Thursday, May 21, 2015

The barre3 Anywhere Challenge

The weather this week has given me a glimpse of Summer and I am so excited. I am also super excited about the upcoming barre3 Anywhere Challenge

The challenge starts on June 1st and runs though June 28th. To complete the challenge you need to do four 60-minute workouts, one 10-minute outdoor workout, and make one summery barre3 recipe. 

I've been attending barre3 studio classes regularly since last December and go four to five times a week so I've got the studio classes down. The challenge for me will be completing the outdoor workout and trying some new recipes. I'm excited about the recipes though since we are in a serious food rut. I need some new, exciting and healthy recipes to add to my usual meals. Molly and Maggie are going to dig having me workout at the park while they climb on the jungle gyms and swing from the monkey bars. The exciting part of this challenge for me is that if you already have an online subscription or have a studio membership, then the challenge is free! Though I did order a turquoise barre3 ball for some at home workouts when I can't make it into the studio. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rituals, Meals and Why Do We Need to Always be Available! are this Week's Links Around the Web!

YIIP: Day 204

5 Things You Should Do Everyday I love this list and I like the suggestions but how the heck does one keep their kitchen clean everyday. I feel like I already live in my kitchen and it is currently a MESS!

The Food Ritual I like these ideas. I like anything that helps me be more efficient in the kitchen while helping me eat healthy. 

100 Days of Slow Cooker Meals I have a secret. I love using the slow cooker more in the Summer than the winter. We're so busy in the summer having fun that I don't want to be slowed down by dinner prep. The Slow Cooker to our rescue!

The Tyranny of Constant Contact I feel this. If I don't check email and reply immediately, people will be upset! When actually they won't. I'm working to be more thoughtful about when and how I respond to email, texts, etc but it is hard for a social extrovert like myself. 

The Definition of Hell for Each Myers Briggs Personality Type - I'm a ESTJ and THIS IS SO TRUE! 
Monday, May 18, 2015

Giddy Up!


I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the "Patio Launch Party" at Giddy Up Burgers tonight. I dragged my friend, Kristel along to enjoy burgers, fries, sautéed greens, onion rings, microbrew beers and other amazing sides. Giddy Up recently gussied up their 1,500 sq. foot covered patio and it is even more amazing than it was before.


Giddy Up sources from local purveyors whenever possible and has an amazing beer program featuring only the best breweries of Washington, Oregon and California. Giddy Up is the perfect place to gather with friends and family to watch the big game, celebrate events or just enjoy a really good burger.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Meal Plans


I've been monthly meal planning for awhile but fell down this month which has left me scrambling for meals and spending more than I should on food. I've decided to leap back in by menu planning this week and then starting our June menu later this week. I'd love if you shared your favorite meals with me as we have gotten into a serious food rut in this house and I need some new inspiration. I need to do a clear the pantry week so I plan to focus on that the last week of May. 

Here is this week's plan though to keep me honest. 

Sunday: Turkey Pesto Meatballs with rice
Monday: Salmon with Broccoli
Wednesday: Meatloaf Muffins with Sweet Potato Medallions
Thursday: Chicken Apple Sausages with Sautéed Kale (tossed with salt and white balsamic vinegar) and Sweet Potato Fries
Friday: Many Bean Crockpot Soup (Slow Cooker p. 39 )
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