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The Streak Continues!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Just thought I’d give a quick update about my exercise streak. It continues to live on, like its own personal entity. Today is Day 1342 of at least 10-minutes or more. Lately, it’s been a lot of 15-minute days, a LOT. But that’s okay, because it keeps me going and that’s worth something to me.

And check it out, I finally got new shoes! A couple of folks asked me what kind of shoes I got. My initial reply is, “What I found on sale at Famous Footwear.” You gotta understand, I don’t spring for shoes as often as I should. The last time I bought new shoes was back in the 30,000 Steps to Glory challenge. You can find that here:
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I know. I know you’re supposed to replace shoes every few months, especially if you’re putting a lot of miles on them. Please hold all lectures, unless you’re willing to supply me with shoes. Heh heh. Here’s what I got, in case anyone is interested. I don’t usually buy running shoes, because they’re usually too narrow for me and let’s face it, Mama don’t run. But these were different; I got the Nike Flex 2013. Here’s what I like about them: they’re really lightweight, very flexible, cushy and they have a wide toe box (a must for me). Plus, they were on sale and I had a $10 coupon—bonus points for me.


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I’ve also had a couple of people ask about Chubbs and Pudding, how they’re doing and all that. They are fine and dandy. Chubbs is slowing down a bit (which is hard to tell, since basically all they do it sit around and eat). He also seems a little hard of hearing, but they’re fine. Sadly, they have retired from video blogging, due to the fact that their handler (Audrey) retired from video blogging. I can only do so much with two hands, people. If you missed Chubbs and Pudding’s heyday, you’ll have to go back and watch. They are cute lil fellas. Their workout video with Coach Nicole is still one of my favorites:
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But here they are, safe and sound, gorging on leafy greens.

Pigz still rule!

Oh, speaking of things I got for myself, that were on sale-- Check out these super classy stickers I found for my outlets. When I see something like this online for 99 cents, I feel obligated to buy them and spread quirkiness throughout the house.


Audrey said she feels like she’s gouging out the lil dude’s eyes, whenever she plugs in her hair dryer. Not the effect I was going for…

I will leave you with this inspirational picture of our Christmas tree.


Giant, google eyes—not just for Halloween.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers, even if it's only for 15 minutes!

  
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KALEWINE 12/24/2014 6:34PM

    I love the new shoes and the outlets! Spark on!

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MRSRIGS1 12/23/2014 7:47PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this GREAT blog! P.S. LOVE the outlets!

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LORIVIOLA 12/22/2014 2:32PM

    Merry Christmas Shel! Thanks for sharing and I love your tree

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MAGMATTIN 12/21/2014 3:02PM

  You have inspired me! I have decided to do the 10 minute or more streak, starting now. Of course I will streak with my clothes on! Thanks

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RINGLETS888 12/21/2014 11:36AM

    keep up your awesomeness!

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SUPERSYLPH 12/21/2014 10:43AM

    I'm happy that you're still streaking, and love the outlets and tree! Pretty sweet!

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SPARKLINGME176 12/21/2014 10:24AM

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"WINTER emoticon BEGINS WITH AN ICY emoticon CHILL AS CLEAR AS A CRYSTAL ANGEL SITTING BY THE WINDOW WATCHING FOR SNOW"
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Happy, healthy winter everyone! emoticon

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SJKENT1 12/20/2014 6:08PM

    Thanks Shellie!! You are the candle in my wind, beneath my wings.. wait that doesn't sound right!! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 12/19/2014 9:53PM

    I'm glad you're still having fun!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/19/2014 2:17PM

    I emoticon your emoticon ! Great idea using the googly eyes.

emoticon on keeping the streak alive! I currently have a streak of 136 days logging my food. Exercising comes easy to me... food has always been my problem. It is fun seeing your streak though and keeps you motivated to continue on!

And too bad Audrey is no longer doing the videos. Is it the teenager in her? I have a 9th grader and sometimes he gives me the attitude but most of the time he is still his goofy old self. It is hard seeing them grow up.... {sigh}

Keep streaking ON!

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JUNEAU2010 12/18/2014 8:59PM

    I'll have to check out those shoes. I have really wide feet.

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THENEWKAREN 12/18/2014 7:36PM

    It is so nice not to be the only one who finds that streaking works for them.
I have done 20-30+ minute workout everyday since July 8, 2014. Yesterday was day 163 in my streak. I have NEVER worked out more than a couple of days in a row in my entire life until I started this streak.

I save those little stickers that come with freebie address labels, and sometimes cut the picture part off those labels and use those as reward stickers on my calendar. I actually do my workouts because I don't want to see a blank spot in the middle of my calendar. If I walk with Leslie Sansone DVDs, I give myself a small sticker for each mile I walk. If I do the Healthy Women workout, I get a bigger sticker, if I do more than that I add a small sticker for each mile or 15 minutes extra I did. I look at the calendar, see the stickers and am so proud of myself for doing these workouts for ME!

It all started with the Healthy Women Get Fit Challenge. I will finish week 8 of the 8-week challenge for the 3rd time on Saturday.
You can find the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7
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You might like to try them. there are 16 different 20-30 minute workouts on there and they are great.

Keep vlogging, I love to see what you and Bubba are up to. You are such an inspiration to me! emoticon

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BARCELONAME 12/18/2014 11:37AM

  Congrats on your hard work.

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TERRIJ7 12/18/2014 9:58AM

    Love the google eyes on the tree!

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OPHELIE 12/18/2014 5:42AM

    Great! Way to go on the streak!

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MAPFARMS 12/17/2014 2:42PM

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ROXYHON 12/17/2014 1:16PM

    Awesome blog - very entertaining! Way to go on keeping up your streak!!!
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GOOFYSMILE 12/17/2014 7:36AM

  I really like your videos and blogs. They are an inspiration to a lot of us out here. I have a long way to go myself with some weight loss but mostly with health issues. So keep up the great work! Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!! emoticon

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RORYLYONS 12/17/2014 2:39AM

    Loving the walk with you and those shoes I gotta have....Your tree is full of fun ..Merry Christmas... emoticon

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NONNIECOPE4 12/16/2014 10:49PM

  Thank you! I am just getting started...just what I needed to see and hear! emoticon

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LBMAMA2015 12/16/2014 10:11PM

    You have such a great energy and your shoes are so cute! Keep up the good work!

