Spring Break, Easter Weekend and Babybel Cheese

April 22, 2014 in Adventures, Family Life, Product Review

I received the complimentary cheese and items from Mini Babybel, but the text and opinions expressed are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

I hope each and every one of you had a fabulous Easter weekend!

My kiddos went back to school today after having several days off for Spring Break.  It was so tough to drag everyone out of bed this morning, myself included!

However, I do enjoy having a more predicable and productive schedule.

I’m also REALLY enjoying my healthy diet….so much!  I started yesterday and can already tell a difference.  I feel less bloated and blah-like.  It’s great.  I’ve definitely been craving sugar, especially with all the Easter candy we have around our house, but I feel very stubborn and determined to succeed!

I have so many things to share with you guys about my diet plan….deep thoughts, meal ideas, success tips, food pics, etc., but I’m going talk about that tomorrow in a separate post, K?

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I recently received a fun “Spring Break” package from Babybel cheese.  My kids always get so excited when these packages come in the mail.

Babybel Cheese Spring Break package

It included 4 different flavors of cheese; Original, White Cheddar, Light and Mozzarella.  Yum!  It also included some fun magnetic travel games, a travel activity book for the kids and a gift card to purchase some items to pair with the cheese.

So fun!

We went on some fun family excursions over Spring Break and the items in this package definitely came in handy.  On Friday night, we took the family on a short hike which led to a fun park.

I grabbed these snacks as we ran out the door…

Skinny Pop, Fruit leather and Babybel cheese

I love to pair Babybel cheese with popcorn and/or fruit, or in this case fruit leather.  They taste great together and you get a good source of protein (6 grams in each cheese) and healthy carbs.

I also love that all of my kids LOVE these snacks.  No complaining=a happy mom. ;-)

The hike was beautiful and the weather was perfect.

Hiking in Sandy with the fam

 

We also had a lot of fun playing at the park.  My littlest ones loved playing on the playground and all of us had fun racing.  Kev raced several of the kids first…

Kev racing the kids at the park

Then I decided to “race” too.  Loved it.

Racing the kids at the park

Racing D at the park

There’s just something about running across a big grassy field that is strangely, so much fun!  Jimmer (the dog) had an absolute ball as well.  He was in heaven!

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On Saturday morning, we started the day off with a fun Easter Egg hunt put on by our city…

City Easter Egg hunt

They split it up into age groups and I went with my cute 6 year old (he’s smack in the middle of that pic.)

After the Easter egg hunt, we decided to have a fun family day.  We took the kidlets to Salt Lake City and first stopped at the BEST donut shop in the whole entire world!

The fam at Banbury Cross

Banbury Cross Donuts!  Holy freak guys, I’m NOT kidding when I say these donuts are the very best ever.  They are extremely dangerous.

Banbury Cross donuts

They have so many yummy flavors.  The raised donuts melt in your mouth and the cake donuts are so flippin’ good!  We let the kids each pick out a donut and I picked out a Coconut cake donut for myself.  Holy yum.

The fam at Banbury Cross donuts

We also took some home, which was probably not a very good idea!  I told Kev that we’ll probably be visiting this donut shop once a month (on my free weekend!) from now on. ;-)

After stopping at the donut shop, we decided to burn some calories off on another hike!  We hiked up Ensign Peak, which is a wonderful hike for families.

Hiking up Ensign Peak

It’s only about a mile round-trip, but it’s a tough hike!  It’s very steep at times and gets the heart pumping. ;-)  I love it.

It also has some history behind it, which I love too.  When the pioneers first arrived in the Salt Lake valley in 1847, the leaders climbed up this peak to survey and plan out the city they intended to build.

Kev and the kiddos on the Ensign Peak hike

Pretty cool!  It was a beautiful view, although it was kind of hazy. :-(

The hike going down was a lot quicker…

The boys on the Ensign Peak hike

Although, my daughter and I were the slow pokes…

The slow pokes on the hike

When we finished our hike, we stopped for a bit to enjoy the picnic lunch I packed.

Our lunch for our hike

I just made a whole bunch of Peanut Butter and Jelly/Honey sandwiches and we had them along with some fruit leather, Babybel cheese, apples, grapes and Cheez-It crackers (not pictured.)

