Friday, April 17, 2015

Little of This and That

I miss blogging!! More than anything, I know I will miss what was going on when I go to look back!! Isn't that one of the best reasons to blog? I just love reading through old "entries" and seeing what I was up to a year or two, three…ago.

 Brooke has been boycotting her eggs in the morning. I think she would like them with lots of cheese, but I'm "that mom" and I try to limit stuff like cheese.  And she loves her cheese stick snacks! So, I saw these in our organic section---I'll be honest, I tried one and it tastes kinda blah, but I pour in a little bit of vanilla almond milk (organic) and she LOVES it.  She's pretty messy eating it, but yay for finding another breakfast food!


I think she eats more than I eat right now.  It's crazy!


Seriously, this one just cracks me up so much! I can't even capture all of the funny moments, like yesterday as she looked up at me while I was cutting a pineapple, she was sticking penne pasta up her nose.  It took all of me not to laugh and to just tell her how inappropriate it was!  Last night before bed, she started to lick my face---no clue where she learned that from either. She is such a ham.  I was trying to do my hair Saturday and this is the sulk I got because I couldn't read her the book right then and there.


She is starting to dress herself…#frozeneverything


I tried on one of his new hats while I was folding the laundry; it looks like it is fitting perfectly at the moment--I am not sure for how long though!? 6-9 months size.


We are LOVING the warmer temps! It's in the 60s, so we keep blankets on him, but he is rocking a six month short/polo combo.


Tuesday we went to the mall and Brookie got some new summer clothes!! She is already into 5T or XS girls.  I still cannot believe how big she is!  I also wanted to get her some new shades and sun hat to protect her fair skin.  She has skin like mine, so we burn very easily.  Childrens Place had some wonderful clothes and I think it's safe to say she's set (until I see something else she just needs to have ha!) Shopping for the kids is so much fun.


However, I will say that Old Navy had some girls' cut off shorts that I just don't think are appropriate. I am that mom, already, I told you.  Oy.  We are gonna have a long road ahead with fashion and technology, etc I am sure, but I am ready!  One day at a time though.  For now,  I'm just trying to get her to use the potty and pick up toys. haha!


So that's the latest scoop!  Totally started this post on Thursday, but now it's Friday…I ended up making dinner for hubby and all the people he works with, since so many of them are out sick, some  (like my man) got stuck working over time.  They really enjoyed my Man pleasing Chicken, Jasmine Rice  (throw it into a rice cooker, boo ya!) , tomato salad and Apple Spice Cake.  Much better than any fast food joint!  And, I just love taking care of other people.  Probably one of the main reason my husband and I get along so well.  However, everyone needs to recharge, and I must say that my 20 minute hot shower just hit the spot!! Mom life is no joke and I may have texted my hubby a picture of my favorite wine, that is calling my name…so maybe he'll stop by and grab me a bottle.  :D  Although, a shower wine would have been nice, but let's be real.  It's only 1:30 in the afternoon.

TGIF my loves!  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter {First Holiday as a Family of 4!}

We dyed eggs last year, but little Brooke wasn't really into it…[last Easter here]  Two things--1.  I was in SUPER good shape. and 2. I was prego and didn't know it haha!

This year we even had Daddy join in on the fun! I need to get clear cups for next year.










Mr Bubs woke up and wanted to see what was going on



Brookie was fascinated with the colored eggs.



Hey! I wanna color eggs too!



I think Joe may have had the most fun… he then had colored fingers because he used food coloring too.



I still can't believe we have both a little girl and a little boy.  I cannot tell you how much fun it is! I've always been used to little girls, being the oldest of 3, I know girls.  Boys?  This is a whole new area to me!



We didn't put a ton of stuff in their baskets, but we did buy a few smaller toys we put in the eggs and she LOVED them!  Joe made a trail of the eggs to her basket.  Next year we will actually hide it.



My handsome little man all dressed up!  Here is the bow tie that led to the entire Easter outfit coordination.



