Kroger Match Ups (Central Indiana) for the Week of 5/29

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I know -- there has been some major slacka-lacking in the match up department here.  However, summer break is finally here so I can play catch up and stop neglecting you, my darling followers.

Don't forget to clip your 2x the fuel points digital coupon from the Kroger app or  Whenever you shop Friday, Saturday or Sunday you will earn 2x the fuel points per purchase!  So get shopping!

Alright, here are some great deals you can snag this week at Kroger:
--Blueberries - 2/$5

--Red Seedless Grapes - $0.97/lb

--Mangoes - $0.99

--Mini Sweet Peppers - $1.99

--Green Beans - $0.99/lb

--DiGiorno Pizzas - 3/$10.  Use $2/2 (SS 4/13).  Final Price: $2.33 each when you buy 2

--Kroger potatoes - $1.99

--Tyson drumsticks or thighs - $0.99/lb.  Use $1 off (SS 3/23).  Final Price: varies depending on size of package

--Eckrich Smoked Sausage or links - 2/$5. Use $1/Smoked Sausage (Facebook Page) or $0.55 off (SS 5/18)

--Land O Frost lunchmeat - 2/$7.  Use $0.75 off (RP 5/18 or

--Chicken of the Sea light tuna - 2/$1

--Kroger canned corn or green beans - 2/$1

--French's Yellow Mustard - $1.79.  Use $0.30 off (SS 3/23).  Final Price: $1.49

--Heinz Ketchup - $1.99.  Use $0.50 off (RP 5/4).  Final Price: $1.49

--Kroger BBQ sauce - $1.00

--Sunbeam or Aunt Millie's bread - $1.00

--Ragu pasta sauce - 3/$5.  

--Pringles - 4/$5.  Use $1/4 (RP 5/18).  Final Price: $1.00 each when you buy 4

--Quaker cereal or granola bars - 3/$5.  Use $1/2 chewy bars or $1/Quaker Big and Chewy (RP 5/4).  Final Price: as low as $0.67

--Mott's for Tots juice or juice boxes - 2/$5.  Use $1 printable.  Final Price: $1.50

--I Can't Believe It's Not Butter- $1.99 + Free eggs.  

What Kroger deals did you find this week?

Another Milestone With My Little Buddy

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As a teacher, the end of a the school year is always quite blissful.  You send your students off for the summer while you pack away your room to gather cobwebs until you return in August (well, July for us.  Seriously, don't make me cry about this.)  But this year the end of school has  a whole new meaning to it for me as a mom -- Cohen completed his first full year of preschool.

I am having a hard time grasping the fact that my little man is indeed growing up.  The kid is a talking machine and the things (appropriate...mostly) that come out of his mouth are fascinating.  For example, he said to me the other day, "Mom, don't do that.  That is dangerous."  Hello buzz words!  He has grown up so much this year and has such a fun and sassy personality.  Cohen is a good mix of Kurtis and myself -- he looks just like his dad yet is so social and friendly like his mom -  (cue the drums - ba dum ch!)  He loves to make friends and is at the Mr. Independent stage these days.  We were at our friend's birthday party and he says to me, "Mom, you go over there."
For real, kid.  Make me cry just a little bit.  

I think it's also hard for me to deal with the change.  I really grew to enjoy his teachers.  They were so great to him and always kept me in the loop by sending me notes, emails, pictures and texts.  I loved the familiar faces, looking for his classroom work and knowing exactly where his little cubby was in his class.  But now that will all change next year as he will be in the "big room" as he calls.  I'm sad that he will move up to the Pre-K 3's room, but I'm also excited to see what new things he will learn this coming year.  This week was a trial week in his new classroom because it's camp.  Kurtis said he no longer clings to his legs yet runs to see his friends in the morning on the playground.

My little guy is growing up.  I probably need to get used to this now.

Love you to the moon and back, buddy.

