Friday, May 31, 2013

Moving...again!

Last weekend we packed up the apartment and moved into our new house! It is beyond exciting to have moved into our first home together. There is a lot more space here at the house and we actually have a yard which is nice for entertaining guests and for the dogs to run around in! We only have one bathroom compared to the two we had at the apartment and the bedrooms in the house are quite a bit smaller but you have to sacrifice some things! I love our house and I am so excited to make it into a home! We decorated as much as we could but in time we will be able to accumulate enough to cover all the white walls we have! I plan to do more blogging now that we are all settled. We have been without internet for about a week and finally got it installed in the house. I'm glad because I am in desperate need of a job and I've been applying like a crazy person. Hopefully I will be able to find something soon! Here are some photos of the house! 




Sunday, May 19, 2013

NEW HOME

After three very long days of non stop driving from MN to CA my husband, two dogs and I have finally made it to California! The trip could have been worse. The dogs were slight pain in the behinds being cramped in the car for so long and my husband and I got pains in our behinds from sitting for such long hours but we didn't have any major issues. My car made it here in one piece and we are all alive! This afternoon we made it and now we can focus on relaxing until we get to move into our house on Saturday! For now we are staying at the hubb's apartment which is nice so no complaints! Here are some snapshots from our trip!



And the kids adjusting to their new home and my hubby cooking me dinner for our first night here together!!





Monday, May 13, 2013

This Week...

I got my husband back and I graduated college with a Bachelors in Psychology! Now packing to move to Cali in four days!!! Stay tuned for road trip adventures!!






Monday, May 6, 2013

Bookshelf Makeover


With so many changes going on in my life I thought why not make some changes to my furniture before I move? As you can see, the previous paint job on my bookshelf was horrible. The paint I used never completely dried and I painted it about 6 years ago. The paint was still sticky after 6 years! Anything I put on it would stick and the dust would not come off either! So it got a makeover! 


Above are the supplies I used. The primer we already had at home and it was left over from when my mom painted the house so I didn't have to spend any money there! The paint I got at Walmart for $14.00. Color is Slate Blue, which happens to be my favorite color!

The first step to this makeover was to sand off as much off the crappy paint that I could. I even recruited my little sister to help. She feels special when she gets to use power tools!



After sanding we moved on to priming it. I had double the help with the priming because both my little brother and sister helped me out with that!


After the primer was good and dry we moved on to painting it the Slate Blue color. It only took two coats and it was looking good. I also had help painting from the little sibs. 


While the paint was drying my dad got out his table saw and cut a new back for me. The back was to be covered with wallpaper and because the old back was not flat due to the paint it would have been impossible to apply evenly. Good thing my dad is an EXPERT at making stuff so he cut out a back for me, and helped my mom apply the wallpaper ($15 at Menards). 


I am more than please with the finished product!! It was a lot of fun and I would do it again any day!!




Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Perfect Smoothie


While going though the Biggest Loser Challenge through my work I learned a lot about health and fitness and I became a fan of homemade shakes. I thought I would share some of the tips that I learned! 
As you go about your diet plan, one thing that you will likely want to make use of from time to time is a smoothie.  Smoothies are a great way to get in good nutrition when you’re in a rush, because all you have to do is simply toss the ingredients in a blender and you’re all ready to go.
That said, it’s vital that you learn how to prepare a well-balanced smoothie from a combination of great ingredients.
Let’s look at the main ones that you should consider.
Yogurt
The first ingredient to add into your smoothie to help enhance the thickness as well as give it a nice creamy taste is some yogurt.  Make sure that you choose a lower sugar variety, or if you would like more protein, go with Greek yogurt instead.
Add about half to one cup of this in for a decent sized smoothie.
Frozen Fruit
Next up you need your fruit.  While you always should try and get a little fresh fruit added in for maximum taste, frozen fruit tends to add texture to the smoothie and will reduce the need to add ice.
When too much ice is added it can taste rather watery when you’re drinking it, so frozen fruit tends to work better.
Flaxseeds
To help get your healthy fats into the smoothie, flaxseeds are a terrific option.  Flaxseeds are high in essential fats and will also pack in some fiber as well.  Toss one or two tablespoons into the mix and you’ll be all set.
Just do be aware that the calories from flaxseeds will add up quickly, so make sure that you are measuring them out.
Coconut Oil
Another great source for your healthy fats is coconut oil.  While coconut oil does contain saturated fat, it’s in the form of medium chain triglycerides, which can actually be used as an instant energy source in the diet.
These fats will not have the negative health impacts that most saturated fats would have, so make sure you consider adding them to the smoothie.
Plus, it’ll give it a very unique taste as well.
Almond Milk
To help thin out your shake, you’ll need a liquid.  Water will dilute the taste so unless you’re on a very low calorie diet, you want to shift away from that option.
Fruit juice will add more flavour, but also really up the sugar content as well so isn’t quite ideal either.
Instead, opt for almond milk. 
It’s the perfect addition to any fruit smoothie.
Whey Protein Powder
Finally, for those who struggle to meet their protein needs, protein powder will be a must.  Half or a full scoop will instantly add more nutrition to the smoothie and make it a complete meal.
With so many flavour varieties to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding one to add in.
Miranda’s Favorite
1.)    Almond Milk 2 cups, Calories = 120, Fats = 5g, Carbs = 16g, Fiber = 2g, Sugar = 14g, Protein = 2g 
2.)    Blueberries ½ cup, Calories = 39.5, Fats = .5, Carbs = 9.5g, Fiber = 2g, Sugar = 6.5g, Protein = .2g
3.)    Strawberries ½ cup, Calories = 38.5, Fats = 0, Carbs = 10.1g, Fiber = 2.3g, Sugar = 5g, Protein = .5g
4.)    Oats (rolled/old fashion) ¼ cup, Calories = 75, Fats = 1.5g, Carbs = 13.5g, Fiber = 2g, Sugar = .5g, Protein = 2.5g
5.)    Spinach handful, Calories = 2
6.)    Flaxseed 1tbs, Calories = 53, Fats = 3.6g, Carbs = 3.6g, Fiber = 3g, Sugar = 0 Protein = 2g
7.)    Whey Protein 1 scoop, Calories = 90, Fats = 1g, Carbs = 3g, Fiber = .5g, Sugar = 2g, Protein = 17g
8.)    Total = Calories 418, Fats 11.6g, Carbs 55.6g, Fiber 11.8g, Sugar 28g, Protein 24.2g
My recommendation would be to make this into two servings depending on how many calories you take in per day.  If you are trying to lose weight I would substitute one cup of almond milk for water or ice to cut down on your sugar.  


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