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Monday, April 14, 2014

Homemade Cheez-Its!!

I love cheez-its but honestly a few years back cut the normal brand out and went with an all natural brand. Annie's cheese crackers are just not the same as Cheez-its, sometimes going more natural just does not have the same taste mainly because it has less junk in it! haha! That is pretty much what it boils down to. Therefore when I saw a cheese crackers recipe from The Chew that was so EASY I had to give it a shot! AND I'm so glad that I did....THESE ARE AMAZING!! A freaking MAZING!!!
I could have rolled mine a little thinner but honestly they were crunchy and airy and FULL of cheese flavor! 
 You will need:
1 cup flour
4 TBS butter (cut into tiny squares)
8 oz cheese shredded
4 TBS Ice cold water
(whatever spices you fancy, I sprinkled in garlic and onion powder)
A food processor
 Mix it all in the processor
 Make into a flat-ish ball
 Wrap in saran wrap and put in the fridge til it gets a tad hard.
 Once it is firmer roll it out.
 A huge secret I learned is to put dough between two sheets of parchment paper. This is so genius and helps a TON. I did this for sugar cookies this past Christmas and it saved so much time and drama with dough getting stuck to the rolling pin. Roll out until it is pretty darn thin.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into strips then into 1x1 inch squares, or whatever is easiest. 
 Place on your baking pan. I always use parchment paper, less mess. You can use a fork to make the edges look like Cheez-Its but honestly that is way too time consuming. I did these two then quit!
 Bake those babies at 350 for 10-15 minutes until they look lightly crispy! 

Let them cool a tad and you are DONE....
 The only downside is that they were GONE in like 20 minutes!!! They are so amazing! 
 I love how CHEESY they taste!! And much LESS junk in them than the real ones from the store! 
Next time I want to try different cheeses and spices. Spice it up a little!! 
They are so customizable so have fun with it!!! 
ENJOY!!! 
xoxox

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chugga Chugga.....Progress Train!

As you guys know, or maybe you don't know.
I started working out and eating healthy last month.
I have always ate pretty decent but with all the pregnancies I allowed lots of bad things!
So on Ash Wednesday I made my lent goal to work out 30 mins a day and watch what I eat...
The working out part is entirely brand new for me.
I HATED working out, I just always chalked up the whole chasing my kids around and cleaning the house as a workout because honestly IT IS....A never ending workout!! But clearly those activities were not toning anything up so alas I decided to get serious!! 

We started the 30 day Body Rock Challenge on The Real Healthwives.
I won't lie, the first week or so was OKAY minus the soreness but the freaking workout would be 45-75 minutes. What the WHAT!?!? Yes, and it would vary, it had no consistency. 
Trying to fit in an hour plus with 4 little guys doesn't work so well. Its a train wreck.
And I was noticing my mommy patience went from struggling to pure bitch mode. 
I was TRYING my hardest to fit in this workout and I was so ANNOYED when they would interrupt.
It was honestly becoming more stressful than anything and I was hating it. Yes, I was starting to see results but yelling at my kids and being in a bitchy mood is not worth it!!! I want to LOVE what I am doing, not dread it!! Because if it doesn't make me happy, I won't stick with it!! 
Workout buddies and workout scene typically
 A few of my favorite mama friends were Beachbody coaches and I followed their journeys through instagram and facebook. They had mentioned the coaching thing to me randomly but I just blew it off because I was pregnant or it was the craziness of a newborn but once I decided to make the healthy change I started talking to them about it, it started with me just asking questions trying to find the IDEAL program for me since I don't have a large chunk of time yet I want to get fit!!! They filled me in on Beachbodys programs and the shorter workout programs like T25 and 21 day fix! I was all on board for these.

30 minutes or LESS has my name written all over it!!! They mentioned I could be a coach and also recieve discounts, and hello this mama likes discounts!!! Only way I shop!!

Well I was INSANELY hesitant, and of course said I didnt think it was the right fit for me. I never wanted to be one of those annoying friends on facebook only pushing products and I definetely didn't want to be TIED DOWN to some scheme. They sent me a video about beachbody and how it all works and WOW WOW WOW. Its not the typical pyramind scheme BS. There is no monthly quota, no inventory and no contracts, so basically its no loss to me. I STILL sat on the idea. I was all in for buying the 21 day fix but was on the fence about coaching. I kept questioning if I would make a good coach or if I had time for it.

