Friday, May 10, 2013

Weight Watchers Weigh In

Losing weight. Sometimes, as women, I feel like we are constantly trying to lose weight. Weight has always been a huge issue with me. It seems like in high school, I was ALWAYS trying to lose weight and be the skinniest. As I've grown up and become a mom, I still want to lose weight, but I want to do it the HEALTHY way. That is why I joined weight watchers. My first weigh in at WW, about 1 week post partum, I weighed 201 lbs. 

At my weigh in today, I am at 166.6 pounds!!  

I still have a ways to go. I want to be in the 140s by my wedding which is in 4 months. I'm confident that I can lose the weight!! Weight Watchers doesn't feel like a diet. I eat what I want. I mainly focus on portion control. 

In case you don't know how weight watchers works, you get so many points depending on your weight and height. I have 31 points, plus an extra 14 because I am still breastfeeding. These are the daily points. Every food is worth so many points, all fruit is 0, baked potato is 6, my favorite dish from Noodles and Company is 23. Lol. The goal is to stay within your daily points. However, you are given a "weekly 49" which is an extra 49 points that you can use however you choose. The system seriously works. It works without you even knowing that it is working. As long as you stay within your points, YOU WILL lose weight. I am seriously loving Weight Watchers! 

Now, I need to start introducing some work outs in this weight loss plan... I would love to get rid of the flab from having Charlotte. And to tone up my thighs! But everyone knows how much I loveee working out. (NOT!) 

So that is where I am so far! More to come soon! 


Side note: Noodles and Company is worth every single one of those 23 points!! :) 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Back to Blogging

Goodness it has been a while since I've been on here. I have gotten very involved in the youtube community and started making videos. I kind of put this blog to the side. But I am back now. I miss this place. :)

Charlotte is getting so big. I can't believe our little girl is already 8 months old. It seems like yesterday that I was waddling around with swollen feet. Time sure flies by. Every day she learns so many new things. She can clap, crawl, pull herself up, and even stand on her own for a couple of seconds. How did that happen!?

We are still cloth diapering. And we loveee it. But I will make a separate post on that. 

Well, I just really wanted to say that I am back and ready to blog. :) More to come soon. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY Bow Holder (Beware, this tutorial may result in extreme cuteness)

When I was shopping yesterday I bought so many bows. They were so cute that I couldn't just store them in a container somewhere! So I went online to find a tutorial to make something to hold all those bows, but I couldn't find one that I liked. A lot of the tutorials used picture frames or chicken wire, and thats just not the look I wanted. So I improvised.

I decided I would make my own tutorial.

First off you will need:

  • Any size canvas you want
  • Material 
  • Quilt Batting 
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

Next, decide how much batting you want to use. I wanted it to be extra fluffy, so I used two layers. Cut out a piece bigger than the canvas. Then cut out a pice of your material bigger than your batting position it on your canvas like so:

Using the hot glue gun, glue the batting to the back of the canvas, making sure you pull tight. Do the same with the material.

Don't worry about the back looking nice and perfect. As long as there are now wrinkles in the front, everything will work fine.

Now for the fun part! The ribbons! I love this because you can do whatever you want. I chose to place them diagonally, but strait up and down would look cute too! Also, I found it easier to pin down the ribbon to keep it in place, but I'm sure it is possible to do this without the pins. 

Lastly, glue the ribbon to the back of the canvas! And there you have it! An adorable bow holder! 

It's a Girl!!!

It is really going to be hard for me to contain my excitement on this post. So I'm not going to even try! We are having a little girl!! 

Upside down, but you get the drift!
Baby at 21 weeks 4 days
 Sorry about the picture of a picture! I need to get to Walmart to get these scanned and make more prints! 

It was the coolest thing, seeing my baby for the first time. I was thinking she was going to be a boy, so I was pleasantly surprised when the ultrasound tech said I had a healthy baby girl growing inside of me!! 

I had a bunch of family coming down to shop for the nursery yesterday as well, and goodness we had fun getting pink stuff.

That is the crib and some of the items that we bought. (Don't mind the creepy fiancĂ© stalking the picture in the background.) :) 

We also got a lot of wall decals which have yet to be placed in their permanent spot, a changing table that is arriving in the mail, lots of cute clothes, and some other odds and ends. 

It was such a fabulous day!! 

Side note: 

I am still on my diaper making kick! I made a newborn fitted diaper a couple of nights ago and it is so adorable. I will be making tons more since I went a little overboard and bought too much fabric! 

I am loving this diaper! I hope it is as functional as it is cute! More diapers to come! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sew Crazy!

