Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Costume

How To Stay Stress Free when TTC

We have been officially trying to conceive baby #2 for three months now. Three months seemed so long for me because my husband and I are both older in age. My daughter is 3 and I would love for her future sibling to be close in age to her. After thinking about it for a while I decided that I am no longer going to stress about it. I know from experience that stress can a be a big factor in problems conceiving. So this is what I am doing to prevent it.

1. Meditate or Exercise - When I feel stress coming on I try to hit the gym and speed walk it off. I just put my headphones on to my favorite music and walk as fast as I can. Within minutes I am into the song and forgetting about what started the stress. When I can't make it to the gym or outside I tell my husband to take the toddler and I sit in my favorite spot to just meditate.

2. Support Each Other - You two are the ones going through this so it makes sense to support each other. Every time I take a pregnancy test my husband is there to support me and help bump me out of sadness. He usually makes a funny joke and we just talk about having fun trying for another month.

3. Take a Vacation - Being away from routine and having fun really helps me reduce stress. It's nice to just get up whenever you want and schedule things you won't normally do like an indoor water park in the Fall. Taking a break from TTC is also helpful for my husband and I.

4. Do all of the things you want to do before adding a baby or 2nd child. - I know having two children will make things more enjoyable but sometimes harder. I want to spoil my daughter as the only child as much as I can. It is going to take time for her to get used to sharing her parents so this is the time now to make her feel extra special and to try to prepare her for a sibling.

5. Use the Right Tools - One of my favorite tools to try to conceive is the Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive™: Not only is it a great lubricant to help keep things comfortable, but it is also has a special formula to help TTC. It has adjusted pH levels and a consistency similar to CM (cervical mucus) so it helps make the perfect environment for sperm. The pre-filled disposable applicators also make it super easy to use. Astroglide TTC™ is also more affordable than it's competitors with a retail price of $12.99.

Low Carb / Keto Breakfast Cheese "Tostadas"

I was happy that I got to eat eggs, butter and bacon for breakfast on a keto diet. After a few days of that it can get boring. I started alternating with Bullet Proof Coffee which is a great way to get fats and energy in the morning. To alternate with my Bullet Proof Coffee I came up with a different way to eat my eggs in the morning. I was craving Mexican style eggs with tortillas so I made cheese tostadas to swap with the tortillas. To make the cheese tostadas I used the same method I created to make my cheese cups. Instead of molding them on cupcake tins I just let them set up flat.

To swap for my everyday bacon I took a link of chorizo and sliced them into coins and then cooked them until golden and crispy. I took out the chorizo and drained it onto a paper towel. I tossed the excess oil from the frying pan and just left a coat of it on the pan to cook the eggs. To make the eggs I took two whole eggs and whipped them with one thinly sliced scallion. Then I added eggs to the pan and made them into a fluffy scramble. I cubed up fresh avocado and took out my sour cream. Put everything on top the the tostadas and enjoy!

Keto Breakfast Cheese "Tostadas" (Print Recipe)
  • 1 1/2 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 link Goya chorizo (my brand of choice but you can use any)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small Hass avocado
  • 1 tblsp sour cream
  1. For my method for the Cheese Cups to make the tostadas. Let them set flat while you make the rest of the recipe. 
  2. Slice the chorizo into coins and fry until it is golden. Take out of the pain and drain on a paper towel. Dump out the oil set aside to cook the eggs. 
  3. Whisk the two eggs and add the scallions. Mix well. Add to pan you used to cook the chorizo and scramble until they are cooked and fluffy. 
  4. To assemble, place the tostadas on a plate and top with scrambled eggs, chorizo, avocado and sour cream. 

Wordless Wednesday: End of Summer Soccer

Fall Weight Loss: Month 1

It's nice when my husband and I are on the same page with our weight loss journey because we are very supportive and motivating to each other. We have a trip to the Poconos in a couple of weeks and a trip to Texas in a month so we are really motivated to lose weight. We both have our short term goals set and we are kind of in a contest to see who meets it first. 

