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

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.

Bradley-Coopervia

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!

Weekend Recap (Recipes Galore)

Saturday

I think I left off yesterday before I ate lunch.

Lunch

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2% Strawberry-Banana Chobani w/ 2 tbsp. homemade granola, 2 light rye Wasa Crackers with turkey and Sargento’s Ultra Thin Colby Jack cheese.

Dinner

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Taste Of Home Southwest Vegetarian Bake

This the second recipe I have made from my new cook book “Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet”.  This is an INCREDIBLE recipe!  From the crunch of the red onion to the slightly smoky taste, to the cheese.  Man oh man.  It’s a second new Go-To recipe.  It was so simple and easy to make.  You can find the recipe by clicking on the blue text above.

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For dessert I made Hungry Girl’s Chocolate Chip Softies. These were good!  They reminded me of a healthy breakfast cookie/muffin. They aren’t like life changing or any thing but are very good for a girl who has a raving sweet tooth!

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Sunday

Since Jeremy is on vacation this week I took advantage of it and I got myself up at 5am and went for a 5 mile run in the dark.  It was marvelous and slightly cold!  I got chased by some armadillo, chased away about 5 bunnies and I admired the cobalt blue sky as the sun was beginning to rise. The moon was an incredible shade of pink/orange.  I do love me some early morning runs!  I see things I never would otherwise.

Running = Cheaper Than Therapy

Went went to the early service at church and then went to eat breakfast at our favorite, Sweet Tomatoes

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Breakfast focaccia bread, some sort of Mexican egg thing that I wasn’t crazy about and potatoes O’Brien.  SO YUM!

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Donut Muffin, waffle, French toast, baked cinnamon apples, cinnamon roll, and a blueberry muffin.  I also had some vanilla nut flavored coffee that was delicious!

As usual, I was full but unsatisfied because the food is SO delicious and I just wish I could have a to-go box for later.  Thumbs down I think I just need to go eat there more often.

After lunch we went looking for a pair of running shoes for Jeremy.  This was his Father’s Day gift.  After 5 stores over the last week and one last one today….we finally found some at Sports Authority.  We are a picky bunch aren’t we?

After a little cat nap it was time to make some cookies for Daddy!

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Gina’s Skinnytaste Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is to-die-for.  They come out crispy, chewy, and super delicious! My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Today I doubled the batch so I could take some to Jeremy’s dad tomorrow.

Speaking of…..we are driving to Abilene in the morning to meet up with Jeremy’s parents.  The boys are spending the week with them in Lubbock!  Jer and I will be sans kids for 5 1/2 days!!!!  HOLLA!  We don’t have a whole lot planned but just being able to speak complete sentences to each other will be glorious enough!

I tried it, and now I like it!

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In my effort to add more veggies to my diet & get out of my “food rut”…..I added spinach, yes spinach to my morning smoothies for the last 3 days! 2 cups to be exact.

I have seen and heard it’s one of the best ways to get veggies in your diet, you can’t taste the spinach….yada, yada.  I just couldn’t do it.  But, I tried it and now….I LOVE IT!  I won’t make another smoothie without it!  You really can’t taste the spinach.  I swear.

I can’t remember what all I put in these.  But two had frozen peaches and either vanilla or coconut extract.  Things may get a little boring around here as far as breakfasts are concerned….but I don’t apologize.  I feel like my “Health Nut” status is official.  I need a plaque.

I didn’t do a very good job of documenting my eats Sunday or today since I mainly snacked all day both days and ate when I could.  But Saturday I did!  Saturday was a lovely day of playing catch up with all the wonderful mom and wife duties that had fallen by the wayside last week due to end of year activities and appointments.

Lunch

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Amy’s Pizza Margherita .

This.Was.Good.no……delicious….wonderful amazing.

Maybe because I had been living off fruit and bread for a week, my taste buds were like WHOA MOMMA!  Savory!  But for real….try it.

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So tasty!

Snack

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a serving of Teddy Grahams….YUMS!

Dinner

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7 carrots, 1 cup cantaloupe, 1 sliced apple, 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

Sunday!

