Trying to Keep it Healthy During the End of Pregnancy

July 24, 2014 in Family Life, Meal Ideas, Pregnancy

I’ve been having a lot of fun running around with family lately!  I’ve also been trying to keep the diet a little healthier since last weekend.  I’ve found it’s much easier to eat well when I’m in my own home, but when I go to my mom’s house…..it’s SO HARD!

She has so many yummy treats there right now and it is KILLING me!

I’ve been having this for breakfast most mornings…

Egg Veggie Scramble and cherries

Some sort of veggie/egg mixture with a side of fruit.  I’ve been lovin’ cherries SO MUCH this summer.  YUM!

I’ve had my weird lettuce/fruit/cottage cheese mixture a few times lately and I love it (this picture was taken last week though.)

Lettuce, peaches, raspberries and cottage cheese

For some reason lettuce has tasted SO GOOD to me this pregnancy.  I could almost eat it plain.  Weird.  I’m going to make an effort to add it to more things so I can get more veggies in.  I’ll keep you posted on the interesting concoctions I come up with.

I also made this for dinner the other night…

Pot Stickers, Chicken, Broccoli and Fruit

This is a perfect example of an “It’s summer and I don’t feel like cooking, but I want to feed my family something healthy” dinner.

It’s just Pot Stickers from Costco, roasted broccoli, chicken (I just cooked on my Electric frying pan), pineapple and grapes.

I’ve been buying Pot Stickers from Costco for a long time, but they recently started carrying a new brand that I LOVE!

Green Chopsticks Pot Stickers

They’re made by Green Chopsticks and they’re so good.  The wrappers seem thinner than the other brand I used to get, which I’m happy ’bout.  I’m also quite impressed with the “real” ingredients in these.  They’re also super quick and easy to make and all my kids eat them!  Yay.

We had a crazy night last night, so I made my kiddos quesadillas and Peanut Butter sandwiches for dinner (they didn’t complain at all!) and I made myself this concoction and ate it in the car…

Yogurt Cottage Cheese Blueberry Mixture

It’s a blueberry Chobani yogurt, light cottage cheese, blueberries and granola.  I always love these yogurt concoctions.  They always taste good, take 2 seconds to make and sit well in my tummy.

Oh, and I received this yummy granola from Cascadian Farm recently…

Cascadian Farm Granola

They sent me two flavors, Dark Chocolate and Apple Crisp.  SUPER YUMMY!  I love the taste and crunch that granola adds to things and I also love that this granola adds protein!  However, granola in general is HIGH in calories, so I just like to use it in small quantities.

This Cascadian Farm granola is about 230-250 calories per serving (3/4 cup), so I’ve just added a little bit to my yogurt concoctions, to protein shakes or I’ve just had a little bit by itself.  I even came up with this yummy sweet treat a few nights ago…

My late night Smart Pop, KIND granola and chocolate chip snack

Skinny Pop popcorn with chocolate chips and granola mixed in.   This was fabulous and such a yummy late night snack!

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Sadly, it seems like everything I eat makes me feel ill lately.  I think my stomach is quite squished and can’t handle much these days.  When I’m not pregnant, I NEVER EVER get heartburn, but now everything gives me heartburn and makes me nauseous.  It’s so sad. :-(

If I eat VERY clean and VERY small meals, I seem to do fine….BUT if I eat anything sweet/salty/fatty/carbohydrate-y/yummy, etc. it makes me sick AND if I eat more than just a small portion of anything, it makes me sick.

It doesn’t stop me from eating though!  Ha.

However, I’ve found that warm lemon water is very soothing to my body lately.  I prefer to have it first thing in the morning, but I’ve also been having it whenever I feel ill.  It’s great and really makes me feel better.

I filled up a big water bottle with warm lemon water yesterday and took it with me on the go.

Me looking a lot like Jabba

It was so good!

I also have to say this is NOT a cute picture of me!  Like at all.  However, this is pretty much how I look these days. Oy.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I told you guys I would share pictures of myself throughout the pregnancy…the good, bad and the ugly!

Well folks, I’ve afraid we’ve reached the ugly stage, lol!  I would say the best word to describe myself these days is haggard.

I feel humungous, bloated, ill, frumpy and just NOT CUTE.

It’s okay though, I only have about 3 weeks left!!!  I’m really looking forward to the scale, the bloating and my FACE going down in size.

Oh, and I’m seeing quite the resemblance to Jabba the Hutt these days…

Jabba the Hutt

I’m sure a lot of pregnant women can relate to feeling rather “Jabba-esque.”  Notice how the chin(s) run into the chest, which runs into the tummy to form one giant blob??!  Yes, I can relate.  Poor Jabba doesn’t get to give birth though.

