Sunday Share

Hey guys!!! I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks, but I’m BAAAA-ack!  Over scheduled as usual…

Here’s my latest post from my sister’s blog!  

If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out her LuLaroe FB page, check her out! (LuLaroe~Monica Vignier).  She’s still in queue -ahem…waiting patiently- for her merchandise to share.  In the meantime, she has contests and giveaways that you can win some LuLa Cash or free clothes! You will make this sister a very happy sister by helping out my new LuLaroe consultant. 😉. 

I started off my Sunday leaving Sarasota (FL) after J’s basketball camp.  Per routine, Starbucks was in the plan. The barista OBVIOUSLY knows me well in Sarasota (I don’t live here, btw)….and totally upgraded my tall coffee to a venti. #theQUEENhasarrived #notQueenB #QueenA 👸🏽😂

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading❤️

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National Running Day (or the day AFTER!)

How was your… 

 I had full intentions of having a date with the DREADmil but a surprise basketball session came up for Julian.  So..Mom’s stuff took the back burner and my steady was STOOD UP!!😢. 

But it’s ok, he forgave me this morning!  

 He was good to me! 😉. (I should have done MORE, btw!!!). 

Now that the kiddos are out of school, I am going to attempt (yet AGAIN) to put myself back on a morning routine.  I always try to do this so I can have this routine when school starts.  I LOVE having a run before work….

  • It’s DONE and one last thing to “do”!  Even though it LOVE to exercise, I like the freedom of not having something to do before I get home! You know…..😉
  • I REALLY feel good! I’m not as tired, I have more energy, I feel more focused for the day.

When school is out, I can go to Starbucks and treat myself…. 

I LOVE the Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal! I know that you’ve seen me post this like a GAZILLION times! But I can’t get enough! And let’s be honest….I’m LAZY!!  It’s not like I can’t make this at home, but why not treat yourself and let someone ELSE do it, right??? 😉#theSIMPLEthings 

Today is my Dad’s birthday, so I hope to take him out to dinner, if he LETS me.  One of my favorite pictures of my dad…WHY?????

 Because it’s CLASSIC…he is doing what he does best…being the BEST Father in the WORLD!!!! ❤️ 

Question…..

Do you prefer morning workouts or evening??

What I’m Diggin’

I haven’t done this is a while, so I figured I would let you know what I’m diggin’ today! 

Earrings 

 I am literally OBSESSED with these earrings!! I don’t know why…but ever since I’ve bought them (3 days ago), I have found some way to weasel them into my #OOTD (outfit of the day 😉).  You know where I bought them??? PAYLESS!! That’s right…I didn’t sitter…Payless Shoe Source (“You COULD pay more, but WHY???”).  Never looked at any accessories at Payless?? You OWE it to yourself!! I have received the most complements on accessories I have purchased from Payless!!! #trueSTORY

Shirt 

I found THIS shirt at my other obsession…Ross!!  It never fails when I go there…I can always find something….that’s my problem! It just continues to feed my addiction.  

 I like the lace details but that’s not what sold me! I am a SUCKER for anything with a Manadrin collar (or something of the like).  And you see how I worked in my earrings??? 😉. (PS….it sure does look like I have a DOUBLE chin!!!😝😝😝)

Starbucks 

 This isn’t really anything new, but my kids like those darn Frappuccinos.  Well, they now have a mini size which is PERFECT for my little guy, Aidan.  Julian, at 14, can handle the Tall, but little man never seem to finish it (ie…WASTE of money!!).  After church, when hubs doesn’t go, the boys and I always make an Sbux stop.  Now my spoiled little one can have his Frapp in a small cup! 

Fossil 

It AIN’T just for watches!!! This purse in this color was my own “Happy Mother’s Day” gift to ME!!  Don’t we moms owe it to ourselves to TREATS!! I LOVE this bag and I love this color!! And no…it isn’t GREEN, it is MALACHITE! #exCUSEme

Audiobook  

My new audiobook from Audible is GREAT!!! Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects” kills it AGAIN with this book!  I am literally on the edge trying to figure out the end of the story!!! I highly recommend her books….kind of dark, but VERY suspenseful.  

