Monday, March 23, 2015

Transformation Monday

Hello peeps! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Today I thought I'd share something I've been working on which actually started ( well the thought of it) back in November when I turned 39. I figured it was time to start putting focus on me again but it went on the back burner till January 1st which was when I weighed myself and it said 149 and I thought that can NOT be right.

Guess what it was most def right because I had gone to get my annual physical and that's the facts I got given. At my 5'2 that 149 looks more like 160 because I have a small frame it does NOT go to "nice places" if you can call it that.

So that is when I thought of myself and why I wanted to be. Healthy not just for myself but for my family.

So my working on me started:


Not bad see what a difference 10 pounds look on me!  I must admit my journey has been slow but I think it's actually good because I am learning so much more and love that I still am enjoying food. I am a foodie at heart and I need my yummy food. 

So this will be just something for to document and when I feel like I'm tired and just am wanting to give up I will have this to look back at. 

I'm also doing T25 and today I start Week 5! I must admit that last week it was like swallowing nails because I got to that stage where I was saying OK can this be OVER now..but I keep going because it's ONLY 25 minutes. Come on admit it, you could sit and be on the computer just looking at mindless things LONGER then 25 minutes so to give yourself 25 minutes to a healthier you well I think it's worth it. So that's what I keep saying.

 Next week I move on to the next level so I just need to get it DONE and see my hard work in action speaking of which.....

Also I'm part of an AWESOME group where we support each other put together by Jonathan Li  he totally motivates everyone in the group and I really need that little extra push and he checks in with us to see how we are doing. No hussle no oh you have to get this do this NOPE just encourgement and WHO doesn't need that! He actually already sent me a message saying Time to kick Week 5's bum and YUP I'm on it Jonathon!!!

Oh this week we are having a water challenge because how much water do you REALLY drink? I'm proud to say I actually have been drinking more water then I've ever drank BUT this week we are having a challenge and we have a daily check in to see how we are doing. I love it! I'm challenging myself to drink 75 oz a day. YUP.. you read right... but it's only 3 of my water bottles for the day so I GOT THIS!!!! ( if you want to join just let me know and I'll add you on FB for the challenge. You set your own goal and we cheer you on.)

So if you need some get your motivation and would LOVE to give T25 or any of the other Beach Body programs out I'd recommend Jonathon (no he isn't paying me to say so or anything LOL....) and I'd love to see some you join the group!!



Monday's is my weigh in at WW and today I saw this....







Yes... Let's rock this Monday shall we... But before I do I also wanted to mention look for a new Project Life video YES FINALLY! Also on Wednesdays I'm going to try to share a new recipe that my family is loving as of late and healthy for you!

Well that's enough of my rambling. What have you been up to as of late?

Monday, March 16, 2015

What's in Your Camera

So confession I actually had forgotten to upload the snaps I had captured with my DSLR. I actually hadn't really even picked up my sweet DSLR to capture anything, as I must admit I was getting the Winter blues because it seemed the only thing I would be able to capture was just the freezing blah weather or my sweet Isy bean playing.

You know what after downloading my pictures I saw they tell a store about this past Winter and I will cherish them as they tell  a story :


The start of our day while having a snow day looked like this :


A hot latte for mama and some game play for the kids


Outside looked like this :



Snow and more snow. The kids & I thought it would NEVER end.


Meanwhile in baby world :



Mickey and the other toys ruled that kingdom and mama was fine with that.


So the rest of the days we spent trying to get through it with whatever came our way and just waited for it to all finally start to melt.




with that our story of waiting was told by my camera. I am looking forward to capturing much more now that the sun is staying a little longer to play and warm weather should be following soon.


Do you have some forgotten treasures in your camera?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What one will do to enjoy some Yummy Thin Mints

 So this happened today :


                           


all because I wanted to enjoy some Thin Mints as I'm on Weight Watchers ( I have an upcoming post about it) and I did have points for it but I wanted to have left over and well you guessed it I have plenty left over now! 


I'm actually not even that tired! A shower and I'll be good. I really think that me doing T25 (this coming week will be week 4 for me and yes my upcoming post will talk about that too) is how I was able to achieve today and feel awesome about doing it!!!


So tell me do you have a Fitbit? What's your daily goal, mine was 10,500 but after my week I am going to up it 500 steps more (today is NOT a regular day but I usually have been hitting my goal) 

Now time for a shower to settle with my kids for a movie and those Thin mints!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Peppa Pig and Zack & Quack Review and Giveaway

Who's excited about Daylight Savings? I LOVE this time of the year. I know some people are grumpy about losing an hour but I'm a morning person so waking up early doesn't bother me. OK now that you all want to throw a shoe at me how about I tell you what I have in store for you today?

If your are a parent to a young little one then you must have heard about Peppa Pig. We love her and her family in our house and giggle at all the adventures Peppa always has especially when her little brother George is along.

We had the pleasure of getting to receive the new Peppa Pig video - Muddy Puddles as well as a new to us show called  Zack and Quack - Popping Hopping Easter


For my girls they loved Peppa Pig and her fun once again and the giggles were plenty. There were 10 episodes which took us a let us enjoy a 2 new episodes as treats each day. This was so perfect for my girls and I bet your little ones will love it too! They will have available  a limited edition DVD + Ty Beanie Gift Set – launching on March 10th – at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Toys “R” Us I say that would be a sweet little gift to add to your little ones Easter basket.

