31 Things to do Before December 31st

Alright I thought this would be a fun way to start off Blogmas. I got this idea from pinterest but I’m writing things I think would be fun to do through december. As a reminder I have a baby so some of these ideas you might not like or maybe you will. Totally make a list that works for you!!              Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 12.45.17 PM

I am so excited for Christmas!! I’m sure y’all are too! Let me know your ideas of what to do in December!!!

xoxo Erin

My Son is Turning ONE!!

Hello everyone!! I hope your October is going so well! I can’t believe that I have done so well with posting every day so far! haha So today marks the one month mark to my son’s first birthday and as most moms I am so excited!!! I have been planning this birthday party for a while now but everything is closing in on the big day. I wanted to share some of my ideas and party planning tips.

DECOR: I am doing a Dr. Suess themed birthday. I found some decor at Target that I can use to label food in cute Suess ways. I picked up some fabric at Hobby Lobby to create a “banner” to go around his high chair. At the dollar tree I picked up blue and red table cloths and blue, red, and white poster board. I cut up the poster board to create a banner that will display his month by month baby pictures.

FOOD: We are doing a BBQ and grilling lots of yummy foods. I am going to be doing lots of Dr. Suess themed sides, snack, sweets, and drinks.

  • Pink Yink Ink Drink- pink lemonade
  • New Blue Goo- blue punch
  • 1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fish- colored gold fish in a fish bowl
  • poodles with noodles- pasta salad
  • green eggs and ham- pretzels with white chocolate and green candies
  • Dr. Suess Soup- homemade chex mix/ trail mix
  • Truffala Fruits- fruit tray

There are so many ideas that you could do, these are just some that I am doing. I am also making a smash cake and cupcakes. I also ordered a party pack that includes plates, napkins, cups, cutlery, and a table cloth all in my theme.

I consider myself crafty so I am doing my best to make and craft everything that I can instead of buying a lot of the things. I have lots of ideas and I have been working away to make this a great party!

(all photos are courtesy of pinterest, i take no credit but hope to recreate some of these and do them justice. After Baby K’s birthday I will add my own pictures and share how the party went!!)

xoxo Erin

Apple Dump Cake… YUMM

In my house we are always craving a little something sweet.. not great for our waistlines so we try to only indulge every once in a while. A classic for fall is apple pie but if you want to take the super easy, super tasty route try an apple dump cake! I did get this recipe from Never Ending Journeys so all credit goes to her!

Here is the recipe: Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 10.02.52 AMGuys it is sooo good and so quick and easy!! Great for if you need something easy for a gathering or pot luck!

 

xoxo Erin

It’s BLOGTOBER!!

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.41.34 AMI really want to put my best effort in to doing Blogtober for the first time. With the help of some fabulous twitter friends I have some great Ideas for what to right about! So if you are new to blogtober, like me, let me introduce you. I will be writing some of my normal posts like monthly goals and a few reviews but I will also post some fall outfits, makeup looks, decor, recipes, and of course Halloween looks!

Writing a post everyday in October is going to take quite a bit of work but I think it will be so fun. Who doesn’t love fall?? It seems like people go crazy when it finally hits autumn. Even though it is still 90 degrees here where I live I want to be full on in the spirit of fall! I hope you enjoy and hopefully this will be a great success!

Talk super soon friends!

Let me know what fun fall things you’ll be doing or I should write about!

xoxo Erin

Liquid Diet: Yes or No?

Okay So I am not doing a 100% completely liquid diet but as I talked about in my previous post I just find it very difficult to eat fruits and veggies and meat. I primarily eat carbs- eekkk I know! So for this diet I am cutting out majority of carbs and bumping up my fruit, veggie, and protein intake. I am also revamping my workouts. Another part to mention about my new diet is to drink 128oz of water a day to help detox the liver and body. Be careful! You know if you have been around that I have actually given myself water poisoning so don’t go toooo crazy with the water! Aim for at least 80oz to start, especially if you are not a water person. It can be difficult to drink enough!FullSizeRender(11) So far the diet is going very well!! I wanted to share a smoothie that is very healthy! Only 153 calories per serving. The recipe makes two. Of course depending on your protein and liquid choices, the calories may change. I use a 100% whey protein in vanilla and it is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar from GNC (their brand).

Carrot Cake Smoothie, 2 servings:

  • 1/2 C. carrot juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 C. almond milk ( I use vanilla and unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 ice cubes

So Tasty!!

So far my 70% liquid diet is a total YES! it is going so well. If I get hungry in between smoothies I eat a boiled egg or a salad with very light dressing. As I keep tasting and testing smoothie recipes I will share them! I also want to leave y’all with some easy quick exercises that I got from pinterest:IMG_1766Till Next time

xoxo Erin

Body Shaming, Diets, and Acceptance

Hello Lovelies! If you follow me on twitter (You should! click on the link to the left (: ) then you saw my brief post where I had a really traumatizing experience of trying on some clothes that really tore me apart. So this will be a little bit of a different post.

