31st May2010

Monday Mingle

by Daenel

Monday Mingle is hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. Afterall, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions were submitted by Lauren from (Mis)Adventures in Theatre!:

1.  What was your favorite childhood book?  What is your favorite book now?
2.  Have you ever done Relay for Life/Race for the Cure/any sort of walk or run for a cause? What made you do it?
3.  What in the last month has made you laugh the hardest?

Information about my participation in the Children’s Advocacy Center 6th Annual Moonlight Run

Next week’s questions were submitted by Jendi from Simple Blogging Tips:

1.  What size (King? Queen?) and type (regular, air, water) bed do you have?
2.  What color are your bed sheets?  Will your husband sleep on flowered sheets?
3.  Do you put your cold feet against your spouse when you go to bed?

PS Jennifer included a little reminder on her vlog for us to make sure that we check the linky periodically to see if there are any new minglers.  If you see new participants, welcome them to the crew by leaving them some comment love.  Thanks

29th May2010

Small Talk Six: I Heart Exotic Flowers

by Daenel

Ahhhh, flowers…  I haven’t thought about my favorite flowers in almost 16 years.  My husband has severe allergies, so flowers are a big no~no in our house.  But thanks to the ladies at Momdot.com, for a few minutes I can remember what it’s like to have flowers all around me.  Today’s Small Talk Six topic is to name “6 of your favorite flowers.”

I used to live in New Orleans, Louisiana (shout out to Dillard University, my old stomping ground) and I’ve been heavily influenced by its beauty, mystery and uniqueness.  That place is a feast for the senses ~ the colors, the smells, the tastes, the sounds….New Orleans even has a tactile quality.  Therefore, my favorite flowers reflect bits and pieces of New Orleans and it’s exotic beauty:

Calla Lily

Magnolia

Passion Vine Flower

Tiger Lily

Trumpet Vine

Wild Iris

Would you like to play along?  Sure you would.  It’s easy.  Simply go here to find out the topics, then answer it on your blog (you can write a list, a paragraph, use pictures, vlog, etc.), then grab the badge and link up.  Don’t forget to visit your fellow participants and leave some comment love.

Tell me, what’s your favorite flower?

*Photos are from the website The Indigenous Flowers of Louisiana by Ronnie Gaubert.

26th May2010

Women of Faith Wednesday: It’s All in My Bag

by Daenel

Today’s Women of Faith Wednesday question is:  “What’s in Your Purse and Why?”  I’m embarrassed to answer that question.  Hahaha  Usually I carry bags big enough to tote a toddler.  Tonight I happened to have switched to my “small” bag.  Women always say they can’t switch bags because they always forget something in the original bag.  Now there’s an art to switching bags (I’ll get to the what’s inside in just a minute)…  If you follow my directions, you can switch bags every day and never forget anything again!

Here’s the trick ~ you know all those little cosmetic cases you get when you purchase a bag?  You use those to store all of your belongings.  Seriously, I store all of my stuff in 3 of those cosmetic cases and when I switch bags, all I have to do is move the cosmetic cases, my car keys, wallet and cell….

So, here it is, the stuff that I have in my bag and why:

BlackBerry Storm:  Have to keep in touch with my people

1 book:  The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women & a Forty~Year Friendship ~ You never know when you’re going to get stuck in traffic or end up waiting in a long line, so I use that time to catch up on my reading

Earplugs: I took them out of my car because I need them for my work out

Wallet:  Being in the Army has made me very aware of always carrying identification on me

Adapter:  Let’s me hook my BlackBerry Storm up to the car so I can listen to music

Pens:  Pilot Precise V~5 because they are the best pens ever

Camera:  Always have to be prepared

Cosmetic Bag 1: 6 lipglosses, 2 chapsticks, 4 lipsticks and feminine hygiene products

Cosmetic Bag 2:  hand sanitizer and hand cream

Acer Netbook:  sometimes I like to blog on the fly

Last, some of my husband’s belongings (I’m gonna start charging him $20 for space rental).  Honestly, he’s always putting stuff in my bag.

