We Got the FUNK: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

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St Patrick's Day Budget Mantle Makeover

Our mantle is a centerpiece in our home.  The fireplace was actually a huge selling point to the home.  It is a two way fireplace so we can see it on both sides of the wall.  It did not have a mantle so one of our first home projects was creating this.  It may not be much, but I love it and adding festive decor really brightens up our family space.  Check out this super budget friendly and really easy St. Patricks Day Mantle Makeover. 

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St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite little holidays.  For some reason I just feel like it is a warm happy holiday where gifts aren't necessary and promoting happiness and friendship is center.  For us it is not so much about the beer and fun, but more about enjoying the cheesy holiday spirit, plus I mean green and gold and all things glittery make me super happy!

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When you are on a budget, there is not much out there to decorate with, but thankfully my go to 3 stores had some great items that I brought home and  put together for a simple but festive little makeover.

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The Dollar Tree won my heart with the little bobble head leprechaun and the Irish blessing blarney stone.  I also grabbed the sparkly shamrock there.  The Luck sign came from Michaels.  In total I spent about $8.00 on these little items.  

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Target's dollar section has this great glass jar and the wooden shamrock.  I was going to fill the jar with something, but I cant figure out what I could put in there that would not look cheesy.  The shamrock plant was from Michaels.  The total spent on this section was about $10.00.

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I found the garland at the Dollar Tree, and the St Pats Day sign came from Target.  It has been really fun adding this pop of St. Patricks Day into our house.  Hope you have enjoyed these Mantle Makeovers.  For more inspiration on a budget, feel free to check out our Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentines Mantles on a Budget as well!

Do you put up decorations for St. Patricks Day?

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Disney Updates #FindingDory #PetesDragon #JungleBook

This week in Disney updates includes a little Finding Dory, some more Pete's Dragon teasers and some special Jungle Book fun!

Finding Dory

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The big news with Finding Dory is that Ellen is premiering the new trailer on March 2nd!  Be sure to tune in and if you miss it, I am sure I will get you a sneak peek!

Check out this teaser trailer on YouTube until then and follow the hashtag #HaveYouSeenHer. 


The Jungle Book

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With the movie premiering in 6 weeks, everyone is getting excited.  Disney just released some activity pages that you and your family can enjoy while we continue to build our anticipation for this phenomenal Disney movie.  Check them out below and download one today (Click on picture)!

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Pete's Dragon

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The new teaser trailer is out and it is awesome!  Take a peek!



I am gearing up for an awesome Disney year and ready to see all of these great movies.  What are you most excited for?


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Friday, February 26, 2016

$3.00 Dress Up Station & Toddler Dream Room! #InspireBigDreams #ad

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Three years ago, I was truly blessed with a spit fire, ambitious, strong-willed sassy little girl who inspires me daily. She has always known what she was going after and has a plan to get there.  She is an imaginative and beautiful spirit and as we approach her birthday, I wanted to do something special for my little dreamer.  

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The little girl who is obsessed with princesses, and animals and being a doctor to "stuffed animals and toys."  The little girl who fought through a terrible failure to thrive diagnosis to not only thrive but show people that it is not your physical size that matters, but the size of your spirit.  To see your tiny baby go through numerous medical procedures and hardly cry and have to take innumerable amounts of medication with no answers on why she would not grow, was easily the hardest thing as a parent I had dealt with. This little girl; my little girl, deserved something a little special that she will cherish as she takes on her next year of life with big dreams.  While scrolling through Pinterest and walking the aisles at Toys "R" Us, I came up with a grand idea.  

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It was nearly time to transition the princess into a room that was less nursery and more of a child's bedroom.  I have wanted to create a space where she can play, dream, dress up, be a mommy or a kitty or even a princess.  I just want a space that she loves, that she can use that gigantic personality and imagination to be and do whatever she wants.

First I wanted to create a space in her room where she can play, dream and create.  I thought a toddler dream board would be a good craft to add into her room.  I have made nearly all of the decorative items in her room, and was excited to add this.  I grabbed the items at my local craft store and got to work creating a little board that she could put stickers or hang jewelry on.  I wanted a mirror that she could see herself in and a little space at her level that she could place her treasures.

