Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Still eating the BFC way!

I was reading Rosalie's blog over at and she mentioned that you have to find a healthy way to eat that you can live with forever. The Belly Fat Cure is my choice. What's not to love?

Last night I made some really quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Tacos, I saw the idea on Pinterest. Costco chicken shredded, cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder, and Franks Red Hot. Ranch dressing, avocado, and a little more red hot and you are left with deliciousness.

I hope everybody had a good day!

I am not bitter- I am cautious!

Years ago, my family was hurt by an individual who represented an organization that meant a lot to us.  Deciding to choose our battles, we kept quiet and moved on, doing what was best for our family.  Seeing this person on New Year's Eve at a local resturaunt while we were having lunch brought up a conversation that I have put a lot of thought into.  Only speaking with a few select people in detail regarding the situation, it was brought to my attention that this person has been speaking very openly regarding what happened, sharing their one side of what happened.  My husband mentioned that somebody at his work told him that we need to stop being bitter and move on with our lives, given the amount of time that has passed.  That statement shocked me because I never considered myself bitter and even more shocking was how this person knew so much about what happened... hmm.

I looked up the definition of bitter and considered the situation; I do not harbor any hostility or hatred towards this person or the situation.  I am a firm believer to learn from your past and apply what you learn to your daily lifestyle.  I would consider myself cautious, not bitter- a big difference.

I do not wish this person or any of their family any ill will, in all honesty, I hope the best for all of them.  I believe that we need to use the wisdom that God has given us to make good decisions and to be cautious with who we interact with on a daily basis.  Just because I will not invite this person over for dinner or scrapbook together does not make me bitter, it makes me cautious and shows good judgement, in my opinion.

My family has moved on and found a new normal.  I can honestly say that we have never been happier as a family.  John and I are getting along better than we ever have in all of our years of marriage.  Both of the kids are growing and healthy with personalities that I could write a book about.  Things are really really good and why this has resurfaced after all of these years, I don't know. 

I guess my moving on has some perceived as bitterness.  If you have that much time on your hands to think about my "bitterness", then have at it.  While you're doing that, I will be enjoying my family, thinking of a great word to play on Words with Friends, cooking Buffalo Chicken Tacos, folding laundry, drinking coffee, and reading a good book.

I choose greatness in 2013 and I hope that if there is a situation in your life that you need to move on from, pack up and move- today!  As I say to my kids, "Use that thing in your head between your ears!"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Honest is the best policy!

Last week, I saw an ad online for a sectional couch.  The ad stated that it was brand new 6 months ago and he just needed something smaller.  I asked if he could hold it until the weekend and John and I set out to pick up this couch.

Get the couch home and it was beautiful.  No wear and tear and the seller's claim to be new 6 months ago seemed to be accurate, it truly was a beautiful couch.  The kids loved the couch, the cushions were like a bean bag on top and they would find their cozy spot and watch tv.

The next day, the house smelled like cigarette smoke.  With Connor's allergies and John's asthma issues, I knew that this couch was going to be an issue.  I scoured all over Google to find a solution to get cigarette smoke out of upholstery.   Found a commercial grade odor remover at Lowe's and sprayed the couch.  Lysol'd the house, Febreeze'd the carpets...and it still stunk.

I was sick to my stomach that we were just out this money, knowing that nobody would want to buy it once they smelled the stink.

This morning, I thought, Honesty is the best policy.  I posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a smoker who is looking for a couch.  In about 3 minutes, my phone was ringing and a lady really wanted to buy it.  She called back and said she has rented a truck and will be over to pick it up.

I was able to re-coup the money that was put out for this couch.  I really wish that the original seller would have been up-front and stated that he was a smoker on his ad- he surely would have been able to sell it.  Instead he sprayed Febreeze all over it hoping that I wouldn't notice the stink.

