Thursday, July 31, 2014

Toddler Snack Ideas

Hey all,

I'm back again to share another great way of serving snacks to your little tot. Changing the way you serve foods is an easy and fun way to make it new and exciting for them again. Using a cupcake or ice cube tray with an assortment of different snacks is super fun.

I used a mini cupcake tray, Noah couldn't wait to get his hands on it! He also helped me choose the items I put in it. When I started to run out of ideas, I asked him what it was missing and he said eggs. So I scrambled some up for him and put in the tray.


There were many giggles while my little guy picked away at this tray, I think he loved the different presentation and variety. He also ate majority of it, mommy win!

Thanks for reading!
Jenn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weight Watchers Check In: July 30

Hi all,

I'm here to do another quick check in! Sorry it's been so long! 

Weight Change this week : Lost 3.4 lbs. Feeling good!

Highs of the Week:  Since I decided to start Simple Start last week I've been feeling so much better! I am making better choices and have been inspired to discover new and exciting simple start meals. 

Lows of the Week: I've been struggling a bit as I've been in some pain these last few days. I'm pretty sure that I have a ruptured ear drum :(. This has lead to me to want to overeat and eat junk food. I've given in a few times but nothing major. Still losing!

Plans for next week: I'm going to continue on simple start until Monday. I will have two days off where I am going back to point tracking and will pick right back up on the wednesday (6th). 


Thanks for reading!

Steph

Monday, July 28, 2014

Motivation Monday



Hi all,

I wanted to share my progress with you guys since I haven't done so in quite a while. I've just been so incredibly busy! I've had a few off days here and there but I've been staying mostly on track with my eating plan.

Last week I decided to try simple start or as some call it.. the "simply filling" technique on Weight Watchers. Basically you just eat off of the power foods list and anything extra you track (suggested 7 points per day or 49 points per week). Here is a copy of that list I found posted online. There are a few extra rules to stick to but overall it's been interesting and going fairly well. Just to remind you, a power food is a food that makes you feel fuller for longer and also packs the most punch (nutrients wise) for their PointsPlus value. You can stick to this plan for a few days, a week or longer.

So you may wonder why I started this now. I was majorly struggling with making the right choices so I figured if I limited myself a bit more and got back down to the basics it would help me in the long run. I've already found that I feel fuller for wayyy longer and feel much more satisfied. I sometimes even find I don't snack between meals anymore. Instead of waiting until 7-8pm to eat dinner I now eat a bit earlier because I feel having a simple start meal is a lot better than snacking. Grocery shopping is A LOT easier too.

I've been browsing different recipes and getting ideas on what to make for meals and so far it has been really great! Even yesterday I made the weirdest looking dish and it tasted SOOO good. I think I'll share a few simple start recipes with you guys in the next week few weeks :).

Thanks for reading!

Steph

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Beauty Questions



Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
J: I am not a part of any makeup communities online, unless you consider following some people on instagram that post different makeup ideas.

S: I wouldn't say I'm an active part of a makeup community. I browse the r/makeupaddiction subreddit on Reddit though and am a member of Influenster.

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?
J: I have tried products like this in the past and struggled with application. I don’t like them.

S: I have used.. and will NEVER use again. Stains are just a disaster for me as I ALWAYS mess them up!

Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
S: Very rarely and only if I'm going out for a night of dancing.

J: Yes, I use Urban Decay the original eyeshadow primer potion. It works amazingly! I like to apply this product around my entire eye, it helps to prevent creasing under the eye. I love this stuff.

How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
S: It really depends on the day. Other than shampoo and conditioner the only hair product I use is a healing oil treatment.

J: I use hair oil, and hair spray on a daily. Every other day I use dry shampoo.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
J: I am self taught and like it that way, I love learning through trial and error. What works for some, might not work for others. That being said, I would love to take a class for costume makeup! I would have fun learning how to do some scary stuff like Zombie makeup.

S: I have deeply looked into it as there was a time where I had wanted to take the extensive makeup course at SOMA. Spending over $10,000 for training didn't seem that realistic to me at the time. I think it would be fun to do a 1-2 day course though.

Thanks for reading, check back in August for more beauty questions answered!
Steph & Jenn

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Don't Hold Yourself Back!



I've realized over the past few days that although I sometimes feel self conscious and unhappy with myself, that I've still made progress and I should not lose sight of that. It's easy to forget about how far you've come when you're moving backwards... but it's not very smart. When you're constantly focusing on the negative and putting yourself down it's incredibly hard to make better choices and to get back into the game.

I'm not allowing myself to have these negative thoughts anymore. I'm not allowing myself to put myself down or to feel sorry for myself. When I feel sad or negative I buck right up and say to myself "The ONLY person who is going to do this is YOU. If you want this.. FIGHT for it!" or "Smarten the F*&K up!"

Both work equally well :P.

Over the past few weeks I've managed to get myself mostly back on track and if I have a slip up.. I don't let myself fall hard or beat myself up over it. I pick myself back up and start making better and healthier choices. Over the past 1-2 weeks I've continued to make smarter choices, refrained from overeating at night, have stocked up my fridge with healthier options and have prepared food in advance to help stay on track.

If you want the good to come you have to fight for it. Fight through the cravings, fight through the negative thoughts and stand up for yourself! Good things won't arrive in a negative mind! You'll get to a certain point where eating healthy and taking the steps to stay on track will just become an everyday thing. The lifestyle change will be in effect!

What I'm trying to say is just DON'T give up. Don't quit! If you want something bad enough don't let anything stop you. If you try hard enough you can get through anything!

Hope you have a great day!

Stephanie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Toddler Snack Ideas

Hey all,

As my little guy gets bigger he is starting to loose interest in food served normally. I have started to get creative with his meal and snack preparations, over the next while keep posted for the different and fun ways to serve foods to your toddler.

Noah has discovered Owls, and loves "hooting" so I used it as my inspiration. Today I made him an owl sandwich!


Have a great day!
- Jenn

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day

Hope everyone is having fantastic weekend. There are many Canada Day traditions all over the country, whatever that may be we hope you are enjoying the day.

Today we celebrate being Canadian, and we are proud of it! We're so lucky to live in this amazing country!


"Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die."

- Pierre Trudeau

"I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind."

- John Diefenbaker (From the Canadian Bill of Rights, July 1, 1960.)

Hope you all have a fantastic day and if you get a chance you should check out this link of 22 Canadian Maps as you've never seen them before!
Have a great Canada Day!


Steph & Jenn
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