Thursday, August 31, 2017

What I Eat | A Look at My Food Journal

When talking with a friend about my weight loss journey she mentioned that it would neat to see my food journal. I shared my meals at a glance HERE but didn't give details or SmartPoint values. While I know many of my readers aren't on Weight Watchers, I think many would be surprised by how "normal" I eat. So for the sake of those who are curious, here is what I had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for 2 days last week.


Before I go into the details of my food journal, I want to share 2 thoughts. First up, I get 30 Smart Points a day with 35 weeklies. These numbers are based on my starting weight, height, age and activity level. They will change once I hit maintenance then lifetime. Additionally, I feel like it needs to be stated that as a SAHM I do have the luxury of cooking all my meals. For those of you who need ideas for meals on the go or ones that would be good for the office, I would recommend you look on Pinterest for ideas.

DAY ONE MEAL BREAKDOWN

#1 2 Eggland's Best eggs (3SP) mixed with 1/4 cup of egg whites (0SP) and 1 slice of Kraft Skim Milk sliced cheese (0SP), Johnsville turkey sausage (3SP), apple (0SP) and ketchup. I don't count ketchup although it does contain points. I use it so rarely and not a lot so I just overlook it in my daily allowence. 

#2 Dinner leftovers are a saving grace for me on busy days. 4 oz of chicken (3SP), mixed veggies (0SP) cooked in olive oil (1SP).

#3 Snacks are always random and based on the number of points I have left for dinner. SmartPop! popcorn (3SP) with a Diet Coke (0SP)

#4 Taco Tuesday is always some form of tacos. This evening we had chicken nachos. 4 oz of shredded chicken with salsa (3SP), 28 grams (I weight almost every single food) of Tosito's chips (4SP), 1/4 cup of mozzerella cheese (2SP) and 2 tablespoons of sliced olives (1SP).

Not pictured was a snack I had in the morning when running errands. I forgot to snap a photo. I love the BelVita Breakfast biscuits (8SP). They are high in points but are perfect for snacking on the go. 

Total for the day 29 out of 30 SmartPoints
#1 WW oatmeal (3SP) paired with a banana (0SP). I actually like this oatmeal and it keeps me full. I am not a fan of using a ton of points for breakfast so this is one meal that's on rotation often.

#2 I can't live without coffee #dramaqueen so I love that I can make it at home, save myself a lot of points but get plenty of protein as well. Starbucks unsweetened coffee (0SP) with 11 ounces of Premier Protein (2SP). My Premier Protein flavors are caramel and vanilla. I am going to look for sugar free peppermint syrup and mix it with their chocolate shake in hopes of making a mock peppermint mocha this Winter.

#3 Lunch time! I love that I can still have pizza. Flatout Healthy Grain Flatbread wrap (2SP) topped with 2 tbsp of olives (1SP), 7 slices of 25% less fat pepperonis (2SP), 1/2 cup of turkey crumbles (1SP), 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese (2SP), 1/4 cup of pizza sauce (1SP). A 9 point pizza is fantastic point wise. One slice of pepperoni and cheese delivery is usually 7-11 points!

#4 Dinner used a lot of my points and luckily I planned ahead so I didn't go over. 4 oz. of chicken breast, shredded (3SP) with 1 cup of boxed oriental rice (7SP). Rice and most all carbs use a ton of points. Broccoli (0SP) makes this meal a bit more like take-out but easier on the calories/points. Total is 10 SmartPoints.

I was left with 6 SP after dinner and opted for an apple (0SP) and 2 tbsp of peanut butter (6SP). PB is high in fat and sugar so it uses a lot of points but isn't a ton of food per serving. I know consider peanut butter a treat. Who am I?

