The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…

Friday! Yay!

I’m pretty excited to see the weekend as it’s been one long week. Plus one of my good friends is coming tonight for a visit so I’m excited to catch up with her.

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So let’s get down to business starting with the good. It’s always nice to start that way right? [Read more...]

Don’t be Late!  5 tips on how to get the kids to School on Time.

Don’t be Late! 5 tips on how to get the kids to School on Time.

I have to admit this time of year I always get a little jealous of all the teachers setting up their classrooms and getting ready to begin another year of school.  I miss those first days of school when the kids come in all shiny and new, eager to start a year of learning.  It tends to wear off after a few weeks but those few weeks were always my favorite part of the school year.

I do remember how many students (and parents) would take a few days or sometimes weeks to get into the morning routine of getting to school on time.  Almost daily kids would come wandering in after the final bell all disheveled and in some cases in tears because they were rushed out the door in hopes of making it on time.  A joyful experience I’m sure for both parents and kids ;-)

Now that I’m home with my own little guy who just started preschool, I’m getting a first hand look at the “fun” that comes when your mornings go from waking up, eating breakfast, enjoying a cup of coffee, checking emails to rushing around looking for lost shoes and backpacks.

So to help you avoid those crazy mornings, here’s a few tips to help get those kids out the door on time.

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Things to teach your child before they start school

Things to teach your child before they start school

When I was teaching, I remember so many children didn’t have basic, common sense skills you would think they should have.  Granted I was teaching in a low income, high English as a second language area.  However, on average most kids entered school without certain skills that could benefit them not only in the classroom but in everyday life.

So to make sure your child enters school prepared, here’s a list of skills to teach your child before they start school.

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  1.  How to push in their chair - For safety reasons this ones huge!  Not just so that other kids aren’t tripping over their chairs, but for the teacher!  Those little chairs are dangerous and cause come serious chin bruises.  Trust me, I know!
  2.  How and where to throw away their own garbage – You’d be shocked how many kids not only leave their garbage on the ground but would actually bring it to me to throw away for them.  Or if you asked them to pick up a piece of trash that wasn’t actually theirs, they refused!  Teaching kids that it’s important to keep our surroundings clean by picking up trash is a skill that will help them in many ways.
  3.  How to use a fork – For one so that they aren’t using their dirty hands (yes no matter how hard you try to teach them to keep them clean they’ll be dirty 90% of the time) but so that they build fine motor skills.
  4. Problem solving skills – Yes, they may be a little too young to solve all their problems on their own but I guarantee you that they can solve some.  Like what to do if they lose their pencil or bump into a friend and knock them down.   Teaching them basic problem solving skills before entering school can help them be more independent and less likely to have issues with behavior or discipline.
  5. How to cut with scissors – this one goes along with the fine motor skills.  Practicing cutting not only helps them to learn how to cut, but develops their fine motor skills which will in turn help them with holding  a writing utensil.
  6. What their parents names are – A lot of parents teach their kids what street they live on and some students even enter Kindegarten knowing their home phone number.  However, it’s amazing how many enter school without the knowledge of what their parents names are.
  7. Good old fashioned manners – This one always amazed me.  Maybe parents think their kids won’t pick up on the concept of saying please and thank you at a young age but guess what… They do!  Teach them LOTS of manners and start at a young age by modeling these behaviors to them.  When they are a baby and they sneeze, say bless you.  When they are a toddler and you bump into them, say excuse me.  When they are learning to eat dinner with you, teach them to chew with their mouth closed and ask to be excused when finished.  These simple but often forgotten concepts will help them to be a more kind, polite, and considerate individual earlier on.   It will also help them to develop empathy which is an emotion that many children struggle with.

Some might seem obvious and some might not but they are all simple skills we can begin instilling before they enter school.  Skills that will help them in so many ways!

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  • Anything you would add? 

WIAW – Post Running Fuel from Whole Foods

WIAW – Post Running Fuel from Whole Foods

Good morning and happy hump day!

It’s crazy how much faster the week goes now that The Love Nugget is in school. Which by the way he is still loving and doing great at :-)

The hard part about him starting school has been the little wrench it’s thrown in our schedule. Before I was able to go to the gym for Crossfit a few days a week at 8:30. They only offer a few classes each day with the two mornings times being at 5:30 am then 8:30 am. Since The Hubby typically goes to his Crossfit box for the 5:30 am class I was going to the 8:30am class. The evenings just don’t work as we are usually busy and I have to get dinner done etc. Anyway, The Love Nugget’s school starts at 8:45 which means I’m not able to make the 8:30 class. I was planning to go Mon, Wed, or Friday but we’ve had something going on pretty much every day during the 8:30 time slot. So I’ve been doing at home workouts, gym workouts (minus cross fit) and of course, running!

In preparation for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon of course :-)

If you missed it, I shared with you all how I have the opportunity to run the Nike half in San Francisco with Whole Foods.  An opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I’ve been very careful about not overdoing it and fueling my body properly before and after my runs.

Yesterday the hubby was home so I took advantage and headed outdoors for an early morning long run.

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Kids in the Kitchen #1 – Trail Mix

Kids in the Kitchen #1 – Trail Mix

When I was little I have fond memories of being in the kitchen with my family. From licking the batter off the spoon when making cake with my grandma to making monster toast with my mom there was a lot of time spent in the kitchen that I believe helped shape my healthy living goals when it comes to my family now.That and my education background motivates me to encourage other parents to allow their kids to help in the kitchen.

