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Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Snow Day 2016

In Colorado, snow days are a rarity.  If we are really, really lucky we get one every couple years and they are a blessed event.  A nice mid-week sleep in, snacking all day, watching movies, never getting out of PJ's and even putting snow gear on over.  I love these days and as a teacher we hope for them just as much as the students.  This school year, the snow Gods have blessed us with 2 wonderful days.  We had one the last week of school in December and one yesterday.

I think in total we got around 8 inches of snow, but it is difficult to fully measure because of the snow drifts.  We had a nice day really doing absolutely nothing.  The kids destroyed the house, I blogged and watched movies and snuggled.  We played outside and snacked and has an all around wonderful day. 

I could not get enough of these two playing in the snow.  It wasn't good snow to build a snowman in, but my little Elsa did not care one bit.  

My little guy could not wait to make a snow angel...

...but the puppies wanted to play too!

Oh boy did our pups play!  Getting them to come inside was probably a form of torture to them. 

I am in love with this picture.  I firmly believe that my dogs understand what fresh powder is and they relish in snow days too!

These majestic girls are all mine and so are those adorable kids!  Our snow day was wonderful and exactly as they should be.  No plans, snowed in and completely expectation free as well!

How is everyone else handling the weather?


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Marvel Universe Live

This weekend was all about our little guy.  Back in December our tiny princess had a weekend with Frozen on Ice and the The Nutcracker Ballet.  This weekend we had some awesome opportunities to enjoy some time with our little guy and really make it special.  We had seen Marvel Universe advertised on several social media sites and wanted to take our guy but the ticket prices were expensive and that was not in our budget.

We had a great opportunity come our way and were able to catch the last show on Sunday here in Denver.  It was pretty good fun.  I am not sure that it would be worth the listed ticket prices, but the show had some wow moments and pretty talented actors as well as a good storyline.

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All the Marvel heros that my son loves were a part of the show.  Our tiny girl was particularly happy to see "HULK SMASH".  She was also sure that at any point Elsa was going to come out and start singing.  She recognized the venue as the place where we saw Frozen on Ice.

We attended the show with our little guys best friend/cousin.  The boys were in heaven and giggling and playing along.  Luckily the show was not super packed and we had a row to ourselves so they could play right along.

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I could not get pictures of the awesome motorbike tricks that these people were doing.  I was pretty impressed with those and at some points slightly terrified for their safety with some tricks.  

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It was a great night for my guy and I am sure Monday at school was a bit tiring.  He had a blast and I was very glad we could share it with family.  

Have you seen Marvel Universe Live?


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up!

Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

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Friendly Valentine Candy Jar - Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes - Good Morning Loretta

Valentine's Day Candy Filled Mason Jar - Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine's Day Love Bug Craft - Maryland Momma's Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards - Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars - Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard - Southern Couture

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Decoration - Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft - Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins - Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts - ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid's Arrow Valentine's Day Favors - Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards - One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks - Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines - Made with Happy

Valentine's Day Burlap Wreath - The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids - Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage - Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine's Snowglobes - Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers - 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine's Day/St. Patrick's Day Banner - Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines - Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage - Our Piece of Earth

Kids' Valentine's Day Gift with FREE Printable - A Cowboy's Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine's Day Wreath - My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe - Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap - Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt - The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring - So TIPical Me

Valentine's Day Hand Print Craft - As Cute as a Bug's Ear

How to Make a Valentine's Day Ribbon Banner - Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt - The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box - Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover - Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath - Joy's Life

Making A Valentine's Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps - Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines - Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps - Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine's Day - 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine's Day Craft - Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles - A Day in the Motherhood

I "DOVE" You Printable with Candy - Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine's Day Printed Burlap Subway - Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft - Cute as a Fox

Valentine's Wooden Door Hanger - We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine's Day DIY Decor - Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine's Day Craft - Craving Some Creativity

Valentine's Day Coffee Cup Sleeve - Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow - Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine's Day Cards Kids Can Make - Happy and Blessed Home


Valentine Cupcakes - Home Maid Simple

Valentine's Day Cakes - Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups - Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta - Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts - Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars - Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats - Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies - Cindy's Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies - Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts - A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini - JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine's Day S'mores Dip - Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies - The NYC Talon

