When I was younger I always dreaded the day after Christmas. Even though I had many new toys to play with, the excitement was over and I had to wait an entire year before it came again. Over the years that disappointment has turned into thankfulness for having such a wonderful family and friends, and being able to participate in such wonderful times on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I hope your past few days have been just as wonderful!

Remember all of those cookies I baked? On Christmas Eve, I discovered that my husband has a secret gift at putting together cookie trays. He made the ultimate trays – everyone has been loving them!


The picture doesn’t do it justice, but the cookies are literally piled up almost a foot high. Each layer is a surprise with more cookies underneath. :)



Now, I’m about to go eat some bacon and cheddar mac and cheese for breakfast since I don’t think I sufficiently stuffed myself over the last 2 days. I have visions of workouts dancing in my head.

25 Days of Workouts

WORKOUT #21 – Core

Im sure most of you feel like a good ab workout is needed today, right? While I firmly believe that abs are only made in the kitchen, getting a great core workout can really boost your mood! :)

Front plank hold: 3 sets of 60 seconds

Side plank hold: 3 sets of 60 seconds each

Bicycle crunches: 3 sets of 60 seconds

Stability ball crunches: 3 sets of 25

Medicine ball crunches: 3 sets of 15

Ab pull-ins on stability ball: 3 sets of 15

Lower back extension on stability ball: 3 sets of 20

Have a blast! :)