Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites #84

Happy Friday Foxy Friends! I actually have today off, so I'm off meeting a new blogging friend Jenny, she has such a great blog, you have to go check it out! Anyway, here are some of my favorites from the week.



In case you missed it this week on the blog


Monday: Guest Post over on Whitney's Blog about birth stories.
Tuesday: The World Through Baby Fox's Lens
Wednesday: Swing Dress on Repeat
Thursday: 21 Day Fix - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I forgot to show you a picture from Wednesday, Mr. is saying this is his best work EVER...so it had to go in a Friday favorites right? LOL, I know my Blended Blogs ladies are laughing right now.



You guys I won another giveaway! This time through Shelly at The Queen Inbetween! I'm so stinkin excited! I have several friends that have been hounding me to try it, and I was trying to use up my current products before dropping some dough, but now I get to try and it for free! Can I tell you how excited I am? Thank you Shelly for the most awesome start to my weekend!


Went on a much needed Mom Night Out to see, Bad Moms, so funny! We all loved it. We even went to dinner before hand, that never happens.





Some favorites of the kids this week. My hike last Saturday was amazing, my ankle did really well on it's first hike...but the aftermath wasn't so pretty, so we'll be taking it easy on the hikes for a bit...or stretching afterwards...





I love how well they play together.


Some frozen yogurt for our girl and her newly fixed chipped tooth.


Mr. was out doing music stuff so I took the kids swimming they love when I get in the pool...and get my hair wet, since I hardly do it.



This video is just too cute. I was sitting here rooting for him the whole time. And it goes to show you need friends to help lift you up.





I'm fairly certain this is magic...like how did she do that?!



Hope you have a great weekend! We're hanging out with some of my cousins this weekend, so excited to see them and spend some quality time with them.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

21 Day Fix: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Hello Foxy Friends! Back a few weeks ago, I had mentioned that Mr. and I are doing the 21 day fix. It's been about 6 weeks since we started here are my 5 thoughts on the 21 Day Fix , the good, the bad, and the ugly.


In case you don't know what the 21 Day fix is (from the website):

It's not another diet. In fact, it's EXACTLY the opposite. 21 Day Fix lets you EAT! Only in just the right portions, so you don't feel miserable and deprived—but you CAN finally start losing weight.
What's the secret? Our seven exclusive containers. Each one is color-coded for a different kind of food, and pre-measured for the precise portion. You'll never have to "eyeball" your measurements again—if it fits in the container, you can eat it!
Combine this eating plan with one 30-minute workout a day. That's all. It's that simple! 

Okay let me break that down for you: you buy small containers, each container representing a food group. You calculate how many containers you get daily based off of your weight and then prep food so you just grab and go and you do the 21 day fix 30 minute daily workout. Simple right? So here are my thoughts.

One: The Good - It Works!

It works! It really, really does work, if you follow the meal plan and the exercise it works. We needed to jump start getting healthy and back on track, so we used this to do just that and it worked! Mr. lost a total of 8 pounds and I lost a total of 4 pounds. Both of us while the numbers on the scale don't say much, feel better, healthier and our clothes are fitting much better, and my stomach is definitely flatter. I don't have that muffin top with my jeans when sitting down, you know what I'm talking about.



Two: Some More Good - Healthy Lessons


Green = Veggies, Purple = Fruit, Red = Protein, Yellow = Carbs, Blue = Dairy, Orange = Seeds and Nuts,
Portion control friends. Mr. and I have our breakfast and lunches pretty dialed in, but when it came to dinner we were portion out of control! Seriously we would just eat until we could barely move, it was bad! But why stop when something tastes so good! And literally we were doing just that, every single time. With the little containers, and when I say little, I mean LITTLE! Actually it's shocking when you see how little they are. Anyway, over the first 21 days it really taught us how much we should actually be eating. Instead of taking seconds or thirds, we know that that was enough food, and we don't really NEED any more, we are just eating to eat. So we stop.

