It’s Currently Time!

I love this part of my week! It forces me to take time to sit and think about what I’ve been doing recently. And it give me the opportunity to share with you, and you with me!

I’m Currently

Reviewing: Lots of fantastic products and companies! My latest review is for ENERGYbits, and you can read all about how I’ve started using these little “bits of food” (algae) to energize me for my runs. I’ll be taking the last of my sample provided by ENERGYbits tomorrow before participating in a 5k. Wish me luck!
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And I promise, very soon, I’ll be reviewing my beauty subscription service, Birchbox!
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Wishing: My house would sell quickly! I’m so ready to move to town!

Our home

Our home

Eating: Fresh Produce! I love summer! My own square foot garden, the farmers market, and even the grocers have great tasting fresh berries!
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Carrying: My iPad! Yes, it’s an obsession. And I’m okay with that!

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Running: Wow, this one’s easy. I’m running a lot now, and loving it. God has sent me two beautiful women to run with for the summer at least. This has breathed new life into my attitude and motivation. We encourage one another and spur each other on to greatness. Well, our own form of greatness! I’m scheduled to run a 5k in the morning, my second of the season. At the beginning of 2013 I set a goal of participating in six timed events this year! I’m a little behind, but I’m confident I will be able get them all in! I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength! (Philippians 4:13)
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Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d like to start running with me, consider this your invitation! Hope you enjoyed all the photos today! See you all next week!

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Currently…It’s a New Week!

Time is flying by so fast; we’re already into the second half of the year! Did that just conjur up Christmas anxiety anyone?

This week, I’m switching things up. It’s your turn to leave a comment below letting me know what you’ve been Loving, Craving, Missing, Listening, or Wishing. You go first! Then scroll back up to see what I’ve been up to!

I’m Currently

Loving: First and foremost, God. He is my provider, my healer, my redeemer, and my source for everything. Running. Yes, I love it. My family, of course. And summer. I love summer! It’s the opposite of winter.

Craving:Sweets, oddly. I used to only eat salty snacks. But in recent years, I have developed a sweet tooth. Good thing I’m running! Also, vacation. I’m craving a vacation. That could go under the love category too. I love vacations! Oh. And I have a friend who just made macarons and posted them on Instagram! I’m definitely craving those!

Hubby & me in Mexico. Yes, we just got out of the pool!

Hubby & me in Mexico. Yes, we just got out of the pool!

Missing:My friend who lives in another state. Great friend. And I will, Lord willing, see her in just a few weeks! Yay!

Listening:TobyMac has a new song I recently am obsessed with, Steal My Show. Love it, added it to my running playlist! You’ve got to check it out!

Wishing:I don’t wish for much. I hope, and I pray. But if given three wishes, I think I’d wish for…1)A stronger body for running. I’m pretty wimpy! 2)I’d wish for my house to be sold and to already be moved into a new home when I wake up in the morning! 3)The super power of teleportation. You know, snap my fingers and be at the beach. Snap them again and be back home. I could go for that. Especially on those long car rides home from vacation.
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Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!

Currently…This Week’s Update!

It’s been a crazy week!

I’m Currently

Watching: Too much tv. Hubby has been out of town, so the dog and the television have kept me company! I’ve actually been catching up on some movies I recorded during one of those “free preview” weekends. Tonight I watched Trouble With The Curve, starring the great Clint Eastwood, along with Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. I love anything Clint does. He’s a true American classic.

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Reading: Thankfully, I’ve gotten back to reading my Bible a little more. Trying to memorize the book of Philippians. If you believe in the power of prayer, send one up for me right now. I can use all the help I can get! This brain isn’t getting any younger!

Eating: Not very healthy this week. When hubby isn’t home, I don’t cook much, which leads to eating junk. I hate that. I did eat a salad yesterday. That counteracts the chips, right? Oh, and I’m trying out these new Chia Bars by Health Warrior. Awesome! I’ll tell more about these next week. And I had a couple of healthy smoothies for breakfast this week. I eat best at breakfast!

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Drinking: Water, coffee, smoothies, and Tonight, a margarita with a friend while we watched the movie!

