WIAW # 130 – Water, Water, Water

Even though I still ate rather healthy while on our trip I came back feeling fluffier and bloated. So, the first thing I made sure to do was drink water and A LOT of it. I have been drinking about 120 ounces a day and that makes such a huge difference. I always feel so much better at the end of the day when my water intake is on the higher side.

After getting home from our trip I also made sure to get right back to macro counting and eating clean 90% of the time. Typically, I try to keep at least 80% of my diet clean, but after getting back from a trip I usually tighten it up a little bit. This time it was no different and I am already back to feeling normal again.

water intake

Since getting back I haven’t cut calories drastically or tried to eliminate carbs, I have simply gotten back on track with counting macros and it feels so good. So, much better then trying to deprive myself. I love going on trips and giving myself a little leeway when it comes to tracking (every once in awhile), but I love getting back on track even better.

My typical day has looked something like this:

1 serving of FlapJacked Protein Pancakes for breakfast.

flapjacked pancakes

1/2 a cup of both strawberries and grapes for a morning snack. I love my fruit, especially in the summer.

wiww - fruit

A salad for lunch with either tuna, lean ground beef, or grilled chicken.

BBQ chicken salad has been one of my favorites these days. I usually top mine with cheese, chicken, bacon, and BBQ sauce.

BBQ Chicken Salad homemade

A bowl of cereal (2/3 cup of Kasha Go Lean with 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk) for an afternoon snack. Cereal is so refreshing to me it also curbs my sweet tooth.

WIAW 43 - go lean cereal


Some days I have a cup coffee (with a tablespoon of coffee-mate natural bliss salted caramel and a packet of raw stevia) for a little pick me up mid afternoon.

I was getting a little hungry so before heading out to the pool I ate a poached egg, 4 egg whites, and two pieces of dry toast.

Once, getting back from the pool I might have a hamburger on a light bun or ground beef on a flat-out flatbread (this decision would depend on my carb count for the day). I love both of these equally so either way I was happy.


Before calling it a night I would end my night with a Kashi 7 Grain waffle topped with 1/2 a tablespoon of almond butter.

{I’m sorry I haven’t been the best with taking pictures of my food these days, but I promise to get back on track.}

I am a creature of habit and I actually don’t mind eating relatively the same food day in and day out. Of course, I change it up here and there, but by keeping things simple I don’t have to  think too much about my meal plan.



In the Comments Below:

  1. What have you been eating lately?
  2. Are you a creature of habit or do you easily get bored of eating the same things?


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Virginia + Saying Goodbye to Granny

We had such a wonderful family weekend vacation together. We left early Thursday morning for Steve’s family reunion in Virginia and arrived home Saturday night. I must say our 9 hour drive went amazingly well. It couldn’t have been better. Our trip was quick, but wonderful. We loved seeing all of our family and watching our girls play with their cousins was beyond perfect. Family is everything.

How did we live without DVD players? Seriously, these are live savers and make long drives a breeze.

july 2016 virginia girls car

PicMonkey Collage - cousins virginia

july 2016 virginia sophia mckenzie zoo july 2016 virginia mckayla zoo

Sharing a bikini.

july 2016 virginia mckayla mckenzie

Even though Steve’s Granny passed away a year ago we said our final good-byes to her this passed weekend at the reunion. We said goodbye to an amazing women. I am truly going to miss talking to her about all the craziness of having a lot of children, including a set of twins (Granny had four children close in age and a fifth child 10 years later.). When we would talk she would tell me that I would survive and that I will make it through these early stages stronger then ever. She would tell me that God gave me four daughters because he knew I would be a wonderful mother, he knew I could handle it with grace. I loved her honesty and sincerity. She was never afraid to tell us how she felt. I loved her cards and newspaper clippings. I loved her knowledge and hearing all about her life experiences. I only knew her for just over 10 years, but Granny always made everyone feel welcome immediately. She made everyone feel like family no matter what and that is exactly the way she made me feel from the first moment we met.

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Granny would have loved seeing all her family together, especially all her great-grandchildren. It was such a beautiful site. Her legacy will live on forever in the hearts of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


We spent Sunday at Mimi and Papa’s house to see Baby Maizy (and Uncle Fran and Aunt Sarah) before leaving. I just love seeing the way our girls love on their baby cousin. It is so sweet to see their little faces light up by simply mentioning her name.

And they sure can’t wait until Maizy can play with all of them.

july 2016 isabella sophia outside july 2016 mckayla slip n slide july 2016 mckayla mckenzie slip n slide july 2016 girls slip n slide



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MIMM # 153

MiMM - logo

I feel like I have been saying this a lot lately, but we had such a wonderful family weekend and I am going to be sad when school starts up and life gets crazy again. It was busy, but so much fun. I must tell you I had a few moments where I just didn’t think I would be able to get everything done, but it all worked out and to tell you the truth it usually does.

It all began Friday morning, at Trader Joe’s (I meant to get a picture, but monitoring 4 girls, each with their own cart is not easy task. But, we sure did have fun, I love shopping with my girls.). After that we spent the morning playing and reading in the park.

july 2016 mckayla mckenzie isabella tire swing PicMonkey Collage - depot park free library

After nap time we spent Friday afternoon at the pool. This has been our favorite place to be all summer and I am going to be sad when it’s over.

july 2016 girls pool july 2016 pool mckayla mckenzie

The rule when going to the pool is that everyone must carry something. My babies take it to the next level; they love helping their mama.

july 2016 mckenzie pool stuff

I am not going to lie we spent a lot of our weekend snuggling Baby Maizy.

july 2016 - moments with maize

Sunday morning was family pictures day. My family of six gets professional pictures taken at least once a year, but we haven’t taken family pictures with my parents and siblings in over 10 years, so it was only fitting to do so now that Baby Maizy is here.

We had a perfect morning and a wonderful photographer. I can’t wait to see all of our pictures and I will be sure to share them with all of you.

Here is one I took of my girls. They were amazing little models. Have I told you lately that I really do love their ages, even though I miss my babies.

july 2016 family pictures girls


{Katie – Marvelous in My Monday}


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Thinking Out Loud # 93

{Amanda – Thursday’s are for Thinking Out Loud}

Thinking-Out-Loud (3)

  1. One of Sophia and Isabella’s favorite things to do this summer is reading outside, especially while I make dinner. Most evenings Sophia has all four of them out there reading. It is the perfect summer evening to me.july 2016 girls reading outside
  2. Sister sleepovers are the best. We love summertime.july 2016 sleepover sophia isabella
  3. This week has been extremely busy. For some reason I feel like I just can’t get my footing, hopefully next week is a little calmer. We did finally make it to this amazing playground that Sophia has been asking to go to for months and it was worth it. It was so much fun. I love playing outside with my girls.july 2016 girls playground july 2016 playground mckayla swing july 2016 playground mckenzie swing july 2016 playground sophia july 2016 playground isabella
  4. Have you ever met 3 year olds that love to read their cards? Seriously, these two can’t get enough of all their sweet cards from their birthdays. They carry them around each and every day.july 2016 mckayla mckenzie reading cards
  5. Doesn’t everyone sleep with glass slippers? Our Cinderella costumes and all the accessories  was one of our favorite gifts. Thank you Mimi and Papa.july 2016 mckenzie glass slippers
  6. Tomorrow my brother, sister-in-law and niece come into town. I am so excited. You don’t realize how much you miss your siblings until you can’t see them anytime you wish.siblings


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