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REMINDER: Wish & Whimsy Has Moved.

REMINDER:

Wish & Whimsy has a new home! Please check out www.wishandwhimsy.com. 

While there,  begin your subscription to Wish & Whimsy on my new site. If you are currently subscribing to the blog via email or Reader, please subscribe by email by clicking here or by reader by clicking here.

Don’t worry, I’ll only post a few more reminders and then I’ll stop. I won’t invade your inbox or reader from this wordpress blog much longer. Hope you’ll stop by my new site!

BIG Blog News & SlimKicker Giveaway Winner.

TWO very wonderful things are happening with Wish & Whimsy today.  I get to share with you some great blog news (here’s a hint), and  I get to announce the winner of the 7-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker that SlimKicker is giving one of my readers! Let’s dive right in…

BLOG NEWS: I cannot thank you enough for the many encouraging comments you’ve given me about Wish & Whimsy. Every morning I wake up excited to know that  I get to start my day by sharing it with you. I love reading your comments and hearing your feedback on posts. I learn a lot from each of you and enjoy getting to know you.

Since becoming a FitFluential Ambassador, traffic to my blog has increased enormously. There is so much I want to do with my blog; I’ve decided to take it to the next level. I created my own website which will go “live” tomorrow morning. While WordPress provided me a great platform to get started, it’s time for me to amp up this site and offer you better content and a better look. The time has finally come to share it with you!

Beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 31st, I will be blogging from my new website www.wishandwhimsy.com, and no longer from this site. My deepest hope is that you will continue following me there. I wish I could make this transition easier and automatically transfer your email and/or reader subscriptions. But since I cannot, I am humbly asking you to begin your subscription to Wish & Whimsy on my new site. If you are currently subscribing to the blog via email or Reader, please subscribe by email by clicking here or by reader by clicking here.

Take a look today. Let me know what you think. It’s going to be the same “Wish & Whimsy” you’ve come to know, only better (and better designed). Thanks in advance for being a new follower to my new site!

GIVEAWAY NEWS: SlimKicker reviewed all of your entries about fitness challenges you could see yourself participating in and they have chosen one of my readers to receive a 7 Quart Oval, Manual Stainless Steel Slow Cooker. The winner is: knowhat who commented, “do 1 wall squat everytime you pass a doorway, and for every minute you are watching TV. Should make you think twice before sitting in the couch!

Congratulations knowhat! Please email me at wishandwhimsy@gmail.com with your mailing address so we can get this giveaway shipped to you.

Wishing you the best! katie

***QUESTIONS OF THE DAY***
Have you checked out my new website www.wishandwhimsy.com?
Are you going to start keeping up with me on my new website? I’d love for you to come check it out and let me know what you think.

Happy Mother’s Day & I’m An Ambassador!

This girl has some VERY exciting news that I can’t wait to share, but I first have to wish a VERY Happy Mother’s Day my amazing Mom. I’m blessed to be able to spend this day with Mom and Dad.

Mother’s Day Weekend, 2012

Before I recap the details of my lovely time spent with Mom yesterday, I have some VERY exciting news to share. I’ve been selected as a FitFluential Ambassador! I am beyond excited to be accepted into the Ambassador program and my deepest wish is that I can use this opportunity as a way to continue promoting healthy living. Fitness and overall health is a big passion of mine and this opportunity is a step for me to join other influencers and ambassadors promote health and make it a social priority. I hope that I can inspire others just as FitFluential Ambassadors have inspired me to make healthier choices in my own life.

I took Mom to Capitol Roasters, a coffee shop she and I have never visited before. While I’ll be honest and say that it wasn’t the world’s best cup of coffee, the atmosphere was very enjoyable. It’s a fairly open yet inviting coffee shop, without much people traffic at the time of day we went. This made our time truly special so we could share what was on our hearts and minds openly. I’d recommend the place and visit again simply for the quietness of the place. Sometimes, a coffee date isn’t about the coffee…it’s about sharing life together. And the price wasn’t bad at all! Everything in the photo below was under $6.

Apple Cinnamon and Sunrise Explosion muffins. Chocolate Almond coffee, sprinkled with Cinnamon.

We both decided on a cup of Chocolate Almond coffee and shared freshly baked good. I had a coupon for a buy one, get one free muffin. Mom had the Sunrise Explosion – a carrot cake, raisin and spice muffin- and I enjoyed half of an Apple Cinnamon muffin. (I knew Dad would enjoy the other half, so I brought it home for him to enjoy.) We found a spot on a comfortable couch and caught up on life. I loved our coffee and conversation. There’s something special that happens every time we share a coffee date and happy tears are always gauranteed. I took along her Mother’s Day gifts to let her open. My brother and I decided to give her gifts the complemented her love of hospitality. We gave her several things to set a spring themed table and an adorable hostess apron. I was excited to give this to her and I hope she will enjoy it whenever she hosts company.

Isn’t she lovely? She’s the hostess with the mostess.

