Inspiration board #2

by Kim on September 29, 2014

Morning guys! How was your weekend?

We did something long overdue (IMO) on Saturday—pulled the trigger on a Costco membership! We jumped on a Living Social deal, and I’m excited to see what all the buzz is about.

Of course, we did our first shopping trip at NOON on a SATURDAY, with two kids, so I didn’t get a ton of time to browse, but I did manage to grab a few staples:


Mason was beside himself with joy running down the mega-wide aisles. What is it with toddler boys and wide open spaces?

The rest of the weekend was super low-key. Just lots of time with my boyz, <3


(Yes, boyz. I stand by it.)



Here’s some inspiration for your week!

weekly inspiration board

To eat:

It’s tempting to put a bunch of tasty desserts here, because people tend to go crazy over desserts (myself included). But really, who’s sitting around like, “ughhh, I just need some dessert inspiration. My poor family is always stuck with these same lame cookies, every dang day.”

What most of us need help with is DINNER. And a lot of us are interested in dinners with the golden trifecta: easy, healthy, tasty (bonus: cheap!).

Here are three new-to-me recipes that made the cut this week!

Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs


Spicy tuna cakes

spicy tuna cakes

I always forget about tuna, but WHY? It’s so cheap and healthy!

Chicken enchilada bake

(Because goat cheese)

chicken enchilada bake

To do:

This crunchless ab workout (PLEASE tell me you accidentally read “crochless” lol)

ab workout

You better bet my postpartum jelly belly and I will be checking that out this week!

This 30-minute single dumbbell workout from Paige

dumbbell workout

It might feel tedious to use a single dumbbell for some moves, like the floor press, because can’t you get through the workout faster by doing both arms at the same time??

With most single-sided exercises, the extra benefit you’re getting is the balance challenge it’s introducing. And where there’s balance work, there are lots of extra, often-neglected muscles getting called into action. (More active muscles = more calorie burn!)

Single-sided work is also often a great way to demand more from the core. (See a few sentences ago re: jelly belly…)

To think:

I recently heard the act of giving compliments described as “the gateway drug to joy.”


(This shot from the park over the weekend seemed appropriate—lol)

In my experience, that’s so true—for reasons I can’t fully explain, complimenting people is such a huge mood booster. It might be the other person getting complimented, but the complimenter actually gets just as much, if not more, out of the exchange.

I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling confident, I’m more likely to give compliments. When I’m feeling insecure, I’m less likely to—as if pointing out something positive about someone else just draws more attention to the fact that I don’t measure up (or so I think).

It’s too bad, too, because I’ve also found that giving compliments also boosts my confidence. If only I could get myself to do it more when I needed it most!

This week, think about your compliment habits. How often do you compliment people? Is it only when you’re in an especially rad mood? (Thoughts on bringing “rad” back??) Do you only compliment people you’re comfortable with, like close friends and family? (Or is it the reverse: you forget to compliment those closest to you?)

Some ideas…

–Next time you’re feeling low, go out of your way to compliment 2-3 people. See how it affects your mood.

–Do you ever notice something you admire about someone else, but hold back your compliment out of insecurity? Next time you recognize that happening, go for the compliment and see what happens.

–Try complimenting a few strangers this week, if the opportunity arises. (Appropriate compliments, of course. And no faking!)

Weekly challenge!

Push-ups and planks—they was like peas and carrots.

fit challenge 2

Feel free to break up the push-ups, as long as you hit the total by the end of the day!

And if you REALLY love push-ups and planks, try this waterfall workout!


Claim it! What’s something you’re going to do to make this week awesome?

I decided to try writing down my food this week. My eating is so sporadic right now, thanks to busy mom life, that I keep getting to the end of the day and having NO idea if I’ve eaten too much/too little, whether I’ve gotten enough protein/too many carbs, etc.

Hope I can keep it up! (Any tips for me??)

If you did last week’s challenge, let me know how it went in the comments!

If you missed last week’s inspiration board and challenge, check them out here.




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Giselle September 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

LOVE Costco! Too many great deals there to not get a membership. Especially on their organic goodies lately. I was stoke to see the other day that they now carry Farmhouse Sauerkraut! Amongst many other Paleo loves :-)
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char eats greens September 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I really hope we get a Costco membership back when we move down to FL. I miss that place!! Looks like some good stuff on the board this week :)
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Katie @ running4cupcakes September 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

ahhh Costco! Best time to go there. . . during a weekday morning! :)
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Julie @ Run Away Freckles September 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Going to Costco at noon on a Saturday is not a good idea, even if you don’t have kids. I think those tuna cakes look amazing. I will be checking those out later :)


Rosey Rebecca September 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

Jeff always laughs at me because I compliment random people on the street. He says I sound like I’m 6. ha! It really is a great mood booster for you as well as the person getting complimented though!
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Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West September 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

I’m a big fan of single-side work, and boy those Turkish get-ups are a good one. Have a great week. Thanks for the inspo:)
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

Yay for Costco! We love our Costco membership and get so much use out of it. In fact, I’d say we do about 70% of our grocery shopping there these days. It’s awesome.

I LOVE the snippet of what you said about compliments. SO true. Thanks for that reminder!!
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Amanda September 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

I was able to make last week awesome by keeping the hand out of the candy jar! :-) This weeks awesomeness is going to come from getting 10,000 steps every day. I just got a fitbit, and it makes tracking how many steps I take super easy! Definitely going to give your pushup and plank challenge a try! Your thoughts are so deep for a Monday!! ;-) I think you nailed it though…I always feel good when giving compliments to people. I guess I’ll just have to do it some more! :-)
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