I mean there I was with a newborn and 3 toddlers, and I also run my own photography business. Would I really have time for this coaching thing??? I finally decided to bite the bullet and just try, it was NO loss to be because I was already ordering the 21 day fix and I wanted to try out the Shakeology. So I dove in and joined as a coach, I literally just laid low the first weeks and took it all in. They give you all the tools to learn the business and it's so much fun. I have met so many amazing ladies already. Its a big family. Everyone helping eachother to succeed. I got my shakes and 21 day fix program and the mail and I tried them out FIRST before mentioning it to anyone. I needed to check this out and make sure it was the real deal before I post about it. The shakes, ummm holy hell AMAZING. And the 21 day fix workout....A DREAM....A freaking dream, going from the 45-75 min body rock videos to a 30 minute realistic workout was AMAZING. A FREAKING MAZING!!! We are also starting T25 this month which is only 25 minutes!!! I seriously can't get over how great these programs are for busy people!!! 30 mins is only 2% of your day. I can definetely find 2% of my day for working out! 
 
 Well I am ALMOST hitting my 1st month as being an official coach I am SO INSANELY excited!!! I went from being just a normal coach to EMERALD RANK!!!! That just means that I am growing my own team and I bringing on so many amazing coaches!!! You guys will most likely know who my newest coach is....Welcome my all time favorite mom blogger, RAVEN!!!
 I am so excited not only for Raven to grow as a coach but also to have another workout buddy. I know we will be teaming up for challenges are changing lives of women left and right!!! I love that blogging reaches you to so many more people! I would have NEVER found this "job" if it weren't for blogging! 
Our team is doing a FREE week long trial for people interested in coaching. You will be in a facebook group with us and we will just have a quick daily look at what coaches do. Honestly what we do is just share our personal story with others and the rest is handled by Beachbody. Its a breeze!!! 

Here so far are my results from doing Shakeology and working out!!
Sam will be 4 months this weekend and I NEVER EVER EVER thought I could be fit that closely after his birth!!! I mean honestly, this is me after Vincent....
PS this picture was saved in Jordan's files because I have deleted any unflattering pics of me :(
I literally remember cropping pics of myself just so I could hide my body. The weight after preganancy is so real and crazy!! Especially when you gain between 35-70 each time!! I have been VERY uncomfortable in my own skin these past 5 years and I can honestly say now I am in a GREAT PLACE!

Anyways, like I said if you have ever wondered about coaching or what it's all about I would love to get you guys in our free trial group!!! If you have any questions about any of the programs also just let me know. Like I said I tried the Body Rock thing and it was literally NOT for me. But these 25-30 min videos are way more realistic and shockingly fun!!!! 

Never in a million years did I think I would be a coach, yet alone succeeding only after being with Beachbody for less than a month!!! I am so excited to be an Emerald Coach now!!! (yes, I am a nerd) 
PS Raven and I are going to be trying the Shakeology 3 day cleanse this month!!!!! We will TRY it first and give our results!! We gotta make sure it works, but as far as I can say Shakeology is rocking my world!! I notice a difference in my mood and energy, and that is huge for a momma who only sleeps 4-6 hours a night, THANKS SAM!:)

Speaking of Sam, I finally got him to his well check, he is 4 months this weekend. He hasnt been to the doctor since he was 2 weeks old. #MOMFAIL

PS through all this I am still breastfeeding and Sam is still a chunk so no changes to milk supply!
Leave a comment if you want in the group. Starts Monday. If you miss this round we will be doing more!!
Or email me alliej86@gmail.com 
xoxo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tiny Troll....

