Monday, July 28, 2014

Monster High Costume for Pickle

It's the final week of July and as I was shopping with the kids yesterday, I noticed the stores are flooded with back-to-school items.  It seems like summer just started; how, is it back-to-school shopping time already?

It also made me realize that Hallowe'en is just around the corner.  Time to start discussing with the kids what they'd like to be this year.  Pickle is obsessed with Monster High lately; and so I decided to order her a Monster High Costume from Anytime Costumes.  

They have a wide variety of Pretty Monsters to choose from.  I opted for a Frankie Stein child costume in size small.  

I received the costume less than a week after getting the shipping notice; only 4 days in fact.  I don't know if this is standard; but, I'm impressed.

The package contains the dress, which zips up the back making it easy for Pickle to get in and out of. Of course, this does mean I have to stop to zip and unzip her every 5 minutes.  It also comes with a set of tights to match and the Frankie Stein wig!!!  This is a big bonus and one that Pickle is absolutely over the moon about.  Too often, you're forced to buy the costume and then all the added accessories to get the right look.  What child is happy being her favourite Monster High character, if she doesn't have the monsterific hair to go with it?

I had barely opened the package before Pickle was in the dress.  She's told me she's going to wear it every day.  Hmm, we'll have to see how that goes!

Here's my little Monster, all dressed up.  She's be rockin' out to the Character Songs too.  So cute.

All in all, I'm one happy mama.  The costume arrived quickly, it's decent quality and my little Pickle is super excited to be Frankie Stein this Hallowe'en.  Of course, the twins are now bugging me to order them costumes as they think Pickle's is awesome!
I would definitely recommend checking out the Monster High Costumes for your little ghoul this year.

 Disclosure -   I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

A Better Me, Week 44

Ugh, I was up 1.9 lbs. this week.

I'm upset with myself; but, at the same time, I see how far I've come and a small gain is not the end of the world.  It is a wake-up call for me to do better though.  I know that we ate a lot of salt last week.  Corn on the cob is finally in season and living in farm-country, we get some really GOOD corn here.  But what's corn on the cob without butter and salt?  Add to that a night at the drive-in with popcorn, no butter, and deep-fried dill pickles and well...I can understand the gain.

I had my pity party and now I'm moving on.  I have had a good couple of days and I plan for my week to continue that way.  ONEderland is right around the corner and I WILL get there.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Better Me, Week 43

OMG, those frittatas I wrote about yesterday are DELICIOUS!  I actually ended up modifying the recipe a bit and will post the updated PointsPlus values once I've got them calculated.  I don't expect much will change though.  These are definitely a win and what's better, I have about 6 left over to freeze and have as grab n'go meals!

As for my progress, I'm down 2.6lbs this week!  I'm a little surprised given I've had a bad week in terms of motivation and haven't worked out; with the exception of an hour on the treadmill Monday.  I'm definitely happy the scales moved in my favour though.  Definitely keeps me going and pushes me harder when I see results.

Can't wait to see what this week brings my way.  Sending everyone healthy, skinny, kick 'me in the pants vibes this week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Good Food Matters, Ham Cheese and Veggie Frittatas

I've mentioned in a few posts that I love trying new recipes on my #weightlossjourney.  I'm hosting a brunch and jewelry party tomorrow and I wanted some WW friendly items for myself and a few of the guests who are also on their own journey to a #betterme.  Of course, Google, is my friend and I came across the below recipe.  I'm going to try it out and I'll come back to let you know how it goes.


Author:  Martha - Simple Nourished Living
Prep time:  15 min.  Cook time:  25 min.  Total time:  40 min.

Individual ham, cheese and veggie frittatas baked in muffin cups make an easy, healthy breakfast, lunch, supper or snack item.


- cooking spray
-  1 pound frozen has brown potatoes, thawed
-  4 large eggs, beaten
-  1 TBSP fat-free milk
-  salt & pepper to tast
-  2 oz.  cooked lean ham, finely chopped
-  2 TBSP finely chopped sweet red bell pepper
-  2 TBSP finely chopped green bell pepper
-  2 TBSP finely chopped green onion
- 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese


1.  Position an oven rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 350 F.  Generously coat 8 muffin cups with cooking spray.

