I knew immediately when I saw this
that this is how I am going to decorate the twins’ 7th birthday party. Isn’t it so purty?! It’s tough trying to come up with a unisex theme especially when my son is very much a boy and my daughter is such a girlie girl. My only concern is that this decoration is going to be hung on my patio in the backyard and if it took 2 people 4 hours to set this up, how will 1 person do it in 1 hour (the time I allotted for decorations on the day of)?!?! that is the question…sigh…So my next thought is to set it up at night but then I’ll risk the morning dew possible ruining it. The things I ponder…
This is the 2nd birthday party we are having at our house and I’m making it a drop off only party. Yikes! I’m a lil scared but I’m trying to cover all my bases to make sure the kids are not bored and running amuck in my house
So the invites are almost done and then I’ll be ready to go into full-blown party planning mode. It’s gonna be a stressful time indeed…with the party, teacher appreciation week, Mother’s day, and our big vacation coming up…all occurring in a matter of a 10 day span. I see loads of checklists in my near future!
I have finally got all the dollies up in the shop and will be pulling down the custom doll listings until about June-July. Thanks for stopping by!
Ok, so now what? That’s what I was thinking Saturday night after Bottle #6 of my last day of the Nekter Juice cleanse.
I did the two day Nekter cleanse and on Sunday, I felt a couple pounds lighter and felt a lil more energetic than normal. However I do have to point out I felt pretty light-headed the first day. It went away the next day, and I felt rejuvenated on the second day of my cleanse.
It usually takes me half an hour to pull myself together to get up in the mornings on the weekends. The hubs will take the girls downstairs to get breakfast ready and will give me that time to snooze about 4 or 5 times. But I didn’t have to this time around. Was it the detox cleanse? Does the combination of the Nekter juices miraculously change the way your body feels? Who knows? I only did a two day cleanse (they have up to a 5 day cleanse), but I have to say I felt better about myself this past weekend – mind, body, and soul. Just giving me that renewed focus to start eating healthier and continue with running is what I really needed.
I weighed myself this morning at work, and I still am three pounds lighter. Woot woot! I could definitely tell because my pants are not as tight. Let’s face it; a big reason why I wanted to do this was to get a kick start in losing some weight. I was so nervous about introducing foods post-detox. I could just see myself chowing down Sunday morning. I was good though! I kept reminding my hubs to REMIND me that I couldn’t eat like my normal self. Both big sis and I are foodies and can pig out!
I read up a lot on what foods to eat post detox because I wanted to end it the right way and gradually introduce foods. My Sunday diet consisted of:
- Breakfast: 1 egg, Half of an avocado, a few slices of apple
- Lunch: Spinach salad, cup of tomato soup
- Dinner: Sushi/Sashimi (haha, I caved?) I was good though and didn’t eat my normal portion of sushi. I stayed away from soy sauce too. A lot of websites don’t recommend introducing fish because of the mercury but instead eat organic poultry if you’re going to eat meat.
I didn’t snack in between. I guess I didn’t have to or have the urge to. I did drink a lot of water in between which is a difficult thing for me to do. I’m not much of a water drinker, but it was hard not to. I got used to drinking from the cleanse that it was just natural for me to want to drink water on Sunday.
I spent the night washing my lettuce and broccoli and cutting up carrots and putting them in freezer bags, so I can eat that for my dinner this week. I bought some cashews and sunflower seeds to incorporate into my diet for my protein. Guess I’m going part-raw for dinner. I mixed my own salad dressing – some Sesame oil and Rice Wine Vinegar to make a Korean Salad Dressing. I opted for no Soy Sauce and no extra sugar since the Rice Wine Vinegar has sugar added.
I don’t know how long this new diet will last, but if this has changed my husband’s perspective on eating healthier than I will continue this for as long as possible! He actually cooked last night a fairly healthy lunch to take to work today – wild grain rice with shrimp. Packed it with a Diet Coke. I still have to work on that with him. I do have to say my craving for a soda disappeared after the cleanse, which I credit the detox for. They say one of the benefits of detoxing is that it curbs your desire for sweets. I’m a once a day Diet Coke drinker, and I’m hoping to kill that bad habit now along with my daily dose of caffeine. I don’t know about eliminating my morning coffee, but as I’m writing this I’m happily drinking green tea. Let’s see how the afternoon goes.
Anyhow, the hubs has agreed to eat my fruit that I cut up for him for breakfast and hopefully he’ll sign up for his work gym by the end of this month. I think my nagging of living healthier and constant stories about how high cholesterol can really be a big problem later in life has finally paid off. Haha.
Guess that’s what happens when you get older? No more thinking about partying but instead thinking about how to live a healthy lifestyle! Well there you have it…my post detox living is going better than expected. No crazy stomach issues, no head aches. Happy Monday!
P.S. Check out the shop later – new dolls will be added!!!!
Shop update will finally happen Monday, April 15. It took me awhile but I’ll have some new girls, including big sisters, in the shop. Here’s a sneak preview…
The Big Sisters
The Lil Sisters
And a few more…
See you Monday! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Here we go! I decided to do a much needed detox cleanse for myself. I think my body needs a break from all the crap I’ve been eating lately. Really. I’ve been trying to buy more green foods especially for me and the hubs because I want us to start taking care of our bodies. How else do we do that unless I stock up my fridge with what we should be eating. I’m sure we’ll cheat now and then during the weekends, but maybe this cleanse is what I need to get back on track.
Anyhow, my girlfriend told me about this detox cleanse and after reading up on it online here, I decided to give it a go.
