Fitness + Health

vacation weight loss challenge: week 4

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Talk about a stressful week. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a TGIF outlook (about 10 years now!) and I guess under quarantine all the days sort of feel like Friday but…THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY because I am 120001% OVER this week.

I should be excited that it’s 4th of July weekend but I’m just not – the fact that I have only put up front porch decorations is a tell tale sign that I have achieved IDGAF status and I’m ready to hit the reset button Sunday night and move on. It is so beyond normal for me that I’m having a hard time recognizing myself. 😐

My July update post is coming and I’ll let you in on all of that in a hot minute but today we’re here to weigh in. Somebody pray for me. read the post


recipe roundup


clearly, Elias’ birthday breakfast did NOT make the round up (even though it WAS tasty πŸ™‚ )

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a recipe roundup so let’s go for it. In case you haven’t been around before (or have forgotten since its’ been awhile πŸ˜‰ ) recipe roundups are just a compilation of all the best recipes I have made in the past month…or three. Whoops!

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Fitness + Health

vacation weight loss challenge: week 3

vacation weight loss challenge (2)Virginia is heading into Phase 3 on July 1st so “normal” life has started to pick back up. I’ve been working on Elias’ party that is scheduled to go on in mid July so that’s kept me busy from mindless daytime eating but I’ve STILL been struggling with night time eating – I have GOT to figure out why I’m waking up EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

Mom is still chugging along with her on and off low carb days and she has started incorporating exercise other than just walking. My sister is currently in OBX on vacation and surprised us all when she weighed in yesterday telling us that she was doing a great job staying with her way of eating (and getting up every morning and walking like I have been trying to get her to do with me FOR YEARS!) while she has been away – she even packed her scale and measuring tape so she could keep accountable. Kudos to her. πŸ™‚

So let’s see how we’re all doing. πŸ™‚
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Home + Life

toddler tuesdays: adventures in potty training

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Potty trained: having been taught to use the toilet. That is straight from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Seems simple enough, yes?


We were newly married when a lot of our friends and family started having babies. We were then newly pregnant when a lot of those babies grew into toddlers. We were rookie parents when those toddlers started potty training. Having a newborn in diapers while watching other parents struggle with toddler toilets and floor pooping was a double edged sword – we were thankful we were not there yet (because we would have had absolutely NO idea what to do) but we were also well aware that our turn would come soon enough.

I’m willing to risk some backlash here because, let’s face it, I’m a mom and I will ALWAYS get some sort of backlash for some decision I make having to do with child rearing. (Let’s also have a reminder here that the moment you get pregnant, EVERYONE knows what to do better than you for ANYTHING having to do with pregnancy, child birth and being a parent.) Trust me, I’ve been there, I’ve heard it, I’ve dealt with it and at the end of the day I really don’t care. My child is healthy, happy, thriving and loved – that is ALL that truly matters.

Rant over. Back to potty training.
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Fitness + Health

vacation weight loss challenge: week 2

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I have been struggling here lately with a lack of motivation to do much of anything. The laundry has been waiting three days to be washed, the office is in disarray, my fridge is jam packed and totally unorganized and I have approximately 50 cookies, 4 suckers and the equivalent of one large McDonald’s french fry strewn about my vehicle (thanks, Elias).

It might have something to do with quarantine, it might have something to do with the stress we’ve been under house hunting or it might have something to do with the fact that our only full bathroom is currently housing a mommy cat and her four seven week old kittens…probably not that last one, truth be told. πŸ˜‰ But I’m trying to take it one day at a time and just roll with it.

The one thing I HAVE been motivated to do is work my butt off to lose this weight. I have been walking daily and doing either Ballet Beautiful or weights six days a week (which is nothing new) and I have really been working on getting my night eating under control. My sister is continuing on just as she has been, steadily and consistently losing weight by counting calories and walking. Mom seems to be struggling a bit – she chose to do a carb cycling way of eating and is having difficulty on her low carb days. My other sister never actually weighed in or measured (or let anyone know about it at the very least) so we’re all assuming she’s not participating.

So let’s see how we’re all doing. πŸ™‚
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vacation weight loss challenge: week 1

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It’s time to own up to it.

I’ve gained weight.

I’m not talking a pound or two, I’m talking a chunk (no pun intended!). Now, I’m not 100% comfortable giving a number just yet, but I’m working on being more comfortable with imperfection and you can expect a post on it in the near future.

Regardless of why or how I got here, I AM here and I’m ready to turn it back around.

After weeks of self sabotage I decided I needed a way to be held accountable. So I texted my sister. I text my sister all the time when I need to be accountable for food related issues, but this time it was a different kind of accountable – I asked her to do a weight loss challenge with me. She said yes, of course. πŸ˜€
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Food · Home + Life

june meal plan

Since we’re actively house hunting, I’ve been actively trying to whittle down my stockpile. Although I do plan my meals mainly around what I have on hand, last month I drifted a bit away from that, mostly likely out of pure rebellion due to quarantine. πŸ˜› So I’m back at it again this month in hopes that I can create a rather large dent in my stockpile before we have to move it all.

I technically only meal plan for a family breakfast on Sundays – the rest of the week is leftovers or other regular breakfast food (ie: bagels, cereal, pop tarts, etc.) We do weekly meal prep for lunches on Sundays – enough for five weekday lunches for two adults. Recipes marked with an asterik are recipes that I have made before and my family has deemed delicious! πŸ™‚
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house hunting (or travel!) outfit

IMG_20200529_101855612high low tunic in white rib / high waist leggings / cardigan similar here and here / flip flops

We’ve been sooooo busy, but I wanted to share this outfit super quick because we could all use a couple more lounge outfits by now. πŸ˜‰

I LOVE the oversized sweater look and I rock it quite often. It’s comfy for travel, it’s easy for mom duties and I still feel put together. Leggings are essential and these are awesome; they’re super stretchy (but don’t stretch out!), they come in two styles (regular and high waist), lots of sizes (xxs included!) and if you wait for a sale, super affordable. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and stay tuned!

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