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Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Netflix Picks!

Lexi's Favorites:
The Hive
Cupcake Wars
Grace Stirs Up Success 
Cat in the Hat
Daniel Tigers Neighborhood
Odd Squad
and we can't forget about.. Home
My Favorites:
We finished Fuller House last night!!
By mid season I was completely hooked! 
LOVE that they have a second season coming for us! 
speaking of second seasons.....
UNBREAKABLE Season 2 will be on Netflix April 15th!!
Also, If you haven't started watching Fixer Upper.. season 2 is on there now!!
Meet the Mormons is a good one too ;)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

BACK STORY before you read all of this.

My husband and I decided to start eating healthy and working out February 2nd..
We didn't decide to do the challenge until March 5th
Without him doing this a long side me..
this whole process WOULD NOT have been possible!!
Sadly, I am just not that strong willed!

We are two of the most unhealthy eaters
and neither of us have ever really worked out in our marriage.
We have been eating out 4x give or take a week (maybe more)
We DON'T drink alcohol - -so that is in our favor..
but we sure love our treats and sodas (mt. dew for him and dr. pepper for me)! :)

I'm writing this the night of the 24th day!!
Honestly, I have mixed feelings...
Yay!! We survived 24 days of eating healthy!!!
BUT, I'm kinda nervous about staying on track! 
I don't want to fall back into the trap of over indulging or eating more snacks/treats than I should!
I think what I have decided is that I need those "cheat days" in my life so I can stay on track the majority of the time!! For now me and Tyson are setting one day on the weekend to be our "cheat day". Neither of us are where we want to be - but we are going to stay on track until we get there.

(what prepping for vacation looked like)

I was really good about working out in the beginning.
I did 4 days a week for 3 weeks straight-- (my Pilates Barre class)..
then spring break happened..
I worked out twice in the hotel gym during those 7 days
and then I was able to go to one more Pilates Class
when we got back from our trip before my unlimited month of Pilates class ended
and then back to school and prepping for Easter & trying to find a babysitter to get it done..
you get the picture.. exercising kinda went down hill the last couple of weeks.

BUT, I am proud to say that Day 24 (today) --
I decided to get back on track with running on the treadmill
and doing ab workouts from home..
I'm going to start taking advantage of  Zoey naps for this
and make that a priority. Totally doable--
now I just have to make sure I keep up on the motivation and hold myself accountable!
not my strong suit.

So what were my intentions, what were my goals for this whole 24 day challenge?

My number 1 goal I would say is to get rid of my belly fat.
Okkkkkkkkkkkkk yes I said it.. belly fat.
I don't know how many times people have said.. what fat?!
Seriously people -- I promise you, I DO in fact have belly fat.
I'm not going to show you a picture to prove it - sorry about it

SO here is my thing that I want to stress...
my fat MAY NOT look like your fat.
BUT we all have it and our "fat" may also hide in different places..
Mine just happens to make me look like a little ethiopian or a 16-24 week prego!
yep, that pretty much sums up my body type!

The struggle is real people.. and I don't love it so I would like to do what I can to minimize it
-- so that was my goal & that was my drive for doing this challenge.
We had/have beach trips involved and that has been my motivation!
After all, you gotta have a problem to have the drive to fix/change something!
P.S. this maybe a little tmi but when I stopped breast feeding..
those babies obviously slimmed WAY down..
so it leaves that little buddha belly of mine feeling large and in charge!

OK so back to the challenge --
It wasn't too bad -- we are probably not the most strict people doing this challenge
we were not obsessively monitoring our portions or our calories
(although we paid attention to calories and portions)
I probably had more snacks than I was suppose to & I ate snacks that had sugar too close to bed time. BUT ya know what... that is the most healthy Tyson or I have probably ever ate in our lives..
so I'm pretty dang proud we were able to make it 24 days not eating what we were used to!

