Oct 222014
 

I can’t believe we’re to 45 days already with this thing. I’m so much less focused on it because it’s just part of the day now. Get home. Feed Family. Put kids to bed. Go work out. Same routine most nights.

I’m still seeing results which is astonishing since my eating has been CRAP lately! I suppose I could see more if I actually ate right.

Anyways – no pics this time – just don’t have enough hands or time to do it. But I’ll update the measurements.

Starting Measurements:
Waist – 30 in
Hips – 37.75 in
Chest – 33.5 in
Thigh – 20.75 in
Bicep – 10.5 in
Calf – 14.25 in

Day 30 Measurements:
Waist – 29 in (-1)
Hips – 36.75 in (-1)
Chest – 33 in (-.5)
Thigh – 21 in (+.25)
Bicep – 10.5 in (0)
Calf – 14.25 in (0)

Day 45 Measurements:
Waist – 28.75 in (-.25)
Hips – 36.5 in (-.25)
Chest – 32.5 in (-.5)
Thigh – 20.5 in (-.5)
Bicep – 10.75 in (+.25)
Calf – 14 in (-.25)

So, downward progress. I lost 1 lb as well putting me at a total of 7 lbs from the start of all this. Honestly I’d love to lose another 10 but I’ll settle for another 5:) But that’s going to take some serious commitment on the eating front of which I seem to be lacking lately.

We still have the second half of this challenge so here’s to recommitting and trying to move the needle even further.

Oct 202014
 

This one was done by the seat of my pants while walking through the grocery store with about 10 min to shop. We were out this past weekend and this week is shaping up to be challenging so I was hunting for quick and easy.

This week will have alot of lunches out – something has to give when getting ready in the AM and it will be lunches this week.

Lunch:
Mon: Out
Tues: Left Over Soup
Wed: Left Over Pasta/Sauce
Thurs: Out
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Mon: Slow cooker Thai Soup
Tues: Pasta and Sauce
Wed: Sausage/Peppers
Thurs: Frozen Pizza
Fri: Out as a family

Oct 152014
 

Even before we had kids DH and I would dream of the times I we could take the kids out in to the backcountry with us for some serious backpacking. Once Noah learned to walk we started counting the days before we could get him out on a hike in the woods.

Now that Lia’s old enough and steady enough to walk over uneven surfaces we’ve taken both of them on longish (for them) day hikes but had yet to backpack. The logistics of taking 2 kids that can’t really carry their own weight backpacking were overwhelming at first. Not only would we need a bigger tent but we’d need sleeping bags, clothes and extra food etc. We’re not light packers by any stretch of the imagination so to figure out how to accommodate all the extra stuff (with the possibility of carrying a child at times as well) without killing our backs was tough.

So we looked for a short hike in figuring we can carry extra weight for a short period of time and if things went south we could potentially bail in the middle of the night (at 1 mile hike out in the dark, though not ideal, is doable). We found a place about 45 min away that was perfect!! It took us two tries (first one was thwarted by thunderstorms) but Sky Meadow State Park has walk in primitive campsites that you can reserve for $15 a night. There’s a non-potable water pump and a few vault toilets back there but otherwise there are no amenities. Each site had a well drained tent pad, a picnic table and fire ring. Some of the sites were right off the trail. Others, like ours, were down a bit from the trail and into the woods. It made it feel like we were really out there by ourselves (well, except for the sounds of campers around you:)).

What was really funny was that when we got there we found out that you could rent a wheelbarrow for $10 in order to carry your stuff back to the site. So, our visions of a rugged hiking path were met with a bike/stroller/wheelbarrow friendly meander through grass lands and fire road. We were already packed up to carry it all in on our person so we passed on the wheelbarrow – but it was nice to know that it was there in case and the kids didn’t care that it wasn’t trail. They were just happy to be out.

The trip was fun and thankfully uneventful (last time we were at that park Noah was stung by a caterpillar). We did struggle to make a fire because the wood was wet but managed to make enough so the kids could roast marshmallows (and smoke out every bug in a 4 mile area). The kids slept terribly as did we but I expected that being that this was Lia’s first time in a tent (plus it was her first big sleep over outside of her crib with all of us and the dog aaaand she had a marshmallow right before bed…to say she was amped up was an understatement). But, the pack-up and hike out the next AM was so beautiful and even though we were exhausted, it was the perfect trip. I can’t wait to do it again!

