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thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist

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Planking Challenge

Our Planksmas has come to an end.

After 25 days we were all able to complete the 5 min plank.

Since it was Christmas we were all tasked to compete the plank on our own and then on Dec 27, when we were all back at work we would do it again.

Some thought it wouldn’t be possible to hold a plank for 5 minutes, but we did it.

Here are some of the pictures I posted of us planking:

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Come January we will be starting a push-ups challenge if you would like to join me I will post the schedule on Jan 2. It’s a 30 day challenge, and since Jan 1 is on a Sun, we decided to start the Mon we all come back to work together.

I hope you all found planking as great as I did and see you in January!


Just. Keep. Running.

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Dawn Marie

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Not all followers are created equal

I know that in the world of blogging numbers are important.

sums up my thoughts on social media notoriety. amazing.

You want stats to be high. You want clicks to be high. You want strangers to follow you.

Especially if you are blogging to make an income (however small) those things matter.  You want the number of people who follow you to be high, because it shows that people want to see what you have to say.  It shows the companies, where your potential income might come from, that you will be able to get their product information out there.

I still feel great every time I get a new follower, and it makes me a little sad when I lose one.

MSS_Instagram Profile

Every once in a while I will get a notification from Instagram that I have a new follower.  Every time I click on that person’s profile.

Yesterday this is what I saw:

I blocked this user from my account

I blocked this user from my account

Now, maybe I am judging.  Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions.  Maybe I’m just turning into a ‘old lady’.  But nothing about that profile seems legit to me.  I didn’t click on the link, I was afraid to.  To me this looks like an ad for porn.  I don’t know if that profile is real, but I don’t want to know.  Pictures like that don’t belong in my life.

I put up pictures of my crafts, my life and my family.  I am OK with normal people following me and seeing those pictures, even if they are strangers.  I am not OK with profiles like that having access to my pictures.

So I blocked it.

I blocked it by clicking on the square with an arrow in the top right corner.  It gives me the option to block user, or report inappropriate.

This is not the first time I have blocked a profile like that.  Once I had to report an ‘inappropriate’ profile so it could be removed.  This also won’t be the last time I block one.  But it reminds me again how scary the internet can be.  It takes time to go through all the profiles that might like my pictures, or follow me, but I do it.  And so should you.  I know it brings my numbers down, but it is worth it.


Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Jan 6

It has been a busy weekend!

We spent the weekend out-of-town visiting some friends.  When we were leaving Ian told me he was angry because he didn’t want to go home yet.

Our friend made Ian a fire in the fire pit so Ian could roast his hot dog Saturday night.  It was a toasty 27° out.

Sunday was spend unpacking and recuperating so I needed to make this post quickly!  I did go to my Pinterest page to try to find some new things to cook.

I will leave you with a picture of Sid and the reason I usually feed him yogurt instead of letting him do it himself.

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Menu Plan 1/6-1/12

Mon: General Tso’s Chicken

Tue: Wine Glazed Steak with Potatoes

Wed: Garlic Parmasan Chicken with pasta and Roasted Garlic Green Beans

Thr: Enchilada Pasta Casserole

Fri: Left Overs

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: crock pot roast with vegetables

Happy Cooking


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Seven Days of thanks ~ Week 1

Last year I did a “Days of Thanks” blog posts during the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving.  I really enjoyed finding something new each day to be thankful for.  I wanted to participate again this year, but come Nov 1 I felt stressed about the idea.

I shouldn’t feel stressed about being thankful, that seems counterproductive.  I was stressing about having to remember to write something and post it everyday.  What if I don’t have time (I was at home on maternity leave this time last year, and now I am back at work) to write about it before the day is done and I am crashed out, asleep, exhausted?  What about the days that a “thankful” post will interfere with another post I want to write?  Will I end up doing a post about my kids everyday? or maybe about my coffee?

Those thoughts, and more, were going through my head as I was up with a sick baby at 4 o’clock in the morning.

So I decided it would be better to do a recap of the things I was regretful for during the week.


7 Days of Thanks Nov 1-7

Nov. 1
Our humidifier.  When Sid woke up in the middle of night having a hard time breathing, I was thankful that I already owned a humidifier.  His breathing was back to normal by the time the sun came up.


Nov. 2
Pinterest.  I am thankful to be able to share creative ideas with millions of strangers.  I found the idea for these Mummy Juice Boxes on there.  Ian took them to his school Halloween party, and all the kids loved them.


Nov. 3
Brothers. These two are amazing.

Nov. 4
Ian’s love for LEGOs.  It is no surprise our family loves LEGOs.  I love being able to pass on my childhood favorites to my kids.Thanks_week1_lego

Nov. 5
That second cup of coffee.  Yep, I did it.  I posted about my morning coffee. But it is so necessary and everyday I am thankful for that cup.


Nov. 6
Preschool.  I am so thankful that someone else is teaching my kid.  I could never be a parent that home-schools their kids.  Way too hard for me.  How do I teach this left-handed kid how to write from left to right.Thanks_week1_chalkboard

Nov. 7
Face Time.  I don’t have an iPhone, but my mom does.  My baby cousin is away at college, a freshman, and we all miss her terribly.  It is so great to be able to see her face when we talk to her.  Baby Sid get’s so excited he tried to eat the phone.  OK, so maybe he was giving her kisses.


What are you thankful for?


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