Sunday, September 12, 2010

I am MOVING. Ok not my physical address but my blog address. Look for me here now.


Friday, May 14, 2010

So I recently found this blog that I love for crafts and fun ideas and I wanted to share it with you all. If you click on this link she does free giveaways and has all kinds of amazing craft ideas. Love it!
Have a great weekend,

Friday, April 30, 2010

Todays sewing project was diaper bags. It seems like I have purchased a million diaper bags over the years and a ton of them were terrible. I decided to see if I could make the worlds best diaper bag and I think I am pretty happy with this one. It has a ton of pockets and places to hide bottles and baby stuff. check it out at
on the home front the hubby is out of town fishing which leaves me even more time to sew. Watch out!
No really life is great and busy, I can;t complain. My family is healthy and happy.
Have a great weekend,

Monday, April 19, 2010

I was talking with a few people and they said that I never put the link on my blog to look at my prices and other things that I offer. so here it is
Here are a few new things I have been working on

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What trouble have I been getting into lately? A ton I am sure. Actually if I haven't been doing school work, cleaning, the house, or doing all my Mommy duties I have been sewing still. I have made 2 sales on etsy so far. I made a purse for myself last weekend and the last few days I have been working on stuff for bday, baby shower, and just because gifts. So here are a few of my favorites
So these are the newest things I have been working on.
Other than sewing and school life has been busy with baseball. The kids are doing great. Garrett's team has lost once and Cody's has lost twice. Cody has been pitching which is awesome to watch.
We have been working on getting Pj ready for school next year. He has been to the doctor and we have filled out all of the papers. He goes for an assessment next week for class placement.
Today is Shawn's bday and we are taking him out to dinner and then a walk around Bass pro shop.
Well I will check in again soon,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Well I have been at it again. Sewing that is! Shawn and I have been thinking of ways for me to help out the family, be a stay at home mom, and finish school all at once. I decided that since ceramics is very hard to do in my garage and really pricey I would sew. I have sewn almost all of my life. My mom used to sew everything for us and it was actually part of her major in college. I took home economics in junior high so I know the basics. What I didn't know is that I am pretty good at looking at something and recreating it without a pattern. I have been looking online, at Target, and other places and putting my favorite ideas together to make new items. So far I have purses, diaper bags, nursing covers (for breastfeeding), camera strap covers, and coffee cup sleeves. I am  hoping that some of the items start selling so I know what to keep sewing and what was a flop. I think today I am going to make a messenger bag and later this week I am going to make a black corduroy purse with cherries on it.
What else has been going on? I started back to school so I am gone Monday and Thursday at night. I am almost half way done with my credentials. Yay! I feel like it is taking forever but at least I am going somewhere.
We went on our annual Easter vacation with the boys. We had a great time for the most part. I had a cold from Friday on so I was a little bummer but the kids swam, played all kinds of games, and played the weekend away. The kids were in the pool for our fun little earthquake so they didn't know what was going on. Here is a pic of easter morning, please excuse Garrett I can't get him to take a normal pic for the life of me.
Well I am off to get to real life,

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring break baby!!!
So how does a Mom on spring break spend her time? Sewing, that's how.
I purchased a new sewing machine and went to work.I love to sew so I thought that maybe I could make some stuff to sell. So here is what I created this week.

What do ya think?
I posted them on a popular craft site that people sell things on to see how they do. Check them out at 
Have a very Happy Easter everyone and remember why we celebrate, it's not all about eggs and candy. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sorry it has been awhile again. The last few weeks have been crazy. I was in finals which is always tough but the kids were on spring break and wanted to go do stuff. We had a good week and went to the beach to my grandpa's house and got it clean and ready to turn the keys over to the new owners. We stayed until Friday and when we got home Shawn called and I had to drive back to City of Industry because he had lost his keys while golfing. Once we got home again I got a phone call from my Mom that my Grandpa had passed away. So all in all it has been very busy, hectic, and sad all rolled into one.
I am on spring break this week so I am spending my days sewing a few things for a baby shower that is coming up in a month. I sat down to sew yesterday and my machine (which is from like 1960) wasn't working right. I had been saving up to buy a new dining room table but decided that my table is fine and I went and bought myself a new sewing machine with the money. I am so excited to sit down and see what this baby can do.
So the last few weeks have been tough but I am doing well. I am glad that my Grandpa had a great life. He dies peacefully and he was ready to go. He had gotten tot he point where he couldn't golf, drive, go out, or even watch tv. He said he lived a very fulfilling life and was't able to live the quality of life he wanted to be living anymore. So I am sad but I am relieved that he went peacfully and without pain.
Well I am off to sew. We are going out of town for easter and to get away from life for the weekend.
Have a very Happy easter.
I attached a pic of my grandpa with my brother and my super cute niece Emily. I have ones with my family but was being lazy and didn't want to dig them out and scan them. We will miss you Grandpa Don.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I broke the plateau of 199.8, I got stuck for over a week. (yes I weigh in everyday) anyways I am down 2 pounds this morning. What a relief.
So with that said I did my first teaching demo last night where I had to show a class of my piers how to do an art project as if they were students. I think I rocked. I think the teacher loved it as well and she is hard to please. She loved that I had options for the kids and lots of fun and unique ideas using recycled materials. All in all it was a success.
I am in my last 2 weeks of school and my house, family, and I are all feeling it. I have been doing homework pretty much non stop. I have managed to keep up the laundry and the dishes but I need a maid to keep up with my kids and everything else. I keep apologizing to Shawn and he keeps saying don't worry about it I haven't had tome either. Shawn has had baseball for the boys every night since last Sat. and we don't get a break from that until this coming Sunday. Life is hectic but when we have down time we aren't sure what to do with ourselves.
So I can't think if I mentioned this or not but my Grandpa is back in the hospital. He has a bacteria infection in his blood and a bruise on his head from falling. The bruise is making him moody and irritable. Yesterday was his birthday and he spent it in the hospital. I so want to go break him out and taking him golfing or something I know he loves. Maybe when he moves back to the home he will be well enough to come out and play:)
Ok well off to do more homework,

