A struggle for me but I am proud of myself

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Health and fitness is very important to me. Anyone that knows me can tell you this. Now I have not always been this way. Growing up I was always thin and fit from being active. Once I got my son my body completely changed.  I gained 70 pounds with my pregnancy with my son. I hated it! I lost myself and my confidence. I can’t say weather for sure it is society that influent that.  I find all women beautiful no matter size or figure. However for me, my preference is I feel better being small. I however don’t want to to just be small I want to be healthy and fit.  I want too be able.to chase my kids around and play and not be put of breath. I feel better bout myself the more fit and toned I am. I like seeing progress and my hard work pay off.
Now a diet…is literally impossible for me. I love food, especially sweets. So it isn’t easy all the time.
I took about 2 years for me to get my body where I felt like me a day was happy. I was back in a size 0-3 but I also was toned. I have muscles you could see in my arms and legs I still had my curves. I even started having my abs show. My hard work was paying off. But I made a promise to get my body back. The promise was to my husband and my son.  But my husband is now my ex husband. So it was more for my son and me. Now I get to help others reach their goals and I love it!  I also am showing my son how to be healthy and fit. I want him to always find the happiness in that. 
I of course am now pregnant.  I do struggle GREATLY on being okay with my body changing and gaining weight.  I know it is for my baby girl so worth it. But it is extremely difficult for me to go through this. I have just now at bout 7 months pregnant gained 20 pounds. I still have a lot of my muscle, thank God! I was a size 3 and now I am a size 5/6 so not a lot bit my hips and my thighs are bigger and I hate it.   I still got my top abs and when I flex you can See the definition show some.  I know I will get it back. But it is so difficult for me to except. I never used.to be like this so I also have being so hard on myself. I have managed.to stay fit and healthy for this pregnancy.  I am so proud of myself for it. My yoga us extremely important to me still. I am still smaller than I was with my son so I find peace with that.
I know I am being silly to some of you. I love seeing and encourage everyone to be confidence but also to be happy and healthy. πŸ™‚
But it is harder for me to accept it.
I hate being a hypocrit. Since I am only human and at times can’t accept my stuff.
When others tell me they are inspired by me I am like why? Lol I am nothing special.  But then I get reminded by my loved ones why. So I am grateful for anyone I help a small can show it is possible to be happy healthy and fit. No matter what your goals. πŸ™‚
Here are some pictures of my weight loss and my yoga πŸ™‚

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These have the dates the first is 4/11/11 my son was born 2/1/11 so was about 2 months post baby

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The now 2 as taken in may literally 1 weeks before I got pregnant.

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This picture was May 5th. RIGHT before I got pregnant. 

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These are the most recent pictures of me.

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And here are some yoga and fitness. πŸ™‚

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Zombie run!! I was 4 almost 5 weeks pregnant

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We did the color run πŸ™‚ I was bout 2.5 months pregnant here.

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What is something you all struggle with?
I hope each of you that reads this knows you are all amazing and beautiful!
Sending Peace Love & Happiness to you and your loved ones.

Love Always
Nerdy Mama Owl

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Baking & Cooking Adventures

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It is no secret that I love baking & cooking. Specially trying new recipes or techniques. 
I have had a few new adventures in these areas lately.
My baking adventure was for my bestie Jamie. She is currently pregnant with her 4th baby, a boy. His theme they chose for him is Eyeore. πŸ™‚ I know so cute right.  Well I made the cake for her baby shower. 
I made my first 3 tier cake. It was quite the adventure lol. I also had to fight off a rambunctious 3..almost 4 year old boy for eating it all day. This cake was not perfect and could tell a professional did not do it but the important things are it was so delicious as well as made with lots of love. And the Jamie & Drew loved it. πŸ™‚
Then again as Jamie said since when is anything in the 100 acre woods nothing is perfect. πŸ™‚

