Lose Weight Before I get pregnant again???

 

I'm not fat, I'm fluffy Pet I.D. tag

Ok, so I gained 50 pounds when I got pregnant with our first bundle of joy and I¬† have since lost all of the weight.¬† The problem?¬† When we moved in with my parents while we saved money and built a new home (before baby) I put on an additional 15 pounds.¬† It’s those 15 that won’t seem to¬†come off and¬†I want to lose.¬† I feel like I’m in college and I’m talking about the “freshman 15” again and it SUCKS.¬†

Except the baby is OUT, in my case.

My husband and I have already started to try for baby #2 and I am still haunted by these 15 pounds.¬† I WANT SO BADLY TO SHED MY FRAME OF THEM!¬† We started the P90X¬†workout program six weeks ago and, let me¬†tell ya…It’s hard core!¬† Three weeks into the program, my husband¬†left for Chicago for work and we took a week off.¬† I took a week off and ate cookies and cream ice cream.¬† Funny thing about that?¬† I lost 5 pounds after¬†being stagnant for weeks!¬† I¬†credit¬†the ice cream!¬† I think my body¬†felt like it was in starvation mode because it missed it’s frozen goodness.¬† ūüôā¬†

Little Girl Carnival Cone Hair Clips

So, anyway, I’m still not successfully¬†pregnant and¬†a friend and I were talking about weight loss again today.¬† We talked about how we both want to lose more weight before we get¬†pregnant for the second time but, we are just tired and unmotivated.¬† Ugh!¬†¬†As much as I would like to see this happen, I balance this ideal¬†with the idea that it’s not important.¬† Mom’s all go through the battle of the bulge (or at least most do)¬†so I am¬†also almost¬†resigned to the fact that I’m not alone and eventually I’ll be done having babies and I can lose it then.¬†¬†I also have this notion that I will not¬†gain as much weight with baby #2 because I won’t be eating each meal like it’s my last.¬† Am¬†I dreaming?¬†¬†Should I even worry about it?¬† It’s¬† just 15 pounds, right?¬† Who cares¬†if I still haven’t squeezed my tush back into the clothes I once wore pre-pregnancy and pre-parents house!¬† Who cares if they’ll be out of style when I eventually fit back¬†into them!¬† That’s just all the more reason to shop for a new wardrobe, right?¬† Should I just throw them out or¬†would you say there’s still hope?¬† Is anyone out there?¬† I have yet to receive a comment on my¬†blog since I started posting again so I may be typing to the air.¬† If you are out there and have some feedback, suggestions, opinions, or help, please share!¬†

HOPE DICTIONARY scrabble tile pendant by Wickedly Mod Pendants

Let me know your thoughts…even though I’ve eaten six cookies, while I’ve typed this, I’m seeking encouragement, wisdom, or direction!¬† There is a problem with my puzzle…I do know that I need to examine my eating habits and eliminate what isn’t working (um…six chocolate chip/butterscotch chip cookies?).¬† I also know that I need to exercise more and those two things combined, will likely work to help me achieve my goals.¬† I just can’t get motivated.¬† Perhaps the other mothers out there, who have successfully lost the weight before baby #2 can offer advice?¬† Are you one of them?¬† Are you out there?¬† Give me a holla!¬†

Set of 12 "holla" notecards $16.00beforeMcDonald's does!I'm lovin' it

Creative Treats and Fun For Halloween

Halloween is on it’s way and I thought it might be fun to post some creative ideas. Over the course of the next two weeks, I plan to post recipes and ideas for treats that you can enjoy or give to the “goblins” that come to your door, appetizers for the friends you may have over for dinner or game night, crafts for the home, crafts for the kids, themed gifts, and unique decorating ideas. If you are not the crafty kind, I’ve included links to items available to purchase from my Etsy friends. Hope you enjoy my Spook-tacular week!

LET’S KICK OFF THE WEEK WITH IDEAS FROM MY ETSY FRIENDS…

A FANTASTIC ACORN NECKLACE by A Fine Distraction!

FANTASTIC PIECE FOR FALL!!!
¬†And now, onto …..YuMmmm –>¬†Candy By¬†Vanessa!!!¬†¬†Specifically, White Chocolate Candy Corn Bark.¬†

A Delicious Halloween Treat! 1 pound for $13.00

She’s got more treats in her store, but this just looked so colorful and fun that it is what I chose.¬† Culinary arts are her passion.¬† Check out what else she has to offer too by clicking here.¬† You will find things like biscotti, chocolate covered pretzels and more!

Cool Decorating idea — A Jack-O-Lantern Switch Plate Cover!¬† (Minimal handy-man skills required for installation)

Great Idea for those who enjoy truly having a THEME in their home!

¬†Switch Plate Cover is available from “Turn Me On Art” on Etsy for only $10!
¬†Many other styles are offered…check them out now by clicking here!!!
  
¬†Next up… A¬†fun craft to do with your kids!

Super Cute Idea for Kids Parties!!!!

 
Well, that’s all for tonight!¬† I think that was a decent way to kick off the week!¬† Let me know if you liked any of these, or if you have requests for more in any area!¬†

The BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe MANY have ever had!

A Soft and Chewy Piece of Heaven!

I was gifted with a baker’s dozen of chocolate chip cookies for no reason from a delightful woman I know about four months ago and from the moment I took the first bite, I was struck with amazement that these cookies were homemade, and that they had NOT come out of a plastic sleeve from the grocery store’s refrigerated foods section! I have cursed this woman since that day because I can’t stop making them! They get RAVE reviews from everyone and as such, should be shared and enjoyed by others too! Sooooo…I’m giving you the recipe! The trick, I’ve found…is to bake them to the point at which they almost still look underbaked¬†and gooey in the middle, then take them out and immediately remove them from the pan to a cooling rack. Oh! They are soooo good! The funny thing about this recipe is that it is basically the recipe that was on the bag of chips that I had at home, but it does have some tweaks…those tweaks, I’m CONVINCED…make all the difference!