Our lunch box for our hike

Everything tasted great.  After the hike, we walked around Salt Lake City for a bit.  We visited Temple Square and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

It was a really fun day!

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On Sunday morning we went to church, and then afterward enjoyed some fun Easter things.

The kids Easter baskets

Ya, we’re a little unorthodox.

My littlest kiddos wanted to use their Halloween buckets as their Easter baskets and I wrapped their gifts (they each got a spring outfit) in Christmas paper.  Awesome!  Oh, and I didn’t feel like dealing with Easter grass this year, so that’s why there’s a grocery sack under my son’s basket….so the candy wouldn’t fall through the cracks!

Totally redneck.  Can you tell I’m the mother of many???  Yes, I pretty much just go with the flow and do what works!

The kids didn’t care one bit and were just happy to get yummy candy and cute clothes.

The kids on Easter morning

Oh, and I didn’t quite know how to divide up the Peeps, so I just laid them out in a pile (pictured in front of the couch) and told the kids the Easter bunny said to “share!”  LOL.

Later on, we went up to my parent’s house for Easter dinner and I totally didn’t take ANY pictures!  Lame.  However, I did snap ONE picture of my cute 6 year old because he lost his first tooth while we were up there.

Ben lost his first tooth

He was beyond excited!  I told him he needed to stop getting so darn big.  Sigh.

Oh, and I also managed to take my baby bump picture as well.  I’m now 23+ weeks along…

Me 23 weeks pregnant

Well that’s all for now folks.  It’s getting late and I need to hit the hay!  I plan on hopping on here tomorrow to tell y’all all about my fun diet plan.  Woo hoo.

Have a great night!  xoxo

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When I Eat Really Well, I Feel Really Good! Go Figure.

November 21, 2013 in Family Life, Nutrition, Restaurant Food

Happy Thursday (a.k.a. Weekend Eve!)

First off, I want to tell you guys that I’m officially on Instagram now!

My HappyBngHealthy Instagram page

For some reason it intimidated me, so I’ve been avoiding it for a while.  However, now I LOVE it and I’ve found it’s pretty easy to use too.  I still don’t know quite what I’m doing though.  Maybe you guys can teach me a thing or two about how to use it!

Anyway, you can find me here if you so desire.

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I’ve really been enjoying my “ultra healthy” diet this week.  It’s tough, definitely takes discipline, but I love it anyway.

I also feel really, really good!

I didn’t eat very well last week.  I wasn’t terrible, but I was pretty lax.  I definitely ate too much processed food and enjoyed sugar a little too much.  On Saturday night, I felt pretty crappy.

I couldn’t decide if I was getting sick or if my body was just mad at me for being a slacker.  I felt achy, rundown, tired, unmotivated and very “blah-like.”  However, that “blah-ness” is what motivated me to shape it up BIG TIME this week!

Funny thing is….I feel great now!  I don’t feel tired, achy or “blah-like” at all!  It’s funny how that works; feed your body crap=feel like crap, feed your body well=feel well!

Pretty basic concept.

I also have to mention that on Sunday and Monday, I had terrible headaches!  I hardly ever get headaches; maybe once every few months.  Well, these headaches were killer and I definitely think they were a withdrawal-type symptom as my body got rid of the crappy food in my system.

Totally weird…and a little freaky.

With that being said, I love good, clean food and love how I feel when I eat it!

Oh, and I still love crappy, sugary, fried, processed foods too, dang it.  My body doesn’t like them though. :-(

Anyway, moving on…

I started my morning off with the YUMMIEST breakfast!  I wasn’t feelin’ the “veggie vibe” this morning so I just scrambled up 1 egg + 4 egg whites with some ham and topped it with a little cheese.  I also had half of a sweet potato (topped with cinnamon) and some grapes on the side.

Eggs, ham, cheese, sweet potato and grapes

I loved this breakfast SO much and it only took me about 5 minutes to prepare.  I was stuffed afterward too!  Oh, and I calculated this breakfast to equal 306 calories, 23 carbs and 29 grams of protein.  Awesome.

You definitely get a lot more bang for your buck with good, clean, real food.

I went to the gym yesterday morning and grabbed a quick, easy breakfast as I ran out the door…

Apples and nuts

A Granny Smith apple and some unsalted nuts.  I ate half of this before my workout and the other half afterward.  It was perfect.

