Out of Towners

Good morning!

Just a quick post to tell you all about my fun weekend…

My sweet grandparents from St. Louis came into town for a visit at the beginning of last week, and I got to spend some quality time chatting the day away on Saturday and Monday.  Monday was Columbus Day, so the girls were out of school, which thankfully gave us an extra day of visiting before my grandparents had to pack up and head back home.


I am hoping we’ll be able to make a trip up there next summer, I miss them so much!

Sunday was a day I spent with just my girls.  The weather was wet and dreary, so we headed out to the mall to stretch our legs and get out of the house.  We started with a stop at Panera Bread for lunch-


I know it doesn’t look like much, but the bread bowl with bistro french onion soup= awesome.  Mer’s autumn squash soup was also delicious, but a bit more of a dessert than a meal.  Colette ordered the chicken noodle, which was literally gone 2 minutes after we sat down.  Yum-my!

We hopped over to Dillards and walked around the home department, oohing and ahhhing over the Christmas decor and fun gifts.  I loved the Mudpie engraved cheese and butter gift sets.   They would make the cutest house warming gifts!


Not to mention, the basket they were in, was too cute.

I also loved all of the blue and white cottage style dishware.  So pretty.


All in all, it was a fun weekend with the family.  Next weekend will be even busier, but I’ll leave it at that for now.  OK, I’ll give you a hint, there will be wedding bells… 😉

Workout:  As for this morning, I started off the day with a Shred workout, (level 1) courtesy of Jillian Michaels.  I wanted something fast and full body, and that certainly did the trick.  I upped my hand weights to 5 lbs this time, and boy was I struggling on the arm workout.  Ouch!

Breakfast:  After that I served myself some over easy eggs and a slice of caramel apple bread.  If you haven’t tried this seasonal bread(I bought it at Target), you are missing out on some serious awesomeness.  Sooo good.



Alright, that about wraps it up for this girl.  I have some major grocery shopping to do.


  • What did you do over the holiday weekend?

Have a great Tuesday!



Jell-O Arms

Good morning/afternoon!

Quick question:  Have you been keeping up with your arm workouts?  I haven’t, and it’s obvious.  I have been so focused on running and all of the leg work and cardio involved, that I seem to have neglected my arms and core.  With that in mind, I didn’t want to just brush off today as a rest day, so I threw in my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred dvd, and got to work.


Workout:  Level 1, 20 minute workout, of the 30 Day Shred dvd.  I bought the dvd probably 2 years ago, which Dennis and I did together religiously for at least 2 or 3 months.  I remember what a struggle level 1 was, and how it took me several weeks before I felt even slightly comfortable moving on to level 2.  Well I am excited to say, that level 1 in my new running body- felt muuucch easier.  The cardio portions were a snap(not that I wasn’t sweating), and the core work felt great(I ❤ core work).  However, the arm work… kicked my butt.  The first circuit was OK, but by the second and third circuit, my arms lost form and I felt myself gritting my teeth and struggling with the sets.  I couldn’t believe how quickly the workout zipped by, but now my arms are feeling like Jell-O.

Breakfast:  Breakfast this morning was eggs a la Dennis, a cup of coffee with coconut creamer, and an apricot.  I got one bite into the apricot and realized it was gross and had very little flavor.  😦  I later grabbed a banana and finished it in 3 bites.  🙂  It seems no matter what time of year it is, bananas never lack in the flavor department.  Hurray for bananas!



So this morning, since we are on the subject of arms, I thought I would post some arm workout circuits I found on Pinterest and otherwise, for those of you interested in kicking your arm workouts up a notch, switching things up, or simply- actually doing an arm workout (like me!) 😉 haha.


Alright, now we have no excuse NOT to work on our arms!


  • Got any great new arm workouts to share?
  • What’s your favorite arm move?

I like tricep bench dips… I like the fact that they don’t require any weights, and can be done just about anywhere.

Have a great Tuesday!