Our Crossfit Journey (or…Crap Jess Says)

My husband and I started working out (Crossfit) a little over a month ago. We absolutely love it. It daily kicks our butts, but we feel great afterward and we’ve seen some great results in a very short amount of time. The community aspect of it is one of our favorite parts. Our trainers are amazing, and everyone we have had the pleasure of coming into contact with because of Crossfit has been encouraging and motivating. I don’t see us stopping this anytime soon. With that said, we’ve had some pretty weird conversations because of the changes we are seeing and just the overall act of working out. I am sharing a few of these for your entertainment.

Me: “I am so sore…my skin is sore! Is that normal?”

Me: “You never said that running was a part of Crossfit!”

Me: “This is the one time I’m glad you put the tall toilet in our bathroom.” (This was after what felt like a bazillion squats.)

Hubby: “How much do you weigh?” Me: “I don’t know, I’m afraid of the scale since you weighed.” (He’s gained about 10lbs.)

At least once a week while looking at the next day’s workout… Me: “What the crap does that mean? I don’t even know what that is.” (Then googling & getting sucked into Crossfit exercise videos for 30+ minutes.) Me: “Oh yeah, that thing.”

During a discussion of different muscles being sore, being more defined/bigger, etc… Me: “What’s this?” (Pointing to my lower back.) Hubby: “Back fat?” Me: (Punching him in the arm.) “The muscle! What’s it called?!”

Okay, so most of these are me being whiny, but hey, they’re funny. The best part is I’m on this journey with my best friend. I get frustrated and he keeps me straight. He overdoes it and I scold him. Ya know…give and take. ;) Does working out make you ask/say weird things or is it just me?

Pink Zebra Sprinkles

I was asked to test Pink Zebra Sprinkles by my friend Christi. She gave me several different scents to try, and I can say I was not disappointed. I use a Better Homes and Gardens warmer, and have been using the wax cubes from Wal-Mart. I like the variety of scents and the price of the Wal-Mart cubes, but they don’t last long. It seems like they only last 2 days or so with a good strong scent, then they’re just kinda meh. Enter Pink Zebra Sprinkles.


I wasn’t given huge amounts to sample, which worked out well because I think I would have totally used too much. It really doesn’t take much of the sprinkles, (maybe a teaspoon?) and the scent lasts longer than the cubes! Another cool feature of the sprinkles is you can mix scents. I used the Farm House Cider one for 3-4 days and when I noticed the scent wasn’t as strong as it was originally, I added 6 little cinnamon sprinkles, and boom…Cinnamon Apple Cider. And the scents are ridiculously spot on. For instance, you know how peach scented stuff usually has that artifical peachy smell that is too sweet? The peach scented Pink Zebra Sprinkles smell like you’ve just bit into a super ripe, juicy, delicious peach. Seriously…it’s crazy how accurate the scents are. Overall, I am really pleased with the sprinkles, and look forward to trying more scents. If you don’t already have your own warmer, they have a nice variety of styles to fit your decor, and just like the sprinkles…they can be mix & matched. They also have some cool reed diffusers that I really want to check out.

If you’d like to order some for yourself, or if you’d like more information, check out Christi’s Pink Zebra Sprinkles page or contact her directly at: christi.dobson6@gmail.com
And…last but not least, she is running a special that if you spend $50 or more before tax/shipping, you will get one free jar of sprinkles and be entered into a raffle for a FREE base, liner and shade combo!

Saving $$…yeah!!

So the holiday season is upon us and we could all use a little extra money for gifts, travel, charity, etc. As a family of 6, we go through mass quantities of stuff. I like to buy in bulk, but we don’t have those types of stores close to where we live. So…I’ll let you in on a secret. Well, not really a secret, but an app that I really like. It’s called Boxed. (I am including my referral code so you can save $20 on your first order, and I get a $10 credit when you order.) Boxed is like those warehouse type stores as in most of the stuff is in mass quantities and you get good prices…plus it gets delivered right to your door! Let me give you an example of some things I ordered today. *Note: Retail price listed is according to the Boxed app, and the Amazon price is what I saw this morning.

Frosted Mini Wheats 70 oz. – Boxed: $9.49 Retail: $19.60 Amazon: $21.59
Austin Cookies & Crackers 36 pk – Boxed $8.99 Retail: $13.68 Amazon: $12.49
BelVita Cinnamon Brown Sugar 25 4ct packs – Boxed: $12.49 Retail: $24.25 Amazon $20.45
Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner Lemon Verbena 64 oz. – Boxed: $15.49 Retail: $17.28 Amazon: $22.99

I’m not going to bore you with my entire list, but note that if you order over $100 you qualify for free shipping…which saves you an additional $10 I believe. I think it’s also worth mentioning that they offer discounts often and I’ve received random credits in my account that I still have no idea what they are for…for instance, when I went to check out today I had a $15 credit in my account. Not sure why it was there, but a free $15? I’m not going to question it. ;) So if you’d like to check out Boxed, here is the link to the Boxed website, the iphone app, android app, and their Facebook & Twitter accounts…along with my referral code: H4MPI so you can research it for yourself!

