Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Unplanned Surprise!




              We found out a few days after my birthday in January that we would be expecting another baby. We have tossed around the idea of a fourth but down the road in a few years. Needless to say this was a big surprise! :) Four will complete our family. My official due date is September 12th but this will be another early c-section so it will be sometime at the end of August. We have our ultrasound to find out the gender on April 28th. So about 4 weeks!






Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Weight Loss Journey


So for 3 1/2 weeks now I have been busting butt to lose weight. Its just the beginning and I have a long journey ahead of me. I have 30lbs that I'd like to be rid of and they didn't magically come on over night. So, I am giving myself a goal of next June to reach my weight loss goal. With now three little ones its quite difficult to make time to work out. I tried the 30 day shred and even a mere 25 minutes seems to be a bit much for my life now. So I am on a very calorie restricted diet. I'm on 1,082 calories daily. I try to go for a hard run twice a week. We have been taking the kids to the park once or twice a week to play and hubby watches them so the baby and I can walk. It's been a nice arrangement. I hope to lose all this weight. Sometimes I feel I'll never reach my goal but I'm still truckin on.

My diet now is high protein, low carb, and low to no sugar. I allow myself only one cheat meal a week. Since mornings are pretty rough here anymore with feeding kids, diapers, and taking care of our dogs, I have no time for breakfast myself. I have found a great protein bar though that I love as a great breakfast. They taste really good too!

    Out of all of the flavors of the brand, this is my least favorite.
It taste more chalky and the peanut butter flavor is less than desirable.



Now this one is my favorite flavor. It taste almost like chewy cookie dough with little chocolate chips inside. Can't taste a protein flavor at all.




This one is my next favorite. The marshmallow creme filling is really good!


This one literally tastes like a Snickers bar! Very good! It seems to be a little bit smaller than the other bars.



I was afraid to try this one. Chocolate in a protein bar can be easy to screw up the flavor, but surprisingly this flavor was really good! The flavor and consistency made this taste just like a brownie!! I really like this one as a snack every once in a while if I have some calories left over at night and am craving something sweet. :)



 This is the last flavor I have tried so far. It's not bad. Very good. A nice change up when I want to try a different flavor. It has a strawberry mixture on the top.


These two are the only flavors I have not tried yet but I hope to once I find what stores nearby carries them!

The great aspect of these bars is their high protein low carb and calorie ratio. If you are looking for a good protein bar I highly recommend these bars! Reasonably priced at just $6 and some change at Walmart! They taste great too!

I hope to be posting more about this journey and hopefully I'll get closer to my goal by the holidays!




Monday, August 5, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Summer Fun




Our little trio sure keeps us busy! But they sure do look cute!


Little Ellie is 2 months old now. She's smiling and cooing and she starts to grab her toys on her play mat. 


Sweet Arleigh is growing up to be a big girl, makes momma sad but she is such a good girl!


Maz is still ornery as ever but he loves to help me with the baby. He is always volunteering to hold her and feed her.


Took the kiddos to the zoo today and it was quite an adventure taking all three but it was fun. It was a good workout for us parents pushing strollers and wagons!



Ellie did nothing but nap the whole time. lol


Gotta love our crazy little crew! :-)









Monday, July 15, 2013

Ellette "Ellie" Grace is here!!




Ellette aka Ellie was born on June 4th at 12:24pm. She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and 18 inches long. Her delivery went well and she is very healthy. She is doing well now at home and very much loved by big sister Arleigh and big brother Mazio. :)



Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fluffy White Towels



I realize my nerd side is coming out in this blog post but I had to share how excited I am about this! :) I decided to switch to all white bath towels as they are easier to keep clean and they look so classic. These towels are so soft and absorbent! I love them! I got a bunch of bath sheets and regular towels. Stepping out of the shower makes me feel like I'm at a spa now. Its a plus that I have a rocking awesome hubby that just so happens to also be a licensed massage therapist! :) Just need some aroma therapy and we could have a working spa over here!

Just love these towels!

Four more days until baby #3 comes into the world! :) She is probably the reason for my cleaning obsession and fondness for these white towels! Thank you little baby and I sure hope that this passion doesn't die off after you're born. ha!




Thursday, May 30, 2013

A party and pool fun


Since I am scheduled to have baby #3 ( yes, she still has no name) on June 4th and my big boy's birthday is on June 14th we thought It'd be easier to have his party before the delivery.

We had a Sonic the Hedgehog themed party since Maz really likes him. With all the chaos of the day I forgot to get my camera to get pictures but I took a couple with my phone. They are a bit blurry though.



With the craziness and unpredictable Ohio weather we got to enjoy some mid 80 degree weather a few days later. It was good to be with the kids and have some fun before this baby comes and life gets a little more busy.