song list – 7/31

Last day of July!  What?!?  Which means only THREE more days until my birthday, August 3rd!!  I’ll be 29, which means almost 30.  Why do most people fear turning 30?  Age is just a number.  Ask me again when I’m 50 and I might have changed my mind, but for now, I’m under the impression that life can only get sweeter as I continue to find myself, grow our family and learn to laugh at my faults.  I’m looking forward to it!!

Yes, I want more of these guys! 

Like I said, it’s July 31st, a Sunday.  So you guys get the song list that we’ll be playing at church today.  For anyone just now joining, my husband, Travis, is the worship leader and I sing backup.  Just like the “have more kids” calling, we’re also called to be in the worship ministry!  

Check the songs out.  Have your own worship time in your pj’s.  Recieve God’s love for yourself.  And then spread that love around this dark world.  He can make things beautiful.




workouts and rabbit trails

I’ve been really bad about telling you guys about my daily workouts.  That needs to change.  I personally love reading about what other people are doing on a daily basis regarding their fitness.  It can be very inspirational and I get ideas for my own workouts.

So, you have my word, I’ll try to be better about including my workouts in the daily post.  More so for myself, so I can go back through and see what I did and hopefully, to see how far I’ve come.  I’m selfish like that.

I’ll backtrack a little and tell you about yesterday’s awesome workout.  My sister recently joined THE local fitness center.  I say “THE” because, while it’s not the only one in town, it is the one gym that has it all: a racquetball court, a pool, classes, weights, cardio, and most importantly to me, childcare.

The only kicker: $$$  This fitness center (which I won’t directly call out) costs an arm and a leg.  AND Clara, my ONE year old, counts as a participating member if I want to use the childcare!?!?  I can just see her now… getting addicted to the stairmill.

Needless to say, I haven’t been able to talk Travis into joining said gym.  He thinks it’s pretentious and would rather workout in his “sweat box” with manly men in cut-off shirts and rusty dumbbells.  To be clear, the manly men are wearing the cut-off shirts, not Travis.  He reserves that eye-candy for the house, people.

What was I talking about?  Oh yeah, my workout yesterday.

Mom watched the kids while Katy and I went to the “Fitness Bootcamp” class.  Ha, I get a good laugh when I see the names that gyms assign to their group classes.  Power Flex, Booty Burn, Latin Dance Explosion.  Just call it what it is:  20 people sweating to pirated techno music.

The Bootcamp was pretty intense.  When we first got there, I looked around to size up the competition.  I’ll be honest and say that the group of older women made me doubt the intensity of the class.  Boy, was I wrong!  It ended up being 60 minutes of plyometrics, weights (body weight and dumbbell), aerobics, and kickboxing.  We finished the class with 30 Bosu Kickback/Pushup Combos and 100 Bosu Mountain Climbers.  Sweat was pouring.  I like it when that happens.  It means I can eat more brownies. 🙂

I had TWO passes, so we went again this morning.  My body was sore in all sorts of weird places, so we opted for cardio.  High Intensity Interval Training, to be exact.

HIIT (Treadmill) – Incline 1.5

  • 5 minute warmup – walking 4.3 mph
  • 2 min. – 6.0 mph
  • 2 min. – 7.0 mph
  • 1 min. – 8.0 mph
  • 2 min. – 6.0 mph
  • 2 min. – 7.1 mph
  • 1 min. – 8.1 mph
  • 2 min. – 6.0 mph
  • 2 min. – 7.2 mph
  • 1 min. – 8.2 mph
  • 2 min. – 6.0 mph
  • 2 min. – 7.3 mph
  • 1 min. – 8.3 mph
  • 2 min. – 6.0 mph
  • 2 min. – 7.4 mph
  • 1 min. – 8.4 mph
  • 2 min. – COOLDOWN – walking 4.0 mph

Looking back at this now, I think I could have easily increased my 6.0’s by the same 0.1 increments, like I did with the 7’s and 8’s.  After the treadmill, we moved to a new-to-me machine, the Precor AMT.  It’s an elliptical/stair climber.  It’s pretty awesome.

HIIT (AMT) – Fat Burner Mode – level 4

  • 2 min. – Stair Climber
  • 1 min. – Elliptical
  • 2 min. – Long Strides
  • Repeat for 28 minutes total

We finished up with 10 minutes of Core work.  I love working out with my sister.  Sad that she’ll start back up with school next week (she teaches high school math).  I cherish our summers together!

Total time: 58 minutes Cardio + 10 min. Abs

And now we’re current on the workouts.  Just FYI, Sunday is always my rest day.  After my workout this morning, I came home and nursed Clara, got a shower and made breakfast.

Chobani, Peanut Butter, GNU Fiber & Flavor Bar – Cinnamon Raisin

The rest of the day will probably involve yard-saling and running some errands.  Tonight, Travis and I got a babysitter and we’re going out to dinner!

