Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekly Question

What is your favorite candle scent?

Mine is Butter Cream. Mmmm, so sweet. I also love McIntosh Apple in the fall.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekly Question

What is your favorite flower?

I love Stargazer Lilies. They are so pretty and smell so good. Daisies always make me smile b/c they were my mom's favorite flower. But, there is a flower that I have always loved from childhood. Lilacs....the purple kind. They smell really great and let you know Spring has sprung! I get to enjoy lilies all the time b/c they come in bouquets where ever bouquets are sold...but lilacs are harder to come by. Are there lilac bushes in the south? At our last house we had a bunch planted but I never got to enjoy the blooms. :(

I love when the spring flowers come up...crocus, daffodils, tulips...

I love mums in the fall...the smell, the fall colors.

I used to be such a flower girl! My first house was a flower-wonderland! I dug up around the mailbox, ripped up all the stuff the previous owner had planted, added a flower bed on the side of the house and all around our fence. (and even put in a pebble path leading from one gate down to another at the other end of the yard. AND a little "half-ass patio" with a trees to block out our nosey neighbors, with daisies and a birdbath.) Since Cole got here I haven't really done much...and I miss it. I used to plant bulbs everywhere and wait and wait and wait for the first sign of green. I think I haven't done much here b/c I know this isn't our forever home. Every time I put some effort into landscaping, we move.

The pictures below are from my scrapbook pages.
Here is right when we got done with the backyard...I can't find a picture when everything was in full bloom. I had these crazy-big hollyhocks and wild flower bushes that grew to the top of the fence!!!!

The corner of the half-ass patio. ^ The path^

Along the fence in the spring...

The island I made in the front yard...springtime...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

No More Weekly Weigh In

When I started the weekly weigh in it was b/c I needed to hold myself accountable for my eating and exercising. I now feel in a place where I am watching my eating b/c I want to, not b/c I have to weigh in. I also exercise everyday. (Thank you, Wii Fit!) Speaking of Wii Fit, it keeps track of the days I exercise, the exercises I do, how much I weigh and what my BMI is. So, I don't really need my homemade charts on the fridge or my scale on Wednesdays.

Maybe when I lose 5 pounds I'll write about it...or ten...I'll be sure to let you know when great things when my Wii Mii doesn't pork up so much and look so bewildered or when I put on a tank top or bathing suit and don't cry.

I do have some tips for my friends trying to lose weight with me...
*I find that if I put on exercise clothes (or even my sports bra with jammies) I WILL exercise...even if it is hours later.
*I chew gum when I get hungry in between meals.
*I drink a yummy Crystal Light when i get hungry in between meals.
*I drink a lot of water while exercising.
*I try to drink water before meals so I don't eat as much.

Here is a great disappearing double chin tip from my friend Jen...put self tanner on your double chin (and follow a straight line down your throat to your chest to blend) and voila! your face looks thinner!

Thanks for all the support in this continuing journey...and good luck to all those who are in this never ending battle of the bulge.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two More New Favorites

This drink is so yummy! And it has good stuff for your skin in it too!
(Crystal Light Skin Essentials White Peach Tea)

I got this chicken salad at Sam's. It is really good! My absolute favorite chicken salad is from Fresh Market...mmmmmm. But this one is second place.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Weekly Question

What were some of the posters on your childhood bedroom wall?

I had some pretty posters with poems on them that I got at Hallmark. One I remember was "Don't walk in front of me, I might not follow. Don't walk behind me, I might not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend."

I had my "May Queen" 8th grade I was voted May Queen and got to crown a statue of Mary with a wreath of flowers in front of the whole school while they sang. It was a big deal. I was so excited to get the honor. I almost didn't get it though. I remember our class had to go over to the other 8th grade room and the sisters (Catholic school) asked for nominations. They wrote names on the board after someone suggested that person. All these names were going up (but not mine) when I whispered under my breath "I want to do it" and my friend Luis Grove, who was standing next to me and obviously heard, shot his hand up and nominated me. The rest is history!

I did have a big poster dilemma. We were at Hills (a store like K-mart) and they had posters of Michael Jackson. I narrowed my choice down to two posters, but I couldn't decide in which one he looked cuter. After standing there debating for the entire shopping trip I finally made my decision and got to stare at the King Of Pop everyday until I came to my senses and tore it down!!!!! haha

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cheap pictures

Snapfish is offering a deal until March 29th. Go to their site and order 50 or more pictures, use coupon code below and pick up at Walgreens.

