No Ray of Sunshine

I don’t know how to effectively express the frustration I feel over the selling of this house.  We have been SO close so many times.  Today we had two showings and one of them said they liked ours the best but are now considering building.  Will some one please stick a ^($*&%()#@#@$# fork in my eye now please?  I have had emotional break down after emotional break down, my stomach is in knots over the whole thing and I can’t sleep.  I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to throw in the towel.  We came VERY close last week after the people wrote a %(*^*&#()%^& offer but backed out last minute……I just feel we are so close and can’t give up now……Don't give upvia

So……give up I shall not…….

DarthTardervia

Maybe I will start asking Luke to use the force…..

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Dinner last night was REALLY good.

I picked up a frozen dinner at this little grocery store we like to go to called ALDI.

It’s really hit or miss there but they have a lot of natural foods and are super inexpensive because you bag your own groceries and have to use a quarter to get a basket.  When you return your basket, you get your quarter back.  It’s kind of fun.  What?  Hey….. I said I am a simple girl!

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I ate the frozen dinner with some Wheat Thins and some chipotle hummus.  Later I had a  “no sugar added” (whatever that means) fudge pop for dessert.

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All I wanted to do today was lay in bed, watch T.V., read, sleep, watch T.V., sleep.  But no, at 7:30 am I get a phone call from the showing company requesting approval for an appointment at 11am.  I am so thankful we have lots of showings, but on the real…..I am REALLY over it.  Instead of being a complete sloth today I got my house show ready, got myself ready and we left for a few hours in the cold and rain.  Later we got a request for 3-4 so we ended up staying out all afternoon.  We went to Toys R Us to exchange some duplicate gifts, The Children’s Place for some new jeans and then AIDAN got a treat for being so good.  I will choose not to speak about Luke today.  Let’s just say 11 yr. old boys (well MY 11 yr. old boy) would rather clean toilets than go shopping for clothes.  I try to get them things while I am out by myself,  but because he has grown about a foot in the last 4 months, I am not ever sure of his size.  He pretty much hates me at this point in the day.  It’s ok….I have the power to withhold an Itouch until I feel like giving it back.  Right now…..NEVER.  He is darn lucky that Jeremy is the single most patient man IN THE WORLD…..that’s not an exaggeration either.

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Anyway……

Like I said my stomach has been in knots so I haven’t been the best example of a highly nutritious eater as of late…..

Breakfast

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I got these for the boys but it’s the only thing that sounded good to me this morning.

Chobani Greek Yogurt bite in Raspberry with Dark Chocolate.  I added a serving of almonds.  It was superb!!!  I have been trying to avoid the Greek yogurts because they are so high in sugar but I love this smaller portion.   It was the perfect thing this morning.

I skipped lunch….don’t judge me…..but brought one of these for when my appetite returned later.

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I am queen of the bars lately! This one was REALLY good!  Like a brownie!

Odwalla  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

After our horrific afternoon I needed a pick me up…..

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A Starbucks Misto to make it all better.

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When I got home I got an itch to make homemade Lara Bars!

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I used the recipe from DAMY for the pecan pie Larabar. For the other, I am proud to say I made my own creation and it wasn’t a complete mess.

Using the measurement rules from her site I put together the following:

Peanut Butter Pecan Larabars

1/3 cup pitted chopped dates

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

dash of cinnamon

dash of sea salt

Nutritional Info:

Makes 4 bars

170 calories; 13g carbs; 13g fat; 3g fibers; 10g sugars; 3 protein

I ate countless dates, almonds and pecans which was the best part of my experiment as well as tasting the end product.

I am about ready to call it a day.  After sleeping for about zero hours last night PLUS a nightmare…..I am exhausted. 

I thank the Lord for new days

His Mercyvia

Try

This morning I got the “daily disaster” cleaned up (I know I have said this over and over but…..those boys, I don’t know WHAT they do in the morning but they destroy this house!) and then went for a little jog.  I didn’t expect to really be able to jog a great distance before having to walk but I was surprised by how much I was actually able to.  I am definitely not in the shape I used to be but, I will get there!  I ended up jogging/walking 2.5 miles in 30 min.  I used the RunKeeper application on my phone but accidentally stopped it at some point so I wasn’t able to get an accurate reading.  Thumbs down  I loved it while it was working though!  The voice comes on every 5 min and lets you know it’s been a certain number of minutes, how far you’ve gone and what your pace is.  VERY COOL!

I also had downloaded a few new tunes which is ALWAYS essential for a great workout.  I love music so much.  It evokes serious emotion in me.  I think if I had ever been given the opportunity, I would have been some sort of musician or dancer.. Growing up I always begged for dance & piano lessons.  Clearly I never got those because I can do neither….  Annoyed

Try – Pink  <— Man I am in LOVE with this one. I played it over and over and over today.  I liked it before but they played it during a part of The Biggest Loser and I heard it in a whole new way.  I know the song is mostly about a terrible relationship but I hear something different when I listen to it.  I hear the struggle with one’s hopes and dreams….especially the chorus and the part where she sings “When you’re out there doin what you’re doin, are you just getting by?”  Loves loves loves.

