Challenge Day 1 Recap

As I told you all yesterday I have given myself a challenge to skip the carbs and the sweets this week. The inspiration for this came from realizing I was just shoveling in way too much bread and sweet stuff. A friend of mine, Chrissy from Eco Chic Baby and Home, had done a sugar fast a while back with great results. Obtaining from sugar really helped curb her cravings so I’m hoping I have the same results!

So here is a recap of how yesterday went:

Hubby and I stayed home in the AM to take T$ to his first day of the 4 year old preschool class! (Yes, there were some tears, no they were not from him) Since Hubby was home he of course wanted to make breakfast. An Egg Sandwich for him (one of my faves) but I was a good girl and just had an egg, a greek yogurt and one slice of bacon. Then there was lunch, which I warned you all was going to be super hard for me. I ended up getting a mixed green salad from a bakery down the street from my office. I asked for no gorgonzola and when I got back to my office I opened the box to see there was gorgonzola. I took this as a sign from God that he felt I had earned a little bit of cheese since I refused the bread for breakfast. I told you, these are my rules 🙂 After a torturous drive home (uggg traffic!!!!!!) Hubby fired up the grill and we made some great jalapeño turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce. We were both starving at this point so I cut up some cucumbers and some of those mini sweet peppers and we snacked on those with a bit of humus.  I thought I was going to really miss the buns but it turned out I didn’t miss them at all. I also made some jalapeño poppers with cream cheese and bacon. Cream cheese technically should not be a part of what I’m eating but I COULD NOT resist these poppers.  As the night winded down Hubby and I sat down to finish watching 42 (Seriously one of the best movies I have ever seen. Do yourself a favor and go watch it ASAP) and he busted out a bag of carmel corn! As hard as it was to not snack on that yummy goodness I resisted the urge and made it through the movie snack free!

Now you might read this and think day one didn’t go so well. I mean I did have cheese twice. I however, think day one went really well. I made way better choices than I normally do and that is what this is all about. This is a lifestyle change not a 7 days and I’m done thing. Today I’m going to really focus on getting more water in, and trying harder to cut the cheese out. I have my snacks all prepared so that should be an easy part of the day for me.

What is the one food you struggle most with steering clear of? Help me out and tell me how you do it!

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One Week Challenge

I may have a bit of an addictive personality. When I find something I like, I love it! I obsess on it and I’m not great about moderation. One of the vices that I have struggled with my entire life is food. I LOVE to eat. I love the experience. I love the different tastes. And I love the emotion associated with a good meal.

I grew up traveling a lot and a huge part of experiencing a new culture for me is experiencing the cuisine. This of course wouldn’t be a problem if I just loved the stuff that was good for me but alas I’m not that lucky. I am not a girl that is stoked to have a salad for dinner. Now put a plate of bread and cheese in front of me followed by some yummy dark chocolate dessert and I’m thrilled.

Now I’m not one to jump on any diet bandwagon. I really believe that you shouldn’t cut out an entire food group and that your better off just eating an overall healthy diet with the right portions from every food group. Since I had Buggy (a very short 16 months ago) I have done a good job of losing the baby weight. I’m at a weight that is actually less than before I was pregnant with T$. But my body has changed a ton and I just don’t feel like I’m at a great weight. I feel like if I lost an additional 10-15 lbs I would be much happier. In order to jump start this weight loss I’m going to go one week without my biggest enemies carbs and sweets. I’m doing this for me so I’m not going to set up any rules or anything like that but I am going to share my meal plan for the week with you and blog about how I’m feeling.

We eat pretty clean for dinners so I know my biggest challenges are going to be breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is almost always some sort of carb so I’m hoping if I can cut carbs out of this meal I’ll sort of lose the craving for them.

I’m limiting my snacks to veggies with hummus and fruit. This week I’m really trying to keep it simple and most importantly keep it to REAL food.

Monday:

Breakfast: Greek Yogurt and Strawberries

Lunch: this day will be hard because I go into the office on Monday’s and always eat out. I’ll share with you what I chose.

Dinner: Turkey Burgers wrapped in Lettuce instead of buns

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Berry Green Protein Smoothie

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Avacado Dressing, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and green onions

Dinner: Steak & Green Beans

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Pink Breakfast Smoothie (subbing avocado for banana)

Lunch: Watermelon Salad with a bit of Feta, Mint and Balsamic Vinegar

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Sausage Tomato Sauce

Thursday:

Breakfast: Pink Breakfast Smoothie (subbing avocado for banana)

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Avacado Dressing, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and green onions

Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken and Salad

Friday:

Breakfast: Pink Breakfast Smoothie (subbing avocado for banana)

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Avacado Dressing, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and green onions

Dinner: Left Overs

What are some of your favorite healthy meals? How do you curb cravings?

