5.04.2016

Low Carb Pizza Dinner.


Welcome to dinner, grab you a glass of wine, you'll have the extra carbs after this low carb meal!


Ingredients:

Ground Chicken 
Pizza or Italian Seasoning
Onion
Grapes, red seedless + Grapeseed Oil
Egg
Laughing Cow Asiago
Gorgonzola cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese 


Mimi just happened to drop off a dozen farm fresh eggs, from those real, legit chickens.


First: Preheat Oven to 450

Weigh your grapes and grapeseed oil before placing on a pan in the oven at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes. 

Second: Grab a bowl and mix up the chicken crust.

1 lb chicken  - 1 egg - 28g of parmesan cheese - 28g of mozzeralla cheese - pizza seasoning to taste.


Flatten {helps to cook on a Silicone Baking Mat so it doesn't stick!} and cook at 400 for 10 minutes.


Grapes should be close to done by now.


Pull crust and put on toppings! I spread the laughing cow cheese all over, then added the roasted grapes and sautéed onions, sprinkled with Gorgonzola cheese. Put back in the oven for another 12 minutes - depending on thickness don't over cook or it will become dry.


Check on the children, she's supposed to be cleaning her room, guessing she found her cape and got distracted.


Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze - someone on Periscope recommended and errrrmagwd. Y'all always fix my life! One day I'll get a round pan to make it a pizza shape.


Brown eye'd baby for dessert, super low cal.


5.02.2016

Double Shot.


On Friday the kids spend the night at Mimi's house, you can see why they love it over there, dogs. Aiden wakes every morning and says 'Mimi, Papa, Dogs' we have to go down his checklist and name everyone he loves.  Saturday Oliver had to work so it was the babies and I, we had a soccer game in the nasty drizzle before going home to change and shower.


We attended baby Kennedy's first birthday party, I didn't realize I dressed both kids in the overalls, but now I feel like I need some too. Madison has really grown so tall lately and I'm so sad! The difference in her last year and this year is huge, the baby-ness is just disappearing. 


Sunday I usually play soccer in the morning, but we had to forfeit because too many people couldn't come. Chelsea from The Dancing Runner invited me out to White Rock for a long run, I'm still really uncomfortable running in shorts, but it's already getting hot out so I went for function over fashion. I'm so used to running in the dark that I forgot how light is out at 7:30 and started to regret my shorts when I felt like everyone I ran passed was judging my jiggling thighs. 


What I should've been worried about was the fact that I haven't been running much and 10 miles at a 9 -something pace was gonna be painful. It was really such a beautiful day and I had great company, but man was I sore afterwards! 


Post run drink, it was my first time trying it and I have to say it's really good and the macros are pretty decent 1.5f/34c/20p 


Came home to shower and eat, I even had luck into getting the boys off the couch to help me raise the curtain rods for my new curtains. I suck so hard at hanging curtains, from the days where I went at the wall with a screw and hammer I have improved, but measuring is not my forte. Oliver can either help or look at slanted curtains haahahhahah. 


Another party, but this time for the big kids. 


I hate washing my hair, putting on real clothes, or make up on Sunday, but I will for my running girls. We try to do a group dinner once in  a while so we know what each other looks like outside of sweaty hair and clothes. I opted for the Over the Moon Maxi with a messy bun. 


Bottles of wine are half price on Sunday at Zanata = I can't pass up a good deal. 


Something happens when you get around people who run, you get talked into signing up for races. I'm now registered to run a Ragnar in New Mexico in August, I've never run a trail race so I'm excited to try something new! 


I had the most delicious pizza, with grapes and onions!!! I'm going to try to recreate it on a chicken crust for dinner tonight!


 I checked the weather last night, not a smidge of rain in the forecast. As soon as I got to the gym at 5 we had a torrential down pour for a good 2 hours. 


I heard through the grapevine the power was out in my neighborhood so I detoured for a coffee before heading home. I kept walking in the kitchen to make breakfast and would remember that we didn't have power. I was like, maybe I should clean or something, nah, too dark. So I sat and scrolled my phone and enjoyed my brew. 

4.29.2016

Friday Random + Awesome


Happy Fri-Yay! It's another dreary rainy day here in Dallas, they even canceled Madison's school Moo-sical due to a severe weather threat. She had her line memorized and ready to go, hopefully they can reschedule. 

I was sharing my top favorite songs on Periscope yesterday - on repeat. Me or the music it's hard to tell, apparently I repeat myself a lot on there. hahahahah. It's hard when I'm the only one really talking, dead air is uncomfortable for me. You should hear what goes on in my brain. Madison is the same way, she absolutely hates doing her homework in the dead quiet, it's like she can't focus when it's too quiet. When she's tired she puts on the iPad music really loudly and falls asleep, it's weird. 


