Monday, January 21, 2013

Brazil Butt Lift - 2 weeks in

Well, I certainly don't look like this yet (or probably ever really)...

However, I am loving the work outs and already noticing results!  

The workouts are fast paced and I will admit I underestimated them at first.  I'm not sure if I think I'm in better shape than I am really am or if I just tend to underestimate "it's so fun I didn't even remember I was working out" kind of workouts.  But, it works your butt off...literally.

The first time I did the Cardio Axe (dance, baby dance) it was the coordination extravaganza anyone who knows me might expect.  (I work out early in the morning, when I am utterly alone!)  After several times of doing this workout, I am starting to get it.  I'm not ready to do this workout in front of anyone or star in the next DVD, but at least I'm getting the hang of it!  And believe me when I say "If I can do it you can do it"!

The other workouts are hard, but not dance-y so, admittedly I like them better.  

I've been sore in places on my behind I didn't know existed.  He does moves that I've never seen in other workouts and get results.  I've already lost 1/2 inch on each thigh.  (I haven't measured anywhere else.)  I'm sure that once I get my tummy and mouth on the health train I'll see even more.  As for now, I'm giving it a BIG THUMBS UP!! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

14 Free Printables for February 14th!

Happy Valentines Day!

It almost seems to early to start talking about Valentines Day.  Especially since, I will admit, I still have a few lingering Christmas decorations to put away (keep forgetting about the little trees my kids have in their rooms.).  But, it will be February 14th before we know it, so I thought I post some decorations that only require is some ink and card stock.
I LOVE printables and always stick with the free ones.  There are cute free printables for just about every occasion.  You just have to look, but there is the problem...time to look.  So, I've looked around and here are some of my favorites.

old valentines subway artI love this subway art from Pixels and Paperie

Here is another subway art that I love from designs by cp.

Subway print from Pink Polka Dot Creations

I am in love owls lately, this one was my favorite for Valentines Day from Confessions from a first year teacher- I'm going to add it into a banner .

Here are some of my favorite free banners...

This one is from Very Merry Vintage Style

This is from The Scrap Shop Blog



Both of these are from At Second Street.  I've use this sight for several printables and really like it!

This one is from M Originals

 Various Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards
These cute Valentines are free to print at Pumpkins & Posies

I love these butterfly's via Skip to my Lou .  I think I might suggest these ones to Little Miss for her class valentines.

These cute traditional Valentines are free from June Lily

These 4 designs are from Anders Ruff

Printable Valentine's Day Bingo Game Cards 
These cute Valentine Bingo boards are free from Family Crafts.  They even give you 3 different printing options - so if you don't want to use so much ink, you don't have to, have the kiddos do some coloring.

There are a ton more free printables out there, I could go on all day.  I hope you like these ones, that they get you in the Valentine mood and help decorate your home!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happiness Project - Month 1, Home and Possesions

Although every persons Happiness Project is individual and unique, I am using Gretchen Rubin's outline she uses in her book.  I love that it gives me a place to start, a pattern to mimic and makes everything seem not so overwhelming. 

Month 1 in the book was September, but for me it is January.  Gretchen had her first month as Possessions.  While I am using Possessions as well, I am expanding my focus to Home and Possessions.  Since I am a full time Mom, my home is my everything.  It's my most important possession, as well as my office, my escape, my playground and most significant way to express myself. 

My goals for this month:

