October 24, 2011

My Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

I made this the other night, serving it over gluten free penne. We decided that it was good, but would be even more awesome on homemade pizza!

2 28 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 cup white wine
1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Cooked penne, spaghetti, or whatever pasta you have on hand. We used Gluten Free penne

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot, cooking on low for 8 hours. 
Here is what it looks like when I had it all put together to cook...

And here is what it looked like all cooked up, YUMMY!

Put leftovers in the fridge for PIZZA! One of our favorite places is Bostons because of their yummy gluten free pizza. They us Bolognese sauce on their pizzas and it's so yummy.

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Sweet little mummy

These fun little Mummies are so easy to make, and a great craft on a rainy day.

1 roll of gauze, 1" wide.
1 package of small popcicle sticks
1 package wooden short spoons
1 package google eyes
1 package glue dots

Take wooden spoon, add small popcicle sticks for arms and legs, attaching with glue dots.
Wrap gauze around all of spoon and sticks. Add eyes with glue dots.

I told you they were easy!

This idea was adapted from one on familyfun.com. I didn't care much for cutting the bigger sticks, the smaller sticks work out so much better.

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October 18, 2011

BOO! Halloween Hanger

I had such a fun time making this wall hanging. I am also going to make one for Christmas that says Joy. The package of the chipboard wall hanging set came with 6 pieces, so it works out great.

1 package of wall hanging chipboard pieces, or cut up 3 6x6 pieces of card board or heavy card stock.
6 different sheets of pattern paper, I used bo bunny.
Set of 6 split rings
Different ribbons, I used a set from Reminice
Stickers & dress up buttons
Printed out letters from Lettering Delights.

October 11, 2011

Galaway wool scarf to keep me warm.

I have been under the weather with a cold the last few days. I've been working at resting on the couch, and decided to pass the time by crocheting myself a new fingerless glove & scarf set.

The scarf is super simple, I used galaway wool in purple tweed and a light heather. The green is berracco vintage that I had in my stash.
Galaway Stripe Scarf.
H hook
3 colors of yarn

Chain 254 or whatever the length you wish, just make sure you end in an even number.
Row 1. Chain 2, HDC in each chain across, turn fasten off and change yarn colors.
Row 2. Repeat row 1 until the scarf is the width you would like. I added a single crochet on the very last row.

Once I got done with the scarf I decided I wanted to make some fingerless gloves to go with it.
The wool yarn eater wanted to help, but also wanted to keep Mom warm. I swear the cat and dog know when I'm sick!
The cuff is done, I love making these gloves because you can make them to any size you need, for anybody.
On to the third color. I'm getting there, just half way and one more glove to go!
Here is the finished product! I love how the colors turned out. The green is a little bit brighter in this picture than it really is.
If you would like to make some fingerless gloves to go with your scarf please go to my Ravelry shop by clicking HERE.

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October 6, 2011

Whimsy Halloween Wreath

I love Halloween, maybe it's because I love Fall! And I love to decorate for Halloween & Fall.
When I went to the shed to find all my fall/halloween decoration totes I was missing on :( I can't find it to save my life. So I decided to make up some new decorations.
So here is everything I used for this whimsy wreath. Everything was purchased at Hobby Lobby, and most of the Halloween goodies were Under $2. Right now all Halloween is on sale 30% off, and she even gave me 40% off of the wreath.

Whimsy Wreath:
1. Straw Wreath
2. One roll wide ribbon
3. On roll not so wide ribbon
4. Glue dots
5. Picks, wood words, and whatever else you want to decorate your wreath.

Basically all I did was wrap the wide ribbon around the wreath and attach it to itself with the glue dots & decorate. I need to move the EEK up a little bit, as I'm looking at it, it just doesn't look quite right to me.
So that's my little craft of the day today. Now I want to go make something else!

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October 3, 2011

A transformation to a whole different life

Last March I had one of those snap moments. I was so sick and tired of being sick, tired and fat! I was even so sick and tired that I didn't have the energy to work out and try to take care of the fat part!

