Friday, August 31, 2012

To Whom it May Concern


Dear City Planner, whose hairbrain idea was it to take 6 lanes of traffic down to 3 in less than a mile??  Apparently someone who never drives during rush hour and gets to sit in the clusterf*ck you've created  Dear Dog, what's with this new habit of throwing food all over the floor?  Do it again and you might find that bowl empty for a very long while.  Dear Nordstroms, how have you managed to place ads in my google reader for the exact items I've recently looked at on your site?  Makes it harder to resist buying those adorable new Toms for Jamie when I see them strategically placed in my email and at the end of blog posts.  Very sneaky Nordies, verrrryyy sneaky!  Dear Pretty Little Liars writers {spoiler alert!!}, Toby is 'A'??  Really??  Toby!!??  What about last season when he fell off the scaffolding that "A" supposedly messed with.  Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do!  Until then, I refuse to believe it!  Dear Taylor Swift, I love your new song.  Like, LOVE!  Thanks for finally making the radio play something other than Call Me Maybe.  I was so over Carley Ray.  Dear fall, I'm so ready for you and I have new Skinny jeans and riding boots to prove it!  After this weekend you have my full permission to bring it on!  Dear Sprint, thank you for your awesome unlimited data plan for without I may not have survived the week we were without internet at home.  Dear Donation People, thank you for picking up all my unwanted items right from the curb and saving me a trip to Goodwill.  I'm helping people and you're helping me, it's a win-win!  Dear 3 day weekend, I am SOOO ready for you.  Let's end this summer right!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Quick like a bandaid

Yesterday morning I noticed the bumpers in Jamie's crib were all awry.
Obviously he had been up to something the night before.
He had already ripped one of the ties off awhile back, so I figured it was time to take them off before anymore damage was done.
They have to last at least one more baby after all.
So when I got home from work I untied all the ribbons and off it came.
Just like that.
The crib looked so empty and bare.
It was just one more sign my baby was no longer a baby.
Even the hubs commented when he got home that it looked weird.
So I casually mentioned {maybe} we should start thinking about turning it into a toddler bed.
Figuring he'd laugh at me and say "No way!  We're containing the beast as long as we can!!"
But that's not what he said.  He was all casual about it and like "How about right now?"
  And before I could even comprehend what was going on, this was happening.
I had a mini panic attack. 
OMG it's a Wednesday. 
We have to work tomorrow. 
What if this doesn't go well.
What if Jamie's not ready.
What if I AM not ready.
I haven't had time to stew and stress over this for weeks, preparing myself.
But we did it.  Ripped it off quick like a bandaid.
Jamie thought is "new" bed was the bees knees.
Jumping up and down.
Climbing in and out.
I just KNEW it was going to be a loooong, disaster of night.
But it wasn't.
When bedtime rolled around we followed the usual routine.
He ran into the nursery his big boy room, blankie trailing behind him, proclaiming he was tired.
So I sat in the rocking chair like I've done every.single.night for two years expecting to complete our bedtime ritual with some snuggles and goodnight songs, but he said "No mama, I tired.  I lay down."
And just like that he didn't need me anymore.
He climbed right up into bed an put his head down.
We played our night night songs and halfway through he kept saying "Goodnight" as if we were disturbing him.
So we all said our goodnights and shut the door.
He talked in his bed for a bit then I didn't hear a peep.
So I peaked in and there he was, sound asleep, where he staying until this morning.
No drama.  No crying.  No constant climbing out of bed.
I've said it before and I will say it again.
Sometimes I don't think we give our kids enough credit.
We anticipate the worst, when really it's US that have a harder time letting go.
Letting go of one of the few baby things left before fully resigning to the fact that I have a big boy.
Did I mention he also peed on the potty a few days ago?!
I can feel the lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes already.
Before I know it we'll be dropping him off at college.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Project MILF: What's Your Secret