I mean, really.  How stinkin cute?  Again, maybe it's because I grew up with all girls, but I just think little boys are SO freakin adorable.



Brooke refuses to smile for selfies lately.  We need to work on that!


Sisterly {gangsta} love #ricophotobomb


Father Daughter Love.


My contributions?  Mimosas -- Champs & Pineapple Mango are my fave!  And Bacon with Caramel & Ganache.  I did them the way the recipe said to, and I did half on the stove top in a pan.  I prefer bacon to not be too crispy, so I liked it in the pan.  I also didn't use heavy cream, I warmed chocolate almond milk & mixed semi-sweet chocolate chips, as that is what I had on hand.

We then re-created our first Easter photo like we had with Brooke.  {here}


Papa with his first grandson.


Me & my man.


Aunt Brianna & Uncle Eric



Papa & Nana



My dad kept making Brooke laugh hysterically; it was so cute.



Me and the hubs.  We clean up nice ha!  


After my parents, we headed over to my in-laws for a little tea and dessert.  Totally did not snap ONE photo.  #fail   The Easter bunny spoiled the kids there too, lucky ducks!  It was a beautiful day and filled with much love.  Holidays are so sweet with little ones.


Hope your Easter was EGG-stra special. Bahaha. #sorrynotsorry

Thursday, April 2, 2015

10 Day Cleanse

Starting: 

bust 39     
waist 40.5
hips 41
left thigh 23
right thigh 23
right calf 14.5
left calf 14.5
left bicep 12
right bicep 12
neck 12.5

After 10 day cleanse:

bust 37.5
waist 38
hips 38
left thigh 22
right thigh 22
left calf 14
right calf 14
left bicep 11
right bicep 11
neck 12.5

Total inches lost:  12!!  

As for pounds? 


Roughly 2.

I can see why people get frustrated the the scale doesn't move; this is the first time that during the cleanse I didn't lose a lot of pounds, but I know that I feel leaner and my clothes are fitting better. I am so happy that I took measurements!!  I also know that doing this the right way, I will ensure that these pounds won't creep back up on me.

Not the best side by side, but I see a difference! (And feel!)



The cleanse isn't really meant as a weight loss product anyway; sure people generally lose on it, but really it's to help get your body running at its optimum speed and flush out alllllll of the gunk!  So if you're ever thinking of doing a cleanse, don't do it for the wrong reasons! It will definitely be good for you to do, but don't expect to drop a crazy amount of weight in only 10 days.  This is all about being healthy remember!

So today I start the Max Phase today and I chose MNS E because it's my favorite and this mama needs her extra energy-wahooooo!  I will also be taking Thermoplus, Catalyst, Spark, Carb-ease as needed and I ordered Slim to try as well.  

As for workouts, I pushed pause on my T-25 because of my ankle. My goal is to start back up on Monday. 




Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Woot Woot Wednesday!

Wahoo It's finally April!! Hopefully it will feel like Spring ASAP!  I have been thinking it's Thursday, only because hubby worked late last night (end of month) and usually he's home earlier on Tuesdays..but alas, it's only Winesday--errr I mean Wednesday! 

Not gonna lie, I am totally envious of all the Spring breakers posting photos of themselves in the sun, on a beach, having fun! It makes me so excited for our summer getaway.  I swear Joe and I talk about it almost every day--I need to start planning out some fun things to do with the kids and figure out some "toddler school" stuff to teach Brooke before we go.  It will be so much fun and our first family getaway! I know we will have many family vacations, and it was just not practical to go away with bubs being so small.  We will travel soon enough!  

I saw this survey on Pinky's blog and thought it would be fun to fill out...

