Day 1 + Handstand Space!

Everyone has been super curious about the 21DSD so I added a page up top so you can track it if you’re interested. I’m not going to take a pic of everything I eat… I know from experience I’m too lazy to do that. But I’ll list it out.

my 21 dsd corrie

My first shopping cart! Don’t worry, I took this while Kevin was ordering my bacon from the meat counter. For some reason, that’s his job whenever we are at the grocery store. Probably because I don’t love interacting with strangers in real life. :) The only thing the 21DSD Police might object to in my cart are those Applegate Organics sausages. Applegate is a great, trustworthy brand with good ingredients, but I guess the “apple” part might be deemed questionable for this particular detox since only green apples are allowed. I ruled it “okay” since I didn’t want to also to go to Whole Foods. The ingredients are great, and it’s not like I’m going to be like… oooohhhh… I’m craving something sweet. Let me have a sausage. Also, I’m following the athlete prescription so there’s a bit more flexibility.

So far, it’s going great, of course! About 13 hours into it!! :)

Bacon & eggs with arugula for breakfast and coffee with Horizon organics half & half. Painless so far!

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Lunch was spinach, ground turkey with my favorite secret ingredient, wholly guacamole, and green onions!

diced salsa style tomatoes 21dsd sprouts

My favorite secret ingredient. So glad it’s fat free (haha). The salsa style is a little spicy!! It’s great for adding some flavor to bland ground turkey!

In other news, Kevin finished the floors in our spare bedroom!

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Aren’t they beautiful???? I really like how it turned out. He has to finish the trim and a few details next weekend, but I’m happy to have the mess cleaned up. We are sooooo not DIYers. Okay, mostly me. I’m not even doing it, and I don’t have the patience for it. Now we definitely need some new curtains. Those are the ones the previous owners had in there, and they are ugly.

Finally, enough space to kick up into a handstand! The tv is unplugged and relocated to the basement for now which means I didn’t even watch my beloved Jeopardy! during Spring Break. And Ken Jennings was on!! Unbelievable.

hspu practice at home

It’s all fun & games until the dogs break in!

pippa attacks me while i do a hspu

Anytime my face is at their level, they want to ATTACK!!!!!!!!

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Love my little baby Pippa!!!!

Do you like to DIY things (like your flooring)? Or not? We really looked for a house that was more or less turnkey, minus style issues, because we don’t love that part. Kevin enjoys doing a little, but my contribution is always just cooking, baking, and Diet Coke fetching.

Painting & Party Rock Piano

It’s amazing how incredible I felt yesterday after only 4-5 hours of not having to talk to anyone except for Kevin. Or perhaps more importantly, no one else talking to me. I feel like I am talking constantly on the weekdays between school and teaching piano. Our plan was to be super lazy, but who are we kidding? We get up at 5AM now for CrossFit. So getting going by 8AM was a cinch.

First stop: Starbucks! We were out of eggs (again!) at our house so we ordered some breakfast wraps.

garage sale books

Next, we stopped by a few neighborhood garage sales. These vintage National Geographic books caught my eye. We had them as a kid. They were hilarious to look at and in mint condition! Sold!! I need some more books for my piano students to look at in the waiting area anyways!

piano studio corner

When I got home, I organized them on a little shelf Kevin build a few weeks ago (he used this DIY).

And if you get a girl in her piano studio on Saturday, she’s probably going to want to play!

I fooled around with some fun piano riffs — Party Rock Anthem is one of my K-5 students’ favorites. Even the kindergarteners. Seriously!! I also played Thrift Shop and some Mumford and Sons. Cracked myself up.

brunch bowl tessemae's

Lunch was this beautiful brunch bowl with Tessemae’s hot/wing sauce — I’m loving that stuff. Plus the usual suspects: eggs, turkey bacon, sweet potato, and arugula.

Meanwhile, Kevin James was painting away.

benjamin moore sweet orange cottontail

He painted the whole room a fresh coat of Cottontail a few weeks ago, and this weekend he added the Sweet Orange layer. Love it!

Still some ugly stuff going on in there though — I’m posting a “before” picture because I can never find them when I just leave them in iPhoto.

bedroom before picture

We’re getting a new bed today (Craigslist, of course), but the ceiling, carpet, and light fixtures really need to go!! The puppy can stay. :)

In the course of events, Kevin felt the need to turn off my electricity (and internet!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I decided to take Pippa out for a run.

pippa running buddy

Home girl has gotten a little bit out of shape!! She was huffing & puffing on the last hill before home. We’re both adjusting to the weather — snowy days last week. Oppressive sun and seventies this week. Love it.