Erin Condren Product Review

Today I am super stoked to share with you my absolute favorite organizing products. Back in 2011 I came across a blog {I wish I could remember which one}  that did a review on the Erin Condren Life Planner. I have always loved a paper planner. I just like to have something tangible in front of me. I’m weird like that I know. But I’m not alone because Erin Condren has a cult following! People cannot wait for the moment they can order their new yearly planner. In fact I just ordered mine and cannot wait to get it! This is the only way for me to keep everything I have going organized. What I love most about this planner over everything else I have ever tried is the morning, afternoon and night sections. It could not be more perfect for my life. Morning is where most of my reminders for work go. Afternoon is where my house chores normally go. And Evening is where my blog notes go. The 2013-2014 Life Planner even has a section for me to put our meal plan! HUGE addition in my opinion. If you want a full on tour of the Life Planner visit here.

I also have an Erin Condren Notebook. This thing I TRULY LOVE! I make a to do list for work every week. I have since the day I started and I have always been very particular about the notebook I keep. It needs to have the right sized lines, it needs to be the right thickness in paper, it needs to be crazy sturdy to stand up to little fingers, warehouses, and wine spills. This notebook is ALL of that and then some. I adore the pouch in the back to throw my receipts in when I’m traveling and the size is perfect to fit into my bag.

The Functional Family Planner is a new product that Erin Condren introduced just a few months ago. When I first received the email I just filed it away thinking, “I already have a planner, I don’t need this, too.” Then my office got a bit of an overhaul and the DIY dry-erase calendar I had was replaced by my Martha Stewart Wall Unit. I lived without a “family calendar” up for a while. Then it dawned on me… as the boys grow older and we start doing more and more activities I wanted a place where everyone could see what was going on. And of course it had to be stylish. Ding ding ding, Functional Family Planner please!

Lucky for me this also was right around my birthday so my awesome mom purchased it for me! EVEN BETTER! This is the product I never knew how bad I needed until I had it. It is just the perfect spot to put all the craziness that is going on in our life down onto paper. You can either purchase the chore chart or the schedule pad. I opted for the schedule pad. And to make it last even longer I split the page in half and fit two weeks onto one page. I love that I don’t have to remind my hubby what is going on in a week. It is just all right there in front of him every time he walks in the house. I foresee this being a huge help as each year passes with the boys. I also really love the dry erase portion that has a spot to fill out all the important numbers, etc. for whenever we are out.

So enough talking about all these great products! Check out the pics below:

I have to also mention that I did purchase their pens last year and hated them. This year I purchased the new marker type pens with my Functional Family Planner. I LOVE them! They are the perfect addition!

What do you do to keep your busy schedule organized? Is it important for your significant others and children to know what is on the calendar?

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Five Glorious Years

205112_1026645998795_9234_n Normally I like to keep the blog focused on tips and helpful info for you and your family. Today is a total exception to that. Today I am writing something very personal.

The reason today is special is this is our 5 year wedding anniversary. I feel so incredibly blessed to have found my soulmate (I know, total cheese ball thing to say).

I wanted to take some time out today to thank my husband for always being there for me, for providing for our family and for being an incredible, loving father.

Our love story has been so incredible and I am so happy that I have someone to share the ups and downs of life with. Together we can face anything, this I am sure of.

Anyone who meets Nick immediately falls in love with him. He is a sweet man who cares so much for others. I love so many many things about him. What I really love the most though is his amazing sense of humor. He is the only person I know who can match my sarcasm and handle whatever I throw at him.

I cannot wait to spend another 5 years and beyond together!
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Portable Egg Muffins

Today I’m lucky enough to share a recipie from my friend Audry over at A Nutrtional Makeover. I’ve asked her to come up with a quick, easy, and healthy snack for all of us that are on the go! I can’t count how many times we are out and about and I’m just as ravenous as the boys. I can’t wait to whip up a batch of these to pack in our lunchbox and take on our outings!
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Portable Egg Muffinsegg muffins

Makes 12

These “muffins” are a great portable food or eaten at home. Kids love them, they are easy to eat and not very messy.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons grass-fed butter or coconut oil, plus extra for muffin pan

1 small onion, minced

2 medium potatoes (any color), skins washed and diced small

2 Cups kale or spinach, chopped fine

1 tsp. unrefined salt, divided into 2 (1/2 for the potatoes and half for the eggs)

Dash of pepper, freshly cracked or powdered

8 eggs, free-range/pastured or organic eggs

3 Tbs. cultured organic sour cream

½ Cup organic cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin pan with butter or coconut oil, set aside.

  2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

  3. Add onion and sauté until light golden brown.

  4. Add the potatoes, ½ tsp salt, and mix. Cover the pan with a lid can turn the heat down to medium low. Stir every few minutes to prevent sticking.

  5. After about 5 minutes, add the kale or spinach, mix and cover another 5 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and cooked fully.

