House of Hills Ladies Going on a Mission Trip

 

The House of Hills Ladies are VERY excited to announce that they are going on a Mission Trip this summer with Transit, the Middle School Ministry at North Point Ministries.

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We are partnering with Flood Student Missions to help the homeless community right here in Metro Atlanta.

We will travel down to a women and children’s shelter (The Garden) and spend three days (and nights) helping there and out in the community. We will be preparing meals at the shelter to serve the women and children as well as organizing activities for them during one of the days. In addition, we will prepare lunches to take out to the homeless of Atlanta. Our vans will travel “under the bridges” where a majority of these men reside.

We can’t wait to spread God’s love and grace to the people of Metro Atlanta.

I will of course be blogging about it here and Instagraming (@kathill29).

We each need to raise $500 to pay for supplies and food for both the mission trip and the homeless we will be helping.

To give to Kathy, please visit here.
To give to Maggie, please visit here.

Please consider partnering with the House of Hills for this adventure either financially or through prayer (or both!).

Thank you friends.
The HOH Ladies – Kathy and Maggie

 

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Spring 2015 Chorus Concert

Saturday morning was final Imrov Class.
Sunday night was Recital.
Monday night was the Spring 2015 Chorus Concert.

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I have to tell you. I LOVE the Chorus Concert. Maggie has had the honor and privilege of being under the direction of one of what I would consider the best choral directors in the state. Miss Grizzle does AMAZING things with these kids, and we always enjoy the concert.

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She sang in a total of three different groups last night. Was super proud of her. I grabbed some excerpts so the grandparents could hear. However, if you enjoy beautiful music, go ahead and push play. You’ll be impressed.

 

 

And, apparently my camera work was a bit shaky. I think I was enjoying the music too much. I seemed to be dancing to it! That’s hysterical!

This concluded our trifecta of performances, and we can now relax in the House of Hills. It’s been a crazy year, and I’m glad my girl has done so well in what she loves.

And, we got a semi-decent family picture!

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Are you done with the end of the school year crazy yet?

 

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Spring Recital Time!!

Spring has sprung here at the HOH, and we seem to be dashing off to this thing and that thing to celebrate the end of the year.

Last night was the spring recital with Maggie’s voice teacher who also teaches piano. Actually, she teaches more piano than voice, but is AWESOME at both. She’s got quite the number of kids that troop in and out of her house each week.

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This was the first time we got to see Maggie play the piano at a recital. So exciting. She started before I could get the camera lined up, but here is her Lion King song on the piano.

Miss Ree always has themes for her spring recital, and this year’s was the 80’s. The parents had to pick an 80’s song for their child to perform. David of course chose a U2 song for Maggie. She forgot a couple words in there, but it was still a pleasure to listen to her sing, as it always is.

Love this kid…

Now, chorus concert tonight… Goodness…

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Product Review: HEX Performance Products

I was compensated for this post by HEX Performance. All opinions are my own.

If you’ve been reading the #HOHGETSFIT updates here on the blog or following the hashtag on Instagram, then you know I’ve been hitting the gym A LOT lately. And, when I go to they gym…. I sweat… A LOT. And, that means… my clothes stink…A LOT.

That’s why I was so excited to be contacted by the makers of HEX Performance products! They make laundry detergent especially for stinky, sweaty clothes. Like for real.

Well, actually they say it in nicer words.

HEX Performance has developed the first and only system designed specifically to clean and protect today’s performance gear and apparel.

See, told you they were pretty words.
They have three products in their HEX Performance line.

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Ultra+ Dual Action Gear Wash
HEX Ultra+ Dual Action Gear Wash is the first and only product guaranteed to clean and protect today’s high performance gear.

That means all those nasty shin guards and pads and such. You can wash those with this stuff and not only will it get them clean, but it will protect them from future nastiness.

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Power+ Laundry Detergent
The first high performance detergent with a long-lasting odor eliminating technology, all while staying gentle on fabric and skin. In addition, the detergent is naturally antistatic and restores fabric wickability. This eliminates the need for dryer sheets and fabric softeners, which saves you even more time and money.

Basically, it will take the stink out and keep it out. Whoop!

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On Demand+ Spray and Go
It’s the perfect on-the-go solution for protecting and maintaining your gear and footwear. With all of the amazing benefits of HEX tech crammed into a spray that you can take anywhere, from your shoes to your yoga mat, you’ll never have to worry about odor again!

This is the stuff you throw in your gym bag so that you can spray your nasty shoes when you take them off at the gym. Or, you throw it in your sports gear bag so you can have it on hand when something needs a quick wipe-down at practice.