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Imagine Dragons – It’s Time <—–I am not sure what this song is about but whatever it’s catchy….

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thriftshop. ( I won’t link that one because it’s got a lot of naughty words in it…..of course I chose the clean version on Itunes….which they didn’t do a very good job of cleaning it up…but whatever its super stupid and catchy ) Winking smile

When I got back from my jog I cleaned up and ran some errands.  I left Aidan’s jacket at the church when I made a mad dash to get out of there last Sunday so I picked that up.  Then I went to the outlet mall to get some plugin refills from Yankee Candle and I also found a new jacket!  My old coat swallows me now and I have been looking for a new one that wasn’t super expensive.  I wasn’t even really looking today & I found one!!!  Isn’t that how it always happens?  Happy DAY!

Since I was pressed for time and not super hungry yet I grabbed a couple of protein bars before I left to keep in my purse for when I did get hungry. So glad I did because I ate them both pretty much right away!  One before the church and one after!   I can go from zero to hungry in 2.5 seconds.

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After the cleanse, these tasted like candy bars to me.  I was in heaven!

We had a showing from 3-4 today so after I picked up the boys from school I had to wait down the street for them to come.  The buyer showed up at 3:40 but the agent didn’t get there until 3:53! They didn’t leave until after 4.  It was a little unnerving to watch the buyer walk around my house looking in the windows and inspecting the lawn……

As we were walking in the door my friend called and my battery was dying so I plugged the phone in while I talked to her and ate an apple, some cubes of cheese and a handful of nuts.  THEN later for dinner, I made a green smoothie!

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This smoothie had:

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Jillian’s vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup mixed fruit (banana, pineapple and strawberries)
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups ice

It made SOOOOOO much! I had to keep adding milk and ice in order to get the consistency I wanted and it just made it so voluminous!  I filled my “A cup” which is 24oz. and an additional 12 oz. glass.  I am barely able to finish the “A cup”,  I am super “filt”.  That’s how Aidan says “full”.  I don’t have the heart to correct him.

It indeed was a fantastic day!

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Articles I loved today!

Diet Rules Debunked – Fitness Magazine

10 Most filling foods – Everyday Health

7 tips to make resolutions stick – Calorie Count

Returning to normal

Things seem to be returning to normal…. FINALLY!  After Luke getting a touch of the stomach bug and Jeremy coming down with some sort of nasty sinus thing….we are feeling better around here.  I am not going to lie and say I am just thankful we are all better, it could have been worse.  No, it freaking sucked.  We are not sickly people, we are never ever sick and we don’t do sick well.  That being said, I AM glad we are all better.  The sun even shined today and I wasn’t frozen to the core all day.  I am not a fan of the cold weather.  Not at all.  I would much rather it be 110.  Call me crazy…..when I was obese, I enjoyed the cold.  I would open windows when it was 45 degrees out, the colder the better.  Those days are long gone.   The sunshine was much needed today.

So I have gotten my appetite back somewhat, but when I do eat it’s some random thing at some random time.  The other morning I did make a bowl of oatmeal and didn’t get hungry again until later that afternoon.  I have been CRAVING fat & salt.  I can’t get enough peanut butter, almonds and peanuts.  I was craving chips and queso for days.  So, I hope to eat a little more regularly now and keep my goal of no more sugar.  I hate that I have started the New Year on such a crummy note.  But on the bright side, it can only get better!  I am looking forward to returning to my regular workouts next week when the boys finally go back to school!

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Ah….oats, my trust old friends.

Being stuck at home for almost a week and a half, a crummy Christmas, no news on the house, everyone sick, not eating right or working out, and the dreary weather was starting to take it’s toll on me emotionally and mentally.  With a suggestion from my sweet Jeremy,  I took a Mommy’s Day Out on Wednesday. It was glorious!!!!!  First stop was the outlet mall.  I found a great deal on some new running shoes from Nike and an outfit from J Crew! Then I hit up my faves…..Marshall’s and Target.  There I found several other things that made me happy.  Shopping = Therapy.  I ended it with a mani/pedi which unfortunately I did not enjoy because she used some sort of lotion that got cold and I was sitting there literally shaking.  I am not sure she was too concerned because she kept laughing.  Brat.

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Yesterday I did some serious grocery shopping since I hadn’t been since I went shopping for Christmas dinner!  Well, minus the trips for crackers and Gatorade.

TODAY…..Luke and I broke out of the sick house again and went on a date.  I had intended on taking both boys to a movie yesterday but Aidan reminded me he doesn’t like the movies because “It’s toooooo loud in there”.  Silly boy.  It’s true though, he isn’t a fan of the movies.  I think the theater we go to turns the sound up extra loud.  Why?

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First we went to a matinee showing of Rise of the Guardians.

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Rise of the Guardians

It was SO GOOD!  I loved it!

Then we fed my craving for chips and queso.

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On The Border

We shared a bowl of queso and the lunch portion of the chicken fajitas.  It was perfect!

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There was a Cold Stone Creamery right across the street AND I had a coupon!  I thought that was the perfect ending to our date.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!!

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I got the “like it” size of sweet cream with snickers mixed in.

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L got the “like it”size of chocolate cake batter with Butterfinger mixed in.