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AMBER461 12/16/2014 9:40PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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AMBER461 12/16/2014 9:12PM

  Thanks thanks for sharing,

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AMBER461 12/16/2014 9:06PM

  Thanks. For sharing,

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/16/2014 8:18PM

    great job on the streak! I am happy if I keep my streak. 10 minutes, 15, whatever works! Keeping moving!!!

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SUSIEMT 12/16/2014 8:16PM

    Great blog! Bubba is such a cutie pie! You gotta do what ya gotta do as far as the shoes go. Woo Hoo you!

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EDDYMEESE 12/16/2014 7:41PM

    Awesome! I have to say, you have an addicting smile, voice and attitude!

Oh, and Bubba is quite handsome, by the way :)

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CATIEMONKEEY 12/16/2014 6:08PM

    That's amazing!

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BOWKAY 12/16/2014 1:57PM

    Love the shoes and the blog. Where did you find the outlet décor? Smiling emoticon

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RACHELMC80 12/16/2014 11:39AM

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/16/2014 9:55AM

    Keep the Streak Alive!. You're awesome!!!

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LEENTJE71 12/16/2014 3:54AM

    Nice shoes! Wish you a lot of happy and healthy steps with it.

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/16/2014 1:58AM

  Your blog is always entertaining and fun. Congrats o!!n your Streak. Keep
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SNOWYOGA 12/16/2014 1:51AM

    Thanks I love to see these Miss you and glad all is going well and really busy! emoticon

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PUGLOVER1999 12/16/2014 12:36AM

    I love your videos and blogs .. and your dog! You have such a sweet voice!

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YELLOWCAKE96 12/15/2014 10:40PM

    Cool outlet stickers. Keep up the good work. Motivation

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AMYSNEWSPARK 12/15/2014 10:38PM

    WOW!! I'm impressed with your dedication! Keep up that streak!

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Amy

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SANDISOCAROLINA 12/15/2014 8:20PM

    Best streak EVER and fun blog to read! emoticon emoticon Your enthusiasm is contagious.

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HUNNI55 12/15/2014 7:27PM

    Love your video, great inspiration...your decals are too cool. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/15/2014 5:51PM

    Love your style

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SRWYLIE 12/15/2014 5:49PM

    How fun!

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REBESANCON 12/15/2014 5:45PM

    Love the outlet stickers and the google eyes!

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MCJOYFUL 12/15/2014 4:59PM

    Thanks for always making me smile with your blogs and vlogs! emoticon

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TRISH-IN-TEXAS 12/15/2014 3:32PM

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I like the idea of a 10 minute a day challenge! I may have to give that a go!!

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AJB121299 12/15/2014 1:59PM

    kudos and love the pictures

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Freezer Meals with Friends

Monday, November 24, 2014

Have you had a long Monday? Please, allow me to share this picture of Bubba, trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue (that’s what I think he’s doing, anyway). He is NOT saying, "Pbpbpbpb" to winter. He likes the snow.


There. Doesn’t that make things better?

I meant to blog about this last week, but got slammed at work, so I’m just now getting a chance. You know how I’m a Freezer Meal Fiend, right? Freezer meals have become a staple around here. And you also know how I have a small group of friends called The Crazies, right? Well, we combined both of those things last week. One of the Crazies suffered a family loss, so the rest of us decided to get together and make a bunch of freezer meals for her. Nothing new there. I grew up in the South; this is what we do. But, here’s what was different—our dear friend has celiac disease and has to have gluten-free meals. We experienced a brief moment of group panic. None of us wanted to send our friend to the hospital. I was afraid that gluten might be floating in the air at my house! So, we gathered our resources and decided to tackle this as a group project. Here’s what we did—

A couple of the girls researched recipes and sent us shopping lists with very specific items. We checked everything against a celiac resource site online. We also checked with a few other friends who are experts with celiac issues. Then, we all met at one house, that had been scrubbed top to bottom. Our host Crazy even made us a gluten-free meal to eat while we were cooking, to avoid any cross contamination. Genius. We felt safer together, making sure that everything was good to go. We wanted to make sure that our friend could check everything we made, so we included a list of exact ingredients with the cooking directions. That way, she knew exactly what she was eating, so she could be worry-free. We had so much food, we had to start storing it outside, on the porch.


Good thing it was a cold night; porch fridge totally worked.

We were so happy to be able to do this. Honestly, I wouldn’t have attempted it on my own. I would’ve been too worried that I might accidentally give our friend something that would hurt her. But, it totally worked as a group effort. And we had so much fun, all laughing, telling stories, cooking and eating. It totally took the nerves out of the situation. Sometimes, having too many cooks in the kitchen is a GOOD thing. I just thought I might pass it along, in case any of you might want to try something like this. Just because someone has a food allergy or dietary restriction, doesn’t mean you can’t show them some love with comfort food. It just takes a little extra prep, (a couple of Crazies doesn’t hurt either).


It was delivered to her door, via Lil Red Wagon, when she got home.

Before I chain myself back to my desk to edit video, I have to show you something. We’ve been working some long days and late nights on our latest set. People tend to get a little slap happy. I couldn’t figure out where my set design crew stashed the park bench I needed for rehearsal. I looked for it for two days. Found it in the “Out of Order” stall in the ladies bathroom.


See why I love these people? They keep me on my toes.

And my BFF gave me a new mug. Check it out.

It’s Muppetacular!

AND cold weather means it’s time to bust out the Fozzie hat!!

Wocka, wocka, wocka

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!

  
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KIPPER15 12/10/2014 8:22PM

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    I always love your post and The Muppets are you girl! emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 12/6/2014 7:51PM

    That was a wonderful thing ya'll did for your fellow Crazy!
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Cool mug!
Thought of you today whilst I was in the bookstore. Caught a book out of the corner of my eye. I "think" the title was "The true story of the making of Wonder Woman" or something along those lines. Knowing you aspire to be WW, thought of you!
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ANGORAAMORA 12/5/2014 12:05AM

    That is totally awesome! Love the fozzy hat.


