Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday Truths

Happy Tuesday and happy DECEMBER FIRST!

The Christmas countdown can officially start; it is getting even closer now! How are you all doing on your shopping? I bet some of you are done and scored lots of great deals from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I was going to say I haven't started yet, but I guess that's not true. I bought a few things throughout the year and they are tucked away in my closet somewhere. :)

It's been awhile since I have done a "Tuesday Truths" post so I thought this morning would be a fun time to share some truths that are happening over here.

1. Noseby returned, day after Thanksgiving.
This first truth is not going to get me a lot of love, but hey, I'm just being real over here and sharing anyway. Joe and I are not really into this whole elf-on-the-shelf tradition anymore and haven't been for the past couple years. It was cool and exciting the first year, back when the rest of the world wasn't doing it too. But now, all the posts you see around the web of what people do with their elf, well, they get a little old. Our kids have always known our elf is just fake and basically we just play hide & seek with it, but we do a horrible job of that and forget to hide him more often than not. The kids usually wake up every morning and remind us that we forgot to hide him... again! So basically our elf really does just sit on the shelf all season long doing nothing, getting no attention. Poor Noseby.

2. Willow started her Christmas shopping.
As much as I don't like to shop on Black Friday, I caved when Willow asked if her and I could go out that evening when Joe got home. She wanted to buy her sister and brother their Christmas gifts. I knew the crowds would be gone by evening time. So off to Target we went.

3. Sweet, Sweet Willow
It is the sweetest thing to walk up and down the aisles with your child as they browse through everything trying to pick out something they think their siblings will love.

4. We got new bed sheets!
Truth, I did go to Target Friday night with an agenda, besides letting Willow shop. Joe and I needed new sheets for our bed after a rip appeared down at the bottom of the fitted sheet and proceeded to grow bigger night after night. 600-thread count, Egyptian cotton for $89.99, on sale for $44.99! Total steal!! We love these sheets and they last for years!

5. Leland is showing patience.
Speaking of Willow shopping for her siblings, we got home Friday night, she wrapped up the gifts and then took them out to the living room. Leland, of course asked what they were, and every day since then he picks the present up, comes and ask, "Can I open now?" and when I tell him we have to wait until Christmas he just responds with an okay and goes and sets it back down. This is going to end up being the longest month ever for him, ha!

6. Two Bests, One Worst!
Every night at supper we go around the table and each share our two best things and one worst thing from our day. I wish you could all be sitting at the table with us, because honestly when you stop to think about it, what possibly could a three year old have to say as being the worst thing that happened to him all day??? But Leland always has something to say, in his sweet little toddler voice, and they make total sense. For example last night he shared that his worst thing was that he "fawted" {farted} at nap time. See? Makes sense, right? ;)

7. Sleeping Buddies
These two are still sleeping {very comfortably :) } together each night. I love them so much!!

8. Charlie Brown's Christmas
We all cuddled up and watched this Christmas special together last night. Love us some Charlie Brown! It was a special 50-year anniversary episode and the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season.

9. Pretzel Crisps
Costco has these! Um, head there and pick up a bag, or five, TODAY!

10. The Master's Hammer and Chisel is available today!!
You guys, this program looks seriously awesome! I have fallen in love with weights the past couple years working out, and I can't wait for Joe and I to try this out! Two amazing trainers like Autumn and Sagi joining forces?!?! I think this could be my next sole mate workout. :) I will be running an Exclusive Test Group... if you are interested, read more about the program here and fill out the application. I also answered some FAQs yesterday in case you want to check that out. We start December 14th!

11. Bookmobile Tuesday
I hope you all have a great Tuesday! Nothing out of the ordinary going on over here today, just school and then we head up to the book mobile this afternoon to return our books and pick out some new ones. It's a highlight of our week for sure.

What is one truth you have for today? Comment below. I really do love hearing from you all.

Have a great day, and I will chat with you tomorrow morning!

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Master's Hammer & Chisel FAQ

Since announcing that Beachbody is coming out with a new program, The Master's Hammer & Chisel, TOMORROW, I have been getting asked many, many questions. I thought it would be easiest for me to post them all in one spot for you guys.

Before I get into them, if you missed the post where I share all the details about this program and the EXCLUSIVE Test Group I will be running, you can read that here.

