What I’m Loving Lately….

Let me share with you a few things I have been loving lately. It’s funny how this list changes with the seasons, weather or even my own person likes and dislikes, especially food preferences. Lately, I have been finding that I actually enjoy flavors that I never did when I was younger.

Sriracha sauce on eggs no less.I never use to like hot and spicy anything, but lately I just can’t get enough.

Chai honey on an english muffin with peanut butter. It’s something about the cooler temps that brings out my love of chai. I rarely drink or eat anything chai until Fall. Here is a recipe for homemade chai honey if you want to give it a try.

Smuckers fruit-fulls. I have tried every brand of fruit pouches which have become very popular as of lately. I gave this brand a try because I had a coupon and I was very happily surprised. Ingredients are only fruit, no added anything, and they are very tasty and not as baby food textured as most pouches from other companies. I don’t know of many adults that consume these since I feel they are basically marketed toward children. However, this is a terrific way for adults on the go to get in a serving of fruit. Plus, in my case, it’s a great way to level out my blood sugar issues in a hurry. I grab a Luna bar and a fruit pouch and I am good to go for a few more hours:-)

Blue Diamond Almondsyum,yum,yum!!! My flavor of choice is the Bold Habanero BBQ. Which again, is surprising due to the spice but they are delicious.

Enough about food, let’s move on to other things. About two weeks ago I finally made time for a haircut. For quite a while now I have been debating going back to a short hairstyle and finally just did it. It was as long as the middle of my back and is now shorter than shoulder length. My two youngest daycare kiddos were hesitant to even come to me the next morning. I must admit, I wish I would have done it sooner. It’s faster to style, very quick to dry, my husband no longer rolls on it during the night, and working out with short hair is fantastic! I love it 🙂

As you all know I have been dealing with some ankle pain and sore legs some nights. I broke down and bought a pair of compression socks to try after reading how they are used for recovery after runs and workouts for athletes.  Now I would never consider myself an athlete but WOW, I can seriously say they have provided me much relief. Not so much with my ankle but my legs are loving these socks.

Workouts lately have been just what I need to get out of my house and feel alive again. It’s no secret I am not an indoor person, but when the temps drop I spend 90% of my life in my home. So a trip to the gym to break a sweat puts a smile on my face:-)

I am enjoying watching our son interact with one of my daycare kiddos in a field he loves. Our son has always had a love of science and experimenting. You can only imagine the types of disasters I have had to clean up over the years. As he has gotten older this love has only grown and now with one of my kiddos mentioning one day that she too likes experiments, they have been inseparable. He has been laughing at her and she has been learning with him.

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And last but not least, I have officially started Christmas shopping which means I am a bit closer to finished. I am not a big fan of shopping in slush, snow, parking lot grime and pushy people at holiday time. I typically try and start early and finish by Thanksgiving. This year I should have no problem finishing. Most have asked for money and that only leaves me with a few others to buy actual gifts for.

That should do it for now.

What have you been loving lately?




Weekend Highlights-Hiking, Geocaching, Fishing and Disc Golf

We had such a beautiful weekend here after a long week of rain.

Saturday we got up bright and early to go workout before we started our day of adventure. After our workout it was home to shower and change and go pick up our new hiking partner. We had the pleasure of taking one of my daycare kiddos with us for the day. She is only 2 1/2 years old but her heart has been set on hiking with us for some time now and this was the perfect opportunity to take her along. I guess all those Fridays of her helping me pack our backpacks for hiking gave her the impression that hiking had to be fun, especially when you pack treats in the backpack.

We headed out with her to an area our family has visited often in the past. First, we had to take a peak at the fish hatchery. She really thought this was amazing.


Next, we were off to the deer park area to feed the deer and the chickens some food. She was prepared with her bag of food for the animals and her backpack with her water bottle and treats inside.


Then it was to the trails for the thing she was so excited to do…go hiking! We even had her find a few treasures (geocaches). She was very interested to go through every single items in each cache container we found.


Then we saw a park playground nearby which we had to visit.


And the last stop was to a nature trail to see if we could find some critters. It did not take us long to come across a fuzzy little friend.


After this it was back to the car for a quick snooze on the way home. It was a big day with lots of new adventures for this little one and she loved every second of it. I have a feeling she may be asking her parents to go hiking in the future.

Then Sunday rolled around and it was a day of even more activities. I started out my day grocery shopping and preparing most of dinner before leaving for the day. I knew it was going to be a busy day so this just made things flow easier. Mid morning we left to go try out my husbands new fishing reel/pole he got a few weeks ago. It was sunny, warm and the fish were very active.


When we felt we had caught our share of fish in the river we decided to take the scenic route home. We came across a new park that is located right on the Bay of Green Bay which has a sandy beach. I noticed it when I saw, from a distance, this big green balloon type thing out in the bay. After stopping and taking a closer look we realized it was a person trying to kite surf.


He was standing on the bottom that far out and it was all sand. Ahhhhh, an idea came to me. I could travel the 10 minutes to this park after work in the evening and stand up paddle for awhile whenever I wish. This was awesome. Nothing we have is close enough to have fun during the week. So now I am waiting patiently for a little more warmth so we can SUP whenever we wish.

After our scenic drive home I finished throwing dinner together, we ate and it was back out the door for our last activity of the day. Our first game of disc golf this year.


Gosh were we rusty!!! We played 18 holes and called it a day.

The best way to end a great weekend is exhausted and that is exactly what we were.