His was way better than mine.

We weren’t ready to go home just yet, so I drove him by a few houses that we are looking at, to see what he thought.  Then later while we were having a showing on our house, ALL of us went to look at the houses……We spoke with our realtor today and we just might be getting some good news tomorrow.  I am trying to not get too excited because this has happened before but this time seems to be different…so pray a little prayer for us!  I may or may not have had another complete and total come apart small emotional breakdown Wednesday night…..Crying face  I am SO ready to move on with my life!

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READ THIS!  SO good…..trust me it will happen to you.  You should be prepared.

How to be nice to food pushers – Fit Bottomed Girls

Plague of 2012 lingers…..

Neither myself nor my family have been the picture of health or fitness the last week so I don’t have much to show on my “Healthy Living Blog”…..but I thought I would check in anyway.

I have gotten out of the house twice this week!  WHO HOO!!!!!  Aidan was doing very well for a few days and then on Thursday morning and evening we had a couple more episodes……Sad smile  So……yeah.  He seems to be doing well since then but I am still being cautious.  Poor Jeremy is better but not 100%.  He had to go back to work today and has been hating life.

Saturday I decided to take Luke to eat and to Barnes & Noble at the mall.  There were a few sales I wanted to check out too.  Even though I HATE crowds, it was really nice to be out!  Goodness, can you say cabin fever?  It didn’t take long to be ready to come back home but at least I felt like being home again!

This was the first time I had gotten myself out of sweatpants since last last Saturday (as in the 22nd) …. No need to dress up to watch movies, organized & clean your house a thousand times, catch up on the DVR and read……

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Scarf: World Market (a gift from my friend Anyssa!)

Shirt: Target

Jeans: American Eagle

Boots: Payless

Socks: Ross

Today we had to go to Target for a few necessities and I found a few goodies in the Christmas Clearance section!  Gotta love Target clearance!

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Stacy’s Gingerbread Pita Chips and Archer Farms Gingerbread Cookie Trail mix.

I have sampled both and they are both delicious!!!!

I got myself dressed AGAIN today!  Go me!

Please excuse my slightly emaciated chest.  I have just come off the most unappetizing week of my life and am still working on getting my appetite back.  Sad smile

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Sweater: Windsor

Cami: Old Navy

Jeans: Abercrombie

Shoes: DSW (Blowfish)

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I did want to share what my boys gave me for Christmas because it is just too sweet!

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A beautiful cross necklace that was in a BACKPACK on that adorable bear!  I think I liked the bear as much as the necklace!  I may or may not have been cuddling with that bear at night.  In love  There were also some Godiva chocolates he was holding.  Those are in the freezer awaiting the return of my appetite.  You know its bad when you don’t even want Godiva!

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Southern Women

Random ramblings…

It’s a gorgeous day here in the Dallas area! I love this time of year, cold but not too cold which is why

I Red heart Texas!

After my ONE….yes just one cup…..of coffee, I made some breakfast.

Steel-Cut Oats

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1/4 cup steel-cut oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp. Jif Natural Peanut Butter

1 tsp. ground flax seed

1 tsp. honey

When I first made steel-cut oats I didn’t know that they don’t cook like regular oats.  I am telling you that if it weren’t for Google, we would be eating out of boxes forever.  I tried to make them like my regular oats.  Oh no, not the same…..

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Fun With Cats…..

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Isn’t this just ridiculous?  I took Trixie in for grooming yesterday and they brought her out with this thing around her neck.  I ended up putting it around her belly like a skirt because it was huge around her tiny little neck.  So this morning I thought it would be fun to put it on Rya.  The funny thing is that she just walked around like no biggie.  I am more than sure she is thinking “I hate you so much right now.”  I love you too huss.

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I have a lot of people ask me what I feed my kids, how do I feed them, how do I get them to eat healthy food, etc..  The answer is simple.  I provide healthy food for them.  If they don’t want it, I don’t make them eat it. But the only other option is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I used to send them to bed hungry but I never could get right about it.  Then one morning Aidan woke up not feeling well and as he went to sit at the kitchen table for breakfast his hands and legs were shaking.  After he ate breakfast he was fine.  From that point on I decided to never let them go to bed hungry, but if they don’t eat what I make, all they get is a sandwich, nothing else.  Whereas if they ate my dinner they’d get a bedtime snack of a piece of fruit or a granola bar, bowl of cereal….

So what do I pack them for lunch? Some combination of the following:

  • Sandwich on whole wheat bread – turkey and cheese, natural peanut butter and all natural jelly or honey.
  • all natural yogurt such as Simply Go-Gurt or Trix.  Believe it or not they are making an all natural one. The kids love it.
  • pretzels
  • baby carrots
  • string cheese
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • fruit
  • goldfish
  • water (for Luke)
  • 100% apple juice for Aidan
  • Sometimes a Quaker granola bar if we are short on options

That’s pretty much it.  I am not one of these mom’s who packs spaghetti or quesadillas or hummus wraps.  They wouldn’t eat that anyway.

So this was Aidan’s lunch today.

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Orowheat sandwich thin with Jif Natural Peanut Butter and Welches all natural strawberry jelly, unsweetened applesauce, Trix yogurt, pretzels and apple juice.

