Famous Failures

Hello, hello! 

Hope everyone had a marvelous Monday!  We were home most the day yesterday except for a short trip to the gym.  The Love Nugget seemed like he was feeling better and hadn’t had a fever since Sunday morning.  So I thought he would enjoy going to play at the gym while I took a class or two.  Nope!  He screamed and clung onto me when I dropped him off.  Breaks my heart!  I left him but kept peaking in the window to see if he was okay.  They were holding him most the time so I finished up a 45 minute Bodypump then we headed home. 

After the Love Nugget’s nap, we went for a walk and played in some leaves.  The weather was so nice and we both needed to get outdoors. 

The rest of the day was filled with whining, clinging, hitting, and refusing to eat much.  The hitting was fun.  So much fun that we are exploring time outs.  I do feel pretty bad when I put him in a time out but it’s not for long, (seriously like barely a minute) and then we talk about why hitting is not okay and how it hurts me.  Really it’s all around not that much fun for either of us but hopefully it will get rid of the hitting problem.  Eventually…   Regardless of the time outs, he continued to whine and fuss all afternoon even after the hubby got home.  After bath time, he was sitting on my lap and I stuck my finger in his mouth to feel his teeth.  It’s hard to do this lately because he will bite you.  However, he let me feel around and eventually I discovered what was causing this change in behavior.  Poor little guy has a tooth that’s just about to break through and his gums are very swollen.  He even said, “Ouch, when I pushed down on it.”  Poor Nugget! 

After yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel like a little bit of a bad mom.  One, for taking him to the gym and leaving him crying with a stranger (he’s actually been left with this particular girl a few times but still…stranger).  Two, for having to be stern with the Nugget and put him in a time out and three, for losing my patience with him when he was just trying to tell me his mouth hurt.  Being a mom is a tough job and it’s hard not to feel like a failure some days. 

This morning, as I ran out some frustrations at the gym,  I heard some great facts about famous failures on the Jillian Micheals pod cast.  Did you know that,

  • Michael Jordan was cut from him high school basketball team
  • Bill Gates was a Harvard drop out
  • Thomas Edison tried more than 9,000 experiments before inventing the light bulb
  • Steven Spielberg dropped out of school, in Jr. High
  • John Grisham was rejected by 16 agents and 12 publishing houses
  • Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century Fox because they thought she was unattractive and couldn’t act
  • Abraham Lincoln had more than 12 major failures before being elected President

Very interesting little segment that made me remember to look at everything as a learning experience. 

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While I was feeling like a bit of a failure, rather than dwell on it, I needed to change it. Look at what was really going on with the situation and fix it.  In this case, the Love Nugget’s teeth were killing him and I was getting frustrated with his way of dealing with the pain rather than helping him.  This morning he started right off with his fussiness at breakfast so I grabbed an old teething toy and handed it to him.  Something he never really used to like but, voila!  It helped!  Later at lunch he wasn’t eating anything and kept spitting out his food.  Rather than trying to get him to eat what I had given him I grabbed a squeeze pouch that we keep on hand for quick meals and again he was satisfied.  Yes these might seem like simple mom things that I should know how to do but honestly, he hasn’t acted this way due to teething in a long time if at all.  So I thought he was just being a stinker and was focused more on teaching him a lesson rather than on helping him.  Lesson learned! 

Hopefully that tooth decides to pop through soon so that we will have our happy little guy back 🙂 Speaking of the Nugget, he just woke up so we are going to go for a walk and enjoy this beautiful fall weather. 

Have a great afternoon! 


  • What failures have turned into lessons for you? 
  • How have you been enjoying the fall weather lately? 



Marvelous in My Monday!

Happy Monday!

I’m so excited to link up with Katie today for Marvelous in My Monday because I have the most marvelous news!

Before I get to that though, let me start with a few other marvelous happenings from this weekend.

Friday night the hubby and I had a nice little at home date night 🙂  For dinner, we cooked up some yummy salmon, roasted balsamic veggies and sweet potato wedges.

The salmon was pretty marvelous and really easy so I thought I’d share the recipe with you 🙂

Maple Mustard Baked Salmon

2 fresh caught salmon filets

1 heaping tbsp Stone Ground Mustard

2 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup

1/2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, maple syrup and olive oil.   Rinse and pat salmon dry.  Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking oil before placing salmon in it.  Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper than spoon half the maple mixture over the salmon.  Bake for 10 minutes then spoon the remaining maple mixture on the salmon and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes.  Enjoy!

