Thermostat vs. Remote

We have had the most unbelievable weather this week. Highs reached the 50’s everyday which for me was pure heaven.

I dug out the screens and installed them on all the windows because this is the time of year I love to air out our house and breathe fresh air. My husband on the other hand can’t stand it when I turn off the heat and open everything up. He says its best to leave the heat on and house closed up so when it does drop low enough to turn back on it will not have to work as hard to heat everything back up again. Needless to say, we completely disagree. Actually, whether he is right or wrong, I don’t truthfully care. He has always and will always be in control of one thing in our home, the remote. I have always and will always be in control of one thing in our home, the thermostat. When I don’t like what he’s watching on television, I find something better to do, which is often. If he does not like the temperature of our home, he can put on more clothes or go drive around with the heat on.

Moving on.

We did so much this week that by Wednesday morning I was feeling every muscle and joint in my entire body. Vitamin I (Ibuprofen) was my best friend and my husband said that maybe I had a sunshine hangover. I was ok with that. It’s better than any other kind of hangover I have had in my life. My daycare kids and I played outside every single day this week. Even though we are limited to mainly the driveway because our lawn is so wet, it was still so much fun. Chalk drawings cover my driveway again, we blew bubbles, rode bikes, etc. Even my infants are enjoying the nice weather. I will admit, our routine of getting ready and making it outside in under a half hour needs some work. I am totally out of practice when it comes to dressing two infants, one three year old, and gathering all the supplies to make it outside without having to run back in for any forgotten items.

I am very happy to say I do believe our mall walking nights are over until next winter. We walked outside every night and I saw neighbors that I have not seen in months. Our son visited a local recreation trail one night and came home reporting that it is clear of snow and ice which put another smile on my face. Maybe it’s time to head out to our favorite trails this weekend.


I hesitate to say that hopefully winter has come to an early end and maybe this year we will see summer earlier than last summer. Even though I feel rough and should rest up this weekend for the week ahead I know that will never happen. If all goes according to planned I hope to meet up with a friend for a walk, maybe hit a few tennis balls with my hubby or even try hiking if the trails aren’t too muddy. My boys are already debating removing the kayaks from their storage area and going for a quick paddle. BRRRRRR I also heard my son has already scoped out a local park to see if the disc golf nets have been reinstalled. (Which they have)


So what we do this weekend is totally up in the air but you can bet Monday will be a slow, tired, achy kind of day after a very busy weekend. If none of this works out I would be perfectly happy just to clean the garage. It’s not a fun job but at least it’s outside:)


Do you and your spouse fight over the remote/thermostat?

Who wins?






Get Up And Move Update-June

June has been a month of tons of activity. I had no problem what so ever accomplishing 30 minutes per day of movement.

Let’s see, hubby and I finally made it to the tennis court. We played numerous games of disc golf, even had our neighbor give it a try with us. I have religiously made it to the gym twice a week for the whole month. And I have enjoyed my standup paddle board more often this year than any other year before.(July Goal #1 accomplished)


Kayaking has been a bit of a challenge with our son not able to paddle due to his broken collar bone but we have been out without him once or twice. Of course I am finding time to walk, if not at night with my hubby, then during the day with all my daycare kiddos. I even found myself walking with our son three times a day right after his accident to get his stamina back up after his head injury and concussion.

My hope is to take advantage of yoga in the park before summer is over and also start hiking real soon again. However, right now we are fully booked with everything else that we can’t even think about trying to add more to our lives.

I just hope your all finding the time to Get Up And Move!

Tell me, what have you been doing?

Have you tried anything new?

If you could try something new, what would it be?



Get Up and Move Challenge Update


How is everyone doing on their 30 minutes of movement?

In case your new to Natural Red, I posted back in January a challenge for everyone to give a gift to themselves and get up and move for 30 minutes at least 6 days a week. You can check out the original post here: Get Up and Move

For us here things have really changed since the nicer weather has arrived. We still make it to the gym at least two nights a week and usually 1 day on the weekends. The other nights we change it up fairly often. If we are not walking three miles after dinner we may be walking a disk golf course having fun,

IMG_2614 playing tennis at a local park or


hiking an area trail.


We are also hoping to start hitting area rivers and lakes with our kayaks and standup paddle board. It just needs to be a little warmer.

Share with me what you have been doing in your area. Has it changed with nicer weather?

