Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Confessional

The Juice is Worth the Squeeze
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If you've been a follower of this blog for any amount of time then you're well aware of the fact that the past TWO summers we've had bats.  Last summer I VOWED to call the bat people in August to come patch up the hole so they wouldn't return, but never did.  So this year when they came back I swore up and down I'd be getting on "the list."  Yep.  Never called.  So next summer when I'm bitching about the bats again {cause we all know I will} remind me who's to blame.

It's a good thing that whole ombre look is in because this lady hasn't had her hair done since April.  {yikes!}

I bite my nails.  I couldn't tell you the last time I actually trimmed them.  Like with real clippers.

I haven't been to a regular in a doctor besides my OB/GYN....since we moved. {3 years ago}  I technically don't even have one here in KC.  At least I know my lady bits are healthy right??

I still wear some of my old maternity underwear.  Isn't my husband the luckiest man alive?  Me-ow!

Last week I came home and found my husband watching Twilight.  By his own choosing.  He claims it's because he had started watching it on his lunch break and HAD to finish it.  I told him that really only made it worse and I was confiscating his man card.  I guess that's more HIS confession than mine.

I refuse to eat chicken wings.  Too much work for too little food.

I had Bell's Palsy a few years ago and ever since then my one eye is a little wonky.  As in smaller than the other and is most noticeable when I smile.  No one else can see it, I think they're all crazy.

I also have some sun damage freckles that popped up on my upper lip sometime last year and it looks like a trash stache.  So that's awesome.

My favorite brand of cloth diapers was discontinuing a few colors/prints at a steal of a price so I bought them.  For a future baby I'm not even pregnant with.  That will have to be a girl.  Though real men wear pink right???

Jamie's birth announcement proof is still sitting in my Shutterfly projects folder.  I never actually ordered or mailed any out.  Mom Fail.

I think it's ridiculous to spend $30 on a kids t-shirt and side eye anyone who does.  Mini Boden, I'm looking at you.

Pretty much every Saturday morning I run to the grocery store for milk and whatever we need to make it through the weekend.  It's a toss up if I wear a bra or not.  Most times not.

Now go link up and spill your guts!
Happy Friday Peeps!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: WW Food Finds

Every week at my WW meetings we do food finds.
Basically if you've found or tried something new in the past week, bring it in and share it!
It's one of my favorite parts because I've found so many new things!
So instead of posting a recipe this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite finds with you.
Because let's be honest, as a full time working mom I need a little convenience in my life from time to time!

Kashi Pesto Pizza

I'm big supporter of the Kashi Brand.  Love their waffles and cereals, so it's no surprise this pizza did not disappoint.
Plus at only 9 points for half the pizza (4 slices) it's super filling and makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!  There are several other flavors, this is the only one I've tried.

When I first heard of this powdered peanut butter I kind of turned my nose up at it.  Then I realized how many freaking points my favorite food has and thought I'd give it a whirl.  So far I've only used it in my WW chocolate shakes....but it's delicious.  Like a guilt free peanut buttery chocolate slice of heaven and only 1 point for TWO tablespoons!

Amy's Cheese and Bean Burrittos
Need an easy lunch or quick dinner?  These are awesome and only 8 points.

Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu
I can be a little funny about frozen, processed meat, but this chicken actually comes frozen raw so I thought it might be ok.  It was delicious!  And super easy to cook after a long day.

Vita Tops
I'm always looking for something quick and easy to grab in the morning for breakfast that isn't a million points.  At just 3 points each, Vita tops fit the bill perfectly.  I've had both the double chocolate chip and banana nut, both were delicious.  And since they have a decent about of protein and fiber they keep me full all morning.

Jimmy Dean De-Lites
Another good breakfast find.  Higher in points at 7 per sandwich, but when the craving for an egg mcmuffin hits, this satisfies it.  Plus its great for on the go!

Archer Farms Fruit Strips
When my sweet tooth strikes, these hit the spot.  And at only 1 point they're a real bargain at that!

