Tipsy Tuesday (#323)

School started here yesterday....

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and WalMart was packed with supply shoppers this weekend. Here is a great list (from Forbes magazine) of things that you don't need to waste your money on (unless required by your teacher, of course!):

Mechanical pencils
Rolling backpacks
Looseleaf paper

Check out the link for others and a great explanation of why teachers don't need certain supplies.

Trapper Keepers are on the list as well, but every kid NEEDS a Trapper Keeper, am I right?



It feels like I am running the whole circus right now, just call me the Ringmaster....Students left to be scheduled, class lists to be printed, Open House to prepare for...be back when school starts back and life calms down!


Tipsy Tuesday (#322)

Back to school means extra traffic on the roads.

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Familiarize yourself with the laws pertaining to school buses for your state. (pictured are those for my home state, NC)

Let's keep the kiddos safe!


A Little Detour

So, it turns out that vacation calories actually do count, who knew? I didn't go crazy but I did do enough indulging to gain 3lbs., so my total lost is now sitting at 32lbs. I'm back on track this week and hoping that hard work will continue to pay off and that the scale won't be moving up again any time soon. This is one of my hardest months at work with lunch meetings/potlucks and tons of stress, which tempts me to overeat, so I'm putting blinders on and going to stay the course.

I'm also looking to add iron rich foods (my iron is way low resulting in anemia) and increase my good cholesterol since recent blood work shows that it needs to come up about 20 points. And the Rev and I have decided to try the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving even if we just "wog" (walk/jog), so he's about to start trying to whip me into shape for that.

This week back at the gym has been brutal and feels like starting at square one after the week off, just proof that you really have to change your lifestyle and make working out and eating right a constant. You all know that I love a To Do list and getting things checked off, so I'm going to add working out to my daily calendar/To Do and hold myself to it. Wish me luck!


DCB Recipe #46: Hawaiian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

We have been big fans of lettuce wraps since the first time that we had them at P.F Changs. And since we have made dramatic changes in the way that we eat at our house, I like to try out different ways to cut carbs and calories and use lettuce as a vehicle to get food in our bellies as often as we can. These were yummy! I love that you get protein, fruit and vegetables in each wrap. I served it with a side of Coconut Lime Rice.

Hawaiian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1lb. chicken breasts
BBQ seasoning of your choice
1 can corn, drained
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1/3 cup BBQ sauce of your choice
Lettuce cups

Season chicken with BBQ seasoning, place in deep covered baker, and microwave, covered, for 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Shred or chop chicken.

Add, corn, pineapple, and BBQ sauce to chicken in the baker. Stir to combine.

Microwave, uncovered, for 2 minutes.

Serve with lettuce cups.


Tipsy Tuesday (#321)

Start the school year off on the right foot....

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by getting to know your child's teachers.

I work in the school system, have many friends who teach, and spent many years in the early childhood world myself, both as a teacher and facility director, so I know a little bit about teachers. This free printable from Life Sweet Life is a great tool to get to know your teacher and to learn all of the little ways that you can show your appreciation to him or her throughout the school year. I love that it takes the guesswork out of gift giving!


Tipsy Tuesday (#320)

Happy mail (you know, cards and packages, anything that isn't a bill?) makes me positively giddy! Amazon.com and Amazon Prime are used a ton in our house, you can't beat free 2 day shipping and coming home to packages on the porch.

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But there are always people who know more about how to get the most use out of something, and this guy has written a great article on saving money on Amazon.

Check out 5 Little Known Ways to Save Money at Amazon.com, you will learn a ton!

Are you an Amazon.com shopper? Do you use it for everyday items for yourself or gifts? 


Staycation Complete with a Fanny Pack

I've been a bad blogger this month...but an awesome Mom! This is my month off from work for the summer, so I have been dedicating all of my time to Elise and creating memories. 

We lost a few days at the beginning of the month when my neurologist ordered a prolonged EEG that I had to wear for 3 days at home. We are still trying to get to the bottom of my headaches and smoke smell, and have unfortunately discovered what appears to be some auto immune issues in all of our testing. The good news is that the EEG revealed no evidence of seizures....well, that is the second set of good news, the first is that I don't have electrodes glued to my head anymore and I'm not toting around a fanny pack of wires!

And now for a confession, the fanny pack lasted less than a day...it was so annoying that I ended up carrying the monitor around in my bra...sorry to the technician who had to take back my bra sweat covered monitor.


Tipsy Tuesday (#319)

Summertime makes me crave a big, fresh salad.

Tip #31

Use these helpful hints from Health & Style to build the perfect salad!

I need to experiment with greens other than iceberg and romaine. And this has some great ideas for adding protein. What is your favorite salad ingredient?


21 Day Fix: Round 5 Done!

A week ago, I finished my fifth round of 21 Day Fix and I thought that I would give you a little update on my progress.

Weight Lost: This round: 8lbs. Total: 30lbs.

Inches Lost: Still losing inches and fighting to keep my pants up!

Exercise: Not as committed to DVD's as I would have liked this round, due to some out of town time, medical tests, holidays, etc., so looking to hit that hard this round. Walking at least 45 minutes a day as well.

Food: I am still tracking calories (1,320 per day) using My Fitness Pal and trying not to let all of these summer get-togethers and special occasions trip me up.

Water: Drinking just under a gallon a day!

On to Round 6!


Tipsy Tuesday (#318)

If you are fortunate enough to have a farmer's market, a garden of your own, or veggie sharing friends, this is for you.

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Make the most of this summer's bounty by storing your produce correctly (see infographic.)

Now, what is your favorite veggie/fruit and how do you eat it. Share your great recipes with me! I love these Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds.



I have been waiting for this day since August 1, 2014...the last day of the school year for me! Tomorrow begins one glorious month off. I feel like they should give me some sort of "I survived my first year of middle school" shirt or medal or something.

Here's to a fun month with my family! Time to get cracking on that Bucket List!

P.S. Note to self, take the 5:00am alarm off of the Fitbit for Monday...


Tipsy Tuesday (#317)

Record breaking temperatures in NC last week and this week and the air conditioner is working overtime.

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You can't control the heat outside, but you can minimize indoor heat. 

Run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It's best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m.

It is supposed to be up to 97 today, what is the weather like in your area?


21 Day Fix: Round 4 Done!

This past Monday, I finished my fourth round of 21 Day Fix and I thought that I would give you a little update on my progress.

Weight Lost: This round: 7lbs. Total: 22lbs.

Inches Lost: I still need to take some measurements, but my pants fit differently for sure and I had to go down 2 sizes in panties (was that too much information?).

Exercise: Still doing my DVD's 5 days out of 7, taking BodyPump when I can and walking for 45 minutes to an hour each morning before work. My blisters have blisters, but I'm going to keep on!

Food: I am still tracking calories (1,380 per day) using My Fitness Pal and trying not to let all of these summer get-togethers and special occasions trip me up.

Water: Drinking just over a gallon a day!

On to Round 5!


Tipsy Tuesday (#316)

We are quite a ways off from needing this info at our house, but with kids out of school many of you might benefit from a list of guidelines for kids who stay home alone.

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Home alone? Mique at Thirty Handmade Days has a great list to help you gauge if your child might be capable of being left alone. She also covers a list of things that it will be important for your child to know if you make the decision to let them stay home alone.

This decision will vary with every child, every parent, and every state's guideline, but having the right information at hand to make an informed decision for your family is a great way to start.

What are your thoughts on leaving children at home alone?