Two different Elves

I hope everyone is having a great Black Friday/rest day from work. I unfortunately, had to work today, but I was able to get a few deals at Target last night. (now I am beat. how do people shop for HOURRSSSS haha)

The day started with a trip from Justin.

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Our Elf is back and ready to go. Andrew was reading the book he comes with each year.

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I wanted to pass along this letter that I used to print from Justin. All I did was copy and paste a square over their names, and put Andrew on the top, and Justin on the bottom. Super easy!

Elf on the Shelf Intro Letter

(letter can be found here as well)

I think Justin defiantly starts the Christmas Season. My parents and Andrew also got the tree today, and this week we are going to put up decorations! YEA for Christmas YEA for being off work  haha

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Elf 4 Health Challenge: Track water intake

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Today was no problem. I drink TONS of water at work (unless I have a sick kiddo) and I could tell this morning that I needed the water. I didn’t go crazy on the food yesterday, but with the food and not a lot of sleep, my body wasn’t feeling the best. So lots of H2O:

Question for you:

Do you have trouble getting your water intake?

Does you family have an Elf?

Sweet Potato Casserole

I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving. I will be sharing the day with my NICU family, and then heading home to see some of the family. Each year we all bring in something to share together and I wrote down sweet potatoes 🙂

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes                                                                                               
      4 large sweet potatoes
      ½ cup canned coconut milk
      1 Tbsp. coconut oil
      1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup
      1 tsp cinnamon
      ½ tsp nutmeg
      juice of half an orange
 
Pecan Topping
¾ cup chopped raw pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp melted coconut oil
 
Directions:
1.) Bowl large pot of water. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the water boils, peel and dice potatoes into chunks.
2.) Place sweet potatoes in boiling water, and boil till you can stick a fork in them
3.) Drain water. Place rest of ingredients in pot with potatoes. Blend with hand mixer.
4.) Place in oven safe dish, then top with pecan topping.
ENJOY!
 
I found the recipe here 🙂
 
UPDATE: After celebrating with my NICU, I have to say this sweet potatoes are AWESOME!!!!!!! I also ended up drizzling grass fed butter on top, I think it was the best part!
 
Question for you:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Do you like sweet potatoes?

What I ate Wednesday + new workout

Today is another What I Ate Wednesday, thanks to Peas and Crayons!

For breakfast, I went back to the basics. Eggs, peppers, and bacon. YUM

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And of course coffee

Then it was time to workout and then trader joe’s

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I picked up my twin neice and nephew. So by the time it was lunch I was STARVING!

So lunch was apple pork tenderloin that was made yesterday.

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Then I had a protein pumpkin cake for dessert.

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Dinner was not exciting, meatball and cauliflower mashed potatoes

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ELF 4 HEALTH: try a new workout

I went looking for a new workout on my pinterest board, and found lots of good ones, but all I wanted to do was go to spin class. Which of course, is not new for me. So I headed to the gym, and to my amazement the spin class was full! Fate. I think so. haha. So instead I did 35 min on the bike, and this workout

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I also found this one that I want to try soon.

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Question for you:

What is something you ate today?

What workout have you done lately?

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Andrew and I finally had time to sit down and work on his Christmas list. We filled it out at Mr Lucky’s this past Sunday, and thought of a few things to put down. Andrew came right home, and we got stickers, markers, and construction paper. I think it turned out pretty cute!

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Staying in the Christmas spirit, I found this list of Christmas movies that we can start looking for! This saves a lot of time!

http://m.washfm.com/articles/happy-holidays-444238/holiday-tv-guide-2013-9483051/

(and I MIGHTTTT have my DVR ready haha)

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Day 2 Elf 4 Health

Today was a day I was looking forward to! There are so many emails that I get, that IMMEDIATELY get put in the trash. So today it was perfect! I think I even started on Monday 🙂

Some rejects:

  • many blogs that are not paleo and I don’t enjoy reading. I read A LOT of blogs that are not paleo, because I love following along in their journey. But most of those blogs are the ones I found right away, and are now cyber friends with them (that doesn’t sound creepy at all haha)
  • kohl’s, hobby lobby, and mlb.com to name a few. sorry, I can’t have you cluttering my inbox anymore
  • eat this, not that. I can’t remember the last time I actually read this.

