Sunday, September 30, 2012

Preparing for Cinderella DVD Release October 2nd & Our Disney Princess Party #DisneyPrincessWMT #CBias

If you haven't heard, after 7 years in the vault, Disney is re-releasing Cinderella on Blu-Ray/DVD October 2nd.  After learning about this exciting news, my little girl jumped for joy and I was a little excited as well!  So, we decided in celebration of the release, we would throw a Princess party with a screening of the movie.  Before we headed off to Walmart to prepare for the party, we first checked out The Royal Ball Augmented Reality 2.0 App on the IPad2.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Weighing in Wednesday, Nutrisystem Week 3: The Journey Toward The Best You

Today as I sat down to write my Nutrisystem weekly weigh in, I was a little bummed.  You see, this week I attended a blogging conference in Baltimore.  It was super fun and I definitely enjoyed myself!  The problem is, I was away for 4 days and did not follow the Nutrisystem program while away.  I thought it would be OK because I was attending a conference called FitBloggin, a weigh loss/fitness/healthy lifestyle conference and they were serving healthy food.  Great, right?  Not so much.  Although they DID serve healthy options, they did not limit the amount of servings I could eat.  Being on the Nutrisystem program, I love the fact that my portions and calories are laid out for me.  At this point, I really depend on it.  So after the conference ended, I returned home and weighed myself.  I was bummed and a little ashamed, I have gained 0.5 pounds.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rocky Mountain Popcorn Giveaway 9/25-10/05

Seriously, can you think of ANYONE who doesn't like popcorn?  I can't, it really is the universal snack.  It is light but filling, comes in all varieties of flavors and is low calorie on top of it. (that is if you don't soak butter all over it, like I use to do!)  For real, whoever is the inventor of popcorn truly does get some major props from me because I. love. it.  Just ask my husband, we are one popcorn eating household.  I love it so much that I keep a huge seal-able bowl in my living room filled with it for a quick go-to snack.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lessons Learned from Attending a Blogging Conference: FitBloggin' 12 Conference

 This weekend I attended FitBloggin', a weight loss/fitness/healthy lifestyle blogging conference.  As I sit here and decompress, I wanted to share some things I've learned from attending it.  So, here goes:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Julep Nail Polish Giveaway 9/20-9/27

Welcome to another great Giveaway Hop: Gifts For My Girlfriends hosted by BloggerPR!  Did you know that September is Women’s Friendship Month?  So in honor of this, we decided to celebrate our girlfriends!  Our bloggers below have some amazing giveaways to celebrate your friendships and a chance win some great prizes for them, too! This event will END on September 27th, that just means it gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list and enter all of the giveaways below! Each blogger is giving away prizes valued $20 or more, so you will definitely want to get in on this!  So now behold my prize!!!

Weighing In Wednesday: Nutrisystem Week 2 "I Am NOT Hungry"

I have a Fat Voice inside my head.  I've spoken of this voice before, it is the one that is constantly telling me to "Eat, Eat, Eat." even when I am not hungry.  Well, this fat voice has a sibling, a wicked, evil sibling that is constantly telling me "You are hungryyyy!" when I know I am not.  Sometimes these voices gang up while I am eating and tell me, "You are hungry!  Keep eating! You aren't full yet, just keep EATING!"  In the past I believed these voices, I would listen to them and eat, eat, eat until I was so full I could hardly move. And it was at that point that they finally quieted and I believed I was satisfied.

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Going To Be A Good Day, It's Going To Be A Great Week!

When I come here and write about my life, show pictures of myself in all my flabby glory or even just post a recipe or two, I forget that people actually read the stuff I ramble on about.  Sometimes, I even get a couple of readers that return to read the stuff I talk about.  And once in awhile, one of those readers might even send me an email, thanking me for sharing my story and share their own struggles with weight. It is times like these which remind me why I am here, remind me why I started blogging in the first place, remind me of why I continue to put my heart and soul into my blog, because I want to make a difference.  I want to reach out to those out there that are struggling with weight and remind them, they are not alone.  I want to give hope to those out there that have given up.  And I want to encourage all to believe in themselves because we all have the power to be the best we can be.
Thank you for your support, you encourage me to be the best me.
And if that is not enough...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Funnies: Defeating My Weight Loss Success

I recently started the Nutrisystem program, I lost 6.5 pounds in the first week!  Now I know that is a very big amount to lose in a week but in all reality, it is probably mostly water weight.  However, losing that amount of weight gives the self esteem a HUGE confidence boost, and rightly so!  Losing weight is no easy task for most, this is the morning of my weigh in.
I get up and weigh myself, you see usually the scale hates me and I dread getting on it but this week I knew I was going to have an awesome read out.  I followed the plan perfectly, I exercised and it all paid off!  I was down over 6 pounds!  Whaaaaaaaat!  I am super excited!  I reweigh myself about 5 or 6 times to make sure the number I am seeing is correct and then a do a fist pump in the air with a big "YESSSS!"