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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/4/2014 2:39PM

    You just need to be my neighbor. really. although I don't know if the universe could handle two totally rad people in the same town. There's that....

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and was your bestie Kermit? Cuz that's him in the mirror behind you right?

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SUNGIRL822 12/2/2014 9:21PM

  Bubba is cool!

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KARENO5 12/2/2014 12:21PM

    you are a ver good friend to do that!

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BECKYSFRIEND 12/2/2014 7:43AM

    emoticon and Bubba is adorable

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JEB03253 12/2/2014 7:25AM

    You all are my kind of "crazies"! Wonderful story.

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BEINGERIN 12/1/2014 6:24PM

    Wonderful!

Inspiring, as always.

Spark on!

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PATTIA1311 12/1/2014 6:12PM

    That is an amazing thing you for your friend and you were all so considerate of her eating needs too!! Kudos to your crazy group of friends!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/1/2014 10:12AM

    You and your crazy friends are emoticon ! What a sweet thoughtful thing to do for your friend!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/30/2014 11:41PM

    emoticon for sharing! Sounds like you have a wonderful friend! freezer meals are my best friend too! Have a emoticon week! emoticon emoticon

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TENNISJIM 11/30/2014 6:31AM

    Thank you for sharing

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JUNEAU2010 11/29/2014 10:12PM

    Great friends! Fantastic#

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OLDERDANDRT 11/29/2014 1:25PM

    You are such a wonderful gal!! And a valued friend! I'm sure your friend was ecstatic with the great freezer food you and your fellow "crazies" made for her!!
I think you may work with some "crazies" too, hiding ( or storing) that bench in a bathroom stall!! lol!!!
Love to Bubba!! (((HUGS)))
Stay safe and wonderful!!

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CARSU77 11/29/2014 10:03AM

    Wow, I can't even imagine someone doing something like that for me. Your friend is very lucky to have you.

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/28/2014 10:29PM

  your friend is lucky to have you!

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TRIM180 11/28/2014 12:47PM

    You are a wonderful friend Love the hat!

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REBESANCON 11/27/2014 9:51PM

    Great idea. Your friend is lucky to have such great, crazy friends!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/27/2014 5:51PM

    Love the hat emoticon

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FORTYPLUS56 11/27/2014 5:09PM

    I loved this idea. It is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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THEHIGHLANDMOO 11/27/2014 3:45PM

    How lovely to have such a great group of friends. And who doesn't love the Muppets, honestly? (Animal was - and is - my fave!)

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CALGIRL80 11/27/2014 1:52PM

  what an awesome idea. Love that you pulled together to provide for your friend. Love the pic of Bubba. thank you for sharing.

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JIMA64 11/27/2014 1:13PM

    Friends are the best.

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JUNETTA2002 11/27/2014 12:03PM

    You are an inspiration to me. To cook freezer meals that you can have that are good for you.

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URBANAUDREYE 11/27/2014 12:50AM

    That's so awesome of you (and the rest of the Crazies) to have cooked all those dietary friendly freezer meals! I like the freezer meal idea for people grieving. When my uncle and grandmother died, everyone brought food, but it was all cooked and stuff that really wouldn't freeze well. It looked like we were throwing a party, not mourning. Freezer meals would've been really handy instead of tray after tray of fried chicken, subs, and ziti.

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JANIEWWJD 11/27/2014 12:10AM

    That is so great that you cooked special meals for your friend!!!! I loved your blog and I love your doggie!!! Have a great Thanksgiving Day my friend and may God bless you!!!!
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TREYONE 11/26/2014 8:55PM

  emoticon emoticon Love the picture of Bubba!!!

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MISSY455 11/26/2014 2:22AM

    Really thoughtful way to help your friend. Loved your blog with all your pictures. Bubba does look like he is enjoying the snow....silly dog :-)

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    emoticon job you gals did for your friend!!

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LINDAK25 11/25/2014 11:42PM

    Wow, that was so sweet of all of you to cook for your friend! Smart, to.

Snow! Bubba looks happy. Hmm, I would never have thought to look for a park bench in a bathroom stall! Crazy!

Love the mug with Kermit inside. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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SJKENT1 11/25/2014 10:26PM

    What a great idea!!

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STILLMENEWBODY 11/25/2014 10:11PM

    Wow, the Crazies are CRAZY kind and CRAZY generous and give such a CRAZY amount of love. What a beautiful thing to do for you friend. I am sure she was speechless!
Thank you for sharing such special parts of your life with us. Might I say..BUBBA is a star on SP now! Have a wonderful evening and keep on SPARKING! You have reached so many people in such a fun loving way. Thank you!
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PATRICIA-CR 11/25/2014 7:40PM

    That's a group act of pure love!!! emoticon It all looks wonderful. emoticon

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NANHBH 11/25/2014 7:02PM

    Great blog. You have a heart as big as a house. Such a kind act for the Crazies to prepare gluten-free meals.
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LOVINGKATE 11/25/2014 6:36PM

  You all are such great friends helping another friend in need. God bless all of you for doing that and doing the research. Very special you all are. Love to see this happen, wish more people would do special things like that all over the world. We sure would have one very special world. I'm sure Bubba wanted to help too. Another special friend you have. He's pretty darn cute too!! Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon
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LOVINGKATE 11/25/2014 6:36PM

  You all are such great friends helping another friend in need. God bless all of you for doing that and doing the research. Very special you all are. Love to see this happen, wish more people would do special things like that all over the world. We sure would have one very special world. I'm sure Bubba wanted to help too. Another special friend you have. He's pretty darn cute too!! Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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  emoticon Blog! Such a wonderful group of "crazies" to help another friend. emoticon

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LOLAJO54 11/25/2014 3:31PM

    a great blog

Love how you crazies got together to help out a friend -- the best gals ever.

I love snow if it is just a lil bit and not too cold --LOL

enjoy your weekend
happy freezing (meals) that is

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PICKIE98 11/25/2014 2:34PM

    You truly find out who your real friends are when you need them the most. God Bless you all!

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SLIMLEAF 11/25/2014 12:34PM

    what a great thing to do for your friend. I bet she was pleased, wasn't she?

That's so kind.

Thanks for sharing the other photos too - they made me smile.

