Feb 272011
 

Welcome to the end of windy February - B and I are spending the weekend on house work… painting and fertilizing, yay!

Yesterday, I ran in the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10k, benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship fund. It was my first 10k race, and I won’t lie, when I passed the 5k turn off I really wished I was turning with them! It was really humid and people were walking all over the place so it was hard to maneuver at times. And, needless to say, that hill was a beast! I succeeded in finishing in 1:11, 11 minutes over my goal, but it’s better than 1:12, right?

Now, on to my resolutions update:

I am doing very well with eating breakfast every day, once you start, it is really hard to stop because a nice healthy breakfast gets you revved and ready for the day. Not to mention, I don’t want my 6 boxes of Special K to go to waste! I mean, I spent some hard earned cash on those babies.

Our neighbor’s orange tree

I had chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast on Valentine’s Day. That counts as eating fresh fruit, right? :) Sarah and I dipped them on Sunday night, so I say it counts. Grapes have been on sale at Randalls and Kroger this month, so that has realyl worked to my benefit. I like when HEB has the mini-grapes, they are really good on baby spinach salads with bacon vinagrette. I picked a lot of oranges from the neighbors tree before the hard freeze hit, they are all wrapped happily in our pantry for use in future Cuban and Brazilian inspired dishes. Not to mention, I usually have one with lunch that comes from the stash of unwrapped oranges – the ones that I pulled the caps off when shucking them from the tree. WHOOPS!

Extremely close to the liking of my car, except mine has 4 doors... HAH

Old Girl, my amazingly paid for and super fast korean sports car, had to visit the ER this month, she has set us back in our snow ball by dollar or three. We are making it work, we are still on track to pay off the other beast of a vehicle and take a much needed vacation to the beach this summer. COME ON SUMMER!

We have been playing volleyball with C a lot. She is trying out for the school team next year and she is super excited/nervous. She is such an amazing volleyball player and she has an amazing coach to build her up in strength and confidence. Her team played in their first tournament this month and they kicked booty, they played 3 sets back to back to back and won 6 of 7 matches. WTG Heat!

In my etsy shop – sweetgum way

sweetgum way is up and running. I am having a lot of fun making these decorative tiles, I love working with the different papers and fabric trims.

Live on the edge: I totally fixed the garage door all by myself. One night we came home from dinner and I noticed the door was not going up on both side at the same rate, “HALT!” I demanded. I inspected. The verdict: Two of the metal hinges were snapped in half. So I googled how to replace a garage door hinge, took pictures of the hinges, so I would forget which kinds to get, headed to Lowe’s for my loot and absolutely came home and save the world according to garage doors. Score one for the girls…

MacGyver's got nothin' on Me!

One thing I did not do in excess this month is coupon/grocery shop. I think I am burnt out, and now that the Extreme Couponers epidemic is out, it is getting more difficult to find that great deal to share. Luckily Mrs. Baird’s has been on sale buy one get one free on alternating weeks at Kroger and Randall’s, so taking/making sandwiches for lunch has been really profiable for the H family.

I am pretty sure that I am leaving something out, Ive tried to make updates through the month, but things happen… you understand right?

How are you doing on your New Year’s goals so far? I hope you find this as an encouragement to get back on the track if you have veered; your aspirations are very important to your life and legacy.

Happy end to February 2011 – Welcome March!

 Posted by at 2:10 pm
Feb 252011
 

This weekend only, take an additional 20% off your online purchase at Hollister Co.

This great deal applies to regular and clearance priced merchandise. You can score jeans for $24, shorts starting at $23.60 and tanks starting at $12.40, stock up for spring and summer!

Happy Shopping!

20% Promo Fine Print: Offer valid from February 25, through February 27, 2011, online at HollisterCo.com only. Not valid outside the US or Canada. Applies pre-tax and excludes purchases of gift cards, e-gift cards, gift wrap and shipping & handling. Cannot be applied to previous purchases. Cannot be used with other offers, discounts or promo codes. Cannot be used with Associate Discount. One coupon per transaction. Promo code must be entered at time of online purchase. Discount will be applied at checkout to all eligible items and will be deducted upon return of any item to which the discount was applied. Purchase quantities may be limited. Not redeemable for cash or credit. Offer subject to change. Other restrictions may apply. Promo Code: 30054
 Posted by at 12:59 pm
Feb 242011
 

Christian Book Distributors is offering quite a few new FREE eBooks through their website:

*I am really excited that Craving God is offered for free this week. Lysa TerKeurst has made many appearances on our local Christian station, KSBJ, encouraging women in their want to become healthy and the obedience to God in the process. It is an amazing, but tough, journey to take, but we can definately be victorious through the food battle with God on our side. Phillipians 4:13 comes to mind!

