Monday, February 23, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama: Menu Plan Monday!

 
I have heard and read about Trim Healthy Mama (THM) for about a year. I was definitely intrigued, but skeptical. I am always skeptical about weight loss/healthy living things that come out. It seems there is something new every month! Plus, the book isn't cheap. That was the biggest factor that held me off in trying it for so long. Fast forward to Christmas. :) The hubby asked for a list and I put this book at the top. It is a long book, but full of good info. It seems confusing at first, but the more you do it and practice it, the easier it becomes! So I started on December 30 and am now down 9.5 pounds and have lost a few inches total. Some people really lose a lot of weight quickly. It depends on your body type, how much you have to lose, plus health issues. I am on a BP med that is a beta blocker to control migraines. This makes it harder for me to lose weight. Super frustrating, but I keep on going. :) The best thing is, most of the time, I am eating yummy things like cheese Danish,(these are my favorite. So good!) sour cream donuts, and I made these fudgy no bakes the other day and they are yummy!

Fudgy No Bakes
At first, I was really frustrated because all the sweet recipes I tried were disgusting. The cake in a mug, blech! But once I started finding things I liked it was all good. To make it easier on myself, I started menu planning. I am flexible though. Like I forgot to start my Steal Cut Oatmeal last night so I had Big Boy Smoothie (page242) that I made on Saturday instead! Over at Gwen's Nest she has a printable that I use that makes it so easy to plan because I can type right in the document! So easy!
So here's my plan!
Monday: Breakfast: Big Boy Smoothie (FP page 242)
Snack: triple zero Oikos Nonfat Greek Yogurt (FP)
Dinner: Chipotle
 
Tuesday: Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with berries and stevia (E)
Snack: Wasa crackers, Light laughing cow, turkey jerky (E)
Lunch: Chicken stir fry with rice and veggies (E)
Dinner: Philly cheesesteak (No bun), buttered veggies (S)
 
Wednesday: Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with small apple and stevia (E)
Snack: Triple Zero NFGY and FF Redi Whip
Lunch: Grilled cheese tortilla (using low carb tortilla) and light tomato soup (PG 293) (Light S)
Dinner: French Onion Soup (S)
 
Thursday: Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with stevia (E)
Snack: Wasa crackers with LLL, and turkey jerkey (FP)
Lunch: Sauteed turkey kielbasa with veggies (S)
Dinner: Pork chops and veggies (S)
 
Friday: Breakfast: Sour Cream Donuts (S)
Snack: Berries with FF Redi Whip (FP)
Lunch: Bean chili (E)
Dinner: Steaks, grilled veggies (S)
 
Saturday: Breakfast: Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
Snack: Triple Zero NFGY and FF Redi Whip (FP)
Lunch: Fat Stripping Frappa (pg 240) (FP)
Dinner: sandwich wraps with cheese and veggies (light S)
 
I also either use Friday or Saturday as a prep day. I take 1-2 hours and prep my breakfasts for the following week. I get up early, before anyone else, and can't really make any noise or everyone would wake up. :) I freeze things like the Cottage Berry Whip, and Big Boy Smoothie. Then I get them out first thing and they thaw while I exercise for 30-40 minutes. It's like I'm eating a type of ice cream for breakfast!
 
Above is the Cottage Berry Whip. I'm sure it would look much prettier in a parfait glass, but I was sticking it in the freezer! I actually quadruple the recipe in the book and put it into 2 containers for 2 different breakfasts. So that's a wrap on my Menu planning Monday and a bit about THM!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh: book review

Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh


 
I do not even know where to begin with this book! It was fantastic! I have seen Sheila Walsh at Women of Faith and knew a little bit about her story, but this was such an in depth look at the how's, the why's, the seemingly unanswered prayers. This is an absolutely must read book for anyone suffering from depression (especially Christians!). I, myself, have struggled with it, and this book goes into so much of what I, and I think many, Christians struggle with. What will people think of me? Are meds ok? Why doesn't God just heal me?
 
Sheila's story is beautiful and full of God's love, and grace, and mercy. The strength of her mother is just a gift straight from God. For those who don't know, Sheila was a host of the 700 club, and was (and still is) a fantastic Christian singer. She went on smiling but inside she was dying. It was a mask. She gave up her career to check into a psychiatric ward for clinical depression. Many in the same career path told her it wasn't a good idea, but she knew it was the only way she could be set free.
 
I could not put this book down. It is such a fantastic read. I think everyone in church should read this! The stigma of depression needs to be ripped down. I am so thankful I read this book and for the bravery Sheila showed then, when she checked herself in, and now, in writing this book!
 
