Author Stephanie OFarrell

  • Stephanie OFarrell

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Stephanie is a full time working mom of two kids’ ages four (boy) and one (girl). Her first child is a 12 year old dachshund (aka wiener dog) named Tucker. She is immune to caffeine but still addicted to Starbucks, loves working out and, in turn, enjoys eating. She can leave the house without make up on but cannot stand the thought of going anywhere without her iPhone.

 

Don’t Drink Your Calories or Eat Scones: Dieting Tips I Can’t Follow

As I was in line at the Starbucks drive-thru the other morning, I told myself, “grande drip with non fat milk.” What I ended up ordering was a grande cinnamon dolce latte and a blueberry scone. Oh, but I got non-fat milk and I didn’t eat all the crumbs in the bag from the scone. Whenever I hear dieting tips like avoiding drinking your calories or grabbing a stick of gum when you are craving something sweet, I think- wow that sounds like such a good idea! But the reality is that I like to drink calories and eat scones. Read more...

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Stretch something today!

I promised that I would bring a focus to fitness in 2015. The last couple of weeks, we’ve worked the lower body, upper body, and we’ve also gotten our heart rate quickly up with things like tuck jumps! Get your comfy pants on because this time we focus on stretching! Stretching makes us more successful in any fitness regimen. It actually increases our muscle flexibility and lengthens our muscles! When we stretch, we can shorten our recovery time (AKA not wake up as sore the next day after an intense workout.) Stretching isn’t only important before/after a workout. For those like me that have a desk job, stretching is also key to ensuring we don’t have work-related injuries from repetitive motions like typing. Read more...

Get Toned Using a Dish Towel!

Last week I shared with you some tips for a lower body workout. This week, let’s add some focus to our upper body. Motivate yourself by thinking ahead to summer and how rewarding it will be to show off some toned muscles. If we start now, we can easily succeed by the time the weather warms up. My goal is to work my upper body twice a week. Read more...

I'll Workout Tomorrow

After a busy day of working, chasing kids around or whatever else my day had in store, often the last thing I feel like doing is finding energy to workout. Here are some of my “best” excuses when it comes to talking myself out of working out. Read more...

The Relief of January - Starting Fresh

We have officially rung in a New Year! As much as I love the Christmas season, I also welcome January because it provides me some relief. Over eating and over spending are both things I did a bit too much. I am looking forward to a house not cluttered with Christmas decorations and lots of nights staying in so we can financially recover from getting slightly off budget last month. I am also looking forward on getting back on track with my fitness and eating habits. This is a pretty standard New Year's Resolution. For those of you who are regular gym goers, you will likely become frustrated this month when you have to circle the gym parking lot a couple of times before finding a spot. I see it every year: January at the gym is as busy as December at the malls. By the end of February, this already starts to dwindle down. Read more...

Seriously Good Recipes for New Years Celebrations

Anyone else in search of some amazing, easy recipes for a New Year's Eve celebration. I've got you covered. Seriously, I'm known for these recipes. Read more...

The Story of Christmas Is For Everyone

Today is Christmas! One of my favorite things is hearing what traditions others have on this holiday. We always ate Chinese food on Christmas Eve and I never even thought that it was odd at all.  As an adult, I now have the “power” (as I like to call it) to ensure my own children are given memories both traditional and odd ball. Read more...

Love Thy Neighbor: Part 2

Last month, I wrote about defining who our neighbors are and the fact that I knew nothing about mine despite living in my house for so long. So, the past three weeks, I have made it a point to change this. I have had real conversations with a few of them. I now know their names and they know mine. Beyond that, I also know something real about each of them. Something beyond the kind of car they drive or how long they let their grass get before mowing it. It’s amazing how something as simple as that can make me feel so much safer and more connected. Read more...

Christmas Party Ideas

We are officially well into the holiday season! I know, I cannot believe it either! If you are hosting or attending a party in the next couple of weeks, I have some fun ideas to share! Mix it up with some new ideas this year! Read more...

Local Christmas Fun

Christmas is 21 sleeps away! One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the fun activities there is to do as a family. Bundle up and take part in these happenings that really do bring to life the magic of Christmas! Read more...
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    This 20-something guy then proceeded to open up a bit about how he'd grown up in a faith-filled home, but once college came around, he'd opted more for late Saturday nights with friends than early Sunday mornings at church."I guess I just kinda fell away," he continued. He looked at the ground as he talked, probably waiting for me to offer a cliche or some advice, but instead I said: Read More

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