So, what about you?  What do you have in your bag?

If you’d like to participate in Women of Faith Wednesday, simply write a post answering this week’s question and then link your post here.  Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This post is my entry into the Women of Faith blog hop, which is offering a book to a random winner.

26th May2010

Wordless Wednesday: Full Nest

by Daenel

For more Wordless Wednesday, check out 5 Minutes for Mom….

25th May2010

Review and Giveaway: Betty Crocker Mississippi Mud Supreme Bars (Closed)

by Daenel

I know, can you believe I’m reviewing Betty Crocker Mississippi Mud Supreme Bars on my blog?  Trust me, I went back and forth over whether or not I would do this but, ultimately, I decided to review the Mississippi Mud Bars and offer a giveaway.  Why?  Because my children love having gooey chocolate snacks and I don’t mind them eating them.  In moderation.  That’s the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle ~ moderation.

Tonight my daughters, Miss 16 and Miss 14, had a choir concert so I thought coming home to some Mississippi Mud Bars would be a nice treat for them.  And, boy, was I right!  They’re easy to make ~all you need is a stick of butter, some water, an egg and a shiny metal brownie pan ~ and they taste delicious.  And none of that hard crusty edging (my kids went straight for the middle of the brownie pan, which meant I had to get my piece from the edge) ~ these bars were moist all the way through.

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy after dinner treat, nothing can beat these Mississippi Mud Bars by Betty Crocker!

They’re not out in stores yet, but I do have a chance for you to win your very own Delicious Dessert prize pack…

Giveaway:  My Blog Spark has offered me a complimentary “Delicious Dessert” prize pack to offer to one of my readers who will be chosen using Random.org.  The prize pack consists of a box of Betty Crocker Mississippi Mud Supreme Bars and an 8×8 metal baking pan.  For a chance to win a Delicious Dessert prize pack just:

1.  Leave a comment telling me how you’d serve your Betty Crocker Mississippi Mud Supreme Bars.  I ate mine with a glass of ice cold milk.

*Please make sure you leave some way for me to contact you!

Extra Entries
1. For an extra entry subscribe to my feed and leave a comment letting me know that you’ve done so
2. Tweet about my giveaway: “Win a Betty Crocker Delicious Dessert Prize Pack from @DaenelT & Living Outside the Stacks http://bit.ly/au7xJf”
3. Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs and leave a comment letting me know that you’ve done so

Contest ends Wednesday, 2 June 2010 at 10 PM EST.  I winner will be randomly selected using Random.org.

Disclosure: I was provided a Delicious Dessert Prize Pack for my personal use as well as one for a giveaway from Betty Crocker through My Blog Spark for review and giveaway.

25th May2010

We’re Having a Baby!

by Daenel

Shontel and Daenel

Actually, I’m not having a baby but my twin sister is pregnant with her third son.  So it’s like I’m having a baby too.  With each of my sister’s pregnancies, I knew she was pregnant before she did (except this time).  With her first son, I was in Korea when she had him but I knew when the labor started and ended because I had incredible back pains that day.  My mother was stunned when I talked to her and said “I know Shontel had the baby today, I just don’t know what she had.”  Many years later, when she was pregnant with her second son, the doctors told her he would be born at the end of May.  I told her he’d be born between 8 and 12 April, he was born 9 April.  But this baby?  He was a complete and total surprise.  For the both of us…

I’ve always been more the sympathetic of the two of us.  And also the more dramatic, but I’ll save that for another day.  When my sister hurts, I hurt and when she laughs, I laugh.  But what makes us truly unique is how incredibly different we are.  I always tell people that if we weren’t sisters we’d probably hate each other.  We are that different.  I’m tall, she’s short.  I’m light~skinned and she’s brown~skinned.  She excelled at athletics, I spent my free time in the library (a bit of foreshadowing, perhaps).  But it’s more than the physical differences, there’s the emotional/social stuff.  She’s outgoing and personable, my kids swear I don’t like people.  She’s a follow~the~rules sort, while I go wherever the wind blows.  My sister has classic urban style but she tells people I look like I just drifted off some hippie commune.  Yet, we’ve become more similar as we’ve aged.

