"I am not a patient woman." This is L's new favorite saying and I have to say it cannot be more accurate. This morning she happens to be waiting on my crustless quiche to cook. As I was waiting for breakfast to finish I decided it was a perfect time for L and I to finish decorating the kitchen. The only thing that was left was to set the table. This winter I am VERY into creams and winter whites. I'm sure as I reveal more of the inside of my house you'll notice this. This season I have a whole new kitchen set up (Thank you Mema for my amazing new plates!) They are so timeless and perfect and are just right for any occasion for us to use.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I was contacted by Emily Late September about trying Nerium. Nerium is an anti-aging product, but it does wonders to even out skin tone, discoloration and minimize acne scarring. When I heard this I knew it would be perfect for my stretch marks. They are not to bad but are around my belly button and when I was pregnant with Foster they had all stretched back out from when I was pregnant with Lo.
I started using it as soon as I got it in the mail.
For the first week I was putting it on my face as well as my tummy but being as how I have relatively good skin I decided to save it all for my tummy. After using it for a month religiously my tummy is so much tighter! The loose skin around my belly button is way tighter and the lighter ones are hardly visible. I was applying it liberally (5-8 squirts) and I still have quite a bit left.
It's a night mask so you dampen your skin, rub it on BUT DON'T RUB IT IN, and then just sleep on it. When you wash it off the next morning you can feel that your skin is way tighter. I can't wait to finish the bottle and see the difference it makes.
You can only buy this through and independent person. There is no risks for trying it because there is a 30 - day money back guarantee. I especially love this because 30% of profits go to cancer research and it's all natural. This company is only two years old but there is celebrity attention. This company is really cool because when you become a brand partner and get three people under you, as long as they're active you get a free bottle for life. (This is for every three people under you) Emily also told me that most people earn a Lexus only three months into the company.
If you have more questions or want to order nerium you can go to www.emussett.nerium.com or find her on Facebook under Emily Mussett. If you're serious into wanting to join as a brand partner email me for her number :)
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Foster is now scooting across the floor to get what he wants. Lo can copy any word you write down. When these pictures were taken by the wonderful Rachel Loya, I had forgotten how fast time flies. One day your baby can barely fit in his new born clothes and the next you're doing a baby massage on all his little rolls. You go from rocking your daughter to dropping her off at school. I have never been so grateful to be spending so much time with my little ones while they are still little. These milestones are worth it to me to have school take an extra year. I think it's always a good reminder that whatever it is will most likely be there tomorrow but your babies first steps or first recital are one time things and I plan on being there for all of them.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
If you follow my facebook page or my instagram then you probably noticed that I am currently doing a juice cleanse or fast (post to come when I am finished). I was feeling so wasteful with the extra pulp that I was going to throw out. Yesterday I tried to make granola bars but used WAY to much of the pulp and it was a total bust.
This morning, before I made my juice for the day, I made L and the hubby some homemade orange juice. Instead of throwing out the pulp I decided to try to make some muffins. These muffins are so moist and the perfect indulgence. With chai and orange they are a delicious fall treat.
Go ahead and indulge in a couple of these with some hot cider near the fire.
1/2 cp vegan Butter, earth balance /normal butter
1 cp Sugar /stevia
1 cp Orange Pulp, four juiced oranges
2 tbs Almond Milk
2 Egg Whites (omit for vegan recipe)
1 tbs Vanilla Extract
2 tbs Chai Flavoring, near east
1 1/2 cp Flour /gluten free flour
1 tps Baking Powder
Preheat oven to 400
1) Cream together Butter, Sugar and Orange Pulp
2) Add Almond Milk, Egg Whites, Vanilla Extract + Chai Flavoring to orange mixture
3) Mix Flour + Baking Powder in a separate bowl then slowly mix into orange mixture
4) Grease a muffin pan and spoon mixture in until each is 2/3 full/
5) Bake for 15 minutes then cool for 15 minutes
Sunday, November 17, 2013
This past month I had the opportunity to take some pictures of my in-laws. The day was just gorgeous and they looked as pretty as the fall leaves. I haven't done to many shoots with larger families so it was nice to practice on people I was comfortable with.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
If you're on Facebook I'm sure you've seen the game going around where someone will post some random facts about themselves and if you like it you have to do write a post with somethings about you and it goes on and on and on. Well this post is going to be sort of like that. I have been inspired to think of some random things that not many (if any) people know about me.
Please keep in mind there may be a reason that I keep some things a secret. I'm kinda an undercover weirdo ;) All the best people are though.
- I am an honor thespian (and proud)
- My favorite smells include: The airport, Hospitals, New books + New babies
- I have a hand thing. I cannot function if my hands or nails are dirty
- My biggest pet peeve is when someone moves something and I can't find it
- I cannot pack unless I make a list first
- My husband calls me Spin
- I want to see an autopsy
- The #1 thing on my bucket list is to swim with sharks
- I was bullied in school
- I knew the second time I hung out with my husband that he would be the man I would marry
- My favorite place is the beach
- I love love love tubing
- My family and some family friends were stranded snomobiling when I was 13 for four days and we were on the Ellen Degeneres show. I thank God we found a train station, two snowboarders that were lost the same time as us were not as fortunate.
