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Weight Watchers Diary Day 2

Heather —  January 31, 2013
weight watchers 360 app

Getting used to planning what I will eat

 

Weight Watchers Dairy — Login Day 2

Well, today was my true kick –off day! I was ready, after trying out the Weight Watchers 360 and the app last night. So far today, I am doing super well.

At 8 am, I was a bit shocked to realize my “bit” of milk in my coffee was actually a ¼ cup of milk and worth 1 point. I often have about 4 cups of coffee throughout the day, so there’s a cup of milk. I had a few light bulb moments like this as the day went on.

I did sit each time, while eating. I KNOW this will help me, because I am bad about eating little bits while fixing the kids meals. This way, nothing goes in my mouth unless I am sitting (except water/coffee!) I do better choosing all or nothing goals like this.

I had one frustration today.  I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I want to be brutally honest so others can see this from all angles. My frustration was with the barcode scanner. Many of my foods were not recognized by the scanner.

I have used My Fitness Pal before and I liked that scanner. For now, I figure it may be user error and I will keep at it, but I want to be able to scan and enter bar codes, not figure out every detail of a food myself. Even for some Natura Cabernet Sauvingnon…I could not find any calorie information even on the Natura website. I have not asked for help on the forum, so I should probably do that.

I guess my biggest wish right now would be that I could scan everything more easily. I’m about to make some homemade chili and I want my true calories not what someone else thinks may be in this. Hmmmm. This will take a bit of time.

But, nevertheless, I sit here today knowing I have eaten less and been more aware of my intake. I also did some cleaning, so a grabbed 1 extra weight watchers point for that. Tomorrow I hit the new Kinnect exercise video I got for Christmas.

I also got some things at the store to try a new recipe. This was a featured recipe on the app and is only 1 point!

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weight watchers featured recipe

Another plus is that my children are watching and becoming more aware of portion sizes. I have always taught them that, but it is true that they learn what they see me do…not always the same as what I say.

“I received a trial of the WW online program to facilitate my review.” “People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”

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use paper carton
As mama, I am very concerned about caring for my family’s health. Because of this, we have been going green one step at a time. We began eating organic foods. We began using green cleaners. I started buying my children organic clothing. We began recycling more.

Today, I just realized another thing I can do that is green. Good for my family and good for the planet. And, it is super easy!

I can choose paper cartons over other types of packaging. Yes, it is that easy!

I read up on the benefits of using cartons on the Evergreen website www.choosecartons.com  

Here are some facts I like:

  • Cartons block UV light preserving the nutritional value of foods like milk.
  • Cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
  • Pulp and paperboard is manufactured into cartons using 50% or more biomass fuel, a renewable energy source.
  • Reducing food and packaging waste with a great product- to-package ratio, an average of 94% product to only 6% package. So more of what you buy is product.
  • Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials.  To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit www.recyclecartons.com

This really makes a lot of sense, using a renewable resource and I love knowing that my shopping habits can make a difference.

And then I went on a fridge hunt, looking through my refrigerator and pantry to see what cartons I already use and what changes I could make.

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What’s In YOUR Fridge?

As I use a lot of local and organic products, I was glad to see I already had some cartons, like the buttermilk and cream! Some brands I like were already looking out for me, I suppose.

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I noticed that my gallon of milk is always in plastic, rather than carton form. When I buy the half gallons, they come in paper cartons. I often have soymilk (although I was out) and that always comes in a paper carton.

I know I buy a lot of yogurt and kefir and that always seems to come in plastic packaging.

I do also seem to have most condiments in plastic or glass.

The frozen stuff all seems to be in paper packaging…

I would love to get more things in paper cartons. With my family of six, we go through groceries quickly and I like using cartons.

I believe most of the things in my fridge are recyclable. And, I looked up if paper carton recycling is available in my area, and the form said no, but actually, I always toss our paper cartons into our recycle bin and the recycling guys are picking mine up, so I will need to check on this.

So far, I have learned a lot lately about how to help my family AND my environment. I will be looking around the grocery store for more cartons when I shop tomorrow. Of course, at the farmer’s market, I use nothing, and that is good when possible:)

What Can you do?

