Friday, April 27, 2012

Intentional Eating

I am in my early 30s and though I've never had a weight problem, I am finding that now I am gaining weight in areas I don't like (tummy).  I think other than age the reason for it, is that I've been eating without intention.  What's eating without intention, you ask? 

Well, I stopped meal planning, which helped me to eat at home and more "real" (less processed) foods and I started eating out more and more.  I am now trying to turn the tide not only on my weight gain, but also on the new "addiction" my children have to processed foods. Because I "don't have time" my children have been eating mass produced muffins and fast food breakfasts for most of this year.  Not a good habit to get them started on, at all.  I know there will be resistance to the new way I am trying to have us all eat, but it's worth it for all of our health.

A friend of mine introduced me to this site called Skinny Taste that has recipes for awesome food, using real foods and lots of veggies.  It's just what I needed to help me with my new intentional eating plan.  Last night I made three of her recipes and they were wonderful.  I made Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad, Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos, & Fiesta Lime Rice.  And the day before that I made an awesome fruit & veggie salad for lunch.

K.Nicole's Berry Tasty Salad

  • Spring salad mix 2c
  • Baby spinach 1c
  • Baby carrots 1/2c
  • Blueberries 1/2 c
  • Rasberries 1/2 c
  • Blackberries 1/2 c
  • Roasted Chicken 3oz. (palmful = 3oz.; I used a pre-prepared Rotisserie Chicken)

Lay down your salad mix and spinach, snap your baby carrots in two to make them easier to spear w/ your fork, add to the salad.  Throw in a handful of each type of berry.  Shred your chicken  and place on top. Top w/ your favorite vinaigrette dressing (don't forget to add those calories).

  • 120 Chicken
  • 40 Blueberries
  • 35 Blackberries
  • 37 Rasberries
  • 17.5 Baby Carrots
  • 15 Spring Salad mix
  • 12 Baby Spinach
TOTAL = 276.5 Calories

* Calorie Counts from Live Strong

Have you been eating with intention lately or eating on the fly?  Share your favorite recipe!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Motherhood Monday: Kids & Money

This is right on the money, although it's almost the end of April. Just this morning I told my five year old that I was going to start giving him an allowance of a dollar a week.

Here are his chores:
  1. Making His Bed
  2. Picking Up His Toys
  3. Cleaning off the Table (both the plates and he'll wipe the table off).
  4. Being a better listener.
I'll also be buying him this Piggybank so that he uses his allowance responsibly.

SOURCE: Money Savvy Generation

Do(es) Your Child(ren) Get an Allowance?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How I DIY'd a Maxi Dress in a Morning!

Thanks to Mimi G and Pinterest I've been working myself up to believing that I could make a wearable piece of clothing. 

Mimi G is a wonderful blogger who is an excellent seamstress and makes tons of her own gorgeous clothing.  She has also started posting tutorials on how to make simple pieces for the novice sewer.  Through reading her blog, seeing her wonderful wardrobe, and watching her informative videos I started to feel empowered about creating my own pieces.  One of my favorite pieces of hers was this Maxi Dress and I thought hey, I can make that.  Being cheap, ahem frugal I decided to forgo the pattern and use an item of clothing I already owned as the foundation for creating this dress.  Well that was a bust because I cut the skirt portion to slim, I knew it without even sewing it, so instead I decided to just use the upper portion and make myself a tank top.  (SEE BELOW)

However, I knew I wanted to make maxi dress so I used a t-shirt that fit me well (The Target Mossimo one I posted about before) as my template and made sure to flare the skirt portion appropriately.  Sorry I don't have any pics of the process, but I was so focused on making it before it was time for breakfast.  So, I ended up creating a maxi dress on Saturday morning before breakfast while my husband cooked! TA DA!

To say that I was extremely proud is an understatement, but my pride blosomed even more when I went out and got TONS of compliments and inquiries about my dress.  I was so proud to tell those that asked about it, "I MADE IT!"  And you can, too! 

Here are my sewing resources for the novice sewer:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Toddler Tuesdays, Making Up for Missing Motherhood Mondays

The "Big Boy" & The "Baby"
This past weekend was "The Hubs" Birthday Weekend (35!) so we took Friday off to spend it together and then on Saturday my In-Laws took the boys and the spent the night!

We had a great time, just the two of us together, but as usual I started to miss my little muffins.  Sunday we picked them up and then proceeded to the neighborhood park and then went to the Custard Stand for custard!  All in all it was a great weekend!