- My biggest fear is losing my babies. I get anxiety daily about it
- I have arachnophobia. Just seeing a picture of a spider makes my heart race
- I would wear black/white/gray every day. Wearing colors makes me uncomfortable
- A normal family gathering is 60+ people. Any less is small
- Swimming is relaxing for me, I could spend all day at the pool
- I love talking to people online but when I have to talk to someone in person I start stuttering, say something stupid and have a hard time looking people in the eyes
- I have 8 tattoos
- I don't fold socks (but towels have to be folder a certain way or I redo it)
- Speaking of socks I only wear them with shoes, I can't wear them around the house. Which is how I got frost bite on them
- If I'm writing something and it looks messy I'll rip it out and start over
- I love decorating for holidays
- I never wanted kids but them and my husband are the best things that have ever happened to me
Tag! If you read this post comment below with at least 5 things that I may not know about you :)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Brother had rice cereal for the first time yesterday! It was a huge success! He loved it! Bryson didn't think he did because he kept spitting it out and when he found out that is how babies eat he thought it was pretty much the funniest thing ever.
Foster kept going cross eyed at the spoon and like attacking it. It was so funny. He had it twice yesterday and I really think it helped him feel full longer and be more satisfied throughout the day. Needless to say we'll be doing it more :)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
For the past month I have been ridiculously excited about winter activities and traditions to do with the family. There are literally hundreds of things I want to do this season but have decided to narrow it down and make a list so we don't miss out on any super fun things to do with the family. Obviously I like lists you guys.
I separated it into a couple categories so they would be easy to print, find and check off :)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
(click the picture to print out)
+Things I forgot to add but we buy every couple of months: Almonds, granola, chia seeds, ground flaxmeal, Honey, Agave, Real Maple Syrup+
By popular demand, here is our families average grocery shopping list. We have a budget of $300 a month for our family of four and buy 90% (or more) organic. I have done a post similar to this a couple months ago but didn't include a shopping list (you can find that post here).
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I am typically a jeans a t-shirt kinda girl but lately I have definitely been more interested in fashion. I went out on a limb last week and ordered some totally adorable statement pants. Adios jeans, hello cute bottoms (and no, I'm not referring to my butt).
There's just one little problem...Ok, I should say big problem and that would be my butt and thighs... I was so worried about ordering to big and not being able to fit in them by January that I may have ordered them a tad to small... I ordered a four! I'm wondering what exactly was running through my mind as I did this because as of now I'm definitely at a 6, alright, alright, a 6.5 ;) This is down from a size 9 three months ago so I am very proud of myself but now I am worried that I wasted my money.
So here's my SOS if any one has any thigh/butt slimming and toning exercises that you absolutely swear by, please, help a sister out!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
My kids needed a bath. Yup, I don't mean they probably should have a bath, I mean Fosters hair was crunchy and I hadn't shaved in a month. Any other mom's feel me? I have been in such a mom stump lately. I have been letting the Lo wear whatever she wants and letting her hair air dry, I haven't been getting ready because I've been working out daily and all I do is school, edit pictures and workout so I see no point. I haven't been cooking any fun dinners- Hope you all like ground meat with quinoa, rice and some veggies!
Monday, November 4, 2013
I had a recipe submission from a reader earlier this week and after a few tweaks decided to give it a try. These are a perfect breakfast, dessert and snack. Super low in carbs and sugar with a hefty dose of protein. Perfect. No flour of any kind and no granulated sugar.
Who doesn't love muffins?! No one, that's who. They are perfect for a rainy day and are warm and soft when they come out of the oven. My husband and daughter loved these! I love that there are blueberries in them because they are one of the best fruits in the whole entire world. Especially when it comes to weight-loss and overall health. The awesome benefits from this super fruit make it one of the best fruits to have in your diet. Blueberries have a very high level of antioxidants that make it good for boosting immunity and helping with blood flow in the body. Blueberries also help with fat reduction! Booya! The benefits of blueberries are amplified when combined with other healthy foods like oats and bran. So here is the delicious Blueberry Oat Muffin. Your family and body will thank you.
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup Flax Meal
3 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
3 Egg Whites
1/4 Vanilla Almond Milk
2 tps Cinnamon
2 tbsp Honey
1 Packet Stevia
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Frozen Blueberries
Preheat oven to 350
Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix wet ingredients.
Fold the wet into the dry.
Fold in blueberries last.
Fill up 12 muffin liners and bake for 20-25 minutes. (Unless you're me. Ain't nobody got time for muffin liners)
Next time I might grind up the oats first but it is not needed and was still really good
Thanks for the pic Rachel! Looks delish!
Age: 3 Months
Weight: 14 lbs <-- my chunker gained three lbs this month!
Milestones: He is a giggly boy! He's been laughing a ton this month! We're also moving him to 3-6 month clothes
Best Moment: Halloween for sure :) we had so much fun with our little super man and rapunzel. We went to two different churches but the real fun was during the day. We watched movies, carved pumpkins, made crafts and cooked. It was perfect.
Health: He's been growing great (obviously) and is able to sit in his bumbo with me the whole time I'm cooking. Besides cuddling I think that's his favorite part of the day. :)
Eating: My little chunker! The whole time I'm cooking he thinks he should get to try it! He's been waking up a ton at night to eat also so I think it's time to start rice cereal before bed time
Extra Comments: F does spit up a ton. If anyone has any ideas on how to help that would be greatly appreciated!