Buh-Bye Mosquitoes

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Hello My Lovelies!!

I used to hate summer because Mosquitoes love me…seriously! They chew me up super bad. And then I get these horrible welts that make me look like a polka dotted crazy person. But this year…I said no way! I ordered some Citronella oil, bought a citronella plant (which has taken over..plant those things in a container!!) and a few other oils to see if I could keep the mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay. Y’all! I’m so excited! I made a bug bite roll on and bug spray using my oils and a few other natural ingredients. So far…I’ve only gotten bit twice. Hurray! I’ll take 2 bites over 250 any day. Sorry not sorry mosquitoes!

Here’s the recipes I used:

Bug Bite Roll On

Bug Spray

I also wanted to make a yard spray. But I have a multitude of cute furry things that live out there…some squirrels, possums, rabbit, Penelope & Patches. So I wanted one that wouldn’t hurt them if they came in contact with it. This recipe is the coolest thing every! I was a little unsure about it at first..but it works! The hardest part was finding stale beer. I don’t drink so I called a few friends and thankfully one of them some that he let me have :)

Mosquito Yard Spray

1 bottle of Mouthwash
3 cups Epsom Salt
3 – 12oz stale beer

Mix the ingredients together until the salt is dissolved. Spray anywhere outside where you sit, around the pool and it will keep the mosquitoes away for 80 days :)

The stronger you make your mix the longer it lasts. It’s safe to use on or around plants or flowers :)

Plus it smells like mint!

XoXo!

One Not Itching for the First Time Ever Lemon

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Thankful Thursday!

It’s Thankful Thursday! What are you thankful for this week? I’m thankful for…

Purple Pants :)

I love capri pants! Purple capri pants are even better!

 

Flowers!

I love flowers! Nothing makes me happier than a daisy. Sorry roses..you’re overrated in my book.

 

Summer weather! It’s been in the 80’s around here :)

SO ready to break out the swimsuit!

Rescued Frogs

Spring means the return of my favorite little guys..frogs! I’ve rescued 3 this week from the perilous hallway in my building.

Gelato

I have recently discovered Gelato..and I’m in serious looooooooove. It’s Kosher, Vegetarian, HFCS free and hormone free..how much better than that can it get? Better ingredients make

Special Boys :)

It’s not often that I am impressed with a guy. But last weekend I had to work/photograph an all day event and Guy #3 aka CB tagged along. I really enjoyed hanging out with him all day. He made the day fly by. They were having a sidewalk chalk competition at the festival and he suggested we do it! (Be still my beating heart..I was going to do it..I’ve done it the last 5 years in a row and won 2x as runner up.) I’ve never had a guy that liked to do stuff like that or at least pretended too lol. He decided we should each do one and let it be a “competition” (he might have forgotten who he was up against..). It was so fun. We listened to some good old beach music and settled in to doodle out our squares. I went with a lotus flower and lily pad while CB opted to represent his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order.

He was even nice enough to not get his red sidewalk chalk on me. I can’t say the same for the three other sorority girls who passed by..they might have gotten secretly tagged when he hugged them..lol :)

We spent the rest of the day enjoying the festival, eating lunch and attempting to put ice down each others shirts (he started it..) as it was about 90* outside.

 

I’m thankful for moments that make me smile :)

XOXO!

One Smiling Lemon

Gettin’ My Summer Slim On

Well loves! It’s almost here..those glorious months of sweating, baking in the sun and blissfully wishing winter would return..SUMMER!

I’ve been doing so much better about my clean eating and working out. Yes…yes…Lemon had some issues and slacked off. But never fear! RJ has her kicking it back into full gear. He started in December and so far he’s lost 38lbs..don’t boys make you sick? I mean I’m working my tush off and only dropping .6 lbs a week. Meanwhile, RJ’s dropping 2-4lbs a week. Needless to say, I’m tired of being jelly.

So I came up with a plan today! Thanks to one of my followers and his awesome blog post, Summer Six Pack, about summer training I feel prepared to start off. I was doing most of what he’s doing but not at the same level.

Here’s my game plan for the next 8 weeks :)

 

SUMMER TRAINING

The Nom Noms

1 Main Meal (typically lunch for me) 8-16oz of meat. I don’t eat red meat so for me this is sushi grade tuna, lean chicken and turkey. Paired with romaine or kale salad, acorn squash or sweet potato.

In Between Meals: Dried fruit, Protein Shakes (1-2 scoops depending on activity level of casein protein). Your level of protein should be based on your individual needs.

 

The Workout Plan

I never workout with food in my belly. I can’t do it. It comes flying out faster than a jet plane. However, I am going to be introducing a pre-workout. I’ve been doing post-workout shakes on the regular.

Day 1 – AM – Interval Cardio • PM – HIIT

Day 2 – Abs // Steady Cardio // Arms • Chest

Day 3 – AM – Agility // PM – HIIT

Day 4 – Abs // Steady Cardio (Running)

Day 5 – AM – Interval Cardio // PM – HIIT

Day 6 – Abs // Steady Cardio // Knees

Day 7 – AM – Agility  • PM – HIIT

Steady Cardio: Running or using a cardio machine (elliptical, cross trainer, treadmill). I try to shoot for an hour.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): I’m doing things like Zumba, Crossfit, walk-run, sprints, kickboxing and resting in between intervals. 30seconds to a minute depending on intensity.

#Runch: Running on your lunch break. I’m fortunate to have a decent lunch break. Depending on my pace, I can swing anywhere from a mile to a 5K, shower and be back at my desk before my lunch break is over.