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What is happening to education in the state of California? Last night while in class the professor shared a news article with us about the terrible test scores some of the local schools have on standard tests. I was very pleased that not one of the schools was in Etiwanda where our kids go but many of the schools were in Fontana and the surrounding area. I woke up this morning to the same information on the news. We also got a phone call from our school district yesterday saying the 80 teachers in our districts are getting pink slips in the next few months.
As a future educator who is currently in school to be a teacher what does this mean? Well first I can't ignore it because every time I go to class it is talked about. I am currently spending thousands of dollars to pursue my dream of being an art teacher. I can't let all of this talk convince me to do something else. The one thing I am relying on is
1. There has to be an upswing in jobs eventually. The state cannot keep firing teachers because we still have kids that need to be taught.
2. I have a specialized credential. As a teacher you have two choices. The first is to get a multiple subject credential and teach elementary. The second is to get a single subject in a certain subject like I am doing. This means that if a teaching job in art opens up they must hire someone with an art credential. They cannot hire someone with a math credential to teach art. So this is good for me if a way.
3. Many of the local art teachers are reaching retirement age and looking to be replaced in the next few 1-5 years. So even if I don't find a job on my first year I know there will be one in the next few years.
So as I face this everyday I know that the future in teaching isn't ideal, I know that teaching is always a necessity, and I know that teaching is what I really want to do. So as I go deeper in debt to fulfill my dream pray for my future job because I know it is out there waiting for me.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

So I am a little frustrated. I have been sticking to my diet 100% except for the Islands burger this weekend. Even with the burger i was still within my calories for the day. Despite all if it I gained a pound this week. I know week 2 can do this but it still doesn't make it feel better. So anyways I will stick to it and if next week I haven't lost I will rethink the diet. I can't complain over all because I still am down 9 pounds in 2 weeks. So I am looking at the up side and getting on with the week.
Last night the kids had their first baseball games of the season. I threw on my thermals, 2 sweaters, a big jacket, gloves, scarf, and down blanket and sat at the park for 5 hours. It was still cold but both kids won their games so it was well worth it.
This week is a busy school week. I have to present an art lesson to the head art lady on campus. I am nervous but excited. I have some great ideas. My art project is recycled art which means that all of the items have to be used items or things that you can recycle. So far I have made fish using 2 liter and shampoo bottles, a mobile using fused plastic bags, and my favorite a light bulb vase with soda can flowers (See above image) I have to teach the other students in my class as if they are high school age kids how to do an art project. I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.
Ok well I am off to do some more homework.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Did you know that on most diets you are allowed a cheat meal and it won't affect your results greatly? I am so thankful that I get a cheat meal once a week. I did great all day Sat. and packed snacks for the baseball field. Sunday I actually got to spend the whole day with my family. It was perfect and much needed.
Sunday we decided to take the kids bowling. We had a free coupon so off we went. The kids love bowling. After bowling we decided to go to lunch/dinner at islands. Looking at the menu there were a few choices that would have been good but they were all vegetarian and I was in the mood for a burger. I got a mushroom hamburger on a wheat bun. It was delicious. I ate a few fries but they weren't that great so it made not eating them easy. The burger was great and it was the only meal I ate for the day. I had a pear and some dried fruit, nut, but did great to keep my calories low before and after the meal. Cheat for the week done!
So on Friday I was saying how I was going to make trail mix. I did and it is yummy. I got raw cashews, peanuts, organic raisins, and yogurt chips threw them all in a ziplock and done. he kids love it and have eaten more then I have. Shawn even ate it as a snack at the baseball field and was impressed. I think we have a winner.
So my other fun adventure this weekend was making my own dishwasher soap. I heard it was easy and much cheaper to make you own dishwasher soap but was always leery on actually doing it. I went to but some on Friday and decided to buy the ingredients to make my own instead. The box I was going to get was $6.00 I got all of the stuff for mine for $3.00 and it makes twice as much as the $6.00 box. I got a plastic container to store it in and it worked really well. I was surprised.
 So here is the recipe.
equal parts borax and baking soda mix it in a container. Use 2 tablespoons for a load of dishes. Its really tough I know. So if you want to save a little money try it.
Ok well off to get some homework done for the week. The kids both have baseball tonight so figuring out a portable dinner to take or something filling to eat at 4pm to hold us all over for the night.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thank the Lord that it is Friday. I think adding up all the time I have seen Shawn since Monday the total is about an hour. It has been a heck of a week. I do have homework yet again today but it is only one chapter so not too bad. I am eating my breakfast of sprouted wheat english muffin with sugar free peanut butter. Mmm warm peanut butter is so good. So as of this morning I have lost 10.4 pounds in less than 2 weeks. Yay!!! I was starving at school last night, I guess my fruit dinner on the run just wasn't enough. I had calories that I was going to use when I got home but my tunny was grumbling. I had a 10 min break and 1 vending machine close enough on campus to go to. I normally pack snacks but forgot. So I go to the vending machine and I was pleasantly surprised. There were stickers by the cost of some of the items that said "healthy choice" now beef jerky that is flavored is loaded with sugar so I knew that was a no. I looked around and they had the perfect snack. I got trail mix with peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins, and yogurt chips. It was no sugar and everything I could have. I was so happy. I liked it so much as a throw in the purse idea that I am going to make my own today. It wasn't super low in calories but at around 140 for 1/4 cup it is perfect for a quick snack. I think I am going to leave out the sunflower seeds because they all sunk to the bottom of the bag and were hard to eat so out they go. I also might add carob chips if I can find them.