*NOTE* I was not compensated for this blog post in any way, aside from my promoting my referral link…I just wanted to share something I feel is a great find with you all.

For The Win…FINALLY!

My amazing husband coaches my son’s flag football team (the Broncos, of course), and I am acting as the assistant coach. I say acting because I have no clue what I’m doing besides keeping the boys (ages 7-8) in line as they sit on the bench. At this age, they are obsessed with their flags…pulling everyone flags, hitting each other with flags, etc. We have a really great group of boys and they seem to be having fun, and we’ve had another player’s Dad step in and help with the coaching…of which I am relieved beyond description. Before this last weekend we were 0-4, and I was absolutely dreading the game. I did not want these boys to lose again and see the disappointment on their sweet little faces. Only one player from our team didn’t make it to the game, and the boys played hard. It came down to the wire with us ahead by less than a touchdown, they had the ball, and there was less than a minute left of the game. Their star player got the ball, and my son makes his first flag pull of the season! The boys on the bench went absolutely ballistic, screaming ‘We WON the game!’, jumping up and down, high fiving each other…it was complete chaos. I am so proud of each and every boy on our team…they worked hard and they deserved that win, and I think the parents needed it just as much as the kids.

Broncos win!!!

Broncos win!!!

I am no longer dreading the next game. As long as we have at least one win, the boys are having fun, and the parents are happy…I am totally at peace. I will say, next year…I will NOT volunteer as tribute Assistant Coach. Too much stress! And a special shout out to all the coaches out there…I appreciate you and what you do! It’s hard!

Back To Blogging

Okay, now that I’m kinda in a groove with this homeschooling/working from home thing, I’m going to attempt to get back into blogging. I am doing this in a laid back kind of way, and am not going to stress out about having a post everyday. There will not always be relevant, meaningful content. Sometimes I will post something funny that has happened or was said and other times I’ll touch on serious topics. This is just going to be a place of freedom, expression, family experiences, and no stress. Did I mention no stress? The big reason I stopped blogging is that I felt this huge pressure to do something every day…which is totally NOT feasible for me with my chaotic schedule/family. ;) It became a burden for me, rather than something that I enjoyed. I hope to be able to just come here and write, vent, post photos, and relax. And I hope you can enjoy it as well. So, here we go…I’m back!

Cold Medicine

This post is a short rant, so if you came here for some sort of meaningful content…move on to an older post.
I have been sick for about 2 weeks. It started out with stuffiness, sneezing, and an occasional cough…then escalated. I got to the point where I was shaking, coughing uncontrollably, migraines, and just feeling crappy overall. When I reached this level of sick, I became desperate. I took a night time cold medicine. I typically avoid them until I’m desperate because they really mess me up…as in knock me out and then I’m woozy for another full day. Upside is that 3 days later I am almost back to normal…health-wise. haha My rant is pretty much about myself…why can’t I take cold medicine without becoming a complete weirdo? Non-drowsy stuff makes me a total nut job and keeps me up for 2 days, and night time stuff wrecks me for 2 days. No wonder when I get sick, I stay that way for what seems like forever…I’m afraid of medicine! (And I’m a weenie and can’t take liquids without gagging & having a fit like a little kid…I’m sure it seems funny, and I thank God no one has ever caught me on camera having to take cough syrup.) *END RANT* Does anyone else have this problem?

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Froggy likes to draw, color, paint…pretty much any kind of craft he’s tried, he likes. He’s pretty protective of his art, so when he wanted to show his friend Coop a picture he colored & cut out, he had to secure it properly.

Froggy's secure method of transporting his art.

Froggy’s secure method of transporting his art.


Evidently I have passed on the sleepwalking gene not only to my daughter, but also to my son. Last night, Princess2T comes running into the living room about 10:30ish laughing hysterically, almost unable to tell us why she is freaking out. Turns out, my 6 year old son climbed down from the top bunk, pulled off his pj shorts & underwear and attempted to pee on the bottom bunk…that T was laying in reading a book. She catches him in time and redirects him to the bathroom (after he spins in circles a few times), where he manages to find the toilet. In the mean time, Daddy goes back there to assess the situation, and comes running back in…laughing…to get me. I enter the bathroom to find Froggy putting on his t-shirt…like they’re his shorts. Seriously. He’s got this confused look on his face, eyes dilated, not seeing what we’re seeing…obviously. He has his legs through the arm holes, and can’t quite figure out why it won’t stay up when he pulls it up & lets go. I help him back into his underwear, and Daddy helps him back into bed. When I questioned him this morning about the incident, he acts as though we are joking…he has absolutely NO recollection of last nights events.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* I no longer sleep walk, and as far as I know, I have never done anything super weird while sleepwalking. My Mom told me she caught me watching TV (that was not on) as a child in a pitch dark living room…creepy, but not overly weird.