Oct 132014
 

A day late (which is better than last week where I completely missed!). It’s been hectic around here lately and my motivation is waining. I’m trying to get back in a groove but it’s tough. We wake up when it’s dark, go to bed when it’s dark and soon I’ll look forward to coming home in the dark too. Sigh..I love fall but i’m not so keen on winter.

Lunch:
Mon: Out
Tues: Out
Wed: Roast Beet and Chicken Salad
Thurs: Chicken and rice soup left overs
Fri: Cold Cut Sandwich

Dinner:
Sun: Thai Chicken Breast
Mon: Shrimp over zoodles
Tues: Tacos
Wed: Creamy chicken and rice soup
Thurs: Slow cooker quinoia soup
Fri: Pizza

Oct 112014
 

Now that Lia has a big girl bed, she needs a big girl quilt to cover it:)

I had started to look for fabrics even before we started the plan to move her to a bigger bed and just didn’t fall in love with anything – until I found this one!! Garden Party Tango by Melissa Ybarra is just a pretty collection of both colors and patterns. I think it will make a great quilt for her room and a nice base to decorate around.

I found a pattern on Pinterest that I really liked and seemed simple enough (me and elaborate quilts don’t mix yet – I need simple straight lines with little cutting to build my confidence). And here’s where I am so far!

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The pattern is for a 36in x 36in blanket so of course that won’t work for her bed so I’m doubling the pattern and will still probably have to do a border to get to the right size. I have the groups of strips sewn together and now need to iron them and cut, then stitch again. I only get 20/30 min here and there so things are going slowly. Maybe by the time she’s 16 I’ll have it finished!

Oct 092014
 

We spend quite a bit of time down at the lake here in our neighborhood. It’s just so pretty and quiet and a 5 min walk from our front door. During the last few days of summer we were down there almost every night for sunset.

This time around I took the big camera with me and got some pics of Lia mostly but did managed to sneak in a few of Noah on his bike. He looks so big on it and more like he’s riding a toy than real bike.

Oct 082014
 

So we’re already through the first month of round 2 of the Bikini Body Mommy program! I can’t believe how fast things have flown. I have to admit that I’ve not been as focused on this challenge as I was the last one. Just lots going on plus I’m trying to train for 2 half marathons this fall so I’ve had to mix things up.

That said, I am making sure to work out 6 times a week and would say 90% of the time it’s with Brianna’s videos. I generally do the strength days and then on the HIIT cardio days, I do my runs. On the days that I cant get a run in then I’ll do the prescribed HIIT cardio work out. So far it’s worked out and I’m seeing results. My clothes fit better again and I just generally feel more healthy

Starting Measurements:
Waist – 30 in
Hips – 37.75 in
Chest – 33.5 in
Thigh – 20.75 in
Bicep – 10.5 in
Calf – 14.25 in

Day 30 Measurements:
Waist – 29 in (-1)
Hips – 36.75 in (-1)
Chest – 33 in (-.5)
Thigh – 21 in (+.25)
Bicep – 10.5 in (0)
Calf – 14.25 in (0)

So – not as drastic as the first time around but I attribute that to a bunch of things.

1. I didn’t have that much more to go like I did the first time (those last 5 lbs are stubborn!).
2. I bumped up to heavier weights so I’m building some muscle in my arms (hello bicep definition).
3. I’m running a lot which builds the muscle in my legs
4. My nutrition has not been on point lately. Not that it’s bad – overall we’ve shifted for the better but I’ve let myself have a few indulgences as of late.

Time to buckle down in the next 30 and see if I can get those last few pounds off and tone up my arms and back.

Maybe I’ll take pics that I can share with everyone at the next check in… this time I’m too lazy:)

It’s never too late to get started! If you’re interested in joining us, let me know. We have a great support group on Facebook!!

Oct 072014
 

Weeks behind here because it’s been so busy (and I’ve had some client work to do in the evenings) but a few weeks ago we took the kids on a hike in Great Falls National Park. It was kind of a warm up to see how Lia would do on a longer walk and it was great!

The hike is an easy one – one big up hill on fire road and then a meander down hill on trails. We let her walk on her own for as far as she would go (which was surprisingly far) and when she got tired we plopped her in the backpack. She ended the hike walking on her own too.

