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Friday, July 29, 2011

Lions, and Tigers and Bears... Oh no Just an Anniversary...

So you saw my post last week of us being married for 4 years. Well Chase happened to be in charge of our fun plans this year. The last time it was his turn we went to San Francisco. You can read all about it here.

This year he had a hard time coming up with stuff. We didn't want to spend a whole lot of money, and we couldn't go away for the weekend or anything because Chase had his work party the Friday before and he was moving into his new building the day after our anniversary.We decided to use our awesome groupons for fandango.com and went to see Harry Potter. I thought for sure there was going to be a line and that we'd be waiting for at least an hour. HA! No line.
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Then after we went over to 5 guys in American Fork which just recently opened. Yum!
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After eating we headed up to Salt Lake to go to the Hogel Zoo! I haven't been since I was 6 or 7. I remember going with my class when we lived up in Salt Lake. It was a lot of fun! We had train tickets, and were going to do that before we left. Well we get out from seeing the monkeys and it just starts pouring rain! We waited over an hour after that to be able to ride the train.

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Chase riding the train and recording it too

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Us by the elephants

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Camel

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Chase with the Giraffe

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Feeding time

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This bird (fake, really it was fake, can't you tell) Was just sitting there, maybe it was to scare the giraffes so they wouldn't leave, I don't know.

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The girls

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Look how tall they are?!

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Can you see that massively long tongue?

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There it is again, long tongue.

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Bald Eagles- ever seen these in the wild?

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They were also doing a thing called zoorassic park. Where they had a ton of animated dinosaurs. Some of them squirted water too

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Posing with the jaguar

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alligators I think... Or are they crocodiles? I can't remember

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King Julian from Madagascar - they also sat like Hurley. Or Hurley sits like them... Hard to tell...

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Lemurs

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Cute little elephant named Zuri

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All the kids loved this. It would start singing/blowing a tune then it would sneeze and then blow air out of it's trunk.

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armadillo
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Watching the elephants
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Waiting for the rain to stop. the dinosaur in the background of this picture was the one that squirted water
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Waiting for the rain to stop. Nice and humid!

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Waiting for the train after it rained
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Once finished the train ride we left the zoo and drove to Buca di Beppo by the Rose Wagner Theatre. It was yummy! They serve dinner family style, like PF Changs. Our server was great! She was really funny. We will definitely be going back! Yum!
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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Video Worth Sharing



This video explains it all. It's so simple yet so true.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Article: Busting Excuses to Avoid Exercise, No Matter Your Size

This article really spoke to me. I keep feeling like all the doctors and specialist are telling me that I HAVE to work out 3 times a week for 30 minutes. Well this article really changed me. I sometimes can't find 30 minutes to go running or even an hour to go work out! What the author of this article is saying is that it's okay if you only have 10 minutes to go work out. That's better than nothing. Even if it's shoveling the walks or walking down to the driveway and back 5 times.

I always like to post it here so that way people who don't want to open a new window can enjoy it here. Here's the link to the article.

Remember this was written from Beth, not me!


"By Beth Donovan aka ~Indygirl

I used to think I had to have a goal of running a 5K or working out for at least a half hour a day to get any benefits from exercise. I was dead wrong. Every little bit of moving we do adds up and studies have shown that even daily broken up exercise routines work to reduce health concerns. SparkGuy himself sets a modest goal of 10 minutes a day, which he usually surpasses. I followed his lead and although at first I wasn't able to do a full 10 minutes, I broke it up into a few minutes a few times a day. Something happens after 10 minutes though, and I find myself reaching for that 11th minute, the 12th minute and more.

