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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Is everyone having an AWESOME summer?!  I know our summer has been insanely busy and chaotic – not AT ALL what I had envisioned when school was getting out in May. I had dreamed of days at the beach and pool with my kids and lazy days watching movies and just hanging out relaxing. We have probably gotten to do those things counted on one hand. Its crazy how life sometimes changes and doesn’t go as we plan – even if those changes are awesome and exciting! :)

So if you can imagine my summer not going as I had planned then you can imagine how much harder it has been to stay on ‘track’??? Super duper hard!  I still track daily with my favorite iPhone tracker- my dietSNAPS app to stay mindful of what I am eating but I haven’t been keeping close track of my daily WW points target. Thankfully I have maintained the same weight all through this summer craziness!  Taking a step out of the big picture has helped me realize this………

(via everything-inspiring)

I also realized that it is because I have changed and created healthy habits over the last 17 months and that I am going to do awesome as long as I maintain those habits. I am so thankful that we came across the 90 Day Challenge and the AWESOME Vi-shakes because that has helped me get that nutrition in even if I haven’t been perfect so I can maintain and have energy. You can check out my FaceBook 90 Day Challenge page HERE.


Just a little over 2 1/2 weeks left till school starts!!!!!  I’m excited and nervous at the same time cause I have SOOO MUCH to still to do to get my kids and house ready before then!!!!

Lots more to update……so stay tuned!!!!! :)


You Can Do Anything....

Focused on Priorities

In case any of you have been wondering…..yes I am alive and well!! :)  Since this month started it has been all  cRaZiNess at my house and in my brain!!!  I’m not sure if anyone has even missed me or even really cares…..but I have missed blogging and sharing thoughts and ideas!! :)

When looking at my calendar for the month of May at the beginning of the month, I realized how crazy busy my life was about to get and I had to make a choice.  I had to realize and accept what my priorities are – especially in times like these when my calendar and our life gets this insane busy.



Putting things that I love doing on the back burner like blogging, baking, reading books and blogs, Pinterest :), watching my favorite shows, even checking/replying to emails at times, etc…… or that they don’t make it “above the line” as Dave Ramsey would say…….is very hard for me to accept sometimes. Its the FUN stuff I’d rather be DOING!!!!  This month I knew I was going to have to accept reality of my responsibilites or I was gonna become a crazy mama!!! (or crazier!) :)


This quote is the perfect mantra I would have to tell myself each day……..


And I had to remind myself each day to be OK with that.

It helped.


Despite the extra stress and demands – these are the things I made sure of each day:

  • Make sure my family was taken care of with daily nurturing from me: cooking, cleaning, healthy meals, etc
  • Get my workouts in:  we signed up for the Tough Mudder in October and began meeting up and training with our friends from church! I am looking forward to this new challenge and adventure!
  • Focus on eating more clean:  eating more veggies and increasing my protein while cutting out more processed foods has actually helped me focus on food as fuel instead of stress eating.
  • Sleep: I had to make a choice every night to go to bed at a decent hour or stay up and blog – I chose sleep. (that is HUGE bonus for this night owl! :) )
  • Learned to say No: I had to say No to several fun things so that I wouldn’t over schedule and overstress myself with trying to fit it all in.
  • Focus on one project at a time!! Then when that one was over then I focused on the next thing coming up.
After focusing on all that during each day, I didn’t have energy for much else. As these big events, projects, and end of the school year craziness fades away, then I will be able to add those other *FUN* things into my life again. I have been able to tell a huge difference in my stress and anxiety levels by not trying to do it all. Having this mentality really helped me to be able to enjoy the fun as they were happening instead of being stressed and frazzled and ready for it to just be over with.  I am truly learning and figuring out the balance that I need in my life, especially during the really stressful times.


Here are a few of the highlights and lowlights of the past 2 crazy weeks!

I had some pretty big projects that needed all my energy and attention. For starters, I was in charge of a HUGE fundraiser for our church Girls Camp and it consumed the first week. It was a BBQ dinner, silent auction, and a live dessert auction and thankfully it went over awesomely well and was a good time!!!

Then, the next day I had an awesome cousins weekend where we did our 2nd annual cousins sleepover and did the Houston Lupus 5K walk for my cousin Bev. This year we had the’ little cousins’ walk it with us and they were little troopers! Walking by the bayou and downtown skyline was a really pretty view!