So there you have it.  A few of my faves.
Now spill yours!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Project MILF Update: ONEderland

Well folks I've finally done it.
As of Thursday I have lost 71 pounds.
I'm FINALLY under 200 lbs for the first time in almost 4 years.
Welcome to "ONEderland" as my WW leader said.
Officially back to wedding weight.
And it feels great!
This is the goal I've had in mind since I joined just 8 months ago.
I couldn't wait to finally fit back into all my "skinny" clothes I'd been saving and lugging from house to house with hopes one day they'd fit again.
And I'm proud to say I've been sporting those jeans for about a month now!
With this goal now behind me it brings up a new set of challenges.
My biggest fear about reaching this huge milestone would be a loss of momentum.
I'm usually very comfortable at this weight.
I get to this point and I stop.
Or I hit a plateau and just give in to the fact that this is as good as it gets.
But this time feels different.
While I'm proud of how far I've come and am amazed when I catch my reflection in the mirror, I know I'm not done yet. 
Not even close.
I never want to see a "2" at the beginning of my weight again.
I am now more determined than ever to keep on going.
To reach my ultimate goal.
And to make my "skinny" jeans fall right off!

Happy Monday Peeps!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Confessional

The Juice is Worth the Squeeze
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I have really bad road rage.  One time someone cut me off and I actually followed them briefly until I realized I had gone bat shit crazy.  It's a wonder I haven't run someone off the road.

Despite my crazy road tendancies, and the amount of time I bitch about the traffic....I actually like my commute.  It's a mindless 30 minutes every morning and every afternoon where I can listen to whatever I want and no one is bugging me.  Sometimes 10 minutes will go by and I'll realize I don't even have the radio on.  Scilence really is golden.

Jamie comes home with an average of 3 art projects a week.  I used to try and save them all until I realized I'd need a small storage unit to keep them.  I now hang them on the fridge until a new one comes home and then retire the old the trash.  My husband says I'm heartless, but really, how many can I realistically save before needing to be on that show Hoarders?

I occasionally use an online Scrabble dictionary when playing Words with Friends.  I don't think of it as cheating, I think of it as using my resources.

Sometimes I still have to count on my fingers for simple math.  8+5 stumps me every single time.

If I didn't catch the current events/news segment on my morning radio talk show, chances are I don't know it happened.

If it weren't for spellcheck....I'd never spell definitely right.

If I'm already out of the office for work stuff, I will run my own errands.....on work time.

See that fancy blog button up there?  I spent an entire nap time working on it.  Further proof that I'm computer illiterate.

I had a love affair with a bag of candy corn pumpkins last weekend.

I still haven't sent out Jamie's Birthday Thank You's.  From August.  Coming from the self proclaimed TY note nazi herself....that's downright embarassing.

I'm not normally size obsessed, but last week I tried on a sweater from Target and refused to by it because I would have needed the 2X.  Call me vain, but I have NOT lost 71 pounds so I can buy a freaking 2X.  PASS!

Happy Friday Peeps!
Now go link up and confess your deep, dark secrets!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I believe....

I believe that a solo trip to Target can save your sanity.

I believe in the power of random acts of kindness.

I believe that a good cupcake can solve just about anything.

I believe you should never settle.

I believe that a killer dress and some heels can make any woman feel like a million bucks.  No matter the size.

I believe that I WILL get to goal weight.

I believe that rainy days are good for the soul.

I believe hugs and kisses from mom can solve just about anything.  Even when you're 31.

I believe in a good cry.

I believe in girls night out.

I believe in the amazement that is watching my son fall in love with college football.

I believe in a good glass of wine.

I believe God never gives us more than we can handle.

I believe a trip to the salon is the most relaxing thing ever.

I believe in date nights.

I believe in second chances.  Thirds?  Not so much.

I believe in spoiling yourself....and retail therapy.

I believe in driving with the windows down....and the radio up.

I believe mommy's need timeouts sometimes too.

I believe Starbucks puts crack in their coffee.  How else do they convince people to continually spend so much on a cup of java?

I believe in pajama days.

I believe you can do anything when you put your mind to it.

I believe that a trip to the lake is all you need to recharge your batteries.

I believe that life's too short and NEVER take anyone or anything for granted.

I believe that the laundry and the chores can wait.

I believe in me.

I believe in us.