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TERRIJ7 11/25/2014 11:38AM

    I think my grandson needs a Fozzie hat! He has a collection of wacky hats that he loves to wear.

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LINDAKAY228 11/25/2014 10:35AM

    You're blogs are always so full of fun! You and you "Crazies" did a great job! Love the picture of you dog trying to catch a snowflake too! And the Fonzie hat just can't be beat. Great time to break it out.

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Unedited hOOp Vlog: Shake it OFF!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Does this short, round, middle-aged woman have any shame? Apparently not. Yet another unedited hOOp vlog, because I had to get away from my desk and you know that I share these things.

CONFESSION TIME
The scale bounced up a couple of pounds over the last two weeks. But it’s no mystery; no, it’s not. Here are the Terrible Things I Did To Make The Scale Go Up:

—Halloween Candy: I’m not going to lie. I like candy. When I was a kid, I wished I were Charlie Bucket and lived in Willy Wonka’s Factory. That hasn’t changed. I had more than my share of candy over the last two weeks. I own up to it. It’s gone now. All is well.

Speaking of Halloween, Audrey used power tools to carve her pumpkin this year.

The aftermath of shaving a pumpkin with a Dremel.

Also, a friend gave me some giant, google eyes.

So, of course, I had to put them on my front door.

—Cupcakes: Do you have friends who are professional bakers and make gourmet desserts to share on work nights? I do. I really do. I refuse to apologize for eating said cupcakes. These women are brilliant artists. What they do with frosting and filling is a wonder. I do not regret it. However, I probably didn’t need to take the leftovers home…

Two of my Jr. Designers, sporting chocolate, frosting mustaches with me. All the cool kids have them.

—Eating Late: Work has been off the rails lately. We’re in full-blown, Christmas production and that means some late work nights. I’ve eaten late dinners way too many times; would’ve been better off with a light snack instead.

—Not Enough Sleep: Sometimes, I’m too wound up after rehearsals or work nights, to go to sleep right away, so I stay up too late. I’d be better off going to bed and reading a book, instead of tooling around the house, doing stuff.

The power in the garage at work is out, so we have to wear headlamps to work out there, when it gets dark!

—Lunch Stash Depleted: My stash at work is gone. I need to replace it. Otherwise, I grab Chick Fil-A, or overeat when I get home. Must. Restock. Stash.

So, I can see exactly where things went askew. It only makes sense that the scale went up. Knowledge is power, right? But boy, oh boy, some of this stuff was fun; I ain’t lying. :) I’ll leave you with these pictures of a day out I had with some of my besties. We call ourselves the Crazy Art Ladies, or The Crazies, for short. If y’all don’t have a tribe of people to run around and do stuff with, you need to get one. I highly recommend it.

If you go to an Art Show with your besties, matching shirts are a must. Also, one of the Crazies couldn't be there, so we made a paper version of her and carried her around all day. See her?


These are the shirts my BFF made for us. Aren’t they great? Just stand to my right, please.


One of the Crazies had a bday. We all made her handmade gifts. She got some beautiful jewelry, scarves and artwork. I gave her these google-eyed, minion magnets. Hey, we all have different talents…

Hope you have a wonderful week; don’t go off the rails, shake it off and have FUN.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

PS: The song is Walk Off the Earth's cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." They play kazoos and ukuleles in it!!!

  
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PATTISTAMPS 12/3/2014 1:56PM

    Ok, I just learned a new skill. You've heard of air guitar??? Well I can air hoop! Yes, while you were shaking it off, I was too... without a hoop. Got a nice little work out while I was at it... I have to say that you are my most favorite blogger of all time. You always bring me a smile, or a giggle or sometimes just some introspection (and that will be enough of that, young lady!) Hope your day is fabulous! And go replenish that stash!!!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/29/2014 9:20PM

    Your hooping video was the best!!! I love how real you are in all your blogs! You've had amazing success, but you also show that you are human and we all will have slip ups....the key is owning up to it and getting back at it!

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PKBOO3 11/26/2014 10:33PM

    Love the fun you make!!!

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POINDEXTRA 11/24/2014 9:05PM

    LOVE those shirts - how clever!

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WRITERWANNAB 11/20/2014 11:13AM

    I love the shirts! emoticon

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CRYSTLELYNN2015 11/19/2014 9:45PM

    LOVE it!

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URBANAUDREYE 11/18/2014 11:07PM

    Thank you. I now do not feel as bad as I did about the weight gain I've had since Halloween. Although I do think you've been a lot more productive over the past 2 weeks than I have. Rock on, sister!

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NHEMBERGER 11/16/2014 9:10AM

    You make that look sooo easy! I've tried hooping numerous times & can't get it going. Shake it Off!

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    Loved the magnets! Sooooo cute! emoticon

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DYANNE4293 11/14/2014 9:26AM

    are we related? Halloween has not been good to me either! My name is Dyanne and I'm a chocoholic!! Thank you for the smiles this morning! I loved reading this!!!

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    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!! emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 11/14/2014 7:59AM

  Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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SHANTODD420 11/12/2014 7:16PM

    You are truly a gifted hooper. Thanks for sharing your videos and blogs. Keep pushing and have a great week.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/12/2014 6:27PM

    I wish I could hoop like you. I've never had the opportunity to learn. Love your minions, also.

My friends are like yours. We walk every morning at 5:30. The first snowfall, we're going to make snow angels on the neighbors' lawns. We have lots of fun and keep each other going.

Thanks for sharing.

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AMYSYOKO 11/12/2014 6:09PM

  that was incredible, you go gurl...

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TERRIJ7 11/12/2014 1:33PM

    Fun, fun, FUN!

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KALEWINE 11/12/2014 1:14PM

    I love the shirts!

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FITBIZZZ 11/12/2014 9:24AM

    Awesome! I thought of you last night...I finally got the shoulder hoop thing. Well sort of, I look like a chicken pecking at feed. ;-) I always wondered how you did it. Keep up the good work.