Lately I've had several people ask me what my weight loss secret is.
When I tell them Weight Watchers it's almost like they're disappointed.
Like they were hoping I was going to tell them I'd found some magic weight loss elixir.
Nope.  Sorry.
My "secret" is eating healthy, making better choices and watching my portions.
Why is that not enough for people?
Everyone wants a quick fix, I get it. 
I'd like to blink my eyes and magically lose weight too, but it's not going to happen.
So here you have it weight loss "SECRETS!!"
Not a meal goes by where I'm not weighing or measuring something. And it's not always because I'm worried about too much, a few weeks into this journey I got a food scale and realized the opposite was sometimes happening.  You'd be amazed at how much 3 ounces of turkey is!  I was totally cheating myself.  It's also super helpful with things that are hard to count out, like chips for example.  By the time you get to the bottom of a bag there aren't a lot of whole ones left so then you're just guessing.  The scale takes the guess work out because 2 oz is always 2 oz no matter how broken they are.  In fact sometimes, I like to pick out the smaller ones because then you "get more."  Eight small fries seems WAY better to me than four big ones.  It's really a mental thing sometimes!
2.  TRACK  It amazes me at my meetings when the leader will say to challenge yourself and try tracking at least 4-5 days this week.  At least??  Isn't the whole point of this program tracking your food??  So why wouldn't you do it everyday??  I'm not as fanatic about it as I was in the beginning where I would pre-plan my day so I knew I wasn't going to run out by dinner.  Now I usually don't enter in my breakfast and lunch until the evening....but as a creature of habit I usually eat the same things so I know I haven't gone over.  By the end of every day, it's all accounted for.  How else do you know?  When you actually write it down, it's a lot easier to avoid temptation.
I don't want to sound all cliche....BUT....if you cheat, you're only cheating yourself.  WW is such a flexible program there's honestly no reason to cheat.  Want to eat that cookie?  Go for it.  But only eat one.  Want to go out to eat?  No problem.  Just eat lighter the rest of the day.  Want some fast food?  Get the kid sized portions.  It's always just enough to satisfy my craving.  Have I splurged a time or 2 since I started?  Sure.  And every single time I feel guilty about it and wonder why the heck I gave in.  Usually, whatever it was wasn't even worth it.
Ok.  So I know I said don't cheat and always track, but you also have to be flexible.  Those 49 flex points they give you are there for a reason.  USE THEM!  I was so rigid for so long that one day I just broke and went on a crazy binge.  I've now learned to allow myself one meal a week where I eat what I want and use my extra "flex" points.  Not one day, not one meal.  Usually since I weigh in Thursday, I splurge Friday or Saturday night for dinner.  It's really helped me resist temptation the rest of the week.  And sometimes, I don't even need it.  
I only weigh myself once a week at my meetings.  I purposely didn't even weigh myself at home before that first meeting so I wouldn't know if my scale weighed differently than theirs.  Now?  I don't even want to weigh at home.  The only scale I trust is the one I've used since the beginning.  What's the point of stressing over gaining a pound after the weekend if by the time you weigh on your regular day you've lost it and then some!  Ignorance is bliss!  
If you can, check out the restaurant menu before you get there.  Most of the time, I know when and where we are going out to eat so it's easy to plan.  Otherwise, you will get there and think you're making a healthy choice, only to track it later and discover that HALF sandwich you just ate....was 49 points.  {FYI, I usually eat 30ish points in an entire day!!}  And the side salad?  9.  Yep.  That happened.  I ate a 58 point meal that I thought was a good choice.  And the soup you didn't get because you thought it would be high points...only had 6.  It's been eye opening to discover the nutritional facts on some restaurant foods!  In a few cases, a salad was more points than my entire daily allowance.  A salad.  That's insane and makes it easy to understand why so many Americans are fat.  Even the supposed "healthy" stuff isn't all that healthy! 
I know some people hate the meetings and would rather go it on their own, but for me, there's nothing more motivating than having to step onto a scale in front of someone else.  Seriously.  Nothing.  I've also gotten a ton of great food finds and tips that I otherwise would have missed out on.  The cheesy camaraderie and fanfare when you reach a 5 pound milestone is also kind of fun.  I like celebrating the little victories!  It does help to have a great leader too.  I had to go to a different meeting once and the leader was a total dud.  So if you have the chance to try out a few, I say do it!
Now I realize everyone is different, and I'm by no means an expert, but these few things have really helped keep me on track!  And just for fun, here's some pictures.  Because fitting into jeans I haven't worn since our engagment pictures in June 2008 definitly needs to be shared!!
Now it's your turn to spill your dirty little weight loss secerets!
What are some things that work for you??


