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January 31, 2015

{ #weightwatchers Weigh In Week 3}

So week 3 has come and gone and here I am, 1lb lighter :) I'm pretty proud of myself. I stuck to my daily points and venture too far off the path. I didn't end up at the gym but I've got myself a new playlist and I'm ready for it now :)

I've also got 50 Shades of Grey on audio book and I found that I like to listen and walk at the same time. It made the time go by so fast. I recommend it. I also have the last Sookie Book to read so I'll probably do that one too. Should be a good time.

But yeah, I feel good :).

I went and got groceries yesterday and too and got a bunch of fruit and some snacks I'd heard other weight watchers users talk about on social media. I'm pretty excited about my 1lb. I know it's not a lot. But it's something. If I can keep up this momentum and get back in the gym like I want to then I should be golden :)

Anyone else trying weight watchers? How's it working for you?

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January 29, 2015

{90's Kid Survey!!}

1. Favourite Disney channel original movie?: Um...lets see...I really liked Wish Upon a Star or whatever that was lol. It was about the 2 sisters and one of them wished she could be like the other or something and she got her wish, they switched bodies. It's pretty awesome ;).

2. Favourite music artist? Backstreet Boys (the last part of the 90s but still..)

3. Favourite Nick Jr. show? Keenan & Kel and Are You Afraid of the Dark?

4. Favourite candy? I wasn't a super big candy lover. I got a snickers when we stopped at my grandpas shop though.

5. Favourite game? (board game, school game, etc.) Bernstein Bears Messy Room Game lol

6. Favourite McDonald's Happy Meal toy? Mini Cabbage Patch Dolls!

7. Favourite book? Babysitters club!

8. Favourite clothing store? Didn't have one.

9. What would you watch when you'd get home from school? Whatever the boys turned on. Usually Power Rangers.

10. Favourite T.V Show? I don't think I really had one at that time.

11. Favourite Toys? Barbie's

12. Favourite Commercials? I don't even remember.

13. Nsync or Backstreet Boys? BSB duh!

14. Weirdest Fashion Trend? I honestly don't remember any that shocked me lol.

156. Favourite Collectable?  Barbie's. I still have some.

16. Favourite Beanie Baby? Didn't collect them.

17. How many Tomagotchis did you go through? I want to say 2. 

18. Favourite Game System? and game? We had a bunch. Sega was my fave for a long time though. And I loved Willy Beamish!

Your turn!!

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January 26, 2015

{Lost In My Own World}

I have been doing very little the last few days. Why? Because my little brother heard I wanted to read Fifty Shades of Grey..so he got me all 3 ebooks! I have already blown through 1 and 2. I'm on Chapter 3 of the 3rd one now. I don't know what it is about these books that pulls me in so fast. Most people think its the sex (it very well could help me along lol) or because Christian Grey is supposed to be super hot (and in my brain he does not disappoint). But to be honest I think the love story between the Christian and Anastasia is more consuming than anything else. Their relationship is so damn intense I walk away from the pages and feel like I'm going through all of it too. When they fight I worry they won't work it out and when they're all kissy I have the dumbest grin plastered on my face. Why aren't more relationships like that? Not that I want that much drama. But good lord. It certainly does make a girl swoon a little bit to see how much he loves her. And to be honest, I don't kind a guy taking charge of situations. Would be suffocating to have him stalk me like he does her, yes. But I don't know. I'm almost into it lol. I know. I'm probably crazy. It's OK. Have any of you readers read these books? I'll be honest I didn't want to and then my bff made me lol. I'm hooked. And I can not wait to see the movie in a couple weeks. Stay tuned for my review on that!

January 23, 2015

{ #weightwatchers Weigh In Week 2}

I feel like I haven't been on my points this week. I've eaten things I shouldn't and I didn't pay attention to points like I should. So its not really surprising that I gained a little bit.
I am also wondering if its water though. I went to the gym today and when I weighed myself after, I had gained weight. The only thing I can think is that I'm drinking a lot of water. So I don't know. I guess we'll see next week right?