I have to run on the DREADmill today because Mother Nature decided to unleash the rain right AFTER I left work! #figures 

 Hope you liked what I was diggin’……

How was your Monday?

Oh….if you want a good laugh? Go to the blog FB page and watch my youngest…well….just watch! Let me know what you think!😉

She said it tastes like GRASS….

…which really means it tastes like A**! This is what my sister, Mo, said!!! So, the back story- yesterday, my sister and I were in Target buying last minute Easter baskets items. (Ok, really…just STARTING my Easter shopping😉). As a general rule, I make it a habit to stop at Starbucks when there. The new smoothies have arrived and ready for us to try! Why not??  

Ok….you GOT me!!! Let’s go…..

 There are three different flavors…. 

 Strawberry (200 calories)

  • Strawberry purée
  • Apple juice
  • Banana purée 
  • Beet juice
  • Non fat Greek yogurt 
  • Nutmeg
  • Ice

Mango Carrot (230 calories)

  • Mango purée
  • Pineapple juice
  • Apple juice
  • Carrot juice
  • Lime juice
  • Non fat Greek yogurt 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Ice

Sweet Greens (170 calories)

  • Celery juice 
  • Mango purée 
  • Banana purée 
  • Cucumber juice
  • Spinach juice
  • Romaine lettuce juice
  • Kale juice
  • Lime juice 
  • Parsley juice
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt 
  • Ice
  • Nutmeg 

Let me say that I wanted to try the green one, but Mo wasn’t even HAVING that! 😝. So, we opted for the Strawberry…. 

She may LOOK like it’s all good, but she says it tastes like GRASS (see above!!!)

 

I enjoyed it and would have another. It would be a treat once in a while because it’s about $6 for one….😁 

Yum!! Almost GONE!

 

We are here in Haymarket, VA were my sister and her family live for Spring   Break. We love being able to spend time with our family, even if it’s pretty loud….I have 2 kids and Mo has 4 kids. What do they call that??? Joyful NOISE???  Ummmm….OK!?!?!😂😂

Hope that everyone is enjoying this Easter Sunday! We get to have an EXTRA special one today in Baltimore,MD at the National Aquarium.  🐰Happy Easter🐰

 

Would you have expected anything ELSE from me? #idroppedtheMIKE

What have you tried anything NEW lately?

It’s the LITTLE things…..

It is true…it’s Spring Break! It doesn’t mean what it used to mean as kid…or NO SCHOOL!  What does it mean to me as an adult and a parent?? I get to sleep IN!!  I get one more GLORIOUS hour of slumber!  #itstheSMALLthings. The one extra hour means…

  • NO rushing to get ready (partly my fault because I watch whatever “show du jour” I picked on Netflix while getting ready😉).
  • NO arguing for little man (Aidan) to get up and shower.
  • NO brotherly arguing about what to what to watch while eating breakfast.
  • A peaceful ride to work with no school drop off.
  • Listening to what I want on the radio/iPod. 

Nothing beats a slower morning pace. I honestly didn’t remember that the boys were on break until my alarm went off as usual at 4 am.  It hit me like a bullet….and I reset the alarm and went right back to sleep! #sweet

Then, I felt bad because I could have better utilized that time to get up and go for a run, but it’s TOO dark! Not that I think I’m a hot commodity or something but I don’t want to be in any harm’s way, you know??

I left my house, basking in my total selfishness. And what better way to complete the circle of selfishness than a stop at Starbucks!!!  I always stop to get my coffee when I don’t have to take the kids to school, so today would be no different. Again…the little things! 

I hadn’t had breakfast at home, (completely out of Almond milk!  Julian apparently likes it, too!) therefore I opted to have something from the menu.  

Uhhh, yes! I’ll have some!!!

Herty Blueberry Whole Grain Oatmeal is what’s for breakfast. It comes with fresh blueberries and agave syrup. Oatmeal nutrition facts (Straight from Starbucks’ website):

  • 220 calories
  • 2.5g fat
  • 5g protein
  • 43g carbs – 13g sugar; 5g fiber

Blueberries:

  • 20 calories
  • 0g fat
  • 0g protein 
  • 5g carbs – 1g fiber

Agave syrup : I couldn’t find on their site but I imagine it can’t be much considering it is a small packet. 

