7.21.2015

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.

Tip # 320

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? 

7.20.2015

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.

7.14.2015

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?

7.13.2015

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!

7.07.2015

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.

Tip #318

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.


6.26.2015

Finally!


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...






6.23.2015

Tipsy Tuesday (#317)

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

Tip #317

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?

6.19.2015

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!

6.16.2015

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.

Tip #316

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?

6.15.2015

Currently...

 
Listening...to "Fat Bottom Girls" over and over in my head...I think someone at the gym has a twisted sense of humor.

Eating...an apple and oatmeal.


Drinking...water....lots and lots of water...


Reading...emails.

Wearing...jeans, a brown T-shirt, flip flops, and a turquoise necklace. (I love casual dress after all of the students have left for the school year!)


Feeling...so tired, only 1 night of VBS in the books and I am already exhausted.


Needing...to get a ton done in my last 15 days at work before I get my month long break!

Wanting...a new bathing suit...but not wanting to have to shop and try them on.


Thinking...that if you could get super skinny by smelling imaginary smoke - the way models do by chain smoking - I would be set.

 
Enjoying...Elise running around in her new "sparkly" sandals!
 

6.11.2015

Elise's Summer Bucket List - 2015

 
 Learn to play a board game / Outdoor Tea Party / Potty Train / Colors & Shapes Sidewalk Chalk Game / Take a boat ride / Marble Painting / Make freezer jam / Vacation Bible School / Paintbag Writing / Make a bracelet with Mommy / Visit grandparents / Make Watermelon Pie / Miniature Golf / Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter / Go to a concert / Make homemade ice cream / Tie dye a shirt / Visit Gatlinburg, TN / Summer Reading Program at the library / Water park / Tiny Bubbles prints / Playdates with friends / Make homemade sidewalk chalk / Pool Noodle Marble Run / Make a movie necklace and see an outdoor movie / Camp out / Elsa's Frozen Hands / Make Gummy Bear popsicles / Make homemade pizza / Catch fireflies / Make Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs / Swim Lessons / Learn to spell "Elise"
 

6.09.2015

Tipsy Tuesday (#315)

Because who doesn't want to raise a happy, successful, cooperative child and discipline their child less...

Tip #315

We have a typical 2 year old and she is beginning to test the boundaries, so when I saw this chart from Carol Tuttle, author of The Child Whisperer, I thought why not give these techniques a shot.

It looks like we have a Sensitive Child on our hands, which is not very surprising since her Mama is the same way. It's helpful to try to step back and really think about how she is feeling and then tackle the challenging behavior in the way that makes her feel most secure.

This parenting gig is no joke!

6.02.2015

Tipsy Tuesday (#314)

I have a confession and I hope we can still be friends...I have not washed the windows in our house once in the 8 years that we have lived there. Sure, I have washed the few that don't have blinds on them and the storm doors regularly, but all of the others are in sad shape.

Tip #314

According to Chaotically Creative, this squeegee method makes window cleaning a breeze.

I have everything that I need and I'm going to give it a try tonight. And once I get my inside windows clean, I'm going to make the Rev use this method to clean the outside windows. Fun for one and all!

How often do you clean your windows?

5.28.2015

21 Day Fix: Round 3 Done!

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

Weight Lost: This round: 3lbs. Total: 15lbs. Not thrilled with that number, but my eating wasn't what it needs to be this round.

Inches Lost: I still need to take some measurements, but my pants fit differently for sure.

Exercise: I'm walking for 45 minutes before work everyday in addition to my nightly 21 Day Fix DVD's and a weekend BodyPump class. My Fitbit is my new favorite and great at keeping me motivated. Yes, I was doing laps on the driveway at 10:30 last night because I was 1/4 mile short of my daily mileage goal...

Food: I am still tracking calories (1,420 per day) using My Fitness Pal, but it is time to go clean and use the 21 Day Fix containers...wish me luck!

Water: I'm up to my goal of 135oz. of water a day!

On to Round 4!

5.26.2015

Tipsy Tuesday (#313)

Because I love a good dollar store deal and Elise loves trying fun, new things...

Tip #313

Buzzfeed has an awesome list of summer fun to be had with dollar store finds. 

I see a pool noodle obstacle course in our summer plans, for sure!