Sunday I had plans to meet my BFF Cheryl at the Galleria.  Shopping? Yes please!

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Top & Shoes: Target

Shorts: Old Navy

Belt: American Eagle

Bracelets: Charming Charlie

Watch: Fossil

Luke and Aidan got to go too!

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I love his new specs!  Makes him look like a hipster!

I meant to take picture of my beautiful friend but forgot amidst all the shopping and eye rolling at people who have no regard for strollers and clearly didn’t get the memo on elevator etiquette. Winking smile

I haven’t worked out in three days….which is good, I needed a break.  An old back injury was rearing its ugly little head.  But I am back in action first thing in the morning!

I DID do tons of shopping. So I suppose that counts as something!   My little boys will be pros by the time they are old enough to accompany their ladies on shopping trips.

This is Jeremy’s long week and I feel like he has been gone for a month straight.  Tomorrow is his last day, praise the Lord….I am running on fumes….

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I would like to say THANK YOU to our military.  What you do for our country is beyond what my vocabulary can express.

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In a funk? This article might help!

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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!!!

I am Zen

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How many of you can identify with this?  I know I can.

Sometimes life gets a little crazy and sometimes you just need to unplug and decompress.  I think it is essential, especially for mothers and wives, to do this.  We spend so much time   …..most  of our time…..ok pretty much every waking moment taking care of everyone else, we forget we need to be taken care of too.  Our spirits need to be filled, our bodies need rest and relaxation, and our minds need to be turned off.

So for two days I did just that.  It was LOVELY & I feel 1000% better.

I worked-out Wednesday morning on the treadmill and then did some abs and stretching.

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I finally started Catching Fire Wednesday afternoon.

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I ironed.  This is relaxing for me…I never have time make time for ironing and it stresses me out.  I have many summer clothes that I can’t wear unless I iron them…so I am stuck with wash and wear stuff over and over.  It makes me sad when I go into my closet and see so much potential for cute outfits but I can’t wear any of it because I lack ironing discipline. So I ironed for two hours on Wednesday night and watched about 5 DVR’d  Joyce Meyer shows.  I record these but never get to actually sit and watch them.

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It was heavenly Winking smile

I also listened to about 5 or 6 of her podcasts while getting ready for my date with Prince Charming on Thursday.

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I got pretty for my Prince.

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  • Shirt: Polo (It’s a youth size that I found at a children’s consignment shop when I was selling Aidan’s clothes to them)  I love it.  I rarely wear it though. Why?  Ironing.
  • Cami: Old Navy
  • Jeans: American Eagle
  • Shoes: TOMS
  • Accessories: Watch- Fossil, Bracelets- Coach and a gift from a friend.

We both thought this was funny.

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Clif MoJo bar.  It was delicious by the way!

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We had our Starbucks and then walked around the mall.  He wanted to take me ice skating because I keep saying like every week…..I want to go ice skating!  But wouldn’t you know, this would be the week I wouldn’t feel up to it!

So instead we had a long….looooooooong heart to heart and ate copious amounts of chocolate.

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On a Dessert for Lunch Date at Carino’s!  I think I have started a new trend.

He also got the best thing ever for this picky girl who can’t seem to find a new perfume.

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Sephora Fragrance Sampler for Her.

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This is brilliant.  You buy the box of 10 of their favorite fragrance samples.  Wear them, test them out, decide which one you like & return the gift voucher in the box for a full size bottle.  When we got home I had all 3 boys sitting on the bed with me smelling perfumes and getting their opinion.  It was adorable.  Today I am wearing the one we all liked the best, Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola.  It smells really lovely at first, but then the scent fades quickly.  Perfect example of why it’s good try it out first.

We picked up little A from school and went to get Jeremy’s hair cut and more sweets.  Copious I said.

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Later that afternoon I got the grocery shopping done.

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Truth

By Thursday night I was Zen.

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I slept like a rock last night, probably because I had another case of insomnia Wednesday night.  I found myself asleep sitting up in bed after trying to read just one chapter of Catching Fire.

