Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award :)

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I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award by Bubbles and Booyah and My Real Life Moments. Thank you very much peeps! Gotta say… love that Traveling Pants movie! I hope I am Blake Lively in my next life! Oh to be insanely gorgeous and married to Ryan Reynolds *sigh*. But I digress! I have some questions to answer!

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Oh look there we are…ahhhh….and I very believable beautful long blonde hair…

Anyway! On the the questions!

Part 1 from Bubbles and Booyah

1. Why did you start your blog? 
3 reasons. Motivation to stay in fitness mode, have a place to be creative, and to have place write stories about the boys to share with those interested and so the memories don’t fade away

2. What Jeopardy! category would you clear, no problem?

The Tudor Era and the Writing of Jane Austen……and Video Games….

3. Three things you’d like to accomplish this year (they can be as small or monumental as you’d like)

Tough Mudder!!!!, Getting Ethan potty trained and to make more money than my husband 🙂 (we are competitive like that, I was winning for a while there and he swooped in 2 years ago and took over….my turn!)

4. Your perfect day: Eggs Benedict with the kids (calories wouldn’t effect me on the perfect day) then Hiking in the mountains with the Husband all day, 60 minute massage by the best handed masseuse ever and finally dinner with the family with some amazing Filet, Lobster, great wine (Prisoner) and chocolate lava cake

5. What is your favorite place that you’ve traveled and why?

I just wrote a post about this 🙂 Montana, Glacier National Park. OMG I LOVED IT. Even more than Hawaii…and that’s hard! So beautiful. Loved all the hiking, there were some amazing restaurants, and really cool animal sightings. I would go back in a heartbeat. Still have a love of ground to cover! Would love to do a 3-5 day long backpacking trip there.

Bonus round: What cheesy song do you have memorized?

Ha….Mr Wendall is the first one that comes to mind…here have a dolla in fact no brother man..have two! two dollars means  a snack for me….you get the picture

Part 2 from My Real Life Moments

1. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Potty training a kid with the wave of my magic wand

2. What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. LOVED IT. Love the whole War of the Roses set. This woman is an amazing writer and I have a facination with English history. Just brings it all to life.

3. What is your guilty pleasure?

Twix, Butterfingers and chewy brownies!…aka CHOCOLATE!

4. What is your favorite movie?

OMG this would require a post with in its own. The list is long. If I had to pick one….Age of Innocence…but seriously there are so many! Shawshank! Pride and Prejudice! Interstellar! the list can go on and on!

5. Do you have any pets? If so what are they and what are their names.

3 pets. Our puppyroos Lyla and Bleu, they are Alaskan Klee Kais. And our cat, Sydney. Syd thinks he is a dog. They are a crazy bunch.

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6. What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

The cuddles, the crazy happy faces when they see me, the hilarious things they say

7. What is your least favorite thing about being a mom?

The drama, even boys are drama kings. oh and the insanely smelly bathroom. Its gotten better, tried some remedies that I was given. Its helped…alot…I just gotta get better about doing them like daily.

8. What do you want to accomplish with your blog?

Motivation and great stories!

9. What is one weird thing you do when no one is around?

play lots and lots of video games…right now its The Reckoning…kinda think I may really be a 12 year old boy

oh and hunt the house for any hidden candy. it happens.

10. How did you get started blogging? What about blogging peaked your interest?

It was mostly because I wanted to do something creative. Something that was me time. I love it now mostly because all the other amazing bloggers I have met through the blogosphere!

Here are my questions for nominees!

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

2. What is your dream job?

3. What is your spirit animal? (trying to think of ones that may have not been asked before :))

4. If you could go back in time and interview a person from the past, who would it be?

5. If you could live in a TV show, which one would you pick?

6. Favorite video game (or phone app)?

7. Recommend any iPad apps for kids?

OK I am  nominating:

Montreal Runner Mom

Fit and Nix

XoXo Love Dee

Mommy Crossing

Slippers for Sneakers

Real Mom of Long Island

Hiking…AKA…My Favorite Way to Burn the Calories!

I LOVE HIKING. The views! The nature! Its a great workout and amazing stress/anxiety reducer.

This all started when I was a kid and going for nature walks in the local forest preserve and up in the forest by my Grandma’s house in northern Michigan.

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Every since then I have loved going out and being in the woods. Its pretty flat here in Northern Illinois, but we have a couple places that we can hike. Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are somewhat local and very beautiful and have plenty of areas to hike, climb and many stairs to trek to really get a sweat going. If I can’t get out there then I go to the local forest preserves with the Husband and/or Charlie for a nature walk.  Here are some pics of our adventures through the US!

Matthiessen State Park in Utica, IL.

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Really cool caves too!!

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Close by, and more populated, is Starved Rock

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Took Charlie there after he was born, he loved it!

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When I go on vacation, my number one thing that goes on the roster is Hiking…followed shortly by all the awesome foodie places and breweries/wineries.

