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Two Months To A 10K: Update

You may have read a few weeks ago that I am training to run my first 10K!  I am also blogging periodically throughout the process. Well, after 3 1/2 weeks of training, things are looking good! I am up to 3 1/2 miles, which I can run comfortably at around a 9 minute pace. A month ago my lungs could not take longer than a mile. It feels good to have endurance again!

One of the main contributors to my success has been scheduling my workouts. I’ve always heard about people doing this, but I never thought it would make that big of a difference. Well, so far, it has! Every single workout until race day is already written on my calender. This helps in a few ways:

  • Writing something down makes me more likely to do it.  
  • Each day I know exactly what my workout is, which leaves more room for focus and less room for excuses. 
  • Instead of running whatever distance I feel like running, I run the number of miles my calender tells me to. 

Here is a copy of my training plan. It is a great training plan. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get in shape and build endurance!

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- 4/27

It’s that time of the week again, Friday is here! 
There is just something calming, yet exciting knowing it’s the weekend. It makes me feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. However, instead of the anticipation of opening presents, I am excited for a long, hot shower all to myself. A time without any little munchkins trying to climb in the tub with me 🙂 
Don’t get me wrong, my little boy and I have a lot of fun together during the week, but we love it more than anything when Daddy is home to play with us! Yay for Friday! Here are some of my favorite finds from the week. Enjoy! 
Favorite CookieCinco de Mayo Pinata Cookie
A sugar cookie and a surprise!  
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Favorite Rainy Day Activity Cardboard Kitchen
Too cute, and hours of fun!
Favorite Flower- Spring Bouquet 

Beautiful!

Favorite IndulgenceMonster Magic Cookie Bars
Any dessert that has monster, magic, and cookie in that name has to be good. The best part, you only need 6 ingredients, most of which you probably already have!

Favorite Swimsuit Retro Yellow and Turquoise 

Have a great day!

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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Fingerpaint Handprint Card

A few weeks ago (well over a month ago already) it was my mom’s and my mother-in-law’s birthday. Their birthdays even happen to be on the same day! I wanted to make something special for each of them with my 8 month old son. Art, however, can be tricky with a baby. This craft is a little messy, but well worth it!

To make this fun and colorful card, start with painters tape. I like the green frog tape the best. I have found that masking tape is too sticky and will take off part of the card stock when you take the tape off. Stick a few rows of tape together and trace and cut out your pattern. I used my son’s hand-print, but you could use other patterns too.

Next, place it on the card stock.

Then, let your child add some color! (Toddler tip: If your child still likes to put everything in their mouth, have them suck on a pacifier while they paint)

Then, when the paint is dry, peel off the tape and decorate as you wish.

The nice thing about this craft is that the possibilities are endless! Here’s the inside of the card Micah made for my Mom. This would be great for Mother’s Day!

Happy Micah. Happy Grandma. Happy Mama. Mission accomplished!

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- 4/20

Happy Friday! It’s time for some Friday Favorites. Well, actually, Friday Favorite. I haven’t had many chances to sneak away and browse the web this week.
Favorite 3 Dimensional– Foldable Me 
You can create a little person that looks like you! How fun. Good gift idea, too. It’s coming soon, so I’ll be sure to let you know when you can make your own!
With that, I’ve got to run! Have a good 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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Two Months To A 10K

I don’t know what came over me, but I signed up to run my first 10K in June. I just finished my first week of training and so far it’s going well! I’ve been a lot faster than I thought I would (as I ran a 7:44 mile tonight), which gives me hope (I mean confidence) that I will be able to finish. Here is a copy of my training plan. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and experiences in the coming weeks.

WeekMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1Rest1.5 m runCT or Rest1.5 m runRest2 m run25-30 min EZ run or CT
2Rest2 m runCT or Rest2 m runRest2.5 m run25-30 min EZ run or CT
3Rest2.5 mi runCT or Rest2 m runRest3.5 m run30-35 min EZ run or CT
4Rest2.5 m runCT or Rest2 m runRest3.5 m run35 min EZ run or CT
5Rest3 m runCT or Rest2.5 m runRest4 m run35-40 min EZ run or CT
6Rest3 m runCT2.5 m runRest4.5 m run35-40 min EZ run or CT
7Rest3.5 m runCT3 m runRest5 m run40 min EZ run or CT
8Rest3 m runCT or Rest2 m runRestRest10K Race!

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- 4/13

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great Friday so far! Here are some of my favorite finds from the week!

Favorite KitchenRetro and White


Favorite OutfitSummer Sunshine

Summer Sunshine

Favorite Healthy Snack Baked Zucchini Chips
Hoping to try these this weekend!

Favorite CraftGift Card Cozy
Fun (and easy) way to give a gift card!

Favorite Rooftop- Garden Oasis
Perfect.

Favorite RecycleBelt Chair
Great way to use old belts. Would be a perfect chair to have in the rooftop garden. 

