Nutcracker is Coming to Town!

I am excited to share that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to town!  We have a great special offer for our readers for the ultimate holiday tradition. 

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Families love Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! It's the ultimate holiday tradition and creates memories for a lifetime. The production includes over 200 romantic costumes and 10' tall playful animal puppets; shimmering colorful, backdrops splashed with 3-D effects; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls and a puppet show for shadowing the Nutcracker Story at the opening Christmas Party. During the battle with Nutcracker Prince and the 3-headed Rat King, a golden cannon shoots roses! In the Magical Snow Forest an authentic Russian style Troika Sleigh, known as the fastest sleigh in the world, is escorted by Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) on their way to Act II. The Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its dedication to world peace with Act II named the "Land of Peace and Harmony." The first scene of Act II features a stunning "Dove of Peace" with a 20' wingspan and danced by 2 dancers each with one feathered wing. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! Use the code SANTA to get the biggest discount of the season for your family.


I am so excited to have this experience with my 8 year old! It will be her first and myself seeing it live! What about you have you seen the Nutcracker performed before?

*Disclaimer I will receive two tickets to be able to complete my review,but all opinions are of my own * 

Word{less} Wednesday- Saying No To Naps


Yup... We've hit that stage... Will fight with all her might but she forgets one thing I will fight with all my might too and I've got 3 siblings who helped me learn the fight but I like your spunk kid.

I'm ready to rumble Ms.Bean.. But seriously I need a nap. 

In the mist of the Storm find your Calm

I don't know know about you but as of late I just have felt the pull of go,go go and even with doing so much it feels as if I haven't accomplished anything. At times when I've felt uneasy Ivknow it's time for me to pause and take time to reflect and focus on the word of our Lord.
I must admit that being able to get into r word duel some quiet time at my house is almost impossible as something is going or I'm doing things that drag me away from focus. I have tired getting up earlier to do it but again I must admit I failed but I know I needed it and so that's when i started to look into bible journaling.

What is bible journaling exactly well that's a good question. Well let me see if I can break this down and make it easy.

First things first you Do NOT need to be able to "draw/illustrate" What you do need is a want to learn what's in the bible. For me it's really helped me to sit and have me time w/the word. I love how when I read a verse I may have read so many times it actually has new fresh meeting because I sit in the words and think what is it that these words really mean and I have even surprised myself how I get a totally different meaning of what I originally thought of.

You might be thinking ok so I am interested but do I need special supplies and how much will this cost me. Actually if you are visiting me that means you might be crafty and you already have coloring mediums,and you might have kids who have crayons,markers,pencils. You could either get a bible to use which are specifically made to journal on. I have my own bible I study in but I decided to order one that was made for you to journal on the sides of the pages. I must admit for me the print is small but I've learned accustom to the print now.

Next you'd need some coloring supplies. This is when it gets super fun. Again you don't need fancy supplies you can use what you might have. Crayons,markers, paints,pencils. What m5atters is you are comfortable with whatever you are going to use. 

These are my supplies :
Watercolor paints
Watercolor pencils
My Faith 

Yup I put my faith on the list because you'll need it to pour into what you'll be doing. You have to remember the most important thing is doing this for you and what's in your heart. You don't need to be an artist you don't need to make elaborate. You don't need to think it's perfect. Just do what comes naturally. I have found that just sitting down and letting my heart flow onto what I am doing has made me love each of the verses I right now that much more and really understand what it is that I am reading and the message behind it.

With that being said I would l would love to hear if you try it out. Here are a few of my pages I've created that I've shared on Instagram :

I'd love to see what you do if you also bible journal or decide to start. Go find me on Instagram :eaugustin and let me know you journal as well. 

What Am I eating Nowadays

ZIf you follow me on my "Healthy" Instagram account you'd probably see what I eat on a daily basis as that's where I keep myself accounted for and gain so much inspiration.

