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Fitness Friday: 21 Day Fix Week 5

Week 5 21 Day Fix

Week 5 – check! This has been an interesting and busy week. I missed one day due to traveling and another day due to just being exhausted. I had been painting and moving bins which lead to me being too physically spent to try to do the regular exercise.

Travel day found me eating some things that I have avoided during the last few weeks, but, for the most part, I have tried to stick to my normal diet. Our normal schedule for eating has been thrown off a bit due to being so busy, so that has lead to me not feeling quite as good as I have the past few weeks when I was on a better schedule.

I hit a bit of a wall with the exercising and had to back down a little due to being fatigued. The second half of the week found me struggling a little due to being at a higher altitude. I’m slowly making the adjustment. While I had heard that altitude can really make a huge difference in the difficulty of exercising, I hadn’t really experienced it except for a few times while hiking.

We’ll see what this next week has to hold as we prepare for Munchkin’s graduation.

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If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What To Do

If I Plug My Ears, God Can't Tell Me What To Do by Jessie Clemence

Special thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book. This post may contain affiliate links.

Remember as a child sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, “la..la..la.. I can’t hear you?” Well, this book is a take on that idea only it’s us – as adults – trying not to hear what the Lord is telling us.

In If I Plus My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What To Do & Other Ways We Miss Out On God’s Adventures, Jessie Clemence takes on not only on her journey through learning to listen to the Lord’s leading but also the journey of others as they learn to seek out and listen to the Lord’s direction in their lives. It’s a personal story that really seeks to help others benefit from some of the things she has learned and continues to learn as she travels along the plan that the Lord has placed before her.

One of my favorite things about the book is Jessie’s gift for sharing her message in a manner that isn’t preachy. She talks about how it isn’t just about listening to the Lord but also about making sure the timing is right. She gives examples on how it’s easy to try to rush the Lord or drag our feet when we receive the calling. It’s not just about what the Lord tells us to do but also about how and when He tells us to do it.

I found myself nodding along with what she was saying more than once. It made me think about the lifelong journey and adventures we have when trying to serve the Lord. It’s not always easy and patience is often tested, but He knows what is best for us if we are only open to truly listening and understanding His direction for our lives.

Book Description:

If you’ve ever struggled with what it means to hear God’s call and step out in faith and obedience, then this frank and funny book will encourage you. Looking at various Bible characters, If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What to Do helps Christians delve into the nitty-gritty details of following God on the adventures – big or small – He has for each of us.

About the Author:

Jessie Clemence, who has had her own share of false starts in following God’s direction, writes about real life. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, regularly blogs at jessieclemence.com, and is the author of There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse: And Other Ways Motherhood Changes Us. Jessie lives in southwestern Michigan with her husband and two children.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House (April 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627071903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627071901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Retail Price: $12.99
  • Digital Editions also available
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Hospitality for Guests

Guest Sheets

Special thanks to L&Z Inc. for providing a sample of the tencel sheets. This post may contain affiliate links.

We’ve in countdown mode until our guests arrive for Munchkin’s open house. It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to have this many family members visit at the same time. To say we’re excited is huge understatement. It will be a blast getting to see everyone, spend time with them, and have them here for this special occasion.

While we’re thrilled that they are all coming, it does involve a little more planning when you have multiple families come at the same time. You need to think about food and sleeping arrangements. Because we have food restrictions due to needing to be gluten free, the food situation is the thing that I tend to focus on first. After making sure there aren’t any dietary restrictions, I start thinking about making sure our guests are comfortable and feel welcome.

Given that we’re a little family of 3 (plus a bunch of animals), I don’t have a lot of extra towels and bedding around the house, so I started looking at the different options that are available that we would still be able to use even after we have said our sad goodbyes to our guests, our family. Knowing that it’s probably going to be warmer around the time of Munchkin’s graduation, I wanted to make sure the bedding wasn’t too hot and felt comfortable for everyone involved.


Normally, we use jersey knit sheets as they are soft and cool during the summer months, but I had the opportunity to try out some tencel sheets. In case you’re not familiar with tencel (I wasn’t prior to this), it is a biodegradable material made from wood pulp cellulose that is fully biodegradable and made from trees managed for sustained harvest. It’s surprisingly soft and comfortable against the skin. It has an almost satin feel without the slipperiness that can come with satin sheets.