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tasty Tuesday ~ Chicken Ranch Tacos

I recently discovered a new Weight Watchers recipe blog called LaaLoosh.  The first recipe I tried was a total bust so I had kind of shied away from trying another, but when this one popped up into my reader I knew I had to make it!  It did not disappoint!  The chicken was so moist and juicy and the red onion {that I almost didn't include} really added to the flavors!  My only change the next time around will be to use low sodium taco seasoning and/or chicken broth, I thought it was a tad on the salty side!  Otherwise it was a total win and will definitely be making it into our weekly rotation!

Picture courtesy of LaaLoosh

Chicken Ranch Tacos
what you need
12oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 package dry ranch seasoning mix
1 package dry taco seasoning mix
2 cups fat free chicken broth
12 taco shells
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream

what you do
Put chicken, broth, taco seasoning and ranch seasoning into a crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Shred chicken with two forks.
Divide chicken and taco fixings evenly amongst the taco shells.
Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 2 tacos
Each serving = 6 Points +

Bon Appetite!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Random doesn't even begin to describe what just happened in this post.

This morning I let Jamie sit on the floor and rip up a piece of junk mail.  It was easier for me to clean up that mess than to constantly be telling him "No, he could not touch mommy's butt" and that "Yes, those are mommy's 'neeples'" while trying to get dressed.  I think naked time in front of him has worn out it's welcome.

The past two nights we've been having a dance party before bed.  It's quickly become my favorite part of the day.  It's also made me realize that white men can never dance.  Not even when they're 2.  But he sure does have mean high kick!

I bought my husband a smartphone for his Birthday and now understand why he rags on me for being on my phone all the time.  I feel like a phone widow.

Don't get me wrong, I still love my cloth diapers, but I'm kind of at the point where I'm over diapering {this child} period.  The fact that my pediatrician mentioned last week that boys don't usually potty train until closer to 2 1/2 or 3 and the fact that my child thinks the potty is only for playing made me realize my diaper free days before number 2 rolls around are going to be very fleeting.

Speaking of number 2, thank you to everyone who agrees that the world needs another EyeCanSee in it!  Now who wants to chip in to the daycare fund so we can all make this happen??  I mean, the do say it takes a village to raise a child right?!

I have to work on Saturday.  The fact that this means I have tomorrow off only makes it a little less painful.

Jamie's fall wardrobe has started to roll in and it's adorable.  It's also the first time that with a new season, I didn't have to order the next size up.  Now I'm praying he doesn't have some freak growth spurt come January.  Considering it's all still falling off him, I think I'm safe.

My dad sold his condo here in KC and I'm inheriting some of his furniture.  Excited doesn't begin to describe how I feel about our soon to be new bedroom set that's coming on Saturday!  Not that I don't love our current one, but I've been using it since I was 16.  It's time for something new!  And you can't really beat the price.  ;)

Now that the weather has cooled down to something bearable, I'm actually sad to see summer slipping away.  What will we do with a 2 year old all winter long when we can't go to the park??  Or go swimming??  Or play outside?!?

I think I want to go darker for fall, but not totally dark.  I just look better with some highlights.  Period.  As a compromise, I've been lusting over that whole reversed highlights, ombre look.  Is that even still in?

This post has been sitting open since 8am.  I think I'm putting a fork in it.  It's done.