So as you all know my good friend is moving back to New York. She had this thing called a lovesac that she can't take with her so she gave it to me. It is basically a really big, unpopable beanbag chair. I got it in the house this morning and it is HUGE. The thing is a 6 foot circle. The kids love it and I am trying to figure out how to fit it into the kids playroom doorway. So my exercise for the day is lifting this 70 pound thing around my house.
As for the hula hoop I am getting the hang of the waist thing. I can keep it up so that is a step. Soon I will work on doing more with it. I wasn't sure about it but I wake up and my abs and legs are really sore so I guess it is.
Ok I had too much coffee so forgive the lang post.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hey everyone,
I feel great today. I had a ton of homework but it wasn't bad because I was in a great mood. Isn't it funny how if you eat the right things you body feels so much better. If I stuff myself and eat terrible stuff I feel terrible so why do I do it? No idea. I just know that I have been on this for 11 days and I have energy and feel good.
So how funny is it that I say I love something on my blog and the people who make the product respond. I really do love the Coconut bliss bars:) if you ever go to Henry's pick them up, unless you don't like coconut and then maybe don't. Or do and if there not your thing you can pass them on to me:)Naked Coconut Bars
As for the gross quinoa my friend Ali explained that it may have been gross because it sprouted. I think she may have been right. I am going to give it another try once I go buy a new box.
So what else is going on..... Hmmmm. My good friend Nicole who I went to school with is moving back to New York. Last night I went to dinner with her and I did great. I had a steak dinner. Why is that so good? I ate half the steak which is protein,  half of my dinner salad(would have had more but it was swimming in ranch), some steamed veggies, and a half of a baked potato plain. I say that was a success. I didn't gain this morning so yay for me.
Well I guess that is it for today. See y'all tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I am down 9 pounds today. I feel great and I eat all the time. I think I found something I can do long term:)
I sound like an infomercial. Sorry!
I eat a ton of dried and fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts, eggs, salads, chicken, avocado, and a few new choices. I did try something called Quinoa it's like a grain you use instead of rice. It was terrible! It wasn't good at all. So no more quinoa for me. My favorite treat is called coconut bliss bars. They are coconut ice cream bars that are healthy. Mmm they are really yummy.
So other than the diet like is busy as usual. Seems like Shawn and I see each other on the weekends and Monday and then the rest of the week we literally see each other for about 1 hour at night. Next quarter I go back to two nights so life will be a little easier. Right now it is crazy because Shawn has baseball every night while I am at school so non stop.
On another note I have a sister in law who showed me hoop exercising at Thanksgiving. I thought is was cool. I talked to her again and she keeps inviting me to come to her classes. For the fun of it I made a hula hoop and tried it.  That thing fell right to the floor. No kidding I couldn't get it to stay on my waist for anything. I have been trying everyday since last Thursday and I think I am finally getting somewhere I can keep it on my waist for about 2 minutes. No tricks yet but I am addicted to figuring this out. So check this out I attached a video of something similar to what my sister in law does and it is amazing. It isn't the best video out there but it's the easiest to see and she isn't wearing a bikini which seems to be common because it helps the hoop stay up. So that's the newest fun in my life.
Ok well have a great Wed.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I realized Friday night while talking with a friend that I forgot to post. I just forgot, it slipped my mind. It kids of surprises me that I forgot.
Anyways so for so good. My main problem is that following the plan I feel like I eat all the time so I have actually modified it because I was eating all the time. I just don't have the time or need to eat every 2 hours. The hard part is it was full meals with prep and all every 2 hours. I have purchased a ton of dried fruit and nuts and eat those for snacks now. I also was supposed to eat around 2000 calories a day which is high for a diet. I have decided to cut it down and I haven't been going over 1600.
Friday night we went out with Matt to Applebee's  looked online ahead of time so I knew what I could have. I had a chicken dish with mushrooms over it, steamed veggies, and potatoes. It was really good and under 550 calories. I did chase it with a mini hot fudge sunday but I had the calories to allow for it since I had been really careful all day.
Sat. I was good we went to El Torito for lunch/dinner. I still picked really carefully having steamed fish and shrimp in corn tortillas.
Sun. we went to church, cleaned the garage, pay int he yard and enjoyed the weather. For dinner we made homemade sushi and watched a family movie.
It was a great weekend. I should have been working on homework and stuff for school but wanted to enjoy my family so I did. Today I will work on catching up on everything.
I forgot to weigh in this morning. I was out of it when I got up at 6am. I love Monday blah. Anyways I will weigh in tomorrow. I know I was down 6 pounds between Mon. and Wed and Sun. I was still the same as Wed so I will just say 6 for the week.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in your own life? I kind of feel that way right now. Between school, being a full time mom, a household to keep up with, and my future staring me in the face I am overwhelmed. Just me self pity for the day. Enough of that.
So I woke up yesterday and drank my tea but within a few hours had a pretty mean headache. I gave in around 4 and had my coffee for the day. Headache fixed. I did well but kind of low on calories because I just felt nauseous and not like eating. I ate nuts and fruit but kind of felt gross. I had a yummy salad for dinner with avocado, chicken, eggs, spinach and a vinegar dressing. I cleaned and did laundry so I burned more calories. At the end of the day I had burned 2700 calories and took in 1300. I did however make my family walk to a school function to get in extra exercise. I ended the day with 10000 steps.
All in all a successful day.
Well I am up to my eyeballs in homework so off to my homework chair I go.
Have a great day,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

