Thursday, March 26, 2015

quiet

You probably forgot us over here..but we haven't forgotten you!

We have been quite quiet. Why? WELL...honestly..not much to say. Then tonight, I started to think about everything I wanted to share..and then I am thinking, this is going to be  a LONG entry. So let's make this quick..

First of all, V had a sleepover at the log cabin for cub scouts, lots of fun on a Friday night. Saturday he was a disaster...evidently not much sleep happened, then he ended up with hives...



all over his arms and legs. I figured he hadn't used his sleeping bag since last fall, and then we camped outside, so many more layers..so it must be an allergic reaction to the chemicals that were used to treat the sleeping bag.

On Sunday afternoon he broke out again, and then I thought maybe it was due to the floor rug that was folded up under his bed that he pulled out. Maybe it was a dust allergy reaction.

On Monday, I called the nurse at the school to let them know he had the hives, must be an allergy and that if they reappear I will pick him up. I didn't want them to worry about his breathing. I never got a call, so when I picked him up from after care, the hives were reappearing. At this point, I decided I needed to take him to urgent care.

So I get there and it is an hour wait. His only symptom is the hives. No fever, no headaches, no stomach ache, no ear ache, etc. We finally get called back, I explain to the nurse the issue, but also his history of strep. And a bit worried it might be scarlet fever. But honestly felt I was being crazy, since there were no other symptoms.

The initial nurse told us, it wasn't scarlet fever, since it was prickly, she would have the doctor take a look. The doc came in, I showed him pictures, he agreed, it wasn't scarlet fever, but to be sure it wasn't strep and just an allergy, let's do a culture. As many of you know, Strep has many different symptoms. Guess what..it was strep!

We have an appointment with his ped on Friday, April 10th (after antibiotic, etc) to be screened again and to see if we can get him on long term care. I don't think he has ever gotten over this.

Ok..moving on. My working out has been nonexistent. HOWEVER, we joined a gym. Both of us! V's membership includes up to 2 hours of childcare a day in open gym format, as well as Friday night structured events, including an hour of swimming with a life guard on duty. I could actually leave the gym for 2 hours for this. But I plan on working out during this time. So that being said, both of our bags are packed for our first day experience at our new gym tomorrow night.

I have been really watching what I have been eating/not eating out. I am really frustrated with how I feel like I am still gaining at this point. Gaining has been measured by how my clothes aren't fitting.

V will be turning 8 soon, and I am super proud of the little man I have raised. So many people will tell me he doesn't act like other 7 year olds. For instance, his school had an award ceremony yesterday. He was mentioned he was receiving the perfect attendance for last trimester, and he told his teacher he didn't deserve it, because he was out on _______. His teacher told him to let them know at the office.

So today, he ended up getting hurt and ended up at the nurse. He stopped on his way to the nurse to let them know he didn't deserve the attendance award. They thanked him for his honesty and sent him onto the nurse. LOL He cracks me up.

Ok..enough about us for tonight.

Tell us more about you.

Ever been honest like V?

ever fight an illness?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

my best kept secret....

So...some of you already know if you follow me on facebook you might have seen this yesterday...

I disclosed where I disclosed where we get our grassfed meats

We were referred from our good friend Kelly the culinarian you know when you get a good referral from a foodie, it is going to be good! AND she didn't disappoint!

So as you know we are just 1.5 (or 4.5 depending on V's appetite) family. Steve from VDL has worked with us to get us a smaller share size and smaller steak size. He really cares and tries to help fit your family's needs.

I also shared his info with my coworker today and found out he actually has TWO TRIPS to the area every two months, where he hits Downer's Grove which is one town from us, where we were going much farther previously (OK, disclaimer...we would travel many miles to get this meat) evidently, it is because we were on one list..I had no idea..so anyway..I got the lowdown on his trips to the Chicago area....

This is what I received from him today:
I make one run per month, one to Chi2 and the next to Chi, etc.
 
The Chi2 stops are:
Appleton, Wi. (Friday)
Northern Milwaukee, 2 stops. (Friday)
Badger CrossFit in Wauwatosa (Sat AM)
Pleasant Street in Milwaukee (Sat AM)
Another gym in south Milwaukee on Sat AM
Gurnee Il, about 9 AM
Wilmette Il about 10:10 AM
B&W Gym on Ridge Ave, about 10:50 AM
CrossFit Defined on West Lawrence at about 11:00
Windy City CrossFit on Ravenswood at about 11:20
CrossFit Defined on Belmont at about 11:45
South Loop CrossFit downtown at about 12:15
CrossFit Rise in Schaumburg at about 1:15.
Those times are approximate.
 
The Chi Stops are:
A3 CrossFit in GraysLake at about 07:30
CrossFit Freedom at about 08:00
Two other gyms in Mundelein or Lake Forrest sometimes.
CrossFit Illumine in Niles at about 10:00
Doghouse Crossfit on Northwest Highway
Windy City again
Division street Crossfit
Big City CrossFit on Lake Street downtown.
CrossFit Paradox in Downers Grove.
 
