Thank Goodness For Fun Fact Friday

by tinareale on December 2, 2011

Oh, Friday. Oh, rest day. How I needed you this week. I had a pretty hectic week this week, so by now I can only manage to put together a few random thoughts. Thank goodness for Fun Fact Friday! Let’s hop to it….then hop to the weekend. Oh, it’s gonna be a good one for me!

Yesterday was one of those days where nothing went smoothly. I drove all the way to the bank to make some deposits, then realized I forgot my bank card. I went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, but my doctor had called it in to the other location. Makenzie threw her lunch plate on the floor. Braedon wouldn’t nap for the fourth day in a row. My computer went really slow making it difficult to get work finished. I don’t like griping about such things, but let’s just say I’m glad it’s a new day.

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: Clearly, today is one of those days where it is better to communicate through someecards than to actually speak in person. source

Thanks for your supportive and honest comments regarding my possible goal of training for a full marathon. They all made me want to do one even more… Don’t worry. I’ll figure out a realistic time and way to reach that goal. Although, I think it’s a case of sooner rather than later. I only imagine it gets harder to have time with older kids and all the activities  they have then.

Christmas came early around here.


Peter and his SlickDeals site discovered a deal for a Kitchen Aid mixer for around $100 after Kohl’s cash, 20% off, and a sale price. What should I make with it first???

Makenzie wishes Christmas would come early for her.


She saw a commercial for these crazy slippers on Monday. She hasn’t stopped talking about them since. I guess we’ve officially reached the age of “Christmas wish lists”.

I have been having so much fun this week putting together plans for the people who have already signed up for training programs. This work fulfills me tremendously. And I hope it gives even more back to all I work with. Smile

Putting together those plans, inspired me to put together a new one for myself. I did three easy miles on the treadmill yesterday and followed it up with a stabilization weights circuit.

  • wall squat
  • cable chest press
  • cable high row
  • push press on Bosu
  • lunge on Bosu with hammer curls
  • lunge on Bosu with lateral raises
  • squat thrust into tricep extension

A workout that seemed relatively basic when I put it together completely KICKED. MY. BUTT! I barely broke a sweat during my run, but had sweat dripping off me by the time I finished this circuit less than 30 minutes later.

I’m happy. Like…really, really happy. Praise God for the directions He has lead me. Red heart

Give me your “Fun Fact Friday”! And what should I make with my mixer first?


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 2, 2011 at 7:11 am

You can see my fun facts this afternoon! :)

And I cannot imagine sweet little M throwing her plate down on the floor. Was this intentional or accidental? lol

2 tinareale December 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Oh, intentional. Girl has some ‘TUDE!

3 Paige @ Running Around Normal December 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

Kitchenade for $100?!?!? That’s insane!!! But awesome that he was able to score that deal :)
Yayyyyy for new clients!

4 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

you should do something foolproof and fun with the kitchenaid…maybe a favorite cookie? i tried to do a batch of bread with mine when i first got it and…yeah. not the most encouraging thing i could have done :)

5 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

Happy Friday! Those slippers do sound crazy! Hahah :)

6 Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle December 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

I’m so jealous about the Kitchenaide! I want one so badly. I would suggest making some Christmas cookies. Some favorites of mine are White Chocolate Macadamia Nut or Chewy Oatmeal.

7 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

Oh my gosh what a steal! And given the date, DEFINITELY a batch of holiday cookies.

8 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health December 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

Yay for being happy!! And that’s so awesome that you’re already getting clients :) . You should make some sort of “holiday” baked good with your new mixer!

9 Sue @ Sue In Training December 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

You got a kitchen aid?! Gosh, I’m jealous!
Of course you need to make some christmas cookies with that cool thing! Maybe something simple, like sugar cookies, ginger snaps, or snickerdoodles. Anyway, have fun with your new toy!

10 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe December 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

You are gonna love that stand mixer, it really takes a lot of the work out of baking. So glad to hear you have a few clients already!

11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

That’s an AWESOME deal! I say make scones first :) I’m kinda obsessed with them recently.

12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

Today is my Thursday since I have to work tomorrow…booooo. Oh well, we are putting the tree up tonight and have some pizza, so good times to come later today!

Love my kitchen aid…it is cookie season, right? I say cookies should do the trick to break in your new friend! have a great day Tina!

13 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

I’ve got a fun friday over at my place too….it’s sure to make you smile. Or incite jealousy. Maybe both. ;)
So happy that you’re happy!! :)

14 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

It’s so great to hear how happy you are with how everything is going, Tina! This is obviously a great decision for you. :) I’m happy for you!

15 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food December 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

Jealous of your mixer deal!

I’m so happy you are feeling so great about your new endeavors! Yay for you! :-)

16 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

You’re going to LOVE your stand mixer – it’s my favorite appliance, even if it does take up a lot of counter space. :) I’m so excited your new venture is taking off so well!

17 Brittney December 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

I have the same mixer! My mom got it for me for christmas last year. It’s great for cookies and pretty much anything you bake. Enjoy!

18 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

Ummm… Christmas cookies for sure!!! I love my mixer but sure spent more than $100 on it! That is an awesome deal :) Happy Rest Day!

19 Kat December 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

amazing deal on the Kitchen Aid! we got one for our wedding and I love it!
first thing you should make: vegan cookie dough. don’t make cookies, just eat the dough :)

20 Ari @ Ari's Menu December 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

Fresh bread!! That was one of the coolest things I felt like I could do when I got my Kitchenaid. Also, I would highly suggest the ice cream maker attachment. I just started using it for Thanksgiving and I’m already hooked :)

21 Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves December 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

What an awesome deal on your mixer! I have one on my Christmas list. :) I’ve been really good so I hope santa brings it to me. Make chocolate chip cookies…can’t go wrong with a classic!

