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1.15.2018

ENTERTAINING || Valentines Day Cereal Party & Free Printable Valentines

Hey guys!  It feels like I can hardly keep up these days.  I just barely have time to clean up from one holiday before it’s time to start thinking about the next one!  It helps that I’m SUPER excited about the next one, though.  I think Valentine’s Day is so much fun.  At the school where I work we call it Friendship day, which just adds to the spirit of the holiday.  We could all use a little more celebration of love and friendship up in here, in my humble opinion!

This year I thought it would be AWESOME to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Friendship Breakfast.  Not your typical fancy pants breakfast -- no waffles or crepes or quiche for this shindig.  I live in a house of men now, remember.  This is gonna’ be a CEREAL PARTY!!!  Because I’m CEREAL-sly grateful for my friends! *insert eye rolls from teenagers here* 


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
But cereal-sly (hee hee), the one food my family asks for more than any other is cold cereal.  We love it! And so do most kids, if I’m not mistaken.  Like I always say, every good party starts with a fun invitation.  I designed this printable invitation in a 5x7 inch size that fits two to a page or as a 3.75x 5 inch which fits four to a page if you’re planning on inviting a crowd.  I invited the 10-year-olds I teach at church and they were cereal-sly (OK, enough already) excited to come!


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
Download the blank images here.  Upload the JPG images in a photo editing program like Photoshop or on a site like PicMonkey to add your own details, or print the PDF as-is and write in the details by hand.  The font I used for all my info is called Lemonade Stand.  You can download it here.


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
For your party, set up a buffet table full of a wide variety of cereals, toppings, and milks – some sweet, some healthy (if that’s your thing). 


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
I put my cereal in glass jars with metal scoops – mainly because that’s how we always store our cereal here, but also because it looks super cute.  I also used a few galvanized buckets with scoops to accommodate more flavors.  Variety is the key word here!


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
For toppings I chose things like fresh berries, marshmallows, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and sprinkles (of course!).


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
You gotta’ represent all the milk groups, as well – white, chocolate, and strawberry.  Glass milk bottles and tags up the cute factor by about a million.  Each guest can choose the flavor of milk they want, pour it over their creation, and then grab a straw to drink the extra.  Mmmmmmm, cereal milk!


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
For “bowls”, I picked up some inexpensive white 32-ounce take-out boxes on Amazon for a steal and added my own labels to tie them in with the theme.  (It’s A LOT cheaper than buying cutesy patterned or colored boxes. Just sayin’.  I love me a bargain.)


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
We made up a few “recipes” in advance just in case our guests are wary of mixing and matching.  I don’t think we’ll have to worry, but they make cute decorations as well. The recipe prints, round labels, and milk tags are all available in my Cereal Valentine Party Pack here.  They are free for personal use only.


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
Easy planning. Easy set-up.  Pretty inexpensive.  The trifecta of a perfect party in my book!


Treat all your cereal-sly cool friends to a Valentines Day Cereal Party using these tips and free printables from my3monsters.com !
If you’re not into throwing a friendship breakfast this year, I designed a smaller version you can print eight to a page that your kids can pass out as Valentines at school.  Just tie them to a small box or bag of cereal or a cute spoon and you’re good to go!  Cereal-sly adorable, amiright?! 

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

1.05.2018

LDS || The Price is Right -- A Fun Budgeting Activity for Activity Days

Hi, guys!  I have been working with the 8-11 year old girls in our church for the past year or so in the Activity Days program.  We meet twice a month for fun activities (hence the name) that teach spiritual lessons, help the girls discover and develop their talents, and provide opportunities to serve others.   I have shared some of the more elaborate activities we have planned, like our Back-to-School Flamingle, and this "Experiment Upon the Word" Science Night.  Not every activity is that fancy, believe me!!  Some nights we just do a small craft or play games.

Earlier this year I was in charge of planning an activity about budgeting.  Yikes!!  How was I going to take a topic that is soooo boring I am not so fond of myself, and make it fun -- and RELEVANT -- for a bunch of active tweens?!  I decided to play The Price is Right to make sure they had an idea about how much common things actually cost.  It was SUPER interesting!!


Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com

Send home an invitation/reminder the Sunday before the activity to get the girls excited!  Download my design here and print them 4 to a page.  Just use a black marker to write in the names on the price tags and the info about the activity.




Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
I made the whole game into a PowerPoint presentation, so I could just hook my laptop up to a big TV at church and make the whole thing go really smoothly. For the first game they were shown two products and one price.  They had to choose which product matched the price shown.
Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
 The answer is revealed in the next slide:
Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
We talked a little about shopping sales and using coupons, but I tried not to overwhelm them with information.


Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
After several rounds of that, the next game was Higher or Lower! They were shown a product and a price and had to decide if the actual price of that item was higher or lower than the price shown.
Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
 Again, the answer was revealed in the next slide:


Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
They were actually pretty good at this one!  We played this game for several rounds, and then . . 

Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
It was time for Squeeze Play!!  The girls were shown an item along with several numbers.  They had to decide which number needed to be removed to make the actual price of the the item.

Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com


Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
It took some prompting to help them understand this game, but once they got it, they loved it!  I used the actual retail prices I found online or from stores in our area when possible for each item as I was putting the game together.  For a few of the items I had to google the average price and used that.  


If you would rather make up your own game using different items and/or prices, here are some resources that may help you:

Download the Price is Right font here for free. I used it to make titles and prices on my slides.




The Price is Right Theme Song is available on YouTube.  I had my tech-savvy teenager help me embed it in my presentation, but I don't remember how we did it.  Sorry!

Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com

The yellow name tag template is available here. Print one for each girl on sticker paper to wear like actual contestants.  Put all their names into a bowl and have your host draw one or two for each round and invite them to "Come on Down"!!


Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com
The entire Price is Right game actually only took about 30 minutes of our evening, so we also played this awesome game idea from Mormon Activity Days and called it The Game of Life in keeping with our theme for the evening.  It was a more in-depth look at how to budget a salary for common living expenses and gave them some exposure to the options they might have.  I would recommend pairing up one younger girl with one older girl for this game if you have enough girls in your group.  If you don't have enough to make teams, plan for extra time to help the younger gals count out money and do the math. They can absolutely do it, but if you have a big group it may be helpful to have your partner on hand ready to help answer questions!


Fun Budgeting activity idea for LDS Activity Days from my3monsters.com

For treats, you could serve one or two of the food items they learned about in the Price is Right game or this recipe for "Millionaire Bars" from Center Cut Cook would probably also be a big hit!  

The girls had a really fun time and were totally engaged THE WHOLE TIME, which is straight-up miraculous.  I would absolutely do this activity again.  Good Luck, friends!!  

12.28.2017

DIY || Super Easy Farmhouse Frame Tutorial -- no fancy tools required!

I've cracked the code, y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames with some simple 1x3 pine and a staple gun.  It's so simple you'll kick yourself for not thinking of it first!


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!!  I’m back.  It’s been a while. As recently as a week ago I honestly didn’t know if I would ever start blogging again.   I didn’t ever plan to take a break, but here we are 8 months later, so . . . I guess I took a break.  Life happens, situations change, and we all just do our best to adapt.  We recently sent our daughter – our oldest and first to leave home – on an 18 month mission for our church in Tallahassee, Florida.  Our second child is a senior in high school this year and will likely be leaving on his own church mission next summer. I work as a school nurse all day, err’ day. My husband and I work with the 10 and 11 year old children at church, and my house is a disaster, like all the time.  I struggled for over a year to balance a full-time job, three teenage kids, my happy marriage, my faith, and the blog.  Something had to give to save my sanity and the choice was obvious. 

But I missed blogging.  I missed it so much!  I’ve continued to create things for my home. I’ll admit it has been nice to not stop and take step-by-step photos for tutorials, but still, a little bit of me always missed it.  I’ve even kept a list of project ideas I wanted to share with y’all. Plus, I couldn't stand looking at those chocolate creme crepes on my home page for one more minute. So, I guess I’m back. But seriously, the turning point was when I completed one of my most recent projects and it turned out so good.  Like, seriously, SO GOOD!  And when I looked on Pinterest I didn’t really see anything else exactly like it, so I knew I HAD to share.  It was a sign – literally and figuratively!!


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
I’ve been slowly updating our home to add some touches of my current obsession with quaint, modern farmhouse style, a la the iconic Joanna Gaines.  I know, I know.  Everyone is doing it right now.  I don’t even care.  I’m doing it, too, with my own little flavor added in.  When I stripped and refinished my dining room furniture and hung new curtains this summer, I knew I needed new artwork to finish it off.  I LOVED my old Living Christ and Family Proclamation printables, but they just weren’t quite working for me anymore.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
I’m obsessed with old barn wood signs and chunky weathered wood frames.  I have been wanting to try making my own for a while now, but it seemed overwhelming.  I don’t own any fancy tools or have any woodworking skills.  I am, however, naïve enough to think that I could “figure it out” with what I had on hand – a staple gun.  And I’m happy to report that I did!!  I knew I wanted something bigger and more substantial than the pictures I had hung before, so I designed new Family Proclamation and Living Christ printables in 16x20 size and bought canvases to match.  (You can use any size you want, though.  My example in the tutorial photos below is just a little 8x10 frame for a family portrait I drew.  It will work the same way no matter what size you choose.)  With just a few inexpensive materials and a simple $10 staple gun, I made my own chunky wood farmhouse framed signs and YOU CAN, TOO!!!


