First Time Mom and Losing It

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tie-Dye Toddler T-Shirt Nightgown Tutorial

Since most of the t-shirt material I use for my daughter's nightgowns are white from my husband's old undershirts I wanted to be creative and add a little color. I saw this easy tie-dye effect on the Martha Stewart show years ago and decided to give it a try.

  • T-shirt Nightgown
  • Sharpies in different colors 
  • Eyedropper
  • Alcohol
  1. Make the base of the nightgown following these instructions: up to step 8. 
  2. You can place a piece of cardboard inside nightgown so that the Sharpie doesn't bleed through the back of the nightgown. Draw dots anywhere you want the tie-dye to be. I drew the dots on the neckline and hem. To get a flower like burst I drew a bigger dot in the middle and smaller dots around the big dot. 
  3. Take out cardboard and place something inside nightgown like a baking pan to catch the alcohol. Place alcohol inside dropper and add drops on top of each Sharpie dot and let the tie-dye take affect. 
  4. Allow the nightgown to completely dry. Use a hot iron or clothes dryer to set the design.
  5. Continue the steps on the nightgown to complete it. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Healthy Berry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of my favorite treats. While I have been enjoying frozen pops as a dessert lately I have been craving a spoon of creamy delight. I just purchased a frozen fruit dessert maker and decided to have fun trying different recipes. This is what I came up with.

Healthy Berry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips
  1. Mix yogurt, stevia and vanilla and pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze for about 2 hours. 
  2. Alternate placing berries and yogurt cubes into dessert maker. 
  3. Add most of the chocolate chips and fold in. 
  4. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: 6 Months Down!

I can not believe that is has been 1/2 a year since I have been on my weight loss journey. I have to say that it is a lot harder when you are a mom. When I lost 70 pounds to be able to have my daughter I dedicated all of my time to eating right and exercising. I lost the weight quickly and what felt like effortlessly. Now that I have my daughter I can't dedicate all of my time. I can't go to the Gym 6-7 times a week like I used to. There is one big plus to losing weight when you are your mom though. That is to have my inspiration and motivation right by my side.Over 50 pounds down has made me a better mom to her because I am now able to take her out all the time. I have the energy to run around with her and just be silly. I have the confidence to be a great role model to her.

Weight: I gained 1.8 pounds for an adjusted total loss of 53.2 pounds. I have been totally slacking with my eating habits so I expected that gain.

Nutrition: I was pretty busy this week with a couple of blogging events and family in from out of town. I went out on several days and didn't make the healthiest choices.

Exercise: I could only make it to the gym 2 times this week but when I did I worked out really hard by doing the elliptical for 50 minutes and the arc trainer for 10 minutes. I also did some free weights as home when an app and YouTube videos.

Last Weeks Goals:
  • Go to the gym or do an exercise DVD at least 3 times.
  • Weight Machines or Toning DVD 3 times.
  • Continue Plank Challenge - GOAL MET
  • Try Yoga - GOAL MET
  • Track Food and Water.

This Weeks Goals:
  • Gym 3 days
  • Strength Training 3 days
  • Continue Plank Challenge
  • Yoga or Stretching
  • Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Plan for 7 days

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Mia Mariu's Create Your Perfect Canvas Review & Giveaway

I never really wore foundation until I was in my mid-twenties and discovered mineral make-up. It is super easy to put on without making you feel like you have too much make-up on. In the years of losing weight to have my daughter, becoming pregnant and being a first time mom I put make-up on the back burner. Now that I am getting smaller and more confident my interest in make-up has sky rocketed!

I got to review the Mia Mariu's Create Your Perfect Canvas line and was thrilled when I saw that it was three easy products.

Their minerals give you a lightweight coverage that lasts for a long time, doesn't clog your pores and protects you from the sun.

Step 1: Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer. Makes your face like a smooth canvas that lets the foundation easily glide on and stay on longer. It is also packed with antioxidants and vitamins that leave a glow to your skin.

Step 2Perfecting Finish Mineral Cream Concealer. It is vitamin packed and oil free. It covers imperfections like blemishes and dark spots. The primer also correctly matches your skin tone and won't leave your skin looking ashy or chalky.

Step 3: Perfecting Finish Mineral Loose Powder. It is oil free and has vitamins and minerals. It provides you with all day coverage.

All three products were super easy to use. They gave me full coverage while leaving my face looking natural. I also noticed that my pores looked a little smaller.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Using Music and BPM (Beats Per Minutes) to Maximize Calorie Burn

I don't know about you but music really gets me moving. As soon as I hear one of my favorite songs I just want to get up and dance. Have you noticed that when you are listening to music you work harder and faster when you hear a song that is more fast paced? Each song has it's own BMP or Beat's Per Minute which can help you keep up with the pace of your exercise. You want a slower paced BMP for warm ups and cool down's and a faster BMP for working out and sprints. A song with a steady BMP can also help with your endurance.

