Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ch ch ch changes

 When I started blogging several years ago, I started it as something to keep my mind busy. Our lives changed quickly, and I didn't know how to do deal with it. I needed somewhere I could feel safe to put my thoughts and feelings out. It evolved into so much more than I ever hoped for. And eventually, it morphed into something I wasn't happy with any longer.

I took a break.

A long break.

I tried to come back, and I just don't feel this space is for me any longer. I am in the middle of a new journey, and I am excited to start in a fresh new space. I would love for you to join me, as One Fat Chick On A Mission launches. I am excited to share in the journey with you as I take on this new chapter of my life.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Homecoming 2013

After 8, very long, months of impatiently waiting, homecoming was finally here! This was going to be our first big homecoming, since during our first deployment he had to stay on the ship so we didn't pick him up later. I have no idea what to expect. I had a picture in my mind, but I just had no idea. I hired a photographer, my mom was with me (my dad and father-in-law did the Tiger Cruise!), and the girls were packed. I packed plenty of snacks, water and things to do.

I had a horrible time sleeping the night before. I kept waking up and looking at the clock, like I would miss it or something. It was awful. By the time I actually fell asleep, it was just about time to get up. My stomach was in knots so I couldn't eat. Goose was anxious to go. Baby S was cranky. Oye, what a day!

We arrived to the base rather quickly, found parking and was waiting nearly 3 hours early. Thankfully the FRG provided things to do. We made 5 more signs, ate food, chatted and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Finally, I spotted the ship pulling into the area. My heart skipped a beat. Or five.

However, after another 45 minutes of waiting while the ship pulled in, my heart was no longer fluttering. It was more that my patience was wearing thin. Goose understood that her daddy was so close, Baby S was done, and my photographer wasn't allowed on the pier.

So we waited a little bit longer until the gates opened and we walked onto the pier. As I passed men and women in uniforms looking for their loved ones, my heart began to pound.

Finally, I saw 2 arms waving in the crowd. As my eyes focused, I laid eyes on my husband. Goose found her daddy and while Baby S didn't know it, her daddy was home.

My family was whole and complete once more. Baby S has taken to Sailor Man like it was no problem (I worried for a long time about the connection they would have, and that was silly of me!), and both girls are very happy to have him home.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What's Cookin?

Whew, I am finally settled back down. Sailor Man made it home safe and sound, and Baby S is in love with him. We have adjusted pretty well, and things seem to be winding down and I'm ready to get back into a good routine! Which also means I will get back into the blogging.

So, here is a super easy laid back post to get myself back into it... a recipe post!

BBQ Chicken Pizza Roll Up's

  • 2-3 BBQ Chicken Breasts (left overs are best!)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped tomatoes (optional, I dislike them so I don't use them!)
  • 4 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tube Pillsbury Croissants 
  1. Preheat your oven
  2. Place aluminum onto a cookie sheet and spray with non-stick spray
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  4. Unroll your croissants onto the baking sheet, place a spoonful of the mixture into the center of your croissant, and roll up. 
  5. Bake for 12 minutes and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recipe Tuesday: Salad

I am seriously in love with this salad. I could eat it every.single.day. It's quick and easy to throw together, it's light but fills you up, and well, it's gigantic.

2 tsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
garlic salt and pepper to taste

- mix all together
*as a note, I like vinegar, so you may have to adjust to what you prefer

1 cup butter lettuce
1 cup romaine
1/2 cucumber, quartered
1/4 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 Pink Lady Apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 avocado, chunked
1 slice of swiss cheese, sliced into chunks
2 oz. turkey breast, chopped
2 tbsp. pine nuts

Combine salad and dressing and enjoy!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Product Review: Shakeology

My fantastic sponsor Allyson from Beachbody sent me some samples of their products for me to review and try. I was given multiple items, a review for one of them will be coming later, and today I will be reviewing the Shakeology products they offer.

I was sent samples of: Chocolate Vegan, Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate, and Greenberry. I was actually very impressed at how well the powder dissolved. In the past I have had problems with powders not dissolving and being left with clumps of powder, and a fairly tasteless drink. I will admit that Tropical Strawberry was not my favorite. It had a slight chalky aftertaste.