Noah had already done that hike with DH so we knew he’d be fine. Although, on the long boring hike up we had to be inventive with how we kept his attention so he wouldn’t whine and want to be carried. Searching for the various leaf types worked pretty well (or pretending the trend on the side of the trail was a deep crevasse that he had to navigate.) I love watching his little imagination work.

In the end we covered about 4 miles I think – nothing big but pretty good for the kids! This was a great set up for our next few trips out (including a back pack trip!)

Oct 052014
 

So, not all fixes are home runs (which is good for my budget:) ). This one was not. I went out on a limb and asked for a skirt and a chunky sweater or cardigan and while Gillian tried – it was just not what I was looking for.

All was not lost, I did keep three of the 5 pieces and I appreciate that she tried to find what I was looking for – it was a long shot.

So, before we get on to the fashion show, a little about Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a style profile online, schedule your fix and wait for the package of goodies!! Try everything on in the comfort of your own home and keep only what you want. Use the pre-paid envelop to mail back the rest (if anything!!) and that’s it.

A few details:

  • There’s a $20 styling fee, which is used towards your order
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give to your stylist, the better your fixes get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you’ll love. I highly suggest hooking up your Pinterest style board to your profile as well.

Lastly, if you want to sign up use this link. (Full disclosure, I get a referral bonus if you use that link. You can too once you’re signed up and share with your friends!)

Now, let’s go through what I kept:

Bay to Baubles Rowena Leaf Pendant Necklace
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I loved this one – simple, different and just the right length.

41Hawthorn Walt Striped Skirt
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This is one that I wouldn’t have normally purchased for myself and definitely not one for “fat days” but it’s nice to have something different in my closet. I have to find a nice navy cami and it would pair perfectly with my mustard colored cardi.

Pomelo Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse
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I LOVED this one! I’ve already worn it a bunch – perfect with skinny jeans and my brown boots.

And the pieces I sent back:

41Hawthon Breyson Pleat Detail Sleeveless Knit Top
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This one just fit like a night shirt. I don’t know if it’s because I lost weight since I filled out my profile or what, it just didn’t

Under Skies Simran Solid French Terry Moto Jacket
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This was the one she tried in lieu of a chunky sweater and just not at all what I was looking for. That’s not always a bad thing because heck, that’s part of using this service. Unfortunately, this one was just not what I was looking for so it went back.

So there you have it. Not a dud but not the homerun I’ve had in the past. My next fix is November. I’m anxious to see what fall pieces they send along.

Sep 292014
 

Hello Monday!! You always seem to come around too fast after a fun weekend. Trying a few new things this week since we have a relatively calm week. I love the onset of fall – bring on the soups, stews, and goulashes!!

Lunch:
Mon: Everroast Chicken, Guac, and veggies
Tues: Egg Salad Tortilla
Wed: Out
Thurs: Left over Picadillo
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sun: Ravioli
Mon: Chicken Francese with Brown Rice
Tues: Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice (own recipe – making it up as I go)
Wed: Crockpot Picadillo over brown rice.
Thurs: Macaroni Casserole
Fri: Something quick

Sep 242014
 

The end of the crib era has arrived in our house! We took Lia’s crib down this past weekend and put up her big girl bed for no other reason that it’s getting too hard to snuggle with her in the rocking chair haha.

She’s put her foot up a few times in her crib but showed no desire to climb out so it wasn’t that. It was just the fact that I love to snuggle with her and it’s easier if she has a bed vs. bringing her back to ours and starting that habit.

I would have done it sooner but I couldn’t find the bed that I wanted. I was waffling between a Jenny Lind that I could paint a fun color and a plain metal bed that wouldn’t compete with her pretty dresser. What I found wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but it’s perfect just the same! It is a metal bed but not entirely plain. It’s delicate and pretty and I love it! (and I’ll have to take a picture of it later..)

Lia’s adjusted pretty well to it. We have rails up on either side and I noticed the other night those are necessary (I found her smashed up against one). Plus, we put a gate on her door because she’s at the top of the steps and I fear she’ll wonder out and fall down. So now when she wakes (usually around 4:30am), she’ll come to her door and yell “mamma!” or “daddy!” at the top of her lungs until we come out. Once she sees us she generally turns around and climbs back in. Lately she’ll do that then pat the bed next to her for one of us to lay down too. Who can say no to that?!

Now I just have to get her big girl quilt made to cover her bed (just like I did for Noah). More on that later.

