Two Teens And Their Mama

Monday, July 24, 2017

Feeling Frumpy

Time to get real today, friends, and I need your help.  I've got a serious case of the frumps.  

It's happened before.  The college years were pretty frumpy.  It's hard to look cute in zero degrees and a 3/4 length poop-brown, down coat.  The late 90's were super frumpy.  I blame that on two small boys and no desire to get out of sweats.

And now here I am again, worse than ever.  This time the culprit is aging, metabolism, and hormones.  Turning 50 is no joke.

I've always been active and eaten healthy most of the time.  In the past, when things started to go in the wrong direction, I had proven strategies to get back on track.  Eating clean and exercising isn't working anymore.

I'm a big believer in body positivity and loving yourself no matter what.  I don't need or want to be super thin, but I do want to be fit and strong and as lean as I can be.  Right now I feel heavy and bloaty and unhealthy. My clothes fit, but they're tight and uncomfortable.  I don't feel like me, and I definitely feel frumpy.

In the past few weeks I've realized that it's time to do something different.  Things are a-changin, and that calls for a new strategy.  After a lot of research, and talking to several friends who've had success, I've decided to try Faster Way To Fat Loss.  I start in mid-August, and I'm excited and apprehensive.

The program is based around carb cycling (low carb and high carb days), intermittent fasting (not eating from 8pm until noon the next day), and targeted workouts to correspond to each day.  The fasting doesn't bother me, since I rarely get hungry in the morning.  But the carb cycling will be challenging.  I'm not a fan of meat, and fish is a no go.

So here's where I need your help.  Do you have any yummy low carb recipes?  Websites I should check out for ideas?  I love salads, chicken, fruits and veggies.  Hit me with your suggestions, please!

I'll keep you posted on my progress and do an depth review when I've completed the six week program.  Hopefully this will help get me over the hump....and the frump!


And speaking of exercising, PLEASE head over to The Blended Blog today for a special treat.  Deena, Sarah, Nicole and Whitney have teamed up to share their favorite fitness videos, featuring Fitness Marshall and a little Britney.  You won't want to miss their video, because it's awesome!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Blended Blog Style: Tenáz Athletics

Disclosure:  The top in this post was provided to me.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Welcome back to the new Blended Blog Style!  We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back each week to see if you are featured!

I love to work out, but I don't love work out clothes.  They're often too tight, too short, and unflattering.  I know exercising isn't a beauty competition, but it's easier to get out there when you feel confident and comfy.

Tenáz Athletics to the rescue!

This California based women's athletic wear company designs products made to fit and flatter while still being functional.  Their mission is to inspire in women a tenacity for staying fit and healthy.  I love that!

This V-Neck Top is from the Breathe Collection.  With lightweight fabrics, and stretch-mesh sleeves, I can cover up without retaining heat, a bonus on those days I don't want to wear a tank top.

It's hard to choose my favorite thing about this top.  The quality is excellent, the black inset panel is slimming, and the pink piping adds a fun accent.  The sheer sleeves are flattering, and the top skims without being too tight.  It's perfect for working out or running errands. Two thumbs up!

If you'd like to try a top from the Breathe Collection, the lovely Jacqui is offering a discount code for 30% off and free shipping.  Just enter FRIEND30 at checkout.  I'm wearing my usual size, so if you'd prefer a looser fit, I'd recommend sizing up.  The V-neck top has a solid back, and it's also available with a scoop neck/racer back combo.

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Keep Moving With Ted's Pain Cream

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf to Ted's Pain Cream.  All opinions are my own.

I love to exercise and I've tried it all.  Zumba, biking, weight training, yoga, cardio circuit. But this time of year, there's nothing better than getting outside to hike with family.

Last weekend my cousin was visiting from New York, and she wanted to explore and experience the beauty that is Washington in July.  We decided to spend the day on two very different trails.  

The first meandered along the Stillaguamish River, eventually ending with a rocky scramble and spooky abandoned railroad tunnels. 

Once that trail was conquered, we headed up the road to the Big Four Ice Caves.  After a short hike through old growth forest, we emerged into a beautiful valley with waterfalls and a huge snow field.