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Anyway, I’m getting ready to head over to the reservoir to swim with my kiddos and family, so I gotta wrap this up!  I also want to share a beautiful picture

Beautiful Summer Sunset

This is the view from my parent’s deck and it’s one of my favorite views in all the world!  This picture actually doesn’t do it justice.  I took this picture last night while my sissy and I were chatting on the deck.  The sunset was a beautiful shade of red and pink….this pic doesn’t show how vibrant the colors were!

FYI, that is the Great Salt Lake and the sun is setting behind Antelope Island.  That’s also my cute Elementary school.  I LOVED growing up adjacent to an Elementary School and church.  We had so much space to go exploring and running around.  It was bliss.

Oh, to be a child again.  I miss it.  Well I gotta run!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

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My Accident Prone Son + Healthy and Crappy Eating

June 3, 2014 in Adventures, Family Life, Meal Ideas, Restaurant Food

Well, I was in the middle of typing up this post last night when my 10 year old son came running in the house screaming, “I think I broke my arm!”

This particular son of mine is very dramatic, so I wasn’t too worried initially.  However, as soon as I saw his arm I thought, “Yep, it’s broken.”  It was bent in a way that arms just aren’t supposed to bend.  Eeee.

Soooo, Kev and I ran him to the Instacare and they sent us to the ER.  They let us know he broke his radius and ulna bones all the way through and they were both displaced.  Here’s one of his x-ray pictures where you can see the broken bone and the odd shape of his wrist.

Derek's broken arm xray

Poor guy.  He was in a lot of pain, but the orthopedic doctor who was on call was amazing!  The nurses told us that most doctors would probably opt for surgery to fix this break, but the doc we had was the “best.”

They put my son to sleep while they set his arm (thank heavens!)  I didn’t watch them set it, but Kev did and he said it was terrible.  The doctor literally yanked and manipulated his arm until he was able to line up the bones correctly.  Yikes.

My poor baby is doing much better now and is enjoying all of the attention.

Derek's broken arm

Oh, and FYI, he was just playing in the backyard with a bunch of kids.  They had some old stools and a snow sled out there and were climbing on them.  My son was on one of the stools and fell off and caught himself with his arm.

It wasn’t pretty.

He’s our first child to break a bone.  He was also our first child to get stitches too.  He is VERY active and adventurous.  In fact, I’m surprised he’s made it this long without a broken bone!

I’m so grateful he’s okay and I’m so grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses who helped us.

I swear, there is ALWAYS some type of drama happening at our house at all times.

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We had a very nice, relaxing, enjoyable weekend.  I loved it.  However, it was a little bit “reckless abandon-ish” as far as my healthy lifestyle goes.

It was very nice though.

For some reason, I have been SO TIRED lately!  I’ve been getting plenty of sleep, but have been seriously draggin’.  I guess it takes a lot of energy to grow a human being. ;-)

However, it’s amazing how quickly my “healthy living mojo” goes down the tubes when I’m tired.  Soooo, I pretty much just ate whatever sounded good to me and it was very nice.

I totally made these cupcakes on Sunday night and they were FABulous!!!!

Yummy cupcakes

I just used a regular cake mix, but the frosting was crazy good!  Here’s a link to the recipe.  Holy crap guys, that frosting is the bomb.  We may just have to make cupcakes again….very very soon!

On Saturday Kev and I went to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes (also known at Souplantation in other areas.)

Sweet Tomatoes

I was invited to be a part of their “Design Your Own Delicious” campaign and share my favorite creations/choices with all of you!

I was happy to oblige.

Kev and I at Sweet Tomatoes

I love the salad bar at Sweet Tomatoes and always load up!

My yummy Sweet Tomatoes salad

I don’t remember every single thing I threw on there, but my favorites were the hard boiled egg, sunflower seeds and raisins.  Seriously SO GOOD!  I always love to get a little bit of their broccoli salad too.

Me with my Sweet Tomatoes salad

I also had a slice (or two!) of their AMAZING sourdough bread topped with honey butter.

Sweet Tomatoes bread with honey butter

GUYS, this bread is unbelievably good, especially when it’s hot out of the oven!  I also had a small blueberry muffin and a taste of their fettuccine Alfredo, but didn’t take a pic.

I ended this wonderful dinner with a small ice cream sundae

My Sweet Tomatoes ice cream sundae

I topped my ice cream with hot fudge, cookie crumbs and toffee pieces.  Yuuuuummmmm!

I love Sweet Tomatoes and even though they offer a lot more healthy options than your typical buffet restaurant, I always eat way too much!

I enjoyed every bite though.

After dinner, Kev and I went to see the new X-Men movie and it was really good!

