Favorite Things

Favorite Things, and One Not so Favorite Thing

Hey folks…its time for another round of my favorite things.

  1. If you are in the Baltimore region, this is for you. I was raised going to Fenwick Bakery on Harford Road. It is the sweetest little bakery and I have precious memories of going there with my grandparents, always leaving with a complimentary cookie. Dan and I got our wedding cake there, Dans parents got their wedding cake there…you get the point. We love it. I took the kids there the other day to order Lillian’s Birthday cake and it was actually the first time I’d taken them! It was just as wonderful as Id remembered. We ordered her 8 inch DECORATED cake ($17. I mean come on!) and I couldn’t leave before ordering the most delicious donut I’ve ever eaten. I’m a plain Jane. I like chocolate frosted. I was legitimately shocked that it was SO much better than any chocolate frosted donut I’ve ever had. Guys. Just go! its worth the $1! I’d probably pay $5. And bonus! The kids both left with a free cookie.
  2. As I get older (over the 30 hilll!) I am becoming a whole lot more concerned with my sun exposure. Enter- the swim “shress”. I have to get a few moles removed in a couple weeks that look *troubling* and I am even more committed to covering it alllll up. So here we go. My friend has this one that I’m ordering and I LOVE it. I also just ordered this one which is a bit more understated. I haven’t decided which one will stay yet. They’re both adorable and I can’t wait to not have to worry about my skin! Have you been to the dermatologist lately? GO! Annual mole checks, people!

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I sent these links to my best friends from college and one responded, “man we’ve really come a long way from string bikinis”. Ahem. yes.

3. My birthday is coming up in a few weeks! I asked my mom for a heritage test and she was super excited to get me one. I chose the Familytreedna company. If you order in the next few weeks you can get $20 off in celebration of Mothers day. I’m going to make a few blog videos once the test comes in the mail! I have never known much about my heritage and I can’t wait to find out exactly where my ancestors are from.

4. Guys. I’m real sad about my Quartz countertops. They told us they wouldn’t stain and they wouldn’t chip. They have both stained and chipped! We got them because we love the look of white marble but we have a 2 and 5 year old. Sooooo, that wasn’t going to happen. We thought this was the next best thing! Its white! Its beautiful! Its supposed to be kid-proof. Its not. Its chipped-a rogue spaghetti sauce jar jumped out of our cabinet. That should teach me to try to feed my Italian family sauce from a jar! Its been stained by strawberries and store-bought icing. We suggested them to a friend (pre-chip) and her salesperson told her they wouldn’t stain or chip and they’ve stained for them too. I don’t know what the answer is. I LOVE the look of concrete counter tops but they are SO labor intensive. They’d be perfect for this stage of life. The more they stain and chip the better they look!

5. Our upstairs bathroom needs some love. Both bathrooms do, actually. Its just not the right time to do an overhaul of either. One thing that HAD to go was the blinds. I’m super uncomfortable with blinds that have strings. I have heard horror stories of kids getting caught up in them and dying. So I was on the hunt for something that would let the light in and still ensure privacy. Enter: the frosted glass adhesive.  It was SUPER easy to put on and I think it looks great. I actually did it while my kids were in the bath. It took no more than five minutes! We still have our morning sunlight and privacy without the strings. I took this picture at noon which is why it is so stinking bright. It worked!IMG_9552

Okay, thats all for now. I have a feeling I’ll have another list this summer!

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Fitness

I’m Finished the Challenge!

Time to go eat fruit!

If you have no clue what I’m talking about I did a six week lifting challenge with a ketogenic diet. AND ITS OVERRR!

So I have some thoughts. It definitely makes you more lean. I will say this is not the most dramatic diet for a post baby body. My initial six week challenge diet from last summer caused me to lose way more weight. This next level challenge definitely made me stronger and leaner and I AM super excited about that.

I will absolutely reintroduce healthy carbs into my diet. Like today. But I will try my hardest to stay away from the processed junk. I ate everything I wanted on Easter and felt HORRIBLE for three days. Clearly it doesn’t make my body happy and I should listen.

So here are the results!

Weight loss: 6.4 lbs

Body fat percentage: 3%

Total inches lost: 8

If you want to have a fun before and after pic, check out WSA Fitness in Towson. It’s seriously changed my life.