Time varies quite a bit on the Chi stops.  I can also add a few stops to the Chi route, especially late on the route, like further south than Downers Grove.  As long as they don’t mind picking up in the afternoon that is.

Seriously..what a great guy! I love that he is so flexible!

So if you have any questions, please contact him at steve@vdllimited.com

My experience has been nothing but extraordinary. Everything we have received has been the best quality and honestly I will never buy from a chain store again. We haven't tried chicken yet.. but last time we got breakfast bulk sausage and V ate it all and said it was the best he ever ate. We also LOVE the grass fed beef. You should check out the website at http://vdlgrassfed.com/. Many of your questions will be answered right there!

Please remember they have a great referral program, please let him know we sent you...and when you refer others in the future, be sure they refer you!

Any questions, please let me know, we love it.


Monday, March 9, 2015

How NOT to purge/lose, but to repurpose

If you know V in real life...you understand his love for cars go way back. He was parking cars from about age 1 through today. He literally parks his cars everywhere....and I mean EVERYWHERE.

Well if you recall a few months ago, we got an electric fireplace tv stand. So our old one was sitting here waiting to either head to the dumpster/to a needy friend/or to a charity.

Here is what we had...\
the back

and now..here is the new back


With ramps...any idea what we are making?

how about now?



yep you guessed it..a new parking garage..love it?

I want to find some decals for streets and I am trying to figure out how to add straws as railings. ;)

This is how NOT to get rid of things. But V is so excited. ;)

What is the most creative thing you did recently?

Any suggestions to his parking garage?

Are you crazy like me?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

How I feel about.... (raw entry)

This entry will be raw, please understand this is in no way directed at anyone here.

I do not like how you and someone with you sees me and closes the door. This makes me feel like you are talking about me. Obviously you could be talking about something else, but have a heart.

I do not like how you are not free anytime in the future or in the last two years to get ice cream or pizza. I am not inviting us to your vacation home, we just wanted to see you. The best way to get rid of us is to stop responding, and stop inquiring how we are.

I don't like how some judge me and my food issues. I admit to my food issues, I don't ask you to understand them, just understand this is not a chosen reaction, this is my very real reaction.

I am so tired of wearing my winter coat, I literally want to burn it. I know it would feel so satisfying until it will be cold next year and I would have to shell out $$$ to get a new one.

I heard the birds singing, and it made me extremely happy. The sight of sunshine and 50+ degrees in the 10 day forecast, makes my heart sing.

I have been sleeping HORRIBLY. I have been meaning to get on dready for weeks, but I end up awake 2-4:30 and all I want to get more sleep and refuse to crawl out of bed. More nights than not, where I do not get any more sleep. I should always just get up. I am frustrated by this.

I am very happy that Bella (one of our cats) stopped throwing up with the change of food. She was throwing up and so I kept buying hair ball formula, and was mixing it with regular food, then I went to straight hair ball. I gave up and so tired of puke and carpet stains/removal, so I her back on just regular food. The puking only happened ONCE in the last week. Where I was cleaning up 6 piles a day.

V is going to be 8 in less than two months, today we moved out a pair of size 7 jeans to his too small pile. He is getting too tall. He is already up to my armpit. (where I joked to him it was stinky)

I wish I was more self confident with fixing up our place. I am embarrassed by it.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blue Apron - FAIL

This is NOT a sponsored post, this is our opinion of Blue Apron.

If you are not familiar with Blue Apron it is "A Better Way to Cook" (taken from their website). What it comes down to, they send you three meals for 2, including everything you need for about $60. It comes neatly packed with ice packs, and everything really arrived fresh. We ended up with three meals containing things we have never eaten (i.e. turnips, some green veggies from the beef lo mein recipe (spoiler alert, I threw the entire thing out including the recipe card) and some scary looking mushroom for the vegetarian jambalaya.) What I did like, was that you can pick which main meats you eat. Since we do not eat seafood/fish/veal/lamb, we were guaranteed to not have those, and we did not receive them.

The first dish we tried was Chicken and Sage biscuit pot pie.

Please note, the green pepper wasn't supposed to be there. This dish was good. It was much too sagey for me, next time I would leave it out. Also the amount of celery to the carrots was WAY too much. I would remove a celery stalk and replace it with 2 carrots. Also since this was our first experience with a turnip (I had to google it to see how to clean it) I would replace it with potato in the future, since we normally have them on hand. I was surprised how it has a mild taste.

The next meal we made was a beef lo mein. I thought I took pictures, but maybe in the heat of the moment of me tossing our supper into the garbage after cooking for 40 minutes..I might have deleted them. We tried and were SO grossed out. The veggies had a VERY strong, bitter flavor, and the beef was ground beef. Not steak like, which I was expecting. Not to mention, they didn't send us any garlic. It was a good thing I had that on hand. This experience of this recipe left me frightened to even TRY the last one of veggie jambalaya. I ended up chopping up the veggies and freezing them for other recipes and plan on using the canned veggies for chili. The scary mushroom thing...well..that got tossed.

The worst part of all of this was....I forgot to cancel in time for us not to have to get this again this week. So again we have a HUGE amount of food that we are not familiar with. Just to let you know, cancelling it NOT an easy task. You have to request an email.