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com



Easy Farmhouse Frame Tutorial

You will need:

a staple gun and staples
a framed canvas in the desired size
Mod Podge or double stick tape
1x3 pine boards (enough to cover the perimeter of your canvas plus several inches)
paint or stain
construction adhesive
printable art work (Get my 16x20 Living Christ and Family Proclamation printable here.)

Using Mod Podge or strong double stick tape, mount your printable to the canvas.  Allow time to dry if you use Mod Podge. Also, if you use Mod Podge, I recommend using the matte finish as it is a little more rustic and natural looking than gloss finish.

Paint or stain your 1x3 pine boards to your desired color and allow to dry.

Cut 2 pieces of 1x3 pine board to fit the longer sides of your canvas.  For my 8x10 example I cut 2 pieces, each 10” long.  I used a miter saw, but I did not miter the corners.  Just cut them straight.  You could use a miter box and a hand saw or have your wood cut in the store when you buy it.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
Attach the wood pieces to the canvas by applying a bead of construction adhesive down the side of the canvas, butting the wood right up against it, and securing with several staples in the back as shown.  It won’t feel very secure at this point, but trust me!!


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
Place your canvas on top of a book or something solid that is just thick enough to make the back of the wood canvas frame sit flush with the 1x3 wood piece while you staple.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
Next measure across the top of your picture from outside edge of the wood piece to outside edge of the opposite wood piece.  (Measure more carefully than I am in the picture -- it's hard to take a picture with one hand and measure with the other!) Cut 2 pieces of 1x3 pine to this measurement. Paint or stain the cut edges of the pine board to match the rest of the frame and allow to dry.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
Attach the top and bottom frame pieces in the same manner as you did the side pieces.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
To firm everything up, add a couple of staples at each corner as shown above.

Allow the adhesive to dry and you’re finished!


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
It’s rustic with the exposed staples on the corners, but I kind of like that.  It’s farmhouse-y.  If the staples bother you, I think you could remove them once the adhesive has set up, but don’t quote me on that – I haven’t tried it.  Now that I’ve “cracked the code” to making simple rustic farmhouse-y frames, I’m afraid my walls are going to be covered in them.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
This little sign is one I made using a scrap piece of wood I had in my garage instead of a canvas.  I also stenciled my design onto the wood instead of using a printable, but the framing was done in the same way as I showed you above.


I cracked the code y'all!  Make your own rustic farmhouse frames, even if you don't have any fancy tools.  Find out how at my3monsters.com
Once you have it figured out, there is no end to what you can create with this technique.  I already have a couple other signs in the works to share later – you’ll see!!  What will you create with some 1x3’s and a staple gun??

4.04.2017

FOOD || Chocolate Crème Crepes featuring Edwards Hershey Crème Pie



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Hi guys! Can I just expound for a moment on a favorite subject of mine?  Pie.  If you follow me on Instagram or check out my Recipes page, you will see that I am a big fan of pie!  For at least the last 20 years -- since I married my husband – we have celebrated my birthday with a delicious chocolate pie.  He’s not much of a baker.  I mean, he can bake, it’s just not something he enjoys as much as I do and I’m OK with that because it means he always buys me a heavenly Edwards Hershey Crème Pie.  Some of our friends {and children} think it’s a little weird to have pie for your birthday instead of cake, but I never hear anyone complaining when they are scarfing down my delicious pie!  I tend to think of pie as a “special occasion dessert”, reserved for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday.  The truth is, Edwards pies are so simple and delicious you can eat them to celebrate most any occasion, including surviving a long, hard week of work {can I get an Amen?!}, or a simple hankering for creamy chocolate dessert!

This past week I was experiencing both of the aforementioned "occasions", so when I stopped at Walmart on my way home from work on Friday to stock up on groceries for the weekend, I threw a couple of Edwards pies into the cart along with the milk, eggs, and cereal on my list.  I love the new design of the packaging – like a party in a box.  Rest assured, they may have a new look, but you’ll get the same amazing flavor as always!   

