Category Archives: Home life

Exercise Progress

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So, I am happy to report that since January 12, 2015, I am still going strong on my workout regimen and monitoring my calorie intake.

Since January 12th, I have been using the myfitnesspal app. This app is great for multiple things. It helps track your calories with a awesome database (or you can add your own if you can’t find the info), great way to track your exercise, water intake, weight. I love it!

In February, I got a FitBit Charge HR. I quickly fell in love and became obsessed with meeting my step goal daily! Plus, if your friends have one, you can “compete” with them! I also really like how it tracks my sleep. 
Here are my progress photos:

Each picture has three photos. 

Picture 1-January 26

Picture 2-March 9

Picture 3-April 11

I think the back picture shows most progress. Followed by face photo. 

    
     

  
Total pounds lost: 22.5

Inches lost: arms 1 , waist 2.5 , legs 1.5 . 

 I’m gonna keep on going! Will update later on! 

Till next time!

*I am not associated with Fitbit or myfitnesspal! I just love their apps!

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*Grumble* Packing *Grumble*

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I have a love/hate relationship with packing. Anyone else feel me? 

I love packing, because that means we are going on a fun trip, by either seeing family or someplace new. 

I hate packing, because I pretty much pack everyone except my husband (he waits till 10 minutes before we leave…lol). Everyone is myself, son, daughter, and two dogs. 

When I pack I usually have a good plan, but that always seems to get thrown off by a child screaming, peeing pants, or just wants to be held. 

Here is how I deal with packing! 

-For my daughter(13 months old): Thank goodness for baby wearing. If I want able to wear my daughter, nothing would get accomplished! Once she is up and on me, there isn’t anything I couldn’t do! 

-For my son(almost 3): The helpful tool is either the iPad or a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I try my hardest not to rely on the TV as a babysitter, but sometimes it’s necessary for me to get stuff accomplished. The iPad- I love the apps that I have on the iPad for him. Most of them reinforce the skills we have covered in school. This is always helpful. I am mindful of how much time he is on it and I always place it on airplane mode. This way there isn’t wifi radiation waves interacting with him (some of you may think I’m crazy, but it makes me feel better). 

Even though these things help me out, sometimes it still doesn’t work. When that happens I get slightly stressed, because I want to get it done, but then realize I just need to take a step back and play with my babies. 

The packing then resumes when they are asleep. Which is definitely easier, but also means I stay up later than I should. 

When I do pack, I always pack my kids first. This way if they go for a nap or I wind up packing while they sleep. I do not have to go into their room and risk disturbing them. I learned my lesson on that the very first time we were getting ready to visit our parents with both babies. 

Before having two kids. We used to have to take all the big baby items with us as well, like the pack n play and swing. Finally after three trips like that. We asked both of our parents if they could get a pack n play. Thankfully they did! It has saved us! We also when to a kid thrift store (highly recommend! Best place for gently used clothes and toys… Kids grow so fast to have all new stuff) and bought an extra swing that we were able to leave with them. Now when we pack, its really just clothes, food, diapers, utensils, cups and a few toys. Has left us with a little more packing space. 

When the car is fully loaded now, we can actually see out the rear window! Haha! 😋

When it comes to packing clothes, I also try to pack outfits (see image).

layout outfit, then roll to pack.

By packing the outfits, it’s easier to bring what you need and not over pack. It really helps take the guess work out of what to put on each child ( super helpful for my husband to match our daughter’s clothing peices together).

Those are some of my helpful packing tips! Hopefully some of you may see something on here you haven’t done before and it helps! 

Till next time! 😄

*I am in now way affiliated with Apple, iPad, Disney, or Mickey Mouse. Just sharing my experiences and telling you what works for my family! 

Vegetable Broth

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Well this morning I woke up and was feeling motivated to do something different, besides cleaning…lol! I’ll have toget to that later though…

Over the past two months, my family has made a move to a more plant based diet! So,my husband and I have been collecting our vegetable scraps. When we first began this, we had. Bag in the fridge we would place our scraps. Quickly we realized it would be better to have a freezer continer. So we took a “Tupperware”(not rely Tupperware, but easy to associate) and put it in the freezer. Once we were done slicing. Choping, and peeling veggies, we would just place them in the freezer. 

Remember to NOT put bitter veggies in the scrap container like, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage or anything that is starting to rot (duh?!).  DO put in celery, garlic, shallots, onions, carrot peels, green onion prices, mushrooms, bell peppers, and herbs like rosemary, parsley, and thyme. 

When you have about 5 cups of scraps this is what you do: (thank you Thug Kitchen). 