I believe that the juice is worth the squeeze.

Linking up with Living in Yellow today!
Happy Thursday peeps!
Come on back tomorrow with all your Friday Confessions!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Negotiator

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a 2 year old had the power to negotiate.
Or at least they think they do.
Not sure when my child woke up and thought he was the boss, but the things that come out of his mouth never cease to amaze me.
Take last week for example.
I told Jamie it was time for bed.
He turned to me and said, "Two more minutes mommy, I'm still playing"
I turned to my husband and couldn't help but laugh.
I've never been a mom who throws out two minute warnings, so I have no idea where he even came up with that.
Then there's dinner time.
After inhaling his tator tots he promptly requested "Mo tots peas"
I told him no, he had to eat his green beans first.
Meaning ALL of them.
So he says, "Ok mama, ONE bite"
He then proceeds to take the worlds SMALLEST bite of green bean before proclaiming
"I did it mama!  Now, mo tots!"
Really kid?  I wasn't born yesterday.....
Last night however, this one takes the cake.
After mowing the grass for the 234th time I told him it was time to park his mower and go inside.
He turned around, waved at me and said, "No mama, I stay here and mow grass.  Bye-Bye.  See ya later."
Right.  As if I'm going to just leave you out here alone.
He's 2 going on 16.
If he's already negotiating now, we're in trouble come the teenage years.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Down on the Farm

Do you ever discover something new in your city and wonder how you lived there for so long without knowing about this little gem?!?
That was us on Sunday.
Kansas City has a children's farm and it's amazing.
First of all, on the weekends it's $2 a person and during the week it's free. FREE!
$6 for an entire morning of toddler friendly entertainment that resulted in a 4 hour nap?
You had me at hello.
Second of all it was HUGE!  Just when we thought we'd seen it all we'd turn the corner and there was more.
Goats, fishing, cows, horses, turkeys, chickens, pony rides,nature trails, butterfly gardens, tractors, more playgrounds than I could count.  My kid was in 2 year old heaven.
Except when the goat tried to eat his shirt.  Which of course when you ask him about going to the farm, is the only thing he talks about.  "Goat did it!  Goat eat Jamie's shirt!"
Sigh.  Toddlers.
Shirt eating aside we had a blast and will definitely be going back in a few weeks when they open up their Fall/Halloween exhibit for some pumpkin picking and hay rides!
And now for your viewing enjoyment, a bunch of pictures of my kids back and the side of his face, cause god forbid he LOOK at the camera.  That would be too easy.

Happy Monday peeps!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Confessional

I can't stand animal print.  Every time I see someone wearing those god awful leopard print flats that have become all the rage, I cringe.

I also can't stand bows on my bras and underwear.  I'm 31, not 12.  What's with the freakin' bows on everything?

Sometimes when I can't take one more minute of Barney, I shut it off and tell Jamie he's sleeping.

I'm not into politics.  Like at all.  I rarely know all the issues/candidates and only vote during presidential elections.  Sometimes not even then.

I only chew gum long enough to get the flavor then promptly spit it out.  My husband says it's wasteful, frankly I don't care.  It's gum.

I didn't go grocery shopping this week so Jamie at chicken nuggets and green beans 4 days in a row for dinner.

At my last dental checkup I had a cavity.  Hygienist fail.

I ate a giant cupcake last week and enjoyed every last calorie.  Guilt free.

Sometimes I buy things and try to convince my husband it's old so he doesn't know.

I didn't check the forecast yesterday and sent Jamie to school in shorts, a tshirt and sandals.  It was 57 and rained all day.  Mother of the year right here folks.

I never buy gas until the light comes on.

You know those fashion infinity scarves everyone wears these days?  I think they're stupid.  To me, wearing a scarf indoors is about as lame as wearing sunglasses indoors.

At some point everyday I realize I'm not longer going to do anything productive.  Today it hit me around 8:01.

Happy Friday peeps!
What are you confessions this week?!?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Show & Tell: Baby Talk

Since I let the cat out of the bag that I've got babies on the brain lately, I thought today's Show & Tell over at From Mrs. to Mama would be the perfect link up!

