I have the cutest kid EVER

 

I mean..look at that face! Such a doll. Oh, and the outfit she has on, is the best outfit EVER. It’s got Alice in Wonderland characters all over it, and you know how much we love Alice around here.

 

Here is the full outfit. Isn’t it great!? and you can see my cat Juno in the background. that would be 1 of 4 cats in the house. She’s the baby. Then we have Adolf, who is HUGE, like 15 pounds or so, then Dede, which is Brandons baby (although she is 11 years old and also huge) and then we have Cowboy, our gimp. His front paws face inward, making it appear like he’s walking like he just got off of a horse lol.

 

I just got back from the doctor, and as I suspected, the ancient scale at my gyns office was wrong, I’ve lost 5 more pounds this week!! Bringing my grand total for 2 weeks to 11 pounds! woot woot! I’m super thrilled.

My in laws are coming into town today, and they want to wreck my diet! Not on purpose of course lol, we are just going to have dinner at Chuy’s tonight. Which is hands down my favorite Mexican restaurant. I looked everywhere for the nutrition information there, and could only find bits and pieces, because they haven’t released it. None of the info I did find was good :(. So i’m just going to get a few tacos and no sides. and then go home and work out lol. Hopefully I’ll be alright.

 

Now I will be signing off, and getting some xbox time in before I have to go be an awesome daughter-in-law lol.

-Rachelle 

Doctor office drama

I just love to people watch. I’m at my “lady doctor” who also happens to be an OB. His name is Dr. Hamburger (oh yes, hamburger) he delivered Jaiden, and Brandon ran around the hospital yelling for “Dr. hamburger and Nurse Shake!! It was SO funny, but it hurt to laugh so it made me kind of mad lol!
but anyways, back to today, the waiting room is pretty full, because people like to have babies around here, when a nurse comes out and says “Dr.Hamburger just got called into the OR, so it might be a bit” wtf does that mean!? Is he delivering a baby or what? If I wasn’t so concerned with this stupid Mirena (IUD) I would just leave. So around me in the waiting room I have a “gangster” who is “here with his dawgs ole lady cause he was at work”, I have a woman with twin 4 year olds that really don’t want to be here, and a teen couple that keep fighting with each other, they are my favorite. She’s been on the phone for about 30 mins. Talking to her grandmother, about how her dad is a drug addict and steals all her money, and she wants to move in with her boyfriend but her mom won’t let her. (How do I know all this? She had the phone on the highest volume setting and was sitting right next to me) Now, the gangster and the teen couple just found out they know each other, so they have been talking about “how them thangs” have been going, and when he “got out of the joint” (he means juvi lol) While listening to all this, it makes me wonder, did I talk/act like this when I was a teenager!? The answer is probably yes. People never realize how stupid they sound until years later, then you realize your parents were right lol!

I am Soooo not looking forward to this appt. I do love my Mirena, but to be honest. It’s kind of a bitch to deal with. For the first year I had it, I had terrible mood swigs, cramps, and weight gain, but I didn’t have a period! And haven’t had one since…October 2008. So I will take the trade off. But now, I think something is wrong with it, so I get to find out today. Fun way to spend my Friday huh? Better safe then sorry though, I have 1 perfect little girl, and I don’t want anymore.

I get a lot of comments from the peanut gallery regarding only having/wanting kids. I get “when are you going to give Jaiden a little brother/sister??” Um, never. And then that opens a whole new can of worms. “How are you going to deny Jaiden of the bond a sibling can bring?” “Don’t you want Jaiden to have a playmate?” “Don’t you think it’s kind of selfish to only have 1 kid?” No, no, and..no. Lol. I was an only child growing up, as was my husband, do I just do not have that need to have another child I guess. I never had that sibling bond, and I turned out just fine!

I finally got a room! Got weighed, I’ve lost another 2 lbs!! Not as great as last week but hey what can you do? And who knows if that scale is right? It’s ancient. So I’m not banking on it to much, I go see my weight loss doctor tomorrow, I’ll see what she says 🙂 but if it turns out it is just 2 lbs that just fine! As long as in losing, I’m happy!

Well, I think I have rambled on enough, so ill be signing off for now!
Rachelle

Princess Jaiden has Spoken!