before i forget Cody is getting an award for scoring 100% on his math standard testing last year in school and highly advanced in all other subjects. This is a huge deal and not many students in California do it. So yay for Cody.
Day one down
I got up yesterday and started my day with black tea, it's not coffee but it has half the caffeine until I can break caffeine all the way. Even if I make tea for the rest of my life I haven't ever heard of tea addictions. For breakfast I ate 2 eggs over a piece of Ezekiel toast, and a banana. I was doing great and felt really full.
11am I remembered I had to eat a snack so I grabbed some raw cashews (raw is healthier than roasted it keeps all the nutrients) and some dried apple rings. Something that I ate triggered my hungryness because all I wanted to do after that was eat more.
Lunch I made the yummiest salad and I am sure I will eat the same one again today. It had chicken, fresh motz cheese, some tomato, cucumber, avocado, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. It was fresh and so good. The avocado made it. It filled me up and I was good once again.
My afternoon snack was a coconut milk yogurt (it's easier for the tummy to digest than milk) and some dried mango's. I am trying new things and mango's was one of them. I always say I don't like fruit and fresh mango's are not my thing at all. Dried mango's taste like candy. I was pleasantly surprised.
For dinner I had a taco in a bowl, I had chicken, brown rice, beans, sour cream, and all the veggies, topped with lime juice. I didn't miss the tortilla or cheese at all.
Now last night after baseball Shawn and I were chilling on the couch watching Castle (one of my fav. shows) this is the time I normally have a Pepsi, popcorn, ice cream, basically my yummy relaxing treat for the day. I was DYING. I wanted to eat sooooo badly. I even went back and added my calories up again to see if there was any wiggle room. I checked my bodybugg arm band to see how many calories I actually burned through the day. I burned 2600 because i was sitting a lot of the day doing homework. I ate 2100 calories. I couldn't really afford to eat anything else so I pouted and then went to bed at 10.
Here are my accomplishments for the day.
- I didn't drink any coffee (ok little lie there, I did take one sip after buying creamer that I can have, it was so bad I dumped it out)
- I didn't drink any soda.
- I took my vitamins and drank 100 oz. of water.
- I didn't give in and eat on the couch.
- at baseball practice instead of sitting on the bleachers and freezing I walked to warm up. It was only about a half of on hour but it was something.
So I made it through day one ( I feel like I say this all the time)
Sorry if this post was boring I needed to journal and keep a log of my food, plus it gives you all ideas, right?
Anyways here's to day two,

