Saturday, January 17, 2009

Valentine's Day Goodies

I enjoy Valentine's Day and came across the swap over at An Island Life. If you want to participate just pop on over and sign Mr. Linky. She has asked that we fill out a little survey so that our Valentine's Buddy will have an easier time figuring out what to send. I'm really excited to get something in the mail besides a bill!!!!
What is your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day?
Candles and a nice pitcher (not glass) of sangria
In reality, what is your Valentine’s Day really like?
Giving my kids their Valentine's Day gift and glass of sangria
If you could have a lifetime supply of your favorite sweet indulgence, what would it be?
I am a fan of Dove Milk Chocolate and Reese's.....there's nothing like chocolate and peanut butter
Is there any sweet treat you absolutely do not like?
Black liquorice and dark chocolate........just not a fan of those two things
If you fell into a pool of chocolate, how would you get out?
Who says I would want to get out?!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Aloha Friday

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
We like to eat popcorn as a snack in the evening or while we are watching a movie and we always have to have M&M's in our popcorn. So the other night while we were watching a movie, Little J had just gotten out of the bath tub and I had her bowl on the counter. She took her bowl and decided she needed more M&M's than what I had given her......

Here is a closer look............would you like some popcorn with your M&M's?

So this weeks question is
How do YOU eat your popcorn? Do you have to have anything else with it?

Strength * Focus * Discipline

I am learning that weight loss is a journey and there is a LOT to learn!!!! I am being told by everyone that lifting weights is GOOD and that it will help me burn calories in the future. I am just going to have to trust you all on that one and I am continuing to incorporate weights into my routine.
I feel like this was a good week. I worked out everyday with cardio on my treadmill and then Monday - Friday added the strength/weight workouts as well.
This morning I am only down 1/2 of a pound BUT......I started taking "Trainer Matt's" and sister Erin's advice and took my measurements this week and am down 1 inch in my stomach which is where I want it to disappear!!!!! (you can't exactly use the term "baby weight" when the baby is going to be 3 in a couple of months!!!).
So, Trainer Matt informed me that I probably won't see any change in the scale for 6-8 weeks after I started the program......however, I would notice a difference in how my clothes fit and my measurements. That is why I decided to take them last week and honestly.......I am more excited about seeing the One Inch loss than I am about the 1/2 of a pound loss even though I am OCD with respect to my scale!!!!
Check out more weight loss stories at Baby Tea Leaves.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thousand Words Thursday

One of my favorite pics of little J.....

Check out more Thousand Words at Cheaper Than Therapy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...Tervis Tumbler, Brrrrr and the Bodybugg

I enjoy drinking cold water. I have searched high and low for the PERFECT glass. You know, one that is big enough, that will keep my water cold and that I can take with me. The search is OVER!!!! I was given this Tervis Tumbler as a gift and I now want one for each day of the week.....well, maybe at least just one more. It is 24oz., it fits in my car drink holder, it has a lid and it keeps my drinks cold. Did you know that if you drink cold water you will burn more calories? Yep, your body has to work to bring it up to your body temperature so you burn more calories. Drinking water also increases your metabolism. To me, it is a win-win situation. I have seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond and I know you can find them online. They come with a ton of different designs to fit your personality. No, I am not getting paid for this, I just love mine and am sure you will too!!!

How cold will it get? We are at 3 degrees right now and the "arctic air" isn't even supposed to get here until tonight!!! I could never live in Alaska!!!! I can't wait to wear my flip flops again!!!!

Do you watch the Biggest Loser? I just started and found out that THIS is what they have on their arms.....a bodybugg. It is state of the art technology that monitors your calorie intake and the calories that you burn. I immediately wanted one but about fell out of my chair when I saw they were $349!!!! I was telling my sister in law about it and whining that I wouldn't be getting one anytime soon because of the price and she said........"or you could just use common sense and don't put the donut in your mouth because you know it would be more calories than you need". I am so lucky to have the best supportive friends!!! The biotch is going to be mad when we go to the beach this summer and I am no longer wearing my cover up!!!!! Love ya Susie Jo!!!!
I still want a bodybugg but won't get one unless there is a) a rich uncle I am not aware of or b) an executive from the makers of bodybugg actually reads my blog and feels sorry for me and sends me one. .....hey if they send me two, I will think of a cool contest to give the other one away!!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jiggety's Camera Slip Giveaway

Isn't this camera strap COOL?!!!! Go to Shey [B]'s Etsy Shop , browse around and pick the camera strap you would like to win! Then go to Jenni's Jiggety Jigg site and leave her a comment telling her which one you would like to have. This is Jenni's first giveaway so go show her some love.
FYI: I am in the process of finalizing a giveaway for right here at my site and can't wait to share the news with you. I will give you a has to do with photos and is valued at $50!!!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekly Winners

Jake helping Daddy dig out from under our 11" of snow!!!!
Little "J" wishing she could go outside in the "now" (that's how she says snow)
Little J's belly button

Big J in our winter wonderland....

Check out more Weekly Winners at Sarcastic Mom

Great Gift Idea

Below are a few examples of photos that I have taken over the years. I can take any photo you have and turn it to black and white and leave a certain item in color. Contact me for pricing information if you are interested. If you live close enough, I can do a photo shoot for you with all of your photos on a cd for YOU to develop!!!

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