Learning: A lot. How to say goodbye to a dear friend who passed away. How to let go, and make peace with decisions, and still love the people we leave behind on our journey. To wait. On God’s timing. To run alone and be okay with that. To get up early so I can run before the blazing sun catches me! And to make jam! Hey, I said I’m learning a lot!
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Come on now, its your turn! Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been watching, reading, eating, drinking, or learning. I genuinely want to know! Please share. Love, until next time!

Currently…This Week’s Update!

Ready, Set, Go!

This week, I’m Currently

Building: A list of must-haves in a potential home. Like, hardwood floors, a fenced-in backyard, and, location, location, location! Also, I hope I’m building a stronger, healthier body. Otherwise, I’m doing a lot of running and healthy eating for…?

The Kitchen Sink Salad! I think it's healthy!

The Kitchen Sink Salad! I think it’s healthy!

Forming: Isn’t this the same thing as building? I guess we form opinions. I have a few of those! But some things are better off unspoken. Who said that? A wise person for sure!

Sharing: Coupons, lettuce, magazines, recipes, and photos. Lots of photos.

Dreading: Saying goodbye. We lost a dear friend this week.

Singing: “I love the way you hold me” by Jayme Grace and “My Body” by Young the Giant! Two very different genres, but both on my running playlist!

Kickin it old school!

Kickin it old school!

So have you been building, forming, sharing, dreading, or singing lately? If so, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!

Currently…My (sort of) Weekly Link Up Topics!

This is always a fun and thought provoking post, with topics chosen by those who’ve gone before me. It’s fun to read what other bloggers have been up to, and it gets me thinking about how I’ve been spending my time/money/energy in the past week!

This week, I’m Currently

Borrowing:You let me know if you come up with an answer to this one that does not involve library books! And I’m not in high school, so I’m not borrowing my friends clothes. I guess I’d have to choose Time. All the time that God allows. When I think about my days this way, I want to spend my time more wisely and not waste it.

Dancing:Not so much. Unless my running looks like dancing. After running, I’m too tired to dance!

My new calf sleeves-love them! Mine are cep brand.

My new calf sleeves-I love them! Mine are the cep brand. And of course, they’re pink!

Building: My blog, my square foot garden, new friendships, old friendships, family relationships always, and oddly, my Spanish vocabulary thru some of my new friendships!

Throwing: Now this is fun! If you’ve read my blog this week, or any of my twitter posts, you’re probably tired of hearing about the 27 fling boogie! But, I have been throwing lots of stuff out of my house. Magazines, clothes, old decorations… And I’ve still got a ways to go. I’m thinking of challenging myself to throwing out 27 items each day for seven days! Lookout, I’m on a roll!

Buying: Running gear! I’m slightly obsessed with it. Just bought a pair of compression sleeves for my calves. I think I’m in love with them.

Well thats what I’ve been up to, how about you? Drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been borrowing, dancing, building, throwing, or buying lately! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!

You Can Do Anything…

Are you ready? You can do anything…for fifteen minutes! Do you need to declutter, organize, or maybe even do some purging? I want to share some easy ideas to help you tackle some home projects that perhaps you have been putting off. Have you ever heard of flight plans, hot spots, detailed cleaning, missions, zones, morning and before bed routines, Anti-procrastination day? Are you living in Chaos (can’t have anyone over syndrome)? Well allow me to introduce you to http://www.flylady.net. Aka, The Fly Lady! I discovered The Fly Lady several years ago, and have been living with some of her principles ever since. But be warned: You may become obsessed, overwhelmed, or just downright organized!

I, personally, have been all of the above. I’ve had a shiny sink, laid out my clothes the night before, and gotten dressed down to my sneakers! It’s all on the Fly Lady website!

I want to share two Fly Lady principles with you today:

1)You can do anything for fifteen minutes. I have used this both myself, and to motivate my kids to clean their toys/rooms. Even homework. I would set a timer for fifteen minutes, and when the timer went off, we either took a break, or stopped all together. I encourage you to try it yourself, especially when faced with a less than desirable task, say, cleaning out a closet, or washing windows! It works for cleaning, studying, or exercise! You can even put in your earbuds and listen to your favorite tunes.
2)  The 27 Fling Boogie! This is a quick and easy method of decluttering. It actually makes a game out of tossing out your stuff! You simply go around your house and find 27 items to get rid of. I end up with a donate pile and a trash pile. Well, I don’t have a literal trash pile; that stuff just gets thrown into the trash can! You can do this anyway you want-it’s your house! I have gone around and found 27 pieces of paper to throw away before. Today, I did the 27 Fling Boogie twice. The first time, I took things only from my kitchen area. Here’s a picture of my 27 items.

