Good Times @ Disneyland!

After spending the last 2 days stuck inside a convention center I couldn’t be more excited to get out and have some fun!!  We moved hotels the day before and stayed at the Candy Cane Inn.  Not a bad walk to Disneyland.

Rope Drop Time!!  I just love opening the park.

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So our first mission of the day was to get in line for Anna and Elsa.  Well…we were steered the wrong direction by a cast member and ended up much farther back in the que than originally planned, boo.  Our estimated wait was about 90 minutes.  So our plan B was for Cam and I to just switch in and out of the line in order to get some rides checked off the list.

Matterhorn of course must be ridden.  But I absolutely hate the wait time for this ride.  So we hopped on before it got bad.

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A castle selfie is a must.

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And teacups in the morning!  Nothing like dizziness and nausea to wake you up :)

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Ok, back to the Frozen line.  Look at cute little Olaf up there!  I just love him.

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After almost exactly 90 minutes we made it to see Anna and Elsa!!  K, I am a complete child.  I was so excited to see them!  Valerie was all cool, calm, and collected, and I was all “AHHH Anna and Elsa I love you, you’re my favorites, look how beautiful you are!” and so on and so on.  Yeah, I like to embarrass my family.

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And further embarrass them by asking the lovely girls to take a selfie with me :)

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So after some princess time and more rides, it was Dole Float time!  It was killing me not to get one.  But I was being “good” and had to try and ignore the insanely delicious concoction sitting next to me.  More on my deprivation of treats another day.

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I’ve never noticed this crazy contraption in the Adventure Land gift shop.  He talks to you and then dispenses prescription cards.  Image

Space Mountain!!  Never gets old.

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Why is it that you can have 50 bags of microwave popcorn that go untouched at home and then as soon as you get to a theme park, the kiddo just has to have a $6 bucket of the stuff?

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Awe.  Never too old to hold Daddy’s hand.

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Time to go canoeing!  I love this activity!

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The only bad thing about the canoes is that kids have no idea what they are doing and tend to splash others.  And by others I mean me and the person in front of them, who happened to be Cam :)

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After getting splashed and sweaty and all that good stuff it was time for a nap and a change of clothes.

I love my Minnie Dress!  Oh yes, and I made a headband and of course that is a pirate medallion!

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We met up with all the Cobalt girlies and were ready for round 2 of the day!Image

Oh my goodness I almost forgot to show you this cute pirate bow I made!!  We made so many bows that Valie didn’t have enough chances to wear all of them.  But this one I just love!

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Alright, eating salad and watching this little chick devour a bread bowl in front of me was pretty much torture.

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After dinner and some more rides we finally made it over to Pirates of the Caribbean!  This is my favorite ride at Disneyland.  OMG and the Dream Suite is right there!

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K.  We are pretty close to midnight now.  And the ladies are getting more nuts as the night goes on.

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Here’s a bunch of us waiting to board Splash Mountain.  We took up a lot of boats!

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And somehow I was the one put in the crazy boat.  These girls were insane the whole ride, but totally fun.  Love them.

Um yeah, that one in the front, I guess I have to claim her :)

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One thing about closing the park that night was the MOON!  It was so so so so cool to see lunar eclipse/red moon from Disneyland!  Image

 

We were walking back to the hotel when it was almost a full eclipse.  And I must be old because I put my jammies on intending to watch the red part, and yeah, I fell asleep.

Alright, that’s all I have for today.  See you soon with a little more Disney fun!!

American National Cheer Competition!

Who’s ready for some Cheer Madness??!!

Yesterday I left off with us having spent the day in California Adventure and prepping for a big day.  We were lucky to get a later competing time so we didn’t have to leave the hotel until 11:45am.  Thank goodness!!  Do you know how long it takes to get a team of girls in full make up and hair??  A long dang time!  I really love it actually, but it does take forever :).

Don’t you love my freshly showered look here?  Gotta get the babe ready first.

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And just like that…POOF…ready to go!  Haha, in my dreams.  I know the girls wish I had a magic wand to speed up the process.  I have a tendency to babble on while I do hair :)

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Morgan and Val are cheer BFF’s.  It’s pretty darn cute.

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This is the video of them competing the first day.  They received their highest score of the season with this performance.  I was such a proud mama!

After performing we took lots of pictures outside.

All the Cobalt kiddos!!  Sorry, some of them are hiding behind one of the limbs and one was too high for me to get a good shot.  It was like herding cats trying to get them all in the pictures and looking towards the camera!

