Building Our Story: March 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm a #SoccerMom

Today is Jude's first Soccer "practice" and I am so excited to leave work and go!! 
 
He is so excited and so is my entire family.  We are a soccer family so when I found out that Jude could start soccer already I immediately signed him up!!
 
We went out and bought shin guards, soccer socks, and new tennis shoes!  So fun!!
 
My dad "Pa" decided he needed to buy the soccer ball so now Jude is set!
 
How freaking cute are these little guards?!?!?
 
Jude has been ready to use these things for weeks!  Love it!! 
 
And because I felt like I bought him his very own personalized Spiderman water bottle! 
 
I look forward to sharing with you all the fun soccer mom pictures!! 
 
EEEEK!!!!  Now work needs to hurry up and finish up so I can go watch my boy!!
 
Happy Friday!
 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday on the WW: Week 8

Week 8 on the program!


This blog hop is all about Weight Watchers.

Let's help each other on this journey by linking up recipes, successes, tips, photos and WW stories! Rules: Well the rules are easy. Just link! Link your blog posts that are all about Weight Watchers. Easy as pie! There are other ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, facebook and various other options. I want everyone to link up! Grab the "Wednesday on the WW" button and put it in your blog post! I cannot wait to read all of your stories!!
 
 
Week 8 update:
I missed week 7 due to life.  Crazy life. 
On March 17th one of my dear friends passed away expectantly which sent me into a tailspin of sadness only to be spun 100x over when Jeremy ended up being admitted to the hospital yet again the day after my friend passed. 

 
Jeremy was released from the hospital on Friday and I said “good-bye” to Cindy that day as well.  Sort of tied everything up in one day I guess.  Thankfully Jeremy is doing well now and is at home, however it seems like he will need another surgery soon…more on that later. 
 
So even with the stress, the sadness, the extra eating, the trips to the hospital and a funeral I only gained +.8 pounds.  Not even a pound.  I am pleased and determined to reach my 10% goal by the time I hit my 16 week mark on the program.  I have a lot of work to do but I think I can do it!! 
 
Weight:
  +0.8
Food:
  Too much eating out!  Hoping to share a couple new recipes with you soon!!
Exercise:
  None.  :/
 
Goal for this week:
  TRACKING!!  I didn’t track for 10 days!  That was bad!  Time to get back to it.  Time to be honest with myself!!! 
 
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Summer is Coming!

Okay, well maybe not summer since we are getting snow this weekend but some warmer weather has been great!!
 
Jude has really loved playing bubbles in the evening after dinner!  So much fun! 
 
 
 
He is so ready for summer time so we can be outside more, he asks all the time to be outside!  Soon!!  SOON Jude!!
 
Teagan has been introduced to Bubbles too!!  I can tell we will be hitting up the Dollar Store through out the summer time to stock up!! 
 
 
 
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: The Baby Noogle


Have you met Baby Shmizz yet?  If not I am here to introduce her to you all.  She is Shannon, wife and mom working as a full time PA.  Because she was bored {or crazy} she decided to add one more thing to her blogging side bar – Etsy Shop owner! 

I consider Shannon my friend and I am so excited for her new adventure and I love her creations!! 
Check out the amazing Typography Birth Stats that she created for Jeremy and me.  As soon as I have time to run to the store I am buying cute frames for these prints and hanging them up in Jude and Teagan’s bedroom. 


She created them and I received them within days of me emailing her the information!!  The prints were safely mailed and received in perfect condition!

She not only creates these modern prints but is also creating amazing learning activities for toddlers and fun party d├ęcor! 

Please check out the etsy shop “The Baby Noogle:  from newborn to preschool and every wiggle in between” and see if there is anything you MUST have!!

Follow Shannon here:
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Disclosure:  Shannon gave me these 2 items for a blog review – these are my opinions and not yours and are not swayed by product.  Thank you Shannon!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Teagan's 5 Months Old!

Teagan Evelyn

5 Months - February 20, 2013


Today Teagan is 5 months old - unbelievable!  

Things I want to remember:
~You love to kick, for some reason we all think you might be more active than Jude - YIKES!
~You have rolled over from your back to tummy but you hate being on your tummy so you haven't done it more than 5 times!!
~You are a pro at giving raspberries
~You talk all the time!  We love your voice and Daddy calls you Pterodactyl baby!   
~Rice cereal doesn't sit well with you so we are done with that!
~You still need your 2-3 ounces of pedi-lite every day to keep you regular and comfortable
~You are sleeping in your crib in your room!!  You have had some amazing nights of sleep too - 11pm-8am!!  That was amazing!!  Go Teagan!!
~The Easter Bunny is bringing you Baby Food in your basket!  I cannot wait to feed you!!
~Your hair is getting long and fuzzy!  You have your brothers hair!!
~You are so smiley and when you smile big your tongue sticks out!  So cute!
~Jude can make you stop crying - you adore him!!  


