Hatchimals and Pumpkin Patches

Elsa has been asking for a hatchimal for days… She only knows about it because I told her about the darn things. It’s possible that I really just wanted one for myself and am living vicariously through her. If you don’t know what a hatchimal is, it’s like a real life tamagotchi! Remember those little electronic dinosaur things you had to take care of?  If not, they looked like this:

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Anyhow, here’s Elsa holding her hatchimals before it started hatching:

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And here’s a quick vid while it’s hatching:

After surprising her with the hatchimal we went to Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon which wasn’t super fun but she got to pick out a pumpkin. If you’re in the Sacramento area with young kids, I’d recommend Fog Willow Farms instead. They’ve got activities for the kids and animals they can pet. But if you’re wanting to do a corn maze (which we didn’t feel comfortable doing with Elsa) Cool Patch has a world record one that costs $15/person to check out.

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BTW, Here’s her hatchimal. She’s appropriately named her Eggie:

 

 

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Time

Time always seems to get the best of me. Thank GOD I only have 1 year left before I get that bachelors degree. It always seems that it takes me about 1 year for another post but it makes sense because I get a little break from school during the summer. What’s changed so far… Not too much. Started a job with Apple that’s been great. Gained all the weight I lost last year so back on the workout grind, trying to not fall off the wagon this winter is my goal. Now that I know so much about health and fitness I know that there’s never an endgame. I can’t just give up after I hit a goal, just gotta keep going and even though there are setbacks, don’t let it bring you down. Let’s hope I’ll stay on top of my blogging and post some recipes and other fun stuff again. xoxo

Lazy Dinners and Losing Weight

I’ve been sick. Because Elsa is in preschool she gets sick, literally, every other week. And when she brings home those precious little bacteria gems, I get sick too. I’ve been really tired… and last night I just didn’t want to cook. So what can I eat that is fast, inexpensive, and won’t drown me in calories? Store-bought roasted chicken!!!  And since corn is still in season and CHEAP, I picked up some of that and green beans that I could steam in the microwave. It was a tasty and effortless meal.

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After dinner I went for a swim with my friend Gigi. She got there before I did so she was able to do more laps than I, but hey, being that I am still sick… at least I got some workout in. 😛

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Also, I just want to announce that I’ve finally gone under the 120 mark. It took me a little longer than I expected, but with hard work and dedication I eventually got there. I am now down 16lbs from my starting weight. My next goal is to get to 115. I hope it won’t take me too long. 😀

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Freebirds!!

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I have this debate with my relatives every now and then about who is better, Freebirds or Chipotle? For me, it is Freebirds, hands down. From the customer service to the taste of the food, everything is just so much better. I know for sure because I just had Freebirds last night and Chipotle for lunch today… and I was just so disappointed with what I got this afternoon.

Anyway, I usually get a kids burrito because it won’t be 10,000 calories so there is no guilt. But for the first time yesterday, I got a salad. It was so tasty and fulfilling and they use mixed greens-my favorite for this kind of meal. I also couldn’t believe that the whole salad was only 350 calories! I split it into two meals though, dinner and late night snack. So if you’re jonesing for a good salad that won’t take up your entire daily caloric value for the day, get yourself a lite chicken bowl from Freebirds!

Today’s snack is…

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I currently have 5-6 meals a day. I usually have an Herbalife shake for breakfast, a snack, shake or lean lunch, another snack then dinner. I always switch up my snacks so my meals don’t get boring. This week I’m bringing my own parfaits and this is why:

1) I can measure my portions and know exactly how much I’m putting in my body.

2) The cafe at my school always has the granola sitting in the yogurt so it gets soggy.

3) I can add whatever yogurt and fruit that I prefer. 😀

I used 1/2 a cup of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s. 1/2 a cup of fresh blueberries and 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s pecan granola cereal and the total calories is only 231!

Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring, you just have to be aware of what you’re putting in your body.

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CalWORKs

I just want to put out there for all the single moms or just families in need there’s programs to help all of you out. I currently work at the CalWORKs office on a Los Rios Colleges Campus and I must say that this place inspires me so much.

If you’re a family that is receiving aid for an adult and minor(s) you can go to school and receive extra help to succeed. Most likely you would qualify for financial aid, you can work on campus, get your books paid for by CalWORKs, and none of it will cut into the aid you’re receiving.

So don’t feel like you can’t get an education because you think you can’t afford it. CalWORKs isn’t the only program that can help either. There are so many resources on campus that you can use if you aren’t a student receiving aid from the county. 🙂

Will Work For Food.

If only it worked like that… to work for food. It’s just not that simple.

I’m trying to juggle so many things as you all know. But I’m dying for a real job. I currently work on campus in an office that runs the CalWORKs program at school. We provide extra benefits like paying for school books and supplies to students that receive county cash-aid. I love my job, but it’s a student position and this program is definitely not a cash cow. 

So today a few coworkers and I decided to sign up for a state examination to be eligible to apply for a certain job. We’ll see what happens, though I probably couldn’t even apply because I’m trying to dedicate myself to Elsa and school and taking on a full-time job might distract me from getting my full education. However, I did see a student position open for the Fish and Wildlife department which pays a whole lot better than what they offer on campus. I’ve filled out the application and am mailing it in tomorrow. I need this for my sanity. Pray for me!