Friday, 28 March 2014

Freebie Friday: Easter Printable

I am so happy about this Easter! My children will both be old enough to have their first real Easter Egg Hunt by themselves! :D I can't wait. I went out and bought those plastic eggs that you can fill yourself so instead of just hunting for little chocolate eggs, they get eggs, candy, and small toys like bouncy balls, pretend jewelery, crayons, etc. I am just so excited to see their little faces light up when they wake up Easter morning and discover that their are Bright colorful Easter eggs spread about the house that the Easter bunny left behind the night before :)

As with every holiday that comes around I've created a simple Easter Subway Art Printable for you all to enjoy!


Monday, 24 March 2014

Momma Monday: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide & Daily Cleaning Schedule


It may still be frigid outside with -20 degree weather, and it may blizzard occasionally, but it's finally that time of year! SPRING! Where the snow melts and green grass takes it's place, and icy tree branches bud with new leaves and foliage. Where flowers begin to bloom and birds begin to sing. But with spring, comes spring cleaning. There are many people who dread this time, but me, I lavish in it. It's a secret of mine that I actually ENJOY (yes you read that correctly) cleaning. I love organizing. Yet you wouldn't think so because of the amount of toys, my husbands work gear, and nick nacks in absolutely every corner in every room. My family apparently doesn't like organizing. haha But I love going through every room, every space and throwing out junk, wiping down my decor and getting rid of those pesky little dust bunnies that decided to make the space behind our couch their home away from home through the winter. There is honestly so much to do, and never enough time, nor space to do it, especially with two little ones running around as well things will always be hectic. So I did a little researching, and came up with a massive list of stuff that is what I usually do every spring, and I have also supplied you with a daily cleaning list which I follow as if it were my bible, and my house went from disaster WW5 to just messy looking, which is as good as it'll get for right now Guaranteed.

Below is both printables, and I hope you enjoy and get rid of your junk this spring! For another person's trash is another person's treasure :)



Thursday, 6 March 2014

Food Frenzy Thursday: Oatmeal Pancakes


Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I usually have a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and half a banana and a big glass of milk, a protein shake, or my favorite. PANCAKES! Yet usually after you've made your batter, cooked them till golden brown, slathered them in butter and ooey gooey maple syrup, your already at 600 calories for breakfast. That's half my daily intake allowance (not cool). I surfed the web for hours the other day because I needed to find something that was still healthy, but as delicious as a normal wholesome stack of pancakes. I came across a bunch of oatmeal gluten-free pancakes, pancakes without sugar, and flour, and the possibilities were endless. So I decided on these (which in turn were fantabulous)

OATMEAL PANCAKES

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
  • 1 1/4 cup Skim Milk 
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Directions
  1.  In a medium bowl, mix oats with milk, let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add in egg and oil, and mix.
  3. Add dry ingredients until just well blended
  4. Drop by 1/4 cup measurements and flatten out a bit
  5. Cook on hot nonstick skillet or pancake griddle until brown
  6. Flip and cook until lightly golden
  7. Top with whatever you like (not including in nutritional value)
Makes 4 servings.


** I like to add peanut butter and 1 mashed banana to my pancakes sometimes, they taste super good and are jam packed with loads of protein :) Also try using a sugar free syrup 
* I also

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Momma Monday: The Jyst on Diastasis Recti






As we all know being a new mom brings with it so many things. The happiness of finding out you are pregnant. Watching your tummy grow and grow and smile every time you feel a kick or flutter of movement within you. The first time your baby is placed in your arms, and you are so overjoyed with love and happiness that you would do it all over again in a heartbeat. But as time goes on and you watch your child take their first steps, say their first words, learn to dress themselves and feed themselves, you notice that your stubborn little "baby pooch" has been there through it all as well, and will not make itself scarce.

This condition is known as Diastasis Recti. Where your lower abdominal muscles have stretched so far apart during childbirth, that you actually have a gap between those two muscles. Your core, now doesn't hold the ability to hold everything where it belongs. FACT #1: Did you know that most core/ab exercises actually make it WORSE?! I know right! I've been doing planks, crunches, sit-ups, working my obliques and all the rest of that good stuff in hoping to tighten up that stubborn pouch of fat, but I've just been making it worse. FACT #2: Did you know that 95% of women who have experienced childbirth, also suffer from this condition but are unaware? And that the other 5% are the rare lucky ones that get to walk out with a taught tummy and there pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.

To check to see if you have Diasastis Recti, Click Here :)

THERE IS HOPE! I have a mild case, where I am only about 2-3 finger widths, instead of other people out there who are 6/7 finger widths. If you have a bigger width between your abdominal's, then your doctor may suggest surgery as an option. But you can go around this. I was told to get a tummy splint, or belly band and wear it 24/7 for at least 4 weeks and only take it off to shower, and wash the band itself. Another is to do special exercises [ and if you do it with the band on too it's like killing 2 birds with 1 stone ] These exercises are used to change your alignment, strengthening your transverse abdominal and to help bring them back together so your insides aren't sticking out  :) What a lovely mental picture and thought, my apologies.

I've found a few exercises on Google & Youtube which you can do at home, you do them maybe 3 times a day every day until you start to see an improvement. You can't just go and jump into them though, if you can't flex your TRV then there's no hope in working out and it actually doing its job. Try to see if you can flex your TRV muscles by GENTLY pulling your belly button into your spine. You should not be holding your breath, or sucking in, or any of that crap which you've probably been doing for a few months now. I tried hiding mine in my clothes, which didn't work out so great.

Figure out if you have mild - severe Diasastis. Take the chance to get back that flat stomach of yours, and get a stronger core to hold yourself up higher, get rid of back problems, be able to have more strength to do more :)