Monday, 5 May 2014

Momma Monday: 6 Toddler Friendly Snacks for Traveling


We've all been there. The dreaded long car rides where you get 5 minutes down the road and the children in the backseat are already wanting food. But stopping at the golden arches or getting a box of tim bits can get quite costly especially on long car trips. So pack up the cooler and get out your zip lock bags, because here are 6 great snack foods that aren't messy, healthy, and easy to prepare before you hit your destination.

CHEESE & DELI MEAT

This combo is a sure fire way to keep the little ones at bay for a while. I usually get cookie cutters and cut out cool shapes of the meat and cheese so that it's something different. Or you can cut the cheese into easy pick-up cubes for little fingers, use string cheese, and even add in some crackers for something crunchy.

TRAIL MIX

My kids love trail mix, and because you can either buy it at a bulk food store, or make it yourself, it makes for a great snack on the go. You can use dried fruit pieces, nuts, chocolate chips, pretzels, etc. to suit the wants of whoever is eating it.

FRUITS & VEGGIES

Also another huge hit. I use carrots, cucumbers, celery, berries, banana, apple slices, grapes, you name it you can put it in a baggie or little snack box and they'll be happy.

GRANOLA BARS

Opt out for the chocolate covered, ooey gooey caramel filled ones and you'll have a snack full of fiber, easy to eat and will keep them full until you reach your destination. You can also find great recipes online to make your own granola bars :)

MINI SANDWICHES

Huge hit with my kids. They love PB&J so i make a bunch of those and throw in some deli meat & cheese slices in another, and its like a mini lunch that doesn't make hardly any mess (give or take some crumbs) and will leave them satiated.

CEREAL

Last but not least. Fill up those little snack packs with cereal like cheerios, fruit loops, lucky charms, reese puffs, mini wheats, you name it. I opt out for only fruit loops & cheerios because there not full of lots of sugar, and even if they drop some they don't break into a gazillion crumbs everywhere.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Weightloss Wednesday: 5 Protein Packed Smoothies


Smoothies are always convenient, and great for those of us who are on the go. There great meal replacements (when done properly) and post-workout snacks to replenish your body with nutrients. Yet using protein powder can be quite costly and high in calories if your not careful on what types you buy and how many grams of protein you get out of each scoop of powder. I found this protein called Dyna-wave and its only 30$ a bag you can find it online, at no frills, Costco and some other nutrition stores. Per 1 scoop is 135 calories with 30g of protein.

Different Forms of Protein
Peanut Butter                    Coconut Milk
Flax Seeds                        Oats
Chia Seeds                       Milk
Almond Butter                  Quinoa
Raw Egg                           Yogurt

Those are just a few ways to add protein into your smoothies without using protein powder, saves on calories also. Here's a few recipes of mine I use on a daily & weekly basis, ENJOY! :)

Peanut Butter Power Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  •  1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1 banana cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2-3 icecubes
Makes 2 servings

Calories: 239 Per Serving
Protein: 22.5 grams

Chia Green Protein Smoothie

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2-3 ice cubes
 Makes 2 Servings

Calories: 300 Per Serving
Protein: 26 grams

 Very Berry Banana Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup flax milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 ice cubes
Makes 2 Servings 

Calories: 288 Per Serving
Protein: 24 grams

Go Green Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 - 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Makes 2 Servings

Calories: 295 Per Serving
Protein: 26 grams

 Strawberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 ice cubes
 Makes 2 Servings

Calories: 270 Per Serving
Protein: 27 grams


And there you have it, 5 delicious smoothie recipes to try for any time :)













Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Weightloss Wednesday: How Many Calories Should I Eat?

When I began my weight loss journey I didn't know where to begin. How does one lose weight? It's not rocket science, right? I've heard many different ways. Like padlocking your mouth and throwing the key away :) The point is, to lose weight, you have to eat less calories than you burn. Or start off by changing your diet piece by piece. Switch out soda & high sugared fruit juice for water, eat one piece of cake instead of the whole thing, if you go out to McDonalds or whatever order a salad or a grilled chicken burger WITHOUT making it a combo. These are sure fire ways to help you start on your weightless journey.