And this was Luke’s

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Same sandwich as A, string cheese, an orange, pretzels and a full bottle of water.

Then I pack an ice block to keep it cold.

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Easy peasy!

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Today I needed to go shopping for a new workout top to wear on Friday for my super exciting thing that’s happening.  I can’t wait to share the news.

Outfit

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Top: Ross

Jeans: American Eagle

Boots: Payless

I was trying to show the side of my boot but it didn’t turn out so well…..Thumbs down

I was able to find two awesome shirts on sale at Marshalls and Target today! I will be outside and you never can trust the weather report in Texas to be accurate.  To be safe I bought a thick one and a light one. I love the lighter blue one because it has has thumb holes and a light fleece lining.  The darker one has a super cute ruching on the neck and cuffs as well as a hood.

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SCORE!

After Marshalls and Target we headed to Chick-Fil-A for one of my favorite lunches.

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Side salad, sunflower seeds, berry balsamic vinaigrette, and a small fruit cup dumped on top.  Delish!

After lunch I had a cup of Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea with a tsp. of honey.

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Since the cleanse I have stopped eating sweets after my meal, actually stopped eating sweets all together.  Even though the cleanse really helped with the cravings, the habit is still there.  How do you get rid of a bad habit?  Replace it with a good one!  So I have been making a cup of herbal tea before my meal.  While I am eating, it’s cooling and ready to drink when I am finished in place of dessert.  It’s warm and comforting.  It signals my brain that the meal is over.  It also fills me up if I am not quite feeling full yet.

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So I have this crazy thing about weird and fantastical chotchkies.  I wish I could have a little closet full of them.  I love them.  The best place to find them are TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.  Lucky me, I frequent those places often!

I found this little gem today!  I couldn’t stop staring at it.  I am so fascinated by this one’s moobs.  The nipples were sharp!!!!!

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I found this one last week at TJ Maxx.  I SOOOOO wanted to buy it!!!

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Since I know better than to spend money on stuff like this (lest I be thought of as strange)……I have to settle for a photo album of pictures.

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Please click below to meet your cuteness quota for the day!!!

Cute Babies!

A few hot minutes

Testing, testing…do I remember how to do this?  It has been a few hot (literally, I live in Dallas, remember?) minutes since I last blogged.  It was a whirlwind of a summer.  The break was so nice but if you know me….you know I love a schedule.  The lack of one left me in a bit of a funk for a little while.  I found myself sleeping in later and later….not going to the gym…..eating out of boredom.  It was too hot to do anything.  Aidan is such a homebody that when we did go out somewhere all he wanted to do was come home!  I can understand that.  The gym was crowded beyond belief every single day. It was such a chore to go and TRY to get Aidan a spot in the KidZone.  There was a 30 minute wait one morning.   I feel like we did everything and nothing at the same time.  The days seemed to blend seamlessly……..But ALAS! school is back in session and we are all thankful for that!  And by we, I mean ME!

We are getting up at the crack of dawn again, and getting our day started right.

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Aidan loves to get up with me (5am) but that just can’t happen. I have to have at least 2 cups of coffee and 2 hours before I want to see anyone but my cat. So he is really trying to wait until his alarm goes off at 7am. It’s an act of congress I am telling you. I need to start some sort of reward system.

Speaking of Aidan getting up….he has to get up because my sweet little baby is a KINDERGARTENER now!!!

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1st day of school!

Waiting in the car because it was pouring down rain.  He wasn’t nervous or apprehensive at all until this point!

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Picking out his locker.  The 1st one of course.

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With his sweet teacher.

I didn’t expect to start crying my eyes out beginning at 7:30am but I did.  I didn’t stop until almost noon when I had to say to myself “Ok, Amanda…..get it together!” I would have taken more pictures of the first day but I was doing well to get these few.  It was not a good day.  I listened to the Lullaby Station on Pandora all day.  Why?  I don’t know, because it made me feel all ooey gooey over my kids and sometimes you just have to feel your feelings ok?

The second day was much better.

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It was not raining this morning and we were able to walk to school.

Luke is a big 5th grader now!

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Bless his sweet heart.  5th grade is proving to be a lot more of a challenge than he expected, but he is doing great and adjusting well.  He is playing the violin this year!  So far we are only plucking the strings so no ear plugs required as of now!

Someone had her 6th 29th birthday!!!

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I love getting older.  I really do.  Each year I am more and more grateful for my beautiful life.  I am so blessed beyond measure that I just have to shake myself sometimes to believe it.  I feel better at 35 than I have ever felt in my life.  I took a real age quiz on my birthday and it said my real age is 23!  Well, how about that!

One of my birthday presents was a Bodybugg!  If you aren’t familiar with it you can read up on it HERE.

This was my readout from yesterday.

