Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Shorts - WTF??


Seriously?

That's Hair??



This was taken in the Nordstrom's building mall in Chicago..I almost thought there might be a flash mob with all the characters we saw today.

Enjoy your Saturday - I hope you are wearing shorts!




Monday, June 20, 2011

COFFEE Giveaway - 300 Followers!! (CLOSED)


AND THE WINNER IS... #22


Its me.. Amy said...


I do follow you. I swear I thought I followed you before but I guess it was one of those things where I come in from Twitter all the time. Oh well. YAY 300! This. is. SPARTA! Or something.



I told myself awhile ago that I wanted to do a Giveaway once I got to a 
certain amount of followers because all the cool kids seem to be doing it and HERE I AM!!!  
Yay - 300 seems like a great number to celebrate!
I hit 300 late Sunday night - HOO RAY!!


First I want you all to know that I appreciate all the comments and the genuine love out there in the interwebs!  I can't believe the friends I have made, of course my hubs thinks some of you are make-believe like Mister Snufalupagus but I love all the comments and connections truly!

I will eventually get a comment system in place that I can respond to every comment because I really would like to...sometimes.

So here is my first offering of a THREE COFFEE GIVEAWAY that will be going on this month for follower appreciation....2 Flavors of Gevalia Coffee including the yummilicious and my personal favorites 

Moca Java and Crème Brûlée



I will be doing two separate posts for the other two coffee prizes as one will include a review of another Gevalia special 1853 Blend and the other will include pounds of Starbucks Coffee - yes, I said pounds...multiple that is..you all deserve it more than anyone else I know!




Without futher ado, here's all you need to do:


How to enter (Mandatory):

  •  Make sure you follow me, and if you already do, leave me a comment here as to WHY - just because I'm curious what drew you in besides the obvious...it's already understood we all love coffee. Why did you stick around after the first visit?  OR did you? Are you stalking me or not?  This is my third giveaway so I know it's not for the money and prizes..


Earn Extra Entries (Optional):

  • Tell your friends by tweeting something like: "Enter to win: It's the Coffee Giveaway Trifecta...http://bit.ly/mI1hVh  @coffeeluvinmom is giving away FREE COFFEE and it's only just begun." or something more clever just make sure you mention me, and the Giveaway post. - 1 EXTRA PER DAY (leave the link to each new tweet)
  • Follow Coffee Lovin' Mom on FACEBOOK - 1 EXTRA
  • Follow @coffeeluvinmom - 1 EXTRA

GOOD LUCK!!

Stay tuned this week and next for the next two Giveaways!!




PLEASE NOTE: This is my own personal giveaway and I was not given anything by Gevalia for this post which is why it does not include a review.  The end date for this contest will be the 5th of July.




Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Shorts - Why My Kids Know the Alphabet Backwards



Since it's been kind of a video week here, I figured why not one more?



My favorite fun "underground" band from the late 80's turned kid friendly.
Thanks They Might Be Giants, they love you almost as much as I do.
I am glad my kids get the experience of the Johns.
Particle Man and Exquisite Dead Guy will have to wait till they're a little older..



Have a great Saturday!



Friday, June 17, 2011

I Like to Drink Coofee - A Six Year Old's Take

Yep, it happened.


The secret is out that my six year old likes coffee.


A LOT Apparently...



I have a feeling this was most likely after we had our first demitasse party...



Which was mostly milk...
and a little sugar..


She loved it anyway!



Enough to write a whole story about it.

I think I'm the licky one!


My First Book Dedication - I Couldn't Be More Proud!


Each of the kids came home the last day of school with a lovely book of memories. 


My son's was a Poetry Anthology:

(gotta love the self-portrait)

 which included all of the poems they worked on throughout the year.  


I turned the first couple of pages and I was touched knowing he dedicated this book to me, his dear mother who he loves so...third grade is so fun, 
they're still so friggin sweet! 


Then the second page that describes him in 
his own words...


I know he wants to be a soldier or in some branch 
of the military and when or I'd like to say if that 
day comes, I will more than likely need some 
good anti-depressants.
He definitely takes after me with the sleeping habits, I swear we've had the vampire talk and maybe we need to have a chat about mortality..

