Archives for October 2012

I’m Back On The Wagon: Today Begins My Journey With BodyRock.TV Workouts

So way back in April, I decided to commit to working out by doing the Brazil Butt Lift for 1 month. After all, one month is only 30 days, right? And I had hoped by then I would become addicted to working out and keep wanting to do it. Not so much. Which is why today marks the beginning of another workout month for me…this time by trying out BodyRock.TV workouts.

Now lots of people want to know: does the Brazil Butt Lift work, and I’m here to tell you it does. In just one month I lost over 11 inches on my arms, chest, waist, hips, and thighs. I also lost almost 9 pounds. At the beginning of the month I said at the end I’d post before and after pictures, and I did. And I felt awesome, my body felt awesome, and I was starting to look pretty damn good with my new rockin’ body. And then? At the end of the 30 days? I stopped completely. Not one more workout after I posted my before and after pics in June.

So now we are almost at the beginning of November. In just four months, I have ruined all that I worked so hard for. Just look at this:

Yep. I’ve gained back 9 of those 11.25 inches that I had lost. I’ve also gained back 3.7 of the 8.6 pounds I lost. Dude! Look at that! Almost 5 inches of that is back in my waist! My waist is actually bigger now than it was before I even started the Brazil Butt Lift. Awesome. I don’t fit in my clothes again, the cellulite is back, and I can’t stand looking at myself in the mirror.

So after chatting with my friends Sili from My Mamihood and Lucrecer from Living the good life, we decided we’d try something together – BodyRock.TV – which basically gives you a (kick your ass) workout each day. We started a facebook group to help support and motivate each other…and let’s be honest, to keep each other in check. I’m starting today.

Here’s our Day 1 Workout- The Hot Dirty Lust Workout on BodyRock.TV

I told you that these workouts are kick-your-ass workouts! Do you want to join us on our journey? I know it looks hard but believe me, YOU CAN DO IT! If you’d like to join us, let me know and I’ll add you to our facebook group!

I have come to understand I am not one of those people who will ever love/look forward to a workout, and that’s okay. As long as I can continue to motivate myself in someway to do it, I know I will do it. I can commit to a month, and then going forward I already have motivation – I am going to Vegas in March for my birthday and I want to rock a cute mini skirt and boots. And I want my legs to look awesome in that mini skirt!

Wish me luck, and you know you’ll see my weekly results. And at the end of 30 days, I will be posting before and after pics…not in a bikini this time, but you’ll still get to see them. Let’s just hope that I can lose all those inches I gained back and then some. Any tips, tricks or words to motivate are welcome!

I need your input! If you haven’t taken my Mommy of a Monster survey and have (literally) a minute to do so, I’d love to hear what you think and appreciate your feedback!

Okay Dear Friends, I Need Your Input

I’ve been going through a thing – I don’t know what to call it – and I’m feeling kind of lost as a blogger. I have been posting less, but trying to engage on facebook and Twitter more. I haven’t been sharing a whole lot of my day-to-day life because I feel like all I do is whine about how much the kids drive me crazy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all crazy, all the time, but it’s a lot of work and a lot of times I’m overwhelmed and feel like I don’t know what the heck I’m doing.

And then I talk to other moms, and low and behold, they feel the same way. So maybe I should be blogging about it.

Long story short, I’m lost. I’m not sure what I want. I LOVE blogging about food and sharing recipes and kitchen tips. I LOVE blogging about blogging. I LOVE blogging about green living and gardening and wine and reading and writing fiction. I LOVE blogging, I’m just not sure what I want to blog about!

So what I really want to know is, what do YOU want to see when you visit?

If you have a few minutes, I’d love for you to take this short survey so that I can get feedback from you! Thank you in advance, and if I missed anything, feel free to leave me a comment.

Tailgate Appetizer Recipe: Cream Cheese Dip With Ham & Cheese (And Served In A Sourdough Bowl!)

Okay, you can thank me later for this one…it’s one of my favorite recipes of all time, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. If you are looking for a tailgate appetizer recipe, I’ve got it: my Cream Cheese Dip with Ham, Cheese and Green Onions. Oh, did I mention you cook and serve it in a sourdough bowl?

A cream cheese dip recipe with ham, cheese, and green onions that is cooked and served in a sourdough bowl. Links to other appetizer recipes too!

Cream Cheese Dip

Ingredients
1 large sourdough bowl (look for it in your local grocery store’s bakery)
8 ounces of cheddar, shredded
2 – 3 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature (No time for that? Just put it in the microwave 20 seconds or so until softened)
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup cooked ham, chopped
1/2 cup of chopped green onions (save the last inch (the root) and regrow green onions in your backyard!)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions
Preheat oven to 350.

Cut the top off of the sourdough bowl and set aside. Using a knife, cut around the inside bread and then hollow out the inside of the bowl. Cut the bread from inside of the bowl into cubes. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the cheddar, cream cheese, sour cream, ham, onions, and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Place the mixture inside the hollowed out sourdough bowl. Replace the bread top.