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I wish that everyday could be like this, but they aren’t.  I jogged in the morning for over an hour and then did housework all day long.  I had gotten behind on it over the weekend.  Add to that walking to and from school, plus an extra trip because Trixie pooped on the sidewalk at the school and of course I didn’t bring a bag.  So I ran home, grabbed a bag, ran back, picked it up, ran back home.  Embarrassed much?  I was mortified because I just KNEW every parent saw what happened and was going to tell the principle and she was going to announce it over the load speakers!   Anyway….about the Bodybugg…..I LOVE IT!  I love all things fitness related and this is just over the top awesome.  It is kind of a bummer that I have to wear it all the time on my arm.  I really don’t know why they made it that way.  I mean for real….It makes me look like I am being monitored by the police or something.  Why didn’t they do a chest strap?  I am sure there is a very good logical reason, but I can’t for the life of me figure that out.  Maybe it is for advertisement?  Who knows.  I don’t care though.  I love it and wear it all the time now.  I do take it off at night and times when I am not really concerned with my “performance”.  It took a while to learn how it works.  I am still learning how to use it.  The operating system isn’t very user friendly but thank goodness I know a super smart man who can figure anything out.  Mainly because he has the patience of Job.  I, on the other hand; was ready to send it back the second day I had it!

Also for OUR birthdays (Jeremy’s is one week to the day after mine!) we had a little over night stay in Dallas.  We stayed at The Adolphus.

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It is a beautiful hotel!!!

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This sofa couch thing was on our floor….I could have sat there all day.

Went shopping at the Northpark Mall….well ok we WALKED around the Northpark Mall.  Then we saw The Words.  OH MY WORD it was good.  And not just because Bradley Cooper is in it.

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What? ….just sayin!

We went to the Dallas Farmers Market….interesting….and I can’t wait to go back!

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We also walked over to the area where JFK was shot almost 50 years ago!

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Fascinating.

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Thanks so much to Jeremy’s momma for coming down so we could getaway!!!

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So this morning I wanted to go for another long run jog in the park.  Having Aidan in school now means I can!  The weather is so wonderful in the mornings now. Just thinking about running on the treadmill makes me want to stick a fork in my eye!

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Ahhhh, therapy.

For breakfast before my jog, I had a Nature’s Own Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin with 1 tbsp. of Jif Natural Peanut Butter and my daily vitamins.

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After my jog I had a protein shake.

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I have been enjoying these shakes all summer.  I ran across a new blog that I am totally obsessed with now.  Dashing Dish.  She has AMAZING recipes and I have tried just about every single one of her protein shakes.  Life changing.

My shake today had these ingredients in it.

  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • Lots of ice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 packets stevia
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp. Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • a few drops coconut extract
  • a few drops almond extract
  • a few shakes of cinnamon.

So YUM!

A few hours later it was lunch time.

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Gala apple and a Panini made with a sandwich thin, 1 tbsp. Wholly Guacamole, 5 slices of turkey pepperoni and 1 slice provolone cheese.  This is my new favorite sandwich!  I had one yesterday, and will probably have it again tomorrow!

It feels good to get back to blogging!  I need to thank my sweet best friend Cheryl for the email this morning that lit the fire under my britches!!!  Love you friend!

Of interest:

Talk to your self to stay motivated – Greatist

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I guess it’s about time

that I finally post something!  It’s been a full summer thus far but I think it will be slowing down here in the next week or so.  Luke is going to be going to his dad’s for the month of July beginning Friday so it will be just me and Little A most of the time after that.

Last week the boys went to stay with Jeremy’s parents for the week.  On Monday we met at Chili’s, had lunch (I got a cup of the Chicken Enchilada Soup, so YUM) and then we drove back to Dallas…..alone.  It was so quiet that it was just plain weird.

We had planned to get some things done Monday afternoon when we got back into town but I was so tired by the end of the drive and had a headache from reading in the car.  All I wanted to do was lay down.  So I DID!  It was glorious!

Tuesday

Tuesday we got to go somewhere that I had been wanting to go for a really long time.  The last time I went to the Allen Outlets was a few years ago and I only got to go into one store.  Jeremy and I made a day of it and got there first thing!  We shopped around a while, finding nothing and getting hungry so over lunch I devised a plan of attack!

I circled and labeled all the stores I really wanted to go to and when we got back we started on one side and worked our way to the other.

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FINALLY,  I found the first of many purchases at Kenneth Cole.  I love the tagline on their shopping bag….Everyone Needs an Outlet.  Yes, and shopping is one of mine!  Thank goodness for Jeremy’s sake I am a bargain shopper.

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I couldn’t believe I found these, they look almost exactly like my ones from Target!  These are better because my Target ones don’t have the braid over the ankle and my heel slips off the back when I walk.  These feel much better made although I have a blister on my big toe now.  It’s ok…they are cute enough to endure the pain!  Winking smile

We had lunch at Mimi’s Café.

Tomato Basil Soup & Fresh Turkey Sandwich

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Would you like some turkey and bread with your lettuce?

I asked for no tomato and mustard instead of mayo….I guess they heard no tomato sub lettuce, no mayo sub lettuce.  Either way it was really good!  I ate half the soup and half the sandwich and it was a perfect portion for me.  I hate the huge portion sizes they serve at restaurants.  It’s so hard to leave half on my plate even though I KNOW that even just half is usually too much.  I think every time…..such a waste, there are people starving.

Wednesday

Reality of Love

I think the original name was “I Want to Marry Ryan Banks” but I guess they changed it at some point.  Good move, I want to marry Ryan Banks is cheese.

