EAT | 5 Cal Skinny Vanilla Latte (Just like Starbucks!)

Hello! Like most people out there, I love coffee. I love it both hot and iced, but I do not like my coffee very sweet.

I tend to stay away from Starbucks, and coffee shops in general these days. Not only is it expensive, but the drinks can be SUPER high in calories, and I prefer to eat my calories…not drink them! 🙂

I always drink hot coffee in the morning, but sometimes in the afternoons I will make myself a nice iced coffee. It’s very easy, delicious, and only 5 calories! Here it is.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c Espresso or strong coffee (I use the Starbucks Espresso Roast)
  • 1 c low-fat or non-fat milk (any kind or sub you prefer)
  • 1 tsp sugar free vanilla syrup (I use Torani because it’s made w Splenda)

Fill your glass with ice.

Pour coffee over after it has cooled.

Add milk, top with vanilla, and stir.

Add a straw, and TA-DA! The PERFECT afternoon drink.

Enjoy! 🙂

xx

A Day In My Life | Stay at Home Mom to 2 girls

Hello! I recently read a magazine article about an editor of a fashion magazine and how she spends her day, so I thought it would be fun to take you through my day today!

While my life isn’t as exciting (lol), I thought it would be something different for my blog and maybe you will find it interesting! I am a stay at home mom, so pretty much everything I do involves my sweet little girls! Let’s go 🙂

  • 5:30 a.m.

Wake up and work out – I did my stationery bike and enjoyed some time alone! I took this pic later because it is dark when I usually get up this early.

  • 6:00 a.m.

Shower and get ready for the day. Without any interruptions!

  • 6:30 a.m.

Wake up Allie and get her ready for school (put lunch and water in her backpack, make breakfast for her, do her hair)

  • 7:00 a.m.

Grab coffee, Mollie, and Allie and head out for school! Mollie loves to ride in her doggie booster!

  • 7:30 a.m.

Get back home, do morning chores until Ashley wakes up. (Make beds, load dishwasher, start laundry, wipe down counters, etc.)

  • 8:15 a.m.

Ashley’s awake and ready for breakfast. She’s having a waffle, scrambled eggs, and some little sprinkle frozen yogurt drops that I made the other day.

  • 8:45 a.m.

Get Ashley dressed and ready to go out!

  • 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Arrive at the Children’s Museum and play play play. We have a membership here and she LOVES it!

  • 12:30 p.m.

Head home and fix lunch, and then fold some laundry. The laundry is never ending!

  • 1:00 p.m.

Workbook and story time with Ashley. We love the story “The Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies”.

  • 2:25 p.m.

Grab a snack for the car and head out to pick up Allie with Mollie and Ashley.

  • 3:15 p.m

Arrive back home with Allie and help her with her homework. She usually has a worksheet and reading. Tonight she had math and I had to give her a practice spelling test (which she got 100, like always!)

  • 3:45 p.m.

Playtime with my girls. Today they wanted to play blocks.

  • 4:30 p.m.

Start making dinner. Tonight it was chicken pomodoro.

  • 5:15 p.m.

Dinner ready for me and the girls, JJ will eat when he gets home! Clean kitchen, load dishes.

  • 6:00 p.m.

Bath time! The girls love these little Bubble Podz! They are natural and make a ton of bubbles.

  • 6:30 p.m.

JJ’s home, Daddy playtime!

  • 7:00 p.m.

Brush teeth, bedtime story, bedtime.

  • 7:30 p.m

Spend time with JJ, watch some T.V, work on blog posts, etc.

  • 9:30 p.m

Time for bed. Goodnight!

Hope you guys liked this day in my life and found it entertaining! 🙂

xx

The Story Of Maggie

“When I needed a hand, I found your paw.”

Today I am sharing the story of our beloved pup Maggie that we recently lost on January 14, 2018.

On October 12, 2005, little Maggie was born. Maggie was a Maltese and only weighed a few pounds. JJ and I had been dating for two years, and he surprised me with her right around Christmas. He drove to Houston with a few of his friends to get her, and they named her Sha-nay-nay on the way home.

That night, after I got home from work, JJ called me to come over to his apartment. She was waiting for me, and I named her Maggie. She was SO CUTE.

