Summer Wrap Up and Kids Back to School

Oh my gosh!  Where and how do I even begin this?  I have taken a very long sabbatical from the blog world.  Here’s the deal,  summer was coming and I knew we had some vacations planned.  I was killing it at Pure Barre going pretty much six days a week and actually challenged myself to 30 days in a row {completed} while hitting over 300 classes.  I wanted to write and share updates on life and healthy living, the kids, food and all my Pure Barre badness, but instead just unplugged.  This mom needed a mental break from technology writing {Instagram doesn’t count as writing}.  Summer consisted of a nice ten days relaxing in Cabo San Lucas, water aerobics, stair running {that ended after the second, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and educating myself on how many ways to drink rum. Spending a week in South Lake Tahoe was the way…  Read More…

Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken

The Napa Valley is the newest home for Grocery Outlet and last week I was able to attend the grand opening.  As a mom who believes in feeding her family the healthiest way possible, using fresh ingredients and sticking to a budget, the Grocery Outlet is a for sure place to find what I need.  I was pleasantly surprised to see familiar name brand products at such discounted prices.  I was very happy to see that Grocery Outlet has a NOSH program.  This is all about Natural, Organic, Specialty and Health items and food.  I can shop my healthy options for meals and for the house at great prices. I found some Foster Farms split bone in chicken breasts and thought of a great dinner idea for the family. Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 45 minutes 4…  Read More…

Grocery Outlet Napa Valley Grand Opening

Big news!  Grocery Outlet has arrived and has a new home in the Napa Valley.  I will be totally honest with you, I have never stepped foot in a {GO} before and was invited to visit this new one.  I was immediately intrigued and had to go check it out.  I had questions because I really didn’t understand the concept, was it a warehouse or did you need a membership?  Were you to buy items in bulk? Not at all, in fact just the opposite.  Grocery Outlet is not a warehouse and no you do not have to buy in bulk.  Just a regular grocery store with lower prices.  The  Napa Valley location is large and open with all the items and products placed neatly and easy to see and find.  I was greeted by friendly staff and walked through the doors with my eyes wide open and my mouth…  Read More…

Easter Sunday, Reflecting and A Giant Peep

I have been waiting and wanting to find the time to sit and write again.  Since my last post, I have been able to pull myself together and I am happily back on track with life and my fitness routine. Yesterday morning had me waking before the husband and kids.  I waited patiently waiting for all of them to emerge from their beds.  Baskets were downstairs delivered from the “bunny”.   I found myself sitting quietly and enjoying a cup of coffee and reflecting at the same time.  It was going to be somewhat of a difficult day and some sadness would be in my heart.  I would be remembering my grandfather Benson {Easter was a favorite holiday of his} who passed on this day in 2011 at 95.  I would be thinking of my very large family and how sad it is that we are not close, regardless of what…  Read More…

Putting Me Back Together Again

I knew I had to get back to my routine, I new it would be difficult, but the only way to get through the days ahead, was to get back on track.  I was doing so well attending my Pure Barre classes, I was feeling amazing and my body had kicked into fit mode.  Then one day {weeks ago} everything changed and honestly, I was terrified.  I was actually nervous to walk back into the place that I visited just about every day of the week.  The quaint studio down the street from my own home {where I pretty much knew everyone} suddenly became one of the scariest places for me.  The last time I had entered through the doors, I had broken down and found myself sobbing over the fact that we had just said goodbye to our son as he shipped of to the Army Rangers program.  I…  Read More…

Finding My Way As An Army Mom

When life hits a bump in the road and you feel as if God is giving you {yet once again} something more than you can handle, you stop and take the longest of breaths.  You literally stop.  At least that is what I have done.  Since hearing the official word from our son about his leaving for the Army Ranger program and actually seeing the paper work, the last few weeks has had me feeling as if the heaviest of loads has been suffocating me.  I can’t seem to function on all cylinders and it is crippling.  I am not used to this, I am normally very together, organized and timely.  On task with work {like my blogging} and my job at home.  The simplest of daily routines seem to be interrupted by the distraction in my mind.  Pure Barre class has me in a daze and not paying attention,…  Read More…

The Brave Mother

Waking this morning with a very heavy heart … I am not ready nor prepared for what is coming.  Although we have been discussing it, and trying to accept it, my head, heart, soul and body is struggling.  I am the proudest I have ever been today as a mom, I can’t imagine being more proud ever in this lifetime.  I am the saddest ever this day as a mom.  I will have many emotions for months to come {years}. I will struggle I will cry I will smile and reflect I will be strong I will be sad I will find courage I will be afraid I will be confused I will be angry I will be vunerable I will pray I will talk to God I WILL BE BRAVE The past seven months has been spent preparing and discussing.  We have been going through the process as a…  Read More…

Holiday Project Day For Your Teen

School was out last week for the Christmas break and as usual {to keep up with tradition}, we hosted another holiday get together for miss Faith and her gal friends.  Since this requires getting everyone together before travel plans start, it means planning and prepping weeks ahead.  This isn’t our first rodeo, we know how to pull it together with plenty of time … DATE/TIME *Check calendar and choose a few different dates. *Send out email invite with details and specified dates and include the time.  This gives everyone a chance to chime in on what works for them. *Confirm final date and respond. *Come up with food {menu}. *Are you wanting to do easy?  Are you on a budget?  Do you want to have anyone bring something? *Plan food for specific time of the day. Plan a holiday project day #kids #familytime #holiday #craft #teens Click To Tweet PROJECT/CRAFT…  Read More…

Finding The Right Christmas Tree

Christmas 2015 is here and one of my  favorite family traditions is getting bundled up and heading to the tree lot.  We used to do the tree farm until the kids started complaining about the long drive and hours of hiking around until we I found just the right tree.  So the tree lot it is.  Normally we head out in the evenings, or we wait until the husband’s birthday {next week}, but this past weekend had the family feeling excited and too antsy to wait. The “adventure” is pretty typical and almost predictable. I meander around the lot, ogling at all the trees and inhaling in the fresh scents.  I imagine being in the midst of some forest in Lake Tahoe, snow is falling and it is bitter cold.  I then open my eyes and see the gravel under my feet and watch the truck come through with another…  Read More…

Pet Adoption and The Volunteer Job

How is summer going everyone?  We are into the second week of July and with the 4th behind us and the Tahoe trip  {post to come} in the past, I am finding that the days are filled with swimming at the country club pool or grandma’s house.  If that is not enough to keep the kids busy, then I am at a loss.  I am actually looking forward to some quiet time and just doing nothing for a few days, but when it is too quiet the kids get restless.  Noah has football workouts and camp three days each week until season starts, so that helps.  Miss Faith is busy shopping on-line for anything because, well she is a girl {a 13 year old girl}, she gets bored and she apparently thinks that we have a money tree planted in the back yard. This is when I get creative.  Faith…  Read More…

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