She has decided that she will be the “Nice Alice” for Halloween, and I can be the “mean Alice”. Don’t know the difference? Here ya go:

 

 

 

This is “Nice” Alice

 

and this is “Mean” Alice lol.

 

I did buy Jaidens costume, but I plan to make mine. I got this awesome white dress, and some blue fabric dye, so hopefully I can achieve the “alice” blue. We shall see!!

Working out is becoming a little easier, I don’t enjoy it, but it’s getting better. I bought “Dance Central” for Kinect, and that’s alot of fun, and it has a calorie counter on it, so I know how many calories I burn while dancing to Soldja Boy lmao!

Eating right, has probably been the easiest thing in this “journey” so far. I haven’t had a coke/tea/coffee in 9 days. I haven’t been without a coke in 9 days ever. EVER. The weirdest thing is, I don’t really miss them. Now that the caffeine withdraw headaches are gone, I’m golden. It’s amazing. 

I’ve started reading a book called “eat thing! not that!’ and let me tell you, it is fascinating.  Just knowing the amount of CRAP I was eating before, I’m amazed that I’m only as big as I am. I found out that it’s not Americans fault (per say) that we are all fat, it’s the food company’s  They are all liars and cheats! I will have a full review of the book coming up in the near future. 

This weekend is going to be a fun one. Me, my mom, and my mother-in-law will be taking Jaiden to see Disney on Ice!! She is SO excited, and to be perfect honest, I am too! Of course I will be a nervous wreck that day, because Brandon (the hubs) will be going Sky diving with his dad. He has been over 150 times, but never since we’ve been together. It scares the shit out of me. If something happened to that man I do not know what I would do. He tells me not to worry, and goes on and on about the statistics “oh the chances of anything happening are like, the chances of being struck by lightning” blah blah. doesn’t matter! lol. But he just doesn’t get it, and he won’t, so I just try not to talk about it lol. 

 I work at an MMA gym. and let me tell you how weird it is to be an overweight person trying to tell people about gym memberships. At first, it didn’t bother me so much, but then one of the students there (that happens to be the owners nephew) was at the gym one day, complaining about his girlfriend needing to get back in shape after having their baby and that she was making the gym look bad “being so out of shape when she is part of a gym family” Let me tell you, this girl has a 6 month old, and is probably…a size 8. Oh yes. If he thinks she’s overweight, then good God what does he think of me!? So that was a big eye opener for me. I do resent him for his statement, and probably always will. Being skinny doesn’t make you healthy!! 

As I step off my soap box, I will be signing off for now, until next time ❤

-Rachelle

How to make a Halloween Pumpkin Glow Jar

As promised, here is my how to guide on making a Halloween Pumpkin Glow jar! It’s low cost, super cute, and your kids will LOVE it!

 

Here is what you will need:

  • A pickle jar! (or any other glass jars you have around the house)
  • Glow sticks (atleast 2 small ones, or 1 big one) 
  • Some glitter! 
  • Some black paint. (or whatever color you want the top of your jar, and your pumpkin face to be)
  • Some festive ribbon (this is optional, I just think it looks cute!

First step will be cleaning out your jar with soap and water, and peeling off the label. (I find running the label under some warm water makes it much easier to scrape off!) After cleaning, make sure to let it dry all the way!

Step two will be to paint the lid to your jar, with whatever color you have decided to use for your jar. I recommend acrylic paint, because it’s cheap, and dries quickly.

 

Tada! Just set this aside while you work on the rest of the jar, and by the time you are done, it *should* be dry. 

Step three is to take the same paint, and paint a pumpkin face (or whatever other design you would like on the jar! You could also let the kids do this step, so they can draw whatever they want on it!) If you mess up, or don’t like the design, don’t fret! If you quickly wipe it off, you can start over!

 

How cute is this!? (Mind you, I am NOT an artist by any means, but my daughter thought it was cute, and that’s all that matters to me 🙂 )

Step four is getting the jar to GLOW! You will take your glow stick(s) and crack them until they glow. After they cracked and glowing strongly, you will take a pair of scissors and cut the end of the glow stick off. (Warning! the glow stick will leak! I suggest wearing a pair of gloves, and I also recommend having the parent do this part. I would also cut the glow stick over a paper towel, although watching my carpet glow for a moment was pretty funny lol!)

  Make sure you cut the END of the glowstick, NOT the middle, or you will have a big ole mess on your hands! 