Wrap the bread in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes.

Place the reserved bread in a bowl with the oil and butter. Toss to coat the bread. During the last 10-15 minutes of baking the sourdough bowl, place all of the bread on a baking sheet and heat through, turning occasionally.

Serve the bread cubes along with the cream cheese dip. It’s also good with tortilla chips or potato chips.

Tailgate Appetizer Recipe: Cream Cheese Dip With Ham & Cheese (And Served In A Sourdough Bowl!)
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Ingredients

  • 1 large sourdough bowl (look for it in your local grocery store's bakery)
  • 8 ounces of cheddar, shredded
  • 2 - 3 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature (No time for that? Just put it in the microwave 20 seconds or so until softened)
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onions (save the last inch (the root) and regrow green onions in your backyard!)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cut the top off of the sourdough bowl and set aside. Using a knife, cut around the inside bread and then hollow out the inside of the bowl. Cut the bread from inside of the bowl into cubes. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the cheddar, cream cheese, sour cream, ham, onions, and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Place the mixture inside the hollowed out sourdough bowl. Replace the bread top.
  4. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes.
  5. Place the reserved bread in a bowl with the oil and butter. Toss to coat the bread. During the last 10-15 minutes of baking the sourdough bowl, place all of the bread on a baking sheet and heat through, turning occasionally.
  6. Serve the bread cubes along with the cream cheese dip. It's also good with tortilla chips or potato chips.
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Want another crowd pleasing recipe that will leave everybody begging for the recipe? Try my Buffalo Chicken Dip! I’ve got lots of appetizer recipes here on my blog, as well as an Appetizers board on Pinterest.

A Little Bit Of This And That…

I haven’t published yet this week – I just haven’t had much to say. Ethan, who usually goes to kindergarten class in the afternoons, is going in the morning all week. This has thrown of my schedule and also left me with no free time on the days the girls attend preschool. So, I have been on full time jester/entertainment mom duty.

But I do have a couple of things to tell you about…

I’m over at ChiquitaMoms.com today explaining why I volunteer my time in Ethan’s classroom. I tell it through a story, and hope my words take you right back to kindergarten and being excited to learn.

I am SUPER excited to share a post I wrote over at Home Made Simple (P&G’s new site) full of freezer organizing tips. I’ll give you 10 ways to declutter your freezer that you can use right now.

And now, back to my not-regularly scheduled life. I have to get Ethan ready for school. There’s no way I’m going to sneak in that DVR’d episode of the Project Runway finale, is there?

Love Taking A Road Trip? Here’s Why I Want To Make That 4 Hour Ride To Vegas

The other day, I was at a playdate at the park with my sister and a friend. It was near the end of the date, and the kids were all tired, hot and grouchy. So of course we started talking about our lives before kids. The quiet. The freedom. The fun with friends. The no whining. And of course that brought us to remembering all of our road trips to Vegas. Which led us to thinking about planning a road trip.

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The three of us, along with my other sister, have made many a trip to Vegas for a getaway weekend. Before kids it was just for fun…after kids it was for fun and (let’s be honest) to get away from the kids.

Planning A Road Trip

They say half the fun of a road trip is just getting there…and if you take a ride with us, that’s the absolute truth! There is excitement, laughter, there are a lot of conversations that begin with “remember that one time…”, there’s talk about the kids (Of course, right? We can’t wait to get away from them but then can’t stop talking about them.) Sometimes there’s arguing. Sometimes there’s tears. But there is always, always a feeling of love, support, and friendship.

We have made trips in blizzard like conditions. We have made trips in the dead of summer when it’s 115+ degrees. We have left early in the morning, and sometimes not until after dark. Come hell or high water, we let nothing stop our trips!

One of the best things about road trips with friends is that the time always seems to just fly by. We talk more (uninterrupted) in those 3-1/2 hours than we probably talk in months. Even though we see each other every week for a playdate, that doesn’t mean we actually get to talk about anything of importance. Those few hours with nothing to do but talk gives us a chance to catch up on each others’ lives…I’m talking about life, not just the kids.

And I always learn something new about everybody on a road trip. Maybe it’s a secret or an annoying habit, but something new always turns up.

Don’t get me wrong – the trip to Vegas is always fun…the ride home is usually a lot less exciting and a lot more quiet. Reliving the weekend usually keeps us occupied for awhile, but then it’s back to checking in with the kids, emails, and readjusting to real life.

I don’t think I’ve been to Vegas since I’ve had the twins, and that’s been 3 years. I used to go at least a couple of times a year. I think I’m due for a Vegas weekend…especially after thinking about how much fun the ride there will be!

What is your favorite road trip memory?

Kia wanted to hear about my favorite road trip, and I was happy to share! I was compensated for this post, however all the opinions expressed here are my own.