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I know many of my readers will be interested in creating this so here is a quick tutorial with photos.  

What you will need:
  • A large frame
  • Paint (maybe)
  • Letters for "dream"
  • Cardboard
  • Stuffing
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Miniture mirror
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Thin piece of balsa wood
  • Clips
  • Screws

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  • First I painted the frame and the wooden pieces ("Dream" and the mirror frame) to match the princesses room.  Using a mini paint roller makes this go quite quickly. 
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  • Once the frame and pieces were all dry, I went ahead and created the lattice ribbon board. First, I measured a piece of cardboard to fit inside the frame and then I cut a piece of fabric to wrap around the cardboard.  I adhered one long edge of the fabric to the cardboard with hot glue.
  • Next, I took a small amount of stuffing and put it on the cardboard and then wrapped the fabric around the cardboard and stuffing to seal the stuffing in and create a small cushion.
  • Using hot glue I sealed the other long edge of fabric to the cardboard.
  • Then I sealed both ends to the back of the cardboard using hot glue.
  • Finally, I attached pieces of ribbon in a lattice shape to the cushion cardboard.  I only glued the ribbon ends to the back and I left the fronts unattached so that pictures and other paper-like items could be slid and held into place by those ribbons. 

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  • To finish the dream board, I placed the cushioned lattice into the back of the frame.  
  • I then took the balsa wood and cut it to fit in the space between the top of the cushion lattice and the top of the wooden frame. I used hot glue to adhere a piece of scrapbook paper to the balsa wood on both the front and back of the wood.
  • Next, I secured the lattice cushion and paper wrapped balsa wood to into place inside the frame. 
  • Finally, I added the little touches. I glued a small decorative mirror in one corner, then used tiny screws to put the clips on in the other corner and lastly, I used hot glue to put the "Dream" sign on the top of the wooden frame. 
  • The cost of the products was about $15.00 and aside from waiting for paint to dry, the actual assembly took a little under 20 minutes. 
I was not done though.  One thing the imaginative little dreamer loves is to dress up.  Not only does she absolutely dress up every single day, but the girl has a hoard of outfits and accessories at her disposal.  The one issue, we had no where for these massive and beautiful outfits to go.  So I thought I would create a simple and cheap dress up station!


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The problem: Space.  Her room just did not have much.  So I had a genius idea to utilize some closet space for this undertaking.  I rearranged her closet and made a space in one corner that I thought would work great.

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Next I took a $1.00 tension rod and put it up between the closet wall and the dresser.  I also put that massive pile of dresses on baby hangers that we had laying around.  Then I got to hanging, but something was missing. 

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Little bins for her dress up accessories.  I ran to the store and snagged each of these fabric bins for $1.00 each and then made these little labels and laminated them at work to stick onto the bins.  If you would like to use this label, click here for the printable.  I organized hers into Shoes and Slippers and then Tiaras, Headbands, Jewelry and Masks.  I piled the accessories in, set them under the dresses and went to work hanging the dream board and adding a couple special friends to her new room! 

While I was shopping in Toys "R" Us, the Disney Princess Dream Big aisle pretty much stole the show and inspired my ideas.  You see my little girl loves her princesses, and any given day she will dress as a new one.  Currently she is into Rapunzel, which I adore and I feel like it fits her.  Rapunzel and my daughter have a lot in common.  Both had to overcome hardships to grow as people, both are feisty leaders who are innovative and passionate.  Both of them have recently cut their hair in a pretty "chopped" manor.  When questioned, my little princess, looked me straight in the eyes and told me "It's ok mama, it will grow back and I like it pretty like this."  Like Rapunzel, she is accepting of who she is and encourages others to be accepting as well.  
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I saw so many amazing Disney Princess toys for really great prices as I shopped at Toys "R" Us.  I just knew that I had to grab a few.  I first found the Sing and Shimmer with Princess Rapunzel doll. This toy was obviously coming home with me!  Bonus, she sings "I See the Light" which is a favorite in our house.  I then snagged a few of the Disney Princess Royal Shimmer dolls to add a bit more variety to our doll collection  (there are 11 and I think I will be buying them all eventually).  I picked Mulan, Aurora and Belle because they are lesser known princesses in our house and I wanted to begin to introduce her to the characters that shaped my childhood and encouraged me to Dream Big. Last, I could NOT pass up Ariel's Sea Castle.  I mean come on, it is Ariel, and her castle and you can dress her up and it comes with Sebastian.  Yup, I might have bought that for myself.  

