Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What's Up Wednesday: February

Hi Foxy Friends! Today I'm linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday, where we share what's going on with us. So let's get to it:


1. What We're Eating This Week

Mr. made a chilli recipe he had at a friends house, it was really yummy.



I also made this instant pot recipe and Mr. kept saying how good it was, so it must have been good.

If you do end up making this recipe, I only pressure cooked it for 25 minutes (45 minutes and 25 NPR is a ridiculous amount of time) and NPR for 10 minutes and it turned out perfect. I also added a corn starch slurry to thicken up the sauce. In hind sight I should have taken the meat out, taken the fat off of the sauce and then did slurry, but hey I'll do that next time.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About

All the fun we had while on our Canadian adventure, already planning when we can go back!

3. What I'm Loving

The pictures that Larissa took while we were in Canada, gorgeous!









4. What We've Been Up To

All of the kid things...not sure how we got here, but here are the kids after school activities...

Baby Fox: Karate, Religious Education formally known as CCD, Football, Baseball

Mini Fox: Religious Education, Soccer, Gymnastics and Horseback Riding (but only for 2 more weeks I think).


5. What I'm Dreading

Not being able to work out with all of the kids said activities (see prompt above). But I've figured out paths to run while I'm waiting for the kids, and then there is always YouTube workouts at the park while I'm waiting too. I really like Blogilates, as most of her videos no equipment is needed.

Oh also dreading Mr. going on his buisness trip, hate when he has to travel for work, he was doing it so much last year, it was nice to have him home for 3 months, guess all good things must come to an end.

6.  What I'm Working On

Hmmm...trying to organize my desk area...and need to finish cleaning up the garage from the mess that was Christmas. Hosting 20+ people a lot of stuff gets thrown into the garage, so need to clean that up, I think this weekend we'll finally have some time to get that done.

7. What I'm Excited About

Watching baseball and soccer again, I love watching Baby Fox play baseball and Mini Fox play soccer.

8. What I'm Watching/Reading

We just finished watching Lost in Space on Netflix and really enjoyed it.



10. What I'm Wearing

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Wearing all the things from Belong Lifestyle (not affiliate). I just got back from visiting them and got to buy some of their stuff coming up for Spring and you're going to love it! Go see what they have, and because it's a Canadian store, we get a great exchange rate, and the shipping is $5CAD no matter what you get, which means $3.50 for us! Great deal!

Also Target is having their buy one get one 50% off sale of bathing suits for the family. It ends on Saturday night so better hop on it. Includes some of the cute cover ups too!




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11. What I'm Doing This Weekend

Baseball and soccer...and then Mr. is going out of town so taking the kids to the movies on Sunday. Going to see Sonic...anyone see it?

12.  What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Next month I'm looking forward to celebrating Mr's birthday and a friends 40th birthday, should be really fun!

13. What Else Is New

Can't think of anything else that is new...hmmm...need to figure out the kids summer schedule still. Trying to weave it all together is like the air traffic control guy...so hard! haha!

Hope you have a great Wednesday! See you Friday when I recap our Canada trip!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Must Have Bathing Suits This Season

Hi Foxy Friends! Back from our Canadian adventure, where we did all of the snowy outdoor things. But today is all about Summer and those bathing suits we all need to get! Every year Target has their buy one get one 50% off, so I definitely take advantage.

 


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I have suit #1, but in a bandeau style and I get SO MANY compliments on it. I love that this has attached straps to it. I even love that it has an option for longer torso's...never seen that before!


1 (for long torsos) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
 
Takinis are a perfect option to get a two piece feel but have a bit of coverage. I love the colors in #7.

 1 / 2 / 3/ 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

They had a whole category this year on slimming control bathing suits? Like what?! Perfection for this Mom-Bod.  I actually ended up getting #7. So cute, can't wait to get it in the mail.

