Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hazel's Flamingo 1st Birthday!

This past weekend was Hazel's 1st birthday party. HOW? I don't know. To say this has been the fastest year of my life would be a massive understatement. I know I say this all the time but time seriously just goes faster with each child, and it is unfair. 

In true fashion, we had a nursery themed Flamingo Birthday! She's not really into anything except getting into trouble, so I went with flamingos and thank goodness flamingos are so in right now. 

It was a mild 110 degrees outside (ha!) so we spent most of it by the pool, but unless you were in the water it go pretty miserable so, this one stayed in the AC most of the time! 

This one made huge strides in the letting other people hold her department. She is the one to scream and lunge back towards me whenever we try so the fact that Grandad was getting such loving was a huge deal!

The two Harper's! Seriously they look more like sisters than Harper and her actual sisters!

Nice Hazie. 

It was one of the hottest days of the year, so thank goodness for the pool!

The Three Year Old Club

We had to wake poor Hazie (grr) so we could sing to her, so all of the pictures are obviously of her hating life and in desperate need of a nap!

Thank you Sugar Bakers!

GG made her a special smash cake that mama happily ate for her :)


"Can I take a nap now?"

It was the best day surrounded by our favorite people. I always feel so sentimental and thankful after birthday parties because we are seriously so lucky to be surrounded by the most amazing people. We must have done something right :)

A tradition of taking an after party selfie to celebrate another successful year of parenting! ha! 

I'm fine to take a long break until the next birthday. The fact that it will be Harper's 4th, I can't even talk about that right now!

Love you Hazelnut!! You have brought so much joy into our lives, I couldn't imagine life without your crazy self in it!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

My Hazel Faith... Happy Birthday, Baby Girl

Oh my Hazel. I cannot put into words how strange it feels to be writing your first birthday post. That cannot be right. 

A whole year?! I clearly remember how petrified I was to have you. Because of the obvious reasons. Lack of sleep, two other kids and hello? I only have two hands. I prayed you would be as easy going as your sisters. 

God apparently was busy up there :)

From the very beginning you gave me a run for my money. From the worst morning sickness out of all three girls (and that's saying a lot being that I threw up no less than 67 times a day with each of them) to the stomach bug I caught while I was pregnant, to the scary hospital visit we had the day before you were born. 

You broke me down baby girl and you haven't slowed down since you came out! You have been feisty since day one and while you have definitely been the hardest on me, you've been the sweetest too. You give the best cuddles and you need your mama all the time. And I could not be more thankful for you and your little face. You started walking about a month ago which means you have been running for about 3 weeks now! (Seriously, kid. Is this what boy moms deal with? She is gogogo all the time!)

We had the best day enjoying you and forcing you out your routine so we could drag all three of you to the aquarium, but I will save today's haps for another post. 

Just know we love you with every fiber of our being and I am so thankful God thought we could handle you :) Because you fit into this crazy train perfectly. 

Happy 1st Birthday my Hazie!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Whole 30 Happened, You Guys.

I seriously can't believe 30 days went by so quickly. You know that phrase "Never give up on a dream  just because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." ?

So true. I am such an instant gratification person so shocker, shocker that dieting and working out are so frustrating for me because I need instant results. 

But alas, on July 1st I started a Whole 30. It came days after Quinn's (2nd) birthday party and I found myself licking the platter clean where the leftovers of her Snow White cake used to lie. 

It was bad. Seriously. So bad.

I had only ever failed a Whole 30 a long time ago and I thought.... "There's no better time than now." So I scoured blog posts, Pinterest recipes, shopping lists and was on my way. I will say I am a pretty "clean" meal eater. It's the damn snacking and sugar that honestly kill me. So I kind of knew that a Whole 30 would be the only way. The sugar addiction had to go. 

First few days were a breeze. I weighed myself (which I honestly don't really care about. I'd rather fit into an old pair of jeans to be honest with you.) Took all my measurements and make myself my usual egg scramble with peppers and onions. The second week? 

Hell. Pure and utter exhausted torture. Every bite of food tasted like "I'd rather be fat. "I was exhausted beyond belief. Apparently your body detoxes itself during this time and boy, oh boy. Did my body obviously need detoxing. I can only imagine this is what a heroine addict feels like during detox. 

I got a little more energy during the third week and I basically just survived the remainder of the 30 days. Surprisingly enough eating out wasn't a big deal to me. It was almost relieving when we got to eat out because I didn't have to cook and pretty much everywhere has a steak/chicken/fish and veggies plate! 

I will say I did not give up alcohol. Sorry, Whole 30. But I am a mom of three tiny humans and there was no way that was happening. I used to be addicted to CoffeeMate vanilla creamer and I've recently found the Califia Farms almond milk vanilla creamer and it has been a life changer. Not exactly sure if that is 100% compliant, but I figure huge step up so whatever. 

There were a few staples I could not have lived without. Several menu items were on repeat and I don't see them leaving anytime soon!

The Pioneer Woman's Hamburger Soup

So, so good! And perfect for leftovers. I see us eating a lot of this once fall comes!

Thanks to Molly and her Whole 30 experience because I constantly stalked her blog for some recipes!

This was delicious! And who knew honey mustard sauce was so easy to make?! My kids and husband even ate and loved it and that is saying a lot!

Guys, this was a savior. I used this as a salad dressing, veggie dip, you name it. Can come out a little "oily" but I managed to perfect it after my third go at it!

These were amazing and made them every single week. If it wasn't this it was compliant bacon!

Other than those meals, Larabars and Lacroix water were lifesavers. I always had  Larabar in my bag in case I was out too long and got hungry. Also Costco sells individual, compliant guacamole which saved my life on a few occasions. 

Other than that my breakfasts stayed pretty much the same. Egg scrambles with veggies or spinach omelets and bacon! I'm egg obsessed and never get tired of them so breakfasts were the easiest for me. I learned leftovers are a must because lunches are my biggest struggle. 

The Results!

I will say the main reason for doing this was the sugar. And I feel like it honestly helped my "need" to have things. My first post Whole 30 meal? 

Pizza. Obviously. 

And to be honest?! Not as exciting as I thought it would be. I almost felt guilty, but I kept telling myself it was necessary and cheat meals are a good thing! I will say the stomach ache I had that night....not so fun!

So in the end I lost 9 pounds and 10 inches.

10 INCHES! Ok, I will say I measured every body part I could think of. Hips, waist, thighs and arms.  Thinking back I should have measures my ankles too, ha!

So those 10 inches are all from there. I was a little more consistent with workouts so I'm not surprised the weight loss wasn't as insane as other Whole 30 results. I woke up this morning, post cheat meal and was so ready to get back in it. I've got groceries being delivered today (Mondays are real people.) and am making a huge pot of hamburger soup. Got all my veggies and dump ranch going. 

I've still got a little ways to go until I hit my "goal weight" or goal "size" rather. I'm very excited to keep at it and improve in the workout department so all my praises for the Whole 30 people. So hard, but totally worth it!

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