Snowflake the Bear

I took a break from my usual clothes sewing to make a bear.  A great local sewing shop, Sew Dayton, is having a bear contest.  They’re using the bears to decorate their window for the holidays.  And the winner of the contest gets a gift card.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fun with a great local shop.  And the chance to win a gift card!

Snowflake the BearI looked through my stash of patterns and discovered I didn’t have a bear pattern. I don’t typically sew stuffed toys.  So I perused the interwebs and discovered a free pattern from McCall’s for a patchwork bear.

Snowflake the bearSo, I started with a free pattern, then shopped my stash for some fabric.  I found these two cute fabrics that were leftover from my snowman table runner.  And I just so happened to have some safety eyes, a scrap of black felt for the nose, and some green ribbon in the stash, so this was a free project.  Oh, and poly-fill.  I have lots of poly-fill in my craft room.  😉

Snowflake the bearI had no issues with the pattern itself.  The directions, though, I changed up a bit.  First it tells you to prepare a few pieces according to the general directions.  But there are no general directions.  And it has you attach the nose and eyes after assembly.  I chose to attach them before stuffing the head.  Which was a necessity as I was using safety eyes and not buttons, as recommended in the directions. 

Also, I wasn’t a fan of attaching the arms by hand stitching on the outside.  But it would have been quite difficult to sew them into the side seam.

Snowflake the bearOverall I’m happy with how it turned out!  The girls thought it was pretty cute, too, and gave it the name Snowflake.  They had so much fun taking Snowflake to the store with me to be put in the window. 

Friday Fitness: Turkey Trotting

Happy day after Thanksgiving!  I hope you all had a wonderful day.  It was just our little family of 4 for the day (5 if you include Oscar, but he spent a good bit of the day in his crate since he’s a food snatcher).  We still had a feast and we curled up on the couch together for a movie.  It was a very laid back day.  And I’m happy to have spent it with my loves.

I had every intention of blogging this week, but I forgot to get the pictures off my memory card.  And I had a full to do list.  I’ll do better next week.  :)

Even when I’m too busy to blog I’m not too busy to get my workout in. #happyfeet

Saturday was group run day! I love Saturday group runs.  Since I’m not in training I really have no plans for my Saturday runs, so I just kind of go with the flow.  Last week I ran long and speedy, but this week it was social!  I ran with two of my best running friends and we just chatted the whole time!  5 miles at a 10:07 min/mile pace.  And when I got home I took Cupcake out for a training run (0.78 miles).

My running buddySunday, of course, was a rest day.

Monday I got up before the girls and did a full body strength workout.  All weighted, all compound exercises. 

I was sore on Tuesday.  But I still got out there for a run.  I met up with some MRTT gals after Pumpkin’s gymnastics class. I got in 4 miles (10:15 min/mile) and enjoyed the social aspect of running again.  :)

Wednesday was a beautiful day!  I woke up early again and got my strength training in, but that afternoon while Cupcake was at her gymnastics class I had to get outside again!  I just couldn’t resist the 55 degree weather!  So I ran back and forth near the gym, turning around whenever I ran out of sidewalk.  I got in 4.15 miles (8:52 min/mile).  It felt great!  My actual pace was a tad faster, but I had to wait for traffic a few times. 

#magnetflipAnd I got to flip my magnet back.  It had been flipped upside down on Tuesday.

Yesterday was turkey day and what do people do on turkey day?  Turkey Trot!  I wasn’t going to sign up for the Turkey Trot this year.  And technically I didn’t.  I signed Cupcake up for the 1 mile race, but someone had to run it with her, so I had to sign up as well.  Our local race starts and ends downtown.  And with a race of 10,000 people it can get pretty hectic.  It’s only 3 miles from our house, so I threw Cupcake in the stroller and we headed down.  (2.93 miles, 9:33 min/mile)

We took a big MRTT group photo, which was awesome!!!  And they all headed to their corrals for the 5 mile race and we made our way to the back for the 1 mile. 

Turkey TrotTwo of her friends were running the race with her (with their dads) and their moms ran the 5 mile.  We crossed the start line and just like every other race we spent a lot of time trying to get around people!  She did such a good job of staying with me and keeping her little legs moving.  She got a little whiny towards the end, but she kept running and she finished her 1 mile race in 14:11.  Not too shabby for a 5 year old who only ran 3 training runs! 

Turkey TrotThere were no finishers medals for the race, but our girls assumed there would be, so we found medals online and ordered them.  $6 well spent!  The girls were so excited to receive them!  Cupcake wore hers the rest of the day and is now proudly displaying it on her wall.  And has asked me to make her a medal hanger.

After the race we had to head back home, which meant I had to push Cupcake in the stroller for another 3 miles.  I knew there would be some uphill, but it wasn’t until I started running, pushing that 50 lb kid, into the wind that I realized just how uphill it was! 

Screenshot_2015-11-27-07-49-44Yeah, straight uphill!  And that kid is heavy!  I definitely earned some turkey dinner!

Today is strength training day and I’m going to get my cardio in chasing my turkeys all over the museum later. 


Did you trot for turkey yesterday?



Friday Fitness: Stepping Up Strength

With the weather turning cooler I’m inside more.  No more Stroller Strength until the spring.  I’m still running outside because I love cold weather running and because I don’t have a treadmill, but I’m moving my strength training inside.  I’m on my own now.  No class to tell me what to do. 

