Merry Christmas Everyone!

Well, I guess its Christmas time now! My kids have already read and reread the Toys R Us and Target toy catalogs, circling everything they have ever wanted. They also circled a lot of stuff that they don’t even know what it is. They are 2 and 4. The struggle is real.

Mom! I need a pen! I HAVE to ask Santa for this!
Mom! I need a pen! I HAVE to ask Santa for this!

Kids are so funny with toys. It is always so much fun going down the toy isles with them at the store. They get SO excited about everything. You just can’t replicate that amount of joy. They seriously look like they are about to explode with all the possibilities that toy isle holds. Getting them to leave that toy isle is another story but let’s focus on the positives here…

Justin has done a lot of comparison shopping on the web and has found that so far, Target has the best overall pricing, especially with their coupons they released with the toy catalog. They have a “25% off Toys, Sporting Goods or Art/Craft Item” on the first page that expires TODAY. That was huge for us! We are about done. A few stocking items and pjs and we’re ready to bring ’em down the chimney. Target is also offering free shipping and free returns through 12/25. So go get your shopping on people!

I am hoping to finish ALL my gifts by Black Friday. I want to be able to relax and enjoy the holiday season without the stress of stupid shopping weighing on my shoulders. I want to get my kids fun stuff but I also want to give them a really fun holiday season with lots of fun and magical memories. They are both at an age where they can really appreciate the holiday and they are already so excited. I can’t wait!

Good luck shopping out there! The crowds get a bit aggressive this time year! Which brings to… BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER! Please.

Mahalo

 

Candy Candy Candy Candy Candy

Soup season is in full effect folks! With all the soup recipes floating around on Pinterest, you’d think I’d be able to find some good options. Is it possible to make a low sodium soup? While salt is delicious and makes things, such as soup, super yummy I am pretty sensitive to it and kind of enjoy my healthy heart and blood pressure… So I will throw this question out to you. What soups are EASY, cheap and low in sodium that actually taste good? Thank you in advance for your ideas!

Speaking of health- I am so excited for Halloween! We all have our costumes and fun hair sprays in a variety of colors to complete our fun family themed costumes. Stay tuned for what they actually are but if you know us, you probably already know. We have our plans set for halloween parties and after trick or treating festivities too. We are on it this year. I even have my cauldron full of candy, ready to pass out. Let’s just hope it lasts that long! Here I am concerned about salty soup yet I just shoveled a fun sized snickers bar in my mouth… #conflicted

Dori gets it
Dori gets it

The other day I was lucky enough to go for a walk with just my sweet Lucy girl. We walked around our sub looking at the changing leaves and all the fun Halloween decorations everyone has on their front porches and talked. I love having one on one time with her. It was something that we used to have so much of and now that Hudson is with us it is rare and precious. This is such a great time of year to step away from the social stuff that has kept us out and about and refocus on our family, our kids, our life… It’s nice to have a little time for lazy walks with my kiddo on a cool fall evening.

Me and my Lu
Me and my Lu

So again, please send me some ideas on the soups. Also, check out my “getting healthy” tab for the latest on my workout stuff. I’ve been keeping up with the calendar so far so I’m pretty pumped about that. It is definitely a challenge finding that time from day to day but it’s worth it. If you are interested in joining me just go to Blogilates.com for the free calendar and go on youtube for the free videos. There’s no “right time” so drop that fun sized Snickers bar and join in now! I’d love the company! 🙂

Last but not least…..

Mahalo

I murdered my abs today…

Side note- I don’t think I’ll share these workout posts every time as that would get annoying.. SO sign up for the emails using the spiffy little email thing to the right of your screen. At this point, I think it only works on my desktop site. So go there! It’s prettier than the mobile version anyway!

On with the post!

I’m really going to feel todays workout tomorrow! I’m not really sure why I’m straying from the Blogilates calendar so much right now. Cassey puts together really organized workout plans every month and I usually love them. For whatever reason, I’ve been into creating my own thing right now. If I do follow the calendar, I will just tell you that I did the calendar that day. It’s free on her website when you sign up for her newsletter. I don’t want to take away from my favorite site so just go sign up for it! There’s a beginners calendar too!