Reality of Love

I LOVED this movie!  I love it so much I want to buy it!  It was adorable and honestly, who doesn’t love Bradley Cooper?  If you don’t, you should see someone.  I want to watch it again.

Thursday

We went to breakfast at La Madeline.

I ordered the Breakfast Sampler.

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Fruit Salade (no, I didn’t misspell), Mini Chocolate Croissant, Oatmeal with brown sugar and toasted almonds

This was REALLY good.  I ate half the oatmeal,  half the croissant and all of the fruit.  It was perfect and filling.

Then we caught the matinee of Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Love, love, loved.  It was freakin loooooong but I had no clue.  This says a lot because I have the attention span of a 5 yr. old.  I think Kristen Stewart did a great job.  Clearly she has had some acting lessons since her Twilight days.  Charlize stole the show for me though.  Evil Queen indeed!

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I had on a cute top under this jacket….but since I get cold if its 85 degrees and there is a breeze, I turned into a fashion DON’T before our movie.  Good thing we were in a dark theater.

We decided on lunch at the Chick-Fil-A in the mall.  It was 2 pm and I was getting hangry.  So I figured it would be a good idea to get something quick.

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We found a sunny spot to thaw out under and enjoyed lunch.  I got my usual side salad with fat free honey mustard.  I added all the sunflower seeds and croutons.  This time I decided to add my fruit cup on top instead of eating it separately.  I didn’t like it as much…I don’t like the honey mustard on my fruit.  I think I will do this next time but change my dressing to the vinaigrette.

…and then this happened

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Jeremy made me do it…..but really, it was inevitable.

I didn’t eat it ALL…..just about 3/4!  It was REALLY good, but as expected not as life changing as I had imagined.  I could totally make this at home and in fact, have made something like this before with plain M&M’s, granola, raisins, and some sort of cereal.

That night I got to watch the week’s episode of Dallas!!!  I am so excited to have a new show to watch!!!  I never really get attached to a series because I never have time to watch them.  But this is appointment television for me!  Scandalous!  I vaguely remember the show from when I was little, but I want to buy the original series and watch all of them!!!

Friday

I can’t really remember what we did Friday, but I DO remember dinner!

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Crunchy Onion Barbecue Chicken w/ Alexia Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries.

I can’t even begin to tell you how good this was.  I have yet a THIRD go-to recipe from my new cookbook!

Friday evening we watched this movie.

In Time

In Time

Great storyline, just waaaaaaay toooooo long.  I fell asleep but was rudely awoken several times by sounds of gunshots. Thumbs down  I’d recommend it, just know it’s really long.

I just remembered what I did Friday. Confused smile DUH!  Jeremy worked his extra job so I had the day to myself!  I slept in late, cleaned the house a little and then went to exchange some things from Ulta & Target.  By Friday I was REALLY missing the boys.  I was honestly sort of depressed.  It’s funny because when I said goodbye to them on Monday, I thought….gee I am not sure 5 days will be long enough.  Clearly….. I needed a break.  By Thursday I was getting pretty bummed and by Friday I was just depressed.  I really missed my little boys.  It was so incredibly quiet Friday morning.  The energy they give off is tangible.

Saturday

Finally FINALLY it was time to go get them!  The drive there seemed endless.  We met again in Abilene and ate lunch a Chili’s.  I had the chicken enchilada soup again!  So YUM!!!!

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The best mom/mimi in the world and her boys!

I am so glad they are back.  We all slept late this morning and had a great day today!  Fussing, complaining, fighting and all!  It was music to my ears. Tomorrow is back to reality and a regular schedule.  I hope the treadmill doesn’t kill me after a week of ignoring it!

Spontaneous MDO

Last night, after 2 days of constantly breaking up fight after fight between two boys who all of the sudden can’t seem to get along…..I told Jeremy that I was cancelling our plans to sleep in and workout with Bob.  Instead I was getting up super early, going for a nice long run, getting pretty and then I would be leaving for the rest of the day……He is such an amazing man…his response “I know, babe, I know its been rough.”

So that was exactly what I did.  I got up this morning bright, well, actually, it was still dark.  I got up dark and early Winking smile, had my coffee, quiet time, and a banana to fuel up for an nice long therapeutic run.

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I didn’t actually run for an hour and a half….this included cool down time and some stretching.

It was a great run though.  I incorporated intervals and felt so amazing afterwards.  I miss running outside.  I am going to have to start getting up before the sun just so I can get some in over the summer.  So worth it.

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After I cooled down I ate a Gala Apple the size of a baseball.  I was going to make a smoothie but was full after this.

So then I got my messy self presentable for my second therapy session.

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Top and Shorts: Old Navy

Shoes: Target

Bracelets: Charming Charlie

Watch: Fossil

I was very anxious to leave so I grabbed something quick, still wasn’t super hungry but knew I needed something.

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Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Cranberry Almond

Prince Charming gave me some money to purchase something I had been eyeing for quite some time. Red heart

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Coach rocks my world.  I still carry my first Coach bag.  It was a Christmas present from Jeremy about 6 or 7 years ago.  In fact, I was carrying it today.  I commented that it still looks brand new after all these years &  I carried it for two years straight every single day.