After putting some final touches on her new Dream Room, It was time for the big reveal!

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It was perfect.  She ran straight to the dress up station and of course grabbed her Rapunzel dress, a tiara and some slippers and got ready.  She was loving looking at all her dresses and accessories at her new dress up station and she kept telling me, "Oh thank you mama, I love it so much."  We had to shift her attention to the Dream Board corner and her new Disney Princess dolls to finish the room reveal.  Her and our son actually really enjoyed checking out the new toys and in particular loved Ariel's Sea Castle.  The kids played for hours, imagining, dreaming, sharing and just taking in the newness of her surroundings.

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Finally, as the evening was wearing down and I was busy tending to other mom stuff, she ran to get me and pulled me over to her dream board.  She had put a sticker and hung a necklace on the clips. Her dreams are already starting and I am eager to see where these next several years take us. 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Buttery Bacon Parmesan Brussel Sprouts #Recipe

10 years ago I would have gagged had you mentioned brussel sprouts.  They were so gross to me and I felt like the stigma behind them was that they tasted terrible and no one liked them.  Fast forward to life currently and eating deep green veggies and staying on my low carb high fat diabetes diet, and these are now a staple.  I thought I would share with you an easy way to prepare these. 

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Ingredients:
  • 12 oz of Brussel Sprouts
  • 2 TBS chopped cooked bacon
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan chunks
  • 1/4 stick of real butter
  • Garlic salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

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Directions:
  1. Wash the Brussel sprouts and then cut them into fourths.  Place these into an oven safe baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle on the bacon pieces and parmesan cheese
  3. Chop the butter into thin pieces and put on top of the sprouts
  4. Garlic salt and pepper lightly. 
  5. Cover with foil and bake at 350ยบ for 25-30 minutes
You can see above that we also had boneless pork chops.  For my LCHF diet it is always a meat and some sort of veggie.  I often need to bake dinner because I cannot stand over the stove and help with homework and play with my kids otherwise and our evening time is limited.  I have found that taking a few pork chops, adding some seasoning salt, pepper, diced garlic and butter really makes dinner time easy.  For this entire meal the prep time was about 10 minutes and while it was cooking I was able to be attentive to my children's needs.

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Our kids are starting to enjoy Brussel sprouts too so that is a bonus!  I love easy meals and I love that this is nutritious for me.  I know it seems like a lot of butter and you could use olive oil if you prefer that, however for my diabetes the butter is a good fat to add.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Haircuts, Just leave it to the professionals.

This past week has not been a great hair week in our household.  On Monday, my kids stayed the night at grandmas.  When I dropped them off the princess went straight for some scissors that I promptly took away from her and handed to my mom to put away.  My mom apparently forgot to put them away and my sweet girl cut a chunk of hair out of the front and side.

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The little hair standing straight up is just 1/4 of the hair cut from the front. 
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She gave herself some layers :(
When my mom brought the kids back to me the next day she told me that the princess cut her hair and my sweet girl looks up at me and says "It's okay mama, it will grow back."  How could you be upset, it could have been so much worse, so I am thankful that I have a creative little girl and that hair will grow back.

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I am now just learning more things to do with her hair so that it hides those little hairs and looks alright.  We did a half up twist here and just twisted the tiny hairs in and secured it.  You cannot even see the tiny cut hairs.

Then there was the boy.  He did NOT cut his own hair but he needed a hair cut something fierce.  The poor guy's hair was so long, that it was getting in his eyes and because it is super thick, we could not style it. 