We were new to Zack and Quack but  my 8 year old daughter really took a like to them  right away as Zack & his best friend Quacklive inside the most amazing pop-up book ever! It's a place full of fantastical surprises. She told me how cool would it be to able to live inside a book.
This is another awesome video to include in your little one's Easter basket.

Today you actually have a chance at winning both videos! All you have do is enter below. Also make sure to visit the Kaboom FB page as well as Twitter and tell them how much you'd love to enjoy these DVD's with your little ones!

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Disclaimer : I Was sent videos as part of review but my opinions and words are of my own.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Will Be Back After These Messages




Where do I start?! SO much going on and I'll share what I've been up to soon. (It's about getting back to a healthy me)

I also have a giveaway that will be up by the end of this week (I hope)
My Stampin Up Project Life group is no more. So I'm back to doing PL with whatever products I have and will share soon what I've been up to.


I've actually trying to remember my #OLW- Exhale although as of late it felt as if I was just hyperventilating so I need to remember me and how I don't have control of it all. God is in control and I need to exhale because if I actually stand in the quiet my answers from him are right there. So I've been trying to get into my quiet space daily and give me ME time and not just Mom & Wife but to remember there is Ellie as well.


OK even of my rambling as I have dinner cooking and I don't think the family will enjoy burnt beef and rice!


Who's tired of Snow.. MEEEEEE I am SO done. Spring needs to SO hurry up..As I type it's snowing yet AGAIN...sigh.. my Littles are kind of happy about it and wishing for a 2 hour delay for tomorrow because they have a half day so they would only  go to school for an 2 hours if they do ha...



Friday, February 27, 2015

Winner,Winner Chicken Dinner!!!

Happy Friday!!!!!

First off I'm SO happy that so many of you LOVED my last giveaway because as I said handmade is best and for my kiddies most cherished! Congrats to my winner Vanessa! Hopefully your little one loves their bunny as much as my Isy does!

Nakia has been so amazing that she wants everyone to get a chance at a lovey for their little ones and is offering 15% off their orders through March 9th!! Just use the code :  ELLIEADVENTURES, 


HOW awesome is she!?!?! I KNOW!!!

So now that the weekend is upon us what do you have in store? I have a project to finish up with my Gabi which is making us both CRAZY... I keep thinking but she's in 2nd grade! Let's just say mama has been taking deep breathes Ha, Also tonight my Isaac was chosen as one of the children to read during the Stations of the Cross. I love that during this Lent the kids are wanting to devote more to their faith and growing and learning and it is so beautiful to see.

Oh we FINALLLLLY are going to watch  Big Hero 6! I just rented it and can't wait to tell the Littles!! We did want to see it in the movies but with our crazy everything going on we missed the window but thank goodness nowadays movies are available pretty fast to view at home.

Last but not least Sunday it will be my 13th wedding anniversary. No plans probably brunch after church maybe I don't know.. Low key for sure cause well love my Hubby but he's not big on planning Ha... OH but Once upon a Time comes back too!!! The Littles and I are SO excited about it,we were thinking it was never going to come back!!


Enough of my rambling for now but before I forget Monday I'll have another fun giveaway to share that your kiddies will love if they enjoy Peppa Pig!


That's all from me,what are you up to this weekend?



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Huggable Love from NakiaK Handmade -Giveaway

Today I am SO,SO excited to share one of the most fun giveaway that's I've done. More because it's close to my heart.

For me handmade equals love and these beautiful lovely dolls are SO that. I've had the pleasure of getting to know the owner of Nakiak Handmade and she is the sweetest. As a SAHM who makes these with so much love while watching her children hits my heart as I do the same.

The love and attention to detail are amazing. That's why I've already purchased 3 of her beautiful creations for my girls. I love that they will have them to years to come and they are original and created with them in mind.


Here is Isy when she first received her bunny which I got for her last Easter :






Can you see how sweet the bunny is. I love the attention to detail. The stitched face is so sweet and the skirt (although I took it off because Isy would pull it off all the time Ha) I love that I have seen her grow into her bunny!

Nakia also makes personalized dolls at request. I of course had to get two dolls for my girls. Each one is personalized just for my girls. They LOVE them :




Here is Gabi's dollie close up :



She was personalized just for my Gabi and she is SO loved.  Nakia gave such attention to detail to ensure that both dolls fit my girls and they are PERFECT!

This is Isy with her dollie. She just loves it so much and that is priceless to me.


Here are the dolls together. Aren't the most sweetest!


I even sent a super special request to see if it would be possible. As most of you know I have an angel daughter who passed away to SIDS almost 9 years ago and to help my boys. I decided to have bears made with some of our Anjie's pj's and so the boys each have one. Once Gabi was born Gabi  I gave her my bear so she would also have her own personal Anjie bear. Those bears are very special to the kids.

So now that we have Isy I thought she needed her own Anjie bear as well. The person who originally had made the bears wasn't available anymore. So I said since I loved Nakia and how much love she puts into creating each of her dolls I wanted to see if she would take on the making of an Anjie bear and she did.

I must say that I got teary eyed to see the finished product. It is SO beautiful and now our Isy has her own Anjie bear like her siblings. She is very much loved.

This was the first of many naps since she has arrived :



 So NOW are you in love with these beautiful dolls? How about a giveaway?! Nakia has been SO generous to have agreed to do a giveaway to one of you to choice a doll for your little one AHHHHHH.. I am WAY too excited for you guys.

She already have been posted peeks on this year's bunny and I already told her my Isy needs one so I need to start buttering hubby up cause we have to order one.

One of you will be lucky enough to get one!! Just enter below and good luck!!




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