Wednesday, April 23, 2014

And The Winner Is...

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Congratulations!!!  Kristyn has won the ultimate fitness prize package, valued at what I'm guessing is over $300!

Thanks to all who entered the contest!  Now go HERE to enter the contest for a blog makeover done by Tia!

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Another Giveaway?!? YES!!!

I have been bragging all week about how awesome Tia is, she gave me the blog makeover of my dreams!  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one!  Tia and I are teaming up to give one of our readers a redesign for their blog.  Here’s what you will receive with the package:

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The rafflecopter is at the bottom of this post, be sure to sign up!  Tia is so fun and easy to work with, you will love what she can do for you!

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Now for Weigh In Wednesday.

Weigh In Wednesday

I haven’t weighed in for a few weeks.  Last I knew I had lost 40lbs since having Tate, and I am down 1 or 2 pant sizes, depending on what brand of jeans I am wearing that day. 

What have I done to lose the weight? Not a darn thing but breastfeed the little tot.  I know how incredibly lucky I am to have lost that much weight without lifting a finger but now the hard work starts so I can lose another 20.  I haven’t been very dedicated to working out.  In fact, I’ve been pretty lazy about it.  I want to workout but that motivation isn’t there, which is weird because shouldn’t the motivation come from wanting to lose 20 more pounds?  My eating isn’t very great, either.  Too many goodies in the candy bowl,and now it’s even fuller from Easter. 

Andy and I definitely enable each other where bad eating habits are concerned.  After the boys go to bed at night and we settle in to watch TV one of us always talks the other into having a snack, which consists of junk.  This is something that has to stop if either of us are going to lose weight.

I do have some NSV’s to share.  First, my wedding ring slips on and off much easier now.  Before I got pregnant I could barely pull it off, now it is much easier. 

Second, people keep paying me compliments on how great I look after having Tate.  They are noticing the weight loss, always a bonus!

Third is the jeans thing.  It’s so great to pull out my old jeans (although they aren’t trendy) and have them zip up without having to suck it in.

I say it over and over, but it is time to get my exercising on track.  I need to get that in place, then I can work on the eating.  In the meantime I’ll try to get as much water down as possible and work more fruit and veggies into my diet. 

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Now here’s the rafflecopter for the blog re-design giveaway!  It’s open through Friday, we’ll announce the winner on Monday! Good luck!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

Hello!  Welcome to Tuesday.  How was your Easter?  We had a nice one. The boys were thrilled with their baskets the Easter Bunny left them and I was thrilled with the potluck lunch we had with the extended family. Ha!

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This was Brennan’s loot.  A floaty board for swimming, a puzzle, markers, a blue baseball, Under Armour shirt and shorts, Easter Egg gum and a Reeses Pieces carrot.  Oh, and soccer net!

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Tate’s first Easter was good to him as well.

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Books, clothes, a teething football, and socks.  He wore the overall outfit for Easter and looked so darn cute in it!  And of course I forgot to take a picture.  Bummer.

After the big potluck dinner my folks and sister’s family came here to our house so my mom could give the kids their baskets.

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My nephew Charley, Aiden, Brennan, niece Nora Jean and Baby Tate laying flat on his back, ha ha!

I had Andy take a couple of pictures of me and my dad.  I realized I haven’t shown you an ‘after’ picture of my dad since his accident and rehab. 

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I sure do love him.  Besides Andy and the boys, he’s my most favorite person in the whole world.  He’s doing awesome, btw.  He’s back to work full time, he’s driving on his own, he’s almost 100% back to his old self.  The only way you’d know something happened is if he tried calling you by your name (he can’t remember most people’s names) or if he mixed up common words when telling a story (like hospital and store, he switches those around a lot).  Otherwise he’s my dad again!  Love him!

Thanks for all of the compliments on my new blog design! Tia’s awesome!  Don’t forget, tomorrow we are doing a giveaway, so if you are looking for a blog makeover make sure you come back tomorrow to sign up for the Rafflecopter!  Here’s what you could win:

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Tomorrow the big winner of the Get Fit for Summer Giveaway will be announced, make sure you come back for that also!

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

How Do You Like Me Now?

Well, what do you think of my awesome new blog design!?!?  I am so stinkin’ excited about it, I just love it!  If you are looking for a blog redesign or are wanting to start a new blog you HAVE TO check out Tia!
She is super amazing!  So talented!  Easy peasy to work with! 

