Saturday, July 31, 2010

L.E.N.S Photo Challenge

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Home Is Where You Start From


This is my first week to participate at the Home Is Where You Start L.E.N.S Photo Challenge, and this weeks challenge is "Properties Of Water". Well I had a picture in mind when I read that. We went to the river this week, and had a blast.


This is my oldest, Tristan. With a little help,
he managed to get to this rock. I never took my eyes off of him.
He sat there for a few minutes and then came
back to the shallow end. He is my fish.


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Happy List

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My happy list for this week, well lets see. It's been a very stressed out week, at least the beginning part, but there are some things that I am happy about...

Got a lot great deals at the Three Day Stampede, like a few sets of bed sheets for our bed and the boys' beds. Got a few clothes, a new toaster, a new Rolodex and a timer, all for 20 bucks! The Three Day Stampede is an annual event hosted in our town to raise money for CF. Last year, after 19 years, they finally hit $1,000,000!!! This was a big deal, can't wait until they hit $2,000,000! We donate a lot of stuff as well as buying a lot of stuff. I go for the HUGE yard sale. My brother got a dishwasher for $30! I could go on and on about how great this event is. You can read more about it here.


I'm also happy how nice the weather was this week. Not to hot and sunny! Temps were around mid 70's and a warm breeze. Perfect in my book!

On Tuesday, my mom, sister-in-law, nephew, niece and my three boys went to the Shelburne Museum. We go every year and the kids love it!


My niece Gabbi, nephew Robbie and
my 2 older boys, Tristan & Brayden sitting
in front of the Webb Building.


Brayden looking at the light house and the ship,
wondering which one to see first!


Brayden & Tristan in jail.
The sad part is they didn't want to leave.


Then at the end of the week, the family went to swim in the river.
This was our first river swim of the year. Everyone had a blast!


Left to Right:
Brayden, Uncle Alan, Gabbi, Aunt Shannon, Robbie, Tristan & Grandma!
I'm of course the one behind the camera!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Weekly Weigh In - #3

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This past week I've been so stressed it's unbelievable. I've also been a little depressed because I get the feeling that people think I'm incompetent and I've been beating myself up on a lot of things. I tend to take everything to heart when I hear criticism, and I really need to just let it go. I also had a talk about how I start things and never finish them, not once, twice but three times this week. Ok I got it, I never finish what I start! That being said, I had a slight gain this week. I'm actually not that disappointed with it considering I wasn't being as careful as I should have and the stress along with it, I can't complain.


Week 2




Week 3






So, I had a 0.4 gain. Like I said not to bad.

Starting Weight: 206.6
Current Weight: 203.4
Total Weight Loss: 3.2 Pounds
Goal #1: Weigh 199 Pounds by the end of August




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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday Swap

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A few weeks ago Michelle over at Muffin Tin Mom put together a Muffin Tin Monday Swap. I love doing swaps. Not sure which I love more, receiving the swap package or buying the goodies to send to my partner. But the boys and I had a blast. unfortunately, I was delayed on shipping my package, because the week I had planned on shopping we had 90+ degree weather with high huminity. We stayed home for the whole week, just because it was just to hot to go anywhere, and I don't have AC in my car. So last minute I purchase goodies through Amazon.com, which I may add they have lots of good stuff! I really hope my partner and her children like what we sent them.

But, out partner, Lindsay, sure sent us a great package. The first thing we saw when the boys and I opened the box, were two pictures that Lindsay's children had colored for them. That right there put a big smile on my face. Then, well here is a picture of what we got...


3 cookie cutter set (car, plane & train)
Football muffin tin
Blue & white baking cups
& 1 jar of footballs & helmets confetti

Thank you so much Lindsay and thank you Michelle for putting together this swap!


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Weekly Weigh In - #2

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I have to say, for my first week, I did really good! Lot better then I thought I would that is. With soda cut out of my daily intake and pushing only water, it definitely is proof for me, about how bad soda is to our bodies!

So let's cut to the chase,


Week 1


Week 2


Can you believe it, I lost 3.6 pounds! I still can't believe it! All I did was count my weight watchers points and drink only water, and success.


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Fun Fines

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Looking for some new ways to or ideas to create a menu planner. Here are some ideas that I found and wanted to share for the Sunday Fun Fines!



Val at Val Plow's Creations, created this cool reusable menu planner book.
She even offers to send her readers a copy of the pages via email!



Charity at All Thing Beautiful shows how she made a cool
meal planner menu board.



Robin at Heart Of Wisdom Blog came up with a really cool
refrigerator magnet menu planner. I really like it!







You can purchase pre-made menu planners here.





