Feb 172017

Highlights from the week of Feb 10-16, 2017:

  1. Happy Hour at Ol’ Mexico
  2. My amazing 40th birthday!!!
  3. Birthday greetings from friends and family, near and far
  4. A beautiful new purple Coach purse from my honey
  5. Romantic birthday dinner at Bonefish Grill
  6. Pomegranate Sage Martini
  7. Donuts at Bonefish Grill. OMG, best donuts I’ve ever had
  8. Birthday drinks with my girlfriends
  9. My first ride with Uber
  10. Phone call from my Gram & Gramp
  11. Brunch with Brian, Michelle and all the kids
  12. Really great NAAPID performance at school
  13. Valentine’s Day gyros at Dino’s
  14. Generous donations for Weeks 2 & 3 with Pennies for Patients
  15. Getting everything packed up and ready for our trip to Florida
  16. Finishing It Ends With Us
  17. Pizza at Angelos
  18. A decent flight to Fort Myers to see my parents!
  19. Reading Another Brooklyn in its entirety on the flight to FL
Feb 142017

I’m not a big sucker for Valentine’s Day, but this year I decided to send out photo cards in lieu of the Holiday cards I never got around to ordering and sending a few months back.  I think it was a nice surprise for our friends and family to get happy mail in February! I might just make this our new tradition πŸ˜‰

Happy 40th birthday to my dearest Lanee Valentina! Love you girlie!!

Feb 122017

OMG you guys!!!!!!! I am 40!!!!!! Here is me yesterday on my 40th Birthday!

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend, but a fun one turning 40. I was in denial about being over the hill and I didn’t plan anything in advance but I’m good at impromptu plans πŸ˜‰

It started with happy hour at Ol’Mexico on Friday with some of my co-workers, then Saturday we had lunch at Taco House. I love tacos! Great start to a very nice birthday.

Lunch was followed by some shopping at Coach to get a beautiful new purse. Or two, because I couldn’t decide which of these beauties needed to come home with me πŸ˜‰

I talked to my mom and dad for a brief call followed by a surprise call from my Gram & Gramp.  I think this is the first time they’ve called me on my birthday so that was pretty special.  They are 88 & 91 years young now. lol
Later I had a wonderful meal (sans children) at Bonefish Grill in the West End.  We had bang-bang shrimp, calamari, steak and lobster, wine and pomegranate martinis, topped by the best donut dessert I’ve ever had in my life. I will dream about those fluffy pillows of pastry for years to come. Oh! And complimentary cheesecake to boot!

I was tired, stuffed out of my mind, and had a few cocktails under my belt but wasn’t ready to call it a night yet. I met up with my BFF Mary and her husband, and my dear friend Cassie for a couple of hours at a local dive bar (Doc’s Landing).  They were playing old school music, the same stuff they played back in the day when I was just a kid hitting the bar scene for the first time πŸ˜‰ 

Earlier today I met Brian, Michelle and the kids for brunch at Green Mill. Yum! 

Later this afternoon we went to Maplewood Mall to get a few things for our upcoming trip to Florida.  We took the kids on the carousel and walked around the mall.  It was a nice ending to a great birthday weekend.

I have to admit, 40 feels pretty good.  I’m looking forward to the next decade, I hear your 40’s are the best!

Feb 102017

Happy Friday!! It seems like it has been a Looooooooooong week and I am ready for my birthday weekend!! Here are my highlights from February 3-9, 2017:

  1. Fresh cut and color.  Color wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it still looks nice and the cut feels great.  Still long, but more layers.
  2. Organizing the boys’ old baby clothes so I can get rid of them
  3. Getting started on my taxes
  4. Finishing my mid-year TD&E paperwork at work (a week before the deadline!)
  5. It Ends With Us
  6. Mushroom & Swiss burger and Alfredo wings  at DSpot
  7. Reminiscing with old friends on FB re: songs that remind people of ME
  8. Hearing from an old college friend
  9. Sending out photo Valentines instead of Christmas cards
  10. Response to my cute Valentines
  11. A very generous week 2nd of donations by the kids at school for Pennies for Patients
Feb 032017

This week was decent however, I hurt my back and have had a rough go of it, physically.

