Friday, May 29, 2015

Humidity, spitting, and my serious lack of motivation.

I've got this problem, here in the month of May.  Its called exercise motivation.  I have none. Zero. Zilch. Nada.  For someone who prides themselves (that is my first problem, pride goes before a fall, Amy), in self motivation and challenging oneself, this is a large blow.  Its been raining, and raining and raining.  I like to run in the rain.  But this has been some serious rain flooding streets that don't normally flood.  So I thought it in my best interest to stay inside.

3 weeks later, there is an end in sight to the rain, and I haven't run once.  So after a harsh mental lecture, at 1pm I hit the road.  72 degrees and 75% humidity - I have no idea what I was thinking.  I'm a morning, cool weather runner.  I made sure I didn't go far, because well, what if I didn't make it?  There were a lot of things wrong with this run.  The fact that I was breathing air I could cut with a knife maybe?  But I had some serious spitting problems.  Sometimes, to distract myself during a run I practice spitting.  Because that's an art you know.  And you most definitely need to be able to propel with force and accuracy in races.  But today, my spitting was crazy off.  I spit on my shoulder, not once, but twice. Yes I was the girl running with the trail of saliva flinging over her shoulder, twice.  With that nonsense, I headed home.  

When I rounded the corner the neighborhood children, half of whom were mine, were riding bikes.  They begged to go with me, and since I had only gotten a whopping 2 miles in, we hit the half mile loop twice.  I'd say I finished strong, thanks to the 6 children circling me on their bikes.  Sometimes your run stinks.  And sometimes it's amazing.  Here's to finding that next amazing run.  Clink.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mesquite Jalapeno Cheddar burgers

Buy For Less provided Shur fine products to get our BarBQ on for Memorial Day weekend.  Mesquite Jalapeno Cheddar burgers were in order.  People, you can do absolutely anything with burgers!!  Don't stop at ketchup, and cheese.  Your insulting the burger.






Shur Fine had 3 barbecue sauces to choose from.  And since we are a family with 5 different taste buds, this was a win.


  
This bag of Charcoal made it super easy to get the grill started.  All that is necessary is lighting the bag, and your cookout has begun.




Having your freezer stocked with the frozen beef patties makes grilled burgers an easy quick choice for grilling.  I was happy to see the only ingredient listed was beef.

Since the baked beans were already seasoned with brown sugar and bacon, all I had to do was add a few jalapenos for some extra bite


The result of our super quick cookout was this plate of Barbecue goodness, with the star being the Mesquite Jalapeno Cheddar burgers.  

Do your burgers a favor, everyone likes a little more than ketchup.







Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting our summer on

Its officially the first week of summer for us!  Not setting my alarm is what I am most excited about.  So the night before the first day of summer, I let the kids stay up late and I went to bed with the happy thought that my body would wake on its own, when it was ready.  When my kids were up at 7am - their school wakeup time, I was not amused.

That was the start of one very, long, first day of summer.  There was a lot of technology usage, a lot of refereeing, and a whole lot of annoyed people.  When Carson took a chunk of the wall out by pulling the vacuum by the cord, when Karly used the new expensive hand soap for her bath, and when we realized we had over $50 in library fines as a family to start the summer, I declared that I needed tomorrow to come quickly because we seriously needed a redo.

There is nothing like the start of a new day.  With new rules in place for technology usage, and a nice long list of chores, Day 2 went much smoother.  I'm getting paid $1 per participant for those who need my referee services and technology time will be earned.  And when there seems to be too much energy for the room, a mandatory 15 minute family jumping session on the trampoline is the cure.   We'll see how long this lasts...
Hooray for summer!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

See those two crazy kids?


We were so naive.  Babies!  We were babies when we got married 18 years ago today!!

I'm not one to pretend that everything is always perfect.  That doesn't do anyone any good.  It has not been 18 years of marital bliss.  Andy and I had a lot to learn about ourselves and about each other.  And we most certainly didn't know one thing about what it would take to be happily married.  Our journey has been sweet and rewarding at times, and there have also been some very dark days, that I didn't think we had the strength, as a couple, to climb out of.  But here we are today, a married couple who works hard at being the people we know God wants us to be, and working on the relationship we have seen Him restore.

You may have a marriage that is perfect, and if that is the case, my words will not resonate with you.  But if you don't, I want you to hear these words.  Don't quit.  Even though you want to.  Don't quit.  There is a God who is bigger than anything, who can love you both through your mistakes, insecurities, failures, and selfishness.  He can fix anything that is broken.  We were broken.  Our relationship was broken. And when you come out on the other side, you'll take each other's hand and say, I am so glad I'm doing this thing called life with you.

Andy, I'm so glad I'm doing this thing called life with you.  You call me out when I need to be called out.  You love me when I am unlovable.  You have fun with me when I need to have fun.  You fist bump me after every run.  You fix the doors that I slam when I'm mad.  You work hard to support your family.  You gave me 3 amazing children. Your getting hotter with age.  I love you babe.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Naked Chicken Parm Skillet


When I was contacted by Buy For Less to take some of their new product line, ShurFine and cook up some delicious dinners, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough!  This week’s menu….Naked Chicken Parm Skillet

I was provided ingredients for a parmesan dish of some sort. 