Happy Friday! Have an awesome 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- 4/6

It’s Friday, and it’s a good one (pun intended).
I know there have been a lot of Easter crafts and activities in my Friday Favorites lately, but I’ve been looking forward to Easter more than usual this year. I think it is because it is my son’s first Easter celebration. While it has been great fun picking out fun Easter basket presents, even more than that, it is an honor to be able to show and teach him the great, deep, unconditional love of his Savior. 
Anyway, here are a few cool things I have found on the web this week!
Fresh lemonade that is perfect for summer. 
Favorite Transformation– T-shirt Onesie
Another way to re-purpose cool t-shirts! I made t-shirt bibs for my son out of our favorite old t-shirts. These onesies look great, and don’t look very difficult, either.
Favorite Easter DessertCheesecake Filled Chocolate Eggs
Perfect for an Easter Sunday dessert. These look awesome.
Favorite BitePork Tenderloin Sandwich 
A low fat alternative to traditional pulled pork. Looks delish. My mouth is watering.
Favorite Craft For Kids– Bottlecap Stamps
All you need are a few bottlecaps and foam stickers and you have yourself a fun and super easy craft for kids! 
Favorite Organizers– KVISSLE by Ikea
Ikea’s new line of organizer look sleek and trendy. Perfect for any office.
Favorite Easter EggsSubway Art 
Make these cool Easter eggs with acrylic paint.
Happy Friday and Happy Easter 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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101 Things To Compost

Since building a compost bin a couple weeks ago, I’ve reading up on the subject a little. It turns out you can compost a lot more than I thought! Here’s a list I compiled that I am going to hang on our refrigerator. Feel free to print out this list and use it in your house too! Happy composting!
Printable Version


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 3/30

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Between a busy week and a poor teething baby (and a tired, tired Mommy), TGIF! I’m super excited to have some friends over tonight. It will get this weekend off on the right foot!

Here are a few of my favorite finds, enjoy!


Favorite TreatPeep S’mores
Finally a good purpose for those Easter peeps. While I love the outdoors, I have a special place in my heart for s’mores made in the microwave. I don’t know why, but they sure are good!

Favorite CraftTwine Pears 
Easy home accent made with a light bulb and some twine. Genius. 

Favorite DIYWashi Tape Keyboard Makeover
Jazz up your computer with a little washi tape!

Favorite Eggs Flower Printed Easter Eggs

Turns out Kate Middelton isn’t the only one bringing pantyhose back in style. You can use a pair to make these earthy Easter eggs!

Favorite Mason Jar AccessoryCozy
I have a slight obsession for mason jars. I like them so much, we use them as drinking glasses in our house. This goes perfectly with the cuppow from last week’s Friday Favorites!



Favorite light- Moonlight Solar Lanters
I can already picture these in my backyard! They will create a wonderful atmosphere as they hang over the deck. First we just need to build a deck 🙂


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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Chocolate Nutter Butter Truffle Ice Cream Cake

What is better than chocolate nutter butter truffle ice cream cake? Pretty much nothing. It is by far the most delicious cake I have ever made. I made this cake for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday party last week and it was a hit! I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it was so good that my husband and I fought over the last piece. He’s even requested that I make it again for his birthday next month. I’m already excited to eat a piece (or two) of this cake again!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 jar hot fudge
1/2 gallon chocolate chip ice cream
1 package nutter butter cookies
1 8oz. package cream cheese
1 bag Wilton chocolate candy melts
2 9″ round silicone baking pans
Cake Layers
We’re going to start in the middle with the ice cream layer, because the ice cream will need the most time to set. Let your ice cream soften for a couple minutes at room temperature and spread it into a 9″ inch round pan. I used silicone because it is very easy to transfer the layers out of the pan and into the cake. For convenience later, place saran wrap in the bottom of your pan, making sure the edges hang over the side of the pan. This makes it easy to take the ice cream out of the pan. The ice cream will take a while to set, at least a couple hours. This step is best done early in the day, or even better, the night before.

After the ice cream is set, or just before it’s done, bake the chocolate cake. I took a 9″ round silicone pan and used almost the entire cake mix. I had enough batter left over to make about 4 cupcakes. This provided a good sized layer for the cake. After the cake is cooled, cut the top off so the cake is level. (And of course eat the leftover cake top while you work!)

To assemble the nutter butter layer, send a package of nutter butter cookies through the food processor or blend them in a blender, until finely chopped.

Mix the chopped nutter butters together with a block of softened cream cheese. 
Then spread it into a 9″ round pan and store in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to assemble your cake. 

Assembly

Pour over about half a jar of hot fudge over the chocolate cake, making sure that the fudge is not too hot. In fact, if you can, don’t even heat up the fudge. It can make things complicated when you add the ice cream. Trust me, I know. Then, working quickly, place the ice cream layer on the cake. Spread over the rest of the jar of hot fudge. Now, add the nutter butter truffle layer. At this point you may need to place the cake in the freezer to firm up a little.

To top it all off, melt your chocolate in the microwave and pour it over the whole cake, again, working quickly for the sake of the ice cream. Place the cake back in the freezer and you’re done!

Perfection! 🙂

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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