September 1, 2014

Motivational and Menu Monday

Don't you just love a holiday weekend? It's not a three-day weekend for us (because Keith usually has Monday off anyway), but we do get to hang with some friends today, so that makes it all fun!


Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making conscious (healthy) food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: 1/2 a pound loss. Less than I hoped for, but still better than a gain!

Highlight of last week: Seeing the entryway floors and bathroom finished. Happy to be back to normal! Oh, and sneaking out for a pedicure on Saturday.


Challenge of last week: Making good food choices when we're out somewhere. My mom and I went to the See's grand opening party Tuesday night, and Keith and I went to the Giant's game yesterday and all diet restrictions went out the window.

Workouts: Only two this week, but they were good ones. This week I'm hoping to get to the gym or do some smaller at home workouts if I can't. The stairmaster is my friend and my enemy!


Lessons I learned this week: Garlic fries and a Ghirardelli sundae for lunch, why not?! All the more reason to make my other food choices "clean" ones!

What's on the menu for this week...

Monday - Dinner at friends
Tuesday - Oven Baked Tacos
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup
Thursday - Chicken and Spinach Burritos
Friday - Bacon and Sweet Potato Sliders

Have a great week! I'll be announcing the winner for the Reader Survey tomorrow morning, so check back then!

August 29, 2014

Our Very Own #SheetHappensVideo!

This post is sponsored by Angel Soft®.

I have had a great time partnering with Angel Soft® for their #sheetoutofluck campaign! I've loved the opportunity to see their booth at BlogHer '14, be interviewed in a make-shift bathroom, giveaway a year's supply of toilet paper (Christina of This Woman Cooks was the lucky winner!) and now to make a little video ourselves similar to their awesome #SheetHappens videos!

When the people at Angel Soft® asked us to make our own version of a #SheetOutOfLuck video I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to take it creatively. I've never made a video like this before, so I had no clue where to start! I knew I wanted to include O, but that I wanted to respect his privacy, so there would be no "toddler on the potty" shots involved. I just used my iPhone and iMovie to add a little flare.



I thought this scenario was a great choice, since so many of us moms have been there. You finally get to sneak away to use the bathroom, alone, and find there is no toilet paper -- and of course while you were gone someone has gotten into something and made a big mess. Always happens!

I just love what O says at the end. His response was completely unrehearsed! I'm happy that the video was quick and simple. I hope you think it's kind of funny or cute. What toddler doesn't love to make a mess play with a roll of toilet paper? 

Oh, and please excuse the mess in the living room. New floors were just installed in the entryway and bathroom, so things were still all over the place from the construction.

And don't forget, you can snag some great coupons on the Angel Soft page right here!

Friday, Friday, Friday!


1. Thank you! First off thanks SO much to all the people who completed the survey this week! So many of you have really kind and insightful things to say about this space, and lots great ideas for where you'd like to see it go. You have been such a HUGE help to me!

If you haven't shared your answers with me yet, you still have time to share. Just click this link to be taken to the post with the survey, and don't forget to include your email address at the end so I can include you in the giveaway for a $15 Amazon card. I will be announcing the winner next week!

2. See's Candy Store Opening I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of See's Candies newest, and largest at 1900 square feet, San Francisco location this week! My mom and I had a lovely time sampling chocolate and wine pairings, mingling with the other guests. The store has two chocolate counters to make the shopping experience go more quickly and to accommodate those busy holiday shoppers around Christmas, Mother's Day and Valentine's day, which are their busiest times of the year.

You'll be surprised to hear I limited myself to only 3 chocolate samples + wine pairings. I tried my VERY favorite piece of See's, Scotch Mallow, with a glass of champagne (naturally!). Next up was the Pecan Buds cluster paired with a Merlot, which was fantastic! My favorite pairing was probably the final one I tried, Guinness with a peanut brittle.



We had such a fun time and the swag wasn't so bad either!



3. Back to School, Moms Go Wild Have you see this video? If you haven't take a sec to check it out. I don't really watch any vlogs regularly, but these ladies are really entertaining! Do you have any favorite vlogs?


4. Green Thumb, maybe? Every Summer I try my hand at growing herbs and vegetables. While I usually manage to get at least one tiny baby veggie, I never see them make it too full fledged edible vegetable. This year has been much more successful, I'm happy to say! I think that's all because I decided to just stick with three plants this time: basil, mint and tomatoes from seed. All are doing well and I can't wait to see the tomatoes turn red -- that is, if O doesn't pull them off the vine before they're ready!

5. We have a fun weekend ahead with family visiting, a Giants game and a party with friends. The weekend awaits!

I'm linking this post up with a gaggle of wonderful people, so go check them and all the other linkersup!

August 28, 2014

One Year & Beyond - Feeling Confident in Motherhood

Hey! This is the final week of our One Year & Beyond series. It has been a great experience getting to share some of my experiences, feelings and lessons learned. We hope to be back in October with another series, so please stay tuned.



This week's topic is about feeling confident in motherhood. The biggest challenge, in my opinion is the "mother's guilt" so many of us feel. It comes as naturally to a mother as the instinct to care for their little one.

When I was a new mom (O is on his way to three, so I don't consider myself a "new mom" anymore) I doubted everything I did. Things are much different these days -- I feel confident in my ability to parent, but with a newborn I worried about things like "Am I feeding him often enough?",  "Is my child thriving enough?", "Am I doing enough to enrich my 2 month-old's life?" and "Why is he crying? I must be doing something wrong." And then there was always the worry about going out in public and thinking someone else is going to think you're doing it wrong.



The best advice I ever heard was a woman in the Nordstrom bathroom who told me "You're doing a great job!" That was the greatest thing a new mom could hear. She saw me struggle with soothing Owen after nursing him, and probably saw the worry and anxiety on my face. Her words were what I truly needed to hear that day, not the usual "Why do you think he's crying? Is he hungry? Time for a nap! You shouldn't be out with him in this rainy weather!!! etc., etc., etc.

In truth, those are all ways of questioning a mother's ability disguised as concern. Ways of saying, "You're obviously DOING it WRONG, let me tell you the way IT SHOULD BE." To be good moms we all need a little encouragement every once in a while. A few kind words can go a long way in improving someone's day.

There is no should be, all moms and all children are different. You don't know what the morning has been like, or what the hours and minutes before have held for them. Trust that she is doing her best and loves her baby. Give all mother's a little bit of trust. And trust yourself. YOU"RE DOING IT RIGHT!

So now it's your turn to share! How do you feel confident as a mom? Check out the other mama's blogs for even more on this! And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this.


August 26, 2014

Getting to Know You! & Giveaway!

One of my favorite things about blogging is the community I've been able to find through connecting with readers and other bloggers! I get great ideas, support and encouragement from all of you, and I value everything you share with me whether it's through emails or comments.

I share a lot about myself, and my family here, but today I'd like to get to know a little bit more about you and find out what you want! I've created a quick survey to learn a little more about you and to find out what keeps you coming back here -- and there's a little incentive too! In return for taking the survey I'm giving away a $15 Amazon gift card, all you have to do is answer the questions in the survey! Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to making some improvements here!
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