Monday Mentionables: Pumpkin desserts, Yoga meltdown & Christian Woman mag

Happy Columbus Day! No one in our family has the day off, but here’s hoping some of you do!
Here’s today’s mentionables…
1. Pumpkin Desserts. I think it’s officially fall when pumpkins start replacing watermelons at the grocery store. Not only did Trader Joe’s have a whole crate of them outside the store recently, they had a whole section of pumpkin desserts in the frozen section! I just had to take a picture of all the goodies: pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin pie, pumpkin macaroons, mini pumpkin pies and pumpkin chocolate mousse cake! The fudge sauce at the top looks pretty yummy, too. If you’re a pumpkin lover, you gotta go and try these out. I actually had some will power and didn’t buy any cause we still had some dessert at home, but I will definitely get one next time (I’m leaning toward the macaroons). Which do you want to try?
Thank you Trader Joe’s!
2. Yoga Meltdown. I made the decision to start exercising regularly, thanks to a pair of pants I wore the other day which seem to have “shrunk” since last fall. 😉 (By the way, your metabolism really starts slowing down in your mid 30’s – sigh!) I had heard good things about Jillian Michaels’s workouts from a friend, so I bought her “Yoga Meltdown” DVD from Target. So far, I’ve done each routine once and I am SORE (even hubby was sore after trying it and he’s way more buff than I am!). The routines are fairly easy to follow and target the whole body – abs, back, arms, legs and bum – so you get a complete workout. I also like how Jillian Michaels emphasizes trying and improving over time instead of doing the poses perfectly. If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to exercise at home, this is a good one to check out.
3. Christian Woman Magazine. This is a print magazine based in Australia. Their website also features many down-to-earth and encouraging articles on parenting, relationships and faith. I’m honored to have had my work published there; check out these links here and here to read them.   
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful start to a wonderful week!

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