We love you sweet cupcake!  


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

We need your help! #ulcerativecolitis

Friends, Family, Long Time Readers, New Visitors, YOU – I need your help.  We need your help!  

If you know us in real life or have followed Building Our Story for a while you know about my husband’s ongoing struggle with Ulcerative Colitis which led him to have surgery in January to remove his colon and to live with an ileostomy.

This was the very best decision for him and our family but now we are dealing with a mass of medical bills that never seem to stop.  Including the most recent bill that we will receive due to him being in the hospital yet again (admitted March 11th, 2013) for an infection in his “Behind” wound. 

View from Jeremy's hospital bed.

We really do not like asking for help as a family – in fact we are rarely the people getting help, most of the time we are the ones helping!  So here is what I am asking from all of you.

Just share Jeremy’s Gofund.com page for us.  And prayers!  That’s all – unless of course you feel the love to support us as well.  Right now, if nothing else happens (ya right!) we are sitting at $12,000 worth of medical bills!  We have never been in this much debt.  It is absolutely embarrassing that I am sharing this – but I am praying that we will find some help in this as well. 

So please share this on facebook, twitter, email and pinterest!!  I think you!!  We thank you!!

We are ready to live the new normal and actually live not just exist but first we have some bills to pay!! 

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you!



~Censie, Jeremy, Jude and Teagan


 
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Update: Transition to a Crib

Time for a little update on our Transitioning to a Crib adventure.  I post in January about my thoughts, worries and hopes of this transition and I have to say I am proud.  So proud of us, proud of Jude and proud of Teagan.  Pretty much we rock as a family. 

We have been blessed with 2 amazing sleepers.  Let me tell you about our normal nights. 

Our Schedule:
Jude goes down for bed at 8pm.  After the 3rd time of asking for a drink of water he is usually asleep by 8:30pm – you know that book “ Go the F to Sleep?”  Yeah I repeat that book to myself every evening!!  ;o) 

From 8pm-10pm Teagan either kicks and moves on her play mat or falls asleep on daddy.  Usually some of both.

10pm we all go upstairs to get ready for bed.  Teagan gets changed and swaddled and then takes a bottle – usually 4-5 ounces.

By 10:30pm we sneak into the bedroom with her and PRAY that she stays asleep as we walk out. 

Some nights Jude wakes up once just to see us or for water.  Some nights Teagan wakes up around 2am for a small bottle but usually goes right back into her crib!

Then there are nights like last night, which I am so thankful for due to Jeremy being admitted to the hospital for an infection overnight.  Teagan and Jude slept through the night!  I had to wake them both up at 6:30am this morning to get ready to go!!

Seriously!  So happy with our sleeping situation and I hope it stays this “easy”.  And now we wait for the teething…oy!! 

Also - for your viewing pleasure – a picture of our little lady on her first St. Patrick’s Day!!

PS - she has a jean skirt on!!  How freaking adorable is that???

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Friday, March 15, 2013

eShakti: Spring 2013 Review



When I was contacted by eShakti to do a review of their Spring 2013 line I was thrilled.  I knew exactly what I would be shopping for – an Easter Dress!! 

When I opened up the website and saw all of the choices it took me forever to decide which one was the one I wanted delivered to my doorstep.

Check out these great dresses:

   
The best thing about eShakti is the quality of the clothing but also that they are so mindful of the body of a real woman.  We all built so different.  eShakti offers something that other online clothing stores do not – size customization!!  You simply take your measurements and send them off with your order.  You can be so specific and even change things like pockets/no pockets, cap sleeves/half sleeves, and knee length/calf length.  I love all the options!!

This is the dress I chose.  I felt like it would be perfect for Easter Morning.  I love it! 


I cannot wait to oder from eShakti again.  Maybe once I hit a big milestone with Weight Watchers??  :O)

eShakti has offered at 20% discount for Building Our Story readers –
simply enter BLDNGRSTRY at check out and you will get 20% your order!

I would love to hear what your favorite Spring 2013 item is! 

Add a comment below with the item you love (leave your email address too) and you will be entered to win a $25.00 store credit!! 
This giveaway is sponsored by ME - $25.00 expires on March 25th. 
I will use Random.org to pick a winner on March 19th at 10am MST.
Good luck!!
 
Find eShakti!
Website:  eShakti online 
Facebook:  eShakti on Facebook 
Twitter:  eShakti on Twitter


Disclosure:  I was given this dress free of charge for my review of the Spring Line.  My opinions are my own! 



