December 30, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: He Wants It All

I love this song and the lyrics are such a blessing. It makes me want to dance and I probably will...

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

December 29, 2011

A Better Me Challenge

I am uber excited to let you all know that I have joined the A Better Me Challenge run by fellow Mom Blogger and Olympian, Annett Davis of Fit Moms Fits Kids Club. Thanks to twitter and her lovely reminder tweet this morning I am on board.

The A Better Me Challenge starts January 4, 2012 and will run for 28 days. To get us starting the New Year on 'the good foot' (in my James Brown voice). Clearly I am excited about this challenge. I was searching for something to give me daily motivation and that took a holistic approach (mind, body & spirit) and Annett's challenge is going to do just that.

Visit her blog to learn more about the challenge and some tools you'll need for an EXCUSE FREE 28 days. 

Getting ready for the 2012 race season!


2012: Holstee Manifesto

The manifesto below was on a co-workers desk. I started reading it and realized that after the birth of my son I kind of let my self go. I think all moms at some point do this. You think family first and by the time you get to yourself on the list there is no "time".
Cheers! To moms in the New Year and putting time on the calendar for just YOU.


December 28, 2011

WordFUL Wednesday

I noticed that on some blogs and blog challenges there is a post called Wordless Wednesday. Were blogger's post pictures (family photos, cute puppies, babies smiling etc.) instead of the usual post. I decided to do the opposite WordFUL Wednesday. I enjoy positive and inspirational quotes and will be sharing from now on.
So for our first of many WordFUL Wednesdays a quote from Fredrick Douglas...
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas ... Happy Birthday Jesus...

I pray everyone has a blessed day filled with love, laughter and great memories.

Donny Hathaway - This Christmas

December 23, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: Merry Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year...
I pray everyone is having a blessed holiday season. To the last minute shoppers here are some tunes to help put a pep in your step.

The Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town 

Mariah Carey, John Legend - When Christmas Comes
Have a blessed and safe weekend!

December 16, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: Harold & The Purple Crayon

The weekend before last Yus and I went with my brother-in-law, niece, & nephew to see Harold & The Purple Crayon live. It was a great experience and I loved the contemporary dancing. Yus enjoyed the lights and music and even clapped.

It was my first time taking him to a play and because it was interactive I think he enjoyed it a lot more.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

December 9, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: The Little Drummer Boy

Another proud mommy moment...

My so will be singing (more like standing and dancing) with the children's choir at our church this Sunday. They will be singing a couple of songs including the Little Drummer Boy.

Ah! too cute!

Have a safe and blessed weekend! 

December 6, 2011

Holiday Travel Plans

Off to grandma's house we go...
Growing up I lived just 2 hours (or 1.5 depending on how heavy my moms foot was) from my Nana & Poppy and the decision to fly or drive was always an easy one. I'd have to say that growing up in NJ you were always just a road trip away from NY, Philly, DC and the parks in VA. Now, living in the Midwest is a different story. Yes, in my eyes things are close, 3 hours to the Dells, 4 to St. Louis and 5 to the Mall of America; but I haven't come across many who love to make those kinds of drives on the regular. 
Either way, I have to say, I'd prefer to drive than fly but in the event you can't (like my Chicago to NJ/NC trips) I stumbled upon The Savings Experiment and her lovely Holiday Travel video. She mentions a great site called where they have a "Fly or Drive Calculator" that calculates costs such as, time spent at the airport and pit stops.
I'll definitely be putting in my family trip planning arsenal since it was also mentioned it's cheaper to drive when the trip is 4 hours or less. If the drive is planned during nap or sleep time and if there are enough movies and games to play it's definitely do-able. This past September I drove with mom and little sister from NJ to NC like always except this time Yus was with us. So we left at our usual time, 3am and he slept as planned until our first pit stop in VA (4 hours later) at the Cracker Barrel. We did the diaper change, ate, stretched and hit the road again. Four (4) hours and 2 movies later we were at my great-grandma's and he was ready to get out and run free.
Road trips and flights with the little ones take crafty planning but don't hesitate to add 30 minutes or an hour to the trip for the kids to stretch and play. It will do you and them some good. My motto is to tire them out for the ride by any means necessary and the people who look at me crazy in the airport clearly have NO kids at home and get smiles from me in return.
Have fun planning your holiday trips if they are not planned already!
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