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Now for my cooking adventures. I have made 2 new recipes recently.
The most recent one is a Meatloaf cups. Who doesn’t love meatloaf? A favorite comfort food. Now this is new for 2 reasons. One I have never made Meatloaf cups or as some refer to them as meatloaf muffins.  They are super cute and great serving sizes. But also I made some regular meatloaf but the rest I made them as Cheddar BBQ meatloaf cups. I must say this does sound interesting but they looked so good. They tasted even better. πŸ™‚ I paired them with mashed potatoes and brown sugar baby carrots. My family gobbled them up. Guess next time I will make a double batch πŸ™‚
Here is the picture of some the Cheddar Bbq Meatloaf Cups.

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Here is the recipe in case anyone wants to try them:
Cheddar Barbeque Mini Meatloaf Cups
based on a traditional meatloaf recipe
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
1 small onion, grated
1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef*
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/3 cup barbeque sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Combine egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, worchestershire and onion in a large bowl and mix well. Crumble ground beef into bowl on top of egg mixture. Add bread crumbs and gently combine all ingredients with hands, taking care not to over-work the meat (don’t “squeeze” it through your fingers).
Divide meatloaf mixture into 9-10 cups of a muffin tin. Using the back of a spoon, press meatloaf mixture firmly into cups then create a shallow indentation or divot in each (no more than 1/4-inch deep). Bake meatloaves at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove meatloaves from oven. Pour off any excess grease if possible (I did this easily by tilting the pan) or use a clean paper towel to blot it up.
Add about 1 tablespoon of barbeque sauce into the divot of each meatloaf. Sprinkle meatloaves evenly with cheddar cheese. Return pan to oven and continue cooking until cheese is bubbly.
Remove from oven and serve immediately. *Use lean ground beef because the excess fat won’t have a way to cook away from the meatloaf cups in the muffin tins.

My second recipe I tried I made it the day I was working on the cake and then I had my son running around lol plus my fiance was in bed super sick, borderline ER visit.  So it was perfect for a hectic day.  But it was so delicious. It is called “Creamy Chicken & Rice Crockpot Recipe” This is a simple &  easy. It is a crockpot recipe.
Ingredients
4-5 large chicken breasts (mine were still frozen)
2 cans Cream of Chicken soup, low-sodium
2 cups of water
2 cups Baby Carrots
3 celery stalks, cup into chunks (not diced)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 ts Paprika
1/2 TB minced garlic
2 ts Garlic salt
Black pepper, to taste
A dash of dill weed
1 cup instant Brown Rice or white.
Turn your Crock Pot onto high. Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of the crockpot. In a separate bowl, mix up all the other ingredients, except for the rice, to create a chunky, creamy sauce. Pour this over the chicken in the crock. Cover and leave to cook on high 4-6 hours. The chicken will become more tender the longer you let it cook! At 3 or 4 hours I shredded up the tender chicken with 2 forks and stirred in the rice. Note: Use 1/2 cup more rice if you would like a thicker consistency. Recover the crock, leave it on high, and let it cook for about 1 more hour. Once the rice is nice and soft (and has soaked up a lot of the liquid), dinner is ready to be served! This recipe came out to the consistency of a thick and hearty stew. Served with a small salad & bisquits. So yummy! 

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That is my adventures in the kitchen lately. I hope we can inspire you to have some of your adventures and try some new things. If you try any of these recipes let me know what you think. As well as love to know ow any great recipes you have to share.  πŸ™‚
I no leave you & your family with ✌Peace, 💜Love, &😄Happiness from Owl Family to Yours.
💟Nerdy Mama Owl💟

