Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday's Weigh in results

3 LBS!!! I lost 3 POUNDS!!!! WooHoo!!! That brings my total weight loss to 9.8 LBS in 8 weeks. I am pumped... Now with Halloween tomorrow I gotta stay strong and only eat if I am HUNGRY!!!! Halloween isn't about FOOD it is about having fun and being with the people you LOVE and maybe getting spooked! ha...


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday's check in, and Saturday's Project

I lost .5 on Friday. A half a pound. I guess it is better than gaining. Seems every other week I am up then I am down. It was hard this week to get exercising in with the kids being sick. But a half pound is still a half pound.

On to Saturday's project. I made a Halloween little board book. I want to get better at these so I am going to keep trying. I made it with SCAL and downloaded it from the SCAL Forum. Then you can do a search.

I have a few touch ups to do but for the most part it is done. Not sure what I am going to do with it since it is only 3 inches high. Just something fun!!!Happy Haunting.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Kids are SICK!!!

Well we got it, we didn't want it, but we got it. The FLU has hit here. Lucas my 7 yr Old woke up 3 am Tuesday morning with a fever and stomach ache. The puked 2x's and has run a fever all day and all night. POOR GUY! :o(...
Emillie woke up 2 am Tuesday with an ear ache; took her to the doctor at 4:40 yesterday and she has double ear infections, POOR GIRL :o(....
Nick just seems congested and I am sure his turn is coming..

Hopefully everything will run it's course and be done... (Hopefully)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday's Project

Here are 2 pictures from my last post about inspirational sayings. I did these 2 with my Cricut cutting the chocolate vinyl. I used SCAL for the font.

Saturdays project is the Countdown to Christmas Calendar from the Splitcoast Stampers website. I love how it turned out.
I used clear embossing powder, UV, on all of the numbers and the "day's til Christmas" title. If I do it again I will not emboss all the number, way to time consuming.
I have to add the ribbon to hang yet, but that is minimal. All of the little tins open up to put treats or little prizes in. I will find something in 3's for each of the kids to have when we open it up. I will be visiting the dollar store! To get directions to make go to this address:

Let me know what ya think!


Friday's Weigh in results

So I lost 2.8 lbs according to my calculations which brings my total weight lost to 6.2 lbs!! Not bad for 6 weeks. I wish it were more but I am happy it isn't a gain. All the little pounds add up. This week we are supposed to talk to ourselves! I am worth it. I want to be healthy. I am proud of myself.

I made some inspirational sayings around the house this week with my cricut cutting vinyl. I put up You Create the very Best You, Kindness starts with me, Live Life beautifully. I will take pictures and post soon. I scraplifted the sayings from my exercise phenom Stacy! It totally fits with this weeks homework.
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Layouts from the Crop

Let me know what you think of my layouts. They were so fun to create.


Check in from Friday's Weigh In

Well things didn't go good. I gained +. 4 pounds. Yes I know it isn't much but I was really giving it my all this past week. I ate good and I exercised my butt off. I was exhausted. So needless to say I was upset to think that I gained this week. I am not going to fall off the wagon. I am going to stay positive and hope for a big loss next week. :O(

For the fun stuff:
I went to my first crop Saturday with my friend Jenny. It was so fun. It was by Creative Memories. I won 3 prizes and got a bunch of layouts done. I will photograph them and show to you soon. I have a few to finish up with my Cricut since I wasn't going to haul it. It was nice to scrap without interruptions. It was for 8 hours of scrappin fun!!

Ps. I made a eatbetteramerica recipe for beef stew in the slow cooker and a shrimp dish and they were delish for the weekend meals. Check out the website: (courtesy of my life coach/exercise phenom Stacy Summers.)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I made some Christmas gift tags and I decorated a chipboard box to hold them and keep them organized. I love hand made gift tags but, what do you do with them? I put some pretty Christmassy paper on this box. I cut it out after I measured it with SCAL in the corresponding shapes. I glued it all on. It was my first one so I could have glued better. (sometimes pictures don't do justice.) I sanded the sides for a distressed look on the black. I cut out the tags using my cricut Doodlecharms cart for the Santa, and Plantin Schoolbook for the tags. I used stickles for the bling.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