Sep 222014
 

This week is going to be a little crazy with things going on most evenings. I tried to pick quick things but also things that I already had in my fridge (since I have a bunch left over from our BBQ on Sunday). So, nothing truly exciting this week..haha

Lunch:
Monday: Out
Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Salad
Wednesday: Chicken Lunchmeat Rollups
Thursday: Egg salad
Friday: Out

Dinner:
Sunday: BBQ (chicken, burgers and sausage)
Monday: Pasta and Sauce
Tuesday: Chicken sausage, Peppers, and pasta
Wednesday: Hamburgers on the grill (on lettuce for momma)
Thursday: Pizza (or Chinese food – per Noah’s request)
Friday: Turkey Tacos and black beans(on lettuce for momma, tortillas for the rest)

Sep 182014
 

Those of you that are Facebook or IG friends have seen me post a few things about ice dyeing. What, do you ask, is ice dyeing? Well, exactly what it sounds like – dyeing fabric using the combination of ice (or snow) and powdered dye. A co-worker of mine introduced me to the concept during a “crafternoon” party (over margaritas of course) and it’s become kind of an addiction. I’ve had enough questions from friends that I figured I’d share our process.

The whole process, end-to-end, takes about 2 days. Prepping the fabric, setting the dyes and the wrap up steps are quick – relatively. It’s the ice melting part that takes a while of course.

For supplies, you’ll need:
1. 5 gallon bucket (to do the pre-soak)
2. Large bin (we used a rough tote and smaller shoe box sized bins) with a grate or porous raised surface (so the water drips through as the ice melts). We used florescent light louvers that had been cut to fit in the bin.
3. Fabric to dye (we used cotton, bamboo, and rayon fabrics)
4. Fiber reactive dye (found here)
5. Rubber Gloves
6. Protective mask (do you don’t breath in the dye as you sprinkle it on)
7. Textile Detergent (again found here)
8. Soda Ash (see a trend? again found here)
9. various rubber bands, threads etc if you want to tie up your fabric

It seems like a lot but once you have it, you use it over and over again (and again, it’s addictive). Plus, they’re relatively cheap materials. I think our total set up was about $14 a person.

Dharma has a full on tutorial here you can browse through but real high level you’ll do the following:

1. Wash the fabric in the textile detergent to get rid of an residue.
2. Soak the fabric in soda ash solution for 30 min
3. Don your rubber gloves and ring fabric out. Then pinch, tuck, scrunch, wrap to get your pattern.
4. Place fabric in plastic bins and cover with ice (we used 10lb bags of ice. 1 for the shoebox sized, 2 for the big rough totes). You can put more than one article of fabric in each bin as long as you’re okay with them sharing colors.
5. Don your dust mask and use plastic spoons to sprinkle the dye over the ice. This is there it gets fun. You can combine colors, stick with 1, whatever. The sky is the limit.
6. Now wait….24 hours (at least – but no more than 48) for all the ice to melt and the dye to set.
7. Rinse, wash with textile detergent, wash #2 with textile detergent, rinse
8. Dry (hot as you can)
9. Iron
10. Enjoy:)

We found that it’s really hard to do wrong here. Most of us used 2 or 3 colors but had a few, that had larger pieces, use 4 or 5 colors. Depending on the color you use, some of them separate into their primary bases – so like a jade green will give you green, yellow, and blue colors as it works through the fabric. You never know how it will turn out (which makes the rinse step kind of like Christmas or your birthday:) ).

As for wrapping, scrunching, pinching etc…have fun. Try different things. I did a lot of twisting and scrunching for the scarves. The fabric I pleated and then twisted. I want to try one where I just scrunch and see what happens.

There are Pinterest boards dedicated to the craft and a quick Google image search gives you lots of really neat pictures. Like I said, it’s addictive. The time commitment is really not that big – 30 min for the soak, maybe 30 min to arrange and apply the dye. Then 20 min to rinse the next day and your wash loads (which is a set and come back later situation). It’s a great craft to do with your girls over drinks and some gabbing:) ( would recommend doing it outside or on a tarp if you have more than a few people working at once – it gets wet because of the ice and the dye can travel in the air if you’re not careful).

Have fun and share if you try it!!!

Sep 162014
 

Last week we started another round of the Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge ! Since it worked so well the first time, I’m trying it again. The big difference this time is trying to work in half marathon training into the schedule (like replacing at least 2 or my HIIT cardio workouts with runs…we’ll see).