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Joining the Crowd: BlogLovin'

Well it is happening - July 2013 we will say our finally good-bye to Google Friend Connect!  How said.  So here is the deal - all 741 of you who FOLLOW us I want you to keep following us. 
Just in a new way.

Introducing BlogLovin'!

Follow on Bloglovin

Just click on the button above and you can start your Bloglovin' experience.  I have been using Bloglovin' for my own blog reading and following and I have really enjoyed it.  The Moblie App is MUCH better than any other following in my opinion.  So join the crowd!

Make srue you do the same for the other blogs you love to follow too! 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole

Time for a recipe share. 
One of my goals I have for myself while on Weight Watchers is to try at least 1 new recipe a month. I am hoping to actually shoot more towards a new recipe every week but let’s be real – some weeks are too busy for the crazy idea! 

I stumbled across this recipe on SkinnyTaste and decided it was a must try!  I figured Jude would love it because of the cheese and pasta and Jeremy would dig it because it is something new!  I was right!  Jude loved eating the “meatballs” and pasta and Jeremy helped himself to seconds!  I love knowing that I am serving my family yummy yet healthy food at dinner time.

If you are on Weight Watchers you must visit SkinnyTaste while planning out your meals! 

I followed Gina’s recipe for the most part did make a few MINOR changes.

Ingredients:
2 cups (6 oz) uncooked rotini pasta – used WHOLE WHEAT 
2 tsp oil 1
 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped 
1 garlic clove, finely chopped 
1 lb lean ground turkey  
3/4 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp black pepper 
3 tbsp tomato paste 
2 medium tomatoes diced
2 tbsp Dijon Mustard 
2 cups reduced fat grated cheddar cheese 
1/4 cup chopped dill pickles




Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. 

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions - drain well.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 

Stir in the turkey and cook until browned; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the tomatoes and mustard. 

Let the mixture cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.


Toss the meat mixture with the pasta and spread it into the prepared dish. 

Top with the cheddar and bake until the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Sprinkle the chopped pickles over the top and serve.

**Makes about 9 cups which equals about 9 servings. 

Serve with fresh veggies, we had corn!  Yummo!

Weight Watchers:  7PP

Recipe credit:  SkinnyTaste.com



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Post: Omega3 Benefits & Giveaway

Benefits of Omega3:  Krill Oil

The health benefits of omega3’s have been bombarding us at every turn. Literature, television, dieticians, homeopaths, personal trainers and medical professionals – are all touting the incredible health benefits associated with choosing to optimize your omega-3 intake. We are also more informed, than we ever have been before – when it comes to our personal health. Research, technology and modern medicine have given us more information than we could ever absorb regarding how to achieve optimal health and fitness goals.

And yet, heart disease is still the number one killer in America. We are an overweight, undernourished nation that constantly looks to the pharmaceutical industry for quick fix solutions to deep rooted problems in our personal health and well-being. The problem with many of these pharmaceutical choices is that many of them have side effects attached that we aren’t even aware of. Often, everything we need to achieve optimal health - can be found in our gardens, local farmers markets and marine communities.

Omega-3’s are vital in achieving optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids are considered to be essential fatty acids. What’s so interesting about these essential fatty acids however is that while they are absolutely critical to human health, the human body cannot create omega 3s on its own.
Because our bodies are unable to develop omega 3’s, it is important to access our recommended daily intake through other sources.

Fish, such as salmon, tuna, halibut are all omega 3 sources. Other seafood sources that are high in omega 3’s, and happen to be more sustainable than fish options, are algae, and krill (small crustaceans found predominantly in the southern ocean). Some plants and nut oils are also sources of omega 3’s, however consuming enough of these plant and nut sources to make an effective difference on personal health would be a near impossible feat on a daily basis.

Here is a brief break down as to why you should be ensuring you are receiving optimal intake of omega-3’s:

Addressing Heart Disease

Extensive clinical evidence has proven the importance of omega-3’s in addressing heart disease and the signs and symptoms associated with it.  In fact, the American Heart Association has strongly pushed the necessity of omega 3 fatty acids in support of cardiovascular health. Clinical evidence suggests that omega 3’s help reduce risk factors such as high cholesterol and hypertension. Omega 3 fatty acids also work to slow the development of blood clots and plaque that clogs arteries. Those taking sufficient doses of omega 3’s on a regular basis will also have less risk of stroke and heart attacks. Another thing to take into consideration, is that when your heart is operating perfectly, you circulatory system is also keeping things moving freely. This provides your body the oxygen it needs to boost your energy levels and immune system – something that comes in handy if you are trying to achieve specific fitness goals.

