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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Father's Day

With Father's Day fast approaching, my 6 year daughter is looking for a fun gift for her dad!   We are making a little book for her to draw and write her favorite things about daddy, but she wants to get him something more.   Golf is his favorite past time.  He doesn't get to do it much, but always finds time to practice or get on the course.  So I'm thinking of a golf gift this year.  Something different, something fun, something he won't expect.  On to the hunt!  Any ideas, please comment and let me know what you find! 


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Hints for removing carpet stains!

I know I'm not the only mom who has some sort of stain on their carpet that they can't get out!   My daughter "accidentally" smashed her green goo from her Scooby Doo castle into my carpet.  It's has the consistency of silly putty, but much harder to mold into something.  UGH! 

I tried the method that is used to take candle wax out of the carpet, that didn't work.  It helped a little b/c the "goo" sort of stuck to the paper bag, but it really didn't take it all out.  What it did was leave a brown mark from the "hot" paper back all round it!  UGH.  So I used resolve to get that brown up and made a bigger mess.  A green blob of carpet surrounded by a large white ring of "resolved clean carpet.  Great.  Guess there is no hope for this stain.  I just wanted to post a few carpet cleaning hints I found for you that you may have use for in the future!

How to clean PAINT from CARPET

How to remove a BLEACH stain from CARPET

How to remove GLUE from CARPET

How to remove GRAPE JUICE from CARPET





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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Burn calories walking in the zoo or amusement park!



Have you ever been to an amusement park or zoo for hours upon hours and wonder how many calories you may have burned walking around?  Well, with my new found fitness goals, I have.  I walked around the amusement park for 7 hours the other day and thought I HAD to have burned something, but it was such a casual walk, I didn't know if it  would even measure up, so I came home and walked 30 minutes on the treadmill just to be sure I had burned calories that day.  

That night I started researching it.  It is summer after all and we go to the amusement park and zoo quite often now that we have season passes.  So I had to know so I can keep track.  Well, you may be surprised and happy to learn the following:

According to Fitness Health
6. Visit an Amusement Park
Every 31 minutes spent at an amusement park will burn about 100 calories, thanks to the typically spread-out placement of the attractions and the anaerobic exercise effect your body achieves when it tenses up on an exciting ride. Just make sure to pack your own lunch or plan meals before and after your visit, as most amusement park food vendors tend towards fried food, burgers and ice cream.
Bonus: A trip to an amusement or theme park can serve as the centerpiece of a family vacation, and a four-hour stay will burn almost 800 calories. That’s enough to offset some of your other vacation indulgences, such as hours spent relaxing by the pool or an extra serving of dessert.

And according to Cha Cha
Walking around the a theme park for an hour for most people will burn 150 to 200 calories.

And Tops Club Inc said:
39. Head to a county fair or amusement park. You’ll slash 612 calories in three hours from the casual walking and standing in lines. (Subtract 105 calories if you have cotton candy.)

All are similar calorie counts so it gives you something to go by.  I have a feeling my daughter is going to have a fun filled summer at the zoo and amusement park this summer so mom can get her work out in! 



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Friday, July 13, 2012

Apple, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola treat!

I wanted to share a new snack I found on Pinterest!    This looked so good to me I had to try it, except I just did it as an open face "sandwich" and didn't put a top on it.  I figured I could get more "snacks" if I did them open face, instead of eating two of the apples at once.  If that makes sense.   Anyway I used a large red delicious apple, Smooth Peanut Butter and Bear Naked Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola. YUM

If your counting calories, be sure to note how much apple you ate, and measure your peanut butter and granola.  I bought a kitchen scale from The Biggest Loser and use it to weigh all my items.  It helps so much when I'm logging in my nutrition on SparkPeople.com .  It wasn't to expensive, about $19.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond plus I used a coupon for it so it was less.

One note.... be sure to crumble the granola well, because the larger chunks can be harsh on your mouth!  At least they can be on mine, so I crumble them small when adding them to the peanut butter.   Enjoy!

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Monday, July 9, 2012

What I eat to stay healthy! Healthy Snacks and low calorie ideas!

UPDATE!  September 27th and I've lost 67 lbs as of this morning!  3 more to go for my goal weight by my 10 year wedding anniversary on October 19th.  Think I'll make it by then for sure and maybe try to go 10 more lbs., but will probably just try to maintain after the 3.