That's all I got today people.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

And then it happened

Baby fever.
I can't really deny it anymore.
With each passing day my blog reader is full of Birth Stories and Pregnancy Announcements sending a pang of jealousy through my empty uterus.
I find myself strolling through the baby aisles and oogling over all the sweet baby things.
Perusing the TTC and Pregnancy message boards again.
Seriously contemplating baby names. {Let's just say if we have another boy, we're screwed}
Dreaming of all the adorable newborn fluffy diapers I can buy.
Pinning cute weekly bump-date ideas on Pinterest.
Bookmarking Big Brother shirts for Jamie on Etsy.
It's bad people.
With Jamie's 2nd Birthday passing I'm feeling more and more ready to take on the challenge of number 2.
Plus let's be honest, we're still crazy enough to think we want 3 kids and this mama ain't getting any younger.
So you could say my clock is ticking!
But the husband?  He's not quite on board yet.
And the mama?  Well she's still plugging along on her Project MILF journey.
And the logistics of two in daycare?  Yeah well, then there's that.
So I'm not throwing caution to the wind yet.....but let's just say it's on the horizon.
Maybe baby 2013 anyone??
In the meantime you'll find me on Pinterest swooning over nurseries and newborn photos.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

If you really knew him

If you really knew Mr. EyeCanSee you'd know.....

He has 6 tattoos, the most recent one being ones we got together for his 25th Birthday.
His favorite food is chicken wings.  Roosters chicken wings to be exact.
He has a serious sweet tooth and can down a pint of Ben & Jerry's in one sitting.
He's in denial that his hair is more brown than blond these days.
In high school he claims to have stayed thin by eating nothing but Snickers bars.
He has a crush on JLo and owns pretty much every {crappy} movie she's ever been in.
He choked up during our wedding vows and still calls me stone hearted because I didn't.
He saw Maroon 5 before they were big in some dive bar in Columbus.
He loves cheesy chic flicks and crappy chic TV.
He has a huge shoe addiction.
In grade school his nickname was Bubba.
He still refuses to join any form of social media.  Apparently Facebook is the devil.
He hates having his feet touched, but when we were first dating let me give him several foot rubs because he was too shy to tell me not to.
He can grow some pretty thick chops {his words, not mine}
He knows all the words to "It was a Good Day" by Ice Cube and has mastered the white boy rap.
He always smells good.  Always.  Not like I bathe in cologne good, just fresh.  I swear the man could run a marathon in triple digit heat and still not stink.  It's almost unnatural.
He said 'I love You' first.

If you really knew Mr. EyeCanSee, you'd know his Birthday was Friday.....but his wife forgot to post this.  Fail.
The BIG 3-0!
Finally we're in the same decade again!
Happy {belated} Birthday Hun!  Hope 30 brings nothing but great things!

Monday, August 20, 2012

One last rodeo

Little belated, but whatever.  I didn't want to miss the final edition of Jamie's monthly updates and I was waiting for the big 2 year visit for his official stats.  Ummm, 36 1/2 inches.  Dude is just over 3 feet tall?!?  I happened to stumble across my baby book over the weekend and I didn't hit 36 inches until I was 3!  So he's either going to peak early, or we're going to have a giant on our hands!  Either way he's currently one healthy and growing little boy!!

Happy Monday peeps!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Barney Bash

So it was no cutesy vintage Mustache Bash as I'd originally hoped for,
but Jamie's 2nd Birthday Barney Bash went off without a hitch!
Compared to last years soiree, it was no muss no fuss.
Just immediate family and a few of my dad's lake neighbors.
Burgers, corn on the cob and fries.
As much as I missed the planning part of a big party this year,
I did not miss the stress {or cost} of the actual party one bit!
Thanks to Etsy seller Magical Memories Boutique I was able to get an adorable Barney shirt.
And thanks to Dairy Queen still having some purple dinosaurs in their cake archives I was able to make one little boys 2 year old dreams come true!
And that my friends, made for one great Birthday!

Cards on the mantel.  A family tradish!

This picture cracks me up.  As if he has ANY clue what just came out of the card!

BIG Truck just like Grandpa Jacks!

Clear winner as favorite gift!

Mama I go fast!

