Why I’m loving Pokemon Go

I know it’s been a hot minute since my last blog post. I have no excuse other than life took over. My running and weight loss, garden full of evil squash bugs, kids being out of school, getting them to their summer activities, catching up on doctor appointments and a mini trip to NY. I just haven’t figured out my routine that doesn’t involve falling asleep late at night while i’m trying to write. Now things have been made just bit more harder with Pokemon Go. Yes, now Pokemon Go. I am most definitely not a video game person. I played a few video games as a kid but outside of a few Atari games and Super Mario, I was never that interested. My kids have had multiple game systems over the years, a Xbox, Playstation’s and a Wii in addition to their hand held DS’s. Outside of Wii Sports and Cooking Mama I rarely played with them. The games on my phone, they are my kids. Facebook games, please don’t send me a request but Pokemon Go. I am in my thirties but all about it, it weird but good.

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Crater Cake aka Mom’s Coffee Cake

The other day my daughter was begging me to make coffee cake. In her sweetest voice she said please and told me I could even take pictures and put it on my blog. How can I say no to her when she asks so nicely and gives me a blogging idea, so of course I made her a coffee cake. Not just any coffee cake, my mom’s coffee cake, what my siblings and I called, crater cake.Crater Cake aka Mom's Coffee Cake | My HotSouthern Mess

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Peach Cobbler

It’s been a busy few weeks around these parts but I can now say school is out for summer! The craziness that abounds in my house has already started. Who am I kidding, it is crazy around here all the time.  This time all I said was that I was going to make a Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Peach Cobbler.

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#ad Garlic Basil Aioli and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In the late 80’s, there were some new superheroes taking over and now almost 30 years later, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still as popular as ever and even have a new movie coming out. Thanks to my little brother, I was introduced to the turtles and honestly what was there not to love? Teenage crime beating, pizza loving turtles named after renaissance era artists who lived with a giant rat sensei named Splinter. My 10 year old self loved the totally bodacious language the heroes in a half shell used. So maybe in the late eighties we all wanted to talk like surfers from California, it was like cool, ok. I openly admit to still saying things like awesome way too much but it is all good. Just like the fact that I can be a totally tubular mom now since I grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and can have conversations about the turtles with my own kids now.

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Monday Miles : Week 34

Happy Monday everyone! There are now 34 weeks until the WDW Marathon and I am sure that time is going to fly on by! As for my Monday Miles posts i’m not sure at this point how regular to be with posting as I have not started to officially train for the marathon.   Right now I am working more on getting myself ready for it and doing some self care.

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Cheater Spicy Chicken Penne

A few years back, when my oldest and youngest still ran USATF track I was introduced to a pasta dish at a team dinner that I fell in love with, Spicy Chicken Rigatoni. I came up with my own version and my family loved it. Then when I gave gluten the boot I stopped making it. Truth is there really aren’t a ton of different gluten free pasta shapes. There is penne though and it is similar to rigatoni. Well, it is close enough for me. Spicy Chicken Penne is now something that has been added back into my families meal plans and is a meal my kids would eat weekly if I would let them.

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Road Trip Vehicle Maintenance

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With just over a month left of school left and summer around the corner vacation plans are being made. My family has been talking about all of the possible road trips we could take. Being a large family road trips in our SUV are our preferred method of vacation travel. It is the most cost effective way for all 6 of us to travel. An added plus is we can usually bring our dogs too! Taking our cars does mean a little bit of extra work to get ready for vacation. We have to make sure vehicle maintenance is done. Nobody wants something to happen to their car while away from home. To save money this is something that we do ourselves. Road trip vehicle maintenance is pretty easy to do, seriously, even I can do it! I have even come up with a printable checklist to help you do it yourself too!

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Diet, Weight Loss and Magic Pills…

I hate going to the doctor. I know better, I really do, and as a mom I know I need to take care of myself. Lately, I’ve been having some issues with my hand, so I finally broke down and made an appointment. I put on my big girl pants and I was taking care of me for a change. This also meant reattempting to talk to my provider about my weight. Ugh, my weight and the weight gain i’ve had recently instead of weight loss. I know I should be happy how I am, I am healthy and I am beautiful no matter what size I am (and all that body empowerment stuff).  I try not to let my daughter know of her mother’s body image issues because I don’t ever want my daughter to have them but… i’m not happy with me right now. I just want my old body back. I know it is here hiding under this pile of fluff, somewhere.

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Simple Roasted Edamame

Back in 2009, I was introduced to edamame at an Army conference I had gone to. I was with a group of other Army spouses and we were hanging out after working all day and having dinner. The hotel had a couple options for dinner and the one was sushi. The one spouse explained how she hated sushi but her husband loved it but she discovered edamame and that is what she eats when her husband needs a sushi fix and she proceeded to order some. As someone who is anti-sushi myself and generally avoids it I was intrigued by these bean looking things but soon fell in love with them. I immediately knew I needed to buy some and make them for my family when I got home.

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