Archive | April, 2009

Extreme Makeover: Me Edition healthy recipe

29 Apr

Hello my friends. It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. Amber is hosting this great group of girls who are supporting each other as we strive to lose weight/get healthier.

This is my philosophy this week: It is what it is. I have decided to be happy with me. This body I have is amazing. It does so much. It takes care of my kids, loves my husband, hugs my friends, blogs, cleans and allows me to be creative. I am going to be happy with myself and try to be healthier.

This week: drink more water, continue walking, eating more fruits and veggies.


This week’s question:

Share with us a healthy recipe.

{One that you’ve adapted, found, made up. Anything. Try to give any nutritional info if possible}

Asian Noodle Soup With Chicken and Snow Peas

This is a recipe that I made Monday night. It is from Martha’s Everyday Food magazine. I just love those magazines – could they be any cuter??


Here are the nutrition facts for the dish: 355 calories, 1.8 grams of fat, 27.5 grams of protein, 55.3 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber. {It does call for something called lemongrass. I looked all over and even in spices and couldn’t find it. I substituted lemon seasoning for it and it was great!}

Click HERE for the recipe!

It was a huge hit!!! Everyone loved it. I loved it because it was healthy and so yummy. I had the leftovers for lunch today!!


Go on over to join the EM:ME group. What a wonderful group of supportive friends!


Paris Room: Reveal

29 Apr

Welcome everyone from Kelly’s Corner. I am excited to link up for Where You Live Friday. This is my daughter Hannah’s room that I redid for her birthday. She wanted to theme to be Paris.
Here are some before pictures:

And after:


{we replaced the ugly ceiling fan with a cute chandelier}
{I hung a curtain rod over her bed with sheer panels and used shower curtain rings from Target to add a little sparkle}
{sorry for the blurriness – there is an uplight behind the bed for a little nighttime glow}
{I framed some chandelier pictures around the Eiffel Tower}

{I put hung wrapping paper behind the shelves to give it some interest}
{Here are the collages I made}
{She received a black, metal Eiffel Tower wall hanging that is going to go over the dresser}
Happy Birthday Sweet Hannah!!!
Hope you are having a happy Day!

Paris Room Update

28 Apr
{not my actual room – too tired to post a real picture}


Hello my friends! Sorry I have been missing from Blogland today. I have been running around non-stop. This is the first chance I have had to sit down. But I did get some things accomplished! We got the yard mulched, the soil in the square foot garden containers. And I just finished painting Hannah’s Paris bedroom surprise.


I was planning on giving her the Paris things and then working with her to re-do her room, but at the last second, I decided that it would more fun to SURPRISE her with her room on her birthday. Which is tomorrow!


So tomorrow I will put the room together while she is at school. I also got the Paris collages done. I am excited to see how it all looks together! I promise to come over and catch up on what you’ve been up to, hopefully tomorrow! But now I am off to wash the paint out of my hair before I get some zzzzzzzzzzz’s.


Friend Makin’ Mondays: Five Senses

27 Apr

It’s Friend Makin’ Monday! Kasey from All That Is Good is asking us what our favorite things are for each of our five senses.

Here are my favorites!

Smells I Like:

  1. I love the smell of rain on cement – there is something the smell of a summer storm.
  2. The smell of old books.
  3. Lilacs blooming.
  4. Baby lotion on my kids when they are fresh out of the tub.


  1. Sour milk – could there be anything grosser?

Things I like to touch:

  1. My kids’ soft, soft skin.
  2. My puppy’s soft fur.
  3. Chenille.
  4. Bubbles

  1. Dirt under my nails. Just drives me crazy.
Sounds I like:

  1. Hearing my family laugh.

  2. The dishwasher after the kitchen has been cleaned up.

  3. Happy music on the radio.

  4. The sounds of kids playing (we live right behind a school so those sounds come in almost everyday)


  1. When my kids are fighting.

Tastes I Like:

  1. Salsa
  2. Burnt Almond cake (my in-laws used to live in San Jose, CA where there was this amazing bakery. For my birthday they would order this cake for me. Heaven on earth!
  3. Dark, dark chocolate
  4. Lemon Thick-n-Creamy Yoplait yogurt.


  1. Nuts on anything. (except I do like almonds)

Sights I Like:

  1. My sweet kids.

  2. My thoughtful husband

  3. My yard in the Spring

  4. Cute clothes — on sale!


  1. Seeing anyone mistreated.

There you have it! All 5 Senses covered: Good and the bad! Thanks Kasey (and Kelli from My Kitchen Window who came up with this week’s question)! Go on over to Kasey’s to link up and play!

Have a Super Monday!

Creative Fridays: ooh la la!!

24 Apr

Hannah is turning 10 next week. I can’t believe it!!! She has decided that instead of a friend party she would like to re-do her room. She has always been a fan of fashion and Paris. So she wants to a Paris theme for her bedroom.

These are some pictures I am using as inspiration for her room:

This is a project I am making to give her for her birthday. Paris collages. I am going to decoupage them (a set of three) on canvas and then embellish the tops with flowers, ribbon and glitter. I think it is going to be fun in her new room!

I will post pictures of them when they are finished.
Have a Fantastic Friday!!!

Introducing my best blogging friend: Dave

23 Apr

Isn’t he great? So steady and supportive.

(he makes blogging on the couch so comfy!)

Jeff brought him home for me from IKEA

(his name really is Dave! — $20)
It’s going to be nice today.
Out to the yard for me.
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Extreme Makeover: Me Edition… Help!

23 Apr

It’s week 4 of Amber’s Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. This is a really great group of ladies who are supporting each other as we try to lose weight/get healthier. Go over and join!


Ok, I’m keeping it real — I am at a low point. I almost didn’t post today because I feel like I’m not making much progress. Here are the good points this week:

  • Not eating late at night (except one night when I had to eat like half a bag of Baked Lays)
  • Drinking more water (I am loving Crystal Light)
  • It’s finally warm here so I have been taking Ella for walks in the mornings (well, twice so far…)
  • Working out in my yard has kept me busy and weeding up and down is almost the same as lunges, right???

Bad points:

  • I am discouraged
  • My jeans are still tight
  • My stomach grossed me out in the shoe mirror at Target tonight as I was sitting to try on some sandals – blah!
  • I am tired of Jillian Michael’s yelling at me as I Shred
  • I am still going up and down with the same 2-3 pounds each week

The question this week is what type of music do you work out to that gets your blood pumping? Well, my kids will tell you that I like music way too young for my age. Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, The Fray, Owl City, Jack’s Mannequin — but also love 80’s stuff, Madonna, OMD, U2, Keane.


So, if you’re still reading this, please help me get motivated. Do you have any good ideas???? I am thinking about bagging it all and getting one of these:

{just kidding — kind of…}


Thanks for coming by!
I hope you have a wonderful day!