Oahu, Hawaii….oh man, I loved going there, can’t wait to go back someday! (and yes…these are pictures…of pictures…)

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I cant get this one to flip for some reason DANG IT! But that’s a cliff jump into a lagoon! SO FUN!!!!!! (although I didn’t listen to my cousin and point my toes..kinda landed on my butt on the water and had a HUGE bruise, but so worth it!)IMG_3573

Colorado….The arena at Red Rocks…can imagine having this around to do stairs! IT WOULD BE AWESOME!

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My absolute favorite to this day…is Glacier National Park in Montana

Highline Trail…This was about 11 miles long, total elevation gain of 1950 ft…

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Ran into some goats!

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And saw a bear cross the road….srsly…

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The hike Iceberg lake..about 10 miles..1275 ft elevation gain with insane views

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an amazing lake at the end….with icebergs….the water was um..chilly…(and deceiving! to get to that iceberg I had to wade in water that was above my waist!)

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We also did the Avalanche Lake hike, this one was shorter at about 4.5 miles with a 730 elevation gain, but it was amazing. This was on the other side of the mountain pass and it was a totally different atmosphere. Very green. Lots of moss and huge trees. It was so pretty, and there we these birds that would whistle..and it srsly sounded like a coach whistle, so weird!

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Although about 2 months later I got to post this pic! Almost named one of the twins Montana!

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I have also hiked around Yosemite in California and parts of Zion National Park in Utah but I so want to go back to all of these and then explore tons more amazing sites! I have to hit the Appalachians still and really want to go out to Oregon and Washington State…Oh the long list of places I have to hike still…and then…maybe Europe! Thailand! Japan! Manchu Picchu! who knows!!! Where has everyone else been? Where would you recommend goes to the top of the hiking list?

Air Vents and Breakfast…AKA Super Secret Treasure Troves and Messy Faces

I don’t know what it is about the air vents…but the boys are fascinated with them. They love putting random stuff in there. Maybe its the ‘ping’? Maybe its the possibility of the items going to a place unknown? Narnia? Albion? Hyrule? Middle Earth? Maybe they think its like in Nemo and all drains lead to the ocean, only this is an air vent so maybe it leads to space? Who knows. Anyways, I find some very interesting stuff in there when I do my periodic clean outs. Here are the results of this weeks vent clean up.

The usual: Legos, cars, golf balls, random toys

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Random tidbits from my jewelry box…..I was looking for the bracelet for ages!

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Stuffing…from there giant dragon tail…oy

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Then I made french toast for the boys with blueberry sauce. It was a big hit! Pretty easy too. Basic french toast. Eggs, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg for the mix. Sourdough bread. Dip, and fry w butter. For the sauce, about a cup of frozen blueberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon corn starch. 1/4 cup water. Heat in a sauce pan for about 7 minutes and then pour on top. They loooooooved it!

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And here is a pic of the twins from there 10 month photo session. I can’t believe they are already 10 months, they are going to be 1 soon! OMG MY BABIES! STOP GROWING!!!!!! STAY TINY AND CUTE AND CUDDLELY FOREVER PLEEEEAAASSSEEE!!!!

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Tough Mudder….AKA OMG WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO?!?!?!?!

So I signed up for Tough Mudder along with The Husband and 3 of my cousins. Its May 9th. I have 4 months to train. Kinda nervous….OK A LOT NERVOUS. I’m glad I signed up for something that will give me major motivation to train and I’m loving that it is for Wounded Warrior Project. I have a family full of Marines and they have showed me how important this cause is. I am hoping to find more ways to get actively involved with this program. If you would like to donate to our fundraising page please go here (no pressure!!!!) and all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Some of the obstacles don’t look that bad……and I’m fine with mud (as any mom of boys would be)UNDERWATERTUNNELS MUD BirthCanal

But then there are these… Yeah gotta work on my upper body strength…

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And then these….Tear gas….Electroshock stuff….I hear its way better than it sounds though.

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Then there are the team obstacles…no worries there though, we have 3 Marines on our team and a Firefighter that will be hopefully running with us too, so we will kick some butt!

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SO…Training…

I want to get up to running 7-9 miles for endurance training, maybe interspersed with spin classes and rowing machine

LOTS….and I MEAN LOTS of upper body training. Pull up, monkey bars, push ups, free weights. I’m not going to ignore the lower body though, that one carrying the log is gonna require a good strong set of legs! So here we go….WISH ME LUCK…. PLEASES….OMG….

Paleo-ish Recipes- Stuffed Peppers

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My husband found this recipe on healthyfoodie.com and its pretty darn awesome….probably because there is bacon….who am I kidding…its cuz of bacon. mmmmmBACONmmmNOMNOMNOM

*AHEM* excuse me…so anyway its a Paleo-ish stuffed pepper recipe. Def check it out.

ASSEMBLE THE INGREDIENTS! Ground Beef, Yellow Onion, Sweet Potato (diced), Tomato (cubed), lots o garlic (diced), salt, white pepper, dijon mustard, chili flakes, oregano, thyme, parsley, ground coriander (Oh Lysander, bring me the Coriander), fresh ground nutmeg, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil,  a coupla eggs, bell peppers…and of course..bacon.