Join in the conversation!  Every carton fact shared, via Twitter, using the hashtag #choosecartons will help raise money for Habitat for Humanity® Play the cart game, learn more about packaging and green living by visiting choosecartons.com! Follow @choosecartons on Twitter and via Facebook at facebook.com/choosecartons.

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

 

 

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Laissez les bons temps rouler ~ Celebrate Mardi Gras wherever you are! 48 hour giveaway!!

We are getting ready for a Mardi Gras celebration at our house! I am doing a Zatarains House Party and cannot wait to share my famous shrimp Jambalaya and our Hurricanes with friends and family—

And for my readers for Mardi Gras, I get to share a giveaway of fantastic Zatarains boxed meals, spice blends and gravy mixes and a bunch of other tasty products I’m sure you will enjoy!!

In getting ready for my Fat Tuesday party, I have gotten some great ideas and had a lot of fun visiting the Zatarains Facebook Mardi Gras pages. You can get wonderful recipes, download big easy music, jazz up your profile picture and even watch Chef John Besh create fast, delicious recipes.

Did you know? A Big Easy Celebration: Perhaps contrary to popular belief, most of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations actually take place in the home, away from the revelry most commonly associated with the French Quarter. Centered around time-honored dishes that are both flavorful and easy to prepare, the food brings family and friends together.

Check out some of these ideas to hold a simple and fun Mardi Gras with your family!

  • Visit “Mardi Gras Central” at Facebook.com/Zatarains for Carnival recipes, music, live parade videos and to jazz up your profile pic! (Even get coupons!)
  • Host your own Mardi Gras party at home.
  • Extend the holiday with costumes, authentic desserts and the festive Carnival colors. How about some King Cake cupcakes??

Celebrate Mardi Gras Style with A Zatarains Giveaway!

For the mandatory entry, visit Join The Parade At Facebook.com/Zatarains

For additional entries, you can:

Win a Zatarains Mardi Gras Giveaway! http://bit.ly/hvuu1x #mardi gras

  • Follow Faith, Family and Fun on Facebook and share the giveaway
  • Add this giveaway to your giveaway linky or another giveaway site (+3)
  • Publicly Blog about this giveaway and give a link back (+3)

Leave separate comments for each entry method.

This is a quick 48 hour giveaway! I will choose a winner on Mardi Gras!! (3/8/11) Giveaway is for US only. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you in your comments.

Thanks to Zatarains who provided this giveaway!

Yes, the little one is striking a pose with big sister!

I got the cutest celebrity sunglasses for my daughter recently, when we tried out the online store Sunglass Replicas. I do not often review products like this, but I thought it would be fun to think about summer as everyone was snowed in for the week.

As you can see from the photos, my daughter looks fantastic in these! These Dolce and Gabbana style replicas suit her shape face so wonderfully and are fun for a teenager.

There are tons of options on the Sunglass replica website and I could have spent a few hours looking through their inventory. They offer sunglasses for both men and women. Personally, I like the Aviator glasses for my shape face.

The glasses we got were pretty inexpensive at $16.95. They are attractive and seem pretty sturdy. The shipping was $2.95 which seems reasonable, and I got the glasses super quickly.

Guess what? I get to give away a pair of sunglasses!

For the mandatory entry, please tell me what type of sunglasses you would purchase. You can check out styles on Sunglass Replicas.

For additional entries you can:

I’ll choose a winner on 2/15. Giveaway is open to US only.

This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by Sunglass Replicas for this review. I have given my honest opinion of this product.

My youngest called the sport bands that came with my selection of Progresso Soups...shortly after, my son called the Roast Beef Progresso Soup.

My youngest "called" the sport bands that came with my selection of Progresso Soups...shortly after, my son "called" the Beef Pot Roast Progresso Soup.

Overall, both kids were pretty happy. I waited a bit, then “called” my soup! I need the low calories. My plans to incorporate more nutritious and wholesome foods into my diet can go out the window during winter when I am cold and just tired.