Friday, September 14, 2012

Zipz Shoes Giveaway: September 15-30

Welcome to the Green Family Giveaway Hop!  This event takes place from September 15th - 30th and today you have a chance to win ZIPZ Shoes!  Check out the review below!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Skinny Apple Pie Turnover Recipe

Apple season is in the fall.  So for me, this September and November will be prime time apple cookin' up in the Working Moms kitchen!  Apples are one of my favorite fruits to cook with, therefore I am a little antsy about starting on my apple recipes this year.  I already made cinnamon apple chips a few weeks ago and shared it with you all.  Now its time to kick it up a notch with a yummy apple dessert.
One of my guilty pleasures is an apple turnover at Mc Donald's, seriously aren't those suckers sinfully delicious.  So, I scoured the internet for some tasty apple desserts and came upon one from Dashing Dish that used egg roll wrappers, brilliant!   I adapted her recipe a bit because she used artificial sweeteners and I just didn't think it needed it, the sweetness of the apple was enough for me.  Here is my recipe:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Nutrisystem: Weighing in Wednesday with LINKY

If you remember from last week, I started the Nutrisystem Program and I am excited to share everything I love about the program!  So, I am creating a "Top 5" list of reasons I love Nutrisystem.

5.  The Nutrisystem Tracker.  I am old school.  Sure, I blog, use social media outlets and enjoy all things technology but I still have a bit of that "old schoolness" in me.  I write grocery lists.  I hang a monthly calendar on my refrigerator to track my kids events and activities.  I write my daily events at work in a cute little mommy calendar and I even put stickers on birthdays and other special occasions. (I'm just a nerd like that)  And when it comes to tracking my food and weight, I prefer to write it down.  So, when I received my Nutrisystem package and saw there was a Nutrisystem tracker, I was overjoyed!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Nutrisystem: The Next Chapter w/ Weighing In Wednesday Linky

This is a weight loss blog.  However, this summer I have gotten a little away from the "weight loss" part of this blog.  The reason being is I have gotten very far off my weight loss track.  I have majorly slacked on exercise, eating healthy and have gained weight as a result.  I am not proud of it, in fact, I have beaten myself up about it many nights and I could continue to beat myself up about it OR I can do something about it.  I choose to do something.

Welcome to the next chapter of my weight loss journey.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Skinny Chocolate Mousse Recipe: A Greek Yogurt Recipe

I am taking part in an Autumn Blogathan Challenge, this challenge kicked off today and the first topic is to write about your favorite recipe.  For me, this is a tough one to pick because I have SO many recipes that I love to make.  After thinking long and hard, I decided to choose a recipe that I make often, I also chose this recipe because it is so versatile and I make different variations of it often.  The recipe is my Greek Yogurt Cheesecake recipe.  This recipe has become a Pinterest sensation with thousands of repins and one of my top 3 most viewed blog posts.  Another variation of this recipe is my Greek Yogurt Banana Cream Mini Pies and today I am presenting you with yet another variation of the recipe!

I am not sure why it had taken me so long to try a chocolate version of this because as most of you might know... I am a chocaholic!  When the bright idea did come to me, I was in love right away!  Anyways, I know you must be ready to dig right into recipe so here it is:

Skinny Chocolate Mousse

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Funnies: Asking Out Girls

My little boy is now in 2nd grade, he is getting big way too fast!  I remember his first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday.  I remember his Kindergarten crushes, and boy did he have many of them!  There was one little girl that he had a mad crush on almost all year, he liked her so much that he changed his last name to hers and we were NOT allowed to call him by any other name.

As he entered 1st grade he started to talk a lot less about girls.  When I did ask him about it, he would just reply with a "Mom, I hang out with the guys now."  Fair enough.

This is why I was completely shocked when he came to me recently to discuss girls.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Planet Gear $25 Gift Credit Giveaway: Too Cool For School Hop

We are just "Too Cool For School" up in here at Survival Guide by The Working Mom, well not really but today we are taking part in a Too Cool For School Giveaway hop hosted by BloggerPR!  This event will run from September 1st until September 9th, which gives you PLENTY of time to hop on down to the linky code below and enter all the great giveaways!  Each blogger is giving away a prize worth $20 or more,so good luck and have an awesome school year!