Thoughts on Thursday

thoughts on thursday


I just realized I leave for BlogHer14 in a week and I am SO unprepared. I didn’t secure a sponsor so the trip is being paid with beachbody earnings, didn’t reach out to brands and other bloggers via social media…I didn’t even order biz cards! What is goin’ on with me?! ::sigh:: I almost feel like I shouldn’t go because my blogging hasn’t been up to par these days. But I think attending will help re-energize and re-inspire me.

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When Rohan was little his jumparoo was the best. He would just jump and jump until he passed out. I loved it! Now Kaya is too small for the jumparoo just yet, but her lil playgym thingy is working out just the same. She will scoot and roll and kick and reach and swat until she’s pooped! Today she took a random nap that let me have a lil quiet time. (If we’re Instagram friends you already know how I celebrated lol)



So I am psyched for October. John and I are going to take our first baby-free vacation since our 1st anniversary Vegas trip in October 2011. We’re dropping Ro and Kai (sidebar, my LLC is KaiRo, I thought that was cute…..anyway….) we’re dropping them off with my family in Florida and taking a quickie cruise to Key West and Cozumel. This’ll be our first Carnival Cruise too. I. Cannot. Wait.

cruise-itinerary-okdani-blog When’s your next vacay, and where ya headed?


So, after my lackluster T25 results (which are so embarrassing that I am SO NOT sharing pics until I get closer to my goal) I really had to “life coach” myself and commit (well, re-commit) to eating healthfully again. Granted, it’s a lot easier now that I’m home and am preparing the healthy meals instead of having delicious, but unhealthy, meals made for me by family. I’m glad that John’s on board, too.  Today I asked Roey “what do you want for snack, apple sauce or yogurt?” he replied, “Salad.” John and I looked at each other wide-eyed. I’m glad lil man’s on board too!!



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How’s your week goin’? What are your thoughts this fine thursday?

Happily married mom of two.

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Mind Right Monday


Happy Monday!! How was your weekend? Mine was painful (had bad migraines since thursday) but productive (got a lot of stuff packed up to give away). Yesterday was my first pain-free day, and we went to my mom’s for a nice bbq. I took zero pictures, like a dummy. My dad took 2:


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OK Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals: 

  • Start my free 7-day challenge group  - Did it!!
  • Post to OKDani at least 3 times – Failed, sadly.
  • Daily workouts  - I skipped a couple days (and guilt-free at that!)
  • Start planning for BlogHer’14 – Started, I have so much to do!
  • Do something nice for myself – Ummm I painted my nails!
  • Increase water intake – Dit it!! (This also kinda counts as doing something nice for myself, doesn’t it?)
  • Read a book (this one) – Read it, and didn’t like it much at all. Too…diety…versus…lifestyle/way of eating but still going to be pescetarian for a while until I man up and give up fish.


This week I’m going to do much better. I am back home now so I will be trying to get Roey back on his routine here, and deal with Kaya’s ever changing daily routine as I can.

This week’s goals are to:

  • Post to OKDani at least 3 times
  • Be physically out of my bed before 5:20am each day
  • Daily workouts (Piyo and BodyBeast combo)
  • Continue with herbal teas (ONLY! no more coffee or lipton w/ milk)
  • BlogHer’14 prep
  • Read a book  (this one!!) and do the activities
  • Do something nice for myself
  • Do another faux minimalist clothes overhaul/downsizing
  • Get back on my beachbody and writing grind


I am extremely grateful for: 

  • Having a great time in Florida
  • My chirrens
  • Working from home
  • John and our marriage
  • My cozy bed
  • Kaya sleeping through the night (well, 9pm to 5am (ish)
  • Bad summer TV programming
  • Blogher coming up
  • The interwebz
  • Everyone poppin out babies these days!
  • Tanning
  • My kindle
  • My parents
  • Warm weather
  • Abundance
  • Options
  • Skillz to pay da billz
  • NYPL
  • Vision boards
  • October vacation! (Florida & a baby-free cruise!)

