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January 2012

When a “fact” is just an excuse in disguise

Fitness 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 in a new fancy place, my fatigue was really getting to me.  Ten minutes into…

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Sweet & Savory Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa

Health, Recipes, Recipes - Gluten-Free, Recipes - Main Dishes, Recipes - Vegetables January 30, 2012

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 Baskets sitting in my fridge.  I had also picked up a couple packages of Applegate…

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Thanks Giving Inspired Fridays: Week 4

Life, Thankfulness Lately 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 see, we were dating before email was something that you checked every day, and way…

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Let’s get flexible

Fitness, Fitness - Workouts January 26, 2012

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, don’t worry.  The more you do this workout, the better you will feel.  This week’s…

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Walking in Mesa

Life January 25, 2012

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.   ************************************************ I’m guest-posting over on My Kinda Rain today. Make sure to go check it out!…

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Peanut Butter Pasta

Health, Recipes, Recipes - Gluten-Free, Recipes - Main Dishes January 24, 2012

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 this scrumptious peanut butter pasta two nights in a row. You will notice that all…

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Organizing my craft closet with thrift store finds

Life January 23, 2012

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 spilling out into the hallway outside of our bedroom door. Lovely, I know. The problem…

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