I think they were all pretty restless since we had been at the competition for 4 hours and still had 4 to go!  Yeah we spend 8-9 hours a day for 2 days in the Anaheim Convention Center.  Everyone was going a little nuts.

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A little stunt fun outside.  Look it’s Cars Land in the background!!  If only that blue van would have just drove away.

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My little chickie and I.  I was a popsicle for 2 days and stole her jacket.  She seriously can’t grow anymore!  She’s going to be taller than me any day.  It’s killing me!

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So day two was pretty much exactly the same as day 1 so I won’t re-hash it.  The girls did a pretty good job competing day 2, they did have a fall, which bumped them down in rank, but it’s all good.  Considering it was their first year and they had a team of all rookies, I think they were amazing!!

Competing done, time for some Italian Ice!!

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Do you know what you get for $10 in California?  Tiny scoops of flavored ice crystals and very colorful tongues.

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Oh yeah, and we are going back to Disneyland tomorrow!!  I’ll see you there!  Let’s meet by Space Mountain K? :)

Where Have I been?….Disneyland!!

Hey there!  I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other!  But guess where I wandered off to??  Disneyland!!  I know, I know, I spend more time with Mr. Mouse than I do anywhere else, I hear that a lot :).  But this time, Disney was actually the after thought of this trip.  Our first priority was a national cheer competition.

However…Disney first, cheer tomorrow!

We flew in on an early flight from SLC to LAX and were able to make it to California Adventure just an hour after opening.  I was super surprised to find only a 60 minute wait for the awesome new Cars Land ride Radiator Springs Racers!  It was fun, but reminded me of Test Track at Epcot, only Cars themed.

The other rides were fun too, nothing mind blowing, but fun for the short wait times.

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The best part for me about Cars Land was the landscaping and theming.  It really looked like you stepped into the movie.  I had more fun just walking around than actually riding the rides.

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We were able to ride almost all of the main attractions at California Adventure in just half a day.  Thank goodness, because we only slept for 3 hours the night before!

This pic has nothing to do with anything, other than my princess is adorable :), light of my life, love her guts!

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We did have a first on this trip as well.  We finally rode the giant ferris wheel!!  The line has always been a million years long or we just didn’t have time.

K.  The pic I took was of the lovely motion sick bags.  Why?  Um, because I think they designed this thing just to make people barf.  The worst part is that they put you in this little cage with people you don’t know!  We were placed in a cage with another family of 3 seated across from us and I had to pretend like I wasn’t about to lose my lunch all over them.  Fun times.

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K, moving on to a ride that doesn’t require a barf bag, for me anyway :).  Tower of Terror!  My Valie loves this ride, it’s been her fave since she was barely tall enough to ride it.  I like this ride more now than I did when she was little.  I think the anxiety/fear has finally worn off.  It only took about 100 rides, haha!

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My favorite “Disney Touch” was this adorable Monsters University scene.  They designed a whole dormitory facade that was so cutely detailed.  I’m so sad I didn’t take pictures of all it’s cuteness!

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We left the park around 5pm and were soooo tired.  But we had to look alive because that night was Valie’s Team dinner.  I just love the whole Cobalt family, they are awesome!  We all had to call it an early night though because the next day we were off to day 1 of competition!

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So that is the topic of tomorrows post!  Big time cheer mania!

A Frozen Run

Last week I got a bit distracted and forgot to post about my Frozen run!  Basically I decided to watch Frozen with Val while I ran on the treadmill and wanted to see how far I could run during the movie.  A bit nuts I know, what can I say, I’m crazy like that :)

Well, I ran 10 miles from start to finish!

It is way easier to run to the first half of the movie compared to the last half.  All the cute songs are in the beginning!  I wound up walk running a bit the last 20 minutes, but still, a great way to burn off that food truck excursion we had :)

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Anyone have a favorite movie they like to workout to??

Spring Break Recap!

What do two gals do during a snow Spring break??

Shop, bake, shop, craft, shop, eat, shop, play, repeat!

I seriously hate how almost every year it is the worst weather during my girly’s Spring break!  But we always make the most of it despite the frigid temps.

I remember Val’s first trip to Sephora.  She was 3 :).  Make up is fun and all, but it’s the perfumes that she really loves.

P.S. I adore her in this new maxi skirt!  She styled it with the hot pink top and accessories.  Love her soooooo much.

