Here’s to a Healthier Me! And You too!

Motherhood is draining! I think that is a given. Middle-of-the-night wake-ups, carrying kids to and fro, cooking meals, and on and on. Don’t get me wrong, it is the most awesome job I could ever have in this whole wide world, but even when I do get some me-time, I know there is still those never-ending tasks to get back to once our Moms Night Out is over. It is exhausting! As moms, we tend to put everyone else first, and that takes a toll on our health. Well, it is time for a healthier me! And a healthier you too!! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely getting on board with some awesome resources that will help me to figure out how to live healthier, especially in this processed food world!

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So, are you in? Don’t get stuck in a rut, and then stay there. It’s time to find a new normal. My new normal is living a healthier lifestyle.

P.S. We will be getting back to our regularly scheduled program really soon! :)
P.P.S. It is the last day to enter The Boxcar Children DVD giveaway on our review blog!! Hurry on over! It is my girls’ current fave movie, and Emily is getting excited to read her first Boxcar Children book.

Tired of spending so much on groceries?

Hi friends, I will get back to regular blogging soon, but with our laptop dying, homeschool starting back, and other life stuff going on, you will have to bear with us. I just wanted to pop in really quickly to let you in on a super great deal going on right now. If your answer to the question below is “YES!”, check out Grocery University!

If you have ever visited MoneySavingMom.com, you know what goodness Crystal Paine has for her readers, in helping us save time and money so that we can focus on the important things in life, like our relationships with family and friends.

The Grocery University course is packed with valuable information and step-by-step help for families who want to lower their grocery budget. Crystal’s friend Carrie, mom of five and owner of Colorado Bargains, produced the course, and Crystal recently purchased the rights to GU, and is excited to share some updates she has made.

Early bird gets the worm, so make sure to get in on the deal earlier than later with the re-launch of Grocery University! (Sorry for the late posting, we missed buying the course for $2.99.)

  • Current price $4.97 (at time of posting)
  • 2 p.m. CT – price goes up to $5.97
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After August 19th, the course will be set at the regular price of $9.97.

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Let’s Eat! {July Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

July Date Night
We should just get new jobs as restaurant critics. :p Norm found out about this restaurant through some show about restaurants (KQED’s Check Please! Bay Area). I suppose he will review it soon. ;) We read this place had great tapas. This has nothing to do with the restaurant itself, but when we arrived, the table next to us had empty dishes that were not cleared. I thought they just didn’t have time to clear it, which was not the case since the restaurant was not full at this time. It turned out the patrons went outside for a smoke, and they did that one or two more times during their meal. They were also very loud, and as we were right next to them, it was a little distracting during our meal. At one point, Norm was taking a photo of the food, and the lady got quiet, put her hand toward her mouth and whispered to her date. He looked over and said, “They’re Yelpers.” haha! I love it, we got mistaken for Yelpers! And at another point during their meal, they started up a conversation with the waitress about her private life. TMI!! Anyhow, I hope you don’t get seated next to super loud people when you eat here.

The Place
Federicos in Union City



The Activity

Bruschetta Alla Romana: Grilled Italian bread topped in your choice of style | We got the Mediterranean, which is shrimp, roasted red bell peppers and feta cheese.

Chicken Mole Tacos: Served with avocado, queso fresco and cilantro

Mexican Sea Bass Tempura served with a honey mustard glaze (I think there was mango in there too.)

Shrimp Ceviche: Assorted seafood in a spicy lime vinaigrette over a bed of mixed greens
Choose from the following: Shrimp, Fish or Octopus.  Another waiter thought we ordered this, but it was actually for the loud table next to us.

Eggplant Tower: Grilled tomatoes, eggplant and melted mozzarella cheese with sun-dried tomato…this was not my favorite out of all the dishes we ordered.