The program consists of 6 days a week of short high intensity workouts that alternate between cardio and strength. They’re generally under 25 min which is totally digestible when the only time you have to do them is after the kids are in bed – at 9:30pm!

They have check in’s every 15 days and encourage you to stay off the scale in the mean time (did you know that your weight can swing as much as 5 lbs in either direction in a short period due to water retention etc..)

Starting Measurements:
(they’re pretty much my ending measurements of the first challenge…)
Waist – 30 in
Hips – 37.75 in
Chest – 33.5 in
Thigh – 20.75 in
Bicep – 10.5 in
Calf – 14.25 in

If anyone is interested in joining our Facebook group, let me know. We have a great group of gals who are working together to encourage each other to keep going and pushing hard!!

Sep 152014
 

Building the menu this week was a challenge. I’m running out of lunch ideas and trying to keep it quick and portable but still tasty and nutritious.

Lunch:
Sat: Sandwiches
Sun: Butternut squash soup with chicken skewers
Mon: Left over Butternut Squash soup
Tues: Left over Chili
Wed: Chicken salad with peanut dressing and carrots
Thurs: Cold Cuts and Cheese
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Chili with corn bread
Sun: Pizza Party (Birthday Party)
Mon: Pasta and Bolognese Sauce
Tues: Salmon on the Grill
Wed: Veggie Fajitas
Thurs: Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Fri: Pizza

Sep 082014
 

Another week, another menu! We already didn’t follow the plan on Sunday so that will just move on down the week somewhere.

Dinner:
Sat: Shrimp and Corn and potatoes on the grill
Sun: Kung Pao chicken with Zoodles
Mon: Pizza
Tues: Crockpot Bolognese and pasta
Wed: Fajitas
Thurs: Salmon on the Grill
Fri: Fish Tacos and black beans

Lunch:
Mon: Out
Tues: Shrimp salad
Wed: Out
Thurs:Egg Salad Sandwich
Fri: Banana Sushi

Sep 012014
 

It’s only Monday and I’ve already altered this plan given the fact that our weekend plans were upended due to storms. Oh well, thankfully this is flexible:)

Lunch:
Mon: Artichoke and Mozzarella Panini’s
Tues: Fajita salad
Wed: Left Over Red Pepper Alfredo
Thurs: Left Over Chili Mac
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Greek Burgers and Corn
Sun: Fajitas and Greek Salad
Mon: Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Alfredo on Zoodles
Tues: Pulled Pork in the Crockpot
Wed: Chili Mac
Thurs: Pasta and Sauce
Friday: Pizza

Aug 272014
 

So I have a number of crochet projects that I’ve started in the last few months but haven’t shared.

The latest two have been hats for a very special diva who’s starting chemo in Sept for a recurrence of a brain tumor. She’s going to be bald through the winter so she’s needs lots of hats to keep her head warm and as a 9 year old they need to be uber stylish!!

The first one was just a basic beanie with a cool big wooden button
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The the second is this butterfly hat. Excuse my mug in there…it was the best way to show the butterfly on the front. The hat’s actually too small for me but it has a nice stretch:)
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The other things I have started but not finished are a granny stripe blanket for us here at home. It was unintentional but I ended up picking the colors from my alma mater, good ole MUC (I still can’t bring myself to use UMU).
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A ripple baby blanket that I’ve decided will go to the church for the prayer blankets project – it’s lap sized.
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And a random blanket that I was using to test stitches – it’s a pretty gold color that I finally found more yarn to match so I can make more progress. If nothing else it’s a great texture blanket for photography. I don’t have a picture of it though.

The kids have also asked for hats (once they saw the ones I was doing for Bella) so that’s on my list too. Plus, I have the yarn purchased/stored for two more blankets at least.

I think I have a problem:) haha…

Aug 252014
 

So, as predicted, last week was pretty much a total FAIL in following the menu. I figured it might be with what was going on. So, there are some repeats this week because I really wanted to try them but didn’t get around to it last week.

This week should be better and I’m committed to getting back on the clean eating wagon – I’m all kinds of sluggish because I’ve been lax about what I’m eating.