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I was really excited to try the laundry detergent as some of my workout clothes and towels have been getting a little nasty. You can’t sweat in them day after day without a little buildup. Am I right?

I saved a big pile of nasty towels to wash to test the detergent.
I was VERY pleased with the results.
Everything came out smelling nice a clean, and I didn’t have to use any fabric softener – a bonus for sure.

I’m excited to have this new resource in the House of Hills.

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Do you want to try HEX Performance Products?

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If you want to get a free sample and coupon, ALL TARGET STORES IN COLORADO AND GEORGIA will be featuring HEX Performance Products tomorrow, May 16, 2015 from 11AM -4PM.

So, while you’re out running errands, be sure to stop by the kiosk and investigate further. You’ll be glad you did.

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#HOHGETSFIT March and April Review

Have you been following the #HOHGETSFIT over on Instagram? It’s still going… and going… and going. The hashtag continues to motivate me to get up and move pretty much every day. And, that’s pretty exciting.

I’ve had several wins and wanted to share them with you!

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I sit and reached and went past my toes – pretty sure this has never happened in the history of my world. I discovered that I could do it quite by accident, and was SO EXCITED!

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I went past two miles on the treadmill. This one was HUGE! HUGE I say.

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I began adding the weights express workout to my routine three times a week. It makes the time in the gym longer, but is pushing me different ways.

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I’ve now increased the level on all the machines I use several times. That’s a massive win. That means I’ve been working out long enough to need to move up and make it harder. Super cool.

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I’ve even added some free weights to the routine every once in awhile. Trying to strengthen those arms. Why are women’s arms so weak?

I’ve also continued to log my food in My Fitness Pal. This is an integral part of the weight loss journey. It doesn’t matter how much you work out. If you don’t fuel your body properly, you won’t lose or more importantly get stronger.

Over the last two months, I’ve lost another 11 pounds. So, that’s 21 pounds total.
More importantly, I’m stronger and have more stamina. I survived Orange Conference without knee and back pain, and that is a VERY big deal.

I know myself well enough that I realize I’m going to have to change some things up soon. I’m getting bored. Perhaps I’ll try a class or maybe start swimming a couple times a week. I want to continue to use the gym because I’m paying for it. And, with summer coming, I’m hoping Maggie will go with me more often.

That’s your update. Let’s see what this month brings!

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Following the #DisneySMMC Hashtag

Disney loving friends!

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Are you following the #DisneySMMC hashtag on the Twitters? If you aren’t, you need to go look it up immediately.  There is so much awesomeness on there right now!

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DisneySMMC) is going on this weekend in Disney World, and while the HOH totally wishes we were there, I am learning so much great Disney and blogging goodness just from following the hashtag!

This tweet had me looking up Disney Citizenship. What a wonderful website that inspires us all to make a difference.

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They have these fun photo contests going on during the conference. Gave me great ideas to use for work and our conferences.
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They announced the awesomeness that is the new Disney Infinity 3.0. We’re going to need to invest in that I’m thinking.

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I had never heard of the Imagicademy, but am VERY EXCITED to share the information with my nieces and nephews. There are some awesome apps that educate while they entertain. Those are the best kind, right?

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Then, Donald Driver came on the stage and Twitter blew up! What an amazing talk he must have given. I can’t wait to go read more about him. His story is apparently very powerful.

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I pretty much can thank the above tweets for writing this post right now. I’m a writer. I need to write. I need to share. I’ve not been fulfilling that need.

And this tweet sealed the deal in my head that I needed to get out there more. If you don’t take risks, there is no reward.

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I’ve had such a great day learning along with the ladies (and gentlemen) attending #DisneySMMC. I can’t thank them enough for sharing all the learning and fun with the Twitterverse. They’ve inspired me in a major way!

Tomorrow, they’re getting to see a sneak peek of the new Disney film Inside Out. I can’t wait to hear how much they love it. And, the HOH can’t wait to see it!!

Are you following the hashtag? What’s the best thing you’ve learned?

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We Survived Conference Season

I would just like to announce that the House of Hills survived conference season.

Cue the celebrating!!!!!

I enjoyed every minute of the Orange Conference.

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David loved his time at Drive Conference.

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His favorite part was of course when his daughter came to visit.

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Maggie even got into conference season and helped out with the Waumba Land Showcase.

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We will now sleep for days.

Then, maybe I’ll blog again.
I’ve got ideas.
So many ideas.

