Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Diet Day 4 and Adventures in Babysitting Day 2!

Yesterday was my first day with G Baby. He is awesome! Only cries when he is hungry, but MAAAAAAAAAAAN does he have some lungs! We are NOT used to that with Kynslee ... so this is fun! As far as everything else goes, he is great! G Baby smiles quite a bit and has a generally happy demeanor. He has also slipped into Kynslee's schedule so they have been napping and eating around the same time, so - I also change diapers around the same time. If one is dirty, the other gets changed. That has worked so far ... but then again, I am only finishing up day 2!
Today, he and Kynslee fell asleep at the bus stop, so when I got home, took their car seats straight from the car to my bedroom where it is nice and dark! Ask me how I am going to do this when they have outgrown the pumpkin seats .. maybe I will have an answer by then! HAHA!
Anyway, since the babies are doing so well, I have had plenty of quiet time that allows me to work on my crafts. The other day my MDF Advent Calendar came in the mail so I quickly found some Christmas paper (from my stash and of course a welcomed trip to JoAnns)! Side note .. I knew this would come quickly, so I prepared and made sure I had everything I needed to complete the project BEFORE G Baby started coming. I am not ABOUT to take the babies shopping yet. We are good to get to the bus stop!
Well, with my free time, I completed my calendar and I just started yesterday! I used mod podge (my new favorite friend) and lined the outside and the little boxes with fun papers. Then, I used my SIZZIX machine and made numbers 1-24 and slipped them through my handy Xyron Sticker Maker (thank goodness I used to scrapbook and never got around to selling some of the better stuff)! I used some fun Christmas stickers that I got years ago to decorate the center and then Mod Podged over the top of everything and WALLAH! I am so excited and pleased with the outcome!! I really need to learn to take pictures as I go, but when covered in Mod Podge ... its kinda hard. So, for the "before" picture, I grabbed that off of the internet. This is what the calendar looked like after I assembled the pieces.

And this is what it looked like after I got to play with all my scrapbooking toys AGAIN! YAY!

I must note. I had no idea what MDF was. It looked like thin wood. NOPE! It is a fancy word for some kind of cardboard type stuff. Don't get me wrong, it is nice quality and good for what I did. But, kind of wish it had been a little more durable for longevity purposes. But, it will do for now! I love how it turned out!

As far as the diet goes. Things are pretty good. I am doing better than I thought with my 1200 calories. It actually ends up to be more than that because with every time I work out, I earn extra calories to eat which are usually spent on a fruit smoothie in the evening after the kids are in bed.
Lunch is by far my hardest time of day. Breakfast is easy ... I make a Lean Protein shake with some powder I got from GNC ... I love it. It is called Total Lean and I use the swiss chocolate. I also mix in some peanut butter and part of a banana and it ends up AMAZING! Lunch, however, I am ready for food. I did find some really good healthy frozen lunches that aren't bad. They are about 290 calories and I have some diet cherry coke zero (my new favorite drink) so I don't feel so abnormal. Then by dinner, I am so happy with how my day has gone, I eat pretty sensibly. Sunday night and Tuesday night Kaelyn and I ran a mile in addition to my morning beat-down by Jillian.
Tomorrow, however, might be different. I am going to be on a strict 1200 calories because I don't think I will be working out. I might do some strength training or yoga maybe. I nursed Kynslee for the last time last night and am pretty sore today. The jumping jacks and jump rope portion were incredibly killer so by tomorrow, I can't imagine them being any better. Hopefully the babies will sleep long enough so I can fit SOMETHING in! We shall see.
OH - Also, I finished another crate cover for Kynslee's toys. Head over to my post from the other day to see the updated blog with pictures of the new one!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Diet Day 2!