Dinner:
Mon: Turkey Tacos with Black Beans
Tues: Pasta and Sauce (momma’s out so daddy’s in charge)
Wed: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
Thurs: Sriracha Salmon with Asparagus
Fri: Pizza

Lunch:
Mon: Pesto Chicken Sandwich with mozzarella
Tues: Sesame Chicken Salad (with Carrots and Edemame)
Wed: Out
Thurs: Egg salad in a tortilla wrap with watercress
Friday: Out

Aug 202014
 

The theme of this vacation was “seize the moment”. With a bit of unpredictable weather on the docket (it was supposed to rain every day we were down there), we took every non-rainy moment to get out and do things. We even took a few rainy moments to play on the beach (we were getting wet anyways).

In the end, we had amazing weather a vast majority of the week. The skys were a bit overcast but the humidity was low and the air temps were moderate so it was very comfortable. We took the hottest day of the week and drove down to Nag’s Head figuring a few hours in the car would allow us to avoid some of the heat. It worked. We had a great day stopping at Jockey’s ridge for a bit and then continuing on to Nag’s Head.

The rest of the week was filled with early morning beach trips, lunch time naps at home and then afternoon pool sessions or biking around the neighborhood we’d figure out dinner and then take a walk on the beach for sunset. I don’t think we could have asked for a better week (maybe a better house…but we weren’t in it much and it had a pool so that made everyone happy)

These pics are from one evening down at the beach. DH and I took the kids for a walk to find shells and I dragged the big camera along. I’m so glad I did!

(and it looks like I mixed my watermarks again…oh well..)

I have a bunch of pics from the rest of the days but need to finish working on them but right now I’m working on two crocheted hats for a very special little girl!!:) I’ll share those in a bit.

Aug 182014
 

This week has the potential to be a total FAIL on the following the menu part. I have co-workers in from out of town and as such may end up entertaining them. I tried to plan the easy stuff for those days so that DH can just follow along. We’ll see…

Also, it appears that this week’s menu is not low carb because I’ve planned pasta twice in one week. Oh well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The rest of the week is better.

Lunch:
Mon: Left over Artichoke Lasagne
Tues: Out
Wed: Out
Thurs: Chicken Pesto Sandwich (with Left over chicken)
Friday: Left over Spaghetti Carbonara

Dinner:
Sat: Hamburgers on the Grill with Sweet Potatoes and Veggies
Sun: Artichoke lasagne
Mon: Sesame Grilled Chicken with Roast Broccoli
Tues: Salmon with Citrus Ponzu Sauce and Brown Sugar and Asparagus (Mama’s out entertaining – DH can handle this I hope…otherwise it’s pasta and sauce)
Wed: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
Thurs: Spaghetti Carbonara
Fri: Out

Aug 132014
 

To catch everyone up – 90 (well…101 as of this writing) days ago, I started the Bikini Body Mommy challenge with a few girlfriends. The workouts were 20 min, 6 days a week and alternated between HIIT Cardio and Strength Training. The premise was that you pushed yourself hard for those 20 min and gave it everything you had and while the calorie burn was not huge, over the week it adds up. Combine it with clean/smart eating and you have a recipe for weight loss and improved health!

I’m so proud to say that I made it through the entire 90 days without missing a workout. Last day of the challenge was the day we were driving to the beach so I actually finished on Sunday. But I still finished strong! It actually felt weird while we were on vacation to not be taking the time each night to tune in and sweat (no fear – we did enough during the day between boogie boarding, walking, running, and bike riding to make up for it).

My last week of the challenge my nutrition was all over the place so I think the final numbers could have been better but there was steady progress (and then I went on vacation and indulged a bit which erased some of that progress…*sigh*)

By the scale I’m down about 7lbs since I started this and here’s how the inches stack up. Not a huge change from day 75 to day 90 but from 1-90 there was quite a bit.

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I missed my calf measurement in that table but I lost an inch there too!

Sadly, I don’t have after pictures because we were at the beach (and I didn’t think to ask anyone to take my pic…*sigh* the life of a photographer. Always behind the camera, never in front)

So, now that this is over I’m left with “now what?!” -itis. There is a 3.0 coming in the new year plus she’s re-releasing 2.0 come September. I personally have to get on the half marathon training program and will continue with a mini challenge that was posted during the lull between 1.0 and 2.0. Bottom line, I’m not stopping here. I have another 5-10lbs that I’d love to lose and this seemed to work well for me so I’m gonna keep on doing it!

Aug 112014
 

So I missed posting the meal plan for last week because we were at the beach. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t plan though. We went to the beach with a full menu planned – both lunch and dinner. We stuck to it for the most part (because I worked in ample “eating out” options) but did cook at home at least 1/3 of the time (and I’d say 90% of our lunches were at home). So, I only gained 3lbs while at the beach (thanks to an ample supply of margaritas and daiquiri mix).