While trying to leave the parking lot in downtown (to head straight to Galveston to pick up my Mama who had just gotten off a 7 day cruise) I started having random car problems. Thankfully my sister was with me and our cousin Bev had taken all the girls with her to head home to my house. My other cousin, who thankfully hadn’t left yet, took me to a store to get a gas treatment per my brother-in-law’s advice. That finally worked and we were able to get on the road – only to break down again halfway home!!! Thankfully I was able to exit before my car shut off and then I literally coasted into a store parking lot before coming to a stop. My husband, who was working the weekend, was able to come pick us up so we could continue on to Galveston to get my poor mother. Thankfully she was so patient with us and is a social butterfly!! hahaha  We went back to the car later that evening to change the fuel filter and that still did not fix the car. :( Luckily, Lexy’s dad came to our rescue and helped us tow our car the rest of the way home.

The next day my dad came down to help Courtney fix the car by trying to replace the fuel pump. That was a 2 person-all-day-job in itself!!!

and…….the car is still not fixed!  Another part broke while they were trying to take off the fuel tank. :(   Thankfully my mom was able go home with my dad and leave her car here for me to drive until we can finish getting it fixed. ugh at car issues!!! Thankfully my dad being the handy man he was able to help Courtney with our refrigerator that has started moaning and groaning along with other odd and end jobs around the house that needed fixin’. Yay for checking off the Honey-Do list! :)

On top of all that my iPhone is having MORE issues!!  I was having issues being able to use my dietSNAPS app for a good week because of a glitch on my screen that won’t let me click on anything. I had to resort to taking pics of my food just using my phone camera!!!!!  :(  (I figured out a way around it so I can now use my app but the glitch is still not fixed!! :( )


Thursday of last week  I got invited to Gabe’s school for a quick Mother’s Day Breakfast. His teacher said “He just loves you so much cause he talks about you all the time!”  Talk about melt my heart!  My lil’ Green Lantern Hero! :)

All this last week I turned my attention and focus to the next big event on the calendar- hosting a big Hinson get together weekend for Cruz’s baby blessing! I spent all week spring cleaning my house from top to bottom using the FlyLady cleaning lists going room by room and got as much of it done as I could each day. It was long overdue and much needed…….and made me feel SO much better to finally get it all cleaned like I like it to be. I now feel like I can keep going with my favorite FlyLady routines and stay on top of it better. :)

We had such a FUN weekend!!!!  Lots of family here and lots of yummy food – of course!!! It was definitely a *celebration* weekend -which means for me that portion control was pretty much out the window! :)  By Sunday night I was feeling pretty sick and ready to be back on track Monday morning with a good workout and a good ole’ protein waffle! 😉


Saturday – We woke up to a nice lil ‘gully washer’!!!!  It was POURING down rain and storming so we had to change our track workout plans to the gym instead.  Courtney and Keller put us through a nice little hour long circuit workout. Then we stopped and grabbed donuts for us and the kids and then headed home to make protein waffles. :) We then showered and got ready for everyone to start arriving. There was lots of hanging out, baby holding, catching up, laughter, and little cousins running around playing!!  This is what life is all about. :) 

All the adults out to dinner at Rudy’s BBQ and then we of course headed over to Menchie’s for dessert! :)


Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day!

I got up bright and early to get started on breakfast for everyone to come over and eat before heading to church. We made hash brown breakfast casseroles and the infamous Granny Hinson rolls. :)

It was just AWESOME to look around while at church at all our family (we occupied  2 1/2 long rows of pews!!!) who were all there to show love and support for this sweet baby blessing!!!


Happy Mother’s Day to US!!! :)   We were missing a sister and a sister-in-law;  we missed you Shea & Meredith!!


Grandma Terry with 14 of her 19 grandchildren :)


We all headed home for a yummy lunch that consisted of Cyndi’s crockpot tomatillo pork tacos, chips and salsa and green sauce, fruit salad, all topped off with Aunt Windy bringing Granny Hinson Red Velvet Cake and me making not one –  but TWO – Texas Sheet Cakes! :)


All but 2 of the siblings – we miss you Matt & Shea! :)

*For some unknown reason I did not even think about getting a picture with me and my kids or my little family on this special day (will have to make up for that next Sunday I guess)…..

so a zoomed/cropped version will have to do for now.  :/

I just have to say how grateful I am to be a Mama, and how especially blessed I am to be a mama to FOUR sweet and amazing kids!!!  They have made me the person I am today.