I also got a great workout in.  We did a whole bunch of deadlifts and my hamstrings are definitely feelin’ it today!  We only did 80 pushups (we usually do 120+), but this time we did the pushups very slowly.  We counted to 2 or 3 as we went down and then counted to 2 or 3 as we went back up.  Make sense?  We also obliterated the abs.  Man.  We did a bunch of different kinds of crunches for 7-8 minutes and then ended with 100 bicycle crunches.  Awesome.

I also took another picture of my fun class.

Me at crazy class with cute old guy

Do you see that cute old guy in the back?  Well, he is darling.  He comes to most of the classes I go to and he always works so hard!  I’m so inspired by him.  He also helps everyone put the benches away when the class is over.  What a sweetheart.

Age is definitely not an excuse to not exercise!

After the gym, I ran over to Walmart with my two littlest kiddos.  The Walmart we went to happened to have a Subway (as in sandwiches) in it, so we decided to get some lunch too.

I ordered a footlong ham sandwich for my kiddos, but they didn’t come close to finishing it.  We brought the rest of it home and they had it for lunch today.  Bonus.

Cute kiddos eating Subway sandwiches

Yes, my five year old doesn’t quite know how to smile. :-)  He looks like he’s in pain.

Oh, and do you see that guy in the background giving us a weird look?  Yes, that’s pretty typical for my crazy, photo taking, blogging life, lol!  He’s probably thinking, “Man, that chick really gets excited about Subway!”

I’m sure he thought I was completely nutzo when I took this selfie too…

Me with my Subway salad

Yes, as a blogger you sometimes just have to “swallow the pride”, take strange pictures and move on. ;-)

Anyway, I ordered a Tuscan Chicken salad topped with some Balsamic Vinaigrette at Subway and it was great.

My Subway salad

Next time, I’ll order it with the dressing on the side though.  There was a little too much on there.

Later on, I took my oldest son to get a haircut.  He was so shaggy and in desperate need of one, but for some reason he didn’t want a haircut!

I just don’t get it.

I tried to take a “before” pic of him, but he was being a little stinker…

My son not wanting me to take his picture before getting his hair cut

Lovely.

However, after bribing him with ice cream, he agreed to get it cut AND let me take his picture.  Oh, and yes I told him he was totally spoiled

And a little bit bratty.

My son after getting his hair cut with an ice cream cone

Oh and folks, my baby boy is starting to look like an old man now.  I’m really not liking it.

I didn’t know what in the heck to fix for dinner last night, so I decided to go with an old favorite.  I made Kev’s mom’s recipe for Hamburger Potato Casserole, except I subbed lean ground turkey for the hamburger.  It’s one of Kev’s favorite meals.

It’s not totally healthy though.  It has cheese and Cream of Whatever soup in it, but I subbed my homemade version of Cream of Chicken soup and it turned out great.

I served it with some corn and fruit.  Here’s my plate…

Hamburger Potato Casserole, corn and fruit

I debated if I should eat it because there is a miniscule amount of flour in the casserole (in the cream of chicken soup recipe), but I decided to eat it anyway.  Just to recap…I’m not eating grains until Thanksgiving.  Oh, and technically corn is a grain, not a vegetable, but I ate that too.

I’ve done really well and have steered clear of oats, wheat, rice and flour (except for what was in the casserole), so I felt pretty good about it.

Oh, and my kids all LOVE this recipe!  My 10 year old had the leftovers for breakfast this morning and my 5 year old asked to have the leftovers for lunch today, but they were all gone!

I won’t share the recipe with you guys today, but I’ll share it soon.

Oh, and I’ve been enjoying some yummy snacks lately too.  I LOVE Chocolate Protein Pudding and last night I had it topped with some pecans.  It was awesome!

Chocolate Protein Pudding with pecans

A couple days ago I mixed some raspberry Chobani yogurt with some light cottage cheese and topped it with some unsalted nuts and Craisins.  I loved it so much!

Yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts and craisins

Yes, I’ve been missin’ my grains, but I still love all the food I’ve been eating!

Even though I’m not eating grains, I’m definitely not on a “low-carb” diet.  I’m getting plenty of carbs from fruit, veggies, yogurt and things.

I haven’t been feeling that “low-carb diet slump” at all.  Yay.

Well, I have lots to do and not enough time to do it, so I better run!  Have a wonderful day!

