Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weeding tips.

You know how I love gardening.

Let me take that back. I love what gardening produces. Daffodils

I love the beautiful flower beds and the bountiful harvest of our garden. But honestly, I get totally overwhelmed with the size of our yard and how crazy the weeds seem to be each year.

(And let me tell you, having a baby on May 1st doesn’t help.)

So it’s important for me to try to keep things simple. I’ve shared some of our garden planting tips before, but never how we keep them as free of weeds as possible so the growth flourishes. So I’m sharing five easy weeding tips over at Home Made Simple to help us all maintain our flower beds and gardens. Come on over (click here) to read how I try to keep up with the weeds.

Where I feel like a dairy cow…

I often feel like a dairy cow for the first couple of months after I have a baby. Drinking a ton of water and nursing every 2-3 hours EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. can wear on a woman. Especially one with three other kids. (I mean, that’s what I’ve heard from *other* moms who have four kids…) Granted, I’m not drinking a bathtub full of water or making 90 glasses of milk a day like a real dairy cow, but each time I nurse or look in the mirror, I feel like I resemble one.

How fitting is it for me that June is Dairy Month?

And the day I started writing this post last week was National Chocolate Ice Cream Day *AND* National Doughnut Day?

Okay, I know that doesn’t have anything to do with feeling like a dairy cow or June being Dairy Month, but it *does* remind me that I’m going to get as large as a cow if I keep eating the way I am currently. Because you know, I’m breastfeeding, and you’re *supposed* to eat more when you’re nursing. Just probably not mint chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies and brownies and those ADDICTING Rice Krispies scotcheroos. Because having dinners brought to you every MWF for 5 weeks means having DESSERT brought to you (almost) every MWF for 5 weeks. Exactly what my postpartum body needs, right?

Wrong. This postpartum body needs to get healthy. And that means rather than eating a huge bowl of homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream, I’ll eat a small bowl of lowfat strawberry frozen yogurt. And rather than eating more chips at lunch if I’m still hungry, I’ll grab some string cheese or fruit instead.

It also means exercising. Isaac hit 6 weeks old this week, meaning I had to get on a scale at the doctor’s office. Which further confirmed why I don’t like looking in the mirror right now. It’s officially time to get those extra pounds off this baby-having body. And not just the 8 baby pounds left – it’s the additional 18 I should have lost a long time ago.

I need to lose that weight safely. I still have a baby to feed for the next 11 months, so doing a crash diet isn’t going to work. It’s going to take a healthy eating plan, including three servings of nutrient-rich dairy products every day, and exercising.

Refuel Runner AmbassadorHere’s the exciting part. I’m going to be working with Indiana Dairy and their Refuel Runner Ambassador Program. I’ve committed to running three races, writing about them and the best part: refueling with chocolate milk. I’m super excited, because I’m planning on running some really fun races and I get to drink chocolate milk to recover after training and running those races. Studies have shown that chocolate milk is the best recovery beverage after a hard work out. In fact, it is the official refuel beverage of IRONMAN. (Which will NOT be one of the races I run by the way.)

SO. My first race is on August 24th and it’s the 7th Annual Running for World Water 5k. That gives me 9 weeks to get back in the swing of things and ease into a running and exercise plan, giving myself some slack for a week of vacation and those, unfortunately more-than-often, sleepless nights. My plan is to run 3 days a week and do some other activity 2 more days a week (bike or walk to the pool, play Just Dance 4, etc.).

And it’s going to be necessary, because of those sleepless nights, to make sure I’m eating smart or my body is going to revolt. So I’m going to seriously watch what I eat by eating smart calories and making sure I get all of my food group servings, including those 3 good dairy eats each day, including a glass of chocolate milk to help my body recover on my training days.

