January 2012

When a “fact” is just an excuse in disguise

January 31, 2012

Tell me if this has ever happened to you… I had a bit of an “a-ha” moment today as I realized that something I was accepting as “fact” was just an excuse in disguise. Let me tell you about it. Last summer I joined a new gym and as much as I enjoyed working out […]

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Sweet & Savory Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa

January 30, 2012
brussels sprouts

Last week, Jenna from Eat, Live, Run posted a recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon, dried cherries and Israeli couscous.  Not only did the photos make me drool, but the thought of the sweet and savory combo had me determined to make my own gluten-free version.  I had about 25 brussels sprouts from my Bountiful […]

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Brightening things up

January 29, 2012
frame5

The weather has been so nice lately that we have been keeping the back door open during the day.  I love going out and standing in the backyard just to feel the sun on my face.  Before it gets too hot, I thought that now would be the perfect time to start on the painting […]

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Easy Turkey Chili

January 28, 2012
turkey chili recipe

In case you missed my Mamavation recipe post this week: It’s 5 pm and you have nothing planned for dinner, what do you do?  Grab some fast food?  How about making your own fast food that is healthy and delicious?  This chili recipe is easy enough to throw together in 30 minutes, and the whole […]

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Thanks Giving Inspired Fridays: Week 4

January 27, 2012

Jeff and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this month. Such a big milestone has caused me to stop and reflect on the past ten years and of course the very beginning.  What I really treasure about the first three years of our relationship  is the stack of letters that I have from Jeff. You […]

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Let’s get flexible

January 26, 2012
wall sit exercise

This post is the fourth in BlogHer’s Inspiration to Fitness series.  To start from week one, click here.  Our first 2 workouts can be found here and here. How was your first strength workout last week?  Did you enjoy the circuit?  Were any of the exercises particularly challenging?  Are you sore?  If you’re really sore, […]

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Walking in Mesa

January 25, 2012
kissing a frog

On Saturday, my parents and I took the kids on a walk around downtown Mesa.  They have sculptures on both sides of the street, and one giant hot pink cement chair.  Joe had his class monkey for the weekend, so we brought him along too.  Here are a few photos from our walk.   ************************************************ […]

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Peanut Butter Pasta

January 24, 2012
peanut butter pasta with sriracha

Happy Peanut Butter Day!  I can’t believe I almost missed the holiday the celebrates one of my favorite things in the world.  Thankfully I got a heads up from Janetha at Meals and Moves (by the way, if you haven’t checked out her blog before, you should!).  Our family celebrated a week early by eating […]

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Organizing my craft closet with thrift store finds

January 23, 2012
thrift store finds

Ok, so you already know that I am a piler, not an organizer.  But since I have declared 2012 “the year of organization” (not really, I just made that up), I decided to jump right in.  My first project was one that was staring me in the face every day.  My crafting closet was literally […]

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5 tips for sticking with your goals

January 22, 2012
girl silhouette

It’s January 22nd.  Have you broken one of your New Year’s Resolutions yet?  If not, good for you!  If so, join the club.  Statistics tell us that only 2% of people actually keep their resolutions.  I’m betting it’s because they set too many far-reaching goals and not enough plans to follow them through. There’s good […]

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