Total for the day 30 out of 30 SmartPoints

Here are some other random bits about how I work Weight Watchers so it fits my lifestyle.
  • I don't eat out often during the week. Eating out can easily use more weekly points than you think. Cooking at home allows me to control my serving size and what my food is cooked in (oils and sprays can be "hidden" points when dining out).
  • If I do eat out, I usually have a chicken salad with no carbs (so no croutons) and light cheese with the dressing on the side. If possible I get a fat-free dressing. Salads are something I a slowly enjoying; they aren't my favorite. 
  • I weigh everything. I use this scale. It's the best one I've ever used and it's as accurate as it gets. Weighing is so important and allows you to 100% control your portions. 
  • When hunger hits, I do two things: grab a huge glass of water and eat some fruit. I usually go for a banana, grapes or an apple. All are 0SP. But I am mindful of how much I snack on 0SP foods because they still have calories.
  • Speaking of water, I aim to drink about 80-90 ounces of water a day. 
  • Meal prep is so important to staying on track. If I don't plan my meals a week at a time, I at least plan them each morning. If I know dinner is going to be "point heavy" I tend to eat lighter (read less points) during the day. 
  • I use weeklies because I don't do well being hungry. I was hangry before hangry was a word. Hunger Stephanie is the worst type of person. 
I've been on Weight Watchers for almost 7 months. I would never had thought I would last this long. I am not one to like going without or restricting myself but luckily WW allows me to eat like a normal person, I just don't get to eat as much as other nor do I get to splurge daily. For me the bottom line is portion control and moderation. I still have sweets, just less often. I still have my favorite foods, just smaller servings.

My weight loss is now 35 pounds with a goal of losing 48 pounds. I am so close and will continue to work until I reach my goal. Heck, I may even push and dig deeper for even more of a loss!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monthly Snap Shots {August}

When I discovered Erin from Perfectly Port's blog, I was instantly smitten. Erin is such a positive voice among the blogging world. I love how encouraging she is of others and through her blog posts. One of those posts that I really love is her monthly snap shot posts. She recaps the month via photos and well, we all know Mommas take a lot of photos. I decided to join Erin's link-up and will be sharing month in photos. I'm hoping this frees up some space on my phone as well! Anyone else have that problem?


If there was one thing we did a ton of this Summer it was swim! If my count is correct, we spent 11 days at the pool or about 40 hours! Not a bad way to spend our days, right? Connor loves the water, his swim skills have improved 10 fold and I have to say, swimming wears him out like no other. We spent many afternoons with friends soaking up some sun and swimming till our skin wrinkled. Our favorite pool has closed for the season but we are really eager to spend the Fall/Winter continuing swim lessons.


I know there is someone who is going to be grossed out by this but Connor ate his first ever cheeseburger from McDonald's. He usually orders nuggets but wanted to try a burger this time. I was so impressed with him wanting to try a new to him food. We've been working on this and forgoing his beloved nuggets was huge. I will admit he has only had the one burger but we are still proud of him for trying new foods.


You've been told before of my disdain for dishes. We don't have a dishwasher so dishes are done by hand and it's the one chore I hate the most. But I've gotten into the habit of doing them twice a day and not only does it save me precious evening hours but I find that we have less to wash. I know this doesn't make sense or maybe it does but the bottom line is dishes aren't the Devil any longer. Pictured below is breakfast, lunch and the aftermath of baking muffins. That's a lot of dishes, right?


Since taking Connor's pacifier from him in February 2014 sleep as been something we've struggled with. Not only does he not require a lot of it but the entire process is just painful. That's no longer the case. James found THIS ARTICLE AND IT'S CHANGED OUR LIVES. Connor goes to bed at 8, after getting a bath, reading one story and saying his prayers. We leave the room and check on him every 10 minutes until he is asleep. The most we've had to check on him is 3 times and I think that's pretty good. The 3rd time he has always been a sleep. That means he goes to sleep in less than 30 minutes. Not only is he going to be easily but HE IS SLEEPING ALL NIGHT LONG. Yup. That, too. So our little guy is getting about 11-12 hours a sleep a night. Can you imagine how well-rested we are now? It's truly a Christmas miracle in August.


We are a Lego lovin' family. Connor will play with Legos for hours and it's pretty much the greatest toy ever. We recently discovered THESE CUTE LEGO KITS that gives you the chance to create 3 different "works of art" as CJ calls them. The instructions are perfect for a child Connor's age. I was assigned the job as the "finder" and he was the "putter" - I found the pieces and he would put them together. For those of you little ones that love Legos, get these sets; they are perfect!


