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Easy Camp Food Grocery List


I just returned from two nights of camping with three little kids and my husband. We had such a great time and the April weather held up for us (until this morning when the snow hit our camp). If you have ever taken your family out far away from grocery stores, you might have experienced some of the same nerves as I did last week. It had been a while and the first time we had taken all three kids out so I wanted to keep the menu easy and simple (both for shopping and prep purposes). I thought I would share my list (after returning home and making a few adjustments) 😀 Here it is (see attachment). This can be adjusted based on your family size. It includes two breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks. I hope it makes your camping prep easier. Happy Camping Season!

Camping Grocery List
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Easy Banana Peanut Butter Icecream


We had some over-ripe bananas in the freezer and so I decided to try making ‘icecream’ based on an idea that I saw on Pinterest. Here is the recipe as we altered it for our liking. Yum-o!
2 frozen bananas (peeled)
3 T peanut butter
1/2 cup cool whip

1. Add all three ingredients to food processor and pulse until evenly mixed!
2. Serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container.


Choose Joy


I hope you are having a fabulous summer! Seattle weather has been gorgeous this season, and we are soaking up as much summer as we can before school starts in a few weeks. Here is a little .jpg I put together using a quote by Iain Thomas (also attributed to Kurt V.)

Ps. Weightloss followers, I’ve gained 5 over this glorious summer but the many wonderful get-together were worth the work it’ll take me to get back down to my happier-place. 😉

Celebrating Weight-Loss Victories


Today is a significant milestone in my post-baby weight-loss.  I am celebrating thirty pounds lost since my first weigh-in on January 2nd of this year. It has been around 3.5 months (109 days to be exact) of dedication to weight-loss and I have to say, I am happy with the results! I am down to a healthy Body Mass Index (22) and feel great. I have just 7 pounds to lose to reach my goal.  The goal I set is a comfortable weight for me and one that I can/have maintained (in a non-pregnant or breast-feeding state) 😛 for most of my adult life. I am SO happy to be back and thankful for everyone that has supported me during the past few months! Happy Healthy Spring Y’all!


My Latest Hobby… Poshing.


I recently heard the buzz about a new iPhone app called Poshmark. Eventually lured by a $5 credit for signing up, I decided to check it out and haven’t looked back! It is so fun and addictive!  If you have an iPhone it is a free app and you get a $5 credit (so will I) if you sign up and use code HERTN. Check out my ‘closet’ at:

It is fun and easy to post items to sell! Once a buyer purchases your item, you will get a notice on the app, and an email from Poshmark with an attached mailing label. Then you just ship the item and once it is received, your earnings post to your account. You can use the money to shop other ‘Posher’s’ closets, or have it deposited into your bank account. Pretty handy for turning your otherwise donate-bin items into cash (or shop for your kids/your own new sizes in clothes/shoes/accessories).  Once again, here is a link to my closet, check it out and Happy Poshing!

Easy Apple Chips – quick blog


This week we got our box of fruits & vegetables from Klesick Family Farm and it included some lovely organic apples. I already had a bag on hand from my Safeway delivery the week before (and they were starting to look a smidge tired, so I thought I would try something new). I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Apple Chips and gave them a whirl.  Here is what you need:

3-4 apples (washed/cored)


Easy huh!? Just slice the apples about the thickness that you get from pinching two fingers together (the distance between the tips of your nails, scientific huh?). Spread them on the baking sheet (the recipe says to use parchment paper, but I didn’t have any and it was fine- i just removed them with a spatula fresh from the oven with no trouble) and sprinkle with Cinnamon. Bake at 275 *F for two hours…. and Voila! They smell delicious while baking and are a very healthy snack. I tried one warm and it tastes a  lot like apple pie. MMMMMM~!Image

They would probably look a little prettier if I owned an apple corer. But I just used a regular knife to cut out the core and push it through and it worked just fine. Enjoy!

Quick Weight-loss Update. Drum roll…..


Just a quick check-in to let y’all share in my excitement. Today marks MINUS TWENTY POUNDS (-20.2 to be exact)! I feel great. It is amazing how if you really buckle down and focus, you can transform your body/health in just two months. I won’t say short months because that would minimize the fact that in the 56 days that I have been focused on weight-loss I have had to resist countless diet-breakers. But it was obviously worth every treat I passed up, and every time I joined friends/family at a restaurant and chose the Asian Chicken Salad with no noodles and dressing on the side (all while the scents/sights of the diet-breaking danced around me). Okay, it wasn’t that bad. Once you get used to passing up the fatty foods it gets pretty easy, and soon you find yourself craving an Asian Chicken Salad with no noodles and dressing on the side, instead of those Chicken Strips & Fries.

I know some of you like me love the inspiration in before/after photos, so here ya go!


Yep those are skinny jeans. 😛 In other news, my BMI is now in the healthy range according to NutriSystem and I have just 8 pounds to the target BMI for my height! YAY! Now if I could just get on the fitness wagon.  I’m hoping the 5K and 8K that I’m registered for will start to motivate me.  You can donate to my fundraising campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 8K here: Thank you so much!

Making Your Own Carpet Deodorizer – Quick Blog


For any pet owners out there who need a quick fix for carpet odors, or if you just want fresh/clean carpets, here is a great recipe for making your own Carpet Deodorizer.

3/4 Cup Baking Soda

3/4 Borax

25 drops of essential oil (i used Tea Tree Oil because that is what I have on hand)

Mix them in a bowl and scoop into an empty store-bought carpet powder container or a even a sugar/syrup or other glass/plastic container with a sprinkle option (you can find these at the $ store). Sprinkle on carpets, leave for 20 minutes and vacuum!

For more ideas:

Personal 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge


Today is day 30 of my personal weight loss journey. I wasn’t planning to share a blog post on this until I reached half-way to my final goal, but I decided the relative humiliation of posting these photos is worth the inspiration that they may provide to others. This inspiration came from a friend of mine Anna B. who recently shared her weight-loss journey with her entire list of Facebook friends (complete with her starting weight). Thank you Anna for putting yourself ‘out-there’ and inspiring me to do the same. I hope that if there is anyone out there that needs inspiration they will find some here!

I started out 30 days ago, feeling like my ‘baby-weight’ had been hanging around for long enough. My baby was 5 months old and I was still wearing some of my maternity jeans (*blush*). I know I’m not the only one who struggles with losing weight gained during (and yes, even after) pregnancy. I am thankful to my friends who understand and provide support even while they tackle their own weight battles.

My weight-loss goals are not just about fitting into my skinny jeans. More importantly they are about my health. Unfortunately I am predisposed to developing Type II Diabetes (having endured Gestational Diabetes X3).  I have a healthy fear of Diabetes that can only be instilled by growing up with a sibling with T1D.

So, 30 days ago, in my own quest to lower my risk of T2D, and fit into those dusty jeans again, I took the first post-pregnancy steps toward weight-loss. 🙂 As a busy mom, I chose Nutrisystem as my partner in this challenge. You can see why I am happy with this choice in my photo below!


If you have any questions or need support in your own weight-loss challenge, feel free to contact me!  Together We Are Stronger!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 Blog in review. 53 countries! My angel sis would be proud.