Often times we’ll get frustrated because we can’t reach other on the phone, only to find out that we were calling each other at the same time.  Or we’ll call my mother at the same time and force her to choose who she’s going to speak to at that moment.  Usually, I’ll defer to Shontel.  After all, she is my older sister.  Now those 45 minutes make a big difference but when we were kids I swore we were equal!

My sister’s pregnancy has been full of drama and suspense.  During the first trimester, the doctors were unable to find Caleb’s heartbeat for nearly 2 days.  Helplessly, I listened as my sister cried into the phone, wondering what she should do…  Being in Pennsylvania while she’s in Tennessee doesn’t help.  But I knew everything would be ok ~ it’s an amazing thing, the power of prayer.  Into her second trimester, my sister started passing out.  Yet again, we were concerned and worried about Caleb.  Once again, he pulled through.  This boy’s a fighter!  Now we’re entering the third trimester, it’s almost over.

When my sister first told me that she was having a boy, I started crocheting a blanket for him.  With each scare, I’d add a prayer to the stitch.  Now when I look at the brown, tan and blue stitches, I see more than just a blanket.  I see love, prayers, hope and faith, neatly bound together like family.

I eagerly await Caleb’s arrival, fully prepared to love him and take my place as favorite aunt (sorry, Jacqui).  Until then, I will continue to text Shontel in the middle of the night when the baby is bothering me with some strange craving…

24th May2010

Monday Mingle: Reviewing Products and Becoming Panthers, Not Monkeys

by Daenel

Monday Mingle is hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. Afterall, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions were submitted by Jennifer’s friend, Jeff, and they are:

1. What product (under $100) do you wish you could review on your blog because you honestly just love it to death.
2. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would it be and why?
3. What is your favorite feature about yourself? Worst?

Here’s the link to my pictures on flickr.
Here’s the link to my monkey story.
Next week’s questions are were submitted by Lauren from (Mis)Adventures in Theatre!:

1.  What was your favorite childhood book?  What is your favorite book now?
2. Have you ever done Relay for Life/Race for the Cure/any sort of walk or run for a cause? What made you do it?
3. What in the last month has made you laugh the hardest?

PS Jennifer included a little reminder on her vlog for us to make sure that we check the linky periodically to see if there are any new minglers.  If you see new participants, welcome them to the crew by leaving them some comment love.  Thanks

23rd May2010

Mamavation Monday

by Daenel

I guess I should start with what I haven’t done ~ I haven’t done a very good job of being a sista.  Mostly I haven’t been active on Twitter because both Twitter and TweetDeck have been acting kinda snotty for a week or so.  But I think my inactivity has been going on longer than that.  My focus sort of waxes and wanes with social media.  For a while I’ll be incredibly active and then I’ll sorta peter out for a while and, at times, I will just disappear.  It’s not because I don’t care about the people I’m socializing with, it’s because sometimes this all gets to be too much for me.  So, please, don’t ever take my silence for lack of interest in you and your successes (or failures), the fault truly lies with me.

Another thing I haven’t done is exercised regularly since Wednesday of last week.  The husband and I were supposed to be going to wedding in Ohio, but ended up going to Ocean City, Maryland instead.  We had a wonderful time but I totally slacked off.  And, yuck, I can definitely feel the difference in my body…

I’m feeling sluggish and all around icky.  My body seems to need to move and it needs to fill up on healthy stuff.  I guess that makes all this healthy living stuff a habit now….  So I’m going to have to get  myself back on track so I can feel better.

I hope that you all have had a happy and healthy week, here’s to the beginning of an even better one!

