Monday, April 24, 2017

Easter 2017

Easter weekend 2017. We had so much fun!!



 Dying eggs! Thanks to whoever suggested on the internet using a whisk for a toddler. It worked really well.

 
Eating marshmallow off the mixer. She loved all the treats.

 Her second Easter outfit of the day, from screaming owl. It is so cute! Love all the outfits they have.



First time hunting for eggs with daddy. She picked up on what she was supposed to do really fast.



How was your Easter?
XO
Caitlin


What was in Claire's Easter Basket

Holiday's are so much fun when you have children. Claire has been loving all the family time we get to have when there is a holiday and that is the most important thing. She lit up when she saw what the Easter bunny brought her. I may have gone a little over board but I just love her to much not to spoil her.
Her basket was the same one we had last year from Walmart or Target I can't remember. I didn't put any grass in because I knew she would immediately pull it out and make a mess with it so I saved myself the hassle. The one thing I knew for sure she needed to get was her Easter dress and everything else was just extra, she didn't get a lot of candy which is good cause I would have ended up eating it.

Basically you can see everything there but we got coloring books, stickers, those bath changing foam things (which she hated BTW), bath books,  some stickers/notebooks,  and pajamas.
She is sure loved.

XO
Caitlin

What I eat in a day

 Lately I have been trying to be more aware of what I eat. I know that our bodies can only intake so much bad stuff before it starts effecting our every day lifestyle. Although what I currently eat wouldn't necessarily be referred to as clean eating this is a lot healthier then what I normally eat.
This is also what I eat on workdays which is Monday-Thursday.
Breakfast:

 For breakfast I generally love having bagels. Thomas Bagels are only 260 and I actually eat mine plain most of the time. Sometimes I will toast them and add a tbsp of cream cheese which only adds about 50 calories. I am counting calories while I'm trying to loose weight and it's hard. I know, but will be worth it.

I then go to work for about 6 hours and I eat my bagel at work, then I'll have a 32 oz of water before lunch time. This helps me so much to stop overeating/snacking. I also chew gum, that is my lifesaver when trying to loose weight.
 
 I love this huge mason jar I got from Target and I try and fill it up at least twice a day but usually reach three. Water is so good for you!

For lunch at work I have been meal prepping, If you haven't seen my previous post about meal prep then you should check it out but I ate one of my meal prep lunches today and it was yummy. Chicken and veggies over rice. If I don't meal prep then I have been getting those salad kits at the grocery store and I love those for lunch to.

After I get home Claire usually goes down for a nap and I am hungry/ ready for a snack. My go to snack is usually popcorn but I like to save that for movie night. Today I had a yogurt.

 If I am still hungry after a snack I'll have more water and then will try and get myself busy doing something around the house. Once I am busy it helps me stay away from the kitchen.


For dinner I just have whatever is on our menu for the night, it varies but tonight it was chicken Parmesan with salad. So yummy!



Eating right is so important, make sure and take care of your body while you can.
XO
Caitlin


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Meal Prep

I recently started a weight loss challenge that my cousin is hosting. I am excited to be more conscious of my health and so far I've been doing pretty good with it. A big pitfall for me is lunch, especially when I am at work because it's tempting to go out to eat. To avoid that I have started meal prepping. This saves so much money and is healthier for me. This week I made these chicken veggie bowls and next week I am doing turkey taco bowls which I am excited for.

Ingredients:
chicken breasts (two)
cherry tomatoes
broccoli florets
zuccini
pepper variety or onion
paprika
olive oil
Italian seasoning

 Instructions:
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Cut up chicken into cubs and cut up all vegetables.
Align on foiled baking sheet in a rainbow.
Sprinkle paprika, salt & pepper, and Italian seasoning all over pan
Add 2 tbsp olive oil to chicken and vegetables.
Roast in oven for about 20-25 minutes.


Once food is in the oven cooking go ahead and make either rice or quinoa to add to the bottom of the bowl. I went with brown rice.

Once vegetables are brown on the outside and chicken is cooked through go ahead and pull out the baking sheet. Start prepping your bowls by adding the rice on the bottom then the veggies and chicken on top.
I got these containers from Walmart and they are the Great Value brand, you can get them in the Ziploc area. 

Once all prepped put the lids on and slide into your fridge. They can stay in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Having these lunches prepared before hand has literally saved me so much time and effort in the morning. I am not a morning person so simplifying my routine helps me get going.  I am so excited to try out the turkey bowls for next week and will let you know how those go.

XO
Caitlin