Stories from my iPhone & Foods I Used to Eat….

I have Beck’s 6 week update HERE!  Feel free to check it out:)

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It felt like a miracle but Andrew and I were able to work out (he rowed while I walked) together yesterday morning (thanks to our baby monitors and sleeping kids).  Andrew is loving having a rower in our garage and I cannot wait to use it.   My 6 week appointment is this week so I’ll talk to my doctor about what exercises I can start!

I had the idea during our workout yesterday that we should get another treadmill someday so we can run side by side in the garage.

Skye was so excited to see that we had new snow and in this picture I realized that she is now six feet tall;)

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Beretta was also very thrilled about the new snow.

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Beck was pretty chill during the day…

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And Andrew and I finished all of our Christmas shopping and wrapping (we are celebrating Christmas tomorrow with our kids because Brooke and Knox will be gone on Christmas) which was very exciting.

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I have a few pictures to share from my phone over the last few days.

*This is me every single night of my life.

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*I love this picture of my mom and dad so I thought I would share it here too.

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*Can you believe Beck’s eyelashes?!  They are double as long as mine are.

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*Brooke found out about making edible slime and it involves melting gummy worms to make it.. the dishes were fun for that and thankfully the glob in Skye’s hair came out after some TLC.

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*When my mom is over, Skye does not leave her side.  Also, Skye came into the kitchen with a collared shirt under her sweatshirt that she picked out all on her own (I’ve never put those together on her) and I thought she looked quite preppy.

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*Beretta is getting to know Beck a bit more each day but she is not about to give up her favorite spot of putting her head on Andrew’s leg.

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*I’m feeling very thankful… This waterfall (not the best picture because it felt like we were in a cloud when I took it) was almost bought by a company which would make it no longer open to the public for free.  We spend a lot of time at this waterfall and I run on it’s path often when I’m running so I was very happy when the decision was made to leave it open to the public.

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*Happily Fed (AN AMAZING ANTI-DIET ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW) posted this the other day and her answers were raw almonds, plain greek yogurt and dark chocolate.  It really made me think about what I used to eat because they were ’safe’ foods or I thought they were healthy and I SHOULD eat them or the diet industry told me to eat them even if I didn’t really enjoy them.   She goes on to say, “You don’t have to eat certain foods that certain ‘experts’ claim are ‘healthy.”  Satisfaction is the most valuable and most underlooked aspect of human nutrition.  When you are satisfied (which includes being full) you can move on to other important matters.”

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Just another reminder of a new Beck updated!

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 What were some foods that you have eaten in the past that you didn’t really like but you ate it because you thought you should?

-Only the egg whites (I LOVE the yolks), fat-free cheese/yogurts/salad dressings and ridiculously large amounts of vegetables.  

Those of you with dogs… how are they with kids?

Tell me a favorite new IG account or blog that you’ve recently started following and loving? Have you finished shopping for the holidays?  Wrapping?

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That picture of your parents is fantastic!

I will need to follow that IG account! I used to eat rice cakes with peanut butter which is good and I don’t mind them but my reason behind it was because I thought it was “better” than pb toast. Although mini flavored rice cakes are my jam haha. Love those things!!

So my Christmas shopping has been completed (unless I get something for this guy I’ve been dating but it’s only been a few weeks so how do you know if you do gifts??!!). The wrapping is not done at all lol. That will happen right before Christmas since everything is at my parents in Chicago and I’m in Philly

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Thank you and I totally agree with you Maureen! Oh I forgot about the rice cake craze… I used to do that too. AHHHH I AM SO THRILLED about this guy that you are dating. That is a great question, what does everybody think? Maybe have something just in case he gets something for you? Keep me updated!!!

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Hi Janae!
Skye is looking very grown up with her long hair and preppy outfit! So cute!
“Diet”foods that taste awful: fat free ranch dressing and cauliflower crust pizza (it always turns out soggy)!

Our border collie Glacier is the best with the kids. I truly think he believes he is human. When anyone is safe in our family he comes and puts his head in their lap.

I started following Tried and True Moms from your blog. They have really good ideas!

Heads up, there is now a study proving we should drink hot chocolate for our health!
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-cups-of-hot-cocoa-a-day-sharpen-seniors-brains-study-suggests/#app

Have a great day!