Alright, let's get into some Q&A. :)

Q. What’s included in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Base Kit?

  • 12 workouts on 6 DVDs
  • A set of 7 portion-control containers and a shaker cup
  • The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Program and Nutrition Guide
  • Quick-Start Guide60-Day Calendar
  • 2 bonus workouts: 10 Min Ab Hammer and 10 Min Ab Chisel
  • 30-day supply of Shakeology

Q. How does The Master’s Hammer and Chisel differ from Body Beast®?
Body Beast is a bodybuilding program that focuses on muscular hypertrophy. The Master’s Hammer and Chisel includes aspects of bodybuilding, but also focuses on improving endurance, power, agility, strength, balance, and range of motion to sculpt a tight, defined physique.

Q. How does The Master’s Hammer and Chisel differ from 21 Day Fix EXTREME®?
21 Day Fix EXTREME is a shorter, goal-specific program, whereas The Master’s Hammer and Chisel is a full 60-day program with slightly longer workouts. 21 Day Fix EXTREME focuses on getting you shredded, while The Master’s Hammer and Chisel also helps you improve other aspects of your fitness, such as muscular endurance, power, strength, and agility. It’s a whole new approach to getting you ripped.

Q. What equipment do you need for The Master's Hammer and Chisel?

  • A few dumbbells of various weights appropriate to your strength and fitness level.
  • A bench or stability ball.
  • A chin-up bar or a resistance band and a door attachment.

Q. How does The Master’s Hammer and Chisel nutrition plan compare to Body Beast, 21 Day Fix®, and 21 Day Fix EXTREME?
Like the nutrition plans in 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel uses the portion- control container system. However, it is tailored to meet your specific goals and the nutritional demands that a challenging body-sculpting program like The Master’s Hammer and Chisel requires.

Q. Can you customize The Master’s Hammer and Chisel nutrition plan to meet your unique goals?
Yes! If you want to gear your nutrition toward building more muscle (a surplus), or toward shredding fat (a deficit), you can use the Nutrition Plan Quiz to recalculate your calories to help you reach your goals. 

Q. How do the calorie charts for The Master’s Hammer and Chisel work?
The Nutrition Plan Quiz included in the program and nutrition guide will determine your appropriate calorie chart based on your goals. Like the calorie breakdowns in 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, the ones in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Program and Nutrition Guide also include the number of color-coded, portion-control containers your bracket requires each day to meet your goals.

Q. How does the 60-day calendar work?
The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program is a 60-day rotation of hardcore strength training built on the three phases of SSP Training—Stabilization, Strength, and Power. Sagi and Autumn strategically structured these workouts to train in all three phases efficiently, so following the calendar is important.

Q. How does the Beachbody Performance line fit in to the program?
Because these workouts are so demanding, we highly recommend you consider adding Beachbody Performance supplements to your regimen to help support your energy, muscle-building, and recovery.  Instructions for incorporating Beachbody Performance into your nutrition regimen are included in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Program and Nutrition Guide. 
View Performance Line Here

Q. Is there a Team Beachbody exclusive if I order The Master’s Hammer and Chisel through you, the coach?
Yes! Customers who purchase The Master’s Hammer and Chisel through me will get a FREE bonus workout—The Master’s Cardio (a $19.95 value)!

When Sagi and Autumn want tough, fat-chiseling cardio, The Master’s Cardio DVD includes their go-to moves. Short, but intense, this workout boosts aerobic capacity, power, and muscular endurance—without impacting your lean-muscle gains.

Q. Can I stream The Master’s Hammer and Chisel workouts?
Yes! If you purchase The Master’s Hammer and Chisel and become a Premium Team Beachbody Club member, you’ll get unlimited access to Beachbody® On Demand, where you can stream The Master’s Hammer and Chisel and hundreds of proven Beachbody workouts via any desktop, laptop, tablet, TV, or mobile device—wherever you have an internet connection. Just look for “Purchased Programs” in Beachbody On Demand to access The Master’s Hammer and Chisel.

Q. Is there a The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Challenge Pack?
Yes! It contains The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Base Kit, your first 30-day supply of Shakeology® Home Direct, and a FREE 30-day premium trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club where you can stream your workouts anywhere with Beachbody On Demand.

There is also The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Performance Pack that contains The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Base Kit, your first 30-day supply of Beachbody Performance Energize and Beachbody Performance Recover, and a FREE 30-day premium trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club where you can stream your workouts anywhere with Beachbody On Demand.

Challenge Pack price: $180 
Performance Pack price: $180

If you are ready, you will be able to purchase your challenge pack tomorrow by going here

You can follow me on Facebook, here, where I will be sharing once the program has officially launched!!

