Homemade Nursery 2.0

Happy Monday!

I always wanted to have a “perfect” nursery for my baby, but I had to wait until we moved into our new house. Lizzy’s room was the number one priority on my list! In fact, her room is the only one we have painted so far!

I went with the same theme as last time….purple, grey, elephants, and chevron print. I kept everything pretty simple, I definitely think less is more.

Originally I wanted to paint the wall a deep, rich plum purple but after asking for advice on Facebook about painting with dark colors I decided to go with a lighter color. It turned out prefect! I love the color. Its bright and cheerful! The pictures just don’t do the color justice.

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grey and purple baby nursery

 

 

grey and purple nursery

 

grey and purple nursery

 

Pretty much everything is the same as her first room, but I did do some things a little different this time. I painted these letters (her initials: Elizabeth Marie Alexander), and made felt flowers to decorate them. So easy and adorable! I also decided to scatter her globes and paper puff balls, instead of clustering them. It seems more fun this way! 

I still haven’t found the perfect side table for her room, so we are just using a little folding tray with a cover. It does the job!

Soon we will be switching her cradle out for her crib.

I’m very pleased with her room! I hope she grows up loving it too! I already have plans for the changed we will make as she gets older.

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The Weekend Update

Well, I started this weekend with a pretty big list of things to do. I can’t quite check everything off the list but I feel pretty good about how much I accomplished.

1- Get caught up on laundry. 

2- Fertilize the garden. Easy peasy!

3- Pull some tumble weeds.

4- Sweep & mop the kitchen/dining room.

5- Organize the pantry.

6- Make a Costco list / go to Costco This was a must do because we were completely out of groceries. Although I did end up leaving the list at home.

7- Straighten up Lizzy’s room & go through her clothes to take out ones that are getting too small. I picked up her room, but didn’t get through all the clothes. Tomorrow I’m planning to post picture of her room 2.0

8- Vacuum the all the carpet. Well, Blake took the vacuum apart…so that was a no go. 

9- Finish sanding my project dresser. I worked on it and got a lot done, but not quite finished.

10- Thoroughly detail my car. YES! It took forever but it looks amazing…..like new. 

11- Get both my workouts done. (Saturday & Sunday)  I worked out today, but didn’t get one done yesterday, Blake got home early last night, so we had some extra time to hang out. Worth missing a workout. 

12- Finish designing a party invitation for a friend. Done! She said she loves it!

Now here’s some scenes from the weekend!

Remember how I told you, its been years since I’ve has Mongolian BBQ. Well my love, surprised me with a trip there today!

Mongolian BBQ

I went a tad over board adding veggies and noodles…my bowl weighed over 3 pounds!! I think I brought about 2.5 pounds home with me.

 

Little miss Lizzy need some shoes…. I found all these sandals at Old Navy on clearance. Great prices!

baby sandals from Old Navy

Then we hit up Costco and cleared out the store and our checking account…but the good news is our fridge, freezer, and pantry are fully stocked. I’m really excited about all the delicious and healthy food we picked up. I should be able to come up with some pretty great meals this week.

Blake had a great idea to take a Bob Harper DVD down to the gym. It was killer.

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It kicked all of our butts, but now we are feeling good!

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And that’s the worst part about having curly hair and short bangs…ugh. Time to pick up a ton of bobby pins.

 

How was your weekend? Did you accomplish your to-do list?

 

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Back to School Healthy Snack from eMeals

Disclosure: I was provided a complementary subscription to eMeals service in exchange for multiple blog posts. No other compensation was provided. As always all opinions are my own, and I only share products that I have actually used. 

 

Today, I’m going to share a fun, healthy and most importantly, quick snack for when the kids get home from school. Even though Lizzy  ins’t of school age, I know that some of you have kiddos who will heading back to school in just a few short weeks. And let’s be honest, a quick and healthy snack is always nice to have. 

I LOVE back-to-school season!

