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Thursday
Apr092015

Kelly's Closet Birthday Fluff Giveaway - Sweet Pea AIO & Pail Liner!

Today is day 9 of 14 in Kelly's Closet Birthday celebration!! 

I found Kelly's Closet when I was searching for a place to buy Cloth Diapers. I ordered from them first in 2013, but they have been around since 2001! I was just a baby getting out of High School! eek! They are celebrating their 14th Birthday with 14 days of giveaways!

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Today's giveaway is a Sweet Pea Bamboo AIO in Raccoon and a pail liner in Indigo. The Retail value is $36.94! 

I used a few Sweet Pea newborn covers with Teddy and absolutely loved them! Plus an AIO diaper is the perfect thing for on-the-go. I love them because they are more absorbent and they are easy to use whereever you have to change baby! Plus a pail liner! You can never have enough I have learned!! 

Kelly’s Closet is now home to almost 100 brands of cloth diapers, diapering accessories, and eco-friendly products for the entire family.  Kelly’s Closet is a small family business that reaches through the computer screen and engages with customers every day, providing cloth diaper education and support to thousands daily.  For the next 14 days, Kelly’s Closet has partnered with some of their favorite brands and bloggers to bring you 14 days of giveaways, fun and prizes!  Each day there will be a new item added to the giveaway!

 

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Head over to The Cloth Diaper Whisperer for all the giveaways! Be sure to follow them both Kelly’s Closet & Diaper Shops social media pages for more chances to win.  

Facebook: Kelly’s Closet - DiaperShops - Cloth Diaper Support Group - The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Twitter: @DiaperShops #kellyscloset #fluffiversary #clothdiapers

Instagram: @DiaperShops #kellyscloset #fluffiversary #clothdiapers

Pinterest: DiaperShops

YouTube: DiaperShops1

A huge thanks to the following brands for sponsoring the Fluff-iversary Celebration with their prizes.  Rumparooz, AppleCheeks, BALM! Baby, Moraki, Logan & Lenora, Tidy Tots, Rockin’ Green, Imagine Baby, Geffen Baby, aden+anais, WolbyBug, Sweet Pea Diapers, Kissaluvs, Funky Fluff, Smart Bottoms, Thirsties, Pink Lemonade and Lillebaby.  

 

Entries go in the Rafflecopter form belowGiveaway ends 4/14/15 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be chosen & announced by Kelly’s Closet. Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or approved by, nor affiliated with Facebook. By entering, you understand you are releasing your information to Kelly’s Closet, not to Facebook, and agree to release Facebook from all liability.


 

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Monday
Apr062015

Move It Monday 

I like to Move it, Move it! 

We got Hannah the Madagascar Movie this weekend with some easter money and she LOVES it! She watched it I think 1.5 times today! 

Recap: Well we did pretty well last week and had more food that needed, but on the whole I probably splurged too much with sweets and all. I also had a checkup last week and I get to be in my boot for 3 more weeks.. FUN. NOT. 

Workouts:

  • Chest/tri/shoulder
  • swimming - I got a speedo this weekend! 
  • Legs on the machines

Meals this week:

  • Monday: Leftover chicken fingers and potato fries
  • Tuesday: Quiche
  • Wednesday: Burgers & baby potatoes
  • Thursday: Kebabs and veggies
  • Friday: Chicken sausage & green beans

Weigh In:

Down 1.3 pounds again!  

Wednesday
Apr012015

My whole30 - almost! 

So First off, I am attempted a whole30 with a few modifications. I'll explain more. I kind of decided last minute and jumped in real quick. As in did some research for a few days and then just started! 
I started on February 18th 'officially' I guess you would say. 
Background - My second pregnancy was hard. I carried Teddy much higher and it really affected my body. It affected what and how much I could eat significantly. So much that I even got gall bladder scans because they thought I maybe had stone or an issue. I was GBS positive, so in the hospital I had antibiotics. A lot of them since I was there for about 24 hours before T was born.  After the delivery and I started to get back to normal I noticed I was having a lot of digestive issues. I did some research and asked around to some friends and my good friend B, really encouraged just doing a whole30 to see. I pretty much figured why not? Also, we have had issues with Teddy being pretty sensitive to dairy and some constipation, so the hope is that this helps him too!
The modified part: I am nursing - I have a 3 month old baby. Yes I know you can do whole30 while nursing and all that jazz. My 'modification' is that I'm not stressing some of the small details. Such as - I know the ketchup we have has sugar in it. I'm not tossing it (brand new) - I'm just using as little as possible and very sparingly. Same with BBQ sauce. Same with Bacon( which why is there sugar?!) but not all our stores have sugar free bacon and with 2 littles I can't trapeze all over the city to find it! I also had a lot of snacks- nuts raisins and Larabars. I know the type of person I am and stressing over a few extra small details is not good for me. I am also continuing to use my BCAAs as I don't really drink coffee and they have a tiny bit of sweetener. You can hate on me all you want, because it's not 100%. I'm trying for 100% but in reality I know that I'll hit 98% and that's OK with me! 
The first few days were not bad. I definitely had a huge sugar withdrawal headache! I had prepped pretty well food and snacks and wasn't too hungry. I made a meal plan and did costco and trader joes and sprouts shopping. It was funny the night hubby saw me eating a burger in lettuce. I didn't really tell him much and just sprung it on him as well. He pretty much eats what I set out and I know what he likes in general. My friend B has been an awesome text support friend! She has suggested meals and altering my food here and there. 
After the first week, my women's bible study group started a challenge for a month of no grains or sugar. I'm doing no dairy and being a lot more strict, but its wonderful to have the support! We have shared a lot of recipes and stuff so far! 
I'll recap my food up to this point - 
Breakfast :
Roasted sweet potatoes, 3 eggs, 2 slices of bacon. Also I usually eat a banana and spoonful of almond butter. And a lot of water!
Lunch:
Usually I have some chicken with guacamole, tomatoes, olives, maybe some green soup. Then either just mixed berries or some berries in coconut yogurt. 
 