I took her back to my apartment and we instantly became best friends.

Maggie was such a sweet pup. Over the years she was like my child, I dressed her up in clothes (which she actually really loved!), and took her everywhere I went!

Having Maggie taught me how to care and love for something so little. She prepared me to be the mother I am today.

A few apartments, our marriage, and our first house…Maggie was there for all of it. In 2009, we got Mollie, a Lhasa-Apso maltese mix. Maggie had a playmate.

Throughout the years, Maggie was the sweetest little dog. You could pull a treat out of her mouth without so much as a growl. She loved treats and also toys. People would say that they never saw a dog who liked toys more than she did. Also, the barking. Maggie loved to bark and did constantly!

In 2011, we had our first daughter, Allison. I remember Maggie would lay right next to her wherever she was, in the swing, in her baby bouncer…Maggie was always by her.

Soon after, we moved to Fort Worth, had a daughter Ashley in 2014, and soon moved back to south Texas. Maggie became the girls’ best friend. She was like our little night patrol, going room to room at night checking on the girls. She was a little protector.

Fast forward a few years, and we could tell Maggie was getting old. Last October, we noticed Maggie was feeling fragile. You could feel her backbone, and she seemed to be losing weight. On Christmas, she was so happy, she found a toy in her stocking and immediately ripped it up, just like she always did with toys.

After that day, she began going downhill fast. After a few visits to the vet, we were told that there was really nothing we could do for Maggie. She wasn’t eating or drinking, and could barely walk. She needed surgery, but her little heart wouldn’t make it.

My husband took her to the vet to be put down because she was suffering. She wouldn’t sleep, which was very unusual. She slept most of the day normally, and she wouldn’t close her eyes. I think that she knew if she did, she wouldn’t wake up. When I would look at her, she would turn her head and wouldn’t look at me. It was absolutely heartbreaking, and it was like it wasn’t even her.

That Sunday was probably the worst day of our lives. We had to explain to the girls what was happening, and they were both very upset. Even today, a week later, we are all still shocked and devastated. It’s not the same around here without Maggie. She was almost 13, and she had a great life with us, she really did, but it is still really hard to not have her anymore. We all miss her so much.

We buried Maggie towards the back of our property, and I bought this stone for her. In the spring, we will plant a tree for her.

Maggie was really loved, and we will never forget her. She will always be in our hearts.

RIP little Mags.

How To Get Your Child Ready For Preschool

Hello! Today I have a post about preschool for ya…If you aren’t a mom, maybe you can share this with a friend or family member who is; or if you are, I hope I can give you some ideas!

I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Allie is six and is in first grade, and Ashley is three and stays with me every day. Next year, in the fall, Ashley will be attending preschool twice a week at the same school Allie went to. I chose not to enroll my kids in a preschool that is every day, because I don’t think that they need it.

Attending preschool when she was 4 helped Allie socially, but most of what she learned in preschool she already knew. I wanted her to know what it was like to be in a classroom environment before she went off to kindergarten. I chose a preschool that really had a school look to it, and not like a daycare.

1. Introduce Preschool / Routine

My kids are ALWAYS with me, and the first time I ever left Allie anywhere other than with family was at this preschool. So, it’s to be expected that your kids will be nervous, especially if you are with them every day. The first thing that I would recommend is to just start telling your child that they will be attending preschool when they’re four. I first started talking to my kids about it when they were three, and they were nervous at first, but then after awhile they start looking forward to it. This way, they think it’s what all four year olds do, and they know that preschool isn’t optional.

I would also recommend some type of routine in your daily life with your kids. Get dressed at a certain time, breakfast, etc. Here is an example of what our routine looks like on most days.

SCHEDULE

  • 7:15 – Drop off Allie at school
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – playtime/read time
  • 8:30 – Breakfast/ get dressed/ morning chores
  • 9:30 -12:00 – Errands/ go somewhere fun (museum, library, park, etc.)
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:00 – playtime/read time
  • 2:00 – snacktime
  • 2:30- 3:30 – learning time
  • 3:30 – get Allie from the school bus
  • 3:45- 4:30 – Allie homework / playtime
  • 5:00 – dinner

When they are in preschool, they will be on a routine, so it’s important to have some structure to your day now.

