I Cried Today

2 Aug

Let me start by saying that I rarely cry. I have never been one of those girls that can cry at the drop of a hat. Sometimes I actually wish I were able to cry more. I think it would make me feel better to get it all out when I get really stressed or sad. But, I’m just not a crier.

This morning I was sitting outside in my backyard drinking my coffee and watching my son play in the yard. I was watching him look around at the trees and stomp through the grass. He was in his own little world, picking up pieces of mulch and picking flowers, just exploring and doing what he loves to do. I sat in awe watching him. I thought about how much he has grown over the past 14 months. I thought of his innocence and how I never want him to lose that part of him, but how I know it’s inevitable that life will eventually take that from him. I thought of how overwhelmingly happy I am to have him in my life. And, I cried. I only shed a couple of tears, but I cried today. I cried happy tears.

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Sometimes it feels good to cry and release emotions that get tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This was one of those times. Watching my son play in the yard at this young age, where it is his whole world, will be a memory that I treasure forever. I love you my little son, more than words.

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Workout Wednesday-Beginner/Intermediate Weight Lifting Routine

31 Jul

Hello, hello! I am linking up with Megan today for Workout Wednesday. It’s perfect timing because I am off today (until I start my new job next week), and I have recently started a new workout plan that I want to share. The plan that I’m on was created for me by my hubby who is an aspiring personal trainer. He is in the process of studying for the exam and he works out six days a week. So proud of him!

I would say I am in the beginner/intermediate level in the fitness world. My main goal right now is to put on some muscle. I have lost a lot of fat recently by eating clean, and now I want to get strong. My plan is to start lifting weights three times per week. I will start with small and work my way up to heavier weights so I don’t injure myself. I have picked a Tues, Thurs, Sat schedule. This is my Tuesday routine which targets chest, shoulders, and triceps.

Workout Routine

 

See below for routine with links to each exercise:

Tuesday   —   Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

Bench Press – 3 sets
How to video

Dumbbell Flys – 3 sets
How to video

Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 3 sets
How to video

Dumbbell Lateral Raises – 3 sets
How to video

Dumbbell Front Raises – 3 sets
How to video

Dumbbell Upright Rows – 3 sets
How to video

Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks – 3 sets
How to video

I take a 30-45 second break between sets and I do reps of 10. This is the first week of the routine, and I am really enjoying it so far. I will post the other two days of my routine soon! Let me know if you want to join me in my routine. We could help keep each other accountable. 😉

What types of work outs do you enjoy?

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It’s Monday…Hello.

29 Jul

Hello Monday,

This is the last Monday that I will go to the job that I’ve had for the past 6 years. This is the last Monday that I will sit at my microscope and check emails, the last Monday that I will chat with friends, enjoy lunch together and go on walks during our breaks. This is such a bittersweet time in my life to realize that today was the last full day at the company where I first started my career as a Cytogenetics Technologist. I have many fond memories of my journey there. I even met my husband there. I grew, I learned, and I experienced so much there. I will miss many things, mostly the people. I have worked with some amazing people in my career, and I will miss the strong working relationships we shared. I am hopeful that I will build new ones at my new job, I am hopeful for new beginnings, a new sense of motivation, and new friendships. I am excited for my new journey!

After work, I went to return some dress pants that I bought last week. I ended up finding some much more affordable ones at Costco of all places. So, I returned the others, but of course I ended up buying something else while I was there. I’ve been in a buying mood lately! I bought a starter kit of Bare Minerals make-up. I have always heard good things about it, and I like that there are only five ingredients used in it. I was hooked when they asked if they could put some on me. I don’t often wear make-up, but I think I should start since I am getting older, and my skin isn’t as young looking as it once was. Do you use Bare Minerals or have you heard anything about it? I am kind of having buyer’s remorse, and I can’t decide if I should keep it or not. Heehee.

After my shopping trip, I picked up some dinner and headed home to my boys. After an early dinner, I took Little Mr. to the park where he explored and explored. He loves walking around and picking things up off the ground. He loves to pick flowers and play in the dirt. It was a really nice evening. All in all, it wasn’t such a bad Monday.

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Oh yeah, we also got a new dishwasher delivered (after suffering with our barely functioning one for a year!), and my hubby installed it. I’m so proud of him! He’s never been much of a “handy man”, but he’s been doing a lot of projects around the house lately. I’m excited to start making some home improvements now that he’s in the handy man mode! 😉

How was your Monday? Eventful or just another Monday? Hopefully, there was some excitement in it or something that made you smile. 🙂

Follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to and the things that make me smile each day!

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Happy Happenings

27 Jul

What happy moments are going on in your life lately? I like sharing mine from time to time. Here are some of them…

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I am having a hard time believing how big my little baby is getting. He is becoming a little boy, and it’s happening toooo fast! He loves the park–loves to explore, swing, and get dirty. He’s ALL boy for sure!

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Being ALL boy means getting hurt every now and then. This was his first scraped knee. I think I took it harder than he did. He’s a tough little guy!