I was feeling a little creative, so with a tiny little bit of effort I transformed my favorite Edwards Hershey Crème Pie into Chocolate Crème Crepes and blew my family away!   You’ll have to deconstruct the pie, which feels like a bit of a sacrilege, but you’ll get over it when you see {and taste} the end result, trust me.  Here’s how:

You’ll start by removing the whipped cream from around the top edge of the pie.  I thawed my pie first, but I think it would be easier, and the cream would hold its shape better, if you removed it while it was still frozen.  I used a frosting spreader and carefully lifted the whipped cream off the pie and onto a plate.  Put the plate of whipped cream dollops back into the refrigerator until ready to serve.

When the pie is completely thawed according to package directions, carefully scoop all the filling out of the crust and into a mixing bowl.  Try not to get any crust in the bowl.  It’s OK if you get a little, so don’t stress about it!

Whip the filling with your mixer, or blend it by hand with a spoon, until it looks like fluffy, yummy chocolate mousse.  Refrigerate the filling until ready to serve.

Crumble the chocolate pie crust and set aside.  You will use this as a crunchy topping for your crepes.

Next you will need 8-10 crepes.  My husband makes amazing crepes from scratch using this simple Basic Crepes recipe. I didn’t do it this time, but decided while eating them that it would be super-yummy if you replaced ¼ cup of flour in the crepe recipe with ½ cup of crumbled cookie crust.  If you’ve never made crepes from scratch before, don’t be intimidated!  It’s not at all difficult, but you could also buy refrigerated store-bought crepes if you prefer.  

Fill each crepe with a couple of spoonfuls of chocolate filling and roll up.  Place crepes seam-side down on a serving plate.  Top with crumbled cookie crust and a few whipped cream dollops.  For over-the-top decadence, drizzle some hot fudge or chocolate sauce on top and sprinkle on a few slivered almonds.  {I plan to do that next time!} 

These crepes were a huge hit with my boys.  You could do the same thing with any of the delicious Edwards pies – I mean, how yummy would Key Lime Crepes be for an Easter dessert?  Or Reese's Peanut Butter Crème Crepes for a night with your girlfriends?  I had planned to make Turtle Crème Crepes using that second pie, but it didn't survive my teenage boys and their friends on Friday night.  I can't blame them -- it really is irresistible. Use your imagination and go crazy with it next time you’re celebrating something big – or small!! 

Happy Spring, y'all!!

Amy


3.02.2017

My Jenny Craig Journey: Two Months In


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Hi guys!  I’ve been anxious to write this post today.  As you know, I decided back in January to make 2017 the Year of Me – the year I finally made myself and my health a priority in my life.  Apprehensively, I began my Jenny Craig journey on January 2ndand shared my reasons and motivations here with y’all.  That was scary.  I wasn’t sharing a fun project or something I was good at doing.  I was admitting to being bad at something that’s pretty important.  Like, really bad.  I was afraid to say out loud that I was fat (even though I knew everyone could see it) because that made it real and then I would have to do something about it.  I was afraid to start on a journey to get healthy because, what if I failed?  What if I couldn’t do it?  What if I was the one person in the world who wouldn’t lose weight on a reduced-calorie eating plan?  After writing the first post, my anxiety kicked in because I knew I was going to eventually write this one – the “after” post.

Ever wondered if Jenny Craig actually works?  I'm sharing my two-month experience and the cold hard truth at my3monsters.com
This was my "Before".  I’m so happy (and relieved, if I’m being completely honest) to be able to report that I was able to meet my goal for these past 8 weeks!  I wanted to lose 20 pounds and at my last consultation I had lost 21.4!! (*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.)  You guys!  That was huge for me!!  My weight has been about the same for the past 5 years at least.  If the scale changed at all it was to creep UP a pound or two, never to go DOWN.  Since I started with Jenny Craig my weight has gone steadily down. Every. Single. Week.  Some weeks more than others, but always down.  It was thrilling.  All the new pants I got at Christmas time are literally falling off me.  My old waistband is now too big for my hips.  For my hips, guys!  For real!! 

{"After" photos are coming as soon as I can get my stupid phone to send them to my computer . . . sometimes I really hate technology!!)

The very best part was when I went to my doctor about 3 weeks into the program for a check-up and he was impressed that I had been losing weight.  When I went back a month later for my follow-up, he was downright floored by how much more weight I had lost*.   And my lab results shocked him even more.  My triglycerides, which had been “off the charts” last time were now only “slightly elevated”, without medication.  Everything else was right where he wanted it to be.  The proof is in the numbers, my friends! (*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.)

