Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Current Favorite Workout

I don't like to know when I'm exercising. That's one of the many reasons I love dancing. It's a killer workout, but it's fun so you don't feel like you're actually working out. Creative Motion Studios, the studio I work at, has some adult dance and fitness classes and at the beginning of this year, they added a PiYo class into the schedule. I took that class every Tuesday night and it was honestly the highlight of my week. So what is PiYo you ask? It's a combination of pilates and yoga and even though it's a workout, it's super fun and keeps me engaged so I'm not in my head or checking the clock the whole time. The PiYo class has been replaced by Strengthen and Lengthen (heavily inspired by PiYo) and it's on Tuesdays at 7:30-8:30 if any of you people are in the Northeast Ohio area and want to join us! It's a blast and we have the BEST cooldown/stretch at the end of class, hence the 'lengthen' part of the name, that makes you feel like a million bucks. Come take your first class at the studio for free!

If you can't make it to CMS to take the class, you should try the YouTube video below at home. It's a pretty good representation of the PiYo/S & L class that we do each week. One of the things I love most about Strengthen and Lengthen is that I am always sore in all the right places the next day. It makes me feel like I worked really hard!

Another component that we added into the class that wasn't exactly in the PiYo curriculum were resistance bands. They add a whole new element and make you feel like your muscles are screaming... but in the best way! Pinterest has a bajillion band exercises for glutes. I personally love the lying clam raises and glute bridges. Feel. The. Burn!

And while we're at it, why not throw in some music that I'm currently loving for exercising. Pretty sure I got all of these from my mom and everyone else probably already knows them but just for fun:

Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
I Like Me Better by Lauv
Getting Closer by NEW CITY
All My Life by DallasK
Answerphone by Banx & Ranx, Ella Eyre, Yxng Bane
Alien by Sabrina Carpenter, Jonas Blue
More than Friends by James Hype, Kelli-Leigh
False Alarm by Matoma, Becky Hill (an older song but never gets old to me)
How To Love (Boombox Cartel Remix) by Cash Cash, Sofia Reyes

Do you have any songs I should add to my list? And what's your favorite workout right now? I've also been really loving just going on long walks since it's so nice outside these days.

Thanks for stopping by today, y'all! I really appreciate it so much!

xoxo, Chelan

Monday, June 18, 2018

Favorite Summer Recipe | Pasta Salad

Pass-da pasta salad (if you're Canadian, you'll see what I did there). I have really struggled lately with cooking. I'll have an on week and then an off week. One week I'll cook every night and then the next I won't cook at all. Ramen for everyone!

But there are a few meals that we seem to have on repeat at our house and this is one of them. It's my Aunt Brenda's Summer Pasta Salad and it is my favorite.

Pasta - I usually use Rotini or Elbows
Grated or cubed cheddar cheese
Dill Pickles
Bell Peppers
Ranch Dressing
BBQ sauce

I'm not going to walk you through the steps of making it... You just cook the pasta, cut up all the veggies (however much you want of each), bacon, and cheese. Cook the chicken however you like - I usually buy tenderloins and pop them in the oven with some olive oil and lemon pepper. Use one part Ranch and one part BBQ sauce and stir it all up, add more later if necessary. Top with salt & pepper to taste and voila! Bon appetit! It's delicious, easy, and quick, and you can easily tailor it to your own taste buds by including different veggies to mix in. The Ranch and BBQ sauce combo is divine.

What is your favorite summer recipe? I'm in need of some new ones to add to our rotation. Happy eating!

xoxo, Chelan

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend 2018

I know, I know, it's been a while since Memorial Day weekend but we had such a fun time and I'm trying to do better about documenting our adventures closer to when they happen so we don't forget them. Our fun weekend started on the Friday before Memorial Day. Parker had a test that morning and was finished with everything by 11 am which was awesome! Let the long weekend festivities begin!

We played a little tennis and found an awesome fishing spot in a cool new-to-us park. I read while Parker fished, we went to the driving range, and then cooked hot dogs on the grill. It was so fun! So many of our favorite summer activities in one day. Then we did a lot of the same things on Saturday + we went to the new Star Wars movie Solo. Sunday was a regular old Sabbath day where we went to church and spent time together at home afterward. On Monday we went to Cedar Point with some friends of ours to finish off the weekend (which I got no photos of dangit). It was seriously such a great time all weekend long and I love that I got to spend every second of it with Parker! You know it's a good weekend when you go to text your spouse the next day because you miss them after having spent all weekend together and you have to scroll down in your texts to find your text thread.

 This is where I hung out. This swing was dreamy!
 Love my forever adventure bud.

Very grateful for those who serve(d) to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in both of the countries that I call home <3. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're having a fabulous weekend of your own!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mom's visit part 2!

I've been giving my family flack for not coming to visit us the 3 years we've lived in Ohio lol. We created a list of things we would go see and do if anyone ever visited so we were prepared and had everything all planned out even though I didn't know beforehand that she was coming. On our list, we had Cedar Point, a Cleveland Indians game, Amish Country, shopping, and the LDS church historical sights in Kirtland. We also celebrated Parker's 26th birthday. He deserves a whole blog post about how much I love him and that'll come back later. Oh, and we got to watch the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance together for the first time in years complete with fountain pop and homemade popcorn with salt & vinegar and dill pickle seasoning. We got through everything on our list and had the greatest time! It was exhausting and there were a few bumps throughout the trip but that's to be expected. All in all, it was such a treat to have her here with us. Thanks for coming, Momizz!

So glad we got to have such a fun visit! Be sure to check out the other post where I share a video (that is working properly now haha) of the actual moment of surprise! You can find that post HERE!

xoxo, Chelan