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Weigh In Wednesday #17 of 2017

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So one of my 2017 goals is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. This is a necessity for me, as in the last few months I have gained 15 pounds. That is not good. I want to be healthier and feel better about myself. 

In order to keep me accountable,I am hoping to come back each Wednesday to share my weigh in and my successes and failures from the previous week. So let's hop to it and see how I did this past week, shall we?


SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO???  My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds! My weight last week was: 234.2 pounds. My weight this week is: 233.8 pounds.  So a loss of 0.4 pounds! :-/
Total loss from 1/1/17: 8.2 pounds
First of all, I apologize that this is going up so late. It has been a long day/ long week and it is only Wednesday. I have been extremely busy today and only now have had a chance to type this up. So I am down 0.4 pounds. Not a ton, but I will take it. I am at the point where I am beginning to get frustrated because I seem to be doing reall…

Happy Homemaker Monday (4/24/2017)

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Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. We spent some time on Saturday hiking around a local park in honor of Earth Day. Then we spent some time with my parents before heading back to town for dinner. Unfortunately Rebecca began to feel ill as we were heading to dinner. She had an upset stomach and a low fever all day Sunday as well. Last night Jacob also came down with a temperature. I am keeping them both home from school today so hopefully they will go back tomorrow. I am exhausted as the cats woke me up at 3:30 this morning fighting and meowing. They are still being brats even now. It is going to be a long day! 

For now let's join in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme:

THE WEATHER:::
It is partly sunny today with highs around 73. Supposed to be in the 70s most of this week with Wednesday being in the low 80s. Overall, I can't complain about the weather.  

ON MY READING PILE:::
I picked up Debbie M…

Tuna Avocado Salad (new recipe #8 of 2017)

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One of the things that I would like to get done in 2017 is to try to expand our menu items. I have decided to share the recipes that I try so that maybe I can help a few of you out with some new menu ideas. I know that I get inspiration from other bloggers so maybe I can help.


I was doing really well with this in January and the beginning of February. Then life happened and I haven't really made anything new. I think that was because the temperatures got warmer (on some days) so I was able to make some things that I hadn't made since last Summer (like taco salad!). Now that I am trying to cut out some carbohydrates on some days, I am once again looking for newer low carb recipes to try. Last week, I came across a tuna avocado salad recipe that looked really good, and healthy. Since my dear hubby is also trying to watch his carbs, I decided to make this for us for lunch.

For the life of me, I cannot find the link that I used but here is the recipe I used. If you google Tuna Avoc…

Easter 2017

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Sunday the kids were up bright and early, so excited because the Easter bunny had left them maps to find their baskets. They couldn't wait to head downstairs to find their goodies. (Rebecca had to guess where hers was as her map was missing the bottom part...she was told the cats had gotten ahold of it as they were chasing the bunny!)


The kiddos found their baskets pretty easily.
Benjamin's basket was hidden in the games closet and had a ball toy, a small bubble wand, a Star Wars bubble wand, 2 Star Wars themed hotwheel cars, a jump rope, a small notepad a chocolate bunny, a tube with m&ms, and a couple fun size packs of m&ms, along with an emoji stuffed animal in it.



Jacob's basket  was in the downstairs shower stall and had a ball toy, a small bubble wand, a jump rope, a small notepad, a chocolate bunny, a tube with m&ms, a couple fun size packs of m&ms, an emoji stuffed animal, and 10 packs of sports cards in it.



Rebecca's basket was in the kitchen pots…

Weigh In Wednesday #16 of 2017

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So one of my 2017 goals is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. This is a necessity for me, as in the last few months I have gained 15 pounds. That is not good. I want to be healthier and feel better about myself. 

In order to keep me accountable,I am hoping to come back each Wednesday to share my weigh in and my successes and failures from the previous week. So let's hop to it and see how I did this past week, shall we?


SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO???  My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds! My weight last week was: 234.4 pounds. My weight this week is: 234.2 pounds.  So a loss of 0.2 pounds! :-/
Total loss from 1/1/17: 7.8 pounds
So I feel like this is just a minor victory. I went through so much Easter candy last week it is not even funny. Stupid Reese's eggs! I countered that with lots of walking and hiking, which is the only reason I didn't gain. I truly believe that. Now I am just kicking myself because I probably would have lost a lot if I hadn't eat…

Honey Run Waterfall and Dyeing Easter Eggs

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On Saturday, the weather outside was BEAUTIFUL! The sun was out, it was nice and warm (80 degrees), and my hubby was home for the day after having to work in the morning. So what was a family to do?

Well we headed out to Honey Run Waterfall to look around and hike one of the trails.


The waterfall was flowing pretty well and Jacob (with my assistance) climbed up near the water! His face when he said I did it was pure joy!






After we decided to tackle one of the hiking trails. This one had a stretch of grassy areas with huge ant hills. Then you hit a wooded part where you had some steep inclines then straight paths then more inclines. We hiked for a little over an hour.





After coming home and getting some dinner, my sister came over to dye Easter eggs with the kiddos. I had a couple kits in our Easter tote in the basement so we used those. The tattoo one I had didn't work, so I gave the kids sharpies to decorate the eggs.