I typically will eat one of these two things for lunch and dinner.


This was taken on the first week and I was ambitious with making fancy meat, after that first week, grill chicken or steak and call it a day.



Three: Even Better - Exercise


Ignore all of the toys....gotta do what you gotta do right?
The 30 minutes videos are doable! Actually I had been thinking about doing the 21 Day Fix for a while, but then I saw my friend Nicole doing it, and rocking it and she gave me the motivation to take the leap, so thank you Nicole! You were the kick in the pants that we needed :)

My favorite days were the Dirty 30 and the Upper Fix, least favorite was Yoga...actually I'm going to be honest, I hate yoga...a lot so I didn't even try it. But Mr. said it was pretty awful.

Four: The Bad - Hunger

I know they say that you shouldn't be hungry, but I was. I was always hungry. There wasn't a time when I was hungry. But we sort of knew this because I have a super fast metabolism when I'm working out and I went from working out 2-3 times a week to 7 times a week. But was eating less food. So you do the math. Yes I was trying to lose a little weight, so ultimately to lose weight you need your calories in to be less than your calories out...so it definitely did it's job.


Five: The Ugly - Sustainability

For us the 21 day fix is not really sustainable long term. You get burned out, the food prep alone is time consuming (the first week it took me about 6 hours!) and that is not really sustainable for longer than a couple of rounds of The Fix. By week 3 we had gotten rid of all of the fancier time consuming prep food and went super easy. Like nothing had more than 2 ingredients. haha.

It was nice that the food for the week was planned out and all we had to do was grab and go, but I just don't want to spend my Sunday's food prepping all day and having the kids sit around and do nothing.

This post is getting too long so I'm going to break up it up and tell you how we are doing now that we're over 6 weeks in, how we food prep, and what we're eating and what I think about it now that I'm not in it, stay tuned.

Have you tried the 21 Day Fix? What are your thoughts?

If you want to know from an actual Beach Body Coach, my good friend Casey is an awesome coach and can help you out!

Email her at cheerfully.fit.mama@gmail.com or
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/alittlebitofcheer/

Tell her I sent you over, she's constantly doing group challenges and loves helping you get to your goal.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Swing Dress and Twisted Braids

Hello Foxy Fashion Friends! Happy hump day! Super easy outfit today, a swing dress with this necklace that I absolutely fell in love with the moment I saw it. For me summer has been all about he swing dress. This is actually the first year I've bought one, or maybe 5...but who's counting?

Navy and white stripes

Isn't the necklace so fun, I'm not sure what draws me to it, the only down side, is if you have a big head, it probably won't make it. I don't have a huge head and I have trouble getting it over my head.


I wore this to church on Sunday and had limited time before we left, so I threw my hair in a half up twist.


Twisted braids



I only did my hair twice this weekend. Lazy status right there. Actually I do get it off my face, but you keep seeing the same styles over and over, so I just document the ones that haven't become part of my normal routine. I saw this video and I had to try out Monday the next day. Actually it was one of the last things I watched before going to bed, so it was fresh in my mind as I was standing in front of the mirror trying to get ready. I skipped the headband part, but I think it turned out pretty good. Not as "messy" as hers, but messy enough for me.



What has been on repeat in your closet lately?




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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The World Through Baby Fox's Lens: Life Lately

Hello Foxy Friends! Welcome back to another installment of The World Through Baby Fox's lens. For those that are new here, actually not really, since the last time I did one of these was 16 months ago, anyway. I thought I would gather the most recent picture off of Baby  Fox's camera. 2.5 years ago we gave Baby Fox a camera and he's been sort of taking pictures ever since. Mostly sporadically, but lately he's been really interested in it. So here they are.
 
 
He got Skylanders from his older cousin and he was just so stinkin excited that he lined them all up and took pictures of them.


and here is me taking a picture of him taking the picture.


Taking after his Mama.