I tried to document pretty closely what I ate..
sometimes I would forget but I will attach those at the end in case someone out there is interested!
Keep in mind I may not be the best example to follow.
I was told to ditch the bars multiple times.. (Lara Bar & Kind Bar-- still healthy choices)
(because the sugar & carbs may be what is causing my bloating)
BUT those were my "deserts" I craved so much..  so I ate them!
I tried to just do those every couple of days towards the end.. if that.
I learned a lot about nutrition (knew nothing before this)
and still have soooo much to learn.
Who knew sodium caused bloating.. -- totally learned that from this!

Ok and ya know how people say they feel soo good and soo much energy
from working out and eating healthy?!

Well I have a 1 year old and a 5 year old..
they wear me out!! (You moms with more than 2 kids... I give you a trophy!)
2 weeks in and I'm expecting to feel all good and see all these changes..
but, NO.
I'd say I was pretty cranky..
cranky I was making all these healthy changes
and seeing NO RESULTS what-so-ever..
I didn't feel like I had any more energy
Let me tell you, I sacrificed a whole-lot-ta treats on vacation- it was torture!!
my splurge on vacation was getting chicken caesar salads..
(quite frankly I did not care that caesar dressing wasn't the best for you)
-- better than french fries and that ciabatta sandwich right?

BUT THANKFULLY while on vacations,
two days after the cleanse part was over and we were onto the max phase..
I started to notice some changes.. I was starting to feel less bloated and it got my hopes back up and I had a loving pep-talk text from one of my best friends that helped me stick it out and stay on track!
I was so close to cheating or calling it quits.

When we got home I got on the scale and there was change!
I know weight was not my goal of this whole thing..
but it was like that little proof I needed that my body
was reacting to all this change.. in a positive way!

One other thing to note--
I did the MNS C- which helps with Apetite Control
-- I totally did not notice any change what so ever
-- I feel like I have a pretty big appetite.
I always seem to eat just as much as Tyson
and I didn't notice any kind of less cravings or anything.

Tyson did the MNS E-- which is suppose to help you have more energy.
Ty didn't really notice a change in his energy,
he actually thought it supressed his appetite too --
but keep in mind he drinks protein shakes too because he is working out
-- and in my head I feel like that may have been contributing to that?!

DAY 25!!!!
Ok, I'm back finishing up the post and it's now Day 25 (March 29th, 2015)
We both lost weight and an inch or so off our waist --
Tyson probably lost a lot more but we didn't do a real before measurement for him
so we were going off 20 days ago!

Challenge is over.. now what?!
I think we will continue to take the catalyst before some of our meals and possibly omega plex at dinner. I need to talk to our coach/friend and see what she recommends. I will most likely keep drinking the meal replacement shakes for breakfast when I don't have time to fix breakfast.. because they don't taste bad and they are easy!! I am starting the like the peanut butter chocolate shake over the plain chocolate shake.
I'm going to keep drinking plenty of water and stay off of Dr. Pepper until after our beach trip in a couple of weeks and then I think I will introduce that back in on our cheat day. I'm probably not going to be as worried about when I have snacks.. I need my snacks!! Just still making sure they are healthy choices!  We just went to Costco and stocked up -- stocking up on healthy food / snacks is CRUCIAL for eating right!!! But anyways, I have started using this app my mom recommended to me called Fooducate and basically I tried to not buy anything not in the A & B range! If anyone is interested I will have to do another post with the treat/snacks I've been indulging in!

Ok, I'm sure I left out a lot of stuff so if you have any questions..
leave it in the comments and I will do my best to answer!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Water Color Egg Painting

After school we decided to water-color paint our eggs!
Lexi was soo excited when I told her :)
We ditched dying our eggs and decided to paint them this year!
I loved it so much more than the past years of just dropping and waiting for them!

We of course waited for Zoey to go down for her afternoon nap..
I know she would have loved to be in on all of the action..
but I wasn't quite wanting to tackle that mess!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Drop Stop Giveaway as seen on Shark Tank

As most of you know, we love Shark Tank products around here...
and this one is no different!!
DropStop is one more way you can keep
you and your loved ones safe while traveling in your car!

My car is ALWAYS a mad mess..
because let's be honest,
it's impossible to keep a clean car with kids!

prevents keys, phones, change,
jewelry, makeup, bottle caps, pens, gum,
and more from falling down the car seat gap.

