Easter, April Fools, & Gators

Happy Christmas, Merry Birthday!

 Ok, happy April Fools! I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter yesterday and a fun day today! I’ll probably do a post on it this Wednesday but our Easter {week} was a very nice one this year. But considering that last Easter we were dealing with Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease and the year before I’d just lost my Grandpa, Tyler had just gotten out of the ICU, and hubby was deployed–basically anything would have been a step up!!! (why is it that I always seem to have really hard times in my life right before Easter??!! Goodness!)

Today we went to the Mineola Nature Preserve for a playdate and, no fooling, saw an Alligator in one of the ponds!!! I was so excited–it was the first time I’d seen one outside of a zoo or reptile garden type place! More pictures of that to come as well–but here’s an Instagram in the meantime!

But anywho, onto this week’s update!

The Scale: 133.9 This was one of those weeks I was all over the place-so I think from now on I’m going to start writing down my weight daily (I already weigh myself daily, just don’t usually record it) and do the average of the week since I fluctuate about 1/2 a lb between days each week even if I try to weigh in at a consistent time, anywho!

The Treadmill: Once, One Mile, 11:16 Due to Good Friday my Father-in-Law came in on Thursday late afternoon and it was all chaos after that point.

This Week: We’re back to a “normalish” week so I’m hoping to run twice and I went on about a mile walk with the kiddos today at the nature preserve to get to that alligator!

Tell me something cool that you did last week!

Nicole Elliott

Easter, April Fools, & Gators

Happy Christmas, Merry Birthday!

 Ok, happy April Fools! I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter yesterday and a fun day today! I’ll probably do a post on it this Wednesday but our Easter {week} was a very nice one this year. But considering that last Easter we were dealing with Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease and the year before I’d just lost my Grandpa, Tyler had just gotten out of the ICU, and hubby was deployed–basically anything would have been a step up!!! (why is it that I always seem to have really hard times in my life right before Easter??!! Goodness!)

Today we went to the Mineola Nature Preserve for a playdate and, no fooling, saw an Alligator in one of the ponds!!! I was so excited–it was the first time I’d seen one outside of a zoo or reptile garden type place! More pictures of that to come as well–but here’s an Instagram in the meantime!

But anywho, onto this week’s update!

The Scale: 133.9 This was one of those weeks I was all over the place-so I think from now on I’m going to start writing down my weight daily (I already weigh myself daily, just don’t usually record it) and do the average of the week since I fluctuate about 1/2 a lb between days each week even if I try to weigh in at a consistent time, anywho!

The Treadmill: Once, One Mile, 11:16 Due to Good Friday my Father-in-Law came in on Thursday late afternoon and it was all chaos after that point.

This Week: We’re back to a “normalish” week so I’m hoping to run twice and I went on about a mile walk with the kiddos today at the nature preserve to get to that alligator!

Tell me something cool that you did last week!

Nicole Elliott

Mamavation, Motivation, & Makeup!

This week’s “selfy” wearing a fun Spring dress and modeling Iman’s new BB Crème

 This week my slim & trim quest continued along with the norm of juggling all it is that I do and trying to adjust my schedule as new curve balls my way!

After a few weeks of trying running at night I’m definitely going to stick to it, however I’ve found that trying to run 3 nights a week just isn’t happening with how busy our schedule is and how many different people I have to try to work my schedule around right now. So for the time being I’m going to switch to 2 nights a week (Thursday and Friday) for one mile.

 I’m excited to finally see my time improving, my weight going down, and I no longer DREAD running–I’m not loving it but those 3 things are huge motivation boosters!

Here’s my update for the past week:

The Scale: 134 –back down again!!! Now it’s time to keep it there and keep it going down, down, down
The Treadmill: Ran twice for 1 mile clocking in at 11:16 & 11:15 –personal bests!
 This Week: Easter–oh Easter. The kids have 5 (yes FIVE) Easter Egg hunts this week–so that means that there will be a huge influx of candy! I’ve been doing really well lately with my cookie in a mug trick-instead of wasting my “sweet tooth” calories here and there and over doing it by snacking ALL night long I have one cookie in a cup and I’m left satisfied–plus knowing I can have something I love makes it easier to say no to things that I don’t (like cupcakes at a party, a pop, or candy).

In the meantime keeping myself looking and feeling pretty is always important in terms of motivation and making the most of what I have right now! If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that my latest makeup love is BB Cream! Now that I’m hooked on it I want to try it all and see what works perfectly for me!


My latest BB Cream to try was IMAN’s new BB Crème! It’s actually made for women of color and, well…., you can probably tell that despite some hispanic roots (Grandpa was 1/2 Irish, 1/2 Spanish) I’m about as pale as they come! 🙂 Because of this even the lightest shade is just a smidge too dark for me (see the picture of me modeling it up above) However this means that it will be *perfect* this summer when the hot Texas sun gives me a tiny bit more color!

