It is time to step OFF the scale. I am challenging myself (and you!) to stay off the scale for the month of April.
In preparing for my upcoming 5K race on April 19th, I am choosing to train without the scale. My last race (on Thanksgiving Day) I trained for months because I was also working towards my goal weight (140) and I have now surpassed that goal (currently at 133).
All school year I have been talking to my students about improving their own personal fitness. That it doesn't matter what the person next to you can do, but what you can do. I need to start practicing what I preach and enjoy my active lifestyle.
I have spent so much time focusing on whether I weigh 133 or 134 or 132 instead of focusing on the fact that I now fit into size 6 pants!
We need to focus on the good and leave behind the negative. Please join me in the effort to put a positive foot forward.
Say goodbye to your scales for one month and make an effort to be active at least three times a week.
Friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members have all asked me about couponing. I am by no means an expert, but I have come up with a few tips/ideas to get you started if you too wish to become a couponer.
First, you should identify if you are already a couponer, or are interested in becoming a couponer.
You are a couponer if you...
A) like to save money
B) cut coupons
C) buy things on sale (you take advantage of 40% off sales or buy one, get one free)
You might even be a couponer if you use something like this...
(to store your coupons)
If any of the things above apply to you, then you are a couponer. If you are cutting 10-20 coupons a week and can find them anytime you need them, then this plastic container is perfect for you. It's small and will easily fit into your purse or car.
Second, you may need to/be ready to take your couponing to the next level if you find that the plastic bag/container you use to hold your coupons is not big enough or you cannot find coupons when looking for them.
Below is what I use to keep my coupons organized:
I started using a 1" binder a little over two years ago. I bought baseball card holders and placed them in the binder to store my coupons. About one year ago, I switched to a 2" binder and added dividers to better help find my coupons.
This is my current binder.
I still use baseball card holders to hold the coupons.
The dividers are labeled in a manner that I find useful.
They kinda go with the layout of my grocery store isles, but again, it's the way I find most useful.
I have categories for groceries, paper products, refrigerated, frozen, pharmacy, cleaning, misc. and other stores. The groceries, refrigerated, and frozen are also broken up into specific categories such as soup, baking, pasta, or yogurt, cheese, or frozen vegetables, meat, desserts, etc.
I also have a section called "other stores" for coupons I get for:
car washes, DSW, Babies R Us, Bath & Body Works, etc.
*I always keep this binder in my car, inside a tote bag.
That way I always have it when I am out and about*
Once you have decided how you want to organize your coupons, it is time to organize your shopping.
My next couponing post will be about where to find coupons and how to organize your shopping.
I slept in because I didn't sleep well last night and I had the craziest dreams all night.
When I got up this morning, I felt like I was walking through a fog. A heavy, heavy fog that didn't lift for hours. Even after breakfast and a shower, I was still foggy.
We went to the mall and had Chick-Fil-A for lunch (Elizabeth inhaled her grilled nuggets and apple sauce). We walked by the Easter Bunny to check out the line for tomorrow and the Easter Bunny was this dingy costume and the Easter Bunny was sitting in a cage, like a large bird cage. We will be going to a different mall tomorrow to get a picture with a more happy looking Easter Bunny.
After lunch (and the scary Easter Bunny) we went to Macy's to return a few things and ended up picking up a few things. I needed a few things from Clinique and Elizabeth needs some new pajamas. We also ended up getting new bedding.
I LOVE this blush from Clinique!
It is the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour
This is our new bedding.
It's the Martha Stewart Briercrest 9 Bedding Collection
After our Macy's trip we ran to BJs and got new cell phones and some groceries. After BJs, we went to Harris Teeter to get a couple more groceries for the week.
This is my new phone.
The Droid Razr M.
Tonight we had Pari and Quin over for dinner and drinks. In keeping with our Spring Break staycation, we are enjoying a different cocktail every night.
Tonight is Twisted Wine Tuesday. Pari and Quin brought over a Rose to enjoy with dinner.
There are a few things I find myself using over and over again lately. As much as I always drink my diet coke with breakfast and use my Clinique moisturizer every morning and night, there are some new things that have come up over and over again recently.
I got these jean leggings from New York & Company.
I love, love, love them!
They are so comfortable to wear around the house or I dress them up when I got out for the evening.
The Clinique chubby stick came with a free gift with purchase and it is my new favorite thing!
My lips get really dry in the winter and this chubby stick keeps them nice and moisturized.
They come in a ton of colors, but I like the neutral colored ones to add a little color to my lips.
I completely blame my friend Ann for this next one...
After Easter last year, Ann bought some large bags of pretzel m&m's and brought them to school.
She offered some of them to a group of us... ever since then, I have been addicted.
They are perfect for people that need/like salty and sweet.
These Unicorn PJs I got for Elizabeth at Gap.
I think they are adorable and I love putting her in them.
She looks super cute!
So... those are some of my favorite things right now.
