Marvelous Monday {# 7}

Hey there! I’ve got to be honest, lately I’ve wanted to blog but we’ve just been so busy enjoying summer, meeting new friends and hanging out with old ones that the time to sit down and write just hasn’t been there. As much as I wish I could be more regular about blogging, I’m ok with it  just being a thing I can do for fun ,whenever I like. My only hope is that you’ll enjoy the snippets of random stuff I jot down here on the bloggy when I do make time for it! If not, I’m okay with that too. 🙂 So cheers to fun randomness and oh yes, another Marvelous Monday!! ❤

MiMM

This weekend was pretty low key with some cleaning and lots of family time. ❤ (Weekends like this are my favorite!!)

Marvelous to me is…being completely lazy and watching cheap movies from Redbox.

movies(Neither was what we expected but both were equally entertaining.)

Marvelous is…a sweaty, post-workout smile along with a cutie who napped in his room like a big boy!

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Marvelous is…Enjoying some sweet Sunday snuggles with these too adorable guys!

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Marvelous is…swooning over these juicy peaches from the Farmer’s Market.

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Marvelous is…playing with this handsome guy, who lately has been making lots of smoothies and even makes the smoothie sound (=his interpretation sound of a blender).

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Marvelous is…lounging poolside with a darling friend of mine. ❤

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Oh yes, and Marvelous is…adding new lipstick to my ever-growing collection.

20130715-110135.jpg{I’m obsessed!!! Must have ALL THE COLORS! LOL}

Marvelous is…creating this tasty summer sandwich:

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{smoked gouda, fresh sliced tomato sprinkled with a dash of salt & pepper, avocado and mayo…SOOO GOOD!!)

Marvelous is…receiving these beauties from a sweet gal pal:

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Lastly, Marvelous is…

My birthday (today)!!!! 😀 And..

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Although I’m a year older today, I’ve gotta say I feel no older than *23*!! That’s *my number*… I’ll forever be *TWENTY-THREE*!! 😉

Hope your Monday is Marvelous too!

❤ Alicia

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Currently…

Sorry I’ve been away, I was really sick for almost 10 days with a nasty cold/flu-like-bug which included a severe week-long migrane. Then my little man came down with a stomach bug and the two of us just felt absolutely awful. *Thankfully*, we are feeling better and I’m actually feeling normal and less and less like a zombie! 🙂 I’m also back to working out regularly (YAY!) and cooking yummy meals (like the alfredo pasta seen below)!!

So, I had seen this survey going around a while back, and I figured I’d give it a go.

Current Book:

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Current Music:

Current Guilty Pleasure:

reading& poolreading & the pool

Current Nail Color:

20130615-085954.jpgSally Hansen Insta Dry Blue Away {insta dry is totally the way to go when your a mommy to a toddler who gets into everything! ;-)}

Current Food:

homemadesaucehomemade alfredo sauce via peas & crayons

Current Favorite Show:

I can’t say its my favorite, since Nashville isn’t on right now, but this is currently a show I’m indulging in. It’s like 16 & pregnant and then some=extra drama

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{Call me crazy, but I always use to tease my mom that we should get pregnant together (not as a teen specifically) but like the mother & daughter in the movie Father of the Bride 2, but after watching this show, I don’t know that my dad and hubby could handle two hormonal pregnant women together. LOL}

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Current Wish List Item:

bracelet

Current Need:

newfavoriteSOOO good!

Current Indulgence:

cherries

Current Blessing:

wittle fishyMommy’s wittle fishy

Aiden

Current Outfit(s):

chambray

I’m obsessed with chambray shirts, I want them ALL.

I’m also LOVING jean jackets & maxis…

jeanjacket&maxiI’m definitely a jeans/demin kinda girl! 🙂

Current Excitement:

bestiesVisiting my bestie this holiday weekend!

(& I added my own) Current Words of Wisdom:

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What are you lovin’ currently?!?!

❤ Alicia

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Happy birthday darling!

To the love of my life, may God shower his blessings on you and fill your day with endless happiness and love. Happy Birthday Darling! ❤

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Motivational Monday!

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Insanity inspired workout

I recently tried INSANITY and even though I was very intimidated by the sheer name of it…I actually really liked it!

