Category: Life

First Day of School Stuff

Today was the first day for my four-year-olds. They are adorable, hilarious, and definitely not used to being at school all day. Let’s just say I don’t think one of my boys was familiar with the proper use of a urinal. I mean, I could see how that would be confusing. I’m trying not to die laughing just thinking about our custodian just shaking his head after assessing the damage. That being said, I wouldn’t say today was a total failure.

first day of pre-k

Let me stress total failure up there. While work went okay, I pretty much fell apart at home. I had big plans to get on here and brag about how I worked out after working with them all day. What was I thinking? It’s 8 PM and all I want to do is go to bed. Maybe our lucky t-shirts weren’t so lucky, y’all.

lucky shirts

Then again, I am getting to go to bed soon. That’s a win, right? Always a silver lining, folks. Always. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes now. I might be back on here or I might not, I might work out or I might not, I might stay sane or… yeah. See y’all soon!

 

Weekend Recap + Every Little Bit

This is the first time I’ve gotten to sit down at the computer all day. I forgot what having a schedule was like. It’s rough and I don’t like it. Anyway, it’s Monday so that means I get to post pictures of the weekend for posterity’s sake. Oh, memories. I feel like a lot of stuff and nothing at all happened this weekend. I realize that probably only makes sense to me. Instead of a play-by-play, let’s play a game called “one sentence per picture”. That’s not really a game, but it is an excuse for me to write less.

 

Aviators make me feel like I’m a cop, but they make me look like a bug.

sunglasses

 

My child came home from school covered in orange food coloring, so I guess it was a good day.

mess

 

After a quick change of clothes, he drenched himself in cheese dip and salsa.

chips and salsa

 

I hope heaven has buffalo sauce and sour cream.

tater tots

 

Because one potato-based side is never enough.

veggie burger

 

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

mimosas

 

I’ll take another round of icing, please.

icing

 

This weekend went by too quickly, y’all. We went to Clemson Saturday to move my cousin into her dorm room, we went swimming and ate cake for dinner Sunday because we’re the best parents ever, and I once again skipped all my workouts. It’s cool. It happens. That being said, I did work out tonight. I did a few sprints and a barbell complex. I spent maybe 20 minutes in the gym. At this point, I need to just get back into the habit of working out. The fact that I did anything at all after spending the day in my classroom is a good start. Every little bit counts, right? Tomorrow is the first day for the kids, so I was basically running around like a madwoman. I AM FREAKING OUT. 20 kids who’ve never really been to school before will walk into my room at 7:30 am. I mean, what could go wrong? ;)  Tomorrow will be the real test. If I can get a workout in after all of that, I know I’ll be able to get back on track. Wish me luck?

Friday Favorites + Aurorae Yoga Mat Giveaway

It’s FRIDAY, y’all! I complained today on Instagram about having to go to a training session for work today, but it ended up being very interesting and engaging. Don’t you love little surprises like that? I’m still glad to be out of it now, though, because it’s time to do nothing. I wish that were actually true, but it was fun to say anyway. Before I get my weekend started, I wanted to share some things I’m currently loving. The first one is really and tried-and-true favorite, but I will never get tired of purchasing them each and every year.

New School Supplies

sharpies

Nothing, and I mean nothing, screams back to school more than brand new Sharpies. Ultra Fine is where it’s at. I have a feeling I will wear the pink one out first. When I snagged the permanent ink, I also saw these highlighters. I must have been living under a rock because I swear I’ve never seen retractable ones. Kids have everything these days. I’ll probably go buy them and never use them, just like every other highlighter I’ve ever owned. I’ll force myself to move on, because I promise you I could talk about school supplies all day. #WhiteOutAllDayEveryDay

 

Altra Running Shoes

altra

I’ve had these shoes since January, and I’ve just started to regularly wear them.  I feel really stupid, because I freaking love them. I do better with lower drop/more minimalist shoes, but I forget that occasionally. I’m glad I hopped back on board, because my feet, shins, and knees are very happy right now. I’m about to start training for an upcoming half, so I’m ready to break these bad boys in more.

 

Smoothies

smoothie

I truly thought I hated smoothies. I mean, I would go on rants about how dumb they were and how I’d rather eat real food. I was actually just using a crappy blender. FitBloggin’ attendees were given the chance to try out a Nutri Ninja. I can honestly say it’s made all the difference. Smoothies can be smooth. Who would have thunk it? I highly recommend getting one if you aren’t happy with your current blender.