Dinner:
Varies. We have done simple chicken sausage and zoodles, burgers, grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, more eggs and hash browns. Then we have done more complicated chicken and meatloaf. 
So how am I feeling? Well the first two weeks or so were and adjustment on the system. It was up and down. I am feeling a lot better these days. I feel clearer and have more energy - as much as I can get when you still are up in the night! The next 2 weeks were kind of like cruising. It got a little boring but I hung in there. The 5th week was probably the hardest because I was bored with food and didn't meal prep as much. 
As for my digestive issues. I feel a lot better and have had fewer issues. I'm still having a few things here and there but they mostly happened when I cheated. I am also taking some probiotics and hopefully they are helping. I have learned I am pretty sensitive to foods cooked in a lot of oil. 
Teddy is doing well with no dairy. I accidentally had something with dairy in it and it was pretty clear it didn't sit well with him! He had a lot of gas and constipation. 
I mentioned this above but I did have a few cheats. I had a couple cupcakes and we ate Thai food I think twice. Once was when I broke my toe and couldn't cook. I enjoyed my treats but they did affect me. I didn't feel great the next day and ended up with some uncomfortable gas. So In reality this wasn't a REAL whole30. I feel like I came close. Maybe in a few months I'll try for more, but for the time being I'm more than ok with the changes I made.
I know it's not the main point or even a goal of whole30 but weight loss can happen. Over the 5 weeks I lost 7 pounds. I didn't measure but I can now fit into the next size down of pants I couldn't fit into before. 
What's next? Well I think since its working and I feel pretty well I'm going to keep up for the most part. I may try to reintroduce a few items such as peanut butter and see. The ladies in our church group want to continue the paleo challenge as well so I'm keeping accountable with them! I love having others on the journey with me! 
Have you tried a whole30? 

 

Tuesday
Mar312015

Move It Tuesday

Welll I'm a day late and probably a few dollars short but life right? 

Recap of last week - We didn't make it through all of our meals. The chili was not a big hit. I only got one workout in on Saturday. And on Saturday some and Sunday I kinda splurged and had a bunch of junk food. Sooo not great but Back on track this week!

Workouts: 

  •  Back/biceps workout
  • Chest/tri/shoulder workout - changing this up for april 
  •  HIIT on the bike. I see the doctor on thursday about my toe! 

Meals this week:

  • Monday: Grilled chicken and green beans
  • Tuesday: Steak and veggie Kebabs
  • Wenesday: Buffalo Chicken fingers with green beans & potatoes - Recipe Here
  • Thursday: Burgers & Sweet potatoes
  • Friday: Quiche! 

Weigh In:

down 1.3 pounds! yay! 

 

How was your week? 

Monday
Mar232015

Move It Monday 

It has been awhile again. Honestly I have been working on posts, but I am just slacking on getting them up! I'm going to make a goal to post our weekly meals and my exercise plan every Monday. 

I'm joining Emily at Our Knight Life for these weekly posts! We are keeping each other accountable! 

I have been doing a whole30 and paleo eating lately and I have a whole other post with the details but it requires Planning. I really am enjoying planning meals for the whole week and have enjoyed cooking some new stuff! Not all of it has been winners though! I also re-joined the gym and have been working out. I got slowed down by a toe break last week, but rest assured I am trying to get it going as much as I can! 

Workouts this week:

 

  • Back and Biceps with recumbent bike 
  • swimming 30 mins
  • Chest/triceps/shoulders with recumbent bike
  • I am currently wearing a boot so I'm a little nervous to do any leg weights, so I'm just focusing on upper body and also doing some HIIT on the bike. I usually warm up and then do 10-20 mins of 30-45s sprint with about 1 minute recovery. It is a real workout! 

 

Meals this week:

 

  • Monday: Cracklin' Chicken (nomnompaleo here) with roasted carrots and spinach
  • Tuesday: Sweet potato Turkey chili (recipe) with green beans
  • Wednesday: meatloaf and roasted potatoes
  • Thursday: Grilled chicken and probably green beans
  • Friday: Burgers and sweet potato fries

 

Weigh in:

-1.4 pounds

I weigh in on Saturday mornings at the gym. 

What are you favorite paleo eats?