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Next mix the stuffing: so pretty much everything but the peppers and the bacon…unless you want to throw some extra bacon in there…dammit why didn’t I think of that BEFORE! ARHGHGHGH! MISSED BACON OPPORTUNITY!…. next time…

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Then stuff into peppers…duh 🙂 and give one of the babies a cuddle

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Put stuffed peppers in a baking thingy/contraption/pan doohickey and top with BACON.

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Put in the oven at 375 for about 45 minutes, then let sit for a song or two and then….NOMNOMNOM

The Husband did have a post cooking suggestion of blanching the peppers first. I dunno, it had bacon. I’m happy 🙂

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My Little Helper…AKA Charlie Rocks

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Charlie loves to help me out. He is always asking for a job to do. I love it. I know it won’t last forever, but I will relish in it for the meantime. Sometimes its helping out with his brothers, other times its helping out around the house. He was so excited this weekend when I let him help me shovel the drive way. Although I didn’t have an extra shovel for him, so he used the dust pan 🙂 And of course took a break to create snow angels.

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He loves to clean off the cabinets, vaccuum (we even got him a mini dyson, so funny) and will be my runner if I need a diaper, spoon, anything. If the babies need more cheerios, he is on the job!  If Jack Jack is getting into the dog food…again…Charlie will swoop in and pick him up, bring him to the play mat and play with him. He loves making his baby brothers laugh. He DOES tattle on Ethan a lot. On one side, I don’t want him to be a tattle tale, and on the other, if I am feeding the twins and The Husband is on a conference call, its good to know that Charlie is watching out for Ethan and making sure he doesn’t do his usual crazy antics. Like couch gymnastics, toilet paper science experiments and the test to see what will fit in the vents (srsly, whenever its cold in their room I know its time to clean the vents out again. Stuffed animals, shirts, trucks, blankets….ridiculous).This kid is awesome. I don’t know what I would do without him!! Ethan lends a hand every now and then as well, but he’s still got time! Maybe I will have 2 lil helpers!

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Jar o’ Booyah

This is so happening. I am creating my jar this weekend. LOVE THIS IDEA! And definitely including the Carlton Dance!

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Sometimes, I need a box of booyah To-Go. I’m just going to put this out there: when I travel (whether it be for work or vacation), I am really bad at coming up with my own bootcamp-esque workouts to supplement my runs (uh, and more importantly – even just motivating myself to just do them!). I’ve gotten much better, but I don’t always love having to sit and plan out a full body workout for each day in between sipping margaritas. Running is so easy – all you do is tie up your sneakers, put on some good jams and go. Since I’ve been working so hard and training for my half, with lots of strength training thrown into the mix, I don’t want to lose my guns when I go to Florida (I read some alarming statistics on how quickly you can lose muscle mass –…

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Paleo-ish Snack: Toasted Pecans

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Oh Pecans, how I love thee! Although now I cannot have you in a pie…I will have you in a….(OK I cant think of a rhyme, so)…snack.  Yeah I love pecans. My favorite diet friendly snack. I have found that I like them even better when toasted with a lil deliciousness on them. Toasting completely changes the consistency and its glorious.

Assemble the ingredients! Pecans, Canola Oil, Honey, Cinnamon and Salt

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First I spray a pan with canola oil (please excuse the blackened pan…its been through a lot) and then spread the pecans out on it. Give them a spray as well.

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I then gather ’em up in the middle, give a light drizzle of honey (if I am doing this as a dessert then a lil more honey), a couple shakes of cinnamon (or a lot) and a light sprinkle of salt. Toss around. Then, toast in the toaster oven on Toast for 3-5 minutes or bake in the oven at about 375 for 5-7 minutes. Definitely keep an eye on them…they go from perfectly toasted to burnt with in like 30 seconds.

Last step NOMNOMNOMNOM…but watch out for rugrats…they WILL attempt to eat them all.

Oh and speaking of rugrats,  I must report a moment of great pride. Charlie asked me to put sauteed mushrooms on top of his mac n cheese. (Yeah they are not on Paleo, they are on the whatever they will honkin’ eat diet) He LOVES mushrooms. Such a ham.

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4Boys Headcount…AKA OK Where is Miles?

So when I let the kids play around the house, I have to do headcounts every couple of minutes so I know everyone is OK/ not cutting their hair with scissors/ getting into my make up/ seeing how much toilet paper will fit in the toilet ect. And I have found that having a  clean house greatly helps with this matter. But PLEASE….Its rare that all the rooms in the house are clean. Unless I’m having a party or taking pictures….but I can live in my dream world that the house is always clean and the boys are always behaving….yeah…can’t even pretend.

So anyway, during this headcount, a rugrat sometimes make me go on a baby hunt. And we have found that this sometimes also happens in pictures. So lets play… WHERE IS MILES?..AKA Holy Cats, my house is a mess.

Loads of wrapping paper means hidden babies everywhere

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The older boys’ almost always wrecked room

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Hanging out with the stuffed animals

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In the tent…with a Charlie cameo

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