20th May2010

Book Review: Friendship for Grown~Ups: What I Missed & Learned Along the Way by Lisa Whelchel

by Daenel

Like many women my age, I grew up envying the relationships between Blair, Jo, Natalie and Tootie on The Facts of Life.  I thought the relationships between the girls epitomized everything that a friendship between girls should be ~ loving, supportive and genuine.  In my child’s mind, I didn’t realize that the friendships were fictional.  Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair, writes:  “I think there is a certain irony in the fact that the television show I was on was all about female friendships, and yet in real life I had very little experience with close relationships.”  This book is her exploration of what impeded her ability to develop close relationships and how she found healing and acceptance.

Written in a casual tone, Friendship for Grown~Ups is part diary and part self~help book.  Lisa asks challenging questions and provides thoughtful insight into a topic that can be overlooked in the day~to~day lives of “real” women:  friendship.  As busy moms, we know how important it is for our children to develop relationships with their peers but we often forget how important it is for us as adults too.  Or, as in my case, we spend so much time focusing on our children that we forget how to develop/maintain friendships.

I appreciated the honesty with which Lisa wrote the book.  It had to have been difficult to be so vulnerable and expose past hurts.  I believe that is one of the key points of Lisa’s book:  It’s ok to be vulnerable.  In order to develop and maintain friendships as adults, it involves a certain amount of vulnerability and trust.  Like Lisa, I struggle with making and maintaining relationships because of a fear of rejection and thinking that I’m bothering people when I call (or text).  Lisa offers a look at friendship from a Christian perspective and asserts that God allows us to be put into places of vulnerability to open our hearts not only to Him but to other women around us.  Lisa encourages us to step out on faith and believe that God will place the right people in our lives at the right time.

Disclosure:  This is a Thomas Nelson Review.  I received this book free through Booksneeze.com in exchange for a review.  I am not required to write a positive review, just an honest one.  The book is linked to bookschristian.com, of which I am an affiliate.  Should you decide to purchase the book using the provided link, I will receive compensation.  This did not influence my opinion of the book.

19th May2010

Get Your Vlog On Women of Faith Wednesday

by Daenel

Today I’m participating in two memes: Get Your Vlog On ~ hosted by Lizzie B. at lizziebtv.com and Women of Faith Wednesday ~ hosted by Women of Faith.

To participate in Get Your Vlog On, record a video of yourself doing something, upload it and then link up here.  

To participate in Women of Faith Wednesday, read today’s question, answer it on your blog and then link up here.

Don’t forget to visit your fellow vloggers and bloggers and leave them some comment love.

18th May2010

Wordless Wednesday: Hatchlings

by Daenel

For more Wordless Wednesday, check out 5 Minutes for Mom

18th May2010

My Girls Can’t Keep a Secret

by Daenel

No, not my daughters.  I’m talking about those two mounds of flesh that are attached to my chest.  Every time I turn around, they’re screaming as loud as they can “Daenel’s cold!”  Yes, I’m talking about my temperature gauges, my tatas, my breasts.  Do you have the same problem?  Or do you have a problem with digging straps?  Do your girls hang too low?

Our breasts are one of our most obvious features.  Not only do they help us get our sexy on but they also feed our children, which means they go through a lot of changes.  As a result of these changes, seven out of ten women are wearing the wrong size bra!  I know, right?  Well, Playtex has launched a site, www.PlaytexBraMakeover.com, where women can apply for a bra make over (or nominate a friend and you know you have a friend or two who could use some help).  If chosen, the winner will be flown to New York to receive a Bra makeover by style expert Alison Deyette.  Deyette has been featured on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker and TLC’s Ten Years Younger.

The ten winners selected will also star in their very own Bra Makeover webisode, during which the makeover candidate will receive a fitting with Deyette as well as the perfect products from the Playtex collection.  A new webisode will premier on Playtex Bra Makeover every two weeks.

Applying is easy!  Just fill out the application form, upload a couple of pictures of yourself and then answer a few questions about yourself and the issues that you have with your girls and their resting place.   The last day to apply is Friday, 21 May 2010.

