Weekend Shares


Happy Saturday! Naturally since there’s only a couple hours to enter the Vega One giveaway for the HUGE prize package I’m eating some STUFT Vega One Pumpkin Protein Dip.


Mmm hmm….

You can keep using the code StuftMama on the Vega website for 20% off.


Oh and today is the last day of February which is American Heart Month and yes, instead of traveling and running The Phoenix Marathon this weekend we’ve been doing some cardio cleaning in the form of vacuuming. YOU can see our short instagram video here.

Yes, the boys do the dancing and I do the vacuuming. We make a good team. At least we’re doing our part to get moving and get heart healthy.

As part of the partnership with Merry Maids and the American Heart Association and their campaign to “Get Moving, Start Cleaning, Be Heart Healthy”, Merry Maids is donating $1 for every new “like” on their Facebook page to AHA up to $75,000. YOU can help support the cause and “like” their page here.



Friday night highlights were a little family foosball game.

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That was closely followed by an early bedtime for the boys and a little date night for me and the Mr.

The cats and the Dunphy’s joined us.

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Funny huh? This week’s episode was freaking hilarious by the way.


A lot of awesome people were rocking it this morning at The Phoenix Marathon. Unfortunately I was not one of them, but congratulations to everyone who finished.

I saw this quote the other day from Runner’s World and it’s so true and can be applied to pretty much any of our big dreams in life.

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My one day of running this week was a fluke I think. Figures. Oh well, I still got in a little 2.8 miles jog/walk in to get to take advantage of the cold weather here.

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I got all bundled up in my Mizuno gear.

Besides my 2.81 miles and my cleaning cardio, I’ve gotten some elliptical time in, taught boot camp this morning and practiced KettleWorx choreography. I’m going to attempt a longer cardio session tomorrow with the spin bike and the elliptical to act as a long run. We’ll see how that turns out.


We’ve been all about the colorful fresh eggs for breakfast lately.

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I had Andrew show me how to make the perfect yolk.

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I can never get it right, but he has the magic touch.

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I had my usual egg white scramble with chicken apple sausage and an extra fried egg on the side. My second course was a roasted purple sweet potato.

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Lately I’ve just been baking them in the oven for an hour to an hour and a half at 375 convection. I think they’re better that way and like that they don’t dry out as much like when I microwave them first.


I have just a couple of things to pass along that some amazing people are doing for a good cause.

The sweet and inspirational Emily, who ran with me for the STUFT 60 Challenge, is taking on an even bigger challenge and running a 50 mile ultra race to help raise funds to have a hospitality home for the Coast Guard Academy. Here’s her story.

My name is Emily Quallen and I am a USCGA cadet currently on a one year sabbatical from the Coast Guard pursuing missions work. For the last 2.5 years, I have had the privilege of getting to know and study with Hank and Betsy Teuton, and spent many weekends at their home experiencing amazing fellowship, much needed rest, and individual as well as group bible studies. With Betsy’s passing, the home is being purchased by Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) to serve as a permanent hospitality home for the Coast Guard Academy. I am very much excited to have the honor of helping raise the funds for OCF to purchase Shepherds Fold, with the idea of renaming it Betsy’s Bethlehem, the Hebrew translation for which is ‘Betsy’s House of Bread’. I would love your support in assisting OCF in raising these necessary funds. In order to accomplish this, I will be running the Lake Waramaug Ultramarathon 50 mile distance on April 26th, 2015. The goal is to receive at least 100 pledges of $10 per mile in order to raise $50,000 by race day. That being said, donations of ANY amount are greatly appreciated. The link to the race site is below:


To donate to this special cause, there are three available options.


1. Online: simply click on the red DONATE button at the top of the OCF website homepage www.ocfusa.org , scroll to the "Donate by Credit card or Electronic Check" link for ONLINE GIVING and then fill in and submit the required information. Be sure to write a note in the COMMENT section indicating that the donation is for Emily Quallen’s fundraiser for the USCGA Residence Fund in honor of Betsy Teuton; or

2. By mail: make check payable to OCF, and mail it to 3784 S. Inca St Englewood, CO 80110-3405. Again, be sure to write in the MEMO line what the donation is for; or

3. By hand: check or cash given directly to Emily Quallen, or someone on her behalf, who will then send the donation to OCF with enough information about the donor to allow OCF to send a receipt.

In sum, OCF simply needs to know WHO is making the donation, WHAT the donation is for and WHERE to send the receipt.

God bless you and thank you for your support.


Also, my friend Smitha who just complete her very first marathon today has an eight year old daughter with epilepsy. Her amazing story and her latest charitable endeavor to help fight epilepsy can be found here.

Serena’s Crusaders Raise Money to Fight Epilepsy, One T-Shirt at a Time


I’m buying this shirt right after I publish this to help support.

Serena's Crusaders Pace Yourself T-Shirt

It always feels good to support each other and do things for a good cause. I really need to do more of that actually.



The boys and I have a big date night planned. Just the three of us. It’s gloomy and rainy outside and the prefect cuddle with your kiddos kind of weather. I wonder if I can talk them into building me a fire. Ha ha.


Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


What’s your favorite thing to do at home when it’s rainy outside?

I always want to burn candles, build a fire and eat macaroni and cheese. Weird.

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  1. 1

    Aw looks like fun! I like to cook or bake during those gloomy days. And drink loooooots of coffee 😉

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    Kim says:

    Yesterday and today I have been craving creamy pasta!!! I think it’s because I couldn’t eat anything from Wednesday night until after noon yesterday (over 40 hours with no food!!).
    I hope that you have had a good weekend – I figured today would be a little rough watching all the Instagram feeds of people in Phoenix.

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    Laura says:

    Rainy days for me mean wearing comfy clothes, curling up under a blanket and watching movies. We don’t get many of them here lately (Northern California) so when they do happen, I definitely like to stay home!

    That Modern Family episode was really good!

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    Emily Butler says:

    Usually I use the rainy days as a good day to get a ton of cleaning done, since when it’s nice out I feel guilty if I spend too much time doing housework inside and not outside. I so miss fresh eggs, Looking forward to getting more chickens next year. This summer though I may try a few meat chickens since that is much more temporary.

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    Samantha says:

    Thank you for sharing these great causes! I am off to check them out. If you live where I do you usually sulk about rainy days in a row and then suck it up and just get stuff done. 🙂 Sam

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    Bridget says:

    Sorry we crashed your date night! That was Batman’s idea, remember.

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    Gloomy/rainy days are great for pajamas, snuggly blankets and reading

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