January 20, 2015

{ #RocktheLunchBox Influenster Box!}

I am so excited that I got sent these coupons from Influenster! For those that don't know what Influenster is, it's basically a product review website. You answer questions and they send you products to test out. You review on their website and you can also earn more points for writing blog posts (like the one I'm doing now), unbox on YouTube, Tweet about it, and Facebook it. The more points you have the more likely you are to qualify for boxes/products. It's free to join. If you'd like an invite feel free to email me (put influenster invite in the title). They just recently went mobile as well so you can pull out your phone and review products while you're bored lol.

January 19, 2015

{Hes not a Baby Anymore}

*tear* *sniffle* *sob*
My baby isn't a baby anymore. When did that happen? How is he so big already?
It seems like just the other day I was holding both of his hands while he walked across the living room.

January 18, 2015

{A Step in the Right Direction}

We have lived in this house for 3 (almost 4) years now. We have pulled up carpet and redone the dining room floor (which needs done again) and pulled up carpet in both the boys room and Dawns room. I've painted and we even painted the living room floors so we wouldn't have to go through the BS we went through with the dining room floor. We tore out the tub/shower and I painted the bathroom. But none of our projects ever seem to get done! It drives me crazy.

But today we made a step in the right direction. I went shopping with my sister and came home to the shelf D made me for behind the couch finally sanded down and stained. It looks so pretty now! Like it was there all along. We got a little lamp for it to because it's always so dark in that corner.

We also filled out some wall space and hung some of the Bev Doolittle paintings that have been sitting in our bedroom for about 2 years. His dad gave them to him when the store they were supposed to open didn't happen. They aren't staying where they are, but they'll work for covering some walls while I figure out what to do with them.

I'm sort of having a bit of a dilemma when it comes to what to do with this one wall though.

I have a whole bunch of frames that I want to hang. Different sizes and shapes. But I can't decide on what pictures to put there. I don't know if I want wedding pictures or if I should just do snap shots. I don't know! But this wall is massive and I want it full of pictures! I love family pictures on the walls :).

I thought buying a house was going to be so much fun. I can honestly say, not so much lol. Decorating is a real pain in the butt.

But I'm glad we got a little bit done today.

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{The Youtubes are a Black Hole!}

I love Youtube. I think it's one of the best inventions ever. Without it I never would have learned how apply make-up properly, or that someone other than celebrities could walk into a Sephora and purchase amazing make-up. Yeah. But then I get bored and start searching for random things.
A lot of the time I search for shows. Mainly because I hate commercials and chances are someone somewhere has uploaded it.
Then occasionally I search for haunted houses. Which then leads to abandoned buildings. Then that leads to abandoned towns. Did you know you know there was a whole little town in Connecticut for sale?? It looks like something straight out of Gilmore Girls! When a friend posted about it in my mommy group we all joked that we should pool our money and buy it. There was more than enough room and the houses looked amazing for being abandoned for 20 years. If I was a millionaire I would have scooped it up and moved my entire family out there! Well..maybe not the entire family. Who would want that much drama in such a pretty place?

Tonight I was on facebook and saw someone had posted someone else's pregnancy announcement. After I watched that I saw a suggested video for home births in the side bar. Well I can't pass that up.
Little secret about Kristin; I wanted a home birth when I was pregnant with Owen. It didn't work out obviously. Even if D and I had been living together I had to be induced so I wouldn't have gotten one. But still. If I was to get pregnant (lord please don't let this be a request for another baby) again, I'd have a home birth..probably a water birth. But I digress.

I managed to watch about 10 videos before finding one that caught my attention completely. A home water birth...but the title had surprise twin in it. It's OK. I'll wait for you to pick your jaw up off the floor.

There it is. I don't even know how you don't know you're pregnant with twins but that would shock the shit out of me.

Another fun fact; my grandma had twins. She had no idea she was pregnant with multiples until the doctor said she was still laboring. That was back in the day though.

I also found some other interesting videos of home births (including one woman giving birth on a toilet...) that I won't post but you can search them on Youtube and watch them yourself should you feel the need.

I closed the Youtube window after this one though. I don't know what I would do if I had a home birth and there was more than one baby in there. Can you imagine??

This is probably the more mild findings on black hole adventures in youtube land. There are some people who should just not be allowed to have a camera. And yet, they are the ones with the most views lol.