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It all started in the Spring when I just wanted to lose 10 lbs to feel comfortable on the kiddie rides at the amusement park with my daughter and not feel like a stuffed sausage in the ride.  I have spent almost 4 months now collecting low calorie food idea for my new way of eating!  I've lost 40 lbs  since March 19th and have a list of low calorie foods I  want to share with you so you can add them to your low calorie menu!   According to Sparkpeople.com which I use daily, I personally should be taking in 1200 - 1500 calories a day.  300 for Breakfast, 400 for lunch, 400 for dinner and (2) 200 calorie snacks (which I break down and will eat 4 or more 80 or 90 calorie snacks during the day).   I fudge things and sometimes only have 150 - 205 calories for breakfast, but may eat more for dinner to even it out.  Some days I'm under the recommended calories per day and sometimes I eat out and am way over!  I also work out everyday on the treadmill for 30 minutes at the least.  Ok, some times I miss a day, maybe two, but 99% of the time I'm on there daily for 30 minutes.

So here are just a few examples of items on my list of foods:


Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Muffins - 260 Calories Each

Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Croissant - 290 Calories Each

Gorton's Talapia Fish Filets - 80 Calories Each

Bird's Eye Steamfresh Garlic Baby Peas and Mushrooms - 80 Calories for 3/4 cup (2 servings per bag so approx 160 calories for entire bag... not bad!)  Note, my bag says 80 calories but the link shows 90 calories. 

Hillshire Farm Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast - 60 Calories for 2 oz (makes good sandwich!)

Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Bread - 100 Calories per slice (2 slices and some low sodium turkey and you have a 260 calorie lunch sandwich)

3 Egg white omelet (2 whites + 1 whole egg w/ yolk) - 106 Calories
Add some chopped green peppers, red onion, mushrooms and reduced fat cheese for a healthy taste! 

Hard Boiled Egg White - 17 Calories (whole egg with yolk about 75 calories)

Multi Grain Cheerios (1 Cup) - 110 Calories

Skim Milk (1 Cup) - 80 Calories

Special K Chocolatey Pretzel Cereal Bar - 90 Calories

Nutri Grain Bars (Cherry) - 120 Calories

Lay's Light Original Potato Chips - 75 Calories for1oz or about 15 chips

Special K Sea Salt Cracker Chips - 110 Calories for about 30 chips

Jennie O Turkey Burger - 200 Calories (1) 4 oz burger
Wrap this in a lettuce leaf, add some tomatoes, onion, low fat mayo and save on calories from no bun!

Kroger Lite Cherry Cheesecake Yogurt - 80 Calories  (Store brand, yours may vary in different locations)

* Of course all your 100 Calorie pack snacks as well

Fruits and veggies are always great snacks as well (click the links to see calorie info!)
Love carrots & fresh green beans that I cut into sticks and dip in low fat ranch dressing.


Keep in mind, you can still have things you love, just figure out what you can leave off to make them less calories.  For example I love Chipolte and still eat it.   I just eat it in a bowl (not a wrap), with fajita, leave off the meat and cheese and can get a burrito bowl for a little over 400 calories!  Perfect to fit in my calorie in take for a meal.  Can be less if you leave off the sour cream. Check out the Chipolte Nutrition Calculator and figure how you can save calories!  Another example, I love Skyline Chili (A Cincinnati thing!).  I figured out that I can eat a coney but leave off the hot dog and cheese and save a ton of calories (Basically a chili sandwich).  I can enjoy  more "chili" sandwiches since each has less calories without the dog and cheese.  

I hope this helps you a little with idea!  Please share with me what you like as low calorie meals/snacks.
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Great songs to workout or walk to!

I'm always searching on the internet for ideas for songs to put on my Ipod to walk to.  I'm still working out, down 40lbs now and needs some new songs to keep motivated!   I thought I'd share what I have on my Ipod to give you some ideas of what you could add (if you don't have them already!)


1) Raise Your Glass - Pink
2) So What - Pink
3) Dynamite - Taio Cruiz
4) Just Dance - Lady GaGa
5) Poker Face - Lady GaGa
6) Bad Romance - Lady GaGa
7) Alejandro - Lady GaGa
8) Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
9) What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
10) Gonna Make You Sweat (Every Body Dance Now) - C&C Music Factory
11) Wild One - Flo Rider (Featuring Sia)
12) Bye Bye - Jo Dee Messina
13) Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
14) Low - Flo Rider (Featuring T-Pain)
15) Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
16) Bust A Move - Young MC
17) It's Getting Hot In Here - Nelly
18) Push It - Salt n Pepa

Those are my fast songs.  I have some warm up/down songs that are slower as well.
1) I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
2) Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine (for you Twilight Fans!)
3) I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
4) Some Body That I Use To Know - Gotye (Featuring Kimbra)

Hopefully all those links are correct!  Let me know what you like to walk/work out to.  I love new ideas!
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Will power and Workouts!

