Sunday, April 12, 2015

Food and activities!We

Waffle and juice
Oatmeal with PB2
Greek yogurt with honey and fruit
Cereal and apple juice
Kid choice

Shrimp salad
PB&Honey, fruit, veg
Pinwheels with crackers


Homemade granola
Protein/veggie/fruit shake
Cottage cheese
Granola bars

I slacked last week because of I'm back on track now!

Here are some of the activities we're going to do this week (on top of the ABC stuff we're already doing)

(we will at least start to paint the popsicle sticks this week)

Now, some updates:
We did designer bag bingo last Friday.  I am not huge on designer stuff, but it was just something fun to do.  However, when I walked in, I spotted this super cute carry on type bag...leopard print!  Everyone in the group said that if anyone won it, they'd give it to me.  It's now happily residing in my home.  Thanks, Danny!

I made some super cool Harry Potter mugs and sold 5 of them in one day!  Waiting for some more white mugs to get stocked so I can make more!

The Easter Bunny hooked Delilah up big time!  Necklace, Kinder eggs, chocolate, The Little Engine that Could, water color paints, water color crayons, and a water color pad!

Only the coolest Easter baskets have Kinder eggs

Had Easter dinner with our friends and it was wonderful.

Ordered Delilah a big girl bike and Ben put it together after working an incredibly long day AND picking up new people from the airport.  Didn't get home until 8pm.

KMCC did a (very tiny) Comicon, and Delilah was absolutely stoked to see some Star Wars characters.  

My little sweetie at the Comicon.
I'm making a Storm Trooper blanket!

Did a workout at the gym this morning, so my legs will be wrecked tomorrow.  Just got back in from taking Delilah to her first bike riding lesson.  She was doing AWESOME...and then she fell.  
"There's blood!"
"The wheels are broken!"
"Why did this happen?!"
After I cleaned her up and put bandaids:
"I think I can walk now."

Love that girl.  
Love this sunshine.
Love my life.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Quick post of the week's meal plan!

(I'm going to use chocolate chips instead of cranberries)
Boiled eggs and toast
Greek yogurt with PB2 and honey and blueberries

Avocado/cheese/turkey wraps
Annie's spaghettios &avocado
Sandwich with avocado spread, tomato, turkey

(I add WAY more spices than the recipe calls for!)
Grill burgers&veggies

Ziplock snacks:
sliced apples

Friday, March 20, 2015

What's so great about wool dryer balls?

  I like products that aren't full of chemicals/ingredients I can't pronounce.  I like products that don't irritate my skin or my daughter's and husband's eczema.

Those are some of the main reasons why I make and sell wool dryer balls.

So why are they better than dryer sheets?  Let me lay some facts out for ya:

*Wool dryer balls reduce static
*Reduce drying time (and out here in Germany with small dryers...that's a big deal!)
*There are no added chemicals, so no skin irritation (I can scent them with essential oil for you!)
*They last a year or MORE!  Yeah, you don't have to throw them away after each use...dryer sheets are a big waste of money.
*They are hypoallergenic, they don't shed in the laundry.
*If your kid gets a hold of one, it's not a big deal...because chemicals!
*100% eco friendly

So, you save money, get a ton of use out of it, and fluff/dry your clothes naturally? 

What's not to love?

Frequently asked questions:

*How many should I use for each load?
I typically use 3-4 for each load. 
*Can I use them back to back?
Yep!  I'll dry a load, and use the same ones for the next load.  
*What if I like dryer sheets because the are scented?
Super, I like a good smell to my laundry too!  If you choose to, I can scent your dryer balls with essential oils.  Once the scent runs out, you can just add 3-4 more drops of oil to the ball. 
*What's the difference between these and the plastic ones I've seen online?
Well, the plastic ones can emit smells that can irritate the lungs.  Using them so much in a hot dryer isn't good for you.  They also do not dry clothing effectively as they are just plastic and simply fluff the clothing.

Interested in getting some dryer balls for yourself?
Each ball is $5/each and I will add a scent for you with essential oil if you choose.  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another happy week

Normal week here in Germany.  The weather has been totally fantastic, so Monday AND Tuesday, I got to open a ton of windows in the house and air it out!  It's been gray pretty much every day since October, so the sunshine is a completely welcome sight.   We also live in a village surrounded by woods and nature, so we get to go out in it whenever we want!

We also have a running championship competition.  First one, we had a Mario Kart competition.  Last night, we played Star Wars Monopoly.  

Yeah, we dressed up.  I had a Star Wars tank on.  That's how we like to roll.

We are gonna check out the Spring Festival in the nearby bigger city today after we drop off our overnight guest back at his home.  