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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Make Money Blogging

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Flashback Friday #1

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Please note, this was suppose to be posted Friday, oops. Have Fun!

Welcome to the first Flashback Friday, hosted here at Making It Count! What is Flashback Friday you ask, well it's a day to go back in time and relive that moment with a picture. We have been putting pictures on disks for years now, and we still may need to do more. I'm even scanning my older pictures from my 35mm on to disk. Though Flashback Friday will be randomly picking from January 1, 2000 to present date. Share your picture and the story about that picture (if you can remember that is...lol).

First a year will be picked, then the month, then a number. For example I will post

2001
May
Picture #10

So you would show a picture that is from May 2001 the 10th picture in that file. If you don't have a picture of that date, try to pick one that is close to it.

For this week we are going to use is:
2007
January
Picture #27




This is a picture of my middle child, Brayden.
I didn't have many pictures in January,
but on the 31st of January, many pictures were taken.
Brayden Alan was born on January 31, 2007 at 6:58pm.
He weighed 7lbs 15oz and was 21 inches long.


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Friday, July 16, 2010

What To Eat At A McDonald's While On A Diet

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I know the day is coming when I'll be shopping with my mom, and as a treat, she always brings the kids to McDonald's, and of course I have to eat something. But now, I'm being very careful of what I'm eating and counting Weight Watcher points. I don't want to deprive myself, because then impulse will kick in and I'll just binge. So, I did some research today, and here are some not to high points for McDonald's.

Hamburger - 6 points
Cheeseburger - 7 points
Grilled Chicken Deluxe (without mayonnaise) - 7 points
McLean Deluxe - 7 points
McLean Deluxe with Cheese - 8 points
Chicken McNuggets 4 piece - 5 points
Chicken McNuggets 6 piece - 7 points
BBQ Sauce 1 Packet - 1 point
Honey 1 Packet - 1 point
Honey Mustard 1 packet - 1 point
Light Mayonnaise 1 packet - 1 point
Sweet & Sour Sauce 1 packet - 1 point
Small French Fries - 5 points
Grilled Chicken Salad Deluxe (without dressing) - 2 points
Garden Salad (without dressing) - 0 points
Fat Free Herb Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 1 packet - 1 point
Vanilla Reduced Fat Free Ice Cream Cone - 3 points
English Muffin - 2 points
Scrambled Eggs - 4 points
Hash Browns - 3 points

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50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 15

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Day 15 - Obstacle Course




I mention something similar to this in the Backyard Olympics, but how about setting up a backyard obstacle course for your children (& children's friends). Here are some ideas for setting up the obstacle course:

Use hula hoops to place on the ground like tires

Set up an air mattress for the children to climb over

Use big boxes for the children to climb through

Set up a balance been (not to high, a couple of inches)

Balloon Table: Kids shinny under a table hidden inside a ground-hugging cloud of balloons. Dangling from yarn taped to all sides of the table, the balloons wobble and bump as kids pass through.

Rope Swing: Hang a tight rope that is knotted. Fill a small pool with balloons/water etc. Then have the children run, grab the rope and swing over the pool.

Stand colorful foam pool noodles in gallon buckets weighted with sand (or soil or stones) and set up in a zigzag pattern. Fill a wagon with small water balloons. Kids must pull the wagon around the outside of each bucket without spilling any balloons.

Throw a ball into a basket.

Don't forget to have your stopwatch ready...and have fun!!


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Weekly Weigh In - #1

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I can't believe I'm going to be posting my weight here, but I need all the motivation I can get. I'm starting a new day, and fingers crossed I will have success this time. My weight has gone out of control lately. I know a lot has to do with to much computer time. So I'm going to try to cut back my computer time and do other activities instead. My mom and I have decided to start walking tonight, can't wait for that! I also need to start doing my EA Sports Active. I have to say, 20 minutes of EA Sports Active makes me sweat!

I'm also going to keep track of what I eat by doing the Weight Watchers system. I have everything from joining before, so I know what to do. The only thing I won't be doing, is going to any meetings. They just gets to costly!

So here it is, my first weigh in:




Week 1 - 206.6 lbs

Wish me luck, let's hope next week the number drops! You can join the fun too at Marvelous Mommy.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

50 Fun Ideas For Your Kids To Do This Summer - Day 14

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Day 14 - Gold Digging Game



Let's do some gold digging! This could be a lot of fun with the children on any summer day! First you need to find some stones. Then paint the stones with gold paint. After the paint has dried, bury the gold stones in the kids sand box. Then when it's time to play, have the children use their sand sieve to sift through the sand and find the gold nuggets. The child with the most gold nuggets wins!


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