April 27, 2017

WHAT I EAT!

Hi all, today I thought it would be fun to share what I typically eat in any given day! I know some of you will be all, yay-yay and some actually may be interested!


Let me just start out by saying that I lead a pretty active lifestyle. I'm on my feet pretty much all day and workout 3-4 times a week. Also over time I have found what works for my body and what makes me feel tired and sluggish...hello Chinese food, ha! I try and eat whole foods as much as possible, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, eggs, grains and majority of the food I consume is from breakfast-mid morning snack-to lunch.

Also I should preface this with, I work from home and live in a little bitty small town with only one fast food restaurant, a few small resturants and no Starbucks, otherwise hello lattes.

So here we go:


In the morning I usually drink 2 cups of coffee with creamer, as I've gotten older my taste for creamer has lessened.

Also I pretty much only drink water!

Breakfast

The most important meal of the day, I usually get into habits of having the same thing all the time.


Lately I've been on an oatmeal kick, sweetened with brown sugar!

But...


if I have avocados, then it's avocado toast with a little pepper and salt for the win!
#avocadosarelife

Other breakfast options maybe:

Scrambled Eggs with Salsa and Toast 
Chobani Greek Yogurt (blueberry) and toast.

On the weekends I make more of a traditional breakfast, like sausage & hash browns or an egg bake which is a huge win in our house!

Snacks!

Snacks are super important, they can make or break your day in my opinion. If I don't eat a mid morning snack then I may over eat at lunch or be really hungry for dinner and over eat then I feel all heavy and full for bed.

Her are my favorite snack combos:


A cut up apple, string cheese and pretzel crisps.


Roasted Garlic Hummus with Pretzel Crisps!


Orange, String Cheese and Pretzel Crisps.

Are you seeing a trend!??

Love my pretzel crisps!

Lunch!

Lunch is important for me as well, it gets me to dinner with out having that slump.

On Wednesdays Jarret and I usually go out to eat and get Mexican food while Naomi is at her meeting, it's our little day-date, since the evenings are too hard to get away with milking.

But otherwise, we usually either have leftovers, sandwich, chips & salsa or pretzels-hummus and lunch meat!


On this particular day, I had these little ciabatta squares for sandwiches and they were so good with avocado, pepper jack cheese and turkey! 


Lunch I usually do it very simple or I make bake a piece of fish in the oven with some left over veggie and potatoes if I'm trying to be really good or get back on track.


Treats!


Like a little tradition Jarret and I always split a candy bar everyday! We both have sweet-tooths, so it's our way of keeping them satisfied with out going overboard!


Or it might just be 2 cookies, either way I do satisfy my sweet-tooth!

Dinner is what ever I make, I don't stress about trying to be super healthy or low carb etc, but I will say we don't eat out very often and I hardly ever fry anything we eat a lot of Italian style or Mexican style dishes for dinner.

I just make sure my portions are in check! 

I nourish my body all day, I don't need to over eat at dinner and we eat dinner early like 4:30-5:00. I know, I know but that is what works for my kids and I, we eat early!



That is what I typically eat in any given day, hope you enjoyed and talk to ya soon,

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April 25, 2017

WEEKEND WRAP-UP (4/22-4/24)

Hey ALL, Happy Tuesday!
Sorry no "weekend wrap-up" yesterday! I left my laptop in one of the rooms where the kids sleep and I wasn't about to go in the lion's den at 5 a.m., to sneak it out and possibly wake a little lion too early! No-No, kids and their sleep is waaaayyy more important, especially for this Mom. 😁 
So anyhow, this past weekend's weather was verrryyy extreme! We went from getting 5-6 inches of rain Thursday & Friday, to it being cold & drizzly Saturday, then Sunday & Monday were beautifully warm and sunny! I don't know why I love talking weather with you all but I do so there! 
Saturday
Saturday morning I deep cleaned the kitchen and it took me at least 2 hours! I wiped down all the cabinets, dusted, cleaned the outside of the appliances (even the toaster 😄), dealt with some clutter...oh man do I love the way the kitchen looks and feels.

You all know, especially if you've been following my weekend wrap-ups a while, I usually milk one of the shifts on Saturday & Sunday, and a shift or two during the week to give the boys time off. Well Saturday afternoon was my shift. This is us (Jarret & I) bringing in our set of cows. 