When I first started out losing weight I tried playing around with daily calorie intake needs and it started me off at eating 6 meals a day equaling out to 1600 calories, and I did 1-2 hours of exercise daily. I GAINED weight within my first week. I looked even more like a beached whale and I died a little on the inside. There is so much that your CI depends on. Whats your weight, height, age, gender, BMI, BMR, etc... Because everybody is different and unique that everyone's CI will be a lot different. Same as if you start off at 200lbs (like me) I had to eat 1200 calories to start off with to create a calorie deficit to actually lose weight whereas now im 145lbs and I eat 1400 calories to keep losing my weight. Weird huh? This site is what helped me and is very useful is a DAILY CALORIE NEEDS calculator. Plug in your information and get going :P










The site said I needed to eat 2099 calories (which I nearly gagged) to maintain my current weight, 1679 calories for fat loss, and 1260 for extreme fat loss. So I came to a median between the two and stick to 1300-1400 per day :) It also gives you this really cool 7 day calorie cycle (the zig zag), and also has meal plans for all calorie needs and shows you what the meals should look like that your eating.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Wedding Update: Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses

I have finally set my options to 5 different dresses I really like, there mostly back-ups as I have this one dress im set on and would probably do just about anything to have it haha! With that being said I have also picked out a handful of bridesmaid dresses, and just thought people might want to see what plans I've got stewing in my little wedding pot :D







As you probably have noticed they are all made of organza with a ruffled mermaid/fit and flare skirt. Minus the first one which is Sabelle by Maggie Sottero (the most amazing bridal designer EVER) which was originally my first choice and was in love with the dress, I even got to see it in a bridal salon when I was with my sister in law trying on bridesmaid dresses and was like I WANT THAT! Then a couple months later I laid eyes on this puppy (below)

I can't even begin to explain how this dress makes me feel. I have never tried it on (YET) i haven't seen it in a store, yet the first time I looked at it my heart skipped beats, my palms became sweaty, my breath got caught in my lungs, and I teared just a little bit. I knew this was to be my dress I got married in and that I will do whatever is in my god almighty power to make sure it happens. But my biggest fear is actually going to a salon, finding the dress, trying it on, and hating how it looks on me or if it wasn't what I truly expected of this dress. I'd be devastated and most likely heartbroken and cry myself to sleep for a few weeks at least hahaha.  WOO! Now onto the bridesmaid dresses!

My only problem finding a dress for all my girls is I want them to either have all the same style dress and color, or all same color different dress, cause all of them have gigantic boobs (minus 1 poor SIL) and are all really tall or short so im like. well. heck this sucks! haha  AND they HAVE to be in something that is comfortable for them because there the ones wearing it all day and if it's strapless everyone's just gunna be yankin' there top up all day haha Here are my options so far





They will either be a dark aubergine purple, or a minty green/pale blue. My husbands military so he'll be wearing his dress uniform as will his groomsmen so I'm just trying to color co-ordinate, WHO KNEW THAT COULD BE SO HARD!?? haha it really does suck, but it'll be so worth it in the end.

SEPTEMBER 5TH 2015

is our wedding date


It was a hard decision cause we were going to get married this year but I am still in the process of losing weight (hehe down 59lbs! WOOOOO!) and we just did reno on our bathroom & basement so our money is out the window pfsh GONE haha Plus we had to do a lot of planning around Charlotte's birthday who will be turning 3 that year. Jesus. Had to re-read that 4 times just to make sure I was not losing my sanity already :P 

But yes, those are my wedding updates as of right now and I shall post more when I figure out what's going to be what and such :) If you read this far, Kudos to you! I rant way too much, Sorry! <3

UP NEXT ON THE AGENDA
- DIY Invitations
- DIY Decor, centerpeices, favors, and more!
- Vows! (ooo exciting)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Weight loss Wednesday: A Guide To Clean Eating

