What Moms Really Want For Mother’s Day

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Can you believe that Mother’s Day is THIS weekend. As in just a few short days. In my head it is still March (hey at least it is another “M” month). No matter what date I think that it is, it will be Mother’s Day this weekend. We are always torn between whether we should visit my mother in law, my mother or do something for me. I think that when we have young kids in the house we have different wants for Mother’s Day. As opposed to when they leave the nest (I know my mother would love us to go over to her house, even if she has to cook dinner AND do the dishes). So this would be the for mommies with young kids still at home.

  • How about a day not wiping someone else’s butt? I don’t know about you, but that is high on my list. Not doing any diapers, or dealing with a potty training toddler, or the preschooler who has for some unknown reasons decided that she will no longer wipe her own butt and you have to do it.. again. To have a day, where your butt is the only butt that you have to worry about, would be great.
  • Speaking of that, what about getting to use the bathroom all by yourself? Personally, I don’t remember the last time I got to go pee without a girl needing something. My girls, I swear, have some weird sixth sense and the moment that I sit down they need something. Right then and there. The idea of having a moment of privacy is a distant fantasy.
  • No dishes! I think that this will resonate with most moms. (Unless you are one of the few who has a husband that does the dishes. And if that is the case, just keep it yourself) A day without dishes, a day without unloading the washing machine, a day without washing out pots and pans. With our family of five, and eating all of our meals at home, we go through a lot dishes. And I realize that I could have a day free of dishes, if I just left them in the sink. But I am talking about a day without dishes, where they also magically get done. That would be nice.
  • What about someone else cleaning the house? Coming home to a fresh clean house, when you weren’t the one that spent all day making it a fresh clean home, is wonderful. While my husband is so incredibly busy, and works harder then anyone else I know, once a year having him clean the house would be amazing. And who knows what seeing him sweeping the floors might lead to.. wink wink
  • Enough quiet time to get my morning meditation done. I am trying to meditate every morning. It really improves my day. I set my timer for five minutes (and yes only five minutes), to start my day with a clear mind. Taking deep breaths, staying calm. But I get 90 seconds into this, and I have one girl screaming upstairs. Three minutes into it, I have my preschooler poking me asking me what I am doing. Four and a half minutes into it my oldest is coming down to ask if I am done. For Mother’s Day I would like to get my whole five minutes without an interruption.
  • Car Wash- And not just a drive through, wash the outside kind of car wash. How about a car wash that includes vacuuming out the inside and wiping off the dashboard? I don’t know about you, but my family lives in my car. Even though I say no food in my car, I have crumbs everywhere. How did they get there?

But honestly all I want is a nice quiet day, with my family. Maybe an afternoon movie, at an actual theatre. I love going to the movies. Or just a simple, “Thank you mom”. Some form of appreciation for everything that I do everyday would be nice.

What do you want for Mother’s Day? When you boil it down, what would make it the best Mother’s Day ever for you?

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Of Cambridge

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Such exciting news from the other side of the pond!! A Princess was born! The morning of May 2, 2015 at 8:34am, she made her grand debut. A perfect addition to the royal family, complete with ten fingers and we assume ten toes. When she was presented to her loyal subjects (totally unsure of what the royal family calls the rest of us), the little Princess slept through the whole ordeal looking positively adorable.

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And let us not even start on the name. How cute is Charlotte? Any chance that they will refer to her as Princess Charlie? Or perhaps Princess Char, when she hits her teen years? Being on this side of the pond, I have never thought about how incredibly long royal title are. Have you? Her full name will be Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. When she is in trouble do you think they roll out the entire title, like we pull out the full name?

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Then you have The Duchess Kate, I am always amazed at how well put together she looks. She certainly has come a long way since she met William. Now I realize she has a team of people to make sure she never has a hair out of place, or lipstick on her teeth. But how is it possible that only a few hours after birth she looks stunning? Yes yes her team went to her hospital to make sure she looked great. However, the whole actually getting up and going outside to be photographed, knowing that those photos were going to make history, and in heels no less, was all her. I don’t know about you, but it took me DAYS before I got up enough energy to go outside. My ride home from the hospital included me un-showered, no makeup, and certainly no blowout for my hair. Then it would be months before I allowed anyone to photograph me.