She and I then went to the mall. Mom won a contest for sharing a funny story about her mother on the mall’s website and she was selected as the winner of a gift card! We had a mini shopping spree and we decided to use the gift card to find matching charms for our Pandora bracelet that would honor the memory of Nana. We decided on a charm called “forget-me-not” and it was classy, just like I have always imagined Nana.

Because we had a healthy and filling breakfast, plus a baked treat from Capitol Roasters, we weren’t hungry for a formal lunch. We came home and had snacks in the afternoon. While mom made some blankets for her ministry at church, we watched Driving Miss Daisy. During the movie, I prepped the marinade for Salsa Lime Tofu and cut up a Strawberry Papaya. Here’s how the table looked:

Salsa Lime Tofu, mixed steamed veggies, crescent rolls, and strawberry papaya

Dinner turned out fantastic, and I remembered to bake the tofu a little longer this time. I doubled the recipe to have enough for the family and plus enough for me to take back to Lexington as left overs to be used for lunches at work. This was Mom and Dad’s first introduction to Tofu, so I hoped they enjoyed it. And they did! Mom, being the main cook in the family, especially enjoyed it and is considering all of the possibile recipes she can create with Tofu. Win!

Mom, Dad & Tofu

What an amazing day! I can’t believe how wonderful yesterday was…great time with my parents and great news from FitFluential! I wonder what today holds…

And by the way, I updated my Recipe page to make it easier for you to find recipes by category. Simply rest your cursor over “Recipes” and a drop down box of categories will appear. Right now, you can search for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Smoothie recipes.

Well, I’m off to church with my family. I’m looking forward to seeing familar faces from my church family, especially on a special Sunday like Mother’s Day.

Wishing you all the very best Mother’s Day. katie

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?
Are you a FitFluential Ambassador? Any advice for a newbie? (If you haven’t heard of FitFluential, get to know them. Find out more by going to www.fitfluential.com. You’ll be able to find links to many fitness and health influencers!) 


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Fridays Are ALWAYS Good Days.

Anyone else out there feel like this week has just flown by? I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I mean, I should have known it was coming, right? I was very pleased to find the my stove top oven is back to working. I don’t know what I’d do without my morning, protein packed omelet. I still have A BUNCH of Kale I’m going through so today’s omelet included Kale, Tuna, Vidalia Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Basil and Crushed Red Pepper.

I prepped my ingredients last night and simply tossed them in the pan this morning.

This omelet turned out fantastic. I also had a large mug of French Vanilla Coffee, no added sweetener or cream. Just plain and just the way I like it.

I absolutely love my Fiestaware!

Speaking of Fridays…some of my colleagues were chatting yesterday morning over a cup of joe, expressing their excitement for this upcoming weekend. Nothing special going on, just the typical office conversation that sounded something like this…”It’s Thursday…at least that means tomorrow’s Friday.” Another person interjected “I know, don’t you just love Fridays? Can’t wait for the weekend.”

Have you noticed that this is the same conversation we have every single week? Excitement and anticipation for Fridays remains a constant. It’s almost as if Fridays are holidays and we get 52 Fridays a year. I mentioned how strange it was that we get tired of our birthdays, one day a year, but we never tire of Fridays. And we always dread Mondays. (By “we” I mean society. As I mentioned earlier this week, I actually love Mondays.)

Why does our society live for weekends? It’s because we stress throughout the week about our jobs, about our limited time, about things beyond our control. We jam so many things into 5 days and forget to include time for ourselves. The weekend serves as brief time to drain our mind of all the things that bog us down. Is living for the weekend healthy? What do you think? I had a conversation with someone the other day regarding Monday’s blog post about how I view the weekend as a way to reflect on one week and prepare for the next. I was reminded that we can’t stress our way through the week. We need to take moments every day to rest, reflect, ponder and prepare. But where do you find the time? If it’s a priority to you, you’ll always make the time.

I’ve found time to relax, de-stress and refresh by getting up early in the mornings. I eat a balanced breakfast and to things I enjoy, like blogging. I also find time during my office lunch hour. My office lunch hour is reserved for a workout that I choose to do because it makes me feel great. I control what happens during these designated times and I can block stress out of this reserved time. I challenge you to find time for you each and every day, not just weekends.

Wouldn't it be nice to rest and relax here this weekend?

On to other thoughts…

Last night I applied to be a FitFluential Ambassador. I’m at a point my life where I really want to dive into what I’m passionate about which is overall healthy living. Food and fitness topics are of strong interest and influence in our society today. These topics have created a community (like FitFluential) to band together to transform and to positively influence our society to make health a priority.

But, change takes time. With each blog post, each tweet, each review of health and fitness brands, we as bloggers are seeing that change take place. There’s a fitness revolution happening right now in our society.  And I am eager and excited to be part of that influence. Wish me luck!

Well, I’m off to a meeting taking place on the beautiful grounds of Lexington’s finest thoroughbred race course Keeneland.

Wishing you the best. Katie

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

Do you find yourself living for the weekends? Do you reserve time out of your every day life to relax, de-stress and renew? What are you looking forward to most about this weekend?

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