About a month ago I decided to start clean eating, and it's been one of the hardest yet gratifying and rewarding things I think I've ever done. It took me about a couple weeks to get into the swing of things because I had no one to help me and basically followed everything off of websites because I had no idea what foods are okay, and what foods I should avoid. After that ordeal I thought to myself, there has to be an easier way to do this. So I have put together a Guide on how you can start clean eating too without all the hassle and hopefully have an easier transition than I did :)

1. Throw out ALL the junk in your fridge and pantry.
I didn't throw away all my food I gave some of it to my parents and kept some for my husband who still needs to eat that crap because he's in the middle of bulking up while im trying to widdle down so our diets collide quiet frequently, and also makes this process a lot harder. Sift through to make room for all your new healthy foods :) The easiest way to do this is to check the ingredients, if you can't pronounce it, have no idea what it even is, or if theres an ingredient list of 10 gazillion things, CHUCK. IT. OUT. Say your goodbyes and give it the boot. The more junk food like chocolate, chips, ect you don't have stashed in your cubbards, the less tempted you'll be to inhale them when nobodies around and lie to yourself that you don't feel bad for eating them anyways :)

2: GROCERY SHOPPING
The hardest part of my transition. Finding a BASIC clean eating diet grocery list was like finding a needle in a haystack in the middle of a blizzard.

TIP: It will be a bit difficult at first but try substitution first rather than just dropping everything cold turkey if you think you won't be able to stick with it right away. I went cold turkey and it was EXTREMELY difficult to keep to it at first but eventually my taste buds got used to what I was eating instead of the crap it had before.

Here's a list of everything you should try to incorporate into your new clean eating diet.

 TIPS
- Steam, Bake, Grill, or eat your food raw
- Fill 2/3 of your plate with veggies
- Eat Fruit for dessert
- Drink your body weight in water daily (or at least 64oz)
- If you incorporate red meat into your diet have it 90% lean or higher beef


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fashion Trend Tuesday: Spring Makeup Video Tutorials



Spring is an amazing time of year for bright colorful makeup. Keeping it subtle but vibrant will have all eyes on you and the compliments will be endless. Some top trends of the 2014 Spring scene is light pinks, bright orange all over, color blocking eyeliner, glowing radiant skin, and a bold colorful lipstick to match. Let's get started

Spring Sunrise Inspired Makeup by Carli Bybel

Spring Inspired Makeup by Easy Neon
 

 

 

Those are the top 5 in my books. There vibrant, make your eyes pop, and I follow all their youtube channels religiously and are just amazing people and their tutorials are to every detail and so easy to follow, enjoy playing with your makeup! :)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Freebie Friday: Easter Printable

I am so happy about this Easter! My children will both be old enough to have their first real Easter Egg Hunt by themselves! :D I can't wait. I went out and bought those plastic eggs that you can fill yourself so instead of just hunting for little chocolate eggs, they get eggs, candy, and small toys like bouncy balls, pretend jewelery, crayons, etc. I am just so excited to see their little faces light up when they wake up Easter morning and discover that their are Bright colorful Easter eggs spread about the house that the Easter bunny left behind the night before :)

As with every holiday that comes around I've created a simple Easter Subway Art Printable for you all to enjoy!


Monday, 24 March 2014

Momma Monday: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide & Daily Cleaning Schedule


It may still be frigid outside with -20 degree weather, and it may blizzard occasionally, but it's finally that time of year! SPRING! Where the snow melts and green grass takes it's place, and icy tree branches bud with new leaves and foliage. Where flowers begin to bloom and birds begin to sing. But with spring, comes spring cleaning. There are many people who dread this time, but me, I lavish in it. It's a secret of mine that I actually ENJOY (yes you read that correctly) cleaning. I love organizing. Yet you wouldn't think so because of the amount of toys, my husbands work gear, and nick nacks in absolutely every corner in every room. My family apparently doesn't like organizing. haha But I love going through every room, every space and throwing out junk, wiping down my decor and getting rid of those pesky little dust bunnies that decided to make the space behind our couch their home away from home through the winter. There is honestly so much to do, and never enough time, nor space to do it, especially with two little ones running around as well things will always be hectic. So I did a little researching, and came up with a massive list of stuff that is what I usually do every spring, and I have also supplied you with a daily cleaning list which I follow as if it were my bible, and my house went from disaster WW5 to just messy looking, which is as good as it'll get for right now Guaranteed.