Questions for you guys!

  • Have you ever felt withdrawal symptoms after cutting out sugar, carbs or processed foods?
  • What’s your favorite form of exercise?
  • Do you have teenagers that don’t like getting their haircut?
  • Any yummy healthy meal or snack ideas?
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Lots of Yummy Healthy Food and a Day at the Park!

October 16, 2013 in Family Life, Nutrition

Well, so far I’ve been lovin’ my ULTRA healthy diet.  It’s been tough, but I know it’s so good for me. ;-)

Whenever I decide to kick my diet up a notch, one of the first things I notice is how often I want to snack!!  Man.  AND, the snacks I usually want to grab aren’t necessarily the healthy ones (unhealthy carbs and processed foods.)

Those types of foods are just so easy to eat, are very satisfying and are too dang yummy!

It’s not quite as tempting to snack when my choices are fruit, veggies, yogurt, nuts, etc.  It definitely helps me to decipher if I’m really hungry or just “snacky” though.

It’s been an eye opener to me.

On Monday night, we had a small party at our house with a bunch of cute teenagers.  It was so fun, but we had pizza, candy, soda and donuts!

Ya.

Everything looked and smelled wonderful!  Fresh pizza=heaven….or torture depending on how you look at it. :-)  Of course, I stuck to my guns though.  I made myself a big salad instead.

Random salad

This obviously didn’t fill me up for long, so after the party I heated up some leftovers from Sunday’s dinner (brown rice, chicken and broccoli.)

Chicken brown rice and broccoli

It tasted great and was very satisfying.

Yesterday, I decided to go to my crazy class at the gym again.  It was great.  We did a BUNCH of deadlifts and I can barely walk today.  Awesome.  We also killed the back, biceps and triceps.  I’m definitely feelin’ it.  Yay.

Before I left to the gym, I made myself a bowl of Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal to eat on the way there.  It tasted so good to me!

Oatmeal on the way to the gym

This time I decided to drizzle the peanut butter on top instead of mixing it in.  I realized that when I mix it in, I can’t taste it as much.  This definitely made it taste more peanut buttery and I loved it.

I figure, If I’m using up 100 calories on Peanut Butter, I better enjoy it!

When I got back from the gym, I made this for lunch…

Breakfast Burrito with tomatoes

A Breakfast (er, lunch) Burrito with 1 egg, 3 egg whites, peppers, green onions, spinach, avocado and olives topped with ketchup and wrapped in a small La Tortilla Factory tortilla.  I also had some grape tomatoes on the side.  YUM!  I’ve been having this a lot lately.

Oh, and I’ve been cutting up a bunch of peppers, onions and olives (and other veggies) and putting them in this handy dandy container lately…

Salad and egg fixins

It makes eggs, Breakfast Burritos and salads a snap.  I always throw spinach in everything too.

This has also been one of my favorite snacks lately…

Cottage cheese, banana and PB

3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese with a sliced banana on top and some natural peanut butter drizzled (or more like plopped) on top.  It is wonderful!

I’ve also been loving protein shakes lately as well.  I decided to run over to the park the other day with some of my boys and I took a protein shake with me.  It was perfect!

It’s been kind of cold here lately and I’ve told my kids that the “nice weather days” are numbered.  Soooo, when it was nice and sunny the other day, we decided to head to the park.  It was beautiful!

We took Jimmer (the dog) with us as well.

Kiddos at the playground

I enjoyed chillin’ out with Jim, while the boys played on the playground.

Chillin with Jim at the park

My shake was so yummy too!

Me with protein shake at the park

It was just my typical Chocolate Milkshake Protein Shake Loved it.

Afterward, the kids wanted to walk across the pedestrian bridge nearby too.

On the pedestrian bridge with the kids

It was fun and I’m glad we “seized the day” because I don’t know how many good weather days are left!

I have one more cute pic to share with y’all…

J with his Olive Pizza

My cute 3 year old wanted to have leftover pizza for lunch today.  He was disappointed there weren’t any olives on his pizza, so I opened up a can of olives and put some in a bowl for him to eat on the side.  He ended up biting a bunch of them into “slices” and putting them on his pizza.  Too cute!

Well, I gotta go make dinner now so I better jam!  I hope you are all healthy and happy!  xoxo

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