Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Back on the Wagon- a Nutrisystem Update

I lost another pound!!!!
Woo hoo!
Can you tell I am excited?

What have I done different?
Well, I buy snacks that I don't like to eat.
This isn't that hard for me because I do not eat chocolate.
So, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake... they don't appeal to me at all.

I have started a contest with a friend of mine to see who can lose the most weight in 2 months- we will see how that goes.

And I am loving the gym mirrors- it is a constant reminder of what I honestly look like and what I need to do to look like a thinner me.

And as for Nutrisystem... I am about to put in my new order and I can't wait for my new food. I have even heard there might be a Nutrisystem shake in my future- which I would love.
I will keep you posted.

And as fitness instructor at the gym said, "Bathing suits are already in the stores ladies!"

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling (1-888-853-4689) or by visiting (http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog)

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Follow With The Chatty Mommy...

Yeah, so apparently it is Friday already.
Who knew?
We are having a good week.
I didn't get as much done as I would like- surprise, surprise.
But, I am so excited the weekend is here.
We plan on just hanging out and getting stuff done around the house.

How about you?

And we have a 3rd grade spelling bee to get ready for.
Life is good.

On to the follow:


1. You must follow TCM.

2. Link your blog with the linky.

3. Put the Friday follow button (it can be found down in my sidebar) somewhere in your post.

4. Visit as many blogs and follow as many as you can.

5. Family friendly only and HAVE FUN!

And if you haven't already, check out this great giveaway here.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nutrisystem- Not Weighing In This Week...

Hello- this is one of those weeks that I am not weighing in- I know you might not like those.
But, I really want to give myself another week to lose some more weight.

I have been good with eating my Nutrisystem food and when not eating it, portion control.

We made some amish "creamsticks", like a donut stick with sugary filling and a sugary topping. This was a downfall, but not too crazy.
Did you know that crisco has 12 grams of fat in just 1 tablespoon?
We had to buy it just for this recipe.

I read somewhere in blog world that if you lose a pound, picture 4 sticks of butter coming off of you- I really like thinking about it that way.
2 pounds- 8 sticks of butter!

I also found a blog that I found really inspiring.
I am always amazed at women who set their minds to losing weight and then do it.
I have it a little easier, because Nutrisystem has already set out my portions for me and I don't have to spend time cooking "healthy" meals.

But, I am always lacking in the willpower department.

Thinking of sticking pictures of myself up when I was thinner or putting a paper on my fridge for everyone to see where I write everything that goes into my mouth.


Have any other ideas for me?

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling (1-888-853-4689) or by visiting (http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog)

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Monday, January 23, 2012

A Snowy Saturday

We woke up on Saturday to snow. Now, remember I don't like snow or the cold.
But, I do love my kids.
So, after breakfast, they dressed warmly while I went through our basement looking for snowpants, boots and other warm items that fit.
We got dressed as quickly as we could, packed our sleds

and went sledding! We went to this mountain we found a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun.
Then it got crowded and we left.

So for a couple of hours of fun, I can do some serious laundry and found any warm spot around the house to lay our coats and snow pants.

They had a great time and I hope they always remember the things we did together.

What did you do this weekend?

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Interview with A First Grader (who just happens to be mine)

sometimes he is a serious cowboy

I am really good at: Reading
I like to: Read
My favorite thing to learn at school: Art
1 person who makes me laugh: Darius
One word that describes me: Good
I am really happy when: I get a 100 on my test.
I am really sad when: Somebody dies.
My favorite book: Fire Bunnies
My favorite TV show: Danger Rangers
My favorite vacation: Christmas vacation
I like school when: When we take a spelling test.
I don't like school when: We have to take a pre-test.
My favorite season: Summer
My favorite toy: Rescue Heroes
My worst nightmare: Witches.
Things that make me mad: When I don't get a good spelling grade.
Favorite sport: Baseball.
I like my Dad because: He plays legos with me.
I like my Mom because: She does crafts with me.
I like my family because: We spend time together.