Which is why I’m starting a new series here on the blog called,

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Marvelous Family and Friends weekend

Marvelous Family and Friends weekend

Good morning!

It’s time for Marvelous in My Monday!

The weekend went by way to fast probably because it was filled with so much fun! So as usual I’m joining Katie for Marvelous in My Monday!

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Sunday Meal Planning

Sunday Meal Planning

Good morning!
We’ve been enjoying a wonderful weekend with friends in my hometown. Busy as it usually is when we go visit but fun!

I’ll share all about it tomorrow for MIMM. Today I just wanted to pop in to share our eats for this week and link up with Laura for weekly meal planning!

I haven’t joined in for awhile but really need to get back into being more consistent with my meal plan. I do fairly good when it comes to dinners but breakfasts and lunches haven’t been so great. When I have something planned I eat a better meal. When I don’t I end up snacking through lunch and sometime breakfast half the time. So along with dinners I’m sharing some plans I have for those two meals and snacks as well. [Read more...]

Vanilla Fig Muffins

I’m back with more Figs!  I promise after this recipe I’ll give you all a break :-) BUT I just had to share these muffins to go with the Fig Jam I shared.

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Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Winner!

Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Winner!

Good morning and happy Friday!

Woo hoo!

For those of you who’s kids just started anther year of school congrats on making it through the first week :-) Or if you just began yourself, congrats!

The Love Nugget definitely enjoyed his first few days of school.  I think he’s going to have a great year in preschool and I’m excited for all the fun events and parties.   Total classroom mom over here :-)

Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve talked fitness with you all so I thought today would be the perfect day.

As most of you know I’ve suffered two miscarriages (if you missed it you can read about them here and here) and have struggled with fertility for over a year now.  Which has led me to forcing myself to gain weight and cut back on my exercise.  There was a time when I was running + weight lifting + cycling + boot camp + HIIT training at least 6 days a week sometimes twice a day.  Not to mention counting calories like crazy.

The first thing I cut back on was my running as I felt that this was the main reason I was having sporadic menstrual cycles.  Unfortunately this didn’t fix the problem and I was forced to cut back even more with my exercise routine.

I joined a Crossfit gym and started going to that a few days a week along with a day of cycle and a few days of HIIT or other cross training.  Sometimes yoga was thrown in there along with some walking.

Since then I’ve been forced to cut back even more as my cycle continues to be sporadic and I suffered a back injury.  I’m constantly trying to find what’s going to work for me and how to adjust my plan to better my health.  As I mentioned the other day I’m seeing a naturopath that I think will help me to understand a bit more about what might be going on.  Until I have my follow up appointment with him I’m just continuing to take it easy and trying to maintain a low stress level.

Recently I started adding in a bit more running in place of cross fit and cycling.  I was loving it.  Just getting out in the fresh air or even mindless running on the treadmill felt amazing!  Nothing too intense just a few days a week of short runs.  I had forgotten how enjoyable it was to just hit the pavement and go.

Then an opportunity came my way that I couldn’t pass up.  The Nike Women’s Half Marathon.  Something I’ve always wanted to do and after much contemplating and discussion with The Hubby I decided to “just do it.”

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Not only am I able to register for an already closed race that is pretty difficult to get into, but Whole Foods is sponsoring me for this race.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Here’s the deal though, I’m taking it at an easy pace.  I’m doing this race for fun.  Not to get a new PR.  Not to beat anyone else.  Just to go and experience an event that has been deemed one of the best runs in the country.   Yes, I’m training but nothing compared to how I’ve trained for races in the past.   I’m not even sure I’ll be running over 10 miles during training as I’m just planning on taking it nice and easy.  No stressing about pace.  No worries about time.  No freaking out over missed days.  Just for pure fun :-)

Here’s a look at this past weeks fitness.  I will be adding in some cross training as well but had set a goal to take an entire week off from anything except running in order to finally heal my back.  Running has actually felt pretty good and I think I’ll be 100% by Monday!

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Ran 45 minutes steady 9:40 pace

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Ran 5 miles outside not paying attention to my time or pace.

Thursday – Interval and hill work on the treadmill.

Friday – Spin class

Saturday – Might include a run but I’ll be out of town so it’s up the air and that’s okay :-)

As you can see it was pretty mellow.  Obviously San Francisco has quite a few hills and since there isn’t many around my area I’m doing most my hill training on the treadmill.  Which I know will be nothing like the real deal but gotta do what I can!

Now, on to the most important part of this post.  The winner of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon entries and Whole Foods gift cards!

Congrats to Monica Brown!

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You’re going to have a blast!  Make sure to check in for my training posts with some recipes to help fuel and refuel your runs.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

QUESTIONS - 

  • Have you ever run a half marathon?  Full marathon?  
  • What was your longest training run?
Honey Vanilla Almond Cashew Butter with Blue Diamond

Honey Vanilla Almond Cashew Butter with Blue Diamond

Who likes nut butter?

If you saw me you’d see both my hands up as I love it!

As does the rest of my household. Actually I’d say The Hubby and Love Nugget enjoy it more than I do if that’s even possible. I have such a hard time keeping my fingers out of the jar that I’ll often avoid having it in the house.  Which tends to frustrate my boys.

So I keep smaller jars of homemade Creamy Cashew Butter, Sunbutter or my latest Honey Vanilla Almond Cashew Butter in the cupboard.

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