I worked at Staple for a couple of years while I was in college and back To School season is one of the busiest and most fun! There is just some thing about freshly sharped pencils and blank notebooks that makes me feel like the possibilities are endless. A fresh start! Its pretty nerdy but I really hope that Lizzy loves school as much as I always do. 

 

 

Back to School Healthy Snack – Nuts ‘n Seeds Chocolate Trail Mix

 

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Trail mix is a classic snack for a reason – the nuts and seeds provide healthy fat, protein and fiber as well as several vitamins and minerals, while dried fruits like cranberries contain antioxidants that help keep the body healthy. Add dark chocolate chips for sweetness plus additional antioxidants. Just remember to watch your portions and stick to a 1/4-cup serving.

Trail Mix:

Make trail mix with raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips.

To get the full calendar of 31 Healthy Snack Ideas for August, purchase a new eMeals subscription to help you get prepared for back to school! We have breakfast, lunch and dinner menus to ease the stress of meal time. Our members already have this snack calendar on their member’s page.

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Planning to Tackle A Big Weekend To-Do List

Did this feel like a long week to anyone else? I feel like I was constantly on the go and didn’t get anything accomplished! I hate weeks likes that.  

Since I didn’t get anything done this week, I feel like I need to jam pack the weekend to get the things on my to-do list done. Next weekend I’ll be going out of town for The Color Run in Spokane. I even thought about working at the espresso stand this weekend, but I really should tackle some chores! 

Here’s my to-do list for the weekend: 

1- Get caught up on laundry. 

2- Fertilize the garden.

3- Pull some tumble weeds.

4- Sweep & mop the kitchen/dining room.

5- Organize the pantry.

6- Make a Costco list / go to Costco

7- Straighten up Lizzy’s room & go through her clothes to take out ones that are getting too small. 

8- Vacuum the all the carpet. 

9- Finish sanding my project dresser. 

10- Throughly detail my car. 

11- Get both my workouts done. (Saturday & Sunday) 

12- Finish designing a party invitation for a friend. 

Shew… I think that will keep me plenty busy this week. On Sunday we are planning to head to Costco and have lunch in Wenatchee with our friends! 

I think it will be a great weekend, a good combination of productivity and fun! 

Tell me what do you have planned for the weekend?

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Top 5 Songs For Your Summer Workout Playlist

I’m totally rocking my workouts this week! The new workout plan I started this week is killer, I leave the gym feeling like jello and my legs might give out at anytime. 

I really like watching tv while I’m on the treadmill, but some days there is nothing like a heart thumping playlist to help kick it up a notch. 

Blake bought me an iTunes card a few weeks ago and I’m having a lot of fun downloading new music. I never buy new music unless I have a gift card, because I worry I will spend too much money. Gift cards are safer! 

Anyway, I’ve complied a list of the hottest songs to add to your workout playlist this summer! Trust me, add these songs to your playlist.

Top 5 Songs To Add To Your Workout Playlist NOW! 

1- MMM Yeah – MMM Yeah ft Pitbull 

 

2- Bartender – Lady Antebellum

 

3- Ain’t It Fun – Paramore 

 

4- Fancy – Iggy Azalea Ft Charli XCX

5- Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

There you have it! The best songs of the summer to really take your workout to the next level!

What songs are on your current playlist?

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20 Things You May Not Know About Me

Wouldn’t you know it, I’ve got a major case of writer’s block. I have all these ideas floating around in my head, and the words just won’t translate to paper…or rather the keyboard? 

So I thought I’d take part in “Things You May Not Know About Me” posts that have been going around. I saw this first on Tina’s blog, then on Skinny Blog Chick, and then on Ashley’s blog

1. I was born in Anderson, Indiana.

2. I moved to Ephrata, Washington in the third grade, and I’ll always consider this place home.

3. I named my baby after Elizabeth Wakefield from the Sweet Valley High books! Or rather, I fell in love with that name when I first read those books in middle school! 