Daddy & The "Big Boy"

This morning was also great because "the baby" slept in his own bed all night!  Usually around 2'ish he screams for one of us to come and get him, but last night he was champ.  When he sleeps in his own bed he gets DOUBLE HIGH-FIVES!  My eldest gave him a double high-five and so did I & we told him daddy would when he got home.  Which led to another awesome moment, the "big boy", says, "Mom, that will be 6 high-fives because 2 + 2 = 4 and 4 + 2 = 6!  This then led to me showing him how he could do that problem using multiplication and showing him how multiplying was just a short cut for adding a lot of things!


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Naturalista Fashionistas

I follow a lot of fashion/style blogs, but today I wanted to shout out the fashionistas who sport natural (non-chemically straightened) hair!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One Bite at a Time: Establishing a Morning Routine/Nighttime Routine Recap

So it's been two and a half weeks since I did my first "bite" from One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider. I attempted to establish a nighttime routine and let me say that it was not a complete success nor a complete failure.  The biggest foil to my nighttime routine was actually my children, little bundles of joy that they are, their nighttime routine is the one I should have (re)established before I tried to re-establish my own. 

The positives were that during this time of a revamped routine I did get more me time, which is great!  This is thanks mainly to my husband who has taken over the baby call duty, so after they're in bed and the baby invaribly calls for one of us, he has been the one going to stay up with him.  This has left me with time to read, watch some tv, or surf the net!

Well, now I'm ready to start another bite (I know at this rate I won't be done in a year!) and it is to establish a morning routine.  Here is my current routine:

  • 5:30 am - Alarm Goes Off; I hit Snooze
  • Continuosly hit snooze until 6:00 am!
  • 6:10 am - Get out of bed/Bathroom
  • 6:20 am - Wake up my eldest/Help him get ready
  • 6:30 am - Get dressed
  • 6:40 am - Wake up the baby/Get him ready
  • 7:00 am - Try and leave the house
  • 7:05 am - Forget to do something/do it
  • 7:15 am - Leave the house
  • 7:25 am - Arrive at Pre-School
  • 7:30 am - Leave Pre-School
  • 7:40 am - Arrive at work

I know, I know, it's a mess.  Here are my objectives for the new morning routine; leave the house at 7 am, eat some breakfast or pick up some before work.  Simple, easy (seemingly) objectives!  I'll let you know how it goes next week!

What's Your Current Morning Routine?

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler
Broken down into manageable chunks, One Bite at a Time provides you with steps, tips, links, and motivation to slow down and simplify. Here’s the thing: I bet most of you know what to do to simplify. You’ve heard most of the little tips and tricks to slow down life and make tasks less frustrating. It’s just overwhelming to know how to start. With this book, I’m giving you permission to focus on just one thing at a time, until you’ve got that task down—and then you can move on to the next one. 52 tasks. Practical. Do-able. Given to you in a one-at-a-time, take-a-breath format, for you to tackle at your own comfortable pace. You know what you should do, you just need a handbook.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My Style: Funked Up Classic

When it comes to my personal style I am a "Funked Up Classics" type of girl.  I like things that are classic, but with an edge to them or a sense of individuality so that you can't just go into a store and see a mannequin wearing what I'm wearing.  Here are some "Funked Up Classic" looks I love!

This is a great way to wear a traditional button down shirt, mixing in an African Wax Print skirt.

The belt & the slit in this skirt elevate this from an ordinary blouse & skirt combo.

This is a white t-shirt at it's flirtiest, a flouncy mini, long blazer, and statement bag raise the bar on a "plain white t".

Cardi, blouse, skirt, and pearls...sounds run of the mill, but not when you add ruffles and you choose faceted beads for your pearls!

Jeans & a T-shirt go to another level when you add dalmation spotted stilleto boots!  The black aviators and the weekend bag also add oomph to the casual ensemble.

What's Your Personal Style?

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: Can Pinterest Make You A Better Mom?

I've spoken about "unplugging" because I spend A LOT of time on the internet, but the internet is not all bad.  I follow a Pinterest Board, called The Parent Water Cooler that has LOADS of ideas for parents and children.  With Easter coming up (how'd that happen so fast!) I'll definitely be using Pinterest to find some frun Easter Activities for the boys. 

Here's An Awesome Activity for Telling the Resurrection Story to Children:

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