JanuaryΒ April is such a pretty snow filled month.



Selby loves it, but this is how the rest of us feel. Spring forgot to tour the midwest this year…



Happy Earth Day

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Easter! Man, where have I been? I won’t bore you with a ton of details. I will just get straight to today’s post…Earth Day!

I like Earth Day. For me it is a feel good day and a great reminder to treat our land with respect. It is something so many of us forget to do…me included. It also provides a great reason to attempt yet another thing you have found on Pinterest.

Last night I set out to make some pretty amazing cupcakes I came across. I am doing my best to not consume everything I bake by myself so I thought I would share them with neighbors and coworkers. Little did I know, I was living with a cupcake fan that could rival my own love for them.

This is how they turned out. A complete Pinterest WIN! Especially compared to my most recent Pinterest FAIL!


I made them right before bed so I ended up leaving them on the counter to cool and let the frosting set. By the time morning came I woke up with a start thinking of my Earth shaped cupcakes. As I approached the hallway I saw something that resembled a ball…a ball that looked like an Earth shaped cupcake!!! I jumped straight for it and realized it was indeed one of my cupcakes. I quickly raced downstairs with Justin to find that half of my cupcakes were missing!!! Six in total.

We honestly stopped and thought, “Wait a minute. Could I have put half of them somewhere else?” Clearly we were still sleepy. Then we found this.


I recognize a cupcake coma when I see one. At first I was pretty upset. Then I kind of felt like this. We could not find where she ate them either. No sign of crumbs or cupcake paper.

I brought what I could to work, but unfortunately couldn’t unveil my sweet cupcakes to everyone in my department because there wasn’t enough…AND they fell off my car seat on the drive in and totally got smashed. Some still risked it and enjoyed them though. Or so they tell me. I am still pretty new.

When I got home I encountered a very energetic puppy. Still on a sugar high perhaps? She didn’t get sick any where which was a relief. We played some fetch with her ball and she was looking awfully cute. How can you even think about being mad at this face?


I felt bad leaving her but had to run to Stillwater quick. I was anxious to get back to my cupcake guzzling puppy and found this waiting for me.


Thank goodness I took the shoes out of the box and put them out of her reach. Although I am finding each day she can reach things I never thought she could. Needless to say she is about to be put up for sale. On the bright side it is within the Earth Day theme of buying used. πŸ™‚ Β (Ps. Note the red spots. Clearly that is where she enjoyed her cupcakes.)

Has one of your pets ever eaten something you were excited about sharing?

Easter Recap

I hope everyone had a great Easter! I sure did, but I have to say, Easter is definitely not the same now that I am candy free. Easter is hands down my favorite holiday to indulge in Β sugary treats. I love Starburst Jelly Beans, Mini Eggs (try them frozen, yum!), and of course, Reese’s Eggs. But this is the second Easter I have not eaten candy. I know, crazy!

I found other ways to get a little extra sugar this easter, even though I am doing my best to cut back. (Anyone else a sugar addict?) I found this cute idea on Pinterest for Chocolate Covered Strawberries that look like carrots. Made with love for the Easter bunny.


Cute, right? Only if you are Harry and David. Here is my attempt. And believe it or not, they would have been worse if Justin would not have helped me.


Besides the fact that I totally nailed this Pinterest creation, I had a great time with family. Here are some pictures to recap.

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Body Pump for the WIN!

Today I had fantastic plans to redeem my Groupon and take my first yoga class at Core Power Yoga. I have been really itching to get back into some sort of practice, but just haven’t found the right time or place yet. I used to go every Sunday and loved it, until where I was going cancelled the class after the instructor left.

I came across the Groupon and thought, why not? There isn’t a studio close to my house, but luckily there is one just a couple of blocks from work. I planned my day fairly well, minus the fact that I forgot a workout jacket, I only had my winter vest. Once I was in my tight tank and my yoga pants, the three block walk didn’t seem like such a good idea. (Yes, it is still below 40 degrees in MN right now.) I ended up driving, had major issues with parking, but made it into the studio 7-8 minutes early.

My goal was to be 15 minutes early as suggested when you are a first timer, but the new parking meters weren’t on my side today. I went in any way, since technically, I have been to the studio before- I was there for my friend Ashley’s teacher training. However, the gentleman checking people in for class was also not on my side.

I walked in to a very busy studio probably looking quite lost. I lined up to get checked in and the guy said, “C2 class?” No, that is not the beginners class. So I said, “No.” Then he told me to step aside because he needed to check people in as class was starting soon. Yes, the C2 class was about to start…so was the C1. So…I waited. Then realized, when the start of class rolled around, they would not want to hear that I have a Groupon and was still hoping to slip into class. So, I tucked my yoga mat in between my legs and sauntered back out to my car, which still had a full hour on the meter. Humpf.

A little discouraged from the less than welcoming experience from the meters to the studio, I decided to check out my local gym and hit up a Body Pump class. I was determined to still get a workout in. Plus, I have really been wanting to try Body Pump.

I got there extra early, asked someone to help me because I had no idea what I was doing and set up shop. I was also able to pull the instructor aside to let him know it was my first class. I highly recommend you ALWAYS do that when starting a new group fitness class. It makes you feel a lot less lost and silly…well, I still totally felt silly, but at least he knew why I doing what I was doing.



As it turns out, Body Pump is pretty tough. Especially for a weakling like myself. However, I have committed to adding more strength training to my routine and this was a fun and quick way to do it. It was a 45 minute class paired with some pretty great tunes. By the end I could take no more. My legs and arms were so wobbly I was concerned I wasn’t going to make it to my car! Talk about muscle fatigue!

I will definitely be going back to that class to give it another try. After all, the instructor recommended I give it at least three times before I really start to feel comfortable and know which weight I should be working with.

What is your favorite group fitness class? Have you ever tried Body Pump?