Progresso has 40 flavors with 100 calories or less—seriously, some of these soups have as little as 60 calories a serving and they taste good. I love to make my own, but sometimes I need some help!

souperyou_tmTo celebrate the New Year, Progresso is announcing the return of the “Souper You™ Debut” contest! From January 3rd through March 16th, you can visit Progresso on Facebook to enter for the chance to win a full makeover in New York City.

This looks like fun! (I entered last year and I plan to again) To enter, you’ll need to do the following:

And, Frugal Savings lovers–Visit the Facebook page to download a coupon for $1.00 off four (4) cans of Progresso Soup.

On the Facebook page, you can even check out makeover videos provided by MyStyle.com and the Style Network. Be sure to also “Follow” Progresso on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Progresso.

On top of all this, I get to giveaway a Progresso Souper You Debut Gift Pack!

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(The pack contains a VIP coupon for a free can of Progresso soup, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle, set of aerobic bands, sport headband and two sport wristbands)

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me which flavor of Progresso soup you’d like to try.

For additional entries, you can:

I’ll choose a random winner on Jan. 26th!

Progresso provided me with free product, information, and this giveaway through MyBlogSpark

Attention all gluten-free bakers and cooks!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Last year, when we were trying to figure out what might be wrong with Emma, I did some research into the possibility that she might need to go gluten free. In the middle of all that, we found out she had epilepsy—and I never followed up figuring out about a possible gluten allergy.

But, anyway, I met some people who do need to follow a Gluten Free diet so I wanted to check this Bisquick Gluten Free prize pack out. The pack included a box of Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix, a pancake pan, pancake pen and a pancake flipper. I was extra excited when I realized the pancake pan was a cast iron pan!

Anyway, we tried the Bisquick® Gluten Free baking mix the other day. At first, I was a bit worried about how our pancakes would turn out—the batter seemed a little grainy (yes, I’m a bad batter eater!) But, after cooking the pancakes, I found them fluffy and delicious.

This Bisquick® Gluten Free baking mix is very similar to regular Bisquick–you can make pancakes, waffles, biscuits and other easy meals.

To find great recipe tips and ideas, visit www.bisquick.com/glutenfree. There, you’ll find countless gluten-free recipes for family favorites such as Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes and Gluten Free Pizza Crust, using Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix. They are adding more recipes every day.

Look for Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix in the baking aisle at your local grocery store. You can visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/8b49/ to download a printable coupon for $1 off Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix!

And, Enter to Win your own Bisquick Gluten Free prize pack!

Mandatory Entry: Tell me what you would make with your Bisquick!

  • Visit Bisquick on Facebook to “Like” the brand (+2)
  • Follow Faith, Family and Fun in Reader  (+2)
  • Follow Faith, Family and Fun in Google Friend Connect
  • Follow me on Twitter @ quinnschilling (+2)
  • Tweet the giveaway — you can tweet once daily! It would be great if you can Include the Twitter hash tag “#myblogspark” (+2)
  • Follow Faith, Family and Fun on Facebook (+2)
  • Share the giveaway on Facebook (+2)
  • Publicly Blog about this giveaway and give a link back (+5)

I will choose a winner on 11/1. Giveaway is for USA and Canada only. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you in your comments!

Bisquick provided me with the product, information, and prize packs through MyBlogSpark.

As I sit at my computer, I realized that I love reading other people’s blogs more than writing my own. Truly, I started blogging this year and I already “follow” tons of wonderful blogs. The stories are amazing, the tips are fantastic and I can sign in and enjoy whenever I feel like it–and I do not even have to remember to return any books! While this is a good thing, I totally have to discipline myself to Blog first & read later…otherwise, I’m still reading and my photos and ideas are a distant memory:)

Today, I am going to join with Angie at Minivan Moments and participate in “Try it Tuesday” My try? It will be to blog before reading others blogs at least 3x a week. Thanks to all of the bloggers out there who make this fun!

PS: Look for my “Works for Me Wednesday” post tomorrow-I want to add some of my ideas for helping the kids have some fun in summer, while keeping your sanity:)