Friday, March 20, 2015

Mindful Eating and Our Dog Eats Better Than We Do

Last year my husband and I joined a gym and made a commitment to get healthy. We are so tired of being overweight. We look decent enough, but who wants to be decent? We want to be hot!

For a few months before joining the gym I had been writing down what I was eating in a spiral and it really opened my eyes to how easy it is to reach 1000 calories before dinner. I've never realized 9-10 chips is aproximately 150 calories and 2 tablespoons of salad dressing is easily 145 calories. No wonder I'm so freaking fat.

I decided to journal my weight loss journey. In my new journal I am going to record my thoughts, struggles, what I eat and when I actually exercise. I'm hoping that I can eliminate emotional eating by writing about my emotions instead of eating my emotions. I will also use the journal to keep me motivated and help me do better, eat better and exercise more often.

This is the first page of my journal. I realized while writing that my dog, Chimi, eats better than my family. Not only does she make better choices but we also make better choices for her as well--don't let the dog have chocolate or junk food she might get sick. My kids can freely choose their own food for snacking usually pick junk food. But our dog, she only gets junk food when it falls to the ground. Plus, our dog would rather have lettuce than Cheetos. She ignores the junk food on the floor and only when she realizes we are done eating for the day then she will eat it.  I think it's time to revamp my attitude towards food and start being mindful of what I eat and copy the dog. I also must start shopping wiser so my kids won't have the temptation of junk food in the house.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Birthday Freebies

I love celebrating my birthday with freebies. Here's a list of my freebies for 2015. I just signed up with American Eagle and Dairy Queen so I'm not quite sure if I'll get an email for my birthday. I tried joining Brio Tuscan Grille but they require downloading their app on the phone. I'm sort of maxed out on apps.

Arby's - free 12 oz shake with any purchase
Baskin Robbins - free scoop of ice cream
Blue Mesa Grill - complimentary guacamole, passion fruit iced tea and any desert with any entrée purchase
Buca Di Beppo - $20 off 2 entrees or pasta
Cold Stone Creamery - BOGO purchase
Corner Bakery - one free bakery sweet
Crabtree and Evelyn - 15% off order or purchase in store
Dairy Queen - BOGO coupon and discount on ice cream cake for signing up and I don't know about bday
Denny's - free Grand Slam on your birthday
Great American Cookie - free birthday cookie slice with purchase of medium drink
GNC - $10 off any $30 purchase
Jamba Juice - free small smoothie or juice
JoAnns - 20% off purchase (better coupons in newspaper or app)
John Frieda - $1.50 coupon
Johnny Carino's - free dessert
Half Price Books - 15% off entire purchase
Krispy Kreme - free donut and small coffee
Marble Slab - free cup or cone
Nothing Bundt Cakes - a free bundlet
Outback Steakhouse - free dessert
Piranhi Killer Sushi - complimentary specialty sushi roll
PF Changs - free appetizer or dessert
Schlotzsky's - free small sandwich
Sephora - free with purchase in your b-day month, mini Peter Thomas Roth cleanser and gel or mini
                  NARS lip liner and lipstick
Smashburger - free shake with purchase
Smoothie King - 20 oz smoothie for $2.99
Starbucks - free drink of your choice but need to use register a card
Sweet Tomato Souplantation - 20% off entire check. However, the regular monthly coupon is a better deal if you use the 2 for $10 coupon for every couple at your table.
Texas de Brazil - $25 off a regular dinner
Toni and Guy - 20% off service
Ulta - $10 off ANYTHING except Lancome.
Victoria Secret - $10 off purchase
Vitamin World - 40% off any item in store
World Market - $10 but you need to have membership which is free

Many of these offers require a print out of your email. Be sure to use the backside of scratch paper because they just throw your coupon away after you redeem it. No reason to use perfectly good copy paper.

free bundtlets from Corner Bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes

free scoop from Marble Slab and 20% discount on haircut at Toni & Guy

This stuff is from World Market and was a little over $10. I got it all for free except for the change I had to pay. 

If you shop at Victoria Secret in January they are clearancing their winter clothes. I got this set for $19.98 with birthday coupon.

This is the lady's freebie from Sephora. You can sign up your man and he also gets a freebie on his birthday.
Getting $20 off our 2 entrees at Buca Di Beppo. Great deal because we took our leftovers home and had another meal.

This is a photo of some of last years freebies.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stereo Hearts Pop-Up Card

This is the card I made for my husband in celebration of our 23rd anniversary. My inspiration is the song "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine.

 My original idea was a plain white card like this
with music notes. It should have been a one-day-easy-peasy project.

But for some reason I can't seem to do simple. My quick card turned into a big project because I just happened to come across a pop-up card on Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to make a pop-up card. I wasn't sure how to do it because the link on Pinterest was to a person who used a pop-up die set and didn't show the die cut. But I remembered I made a pop-up card in elementary so I knew it couldn't be too difficult. I used a piece of junk mail that was about the size of a card to experiment on how to cut the pop out.  

To make pop-up panel fold a piece of cardstock paper in half and cut 2 slits about 1 1/4" down from the folded edge. How far apart the slits are depend on the size of the object you will be placing on the pop-up panel.  Open the card and push the middle of the paper through the crease to opposite side.  
Please ignore the smaller rectangle cut-out in the middle of the card. 
I was thinking about doing a second pop out on top of the first pop out.

After cutting the slits I decided to cut out the pow symbol triangles along the sides to give the
 pop-up more oomph.

When you glue the paper make sure you DO NOT GLUE the panel that will pop out. 

K&Company for the stereo and the man with the big mouth. 

The pic below might be confusing but I want to show this step. The jambox is a sticker and when I attached it to the pop-up panel there was still quite a bit of the sticky back showing. I covered the exposed sticky back with striped masking tape so it wouldn't stick to the card preventing a pop-up fail. 


For the front of the card  I couldn't find a heart that I wanted in my gigantic stash of stickers or at the stores so I decided to make my own heart. Now I've had grunge board in my possession for years but I have never actually used it. After watching Tim Holtz's videos on grunge paper I was a bit overhwhelmed so I stayed away from it. I thought I had no use for grunge board. But I found it it's actually just pliable cardboard that won't rip or tear when you bend it nor will it fall apart when you get it wet.

Ink your cut out prior to embossing because the powder may not cover everything. 

I wanted to add one more layer to heart so I used Tim Holtz texture stamp.

It doesn't look like it made a huge difference but it was worth a try. 

I used alcohol ink to stain silver stars. This is a before and after. 

Adding the crystal embellishments was a pain in the butt. I was using tweezers to try to place them on the heart but it was very difficult. I finally used the tip of the exacto knife and my finger to get the crystals in place. 

This was a lot of work for one little ol' heart but it was worth it for my love.

I had this orange arrow that I wanted to use but it was facing the wrong direction. I just traced it upside down on another paper and and cut it out. Added the Distress Inks. 

This big-mouth man was plain so I colored him with chalk. 
It took several attempts to get the lyric words small enough to fit in the space between the jambox handles but I finally got it after I traced the space inside and fit the words in.

The 23 fav songs represents our 23 years together. I compiled 23 songs that remind me of my husband and put it in this small envelope on the back because the inside was already very busy. 

Distress Ink colors:  orange marmalade, fire brick red, vintage photo, black soot, antique linen.
The music notes paper comes from 

Disclaimer:  I do not know what I'm doing. Every time I make a card or scrapbook it is always an experiment. Sometimes I have happy accidents and sometimes it is a complete failure that I cover up with paper and embellishments.

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