Today I thought I'd share what a couple of days of meals look like for me right now. I am on matience which means I'm not trying to lose any weight but keep what I have. I "LOVE" food. Nothing makes me happier then smelling my favorite cooking, or knowing there is pizza coming (my kids can't understand how I could love it so much Ha) I also have learned eating isn't life we eat to keep going yes it's awesome to enjoy it but not to over indulge because THAT is when the problems comes about.

I've heard people say wow Weight Watchers worked for you but not me I don't know why...Hmmm I always ask three things :

1- Did you track EVERYTHING you ate?
2-Did you eat all your points?
3- How true to giving 100 to the program were you?

This is when I'll hear well I tried to track. Well what I have learned that no matter what I eat no matter how small I track it. It is part of what makes the program work that is why it's made. If you are not true to it you are not going to see anything happening.
I also hear but it was so many points I couldn't eat it all. This happens when you first start weight watchers as they give you plenty to work with and sometimes it does seem like too many but those points (which is food) are there for a reason. This is the base to get your body use to an amount of food not eating whatever. You may say but I'm full I couldn't do it then why not break the meals into more then eat every 2 -3 hrs have something small this helps actually your metabolism speed up and guess what happens..yup eating more helps you lose weight strange right?
Last not least I say NOW really are you REALLY putting your 100% into this for yourself. Some say but I work and I'm out and about I can't stop and count and measure well guess what if you really want to get healthy and lose the weight you have to figure out HOW you are going to do it. be it use the tools that are given when you don't have measuring tools you (which are on the site) as well as on the app you CAN make it happen. You are the one putting food into your body. You may say I am SO tired I just want to eat and get it over with.That's fine track it. I've had those days and those are days I reflect later on and say what could I have done different.

My goal to getting healthier was to only lose the weight but to learn how to eat how to enjoy what I did and be healthy over all. Knowing I would be turning 40 (now a month & 1/2 away) made me really say hold on I CAN DO THIS. I love myself enough and my family to be as healthy as possible.

So now that my mini soap box speech is over how about I share some goody good food that I enjoy!

This is on or my usual days :

For me breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. This is usually where I'll eat the "heaviest" and make sure I am full and full of good food to get my day started. I typically will have turkey bacon,Cabbot cheese (find these snack sizes at BJ's) and I love to make low calorie french toast which is so yummy! (I'll be sharing some recipes later next week including this one!) 
For Lunch nothing beats a simple tuna wrap I really have loved Flatout wraps as they are really filling, plus there are other awesome meals you could make with them. I also love to eat veggie chips this day I actually had a serving of veggie chips that were shaped in mickey mouse shapes! I say you should always enjoy your eating especially when your choosing to do it a healthy way. Speaking of enjoying I have a major crush on Fiber One bars (The 90 calories ones) these are really good to curb your sweet tooth and actually help you finish filling you up! 
For dinner I usually like to eat up my veggies so you'll usual see my plate full and even if I eat out I try to make better choices like this dinner was Chinese take out but I asked for low sodium sauce(on the side) and brown rice. I love to be able to join in with what my family is eating and all of use

This is another favorite of my meals I would have during a day. Yes you are looking at waffles and yes you can have them w/syrup indeed! I love to eat Whole wheat waffles and I use agave syrup which is just as good as regular pancake syrup. Yes Turkey bacon and egg whites.. Lunch I actually took some left over chicken from one that I had the night before and make a light chicken salad and I love to add spinach and use a healthy flat bread to make my sandwich..yup more Mickey veggie fries (good thing I have my own bag and I didn't eat the kids one!)
For Dinner I use my Zoodles maker but instead of using it on zucchini I used it on cucumbers so good. Another of my favorites for dinner that I love is sweet potato. I must admit I am impatient and usually will make my potatoes in the microwave. Just pierce it and wrap it in a wet paper towel put in the microwave for 5 minutes let it sit for 2 more minutes and you have your sweet goodness to eat! I also love to have Fish. I love to get the flounders in bulk and since they are so easy to make and really take whatever flavoring you add (I love to use Mrs.Dash -lemon & garlic) and they cook pretty fast and I'll be able to make a meal like this in less the 30 minutes! I don't know about you but that makes me want to do a happy dance. Plus bonus is that my kids love it too! 