We lived through our first big school project - we had to invent something. Man, what a beating! hahahaha How in the world can a 1st grader invent something - I think Oliver and I overthink it. She wanted to do training wheels on her roller-skates so her and Oliver spent some time in the garage rigging something up. I wish I could watch her present it in front of the class, she did well practicing in front of us. 


I saw a friend wearing these adorable 'charm' bracelets from Keep Collective and I had to get some for Madison and I. I remember how cool I felt at her age with my charm bracelet jingling on my arm, I bought her a silicone band with a few charms and she absolutely loves it. She even told me to kiss it this morning for good luck on her presentation, hahahahaha, guess it has magical powers too. 


I love refreshing my hair! I went a bit darker, I was feeling too blonde. I'm still wearing and loving my extensions, I was chatting with my girl about another type of extension, micro beading, and I was shocked to learn they are like 2 thousand dollars. Holy cow. Oliver would for real kill me. I'm good with my tape ins, they are like 100 bucks and look good! 


Ok, I've been sampling lots of different wines lately, or fancy apple juice as my wine snobby sister calls them. The bottle on this one is really ugly, but it's really really good! A front runner right now, but I've had a lot of new suggestions so I'm going to get a few new ones for next week. 

4.27.2016

Current goals and measurements.


I love that I am smaller, but weigh more now! 


It's been a long hot minute since I've updated my progress/goals on here. For a while it just felt like I was stagnant, I spent some weeks eating at maintenance and just working out. Back in Jan/Feb I did a small cut, where I basically cut my calories to try to cut some fat. Honestly I couldn't get focused on it and I wasn't consistent, I felt unmotivated and then I was traveling a lot. I decided to stop forcing it and go back to eating all the food. 


Currently this is what my daily macros are, this is a good life for me. I feel sated and happy at this caloric amount. 


Somedays I eat spinach salad with double chicken. 


Somedays I eat a pizza with 2 glasses of wine. 


Breakfast is by far my favorite meal, bagel sandwiches with cheese, more cheese, cream cheese, eggs, and a side of cauliflower hash browns.

Lime-a-rita Tank

I'm still hitting the gym 6 days a week, minimum of 5 days lifting and 2 run days. I've been following Poppy's plan and adding in my own stuff too. I don't have any immediate races coming up so I'm just going with the running flow and playing soccer, both indoor and outdoor. I think I am starting to feel a bit bored with my current gym routine. I feel like I"m doing the same things week after week, I've also lost some of my workout partners and I don't have anyone really on the same regiment. I feel like I need to spice up my 5am life, but I'm not sure how. I miss going to classes, I occasionally will go to spin instead of running if the weather is bad. I'd love to maybe hire someone to get me to the next level, but I've not been impressed with any of the trainers at the gym. I just feel like I need some type of goal to work towards, it's a scary feeling to feel unmotivated. I don't want to slide back into old bad habits. I think it's important to push yourself and I don't feel like I'm pushing myself right now. 

4.26.2016

Parties + Tulle Skirts.


Sorry for the lack of posting on Monday, we had an early meeting at Madison's school to sign papers for her to begin testing. Testing takes about 45 days so we will know more after that time, I sincerely want to thank everyone who reached out to me with advice! It's a pretty great and supportive community here and I'm thankful for it. Y'all always know how to fix me life ;) 

We spent most of last week preparing for a Sip and Shop at my house, the hardest part was figuring out how to organize and price all the clothing. I have a lot of friends who'd rather shop in person than online so I thought it would be nice to have a night they could all come and try items on. It's really a lot of work to be ready for something like this - all online orders must be packed and gone and we have to take the store offline so we don't have any conflicting inventory. 



We had the most beautiful cookies made from The Texas Cookie Company! I can't believe someone can hand make these all so perfectly, plus they tasted amazing!









Ruffle Shuffle Maxi

We had about 40 people come, it was a lot of fun, I think we will hold one every season. We learned a few things this time that should help make the next party a little easier. 


Sunday we got up early to hit the Arboretum when it opened for our yearly Spring family pictures. We actually prefer to do pictures early in the morning, the kids are happy, and it's a lot less crowded there. Don't my boys look so handsome??


My friend Mallory brought me a flower headband and Madison wanted to wear it in every picture. The weather was absolutely stunning and all the flowers were blooming, it was almost magical!


We got some fantastic shots, I know i"m going to want to put this up all over the house when I get them all back from Amber Jane Images


Back in February I ordered these tulle skirts and they just happened to come in on Friday, it was meant to be! I'll try to be patient and not text Amber 75 times while I wait for the rest to come back. Isn't Oliver handsome in his linen pants? He's been doing so great maintaining his recent weight loss! I'm letting the idea of running again simmer in his brain for a bit ;)

4.21.2016

A Day in the Life.