Yay for the weekend!  Go enjoy your own!! 


thankful thursday

I’m sure that a “Thankful Thursday” post has been done before.  Lots.  In fact, the only ORIGINAL ideas these days seem to come from children.  No, Henry, you can’t put “hice cream” on your grilled cheese”.  Butter, Bread, Cheese, Ice Cream.  What’s not to love?  

Even if the alliterated title is nothing new, it’s not going to stop me from using it.  I’m thankful EVERY DAY.  It should go without “listing” that I’m so grateful for my husband, children and family, my health, for salvation.  God has given me FAR more than I deserve.  And all I can give in return are my praises.

Today, I’m thankful for:

#1.  Hummus

Oh, hummus.  You are a really great friend.  For the longest time, I pronounced you “hugh-mus”.  I remember going to a vegan restaurant in Asheville on time, ordering “hugh-mus” and getting called out for it.  Small town girl.  I really haven’t met a hummus that I didn’t like.  Tribe, Sabra, Cedar’s.  I like you all!  I found this new-to-me brand, Nature’s Healthy Gourmet, while we were in Asheville last week.

So creamy, not too spicy.  Perfect on pretzels.  Or veggies.  Or by the spoonful.  I could easily eat this entire container.


#2.  Centaurs

Nuff said….

Does this really need an explanation?!?  Half-horse, half-man.  Fully awesome.

No but seriously…our local theater group is putting on a Narnia show next week.  My brother-in-law is playing a centaur.  Look at how freaking awesome his costume is!!!  That’s him modeling it.

#3.  Local fruits and veggies

Or more specifically, veggies that I’ve grown in my garden.  I don’t think anyone (except my father) knows just how lazy I can be.  Every summer up until now, I’ve casually stolen beans, corn, you name it, from my parents’ garden.

I’m not sure what changed, but this year, I sucked it up and planted a small one of my own.  I grew brocolli, bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and green leaf lettuce.  And all organic.  Total money invested: maybe $10.  I’m not ashamed to toot my own horn.

#4.  When I get things in the mail!

Yes, most everything I receive, I have PAID for, so I should expect them to come.  But it’s still super exciting to receive things in the mail, right!?!  Travis usually brings in the mail when he comes home from work.  Most days, I’m more excited for what he has in his hand than the fact that he’s home.  That sounds bad (love you babe).  But seriously, it’s like Christmas morning when I get something.  A couple of weeks ago, Kashi sent me these pita chips:

What I wish had happened:  Kashi caught word of this amazing blog and sent me a box so that I’d write a review to publicize their brand.

The truth:  I can’t exactly remember, but I’m pretty sure I friended Kashi on Facebook, filled out a form, allowed them access into all my personal information, and then they sent me the box.

The jury’s still out on the taste.  The pita chips are a little bland.  I think I prefer Stacy’s.

Today, though, I did receive something LEGIT in the mail.

The hottest cookbook on the market!  I’ve been waiting on this one for a couple months now!!

It took me no time at all to crack it open and ear-mark some recipeas.  I’m thinking about making these Black Bean burgers this weekend.  Can’t wait to get in the kitchen!

#5.  A husband, who is leading this family in the right direction.  And a son, who is eagerly following.

I definitely saved the best for last.


so fresh

Guess what I’ve been doing!!!

***Insert off-color Smurf joke here***

(She’s making Smurf jokes on a Wednesday?  You can’t even make out that picture!)

(What if a Smurf was reading this?)

(He’d be laughing on the outside, but on the inside, he’d be crying)


I’ve been picking blackberries!!  FRESH, thorn laden, blackberries!!

Travis watched the kids while I went picking last night.  My loot only turned out to be about a cup and half.  But I’ve got some good ideas for what I want to do with them.  First being this amazing Blackberry Crumble Pie that I had over at Mom and Dad’s on Monday.

Getting my hands on that recipe will require super-sleuthing skills though.  Anytime you ask my Dad for one, he says, “Old family recipe”.  Translation:  “I’m not sharing.”  Urban legend tells of the time when my Grandma shared her boiled custard recipe with some of her grandchildren.  Later on, I looked at my sister’s recipe and it had COMPLETELY different instructions….so as to throw us off the track, I’m guessing.  Those Mashburns are greedy with their gooses.

Anyway, I know where he wrote it down, so if I can get over there, I’m going to make that pie and share it will you all (again, all 3 of you, hi mom!).

Last night, I also found some other FRESH items in our garden!

1 green bell and about 7 jalapenos!

All organically grown by this lovely model.

I swear, Travis made me pose like that.  Then he got FRESH.

(did she seriously just make a sex joke?)

(how un-Christian of her)

(I’ll bet she’s not even a real blogger!)

(I’m leaving)

For you, Travis.  In true Jim Gaffigan form.


i WON!

well actually, SUSAN won!!!

Go here for yesterday’s auction results!  $26,432 was raised to go towards Susan’s medical bills.  Isn’t that awesome!?!

