Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan & Fitness {12/14}

Well, hey there! This is the third time that I've tried to write this post. I've been writing my posts on my phone lately, and today I kept getting interrupted for one reason or another and of course, I didn't save my post before leaving blogger and it didn't save. So I'm hoping that the third time is the charm...

We had a low key Friday decorating gingerbread houses and making white chocolate dipped Bugles.
Saturday was busy between birthday parties, shopping and lots of visitors. I didn't get much done around the house yesterday, but we made some pretty good progress today. We have the formal living room done and even have most of our pictures and other art hanging where they belong. Hopefully we will have the rest of the house in order by Christmas.

So did you notice that I included fitness in this weeks post? I only worked out two days, but you have to start somewhere, right?

Here is how this week is looking:

Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Honey Garlic Drumsticks
Tuesday - Grilled Hamburgers
Wednesday - Grilled Pork Chops
Thursday - Crockpot Meatloaf
Friday - Tacos
Saturday - Contingency Day

For last week's workouts, I did Jillian's Fast Fix Kickboxing on Tuesday and t25 Thursday. I was hoping to get a workout in Friday or yesterday, but it just didn't happen.

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today... 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Tree Ornament Friday Five

Haaaaapy Friday everyone!! We made it to another weekend!! We only have one planned hing over the weekend so far. Addison was invited to a friend's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese Saturday morning. (Ugh!) TC is taking one for the team and taking Addison down since the friend is a daughter of a guy TC works with. In my defense, the party falls during Camden's nap time. So all that excitement + lack of nap = no fun for anyone. So, Camden and I will stay at home and see if we can unpack a couple of boxes. We are also thinking about going out to dinner to finally celebrate TC's birthday, but no definite plans. 

For this Friday Five, I thought I would show you my favorite 5 ornaments on our Christmas tree. I've wanted to do a recap of our tree for you, but I haven't gotten around to it, so I thought this might be fun.

Our First Christmas Together ornament. We actually got this the year after our first Christmas together. It was from the year before though so it worked out :-)

 Of course I love the ornaments I had made for the kids for their first Christmases. I think they're so sweet and love to hang them up every year.

 My Aunt died the first December after Addison was born. She was a pretty special woman to everyone in our family and we all miss her so much. My mom (her sister) bought us all memorial angel ornaments for Christmas that year. My Aunt loved the holiday season! To help her share it with us, I always put her ornament towards the top of our tree so she has a good view of everything.

4. The same year Addison was born, my aunt and uncle started giving her White House ornaments. My uncle still continues to give them to both kids to this day. The ornaments are so beautiful and the kids love hanging them on the tree every year.

5. While we were at Disney World this past Summer, I thought it would be nice to get the kids each an ornament. Addison chose Ariel and since Camden was so young, I let her choose his ornament as well. She chose Lightning McQueen for him. It was so fun to pull the ornaments out to put on the Christmas tree this year.

We have a lot more ornaments, but I think those are my favorites, at leader this year! We also put red and silver bulbs on the tree, but I think they will go away in the future as we keep adding more meaningful ornaments each year.

So what does your tree look like? Do you have any sentimental ornaments on it?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

So long for today...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thinking Out Loud {12/11}

Happy Thursday everyone! I have been trying to find some new blogs to follow lately and I have come across a link-up called Thinking Out Loud. I guess it's similar to the Friday Five, but I thought I would join in this week for the link-up. I find myself with random thoughts that I would love to share but not necessarily devote an entire post to the one thought, so I think this is the perfect way to do it.

1. I am still so into Christmas. I started wrapping presents last Friday and I just wrapped a bunch more last night. My children are extremely spoiled...but I wouldn't have it anyway. I went way overboard on presents this year. The good news is that I already have Addison's Easter basket done and one or two birthday gifts, too!

2. I got my haircut last week and I love it! I'm still trying to get my hair back to its natural color, so she put some lowlights back into it and she gave me a really cute cut, too. I thought about posting a picture, but I'm not a huge fan of posting selfies on myself unless one of my kids or other family members is in the picture with me. I diddn't go too short since I am in a wedding in May and I want to be able to pull it back. Who knows what will happen after the wedding though.

3. Does it seem like bloggers are having a ton of sponsored posts these days? I'm all for having the occasional one, but it seems like they're doing it all the time now. There is one blogger in a particular that I follow and really like, but she has been having 2 or 3 sponsored posts a week. Is it just me?

4. I've decided not to send Christmas cards this year. I really enjoy sending them, but I'm blaming this all on here new house. Not only are we still paying the mortgage on there other house, we are just plain busy trying to unpack and organize the new house. I just don't want to spend the extra time or money on Christmas cards and postage this year. I am planning to take some cute pictures and make man electronic card to post on FB and send via email, so hopefully that will do for this year.