Below is both printables, and I hope you enjoy and get rid of your junk this spring! For another person's trash is another person's treasure :)



Thursday, 6 March 2014

Food Frenzy Thursday: Oatmeal Pancakes


Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I usually have a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and half a banana and a big glass of milk, a protein shake, or my favorite. PANCAKES! Yet usually after you've made your batter, cooked them till golden brown, slathered them in butter and ooey gooey maple syrup, your already at 600 calories for breakfast. That's half my daily intake allowance (not cool). I surfed the web for hours the other day because I needed to find something that was still healthy, but as delicious as a normal wholesome stack of pancakes. I came across a bunch of oatmeal gluten-free pancakes, pancakes without sugar, and flour, and the possibilities were endless. So I decided on these (which in turn were fantabulous)

OATMEAL PANCAKES

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
  • 1 1/4 cup Skim Milk 
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Directions
  1.  In a medium bowl, mix oats with milk, let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add in egg and oil, and mix.
  3. Add dry ingredients until just well blended
  4. Drop by 1/4 cup measurements and flatten out a bit
  5. Cook on hot nonstick skillet or pancake griddle until brown
  6. Flip and cook until lightly golden
  7. Top with whatever you like (not including in nutritional value)
Makes 4 servings.


** I like to add peanut butter and 1 mashed banana to my pancakes sometimes, they taste super good and are jam packed with loads of protein :) Also try using a sugar free syrup 
* I also

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Momma Monday: The Jyst on Diastasis Recti






As we all know being a new mom brings with it so many things. The happiness of finding out you are pregnant. Watching your tummy grow and grow and smile every time you feel a kick or flutter of movement within you. The first time your baby is placed in your arms, and you are so overjoyed with love and happiness that you would do it all over again in a heartbeat. But as time goes on and you watch your child take their first steps, say their first words, learn to dress themselves and feed themselves, you notice that your stubborn little "baby pooch" has been there through it all as well, and will not make itself scarce.

This condition is known as Diastasis Recti. Where your lower abdominal muscles have stretched so far apart during childbirth, that you actually have a gap between those two muscles. Your core, now doesn't hold the ability to hold everything where it belongs. FACT #1: Did you know that most core/ab exercises actually make it WORSE?! I know right! I've been doing planks, crunches, sit-ups, working my obliques and all the rest of that good stuff in hoping to tighten up that stubborn pouch of fat, but I've just been making it worse. FACT #2: Did you know that 95% of women who have experienced childbirth, also suffer from this condition but are unaware? And that the other 5% are the rare lucky ones that get to walk out with a taught tummy and there pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.

To check to see if you have Diasastis Recti, Click Here :)

THERE IS HOPE! I have a mild case, where I am only about 2-3 finger widths, instead of other people out there who are 6/7 finger widths. If you have a bigger width between your abdominal's, then your doctor may suggest surgery as an option. But you can go around this. I was told to get a tummy splint, or belly band and wear it 24/7 for at least 4 weeks and only take it off to shower, and wash the band itself. Another is to do special exercises [ and if you do it with the band on too it's like killing 2 birds with 1 stone ] These exercises are used to change your alignment, strengthening your transverse abdominal and to help bring them back together so your insides aren't sticking out  :) What a lovely mental picture and thought, my apologies.

I've found a few exercises on Google & Youtube which you can do at home, you do them maybe 3 times a day every day until you start to see an improvement. You can't just go and jump into them though, if you can't flex your TRV then there's no hope in working out and it actually doing its job. Try to see if you can flex your TRV muscles by GENTLY pulling your belly button into your spine. You should not be holding your breath, or sucking in, or any of that crap which you've probably been doing for a few months now. I tried hiding mine in my clothes, which didn't work out so great.

Figure out if you have mild - severe Diasastis. Take the chance to get back that flat stomach of yours, and get a stronger core to hold yourself up higher, get rid of back problems, be able to have more strength to do more :)