Happy Reading!

 Posted by at 11:03 am
Feb 182011
 
Happy Friday Friends! I hope you all find a nice and relaxing weekend ahead of you, some of you even get a three day weekend! We will be painting and playing in a volleyball tournament, only C has Monday off, so she will get to sleep in at least on Monday.
Man, it really stinks outside! Here is what’s outside our door, I can’t help of think of Back to the Future II where Biff runs in to the back of a manure truck. I went for a run earlier today, if the humidity wasn’t going to get to me then the aroma of fresh dumped brown mulch would surely bring me to a slow trot.

 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Feb 162011
 

Christian Book Distributors is offering quite a few new FREE eBooks through their website:

  • Listen: Your Private Conversations Just Went Public
  • After the Leaves Fall [Threads of Change Series]
  • Blood Ransom [Mission Hope Series]
  • Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage
  • Imaginary Jesus
  • Heart of Stone [Irish Angel Series]
  • Pilgrim’s Progress
  • The City of God
  • Morning & Evening

Happy Reading!

 Posted by at 10:14 am
Feb 152011
 

I love everything about crawfishing season – the bugs, the beer, the corn and potatoes.

We have a standing annual date to TBone Tom’s with our friends B&V in which we are sure to indulge on the biggest and best crawfish the market offers. There’s no messing around with this date, rain or shine. If it’s sunny, bring extra sun block for V, because we’re eating outside.

Below is a yummy recipe for your leftovers (if you have any!) 

Crawfish Casserole

1 package cooked Mahatma yellow saffron rice
1 med onion, chopped
1 med bell pepper, chopped
¾ stick of margarine
1 lb cooked crawfish tails
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
5 slices American Cheese

Cook rice according to directions. Sauté onion & bell pepper in ¾ stick of margarine until tender. Add Rotel and cream of mushroom soup to onion and bell pepper, cook 5 minutes. Add crawfish tails to mixture and cook 10 minutes. Add rice, mix together. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish. Break the cheese slices into thirds and layer on top of the mixture. Put in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbly.

Serve with garlic bread and a crisp salad.

Enjoy!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Feb 132011
 

Thanks to my education and profession, I am a very Lean mind. However, I have never [really] thought to make the Lean mindset apply to my personal lifestyle until now, thanks to Personal Kanban.

The above is my current personal kanban, it is definately high level and needs many more items added, because let’s face it, we all know the “write personal kanban post”,”clean the tub”, “clean the sink”, “clean the everything” memos are missing… obviously.

So, “What is a kanban?” you ask. It is a visual symbol that you need to do something. My visual symbols are HP Blade Post-Its with tasks written on each.

There are two definite mindsets when laying out your own personal kanban:

  1. Visualize your work
  2. Limit your Work In Progress [WIP]

Here, I have visualized the items in my household that need immediate attention and have written them down and set them in the Backlog portion of my Kanban. To limit  WIP, I recommend placing no more than 5 items in this line. There is a great example of limiting your work on the Personal Kanban website [All my friends in Houston traffic will totally get this analogy (especially my 2 motorcycle riding friends)]:

Once you have completed one of your visual signals, you will move it to the completed side and celebrate. Completing a task of necessity is an achievement, a success, a noteworthy account, without you completing this task, the day was a lot more bleak, dull and uneventful. You are amazing and thank you, honey, for carrying out that task!

Did you see, wrap oranges?! Are you kidding me? Well, no. Before the week of hard freezes, Dak and I went to the back yard to pick the oranges off the neighbors tree. Last year we had the same dilemma, but I read here that you can wrap oranges as long as you plan to eat them and look at them with and astute eye, one bad orange mixed in with other amazing oranges equals all bad oranges.

Our Neighbors Orange Tree

Our beautifully wrapped oranges + purple onion + garlic

Note: HP BladeSystem Post Its are not very wall friendly, I am thinking about investing in the new Post-Its with “kid sticking to the wall” sticky, then they won’t mysteriously fall into the garbage can.

PS – Here is B now, working on one of my WIP’s… I totally owe him!

My B, he is the best!

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