The Announcement: Telling Our Families

We were so excited to share our news with our immediate family members (and of course, with everyone!), but with my parents and my sister living in different cities, it took a little maneuvering to get to tell everyone in person, without anyone accidentally finding out in the meantime!

The first step we took was to figure out a weekend that we were able to switch our plans a little to make the four hour drive to my parents house, and show up unannounced! In conversations with my Mom, I made sure they didn’t have any plans for the evening, and then we headed across the state. When we got to their town, we weren’t exactly sure what to do because we weren’t sure what time my Dad would get home from work; we didn’t want to arrive until they were both there, and we didn’t want to wait…

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WIAW Camping Edition!

I have slowly been getting back into the swing of things after camping for the last couple of days.  As I mentioned in this post I really wanted to try to continue eating healthy even while on vacation camping.  Eating healthy to change my lifestyle is a long-term goal that I am slowly working toward.  I didn’t want to let myself fall while on vacation.

I feel that I actually did pretty well.  I planned meals and snacks and took plenty of pictures of everything to document what we ate for a special What I Ate Wednesday Camping Edition!

Peas and Crayons

I did have time set aside to plan healthy meals and snacks for Hailey and I to take camping.  Plans changed a bit when Hailey became sick and came back home early from vacation with her dad.  A trip to the doctor, some wonderful TLC from my mom, and Hailey was all better and ready to go!

Grandma and Hailey

I want to pat myself on the back here.  Even though I ran short of time I still bought lots of fruits and veggies to bring along.

Healthy snacking for the car ride

We stopped at the grocery store right before leaving, and I chopped everything up at the campsite.  Yay me for not giving into “no time” and just buying processed junk.

I bought broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and carrots to cut up and eat raw with my homemade veggie dip.  Well, actually the recipe is from my Grandma Fran but I healthified (if healthified isn’t a word it is now!) it by using plain greek yogurt.  I love watching Hailey eat all of these veggies! It makes me feel so good knowing that good stuff is getting into her body.

I brought along chicken meat that I had mixed with taco seasoning.  It was leftover chicken that I froze purposely to bring along camping to make chicken tacos.

Ezekiel sprouted tortilla shell with chicken, spinach, tomato, avocado, cheese, and plain greek yogurt

I simply heated up the taco chicken in a tin foil pack over the fire, chopped up all of the toppings, and we ate!  Avocado is my new favorite taco topping!

While I did eat some unhealthy things like hot dogs, sunchips, puppy chow, chocolate, and soda, I really feel that I ate a ton better than what I would call “normal”  for camping.  I am super proud of myself and feeling great.

Even though it was super hot, we did manage to do a little bit of walking.  We also spent some time down on the beach.

The freezing cold lake didn’t bother Hailey much, but Jackson did not like it!

A typical meal for camping are “pizza things.”  I looked for a healthier way to make these and this is what I came up with.

I used this as the pizza crust

I used fresh mozzerella cheese but didn’t have time to shred it.  I tore it into chunks and it didn’t melt as well as it would have if it would have been shredded.  Still tasted awesome and Hailey loved them too!

I also had various healthy snacks for campfire time.  The munchies always seem to hit hard while sitting around the relaxing fire doing nothing.  I wanted to be prepared!

We also enjoyed delicious fresh grilled corn on the cob.  This turned out fantastic!

 All in all it was a nutritionally aware camping trip.  No rain, nice weather, lots of fun!  And I am super proud of myself for the way I ate!

Foodie Penpals Reveal Day – June

Today is the day I get to reveal the wonderful gift box I received from my foodie penpal this month.  Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean hosts this awesome foodie penpal exchange each month.  I know there are tons and tons of participants and she puts a lot of work into organizing it.  It is so fun to participate in!

This month I was paired up with a reader, Marissa.  Marissa is from Santa Cruz, California and is in her senior year of college pursuing a degree in Food and Nutritional Science.

Marissa really sent me some fabulous things!

My favorite has to be the two homemade treats she sent!  A delicious cookie and the most fabulous rice crispy treat! It had peanut butter under that chocolate topping. Yum!

I am packing this little “vacation in a cup” for our camping trip.  It should be the perfect healthy breakfast to help keep me on track during vacation and I cannot wait to try it!

Marissa also sent me this tasty cookie butter and some salty pita chips to eat with it.  The combination of the sweet and salty is was delicious!