22 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

The overnight cinnamon rolls I posted this week (if you have a dough hook)! :)

23 tinareale December 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Done and done! Bookmarked it because I have wanted to make cinnamon rolls for forever!

24 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

We all have those days! Sometimes the most basic workouts are the ones that killll the most :D I think you should make holiday goodies! I lovelovelove my mixer, you will love yours!

25 jobo December 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

SCORE on the kitchen aid mixer!! that is an awesome deal!! M got me one and I almost choked when he told me how much he spent…he didn’t really look for a deal haha ;-) Glad the comments and advice on your marathon post were helpful for you yesterday!!

26 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama December 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

What an amazing deal on the mixer! I think I’d make bread!!

27 Hilary December 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

Make homemademarshmallows with the mixer…so much fun, great for the holidays and WAAAAAY easier with a stand mixer (trust me on this one). Fun fact: even though I PROMISED myself I could buy no more clothes for myself before Christmas, I’m thinking of breaking it because there is a sweater online at lululemon in a colour that I REALLY REALLY want and I know it will almost for sure be sold out in my size before Christmas.

28 Jess December 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Make cookies. Or something with frosting. Or make frosted cookies! I love my stand mixer so much it actually get to take up some of my limited counter space. That and our coffee maker.

Fun fact: I just earned a weekly work from home day, and picked Friday. Yay for working from home!

29 [email protected] December 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

My daughter wants those slippers too!!
Have a great weekend :)

30 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Make cookies. Lots of lots of cookies. Actually, don’t even bake the cookies…just eat the dough. YUM! Egg-free of course…don’t want salmonella haha.

31 tinareale December 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

The dough IS the best part! ;)

32 Tess @ Cross Country Cajun December 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love my mixer! What a great deal!!!

My husband and I make homemade pizza dough in ours plus everything else. It has a permanent spot on our counter.

33 Lisa December 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I LOVE our mixer! You should make homemade pizza. YUM

34 tinareale December 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Funnily enough, making pizza dough was one of the big deciding factors for Peter in getting that deal.

35 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner December 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Here’s hoping that today is a better day for you :)
What a deal you got on the mixer! That’s amazing!

36 J @ ... semplicemente j ... December 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Meringue ! Make meringue … or tres leches you use it 3 times in the recipe!

37 [email protected] Style December 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I LOVE our kitchenaide and even better, it’s pink. :) My poor hubby, but we have two girls so he’s getting used to pink.
Make sugar cookies, that way your kids can get involved and will love to decorate them! It’s my daughter’s absolute favorite.
My 3 year old has a serious “list” this year as well, funny how quickly it changes. Best of luck and enjoy that mixer!

38 Katie December 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I can’t believe I haven’t seen your new site yet – it looks fantastic, Tina!! And as for the mixer – I say make mashed potatoes first. It’s so fun to watch them whip up in there (I use the whisk attachment) – have fun with it!

39 tinareale December 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Haha! I think you are probably the ONLY person to recommend making mashed potatoes first. ;)

40 Jeannie December 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I have a Kitchenaide. Very versatile. Love it! Mix pancakes and waffles with it all the time. :)

41 Marty December 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I’ve been dying for a stand mixer like that. Hopefully I’ll get one soon. I’d bake some cookies (white chocolate macadamia are my favorite). Make a full recipe, bake some tonight, and freeze the rest of the dough for your holiday baking. Enjoy your new toy!

42 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Make cookies. Always cookies. And I remember when i was little and wanting everything i saw in a commercial. I’m surprised my mother didn’t stop us from watching TV during the holidays! i can only imagine how annoying my brothers and i were with our requests!

43 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish December 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I’m with everyone else–that Kitchen Aid wants some cookie dough in its bowl!

I really love M’s must-have Christmas item. As a slipper collector, I may have to get a pair for myself! Do you think they make an adult version? ;-)

44 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Ugh, days like that….it’s like it just snowballs and there’s no fixing it. But nice gift. I have been wanting one for ages. Gotta make pizza dough for Pizza Friday LOL

45 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) December 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

MAKE COOKIES! I christened my Kitchenaid with cookies so I’m biased. ;)

46 Paula @ Lipstick and Lunges December 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I’m glad the big change is bringing positive results!!! Awesome deal on the kitchenaid mixer, I got mine as a wedding gift and love love it. The only place I have space for it is on a high shelf and every time I lift that bad boy down I’m reminded that lifting weights can be pretty helpful in everyday life haha.

47 tinareale December 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Yea. That thing is SO much heavier than it looks! I was shocked!

48 Cheryl December 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm

If it was me, I’d be making meringues or something fancy like that! I’ve masted the art of cake mixes without a mixer…but I can’t wait to have my own. I love the white (very classic) but I think I want a coloured one. Tradition in my family is to wait and give one as a wedding gift…so I guess I’ll have to buy my own or start dating someone, ASAP. HAve fun with it.

49 Jen December 3, 2011 at 4:45 am

I am happy for you! Praise the Lord!!!

50 Tiff December 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

Oh my, the age of Christmas lists… My friend’s 3 year-old started using the Toys R Us catalogue as his bedtime story book. He’s like, “Let’s read this!” haha

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