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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lexi's 6th Birthday Party / Paint Party

We celebrated Lexi's 6th Birthday this past weekend!
Her birthday landed on a Sunday this year so we held her party the Saturday before!
We went with a painting theme and the kids loved it!
We threw a 10:30-12 party and I ended up loving that time frame.. I planned two little crafts and it filled up the time perfectly! I did most of the party setup the night before and then just left the food for the morning of!
Then we had the rest of the day to play and we ended up going swimming and hit up Medieval Times for dinner and both girls LOVED that along with my parents who were able to come in town for the weekend!

Happy Birthday Lexi Lu Lu!!
We sure love you to pieces!

We did two painting crafts:
The 1st one was painting their own puzzle pieces!
It was close to 100 degrees out so after they were done we set those out in the sun and almost all of them were dry before their parents came to pick up!
The second activity we did was painting canvas with squirt guns!
I gave the kids an option to have some quote or saying written on their canvas and named quite a few different things they could use like their name or other cute sayings..
one was beautiful girl and most girls ended up using that one!
We wrote the saying on the canvas with a glue gun and hot glue!
I had picked three paint colors that complimented each other and the theme of the party..
so we went with: Blue, Purple, & Pink
Then found squirt guns that matched each color and filled those with paint and a tid bit of water.
Then the girls squirted their canvas and made their own little artwork!

Lovely Shops & Party Details:
Paper Tassel Garland: Carousel Lane
Mint & Pink Fringe Garland: Ellenor Shop -use code PILLOWTHOUGHT10 for 10% off
Honeycomb Pink Garland: Target/ Party Section
Tiny Peach Tassels: Michaels Craft Store
Confetti Balloons: OhShinyPaperCo
White Table Cloth: Amazon

Cupcake Topper Art Pallette & Paint Brush: Sugar And Stripes Co.
Silver Glitter Cupcake Wrapper: The Fulfilled Shop
Pink Ombre Candles on Cake: Amazon
Plates & Napkins: Homegoods

Aqua Blue Bag: Target Dollar Section
Paint Brushes: Hobby Lobby
Pink Stuffing: Hobby Lobby
Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint: Target Dollar Section
Labels: I designed them

White Plastic Paint Palettes: Hobby Lobby also on Amazon
Paint Brushes: Hobby Lobby also on Amazon
(it comes in an assortment of colors I just pulled the pink and purple)
Pink & Purple Felt: Hobby Lobby
Blank Puzzle Pieces: Michael's Craft Store also on Amazon
(it was in the summer craft section- not sure if they were seasonal)
Paint: Hobby Lobby
White Table Cloth: Amazon
8x8 Thin Canvas: Michael's Craft Store or Hobby Lobby
Squirt Guns: Dollar Store & Kroger
Drop Cloth Canvas: I already had
( We used a hot glue gun to write a saying before they squirted it with paint
and the girls chose what they wanted it to say.. most girls picked beautiful girl :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

GOOD THiNS, one of my favorite go-to snacks!

 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own.

I just wanted to share with all of you something I recently discovered at my grocery store!
It's called

They are a wholesome alternative to chips and I am obsessed with them!!

Ever since me and Tyson started eating wholesome products, I always run everything by my "Fooducate" app to make sure I'm eating or snacking on either A or B ranked products and this one passes the test!

What I love most about them is that they have NO: 

artificial flavors, colors, cholesterol, partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.
GOOD THiNS are made with real ingredients (like wheat, potato and rice) and combined with enticing flavors
(like spinach, garlic and sweet potato) baked thin and crispy.

Kids are honest in a way that adults rarely are.
They’re also difficult to please, which is why they make great go-to food critics.

Finally we have a go-to snack and they taste delicious all by themselves!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

May Netflix Picks

My Picks:

Since I last posted about our Netflix picks.. 
I have started running on our treadmill upstairs.. which lucky for me is located near a tv that hasn't been setup yet.. but I bought a firestick from Target and I have been able to watch our Netflix on the tv!!
I have been trying to run 1 mile, walk 1 mile a day.. 6 days a week..
BUT, as of late this goal isn't always happening like it was the first 3 weeks were but I blame that on allergy season and getting food poisoning.. ohh the things that will set you off track!
Anyways.. I'm atleast still doing it 4 days week.. so still not too bad!

This means I get in at least one Netflix episode a workout!
I just finished Young Hungry Season 3 last night.... super annoyed that the season is over because that tends to be my favorite to watch! If you know of any another romantic comedy type shows please let me know!!

I also started: 
Gilmore Girls.. but didn't quite make it through the 1st episode.. little to slow for me while working out.
Last Man Standing... good show but I only got to episode 5 because that one was a little more slow for me too...
I feel like there are sitcoms for lounging and sitcoms to watch while working out and that's what I'm struggling to find now that I ran out of Young & Hungry.

Also I had watched Melissa & Joey a couple times so I may go back to that one and see if the rest is any good!

Lexi's Picks:
Cupcake Wars 
Hotel Transylvania 2
Odd Squad

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!!

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