Exercising regularly – be it through team based sports, or personal challenges such as marathons or yoga, will also promote your cardiovascular health.

Optimal cardiovascular health will not only help you live a long, vibrant life, but also allow you the freedom to achieve other holistic goals in your life – such as weight loss, fitness goals, cognitive challenges like furthering your studies or becoming a chess champion or tackling the rewarding job of being an incredible parent. Whatever your game plan is when it comes to living a full, dynamic life – heart health is the most important step towards making dreams a tangible reality.

Joint Inflammation

Research has shown omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Reduced inflammation can lower the risk diseases associated with chronic pain such as arthritis. Some have even claimed that regular use of omega 3’s allowed them to reduce their intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This is also an important factor for anyone that is experiencing chronic pain due to old (or new) physical injuries.

Premenstrual Symptom

Omega 3’s have been known to reduce pain from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome while also working to balance mood swings, boost cognitive function, and improve feelings of personal well-being – acting as a completely holistic form of relief. Because omega-3’s also work to reduce inflammation, they will also work to reduce the bloating that comes along with PMS.

Choosing to use omega-3 supplements on a daily basis is the simplest way to ensure you are receiving optimal omega-3 intake on a daily basis. Everest Nutrition Krill Oil is a powerful omega-3 supplement as each serving provides optimal concentration, purity and quality. Because krill are at the bottom of the food chain, they do not contain any of the contaminants or toxins found in many leading fish oil brands. Lastly, krill have an incredibly potent antioxidant power. So much so, that Krill Oil is actually able to provide 54x ore antioxidants than competing fish oil products. Antioxidants equal cell protection. Cell protection equals a healthy immune system, and a healthy immune system equals a healthy, vibrant you!

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GIVEAWAY Rules:

One lucky reader will receive 1(ONE) months supply of Krill Oil!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 12AM – winners will be decided by Random.org!


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Wednesday on the WW: Week 6

Week 6 on the program!




This blog hop is all about Weight Watchers. 
Let's help each other on this journey by linking up recipes, successes, tips, photos and WW stories! Rules: Well the rules are easy. Just link! Link your blog posts that are all about Weight Watchers. Easy as pie! There are other ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, facebook and various other options. I want everyone to link up! Grab the "Wednesday on the WW" button and put it in your blog post! I cannot wait to read all of your stories!!


My Week 6 in Review
This was another week that I really focused on tracking.  I feel like I did really well tracking except for 1 day - Sunday which was a day that we celebrated my niece's birthday.  Over all I am happy with my loss but wished I would have lost a little bit more!
For this week I lost 
-0.6 pounds!!
That puts me at a -8.4 loss in 6 weeks.  Not too shabby.  MAYBE next week I will hit 10 pounds???  
I hope so.  


Food:
Food!  Guess what we are doing – Meal Planning like crazy people! 
BOOM!!
I have all of March planned for dinner at HOME!  This is a huge step for us because we are so guilty of spending way too much money eating out.  Time to watch the bills, use the oven and get healthy. 
I have talked about my goal of trying a new recipe every month before and I am sticking to it but I am really hoping it is more like a new recipe every week.  I know we can do it with the planning we have done so far.  I will be sharing a recipe of a dinner we had over the weekend that was a Weight Watcher, hubby and Toddler friendly meal on the blog on Friday.  Yummy! 

Another thing I made this weekend was some Banana Bread Muffins.  I decided it would be great to use those VERY ripe bananas on my countertop and create something that I can freeze and use whenever I need a quick breakfast or snack.  I used a Weight Watcher’s recipe and they turned out amazing! 
The best part…each muffin is 3 points…easy to track and easy to eat!!  ;o)

Recipe:
Banana Bread Muffins

3 PointsPlus Value
18 muffins
Prep Time:  15 minutes  Bake Time:  22-25 minutes

Ingredients:
3 sprays of cooking spray
5 large very ripe bananas
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
5 tsp unsalted butter – room temp
½ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup fat free milk
1 TBSP cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Peel and mash 3 bananas.  Peel and cut 2 bananas into small chucks.  Set all bananas aside.
In a large bowl, sift together both types of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and beat into mix.
Alternating in batches, add mashed bananas, flour mixture and milk to bowl with butter/sugar mixture.  Combine but do not over beat.  Fold in banana chunks and add cinnamon.  You can add walnuts for extra points.
Put batter into muffin tins – should make 18 muffins. 
Bake for 22-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and eat or Freeze for later.  

This recipe is easy and affordable.  I will be making these again for those easy breakfast ideas!  And Jude even likes them!

Goal for the Week:  
Tracking is my goal this week but also to ride the bike here at home 1 time!  I mean come on...one time!  I should be able to handle that right??  

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