Time for Thanks

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So I keep forgetting to post this. Things are quite hectic with us lately. But not going into that. This is a time to be positive and thankful.
I want my son to know the reason for the holidays, that it isn’t about gifts and being greedy. One way we are doing this is a family tradition of ours. “Our Thankful Tree.”
Now this is something really simple but also fun for all of us. And I must say it makes for a great decoration.
We went walking in the woods and got a small tree branch. We then collected rocks as well. Which is a ton of fun for my son He for some reason has a a fascination with rocks. No idea why or where it came from. He is always collecting them and bringing them inside. He picked up rocks no matter where we are at.
Then we spray painted the tree silver. That is what color Xavier wanted. We got one of our large Mason jars and placed the rocks & also added some green marbles in it. I still need to get some pretty ribbon to tie around the jar. πŸ™‚ We cut put some leaves and each day we each add a leaf that had something we are thankful for on it. Last I hot glue the leaves on the branches.
I put our 2 white mini pumpkins around it and our small pumpkin we used in pictures.
Slowly decorating for the fall seasons.

Here are the pictures. What do ya’ll think? What are you thankful for?  What are your fall decorations? Do you have any family traditions? 

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Just before we painted it lol he was excited

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The paint we used

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Also I am gonna share my Day 5 what I am thankful for. I am grateful for my amazing man! This is what I got to wake up too. He works evenings &over nights so he gets home at like 330-530am. The fact that he stopped when I know he is exhausted means even more. I am so blessed & grateful for him. Can’t thank God enough for sending him to me & my son. It is a amazing feeling to find someone that loves me & here for me. But to find a man that is here for my son and loves him probably more than he loves me is priceless. There are so words. Now we have a baby girl on the way of our own & I couldn’t be happier.  We have literally been through hell in our relationship yet somehow we always make it work. He is patient to with me. He supports us in every way. And so much more I could go on & on. I love him and am glad he is my best friend and my other half. β™‘ We got something that rare and special. From all we have been through in our past and since being in each others lives we are able to appreciate our love and connection that much more. πŸ™‚

Well I hope you have a great day! πŸ™‚
Sending ✌Peace, 💜Love, & 😄Happiness to all of you! God Bless!

💚🎀Nerdy Mama Owl🎀💚

Did you get a trick or a treat?

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Hello There! I feel like Dorthy. Oh you know from Wizard of Oz. I went to bed at my home in Florida. However I seem to woke up in a FREEZING state. Hmm..what happened to my warm Florida weather. Oh that is right Fall is here. TIme for warm fires, hot coco, hoodies, & boots. But seriously, we have freezing warning tonight.

Well how was everyone’s halloween? My day was horrible. But I won’t hash that out on here. As you know I live my like with Positivity. The good part is that after work and that horrible day I got to come home to a amazing man and we got to take Xavier trick or treating. My outfit didnt work since my pregnant belly is Popping out finally. But I did do my Sugar Skull Make up. My son was his favorite character, BATMAN! He was also batman last year. Which he wore the costume twice. Hey SAVED me some money. Plus last year my dad had to go to like 5 stores from My town to almost 2 hours over to find the Batman costume my son wanted. Because he said it had to be the one with muscles. So getting 2 years of wear and play out of it is perfectly fine with me.

This year since my son is 3 he was all excited to go trick or treating. At each house those he would use his manners, which makes for a proud mama. But he also would turn and ask us if we were going to get more. Each time we would respond with yes lets go to the next house. Took 3 blocks before he stopped asking. Priceless!
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As you know I am a crafter as well as a hands on mom. The night before halloween. We did some painting and crafts. We made a pumpkin stamp from a potato. We make a Frankenstein, black cat, pumpkins, & a spider & web.
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The weeks was full of fun. It was my sisters birthday so I made her a girl camo cake. The boys had their soccer & football games. Those went great! Anthony was picked for all star team. Which only the best players get picked for that team. I am SUPER proud of him. Both boys for their great jobs at their sports. I kept them Saturday night and we had pizza night.. seems to be tradition in our family. We also had a BON FIRE! Sorry I love bon fires. My country girl comes out. Even made smores. I live in the country so it was a stary night with a warm fire & I relaxing next to the fire in my hammock. I was in HEAVEN!
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We also got our branches and rocks picked for our Thankfu llTree! Which I will explain tomorrow on that. πŸ™‚Β But for now I am gonna go to bed. Its almost midnight. Sweet Dreams!