20130606-210713.jpg{After completing INSANITY for the *first* time!! He kept imitating different moves we did & made it look so easy! <3}

What I liked most about it was that it requires no equipment (at least the workout I did didn’t) and that it  allows one to work at their own pace. I honestly thought it was going to be drill sargent style “do 100 push ups, followed by 1000 situps…etc” but it wasn’t like that at all. I’m NOT to say it wasn’t HARD, because it definitely was, but it was also very doable. Granted, I only did ONE day of it, from that little glimpse, I could definitely see myself continuing on with the program.

So in light of my new found love for quick, HIIT style workouts, I did these two videos from Fitsugar consecutively and felt like I had just completed a workout with Shaun T.

1. 10-minute total body workout

2. 10-minute full body workout with Holly Perkins

My workout: Video 1, Video 2, Video 1, Video 2, Video 1

(After the first video, I skipped the warm ups and just completed actual exercises)

by my last set of burpees, I was every ounce of me felt like JELLO!! 🙂

Speaking of burpees…I actually did them for the FIRST time (I know..who am I!?) a few days ago thanks to this workout. They totaly STINK but are totally worth every aching second of torment.

burpeesEnough said.

Now that I’ve gotten a small taste of INSANITY, I find it less intimidating and could even see myself trying and actually *enjoying* Crossfit workouts, burpees and all! 😉

Obviously I’ve been obsessed with trying new workout styles and had to share this article with you guys on Tabata style training.

Lastly, I can’t forget my team:

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Have you ever tried INSANITY or Crossfit?

Are you watching the NBA Finals!?

❤ Alicia

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Marvelous Monday {#6}

Happy MONDAY friends, Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Besides the fact that it flew by, ours was pretty  low-key and relaxing. We did do a couple of little things around the house that made the weekend extra fun, thus making it spectacularly marvelous on this Monday, if I do say so myself! Thanks Katie for hosting another Marvelous in My Monday!

MiMM

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I good ole’ cup of coffee…without it, I’d DIE! Not really, but…yeah REALLY it’s a must.

Marvelous is…juneThe entire month of *JUNE* because we have a special holiday along with a certain  someone’s birthday AND a lovely anniversary to celebrate!!! Lots of cake, cards and XOXO’s this month.

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A handy man! He’s so much like my Dad, always involved is projects around the house. ❤

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my mini herb garden. Ok, I know it’s not a real garden, but it’s better than nothing. I’ve never had a plant of any sort (crazy! I know), but I’m hoping to have inherited my Dad’s green thumb. *fingers crossed*

20130603-220004.jpgI LOVE cooking with fresh herbs but I hate that I when I buy a bushel from the store I only use it sparingly and the rest goes to waste. With fresh herbs on hand I feel that I will 1. only use what I need and 2. be MORE inclined to use fresh herbs on a regular basis. Anyhoo, wish me luck, I might need it…

Marvelous is…20130603-220011.jpgthis little cutie patootie who always wants to touch the “ball” at Target!

Marvelous is…

20130603-215928.jpga Sunday Funday at Home Depot with my *15 month* old little darling.

Marvelous is…20130603-215921.jpgA killer full-body kettlebell workout thanks to Giselle! ❤ I was in NO MOOD to workout, until I came across this workout via Pinterest and decided to give it a go. Though  it kicked my booty, it felt SOOO GOOD! #justdoit

Marvelous is…

getting lots of laughs from “Penelope” played by Kristen Wiig. I know a few real life Penelope’s who are totally hilarious. 😛

Welp, that’s all folks, hope your Monday is a Marvelous one as well!

So tell me…what was MARVELOUS about your weekend?! AND Got any herb plant/gardening tips for me! SEND them to me! 🙂 

❤ Alicia

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words of wisdom!

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Take Time Tuesday {#7}

Take Time Tuesday, thanks Katie for hosting!

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Due to the recent events in Oklahoma, many emotions have flustered my mind and I have to say that I’m so thankful for the ability to communicate with family back home via technology.

