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Quickie update

Sorry there has been a lack of posts...things have been crazy.

I am going to try to get back into schedule this weekend, but until then here is a quickie update that my explain my absence....

---I have had some medical issues that have required doctors appointments and will be changing the face of our family (more info later)

---I have been working like crazy. The beginning of the school year has been NUTS and I am barely surviving

---Kids and hubby have been very clingy and there just hasn't been time to be on the computer...

I hope to have more time this weekend to get back into blogging and explain some of the above things.

Until then, I hope everyone has a great week!

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho...

It's off to work I go....

Today I officially start back to work at the extended care program. YAY! I really can't wait to see the kids and to start working with them. I have a feeling that we are going to have a TON of kids signed up for the program which is great! I just hope that we have a great school year! If your kids are heading back to school, I hope you have a great school year as well! :)

Menu Plan Monday: the back to work edition

Well Summer went by WAY TOO FAST!!! Tonight is open house at the school that I work at and tomorrow I go back to work...I can't say that I got everything done on my summer to do list but I did get a lot accomplished this summer so that is great.

When I go to work tomorrow I will be starting my new position--Team Leader--in the extended care program. Yay for more hours! And I found out yesterday that I will be getting a raise as well! DOUBLE YAY!!!!

Well since I will be at work in the afternoons, dinners will have to be made the morning of to be able to reheat, or be something quick and easy that Dear Hubby can for this week this is what I have come up with:

Monday: Lasagna and green beans

Tuesday: Baked chicken, augratin potatoes, fresh green beans (will make in the morning, all hubby has to do is steam the green beans and reheat the chicken and potatoes)

Wednesday: taco bake for us, pizza for the kids (will make taco bake in morning, hubby can throw the pizza in the …

Quote of the day


Five Question Friday

Here's to another edition of Five Question Friday, where you the reader can learn just a little bit more about me, the author of this here blog.

1. Do you close the bathroom door when you are home alone?

---Yes and No. If it is just the kids and I, then no because one of them is going to come in anyways. If Bill is home then yes I do because then he can watch the kiddos.

2. You have to walk around with a word on your forehead. That word describes you. One word. What is it?


3. What store do you refuse to shop at and why?

---I don't really refuse to shop at any stores. There are some I avoid because they are a) too expensive (ie. Saks Fifth Avenue, etc.), b) they only have clothes that are too "young" for me (ie. Forever 21, Aeropostle, etc.) or c) they are just too far away for me to get too.

4. If you participated in arranged marriages for your child(ren), who would you choose for your child(ren)?

---I would choose 2 different friends' kids in Austr…

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Days 13, 14, 15 and 16 and other news

Oops...well I keep forgetting to update this challenge BUT I have been doing it. I still have not had any junk food, fast food, or pop. That doesn't mean that I don't want any. There have been a couple days where I have really wanted chocolate and pop, but I haven't wavered.

Yay Go ME!!!!

In other news, there are some changes coming. I found out something yesterday that is going to potentially change the landscape of my life. I don't want to say what it is yet, because I know that there are people that I know that read this blog that need to hear it from me first. However, when the time is right I will share. I am going to have to reassess A LOT OF how we are living and spending money......Should be interesting....

Motivation Quote of the Day


Menu Plan Monday: The week before I go back to work edition

This week is the last week of my summer vacation before I start back to work. I work in an extended care program at our local Catholic school and I am going to be busy, busy, busy. I am being promoted to "Team Leader" for this year and will be working every day as opposed to working only 2 days a week last year! Yay for more money and for more hours! Now I just have to get organized enough to make sure we have a good dinner every night and we don't fall prey to McDonald's, etc. once I go back to work.

For this week, I will be cooking some things that might take a little prep, as I won't have much time to make those types of meals once school starts back.

So for this week we will be eating:

baked chicken, veggies, rice
taco bake and cheese quesadillas
pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, fruit salad
baked fish, macaroni and cheese, green beans

Am not sure what we are having 2 nights. Feel like I want to try something new. Anyone have any s…

In my mailbox...and my new hobby!

