean, due to all the parts, but it’s manageable, and doesn’t take all that much more time.

In the mix was…

juice2Kale (source of vitamin A, C, and chlorophyll), cucumber (moderate sources of vitamin A, iron and potassium), carrots (rich in vitamin A, B, and C; iron; calcium; potassium; and sodium), and an apple (help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol level, and aid digestion).

Being that I usually eat enough fruit throughout the day to get my daily serving, I try and stick more with the vegetables when juicing, throwing in 1 fruit for the sweetness.

I also have been experimenting with adding a little coconut water to my juice.  This time I used Zico’s coconut water.

juice3Yes, please!  It was a nice addition to my juice.

I don’t replace any meal with juicing, but consider it more of a mini- meal, until I’m ready to eat actual food.

Something like…

juice5Roasted sweet potatoes, onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and an egg.

I usually roast a sweet potato or two in the beginning of the week to use for breakfast for the next couple days.   My work days vary.  Some days I work in the morning, some days I work in the evenings.  When I work during the day, I make my egg the night before and then just heat it up in the morning when I’m at work and ready to eat.  I wasn’t sure how eggs would reheat, but it works out great, and makes having a nutritious breakfast in the morning so easy.

Just a few things that work for me…

How do you feel about juicing?  Yay or nay?

A Stranger’s Simple Gesture

This morning I woke up.  Tired.

I looked outside hoping to see rain, and though it was cloudy and looked on the verge of a downpour, no rain was insight.

I checked my phone to see the weather forecast, hoping to see 100% chance of rain within the next hour, but 40% was my answer.

I didn’t want to run, but I didn’t have a reason not to, no matter how hard I searched.

I decided to put my workout clothes on, telling myself that if it was raining when I dropped my daughter off I could back to the comfort of my home.

And when I dropped her off,

there was a light mist.

There were no other excuses to save me.

I was going to run.

I debated which way I wanted to go.  Did I want to want 2, 3, 4, or 5 miles?

Did I want to run the opposite direction of my norm?

Did I want to run my normal 5 mile course?

What if it rains?

WHERE IS THE RAIN?!

I decided to run my normal loop.

It kind of makes an 8 from start to finish, and is a total of 5 miles.

My last couple runs haven’t been spectacular.

I would like to blame it on the heat and humidity that is slowly rolling into Virginia.

This morning though, it was cool.

My run was stronger.

As I was finishing up my 3 I saw a stranger walking towards me.

He wasn’t anyone that I had ever seen before.

I had never seen him all those times I have gone running in the morning.

I had never seen him all those times I have driven through the neighborhood.

When I passed him though,

he smiled.

He have me two thumbs up and then put both hands over his heart.

And I knew in that moment as I passed him,

that I was supposed to be right where I was.

Every decision I had made that morning, every excuse I made that got shot down, was to lead me to that very moment.

Life has been hard lately.

I have cried more tears.

I have felt more alone.

I have felt more anger and hatred in my heart.

When that stranger put both his hands over his heart, it was like a weight was lifted off of me.

I ran a little faster.

I felt a little lighter.

I felt a little happier.

I realized that all that anger I was holding onto,

was doing nothing but weighing me down.

If only we all could walk by someone,

and with a simple gesture,

make them remember who they are.

I wanted to turn around.

I wanted to run back to him and thank him,

but I knew I was just supposed to run on and take with me the peace that he offered.

 

 

When pins say it better

Sooooo, it’s been a moment since my last post.

My week hasn’t been the greatest of weeks.

Since sometimes pinterest can explain how I’ve been feeling better than I can, I thought I’d let some pins do the talking rather than try to do it myself.

At work…

How I’ve been feeling this week..

The weather…

On being a single mom with a migraine…

My non existent exercise this week…

My diet this week..

5c3f536aa2c78b2a489dca4595d63c87Where I wish I was…

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And what I always try and remember…

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It’s been kind of a rough week, if you couldn’t tell, but I will only allow myself to wallow in pity for another day or two.  After that it will be time to pick myself up, brush myself off, and move on.

When I sit down a truly think about it, these little things that I am struggling with are minor.  It makes me uncomfortable.  It makes me feel exhausted just in dealing with it.  It makes me want to give up and walk away.  Wouldn’t it be easier to just walk away from those things that are complicated?  Sure, but when is giving up ever the answer?

I hope you all are having a wonderful week, and staying warm!!

How are you feeling this week?

Are you freezing as much of the country is?

 

I know…

I know… that I hate the snow, especially when I’m stuck at work.

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I know… that I forgot my tennis shoes yesterday and had to improvise in the gym.

know8I know.. that I’m glad that my work has a gym I can go to, no matter what time it is.

know9Not wanting to drive home last night, I waited around 2 hours for one of my co-workers to get off work.  I figured he could drive, and I could ride.  Better safe than sorry!

Thankfully I had the elliptical, Criminal Minds, and the book I’m reading Sharp Objects to keep me company.

I know… that I had no idea that Teen Mom 2 was back on the air.

knowI hopped on the bike for 30 minutes to watch, while I waited on my ride.

60 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes on the bike, and a few crunches.  Sometimes it’s nice to get stuck at the gym, with no where to go, but there.

I know… that this was some of the best tasting fruit that I’ve had in a while.

know7I know… that this is also some of the best tasting tea.

know5It tastes even better when it’s snowing outside, you’re stuck at work, and your stomach is miserably bloated.

I know… that I did not want to shovel my side walk this morning when it was only about 15 degrees.

know2But I did, and considered it my workout for the day.

I know… that when my Tupperware drawer gets too full to close, it really means that I need to go to the grocery store. Unused Tupperware= No leftovers.know3I know.. that when my lunch looks like this, I’m down to slim pickins’.  Which is kind of the same as the picture above, but not :)

know4Waffle fries, with eggs, spinach, red onion, and hot sauce.

I can’t complain though, it was actually a pretty good lunch.

Tell me something you know?

How much snow did you get?

 

A few eats from the weekend

This weekend was pretty much spent in the house, minus the few times I did get out to see friends and run errands.

My food motivation has been pretty lackluster this weekend.  I’m not sure if I just don’t have the oomph to find recipes I want to try, or that I’m running low on groceries and have another few days before I can go to the store.

While I was home most of the weekend, I did manage to have a few pretty good eats.

First up, was Jessica’s Everything Hummus.

MONIt’s really good, and I love the consistency.  The sesame oil was a little over powering, so when I make it again I might try using a little less.

Migas

mon1It looks like a mess of a pile, but it’s so good and really easy.  I cooked some corn tortilla strips.  I added some green peppers onions, eggs, tomato, and cheese and lunch was served.  I had everything on hand, and it’s one of those recipes that will help use up a little produce before it goes bad.

Soy Noodles

mon5I made noodles for dinner Sunday night, and then got two dinners ready for work this week.  This is probably the easiest dinner I ever make.  I boil some noodles, and then sauté it in a little sesame oil.  Afterwards I just top it with some soy sauce and toss together.  I can see this becoming an addiction of mine.  I don’t know why I don’t make it more often.

Cupcake

Justine had gone to a friend’s house for a sleep over, and when she came home she had a salted caramel cupcake for me.

mon7So good.

Looking at my food this past weekend, I can’t really complain about not having good food to eat.  I might have been lacking in the inspiration department, but all the food I ate was actually really delicious.

In other news, I was picking up Justine’s book bag to move it and noticed how heavy it was.  I looked inside and found this.

mon4This book probably weighed a few pounds, and my daughter is reading it.

So proud.

Are they calling for any snow where you’re at?

If you could choose to have no snow for the rest of your life, would you want it?