Happy 2013! My New Year’s Resolutions are here!

Hello readers and happy New Year! I am so sorry that I have been a bad blogger so far this month, but truthfully, the holidays really wore us out. Not to mention we all caught the flu last week and still aren’t feeling 100%. We’ll just say there has been a lot of family time and not much computer time around here. Even though I’m a little late, I do want to share some of my resolutions for 2013.

Live Healthier – This is a big one that my husband and I talked about a lot over the holidays and we were lying around feeling miserable last week. I’ve decided to start planning out our meals better, using more veggies and not keeping as many sweets in the house. Not only do we want to cook healthier meals for the entire family, but we’ve decided that it’s time to join a gym and commit to regular exercise. Personally, I want to recommit to my Tummy Tuck Belt and using it while when I am working out and at work or around the house. More than anything, we want to teach our daughters that it is important to take care of your body and live a healthy lifestyle all the time (not just for a couple months at the start of the year).

Be More Organized – Our little house is nearly overflowing now that we are a family of four. Not to mention that the girls acquired too many toys and playthings over the holidays! Since we are definitely staying in our house for several more years, I am committed to being better about tossing things we are no longer using and only keeping the necessities. Do the girls really need 20 Barbies a piece? Is there any reason I’m hanging on to clothes I wore in college? No and no. So off to the Salvation Army they go!

As Halloween Approaches, The Sugary Temptations Never End

Fall is finally here and we are really loving it! It’s so nice to have a reprieve from the sweltering summer heat and we’ve fallen back into our regular schedule. Sarah, our four-year-old is back in preschool five days a week and our nanny is just so great with the girls that I don’t feel as sad leaving them each morning to head to work.

What are some of your favorite things about fall? Sarah is already excited for Halloween and has been begging us to help her carve a pumpkin every time we go to the grocery store. Of course with Halloween comes all the delicious candy that I’m trying to avoid. Reese’s and Tootsie Rolls and caramel apples – oh my! While my Tummy Tuck Belt helps me appear slimmer just by wearing it, my goal is to also eat healthier. So while everyone else (i.e. my husband) is chowing down on sugary Halloween treats like my favorite, candy corn, I’ll be eating carrots. Hey, at least they’re orange! I’ve also been using Pinterest to find some healthy meals that the entire family can enjoy. Have any of our readers used Pinterest for meal planning? Let me know what your favorite healthy recipes are, I’m always ready to try something new!

 

 

Summertime is Flying By!

Whew, I cannot believe how quickly summer is flying by! With two little girls, it seems like as soon as we get a second to catch our breath, we’re off on another adventure. So far this summer we’ve been to visit each set of grandparents, visited the zoo, spent a rainy afternoon at the movie theater, watched the fireworks over the river and lots more.

Right now, I’m in the middle of packing everyone’s things to head out to our lake house for an entire week. By the way, how does packing always end up being mom’s job? At the lake we usually wake up early and do some sort of hike (or as much of a hike as we can with one daughter wandering to look at every bug and the other in a jogging stroller) and then spend the rest of the day on the water. At night, we’ll grill out and spend some time counting the stars before heading to bed. I am so thankful for this time to spend with my husband and girlies.

Now it’s back to packing… I must find my Tummy Tuck Belt before I leave. I can’t go anywhere without that thing!

Gardening and Enjoying Spring Temperatures

Hi there everyone! I’m back – and loving this beautiful spring weather. It said on the Weather Channel the other night that our winter was one of the mildest on record. Now I’m not disagreeing, but I’m happy that it’s officially spring again. Although my poor hubby has the worst allergies; he’s been coughing and sneezing all week.

One of my favorite things about this season is getting out and working in our yard. I let my husband take care of the grass, but the flowerbeds are my area. Lately, I’ve been putting on my Tummy Tuck Belt under my grungy yard clothes. Last weekend the whole family spent a lot of time outside.

Springtime in our yard calls for a lot of maintenance to resuscitate them from winter. Saturday morning we headed to Home Depot to stock up on some new supplies. The husband needed a new blade for his lawnmower and I found some to-die-for pink gardening gloves. During the day I worked on pruning some of our shrubs, weeding the flowerbeds and deheading some of the flowers and plants (basically just pulling off dead leaves). All in all, it was a tiring day, but I felt great from working in the sun and wearing my Tummy Tuck Belt. Now that all the boring gardening is out of the way, it’s time for the pretty stuff!