Wednesday, August 12, 2015

21 Day Fix and a *~FREEBIE~*!

Hello friends!

My hubby (from Sweet Geeks) and I have started the 21 Day Fix this week and have committed to a healthier lifestyle since we are getting older and would love to start a family soon. But first- we have to take care of ourselves! We really love this program and how easy it is. Everything is laid out for you and the portion containers make meal prep a BREEZE! We have both dropped about 5 pounds and we only started Monday! That's how much unhealthy stuff we were eating before! YIKES!

Here are some of the food options we've been eating- my favorite everyday meal is my Shakeology though! YUM! We add a little PB, ice, and almond milk to our chocolate variety and it tastes like a milkshake- that is a WIN in my book!

This was breakfast day 1, a super yummy egg scramble with fruit and bacon
Container count- 1.5 red, 1 purple, 1 green

Day 1 Lunch was a mixed salad with protein and tons of veggies
Container count- 2.5 green, 2 purple, 1 orange, and 1 red

Day 2 lunch was a bed of romaine with homemade chicken salad (made with leftover rotisserie chicken and dressing instead of mayo), cucumbers, and boiled eggs- so good!
Container count- 2.5 green, 1 orange, and 1.5 red

Today we had an AMAZING turkey burger for lunch- these are quick and easy! It is the Jennie-O frozen lean turkey burgers (which are so stinking good), avocado, lettuce, tomato, and sautéed mushrooms and onions on a whole grain bun. This burger was so delicious and was super healthy!
Container count- 1.5 red, 1 orange, 2 teaspoons (for sautéed onions and mushrooms), 2 yellow, 2.5 green, and 1 blue- this was a very hearty burger!

Doesn't that food look amazing?! I feel so much better and I am really dedicated to sticking to my healthy habits this time. I really need to do this for myself. 
If you made it this far and you use the 21 Day Fix- I made this super cute container tracker for you to monitor what you're eating! It really has helped my hubby stay on track- he is not good at that part ;) Enjoy this little FREEBIE! All of the calorie brackets are included- (click on picture to take you to freebie!)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Stitch Fix- My first box!

Ok... I finally caved and scheduled my first Stitch Fix box with not really an expectation that it would work out since I am more on the edge of plus size and regular fitting clothes. Honestly, I just wanted to see if they really accommodate your wants and pay attention to your details. I was hoping to maybe get a piece of jewelry out of it. This is my Tried it Tuesday for the wonderful Fourth Grade Flipper!

Oh.Em.Gee... Ladies- you NEED to experience this at LEAST once! It was so much fun and I cannot believe how perfect my clothes were! My stylist was amazing and really paid close attention to my requests and the Pinterest style board that I linked to my account. Yes- you can literally show them what you love by linking your favorite Pinterest style board! It was an incredible experience and I already have my next Fix scheduled... Don't tell my hubby ;)

First thing is you want to go to the site (obviously)- use this link: Stitch Fix

Then you go through and create your style profile. Be very specific and choose honestly- this will ensure your stylists knows exactly what you want. At the end of the style profile you will have a chance to write a note to your stylist- this is where you will put any specifics you want them to know. For example, I included my bottoms size because they only go up to size 14 on the listed sizes and I needed a 16- they can do this! You just have to ask :) You also can include any details about any special function/occasion you have coming up that you need an outfit for. I've seen others do this and I plan on also doing this during the holidays!

It was an amazing experience and the personalized note they send with your box just puts it over the top. It also includes style cards to help you style your new clothes- which is great for me since I never know how to put things together.

Everything came beautifully packaged and there is never any pressure to keep anything. If you don't like it/it doesn't fit- stick it in the PREPAID (that's right!) baggie and send it off! I wanted to keep all of mine this time, but I tried on the necklace and it was sitting a little too high on my neck. So off it goes! Since I wasn't keeping the necklace I also am sending the earrings back because they kind of went with the necklace. Finally, I absolutely LOVE the pants they sent, but the black knit ones are going to be more for winter (super cute with some boots!) and so I will probably ask for those closer to winter time (hopefully I'll be a few pounds lighter!)

All-in-all, the experience was amazing and I felt completely in awe of the attention to detail that was given to my wardrobe choices. I really can't wait to do it again and hope that you will at least give it a try! You don't need a reoccurring subscription either, you do it whenever you want! That is really what sold me because there are no strings attached. Well played Stitch Fix, well played.

Here are some photos of my box! So stinking cute!

This is what came in my box. You get 5 hand-picked pieces! I truly loved them all and was shocked that I actually liked the dolman-sleeved top! I would have never picked that up in the store! :)

My keepers! These jeans = amazingly comfortable!

The jewelry was beautiful- but the necklace wasn't quite long enough for my large neck!

The black pants were super cute- but I am going to request these when it gets closer to winter time! They were a knit pant, so they were SUPER soft and stretchy! They will be SO cute with some boots!

My favorite jeans- EVER!

Super comfy and they fit perfectly! It's hard for my to find skinny jeans that fit my large calves correctly! Hooray!

So adorable! I'll have them hemmed up a bit (they are rolled under in these pics)

I hope you guys enjoyed a look into my first Stitch Fix box! Have you had one before? Are you going to try it?! Let me know!!

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Blog Design and Classroom Sneak Peek!

Y'all- I. can't. even. Did you see how freaking adorable my new blog design is?! I mean- Lindsey Paull completely hit the nail on the head when I told her what I wanted and what my vision was. She designs all her own clipart and that means that cute little fishy (named Mr. Bubbles) is specially designed just for me! 

I cannot thank her enough for the beautiful work she did! I just keep staring at it... ;) If you need a blog design in the future, get in her list! She is full for the rest of this year (hooray!) but she still has spots available for next year! Click on her link at the bottom of my blog to find her website! 

On another note- I was able to get into my classroom Thursday and decided to completely flip my room around and I am loving the results so far! My space is a little odd and although it's a bigger classroom, I always have issues with having enough room for my student desks. So, I decided to try some new things and I am so excited to see how it turns out! Hubby and I are headed to Ikea today to pick up a few things :) Here is a sneak peek into my classroom! I can't wait to do my reveal! 

This is looking from the back of my classroom into the main space. I moved my kidney table here. 

Here's my moved reading area which I LOVE! It used to be in the other far corner and was hard to manuever around. This opens it up and allows for more natural light. I moved the student computers to where the old reading area was. I'm planning on adding some furniture from Ikea here. 

Another view of the reading area. Don't mind the mountain of stuffed animals! Haha! My kiddos love them! 

Be blessed everyone! <3

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Jamie Grace Concert!

So summer wouldn't be complete without a concert right?! 

Well, last night my small hometown church hosted an amazing artist to a sold out crowd of about 400 people! Who was it?? 

Jamie Grace!!! <3 

She was the most genuine and personable music artist I've ever seen. She holds true to her love for God and her beliefs- which is extremely commendable in today's world. She is a fantastic Christian artist who believes in missions with her whole heart, it was incredible to hear her speak. If you haven't had the chance to hear her music- go right now and find her, you will love her just as much as I do. She is such a great role model for girls and I can't wait to have little girls of my own to play her music to :) Here are some pictures from the concert last night- it was fun and full of energy!

My mother-in-law loved her! Like I said, she was so personable... Plus she liked my purple hair ;)

Our Pastor's daughter, Kendal, got the opportunity to get up there and sing with her! It was a dream come true for her and she is the one who organized all of this and got Jamie to come to our church! :)

Selfie for #everybitoflovely 

We also had the amazing pleasure of hearing Jamie Grace's sister, Morgan! :) They were so great! 

I hope you'll get take the time to find and listen to her music!