5. We had our Christmas party at work this week and I'm pretty proud of myself for the self control that I had. For an event like that, intend to completely overindulge, but I did pretty well. I still enjoyed myself, but not to I much. Moderation, right?

6. I'm pretty excited that I got a workout in the he other night. Until after the first of the year, my goal is to get 3-4 workouts In each week. I'm not going to have a lot of intensity in my workouts, but enough to work the muscles, break a sweat and burn so me calories.

Thank you so much to Running With Spoons for hosting this link-up.

I hope you all have a great day!

So long for today...

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan {12/7}

Well hello! Hopefully, you're all having a great weekend. For me, everything is back to the way it should be. TC made if home from PA safely yesterday. The kids (and I) were so excited to see him. He had a really good time and is thinking about making this an annual trip. Now that he is back, it's time to finish unpacking all these boxes and finally be officially "moved-in" to the house!

Today, Addison will be riding in the Christmas parade with her dance studio. I'm more excited than she is. All she wants to know is if Santa will be there!  Haha! The weather is supposed to cool off here again this week, so I've included some comfort foods into the mix for this week's meal plan. Here's how it looks:
Monday - Chili
Tuesday - Chicken with Creamy Marinara
Wednesday - Grilled Kielbasa
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Crescent Chili Dog Casserole
Saturday - TC's Choice

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

So long for today...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Melting Snowman Oreo Balls

Hi! I hope you're all recovered from last week's feast and that you're all having a great week. So here is a confession on my part, while I was doing my United Way work, I got completely off track with both my exercising and my eating and gained more weight than I care to admit. Yes, I've been back to my regular job for a few weeks now, but I just haven't been able to get back on track. I've been doing really well this week with my eating and I'm hoping that it's the momentum that I need to finally lose this baby weight. I can still call it baby weight even though he's a toddler, right?

Let's talk about willpower, shall we? I made this treat for Addison last night and I think it's so cute that I had to share it with you all. These take a little bit of time to do, so make sure you're not in a hurry when you make them. They turned out really well and I think Addison really liked them, too. I had crazy willpower and didn't even try one! Such an NSV!! Here's the recipe:

Melting Snowman Oreo Balls
Makes: 40 balls
Source: The Girl Who Are Everything

1 pkg. (8 oz.) light cream cheese, softened
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed
16 oz. vanilla candy wafers, melted
40 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies
decorations: decorating icing or gel; multi-colored sprinkles

Crush Oreos until they're pretty fine, then add in cream cheese. Mix until well combined. I did all of this in the food processor. 

Shape into 40 (1-inch) balls. I used my cookie scoop so they would be pretty uniform in size. Place in freezer and chill for at least 20 minutes. Dip balls in melted chocolate and place on waxed paper, add mini Oreo hat and allow to cool. Once white chocolate has hardened, decorate face to look like a snowman. 

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated.

Exercise has been non-existent with me lately. I'm still wearing my FitBit and have been trying to get at least 10,000 steps in a day. I have been doing really well with that, too, except for yesterday. I'm really hoping to start adding exercise back into the mix next week after TC is home.

So long for today...

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WIAW {12/3}

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope you're all having a great week. Is anyone else so excited that it's the Holiday Season? I really into it this year. We have the tree up, the house decorated, I listen to Christmas carols at work and in the car, I'm using my Santa Tervis,
Addison wears Christmas socks most days. Like I said, I'm really into it this year! Addison has had a lot of fun finding our elf every morning. I'm glad I've been able to remember to move him every night!

I thought I would make this a What I've Been Eating Wednesday post for you. I've been using some of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey for my lunches in this delicious salad. Here is a not very good picture:

And here is how I make it:

On a bed of romaine lettuce, I cut up some grape tomatoes and add some shredded carrots. You can personalize this with whichever veggies you like. Then I add the turkey, some dried cranberries, low fat feta cheese and some sliced almonds. I top it all with my new favorite dressing: Bolthouse Raspberry Merlot. So good! This salad is amazing and full of healthy veggies and proteins! I feel like the dried cranberries keep the Thanksgiving theme going.

So what have you been eating lately? How have you been using your Thanksgiving leftovers?

So long for today...

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan {11/30}

Happy Monday everyone. I'm pretty late posting this week's meal plan because things are pretty hectic, but more than usual this time. I'm a single parent this week since TC is hunting in PA with my dad, but not really because Mimi is staying with us to help out. But it's still not the norm. Yesterday, we went shopping to get some things then decided to get some pizza for dinner. It's going to be a busy week, not just because TC is gone, but there is at least one thing going on everyday this week. So, let's get to this week's meal plan quickly...

Sunday - Pizza
Monday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Tuesday - Grilled Hamburgers
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Spaghetti with Chicken & Creamy Marinara
Friday - Grilled Kielbasa Sandwiches
Saturday - TBD

I'm hoping to do another post soon with some fun Christmas photos.

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

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