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Non-Candy Easter Egg Stuffers

Is anyone else out there sick of the Easter candy?  In our house quite a bit of it ends up in the trash or eaten, and I’m not sure which is worse at this point.  Therefore, this year I’m changing things up for the first time and not putting candy in the Easter eggs.  Yes, I’m biting my nails and nervous about the outcome of this new experiment, but I’m just so sick of the junk and candy each year for each holiday.

This year I am putting Legos in my son’s Easter eggs.  I’m going to put all the pieces from the Lego set pictured above into a bunch of eggs and hide them.  When he wakes up in the morning he’ll find the directions booklet in his Easter basket, and I’ll tell him that he has to find all the eggs in order to put his new Lego set together.  My guess is that he will be really excited about this, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

Now, I’m sure I’m not the only mom out there who wants to put something other than candy in their Easter eggs, so here is a list of 20+ items that you can put into your eggs this year.  I actually went up and down the toy isles in Target the other day coming up with this list.  Just make sure you put age appropriate items in your eggs.
20  Non-Candy Easter Egg Stuffers

  1. Money
  2. Gift card/certificate
  3. Legos or Lego minifigures
  4. Race car
  5. Bouncy Ball
  6. Play dough
  7. Slime
  8. Silly Putty
  9. Rings
  10. Earrings
  11. Necklace
  12. Temporary tattoos
  13. Lip Gloss
  14. Chapstick
  15. Doll accessories
  16. Barrettes
  17. Stickers
  18. Squinkies
  19. Mini erasers
  20. Small action figures
  21. Glow in the dark stars
  22. Glow in the dark stones
  23. Magic grow capsules

What are you putting in your Easter eggs this year?

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Crayon Art

Recently I was talking with some of my friends about what they have been doing during their winter days (we have a lot of them here, and more to come) with their children.  Most of us are on the lookout for fun creative activities to help occupy us and our children.  This got me thinking back to last summer when I was in Florida staying with my friend Kim…

Crayon Project

Picture a beautiful, sunny, 85 degree day.  Perfect weather for playing outside, going for a run, heading to the beach, etc.  Therefore, you would expect us to be outside making the most of such a great day…Wrong!!  Instead, Kim and I decided we wanted to try a craft we saw on Pinterest.  I’m sure many of you have seen the whole “melt the crayons” art work that has been floating around Pinterest.  Well, we gave it a try, and it was a smashing success!  Kim and I were actually way more into it than our son’s were.  Our kids just wanted to play outside and enjoy the weather.

Crayon Art

Supplies:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Crayola crayons…you choose the colors you want
  • Canvas frame…choose your own size
  • A hair dryer or embosser…the embosser will work better

Crayon Art

First, choose the crayons you want to use and lay them out on the top of the canvas to make sure they all fit properly.  Then, using the hot glue gun, glue each crayon onto the canvas with the tip of the crayon pointing to the bottom of the canvas.  Once completed, make sure the glue on the crayons has cooled completely before you begin to melt the crayons.
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Now, using your embosser or hair dryer (make sure you have the dryer set on low, or you will blow melted crayon everywhere) begin heating the crayons.  Make sure you have your canvas tipped at an angle so the melted crayons can flow towards the bottom of the canvas.  I had the dryer pointed at the top end of the crayon in order to melt as much of it as I could.
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Once you have finished, keep the canvas propped up until the wax has melted completely.  Then, hang your new art on a wall!!  I highly suggest you give this project a try if you are looking for something fun, easy, cheap, and creative to do!

***Note:  Over half way through our crayon melting, Kim got out her embosser.  We discovered the embosser worked so much better than a hair dryer.  The embosser kept the wax hotter longer, so that it could “flow” down the canvas more.  Not to mention, it didn’t blow the air out as hard as a hair dryer, making it easer to control where the melted crayon flowed.

Snow Day #2

Shoveling snow

After these last three weeks I firmly believe that it will never stop snowing, and summer will never come.  We have gotten more snow than I have ever seen in my lifetime, and that is the truth.  Friday and Sunday into Monday were truly terrible storms.  I took the above picture yesterday morning while shoveling the driveway, so you could see the amount of snow we got Sunday night.  I must thank my wonderful neighbor who came over with his snow blower and saved me a lot of work.  Is anyone else finding that this is a particularly harsh winter?