And just like that.
I have a two year old.
 Happy Thursday peeps!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Bubbaloo!

Dear Jamie,

Two years old.  TWO.  On one hand it feels like you've been in our lives forever, on the other it's like we just brought you home.  So small and squishy.  I thought nothing could surpass the huge changes between birth and year one until I experienced year two.  Holy cow!  You've gone from a baby who could barely walk and talk to a full blown little boy who practically runs circles around me and never stops talking!  You are so smart, I can't believe some of the things you say and do.  You make me so proud to be your mama.  You amaze me more and more every day.  In true toddler fashion you're definitely testing your limits and can make mama laugh and cry all in the same minute.  While your stubbornness and strong willed personality push me, your sweet heart and infectious laugh melt me into a puddle of mush.  You're such a mamas boy.  Part of me hopes you stay that way forever.  The way you light up and come running when I pick you up from school.  The way you come up to me and say "hugs mama, hugs" or ask for a kiss when you have boo-boo.  And the way you still snuggle in your spot on my shoulder every night before bed like you have since the day you were born.  If I could bottle those moments up forever I would.  I can't wait to see what this next year brings.  I just know it's gonna be great!

Love you to the moon and back.
Happy Birthday Bubbaloo!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tasty Tuesday ~ Italian Chicken

I've seen this recipe floating around Pinterest and the blogosphere for awhile now and finally got around to trying it.  Holy cow was it delicious!  There seems to be a few variations, I went with the one found at The Girl Who Ate Everything.  It is maybe the easiest new recipe I've tried in a while.  Seriously there are 4 ingredients.  FOUR.  And it cooks in the crockpot.  I think a monkey could make this dinner.  It gets bonus points for being both toddler and husband friendly.  Plus it was just as good the next day and I usually don't do reheated chicken.  Tasted just as good as the first time!  I used 98% fat free soup and the 1/3 less fat cream cheese to lighten it up a bit.  With a cup of whole grain rotini it made for a slightly higher points meal than I usually indulge in, but it was worth every bite!  Enjoy!
Photo Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

Crockpot Italian Chicken
what you need:
4 chicken breasts
1 packet Zesty Italian seasoning
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 8 oz cream cheese

what you do:
Place chicken into crockpot.  (Mine were still frozen)  Sprinkle with packet of Italian Seasoning.  Cook soup and cream cheese in a small pot over low heat until smooth -- pour over chicken.  Cook on low for 4-5 hours.  You can shred, cut or leave the chicken breasts whole.  Serve over rice or pasta.

Serves 4. 
9 points plus per serving when made with 4oz chicken breasts and lower fat soup and cream cheese.  (PPV does NOT include the rice or pasta)

Bon Appetite!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dear Mom.....

Tonight was one of those nights.
The kind where you doubt everything you've ever done as a mother.
The kind where you wonder what the hell you're doing.
The kind where you wish you could call your own mom and cry about it because it's something only another mother, YOUR mother, would truly understand. 
All those years I rolled my eyes and told you to butt out because I could figure it out on my own.  Now I'd give anything to be able to call you and tell you about these kind of nights so you could put your 2 cents in even when it isn't what I wanted to hear.
So you could tell me that being a mom is tough stuff, but we all make it through.
That nights like these aren't the ones you remember in 20 years.
That at the end of the day, no matter how you feel, you're still a good mom.
There's so much I could have learned from you.
Cause when it comes to moms, you were the best.
I only wish we had had more time to be moms together.

Missing you always.

Favorite things: Mom edition, Volume 4

As we quickly approach Jamie's Birthday I thought it was about time to share a few things that help us survive life with an {almost} 2 year old.

Snack Traps.  I got these as a baby shower gift and thought they were a little odd.  Kind of a like a Kong....but for kids instead of dogs?  Ok.  Without a second thought I tossed them into the back of the closet.  Oh silly pregnant, clueless Mrs. EyeCanSee.  Little did you know you'd eventually have a toddler on your hands.  AKA the messiest creatures on the planet.  So several months ago when I stumbled upon them I thought I'd give it a whirl.  Best invention ever.  He still manages to lose a goldfish or two, but nothing compared to what it could be.

