Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Advocare 10 Day Cleanse

Hi All!  I'm baaaack!  I know I've been failing at blogging, but I'm hoping to do better.  I have been up to lots of things, just a little preoccupied to write about them.

The holidays (ALL OF THEM) were not so great for my waistline.  I was great about running up until the week of Thanksgiving and then I slacked off the rest of November and all of December.  And I ate everything I wanted and I drank A LOT.  December always means tons of holiday parties for me, including personal and family parties as well as a bunch of work-related functions.  Lots of booze, plus holiday goodies and holiday meals meant I gained back a bunch of weight I had lost last year.  :(  I did it to myself and now I'm fixing that.

Enter the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse.

I'm not much of a cleanse-r or even a person that believes in a bunch of supplements.  This is the first time I've done anything remotely like this. I know that for me, losing weight will only happen with a better diet.  Yes, exercise helps, but honestly, I have eat well to notice any change in the scales.  I thought the Cleanse would be a great way to kick-start my weight loss and help me get back in the groove of making better choices.

I started January 1.  Happy new year to me!  Anyway, January 1 was as good of time as any for me to start.  I don't have any traditional things I eat for the new year.  No cabbage or black eyed peas or any other superstitious foods, so I jumped into the Cleanse headfirst.  Buh bye wine, Christmas cookies, party mix, holiday leftovers and my beloved coffee (aka creamer with some coffee mixed in).

I'm on day 7 now and I'm actually feeling pretty good.  I haven't been tired (anymore than usual, ya know), and I haven't been too hungry.  I tend to eat certain things mostly out of habit, so breaking those habits has been the hardest part.  I love to have something sweet after dinner and have a glass of wine after my kids go to bed.  No sweets and no wine on the cleanse.  I miss coffee.  I miss wine.  But, I have discovered some new recipes that I like and new ways of making old favorites, like taco salads with lettuce, shredded chicken, black beans, corn (frozen, not canned), and some spicy salsa.  It's delicious and sounds really good right this minute. This recipe is an excellent way to prepare salmon without any oil or butter.  It's so good we've had it twice in a week.  I've also discovered some newly found willpower.  My husband has bought Oreos (damn him for doing so while I'm cleansing) and I've stayed away.  My family had popcorn while watching a movie yesterday and I stayed away.

I'm also seeing some good results on the scale, not surprising since I ate nothing but garbage and wine for about 5 weeks straight.  I'm not sure what my plan will be come Saturday, but I'll figure it out and let you know my final weight loss as of Saturday morning.

Happy 2014 and I hope to be back soon!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

4th of July 2013

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I love spending some extended time at the lake -- swimming, boating, spending time with family and eating.  Lots, and lots of eating!

This year was no different.  Our kids spent a full 10 days at the lake with Grandma and Grandpa and Ryan and I had to split our time a bit due to work obligations.  We still got to spend plenty of quality time up there though!

This year's 4th of July celebration kicked off with Ryan, me and Ryan's cousin Alli (a college student) running in a local 5k at Lake Wawasee.  The course was HILLY, not at all what I'm used to in Central Indiana!  We had a good time and out of the three of us, I finished last.  womp. womp.  At least I finished though, right?  We ran the race and made it back before breakfast.

A little tradition of mine is buying my kids 4th of July pjs.  I'm such a sucker for any kind of holiday wear.  Too bad I got such blurry pics of them.  Mama fail.  :)

After breakfast, we showered and got ready and headed to my hometown, about 20 minutes away for the 4th of July parade.  My aunt and uncle still live in my hometown and my Aunt Susan joined us for the parade.

Our little family, decked out in our 4th of July attire, waiting for the parade to start:

I love watching my kids enjoying themselves -- they loved the firetrucks...

and the kids riding in bathtubs, pulled by a four wheeler...

and the jacked up and modified wagons, being pulled by a golf cart.

But once they noticed the candy being tossed in their directions, the interest in the parade quickly dissipated into CANDY!  OMG, CANDY!!

We're still enjoying that candy almost 20 days later!

After the parade, lunch and visiting with my Aunt and Uncle, and a few rides around their gorgeous property on their Gator, we headed back to the lake.

The traditional picture with all of the cousins, all festive for the occasion.

And finally, some quiet time down by the water with my little sailor:

We capped off the evening with a preschool fireworks show -- a bunch of fireworks we bought for $20 at Walmart.  The littles LOVED it!  The lake's fireworks weren't until Saturday night, so we had a few more days to celebrate before ending our holiday.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

2013 Summer Fun List

I figured it was best to jump right back in instead of trying to recap what's been going on in our lives the last six months.  Basically we've been living!  2 busy careers + 2 busy kids = lots to do.  I'm sure many feel the same!

Last summer I made a bucket list for things I wanted to make sure I did with the little people in my life.  This year, a big boy -- he is FOUR years old -- and a sweet 2 year old girl made up their own list of things they wanted to do this summer.

