Thursday, July 29, 2010

Weekly Weigh In - Week 8

Last Week:

This Week:


I really sucked at exercising and eating right this week. I sucked at drinking water, too. I'd blame the wedding, but I was actually good while we were at the shore! Given, I did gain about a half a pound since the wedding (though it could be water weight), but at least the scale still went down since last week! And 1.5lbs isn't bad at all. I do know, however, that there will be no way that I will be losing another 5lbs in 2 days, SO I am changing my goal a little early. 
I have my annual physical coming up on September 1st and I would like to weigh less than I did the last time I was at the doctor. I believe I was somewhere around 195, so my new goal will be 192lbs by September 1 (or September 2, since September 1 is a Wednesday). That's a total of 8lbs or 2lbs per week.

Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm back!

I am back! And I promise I'll have pictures and a real post soon. :)
The beach was awesome and the ceremony was nice.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Guest Blogging

I'm guest blogging over at Marvelous Mommy today. It's a delicious recipe. Go over and check it out! Don't forget to say 'hi' to Amy and check out the rest of her awesome blog, too!

I'll be home from the shore (my wedding) today, so keep your eye out for pictures!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wedding Countdown - 1 Day to Go!

If you've been keeping up with my blog, you'll know that my wedding is tomorrow! I'm really excited, too.

I said yesterday that I'd have loved to have made it below 200lbs for my wedding and guess what, I did!

199.3. I'm so proud of myself! I have a long way to go to make it back down to where I want to be, but I am impressed that I made it below 200. I have a doctor's appointment next week (I think) and I'd love to be lower than what I was last year, which I think is looking good so far - I don't remember exactly where it was, but it was somewhere in the 195-205 range.

And to think, I made my wedding goal even though I made about 500 million of these...

And of course, I had to taste test every single flavor multiple times. I'll tell you guys about them when I get back. Wish me luck!

Guest Post - Cloth for the Coast

With my wedding quickly approaching, Amy from Marvelous Mommy has agreed to fill in for me today. If you haven't visited her blog before, be sure to stop by and tell her hello!

I'm sure you have heard of the oil spill. You must be living in a bubble if you haven't. ;-) As you know, many business have been affected by the spill as well as the wildlife.


Any animals that have been covered in oil, now need to be cleaned. The towels and blankets that are used to clean the animals, can only be used once and then must be discarded of.  

How you can help:

  • Donate your old baby blanket and diaper inserts for pocket diapers
  • Add the Cloth For The Coast button to your sidebar
  • LIKE 'Cloth for the Coast' on Facebook
  • Write a blog post

These supplies will be organized in the Mother of Eden's (makers of FuzziBunz® Diapers) Louisiana warehouse and distributed with the help of FedEx who is donating the shipping to the agencies that request them on an ongoing basis.

To send in donations of cloth items:

FuzziBunz® Diapers

Attn: CFC

315 Weeks St

New Iberia, LA 70560

For more ways to help, please visit 

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Weekly Weigh In - Week 7 & 21 Day Challenge

Last Week:

This Week:


My weight loss this week wasn't great, but it's definitely better than gaining weight. I was really hoping to drop below 200 for my wedding, do you think I could still do it in 2 days?? The beginning of the week, we ate really crappily. I've been trying to make all the candy and stuff for the wedding, so I haven't been much in the mood for cooking. Yesterday, I only ate vegetables during the day (I had 2 slices of pizza for dinner). I've been keeping up with my water drinking, for the most part. I only slipped 1 day, but I still drank 2 cups that day, so I feel ok with it.
Here's hoping I can lose 2lbs by Saturday! hahaha.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Toys R Us

Rosemary Smothered Steak + Recipe

1-2 lbs london broil (or other steak of choice)
2 tsp Rosemary
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 large green pepper
1 medium onion
1 package sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup red wine

1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix rosemary, 1 tsp salt and pepper. Rub onto both sides of steak. If any seasonings are left, sprinkle into frying pan.

2. In a non-stick pan, cook steak on each side for 4-5 minutes. While waiting, slice onions fairly thin.

3. Remove steak from pan and place on a plate. Add onions into pan and saute for about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, slice green peppers to desired thickness.

4. Add peppers to the pan and saute for another 4 minutes. Then add mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes.

5. (If your pan is large enough, you can use that for the rest of this recipe. If not, you can do like I did and switch it to a baking pan.) Move veggies & juice to baking pan. Add 3/4 cup red wine and the rest of the salt. Add steak and juices from plate on top. Cover with lid or foil and bake until 'done' for you. We like our steak well-done, so I baked it for about 35 minutes. For medium rare, bake for about 15-20 minutes.