2.  Press the defrosted hash browns into the bottom and up the sides of each muffin cup to form a crust.

3.  Bake for 15-20 min

4.  Meanwhile, make the filling:  In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and milk together.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in the ham, peppers, onion and cheese until well blended.

5.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and press them down firmly with a  spoon so that they are like a mini pie crust lining the bottom and sides of the muffin cups.

6.  Divide the mixture evenly, pouring it into the centre of each muffin cup.

7.  Return to the oven and bake until the potatoes are crisp and golden and the egg mixture is set; approx 15-18 min.

8.  Remove from the oven and let sit about 5 min before serving.


Nutritional estimates per serving (1 frittata):  3 WW PointsPlus value (according to Weight Watchers Weekly)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Better Me, Week 42

Okay, so this week's loss could almost be called staying the same.  I was down .2 lbs.  Not even a full pound.  But, as one of my friends pointed out, it's still the scale moving in the right direction.

So I'm staying positive, it's not a gain and a loss is a loss.  This week is a new week and I'll get the results I want!

Hope you're all having a great week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama   {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Better Me, Week 41

Down 1.1 lbs this week!  Woot, happy dance. 

You may wonder why I'm so happy about a 1.1 lb loss.  I gotta tell ya, I wasn't feeling it this week and thought for certain the scale would show a gain...but, it didn't!  I'm so freakin' happy.  This week's loss puts me at 80.4 lbs lost to date. 

I've been continuing with my C25K program.  I'm almost finished with it on the treadmill.  I can run for 25 min, non stop.  It's not pretty; but I can do it.  Only 28, 30 and 35 min intervals remain until I finish the program.  That's 3 workouts; that I have temporarily put on hold.  Wait, what?  I know I just said I'm continuing with the program and then I say I'm putting my last 3 workouts on hold?  Are you confused yet?
Don't be.  I've started the program over, outdoors.  I tried running outside in this glorious weather we've been having; but, it's SO much harder than on the treadmill.  I'm dying out there and so I've taken it back to basics after trying to do it on my own and failing.  The program is structured enough that it pushes me harder, if that makes any sense?  I've done the first two workouts so far and it's painful, but I feel good afterward.  I think a lot of it is my gait and speed are longer/faster outside.  Not to mention the terrain is constantly changing and I can feel my muscles adjusting with every stride.

I'm also doing a 30-day squat challenge.  I think I may have mentioned this before and I gave up.  The challenge I was trying previously was too aggressive too fast.  My legs were so sore I couldn't even sit to go to the bathroom.  This new version of the challenge is not as aggressive but I still feel the burn.  Today is day 80, 90 squats.  Not looking forward to it on run night, but I'll get it done.

I'd love to hear how your week is going.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Inspiration of the Day

A Better Me, Week 40

(Happy belated Canada Day)

We've had some family fun the past few days, which is why my weekly update is late.

I was back for another Saturday weigh-in and was down 1 lb.  That's 79.3 lbs total...I know, so close to 80!  That's something to look forward to this week :)

So far, things have been slow for me this week.  We went to the US yesterday, I know ironic to spend Canada Day in the States.  Of course, a trip to the US wouldn't be the same without lunch at Olive Garden.  Did you know there's nothing that's really points friendly at Olive Garden?  Shocker, right?  I ended up having the cheese ravioli in marinara sauce...the lunch-sized portion for a whopping 13 points.  Thankfully, I couldn't eat it all and only managed about 2/3 of the serving which dropped the points value.  But add in a bread stick and some salad and I'm right back up there.  On the flip side, I was able to track my activity using my new FitBit!  I love this handy little tracker Mr. Twingle bought me as a belated birthday gift.  It tracks my steps, active minutes, sleep patterns and more.  I was able to see that I walked over 8000 steps yesterday!  That's pretty crazy for a day of grocery shopping.   I don't usually put in my walking for Activity Points, but I know that all the walking throughout the day will help burn off the extra calories I really didn't need...but were oh, so good!

I've also restarted the 30-day squat challenge.  The one I was doing previously was too aggressive and I was hurting.  I could barely move most days and it hurt to try and sit to go to the bathroom.  This new one doesn't seem so bad, I guess only time will tell.

Well, it's back to work for me today, so I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.