Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Manic Mon..er..Tuesday

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It is FINALLY warm here!!! We had beautiful weather this weekend, its just what I needed to help boost my mood. Yesterday we were outside most of the day! (Hence no blog post) Today it's super rainy and gloomy. 

I maintained my weight this week, I feel like I am at a stand still. I bought new vitamins today though GNC Women's Ultra Mega Energy and Metabolism. Hope that helps me out a bit.

KBeaner has been practicing on her bike that Santa gave her, and we had a play date at a new park.
 We also got a "new" Dora Kitchen and a play house. A family that lives near us were getting rid of them so we got them for FREE!!

Dinners for the Week
Tuscan Style Shrimp
Asian Pork Salad (was supposed to do it last week, made it last night so good)
Pork Posole (also supposed to make it last week)
Healthy Pizza

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easy Shabby Chic Sign

A couple weeks ago I went to that Crafts and Carafes night, I made this jewelry hanger...

We also painted an extra board to bring home to paint lettering on.

My friend had me make one for her kitchen that says "eat".

Here's how I did it...

Before painting sand the edges of the board to make it even more distressed looking. Next paint your board with your base color, for this we used black.

Once that is dry you can add Vaseline to different spots of the wood, where ever you put the Vaseline the next coat of paint will not adhere. 

Paint a light top coat, we used white but you could use whatever color you'd like.  Once your top coat is dried start sanding, or use steel wool, anything to rough it up! 

When you've achieved the look you'd like, you can either paint the lettering free hand or do this easy technique. 

For this sign my friend wanted it to say "eat", I didn't want to free hand the letters so I used Word. Select whatever font you'd like and make sure that your letters are the correct size for your sign, then print it out.
Lay out the letters where you would like them on your sign.

Next on the back of the paper, shade in the area of the letter with pencil (make sure its a led pencil). Once you've done that, lay the paper with the pencil shaded side down on your wood. Trace your letters! The led from the pencil will transfer onto the wood.

Once you've outlined your letters paint them. 

Here is my finished project!

If you make your own shabby chic sign feel free to post a picture of it in the comments below! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Manic Monday

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This week has been busy, but a lot of fun. Some of my family came  and  visited me so KBeaner and I got to play tourist with them. We did a bunch of swimming at the hotel and a lot of walking and shopping! 

KBeaner took this picture of me.

I am surprised to let you all know I maintained this week! I was feeling like I was going to have a gain, since we did  eat out a lot, but I guess I made good choices (for the most part). I haven't been working out as much as I'd like to but I am really trying to remember it is all about progress not perfection!! 

 I feel like I need to greet everyone with this warning.... 

I didn't eat all of the Pork meals last week, I realized eating that much pork is not appealing and we went out to dinner a few times while family was visiting. So this week I am having three of the meals from last week too. 

  • Asian Pork Salad
  • Pork Posole
  • Pork Ravioli
  • Cilantro Lime Bean Salad with homemade bread
  • Rice bowls (rice with Cilantro Lime Bean Salad)
  • Grilled cheese with veggies
  • Leftovers

Monday, March 31, 2014

Manic Monday week 13

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I maintained this week!!!

I did alright this past week. I don't feel like I worked out enough, and I know I didn't eat as well as I wanted to. I did try to eat clean, I don't think I tried enough though..we did eat delivery pizza, but man it was so good!! 

We had another bake sale this weekend, thankfully I did not pig out on all those goodies, so I feel like that was a big win for me.

I went to a Crafts and Carafes night, it was so much fun, I had a girls night out, was able to hang out with some friends, make new friends, drink some wine and do a fun craft! 

Here is what I made! I think I am going to hang it in my bathroom for necklaces. The craft was so much fun and not too hard!

KBeaner has been really into her letter puzzle, she has been requesting a ton of alphabet houses and tunnels. It's been fun to build with her, and work more on letters. It's been helping out cabin fever.

This week for my dinner meal plan I am using some recipes I saw on the Today Show. I have a serious addiction to the Today Show! Especially Kathy Lee and Hoda... oh man I want Hoda to be my best friend haha. Anyways they had a segment where they showed how to make a week of meals out of one cut of meat. Here are the recipes .

