Saturday, February 14, 2015

Diaper Bag Must-Haves

If you are a brand new, soon-to-be, or already a mom, it's nice to know exactly what you need to carry in that diaper bag. If you have had children before, then you probably have a list of your own. This list includes everything that I carry in my diaper bag whenever I leave the house with my girls (toddler and infant). For a while, before my youngest was born, I could just throw a diaper in my purse and on the way we went into town. But you can't do that with an infant. 

1. Wipes (I like the sensitive or fragrance free)

2. Powder or butt ointment (Desitan, Butt Paste, etc...)

3. Tylenol (you never know when you are going to need it)

4. Diapers (I love my LUVS, but have been using generic to save a little money)

5. Formula, Breast Milk, or Milk

6. Blanket (I like to pack both a heavy and light one)

7. Water Bottle (to make milk on the go)

8. Extra sets of clothes (socks, if needed)

9. Bottle or Sippy Cup

10. Nook or Pacifier

11. Toy (depending on age)

12. Hand Sanitizer

13. Hat, gloves or sunscreen (depending on the time of year)

14. Facial Tissues or Boogie Wipes (I like the facial tissues with lotion; they are softer on the skin)

15. Diaper changing pad (a blanket works as well)

Let me know what you take along with you for your little one...

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Shorelunch Pork Chops

Came across this recipe tonight when I decided that I didn't just want to bake our pork chops. Looking through the cupboards, I came across a Shorelunch box that I had bought to use for fish. Then, I decided to fry our pork chops in the Shorelunch and finish them off by baking them for half an hour. This recipe is amazingly simple.

1/2 box of Shorelunch Original Recipe
3 Pork Chops

1. Pour oil into pan and heat up
2. Coat both sides of the pork chop with Shorelunch
3. Place gently into frying pan
4. Fry until both sides are golden brown
5. Put into a baking dish
6. Pore water on bottom of baking dish
7. Sprinkle the rest of the Shorelunch, whatever you didn't use, on top of the pork chops and water.
8. Bake at 425 degrees of 1/2 an hour or until fully cooked through

By sprinkling the remaining Shorelunch on top of the pork chops and water, it creates a gravy. This recipe was a HUGE hit with my family and was very quick to make.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

I discovered this tonight and fell in love with the combo, but seriously, who doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate? Unless of course you are the unfortunate ones who might be allergic.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1-1/2 Bananas (for creaminess)

Blend together and enjoy!

Tip: when choosing a protein powder, make sure that the protein grams is more than the sugar grams per scoop. Sugar is carbohydrates... 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chocolate-Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream Using a NutriBullet

Do your kids want ice cream but you don't want them to have all of the sugar and fat grams that go along with having ice cream? Recently, I've come up with a solution to that same situation that I'm having at home with my own child.

For Christmas, my parents got me a NutriBullet, which I have fallen in love with and have been trying out tons of different recipes. Yesterday I accidentally came up with this one.

You will need:
Frozen Bananas (I always buy over ripened bananas for cheap from my local grocery store)
Hot Chocolate packet (I also switch this out for protein mix too)
Ice Cubes, if you want an extra frozen feel, but I feel like I get enough "frozeness" from the frozen bananas

Blend everything together using your NutriBullet until smooth. For my daughter and I, this combo is amazing and is better than the ice cream you buy in stores! It's all thanks to the NutriBullet too!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Get Fit: Day 3 #Beast

I'M SORE. Period. There is no ifs, ands, or butts about it. I'm just plain sore to the point where I can barely walk and its been a LONG time since I've felt this way. Even though all I want to do is fall onto the couch and sleep, I know that tomorrow, I will come home from work and do another workout. Typically by this point, I'd either given up or say that I'll take a day off... Nope, not this time hunny. I'm working out through the pain, even if I won't be able to get up out of bed in the morning. I know that I'll be much happier and proud of myself if I continue to work through the pain. That's what heat pads and ice are for right?

Nonetheless, I am still drinking my protein shakes twice a day in replace of a meal and watching my carb intake. During my recent pregnancy, I was on the verge of having gestational diabetes and that is not something that I want. So I figured that I have two choices, one: I could eat carbs and risk diabetes, or two: I watch my carb intake and not have to live with diabetes. I don't know about you, but I've chosen option number two. Once you get past eating carbs, you don't crave them anymore but instead find healthier options such as frozen fruit in replace of ice cream. I will admit that when I do eat carbs, I eat a very minimal amount.

I have been doing this so called "healthy living" thing since my daughter was born in November. I have already lost ALL of my pregnancy weight and am working on taking my first daughter's pregnancy weight off now.

You will be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more energy you have when you start exercising and eating healthier. If you want something "unhealthy", have some in moderation and don't go over board OR you can choose a completely different option all entirely.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Get Fit: Day 2 #Beast

Like some, I struggle with my weight and have for many years. This is something that I have fought with for years and I'm finally doing something about it. Since I am done having children, I figured that there was no better time than now to put my dream of being fit into action. During my high school years, I struggled with anorexia and believed that I always had to be on a "diet". After having my daughters, I decided that I wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin and so I'm doing something about it.

My husband has been "coaching" me on what I should be doing to lose my baby weight and more. I trust his advice because he was in the military and obviously they know what it means to be fit.

I have found that the best way to get motivated to work out or eat healthy is by finding quotes on Pinterest and by following fitness trainers on Twitter and obsessed fitness goers on Instagram. The realization that I can have what I want if I don't give up gives me the motivation that I need to keep going on this journey. I started getting fit a couple of weeks ago, but have been suffering from a head cold that just won't go away.

Since I was sick, I basically had to start over...

I don't have a gym membership or expensive fitness equipment at home, but I do have a basic elliptical that has programs that give you an amazing workout.

I have been drinking two protein drinks per day and, honestly, I look forward to them! I mix my morning one with coffee and I drink it while dropping my girls off at daycare and on my drive to work. Since I have an infant and a toddler, I don't have much time in the morning to get in as big meal but I find that the drinks are quick to make with the use of my NutriBullet (which by the way, I LOVE).

Tonight when I got on the elliptical, I could barely move because I'm still super sore from yesterday. My abs included. I've decided that since school lets out an hour early tomorrow, I'm going to hit the school weight room and get some lifting in.

If you've struggled with your weight, how did you overcome it?