#KoolOff at Your Cookout with Friends with Cold Drinks from Kool-Aid

Monday, May 26, 2014

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After the longest, coldest and snowiest winter in history, summer has finally arrived.  Like the rest of my fellow Hoosiers, I am going to spend as much time as possible enjoying the heat and sunshine.  One of my favorite summer activities is hosting cookouts for our friends.  We try to have monthly "adult time" and get together to remember what it's like to be kid-less for just one night and enjoy the company of each other.  This month was my turn to host, so I knew I had to have a cookout to welcome my friends - and the arrival of summer - with open arms.  The menu consisted of hamburgers, hot dogs and the usual cookout munchies,  but I also wanted to include an ice cold fruit drink that would help quench our summer thirst.

I headed to Walmart to grab the essentials for our cookout.  While shopping in the drink aisle, I noticed that Kool-Aid was now offered in a super convenient 96oz ready to drink bottle.  I wouldn't have to mix anything up - just open and pour.  This was the perfect beverage choice for my cookout!  Plus each bottle was less than $2 which is a super steal.  I grabbed a couple of bottles along with a canister of the Kool-Aid powder to use to make some fruity ice cubes for my guests.

As I started to prepare for my guests, I mixed up a quick batch of the powder from the canister to make a tray of Kool-Aid ice cubes to go with our Kool-Aid Tropical Punch.  This canister made it easy to just mix up a small batch with water and pour into the ice cube trays.  Just a half cup of mix along with a cup and a half cup of water, mix, pour and freeze.  Next time I think I'm going to add some raspberries or strawberries into the ice cubes for a fun little twist.

Overall I would have to say that our "adults only" cookout ended up being a great success.  We had a lot of fun basking in the summer heat while enjoying some great food and friends.  Our ice cold Kool-Aid was the perfect beverage choice for the evening.  Plus the ready to drink 96oz bottle made my prep work just that much easier.  

Cheers to summer and great times with good friends!

 How do you plan to #KoolOff this summer?

Exciting News!
I was informed that Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96 oz Kool-Aid bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!

Check the dates below to see if he’s coming to a Walmart near you!
  • Friday May 30th 5-7pm: 13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
  • Saturday May 31st 3-5pm: 3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
  • Saturday May 31st 6-8pm: 517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
  • Friday June 20th 5-7pm: 1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
  • Saturday June 21st 3-5pm: 1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
  • Saturday June 21st 6-8pm: 809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
  • Friday August 8th 5-7pm: 360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
  • Saturday August 9th  3-5pm: 1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
  • Saturday August 9th 6-8pm: 2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Save on Gas this Summer with Kroger Fuel Points

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Just eight more wake ups.
That is teacher language for "Summer is coming!"
I think anyone will welcome the arrival of summer with open arms after that horrific winter we just endured.  Record breaking snowfall, record breaking freezing temperatures and record bank breaking heating and electric bills -- bring on the fun in the sun my friends!

I'm really excited for this summer for many reasons.  The main reason is that we get to take our first vacation as a family of four.  My aunt and uncle own a beautiful lake house off of Lake Michigan and we plan on taking Cohen and Lola up there to enjoy some time together playing by the water, enjoying local restaurants and of course doing some retail therapy.  But this isn't just a hop-skip-and-a-jump kind of trip.  This is a legit eight hour drive.  
Don't fret - we are breaking it up with a stop in our hometown.  No, we aren't that crazy to drive for eight straight hours with a baby.
I'm not sure about you, but have you taken a look at gas prices lately?  I seriously have minor panic attacks as I fill up my tank and the price keeps rolling higher and higher.  Luckily we have a Kroger gas station literally five seconds from our house.  It's super convenient to stop into and pump my gas.  But what's even better is that Kroger offers fuel points for money off of my gas (up to $1.00 off a gallon!) when I shop in store.

Have I gotten your attention?

Kroger fuel rewards are where it's at, especially if you are planning any long summer trips like us.  Over the past few weeks, I've been planning ways to help us save on gas during our trip.  It only makes sense to use our fuel rewards for the majority of our gas on our family vacation.  With a swipe of my Kroger Plus Card, I'm able to earn points as well as keep track of how many points I have earned for the month.  This has been a huge help when creating a rough budget for gas on this trip.

Aren't my shopping buddies cute?