I’d love for you to join me. Either by running a race with me or committing to make some healthy steps forward in your life. And totally commit to drinking chocolate milk to refuel too. 🙂 

If you want to join me publicly, tell me how you’ll do so in the comments below. I’d love to have some accountability partners. The more the merrier. And healthier. 🙂


Disclosure: I am thankful to once again be working with Indiana’s Family of Farmers. This is a sponsored post, though as always, all thoughts and opinions are totally mine, mine, mine. (As Lucas would say.) 

You can find IFOF on FacebookTwitter or on their blog


Sucked in. {a Minted giveaway}

I decided early in the Christmas card-sending season that it just wasn’t going to happen last year. Honestly, I just couldn’t put together a boring joyful card that I didn’t love when I wasn’t feeling joyful at all.  I was so bored with the lame same old card selection at the mega-store same old online photo shops that I’ve been using for too many several years.

That’s because I didn’t know about Minted. Minted mintedis an online stationery, art, and party store powered by a global community of independent designers whose purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won’t accept anything else.

You guys, my life has been changed forever. This stuff is amazing.

I mean, let’s forget about my revolt on holiday cards for a minute and talk about what I’ve spent hours looking at over the last few months since I first heard about Minted. Here are some of my faves right now:

  • Birth announcement postcards, because, obviously. I love that they are postcards, but printed on fine, quality stationary rather than thin, cheap postcard stock.

birth announcement postcard

  • Journals – my girls love notebooks, so I’d love to get them started really writing. Especially Alaina, since she’s starting middle school in the fall. journal
  • Custom Art Prints – just look at this – It’s called Family Tree Rings. I die. I. WANT. NOW.tree rings

I just love the unique and creative designs that are all over this website. I just keep getting lost in all the amazing work. I don’t even need moving announcements, wedding announcements or party invitations, but you bet I’ve spent too much time browsing all the designs. It’s really inspiring!


I also love that I’m giving away $50 to Minted! All you have to do is comment below on what you might buy from Minted if you won. 

Be careful. You’re going to get sucked in. I promise.

Details: This giveaway runs through Friday, June 14th. The winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Saturday, June 15th (so please make sure your email address is included in at least one of your comments below so I can reach you). The winner will have 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions.

Disclosure: I was given a Minted credit to write this post and to do this giveaway. This is a sponsored post, though as always, all thoughts and opinions are totally mine, mine, mine. (As Lucas would say. And let’s be honest, Alaina and Cami too.)

One month {and a giveaway!}

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since Isaac was born. It really doesn’t seem possible that the first month of his life is already complete. He’s gained almost 2 pounds this month. Luckily, I have not.Isaac at 1 month

I feel like I should be in such a better place – that my house should be cleaner, that this transition for our family should be much further along. I’m thankful for all the help we’ve received – the countless meals that have been delivered, the phone calls and check-ins to make sure I’m sane. It’s been invaluable.

One thing I’ve been trying to do to aid in this transition is to try to get things back to “normal” as much as possible. Taking Lucas to school and to the park. Getting Cami back to violin lessons. Trying to have fun with Alaina and having Adam go to field day with her this last week.

As a family, we really do love being out and about when the weather allows. Taking Isaac along has been a struggle, with his eating schedule and the crazy weather we’ve had. But I’m determined to make this summer a great one – and that won’t happen if I’m cooped up inside the house with my other kids dying to go be active outside of our property lines.

Family Night with Indians

So one of the first things we’re doing is going to Family Night at an Indians baseball game at Victory Field with Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) on Tuesday, June 11th. And they want YOU to join us!

IFOF has a 4-pack of tickets for one lucky reader to attend the game and dine with them in the In-Game Picnic in Coors Light Corner. Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Details: The winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Thursday, June 6th (so please make sure your email address is included in at least one of your comments below so I can reach you). The winner will have 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions.

Head over to the following local blogs for additional chances to win tickets:

You’ll want to stay tuned over the next two weeks. I have a bunch of fun things to share with you that I’m really excited about! But only one at a time, so you have to wait a few days to hear more details. 🙂