Thursday, July 5, 2018

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Despite the high temps outside I was in the mood for some hearty comfort mood.  I caught an episode of The Pioneer Woman (actually I PVR all of the episodes and watch them, repeatedly) and saw Ree Drummond making this awesome chili.  I ran out and grabbed the ingredients and got right to it.  It came out great, with very little prep work and a few minutes of hands on time.  It was a hit with the family (and the neighbors and friends since it made such a large amount) - give it a try!


Use the link above to go straight to Food Network's website or see the recipe below:



Ingredients


Directions

Add the chicken breasts to a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper, then sprinkle over the chicken. Add the beans, celery, garlic, canned chiles, onions, bell peppers and jalapeno. Pour in the chicken broth, put the lid on and cook on low until the beans are cooked, the vegetables are soft and the flavors are combined, about 7 1/2 hours.
Mix the milk with the masa and add to the slow cooker. Add the frozen corn straight from the freezer and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened, another 30 minutes.
 Remove the chicken to a board and shred using 2 forks. Return to the slow cooker, then add the lime juice, sprinkle over the Monterey Jack cheese and stir to melt. 
To serve: Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream, extra cheese and cilantro. Roll up warm corn tortillas and serve on the side of the bowl.


As for my resolutions, the summer has been busy busy busy so I haven't been doing great...

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 107 out of 185 days

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
March - Lost Echoes
April - The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Loving What Is by Byron Katie (I highly recommend this book, I'm reading it again to make sure it all sinks in)
May - Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
June - Bag of Bones by Stephen King

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 48 out of 168 days, an embarrassment

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - My fitbit broke and their customer service sucks ass so I'm no longer counting my steps.  I was doing well over 15,000 per day so I think as long as I keep moving, I'm good here

5. Post on this blog weekly - 17 out of 27 weeks

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it!

7. Get rid of 52 things -
1-6. Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
(since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
Upon A Child for some cash
9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count? I'm going to say yes
because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)
10. Dumped all of the expired vitamins and medicine that we had (some dating as far back as 2010!!) - more on that below
11.  Possibly TMI but I got rid of a ton of old underwear - now I have to replace them, which is always fun.
12. I sold Brie's bassinet this week, $60 in my pocket and one less thing to hang on to
13. Gave two huge bags of clothes to Value Village
14. Got rid of a travel bottle warmer and some bottles to someone who needed them on LetGo
15. Got rid of 2 bags of the hubbies clothes (donated)
16. Got rid of a bag of boys baby clothes (gave to my friend)

8. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines)
1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the remaining books
2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster. Now everything is organized
and accounted for
3. I cleaned the top of the hallway closet and threw out winter gear that had no matches along with
other little things that had no business being there (or anywhere). A small project, but a needed
one! (see pictures below)
4. I cleaned our "medicine cabinet" - we have a section of shelving in our kitchen where we keep vitamins and medicine. Most of the bottles were expired, and it was a mess up there. See before and after pics above. And yes, I am still taking prenatal vitamins. We plan on having one more baby so might as well stay healthy for that. To be honest I think I'll continue taking them indefinitely - they are great.
5. I finally cleaned my linen closet and got rid of a ton of things we didn't need.  Check out the before and after pics below- we now have a whole empty shelf to fill up!  I think we will use it for toilet paper and paper towel which is currently stuffed in the spare bedroom's closet.  That will be my next task to tackle.
6. Check out the before and after pics below of my linen closet.  So glad I got to this one!
7. I also cleaned up my coffee table shelves, pics below

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - I still need to get a long distance phone plan to call her in New Jersey.  We are visiting next weekend, I can't wait.  In the meantime I have been texting pics & videos to my Uncle who shares them with her

12.  Do things to get me out of my comfort zone
1. I attended a mom/baby fitness class, and loved it so much that I'll be going weekly (with a friend     of mine pictured above)
2. Joined another mommy/baby fitness class (salsa) that I haven't started yet - it begins on Thursday and it's an hour away.  I joined with the same friend who comes to my neck of the woods once a week for the other classes we are doing.  This is out of my comfort zone for two reasons - the obvious one is attending and trying a new class, but also the fact that it is so far away.  I usually don't venture too far out of my bubble.  I'll be able to walk around after each class and explore a new city, so that'll be fun, and an added bonus.
3. I started going to a chiropractor for my achy back.  This is big for me - I don't like to be touched by strangers.  So yea, this is huge
4.  I went to the dentist.  After 9 years.  Yes you read that right. No cavities, just tartar build up so I have to go back to have them freeze me and do a cleaning that will take an hour.  I'm going back May 1st.  I'm afraid of the dentist (hence the 9 year hiatus) so this qualifies as being outside of my comfort zone.
5. As a follow up to my visit to the dentist, I returned to get needles (eek!) to freeze my gums and do a one hour cleaning on the right side of my mouth.  Today I go for the left side.  In the past I would have avoided this all together and just not shown up.
6. I signed up for a playdate at a local splash pad through a Mommy/Baby group.  I go next week, we will see how it is
7. I started Brie in swimming lessons.  Just getting into a swimsuit in public is huge for me.