I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Q&A A Day, 365 5 year journal: book review


I am not  a person who is huge into journaling. I guess that is why this book intrigued me a bit. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Q&A A Day isn't something that you have to take tons of time in and write pages of what is going on in your life. It lists a question, and you give an answer. There are 4 lines per answer and there is enough space to go through this book once a year for 5 years. Take a look below to see what I mean.
Some of the questions are fun and light in nature, while some are more serious. I think it will be fun to use this and to compare each year, what I was thinking or what was going on the year before. This is a good journal for someone who doesn't like to journal! (That's me!)
 
Here's a synopsis from the book:
Synopsis
Do you ever stop to wonder how you got where you are? The Q&A a Day Journal shows you what was going through your head each day—for five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. As you return to the daily questions again over the years, you’ll notice how your answers change (or don’t)! With questions that are sometimes provocative (“On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?”), occasionally quirky (“What can you smell right now?”), and inevitably interesting (“If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?”), this classically designed journal—embellished with beautiful details—is the perfect gift for anyone embarking on a new phase of life.
 
I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Win A Free Year of Sonlight's Homeschool Currciculum!

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I am super excited about this giveaway! With all the Common Core nonsense going on, dh and I are praying and strongly considering traditional homeschooling next year for our youngest two boys. (We currently use a cyber charter school.) I have been fervently researching various homeschool curriculums and I have looked at Sonlight as a top contender! That is what made me so excited for this giveaway! Take a look, get your referral link, and you're entered!

Please note, this is a referral link to me, but all you do is give me an entry into the giveaway when you sign up! You can read my Disclosure policy HERE.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Supermarket Healthy: cookbook review

Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D'Arabian. Melissa d'Arabian was a corporate finance executive before becoming the host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners and Cooking Channel's Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.


 
I love cookbooks. I guess you could say I am a collector of them. But I actually do use them! I love to cook and bake and try new recipes so, whenever I had the chance to review Supermarket Healthy, I jumped at the chance!

What I was hoping for was a book full of delicious, healthy recipes, easily made and with no complicated ingredients. For the most part, it fits the bill. I am a simple meal kinda gal. Some of my favorite recipes are Creamy Cauliflower Baked Potato Soup, Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan, and Lemon Coconut Haystacks. One that I was not so sure of was the Stracciatella Meringues. (Don't even ask me how to pronounce it!)
One of my favorite features in the book is pictured above. It's called a "blueprint". It lists, step by step, the various ways that you can create different things. Like meatballs, vegetables, trail mix, and more. It makes it so you can have something different everytime. You can read the first chapter HERE.

Overall, It's a good cookbook and has some healthier versions of traditional foods.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, December 29, 2014

The New American Herbal: book review

The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr
I have been longing for a book just like this! It is a comprehensive list of everything herbal! It is so jammed packed full of information and amazing pictures so you can clearly see what the herb looks like. I love how he breaks everything down in an easy to read manner. He lists it's origin, other names, how to grow it, the season it grows best in as well as safety and tons of info on each plant!


Beyond that, he even lists recipes throughout the book to show you how you can utilize some of the herbs. Overall, I loved the book and all the info that it gave. It is great for beginners and people who already know about herbs.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nescafe Coffeemate: review

I was given the chance to review this little bit of deliciousness. It is Nescafe coffee and Coffeemate creamer all in one! Take a look at the description below first:

Some things are even better together. There are certain pairs, dynamic duos, titanic twosomes, if you will, that are just magical when they come together. They bring out the best in each other to create something original and amazing. Now, NESCAFÉ has found its perfect mate: Introducing NESCAFÉ® with Coffee-mate®, the combination of richly roasted coffee and downright creamy deliciousness. Now Nestlé needs your help to get the word out about this tasty new product – rich NESCAFÉ® and deliciously creamy Coffee-mate® together in one! With NESCAFÉ® with Coffee-mate®, one plus one equals more than you can imagine.

And it is good! I am not a huge coffee drinker but this was good to me. I tried the French Vanilla. There is no more of making your coffee and adding creamer. It's altogether and so simple to use. And it is easy to customize to your liking. Don't like it too strong? Add a little. Like it so strong it wakes you up quick? Add a lot. It was pretty smooth and creamy. I was worried being a powder that it might be clumpy or have a funky taste, but I found that it was quite good. Overall, it had a good balanced taste and I will keep using it from time to time.


 I received this product for free through Smiley360. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”