We got a butt load of snow on Friday, causing me to get snowed into Minot (I work there and it is an hour from my home).  This is the same day that we had our “girl’s night” out scheduled, and I was cranky.  Rita came to my rescue and set up a girl’s night of our own, and she let me crash at her lovely home for the night.  You are the greatest Rita!

Quite a few of us at the gym were having a bad week (myself included) and we all needed to get out and relax, so Rita called up some of our friends, and we headed out for dinner, drinks, and to see the new Halle Berry movie, The Call.  All of us had such a great time laughing and hanging out at dinner.  As for the movie…Our hearts were beating like we were running a marathon during the whole movie.  I wish I had worn my heart rate monitor just to see how many calories I burned from just watching the movie.  The writers did an excellent job keeping the viewer on the edge of their seats.  I cannot wait for our next girls night out, and we are now planning to have one each month!

Sunday brought our next snow storm.  Thankfully the worst of it didn’t hit till way late at night, so our friends could still come over for dinner.  I’m one of those people who love having company over and feeding them, and for dinner we had tacos…You can never go wrong with a taco night!  I also tried a new homemade Spanish Rice recipe, and it was a big hit.  I suggest you try it too.

snow day

I woke up Monday morning to school cancellations, and I was unable to get to work myself.  As soon as the sun came out my son and I headed outside to work on our snow fort and play in the snow.  I think the snow fort came out pretty well!  There was a long tunnel leading to the main part of the fort which was huge!  My son was able to launch quite a few snowballs at me from the safety of his fort.

I’m headed to the gym this morning to teach my two spinning classes and get in a run.  If your are looking for some workouts, try some of the ones below, or one of my treadmill or elliptical workouts!

  • Shape It Up – Shape up those muscles with this full body workout that uses supersets, with cardio circuits to really burn those calories. You can do this workout at home too!
  • A Freakishly Good Workout – A great leg and upper body workout that will chase your fat away.
  • Stability Ball Circuit Workout #2 – Another fun stability ball workout you can do at home with weights that targets all your muscles!

Blood Tests

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Today is a sucky day for me…I have to go in and have my blood drawn for my biannual cancer screening.  Can you say fun?  Not!  I hate taking these tests.  It never fails to get me all stressed out the week leading up to it, and I HATE stress.  Then, of course, there is the waiting to find out your results.  Ugg!

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about; anyone who has had cancer, tumors, and other fun killers has to have regular blood tests/work each year to make sure that the fun killers are not returning and taking over your body again.  Talk about a fun day huh?

Today I will hit the gym and get in a good workout, and hopefully those “happy endorphins” I create during my workout will help me get through the day.  If not, I’ll get myself a big box of chocolates and lose myself in a good book (I’m currently reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and loving it!).

I’m sorry I don’t have anything more for ya in today’s post.  Writers block has taken over since I’m focused on today’s blood work.  I promise that my next post will be happier and have a workout in it for ya!

It’s Friday!!

Woohooo!  The weekend is almost here!

snow fun

What a week we have had!  The blizzard on Sunday and Monday brought a lot of snow to play in, and my son and I took advantage of it.  We have over 4 1/2 feet of snow in our front yard.  My 7 year old can now touch the tree branches from the top of the snow in our yard!

post workout  Lady snoring

I got in some great workouts and had fun teaching my Spinning classes.  My favorite workout was an upper body workout pyramid I came up with on Wednesday.  I’m still sore from it.  As you can see, Lady was on the couch behind me loudly snoring.  She is so great when it comes to encouraging me to work harder during my workouts.

drinks!

Wednesday I got to go out for a much needed drink with friends.  I haven’t had a chance to go out with them in months, and I loved hearing their stories about getting chased by Girl Scouts trying to sell their cookies at the mall.

Sweat Pink

I just was selected as a Sweat Pink Ambassador a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to join such an inspiring group of women. My Sweat Pink gear came in the mail yesterday, and I’m already wearing it in pride.  I’m looking forward to working with Sweat Pink to inspire others through my blog and my stories as others have inspired me. Sweat Pink is a, “Movement where tough and girly come together at last. It’s all about sharing the joy that comes from living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a celebration of hard work and well-earned rewards. Our pink shoelaces are a proud demonstration of all we’ve achieved, and all we plan to become.”