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Pinterest Recipes – The HOH Test Kitchen

I’ve turned my kitchen into a test kitchen as of late. The HOH Test Kitchen if you will. I’m testing different Pinterest recipes to see if they’re really as good as people say they are. I mean who are these people telling me something’s good on Pinterest? They’re usually not anyone I know.

Actually, what’s happening is that we’re getting into Orange season, and I’m a stress baker. I’m often a stress eater as well, but because of #HOHGetsFit I’m trying to avoid the whole eating thing. So, I’m baking and then taking it to the office. And, to mix it up a bit, I thought I’d try some of those many, many recipes that I’ve pinned but never made. It’s a win-win for everyone.

I thought I’d share this week’s recipes with you. We had three winners this week that you might want to add to your “I might make this someday” board on Pinterest.

First up was Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Princess Pinky Girl.

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No idea where I got this pin from, but I am thankful for whomever it is… often. I’ve actually made this a couple times before, and it has never disappointed. Never. I think the key to this bread is letting the sugar and butter blend while you pull out the rest of the ingredients. It gets nice and fluffy that way.

This bread (all five mini-loaves of it) was gone in like four hours at the office. I’m not sure it made it much past lunch.

The next night, I looked for something else that was quick and that I had all the ingredients already in my pantry. I happened to remember that I had some cinnamon chips left over from the Christmas season, and so landed on Snickerdoodle Bread from Lil’ Luna.

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Again, not sure how it landed in my Pinterest feed, but I’m thankful. If you like cinnamon or snickerdoodles or even just good stuff, this one is a keeper. It too was gone pretty quickly. Although, it lasted until after lunch. I think people were waiting to have their afternoon coffee before they grabbed a piece. It apparently goes very will with coffee. In fact, many people remarked that it tasted like those cinnamon crumb cakes that Little Debbie makes.

I was having a team meeting on Thursday, and my team LOVES chocolate. So, I searched my Dessert Pinboard for something that would do the trick. I found something called Death By Chocolate from Renee’s Exchange.

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Now, to be honest there are like five things on my board that are called Death by Chocolate, but this one looked really easy. I’m sure I’ll try the others at some point.

In this recipe, you can choose to use yellow box cake or chocolate. I used devil’s food box cake mix because that was what was in my pantry.

This also did not disappoint. I’m not sure I “died,” but it was pretty good. If I make it again, I’ll use a full 8oz of sour cream I think. It could have been just a bit creamier, but I was the only one who thought that. Everyone else that ate it in my living room “died.” It didn’t make it to the office until later in the afternoon so there was still a bit left today. It will be gone soon though.

Three Pinterest recipes attempted in the HOH Test Kitchen this week, and all of them are keepers. They’re now pinned to the “Recipes I’ve Actually Used” board on my Pinterest. It’s the board with the fewest pins on it.

Have you ever had an extremely successful Pinterest recipe? Have you had a flop?

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#HOHGETSFIT February 2015 Review

A few weeks ago I shared about my new #HOHGETSFIT journey here on the blog. You were all so kind with your encouraging words and shout outs of “Way to go!” It really meant a lot. It meant so much that it’s helped me keep going!!

So, I thought I’d do a #HOHGETSFIT February review. I thought about doing a weekly update, but let’s be real friends. That’s not going to happen.

Remember, I started this #HOHGETSFIT journey in January. In fact, the first weight entry (since the last one in 2013) in the My Fitness Pal app is January 22nd. So, I consider that the day I got serious!

Throughout the month of February, I had several wins!

I got myself the right equipment. A good water bottle and some decent headphones. Don’t underestimate the need for the proper workout accessories. I’ve since added a towel to this pile I take with me every day.  IMG_8126

I added strength training into my week. I now do this 3o minute circuit three times a week in addition to my cardio work. It’s making a HUGE difference. I have little muscles in my arms now!

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On February 10th I went a FULL MILE on the elliptical. This was HUGE! HUGE! HUGE! And please notice the speed. So slow. But, I DID IT! And, I celebrate every goal met. Lots of you celebrated this one with me on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for that!

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Then, on February 14th, I did the mile on the elliptical in under fifteen minutes. That meant I was getting faster and stronger. I was so excited. You guys celebrated this one with me too!

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On the 19th, we headed down to Disney for Maggie’s Drama Competition. It was an amazing weekend full of great fun and LOTS OF WALKING. I didn’t hit the gym while I was there, but I watched what I ate and did I mention the WALKING! The biggest #HOHGETSFIT win of the trip was that I didn’t gain any weight. I always gain weight at Disney.