Then we rented a movie, poured some vino, and opened up a bag of Angie’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt popcorn.  Umm… just a little good!

We watched The Five Year Engagement which was really long, kind of stupid but funny too.

The Five-Year Engagement Poster

Another Marvelous thing that’s been going on around here is the snacking on of these yummy goodies that the wonderful folks over at Two Mom’s in the Raw sent me.

Their granola bars actually turned me onto making my own granola and protein bars but I still love to enjoy their from time to time.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they not only make delicious granola bars, but also granola, sea salt crackers and truffles!

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Shari (the founder), discovered that natural, mostly raw foods worked best for her.  Sharing with friends turned into a business that is a true family affair.  I love that this small, family run business has turned into a huge company with their snacks being sold in most grocery stores and Starbucks!

The best thing about their snacks is that all their products are 100% organic, raw, vegan, free of wheat, dairy, soy, refined sugars and gluten-free!  PLUS… they taste amazing!

Okay… I am so excited for this marvelous news I’ve been wanting to share with you for a few days.   While I was participating in the Fitmixer Boot Camp program, I posted a few healthy recipes to their blog.  Those posts received a lot of great feedback so much so that the wonderful people over at Fitmixer have asked me to join their team as a Fitmixer contributor!


This means that I’ll be writing weekly posts with healthy recipes and meal ideas using the wonderful Fitmixer products.  I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful company and can’t wait to get started!   Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing the recipes with you as well and you can always follow Fitmixer on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email too!

Well, this has been a very long Marvelous in My Monday post so I’m off!

Have a great Monday!


Have you tried any Two Mom’s in the Raw products?  If so, what ones?

Anything Marvelous to share from your weekend?


Sunday Meal Planning

Hi there!

Happy Sunday to you all and for those of you that have tomorrow off, yay for you!  I used to love having an extra day of the weekend but now it’s just another day.

Yesterday the Love Nugget and I wet to the gym so I could try to get into the Core class that I love.  But… it was full 😦  Bummer!  So I ran on the treadmill but was concerned about the Nugget the whole time and kept stopping to peak in on him.  He cried pretty hard when I left him and was clinging to me not wanting to let go.  He had also woken up in the middle of the night and I didn’t even think that he might not be feeling good until we were there and I was halfway through my workout.  He was playing when I went in to pick him up but was really tired when we got home and instantly fell asleep.  When he got up I took his temp and it was a little higher than normal but nothing to be worried about.  So the hubby and I decided to go to the mall which turned out to be a bad idea.  Holy crazyness!  It was almost like Black Friday!  There was no parking, long lines, and TONS of people!  Not only that but the Love Nugget began to fade, fast.  Poor little guy was in good spirits but looked horrible.  Needless to say we came home and took his temp which had spiked to 102.3!  Yikes!  Luckily my sister-in-law, who is a nurse was over and she calmed my nerves by telling me to watch how he was acting rather than just his temp.  He was mellow but not really crying so we just gave him Tylenol and watched him.  Pretty soon he was running around playing with his toys and the White Coyote.   He still had a slight fever when we put him to bed and this morning but is acting just fine!  Must be some sort of virus?  Scary though because that’s the highest temp he’s had yet and a learning experience for us both.

Anyways, today, depending on how he feels, we might go to brunch.  Then it’s football day for the hubby and laundry day for me.  Yay…

This morning I managed to get a little meal planning done before everyone got up.  We are cleaning out some of our freezer meals so it’s not a very exciting week of meals but better to have a plan than not!

I’m linking up my Sunday meal planning with Laura at Mommy Run Fast for Healthy Menu Planning Challenge.

What's for Dinner?

Sunday – Freezer Chili

Monday – Freezer black bean and sweet potato enchiladas

Tuesday – Sweet Potato Shepards Pie

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Wednesday – Coconut Crusted Tilapia

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Thursday – Out

Friday – Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Saturday – Dinner at Friends

Sunday – ???

Hope you have a good Sunday!


  • What do you have on your meal plan for this week?
  • Has your little one had a fever before with no other symptoms?
  • Have you started your Christmas shopping?

Fitness Friday #14 + Tabata What?

Happy Friday!