Step five is to take the glow sick and shake/pour the liquid into the jar. Shaking it against the sides worked best for me. You will repeat the same thing with the second glow stick, and if you want more coverage use more glow stick! There isn’t really a limit to the amount you can use.

Step six is to take your glitter and pour it into the jar. (I put about a teaspoons worth of glitter into the jar) By this time, your lid should be dry, so after testing it to make sure, screw the lid on TIGHTLY and shake the jar! (this was Jaidens favorite part of the craft lol!)

 

See it starting to look super cute already!?

Step 7 is the final step, take your ribbon and cut it to size and tie it around the top of your jar!

How cute is this!? You can make this into a centerpiece for a table, or an alternative for pumpkins on Halloween night, or you can make a bunch of them and line your driveway or porch with them!

These glow for about 4 hours, and are a super cute, and cheap project for you and your kiddos to do together, and they aren’t just for Halloween! You can make a plain glow jar for the little ones that are afraid of the dark, or you can change them up according to the holiday 🙂

I hope you liked reading about how to make a Halloween Glow Jar 🙂

Rachelle

 

I’ve lost 6 POUNDS!!!

Woohoo! 6 lbs in a WEEK!! 

That means, what I’m doing must be working! I left my doctors office yesterday feeling like a whole new person. I’m doing something right! It was such a shock. 

The news has renewed my spirit. Makes me know that missing cokes and other foods are SO worth it. At this point I don’t think anything I eat could taste as good as how  I feel. Even though it’s only been a week, I can tell a HUGE difference in my body. 

It’s Sunday, I got up and did some Yoga, and then 50 crunches.  The yoga was nice and relaxing, wish I could say the same for the crunches but hey, not everything can be enjoyable lol. 

I’m excited to start next week, and hope this feeling continues. It’s not about the weightloss for me, it’s about being Healthy, so if I keep this mindset, the weight will come off, naturally. 

The rest of the day should be fun! I’m going to go with my Best friend Sarah on a tour of the Labor and Delivery floor at our local hospital, because she is due in a month! I’m so excited to see my little “nephew” be born! But to be honest, I am a little nervous about watching the whole thing happen, The only other baby I’ve seen being born was my own, and I was at the other end LOL.

I’m also taking my little one to pick out her Halloween costume! She has her heart set on being the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, so I hope I can find it! Alice in Wonderland is kind of a constant  thing in our household. My bridal shower/wedding were Alice in Wonderland themed, also Jaidens 4th birthday was Alice as well. Oh, and I also have a lower arm piece that is Alice themed too lol! So once Jaiden heard me and her daddy were going as Alice and the Mad Hatter for Halloween she just had to get in on the theme!

Another fun thing we are doing tonight is making our Glow Jars! I will have the instructions up soon 🙂

-Rachelle

 

I’m so Hungry!!!

Today is the first day since this whole process started, that I am just really hungry. I have been eating about 1,000 calories a day, I know I can have more, but I really need to get used to eating smaller portions, so I’m starting out with a bang. 

But i’m still really hungry. I was so concerned with getting healthy meals when I went to the grocery store, that I forgot to get some snacks, just to have around. I would kill for some Hummus right now. LOL!

I took a walk around the neighborhood today with my little one, It was fun to be able to get up and do something with her, and she had so much fun! My thighs are burning now though haha.

On another note, I will be taking Jaiden to pick out her Halloween costume tomorrow! Halloween and fall in general is a big deal at the Jones house. We are Holiday people. This weekend I will be posting some DIY fall crafts, so look out for them 😉

 

-Rachelle 

Rap Music is the BEST work out music…

Plus more tips and tricks I’ve Learned so far:

  • While walking on a tradmill, pretend it’s a runway and put on Ru Pauls “Covergirl”  Trust me..it will be a magical experience.
  • Pick songs you know the words too, and sing while walking, It will put your mind into a different place, esp. if you really get into it!
  • If you need to take a break from walking, then do so! What I do if my legs start feeling like Jello, is I put both feet on the sides of the treadmill and I do some hip swings, that way, it’s giving your legs a break, but you are still moving!
  • Youtube is your fitness friend! They have TONS of work outs for all body types, for free! I did “Booty yoga hip hop ballet” this morning!!
  • Drink LOTS of water!! (Duh, I know lol!)
  • Having a partner makes working out easier and more fun! Even if you just do it at home, get your child involved! My 4 year old loved doing her own versions of the moves, and it was great motivation trying to keep up with her!