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SETTIMIA 11/12/2014 6:43AM

    FANTASTIC VLOG, YOU ARE AWESOME

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SEATTLE58 11/12/2014 12:31AM

    I always love your upbeat attitude!!! emoticon

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ARMOMMI2 11/11/2014 10:38PM

  emoticon Thank you so much for the most fun I've had all day. You're unbelievably motivating and motivated. A great example to us all. Hey, we just have to live with Halloween.......or move to a different country. We stay. halloween stays. That's it. Thanks again for the great video and blog. emoticon

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LULUHARRISON 11/11/2014 9:43PM

    Watching you hoop and seeing all your cool friends and projects made me so happy tonight. Thanks for sharing. You rock! emoticon

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WALNUTT1961 11/11/2014 9:38PM

    Loved the hooping! You are the best! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GRANNIEC1 11/11/2014 9:20PM

    LOVE IT!!! iT'S AWESOME to JUST be fun!!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/11/2014 7:24PM

    awesome!

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LOSINGLISA 11/11/2014 6:07PM

    Wow! You are quite the hoopster! Loved this!!

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LIVEDAILY 11/11/2014 5:17PM

    LOVE the matching shirts!! And the minions are adorable! Ahhh...we all weak moments. Mine come in the form of Brookside Dark Chocolate Blueberry nuggets. Deadly good. Walking...keep walking!!

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STILLMENEWBODY 11/11/2014 4:48PM

    WOW! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how great you are with the HOOP and everything else!!!! AWESOME!

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AURIANNE67 11/11/2014 2:43PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MARYJOHANNAH 11/11/2014 2:33PM

    You crack me up...I too love Halloween candy...I have NOT gone on the scale however

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REALTYLADYLISA 11/11/2014 2:13PM

    Your vlogs always make me chuckle...thanks for a bright spot in my day!

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WENDYANNE61 11/11/2014 1:13PM

    You are truly a hooping artist, on top of all your other awesome talents! Hope you get your lunch stash sorten S O O N!

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MOMMY445 11/11/2014 12:26PM

    such a great blog! have a terrific week!

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VHOFFMAN1 11/11/2014 11:07AM

  I love reading your blogs and watching your vlogs - they are so motivating to me. I love your enthusiasm and positive approach to life! You are the reason I keep Sparking! Thank you!!

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KATBWIN 11/11/2014 10:54AM

    emoticon Keep Blogging and Hooping and all the other things you do for fun., Above all keep sharing--I love reading your blogs

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    You are just too fun! Carry On! emoticon

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MELISSA_FOWLER 11/11/2014 5:30AM

    We wear on the outside what we feed to the insides...yup! Feeling goulish sugar bugs crawling into my dress sizes...arrrgh =-O

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NANHBH 11/11/2014 12:15AM

    Shell, you never cease to amaze me! Thanks for your honesty, too. I find that so refreshing and can totally relate to your Halloween and sugar extravaganza over the last few weeks. Thank goodness for new beginnings!
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JSEATTLE 11/10/2014 10:45PM

  I love your blog of awesomeness so much! I took my 85yr old Mom, 94yr old aunt and 96yr old cousin to Family Movie Night at church where they showed Despicable Me 2. I loved it but I think the new style of animation is a little hard for the older set to follow.

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  I think this is awesome, thanks for sharing.

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The Nose Flute: First (Possibly Last) Attempt

Monday, October 27, 2014

Need a little boost to your Monday, something to lighten up the beginning of your work week? This may or may not be it. Who am I to judge? I just know that if someone gives me something called a Nose Flute, I have to share. Is this SparkWorthy? Yes, yes it is. This is how I make my life an adventure, people— trying new things, testing new kazoos. Someone has to do it. And now we all know that the Nose Flute, the ORIGINAL Nose Flute, is a difficult instrument. I tested it for you, so you won’t have to. You’re welcome.

In other news, I have my big toe in Onederland again. It’s having a fine time and hoping the rest of me joins it soon. One thing that has really helped over the last two weeks, was a mini challenge that my 5% team did. We cut out evening snacking. You were allowed to have one, planned, healthy snack, if you needed it; but no grazing. This is nothing new to me. I know this is something I should do, but having the challenge specifically call it out really helped. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I did away with a lot of unnecessary calories at the end of the day. I’d be tempted to bust out the popcorn popper, or grab a handful of something, but I stopped myself. After dinner, the kitchen was closed. And guess what? I didn’t die. I was perfectly fine. I seemed a little hungry for a bit and then it passed. So, I think maybe I was snacking more from habit than actual hunger. Very helpful to know. Gonna try to keep this up.

I hope you’re making interesting discoveries and trying new things this week. I will leave you with this pic of some holiday fusion decor that Bubba and I saw on our walk yesterday.


Frosty the Snowman in the Pumpkin Patch. It works; it just works.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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MARYJEANSL 12/3/2014 10:05PM

  And who knew what a nose flute could do? Not I, for one! I don't know how I lived without the knowledge!

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    OH MY!! Somehow you fell out of my Spark notifications, and I have missed a ton of your posts. BUT, this one is so freakin' funny!!! I am going to buy a nose flute for my BFF... Maybe it will help her lung function... ROFLMAO

Congrats on One-derland! Woo-Hooooooooo! I was there for a minute, and now I am floating at 200.2... Darn it! But it is close, and I will end this year in one-derland!!!

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GRANNIEC1 11/11/2014 9:30PM

    emoticon The second one sounded like my 'Izzie's" (a yorkie) squeaky toy. This was hilarious! Thank you. I needed that at this moment

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RADOOGA 11/10/2014 9:49AM

    Love it. You always make me smile x

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LIVERIGHTNOW 11/9/2014 9:37PM

    OK, you are still hysterical, Shelli!!!!!!! Glad you are well and happy!!!!

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ROXYZMOM 11/9/2014 10:31AM

    I finally got the chance to watch your video - my iPhone won't bring videos up from Spark.
Congratulations on getting the nose flute to work - I love your persistence! Roxy didn't like the kazoo either. She did however stare quite contently when you played the nose flute. Though, Bubba was barking at the same time...

Congrats on your weight loss progress. Slow and steady wins the race!!

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LORIVIOLA 11/5/2014 4:50PM

    a nose flute... I haven't seen or heard one before! Thanks for sharing!