I got this idea from Clover Lane.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday Follow With The Chatty Mommy...

Can you believe it is Thursday night almost Friday?
Time flies!
I went to a Social Media conference today for my job- interesting and some great things to share with the blog world.
I am trying to get the kids on better schedules- but what else is new?
The little guy has a birthday coming up and we are deciding what to do.
All my kids seem to always want their parties at home, so I am sure that will be what we do.
But more on that stuff later.

On to the follow:


1. You must follow TCM.

2. Link your blog with the linky.

3. Put the Friday follow button (it can be found down in my sidebar) somewhere in your post.

4. Visit as many blogs and follow as many as you can.

5. Family friendly only and HAVE FUN!

And when you can, check out this great giveaway here.

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Decorating the Bedroom

gray bedding from westelm

Maybe you remember this post?
And maybe you don't.

But, if you don't feel like clicking over- I will let you know what went down.

We have had a full size bed for the first 12 years of marriage and last spring, we bought a KING!

In the post I hinted about us getting rid of the full and getting something great.

planned on doing a follow-up post with a picture of our awesome bed with a beautiful bedspread on it.
A fresh coat of paint would of been great too.


then as usual, life happened.

Couldn't decide on a bedspread.
The husband is anti-flower- surprise, surprise.
I don't like comforters, but would rather a quilt.
Something amish or shabby chic would be great, but again- the husband.

Then we just let it go, cause the kids need things, we need stuff for the house and oh yeah- everyone here has come accustomed to eating on a regular basis.

What is on our bed, you might ask?
We did buy king sheets right away- man, can those things break the bank!
But, we use our own microfiber fleeces. Yeah, that has romance written all over it.
The husband has a slanket he loves and I am using a fleece that is pretty much made of the most hideous colors.
On top of this, we have a full size jcpenney reversible blue/ light blue comforter.
You know the kind that every college freshman should have.

Then along comes my mom who purchases a beautiful matelasse coverlet with shams for us for Christmas.
I love the color, but I feel like it is going to get stained.

So we return it and now are trying to find the quilt of our dreams- well, I am, but the husband usually just says, get whatever you want- I don't care.

For anyone newly married or just not fully understanding the husband- this translates to "Just choose- I am sick of hearing about it- but you better not get anything with flowers or a print I don't like.- no pressure."

I can't wait for our bed to look like an adult's bed.
But I need a little help.
I have my heart set on painting light blue, but can't decide on the bedding.
Which would you choose?

Isaac Mizrahi bedding from QVC.
This might be a little too busy, but I love it.

Stripes from overstock.com.
Not sure about this being too masculine.

More stripes from overstock.com.
Is this too young?

What would you pick- or do you have any suggestions?

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm Still Here- A Nutrisystem Update

Well, hello.
It's me.
I know I have been M.I.A. for awhile.
Probably have some excuses, but none come to mind right now.

Just finished a Nutrisystem turkey pepperoni pizza for lunch. Yummo. It is supposed to be a dinner, but sometimes I switch lunch for dinner and vice versa.
Cuz I felt like it.

I weighed in at the gym Monday morning after doing 30 minutes on the bike and an interval class and drinking 32 ounces of water.
I stayed the same.
Haven't lost.
And I really thought I had.
I have been using my treadmill at night whenever I can.
I am doing a mile in 15 minutes!
That is pretty huge for me, so don't laugh. :)
So, when I can, I jump on for 30 minutes and do a fast 2 miles.

So, I was thinking, maybe it was all the water I drank?
I came home to find my scale because surely it would show a weightloss.
But, alas, like a lot of other things, I have misplaced it.
imagine that.
I figured God was telling me - just stick with the scale at the gym and own the fact that you haven't lost anything.

Someone at the gym told me that you have to do 30 minutes of exercise a day just to maintain your weight, forget about losing.
Might be true, might not- but nonetheless, I have to keep m-o-v-i-n-g!

Next week, weight loss- I just feel it.

