Monday, March 28, 2011

FIVE YEARS?!?

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Slim·Fast.

I was just thinking the other day how Brent and I are quickly approaching ten years. No, not ten years of marriage, but five years. This fall, we will have been together for nine years, though, and married for five. That is pretty crazy to think!

For our anniversary, I'd like us to do something extra special. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty happy and content with dinner at home or dinning out. I was thinking maybe we could plan a getaway. Maybe if I start planning this early I can find a beach vacation at an inexpensive price!

I'm a beach person. I never really learned to ski well and I just feel like the beach is so relaxing! The thought of laying on a beach right now, REALLY excites me. However, when I think about the beach, I immediately think, "but, how can I go to the beach this soon post baby?" However, then I think "should I be losing more weight this many months post baby?"

When we met, I was recently out of high school and quite thin. Brent had been in college a few years and had managed to stay pretty trim. As the years have gone by, so have the recipes. Recipe after recipe we cook. With work and life, and of course cooking, we haven't always found time to hit the gym. Brent has been much better about this than I have. I must admit, I've never really enjoyed working out for all too long. I'll do it for a couple of months and then I get tired of it and stop. keep a pretty steady pace at work since I don't sit in a desk, so I like to think that makes up for some working out.

This year, we've made a point to try to watch our diet and eat "cleaner" foods. I feel like I have to specific issues that I could work on. I eat too quickly and sometimes I go too long without eating. I think that last one can be the worst. If you wait too long in between meals, you are more likely to eat more. I think that stands true for everyone. I can buy healthy stuff all day....

However, if I don't eat often, I'm likely to eat most of this in one setting.

I'd like to see myself drop a few pounds that I've accumulated over the years. Of course, I want to do this in a reasonable fashion. I think I want to work on eating slower and working in a few more small meals. I think maybe even drinking something like Slim-Fast during the day would help!

I think my anniversary "to do" list will have two topics "$ put in a jar each week" and "pounds aiming to lose" :) This way, I can get excited as one number goes up and the other comes down. At least that's what the possibility of a beach vacation will require!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Meals for two :)

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Stouffer's.

So, I was thinking the other night about running to the store to get something for dinner. I thought I'll pick up something quick and easy. Then, I thought, why don't I just go get everything in one trip on Sundays?

I've got to get better at planning meals. I just do. Sometimes it's hard. I've always been one that something may sound good one minute and not as good the next. I often feel like I need options. Though we try to eat some fresh foods daily, it's not as easy to keep them around for when you are actually wanting the.

I'm also pretty bad about thinking, oh, I'll wait until Friday night to cook that. Like Friday night is really much different for us! We will enjoy a meal on Friday night just as much as we will on a Tuesday night! I guess for some reason I think if I cook something yummy it's going to take longer and doing it on a Friday night might be better, ya know in case it takes me hours into the night. At least I can sleep in Saturday, right? haha.

Then I got to thinking, I need to prepare things that taste delicious without taking me forever to make!  I think after being on my feet at work some during the day, the thought of just standing for an hour to prepare a meal seems draining.

I was hooked up to try the perfect option!
Stouffer's Saute's for Two seem to be a good fit for us! We tried the steak gorgonzola & the grilled chicken and asiago tortelloni.

They were quick and easy to make and delicious as though I spent a much longer time preparing the meal.


I guess the amount that two people eat can vary, but Brent and I paired our meals with a bread & salad. Those three combined made the meal feel pretty gourmet and filled us up! I especially liked the flavor in the grilled chicken and asiago tortelloni. The mushrooms snuck up on me when I emptied the bag into the skillet. Those weren't mentioned on the front of the bag, so I swiftly forked the chunks of them out!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Giveaway Monday!

This giveaway is over! Thanks for entering! :)

This week, I'm hosting a giveaway from SheSheMade! I think they have some ADORABLE items. I'm excited to order some soon :)


If you don't have a little one to shop for, these items would definitely make wonderful gifts for many different occasions.



SheSheMade is giving away a $50 store credit!

You have several chances to enter, as always :)

To enter
1. Follow my blog & leave a comment telling you do AND which item you would pick from SheSheMade if you won! You can browse the site here.

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- Tweet about the giveaway
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Giveaway!

 THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER!! Thanks for entering :)

I have another giveaway for you all this week :) It's coming from Lisa Leonard Designs.




I loved personalized jewelry. I won a giveaway to her shop in December and I'm STILL trying to pick my favorite item.


Lisa is giving one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to her shop!

To enter
1. Follow my blog & leave a comment telling me you want to win :)

For EXTRA entries -  (Leave a comment for EACH & include your email if you don't have an active blog)
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Lisa will ship to the US or Canada!

You have FIVE chances to win! Winner will be randomly selected and announced next Sunday night.

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