Remember when I mentioned buying shoes from Nordstrom? Well here they are! I order my first pair of Converse during the N Sale. I was able to combine the sale price with my N Note and scored these for less than $33. Amazing no? And they are a cool vinyl material, not the typical cloth. I've worn them a handful of time and they need a bit of breaking in but so far? I'm in love.


No matter how much we clean, I feel like our bathroom often smells. Connor is really good about getting business in the toilet so I'm unsure of why I think it stinks. I've cleaned the rugs and shower curtain and still wasn't happy. To solve that problem, I've been diffusing Purification and within 3 days of running my diffuser a complete cycle, the smell is gone. I really need to use my oils for cleaning more than just my kitchen.


What do you call the home decor craze that is made up mostly of your child's favorite things? Child chic? There isn't a room in our home that Connor has placed something of his. I feel like he is marking his territory.  I can some up what he loves easily: books, building and drawing. He spends the bulk of his day creating something, either with Legos or paper and crayons. He loves being read to and often reads to himself at bedtime. I love this age. Year 4 has been fantastic. 


August was a wonderful month for our family. James traveled less and spent more time with us than other months this Summer, Connor slept more and has just been the sweetest and I was able to break through my weight loss plateau. While Summer 2017 was one of our best summers yet, I am eager for Fall. Because #basicStephanie does Fall like no one else.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Snail Mail Kindness

Our sweet friend Jess from Secrets of a SAHM has the biggest heart. She is often sharing what her and her family does to spread kindness. Those random acts of kindness has inspired me to start doing the same with Connor.

If there is anything I want Connor to know it's that being kind never goes out of style. It does, however, make you a good person to show kindness to someone else with no desire to have something kind happen to you in return. That's what I love about the random act of kindness (RAK) movement. People from all over are spreading kindness, putting light, laughter and joy into people's every day lives. This is something I want our family to do more of.

With that in mind, we've completed our first act of kindness. This is perfect for your little ones and take next to no time (read thought or energy) to complete. I wanted something that Connor could get excited about. What excites Connor? Snail mail!


One of our Summer fun items was to send snail mail to friends. We tied this into our RAK. Connor was more than excited to create special pieces of art (everything is art to a 4.5 year old) to send to a handful of friends. There were no rules. I told him to draw each friend a photo, we'd add a small token of our love and send it off.



Each friend was sent a colorful note from CJ, a quarter and 3 beads shaped like hearts. Connor loves getting things from the quarter machine at the grocery so he wanted his friends to be able to do the same. When I asked how we could send them a little extra love, he said let's send them hearts. After digging through our craft goodies, we found the hearts pictured.


Connor's friend were so excited to get mail. I know that it's often the littlest things that excite kids most. It warms my heart to see Connor grow closer to each of his preschool friends. Some of them may be going to new schools this Fall but we are determined to keep in touch. One random act of kindness at at time!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Current Joys | Volume 1

The definition of joy goes a little something like this... 
1: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires 2: a state of happiness or felicity and 3: a source or cause of delight.

With all that can go wrong in a day, week or month, with all the chaos and heartache that's going on in the world these days, it's so important that each of us take the time to find the joy in the every day. With that in mind, Beth, Crystal, Jess and I would like to introduce you to our brand new JOY themed Friday link-up. 


The 4th Friday of each month we encourage you to share with us the things that are currently bringing you joy. It it makes you happy, brightens your day or simply puts a smile on your face, it's caused you joy and we want to hear about it. Here is what's currently bringing me joy...


ONE | CONNOR 
This boy. I can't even tell you how much fun he has been this Summer. I didn't think I'd be the Momma dreading school starting but I am. 100%. I am going to miss this kid. We went to Open House for Pre-K and were the first in and I had to drag him out 45 minutes later. He said "I haven't seen every kid in my class yet". 4 days till he is back in the classroom and happy as can be while I'll be missing his sass more than I would like to admit. 

TWO | SEASONAL BOOKS
Our love of books is always on display but when you add books with seasonal twists, well, CJ and I couldn't be more thrilled. We have far too many books but I. Can't. Stop. Buying. Them. I will tell you that if you look on Amazon, you can find some really great prices. We snagged 6 brand new books for less than $20.