Cultivate a Shrine - this is one directly from the book.  It is also not something I would think to of myself, but I love it.  I'm going to work on cultivating a shrine to running, family, and stationary.
Running - I don't have a great deal to put up for this, but I love running and sometimes I need to remind myself that I do.  I'm not in as good shape as I once was, but I've also accepted that my life is very different than it was a few years ago.  I want to display my few medal and a 1st place ribbon I got in a 5k a few summers back.  I have a cleared space in my closet.  That way it is where I will see if everyday and it is also where the first step to running takes place - getting in my running clothes.
Family - Most of my house is a shrine to my family.  My walls are decorated with family photos, my kitchen full of art projects my kids have done, pictures they have drawn for me and papers from school reminding me of Mr. Man's Gingerbread Man play and telling me when Little Miss has her B-ball practices and games.  But I wanted something more, just for me.  So, in the same little corner tucked in my closet I'm going to hang a bulletin board with my favorite pictures of my family.
Stationary - This one might seem a bit strange, but it is something dear to me.  I have always loved stationary.  I love notebooks, notepads, pens, pencils, desk organizers!  Back to school sales make me giddy and I have remind myself that I am buying supplies for my kids, not extras for myself.  Several years ago, I discovered that one of my best friends had the same affection for stationary.  We lived down the street from each other for a few years, with little girls the same age and being pregnant with #2 (boys) together.  The year that we were having our #2's both of our husbands were busy and not around as much as we would have liked.  My hubby was out of town often training for a new position and working.  Her husband was (and still is) teaching high school and coaching baseball and, at the time, was working on getting his masters.  We spent lots of time together!  Now we are in two different states and find that talking to each other is few and far between these days.  But, that is part of what I love about our friendship.  No matter if we talk everyday or once a year our friendship hasn't changed.  For birthdays and Christmas and sometimes at random, we send each other pens and notebooks.  I love my collection, not just because I love stationary, but because it reminds me of Ali!

Go shelf-by-shelf - This is also right from the book!  I have a list of areas that need attention.  Most of them are filled with things that could fill my garbage can for weeks.  I know myself though, I know that I get gung-ho on a project, then peter out, forcing myself to finish with only a half-effort.  So, I decided to incorporate it into my zone cleaning I do each month.  This way if I don't get to a space that needs de-cluttering I will get back around to it the next month.  Hopefully, this way I can keep things clean and clutter free.

Make my house a home - This is something I already strive to do, I have room for improvement!  I keep a clean home and my clean home does make me happy.  A place for everything and everything in it's place is my version of a happiness mantra!  That being said, sometimes I need to loosen up.  When I am stressing about something getting cleaned or finished my husband often tells me "Don't worry the cleaning police are on vacation."  While I will probably always stress, at least a little, about keeping my home clean, I want to accept limitations - don't worry so much about it being clean that it's uncomfortable and decorate for me.  Throughout the book the author admonishes "Be Gretchen."  Likewise I admonish myself to "Be Rachelle", I often look at things in other homes and love them.  It's not until I try to envision it in my home that I love these styles for their home and that's okay.  Often I like the way others have their homes decorated better than I have my own, but I want my home to be mine - not a copy of a magazine or of my friend who is maybe more stylish than I am.  Be Rachelle! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Happiness at Home project

The next book on my book clubs agenda is Happiness at Home by Gretchen Rubin.  I will admit I am not an avid reader of "self-help" type books, but am game for pretty much anything.  After reading this though I'm not sure if I would consider this a "self-help" book so much as a "this is what helps me be happy, what make you happy?" book.

By the time I finished the first section, I decided that I wanted to have my own Happiness Project.  I'm not typically one that does new years resolutions, but I happened to read this in December.  January seemed as good as time as any to start.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fitness Challenge

Every year, despite my best intentions, I gain weight around the holidays.  It's also the middle of winter and finding motivation to run in the freezing temperatures is a hard one for me.  So, I thought January would be a perfect time to give myself a fitness challenge. 

I am going to be doing Brazilian Butt Lift by Beachbody.  I'm not sure if it's because (much to my husbands chagrin) I am a sucker for infomercials.  Maybe because I've used other Beachbody products and loved them (Slim in 6 and P90X).  Or simply because the focus of this workout system was my trouble area - the butt!  In any case, I got the workout system as a Christmas gift for myself.


I am starting on Monday Jan 7th.  I will measure myself, take the dreaded before pictures and be on my way.  After my Butt Lift journey I'll post my pictures and the inches/pounds lost.  Pictures will only be posted when I have "after" to feel better about myself!

Happy New Blog - 2013

I've been contemplating the idea of starting a blog for a long time.  What better day to start than on January 1st?!?!

I've decided to write about three things that I love, make me happy and that help define who I am.  Some things I hope to do here - fitness challenges (not just running), share recipes, share my projects and share the printables and other findings online.