Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Zumba, Zumba, Zumba

In case you did not know, I am a certified Zumba instructor and have been for 3 years now. And I wanted to ask you what is better than burning  hundreds of calories while dancing your fool head off? Alright, not everyone dances like they are losing their fool head, some just dance like normal people, but if I am leading the class you better believe my head will be rolling.....hollaaaaa!!! Not much is better if we are honest with ourselves.  If you want to come and jam with me, three other Zumba instructors, and a room full of people getting a buzz off of endorphins then come THIS SATURDAY to the Glen Ellyn YMCA. We would love it, you would love it, basically it would be a win all around! All money from this event goes to the American Heart Association...basically what I am saying here is this is a no-brainer if your Saturday is free. No excuses please.
Have you ever tried Zumba?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

cleaning products I am addicted to

I am by no means a woman who needs to have everything perfectly swept, dusted, sprayed down, etc. However, I am freaked out by disorganization/clutter! If my house is without clutter in the majority of  rooms (I have three kids 5 and under people lets be realistic) then my blood pressure has a lovely way of staying normal....and when clutter starts to grows so does it! I have lately found my holy grail of all cleaning products. Best spray ever.
I use this beauty literally every single day. I spray down our kitchen table with it (it is wood...all is good) and the counters of my kitchen. Most of all I adore the lavender scent and see the fact that it cleans impeccably as merely an added bonus. Now some cleaning products promise a fresh smell but only deliver a very medicinal scent that make you almost get a cleaning headache. Not this product. I have gone through an entire bottle already and for a woman who does not love to spray things down that is saying A LOT!

Now, this other product I am talking about on here I bought on a whim. I have not used it long and cannot tell you how amazing it is as a product in of itself (but really how hard is it to be a good dishwashing soap right?) but the scent is a new favorite. Tomato Vine. The name of the scent is tomato vine...shut your eyes and imagine that smell...imagine the smell of dirt, the smell of a green vine being propped up with red earthy fresh tomatoes all over it... and there you have what this dish soap smells like. Now this is not a scent for everyone, but if you are into that dirty tomato vine smell it is for you. (You now all know why I do not write ads for scents... "dirty" is probably pretty frowned upon in the scent world) I think it might be limited edition.  The real kicker is right now they have this scent in a bottle designed by Orla Kiely...who I just happen to adore. **Confession time-I bought the dish soap for the soul purpose of the cute bottle design. **Little did I know I would LOVE the scent! Love it. Go to Target if this interests you because they are on clearance. (the green one on the left is the Tomato Vine scented dish soap)

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ANYWAY...who knew I could be that longwinded about cleaning supplies...kinda sad and kinda exciting at the same time.

What products/scents can you just not live without?

Friday, February 15, 2013

siblings are a gift...

I love that God created sibling relationships...they truly are a gift!

Monday, February 11, 2013

when Judah gets the camera

I often times let my little ones play photographer for a bit of the day. There is a special element to their pictures that ones taken by an adult do not have. Their points of view, their subject matter, their angles....all of it gives a tiny window into what they like and how they see the world. If you ever want to learn a little bit about a child give them a camera every now and then. Here are a few shots my little Judah boy took the other day.

What other things do you do that allow you to glimpse into a child's world?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

my sweet one


I love this girl.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Favorite Makeup

I thought this would be a fun little way to show some of my current makeup loves for my everyday look. Enjoy!

If you have any questions about the items let me know and I can give you more details...a sketch can only go so far:)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Snow Day

  Finally we were blessed with substantial snow around these parts and we pulled out all the gear (least favorite part anyone??) and went sledding. It was a total blast flying down the hill with the little beans sitting there silently enjoying the ride and then seeing how filled with energy they became when the sled stopped.

    I have to admit sledding hills give me anxiety with all the kids zooming down on the ice as little ones blindly walk across the danger zone completely unaware of the impending doom. I saw one little girl taken out at the knees and that alone made me ready to call it a day. Sigh. While we were there thankfully no injuries took place that involved our little ones (besides Vera falling face down a few times in the snow...whoops) and for that I am thankful. I love sledding. It makes you feel alive and like a child and all fresh-faced from the cold wind. What fun!
Any snow related activities you have been up to? We have yet to build a snowman...I better get on that!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mandy's Tag:)

    I was tagged by the sweet Mandy D. to do this list of questions....I love tags and am sorry it has taken me FOREVER to get to this one. And I tag the following ladies to do this as well..
    1. Rachel C
    2. Katie L
    3. Cates
  1. What is your favorite Christmas/Holiday movie? White Christmas
  2. What is your favorite flower?  Orange roses...but I love succulents the most...even though they are not a flower, if I had my wedding bouquet to do over it would be made up of succulents.
  3. What is your favorite (non-alcoholic) beverage?  Coffee....really really good coffee.
  4. What is your passion?  People. I love people, how they work, how they think, how they interact with each other and life. I also love acting, cooking, dancing, running, creating...most things in life that I do are my passions. I am a pretty passionate person ask anyone who knows me:)
  5. What is your favorite time of year? Not Summer because I despise being hot.  Spring is exciting and makes me feel alive, I adore Winter because everything is beautiful with snow on it....but Fall is my favorite. Nothing can touch the smells, the sounds, the weather and the colors of Fall.
  6. What is your favorite time of the day?  Tough one. I love the morning when all my babes are waking up and crawling into bed with me. I love when Nate comes home from work and we have the whole evening ahead of us and I love nighttime when everything seems possible.
  7. What is your favorite physical activity? Dancing and running...in that order.
  8. What is your favorite vacation?  Anything that involves being on the water...boating, fishing, skiing, sitting...I love to be on the water.
  9. What song is stuck in your head right now? Halo
  10. What are you reading right now? Imagine by Jonah Lehrer