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What do you do when you are feeling a little depressed that January is creeping gloomily and slowly by?? With no signs of spring? In a house that is undergoing reno’s, so it’s covered in dust? And no amount of cleaning will combat it?20140123-104621.jpg


You manically start cutting out hearts in cheerful colours. And just shrug when your husband say’s, ‘I don’t like the looks of this’.20140123-104630.jpg


Then you get out your (dusty) sewing machine. And sew the little hearts together, leaving a space between each one.20140123-104639.jpg

Then you start to feel better as strands of bright hearts appear before your eyes.

Then you stand on the table, with the baby watching, and wondering, and wanting to do the same, and you pin the lively little strands to the ceiling. Ignoring the fact that you still have just bare bulbs where the light fixtures you agonized over buying should be.

When you hop down off of the table, and have a look at what you have just done, you feel much better and happier.

The End.




Fitness Motivators

nice bumI don’t really like talking about this (but I could go on for a while about it). It makes me feel shallow. And I know there are more important things out there. And I know, we should not care about outward appearances, because what is inside is what counts. Blah blah blah.

But…I REALLY want to lose my last 10lbs of baby weight. I do. Mainly so I fit into my pants sans muffin top. And also, I just want to have a butt I’m proud of. Just even for a month!

The problem (3 of around 30), is that I have literally around six minutes a day to spare to exercise. And I like dessert- a lot. And it is hard for me to keep my motivation up. We moms must all face these problems, right?

That said, something unusual has been happening around here lately…I have had a ton of motivation!!  Which feel amazing.  Really great.  But why?

I think I know! It’s my magazines I’ve been reading on my Next Issue app. Browsing through Fitness and Healthy Eating magazines really seems to be helping. I kid you not. Since I’ve been reading them, I have been running more frequently with longer running times and adding more challenging terrains to my run.  Like today I ran 5K like it was nothing.  And then did a bum and core work out after.  Who am I???

Another site I like for motivation is I’ve added this site to my daily viewing pleasure and love getting little hit’s of tips and inspiration.

I have also downloaded the Barre 3 App. It has a ton of little 10 minute barre workouts- that you can do without any extra equipment- just a chair. I highly recommend this app! Hank usually can amuse himself for 10 minutes (just give him a family size box of kleenex), so I can work on my rear view in the other room!

Or…look here.

What about you? Share your fitness/healthy eating motivation with me. I’d love to know!!!

Fave Friday

What a week!!  We have been seriously in renovation mode.  All rooms cordoned off with big plastic sheets.  Lot’s of people in and out.  Dust, dust, oh, and did I mention dust?

Well, today the drywall was done, so down came the sheets, and out came the vacuum’s, swiffers, J-Cloths, and steam mops!  We are looking ship-shape clean.  And ready for the painters tomorrow!  Yay!

And with that said, here are my favorite things (all unrelated to cleaning)!

First)  HOMELAND- This show is soooooo good I can’t stand it!  And Brody, Brody, BRODY.  I know I am a married woman, but that man (especially in season 3), get’s me.  How was he so not good looking in the beginning, and now such a foxy fox??!


Second)  This cereal by Kashi.  I tried to get of Kashi stuff because I feel like they are one of those giant ‘organic’ corporations that are a bit sleazy.  Most of their stuff is so packed with sugar, and gmo’s.  However, there is nothing to replace it, so I am back on the Kashi.  And this cereal keeps me feeling full until almost lunch time.  Amazing for cereal!


Third)  Magical Natural Medicine.  Hudson had an ear infection and was dying of pain.  I asked my facebook mama friends what they have done to ease the pain of ear infections.  And Onion Compress kept coming up.  I tried it, and it worked. No more pain!!  So thank you facebook mom friends and thank you onions!!!  (Google it for more info).



Fourth)  Motivation!  For some reason I am motivated these days.  I usually run every other day, but I have been on a kick of running two days in a row, with one day off, then the two again.  Sometimes I even, gasp, finish with some squats or something.  Crazy!



Fifth)  Next Issue.  This app- for $9.99 a month.  It is so great, and probably the reason I haven’t been updating my blog as much.  I’ve been too busy reading magazines!!  You can pick from over 100 magazines, you can pick them all if you want.  Fitness, Home, Cooking, Parenting, Gossip, Fashion, Photography, Beauty.   Back Issues, and current issues.  All on your IPad.  Magazine Madness!!



What about you?  What is on your list this week??

Hello! Hi! Ola! Bonjour!

Well I took some time off, and now all six of you have no idea what is happening at the Hetherington McBride household!  Fear not.  I’m feeling motivated and ready to carry on.

Feeling motivated is an understatement.  I am bursting with hope and enthusiasm- this kind of ‘charge’  comes only with the beginning of a new year!  Yippee!!

For starters…home sweet home needs some attention.  We have a giant renovation going on.  Hello new bathroom- soon!  But beyond that we are hoarders.  We have so much stuff.  Toys, coats, Toys, crap, Toys, underwear that is 10 years old, Toys…and so on.  Purge time?  I think so.

Plus I signed up here- with our friends at Apartment Therapy.  They are going to help me refresh my home, one task at a time.  Thank you for that!!

Today’s we have to go through each room and make a list of what needs to be done.  So that is what I’ll do.

Here is my list.  Looks like I will have a whole month of good old fashioned de-cluttering and cleaning to look forward too!  Yay!

messy house