Here are my weekly highlights from January 27-Feb 2, 2017:

  1. Pizza at Cossetta’s
  2. Taking boys to Mall of America
  3. Rides at Nickelodeon World
  4. Lobster bites at Long John Silver’s
  5. Another scenic drive along Mississippi River
  6. Having an old RX of muscle relaxers on-hand to help with my back
  7. Registering for the Plexus Convention in Las Vegas
  8. Family STEM Night at school
  9. Photo Booth with Props (with yours truly as the photographer)
  10. Making an appt to get my hair done, balayange-style
  11. Getting caught up with This Is Us
  12. Making it through “Winter” and “Spring” in GG: A Year in the Life
  13. Catching up with Noemy
  14. Starting the book Dark Matter

Bash & Dash on Blue’s Ride at MOA

Snowy Beach at Spring Lake (Mississippi River)

Jan 272017

Highlights from the week of January 20- 26, 2017:

  1. Chicken-fried Steak
  2. Bashy got a haircut
  3. Bianca’s 10th birthday party
  4. Helping yet another friend with Plexus
  5. The boys got to spend time with Obachan
  6. Dance lesson with my colleagues at weekly staff meeting
  7. GT Cohort class with Dr Westberg
  8. Better behavior from Bretton
  9. STEP Testing winter window closes at work
  10. Finishing Gilmore Girls (original 7 seasons)
  11. Pennies for Patients kick-off
  12. Currently reading a YA book: As Brave As You
Jan 252017

For many of my adult years I wasn’t a TV person, but then Netflix and Binge Watching came along! I like to stick with a series and watch it all the way from the beginning before moving on to the next.  Lucky me to be able to watch my shows all by myself every morning from about 5-6am.  I have been faithfully watching Gilmore Girls since Sept and I am now on the very last episode.  I don’t know if I would be able to bring myself to watch it if I didn’t know that the GG: Year In The Life was waiting for me!!! There is just something about the sweet and cute Rory and the sassy and witty Lorelai.  I love them!!!  Even if it is a teeny-bop type of show. I’m not alone, right? Where are my Gilmore Girls fans at?

Jan 232017

Last weekend we set out on one of our impromptu scenic drives.  We don’t always have a destination in mind, we just drive and see where it leads us.  It’s great because the kids are accustomed to long periods of time in the car πŸ˜‰ Anyway, last Sunday we set out south along Hwy 52 and ended up in the Inver Grove Hghts area along the Mississippi.

I made a quick video with video clips taken that day. Pictures and descriptions to follow below.

Our first stop was the Swing Bridge.  It was quite icy on the trail but we made our way up to the lookout point.  Very cool! Can’t wait to come back and explore this spring!

We spotted this map showing additional parks along the trail.  A good reference for people unfamiliar with the area (like us!)

Our next stop was Spring Lake Islands Park Reserve.  There was a boat launch area where we could get close to the water.  Here is an aerial view of the islands….


We noticed the strangest thing while walking near the shore…. a dead deer carcass up in the tree! Not sure how to explain that but a woodpecker enjoyed poking his head up from somewhere within the belly of this thing.  Weird!

Schaar’s Bluff…….

We can’t wait to go back for hiking and a picnic when the weather turns warmer!

Jan 202017

How has your week been? I’m going to be honest…. with the Inauguration of Trump today, I have been feeling an impending sense of doom.  I’ve also been dealing with several personal issues this week that have been bringing me down.  Its been one of those weeks that everything makes me want to cry. Somedays I wish I had the luxury of staying in bed all day.  Not to sleep (well…maybe!) but rather to just let go of all the emotions and sadness inside me.  Instead I get up early every day, put a smile on my face, round up all my positive thoughts and feelings and I push forward.  Its very important for me to focus on the good things and let go of the bad things….. these “Weekly Highlights” are my way of doing that.

With that being said, here is my list of highlights for the week of Jan 13- Jan 19, 2017:

  1. Home cooked meals
  2. Lunch at Smashburger
  3. Road trip to Spring Lake on the Mississippi
  4. Schaar’s Bluff 
  5. Spring Lake Islands Wildlife Management Area
  6. Rock Island Swing Bridge Pier
  7. Getting to check out the Ice Castles in Stillwater (before the big melt)
  8. Being rescued by a good samaritan after getting stuck in the snow down a lonely dirt road
  9. Impromptu visit from Bradie
  10. Updating my blog
  11. Seeking advice and thinking about a plan to help my son
  12. Feeling good physically (sickness still hasn’t touched me!)
  13. Finding new books suggestions (my ever-growing list!)
  14. Helping others get healthy
  15. Warmer weather
Jan 142017

Mary had us girls and the kids over for a nice taco dinner this past Thursday night. Its been YEARS since the five us (Me, Kim, Mary, Lanee and Sonja) have all been together.  I’m not even exaggerating.  It might have been at my baby shower with Bretton? Anyway, it has been too long and I’ve missed these girls! We’ve been friends for 25+ years.

