Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Aaptiv App

I just finished a 21 Day Fix round,  but instead of doing all the Fix workouts, I changed it up! I had the opportunity to try out the Aaptiv App. So I thought I would take a minute to blog about this app incase anyone else wanted to to give it a try!

   Aaptiv is an audio workout app. It was quite different from what I'm used to (visual), but I was able to follow long easily enough. Most of the workouts I did I was familiar with the moves, but they describe how to do them anyways.

Here are a few things I loved:

 - variable workout times. If you are squeezing in a workout, whether it be after a walk, or a quick 10 minutes here or there. There are all different lengths of work outs available, including longer ones - calories burned per workout. I strive to burn at least 300 calories per workout. I need to get better at wearing my fit bit, but I do like seeing a ball bark idea on what I burn.

 - the variety of different workouts, whether you are training for races, on the elliptical, the treadmill, the spin bike, yoga, meditation, maternity workouts - it's all there. Personally I like the cardio or strength building at this point, although this app made me want to try a treadmill work out, however it isn't quite accessible right now!   

- the music is more up to date

 - the personal trainers are great. I'm sure there is someone for everyone. They offer quite a few personal trainers talking you through the whole work out, encouraging you to keep going! No giving up!!

 - the app is easy to use - great for on the go, because you can have it on up your phone.

 - all different levels of workouts available, whether you are beginner, intermediate, advanced, it's all flagged by color, as well it gives you a description of what the workout entails. 

 Overall I would recommend the app, it's a nice change from the regular workouts, would work well even if you are at a gym or working out at home, or training for a race.

If your are interested in trying it out there is a free trial available right now! Don't miss out!! 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Things

1) I am really looking forward to making a new sign and I have found just perfect saying for my next project:
I think I will make another big one and put it above our bed maybe. 

2. Almost done the first round of the 21 Day fix and I've made such big diet changes, but my weight is just fluctuating. I'm noticing in my clothes and in the mirror and I know the scale is just a number, but it is frustrating me more than it should! 

3. I got my hair done Wednesday and it's a lot blonder than I thought it would be, but I love it!

4) we have family photos tomorrow and I am still figuring out outfits for us all!! I'm hoping to do burghandy and navy blue... 

5) I feel like today is going to be a long day!! The kids were both up by 7 AM again and it's only 9:30 right now and it feel like it should be 11. Oh and it's raining. So we are playing in the basement because we don't come down here often. They slept in Wednesday and that day went soo smoothly it has me wishing for days like that every day!  Oh and look at this, a post without pictures of the kids! Can't say that happens very often anymore! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend Rewind

We had a fantastic weekend and were spoiled again with warm weather!! This week is busy for us, and we have family photos on Saturday, which I need to outfit plan for still!! Fingers crossed I can keep anymore bumps and bruises off the face for the rest of the week! I did manage to get this sign finished, the frame stained and M helped frame it - just in time for Thanksgiving!! I loved making it, so now I need to find another sign to make!! 

Let's look at the weekend!! 
 Saturday morning we hung out at home, got some housework done, both inside and out! I ran into town solo to grab groceries since we knew it would be busy being Thanksgiving weekend!  

We decided to "drive" over to the fruit stand to get some pumpkins and tomatoes, well they didn't quite have what I was looking for with the pumpkins, but the kids were spoiled with strawberries, and mini pumpkins and we bought some tomatoes! When we came home, we realized we forgot to shut the gate and Maggie had gone looking for us! Thankfully she has our phone number on her and right before we were about to go search, the phone rang and she was just across the street with a lady walking her dog! 

 We started the rice for supper and then ran over to the pumpkin farm to see if we could find better pumpkins. We found waaay better pumpkins - they were huge and we had more choice! They also had white pumpkins, which I love! We got a steal of a deal which was another bonus too!! 
 After supper we headed to the farm to grab some corn stalks and straw bales. The sunset was amazing, I wish I had brought my good camera, but my phone took some good ones:

 There is just something about fall sunsets and evening skies! 
 Sunday morning we had Nicole and her family over for a fun visit!! Although it only made me wish we lived closer because it was such a nice visit!! The kids all got along, the conversations were easy. It was great!! 

We made homemade pizzas for lunch, the kids played, we took a trip to the park and found muddy puddles to drive through- which was a bigger hit than the park itself.

Then we sent the guys off with the big kids to the field (because they are working around the corner), while we stayed back with the babies - Em was napping and had some quiet time to chat while snuggling Henry!


 It was soo much fun!

After they left, we had some dinner and decided to go for a family bike ride. Noah was simply too tired to ride his bike, so we put the bike trailer on M's bike and he pulled Noah and Em. Thank goodness, because I ended up wrecking my bike completely. I was changing gears and the chain jumped, bent the gear into my spokes and sent me to a complete hault. 

Soo glad I wasn't pulling the kids and wasn't going fast! So now I need to deal with exchanging my bike... I haven't even had it two months! M had to bike home, load up the kids in the truck to come pick me up, because the darn back wheel wouldn't even turn for me walk it home! 
The update is that I exchanged my bike for the same one, so I am back in the biking fun as soon as M adjusts seat and handlebars!    So we decorated the front of the house for fall:

Monday morning we were sure we were 20 minutes late for Maeve's 3rd birthday party - turns out we were a few minutes early instead!! Can't go wrong with donuts and mimosas!! 