I have been wanting a pro to do a design for me for some time now but I’ve been too chicken because I wasn’t sure how to tell them what I wanted.  I just don’t have the right words sometimes.  But Tia made it all so easy!  She gave me a list of q’s (what color schemes do you like?  what do you hate that you’ve seen on other blogs?  etc.) which gave me some direction in how to tell her what I liked and didn’t.  I had some color schemes pinned on Pinterest (see my handy new Pinterest box to the left?!!!?) so I just sent her those, told her I like bunting and sent a pic of what I was talking about and then she took it from there. 
We emailed back and forth a few times with q’s and a’s and voilĂ !  My new blog design!!!

I love so much about this design!  I think it’s so super cool how she put my social media buttons up in the bunting!  She was super smart and moved everything about me and my blog over to the left hand side so that’s what you see first (after the amazing header and tabs, of course!).  And she made me a pretty cool signature!  I feel bad not hi-lighting the other features because I love them all too!  Take some time to hop around my page and see all the cool things she did for me!  And be sure to grab my awesome new button and add it to your sidebar!

Tia is such a rock star!  A total pro!  Please go check out her page and give her a jingle when you’re ready for your blog re-do! 

In the meantime, we are teaming up to give one lucky reader a redesign of their very own!  The giveaway will start Wednesday and end Friday with the winner being announced next Monday.  Make sure you sign up with the Rafflecopter starting Wednesday!

Here’s what you could win:

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Remember, Wednesday!

Speaking of giveaways, the Get Fit for Summer Giveaway is still open, you have through today to get signed up!
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of our Easter weekend!  And later in the week I’ll be posting a ‘how to’ on planting your early veggies in your garden.

P.S.  I am so beyond thrilled to have so many new followers! WELCOME!!!  Just an FYI, I reply to ALL comments, unless you are set up as a no-reply blogger, which means you don’t have your account set up to allow my reply to go to your email.  HERE is a post I just did on this, and in that there’s a link you can use to find directions that will show you how to easily change this (or at least check and see if you are or not).  I love meeting new friends through this blog so please leave me a comment!

How was your Easter?  Do you need a new blog design?


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Friday, April 18, 2014

I Don’t Wear Orange

If you remember earlier in the week I mentioned that Andy and I had finished Season 6 of ‘Mad Men’ on Netflix and were looking for a new series to watch.  Monday night we started “Orange is the New Black”. 

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Have I ever mentioned that being wrongfully accused and convicted of a crime and going to prison is one of my biggest fears?  I mean, it *could* happen, right?  Just thinking about it makes me start to breathe a little faster.  So so scary!

Watching “Orange is the New Black” is like watching my biggest fear come to life.  Holy cow, the first episode I actually cried.  The description doesn’t say how she turns heterosexual (or maybe she’s bi?) and is engaged to be married (to Jason Bigg’s character).  She has a surrender date so they go to the prison together on the day she’s scheduled to start her sentence.  They have to say goodbye and oh boy was that hard to watch!  Tears were streaming, down my face and theirs.  Ugh, it was brutal.  And that was all before she went into Hell.  After episode 1 was over I told Andy I didn’t think I could watch anymore. 

Tuesday night I decided I could try watching another episode.  We ended up taking on 2 episodes that night.  We went to bed right after the second one was over and I had nightmares the rest of the night!  Every time I’d wake up I’d immediately think of that show and what I’d seen.  It was haunting me! 

Wednesday night we (meaning ‘I’) decided we needed a night off from the show.  It was just freaking me out way too much!  And I made an executive decision that we will only watch 1 episode per night and then find something completely different and happy to watch after it so that is what’s fresh in my mind when I fall asleep, not prison, a.k.a HELL. 

I when I was looking up the description for the show I saw that Season 2 is set to come out on Netflix June 6th.  Heaven help me. 

Andy is super sweet about it, he said we can just stop watching it since it’s freaking me out so much.  But a tiny part of me wants to see what happens, how it all turns out.  Wish me luck!


I will not be blogging on Monday because Miss Tia is going to be getting me all set up with my NEW blog design!  Come back Tuesday, you won’t want to miss the grand unveiling!!!  She did such an awesome job!  If you are looking to update your blog design you MUST check out Tia!


Have you signed up for the Summer Fitness Giveaway yet?  If you haven’t, here’s the Rafflecopter!  What are you waiting for? a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are you Easter plans? Have you watched ‘Orange’?  What is your biggest fear?

Happy Easter to all! See you back here Tuesday!!!

Erin