Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Truths

Good morning! How was your Monday? We had a nice one over here. There were no plans, so we were able to be home all day, get school done and catch-up on laundry. I really don't mind those kind of days. :)

We do have a busy day today, so I am going to just get right into sharing some truths with all of you. Hope you don't mind. ;)

Truth: Rylee woke me up at 2:30 this morning to tell me Leland was keeping her awake while he was playing in the toy room. Playing in the toy room, people! Who is this kid?! My girls never got up in the middle of the night and just went about doing whatever they wanted.

Truth: My enemy {Mr. Cold Sore} has stopped by for a visit. I know I get these due to stress, and I haven't had one in a *long* time. I felt it coming on yesterday and actually had to call and get my prescription refilled so I can get going on that. These things are so annoying. Ugh! If you don't get them, feel fortunate.

Truth: I am completely out of face wash. This morning I just put in an order for my favorite stuff and am anxious for it to get here. For now I am using coconut oil to wash my face.

Truth: This morning I have Bible study at church. I am loving the book of Ephesians. I am learning so many great lessons and truths from Paul's life.

Truth: I will be staying after study for a bit with my friend, Dawn. We are planning our second "Walk a Mile" event that will be at the church this Friday night. If you are local, you should totally come.

Truth: The girls had their Easter musical performances on Sunday. I was almost in tears a couple of times as I watched these children show their amazing love for Jesus and sing about what He did for us on the cross. 

Truth: My dad is awesome! I just have to say. I look up to this man so much. On Saturday he was chosen for the Foundation Award because of his great contribution to UWP and the John Barth Foundation. 

He was recognized for being in the Football Hall of Fame, Baseball Hall of Fame, for his community service, his football record from playing at UWP, and for his coaching record.

This guy in the middle here has touched *so* many lives. Love him! <3

Truth: My friend still has not had her baby. :( We are waiting as patiently as possible over here. I am so ready for this little one to come out into this world so I can love on her {we don't know if it's a girl or a boy, but I am pretty sure it's a girl} and get my baby fix. ;)

Truth: Speaking of my friend and her pregnancy, Sunday night at the AWANA car races, I accdentally knocked my giant cup of water over. It just so happened to spill right under her chair. It is no surprise everyone around us started freaking out thinking her water broke! :) Bahaha!!

Questions for you:
  • Have you tried coconut oil as a face wash?
  • Do you get cold sores?
  • What is one truth you can share with me today?

Monday, March 23, 2015

National Puppy Day

Did you know today was National Puppy Day?

Yeah, I didn't either until I saw a friend post a picture of her puppy. {Or maybe I am the only one that wasn't aware because I have been seeing more and more pictures as the day goes on.}

While we don't have a puppy any longer, I decided I wanted to get a picture of the kids with their dog today.

I was walking into the dining room when I saw this.

How perfect and so stinkin' adorable is this?! I quick grabbed my camera and was thankful to have caught this sweet moment. {Because, let's be real here, normally Leland is torturing poor Snooter. :) }

I told the girls it was National Puppy Day, so of course Rylee spent some extra time loving on her doggie. She is the tender-hearted one. 

During independent reading time, she couldn't find the book she is currently reading, so once I called them back for more school, she was very excited to tell me that she wrote her own story instead. She read it to me, and I found it too cute not to record and share with all of you. And very appropriate for National Puppy Day. :)


Willow drew a picture during free-time and wanted to have me video her sharing about it. 


Questions for you:
  • Do you have a puppy?
    • What kind and how old?
  • If not, would you want one and what would be your first pick as far as breed?

Meal Plan & Workout Schedule for 3/23 - 3/29

Good morning, and happy Monday!

I am back after feeling what has been awhile without appearing on this little 'ol blog. :) However, this may not be the most fun post. I need to post some pictures of the kids and update on what's been going on here {which is not much} but I wanted to get my meal plan and workout schedule posted for me to have on hand for the week, and to share with anyone interested.

So, without further ado, here are my meals for the week. I am doing things a little differently this week. I decided since I don't mind repeating my meals, I kept the planning process that I did on Saturday night extremely simple. With the exception of supper, because I don't want to bore my family, I will be eating the same things for all my meals.