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I’ve been ahead of science this entire time on the benefits of drinking hot chocolate haha… thank you for that article, sending it to Andrew now. I LOVE the name Glacier and that is so great that he just thinks he is one of the humans. Oh I forgot about cauliflower crust pizza… give me the REAL pizza please:) Have a fabulous day, Jenny!

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It’s crazy to me a waterfall could be bought by a company. Glad it will stay open for you!!

Non-fat milk or almond milk. I always thought those were healthier, but honestly I like whole milk in my coffee better! Or the 100 calorie snack packs- those never filled me up and probably made me snack more.

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Right?! We all agree with you… we thought it was crazy there was a chance that it could be bought. Oh those snack packs were like having a snack of air, I ate those too. Thank goodness for real snacks now:) Thanks Mariah!

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Oh I actually love egg whites and not as much the yolks – if it’s hard boiled, I’ve always loved just the whites. I’m weird, I know.

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But that is because you LOVE them (not because of diet culture) so keep eating the egg whites! How did your Kneader’s cookies turn out? Hope your day is off to a great start friend!

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Bahaha Berretta is hilarious! How are you already at your 6 week appt?!
I love seeing pictures of your parents. <3
Enjoy your early Christmas celebration!!! I have done zero shopping yet….yikes. :)

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These first 6 weeks went by WAY too fast. Thank you so much and good luck with the shopping Mollie… thank goodness for Amazon Prime! Have a great day friend.

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Green smoothies were a big thing for me–I did love them, but I thought I *had* to have one for breakfast, every single day. Yeah. I got really tired of them. Looking back it amazes me how much I’ve grown in terms of my relationship with food–it does make me a bit sad that I thought that way, but I’m proud of the progress. Funnily enough, I LOVE greek yogurt and dark chocolate and will often eat them together. :-)

I follow a dietician named Marika Day on instagram, and she is the best! Super realistic and positive about food, exercise, and what we put in our bodies. She really helped me with my attitude about food!

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SO glad you got past the feeling of having to have something and realized you were sick of them….it made me happy to hear about how much your relationship with food has changed! Keep eating the greek yogurt and dark chocolate because you are doing it because you LOVE it, not because you think you have too. Checking out Marika Day now, thanks so much Kristin!

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Love these updates and what a good piece at the end about eating. I’m definitely going to follow that account, so thank you for sharing. Quick question–do you have a favorite light running vest? I’m in the market for one and don’t want one too heavy. I’d love your thoughts! :)

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Hey Avery! Thank you so much:) Wahoo for running vests… my favorite running vest is no longer sold but Brooks is my goto for all outerwear running clothing (my favorite one is also Brooks). They have this one right now: https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/womens-shield-hybrid-running-vest/221436.html which looks perfect and pretty light. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

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That picture of Beck being chill is hilarious- it’s like he did something naughty (like keep you up all night) and now he’s trying to look extra adorable so you’ll forgive him.
Merry Early Christmas! So what will you do on Christmas Day- do Skye and Beck get two Christmases??? What lucky kids!

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Bahaha you nailed it with that picture… he really was trying to cover up;) Thank you so much Jenny! All four of them will get two Christmases this year:) So we will do gifts from us tomorrow and then on Christmas Skye and Beck will get their Santa gifts. We are also going to do a fancyish (as fancy as it gets with kids ha) dinner and watch Elf. Thank you and I hope you have a great afternoon!

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Such a great picture of your parents. And I keep thinking that Beck looks like Skye, but now seeing the picture of Knox, I think he looks a lot like Knox. Those Baron genes are strong. 😉
Oh man was I big into fat-free everything for a while. I am so glad that I have discovered what healthy eating really is, and am no longer obsessed with looking at fat content.
That waterfall is beautiful. Someone else commented on this too, but how could a company buy a waterfall? Glad that didn’t happen.
I would love to try using a rower. My gym has a couple, so when they open again, I may need to give it a try.
Have a good Tuesday Janae.

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I agree, the Baron genes take over! YAY for no more fat-free items, the fat just makes things taste so much better. It really was so weird that the city was thinking of selling it but enough people protested and signed petitions to stop them! I can’t wait for you to be able to use your gym again. Thanks Wendy, you too!

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Brussel spouts! Not a fan lol.

Our puppy is scared of the smaller kids because I think they move too fast for her. But she was great with a one year old baby….I think because the mom held the tiny one and the tot couldn’t rush at her lol. River is very gentle with kids.