13. Go on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 53 out of 87 days


And some pics, of course.  We went away for the long weekend and it was Brie's first time on a beach.  So much fun!!!







Monday, June 18, 2018

Homemade Hoagie Rolls

So full disclosure, we have owned a Kitchenmaid mixer for years, and I have never used it.  It has always intimidated me and I have left it for the hubby to use.  It's heavy and bulky and complicated, and I never liked it. Until now.

You guys, these homemade rolls were everything.  They were so easy, especially with the mixer, and I will never by store made rolls again.  Ever.  I'm going to expand my Kitchenmaid skills into different types of rolls, bread, buns, etc so stay tuned.



Here is the recipe I used from A Sweet Pea Chef

And on to my resolutions...

As for my resolutions...

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 103 out of 168 days

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
March - Lost Echoes
April - The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Loving What Is by Byron Katie (I highly recommend this book, I'm reading it again to make sure it all sinks in)
May - Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
June - Bag of Bones by Stephen King

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 48 out of 168 days, an embarrassment

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - 115 out of 168 days

5. Post on this blog weekly - 16 out of 25 weeks

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it!

7. Get rid of 52 things -
1-6. Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
(since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
Upon A Child for some cash
9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count? I'm going to say yes
because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)
10. Dumped all of the expired vitamins and medicine that we had (some dating as far back as 2010!!) - more on that below
11.  Possibly TMI but I got rid of a ton of old underwear - now I have to replace them, which is always fun.
12. I sold Brie's bassinet this week, $60 in my pocket and one less thing to hang on to
13. Gave two huge bags of clothes to Value Village
14. Got rid of a travel bottle warmer and some bottles to someone who needed them on LetGo
15. Got rid of 2 bags of the hubbies clothes (donated)
16. Got rid of a bag of boys baby clothes (gave to my friend)

8. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines)
1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the remaining books
2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster. Now everything is organized
and accounted for
3. I cleaned the top of the hallway closet and threw out winter gear that had no matches along with
other little things that had no business being there (or anywhere). A small project, but a needed
one! (see pictures below)
4. I cleaned our "medicine cabinet" - we have a section of shelving in our kitchen where we keep vitamins and medicine. Most of the bottles were expired, and it was a mess up there. See before and after pics above. And yes, I am still taking prenatal vitamins. We plan on having one more baby so might as well stay healthy for that. To be honest I think I'll continue taking them indefinitely - they are great.
5. I finally cleaned my linen closet and got rid of a ton of things we didn't need.  Check out the before and after pics below- we now have a whole empty shelf to fill up!  I think we will use it for toilet paper and paper towel which is currently stuffed in the spare bedroom's closet.  That will be my next task to tackle.
6. Check out the before and after pics below of my linen closet.  So glad I got to this one!
7. I also cleaned up my coffee table shelves, pics below

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - I still need to get a long distance phone plan to call her in New Jersey.  We are visiting next weekend, I can't wait.  In the meantime I have been texting pics & videos to my Uncle who shares them with her

12.  Do things to get me out of my comfort zone
1. I attended a mom/baby fitness class, and loved it so much that I'll be going weekly (with a friend     of mine pictured above)
2. Joined another mommy/baby fitness class (salsa) that I haven't started yet - it begins on Thursday and it's an hour away.  I joined with the same friend who comes to my neck of the woods once a week for the other classes we are doing.  This is out of my comfort zone for two reasons - the obvious one is attending and trying a new class, but also the fact that it is so far away.  I usually don't venture too far out of my bubble.  I'll be able to walk around after each class and explore a new city, so that'll be fun, and an added bonus.
3. I started going to a chiropractor for my achy back.  This is big for me - I don't like to be touched by strangers.  So yea, this is huge
4.  I went to the dentist.  After 9 years.  Yes you read that right. No cavities, just tartar build up so I have to go back to have them freeze me and do a cleaning that will take an hour.  I'm going back May 1st.  I'm afraid of the dentist (hence the 9 year hiatus) so this qualifies as being outside of my comfort zone.
5. As a follow up to my visit to the dentist, I returned to get needles (eek!) to freeze my gums and do a one hour cleaning on the right side of my mouth.  Today I go for the left side.  In the past I would have avoided this all together and just not shown up.

