Being Jane

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

One Of Daniel's Biggest Achievements!

The third Sunday in January we have a tradition in our household. I bundle up the girls in their warmest gear, doll myself up a bit, load up the snacks and the stroller, and head out to Tempe, AZ to watch my husband cross the finish line. What finish line you ask? The one for the PF Chang's Half Marathon!

Every year since Emma was an infant, Daniel has trained throughout the cold winter months, and run his half marathon in the bitter early morning cold in Tempe. I usually don't make it out until the end, but I've learned how to calculate his run time and the course, and we always camp out right at the end of the road and scream our heads off! One of Daniel's main goals in life is to one at least one half marathon a year.


Now, Daniel's body is a broken, beaten-up mess from the military. Even so, he continues to do these half marathons. Every year a new piece of running gear is added to his ensemble to make the experience less and less painful for him. This last year he was covered in compression sleeves on his arms and legs and his hands with running gloves. One thing was missing, but the budget just wasn't there.

His fourth run is coming up here in just two months, and I really wanted him to have the full package this round. When I received his new knee brace from NewGenre, I made him immediately change and go out for a run around the block to test it out.

At first he was uncomfortable and frustrated with it, and then he realized that by tweaking the velcro closure straps, he was able to get a good, secure fit. After running around outside for a bit, and the girls joining in, he said that his left knee was aching and his right knee (the braced knee) felt strong and supported.

I feel so excited that he has the right gear to get him through his training, and eventually his big run! Now all I have to do is get him another one for that left knee ;)

I will be posting photos of his half marathon in January on my Instagram and Facebook so keep an eye out!

* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions and this post, are my own.*

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Only Chili Dip You'll Ever Want To Make

I love chili. Like, a lot. So much so that I can eat an entire can of chili with chips and feel no remorse.
That being said, one of my favorite indulgences is my mom's chili dip. And you only need two ingredients! It's easy to make and comes together quickly.

All you need are the following things, and 10-15 minutes of your time.

- 1 can of chili (I love Dennison's!)
- 1 8-oz package of cream cheese
- a small pot
- a stirring spoon

(I added that last one to be bratty. It really is the easiest recipe!)

Dump the chili and cream cheese into the pot and heat on Low on the stove (Low-Medium is okay too, just watch carefully to avoid burning and over-cooking). Stir regularly to avoid the bottom of the dip burning, gentle bubbles and simmering is normal. Continue heating and stirring until the cream cheese is completely melted and blended with the chili. Once this is complete pour into a serving bowl and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips!

I make this dip for every holiday, every game day, every party, and even just because I'm craving it.

Just try not to eat it all by yourself.

Friday, May 1, 2015

My Girls Pick Superheroes Over Dolls

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias 

My girls are typical little princesses who have their dolls, dresses, jewelry, and purses. It is normal, however, to see my three year old in a dress wearing her superhero accessories, or playing with her Marvel action figures! We have a healthy love, or maybe a healthy obsession, with all superheroes; but our real love is directed at the Avengers! In anticipation for the release of MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we took the girls to Walmart and let them pick out their favorite superhero accessories to dress up as! We threw in some affordable finds from the clothing section to complete their look!

Emma's favorite Avenger is Iron Man and she hasn't stopped wearing these pieces since we got home with them. Audrey was perfectly outfitted as Thor, and doesn't she look adorable? I am pretty sure she could take this getup down to Hollywood and be cast as baby-Thor in a heartbeat.

Long before we had kids Daniel and I were avid followers of the Marvel franchise, and have passed that love on to our kids. Daniel never turns down an opportunity to play with the girls, and he was more than excited to take on the role of Hulk and he was beaten (ahem, I mean he let her win) by Emma and she stood victoriously as the top Avenger in our living room!

Daniel and I are going to be seeing MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron this opening weekend. I mean, who can wait?? We can't wait until the girls are older and can have movie marathons with us. They will love seeing their favorite action heroes in real form! But until then, they get to run around ruling the universe that is The Redding-World!!

While you're shopping at Walmart for your new Avengers accessories, be sure to download the app Superheroes Assemble on in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store! You'll be able to keep up to date with the latest movie and behind-the-scenes action. Plus, scan Avengers displays at Walmart and to become your favorite Avenger, explore a Hulkbuster training facility in a cool 360 degree interactive space and to bring Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron characters to life with augmented reality.
Scan in store signage from Kellogg's, Hasboro, Dr. Pepper or Marvel to reveal secret content! You can also scan the specially marked Avengers packaging of these brands to unlock even more secret content! Scan any 12 packs of Dr. Peppers Avengers or scan the in-store signage to unlock a digital comic book. This exciting comic book is brought to you by Dr. Pepper

We also grabbed some super-snacks from Walmart that matched our superhero abilities. Avengers need snacks too! The girls were tickled to see their favorite characters on the packaging, and kept asking us which symbol was on each Cheez-It that went into their mouths. I'd say it was a very Marvel-ous day!

Will you be seeing MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Do you have girls who love superheroes too? I'd love to hear about your child's favorite Avenger!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Secret Indulgence

Why are Oreos so good? Sometimes, when I know they are in my pantry, I dream about them. I can just be innocently watching TV, or getting something done around the house, and they call to me. As we speak I am laying in bed eating Oreos because I had trouble falling asleep due to the fact that I knew they were sitting in my kitchen.

Is that normal? Ah who cares, am I right? I'm happy, fulfilled, and a hardworking wife and mother who deserves to secretly indulge in her Double Stuff Oreos. I can't even consider tearing back that cellophane wrapper during daylight hours. If I do, a chorus of "I want one!" and "Me! Me!" are heard from any part of my house. Audrey has super sonic ears when it comes to wrappers and treats. Her first guess is "Bar?? Me??".... If not, she defaults to "Coo-kah?!" (cookie). 

I've learned to hide my treats and that leads to me engorging after bedtime while I catch up on my "mommy" shows.

What is your vice? Do you have a treat you hide that is just for you? Are you as crazy as me when it comes to Oreos?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

An Ode To Coffee

I lift the warm, white cup to my lips and inhale. I take a slow sip and let the dark liquid flow into my body. As I feel it course through my system, I begin to feel alive. Sips turn into gulps as my desperation for normalcy consumes me. As I reach the end of this invigorating journey I feel calm.

The dust of my eyes has been wiped away, and the weight on my shoulders has become lighter. I refill my cup and fully awaken, shaking off last night's slumber.

It may be six a.m. and it may be dark out, but I can face this morning, my dark elixir in hand. As my child continues her endless questions, my words grow clearer, my smile brighter. In the stillness of the morning, it's just the three of us. Me, my child, and my cup. The tunes on the television are the soundtrack to my sips.

I stand in the quiet, dark kitchen looking out at the scene before me, my fingers warmed by the heat of my cup. I see her hair creating a halo around her head due to the restless night before. Her her small frame perched on the edge of the couch, captivated by her Disney friends. And I sigh. It's a happy sigh. A contented one. 

No high is greater than this one. This organic happiness. 

This feeling can only be attributed to one thing.

My cup of coffee.

**all thoughts in this post are my true feelings, except the effects of coffee are extremely dramatized and do not in any way dictate my joy or ability to be a good mother ;)