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Then, the day after we returned from Disney I was back in the gym. I knew if I took even one day off, I would give into my excuses for days upon days after that. It was a huge win that I went straight back into #HOHGETSFIT.

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One of the most fun wins of February was that I was able to get workout pants on under my jeans! The fact that there was room under the jeans for anything besides me was AMAZING. We had some seriously cold weather, and I wanted to be outside taking pictures of Maggie. I was so thankful to be able to wear another layer UNDER MY JEANS!

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I worked out Monday through Saturday every week of February except when I was at Disney. But, DID I MENTION THE WALKING THERE? I let myself rest on Sunday, but Monday morning I’m always right back at it.

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I worked out consistently.
I logged my food in the My Fitness Pal app every day.
I lost ten pounds.

February 2016 was a good month for #HOHGETSFIT.

I can’t wait to see what March brings!

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Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Lemon and Herb Chicken Roast Chicken at HouseofHills.org

It’s snowing here at the House of Hills. Yes, I said snowing. In Georgia. An anomaly to be sure. When it snows, I cook hearty meals. Last night was Chocolate Chili, and tonight I made Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken. When I posted a picture, I got immediate requests for the recipe. So, here you go!

To be honest, I jumped off a recipe for Roast Chicken from Tastes Better From Scratch. However, I had to tweak it to make it Low FODMAP for Maggie. That meant eliminating the butter and onion. Onion is a hard one to eliminate because there is so much flavor there. So, I had to think about how to bring the flavor. This is where I landed.

I layered the bottom of the pan with celery and carrots that had been in my freezer. I pulled them out a couple hours before prep time so they could thaw. I throw all my carrots, celery and peppers left over from veggie trays into freezer bags and toss them in the freezer. I read that on the Internet somewhere. The idea is to then use them to make broths and such because you’re not going to eat them so it doesn’t matter if they’re mushy. I knew we weren’t going to eat the celery and carrots, so I figured using the frozen was okay.

Then, I sliced a whole lemon into rings and laid those on top of the veggies. I love lemon rings don’t you? They’re so pretty and remind me of summer.

After that, I filled the cavity with another lemon I’d quartered and full sprigs of herbs. (I used rosemary and thyme.) And, I didn’t do that gently. I like just shoved whole sprigs in there with the lemon. Poor chicken.

Finally, I rubbed the chicken with melted ghee combined with chopped herbs and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Oh, and I threw a few more sprigs of herbs and some parsley around the chicken in the pot. Ghee is this really expensive stuff that I’ve never bought before. I bought for Mags at Sprouts because I wanted to make sure I had the flavor of butter without any lactose or chemicals. This is the first time I’ve used it, and it appeared to be happiness all around. No tummy aches and a delicious flavor.

Then, I baked for about an hour and twenty minutes at 425. You want to bake until juices run clear and it has a nice brown, crispy skin.

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IT WAS DELICIOUS and a hit with Maggie, which is a huge thing.

This is what the pot looked like after I pulled everything out of the chicken.

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I ended up putting all of that in the trash. But, the chicken that was in that pot. That, we devoured. There wasn’t that much left!

Here are your step by step instructions for Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken.

Ingredients:
1 Whole Chicken (3.5 to 4.5 pounds)
Celery and carrots for flavor (can be frozen)
2 Lemons
Several sprigs of fresh Rosemary
Several sprigs of fresh Thyme
Fresh Parsley
1-2 Tablespoons Ghee/Clarified Butter (Or butter)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Rinse the chicken and remove the innards. Pat dry.
3. Remove the leaves from one sprig of rosemary and one sprig of thyme. Chop them up as fine as possible.
4. Melt ghee/butter and mix in the chopped rosemary and thyme.
5. Slice one lemon into rings and quarter the other.
6. Line the bottom of your baker with celery and carrots. (Spray first if needed in your type of pan.) Layer the rings of lemon on top of that.
7. Place your dry chicken on top of the lemon, celery and carrot. The breast side of the chicken should be up.
8. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the quartered lemon, rosemary and thyme sprigs and a small amount of fresh parsley.
9. Rub the outside of the chicken with the ghee/butter and herb mixture. Get some under the skin if possible.
10. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
11. Place additional sprigs of rosemary and thyme as well as parsley around the chicken.
12. Roast uncovered in oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until skin is golden brown and juices run clear. Allow chicken to rest 10-20 minutes before slicing.

Y’all this was so tasty and was great on a salad.

Enjoy!

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