THREE | OUR GIRL MAE
Macie is 100% and so much fun! She has started "charging her sass" and sometimes she "overcharges" it and well, she just cracks us up. Connor will never have a sister so Mace is as close as it gets for him. I couldn't ask for a better "big sister". She keeps us on our toes and makes us laugh loudly... often. 

FOUR | QUICK TASTY DINNERS
I shared this recipe earlier this week and I'm concerned you may have missed it. Chicken and veggies, chopped, seasoned and baked for 15 minutes. It's ridiculously easy but beyond tasty. It's been added to next week's menu already. If a recipe takes me less than 30 minutes from start to finish, you know it's a good one! 

FIVE | INSTANT ACCESS E-BOOKS
I never imagined myself being a e-book kind of girl but when I finally figured it out and was able to download and instantly read 4 books in 2 weeks, I was sold. Now before someone calls me out, I will forever prefer a paperback over a Kindle but some of my wish list books are just hard to get a hold of. For example, the wait-list for a physical copy of The Good Girl was 18 deep but I accessed it on my Kindle for free with just 3 clicks.  

As I look back on what's been giving me life and joy this week, I'm not one bit surprised that it's books, food and people. Add sleep and coffee and my life would be perfect! 

What's bringing you joy?
I'd love for you to share with me something that's made you smile in the comments below.

Happy Friday Friends! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Stitch Fix Keeps

Fashion and style isn't something that is really important in my every day life. Not because I don't think I can be either but because I put the need of comfort and ease over anything else. I am a basic dress kind of girl. I will give myself a bit of credit and say that I do put thought into what I wear and pride myself on being "put" together more times than not. Mostly, I don't wanna look homely. 

Thanks to my weight loss, I decided to treat myself to a Stitch Fix box and purchase. If you haven't heard of or tried Stitch Fix before, it's a styling service. You take a style survey, put in your sizing, and put in notes about what you're looking for and request a fix. The cost of the service is $20 a box which you can apply to your purchase from the box. You can have fixes delivered on a regular basis or request them as needed. You can sign up using my referral link here.

Today I'm going to share with you my 3rd Stitch Fix box. I've had 2 others, both where I kept either a scarf or a pair of earrings as to not waste my $20 style fee. However, today I'm sharing a fix that was so perfect I kept 2 tops and quickly requested a 4th Fix.


Before I start, I want to give anyone who hasn't used Stitch Fix yet a suggestion. When providing your stylist with a note, be sure to be as detailed, even needy, as possible. I mentioned that I wanted tops only. I have plenty of shorts and jeans, but really wanted to add some cute tops to my wardrobe. In this fix, I asked for tops only and was given 4 tops and 1 scarf. 

Thoughts - I loved the feel and fit of this cardigan. The color was perfect for me but I wasn't sold on the idea of keeping a $60+ cardigan in the middle of Summer. This would have been a great item to have in a Fall box and would be something I would get plenty of wear from.
Thoughts - The material of this top was beyond soft. I loved that it was longer in back, making it okay to wear with leggings. The tie front and back cutout was a fun touch. I liked how I could wear a regular bra with this thanks to the wider straps. Is this something I could wear year around? I'm not sure.
Thoughts - This scarf was super lightweight and perfect for Spring and Summer. I don't have many oblong scarves so this one was a contender. With Summer's hottest month right around the corner, I'm not sure how much wear I'll wear it right now. So is it a wasted purchase?
Thoughts - When I first saw this top, I was certain that it was going to be one that I disliked. The patterned was a bit odd for me. Purple cherries? But when I put it on, I loved the fit and it was surprisingly flattering. Could I wear such a busy top often enough to make the price tag worth it?

Thoughts - I instantly loved this color! It reminded me of the elephant scarf I kept from my very first Fix. The sleeves are different than most blouses and that made this one a bit more feminine, which I appreciated. The material is a bit more formal and dressy but I could see myself wearing this top often.

I was really torn on which tops to choose. I knew the scarf was going back, mostly because I have so many already. I decided to go with my gut reaction to eat piece and keep the 2 tops that I loved from box to body. 