I like that he believes in God and yet, we have not been to church except for any weddings and the one baptism we attended that he can remember.

He's the nicest, smartest and most loyal nine year old I know that deserves to live forever.

I do love that his final destination is home - it brought a tear to my eye - and hope that it always will be!



I will post the daughter's cute story about coffee that probably had the teacher's wondering what goes on around here later today...




Wednesday, June 15, 2011

20 Second Fitness The Real Story: Week 4 - Day 2


So yesterday, I finally cut the jumprope that came with the 20 Second Fitness Program which is totally adjustable to whatever length you need it to be. I had a feeling that jumping rope was coming as we hadn't seen it since  WEEK ONE WARMUP -  we all just jumped that day because there was only one rope. My daughter also found a jumprope yesterday suddenly unburied from the rubble that may be the closet with the toybox that exploded..


Anyway, here's our skills:









We may have been better off just jumping, it could go either way...




We usually do our workout in the early evening either before or shortly after dinner depending on what else is going on. Last evening we did the first 4 minute set which is followed by the cardio 4 minute set which - I'm telling you, wears even the kids out: I gotta tell them to get off the couch, no lie.  I expected the cardio set to include jumping rope.


Nope, our old pal
Spence surprised us at the end of the heart pumping cardio including my
complete nemesis NOW TOPPING THE DREADMILL absolute favorite
FAST FEET -


the L   O   N   G  E  S  T 20 Seconds of 20 Second Fitness
THAT NOW - Breathing heavy already and sweating we were in for an extra added bonus set of jumping rope!!  


After cursing his name ** taking a break, we did those extra 3 minutes making this the longest workout to date being 11 minutes total.  By the last 20 second set, I was able to jump the whole 20 seconds without flubbing it all up by tripping all over it.


Now I didn't mean to lie but I told you last week that I would post my measurements and stuff Friday, but I remembered #blogboycottday was Friday then #wineparty happened which resulted in me being absolutely useless on Saturday and so anyway HERE THEY ARE.  No big changes in weight but the inches are reducing and I am back in my jeans!  WOO HOO!





Here is what is included in the 20 Second Fitness Program:
  • 40 Workouts on 6 DVDs
  • Set of Gym quality resistance bands
  • Food Guide to Smarter Eating
  • Wall calendar to track progress and success
  • Adjustable jump rope


If you are interested in purchasing 20 Second Fitness with their 60-day money-back guarantee and hassle free returns, I have a special coupon code for you to use to get FREE SHIPPING in the Continental United States and a $15 discount for orders to Canada and overseas.
20 Second Fitness coupon code: 'coffee lovin mom'.







**We never really curse his name, we just thank him with sarcasm.



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Vlogtalk Presents - The Biggest Pet Peeve!

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This vlog really needs no introduction..it's short, sweet and to the point...and the best part is, I'm not even in it!

The title of the post is enough and I think you
might just agree..














Please join in on the vlogging fun with
 
Jessica of My Time as Mom
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Kate of Mommy Monologues
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and
 
Elena at Mommy is In Time Out 




52 Weeks of Happiness - Batman Returns

It's week 15 of 52 Weeks of Happiness..

Holy Superhero Batman!

Just coming back from helping his sister
climb the tree...
They were not as successful as they thought they would be.




You'll see that he is slowly out growing his Batman outfit.  That doesn't stop either one of them from Superhero-ing about..


Not to be outdone by her brother, she's gotta get in on the Super Hero fun too!







Please link up with Leigh at Leigh vs. Laundry and see her amazing skills each week!







Monday, June 13, 2011

Rockin' The Bump - Shotgun Style

Yes you are seeing right, these are also wedding pictures.


We got engaged in March and I found out I was preggers that following Mother's Day.


My wedding I planned for June 2002 ended up being moved up a year to August 2001 - I was 5 months when we walked down the aisle...the photographer did a decent job of hiding what everyone knew..











Lastly, but certainly not least (amount of weight) - that one taken late New Year's Eve going into 2002 when I was swollen and ready to bust at the seams..I swear my nose even widened on that one.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
My son was born on the 12th of January.