If you haven't moved in awhile, start slowly and ask your doctor what exercises might be right for you, especially if you have chronic pain or a disability. I started my exercise routine with sessions of in-home physical therapy because I was bedridden at the time. Wherever you are at with your fitness level, accept it and find the best workout for YOU, not for your friend or favorite celebrity. Just moving at all for some people is a workout, while others might need more vigorous training. You need to find your personal fitness level and build on it. When looking for a workout routine, remember it needs to be something you will enjoy. Try different things until you find what suits your tastes. Here's what works for me:

  1. Set modest goals. Don't burn yourself out before you even get started. If you haven't worked out in a year, starting with an hourlong walk a day might not be practical and might burn you out or leave you injured. You might start with a 10-minute walk for a week, then go to 15 minutes the next week depending on your fitness level. My goals usually change each month. I'm very slow to progress, but I do progress. If I progress too quickly, I suffer from too much pain and start to dread working out. When that happens, I slowly find reasons not to exercise. The trick is to not let that happen in the first place. To avoid the problem, I make my goals as easy to reach as possible. I want to succeed, so I make them attainable. Making them impossible or too challenging would serve no purpose for me.

  2. Music can be extremely motivating. My playlist is something I try not to listen to unless I'm working out. Why? It's my reward for working out. I get to hear music I like when I exercise and I make sure the music is downright addictive to me so that I want to hear the next song. That way I will keep working out so I can listen to the music.

    I get motivated to go to the gym by people I meet there. I'm very social most of the time. If you are like me, a gym might be a great place to make friends by taking a class or showing up at the same time each day/night. If you like exercising at home or alone, having an accountability buddy might work. My friend Tina and I call each other and brag on our exercise or good choices throughout the day. It keeps me motivated and wanting to make more good choices.

  3. Workout clothing makes me feel motivated, too. I never thought I would say that, as I always considered myself inactive. When I dress in workout clothes, they make me feel like moving. The problem with being large is that finding cute workout clothes isn't easy. Lately I've had a lot of fun shopping at Goodwill for my workout clothes, something I was never able to do before. (For more tips on workout clothes, equipment and more, check out: Solutions to the Challenges of Living Large or Less Mobile)

  4. If you just aren't the indoor exercise type, take it outside. Enjoy the scenery, no matter what season; there is something to do, even if it is just to march in place or shovel snow. Walk to the mailbox to get your mail if that's all you can do or make a few trips up and down the driveway. Look into dog-walking programs at the local pound if you enjoy animals. Some nursing homes have buddy programs, too, or you might be able to befriend a senior and exercise at a slower pace together.

  5. Make a dream list of activities you would like to do in your fit life. Using that dream list to motivate yourself to train for those activities might be another way to get excited about exercise. Personally, I would like to walk through a water park again and swim in the wave pool. I would also like to walk through Disney World and Epcot Center again and along the beach in Florida with my husband. To do this, I am strengthening my legs as much as I can via use of my walker and cane. I also do cardio on my arm bike, pushing the resistance as far as I can to get resistance training at the same time.


These are the ways that I stay on track when exercise seems tedious or too difficult. I hope these tips help you as well. Remember that before you start or change an exercise plan, you should discuss it with your doctor.

What are your dreams? What could you strengthen to reach them" 

What are your thoughts? 

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Recipe: Lemon Chocolate Chip Muffins

These have always been my favorite growing up. I tried making them a few weeks ago and they honestly didn't turn out the same as I remember them. Probably because I didn't follow the directions. The thing that I tend to forget to spray the tins with cooking spray. Even when I do remember to spray the tins they STILL stick to the pan. Man I must be doing something wrong. Next time I'll also line the tins with flour. That seems to work wonders for me! Here's the recipe if you're dying to try them! I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of lemon, but it gives this just enough flavor that it tastes really good.



Saturday, July 02, 2011

Trip outside = fun findings

A long time ago (like months) I decided I was going to go to go to a place that I hadn't been before called World Market. One my way there - cause it was in Salt Lake, I thought I would go to Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's and Michaels. Well when I go shopping I usually don't know what I want to get. Horrible, because I tend to spend a little more money than is needed. Well I knew what I wanted at Michael's and JoAnn's but when I got to Hobby Lobby I thought I wanted some fabric, but then I decided that I didn't want that. Anyways I walked around the store for over an hour. While I was walking around I found these two beauties, and thought Chase would LOVE to have them!

 After Hobby Lobby I made my way to World Market. I had been seeing these ALL over blog land for a while now, and they had a bunch of these there for $50!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Did Chase really Make these?

Yep! Yes those are cinnamon rolls.


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Looks Yummy right?