{from the shakeology website}

Shakeology can help you:
  • Lose weight

  • Reduce cravings

  • Increase energy and stamina

  • Promote healthy digestion and regularity
How Shakeology works
  • Ingredients derived from whole-food sources deliver the daily vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to curb cravings, allowing it to shed stored fat.

  • More than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.

  • Fiber, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently and promote better absorption of nutrients.*
What’s in Shakeology
  • Protein and essential amino acids help build muscles and reduce food cravings.
  • Prebiotics and digestive enzymes aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption.
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases.
  • A daily dose of vitamins and minerals provides your body what it needs to function for optimal health.

The drinks in general were smooth and great tasting. I was full for a good few hours after drinking them. You can use them before or after a workout. You can make them into smoothies, or just dissolve them with water.

Here is an example of a recipe I found online that you can easily do with the shake:

1 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup frozen berry medley
1 scoop Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
1/2 banana

Place it in a blender, blend until smooth, pour in a cup and go! 

30-Day Money Back Guarantee
If you don’t start to see and feel the benefits of Shakeology within the first month of using it, or if you're not 100% satisfied for any reason, just return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less s&h—guaranteed. That's our promise to you.

Right now my amazing sponsor, Allyson, if offering a GAS card to anyone who orders Shakeology on home direct! It is automatic delivery every 30 days. You can always cancel, no catch, after your first shipment.

What do you have to lose?

Please check out Allyson's Team Beachbody Site for all special offers!

Monday, April 8, 2013

1,000 Facebook Fan giveaway!!

I hit 1,000 Facebook Fans on Wednesday night! As a thank you to everyone who is supporting me and this blog, I am doing a giveaway!

Yes! I am so excited. I posed the question "where would you like to win a gift card", and two amazing options were thrown out!

So I am giving away a $25 Gift Card to Target and a $25 Gift Card to Barnes and Noble!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I tried to do this on Facebook with Rafflecopter and I was having too many issues, so I closed it down and moved it to the blog. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience this was to anyone who entered.

Because of Facebooks rules, I will NOT be holding the giveaway as a "like/share/comment to win" on Facebook. This could cause my page to be shut down, and I don't want that! So I will be holding this giveaway on my blog ONLY. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this makes for anyone.

Please note, I will be giving away TWO (2) prizes, but you are only able to win ONE (1). You are not able to choose your prize, this will be determined by a random generator through Rafflecopter. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What's cookin?

Salsa Chicken Taco's and Black Beans

Quite possibly the easiest recipe in the history of recipes.

First the taco's - 

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thin
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Tortilla's
  • Taco fixin's - avocado, cheese, hot sauce, olives, lettuce, cilantro - whatever tickles your fancy
  1. Place 1/4 jar of salsa at the bottom of a crockpot, mix 1/4 packet of taco seasoning in with it. 
  2. Place chicken breasts on top, sprinkle the rest of the taco seasoning and pour the rest of the salsa on top. 
  3. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. 
  4. Take chicken out and shred, add sour cream to salsa mix and stir. 
  5. Return chicken to pot and cook another hour. 

Refried Black Beans - Courtesy of Weight Watchers
  • 2 cans black beans, 15 oz each
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil (I would suggest using olive oil instead for a better flavor)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (As a personal preference, I would increase this to 4 tbsp.)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice (As a personal preference, I would increase this to 1/4 cup. I could barely taste the lime with this amount.)
  1. Rinse and drain 1 can of beans
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat
  3. Add cumin and garlic, cook 30 seconds stirring contantly
  4. Add drained beans, the other undrained beans, and salt
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently
  6. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  7. Partially mash bean mixture with potato masher until slightly thick
  8. Stir in cilantro and lime juice
Serve taco's and beans with lime wedges and corn with butter and chili powder! Yummy!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No need to tone it down

This morning my facebook newsfeed was littered with posts about a blog post entitled "Let's take the holidays down a notch". The story is basically that she believes we are doing to much with every holiday. We make to big a deal of the "phone it in holidays". Her post is centered around her children's disappointment that there was nothing for them on St. Patrick's Day. However, she complains about everything from "elf on the shelf" to "100th day of school" to "over the top homemade valentines". In my opinion, she is talking down to anyone who makes a big deal out of "little" holidays. Tone is hard to convey via internet, but her wording makes me feel this way.

Do some people go overboard? Probably. But does that mean we should stop? No. I admit, I have Pinterest boards for each holiday, they are all filled with idea's on how to decorate, celebrate and even food idea's for each one.

