Mamavation, Menu Plans, & Ionic Purifiers

I weighed in at 134.4 again this week–so not much to update on that front, however I do have a few things that’s I’m excited about sharing that have developed over this week!

Wyoming Girl
My MIL snapped this pic of me this week-I love how I can see my progress in it, but it’s also a reminder that I’m not quite where I want to be yet!!!

During the middle of the week I was talking to hubby about how I was really having a hard time fitting running into my now jam packed schedule. He suggested that I start running in the evenings right after the kids go to bed (Amber’s down at 8 each night).

After bouncing the idea around in our Beautiful Babes FB group I decided to try it out! The great news is that it was definitely so much easier–AND I shaved an entire minute off of my time from 2 weeks ago! The bad news is that I didn’t run on Friday, because we ended up doing things that evening–so any evening we actually have something planned it will be harder to commit to running first! I’m planning on trying to do it Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week so we’ll see!

For the past few weeks I’ve been attending the Couponing for the Kingdom Bible Class taught by the lovely blogger behind Thrifty Texas Penny. It’s been a lot of fun and I love how much I’m learning!

This past week the lovely Miss Pary Moppins came and talked with us about menu planning. While I’ve always planned out meals before shopping I normally just make a list of meals and then randomly pick and choose what to have that morning. In the lesson we learned about using your menu plan to shop the sales and that way you’re not only organized-you’re saving big bucks! I’ve decided to start including my menu plan in my Mamavation posts since my meal plan definitely affects the weight on the scale!

This went perfectly along with a product that I was recently sent–the Oransi Fridge air purifier. It cleans the air in your refrigerator so that it smells fresh and keeps your food fresher. Our fridge is super tiny–especially for 6 people, but the purifier is super small and hasn’t been a bother at all! It’s silent but the little light blinks to let you know that it’s working! With 3 puppies a preschooler, and a toddler there are lots of interesting smell around the house-so it’s nice to have one less place to worry about them! It also makes me feel good to know that I don’t have to be throwing as much food away which saves money and makes us less wasteful!

Here is my Menu Plan for this week!

Sunday ~ Drunk Chicken with mashed potatoes (made for the first time, so easy and tasty! Will definitely be making it lots from now on)
Monday ~ The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup    (with the leftovers from Sunday)
Tuesday ~ Chilli Tortilla Casserole (family recipe, coming soon!)
Wednesday ~ Pork Chops and Applesauce, Cheesy Shells (family recipe, coming soon!)
Thursday ~ Crockpot Lasagna
Friday ~ Chicken Parmesan 
Saturday ~ Salisbury Steak and Onion Potatoes

How do you keep your food fresh? Do you make a menu plan? Let me know in the comments!

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Conscious Box

It seems like last year is when all the different subscription services really kicked off. But it makes sense–who *doesn’t* love getting new, fun, exciting products to try out?

You might remember that I got to try out the November, December and the February Conscious Boxes! I still think that it is a great thing to have if you love finding eco-friendly products you might not have known about before!

I just found out that Conscious Box just rolled out a brand new website that is better than ever! Now you can earn points for rating the samples in your box and use those points to snag some great discounts on your favorite products – right from Also, as you earn more points you’ll level up to different characters, starting at “Seedling”– perfect if you’re like me and want to really get the most bang for your buck, or if you love online games and leveling up.

To celebrate I’m giving away a 3 month Conscious Box subscription to one lucky winner! ($59 Value!)

Be sure to Like Conscious Box on Facebook and let them know I sent you their way and share it around with your friends!

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Concerning Scarves

A little over a year now I happened into–oh happy day–the world of Pinterest. What does this have to do with concerning scarves? All in good time, all in good time. While things like photography, dinner recipes, and yes–sweets–caught my eye, a board I quickly built up was my Wardrobe Makeover board. It seemed like each outfit I pinned included a scarf with it–and I thought that scarves were like hats-something that looks fabulous on others but utterly silly on me!

So away I pinned all while firmly disagreeing that a scarf was really necessary for all these delightful outfits I found! All of a sudden scarves were in and I felt a bit of the rebel–those silly girls and their scarves!!

All the while I continued to delight my geeky little closet nerd heart in my beloved BBC Classics and Happily Ever After type of movies. When I recently heard friends raving about how wonderful the shows Once Upon a Time and Sherlock were I had to check them out–especially the latter as I’ve always been a huge Sir. Author Conan Doyle fan and have read a lot of the original Sherlock Holmes stories.

And well….perhaps I’m just a bit reluctant to change, and perhaps they changed my mind just a wee bit with the total fabulousness of the shows, actors, actresses, and the scarves —>

But in any event I recently decided that I, too, would be jumping on the “we wear scarves and are fabulous” train!

I decided to start off with a no brainer, super pretty, super comfy scarf. The Infinity Scarf from The Nested Hen {a ridiculously cute Etsy shop} was the perfect choice for me!

It’s made of a lighter material which is absolutely perfect for here in Texas where one day (like today) there is a low of 27 and then in 3 days there will be a high of 75–craziness!

See my pretty scarf just peeking out?? Oh and my hair really isn’t RED like this-it was just the lighting that day

I loved how easy-peasy the infinity scarf is for a scarves noob like me–I looped it over twice, threw it around my neck, then played with it for a few seconds till it sat right. It goes so perfectly with this darling jacket I picked up last year in Boston, and I love the look pairing them together created!

I have joined the ranks of the fashionable–and it feels oh so snuggly warm!

Nicole Elliott



The Bible Series on History Channel

I’ve been seeing advertisements for the new The Bible Series premiering on History Channel March 3rd 2013 Sundays at 8PM! I’m excited to watch it and see how it lines up with the stories I’ve know and loved my whole life! In the meantime here is a really fun quiz to give you a sneak peek at some of the actors and to test your Bible trivia–I was sure I’d nail it but with that timer ticking it’s harder than it looks! 😉


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