Monday, February 23, 2015

Love Day, February 14, 2015

Our family weekend Valentine's Day

We started out our holiday with a delicious breakfast!  I already made a "hearty breakfast" another day during this month and just HAD to again one more time on Valentine's Day.

This time I made homemade buttermilk waffles with 2 different types of homemade syrup: maple and buttermilk.  I served them with fresh strawberries and heart-shaped eggs.   Cutest.

Per tradition, I always make these cherry heart kiss cookies.

I usually have a handful of surprises on our dining table for the boys on this day.  This year I gave them new mittens with a dollar bill rolled up, hidden in the mittens.  I also gave them each a new toothbrush and toothpaste.  I told them that they need to keep excellent hygiene if they want to be a good Valentine for some sweetheart someday.  ;)

I was happy that Valentine's Day was on a weekend this year!  We skipped the romantic dinner for two in exchange for a full family day at home, with our three boys and newish puppy dog.  Our Saturday was layered with lazy moments with our favorites.

The boys played football in the backyard while I read in bed: reading a page or three, watching them, reading another page, watching them.

Special Valentine game note from my oldest...

and a cute card from my youngest...

Dakotah started a new tradition a couple years ago 
of giving me a single white rose on February 14th.  
Makes me a happy mama. 

I received a mid-day, gigantic, surprise delivery from Chris!  
I am a 100% girl.  
I love flowers.  
I love a classic Valentine holiday.

These gorgeous roses were so big!
Love that guy!


 I made a steak dinner for our family.  Our menu was cast iron T Bone steaks and sirloins, steamed artichokes, and creamy mashed potatoes.

I prepared the steaks in a cast iron skillet right over the BBQ grill outside, with fresh herbs and sizzling butter.

After dinner, more chill time for this family! While summer nights are spent running barefoot outside, deep into the dark, winter nights are made for couch-cuddling.

A Saturday holiday made our day relaxing and easy, 
with a lot of opportunities to celebrate love of course! 

Moore Moments of our holiday season

This boy still reads holiday stories to me every time we dig them out of our seasonal box...

My favorite school party when I was in elementary school was ALWAYS the Valentine one:  clusters of sealed notes in a special box, secret messages, best friend pacts, childhood crushes, conversation hearts...

The boys always have an ice cream sundae bar during their Valentine school parties too.

Cupcake snacking...

His and Hers


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A partnered post with Girls Gone Strong, a special offer, and all about WEIGHT TRAINING!


Recently I was told that going to the gym a couple hours a day didn't seem mentally healthy.  Do you know what really seems unhealthy?  Waiting to live.  Wasting a good body.  Feeling not good enough.  Not having anything that inspires us to be more.  do more.  accomplish more.  Not challenging ourselves.  Stopping before we start.  Not holding onto hope. Not believing that we can do something. Not renewing our minds.  Not moving.  NOT MOVING.  So, yes, I go to the gym a lot.   I move my body there.  I feel alive.  And life is for the living.

There is nothing that has enhanced my overall well-being more than using my body to greater capacities.  I have found so much joy in weight lifting, running, working out, and using my body!  I've taken time to celebrate what my body can do, instead of wasting time wondering what my body can look like.  Doing this has given me freedom and passion that drives me forward every day!

I have discovered that physically using the body which I've been blessed with has so many layers of depth.  It's looking past the mirror and into real life.  This physical journey isn't about the physical body after all.  It's about not taking our minutes for granted, not waiting to live.  It's about finding what moves us from the inside.  It's about learning to appreciate the wonders that we, as humans, can accomplish.  It's about pushing beyond what we think we can do and doing something we never thought we could.  It's about growing our minds, strengthening our hearts, and pushing the doors to this world wide open.  It's about removing boundaries.  We learn to push our own ladder against the walls as we climb over to the other side.   Then we do it again and again and again.   It's about embracing other humans who desire to become better.  It's about teamwork and encouragement.   Physical fitness encompasses body, mind, spirit.  It takes the best of us and refines our better into best.

gym minutes...

Awhile ago, I stumbled upon was Molly Galbraith's blog.  For so long, I couldn't find anyone who quite understood the perspective of my husband and mine.  I felt completely like the odd man out.  In a world telling me to make my body more beautiful, I was learning to let go of that...that looks didn't really matter much.  But who else felt the same?  I found Molly!  My eyes couldn't blink away from her words on my computer screen.  This voice echoed the familiar sound of my husband's. These were rescuing words of freedom for women.  In this loud world that tells us to buy ourselves beautiful, to enhance our looks, Molly was right there, saying it wasn't necessary.  Instead, she is an advocate for strength.  Building strength allows our bodies to function and move, which empowers our souls to soar.  Once we soar, freedom is found.

I believe that we were designed to use our bodies, to grow and utilize the potential beneath our skin.  When our focus is on seeing what we are capable of, rather than seeing how hot we can look, we discover there is more to this entire dance.  We find a genuine depth that propels us forward, that gives us purpose, and drives us back for more.

I am excited to partner with Girls Gone Strong and share with you a fitness program designed JUST for women: The Modern Women's Guide to Strength Training.  This program is partly designed by Molly Galbraith, co-founder of Girls Gone Strong.

Girls Gone Strong,
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If you've never heard of GGS, you need to check out their site!  They offer a refreshing and non-pressured approach to fitness just for women.  Their advice is backed by years of knowledge.  They know their stuff.  

Today I want to introduce their newest program!
The Modern Women's Guide to Strength Training is designed by fitness professionals and has been recognized by the leader's in the industry as a powerful program for effective change in women.  

This is an all-inclusive fitness and weight lifting program to help you recognize your full potential.  Check out all the details, including informational videos HERE

This program includes:

Strength Training Getting Started Guide Strength Training Manual Strength Training Exercise Glossary Strength Training Video Library Strength Training Programs Strength Training Progress Tracker 
AND BONUS material!The Modern Woman's Guide to Conditioning The Modern Woman's Guide to Nutrition - Super ShakesThe Modern Woman's Guide to Core Training - Body Weight Edition

I am excited about this program!  I will be posting more about Girls Gone Strong as I complete this program so check back!   You can easily click over to Girls Gone Strong site to purchase it and you could literally begin your program TODAY.  Let's do it together!

Here is a bonus for Moore Minutes readers!  
If you purchase this program within 3 days of this post, you can be entered to win a Girls Gone Strong T-shirt!  Simply email with "Lisa Moore Contest" in the subject line to be entered to win! 

Cheers to strong women....from the inside out!

* The government makes me say that I was compensated for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and always will be.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Our 2014 sweet HEART home and a hearty egg breakfast

This house of hearts is loaded with love.  One girl, Four boys.  One dog.
Pink, flowers, hearts, all things soft and lovey.
The end.

home SWEET heart

I also have a couple traditional cookie recipes I make in February.  
One of them are these Raspberry Jam heart shortbreads.
Super yum!

bite me

These paper origami roses that Chris made me for 
Valentine's Day one year last forever! :)
They're my favorite!!

A hearty breakfast!
I knowwww that's corny to say, but I had to say it. 

I used a heart-shaped waffle iron 
to make these hot ham and cheese sandwiches.

Fun yogurt packaging!


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