Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ten Years Ago...

This boy made me a mom and life has never been the same! 

I can't believe how much he has grown! 

Such a silly little boy and I love him so much! I hope he's as easy to parent through the double digits as he was to parent up until now! 

Tips from a Failure: My Whole30 Experience

March was going to be my month! I was going to rock the Whole30 "diet" and end the month as a new woman! Then March laughed in my face! I've decided the Whole30 experience is just not for me. But I did learn a few things in my failed attempt that could help others to be successful and I just wanted to share those with the world.


Tip #1: Have a partner! Your spouse, your roommate, a friend. If you live with others, an elimination diet is really hard if others aren't eliminating most of the same foods. Having a partner on board with you could make life much easier.

Tip #2: If it's your first time to try this diet, wait for warm weather! Nothing beats snuggling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a movie in the winter during a snow storm. And we got 8 inches of snow at the beginning of March! Who wants to eat a salad while watching the snow come down? Plus warmer weather means farmer's markets! And Saturday mornings at the farmer's market always seem to have a way to inspire me to eat fresher foods, try new vegetables and make sure the large amount of money I spend doesn't go to waste!

Tip #3: Have a plan! I had planned decent dinner ideas for the first two weeks of the month, but I figured eggs and leftovers would get me by for breakfast and lunch. But, by the second day, I was so tired of eggs and salads.

Tip #4: Start slow! I would suggest trying out a few new meals for a while before you go for 30 days of Whole30 meals. Then you know what you like, what you don't, and are in a better mind set for 30 days of different meals that your usual ones.

Tip #5: Don't pig out prior! Eating a whole box of Girl Scout cookies prior to starting the Whole30 Challenge is not the way to prepare for 30 days of no sugar!

Bonus Tip #6: Don't work at a candy store! is the death of every diet I've ever tried for the last year and a half!!

Honestly, I'm just not a foodie! I don't really like to cook. And I'm specific with what I do like and don't like. So, I just don't think I'm cut out to finish a Whole30 Challenge. I have been inspired to eat healthier and include more fresh vegetables and fruits in my diet. And I'm working on my fitness! lol Hopefully over the next month and throughout this summer I can get better at all of this. I really would like to make improvements to not just mine but also my family's meals during this year.

Have you ever survived a Whole30 Challenge? Got tips?
What did you learn this past March?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

My Living Room Gallery Wall

Saturday night shenanigans that turn out better than expected could be an alternate title for this post! But I finally managed to take my idea off the floor and hang it on the wall! Thank you Michelle for helping to make it happen! My Living Room Gallery Wall looks great and it's not even finished completely, cause it's real life and in that, pictures stay saved on technology and not printed!

 I've been staring at this blank wall since we moved in. Dreaming of putting up a gallery wall, but only buying, and then shoving in a cabinet, the frames and things to hang up, instead of putting them on the wall. {The tv was centered with the couch so it's not centered with the wall in this picture.}
gallery wall

My original idea was to take the frames I'd bought over the last two years and make them kind of float up in a "s" or diagonal shape up the wall and around the tv. Here's the first idea I had for the gallery wall.
gallery wall

Never put it on the wall though. Then, during my Netflix marathon of Parenthood I decided I didn't like that the tv was so off-centered from the wall and scooted it over to the left about 6 inches or so. With that move all my previous ideas for the gallery wall were gone. So the frames got stacked up and shoved in a cabinet some more until inspiration struck again.
gallery wall
I laid all that on the floor and tweaked and switched and rearranged until I found what I liked. Then it stayed on my floor for a week! =) But the longer it was there the more I liked it! So Michelle ended up at my house and the kids were playing and the husbands were watching Top Gear and we hung up my Gallery Wall!!
gallery wall

gallery wall

And in the end it turned out perfect.... (even if there are still clearance tags on a frame and two that need pictures! Told you I was going to blog about real life!)
gallery wall

gallery wall

And you'll have to excuse all the extra crap on the floor, the next project of painting the main floor bathroom is already under way!!

Did you get any weekend projects done? Do you often start other projects before you are finished working on the first?

Friday, March 6, 2015

High Five for Friday: 5 of My Favorite Memories from 5 years ago!

Finally Friday again! With the 8 inches of snow yesterday I'm not sure we'll end up doing anything today but we were invited to go out for pizza so we might have to make a jailbreak. (By pizza I mean pizza for them, salad for whole 30!) But until then here are 5 of my favorite memories from 5 years ago!!