2. Read To Them

On the daily schedule, you’ll notice I have “read time” and “learning time”. Reading to my kids is very important, so I make sure to read to them everyday. We have a library card, so we usually go there once a week. They have story time on Wednesdays for an hour. They read books, sing songs, and do a craft. This not only gets you out of the house, but it gives you something free to do, AND it helps them be around other kids their age. After we go to story time, we will check out books and play in the toy room that they have. Sometimes we will even pack a lunch and eat on the patio there. We usually leave the library with 10-12 books, and we always pick some out for Allie too. This way they always have new books to read. They love to bring me a stack of books to read. The library is just such an awesome resource.

3. Learning Tools

We try to do “learning time” every day, for about an hour. I have a bunch of tools that I use, and it’s really fun for Ashley. She feels like a big girl and that we are pretending to play school.

We have posters that we practice. Letters, numbers, and shapes.

And flash cards.

Also. WORKBOOKS. The School Zone brand is my favorite, and FUN for the kids.

These workbooks teach colors, shapes, letters, math, writing, and also critical thinking and skills.

We also practice writing letters and words on handwriting tablets. I will write a word in marker and she will trace over it, or I will have her write the letters.

I let Ashley pick out a pencil case, pencils, and crayons as her school supplies, and we keep everything in her school bin.

We always do learning time at her table in the playroom.

So, those are pretty much my tips to get them ready for preschool! Allie did so well in preschool, and I know Ashley will too.

Let me know if you like these types of posts!

xx amy

3 Fall Crafts For Kids

I love to do crafts with my kids.  They really enjoy doing them, and are always proud of what they make.  My girls Allie and Ashley are 6 and 3, so it’s usually pretty easy to come up with crafts that they both like.  Today I’m going to be showing you three fall themed ones that we have done recently that I think any little kid would love to make.

Handprint Pilgrim Turkey 

The first one we made are these super cute pilgrim turkeys.


What you need:

  • White construction paper
  • Paint (brown, green, red, orange, yellow)
  • Googly eyes
  • Markers (brown, black, red)

I made a little palette with all of the colors we needed, and placed a different paintbrush in each one.

The first things you’re going to do is paint your child’s hand.  I had to do my three years olds for her, but my six year old could do hers.  You have to work quickly so that the paint doesn’t dry; that’s why I used a different paintbrush for each color.

You really want to pack the paint on each finger to get a nice result.  I painted the palm and thumb brown to make the turkey’s body, and then the other fingers a different color.


After they are all painted, place them down on a piece of white construction paper.


You may have to touch up the colors a bit with a paintbrush.  Let this completely dry.


Add a little pilgrim hat, beak, googly eye and legs.  And don’t forget to draw lines on the fingers to make them look like feathers!


The girls both liked this craft the most out of all three!

Fall Tree
The next one is a fall tree, made with paint and cotton swabs.


What you need:

  • Fall colored paint (we used red, orange, green, brown, yellow)
  • Cotton swabs
  • White construction paper
  • Brown map pencils/markers

I like to pour the paint onto paper plates and make them up a little palette so that they don’t dip the swabs directly into the paint bottles.  I placed a cotton swab in each color.


The next part is to draw your tree.  We took up the whole page and added a few branches at the top.


Now for the fun part- just let them go to town making dots all over the top forming a tree.  The key is to overlap the dots to make it look more realistic.


Color the tree stump brown, and add a few leaves to the bottom of the page.

I think this would so cute to give to grandparents or someone on Thanksgiving!  My girls both really enjoyed making these.

Turkey Puppet

The last one we made is a turkey puppet made from a paper bag with handprints as feathers.


What you’ll need:

  • Paper bag
  • Construction paper (red, orange, yellow, green)
  • Googly eyes
  • Pencil, scissors, glue


First, have your kids trace their handprint on each color of construction paper, and then cut them out.



Next, draw and cut out a triangle on the yellow paper, and then a red squiggle and cut that out.  This makes the beak part of the turkey.


Glue the feathers to the back of the bag (the side without the flap)


Turn the bag over, and glue on the eyes and beak.


That’s it!  You have a fun turkey puppet.


We really enjoyed making these and we hope you like them too!  Let us know what your favorite one is 🙂

xx amy