Disclosure:  I did not received any compensation for this post.  The views and opinions expressed are my own.  Byposting this information I am entered into a contest to win a free bra from Playtex.

17th May2010

Monday Mingle: Dude, Life Is Hard

by Daenel

Monday Mingle is hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. Afterall, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions were submitted by Mandy from I’d Rather Be Crafting and they are:

1. What is the hardest *physical* thing you have ever done? (Giving birth, running a marathon, etc.)
2. What is one of the hardest things you have ever done emotionally? (Saying goodbye to a loved one, watching your babies grow up, etc.)
3. Name one thing from your bucket list – something you hope to achieve before you die.

Click here to read the memorial post that I wrote for my dad.

Next week’s questions are:

1. What product (under $100) do you wish you could review on your blog because you honestly just love it to death.
2. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would it be and why?
3. What is your favorite feature about yourself? Worst?

PS Jennifer included a little reminder on her vlog for us to make sure that we check the linky periodically to see if there are any new minglers.  If you see new participants, welcome them to the crew by leaving them some comment love.  Thanks

16th May2010

Mamavation Monday

by Daenel

This week begins Week 2 of C25K.  Go, me!  Last week I had a hard time because the track I normally use was being used…by a stray dog. I thought it best to let him have the track, so I ran at another local track.  Also conveniently located next to a police station.  Y’all know how I have this crazy fear of passing out and no one being around to save me…  Anyway, I got a little bit of support from Chris, the guy who created the Indie Christian C25K podcast that I use when I run.  So cool…  Almost like hearing from a celebrity.  One of the problems I’ve been dealing with is soreness and Chris suggested drinking 1/2 a cup of water before my run to combat it.  I’ll let everyone know how that goes.  I also need to do a bit more stretching but I get so pumped that I’ve just been using my walk up to the track as my stretch.  I should know better, I did spend 4 years in the Army.

I was able to avoid the baked pita chip trap that sucked me in last week.  This week it was trail mix.  I promise, it’s not me.  I am totally blaming these cravings on my twin sister and her pregnancy.  She and I are close ~ I’m the more sympathetic of the two of us and tend to absorb whatever she is feeling (I even knew she was pregnant with her second child before she did and he was born 2 days after I said he’d be born ~ the doctors were off by almost a month).  Yeah, we’re weird.  We know this, we accept it.

On a semi~related note, I’ve gotten my children addicted to smoothies.  Initially, when I made them, I’d only use frozen fruit and cranberry juice, now I’ve found that smoothies actually taste better using fresh fruits and veggies.  So I’ve started chopping up strawberries, bananas, blackberries and blueberries for the smoothies.  I toss in a handful of spinach, a couple of squirts of honey, a bit of orange juice (or whatever juice I have on hand) and soy milk…  YUM!  If you haven’t tried making smoothies using fresh fruits and veggies, I highly recommend it.  And if you follow the guide here, you can ensure that you’re getting the right amounts of fruits and veggies for your gender, age and activity level.

My biggest challenge last week was getting enough sleep.  I think this is just a by product of not being employed full~time, so I stay up late watching TV and playing on the interwebs.  I think I’m averaging about 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night.  Totally not healthy, I know, but I really don’t see that changing any time soon.

My healthy commitment for this week is to focus on the physical, spiritual and emotional connection to healthy living.  I firmly believe that being healthy requires an equal balance between the three but I think I’ve been so focused on the physical side that I’ve neglected the other two parts of my being.  It’s pointless to be physically healthy if I’m an emotional wreck and my spirit is empty.

What about you, what is your healthy commitment for this week?

12th May2010

Women of Faith Wednesday: Girl, You are Loved

by Daenel

Today’s Women of Faith Wednesday question is “If you could go back in time and tell your teenage self one thing, what would you say?”  Hmmm….there are so many things that my teenaged self needed to hear.