When you purchase your challenge pack, from me as your coach, be sure to email me so you can get your spot reserved for my Exclusive Test Group which starts December 14th!!!

You in???? Let's do this together!!!! Accountability is the secret weapon in achieving your goals!

A Very Thankful Turkey Day

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful! I have so many pictures of all the delicious food from our feast! 

Our Thanksgiving morning started out with turning on the Macy's Day parade and finishing the last of the food prep for our dinner. The kids loved seeing their Elf on the Shelf, Noseby, floating by in the parade. :) {Of course they know he isn't real, but it was still fun for them to see.}

Joe had gone out hunting that morning for a bit. He gets out in some of the prettiest spots, doesn't he?! I love that he was able to sit as the morning light came up and get a picture of the moon right there too.

He was back before lunch and once we had all our stuff packed up and ready, we hit the road. {Like how the girls moved Leland all the way to the back of the bus??}

As soon as you walk in Josh and Jenny's house, you step into their dining room, and I couldn't stop gushing at the beautiful table setting Jenny had put together. 

While we waited for the other family to get there, we got the food set-up at the table and of course scooped up our favorite little cutie patootie baby girlie! She loves her uncle Joe... his beard, still not growing on her. :)

Here is the chalkboard wall Jenny and I stayed up late painting one night when the kids and I slept over. I love the thankful tree they put up for the holiday. Set up right by it is the kids' table.

The bigger kids called this the baby table. These two are the best of friends and have so much fun together. We love watching them grow up with each other.

This turkey! Doesn't it look yummy?! It was, and I am not a huge turkey fan.

So many pies! My favorite part of any meal!!

Here was most of the spread. We had enough food to feed everyone 10 times over. There was green bean casserole, brussels sprouts, caesar salad, corn, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing... I think that's everything.

I tried to capture a picture of Leland, because he was eating his roll with his fork. We all found it pretty funny.

This was my plate, don't mind the smooshed roll. ;)

Jenny tried out a new pie, a pumpkin margarine. I tried a sliver and it was good. 

But I had my sights set on this apple crumble pie!

I decided to help clean up and do dishes first though. It's more fun to get all of that out of the way and then sit down and enjoy dessert.

How true is this?? Hehe! Lucky us!!

We served up the kids their pie first, all of them chose pumpkin. They wanted the pieces with the leaves which was covered with a big dollop of homemade whipped cream! ;)

My two boys!! I tried to get a picture of them, but our youngest just refuses to sit still long enough to look at the camera. ;)

Once clean-up was done, Jenny and I sat with a cup of coffee and dessert. I had two big slices!! It was well worth it! Back at it today!!!! In fact, I am off to workout as soon as I hit "publish" on this post. :)

The kids played while we ate, came back for seconds on pie, and the big guys watched Jurassic World.

We are feeling truly blessed to have best friends that are family to us out here. We love doing life with them and Thanksgiving was the perfect time to get together and be reminded of just how much God has blessed us!

What was one way you felt blessed over the holiday weekend?

Happy Monday to all of you! I hope it's a great week! I am sure it will be a bit of a challenge to get back in the school routine today after having a fun few days off... both for the kids and this momma!

See you tomorrow!!


Linking up with Katie, Biana, Meghan, and Erin.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Blogger & Social Media Break, Enjoying Family


Hey all! I am taking a little blogger & social media break today through the weekend to enjoy time with my family and friends. 

The kids and I are getting in full on Christmas spirit now and are hoping to pull all decor out this weekend and maybe go cut down our tree.

For those of you out Black Friday shopping, hoping you scored all the deals you wanted and avoided the crazy crowds. ;) I was happy to be home sleeping in after our late night out at friends.

See you back here Monday where I will be sharing our highlights and pictures from Thanksgiving.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe today is already Thanksgiving Day?? I am guessing you are all just as excited as my family. :)

We are home relaxing now, but before too long we will be heading to our friend's house for the day.

Here is what we are looking forward to, in no particular order,

1. Morning workout {I know, some will think I am crazy, but I feel so much better after getting a workout in. It's only 30 minutes long, and it's going to help balance out all the food I will have today! ;) }

2. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

3. Turkey! {Obvi}

4. Spending time with friends that have become our MT family

5. Mashed potatoes

6. Dinner rolls {Just call me the carb queen!}

7. Pumpkin {for some} & apple {for me!} pie

8. Joe being off the whole day with us

What are you most looking forward to?

Whatever you do, wherever you go, I pray it is a day filled with many blessings and thanksgiving and where you get to spend time with loved ones. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the MT Runde's!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Hap-"pinning" #2


I hope you are all having a great week so far. If not, hang in there, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! 