I need to work on posting more often. ehh.

So being pregnant has made me quite crafty. I am constantly thinking of new projects I want to do and make for the baby! So I figured I would share the things I have made and the things that I want to make!

So first off, I am experimenting with making my own diapers!

Don't ask why the diaper is wrapped around our Wii... haha

I'm not crazy about this pattern for the diapers, it makes a really wide diaper. I will probably be looking around for a different pattern. But nonetheless, I am having a blast sewing diapers! 

I am anxiously awaiting Monday when we find out the sex of the baby! I have warned my fiance that I am going to be sewing like crazy once I know what kind of material I can buy! Here is a list of things I would like to make for baby's nursery: 
  • Curtains
  • Crib bumpers
  • Crib sheets 
  • Crib skirt
  • Changing pad cover 
  • Pail liner 
  • Wet bags
The list could probably go on an on. I am pretty excited! I just learned that you can buy fabric online. So I will be buying lots of that. 

So, be looking forward to lots of sewing projects in the future. Hopefully I can get started on the nursery stuff as soon as Tuesday. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Help with my registry, PLEASE! :)

I am having the HARDEST time deciding how exactly I want to set up my baby registry. I know I want to get a lot of cloth diapering items that regular stores such as Walmart and Target just won't have. But, I also want regular baby shower gifts as well.

I am familiar with, but I really don't like how the website is set up, and I'm afraid that some of the older, less technological savvy guests might get confused and not be able to use it.

I am completely clueless to this sort of thing. Is it appropriate to register at two different stores?

Also, I know exactly what type of items I want when it comes to cloth diapering, but aside from that, I am kind of clueless as to what else I should register for! I know the big items, and the big toys like a bouncer, vibrating chair, etc.. but what else should I be putting on my registry? What are some items that you use/used with your baby that you couldn't have lived without?

Sorry about all the questions, but I figured if anyone can give great advice it is you all!

Side note 

So I got the cutest things in the mail today. Like seriously, this is the cutest diaper I think I have yet.

This is my Charlie Banana. I am in love with this diaper already. It is so soft on the inside and all the prints are so adorable. I am registering for tons of these for my baby shower. 

I also got this one today. I always feel safe buying a BumGenius 4.0 because I have never heard a bad thing about it. But, I have to say, if the Charlie Bananas work anything as close to how I know the BG will work, I probably won't invest in too many more BumGeniuses. Because, as I said before. I am in love with Charlie Banana!  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A greater appreciation...

Okay... So maybe I didn't exactly look this hardcore while I was hand washing laundry today... But boy did I feel like it. How embarrassing is it that my arms feel like I just did 10 sets with 50 pound dumbbells? All that wringing out by hand was exhausting!

(See, I told ya I don't look near as hardcore as the woman above)
So, before you all start applauding me for not wasting energy by hand washing clothes and all that, I have to confess, I am only doing this out of desperation.

A couple of weeks ago, I made a promise to myself that I was going to concentrate on keeping a clean, tidy house. With a little one on the way, I figured it was a good thing to get in the habit of doing now rather than later when everything is hectic. So, I vowed to keep up with laundry, dishes, vacuuming, etc... Well, of course it wouldn't be my life if something didn't happen to shake up my plans a little bit. About a week ago, my washer broke. 

I thought it was great that the lofts that we live at supplied a high efficency washer and dryer. Well, that was until the washer broke, and I was told by the maintenance man that the sets that are used in this building are no longer being made and he has to order parts from frieking EUROPE. So, long story short, we could be waiting up to a month for our washer to get fixed. 

Now, I could spend 2 dollars a load downstairs in the community laundry room and worry about hauling laundry everywhere and getting tons of quarters, or I could wash by hand. Obviously I chose the latter, thinking it would be somewhat easy. But man. Its kinda really really really really hard to wash by hand! Especially things like sheets and big hoodies. 

But I am not going to succumb to doing it the easy way. Well really, I feel like both ways kind of suck. Either spend tons of time out of the comfort of my apartment doing laundry and hauling it everywhere, or spend tons of time in my comfortable apartment killing my arms by wringing out wet soaking clothes. At least the second option gives me a good workout! 

So. I will end this by saying I have a greater appreciation for women who lived however many years ago who had to wash their families clothes using this method. They are true superheroes. 

Side note: 
I just HAD to share with you all how big of a dork my fiancé is. He was really craving some wine the other night, so he went and bought some. He came home with his bottle of red wine, only to realize that somehow in our move, the corkscrew got lost along the way. Desperate for his glass of wine, he became creative...

This is one of the many reasons why I love him. :)