Monday, February 22, 2010

day 1

Well day one is here. I went to Henry's yesterday and stocked up on everything I am going to need to be successful. I am stoked to start getting healthy again. I weighed in this morning and after a weekend of eating and drinking a ton of soda I am actually not wanting to write my weight on here today. I am within a few lbs of where I started in July 2007 when I lost 60lbs. so i may write it later but I don't want to today. So here are the basics of the plan
- no white flour instead you eat sprouted Ezekiel 4:9 bread, English muffins, tortillas, etc.
- no sugar or sugar substitutes. I have purchased stevia which is a natural sweetener that doesn't have many calories and doesn't give you craving like sugar sub.
- I am giving up coffee and taking up tea. I have decided that the amount of cream that I use hinders my calorie intake so off it goes.
- to figure out tour daily calorie intake you take you current weight and multiply it by 13 if you sit a lot or have an office job, 14 if you work out 3 times a week, and 15 if you are really active. Take that number and devide it by .80 and there is your calories for the day. You get a little more than a typical diet but the hope it a lifestyle change and ease instead of killing you. So my daily is 1664 calories.
- I also have a meal plan I must follow so breakfast I get 2 carbs and 2 proteins basically 2 eggs and some veggies in an omelet, and a piece of fruit. or 1 egg, lean bacon, and a piece of toast with sugar free jelly on it. Each meal you have a different amount to follow and they add fat to dinner and lunch which could be avocado or salad dressing.
- last you try to drink half of your weight in oz. each day so a 200 lb. person drinks 100 oz.
I think that is the basics of it.
Anyways I got ready yesterday and made the yummiest chicken to get ready so here is the recipe. I will let you all know how I did tomorrow.

roasted chicken.
1 whole chicken 5-6 lbs is typical. I use foster farms because there is no added salt.
rinse the chicken and lay it in a roasting pan.
take 1 lemon cut it in slices, place the slices under the skin next to the meat. If you look near the opening you will see that you can life the skin away from the meat and slide you hand in, that is where I am talking about.
take the remaining lemon and place it in the cavity.
next some springs of fresh thyme. Place some under the skin with the lemon and put the rest in the cavity.
next 1 onion, cut in in half and put in the cavity
1 head of garlic cut in half to expose the middle of the garlic ( basically the wrong way) put that int he cavity.
next using butter or coconut oil ( it's better for you and tastes great) slather on the skin of the chicken about 2 Tablespoons.
Last sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Bake at 400 degrees for 1 and 15 min for a 5 lb bird and 1 and 30 min for a 6 lb. bird.
I swear it is sooooo good you will make it again.
Cody and Garrett loved it.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New eating ideas

Ok so if you read my blog you will find a few things 1. I have done low carb 2. I have done weight watchers. 3. I have failed on both of them. I have been really wanting to come up with a good carb, lean protein, and fruit and veggie way of eating. I find that I am starving or don't eat enough on diets. I have been doing a lot of research for some kind of plan that takes everything I want and rolls it into one. After much debating I found something I think is worth giving a try. Monday I will start a new way of eating. It is going to take a little extra work on my part. The "way of eating" doesn't really have premade meals so it's alot of cooking required.
It seems pretty straight forward. Each meal you do 40% lean protein, 50% healthy carbs, and 10% healthy fats. I think it will take some getting used to but I am going to give it a go.
4 months until the annual beach trip and I am nowhere near ready.
Trying to do this healthy and long term.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sorry I haven't posted. I have been super busy with school this week. So I wanted to give you all another Grandpa update. On Sat. morning the nurse at the home tried to wake my grandpa up and they weren't able to. The called 911 and had him taken to the hospital. Once at the hospital he was awake and ok. The hospital says he had a stroke. He spent a few days in the hospital again. He wasn't able to go back to the home he was in because he is higher needs than they thought. He is now living in a home with on site medical in Temple City. He is ok but looks terrible. His health is deteriorating really quickly. I am worried but he keeps saying that he is ready to be done. He says he has lived a long life. It makes me sad to hear him talk like that. So that is the newest and I will keep you up to date on anything else I hear.
So for my 32nd birthday Shawn and I took the boys to Disneyland. We had a great time and the kids loved it. We were there for 14 hours and hit everything at least once. The cook thing is we got free tickets to go to California adventure in the next month. Never been there either so Whoo hoo.
Ok well I am off to school yet again.
Have a good rest of the day.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

gardening and movies

What a great week I have had so far. Sunday we went to our good friends Chris and Ali's new house. They bought a house on Monrovia with an amazing yard. Let's just say that after seeing all the work they have done it made me come home and eye my front garden. Monday morning I woke up with a mission. Pj and I went to Home Depot and picked all kids of pretty flowers. We came home and then I looked at the area and remembered I haven't done anything with it in like 2 years. It was so much work but I love it now. I have however spent much of the week trying to recover. My muscles hurt worse than any workout.
     Tues. Pj started preschool. He wasn't thrilled when I picked him up but adjustment time I figured. Well turns out he got in trouble the first day and the teacher yelled at him because he was sticking his tongue out with another little boy (Pj knows him from church and they came to our home bible study) needless to say Pj woke up yesterday and cried because he didn't want to go back. What genius teacher yells at a kid his first day? anyways we pulled Pj from the school after 2 days. The program also prided itself on lots of outdoor time. There "playground" was a cement slab the size of a bathroom with no toys.  So Pj and I are going to be homeschooling for preschool until he starts kinder in the fall.  
     Yesterday I watched a movie that I loved! I honestly think it is my top 5 movies now. It is called Julie and Julia, It is about Julia Childs (the cook) and a woman who vows to cook and blog her way through one of Julia's cookbooks. I highly recommend it. Shawn like it too.
Other than that we are trying to plan something fun for my birthday on Sunday. We figure that since it is superbowl we might be able to go to Disneyland or Knotts and not hit nearly as many people. Well see.
     On a great note my Grandpa is out of the hospital. He was released yesterday and is now living at a more lenient home for senior citizens. It isn't an old folks home. He has his own room with a beautiful patio. His meals are all served in a dining room and they have lots of activities like poker. I hope he is happy there. My grandpa is an punk some times and isn't ready to let go of his independence.  
I am off to work on homework. Shool is going well. I have some great ideas which make it more bearable. I woke up this morning sick with a cold and cough so I am hoping to get stuff done early and maybe email it to a friend to take to class for me. Well see how I am feeling at the end of the day.