Now it's my turn to help you save money on gas this summer.  I've created a list of my top three easiest ways to earn Kroger fuel rewards to help you save money on gas.  

Top Three Ways to Rack Up those Kroger Fuel Rewards:
1.  2X the Fuel Rewards Weekends
From now until the end of July, when you shop at Kroger on Friday, Saturday or Sunday you get two times the fuel points for your purchase.  For example, you need to grab bread and milk for the wife and family.  You spend $5.00 and now you earn 10 fuel points rather than just 5 -- all because you shopped during the weekend!  You'll have to clip the 2X Fuel Rewards coupon on your phone or online (make sure your register your Kroger Plus card!) and then you're set until the end of the promotion.  Now I make sure to plan my weekly grocery trips during the weekend so I can start saving in my fuel rewards bank -- I'm already over 300 points and it's the middle of the month!

2.  Buy Gift Cards From Your Kroger Store
Keep your eyes peeled for the gift card deals that Kroger offers quite frequently.  Many times you can earn 4X the fuel rewards when you purchase gift cards, otherwise you get 2x the fuel points when you buy a gift card.  During the last gift card promotion I purchased gift cards to restaurants and stores I knew we are going to visit while on our family vacation.  So now I am set for many of our meals while on the road but I also earned us four times the fuel points just by purchasing these gift cards.

3.  Fill Prescriptions at the Kroger Pharmacy
It's so easy to just drop off my prescriptions before I shop and then pick them up when I leave.  I don't have to make different stops at different stores.  I can simply do my shopping and get my prescriptions before I leave -- all while earning fuel points in the process!

With a little planning ahead, I've been able to start saving my fuel points for our family vacation.  It works out perfectly because our hometown, the midway point, just opened a Kroger fuel station so we will be able to gas up and head out, all while saving money with our fuel points!  

Check out this great video with more tips on how you can save money by using Kroger fuel points.

How will you start earning fuel points at Kroger this summer?

Disclosure:  I received compensation to write this post on behalf of Kroger.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

Lola Girl is Six Months Old

We have hit the midway point.  My little munchkin is already six months old!  But not only is she half a year, but I survived my first month back at work.  Seriously though, survive is an understating verb.  It has been a ridiculously, crazy adjustment.  I am thankful that there are only seven more student days until Summer Break because otherwise I'd seriously have to consider moving to Canada where woman can take a year of maternity leave -- take note U.S. 

It has been a month full of firsts and many sleepless nights...again.  Within the last two weeks, the poor little thing has sprouted one tooth and is working on number two.  
Two teeth = no sleep 
I finally have come to the conclusion that sleep truly is overrated and that I will sleep all I want when I'm dead, so who needs it now?

Lola is so personable and super active now.  The kid is obsessed with her toes unlike her mother who is NOT a foot person.  I really want to paint her toesies for summer but I'm afraid she'll accidentally eat off the nail polish.  Okay, I'm over exaggerating but a mom's gotta worry.  She still loves her rough and tough brother who is still obsessed with her six out of seven days of the week.  Cohen will talk to her and she will squeal and smile which makes him laugh and squeal back at her and then she squeals back.  The process is rather adorable.  He is starting to be less rough and more sweet with her too, except for yesterday when Kurtis came out of the shower and he was in her crib with her.  The baby gate couldn't have gone up quicker on his door last night...

Lola is so sweet and very laid back.  She has started to get a bit of separation anxiety when one of us leaves her side.  However, she definitely plays Dad like a fiddle.  The kid can put on a fake cry the second he walks into a room because she knows he'll pick her up.  Sucker.  But usually she is pretty content sitting in your lap being snuggled which is completely opposite of  how her brother was when he was her age.

Here's what my girl has been up to lately:

Size:  We had our 6 month check up today and she is 15 lbs 10 oz and 25.5 inches long -- 50% for both. The kid took her shots like a champ -- cried for 5 seconds and then when I picked her up she started laughing and talking to the nurse.  She can wear size 2 or 3 diapers - it really depends what I pull from the closet.  But we definitely use a size 3 for bed for more absorbency.  She is happily wearing size 6 months clothes (including her closet full of adorbes rompers and dresses finally!) and 6-9 month jammies.  I find that jammies run much snugger, am I the only one moms?