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Look how long it was!
I had kept forgetting to call and make an appointment with my aunt to cut his hair and when I finally did she was booked for the days that we could make it.  So I figured, I would give it a try.  I had cut my husbands hair and my aunt had given me a few tips to cute my little guys hair.  Plus I had watched him get his haircut like 100 times.  It couldn't be that difficult right?

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My first attempt...
 Wrong, so wrong. All I had were clippers and no spray bottle to wet the hair.  I started by shaving the back of his head but it was so long and ended up being uneven.  I changed the size of the clippers and took to the top of his hair and although I tried really hard, I could not blend the sides to the top.  I tried to style it to make up for the crookedness of the cut, but it still looked pretty rough.

So when my husband got home, he and I took the little guy and fixed his hair using a comb to help shave and blend the sides.  I accidentally touched a corner of the clippers and nicked his head so he has a little bald spot, but attempt two went much better.

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Bottom line here is that this week in hair was rough and we are leaving it to the professionals next time.  I apologize to my aunt now for the work she will have to do to fix his hair in a few weeks.  I tried, it looks a bit better, but cutting hair is definitely something that takes skill...of which I do not have. 

Hope you are having a better hair day then my kids are.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

24 Karite Gold Shea Butter Giveaway & Review

It has been blustery and awful in Colorado as of late.  I swear that we had not had a beautiful day of sunshine since November.  My skin was drying out and my attitude was going with it.  That was until I was sent this wonderful Shea Butter to try out. 

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I am not kidding you when I say that it has been dark and dreary here in Colorado.  Winter actually returned like it had once about 20 years ago.  Now don't get me wrong, I actually adore winter, I love snow, Colorado is my forever home.  I just don't love not having sunshine.  That is where the winter and I disagree a bit.  In addition, the harsh weather as of late has caused my skin to dry out and really feel uncomfortable.  The Shea Butter has really helped that feeling.

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As the body's first line of defense it is critical that I take steps to take care of my skin and help make me feel more comfortable and beautiful.  So when 24 Karite Gold sent me this premium Shea Butter I was pretty excited.  I needed something that could lock in moisture and help heal my poor skin.  This shea butter was right up my alley and has been a wonderful addition to my beauty routine.  It has vitamins C, E and A in it to help soothe irritation and relieve dryness and the buttery texture helps it melt right into your skin.  A little really goes a long way.  The dollup you see in my hand below was enough for both hands and forearms!

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Breaking the Stigma #Underwareness #Sp


Did you know that over 51 million woman deal with the same issue?  Bladder Leakage. Until I became part of an online mommies community, I had no clue this was even an issue.  I feel like it is important to break the stigma of bladder leakage and let women know that it is completely normal and that Depends has a discrete way to address this issue. 

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When I found my mommy community, I had already been a mom for 2 years and was pregnant with my little princess.  I had not personally had bladder leakage and still do not.  I had csections with both of my children and carried pretty high with them as well.  I am not sure if I just lucked out in that department or not because so many factors can cause bladder leakage, but I feel pretty lucky.  So when the babies started to be born and the mommies in my group started to talk about postpartum bodies and dealing with "peeing your pants", I needed an education.   

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As a science teacher I am pretty fascinated with the body and was pretty interested in talking to these ladies about this common issue.  I had found out that more women deal with bladder leakage in their 20's then women in their 80's! I decided to ask a few questions:

1. When did you first experience bladder leakage?
  • Many of the women said it happened late in pregnancy and still continues.  

2. How did you go about finding solutions for protection?
  • The consensus here was that they went to the doctor and mentioned it and then the doctor went through several options like kegals, drinking less water and wearing support items (like Depends).  

3. What feelings did you have when you first realized you had bladder leakage?
  • Most said they felt dirty and angry and embarrassed. 

4. Do you have any tips or advice for others experiencing bladder leakage?
  • One mom in particular said that it is important for moms to talk about these things and to support each other.  She was very embarrassed from her diagnosis but through the support of mom groups like ours she has found her confidence.