Luckily there was a little gap in the storm when it was time to push the cows up!


Making our way to the milk barn and unfortunately, this was the last picture from Saturday!

After lunch on Saturday, the kids went over to my parent's house since they'd been cooped over here from the rain and I had to milk so, to Grandma's house they go! Then I went and picked them up after milking.

Sunday


Hellooo Sunday morning, sleepy face and all!

That morning, since it was chilly, I didn't feel like putting on jeans so...sweats it is and they were so cozy. Outfitted with my milking sweatshirt and work vest!


After these cows were milked, I went to close their gate and a lot of them already went back to sleep, ha!


Hi Moon!


Sunday morning sunrise!

I have to say, these morning sunrises are giving me summer fever and did you all know we only have like 2½ weeks left of school, whaat!??


 The girls came out to see me in between morning cartoons and Bryce ended up spending the night at Grandma's.


The girls and I went down to go check the creek, since we had so much rain, and to check and make sure the water gap was fine. The water gap is a fence that strings across the creek and sometimes and in the past it can be swept away by the water.


On the way back out the gate we also had some followers, I had to hurry up, park the tractor and close the gate!


Later at snack time, I sat down on the back patio with Naomi and enjoyed our snacks and I read. It's so nice to put your legs up and enjoy the sun, of course with a hat on!

By the way, I posted this picture on Instagram and the author liked and commented on my post, so cool! 

Later that afternoon I took Bryce and Maddie to Target so Bryce could spend his gift card and Naomi spent time with Grandma, since I took her there on Friday. It was the big kids turn!

  Monday


 Monday morning before school picture!

Maddie wanted to wear these socks because her shorts had stars on them and her socks were space themed.


Here's a laundry sign my girl friend/workout partner made for me! Love-Love-Love!!!

(p.s. The sink basin is clean, believe me, it is stained with paint. I've tried everything to get it clean but...no such luck)


Yesterday we had a cute little heifer calf that was born out in the field, Jer carried it over and I hurried up and snapped a pic before heading for swim lessons.


Mama went in the barn to get milked and then this heifer calf was fed her colostrum.


Swimming before lessons.



The girls are absolutely loving swim lessons and are always asking when they go next. Naomi is able to put her head under water and Maddie can go all the way under and touch her toes!!!

Well that was a little slice of our weekend, hope you all had a great Monday and here's to Tuesday.

Talk to you all soon,
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April 21, 2017

MY MORNING ROUTINE

Hey all, Happy Friday!

Today it's all about my Morning Routine. Yes you read that right, morning routine, ha! Every morning I do these few things and it makes me feel accomplished, like I have the day going on the right track. I'm a person that loves routines and fines comfort in them. Although it is nothing profound, it's more of a mind thing and it's my little bit of quiet time. 
    
Here, let me share what I do and this is all based on a typical day, which is pretty often.


For starters I usually wake up around 4:45 a.m., I should preface this with the fact that I'm a morning person! So if you're not a morning person, maybe you could have an evening routine?


I always start my morning by getting a cup of coffee from a pot that is already made by my husband. Jer goes out to work a little earlier than I wake up, so he makes it when he's getting ready and takes his cup out with him. 

Sidenote: When the pot of coffee is not made before I'm awake, it throws my whole routine off! Not really, but it does make me feel like, aaahhh the coffee isn't made, greeaattt!!! 

Now if I'm posting a blog that morning, this is when I would be typing away. I've honestly tried writing a blog at night or during the day and I don't have the same juices going. It's a routine thing, I will upload pictures in the evening though...


Next I get a load of laundry going, but I set it on a timer to start in 3 hours! Now I'm sure you're wondering, why 3 hours? Well the milk barn is still going on at this time of the morning and by the time the barn needs to do wash up, it takes away from their water pressure. So I wait till there done, but I like to get it started on a timer so then it starts when I'm usually at the gym! 


Next if there's a load of laundry to fold, I'll usually re-warm it and fold it on top of the washer.


Also if there's a load of clean dishes in the dishwasher, this is when I'll put them away. Now the dishwasher is open and ready for dirty dishes from breakfast and the rest of the day! 

Right around here it should be 6:00-6:15 a.m., this is when I go take a shower. My kids usually start waking up around 6:30 starting with Bryce, then Maddie, then Naomi! After I'm showered, dressed and skincare put on, I start making breakfast for the kids and they are watching morning cartoons. 