Tapped that snooze button yesterday, finally rolled out 20 minutes later to a loud thunderstorm. All it took was one bright bolt of lightening for Madison to jump over my head in an attempt to climb into bed with us. A knee to the face will get you going real fast.


5am to 6:30am gym. Wednesdays I typically do legs, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and even a workout couldn't pull me from my bitchy funk. I hate walking around with a cloud over my head so I vowed to change my attitude.


The rain continues, we don't have any flooding, but Aiden's school has been under repair from the hail damage for 2 weeks and they can't even START working on it until the rain stops. I have a feeling it could be close to another week or even two until he can go back. 


Oliver literally texts me or calls me every morning if I'm even 1 minute late. I had two choices - get gas or let him get in a car with only 2 miles left to the tank. I got the gas.


7:30 - 9am I take a shower, hang out with BAE BAE, make and eat breakfast, sometimes blog, and get ready to go upstairs and work. Every other Wednesday my cleaning crew comes, so I had to wash the sheets for them and pick up the toys so they can do the floors.


Usually one of the girls shows up around 9 and we go upstairs to start working. Typically we start with answering emails, comments, or taking care of issues in the shipping system. I check on shipments and reorder needed items, then put together any email blasts that need to be sent. We are having our first ever Sip and Shop at the house this weekend so we talked about what items we still needed to get and make a plan to go shop. Oma shows up around 10 or 11 to watch Aiden so Oliver can begin working around noon. They go for a walk and play until he goes down for a 2+ hour nap around 1pm.


11am to 1pm: SK and I hit up Trader Joes and Target to get stuff for the party, mostly alcohol. We did happen to find a few items we needed, like the new Boom Chicka Pop flavors and a few bottles of wine for me to try out. 


We go to lunch at Scotty P's - I really wanted the onion rings so I just got a chicken breast on the side.  


1:30 to 3pm: We get home to several boxes of new inventory so after unloading the car we head back upstairs to hang and check invoices. I weighed out some of the new Boom Chicka Pop - so good! We got in some cuteeeeeeeee new items, lots of clapping going on. We check emails and help Oma with any orders she had trouble with - she will pack orders while Aiden is napping. 


3 to 4:30pm: Madison gets home from school around 3, she is required by My Law to do her homework after changing into her pjs and getting a snack. Aiden wakes up around 3:45 and usually ends up upstairs with me playing with toys or watching my phone. The rain has canceled all soccer plans for the week so we are free for the night.


4:30 to 5pm: I stay upstairs and work until around 4 or 4:30 depending on if we have to go to any activities. Yesterday I was dying of hunger, I had to do something to keep my fingers out of the pantry. I resigned myself to putting away my huge basket of laundry. 


5 to 6pm: I made it to about 5:01pm before I decided to make dinner. I was not in the mood to cook anything fancy so I opted for Trader Joe's Orange Chicken over broccoli and riced cauliflower. I also have my nightly glass of wine, I've been experimenting with a glass a night to unwind. I'm not a lover of alcohol, but I'm starting to enjoy it just a bit. It calms me down and I've found a few types that I like - Cupcake Moscato, Relax Riesling, and a Sauvignon Blanc. 


6 to 7pm - I try to catch an episode of something I like - right now it's Jane the Virgin on Netflix. Most often this is interrupted by Aiden crying, Madison roller skating, doors slamming, Oliver complaining, or my phone ringing. I usually prefer to watch from my phone while I'm getting ready in the morning or cooking dinner. 


7 to 8pm: Hump day bath time, we scrub them down so they smell good. Aiden will only stay in for about 10 minutes with his sister, I'm pretty sure she annoys him on purpose so she can have the tub to herself, she'll play pretend in there for a good 30 minutes. After bath's they will both play for a bit before bedtime. 


On Wednesdays I usually refresh my spray tan, typically just my face and chest as those fade the fastest. We have a electronic situation in the house, Madison has the only iPad and Aiden now takes over my phone and gets really mad when you take it back. As shown. 


8:30pm Aiden gets put to bed and Oliver is finally done working, I make a nightly treat if I have the macros left and we usually watch a show together. Sometimes if I'm feeling frisky I'll clean the kitchen, last night not so much. 


I go lay in bed to watch a show on my phone and get sleepy, this one follows me to plead her case to sleep in our room. She can out argue me pretty much any day until I look her deep in her eyes and say 'you are really annoying me right now, go. to. bed.' Usually all lights are out by 9:30 or 10pm.


Wake up and do it all over again. 

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