Friday, October 31, 2014

{Friday Five}

Party-of-the-WeekCelebrations at Home Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party via Celebrations at Home


Running to the Kitchen Cranberry-apple-stuffed-cornish-hens-1-optimized

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens via Running to the Kitchen

Craft-of-the-WeekOver the Apple Tree Reversible Backdrop

DIY Reversible Wood Backdrop via Over the Apple Tree

Home-Design-of-the-WeekGrey House Harbor Songbird's Room

Girl’s Bedroom Reveal at Grey House Harbor
(p.s. don’t forget to check out the bean bag chair tutorial)

Random-Link-of-the-WeekThe House that Hatlars Built Tongue Twister Costumes
Tongue twister costumes via The House that Lars Built

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 96

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

Thoughts: Ironically I was really worried about my weigh in this week.  The end of last week was pretty stressful, and there may have been a good bit of emotional eating going on.  Though it was also the first weekend in nearly two months when we didn’t have a scheduled activity, which was really nice. 

How I am Winning this Week: When reading through posts at SITS Saturday Sharefest, I came across this post from fellow Marylander Diatta, who mentioned participating in a Little Black Dress Challenge for the month of October.  Obviously I’m late to the game, but loved the concept and what I saw, so I started attempting to follow the challenge with the goal of finishing by the end of Thanksgiving.  (I figure that gives me a little bit of wiggle room for all of the holiday prep activities coming up)

Areas of improvement: For the last year I’ve used exercise to help deal with stress; but lately it just hasn’t had the same effect.  I think that it might be time to just find a quiet space for a little bit.  Anybody want to babysit so that can happen?

Workout Log:


Boot Camp
LBD Day 1

LBD Day 2

How I feel: Happy to be back at my lowest weight to date!

What’s your favorite way to relieve stress?
Have you ever participated in a 30 day fitness challenge?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

10 Most Popular Halloween Posts

It occurred to me recently that I’ve been at this blogging thing for over four years now.  So many blogs don’t last more that a few months, and even fewer more than a year.  But I’ve made so many wonderful friends and connections through this platform that I no longer know what I would do without it.

Anyway,  when I saw that Stasha announced today’s Listicles prompt as 10 Halloween,  I thought it would be fun to go down memory lane and share my 10 most popular Halloween posts.  I still love some of these posts…hopefully you will too!

Creative Tutu Costumes

Costumes for a 3 Year Old

2011 Halloween Printables

Halloween Costumes

Fun Halloween Foods

Tutu Butterfly Costume

Halloween Meringue Cookies

Halloween Luminarias

Halloween Party Favors

Black & White Halloween

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Old School Blogging} Favorite Things

Is it just me or does it seem hardly possible that there is only one weekend left in October?  The last couple months have just flown by; which is why I was surprised last week when I saw that it was time again for Old School Blogging with Elaine and Krystyn.  At least this was a happy kind of surprise!

This month is all about a few of our favorite things…so let’s get started:

Favorite Sit Down Restaurant – Oh there are too many to choose just one!  For an easy and relaxing dinner with just the four of us, we like to go to Lures Bar and Grille.  It’s more bar than restaurant with a constantly changing tap list; but they have a bucket of toys that kids can ‘borrow’ during the meal.  Whoever thought of this – thank you!  I can’t tell you how much whining we’ve heard about being bored with crayons at restaurants.  Other people’s toys are always just so much more fun.

T showing off some toys at Lures a few years ago.

If we want really incredible food and a nicer atmosphere, we like to go to The Brewer’s Art in Baltimore.  They don’t have a kid’s menu, but we’ve been known to pack dinner for the kiddos just so we could eat here. Is it obvious to you yet that we value good wine and beer lists just as much as the food?

Favorite Cookie – I’m with Elaine on this one.  Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies just can’t be beat.  Soft, with no nuts please.  (Side note:  Something Swanky is currently doing a weekly series to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I am fascinated)


Bath Product Scent – I don’t mind a mild coconut scent, but mostly bath scents just give me a headache.

T.V. Show – House, MD was probably one of my all-time favorite shows.  Can we bring him back, please?  These days it’s all about Big Bang Theory and whatever we’re watching over Amazon Prime Streaming.

Flower/Plant – Hydrangeas and peonies from my garden are always a favorite; but when I can get them, I love the wild, but sweet ranunculus.


Bad-for-me-Snack – Aside from chocolate chip cookies?  Brownies, if I’m in the right mood.  And something in me just can’t resist candy corn in the Fall…but we have a one-bag-per-year limit in this household.

Magazines – Never been much of a magazine reader, but we did have gifted subscriptions to Bon Apetit and Food and Wine that I enjoyed for a long time.

Hobby – Between work, blogging and the kids, there’s hardly time for sleep let alone another hobby!  I suppose you could say that cooking is sort of a hobby.  I’m always trying new recipes (and should really share them more often, shouldn’t I?)



Girls Night Out Activity – I don’t even remember the last time I had one of those!  I’d be happy just getting a pedicure at a spa that serves champagne.

Date Night – My absolute favorite date nights are when we either splurge for a really nice dinner or go somewhere to do some tasting.  (Hey, we just did that!)

What are some of your favorite things?

Old School Blogging

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