hi, again.

by Janetha on January 7, 2018

in random rambles,recipes

well hello there! pretty sure I am typing to crickets, at this point.. but here I am. ready to ramble. it’s a new year, and I have a new goal to post twice a month on meals & moves. probably not so much about meals and moves, but more about everything in between. about life itself. and this and that. and maybe even the other. who knows, might not have time.. we shall see.

anyway, if you are reading.. hi! happy flipping new year! 2017 was very good to my little fam and life is great. we are so excited to see what 2018 has in store, I am sure there are many adventures to be had.

so since there is no point it trying to pick up where I left off- I literally have no idea where that may have been- I am just going to dive right in.

fox is almost three and a half and is loving the preschool life. he goes twice a week and it’s his favorite. he loves to sing, read, say his ABCs forward and backward, dance, and work. cleaning, yard work, you name it.. he likes to help out when and where he can. he got a pint-sized cleaning kit for christmas and you’d think it was the best thing ever. he’s such a good little dude.

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stella is just over 15 months and is a full blown toddler now. not sure where my baby went, it happened in the blink of an eye. she has 5-10 words under her belt, her favorite one being, “shoes”. the lady is obsessed with shoes. she brings everyone their shoes to put on. she loves to have us put her own shoes or boots on her first thing in the morning. she’s crazy about ‘em. she’s such a sweet bug and always quick to give kisses. such a joy.

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marsh and I are still plugging away at our day jobs, which is going really well. we love the company we work for and can’t complain a single bit. we try to do a lot as a family on our days off or down time, and actually managed to pack a ton of good times in between october and december. allllll the festive things, I tell ya. it was great.

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as far as moves go, I am back to exercising. I started working out at orange theory fitness in july. I have an 8-times-a-month pass which means I get there twice a week. I have consistently made it there and am happy to say I’ve accomplished all 8 classes every month since I started. a couple of months I even went 9 times, but I had to pay for that extra class and it was something like $20 and I decided I would rather stay home in bed rather than pay another 20 bucks, haha. but! I have to say 8 times a month has done wonders for me. the classes are an hour long and are unlike any type of workout I was doing. they are super intense and really get my heart rate up. the afterburn experienced after each class is awesome, I can seriously tell my metabolism is revved up after going. even twice a week is enough for me to notice a difference in my fitness, and it’s nice to basically be back to where I once was. I would say I have a lot less muscle, but endurance-wise, I am pretty close to where I was back in 2013, pre-babies. I actually kind of like that it’s not a ton of heavy lifting. I was doing a LOT of that back in the day, and this type of workout is a nice change. and it seems very effective, so that’s great. I have had to pull myself out of bed much earlier than I would like to, but the fact that you still pay if you don’t show up to a class you signed up for really helps in the motivation department!

meals are going well. about a month and a half ago I started being more conscious of what I was eating. that was also around the time that I stopped breast feeding, and I realized couldn’t eat the world anymore – ha. and then, for about the past month, I have been in a marco polo group with some friends where we are focusing on eating more body-for-life style. it was actually nice to have some accountability over the holidays. obviously we all still enjoyed the fun food the holidays bring, just didn’t go absolutely crazy. I think starting monday, another group of us will be a little more serious about body-for-life style eating. at least until I head to costa rica- cannot wait for that upcoming trip!

I made a way tasty stuffed bell pepper soup this week. stella even loved it and she’s kind of picky on the food front! it is super simple. here is the recipe.

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ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
  • 2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tb dried oregano
  • 1 tb dried basil
  • 1 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1 cup rice
  • cheese for garnish

directions:

  1. heat a large saucepan with some olive oil, brown ground beef and half the onion. drain and set aside.
  2. heat a little more oil in the saucepan and add remaining onion and peppers. sauté for a few minutes. add garlic and sauté for another minute or two.
  3. add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, and ground beef. bring to a boil then turn down and let simmer.
  4. meanwhile, cook rice separately.
  5. serve a portion of the soup over top a serving of rice. garnish with cheese and enjoy!

this made enough for dinner for two nights, and it was even better the next day!

I am participating in a facebook group that is 40 bags in 40 days. each day, we have an area of the house to clean out and the goal is to have a bag of stuff to throw away and/or donate. whether it be a grocery size bag, ziplock bag, or garbage bag… the goal is to just PURGE. so far, so good. this week we did junk drawers, fridge and freezer, coat closet, media stand, linen closet, and tupperware. I am loving the motivation to get things tidied up, a little at a time!

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I am so excited! my 365-day chatbooks just came.