As always,

Peave.Love.& Happiness to you all!

Nerdy.Mama.Owl

Lauren Akin

Expanding Ghost.

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One of the best things about being a mom is all the fun times I get to have with my son. Xavier loves to learn and he is a very inquisitive person. So I decided we would do Science experiment to teach my son bout carbon dioxide for our craft time last night.  And to add extra fun with Halloween just around the corner why not make it a ghost. πŸ™‚
This is super simple and fast. But lots of fun!  Now I call that a TRIPLE WIN!   I am willing to bet most of you even have all these ingredients in the house. So then it is a another win.  Yes? If not it I’d all cheap and easy to get. So that is also a win!

Here is what you need:
– 1 balloon
– A sharpie marker (optional to draw face on balloon)
– 1 empty water bottle
– 1/2 a cup of vinegar
– 1 Tablespoon of baking soda.
– 1 funnel..now I didn’t have a funnel so I stretched the opening of the balloon and had him dump the baking soda in the balloon.

So what you do.
You take you water bottle and pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Then you take your balloon. If you want now is the time to draw your face on your balloon aka your Ghost.
Next you Will place the funnel in the opening of the balloon. Then add the 1 tablespoon of baking soda inside the ballon.
Now you want to attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle..WITHOUT letting the baking soda fallout of the ballon into the bottle.
Once it is attached you lift your Ghost up so the baking soda falls inside and mixes with the vinegar forming the carbon dioxide.
And your Ghost comes to life and expands πŸ™‚
Here are some pictures I took while my Xman and I did this. I also have videos posted on my instagram you can check out! 

http://instagram.com/nerdy.mama.owl

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Just before we made out Ghost come to life

Smiles before he brought our Ghost to life.

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He was hugging his new friends. My boy is such a sweetie. πŸ™‚

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                            He loved this!

And here some pictures from the rest of our night. ..

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                     Playing on the couch πŸ™‚

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Playing his Abcmouse. He loves it. If you have kids check out Abc.com it truly is a amazing site! You have nothing to loose. They offer free 30 day traial! πŸ™‚

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A nd we ended our night by watching Little Mermaid 2 Return to the Sea. πŸ™‚

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Well thanks for checking this out!  And thanks for all the love you guys leave me in comments and likes. πŸ™‚ Happy Wednesday!
Sending lots of Peace Love & Happiness to your family from ours!

Til next time,
Nerdy Mama Owl
Lauren Akin.

Craft & Play Time Our Crazy Life

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Good Day To All You Wonderful People!

First let me say a HUGE thank you for all the new followers and the love ya’ll have given me. It is so amazing! I also have found so many new blogs thanks to you guys!

Okay so I have told you I am live a SUPER CRAZY Busy life. Which is totally incredible in itself. This past weekend went by so fast, it is insane. But it was so packed! We loved every minute. We had a fun time decorating our front door for Halloween. Which I will be showing. So simple too, which as us busy moms know scores points in our books. My boss’ birthday was Wednesday. So Friday I made her chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint buttercream frosting, topped with a York peppermint patty (picture posted below). Β Her and I eat the heck out of the York Patties since being I have been pregnant. Also I made football cupcakes for my youngest nephews football game. It was supposed to be the last game of the season but the Eagles kicked butt and WON! So now we are in for the Championships! I made green cupcakes with footballs on top (Pictures posted below). Then we had some errands to run. Got to have a nice lunch with my love just the two of us. That was refreshing. Then we headed over to Turkey Creek for the Pizza Party that was going on for my oldest nephew. They won their soccer game as well that day. My son spotted turtles and was in HEAVEN. He has been asking for a fish and a turtle for Christmas. Seeing the turtles there did nothing but encourage that desire. Xavier alsohad a birthday party and trunk or treating to go to as well. Then there was cleaning and projects around the house we worked on as well. We also made homemade playdough which my son turned into growing goo. Silly boy. It was a ton of fun tho! We got so much going on. I must say I LOVE IT! These are moments of making memories. And moments that you get being a mom. Best Job in the world right πŸ™‚

This coming weekend is trick or treating, another birthday, the boys sports games. My sisters birthday as well. Plus lots of other activities. Which I will share as they happen.

