Friday, May 22, 2015

My Favorite Tool (And A Meal Idea)

I'm making progress all over the place at the new house. This week I painted the kitchen, dining room, living room, hallway, and three bedrooms. I am beyond exhausted, but it really hasn't been as bad as I imagined. I tried using a paint sprayer. Terrible idea. It was too heavy, splattered everywhere and made a huge mess!

I asked Ryan to grab my E-Z Twist Paint Stick and I set out to roll the entire house. You can buy one {HERE}. I'm going to be honest here, I will absolutely not paint anything else without this thing. It has been my number one painting item throughout getting the old house prepped to sell and this new home renovation. Best tool ever. 

I can paint an 8 x 8 wall in about a minute. I painted the first coat throughout in about three hours. My arms were sore, but I figure it's a great workout. I have one more coat to go and I'm ready to knock it out! My arms should look more toned after this! 

HomeRight EZ-Twist Roller

I used my pressure cooker to cook pork chops and carrots. I added some organic chicken stock to the pressure cooker, some garlic and pepper. I cooked it for 30 minutes and got an easy, flavorful dinner. I baked a bunch of potatoes earlier in the week so I just reheated them. 

I actually had seconds because this meal was so good! Prepping my baked potatoes has saved me a lot of time this week. I just washed about 20 of them, rubbed some olive oil and salt on them, wrapped them aluminum foil and baked them.

Right now I don't have tons of time to cook, but I don't want to sacrifice my healthy eating. The crockpot and pressure cooker are my best friends right now. You can make this same meal in your crockpot. Just throw everything in on low. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Renovation Progress

Home projects at the new house are coming along nicely this week. Our lives are consumed with this renovation because that's literally all we have to do there. No recliners, no cable, nothing. The simple life has actually been kind of nice. Caleb hasn't had his hoards of toys in his room. And guess what? He's having a blast! It certainly hasn't killed him to do without those things and if anything I believe he has thrived during this stage of our lives. Ryan, on the other hand, is struggling without cable. He hasn't died yet so we'll keep pushing on. 

I cut in around all of the crown molding throughout the house. My next step is rolling every single wall. Fun times, but big progress! 

These two have been hard at work. Caleb has really enjoyed helping out and I know these will be some great memories when he's older.

There was a second sub floor glued down on top of the original sub floor in the kitchen. That all had to come up when prepping for the new hardwood floors. It has been rough! It only comes up in pieces and the floor is extremely sticky. Fabulous.... We've spent a lot of time with a pry bar and a hammer.

We have our light installation, floor installation, and wall painting left. We are slowly but surely knocking it out. It's a tedious process and my husband is very meticulous. He demands perfection throughout the process and I am sure everything will look just like we wanted once we're done. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Whole 30 Squash and An Easy Meal Idea

I finally got to cook in my new kitchen this week and it felt like Heaven! It wasn't an elaborate meal because we are still deep in the home renovation. I'm searching for quick and easy meals and this was definitely one of them. I mentioned yesterday that I would share recipes this week.

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Our local produce store offers Amish sausage and it has quickly become a family favorite. The taste is just so much better than anything store bought. I use this in several recipes and it is fabulous grilled. I sliced mine for this meal and cooked it on the stove.

I simply cut three large yellow squash and half of one onion, dumped it in my Pyrex, added two cups of water, and covered it. I cooked it in the microwave on high for 18 minutes. I added a little salt and pepper after it was finished cooking. I made my husband and son a little coleslaw to go with it. I actually like the coleslaw mix plain so I ate mine that way.

This meal is super quick, Whole 30 approved, affordable, and easy. Can you actually believe you get to eat meals like this without counting calories, macros or anything and still lose weight?!? It doesn't get any better than that! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Patiently Waiting

Five year old little boys don't have a lot of patience! I've noticed that Caleb is beginning to learn restraint at times. Last week I was sitting on the patio watching the guys work in the yard and I finally saw a glimpse of his patience showing through. 

Ryan wanted to cut down a ragged looking bush. Since there was a chain saw involved, Caleb was beyond excited. He ran to grab his and stood back waiting for his chance to help. 

His little face was adorable to watch. He thinks his daddy is the coolest person ever....when they aren't butting heads!

I'm not really sure what he was doing in this picture, but his face is so funny!

And finally it was his turn....

Caleb is so content working. I've really never seen a child that young want to work so much. And the most surprising thing is that he's pretty helpful while doing so. Win-win for us!

Instant Motivation

I've been losing weight for over three years now. That's a crazy long time to work towards a goal. In all honesty, it never stops. The goals just adjust, change and get a little more ambitious. In the past several months I've lost steam. I'd lose some, then I'd gain some. Back and forth. Over and over. 

The thing I've been lacking is motivation. Things are pretty awesome and there's not a burning desire to reach a certain goal right now. I think it's actually pretty normal. I'm content most days and it took me a long time to find that. I'm quite proud of it. 

But.... I have found a renewed sense of motivation. This week I booked our family beach vacation. I'm sorry but my chubby booty is not prancing around in the sand. It's time to tighten things back up and feel fabulous in a swimsuit. 

Our Beach Trip Last September

I will be continuing with Whole 30 because it totally works! I have dropped one of my Zumba® fitness classes I was teaching. My work schedule is way too crazy right now so I am only going to teach twice a week. Hopefully this will be a good balance between taking care of myself, spending time with my family and working through our home renovation. 

I thought I would share my weekly dinner menu with you for the next several nights....

Beef Hash
Pot Roast
Crockpot Chicken
Pork Chops

I'll show you how to make these meals later on this hang in there!

Ladies who are participating with me, please check in and let me know how you're doing! 


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