I am also thankful for my own sweet Mama and for the love, generosity, and sacrifice she continues to give me today!!


I hope you all had an awesome Mother’s Day!!! 






Waitin on Big ‘Mo’

Like I mentioned before the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading an awesome book called The Compound Effect. This book is a MUST READ self improvement book for everyone who wants to be more successful in any area of your life!!!! The author, Darren Hardy, explains how every day choices we make, our daily routines & habits, and even our thoughts we have creates a subtle compound effect in our lives- whether it be in a positive direction or negative. He explains how the compound effect works and give several awesome examples and stories to illustrate it. Then he talks about how to recognize the daily choices and habits that we make and have and how you can put this concept to work right away.

I had an HUGE ah-ha moment the other day when I got to the chapter on Momentum. He calls it Big Mo. 😉 “Big Mo is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and enigmatic forces of success. You can’t see or feel Big Mo, but you know when you’ve got it. You can’t count on Mo showing up to every occasion, but when it does – WOW! Big Mo can catapult you into the stratosphere of success. And once you’ve got Mo on your side, there’s almost no way anyone can catch you.”  How do you get Big Mo to show up???  Well you have to understand “Newton’s First Law -the Law of Inertia: Objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, unless something stops their momentum. Its not easy to build momentum, but once you do, look out!!”

He then gives an awesome example of how this works – Do you remember playing on the merry-go-round on the playground as a kid??  Everyone piles on it weighing it down and then you have to really work to get the thing moving.  Getting it started is really slow going. The first step is always the hardest – getting it to move from a standstill. You have to throw your whole body into it and push with all your might. Finally after a long hard effort your able to get up a little bit of speed and run next to it. Then you run faster and faster and it really gets going to where you can jump on and enjoy the ride! Then when it starts to slow down you can jump off and stand there to push because momentum had taken over, you can now easily keep it going. Applying this to our life – When we make changes, we start off taking small steps. The progress is slow but once it becomes a newly formed habit (after 3 weeks or so) that’s when Big Mo usually joins the Party!!

My ah-ah moment was that I realized Big Mo has been the missing piece to my ‘puzzle’ in my life lately! I think about last year when I know I had awesome Momentum – I was in the zone with Weight Watchers and lost almost 20lbs in about 4 months!! Its because once I had established new daily habits; tracking my food with dietSNAPS, focusing on my daily points, made exercising a priority, making healthier food choices – I couldn’t fail because I had Big Mo with me! That is such an awesome concept that when we all realize how this force works in our lives – we could all go to higher places we never dreamed possible!!!! 😉

So this week I have been really focusing on creating and establishing good habits. To start implementing this principle- to invite Big Mo over again :) –  my focus this week has been my home and making it an organized, clean, and tidy place that me and my family can really enjoy. I have started implementing my FlyLady Daily Routines and I just LOVE how accomplishing it feels when I am checking my routine list off each day!! (yep- I’m a list makin’ nerd :P)  I especially LOVE the peaceful feeling in my home that comes from accomplishing my routines. Everything just seems to flow better and my mind is a little more calm and peaceful and I am able to think more clearly. I have learned that I do not thrive well in chaos and that I need to make preventing chaos a big priority in my life.

I believe that once we get started created good habits in one area of our life- that it will be a domino effect in the other areas of our lives – cause Big MO will move in! 😉  So think about where you are on the merry-go-round ride…….are you trying to push it to get it started in your life, do you push for a little bit and think its too hard and stop,  or are you getting to enjoy the ride and having fun with Big Mo??!! 😉  This has been such a great visual picture for me as I think about where I am on that ride in different areas in my life.  I know that if we keep doing those small simple steps each day that given a little time Momemtum will kick in! And when it does you will be unstoppable!  So hang in there and most importantly whatever you do don’t stop!!!! 😉



Tuesday was House Cleaning day (or Weekly Home Blessing Hour as FlyLady calls it) and this is the first time I have done cleaning like this in a long time without company showing a few hours later!!! haha – sad I know but when you have a big house and 4 kids, a dog, and a military hubby – I put it off and have just done enough cleaning to (barely) get by. This is why I love FlyLady because I am usually one that likes to clean the whole house spick and span or not at all so for a perfectionist like me – I need to be constantly reminded that 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there a day and my routines is all it takes to get the job done – and when you stay on top of it – Big Mo moves in!! 😉

Was up and at ’em to workout by 4:30am……….