Overall I think I unsubscribed to about 50 emails! Thats a lot of uncluttering!!!

Question for you:

Do you remember anything you put on your Christmas List as a kid?

-I always asked for a baby sister 🙂 Never happened

Where in your life is there a lot of clutter

-my closets need to be attacked next!

Mom and me + elf 4 health

Today, I start the Elf4Health challenge which runs from 11/25-12/22. Along the way, you  gain an elf friend for 2 weeks, and then switch up and get a new elf for the last 2 weeks. Their are daily challenges, the support of a fellow elf, AND prizes along the way! I know I mentioned it was free. (and you can still sign up for the last two weeks if you are looking for some challenges and accountability!)

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Today is GO MEATLESS. Trying this while on the paleo diet has been a bit difficult, but I am trying to get in my protein in other ways!

Tomorrow is unsubscribe to unwanted junk mail. I am really excited about his! Cleaning things up is a favorite “hobby” of mine (says only type A personalities haha)

I plan to keep you guys updated along the way. And you guys are welcome to keep me on track as well 🙂

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If we rewind to Sunday, you will see a fun filled Andrew and mommy day. It started with church (and starbucks!)

We then drove out to sky zone again. I guess we are hooked!

Andrew wanted to just jump by himself (which he later regretted when he asked me repeatedly to join him). Afterwards we went looking for lunch. I wanted to eat a new place and not a fast food joint.

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This led us to a bar and grill called Mr Lucky’s. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this place for future visits. I think it is a great place for buddies to meet for a few beers and to watch the twenty TVs that they have. It was smoky and a little outdated. The food was typical bar food (but not that impressive) BUT our waitress was EXTREMELY nice.

So a small bust for finding a new place, but at least we tried!

The rest of the day was spent lounging at home and watching Too Cute. Still not a lot of house work getting done, but what ya gonna do haha

Question for you:

Do you eat at the same restaurants or tend to branch out?

Weekly Workouts

I was feeling great this week! The workouts were tough and I lost 2lbs! But I know that the workouts were only a part of it, it was the eats. I have been tracking my carbs on sparkpeople.com and it makes a HUGE difference.

Sunday: Jumping at sky zone 🙂

Monday: 12 hour shift + 40 min bike

Tuesday: 12 hr shift

Wednesday: 35min ellpitical + arm workout

Thursday: 60 min kickboxing class (I was a red sweaty mess~!)

Friday: 12 hour shift

Saturday: 1 hour spin class

I have also been looking for new recipes so I don’t get bored. Like the paleo pumpkin cake and the protein version!

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Question for you:

What is one workout you did this week?

Have you tried any new foods or recipes lately?

Baby and dog sitting

Sorry I have been MIA the past few days, between work and not having much to say I didn’t want to bore you.

I also have been staying busy doggie sitting, and baby sitting.

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The twins are two months old and really interacting more

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Of course that means, my house is a mess. OH WELL! Better to live in a messy house, than spend life cleaning constantly 🙂

I also made it to the gym for spin class today, I was a red sweaty mess!!

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Then I felt bad for all the girls who come to the gym with a full set of make and their hair down and curled!!! (yep. they still exist haha)

Andrew and I also ran to Big Lots and got tons of stuff for xmas, and even some new pans for baking!

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I also snacked on these bad boys.

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I love the ones from trader joe’s, so I had to see about these. They were only a buck 🙂

Well thats about it, I have been staying busy, eating great (less than 80g of carbs a day!) and getting to the gym. And I lost 2lbs this week! Now I am going to read and take some much needed me time 🙂

Question for you:

How do you squeeze in me time?

Big Lots shopper?