If you have not started this challenge yet, now would be the perfect time to make this commitment to yourself. You have so many options so just GET UP AND MOVE 🙂

Your body and mind will thank you.



March Check In…

It’s been a month since I have checked in with everyone to see how your Get Up and Move progress has been.

It should be getting easier with nicer weather. I’ll be honest, this last month for me has been rough but I have managed 30 minutes a day religiously. I am just thankful I have workout equipment at home that I am able to utilize while my kiddos nap. We have had so many appointments after work, that there were three nights this month we just had to skip our nightly routine. Either way, 30 minutes was achieved one way or another and I should be proud of that.

I must say with the snow and ice melting, we have gone back to walking outside after dinner which makes me extremely happy. I am super excited to start getting my kiddos outside to burn off some extra energy also. We have been discussing walking to the park and riding bikes for a few weeks already. Even my son is preparing for outdoor activity, he recently brought his bike in for a Spring tuneup.

Now that life has somewhat gotten back to normal after a crazy month, I am looking forward to getting back to normal routine. Soon my 30 minutes will be hiking, paddling and beating my husband at a good game of tennis. I can’t wait.

Keep up the good work everyone:)

It’s More Than a Resolution…It’s a Gift To Ourselves

Are you a person that start’s a resolution every year just to fail after a few days, weeks or months?

Personally, I think some of us make that resolution just too big to accomplish which means failure is ultimately inevitable. So let’s change that together.

First of all, let’s call it a “gift” to ourselves for the new year. It will not be a resolution, it will only be as difficult as you want it to be and realistically we all should find it fairly easy to fit into our daily life.

It will take you thirty minutes per day, six days per week, with one day being a free day where you can either do nothing at all or still try and get in 30 minutes if you wish.

Now don’t panic and say you don’t have time. I know you do. Let’s set a timer one day and start and stop it every time you go onto a social media website. Add those minutes up at the end of one day. OK, now let’s take just 30 minutes of that (I know you accumulated more than 30minutes on your timer for one day) and dedicate it to this “gift” you are going to give yourself every day.

The “gift” we will be giving ourselves on these days for at least the next year, hopefully longer, will simply be to GET UP AND MOVE!

Now I know what you are thinking, especially if you read my blog, that this will not be difficult for me at all. Which may make it seem a little unfair. Just remember, you are not doing this for me, this is a “gift” for you. I do move everyday, whether it be walking, working out, playing tennis, kayaking, biking etc. What really has me concerned is the number of people that don’t move, complain they are tired all the time, there body aches everywhere, they are irregular, they cannot sleep……….

Believe me, if you MOVE you will feel better. I am not talking a normal workday of 8,9,10 or whatever hours you work on a daily basis. I am not talking about chasing after your kids all day or walking the trash to the curb once a week. I want you to add a SPECIFIC, different activity than normal to your daily routine for 30 minutes six days a week.

Want some stimulation, here are some suggestions:

*do it with a friend

*get a dog or borrow a neighbors

*join a gym, many people will feel obligated to go if they pay money to do something

* it’s great stress relief

*do you realize nursing home residents do daily exercise and a lot of us do none. Now that’s just sad:(

*do it for your health

I can offer you some ideas of things that you could do to make this a successful gift.


water aerobics at an area high school or community center/lap swim

join a gym

yoga either by joining a class or buying a dvd


dancing lessons/classes


weight lifting

climb steps in your home for 30 minutes

stability ball exercises

dance around with your kids and just get crazy (they won’t know what has gotten into you but I promise they will love it)


Ice skate


sledding (only use the rope to go back up the hill every other time)

walk your/a dog

yoga in the park

hike a near by trail






join a sporting team like softball, baseball, basketball etc.


I am sure there are many, many more things I could have listed, but you get the point. I don’t care how old or young you are, you can do this. Include your spouse, children, the elderly lady/man down the street. Stop in at a nursing home and take a resident for a walk around the grounds for half an hour in their wheel chair. (Get permissions first)There are so many things you could do.

So, are you in for the challenge? I promise you will feel better. Let’s even be optimistic and say that maybe next year we can up the time to moving for 1 hour a day. Although, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For the next month, I will post weekly what I did to move for thirty minutes six days per week. If you send me a message either by reply or by email and let me know you are going to try it out, I will follow your progress and cheer you on.