Modref | Geana Cupro Keyhole Knit Top
I plan to wear this in the Fall with leggings and a over-sized cardigan. It's long and would cover my bottom. I'm thinking cute Chucks or fun TOMS would make the outfit causal and comfy for running errands or attending a Fall festival. 


Papermoon | Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse
What sold me on this top was the color, I just love this shade of Kelly green. I also liked the tulip sleeve (you can see that more in the last photo). 

Both are perfect for the Summer and can be transitioned into the Fall thanks to layering. I am happy I kept each piece and am only slightly sad I didn't keep the Q&A Dawson Crochet Trim Henley Blouse (aka The Cherry Top).

What do you think of my "keeps"? Do you think I should have kept any of the other items? I have another Stitch Fix heading my way. In this one, I asked for a tops only with pops of color and fun patterns. I'm eager to see what I got!

And in case you missed it, I've issued a dress challenge that kicks off in September. Click HERE for all the details! 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Roasted Chicken & Veggies - One Pan, 15 Minutes

Since starting Weight Watchers, I've been on the hunt for more and more meals offers me plenty of protein, uses zero SmartPoints fruits or veggies and allows me to have more per serving for less overall SmartPoints.

Last week I was on my A-game with my food choices. I wanted to see a big loss come Wednesday morning and when I made this one pan chicken and veggies, I knew it would quickly become a staple in our dinner rotation. You guys, it's so good. It's simple yet filling. I kind of want to call it "veggie drawer chicken" because any veggie in your fridge's vegetable drawer would do for this recipe. Here's my version on the all to famous one pan chicken.


ROASTED CHICKEN & VEGGIES - ONE SHEET 15 MINUTE MEAL
{4 SmartPoints for 4 oz of chicken, unlimited veggies}

INGREDIENTS:
3 medium chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
Veggies of your choice - I used broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and asparagus 
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of dried onion
1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic 
1/4 teaspoon of paprika 


DIRECTIONS:
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Chop all veggies into bite size pieces. On a fresh cutting board, trim any fat off of the chicken breast and cut it into bite size pieces. Place the chicken and veggies on the sheet pan. Add the olive oil, salt, black pepper and seasonings. Toss to combine. Bake for 15-17 minutes. 

I know I said it once but it's worth repeating: THIS RECIPE IS SO DANG GOOD. You can easily personalize the veggies and seasonings to match your tastes. I'm thinking of trying to Asian spin on this next time, pairing it with rice. If you like peppers, this would be equally tasty with bell peppers, zucchini and onion. 


Add this to your dinner menu and I promise you it will be a hit. The best part? It takes 15 minutes to bake. Summer isn't the time of year to be using the oven for long period of times so this is perfect. From start to finish you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! 


Monday, August 21, 2017

$10 at Target x10 Giveaway!

In lieu of my regularly scheduled $10 at Target post today I'm sharing with you a chance to win a $100 gift card to Target or $100 deposited into your PayPal account. Now doesn't that make Monday hurt a bit less? Here's a look at my most popular Target posts along with the Rafflecopter for the giveaway.


If you've read my blog for a while, you know I tend to shop in the Dollar Spot for my items. I've ventured out a bit but for the most part, everything I need for this shopping challenge is located at the front of the store. My top 5 posts share the diversity in the Dollar Spot, showcasing why I love that section of the store so much.


Next month, I plan to share the goodies we bought from Target for our at-home family game nights. I am really excited to put our goodies to use over the next few months as the weather here begins to turn and it starts to get dark at 5PM. 

Enough of my chatter. You want to enter the giveaway, right? Here's your chance - good luck! Be sure to share your monthly shopping trips in the link-up below as well.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Faves: Snacks, Workouts and Quiet Time

Can someone share with me the secret of making the our week's last a bit longer? This week FLEW by and now the weekend is among us and as per the usual, it's filled with plans, too. A part of me is excited for school to start back so I don't have as much time to make plans. Because let's face it, it's my fault we are constantly on the go. I plan the bulk of our social events. So... someone tell me how to do this less? Because it's been on heck of a jammed packed Summer. Here is a look at this week's highlights and a few random thoughts. And trust me, they are RANDOM!


