Saturday, February 11, 2012

Birthday, Pizza, and General Life Updates

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Today is Brian's 27th Birthday...and he's been gone since Friday morning :(  But he should be back late tonight/early early tomorrow morning.  And he has a balloon surprise waiting for him....
 27 balloons, one for each year, each with a reason why I love him tied on to the string.  Some how I managed to fit them all into my little car without any popping...and without the wind blowing me away.  But my hair was looking a static mess!!  I'm excited for him to read them :)
Since I knew he would be away we celebrated earlier in the week.  I cooked him one of his favorite dinners (we skipped the health train that night!) and gave him the new Kindle Fire.  I might have slight kindle envy....but I'm happy he liked it!

The weight loss challenge is still going right along.  I managed to shed 2 pounds this week, woot woot!  I had my mom and younger sister over, who are also participating in the challenge, and made a dinner that would help us get in those 3 servings of veggies!

We had a cold vegetable pizza and slightly soggy sweet potato chips.

I started with a dried ranch dressing and some other seasonings:
Added soft cream cheese, and greek yogurt (substituted the mayo for yogurt, healthier option and still tasted great!)  Once that was all stirred together I spread it onto a pre-made wheat pizza crust:
 Then came the veggies.  I added broccoli, carrots, and peppers.  Another time I might add some grape tomatoes as well.
Then I let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes.  Added a sprinkle of cheese on top, and it was good to go!
Definitely a recipe I will save.  It was really tasty, filling, and I felt good about eating it!  The sweet potato chips could have used a little work.  They tasted great, but the texture was soggy for sure!  Next time I'll figure out what to change!
 In other news, my Kindergarteners just celebrated their 100th day at school.  I think that 1 day took more planning and preparation on my part than a regular week of curriculum!  But they had a blast, and were so excited to have been in school for 100 days!  We did all kinds of activities, here is a quick picture:
As you can see, we were busy!  The ice cream cones count by 10, the gumball machines (adorable!) have 100 gumballs, we colored in a 100's chart and found the Cat in the Hat, and we decorated our "We Are 100 Days Smarter!" sign.  And that's just what is hanging on the wall...We also made crowns, made books, made a necklace out of 100 fruit loops, did 100 jumping jacks, had an ice cream sundae party...oh the list goes on!  What a day!

What have you all been up to?


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Walgreens Special Discount

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Spring Flowers

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Well, despite the fact that good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow the other day, it already feels like spring!  Even with the ridiculously mild winter we have been having, I have a sinking feeling we might be in for another April Fools blizzard this year!
The mild, almost spring like, weather has already got me in the mood to be enjoying the outdoors!  This year we actually have a really nice yard and patio to enjoy.  What would be more perfect than some beautiful and easy to manage flowers?  I've never done much planting other than from seed, but how easy would bulbs be?
I visited the website and could hardly tear myself away!  The video library is full of inspiration, which had me pinning ideas and filing away thoughts in my head.  I already know what I want our patio looking like...and it's only February!
Another fantastic feature were the easy relate to ladies who offered all kinds of tips and words of wisdom.  I loved Marcy's tips about how to cover your bulbs with leaves in the fall, this helps give an extra layer of protection so that they will be ready to sprout again in the spring.  No need to plant new ones, it's the gift that keeps on giving!
Every Christmas my Dad gives my Mom Narcissus (or Paper White) Bulbs, which she plants on a bed of rocks, inside.  No need for a garden, or worrying that a late frost will kill of early sprouts.  And they smell fantastic, what a great gift!
If you're looking for information about bulbs, when and where to plant them, how to plant them, what flowers look good, and a host of other information, just be sure to   visit to learn more  !Hand in hand with Dig, Drop, Done is another fantastic website.  Make sure to check out Curbside Chaos !  I gave their Garden Guru a go.  All you have to do is enter your Country, location within the Country, when you want your bulbs to bloom, what kind of bulb you want to grow, and boom...full directions on what you need to do!  So helpful!
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Let's get ready for spring and bring some beautiful pops of color into the world!  Make sure to visit to learn more.  Inside, or outside, bulbs are the way to go!  Happy planting!!
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