Here is what I had the highest bid on!  (copied straight from Janetha‘s blog)

Homemade Lavender & Tea Tree Deodorant with Cocoa Butter

Description: Natural, aluminum-free deodorant with anti-bacterial tea tree oil, healing (raw) cacao butter, nourishing vitamin E & scented with lovely lavender.  I will include the recipe.  Can be made with or without baking soda per winning bidder’s preference. ~3.5 oz

Contributor: A Road More Balanced

Heading over to A Road More Balanced to thank her for donating this item!  I can’t wait to see how great it smells!


sugar free, you and me – REVIEW

As you may have read, last week, my sister and I committed ourselves to a no-sugar added challenge.  The reasons for such a challenge were:

  • We’re both addicted to sugar. 

Excess sugar consumption is unhealthy.  Addictions are unhealthy.  An addiction to sugar is unhealthy.  Pretty straightforward reasons to want to break the habit, no?  I may get some flack for being so bold with the “addictions are unhealthy” statement.  But addiction, by definition, is compulsive need for a habit-forming substance.  When you have such a desperate need for a particular substance, feeling, or activity, one is giving that fill in the blank psychological control.  Actually, physiological control as well, because when breaking from the addiction, whether it be over-exercising, sugar, alcohol, whatever, withdrawal symptoms are usually present (which I’ll talk about later).

  • Health issues

I have been dealing with some intestinal issues which I thought could be due to eating too much overprocessed food.  One sure-fire way to avoid overprocessed food?  Cut out added sugar.  It’s looming EVERYWHERE!

  • To see if we could.  Who doesn’t like a challenge? 

In my family, even everyday activities were made into a competition.  I used to hold an imaginary stopwatch and “time” my sister while she ran upstairs to get me something I’d forgotten.  Ha – I still laugh at my ingenuity.  …And Katy’s naiveté.

***You’ll notice that I didn’t include “to lose weight”, and for good reason.  I’m very happy with where my body is at right now and don’t feel the need to lose weight.  It’s taken me a long time to get to this point of self-love.  It’s something I constantly battle, one day at a time.***

Moving on….

We started Monday and ended Saturday.  Not quite a week, but we knew we were going to have a fun day on Saturday and didn’t want to have to read labels.

Breakfasts were usually “Eggs and Leaves”, a term coined by Henry, my 3-year old.

I have this most mornings, so it wasn’t really a stretch.  Lunch was typically cheese, turkey and almonds.   Or a salad with homemade hummus.  And dinners were a meat and vegetable.  Looking back, that menu seems so blah and low-carb.  And it was.  I’m sure that I could have found some pasta or rice recipes that had no added sugar, but most of the time, I just didn’t want to worry about it.

The hardest part came in between the meals.  Where before I would have reached for whatever my hand fell upon in the pantry, during this time, I had to be cognizant about my snack choices.

Some observations:

  • Whole foods were my go-to.  One ingredient items were the easiest to eat since they didn’t require me looking at the label.  I ate a lot more fruit and vegetables that I normally would have due to this.  That’s always a great thing!!
  • As I alluded to, when you try to break an addiction, withdrawal symptoms are usually present.  I definitely had some headaches on days 2 and 3, but they went away once my body started to break the addiction.
  • I slept SO much better!!  This was probably the biggest benefit of the entire challenge.  My snacking was getting a little out of control before bedtime (brownies, ice cream, cereal) and I was eating a) too much volume and b) too much sugar before asking my body to sleep.  During the week, however, I had a frozen protein shake and called it a night.  It was so much easier to get to sleep and stay asleep.

I’d like to tell you that I eased back into eating sugar on Saturday.  But I can’t.  On Saturday night, I totally had a big bowl of ice cream.  And you know what?!?  I felt like crap the next morning!!!  So I may try to experiment with closing the kitchen off after a certain time at night.  I’m not a big fan of that “diet tip”, but if it will help me sleep better, it may be worth it.  I’ll just eat more calories throughout the day.

Will I do this again?  Yes, probably.  It couldn’t hurt to keep my sugar consumption in check once in a while.

Once in a while.  And with that, I need to get into the kitchen.  Some Honey Nut Cheerios are calling my name.



help out

Happy Monday!!  I’m going to write this post as if I have a large audience of readers (and not just my mom – hi mom!).

Something truly special is happening right now in Blog Land.  Long story short, money is being raised to help a food blogger, who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma.  Or cancer.  You see, Susan, will be requiring expensive drugs to help fight this dreaded disease and so an online auction has been set up to help raise money.  ALL proceeds from the auction will go directly into her pocket!!  While I may not know Susan personally, I love her blog and I love the idea of helping out those who are in need.

For details on the auction and a more in-depth story about Susan, please head over to Meals and Moves.  I’ve got my eye on several things.  So don’t bid against me 🙂

Spread some agape today!