The Happiest Place on Earth......

We spontaneously decided to take a trip with the kids to California. We have a lot of family there and we thought a Disney trip would be fun for the kids, and boy did they love it!!! It really is the happiest place on earth!

The kids loved Toontown the best, we all loved the parade, and I was obsessed with the baby care centers. They were EVERYTHING! We would go back to it every two hours to feed and change baby, have the boys go potty and rehydrate. If only malls and restaurants could all have baby care centers, my life would be so much easier! Also, I cannot wait to go back in a few years so that baby Persephone can really enjoy it. I was swooning over the dresses and kids makeup in the bibbidi bobbidi boutique. Too adorable!!! I want matching princess outfits for the both of us :) 

disneyland toddlers castle

Disneyland baby care center

The boys couldn't get enough of Mickey Mouse, and they were shocked that Mickey was "real" and lived in his own house! They couldn't believe it!!!! The smile on their faces was priceless. 

Mickey mouse house disneyland

disneyland meeting mickey mouse house

disneyland mickey mouse toddlers

disneyland mickey mouse balloons

disneyland parade

mary poppins disneyland

Second month of Keto- pounds lost and what I ate

I have lost ten pounds this month!!!!!! Bringing my total weight loss for the past two months to: 

24 POUNDS LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I didn't even exercise! Well, I think running around after three kids counts as exercise though. Hubby has lost 5 pounds this month. Hooray for him. 

Can I just say that I ate cake a few times this month also? I ACTUALLY ATE CAKE! It's called KETO cake, and it's delicious and low carb and yummy and tastes almost like the real thing. I also ate Keto cheesecake and Keto cheesecake brownies. AND I ATE MAC AND CHEESE TOO!!!! (cauliflower mac and cheese of course) but I mean seriously, who knew you could have your cake and eat it too? I love you Keto. 

I'm so mad that no one told me about the Ketogenic diet when I was younger. Instead I tried everything else like restricting calories, being vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, Jenny Craig, working out at the gym for two hours a day.....all to no avail. I'd lose like max 1.5 pounds a month. Now I'm eating way more and losing crazy weight. So weird right?!!!! I love how I don't have to count calories and can eat however much I want whenever I want.

Here is exaclty what I ate last month that resulted in ten pounds being lost:

For breakfast every day I would just have KETO coffee, with lots of heavy whipping cream.

keto coffee

Then every day for lunch I will usually just have eggs and pepperoni and sugar free jello:

keto lunch ideas

and on the weekends I would make Keto mug cake, and split it in half to share with hubby. I think it came out to something like 3 net carbs for each half of the cake. It's made with coconut flour and maybe one day I'll post the recipe. 

keto vanilla mug cake chocolate ganache sauce

keto mug cake chocolate sauce

Then I made some Keto cheesecake.......

keto cheesecake

And then I made keto cheesecake brownies. SO GOOD. keto cheesecake brownies

Ok but really, below are the real food I ate for all of last month, all of which were dinners.

This one is a Keto chicken tikka masala with cauliflower rice. We used the instant pot for this (for the chicken) and it was ready in no time! This was also my first time making cauliflower rice and it was surprisingly good! 

keto chicken tikka masala cauliflower rice

Keto broccoli and sausage:

keto broccoli and sausage 

With parmesan crisps and heavy sour cream......

parmesan crisps keto sour cream snack

CAULIFLOWER MAC AND CHEESE........and I threw in some broccoli florets and sausages too

cauliflower mac and cheese

keto mac and cheese cauliflower sausage

Taco beef with salad:

keto taco beef salad

Bunless cheeseburger with low carb ketchup

Deviled eggs and salami

Salmon and steamed broccoli drenched in butter:

Panera chicken salad:

Flank steak:

flank steak keto

Meatballs and salad:

Shredded chicken and broccoli all drenched in butter:

Gyro without the bread, parmesan crisps:

Being Overweight and Staying Motivated

This losing weight thing is HARD!!!!!!!!

I'm approaching the third month of eating Keto, still dreaming of carbs every night, and slowly being drained of motivation. Losing 14 pounds the first month was great and all, but I'm just so impatient to lose the rest of my 50 something pounds of baby weight. Some days are harder than others, especially when I'm making a carb rich meal for my kids, which I of course cannot touch. Or when it's Sunday morning and I'm making pancakes or french toast.....the smell in the kitchen KILLS ME!!!! 

Right now I only have two outfits that fit me, and I refuse to buy new clothes until I'm at my goal weight. That's my self punishment. I do NOT deserve a shopping spree at this weight. 