This week is a “getting back into the swing of things” week. I have not made it to the grocery store yet so the earlier meals are based on what I have in the kitchen. Hopefully I can get out to the store tomorrow.

I’m also going to skip sat/sun most times since we’re out and about and have no idea what we’re doing.

Dinner:
Sun – Pizza
Mon – Pasta and Sauce (crockpot bolognese that I’ve frozen)
Tues – Kung Pao chicken with Zoodles
Wed – Out (we’re running around this evening to appointments)
Thurs – Sweet Honey Salmon with Asparagus
Friday – Chicken Corn Chowder

Lunch:
Mon – Out
Tues – Banana Sushi
Wed – Chicken Pesto Sandwich (just chicken breast shredded with Kirkland Pesto mixed in, a little water cress and some mozzarella and we’re good)
Thurs – Spinach, Strawberry, Goat Cheese, Pecan Salad (with Edamame)
Friday – Salami Wraps (just salami, mustard and cheese – no bread)

Jul 312014
 

I’m still in denial that Lia turns 2 today! I was browsing through my phone pictures and found ones of her just a few months ago before we moved and she was a totally different little kid. She still had many baby qualities that have all but disappeared now. Plus her hair has finally grown in some (that makes such a difference!) and her little personality has just continued to evolve and grow. She’s so funny.

I’ve always said this before but she’s a fierce little munchkin. She’s intensely funny and always trying to make you laugh but will turn on a dime and scream if you don’t do it the way she wants. I remember it being kind of like this with Noah except his turns were atomic and generally lasting vs. hers can be reversed with a slide of hand or a big bulldozer.

“Me too”, “I don’t want it”, and “I do” are her favorite phrases these days. Always wanting to be included in what’s going on I now realize why my parents were so big on being fair – we probably wouldn’t let them get away with anything else. If Noah has a pretzel, Lia has to have one too. And she will be considerate and ask for one for him if she gets to it first. (she always asks for a smoothie for bubba when I hand hers to her.)

Poor thing didn’t get a proper party because we’re heading to the beach the weekend we would have held it so we’re taking her out tonight and have a cool Minnie Mouse candle (because she’s kind of obsessed with Minnie Mouse). Our plan is to throw her something while we’re at the beach – cake and all. Just a few days late. Next year she deserves a big bash!!

Weight:27lb and holding strong
Length: not entirely sure but she’s sprouted a bunch based on the marks on the walls we’ve been making. I’ll have to measure later.
Head:big…haha. I don’t think it’s changed much actually.
Sleep: Still needs rocked to sleep:( It’s actually quite the process now. She starts on the floor reading books, playing puzzles and then asks to be rocked. It’s tough because she’s so big now and has trouble getting comfortable. Although I still secretly love her snuggles.
Eating:anything and everything still
Milestones: Has really started to talk now. Stringing words together to make primitive sentences etc..

I do have pictures to share but they’re on the other computer and I’ve just not had the time or energy to fix them and post. Hopefully soon!!:)

Jul 282014
 

This one is being done on the fly! We were out all weekend and I didn’t get to sit down like normal and plan things. Instead I took a 10 min trip to the grocery story with Noah and tried to pick things up that I think I can make into something good.

Lunch:
M: Out
T: Banana Sushi
W: SkinnyTaste Spiralized Cucumber Salad
R: Chicken and Spinach Salad (with left over chicken)
F: Out

Dinner: (skipping Sat/Sun since we were out and about)
M: Pasta with Crockpot Bolognese
T: Pork chops with grilled nectarines
W: Thai Chicken Skewers with Sriracha mayo
R: Chili (or something with ground turkey)
F: Pizza/Out

Jul 262014
 

Pinterest is my go to when I’m menu planning. I spend hours pinning food to my mmmmm… board (I think I may have a problem)…I pinned these a few days ago and immediately had to try them. So, while DH was out doing something, Noah and I whipped them up and OMG…I’m in love!!

The Skinny Pineapple Angle Loaves are really simple – like 2 ingredient simple and are so tasty. I used a muffin pan because I don’t have the brownie loaf pan she talks about and they still worked out great (although I got 29 cupcakes vs. the 24 loaves that she got). That makes each cupcake less than 1 WW point (MyFitnessPal clocked them at 13 cals/cupcake?!).

