Saturday, May 19, 2018

My Fun Recipe Book and Meal Planner!

   Hi friends!!!!
    One of my biggest issues has always been meal planning.  I'm just downright no good at it sometimes.  One of my biggest goals is to get better at meal planning.  It has so many advantages across the board.  It keeps you from throwing things together last minute that aren't healthy.  It saves on the grocery budget big time, by keeping in check what you buy and what you don't buy.  It also helps just to keep things from being too chaotic at home.  I've finally found a fun way to keep all of my favorite recipes on hand, and incorporate meal planning into it as well, and wanted to share that with you today!

    First we start with our planner!!!  I personally like disc bound planners because they are so easy to customize!  This is simply the Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System 9 x 6.5.  These are completely customizable!  You can find them at staples, and it comes apart piece by piece.  You can purchase different discs, more pages, different covers...  etc.  They really are fantastic!  I have this one and some of the bigger ones that I keep my study notes in!  If you get really into this planner too, (Like I did, obviously...) you can also even purchase a Staples Arc Desktop Paper Punch.  This helps you to make your own sheets for the planner!  I absolutely love these planners!  You can get some of the things on Amazon, or slip into a Staples store and you can find lots more!  Disc bound planners really are amazing, and you'll see why during this post!

Making over my Morning!

   One of the amazing things about being in the blogger world is all of the helpful advice that you can find from lots of people who are on the same journey that you are.  In my personal life, I only know a couple of people who are my age, homeschool their children, don't work outside of the home and plan to do this for the longevity of their children's childhood.  However, on the internet, there are all sorts of like-minded individuals.  That's the beauty in such a vast outreach, is being able to meet people just like you, in every walk of life.
   A few years ago I stumbled across Crystal Paine.  I tried a part of one of her courses, and from the beginning I absolutely loved her!  She was bubbly and motivating, sweet and an absolute joy to listen too!  So I've decided that its absolutely time again to start her courses!
   I wasn't sure when I was going to have time to do this, but then it hit me...  why not watch the videos on the treadmill?  So that's what my newest intention will be.  To watch the videos on the treadmill, then to do the workbook afterward!
   So I'm going to start this again on Monday, and I hope some of you will join me!  I absolutely loved her the first time I saw her videos, so I'm excited about this journey, and making over my mornings!

*I am a proud affiliate of Crystal Paine products! If you purchase here you will contribute a small amount to my family! Thank you!

Weekly Weigh In: Week 10, The One with All the Cake

Welcome to my weekly weigh in!  
So I finally figured out just how many weeks I've been 'serious' about my diet, and that would be 10!  It's taken me about 10 weeks to lose the 12 lbs, which isn't bad at all if you ask me.  It's been complicated trying to find a timeline on this, because I started weighing in on my weight watchers app, then tried to move it to an app on my phone, then started just logging it on paper, so its been hard to pinpoint an actual starting point.  So I went through and looked and when the numbers really starting going down pretty consecutively, I counted from there.  So this would be week 10!  Now, onto the "weigh in"

This is week 10: The One with all the Cake

Friday, May 18, 2018

Self-Care, and my favorite Essential Oils!

   I really put myself on the backburner for years.  Years and years.  Honestly, until my husband and I started visiting the doctor when we finally had insurance in January, I really didn't even realize just how much I wasn't caring for myself.  Back in April, I started posting weigh in blogs and started to wonder what it was really like to take care of myself.  I had spent years caring for little ones.  My little ones are not so little anymore..  as a matter of fact, my 'baby' is five years old, and very self-sufficient.  I started to look around and see that I had a few more moments in the day..  and decided I should do something magnificent...  take care of myself!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Weight loss Diary: Sometimes its just hard...

   Hey guys!  I'm trying to be completely open and honest with everyone reading my blog about this journey that I'm on right now.  And to be really honest with you, I just need to take a moment to say today...
   Sometimes, this is SO hard!
   Sometimes you look back on how hard you are working....  on how many sweets you've passed up and how well you've done..  and oh.  Ohhhh those grueling hours on the treadmill...  and to look at the numbers on the scale, it just doesn't seem motivating!  It's so hard!  I remember all those years ago when I took the diet pills..  the weight just fell off, and you know what- it wasn't hard at all!  I dropped something along the lines of 30 lbs in a month and a half, and it wasn't hard even a little bit!  I took the pill, and the weight went away.  It wasn't hard!
   But a couple of months after I stopped taking the pill, I gained all of that weight back, and then some.  
   So no, it wasn't hard.  But it wasn't life-changing either.  And it didn't change my life...   it changed my weight for a brief moment in time...  and then I went right back where I was.
   Today I was on the treadmill, sweating and trying to pull out some sort of motivation..  when I looked up, I saw this picture in front of me...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday! 5.14/18

Hello there!  I'm joining this week over at Dairy of a Stay at Home Mom for one of my favorite
 link-ups!   Hope this finds you all doing well!
It was a fantastic Mother's day weekend!  My Mom visited and it was so nice to have her 
here with me!  This is my first Mothers day a few hundred miles away from home, so it was such a blessing that she could be here by my side!  We had a great beach day on Friday, a wonderful birthday party for my boy on Saturday, and a blessed Sunday at church where my husband preached an awesome Mothers day message!  So I consider it an amazing day, and consider myself so very blessed!  So without further ado, Happy Homemaker Monday guys!

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....
Hot!  LOL but I'm not complaining!  It was in the 90s over the weekend which made for a great beach day and a nice pool day on Saturday and Sunday after church!  I think I'm starting to look at least a little bit less pale!  That's ALWAYS a good thing!     

Right now I am....
Writing my post way later than usual!  This morning started off with a bang.  We have a few loose ends to tie up to finish up school for the rest of the year!  We are winding down and looking very forward to being all finished up and having some time off for the summer...  

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Weekly Weigh In Linky Party! 5/12/18

Happy Saturday Friends!!!

   I hope that it is as beautiful for all of you today as it is for us here in Eastern NC!  Yesterday was the perfect beach day!  Here on the outer banks the water is still too cold to swim in, but the air is perfect!  Not too hot, the sand is still cool and doesn't burn your feet, and there aren't so many tourists here yet.  We really enjoyed yesterday's relaxing beach day!!!!  It was especially great since my Mom is in town visiting for my son's birthday!  So this will be a short but sweet Weigh in, so I can spend some time with my family this beautiful weekend!  It's currently 84 degrees, I'm cooking potato salad for grilling out this evening, we are baking my son a birthday cake and filling up the swimming pool!  With any luck our skin will be a little darker, and our hearts a little lighter by the end of the day!  So here's to my weekly weigh in!