1. Tell us your favorite baby names?
Girl names for us are easy!  If Jamie had been a girl, his name would have been Brooke Elizabeth or Lucy Marie.  Both of those are still in the running when it comes time for baby number 2!  The new wild cards we've added to the bunch are Danica Claire {hubs choice, I'm still not sold on it} and Reese {my choice, middle name still undecided}

If we have another boy??  We're screwed.  We had a hard enough time coming up with one Boy name the last go around!  Every name I liked got vetoed, but he never gave me any {serious} choices in return.  Unless you think Chuck, as in Norris is a real legit choice.  I did not.  A few of the ones I like are Nathan, Lucas & Harrison.  These are the kind of responses I get from my husband when asked to come up with 2-3 boy names.

Now do you see why it better be a girl......

2. Show me your "dream" nursery
With Jamie we went gender neutral so we could use the same nursery for all our babies.  In theory, it was a great {economical} idea.  In reality?  Am I really going to be able to have another baby and NOT decorate a new nursery??  Especially if it's a girl.  Swoon.  Every little girl needs a chandelier.

3. How many children would you like to have? How far apart?
High school Emily wanted 4 kids.  Two boys, a girl and another boy all about 2 years apart.  I laugh at high school Emily.  Now I'm thinking 3 is a good number.  Three-four years apart so we never have more than 2 in daycare at the same time.  Then again, talk to me after I have two because some days, one seems like MORE than enough!

4. Tell us what you think the importance of parenting is?
Is there anything NOT important about being a parent??  For me it's learning not to sweat the small stuff.  Be flexible!  He didn't eat 3 servings of vegetables today and nap time was a little later than usual?  So what.  You know the old saying "When you make plans, God laughs?"  Yeah well, so do babies.  Once I learned to let go a little, everyone was much happier!  I also think it's so important to do what works best for YOUR family.  It's so easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing that sometimes you forget to step back and realize what works for one does not work for all.
5. Show us your favorite newborn photo
 Was he ever really that tiny!?
6.  Tell us some things you promise to never do as a parent {and if you are a parent, did you stick to it}
I've learned when it comes to parenting, never say never!  Because when you're in the heat of the moment and that thing you said you'd NEVER do is the only thing to get your child to sleep/eat/stop crying....everything else pretty much goes out the window!

Happy Monday Friends!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Confessional

I don't like the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  I think I'm the only one.

Jamie has woke up wet at 5am every morning for the past 3 nights.  I don't think I can stuff any more inserts in his diapers and am ::::THIS:::: close to buying a pack of disposables for overnight.

The stubborn mule in me would rather change a diaper/PJs every morning at 5 figure out a solution than buy one stinking disposable.

Jamie is also showing some early signs of being ready to potty train, but I'm too lazy to do anything about it.  Some days diapers really just seem easier.
I judge people who take the elevator when they are fully capable of going up one lousy flight of stairs.

I get teary at my weekly WW meeting when I think about what I've accomplished.  I'm totally going to be the girl who cries when I reach goal.

I haven't worked out once since I joined WW.  Not once.  I keep saying when I hit a plateau I will start, but the lbs keep falling off so I have no motivation to do it.  Apparently getting rid of all the saggy, jiggly mommy bits aren't motivation enough.

We have a very strict no eating at your desk rule at work.  I'm eating an apple and some cheese as I illegally surf the Internet to type this post.  What can I say, I like living on the edge.

I'm wearing scrubs today that haven't fit in 4 years, but the top feels really flowy and maternity-ish so I will most likely shove them to the back of the closet for the next 4 years.

I love fall.  It's my FAVORITE season, but I refuse to put out any fall decorations until October 1st.  It's still too freaking hot here to be staring at pumpkins and fall leaves already.

I saw that Crocs now has a welly/Hunter type rain boot.  My first reaction was to laugh.  My second was to find a store to try them on.  Champagne budget....and the price tag is more my style.  Even if they are Crocs.

I can count on one hand the number of times I've bought a pop from the machine in the break room.  It's been broken all week so of course all I've wanted is a freaking diet coke.  Murphy's Law.