I have started planning my sons 4th Birthday Party. Which is gonna be a BLAST! So we got holidays, road trips, Birthdays, & the birth of our beautiful baby girl coming in just a few weeks to few short months. Best part is I get to experience it all with my amazing son & my amazing man. What more can I ever ask for?

Alright I has a LONG Monday and it is now after midnight so I am gonna leave it here and chat more soon!

Hope you enjoy these pictures as well. Thanks in advance for any love you beautiful people leave me.

Peace, Love, & Happiness,

Nerdy Mama Owl, L. Akin.

York Peppermint Patty Cupcakes
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Football cupcakes I made for the team
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Doctor Who cake I had a order for. The customer wanted simple. It is all edible.
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Tardis pumpkin done.
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What can you do with a white sheet, Scissors, tape, and black construction paper. Make a door look like a Skull. πŸ™‚
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This is the Chicken Curry recipe. A favorite. I learned this from my mother in law since It is Thomas’ favorite. One of my favorite memories is in her kitchen learning it.
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Silly Pictures Time with my Xman! Love my son so much. He is so full of life!
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Us cheering for Anthony at football!!’
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Xavier found a moth at the game.
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Football Game!:Go Eagles!
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Little Iron Chef in the Making

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I am a very busy woman. Between being a full time mom to a VERY energetic 3 year old, I am a full time nurse, then I care for our MANY pets, I also am currently 6 months pregnant, plus taking care of my amazing fiance, our home, and fulfilling the orders I get for my crafts I do. Which I LOVE my busy crazy life. It is always go go go but it is making memories and having a blast on this beautiful adventure & would never want to change it. This being said I do love it when I can get meals cooked fast, even better if they are on the healthy side, & easy.

The dinner we made yesterday was just that. Actually it was made by my son with very little help from me and with my supervision of course. We Made “Mini Chicken Pot Pies” Β Now this can be adjusted easily to customize your meat you choose, including no meat at all, customize your veggies, & the soup you use. Also budget friendly.

Ingredients:

1 can of refrigerated biscuits

1 think large chicken breast (use any meat you wish)

1 can of mixed veggies (can use fresh or frozen veggies as well)

1 can of cream of chicken soup (can adjust the flavor to whatever you want)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a muffin tin.

Cook the chicken in a skillet. (we cut ours in to bite size pieces so it cooked faster and we didn’t have to cut it later.)

In a medium size bowl mix the chicken, cream of chicken soup, & can of mixed veggies.

Roll each biscuit out into bout 5 1/2 in round. Place each in muffin tin, firmly pressed on bottom and sizes.

Spoon the mix into the cups bout 3/4 way full.

Pull the edges of the dough towards the center and pinch to hold in place.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. Or til Golden brown.

ENJOY!!

Here are some pictures of my son making it step by step pretty much. πŸ™‚ If you try this let me know what you think. I know my mom in law Laurie will be trying this. πŸ™‚

Xavier is placing te chicken I cut up into the skillet to cook.

Xman is placing the chicken I cut up into the skillet to cook.

My Xman is Rolling the biscuits out

My Xman is Rolling the biscuits out

Xman pressing them into the muffin tin

Xman pressing them into the muffin tin

Xman filling them up.

Xman filling them up.

all done and ready to eat.

all done and ready to eat.

ENJOY as my son says. YUM MOMMY!

ENJOY as my son says. YUM MOMMY!

As always Sending you all Peace Love & Happiness!

Sincerely,

Lauren Akin, the nerdy mama owl.