Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20 Minute Flat Belly and Toned Arms Workout

Here's a great 20 minute workout for your arms and abs. 
I had 25 minutes to workout before my pie would be done, so I headed to the basement to get in a quick workout. 
I hadn't done arms for a while, so I browsed for a new arm workout and ended up loving this one. 

One thing I love so much about PopSugar Fitness is that they show modifications, so if they think it's too hard, they will show you an easier version. 
This is a great way from deterring people who think they just aren't strong enough from quitting. 

This workout has three sets with three moves that you do two reps of. 
I didn't feel like I was dying in the end, but my shirt was sweaty, and I needed a drink. 
I felt like it targeted my abs a lot and am interested in seeing just how sore my arms are tomorrow. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Talk: Meal Rotations

Hey ladies!
It's Tuesday Talk around here!!
The third Tuesday of every month Ashley and Erika do a little Tuesday Talk. 

You can blog about whatever you're interested in talking about.
It's that easy!
Blog about it and link up with the two previous ladies!

Today meal rotations are on my mind. 

By meal rotations I mean the continuous cycles of meals that you eat throughout the year. 
I know sometimes there are meals that I make based on that season, but I'm interested in starting a meal rotation spreadsheet to keep track of some of our favorite meals. 

I know some people keep track of their favorite meals on paper and some make a spreadsheet. 

I'm interested in gaining any and all ideas on how you plan out the meals that you are going to eat throughout the week and year.

Right now, I use my Erin Condren meal planner insert for each week.
On Saturday or Sunday before that week starts I sit down and write down what we are going to have. Usually I think about the meals the week previous, so that I can get anything I need at the grocery store prior to making the items. 
I write out what we are going to have and then I either make it on the weekend or that night. 

Right now that meal planning style is working; however, I feel if I had a spreadsheet of ideas to circulate throughout the year that it would make life even easier. 
Before I go ahead and make that spreadsheet, I'm sure some of you have excellent ideas that I haven't even thought of.

Please, please leave any and all ideas about how you setup your meal planning rotations. 
In addition, please leave any great recipes that would be a part of your meal planning rotations. 
Thanks so much for your help!

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY Cornhole Boards

Here's a little look at we Alex has been up to.
Last summer Alex made these cornhole boards from scratch, but we didn't paint them. 
This summer we decided we would agree on a design and get to work. 

The design part was the hardest. 
I'm a Steelers fan, and Alex is more of a Brown's fan. 
Alex didn't want me to have a Steelers' board, and it would have taken a lot of paint colors. 
His next suggestion was Ohio State Buckeyes boards, but I'm not an OSU fan and would rather have Kent State boards where I actually went to school. 
So, we finally decided on supporting the Indians. 
We used to love going to Indians games, but we haven't seen one in a long time. 

Here's the process:

He did such a fabulous job!
I'm really proud of the final product!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites: Framed Recipes, Maximizing Productivity, Peach Pie

Happy Friday!
Another week down and on to another weekend!
I'm battling some cold/ear infection. 
I've felt like an older person for over a week. 
I'm really struggling with hearing my students, and I actually have to turn my ears towards them to sometimes hear them. 
I'm hoping I will get lots more rest this weekend to back to my A game come Monday.
As always, I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea
We're sharing our favorites from the week.
Grab their graphic and linkup with your favorites from the week, too.

Framed Recipes

Back in the summer I went to get two of my grandma's recipes framed. 
I thought it would be neat to see them hanging on the walls of her own house since Alex and I bought her home and now have made it our home. 

These recipes actually came from her favorite recipe book. 
It really wasn't much of a book anymore, as it used to be a simple notebook where she started writing down her favorite recipes. 
That book was used over and over and over again. 

It was actually falling apart, and I decided I would like to preserve at least two of the recipes. 

The first one is her most famous Chocolate Chip Cookies. 
She used to say "I wish I had a nickel for every batch of chocolate chip cookies I made."
She grew up as one of about 9 or 10. 
Her family took in a couple of kids as their own, along with her already 7 siblings. 

This recipe is so tattered and loved. 
You can barely read it anymore, but it is one of my favorites.

 The second recipe is for Butterscotch Pies. 
My grandma had a best friend named Ruthie. 
Ruthie didn't have any family in our town nor did she ever have children. 
She was a small feisty lady and was basically a third grandma to me. 
She was married and widowed several times and was a down right go-getter!