Here is my beauty that I have to give up...
Be honest!  Treat others the way you want to be treated!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Training for a 5K

I am following an app called Couch25K.  It is a 9 week program that can take a couch potato like me and turn me into a runner.  Ha ha.  It started out walk 5 minutes, jog 1 minute, walk 3 minutes, jog 1 minute, etc. Now, I am on week 5 and this has proven to be the toughest for me.  I have run for 5 minute intervals and then this morning 8 minute intervals.  The next one is to jog for an entire 20 minutes.  It has me nervous only because I have runners ADD or any exercise for that matter.  Even with music on my i pod and the tv at the gym, I find it hard to focus and catch myself counting the minutes.  

Anyway, there is a 5K by my house in November that I really want to run.  We'll see how it goes...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I'm back.....

I have been guest blogging over on Rosalie's blog and realized that it has been a really long time since I've posted on my own blog.  This year I have been focusing on losing weight and getting healthy.  My 7 year old challenged me to a race at the beginning of the year and oviously, he is a boy with lots of energy, but I was winded and didn't really go very far.  He won.  I was at my all time highest weight and disgusted with myself.  Following The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise I have been able to lose 42 pounds as of yesterday's weigh in.  My body has changed dramatically, not just physically but mentally and emotionally also.  Before It was really hard to wake up in the morning, I had to set my alarm clock an hour fast because I'd hit snooze 5-6 times before I actually got out of bed.  Now, I can wake up on my own before my alarm clock even goes off- that is a miracle in and of itself. 

Here are my before and after pictures: 
My highest weight of 210lbs. on Janurary 28th 2012

It honestly felt like I was pregnant when I had to bend over and tie my shoes :)

And here is me a couple of days ago:

169 lbs on August 23rd 2012

Feeling much better.

I lost the weight of a small child.  Kayla is 41 pounds- I can't even phathom that I used to carry around that much extra weight.  Amazing. 

If you are struggling with anything, I want you to know that you can make the choice by yourself to change.  You might be able to find some support in your family and friends, but ultimatley, the choice is up to you.  I have found the most help and support in people I have never met, complete strangers.  People I have found online and through Facebook sharing their struggles and successes have helped me in ways that they will never know.

Today's the day!  Make the change!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wooden Spring Sign

The inspiration for this came from Liza at Hoo's Crafty!  I wanted to make sure that the sign was sturdy enough to sit on the fireplace mantel so I picked up a 4x6 at Home Depot and the man was nice enough to cut the 8' board into 2' sections...

The paper is from a DCWV spring stack, the font is cut at 3.5" using Cricut Classic Font, and the butterfly is cut from the birthday cake cartridge, I believe 2.5".  I also embossed the top layer of the butterfly with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and scored down the middle to give it the "flying" effect.

The finished product looks great.  I think the 4x6 is a bit thick- sturdy, but thick.  A 2x4 might have been sufficient.

Thanks for looking- have a good night.

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Joann's Haul

Today starts friends and family weekend at Joann' extra 25% off your entire purchase, even sale items.  All scrapbooking supplies are already 40% off and open stock scrapbook paper is on sale 5/$1, so that extra 25% was an extra awesome bonus... Thanks to my favorite cousin I've never met Lisa Chapman and my favorite aunt I've never met, Aunt Roe  :)

The haul!!!

This stack makes me think of my Grandma, he favorite color is lavender.  I sure do love my Grandma, she is one of the greatest people I know!!

DCWV The Guy Stack- The argyle sheet had me sold.

DCWV Tahiti Beach stack.  If you buy the paper, the vacation will come...

I have had my eye on these for weeks...and now I have a TON of paper to fill it up.

Paper files for the Cropper Hoppers

Love the colors in the ice cream social paper... plus 12x12 Kraft card stock

Cool Mint 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock

Cuttlebug folder, foam squares, ink pads, stamps, and my first Tim Holtz ink pads- exciting.

I love socks almost as much as I love scrapbooking supplies :)

I was really shocked to see "colored" vinyl at Joann's.  Normally they have black and white.

that is 60 sheets of paper. 

My name is Lisa Chapman and I am a hoarder/collector of scrapbook supplies- my guilty pleasure.  I can justify my "collection" because I actually use it :)