August 27, 2012

A Gift for the Hostess with the Mostess

I found this paper basket on pinterest and thought it would be the perfect little hostess gift. I needed an alternative to my go to bottle of wine or flowers.
I love handmade gifts. To me it shows that the person took the time to really think about what they are giving instead of just walking into a store and grabbing the first thing they see. The time and effert put in is what I appreciate so much.
For this project I got to go through all my scrapbook paper that doesn't get brought out enough. I have so many different beautiful sheets of scrapbook paper just waiting for some creativity. This was such a great way to use some up and really personalize depending on the occasion.
The basket took about 5 minutes to make and was so easy. I would do this again ,especially for my Christmas cookies. Just click here for a tutorial on how to make this super cute basket.

Until next time,

August 22, 2012

Weigh In after Camping

Well this is the first week back on track. I've done well and had my weigh in a day late because I was at a No Dad's Camping trip with my kids. The last 2 day's I have gone over my daily point so I was nervous to weigh in. Stepped on the scale waiting for them to say you gained and I was down 2.5lbs!! I'm very encouraged! It feels wonderful to see the work I put in earlier in the week show up on the scale.

So as of right now It's The Gray's -2.5 and That Mom Blog +1.3

I know That Mom Blog is going to be kicking some butt this week so I'm going to have to say focused!

My first weeks challenge was to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I had a few tricks at getting all my water. I would drink a herbal decaf tea with a splash of agave nectar in the morning, one of my water bottles during the day would have a little mio in it and sometimes I put some frozen berries in my water if I felt like I needed something a little different. I was successful but did I ever get my exercise going to the bathroom every 5 minutes. I'm going to continue with the 8 glasses of water. A great way to keep track of it is if you fill a jug full of 8 cups of water then mark the side and fill it every morning.

The challenge for this week will be at least 30 minutes of exercise each day this week. I'm going to be bike riding, Jillian Michale's 30 day shed and some jogging to get ready for Go Dirty Girl I'm doing in 2 weeks.

What are your favorite exercises?


August 14, 2012

Weight Watchers vs My Fitness Pal

So I have been on my weight loss journey since about January. I’ve lost 30lbs and celebrated that for most of the summer as I stopped weight watchers online and tracking my food all together. I tried to get into my fitness pal because some of my friends swear by it. I’m not into it! I think mostly I like the nutrition factor in coming up with the weight watchers points vs me tracking calories. It's just not for me but it is a great program.
Monday was my big kicking it into high gear again. I join Weight watchers again but this time I’m going to be doing the meetings not just online. When I weighed in Monday a good friend of mine that has been doing the weight loss journey with me and I hit the same weight. Well what else can we do then to have a competition to spice up the weight loss journey!

So it’s a race as who can lose 20lbs first and let me tell you it’s on! So That Mom Blog is using her my Fitness Pal and who knows maybe she'll have some pizzas or cupcakes magically delivered to her house. Hahaha I wouldn’t do that! I’d think about it but I wouldn’t…. This is going to fun for both of us. Just a reminder on those days you want to eat everything in sight and to get back into the workout.

I’m sure there will be more updates on to progress of the It's The Gray's vs That Mom Blog challenge!

Tips are welcome J

August 10, 2012

Princess Party for Lil Miss

The theme for lil Miss this year was Princesses. All her little friends came all decked out in the jewelery, puffy dresses with lots of crinoline and even some Tinkerbell wings. It was very adorable! I wanted to keep the food light and easy.

When I was a little girl and I'd go to a family bridal or baby shower my Mother and Aunts would always make the most fantastic colourful sandwiches. After asking for the help of my Mother we worked together and made some pink and white tea sandwich's. If you'd like tutorial on how to just leave a comment and I'll put it in another post.

I seen on pinterest paper cones with popcorn in them. I went searching for my girly card stock and glue gun and this how it turned out.

As you can see below this is what our snack table contained:
Pink Popcorn made with cherry jello
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow and Oreo Princess Wands
Cream cheese checkerboard sandwiches
Peanut butter Banana roll ups
Cherry and cream cheese roll ups
Cupcakes, Fruit and Veggies

Our snacks were a hit! Now to start planning a Lego party for Lil Mr.