I did really well with my Keto eating plan and kept within my macros. I made a lot of things we normally eat lower carb like mashed "potatoes" and "mac" and cheese. It was fun creating and experimenting with new recipes. Some worked and some didn't so I will have to research more on these recipes. I was kind of craving something sweet so I am glad I found the Keto Chocolate Mug Cake from Ruled.Me

Cutting out the carbs and sugar has really given me a lot of energy. I have been cleaning like crazy so I know I am well into my journey again. It was rainy all week so I pretty much stayed indoors. I didn't get to start the 28-Day Home Workout Challenge on Monday like I orignally planned. I did start on Sunday which is better late than never. I am going to try really hard to complete it without missing any days. I printed out the challenge and laminated it to put it on my Weight Loss Command Center.

  • Continue with the Workout Challenge.
  • Log in my food intake every day
  • Make sure to take my multivitamin and probiotic every day. 
  • Research and make at least 4 new low-carb recipes including some dessert ones. 
  • Read at least two chapters of the Keto Clarity Book

What are your favorite low-carb recipes? 

Feeling Supported with Poise Impressa

Years ago when I was in my 20's I would have never thought I was be talking about Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) in my mid-thirties. I always thought incontinence happened only to older people. I thought I had years before I had to worry about this. Things changed so much with my body after I became pregnant with my daughter. One of those things was incontinence. It happened to me whenever I laughed too hard or sometimes with I was doing my prenatal workouts. I never thought much of it and just thought it was a pregnancy symptom.

After I had my daughter the incontinence continued and I just thought my body was repairing itself from giving birth. My daughter is now three and though it is more infrequent I still have episodes especially when I laugh too long or hard. I have been using pads for a while but I wanted something more long lasting so I was excited to hear about and #TryImpressa the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports.

The Impressa Bladder Supports are a removable product that is non-absorbent and stops bladder leaks before they happen. The Impressa Bladder Supports are really similar to the way that a tampon works. It works by gently lifting and giving support to the urethra. This support is what helps prevent bladder leaks.

The Poise Impressa Bladder Supports come in three sizes so that you can find the perfect fit for you. Having the right fit really helps prevent any bladder leakage from happening. You can leave it on for 8 hours so you don't even have to worry about it for a long time. The bladder supports are soft and flexible so they are easy to use and comfortable for that amount of time.

The Impressa Bladder Supports are available over-the-counter and can be found in major retailers like Target and CVS or online. Click on the link to get a $2.00 off coupon of your first Impressa Sizing Kit. 

Sunny Savings and Resources for a First Time Home Buyer

My husband and I have living in NYC our entire life. We both grew up living in apartments and always renting. We have thought of purchasing a home in NYC but it is so expensive and everything that was in our budget was super tiny. We have been thinking about moving to Texas for the longest time now. Our families are in the East Coast so I was always hesitant to leave and be alone. Now that my daughter will be starting school next year we are in the rush to move to our own home, in a better neighborhood and in a great school district.

Being renter's our entire life we really didn't even know where to start. Searching for a home out of state also brings in more challenges so I was happy to have the Sunny Day Home resources from SunTrust Bank. There are tons of articles all in this one website that helped us move step-by-step into the first steps of purchasing a home. As soon as my daughter went to bed for the night my husband and I would both be on our laptops reading away and sharing what we learned. We sat together with a pen and paper and made a budget using the Mortgage Calculator. Now we knew how much we could afford to spend on a house. It was good to know that we could actually afford more than we thought.

We have all of our pre-approvals, our budget and a great agent, so now the fun part comes of the search for the perfect home. My husband and I spend lots of nights just looking at listings and pictures of potential homes. I have my specifics of what I want and my husband has specifics of what he wants. My daughter asked for a swing set so we have to make sure to get a back yard that is big enough. It is a fun adventure and the next part of our lives so I am happy I have the resources and support for saving for Sunny Days to purchase our Home.

What are your tips for a first time home buyer?

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Low Carb Baked "Mac" n Cheese

Now that my husband and I have really embraced a low carb/keto way of life I am on the search for the best low carb recipes. I want to find low carb versions of our favorite meals so that we don't fall back into our old ways of eating. One of my favorite things to make for my husband or on any special occasion is my baked macaroni and cheese. It was simple to make with a few ingredients and tasted so delicious.

To recreate my baked macaroni and cheese recipe I replaced the macaroni with chopped steamed cauliflower and the evaporated milk with a heavy cream and water mixture. The rest of the ingredients were low carb so I didn't have to replace them.