Do you ever have a day where you just feel the need to shop?  Who am I kidding?  Of coarse you do!  Well, unless you hate shopping which I’m sure not too many of you do!  Yesterday was one of those days for me.  I had a return to make at the mall so the Love Nugget and I made our way in the morning.  We got there a little before the stores opened so he could run around in the play area.  Which he loved!

I had planned on just going to two places real quick…. which turned into 2 1/2 hours.  While I was in the mood to shop.  I wasn’t really in the mood to try much on but still came home with a few things.

I can’t remember the last time I went into Forever 21 but popped in yesterday just to check out their sweaters.  Glad I did because I walked out with three cozy sweaters and a necklace for under $70!  Not bad!  I also went to Nordstrom to shop their half-yearly sale and get the hubby his face lotion.  Funny, I used to use their moisturizer but switched because it didn’t have any sunscreen.  However, their mens line has sunscreen and is the exact same moisturizer as the womens just in a different bottle.  So, I bought myself some too!  I also got their free gift for spending over $28.

It always puts me in a better mood when I go shopping and actually find stuff I like 🙂

After our fun shopping event and the Love Nugget had a good nap, we did a little painting.

He loved it until he decided to taste it…

Maybe someday he’ll learn to listen to me 🙂

Okay, on to Fitness Friday!

This week was my first week without my daily Fitmixer Boot camp emails 😦  However, I still have access to all the workouts so I’m just starting over.  Here’s what this week looked like for exercise.

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Rest

Monday – 4 mile run outdoors (felt so good!) + Blonde Ponytails Hard Core Workout

This core workout was awesome!  If you haven’t checked out her blog make sure you give it a look.  Not only is she gorgeous, she is SUPER fit and posts lots of great workouts.

Tuesday – Fitmixer boot camp workout Iso Slow and Controlled

Wednesday – Cycle class + Fitmixer Boot camp workout Tabata

Thursday – 45 minute at home yoga video

Friday – Fitmixer boot camp workout Full House + 5 mile run on the treadmill

Since this week included a Tabata workout, I wanted to talk a little bit about Tabata training.  You may have heard about this quick, calorie burning workout by now and maybe have even given it a try.  It’s growing in popularity and is a great way to get in some exercise when your short on time.  However there’s a few things you should know about it before giving it a go.

First, what is Tabata training?

Tabata is a fast cardio workout that was designed by a Japanese scientist named Izumi Tabata and fellow colleagues at a department of physiology in Japan.  They conducted studies on two groups one using moderate interval training for 5 days a week for 6 weeks and an hour a day.  The second group did high intensity workouts 4 days a week for 6 weeks and only a total of 4 minutes a day.  The second group showed more improvement in their cardiovascular system as well as their muscle growth.  Source

That’s pretty amazing since their workouts were 4 minutes long!

Second, what does it look like?

Any exercise can be incorporated into the Tabata training. However the basic outline of the Tabata training method are as follows:
•     4 minutes long (whole Tabata Session)
•     20 seconds of intense training
•     10 seconds of rest
•     Total of 8 sessions or rounds

Like mentioned above you can do Tabata with any form of exercise and can be done almost anywhere.  There is a great app on the iphone called Gymboss trainer which has a Tabata timer.  There are also specific Tabata timers to purchase but the app is free and works great!

Here are a few Tabata workouts I’ve done,

Treadmill – 8.0 incline 9.5 speed, 20 seconds on 10 seconds off for 4 minutes

Elliptical – 10.0 incline 10.0 speed, 20 seconds on 10 seconds off for 4 minutes (every elliptical is different so this could vary based on the machine)

Circuit – Burpees, high knees, jumping jacks, plyo lunges.  20 seconds exercise 10 second rest between.

The Fitnessiesta has a ton of Tabata workouts on her blog.

Third, who should try Tabata? 

As you can see Tabata training is a very quick workout.  So most people want to jump on board right away.  However, Tabata training requires you to push yourself as hard as you can in order to reach a very high intensity.  This being said, Tabata training is not for everyone.  You should already be at an intermediate to advanced level if you want to give Tabata training a go.  If you are a beginner, start out slow doing interval type workouts at a much slower pace and level.  Source   Keep in mind there are a lot of “Tabata” workouts out there but a true Tabata style workout follows these guidelines.

As with any form of exercise you should check with your health care provider before beginning something new to you.  You should also include a good warm up, cool down and make sure to keep yourself hydrated.  Make sure to listen to your body.  if you feel faint, or in pain, stop!  While it might sound like an easy way to get in a quick workout, it can be very intense when done correctly and really pushes your body to its max so be safe!

