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January To-Do List

Good Morning & Happy Tuesday!

Here’s hoping today goes by quicker than yesterday did!

While I was thinking about my goals for 2014, I decided to make my self a to-do list for each month. Not really goals, but things I really want to accomplish each month. Some things might be a quick task like straighten up the bookshelf while others might take a few weeks or days like finishing a book.

There is a lot to be done, especially since we are moving in a few months.

My main objective for the month of January is to get organized but I also have some other things on my to-do list.

  • Final touches on baby’s room (to be done tomorrow!)
  • Completely re-organize and clean hall closet
  • Organize and box up junk in the spare room
  • Make a decision for using a planner/budget system
  • Create a housekeeping schedule
  • Start using meal planning service (more on that soon!!)
  • Deep clean bedroom & the bathroom connected to our room
  • Finish at least one book

I think that’s enough for the month. The first three are the most important! Every time I look in my hall closet I want to scream, its such a mess, but it will take a while to get it straightened up. I know that once its done, it will be so much easier to keep organized and will be sooooo much easier to move.

And there are two big thing being stored in the baby’s room that do not belong, but I need to make room for them in the spare room before they can be moved.

With that I’m off to start the day! Hope you have a good one!

What do you need to get done this month? What kind of planner do you use? What about budgeting system?

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Weekend Warriors

This weekend was the perfect mesh of getting things done and relaxing!

I almost always wake up before Blake on the weekends, which is perfect for me because I like to lay in bed and play on my phone for a while before actually getting up. So the mornings were spend being lazy and lounging in bed for a while, then we were up and ready to tackle all the world’s problems…..er maybe not, but we did get a lot done.

Saturday we had a couple errands to run and things to pick up from various stores.

CaptureHow does this always happen? I’ve decided that home improvement warehouses like Lowe’s and Home Depot should have Ladies Lounge Rooms where tired and hungry pregnant wives can relax while their husbands consider all 500 blades available for purchase. They would probably make more money, because then all of us wives wouldn’t be rushing the men out the door. Think about it, a couple of comfy chairs, a selection of K-cups, and a big screen playing HGTV….yep, that’s a moneymaker.  Just remember you heard it here first. 

Eventually, we made it home and got started on our big project! Following these directions, we made this blanket ladder!

blanket ladderIt was pretty stinkin’ easy and looks great! It’s very thick and chunky which makes it looks pretty cool. And oh so cheap! The wood cost around $6 and we had it cut at Home Depot for us. We bought a “miss tinted” bucket of paint for $5. And now we finally have a place for blankets in the living room.

Also on my list this weekend was painting the bookshelf for Miss Liz’s nursery. Its not quite done but almost there! I think I’ll be able to finish it up tonight. Then I just need to hang a few pictures, and find place for a couple more things to go, and her bedroom will done! I confess, I sat in my rocking chair in there for a few minute this morning before getting ready.

Saturday night, I also picked the meat off the turkey bones and cooked up a bunch of meals. I made turkey noodle soup for dinner, then two rice & turkey casseroles and a potpie to freeze. We will save those for when the baby comes.

Sunday was more of a relaxing day. We slept late, then went to watch the Seahawks beat the Rams at the clubhouse where Blake’s parents live. It was a lot of fun, even for me who doesn’t about football one tiny bit.

Then we headed home for dinner, and well…..

Pregnant wife + tipsy husband = Subway & froyo for dinner

It was delicious. 2013-12-29 19.29.25I had only the good stuff. Vanilla froyo with white chocolate chips, crushed oreos, graham cracker crumbs, a few peices of Reese’ PB cup, fudge and marshmallow topping plus lots of whip cream. MMMM. I wish they were open for breakfast! Only kidding.

And with that I’m off to start my Monday! Kia woke up at 5 am, so this should be a fun day.

Tell me about your weekend!

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside [Shower]

Well this post is a little late! I have tons to blog about and I promise I really am getting back into the swing of things! …

A few weeks ago, my best friend Kate threw me the BEST baby shower ever!

