Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cooking with Lemon Article & Interview

We were recently approached by Get in My Belly to do an interview about Ian and Lemon's cooking show - Cooking with Lemon.  They ended up writing an awesome article about the show and we just love it!  Read the article here, and please share on your Facebook and Twitter!

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Poses, Pictures & Pranayama - YTT Weeks 5-6

February 17th, 19th-20th & 24th:

These past two weeks have been so busy, I've forgotten to blog about them!  We learned 8 poses, got to practice them on each other and then learned about Pranayama (breath), Savasana and are going to be writing an opening and closing for an actual yoga class.  We have also been working on teaching Sun Salutations together, each saying a line as we go around the room, and are called on randomly.  It's starting to get really fun (and the time flies!), but also to be more work because I have to start studying and memorizing what we've learned (which I don't have time for!).

Practicing the poses, learning how to walk someone through them and finding out the benefits of them is really cool.  I thought I would attach the flash cards I've been making, for each pose we learn, here so that you could benefit as well, learning how to correctly get in and out of each pose.  Download if you'd like!

The first four poses we learned and practiced (last week) were:  Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) and Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II pose).  The flash cards for them are here.

The next four poses that we learned and practiced last weekend were:  Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle), Parivrtta Parsvakonasna (Revolved Side Angle) and Utkatasana (Chair pose).  Here are the flash cards for these as well.

I've also made a study guide for teaching Sun Salutations (complete with stick figures), attached here (text) and here (with pictures).  A great flow for the morning to get you energized and feeling good before starting your day!

We met early last Saturday to snap some pictures for Desert Song's website/marketing, and Ian and Lemon came along to shoot some video.  I was worn out after but had to stay until 3pm while they went off to have fun, it was tough and I was so thankful she was napping when I got home so I could nap too!  Ian made an awesome video and we got some cool pics, check them out (I'm not in the first 4, I took the pics!):

My little helper got upset when I would join the group to do yoga, so I stayed with her most of the time.  But then when it was time to go, she was fine!  Go figure.

Last night we talked about breath, pranayama, and practiced adjusting each other in savasana (corpose pose).  It was relaxing but man was I tired when I left!  I still didn't go to bed until 11pm and today I am a walking zombie.  I am so happy that I don't have training this weekend and am looking forward to spending it with friends and my beautiful girl!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Baby Boy - 23-26 Weeks

Of course I've been slacking on these posts, too much to do and so little time - how did 3 weeks go by already?!  I have also entered the phase of pregnancy where I just feel fat - I feel like I look fat and want to just sit around and eat donuts because what's the point?  I'm fat anyway.  Hahahaha!  Are you familiar with this phase ladies?  Ugh, it's hard to stop myself but am trying to remember that every donut I eat just goes to my butt, and I will have to work it off after baby - so not fun.

At my last appointment I gained 16 pounds total, so far, and my next appointment is next Monday so we'll see the result of all of these donuts (Valentine's Day chocolates, cupcakes, etc.).  I also try to walk at school at least 2 days a week since I'm only really doing yoga once every other week (no time!), but haven't been as consistent with it.  I'm busy at my actual job, and all the other stuff outside of work that sometimes I do while I'm AT work.  Ha.  Busy is apparently my middle name these days.  Allison Busy & Tired, nice to meet you.

These past 3 weeks have gone by in a blur and it's a lot to post about here, so maybe just some highlights?  (Sorry for the flood of pictures!)  Still lots of kicking and movement from baby boy, and at our last appointment she said my placenta was behind baby instead of in front (like last time) so that's why I feel him more than I felt Lemon.  Did I already write this here?  Either way, she said I'm feeling what it's actually like to feel a baby, so crazy.  He does wake me up sometimes and I definitely thought he was more active than Lemon but it's just a placenta thing - who knew?!

February seems to be full of birthday parties, baby showers and then a little bit of time to squeeze in fun, family activities or to see our parents/friends now and then.  I can't believe it's the middle of February already and March is just around the corner, including a trip to the beach which I can't wait for.  My toes need to meet the sand, and I have a need to feel grounded, relaxed and calm for just a minute.  I need a vacation and some time off, from everything.  It will be our last vacation as a family of three and I look forward to relaxing and just enjoying every single second of it.

Posted A TON of pictures below, enjoy!

25-26 Weeks (in pictures):

Donuts with my girl on my day off, President's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day Lemon!

Valentine's Day Renaissance Festival fun with Peepaw:

Behind the scenes fun at The Magpie Co. photo shoot:

Happy 3rd birthday Jonah:

The Party Boys (James and Brian) are here for good so we celebrated:

3 day weekends mean that she gets to sleep with me TWO nights!

Gardening with our kids at school!

We planted this lemon tree when Lemon was still in my tummy, and now it has tons of lemons on it!  She loved picking them but didn't love the lemonade we made.

24 Weeks:

Me at 24 weeks, Miranda at 30 weeks

Zoo fun with our out of town cousins from Montana:

We had a special guest at Sweet Republic Sunday!

We love our Brittany!

Flower Child on a cold night, Pho hit the spot!

Library trips during the week are our favorites:

Lemon checked out all her books by herself!  So fun because I used to love playing librarian when I was her age!

 She moved up a level in swimming and I had to sign her up for a different, new class!  Yay Lemon!

Rushing off to yoga on long yoga weeks (3 days) is tough!

More photo shoot fun for Vivie and Ash:

And after shoots we get Italian Icees with our friends:

Lemon loves to do my makeup and hers:

Wanted a wig for her makeup tutorial but all I had were hair extensions from my wedding.

Happy Birthday Clementine:

23 Weeks:

Library evening with my loves:

 Lemon's favorite thing to cook is Pad Thai!

 She loves having her hair straightened!  Me, not so much!

 Dining with Toddlers!

Yoga at Desert Song:

Fun at Penny's house:

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