Eating:  Lola eats four bottles a day - 7 oz at 8:00 am, 6-7 oz at noon, 6-7 oz at 4:00 pm and 7-8 oz at bed.  The doctor said that soon her bottle intake will decrease so I'm planning on continuing to pump throughout the summer or at least cutting back to just two sessions so I don't have to mess with it when school starts.  As of now she only eats 2 oz of formula a day which has saves us some serious money.  My frozen stockpile of milk is still pretty big so I'm hoping to make it to 9 months at least.  She also eats oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, a veggie for lunch and rice cereal and a veggie for dinner.  I have made all over her baby food this time around and I'll share my experience with it here soon -- so easy and super cheap.  It's ridiculous!  I'm excited to start YoBaby yogurt soon because that was always Cohen's favorite!  

Sleeping:  Despite the past two weeks, she has been pretty consistent.  She will go down around 7:30 and wake up around 7 or 7:30.  She is usually pretty happy just lying in her crib and will play until you go get her.  She is a rock star with her naps though.  She goes down at 10 and 2 and will nap for at least an hour or more each time.  It isn't unusual to have to wake her up from her morning nap, otherwise I think she'd sleep for 3 hours if we let her.

Likes:  My Lola Girl loves her Baby Einstein activity saucer.  She has figured out how to turn herself around in it which is pretty darn cute.  She loves playing on a blanket on the floor but I think that's because she loves eating her toes.  Baths are fun time too - she loves to suck on the washcloth and laugh away.  I'm excited to get her into the pool this summer.

Dislikes:  Cutting teeth.  The poor thing has been miserable.  She isn't a fan of the netty thing either so I've been relying on Tylenol, wet wash cloths and cold teethers.  I'm going to grab some Hyland's Teething Tablets this week to see if they help at all because it makes me so sad to see her upset in the middle of the night.  She also hates when you walk away from her.  Once again, nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Milestones:  We have one tooth and are working on number two.  Cohen cut his teeth real fast and early so it wouldn't surprise me if they all come in at once like his.  Oh joy.  She is a wiggle worm and will maneuver herself in a circle when lying on a blanket. We are working on her ab muscles to get her to sit up for longer periods of time.  She will sit for a bit when the help of a Boppy, which makes me feel better since she isn't too sturdy yet.   Lola is also great at grabbing things and putting them right into her mouth - including my hair.  I'm considering getting a tiny haircut just so I can avoid these fistfuls of hair that are getting drenched in baby drool.  

I can smell summer it is so close.  I can't wait to spend our days at the pool, water park and splash pad -- I'm seriously so excited.  Wait, all of those activities require a swimsuit.  
Aww man...

Here's to another month of fun watching my Lola Girl and Coco Bear grow up!

Choo Choo! Thomas is Coming + Your Chance to Win Tickets

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans!
Thomas will be rolling into Connersville, Indiana next month so fans get ready!  He will be arriving at the Whitewater Valley Railroad’s Grand Central Station for Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014.  For the first time ever, Thomas will be able to talk to his fans too!  Families will have the opportunity to take a ride on Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and much more! 

Here's what you can expect during your Day Out with Thomas™:
--A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and hear Thomas greet his fans!

--Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway

--Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets.

--Storytelling, video viewing, handcar rides, bounce house, miniature golf, Marty the Magician live, and much more.

Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 runs from June 20-22 and 27-29th at the Grand Central Station in Connersville, Indiana.  Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting this link here. or  Prices are $20 for single ride passes or $34 for an all day pass with unlimited rides on Thomas the Tank Engine.  

For more information and directions, contact the Whitewater Valley Railroad via phone at 765-825-2054 or on the web at 

For information on Thomas & Friends, visit

Be sure to follow Thomas and Friends!

Ready for your chance to win?  
One (1) lucky reader will win Family Pack of four tickets for the Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 on Friday June 27th!  
Enter the Rafflecopter below!