I think that I have figured out what one of my new hobbies is! I LOVE entering giveaways and searching for freebies that would help my family online. I have given myself a limit of 1 hour a day to do these things and I hope that this may help give us some nice surprises in our mailbox and may help supplement our Christmas gift shopping! (fingers crossed)....

Lately I have been loving going to get my mail each day! Not only did I receive my blog giveaway prize pack this past week, but I also received lots of other goodies in my mailbox.

I really want chocolate....

13 days in and this is the first day where I REALLY, REALLY want chocolate. I am trying to keep myself distracted so that I don't cave.

What are your favorite things to do to distract yourself?

On my agenda today....

I have LOTS of things that I want to get accomplished today...Maybe if I list them here I will be more accountable to them. So my to do list is:
menu plan for next weekmake out grocery and Walmart list for tomorrowlaundry (wash, dry, fold and put away at least 2 loads)sweep and mop the kitchen, dining room and living room floorsexercise for 40 minutes or moreclean off the mantelplan at least 2 upcoming blog postsSo I had better get off of here and get started! LOL I will be back later to update!

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Day 12

Well I did it again. I made it through Day 12! Go ME!!!!

Honestly this is getting easier and easier! I really think that I am changing my lifestyle as I am craving fresh fruits and vegetables and not so much processed food. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I will ever give up chocolate however I am learning that eating a ton of processed foods makes me feel BAD and just BLAHHH!!!!

For Day 12 I ate good and I exercised for 45 minutes on the Wii Fit Plus! It was a good day!

I won a giveaway...but I can't enjoy it just yet.....

The other day I received a package from Fed Ex in the mail....It was a blog giveaway prize! I entered and won a WONKA EXCEPTIONAL CHOCOLATE BARS GIVEAWAY from a great blog....My Kansas City Mommy.

My Kansas City Mommy is hosted by Julie McKinley and offers readers great giveaways and reviews of products that we can use. She also posts many great deals! I really enjoy her blog! If you get a chance go check her out!

I was so surprised that I won! I received my package the other day and although I couldn't partake in any of the chocolate right now, the girl that I tutor and my daughter both enjoyed a piece and BOTH said it was the most YUMMY chocolate they had ever tasted!
Here is what I received....

I received 8 chocolate bars and a bag of chocolates! I put them into my freezer so that I can enjoy a piece after my August challenge is over.....Until then, I would like to thank Julie at My Kansas City Mommy
for the great giveaway and opportunity to win! 

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Day 11

Day 11....Well my hubby caved. He actually caved a couple days ago. I don't blame him really. He is in an extremely difficult time of year for his BUSY, BUSY, BUSY... and to ask a guy who usually drinks lots of Mountain Dew to give up junk food, fast food and pop during this time was asking a lot. Well he gave in and decided that he needed his Mountain Dew. In reality I don't blame him. It really is the wrong time of year for him to do something like this. So I don't blame him and am not disappointed.

As for me, I am still in this. I have not had any junk food, bad fast food, or pop since July 31! YAY!!! Today I went into work for a couple hours and my boss was giving the kids small candy canes and I wasn't even tempted. I just thought I don't want that because I am eating better. I didn't even think about this challenge so hopefully that means that my mindset is changing. I hope so.

Today, I did well on eating and I exercised for 40 minutes on the…

What I have been reading

Over the last several weeks, I have read a few great books. I wanted to share them with you....

Have you read any good books lately?

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Days 7,8,9, and 10...Yes I am a little behind..

Well time just keeps getting away from me. Boo...

 Things have been pretty busy around here. I have been working a couple days, tutoring one day, dealing with busy and stressed hubby, kids who are going nuts, trying to get things together for Rebecca to go to school etc. It has just been crazy!

However, the good news far I have STUCK to the challenge even with temptations a plenty. YAY!