I’d say that’s not bad…. It filled me up and it was a GREAT way to start my morning.  On with the work day……

Questions-

How often do you indulge on those “selfish” mornings? What do you do?

Anyone doing anything fun during Spring Break??

WILT #10

I’m SORE from yesterday’s WOD…

IMG_4129.PNG…and I have the LIMP to prove my hard work!!! 😉

I’ve missed A LOT of WILTs (REMINDER: What I Love Tuesdays).
So here I go…..

1. FIZZIO
Have you seen or heard about Starbucks new hand crafted soda?? Let me say….I LOVE this!! It comes in three different flavones: Ginger ale, Lemonade, and Spiced Root Beer.

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IMG_3555.JPGI went with the ginger ale and let me say…I WASN’T disappointed at all!! Check out more info on Fizzio.

2. Granola
How do I love thee??? Let me count the ways!!!! I found a new one whilst pumping gas at my local RaceTrac!

IMG_4060.JPGIt has almonds, blueberries, and a “glazed” top. It’s like a dessert!!

3. Muscle Milk
I stumbled upon this…again at my local RaceTrac gas station.

IMG_3997.JPGIt’s only 100 calories and it was a PERFECT pre and post workout “snack”.

IMG_3999.JPGIt’s not bad on the nutritional side either! 😉

4. DREADmill
As much as I HATE the thing, it is a STAPLE in my morning now! Since I have added a 4 am run (amounts to about 2.25 miles in the time I have), I have to run on the DREADmill because it pitch ass dark at that time!!

IMG_4074.JPGOf course I’m STUCK in #garagePARADISE!! But I love my time in the morning with DREADmill. We have taken out relationship to a whole NEW level! 😘❤️

5. New races
I signed up for a triathlon in October. An all woman’s race!!

IMG_4034.PNGExcited!!! Maybe those am runs will help!!

Short but sweet WILT this week! I’m
Trying to keep balance this year with kids/kid’s school, work, working out, and or course…blogging! I’m making it this far….👊

How’s everything today?
Juggling anything new?

PS…I still haven’t forgotten to finish “The 10 Day YOU challenge”. No one said that I HAD to finish in 10 CONSECUTIVE days!! 😉

WILT #7

Another fine Tuesday…a great Tuesday because I didn’t work! I was a bump on a log ALL DAY! Probably needed it and just didn’t know it!

Onward we go…

1. Charming Charlie
I’ve heard of this place but I didn’t realize how AWESOME this place is! Every girls desire is here…clothes, accessories, shoes, purses, wallets GALORE!! Bonus??? Everything is COLOR COORDINATED! Feel like something blue? They have a section for that. How ’bout mint green? Got it! Maybe you want some yellow? Yeah, they got that too! I thought I died and went to heaven! If you love having everything in one shop and really not interested in paying an arm AND a leg for your clothes??? Immediately…go to Charming Charlie! Consider yourself warned…..

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2. Oatmeal
Specifically
Starbucks

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YUMMMMMM! My sister talked me into trying oatmeal again. The last bowl I had, which was about 8 years old, took me 3 hours to eat. So I KNEW this was going to be horrible….but it wasn’t! I fully enjoyed to! Steel oats with blueberries and agave nectar for some sweetness. You get a fruit and nut packet but I didn’t use it because I saw pine nuts! #nomeGUSTA

3. Lazy Days
As I mentioned earlier, today was lazy day!! I honestly don’t remember when I allowed myself to do a whole lot of NOTHING! Man…I did enjoy it but I had a hard struggle with my brain to NOT to do anything.
But…if you get a chance….highly recommend it!!

4. Beer
I took Julian and Aidan to the movies for yet another “kid” movie. They love it and since we don’t get to do a lot together, I wanted to take them. After the initial shock of dropping $50 ( tickets and food)…I saw my saving grace! THEY.SERVE.BEER!!!

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