SO today I did:

Train Insane HIIT Workout – Blogilates

Hips, Butt ‘n Thighs Super Shaper Workout – Blogilates

1000 Abs Challenge – Blogilates ***This one is crazy hard. I probably did about 750/1000. Watch your neck! You MUST lift with your shoulders or you will be sore for all the wrong reasons! That’s my non professional advice right there but seriously.. careful.***

All in all, my watch informed me that I worked out for 50 minutes doing these 3. Some of that time was spent switching between videos and intro talking on the videos but it felt well rounded and I’m satisfied with that.

Today was all from Blogilates because I love it and Cassey is more fun than a lot of the other fitness instructors out there in YouTube land.

Please let me know if you try any of these workouts! You can private message me if you want or leave a comment. It’s fun to have a community. I really found that on Instagram and I would love to have that here as well!

PS- It’s called Pop Pilates and it doesn’t require any fancy pilates equipment. 🙂

 

My Husband is my Hero and here’s why..

A typical day in the Day house is never typical. It is always different, always challenging, always precious. Everyone (i.e. anyone over 50 who sees you shopping with your kids at Target struggling to get all your groceries and contain your toddler at the same time..) talks about soaking up your children’s youth while it’s here. As if we parents are so caught up in our lives that we don’t see it. We do. Trust me, we see how incredible our daughter is with her wild imagination and goofy sense of humor. We see how sweet and loving our little boy is. We appreciate and cherish every moment. Even the hard ones. Because during this time- this precious, fleeting, time- our babies are growing so fast we are in a panic trying to soak up every beautiful moment they give us.

Lucy choked yesterday. Like full on, mint stuck in her throat, gasping for air, choked. My heart stopped. Until my hero of a Husband grabbed her and preformed the Heimlich Maneuver on her, my heart did not beat. My life force, my air, my world, was in danger. I was completely frozen. I don’t think I have ever been that scared in my life. It was such a stupid thing to choke on too. It was one of those soft crappy mints that are at every event you’ve ever been to. They basically melt into goo the second they hit your tongue. Never did I ever think that would be the thing that my daughter would end up choking on. I am crazy about cutting up my kids food into bite sized pieces. I always think about choking. It’s been my #1 fear since I became a mother. I added extra milk to their rice cereal because I was afraid it was too thick and gloopy. A stupid gooey mint…  She threw them all in the garbage after the whole ordeal was over in an attempt to teach them a lesson. She has also proclaimed that we will never have those mints in her house again.

Parenting is hard shit. It is so stressful and scary and overwhelming like 99% of the time. If this were any other job, I’d quit! But I love it! I love it so freaking much. What I have learned so far in my whopping 4 1/2 years of parenthood.. (get ready, this is some serious veteran knowledge coming at you).. is that you have to learn to chill the F out and have a good sense of humor about things. Otherwise you will turn into a giant ball of stress. I don’t know what that looks like but I imagine it as a giant ball with like cat fur standing on end. Like in a comic when a cat gets scared or something, but it’s not a cat…it’s a ball.

WTF did I just say?

On that note… Kiss your babies, throw away your mints, and don’t turn into a cat like ball.

Mahalo

Our great adventure!

Oh my god! We’re a real family. Like a real, grown up, family. We do things like go on vacations to great up northy places and go sight seeing. When. Did. This. Happen….

S'mores! So. Many. S'mores!
S’mores! So. Many. S’mores!

Seriously, when did we turn into a real legit family?! Up until this point, we’ve been pretty focused on having babies and feeding, clothing, changing diapers of said babies. Now we’re doing stuff as a family. We have two kids who function in this world with enough competence for us to be able to go to a place like Tahquamenon Falls and a BEAR zoo without it being a stressful experience. So crazy. Just, so crazy.

I think I fit the whole house in the T&C.
I think I fit the whole house in the T&C.

We visited the Upper Peninsula of our great state of Michigan. Truth be told, there isn’t a whole lot going on up there, but that’s kind of the point. We had a cabin/house in what they would call a subdivision. We would call it BFE. It was right on Lake Michigan with “sweeping views of the Mackinac Bridge” as the ad would say. Truly it was a view of the tip of one of its peaks and the flat part. Still cool though. We packed that cabin full with two families of four and we couldn’t have been happier. We have great friends in our lives and are so lucky to have a family whom we love spending that much time with.