Here’s a few sites where you can access more information on Tabata training




Hope you all have a great weekend!  We are home with nothing planned for once!  Woo hoo!  It snowed in the nearby mountains today so we talked about taking the Love Nugget to the snow!  We’ll see though, it’s so cold!


  • Are you a store shopper or an online shopper?
  • Have you tried a Tabata workout before?
  • Any fun plans for the weekend?

Thankful Thursday

Hi there!

It’s Thursday already!  Not only that but November is of coarse, flying by!  Before we know it, Christmas will be here!

Since it’s Thursday, I’m linking up with Jessie over at Jessie Loves to Run for Thankful Thursday!

1. I’m thankful for my son

Were we 100% ready to have a baby when we decided it was time?  No, but this little guy has been that best thing that has ever happened to me.  I love him more than life itself and look forward to spending every day with him.  He has taught me more in the past 17 months than I ever could have expected to learn.  Thank you Love Nugget!

2. I’m thankful to that my cousin, Auntie Gigi.

Despite years that separate us in age, my cousin and I are pretty close and I love that!  I also love that she lives just 10 minutes from us and the Love Nugget is able to see her often.  He LOVES her and is always so excited to see her.  She was over last night for dinner and he cried when we put him to bed because he didn’t want to leave her.   He never does that!  Sad but cute 🙂

2. I’m thankful that the Love Nugget has gotten to meet his Great Grandparents.

The passing of my grandmother has made me realize how lucky we are to not only have all the memories that I have with her, but those more recent one with the Love Nugget.  I am so thankful that he was able to meet her as well as his other great grandparents 🙂

That’s it for today!


  • What are you thankful for today?





Happy Wednesday!

I haven’t linked up with Jenn for a What I Ate Wednesday in a few weeks so thought I’d jump back on board today.  Plus, I’ve got a yummy recipe to share with you!

Peas and Crayons

Yesterday morning I was in a funk.  Well, let’s be honest here, I’ve been in a funk ever since Saturday but I think I’m just beginning to realize it.  Anyways, I got up and did a Fitmixer workout and had planned to go to Boot camp as well but wasn’t feeling it.  Instead I wasted time reading blogs and chatting with my mom while the Love Nugget ate breakfast.  Usually this is when I would eat my breakfast as well but… again with the funk.  Instead I drank a few cups of this coffee that I’m loving,

Then munched on a banana while cleaning up the kitchen.  We had plans to go meet friends around 10:30 so I decided to head out early and get a few errands done first.  On our way out the door I mixed up a FitSlim shake to hold me over.

While shopping my tummy started grumbling so I ate the other half of a Cinnamon Quest Bar.  Seriously these things are SOOOO good!

After meeting our friends and taking a little train ride, we headed to Whole Foods for lunch.  I forgot to snap a picture of our lunch but the Love Nugget and I shared a box from their hot bar.  Usually I just stick with the salad bar but they had so many yummy fall dishes on their hot bar today!   Butternut squash salad, green bean salad, roasted turkey, roasted beets and fennel and fresh fruit.  It was like a Thanksgiving feast!

A little later in the day, I fixed a plate of one of my favorite snacks.

I enjoyed it with this little guy who munched on some celery as well.

I had a bunch of winter vegetables I’d been wanting to roast for a few days.

So I planned it for our dinner last night along with some organic chicken breasts and it turned out to be delicious!

Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Winter Vegetables

1 Parsnip

1/4 Head of Cauliflower

1 Broccoli Stalk

2 Medium Carrots

2 Radish

1 Fennel Bulb

2 Organic Chicken Breasts

1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 tsp Maple Syrup

1 tbsp water

Juice from 1/2 Lemon

1 tsp Dried Italian Seasoning

1 clove chopped garlic

1 tsp salt and pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic, water, maple syrup, olive oil and seasonings.

Set aside, rinse chicken and pat dry then place into a zip lock bag.  Pour 1/4 cup of balsamic mixture over the chicken in the zip lock bag.  Massage into the chicken then marinate for at least 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, wash and chop all the vegetables then put into a large bowl.  Pour the remaining balsamic mixture over the vegetables and mix well.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees then place the chicken breasts in a large baking dish.  Scatter the vegetables around the chicken.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

The chicken was good but I’d have to say the star of the meal was the roasted vegetables.  Yummy!  I actually only had a few bites of chicken then decided all I wanted was veggies and went back for seconds!  So good!