Valve Basket.  I used to think washing bottles was a pain.  Then we transitioned to sippy cups.  Those valves are a giant pain in my butt!!  Throwing them in the dishwasher is really the only way I can guarantee they're clean, but the basket we had from the bottle days was HUGE and took up practically the entire top rack of what must be the worlds smallest dishwasher.  I may have screamed a little when I found this gem on Amazon.  A SMALL basket just for valves and straws??  Yes Please!  It clips on the upper rack anywhere you want and takes up about the same space as one cup.

Speaking of Sippy Cups, these are our favorites.  Nuk Gerber Graduates Stage 3 or Tommee Tippee.  No leaks and relatively easy to clean, especially with the fabulous dishwasher basket.  Now that he's older I really like the ones that are most like drinking from cups as opposed to ones with soft bottle like nipples or the hard spout which worked better for very early on.  Gerber Graduates Twistie Straw Cups.  Haven't had any trouble with the straw ones either, plus I love how you twist the top and the straw goes down.  Makes it easy for travelling.

Around the 1 year mark we started having some serious ammonia sink issues with our cloth diapers.  Especially overnight.  Between our ridiculously hard water and mass amounts of toddler pee we had a recipe for disaster.  I tried pretty much everything under the sun.  Then I discovered Tiny Bubbles detergent.  I can't guarantee it will solve everyone's problems, but it worked miracles for us!  Since it's not one I hear about much in the cloth diapering world I wanted to clue you all in!  My other go to detergent that keeps the stink at bay is EcoSprout.  It was actually designed by a stay at home dad who also had hard water and ammonia issues, so I figured it was worth a shot.  Amazing stuff.  Plus the Warm Vanilla Sugar scent is to die for.

Aveeno Lotion for Eczema.  I talked about this many editions ago, but it's so good I wanted to mention it again.  This past winter when Jamie's dry skin flared up for some dumb reason I tried several other products, none of which worked at all.  Should have just stuck to my own advice and picked this one up again.  The good news is they have a non-baby version now which is exactly the same but comes in a tube about twice the size!  You can find it in the regular adult lotion aisle.  Once I started using it, his skin was soft as could be again!

Pottery Barn Kids Duffel Bag.  We travel quite a bit to visit family and had been using a hodge podge of bags to transport all of Jamie's stuff.  For his 1st Birthday I got a PBK gift card and thought it was time to get lil man his own bag.  I love this thing.  I know what you're thinking.  It's just a duffel bag, an overpriced one at that, but it's HUGE and the quality is top notch.  I can get all of his clothes, shoes, cloth diapers and misc toddler crap into this thing with room to spare.  Let me tell you, that's no small feat.  Plus it has his name on it and what mom isn't a sucker for personalized stuff??

GoGo squeeZ Applesauce.  We buy these in bulk.    Seriously.  They are great!  I keep one in my bag at all times since they don't need to be refrigerated and you don't need a spoon.  They're one stop shopping and help keep the toddler munchies at bay.  I also love how many different flavors they come in, we've tried them all, however cinnamon is definitely top dog in our house!

Press Here.  In a world of toys filled with bells and whistles, cartoons and iPads, nothing beats a good book.  I bought this one on a whim for Christmas because of the rave reviews it got on Amazon.  It did NOT disappoint.  Six months later it is still one of his favorites.  I love how simple it is yet still interactive.  I was worried he wouldn't quite understand it when we first got it, but he picked up on it right away and now presses, shakes, blows and claps away.  This book is a must have!

Plan Toy Punch and Drop.  A great classic wood toy.  No bells.  No whistles.  I've honestly found that toys like this keep his attention longer than the new "fancy" ones which seem to bore him after a few minutes.  We got this for Christmas when he was 15 months old and I think it's perfect for that 12-18 month range, but at almost 2 Jamie still loves to play with it from time to time.  What 2 year old boy doesn't love something that involves hitting and a hammer??