Today I took lots of cell phone pictures of our adventures. It was a regular day today and so I thought it would be good day to do an example of a day in the life of the Novak's.
Our day started off normal enough, up at 6:10am, showered and dressed.
Elizabeth and I were out the door by 7:05am (a little early, so that was good!)
Elizabeth did not want her picture taken this morning.
This is her no! no! to the paparazzi
After I dropped Elizabeth off at Laura's house, I headed to work. On my way to work, Laura sent me a picture text of Elizabeth. We have been continuing to work on getting Elizabeth to drink out of different cups. Laura tried a new cup with Elizabeth today and she loved it!
Elizabeth and her new cup.
After a great day of work, I went to pick up Elizabeth from Laura's house. She had a great day and so we took a cup of milk with us to go and headed to the gym.
This is the picture I snagged, carrying Elizabeth, a diaper bag, my gym bag, and my water bottle.
After my run and lift session, I grabbed Elizaeth from the gym daycare and we headed to the grocery store. I needed to pick up some cupcakes and champagne because we are having the neighbors over tonight to celebrate.
Elizabeth in the grocery store.
After the grocery store, Elizabeth and I headed home to clean up and get ready for dinner. While I was in the shower, Ben got home early (it was a great surprise!). We fed Elizabeth and put her to bed and then Ben finished making dinner while I cleaned up and loaded the dishwasher. We have fabulous pasta and meatballs with garlic bread.
Well...our wonderful neighbors are coming over soon, so we need to finish getting ready to celebrate a great day with champagne and cupcakes.
You are 13 months old today! I cannot believe it has been one month since we celebrated you turning 1 year old. This month has flown by and we have been busy, busy, busy.
This month we have been enjoying some snow and some 60 degree sunny days, St. Patrick's Day, and having lots of friends over for visits and playing with our neighbors.
You are wearing size 3 diapers, 18 month clothes, and size 4-5 shoes. You are eating three meals a day and one snack a day. You drink milk from a cup with a straw. You really did not like giving up the bottle; but after a solid week of mom, dad, and Laura pushing the cup, you finally gave in and now happily drink from your cup. You drink lots of milk (about 24-30 ounces a day) and we have started giving it to you after you eat your food. Speaking of food- you LOVE food! You eat just about anything but corn is your favorite. You like pasta, corn, chicken, turkey, potatoes, corn, pears, avocado, honey dew, cantaloupe, meat balls, bananas, cheese, yogurt, cheerios, and pretty much anything.
We went to the doctor today and you weigh 19 pounds and 4 ounces. You are 29 inches tall. You are the same height as last month but I feel like your 12-month pants are too short and we have switched you to 18 months.
You are cruising everywhere, standing up on your own, and crawling all over the place. You are not walking on your own yet, but you are thinking about it. You favorite things to play with are your activity table, your two ride-along, and any ball. You have gotten into books a little more and enjoy sitting and turning the pages. You don't like me to read to you, you like to do it by yourself.
Here are some pictures of your adventures this month:
Today I hit up CVS and Giant for some deals on diapers, Easter candy, and food.
At CVS today, I had two transactions...
I bought (3) jumbo packs of Pampers diapers.
They were on sale 2/$20. If you spend $30, you get $10 ECB.
So...I bought $30 in diapers and used (3) $1.50 off coupons for a grand total of $27.
Total before savings: $35.97
Total spent: $27.00 + $10.00 Extra Care Bucks (ECB) I got back
Total saved: $8.97
I bought (2) bags of pretzel M&Ms, (1) bag of Hershey kisses, (2) bags of Starburst Jellybeans,
(1) bag of generic Jellybeans, (2) bags of Cadbury mini eggs, and (1) Ice breakers mints
I used the $10 ECB from my first transaction, plus another $7.49 in other coupons.
Total before savings: $22.47
Total spent: $4.98 + another $7.99 in ECB I got back
Total saved: $17.49
At Giant, I had two transactions...
I bought (2) boxes of Texas Toast Garlic Bread, (2) containers of Lactaid Chocolate Ice Cream, (1) bag of Ravioli, (1) bag of Cheese Sticks, (2) mini-containers of Hagan Daz Ice Cream, (1) box of Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cones, (1) box of Bob Evans Sausage biscuits
The grocery store was running a special, spend $25 on select frozen items and saved $15 instantly!
I also had coupons for the bread, Bob Evans biscuits, and the Cheese sticks.
Total before savings: $37.66
Total spent: $11.07
Total saved: $26.59
I bought (1) ALL laundry detergent, (5) bananas, (1) 5lb. bag of potatoes, (1) 2lb. bag of onions, (1) gallon of milk, 4 pounds of Corned Beef, (1) 12oz container of Ricotta cheese, (6) yogurts, (1) package of shredded cheese, (1) package of hamburger buns, and (1) 29oz can of tomato sauce.
I had coupons for the yogurt, laundry detergent, bananas, cheese, and the potatoes were buy one and get one bag of onions free.