Sunday, August 29, 2010

Operation Potty Train!

We might be on the way to being pull up and consistent accident free. This has been a long ride. I won't call it frustrating either. Just long.

Miles can go to the bathroom all by himself and basically insists. Almost a full week of no #1 accidents!! We are going on 2 weeks or more ( I forget! Yay!) of going #2 at least every other day if not every day-- by his request! Success. The next step is no pull ups during naps and the night. Any tips out there?!???

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1. I just signed up for a Mud Run. It's a 5k that involves mud pits, slides, walls, obstacles, lions, tigers and bears! It should be a lot of fun. Time to get dirrrty!

2. I have loved the past 2 days. The weather that is. It has been so hot and humid here that I can't stand it. This morning was 53 degrees. I ran 10 miles. It felt so good!! Besides that my hands froze. I have circulation issues I think. I was sweating. My hands were as well, but they were also frozen. Not sure what that means. I still love the cooler temps. To bad my Mud Run ( see #1) forecast is in the upper 80's with high humidity!! Yahoo! *sarcasm.

3. My neighbor gave me an egg plant from her garden and I have no idea what to do with it? I used to make them all the time with canned tomatoes and Parmesan cheese--I think. I don't want to mess it up! Any ideas???

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Just some images I shot the other day! I am having a lot of fun taking pics of my kids this summer! I think they like it too!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1. I just got back from teaching a class called Power Train. It's 60 minutes of high intensity drills, plyometrics and kick box combos. I am spent. I also feel as if I am not in shape-what an eye opener!! Thank goodness I don't teach this one all the time.

2. Amara got her hair cut yesterday. It's her 3rd time getting it cut. I can't get over how long that girls hair is when it's blow dried straight!

3. Matt and I get to go on an all expense paid mini vacation with no kids this weekend. I hope I don't sleep the whole time!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Better Oats Oatmeal Review

While shopping at a local grocery store last week I came across Better Oats oatmeal. It was new to the store so it was on sale ( score), otherwise its $1.99 for 5 packets. Not such a great deal if you ask me. I bought Abundance all natural Maple and Brown Sugar. They had Apple Cinnamon there as well. They had a few other flavors (Oat Revolution) too. It was actually a hard decision, but I thought Maple and Brown Sugar had a lot of strong selling points! It has 6 whole grains, Flax seeds and real fruit pieces. It can also be considered a good source of protein ( 5g) and fiber (4g) per serving. It also has cool things in it such a quinoa, barley and brown rice! I really like the unique packaging. The oats are in packets- and you rip the top off, pour the oats in your bowl and then fill up the empty oat packet with water and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes. They worked perfectly every time! ( I have one packet left). These oats are really good. I love oatmeal and if I have to say something negative about this kind it's that it needs more fruit. This actually is not a problem, because I like to add my own blueberries, or strawberries, or raisins or a mix of all those. I just like to make it how I want to.

I am looking forward to finding and trying the other varieties of Better Oats. I recommend this product.

* Head to Better Oats Face Book page -"Like" them and get a buy one get one free coupon! I would love to hear what you think!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Winner Winner- turkey dinner!

I always wait until the last minute to make dinner on time. Well, there really is not an on time in this house, but eating by 6pm is usually how it goes. Once again I waited too late, but came up with something that is hopefully good. It's cooking as I type.

~Turkey meatballs ( lean ground turkey, bread crumbs, minced garlic, cheddar cheese and taco seasoning) I don't measure anything-ever.

~ Sweet potato fries. One savory Cajun and one cinnamon sugar mix. Yep, REAL sugar! ;-)

~ Broccoli ( olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper-lemon juice after it's roasted)

The best part about dinner? Amara helped with the whole meal! She is now doing the dishes ( for real!!!).

I did not want to turn the oven on today as it is super hot and humid outside and in our house ( no A/C), but I will survive. Sweating while cooking was worth it with my Lil' Chef in Training!

I only wish I had a good idea for a dessert up my sleeve!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Boring food.

We are in a food slump in our household. We basically eat the same thing over and over and over and I am kind of tired of it. We used to use a dry erase board and plan our meals for the week. That was a good system in theory, but it has kind of fizzled out. Even when the meals were planned I feel towards the end of the dry erase boards reign- the meals started to get boring. It was a protein, a starch and veggie. Pretty boring. It was always healthy-just started to get too boring. At the time I was probably counting calories and it was easier to just eat 4 oz. of chicken, 1/2 cup starch and 1-2 cups of veggies. No sauce and nothing else fun because I was too lazy to add up the calories! Any healthy non-boring food ideas are always welcome!
Maybe next week I will dust off the board......

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1. I am happy that the humidity has finally let up-today is day one. I will try to enjoy it while it lasts because it will be back on Sunday.

2. I hope to take advantage of the low humidity and bake some cupcakes with the kids tomorrow. I plan on using ice cream cones. It should be interesting.

3. Operation Potty Train- well it's going. We have more #1 accidents then the hoarding of #2- so we have that going for us.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

The kids and I had an impromptu photo shoot on Tuesday. This location was beautiful and the kids had a lot of fun!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Treats for the kids- a review ( kind of)

I am always looking for healthy snacks for the kids to eat that will actually enjoy eating! They have been enjoying Clif Bar Kids products-the fruit leather twists and the bars. I was at our Super Target this weekend and came across 2 new items ( new to me anyway!)
Fruit Roll Ups Simply Fruit These are 90% fruit! My kids have never been given a Fruit Roll Up by me (maybe someone that did not know any better--grrr), but they sure were excited to try these. They are pretty sticky and Miles needs help getting it off the cellophane. Amara had no trouble at all which is good because I need something I can pack in her lunch that she can open by herself ( *tear*- 1st grade- full day). I bought Wild berry and the kids are big fans.
I also found Au some Nuggets. I bought the variety pack. I think they are 66% fruit which is OK by me. Miles is a fan, Amara has not tried them just yet. I am glad to have found some new treats for the kids.
Let me know your healthy go to snacks!