 

Aurorae Yoga Mat

aurorae yoga mat giveaway

Aurorae recently contacted me and asked if I would like to try out one of their products. I was ecstatic. I hate walking into a yoga, Pilates, or other class without a decent mat. It’s embarrassing. Now I can show off this beauty. In addition to being gorgeously green, it’s also easily the best mat I’ve used. It doesn’t slide around, I don’t slide around on it, and it makes every pose or move that much easier to get into and out of without looking like an idiot.

aurorae yoga mat review

I went with the Classic Mat in Seamist. It’s really hard to convey just how pretty the color is in photos, but just trust me on this. Apparently the color should represent my inner self (“Soothing, Renewal, Intellect, Nature, Self-Control, Gentle, and Harmonious”), but I have a lot of areas to work on. ;)

Here are a few stats about the mats:

  • Specially Designed 1/4″ (6mm) Ultra Thick Memory Foam. 72″ Long with our Rising Moon Focal Icon. Free from Phthalates, Silicone and Latex.Toxin Free. 100% guaranteed
  • Durable and Long Lasting material/ SGS approved Free from Phthalates/Latex
  • Colors that Define your Inner Self/ Focal Point Icon to help concentration

I’ll quit bragging about my new mat now and give YOU a chance to win one! The giveaway is open to US residents and will end on 8/21 at Midnight. A winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

 

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Weight Plate Workout

Nothing like logging on to the ol’ blog to post a workout when you haven’t worked out, am I right? Yeah, that means I’m taking yet another “rest” day today. Which really just means I ate too much hibachi rice and need to go sleep it off. Am I the only one who can barely function after eating that much? I swear there is no such thing as portion control in circumstances involving food cooked on those huge grills. This is actually starting to get a little embarrassing, because I definitely didn’t mean to get on here and write a paragraph about my dinner. Whoops. What can I say? I get sidetracked easily.

Anyway, I completed a fun weight plate circuit about a week ago. See? I actually work out sometimes, y’all. This one was a keeper, so I should probably attempt it again soon.

weight plate workout

 

For the pictures, I used a 10lb plate. For the actual workout, I switched between that and a 25lb plate depending on the muscles worked. My shoulders and triceps are just not prepared for more than the 10, because I’m a huge wimp. It didn’t help that I was sweating so bad that I could barely grip it. You’ll see my insane hand placement in the pictures. I make myself so proud sometimes, you guys. ;) And since I’m already making fun of myself, I might as well add on that I’m no braniac MD. You should check with your doc before switching up your routine too drastically!

 

weight plate workout



 

Now for a breakdown of the moves:

Overhead Lunges: Stand with your feet together holding the plate in front of you with both hands. Lift the plate overhead and step your right foot forward into the lunge. Push through your right foot to return to standing. Repeat for a total of 20 lunges, alternating legs as you go.

Push Ups: Complete 10 push ups, making sure your chest meets the plate on the way down. You can complete them on your knees if you need to, like I usually do after the regular ones start making me cry.

Single Leg Deadlifts: Stand with your feet together holding the plate in front of you with both hands. With your left leg slightly bent, begin lifting your right leg behind you. As you lift your leg, bend forward at the hips and lower the plate toward the floor. Return to standing while contracting your glutes and pushing your hips forward. Do that 10 times per leg. Complete them without the weight if you need to practice balancing.

Overhead Tricep Presses: Lift the plate above your head with both hands. Bend at the elbows to lower the weight behind your head. Make sure you keep your elbows close to your head and your core engaged. Press the weight plate back overhead by straightening your arms again.

Squats with Bicep Curls: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding the plate in front of you. Bend your knees and shift your hips back to lower into a squat. While in the squat position, complete a bicep curl. Return to standing and then repeat for a total of 10 squats and curls.


After putting this post together, I realize that I’m actually excited to find some time to work out tomorrow after work. Let’s see if that excitement lasts, though. I am really struggling with the fact that I can’t just do stuff whenever I want anymore. Summer break is such a tease. You should all yell at me on Twitter tomorrow to make me get it done, okay? I’m serious. I’d do it for you!

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Now for a breakdown of the moves:

Overhead Lunges: Stand with your feet together holding the plate in front of you with both hands. Lift the plate overhead and step your right foot forward into the lunge. Push through your right foot to return to standing. Repeat for a total of 20 lunges, alternating legs as you go.

Push Ups: Complete 10 push ups, making sure your chest meets the plate on the way down. You can complete them on your knees if you need to, like I usually do after the regular ones start making me cry.

Single Leg Deadlifts: Stand with your feet together holding the plate in front of you with both hands. With your left leg slightly bent, begin lifting your right leg behind you. As you lift your leg, bend forward at the hips and lower the plate toward the floor. Return to standing while contracting your glutes and pushing your hips forward. Do that 10 times per leg. Complete them without the weight if you need to practice balancing.

Overhead Tricep Presses: Lift the plate above your head with both hands. Bend at the elbows to lower the weight behind your head. Make sure you keep your elbows close to your head and your core engaged. Press the weight plate back overhead by straightening your arms again.

Squats with Bicep Curls: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding the plate in front of you. Bend your knees and shift your hips back to lower into a squat. While in the squat position, complete a bicep curl. Return to standing and then repeat for a total of 10 squats and curls.


After putting this post together, I realize that I’m actually excited to find some time to work out tomorrow after work. Let’s see if that excitement lasts, though. I am really struggling with the fact that I can’t just do stuff whenever I want anymore. Summer break is such a tease. You should all yell at me on Twitter tomorrow to make me get it done, okay? I’m serious. I’d do it for you!