It’s REALLY hard not to eat like 10 in a sitting!!

Jul 242014
 

This backyard is living up to our hopes for sure. Noah and DH have camped out a handful of times and now that we have the play set we pretty much spend every evening out there before dinner (and often times eat dinner on the picnic table under their playset).

These pics are just a few from this past weekend. DH went off to play volleyball so the kids and I rounded up a bunch of toys and headed out to the tent to play for a bit. It turned into a pool and slip and slide session pretty quickly after (after Lia pointed to the pool and said “pool – outside – please”..how can you deny that?)

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Jul 222014
 

I’m really glad I stretched these out because this box was a home run too just like the last one:) While this is affordable, I’m not sure my budget can handle a full box more often than every few months and if Gillian keeps hitting it out of the park that’s what we’re looking at.

So, before we get on to the fashion show, a little about Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a style profile online, schedule your fix and wait for the package of goodies!! Try everything on in the comfort of your own home and keep only what you want. Use the pre-paid envelop to mail back the rest (if anything!!) and that’s it.

A few details:

  • There’s a $20 styling fee, which is used towards your order
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give to your stylist, the better your fixes get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you’ll love. I highly suggest hooking up your Pinterest style board to your profile as well.

Lastly, if you want to sign up use this link. (Full disclosure, I get a referral bonus if you use that link. You can too once you’re signed up and share with your friends!)

Now, on to the fashion show. I actually broke out the tripod and tried to do these myself. You’ll see my little helpers in there periodically because it seems that the only time I can get them to sit for a picture is the only time I would rather they occupy themselves otherwise.


#1 Level 99 Andrea Abstract Print Linen Shorts

I wasn’t real sure about these out of the box but once I found a shirt (which is horribly wrinkled) and the shoes I really started to dig it. Not something I would have bought for myself but that’s why I love Stitch Fix – they open you up to new ideas and styles.

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#2 and #3 Honey Punch Sifaya Chevron Print Dress and Street Level Juno Small Folded Clutch
I LOVE this dress. Stress L-O-V-E!! It fits perfectly and can be dressed up or down. I had flat sandals and my Lisa Leonard necklace on for dinner the other night and it was perfectly casual. In the pic I switched to heels, a dressier necklace and the hot coral clutch and it would be appropriate for a date night or a night out with the girls.

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#4 Sweet Rain Adriann Racerback Hi-Lo Floral Dress
This is a little more romantic than I normally wear but it fits well and was so pretty on that I just had to keep it. It’s got a cool short liner with the longer chiffon over top. Paired with a pair of gladiator sandals (which I don’t actually have…) it would be perfect for a Saturday afternoon out or add my normal platform sandals and it works for an evening out too.

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#5 Renee C Francisco Crochet Detail Tank
This was the only one that I did not love when I put it on. The cut was nice but the material is so light and skin colored that I struggled. However, my opinion has been changed. I put a pink tank under it and paired it with my Navy shorts and it actually worked really nicely. Not one of those shirts that goes with anything but with the right thing it’s cute.

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So that’s it! I asked Gillan for shorts this time around and she delivered. This next fix I’ve asked for a skirt instead of a dress (or along with a dress) so we’ll see what they come up with. My next fix isn’t until September so I’ll have a bit of a wait (but the skirt will be a fallish skirt I hope!)

One thing to think about, if you’re on the fence – Stitch Fix is great if you have an event coming up and need something to wear. Just tell them what the event is and what look you’re thinking about wearing (formal? casual? beach wedding? cocktail party?) and let them style you! I think I may do that for a Nov/Dec fix so I have something for the work Christmas party.

Jul 212014
 

So things don’t always go as planned. Saturday night dinner was a no go. I forgot to actually buy the ribs when I was a the store! It worked out for the better though, we ended up with friends over during dinner and didn’t actually eat until very late.

Lunch:
Sat: Chorizo grilled cheese with potato salad
Sun: Sammiches (momma at book club)
M: Sweet Potato Taquitos Left overs
T: Greek Cucumber Salad
W: Left over spinach tortellini salad
R: Quinoa Veggie Rolls
F: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Ribs with corn on the grill
Sun: Black bean and sweet potato Taquitos
Mon: Pasta and Bolognese sauce
Tues: Chicken, Spinach, Tortellini and Peppers Salad
Wed: Salmon with Grilled Nectarines
Thurs: Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Friday: Pizza

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