This BB Creme also contains SPF 15 so it has that kind of a texture to it as well and spreads on like a mix of foundation & sunscreen would. It also provides the coverage that I’ve come to expect from a BB Creme–slightly lighter than a light foundation. It provides evening without thick coverage-so for any problem spots don’t forget to touch up with concealer!

One very cool thing is that IMAN’s is having a bunch of awesome in-store events where you can find out more information about this new product! Be sure to check out the IMAN’s Facebook Event list  to find one near you!

Two Lucky Winners Will Receive BB Crème samples: Shades Clay Med and Earth Med, IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Lip Shimmer: Crystal, and Luxury Lip Pencil: Tan. (Total Package Value $20.00)

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Nicole Elliott

Mamavation, Motivation, & Makeup!

This week’s “selfy” wearing a fun Spring dress and modeling Iman’s new BB Crème

 This week my slim & trim quest continued along with the norm of juggling all it is that I do and trying to adjust my schedule as new curve balls my way!

After a few weeks of trying running at night I’m definitely going to stick to it, however I’ve found that trying to run 3 nights a week just isn’t happening with how busy our schedule is and how many different people I have to try to work my schedule around right now. So for the time being I’m going to switch to 2 nights a week (Thursday and Friday) for one mile.

 I’m excited to finally see my time improving, my weight going down, and I no longer DREAD running–I’m not loving it but those 3 things are huge motivation boosters!

Here’s my update for the past week:

The Scale: 134 –back down again!!! Now it’s time to keep it there and keep it going down, down, down
The Treadmill: Ran twice for 1 mile clocking in at 11:16 & 11:15 –personal bests!
 This Week: Easter–oh Easter. The kids have 5 (yes FIVE) Easter Egg hunts this week–so that means that there will be a huge influx of candy! I’ve been doing really well lately with my cookie in a mug trick-instead of wasting my “sweet tooth” calories here and there and over doing it by snacking ALL night long I have one cookie in a cup and I’m left satisfied–plus knowing I can have something I love makes it easier to say no to things that I don’t (like cupcakes at a party, a pop, or candy).

In the meantime keeping myself looking and feeling pretty is always important in terms of motivation and making the most of what I have right now! If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that my latest makeup love is BB Cream! Now that I’m hooked on it I want to try it all and see what works perfectly for me!


My latest BB Cream to try was IMAN’s new BB Crème! It’s actually made for women of color and, well…., you can probably tell that despite some hispanic roots (Grandpa was 1/2 Irish, 1/2 Spanish) I’m about as pale as they come! 🙂 Because of this even the lightest shade is just a smidge too dark for me (see the picture of me modeling it up above) However this means that it will be *perfect* this summer when the hot Texas sun gives me a tiny bit more color!

This BB Creme also contains SPF 15 so it has that kind of a texture to it as well and spreads on like a mix of foundation & sunscreen would. It also provides the coverage that I’ve come to expect from a BB Creme–slightly lighter than a light foundation. It provides evening without thick coverage-so for any problem spots don’t forget to touch up with concealer!

One very cool thing is that IMAN’s is having a bunch of awesome in-store events where you can find out more information about this new product! Be sure to check out the IMAN’s Facebook Event list  to find one near you!

Two Lucky Winners Will Receive BB Crème samples: Shades Clay Med and Earth Med, IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Lip Shimmer: Crystal, and Luxury Lip Pencil: Tan. (Total Package Value $20.00)

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Nicole Elliott

The Scale, The Treadmill, and This Week

The Scale: This week I weighed in at 135.2 — so, up a little but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m running again regularly or if it’s because of how I ate this week…one thing that I *still* really need to do is start a food journal so that on weeks like this I can look back and pinpoint what might be going on!

The Treadmill: This past week I ran a mile twice in the evenings like my plan was–sure enough it’s working out great and I’ve been recording my best times ever! So I’m very excited about that!

This Week: is Spring Break and that means that we should be home a lot as most of our normal things are cancelled–both of the kiddos have colds, so I’m planning on a stay-at-home-and-get-some-work-done week! Also I’m going to use it to finally jump on the potty training train for Tyler–I’ve been putting it off thanks to some savvy boy-mom friends who advised me to definitely wait till he was at least 2 1/2 and really seemed interested.

The Discovery: I just recently discovered the wonder that is a Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug. It could be the best, or worst, thing to ever happen to me! Ok, ok, so that’s a bit dramatic. The wonderful thing about it is that I can now have a delicious fresh from the oven cookie taste anytime I want without inhaling five of them and then 5 the next day (portion control!) It’s also helping me be able to stop and think about my night sweets–is it really worth the calories? Or would I just rather wait a day or so and make a cookie to count for both days? Also since it’s homemade it’s automatically less junky just because I’m using fresh ingredients and avoiding all that nasty processed business.

