Thursday

Many of my teacher friends, yoga friends, mommy friends, and family friends have asked me what I do with all my free time now that I am not teaching full-time anymore.  I thought I would post my schedule on various days to answer any questions you may have about my daily life!  (spoiler alert:  I don’t sit around and eat bonbons all day. )

Here is a look at yesterday:

5:00am:  Alarm goes off, get out of bed, get dressed, drink coffee, check emails, feed and let Toby out, write yoga sequence. (I teach the same sequence for a week.  I always switch it up on Thursdays!)

6:00am- Teach yoga class at Y2 Yoga.

7:30am- Back at home, shower, wake my kids up, drink a protein shake, straighten up, feed chickens, make lunches, walk them to the bus stop.

8:45am-walk back home, pack up for the day, and head over to teach my next class.

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9:30am- teach yoga class at The Cornwell Center.  I teach the most amazing group of women here.  (I have only had one guy ever participate!)  These women are always ready to try new and exciting poses- and they are so grateful.

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10:45am- Make a quick stop at the library to drop off books, and grab a few more.  My kids are big readers, so a library stop twice a week is the usual for me.  Yes.  That book on top is titled, We Give A Squid A Wedgie.  Don’t judge me.  They are reading.

11:00am- Head to Laughing Buddha to have my own practice.  Dawn, the owner, teaches a special 75 minute power yoga class on Thursdays.    This class is slower paced, with long holds in a heated room.  She always brings unique challenges–either with  inversions or variations of traditional poses.  Yesterday, we did standing Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (sundial)  instead of Birds of Paradise.  I did this pose for the Yes Yoga Has Curves photo shoot back in September of last year, and it has always been a favorite of mine.  I loved the standing variation Dawn led us through.

1:00pm- I showered at the studio, ate lunch in the car on the way to run a few errands.  (lunch was chicken breast and mashed avocado–Project 12 approved!)   I deposited a few checks, got gas, then went to the nail salon to see Terry, my favorite!

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2:30pm- Took this quick shot of my new short pink nails after my manicure.  I love gel nails and how I can make a manicure last an amazing 3 weeks!  I got a polish change for my toenails, and I drank a pick me up from Starbucks.

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3:00pm- I teach a class on Thursday afternoon, so my husband is always in charge of dinner.  He can cook, I promise, but he and Brody had plans, so we needed a quick dinner.  The baked eight from Harris Teeter, with sautéed spinach, and watermelon I already prepped earlier this week.

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3:20pm- Made a quick stop at my favorite store in Matthews!  My chickens were low on laying feed and scratch.

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3:40pm- Another quick stop for the chickens.  Ah, the life of a chicken farmer never ends!  I go to Whooli’s, a neighborhood bar and grill and few times a week to get vegetable  scraps for my hens.  Look at this lettuce–my chickens eat better than a lot of humans I know!

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4:20pm- Teach yoga class at Y2 Yoga.  I am so lucky to be able to have the opportunity to mentor Molly, a recent graduate of yoga teacher training.  Y2 has an amazing mentor/mentee program that really helps new teachers feel comfortable assisting, sequencing, making playlists, and feeling comfortable receiving feedback.

6:00pm- Home to eat dinner!  My absolute favorite time of the day with my family.

6:45pm- Husband and Brody head out to do Boy Scout stuff, and Kadyn and I finish up the dishes, bring the chickens in, and shower.

7:15pm- Kadyn and I watch So You Think You Can Dance from last week.  We rewind Twitch’s wedding dance 3 times.   I love him.

8:00pm- Brody gets home, kids brush teeth, get ready for bed.  (They are allowed to read untill 9:00pm)  I check email, facebook, and  do laundry.

9:00pm- Bed.  Yes.  I am the biggest early bird.  I love going to bed early.  I seriously require 8-10 hours of sleep!

12 Foods, New Combos!

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I am so glad I picked an “on the go” meal for one of my 12 foods!  These, along with almonds and Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese sticks have been life savers!

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I have had my husband grill burgers once a week.  We found an extra sharp cheddar that is awesome.  I still miss dressing.  But these glass Pyrex bowls are the best.  Please stop putting plastic in the microwave!

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Grilled chicken…another grill master item courtesy of my husband.  We had sautéed spinach with toasted almonds on the side.

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CharBar 7 has a build your own salad!  I was able to get mine with romaine, bacon, sliced egg, cheese, avocado, and grilled chicken!  It was huge, so I had the rest for dinner that night!

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This is one of those things that looks gross, but is amazing!  It’s leftover grilled chicken with avocado, and sliced grape tomatoes!

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These little meatloaf muffins were pretty awesome.  I just mixed ground beef, an egg, salt, pepper, almond flour, and some shredded cheddar in a bowl.  I balled up the mixture and put it in a cupcake tin!  350 degrees for 35 minutes.   I hate that  I paired these meat muffins with such a  sad-looking salad.

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We checked out Chubz last week with some friends.  These onion rings were so greasy and  amazing and I totally cheated.  I also cannot stop eating peanut butter.  I cheat every other day with giant tablespoons.  I cannot eat almond butter anymore ya’ll.  It is shark week around here, so if I cheat on this whole 12 foods thin– nobody better say a word to me.

I am really ready for September!  I want some buffalo wings with celery and  ranch, a giant steak, and I really miss broccoli, carrots and cucumbers!

Back to School!

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I cannot believe I have a 6th and a 2nd grader.  Not only am I too young for this mess, they were just babies last week!

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And this is what my son tried to take to school in his backpack today.    He had an atlas, remote control, Orbies,  2 boats, a Frisbee, Pokémon cards,  windup toys, and lots of weapons.  (nun chucks, a fake gun, and one of those star throwers)   I asked about all the weapons in case he thought he was going to be bullied by some big kid on the bus.His response,  ” PROTECTION FROM THE ZOMBIES!”  Oh dear.  My kid is so weird and so awesome.

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Speaking of awesome…shouldn’t every sixth grader get a new bed?  A friend of mine just moved and this bed was left there!  It has a desk so she can do all her work, and a vanity to do her “makeup”.  (Which means face moisturizer, lip gloss, and clear mascara. )    She feels super cool since the bed is  from Pottery Barn Teen–even though she is only 11.

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Toby is  sad and lonely.  He is only the tiniest bit happy that he can catch up on all his napping now without being in a constant wrestling match with Brody.  Or being dressed in outfits by Kadyn.  And yes, that is my sports bra he is napping with.  He has a boob and/or a foot fetish because he always grabs my bra or my flip flops to snuggle with.

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I cannot nap because my head feels like a giant mucas filled balloon.  I went to the minute clinic yesterday…why are they so stingy about those Z-packs?  I am not asking for some oxy  or anything crazy.  I just need some antibiotics.  I know I have a sinus infection.  I get one a year.  I am not going to get immune to the Z-pack.  Give it to me.  She was all nurseystingy-like, “You are young, and I think you can kick this.”  I was like, “No.  I’m old and no I can’t kick this without a Z-pack” (I know I said I was young in the first paragraph of this blog, but I’m in the middle of young and old, so basically I get to pick a side whenever I want.)

Nurse Stingy  laughed like she thought I was joking, and showed me the Mucinex and told me to go home,  rest, drink fluids, (but not vodka) and watch a lot of TV.

DONE.  Jen Hatmaker’s HGTV show is AWESOME!  Plus, I cry because I love her so much and I wish she only knew that we were best friends.

PS- I still went to FlyBarre today.  (I keep my commitments to myself… even if my head is a balloon.)

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