Breakfast

My new favorite.

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.Chobani 2% Greek Yogurt, 1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1 tbsp. Sunbutter, 1/2 small banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Workout

I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.  It felt really good and I got super sweaty.  I downloaded some new music from Itunes and I am pretty sure that had everything to do with it.  Music is essential for cardio.  It’s a non-negotiable for me.  These people who work out with no music are bionic or something.

  • Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta & Sia
  • Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato
  • Back in Time – Pitbull
  • Wild Ones (feat. Sia) – Flo Rida
  • Boyfriend – Justin Bieber (don’t judge me)
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

I am looking FORWARD to my sweat session tomorrow!

Lunch

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  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 7 chopped baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red and green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette.

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

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Spark

Dinner

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A Granny Smith Apple the size of my face and a Cara Cara orange.

A little later, I had a serving of Blue Diamond natural almonds and the other half of the small banana from this morning.

I wasn’t hungry really at dinner time and now it’s after 9pm and wouldn’t you know my tummy us rumbling!  I am about to have 1/2 a Sandwich Thin with some PB.

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I have not nor do I plan on reading the naughty little novel that is taking the women of this country by storm, but I thought this was hilarious!

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The first person I thought of when I saw this was my BFF Cheryl, who told me ALL about it!

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Questions

  • What do YOU do to unplug and decompress?
  • Have you read Shades of Grey?  What did you think about it?

OF NOTE:  My Raspberry Ketone has been ordered and is on its way!

Date Day!

Yesterday afternoon I made two batches of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread & then proceeded to have two pieces at 4pm & two more at 6pm right before I left to go grocery shopping (instead of church, I am terrible.)

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Then at 8pm I ate “my dinner” on the way back from the grocery store.

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Only the best Luna Bar ever.

I was absolutely exhausted with a headache and just wanted to go to bed.  It had been a long loooooong day.

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I woke up after a really hard night’s sleep still majorly sore, good thing today was rest day!

Breakfast

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Smoothie

Then Baby Daddy brought this pretty lady home.

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Tall Non-Fat Misto….2 Splendas

Today is Thursday and that means DATE DAY!

So I got myself dolled up, a rare sighting indeed!

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Dress: TJ Maxx (Be Bop, last year)

Accessories: Charming Charlie

Shoes: Target (this season)

Watch: Fossil

I must say that I think Spring and Summer are a much prettier season for dressing!  In the winter, the only thing I am concerned about is how many layers I am going to need.

First, we stopped by Ulta to sniff out some new perfumes, get some special lotion for Luke’s skin issues and pick up my free gift for spending too much money being such a loyal customer.

Then we “stopped in real quick” at Old Navy and I ended up buying a dress, a pair of shorts and two tops.  Oooopsie!  In all seriousness, I DO need new clothes, on the REAL.  I am honestly still catching up from having to get rid of pretty much every last item of clothing I used to own.  Even the ones I got mid-weight loss are now too big.  I can’t ‘”make them work” anymore.  Good problem to have I suppose. Winking smile

Our last stops were Barnes & Noble for book # 2 in a series Luke is reading and Jason’s Deli for Lunch.

This REALLY hit the spot!

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My salad had baby greens, peas, broccoli, cucumbers, baby carrots, trail mix, 1 crouton Winking smile, granola, a spicy nut mix and fat free honey mustard.  Good gracious I love me some kitchen sink salads!  On the side was some sort of rice dish that I didn’t care for.  Hummus, crackers, a ginger bread muffin and a cornbread muffin.  I ate all of the salad plate, the crackers with some of the hummus, & a bite of each muffin.  I also had a scoop of banana and chocolate pudding from the salad bar.  The best part of the meal was the frozen yogurt cone they offer at the end of the meal.  Deeeeelish!

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In my own personal Heaven! I want to go back right now for dinner!

Speaking of, I need to get that started!


Good reads:

Write Your Stress Away – Greatist …..I love to journal, puts so much into perspective.  Highly recommend.

Help with stress eating – Everyday Health……Guilty!  Here are some GREAT tips.