Ahhh, you guys. 
I thought Jude was going to turn out to be a peaceful little guy.
He was literally the perfect baby, everything was easy and smooth.
(Sam is now too but now that I see how Jude turned out I am terrified)
Once Jude figured out the whole walking game he literally began trolling.
At first I thought troll was a not so perfect word for his actions but MAN he proved me that the word troll is actually the most AMAZING word to describe him and his behaviors.
Jude has got to hands down be my biggest challenge. Its insane because he can go from being the sweetest biggest lover to the world's tiniest tornado monster of a child. Its kind of like split personailities. Maybe I should have him checked for that? Wait that would involve me actually having to take him to the doctors which well he is LONG overdue, as always. Just to give you a glimpse, Sam is going TODAY and hasnt seen the pedi since his 2 week appointment, Sam will be 4 months this weekend. That is  how behind we are. With Vincent our first, this would have NEVER happened. I was there EVERY appointment with notebook in hand. Oh how things change from each child. 
Anyways, back to Jude and his personalities. 
He started choosing not to nap awhile back which is where all hell broke lose. He just turned 2 last month and honestly the kid still needs a nap. He just tries to go and go and go like the energizer bunny but he frazzles out half way through the day and turns a tad wild. 
Each day my friends will most likely receive snapchats from me of Jude's latest adventures. Which at times I just can't even believe. The kid never ceases to amaze me with what he does. I want to give you a few scenarios. I am not exaggerating on these. And honestly these situations do not even phase me now. I just shake my head and move on. I just can't allow myself to get upset, because IT IS WHAT IT IS.

1. Jude is learning to use the potty. 
He honestly rocks at it. The only problem is that WHEN he does wear a diaper he will take it off directly following a #2. He will then proceed to bring me the diaper. Sometimes he just goes on the floor. It's just literally a train wreck, I want to stab my eyes out. I mean honestly the other day I am folding laundry in the basement and Jude is trolling around. He sees Verner's water dish and proceeds to pee in it. I guess any small container of liquid equates to a potty. I just can't even handle it!! haha

2. The smoothie making.
 Bless my son's heart. He watches me cook and make smoothie so honestly he is just mimmicking me. But there is a reason Melissa and Doug created tiny kids kitchens and tiny little pretend appliances, and I thought by us owning these my children would do their "pretend" cooking there. Well Vincent and Luke do, but Jude...NOT.SO.MUCH. he wants to play with the big guns. This means the second he sees the kitchen empty he jets in there and begins cooking. He is tiny so he just disappears into the kitchen out of my radar. 
Last month he broke a few glass jars and also my blender. Honestly I should just move everything UP and half of this is my fault by having pots and pans in the cabinets at his reach but COME ON I never had these issues with Vincent or Luke. Jude is a different breed. 

3. The other kitchen fun. There is a reason we NOW have a lock on our pantry. Not because we are psycho parents who don't want their kids snacking on food but because we want our food to last more than 5 seconds. If there is food in reach of his little body he will find and destroy. Complete bags of apples will be found gone, then you will find half eaten apples all over. ALL OVER the house. Vincent and Luke are also to blame for this. But Jude is the biggest offender.
This photo brings us to chairs... 
4. Chairs...we have two tables in the kitchen. If you ever come over you will notice that when you go to pull your chair out, YOU CAN'T! Okay you can buy only a tad because they are tied to the table. 
This may seem a little extreme but rest assured it is not. It was the most genius idea my husband ever had. Now my little troll cannot do as much damage. But his smart little mind will use whatever it takes. And if that means bringing Thomas the train inside to use as a stool so be it. Obviously you can see Thomas above. That cheeky little prick helped Jude create that wonderful mess. 

I could go on and on about that little guy!!! At the end of the day no matter how crazy he is and how much trouble he causes I am still so in love with him obviously, he's still my baby! But man he gives the word troll a whole new meaning. You think the online trolls are bad, let me send Jude to your house!:)

Anyone else have a troll on their hands?? If so bless your heart. I will send over a bottle of wine!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Instadump!!!