I’m off to menu plan for the week. I did a terrible job last week which resulted in lots of bread and waffles!!! Ooops!!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you need to spend time alone or with others to recharge? I never thought I was an introvert until I was in college and after — I can be extremely outgoing with people I know well and I grew up in a very small town. :) It has since become clear, especially after choosing teaching as my career and moving around a lot. I’m loving this book.

What’s the brightest color you have in your home? Razzle dazzle. Followed by sweet orange. And I’m seeing some greens in our future. We have three major rooms left to paint — third bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.

What Alice Forgot + My Favorite Mop

So I haven’t washed my hair yet. I even skipped the gym on Saturday to avoid messing it up. Haha. I needed a rest day, right?

reading what alice forgot

I’m holding out as long as possible. :) We had a nice weekend checking things off our pre-vacation checklist and just hanging out at home.

I also stayed up last night to finish What Alice Forgot. I really enjoyed it! It sounds kind of silly when you describe the premise (as I learned when I was telling my hair stylist about it), but it’s about a lady who hits her head during spin class and forgets the last 10 years of her life. During those ten years, she’s had three children, and most of the important relationships in her life have become very rocky. She spends the book trying to figure out what went wrong with her husband, her sister, and her best friends. And how did she become so fit? :)


Meanwhile, Kevin was working on a little DIY project for me – a pair of X-Leg benches. They are going to be covered with the adorable scallop fabric above.

We also found the perfect dog sitter and met with her. I feel SO MUCH better. Hopefully, everything will go great and we will be able to use her again!

So this bright green mop is amazing:

green mopI bought it for $16.99 on Amazon! Everybody buys their mops on Amazon, right? It came with two mop heads that can be thrown into the washing machine, and I can clean my floors with just water. It’s good for dog hair. It doesn’t mop it up, exactly, but it pushes it into a pile that you can just pick up (ew). It’s also very lightweight and good for getting into little edges and corners.  I worked up quite the sweat mopping this morning. Seriously! It’s a good workout.

And less than two weeks till Costa Rica!!!!!! 

Do you mop or vacuum or swiffer? All 3!!! But that green mop is my fave. Boyd leaves CLUMPS of hair around. Pippa’s hair at least has the decency to blend in.

What’s the last book you read? I’m on to Ruthless Trust and Dancing on Broken Glass.

Happy Monday!

Only 1 To Make A Difference

A happy thought for your morning:


Menchie’s signs are so inspirational.

Also inspirational? Watching people do the 100 meter dash to make it in there before it closes at 10PM. Fro yo is a huge motivator!!


New flavor tonight — blackberry!! Mixed with some strawberry shortcake, dulce de leche, and cake batter.


Today’s WOD:

Run 6 x 800s (.49 miles) + 2 minutes recovery

Ouch. That was tougher than I expected. I covered 4 miles including the recovery time, jogged a half mile of stairs, and then booked it home. I’m not liking the way this looks for my 5k on Saturday. I think my time is going to be ugly.


Still turning into a sweet potato!! With leftover grilled chicken tenders.


The poor, deprived Boykin pleading for a bite. (Yes, I ate in bed. 2PM lunches in bed are becoming quite the habit these days).

Why he didn’t get a bite:


Look at that face. Trying to convince me he hasn’t been doing anything wrong. Yeah, right!!!!

We were invited over to some friends’ house tonight so I got the easy job making the salad.


A little tomato + mozz + basil for some caprese flavor. And done!!

They live seriously less than 2 blocks away. I am so loving this! After we enjoyed a delicious dinner (chicken parm!), they  brought out some games:


Animal Upon Animal is actually a game designed for Pre-K, but we definitely had a blast playing it. I was, by far, the worst player and managed to knock the entire structure over several times. Kevin dominated the first game! No one exactly won round two, but we got it impressively high! I think it would be an awesome classroom game! I was thinking of so many ideas for it while we were playing.

And now for the big news: I’m going to fitmixer BOOT CAMP!! It’s starts on my birthday, September 10th!!


I read about a lot of bloggers doing it, and it sounded like so much fun! I was dying to try it. Plus I want to try that protein! :) It wouldn’t hurt if I lost a few vanity/training pounds along the way. It will definitely help to be consistently committed for 8 weeks. I’m totally motivated by peer pressure!!

Guess who’s joining with me?

My cuñada, Lisa! Unfair picture, I know. She’s pregnant!! Lol. But now she’s not! And I have a baby niece to show for it! (Plus two nephews!) I wanted a friend to do it with me, and I knew she wanted to get back into working out. I figured this was the perfect way to do it. I totally did not have permission to post this, but I’m sure she’ll consider it an honor. Haha.

