Category Archives: 4th of July weekend fun

That Chicken laid an egg!

We had a blast yesterday again.  Had a HUGE  breakfast and then hung out with the gang for a while before heading home.

Got home and the kids came over for swimming, food and Madelyn’s fireworks!

 With Madelyn, we had to do our fireworks early and they had to be fairly noise-free or she would ask for her silk and bink!

 That chicken laid an egg!  This was Madelyn’s favorite firework, she kept asking Daddy to do another chicken!
 Chase did a great job with the fireworks show!
 The big balloon!  Taking off!
 It’s way up dere!
 Hanging in the back of the truck, giving plenty of orders!


I’ve already got my morning workout done, I LOVE working out in the mornings and having it over with!  I also love working out with friends – so tonight is Fit Club!  I’m thinking ChaLEAN Extreme is in order! Burn It Off and Recharge! It’s a great, quick workout that gets the job DONE!

I’ve also started the July challenge – TODAY!  We are eating clean, 1 raw meal per day.  This means all kinds of goodness getting into our bodies!  Eating a raw food diet is one of my favorite ways to eat, but in the midwest, it is hard – unless it is in the summer months when there is an abundance of local, fresh foods available.  So, we are just focusing on eating one raw meal per day.

Raw vs. Cooked from

Medical literature on the raw food diet is scant. Research tends to focus vegetarianism and veganism and the health benefits of a plant-based diet, among them lower cholesterol and better glucose levels
A few studies do appear to back up the belief that cooking vegetables tends to kill important nutrients.
One showed that eating raw, cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale) may reduce the risk of bladder cancer. Researchers noted that cooking cruciferous vegetables robs them of their isothiocyanates, agents that alter proteins in cancer cells. They found that even a few helpings a month of raw crucifers seems to lower the risk.

Another study that reviewed findings of about 50 medical studies on the raw versus cooked debate showed that eating raw vegetables helps reduce the risk of oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, and gastric cancers.

So, you can make your own judgments and decide for yourself.  I know that when I eat more raw foods, I feel better, have tons of energy and typically lose a few lbs.

Gazpacho Andaluz from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials

2 cups seeded and diced ripe tomato
1/4 c finely chopped spanish onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
1 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 cups filtered water

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.  Chill for at least 30 mins before serving.

Discussion:  Do you eat many raw foods throughout the year?   Do you find one season easier to eat healthy?

Happy 4th!

We had the best day yesterday.  I love spending time with my family and friends!  Just doesn’t get much better for me!

There was a lot of this

and this

Some game playing

some boat riding

and one giant s’more
since it was raining on our parade, we didn’t get to roast marshamallows, so the kids decided to take matters into their own hands.
It was a great day and this just about sums it up!

Enjoy your day and remember those that have given their lives for our freedom!!
Happy 4th!

It’s a family tradition!

Wow, another busy week.  I’ve been trying to get caught up so that we can have a nice 4th weekend! 

I’m also doing my Insanity workouts.  My legs are so stinkin’ sore!  Broke out the foam roller last night and feeling better this morning!  If you aren’t using a foam roller, check out my video on how to use one.  It makes such a difference for me!

These workouts are hard!  I get so red-faced, it takes an hour for me to cool down! 

You can get a foam roller at most stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Academy).  It really will help you and your muscle soreness.  Read my post about alleviating muscle soreness to refresh your memory on what I do.

We are heading to the lake tomorrow.  I am loving these long weekends!!  Friends are coming and I’m excited to get on the water and have some fun!  Every year we watch the fireworks on the lake.  We load up the boat and get a good spot early on, it’s a bit crazy out there and then wait for dark and the show!  It’s pretty cool on the water. 

A few years ago, I was in NYC for the 4th, that was one of the best shows I’ve seen!

It’s hard to get good photos of the fireworks!!


Discussion:  Do you have a 4th of July tradition?

a rainy 3rd of July

I wanted to be sure to post the photos of my garden produce and the farmer’s market produce.  It is so pretty.

The top photo is out of the garden, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and the onions are from the farmer’s market.

The second photo is of the kohlrabi, radishes and eggplant.  I have had radishes and eggplant before, but I hadn’t seen this variety of eggplant.

My plan for the kohlrabi is to slice it thin, eat it raw sprinkled with some olive oil and spices.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out.  I was told it tastes like broccoli stems.  Should be good!!!

I’ll be making a pasta salad today with all the fresh veggies in it – raw.  Then cover it with a balsamic vinagrette.  One of my favorite recipes!  The rest of the family is going to eat shrimp and then we are also having corn on the cob, fresh from the garden!  Can’t wait.

We had a lot of fun yesterday even though it rained all day!  We were supposed to take the girls para-sailing, but due to the rain, we didn’t get to go.  We have an appointment to take them today at 2 pm.  Please think sunny thoughts for us.  They are so excited!!  There was a little napping, some reading and lots of eating and chatting!

We did boat out to watch the fireworks.  It was raining, but the show was good.  Tonight will be the bigger show.  I tried to take some photos of the fireworks, but they didn’t turn out so great!

Have a wonderful 4th!  I hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends.  I am giving thanks for our freedom!  Be safe!