Kitchen 27 Fling Boogie!

Kitchen 27 Fling Boogie!

And here’s the list: 2 Coke glasses and 3 cookbooks going to the recycling center trading post for someone else to enjoy. 5 plastic plant thingies I kept thinking I would use. That’s not gonna happen. They are recyclable, so they went into the recycle bin. 12 round seed decorations I’ve had forever. You can probably see dust on them. 3 wine corks. Really? And 2 candy boxes that have been in the cabinet for years. Obviously not using them. Those last 17 items went in the trash! And there you have it. 27 kitchen items, gone.

Next, I decided to just do a random run thru the house picking up miscellaneous stuff that needed to go. This almost always includes clothing, and today was no different. Here’s the picture.

27 Fling Boogie: Random House Stuff

27 Fling Boogie: Random House Stuff

And here’s the list: One box of the wrong coffee filters. Why was I keeping those? One blouse and one skirt of mine, plus one shirt of my husband’s. One old fingernail polish, one old room spray, one pack of candy molds, one buckwheat neck travel pillow, one drawstring bag, (we have several of these, oddly), three magazines, and 15 of those corn cob holders! Sorry, we eat our corn on the cob with our hands. I know, so undignified! Again, some being donated, some in the trash, and I recycle the magazines by sharing them with my mom and sister! And just like that, another 27 items gone!

So, just like at church, you may be wondering, “What’s the take away?”  I just want to encourage you when faced with any task that maybe you’ve been putting off, or just can’t get motivated to do, to remember that You can do anything for fifteen minutes . And if you’re looking around the house and thinking, “I have too much stuff”, have fun by doing The 27 Fling Boogie! Be sure to come back here and share with me what you decided to fling!

Happy Earth Day!

I’m so excited! First of all, it’s Monday! I’m renaming it Reboot Day! The day we get to reboot our diets, exercise, and attitudes. Really, anything that needs an adjustment, today’s your day!
Second, it’s the first day of a new month! For me, that means it’s one day closer to summer. I love summer. Short sleeves, flip flops, and lots of outdoor activity. 
And, it’s Earth Month! I love that too because it is a healthy reminder to take care of our planet. Now before you start in, no, I’m not a tree hugger. But I do believe in being a good steward of everything God has entrusted to us. And that includes our planet.
If each of us does our part, the world can be a cleaner, safer place to live for all of us! There. That’s my Little Miss Merry Sunshine approach to life. Some ways I’m working on are: Recycling: Cardboard packaging, plastic containers, newspaper. I also recycle the magazines I’ve read by passing them on to family members for their reading pleasure! Reusing: some of these things are personal and you probably don’t want to know. But, I have plastic containers with lids that I can store leftovers in and simply wash and reuse the container. I have my own Starbucks cups that I take with me for the barista to use. And, I purchased that reusable cup thingy for my Keurig coffee maker in an effort to not purchase all those disposable k-cups that end up in the landfill. Now, please don’t write me and try to shame me for going to Starbucks or owning a Keurig in the first place . It won’t work. We all have our hang ups, and I happen to love my coffee! And I didn’t say I was an expert at this, I’m just trying to do my part. So, on we go. Reducing:This seems to be the hardest for me so far, but at least I’m thinking more about it. You know, reduce the amount of gas emissions in the air by driving less. I can do that. And we have a small, efficient car. But we also still own an SUV. Sorry. But I’ve had it for ten years, it’s paid for, and I have a kid in college. So no new cars for another two years. But I drive it less than the small car, so I’m giving myself credit for that. I also try to reduce the amount of electricity and water we use at home. And, I’ve begun looking at product packaging more recently. If a product has less packaging to begin with, then there’s less to recycle, or end up in the blasted landfill!
There. That’s all for today. But stay tuned. I’m sure I will have more posts this month on this topic. Like gardening, which I love!