4. I hate coconut! 

5. I live in jeans and t-shirts. I wish I was more stylish, but I always end up wearing jeans & a tee. 

6. When I was a kid my favorite color was orange! Now its purple…in case you couldn’t tell by my blog colors. 

7. I love learning. I wish I could get paid to go to school.

8. My favorite food is spaghetti with lots and lot of sauce.

9. I’m working on new project, to do freelance graphic design at ErinAlexanderDesigns.com. The website is live, but I haven’t had time to add any of my portfolio. If you are looking for party invitations or wedding announcements, I’d LOVE to help you out! Just shoot me an e-mail. 

10. Politics bore me. 

11. I love watching tv re-runs almost more than I like watching new shows. We recently got cable, and I love the fact that there is old Full Episodes still playing on TBS! I’m watching Full House now! 

12. I tried to give my bangs a trim this morning, to save money….let’s just say the price of haircut is well worth it. Here’s my current selfie….

 

 

 

13. My favorite social media is Instagram

14. I have a KILLER idea for an iPhone app that would be great for bloggers. I’m not sure I’m smart enough to figure out how to design an app on my own, and I’m not rich enough to pay someone to do it. But I can’t share my idea with you because someone might steal it!

15.  I have way too many hobbies and interests! I like everything and want to do all the things. There’s never enough time. My current project is refrubing this dresser for my entry way, I can’t wait until its finished. 

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16. I also love going to Mongolian BBQs, but Blake got food poisoning from one a few days before our wedding won’t go back! 

17. I’m planning to do a wedding post like Caitlin did a few weeks ago. I’d love to share the details of my wedding with you guys! 

18. I totally in love with my new house. Its all mine, (ok, and Blake’s I guess) and I love decorating it, and making plans.

19. I want another baby, but not anytime soon! I’m thinking like 3 years or so. I want to enjoy Lizzy for a while first. We hope for a boy so we can carry on the the Alexander name since Blake is the only boy in his family, but would be totally happy with a girl. There’s no better friend than a sister.

20. Sometimes one of my ears get really super hot, for no reason! Its happening right now…I would what causes it. 

 So that’s it….Share some fun info about yourself in the comments! Or share a link to a post of your own! 

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By The Numbers: Weigh In 7

Howdy-duty! 

Another week has passed, and its time for a weigh loss check in.

This past week was actually pretty strange for me. I was dealing with serious stomach problems. It was so not pleasant. It absolutely hindered my weight loss efforts, I couldn’t eat and some days I felt so sick, I could just lay on the floor. 

It was awful. I don’t know if it was the flu, or food poisoning, or maybe, listeria caused by recalled nectarines…which I ate an entire case of from Costco. Ok that’s unlikely, but the good news is my tummy seems to be on the mend.

Surprisingly, my weight was down this week. I guess that’s a plus to being sick. 

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Workouts Last Week:

Um…None. I started a workout on Wednesday but I was so sick, I ended up quitting a few minutes in to the workout. Not my finest week in the workout department, but my body just couldn’t handle it. 

This week I’m starting a brand new program and I’m really excited about it, I fill you in on the details soon. 

Last week I saw this article making its rounds on Facebook, and its really resonated with me.

8 Things I Learned From Being A Contestant On “The Biggest Loser

 This is written by Isabuea Miller, a former contestant on The Biggest Loser, who like most people that have lost weight, gained much of the weight back after returning to real life and a baby! 

Hmmmmm….sounds familiar, seeing how I gained weight after starting a desk job and a baby! 

Points # 1, 2, 3 and 5 really hit home with me. 

Being fat isn’t the problem. Thinking poorly of myself about being fat is the problem. 

Being overweight isn’t what holds you back from living your life: Being ashamed about being overweight is what holds you back from living your life. And once you stop feeling ashamed and start feeling alive, I promise the momentum of your happiness will drive you to make choices that allow you to become more alive, more excited, and more capable.

 

Self-worth and weight are not equal! The have nothing to do with each other. 

I highly recommend reading that article! Its very enlightening. Perfect for anyone in the middle of a weight loss journey. 

Posted in healthy living, weight loss

Weekend Highs & Lows

Hi friends! 