The best Birthday present I could have ever gotten was this past March, my Ipod Nano!   I wanted one to start to lose weight and give me something to listen to while walking on the treadmill.   It's wonderful (except for when I start my workout on the treadmill and realize the battery is dead! Grrrr).  

Since March 19th I have lost 32 pounds!   I have a long way to go, at least 38 more pounds to be where I want to be, but I plan on working towards it all summer, and it's so much easier than I thought it would be.  Will power and workouts!   I also use Sparkpeople.com, a great free place to track my calories, food and workouts to keep me on track.   I make sure to walk 30 minutes every night on my treadmill.  Once I get to the weight I want to be, I'll cut that back probably, but now I'm looking for serious weight loss so I have to do it every night.    And my treadmill can attest for my daily 30 minute walk/runs because it's starting to sound funny!  Just what I need.  I can't let that thing go out on me! 

Anyway I hope you get inspired to lose some weight, weather it's 5 pounds, 50 pounds or 150 pounds, once you start it's so easy and Spark People has forums where you can meet other people in your area for support!  Give it a try!  What's holding you back!


Leave a comment if you have a weight loss story to tell! 
And let me know what songs you like to workout to.  I'm always looking for new energizing songs!
I'd love to be inspired.


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chick Cupcakes - Simple and Easy!


I made these cute little guys for Easter. I wanted a simple yet festive cupcake. Some recipes used colored coconut to make the chick look fuzzy. CUTE! But was more trouble than I wanted to go through and not all kids like coconut. So I stuck with white icing and yellow food coloring. Saved a little white and added orange for a beak and found some candy eyes at target in the baking section. Simple, easy, delicious!

PEEP PEEP!





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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Janie and Jack clothing 20% OFF Online Coupon!

SORRY.... This coupon code has been taken! Check back soon or subscribe to my blog to get more codes as I receive them!

I have ONE coupon for 20% Off your entire purchase from Janie and Jack kids clothing online. It expires March 31, 2012 so use the contact button at the top of my blog if your interested in it! They have such cute clothes!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

20% OFF Gymboree Online Coupon



SORRY>>>> THE COUPON HAS BEEN TAKEN. Check back for more when I get them!

I have another 20% off coupon for Gymboree Online! 20% Off entire purchase in store or online. Expires March 31, 2012. Use the contact button above to snag it from me.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Daycare

I appreciate the guest post, Lindsay Valdez

My sister-in-law runs a daycare center a few miles from my house. I have never had the need to put my kids in daycare, but there are a few days when she has been short-staffed and I have taken my kids there so I could help her in one of the classrooms. My sister-in-law has had a few bumps in the road over the years as she has managed her daycare. She ran into some problems with her internet, but then she switched to T1 Dallas internet and found that the prices were much better. She has had to increase her tuition prices a few times to cover the costs for keeping the daycare running. It is actually a difficult business to be in because as the economy changes, so does the need for childcare. One would think that as parents need more money for their families, they would need to bring them to daycare more often so that they could work. Actually, as families need more money, they often cut childcare and one parent decided to stay home with the kids instead of putting money into childcare. I am very fortunate to be able to stay home with my children.




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Easter Bunny Wreath Door Hanger & Wooden Decoration!

Check out our new bunny wreath door hanger!
Inspired by our Snowmen, Witch and Santa wreaths.
If your interested you can check out our site for more photos and info on ordering one.






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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Our craft show pictures and facebook/ websites

I just thought I'd post some photo's from the craft show's my friend and I have done. I love making things and usually am more addicted to making crafts during the Holidays. If you ever need anything made, digital or hand crafted.... use the contact button at the top of my blog and let me know!

You can follow us on Facebook too! A Change Of Space Facebook (Website) or check out the free digital forum I'm part of on facebook Chubby Cheeks Graphix Facebook (Join Our Forum)

Neville's Roses & Ivy Craft shop we are in.

Craft show
Craft show
Craft Show


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Infant Tylenol Recall Feb 17th, 2010

NEW RECALL!


Johnson & Johnson is recalling its entire U.S. supply of infants Tylenol, aprrox 574,000 bottles, due to a design flaw. A part of the cap intended to restrict the flow of liquid can fall into the bottle, and that shouldn’t happen nor should parents use this medicine if it does. You can read all the details, FAQs and refund form and information at Infants Tylenol Recall 2012

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Advertising ads and links

I love informing my readers of hints, tips and ideas I've come across over my time as a mom.  I also like to share information about interesting stories or information I come across.  For that reason, from time to time I may post advertising ads and links that may generate ad income.   I hope you find everything I post interesting and enjoyable!


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