And because I live in a house of men, you know there had to be a big snowball fight.  It was pretty much the perfect day.

Until I got home, and my body started yelling at me.  Because the fact is, I'm 50, and I've had my share of injuries over the years.  A torn meniscus from a skiing accident years ago still gives my knee trouble, especially when venturing up hills and over rocks.

I may be the one slowly bringing up the rear, but I'm not going to quit hiking with my family any time soon. Instead, I'll keep moving with Ted's Pain Cream.

Ted is a neuroscientist who discovered a new kind of pain relief, using natural ingredients like resveratrol and wintergreen oil.  He published his findings, tested it on himself, and the rest is history.  The combination of ingredients appears to work by "turning down" the volume of your nerves back to normal levels.  If you're interested in the longer, more science-y story, you can read about it here.

The bottom line is...this cream works.  Within a few hours of applying it to my knee, I started to feel relief.  It's cool and refreshing, and smells exactly like a wintergreen Life Saver!  I've continued to use it three times a day, and my knee hasn't felt this good in years.

Ted's Pain Cream also works well on tendonitis, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis and bruises.  The effect seems to maximize after a week of use.

I love to use products that give back, and every purchase of Ted's Pain Cream supports neuroscience scholarships for worthy students.  Pain relief and helping future scientists? That's a win win!

I don't care if I'm 50.  I'm going to keep moving and exercising and working towards being the strongest me I can be. And when the pain hits, I'll definitely reach for Ted's Pain Cream every time!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Blended Blog Style: All The Florals

Welcome back to the new Blended Blog Style!    Today I'm hosting the link up, so if you haven't stopped by TBB, be sure to head over and check out last week's most clicked looks.

I mentioned that the lazy days of summer have me slacking in the blog department, but I'm hoping to get my act together soon.  Maybe.  We'll see.  

In the meantime, I looked through some outfit selfies and realized that I've been wearing all the florals lately.  Do you ever see a floral piece and think "that kind of reminds me of grandma's old couch?"  But then once it's on, it works! So today, I give you a collage of "grandma's couch", summer edition.

I have to admit, I'm getting a little tired of hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It just needs to start already.  But there's big news.  While looking through the catalog, I stumbled across a new Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (aka the Blardigan).  It has pockets.  And a hood.  And a longer length.  It comes in black, gray, cocoa, light brown and indigo.

I'm swooning over this cardigan.  BUT.  I already have two blardigans and definitely don't need another one.  Must decide by Thursday!  Thoughts?

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Blended Blog Asks...And I Answer

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone is enjoying an extra long holiday weekend.  I have to work today, but my college boy is home safe and sound from Scandinavia, so I'm a happy mama!

Today the ladies of The Blended Blog are hopping around, asking and answering some fun questions about ourselves.  If you're visiting from Sarah's blog, welcome!  I hope you'll link up with us below and join in the fun.  Here goes...

1. Favorite Animal.  A horse.  They're so smart and strong, and I've always wanted to own one.  Maybe someday.

2. Wine or Beer?  Definitely wine, preferably white.  All beer tastes the same to me, which drives my husband crazy.

3. Socks on/off while sleeping?  Only in the winter, when I'm so bundled up you can barely see me.

4. One piece or two piece swimsuit?  I'm tall, so finding a long enough one piece is a challenge.  But you definitely won't find me in a bikini.  A nice tankini top and board shorts is the way to go.

5. Cooking at home or eating out?  If I never had to cook again, I'd be okay with that. 

6. Pepsi or coke?  Diet Coke is my drink of choice, although I've cut back to only one a day, because I know it's not good for me. And Pepsi is just plain horrible. 

7. Regular or electric toothbrush?  Both.  Since I brush my teeth 82,000 times a day with Invisalign, I use regular during the day and my Sonicare before I go to bed at night.

8. Candy or chocolate?  Give me all the chocolate.

9. Coffee or tea?  Neither.  See Diet Coke above.

10. Music or talk radio?  Mostly music, although I have one talk radio program that I listen to occasionally.  But he gets me all riled up, so then I go back to the music.