After my visit to the best store in the world I parked myself in Barnes & Noble with my  Grande Non-Fat Misto to try and find a new cookbook.

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I think I may have found the most perfect cookbook.

My criteria:

  • Simple ingredients I can find at my regular grocery store
  • Short list of ingredients
  • Nutrition Values
  • Serving Size
  • Healthy, Nutritious, Low Calorie Recipes.
  • Less than $20

I was SO excited to find this one.

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Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Not only did it meet all of my criteria but it also had a section for slow cookers

AND

A Free Subscription!!!  HOLLA!  Oh Lucky Me!

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I’ll never be in another food rut again!  No more searching hours for new recipes!

When I got home I was ready for a snack because I knew what was for dinner!  Otherwise I would have eaten right then….at 4pm…..4 servings of lasagna and 4 pesto muffins.

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Skinnytaste Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones.

I went ahead and made these last night instead of this morning because I was not too sure how they would turn out after mixing up the dough.  Scones are usually a very thick dough that you can knead.  This batter was very cake-like.  Gina’s recipes are always spot on so I didn’t question it.  While these “scones” are very good, they aren’t a scone.  They are more like bread.  The batter would be best used for muffins, and the serving size is VERY small for the amount of calories it holds.  If you used the batter for muffins, it would make 12.  So a muffin for 200 calories is quite a lot.  That didn’t stop me from eating about 3 of them straight out of the oven! What? She said serve warm!

For dinner we went to one of our favorite favorites places.

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Sweet Tomatoes

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June Menu

The June Menu is the best of the entire year in my opinion.  Makes me hungry again just looking at it!  I might have to go again on Sunday before they change the menu…..

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The strawberry salad and cobbler were magnificent.  This is the kind of place that leaves you wanting more.  I SO wish I could have taken my leftovers home.  Sadly, I had to leave them.  I am going to make us a completely unhealthified cobbler sometime soon!

Questions

Do you have a favorite cookbook or are you searching for one?

Do you have a bag/purse/pair of shoes/necklace that is one you will never part with?  One of sentimental value?

Leftover Weekend

Well that weekend flew by as usual.  Prince Charming was off this Saturday so that made it go by even quicker.  We never made it to bootcamp Saturday morning.  We stayed up until past midnight Friday so an 8am class was not happening.  In fact we didn’t workout at all, instead we slept in until 8:30, it was so wonderful.

Saturday

Breakfast was just a banana and then for lunch I had some leftover pizza from Friday night.

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I wanted needed to go to the mall to look at some new frames for my glasses (why do I have to be so picky?) but still haven’t found any I really like.  I also had a coupon for Bath & Body Works.  They were having their buy 3 get 3 free so I wanted to take advantage of that amazing sale!  I ended up with Aruba Coconut….OH EM GEE WOW, Secret Wonderland and Malibu Heat.  It was really hard to pick those because everything smelled so good!  I also got some Wallflowers in Twilight Woods that were 2 for $6.  HOLLA!  I am set for the summer and then some!

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For some reason I was feeling fat on Saturday.  Yes, it still happens.  Hitting your goal weight isn’t some magical place where everything is now perfect.  But this was the perfect dress that day.  I love these types of dresses in the summer because they keep me super cool and they don’t stick to anything inappropriately.  Except you do have to remember to watch your legs getting in the car that has leather seats….OUCH!

Dress: Fossil

Shoes: Target

Cuff: Church gift shop

Bangle:  ??? Charming Charlie??? American Eagle? I had been missing it for about 6 months because I left it at Cheryl’s house but she returned it to me last weekend!  It was like I had a new piece!!

Of course we had to get our obligatory cookie.

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Chewy Double Chocolate Pecan something err other….All I know is it was heaven in my mouth.  No….a party in heaven in my mouth.

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Aidan with his usual M&M cookie.

We didn’t spent too long shopping because I needed to get back home and start a yummy dinner!

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Aidan and I split the Taste of Home Garden Turkey Burger on a Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Bun & 2 Shape Magazine  Zucchini Cakes

The burger was freaking awesome!  I used lean ground turkey but it was so moist I could have used the extra lean which is what I prefer.

The Zucchini cakes were not very good.  But, I think with a few tweaks they would be amazing as well.  They were incredibly salty.  That may have been partly my fault because  A) I am not sure I used a large enough zucchini and B) I am not sure the Adobo spices I had were what the recipe meant.

The next time I make these I will be sure to use a bigger zucchini or two smaller ones, and only 1/2 tablespoon of Adobo spices.

Here are the links to those recipes:

Garden Turkey Burgers

Zucchini Cakes

For dessert I made this:

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Better Homes and Garden Peach Berry Cobbler

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Jeremy had two helpings of this Saturday night and then had more when he got home from work last night…..I on the other hand didn’t like it at all.  It is a good recipe, the biscuit topping was so good, but it was WAY overboard on raspberries. It was incredibly tart. I will make this again just either use half the raspberries or leave them out completely.  This would be superb over some vanilla ice cream but that would defeat the low calorieness of it.  So my advice would be to reduce the amount of raspberries unless you are a huge fan of them and then leave it as is.