6. Remove steak from oven and let it rest (still covered) for 10-15 minutes.

If you're making baked potatoes, like I did, I suggest putting them in the oven as soon as it's pre-heated. I shredded some cheddar cheese and melted butter to top mine with, but when storing the leftovers, I let them sit in the juices. They tasted REALLY good soaked.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Extra Large Beach/Picnic Blanket + Tutorial

Have you ever gone to the store to buy yourself a beach or picnic blanket for your family, only to find out that the blankets are barely large enough to fit 1 person, let alone your family plus your food? When we were little, my grandmother had this great beach blanket that we loved. It was big enough for all of us to sit on to eat or for 1 adult or 2 kids to lay on and nap. I've searched and searched but have never been able to find that perfect blanket. Target had okay ones recently, but the upside would have attracted and held all of the sand on the beach!

So, with our wedding coming on Saturday, I finally gave in and made us one. It took me much less time than I anticipated it would (only 3.5 hours with MANY interruptions from M).

The best tip that I can give you for this project is to go pick up some coordinating fat quarter sets. I picked up 3 from Joann's. It was perfect for what I needed! I didn't cut off any of the selvages, I just sewed over them to hide them. This will save you a lot of time!

+15 fat quarters (or 3 sets of 5 coordinating fabric fat quarters)
+1 60"x104" tablecloth (if you want a waterproof blanket, pick a vinyl tablecloth. I used a fabric one)
+Sewing machine, thread, pins, etc

1. Lay out your quarters in the pattern you want - 3 across, 5 down.

2. Start sewing your across quarters together. When all of your acrosses are sewn together, start sewing your strips together.

3. When all of your pieces are sewn together, lay them on top of your tablecloth (wrong sides together). At this point, I folded the 2 long sides on the quarters a bit so that the tablecloth showed around all edges. I also trimmed about 2-3" off each short end of the tablecloth so that all edges were around the same width.

4. Fold your tablecloth edges in half and then fold them once more so that it overlays your quartered piece. Pin in place. I trimmed down some of the fabric in the corners so that they laid a little flatter and some that it wasn't so thick.

5. When all edges are pinned in place, sew around the edges. I did 2 stitches to make sure everything was held nice and tight. I then made 2 straight stitches down the short side of the blanket so that it would fold in thirds easily.

Other ideas:
1. Make triangular pockets in each of the 4 corners so that you can put something heavy in each one to hold it down.
2. Add a pocket with a button so you can put your sunglasses or keys in it.
3. Add ties so that you can roll it and tie it shut.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wedding Countdown - 5 Days to Go!

Our wedding rings are here!!!

We ordered them from TitaniumKnights last Monday and we got them today - ordered, made and delivered within 1 week, how awesome is that??

The whole set cost us $90, including engraving, with free shipping. The rings are the most comfortable things I've ever worn. I got mine in a size 6, 4mm and Jesse's is a size 7, 9mm. The engraving says 'Jesse <3 Danielle 07-24-2010'.

I highly suggest checking out TitaniumKnights for your ring needs. The rings are a great quality. They're comfortable and they were shipped very quickly. They were quick to answer all of my questions, too. If I ever need any other ring, I'm definitely headed to them first.

Made it Monday

I just wanted to give you guys a little preview of what to expect this week....

My new extra large beach blanket

Our chocolate covered pretzel rod wedding favors

The extra delicious Rosemary smothered steak that I made

Saturday, July 17, 2010

IrishHooksandYarn and Shooting Star Photography

For those of you who don't know, my grandmother taught be to crochet when I was little. I used to ask her if I could 'shay' with her and she would give me a hook and some scrap yarn. I couldn't do more than straight line for the longest time, then I moved up to small squares. As I got older, I lost my desire to crochet... until I went away to college. While I was in college, I fought really hard with depression and re-taught myself to crochet.

Now that I've taught myself to sew, I've been a little obsessed with that recently, though I still do like to crochet. That being said, I sell a few crochet patterns in my Etsy shop. One of which is a baby cocoon (which can be used as a swaddler or a photo prop).

Sue from IrishHooksandYarn was nice enough to show me her finished product from my Little Sweet Pea cocoon pattern and let me know that I could use her photo (taken by Shooting Star Photography).

Isn't it beautiful?? The cocoon can hold either 1 infant up to 20lbs or 2 twins up to around 10lbs each! If you're interested in purchasing the pattern, feel free to head over to my shop or if you want, head over to Sue's shop and purchase her Gemini cocoon! Sue's shop will be going on vacation shortly, but she assures me she'll be back August 1st!