Changes

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Life is full of changes and there are a few changes happening in my life now and in the very near future.  As I thought about this post regarding changes, it reminded me of a blog post I did a few years ago on my old blog regarding one of the changes that will be happening once again. The first change has kind of already started.  It is a change in my daughter's daily schedule.  For almost two weeks now, she has been taking just one nap a day.  She is adjusting very well with this new schedule and I just need to do a better job utilize the time that she is asleep.  I am used to having two nap times that last two hours each.  Now she is sleeping an hour longer and napping for around three hours on a good day, so I am basically getting the same about of "me" time, just at different times of the day than before.

The second change is all about me.  As I noted at the beginning of this post, I am having the same battle and the same realization regarding my weight.  On a positive note, I know that I can change my eating habits and lose the weight that I want and need to lose because I did that prior to becoming pregnant with my daughter.  Now that my daughter is one, she is now eating regular foods and is starting to have interest in what I am eating.  The bad thing is that what I am eating is something I do not want her eating.  I came to the realization weeks ago that I am way more concerned with what is going into her body instead of what is going into mine.  If I had that same concern for me, I know I would not be in this situation.

Even though I lost a good amount of weight prior to my daughter being born, my overall goal is to go past that weight.  At my pre-pregnancy, I was beginning to feel good about myself, so my pre-pregnancy weight is my first goal.  This Christmas will be two years since I reached my goal weight to start trying for a baby.  At this point, I will not be at my pre-pregnancy weight by Christmas and I am beginning to accept this.  So how do I plan to change this part of me?  To lose the weight previously, I joined Jenny Craig and I still have all my information from when I lost the weight, so that is my guideline.  Each week while on Jenny Craig, I made a food order and I still have all that information...yes, I keep some of the strangest stuff!  My plan is to not buy their food.  Instead, I remember the types of foods that were available and I have the nutritional information so this will allow me to plan my meals like I did before.  While on Jenny Craig, I also worked out, so this is where utilizing my "me" time comes into play.

My overall goal is to be a great role model for my daughter.  As I stated before, she is starting to pay more attention to what I am doing and at some point she will ask me, "Mommy, why are you not eating your vegetables?".  I really want to avoid her asking me this question.  My daughter has changed my life in so many ways.  Little does she know that at the age of one, she is helping me become a better and healthier person.

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Silent Auction to Benefit the Turners - Winner's Choice

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Last week I was saddened by the news that Matt Turner left his family way too soon. A group of ladies that I follow on Twitter decided to host a Silent Auction here in the cyber world and I am happy to be participating by offering the winner the choice of one of the following four items. Estimated value: $20-$40

The first option can either be a dress or a shirt available in sizes 1, 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T:

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The second is a option is a dress available in sizes Newborn, 6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 14:

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The third option is a bubble available in sizes Newborn, 0-3 mod, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 12-18 mos and 18-24 mos:

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The fourth option is a pinafore and pants outfit. Pinafore available in sizes 0-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 12-18 mos, 18-24 mos and 2T-3T.  The pants are available in sizes 6-12 mos, 1, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7 and 8.:

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Since these items are custom items, I will be in contact with the winner to decide on color scheme and fabric options.

How do you bid on this item? Place your bid in the comments. Please be sure to leave your name, email address, and bid. All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9, then your bid must be at least $10. How/when is a winner chosen? Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST). The highest bid will be the winner of that item. How will be payments be accepted? The coordinators of the auction will be notified of the winner and will send you a Paypal invoice for the amount. Once it’s paid, they’ll let us know so shipment can be arranged.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE:

· All payments should be received by October 31, 2012.

· These payments are not considered tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and happy bidding!

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Silent Auction to Benefit the Turners - Burp Cloths

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Last week I was saddened by the news that Matt Turner left his family way too soon. A group of ladies that I follow on Twitter decided to host a Silent Auction here in the cyber world and I am happy to be participating by offering a set of 4 custom made burp cloths. Estimated value: $16.00

These burp cloths are made from cloth diapers, fabric and ribbon.  Since this item is a custom item, I will be in contact with the winner to decide on color scheme and fabric options.

Here is a picture of some burp cloths that I have made:

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How do you bid on this item? Place your bid in the comments. Please be sure to leave your name, email address, and bid. All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9, then your bid must be at least $10. How/when is a winner chosen? Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST). The highest bid will be the winner of that item. How will be payments be accepted? The coordinators of the auction will be notified of the winner and will send you a Paypal invoice for the amount. Once it’s paid, they’ll let us know so shipment can be arranged.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE:

· All payments should be received by October 31, 2012.

· These payments are not considered tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and happy bidding!

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Silent Auction to Benefit the Turners

by Michelle in ,


Last week I was saddened by the news that Matt Turner left his family way too soon. A group of ladies that I follow on Twitter decided to host a Silent Auction here in the cyber world and I am happy to be participating by offering a custom made Pillowcase Dress. Estimated value: $20.00

Since this item is a custom item, I will be in contact with the winner to decide on color scheme and fabric options. I can make this dress in the following sizes: 6-12 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14.

Here are pictures of two Pillowcase dresses that I have made:

How do you bid on this item? Place your bid in the comments. Please be sure to leave your name, email address, and bid. All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9, then your bid must be at least $10. How/when is a winner chosen? Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST). The highest bid will be the winner of that item. How will be payments be accepted? The coordinators of the auction will be notified of the winner and will send you a Paypal invoice for the amount. Once it’s paid, they’ll let us know so shipment can be arranged.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE:

· All payments should be received by October 31, 2012.

· These payments are not considered tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and happy bidding!


Meal Planning Monday - Week 11

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Monday - we had a late lunch consisting of burgers from the grill at the in-law's house so we didn't have a planned dinner Tuesday - Spiced Pork with Bourbon Sauce

Wednesday - Chicken Fried Rice

Thursday - Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Family and Friends are coming into town, so there's a high probability that we will eat out

Sunday - Our daughter's first birthday is today and we are having a party, so I'm banking on some yummy leftovers!


Meal Planning Monday – Week 9

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Yes, it's not Monday and guess what...there's no meal plan either!  This week's goal is to avoid going to the grocery store!  So with that in mind, I'm getting creative with what we already have and plan to venture out for some staple food supply items if we need them.  It's going good so far and I promise to have a meal plan for next week.


Meal Planning Monday - Week 6

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Did pretty good with the meal plan last week until the weekend hit.  The husband even asked tonight, what happened to having Blue Hake one night!  Oh well, the weekend got the best of us and since August 1st starts the super get healthy plan, Monday and Tuesday will be out "last suppers"! Monday - Eat out

Tuesday - Eat out

Wednesday - Chicken and Green Beans (skinny taste.com recipe that claims to be picky kid eat approved - challenge accepted!)

Thursday - Salmon and Rice

Friday - Chicken Tacos

Saturday - Steak and Baked Potato

Sunday - Pork Chops and Rice