Here is the link for the cobbler:

BHG Peach-Berry Cobbler

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Sunday

Sunday was our long morning at church so the rest of the day was spent doing pretty much nothing.

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For breakfast I had another banana and also a Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple Bar in peanut crunch.  Yummy as usual!

Lunch was more leftover pizza!  It’s so good despite the less than stellar crust!

And for dinner???? Yep!  Aidan and I split a burger!  I do love me some leftovers!  I love to cook but it’s nice to have leftovers! That recipe makes 6 burgers so we still have two that I put in the freezer for a week when I am just not up to cooking!

That brings us to today!

Breakfast

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1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin with 1 tbsp. Justin’s Hazelnut Butter and a sprinkle of chia seed, Dannon Traditional Strawberry Greek yogurt.

Then it was time for my spin class!  Excellent again!

Lunch was…….drumroll

LEFTOVER PIZZA!

It takes a while to eat an entire pizza by yourself! There are only two pieces left so it should be gone by tomorrow!

I do have a lasagna and some pesto muffins on the menu for tonight so things should be a little more interesting around here tomorrow!

Well, I have had to set the timer for 4 timeouts…scratch that, make it  5…. so far today so I better get these boys occupied with something to do beside fighting!  I think a trip to the library is in store and maybe my beloved happy place……Target!

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Target

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Oh, why YES! Yes I WOULD!!!

They both have money to spend so it shouldn’t be too incredibly torturous!

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I saw this today on Facebook from a blog called The Gracious Pantry.

I love it!

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Winking smile

Good Day!

Just a little proud

When you are a mom, there are moments in your life when you experience a level of pride for your child that can not be matched.  Today was one of those moments for me when Aidan graduated from Pre-K.

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Excuse me while I brag on my child for a few minutes…..with all the drama and trauma I have to deal with on a daily basis, not to mention physically growing him in my body and then giving birth to the child….I think I deserve this.  So if you don’t like mush and gush….please by all means…carry on.

First of all he won the award for Mr. Manners.  That my friends does not come naturally in a child, so yes…I was proud of my work.  How many times do I repeat myself? “I am raising gentlemen, not heathens!”  “Boys!  Act civilized!” “Say thank you!….AIDAN SAY THANK YOU!”  “Aidan, say hello….that man said hello to you.”  “Luke, sit right in your chair.”  “Boys, no potty talk at the table.” “Luke, we do not fart at the table.”  “Boys, potty talk is not cute or funny, ever”  “Ladies first!”  and on and on…..In a world where good manners seem to be a lost art….MY children will have manners.

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Look at that precious baby.  They did a little show for us, singing songs and doing countless sign language along with the words.  They recited the alphabet in sign language as well as a few words beginning with each letter.  His teachers told me he was in front because he was one of the best.  I would have to agree.

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After graduation we had the opportunity to let our children stay at school for the remainder of the day or take them with us. Ummmm, take my child with me on my only day of freedom?  I think not!  I had some shopping to do that required me to be able to hear myself think.  I tried to do it Sunday and then again yesterday but the little boy in the graduation picture was NOT havin it.

I went to several stores trying to find something nice for the boys’ teachers.  I intended to MAKE something super crafty and clever….but I lack that gene.  It’s ok, I have strengths in different areas!  Winking smile  I settled on Bath & Body Works.  The scents are Island Margarita and Caribbean Escape.  I am going to say something completely cheesy like “Enjoy your Island Margarita and your Caribbean Escape over the summer!!!”

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I did a terrible job of eating today.  Thumbs down

Breakfast was my usual smoothie

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After the graduation I had two cookies.  One chocolate chip and one sugar.  Then I got a tall Misto from Starbucks.  I got hungry while I was at TJ MAXX and these looked appetizing.

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180 snacks in cranberry pomegranate

I ate the whole bag (I guess it was “lunch”) and  it kept me pretty satisfied for several hours.

I had to go to Target to get a few more things for the teachers and they had several delicious samples out to try!  Samples are my favorite.

When I got home I had a Clif Crunch Bar.

See what I mean?  Atrocious…We are having leftovers from last night for dinner.  Have I mentioned that casseroles are always so much better the next night?

Speaking of dinner.  I am in a bit of a cooking rut lately.  I think because we have been so busy lately with End of Year Activities,  I haven’t been able sit and look for hours for new recipes…..That will be a goal for this week and seeing as how I do the grocery shopping on Wednesdays…..I better get on that a.s.a.p.!

I am so looking forward to summer.  I may eat my words in a few weeks when I have both boys with me all daaaaaay long.  But I am looking forward to the more relaxed schedule, staying up later, sleeping in.  There just seems to be more time for fun in the summer.

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I am SO thankful that today is our Friday!!!  Happy Dance!!!  I will have some back-up!

one last thing….I am INCREDIBLY sore from Bob’s workout yesterday.  Like hurts to sit, hurts to stand, hurts to walk sore…..I will have to do some serious stretching if I want a workout to happen tomorrow!

one more last thing…..I am taking the White Kidney Bean Extract now and so far, none of the  unpleasant side effects!!!  WHOO HOO!!!