29 January 2011

Food & Recipes

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I have had to adapt to a mostly gluten free lifestyle. I am not a Celiac but I do have a wheat allergy.  In my travels around the internet looking for information I discovered that gluten-free awareness has it's own ribbon, a light green. I created this image to use on my blog, but feel free to use it on yours. Look for the smaller version on  my blog to see GF recipes, or click the image below to see what I have created, cooked, or adapted to GF.

28 January 2011

Weight Loss Goals & Accomplishments

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Round Three Weight Loss

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September 19-December 3

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Goal: Lose 21.5 Lbs in 75 days
Goal Average: 2 lbs per week
Actual Average: TBD
Diet Plan: Wheat-Free/Atkins
Exercise Plan: Stationary bike, maybe some Zumba for cardio
and light weight high rep resistance lifting for sculpting

Round Two Weight Loss
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July 11-September 26, 2011
Goal: Lose 22 Lbs (10% weight loss) in 77 days
Goal Average: 2 lbs per week
Actual Average: ZERO - Maintained +/-2lbs 
Exercise Plan: C25K & Zumba! (I'm making the hubs do it too so he'll push me lol!)
Diet Plan: Wheat-Free tracked on eDiets due to wheat allergy

Round One Weight Loss
January 28 - July 11, 2011
Goal: Lose 34.6 Lbs (15% weight loss) in 121 days
Goal Average: 2 lbs per week
Actual: 14.2 lbs (6% weight loss) Lost in 164 Days
Actual Average: >1 lb week
Diet Plan: Anti-inflammatory diet to determine food problems
Exercise plan: 

14 January 2011

"Homeschooling" for Pre-school?

Kaelyn has been showing a LOT of interest in school and I think it's GREAT since she starts kindergarten this coming fall. Recently  her teenage sister was suspended for the next upcoming week (a whole 'nother story) and Kaelyn wanted her own schoolwork to do with her. So I knew this awesome woman I met was homeschooling her pre-schooler, so I hopped over to her blog Royal Baloo and from there zipped along to various other homeschooling websites.

I've started making her a "Lapbook" for Monday on the topic she chose from -- BUTTERFLIES! I'm changing it up a bit because their letter to go with it was U and when we started talking she was a little confused... and actually asked me why they were using "the second letter and not this one" (pointing at "b". When I showed her the written word BUTTERFLY.

Here's my ideas that I'll divide over the week (most of this is from and (where you can choose the text on your worksheets!!!) :

Letter/Color Worksheets (these words are in dotted print to trace and have the pictures in italics): 

  • B is for a lot! (banjo, box, butterfly, Bb, binoculars)
  • Beautiful Butterfly (butterfly)
  • Kaelyn can sign B (a hand signing B in ASL)
  • B is for Boy (sketch figure boy)
  • B is for Blue &
  • B is for Brown

Number/Shape Worksheets (these words are in dotted print to trace and have the pictures in italics

  • Four  4 (domino showing 3/1 pips)
  • Square (4 large, 4 medium, & 4 small squares)

Number Fun

  • Stretchy counting caterpillar (folded accordion style and numbers show when you stretch him
  • Matching/Counting cards (with a chrysalis & 3 types of butterflies on them) 
Butterfly fun
Life stages (a circle divided in 4 with a header to glue the stages on)
What butterflies live by me (planning on a worksheet & a trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at the end of the week/weekend - they have a butterfly room!!!!!!!)

And she LOVES "I spy" so I found this cute "I Spy" craft based on "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" that we made this morning with a Gatorade bottle that she is LOVING! I have a feeling after this week is up we'll be moving on to keeping it in the truck. We play "I spy" in the truck while on the road so here are a few ideas I have for the bottle.

  • Shake and sing "What do I see?" and name the animal & color.
  • Someone asks "I spy something RED. etc." Shake it till you find the Red Bird, etc.
  • For on the road, we can shake it and pic the color that comes up and find matching things around us.
Other than that I'm out of ideas... any suggestions are welcome. Too much? Not enough for a week? 


12 January 2011


Links Coming Soon!

Gluten-Free Marshmallow Rice Treats
Gluten-Free Potato Bread
Gluten-Free Cornbread
Gluten-Free Homemade Twin Bars
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Cupcake
Gluten-Free Waffles
Gluten-Free Corny Flatbread
Gluten-FreeTamale Pie
Gluten-Free Roux

05 January 2011

Free Zoya Nail Polish!

Leesha over at xparkage (i heart her and her youtube vids you have GOT TO check her out!) posted this and it is an amazing deal. Like Zoya on Facebook (it's only fair and you won't miss their other specials) and use their FB friends promo code: FB2011 to get a wonderful deal for 3 bottles of their $7 nail polish FREE! You just pay shipping & handling but that is a flat rate of $6.95!

I just ordered: Charla, Tallula, and Akyra

Yes, I like blue.

My basket also showed the Zoya Wicked & Wonderfull Color Plate and the Intimate Collection Plate which I can't find on the site, so we'll see what happens there!  



Free Sister Hazel MP3s!

I don't know how long this will last.. and I don't know much about the group, but I love new music, so I'm grabbing it while it's there. Wanna join me??

(click image to go to Amazon for free download)


01 January 2011

Happy New Year Bloggers!!

I hope everyone out there is having a great New Year's Day! I had a great time watching movies with the family last night and otherwise quiet evening at home with tooooooooo much food.

Here's hoping that 2011 brings us just enough of what we've always wanted to make our lives a little happier and a little easier.

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