Sunday, March 29, 2015

Quick post of the week's meal plan!

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



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


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

Snacks:
Ziplock snacks:
sliced apples
grapes
carrots
pretzels



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 again...no 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.  


FOOOOOOOOD:


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

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

Dinner
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!

LOVE.

Hello from a castle!

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

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

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

Dinner:
Leftovers

Snacks:
Chopped fruits
Chopped veggies


There you have it!



Sunday, February 22, 2015

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

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

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

Snacks:
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:

Breakfast:
Cereal and juice
Waffle and fruit
Yogurt and fruit


Lunch:
PB&J
Annie's Spaghettios
Pizzadilla
Quinoa salad


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

Snacks:


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Heidelberg!

Had a super productive week. I feel like I'm kind of getting back in the swing of things...either that, or I'm just working through any stress by cleaning and organizing my house!  

Made it to the gym 3 times in the week and then of course TODAY, my FAVORITE day.  I made some leaps from last week and upped my weight on almost everything.  I did 110lbs with my back squats!  I'm really proud at the progress I'm making and really thankful to Amanda for being an amazing workout partner.  I also super appreciate the fact that Ben has been taking Delilah on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can make it to the gym.  He hangs with her during his lunch time, even if he can't leave the office.  Really great that he's supporting me on this.  I don't do a whole lot of stuff that is just for me, so this has been incredibly wonderful.  

We had an impromptu trip to Heidelberg on Saturday.  The sun was out, and even though it was cold, we decided to get out for a hike.  Ben found a cool trail that led to an old amphitheater that the Nazis used to recruit students from the local University.  
The trail to get there was incredibly steep and hard. I don't think anyone expected it to be as steep as it was!  Ben carried Delilah in our kid backpack the whole way up while I trailed far behind.  Gotta get my stamina back for future hikes!  I don't think the cold or my congestion helped the situation much.  
Sign for the amphitheater
In the doorway to the amphitheater
Panorama of the amphitheater
We walked around the trails some more and found some cool old buildings.


We walked back down and drove to the city center to see the river, a cool old bridge, and have some dinner.  

Panorama of the bridge and part of the river.
On the bridge

We didn't go to the castle this time, but we had an awesome view of it from the bridge!
It really was a wonderful day.





Breakfast:
Waffle or Yogurt and fruit
Cereal

Lunch:
Quinoa salad
Boiled eggs/crackers&cheese/veggie
Leftovers

Dinner:
Crockpot chicken and dumplings
Breakfast (eggs, sausage, English muffin)
Spaghetti (maybe meatballs too)

Snacks:
Mixed veggies or fruits
Crackers/cheese