Don’t really need to do a lot this year because most of us have everything we need but do have some parcels arriving so hopefully in time for Christmas! poor postal service lol. No wrapping alas.

Beck looks soo content. Have a great day Janae! Happy celebrating Christmas early!

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River just sounds like the best! So glad you don’t have to wrap this year:) Thank you Kristine and I hope you have a great rest of your day!

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What a wonderful picture of your parents– a treasure for sure.
I hope you and your family have such a wonderful time celebrating Christmas today. And when you miss them on Christmas Eve/Day, I hope that you will feel “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” <3
You and Andrew are doing such a wonderful job navigating it all. God will see that you all land in those "green pastures." <3

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Hey Clare, thank you… I am going to get it framed. Those words mean a lot to me and I just put that quote into my notes on my phone so I can keep looking at it. Have a beautiful day and thanks for making my day brighter!

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Spaghetti Squash!!! I thought pasta was so “bad” so I forced this stuff down for years. Now I can’t even smell it. :)

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YESSSS and we would eat zoodles all of the time too… nope, give me the real pasta! Have a beautiful day and I hope you don’t come across any squash soon:)

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Oh man, I agree with you about the egg whites. Just yuck. My thing is BABY CARROTS. I like carrots in things, but man eating baby carrots is the literal worst. Why do we put ourselves through that torture? No more for me! It’s not that I hate the taste really, I just can’t stand eating them – what a chore. Haha, apparently I have feelings about this! Also, dry spinach. Just no.

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Hey Tess! Hallelujah that we eat the whole egg now! Brooke fully agrees with you about the baby carrots… and I only want them if they are dipped into ranch ha. SO happy that you eat what you want now and goodbye dry spinach. Have the best day Tess and thanks for sharing.

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Hi Janae! I gotta agree with you, low fat stuff just doesn’t taste as good. Happy Christmas Eve to you!

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AMEN!! So grateful we have move past that. Have a great day Amy!

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Oh yes, I used to avoid yolks too. Now I eat them all the time. I am done shopping for the holidays and so happy about it!!! Love the post!!!

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Hallelujah that the yolks are back! Enjoy being done shopping, it feels so good. Thank you friend and have a great afternoon!

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My dog actually prefers children over adults. For some reason, adults make him extremely anxious, but not kids – maybe their size?

I recently starting following Sharonsaysso and Allsidesnow on IG. Sharonsaysso does such a great job of educating people about all sides of politics. I love that her agenda is to teach. Allsidesnow was started by conservative republicans and liberal democrats in order to show both perspectives (as well as the center) and to get rid of media bias.

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That is so great that your dog loves kids! Random but didn’t you get your puppy in Utah (I might be so wrong ha but I seem to remember that). Okay, that is just the account we all need. Thank you SO MUCH, I can’t wait to follow. Have a great afternoon, Marissa!

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Oh the years of fat-free and sugar-free. Yuck. I’m glad to happily forgo those labeled foods now!

Skye is your mom’s mini-me. So cute!

We got a 7 month old puppy over Thanksgiving and she thinks everyone should be her friend. I always happen to walk her when school kids let out and it’s pure drama torture for her not to go jump and play with them.

Our retail stores close tomorrow so pretty much being done shopping is decided ;) I did most shopping online but I do miss popping into stores during the holidays and feeling frantically festive. Then again, there’s wayyyyy less pressure these days.

Love the photo of your parents!

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Oh I forgot about all of the sugar-free things… I would buy sugar-free syrup and it was just the worst! I am SO thrilled about your new puppy. She sounds like such a happy dog and like she just wants to play. I agree on both the pro and the con you listed about shopping this year and I’m really enjoying the less pressure part. Thanks so much Kelly and I hope your afternoon is a great one.

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We had a black lab we got when my 16 was 3….She was the BEST dog to all 3 kids (16, 3, 6 months) age shared all their snacks, protected them and let them play and lay on her to watch movies. We lost her this week and miss her dearly…your pics of Barretta with your kids make me so happy.

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Trish. I am so so sorry that you guys lost your lab. She sounds like she was the perfect dog❤️.

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Science.Sam on Instagram! Lots of unbiased-info about the new vaccine. I find she breaks all the science-y jargon down into terms a regular person can understand and she’s done her homework!

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Awesome! I cannot wait to check her out! Thanks so much Lindsey!

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I love that photo of your parents too :) Thanks for sharing with Us!

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