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For Katie the Warrior

A Beautiful Easter, Indeed!

We had a beautiful, full, weepy, Easter.

The weekend was packed with egg hunts, family, worship practice, and church.

Katie came to church for the first time in almost two years! I was praying with her a few months ago and got a picture in my mind of pushing her wheelchair through church on Easter Sunday. I talked with my family and we made it happen!

At the end of the church service, Mark, one of our pastors, took time to welcome Kate, tell her story, and pray over her. Please listen below! I was a sobbing mess (shocking).

Please continue to pray for our Katie! It all matters. Every prayer.

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Week 4/6: Next Level!

This week was tricky! I’ve been doing a six week challenge at the gym. We had a few days of snow that I couldn’t make it to the gym. I ended up going twice in ten hours to get it all in and my body was sore! I made it in to the chiropractor late this week so my hips are feeling a lot better, thankfully!

At this point the meal plan is easy peasy. I dyed Easter eggs with the family last night so I’m set for breakfasts this week!

So total I’ve lost 6 lbs and 7 inches! It’s working!

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Week 3/6 next level!

Im half way done! Hooray! Click here to start from the very beginning!

Everything is going well but that darn weight is staying put. This is some hard core unschooling I’m working through. ESPECIALLY with weight lifting, you can’t gauge success by numbers on the scale. Its all about body fat, and inches. My body has no idea whats going on. It is totally confused and I’m trying to chill out about it all.

So this week my favorite snack was this.

One cup of Trader Joe’s fat free plain Greek yogurt. This is my favorite brand by far. Mix that with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a splash of stevia. It tastes like the filling of peanut butter pie! Super yummy!

This week my total weight loss is 4 lbs, 7 inches, and 1.5%body fat. Getting somewhere!

One day this week I can have 60g of carbs! Woohoo!

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Week 2/6 Next Level!

Hey Peeps! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.

I have completed week two of the 6 week transformation at my gym, WSA fitness. This week was definitely easier! The food is getting easier to plan, I’m not missing carbs as much, and I feel better. Not as sluggish.

My favorite recipe this week was salsa chicken. I put 1 lb. of chicken in a crockpot with a jar of salsa on high for 4 hours. Then I split it into four containers, threw it over cauliflower rice and topped it with an avocado. It was delicious!

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I also did some yummy lettuce wrapped tacos but those are pretty self-explanatory.

On to the good stuff. The workouts were a tiny bit easier this week, they went faster since I was used to the movements. It has been hard for me to get in the 35 minutes of cardio 3x a week in addition to lifting for an hour four times a week but I’m doing it.

The weight definitely isn’t “falling off” but I am getting stronger and leaner. My friend Ryan lost 10 pounds the first week and that gave me rage. But its not a competition. (Says anyone who is not winning).

This week my total weight loss is 3 lbs and I’ve lost 5 inches and 1% body fat. I’m ready for week 3!

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Week 1/6!

Let me be honest. I was hangry. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, check this post.

This week was rough. It was quite an adjustment to having no carbs. mostly for the fruit but a little bit because I am a snack addict.

I love weight training! I really like doing new things and although I’ve lifted some throughout this whole crossfit-ish gym membership its been fun to learn new things. I also like it because I feel like growing up I never thought of lifting being a thing that girls did, unless they were body builders. It just seems so hard core! I want to be like that!

I have also confirmed with myself in my mind that I don’t like being pushed but it definitely keeps me from progressing as much as I should. Thats why its good to have gym friends! They push you in funny/sarcastic/mocking ways and then you feel like you may die but at least you’re with friends!

I will say that I have felt this week like new muscles were transplanted into my body that I have never noticed before in my life. I only know this because they hurt really badly! I knew I had something called a hamstring, but in all of my working out and squats and wall balls, I’ve only ever had my quads hurt. Not now! It is allllll hamstrings. I could barely put my emergency brake on in my car.

I hear that this coming week will be a lot easier with food. I wouldn’t say I’ve been hungry, just not satisfied. Im eating enough foods but I like to feel full after a meal and I wouldn’t say that is happening a whole lot.

This week I have lost 2 pounds and 2 inches! Yay me!img_6395