And to the ladies who kept my secret of my 2 pound gain last week- thanks so much- you are all great.
Who knew that the husband would actually decide to read my little blog on his own?

Until next week...

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling (1-888-853-4689) or by visiting (http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog)

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Friday Follow With The Chatty Mommy...

It's been a good week.
I worked a little more at the dentist office, filling in for someone.
It was very different being a "working mom".
I kind of liked it.
But was completely e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d.
Big shout out to all the working mamas- it is a lot to do.
Making dinner in the morning so it is ready when you get home.
Doing laundry at all different weird times and taking care of kids that need baths and homework done.
But, it was nice to dress nice.
And answer the phone.
And use the computer.
Oh, wait, I do those last 2 things at home too.
I went on a field trip with my son- it was nice.
How is your week going?

On to the follow:


1. You must follow TCM.

2. Link your blog with the linky.

3. Put the Friday follow button (it can be found down in my sidebar) somewhere in your post.

4. Visit as many blogs and follow as many as you can.

5. Family friendly only and HAVE FUN!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

wilw- reading books

So, recently everyone has been asking what kind of books I read and what I am currently reading.

Only Kidding!
No one has asked me, but I thought I would share anyway.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I know many of you have already read this book or have seen the movie, but I definitely thought it was worth sharing. I really enjoyed reading it and it had me on the edge of my seat for awhile. There were a couple of parts I thought they could of left out, but all in all, I really enjoyed The Help.
My favorite is when Abilene, a maid living in the south, constantly tells her little charge, Mae Mobley, to say, "you is kind, you is smart and you is important".

I had to add the youtube clip, because it was one of my favorite parts from the movie. The movie was well made but as usual, never as good as the book.

The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund.
This book was amazing. I loved it and it made me realize that I really enjoy historical fiction. This book was loosely based on the life of John Bunyan. It was wonderful and I highly recommend it.

Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness" by Candace Cameron Bure
Remember DJ Tanner from Full House?
Or maybe you think of her as Kirk Cameron's little sister?
Full House and Growing Pains are 2 shows that I grew up watching.
And now, Candace, the chubby faced teen from Full House is a beautiful, Christian mom and actress with advice to share.
I really enjoyed this book.
Bure isn't telling us exactly what we need to eat or how to exercise- she shares what has worked for her and lets you into her life.
I was so excited to read something about her and the spiritual parts of her book winded up being a real blessing.
I will read this book again.

What are you reading?


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nutrisystem- The Post I Never Wanted to Write...

What do I not want to say?

Yep, you guessed it.
I actually gained weight.
In this long/slow process I have lost and maintained.
But now I have gained.

I weighed myself yesterday morning at the gym with the little guy under foot.
I couldn't believe the scale.
I instantly thought the little guy must of stepped on the scale, but the scale wasn't 35 pounds over- it was 2 pounds over!!!

My fault- not his.

2 pounds- Now I thought about telling you one, because it was about 1.5, but let's be honest. 2 pounds is 2 pounds!

I am unsure how this happened- but I think it might have something to do with homemade cookies I made last week and maybe some dominoes pizza the husband ordered the other night.

Ah, weakness.

I am not discouraged- only determined even more to lose this weight!
I will continue with Nutrisystem- because the portions are exactly what I need and the food is good.

The gym is having a weight loss contest this month, so I joined that.
Not sure if there is a prize, but I hope it is free gym membership. Love incentives.
While walking out of the gym yesterday, a woman was telling me about her weight loss with a popular weight loss company, but she said nothing worked as well as when she was on Nutrisystem.
It was as if the clouds opened up and say, "AAHHHH". I don't know how to spell the sound, but you get the idea.

I already have the food- now to let it work.
The gym also gave me a little card to keep track of my weight loss on.
I wrote both my first and last name on the card.
And my weight.
I hate to see the number- it is just so high for someone so short.

imagine my panic, when I couldn't find the card an hour later....