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We went to City Creek during the week and it was so nice to avoid the crowds.  We had Tiffany all to ourselves!  So fun.  But it’s a good thing I had my sanity and decided that $495 for sunglasses was a bit much ;).  I pretty much lose every pair, so I’ll stick to the $5 ones.

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Did you know that every Thursday at the Gallivan Plaza they have a plethora of food trucks??!!

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We must come back because I have to try out all of the trucks!!

Valie of course saw steak and had to have that.

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Mmmmmmm yummy!

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The hubs got a crazy awesome sandwich that I failed to take a pic of because he devoured it before I had the chance!  It was a burger sandwiched between 2 grilled cheese sammies!!  Yeah, we need to work on his food choices a smidge :)

But seriously, look at these fresh cut curly fries!  My favorite thing that we got.  So good!

After this Spring break I really need to get back on the healthy train.

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We also spent way too much time making cheer bows.

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Can you believe they sell these babies for like $15 minimum at cheer competitions?!  Well, there is no way I’m paying that kind of dough for ribbon.  So we made a bunch ourselves.

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Oh yeah, and we took lots of selfies this past week as well :)

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Who thinks Spring break should be mandatory for adults?

My vote is YES!

Fun Active Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fab weekend! I know I did.  My girly has been out of school all week for Spring Break and I have completely enjoyed spending lots of time with her.  The weather has been totally sad though, so we were stuck doing inside activities more than I would have liked.  But on Saturday we decided that despite the wintery conditions we were going to go out and have a blast at the Olympic Park!

Last fall we went and it was so much fun.  You can check out a thorough review of the place and the activities HERE.

Here we are getting all of our gear for the zip line, drop tower, and ropes course!

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There goes my chickie!  This does not look like an April background.

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The park got a new drop rope on the tower.  It lets you free fall for an extra 10 feet compared to the old rope.  Yeah, I was scared.  Can’t you tell?  Look at my face!  I hesitated before walking off the ledge.  My heart was pounding!

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Miss Val on the other hand, no hesitation, she just goes.

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Off to the ropes course!

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We started off with the lower course.Image

I thought the course was much more challenging in the winter like conditions!

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It snowed while we were on the lower course and made the wires, ropes, and everything a bit slick.Image

I love the snow falling in the pics though.

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Right after we did the lower course, the weather cleared up with in just a few minutes.  Crazy Utah.  The sun came out and the sky was blue!

This obstacle is the hardest for me.  You have to hold on to the ropes and swing like a monkey to get to the next rope.  Being a shorty does not help either!

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Look how high it is!  It takes me a while to get used to the height.  My heart rate was definitely accelerated even when I was standing still :)

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Ok Ok, that’s enough adrenaline for now :).  Moving on to some exercise that doesn’t give me anxiety.  We spent a night at my hubby’s family cabin and it is the perfect place to train Spartan style!  We ran from the cabin to the main gate and then back.  It is about a 5 mile run roundtrip.  You can kind of see how steep the hills are in this pic.  I could barely run for 20 seconds before having to walk.  But I was way faster this time compared to the past times I’ve done this run, so woohoo!

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And look at the deer!

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Yeah, my husband is smiling here, but I really think he was plotting revenge against me for this workout :).  After we finished the hills, we also did a Spartan email workout.  Ugh, I was beat.

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The rest of the day I spent lounging.  And on a side note… I know what my life would be like if I ever had another baby :).  Isn’t this the cutest?!!  Freddie really liked snuggling under the blanket with my new niece Cate.

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Well that is my weekend recap.

Did you get active this weekend??

Is it Spring yet in your neck of the woods??

Spartan Training Times!

So the Spartan Beast is like 88 days away!!  Oh my, that means I have way too many workouts yet to complete.  Not going to lie, I’m feeling a bit of burn out at the moment.  The last thing I want to do today is anything strength related.  So I think it’s time I got reacquainted with my boyfriend, Clinton :).  Yeah I named my treadmill, I’m nuts like that.

I have seriously missed him!  Sunday I was walking by his room and decided that it had just been too long since our last date and changed my plans so we could have some quality time together :)

And guess what??! I ran my fastest treadmill 5k ever!  Thanks Clinton babe, you’re the best!

And don’t you just love this purple-pink polish?!  I stole it from Val.

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So after my run, I switched spaces with the hubs.  He got on the treadmill and I went to work on a quickie Spartan email workout.