Ruthie used to invite my entire family (grandma's, grandpa, aunts, uncles, mom, dad, cousins, etc.) over for Christmas dinner. 
It was the BEST!
She was a phenomenal cook and always would make pies for desserts. 
Usually she made lemon and butterscotch. 
I'm not even a fan of butterscotch, but it reminds me so much of her. 

I love walking by these recipes and thinking of two of my favorite people!

Maximize Productivity

I follow several amazing teachers. 
I love to see and read about what they're doing in the classroom. 
Catlin Tucker is a great techno-teacher who is using the latest and greatest technology in the classroom.

I read an article that she posted about how to maximize productivity and loved it. 
This graphic is so true. 
Everything needs to have a time and a place.
You can read more of the article here.

Peach Pie

Earlier in the week I shared my amazing peach pie recipe. 
It's so simple but so yummy!
If you love peaches like I do and want to make it too, click here

I'm contemplating right now whether I have enough peaches left to make one more pie. 

Last weekend I also made two batches of Allie's Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.
So, so simple, ladies!
I made a batch for Alex and I on Friday night. 
They were so easy that I made another batch before 7 am on Saturday for our church bake sale. 
I love the easy yet delicious recipes that Allie shares every Thursday!

Porch Steps 

Last weekend our porch stairs got a little DIY makeover. 
Alex and I love home projects. 
We're just really not good at sitting still. 
We started our repainting the railing, and then ended up at Lowe's buying paint for the front porch step. 

I wish I would have gotten a picture of the before. 
It basically looked like regular cement. 
The old paint was so worn that you really didn't even know there was ever paint there. 

I spent a couple hours lying down with a couple paintbrushes, and then voila!

Soon enough I should share how we remodeled our house. 
We loved it, and thought it would never get finished, and now we sit down and look at each other and think "what could we do next?"

Our projects are very limited now, but we're always up to something. 
This weekend is another college football weekend, so I'm sure we will have some visitors for that. 
I'm more excited about the little shopping trip my mom and I have and for the Steelers playing on Sunday!

Have a great one!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Show and Tell: What's In Your Bag?

Happy Tuesday!
Happy Show and Tell Tuesday!

Andrea from Momfessionals has a linkup two Tuesday's a month. 
Her topics are easy and fun. 
If you're interested in linking up later on or want to see what the topics were so far this year, check out the graphic below. 

Today's topic is what's in your bag?

Here is the bag that I'm currently carrying...

It's more of a summer bag. 
There is an attachable strap, so that I could wear it over my shoulder or as a crossbody, but mostly I've enjoyed it being so light and just carrying it around by hand. 

What I love about this bag is that it doesn't hold much. 

Sometimes during the year I carry a tote or what seems to be like 35 lbs. of nothing. 
Right now I'm enjoying not carrying that. 
I'm one person, I really shouldn't need much. 

Inside my purse are some wallets. 

The first one carries my most frequently used customer reward cards, credit cards, driver's license and insurance. 

The second one, on the right carries a few more cards but mostly cash and coins.

The one on the bottom hold gift cards and coupons.

Also in my bag are the important items like gum, chap stick, lip gloss, hand sanitizer and sunglasses!

I cannot live without hand sanitizer!
It is a must!
I, also, am a frequent gum chewer and must have chap stick before any lipstick or lip gloss!

 It's that simple ladies!
That's all that I carry!

One day when I'm a mom I'm going to look back and think "Wow! How simple was that!"
I can't wait to see what you all have in your bags!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Peach Pie

Ok ladies, today I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes ever!
If I had to choose a favorite fruit, I would probably choose peaches. 
I used to choose strawberries, but I think peaches have won me over. 

I will eat a peach before I run in the summers or as an afternoon snack. 
I will eat them sliced with sugar or without sugar or just eat it whole like an apple. 
I love peaches!

I also love homemade pies. 
I'm really not a fan of any store bought ones. 
Even the "homemade" Amish pies aren't as good to me. 

Last week I made my first peach pie of the season. 
I'm so sad that I haven't made more by now, but the peaches just didn't seem to be as plentiful here in Ohio this year. 