Did we make a leprechaun trap? Sure did. Goose couldn't stop talking about it, she was so excited. We didn't catch one, but while he was trying to escape he lost his shoes and some money fell out of his pockets. Yes, she got barbie boots and a whopping $.24 for her imagination. What harm did I do to Goose by allowing this happen? Did it take time out of my busy day? Nope. She was so excited that something happened, she gushed! That rascal of a leprechaun turned our milk and water green! She couldn't believe it! She has spent the last couple days painting and drawing pictures for the leprechauns saying "Thank You" for visiting and for the money.

Easter is coming up and you better believe the Easter bunny will be here. We've decorated the house, and we will decorate our eggs. Mister Bunny will show up and hide them for us, and leave behind a few candies and probably bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Why? Because he's fun and awesome.

I personally don't do "elf on the shelf", mainly because I don't like it and think he's creepy, but I certainly don't care if others do. . But I do other fun things to count down to Christmas. We have an Advent Calendar, Goose gets a piece of chocolate (a Hershey kiss!) during the last 12 days, the pajama fairy comes to visit, and she gets to open 1 gift on Christmas Eve.

We didn't celebrate the "100th day of school" this year, but thanks to friends who did I have awesome idea's for next year.

Do we celebrate the little holidays in our house? Yes. Do I make a huge deal? Not really, but I do something fun. You absolutely don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun with your children. Little kids don't care about the cost, and you shouldn't spend $100's on a simple holiday. Be creative, use your time, and use their imagination to bring the holidays to life!

This is the whimsy, innocence, and imagination of childhood. Why would I want to take that away from my child?

I have a short window of time that I am able to do this with Goose. I am nurturing her imagination and encouraging her to believe in the good. In another 5 or 6 years she will no longer be asking me to make a leprechaun trap, but she will ask for money to go somewhere with her friends. She wont care about the green milk or the shoes in the honey. She'll roll her eyes when it's easter egg dying time, and she'll stand with her arms folded watching Baby S hunt for eggs. She'll soon exclaim that she is "too old for this and doesn't believe in Santa anymore".

But I hope that some of the magic stays with her. I hope that when she has kids of her own, she will remember what we did together and she'll want to do it for her kids. She'll want to bring back the whimsy of her childhood and instill it in her own children.

This is why, I will not be toning down the holidays.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Clearing the air..

When I started this blog, 3 years ago, I started it as a way for me to cope with our new military life. I have a private blog, specifically for family posts, but because I'm paranoid and adhere to PERSEC I keep my family and this blog separate.  This blog was meant just as a personal journey for me, the military life was so new to me, and I was relived to find other women who were navigating the same journey.

About a 15 or so months ago, I started to feel like I was competing with these women. What did their blogs have that mine didn't? Why were they getting 25 comments on a post similar to one I wrote that got 1 comment. They have a link up? I should do one too. (fail). They're advertising? I better step up my game and do it too.

After my post about letting go, this is something I need to let go of. This is not a competition. This is about my life. Period. This isn't about yours, or hers, or even that lady over there. It's about mine. My journey, my navigating, my vents, my happiness, my life.

I have to stop comparing myself to others. I have to stop worrying about the number of comments or page views my posts get. I have to stop trying to beat this blog or that blog. I don't need to be the best, in reality, it's not a competition.

I had no intention of this being a "money maker" blog when I started. And I realized that I still don't have that intention. Yes, I will still offer the sponsor spaces, and I am still going to be working with small business to help promote themselves, but I'm not going to worry about those spots not being filled. If you're interested, let me know, if not, it wont hurt my feelings.

So, I'm letting go and getting back to the basics. This blog is about me and that's what I'll write about. If I get 10 million hits, super, if I get 1 great. I'm writing for me, I need a place to get everything out.I've had a case of writers black for a good while now, and I believe this is why. Putting the pressure on myself of having to write caused me to block.

There are still link ups and things I will participate in. When I get back to San Diego, I plan on doing my "adventures in the city" meme again. I will continue to do my 101 in 1001.  I'll still post my recipes and care package idea's. When Sailor Man gets home I'll post about date night. If I ever get to be crafty, I'll post those too. I wont adhere to a schedule, I wont worry about not posting a good enough topic.

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