So this week we have the following recipes to make: Three Cheese Cannelloni (that has weird things like butternut squash and kale in. I am thinking about making kale chips and roasted butternut squash and making a more traditional cannelloni or slicing the sheets of fresh pasta into strips.

The next is Beet, Goat Cheese and apple sliders..maybe you have missed it, but this is a MAJOR fail for us..I am sure you know we haven't eaten Beets...luckily I know my friend Ash loves them. We are to also make a fingerling potato salad with Frisee and Mint. UM..I know what mint is..but what is Frisee?? Should I again just roast the potatoes? (see a theme here?)

Lastly we have a Chole Chickpea Stew with Collard Greens and Naan bread. Guess what?! Yep you got it...there is NO way we will eat Collard Greens...they are bitter...anyone want them?? I hear it takes some getting used to. There is also coconut yogurt..??? What is that??!?!? Is it coconut flavored yogurt? OH FAIL over here. I might use greek plain instead.

If you noticed we bought three vegetarian meals for $60. Dude..seriously?!

So as you can see...our experience isn't the best. IF you can eat anything this might be good for you. We will NOT be doing this again. I would maybe try a different service after I checked the review more closely.

OK raise of hands..who wants which meal!?

Yeah I didn't think so. ;)

If you have tried Blue Apron was your experience like ours?

Have you tried a similar one from Peapod?

When was the last time you tossed an entire recipe, to scrounge the fridge to quickly feed a hangry child?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

meal planning/prepping

Hey,

So my initial 2015(see here) plans aren't going so well. I have been wearing makeup for the most part, not to church this morning...but more days than not. My working out has been non existent. I am a bit concerned I have a sinus infection, I should probably make a doc appointment.

V and I have been working hard at making meal plans and making things from scratch. I know for many this is probably a no brainer, but for us this is a bit new. My SIL has been doing this for years, and she feeds a family of 5, which is how I grew up, with many mouths to feed. So when I am making food for V and myself, and neither of us likes leftovers, so it is hard to meal plan with the proper portions, esp since some days V eats twice as much as me and other days he barely eats.

I have been also getting V to help and cook more. At his age(7.5) I was already cooking for my entire family. So yesterday he chopped up our peppers to throw into the freezer. I didn't want them to go bad, so V chopped them up. He did ok. They are a bit big, but hey, we didn't throw them out.

Last night we browned up a pound of ground beef (we get our beef from a grassfed vendor from upstate Wisconsin, and the flavor is amazing, let me know if you want any info), and split it into two meals, one last night of beef stroganoff, and one for tonight of hamburger stew. Tonight we were to do the same thing and make goulash for tomorrow night and chili for Tuesday night, but I found I don't have chili powder....obv I haven't made chili in some time. So tomorrow night I need to hit up the Target on my way to pick up V from school and grab some chili powder.

So here is our list for this week:

Monday:
B: V toast with PB, L egg salad on open faced English muffin
L: V Buying at school, L leftovers and fruit
S: goulash and a veggie

Tuesday:
B: V drinkable yogurt, L egg salad on an open faced English muffin
L: V PB&J, and fruit, L leftovers and fruit
S: Chili and maybe biscuits

Wednesday:
B: V fruit, L open faced egg salad on English muffin
L: V lunchable, L leftovers
S: meatloaf with sides

Thursday:
B: V poptart, L peanut butter toast and fruit
L: V yogurt and fruit, L leftovers
S: ham sandwiches and sides

Friday:
B:  V toast with butter and jelly, L unsure
L:  salami sandwiches
S: ? maybe takeout? maybe leftovers?

For snacks we have raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, cauliflower, and carrots. V can't bring anything with allergens for snack time, so it really makes it hard sometimes, because remember he is 7. At school he also gets an additional small breakfast snack.

Here is V from about 20 minutes ago, he pulled out frozen banana, mango, strawberries and peaches...it was too thick so we added a drinkable yogurt and some water.

he was frozen, it started with being heaped over the cup

Tell me about what you use to keep you on track, either financially or for healthy reasons.

What ingredients do you use to make your favorite fruit smoothie?

I just got a fitbit charge yesterday, a review to come, do you have one so can be fitbit friends and motivators?




Sunday, January 4, 2015

plans to change via 2015

So I am not making resolutions.

I am making plans to be a better me.

There are many layers and it is still evolving. But here is a short start to my list.

Actually put on 'some' makeup if I am leaving the house.

Do not leave the house wearing sweats unless I am sicker than a dog or going out for exercise.

Meal plan and try to make healthier meals (from scratch), while teaching V how to cook/bake. (V eats much more and has more interest in eating when he can help make it, he talks for weeks about the things he makes. He is only 7, but really wants to help cook.)

Get on the dreadmill and start off running X amount and then increase it one minute every week. The X amount is one minute by one minute or X minutes in a row. It's up to me how I feel that week.

Continue cleaning out our place. We are in a very small area, and purging is not our strong point.

Only surrounding myself with people who care about us. I have already started purging my FB list. We don't need any added negativity.

Continue saving money where we can.

What have been some of your goals? Do you believe in resolutions?