Friday, January 29, 2010

so thankful it is Friday

I am so glad it is Friday. I don't know if I could handle anymore this week. My week had some major lows, stress, and self pity.  I know just what you wanted to know. Anyways I have had the worst week and sometimes stress is more than I can handle. I made it through without to much but the diet wasn't all that great at all. I was so bust all week it was a lot of quick and easy between classes and homework. Next week I will be better. Anyways I am just glad I made it through.
So update on Grandpa. He is still in the hospital and it seems like he will be there until Monday. They are looking for a rehabilitation home for him. He can't live by himself anymore but he is to stubborn for a rest home. So he is doing good.
School has been crazy. I have assignments up to my eyeballs and they all take hours. I am taking my first art class since graduating. It is an art ed class so you don't actually make anything but they teach you how to teach kids about art and plan fun art lessons for them. It is great but a lot of work. At least I enjoy it. The other classes I am taking are boring and necessary to teach but boring.
I did have one fun thing this week. Wed. I met up with 4 other girls for breakfast all of whom I went to high school with and 2 who I haven't seen since graduation. It was great to catch up and see everyone. It was a much needed break.
Lets see the other big adventure this week was signing Pj up for preschool. He starts kinder next year and I thought I would help next years teacher out by at least getting him used to sitting in a classroom environment. He will be going 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours. Just enought time for me to get a pedicure, just kidding.
Well have a great weekend.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

busy as a bee

I am not ignoring you I am just really busy and don't have time to post a lot today. I will post more tomorrow

Monday, January 25, 2010

Well it's Monday which means weigh in day. I lost .2 which I am pleased with after a long and not so good eating weekend. Sat. I had the chance to go with Shawn and all the guys to a U.S. mens soccer game. Before the game we went out to eat and I ate. I walked a bunch on Sat. but Sunday was another rough day of homework ALL day, stress about my grandpa, and life in general. I ate yesterday as well. I am back on plan today and hope that life doesn't throw me any curve balls.
School is so much harder this quarter then it has been in my entire college experience. There are teachers that seem to thing that their class is the only class you are taking and give you a ton of work, reading, and projects. unfortunately I am taking three classes and all three think that their class is my only class. I am up to my eyeballs in thing to do and don't feel like doing any of them. Bad combo! I worked all day yesterday and it looks like I will be spending today and tomorrow in this chair as well. only a year and a half to go.
So my Grandpa is in the hospital still. He is weak and can't do anything for himself. He had an MRI and they found that his brain is shrinking which is normal but it is causing him to lose mobility sometimes in his arms and legs. With the lose of mobility he trips a lot causing all his broken bones ( rib, wrist, and foot) He also has liver problems, among other issues. He is losing a ton of weight and looks fragile. I am having issues because my grandpa has always been the hard ass, tough one, of the family and I can't bring myself to see him fragile and medicated. Ok enough about that.
I did by the way eat like 2 quarts of veggies soup on Friday to stay on diet. I needed something sweet and thank goodness I had pumpkin and spice cake on hand so I made muffins. I'm really trying.
Well have a good Monday.
Thanks for letting me vent.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I will get through this without a food crutch.

I decided to take the time to post today because I am having a rough morning. I got a call from my Mom this morning that late last night she and my great uncle had to go pick my Grandfather up and bring him to my Mom's house to live until they can find a home for him. In the last few months his Alzheimer and alcoholism have gotten a lot worse. He has been in and out of the hospital for falling and other medical issues. My Mom was dealing with a social worker trying to decide if should be living by himself. I guess yesterday she got a phone call from my grandpa's good friend that said he was in a ton of pain, can't take care of himself, and it was time for him to live with someone or in a home. My Mom went down and packed him up. I have been on and off of the phone all morning with my Mom trying to help the best I can. He is having some medical issues and needs to be in the hospital but he forgets what is going on and keeps asking to be released. My Mom is having a really hard time being the one to plan and figure all of this out. With my past my natural instinct is to protect my Mom. I have been having a rough morning and want to do nothing but eat. I have a pot of veggie soup on the stove cooking and I am determined to get through this without my food crutch. Anyways I had to share what was going on more for myself as a way to keep busy but also so I can look back and remember that I made it past this without the help of food.
Please pray fro my Grandpa's health and my Mom's sanity. (they have kind of a rough past)
Have a good Friday,

Thursday, January 21, 2010

rain, rain go away.