13. Go on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 37 out of 71 days

And some cute pics from Father's Day this past weekend...
We went to our favorite restaurant (Jake's Grill & Oyster House) after spending a few hours in the scorching sun watching the hubby's soccer game



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Butter Chicken And The Usual

I was feeling for some East Indian flavors this week, and boy did this recipe do the trick!  It was fairly easy to put together, and really hit the spot.  I had mine with mashed cauliflower to cut the carb count, and the rest of the family had rice.  Butter chicken is East Indian comfort food for sure.  So creamy and rich.  Delicious!!

The chicken before putting it in the oven

The sauce simmering (before the addition of cream)

The final product, over mashed cauliflower

This is the recipe I used

As for my resolutions...

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 98 out of 163 days

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
March - Lost Echoes
April - The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Loving What Is by Byron Katie (I highly recommend this book, I'm reading it again to make sure it all sinks in)
May - Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
June - Bag of Bones by Stephen King

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 45 out of 163 days, an embarrassment

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - 111 out of 163 days

5. Post on this blog weekly - 15 out of 23 weeks

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it!

7. Get rid of 52 things -
1-6. Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
(since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
Upon A Child for some cash
9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count? I'm going to say yes
because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)
10. Dumped all of the expired vitamins and medicine that we had (some dating as far back as 2010!!) - more on that below
11.  Possibly TMI but I got rid of a ton of old underwear - now I have to replace them, which is always fun.
12. I sold Brie's bassinet this week, $60 in my pocket and one less thing to hang on to
13. Gave two huge bags of clothes to Value Village
14. Got rid of a travel bottle warmer and some bottles to someone who needed them on LetGo
15. Got rid of 2 bags of the hubbies clothes (donated)
16. Got rid of a bag of boys baby clothes (gave to my friend)

8. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines)
1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the remaining books
2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster. Now everything is organized
and accounted for
3. I cleaned the top of the hallway closet and threw out winter gear that had no matches along with
other little things that had no business being there (or anywhere). A small project, but a needed
one! (see pictures below)
4. I cleaned our "medicine cabinet" - we have a section of shelving in our kitchen where we keep vitamins and medicine. Most of the bottles were expired, and it was a mess up there. See before and after pics above. And yes, I am still taking prenatal vitamins. We plan on having one more baby so might as well stay healthy for that. To be honest I think I'll continue taking them indefinitely - they are great.
5. I finally cleaned my linen closet and got rid of a ton of things we didn't need.  Check out the before and after pics below- we now have a whole empty shelf to fill up!  I think we will use it for toilet paper and paper towel which is currently stuffed in the spare bedroom's closet.  That will be my next task to tackle.
6. Check out the before and after pics below of my linen closet.  So glad I got to this one!
7. I also cleaned up my coffee table shelves, pics below

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - I still need to get a long distance phone plan to call her in New Jersey.  We are visiting next weekend, I can't wait.  In the meantime I have been texting pics & videos to my Uncle who shares them with her

12.  Do things to get me out of my comfort zone
1. I attended a mom/baby fitness class, and loved it so much that I'll be going weekly (with a friend     of mine pictured above)
2. Joined another mommy/baby fitness class (salsa) that I haven't started yet - it begins on Thursday and it's an hour away.  I joined with the same friend who comes to my neck of the woods once a week for the other classes we are doing.  This is out of my comfort zone for two reasons - the obvious one is attending and trying a new class, but also the fact that it is so far away.  I usually don't venture too far out of my bubble.  I'll be able to walk around after each class and explore a new city, so that'll be fun, and an added bonus.
3. I started going to a chiropractor for my achy back.  This is big for me - I don't like to be touched by strangers.  So yea, this is huge
4.  I went to the dentist.  After 9 years.  Yes you read that right. No cavities, just tartar build up so I have to go back to have them freeze me and do a cleaning that will take an hour.  I'm going back May 1st.  I'm afraid of the dentist (hence the 9 year hiatus) so this qualifies as being outside of my comfort zone.
5. As a follow up to my visit to the dentist, I returned to get needles (eek!) to freeze my gums and do a one hour cleaning on the right side of my mouth.  Today I go for the left side.  In the past I would have avoided this all together and just not shown up.

13. Do back exercises dailyI'm getting rid of this one, it isn't working for me

14. Workout for a minimum of 20 minutes dailyAlso getting rid of this one - I walk for a minimum of an hour a day and attend fitness classes as time permits, so I'm ok with this

15. Go on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 33 out of 65 days

I'll end this post with some pics from our recent family trip to New Jersey to visit family...