January 17, 2015

{ #weightwatchers Dinner: Turkey Muffin Balls}

I forgot to snap pictures tonight. So if you want to see what these delicious balls are supposed to look like you'll have to click here for the recipe :).

I know that I've talked about how many picky eaters there are in my house. Owen and Gaige are the worst. They pretty much live on cereal. Don't judge me. In my opinion as long as they're eating they're fine. They'll find something better at some point.

Tonight though, everyone ate these! I served them with green beans. Normally I would serve something like this with mashed potatoes. I was trying to stay on top of my points though and green beans are 0pts.

I picked and chose what I wanted in them because I don't like jalapeños and neither do the kids. The peppers and onions were pretty much enough to make them yummy but I also added the red pepper flakes (which made them slightly spicey) and the other spices.

I would say this one is a huge hit. I had some mix left over so I made that and D is gonna take them to work lol.

The very best part of this recipe is that its something I can eat. I hate having to eat something else when I know the food I'm making is so good!

Try out this recipe and see how your family likes it :).

January 16, 2015

{ #weightwatchers Weigh In Week 1}

So I'm down .8lb. Which isn't a lot but I think I did pretty good this week :). Especially since we had basically nothing to eat this house that wasn't high in points. Losing is better than gaining though so I'll take anything I can get.

That being said I went grocery shopping today and picked up a bunch of things I can eat. Including things for dinner that are low in points. That's one of the hardest meals for me. I love dinner foods. So to make something yummy and not be able to eat it is pretty much torture.

I am a snacker also. And when there's only junk food to snack on that does not make for a good points week. So I picked up some fruits and veggies. I also got some frozen strawberries for a smoothie! I'm so excited! Lol

So that's my first week. I'm pretty proud of myself.

January 15, 2015

{January Ipsy Bag!}

Yay! I'm so excited that this finally came in! I've been putting off joining Ipsy for a long time. Probably since they first came out and YouTube beauty vloggers were all over them. Back when they were My Glam Bag and no one thought they were any good lol. But recently I've been watching unboxing videos and I've seen some pretty cool stuff come out of them. So I figured hey it's only $10 a month why not give it a shot. I might end up loving it. I might end up canceling too though lol. Either way I signed up and got my very first bag today!

January 14, 2015

{Another Dentist Adventure}

Gaige and Owen both had dentist visits today. Our last appt did not go well. Owen had to have a crown and ended up needing to wear "the blanket" and get laughing gas. You don't know stress until you hear your kid screaming cause he's scared and you know what's being done has to be done. They didn't hurt him. And they were really nice about it all. I'm sure they get kids like that all the time.

January 13, 2015

{My name is Kristin and I am Obsessed with TV}

I know. The first step to getting help is admitting you have a problem. I'm there.

I have been a TV watcher since I was a little girl. I started out with the typical shows a girl might watch growing up in the 80's. Jem, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Shera. But eventually I graduated to MTV and their long list of trashy reality shows, I remember the very first Real World people. The first one. I am so old. And now I have a slight obsession with far too many shows. Some of which are ending soon and not coming back :(. Please tell me I'm not the only one that makes sure to enter her favorite shows time into her phone so that she doesn't forget it's on...even though I'm already DVRing it.

January 12, 2015

{Mom Blogging...or is it?}

So I don't follow a lot of mom blogs anymore. Not because I don't enjoy them or want to meet new moms. Because I do, I really do. But because I feel like they're more about reviews and giveaways than they are about parenting anymore.

January 10, 2015

{My Return to Weight Watchers}

Yep. After giving it quite a bit of thought and researching nutrisystem after hearing my father in law talk about it, I decided to get back on the plan. I've been seriously lacking in my tracking since about July and it has lead to my gaining back almost all of the weight I'd lost on Weight Watchers since January of last year. Oddly enough I'm pretty sure it was about this time last year that I joined the first time. Quiting the weight watchers program and thinking I could do it my own with an off brand app, was my down fall I believe. Although that app is pretty helpful it didn't give me the motivation to use it. Paying $20 a month for a program is far more motivating. I don't want to be wasting my money. I know you know what I'm saying. With 3 kids every dollar is accounted for. And for me to pay $20/mo and not use it...that won't happen. So I'm starting over. I'm going back to what worked.