X Men poster

I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi superhero movies, but I really liked this one!  The story line wasn’t predictable and kept me interested the whole time.  I also really, really love Hugh Jackman!

I thought Jennifer Lawrence did a great job as the blue lady (Mystique) too.  I would HATE to wear that costume though!  Can you imagine????  Ya, you’re pretty much naked with blue paint on.  Cute.

Anyway, we had a fun night!

I’ve also been trying to eat extra well the past couple days to make up for my crazy weekend.  It’s been great.  I had this for breakfast today and yesterday…

eggs, veggies and guac for breakfast

1 egg + 3 egg whites scrambled with onions, peppers and spinach and topped with tomatoes and guacamole.

Seriously SO GOOD!

It doesn’t keep me full for too long though. :-(

I had a bunch of leftovers for lunch yesterday…

Chicken, sweet potato and salad for lunch

Grilled chicken, sweet potato and a yummy salad topped with more guacamole!

Yes, I think guacamole will be a staple around our house this summer.  I’ll share my recipe with you guys soon!

For dinner last night, I made this…

quinoa, broccoli, tortalinis and chicken for dinner

Yes, it’s pretty much my “I don’t know what in the heck to make for dinner, so I’ll make this for dinner” dinner.  I cooked up some chicken (seasoned with seasoning salt) in my electric frying pan and served it with broccoli, quinoa (the kids didn’t eat the quinoa though) and tortellini (I only ate a few) topped with marinara sauce.

I must say that this is my favorite marinara sauce hands down…

Costco Marinara sauce

It’s from Costco, obviously, but it is so dang good and full of real ingredients!

Costco Marinara nutrition

I think it tastes just like the marinara sauce at Olive Garden.  YUM!  I even like it better than the homemade sauce I canned last year.  I don’t think I’ll be canning sauce any more!

Oh, and I had this for a snack yesterday…

Protein Pudding with bananas, almonds and chocolate chips

Protein pudding (love!) topped with bananas, chocolate chips and sliced almonds.  I LOVE this snack/treat!

I had this for lunch today….

nectarine, apricot and cottage cheese for lunch

A nectarine and an apricot topped with cottage cheese.  LOVE THIS, but it doesn’t keep me full for long either.  I might just have to make some protein pudding again. ;-)

Oh, and my cute broken-armed son keeps asking me to make a treat (yes, he’s milking the attention!)  I may just have to be a good mom and accommodate him, dang it. ;-)

Well, I gotta go pick my kidlets up from school and then I’m going to get my hair done (hallelujah!)  Oh, and here’s my official “29 weeks pregnant” pictures…

Me 29 weeks pregnant

I can’t believe I’ll be 30 weeks soon.  YAY!

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful night!

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Good Food, Great Finds and a Bunch of Random Things!

May 1, 2014 in Family Life, Meal Ideas, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Well I’m still goin’ strong on my healthy diet and I’m lovin’ it!  It’s definitely a reasonable lifestyle for me. ;-)

I’ve been loading up on lots of real food like fruit, veggies, eggs, protein shakes, lean meats and whole grains (oats, quinoa and low carb tortillas mostly.)  HOWEVER, I’ve definitely been dipping into the chocolate chip bag a little too much.

But, I’ve decided I’m okay with that.

I know I need to be careful because the calories in chocolate chips add up quick, but I also know they’re helping to keep me on the wagon and not feel too deprived.  Plus, dark chocolate has health benefits.  Yay!

This was my breakfast this morning…

Protein pancakes and eggs with cheese

Two protein pancakes from the freezer (popped in the toaster) topped with natural PB, fruit and a drizzle of sugar free syrup + 1 egg and two egg whites scrambled and topped with cheese + a Batman cup full of water (I filled it 3 times.)  Yum!

I usually like to load my eggs up with veggies, but I wasn’t feelin’ it this morning….so I didn’t!  The cheese was a nice change too.

I had this for lunch today…

Healthy wrap

A La Tortilla Factory tortilla topped with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge, turkey, romaine, avocado, tomato and mustard.

This was so dang good, but so messy!  I always stuff my tortillas WAY too full, but I like them that way.  I like to cram as many veggies and good things in there as I can.

Case in point, I had this for breakfast yesterday…

Yummy Breakfast Burrito in low carb tortilla

A La Tortilla Factory tortilla filled with 1 egg, 2 egg whites (scrambled with onions, peppers and spinach), avocados (I went a little overboard!), tomato and a little S&P.

Super yummy, but super messy!  Ya, I couldn’t even close this tortilla.  I pretty much folded it in half and did my best to eat it without it falling out everywhere.  It was awesome though and totally filled me up!

I’ve also been having a lot of oatmeal for breakfast OR lunch!