**15 mins on the elliptical in my Target Heart Rate Zone

**30 minutes walking incline on the treadmill – prepping for a Blue Bell Fun Run in the Texas Hill Country next month 😉 +4


post workout – green protein smoothie – 2

mid morning snack/breakfast – protein waffle with strawberries and Cinnamon Cool Whip – 6


lunch – freezer meal turkey veggie soup with pico added for an extra kick – 4


afternoon snack during a break from cleaning – ZonePerfect bar – 5


snack on the way to pick up kids – WW sample from last week – they were pretty good!  -3


1 cookie from Family Night last night -3


dinner – Asian turkey stir fry with a little rice and lettuce with 1 TBSP of Thai Peanut Sauce – was SUPER yummy!!!! – 5



Inspired from this yummy recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen that I’ve used before.

I browned lean turkey with salt and pepper and then added a chopped onion and yellow bell pepper. Then I added in these ingredients to taste – ginger, fresh garlic, soy sauce, and chopped cilantro.

It was SUPER flavorful and my kids LOVED it and wanted seconds!!


My hubby is doing better and is back at work this week since the accident. Kinda bitter sweet cause I enjoyed having him home and getting to spend that time with him while he recovered. Just when I thought I was gonna have most of the day with him back at work and all my kids at school our little man was up half the night and then in bed with us the rest of the night so I let him sleep in and stay home from school today with his bad allergies/cold and swollen red eyes.  :(  Thankfully he is a good sick kid and I was still able to get my routines and list done today. By the time dinner rolled around my whole body was aching from being so busy all day and soreness from Boot Camp setting in + exhausted from not getting enough sleep.

Had a banana with Nutella before heading to bed – 5




Today was Laundry and Menu Planning Day. I got all of our laundry caught up and cleaned out the fridge so I could plan out a menu for the next 2 weeks. I found this cute printable dinner calendar on Pinterest. For the last couple of months I’ve been  just writing down what we have for dinner on a calendar like this I keep on my fridge so I can look back and see how many times we eat out in the month,  have leftovers, and when I actually cook. Its really quite eye opening when you just start tracking what you do for dinners. Makes me realize what I need to do more of – and cut out. 😉


*woke up with a headache and nothing sounded good. Made some toast out of these sandwich rounds that are only 2pts+

with strawberry freezer jam-3

*Had to force myself to use today as a rest day cause of my headache and neck and shoulder pain.  I have to remind myself that it is ok to take and extra rest day now so that I  won’t have to take a 2 week rest like I had to a couple of months ago. Mentally for me – that’s easier said than done.  :/



snack while getting my Morning Routine done- 5


strawberries with cinnamon cool whip – 1


lunch – leftover awesome asian ground turkey on lettuce with 1/2 TBSP of orange sauce and 1/2 TBSP Thai peanut sauce – 5


mid afternoon snack – 1 TBSP peanut butter and an apple – 3

*Spent all evening in our first session with Sit Means Sit Dog Training. The owner Hamid was awesome in showing us and explaining how to get started in training our Duke. Within a few minutes of each command Duke was getting it! It is very cool at how simple and easy this dog training is. If you wanna see some amazing results just go to youtube and type in Sit Means Sit or click HERE to see some cool videos – it will blow you away!!!!!


dinner – Ritzy chicken casserole and Asparagus Stir Fry veggies



Today is my Errand Day in my FlyLady Basic Weekly Plan.  I was probably only home for an hour total today!!!!

*Up bright and early before my family got up to get my workout in before my crazy day. I have to say I was NOT feeling it. (still have headache :( )

*20 minutes on the elliptical


*then almost did just 20 minutes inclines on the treadmill – I was tired and still had a headache. I decided to start reading my iBook The Compound Effect and that helped ‘distract’ me and get in another 20 minutes. Sometimes we just have to find ways to ‘trick’ ourselves so we can finish a workout. 😉


stopped by the store to get a few things for my kids to have breakfast before school. (needed to get to the store that bad! thank goodness its on my list for later)  I grabbed a Muscle Milk Light to get in my post workout fuel. 😉 -4


*WW weigh in – still not pretty – up 1.8 this week on top of the gain last week. :( Gotta keep trucking on and give my body time to adjust back after that Spring Break week I had. This is where patience really is the key. :/ -5

The topic of the meeting today was What is Working For You (or Not).