Tiramisu

Us
Not the best pic (I need selfie tutorials!), but we got one of us! :)

My date and I

This was another Parents’ Night Out sponsored by our church. We are very thankful for this community who encourages us to grow in our marriage, and not only encourages us, but puts it all into action. Free babysitting and dinner for our kiddos while we get to spend some time being husband and wife instead of dad and mom. :)

Note: Our laptop is dying so we haven’t even gone through our photos to see what we took photos of…we will share about our fun trip soon. :)

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California Adventures “Date” {June Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

June Date Night
In the midst of the busyness of VBS and prepping for our trip, we didn’t make time for our June date night even though it was on our calendar. We did get a chance to get some time away from the kiddos during our trip. It was short, but a nice break from spending 24 hours a day together for our 8-day trip. Norm’s cousin and family went to California Adventures with us. It was the day we were checking out from our hotel, and after having been up at the crack of dawn for Disneyland two days in a row, we were not there as early as we could have. Luckily for us, Norm’s cousin nabbed Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers. This is a fairly new ride that is still super popular, which means a long line. After lunch, the girls needed some down time, so Norm’s cousin suggested we take the Fastpasses to go on the ride and they would take the girls. Even with the Fastpasses, we were in line for a good thirty minutes or more. It was nice to just stroll through the park without pushing a stroller and hearing someone ask, “Are we there yet?” or “My legs are tired.” :p So that was our mini-date at California Adventures. Sometimes it’s the simple things… :)

The Place
Cars Land in California Adventures
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The Activity
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Us
There’s a reason why it’s called Radiator Springs Racers!! It is fast! I tried to fix my hair after it started going crazy on the ups and downs, but to no avail.
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This was a photoshopped pic. :p We probably could have just asked someone to take our pic for us, but we love a good challenge. haha!

Note: Our laptop is dying so we haven’t even gone through our photos to see what we took photos of…we will share about our fun trip soon. :)

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Our Week in Photos (Week 29)

What Happened?
*Girls Day Out at Forge
*VBS at SLzJCC
*Brunch at Frodo Joe’s
*HM Planning
*Brunch at 85 Degree Bakery
*Lunch at Minami
*Family Group Walk
*Toms Warehouse Sale

What’s Happening?
*Young families outing to Golfland
*Nothing else set but probably lots of park playdates

What We Blogged This Week
We will update one day… :p

 - Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 28)

What Happened?
*Bubbles Playdate
*Moms’ Night Out
*Parents’ Night Out
*Friends’ Potluck

What’s Happening?
*Girls Day Out
*VBS

What We Blogged This Week
*A’s  vs. Tigers {Baseball 2014}

Another full and wonderful week. It was nice to get some friends time, kids time, mom time, fam time, and time with Norm this week. :) Looking forward to the week ahead, as the girls attend their 2nd VBS of the summer. I don’t have to help out at this one, so it will be nice to get some me time. How’s the summer going?

 - Joyce

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

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A’s vs. Tigers {Baseball 2014}

We usually only attend one A’s game each year, but I guess we are going to 3 this year. We went to the A’s vs. Mariners game in April where we got free fleece blankets. In May, we met Stomper at the BART station and got free BART tickets and tickets to the A’s vs. Tigers game. And we will head to another game in September with the vouchers we got from their educational programs. Notice a theme in our game attendance…there’s something free involved. :p

The A’s vs. Tigers game was a night game, which we haven’t been to in a long time. Luckily, it didn’t go too long, so yay!

I can’t remember what time the game was, but the sun was making its way down.

Waiting for the game to start

In between eating our garlic fries, we did watch the game. ;)

Love my people :)

It was neat to watch the sun set in the stadium too.


We had gotten 6 free tickets, so we invited my brother, and he invited a friend.

Waiting for the A’s to win :)

And they did! :)

Didn’t get a good fam pic, but thank goodness for those free fleece blankets from the last game we attended!!!! It got cold after the sun set.

Do you like watching baseball? Been to any games lately? What’s your favorite sport to watch?