Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Post kids, holy cow, GIVE ME ALL THE OREOS, CHEESECAKES, MUFFINS, COOKIES, M&M'S, CHOCOLATE MILK, DONUTS, AND CANDY BARS. Seriously, I can't get enough. I know that sugar is highly addictive and I think I am "there". It's been hard to break the cycle, because I really do crave this stuff now. It started almost as soon as my oldest was born, and has been going on ever since. I once read an article about high correlation between sugar cravings and lactating mothers. Not sure if it's true, but for me it seemed to be. It didn't really die down after I stopped breastfeeding either, but I guess by then I was highly addicted.
Aaaanyway. I thought I'd share a few things that have been helping me curb the cravings and tame the crazy sweet tooth I have going on.
Get busy. When I'm craving sweets, the craving will usually go away pretty quickly if I get busy doing something and get my mind off of it. Taking my kids to another room to play, doing some house chores, going on a walk, etc.
Drink water. Drinking water will sometimes satisfy me. Not in the same way a Milky Way would obviously, but it'll get rid of my thirst which makes me not feel as desperate for sweets. I'm not sure if it makes sense, but it lessens the intense cravings sometimes.
Replace it. I feel like for me, the time I want something sweet the most is just after I've eaten. It's like I need to "finish it off" with something sweet. Just a little something to get that sweetness onto my lips. So I've started replacing it with a little fruit. After a meal if I'm craving sweets, I'll eat a small clementine, or a small handful of grapes. They're just sweet enough that it usually does the trick. Again, not the same as a handful of chocolate chips, but it works.
Chew gum. It keeps my mouth busy and makes me forget about the craving.
Brush your teeth. Usually I don't want to eat something just after I've brushed my teeth. Especially not something full of sugar. By the time I feel like eating after I've brushed, the craving is gone.
Set a limit. I'm not one of those 'everything in moderation' type people. If I have one oreo, I want another, and another, until I've eaten half the pack. BUT depriving myself also doesn't work. The minute I tell myself I "can't" have something, it's all I want. So I set a limit before I start, then do something immediately to keep myself from getting more. For example, after church I might allow myself one cookie. So I take my one cookie, walk away from the refreshment table, and find someone to chat with. I'm not going to excuse myself from the conversation to go get another cookie...that would be rude and embarrassing, so I'll stop with the one. Another example: I'll grab a handful of chocolate chips, put the bag away, and go to another room to eat them. Then I brush my teeth when I'm done so I'm not tempted to get another handful.
Anyone else have a crazy bad sweet tooth? What do you do to tame it?
Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Who doesn't love a good countdown chain?! My kids love putting them together and tearing them up every day. I'm not sure they quite get the "counting down" part yet, but it will come soon. Instead of just doing our usual construction paper chain, I wanted something a little more cute-sy this season. I decided to make up some prints on the computer with the date and a scripture reference to go with it. I am planning on having the girls rip one off each day and then we will look up the verse together and read it out loud! I got the verse list from this doc.
Feel free to print this out and enjoy! (You can right click to save each photo, then print as full page photo).
Monday, November 17, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
::five:: We are heading to Texas for Thanksgiving again this year, but this year we are going for a good long time! I am so excited. We are also driving there for the first time which is not so exciting, but plane tickets are getting too expensive as our family grows. Plus, we can stay longer this way because we don't have to work around flights! I am super excited for everything (swimming, warmer weather, Thanksgiving dinner, and time with my incredible family), but I am super SUPER excited because my little sister is captain of her cheer squad and they are cheering at the Texans game during half time while we're there! I have never seen her cheer so I am super excited to get to be there for it!
Can't wait to see these three!! Happy Friday!
at 6:30 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Love this cute little idea! I love that it's perfectly imperfect and a child of any age could do well with this.
I can't tell what she used for the hat, but I think cutting out a triangle of cardboard and then wrapping it with festive wrapping paper would work well and be adorable. And what kid doesn't love gluing cotton balls?!
Simple and cute...my kind of project!
All I'll have to say is "marshmallows" and my kids will be in!
I love any craft that brings it back to the reason for Christmas! Plus it helps that this one is adorable :)
My MIL and SIL made me a similar canvas last year of the girls' feet and it is my favorite thing ever! So cute and such a sweet memory. I am going to display it every year for the rest of time!
I want to make this one this year to go with it...
This is so cute! I'm not sure how easily I would be able to get my girls to put their fingers where I drew the lines, but we will attempt it! I may try to just "connect" each bulb AFTER they put their fingers on instead?
So so cute! A little bit more "mom heavy" than the others, but still adorable. Love anything with my kids handprints!
Do you have any other cute Christmas craft ideas for kids?! I know there are so many good ones out there!
I will be sharing a lot of the cute DIY ornament ideas I found soon, as well!