 

Agility Workout

I’ve noticed I’m not as quick on my feet as I used to be so I will be adding some agility training into my “normal” routine :)

1/SHUFFLE
Stand on the left side of an eight- to 10-foot-wide room (or rug) with your feet shoulder-width apart and hands at your sides. Step to your right, first with your right foot, then with your left, repeating all the way across the room as explosively as you can. When you get within a foot of the right wall, lean to the left to shift your momentum and shuffle back. Repeat five times.

2/SQUAT THRUSTS // REPS 8 – 10
Stand with your feet together. Squat and place your palms on the floor outside your feet. With your arms mostly straight, jump your feet back into plank position. Then immediately jump your feet up between your hands and stand up.

3/LADDER DRILL //  SETS (3) //  REPS ?  //  REST (30 secs) // Works glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves
Tape a two-foot square on the floor. Straddle the box. Step quickly into the box with your right foot, followed by your left; then out with your right, and out with your left. Repeat 10 times. Switch the leading foot and do 10 more.

4/JUMP SQUAT

Place your hands behind your head, elbows out, and stand with your feet hip-width apart.Push your hips back and bend your knees until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor, keeping your chest up. Jump as high as you can, then immediately lower into the next rep.

5/LATERAL HOP TOSS // SETS (3) // REPS (12-15) // REST (30 secs) // Works upper back, shoulders, hips, glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves

Balance a five- to eight-pound medicine ball on your left palm and stand with your feet together and your knees slightly bent. Lift your right foot about an inch behind you. Hop to your right about four feet, tossing the ball across your body and catching it in your right hand as you land on your right foot. Repeat the move to the left as quickly as possible. That’s one rep. Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps, resting for no more than 30 seconds between sets.

 

AB Workout

This video might be from the “dark ages” for some of you, but it’s by far one of the best ab sets I’ve done. You’ll see quite a difference after only a few weeks of consistency. Do go at your own pace. I tried to keep up the first time I did it and royally hurt for 3 days after that.

 

So dolls! Are you ready for summer? What kind of training are you doing? Got that beach body ready to break in the new bikini?

Xoxo!

One Slimming Down Lemon

 

Thankful Thursday!

Hello Darlings!

It’s Thursday! Can you believe it? It seems like this year is flying by me! It’s my birthday week and there is so much to be thankful for this week :) I’m thankful for moments..they should not be taken lightly.

 

1 • Firefighters

Yesterday, Boston Fire Department lost two brothers in the line of duty, Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33. Firefighters who battled a 9 alarm fire. 3 children came home to the horrible news that their father would never be coming home. Two families’ lives forever changed by one moment. My heart breaks for the families of these two brave men. They gave their lives to save others. I am thankful for the brothers and sisters who suit up everyday to keep us safe. I am thankful for the 30 firefighters who endured injury yesterday to save people from one of the most vicious fires seen in the last 30 years. I am thankful for the ambulances who respond, for the policeman who protect and for the soldiers who defend us each and every day. You are not forgotten. Rest easy brothers.

2 • New Hats

I’ve got two new hats to sport this year :) I’ve always wanted a floppy hat and I finally found some that fit my head (And don’t make me look dorky!). I took them to one of my favorite shops to get monogrammed. EJ’s mom runs a local embroidery shop and Mrs. Penny always does us right :) Her prices can’t be beat, the craftsmanship is spot on and she’s just wonderful to talk with.

3 • New Recipes

I discovered the perfect blend of sweet, salty and crunchy this week. Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie bars..they are off the charts..off the chain..outta this planet delicious! So good that I have to make another batch for Saturday because my roommates have eaten all but 2 squares.

4 • New Corn Hole Set

I finally bought my own corn hole set :) For those of you who might not live as far south as I do..I first discovered this game when I lived in Somerset, KY. It seems to be catching up out here in South Carolina. My friend, Karen, makes them by hand so I asked her to craft me a set. She left the chevron painting and decorating to me. I’ve got a bit farther to go for them to be ready for the Carolina Cup this weekend :) I ordered custom corn hole bags from lots2ofr on eBay. He has a great store and his bags are ACA regulation. The craftsmanship was perfect. I’ve made them myself before and a perfect bag is quite the undertaking.

5 • New Family!

We have a new family member :) Well technically she’s been around our family for about 3 1/2 years now, but we get to officially keep her FOREVER now :) I’ll never forget the first time she waltzed into family lunch at Gram’s. You aren’t “officially dating” in our family until you’ve brought your significant other to Sunday lunch. She was a whirlwind..and it took me a bit to warm up to this Southern Belle. Whew..she was like lightning striking. (We called her white lightning for the 1st year they dated!) But over the years, I saw one thing that made her more endearing to me than anything she could have said or done…the amount of love I saw that girl pour into my cousin and our family. She is a fountain of beauty both inside and out. She lights up the room when she enters and you’re always sad to see her leave. She may be bold and forthright when it comes to telling you what she thinks..but I wouldn’t change her for the world :) I was super excited to watch my cousin marry the love of his life this weekend. She has definitely blessed our family over the past 3 years and I am excited to watch their love story grow even more! Love you bunches Red!

6 • New Weather :)

We’ve finally gotten a break from Winter! It was like 2 days of 80* weather..but hey..I’ll take it :) Winter has been especially wicked this year!

 

What are you thankful for this Thursday?

 

XoXo,

One Blessed Lemon