Psalms 37:4 (NIV) says:  “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Had I found the truth of that verse, I would have saved myself so much heartbreak and rejection.  The biggest desire of my teenaged heart was to be truly and completely loved and valued.  Not the boyfriend~girlfriend kind of love but that love that comes from having a family that instills in you a sense of value and self~worth.  You know, the kind of love that gives you the confidence to face the world head on, knowing that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.  So, if I could go back in time and talk to my teenaged self, I’d say: “You are loved.”

Now it’s your turn to tell me, what would you like to tell your teenaged self?

If you’d like to participate in Women of Faith Wednesday, simply write a post answering this week’s question and then link your post below. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. This post is my entry into the Women of Faith blog hop, which is offering a book to a random winner.

11th May2010

Buyer Beware: Blogging Workshops

by Daenel

I’ve been torn as to whether or not I should write this post and then it dawned on me that if a company were to treat me the way that I’d been treated by a fellow blogger I would put them and their company on blast.  I’m not writing this post to besmirch anyone’s reputation, I’m simply writing it as a cautionary tale to other bloggers who are interested in signing up for blogging workshops:  BUYER BEWARE!

A few weeks ago, I registered for a blogging workshop, the Lady Bloggers Circle, that was being hosted by The Lady Bloggers Society.  I assumed that this was a reputable blogging group as I had seen the LBS badge on a lot of established blogs.  When I registered for the five week course, the only confirmation I received of my $60 payment was an email from PayPal.  I assumed that I would hear something from LBS within a week or so stating that my place in the course had been reserved.  I never received that notice.  I let it slide because I did have the email from PayPay confirming payment receipt so I figured worst case scenario, I could use that as proof if there was any discrepancy.

The workshop was slated to begin the first week in April but I didn’t receive the material on time, so I actually started a week after everyone else.  The workshop consisted of a series of questions that we had to answer and then we were to respond to the posts of three or four of our fellow participants.  That was fine but there was no interaction with the instructor.  She did not respond to us on the forums nor did she visit our blogs to see where we could make improvements.  These small interactions are the very least one would expect for $60.

I won’t give a blow by blow of things that went wrong with this workshop but I will say, trying to get the situation rectified was very difficult.  She did not respond to email and when she did, she was rude and offered a series of excuses for why things failed.  Although some of her excuses were legitimate life issues, I felt that she should have been better prepared as she had been promoting the workshop for about a month before it actually started.

Once the other ladies and I started talking, we realized that we were all getting the run around, so we asked for refunds.  Our refund requests were initially denied.  The registration form did state there would be no refunds for the workshop but I assumed that meant no refund if I didn’t follow through on my part of the deal, not if she did not follow through on her part.  After going back and forth for a week, I was able to obtain a $50 refund ~ she kept $10 because I had already received some of the course material and had participated in some of the activities.  I accepted the $10 loss and chalked it up to payment for being stupid.  Also note that The Lady Bloggers Society website was taken down for “maintenance” right around the same time that we all started demanding our money back.

For those of you who are considering signing up for a blogging workshop, here are some things to keep in mind:

*Check the reputation of the person hosting the workshop

*Look around the host’s blog to see if they have the credentials to host a workshop

*See if others have participated in any activities hosted by the individual (check for reviews)

*Double check the refund policy

I am not the only one who has had a bad experience with the Lady Bloggers Circle.  If you’d like to read about the experiences of another participant, check out PaperScraps and Sunflowers.

The Lady Bloggers Society is a wonderful forum for meeting other lady bloggers but I don’t believe that the workshop is worth the $60 registration fee.

10th May2010

Monday Mingle: Television, Eating and Parenting, My Life

by Daenel

Monday Mingle is hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. Afterall, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions were submitted by Eighty MPH Mom and they are:

1. Currently, what are your top 3 favorite television shows?
2. What is one restaurant you wish you had in your area?
3. What do you feel is the toughest part of being a parent (even if you aren’t one!)?