What is your #1 goal for the week and what are you grateful for right this minute?!

Happily married mom of two.

Sunday Social: Special People Edition


Linking up with Ashley and Neely again this week. I hope you join me! I love doing these questions, I wish I remembered every Sunday.

This Weeks Questions:

1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents. 

I was an only child until I was 14 years old and my little bro came along. My parents are still together and I was also raised by my gram around many of my cousins, aunts and uncles.

cousins me with 3 of my cousins on my mom’s side of the family

2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other. 

Despite our open marriage (wink!) John is my husband of almost 4 years, though we’ve been together since the days of the dinosaurs. He’s very funny, smart, a great dad, and more importantly, always goes along enthusiastically with my harebrained schemes. Although there are times where I want to punt him into the deepest ocean never to be heard from again…overall I’m happy to be doing life with this guy.


3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children. 

Rohan Thomas is 2 years old and full of energy. He’s super smart and speaking more and more and cracking me up…and making me change my language.  (So yesterday I pull down the chocolate and I hear a small voice behind me say “aww sooky sooky now mama, hot chocolate!!!” I had to hide my face to laugh.)

Kaya Marie is almost 4 months old and is such a sweetie! She’s so freaking good I cannot believe she’s mine. Never fusses…unless she’s ready to be put down (a far cry from miss colic) and she’s super alert, is scooting, turning over, smiling a lot and almost laughing.

roey and kaya collage

4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?

My two oldest besties, Judy and Kim, are from when I was 12 years old! I met them both in 7th grade bonding over teasing somebody I’m sure. *shrug*

Other than those two Co-Ds I have a few very good friends I’ve met over the years through work, and modeling back in the day.

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(Just realized all my pics of my 2 besties are on my external hard drive which I am not going to go dig up right now.  Further, I think my most recent pic of all 3 of us together is this one from Rohan’s Shower! -and we all look like crap- I need to make it a point to take some new pics with them!!)

5. Tell us about any other special people in your life. 

Well, there are all my cousins, my other good friends, my late mentor, and my entire extended family on both sides. I am not as in contact with my father’s side of the family as I used to be but they helped raise me and are wonderful. I look forward to seeing many of the folks on that side next month at my family reunion. On my mom’s side majority of the family is in Florida so I will be in better contact with them once I move there.

And….as cheesy as it sounds, the friends I’ve made through blogging are pretty special to me. And though I haven’t met all of them in person yet, I love the bonds we’re forming.

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And the new community of fellow beachbody coaches I’m involved with are really great too. I can’t wait to form new friendships with them as well.



Happily married mom of two.

Mind Right Monday



It’s back! Mind Right Monday has returned….and boy do I need it.

Gotta get my mind right something serious! Being in Florida has me all the way lazy, all the way forgetful, and spoiled rotten. My kids are spoiled rotten too, and I’m happy for the many hands to help me with the spoilerizing. <— like that word?

Goals for the week:

  • Start my free 7-day challenge group (join us!)
  • Stop being a bad blogger Post to OKDani at least 3 times
  • Daily workouts (Finishing up T25 and starting a new program!)
  • Start planning for BlogHer’14 (child-free!!!)
  • Do something nice for myself
  • Increase water intake
  • Read a book (this one)

I am super-dee-duper grateful for:

  • My Kindle
  • My beachbody business picking up steam
  • The interwebs and being able to make money on it
  • Rohan’s sturdy little legs and Kaya’s single dimple
  • My entire family and friends old and new
  • HBO GO
  • Time
  • Having options
  • Carters baby clothes clearance sale and my mom’s shopaholic tendencies
  • John’s new job
  • My aunts being great cooks and spoiling my children with love and attention
  • The pool
  • Rohan “reading” his new books to me
  • A quiet house
  • Kaya being a good sleeper
  • Bright nail polish
  • Tea
  • Courage
  • Getting nice and dark
  • Unexpected opportunities
  • Facebook

I hope you’re at the start of a super productive and fun week!! I know I am.

What’s your #1 goal for the week? What are you grateful for?

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