Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

Has anyone ordered their holiday cards yet? I always wait too long and stress over it, so this year I thought I'd knock it out early!  I stumbled across a great site that has some awesome deals on Christmas cards. Hop on over to Tiny Prints and check it out!  I'm having a hard time deciding on which one to choose, as they have so many cute ones.  I think so far this is my favorite:

Christmas Cards Candy Cane Square - Front : Winterberry

Does anyone have any cute ideas for displaying holiday cards? I have one of those wreath thingies with an angel on it. I usually hang it by the front door.  I remember my parents hanging them around a doorway. 

Now I just have to decide how to get the kids to pose for me.  I love black and white candids, so I may just try and catch them doing something cute and turn it black and white.

If you are a fellow blogger, Tiny Prints has a great offer to pick up some free cards this year, so run on over and check them out.  They really have some cute stuff!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Weight Loss Journey (Week Two)

I promised to post weekly about how the diet thing is going, and today marks one week.  It turns out the Body by Vi shakes are really tasty.  They are, however, shakes.  Shakes, shakes, and more shakes!  No matter how many tasty combinations I come up with, in all honesty it gets old.  So, what I'm doing is incorporating the shakes as some of my meals, and counting calories for others.  It's working so far.  I wish I could tell you I've lost like 10 pounds, but turns out I've only lost 3.  But hey, that's a start, right? 

This definitely makes me feel better.  This is 3 pounds of fat!  Yuck!

I do have a question though.  Does anyone have a recommendation for an awesome blender?  I've got two (one is a smoothie maker), and I'm not impressed by either one.  No matter what I do, I have hunks of ice in my shakes.  It's part of what annoys me about the shakes!  My husband thinks I need to find one of those super awesome old fashioned ones from the 60s.

Anyone remember these? I think my mom had one.  They don't make 'em like they used to, huh? 

I much prefer the look of this one:

But, then again I'm all about the turquoise, right?

Apparently there are some folks out there who still love them some harvest gold.

Me, not so much.

I did a little research, and this classic beehive from Oster seems to be getting rave reviews.

oster classic beehive blender

My food processor is made by Oster, and it rocks! 

Anyone have a blender they love?  Any thoughts or recommendations?

So I guess I'll see how I do next week, since it's Thanksgiving and all.  I'm not planning to go hog wild or anything.  But, I probably will allow myself one dessert on the big day.  Maybe with some sugar free whipped topping?  That stuff is awesome!  Stay tuned next Tuesday for the latest update on my weight loss journey!  Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Weight Loss Journey (Part I)

Ok, so I totally cannot believe I'm doing this, but here goes.  I am going to put myself out there, so bear with me!  I have made the decision to lose weight.  Just like a lot of people, I have made this decision many times.  And then, I see a piece of cake and it's all over.  Sound familiar?  So this time I am trying a completely new approach.  I thought if I make my weight loss journey public, maybe I'll succeed.  Kinda like getting weighed in a Weight Watchers every week, right? (Believe me, I've tried that too!) 

So how am I planning on losing this weight? I mean, it's nice to have a plan, right? Recently, a friend posted something on Facebook that caught my eye.  It's called "Body by Vi".  Now, let me just make very clear that I am in no way trying to promote this product.  I just read about it, and it sounded like something that might work for me.  You've heard the deal before: a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a healthy dinner.  Sounds Slim-fast-ish, right?  But, after reading more about it, it sounded really healthy.  It also sounded like a system that would fit easily into my daily life.  Since I'm home during the day while the kids are at school, I had gotten into a bad dietary habit of skipping breakfast, eating a late (and not particularly healthy) lunch, and then pigging out at dinner only to follow with whatever sweets happened to be lurking in my kitchen.   I'm a nurse, so I know that's not smart.  But, I always just seemed to busy doing stuff that I didn't have time during the day to do a little better.  I'm not saying this shake thing is the right way for everyone, but I'm going to try and see if it works for me!  And of course I know I'll need to exercise too!

I am doing their 90 day challenge, so I'd like to see what I can lose by Valentine's Day.  This morning I made my first shake.  The way this system works is that you can make 100s of different shakes by adding ingredients to the mix.  I tried the chocolate banana. I have to say, it was delicious and made a huge, filling shake! 

So, my weight loss journey has officially begun.  And what better time of year that right before the holidays, right?  I know, what was I thinking?  That my jeans were tight, and I hated all my pictures! That's what I was thinking!  Speaking of pictures, I'm gonna go a step further and put a BEFORE pic on here for you.  I HATE this picture!  I cannot believe I'm putting this one here, because it is the absolute worst fat girl pic of me ever!  But here goes:

Yuck!  And this is with Spanx on!!!  So how much weight would I like to lose?  Well, I'm not going to go as far as to put my weight on here.  I know, I'm sorry.  But, a girl's gotta have some secrets, right?  I will say that I don't expect or want to be super skinny.  I'd just like to be 130something.  I don't care if it's 139.  I just want to get to, and maintain 130something.  And not ever go back over 140 again!  After all, I do like to eat!  I haven't weighed this since before I got pregnant with my oldest child, who is now almost 10. 

So, here goes.  I plan to post weekly about my weight loss journey.  Wish me luck! 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Some Pinterest-Inspired Halloween Party Ideas

I've been so inspired lately by all of the adorable party ideas I've been seeing on Pinterest.  There are so many great ideas over there!  Thanks to all the great printables, throwing a party together is a snap.  All my decorations were made using free printables, dollar store decorations, and Goodwill items.

The tissue paper pom poms were super easy to make.  You can find the tutorial at Martha Stewart

The free printable banner can be found over at Chickabug.  To cover the table, I found a black gauzy runner at Michael's on clearance for a dollar, and draped it over a white tablecloth I already had.

Inspired by these creepy apothecary jars from Pottery Barn, I used some clear glass jars and vases I picked up from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, and filled them with dollar store Halloween stuff.  The birds are from the dollar store as well.

The "Werewolf Kibble" is a mixture of Bugles, Fiddle Faddle, and Autumn mix, all purchased at the dollar store.  The printable label can be found over at Bite Bella.  Being a Twilight fan, I just couldn't resist!  The drink label printables can be found at Centsational Girl, Peonies and Poppyseeds, and Graphics Fairy.  We went apple picking last weekend.  What's Halloween without some caramel apples?

I picked up some plastic skulls at the dollar store.  They also had these black candlesticks, so I just hot glued the skulls on top!  How cute are these spider and bat ice cubes?  Using ice trays and spiders from the dollar store, I surprised the kiddos with these.  Trust me, they were a huge hit with the little ones!  I also made these mini pumpkin oreo cheesecakes using a recipe I found on Pinterest.  They can be found here

Haven't jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet?  You just don't know what you're missing!  Talk about addictive!  For these, and more inspiring ideas, head on over to my Pinterest boards and click "follow all". 

How did you spend your Halloween?