Sunday, July 23, 2017

it's time to start a new week...


I don't remember ever visiting a clock company before going to Oregon and when I walked in, I was in awe of all of the beauty that surrounded me. The family owners are true artists.
Beacham's Clock Company
Sister, Oregon





Saturday, July 22, 2017






I'm not sure I have ever see the river this high and boy, is it flowing fast! It still hasn't peaked...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017




Today was for a 2 mile brisk walk, making a 3000 ml batch of cucumber/lemon water, brunch at home, errands, yoga and some team planning time. It was healthy and productive for mind, body and soul.

Monday, July 17, 2017

our love...




I was able to spend almost 24 hours with this sweetheart over the weekend and let me just say, Ava is a "sweet angel". She is so low key and happy and precious and just a love to love. If Ava cries, one needs to pick her up as she is uncomfortable or needs something because she did not cry or fuss for us. Each and every snuggle and hug and sniff and kiss was loved by both Brian and me and I cannot wait to be with our baby Ava again.
How lucky am I to call this little nugget mine!

Thursday, July 13, 2017


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Today is for beet juice with apple cider vinegar, yoga, deep cleaning both levels of our home, finishing one more blanket and then a mani/pedi. I'm ready for what I call a busy day these days!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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I started yoga at home. I have wanted to go to "hot yoga" classes but have been fearful of the entire experience. That being said, I started looking for a video on YouTube and found Yoga with Adriene. I really like her beginning yoga videos and completed a 30 minute yoga workout today that felt good. I can't believe how tight my muscles were. I am looking forward to seeing if I feel different after her suggested seven days of doing the workout. Namasta...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



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enchiladas...

Slow Cooker Enchiladas Recipe...  tender seasoned shredded chicken wrapped  in tortillas and cooked in the crock pot is the perfect weeknight meal!
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I have not made chicken enchiladas in ages so I decided to whip up some Mexican chicken yesterday to in the crock pot to make enchiladas and a rice bowl tomorrow. I started to follow a recipe that was loaded with calories so I kinda made up my own version. What you need to do to make this:

  • Oil three frozen chicken breasts and put them in the crock pot.
  • In a bowl, mix together:
    • 2 cans of Rotel Tomatoes
    • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
    • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
    • a pinch of ground cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion  powder
    • about 2 tablespoons of Chili Powder
    • 1 small can of Mexican Tomato Sauce
    • 1 can of green chilies and maybe some other spices as I figured, as long as it is a spicy spice it will work
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken and set the crock pot on high for 4 hours and or on low for 6 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and cook it for 30 more minutes on low in the sauce.
  • Put the chicken in a strainer over the crock pot to strain the liquid out of the meat.
  • Put 1/2 of a large can of Enchilada Sauce in a casserole.
  • Assembled the enchiladas; I did chicken, black beans, cilantro and cheese.
  • Top the enchiladas with the rest of the sauce, cheese and scallions; covered the dish and bake until bubbly.
  • Serve with salsa and sour cream and more scallions and cilantro.
Today, the left over meat will be warmed and served over lettuce, cilantro rice and black beans and topped with cheese and salsa and avocado and cilantro and sour cream. Easy, peasy!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

monday blues...


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Our two week vacation is over and that makes me sad. I can't say it was "stress free" as Nick did a number on us a few times (He seriously stressed us both out more than once.) but it was still wonderful and it's hard when good times end. Oh well, back on a healthy eating routine and working out and eliminating stress by practicing a healthy mindset.

Friday, July 7, 2017

our vacation is almost over...


I cannot believe our two week vacation is winding down. My husband and I have been real go-getters over the past few weeks. We enjoyed Starve Rock and The Pacific Northwest and Wisconsin and our town. We visited with our Nick for six days and now have a feel for where he lives and what he wants to do. (It was really, really hard saying goodbye to him.)  We went hiking and walking and driving in mountains and forests and the high desert. We ate burgers and steaks and tabouleh and tacos and baba ganoush and lamb and mac and cheese and drank beers from tons of Oregon breweries. We enjoyed lakes and caves and trails and beautiful volcanoes in and around Bend but most of all; enjoyed our time together and with our family.

happy weekend...


Monday, July 3, 2017


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My first July event was a 12 hour traveling day from Bend, Oregon to St. Charles; July 1 was a loooooong day. 
Day Two was spent unpacking, doing much laundry, freshening up a house that was closed for seven day, opening mail and then enjoying my family at the H's house for a wonderful cookout. I missed my loves!
Today is for errands and prepping for the week as it will be spent with my husband who is enjoying "Week Two" of vacation.
Happy First Monday in July!

Friday, June 23, 2017

i am starting this today...


7 Tips To Keep A Healthy Diet & Mindset Throughout Your Week

This week I was off in the "healthy eating" department and good in the "exercise daily in the morning" department. I can feel that my body is "off" so what am I going to do?
Nothing!
Just kidding!
I am going on a ten day reboot program that I am designing for myself. I already started my day with a brew of Matcha and Detox Tea and I just made my second pot to drink at room temp. I'm going to be sure to get in 80 oz of water daily and my food intake is going to be minimum until dinner only today. (I like to ingest liquid when I'm "out of sink" on Day 1 of my reboot which is not really the right way to do things but it works for me.) Mmmmm, what else? I guess the next ten days will also revolve around eating little from boxes,  thinking "greens and grains and paleo" and journaling my exercise and food and water intake. That should be fun. 
Look for my report on Sunday, July 2, as to whether or not I reached my goal and how I feel.

advice from a tree



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

we seriously need to move...



I so need to find a new home for us that is only as large as our top floor. Why? Well, this space and the finished basement directly below are rooms that are truly "untouched".  No one ever, ever ventures down to these two areas which is a sign. Yes, it's a sign that we need to move. Anyone interested? Anyone?

little lady is getting a personality...


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

let summer begin...


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Enjoy each day of this beautiful season. Be sure to go to a baseball game, take an early morning walk, get some great summer reads, grill, eat outside and get in some swimming time. Happy Summer!!!

happy birthday, sarah...


Our sweet Sarah is celebrating her birthday today. She is such a wonderful person and an amazing wife and daughter and sister and mother. Sarah lights up a room when she is in it as there is always a smile on her face. She laughs with her heart and her heart is full of kindness; true kindness. Happy, happy birthday, dear Sarah. Wishing you a day and year of joy and peace and happiness.