  6. In the meantime, in a large mixing bowl crack the eggs and whisk well.

  7. Add ½ tsp. salt, pepper, sour cream and grated cheese, whisk to combine. Set aside.

  8. <p dir="ltr"When the onion, potato and kale mix is done spoon into the muffin pan 1/4 full each muffin hole.

  9. Then pour the egg mixture over the vegetable mixture into the muffin pan so that the muffin holes are now 3/4 full (not more or the mixture will overflow when baking.

  10. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until puffed and slightly golden brown on top.

  11. Let cool in muffin pan for about 2-3 minutes before removing from pan to a cooling rack.

Eat these hot or at room temperature when on the go. Don’t leave in the sun or in a hot car. Store in a small cooler if hot outside and leave out about 10 minutes before eating (unless you like them cold).

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, keeps well for about 3 days.

Note: An alternative to a muffin pan, you can butter a small cake pan, let cool and cut into squares.

Simple Version: If you want to make this a simple recipe, maybe you don’t have time, or not used to cooking, you can leave out all the veggies and just use eggs, salt, sour cream and cheese.

Variety: You can make your favorite frittata recipe into these egg muffins or just play around with flavors, they are endless.

About Audry Godwyn:

Audry is a wife and mother to 5 children. She has a passion to help women by educating them on healthy eating and natural health. She is a writer and author of several books in the works, along with a few published on Kindle. She also blogs over at A Nutritional Makeover and writes about healthy living and all things related.

Snack Prep 101

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With Back to school fast approaching (yes, its already that time of year) I feel like every parent is trying to get organized and geared up. For me back to school has always been like a second New Year. It’s a chance to get reorganized, get back on schedule, and try to stay on task. My boys aren’t quite old enough to go to school full time but T$ does go to preschool three days a week this year! WOW, has the time flown. I’m trying very hard to instill good habits in him regarding school. Things like eating a good breakfast, having all of our school supplies ready the night before, learning to put his school papers in their place, etc.

Not only do I need to teach him good habits but I need to get myself into good habits for his school year. When T$ goes to school guess who takes him? ME! Guess who picks him up? ME! Guess who’s busiest time of year at work also coincides with back to school? MINE! Every single minute around here is precious. So to optimize every single minute I try and do as much as I can the night before to get ready for the next day.

As I mentioned earlier, Hubby is amazing at getting T$’s lunch ready ever day. But he doesn’t do snacks for the boys or myself (hey, the poor guy only has so much time). When someone around here is ready for a snack it is an emergency. You think I’m kidding? This is no laughing matter people! I’m including myself in this by the way. We get hungry and cranky! This of course leads to convenience  snacks which aren’t all bad but I am trying to do better. To remedy this problem I’m working on getting in the habit now of having healthy snacks all prepared for us the night before. That way when the hunger pains begin we are ready for them.

So on to today’s snacks …First up Apples and Graham Crackers:

This is a staple because it is one fruit I know T$ will eat no matter what. Also, it is so easy to get ready. I have this handy dandy apple slicer from Williams Sonoma that makes getting this snack ready a breeze!

For our afternoon snack we will be having Strawberries and Cheese.

T$ is a crazy picky eater. He loves strawberries as long as I only cut the top off of them. I cannot slice them or dice them or do any other form of prep of them. Buggy can’t really shove a whole strawberry in his mouth yet so I have to do two separate preparations. C’est la vie!

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Whole strawberries for T$ in the blue Bynto, sliced strawberries in the green Snack Box for Buggy

I always prep our snacks in one of three containers:

1. A Mason Jar — I have TON and they are so easy to clean. They work great for bigger snacks like celery sticks or slices of watermelon.

2. Goodbyn Bynto Box — This is what we use when T$ takes a lunch to school. We own two and they are especially great for when we will be out all day and I need multiple snacks for both boys. They fit perfect in my diaper bag, are dishwasher safe, BPA Free and basically one of my absolute favorite kid products we own.

3. Goodbyn Snack Pack — Again we love these because they fit in the diaper bag, are easy to clean and are safe!

If your looking for a place to purchase the Goodbyn products I cannot recommend Eco Chic Baby & Home enough! I promise you will not be sad you ordered from them!

Do you do any special snack prep for your little ones? Have any great snacks to share with us? I would love some new ideas! Come to think of it I bet my boys would too!

 

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Featured Post: Quiet Time Activities for your Preschooler

Graphic for Quiet Time ActivitiesThere are so many rescources out there for the WAHM now; websites, blogs, groups, retreats where you can go and work while someone watches your kids! One of the sites I’m loving these days is It’s a WAHM Thing. I’m so proud to announce that I was featured on It’s a WAHM Thing this week with an article all about some quiet things T$ loves to do!

I hope you all enjoy the article and I can’t wait to hear what you thought of the activities!

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