Friday, July 31, 2015

Nutrisystem #NSNation Week 2

Thanks to my friends at Nutrisystem for sponsoring this post.

Well, week 2 with Nutrisystem has come and gone. I added in my own grocery items this week and got to try a lot of other food from the menu!

I had the Turkey Ham and Cheese Omelet for breakfast several days.

I liked it as it was. It was a 90 calorie start to my day that was good and filling!

I also added hot sauce to it one morning.

My favorite lunch is a toss up between the Double Chocolate Caramel Bar, The Fudge Graham Bar and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

I love the convenience of these, and they taste great. I always feel like I am getting a wonderful treat instead of a healthy lunch!

For dinner I had things like Chicken and BBQ Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese and  Margherita Pizza.

I also ate a lot of vegetables this week! Roasted asparagus, squash, peppers and cauliflower. Sauteed cabbage.

I was able to eat snacks, such as sugar free jello, popcorn and a variety of yummy things from Nutrisystem like red velvet whoppie pies, ice cream sandwiches and fudge bars.

This week was filled with challenges. For one, it was so hot that it made getting exercise in. Especially when you live in a house without central air and there is no mall or gym in town.  I tried getting a few walks in as I could.

This week I realized that the journey to losing weight and feeling better is going to have obstacles every week. I will be tempted. I will question my will power and motivation. I will have days that I can't stick with it...

But I will also have days when I rock at watching what I eat!
I will have the mo-jo to do this.
I will be happy with the results that I earn!

This week I lost 2.1 pounds
for a total of 4.7 pounds with Nutrisystem

Please excuse my lack of pics this week, I had a cell phone issue (lost my charger again!).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIY Fine Motor Feed The Monster Toy

Harper is a curious little girl. She is always watching and wanting to get in on Roo's fine motor play. But I worry about her choking on the smaller parts because she still puts everything in her mouth.

I made a fun toy for Harper that gives her a chance to work on her fine motor skills while doing something she thinks is quite fun.

What will need:

For the Monster
An empty baby wipe tub
Pipe Cleaners
googly eyes

I glued sequins as bases for the eyes and made funny eyebrows out of pipe cleaners.
But I made sure that the lid would close when this wasn't in use!

I added another sequin for a nose.

And all we had to do was wait for the glue to dry.

Things to Feed the Monster

items such as :
Milk caps,
puzzle pieces
basically anything that can fit into the "mouth" of the monster but isn't a choking hazard.

Waiting for the glue to dry was the hardest part. When the monster face is dry, you set the tub upright and feed the monster in his squiggly mouth. This was great for Harp to put the things in, as well as get them back out. She quickly decided it was easier to just open the tub and dump the goods out.

This DIY toy was great for several reasons.

I spent $0 to make it. I used items we had on hand.
It gave my child a chance for fine motor play at her level and she loved it.
There was no worry about missing parts, damaged stuff, etc. This project was basically made with scraps and things that might go in the trash otherwise.


Is it just me or is this summer absolutely dragging on? The crazy weather {rain, rain, hot as can be, more rain then almost too cold, more rain, hot, hot, blah}; the never ending amount of activities and events to rush to and from, and then there is work, normal day to day chores, the housework and trying to keep the kids entertained all at the same time...

Are you exhausted now too? All of the hustle and bustle of this summer has me day dreaming about a get away. To where you might wonder? The Four Seasons St Louis of course!

The Four Seasons St Louis is a resort with the added benefits of all that the beautiful city of St. Louis has to offer.

Listen up to what the Four Seasons St Louis has planned for the summer now through labor day!

“Every summer, our Hotel turns into a resort,” says General Manager Alper Oztok. “This year, we are bringing some of our signature Four Seasons resort pool services and amenities to our guests in St. Louis.  Our guests enjoy family time or a romantic couple's escape without having to travel far.”
All guests through Labor Day Weekend enjoy the new Four Seasons resort-style amenities at the 8th floor pool terrace overlooking the Gateway Arch from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Hourly complimentary pool amenities include sunglasses cleaning, fruit kabobs, frozen grapes, chilled towels, and special cold sample drinks.

Doesn't this sound lovely? There are several packages you can book for couples and families with kids, that makes this a premier vacation destination for your end of summer adventures!

Check out this video to get a glimpse of what the Four Seasons St Louis has in store for your resort style getaway in style!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fine Motor Name Practice

Roo is enjoying his summer break, but I intend to send him back to school on track. I don't want him to lose any of the skills he developed last year at school and I want to send him back with a whole new set!

We try to do a variety of things, like dot to dots, writing, sight words and refreshing on colors, shapes, letters, numbers and etc. Several days a week. I like to give him chances to further develop his fine motor skills while having fun spelling his name.

To do this activity you will need:
Foam Sheets (I get them in a multi pack at Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree)
Foam sticker letters that spell your childs name, you might want to have letters to do this 2 or 3 times on one foam sheet.

To get my son started I simply peeled a tiny edge back for him so that he could work on getting the backing of the sticker off. These foam letters were pretty cheap and even I had a hard time peeling them, so I guess we both got some fine motor work in on this one!

I told him he was going to spell his name, but I wanted him to sound each letter out as he placed it on the foam sheet.

Roo did pretty well with this activity, it took about 5 minutes to put together and complete and it gave him a chance to practice 2 skills!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cauliflower Steaks

Eating Healthier takes a determined mindset for people like me. I am a foodie. I love to look at food, smell food and of course prepare and eat it too!  Before starting my diet, I honestly sobbed over a cheeseburger. Hey, don't judge!

One of the first steps I have taken in the long term of family eating habits is I am re-discovering what a serving size is. Nearly everyone I know serves and eats more than the recommended serving size regardless of what kind of food it is. When I started re-visiting portion sizes and good food choices, I decided to start in 2 places. To serve a smaller portion of food to myself everyday and to cover more than half of my plate in vegetables.

I love cauliflower, but it seems I only buy it in bags of premixed veggies. This week I stepped out of my normal zone of purchase and bought a head of the white stuff. 

I trimmed it down and gave it a good soaking. After I let it dry for about 10 minutes I began to slice 1/2" to 1" steaks of cauliflower. From there I drizzled it with E.V.O.O and gave it a delicate sprinkle of coarse black pepper and a pinch of salt.  I flipped each steak over and repeated this process.

My oven was preheated to 350 degrees. After I kept an eye on my cauliflower and flipped it about 13 minutes into the roasting. 

When the cauliflower was a color I desired I took it out of the oven and slapped it on  plates with a communal dish of hummus and pita chips. 

My husband and I both went wild for this recipe. It was filling, made simply every day ingredients, and it gave the cauliflower such a wonderful flavor!

This is new favorite addition to our meals. It can be the main course, or a divine side that just about anyone would enjoy.

I am going to experiment with seasonings to add new dimensions of delicious to our "cauliflower steaks".

How is your favorite way to enjoy cauliflower?