First I took a 1/2 a head of cauliflower and chopped it into little trees and steamed them until they are almost tender. Place cauliflower into a cheesecloth and carefully squeeze out some moisture. Place onto a cutting board and cut into bite sized pieces. Place cauliflower into a large sauce pan and add a couple tablespoons of butter. Mix until melted. Whisk together an egg, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt. Pour in some of the egg/cream mixture and mix. Sprinkle in some cheese and mix until melted. Alternate between the two until they are used up . Pour it all into a baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven from about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Low Carb Baked "Mac" n Cheese (Printable Recipe)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into little trees
  • 2 tblsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  1. Steam the cauliflower until it is are almost tender. Place cauliflower into a cheesecloth and carefully squeeze out some moisture. Place onto a cutting board and cut into bite sized pieces. 
  2. Place cauliflower into a large sauce pan and add the butter. Mix until melted. 
  3. Whisk together the egg, heavy cream, water and 1/2 tsp salt. 
  4. Pour in some of the egg/cream mixture and mix. Sprinkle in some cheese and mix until melted. Alternate between the two until they are both used up . 
  5. Pour it all into a baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven from about 25 minutes.

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Beach Day

Morning Get Ready Cards and How We Fuel For School

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My daughter will be starting PreK next year so I want to her to get started on having a morning routine. Sometimes we have early schedules and events to go to and it can be stressful when my little one can't get herself ready. I created little flip cards with pictures so that she can help get ready herself and know what to do.

First we went to Walmart to pick up a cute book bag, ribbon, hole puncher, some super easy breakfast from Jimmy Dean® and after school snacks from  State Fair® .

To make the cards, print cards 1 and cards 2. I printed them onto card stock and laminated them so that they are extra durable for toddler hands. I then stacked them together and punched a hole in the corner. Tie a piece of ribbon through and have your toddler flip over each card as they get completed. Since my daughter is only three I still have to help her do almost every card but it does help when she knows what she is supposed to do next.

Though I don't have time to make a delicious and time consuming Latin breakfast like my mom used to do, I always make sure to have some avena fresca in the fridge for the morning. I just add oatmeal, milk, water, a little sweetener and cinnamon in the blender and blend until smooth. I keep it in the fridge over night and enjoy it with my daughter in the morning. To go with the avena fresca we have a delicious and fast breakfast from Jimmy Dean®. My daughter loves the Pancakes and Sausage on a stick and I love that I can just throw them in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I like to serve a little cup of maple syrup for her to dip herself. It's fast to make and easy for her to eat without making a big mess and without me having a load of dishes. Because they are from Jimmy Dean® I know I am getting a satisfying and high quality breakfast that is a perfect way to start your morning.

When we come back from our events, play dates or sports I always have some State Fair® Corn Dogs in the freezer to snack on. My daughter loves them a little crisp so as soon as we get home I pop it in the oven. By the time we settle down, change our clothes and put away any left over messes the protein packed corn dogs with the honey-sweetened cornbread batter is ready to eat.

What are your time-saving morning routine tips? 

Summer's Over Time to Fall into Weight Loss

This summer has been full of ups and downs on this weight loss journey. There were periods were I did really well with eating and exercising and periods were I did really bad. I ate lots of junk and summer fried foods and really just enjoyed my summer without thinking about my weight loss. I don't want to dwell on it because I had a great summer so I am just going to jump back into weight loss now that Fall is almost here. I really don't have any excuse now not to do it so here we go again.

My husband has started to eat low carb and it has really worked for him with lots of pounds lost in just a short week. He feels so energetic and doesn't have those hunger sugar spikes. I started on a 30-day Keto plan but since it was eating the same food over and over I got bored of it and only made it a few days. I will be sticking with the daily macros that I calculated using this plan but with my own recipes and foods. I will be creating a faux mac n cheese and I hope it works out. Recipe coming soon. 

I do have to say that I am pretty proud of how active I have been. My sister spends the summers in the Bronx while the kids are out of school so she has been my walking buddy. My sister loves taking walks and going shopping so she would always drag me along. Having to take my daughter to soccer every week also really helped keep me active since it's a long walk to and from the bus. I am hoping to continue her on soccer so I can have that weekly long walk. My toddler and I have also started on our Toddler/Mommy walks so she can stay active just like mommy. I will also be doing the 28-Day Home Workout Challenge from Spark People. 

What do you do to get back on track after the summer?