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Use coupon code WAL504X6 by March 29, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weekly Weigh In

Man, I'm pissed! I gave up going out for a birthday dinner last night b/c I was weighing in today and all I lost was .6! I went from 159.6 to 159. Boo!

I did eat poorly on Saturday. Lots of yummy carbs...the bad kind.

On the bright side, even though I have only lost a total of 7 pounds since January, my body is definitely different. I don't have the crazy spillage in the front of my jeans or the sides (although their is still spillage, just not crazy spillage.) and my back fat is a whole lot better! So yay!

OH, and I put on workout capris and jean capris yesterday b/c it was warm out and they fit! So that is good news too.

Free Movie Wednesday

Every Wednesday in March Redbox lets you rent a movie for free. Just go to their blog... and get the code to put's code is JBG123.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Weekly Question

Since my birthday is tomorrow (yay!) I thought I'd ask:

Do you like your name? What does it mean?

Yes, I like my name. I always have. And the meaning makes it all the better.

Amy is a given name, a variant of "Aimee", which means beloved in French, from Old French amede, from Latin amāta, feminine singular past participle of amāre "to love". The name may also originate from French Ami, which means friend.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Favorites and the SCAM-wow

A few weeks ago we were watching the Food Network and there was a special about the best diners with specialities. One place was in NYC and only served peanut butter sandwiches. They made all kinds of different peanut butters...and I found some at Wal*Mart! The favorite in this house is the White Chocolate Wonderful. If you compare the nutrient facts, it is very close to regular peanut's just yummier! Move over Nutella!

My sister got me a gift card to Trade Secret. (It's a salon that also sells a lot of different brands of hair products.) She suggested the brand Joico. Well, Joico Silk Results is wonderful! I got the shampoo, conditioner, styling cream and gloss serum. (I also had a $10 off coupon AND Joico was BOGO at the time.) I started using the stuff and my hair is sooooo soft. And it lays flatter now! Yay! The stuff is pricey...$16.95 each. But if you can get BOGO or use a coupon it is worth it!

Damn infomercials sucked me in! I saw the ShamWow and thought it would be great to keep near the bathtub to wipe up what Cole splashes out. Well, Dan came home with it tonight...and we dumped water on the kitchen floor and TRIED to wipe it up. The "scam-wow" as I like to call it now, didn't soak up the water like promised. A regular towel would have worked better. Needless to say, this will be returned. One kept Cole entertained for awhile!!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Wii Mii

For shits and giggles here is video of my Wii Mii plumping up to overweight. Notice at first that my Mii is skinny and then boing! My Mii starts looking at her belly like WHAT HAPPENED TO ME?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Weekly Weigh In

Well, I have been using the Wii everyday since I got it. I love it!!!! I do the yoga and strength training everyday along with some aerobics and balance games. I get in 30 minutes a day at least. I do break a sweat, but it's not a lot of cardio. I am getting a cardio game for my b-day. The only bad thing about about Wii Fit is that it said my ideal weight should be 129. 129!!!! Are the settings it set for USA?

I have found that if I watch my calories during the day and eat a sensible dinner, I can lose weight. So, I have been eating a lot of cereal, south beach bars, cheese and whole grain crackers.

This morning I weighed in at 159.6.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


A friend of mine gave me the Twilight series to read. She got it for Christmas and really liked it and thought I would too. I read the first one and it was pretty good. The second one was ok. But the third one was soooooooooo good! I am reading the last one now. Our book club is going to read the series and then watch the movie and discuss.

I have to say I was skeptical about reading the books b/c they are labeled as teen books. But Harry Potter was for kids and I read those and liked them.

P.S. I think I have a crush on a vampire! (And I know other women who feel the same!)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Weekly Question

Last week's question was about pop. And what goes best with pop? PIZZA!

Where do you like to get your pizza from?

I LOVE Papa John's pizza. That would be my number one pick. And I have to say that I really like Little Caesar's pizza...and for $5 how can you not?! The new Natural pizza from Pizza Hut is good and that's what we have been getting since the diet.