By the way, if you’re curious, as I understand it, the boot camp is all online. You can read more about it on their website, but you get set up with an RD, they send you at-home workouts, and there’s a lot of fun & accountability. Can’t wait to get cracking! I guess I’ll be eating my birthday cake on September 9! But we’ll be svelte for the holidays. I think there’s still spots open if you’d like to join!! You get a ton of awesome products just for signing up, and who wouldn’t want more interaction with me?  :)

Have you ever done a boot camp or organized exercise challenge? Nothing very official.

P.S. I have to share this awesome tank top Brita posted on my Facebook:


Eat Sleep Burpee tank! I need that, right????


Festive Topped Jars & Double Good News!

Today’s lame workout: Kevin and I were planning to have our first newlywed Christmas tonight so we opted to get up @ 5AM so we could be free after work. This resulted in some very sluggish legz and 3.56 in 33 minutes. It’s days like these that I choose not to calculate my pace!

I’m young and impressionable so after a month and a half, I totally love my little team of co-workers. I knew I wanted to bake them something so I was totally inspired by this You Are My Fave.

Unfortunately, I’m not that crafty, and I squander my weekend hours on long runs! :)


Yeah. He’s not talking to me. Kev-kev’s scarf came from J.Crew! That didn’t flow very well, but I had to include one of those handmade hey girls.

Anyways. Here’s how mine turned out. Sadly, no glittering.

The first batch was white chocolate peppermint dipped pretzels sprinkled with candy canes. I also added about 2 tsp of peppermint extract to the white chocolate.

The mini bulbs and snowflake tags were a Target special. For the jars, I used inexpensive glass canisters from Wal-Mart. I was looking for more of a large canning jar type thing, but they didn’t have any big ones. I had a few small ones (probably remnants of the wedding!!) that I used to create mini versions for my co-worker’s kids.

I did two different styles of Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn. I made it a few months ago, and it turned out so well. This time the only addition I made was adding a few almonds we randomly had in the pantry.

I had to bring my little elf to work to help me deliver all the packages. They were heavy!!

And now for the good news!

I owned that test!! I was only one point below average in math, and I actually scored in the average range in science. That was shocking for me!! It must be because I brushed up on the different types of rocks!! I’m used to my higher language arts & social studies scores saving the day, but I did okay! Too bad we’re leaving town tomorrow because I have some more paperwork to do. Whatevs. I’ll do it later.

Good news, Part 2!!!

Our realtor sent us this photo this morning. Our house in Winona is SOLD!!! What an answer to prayer. It’s a big gift to us right before Christmas to not have to worry about that any more. Everything is completely signed away! We’re free!! We’re so excited. And so not ready to buy a house again any time soon until we’re committed to living in a certain place for a while!! :)

I’m out like a girl scout. I have to finish packing for our trip to Minnesota in the AM. That means we’re hitting the gym again super early. I scored a lot of sweet gifts in our little exchange tonight, but you’ll just have to wait & see.

Have you done any handmade or DIY gifts this year? Next year I plan to embroider everyone pillowcases, but this year just the pretzels & popcorn. You think I’m joking? I spent at least 20 minutes perusing feeling stitchy this morning.

What’s your good news for the day? Can’t wait to hear it!

I can’t leave without one more.

That’s hilarious. I’ve thought before — I should do a blog giveaway. But I would be extremely lucky if I got 12 people to enter. Haha. Maybe if I was giving away Boyd!



Cakes Made With Love: Our DIY Wedding Cake Table

Cake, I love you! I never once considered buying a cake from a bakery! Even if it was in our budget (which it totally wasn’t), we considered it to be just another way we included family and community in our celebration. Every cake was made my someone special (or me), and most of the cakes & candy choices were inspired by family and friends.

One of my best friends, Deidre, contributed two of her famous chocolate cakes! I believe she first made this cake for her husband’s birthday party, and we all raved about it for days. (You can find the recipe for Chocolate Cavity Maker Cake on AllRecipes.)

The cake platters and candy dishes were all borrowed and inherited from family members. We served angel food cake in honor of my parents’ wedding cake, and my Aunt Toni baked our favorite carrot cake ever! It was the first birthday cake I ever made for Kevin, and we are crazy about it!

My goal was to have tons and tons of cake and candy, enough to last into the dance hour! My pet peeve is running out of cake at weddings or offering only a tiny sliver at birthday parties. I wanted people to have a chance to try a few flavors and go back for seconds! Kevin and I even took a whole box of cake on our honeymoon!

We also had funfetti, chocolate, strawberry, white, and another special kind of chocolate made by my friend (and bridesmaid, Amy).

The mini cake bunting was all crafted by my sister-in-law, Lisa.