Thanks to Mary for initiating our reunion and hosting dinner.  Let’s do it again soon!

Jan 132017


Highlights from the week of Jan 6-12:

  1. Plexus Super Saturday- extremely inspirational and motivational!
  2. Drink Pink team dinner at Jimmy’s Kitchen
  3. Finally getting my hearing checked with confirmation that I have some hearing loss
  4. Teaching algebra to 3rd graders with Hands-On Equations
  5. Chorizo Egg sandwich at Einsteins
  6. Updating blog via Facebook Posts
  7. Catching up with Leslie
  8. My first time to Oasis Cafe
  9. My first Chicken & Waffles Experience
  10. Having the iPad as a backup TV (for the kids) now that our big TV is broken 
  11. Yummy chicken fingers at Raising Cane’s
  12. Finishing my 1st book of the year… Playing Dead
  13. Taco Dinner with my BFFs at Mary’s


Jan 122017

I was listening to my local morning show on the radio today about the difference between men vs women telling a story. Their opinion was that women give way too many unnecessary details instead of just getting to the point.

My friend Haley sums it up pretty well:

“Women are painters, set the scene, give the details and feelings. Men are pointers, nothing extra, straight to the point.”


Is this your reality? Are most men annoyed by this?

Jan 112017

While most native Minnesotans don’t talk like the movie Fargo (unless maybe you live in the northern part of the state), we do have a distinct accent. Growing up I did not believe I had any accent, but I do, indeed ( and I’m not Scandinavian whatsoever). I could hear it  especially while living in AZ and TX. Now whenever I catch myself talking Minnesotan I laugh out loud and then I smile πŸ˜‰

I’m proud of where I come from; terrible winters, strong accent and all! One of the most beautiful places on earth! #MNProud

Jan 092017

I debated whether or not I wanted to post about this, but I believe that honesty is the best policy.

I took my Plexus products consistently for eight months and enjoyed so many of the benefits; I felt better, I wasn’t getting sick, I had more energy and no longer needed caffeine, my aches and pains went away, my stomach aches and headaches went away and I was “regular”.  I no longer craved sugar and I also had a great attitude and was in a perma-good mood.

Then Thanksgiving rolled around, followed by the month of December.  The season of eating, right? And I love eating! I really wanted to be able to pig out and eat whatever I wanted.  So I quit taking all of my Plexus products except the ProBio5.  In some sick and twisted way I felt that if I weren’t taking my Plexus, I could justify eating ice cream and pie and all sorts of junk that I hadn’t eaten in months. (I know… I could have just used Block and eaten this stuff without the guilt.  But I didn’t).  I sabotaged myself.

If I ever had any doubt that my Plexus products were working for me, my month-long hiatus has made me an even bigger believer….

While “off plexus” my appetite came back and so did my cravings for sugar.  Good lord.  I was tired all the time despite being able to sleep until 9am every day (with 4-5 hours more sleep per night than usual), took a few naps, and drank a few high-sugar coffee drinks for the first time in months.  My stomachaches returned, I was no longer regular, and my post-op knee started hurting again for the first time in many months.  I was hungry and eating all the time and gained back 8 lbs that I had previously lost.  Overall feeling like crap.

Why the heck do I do this stuff to myself???????? I have all the tools I need to feel good and be healthy. But I wasn’t using them πŸ™

On January 1st I got back on track.  I started back up on pink drink, BioCleanse, Block and Accelerator.  It has been just a week now but I’m already feeling so much better again! My knee stopped hurting within just a few days of using the BioCleanse and my tummy isn’t hurting anymore.  The Accelerator and pink drink have given me the natural energy again and my cravings have lessened.

If you were ever skeptical about Plexus products truly working, I will just tell ya that its like night and day.  No doubts in my mind!!