Next week’s questions were submitted by Mandy from I’d Rather Be Crafting and they are:

1. What is the hardest *physical* thing you have ever done? (Giving birth, running a marathon, etc.)
2. What is one of the hardest things you have ever done emotionally? (Saying goodbye to a loved one, watching your babies grow up, etc.)
3. Name one thing from your bucket list – something you hope to achieve before you die.

09th May2010

Mamavation Monday

by Daenel

Let’s see, I had a good week.  My daughter, Miss 16, and I participated in National Run a Mile Day.  National Run a Mile Day was actually 6~8 May and it was established by the American Running Association to encourage adults, parents and kids to see the fun in running a mile.  My daughter and I definitely had fun.  And who would have guessed that some day I’d be running by choice?  I used to always say even if someone was trying to kill me I’d really only walk very fast….now I’m running a mile and enjoying it.  Ok, waitLet me stop right there I didn’t really run I slogged, but still I was moving and that’s all that mattersRightRight.  More importantly, I got a new running partner out of the deal.  Miss 16 has promised to start running with me as soon as the school year ends.  Yay!  Mother~daughter bonding while getting fit.  Hopefully, I can encourage the other three to join us.

I didn’t eat as healthily (is that a word?) as I could have this week but it wasn’t a total bust either.  I ate only when I was hungry but I made the mistake of trying baked pita chips ~ Ohmygoshsoflippindeliciousandaddicting!  I have found my kryptonite.  Seriously, you want to find out anything from me, offer up some baked pita chips.  So on the positive side, I managed to fight the emotional eating that plagued me last week but on the bad side I now love baked pita chips.  Ah well

I’m drinking more water.  In fact, I keep a bottle of water on my night stand and my husband and I keep the mini fridge in our bedroom fully stocked.  Now there are no excuses.  It’d be nice if we could keep our fridge stocked with AquaHydrate!

My healthy commitment for this week is to continue running and maintain the workout schedule that I established last week.  I’d also like to incorporate more fresh vegetables into the family diet but that’s gonna take time.

I’ve also done my part for the Mamavation Go Green Campaign.  I bought a stainless steel travel mug from DesignHerGals so that I can stop killing trees and possibly harming myself with the leeching of that nasty plasticy lining from the disposable cups into my drinks.  And the shameless self promotion doesn’t hurt either.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This post is my entry into the Mamavation Blogging Carnival that is being sponsored by AquaHydrate.

08th May2010

P&G Thank You, Mom

by Daenel

During the 2010 Olympics, Proctor &Gamble launched a successful “Proud Sponsor of Mom” campaign.  During this campaign, P&G ensured that mothers of Team USA athletes were able to support and encourage their children by helping to defray travel costs and providing them with a safe and secure location to eat meals, view events and relax.  And for moms of future Olympians (we can dream, can’t we?), P&G offered money saving coupons, Olympic updates using various forms of social media and other fun ideas to show support for moms all over the U.S.

P&G celebrated the success of the first campaign by launching “P&G Thank you, Mom” which is phase two of their celebration of moms. P&G Thank you, Mom will hit the airwaves and print media this weekend ~ Mother’s Day Weekend with a variety of fun ideas to help you say “Thank you, Mom.”

P&G Thank you, Mom allows you to show your support for mom (or someone who’s like a mom to you) by:

*Creating digital P&G eCards to send to Mom for all the fabulous things she does

*Entering a contest on thankyoumom.com where you could win a video camera and $1000 toward travel expenses so you can say “Thank you, Mom” in person

*Receiving a $100 coupon book towards the purchase of P&G products

This is a great opportunity to show Mom some love and save money at the same time (something we all love).

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, however, my husband is a P&G employee.

08th May2010

National Run a Mile Day

by Daenel

May is National Runner’s Month and from 6~8 May, the American Running Association is sponsoring National Run a Mile Day.  This is the first time that I’ve ever participated so I dragged my daughter, Miss 16, into running with me.  It took us about 12 minutes to complete the mile but we had a great time laughing, talking and being silly ~ a terrific bonding experience.

If you ran a mile, don’t forget to head over to Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and post by midnight tonight so your mile can be counted!

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