Ok, so, I am back on the wagon. I know, I know, usually you hear of people falling off the wagon. Unfortunately (for my shoulders, abs, thighs, quads, back and every other major muscle in my body) I ... am back on! Alright, alright, I completely understand that this is good pain. 1200 calories? Sure, sounds easy enough. I am in day two, and lets just say .... I am still upbeat about it. Not gung-ho like I was yesterday ... but upbeat. I will take it. My sister has challenged me to go "balls to the walls" for 2 weeks.
I think I can do it.
Maybe I can do it? 
In all honesty ... I am excited. I ran yesterday with my 9 year old, Kaelyn. She was fun to run with. She is old enough and athletic enough to keep up with me (and by athletic enough, I mean she can move faster than a snail ... and by keep up with me ... I mean, ran circles around me)! Anyway, we ran, sprinted, jogged and walked(very small amounts) and completed an 11 minute mile which I haven't been CLOSE to hitting since about 2000! So, that was awesome. Later that night ... not so awesome. My 29 year old muscles and joints started aching ... but its a good ache ... I can handle it.
Today ... Jillian Michaels kicked my butt in her 30 day shred video. FYI .. I do not like her for tonight, and I am pretty sure I won't like her at 6am.
Anyway, I completely got off track with my diet schpeel ... but, it leads up to todays project. With all of this fitness and weight loss, I can't eat as much. So, I need to keep myself busy. Bored = eating for me. And that is not good. Especially when you stay at home and have no "schedule" or "work" to distract me. No strict deadlines which allows for ample downtime and plenty of munchies just around the corner.
So, I have been introduced to the wonderful world of PINTEREST and have plenty of projects and ideas pinned. What better way to keep myself entertained!
Well, on top of my girls, I have decided to take on one extra child - 4 days a week. Baby Grady (Kynslee's new BFF) will be joining us tomorrow for our first day of my 'adventures in babysitting'. He is a little over 10 weeks old and he too will be "surrounded by pink". I was organizing the diapers and wipes his mom brought last week and decided he needed a "space" for his things. Like, bottles, diapers, wipes, extra outfits ... anything else fun that a baby comes with. But, looking through our baskets and containers ... a lot of them are PINK! Or, princess. I know that he is only a few months old ... but, poor little man deserves a little "mini man-cave area". So, down to my faithful "stash" of fabrics and I found some BLUES and REDS (i said it was faithful!). I followed an awesome and easy tutorial from and this is what I came up with! I started with this boring milk crate ...

to this fun-fabulous-very boy-like bin:

I should have taken pictures along the way. Whoops. I do have fabric cut to make Kynslee one in the morning ... and I will take pics along the way of hers. But for now, I should probably go to sleep. I need to be up at 6 so I can squeeze in a workout before Mr. Grady gets here ... not really sure I will be up for working out between watching the two little ones :) 

Update: -----> I have, since this post, finished a second cover. Love them! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Another Project Down, another project started!

So, I saw these really cool cardboard letter collages on ... my new favorite website. And, I pinned it on my "crafts to do" board on there. And, as a promise to myself, I have found that if I am going to pin it ... I should at least ATTEMPT to make or create whatever I am pinning. So, I have already reorganized my pantry and showed Jordyn to sew her own little people. Then, early this morning, (2:30 am early) .. I finished another inspired craft. The cardboard letter collages.

One thing about having three kids, if you try something really cool and succeed ... you get to do it TWO more times. Or, if you fail and give up you let down three kids. In my case, I had one totally awesome K that I completed for Kynslee our youngest ... seriously, if I hadn't been using mod podge, there would've been some blood, sweat, and tears. This K was incredible, I loved it. But, I was not a fan of the process. It was hard to go around corners, hard to pick out which pictures to use, but fun to lay them around until they seemed to "fall" into the right place. But, I was not happy about having 2 more letters to go. But, I couldn't end with just one and let 2 girls down ... so on to the J for Jordyn.