Breakfast:
Shakeology (1 red)
1/2 Banana (1 purple)
Flaxseed (1 orange)

Snack 1: 
Oatmeal (1 yellow)
8 Egg whites (1 red)

Lunch: 
Venison Meatballs (1 red)
Sweet Potato (1 yellow)
Portobello Mushrooms (1 green)
Brussels sprouts (1 green)

Snack 2: 
Gala apple (1 purple)
Natural P.B. (2 spoons)

Supper: 
Monday - Chicken Fajitas
Tuesday - Chili
Wednesday - Spaghetti with steamed green beans
Thursday - Hearty Venison & Butternut Squash Stew
Friday - Pizza and raw veggies
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Grill out steaks with portobello mushrooms, baked potatoes & steamed broccoli

I spent a couple hours yesterday prepping for the week. I made up a big batch of oatmeal and portioned that out. 
I put a little olive oil, salt, and pepper on the brussels sprouts and threw those in the oven for 40 minutes to roast. Once they were cool I portioned those out for my lunches.

I had a loaf of bread going in the breadmaker. That will be for the kids for one or two days this week. Homemade bread doesn't last very long in our house; I usually make 2 to 3 loaves a week.

I washed all our fruits and veggies, cut those up, and portioned those out for Joe's lunches this week.
While I was doing all of that, I had the venison burger thawing for the meatballs, and then I also threw my sweet potatoes in the oven to bake.

Alright, now onto my workout schedule for the week. I am still going on the 21 Day Fix EXTREME and loving it!

Monday - Plyo Fix EXTREME
Tuesday - Upper Fix EXTREME
Wednesday - Pilates Fix EXTREME
Thursday - Lower Fix EXTREME 
Friday - Cardio Fix EXTREME 
Saturday - Dirty 30 EXTREME
Sunday - Yoga Fix EXTREME

There we have it. All set for a successful week and now I don't have to open the fridge at 4:30 each afternoon and stand there wondering what we should have for supper. {Or call my mom; I did that a few times last week because I didn't have a plan ready-to-go. :) }

Have a great week!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken

I am always up for a quick, easy, and healthy meal that my family will all love.

This one is a new one that I tried out today. 

Extremely easy. 

You literally throw all the ingredients in the crockpot, the chicken even went in frozen, and then I turned the crockpot on low for the day.

We will be eating it over brown rice and having a side of steamed veggies!

Dinner is done, just like that. :)


INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
DIRECTIONS: 
  1. Place all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Put on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  3. Shred chicken before serving.
MOM TIME-SAVING TIP: 
Place all ingredients in a freezer bag, freeze it, and then pull it out on the day you want to eat, place in crockpot on low for 8 hours.

Serve over brown rice or quinoa with a side of veggies. 

21 DAY FIX CONTAINER EQUIVALENTS: 
  • 1 Red
  • 1 Yellow
  • 1 Green
Enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hey Friday!

Oh, hey Friday! How nice it is to see you! :)

I really love the weekends, and when you are expecting upper 60-degree weather, that makes it even better.

I think I mentioned that Joe has a super crazy month here at work. Well, tonight starts the thick of it all; late nights and working weekends for the next couple weeks. Basically he should just move into his store. ;)

They are resetting it, and while I don't fully know what that all entails, even though he has briefly tried to explain, I understand the gist and that it is a lot of work. There is a team of 10 coming in tomorrow to help him, so I think the kids and I will bake a bunch of goodies and take those in for them. {Any excuse I can find to bake. ;) }

I am sure the girls will be thrilled to know we will be doing a little bit of school tomorrow morning too. :) #BestMomEver! Cartoon day will be cut a little shorter so we can squeeze in a couple things we have fallen behind on {according to my standards}. All the baking and sampling that will follow should make up for it though. ;)

After school this morning, we are heading out to the farm. We haven't been out there in awhile and I decided my boy needs to run, explore, and chase the chickens. He needs some true, get-down-and-dirty boy fun. {Enough of the princess head bands, watching the girls paint their nails, playing with dolls, blah, blah, blah. ;) It's boy time!}

The girls love it too, so it's just as much for them. These kids can't seem to spend enough time together. They wake up and ask when the next time will be that they can see each other, even though they just spent 11 hours together the day before {literally}. :) Aren't friends the best?!