11. Chick flick, action movie, or documentary?  Chick flick for sure.  Although I live in a house of men, so I've probably seen more action movies.

12. Regular or mechanical pencil?  I can't remember the last time I used a pencil, and I'm not sure I've ever used the mechanical kind.

13. Swimming or laying out?  Laying out until I get too hot, then jumping in the pool for a bit.  I need a pool in my life right now.

14. Dog or cat?  Dog.  Who can resist that cuteness?

15. What do you drive?  SUV, Van or Sedan?  I drive a very large SUV, although now that the boys are grown, I should probably downsize.  Then I can go on a vacation with the gas money I save.

16.  Early bird catches the worm, or night owl?  Can I say neither, because I'd rather sleep?  I'm working on becoming more of an early worm.

17. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Pasta and chocolate.  That's two? Chocolate pasta.

18. While sleeping, phone in room by your side or phone in another room?  Depends on if the boys are home are not.  But usually in another room.

19. Singing in the shower, yes or no?  Yes, mostly show tunes for some reason.

20. Oreo cookies:  eat whole, take apart and/or dunk in milk?  The oreo cookie as a whole has the perfect cookie to filling ratio.  It should never be taken apart!

That was fun!  Be sure to head back to The Blended Blog to continue the hop, and link up with us below.  Have a very happy 4th of July!

Friday, June 30, 2017

June In Numbers

Photo by Maarten Deckers on Unsplash
It's been forever since I did a month in numbers post, so I'll be linking up with Deena on Monday for her fun series. As usual, June flew by!

--The month started with dozens of blooming peonies!  We only have one bush (do peonies grow on a bush?  Hold on, let me go look that up.  Yep, it's called a peony bush), and they only bloom once a year.  But they are so delicate and pretty, and smell beautiful.

--George and I drove 300 miles to check out our new rental house in Pullman.  Thomas and roommates will be living there for the next six years.  Sadly, the previous owners absolutely trashed the place between the time we made the offer and closing.  Filthy, garbage everywhere, appliances broken.  People can be so disappointing.  But we'll get the bachelor pad all fixed up before school starts.

--One new grill.  We used our old one to death, literally.  And since we couldn't decide what we wanted next, there hadn't been any BBQ at our house for months.  In the end we bought almost the exact same one!  Sigh.

--22 workouts done.  Have you tried Fitness Blender?  They add new HIIT workouts every week, and most of them are 30-40 minutes.

--Thomas has been on his study abroad for almost 14 days.  He's been to 3 countries (Norway, Denmark and Sweden) and has learned everything there is to know about Viking history.  I have to admit, this trip has been one of my hardest parenting challenges yet. Trusting that he could travel to foreign lands by himself - I mean, he's still a baby in my head.  But he's having an amazing experience and will come back on Sunday all grown up, I'm sure. Please note that he is the only boy student on this trip - the professor travelling with them is the only other male!

--Only 9 posts on le blog.  I have been a complete blog slacker for reasons unknown.  I even missed the monthly book review for The Blended Blog.  I'll try to do better next month.

--Lots of miles of hiking. The weather has been perfect to get out and enjoy the beauty of Washington.


Be sure to come back on Monday for a Summer Time Fun feature on The Blended Blog. We'll be answering these questions - and we'd love for you to join in too!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Blended Blog Style: Shift Dress

Welcome back to the new Blended Blog Style!  During our meet up in Toronto, we decided to stick with one theme for Fashion Wednesdays going forward.  We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back each week to see if you are featured!

It's the last week of "month of the dress" and today I'm sharing a London Times shift dress.

Shift dresses are easy peasy for summer.  They're perfect to throw on and go, and they can be styled with sneakers or sandals, a denim jacket or a cardigan.  London Times is one of my favorite brands for pretty, feminine dresses. The material is substantial and flowy, and the prints are always fun.

I keep talking about Old Navy shoes, but honestly, they've really upped their game.  This season's sandals are surprisingly well made, they're comfy, and you can't beat the price!

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

Time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 

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