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CRYSTLELYNN2015 11/2/2014 6:09PM

    It took me a while but I found you again. A bright spot in my day. emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 11/2/2014 3:51PM

    That was too funny!! I've never even heard of a nose flute...im sure my students would get a kick out of that! LOL =)

Congrats on nearing ONDERLAND!! I know I struggle with mindless grazing at night. Way to go in that department :) Those pesky calories sure do add up!

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PROJECTLADY 11/2/2014 3:05PM

    emoticon hilarious, and you can use the nose flute for a mask next mascaraed party you attend!

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KALEWINE 11/1/2014 11:17PM

    The nose flute was not a favorite of one of my cats, but I was highly entertained! I also love the holiday fusion decor! That's way Hallowthanksmas is all about! As for the evening snacking, this would make no difference in my world. As I'm a dance teacher, I don't get home from work until about 8PM, meaning we don't eat dinner until 8:30 or 9. So there isn't really time for snacking after dinner. All I have time for is a shower before a crash landing on the bed. But the snacks at work (in the 8 or so hours between lunch and dinner) would be a good way for me to modify this mini-challenge. I might have to try this and see how it goes.

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WENDYANNE61 11/1/2014 4:35PM

    You are one of a small group of Sparkies who have me hooting with laughter, again! Love all your musical treasures and hope your nose flute has stopped making you feel faint!

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MRSRIGS1 11/1/2014 3:29PM

    OMG this was a HOOT!!! I'm glad you figured out the Nose Flute but your expression at the end was definitely priceless!

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AGAPEJOY 10/31/2014 6:53PM

    emoticon on reaching Onderland and being in the Fall Challenge Spotlight!! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 10/31/2014 1:31AM

    The second one sounds like a baby!

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DONNELDA22 10/30/2014 9:52PM

    You are so much fun. You make my day. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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CAPTAINMORGAN2 10/30/2014 12:43PM

    so much fun on a dreary cold wet day. These days always make me feel like hibernating til spring. thank you for the fun!!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/30/2014 12:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your new instrument adventure so we don't have too.

Welcome back to onederland!

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MARUKI52 10/30/2014 11:35AM

    You made me laugh so much. The expressions on your face are wonderful to behold. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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AMERICA45 10/30/2014 10:11AM

    Shelli, you are an absolute love...lol. I laughed through this whole video. You raised me up from down in my dulldrums to feeling like, hey this girl can really be a great friend and we can have some laughs together.
I got the biggest charge out of the nose flute and the accompaniment of Bubba. Love to be besties if you would like in Sparking this weight away! emoticon

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2015TODAY 10/30/2014 7:34AM

    Thank you for making me smile! I enjoyed this!

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LIVEDAILY 10/29/2014 9:46PM

    The expression on your face is GREAT!! Have you ever played a Jew's Harp? That is supposed to be one of the most difficult things to do. I, myself, excel on the washboard and the spoons. Spoons are a lost art...

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/29/2014 7:20PM

  oh so crazy, dorky...

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/29/2014 6:15PM

    Great job on the snacking!

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NANHBH 10/29/2014 5:33PM

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Too funny! So, the nose flute makes a dog barking noise. Oh, that was Bubba! I wonder who comes up with these inventions?

Congrats on being in Onderland again. Just by cutting out evening snacking, huh? I may have to try that. These last 10 pounds just don't want to come off. But, like you, I like to dig out the air popper at night. Or an apple with gobs of natural peanut butter. Last night, I went upstairs to work in my office after dinner. I wanted to come down before bed to get a snack, but told myself - NO! I wasn't really hungry. It has gotten to be a habit for me. Thanks for reporting your results. I think I'll accept that challenge, too.

You know, Frosty in the pumpkin patch isn't such a bad idea. They could throw a sheet over him and he'd look like a ghost! And then just deflate the pumpkins, take away the sheet, and you're ready for Christmas without having to be out in the cold setting Christmas up. Were there any other Christmas decorations out besides Frosty?
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    emoticon Love it, made my day!

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JANIEWWJD 10/29/2014 12:36AM

    Very interesting Vlog!!! That Nose Flute was very unique!!!
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JSEATTLE 10/29/2014 12:14AM

  Snacking in general is a tough one for me. I love to snack and some days that's all I do. But healthy snacks on hand is the key to good snacking for sure! This is a good rule always.

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JIBBIE49 10/28/2014 9:48PM

    Hugs

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GARDENCHRIS 10/28/2014 9:18PM

    Shelli, emoticon emoticon your video's always make me smile!

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TREYONE 10/28/2014 8:50PM

  emoticon THANK YOU FOR STARTING THE WEEK OFF RIGHT FOR US!!!!!

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NONNAOF2 10/28/2014 3:49PM

  I just knew that you were going to make me smile today! You are becoming the master of so many instruments now! Somehow I just knew that you would figure out the nose flute before signing off!! Congrats in getting one toe into onederland, too! :-)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/28/2014 3:40PM

    I love how at the end of the nose flute, you just looked at the camera as if to say "I got nothing more"

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TXMEMAW6 10/28/2014 2:43PM

    Thanks for the smile. I really enjoy humorous posts.

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Fine-tuning the Freezer Meal Marathon

Monday, October 20, 2014

If we've been friends for a while, you know that meal prep has always been my Achilles heel. I don't enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Cooking is not my forté. Need I remind you of the cookbook I set on fire, while trying to cook and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire simultaneously?


The pages are melted together. I keep it, as a humble reminder that reading and cooking don't mix.

Lately, you know I've made it my mission to work harder on meal prep, with menus, lists, freezer meals, snack stash at work, etc. I'm happy to say that I'm making strides. Do I love it? No. But I'm doing it and learning a lot as I go. I keep tweaking my system and thought I'd share what's working for me right now. Here is my convoluted process:

Schedule Planning/Shopping
I've learned this the hard way. Here's the deal: Randy (DH) and I are both ministers, working at the same church. While we love our jobs, let's just say that we don't do it for the money. Things are tight--always. Meal planning has been a huge help to us, nutritionally and financially. Secret bonus perk. But I have to stay on top of it. If I wait until payday to start making a menu and shopping list, it's too late. I won't have enough time to get it done. And if we don't do our big shopping trip on payday, we waste a couple of days with drive-throughs/takeout and our money and nutrition fly out the window. I need to have that menu and shopping list ready to go by payday. And Randy and I have made The Pact. One of us will go shopping ON payday. If I'm busy, he goes; that's the deal. Between us, I prefer to go myself. Randy's great about going, but has to call me approximately ten times while shopping, which kind of defeats the purpose. So, I put planning days and the shopping day on my planner. This girl does deadlines.