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Do you see that piece of fruit?! ? This is the nectarine tree my hubby bought me for our first wedding anniversary almost two years ago. It has started producing fruit, and it’s actually quite tasty. Little Mr. loves it too!

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Speaking of tasty things, I made some Paleo chocolate chip cookies the other night, and they were AMAZING!! I’ll be making them again soon. I just need to go buy some more almond flour…

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Another tasty dish that makes me happy is bison burgers with sweet potato fries. MMM MMM!

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Look at this dirty little stinker! We took him to the beach again, and he loved it. This time he enjoyed the water too. He walked down to it all by himself and didn’t get afraid of it like the time before. I’m a happy momma! Can’t wait to take him again. Maybe tomorrow!

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I’m back at it! Working out 3-4 times a week. I’m slowly starting to build up a routine and keep my focus. I always feel better when I work out regularly which is the number one reason I do it. Secondly, I would like to build some muscle and be in the best shape I can be. I’ll have to post my routine soon so you can join me! You in? 😉

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These eggs make me happy too. I love eggs, especially organic, farm fresh eggs. These eggs were given to me by a coworker in exchange for working one of his Saturday shifts. Aren’t they pretty? I wish I had some chickens!

These are some of the happy happenings in my life right now. In between the work and stress of life, I try to find and focus on the happy times. What kind of happy things are going on in your life? I’d love to hear about them!

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Going through Big Changes

23 Jul

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed lately and haven’t felt like blogging much. I don’t like for blogging to feel like a chore, and, unfortunately, it has felt that way recently. I don’t know why, but it has. I am hoping that it becomes my happy place again soon because I really need one of those right about now. It’s not that I’m unhappy; things are going well, very well. Things are just a little stressful, and new things are on the horizon. I am starting a new job in a couple of weeks, and I am having a hard time dealing with the transition period. I wasn’t seeking out a new job, so it kind of caught me off guard, and I wasn’t prepared to make this transition so suddenly. It is a great opportunity though, something I really couldn’t pass up. It is at a smaller lab here in San Diego. There’s room for growth, and it’s a step up from the position I have at my current job. It is bittersweet though because I’ve been with my current company for 6 years now. I was one of the first few people in my department, and I’ve been through so much with the company and my coworkers. I will miss my coworkers a lot, but I have built lasting relationships with many of them, and I know we will keep in touch. It will be weird to be the “new girl” again because it’s been so long since I have been in those shoes.

I have been experiencing many different emotions related to this new adventure I am about to begin: anxiety, fear, excitement, pride, sadness, guilt, relief. So so many things! This next couple of weeks will be tough because I am filled with anxiety as I anticipate my first day at my new job. I am anticipating what the day-to-day duties and stress level will be like. I am worrying about how my new coworkers will be. Will they be friendly and fun to be around or will I not like them at all? There are so many unknowns as I step into this new endeavor. It’s hard to close such a big chapter in my life, but I’m excited to see what the next one has to offer.

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So, that’s a little update about what’s going on with me lately. What’s new in your life? Have you had to go through a big change like this before? How did you adjust?

Thanks for your support!

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Show Your State Pride!

17 Jul

Hey friends! I recently ordered this awesome shirt from Handmade Escapade, and I wanted to show it off.
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Katy is the owner of the company, and she launched the Fifty Nifty line a couple of months ago. She designed a shirt for each of the 50 states, and there are a TON of colors to choose from! It was a tough decision for me to pick between this one and the Texas one (I’m originally from TX if you didn’t know). I’m starting to think I need both; although, my hubby would probably beg to differ. He thinks I have too many clothes. I say there’s no such thing! Am I right?
Take a look at the Fifty Nifty line here! If you’d like to show off some state pride and make a purchase, you can save 20% through July 20th with code EATNAPPLAY. When you get your shirt, take a pic and post it on Instagram so we can see it! Tag me (@eatnapplay) and Katy (@mckinleykaty). We can’t wait to see your state pride!

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Savory BLT Breakfast

15 Jul

I made this breakfast for myself and my husband last weekend. It was a great alternative to the basic bacon and egg breakfast that we often eat. It was savory and hearty with lots of flavor. Here’s what you’ll need for it:

Ingredients:

6 slices of bacon

2 cups of baby spinach

1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

4 large eggs

1 avocado, sliced

Directions:

1. Heat a large skillet and add the bacon. Set aside a couple of tablespoons of the oil from the pan to use to fry the eggs.

2. Fry the eggs in a separate pan using the oil from the cooked bacon.

3. Meanwhile, add the spinach and tomatoes to the bacon and cook for a few minutes until spinach is wilted.

4. Plate the eggs. Top with the bacon, spinach, tomatoes and avocado slices.

5. Enjoy!

Paleo BLT Breakfast

I found this recipe on PaleoPlan. We really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too!

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Linking Up with: Jen from Pink When and Jessica from All She Cooks

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