PB and honey greek yogurt
PB banana chia pudding
Waffle and fruit

Quinoa salad and chicken
Salami rolls, crackers, cheese
PB&J, fruit, veg
Annie's spag-os, avocado
Tuna Salad, crackers, apple

Friend dinner for Ter Bear's return! (Friday)
Turkey meatloaf muffins with mashed potatoes and green beans
Chicken Pot Pie (recipe coming)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Totally forgot to post last week.

It's saved in my drafts. I just never got to posting it after making it.  Oh well, whatever.  This week/weekend was more interesting anyway.

First, I am really excited that I ran at a faster speed and for longer than I ever have before.  I think I would have been able to keep going, but I got excited and forgot to control my breathing. ha!  I was quite proud of myself, especially because I HATE running.  

Another heart check up on Friday.  Back in October, the battery life had 16 months left. Then in Jan, it only had 8 months!  They were worried that I would have to have surgery in April.  Got it looked at and discovered that I still had 6 months.  Still have to have surgery this year, but it's not draining as fast.  Part of me thinks that it's due to not only eating well, but working out more and getting more physically fit.  I've always been in relatively good shape, but now I'm actually working on being fit and it's definitely helping me in more ways than just appearance!  

Went back to Heidelberg yesterday.  Instead of driving, we took the train and it was REALLY easy!  (really fun too!)  

Train was easy to do. No wonder everyone uses it around here!
Someone was a little sleepy when we first got there...
At the castle!

In front of a bakery. I love Germany.

Inside the castle grounds

A great group to explore a Germany city with!


Hello from a castle!

Yeah, had a great weekend. We were all pretty tired afterwards, totally worth it though.

Greek yogurt banana muffins
Oatmeal with PB2&honey
Greek yogurt with honey & blueberries
Cereal, juice, and toast

Pizza buns with veggies
Tuna salad (with greek yogurt not mayo), crackers, and carrots
Chicken & quinoa salad
PB/J, apple slices


Chopped fruits
Chopped veggies

There you have it!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Yogurt with PB2&honey, side fruit
Boiled eggs, toast, juice
Cereal and juice
Waffle and strawberries

Skillet cooked chicken & broccoli (Danielle's lunch all week)
PB graham cracker "sandwiches", cucumber, baby carrots
Salami, string cheese, berries, carrots

Italian Chicken (from last week)
Spaghetti with spiralized zucchini instead of noodles

Zucchini with hummus
Pumpkin muffins from last week

Got a little out of sync last week. Ben was working a different shift, we had watched the kids, and I was just kinda thrown off.  Back to it this week.  I've decided that I'm going to try and make my food for the week on Monday night. Let it cook while I'm cleaning up from dinner or something.  Pack it in tupperware and just let it be easy.  

Got a couple busy weekends coming up. Wine glass painting party next Saturday.  That'll be neat.  Following weekend, tentatively planning a train ride trip to Heidelberg...actually get close to the castle this time!

This past weekend was fun, although we didn't do too much.  Had a dinner out for a friend's birthday on Friday, then hung out afterwards.  Saturday was a relaxing day spent with Delilah and Ben.  It was nice to just kick back for a bit with no real plans.  Went to the gym today (of course).  The rest of the day, I cleaned, took a walk with the family, and played.  

All in all, a good weekend.  I can't complain.  I feel rested, and ready to take on the week. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, 2 days later than normal.

We have had our friends' kids since Friday, as they went to Barcelona for the long weekend.  They've been pretty good, despite being just at our house.  There wasn't a whole lot going on, and Delilah has been congested and coughing, so we've taken it easy.  Ben did get them out on a couple long hikes, so that was good for them.  They're definitely ready to go back home to their parents, and that's understandable.  I'd be ready to get back to my own house too!

I did miss my gym partner on Sunday, but I still went and did it myself. 

I can almost dead lift my weight!  
Split squats are the worst.  Jump Squats too. 

My booty and legs are looking good though, so I'm gonna keep it up.

Saw a movie and had lunch with some girls yesterday. It is always nice to be able to get out and do something with just adults, no kids, once in awhile.  

Ben is working a different schedule this week, so I'm gonna be able to get up and go to the gym early without having to have him hang out with Delilah during his workday.  That's going to be nice.

So far, nothing planned for this weekend.  Hopefully something fun.  This weekend was nice and quiet, but I definitely want to get together with friends and hang.

Now, FOOD:

Cereal and juice
Waffle and fruit
Yogurt and fruit

Annie's Spaghettios
Quinoa salad

Spaghetti and Meatballs (got skipped in favor of a Doner night.)
Chicken Fingers with veggie, maybe mashed sweet potatoes