5 minutes jump rope

3 x 15 reps burpees

3 x 15 reps jump lunges (each side)

3 x 15 reps 15 weighted squats

Max pull ups

Next up, of course it was Sunday and I have to beat my husband to death, so I put in Legs and Back P90x.  It was all good fun.  Lots of sweating and way too many pull ups, but it was good.  Progress is being made!

Today though, it’s just Clinton and I! We are going to watch Frozen together.  I wonder how many miles I can run during that movie?  Guess we’ll find out :)

Monday Meal Prep!

Hello Hello!  I have another Meal Prep for ya!  Yesterday I did a bunch of cooking and assembling to get ready for the week.  It’s my girly’s Spring break and I’d like to spend more time playing and less time in the kitchen.

I’m still on a bit of a salad kick.  This week I did grilled chicken, peppers, and avocado.

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I’m doing an experiment.  I tossed the avocados in dressing and then put them into little individual containers.  I’m hoping it keeps them from turning brown a little better.  I’ll let you know if it works!

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I also did some chicken and veggies.  The broccoli I roasted with a little olive oil and parmesan.  The carrots I roasted with just olive oil and seasoning.  I love to use a gadget called a Misto.  Love that thing!  You just fill it with whatever oil you want and spray away.  It uses much less oil than if you were just to pour.

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Since it was snowing here yesterday, boo, I had to make a soup as well.  I almost always have the ingredients for taco soup, so that’s what I made.  I used ground chicken breast instead of ground beef, rinsed all my canned items to decrease the sodium, and added lots and lots of veggies.

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Finished!  There are a couple of items I didn’t take pics of, the chicken curry and the sesame veggie chicken.  Those are for my family and I’m totally jealous I don’t get to eat those this week, so I didn’t photograph them :).

Whew! Glad that’s done for the week.  Time to play!

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Hope you all have an excellent Monday and a great start to your week!

Time For Some Meal Prep!

 

I kicked up my Beast training a bit the past week and it is resulting in something I call chronic hunger.  I’m trying to keep it “clean” and healthy and eat things to build muscle and lower body fat, but dang, when you are ravenous 7 times a day it’s tough to make the right choice every time!  I mean come on.  Why do they have to make so many delicious high carb, high sugar, fantastically temping snacks!?

So it’s back to the kitchen for some meal prep.

Lots of salads this week!  I also made 3 different batches of protein bars and failed to photograph them, boo.  But they are one of my new favorite things so I’m sure I’ll be making them again in the near future.

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I kept on seeing recipes for broccoli salad and it sounded sooooo good.  However, the only thing healthy about broccoli salad is the broccoli.  The dressing is mayo based, it has cheese, bacon, sunflower seeds, etc.  Delicious and super fattening.  So I took a whirl at lightening it up and then adding chicken to make it a complete meal.  Quick recipe description after the jump…

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Super Broccoli Salad with Red Onion Dressing

  • 1.5 pounds of broccoli florets (blanched)
  • 1 pound of beets (peeled, diced, and roasted)
  • 1/2 pound shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries

To roast beets, peel them first, dice, and place on a cookie sheet.  Toss with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

Put all the salad ingredients in a big bowl.

Dressing

  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 7 Tbsp Miracle Whip (regular or light)
  • 5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Place red onion in food processor and pulse until very fine.  Add all other ingredients and pulse to combine.  If it’s too thick add a little bit more vinegar.

Pour dressing over veggies and toss.  It tastes even better if you let it marinate!

Add some chicken and it’s a fantastic healthy meal!

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Ok, next up is a simple shredded pork and avocado salad.  I seasoned the pork with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.  Then placed the pork in a slow cooker with a can of coke and let it cook for 6 hours on low.  When it was done I shredded it and placed 3 oz. on each salad along with half an avocado that I tossed in lime.  When it comes time to eat the salad I put my new fave salsa on top, Archer Farms Corn and Black Bean Salsa!  So good, you must try it.

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And lastly we have my favorite go to meal.  Grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash, and broccoli.  I also used some store bought curry sauce to spice things up a bit.

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Alright hunger monster, let’s see you beat this round of meal prep! :)

Spartan Training, St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, & Rainbow Cupcake Tutorial!

Who’s ready for a Spartan Training update?!  Apparently not me, because I hardly have any fun pics.  Oh well, having record of me sweaty and killing over are not my favorite thing anyway :).