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We had a little change in our menu, so I’ll be making the Caprese Pasta from Aris Menu tonight.  I’m really looking forward to trying this new recipe out!

smoothie

This morning I made my Power Protein Smoothie.  I’ll hit the elliptical before I teach my spinning class and here is what I’m doing.

How was your week?  Did you do anything special?
30 Min Elliptical

Doing the Burpee Mile

How does one write about someone doing a mile of burpees?  Nothing I write could give Rita, age 50, the credit and accolades she deserves.  Rita did a full mile of burpees with push-ups in 1 hour and 35 minutes!  She would have broken the record of 1 hour and 15 minutes, if we all didn’t make her stop and take pictures. 

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When we all met up with Rita at the Y, she had two canvas boards labeled with each lap and who she was dedicating it to.  She then asked us to write in who we dedicated our lap(s) to below hers.  I thought this was such a wonderful and meaningful thing to do.

Lap 1

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Rita started out her first lap with a bang!  She rocked her way around the track in 10 minutes!

Lap 2

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Margel and her son joined Rita in her second lap.  Both Margel and I have problems doing push-ups due to injuries.  Margel discovered that we had to do our burpees with the push-ups to give our legs that quick break…boy was she right too!

Lap 3

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Can you say rockin’ body!?!

Lap 4

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Rita loved having everyone there to do laps with her.  We would cheer for her, and then she would start cheering for us, and telling us how proud she was of us and how great we were doing! 

Lap 5

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Rita’s husband, Barry, joined her for a lap of Burpees!

Lap 6

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Margel, Stephanie, and I joined Rita for this lap.  I started out without the push-ups, but about 7 burpees into it, I added those push-ups in to save my quads, because they were already on fire!  I’m the one in the middle.

Lap 7

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Second to last lap, and Rita is still going strong.  She had perfect form, strong push-ups, and great forward jumps!

Lap 8

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Devin and I joined Rita for her last lap of burpees.  She stayed so strong through that last lap, and finished with a smile!!

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A special thank you to everyone who was there to support Rita on her Burpee Mile!!

The Blizzard

Yesterday did not work out at planned at all!  My plan was to go to town, run errands, workout, and get my camera with all the pictures from Rita’s Burpee Mile.  I know I told y’all I would have the story of Rita’s Burpee Mile today, since I forgot my camera at the gym last weekend. Sadly the blizzard prevented me from getting to the gym to retrieve my camera today, so I’m really hoping to get that story and pictures to you tomorrow.

Instead of a normal day, we woke up to the mother of all blizzards.  Actually, I woke up at 4am when the siren on my cell went off notifying me of the blizzard warning and the doom and peril it brings.  We got the call at 7am that school was cancelled, so I let my son sleep in, and today school won’t start till 10am.

Snow!

When it was finally light enough outside to see, I discovered at least 2 feet of snow in our driveway and 4 feet at the highest point.  Of course, more snow came down along with high winds, so the drifts got bigger, and bigger, and bigger.  I had to dig my way out our door to get to the walkway and driveway to start shoveling the whole mess!  Honestly, I swore these kind of snow storms only happened in the movies. 

Jamaica

Then, to make me feel better about all the snow, cold, and high winds we had, my dad sent me a picture from his front porch in Jamaica.  Along with this nice little line…”Glad, I mean REAL GLAD that I’m not in North Dakota. Wow! All new snow piled deeeeep. I’m loving Jamaica. Downed one Rum Runner, walking 24 steps to get another one. Had to count the steps, it’s so close.”  Isn’t he so thoughtful?  I shouldn’t complain, since I called him and bragged about all our great winters in Florida when he was stuck in the snow and cold up in Ohio.  Payback sucks!

Since we were snowed in, I did more chores that I was behind on.  The never ending pile of laundry got a lot smaller today, a lot of dusting got done, two loaves of bread baked, vacuumed, mopped, and I actually took some time to read.  I’m quite proud of my accomplishments.

Chicken tenders

I had a ton of time to make dinner, so I made the Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders that were on last weeks menu.  I didn’t get to them since we had a bunch of leftovers.  They are my son’s favorite, so I always double or triple the amount of chicken I use.  Last night I tripled the chicken as you can see from the mammoth pile of chicken.

How was your Monday?