Linking up with Heather
Linking up with Erika, Narci, & Andrea

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shakeology Protein Squares

How is your afternoon?

I'm back for a quick post to share one of our favorite family snacks lately... one that I am sitting here eating as I type, which is exactly why I decided I wanted to share with you. :)

As I have mentioned over here, I am doing round two of the 21 Day Fix EXTREME. This eating plan is a little more strict than the regular 21 Day Fix. Autumn Calabrese has cut out sweets and treats for the 21 days during the EXTREME eating plan, with one exception: Shakeology.

I have a *big* sweet tooth, so when I first flipped through the eating plan, I knew I would have to make up some of these treats to have on hand at all times. They taste decadent, so they definitely satisfy any sweet cravings I get, but they are filled with healthy foods, which fuel me for my workouts. Win-win!!

On Sundays, during my meal prep, I have been making up a batch, recently now two, of these protein-packed bars. They are so easy to make and such a healthy option to grab out of the fridge when you want a little something to tide you over until your next meal time.

I have been throwing a couple in My Hunter's lunch box each day. In fact, if I forget, I will get a text asking where his bars are. :)

And, my two-year-old has been caught many times now sneaking in the fridge and helping himself to these. 

{Now you can understand why I have started making two batches on Sundays. :) }

The recipe is so versatile, which I love. The first time I made them, I used Strawberry Shakeology, the second time I used Vanilla Shakeo, and then I started getting creative and mixed Vanilla and Chocolate. :)

Anyway, here's the recipe!


{Makes 8 servings, 1 square each}

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 scoops Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup all-natural smooth almond butter {I use chunky, natural p.b. & it tastes great!}
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
DIRECTIONS: 
  1. Place oats and Shakeology in blender or food processor; cover. Blend for one minute.
  2. Add almond butter and almond milk; cover. Blend for one minute, or until it forms a wet dough. 
  3. Place in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish; press evenly to cover bottom of dish. Set aside.
  4. Refrigerate for two hours or until firm. Cut into eight one-inch squares.
CONTAINER EQUIVALENTS: 
  • 1/2 Red
  • 1/2 Yellow
  • 1/2 Blue
Enjoy!!

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Good morning!

Whew! I am trying to rub the sleep out of my eyes this morning before I go workout. 
Last night Little Man woke up at midnight crying and crying. I don't know what his deal was, but it took me a bit to settle him down.

I hope you all have been enjoying your week!
I thought I would take a couple minutes to share some things I am loving today.

I love... my little future cubby. 
This fall he will be heading off to AWANA on Sundays with his big sissies.

I love... how so extremely helpful and involved the girls are with Leland's diabetes.
It means the world to me {and to him too I'm sure}.

I love... how Leland grabs the corner of his blanket and rubs it over and over. It reminds me of my niece, Tatum. She does the same thing. :)

 I love... baby boy hugs {and new yoga pants}.

I love... this weather! 
Taking a walk around our neighborhood yesterday was a must.

I love... having the patio door open and hearing the kids' delightful squeals as they play.
Leland is a big boy now; we will not be pulling out the baby swing this year.

I love... that it was 67 degrees at 5:45 p.m. when we were driving to gymnastics.

I love... stopping in to say hi to My Hunter at work.

I love... watching their father/son relationship.

I love... that I finally picked up some new sunglasses. 
I told myself last time that I would not spend $17 on a pair that could get broken again so easily around here, but I will be a happy momma if they last me through the summer.

I love... that Rylee has such a compassionate heart and bought her brother a new stuffie when her and Willow went to spend their allowance yesterday.

I love... that it took them a whole five minutes before they dressed their new little friends up. :)

I love... this little goodnight video and seeing Leland peek around the corner to see his dad one last time before coming to bed.

Well it is time for me to go get my Pilates on before I have three kiddos begging for breakfast. :)

I hope you find lots of love in your day today!

Happy Wednesday!!