Orange slices for my BRE!

Gummies for my cutie nephews! I also had circus peanuts because it’s a little inside joke with my dad! :) I wanted to have Jelly Bellies for Joe, but at the last second I didn’t find them at the store. I’m sure he was okay with the 50 other choices!

Our moms stepped in to help us serve the cake to our guests. I was inspired by a post on A Practical Wedding to use serving the wedding cake as our first act of hospitality as a couple. It also served as our receiving line, giving us another chance to interact with our family and friends. I am thrilled that we totally achieved our goal of spending time with everyone at our wedding – one of the reasons we stayed firm to our 100-person guest list.

It was so much fun! I hated having to encourage our guests to move along, but people were waiting for cake!!!  :) And I know how I feel when I’m waiting for cake!

Hugging it out with our fabulous host & hostess! (I set them up, by the way. Seriously, I did.)

Cinderella had to step away for a moment to sneak in the photo booth with Grandma Alice! I can even run in my wedding dress!

Kevin and I did not cut the cake (or throw the bouquet or do wedding toasts), but we did share a Little Debbies Valentine treat! Kevin had been saving a few boxes in his freezer since February! Trust me, they still tasted amazing!

Looking back, I’m so happy we chose to do the wedding cake this way. We had a few stressful moments, and a ton of help (thankyouthankyouthankyou!), but it was totally worth it!

Tips for other DIY Brides:

  1. Remember, if you don’t like something, you don’t have to do it. I think cake cutting is a lose-lose situation. Either you look prissy & boring by not doing a little face smash or… you have cake on your face. And maybe your dress! Lol. It really just wasn’t our thing, and I don’t think our guests missed it at all. They were too busy coming up with for their second and third pieces of cake!
  2. Ask your friends to help. It’s hard. I still feel a little guilty about how much work I made other people do, but I know if someone asked me I’d be honored. So deal with it!
  3. Consider serving the cake with your husband and/or your mothers. It was so much fun, and it was a great receiving line option!
  4. There can NEVER be too much cake! I cannot emphasize that enough.  Yeah. I was in my kitchen making a few more cakes the day before the wedding just to be on the safe side! I just know that Kevin and I could down one cake ourselves! :)

My last wedding recap covered the wedding music we chose, and you can find all the other wedding recaps on the wedding page!

Wedding photography provided by Melissa Laska.

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn (via Cooking Light)


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup light-colored corn syrup <—- I somehow lost mine between Target and my house. I subbed extra sugar and water. It worked out!
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter <— I added extra pb to make sure the flavor came through!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 250°.
  • Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add popcorn; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently. When popping slows, remove pan from heat. Let stand until popping stops. Uncover; add almonds.
  • Combine sugar, syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla; stir until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn; toss well. Spread mixture out onto prepared pan. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Do you see this genius idea I had? I didn’t have parchment paper so I cut a paper bag in half! Hooray for easy clean-up! I can’t wait to surprise my husband with this when he gets home. I’m such a little geek. I’m going to have to delay posting this so he doesn’t see the post title on his phone! :)

I did a little too much taste-testing on the pb caramel corn so I wasn’t hungry for lunch. Even after 6.61 miles on the treadmill. The gym was really sunny this morning! There were two blonde chicks “working out” with sunglasses on. I tried to take a surreptitious photo for you, but no luck. Lo siento! :)

I couldn’t resist this book’s cute cover, and the first couple chapters do not disappoint. I also like that the cover reviewer promised “a serious feel-good factor.” I mean, I liked Hunger Games as much as the next guy, but I felt miserable and anxious the whole time I was reading it. I can’t believe I haven’t read the other two yet. But I really prefer happy books!

Speaking of happy! I got a phone call, and I have a job interview tomorrow! It’s the part-time temp work at my husband’s office I mentioned the other day, but it’s pretty perfect since they’ll be flexible while I job search. I’m going to do a “shopping is my cardio” workout tonight, and if I’m lucky, eat a mall food court dinner!

We also had some positive news about selling our house in Minnesota! I’m not really sure of the details yet, but here’s hopin’!

Most of you guys weren’t fans of tassels on men’s loafers (sigh), but what about these? I’m dreaming of these on the patio of my new apartment! There’s a great DIY on Prudent Baby as part of an awesome backyard makeover she did. Maybe I should make some in candy corn colors! Haha. :)

If you had a tub of white, cheese, and caramel corn – which would you eat first? The cheez!

Thriller or feel-good fiction? Feel so good! :)

What else would you add to caramel corn? I thought about adding some chopped cashews, but I was too lazy. And what about chocolate? Kissables? Sprinkles!