Of course I started out with a long run on Saturday.  I had no distance in mind when I showed up to the MRTT group run.  And even once we started running there was no plan for the gals I set out with.  We talked about it along the way.  The consensus ended up being to run 8 so we wouldn’t have to cross a street (we were on the bike path) and so we could get to Panera Bread for coffee and chatting with the rest of the group (who were running anywhere from 3-7 miles).  It was my second weekend of running 8 miles (9:19 min/mile) just for fun.  That’s right.  I ran 8 miles just for fun.

Sunday, as usual, was a rest day.

Monday I woke up before the girls and hit up YouTube to find a workout to do.  I settled on POPSUGAR’S Full Body Workout.  And it was a good way to start the week!  And I managed to do the whole thing before a kid woke up and demanded breakfast!  In the afternoon Pumpkin and I set out on our hike while Cupcake was at her last park program.  I’m going to miss those afternoon hikes!

Toddlerwearing hikeI’m not sure Pumpkin will miss much.  😉

Tuesday I got up early again and did Fitness Blender’s Brutal Butt and Leg workout before the girls woke up.  And then I went for a  stroller run after Cupcake was off to school.  And my legs felt like lead!  And it was raining.  But I had some running buddies with me and we managed 3.1 miles (9:59 min/mile).

Sleepy running buddyClassic Pumpkin.  She must have been tired after gymnastics class.  Later that afternoon I took Cupcake for a short run, too.  She’s training for a Turkey Trot one mile fun run next week!

Wednesday I did a quick 12 minute upper body workout, again from Fitness Blender.  And I sewed all day and didn’t even get in my 10,000 Fitbit steps. 

On Thursdays I run.  Even really windy Thursdays.  And yesterday was one of those really windy Thursdays.  And of course I picked the big open park, so when those 20 mph wind gusts came rolling through we felt them!  Pushing a stroller in that wind is tough!  But we got 3.25 miles in (9:37 min/mile).  My plan was to go a little longer, but the wind was too much.  And I did a 10 minute ab workout at home.

Windy day runI was hoping to join some friends for a run today, but I had to finish up some work, so the home workout will have to suffice.  I was hoping to get it in before the girls woke up (I was on a streak!) but the littlest one came in to snuggle just before 6 am so I had to stay in bed wedged between her and the dog. 

I’m thinking I need to make myself a calendar of workouts to keep me accountable and so I’m prepared when I wake up early.  So, does anyone have any great workout recommendations?  Preferable free ones I can get on YouTube?  Please and thank you!

Oh, and while we’re talking fitness, I should tell you that Road ID‘s are on sale.  These would be a great stocking stuffer!  I have one, my hubby has one and my kids each have one. 


Have a great weekend!!!


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Baby and Me Brooklyn Dresses

Yes, I’ve been sewing for Pumpkin again. It’s just too easy!  She loves dresses, her dresses are small, so they don’t take long and they don’t use a lot of fabric.  And she makes a lot of fabric store trips with me when Cupcake is at school, so she’s been picking out fabric.  Baby and Me Brooklyn Dresses On a recent fabric store trip she picked out this fun zebra print knit and asked for a twirly dress.  I’m a pushover so of course I said yes!  We picked it up a day or two before the new Made for Mermaids Brooklyn dress was released, so once the fabric was washed and ready to go I decided to try something new (instead of the usual Pippa)!

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesI almost didn’t buy this pattern because it does seem similar to Pippa, especially when doing the gathered skirt, but it was on sale and it had a matching doll dress and I was feeling adventurous, so I sprung for both patterns.  The flutter sleeves did it for me.  I’ve never sewn anything with flutter sleeves and Pumpkin just seems like a flutter sleeves kind of girl!

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesPockets were a fun bonus, too.  So, I had my zebra print fabric, but I needed a little something to pair with it.  Luckily I had this dark fuchsia cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee on hand.  In preparation of the cold weather on it’s way I went with long sleeves on this dress and I added a matching pair of Bonny Leggings.

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesThe best part, though, according to Pumpkin is that her Baby Stella doll (who she calls Rosie) got a matching dress!  The doll dress comes with 15″ and 18″ doll patterns, so I used the 15″ pattern for Rosie, as she’s a 15″ doll.  The fit on the neck is a little big and the sleeves are a tad too long, but for the most part it worked and Pumpkin loves when she and Rosie match.

Baby and Me Brooklyn DressesAnd the girls that wearing zebra dresses together twirl together. 


And I’ve already bought more fabric to make more Brooklyn dresses for Pumpkin.  And Rosie.

Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Every Saturday when I work on my menu for the week in preparation for Sunday’s grocery trip I struggle between coming up with new and interesting meals and just making the same old thing.  I really like variety.  I love food.  I love trying new recipes.  But sometimes it’s hard to find something new and exciting that I think the whole family would enjoy. And that is healthy!  When hubby suggested we have burgers for dinner one night I thought it was a great idea.  And a great time to try something new!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers #recipe #dinnerChipotle Turkey Burgers were just the thing!  These burgers came together quick and they turned out delicious!  They had just a bit of spice without being too spicy for the girls to eat.  Of course if you want them spicy you could spruce them up a bit by adding an extra pepper.  Add these to your menu next week!  You won’t be disappointed!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers
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  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  3. 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  4. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp seasoned salt
  8. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix with your hands. Form the mixture into 4 equal patties and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Cook patties on a preheated grill until the patties are cooked through, flipping once. Top with cheddar cheese when there's about 2 minutes left on the second side.
  3. Serve hot on a bun.
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