I am a fan of the Royal family. Not a fan of the actual thought of having royals, I don’t think that I would want to live in a country where a single family was allowed to rule over everything. Just because someone was born they get to be a king or queen. But the idea of being a real life Princess; it is part of the little girl I was, that I am not going to give up. Plus you have to love Kate’s story. She is really hard not to like.

What about you? What was your ride home from the hospital like? Were you all ready to take over the world or did you need a bit to be all put together? How about a more simple, do you follow the Royal family?

 

Book Review- Far End Of Happy

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OMG this book was amazing! It was so powerful and moving. Then I find out that this is not completely fiction. While it is certainly not a light read and deals with major heavy issues (mental illness, suicide, and trying to protect your children); it needs to be on your summer read list.

From Back Of Book

The Far End of Happy is a powerful new novel based on author Kathryn Craft’s personal experience with a stand-off involving her husband. Here Craft delivers “real, raw emotion” (Library Journal) exploring a marriage unraveled by mental illness; and one man’s spiral towards a violent conclusion that tests the courage, love, and hope of the three women he leaves behind.

“Framing the novel within a 12-hour period keeps the pages turning (Library Jounral).” Narrating from the alternating perspectives of three women, whose lives will be forever altered by Jeff Farnham, gives an intimate look at the steps a woman will take to get the help her husband so urgently needs while desperately trying to keep her children safe.

When the emotionally troubled Jeff engages police in a deadly stand-off, his wife, mother-in-law, and mother struggle to understand why the man they love has turned his back on the life they have given him, the one they all believe is still worth living.

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Kathryn Craft:

Kathryn Craft, a former dance critic who wrote for The Morning Call daily newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for nineteen years. Craft wrote exclusively nonfiction until she was plunged in the kind of real-life drama that demands attention. In 1997, after fifteen years of marriage, her husband committed suicide in a police standoff, leaving her and their two young sons.

The Far End of Happy was born from Craft’s need to make sense of what her husband had done. Kathryn has been a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene for more than a decade and is also the author of The Art of Falling. She lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Excerpt from The Far End of Happy:

 Ronnie already wanted to rewrite this story. To edit the cop’s words. To distance herself, change “husband” to “the man.” The man now staggering around the property with a gun; the man who may already have taken a shot; the man whose angst was seeping into her own nerves. Her husband—the gentle soul she’d married—would never have acted like the man she’d engaged with earlier today.

“Call him Jeff, please,” she said quietly.

“I’m going to need you to recount all that transpired this morning with your—” He caught himself. “With Jeff. Leave nothing out. You never know what will be important.”

The recitation she gave was devoid of animation. She felt empty and prickly, like an October cornfield in need of nutrients and a long, restorative winter. An evacuation from her home, beneath the cover of a helicopter dispatched from the state capitol, to protect her from her own husband? Ronnie felt as if her family had suddenly been thrust into an unwanted audition for a high-stakes reality show. Every few moments, as she delivered facts, she looked over at her mother, who was speaking quietly to Janet. She wondered if Beverly’s version differed. If her mother, or Jeff’s, blamed her. Because to them, and the rest of the world, it must look as if Jeff had been knocked off balance because Ronnie had decided to leave him.

It even looked that way to her.

The officer told Ronnie their primary goal was to locate Jeff, since he was armed and dangerous.

“Please don’t say that in front of his mother,” she said. “Or the boys. Jeff isn’t a dangerous person. He’s sweet. Everyone would tell you how nice he is. Very laid back.” Too laid back. He never cared enough. “It’s just that we’re getting a divorce, and today was the day he promised to move out. He’s…”Drunk off his ass. “Agitated.”

Ronnie rubbed her arms—the room suddenly chilled her. She hadn’t thought to grab a jacket. The room’s narrow, high-set windows, made of glass bricks, were meant to obscure natural light. This was a room designed to allow sparkles from a mirror ball, gropes in the shadows.

And so what? She was cold. She felt selfish thinking about it, with Jeff frozen all the way to the center of his soul.

“Could you give me a physical description of your husband so we can identify him by sight?”