new goals- and what I did today

For those of you that know me you know I have been trying to lose weight for what feels like forever. I want to post or journal about my journey and have been meaning too for a long time. Well today is the day. I lost around 30 pounds last year in 08' and want to continue to lose. I was at a stand still or wasn't trying hard anymore and was in a rut came spring/summer of 09'. Does anyone just get sick of tracking points or calories or running all the time to workout? I know I do. But I also know I need to. A few pounds crept back on and the workouts seemed to lack. All that work I did and I didn't want to go back. I became a member for the YMCA in Feb. of 09'. I noticed in the latest session that there was a class called Funky Weigh Down or FWD as we call it in class. It was designed to help you lose weight by teaching and talking and giving you the tools needed to succeed. You are supposed to lose around 10 lbs. in 7 weeks. So I signed up. Now I also do a class also called Funky Fusion. I feel for me it is high intensity meant to burn 600-800 calories per class that is roughly an hour long. Our wonderful teacher Stacy Summers teaches all the "Funky" classes at the Y. I just admire the shape she is in for having 4 children and her positivity she brings to her workouts and to FWD class. I also admire her shape. She also introduced me to Fava Tea which is helping with my evening snack cravings. I love to snack after my kids go to bed. It is my time to unwind and de-stress from the day. But it wasn't helping my jean size. I get the herbal and Rooibas teas. They are great. I suggest you give them a try.

We are starting week 5 and I am down 4lbs. I am working out 3 times a week for an hour and I am dripping with sweat after. That is a requirement. I feel better; although some of my joints are complaining a little. I am on the arc trainer for around 30 min and then I do my 45 min Zumba class on M & W. On Fri. I do Funky Fusion for an hour then FWD. We get weighed in every Friday at FWD. I will let you know how I do this Friday. My goal is to be down another 40-50 lbs. I know I can do it.

Check out Stacy's Blog at the right Spoonful Living.. Dig into Life for more information on Funky Fusion and Funky Weigh Down.

Today I finished up my garden tomatoes!!! Finally!!!! I canned 13 more quarts of crushed tomatoes. Yes, 13 quarts. I am NUTS. But we picked them all right before we had frost and they all turned ripe. But the tomatoes are done. Finished. I am not doing anymore. I pulled out my plants yesterday actually the whole garden is pulled out and in a big pile in the middle. I told Joe to burn it. It is actually good for the soil to have ashes in it. It provides some nutrients, I forget which ones. It was supposed to rain all day today and part of tomorrow so I wanted to get it done before it was too muddy. Also it is only supposed to be a high in the 40's by the end of the week. So we are done gardening for the year. I am a bit sad too. But now I get to sew and scrap and get ready for the holidays. Time to do something different.

Enough on my ranting.
Have a good one!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Uh Oh

A layout I did using my new fiskars circle/shape cutter. I cut out the photos with the oval stencil. I used plantin school book cartridge for the font, and cut it with my Cricut. I added a prima flower and made the oval frame with SCAL(sure cuts a lot) software. I added my new rain dots on the frame for a little extra bling.

Wedding Card-Scrap Post

I made a wedding card today for a wedding we are attending tonight. I think it turned out nice. I used my cricut, wild card cartridge, my cuttlebug for embossing the cake. I stamped the saying on the inside too.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Spooky---My favorite time of YEAR

I love Halloween, can you tell by my new background!!! I finally put up my Halloween decorations on Wednesday afternoon. I'll have to take a picture of it to show you. I also grew a white pumpkin this year. It was one of two that made it. I started my pumpkins from seed this year in early spring in the house. I think I planted them to early because some got frost bitten and I was busy covering my other plants and didn't worry too much about the pumpkins. But 2 survived. I will post a picture of them later. My white pumpkin is sure pretty though. Martha would be proud. (aka Martha Stewart)

My newest recipe that I must share is my Granola Bars I made from my Good Housekeeping Magazine. I made them yesterday and they were wonderful.

Here is the recipe
Granola Bars
2 C Old fashioned oats ( I used the organic extra thick)
3/4 C toasted wheat germ
3/4C chopped walnuts
3/4 C dried cranberries
2 Tbsp. packed Light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C honey
1/2 C canola oil
2 lg . egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 9x13 metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with foil, with ends extending 2 inches over short sides of pan; spray foil.
2. In glass pie plate, spread oats; microwave on High, in 1 minute increments, 4-5 minutes or until fragrant and golden, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature.
3. In large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, walnuts, cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in honey, oil and egg whites until well mixed. Transfer to prepared pan. Using wet hand press into even layer.
4. Bake 32-35 minutes or until dark golden. Cool in pan on wire rack.
5. when cool, use foil to transfer to cutting board. Cut lengthwise int 6 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into thirds. (You should have roughly 4-1/4"x 1-1/2 bars.) store in tightly sealed container at room temperature up to 1 wee or in freezer up to 1 month.

each bar: about 190 calories, 4 g protein, 23 g carbs,10g total fat, 2 g fiber, 70mg sodium.

The DIY (do it yourself) tip: a 12 bar box of similar ingredients is $30. The tray of the homemade of 18 costs only around $6.

Let me know if anyone tries them.