Disclosure:  I received tickets in return for an announcement of the event on my blog.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Celebrate Science DVD Giveaway

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring has finally sprung here in Indiana - and it couldn't have come any quicker!  We definitely spend more of our time outside exploring and playing.  Cohen has recently started to become fascinated with things like butterflies, bumble bees and of course all things dirt!  He loves to trace his shadow with sidewalk chalk and see how different reflections create rainbows.  As a teacher and of course mom, it melts my heart seeing my little boy grow and become curious about the world around him.

I recently had the opportunity to review some great science DVDs from NCircle  Entertainment featuring some of our favorite well known characters.  With Cohen's recent fascination of nature and science, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to help him grow even more as a little scientist!

Here's what our DVDs are about:

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Space is the Place

Join the Cat in the Hat on a trip into space, and learn why the cosmos is such a cool place! In this new DVD, the Cat and his friends visit each of the planets, the sun and the stars. Young viewers can learn why day turns to night thanks to our friend, the sun. 

Sid the Science Kid: What is a Rainbow?

After a rainstorm, the sun comes out and Sid spots a big rainbow in the sky.  He races inside to tell his parents, but by the time he brings them outside to see it, the rainbow is gone.  Sid and his friends investigate rainbows at school where they discover that rainbows can only form when light passes through water droplets.
Themes explored include: Where does light come from? How are shadows made? How are rainbows created? What causes darkness? 

Octonauts: To the Gup-X!

This DVD includes the following exciting adventures: Captain Barnacles leads a mission to rescue Dashi, who is trapped inside a giant whale shark; Kwazii takes to the skies to retrieve a precious book from a school of flying fish; Peso tries to bandage a Great White Shark without becoming his lunch – and much more! Plus, in a special extra feature, Tweak & Tunip tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Gup-X! 

Win It!
One lucky winner can celebrate science by winning all three of the DVDs mentioned above!
Enter the Rafflecoptor below -- US residents only.

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Disclosure: This product review was made possible by NCircle Entertainment. I was received a product sample for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Run It Girl! Summer Fun Playlist

Monday, May 12, 2014

So my training for Indy Mini is officially over.   Now I can run for fun and not on a strict training schedule.
 I may already be considering another half in November...
Cray, I know, I know.

But I want to keep my endurance up so of course I need some good tunes to go along with my runs!  I love anything to pump me up -- I like new and a bit of the oldies but goodies.
Think college days my friends...

Here is my what's currently on my iTunes running list:

See, told you it was a compilation of some classics.  Let's be honest here, we all know a little old school JT can get anyone moving..  As long as it keeps me running and the adrenaline going, it's a go for me.
Thank you Bon Jovi for making these ever lasting hits that turn anyone's frown upside down.

Happy Running! :)

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I woke up this morning, looked outside and started singing, "Here comes the sun! Doo doo doo!"  Then I had to laugh because that was totally something my mom did when I was little.  What they say is completely true (no matter how much you may not always want it to be) -- you are your mother.

I probably gave my mom even more white hair and just a few ulcers through my wild teenage years.  But I'm pretty sure I still ended up her favorite.
Just kidding Meg.  
I'm 30 years old and still call my mom when I have questions or need to vent or am bored and want to talk.  I hope when Cohen and Lola grow up they do the same thing when they get older.  I want to be their voice of reason.  Okay, and the cool mom too.

This will be my fourth Mother's Day.  Even though I'm tired, sometimes grumpy and can't go the bathroom alone I truly love being a mom.  These two little stinkers bring so much joy to our lives.  While it's the toughest job in the world, it's also the most fun job in the world.  Everyday is a new challenge that brings on a new beginning.  Being able to watch my kids grow up is the best feeling in the world.

So thank you to my mom for being a great a mom and putting up with me for the past thirty years.  Thanks for setting the stakes high and showing me what it means to be a great mom.

Happy Mother's Day, moms!
Enjoy this day with your family and remember -- you have been chosen to take on the most important role in your life!

Now go put your feet up and get pampered for the day.  You deserve it.

