My Life In Pictures: July 16 – 31, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

These past two weeks have been full of fun! From play dates with good friends to soccer camp, concerts, and whale watching, we’ve kept ourselves busy. Here’s what we’ve been up to…

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Not a flattering picture of myself, I know. But I started working out again and am having a blast AND burning a ton of calories! My hair is soaking wet and you can see sweat droplets. A fantastic workout in just a half an hour. What is it? Chalene Johnson’s PiYo. I LOVE the Beachbody workout DVD’s – I’ve even written about one of my favorites, Brazil Butt Lift (which also happens to be the 5th most popular post on my blog.) But the one I am currently obsessing over and having a blast doing is Autumn Calabrese’s Country Heat workout. If you like country music and want to have fun working out, you need this DVD set! I burned almost 400 calories and walked over 5000 steps in just 30 minutes yesterday – and had fun doing it!

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Ethan had soccer camp all week two weeks ago from 5 – 8 PM at a school far enough away that it didn’t make sense for me to drop him off and come home. So I put on my walking shoes and walked the track to get my daily 10,000 steps in. I posted this picture on both Instagram and Facebook, and had several people ask what tennis shoes I had on. They are etnies Scouts, and by far the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. In fact, they are the only sneakers that Ethan will wear! etnies sent both Ethan and I a pair 2 years ago to try out. You can read about why he loves his etnies Scouts here. I even bought Jason a pair because Ethan loved them so much. Since then, I’ve tried to buy him other shoes, but he only wants his Scouts. And trust me, I understand why.

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These are called Surprise lilies or Lady Slipper lilies. I planted them years before Ethan was born, and he will be 9 next month. I guess the surprise is (and we joke about it every time we talk about them) is that they never bloom. This is the first time in 10+ years that they actually bloomed! We totally forgot about them, so it really was a surprise to see them. They’re gorgeous, but I don’t know if they were worth the wait!

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Jason and I, along with my sister and brother-in-law, went to see one of my favorite bands a couple of weeks back. Korn played with Rob Zombie and I couldn’t miss it! We’ve seen Korn several times and they never disappoint. This time was no exception. They kicked ass!

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I have lived in So Cal all my life, and never been whale watching. That changed last week when the Aquarium of the Pacific invited the kids and I to whale watch in Long Beach. It was an amazing experience! At one point, our boat was surrounded by 7 whales at the same time! Since it was a media event, a few news outlets were there too, and guess what?…

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The kids made it on the 6 o’clock news! Stay tuned for more pictures and details of our whale watching experience, as well as the news clip of the kids!

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We got the book Treasure Hunters Peril At The Top Of The World by James Patterson, and Ethan couldn’t wait to start reading it to his sisters. I love reading books together with the kids! Stay tuned for their video book review coming soon.

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And this past Sunday, we were all tired from the fun and the heat. So ice cream for dinner (for the kids, not me) sounded like a fantastic idea!

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And over the past month or so, I’ve made some major changes in my life. I’ve started eating better, working out, and making time for me. I’m taking care of myself. I thought this was a great reminder and hope you get something out of it, too!

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