Valentine's Day Cheesecake Brownies - West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes - Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine's Day Cookies - Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn - Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine's Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies - Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe - Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce - Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers - Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine's Day Bento Lunch - Diana Rambles

"Blackened" Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine's Dinner - Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge - Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine's Day Covered Pretzels - Texas Type A Mom

Valentine's Popcorn - Mommy's Bundle

The Easiest Valentine's Day Fudge Recipe - Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine's Day Butter Cookies - Ilona's Passion

Valentine's Day Blondies - Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie - Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs - Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine's Day Cookies - Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe - As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie - Johanny's Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles - Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes - I Don't Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine's Day Parfaits - Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup - Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies - Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts - Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola - Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses - The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses - Just 2 Sisters

Valentine's Candy Bark - Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! - Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine's Day Candy Hearts - My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies - Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies - Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie - Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles - Creative Southern Home

Valentine's Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game - A Frugal Friend

Valentine's Day Ombre Sweet Treat - Tastefully Frugal


How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine's Day Party - Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine's Day Party for Tweens - Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table - Not Just a Mommy

Valentine's Day Tea Party - The Peanuts Gang


Easy Valentine's Printables - I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine's Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons - Gluesticks Blog

"I Love You Like" Valentine's Free Printable - C'mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine's Day Coloring Pages - Saving More than Me

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt Clues - Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} - Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable - Mom's Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable - Housewife Eclectic

Valentine's Day Activities for Kids - Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) - Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card - Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable - Frenchie

Valentine's Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes - Coupons are Great

I "Wheelie" Like You Car Valentine Printable - Artsy Momma


Valentine's Day Guide - The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine's Ideas - Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day - Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts for Bloggers - That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island - Mama Luvs Books


War Room Movie Night - A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits - In Good Taste

Valentine's Day Make-up Tutorial - Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine's Day Dinner at Home - Natasha Byrd

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine's Day inspired activities?


Monday, January 25, 2016

Diet update with #LCHF Breakfast Recipe Round Up!

Here we are 4 weeks into this lifestyle change and last week was by far the most difficult for me.  I cheated and ate something that I should not have and I paid for it the following day with lethargy and nausea.  People, diabetics, should not cheat on their meals because they will hate themselves the following day or even moment after.

First, lets just put it right out there.  I was good all week.  Seriously had a small hiccup with dinner one night (Hello Pizza after a busy week), but all was better the next day and I was fine.  Until Saturday evening.  We decided to grab dinner and take the kids to a movie...stupid idea to forget snacks at home.  We ate Qdoba for dinner and that was the first poor choice and then there was popcorn and soda and oh lawd...a brownie sundae.  I had been depriving myself of all those scrumptious things for a month and just could not hold out.  I felt terrible on Sunday, seriously guilty and nauseous and just plain awful.  I can't say that it won't happen again, but I will probably have a bit more restraint the next time.

It is no surprise that I did not lose a pound this week.  I am holding steady at about a 12 lb loss since the start of this.  This week I am adding Yoga back into my daily routine and am not going to allow myself to cheat.  I just can't, the thought of shooting myself with a syringe each day terrifies me.

So that is where I am at.  I have noticed that breakfast is the most difficult meal for me.  I am allergic to milk and eggs which pretty much cancels all the food that people on this diet eat.  I can eat foods that have eggs and milk in them in small amounts but an entire serving would be enough to keep me home for the day.  So I searched Pinterest for some great breakfast options to help me get my mornings off to a better start.

iBreath I'm Hungry had this fantastic recipe for cream cheese pancakes that I cannot wait to try!

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Traveling Low Carb made these super easy pecan bars that I am pretty confident I would eat like candy. 

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The Low Carb Diet shared these peanut butter breakfast bars which I made and so far they are tolerable.  Not the most flavorful but I can get used to that.

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I will be making these muffins as soon as I get my hands on some almond milk and arrowroot starch. I love muffins for breakfast!  Cut the Wheat nailed this recipe.

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Lastly, I am not a huge oatmeal fan, but I am intrigued by Screwed on Straight's take on Noatmeal.  It looks easy enough and is right on track with my diet.

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My plan this week is to eat the peanut butter breakfast bars all week and then continue with my lunches that are typically lunch meat and cheese with some avocado or other fresh veggie.  Dinners are easy because we always have meat and I love steamed veggies!

Let's hope that next week I see the scale move and my blood sugar stay in the 70-80's!

Which breakfast option would you try?