January 8, 2015

{I ♥ Sonic Slushes & A Face mask that tastes like Chocolate!}

You guys..omg! I love Sonic. I love all the things on their menu. Seriously you can not go wrong eating there! No. They are not good for my points. The Chicken Club Toaster that I get is 20pts. Which is sad. But it's worth it! Also, I don't know about the rest of America but for me, the best part of summer is the fairs. Not because I love going (I actually loath it most of the time. Who wants over priced food and rigged games? Go to Six Flags and go on some real rides.), but because of the Lemon Shake-Up's.

January 7, 2015

{Things Every Mom Should Have in Her Car During Winter}

With temps getting below freezing the last couple days (at least here in good ol' Illinois) I thought I'd do a little post about what a mom (or anyone to be honest) should keep in their car.

January 6, 2015

{What a Random Dream}

Do you ever dream about the most random, off the wall, things and you have no idea how your brain even cooked up that scenario?
I have those dreams all the time. Sometimes I'll dream about people who have passed. Which is weird on its own but I understand why I'm doing it. Then there are dreams like the one I had tonight. I've had them before and I always wake up a little shocked that my mind would even go there.

January 5, 2015

{My Home with Wheels}

I know that I've talked about how I inherited my grandpas motorhome. I knew I was getting this amazing vehicle long before he became ill. I think it was mine before I could actually form the sentence to claim it. When I was a teenager I remember him telling me someone had stopped at the gas station he owned to inquire about purchasing it. He said "if it were up to me I would talk about selling it. But I have a grand-daughter that would be less than happy if I let it go" (or something along those lines). He was talking about me. 

January 1, 2015

{Sometimes Being a Mom is Boring}

With the holidays over and having just one more event planned before school starts back up, my life has gotten so boring. Not that it was full of excitement before lol, but its gotten even more so lately.
There are plenty of things I could write about. Like how I hate doing laundry, or how I really wish Owen wouldn't stand outside the bathroom door while I poop. But those are all such mom things to write about. Don't we all have to do laundry? Don't we all wish we could go potty without an audience? I'm pretty sure those are the things every mother bitches about.

{2015 Goal List}

While everyone else is busy making their New Years Resolutions I'm making goals. I realized a long time ago that my resolutions were just not getting kept. They were being swept off to the side around February and forgotten completely by April. Last year was the first year I had actually stuck to what I'd set for myself longer than just until spring. Of course, by summer vacation I'd lost all motivation but whatever. A little improvement is better than none right?

So this year, I'm going to set my goals again. Hopefully this time I'll be able to get further than June/July with it.

1. Get back in the gym!
And I don't just mean get back in the gym. I mean, get back and actually do the work. I've really let myself slip back into the slump of not working out and not eating right. I want to blame it all on the past month, but in reality, I stopped going to the gym regularly a long time ago. I also stopped counting my weight watchers points. One or the other wouldn't be bad, maybe I could have kept off those 16lbs I lost. But no. I had to do both. Because I'm lazy.

2. Rid myself of toxic people.
After the year I've had dealing with all the teenage drama I'm beyond ready to just get rid of anyone bringing anything but positive energy into my world. I don't want drama every other week. I don't want to worry about someone popping up and us having to spend our Disney World fund on getting them set up in our home. I don't want to fight with people who are not really an important part of my life, or my family's life. So good riddance toxic life suckers!

3. Build my wardrobe.
I am aware that this is slightly shallow. I'm OK with that lol. I have never been super interested in the fashion world. I love to watch Youtubers talk about their clothes and see the things they put together. But I've never ventured past my staple jeans and t-shirt ensemble. I've always wanted to be one of those girls to get asked where did you get that? when I'm out somewhere, but I've never been brave enough to buy things that might get that kind of reaction. So that's one of my lesser goals lol. Perhaps after I get back on track with my weight loss I'll be able to take this goal on :).

4. Build my blog.
I want to get more views for my blog and more likes on my facebook. I'm hoping that producing more content people want to read more frequently that it'll happen. I love to blog! I love writing about my kids and my life. But I'd love it even more if I knew people were reading it lol.

So there you have it folks. Four goals for my 2015. Are you making goals or resolutions this year? What are they? Comment below! :) Lets have a conversation!

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