10/23/14
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DIY magnet fishing set for toddlers/kids

Happy day! I have a fun little DIY project to share today. It was seriously so simple I think pretty much anyone can do it. Back in August Jacob went on an Alaskan fishing trip for a week.

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How gorgeous is that sky?? We all missed him like crazy and every day I would talk to Hunter about daddy’s fishing adventure in Alaska. He got super excited about fishing and wanted to go himself. Thanks to Pinterest inspiration I DIY’d his own little fishing set. And here’s how you can!

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Materials

Card stock paper in a variety of colors
Scissors
Paper clips
A magnet
String
A stick (about 12-18 inches in length)

The How-To

Find a fish shape you like or draw your own onto the card stock. Cut out the fish (as many as desired). Take a paper clip (one per fish) and create a hole near the mouth and attach the paper clip to it. Repeat with all fish.

Now take your magnet and string and tie the string onto the magnet. I used a circle shape and a U shape so I could easily tie onto it. If you can’t tie it on, use some super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the magnet to the string. Tie the other end of the string near one end of your stick.

Then get fishin’!

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Fishing has not only been fun, but educational too.  I’ll ask Hunter to catch all the green fish (or other color) or a certain number of fish. He’s a pro fisher. :)

I’m sure with older kids the paper fish would get ripped less, but with my crazy 2 year old a few fish have seen the end of their swimming lives. Good thing they cost practically nothing to make. I have future plans (a Christmas gift) to sew fabric fish with some metal hiding in the mouth so he can still use with his magnet fishing pole with them. They’ll be sturdy and oh-so-cute too!

What is your favorite kind of fish? Either to eat or look at? I’m planning to sew all sorts of fun fish so ideas of fish are welcome.

Happy DIYing!

Heather

10/12/14
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eggs with thyme, mushrooms, leeks and parmesan

I sure love eggs.  And I know I’ve said it many, many times before and it still holds true.

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Guess who else loves eggs?  Corey from Learning Patience. (Psssst!  She’s my Secret Recipe Club pick of the month!)  In fact, when she started out a post by saying “Eggs are one of my favorite foods,” I knew we could be friends.  Eggs are like wine or chocolate… it would be a sad life without them.   So once I read her egg post, I knew I had to make the recipe she shared for eggs with thyme, mushrooms, leeks and parmesan.  Sound delicious right?  It was was.  Normally I go for my standard and rather hurried plain egg scramble with avocado toast and fruit, but by adding just a few more ingredients it made breakfast feel so fancy.  And there’s wine in it as well… so yeah better and fancier.

I’ve shared the recipe below with no real modifications other than increasing the amount of eggs and ingredients since 3 of us ate them.  And be sure to check out Corey’s siteread her story, peruse her awesome list of recipes and watch her fun life.  You can tell she loves it.  Thanks SRC for sharing such a fun blog with me!

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Eggs with Thyme, Mushrooms, Leeks and Parmesan
Serves 3

Recipe from here

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 large mushrooms, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 large leek (cut length wise, then across)
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme, pulled of the stem
  • splash of sauvignon blanc
  • sea salt & pepper
  • a couple shavings of Parmesan

 Directions

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and add 1-2 tbsp butter.  Once the pan is heated and butter melted add the green onion, leek, mushrooms and thyme to the pan.  Saute for 5-6 minutes, until the veggies are soft.
  2. Add a splash of white wine and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the eggs plus a pinch of sea salt and pepper to the pan.  Stir to scramble the eggs.
  4. Once the eggs are just about done, turn off the pan, add the Parmesan ontop and cover for a minute.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Do you love eggs?  What is your favorite way to prepare them?

Heather

10/6/14
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food and fitness week 14

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a food and fitness recap post.  Before I share our recent eats and my workouts, here’s a look at our little family getaway we had to the lake cabin.

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Lots of time outside surrounded by trees and the lake.  No TV.  Tons of playing for Hunter and chilling for Jacob and I.  Although I wouldn’t say I came back rested (Zoe was not a good sleeper and woke everyone up early in the mornings) I came back relaxed.  Even with weekends at home and no real plans, there is always stuff to do around the house.  It was nice kicking back with no worries.  I got lots of reading in too!

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Food

Monday: roasted chicken, roasted veggies (asparagus, onion, carrot) and cauliflower mash

Tuesday: fajita rice bowls (chicken, bell pepper, onion, rice, cheese, sour cream and avocado)

Wednesday: creamy broccoli cheddar bean soup with sausage and crusty bread

Thursday: leftover broccoli cheddar soup with rice and leftover roasted veggies

Friday: BBQ’d beef burgers on whole wheat buns + grilled green beans

Saturday: BBQ’d salmon + crusty bread + caesar salad and mushrooms

Sunday: whole wheat pancakes with applesauce, bacon and honeydew — BFD FTW!

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I did major veggie prep over the weekend which made dinner time so much easier.  I am pinching myself for not doing any prep this weekend – but relaxing > prepping sometimes. :)

Fitness

Monday: taught body pump and fitness yoga

Tuesday: taught fitness yoga

Wednesday: taught body combat

Thursday: taught body pump, sculpt and tone and 2 fitness yoga classes (first day of this new heavy teaching day – I was majorly wiped out by the evening!)

Friday: taught body pump

Saturday: rest + active outside with the kiddo

Sunday: rest + active outside with the kiddo

I am always so thankful that teaching allows me to get my workouts in – plus teaching is so much fun!  It keeps me honest when I’m tired and don’t want to workout… the teacher has to show up!  My Thursdays just became a four class day and I definitely scaled down my intensity that entire day.  I’m sure my body will adjust, but I was seriously toast by that evening!

I love the mix of mostly strength and yoga + my super fun body combat class.  I am very happy with the workouts!  Just this past week I finally got back to my pre-pregnancy squat weight in body pump (60 pounds!) and while I was nervous to teach with it, I didn’t die during it.  Who knows, maybe my focus on getting stronger and building more muscle will mean I will soon have a new squat weight for class – even higher than before!

What did YOU do over the weekend?  What’s one thing you’re having for dinner this week?  Seriously, I am going in with no plan so ideas would be helpful!  We’re having tuna sushi bowls tonight.

Heather