 
 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

I love that tie dye is making a come back, everywhere I look there is tie dye. Suit #5, is perfection...I also love that there are so many animal prints, snake print, leopard, snow leopard, so many choices. I ended up getting #8, I'm a big sucker for a little gingham print.


 
1 Top-Bottom / 2 Top-Bottom / 3 Top-Bottom / 4 Top-Bottom / 5 Top-Bottom / 6 Top-Bottom / 7 Top-Bottom / 8 Top-Bottom

The bathing suit cover ups are also buy one get one 50%. I picked out some of my favorites, but they had so many choices, some I already have, so I didn't showcase them. Take a lok at all of them, something for everyone.

Honorable mention goes to this cute binki with the ruffle bottom, so stinking cute. Also for those that love the song "Yellow Polka Dot Binki" here it is for you...live out your dreams ladies.



1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 /

For the Mini Fox I got this suit, this suit and this suit. And I got her this cute cover up, does she need one? No, but did I want to get it for her? Yep!

For Baby Fox I got him these trunks and these trunks, I also got him this rash guard.

I'm thinking I might need to go back and order #1 from the one piece category, and maybe #8 as well. So many cute choices. And can we talk about #7 in the cover ups? Swoon, that lace...

What are you swooning over?



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

California Winter Wardrobe


Hello Foxy Friends! Once again Mix and Match Mama and  A Little Bit of Everything is hosting their Let's Look At...series. Today we're talking about my winter wardrobe...which in reality means my everyday wardrobe because let's face it, winter for us lasted about 1 week, and now it's back to warmer temps. I bought some faux leather leggings awhile back have yet to find the perfect shirt to go with it...so my goal this week was to find something to go with it, here is everything I bought.


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So I was ordering some new shirts, and I accidentally ordered everything twice...how does one do that? Well I put everything in my cart on my computer, then I couldn't get Rakuten* to work, so I went to my phone to order, but there was nothing in my cart...so I added it all back in and ordered...well turns out I ordered from my computer as well, oops! So now I have a bunch of stuff to return when it all starts arriving. Anyway, enough story, here's what I got, which I think will be perfect for this Winter/Spring transition for us, currently weather is mid 60's for reference.

Outfit 1

I bought these leggings and haven't really found the perfect top to go with them, so I am set on trying to buy things to go with them. Makes sense right? I think this is going to be the perfect outfit.



Outfit 2

I think this outfit would be super cute with these leggings too, add this jacket for a more edgy look.

On my hunt for finding a tunic, I also bought these, they are light weight for the cooler evenings and not too heavy to wear during the day as well.



1 / 2 / 3

Outfit 3

I can see a more causal outfit with the cream top, pairing it with some leopard loafers to finish off the look.

I also got some other things that aren't necessarily winter, but were cute.



And then there are the sweaters that I can't stop raving about. The fleece sweater is so warm and comfy, if you live somewhere it is cold, it's a must buy. Warm and cozy, I won't get much more use out of it as the weather is starting to change, but I'm going to wear it every chance I get before it's too hot to wear it.


 If you want to join in on the fun, here are the prompts, they post the second Wednesday of the month.

, Hello, 2020!





 






















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Monday, February 10, 2020

3 Tips To Find Time Together After Kids

Hi Foxy Friends! Today my friends Dara, Adrienne, Lauren, Ashley, and Sarita are hosting a new link up called Not Just A Mom. I love this, because sometimes we forget that we were people before our kids. Today's topic is how we fit in date nights.

| TIP 1 | Make it a priority - Stop Making Excuses

I feel like so many times people make excuses why they can't go out for example: the kids are too young, they might miss me, I have mommy guilt.  Stop with the excuses and remember why you are with your partner and you were humans before the kids came who went out, probably on a regular basis. Don't have a sitter? Find a friend, do a kid swap. Not comfortable with doing that at night, do a day date. Just stop making the excuses and go out, you'll be happy you got some you time, and you'll be a happier couple, which in turn your kids will be happy and healthy becuase your relationship is too.