1.What's your favorite candle scent? Any baked good--not into floral candles
2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister? Cameron Diaz
3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother? Vince Vaughn
4. How old do you think you'll be when you get married? I was 28
5. Do you know a hoarder? Not a real one, but I know people who like to keep tons of stuff forever ;)
6. Can you do a split? I used to be able to, I honestly haven't tried in awhile…haha
7. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike? I think 6?
8. How many oceans have you swam in? 1, but I did make sure to walk/dip my feet in Pacific 
9. How many countries have you been to? 4…and a ton of islands, not sure which are countries of what though
10. Is anyone in your family in the army? No.
11. What would you name your daughter if you had one? Brooke
12. What would you name your son if you had one? Bradley 
13. What's the worst grade you got on a test? I'm sure I failed one or two. I am terrible at Math!
14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child? Full House
15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight? Something pretty. I hated being scary!!
16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Game or Twilight series? Some of Harry & Hunger Games--not into vampires.
17. Would you rather have an American accent or British accent? British--I'm way too nasally.
18. Did your mother go to college? Yes 
19. Are your grandparents still married? Yes, though one set is no longer alive. <3
20. Have you ever taken karate lessons? No, but Joe insists that Brooke will!
21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is? Kermit dee frog here
22. What's the first amusement park you've been to? Disney World I believe
23. What language, besides your native language, would like to be fluent in? French, Italian, Japanese
24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray? Both ways
25. Is your father bald? Nope, he has all of his hair and it's NOT gray at all!
26. Do you know triplets? There were some that went to my HS
27. Do you prefer Titanic of The Notebook? Ouch, I have to choose?! Titanic. I saw it 3 times in the theatre!
28. Have you ever had Indian food? Yup! It's quite tasty. I love Naan
29. What's the name of your favorite restaurant? Gosh, I love fine dining.  Good Luck here, but I loved Emerill's in Las Vegas--so many waiters and all that service!  A cocktail before dinner, a paired wine with, and the water glass sits at a specific spot for "easy access".  That place was ON POINT!
30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden? Yes, love the soup/salad/breadsticks combo [even though it's like fast food Italian ha!}
31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores? BJs which I have to go get diapers today!
32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender? Michael? I dunno??
33. If you have a nickname, what is it? When I was little it was "fur fur", Joe calls me Rabbit, and I go by Jenn 
34. Who's your favorite person in the world? My husband Joe.
35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?  Rural. I cannot wait to move out to the country!  I don't like living on a track.
36. Can you whistle? Yes 
37. Do you sleep with a nightlight? No
38. Do you eat breakfast every morning? Yes-MOST important meal of the day!
39. Do you take any pills or medication daily? Supplements --no meds thank goodness.
40. What medical conditions do you have? None.  I am blessed to be so healthy. Unless you count the annoying ringing in my ear [tinnitus] but I can deal with it.
41. How many times have you been to the hospital? 3 (gave birth twice and I was sick with e-coli when I was 10)
42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo? Just keep swimming! I think my sister and I even had a Nemo drinking game haha
43. Where do you buy your jeans? I really love Sevens, Express, Guess
44. What's the last compliment you got?  From Joe…he compliments me a lot.  
45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? Usually, since my PLL addiction I have been having weeeeeird dreams!
46. What flavor tea do you enjoy? Green tea, Chai tea, English Breakfast, Earl Grey
47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Well, I had to buy a shoe trunk to keep most of them and they still didn't all fit. :D
48. What religion will you raise your children to practice? Not too sure. I am Presbyterian, Joe was Catholic…some where in between. 
49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn't real? Santa is real!
50. Why do have a tumblr? a who? haha I don't.


As for a quick phone photo dump--

Mr. B is so cute in all of his 6 MONTH {omg} outfits!  This one said "Seriously Handsome" and yes, he's laying on my clothes I was folding.


Yesterday I put him in this cute number:  Little Hunk


I have been using just the teeeeeeeensisest of seasonings during the cleanse.  The chipotle  has quite the kick and was perfect on my plain chicken, which I turned into a taco. I've had a few people ask, so feel free to check it out: TS eat well 


I am also super proud that we went to the grocery store, just the 3 of us!  I have been skirting around doing so for a few reasons.  One being I like the alone time to shop. Two, there is no room in the dang cart with both kids! And three, the weather.  So yesterday we needed our staples and it was 37 degrees and sunny.  Yay.