Once I got to thinking, I knew I wanted to make a skillet dish.  I got an iron skillet for Christmas last year and now if you can cook it on the stove, I’m cooking it in my iron skillet.  It makes everything taste better.  No lie.
I’m not a fan of the heavy breadedness of Chicken Parmesean, so I decided to make mine naked.  It was a good decision.  My family gave it 5 thumbs up, which is actually quite the feat at my house.  Score one for mom!


Here’s what you’ll need.

4 thinly cut chicken breasts
½ onion chopped
2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil
½ box of Shurfine multigrain spaghetti
Jar of Shurfine traditional pasta sauce
Shurfine shredded Italian six cheese blend
Garlic
Fresh basil (about 10 leaves)


Cook pasta according to the package directions, cooking just until slightly al dente.


Brown Chicken on high for 3 minutes each side in an iron skillet with olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Remove chicken from the skillet and slice.  Turn the heat down to medium and add your chopped onions.  Look at these lovely brown tinted onion pieces.  Cook them for 3-5 minutes until translucent.


Now add your jar of pasta sauce.  Traditional pasta sauce is a great base.  You can then add spices and herbs to your heart’s content.  I opted for fresh basil leaves and pressed garlic cloves.  I can’t sing the praises of fresh basil enough.  It takes your dish up about 15 notches every time.  Add the sliced chicken, Give it a good stir, turn the heat down to low, cover and let the flavors get to know each other for about 10 minutes.

                                                    
Add your pasta that has been cooked and drained and mix well. Top with shredded cheese and cover again for 3 minutes until the cheese is melted.  And what you have is this.



Dish up for your hungry family and enjoy!


                                         
















Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Reasons to love Monday

This isn't a "5 reasons to love every Monday" post.  But its just for this Monday.  I'm feeling super optomisitc.  So lets go with this.

1.  It is the last Monday morning I have to get up early to feed, pack lunches, and take kids to school for 3 months.

2.  Nothing makes you smile like your 8 year old daugher, with crazy bedhead, wagging her finger at her brother for leaving his underwear on the floor of the bathroom. I giggled out loud.

3.  This cup right here, that I won at Bunco last night.  My motto is, you must always drink beverages from cute cups/mugs.

4.  The sun is out! 2 days in a row.  Its getting all kinds of crazy here in Oklahoma.

5.  Its the beginning of a week with a 3 day weekend.

Ok, now its your turn.  Why are you glad its Monday???

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My mom




This is my mom.  She has amazing flower beds, she trades stocks, she loves TJ Maxx, she isn't afraid to wear unique shoes, she likes to travel, her love language is quality time, she has a lot of wisdom, she is sassy, ornery, and loyal.  I'm crazy lucky to have her as my mom.  
Love you mom!!!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Giveaway time! OKC zoo admission and the KIND safari!


I'm super excited to host my first giveaway ever!  KIND snacks and Zulily are hosting a kindness safari at the OKC zoo on Saturday, May 16th and I have partnered with them to give away free admission for a family of 4 and a box of KIND goodies to one of my Just Finish Strong readers!

Here's the low down.

WHAT IS IT? : Saturday, May 16th, local team members from KIND and zulily will be hosting a kindness safari for families at Oklahoma City Zoo (and in 19 other cities across the country) which will feature:

·       A scavenger hunt booklet with interactive kindness activities inspired by animals (i.e. see a bear; give somebody in your family a bear hug).

·       A flower wall in which attendees can take a flower upon leaving and pass on to someone else.

·        A take-home kindness kit that comes in a complimentary lunch tote that kids can color on.




WHEN: Saturday, May 16th; 10AM to 5PM

If you want to treat your fam to a day at the zoo AND teach your kids about kindness, AND receive a box of KIND bars  here's what you do:

 Just leave a comment on the blog just below and tell me something kind someone did  for you.  A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 12th and announced here!  

And if you don't win, don't worry, you can still go and join in on the fun!


Good luck!  Be KIND


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I was made for fun


I was made for fun.  There is no doubt in my mind.   And it can be a heavy burden to bear, because, well...life isn't always fun.  #annoying  But if there is one thing I have learned here in my 30's - its sometimes you have to schedule in a block of fun.  You have to make it happen.  Fun is important.  You need to have fun, and a lot of it.  And that is just what Andy and I did last weekend.

We hit the road for a mini road trip to Dallas, dropped off our kids at my brother's house for the night, and hit up a Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, and Sam Hunt concert.  This is our thing.  We love live music.  Some people like to go to the lake, some people like to eat out at fancy restaurants, we like to go to concerts.  And we've learned, when you go, you really need to pay for the best seats in the house if at all possible.  So we made our way to the front and into the pit.  Best decision ever.  Nothing better than making eye contact, while singing along with the people who you normally just hear on the radio in your car.  If you've never tried it, you should.  And it produces awesome pictures as well.  So here's a few snapshots from our shot of fun.

                                            

Some Sam Hunt

                                                    

Some Hunter Hayes


                                           

       And some Lady Antebellum!!

       And of course a million selfies.