ONE | SNACKING ON THE GO


Connor is never not hungry. He eats and eats and eats. To help keep him full, I've been packing Veggie Go's* with us. He doesn't know there is veggies hidden, he just thinks they are fruit snacks. #momwin. I love that they come pre-packaged so I just toss them in our bags and head out. They are perfect for on the go, don't make any mess and provide CJ with some extra vitamins and minerals thanks to the "hidden" veggies. MomsMeet sent us so many boxes of Veggie Go's that we have plenty of options and we can snack on the go for quiet a while.

TWO | BIRTHDAY PLANS


I fully realize that C's birthday isn't till October but this year we have a lot to celebrate so I'm starting to plan things early. Not only does CJ turn 5 but James turns 40 and well that's something to celebrate as well. James isn't one to be the center of attention so I'm going to have to figure out how to get him on board. I refuse to let his 40th birthday be ignored. Connor has already picked out the theme for his party and I have to say, I'm pretty excited.

THREE | THAT TIME I NEARLY DIED


On Tuesday a friend and I attended a new workout class at Sky Zone called SkyFit. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that says you can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour with their SkyFit class. While I didn't get in that kind of burn, I have to say I left a soaking mess with muscles screaming for mercy. While I might not have really almost died, I will say I haven't worked out that hard in a long time. The routine includes planks, sit-ups, jumping jacks, hill climbers and so on. Overall, I really liked the class and think I would do it again. Maybe once a month to try something new.

FOUR | QUIET TIME


I've been enforcing a hour of quiet time every afternoon. For both Connor and myself. During this time, I put my phone of do not disturb and place my laptop in my office. Connor lays quietly on the couch and watches a show or movie while I read. I've noticed that when we skip too many quiet hours, Connor seems really restless. It's as if his body craves a bit of relaxation. I like it for myself, reading is something that allows me to unwind. Do you have "mandatory" quiet time in your house?

FIVE | HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TOYS?


Connor is one lucky kid! He has an entire room full of toys. However, we lack storage so I feel like he doesn't have a ton of room to play in nor does he truly play with all his toys. I feel bad giving any of his toys away yet he doesn't play with all of them. I'm looking for a system to get his toys played with more along with a way for us to store or rotate them. Any suggestions?


Tonight is open house at school, tomorrow is packed with plans and Sunday, I hope to take a hike. The weather is supposed to be amazing and when it's low 80's in August, you get outside all you can! 

Happy weekend, friends!
*Disclosure: our family may have received products and services for free in return for our full, honest review. WMMblog only promotes companies we know and love. As always, contact us with any questions on products and services mentioned if you have questions or concerns. Thank you MomsMeet for keeping CJ's belly full while we enjoy the rest of our Summer. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dresstember Clothing Challenge

If you've been a reader of Wife Mommy Me for any amount of time, you know all too well I don't pride myself on being a fashionista. In regards to my clothing, I would say that I prefer comfort and style over being trendy and stylish. I do take proud in my clothing and my appearance but plan to kick that up a notch in September. 
Introducing... Dresstember! What's Dresstember? It's a really simple way to look for new fresh ways to dress and style yourself. Starting September your goal is to wear dresses, skirts or maxis only for 10 days! Ideally you use the clothing you already have, the items that are often overlooked for daily wear and find new fresh ways to work your wardrobe. 

This challenge allows you to wear what you want when you want. You'll wear dresses, skirts or maxis 10 days, document your outfit in photos, share on Instagram tagging #10DaysofDresstember and for those of you who blog, you'll come back and share a round-up of your outfits with us on October 10th. 

I'm sure someone is thinking what prompted me to create this challenge. While cleaning out my closet I was shocked to find that I have over 20 dresses, skirts or maxis at my disposal. I don't make myself dress up much so this is a challenge for me to wear clothes just taking up space. To dress a bit more fancy from time to time and to stop buying items when I have more than enough to wear hanging up (you're welcome James).
I would love for you to join us. To recap... 
GUIDELINES
Wear dresses, skirts and maxis for 10 days. 
Challenge runs September 1-30
Share your outfits on Instagram using hashtag #10DaysofDresstember
Bloggers - come back and share a recap of all 10 outfits on October 10

