Have a twinkly weekend

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This weekend  I plan to make some chipless chocolate chip cookies and spend some time with my friends and family.  I’m hoping to take lots of pictures and videos of the kids, I feel like I haven’t been taking enough.

What are you up to?

 

Target Brand Market Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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This may seem crazy but the Target Brand Market Pantry chocolate chips have the best chocolate chip recipe.  I like to make them without chocolate chips for myself and my son and we both love them.

I’ve eaten chocolate chip cookies this way since I was a kid, my grandma used to make me a special batch.  Looks like I’ll do the same for the bear.

Here’s the recipe:

Target Brand Market Pantry
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hands on time: 45 minutes | Total Time 45 minutes

What you’ll need

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 pkg (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla on medium speed until creamy. Beat in eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in flour, soda and salt on low speed until mixed. Stir in chocolate morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks.

Hip Girls Guide to the Kitchen suggests rolling the dough into a log, wrapping it in plastic wrap and refrigerating it.  When it cools, unroll the log, slice it and put it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Sounds a lot faster than using a spoon!

Wednesday Weigh-In – Getting pumped!

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I made a goal for myself that I was going to try to make weight loss fun!  There are so many difficult and frustrating things about trying to lose weight but I believe it can also be fun and exciting.

Every morning I come into the office and force myself to use the stairs.  So I started thinking, what could I do to make this more fun?

1. Sing the Rocky theme song in my head.  Who doesn’t get motivated to exercise when they think of that song and that movie.  He was sexy to the ladies and men wanted to be him and everyone remembers the scene where he runs up the stairs exercising!  This really works.  It makes me smile and laugh a little and gets me up the stairs every time.

2. Pretend like someone is chasing you.  And not in the scary ‘I’m going to be attacked’ way but in the fun ‘I’m playing tag and someone’s going to get me!’ way.  Do you remember that feeling of someone running after you and how your stomach goes all oogy and your adrenaline rushes?  I can see it in my kids faces when I chase them, they love it.

3. Imagine your favorite movie about transformation.  I love a good movie about transformation.  Some of my favorites are Love Potion No. 9, The Boyfriend School with Steve Guttenberg (LOL), Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Dirty Dancing, Miss Congeniality.  Or you can imagine your favorite movie with someone exercising in it.  I like Runaway Bride and The Cutting Edge.  Sorry for the 80s and 90s movie references!  Guys can find ideas here, here and here.  This list is also really funny.

I’m sure I will think of a hundred others as soon as I post this so I’ll keep adding as I think of them.

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4. Imagine the fat just melting off your body.  With each step you take, each stair you climb, each weight you lift, imagine the extra fat just slipping away.  That’s what’s happening anyway, right?  Just at a much slower pace than we’d choose.  Imagining that makes me feel sleek and strong and proud.

5. Remember that every second you spend exercising is another second that you are working toward your goal.  It won’t happen overnight but every single moment I spend taking care of myself is, in fact, progress.  This goes for so many things, getting my hair done, taking a shower, taking care of my skin, preparing healthy food, taking the stairs, parking far away from the store.  This falls in line with Roni’s #wycwyc challenge, do what you can when you can, everything is a step in the right direction.

What do you do to help you make the best choices for yourself?  I’d love to hear that as well as any inspiring movies you love!

UPDATE: I lost a few pounds!  It makes me feel good to know that I can do this without counting calories.  I’ve been eating protein combined with healthy carbs, listening to my hunger and fullness and trying to take the stairs and walk a lot!

I’ve climbed as high as a helicopter!

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Happy Monday everyone!  I opened my email to this little announcement this morning.  I’ve climbed 500 floors since I got my Jitbit!  That’s pretty cool.  Feeling proud this morning 🙂

Have a powerful weekend!

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This quote has been inspiring me this week.

We are looking forward to the Emmy’s on Monday and the tribute to Robin Williams.  In the meantime, here is a moving tribute by David Letterman and a sign at our local theatre for a Robin Williams film festival.  Still thinking about him and hoping he’s at peace.

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Baby shoes for chubby feet

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As Isla begins walking, she really needs some shoes to protect her adorable little feet.  Unfortunately, because her feet are adorably chubby, it’s hard to find a shoe that gives her flexibility and doesn’t confine her feet or squish them!

I tried Crocs but they did not stretch like I expected them to and they seemed to be too rigid.  She would wear them but she didn’t seem to like it.

She was going barefoot a lot of the time and, while I love that and would prefer it, the ground here in Arizona can get up to 135 degrees in the summer!  Then she got a cut on her toe and her daycare started putting a sock just one one foot so she was walking around like a baby shoeless joe!

I remember reading that moccasins are great footwear for kids and I went on the hunt.  I found some adorable options on Etsy and measured her foot and put in a custom order with Jen Galaxy.

I anxiously awaited their arrival and I was not disappointed!  They are bright and sweet and she loves wearing them.  They don’t squish her foot and she seems really comfortable and happy with them on.  When she woke up the next day after wearing them for the first time, the first thing she did was grab them and stick her foot out so I could put them on her.

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So if you are looking for shoes that fit your baby’s chubby feet, I highly recommend some buttery soft moccasins!

I gave at the bus stop

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Isn’t this a cool concept?  I was walking around Mill Ave in Tempe, AZ and saw what looked like a parking meter but was, in fact, a way to donate spare change to help the homeless.  I couldn’t resist donating to buy someone a bus ticket.

Has anyone else seen this in their city?