Homemade Ramen Noodles and Chicken

We love ramen noodles here at our house, but there’s SO many things in a package of ramen noodles. I stooped counting at 35, I decided I’d had enough of sodium filled unhealthy noodles, and I was determined to find a quick, but yet healthy recipe for my family to enjoy that same ramen taste.

Mission accomplished!



Salt & Pepper to taste

3 teaspoons of garlic powder

4 cups chicken broth

4-5 chicken thighs, sauteed in pan with just a little toss of olive oil

2 teaspoons of onion power

Bag of frozen mixed vegetables

2 packages of Chuka Soba Noodles


  1.  Saute chicken thighs in olive oil, until cooked through.
  2. In a dutch oven or large stock pot, add all ingredients but noodles together.
  3. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  4. Once noodles are cooked, add to pot and toss and serve immediately!

Makes 5 servings, about 1 1/2 cup serving size, 200 calories.

Santa For A Day

Santa’s shoes are undeniably tough to fill, whether tending to reindeer, eating cookies, managing elves or composing the legendary Naughty and Nice list. There are some kids, however, that are up for the task. Our friends at Lands’ End interviewed potential Santa candidates from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Dane County and they shared in a video just how they would approach the job of being Santa, should he be unable to fulfill his jolly duties this holiday season. Take a look:

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We couldn’t let Lands’ End have all of the gift giving fun! So, we’re giving away $100 Lands’ End gift cards to 4 lucky people that share the Santa for a Day video along with the hashtags #LandsEndHoliday and #sweepsentry. You can tweet as many times as you want between now and December 13th. Four winners will be randomly selected from eligible public entries and announced on Wednesday, December 14th! Read our official rules here.

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School Lunch Week 3

Week 3 of Lunches!

Monday-PB & Fluff Sandwich, Ritz Crackers, Starburst Gummies & Jello

Tuesday-Turkey Roll Ups, Goldfish, Rice Pudding, Cucumber & Dip

Wednesday-Cheese Quesadilla w/ Sour Cream Dip, Strawberry Wafers and Pineapple Greek Yogurt

Thursday-Tuna Salad, GoGo Squeeze Applesauce, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge w/ Ritz Crackers & Annie’s Fruit Snacks

Friday-PB & Fluff Sushi Rolls, Annie’s Fruit Snacks, Caramel Popcorn Circles & Mandarian Oranges


School Lunch Week 2

I’ve been slacking on posting Kiley’s lunches everyday for everyone to get some new ideas, and the 2nd week of school I clearly forgot to take one day! So here is week 2!



Monday-PB & Fluff Sandwich, Watermelon, Applesauce & Goldfish.

Tuesday-Hard Boiled Egg, Pineapple Greek Yogurt, Grapes & Popcorn

Wednesday-Turkey Roll Up, Oreo Yogurt, Pretzel Thins & Watermelon

Thursday-PB and Fluff Roll Up, Grapes, Chocolate Pudding, & Goldfish




Treadmill Speed Work, Arms & Abs

Today I did a lighter day running then I normally do on a Tuesday, because I’m starting a running trail series tomorrow night.  Today I decided to do some speed work on the treadmill. I very rarely run at anything above 6.0 mph, but I’ve been trying the past few weeks to get there and get comfortable without feeling like I need to hold on to the treadmill rails for dear life! I’ve been slowly gearing up to 6.2 mph for short burst, but today I finally and without holding on got to 6.5 mph! I felt pretty spent after but it felt amazing that I was able to go that fast! After my run, I did some arm work and abs!




Legs, Arms and Abs

Monday is leg day for me.  I like to get it out of the way, that way when it’s time for my long run on the weekend my legs usually had enough time to recover!

I started today’s workout with 35 minutes on the elliptical.

For the rounds, use whatever weight you are comfortable with, I used 8 pound and 6 pounds for some and 10 for others.  Remember everything can be modified!


4 Mile Treadmill Run & Arms

4 mile Treadmill Run, my overall pace was 12:14.  There is also a bonus arm workout at the end!

Remember to complete each mile interval until that mile is complete, some I had to repeat and other interval’s it took me the whole interval to complete the mile!

For the arm work out, I used 8 pound and 10 pound weights, use what is comfortable for you! For the resistance band part of the workout, the thicker the band the harder the exercises will be!



Alpha Beans

Such a cheap and easy way to practice letter recognition! Grab some cupcake liners and dry beans at the grocery store and you have an easy way to practice the alphabet. Write on each cupcake liner a letter of the alphabet and on each bean write a letter of the alphabet. You can play this many different ways. For Kara, who is 3, we just matched the letter on the bean to the letter in the cupcake liner. For an older child, you could have them state the sound of the letter also when the put the bean in the cupcake liner!

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Super easy and super cheap to make at home!

The Night Before Kindergarten

Isn’t it funny how when our children are growing up, in their toddler years, you hear your self saying a lot, “Mommy, can help you, but I want you to try to do it your self, you’re getting to be a big girl now”  or “you are going to start school soon, you have to be able to do this by your self”.  And isn’t it funny how the one thing you’ve said a million times to your children, is now the one thing that makes you want to shove your face into a box of tissues? Because here’s the thing, now that Kiley is about to start Kindergarten, I don’t want her to do it her self. I want to go along for the ride with her, I want to sit in her classroom tomorrow with her, but in reality I can’t.

Tomorrow morning, Kiley is going to step on that big bright yellow school bus for the first time by her self. And it’s scares me and it terrifies me, because it’s the first step of the rest of her life, that she really starts needing me less and less. And granted, this is a big step of many first for her, and I know she will always need me, it’s just a different kind of need now. She’s a big 5-year-old now. Miss. Independent. It’s hard to believe when her book bag is bigger then her!

For the last 2 years of her life when she started nursery school, I was the one to walk her into school, I hung up her book bag every morning. I was the one to pick her up from school and bring her home. I was the one to feed her lunch. I was the one to read her a book before nap time. Tomorrow, she’s all alone to do it her self, and I know deep down inside that she will have no issue doing anything by her self, it’s just her nature to be a strong little lady.

I remember those sleepless nights, early on and hard days, when Chris and I would always say to one another, this won’t last for long(by the way) thanks Darius Rucker for those amazing lyrics.  It doesn’t last for long, it feels like yesterday  I decided to be a stay at home mom and no longer a Kindergarten teacher so that I could be home with her everyday.  But tomorrow, already, I walk her down our driveway to the bus stop.

It was only yesterday she needed me to help her eat her breakfast, it was only yesterday that she needed me to pick out her outfits(she already has her dress to her toes picked out for tomorrow), it was only yesterday that I had to hold her hand to help her walk, but tomorrow she faces this world all on her own. And I have all the faith in the world in her that she will amazing.

Earlier tonight we were shopping at Target for some last-minute school items and she grabbed my hand, something she doesn’t do quite as often anymore because she’s usually ahead of me and it was like she was silently remiding me that no matter how big she gets, her hand will always fit perfectly inside of mine.

So remember, when you are in your driveway with your sunglasses on shading those tears, watching your little kindergartener get on that bus, that you aren’t alone, I’m right there with you wanting to follow that bus and every move she makes that first day of school.