All that she and Jeff had meant to each other, all the intricacies of their marriage, boiled down to the same physical attributes that had first attracted her to him. “Five foot ten. Dark brown hair, thick, trimmed over ears some might call large.” Soft ears that lay flat against his head beneath her kisses. “Blue eyes.” Eyes that used to pierce her through with their naked honesty. “Broad hands.” Strong hands that always needed a project, now wrapped around a gun.

 

 

MakeUp Monday- Poppy Picnic

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So I have had a thing for Tarte since I picked up their last pallet, Tartlette. They are just a fantastic company, that produces amazing makeup. Talk about excitement when I heard they came out with a summer pallet, that also includes a blush!

Just like with Tartlette, all of the eyeshadows are matte. Which is my preference. Now before you jump on me, I like a little shimmer every once in a while. But for an every day look, or a smoldering night eyes; I prefer matte shades. But to balance out the matte eyes, the blush has a little shimmer in it. Not enough where you look like you were making out with Tinkerbell; but enough to give you a nice little highlight. And who doesn’t need a little highlight?

It comes with six all new shades, a brand new blush, and so perfect for summer.

  • Summer Breeze- Is a yellow based nude color. This works great as a base color.
  • Sweet Tea- Personally my favorite color in the pallet. It is a milk chocolate color.
  • Ice Cream Cone- This is a very dark cool brown color. It works great for an eyeliner.
  • Barefoot In The Grass- This is a very light peachy nude color. It works great in the inner corner of your eyes
  • Peach Poppy- This was one shade that I was worried that I was not going to like. But it is an amazing peachy orangey color. It makes everything pop. Blue eyes will stand out, brown eyes will deepen, and green eyes will dazzle. It is by far my favorite shade.
  • Picnic Basket- This is a dark warm brown. Which looks amazing as a liner next to the Peach Poppy.
  • Glisten- Is the blush. In the packaging it reminds me a lot of Nars Orgasm. Applied though, it is not at all the same. It is a peachy pink, with just a hint of gold shimmer. It really does look like the sun kissed you.

Plus this pallet took a clue from Too Faced, and included a sheet with a few different ways to wear these colors. I always like it when they include some ideas. It makes it super easy to use.

What kind of pallets do you use? Do you like it when they give you step by step instructions or do you like to play on your own? What are your best summer colors?

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Gummy Bears Should Not Be Organic

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Ok I really wanted to love this book. I really wanted to like this book. I LOVE Stefanie’s Nick show Parental Discretion, and was excited to read one of her books. While I was hoping to have the same type of laugh out loud humor, there was something missing when it was put into writing. The book was missing something and it was just not there for me.

From the back of the book:

“From the popular mommy blogger and seasoned author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay andNaptime Is the New Happy Hour comes this hilarious book of honest, no-holds-barred musings on motherhood.

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is officially fed up with the endless mommy fads, trends, studies, findings, and facts about how to raise children. Tiger Mom or Cool Mom? Organic or vegan? “TV is the devil” or “TV is a godsend”?

The mother of three young girls, Stefanie has finally decided to hell with Google—she’s going to find out how to be a mom all on her own. In this latest mommy book from the popular blogger, author, and TV personality, Stefanie will share her secrets for achieving a balance in motherhood between being protective and caring, and downright bats**t crazy. She’ll debunk some of the looniest parenting myths and reinforce others; she’ll describe how, through as simple a process as good old trial-and-error, she’s learned to pick and choose what works for her and her family, and tune out the rest.

Filled with sage advice, laugh-out-loud stories, and Stefanie’s signature wit, Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic is sure to appeal to any and every renegade mom who’s forged her own path to childrearing.”

It covers a very large range of topics, which is great. It sheds a lot of light on a lot of topics. There are moments where it is completely relatable, and where you smile and think, “Oh yea. I have been there and done that.” But then it takes a turn to the dark side.

I like parenting books that encompass a right there with you feel, then give you some advice on how to make it better. This particular book, has a the hell with it feel. So it talks about how moms dress, and that she likes her yoga pants (and lets be honest who doesn’t), but instead of then talking about how you could dress them up a bit and make yourself feel a bit more put together, all while staying comfy. It takes the hell with it feel, and encourages all moms to look dumpy in their yoga pants and forget about doing any hair or makeup with them.

