7.22.2014

10 Pounds Gone - Losing It Tuesday.

 I've hit the 10 pound lost mark so it's time for some progression photos.




 I prefer photo proof my body is changing over a number on the scale any day! I'm going to talk more in depth on my gym routine tomorrow, today I'm sticking what I'm eating. 

Friday I posted about the awesome protein subscription box I got from I'm Pretty Fit and I have found a new favorite product out of it, the Chike High Protein Coffee.  De-freakin-lish. I know I've been going on and on and on about protein, but I think it's making a HUGE difference in the way I look and feel. I was sadly lacking before, I've found so many ways to get it in now that it's not even a hassle.



I highly suggest checking out this IG account - some amazing and easy ideas!! @fitmencook

If you are someone who struggles with food planning, I came across this website that will create a meal plan {complete with recipes} for 7 bucks a month. It's totally customized to your calories and macro goals! It doesn't get much easier than that - Eat This Much.



It's still mind blowing to me that I'm having such good progress eating 2000 calories a day! All that time I spent cardio-ing up and eating less and less just to gain and re-lose the same 5 pounds.  That's the thing about losing weight - sometimes you have to learn the hard way. When I think back to the things I did when I first started losing weight I could laugh, but I'm living and learning as I go.




Time's almost up to enter this amazing giveaway - click here. 


Here is week 3 ab workout - it's killer for those pesky lower abs!



Now for everyone who participated in the Love Your Body Challenge with Val and I - here's the Raffle to enter, if you posted for the entire week, you can enter the raffle below. All you have to do is leave your Instagram name so we can see your pictures for the 7 days. The prizes are awesome- a gift from Collywobbles Boutique and jewelry from A Tad Monroe. Check them out!


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7.21.2014

Advice Needed and One Fab Rug.

Top from Sugar Love.
My sweet little chunk had his 4 month check up and is in the 97th percentile for height and weight! Actually him and Madison both were - I grow some healthy kids :) Seriously though, I can NOT carry him around in his car seat anymore it's killing my back and giving my calluses on one hand. I have the BOB and their car seat is unusually heavy - like for real.


We spent a little girl time together this weekend, a free slurpee at 7-11 and a mani pedi. The things that come out of her mouth, hi-larous, and she never. stops. talking. Ever. She fell in the mud while playing and had a complete meltdown when she saw her new shoes were dirty, such a girl. She's been wearing this chevron maxi dress from NoBella Grace for weeks - obsessed.


 Spent a little time in the gym Sunday working on an ab video and a fun push up routine for you guys with this crazy girl. I've decided to bring back Workout Wednesday so be sure to stop back by and check out those videos! Shelly is always finding these partner moves to do on Instagram, some are a lot harder than they look so if you've got a buddy you should give some a try - just for fun :)


We are finally nearing the end of our house updating!! Late last night they did the first coat on the kitchen walls, one problem, Oliver thinks it's too boring. I MAY have ruined him with my love of bold colors! I think the problem is more that the space above the cabinets is really large and I need something really big to fill the space. I think I'm going to repaint the "SUGAR" letters I had up there and actually make it read Sugar & Spice with a fun pop of color - I really hope Hobby Lobby still carries those size letters!

Anyone have any other ideas to fill large amounts of wall space? Maybe a stencil?? This one or maybe this one.


I'm not supposed to be shopping because we are going broke on this remodel, but dang if I could pass up this fabulous rug! I mean, come on - dyyyyyyyying! Get you one here.

To save on money we actually decided to just eat tilapia and veggies every night this week for dinner - so so so over spending half my paycheck on groceries. Plus it takes the stress out of  'what's for dinner' and spending 45 minutes cooking every night, I'd much rather be kissing on my baby. We ended up saving about 60 bucks at the store!

Hope you guys are off to a good start to your week - see you tomorrow!

 
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7.18.2014

Protein Fun

Most women are not eating enough protein, I know I wasn't! Even when I felt like I was getting enough, once I started tracking it I realized I was still falling WAY short of my goal of 145g a day. 
In general women need at the very least {.8 x your body weight} every single day. 

Now that I've been tracking it I have very little problems getting in my daily requirement, but I get tired of shakes and string cheese so I'm always looking for new and fun ideas to get that protein in! I randomly came across this website, I'm Pretty Fit, which is a monthly subscription for all things protein related! 


I got my first box in a few days ago and I am thoroughly impressed with the amount of products and the selection they sent!


1  .NLA Her Whey - This delicious protein designed specifically for women contains 28g of lean protein per serving, is gluten-free, sugar free, and has added amino acids for improved recovery.

2. Protein Mini Assorted Six Pack by The Protein Bakery - We couldn’t believe something that tastes so good could also be a healthy treat. At only ~100 calories per serving and packed with 4g of protein/piece, these gluten-free treats are a great alternative when you are craving something sweet!

3.  Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked - Forget the empty calories and weird chemicals you can’t pronounce hiding out in your Bisquick pancake mix because the Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked tastes great without ANY artificial ingredients.