Something that might interest you: How To Deal With Mommy Guilt

| TIP 2 | Schedule It!

If you don't schedule it it won't happen. We usually have to schedule it a month or so in advance. Yes it takes a while to do it, but we get it on the schedule so other things don't get in the way. If it's on the calendar, and someone asks us to do something, we say we're busy. If it's not scheduled then it's not going to happen. Trust me, sometimes we go months without going on an actualy date. Sometimes we'll find a day when both of our schedules at work are non busy and we'll go to lunch together, and sometimes we just plan a date when both kids are in school, so we don't have to worry about finding a sitter. Yes you have to take a day off work, but sometimes it's worth it.


| TIP 3 | Does not have to involve going out

Most times we are super busy with sports schedules and what not. But we find time almost EVERY night to spend time with just us. We put the kids to bed, and usually if kitchen clean up hasn't happened before then we do it together. It goes so much faster with the two of us, we do kitchen clean up and lunch making together. Then we head to watch one show before bed. Yes this happens almost every night. No I don't get as much sleep as I probably should, but it's worth it to me to get 30 minutes less sleep to have time with Mr. each night. I really do think this makes our relationship stronger, we go to bed at the same time, we have the same schedule. No one is staying up while the other goes to bed (unless one of us is sick). We have time to chat a bit while getting ready for bed and go over the day and what is happening the next day.



So what do you do to fit in Date Nights with your partner?



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Currently - February

Hello Foxy Friends! I'm finally remember to link up with Anne from Anne In Residence...she gives us 5 prompts to follow each month, this month is loving, embracing, tasting, wearing, and preparing. So here it goes:


Loving:

I'm loving the that kids are finding new things that they love. She loves all animals and horse riding days are her absolute favorite day.


This kid has recently discovered flag football and loves it. This is his first game, first touch town...he was an awesome play.


Embracing:

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Hmm....embracing the fact that I want to be organized, but am not an organized person. If someone organizes for me and tells me where to put things, I'll keep putting them back. But if they have no home in my house, then it just sits on a table somewhere and stays there until I can find somewhere to put it or Mr. puts it somewhere. Hence why I bought this set of drawers. My desk is a mess, so I thought if I had somewhere to put the over flow make up and beauty storage it wouldn't sit ontop of my desk...so far I'm 3 days into trying to build it...it's not easy man! Okay it's easy, but the directions are not great, and I ended up putting 10 railings on backwards...so that will be a problem to tackle today. I'll keep you posted.



Tasting:

All the vegan things? Actually, not really, but we tried a few things on a whim. I made these beefless strips in a Veggie Stir Fry. Just to let you know, they go from cooked to burnt in 2.5 seconds, so if you're making them, make sure to watch it. I cooked these, took them out then cooked the veggies, then added them back and used the sauce that came with the beefless tips. It was good, but had a lot of carbs in it.


This one has less carbs, so next time I would make it with this instead.

We also tried the Impossible Burger, and we decided if you were Vegan it would be an amazing find. It has the texture of a burger and tasted pretty good. But we all decided we would choose real beef over this one. But I would be super excited to have a good vegetarian/vegan burger to eat if I didn't eat meat.

Wearing:

I'm sure you guys are so done seeing this, but I can't stop talking about it. This sweater is on repeat right now, and I don't want warm weather to come so I can keep wearing it. Mini Fox keeps trying to steal it, she has it on backwards.



Preparing:

We're going on a trip next week and I really need to start preparing for it. It's going to be cold, and I'm not sure what the kids are going to wear yet...yikes! Also need to get the kids Valentine's Day cards together. They're going to miss their Valentine's Day stuff at school, but both kids still wanted to participate in the festivities at school. Valentine's Day just sort of snuck up on me, and I feel not ready! Which reminds me, if you have some time, you can make this Valentine's Day Robot for your kids, this really only works for a smaller class size though.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sentence A Day: January Edition

Hi Foxy Friends! Yep, we're continuing on with Sentence a Day! Thank you Rebecca Jo for starting this, it's such a neat way to document life. Also thank you Leslie for always sending out the reminders.

