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Chop it Up

I am all about my new knives! We have some high quality (and high dollar) knives in our kitchen, but because our knives tend to the more expensive side, we don’t always have enough to go around, especially when we are doing prep for an extended family meal or one of our parties.

Enter the Vremi Knife Set! These brightly colored knives serve a wide variety of purposes and have their own knife sheaths. That means we don’t need to buy a bigger knife block or worry about cutting ourselves when we go digging for one in a kitchen drawer.

As for performance, these knives have exceeded expectations. They cut well, even through tomato skins, and the grips are super comfortable for my hands! We went strawberry picking about a week after I opened the box and the work was made super simple by having more than one chopping knife on hand to prep them for the freezer.

I’m super happy with these knives and glad that I have something in my life to simplify meal prep. And now, for the really good news…

You can use my giveaway to get your very own set of these knives! Check out the link below!

Win the Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set #2


Nothing Like the Last Minute

About 10 days ago, one of the teachers at my school came to me and asked if she could pass off the planning for a mutual friend’s baby shower to me. She had some personal stuff going on and needed to take a leave of absence from work. Of course, I said yes. The next day, the reality of what I had committed to hit home. So, what does one do when a party, even a casual one, gets handed off with one week to go until said event? That’s right, call in the troops.

After sleeping on it, I called in the troops! Two other teachers from the grade level and two other teachers from our school’s support staff. Fortunately, this was just a casual after school event, so we were able to divvy up the work and responsibilities. One person took salty snacks, one person took drinks, and two people decided the bear the responsibility for the cake. I decided to take on decorations and paper products because I just love that stuff.

My friend has a space theme for her impending arrival’s nursery and really isn’t into “cutesy” stuff so I decided to avoid baby blue and see what I could do to include her space theme. I found a planets set on Cricut, designed my own rocket (thank you, cut, slice, and weld tools!), and created a banner with the baby’s name for the gift table. I went with dark blue and gray for the tables and paper products.

Finally, I set up a basket for wishes for the new baby. All in all, I think it looked great and everyone enjoyed it!

Training Update – 4 Weeks

Since today marks four weeks since I was officially cleared to resume running, it is time for another update.

I feel like things are going well so far. After 6 months off, I’ve lost a bit on my previously tortoise-like pace, but I know that will come back over time. In addition, my run/walk intervals have been going fairly well. Most of the time I don’t feel like I have to add in any extra walking, but some of the hills in my area definitely give me challenges at time. Finally, I’m starting to monitor my heart rate more closely. I was heart rate training before my pregnancy and I do want to resume that, but restoring base mileage to my legs is my big priority right now. Once I feel good about where I am with mileage, then I will look back at my heart rate data and go from there.

On Monday, I begin week 5 of this rebuilding journey. I’m planning to continue running by time and pushing my intervals in increments of one minute or less based on how I felt during the previous week. Here is my plan:

  • Monday – 35 minute run/walk
  • Wednesday – 45 minute run/walk
  • Friday – 30 minute continuous run
  • Saturday – 60 minute run/walk

I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this schedule now that my maternity leave is over. It means getting up and going out at 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays and just hoping the baby sleeps so that she isn’t crying to eat the majority of the time I’m gone. Fortunately, I’m on Fridays for the summer and can run a little later on Fridays and Saturdays.

I’m not really doing any strength work right now. I know I need to work it in, but again, I’m giving higher priority to getting back in the swing of things at work and spending time getting a few extra baby snuggles while I can. When my work schedule changes again in August, I will work on figuring that out.

So, overall I’m happy with how things are going! I know I have some areas for growth, but I’m prioritizing and moving forward with my goal of running a half in December!

Dorky Mom Moment

Just a quick pop-in to say today has felt like a success. I mean, it isn’t even 5 PM yet, so anything could happen, but today, I feel like we killed the eat, play, sleep cycle. We are still working on the whole self-soothing so I can put her down while she is sleepy and not sleeping, but I have a feeling we will get there eventually. 

Let’s hope this trend continues!