Target Match Ups for the Week of 5/4

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Today I was looking into my wallet and saw my Target card and got really sad because I realized how long it's been since I used it last.  Like, two weeks.  Now that I'm back to work for three weeks I am starting to get back into the swing of things.  I will be better about these match ups - I promise!

Here are a few things you  (and I because I need to use my REDcard) can grab this week:
--Driscoll's berries - 2/$3.  Use $1/2 Target coupon and 5% Cartwheel deal.  Final Price: $0.95 each when you buy 2.

--Select Little Debbie snacks - $1.79.  Use $1 off (SS 4/13).  Final Price: $0.79

--Market Pantry bagels - $1.34.  Use $1 off Target mobile and 5% Cartwheel.  Final Price: $0.32

--Doritos or Lays chips - Buy 1 Get 1 free.

--Ibuprofen  - $1.16.  Use $1/2 mobile coupon.  Final Price: $0.64 each when you buy 2.

--Garnier shampoo or conditioner - $2.99.  Use $2 off (SS 5/4).  Final Price: $0.99 -- there's a gift card deal with these!

--Select Speed Stick deodorant - $3.99.  Use $2 off (SS 4/27).  Final Price: $1.99  -- there's a gift card deal with this too!

--Up&Up Baby wash - $1.47.  Use $2/2 Target coupon.  Final Price: $0.47 each when you buy 2.

Any other great deals this week at Target?

Indy Mini Marathon Update - Race Day 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

 I did it!
Race day was Saturday and I'm so happy I went through with it!  I'll be honest, last week was a total mind game.  I kept trying to find reasons why I shouldn't run the race - I was tired.  Lola didn't sleep well.  No one was going to run it with me.  I didn't know where to park.  Seriously ridiculous things but my mind was trying to convince me not to do it while my heart was saying, "You're an idiot if you don't."  
But I did it!
Friday was the worst of the mind games.  The girl I originally planned on running it with was in a different corral and didn't think I'd be able to run up in their corral.  So I panicked because it was less than 12 hours before the race and I had just lost my running buddy.  Luckily a teacher I work with was still running it and I got a hold of her.  We ran two races together last year so I was excited to be able to run the Mini with her this year!

Here's a race recap...
I met my friend around 7 on Saturday morning about 10 minutes from downtown.  Our actual Wave didn't start until 8:30 which was pretty nice to have a later start time.  However, the group we were with got a bit of a late start and we didn't end up even getting to the race until basically 8:30.  We lucked out and got a decent  parking spot and made it to our Wave a few minutes before they counted down to our start time.  I started at a slower pace to help my friend keep up for as long as could.  She did more cross training than actual running but still kept up strong for 6 miles!  Once we hit the Indianapolis Speedway, her knee started causing her problems so she dropped back.  I ran the last 7 miles on my own and that was okay.  Really it wasn't like I was alone, just hanging out with 30,000 of my closest friends.  The atmosphere of this race is awesome.  Every time you even start to think that you're tired or can't do it, you turn a corner and there's a band playing fun music or a group of people cheering you on or a water table full of people encouraging to keep it up.  My favorite part was towards the end (duh) because the final stretch was lined with black and white checkered flags.  Both sides are filled with people yelling and shouting and it was an awesome feeling.  I ended up running it in 2:25, which was about 10 minutes more than I wanted but I'm happy that I ran the entire race and got to experience it.  I was literally drained Saturday afternoon.  My head felt like it was going to explode and I needed to just take a nap.  I had planned on heading up north to catch the last part of my friend's Bachelorette party but after my nap my head felt like it was 29438209 lbs so I knew it wasn't going to happen.  I ended up going to bed at 9:30 Saturday and waking up at 8:30 on Sunday.
Surprisingly my thighs are the only sore part of my body.  Oh, and I need a serious pedicure.  Like yesterday.

The only picture I got.  I was in a serious daze post race so we didn't even get a picture until we got home.

I probably won't run the Mini again for a few years because it's just too hard to train with little kids and a full time job.  I plan on doing a couple shorter runs this summer just for fun because those don't really need too much training.