The greatest Vacationing group of all time!
The greatest Vacationing group of all time!

Reality hit me while we were waiting for a table at the Pink Pony on Mackinac Island. We were all standing around with a delicious Michigan beer in one hand and a sleeping/sleepy kid in the other just praying that our table would be ready soon. As we were standing there, I looked around and saw other families coming in with their sleepy kids doing the same thing we were. Suddenly, I was like: “Oh my god, we are a family!”. Not that I didn’t know we were a family in the technical sense, I just hadn’t realized or perhaps, noticed, that we were done growing and now just… are. We are this family. It will never change. We are only going to grow older and do cooler and cooler things. It was really exciting to actually notice this. Snap back to reality- we got our table and were seated on a balcony with a beautiful view of the lake and all the boats coming in and out of the island. If you’re up there, check that place out. The whitefish tacos were the bomb and the kids loved the pretzel appetizer.

My little goofball. Still rocking my Ergo.
My little goofball. Still rocking my Ergo.

Funny side note: While we were waiting for our table (which was a pretty long wait) me and my friend, Candi, wandered over to a fudge shop across the street by ourselves. The way we zoned into watching that man make his fudge.. loaf? that sounds bad.. roll? no no loaf makes more sense… his fudge loaf (I’m dying laughing over that…I’m such a child)…. You would think we were getting a massage. Watching him go around and around flipping it up over itself so perfectly was hypnotizing. Without kids! #momporn (don’t actually use that hashtag. It will probably pull up some weird stuff.)

Being on such a traditional, Michigan summer vacation gave me such nostalgia for when I was that sleepy kid on a vacation with my parents. I have so many great memories of our family vacations. I am thrilled to be able to give my kids those memories too. Whenever they finally start to retain them anyway.. Luckily we have this great technology now that allows us to take a billion photos and keep them perfectly preserved forever! Viva la iCloud!

Lucy got in touch with her "outdoorsy" side. As much as she wanted to anyway..
Lucy got in touch with her “outdoorsy” side. As much as she wanted to anyway..

We had such a great vacation. Just the right amount of relaxation and exploration. This summer has been epic. I hope yours is just as incredible!

Goodnight Sweetheart

Do your kids come into your bed at night?

Mine will fall asleep in their own bed. They don’t just fall asleep though! They fall into this peaceful, deep, drooling slumber that can only be achieved after the crazy amount of activity they achieve on any given day of the week. They are like this when I leave them in their room for the night. They are like this when I check on them before I go to bed for the night. They are like this all the way up to the minute my head hits my pillow. How do they know!? How do they know that I am finally feeling the relief of my pillow under my head. The relief that is much needed after a day full of fun time, craft time, running around outside time, arguments, time outs, meal making, cleaning, book reading, snuggling and cleaning. They know. They always know.

So last night, right at this moment of relief, I hear Hudson cry out “No no no no no!”. In a scared voice. So my tired mom brain is thinking; “Oh my god! He’s being eaten by a monster or kidnapped by the mice in the attic! I must rush to him!” I’m glad I did, because when I got in there he was bent over the guard rail of his toddler bed. Ready to fall. Poor little guy was still in a panic and breathing heavy. I think he’s been having nightmares the last few nights. He has a history of night terrors and has never been a great sleeper so last night was really no surprise. So I brought him into my bed. Honestly, he ends up there a lot.

Lucy, on the other hand, is typically a great sleeper. She will fall asleep in her bed with minimal fuss and stay there all night. She will also sleep through some of the loudest noises. i.e. roosters crowing outside her window in Hawaii. Last night was different though. This is weird because she has been sick for a few days (better now, thank goodness!) and was really tired when she went to sleep. I really thought she would sleep really well all night. Not the case. After getting Hudson into my bed and settled back to sleep, I hear Lucy’s door creak open. Again, I naturally think it’s a monster or kidnapper. But, in walks Lucy into my room. She woke up and got scared of the dark. So now I have two kids plus me and Justin in my (thankfully) king sized bed. Hudson, naturally, taking up more room than anyone.

