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The Summer is Coming Piña Colada Slim Down

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The school year is coming to an end; my very first year as a Preschool Teacher.  It was an amazing year filled with love, laughter, learning and lots of food!! Parents, teachers, the board of directors, the PTO and more love to treat us teachers! I’ve gained close to twenty pounds this first year of teaching. Ten of those pounds I probably gained during Teacher Appreciation Week! I even posted this on Facebook at the end of that week!!

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So, I NEED to slim back down and what better way than taking the 14 Day Slimfast® Challenge!!! It’s a great way to lose up to six pounds in just two weeks. In my case it’s a perfect way to start the weight loss process.  It’s so easy and for an on the go working mom. It’s a perfect quick meal. It’s so convenient to grab a delicious Slimfast® shake or meal bar during the morning chaos.

Swap two meals daily with a Slimfast® Protein shake or meal bar.

      Make sure your third meal must be 500 calories.

 Enjoy three 100-calorie snacks or pieces of fruit per day.

 And don’t exceed 1200 calories per day!

  Exercise for 30 minutes a day and drink plenty of water.

Here is me just before my first year teaching.

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And here is my gorgeous Mother’s Day portrait from our church. I love this photo and I love my beautiful family AND you can definitely see the extra 20 pounds!!

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I have such a beautiful family don’t I?! :)

The new Slimfast® Limited Edition Piña Colada Protein Meal Shake is DELICIOUS! I’ve tried it and I love it! I drink one in the morning during the normal morning chaos routine. Then while at work I’ve found that I’m not snacking as much. Not grabbing donuts or danishes from the kitchen or sneaking cookies and snack cakes.  It’s just about four hours till lunch once I arrive at work and I’ve noticed that I am not hungry until lunch time. The bottle states up to four hours of hunger control and that’s just what it gives you.

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I’m joining the 14 days to Slim Challenge Sweepstakes taking place on Slimfast’s Facebook page May 12, 2014 till May 27, 2014! I hope y’all will too! There will be TWO $5,000 grand prize winners, given a gift card to a specific retailer or a Visa/Amex gift card!! Here is the  link to sweepstakes: 14 days to Slim Challenge Sweepstakes

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Did y’all know  there is a new Slimfast survey reveals shows the prevalence of “Locked Closet Syndrome” – the practice of “locking away” clothes that don’t currently fit or that you can’t wear confidently. Highlights from Slimfast’s Unlock Your Closet Survey include:

 90% of women say they keep items that don’t currently fit in their closet – 14 items on average

93% of women have multiple sizes of clothing in their closet – 3 sizes on average

 79%  of women frequently dread getting dressed because of ill-fitting clothes in their closet

More than half of women have purchased clothing in a smaller size than they currently wear –  27%  say it motivates them to lose weight

Additionally: 83% of women admit to lying about their pants size more often than their age

I have to admit, I have quite of few articles of clothing in my closet at are too tight, too small. Let’s take the pledge to unlock your closet with Slimfast’s 14-Days to Slim!! Are you with me??

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Laptop is Fixed, I’m Fixed….OMG I missed y’all!!!

WOW!!! I have missed y’all! It feels SO AWESOME to back on here and back with y’all!!  I don’t have any crafties for y’all today, not YET anyhow. I had a BUNCH planned for Christmas and New Years but life happened!!  I have LOTS of Valentine ideas so stay tuned in!

So….what happened right?? Well….. It starts with, I GOT A JOB!! I am a Teachers Assistant at the Kids R Kids Learning Academy that my sweet Alice Marie goes to. I have 21 3 year olds and I fell crazy in love with them on day one!!  Not working for nearly 5 years, especially in a school filled with “kid cooties”, and maybe 2 years of breastfeeding left my immune system seriously lacking!!  I got sick. Fever of 103.2 and I ended up in Urgent Care clinic. While on antibiotics my laptop came down with it’s own illness. One day I got the BSOD!! Ya know, the Blue Screen of Death!!! Laptop went to the HP hospital. Antibiotics for bronchitis didn’t work. Ended up back in the Urgent Care clinic only this time I was diagnosed with PNEUMONIA!!!

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:( Huge sad face! Have you ever had it? It is absolutely DREADFUL!!! :’( I went on some serious antibiotics along with 6 other prescriptions!

