October 2

I spent yesterday having my blackheads painfully extracted from my nose. I didn't even realize I had blackheads. She didn't notice them either until she put me under some giant light and that showed the ugly truth! She said my skin looked good, some sun damage, and a little on the dry side, but overall healthy.

I took the kids to Sam's Club with me and they totally stressed me out. They were trying to be so helpful, but they weren't. My request for walking feet, and kind words when asking for a sample seemed to go unheard. Running from sample station to sample station, my kids were on a mission for food. But at least they were healthy samples; Greek yogurt, Talapia, and apple slices (with caramel dip.) And when I asked for help locating boxes to load everything in the back of the truck they were just randomly grabbing boxes despite me telling them exactly the size we needed. It was just stressful with 3 of them. But thinking back on previous trips, it was actually pretty good overall. No one cried. Not even me. They helped me unload when we got home. They did their homework without issue and then had a little friend over. They've been having friends over with more frequency. We had a family move in right across the street. They have 3 kids; 2 boys, 1 girl 8, 6, and 4. The boys are the oldest and they've been over to play, and our gang over there. Our next door neighbor has grandchildren that visit everyday; one girl 7 and one boy 3. And the little girl one street up. She's also 7. Lot's of kids right at the same age as my gang.It's nice. I like having the kids over to our house. Sure my house gets a little more chaotic, but it's easier for me to keep an eye on Ronin.


I'm participating in the #octogram #instagram #challenge. Every day we have a different prompt. Today was Fall. As in the season. But I couldn't get that photo. Instead I got this. Ronin said to me "mama, this warm water makes me want to fall asleep." 

Today I am getting my hair trimmed up by the amazing Lauren with New Identities Salon in Tampa Palms. I love Lauren. She does a great blond!


October is also Think Pink for breast cancer. The kids and I, and hopefully my mom will be walking the 5K at the Race for the Cure in St. Pete. My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Locally Advanced IBD on the same day I found out I was pregnant with Haley.  I was so scared. She made it and I love her so much.

I'm also picking up my first fruit & veggie co-op from Carlita's Bowl!! I didn't buy any produce today while at Sam's Club so I'm counting on Carlita's Bowl to fill in my fruit and veggie gaps! I won't know what I get until I pick it up. Exciting.

I've also been reading a lot more recently. I love books. I'm reading A Discovery of Witches and Drums of Autumn. I'm about 1/2 way through each book. I keep alternating. I'm also listening to Drums of Autumn on audio in my car. I like that option instead of music. 

 Whew. I think that's it.

How was your day?





October 1st

I've decided that everyday through the month of October I am going to write something. Not a review, not an endorsement. Sure that is going to happen too, so these posts will be in addition to those posts. Tongue Out

It's hard to plan out an editorial calendar of what I want to write about because I get writer's block. Often.

But there are always two things I can blog about. Two things that I do every single day. And that is workout and play with my kids. So that's what I am going to blog about. My life with CrossFit and my kids.

Oh...and of course there is the #octogram Instagram challenge! I can blog about that too! Today's theme is FALL!!

And wouldn't luck have it. Today I am taking an active recovery day and going to get pampered at the Stay Sky Hotels & Resorts. I am having an hour of meditation, a tropical island massage, a customized facial, healthy lunch, and then another hour of meditation. I will probably skip that last hour so that I can head home for my kiddos. Tomorrow I can blog about my day of pampering!!

October also means it's Pink for October!! I'll be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure THIS Saturday with my kids. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, having fought and beat stage 4 locally advanced IBD. We honestly didn't know if she'd make it. She was so sick. But she's a fighter! She beat it! And this Saturday my kids and I will walk in her honor and for all those women who fought and won, and those women that fought and lost the battle.



If you had to write something every single day, what would you pick to write about?


October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

Disclaimer: This Instagram #Octogram #Parkesdale photo challenge is a sponsored collaborative effort between the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Parkesdale Farm Market.  Other than prizes to be awarded as giveaways for the Instagram photo challenge, the Tampa Bay Bloggers did not receive any compensation for this campaign.

I am always taking photos and posting them to Instagram, so I thought "why not join in and host a challenge with my fellow Tampa Bay Bloggers?!?!"

Starting on October 1, I am co-hosting my first October Instagram Challenge with the Tampa Bay Bloggers.  Follow each of these talented bloggers on Instagram and the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.

OctoGramChallenge October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

The #Octogram Hosts – Blogs and Instagram IDs

Parkedale Farm Market@parkesdale
Tampa Bay Bloggers@TBbloggers
Denise of Run DMT@Run_DMT
Scotty of Dads Who Change Diapers@diaperdad
Life as Dad@lifeasdad
Haley of Running with Diapers@runningwithdiapers
Caroline of My Fascinating Life@carolinecalcote
Tara of Everyday Ramblings of My Life - @tfunair
Jenny of Metamorfit@metamorfit
Nanci of This Crazy Life of Mine@auntnanci
Jina of Behold the Turtle@behold_turtle
Stacey at Artsnark’s Artifacts@Artsnark
Crystal of Thrifty and Frugal Living@Latsyrc728
Beth of Making, Baking and Creating@anasilan
Lydia of Running Wild(er)@Wildlyd
Raffi of Running Betty@rafdarrow
Mindy of Mindy’s Fitness Journey@mindyartze
Carlee of Frugal and Fun Mom@frugalandfunmom
Bonnie of Not So Modern Housewife@notsomodern
April of Pixiedust Savings@pixiedustsavings

But we don’t want you just lurking at our photos!  We’re dying for you to play along too!

Everyone who Instagrams and plays along will be entered for a chance to win a gift fruit basket from Parkesdale Farm Market valued at $65.90.  TWELVE lucky winners** entered in linky tool below will be randomly selected  on November 1.

**Only eligible to USA and Canada residents.

Parkesdale GiftBasket October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

We’ll be watching for your photos from the shadows of Instagram.

Add your Instagram ID to the linky collection below. Each day in October, snap a photo using the suggested photo prompt for for that day and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.

I can't wait to see your photos!!