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I have a separate instagram where I posted one photo of each kiddo that I took each day in 2017. at the end of the year, I printed a book for each of them. I did an 8×8 hardbound book through chatbooks, at they both turned out so nice! I am excited to have them and for the kids to have them when they are old and grown. it’s so fun to flip through the pages and see how much they changed in 2017.

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I am going to do it again this year.. and for as many years as I can! I think I also want to start doing regular chatbooks, since I do zero form of scrapbooking. I still am working on putting together and printing both of their monthly letters I wrote from the first years of their lives. it’s a work in progress!

well, truth be told, this blog post is short but it took over four days for me to find time to type it, haha. life is busy. life is good. I will try to check in here more often. my goal is to get two or three posts in each month. I really enjoy blogging, I just don’t have time to do it like I used to!

happy new year!

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Qs~

1. do you have any goals for 2018?

2. any fun trips coming up?

xo. janetha g.

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Jena January 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Hi! Glad you’re back!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Hi! Thanks!

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Shari January 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm

From one of the crickets, good to hear from you.

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Hahaha thank you, Shari! xo

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Amy January 7, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Long term follower just chiming in to say I’m also glad you’re back! Not just crickets out here :)

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Aww thank you for reading!

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Carrie this fit chick January 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Oh my gosh, YAY! So good to hear from you- excited to see all and anything you post!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Yay! How are you?!

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Darcy January 8, 2018 at 5:05 am

I recently joined Orangetheory too and I love it!! The whole accountability component has definitely made me step up my workouts.
Glad you are posting again!! I really enjoy your blog. :)

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Right??? I tried to do one of the endurance blocks on my own yesterday, and I definitely reduced my push pace and all out pace because I just didn’t have that group setting pushing me!

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Tamara January 8, 2018 at 8:55 am

Hi!! Loved this update so much. Your family is so lovely. I’ve been curious about Orange Theory, thanks for the info! I generally work out at home and will probably keep doing that, but I may check that out at some point.

Happy new year!!! xoxo

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Hi Tamara! Happy new year to you! <3

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Teri | a foodie stays fit January 8, 2018 at 10:52 am

So fun to read a post from you!! The only trip on my calendar right now is Boston to run the Boston Marathon! We’re planning to stay a few days afterwards to explore, which should be fun (if my legs can stand it!).

I’ve been dying to try out Orange Theory – the closest one is 30 min away but maybe it’d a be a fun weekend field trip!

Happy New Year friend!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Hiiii! My next goal on top of blogging, is to read blogs haha. So I need to dust off the old list and check yours out. But I love your IG and also have purchased too many things thanks to your cute outfits lmao. I loved Boston! We went in 2013 and had a blast. You would LOVE OTF. Love you!

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Moira January 8, 2018 at 11:06 am

Welcome back!
My goals are:
Run 3 races
Read 23 books
Become more comfortable with small talk at networking events

Love the 365 pictures idea. I was going to make a book from memories of 2017 but I like your idea more!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm

I love those goals! What books are you reading? I need some good ones.

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Kaylee January 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

Your family is adorable! So glad you’re back! My main goal for 2018 is to live in the moment. I’m a planner hardcore. I’m always looking to the future, right now I want to focus on today and enjoy every second of it.

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:10 pm

That is a great goal! It is a good reminder – focusing on the present can be tough.

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Katie January 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm

I love when you’re subscribed to a blog and when they decide to post again, the post is in your feed and is a pleasant surprise to your day. ;) Welcome back, friend!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Haha yay! I need to start READING blogs again. Baby steps. Good to hear from you! xoxo

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Deanna January 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Those Chatbooks are such a great idea!!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

And they are SO easy to do! Brilliant business model on their part, haha.

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Mary January 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Glad to hear from you! I always enjoy your emails!

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Janetha January 8, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Thanks, Mary! xoxo

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Marie January 8, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Still here! :) Loved the update; your family is adorable! I love the chat book idea! I have a private blog that’s like a digital family scrapbook and my kids love reading it now. No huge goals, just continuing to strengthen my back. I tweaked it working out this morning. And just being more present with my husband and kids. :)

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Kristen January 9, 2018 at 7:31 am

I love the idea of the separate instagram and chatbooks! I’m only a week into the year so I think I’ll start that today. I’m awful about printing pictures and scrapbooking…well, I have one kid who’s 11 and a barely started baby book.

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Kyle January 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Hi Janetha! I’m a cricket, too! Just saying hi to let you know I’m still here! And to tell you Fox and Stella are as adorable as ever!! Keep the blog posts coming! xo

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Anne January 17, 2018 at 7:19 am

Yay you are back! And you’ve been busy!

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