Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wait...Did That Just Happen?!?

Back in September, my mom and I were having a garage sale.  We had a few containers of things left over from previous garage sales.  I was going through everything and came across 3 pairs of pants I had bought before getting pregnant.  I never wore them - the tags were still on.  They were size 5's.  I entertained the idea of maybe they would fit.  I tried them on and yea, that wasn't happening.  I couldn't even get them button and they were a tad (ok a lot) snug.  I decided to hang on to them just in case one day they fit. 

They've been hanging in my closet since...untouched and forgotten about.  This morning while deciding what to wear, I grabbed them and tried them on.  Thinking they were going to be too tight, I had a back-up pant plan in my mind.  I pulled them up and WHAT?!?! - they fit!!!  And they weren't "girl, did you look in the mirror before you left the house" tight either!  Happy dance!  I was so excited!  I am so glad I've kept track of my inches lost and that I tried these pants on since starting Plexus.  I am proof that even though you may not lose weight (at first), you will lose inches!  I probably would have given up if I had just been going by the scale.  Track your inches and other results....those are just as important, if not more.  So keep will be worth it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Plexus Week 2 Update

I have completed week two of my Plexus journey!  To read my week one review, click here.  I am still taking the Tri-Plex combo.  I may add in the Accelerator+ or the Boost next month - I haven't decided yet.  I didn't lose any weight this week but I did lose another inch throughout my body.  Hey, I'll take it!  I noticed something during week 2.  I felt like poo!  I was tired, I felt bloated, I had headaches, and I felt flu-like.  After researching it, I found out I was experiencing a little something called candida die-off - which is completely normal with Plexus.  In fact, that's the goal!  Read more about it here.  My sponsor did tell me this may happen and told me not to neglect my water.  I pushed through and drank a crap-ton of water and eventually felt a lot better.  I have to say I was a little disappointed in my weight loss and losing only one inch - especially after losing FIVE inches during week one.  BUT, I am going to keep going.  Plus, let's be honest - Halloween was over the weekend and I did partake in a little candy consumption.  On a good note, I didn't overdo it like every other Halloween.  I had a few pieces here and there and threw the rest away.  I really and truly feel like Plexus gave me the willpower to keep from overdoing it with the chocolate.  I also had one soda - a root beer.  Diet Dr. Pepper just doesn't do it for me anymore.  Possibly because I've read so many bad things about fake sugar. 

I'm looking forward to my third week!  For more information or to see all of our products, you can view my website here.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pink Lemonade Birthday Party

For the girls first birthday, we went ALL out!  My inspiration for the theme was these Pink Lemonade decorations I found at Hobby Lobby.  Let me be honest and say I found these decorations back in January...their birthday is in I planned this bash for 6 months.  I don't even think I planned our wedding that far in advance!  On second thought, I probably did.  I LOVE planning parties! 

I just love this saying and it's perfectly fitting for the girls.  When we found out we were having twins, we didn't know what the heck we were going to do.  We were scared...very scared!  But now, I can't imagine it any other way.  They're our little lemons!

My DH made this adorable lemonade stand.  He did such a great job - I love it!  I kept it because one day when the girls are older, they can use it as an actual lemonade stand.  We just used 2 wooden crates you can find at any craft store or even Walmart, some lumber we got at Lowe's, paint, stain, and some decorations I got at Hobby Lobby.  I made the pendant banner with a printable package from Etsy shop, Tangering PaperShoppe, and some twine.  I didn't really plan this but it became a "photo booth" if you will at the party.  I noticed all the kids getting their pictures with it.  Perfect!

I ordered the invitations from Etsy shop, Babycakes Design Studio
I did a candy bar with all kinds of pink and yellow candies.  I found most of them from Oriental Trading Company but a few came from Walmart.  I even used the pink Goldfish in the buffet.  I printed food tent cards from the printable package I got off of Etsy.


My previous boss made these cookies.  I thought they turned out so adorable and they were delish!

I ordered these candy bar wrap from Etsy shop, LilParty Animals.  I had to have her customize the nutrition facts on the back to fit for two birthday girls instead of one.   

I did a pink lemonade serving section.  I had a drink dispenser and used "milk" style bottles with pink and yellow straws from Hobby Lobby and straw flags that I also got from the printable package from TangerinePaper Shoppe.  The lemonade sign came from Hobby Lobby.

I also did a cupcake stand.  I ordered the lemonade and pink lemonade cupcakes from a local bakery, ButterSweet Cakes.  If you're even in the area, you must stop by there!
For a snack before (or after) all those sweets, I had a sandwich tray.  My mom found this tray at Sam's Club and it couldn't have been more perfect!
I made these centerpieces from the printable package, burlap craft items from Hobby Lobby, and tins from the dollar section at Target.
The birthday guest hats were ordered from VeeVeeDesignes from Etsy.  Most of the birthday budget went to Etsy, can you tell?!?
Instead of another smash cake like the one we had for their smash cake pics, we did 2 small cupcakes.  I had the cake decorator make them to match everything.  The 1 candles I found at Hobby Lobby.
Here's the cake.  I had sent the decorator a couple pictures of what I wanted and this is what she came up with.  I was happy with it - I just feel like fondant would've made it smoother.  I didn't want fondant though because honestly, I can't stand the taste of it. 
I found this game through Oriental Trading and had to have it!   
These adorable barefoot sandals came from PatchworkJanes on Etsy.  Love them!  And those baby toes!!

The balloons came from Oriental Trading Company.
I made a banner from scrapbook paper and a pre-made burlap banner at Hobby Lobby.  I also made a banner from the girls' monthly pictures, twine, and clothespins. 

I ordered chalkboard posters from Etsy (unfortunately, the shop is no longer open) and printed them for these 8x10 frames I found at Hobby Lobby.  I also found the yellow chevron clipboard frame at Hobby Lobby and used it for one of their smash cake photos. 

After looking at the pictures from the birthday party, I realized Kentley's weight was wrong :( It should've been 17 - oops!

And I can't leave out a few photos of my girlies!  Their highchair banners were also made using the printable package from Etsy.  I used a pre-made burlap banner from Hobby Lobby, and added ribbon and tulle.  By the time this picture was taken, they had been beaten and abused by baby feet.

 Miss Kentley...

 and Miss Carley...
Their outfits and hats came from Etsy shop, DoodlesDotsnDimples.

Here's one of their smash cake photos (before we brought the cakes out) - the lemon necklaces came from Analeigh and Me Boutique.

Photo Credit to Blue Sky Photography
And a HUGE thank you to my wonderful sister for taking the birthday party pictures!  We were running around like crazy so we're so glad we can look back on these!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Gift Ideas for Teachers

A couple years ago, I made these cute little Halloween treats for my co-workers.  Times have changed now that we have twin 15-month old girls...basically we have no time for anything besides them.  I'm totally ok with that so I'm not complaining!  This year, I decided to make their daycare teachers some cute gifts using free printables from two amazing blogs.  I had about 10 minutes of free time while the girls were playing one evening so I was glad these didn't take long!

First, I made a jar of "Bugs and Kisses" - here's the printable for them.  So cute!!  All you need is 2 jars, ribbon, Hershey Kisses, and plastic spiders.  And of course, the cute Bugs and Kisses printable.  I may or may not have snuck in a kiss or two...or five. 

Then I made these fun "Germs Are Scary" gifts.  I love how they turned out - and so easy!  You can find the printable on and it's also FREE!

These would make perfect gifts for teachers, grandparents, bosses, or co-workers!
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