I didn’t mean to take a blog break over the last few days, but I totally needed it. My stomach has really bothering me lately, so for a few days I spent my free time resting, I’m convinced my body hates me. I also took the time to do some reading and hang out with some friends. It was a nice few days. 

Let’s talk about this weekend:

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Lots of delicious food! The local pizza joint has the best salad bar around and they even let you take it to-go! I could eat this salad everyday. The pizza was only “alright.” 

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After  a super long nap, us girls headed  to a birthday party, where we enjoyed a mountain of fresh fruit. 

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Lizzy loved her first taste of a strawberry! She had an entire strawberry.

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Other highlights include picking up my pottery from last week! 

And working on my lately project, fixing up another dresser…stay tuned! 

weekend highs and lows 

It was a pretty great weekend but there were a few lows…

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Finding out I forgot to water the garden….for who knows how long. Probably at least two days.

weekend highs and lows

A very disappointing dinner at really beautiful wedding venue. My best friend, Kate is getting married next year and we decided to test out the restaurant at the venue she likes. It was terrible! We’re pretty sure the entire meal came from Costco, which would be fine if actually tasted good. Neither of us particularly enjoyed our meal. My ice tea even tasted like dirt!  

I told her not to worry, we would just find a great caterer. 

The venue is in a beautiful location, but there are a ton of fires here in Washington right now, the view was very smokey.

weekend highs and lows

My heart is broken for the hundreds of people who have lost their homes this week. One fire in particular has just decimated entire towns. 

Read about the Carlton Complex fire

I think that’s it! 

How was your weekend?

Tell me about your most disappointing restaurant dinner?

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Creating A First-Aid Kit with #NeoReady #contest

Disclaimer: I  received NeoToGo complementary from Influenster for testing purposes. This post is for a brand challenge and a chance to win a prize. No compensation was provided.

When I saw one of the tasks for the Influenster TLC Vox Box was to create a first-aid kit, I thought I should really do that….and then forgot about it. Then this weekend Blake and I were at the store and he said something about a how we really need a  first-aid kit, so we headed to the health/pharmacy department of our local Walmart. 

To create our first-aid kit we decided to start with a pre-made kit from Johnson & Johnson for the basics. This little kit came with a bunch of necessitates at a great price, it was less than $10.

Here’s a look at some of the things inside:

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And then we decided to supplement it with a few more must-haves.

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Extra {fun & larger} band-aids, a big tube of  Neosporin, NeoToGo, Benadryl (safe for kids), and Band-Aid brand Hurt Free which is good cleaning for cuts, scrapes, and burns.

 

I think these two items where the best addition to our kit. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve searched for some anti-itch cream only to find we are out. 

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The best part is that everything still fits in the little storage kit. At first I think much of it, but I love that its all in one place. Easy to grab in an emergency and we can easily toss this in the car next time we go camping or hiking. Or better yet we should just pick up a smaller to-go first aid kit to keep in the car.

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I can’t believe it took us so long to create a first-aid kit! How silly of us! 

Do you have a first-aid kit? Are there any must-have items we are missing?

Let me know in the comments if you are interested in signing up for Influenster! 

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{Feature} Friday Link Palooza

It’s Friday!!
Welcome to the …

Feature Friday Link Palooza - www.blissfulanddomestic.com - Blissfulanddomestic.com

 
Hello Lovelies! Welcome to The Feature Friday Link Palooza! The gals from Living Made Healthy, Quilted Euphoria, Ode to Simplicity, Laura Sue Shaw,  Alex Haralson, Homemaker Hobbies and I have all joined forces to create one mega weekend party! You’ll only have to link up once to to be
listed on all seven sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to
feature throughout the week! So be sure to check with each site to see
which of the amazing ideas were featured!
 
It’s
time to link up your projects!! We can’t wait to see all your fun ideas and
feature you!! Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed
in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site
through the weekend! We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of
the fabulous ideas!
 
Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit.
 
{We all love comments!}
 

   

   

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