Boy am I ready for the rain to take a LONG break. The darkness outside makes me lazy and makes my house feel dirty. Yesterday I was looking for a recipe for roasted veggies that I knew I had posted on here sometime in the last 3 years. I started to read all of my blog posts from day one in 2007. It was so strange to go back and read it. It gave me a little hope in the diet roller coaster. Anyways I found the recipe and make it for dinner last night. It is whatever veggies you have in the fridge. I did onion. zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomato, an some other things I am sure. Toss a little olive oil and balsamic on it and throw it in the over for 45 min at 400 degrees. It makes the veggies sweet and yummy.
well I am off to write a paper for class on why I want to be a teacher. Should be interesting and I will post it later for you to see. I am not sure if I will post tomorrow. We have company coming to town to stay with us and I have a lot to do to get ready.
Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

oops my bad

Well yesterday was a real day of learning. I was busy all day with homework and didn't have time to eat dinner before school. I stopped at Starbucks for my soy sugar free vanilla latte and decided to pick up a little pastry. They have a sugar free, low fat selection so I decided they would be around 5 points and I would check once I got to school. I decided on a no sugar added lower fat banana, choc. chip muffin. As I was eating it I told myself about 10 times to throw it out the window and stop eating it. I thought low fat and no sugar I will be ok. I got to school and pulled out my laptop before class. My little good for me muffin was anything but good for me. According to the Starbucks website it was 11 points. My guess is 11 points is around 600 calories. So needless to say I learned from my mistake and didn't get to eat a healthy dinner because of the stupid muffin. What is even more shocking to me is that my normal before Starbucks stop with coffee and some kind of goodie was probably around 2000 calories. Holy cow. Funny because we wonder how we gain weight like we do and then realize something so simple as an afternoon treat was more calories than I am eating in an entire day now.
Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the drama of dinner

I am so glad that I had good company at dinner yesterday because the food was terrible. We decided to splurge and go to a place called the melting pot for our anniversary. The cost of the place is just over $100 for a couple without any drinks. I thought for the money that it would be awesome. Boy was I wrong. We decided to start out with a beer and they came warm. The place is fondue style so you get stuff to dip in cheese or raw meat to boil in a little pot on your table. It was gross. The only good part was dessert but it was warm chocolate and a tray of yummy stuff to dip in it. I say save you money. I know we won't be going there again. I was bummed because I was the one that planned it and it flopped big time. Oh well.
Other then that our day was great. I am loving my new couches and can't wait until this summer to pan the walls yet again.
Anyways back on diet today. I did great yesterday and ate very small amounts of veggies before dinner so I knew I could eat and not feel bad about it. Luckily we don't have any big outings with food for at least a few weeks so I can lose some of this weight.
Okwell I am off to do a TON of homework that is due tonight.
The pic is of what our new couch looks like.

Sorry I am a little scatter brained today. I have been staring at a computer since 7:30 am and it is now 12:30. My eyes are all out of whack.
Have a good rest of the day and stay dry.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Anniversary to me!

Happy Monday and Happy Anniversary to My hubby. We have been married for 13 amazing years.
So since it was Monday I had my first weigh in. First let me say that Sat. we took the kids to mongolian bbq and although I am not sure about the calories I ate really well. Sunday we went to a family pizza party. I ate 1 piece of pizza and a ton of salad. So when I weighed in this morning I wasn't sure what to expect but I weighed in at 198.8 down from 203.6 so yay for me.
As for tonight Shawn and I are going out and not counting any points but we are going to have a great time. We are going to a fondue restraunt. I think it is the first place we have ever eaten that you have to make a reservation. A little splurge but hey it's 13 years.
Lastly I am excoted because our new couches got deliver this morning. They are a camel color and I thing they look great. I will need some getting used to time. The best part is they have a 5 year warrently against stains and rips, tears, broken anything, 5 years with my kids is awesome.
Well have a great day.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy birthday Connie

Happy Birthday to my favorite Mother in Law Connie. You are an amazing woman who has showed me a great deal on how to be a mother of 3 boys. You deserve only the best and I hope that you have a wonderful birthday. Can't wait to celebrate with you on Sunday!
With that said on with the daily post.....
I have a headache:( I have that nice feel like poop from dropping my sugar by alot. I have tried coffee, taking a nap, and nothing seems to help. I guess I will just make it through the few days and then know it's just my body getting rid of something I don't need.
So I have awesome news (at least for me it was) my class on Wed. night is being taught by an amazing art educator and because of budget cuts she is teaching the class for free. She was worried about art teachers being unprepared to go into the work field without knowing how to teach art. So the good news is since she is teaching the class for free she has made it only every other Wed. I am so glad that I will have a little less time away from my family than I had expected. I know it seems small but when Pj cried because I had to go to school again it made my heart hurt. I am excited for this class and the chance to really know how to teach art to kids.

