Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Funday

I love summer means my work day ends at noon today!  Woohoo!  Then I am off to the grocery store to get the ingredients for Weight Watchers Raspberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies.


The recipe for these drinks calls for raspberry lemonade drink mix and diet lemon-lime soda.  We think we will substitute the lime La Croix for the diet soda so the cocktail isn't too sweet.  I will let you know on Monday how they turn out.

I will be enjoying these drinks with my friend Rebecca who is cooking us dinner.  I love home cooked healthy meals even more now since I have no kitchen!  Rebecca is making this Skinny Taste recipe:

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

I will give you reviews of both these recipes on Monday in my Weekend Recap.  Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blue Whimsy

As I mentioned in Monday's post I am loving my blue whimsical hallway.  It got even better yesterday because my rug arrived!


It looks great in there with the wonderful wood floors and the awesome blue walls.

It's Trixie approved.

The furry kids approved.  As soon as I rolled it out down the hallway they were all over it.

Sammy would not be still for a good photo.


Now all I need are some cute things on this table and my hallway will be complete.  I would like to live in the hallway right now.  LOL

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday

Thank God it's Wednesday.  This week has been a little long already and I am happy there are only two and a half more work days before the weekend.  I am ready.

Last night the husband and I needed to get out of the construction zone house so we went to a cute little neighborhood restaurant called Sophia.  It was nice to sit and chat and not stress about everything that we need to do.  We brought a bottle of delicious wine and had the Italian pizza.

It was was great...worth its points.  :) Their pizza had salami on it, I logged it as a slice of pepperoni pizza (from a large size pizza) which I think was fair for what I had.  Sophia's pizza has nice crunchy thin crust...very tasty.  To go with my piece of pizza I ordered some grilled asparagus.  It was cooked perfectly.  Fabulous.

Together with my two glasses of wine my dinner was 16 points plus.  I borrowed two points from my weekly points...I love those points.  :)

It was nice to get out and escape the chaos at our house.  I try and focus on the things that are starting to make it look more like a home and not a full on construction area.  Here is a peak at a few of those things.

I am loving these bird prints I found at Pier One.  So cute over the bed in our awesome green room.  I am already over the striped quilt though.  Sigh.

We removed the old school screen door that was on the front door.  It made a huge and instant difference.

I found these stars at Garden Ridge Pottery and they fit perfectly on the fence behind our deck.

I love daisies.  I don't know if you knew that or not.  My nieces made this flower pot for my mom a couple of Easters ago.  I thought these daisies looked cute in it.

What kinds of things do you like to focus on to help relieve stress?

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Salads and Cereal, Oh My!

I am already feeling so much better.  It is amazing what a relaxing weekend and some deep thinking can do for you.  The bike ride last night kind of kicked my butt, but I enjoyed every second of it and I am feeling blissfully sore this morning.  Not super sore like I did a serious power yoga class but I can tell my legs are happy with me.

If you have a Zoe's Kitchen near you, I recommend it.  My salad last night was wonderful.  Their Greek salad is served over this delicious potato salad.  It sounds a little weird, but trust me it is good.  The salad was a tasty 10 weight watchers points plus.  I also got an order of their tomato bisque soup which I will be having for lunch today.  Zoe's has all their nutritional information online so it makes it easy to order and stay on track.  My bowl of soup is 7 points plus.

On to another important topic...cereal.  Did you like Cinnamon Toast Crunch?  I used to love it...not just as a kid as an adult too.  I was on the cereal aisle yesterday and I was wanting some Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  Instead I picked up this.

Holy cow!  It tasted just like I remember Cinnamon Toast Crunch tasting only SO much better.  It didn't leave that sugary film in your mouth.  Do you know what I am talking about?  The serving size for Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch is 1 cup, compared to the 3/4 cup serving size of the other.  I had 1 1/2 cups for breakfast this morning which came in at 4 weight watchers points plus (without the milk).  For the same amount of Cinnamon Toast Crunch it would have been 7 points plus (without milk).  I like this math and I liked this cereal so much better.  So if you ever find yourself in the same type of situation on the cereal aisle, you know what to do.  :)

Okay dish...what is your favorite cereal?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekend Recap

Well, we moved.  Not last weekend, almost two months ago.

This has been a hard two months.  We are still living with an incomplete kitchen, so the eating habits are not the best.  What's worse is that work has been super busy so I haven't been making it to the gym at lunch time like usual.  What's even worse than that?  I haven't been picking up the slack by doing a work out in the morning or evening.  I have been overwhelmed and a little lazy (just being honest).  The good news...yes there is a little good clothes are still fitting so I haven't been doing extra damage, so I will take my small win.

When we moved in we were not able to unpack a lot of boxes, the kitchen and dining room are still not unpacked since they are not finished, so we have what will be the den as the designated box room.  The sofa that will eventually be in the den is in the living room so we are fairly cramped.  We have finally called uncle and had some contractors out to give us bids on helping us finish the kitchen.  I am just fine with that...I hope they give us good bids and can start soon.  I am ready to get back to normal life.

Toward the end of last week I started thinking about things that I could do now that would improve our living situation and my mood.  I called it my happy now list.  I might not have a complete kitchen, I might be living in essentially 2 rooms of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house; but there are things I can be happy about now.  Like my whimsical blue hallway.

I sweet talked the husband into climbing around the box room to find this picture.  I was floored when I realized the color I painted the hallway matched the text on the bottom of this picture almost exactly.  It looks like I took the print in with me and asked the store to match the paint.  Crazy.  This might be my favorite little corner of the house right now.  It is not finished, but it is on it's way.  I have a runner rug on order and I want to put some bottle neck vases on this table.  I am very happy about this.  :)

The other things on the happy now list were not all that pretty to photograph, like finding the box with the Pledge so I could give the furniture a good dusting, but they are getting scratched off one by one.  On the happy now list for this evening: a healthy dinner from Zoe's Kitchen and a bike ride around the neighborhood.

Oh, and I know you are wondering about Sammy.

She is very satisfied with the move.  She has a yard.  She could care less about a kitchen, her food bowl still gets magically filled in the morning and evening.  She is content.

And she gets to have friends over.

Today the pen color will be yellow.  Yellow makes me happy now.  :)

Have a wonderful Monday!