The Nekter Cleanse IS
- A simple and natural way to flood your body with more vitamins and nutrients in a single day than you would normally consume in an entire month.
- A path to healthier eating habits, less sugar and processed food cravings which in the future may lead to weight loss and an overall positive well-being.
- A delicious blend of approximately 15 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that will help promote clearer skin and increased energy levels.
- Designed to reset your system back to its natural state, flushing out toxins, and creating a clean slate from which to start building a healthier and happier YOU!
(Taken from their website)
I’m excited to try this out. After this cleanse, hopefully I’ll feel motivated to keep up with eating more raw foods and kick out the processed ones.
Kicking off the weekend with Day 1 of my cleanse! Happy Friday!
I’m addicted to Instagram (@lilsprinkles)! haha! I was one of those peeps who got a Facebook account waaaay late and by the time I got on, it seemed like alot of people stopped being so active on it. But Instagram…I don’t care who’s on or not, I’m hooked on the filters! So here’s what we’ve been up to this spring break.
Spring break is almost over and while I loved having the kids home (although let me tell you…there were a few moments when I started counting down!), I did find that we were quite busy…busier than when they are at school! It gave me a glimpse of what my/our summer will look like.
The twins have a movie date + sleepover at their grandparents while the baby and I will be enjoying the peace and quiet at home. Hope you are having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!
What are Stickygrams? Well, it seems like everyone is now on Instagram! And if you’re like me, I love the filters and the cute apps that make your pictures look that much more appealing. Stickygrams create Instagram sized magnets of your Insta pictures. You just log in with your Instagram logon, pick the pictures you want, and wait for your cute magnets to come in the mail.
I’m all about de-cluttering lately, so I took down everything from my fridge and posted my Stickygram magnets. The girls have had fun putting them in order, making shapes with them on the fridge, telling stories about each picture, etc. I have one magnet where Tabi was less than a year old. Wow, I’ve been on Instagram for awhile now!
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Just wanted to leave ya with a drawing my girl made.
I thought she was practicing her letters, but she said it’s the picture of Jesus’ cross and the place where he died aka the tombstone (I’m assuming based on the picture). He wasn’t there alone but with friends. Hope everyone had a wonderful and beautiful Easter!
You’ve probably seen glimpses of my backyard if you follow @lilsprinkles on Instagram. While I don’t have a green thumb and I like things very clean and minimal in my space, I have accumulated an overabundance of cymbidium orchids…mainly due to my father-in-law’s friend. Remember my orchid teacher from this post?
And while we don’t use our patio set, I didn’t necessarily want to use it as a plant stand. So I searched online to see if I could make some kind of stand + shade covering for my orchids but c’mon, who do I think I am?! haha! Plus, I didn’t find much out there, even on Pinterest! So here is what I found!
It’s quite sturdy. My 6 year olds tested this out by sitting on them! And very easy to put together. My son did half of the work while I cooked dinner! I love it so much that I’m considering buying another one!
I’m still working on a shop update. I’ll have about 9 lil sisters and big sisters combined. I’ll do my best to post pictures of the girls before I list them in the shop…no promises I’ll have all 3 kids at home for the next week and we’ve got lots of activities planned. Is spring break over yet? haha! Thanks for stopping by!
Here’s a lil sis I just finished up. Thanks Sus! Hope the bday girl loves her “Minnie” doll!
The lil sis on the left will be part of the shop update. Have a wonderful weekend! and thanks for stopping by!
image via instragram @lilsprinkles
I’ve been working on a small shop update…hoping to have the dolls completed by April. Their faces have been painted and now comes the fun part…accessories!
It has taken me awhile (like all new programs and apps do) but I finally know how to work Instagram and Instacollage! sigh…just when I master one thing, something else comes up and I find myself behind yet again.
Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!
The hubs has been talking about buying a RipStik for the LONGEST time, and I finally pushed him to buy it when we saw that Target was selling them.
We see so many neighborhood kids riding them, and my hubby’s friend has one and has supposedly lost his “love handles” because of Ripstiking. It just looks like fun and something for him to do when the kids are riding their bikes around the neighborhood. It’s like a skateboard but only with two wheels versus four, and you don’t need to use your legs to push off to ride it. You have to move your legs/feet back and forth to get the caster board to move.
He finally caved and bought one + a helmet because of course the hubs is all about safety first. Once the kids were down for their naps, we watched a two minute You Tube video on how to do it and got started. After watching him practice, I was SO DETERMINED to master this (better) than the hubs. After 1.5 hour of practice, I can confidently say I know how to ride it! The hubs can do it too, but I think I look a bit more advanced than him! Haha. His body just moves differently, and if anyone has seen my hubby’s dance moves it looks a bit like that. More wormish though. But honestly, we both look super silly doing this, so hopefully with practice we can get it down so we look like the 8-9 year neighborhood kids.
Mom on a ripstik cruising down the street!
And another one with me still in my dinner outfit – maxi dress, faux fur jacket, and swapped out my sandals with my sneakers. I needed to get one more ride in to make sure I remember what I did the afternoon before.
Do you know how excited we were to accomplish learning something new!? Even with my fear of falling, I kept at it especially after seeing my hubby get the hang of it. I can see how kids learn more quickly than adults. They just don’t have the same fear – they go for it without thinking any thoughts at all about failing. I need to be like that more.
We treated ourselves to homemade sangria! Bobby Flay’s Arnold Palmer Sangria was super delish! The iced tea part sounds kinda odd, but it was actually really good! We added more wine than iced tea and lemonade. Yum!