Aloha Friday Blog Hop!

Aloha to Friday!

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This is my first time hosting a Blog Hop and I thought it would be a fun way to get to know more bloggers and share information.When I think of Aloha Friday, I think of all those crazy Friday’s at work where people would wear Hawaii clothes and be so relaxed…so I thought what better way to start a new hop than to name it after our families favorite love – Hawaii and Aloha! Here’s one of our favorite pictures of the twins first trip to Maui. E was determined she wasn’t going to swim in the ocean…….. Maui 2010 169

So let’s share the Aloha spirit………….If you’d like to co-host the next Aloha Friday Blog Hop please contact me with your fancy-dancy email!¬† I will feature one or two bloggers each week as co-hosts to share the love. ūüôā

A few simple requests:

No adult sites or inappropriate postings.

Please follow the host and co-host.

Link up your fabulous blog below.

Share, share, share – so we can build a great community of blogging friends!

Leave a comment with your blog if you’d like a follow back.

Grab a button and Share the Love!

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So WHAT are you waiting for? Link up and let’s get this Aloha Friday started!!¬†¬†

A hui hou kakou “Until we meet again”

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Checking In

Wow what an amazing month this has been! I didn’t even realize I hadn’t written in a while. We have met at TON of new people and are so excited about all the amazing friendships we’ve made. I can not wait to share some of the amazing blogs we’ve read over the last couple of weeks. The stories are so inspirational, the recipes look amazing and the crafts are inspiring.

We participated in an amazing P.E.¬†program through Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA)¬†in partnership with Pacific Lutheran University. The program involved student teachers and a visiting professor to PLU/WAVA High School teacher running a 5 week physical education program, twice a week for about an hour and a half each time. The girls learned a bunch of new ways to work out, they loved their student teachers and made some really great new friends. In the end they got the cutest rewards for all their hard work and “sweat”.¬†Hopefully the program will continue and allow the kids to progress through, as they get older, through various stages of new lessons. What a great program!

I got to participate in my first blog hop.¬†That was a fun way to meet new people, and Katherine from Katherines Corner was so patient¬†with me while I got the ins and outs of html code. I just recently started learning, in very limited fashion, how to write and manipulate some of my own html code. Which has opened up a world of doors as far as adding things to Word Press. However, it also at times has added to frustration when I can’t get a code to work, or try to add something and it shows up – but the code shows up to. This blog has been a true learning experience and continual work in process for me. Hopefully I can resolve my most current issue which is, how to add a Instagram¬†widget – so confusing….an yet so challenging. (hopefully¬†there aren’t a bunch of computer engineers sitting around laughing at me right now – ūüôā )

I have been exercising quite a bit in the last couple of years and recently made the goal to start running again. My overall goal is to walk the Golden Gate Bridge on my 40th, but for a closer goal I had hoped to run a 5k in February 2014. Well, that plan has been botched as recently the pain in my knee got pretty intense. After trying about every home remedy I could think of, I gave up and went in for XRays. Apparently I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in both my knees. (well that would explain the shooting pain – thinking of bone spurs in painful period!). My doctor said it comes from too much sports when I was younger, along with the impact of current exercise, and not enough concentration on building the muscles in the leg to support the impact to the joint. Interesting….so old age is starting to kick my butt. Not for long – I have a 6 week treatment plan which includes some anti-inflammatory meds, yoga, low impact exercise, as well as starting to work on building leg muscles. So, lesson learned – proper strength training is important. In the meantime, I’m also headed to see a physical therapist whom I hope can help me become stronger overall so I don’t have to keep having an argument with my knee every time I want to walk a couple of miles in the sun.

In the meantime as well we have been working on doing a little more revamping to our diet plan at home. I use diet in the sense of food consumption – not being on a diet. The way a person eats is a lifestyle choice, and while ours is a constant evolution – I’ve recently been motivated by not only LaLa’s desire to be a vegetarian, but by my own desire to cut out the crap food (what little was left). I’ve had a lot of fun trying new recipes and chatting with people about food and meal choices. One of our friends Dottie shared this amazing recipe which we tried the other day¬† – and LOVE IT! We used vegan chocolate chips instead of blueberries (because we’re about blueberry out with smoothies) and it was SO enjoyable! Jump over to her blog and check out the recipes!¬†Thanks Ms. Dottie!!

Almond Pancake Recipe
5 T. Almond Meal (I buy Trader Joe’s) 2 t. Flax meal (I buy Big bag at Costco)
1 T. Sour Cream …
3 T. Water
1 egg
1/4 t. vanilla
1/4 t. baking powder
Mix all together and cook like regular pancakes. I add blueberries to the mix. this recipe is 1-2 servings. Robby eats the entire batch 4 pancakes

Well, off to the races! Another day of school and finishing up a sewing project tomorrow…pictures to come. Enjoy the day!

Namaste

Blog Hop Fun!

Happy Thursday!! Today is blog hopping day, so fun! This is my first invitation to the hop and I feel so honored that Katherine from Katherines Corner¬†asked me to join. I can’t wait to meet new people and gain new inspiration for writing. ūüôā

I couldn’t decide what my favorite thing was; I thought about cooking, kids, family, friends and all the things I love so much. Then I thought I would post about my¬†travels¬†which has became Zen…. being a Mommy.¬†I am honored to have the privilege to not only write about our personal journeys through our blog, but also learn more about other families as well by writing for Ooh Belly. ūüôā¬†¬† So, I don’t do giveaways, but what I do is write about¬†crazy cooking experiments, fun home school field trips¬†and funny Monday Listicles¬†– and Motherhood is truly my Thursday Favorite thing. ūüôā

So hopping is easy-peasy! The rules are below (yes there are just a few!). Enjoy and have fun!!

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Its Time For Thursday Favorite Things! Thursday favorite things is where you can link your favorite post or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. You gain visibility for your blog and make bloggy friends too!

Please share the hop with your readers and let Katherine know if you would like to co-host with her.

Remember to leave her a comment if you are a new follower so she can follow you back

Thursday favorite things is where you can link your favorite post or write a post about your favorite things You gain visibility for your blog and make bloggy friends too!

Here are the¬†rules, yes there are rules. But just a few: Please¬†DO NOT¬†link and run…visit a few of the wonderful blogs that are sharing at the hop.

  • Follow¬†Katherines¬†Corner¬†preferably through Email it‚Äôs on¬†her¬†right sidebar¬†(or¬†facebook,¬†¬†twitter,¬†bloglovin,¬†¬†etc. they are on her sidebar too)¬†And¬†My Blog too
  • Visit¬†as many blogs in the list as you can, please ¬†¬†¬†¬† leave a comment so they know you stopped by!
  • Share¬†the button¬†or¬†a linklback on ¬†¬†¬†¬† your post.¬†Grab the hop button code from¬†Katherines¬†button page¬†It‚Äôs always nice to have the hop button ¬†¬†¬†¬† on your post. It¬†IS NOT¬†mandatory; but a Link back to ¬†¬†¬†¬† Katherines Corner is always appreciated
  • No adult content blogs or links directly to your shops ¬†¬†¬†¬† please
  • Yes you can link giveaways ( they are everyone’s¬†favorite thing) Add your giveaways to the¬†Win¬†It Page¬†at Katherines Corner too!

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