Jan 072017


I had such a great experience today at the Plexus Super Saturday event. Minneapolis was one of 30 cities who hosted this training event that over 20,000 Ambassadors attended. Ours was held at the Marriott in Minnetonka. I learned a lot and it was just what I needed to get my inspired and motivated again. The opportunity with Plexus is outstanding and I’m proud to be part of a company that gives you the tools to succeed in a business. Not to mention our health products work and make you feel good! 

Here I am with some of my Plexus Pink Power teammates (me with Amber, Bradie and Tarese)

Here are some of the attendees from our local DRINK PINK team (led by Jessica Radke)

After the conference several of us went to Jimmy’s Kitchen for dinner.  It was fun getting to know some of my sideline teammates beyond our connections on FB πŸ˜‰

Jan 062017

Every year around the holidays, my group of HS girlfriends gets together for a big dinner.  Or at least we try!! It is very hard to coordinate schedules to make it work, and sometimes we end up rescheduling.  Its all good though because we have fun whenever we can get together.  This year we met at Saji Ya (as we did in 2005) and besides me, Bradie, Kelly, Jessie, Mandy and Andrea, we had Andy and Jason join us.  It was fun! We ate a ton of sushi, drank some hot sake, and enjoyed each others’ company.  Quite a few photos as well….. customary for us gals πŸ˜‰

I apologize for the poor quality photos… not sure what is up with that?

For the record: Super Saji, Pablo Escolar, California, Spicy Tuna, and Philly… just to name a few.

Jan 042017

People all around me have been dropping like flies due to sickness. The lovely winter colds and even stomach flu have been running wild. My kids were sick over my entire winter break… coughing, sneezing and pouring out massive amounts of snot and phlegm. Such a joy!! We seriously went through eight boxes of tissues in a week.

I, however, feel great. Sickness can’t touch me!! I take a double dose of my amazing probiotic every night and faithfully use essential oils. My immune system is stronger than it’s ever been! I highly recommend that everyone take a probiotic daily; a boosted immune system is just one of many benefits. After taking care of my sick family for a week and a half,I am reminded that my kids and hubby need to take it every day as well.
Are you ready to boost your immunities too? Message me… let’s get you rolling with the amazing Plexus ProBio5 so you can enjoy the season πŸ˜‰

Jan 032017

A couple of weeks ago the “low tire” light came on in my car but air pressure in my tires has checked out?! It was driving me crazy and I figured it was a faulty pressure sensor. I brought it to a tire shop today and it turns out that the spare tire deep in my trunk also has a pressure sensor and it was 5lbs low! Who would’ve thought?! Lol
Keep this in mind if you ever seem to have phantom low tire pressure! And drive a #Lexus Lol

Dec 162016

I haven’t spent as much time on this blog over the past couple of weeks as I thought I would but I still want to reflect on the good things from the past week.

Highlights from the week of December 9- December 15, 2016:

  1. Pancakes at Perkins
  2. Roasted Cornish game hens
  3. Having a toasty warm house when its absolutely frigid outside
  4. Happy hour 2 for 1’s
  5. Staff Holiday party at Shamrocks
  6. Receiving Christmas cards
  7. Watching Finding Dory and Home Alone with Dash and Bash
  8. Listening to my 3yo sing along to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” whenever it comes on the radio
  9. Kisses from my boys
  10. GIGANTIC King crab legs- best I’ve ever eaten in my life!!
  11. Catching up on This Is Us and Younger
  12. Adding books to my TBR list on Goodreads
  13. Knocking off books toward my 2016 reading goal (I’m so close!!)
  14. Homemade turkey tenders


Dec 092016


Weekly Highlights from the week of December 2- December 8, 2016:

  1. Double points at Jersey Mike’s
  2. Getting carried away over something exciting
  3. Taking care of some of my shopping online at Amazon.com
  4. Receiving my packages before any porch-robbers nabbed ’em (I wasn’t worried but I strongly dislike hearing these stories)
  5. Driving through the Holiday Lights in the Park at Phalen
  6. Facetime convo with my bestie
  7. Coming to my senses
  8. Finishing Pride and Prejudice– wowsers, this was a difficult read with the old-school English but I enjoyed the story
  9. Free coffee at Starbucks thanks to a very generous RAK (random act of kindness)
  10. Staying healthy thanks to my stealthy immune system and Plexus Probiotics!
  11. Diffusing delicious-smelling essential oils
  12. Receiving my monthly order from Young Living