I don’t mind when my kids sleep with us. I like having them close and they are always snuggly at night.. But if those kids asked me one more time for their water throughout the night, I was going to go sleep down the hall. Seriously, they must have been dreaming about being lost in a desert or sauna or something else dry and unforgiving. They kept waking me up for it. Every time I finally fell back to sleep the other one would wake up asking for water. It was pretty ridiculous.

So yes, my kids sleep with us sometimes. Some weeks are worse than others. I generally don’t mind. It drives Justin crazy. It’s harder for him when he has to get up for work the next day and Hudson is slicing at his back with his freshly cut toe nails all night…

So do your kids still sleep with you? Or do you get up, get them back to sleep in their bed and then go back to yours?

Pardon the Belfie

I just learned a new word! Belfie! It’s a butt selfie. Knowledge is power.

If you are following Ourdaysinparadise on Instagram (Instagram) you’ve been seeing my stretch challenge pictures. Me and the kids are having a lot of fun taking pictures everyday of a new fun stretch pose. It’s great because it gets me in my stretchy clothes and ready to workout! Aiming my phone which is precariously balanced on a tripod and taking a picture from my watch is a bit of a challenge. Especially when my 2 year old wants to grab it every chance he gets! So fun though!

All together now!
All together now!

I used to get so annoyed that I couldn’t even do a few crunches without a kid crawling on top of me. Through great effort, I’ve found that the less I fight it, the more fun it can be when they join in. Lucy pulls out one of her Elsa blankets and pretends it’s her “oga mat” while Hudson uses my legs as a slide and poses in downward dog right next to me. He can hold a killer plank too! He is tiny but mighty!

This is pretty much the norm
This is pretty much the norm
Pardon the “Belfie” (Butt Selfie haha) The point is Lucy in the background! 😉

Regardless of how difficult it can be to get through a few workout videos, I’m always glad I did it. My kids also get to see me doing something for myself that is healthy which can only be positive for them. As a stay at home mom, I often put myself last in order to put my family first. While that makes my heart happy, it is nice to be giving something to myself that is such an influence on everything else. Since I started putting my health higher on my priority list, my whole family is more active, we eat healthier and everyone is making better choices. Me and Justin are RUNNING! Who are we!?

I will note that everything I do is 100% free and available on youtube. I follow a free calendar on Blogilates.com and I try to make clean, healthy meals for my family. We are not perfect but we are in a good place with a nice balance of healthy with a dash of ice cream. If you want to be healthier, the resources are out there. They don’t have to cost a fortune. Just start doing something you like and see where it leads you.

This is what happens when bathing suit season and BBQ season collide! After workout beer!
This is what happens when bathing suit season and BBQ season collide! After workout beer!

 

Where’s my cocktail!?

“I’m Chilly!!!!!!” She screamed in an accusatory tone. As if I was personally the cause for said chilliness.

In truth, it was a fever causing this chilliness while simultaneously causing the ruin of our action packed weekend. No more BBQs, no more Bonfires with endless S’mores, no more soaking up rays of Vitamin D that my body craves after a long winter. Instead, our weekend was filled with Pedialyte, Disney movies and a quick trip to the hospital.

***Everyone is fine now! It was just a virus.***

Have you ever had a week where you turned to your partner and asked: “Why did we have kids again!?” Yeah…. that happened this weekend.

So, in an effort to stay positive, here are a few reasons why I love my children when they’re sick:

1. They lay on the couch all day so they don’t make messes.

2. They are very snuggly. This is often followed by ME getting sick but that’s ok.

3. It’s an excuse to eat more ice cream. Nothing tastes better than a popsicle or ice cream cone while you’re sick. Lucy opted for a spiderman popsicle from Mr. Cs.

4. I am forced to disinfect everything, so my house has never been more clean.

5. Once said sick child feels better again, they are more easily entertained. Being stuck on a couch watching Tangled for the millionth time gets old quick. Even for a kid.

6. It brings you closer to your spouse. Dealing with cranky sick kids is HARD. Forming a united front against it with your partner is the only way to get through it sanely.

7. It’s a great excuse to run to the corner store for margaritas! (The real way we get through it!)

So there you have it! The silver Lining. I hope this list helps you all through your own children’s inevitable viruses.

Mahalo! (Really missing Hawaii lately!)

Birds are chirping, kids are screaming!

