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10K Race

Well, I did it! I ran my first 10k! Last Saturday the conditions could not have been more perfect. It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Milwaukee. As we ran, we enjoyed a beautiful view along Lake Michigan. My friend, Stacy, and I trained together, and stayed together throughout the race. I hope we will run many more races together. 
Stacy and I before the race
Right before the finish

It took about 66 minutes to complete the course, or a 10:39 pace. Not exactly a Boston Marathon qualifying time, but that’s fine with me. Training for this race has been a great journey. It has strengthened friendships, strengthened my own body, kept me focused, and given me a new confidence in my abilities. As you can see below, I have a great little training buddy and fan!

Post race with my little man.

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorite- 6/8

Happy Friday everyone! This week flew by and now it’s the weekend again! This Friday Favorite is painting brought to a whole new level- with flyswatters!

Favorite Kid’s CraftFlyswatter Prints

With all this beautiful weather we’ve been having, I thought a fun, outdoor craft would be appropriate. I’m excited to do this with my 11 month old! 

Have a great weekend everyone and stay cool!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would share some

tin can treats

quoteable kids journal

i love you more than i love pie

pears

http://thecraftingchicks.com/2012/04/mothers-day-questionaire-free-printable-download.html

http://thecraftingchicks.com/2012/04/mothers-day-card-kid-craft.html

http://www.etsy.com/listing/93716369/mothers-day-love-you-mom-three-handmade

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sjengraving?section_id=11334259

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 6/1

Hey guys and happy Friday! Another week has gone by, and here are another round of Friday Favorites!
Favorite Top- Superhero Shirt
Perfect!!! I totally want one for my son.  

Favorite GameNoodle Racing
Easy, cheap, and bound to provide hours of fun for your child anyone!

Have a great weekend!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Hey guys! Race day is coming up in few days (eek!) and I have a few more thoughts I’ve been wanting to share. This time, about the power of proper shoes.

Now, by a proper pair of shoes, I mean shoes from an actual running store that have been fitted specifically for you. These stores have people who know what they are talking about, (not someone who just works in the shoe section) and usually have a shoe for almost any budget. 
In the Milwaukee area we have a store called Performance Running Outfitters. They have a great selection of shoes as well as a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They watch you walk barefoot to see how your feet (work) and watch you jog on a treadmill to make sure your feet are pronating properly. The best things is they do this for each client who walks in the door- for free! 

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorite- 5/28

Happy Friday! I hope your long holiday weekend is off to a great start! 
Favorite BiteMini Pigs In A Blanket
I’m not even gonna lie, I made these for breakfast this morning. There is something about a little smokie and a crescent roll that is just so good. 

Now, before you judge, let me explain. My husband used a couple vacation days so we could enjoy a long weekend together as a family. It’s his birthday weekend and we had a lot of fun activities planned. However, instead of the beach tomorrow, he has to get a root canal. Yep, a root canal, during vacation, right before his birthday. That’s like a triple whammy. No matter what happens, I am going to give him the best darn birthday weekend I can, root canal and all! Today that meant mini pigs in a blanket. Tomorrow it might mean milkshakes. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 5/18

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a good week! It has been feeling more summer-like over here and it has been awesome. It was even warm enough to get out the kiddie pool!
This week, and probably from now on I will be posting just one favorite find each Friday. I have been finding that I do not have time for much more than that. Maybe I can come up with a fun new name for a new section on the blog. Until then, here’s what I found, and don’t worry, it’s good! 
I like sweet potatoes so much I could eat one everyday (and sometimes I do!)  These burgers are easy to make, healthy and they look delicious! This would be a perfect meat free alternative to serve at a summer barbecue! 
Happy Friday, and enjoy the weekend!!!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 5/11

Good morning and happy Friday! Thank goodness! Not only is it Friday, but it’s also supposed to be a gorgeous day out. I am planning to spend the day biking to the numerous parks we have in our town. Should be a good day!
Favorite AccentDecorative Pear
Adorable, simple, and handmade. Perfect.
Favorite Sign- Memories

So true. I try and let as many “memories” happen as possible. My house proves that 🙂

Favorite Baking Accessory – Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat 
Apparently it’s amazing. Based on the reviews, it seems pretty impressive. Cinnamon rolls with rolos inside were made on it and it came right off. That’s my kind of mat.

Favorite Kitchen GadgetZoku Quick Pop Maker
A Popsicle maker. A batch is ready in 8 minutes! Totally unnecessary, and totally cool.

Favorite Bag- Ruffle Clutch
Nice bright colors. Makes me happy!

Have a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all you do!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Mother’s Day Card

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day with my Mom. It was great. My hubby was gone, so us girls treated ourselves to a little early Mother’s Day shopping. Nothing grand, (as we spent more time at Toys R Us than the actual mall) but it was a lot of fun to hang out together! 
In addition to shopping, I had a few gifts for my Mom. Some gourmet chocolate and an Amazon Kindle gift card went perfectly with this adorable homemade card. She of course, loved it! 
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share how I made it. I started with two pieces of Micah’s artwork, a cute picture of him, a utility knife, and a glue stick. That’s it!
Both pieces of artwork were made on card stock using this Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set. The Do-A-Dot set is great. My son is 10 months old and he can do it all by himself. It’s less messy than painting, yet still creates great masterpieces! We used Do-A-Dots, but really any artwork will do. 
*Toddler Tip: Tape all four edges of the paper to the table with a little painters tape. It makes this project much easier when there is not paper to crumple, rip or eat 🙂

Fold both of the pieces of paper in half. Keep one piece with the artwork on the outside, and one piece with the artwork on the inside. Next, mark and cut using an exacto knife, four small slits on the “inside” piece of artwork, one for each of the corners of the photo.

Then, place the photo’s corners in the slots that you have created.

Now, place the pieces of cardstock ‘white sides together.’ Using a glue stick, glue one half of the paper, and press evenly until the paper is smooth. Do it again on the other side of the card.

Put the card inside something heavy, such as a big book to help the card dry flat. It’s that easy! When the glue is dry, you can add any embellishments that you want. I wrote, ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ on the front of the card and Micah helped me add a couple foam flower stickers.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all you Mamas out there! 

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites 5/4

Happy Friday. Happy almost Cinco de Mayo. Happy Friday Favorites! Sorry for all the food this week- I guess I’m a little hungry!



Favorite Indulgence- Frozen Lemonade Pie

I like anything I can eat out of a jar- and these look awesome!

Favorite Side- Chinese Chop Salad
Looks so good. Perfect for summer.

Favorite Slab- Personalized Stone

These rock! (pun intended) This Etsy site has some good stuff! Especially if you’re looking for a nice, personalized gift for Mother’s Day!

Favorite Bite- Spinach Lasagna Rolls
I could eat lasagna everyday, especially these! Yum!

Have a great weekend!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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