Was it in the gym?
Was it in the parking lot?
Did the girl I know from school find it and saw my first and last name on it, and how much I weigh and now she's going to post it on facebook?
What about the other 2 girls I think I know from school?
Will they know it's me or will they think it's someone else?
Will they laugh- do they even like me anyway?


Oh, look it is on the floor of my car.
Might just have to burn that little card.

Or loose the weight and brag- Hey, I weighed XXX and now I don't anymore!

I am going with losing the weight.
Keep reading- you are going to see results.
I told you 2012 is going to be great!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling (1-888-853-4689) or by visiting (http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog)

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**** PS- If anyone tells the husband about this weight gain- you're toast! I know who you are! Wink ;)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wanted: Nanny who Homeschools

I have pretty much thought about every type of schooling for the kids.
This has probably driven the husband crazy over the years.

But, you know how it goes- you want the best.

Sometimes I wish I was never exposed to any other type of schooling.

I would of just sent the kids to public school, like I went to, the husband went to and pretty much everyone else I know.

But, it just sounded so scary.
I saw some pretty wild things at school and that was always in the back of my mind.
I had some pretty great friends though- some aquaintances I could of done without, but some friends who stuck by me and still do today.
I had some wonderful teachers. And some great opportunities. I don't know if I would be who I am today without the opportunities I had in high school.

So, today, in general, I am fine with the public school.
The kids are doing well.
I think they still long for the small family feel of their private school, but they have adjusted.

But, sometimes I just can't shake the feeling to keep them home.
Like when I drop off a forgotten lunch with a lady at the front desk and I "request" to wait and see my kid when they come to pick it up.
I get kinda defensive.

Who is she? uh, a nice lady.
But she isn't their mom.

I get melancholy real quick when I wave to the kids on the bus and for a second they don't smile.
They need me.

I helped out with the PTO and watched from a window as my son played outside during recess. He looked tired.
I wanted to take him home.
I wanted to say, "Who is that buddy?", "Is that a new friend"?
But I asked him when he got home instead and he wasn't quite sure whom I was speaking of.

And these cold days.
Stay home kids- sleep in- we can school a little later- I would say.
Instead of Wear your leggings under your pants and make sure you have your gloves- make sure your coat is zippered.
I love you.

Mom loves you as she stays in a warm house with your little brother and you go off to school.

I am blessed to have stayed home with all of them and they all know I stayed with each of them until they went to kindergarten, but I think some of the younger ones still feel bad that I stay home with the little guy.

The time goes so fast.
And the school day is so long.
So, by the time they come home, they have just enough time for a snack, homework, dinner, a bath and maybe a little playtime.

These thoughts of wanting to keep them close are always swimming around in my mind and then Christmas vacation happened.

I just need to know, Where do boys get their energy from?

As the vacation came to a close, I jokingly told my husband when the kids have their next vacation I might very well need a nanny to help out.
He laughed.

Later, I shared this with my mom and also wondered aloud,
How do you go from wanting to homeschool, to wanting a nanny?
My mom said simply- Get a nanny that homeschools!

Why didn't I think of that?

Really though, all joking aside, this mom thing is rough.
If your not doing a thousand loads of laundry and trying to think of what to make for dinner for the 87 thousandth meal, you are missing your kids that you sent off to school.
I think the mind work and decision making trumps dirty laundry every. single. day.

What about you?
What's your biggest struggle as a mom?

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Friday Follow With The Chatty Mommy...

It's back!
The Friday Follow!
It's been a crazy week trying to get back into the swing of things.
It has been so cold- we are talking kids-are-wearing-their-pjs-under-their-clothes-to-school cold!
I do not like the cold.
And I hate paying for oil even more.
Sorry - a little rant.
Excited to be back in blog land.

Happy Friday!

On to the follow:


1. You must follow TCM.

2. Link your blog with the linky.

3. Put the Friday follow button (it can be found down in my sidebar) somewhere in your post.

4. Visit as many blogs and follow as many as you can.

5. Family friendly only and HAVE FUN!

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Out with 2011, Hello 2012!