Here's our 2013 Summer Fun List in all its glory:

Many of the items on the list have to do with the lake.  No big surprise there as they both love it.

I also think it's cute to see what Quinn chose -- most of the single item answers -- and what Tyson chose -- much more descriptive.  I also threw one or two items on the list that I think they'd enjoy.

Our List:

-4th of July Parade
-Boat rides
-Pick berries
-Go tubing
-Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball game
-Learn to ride a bike
-Make S'Mores
-Saturday Morning Farmer's Market
-Cousin sleepover
-Look for turtles
-Go to the movies
-Outdoor concerts
-Out for ice cream
-Sprinkler in the Yard
-Go fishing
-Make popsicles
-Visit a waterpark
-Play outside
-Lake weekends

Do you make a summer fun list?  Do you stick to it?  I think it will be fun to see how many of these we can accomplish this year!

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Long Absence

I've been away for so long (February 13 was three months ago!) that it's hard to find a way to come back.  But, I am going to try to be back to blogging on a regular basis!

We've had a lot going on in our family -- I've been making good on one of my personal New Year's Resolutions -- to get healthier.  I've lost a little over 20 lbs since January 5 and I'm now regularly running 3 miles at a time.

We've also been working on some of our 2013 Home Goals, the biggest one being our home office.  My husband has started on the built-in bookshelves and I'll be back soon with some photos.  They're still a ways from being done, but now that the birthday craziness is almost over, we can get back to it!

Over the weekend we hosted a joint birthday party for my little people.  It was a circus theme and honestly, I was enjoying the party too much to take a whole lot of photos and the ones I did take were with my phone, but I'll be back to share more of those as well!  I think it was our best party yet!

Here's to getting back in the swing of things!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Preschool Valentines

This is our first year to do Valentines for school.  Tyson was excited about it and I'll admit, I was pretty excited too.  I remember those sweet days in elementary school.

The kid is obsessed with construction equipment.  He had a construction birthday party last year and he's petitioning for another one this year, so almost a year later he still loves the heavy machinery.  I showed him some possible Valentines and I wasn't surprised when he chose one that included a toy piece of construction equipment.  The kid knows what he likes!

I ended up ordering a personalized printable one from Etsy shop PreppyChick.  It was $5 and arrived in my inbox about 3.5 hours after I ordered it.  My little construction-loving guy was quite happy!

I had them printed, and then I cut them, punched them and attached them to treat bags.  Easy, easy!

Tyson helped me fill the goodie bags with small toy construction vehicles (made by Caterpillar and found at Meijer for a little over $1 each) and a few pieces of candy.

Happy Valentine's Day all!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 Goals: Organized laundry shelves

The laundry room.

A room in a constant state of mess in my house.  Laundry, wet shoes, coats, and frankly, cat food, all grace the floors in my laundry room on a fairly regular basis.

I wish I could have a lovely laundry room like the ones Sarah Richardson does:

Sarah Richardson
But I don't and likely never will, at least while we're in this house.  My laundry room is quite small.  More than a closet, but not quite a room.  It serves its purpose, but it does need some help!

The laundry room sees its fair share of random items that really have no other place to go.  The previous owners didn't do much to our house in the short time they lived here, but they did install a set of white wire shelves that are out of the way -- around the corner -- so they're not visible unless you're standing by the laundry machines.

We had so much stuff crammed on these little shelves that I'm embarrassed to show you.  Actually, I just started ripping things down before I thought "maybe I should take a before picture!".  :)

There wasn't much to look at before and not that much to look at after, but it makes me happy to see the labeled bins.  It also makes me happy that one of my 2013 home goals has started!  Even though it's just one little space, progress is a good thing!

I bought some bins at Target, labeled them with my label maker (to the left) and just some cardstock and ribbon below.

This room could use a paint job and a new light fixture and some more shelving, but for now, at least I can find some things on those clutter catching shelves!  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Favorite Projects of 2012

My blog is still a baby, but I still have some favorite projects and parties that I did get done in 2012.

The Basement.

Our basement renovation was by far the biggest project of 2012.  It took months of planning, building, working, and painting.

From the built-in bookcases,

To the stair remodel,

To just making the space more functional,

We poured our hearts and time into that project for months, but it was more than worth it.  Now we have a family space to live, play and spend time together.

Tyson's 3rd Birthday Party

I loved this party and so did he.  He's still asking to do another "Doug digger" party for his birthday this year.

Quinn's 1st Birthday Party

A sweet bumblebee party for my darling baby girl.

Painted Union Jack Rug 

I had envisioned this rug for a while, but when it actually turned out the way I thought it would, I was thrilled!  It's held up great for the last six or so months.

Tyson's Big Boy Room

It took a while to finish, but I am thrilled with the final result.  He loves it too!

If my 2013 goal list gets done in any way, I'll have lots more projects to share in the coming year!

I'm linking up!

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