The Menu Plan

Monday ~ Bob’s Hot Bottom Chilli (Family Recipe–coming soon!!!) homemade tortillas
Tuesday ~ Grandma’s Italian Stew & Spaghetti  (Family Recipe–coming soon!!!) rolls
Wednesday ~ Italian Chicken in the Oven, Sweet Corn
Thursday ~ Best Ever Meatloaf, Baked Beans
Friday ~ Easy Chicken Cord On Blue, French Style Green Beans
Saturday ~ Chilli Tortilla Casserole (Family Recipe–coming soon!!!) Mexican Rice
Sunday ~ Chicken in Basil Sauce, Sweet Corn

How has your week gone? Leave me your link so I can come and visit and see how your weightloss is going or what your menu plan looks like!

Linking up with Mamavation and Menu Plan Monday
Nicole Elliott

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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 Linking with Mamavation & Menu Plan Monday

Nicole Elliott

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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Nicole Elliott

Mamavation Monday ~ Razors, Sweat, and Water

This past week has been one that was even more crazy than typical! Each day had something “extra” planned and several involved us eating lunch either out or brown bagging it.

Because of all the fuss and a few missed alarms I didn’t end up running even once :S Because of that and all the eating out my weight bumped back up to 134.4, however I think that it will be really easy to drop it again by next week so I’m not too concerned.

As far as the 40 Days of Water challenge I must say that I’ve been surprised at how it’s actually been quite a bit more tricky than I thought it would be! Thankfully there is one “cheat day” each week so I was able to use that because pizza with anything other than Pepsi is gross to me, haha! As far as the no snacking while I haven’t managed to do no snacks every night this challenge has really made me stop to think about it when I reach for something after 8, and most nights I do go without. On my “cheat night” I was surprised to find that after just a little bit of snacks I found myself putting the rest back because I wasn’t really craving it after all–a HUGE deal for me!!!


When life gets as crazy as it has been lately it’s always nice to have a few great products to rely on! Lately I’m loving my new Schick Hydro Silk® razor because it has a fun design that’s easy to grip in the shower, it has this really cool moisturizing serum so that it hydrates without using a big, clunky bar around it to do so, and the 5 blades help shave close and great like stealing your hubbies razor would! It’s perfect for the days when I am trying to find the time to squeeze a shower in!

Schick Hydro Silk® razor

Right now you can find high value coupons for Schick Hydro Silk® razor in the paper–or if you’d like me to send you a super special one courtesy of BzzAgent just let me know in the comments!

Dry Idea Advanced Dry Fresh


The other product I’m currently loving is the new Dry Idea Advanced Dry Fresh.  As you know it’s February, and in Texas that means that one minute I’m freezing and the next I’m sweating–yuck!!! Dry Idea is roll-on deodorant and antiperspirant (but it also comes in stick) that is pulse activated–so it keeps me cool and ick free no matter if I’m bundled up or in a tank top–even when those two happen within the same day. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and I’m loving how it works!


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Nicole Elliott

Mamavation ~ 40 Days of Water

 Things this week went fairly well, once again I did a awful job of keeping track of my food in a food journal, I don’t know what it is about all the different ways I’ve tried to keep track that I just can’t seem to stick with it–I’m starting to think that maybe in the mornings I will plan out my food for the day and then check off each item as I eat it to play on my love-of-all-things-check-list mentality–maybe a little unorthodox but I think it just might work! I’ll let you know how it goes!

Still feeling out my new routine I only ran twice last week but will try again this week to run 3 times-my biggest thing is that I need to start getting up at 7:30 each morning and well…..

So something to work on! Just this morning I saw the challenge that I posted first, and I’m seriously considering doing it! I already drink basically only water, coffee, and milk-but about once a week I will have Pepsi when we go out to eat. I’m think for the challenge I’d limit myself to 2 cups of coffee a day and then only drink water for the rest, it might be tough but I think it would be an awesome experience–anyone else in??!!!

My weight this week: 133.4 lbs One pound down–Woo Hoo!!!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing this week with your wellness/weighloss/healthy goals and be sure to leave me a link if you did a post this week!

Nicole Elliott

Mamavation ~ Lemon Water

Lemon Water

Healthy trick I used this week: Put slices of a Meyer Lemon (a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange-I bought a bag at Wal*Mart) in boiled water. Makes for a delish and metabolism boosting hot drink and helped curb my crazy night time sweet cravings.

So last week was one of those crazy weeks that has a bunch of “extra” things stuffed into it so that there is little time for anything else. I did run twice, but I didn’t really keep track of how I was eating. This week I’m hoping to actually begin a routine of sorts and that should help me get back on track with everything.

This morning I weighed in at 134.4 – so I’ve gained back a little of the weight that I  lost while I was sick, but I think part of that will be getting muscle again to replace what I lost in that while I was sick as well.

Goals for this week-I figure if I keep it to 2 goals a week I’ll be more likely to accomplish them!

  • Run 1 Mile 3 days
  • Start keeping food journal

How are your weightloss and wellness goals coming? What are your plans for this week?

Nicole Elliott