Inspiration board #7

by Kim on November 17, 2014

I have two words:



I ventured out with Mason for his first snow experience of the year, and…it was a little rough. He could barely walk in his boots (I think they’re the right size? It’s seriously impossible to be sure). He threw snowballs straight up in the air and they landed on his face. He got snow in the dreaded space between mitten and coat sleeve.

So there were tears. Poor kid takes after his mom.

As if that wasn’t torture enough, we had the bright idea to take both kids to a CARPET STORE on Saturday morning. We want to re-carpet our living room, master bedroom, the office (aka Josh’s room) and a hallway, so there were a lot of decisions to make in the 9.2 minutes before Mason started melting down.

Sometimes, I really love smart phones…


In other news, I made it through the ENTIRE WEEKEND without sugar, and honestly, it wasn’t as hard as I anticipated.

Friday night was a little rough, since that’s usually the night of takeout, adult beverages, and a movie in our house. The movie wasn’t quite the same without the takeout and the adult beverage (and the chocolate that would have probably topped it all off), but it was still a nice night. (We watched How to Train Your Dragon II—loved it! Although I’m not sure if it’s cool to watch that sans kids…??)

But the rest of the sugar-free weekend went pretty well. I’m still getting cravings here and there, but they’re WAY less intense—just kind of a “I could go for…” vs. a “I MUST HAVE.”

Only 3 days to go! I’ll definitely give you a full recap of the challenge when it’s over—I have a LOT of thoughts on it.

The good news is that when you can’t eat pumpkin pie, you can still smell it.


Old Factory was kind enough to send me a gift set of their natural soy wax candles.

People: these are AMAZING.


They’re not very big, but they really pack a punch. I have candles burning all the time (especially lately) but this is the first time Brent’s come into the kitchen and said, “WOAH, what are you doing? It smells like a bakery in here!”

I got the fall gift set (there’s also a winter one, along with about a dozen others), and the scents are just perfect right now:


I’m already thinking about gifting these to some people for Christmas. Because, well…


The simple things, right?

Anyway, enough yammering. I owe you an inspo board!

inspo board

To eat

I’m putting together an allergy-friendly holiday menu for the Madison Mom’s Blog (I’ll share the link when it’s live), and while searching for recipes, I remembered this gem:

Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole

I made this two years ago when I wasn’t eating dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and a couple other things (when I found out Mason was allergic and wanted to keep breastfeeding). I remember LOVING it.

And while we’re on the topic of tasty-looking sides…

Parmesan cauliflower bites



So last week, I remembered that I needed some sweet potatoes while shopping at Costco… the result: SWEET POTATOES FOR LIFE (aka I had to buy a gigantic bag).

Luckily there’s this…

Sweet potato crusted spinach quiche


To do

The other day, Brent and I were talking about how our treadmill has been neglected lately. We used to use it all the time, but he works out over lunch now (his new job has a gym on campus—must be nice!) and I’ve been focusing on strength training.

Well, it looks like I can now get the best of both worlds…

–PopSugar just released this sweet video with some unique strength moves that use the treadmill. Think walking planks and, shall we say, “assisted” crab walks…

It all looks insanely hard. I gotta try it.

–I’m digging this full body circuit from Fit Foodie Finds

45 min bodyweight

I’ve never heard of tip-toe squats and I forgot about down-dog push-ups! Great ideas. She even has two versions: with pictures and without (for people like me, who follow workouts from their phones—GENIUS!).

To think

Awhile ago, I heard some advice that went something like this:

Every day, do something you HAVE to do, something you SHOULD do, and something you WANT to do.

It resonated with me because I have no trouble with the have to do’s and the should do’s, but I don’t always prioritize the want to do’s. Why is that? I should be enjoying my life, right?

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this. We’re so wrapped up in what we should be doing that we forget to treat ourselves.

We argue that we “can’t enjoy it” until all the other stuff is done. But I’ve come to the realization that we have to learn. We have to get comfortable leaving the dishes in the sink until the kids go to bed, if it means we’ll then have time to play with them. We have to be comfortable forgoing a planned workout if we get a rare opportunity to spend time with a friend. We have to learn how to turn the computer off and just hang out.

I always get a fresh perspective on this when I’m sick (like last week). When I’m so wiped out that my To Do list goes straight to the trash and I get absolutely zero accomplished for days at a time…but then I come out on the other side and realize that nothing bad happened. No one died. Mason watched more TV than usual, but his bran is not fried for life. My house is a little messier, but a day or two later, that’s resolved too.

It’s hard for us Type A freaks to let things go, but practice makes perfect.

Oh, and for help with those have to do’s and should do’s, check out this awesome article. (Actually, that whole blog is pretty amazing. Get ready to lose a few hours.)

My favorite point is #5: Embrace the Suck. “Life would be boring without the suck.”

Weekly challenge

This week’s challenge is a mix of common cardio and strength moves. The way you tackle this is all up to you—start with a minute of cardio, then do 10 strength moves, or go for 30 seconds of cardio, followed by 5 strength.

Pick a rhythm or mix and match, whatever! You’re done when you hit 3 minutes of cardio and 30X strength.

fit challenge 7


Have a great week!



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Chloe - A Latte Lipstick November 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Poor buddy, snow on your wrists is the worst! I want to try that full body workout! Happy Sunday!

XO Chloe
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char eats greens November 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I feel like I’m a weird type A. I feel like I have so much to do but then I get overwhelmed by everything and sometimes put it off for longer. I need to get myself more organized. Also, money is such a sore subject right now!! But seriously, escape the snow and come visit!
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Caroline @ The Little Things Blog November 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I agree- far too early for snow and winter! We got a few inches here and today at lunch the “feels like” was 4— in the middle of the day, with the sun shining. ICK.
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Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West November 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi Kim! You made it through a weekend with no sugar, so that’s huge! I agree, I have trouble being okay with not getting things done, and yet I don’t even have kids as a distraction yet. Oh, and pumpkin candles are a must. Hope you have an awesome Monday night:)
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Giselle November 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I’m with Mason. I dislike the snow. It’s fine and dandy when I’m sitting indoors sipping hot tea in front of a fire but throw me out in it and I’m not a happy camper. Good thing we don’t live in it!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

O man…that IS the WORST! Between mitten and coat sleeve….I feel for the little dude :/
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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I can’t believe how cold it is today…I don’t know how I am going to survive winter… :(
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I love that quote you ended on and your thoughts along with it! I’m right there with you. And that sweet potato crusted spinach quiche…!!! That thing looks so good!
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Amanda November 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I have been dying to see How to Train Your Dragon 2!!! It is totally not lame to admit to watching to watching it without the kiddos…we don’t even have kids and I plan on watching it at some point! :-)
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Katie @ running4cupcakes November 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

ummm agreed. #1. it is WAY to soon. #2. it is impossible to correctly fit a toddler for boots and #3. playing in the snow = leads to crying in the snow all too quickly. ;)
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