Hers was a bit trickier because the letter J does not have arms or legs sticking out of it like the letter K does. So, that is less area to cover. Which, at first, I was THRILLED with ... less work for me. But, that also meant less pictures. So, even though I had 50 some pictures cut and ready to podge ... I reprinted all of the pictures I had chosen for Jordyn's letter ... only smaller. After cutting them out, I got to work. I was getting the hang of going around corners and finding the best way to lay the pictures and then I was done. Another great letter completed.

Still one left to go. The final K. By the third one, you think I would've perfected the task, when in fact, I hadn't. She is 9 years old now, so I had gone through 9 years of photos and cut it down to the bare minimum of my favorites. I still had to many. First go around, I ended up cutting and shaping just to sqeeze them all on the letter. After looking at the completed project, it looked like a 5 year old art project instead of something I would truly want to hang in my home. (side note: I love 5 year old artwork and will gladly display it in my home ... when in fact, it was completed by a 5 year old, NOT acceptable when it is MY WORK.) Anyway, I pulled the entire layer of pictures off. MY GOODNESS does that stuff dry fast ... like cement! but I got it ... and see for yourselves what I came up with. I am extremely proud of my letters ... but it will be a COLD DAY IN H#$% before I do another one :)

Now, on to my next pinterest project ... Plush letters with a soft fabric basket to carry them in! Until next time.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Knocking them out ... 2 at a time!

So, this week has been pretty productive when it comes to my crafts and my organizing. I actually finished two things that I have wanted to do for a while now!

I recently finished a book that I absolutely LOVED! It was by Sarah Horn .. who is AWESOME .. and her book is "My so-called life as a Proverbs 31 wife". Of course it is based on chapter 31 of Proverbs which I am also studying with friends in our Bible Study group. Anyway, the book has taught me some things about being a wife and a mother. I know I will never be a perfect wife, but I guess it just motivated me to change my attitude in how I go about things.

I love Mike with my whole heart. He is my best friend. As cheesy and dorky as it sounds ... it is true. Mike still makes my heart skip a beat when he walks in a room. I fall in love with him more and more as time goes on. Wow, totally off subject. Anyway, he works really hard at everything he does and truly inspires me to be better. I love so many things about him ... and figured I should tell him some of them ... well, at least 52 of them :) I have seen this project on pinterest of a deck of cards and on each card it tells one reason why one person loves another. So, I made one for Mike. Here are a few pictures.

All of the reasons for loving him are real ... some of the pictures I found were to add some laughs. Then, on the ones that I didn't find a picture for, I added some of my favorite pictures of us! Such a fun project, and it has reaped great rewards (which was totally not the point, but an added bonus).

The next thing I did this week was organize our pantry. I have tried many times to get some organization to the chaos that is our food, but I think I am finally on to something. I bought a few organizing containers, some labels and off I went to empty the pantry. I wanted to organize it by days of the week ... and then each day would have the makings for that evenings meal. But, as I started putting things in the containers, I was realizing that plan didn't work out so well. The first night of the week was ROAST ... and in that container, all I had was a packet of onion soup mix and another packet of Italian seasoning ... since all the rest of the items were in the fridge ... not really a wise use of the space that the container took up.  So, then I started looking at the items and realized a better way would be to organize by food type so when I go to make my shopping list ... I can quickly see what we need as far as pasta, mixes, sauces .. etc. Worked out pretty well. I am pleased. The kids aren't too thrilled, esp poor Jordyn who can't quite read yet, but was looking for the container labeled with a word starting with B since BROWNIES starts with B ... little did she know it was right in front of her nose at her level ... only they were labeled under S for SNACKS ... (ohhhh, IDEA! maybe I should add a picture for her)! Here is a picture BEFORE ...

Here is a picture afterwards! YAY!

Now, I am off to snuggle my sweet Kynslee who is feeling horrible. She has a raspy little cry and is a bit congested in the nose. She is so sad with a pink little nose and rosy cheeks ... but she still tries to smile. Hoping she feels better soon!