So there you have it.  Just a few tricks I have up my mama sleeve!  And for the one paid me to write this.  But PBK, if you're reading, feel free to send me another bag, mama could really use a new one for herself!!

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 3, 2012

To whom it may concern


Dear Neighbor Girl, next time you cut me off in the culdesac it's gonna get ugly, so get off your cell phone and look before backing up, I'd like to keep my car {and sanity} in one piece.  Dear Chick-Fil-A, I don't share your beliefs, but I'd bathe in CFA sauce if I could, so just keep your mouth shut and stick to what you're good at.  Making chicken.  Dear stomach virus, thanks for letting me enjoy a great weekend with my friends BEFORE leaving me couch ridden for two days.  So awesome of you.  Dear friends and family, a woman is capable of having a stomach virus without being pregnant, in case you didn't know that.  Now you do.  Dear Jamie, if I promise to let you watch Barney nonstop will you throw me a bone and wear the stinkin' bow tie already??  Dear Husband, I'm not buying you lasik eye surgery for your birthday.  Or a new car.  Or an Alaskan cruise.  So unless you planted a money tree out back you better come up with some more realistic ideas.  Dear me, next time you want to join in a blogger link up, make sure it's a weekly event.  #bloggerfail  Dear Bloggers, please stop having adorable babies.  We aren't on the baby #2 train yet and you're all making my ovaries explode.  Dear time, how is my baby going to be two in less than a week.  Please slow down!


Thursday, August 2, 2012


Time for another edition of....
This week I went back to a 1980's Classic:
Top Gun
Eff:  Maverick.  Hands down.  Tom may have gone a little cray cray as of late, but the Tom Cruise of the 80s?  Yes please.  Pretty sure he was my first celeb crush.  Plus who can resist a man on a motorcycle who flies jet fighters?  I have three words for you ladies:  Mile.High.Club.

Marry:  Goose.  So he may not be as easy on the eyes as Maverick, especially with that {heinous} stache, but the scene with Meg Ryan and their son playing Great Balls of Fire on the piano??  Melt my heart.  Plus he also knows his way around the cockpit, so it's like a win-win!

Kill:  Iceman.  Sorry Val, I'm usually a sucker for the blonde hair and blue eyes, but you just aren't doing it for me.  Doesn't help that you're a total doucher in this movie.  NEXT.

Happy Thursday peeps!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Project MILF: What's on my plate

I am a HUGE creature of habit when it comes to eating.
Especially when dieting which can be good and bad.
On one hand, you already know it's points/calorie value so it's easy.
On the other hand, it can cause some serious food boredom and burnout.
I love at my WW meetings when we do food finds because I always find fun new things to try!!
So for all those wondering what the heck it is I eat all day, maybe looking for some new ideas for yourself, here you go!

 For dinner I always have a vegetable, salad or both.  That's a given.   Otherwise?  Pretty much anything and everything is fair game.  As long as I watch my portions I haven't found any of my old dinner staples I can't make work.  I typically eat 10-15 points for dinner so it's by far my largest meal of the day.  Here's just a sampling of what we eat.
Honestly, the possibilites are pretty endless.  It's what I love most about Weight Watchers.
So there you have it.  A day in my foodie life.  Right now, according to my age/gender/height/weight WW says I can eat up to 35 points a day.  Honestly, that's alot for me.  I usually hover around the 30-32 point mark, but make sure to have at least the 26 pt minumum.  I rarely have to tap into my weekly 49 flex points, but imgaine as I continue to lose and my daily limit goes down I will have to more often.  It's nice to know they're there if I need them.  I also don't drink much besides water.  Wine and beer is surprisingly pretty high in since January I've only imbibed in the adult beverages maybe 3 times?  It's just not worth it to me to "waste" 3-4 points on a few ounces of beer or wine.  I'd rather have my skinny cow. 

Wow.  That got kinda long.
If you're still reading, you deserve a medal!
Now it's your turn to dish. 
What are some of your favorite low cal food finds?