I hope these few meals gave you an idea what you could have and if you'd like to see what else I might be eating just check me on my Healthy IG account : @healthyadventureswellie 

If you guys would like me to post more details here as well just leave me a comment below and I'll be happy to see what I can do! You can DO THIS!!! You are AWESOME remember that!

Word{less} Late Wednesday : Let there be Cake

It's late in the day but I just wanted to come and share one of the happy moments of the weekend.

We celebrated my oldest 17th birthday with a simple but sweet cake. On Friday he was taken out by his aunt and uncle for a special dinner. Ordered a pair of shoes he wanted and enjoyed the day. Till we cut the cake.

I am still in awe that I actually have a 17 year old who is getting ready to start submitting applications to colleges soon, who is getting ready to start his first job. All I can think WOW what an amazing young man he's grown to be. I pray that our Lord continues to guide his steps and watches over him this year as it's a year of so many amazing opportunities that are to come.

Currently : Friday Edition

Anyone else as happy as me that's its Friday. This week has been INSANE for me. I've purged and cleaned like I don't even think I have and guess what I still have a bit to do to really be done. I thought I'd just take a mini break and share a "Currently" post as well lots seem to be going on.

Watching : My kids grow by leaps and bounds. Especially my oldest. He turned 17 yesterday. Can we just pause for a minute on that.... I have a 17 year old,he's a Senior in HS and this is making this mama say WHAT THE WHAT.. .but I am so blessed. SO thankful. It's so amazing to watch him grow. Although I feel as I blinked and I was seeing his little cute self getting on the school bus to seeing him like this all grown up and just makes a mama sigh with pride.

Learning : I've really been enjoying getting into the Word more and taking classes which I'll share soon as it has opened my eyes to really what I have been reading in the bible plus I've been sharing w/the kids as they I've printed pages for them to color and in the progress they have been able to learn certain verses and meanings .
Also I have been getting schooled in planner lino OH it's SO SO much fun! I've always been a planner but right now I am DEEP and it's I am giddy about it. Yup you got it I've got a post coming up on how I'm using what I have and I've got to do a giveaway with that when I do post!

Wanting: A new Laptop.... That is my #1 #2 and #3 wish on my Birthday wishlist. Oh my sweet little laptop seems to be running on it's last leg and I've been working so hard on upcoming project I did a dependable source to be able to work on..

Isn't she so preeeettttyyy... OK...dreaming a big dream perhaps but yeah that would be an EPIC 40th birthday gift to remember..alright I'm moving on now.

Listening: The Mickey Mouse ClubHouse episode -Minnerella at my house this is THE episode that must be played at least 5x a day. So much so that everyone in the house knows the episode by heart and sings along! That along w/ "Let it Go" from Frozen YUP still playing here but now that our Littlest really has become so vocal how can you say no when you hear her sing right along. It's just too cute even if you feel like you have the record for playing it.

Here is to a wonderful weekend to you all. I hope ours is as well. This weekend we celebrate my oldest birthday,my mom is coming for visit and getting enjoying some Sunday which will include the Littles and I watching the return of Once Upon a Time!

What are you looking forward to this weekend.

Just Like That Welcome to Autumn

Can you believe it's the 1st day of Autumn today! I think we actually should get a redo on Summer but I must admit Fall is my most favorite season. As it brings the sweet Pumpkin love,the crisp breeze and changing of color of the leaves and everything amazing OH and not to mention my oldest birthday (which is tomorrow! - He's turning 17!!) and myself in November and this year it's going to be a BIG one as I'll turn 40 ...say whhhhhattt.

Anyway I was thinking it's time to go grab my sweet DSLR and capture my surroundings and so I put together a little list to get me going and thought why not share it with you guys.

I can't wait to be able to print this out (I made it a PDF so you can just click and print it for yourself too) I think it will be fun to just cross off what I do capture. I am going to get ready to photography my door as I have a wreath that I love and wanted to use it as last year I bought it almost at the end of Fall so it will be fun to have it up longer.

What are some things you are looking forward to this Fall?