DIVINE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  (You may have to adjust the temperature of your oven, depending on how it heats.)

Mix together in a medium  bowl:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Cream together in a large bowl:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup butter flavored crisco
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Add to creamy mixture:
2 large eggs

Slowly add flour mixture to creamy mixture.¬† After it is blended well, add a little bit of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons, but that’s it).¬† Add 1 bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.¬† Scoop dough onto cookie sheet by mounded teasponfulls¬†and bake.¬† Don’t judge doneness by time…judge by color.¬† Take cookies out when they are LIGHT tan around the edges and they appear to be slightly underdone in the center.¬†

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!¬† Remember¬†that all ovens are different so you may need to adjust yours.¬† The lady who gave me the recipe was baking hers at 375 in a gas oven and when I tried the recipe in my electric oven at the same temperature, they burned.¬† I eventually decided that 350 worked for me and I watch these cookies closely after 6 minutes to ensure that I catch them at the right doneness.¬† Please let me know if you make these!¬† I’d love to hear your feedback!¬† Also, I’ve made these with many different kinds of chips…they’re always delicious, but the mini chips just seem PERFECT!¬†

Give me these with an ice-cold¬†glass of¬†Milk and I’m in HEAVEN!

Find one thing you’re good at and FOCUS ON IT!

Well, once again, I am thinking of something that one of my old bosses once told me about his secret to achieving success… “Pick one thing that you are good at and focus on it…master it. Don’t be a jack of all trades and master of none.”

I often feel like I am that cliche’, “Jack of all trades and master of none.” I have SO many crafts that I do and many talents that I enjoy. I’ve got big dreams and lots of goals, but I frequently find myself sidetracked and bored with one thing and move onto another. The problem is that I am spreading myself too thin with all of them and do not reach the level of success that I could reach if I could just focus all of my energy and time on one thing.

A Bracelet I made this October 2010

After about a year and a half, I’ve finally started back to spending time on my crafts. I am making jewelry, which is going well at craft shows, but I do not have the kind of time that I used to have to be able to promote my store online. I was painting glassware when I was in Maryland, which went pretty well. I was selling my wine glasses in three venues and people enjoyed them. I love both the jewelry and the glassware, but I fear that I’m beginning to spread myself too thin again. Is it wise to do both? On top of those crafts, I recently agreed to wood burn a plank of wood for an Amish carpenter to use in a bench. If he likes what he sees, we discussed contracting regular work. Again…I’m not staying focused. On top of all that, I also maintain a full time job and have a 9 month old daughter and husband who also require my time and attention. Jeeze Louise! When I type it all out, I really feel quite dizzy!

I am very goal-oriented and I will do well if I can create a clear picture with a concrete, measurable objective in my mind.¬† I will write it down and…viola!…it happens.¬† My problem is that, with my artistic talents, I have trouble being decisive and focused, but I’m getting better.¬† I used to feel as though, when I made a decision, that it meant the DEATH of all other options.¬† I was employing “all or nothing” thinking, which was not effective.¬† I’ve since learned that I can focus on one thing and dabble with others in my free time, which keeps me happy.¬† But, with my jewelry and glassware, I feel confused.¬† My business cards even indicate that I do both.¬†¬†I’m just wondering if I should take the advice of an old friend and focus on just one?¬†

A lady called last night and said she was interested in carrying my wine glasses in her store. I also recently spoke to a winery that is interested in them so I wonder if my time might be better spent on glassware, rather than jewlery?

NLA Tra La La Hand Painted Wine Glasses

I am going to give this some further thought and perhaps you all, who are reading, can give me some of your thoughts on the matter…to pick one or not to pick just one? Would it be too much to do both?¬†

Also, please share your experiences!  I love hearing from other people!

WOW! Time DOES FLY!!! A HOUSE, NEW JOB, AND A BABY LATER

After a long hiatus, I am back! In the time since my last post, we FINALLY solidified our house plans – didn’t end up being the plans I posted, but we built our home and moved out of my parents house…woohoo! I love them, but all good things come to an end, including the hospitality of parents. I also changed jobs AND we had our first child!!! We had a beautiful daughter and we’ve been busy, but it is all very, very good and we are VERY, VERY BLESSED!

I’m back in the saddle again and I am making jewelry after way too long! I did two craft shows the past two weekends and the new area we live in is proving to be quite different from Maryland! Rural America HAS to have people who enjoy quality jewelry…I just have yet to find them and where they live. hahaha. The two craft shows that I did were profitable, and although not as much as I would have liked, they brought in cash that I didn’t have before the shows, so I am happy. The other thing that has happened is that my Aunt Barb started making jewelry with me. We get together every Friday and craft together. It’s quite enjoyable to have crafting company! Having a baby has changed things as well…making time for my crafting is arranged around the baby’s schedule, which is challenging at times, but I’ve found it has made me more productive! I think that the saying stays true… “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

With my new job, I’ve returned to my educational roots and I’m back to being a professional counselor. I really enjoy where I work at and the people are great…not to mention that the stress levels are better than my job at Alfred Angelo! One month after I changed jobs, we got pregnant! We are trying again for a second baby now, so we shall see what life has planned. ūüôā

It’s late, so I’m off to bed, but I’m back and I believe that it is finally for good…ahhh, it is good to be back! Hope some of you are still out there!!!