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Spending My Summer in the Backyard Part 1…

So, I’ve been missing all summer from these blogging streets. Let’s just say that I’ve been taking some time to stop and smell the flowers….

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For the past few years, I’ve been really trying to work on my green thumb. Pinterest has me inspired and thinking that I can do anything! And what I can’t do, I can convince hubby to do!! lol! The picture above features a preview of the patio hubby built a couple years ago and the pergola he built this year. The flowers though…that’s all me!

Backyard Flower Bed

We’ll get to the details of the full patio/pergola design as well as the decorative touches that I add in part 2. In the meantime, the flowers are courtesy of of box of Zinnia seeds that I purchased from none other than Dollar Tree! One box claimed to contain 100 seeds and produced all this!

Backyard Orange ZinniaBackyard Pink Zinnia

They attract the most beautiful butterflies!

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You have to appreciated God’s creations and how He perfectly coordinates the body of the insect to the wings! And did you see that extra splash of blue and orange??

Backyard Umbrella Stand

Another of my Pinterest inspirations was this umbrella base. I used a large 16″ flower pot from Home Depot, one and a half bags of cement mix, a pvc pipe, and spray paint. After everything set, I added dirt and flowers. This thing is heavy and holds a large 8 foot umbrella and all for less than $40!!

Backyard Pepper in Garden

Did I mention that I garden now too?? Well, I actually started that last year after hubby and daughter built a garden bed for me. I grew a variety of peppers and herbs this year.

Backyard Peppers Harvest

I harvested these peppers and made some deliciously spicy tacos!

I realize that summer is coming to an end but where I live, fall is an even better season to enjoy the outdoors. As fall approaches and the temps cool a bit, I’ll be adding the finishing touches and will share it all in part 2 so stay tuned!Backyard Standing Zinnia Pose_edited-1

Don’t Invite Me Out to Eat with You: Becoming Socially Physical

I recently came to a realization that my whole social life revolved around food. It’s your birthday? Let’s go out to eat to celebrate! It’s date night. What restaurant should we go to? Hey Friend, we haven’t seen each other in a while….let’s go out to eat. You get the idea and I don’t think I’m alone in this. People all around the world like to gather to break bread and connect because we all have to eat, right?

Well there are lots of things we “have to” do on a daily basis so why did eating become the go to social activity? Physical (upright) movement is not only necessary but is something that many of us don’t do enough. That’s why I’m declaring to all who I’ve dined with in the past to not invite me to eat with you. I can eat at home. Let’s go out to move! There are so many activities that I would enjoy and I thought I’d share a few just in case you too want to be more socially physical.

“House Music Workout” This class was recently recommended to me as a fun group fitness class. I do zumba at my gym all the time but this takes that to the next level. Loud pumping music orchestrated by a live dj while instructors alternate in leading us in fun high energy movements. This workout was an hour and a half but you have so much fun, that you almost forget you’re exercising! Invite your friends so you can all burn together.

house music workout

“Flirty Girl Fitness” I have not done this one yet but have heard only great things about it. From what I hear, it is the ultimate girls night out where you can burn some serious calories while learning some sexy moves. Classes include chair dancing, twerk body boot camp, and pole-dancing fitness. Don’t let the names fool you, some serious upper and lower body stretch is needed to perfect these moves!

Flirty Girl Fitness

“Live Reggae Band” A while ago, my husband and I visited a club that regularly has a live reggae band performing. Being there, we felt like we were back in Jamaica, warm sun shining on our faces with the rhythm bumping in the air. What did we do though? We sat, ate food and listened. Next time, we will hit the dance floor and dutty wine some calories away! Going to live music venues is the perfect opportunity to get out, enjoy some music and dance like no one is watching!

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“Lakefront Bike Riding” One of the benefits of living in a city on one of the great lakes is having an awesome walk/bike path right next to beautiful scenery. I used to do this a lot when I was younger but as life started to happen, I found less time to go out and ride. Not only is it a great family activity but a wonderful way to catch up with friends as we ride, talk and take in some fresh air from the cool breeze flowing off the lake.

Chicago-Lakefront-Trail

“Stair Climb Challenge” Now this one I’m questioning, lol. A friend recommended it as a challenge for herself and invited some friends along to join her. Another advantage (??) of living in a big city is having access to high rise building with lots of stairs. Who ever thought to say “No, I won’t be taking the elevator this time. I’ll take the stairs to the 100th floor instead.” ??? I didn’t think I’d meet that person but apparently she’s been hiding in my own circle of friends! Because I’m on this new journey, I told her I would try. It should be fun as we watch each other cling on to life as we climb crawl higher up.

John Hancock Stair Climb

So that’s how I’m planning to change my social life to my physically active life. Engaging in fun group activities that don’t involve eating is a big step from my norm but I’m excited and ready to move. Is this something you would do? What physical activities will you do with your friends & family?

I’ll keep you updated on how all these go so follow the blog so you don’t miss it!