1. Kiryu - Yokosuka Girl Scout Friendship: March 2010:
Touring an obi factory

2. Washing the Supra:
Husband loved that car

3. Bought a new car: Japanese Honda Capa:
We bought a new car for me!

4. Hanging out in our neighborhood:
Headed to the Neighborhood Festival with Aunt Julie

5. Fuji Safari Park:
Excuse my scared face! They told me to hold tight so he doesn't claw your face off
and to be careful cause he might pee on you! lol

Just chillin' with Mt. Fuji in the background

Have a happy Friday! Any big plans for the weekend?

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 Ways to Cure the Winter Blues

It's MARCH and we are expecting 6-9 inches of snow this afternoon!

And there's still snow on the ground from last week's storm.

And the weather station just posted a reminder that last year we got 3 inches on March 25! That's still 3 weeks away!

I feel like I'm going crazy with all this cold air! But here are 5 ways I'm trying to keep my sanity and cure the Winter Blues!

Winter Blues

1. Buy some flowers - Nothing makes you think of Spring like some Tulips! Even if I'm a plant killer and they are already drooping just a few days after I bought them! They make my dining room look happier with a little bit of more color in there.

Winter Blues

2. Get Lost in a Book - Here are two of the latest books I picked out from the library. Clearly, I want to at least imagine I'm somewhere warm!

3. Turn up the Music - Stereomood, Pandora, RockmyRun, Spotify all have great playlists! Search summer and have a dance party!

4. Embrace it - If we get the actual 6-9 inches they are predicting, I might just have to go out and play in the snow with the kids! In a few months, we'll be wishing it was 20 degrees cooler anyways!

OKAY! Let's be real, I'm not going out there! But I will make some snow ice cream with the kids!! Here's one recipe really similar to the way my mom taught me how to make it as a kid ----> RECIPE

5. Start a Bucket List - My Pinterest Summertime Board has lot of ideas or make your own! I've been printing off the ones I like and making my own list of things the kids and I will do this summer!

Do you live somewhere that's been getting snowstorm after snowstorm? How are you handling it?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Plan Monday | Whole 30 Edition

I've decided to make some changes in my diet and knock off on of those things on my 30 before 30 list. That thing being a Whole 30 Challenge! So here's my menu plan as I start this journey:

Menu Plan Monday Whole 30

I've done this before, but never had such determination to stick with it! But I'm going to make it last this month. So here's to a menu full of meat and veggies and no sugar, carbs, beans, processed foods or alcohol!!!

   Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

   Tacos in lettuce wraps

   Baked Pork Chops, Sweet Potato and Salad

   Chicken tenders on Salad

   Stuffed Peppers and potatoes

   Cilantro Lime Chicken and veggies

   Roast with potatoes and vegetables

Breakfast will probably be some eggs, green tea and a piece of fruit. While lunch will consist of leftovers or baked chicken and salad. Snacks will be some almonds or pecans and raw veggies. 

I'll also be drinking lots of water as I try to up my intake of that and replace all the sweet tea I typically drink!

I'm really looking forward to making this change in my diet and can't wait to see the results at the end of the month. 

Are you participating in an sort of challenges this March? Have you ever done Whole30?

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Friday, February 27, 2015

High Five for Friday

It's finally Friday! What a crazy week it's been! But High Five for Friday!!!!

Here's five of my favorite things from this week:

1. Parenthood-

So I'm super behind on just finding this show, but I found it on Netflix and I've been binge watching it ever since! I'm talking almost done with Season 5 and I just started watching this show less than two weeks ago! The addiction is bad! It's going to be one of those times when I'm not sure how life will go on when I'm finished watching!

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2. This Kid-

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Age 2 has got to be one of the greatest stages of parenting! Her little imagination is in overdrive and her vocabulary is exploding! I love getting to spend every day with her! I almost wish I could keep her this age forever!

3. Snow Days-

I'm totally over the cold and snow but it sure is pretty! But I'm ready for Spring, green and some colorful flowers!!

4. Thrift Store Finds-

Bought a cheap shelf and the goodwill to put in my son's room a while back. But recently found some cute buckets in the dollar spot and they fit perfect on the shelf in the kitchen as an indoor herb garden! Can't wait to share more of it with you all! Any tips on growing herbs? Cause I am a plant killer! =(

5. Pinterest-

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Just got to give a shout out to practically the greatest website of all time! I'm loving the inspiration I've found there lately and can't wait to get started on all the things I've pinned once I get done pinning all the awesome ideas! lol We'll see if it ever happens.

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