Here is a recap of days 7-10:

Day 7, we had a cookout at my parents house. I brought a salad to share. Usually this is where I pig out, as my mom always has lots of snack foods out and chips, cookies, etc. But I was good. I did have some cashews but I think that was okay. The bad thing was that I did not exercise :)

Day 8, was spent at home dealing with cranky, stressed hubby. I did fine with the eating, however I did not exercise again. :(

Day 9, I worked at my part-time job at the school in the morning. Then my boss wanted to take me and my kiddos to lunch at McDonald's with her kiddos f…

Eating Right Motivation


Menu Plan Monday: Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners

Here is what we are eating this week:

cereal, fruit, 2 pieces of turkey bacon (x2)
oatmeal, turkey bacon, fruit
breakfast egg burrito, from freezer
scrambled eggs, toast, fruit (x2)
bagel sandwich with eggs and cheese and spinach, fruit 

chef salad with ham, chicken or leftover meat and an apple
peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots, raw broccoli
frozen meal and an apple
ham and cheese sandwich with veggies and an apple
baked potato bar

clam strips, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, fresh green beans
taco salad
pork chops, carrots, potatos, onions, salad
bbq chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, corn
chicken patties, chicken wings, mixed veggies
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31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Day observation and a confession

Day 6 was a good day for the most part.

I did a bunch of running around with my mom, sister, brother and my kiddos. We went to the farmer's market Saturday morning, to the grocery store, home to get Jacob so Bill could go to work, Walmart (to do school supply shopping), King's Garden for lunch, craft store, Kmart and Staples. Then I came home, did laundry, exercised for an hour!, organized our home notebook and watched a movie. It was an overall exhausting day!! It is on these types of days that I would normally turn to caffeine and sugar to get me through. However, I didn't need it! YAY!!! I can feel the changes and I am feeling good!

Another thing that I have observed is that I need protein in to stay full. I had cereal and a banana the other morning for breakfast and I was starving a little while later. However, if I have some protein (either some turkey bacon or an egg) then I stay full longer! So I am going to try to make sure that I make sure I have some protein wi…

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Days 4 and 5 and a weight update

Just a quick update to say that yes I am still doing this...just didn't have time to blog about it until now. :(

Day 4 was interesting. I didn't get a lot of fruits and veggies in, as I was stressed most of the day. I was babysitting for a friend of mine, so I had 2 bonus children most of the day (ages 7 and almost 5). That made life a little crazy around here. I will say that I did not cave and have cookies or anything though so that is a plus. However, diet wise, it wasn't my best day on this challenge so far.....

9:30 pancakes with butter, syrup, turkey bacon, cantaloupe, strawberries
       breakfast time. Hungry, but after I ate I felt satisfied.

12:30 2 small bites of Jacob's pb and j sandwich
       little hungry, ordered pizza for the older kids but needed to feed Jacob.

1:15  4 pieces of pizza
        STARVING---kids are driving me nutty

9:30 pancakes, turkey bacon
       STARVING--- did not plan well for dinner for myself and felt so hungry

I did do 32 minu…

Five Question Friday

Here's to another edition of Five Question Friday, where you the reader can learn just a little bit more about me, the author of this here blog.

1. Do you have siblings and are you close with them?

I have 2 brothers and 1 sister, all younger. I am kind of close to them, but not really, really close. My brother #1 is 5 years younger than me and we don't see eye to eye on some things, but there are other things that we are very close on. My younger brother #2 and my sister are 20 years and 17 years younger than me respectively, so I am as close to them as I can be. They are family and I LOVE them dearly.

2. Would you rather be slightly UNDER weight or slightly OVER weight?

Can I plead that I just want to be at a good weight. Underweight would make me look anorexic, and overweight is what I am now. Why can't I just be at a good weight for me?

3. What's your favorite State Fair food to splurge on?


4. What are your thoughts on your kid(s) g…



31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Day 3

I think I can.

I think I can.

I think I can.

So far, so good. Although I have been tempted about a billion times, I have not caved in and had bad food! YAY! GO ME!!!