Now I make myself a bowl of oatmeal, or toast & yogurt, or scrambles eggs with avocado toast, YUM!
(That is my typical weekday breakfast)


Last but not least, I write in my planner. This is where I go over any appointments I have for that week, to-dos I would like to accomplish that week and reminders of things that are important and need to get done, no matter what. If I write it down, then I don't need to try and remember it over and over! 

Now sometimes I may run out of time to write in my planner, so I will do it after coming home from dropping the kids off or after the gym. Either way I like to write it there everyday!

That is my morning routine, it gets my day off to a great start and away I go. 

Let me know if you have any morning rituals or routines you'd like to share!  
Have a great day,
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April 17, 2017

MONDAY RANDOMNESS

Hey family and friends, Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a beautiful Easter. Ours was very casual with a yummy lunch and an Easter egg hunt. The kids are getting so big and this was the first Easter where Bryce hid the eggs and the girls did the hunting. He's a big guy now...

Yeah, so I sort of took a week off blogging... 
It wasn't planned, it just kind of happened and well, Spring has Sprung. What I mean, other than the obvious is, everything work wise outside is starting to ramp up. Yard work, weed control, mowing the fields, calves and days when I milk make for longer days. My priority is always my family and this past week all their needs came before the bloggity-blog. 

I love my blog and am always thinking of things I want to share or posts but, sometimes right now, less is more. I really want to try and stay with the 3x a week posting schedule, that's my goal, I think it's do able and attainable but, I have to give myself grace if it doesn't happen! I also vlogged yesterday SURPRISE! It was a spur the moment, last minute thing but, creatively something I've been missing.
(scroll to the bottom for that)
    
I know this post is going to be random and disjointed but you know what, who cares, Ha!

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Easter

Here's our Easter picture, nothing fancy, no perfectly dressed & posed picture. Just a random felfie! (Family-Selfie) 😁


Yesterday morning it poured rain and cleared up after lunch, just in time to hunt eggs, play outside and I didn't have to milk in the rain, yay!

Here's a little peak at their baskets!


Both the girls received new bathing suits and a cute little bunny!


Bryce's basket was fun with some of his favorite snacks, slime eggs and body spray "shower in a can" for tween boys!

DAIRY


Now that the sun has been shining, the grass is growing and also the weeds. So I'm making my way through all the pastures. 


While I was finishing up this pasture, Jer walked out to check on the cows!




Since the tractor doesn't have a cab or sun shade, I've been really diligent about wearing a sun hat, sun screen and long sleeve shirts to protect my skin.

BUT I forgot to wear gloves the other day and my hands got so tan, lol! 


One of the evenings me and Bryce went out and mowed for about an hour to try and get more done!



The sun was going down while we were mowing and it made for some pretty pictures!



This is the newest little calf and he has a nice clean stall in the horse barn.

Family

Jarret and I surprised the kids with an overnight stay in Branson. We were in need of some quality-family time and fun!
We stayed at a resort that had an indoor water park that the kids LOVED, especially Bryce, he's our little fish!!!


Their favorite thing was the lazy river. 




Naomi wasn't tall enough for the slides but they did have a little play area with some much smaller slides, but she still had fun!






Our hotel room had what they called a "clubhouse" with bunk beds and a little flat screen television for cartoon watching!




On the Mom Front

The girls started swim lessons.


This learning how to swim thing is important to us because you never know what could happen. Bryce took swim lessons when he was 4 years old and I would of put Maddie in lessons at that age too but she just wasn't ready to take direction like that. 


Naomi is loving the lessons and sometimes get a little too confident and on the other hand Maddie is really cautious!


Kick, Kick, Kick!


While the girls have their lesson, Bryce swims and plays with other kids that are swimming. More than not, he knows one of them from school and it's good exercise for him!

The last two weeks I've been dealing with doctors appointments.


Dentist.


Dentist.


Ophthalmologist.

Maddie's eyes have become more near sided, with the left eye being worse, which requires a stronger prescription.

The week before Bryce had his dentist appointment and this week Naomi has her Pre-K screening. Appointments, appointments, appointments...


Did I mention I received a letter from school, Maddie owed $22.00 dollars on her lunch account because she was going to breakfast, after eating breakfast at home too!?! Ha,

Well that's a little bit of a random catch up and I'll talk to you all soon, ENJOY the vlog!

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