One day our 16 year old son was talking about how they were doing different beachbody workouts in p.e. and he wanted us to get one to do as a family so that He would get in shape for fall soccer season. He also was worried about us not being in shape and always being sick. So I started looking at the beachbody website to see what these programs were all about. We decided on getting Tony Hortons Power 90 since we were just getting started and wanted to work our way up to something else. In hindsight I would have started with Chalean Extreme, as we got very board with power 90 after 60 days.

Even though I was working out, I was still struggling with the no energy to work out to get rid of the fat part. So I started to search for eating plans and things to do to help with my energy and to feel better, nothing worked that I found. One day I was looking at different friends walls on facebook and saw a post about shakeology from one of my old school friends. She was now a beachbody coach and was talking about all the things shakeology can do for you. So I went to her website and read all about it. At first I was hesitant about the price, but after seeing all the videos, reading about how people with digestive issues were now off medications and feeling 100% better, I decided to take the plunge and try it. Since there is a 30 day money back guarantee when you first order, and you get free workouts with your first order I had nothing to loose but weight and feeling sick all the time!

I have to say, I can't believe that I waited so long to try this! My 16 year old son is also on it with me and we have seen a 100% improvement with his asthma, endurance, overall health, you name it, He feels 100% better. I also feel 100% better, I don't crave junk food anymore, and I've lost 23 pounds. I now have the energy to workout every day to loose even more weight and be even more healthy. My son and I also fight with digestive issues, I'm happy to say that since we have been taking shakeology all of our issues are gone. We cut out gluten 3 years ago, but we were still fighting belly aches from time to time, that is all gone now!

I am also on to doing Turbo Fire & Chalean Extreme for my workouts, thanks to all the energy I have and how much better I feel to be able to exercise again! Being able to push play in my own house, whenever I want, not having to drive to the gym or pay for a monthly membership that I hardly ever used, not to mention I received all the tools I needed with my workouts, and all the energy and healthy eating from Shakeology. Even CEO Carl Daikler says He is the worst about eating his veggies, that's why He decided to find a way to get them in a yummy shake ;)

I can't say enough about how wonderful this product is! I also am saving money by not purchasing as much produce that we never eat and that always goes bad, and also not purchasing vitamins, minerals, herbs, everything under the sun to make us feel better, It's all in shakeology. I sat and figured out one day how much we are saving per month after we purchase our shakeology, and we are saving about $134 per month!

Here is my before and after pictures. I hate showing them but I want everyone to see what even at almost forty (I will be there December 9th 2011) I was able to get fit and healthy! You are never too old!

Being a beachbody coach, my main objective is to help people feel better! So I'm running a shakeology challenge.... 

I need your help! I'm looking for people who are interested in doing a 90 day shakeology challenge. You must track your results & commit to drinking a shake once a day. Everyone that commits to this challenge will receive a gift from me. The person that has the best success story will win a beachbody workout of their choice. Message me for more details, I really want every one to feel as great as my Son and I do :) 
So if you are interested in doing this challenge with me please send me an e-mail at foxsoccer20@gmail.com and please check out my website: My Shakeology And if you are interested in getting workout go to My Shop.

October 2, 2011

Awesome Note Has Me Organized!

I am so glad that I was told about Awesome Note! I have all my house keeping to do's by the day they are due, and they are even set to come back up on my list the same day every week, so no need to waste time putting them back on my to do. What I really love is that I can have different folders for different to do lists and other types of notes.

I also have gratitude now and gratitude future folders. Everyday I write what I'm grateful for now, in the gratitude future folder I write exactly how I want my life to be and how grateful I am for these future things to be happening soon. You would be amazed at how much better you feel when life throws you different curve balls if you just write these two lists everyday, this simple practice has really turned my life around.

Every Sunday I do my menu, go through my food inventory list and add or delete items, and go through my business and house keeping lists to make sure that I'm not missing anything or need to change something for the week.

Here is my menu for this week:
Yes there are a couple days missing because we will be gone from home for soccer. I set due dates on these menu items for the days that we want to have that certain menu item for dinner.

So check out Awesome Note. I have it on my iphone and ipad and I'm so glad that I paid the little amount for such an incredible app!