Meal planning goes on the schedule, like a doctor's appointment or meeting for work. It's a thing.

Meal Planning and The List
I schedule about 2-3 days to pull together a menu and shopping list. This is because I'm incredibly slow and I try to add a couple of new recipes each time. I browse through cookbooks, look online, try suggestions from friends. I use an app called Paprika for all my menu planning. I love it. I can type in recipes from my cookbooks, automatically download recipes from websites, rate and categorize them, add them to my meal plan and even generate a shopping list, if I want. I prefer using Paprika on my iPad for menus and the Groceries app on my iPhone for my shopping list. Randy has offered to make The List, but I know it would largely consist of Hamburger Helper and chicken nuggets, so I gracefully decline the offer.


Go, go Gadget Groceries!

Using the apps makes this hated job easier, so there's a little less whining on my part. I start with menu items, then add things like cleaning supplies and stuff. I give all family members a last-call to text me things they want added to The List and do a walk-through of the house, to see if I've missed anything. Then, I take a moment to feel exceptionally proud of myself, for doing something I loathe and despise.

The Dreaded Shopping Trip
I try to eat before I go; shopping while hungry is a rookie mistake. I prefer to go in the morning, when it's less crowded. If I have to go later, Audrey usually goes with me, which is helpful. My app organizes The List into categories, which makes it easier to find things. Before I get out of the car, I check to make sure I have any coupons and my reusable bags. The bags are important; here's why-- I can fit way more groceries per bag, they're easier to carry into the house and they're FUN. I intentionally bought entertaining bags. I figure if I'm doing something I'm not that crazy about, I might as we'll be slightly entertained. Plus, sometimes they cheer up the baggers. When I have everything ready, I take a deep breath, say, "For the Family!" and head into the store.


Two of my favorite bags. Gotta love Wonder Woman and Yoshi

My trip last week was a biggie, a month's worth. I had to put the top down on my car, so I could fit everything in my lil bug.


Meal Prep
The first couple of times I tried the freezer meal thing, I did meal prep in one, marathon session. That doesn't always work out for me. Most times now, I do it over a couple of days. I double up on some tried and true recipes, making two batches with one in the fridge and one in the deep freeze. I double-bag stuff, to prevent explosions/leaks and include the instructions on the bag. If she's able, Audrey helps with some of the prep. But we have a very small kitchen, so sometimes it's just better if everybody stays out of my way. Know what I mean? I put Netflix on my iPad and just get it done.


Cooking and binge watching Netflix works much better than reading

Friday night, I did something that made meal prep more fun. My BFF (Shelley with an ey) and I both tried a new recipe at the same time. We were texting each other the whole time and sending pics back and forth. It was nice, knowing someone else was in the same boat and it made cooking more fun. I think we’ll try that again.


We made Tamale Pie and it was awesome.

Feel Proud
This is an important part of my process, because meal planning/prep is a big, non-scale victory for me. I stop and look in the deep freeze and fridge and I feel proud. Proud that I made myself do something I don't remotely enjoy and that I'm trying to take better care of my family. Plus, I know that Future Shelli will be extremely grateful and I want to make her life a little easier when I can.

So that's my long and convoluted update on my ongoing mission to feed my clan without losing any more of my mind. Hope you're making progress on your own personal missions too!

I will leave you with this pic of Bubba.

Some of my friends said that this is his camouflage pic. :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparker!

  
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SHELLEYHOWARD 11/26/2014 11:08PM

    i love the Feel Proud part of this! Good prep is a MASSIVE a non scale victory!! I'm trying to get consistent with it again.

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ASIANCUPCAKE85 11/10/2014 8:30AM

    This makes me want to meal prep! Thanks for the entertaining read and the useful information!

Love your "For the Family!" reference, you Geek lol

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LORIVIOLA 11/5/2014 4:46PM

    all good ideas. We need to make a new plan and ways for us to move forward in healthy ways! Some of these may just be possible! Thanks for sharing! You ARE Wonder Woman!

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WRITERWANNAB 11/1/2014 4:12PM

    Fun! I am actually a reasonably good cook & sometimes I enjoy it, but I hate HAVING TO DO IT & constantly figuring out what to fix that is healthy & still appealing to both me & my son. It gets so old. emoticon

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ACHIEVECHI 10/28/2014 5:06PM

    Oh my word, you are my inspiration, but I don't know if I have a months worth of freezer space. I think I need a lesson on shopping for 4 and having it all fit in the fridge. Please make that your next blog entry. emoticon

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BREW99 10/28/2014 12:54PM

    Sounds like a lot of prep work (1 month at once!) but job well job. Congrats!

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ROCKYCPA 10/27/2014 11:26PM

    Way to go!

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NICKYCRANE 10/27/2014 1:31PM

    Great Blog! Thank you!
I've just got a freezer, so am making double quantities and now plan to divide the result into 3 and put 2 in the freezer for another week. As I live alone, I should be able to get away with cooking one or 2 dishes a week.
I also have some frozen meat ready to take out when the urge hits me to cook something. And half the dogs' meat goes in the freezer, so I have space in the fridges (2, I confess to my shame!) and the meat doesn't go off.

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--CHERYL-- 10/27/2014 12:59PM

    Love your blog and your wonderful sense of humor. Great idea trying/texting a recipe with your friend at the same time. emoticon

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BIKERMOM1960 10/26/2014 5:00PM

    Loved your blog, I am also not a big fan of cooking or meal planning. I shop for what I want to eat, and my husband shops for what he wants to eat (smoked sausage and pork and beans), yuck. I'm trying to eat healthier and follow a pretty ridged diet through a medical obesity Dr. Have lost almost 40 lbs. since Aug. 2014. Need to do what your doing so that we could make a budget with our groceries. Anyway keep up the good fight. emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 10/26/2014 4:13PM

    I found this website, $5dinners. which, for 5 bucks, gave me a shopping list, recipes. assembly instructions and voila, after some hours in the kitchen, I have 20 freezer meals. Thanks for the tip about double bagging. I am in the middle of my marathon. I'm making the 20, plus some tried and true freezer meals. I am a paleo, slow cooker, to tired at 6pm to cook kinda girl so this plan is a life saver.