Yummy Healthy Enchilada Recipe! – Everyday Health…..who doesn’t love Mexican Food?

A Dentist Date

I would say that yesterday was so lovely and romantic but the truth is…..it wasn’t.  I’ll get to that later.

Breakfast Smoothie!

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It was the same as this one except I used just 1/2 scoop of Whey Protein.

“Date” Outfit

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So I planned on wearing shorts, a button down and my new shoes, but it was 60 degrees out yesterday morning and that was not going to be very comfortable.  I get cold if it’s 80 degrees and there is a breeze.

Outfit:

Sweater & Tank Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Seven (Steinmart)

Shoes: Blowfish (DSW)

Watch: Fossil

I was so excited after I had checked the mail yesterday.  My friend gave Aidan a movie for his birthday back in February. When I opened the DVD there was a voucher for a free subscription to one of my favorite magazines, Parents!  I sent it in and forgot about it until I got not one but TWO issues in the mail!

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Oh Happy Day!!!!!

We took Aidan to school

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And then we got our hot date started…..Thumbs down

We spent two hours at the dentist office getting x-rayed, scraped & polished .  Lucky for us we were blessed with good teeth and are also slightly OCD when it comes to oral hygiene.  Excuse me while I brag, but I do floss every night and brush my teeth for way longer than the standard 2 minutes.  I rinse with Listerine.  I don’t eat or drink a lot of sugar.  I drink TONS of water.  I replace our toothbrushes every month.  It really makes the visit much more pleasant & speedy.  My problems are sensitivity and I clench my teeth so hard at night that they break.  I have to wear a night guard.  It is so sexy, and it has helped, but every time I go in, I fear the dreaded words of my sweet sweet dentist. “It looks like that fracture we have been watching needs to be filled.  Let’s go ahead…..” I just tune him out at that point.  “Ok, (nodding) thank you.”  Thank you?  Who does that?  Must be the “southern” in me.  Good news though, he said everything looked great, we will just “keep a watch on 30 and 26”. *big sigh of relief*  I deserved a treat after all that!  I don’t want to talk about Jeremy, he has zero fillings and the dentist looked at his mouth for 30 seconds tops.  *eyeroll*

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It looks as though I am being intubated.

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He’s sexy and he knows it. Winking smile

The best thing about the dentist is the swag.

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Yes, MY dentist is a man after my own heart.  He gives us sugar free chocolates!

After the dentist we had lunch.  I was so hungry!  My stomach was growling while I was having my cleaning.

Mimi’s Café!

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I got the veggie burger from the Fresh & Fit Menu.

I ate all of my fruit and ended up eating just the patty from the burger.

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We had to ask twice for our bread basket! Apparently you have to request it if it’s before 4pm.  That would explain last time.  But glory, glory we finally got it…… after we had eaten.  I asked for a to-go box and ate some later.  Yums.

We killed some time by browsing through T.J. Maxx.  Jeremy just LOVES that place….Winking smile I think for him, it’s the same as my love for Home Depot.  Slow torture.

We picked up little A from school & stopped for some frozen yogurt.

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Chocolate, Vanilla & Cake Batter w/ a little bit of every nutty or chocolaty topping they had.

This was SO good. Just what I needed.

When we got home, Jeremy mowed our lawn &  I was the perfect mother by letting my children play video games while I watched some shows I had DVR’d & napped.  Around 5 or so, I ate some of Aidan’s Easter candy and the bread from lunch.  Do you want to know something lovely and serendipitous?  I had to write Aidan’s name on his eggs for the egg hunt at school.  I wasn’t sure why.  I thought probably so the teachers could know all the kids brought eggs.  No, it was so they could hunt for their OWN eggs.  Imagine my glee when I discovered all those delicious treats back in Aidan’s basket.  I had victoriously resisted and packed them away and there they were, back my life.  BLERG!  Needless to say, I wasn’t hungry for a formal dinner, so I suppose the candy and bread was it!  Dessert for Dinner?  That’s the way you do treat day!

It’s all about Balance.

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