Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! 

We've had a long day with family, but I just uploaded a few pictures I took after church and had to share!

 My sweet little boys!

I shared this on twitter earlier but I had to share here too... I am SO thankful for the promise of heaven. Our pastor preached an amazing service today all about heaven; I have never been so excited for the day that I will get there!

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will COME BACK and take you to be WITH ME!"
John 14:3

I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating the resurrection of Christ!
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Monday, April 14, 2014

My heart rate monitor, T25 & a healthy side dish recipe

This might seem like an odd purchase, but I've been wanting to get a heart rate monitor for awhile. I have a heart condition that's not a big deal, but I do like to keep an eye on my heart rate when I'm doing vigorous exercise. Also, I love knowing how many calories I'm burning. I used to use Spark People and My Fitness Pal's estimations, but it's nice to really know what my body is burning. 

I asked my friends on Twitter for recommendations and you all had some great ones! I ended up with the Polar FT4. Below is the watch, which tracks your heart rate, calories and time. The actual monitor is attached to a stretchy band that you wear right below your heart. It's not uncomfortable - in fact, I don't even notice it (but that could be because Shaun T is kicking my booty and I can't concentrate on anything besides trying to stay alive). 

Speaking of vigorous exercise, Chris and I started T25 a week and a half ago.

Oh.My.Word. That Shaun T is something else. If you haven't heard of T25, it's from the same people who made Insanity and P90X (and tons of other workout videos). I know several people who have completed the 8 week program and they look insane when they're finished. It's only 25 minutes a day and what I LOVE about it is that you aren't doing one video over and over and over...There are several videos (like Cardio, Total Body, Lower Focus, Abs etc) and a calendar that tells you which video to do on what day. I've already lost several inches and am toning up, which was my goal.

I'm eating healthy too, which I generally do anyway, but I've cut back on my dessert intake. I have a gigantic sweet tooth and a weakness for anything chocolate.

Good thing fruit is sweet!

And this is one of my favorite snacks or side dishes with dinner. I slice a zucchini, brush on a teensy bit of EVOO, salt and pepper, and bake them into chips. Serve them up with warm marinara and you've got yourself a really yummy snack.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Keeping up with the Cambridges

Anglophile (noun): A person who admires all things related to England and its people. 

This pretty much sums me up. I love all things English. I'm secretly planning our 15th wedding anniversary out in my head, and it revolves around a trip to London. We will have to wait and see if Chris goes for that. ;-)

So, it comes as no surprise to those who know me well that I have been anxiously awaiting the We Three (aka Will, Kate and George) tour of New Zealand and Australia which started a couple of days ago. (If you follow me on Twitter, I'm busy tweeting pics like the ones you'll find below and RTing some other great accounts as well!).

I've stayed up (occasionally waaay too late) watching live feeds of the official royal engagements online at night, starting with the royal arrival to NZ. These are screen caps I took from the live feeds I was watching on my iPad:

(This, and all images in this post are from Reuters)

The royal watching community has taken to calling George "Cheeks" for obvious reasons!

 I stayed up the other night watching George's first official engagement: a playdate with 10 other babies. It was adorable, but I wasn't able to get any screen caps because my live feed connection was awful, but one of my twitter friends, What Would Kate Do, posted lots of awesome pics on her blog, which you can find here.

Yesterday, the Cambridges had three official engagements, one of which was a wreath laying ceremony at Seymour Square.

After they laid the wreath, Kate began mingling with the waiting crowd. She just seems like such a sweet person, who always takes time to interact and really talk with the people who've waited hours to catch a glimpse of her.

While I was watching, I grabbed this screen shot...someone brought Kate a Princess Di beanie baby. I will admit this made me cry, it was such a sweet moment. You'll notice the bracelet Kate is wearing - it's a friendship bracelet one of the kids in the crowd made. Both she and William received one and they both promptly put them on, which is just another reason to love them.

Are you an anglophile? Do you adore Will and Kate as much as I do?

If you're looking to keep up with the Cambridges, you should follow these twitter accounts:

What Would Kate Do
British Royals
HRH Kate Blog
Duchess Kate Blog
Cambridge Watch
and of course, me!
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