  • Braised pork shoulder
  • Asian pork salad
  • Pork posole
  • Pork ravioli with marinara sauce
  • Shredded pork and tahini pita pizza
  • The other nights will be Leftovers
I also downloaded this new app Food on the Table it seems pretty cool, you can upload or find recipes and make your weekly meal plan and your grocery list on there. The app even shows you what items on your list are on sale at nearby stores. I'm hoping this will help me stay organized and help me save money!

Hope you have an amazing week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just Another Manic Monday er Tuesday!

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Sorry I'm a day late, I wasn't feeling that great yesterday.

I surprisingly maintained this week! woot woot!!

I helped at a bake sale for KBeaner and her dance friends, so much fun but so many yummy treats! And there were girl scout  cookies...ugh. 

I did horribly at limiting sugar, I could have just had one, which wouldn't have been my best choice but I feel like all I did all weekend was snack on sweet treats. 

I know I can't dwell on it though, I need to accept I did not eat well and that I need to move on. My plan is to try and eat clean this week, well clean-er.  Making more and more clean food choices. In the past I have tried to jump into eating perfectly clean, it doesn't work for me and I end up wasting food and money. So I have decided to ease my way into it. I am going to try my hardest, but if I do not do it perfectly I will not give up like I have in the past.

The meal plan for this week isn't too exciting, trying to save some grocery money so I am trying to use what we have at home.

Healthy Pizza
Salad with Tuna
Stir Fry Veggies with Quinoa
Tacos (with lentils instead of meat)
Leftover Taco Soup

Tonight I'm going to a fun Craft night that two of my friends have started hosting. We are making necklace holders similar to this one.
I'll post pics of mine  later this week!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Updates and random photos

It's SPRING!!!!!! 

It does not look or feel like Spring outside...

Eventually it will feel like Spring right? I hope so, I know it is going to take awhile though! *sigh*  

I have this whole plan of wanting to start Couch 2 5K, but  the weather is not working with me (or maybe it is? remember my whole lazy post?). I don't have a treadmill and hate the cold weather so I really do not want to be running outside, in the snow, on the ice...blah no thank you! 

I hope that when it is nice out, I will still have all this motivation to start. I have started Couch 2 5K before, but have never finished it. This time I will forget all my excuses and just do it!

I've lost some of my excuses, even though I have been tired I have kept up with Brazil Butt Lift workouts. I'm sore and tired, but honestly it feels so good. Sometimes the soreness in my legs reminds me of how far I've come, and it makes me grateful that I am still pushing myself. 

As weird as it sounds... I guess I really do enjoy being sore. Is that weird? I feel like I should send a tweet to Girl Code for their #IsThatWeird (Love that show!! If you haven't watched it, you probably should, most of the time I feel like they are inside my head lol).

mmmmm pizza!!
This past Monday we went to the indoor water park that's a couple of towns over from ours. Oh man it was so much fun!! It was the first time we had ever been, it was an incredibly fun day and wonderful to pretend we were somewhere hot!

Here are some of the crafts we've done this month so far. I listed 8 that I wanted to do this month in this post.

Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting was AWESOME!

Magic  Snow...not that exciting, but KBeaner did enjoy spraying the snow purple.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Manic Monday week 11

Hey all! Welcome to Just Another Manic Monday! 

Hope you had a great week! I did, for the most part I stayed on track eating wise and I finished my last week of Brazil Butt Lift DVD. I plan on doing another 4 weeks of it, this time the combination series. 

I lost a pound this week so I'm 172. I know its just a pound, and I'm still in the 170s but I am so happy to finally have lost something! 
We got a CRAP ton of snow this week. Blahhhh. 

This past weekend was a lot of fun! The town next to us did this Shamrock The Block event, which was awesome! KBeaner and I went down just the two of us on Saturday. Then on Sunday we went again with some friends for the parade. We also had dance class both days this weekend, so it was a super fun and busy weekend. 

Of course KBeaner needed her face painted. She wanted the "Butterfly Princess" I think it's very fitting! 

Today we are going to an indoor water park!!! I am so excited!! I can't wait to pretend that it is warm out! Not really looking forward to be in my swim suit, but it is what it is! 

For meals this week I have...
Cilantro Lime Bean Salad
Burrito Bowl- Brown  rice with Cilantro Lime Bean Salad
Healthy Pizza
Tuscan Style Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash

This week I am going to continue to try very hard, not let myself get lazy and drink lots of water!