Wordless Wednesday

My girls' are quite creative and came up with these fun outfits earlier this week. 

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Motivation to Workout & Playlists

So, let's be honest - I definitely do NOT always want to workout.  So, when I don't want to, I just remember this quote I see pop up quite frequently on my Insta-feed "I never regret the workout I did, but I will regret the workout I didn't do." <- Honestly, how true is that though!  

Great example of this was Friday.  It was one of those days with the kids', as soon as the Hubs' came home and saw me he said to me, it looks like we both are having the same kind of day.  He just wanted to stay home and relax and I just wanted to go - after an evening of errands by myself, came home to help get the littles to bed and unload the vehicle.  He kicked me out of the house, forcing me to the gym, he knew I had wanted to go, but at that point I was just feeling drained.  So, I went and worked out HARD for an hour and 20 mins! I pushed myself and left there feeling even more drained, but in a good way.  Do you get that workout high?

Here's a screen shot from my cardio.  So, this first one is a machine called an Adaptive Motion Trainer, I swear if I could fall in love with a machine - this baby would be it!  You are dripping in sweat and it's easy on the joints which I love, plus that was 50 minutes and the calorie burn is incredible!!!  And then I did 6.5 miles on the bike in the 2nd screen shot.  

And trust me I know how easy it is to come up with excuses on not working out, whether a quick workout at home or going to the gym.  But in actuality a 1 hour workout is only 4% of your day.  Even 20 minutes would be better then 0 minutes! 

The next thing that helps motivate a good workout is of course having a great workout playlist.  I've been working on getting mine compiled.  I originally googled workout playlists - there are tons of great lists out there.  A pretty cool site I stumbled across is jog.fm, or they have a walking or cycling version as well, you put in your pace per mile, and it'll bring up songs that go with that pace.  So, if you have a 9 minute mile when jogging it tailors songs to that.  You should definitely check it out if you do any of those 3 things.

These are just a couple I've found I like and keep my pace up:
- Pitbull - Shake Senora & Something For the DJ's
- Beyonce - Get Me Bodied
- Gym Class Heroes - The Fighter & Ass Back Home 
- Flo Rida - Wild Ones
- Cher Lloyd - Want U Back & Superhero
- Karmin - Brokenhearted
- Justin Bieber - Boyfriend
- Kelly Clarkson - Stronger 
- LMFAO - Sexy and I know it

So, what do you do to stay motivated to workout?  What is on your playlist that just really keeps you pumped while doing your workout?  

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life rearranged
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Here's a recap of our week:

Baby Girl chomping on a little baby. 

 Hubs and I after our workout. 

My Mom, the girls' Mimi, and them in the creek at our annual picnic at my Aunt's & Uncle's.

The Oldest and I stopping for a pic while walking up and down the creek, love the sunrays in this shot. 

Gorgeous sunset. 

Let the older two stay up late one night and they had some fun with left-over 4th of July sparklers. 

Was bummed this turned out blury - but it was to show that I burned 555 calories in 45 minutes, love this machine!  Wish our gym had more then two of them though. 

Sister giving a shoulder ride to the baby. 

Hubby ran in for some milk and when he came back to the car he said he got him and the girls' a treat and me my own special one.  Cracked me up that he remembered I was out of cottage cheese.  

Baby Girl post spaghetti dinner and her first bath in the sink - love having a pic of each of my girls' in a sink bath. 

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Finally a DIY Project...

is about to be happening around here.  This weekend my in-law's neighborhood is having their annual yard sale and the Hubs and I spent the evening going around the house gathering up some random stuff to take over there tonight.  One of the things we sent over was our current tv stand.  

My mother-in-law offered me a long dresser she's had in her basement and doesn't want.  We all know how much I love a good furniture re-do, even more so when it's FREE!!  So, here she is in her "glory" right now. 

So, I'm thinking of moving the middle drawers up to the top.  And then tearing out the bottom two rows of drawers.  We have one of those older big stereo's we still listen to that I'd love to still use, but keep it out of sight.  So am sure the Hubs will come up with some doors or something.  Also, everything on top of the dresser now (PS3, Dish box, and router) will be hidden in the top drawers.  

As for the color I'm thinking, something along this picture that I saw on crackgram earlier this week.  I want to add some pops of color - am done being "afraid" and going with whites and blacks. 

What are your thoughts?  Always open to suggestions!

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Wordless Wednesday


Had to share this - so fitting to my life, especially #2 & #5.  Can you relate at all?

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life rearranged
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I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday week, we have been busy around here this week - I can't believe it's already Friday! 

Here's a re-cap of the pictures, top to bottom, left to right! 

1. Brynlee playing with a toy - such concentration. 
2. We took the older two to Hershey Park - this is a collage of our ride in Chocolate World. 
3. Emma & Avalynn checking to see what kind of candy they were so we knew what rides they could go on. 
4. Collage of them on rides. 
5. Emma and the Hubs on Skyview.
6. Girls' got some Icee's! YUMMMY on a very very HOTT day! 
7. Me with the girls'. 
8. After the day - tan lines. 
9. Anniversary dinner with the Hubs', filet mignon, potatoes, steamed cauliflower, we decided to do it picnic style once the kids were in bed and watched True Blood. 
10.  Hubs & I during our dinner. 
11. Opened up a bottle of wine as well. 
12. Sunset on my way home from the gym one night. 
13. Came down one morning to this tower display Emma had put together.  
14. Collage of the kiddo's and the Hubs' during out July 4th spent at his grandparents pool. 
15. Emma and her sparkler. 
16. Avalynn and her sparkler.  

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7 Year Anniversary

Another year has passed and the Hubs and I are celebrating our 7TH wedding anniversary today!  What a roller coaster the past 7 years have been and thankfully we are at a crest right now, after going through some dips, you really appreciate the high moments.  

Being introduced at the reception.
Finding these photo's and looking back through them, still can't believe we were only 20 when we got married.  Now, looking back, that seems crazy young!  But I wouldn't change any of it.

Cake shot.
I don't know where I'd be if you hadn't walked into my life 12 years ago.  Things definitely don't always go as planned for us, but we always make the most of it.  Thank you for being my bestest friend, my rock, my #1 supporter!! 

First Dance
You've made me into a better person over the years.  You've brought so much laughter and joy to my life.  We've created a beautiful family together.  I love you for who you are and thank you for loving me for who I am - quirks and all! 

Garter time! 
Looking forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with you honey.  I know that this year, our plans didn't pan out, but I'm looking forward to our steak dinner together after the kids are in bed tonight.  

Love you! 

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