With so many veggies in my tummy I was pretty full.  I enjoyed a cup or hot Sleepy Time tea while the hubby and I watched the election results.

Today we are off to the gym for spin class then I have a dentist apt. this afternoon 😦  I hate the dentist but one of those things you just have to do.

Have a great day!


  • Have you tried a Quest bar before?  If so, what’s your favorite flavor?
  • What’s your favorite K-cup?

Inspiring Blogger Award!

Hi there!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!  We just got home from running a few errands then meeting some friends for train rides and lunch.  It’s been a while since the Love Nugget had been on the train and he was just loving it today!

Photo: Train rides with my buddy! @stacldunn  http://instagr.am/p/RsxaRaFhIt/

The Love Nugget and his little buddy!

It is seriously so hard to get a good picture of two toddlers!  This was the best I could get!

When I got home I noticed that I had been nominated by the beautiful Jade over at Runner Girl Revisited for the Inspiring blogger award!

How sweet is she to think of me!?!  Thank you Jade for nominating me!

It’s a fun award that helps to connect you with some fellow bloggers which is always great!

Here’s the details,

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So here we go with my 7 things…

1. I’m addicted to putting lotion on.  Mainly Bath and Body Works and basically have a bottle of it in every room of our house. I put it on after I wash my hands, get out of the shower, get into my car, or whenever I feel dry.  I can’t stand when my hands or feet feel dry!

2. I eat very little meat but I grew up on a hunting club in Northern California. 

People are always really surprised by this fact about me but it’s true!  My parents ran a bird club and my dad and brothers are avid wild game hunters.   It was normal to have a meal that included wild boar, deer meat, pheasants, quails, or some other wild animal.  I ate it at the time but am not a huge fan of it these days.

3.  I know how to fish pretty well. 

My dad is a pretty big fisherman and we used to have a fishing boat.  I was taught how to wait for the feeling of the bite before jerking the pole then reeling in 🙂  I even put my own worm on the hook!  Fun fish story, when I was in college we went out on a deep-sea fishing trip for my then boyfriends birthday with his parents.  I got sea sick and spent the majority of the time vomiting over the side of the boat.  That was until my pole began jerking distracting me from the unpleasant feeling.  As I grabbed my pole I was jerked hard almost falling over the edge of the boat.  The deck hand then assisted me in pulling in a 54 lb Salmon!

4. The hubby and I won the Amazing Race! 

Okay, not the Amazing Race… but a Sactown Amazing Race put on by some friends of ours.  We were actually on a team with 3 other people competing against other teams.  It was just like the T.V. show (without the different countries), with clues, money for clues, tasks, and traveling to different locations.  It was a lot of fun!  The hubby and I have always wanted to try out for the show and actually began filling out the application but we learned we were pregnant.  Maybe someday…

5. The Longest plane ride I’ve been on was 14 hours!  We went to Fiji for our honeymoon and it was not only the longest plane ride, but the worst ever!  All worth is for this…

6.  Before I got pregnant, I was more of a savory breakfast eater.  Now, I enjoy more green smoothies, pancakes, overnight oats and breakfast cookies.

7. I’m a little bit of a control freak and have had to let go a lot since becoming a mom.  I like things to be perfect and have a hard time letting others do things for me out of fear it won’t be done how I want it to be.  Now that I have the Love Nugget I’ve learned that it’s okay if everything isn’t perfect or perfect to me and that when someone offers their help to take it!  Even if it’s not done the way I would have done it.  I’ve also had to learn to let go of my perfectionism when it comes to crafts with the Love Nugget.  He’s not going to be getting much out of it if I do it for him so I’m learning to let go.  Even if that means more pain gets on him than on the paper!

So there you have it!  7 things you probably didn’t know about me 🙂  Now, here are 15 blogs that I want to nominate.

Slim Sanity

Clean Eating Chelsey

Jessie Loves to Run

Life’s a Bowl

Peace Love and Oats

Running on Java

Healthy Food and Family

Fit ‘N’ Well Mommy

Nourish and Flourish

Ingredients of a Fit Chick

For Lauren and Lauren

Katie Did What

Then I got to thinking

Healthy Diva Eats

Ambitious Kitchen