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LATINBOOK 10/26/2014 2:47PM

  love your attitude. try audio books. you'll have eyes on the knife and stove and ears on the entertainment.

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KALEWINE 10/26/2014 12:07AM

    Awesome process! Sounds like you have it down to a science. I might have to try out that paprika app. And Bubba is camouflaged in that pic.

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SPEDED2 10/25/2014 10:53PM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/25/2014 10:27PM

    THanks for the inspiration! This is something I'm still trying to sort out; especially living with such a big family!

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LEESA-B 10/25/2014 3:39PM

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JERICHO1991 10/25/2014 8:01AM

    Educational and entertaining. Thanks.

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SANDSGIRL26 10/24/2014 10:52PM

    I need to meal prep. I'm single and often don't get home until after 7:30 at night, so I need some healthy things I can pull out and just warm up. Good for you for having an attack plan! You are inspiring me!

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DIANAPOST12 10/24/2014 9:28PM

  What an awesome story. I like your ideas about fun bags. I too hate grocery shopping and I have to figure out things for a month. You have a lot of great ideas and keep on sparking! emoticon

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AMBER461 10/24/2014 7:38PM

  Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing.

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VANGO79 10/24/2014 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have tried many times to meal prep and plan and it just doesn't work out how I had hoped. After reading this its nice to know that I'm not alone.
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SIMONEKP 10/24/2014 9:16AM

    Batch cooking is a great way to maintain a healthy eating habit and save money.

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CHERIJ16 10/23/2014 11:42PM

    Very good ideas! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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PRETTYEYES668 10/23/2014 9:31PM

   
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I do freezer meals as well.It is much easier since we both work 10-12 hour days.I use onceamonthmeals.com for my recipes.They have been a life saver on more than one occasion for us and they are free.

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MRSRIGS1 10/23/2014 8:52PM

    emoticon Very organized! Your tamale pie looked delish. emoticon

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SOOKIE 10/23/2014 4:01PM

    Nice, you are doing so well. Thanks for sharing those apps, will be checking them out.

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WHITEANGEL4 10/23/2014 3:26PM

    Way to go. You are doing gtrat

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TANGYTANGERINE 10/23/2014 3:25PM

    Thanks for some great idea's for planning and organizing - I'm gonna check out that Paprika App right now! Keep the Spark!!

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CHERYLHURT 10/23/2014 12:08PM

  Amazing!!

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SJKENT1 10/23/2014 12:01PM

    Shel.... awesome!!


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CATHIMOMMY 10/23/2014 10:12AM

    Awesome. I used to go to Dream Dinners, but now live overseas. With many young moms here and food prices astronomical, I am going to try and make it fun b y hosting a group freezer meal session this coming month!

Any good recipes you'd like to share?
Cathimommy

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VAINVT 10/23/2014 8:11AM

  Congratulations. It is so important to me to eat healthy and satisfying meals, so I applaud you for finding a way to get past your dislike of cooking and find a reasonable way to do this.

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HMBROWN1 10/23/2014 8:11AM

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ONESPOTLEFT 10/23/2014 7:20AM

    you got it going on
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IDLETYME 10/23/2014 6:35AM

    Super blog! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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THROOPER62 10/23/2014 6:05AM

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MRSFANCYLADY 10/23/2014 1:29AM

    emoticon You're moving in the right direction!

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SHENDERSO1 10/22/2014 8:59PM

    I really enjoyed your blog and the picture of Bubba was great! thanks for sharing!

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COFFEYANGEL 10/22/2014 8:51PM

    You know, I'm having one of THOSE days, blah & just not all that great. I stumbled on your blog & I just have to say: emoticon

In addition to the great tips & tricks you use (& so kindly shared), you also shared a much needed smile in my day & even a giggle (or 3). LOL

So, again, thanks so much for sharing & LOVE that Yoshi bag! I'm about to go hunt google to find me one! emoticon

Oh, & as for doing the things you can't stand & keeping moving forward: emoticon

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SHEENADEE 10/22/2014 7:41PM

    Fun blog! Love the picture of Bubba!

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DANIELLET96 10/22/2014 6:23PM

    VERY nice. If only I could get my husband to do the same! He does all the cooking and meal planning. Now that he is getting older, he lets me cook once in a while. I like the idea of planning everything out as we throw away a disgraceful amt of food due to not taking a list to the store emoticon

Sauces and soups make a lot of sense and I am going to encourage him to start doing this. Great tips, great blog!

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LIVEDAILY 10/22/2014 5:12PM

    I am glad you are persevering through this task, and seeing light at the end of the tunnel, too! You have a right to be proud of completing a "dreaded" task!! Love the grocery bags!! Three of my favorite things to make "big batch" (I know no other way) are: spaghetti sauce, soup, and chili. All things great to have in the coming months!

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RUDITUDI2000 10/22/2014 4:57PM

    Very inspired to get my plan together! Time to push through some barriers!

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AJB121299 10/22/2014 4:02PM

    nice

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LOLAJO54 10/22/2014 3:09PM

    great ideas and suggestions for us weak at the meal planning --which I am one.
Thank you very much --now I need to get at it ..

menu
shopping list
shopping
then preparing

wow --Hope I can do this .. I am not a cook!
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MEREDITHB51 10/22/2014 2:16PM

    We got into the meal plan/shopping list habit when we had three busy kids and two working parents. If we didn't organize ourselves on the weekend, getting to the store on weekdays was just ridiculous. So Saturday morning after the gym and before shopping was our planning/list making time. The kids also liked being able to look at the meal plan and know what was for dinner on a given night. Now our kids are all in college but it's part of our established routine, and though we aren't quite as rigid about our meal plan, it saves us tons of time and cognitive energy during the week. Before long, you won't even have to think about it - you'll just do your "lists" (what we call it) automatically.

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