These are the tips I’ve learned so far 🙂 I’ve only been actively working out for 4 days now, but I feel GREAT!! I’m sleeping better, more calm and relaxed, and over all just fell better.

This is also day number 4 with no caffeine. This has been more challenging, I miss COKES! and TEA! I have a headache like crazy from the caffeine withdraw.  It’s this feeling that keeps me from grabbing one..My body shouldn’t be going into withdraws from a drink..that creeps me out, and makes me not want one anyways.

If anyone reading has anymore tips and tricks for working out, please share them! I love learning new things!!

-Rachelle

This is MY version of a Green Smoothie!

I know what you’re thinking, wtf is that!?


It’s amazing, and good for you…that’s what it is!! This is what’s called a “green smoothie” Getting it’s name because it’s mostly made up of….Spinach! I know! I know! But I promise It is Delicious! 

Here is what you will need:

 

  • 1 cup of Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 a frozen Banana (Peel, and freeze overnight)
  • 1/2 cup of Frozen Fruit of your choice (I used a tropical mix which is strawberries and mangos)
  • A splash of Orange Juice (or skim milk, which ever you prefer)
  • A blender, or in my case, a magic bullet!

Combine all your ingredients in a blender, looking nice and healthy already!

 

Then blend until smooth, Wallah! Now you have a healthy breakfast/lunch/snack. 1 smoothie has a full serving of fruit AND veggies! 

 

So there you have it, a super simple recipe for the infamous Green Smoothie! Even my 4 year old ASKS me to make it for her because it is so good! Give it a try 🙂

 

-Rachelle

 

This is Day 1

Of the rest of my life!!

I am NOT a small girl. I never have been, and honestly, I am ok with that. What I am not ok with, is letting myself go on any longer, being as unhealthy as I have been.

I’ve always wondered if I have the opposite of  Body Dismorphic Disorder. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see an obese, unhealthy person. I never have. I have never had a self esteem problem, and I was never picked on for my weight. Why? I’m not sure, maybe my confidence was enough to get me through the cruel years of highschool. (Plus, I had black hair, piercings, and wore funny clothes, I wouldn’t pick on me either LOL) 

Last week, everything changed, I looked in the mirror as I was preparing for bed, and the person staring back at me, wasn’t the girl I had been seeing all my life. This person was fat. and looked so tired. Who is this!? It was me. I broke down. I was angry. Why had no one told me???? I have no idea what caused this revelation  but now, I’m glad it happened.  I broke down to my husband, and asked him why he never told me how out of control my weight had gotten.  This is what he told me ” I think you are perfect, and I love you for everything you are, but if you are not happy, then we need to do something”.

That was exactly what I needed to hear, and I knew I was ready to make a change. After that conversation, the universe opened up, and showed me that I was right, it was time. 

 

Today is Wednesday. I’ve walked 3 miles this week on my treadmill. 3 MILES! For me, this is HUGE. I’ve been so inactive for so long that I can’t believe I have done so well these last few days. This is also day number 3 with NO caffeine, which has been the hardest part of all! 

 

The leaves are changing, and I am too, and I am so excited for this part of my life, I can’t wait to see what the future holds ❤

Rachelle

This is ME

 

This is ME! Who am I? I am a 24 year old, Wife, and Mother of a wonderful 4 year old named Jaiden. 

This would be said 4 year old, isn’t she a doll!?

And this would be my Amazing Husband Brandon!

Needless to say, I am not your typical Almost-stay-at-home-mom. I have tattoos, and piercings. I love rock music, and scary movies.I say almost-stay-at-home mom because I work part time at a Mixed Martial Arts Training Gym, and it’s the best job EVER! My husband has a full back piece, and hair almost as long as me. and We love our little family.

I wanted to start this blog for myself. To write about my triumphs, tribulations, my fears, and dreams. I also wanted to share what I’m all about with, the world I guess LOL. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

On this blog you can expect cussing, ranting, reviewing, crafts, DIYs, product reviews, and my newest Journey, which is losing weight, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle! 

So this is me, and I’m working every day to make me a better me!! Enjoy 🙂