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Months ago, we chatted/brainstormed/dreamed causally about baby showers and I totally fell in love with the Baby, it’s cold outside theme we saw on pinterest!

baby showerFront of invitation! (Confession: I designed these myself based off one I saw on Pinterest! I really love designing these types of things!)

baby-shower-backAnd the back! They were postcards. I loveeeee them! Simple but fun!

Kate totally delivered a baby shower above and beyond anything I expected! The whole thing was so thought out and well planned. I loved every bit of it!

DSC_0117The hostess and I!

DSC_0051Cupcakes and a candy bar

DSC_0048There was tons of candy! We also had a hot cocoa bar yet there are no pictures of it!

DSC_0119 My friend, Tara! She’s my “mommy friend” since she already has three beautiful girls!

The shower was so much fun! I loved sitting around with my friends and family talking all things baby! I’m one lucky lady to have so many amazing people in my life!

Our Christmas [2013]

How was your Christmas??

Mine was so wonderful, seriously wonderful. I love spending time with my families!

Christmas TreeOur Red, White, & Blue Tree

I grew up living very close to my aunts and cousins so holidays were always filled with arguments, fighting, and stress. Although, I miss my cousins with all my heart- its pretty nice to spend time with just my immediate family.

I also love being with my husband’s family! This was my fourth Christmas with them, and seriously it’s like I’ve been a part of the family all along. I feel very lucky to be a part of their family.

For Blake and I, the Christmas season starts on Christmas Eve with a big family dinner and gift exchange at his Grandma’s house. The whole family is always there, and we have delicious, delicious prime rib…its such a great time.

familyAfter dinner we had a gift exchange where we had previously drawn someone’s name and one of those Chinese Gift Exchange type gift exchanges. It’s always fun to watch people’s gifts get stolen and traded.

Christmas morning is spent with Blake’s parents, his sister, and her boyfriend. The last few years we have spent the night at their house to make things easier, but next year we will live a lot close to them!

I feel so blessed because the one “big thing” I still wanted to get for the baby’s room was a glider rocker, like this one.

I’m so thankful! I can’t wait to rock the baby to sleep in her quite room, in this super comfy chair. Its going to be so wonderful. My goal this weekend is to get the one last piece of furniture that needs painted done!

After all the fun was had, we loaded up the car to head home because I had to cook big dinner for my family! I LOVE cooking Christmas dinner! This is my third year cooking for my family and it was by far the best!

We had turkey, ham (using this crock pot method), garlic mash potatoes with turkey gravy, layered sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans, and rolls. Plus I made two pumpkin pies!

Roasted TurkeyOk, I was super proud of my beautiful roasted turkey! Sure it was a little over cooked, but still delicious. I rubbed the outside with a little mix of olive oil, fresh “poultry” herbs, salt and pepper – which I blended in to a pesto of sorts and Inside was a honeycrisp apple and a lemon. It really turned out great. And for the first time ever I used the drippings to make gravy which was big hit with everyone!

We have tons of turkey leftover so we are going to be picking it off the bones and making some freezer meals for when the baby comes! I’m thinking some turkey chili, turkey noodle soup, and rice casserole!

Presents with my family is so much fun because my brother has little kids! AH! Kids are just too fun! As a family “us kids” got my mom a Kindle Fire and she loved it! She was just as excited as the kids! Once she opened that thing she was zoned in!

DSC_0080My niece Evelynn playing with Uncle Tommy!

Then we took our family picture!

DSC_0071What good lookin’ family! Well except the one on the end, but we don’t claim him very often.

Our Christmas was a huge success! Although by the end of the night, I was exhausted. A busy Christmas day at 8 months pregnant is like running a 8 miles…afterwards I had to take an ice bath for my feet and ankles. In fact, I’m still a little sore today.

But I’ll take the soreness right along with the amazing family! Love them all!

Tell me about your Christmas! Leave a link if you wrote about it!

Our Christmas [2013]

How was your Christmas??

Mine was so wonderful, seriously wonderful. I love spending time with my families!