So Saturday my husband, son and I set off to look for some running shoes and a baby gate. Pretty typical errands type of thing. Well we happened upon a department store near the end of our journey that was completely on sale from going out of business. They had tons of beautiful dresses and so we chose some for me to try on. I despise trying on clothes especially now with this body after baby that I am just not used to. I am in no way huge or fat and I don’t ever expect to be rail thin but it was a depressing wake up call. I couldn’t even get most of the dresses on and one of them that I did get on, I didn’t think would come off. I left the store holding back tears. I know I have been on a journey working out to try and get my body back to pre baby but I was seriously upset. We went straight home, I made a grocery list, I threw out all the fattening foods, and went to the grocery and bought kale. KALE PEOPLE! I bought all healthy foods.

I guess I sort of needed that saturday experience but it really made me sad. I can’t stand to look at my body. And I honestly don’t care about people saying love your body because of it giving me my baby. Of course I love my baby and that I could create such a miracle but I hate the after math. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. I think what is important is that you accept where you came from, where you are, and where you want to be.

I made a baby. I look like I had a baby. And now I am making a change to get my body back and love the way I look.

Okay so moving on to making a change! First off let me say I am 2 months away from having my Masters in Public Health. I have studied health and nutrition and exercise and the human body for many years. I know what I need to do. I just have to stay motivated and committed to this new lifestyle.

I went to GNC and picked up a recommended 100% whey protein from a wonderfully helpful woman working. I also picked up an Organic Superfood blend with protein powder while at the grocery. I rarely eat vegetables so I got this powder because it gives me all the nutrients from eating fruits and veggies!IMG_1768

I have decided to do a high protein, low carb diet. I am making smoothies for breakfast and lunch. Then a lean protein with veggies for dinner. My husband is not fighting me on this because we both are wanting to lose some weight. I will be updating you guys every week with my progress, recipes, motivation, and fitness tips.

I get many of my smoothie recipes from Pinterest so give me a follow over there to see what recipes and workouts I am pinning at makemommyup !!

I started today. My goal by April 2018 (Honeymoon time!!) is to lose 40lbs. This is roughly 5lbs a month which is absolutely doable. I am not 100% worried about a number on the scale. For myself I want to feel and look good and be healthy. And of course I want my clothes to fit again!

OMG this is my longest post ever. You deserve an award for making it to the end!! I hope I can help motivate y’all and we can all make some changes to be more healthy together!

Join the fitness journey with me loves! Leave me comments here or on twitter. Leave your favorite healthy recipes or snacks!!

xoxo Erin

Baby Shower!

First things first.. Congratulations if you are expecting! So many fun things are about to unfold- tiny socks, tons of picture taking, late night diapers. Okay maybe not all of the things are fun but it is exciting. Now for one of the most fun parts is the baby shower! Now if you are anything like me you may be a control freak and want to take all of the planning into your own hands. Sure someone else is supposed to throw it for you but you can help if you want right? After you get your registry all set up then you can go into party mode! One of my best friends is technically hosting and I am helping out. So on to the planning!

Picking a theme was super easy for me. I am obsessed with the ocean and If you haven’t noticed already, when you walk thru the baby sections of anywhere, whales are everywhere! So I went with a whale them for my baby boy. If you check out Amazon and type in whatever theme you choose you can find tons of super cute decorations. I chose vista print to make my invitations. I love using them for just about everything!

Pinterest of course gave us some amazing ideas so definitely use that to get some ideas going!

 

Here are some photos of what Jenn and I put together with the help of my husband and her boyfriend. Majority of the items were either recycled from my wedding or purchases from the dollar tree and amazon. I got the It’s a boy sign from amazon and the anchor cut outs and nautical toothpicks as well. The chalkboard signs came from my wedding but were purchased from hobby lobby I believe. My husband and I used mason jars at our wedding as favors/drinking glasses and we used the left over jars as favors for the baby shower. We added loofas in a perfect matching color in the jars and labeled them “From our shower to yours.” Jenn made a beautiful diaper cake you can see on the table and also made a diaper flower arrangement.

Games! Okay so I was a dummy and didn’t take pics of… well anything! I tried to be much better about documenting when I went home to Ohio for the baby shower my momma is throwing for me, but I wasn’t.. I was distracted! But we played a few games that were a lot of fun. We had a timed game where the ladies had to blow up a balloon, diaper it and decorate it. Then I get to be the judge of whose baby was the cutest. We also played a game where the ladies raced with a balloon under their shirt and a cork between their knees. They had to run down towards a jar and drop the cork into the jar or start over if they missed! It was hilarious and so much fun.

Lastly is all of our food! As the pregnant lady in the room I am all about the food. I made babies in a blanket by taking little smokies and wrapping them in crescent rolls that I cut smaller and baked them. Jenn cut out watermelon in super cute shapes, we bought the cupcakes already made and put them on a cupcake tower. We made clams out of butter cookies and icing with a sixlet pearl. Jenn made “sea snails” out of cinnamon rolls and marshmallows for eyes. Other than that we had spinach dip and pizza rolls. We made our ocean water punch with a container of blue Hawaiian punch, 46oz can of pineapple juice, and a 2 liter of sprite.

Alright alright I will stop talking so much!! Please leave me comments guys with any questions or comments. I would love to help in any way I can with your party planning!!

xoxo Erin