On Saturday I went to a class at Trainer Zone Fitness for the first ever Beast class.  The hardest thing for me is the early morning wake up call!  I was zombie girl.  So…alright half awake Vickie, 50 burpees stat! Ugh.  It took me a full round of exercises to feel semi alert.  I guess I need to stop staying up late watching Harry Potter, giving myself nightmares, and then attempting difficult workouts at the crack of dawn.  Live and learn.

Sunday I was so not feeling it.  The last thing I wanted to do was go out and do another beast style workout.  But, being the slave driver encouraging wife I am, I drug my hubs out.  I made a couple changes to one of the workouts that I got in a Spartan email and printed it off.  I do not know what I was thinking!  100 pull-ups!  This workout took me forever because of the pull-ups.  We are talking 3 hours.  I decided that transitioning eats up a bunch of time as well.  The soccer goals that I do pull-ups on are kind of far from the benches I do box jumps on, and then just moving back and forth, finding where I left my sandbag, etc.  I guess I was also being pretty casual about my pace as well.  By casual I mean that I was messing around way too much :).

Oh yeah, I also added a 1 mile warm up and a 1 mile cool down.  You know, just to make sure.

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Miss Valie snapped this pic of me when I was finally done.  Haha, so tired, so hungry, so gross and sweaty!  And yes, that is a giant hole in my sandbag.  Guess I will attempt at sewing it up, but a more sturdy replacement will probably be needed.

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I do not know why I remembered to bring Freddie a substantial amount of food and water and not us.  I guess I wasn’t planning on taking a million years to complete this workout.  Oh yeah, and I didn’t even get all the pull-ups and chin ups done.  I died after 50 pull-ups and 25 chin ups.  My arms just didn’t want to move anymore, they decided to go on strike.

But I guess we can put that workout in the books as exhausting.  K, so lets stop talking about it and move on to something fun!

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St. Patrick’s Day mania hit our house yesterday.  This little holiday is way bigger now compared to when I was a kid.  Leprechauns visit classrooms and homes, and are supposed to play pranks, leave treats, and be awesome.  Uh, when I was kid we wore green, pinched people, and that was it.  I guess that is the evolution of holidays.

Miss Val had some green & gold goodies waiting for her when she got home from school.

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I cooked my first ever corned beef, veggies, and cabbage meal!  Sorry, cabbage not pictured.  It’s not very pretty anyway :).

My only complaint about corned beef and beef in general is that it’s so fatty.  I only had a little and then shared with Freddie.

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This is more my taste!  Oh my green goodness.  

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I also pulled out a soda I bought on my birthday and gave it a try.  It was pretty good.  But I don’t really like soda that much so I passed this off to my family.  Verdict from then…delicious.

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Now onto the favorite tradition, rainbow cupcakes!!  I made these last year and apparently I will be making them every year for as long as my baby finds St. Patrick’s Day fun.  I’m such a sucker.  Valie said “you are going to make the rainbow cupcakes for St. Patrick’s day aren’t you mom?  They are my favorite!”  

So of course I made them.  

They are pretty cute.  Definitely one of my favorites.  It’s a tie between this one and the pink lemonade cupcake!

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I get asked how to make them all the time, so here’s a quick tutorial.

I just use a boxed vanilla cake mix for these.  I also add 1/3 cup of flour and a 1/3 cup of sour cream to the batter.  Then you split the batter into 6 small bowls.  Try to make it as even as possible.  Next, you dye, dye, dye!  

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I like white cupcake liners for this.  It allows the rainbow to show through.  This year I started with purple on the bottom and worked my way up.  It is a pretty small amount of batter for each color, a scant tablespoon.

My batch made 18 cupcakes.

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Keep layering.  They don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to spread the batter.  

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Ta da! All the colors are in.

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Now bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  They should be all colorful and enticing.

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For the frosting I do a basic cream cheese.

2 sticks of butter, 1 8oz package of cream cheese, 2 pounds of powdered sugar, 2 tsp of vanilla, and a little milk to thin it.

The rainbow decorations are just rainbow airheads.  I buy mine at Smith’s, down the candy aisle.

The inside of these are so dang cute!!

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A little bit time consuming but worth it.  Especially if you have a little cutie biting into the rainbow :).

Hope everyone had a fun St. Patty’s Day.

Question of the Day:  Do you think St. Patrick’s Day has changed since you were a kid??