We grabbed lunch on our way home, got the kids down for nap and relaxed for a bit before heading to my aunt and uncles for Thanksgiving! We took the opportunity to snap a few family photos while we were at it!

Hope everyone had a great weekend/Canadian Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2 For 1 Weekend Rewind

My plan to get two weekend posts last week clearly failed... these days lately are soo busy!!! So today I will do a 2 for 1 weekend rewind!  
 Last weekend we soaked up every minute we could in the pool!!! The weather was HOT and soo nice!!         
 Friday night swam and played outside:

Monkey see, monkey do!! 
 Saturday morning I went to a mom-to-mom sale with a friend. I only went looking for shoes for Em, which I did find and some adorable riding boots!! But I also got a book for Noah (Llama Llama Red Pyjama), some taco seasoning by epicure, and the best deal of the day - a trike for Em, with a handle and sun shade for only $20 in mint condition!! It was a steal, considering they are over $100!! 
That afternoon we had a surprise birthday party to go to. Turns out they rented a food truck to come for dinner!! Em was a huge fan of French fries and took one bite of each fry!! Such a little stinker!!       

 We decided we would take the kids for one more swim when we got home before putting them down for bed

Sunday morning we tried to beat the heat going out for a walk and bike ride early, but we didn't succeed! It was HOT by 9 AM and we all came home pretty sweaty!!   

 So we went swimming, invited friends over and spent the day by the pool/in the pool!        

 We had a couple different friends come by, and all the kids had fun playing!!        

 We had a busy week and this weekend we had big plans to close the pool, despite this week being semi-warm, it's not going to last and we didn't want to close the pool on Thanksgiving weekend!  
Friday was super chilly, windy and raining on and off! Turns out I have to pull out some fall clothes for the kids!      
 M decided he was going to pull the pool stairs out Friday night, which is always a chilly excursion!      
 After we got the kids down, I decided to start painting my farmhouse sign! I'm soo excited to see how it turns out!! It was my first time working with chalk paint!  
Saturday morning didn't quite go as planned, we left the house later than we planned, we got home home later than we planned, but we got groceries, sold a cabinet, it worked out!  

Saturday afternoon we worked away on house work, M just about finished the closet floor, but only has 5 boxes left, to finish it and the foyer, so he wants to make sure the foyer has enough for sure before he opened another box. We knew it would be close, so fingers crossed we get it done!!  We also got some outdoor stuff done too like cut the lawn, etc. 

Saturday night I went out with the girls, just to tube pub here for karaoke night. This time I sang Play That Song by Train! It was a fun night out!! 

Sunday we planned to get the pool closed, but I also found time to finish a chalkboard order, go through Em's drawers, we bathed Grace, and did laundry.   

 We had the cutest helpers:

We plan on ripping up our grass soon, leveling the yard and planting new grass, but with the dogs and kids, we have to do it in stages. But we also talked about tearing out my lilac bush. It had gotten too big it tame, and was taking up soo much space, so we decided we would get 2 smaller trees to put along the garage, move our rose of Sharon and that would give us more lawn space. So sadly the bush came down, but what a big change it makes! 

It was a busy weekend, but it was filled with these cuties, so no complaints! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Noah's Weekend Away

Again, a weekend behind... I will hope to get caught up this week!! 
 Last weekend Noah went to the lake for the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa. He wasn't too sure of the idea at first, but once they showed up he perked up!!     
 As hard as it is to let him go, I know he was going to have a blast and that Grandma and Grandpa were just as excited as he was. Turned out to be a perfect weekend weather-wise!             
 Em was pretty grumpy with teething, but just like her brother, lying in Mom's bed made her happy. 
With Noah away, we decided to do the bedroom floors while he was gone, so we got started Friday shortly after her left!            
 It was a beautiful night, so I had invited over some friends for a bonfire, it quickly turned into a girls night. M took it in good humour, dressed himself up in dress shirt, pants and shoes, and made drinks and shots for us ladies all night - completely surprising me!!

It was a fun night, that ran early into the morning! But I did manage to sleep in on Saturday before we got started on the floors again!!  

 We worked away at the floors all while enjoying some one on one time with Miss Em!! While I was in the shower and Daddy was "watching" Em... this is the image I received on my phone.. 

Too funny!! 

 We loved getting updates on Noah!! Crazy how much we missed his crazy personality! 


 We managed to get the whole bedroom done and half of the walk in closet! 
Sunday morning we decided to go down to the lake and take advantage of another beautiful day!! We left a little later than planned, but it was super foggy at the lake, so it worked out fine. We loaded up the boat and were off for the day on the lake! It was a perfect day on the water! 
Heck even the dogs had fun! We taught Maggie how to climb the boat ladder,  but we are still working on teaching her how to jump in.     

Both kids napped well on the boat, including Daddy!! 

Overall, this guy had a fantastic weekend away!!! 

And apparently after separating the kids for the weekend, it made them closer because come Monday and Tuesday, they were the best of friends, with no typical sibling behaviour haha. 


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