New Year's Eve- First time we have ever let all 4 kids stay up till Midnight- they all made it! And we had an ice cream sundae party! A lot of fun.

I love New Year's resolutions- I don't always stick with them- but I love the idea of them.
And once again, I am jazzed.
2012 is going to be a great year!

To pick a 2012 word, I am choosing, Consistency- because that is what I need to achieve the goals i have for the year.
I am definitely going with this scripture:
"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. " Philippians 4:13

And the my goals are:

1. Get on better schedule with kids- over the last few years it seems bedtimes and dinner time have become crazy times- I need to remedy this and restore some peace around here.

2. Healthier me- always on my list- this year is the year.

Remember, 2012 is going to be great!

3. Organization around the house- I need to get rid of a lot of stuff- and keep it clean- sounds simple really- but is a ton of different projects to tackle.

Not a problem.
I will do it.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"- you remember, right?

My Top Referrers for 2011

Kelly's Korner

Pink Slippers

XoXo GiGi

Stairstep Boys

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Gussy Sews

Thanks so much ladies- you guys are the best!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012


Outside my window... it is pretty bright, but freezing!

I am thinking... I need to write down all I need to do today and this week.

I am thankful... my kids have warm clothes.

In the kitchen... something with beef because the husband is tired of chicken and peanut butter cookies.

I am wearing... lavendar pajamas- my favs.

I am creating... a new wreath for winter.

I am going... to the bank, the library and of course, the food store.

I am wondering... when the kids' next vacation is.

I am reading... Candace Cameron Bure's new book, Reshaping It All.

I am hoping... the husband is warm at work.

I am looking forward to... warm weather- even though it's gonna be awhile.

I am learning... to get organized (again).

Around the house... deep clean now that all the Christmas stuff is down and a some downsizing.

I am pondering... how to get the crayon off of a wood door- any ideas?

A favorite quote for today... "Excessive weight gain, yielding to addictions, and sloppy habits are often signs that we lead undisciplined lives." From Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure and Darlene Schacht.

One of my favorite things... warm hugs from the little guy.

A few plans for the rest of the week: getting back to the gym, cleaning the basement little by little.

A peek into my day... bank, library, store... play, bake, play....

a picture to share:
The fire jeep- the gift that was in the boys' big present I showed you a picture of here. They were totally shocked and loved it!

I am linking up to the simple woman's daybook.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Nutrisystem- New Year!

So, a small Christmas miracle- I have maintained my weight throughout the Christmas vacation.

I can attribute this to a lot of things:
1. Nutrisystem food- I definitely ate it in place of some fattening meals that the kids were eating... you know, french toast, bagels... etc...
2. As a result of Nutrisystem, my body is getting used to smaller portions and even if I am eating regular food, I notice I am eating less.
3. The only thing I seemed to overeat was goodies- we never usually have that much in the house. My biggest downfall- lemon squares.
To the husband- oh, yeah- forgot to tell you - my best friend made us lemon squares and I never shared- well, I shared with the girls- only because they saw them- wink.
4. I kept busy with the kids and constantly seemed to be moving or doing something.

And with the new year comes new things.
A new resolve to lose the rest of this weight in 2012 and to keep a healthy way of eating.

Nutrisystem has a few new things going on as well.
New Chef's Table meals.
They are amazing.
Nutrisystem had some amazing chefs make up some delicious and healthy meals.
I ate the Moroccan Inspired Chicken by Chef Michael Solomonov-
owner of Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurant Zahav, 2011 James Beard Foundation winner and contender on Food Network’s hit series,“Iron Chef America".

You can see the picture above- completely delicious and something I would not normally eat.
Can you see the steam coming off the plate?
The meals come in a new microwavable steam bag- really neat and as always, you can heat in the oven too.

So, I hope you will keep following my weightloss journey.
2012 is going to bring good things.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling (1-888-853-4689) or by visiting (http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog)

Nutrisystem is providing their program and support services free of charge for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program.

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