I am honestly on Instagram the most out of anything! It's just so easy to update!!!
If you aren't following me, shame on you!! haha Joking, but I also post from @realhealthwives too!
Anywho, here's a look at the past week or so of our lives. Enjoy!
Jude turned two last month, yeah forgot to update that!! I decided to do a HUGE birthday bash for all the boys this summer vs having 4 parties, genius I know! :) So that is why there was no birthday party post! We just are going to celebrate with just us on their birthday! PS that is how he pees....yeah it's a messy transition!
I NEVER paint my nails because it chips horribly!!! I signed up for Julep because the first box is free  (code is MAVENBFF or FREEBOX) so I figured what the hell, and OMG it is AMAZING!!! Lasted 3 days, that is huge for me!! I am going to keep the box coming monthly because the quality is great!! So my first box was free and I added two additional polishes, so I got 4 polishes shipped plus some cuticle cream for $11!! Holler! 
We have been posting all our healthy recipes over on The Real Healthwives blog
Sam attack. Homeboy is getting so BIG!! He will be 4 months in a few weeks. Insane!!! 
Thanks to instagram I find the cutest kids clothing!! Say hello to @threelittlenumbers I am obsessed with their tees. They had them buy 3 get one free so I had to bounce on it!! Very good quality!! 
The workouts are going amazing!!!! I have been working out 30 mins a day for the past month and it is paying off my friends, losing inches and pounds all over. Still need to get rid of my love handles but it's progress!! Speaking of working out, Forever 21 has workout clothes! Those yoga shorts, $7!! They are amazing! They also have tanks and sports bras, the whole shebang!!!

We are starting a T25 Challenge in a few weeks if you wanna join! It will be a private group and we will all check in and be accountable! It will be so much fun and so helpful!! Message us if you want details!!
Also if you have ever been interested in Shakeology let me know!! I am obsessed, I have been doing it also for the past month and I have gotten such a boost of energy and I think it has also helped with the weight loss!! Its very tasty and yummy!

Well that is about it!!! I am going to type up a post for homemade cheezits for this blog since they are not technically a healthy snack for the other blog! But holy hell they are yummy! That to come next week!!
xoxo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Post Partum Hell....

I owe this post mainly to you all....a lot of you emailed after Sam was born and wondered where I was....here is the story! I blogged about it over at The Real Healthwives....

Here is a tiny snipit of the story...

"But it was honestly such a horrible ride, it sucked so bad because Sam was a perfect baby.
He slept all the time and just woke for feedings. On top of the anxiety I felt guilt.
Guilt that I could not relax enough to enjoy my newborn and my older boys.
Post-partum can do a whole plethora of crazy things, but catching it and controlling it is so key.
Like I said I usually hate medicine, but man sometimes it is exactly what you need.
I could not control this monster on my own.
Anxiety is completely normal, sometimes you can handle it on your own and sometimes you can't.
That doesn't make you weak at all."

Monday, March 31, 2014

ARE YOU READY?? T25!??!

As you guys know, I am mostly blogging over at The Real Healthwives, it's a nice change of pace!
I will still be here updating on more Allie only stuff like house stuff and kids stuff but I wanted to invite y'all to our first challenge group on the blog. Jamie and I have found out that having a partner in crime while doing workouts REALLY helps!! You have someone to push you daily and someone to talk about how sore you are the next day. We are starting a challenge group to do t25 this month! We will have a private group on facebook of awesome ladies and we will all encourage and support each other through the journey!! 
Here are the details!! I hope you guys will join us!! It will be fun and just think, we will all come out of this journey healthier and with some hot summer bodies!:) 
Hope to see all you hotties there!!!! If you don't have t25 we will be doing other workouts in the future so don't you worry my little pretty!!:) xoxo

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Renovation Projects- Boys Bathroom and Reading Room

When we first moved in the boys now bedroom was originally ours and had a huge (ugly) master bath attached. It was seriously giant, you could work out in there. After living in the house we figured out that there was originally 4 bedrooms and they had closed off the 4th bedroom to make this master bath...This is literally the only picture I had of it! 
We decided that instead of spending a ton to make a giant renovated master bath that we would rather make a jack and jill bath and make a small 4th bedroom. I have ALWAYS wanted a jack and jill bathroom, I love them and how they connect two rooms together! 

We gutted the room and knocked out a closet to open up the doorway to the bedroom. Jordan designed the layout of the bathroom and we did the best with the small space we had! Here is a look at it during the renovation process.... 
Here is an after video of the rooms!
Now for some pictures! 
I love the glass tiles! We went with a different color scheme since the other two renovated baths are white, grey and black. Brown went well! 
  
 
 The boys room. It's still pretty blank, I want to do some gallery walls and pics at some point! 
We still want to refinish all the floors and touch up a lot of small things but we are FINALLY seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! This house has came a long way in the past year and I am loving every minute of it! 

Here are the other renovations, the kitchen, small master bath and my favorite bathroom in the house.