Christmas TreeOur Red, White, & Blue Tree

I grew up living very close to my aunts and cousins so holidays were always filled with arguments, fighting, and stress. Although, I miss my cousins with all my heart- its pretty nice to spend time with just my immediate family.

I also love being with my husband’s family! This was my fourth Christmas with them, and seriously it’s like I’ve been a part of the family all along. I feel very lucky to be a part of their family.

For Blake and I, the Christmas season starts on Christmas Eve with a big family dinner and gift exchange at his Grandma’s house. The whole family is always there, and we have delicious, delicious prime rib…its such a great time.

familyAfter dinner we had a gift exchange where we had previously drawn someone’s name and one of those Chinese Gift Exchange type gift exchanges. It’s always fun to watch people’s gifts get stolen and traded.

Christmas morning is spent with Blake’s parents, his sister, and her boyfriend. The last few years we have spent the night at their house to make things easier, but next year we will live a lot close to them!

I feel so blessed because the one “big thing” I still wanted to get for the baby’s room was a glider rocker, like this one.

I’m so thankful! I can’t wait to rock the baby to sleep in her quite room, in this super comfy chair. Its going to be so wonderful. My goal this weekend is to get the one last piece of furniture that needs painted done!

After all the fun was had, we loaded up the car to head home because I had to cook big dinner for my family! I LOVE cooking Christmas dinner! This is my third year cooking for my family and it was by far the best!

We had turkey, ham (using this crock pot method), garlic mash potatoes with turkey gravy, layered sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans, and rolls. Plus I made two pumpkin pies!

Roasted TurkeyOk, I was super proud of my beautiful roasted turkey! Sure it was a little over cooked, but still delicious. I rubbed the outside with a little mix of olive oil, fresh “poultry” herbs, salt and pepper – which I blended in to a pesto of sorts and Inside was a honeycrisp apple and a lemon. It really turned out great. And for the first time ever I used the drippings to make gravy which was big hit with everyone!

We have tons of turkey leftover so we are going to be picking it off the bones and making some freezer meals for when the baby comes! I’m thinking some turkey chili, turkey noodle soup, and rice casserole!

Presents with my family is so much fun because my brother has little kids! AH! Kids are just too fun! As a family “us kids” got my mom a Kindle Fire and she loved it! She was just as excited as the kids! Once she opened that thing she was zoned in!

DSC_0080My niece Evelynn playing with Uncle Tommy!

Then we took our family picture!

DSC_0071What good lookin’ family! Well except the one on the end, but we don’t claim him very often.

Our Christmas was a huge success! Although by the end of the night, I was exhausted. A busy Christmas day at 8 months pregnant is like running a 8 miles…afterwards I had to take an ice bath for my feet and ankles. In fact, I’m still a little sore today.

But I’ll take the soreness right along with the amazing family! Love them all!

Tell me about your Christmas! Leave a link if you wrote about it!

Guest Post: Healthy Scones

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be posting my very first guest post today! My friend Alicia from Losing With Cooper wrote this healthy recipe just for us!

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Hello all!

Fotor0919123054I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to write a guest post for Erin’s blog here at Living Made Healthy! She is one of the first people to start following my blog, and we have a similar backstory, (both young newlyweds and both have similar weights) so we quickly became blogger friends! I love reading her blog and was more than surprised when she asked me to write for her! It’s a dream.

So I wanted to write a recipe that I can utilize on a day where all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with a cup of tea, so I put the thinking cap on, and here it is!

Everyone craves a treat everyone once and again. We are only human. Often when I am craving something that doesn’t align with my healthy habits I try to come up with an alternative that is a bit healthier (and to be honest sometimes it comes out awful, and others are great!).

This is where my idea to “healthify” scones came about. I love scones. I am a die hard coffee drinker, and having a little something to go with it can really just be the icing on the cake. Sometimes the calorie count can also be just that, as much as cake with the icing on. No joke. Scones from Starbucks can run you about 400 calories, and even worse, the scones from Panera Bread can be almost 800 calories. So I set out on a quest to make some healthy scones as I have decided that every once in a while I NEED a scone in my life.

