Saturday, September 26, 2015

My Weight Loss Journey

I recently lost a few pounds. I started trying to lose weight last year and managed to get a few pounds off but then I started going back in the wrong direction again and couldn't get out of the rut! I have a friend who is a Beachbody coach, so I finally decided to give that a try. I committed to one month, and if it was successful then it was totally worth giving it a try. Well I lost 11 pounds the first month, and got fit, too! I'm down 21 pounds with Beachbody, and a total of 30 pounds!! The biggest difference though? The first picture is of an unhappy person, and the second is of a very happy person. 

Why did Beachbody work for me?

1.  Challenge Groups: The gym did not work for me because no one cared that I was there. I had no community of people to support me, and to be successful most of us need relationships and people who will help keep us motivated and we can be accountable to. With Beachbody, you get to be a part of Facebook challenge groups where you check in with a group doing the same thing you are. It's really what I needed.

2.  Shakeology: The Beachbody nutrition/protein shakes helped me so much! It was awesome to have a chocolate (or whatever flavor) shake every day, and the protein and nutrition helped me to stay healthy and full.  And as a vegetarian, it supplies some of the nutrition I have a difficult time getting into my diet.

3.  Workouts: I need a specific workout and a schedule. There are a million different things to do on the internet these days but all the choices are overwhelming. The Beachbody workout I chose was Turbo Fire, which is like a cardio/kickboxing workout. But you can choose from a lot of very different workout programs. And most of them come with many different versions of the workout so you are not doing the same thing over and over. I have also signed up for Beachbody On-Demand, which allows you do use ANY of their workouts ... you don't just have to purchase one. I absolutely love it!! It's great, too, if you have multiple people in your home who want different types of workouts. Each person can log in and do whatever they want. Your husband wants to do P90X instead of Turbo Fire? No problem.

I recently signed up as a Beachbody coach because I want to continue doing what worked, and I love it.  If you're interested in giving it a try, check out my Beachbody website and my Shakeology page.  If you want to find out how to join one of our challenge groups, send me a message at

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Coastal Bathroom

I updated the kids' bathroom.

I normally don't like literal beach decor.  Whites, natural fibers and a shell here and there says coastal to me. But I saw this shower curtain on clearance and I broke my rule because I love the bright coral color.
We did a faux board and batten look on the walls.  I put laminate plank flooring in all by myself, and I love it (hint: don't get the cheap planks. I paid a little more for these and they were much better quality).  Laminate planks float over the old floor, and they seal together so they are good to use in places where there is water.  I had to take the toilet out to install the floor, but the Home Depot guy told me how to do it and it wasn't hard at all.
I painted the cabinets with white Annie Sloan chalk paint, and put new knobs on from Hobby Lobby.
I painted the light fixture with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
And I bought this iron turtle soap dish on our vacation to the Outer Banks.
My photos aren't very organized, but if I find the before shots I'll add them to the post.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Frozen Lemon Slices

Did you know you can freeze lemons?
This is my lemon ice cube bucket in the freezer. 
I am not a fan of plain water, so I love to put lemon slices in my drinks. It tastes better and it's healthy. To keep my lemons from going bad before I use them, and for convenience, I freeze the slices.
I wash and slice them all, and then I place them in a single layer in a big bag (so they don't stick together) and throw them in the freezer.
Now I have a couple week's worth of lemon cubes in a bag in the freezer. This would be nice for a party or wedding/baby shower, too.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Spinach Tangerine Quinoa Salad

This is one of my favorite salads, especially since I have been losing weight on my Beach Body diet (woohoo!). I love putting fruit in salads!  I just mix together:

1 1/2 cup chopped spinach
1 or 2 tangerine (chop the segments)
4 chopped strawberries
1/2 cup cold, cooked quinoa
10 chopped raw almonds
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1 tangerine,
about 2 tsp of pear-infused vinegar
pepper and sea salt to taste

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teacher Thank You Gift

I made gifts for some my son's teachers. Because we all know how tough it is to teach middle school.
I traced graphics from The Graphics Fairy onto flour sack towels from Target. 
I printed the reverse of the images onto embroidery stabilizer. The stabilizer has a sticky side so I stuck it onto the back side of a towel and then held it up to a light (either the window or a plastic box with a flashlight inside) and traced the lines with a Sharpie pen.
The more detail in the image, the more difficult it is. Also, if there are words, don't forget to reverse the image before you print it.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Learning to Read: Use Closed Captioning

Do you have a little one who is learning to read?  One easy thing you can do is use closed captioning on the television.  Here is a link to a great article my brother wrote on this topic.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Before and After: Coastal Chic Dresser

I bought this hot mess at the thrift store with the plan of painting it and selling it to make a few bucks.  Note the plastic barn knobs.
When I was done, I couldn't part with it.
Now it has brass starfish knobs. Much better.