Now don’t misunderstand me here, I am all for those days when you are just needing to not worry about anything other then a ponytail for your hair, and forget about doing any makeup. But I don’t want to read a book telling me that not only is that ok (which it totally is), but that, that particular look is what all moms should strive for.

When you are reading fun fluffy mom books, what do you want in them? Do you like having the right there with you feel? Do you want practical advice on making the situation better? Are you striving for verification that it is ok to be your own type of parent? Let me know, I am so curious to see if I am just odd wanting a different spin on these books.

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From the back of the book:

Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them? She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic…though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work.

While Lyssa manages her romantic risks by deleting men from of the equation, the ever-charming Hayden protects his heart by diversifying his love life across multiple women. As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more. Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy.”

I really enjoyed this read. It was fast, fun and flirty. And the best part, it was funny!! With all the stress in day to day life, I like a book that is going to make me chuckle. SPOILER ALERT- She has so much fun her plastic man, that she doesn’t even notice when her boyfriend leaves half way through sex. Come on that is funny!

Then just when she is swearing off men, in walks Hayden. This is the exact type of man that I like reading about. Smart, sexy and a very powerful business man. He was aloof but not in an asshat kind of way (lets all talk about Edward from Twilight or Christian from 50 Shades).

While I loved the book, I loved the author’s personal story. She is a writer by accident! How many authors, let me rephrase, how many successful authors can say they just stumbled into this line of work?

About the author:

Writing wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Watch for her new title Vibrizzio, coming in 2015 from Swoon Romance. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella. Her published short stories include “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire” 

What about you, what type of leading male characters are your favorite? Do you enjoy reading about the authors story?

Hair Need Some TLC

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Have you heard of Parlor By Jeff Chastain? Well you need to! This product line is pretty amazing stuff. My hair is very fine (I have lots of it, but the strands themselves are no more then a thread), limp-less hair. It is hard to make my hair do ANYTHING! I was so excited that I was chosen by BirchBox, to give this a try and let you all know about it. Full disclosure: I did receive this product at no cost for the sole reason of writing this review. However, all opinions are my own and all words are my own.

Now with that out of the way, they sent my their new Detangling Leave In Conditioner and their new Smoothing Blowout Spray. I was disappointed in how they worked with my hair. The leave in conditioner was not as detangling as I was hoping and the smoothing spray left my hair looking oily. Bummed, I gave them to my girls.

It was a completely different product on their hair. HOLY COW it was magic stuff. I am so so so impressed with how it worked for them.

blowdryFrom the box: “Combines a smoothing treatment with a blow dry aid for full, beautiful blowouts that won’t fall flat. Also protects hair from heat.

Tink (my oldest) has hair similar to mine. It is pretty fine and lots of it. Now when you blow dry it, it looks great. However, after about four to five hours, it falls completely flat and the back (and only the back) starts to crinkle. Not really curl, not really wave; but a crinkle. And only in the back. We have tried everything to keep this from happening. Nothing has helped. However, this product was the golden ticket. We spray this all over her hair and brushed through. Then continued to blow dry out. Her hair has never looked better. It was very shiny (but not oily looking), any frizz at the ends that tends to show up was gone, and the weird crinkle in the back of her hair never popped up, plus there was lots of body throughout the day. My daughter is thrilled.

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From the box: “Detangles hair for better manageability while also adding moisture and shine. Also protects from your hair from heat.”

Belle’s hair is very unmanageable. At least it is straight, no idea about what we would do if it was curly. But it is very thick, a little wavy and down to her waist. Trying to brush it out is very difficult and results in tears. Needless to say brushing it wet is even worse. This was magic. After getting out of the bath, I sprayed this all over her hair (we used a good amount), then started to work. Only it wasn’t work. The comb literally fell through her hair. It brushed right out, taking no time at all to brush out all of her hair. Even after the blow dry, it was easy to brush out. There are no tears doing her hair while using this product. A must have for anyone with daughters who struggle to brush their hair.

What products do you use? Would you use a higher end product on your kids hair? What have you found for your kids that works?