The fitted sheet has a very deep pocket, so it can accommodate a thick mattress. We actually have a little extra sheet due to this particular mattress not being quite as thick. We could easily add a nice thick mattress pad as well as a mattress protector with no issue at all. The flat sheet is also oversized, so you have plenty of sheet which is a nice feature. (I hate it when you have too little sheet during the night.) The pillow cases feel soft and comfortable against the skin.

I was impressed with the softness, style, and quality of this sheet set. I’m looking forward to being able to offer these comfortable sheets to our guests.

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Grilling with Amish Cooking Gloves

Ann Yoder's Amish Kitchen Silicone Cooking Gloves

Special thanks to Ann Yoder’s Amish Kitchen for providing a sample pair of Amish Cooking Gloves for my family to test out in our home. This post may contain affiliate links.

The weather is warming up, so it’s time to clean up the grill and start grilling. It’s also a good time to make sure you actually have enough propane to complete the grilling (assuming you’re using a propane grill). As the temps continue to rise, it’s nice to use the grill for both cooking and grilling to try to keep the house a little cooler. Did you know that you can cook in cast iron on the grill? No matter how you’re utilizing the grill, I find that hand protection is a must for me.

I like these Amish cooking gloves because I can easily grab a cast iron pan or even the hot food. You can easily flip those chicken breasts, wings, and thighs. You don’t have to be concerned with accidentally burning yourself. The gloves are easier to use than mitts because you have use of all of your fingers. Yes, it’s a little clunkier than say normal gloves because they’re made of silicone. The gloves don’t conform to your hands/fingers because they are a one-size-fits-most style. I have small hands and D has large hands, and we’re both able to use the cooking gloves.


Amish Cooking Gloves

The Amish Cooking Gloves are made of heat resistant silicone that can handle temperatures up to 425 degrees F. You will feel some heat through them, and I’ve found that I can’t hold the cast iron pot/pan for an extended period of time as it just gets too warm. They do work well for hanging onto the handle of the pot/pan while moving the pan, stirring, and serving food.

The gloves are dishwasher safe although they are so easy to clean that I don’t bother with using the dishwasher. In fact, I’ve washed the gloves while they were still on my hands if I got them dirty and needed to continue using them. Because they can get wet and not lose their heat resistant properties like traditional oven mitts, you can remove things like hard boiled eggs from the water without needing utensils.

Amish Silicone Cooking Gloves

While I’m happy to use these, I could also see them making a great father’s day gift for a guy who enjoys grilling and/or cooking.

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Fitness Friday: 21 Day Fix Week 4

21 Day Fix Week 4

Week 4 is in the books. Slowly but surely I’m starting to do less and less modification with the exercises. Cardio days are still my hardest days as my asthma slows me down. It will be interesting to see if I can overcome this or if it will just be one of those things that I need to accept. It doesn’t slow me down, per say, but it does make me approach tasks a little differently.

It felt really good to be able to use heavier weights this week and make it through some days without any modification. I was definitely tired and sore after each workout, but it was a good tired and sore. :) I’m continuing to do more stretching as I need more than is offered with the program. My flexibility is coming back which makes me happy. I’m want to get even more flexible and maybe get back to being able to doing the splits.

My core strength and upper body strength is definitely increasing. I notice it not only when I’m exercising but also in my daily activities.

D has noticed that my energy level is up, and I’ve been feeling better which is a definite plus with everything going on around here. He continues to be an awesome support system for me. I appreciate his words of encouragement as they help keep me going. I’m starting to feel more motivated about daily exercise which I never thought I would say. I’m thankful that I’m able to exercise at home as it’s easier to find the time and energy to do it when I know I don’t have to go somewhere to get it done. It’s certainly become part of my morning routine.

While I still haven’t seen any weight loss, my clothes are fitting better which is a cool bonus to all of this exercise. Of course, even though I have more energy, I do find myself wanting to take a nap in the afternoon. lol! My body is still adjusting to all of this different activity. I’m sure the warm afternoons also help with the desire to nap. 😉

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