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One thing that came up over and over was Depend underware.  Almost all the women in my community said that these underware really helped them gain confidence.  Depend Silhouette Active Fit are great because they have a low rise fit and feel like real underware and they come in two colors (black and beige) and 3 sizes.  

Depend is also entering year 3 of their #Underwareness movement which is a charitable cause that is helping to break the stigma of bladder leakage.  Through this they are encouraging people to show their support for women dealing with this issue.  For every photo or video that is shared on social media with the #underwareness hashtag featuring a Depend product they will donate up to $1.00 to advance research and education on bladder leakage.  That is definitely something I can get behind! I am up for anything that supports education and science research to make women's and mom's lives easier.

If you are dealing with bladder leakage or would like more information please visit www.Underwareness.com to support the cause or to grab a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit.  


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Disney Updates! #DisneyAlice #PetesDragon #GotGVol2

I adore Disney movies and I know that my readers do too.  I am partnering with Disney to bring you sneak peaks at various happenings with Disney movies and am super excited for this new chapter. You will get to be some of the first to see the new trailers, video clips, posters and news!

Check out the excitement to come!


Alice Through the Looking Glass


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Alice Through the Looking Glass will be released in theaters on May 27th and will feature a new song from P!nk.  P!nk is writing and recording an original song for the film and you can get a peek at what she is working on below!



Also, if you have not checked out the extended trailer, make sure to watch below.  I am so excited to see this in 3D in May!



Be sure to follow all the Alice Through the Looking Glass updates on Facebook and Instagram!

Next up, Pete's Dragon!


A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.


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August 12th is right around my birthday so I know exactly what I plan on doing!  This movie poster is awesome and the interactive movie poster below is SO cool!  



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Lastly, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.  Marvel studios has begun production (with principal photography) for this second installment and it is sure to be a hit next May!



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A certain little boy that lives in my house is already going nuts!  I cannot wait for the trailer to debut and believe me you all will be on the top of my list to share this with!

Enjoy your marvelous weekend!


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Friday, February 19, 2016

3rd Birthday Party Preparations

The invitations have been sent, the party location, entertainment and cake are ordered.  So many big details attended to, and SO many more to put together.  This year our princess so predictably decided on a Frozen birthday party theme.  Here is our plan so far!

Invitations:  

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I created these using Picmonkey and am really happy with how they turned out!  I am getting pretty good at designing these things.  To save money the dimensions were set at a 4x6 size and printed using Target Photo!  $5.60 for 30 invites sounds perfect to me!

Entertainment:

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I decided to splurge on some fun entertainment.  Mainly because the tiny princess told many folks that Anna and Elsa will be at her Birthday party.  So I found the Princess Ever After AMAZING princess company here in Denver with wonderful reviews and booked a queen and a princess to join us for the day.  I am elated to see the little girls (and boys) eyes light up when they meet these two! 

Cake: 
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I need to admit two things. First, I can bake very well and I could probably make this cake with no problem, however that brings me to the second thing.  I love the dang whipped frosting from Target. It is a bonus that they have this super adorable cake for the princesses ideal birthday party.  So no I am not baking, and yes I will break diet just to eat the frosting off this cake. 

I am happily pinning ideas over on Pinterest for decor, goody bags and other fun.  Follow along and send me some ideas!



So what do you think?  I know my princess is going to love every second of it and I bet that I can keep it under our $300.00 budget!


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Great Pretenders Giveaway & Review

I live in a land of princesses and dress up.  My little girl absolutely adores to pretend her life away and I would not have it any other way.  I have set up a little area in her closet for all her beautiful dress up items and she is constantly putting on her costumes and enjoying her time pretending. 

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Great Pretenders is a company that believes in imagination and creative play as a way to develop communication and self expression.  As a mom, that is precisely the type of children I want to raise. When the contacted me to do a review and giveaway I was eager to jump in and check out what they had to offer.  I allowed my littlest to pick out exactly what she wanted.  I thought she would go straight for the princess dresses, but nope, the Meow Me Headband and Mask was exactly what she was looking for.