I wanted to go for a walk today so I did some research on some walking playlists with BMPs listed. There were some great playlists out there that listed BPM (Beats Per Minutes) but there wasn't a full playlist that had all of the songs I liked. I tend to move faster when it is a song I really like and know the words to. I wanted to create my own walking playlist so I researched some more and found This site allows you to search songs by name, artist, genre and BPM's. Search a song and the BPM's is listed right there with it.

This is the playlist I came up with.

What songs keep you motivated to move?

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On-The-Go Toy Tote Tutorial

My daughter is really into the little toys dolls that come in play sets. These little dolls are a must when you are out with a toddler because they are small enough to take with you and keep them busy. Every time I get my daughter all ready to go out she runs to her toys and fills her little hands with as many dolls as she can. If she can't get a least 2 toys in each hand she has a little meltdown. I tried to explain that she could only take a couple but she didn't understand until I came up with the idea of a toy tote.

After I created it I opened it up and showed her how to put her little toys in it. I explained to her that only 3 fit in each side so she can only take six. She was excited to put the little toys into the tote herself and then I helped her with getting it closed with the Velcro. I put it on her shoulder and she loved that she had her own little purse like mommy. It's good for me too because now her hand is free to hold instead of  holding onto her wrist. The best part is no more meltdowns!

  • Cotton Fabric
  • Fleece Fabric
  • Matching Thread
  • Velcro
  • Sewing Machine
  • Disappearing marker
  1. To make the pattern cut out the following shapes out of paper (I use old wrapping paper). Body:  10" x 8", Strap: 15" x 3", Pocket: 8" x 8" , Flap: 3 1/4" x 3 1/2"
  2. For the body pattern cut one out of the cotton fabric and one out of the fleece fabric. Cut two out of the cotton fabric for each remaining pattern piece. 
  3. Take the pocket pieces, place right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam on the top and bottom. Turn inside out. Sew a 1/8" seam from the edge on the top and bottom. Pin onto the middle of the body flannel piece. Sew a basting stitch on the left and right side of the pocket to the flannel body 1/8" from the edge. Find the middle of the pocket going horizontally and draw a line 1/2" above and 1/2" below the middle line. Stitch on top of the lines you just drew. 
  4. Take strap and fold in half the long way. Sew using a 1/4" seam on the long side. Turn inside out and sew down each long side 1/8" from the edge. Repeat for second strap. 
  5. Take two pieces of the flap and place right sides together. Sew top and sides and leave the bottom part open. Turn inside out and sew around 1/8" from the edge. 
  6. Place straps on the top and bottom of flannel body going in 1/4" from the left and right sides. You want to make sure not to twist the straps. Pin the flap to the top of the flannel body right in the middle of the straps. 
  7. Place cotton body piece on top right sides together and pin away the straps so that you don't sew on top of them when you go around. Sew all around the body pieces using a 1/4" seam. Leave an open space about 3 inches long on one of the sides to turn the tote right side out. 
  8. Turn tote right side out and sew all around the body 1/8" from the edge. 
  9. Place Velcro on inside of flap and sew in place. Close tote and mark where the other side of the Velcro should go. Sew Velcro in place. 
  10. Optional: To make sure the tote is super secure and the little toys don't fall out I sewed on two little pieces of Velcro to close the little open spaces where the straps are.

* You can make it for a boy using a different print and making the strap shorter. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Skinny Noodle Creamy Avocado Pasta

Skinny Shirataki Noodles is an awesome pasta substitute because they are gluten free, soy free, vegan, low carb and contain zero to low calories. These noodles can easily be substituted for spaghetti type pastas in your favorite recipes. You can eat them with tomato sauce, with stir fry vegetables or in chicken noodle soup.

The best part of this brand of shirataki noodles is that they are made in the USA and is one of the only brands that doesn't use soy in their products. They are made from a root vegetable that was discovered in Asia.

I love substituting avocado for fats in my recipes like in salad dressings, so when I discovered the 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta from Oh She Glows I had to try it with the Skinny Noodle Spaghetti to make it lower in calories. The creamy sauce was delicious and the Skinny Noodle Spaghetti just soaked in all of the yummy flavor. I felt like I was eating a big bowl of naughty fatty pasta! The Skinny Noodles Spaghetti that I used for this recipe has 0 calories, 0 net carbs, and 3 grams of fiber per serving (1/2 package).

The sauce is so easy to do that all you have to do is take all of the ingredients below and process them in a food processor (Makes 3 servings):
  • 1 medium ripe and pitted avocado
  • 1/2 lemon juiced and zest for garnish
  • 1-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
After making the sauce I thoroughly rinsed the spaghetti by putting them in a colander and running cold water over them. I mixed the spaghetti around and rinsed them again. I did this about three times. Then I patted them dry with paper towels and boiled them in water for about 2 minutes. Drain really well.

Mix the spaghetti with 1/3 of the sauce until the spaghetti is evenly coated. Put it in a pretty plate to enjoy.

You can order your own Skinny Noodles over at: They have spaghetti, fettuccine, macaroni, and even Skinny Rice! They also offer free shipping and money saving auto-ship services. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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