Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kitchen Remodeling & Other stuff

Ok so I was telling y'all that we finished the kitchen this past weekend and it seriously makes me happy just looking at it. So I decided I would share with you...if you have the dreaded 90's kitchen plague like I did...a few simple things can really vamp it up! 

Before...
 
and After....
 
 
We switched out all the appliances for stainless steel.
 
The dishwasher was broke anyway and it didn't come with a fridge. 
 
Hubby also put new vinyl flooring down in the kitchen/laundry.  We got it from Lowes, Pompei something.  One of the cheaper ones and I absolutely love it!

I went way out of my comfort zone with a gorgeous blue.  Cant remember the name but I can look it up if you want me to.  It was from Lowes and cheap!
 
Hubby changed out all the hardware except the hinges.  I hate changing hinges.  They are fine for now.  He also watched a youtube video and learned how to change the laminate out on the countertops.  He hated this project but I think he did great.  Lets just say it wasn't his favorite and he will probably never attempt it again lol. 
 
We also went to Lowes and got this stick on backsplash stuff.  It cost about a hundred dollars to do the backsplash and behind the countertops and we are in love with it! 
 
On another note I spent about an hour at Ross trying on dresses for a million different occasions that I will need them this spring.  Showers, wedding things and Easter.  Then hubby got mad that I brought a bunch home because I couldn't decide. :(
Why do men think we can make super big decisions like that in the store? 
 
Oh and I got this book today...was on a waiting list!
 
 
I love and take full advantage of our public libraries.
 
Have you read this?  She has an awesome last name, just sayin!
 
I want to read it then see the movie!
 
Oh and here is a pic of the waffles I have been eating lately.  I had another one tonight.  However this is a recycled pic.  Haha. 
 
 
Blueberry is my fave. 
 
Peace!

Bein reeeeal & it's gettin reeeeal!

Well I am just going to be real with yall.  I barely did one single day of that hungry girl diet.  Now I guess I will just use it for food ideas or maybe try it when life calms down a little! But anyways.  I still recomend the book but I feel like eating what I want just counting calories is what I will do right now.

Last week I weighed in at 181 and now I am at 177 as of this morning.  I have been counting calories for the past three days and incorporating 30 minutes of cardio in the morning.  I have also had a sensible bedtime and tried to keep up with my housework this week. 

I feel like when my house is in order and my kitchen is clean that I can have a much more successful day. 

I LOVE living so close to civilization now.  I mean it has its drawbacks.  I hear much more trains and sirens now, lol.  But it's so nice being close to everything. The gym is five minutes away.  Grocery store five minutes.  Target like THREE minutes :)

My drive to work in the am used to be like 30-35 minutes and now it is like 8 minutes max andn usually the drive home is shorter.  I just have to thank the Lord who is always so good to us and knows just what we need!

So anyways.  I have been tracking food on myfitnesspal.  I have been eating at home a lot more now that we are settled and we are DONE with the kitchen.  YAY! Hubby finished that last weekend! So proud of him.  He put in new laminate countertops and a gorgeous stainless steel looking backsplash.  I will post pics soon. 

I have been loving tomato sandwiches with low fat mayo.

I have been loving waffles as deserts with sugar free syurp (just a little). 

I like popcorn at night too, the 100 calorie bags are perfect. 

I have been watching 19 Kids and Counting the past two weeks, LOVE that show!! Got to see a wedding eppisode last night and it was so precious!

Speaking of weddings, Bestie's wedding shower is this weekend!! Things are getting real, FAST yall! Eeeek.  I am contemplating doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred the 30 days leading up to the wedding because it seriously shaped my back when I was doing it I felt like.  I did it like 17 days before I quit, boo! 

Anyways, how are yall?  I will come back with more pics soon, just felt like writting to you all.  Lots of love!!!

Lauryn

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Hungry Girl Diet


Hey everyone!  Sorry I disappeared off the face of the earth there for a while.  We had moved last Jan 2013 and we were living WAY far from our jobs and families and civilization in general and everything took longer.  I had to leave for work early and got home late and it was just not fun and I was tired all the time.  Now we have moved back into "town" and we bought our first house!





 We love it!!!!  We closed on February 28th and spent basically the whole month of march painting it and putting down new floors...(ah the perks of being married to a flooring installer ;) It is three bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen and living room with a fenced in back yard.  I also have a pretty big laundry room that I am stoked about ...and hubby even painted one of it's walls chevron for me. 




Anyways due to my life being in upheaval...a blissful upheaval at least....I have been sucking at eating right and exercise has been very non existent.  SO...there is that. Haha.  Oh and my scale is packed somewhere and I have to dig it out tonight!  Tomorrow I am going to try the Hungry girl diet! I still plan on eating two meals out a week but this will get me back in the groove of not eating out every MEAL.  I am not kidding. I have been a bad girl!  I really like this book!  It was only 18.99 at Target and of course I bought it with some chocolate mini eggs.  See. Bad.

Anyways.  I want to update you guys!  My parents are doing ok....Dad just had a birthday and found out he has diabetes!  Poor guy...but mom made him a sugar free ├ęclair for his birthday.  We celebrated at Logans.  Oh and my Dad took a job offer in Charleston. SO my parents are leaving me!!! That is right.  No immediate family in the same state. SUCKY.  Not even inlaws.




My brother...well I haven't seen him since Christmas.  He is still in San Diego.  We might get to see him in August.  Please say a prayer for him he has had an awful stomach virus this weekend. 

Bestie is getting married!  She got engaged in January and yours truly is the maid of honor. We are having a lot of fun and time is flying by at a rapid pace! She has the most gorgeous dress bought too...yall will love it.  Oh and that means I have to fit into one of these suckers in a matter of weeks...



Hubby is his own boss now.  He does flooring for a big company but he is the owner of his business if that makes sense.  Let me tell you that was SCARY at first and we really had to trust God, but I really think this was a blessing from the Lord. 

We have also been really active at our church, we love it!  We volunteer every other Sunday night as greeters. 

Well yall that is it in a nutshell!  Oh miss Noel has been as happy as ever.  Rotten, but happy.



I hope you all are doing good!!! How is your weight loss going??  Please let me know! Let me know if you have this book too!!! I will give yall a day one recap tomorrow.  Nighty night!!