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The product arrived exactly as it appeared online and the packaging was good quality.  The stitching is strong and the item is well made.  This is important as it will probably see a lot of wear and tear with my little dress up queen.  When we opened the box, she grabbed the mask and ran upstairs to put on her kitty cat shirt.  We then headed outside to play and laugh and enjoy a little imagination. 

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The mask and headband fit great.  It was not too tight on her head and stayed in place well.  She was able to run, jump, roll over and be all sorts of wild and crazy without it moving. It was a fight to take it off her when the time came to eat dinner later that night. 

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Our little kitty cat was so excited to model and play and enjoy a day.  Great Pretenders really brought some fun into our house and I know they will continue to.  If you are interested in purchasing some items from Great Pretenders check them out online.  

Also they have been gracious enough to offer one lucky reader an item of their choice $30.00 and under.  Just enter the giveaway below!



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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Diet & Weight loss Update

Aside from my pregnancy with my oldest, the heaviest I had ever been was 180 lbs.  That was 7 weeks ago.  I am a type 2 diabetic and if you have been following along you know that weight gain comes with the territory.  When I eat anything that has carbohydrates or sugar it is not broken down and stored/used correctly in my body.  Instead it spikes my blood sugar, makes me feel terrible and my broken insulin protein ends up storing fat.  It is a whole genetic mess. However, with the support of an online community as well as going back on medication (metformin), I have been steadily losing the weight and feeling better. 

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As of February 12th I weighed in at 164.4 lbs.  I am only 15 lbs from my normal and comfortable weight of about 150.  My goal weight is 145 which is where I still have curves (I like my curves folks) but I am minimal body fat and feel pretty good.  Anything under that and I start to feel pretty terrible again. 

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People are now starting to notice the weight loss.  Until I put these photos side by side, I did not see it.  Now I totally do.   Now this weight loss has not been without struggles.  I love carbs, I love sugar. I have most definitely cheated and felt the wrath of that choice.  This past week was no exception.  In fact it was probably the worst week I have had with food in about 6 weeks.  I most definitely had ice cream and Mexican food and OMG the chips and salsa were enough to keep me happy and full for a year.  However, the aftermath was nausea and bloating and a headache and the itches.  Yes, I now have hives from eating Mexican food with carbs which is a nifty little thing to figure out.

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What I am learning is that it is not worth it to feel terrible for days after just so I can be satiated in the moment.  This Low Carb High Fat diet is working for me.  I am not necessarily saying no to carbs, just staying away from the complex ones. Many people have asked for a meal plan of what I typically consume.  Below is a little list. 

Breakfast
  • Granola Bar.  I will confess that this is where I am not good on the diet.  These granola bars have 25 carbs in them and have chocolate. However, we eat dinner early and I do not eat after dinner until I leave for work.  That is typically 12 hours and my blood sugar can do some funny things in 12 hours so this morning spike helps. 
Lunch
  • Some sort of deli meat and cheese with avocados or peppers or a salad.  If I have leftovers from the previous nights dinner, I eat that. 
Dinner
  • Chicken, Pork, Beef or Fish and a fresh veggie.  My favs lately have been salmon and asparagus, steak and brussel sprouts, pork chops with broccoli, Chicken & mashed cauliflower. You can eat real butter & cheese and I love garlic and other seasonings.  Dinner is great and actually super easy.  If you can get it out of your mind that you must have a pasta or potato side dish, then everything is easy.  I have also done tacos in a lettuce wraps, grilled chicken chipotle salad, roasts galore and so much more.  Basically its all meat and veggies.
Snacks
  • Almonds, cashews, apples & oranges (not on the approved list), beef jerky, sunflower seeds, non starchy veggies.

In addition, I try to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.  I have not added in a work out routine.  I am busy enough and just trying to focus on making better eating choices and not losing my mind with everything I have on my plate.  Someday I will add in a workout, right now I call my workout being a mom to two littles, shopping at Target, cleaning my house and running around while teaching the youth of America. 

It has not been easy, it won't be easy and I have to continue every day to remind myself that being insulin dependent and overweight is not the example I want to set for my children.  Thanks for the support!


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