I'm ready to run for fun now and to use it as a stress reliever.  I'm also ready for summer break.
18 more days...

Support the Fight Against Childhood Cancer with Aflac + Giveaway #Duckprints

Sunday, May 4, 2014

As a mom and a teacher, my heart is full of love for my own children as well as the students I spend time with on a weekly basis.  Two years ago one of my teacher friends had a young student diagnosed with cancer.  While I never personally knew this sweet child, I can only imagine the pain this family felt watching their child fight this horrible illness.  Recent studies show that cancer is the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. for people age 15 or younger.  In 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States.  Thankfully we have companies like Aflac that have been active in the fight against childhood cancer for the past twenty years.  The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest childhood cancer centers in the country.  The Aflac Cancer Center is committed to providing childhood cancer patients a brighter future through advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research.  Aflac is proud to have donated more than $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, with the goal of reaching $100 million by the end of 2015.

Trisha Henry Gaffney, a former Alfac Cancer Center patient, can attest to the amazing things this center has to offer it's patients.  In 1996 at just nineteen years old, Trisha was diagnosed with embryonal  rhabdomyoscoma on her ureter.  She spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center receiving chemotherapy and radiation.  Several years later and by the suggestion of a friend, Trisha made an appointment with the Cancer Survivor Program that is offered through the Aflac Cancer Center.  At her first appointment, she was educated on her entire heath history - including the issues and effects that her treatments could have caused her body.  Trisha decided to visit a fertility specialists only to learn that she would never be able to carry children because of the havoc the radiation did on her body.  Trisha's sister had a friend who offered to be a surrogate for her family and baby Isabella will turn one on Mother's Day!  Trisha attributes her family's happiness to the resources she received from the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center.

Over the last twenty years Aflac has met a variety of amazing individuals, like Trisha, who have made a real difference in this fight against childhood cancer.  To honor these individuals, Aflac has created the Duckprints award.  Duckprints champions these heroes through ceremonies at childhood cancer hospitals, user-generated nominations on and in social media.

Now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11), Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for a variety of social media Duckprints activities using #Duckprints, including:
– Twitter: $2 for every Duckprints tweet or retweet using #Duckprints
– Facebook: $2 for every Duckprints post or share using #Duckprints

So start hashtagging my friends!

For more information, be sure to check out Alfac online and on social media!
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Disclosure:  This giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Aflac. I was compensated to participate in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

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I have been back to work now for two weeks after a blissful five month maternity leave.  While my two children are an absolute joy to my husband and I, our lives seem to be going in extreme fast forward lately! The jump from one kid to two is hard enough.  But now I'm juggling two kids, a full time job and life as a mom - and that is a lot for one plate.  Now that our mornings may have gotten a lot crazier, I have to say my favorite part is my alone time with my morning coffee.  

My day starts out early with a quick trip to the basement to get in a workout while the stars are still shining and the sun is still sleeping.  Then, after a quick shower, I hear my Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker getting my morning cup of coffee ready to help me start my day.  My favorite feature about this drip coffee maker is the Pause 'n Serve function that lets me pour my coffee while it is still brewing.  Plus the insulated carafe keeps my coffee hot and ready for my husband who of course doesn't get up until a few hours past sunrise.  But I love these mornings because  it's just me, my coffee and the early morning sounds.  Mommyhood is amazing but we all know that alone time is rare.  Being able to spend some time with myself is priceless.  There is something about this morning moment with my cup of coffee that helps me start my day off on the right foot.  

On a recent trip to Walmart, I decided to upgrade my coffee selection with a bag of Millstone® coffee.  I'm definitely loving the sleek new look of the package!  Plus there was a great variety of flavors to choose from so I decided to go with a flavored coffee.  I'm excited about my new morning coffee aroma! 

While my life may be busy,  I definitely appreciate my early mornings alone with my coffee.  It helps me get my thoughts and feelings inline for the upcoming day.  Being able to take this time for myself is not only enjoyable but definitely necessary for my own mental health!

But once seven o'clock strikes on the clock, it's time for Mommy to put on her game face.
Until tomorrow morning...

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