1 - Much needed lazy day, but did get a workout in, thanks for being open Gym.

2 - Mini Fox's first horseback riding lesson of the year, Christmas gift, which is only 2 months, then soccer starts.


3 - Power went out yesterday and finally came back on today, but had to throw out the stuff in the fridge, guess that's our new year cleanse, now to start fresh! #silverlining

4 - Busy day, switched kids with friends last night, so we did the kid exchange at the gym, I worked out, then did a family workout with the kids hosted by the gym, then did the rock wall, followed by Costco and then a bunch of household stuff and a nap.





5 - Baby Fox had a busy day of sports, baseball tryouts, followed by football practice, he rocked both of them.


6 - Gym time with the girl while Mr. took Baby Fox to piano.

7 - Happy to be back in a normal routine, but the wake up time is KILLING ME!

8 - Great workout tonight, and Chick-Fil-A is getting rid of my favorite wrap..I'm so sad! Update: see day 15.

9 -Mini Fox's horseback riding lesson and suddenly starts pouring, that was NOT in the forecast!



10 -Baby Fox's first football game and he scored a touchdown, so proud of him!


11 - We had no plans, which means hanging out as a family, doing a few errands and movie watching (Cloud 9, on Disney+, both kids loved it).

12 - Church, followed by seeing Blue Man Group then impromptu dinner, crafting and football watching at a friends house, which starting the 3 days cleanse today was a mistake, the food looked so good!


13 - 2nd day of 3 day cleanse...this is the day I always ask myself why?

14 - Made it to the last day of the cleanse and walked on the treadmill, no HIIT workout today, but walking is better than nothing right?

15 -Back to my favorite workout class and they didn't get rid of my favorite Chick-Fil-A wrap, woo hoo!

16 - Mini Fox's riding lesson got cancelled boo, but finally got some yummy food after my 3 day cleanse, which probably negated all of the work I did, but worth it!

17 - Great Wolf Lodge here we come!




18 - Had a great time with cousins at Great Wolf Lodge, and the miniature golf game was epic.





19 - Finally finishing up cleaning up Christmas, don't judge.

20 - Kids and Mr. went to a food bank on their day off to pack lunches for a couple of hours, while I was at work.


21 - Baby Fox woke up at 3am this morning, lost his tooth in his sleep, he was hoping to lose it at school today, was eating soft foods all weekend, but he lost it 5 hours too early!



22 - Two sick kids home from school...uh oh, hope they recover quickly!


23 - Baby Fox is all better and back to school, Mini Fox not so much.

24 - Another missed day of school for Mini Fox, and off to the doctors we went, to have them tell us it's a virus and it needs to run it's course.

25 - MIL flew in for Baby Fox's first piano recital, he did such a great job!



26 - Mini Fox is still sick...hopefully she's better tomorrow, will she ever get better?! P.S. I'm sick.

27 - Hurray, she finally woke up with no fever, hopefully we are over the hump and on our way to recovery!

28 - And that was nope, doc called and said her strep B test came back positive (oops, sent her to school because she had no fever and was feeling good), off to the pharmacy to get antibiotics before my MNO.

29 - Went to urgent care for myself, I have a sinus infection and bronchitis, on antibiotics and steroids, but I'm not contagious so MNO, yep again, here I come!



30 -Mr. took Mini Fox to horseback riding today, she did so much, it's amazing how much she's grown in the last month.



31 - Busy day, made soup for Souper Appreciation for the teachers at the kids school, donated a bunch of stuffed animals unbeknownst to the kids, got that out of the house quick, then watch Baby Fox at his football game, he rocked it and caught both passes that were thrown to him.




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