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It is undoubtly very difficult being away from home, though it is part of the military lifestyle we’ve adapted to,  it’s extremely tough nonetheless. I personally find it especially difficult being away from loved ones during the holidays and even more so during times of tragedy and devastation. Moments of such as these make me want to run to those that I love and hug them endlessly. Tragedies remind me just how precious life is and how I must cherish and embrace every moment of it. Sadly, it is impossible to predict such events from occurring nor can I rush home every time they do occur, though I wish it were possible to do both. While nothing compares to the warmth of a hug/embrace from my family members, it is nice to connect with them through various modes of technology, via text, photo sharing and video chat.A and mommy

 

We typically video chat once a day, at least, with my parents. We chat so often that it has become part of our daily routine and A lights up when he hears the sound of a video call coming in. 🙂 I feel that this (amazing!!) technology has completely changed my little man’s relationship with his grandparents/aunts & uncles and I am ever so thankful for it, because it is such a joy to see him interact with them, whether he’s showing off, doing tricks and simply talking to them. While it might sound very shallow, (I swear it isn’t),  I honestly cannot fathom living without the wonderful technologies of today. Granted, I’m not saying it would be impossible, I’m just plainly acknowledging that A would have a completely different relationship with our families without video chats/skype; therefore I’m forever grateful for having access to these simple yet wonderful technologies that have enabled us to stay connected amongst the many miles of distance between us. ❤

Plus, I mean c’mon, who wouldn’t want to chat with this little ham?!

carter HAM

 

Love this! SO true:

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Again, sending my thoughts & prayers to Oklahoma.

pray ok

❤ Alicia

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Motivational Monday!

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❤ Alicia

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Friday FAVES

Good Morning Lovelies! Today started off with a scrumptious breakfast for me and the little.

While mommy was getting breakfast together, somebunny decided it was time for his mommy to clean out her bag…

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gotta love the extra helping hand around the house! 😉

Breakfast was served & A LOVED his french toast. I of course HAD to add avocado to my breakfast sandwich..seriously, it makes everything better!

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{a runny egg sandwhich with mild cheddar, ham and avocado on an english muffin with a wishful pup in the background, just praying that I’d drop the sandwich by accident. LOL}

I’ve been LOVIN’ some new-to-me products and other things lately so I thought I’d share them with ya!

1. Coconut milk

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I  was kinda skeptical about it because I worried it would be “too coconutty” but its NOT and  it in fact is very smooth and creamy, similar to cow’s milk. I usually use almond milk but this has to be my NEW favorite cow’s milk alternative.

2. Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla Cereal

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The hubby picked this out for me and it is THE BEST. I’m actually not a big cereal person at all, I really don’t like eating it for breakfast because I just feel there are so many other scrumptious breakfast options to choose from. BUT I do like cereal as late night snack sometimes and this has been my go-t0 snack of choice lately. SOOOOOO GOOD!

3. Pomegranate powder

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Again, another new to me item the hubby picked up for me one day as my “surprise” from the store. I immediately add it to a smoothie and loved it! I actually use it in this smoothie the other day, but I think I forgot to mention it earlier.

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{My new FAVORITE smoothie, made by MEEE 🙂 {YAY!} with both coconut milk and pomegrante powder along with other goodies.}

4. Stripes…I’m obsessed!

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5. Early morning snuggles

20130517-130058.jpgHe has been teething lately which has had us on a roller coaster of emotions all week, but thankfully today he was super happy and extra snuggly. ❤

6. My handsome dancing King

20130517-131725.jpgHe has his mommy’s taste in music (seriously) and loves Prince Royce. Do you blame him? 😉

7. Favorite fitness app: Endomondo

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Since the weather has been so nice I’ve been trying to get outside more often and go for jogs with my little man, but I alway wonder how far we’ve ran/walked until I found this app. It tracks distance and pace which is exactly what I was looking for.

8. This book:book

I started reading this on Tuesday for a book club I’m taking part in and I’m hooked! Its very witty, heartwarming and completely entertaining- I especially love all the sarcasm and humor.

{Synopsis: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. Description from: Goodreads}

Remember you can follow me via Goodreads!

9. This photo:

babywearingREAL MEN babywear!! 😉

Hope you have a fabulous FRIDAY!! ❤

What new-to-you products are you lovin’ lately??

Got any awesome weekend plans!?

❤ Alicia

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