4. High Protein Coffee by Chike Nutrition - Coffee and protein? Talk about the perfect combo! We love Chike Nutrition’s High Protein Coffee. Not only is it packed with 20 grams of high quality whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate, but it has the equivalent of two espresso shots per serving.

5. Double Chocolate Chunk Bar by Quest Nutrition - Our favorite protein bar. Quest has an incredibly clean ingredient profile with only a handful of ingredients compared to competitors. Not to mention, they have amazing flavors and are only ~160 calories.

6.  Honey Almond Protein Cereal by Kay’s Naturals - Out of all the “healthy” cereals we’ve tried, Kay’s Protein Cereal is our favorite. Kay’s created a tasty, healthy cereal that is gluten-free, kosher, packed with 12 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber without any artificial preservatives, additives or sweeteners. 

7.  NLA for Her Water Bottle – BONUS!


Just thought I'd share this fun find with you guys! You can click here, I'm Pretty Fit, to read more. You don't have to sign up for a monthly box, you can just choose to buy one and try it out which I think is nice! 

Happy Friday! 
 

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7.17.2014

Closing a Chapter - our switch to Formula.


“Disclosure: I'm a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.”



I decided to close the last chapter in my breastfeeding journey for several different reasons. Mostly it just was causing undo stress on me and in turn everyone around me after I went back to work. Pumping at work was really not a problem, it was more the rest of the hours in the day. Aiden was only awake for about 2 hours after I got home and started to sleep through the night most of the time, which meant painful hours of engorgement. Several nights I spent trying to wake him up enough to nurse because I couldn't sleep though the pain and I usually left my pump at work so I wouldn't get caught there without it. After a few weeks of this I just decided that we were done. I did feel some Mommy guilt, I nursed Madison for over 9 months and thought Aiden deserved that too, but our situation is just much different so it's not fair to compare.

Knowing that I would be going back to work at 12 weeks I made the decision to have him taking at least 1 bottle of formula a day from the very beginning. I wasn't very formula 'savvy' as it's been years since I've even had to make a bottle - not gonna lie we had to google tips. 

Here's a few things to think about when choosing the right one for you and your baby, tips by
Nationally-syndicated pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard, “The Kid’s Doctor”.

1.      Figure out your lifestyle needs and which form of formula will support them: Infant formula generally comes in a variety of forms, and figuring out which one works best for you depends on a few factors. 
2.      Understand the ingredients: While the FDA regulates all infant formula, that doesn’t mean that all brands are the same. Understanding the makeup of infant formula will help you select a brand that is best for your family.
3.      Be mindful of your water source: The type of water you have access to may affect the type of formula you want to use.
4.      Watch and learn: The best way to know if a formula is right for your baby may be easier than you think.
5.      Consider your baby’s age: As babies grow and solid foods are introduced, consider a formula designed for older babies.



I wasn't even sure if you could use tap water or if you were supposed to use bottled?? After standing in the formula aisle for a good 15 minutes I decided to go with Similac because I liked that they had a supplemental type for breastfeeding moms.

 
We had great success using this one for the first 4 months, it never upset his stomach and we never had any reflux issues.

Now that he's completely on formula we've switched to the Similac Advanced. 


I would say he's fattening up pretty nicely :)

His cute Droolzies is a lifesaver - teething like crazy!

It's taken some adjustment for me too, I now have to remember to actually pack him food when we leave the house, but overall I would say that everyone is happy and that's what matter most. 



      Similac partnered with bloggers such as me for its Similac StrongMoms Ambassador Program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


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7.16.2014

Spread Kindness and Win some Amazing Stuff!




Good morning ladies - I have got something super amazing for you today! Hump Day never looked so fun!

When I saw this Kindness Counts Campaign I knew I wanted to get on board - women should help and inspire each other and that's exactly the type of message I want to spread to my daughter and to others.

So in spreading the love - here's your chance to win some fantastic stuff from some great boutiques!



Myself, Katie @ Metal Marvels and Kristi from Nobella Grace, wanted to put together a giveaway featuring a bunch of great boutiques. We thought the best place to host it was on SkinnyMeg's blog! She believes in spreading kindness just like we do! We truly believe that although boutiques may be in competition there is no reason they can't collaborate and work together. We're all for spreading kindness and sharing the love!





One winner is going to win amazing prizes totaling over $200!

Prizes include:

Metal Marvels - $50 gift card
Nobella Grace - $50 gift card
Still Rad - Adult Bee's Knees Leggings (sizes XS-XL)
The Printed Palette - $30 gift card
Mag + Pie - $25 gift card
Sugar Love Boutique - $50 gift card
Pink Slate Boutique - $25 gift card
Pretty & Chic Boutique - $50 gift card
Pink Lotus Boutique - $25 gift card
Blooming Lily Boutique - $15 gift card

GOOD LUCK LOVELIES!!!



We would LOVE for you to take a look at our current campaign we're running for our Kindness Counts Campaign and help raise money for Breast Cancer Research!



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