Thursday, June 27, 2013

Super Smoothies!

Today I almost felt like I had a healthy, productive routine. Part of it is probably due to the my body healing from the cesarean section. My mom often reminds me that I will feel so much better six months after the surgery that I'll be amazed.

I'm wondering if another part of it is the oatmeal chia seed breakfast smoothies that I found on Pinterest last week. We started making the smoothies with just oatmeal because we didn't have chia seeds (and couldn't find them at the grocery store). I was impressed with how long the smoothie kept me satisfied, so I decided it was worth it to try the chia seeds.

I found the chia seeds at Elliott's Natural Foods* and was VERY impressed with how much energy I had each morning (and afternoon!) after I drank my smoothies. From what I've heard (i.e. I don't have solid sources) Chia seeds are known as Aztec super food. They are supposed be really good at sustaining energy. The package says they have lots of Omega 3s, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. That all sounds pretty good.

My mom also said that the oatmeal has lots of B vitamins, which are contributing to me feeling better and having more energy. I think this smoothie recipe is a keeper!

*The Chia Co. ( $7.55 for 5.3 oz. That is $1.42 per oz. Do you buy chia seeds? How much do yours cost? Where do you get them?

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Pinned it. Did it! Maiden Link-up

Once upon a time, I saw a Pinterest board called Pinned it, did it. I had seen a lot of pins about how Pinterest was just a huge time waster and I thought the board was a brilliant way of recording the creativity and growth that pinner got out of her pins.

So I made a Pinned it. Did it! board for myself. But sometimes I forget to go back and repin the pins I did to that special board. And what I really want to do is show off that I did something fun and neat that I found on Pinterest.

Then I got this great idea to do a Pinned it. Did it! link-up. I've never hosted a link-up, but I've participated in a few. I think link-ups are a great way to share ideas and experiences around a common topic, and they make it easy to find all those ideas in one place!

I'm a little nervous about this, and really excited. Please don't give up on me if my linky tool doesn't work right (I'm so worried I'll break it!). Just let me know so I can figure it out.

Here we go!

P.S. I haven't even written my own Pinned it. Did it! post, but I had to get this up so I wouldn't put it off for another year. Now I have incentive to write up one of my pins asap!

Grab the code for my link-up button:

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Backyard Blanket Fort

Lost Boy and 2Flowers went camping last night. It was long overdue. There was a special Daddy-Daughter trip planned five months ago that got canceled because of snow. Snow wouldn't have stopped Lost Boy from camping, but he didn't want 2Flowers to have to endure instead of enjoy the experience.

She's been asking to go camping for months. Last night she asked for a tent again. Lost Boy observed that we have a backyard now, so he went hunting for the tent.

We found the tent, no problem. But we couldn't find the tent poles anywhere (there are boxes everywhere and nothing has a home). So Lost Boy made a blanket fort with an old sheet and they went to bed outside after 2Flowers brushed her teeth camping style (spitting in the dirt, not the sink!).

I got to snuggle Baby O and blog to my heart's content.

2FLowers made it until 2:00 am before she woke up and wanted to get into bed with me.


Sunday, June 02, 2013

50% Less Stuff

We finished moving all of my stuff to the house this weekend. I have a lot of stuff. And paper. I have a lot of paper.

I've been working on sorting and getting rid of my stuff and paper. I thought I was doing pretty good. And I am! I can throw away (recycle) at least 1/2 of my paper when I go through it.

But Lost Boy, Papa and the brothers had to move way too many boxes this weekend. WAY TOO MANY! I thought I had gone through and gotten rid of more stuff. I think they're breeding. I need to have less stuff!!

So I have a new goal.

50% less stuff by next June 1st.

One year. Less stuff.

I'm not sure I can do it. But I've been making progress on letting go of stuff, so I just have to push it further faster. I need a plan and a schedule.

The plan so far is this:

1. Designate a space for give-away stuff. I've had a DI Box for years, but I am going to need a much bigger one now.

2. Toss half of each box while I'm unpacking. I know I won't always do this, especially with the kitchen and office boxes, but it is still the plan.

The weak part of my plan is the schedule... when have I ever done a project on time?

I don't remember, either.