grabbed Subway for lunch on the way to get my oil changed and a much needed wash and detailing. It was such  a gorgeous day out that I sat outside in the sun and with the breeze it was just AWESOME!  Its amazing what sitting out in the sun rays for a little while can do for your mood! 😉

-Subway turkey on wheat with no cheese, honey mustard, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, onions, bell peppers, banana peppers, and salt and pepper -8

Ran more errands before picking up Gabe then still had to go to the grocery store.

ran home to fill Easter eggs with candy for my Activity Day Girls activity. Had this Fiber One brownie and a few jelly beans – 4

was still hungry and needed something to last me a little longer but all I had time for was to grab some PB and a banana -2

the girls had a great time hunting Eggs and talking about why we celebrate Easter. I just love SPRING!


ran home and had 10 minutes for Tay & Jay to change clothes for their first Soccer practice. Grabbed some grapes and a few almonds to last me through the next couple hours till I could get home to eat dinner. -2


This is the first time these girls have gotten to be in a sport – mainly because I refuse to over schedule my family with extra circular activities and with 4 kids that’s pretty easy to do since we’re pretty busy already.

Well I just have to say as a Mom –  just when you think you know your kids – you don’t!!!!  The one that I thought would hate it LOVED it and the one I thought would love it HATED it and boo-hoo cried within the first 10 minutes and said this “wasn’t right for her cause she’s dreamed her whole life of being in gymnastics”- Oh GEEZ!!!!  Gotta love those curve balls life throws at ya! 😉

After another stop at WM to get Jayde’s glasses adjusted and order her some sport glasses we FINALLY got home at 8pm.


I had sandwich stuff for the family to make homemade sub sandwiches but I was too tired and not really hungry for another sandwich so I just ate a serving of turkey – 2

and way toooo many of this awesome find!!!!!  These new Jalepeno Jack Sun Chips were sooooo good!! I was so exhausted that I ate them straight outta the bag – which I know is a big NO NO – cause I have no idea how many I ate. I know that I ate enough till I was satisfied.

I think I hit the pillow snoring!!!!!

Meanwhile, these two went on a Daddy Daughter date to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games 

They both said it was AWESOME!  😉














Hungry Girl Salutes Spaghetti Squash!

I get a daily Hungry Girl e-newsletter (if you don’t get them you should!!! TONS of great tips!!)  –  this mornings newsletter was  A Salute to Spaghetti Squash. If you’ve been following our blog for very long you have probably learned that we LOVE LOVE spaghetti squash!!!  We love all the fun ways you can incorporate it into your recipes and a great way it is to get another serving of veggies in. Its such an easy veggie to prepare and in this newsletter she explains the different ways to cook it and tons of cool recipe ideas. She also has tips on if you’ve never eaten it before how to slowly try it in your recipes. Click on the link above to read her awesome newsletter!

Here are just a few recipes that we love with spaghetti squash!

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Alfredo Spaghetti Squash with Chicken

Turkey Chili Over Spaghetti Squash

Teriyaki Turkey over Spaghetti Squash

Veggies over Spaghetti Squash


picture source 

How do you like to eat Spaghetti Squash???


Shania Twain - Today Is Your Day

Today Is Your Day!!!

I’ve been hanging out in the hotel room relaxing today and listening and watching The Country Network on TV like I used to when we had cable. I heard this new song by Shania and LOVE the words!! It made me think about how we can do ANYTHING in life. We just have to make up our mind, enjoy the climb, NEVER let anything stand in your way, and  NEVER GIVE UP! 😉

Enjoy! 😉

Today Is Your Day by Shania Twain

You got what it takes you can win?

You got what it takes you can win,
Today is your day to begin.
Don’t give up here, don’t you quit.
The moment is now, this is it
Know that you can then you will
Get to the top of the hill
Part of the fun is the climb
You just gotta make up your mind

That today is your day
And nothing can stand in your way
Today is your day
Everything’s goin’ your way
Today (you can do it)
Today (c’mon c’mon)
Today (c’mon do it)

When somebody throws sticks and stones
All they can break are your bones
And life’s gonna kick you around
Then kick you again when you’re down

But today is your day

And nothing can stand in your way
Today is your day
Everything’s goin’ your way
Today (c’mon do it now)

mmmm life’s gonna kick you, its gonna kick you around, its gonna kick you down

Brush yourself off no regrets
This is as good as it gets
Don’t expect more or less
Just go out and give it your best (give it your best)

Today is your day
And nothing can stand in your way
Today is your day
Everything’s goin’ your way