Random Ramblings: June 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SEDONA



When the kids got out for summer vacation, my mom said she wanted the kids to come for a week or so to spend some time with them on their break.

So a few weeks ago my mom drove up on a Wednesday.  Then that late afternoon we headed to Sedona.  From our house here in Prescott Valley it only took about an hour or so to get to there.
Jacob wasn't able to get the three days off work, which was a super bummer, and same with my dad.  Sucks they both had to work but it was still a nice little mini get away.  My mom used their time share for our rooms.  It was like a big giant two bedroom room, but there was a door connecting them so it could be used as two separate rooms also.  They were very nice rooms.  My moms room was bigger and was like a mini apartment.  


My side of the double room. 

Our kitchen area.   

Our side from the couch looking into through the door that connects the rooms. 

The kitchen on my moms side. 

The dining and living room area on my moms side. 

The living room on my moms side.  

My moms bathroom had a huge tub.  


My moms side had an actual bedroom too.  

The living room on my moms side again. 



The first night we got there and got checked in, then decided to go find somewhere to eat for dinner.  We found this little steak, burger, seafood tiny little place.  It seemed to be much fancier once we got inside though.  The food was good, not amazing, but still good.  I got chicken alfredo and a salad.  Chloe loved her chocolate milk that she ordered.  





Then we went back to the room and just relaxed.  They boys originally were going to share one couch pull out bed, but since both rooms ended up having one, they decided that they would each have one and switch the next night.  



Thursday morning we woke up and had to be at the lobby at 11:00 for our pink jeep tour.  The tour was about 2 hours long.  It wasn't the one my mom thought she was booking, but it was just a light tour around some desert and mountains.  It was still nice to be able to see some of the beautiful nature up closer.  







After our tour we went back to our rooms and cooled off and had some pbj sandwiches and chips for lunch.  Then we headed to the Catholic church up on the hill.  It is built into the side of the mountain.  We are not catholic but it was beautiful.  We took some photos and just soaked in the beauty of it.  











After that we stopped at this little shopping complex     We walked up and down the shopping center.  We went into an art gallery with some beautiful pieces of work.  The kids even enjoyed looking at some of the amazing pieces.  We stopped and got me and mom a soda and the kids a smoothie on the way back to the car.  We stopped and rested by a fountain while the kids drank theirs.  








After that we stopped at Subway to grab some dinner for back at the room.  We ate once we got back to the room and then headed down to the pool.  The kids had been wanting to go to the pool since the moment we got there. So we headed down and swam with the kids for a while. After that we headed back to the room and the kids all took showers and got into their pajamas.  
That night the boys decided to sleep in the same bed together which gave Chloe the chance to sleep in the couch pull up bed herself in my room.  She had been wanting that too since we got there, but shared the bed with me the first night.  We just relaxed the rest of the night.  


We checked out Friday morning, and stopped at one more little store on the way out of town to get some souvenirs.  

It was a nice time getting away, but I sure missed Jacob being there with us.  It is a very small town and seems like it would be expensive to live there on a daily basis, but a nice place to visit for sure from time to time.   

~NICOLE

Monday, June 13, 2016

STAYING HEALTHY WITH CENTRUM VITAMINS FROM WALGREENS

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Do you find it hard to remember to take your vitamins daily?  I sure do.  I hate to say this, but I feel like the older I get the more things I forget.  Gosh if I am like this now, I hate to see my memory in 10 years from now.  


But thankfully I have found some ways to help me remember to take them.  One reason I stopped taking my vitamins years ago on top of always forgetting, was the taste.  I never liked the gritty chalky taste I would when taking vitamins.  

But now I have found a great vitamin that I like to take daily.  These Centrum MultiGummies and Vitamints are like no other vitamin I have ever tasted before. The great taste of these makes getting my essential vitamins very easy.  I love the gummies because they taste like you are just eating some gummy candy, and the vitamints in the raspberry are so refreshing and not the chalky nasty taste one bit- just like a mint.    



Being on the go with 3 kids I had to find a good way to help me remember to be diligent in my daily vitamin intake.  So I found 3 ways to help me remember when to take them.  All of them together, and I rarely forget to take them anymore.  

The first way I found very helpful was to put my vitamins in a pill container for the week.  So every Sunday I separate one vitamin into each daily compartment.  That way I have one laid out already for each day that coming week.  Then if I am going to be on the go during the day I can toss the pill holder into my purse instead of having to take the entire bottle with me.  

If I am going to be at home during the day, I just leave the pill container next to my bed on my nightstand.  That way I see it, so it isn't out of sight out of mind kind of thing.  This way I always know where it is, and if for some reason I did happen to forget during the day it is the last thing I see at night before I go to bed to remind me to take them.  




The next way I remember to take my Centrum Vitamints is to set my alarm clock on my phone.  I set it for 10:20 am and it goes off every single day.  I labeled the alarm Take Vitamins.  That way no matter where I am home or on the go I am reminded to take my vitamins.  I picked a time that I felt was best for me.  The kids are all in school by this time and usually if I had errands to run, I was home by this time. 


The third way I use as a daily reminder to take my Centrum Vitamints is to write it in my planner.  I open and look in my planner daily, so I started writing it in my daily top 3 tasks so I would also see it there everyday.  



With all 3 of my daily reminders I never forget to take my Centrum Vitamints anymore.

I love that when I am out running errands I can stop by my local Walgreens to grab my Centrum Vitamints.   Another thing I love about getting my Centrum Vitamins at Walgreens is the Partnership with Vitamin Angels - "Get Vitamins Here. Change Lives Everywhere. Walgreens will make a donation to Vitamin Angels with every Vitamin purchase.

You can find them in the vitamin aisle at your local Walgreens. 
This is one way I am trying to change to have a healthier lifestyle.  

Another way I have found to help me get through the afternoon until dinner is a little pick me up snack I love to keep on hand.  It has peanut butter so it helps with the protein and gives me just the little boost I need to get me through until dinner time.

They are so easy to make.  They are 
NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES



Let me share this super easy recipe with you. 

INGREDIENTS :

3 cups of minute oats
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of peanut butter
4 tbsp (1/2 stick ) of salted butter
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS :

~ Combine butter, sugar and milk in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
~ Let boil for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

~ Remove from heat and add in peanut butter right away, stirring so it melts into the sugar mixture. 
~ Add in vanilla and then the oats.  

~ Stir until it is all mixed well. 
~ Place spoonfuls onto wax paper
~ Let set for at least an hour. 

NOTE: They may seem runny to you at first when you place the spoonfuls on the wax paper, but let them sit and they will set and form cookies.  


I like to place them in a tupperware and in the fridge so that they get cold, but that is not required, just my personal preference.  




This is just some of the ways I am trying to keep healthy, and I love that the Centrum Vitamins from Walgreens are there to help me achieve this goal. They make it so easy to take my vitamins daily. 

Do you take your vitamins daily?  I would love to see the ways you remind yourself to take them.  I would also love to see what snacks you like best during that afternoon slump before dinner.  

~NICOLE


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