This one cracks me up, I had no idea he was talking pictures too, this is my June $10 Target Haul I was taking pictures of. LOL.

 
Mr. and Baby Fox are really into Battlebots, a picture of the flame thrower, because he thought it was so cool.
 
 
Baby sister transitioned to her big girl bed...Baby Fox yelled, don't move I want to take a picture and ran off down stairs to retrieve his camera, so stinkin cute!
 

 
Of course here is me taking a picture of him taking a picture
 

And there you have life lately according to Baby Fox's lens. I try not to force him to use it, so who knows the next time we'll have enough photos to do another one, but until then, keep letting those little ones be creative!
 
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mommylogues by Work It Mommy

Happy Monday all! Today we're off to get Baby Fox assessed for Kindergarten, yikes! Then Friday we are finding out his teacher assignments and Monday we start school! Holy Cow!



Today I am over on Whitney's blog, Work It Mommy, talking about my experiences going through both an epidural and a natural (totally on accident, yes I screamed a lot and am fairly certain if someone in the hospital wanted a natural child birth, they were seriously reconsidering after listening to me), child birth. Click here to go check out what your birth plan really means!

First picture with Baby Fox


First picture with Mini Fox.



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites #83

Happy Friday Foxy Friends! So happy it's Friday, I'm taking Monday off to take Baby Fox to his Kindergarten meet the teacher...yikes! Is this really happening? Anyway, here are my favorites from the week.

In case you missed it on the blog. I actually skipped Monday, the first weekday I've skipped this year! We had our house tented and I forgot my mouse to do any computer work, oops! It was a nice break to just do nothing and watch tv while the kids napped.


Tuesday: Advice to My Younger Self
Wednesday: My favorite White Dress on Repeat
Thursday: 5 Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler for a New Sibling

We got our house tented over the weekend so we headed to the mountains to stay with some friends and visit my bestie, such a great time. The kids wanted to wear matching shirts, so matching shirts it was. In case you were wondering it's The Shirt that Notre Dame comes out with each year.


I realized that the gas company turned off the gas earlier than I was making breakfast. I had already promised the kids pancakes, so I improvised and made some pancake muffins instead. These are mini muffin pans.


They turned out perfect, considering I didn't have any oil or butter or spray of any kind to help them get out, the were easy to get out and the kids LOVED them.


Okay back to the trip, car full and we're finally off! Daddy/Son matching sunglasses.


We hung out with my bestie and her family a lot. Friday we went to dinner with them and got our faces painted.




Saturday we went to my besties son's scrimmage football game, then out to breakfast...we had two tired kids on our hands.


The rest of Saturday we relaxed and hung out.


Then my bestie and I got out on our own for some drinks and dessert. It was 3 hours by ourselves, it was amazing! Laughing catching up, talking Mom stuff...glorious, I hope it can happen more often. We're thinking girls weekend sometimes in October.




Sunday we were able to go home, so it was all systems go for cleaning up...ugh! But we're slowly getting there...very, very slowly!
We transitioned Mini Fox to a big girl bed...so far it's going better than we could have imagined. She stays in her bed until we get her and she's sleeping the same amount of time. We're only on day 3, so we'll see if this is a thing or not, fingers crossed!


Pretending to sleep.


She wanted to take a family picture in her bed.


I debating on posting this here or not, but Baby Fox has watched it several times and just laughs when he sees it, so I figure if he can laugh at himself...then we'll I'm going to post it. I'll preface this video by saying that the kids went to bed super late the night before, got up super early and then didn't take a nap. To say they were sleep deprived is the understatement of the year.


But wait...there's another kid...she stopped crying as hard as soon as we started to video...but you get the idea.




We're just loving watching all the Olypmic although, they could end soon, because I need to get more sleep! Seriously! That being said I saw this video this week, so hilarious, reguar people trying on Olympic swimmers swim suits...

Life changing, I really hope this works. Next time I buy an avocado...I'll keep you posted.



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