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Holiday yummies that won’t pack on a tummy!

16 Dec

So tonight was a first…

I decided to bake some brownies from scratch. These were not just any brownies… They were black bean brownies. Yes, you heard it right. And no, they were not gross. I actually would make these again in a heartbeat. Delicious. 🙂

Check out the recipe here

I also made some cowboy cookies… these are not at all healthy but I am giving them all away so its okay.  🙂 I did sample a bite… also yummy!

I’ve compiled a new workout! It’s pretty awesome… so get your booty up and get moving!

Warmin’ Winter Workout 

Dips (20)

Jump Squats (20)

Lunges- right and left (20 each leg)

Jump rope (60 sec) or jumping jacks (50)

Burpees (15)

Bicycle Crunches (40)

*** Repeat 4 times***

Bodyrock also posted some great workouts check them out here

Happy Friday tomorrow!


Back to the daily grind

29 Nov

Well hello there! It’s me again. Today was my first day back after a nice long week of rest and relaxation. I really feel like this was one of my best vacations yet. So much was accomplished and I still got to relax in the process. It’s the little things that I am beginning to cherish about sipping coffee slowly while watching the news, reading my favorite magazine on the porch, playing with the pups, or just spending time with family.

If I had a dollar for every funny thing I heard on an average day of work let’s just say I would be very rich. Until that actually happens, I will enjoy getting my daily chuckle while at work.

Funny sayings from today (just off the top of my head):

Boy: “I should be the leader today because I’m handsome.”


Me: Tell me things that remind you of the holiday season.

Girl: “ummmm. Princesses in pajamas. “


“Teacher, I peed on myself a little.”



So did anyone find a great cyber Monday deal? I only found one…–2?a=nicolesnickels

You get two magazines for a year for only $6… 🙂 Yay!

I was tempted by the katespade sample sale found here

I was also thinking of purchasing a new printer… then I got to the website to find they were sold out. So sad.

Happy shopping!


One last thing.. we developed our Christmas photo only to discover two very creepy sets of doggy eyes. I guess it will have to do 🙂

Fancy Handmade Holidays and other random finds

27 Nov

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Totally doing this ASAP!

My mom totally had this…

Does anyone remember their mom or grandma proudly displaying one of these beauties for christmas?? - My Mom had one!

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Looks like a fun activity for my Pre- K kiddos!

Reindeer cookies , so cute!

Cute gift!

Holiday letter wreath.  ooohhhh!!!

Adorable 🙂

...on daily basis

I must admit… I have said this to my little ones



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Should do this… NOW!

wine cork wreath. THIS is your kind of Xmas! :)

Now I know what to do with all my corks!



Super smart!


It's either cold enough for uggs or warm enough for shorts... It cannot be both.   *******But Uggs were originally made for surfers in Australia too keep their feet warm & dry.

I could not agree more… 🙂


More holiday finds to come!