Top 5 Things I am DONE Doing

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I am done. D. O. N. E. Now don’t go judging me, I am a good mom. I promise I am. My girls are happy, healthy, well adjusted, and polite girls. They are well behaved, and patient. Basically, they rock and since they rock, then I must have done something right. Going to pat myself on the back and give credit where it is due there. But that said, I am done doing the following things. Not only am I going to be done doing them, I am not going to feel bad any more about not doing them.

  1. Baths Every Day- I have girly girly girls. There is no playing in the mud, running through the dirt, sweating while playing baseball; going on over here. They simply do not get dirty enough every day to warrant a bath every single day. Anyone with all girls know, that it is not just the bath time that is time consuming; there is also brushing out all that hair (and all of mine have long hair), then you have to blow dry it all (cause who likes sleeping with wet hair). To get all three of them bathed, blow dried and into bed it takes a good hour to ninety minutes. There is much more that I would like to be doing with them for that length of time. If they get dirty, then yes of coarse they will get a bath; but if we are bound inside cause it is 1 million degrees outside, then I think I will let the bath slide a bit.
  2. Have The Girls Finish Their Plate- This is something that so many of us grew up with. You don’t leave the table until you finish your plate. Personally I hated that, and even spent more then one night at the kitchen table because I did not want to finish my green beans. Anyone else with those types of memories? I refuse to make my kids finish their plates. As long as they take a bite (and one easy no fuss bite) of everything on their plate that is all that is required. Now they don’t get seconds of garlic bread if they have not eaten their veggies, but I don’t think that they will starve themselves by refusing to eat. And if there is something for dinner they really like, they will choose to finish everything so they get seconds. Since this has always been our policy, our girls are very adventurous eaters. Willing to try everything, because they know that if they don’t like it then that one bite is all they had to have.
  3. Always Being Patient- I try to be patient, I try to stay calm, and I try to stay positive. But lets be honest, the fourth time your kid has asked for something in a row, that you have said no to the last three times, you are going to loose it. And that is ok. It is impossible to always be the calm serene picture of pure patience. As long as you can admit (and apologize for) losing it, then all is good.
  4. Having A Clean House- In my house there are 5 people, a dog and a cat. My house is not always white glove tested clean. On any given day, there will be dust on the shutters and dishes in the sink. There are so many other ways that I want to spend my time, and items that take a far greater priority then if my floor is mopped. It is not a hazmat zone, but I am done trying to have my house always company ready. If you don’t call ahead, then expect my house to have a live in feel, not a picture perfect house.
  5. Trying To Be Perfect- What is it with moms these days. It feels like everyone is always trying to one up each other. Now, I don’t know about you, but I do know that I am not perfect. In fact I am no where near perfection. This use to really bother me, I wanted to be the perfect mom. I wanted everyone to think that I was perfect, that I had this whole mommy life thing under control. Let me let you in on a little secret, there is no perfection. No one is perfect. Once I gave up on being perfect, life got much happier.

What about you? What are the areas that you let slide a little? Are there things that you are just done doing?

I am a Rebel Lark

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I really enjoyed this book. Lately it seems like I have been reading a lot of what I like to call “fluff”. Don’t get me wrong, I love my fluff. I love my romance stories, I love my twisted fairytales, I love a happy ending. But this kind of reading does not do anything for my mind. It does not push me to new thoughts, or make me think about life, or ponder why my husband and I are so incredibly different. This book was a great, non-fluff, made me really think; all while being presented in such a way that it was enjoyable to read. In fact, I had many “ah-ha” moments. Literally out-loud, made my husband ask me what was going on, type moments.

To sum up the book quite nicely: I am a rebel lark opener with procrastinator tendencies. Now that is a mouthful, but it totally sums me up. In a nutshell it explains that I a rebel, I don’t like having exceptions on myself. Whether those exceptions are my own or someone else put them on me. That I will fight against deadlines and resist completing tasks simply because I was told to do them. The lark, means that I am much more of a morning person then a night person; preferring an early bedtime and seeing the sunrise the next day over pulling an allnighter. I like starting projects, as opposed to finishing them (as evidence by the many and boy do I mean many, half started sewing, crocheting, or other crafty type projects in my guest closet), and I will wait to the very last moment to complete anything. If there is no way to avoid actually completing them.

