It is 4 in the afternoon and I still have yet to shower…to me, that speaks “summer.”

After taking things slow this morning, I headed to the gym around 9am for a 40 minute workout and a short arm workout.

This workout is from  I really enjoy this elliptical workout because throughout the workout I manually have to change the settings, the direction I am pedaling, and my speed.  It really keeps me on my toes, but allows me to watch the Today show at the same time 🙂

Busy Body Elliptical Workout

Time Level Directions RPM
0:00-5:00 3 Warm Up
5:00-6:00 5
6:00-7:00 5 Backward
7:00-9:00 7 Forward No Hands
9:00-11:00 10 Hands 135-145
11:00-13:00 6 Backward
13:00-15:00 8 Forward 145-155
15:00-17:00 6
17:00-19:00 6 145-155
19:00-21:00 6 Backward
21:00-22:00 6 Forward No Hands
22:00-24:00 10 Hands 135-145
24:00-29:00 8 Backward
29:00-31:00 8 Forward 145-155
31:00-34:00 8 No Hands
34:00-35:00 5 Hands
35:00-40:00 3 Cool Down

My arm workout was 2 sets with 7.5lb weights of:

  • 15 bicep curls
  • 10 tricep kickbacks
  • 15 upward rows
  • 15 tricep pullovers
I then came home to take Bella on a walk and hang out with Brian who was home on his lunch break!  It was nice to see him in the middle of the day instead of just for dinner at night 🙂
For lunch:
It’s grocery week so the cupboards and fridge are getting bare…so I threw together some cottage cheese, green beans, broccoli, red pepper, carrots, and celery to dip in peanut butter.  Simple and delish!  I am definitely getting my produce fill 😉
I then decided to do some wedding stuff and put stuff in the old binder.  I have a giant pink “look book” binder that I have categorized with:
  • Bouquet/Flowers
  • Reception
  • Budgeting
  • Stationary
  • Ceremony
  • Hair
  • Dresses (Mine and Bridesmaids)
  • General
I also have a list of web sites that I use as tools too:
It is a good sorting tool for me, because I see so many things that I like in magazines I need to put all of the things I like in one place so I don’t get overwhelmed.  I also like to circle and make notes on the various pages, otherwise I usually forget what I liked on the page in the first place.  I attempted to do this outside…but that lasted about 10 minutes…the sweat on my legs made things a liiiitle messy.
After doing wedding stuff, I decided to bake some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I always use the “Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” recipe from Quaker oats.   I figure they make the oats, they should know how to make a great tasting cookie with the oats!
Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Original Recipe from
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min
Brian will be happy to snack on these while we watch a movie later tonight.  I am really excited for this weekend because for the first time in what seems like forever, we don’t have anything planned!  So, tonight we are going to take full advantage of that, stay in, eat a cookie or two, and watch a movie.
In a couple of weeks I will be heading to Michigan for a family reunion.  There is a silent auction of homemade goodies every year, and the project I am working on would be so cute with little custom labels.
Does anyone have a good website with free and cute label templates in multiple sizes?

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