My friend and I have been busy planning our menu, grocery shopping and starting some of the prep work for our big dinner tomorrow.

This is all new for me. The past two years we've been invited to different friend's homes for Thanksgiving and really didn't have to do much for it besides show up and bring a couple sides. The many years before that, my mom would take care of all the Thanksgiving behind the scenes work. {How do you do it, Mom?!?! You are superwoman and always will be in my eyes.} 

This year, I am more involved in the whole process since my best friend is the one hosting. I tried to sign up for the more relatively easy dishes and leave her with the tougher ones. ;) Jenny is pretty awesome and knows what she's doing so I'm basically her side-kick. 

Regardless, we are having fun leading up to it, and spending the holidays together with our Montana family will be memorable.

This morning I thought it would be fun to link up with Jessi and Jenn like I did a couple weeks ago here and share what's been happening over here the past couple days.

The other day, while we were at Costco, checking off some of the meal items we needed for tomorrow, my sweet Rylee girl decided she was going to take her own money and start her Christmas shopping. I love her heart! She knew exactly what she wanted to get her sister, knew the price, and saved up for it. She finally had enough to go and get it. She had to be sneaky though. Willow was with us. She did a good job hiding it under her coat and I am impressed with Willow for not trying to peek.

She already knows what she wants to get her brother, but she has to save a little more for it yet.

Yesterday we got a dusting of snow. Once the kids saw the tiny flakes falling, they couldn't wait to get out there and play in it.

Rylee is seriously the best big sister!!

Last night Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving was on {Thanks for letting us know, Grandma!}, so family night involved watching that. We also thought it would be fun to eat the same "feast" Snoopy served. I made-up some homemade bread yesterday, we popped up some popcorn, and Joe had stopped at the store to grab the pretzels and jelly beans before coming home from work.

The kids thought it was so much fun. The only thing we found we were missing was the juice topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Maybe next year. ;)

The girls' friend, Keeley, joined in the fun, and since there is no school tomorrow, she was able to spend the night!

They were all so cute, picking out which character they wanted to be. I bet you can't guess who Leland was. I will give you a hint... check out the guy on the left of the TV screen, the one dragging the blanket behind him. Leland has his "orange wankie" with him at all times. It was tucked right behind him during the movie.

While the kids and I watched, I also took the opportunity to fold some laundry.

Joe sat at the table working to get his deer meat all cut up. {Isn't he the cutest??}

In between folding laundry and watching the show, I was running to the oven baking the chocolate chip cookies the kids and I made earlier. We are sending them with Joe this morning so he can give them to his employees as a small thank you for all their hard work at the store.

Although it was loud and a little chaotic over here last night, we did also take the time to call some of our most favorite people, family back home. We are so, so thankful for phones and FaceTime/Skype because it gives us a chance to stay in touch with everyone even though we are states apart. We think about them often, but this time of year especially.

Last night was the first night Willow hasn't slept in with Leland since she "moved in" his room a couple months ago. :( With Keeley spending the night, she chose to sleep in her own room with her. Leland talked Rylee into sleeping with him, and she stayed in there until he was asleep before sneaking out to go be with the girls.

Here is a picture of the three kiddos from Monday night sleeping together. I went in to check Leland's levels and had to snap a picture because I don't understand how they can sleep like this. While I was cleaning Leland's finger, Willow started rolling over. As I waited for his finger to dry, I stood there and watched their discomfort as she tried to roll to get comfortable. Her rolling caused Leland to roll the other way, out off the bed almost, in a plank-like position. It was quite the mess. But don't worry, I didn't stand there and laugh at their struggles the whole time. I eventually picked Leland up and moved him to a comfortable spot in the middle. I do love that they love being together so much though.

I had to laugh yesterday morning, because when I went in to wake them up for the day, Rylee looks at me and said, "Now I know why Dad doesn't want Leland sleeping in with you guys, because he kicks you in the head!"

Alright, now that I have caught you up on a little bit of what's happening over here, I need to get going so I can get Joe's lunch packed up, breakfast made, and kiss him goodbye before he is off to work. Then it's time for me to get my workout on. Yesterday was arms and I was pretty excited that I was able to up my weight a bit! Small achievements!! Today my workout is Pilates Fix. I am sure I have mentioned this over here before, but these little bands are no joke. :)

Hoping you all have a blessed Wednesday!

Do any of you have a Thanksgiving gathering today already?