But here's the burning question everyone asks me:

What Does a Day on Jenny Craig Really Look Like?

My biggest fear when I started Jenny Craig was that the food was going to be gross health food and I was going to be hungry, like, all the time.  I have never really loved vegetables – at least not the healthy, non-starchy ones – so I convinced myself this was going to be really hard. That had been my weight loss experience in the past, anyway.  This is what I thought my Jenny Craig daily meal plan was going to look like, only these meals looked waaayy yummier than I had expected:

Ever wondered if Jenny Craig actually works?  I'm sharing my two-month experience and the cold hard truth at my3monsters.com
Three small portions of healthy food  punctuated by hunger and disappointment. But I was willing to sign on for that, if it really worked, so I could reboot my system and retrain my brain on portion control.  Plus, I was thrilled to get cinnamon rolls. You cannot imagine my relief when I found out that THIS is what I ACTUALLY get to eat in a day:

Ever wondered if Jenny Craig actually works?  I'm sharing my two-month experience and the cold hard truth at my3monsters.com
Plus as many more healthy veggies as I want, which I actually really like now.  The food wasn’t bland or gross at all.  There was a huge variety of things that I already loved, like Margherita pizza, mac and cheese (Such good mac and cheese, guys!) , and hamburgers.  There were also some new things I would never have tried on my own – like Butternut Squash Ravioli and lentil crisps. 
 
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Anyone who knows my former Taco Bell-loving self will probably not believe that the thing I look forward to most now is my daily spinach salad at lunch. I start with a 50/50 mix of organic Spring Greens and Spinach and then I add different things every day to “doctor” it up – mushrooms one day, mandarin orange slices and red onion another day, a handful of craisins or tomatoes and peppers.  Whatever suits my mood.  I truly do love it.  Plus, that Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich is TO DIE FOR.  No joke.

Ever wondered if Jenny Craig actually works?  I'm sharing my two-month experience and the cold hard truth at my3monsters.com
I rarely feel hungry because I am eating something every few hours all day long.  These “snacks” in between my meals really help with that.  In fact some days, it has been a struggle to eat all of my food.  I feel a ton better now because I’m not constantly running on empty or relying on a caffeinated soda to counteract my sugar crash from the cookies I ate for breakfast.  Yeah, I know…  

Ever wondered if Jenny Craig actually works?  I'm sharing my two-month experience and the cold hard truth at my3monsters.com
I love having a written plan for my eating.  I never realized how much I think about food.  It’s like a constant inner-monologue – “What do we have in the house to eat?  Ooh!  I should go to the store and get more chips and cookies.  What am I going to have for lunch today?  Is it almost lunch time?  How early is too early to eat lunch? I’ll eat something now because I might be busy when it’s lunch time at noon.  How many minutes is it until noon?” Et cetera, et cetera, all day long.  With my Jenny Craig menus, I know what I’m going to eat throughout the day, and when I have reached the bottom of the list, my eating day is over.  My brain just works like that.

So, What's the Secret?!

The biggest key to my success has been my weekly meeting with Kristen, my consultant.  Accountability is HUGE.  I started feeling better almost immediately, but I didn’t stop craving bad food completely. Some days thinking about my next consultation was the only thing standing between me and a big, greasy slice of pizza.  I knew I had a date with the scale every Monday after work and the scale wasn’t going to lie and cover for me if I messed up.  Kristen was an awesome cheerleader and problem solver.  When my husband wanted to go out for Valentine’s Day, she helped me figure out what I should order so I could stay on track with my plan.  I feel much more confident to make those decisions on my own now because of the things she has taught me. In fact, we've eaten out several times in the past two months and I still lost weight without feeling deprived at all.d

Bottom line, Jenny Craig works -- and not just for weight loss, y'all.  After 8 weeks I feel soooo much more confident to make healthy food choices.  I know what a healthy portion size looks like.  I'm no longer addicted to soda.  I know what my eating triggers are -- boredom and stress -- and feel better equipped to make healthier choices going forward.   I still have quite a way to go before I reach my ultimate weight loss goal, but now I have the confidence that I'll get there.  I haven't been able to say that in years and it feels good.

Now I want to hear from y'all!  What were your goals this year and how are they coming along?  Leave me a comment so we can cheer each other on!!

Have a great day, friends!

Amy 

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