I would love to know if you plan to join us! There are a handful other ladies joining me in this challenge so there will be so much personality and style being showcase in this challenge. I am really excited to see the creative ways you make feminine pieces work for you. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Daily Dime {August 2017}

I started sharing day in the life post in the Summer of 2015. I've been doing these post quarterly as a way to document how quickly things change in our lives and how fast Connor grows and matures in a simple 3 months. Not to mention get 10-12 photos off my phone. When I read of a new monthly link-up titled Daily Dime shared by Sarah from Seeing All Sides, I knew I would be adding it to my blogging rotation. The Daily Dime has just 3 rules - snap 10 photos of a single day, put together a post and share. Easy peasy, right?
What makes this month's post awesome is that I'm the guest host for the link-up. Daily Dime ladies, thank you for having me. Now... here is our day, which just so happens to be the laziest Sunday we've had in forever. I'm not one bit upset with that thought. Our family was in desperate need of a "chilling day" as Connor calls them. 


Before I move onto the photo dump, I am hoping these monthly photos will give me a chance to share the behind the scenes of our lives. I am horrible at doing weekend recaps (the last published one was over a year ago!) so this new Daily Dime link-up came at the perfect time. I'm sharing this past weekend with you, Sunday to be exact.


 WAKE UP
Connor has been getting up between 7:30 - 8AM and while I would love to sleep in more on the weekends, that's not really on his agenda. This particular morning was rough because we went to a concert the evening before and I didn't get to bed till 1AM.


BREAKFAST
I don't eat first thing in the morning. I usually wait about an hour or so before eating. This morning I had oatmeal and a banana (3SP for those wondering). Connor has a breakfast grain bar with milk and strawberries. James was still sleeping when CJ and I had breakfast.


RELAXING
From 9-1 we did very little. We read, we cat napped, we watched cartoons. I told you it was a pretty lazy Sunday. But after our busy Summer, we needed a day to just relax. I am still working through Where'd You Go, Bernadette and hope to finish it this week.


 LUNCH
If this post has a theme, it's books and food. You'll see why in a bit. Lunch was pretty basic and point friendly because we were having pasta for dinner and I needed to use my points wisely. James made lunch for me and I love that he takes WW into consideration when making meals for us.


BLOG WORK
I jump online for a bit to get caught up on some blog business. I was able to get completely caught up and even a bit ahead of the game in less than 60 minutes. I try not to be on my computer a ton on the weekends, focusing more on my guys and spending time together, not on electronics.  


SNACKS & COFFEE
I've been having my protein coffee for my afternoon snack. My coffee is 30 grams of protein and paired with my Premier Protein bar, I have a snack that has 25 grams of fulfilling protein. I've discovered this helps keep me full till dinner.


AMAZON DELIVERY
I've been finding new to us (and brand new books) on Amazon for crazy cheap lately. I realize that this are both seasonally off but we will read them in time. Connor has already flipped through both and asked me to read the Pete the Cat book.


GROCERY TIME
We've all showered and changed out of pajamas so we can run to the grocery. I much prefer to go to the grocery on the weekends. Not only can James go with us and help me keep Connor entertained but he is able to get things he likes, too, and then help put the groceries away.  


TOYS! TOYS! TOYS!
Connor asked for a toy before we went to the store, begging to go to Target instead of Kroger. James told him no toy but from the photo above, it's clear that wasn't the case. So again, Connor gets a toy. That he doesn't really need. 


DINNER
Connor's favorite dinner is spaghetti and meatballs. I'm on board with that because I wanted to try a new to us ravioli, stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese. James said they were okay, he isn't a ricotta fan. I liked them but they are high in points (8SP for a cup). I realize asparagus is a strange side dish for pasta and meatballs but I needed to use it before it went bad. 

After dinner I did dishes and cleaned up the kitchen while Connor and James spent some time together. James put C to bed at 8:30 and I read for a bit. We've been trying to get to bed earlier so we turned in around 10. 

So there you have. Our lazy day Sunday. I would love for you to join this month's Daily Dime (and any other month for that matter, too! Next month's date is September 13th). Link-up up with us below so you can get monthly reminders of this link-up! Be sure to stop by the hosts as well, each is listed below in the link-up widget.