I think I slept for about 4 days while in “pneumonia recovery” I don’t remember them at all! I’m much better now! It’s been about 2 weeks and I’m almost back to normal. Still coughing up yuck and still just a bit weak. Pneumonia is rough y’all!

AND…I got my laptop back with all my files and pics INTACT!! Y’all know, for a mom and a blogger losing your hard drive is a super scary thought!

Since I missed y’all so much I really wanted to share with y’all what’s been going on in my world!!

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Before all the super sickies started David helped me make these cute Santa’s for my class late one night.  We had the kids glue cotton balls on Santa’s beard. I saved one for Alice and had her make it when she got home from school.

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IMAG2349b Alice and Daddy put up the tree. Ya know, I never finished our tree or our mantel!! The tree was done enough that Alice loved it, but the box of ornaments I had bought in a the new scheme still hasn’t been open! Well, I’m ready for next year right!?

PicsArt_1355081145371Alice got a glasses!! She only needs to wear them for study time at school and home and while reading.

IMAG2352b Alice roasted her first marshmallows.

IMAG2302b Alice, Daddy and Uncle Charlie played a lot of Kinect Party!

IMAG2574b Alice sang in her first Christmas program at school! She was GREAT!!! Can you see her? Second cutie from the right staring right at the camera.

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My precious Texans fan!!

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Alice went to visit Santa. Yes, I am well aware that he is one extra giant Santa!!! LOL

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Now, literally 1 day after the first day I woke up and was able to get out of bed, my brother, his wife and their super precious nephew came from AZ to spend Christmas with us. It was such a perfect get well soon present!! From the left is my mom, then me in purple, my brother Jaddy behind me, his wife and my awesome SIL Julie, my precious nephew Jayden, my dad, my niece Angie on his lap, my precious Alice Marie, my niece April, my sister and their mom Nori behind them and my hubs David.

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Jayden, my dad, Angie, Alice and April

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Seriously!? Look at that kissy face! Snooki would be so proud! LOL

1356552063196b While Jayden was here we where blessed with precious moments like this!

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IMAG2876bWe took the kids to Monkey Joe’s and they had a blast!!

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We took the kids to Fun Plex, too! They had a blast there as well.

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On Christmas Eve my brother helped all the kids make cookies for Santa!

IMAG2655b Alice and Jayden put out their cookies for Santa and carrots and water for the reindeer.

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Alice’s special Christmas Eve pj’s, Christmas slippers and new Christmas book.  IMAG2682b Here is my precious girl sleeping and dreaming of Santa.

IMAG2687b Alice and Jayden on Christmas morning checking out what Santa brought them.

IMAG2714b Jayden was really proud of that present. It’s blurry but it’s a matching pink superman set to the superman set Jayden is holding. He picked it out for Alice. SO CUTE!!!!

IMAG2710b Someone was so happy she got a Dream Lights!!

IMAG2730b My Christmas cutie!!

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Happy girl!

IMAG2748b Now that all her cousins are over it’s time for the kids gift exchange!

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IMAG2911b While my brother and his family stayed with us, Alice slept in our bed. It seemed like there was a new someone special in our bed with Alice every night. This is at the end of the week!!

IMAG2955b We also had a tamale making party one night! It was ALL of our first times making them!

IMAG3082b Tonight, we actually had some fun outside with fireworks!

IMAG3078_BURST014b IMAG3075_BURST008b IMAG3074_BURST011b IMAG3059b IMAG3051b IMAG2998b IMAG3096b  Look!! It’s me!! I’m not in front of the camera very often.

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For New Years, we are staying at home, having a fun relaxing special time with just us.

I’m going to do the fun countdown bags I found at The Idea Room. I’ll have everyone fill out this fun New Years Resolution print from 30 days.

Alice and I are going to make these fun Party Poppers I found on Make and Takes.

I have lots more ideas I’ve saved on Pinterest, you can see those here!!

I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and I hope y’all have a wonderful New Years!!

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Today I Am Thankful For….

Today I am thankful for…

my precious kitchen assistant….

that my precious kitchen assistant has the Worlds Best Dad…

that not only is he the Worlds Best Dad but also my Prince Charming….

that my world is full of these moments, kairos…Thank you, Father God.

I’m thankful I can make PERFECT Iced Coffee at home.

In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I’m thankful I breastfed Alice until she was 2, NO MATTER what anyone told me!!

 I’m joining the  {Thankful Thursday} Coffee Date with Mustache Mama.  I hope to see you there, too. :)

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