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Flourless Banana Chocolate Protein Muffins

Hello!

I had quite the sweet tooth this week, so I decided to make something that I would feel comfortable eating, and not too guilty about it.  Enter these muffins.  I experimented with the original recipe a bit and they came out divine!!


I used this recipe but added a package of soft tofu as well as about a 1/4 cup of almond milk to help blend the ingredients.  I also topped them with chopped up milk chocolate.  Yum.  They needed an extra 15 minutes in the oven because of the added moisture but they were so damn good.

I haven't been doing great with my resolutions.  There has been a ton going on in my personal life, but that's no excuse.  I'll try harder, and do better.

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 90 out of 151 days

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
March - Lost Echoes
April - The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Loving What Is by Byron Katie (I highly recommend this book, I'm reading it again to make sure it all sinks in)
May - nothing yet but almost finished two books, hopefully one will be done today

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 42 out of 151 days, an embarrassment

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - 101 out of 151 days

5. Post on this blog weekly - 14 out of 22 weeks

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it!

7. Get rid of 52 things -
1-6. Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
(since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
Upon A Child for some cash
9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count? I'm going to say yes
because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)
10. Dumped all of the expired vitamins and medicine that we had (some dating as far back as 2010!!) - more on that below
11.  Possibly TMI but I got rid of a ton of old underwear - now I have to replace them, which is always fun.
12. I sold Brie's bassinet this week, $60 in my pocket and one less thing to hang on to
13. Gave two huge bags of clothes to Value Village
14. Got rid of a travel bottle warmer and some bottles to someone who needed them on LetGo

8. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines)
1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the remaining books
2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster. Now everything is organized
and accounted for
3. I cleaned the top of the hallway closet and threw out winter gear that had no matches along with
other little things that had no business being there (or anywhere). A small project, but a needed
one! (see pictures below)
4. I cleaned our "medicine cabinet" - we have a section of shelving in our kitchen where we keep vitamins and medicine. Most of the bottles were expired, and it was a mess up there. See before and after pics above. And yes, I am still taking prenatal vitamins. We plan on having one more baby so might as well stay healthy for that. To be honest I think I'll continue taking them indefinitely - they are great.
5. I finally cleaned my linen closet and got rid of a ton of things we didn't need.  Check out the before and after pics below- we now have a whole empty shelf to fill up!  I think we will use it for toilet paper and paper towel which is currently stuffed in the spare bedroom's closet.  That will be my next task to tackle.
6. Check out the before and after pics below of my linen closet.  So glad I got to this one!
7. I also cleaned up my coffee table shelves, pics below

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - I still need to get a long distance phone plan to call her in New Jersey.  We are visiting next weekend, I can't wait.  In the meantime I have been texting pics & videos to my Uncle who shares them with her

12.  Do things to get me out of my comfort zone
1. I attended a mom/baby fitness class, and loved it so much that I'll be going weekly (with a friend     of mine pictured above)
2. Joined another mommy/baby fitness class (salsa) that I haven't started yet - it begins on Thursday and it's an hour away.  I joined with the same friend who comes to my neck of the woods once a week for the other classes we are doing.  This is out of my comfort zone for two reasons - the obvious one is attending and trying a new class, but also the fact that it is so far away.  I usually don't venture too far out of my bubble.  I'll be able to walk around after each class and explore a new city, so that'll be fun, and an added bonus.
3. I started going to a chiropractor for my achy back.  This is big for me - I don't like to be touched by strangers.  So yea, this is huge
4.  I went to the dentist.  After 9 years.  Yes you read that right. No cavities, just tartar build up so I have to go back to have them freeze me and do a cleaning that will take an hour.  I'm going back May 1st.  I'm afraid of the dentist (hence the 9 year hiatus) so this qualifies as being outside of my comfort zone.
5. As a follow up to my visit to the dentist, I returned to get needles (eek!) to freeze my gums and do a one hour cleaning on the right side of my mouth.  Today I go for the left side.  In the past I would have avoided this all together and just not shown up.

13. Do back exercises daily - 13 out of 52 days, I need to get on this

14. Workout for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 22 out of 52 days, not great

15. Go on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 28 out of 52 days

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Potato Bread, Penne a la Vodka & The Regular Ramble

We went to our friends house for dinner recently, and they made penne a la vodka (to DIE for) and homemade potato bread.  I went home that evening thinking I would give the bread a try.  We will definitely be making the pasta, but more on that later.

