2nd and 3rd Days of Christmas

Hi Everyone! I’ve been slacking on my 12 Days of Christmas posts but I’ve had a good reason and my reason and this post will all tie together.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…cookies! Christmas cookies are a big part of our family traditions. My mom bakes many varieties in the weeks leading up to the holiday and she freezes them. On Christmas Eve we take them out and display them on her cookie tier, that is only used during the winter holidays, and dig in! She has done this for as long as I can remember and as kids we helped out, although I’m not sure how much help we actually were ;)  While my mom has rotated some varieties in and out she generally makes the same kinds, which is fine by everyone because this is the only time of year we get to have them. I guess I could make some if I get a craving for the orange chip cookies in July, but it just isn’t the same and it loses some of its “specialness.”

Press Cookies- favorites of my sister and husband

Press cookies favorites of my sister and husband

This year my mom gets a break from all that baking because she slipped and fell on ice and broke her shoulder in 3 places! Yikes! She ended up needing surgery to repair it with a plate and screws. She had surgery on Monday and came home on Tuesday and is doing really well. Unfortunately she’ll be in a sling for a while so I took over the  Christmas cookie responsibility and have been baking any chance I get! And that’s why I haven’t been blogging. My school schedule has been light (with the help of a snow day) so I’ve been able to get a lot done. But is hasn’t been too bad because…

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…music! I found a great Christmas song station on Pandora and have been listening to that while I bake. It makes the time go by really fast and I get a chance to hear the music when I’m not in my car. I’m into the traditional/classical songs because that’s what I grew up listening to and that’s what gives me the best memories.  I’m very much into Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and music from The Nutcracker and Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

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I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and get a chance to do some holiday baking, if that’s your thing! If not, I hope you take the time to do something that you enjoy!

Stay fabulous xoxo

1st Day of Christmas

I love the holiday season! I love the lights, decorations, trees, music, food, memories, nostalgic feelings, smells, colors, and time-off from work! Another reason I love this time of year so much is because I was married in December and that always brings fond memories. Since I enjoy it so much, I decided to write about my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas. And if I’m honest, I want to start blogging more frequently and I thought this would be a good way to stay on track. So…

I Ate Carbs!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I still can’t believe that it has come and gone already and there are only 22 days left until Christmas! 

My husband and I happily inherited the tradition of hosting Thanksgiving dinner and have done so for the past few years. I really love having the families come together and since both of ours are small, it’s never too overwhelming to have everyone (or most everyone) over to celebrate. The hubs takes Thanksgiving week off of work so he’s a huge help in getting the house ready and running errands. Everyone also volunteers to bring a side dish so that also helps take the burden off of me to be responsible for the whole meal and that way everyone is involved! 

Happy Days

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Yes, today is Monday and yes, today I’m happy! The past few posts have been kind of heavy so I wanted to write a little lighter today.

As I mentioned in Roar, I thought about going back on medication to help me through all the things I’m dealing with and decided that doing so is for the best right now. My doctor started me on a very low dose and I already feel better. I feel lighter and just more like myself. 

I just want to share with you a few things that have been making me happy lately:

 

1. My hubs painting the hard-to-reach areas of our stairwell 

2. Buying a new box of Quest bars (chocolate chip cookie dough)

3. Getting a head start on Thanksgiving and making our traditional cranberry and pumpkin breads to freeze until Thanksgiving

4. Having more fun in dance class and not taking my fumbles so seriously

5. Being more consistent about exercising

6. Being able to increase some weights because of said consistency

7. Watching my dog, Ripley, find the treat in her scent training class

8. Having a night in to relax with the hubs and watch a movie (Pacific Rim- underrated!)

9. Smelling the fresh batch of granola in my oven right now

10. Being happy

 

Even though it’s Monday, I hope there is something for you to be happy about! 

Stay fabulous xoxo

Lupus Loop 2013

First, I have to thank you for taking the time to read my blogs, especially “Roar”.  That was my most-read blog to date and I’m so flattered because it was probably my most personal. So, thank you!

I ran a 5k on October 27th. I’m not a runner. Sometimes I wish I was because I kind of like the idea of saying, “hey I’m going to go for a run!” But when I start running, I quickly realize that I don’t like it. I think it’s because my knees don’t like it. I get a lot of pain as soon as I hit the 3 mile mark and my knees are like, “ok I’m done!” I ran the Broad Street Run once a few years ago and while I feel so proud I ran the whole way, I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. I had trouble walking for almost two weeks afterward. Anyway, the 5k I did is called the Lupus Loop  and it’s to obviously raise money for Lupus research. Some of you may be thinking, wtf is lupus? It’s ok, I thought the same thing when I first heard it. 

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I’ve wanted to write this blog for a couple of weeks but have been wrestling with how to approach this topic and whether or not I should even write it. After much thought and discussion with a trusted individual, I decided to go for it…with a little help from Katy Perry.

Busy Bee

Life has been pretty crazy for me these past few weeks. Fortunately, it’s a productive kind of busy so while, at times, I feel like a chicken without a head at least I know items are being checked of my never-ending “to do” list.

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Downingtown Fall Fest 2013

This past Sunday, September 29th, was the Downingtown Fall FestThis is an annual event presented by Victory Brewing Company. My husband and I have attended the past few years and have had a wonderful time. So many various local vendors come out so we are able to sample food from restaurants and food trucks, as well as see what kind of businesses are in our area that we might not have otherwise known about. As we were walking the streets of the fall fest last year, I decided I wanted to have a booth the next year. And so I made it happen! Well, it wasn’t exactly “my booth” as I was there representing the gym I work at, Everfit Training Facility (we’re in the process of updating our website so not all our content is currently up yet).

There was a lot of preparation and time involved in getting ready but it was worth it! I feel like it was a huge success!  Since we are a private gym tucked away off a main road, we can be easily missed so my main goal was to get the word out and that was accomplished. Any new business we aquired would be icing on the cake! 

So You Think You Can Dance: Season 2

Dance season has arrived! It’s as anticipated as “Pumpkin Spice Everything” season. No, wait. I take that back. Nothing is more anticipated than pumpkin spice everything.

I’m taking tap and jazz again this year and if you’re a regular blog reader of mine (if you’re not then you should be ;) you’ll know that along with excitement of a new year comes stress, which began about a week before classes started. I am always apprehensive when I return to an activity from which I’ve had a break because I feel like I have to start over in regaining my confidence. I have to say that I was less nervous about the start of this year than last because I already had my “big comeback” season under my belt. I was anticipating two changes so with that anticipation came two new  stressors.

The Hill

Before I describe my outdoor workout that I promised in my last post called “Killer Kicks”,  I want to talk about the hill. If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram (both names are “TheFitDiva”) you may have seen tweets or pictures of it. My previous personal trainer, Edna, originally told me about this crazy hill and if she liked it as a workout option I knew it had to be awesome. So I went to check it out and she was not kidding! It’s a road that winds up a steep hill with a neighborhood on one side, trees on the other, and an amazing view. Honestly, just walking up and down is a great workout but what’s nice is that there are two benches and a large sidewalk along the tree side of the road to incorporate exercises for different muscle groups. Which is what I did.  

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