I'm not googoo-gaga baby crazy like most women.  Meaning when I see an itty bitty baby {that's not my own} I don't have some undying urge to hold it or go and swoon all over it.  My mom was the same way and I used to joke that she was a baby I get it.

My boss got a new haircut and it's heinous....I told her it was cute.

Whew, now that I've got all that off my chest I am ready for the weekend!!  Then again, when am I ever, NOT ready for the weekend!
"I'm so bummed it's Friday and I have 2 days off ahead of me......said no one ever!"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's Tuesday right?

A billion years ago I was tagged by not one, but two lovely ladies in a game of 20 questions.  Since I'm not even sure what day it is after a long weekend, there's no better day than today to finally get around to answering their burning questions.

First up is JAX from The Roaring Twenties (and thirties)
1. What is your profession?
Dental Hygienist
2. How would you describe your style?
One word?  Simple.  I don't really get into the latest fashion trends, more of a jeans and tshirt kinda girl.
3. What one make-up product can you not live without?
Lip stuff.  Chapstick.  Lip gloss.  I'm mildly obsessed.
4. If you could be besties with one celebrity, who would it be?
Jennifer Aniston.  I love her.
5. What is your dream vacation?
I have lots!  But if I can only pick one, a cruise through the Greek Islands is at the top of my to-go list!
6. What magazines do you subscribe to?
Cooking Light.  Real Simple.  Parent.  Family Circle.  How many do I actually read?  That would be zero.
7. If you could have a special talent {that you don't currently have}, what would it be?
I wish I could be one of those fancy horseback riders.  You know, with the kicky little riding outfit.  How's that for random.
8. What is your favorite breakfast food?
Eggs Benedict Florentine.  From Eggct.  Mmmmm.
9. If you could do anything, what is your dream job?
I want Samantha Brown's job.  Get paid to travel all over the world?  Yes please.
10. What is your guilty pleasure?
Cheesy Wedding shows, my favorite being Say Yes to the Dress!  Trying on wedding dresses was probably my favorite part of the the whole wedding planning experience.  I'd be lying if I said I've never had the urge to randomly stop into a Bridal Shop to play dress up.
11. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received, and who gave it to you?
Always be yourself.  My mom told me this all the time and it's so true.  If people can't learn to love you for who you really are, it's not worth having them in your life.

Next was Erin from Enamored and Elegant
1. What is your favorite Movie and why?
I have a few, but let's go with Mean Girls.  Why?  Because it's awesome.
2. Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Ginnifer Goodwin.  Not because we look anything alike, but because she seems very real.  You don't see her plastered all over the tabloids flashing her vajayjay for all the world to see.  She's just your average, down to earth, girl next door kinda person.  Who also happens to be a movie star.
3. What is your favorite book?
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  I've only read it once, but I remember it being amazing.  One of these days I want to pick it up again.
4.  How old were you when you knew there wasn't a Santa Claus?
Oh geez.  Maybe 7 or 8?  I think I played along at least a year or 2 because my mom always said if I didn't believe, he wouldn't come.
5.  Pen or Pencil?
Pen.  Preferably blue.
6. What was your all time favorite class that you took in high school or college?
My last quarter in college I took a class that talked about music and art from the past to the present.  One of our assignments was to go to a concert.  Another was to go to an art exhibit.  We'd look at modern art and listen to music for an hour.  Outside of sitting in a lecture hall, it didn't even feel like a real class.  It was awesome.
7.  If your house was burning down and you could save one thing, what would it be? (All pets and family members know the fire safety plan and are safe.)
My wedding rings.  The diamond in my engagement ring came from my great grandfather's jewelry store and was what my dad proposed to my mom with.  So you could say they're pretty special.
8. What is one bad habit you want to change?
Eating when I'm bored or biting my nails.  It's a toss up.
9. Do you like brussel sprouts?
10. If you were in Vegas for one day would you shop, visit the casinos or go see a live show?
If someone else was paying for it I'd say SHOP!  Otherwise a show for sure.  I love live performances.
11. If you could only have one job for the rest of your life (and paychecks didn't matter), what would you do and why?
I've talked about this one before, but I would open my own cloth diaper store.

Happy feels like Monday, but it's really Tuesday!