Yummy peanut butter, banana chocolate chip oatmeal

I must say that peanut butter, chocolate chips and bananas make a fabulous combo!!!  I made my Chocolate Chip Cookie oatmeal one day and my Chocolate Peanut Butter one another day.

I’ve also been having a few protein shakes.

Strawberry Spinach Chia Seed Protein Shake

I loved this one.  I threw in 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein, a bunch of frozen strawberries, 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds, a small handful chocolate chips, 2 big handfuls spinach and a bunch of ice and called it good.

This shake was also HUGE!  I filled that jar 1 1/2 times and I was stuffed.  My two littlest kiddos helped me drink it though. ;-)

This was also a random lunch I had the other day…

My salad and eggs for lunch

I pretty much opened the fridge and threw a whole bunch of random things together; spinach, romaine, peppers, apples, craisins, almonds and parmesan cheese topped with a little Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing.  I also scrambled 1 egg + two egg whites and topped them with low sugar ketchup so I could get some protein in.

We’ve had pretty lame dinners this week.  Nothing to write home about.  I think we’ve had tacos, quesadillas (I had something else but I can’t remember what it was!) and leftovers.  Woo hoo.  I’m going to make french toast for the kiddos tonight, but I’ll probably make omelets for Kev and I.  Nothing fancy.

I’ve also bought a couple fun things lately that I thought I would share.

Handful Bra is having a sale right now on some of their bras.  Woo hoo!  Their original “Save the Ta-tas” bra is on sale for $25 + free shipping!  That’s a steal because their bras are usually $46-$48!

I bought me a white one…

New white Handful bra

Sadly, I just checked out their website and saw that they only have medium and large sizes left (in black or white) though.  Lame.  I should have told you guys sooner….sorry!

I really, really, REALLY love Handful bras!  I use them as a sports bra, but you could use them as a regular bra too.  They are super comfortable and flattering.  However, if you are well endowed in the chest area, you may not like them as a sports bra.  They aren’t extremely supportive.  IMO, they are just right for an A, B or a small C cup as a sports bra.

With that being said, I haven’t been wearing mine lately because I’m pregnant.  ‘Nuf said.  I will use mine ALL THE TIME when I shrink back down though.

I also bought some flip flops recently that are the BEST flip flops in the world!!

My Yellow Box Flip Flops

They are made by Yellow Box and I loooooooove them!!!  They are a little bit spendy ($30-$60), but I bought mine on Amazon cheaper.  I think the sparkly ones were around $30 and the orange ones were $17.  Not too bad!

I bought some Yellow Box flip flops a few years ago and I wore them constantly the past several summers.  They are extremely well made and sooo comfortable!  I completely wore them out!

I also gotta tell you guys that my cute 15 year old son earned his Life Scouting Rank the other night.  Yay!  And, when in THEE heck did he get so tall????  Geesh.

Ty getting his Life Scout

I look like a chub-a-bub, but that’s okay….it goes with the pregnancy territory!

I’m so proud of my son, but I have to say I am a very lame “scout mom!”  My son let me know that I sewed his last rank badge (the bigger yellow one on his shirt) on upside-down (ya, it says “Be Prepared” upside-down) and I sewed all of his merit badges on his sash on the wrong side (that’s why he’s not wearing his sash)!!!

Seriously???!

I have issues.  My poor boys.  It’s sad I will be the mother of FIVE boys and I’m so clueless about scouting.  I’m sure I’ll figure it all out someday.  Sigh.

I love scouting and the values and hard work it teaches my boys though.

I also have my 24 week pregnancy picture to share…

Me 24 weeks pregnant

I’m hovering right around the 19-20 pound total weight gain mark.  Yikes.  I’m really hoping to keep my total weight gain to 30 pounds.  We’ll see.  There are days I feel like a bloated giant blimp (see above Scout picture) and days I seem to deflate and feel normalish.  It’s so weird.

Oh, and one last thing….several of you have told me you haven’t been getting my emails lately (if you subscribe to my blog.)  I’m so sorry and I don’t know why they aren’t getting sent!  I sent an email over to WordPress and they told me that everything looks fine on their end and everyone should be getting my emails.

Weird.

Soooooo, I thought I would take a quick poll.  If you are a subscriber of my blog and don’t mind answering my poll, it would seriously help me.  Otherwise, I have no idea if y’all are getting my emails!

Soooo, here’s my little poll…

 

Are Y'all Getting My Emails!???
If you are a subscriber of my blog, are you still receiving my emails?

Thanks so much!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter my $50 Whole Foods gift card giveaway.  It ends on Sunday at midnight.  Well I gotta go feed my family.  Have a great night!

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