So, we've lost a lot of weight. Here's what we have done so far.

My hot wife, showing off her hard work!
Over the last year and a half we have been doing one little change at a time until we have achieved a total life re-vamp. Doing it all at once wasn't practical for us. Overwhelming leads to quitting. ;)

On an average day 2 years ago I drank an entire 12 pack of Pepsi a day. I never ate breakfast. For lunch, a frozen meal or something from a can heated up in the microwave. The only large meal of the day was dinner. In between, a little candy or chips for snacks. Often after dinner my wife and I would devour half a box of cookies. We lived like this for years. Progressively increasing portion sizes and soda amounts seemingly without noticing until we reached this point.

After the fire, we had no routine. We had no possessions. We had no stability. For some reason, this inspired us to make these more drastic changes to our lives. We needed something positive to come from that turmoil. We took a good hard look at what mattered. We want to live long, full & fun lives. We just couldn't do that morbidly obese. We wanted to be healthy, not just lose weight.

I still can't believe that is me...
Some of our changes so far have included:
- Swapping vegetable oil for coconut oil.
- Removing soda completely from our lives. I feel that this is the most important change we made for our overall health.
- Drinking the proper amount of water (half your weight in ounces).
- Baking instead of frying, just about everything. If it's fried, it is done so in coconut oil.
- Cutting down on breads. I do not need 2 rolls with dinner!! lol
- Cutting back on and removing beef and pork. More chicken and turkey.
- Juicing (fresh fruits and veggies) for breakfast a couple days a week.
- Family walks, at least 30 mins, at least 4 times a week.
- Nightly body weight workout at home. We do this together. If you have a support partner, it helps!

If you are looking for advice on your journey or tips, here are mine:

Reason #125 to lose the weight:
Our arms go around each other now!
1. There are not miracle products. I know that they work for some people, but not most people and it's rare. More rare than they want you to believe. So, be real with yourself and don't be taken in by those companies. It's a money pit and a self esteem pit.

2. Say something nice to yourself EVERY day. Do it. Losing weight is not a cure all for self esteem issues if you have them. They will travel your journey with you if you let them. Accept yourself now. Appreciate yourself as you change.

3. Drink water. Seriously, it's cheap. It's calorie free. It's good for your body. It helps you lose weight. There really is no logical reason not to. Just drink water.

4. If you are going from an extremely poor food choice lifestyle, like we did, don't try to cram it all in at once. There is no deadline. Don't make it "by this day". Make it about your health, one step at a time. Those fad diets don't work because they aren't a lifelong sustainable change. Lifelong change is how you change for good. You can do it. Just don't give up! When you have a bad day, wake up the next morning, dust yourself off and get back on it. One day, one step, one week at a time.

We have been so excited about all the changes we see in ourselves and each other. We hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed day! Thanks for stopping by.


Flip In Hair Extensions - DIY results on short hair

Our daughter loved her short haircut when she first got it but now, like most of us, she is annoyed with the growing out stage. She wanted to try something new and fun.

I've been missing my clip in extensions and wigs lately too.

Couture Hair is such a fun accessory!

Speaking of fun, have you guys seen this?!
Halo Couture Hair Extenstions

We loved this idea. The first photo of Aurora there with her mouth open is her watching these videos! She thinks it's the coolest.

Naturally, we set out to Do It Yourself. There are loads of Youtube DIY instruction videos. We watched several and made some adjustments to make it comfy for short haired my teen.

Here's the photo breakdown:

Top -
1. Just get ya some hair.

2. Sew or glue it together. I sewed it because I didn't want to buy glue when sewing it seemed stronger anyway.

3. Sew in your bead elastic, fishing line or whatever you are using for the clear part. We used beading/bracelet elastic because we already had it. Also, the give is comfortable.

4.-5. Then you see my hair length and me with the "flip-in" styled. I need to learn more about styling hair.. back to youtube later!

Right -
1. Kiddo loving how fast, easy and fun "flip in hair extentions" look.

2. We both have hair that is shorter than the recommended length for this kind of extention. That said, I think it looks pretty cool! She wouldn't let me style it or trim it so that it looked more blended yet. She is way too busy playing with it!!

It took me about 40 mins to make both of them. That includes me fussing with the sewing machine and adjusting to fit! Not too shabby.
Since we already had the string and I sewed instead of buying glue, the total cost of this was just the hair we chose. Not bad!!

So, go play with some hair! I gotta learn how to use a curling iron properly now.  ;)

Happy crafting!


A card by my kiddo

My little crafting kiddo always makes cards for guys look easy!

She used Stampin Up to make this card for her cousin. I love how simple and neat it is. Good job, Aurora.

Happy crafting!


A little metal love...

You guys know how I love making chainmaille, right?!

This little creation is a Persian 6-in-1 cross made from aluminum. I find that I cannot weave with steel rings any more. They are just too hard on my hands!

It took me a good long while to really get the hang of this weave. It's a difficult one to get started.

I get all my rings at TheRingLord.com.
They rock and it's always right. You can't beat that! :)

Happy crafting and have a great day!


Another Easy Card

Just another little card that's easy and kiddo friendly. My daughter and I have been working on a lot of thanks and birthday cards lately.

We have been slowly regaining craft supplies since the fire. We have a little tub now! It's not nearly what it was but we have been enjoying making things together again.

This is all Stampin' Up! products. The punch and banner stamps are from the SAB sets. The punch is super cute.

We hope you all have a wonderful day!