To begin with I used this simple pie dough recipe
It's the same one I used for strawberry pie, but you need pretty much the whole recipe of dough for peach pie since there's a top crust.

I liked to make my pie dough first and set it in the refrigerator to chill, and then take it back out in an hour to make the pie. 
I roll out the dough and get it set in the pie pan, and then I make the filling.

Items Needed:
6-7 peaches
1/2 C-3/4 C Sugar
3 TBSP. Corn Starch
Drop of Almond Flavor

1. Slice your peaches. 
Peaches really cook down, so you could really use about 10 peaches and be fine. 
I like lots of peaches, so I often go with more peaches than less.

2. Mix peaches, sugar, almond flavoring and corn starch. 

3. Put peach mixture in crust. 

4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. 
Cut small pieces of butter and randomly place on top of peaches and cinnamon.

5. Add crust topping.

6. Pour the milk cap almost full of milk.
Dab the crust with the milk in the cap.

7. Sprinkle sugar on top

Bake at 400 25-35 minutes
Sometimes mine takes more time and sometimes not.
Watch it as it bakes. 
You can even broil the top at the end.

This is my favorite pie ever!
The crispy top crust with a dusting of sugar tastes delicious as you bite into the peaches with a touch of cinnamon. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Favorites: Chuy's Dip, Fall Shoes, Fall Candles

Hello there Friday!
It was a short week, and sometimes short weeks seem so much longer than a regular week, especially when you snagged a cold.
I'm so glad that it's Friday and am looking forward to two days off!
As always, I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea
We're sharing our favorites from the week.
Grab their graphic and linkup with your favorites from the week, too.

Chuy's Dip

On Saturday Alex and I went to Columbus to do some shopping and eat out. 
We had something else planned, but the one and only day of rain that we got from Hurricane Harvey decided to show up on the day that we had outside plans, so we quickly changed plans and decided to do some shopping instead. 

Over the summer my great aunt and uncle took us to Chuy's in Tennessee. 
We ate on the patio and loved the unique decor and our meals so much. 
The chips were phenomenal, and we almost bought some to bring home with us.

I was stoked when I found out that there was a Chuy's in Ohio. 
I was browsing for a restaurant on our drive to Columbus when I found Chuy's. 

It was delicious yet again, and we got a bag of chips and their creamy jalapeno dip to bring home!!

I'm not even sure what the dip consists of, and I normally hate anything hot (like jalapenos), but I love this dip!
I savored every last drop throughout the week. 

Fall Shoes

I snagged some slide in shoes on Saturday.
I have tons of tennis shoes and dress shoes, but I was lacking in the casual shoes department.

I haven't had a new pair of Sperry's in a long time.
Mine are so beat up that I no longer wear them.
I was instantly draw to this oatmeal color.


I was also looking for a pair of black shoes.
I thought I might like these Steve Madden ones.
I've been seeing a lot of people buying them; however, they didn't fit my feet.
There was a huge gap on the side of my foot, so I went back to my favorites that I already have.


This time I got the Ralph Lauren Janis Sneakers in the Black Faux Straw.
I can wear these shoes all day teaching and my feet don't hurt.
I really need good shoes.
I refuse to even wear Nike's now because they don't have the right support for my feet.
My feet end up hurting by the end of the day if I'm not picky with my shoes.


I'm so glad to have two new pair of slide in shoes for fall!


Saturday morning I was browsing through my emails when I saw that Bath and Body Works was selling their large candles for $12.50.
We didn't exactly need more candles, but I felt like we would end up with more by the end of the day. 

I was right. 
We ended up with four new lovely smelling candles. 
Two fall scents and two fresh, clean, slightly tropical scents.

New Bed Covering

I've been thinking and looking for a new duvet for our bed. 
The one we have now is great for winter, but it's too hot for the summer. 

I found this one at Macy's. 
I think I would have rather had more of a gray color, but it was on clearance and the type and style I was looking for, so we bought it. 

I think if it doesn't match enough in our bedroom, it will go to the spare bedroom. 

Last weekend was a great weekend for shopping. 
This weekend is going to be a great one for recuperating. 
The weather is so much cooler now, and we've been glued to the news to watch Hurricane Irma. 
Hoping this hurricane takes the best possible route for the least destruction. 
Have a great weekend!
I hope you get lots of rest and relaxation!