Day 3, I was SOOOO TIRED all day long. I didn't feel like doing anything and just felt blah. Feel a little more refreshed as I begin day 4 so hopefully it will be better today. Yesterday my mom brought over a pitcher that I can use to make 2 quarts of iced tea with so that I will have it at the ready and hopefully will make me drink more liquids!

Now on to what I ate on day 3:

8:50   cheerios, milk, banana     
          was hungry, needed to eat before tutoring

11:00 3 cherry tomatoes
          very hungry, wanted something sweet, but am tutoring and can't

12:15 cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, ham sandwich, pretzels, dill dip, water
         lunch time. STARVING

2:30 a couple pancakes
        wasn't really hungry, but was making a batch for the freezer

5:00 strawberries, cherry tomatoes
        wanted so…

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Day 2...this is harder than I thought

Before I go into how day 2 went, let me just say this....


It is harder than the exercise challenge. It is hard, because I love my sweets. I love chocolate. I love baked goods. I do, I do, I do. However, my waistline doesn't love them. And I am not getting any younger, so I have to keep reminding myself why I am doing this.

I am doing this to become healthier. I am doing this so that I can hopefully break my sugar addiction. I think it is  an addiction and I am going through withdrawal. I am SOOO tired. And I didn't realize before how much pop I was drinking. I was basically giving myself so much sugar and caffeine throughout the day that it was giving me energy.

Now on to day 2.... this day was going to be a challenge, as we were meeting an old colleague of mine (who just moved back to Ohio after living in Vegas for the past 5 years) and her kids at Chuck E. Cheese's for lunch and for the kids to play. I did not get pop, which was good. I had iced tea i…

31 Day No Bad Food Challenge: Day 1

So day 1 of the no bad food challenge is over. And I did it. I did not eat any sweet stuff or junk food today. That doesn't mean the temptation wasn't there. Believe me it was!

Here is what I ate and what I was feeling:

8:45am  banana 
         felt like I needed to eat something while I was getting the kiddos their breakfasts

10:00 homemade breakfast burrito, strawberries, water
          Was HUNGRY and felt like I needed protien

11:30 decided to exercise. Did 25 minutes on the Wii Fit Plus, and 10 minutes on new Zumba game.

1:00pm  peanut butter and jelly sandwich, peach, blueberries, skim milk
        lunch time. After Lunch I REALLY, REALLY wanted a cookie. But I didn't.

2:30 iced tea, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower with dill dip
       Rebecca was having cookies for a snack and they looked SOOOO GOOOOD. Realized I was hungry
       too so I got raw veggies. Felt good for not caving.

5:05 REALLY wanted something sweet, but making dinner

5:30 1/2 pulled pork sandwich

31 day exercise challenge: Wrap-up

July 30: I did 45 minutes on the Wii Fit Plus game.

July 31: I mowed the grass, which took 45 minutes and it was SOOO HOTTTT!!!!! I also did 25 minutes on the Wii Fit plus.

Which means....

 I DID IT!!!!

I exercised for 31 days straight!


I didn't think that I would be able to do it, when I started at the beginning of the month. As the month of July went on though it became easier to exercise and to find time to exercise. I realized that in fact I like to exercise. It felt good to move! And it was contagious...Rebecca would want to exercise after I did! So that was a plus! On my birthday, I received a new Wii game too that I think I will love...It is Zumba for the Wii.

This is going to make it much easier to continue to exercise. Because YES I do INTEND to continue to exercise. I won't beat myself up if I miss a day, but I plan on exercising in some form every day.....
I also realized during the month of July that my eating sweets and junk is way out of control and…

Menu Plan Monday

Here is what we are eating this week for dinners (as part of my August Challenge, I will be posting daily about what I am eating and how I am trying to eat healthier and eat a rainbow a day):

BBQ pork in crockpot, fresh steamed green beans, baked potato

Clam strips, macaroni and cheese, salad, fruit salad

Spaghetti and salad


Marinated chicken breasts, baked potato, veggie

Cheeseburgers and waffle fries

Fish sandwiches, salad

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