She kept calm with her shades on--well, my shades.  I tried to put them on her correctly but they slide down her nose, ha!  A non frosted sugar cookie to boot.


By checkout he was asleep.  I'd say it was a success!  I didn't need much, but still managed to spend about the same.  #buyingorganic


I came home, unloaded the groceries and Brooke actually played on the back deck while I made her dinner.  She is dying to get outside and play with bubbles!! After that was bath time, then post bath selfies.

My little man!


Brooke's new thing is to put her animals in a bag and tote them around.


Totally random, but I am in a desperate need of a Pretty Little Liars intervention.  I have a problem.  I took a screen shot of Hannah's hair--I loved this style!--and I just love her! She's so funny and her outfits are always on point.  They don't even look like HS girls, and why me, a 33 year old is completely hooked on this show, I am really not sure.  Buuuuut it seems like I am not the only one!  As silly as it sounds, but watching this show makes me want to dress up more.  Joe came home last week and was like, where are you going?? I was wearing an old black sweater dress, makeup (lipstick) and some jewelry. I told him I was sick of being in ratty shirts and yoga pants! I miss dressing up like I did for teaching, and I know it's kind of weird because all I do is get puked, peed and pooed on, but I enjoy dressing up! So I started doing that and I swear it helped my mood.  


And for laughs--not appropriate but you gotta chuckle at it, I mean, really…


On that note, I must pack miss B up because she is heading over to nana and papa's house for a sleep over with her cousin!

Laterz!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thoughts for Tuesday

I got my favorite subscription box last week:



I thought this was one of the best boxes yet (I may say that every time?!)  Again, they're about $50 for a box and over $200 worth of goodies to try and they're usually full sized items, not cheesy little samples!

Temp. Tattoos--I saw these floating around the web and thought they look kinda fun, for summer time. I have no desire for a real tattoo, but I thought these shiny things would be cool and now I get to try them!

Coasters--they are totally my style and really adorable [Paris, London, yes!]  We actually needed more, so that's a win!

Pilates DVDs--I haven't tried them yet, but I am excited to!  3 levels and we all know how I love my at home workouts.

Fancy scarf--I would NEVER pay $42 for a scarf normally, so to get this was a treat! I also go to choose mine since I paid up front the VIP for the year; I went with Watercolor.  It's light weight and will add a pop of fun to any outfit!

Nail treatment and polish- Super pretty, haven't tried it yet, but I will!

Age defying serum--Mama will take any help in the 'stay looking young forever' department!

Makeup brushes--can't have enough of those! They seem to be high quality too.

Snack popcorn--I'll try it after my cleanse.

$40 to Hello Fresh, another food delivery service. I was doing Blue Apron but wanted to get back to my own cooking. I may use this to try this summer

Basil seed--I am a huge cook, so I am probably overly excited about a basil plant.  I run through it like crazy in the summer with all of our meals!  I'll have hubby help with start it since I have a brown thumb.


 Mr Bubs is doing really well--no paparazzi please!


It's rare you will see him without socks on his hands.  Even though I clip his nails, he is always scratching his face if I don't keep those things covered! Of course, then he sucks on them and they quickly become stinky. Oh baby boy, I love you so.


Brookie's Easter shoes---size 9.  She has her mama's feet.


I don't know why, but this is what she does now. Instead of running around for nudey dudey time, she will run around with her minnie towel and say, "It's cold" and ball up on the floor. Kills me.


Sunday she wanted to lay on me and cuddle. Say what?! I don't think she's laid like that since she was Bradley's age, which very well may be why she wanted to lay with me. #jealous  I'll take it!


Rumor has it that the weather may be in the 60's Thursday, but rainy…but if I could crack a window, I will be so happy! I know I sound like a broken record, but bring on the warmth!!  

Happy Tuesday!