Now my husband is the complete and utter opposite of me. He would be a upholder owl finisher with sprinter tendencies. Basically, he will live up to any expectation. Most of them he puts on himself, and is self accountable to live up to them. He will meet all deadlines with no problem or animosity towards them. Being an owl, he gets 90% of his hard work-work done while everyone else in the house is sound asleep. Then sleep till noon the next day if you let him. He needs to finish projects. Once he starts something it will get finished. He will mark it off the “To Do” list. While he may wait a bit to get started (since starting a project is so time intensive and there is no other option other then to complete it), once he gets going he is all in.

No wonder we have time management issues. How could two married people be so completely different? I think over all we both tend to compensate and help balance out each others extreme tendencies. Yin and Yang.

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This book was a total insight into how we both process…. well life. It was incredibly eye opening and I could not get enough of it. Actually, I took this book everywhere with me. Don’t worry I am not driving and reading, just reading in the car while waiting on the girls to finish Girl Scouts.

While it gave me all this great insight, and helped uncomplicate my husbands behavior. And certainly gave a huge amount of information for me to process. It left a “and now what” type feeling when the book was over. There was no, “and now you can do X with all of this”. There was no further information as to what you can do once you see into your habits and lifestyle. Which I think that I would have liked.

Over all though, it was a fascinating read. That you certainly need to put on your must read list, if you are interested in books that sometimes makes you think.

What have you read lately that was not fluff? Did you like it? What is your favorite thinking type of book?

Fit and Fabulous

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Lets talk about working out for a moment. This is not an area that is in my comfort zone. Even with wanting to be fit, firm and healthy; I am not a “work out” person. The idea of going to the gym stresses me out. There are all of those tiny people with no body fat. Plus I have no idea how to actually use any machines. The idea of being the soft, squishy woman there, looking lost and confused is not doing it for me. Then lets not even mention the yoga classes, with the women who are ridiculously limber. What adult person is really suppose to bend like that? Yes I realize that this is sounds very judgmental. That is not really my point, I am not actually judging them. I am more jealous then anything.

But instead of doing anything about it, I will just sit here and make excuses. Here they are:

  1. I can’t go to the gym, because I have no time. Between the kids, schooling, house work, laundry, dishes, cooking, etc; there is just not enough time to spend 60-90 minutes a day at the gym.
  2. It is to expensive. With the gym membership, childcare, plus paying for a training to show me how to use all that equipment; it is just to high every month.
  3. It is okay to be a little soft, I have three kids. There is no need to go back to zero body fat.
  4. My doc said to take things easy because of my chronic back pain. Therefore I can’t exercise.
  5. We travel to much to stick with a workout program. So why start to have it all derailed every time we leave town.

Did I miss any? Those seem to be my Top 5 Reasons Why I Don’t WorkOut. What are yours?

Well, it seems to have taken a toll on me. Now I look in the mirror and am a bit heavier then I want to be, a bit more squishy, and the straw on the camels back, my favorite pair of jeans don’t fit. Something has to be done, I am no longer happy with me. But again, I am not going to be going to the gym. All of those reasons have not magically disappeared.

Lucky for me, in the mail just last week I got this awesome book “Fit and Fabulous In 15 Minutes”. Woo Hoo!! 15 minutes I can do. Shoot the girls can do 15 minutes with me everyday and we can call it PE. Plus reading it, it claims (page 10):

  • It can be done anywhere- even on the road when you’re traveling
  • You only need four square feet of space to do it
  • There is no need to join a gym
  • You don’t have to invest in a single piece of equipment- not even a stretchy band or hand weights

Well these seem to be promises that I can live with. Do it at home, within 15 minutes and you don’t have to figure out how to use all that stuff. To be honest it has a bit of 80’s workout vibe to it. But it seems pretty straight forward and I am willing to give it a go.

So here are the starting stats (don’t laugh at me)-

  • Weight- 130 (even though she says not to focus on weight. Since muscle weighs more then fat, it is possible to gain weight on this program while losing fat.)
  • Bust- 35 inches
  • Waist- 29 inches
  • Hips- 38 inches
  • Upper Arms- 11 inches
  • Size- 6

Be sure to check back in two weeks and see if I have lost the inches and clothing sizes that she promises.