I linked up over with Shell at Things I Can't Say and cannot wait to see all the others participating in Rockin' the Bump!


There is still time if you want to join in, let's show off the bump ladies!  The link will be open until Monday.







Thursday, June 9, 2011

Something I Just Tried - Turtle Pecan Biscotti!


Anyone that knows coffee knows that a good biscotti makes a coffee break that much better.  I found a delightfully sinful and sweet little number last week by Nonni's brand and wanted to share with you what I thought.  First I have to admit, I am a sucker for anything caramel so when I saw these turtle pecan flavored biscotti, I just had a hunch they would be right up my alley!








As you can see by the picture, the bottom is dipped in chocolate which would make anyone's day.  

I love to dip my biscotti in my coffee with each bite and it kept a great consistency without falling apart.  

The pecans and slight toffee texture of the caramel kept it crunchy even though it was melting in my mouth and that with the melted chocolate from the hot coffee made it a little bit of heaven at only 110 calories.

I apologize for not taking a picture of an actual biscotti but they didn't last that long..they were that good!

You will have to try one for yourself and see if it makes your cuppa joe a little sweeter!



Please note: I was not paid or given anything free for this post and this endorsement was not coerced in any way.  I just like to share stuff I think is worth it - the opinions and tastebuds reported here are true and happy!


ALSO TRIED THIS WEEK: BAILEY'S COFFEE CREAMER - YUMM...POST TO FOLLOW NEXT WEEK!



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

20 Second Fitness The Real Story: Week 3 - Day 3

Today is day three of the first "real" week of workouts on our 20 Second Fitness journey. Not that the first two warm-up weeks weren't real workouts. Week one varied between 4 and 5 minutes of FULL intensity and easily conditioned us to get us up to the second warm-up week which were six days of 7 minute workouts.


This week is varying between 8-10 minutes and focuses more on specific muscle groups, then goes through a set of cardio. Each set is four exercises at two 20 second intervals which takes 4 minutes each. Then every other day, Spencer sneaks an extra 2 minute set in on us (with a big smile of course!). Today was calf raises for two minutes so my family room looked like this:



Now I'm not gonna lie because I'm giving you the REAL story here - I don't exactly love these workouts and some 20 seconds are much longer than others depending on what exercise you are doing. I could probably do a few more seconds of planks where with fast feet, I'm already looking for the time to be up after about the first 8 seconds. 

The cardio sets make us all breathe hard and sweat and I moan and groan - probably more than I should but sometimes I think it helps me get through it. I think the real reason for this not loving thing is because it is FULL intensity where I am used to doing things half-assed.  I never did things to my full extent when I was working out at the gym - I'll admit that I'm a lazy exerciser but I will tell you this:  this program pretty much prohibits you from being lazy!  The whole theory is to work out at your hardest at your own level but for those 20 seconds to give it everything you have so there's no room for stopping.
Monday we did diamond push-ups which I have never even thought about attempting before and I only did 9 in 20 seconds...I did what I could do and I know that I will be able to do more next time.  I started out only doing 13 regular push-ups in 20 seconds and have worked my way up to 18 and once even 20!

I will also tell you this: after 15 days of this workout program, I am feeling a difference in the way I stand and the way I look. I feel stronger and am able to do more reps each time we do an exercise, so there's the proof in the pudding.  Plus it's over so quick even though those 20 seconds can seem long, it's not been more than 10 minutes so far which beats an hour at the gym any old day! My husband has lost 3 pounds already - in 15 workouts.  I will be measuring and weighing in on Friday and I have a feeling I will be pleased with the results so far.


So there you have it - the real story so far...
I hope you will stay tuned for Friday's results.


REMEMBER:
 If you are interested in purchasing 20 Second Fitness with their 60-day money-back guarantee and hassle free returns, I have a special coupon code for you to use to get FREE SHIPPING in the Continental United States and a $15 discount for orders to Canada and overseas.
20 Second Fitness coupon code: 'coffee lovin mom'.

Please let me know if you order, I would love to be able to take this journey along with you!




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