This little healthy mix is also going to come in handy with my goal of staying on track during camping.  We usually eat like crap when camping and I have been doing so good lately and I want to keep up the good work!

It is always so nice to get a present in the mail! It feels like my birthday!  Trying all of these new things is so much fun.  Thank you so much Marissa!!!

Well, off to finish up some laundry and then to bed.  Working half day at the bank tomorrow morning and then seeing how I am going to fit all of our camping gear in the Trail Blazer.  Can’t wait….I hope it’s really hot too so I can be sweaty while doing the packing……ugh!  We need a camper!!!!

Check out what I sent to my foodie penpal Olivia over at Liv to Eat!

What I Ate Wednesday

Hailey is up north again this week with her dad on vacation so I am really trying hard to take care of myself.  When she is gone I tend to get sad, sit around, feel icky and lethargic.  Since I have been feeling better I decided to really focus on the food I am putting into my body.  Just taking it day by day.  What better than to do another WIAW post!

Peas and Crayons

Lately I have been eating this every morning for breakfast.

vanilla granola with almond butter

Ever since Rachel sent me some awesome french vanilla granola in my foodie penpals package I have been obsessed!  I found some at my local grocery store that is pretty tasty.  I also tried almond butter and am in love big time.  I have been having the granola with a dollop of almond butter every morning.  Yummy!

I love this time of year when all the fruit is delicious and in season.  I have been making sure to eat a lot of it.

strawberries and a plum

Lunch was organic scrambled eggs with salsa and Fontina cheese that was leftover from fondu night.

Another snack I enjoyed were these whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins.  I threw some in the freezer last time I made a batch so they were ready for me when I needed something to grab quick.

whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins

Since I have been filling my body with actual food for the last few days I have more energy.  I feel happier inside even though I miss my daughter like crazy.  I am also feeling ready to start exercising.  I think I will just start out walking – ease into it so I don’t get discouraged and quit.  I tend to have an all or nothing attitude so I know starting small is important.

Dinner was also pulled out of the freezer.  I love freezing leftovers when I have the time to cook.  Turkey meatballs that I made from scratch with spaghetti sauce and quinoa.

turkey meatballs from scratch

A friend told me about the pasta version of quinoa.  I have never bought regular spaghetti pasta again.  It is healthier, tastes great, and Hailey also loves it.  Score!

So, that’s WIAW!  I just want to end this post by saying “Good job, Jaime! Keep up the healthy choices – – I know you can do it.”

What I’ve been up to while Hailey is gone

I have been working a lot of extra hours at my part time job lately.  This weekend will be the third weekend in a row of working there plus every day at the bank all day all week long.  I am starting to feel pooped out.  But, next week Hailey, Jackson, and I are going camping with the rest of the fam so a little r and r is right around the corner.

Last week I headed to my friend Jackielyn’s tattoo studio, Eye-Candy Ink to get some of my tattoos touched up.

Her shop is not your typical tattoo shop.  It is an art gallery, a pottery gallery, and a tattoo shop all in one.  The decor is retro, classy, and comfortable.  Plus Jackie is a friend of mine so that makes the experience even better!

Jackielyn

waiting area

She touched up the stars on my ankle, plus added a few more.

And she touched up the orchid on my floral sidepiece.

I also had the opportunity to reconnect with some girlfriends I hadn’t seen for about a year and a half.  I met them all through a previous relationship and when that ended so did all of the friendships unfortunately.  I mett up with the girls and we had so much fun!  I really am hoping to stay in touch with them all.  I missed them so much!

Carrie, Deanna, Me, and Dewey (Kerri)

I have been doing some healthy meal and snack planning for camping next week.  For probably the first time ever my sister, my mom, and I are all eating healthy at the same time!  We all struggle with the ups and downs of the food rollar coaster and it seems that we are never all on the up side together.  Right now we are, so I want to make sure to plan some healthy real food meals and real food snacks.

I had a few hours off of work this afternoon since I worked last Saturday so I took advantage of the free time and went to a new to me health store that a friend told me about called The Red Raddish.

It was very cute and quaint!  They really didn’t have too much more to offer than what I am able to purchase in the organic section of my grocery store, plus it was kind of a drive.

All in all I have been doing good distracting myself and keeping busy while Hailey is gone.  Only 4 more days to go till she comes home!! I know she is having a blast, but I miss her!