Here is the Recipe for my Cranberry Almond Scones that taste so sinful, and yet are about ¼ the calories of normal scones, coming in at 171 calories per scone.

photo 2Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Oat flour (Either can be substituted to be a gluten-free pastry, but the calories will be slightly different)
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (can be omitted)
  • 2 Packets Stevia or other alternative sugar. You can also use honey or agave.
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup chobani (any flavor. I used vanilla)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk or almond milk
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Coconut oil

You will also need a baking sheet and a cooling rack!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375

Place all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add butter and Chobani and use your hands to crush the butter throughout the dry ingredients. Do this until it becomes the texture of sand. In a small bowl combine egg and milk, and then add to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle in cranberries and almonds. You can add more or less cranberries/almonds, but I think this ratio worked out really well. This batter will look a little wet, but trust me; these will be some flaky scones. Coat a baking sheet lightly with coconut oil. Use an ice cream scoop (I have the kind with
a lever that works perfectly. You can use a ½ cup measure as well) and coop batter onto baking sheet.

photo 1This SHOULD make 12 scones, although I ended up with 11. Go figure :P The 171 calories is for the 11 I made. SO they will be just under that if you manage to make 12!

Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly browning on the bottom. 15 minutes was perfect for me, but it will depend on your oven.

Once golden brown, remove from oven and transfer to baking sheet to avoid over baking. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

I had mine with a little bit of sugar free apricot preserves and a cup of nonfat milk!

The breakdown for nutrition is as follows:
8g fat
21g carbs
5 g protein

Lastly, let me just say that Erin is one of the most patient people I have ever worked with. I was asked to write this post a long time ago (like before Erin made her pregnancy public long time ago! Whoops). And despite the fact that it took me FOREVER, I really enjoyed coming up with a recipe to share with you all on Erin’s blog! This has definitely been an experience, and I hope to have the chance to return the favor and have Erin write for me!

hanging globe lamp

Look What I Did!

Hi-dee-ho!

This is totally new kind of post, because I did something I’ve never done before yesterday!

I took an old ugly brassy hanging globe style lamp…and turned it in to something beautiful! Something that I am seriously proud to show off!

hanging globe lamp

 

Sadly, I did think to take a “before” picture until I took it apart!

This was fairly easy project. I took the lamp the same way you would change the light bulb, unscrew three little screws and then the insides came out. I knew I wanted to paint the metal parts a silvery color so I just cut the old cord off with wire cutters and saved the part that the bulb actually screws into.

Insides of the Lamp

Then I had to wash all the pieces that need to be painted, and globe because it was very dusty. You can see the ugly old brass color. Ick!

Rust-oleum Metallic Paint and Primer in One Satin Nickel

I used Rust-Oleum Universal Advanced Formula Metallic Paint & Prime in One in the Stain Nickel color. I loved the matte look and the easy looking spray can. (And it was only about $7 at Home Depot) This paint was remarkably easy to use, and I don’t have the best track record with spray painting. I tend to be sloppy and impatient!

Lamp Insides

All laid out and ready to paint!

It took three or four coats to get it all painted and looking perfect! It took several coats to get all the cracks and angles. Totally worth it.

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Rewiring the the cord was very easy! I bought this handy little kit from Lowe’s for $13!

12 ft Sway Light Kit

It had all the parts and directions! Replacing all the chain was way easier than trying to paint the old one. And the old cord was just that…old and the plastic coating was cracking so replacing it just made sense. Plus the color was all wrong.

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TA-DA! How funny that with the lighting the metal looks brassy in this picture! It doesn’t in real life, it looks beautiful! Seriously, I love this lamp! I love that its old fashioned, but still modern and fresh looking thanks to a little spray paint, and new cord.

The plan is for this lamp to go into Baby Girl’s room! It doesn’t give off a ton of light but has pretty glow that will be perfect lighting for late night feedings.

I really had a lot of fun upcycling this lamp, now on the next project!