More time with your eyes on the road
and free from distractions!

One Pillow Thought reader gets to have one DropStop package!
If you would rather order one now,
just use CODE: PILLOW for free shipping!
Make sure you follow Drop Stop & Pillow Thought over on facebook so you can stay up to date!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Netflix Faves // February Fuller House Reviews

If you haven't heard.. Fuller House is on Netflix as of last weekend!!
Me & Ty started it over the weekend and we just finished Episode 7 last night!

SO here's my recap!
In the 1st episode they had all of the cast members back together minus the Olsen twins.
I wasn't quite sure how the season was suppose to go but.. that so far has been the only episode where they were all together. The main portion of the show has Stephanie, DJ, & Kimmy as the main characters along with their kids.

What I haven't like about the show....
Bob Saget.. first of all he just grosses me out in general.. BUT the first episode he was soooo so awkward to watch!! It's like he doesn't know how to act or he was trying to channel his inner Danny Tanner and it just wasn't quite working!!
THANKFULLY he is not in the other episodes so I've been able to keep watching!

Full House not every single episode was Lexi age appropriate.. but for the most part I have never felt too weird with her watching it.
But, I won't be letting Lexi watch Fuller House.. I feel like it has some stuff I would still like to refrain. (my personal preference) It's honestly not bad and it's probably on the same level of the older kid stuff that's on the Disney Channel right now.. but they are still pushing boundaries on their family friendly rating trying to keep up with the new age of television.

What I have liked about the show...
They have kept the show pretty funny! Last night Kimmy Gibbler had me laughing so hard at one of the scenes and the little boy in the show made me love him in the first episode!

They have tied back Full House references pretty good. There is a lot of symbolic references they kept tying in.

They have called out the Olsen Twins for not being in the show twice so far, in two different episodes. I can't tell if they have hard feelings for them not taking part or if they are playfully giving them a hard time?!

It is definitely a show I'm obviously going to watch until the end because it was a classic.. and it hasn't been horrible enough to shut off! It's

The new rendition to their theme song.. love the new take on the same song!

Have you started watching Fuller House??  If so let me know what you think in the comments!!Do you like it, love it, hate it!?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Laundry Room Reveal

One of my favorite rooms in the house, our laundry room!
I'm sure I will tweak the decor a bit in the future but for the most part it's finally finished,
and I absolutely love this room!

Bounce Sheets on Display = amazing fresh room scent

AND just to revisit what it looked like

 The original cabinets in there made no sense what so ever,
so we just tore that out and started over!

We had Tyson's cousin install our shiplap -- they are truly talented!!
They did our fireplace & they framed out our window.. which I think makes SUCH a difference! I wish we could do it to all of our windows in our house.. but that's a lot of windows!!
(it's the perfect room to add shiplap to if you aren't ready to make the plunge elsewhere in the house)
then we had a tile guy come rip out our existing tile and swapped it out with something cleaner!
(tile photo taken pre-grout)

After it was all said and done I absolutely love how it all turned out!!

Laundry Basket: World Market
Various Metal Cans -- no stores unfortunately all have been found at vintage markets
Wood Crate on Floor: World Market
Black Clock: Hobby Lobby
Coat Rack: Nebraska Furniture Mart
Green Jackets: Joyfolie Mom & Mini
Bench shelf: Ikea Hack
Bench Shoe Basket: Home Goods
Custom Bench Cushion: Home of Wool on etsy-- love her shop!
Gray Pillow: West Elm
White Shelves: Board from Home Depot & Ikea Shelf Brackets
Small Metal Planter: Hobby Lobby
Green Plant: Ikea
Flowers & Greenery in Metal Basket: Tuesday Morning & Michaels
Metal Pitcher with Succulents: Michaels
Liquid Laundry Detergent: Living Fresh Collection
Wood Metal Organizer: World Market
Glass Laundry Detergent Holder: World Market
Laundry Detergent Metal Scoops: Bed Bath & Beyond

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