Oh how I love Spring! Waking up to a beautiful, sunny morning with clear skies, birds chirping and flowers blooming everywhere…makes waking up to a toddler who turns on his tantrum switch the second he wakes up, a tiny bit more bearable.

For no reason... He just wanted to cry...
For no reason… He just wanted to cry…

Is this what everyone’s been talking about!? Just screaming and slamming into things over anything? Lucy never did this so I am completely lost on what to do here. He really loses his shit over everything! Right this second he is holding up the buckle on his booster seat at the table and screaming “BUCKLE!!!!!”. Not like a cute scream. A scream that is implying I should be doing something about this buckle yet if I try to do anything about that buckle I will be beheaded. …And now he’s dancing to Daniel Tiger. This is all very confusing.

This is the most challenging age that my children have been so far. Lucy is what I suppose a typical 4 year is: defiant, sassy, sweet and loving. Hudson is one of these things at any point in the day: Snuggly, tantrumy (Yes, I’ve invented that word), sweet and independent or just full on stinker. He’s a real mixed bag.

They play so well together when they want to!
They play so well together when they want to!

This is a fun time because they are getting older and we can do more things. Playing outside is way easier, going shopping is harder, sleep is getting better (knock on wood), playtime is more fun, going places like Greenfield Village is more fun…. It IS a good time. These emotions are just a little crazy right now. I know I am not alone and that really helps! Good luck to you all this weekend as we brave family and friend BBQs trusting our kids to hold it together for at least a few hours. If they don’t, there’s always beer. For you… not the kids.

 

 

Run Like the Wind!

Do you run? Like run regularly? I really haven’t ran regularly since high school Softball. It was always my least favorite part of practice but by the time the season was over, I was in great shape!

That was freshman year of high school though which was more years ago than I care to count. So here I am, back at square one trying to teach my body to run again. Luckily, I’ve been pretty into Pilates for the past 6 months which has helped with my endurance levels and muscle tone so that helps a little but yikes!

Rrruuuuuuunnnn!
Rrruuuuuuunnnn!

We started Couch to 5k yesterday. Yes, yesterday. So I’m telling you all about it to hold myself accountable to actually following through with this torturous plan.

The ultimate goal is to actually run the 5k at the Miles for Melanoma (<— Link) run at Lake St. Clair Metro Beach Park on August 2nd. We are participating in honor of my Brother in Law, Matt, who lost his battle with Melanoma this past January. Lauren has named the team The Matt Movement to embrace Matt’s positive attitude and energy toward life. Please click the link to sign up to walk, run or donate to a great cause.

I want to run. I want to be healthy. I want to live a long healthy life. I want to do this in honor of Matt but also for myself and for my family. There are so many factors that are out of our control when it comes to our health and well being, I want to take charge of the things that I can control.

Here’s my Couch to 5k progress so far:

W1 D1 – 2.4 Miles run/walk

The plan for day one alternated back and forth between running and walking. There were times that I felt I could have ran longer without walking but I think the goal was to get you to actually complete the total workout. It was great. At the end of the workout, we felt like we got some good exercise but we weren’t falling on the ground exhausted. So far so good!

I have an app on my phone that is called Couch to 5K that gives instructions on when to do what. It was $1.99. I think there’s a free version but I’m not sure how good that one is. If you would like to join us please download the app and add me as a buddy. I think you do that through Facebook. I know, I hate linking stuff to Facebook but I think it’s just for the purpose of connecting people together in an easy way. Or, hey! Come run WITH us! Either way, I hope I’ve motivated someone else out there to challenge themselves physically. I hope some of you can join us in August and put this training to work at a real 5k!

Please also take a moment to check out the Run for the Ribbon page that was created for my Father in Law who lost his battle to Prostate Cancer early last year. Prostate Cancer is a very real, very scary presence in the Day family and this run/walk helps to raise money and awareness for research. Me and Justin (Justin and I? Oh, F’ it) will be out of town, so unable to attend, but our hearts are in this and we appreciate your participation and/or donations for that as well. Go Team Tom Mofo!

Ok this post was too long and I’m sorry about that BUT thanks for sticking with me and I really hope to see you all pop up on my buddies list in my Couch to 5k app! 🙂