As for the diet all is good. I tried something new yesterday that was quite yummy and thought I would share it with you. It is salsa made with corn and it is tomato less. It is sweet and spicy. I love corn and anything with it I am willing to try. I ate it with baked chips but I think it would be great over cream cheese with crackers as well. So if you go to Trader Joe's pick up a jar for around $2.99 and you will be glad you did.
My other favorite is plain Greek yogurt with honey over it. I swear if I eat anymore of it I will be spraying Windex on people and bragging about being Greek.
I wanted to add that I feel so great being back in control of my eating. I have a headache today but it was also the first mornign that I woke up and didn't feel swollen in my stomach from dinner last night. I actually woke up and wanted to eat. I guess this means the no eating in the evening this is going well. Also I do have a little partner in crimem Shawn has been slowly seeing how many calories a day he burns ( thanks to the bodybugg) and trying to eat 500 calories less than that. He has been doing awesome! Now this weekend we have a bday party for a bunch of family members at a pizza place and I bet you money Shawn will not watch what he eats there but he is doing great.
Have a great Thur. Ali

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A quickie

Quick post to say school went well last night. Diet is going great. Spirits are high and I am feeling great. More to say tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 1

Day one went well. No major craving or issues. Shawn and I sat for about an hour last night discussing w.w. vs. counting calories only. I have decided after much discussion that I am going to be doing w.w. but making high fiber choices, more fruits and veggies, and more willingness to try new things. Yesterday I tried a few new things. First I tried cherry peserves on my sunflower seed butter (just like peanut butter but made of sunflower seeds) sandwhich, I am not a chunk in my food kind of person but it was really yummy. For lunch I tried hummus which I new I liked but haven't eaten in a very long time. With dinner I tried freekah which is like wheat kernals before they are prossesed and you eat it like you would rice, it wasn't bad but I don't think I will be eating it again (texture was weird). Last for dessert I had plain greek yogurt with honey on top and frozen berries mixed into it. I am not a chunk fan as I said before so I normally don't eat chunks in yogurt but this was SOOOO yummy. I will for sure have it again if I have a sweet attack.
Today is my first day back to school after the nice long break. I am a little sad to go back because this quarter I have to go 3 nights a week. The days I have school Shawn and I see each other in the morning and then not again until 10:30 pm. I make sure the kids homework is done and when my evening should be hanging out with my family I am off to another long 4 hour class. I honestly wonder why credential classes arent during the day like normal college classes. So with all that I am sad that I am still in school but I know that my future job will be much more satisfying if I do finish.
Well I am off to get kids to school and life going for the day. Thanks for reading, Have a wonderful day.
Just a pic pf my favorite flower to make you happy!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Well I am officially back! My holiday eating vacation is over today. I went to Trader Joe's and Henry's yesterday and stocked up on my old favorites as well as some new things that I have heard great things about. I look like I live in a home of an organic vegetarian if you look in my pantry. If you look in the fridge you will find lean meats, shrimp, and turkey. So after trying low carb without siccess in the long term I have decided to go with the age old idea of burning more calories then I intake. I will be simply writing down in a journal how many calories I eat each day without going over 1200 but also going no lower than 1000. I will allow myself 1 day a week that I go a little higher maybe around 1500 but I haven't fully decided yet. The dreaded weigh in was 203.6 ouch again as usual!
Last week was an awesome week. There is an auction house that I buy from all the time that as a thank you put everyones name in a drawing that had purchased 10 things in 2009. I got the phone call last week that I had won a $1000 gift card to a local furniture store. We are so excited but we realized that this will be our first piece of furniture that we pick out together. We have it narrowed down to a new dining tabel set or couch but after a week of debating over what to get we still have no idea.

The day after the gift card winning I went to WalMart and an employee who's daughter has childhood arthritis was doing a drawing to help pay for her medical bills. I gave them $10 for their raffle hoping to win a tv but instead won a little gadget called a bodybugg. If you ever watch the biggest loser it is the band they wear on their arm to track calories burned. I have been wearing it for a few days and it is a really cool little tool. I basically senses heart rate and skin temp. to tell you if you are burning more calories than you are consuming. It costs $250 plus a montly fee to use their internet site so I never would have purchased it for myself. So that was my awesome week.
Well I feel ready to start eating healthy and ready to get moving and losing. So check in every once inawhile as I am BACK!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A new year, a new attitude.

Happy 2010!
Well as many of you know I have been dieting off and on since forever. I have decided to start a new lifestyle instead of a diet. I am going to be trying to stop eating "bad" carbs like white flour and white sugar. I know this will be difficult but I see it as a reason to start baking again. I have read a ton of things on the side effects including weight gain from "bad" carbs. I will however still be eating carbs from good sources like fruit, whole wheat, honey, brown rice, corn tortillas, etc. I decided that I would try a new recipe today and  we LOVED it! I am not officially starting my new way of eating until next Monday (had to get the bad stuff out of the house first). Here is my first attemt at the new blog style and to my new way of eating.

Chocolate Chip muffins
1 c. unbleached flour
2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. wheat germ
2 T flax seed
Mix all of these in a bowl

In a seperate bowl mix
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. vanilla greek style yogurt ( used Honey flavored because it's all I could find)
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 c. milk
1/3 c. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
mix together with a wisk

mix the flour mixture into the wet mix. Once it is all incorperated add 3/4 c. chocolate chips
put the mix into muffin cups and bake 25 min at 400 degrees
Definitly worth a try in our families mind.