1- in a large pot fill with about 9-10 cups of water, add scraps. 

 Here is a shot of the beginning. 

2-get this going to a simmer over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon (I had to add more after the hour. The broth was a little bland) of salt and pepper. Add 2 bay leaves if you have. Let simmer for an hour uncovered to get all the flavors out! 

  Simmering for about 30 minutes. 

3-turn off heat, let cool and then strain veggie scraps out.

  After an hour!

You can freeze broth for later or put in fridge(use in a week).

Put your container back in the fridge and start filling it up again! 

  

Hope you like! 

I choose to freeze mine for later use!

Till next time! 😄

*I am in no way associated with Thug Kitchen or Tupperware. I just love Thug Kitches recipes and I wish I owned Tupperware! 

Soap Scum Meet Magic Eraser

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Soap scum you have finally been beaten!  I’m not sure how crunchy this might be… But I needed to do something about my tub. 

I tried a lot of things to get rid of the scum, and it always seemed to win! 😩 However, this time, it finally has met its match!😋

Thank goodness for one of my girlfriends mentioning using magic erasers around the house. (On a side not- it’s funny how our conversations have grown up… I mean really?! A convo on magic erasers?! Ah! I guess we are grow ups now… Haha! The whole convo made me giggle on the inside) She said “Try it on your tub for soap scum.” So, I did and  my tub has not looked this good since we moved in 5 years ago! 

As soon as I was finished I immediately texted her and thanked her… 

It took me about an hour and a half and 4 magic erasers. But look below at how glorious it is! (I should have taken a before pic, but I was slightly embarrassed at how bad it was.)

I was literally doing the happy dance after I basked in the glory of cleaness! 



Till Next Time!

*I am not affiliated with magic eraser. I actually used the generic Target brand, and am not affiliated with those either…just a SAHM who wanted to share an awesome cleaning tip! 

Epic Flop-organic baby puffs

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Here I was thinking I was going to have an amazing post….

I tried to make baby puffs today… Didn’t go as planned! 😔

Fill Ya in tomorrow! Just wanted you to know I was still posting!

Till next time!

Update! (January 20, 2015)

Homemade baby puffs (like plum)

Recipe followed: (from the snap mom blog and adjusted to my needs and wants)

1 Tablespoons organic Coconut Oil
2 organic Egg Yolks
1 1/2 cups fresh organic kale
1/2 cup organic oatmeal (I chose banana flavored)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Water
Food Processor

It’s recommended to use a play dog confetti maker to create the puffs. This was my first attempt so I wanted to see how it worked before I purchased…so I improvised and used a breast milk bag.

Directions:
-Blend all ingredients in food processor
-Add enough water for the ingredients to come together
-Load the breast milk bag and squirt on lightly greased cookie sheet-Repeat with the rest.
-Bake at 350 for 10 min, or until crispy

So here are the pics of my epic flop! Everything went well until the baking… The bottoms would brown and tops and insides wouldn’t cook!

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*no way am I affiliated with the snap mom. Just found her recipe and tweaked it for my wants and needs

Laundry…The Never Ending Cycle

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Anyone else out there feel that way?… At first, I thought it was just me… But I’m pretty sure we all do!

First, four people make a lot of laundry!

2015/01/img_2375.pngI used to wait until Sunday and get it all done, but that became overwhelming, especially if we wanted to leave the house. So now, try to do one load of laundry a day or every other day. It truly depends on what we have done; maybe we stayed in pjs all day, not as much laundry as if we changed, and some days I have to do a load of diapers.

I have found that I am awesome at staying on top of the wash while it’s washing and drying. However, I seem to get “distracted” or preoccupied when it comes to folding. Folding all the wash is the most annoying part! Then I was folding it all and my hubby and I were struggling to put it away… Then we, hubby and I,started living out of baskets… (For some reason I never struggle putting my kids clothes away… Actually their bedroom and clothes are the most organized!)

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I quickly got annoyed with that and decided I needed to clean out my closet and dresser! It actually turned out to be a good thing. I purged a lot of items and was able to donate a bunch! Now, I had no excuse not to put my clothes away!

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Well, I fell back into my laundry slump and just yesterday, reached my breaking point and had to put all laundry away!

2015/01/img_2356.jpg that’s an actual shot of 3 days worth of clothes on our guest room bed. You can see we make a lot!

Sometimes I wish I was smart enough to invent a home laundry folding machine or biodegradable clothing.

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Happy Laundrying! I have to get back to diaper laundry!

Till next time!

Images, except for my laundry, all found on Internet through a Google search