The next day I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to start baking.  Until I realized that we didn't have any yeast.  No big deal right?  Ya, ok. I decided to try making the bread anyways, and I googled what I could use as a substitute for yeast.  I found a website that said I could mix equal parts baking soda & lemon juice to make the amount of yeast required.  Awesome.  The other thing I didn't do was use our Kitchenaid mixer.  It's heavy and intimidates me, so I avoid it at all costs.

Here's the recipe I used for the bread 
It truly would have been amazing had I used yeast, and the mixer, like our friends did.  Instead I got a very dense, yellowish loaf, and some rolls.


I have never been one to waste food, so I've been eating my heavy yellow bread all week, and I must say it's pretty good.  And it makes a mean breakfast sandwich



Next time I'll make it properly...or not :)

As for the penne a la vodka, it's definitely being added to our dinner rotation.  It was so easy, and there was no recipe for it.  Our friend fried up some bacon pieces, then removed them from the pan.  In the bacon grease she cooked up some chopped onions and garlic, some vodka, then added in tomato paste & stirred to combine.  After a few minutes she added in heavy cream, and the cooked bacon.  She then tossed the sauce with cooked penne and voila!  A super simple recipe using quality ingredients.  It came out so rich and decadent, and can easily be served to a crowd.


And on to the resolutions...

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 69 out of 108 days, getting better

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
March - Lost Echoes
April - The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Loving What Is by Byron Katie (I highly recommend this book, I'm reading it again to make sure it all sinks in)

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 29 out of 108 days, an embarrassment

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - 72 out of 108 days, also getting better

5. Post on this blog weekly - so far so good, 13 out of 16 weeks

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it!

7. Get rid of 52 things -
1-6. Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
(since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
Upon A Child for some cash
9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count? I'm going to say yes
because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)
10. Dumped all of the expired vitamins and medicine that we had (some dating as far back as 2010!!) - more on that below
11.  Possibly TMI but I got rid of a ton of old underwear - now I have to replace them, which is always fun.
12. I sold Brie's bassinet this week, $60 in my pocket and one less thing to hang on to

8. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines)
1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the remaining books
2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster. Now everything is organized
and accounted for
3. I cleaned the top of the hallway closet and threw out winter gear that had no matches along with
other little things that had no business being there (or anywhere). A small project, but a needed
one! (see pictures below)
4. I cleaned our "medicine cabinet" - we have a section of shelving in our kitchen where we keep vitamins and medicine. Most of the bottles were expired, and it was a mess up there. See before and after pics above. And yes, I am still taking prenatal vitamins. We plan on having one more baby so might as well stay healthy for that. To be honest I think I'll continue taking them indefinitely - they are great.
5. I finally cleaned my linen closet and got rid of a ton of things we didn't need.  Check out the before and after pics below- we now have a whole empty shelf to fill up!  I think we will use it for toilet paper and paper towel which is currently stuffed in the spare bedroom's closet.  That will be my next task to tackle.
6. Check out the before and after pics below of my linen closet.  So glad I got to this one!
7. I also cleaned up my coffee table shelves, pics below

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - My Grandma just moved from Florida to New Jersey, and she chose not to bring her laptop with her (and really, at 90 years old, can you blame her?) so I will be texting pics to my uncle to share with her, and I will invest this week in a long distance phone plan so that I can call her weekly

12.  Do things to get me out of my comfort zone
1. I attended a mom/baby fitness class, and loved it so much that I'll be going weekly (with a friend     of mine pictured above)
2. Joined another mommy/baby fitness class (salsa) that I haven't started yet - it begins on Thursday and it's an hour away.  I joined with the same friend who comes to my neck of the woods once a week for the other classes we are doing.  This is out of my comfort zone for two reasons - the obvious one is attending and trying a new class, but also the fact that it is so far away.  I usually don't venture too far out of my bubble.  I'll be able to walk around after each class and explore a new city, so that'll be fun, and an added bonus.
3. I started going to a chiropractor for my achy back.  This is big for me - I don't like to be touched by strangers.  So yea, this is huge
4.  I went to the dentist.  After 9 years.  Yes you read that right. No cavities, just tartar build up so I have to go back to have them freeze me and do a cleaning that will take an hour.  I'm going back May 1st.  I'm afraid of the dentist (hence the 9 year hiatus) so this qualifies as being outside of my comfort zone.

13. Do back exercises daily - 5 out of 11 days, not too bad

14. Workout for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 7 out of 11 days, not terrible

15. Go on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 5 out of 11 days, not too bad

And some pics to end the post...

We celebrated 10 years this week!

What a handsome guy

Our beauties







That's it, that's all!  Enjoy your week!