Last time I went on the keto diet it was only the first three months that were hard, so I'm just really trying to pull through. Losing weight is more of a mindset and requires mental strength and discipline. It's really all about the discipline. So when I'm dying inside for a cupcake I just look at some "fat memes" and they make me feel better. 

being fat and cupcakes meme

The ultimate weight loss motivation for me is looking at pictures of myself pre pregnancy and comparing them to the weight I am now. It's RIDICULOUS! It's like I'm a totally different person. But watch out......SHE is coming back summer 2018. 

Circ. 2011

I think it will take me maybe a year and a half to get back to that as long as I continue to eat fat and NO sugar or carbs. I've done this before so all I need to do is just continue doing what I'm doing and the pounds will eventually melt off. I remember pre-kids era one of my coworkers told me that I should just embrace my weight, and accept my body type and genetics, and just be comfortable with the way I am. Um NO THANK YOU! That's like the ultimate demotivator. Wait is that a word? Demotivator? I digress. 

Right now it's just hard. Hubby has an easier time on this diet because he prefers salty to sweet and loves eating his bacon sausage and cheese. I, on the other hand, miss my cupcakes. 

Anyone else going through this torture? Can anyone sympathize? How do you keep motivated?

Summer Days

I'm soaking up the sun enjoying the summer with the fam and snapping pics every day as we go. Because I was pregnant last summer and not at my best, I've been making up for lost time and running a mile a minute trying to make it great for the kids. The boys are still going to school every day and they have so much fun there- they have "water days" and bike days and they have outdoor picnics and eat popsicles. While they are at school I spend one on one time with baby, who is happy and thriving. 

This summer is anything but relaxing, but the kids just love it, and that's enough to make it perfect <3

 

Surviving 3 kids 3 and under

I am that crazy mom who apparently keeps having babies. Yes I try contraception but no joke guys NOTHING WORKS! Out of the 5 years I've been married I've been pregnant 4 times, and three of the pregnancies resulted in little monsters, who are now three, two, and an infant.  

I also wouldn't mind having more. Call me crazy, but I just LOVE being a mom. Don't get me wrong it's hard work, but totally worth it if you ask me. 

Here are 5 survival tips, because when you have three kids three and under, every day is about SURVIVAL. These have worked out pretty well for me and sometimes I even fool myself in thinking that I have it all together. 

  • STRUCTURE AND ROUTINE: We all do the same thing pretty much every day, except for the weekends of course. The kids know when it's breakfast time, school time, "homework time", nap time, quiet time, dinner time, bath time and bedtime. My three year old reminds me when it's time to put the two year old for a nap and when it's time to feed the baby. My two year old knows that during nap time he has to stay in his room and on his bed until he falls asleep, and both kids know that every day after dinner they need to make sure that the living room area (which has been converted to their playroom) is completely spotless. On weekends their routine is to go to the pool in the late afternoon and then have their dinner poolside. Toddlers thrive when there is structure and routine, and infants too! Baby Persephone has her own routine that works great for her as well! So we are really strict when it comes to their routines and they have to be in bed no later than 7:30pm. This means that sometimes we have to miss fun events and can't socialize as much as we would like to, but at least my children won't be grumpy due to lack of sleep, and that makes every day SO much easier for me. 

  • CHORES CHORES AND MORE CHORES: Ok so my infant doesn't have any chores (yet) but the older two know their chores and responsibilities. They both know to clean their rooms and living room before bed time, put their dirty clothes in the laundry hamper outside of their rooms, and where to put their shoes and backpacks when they come home from school. They both wipe the table after dinner (even though I wipe the crumbs off of it before they wipe) it's all about making them feel proud, useful and accomplished. And the more they get used to doing, the less I have to do! Win-win situation. 

toddler chores

My three year old is totally OCD and needs his things in a certain order. God forbid someone ruin the order - all hell will break loose!

  • TOY ROTATION SYSTEM / NO TV: Instead of turning on the TV for them when I want them to be quiet and out of my way, I will bring a bucket of "new" toys for them to play with. The "new" toys are just their old toys that were stored away that they forgot they have. I have lots of buckets filled with toys, and I let them play with one bucket at a time. Then when they get bored of those toys I will switch out the bucket. This system works miracles for me! Another win!!

bin rotation toys

  • MAKING SURE THE KITCHEN IS CLEAN BEFORE BED: I don't know why, but having a clean and spotless kitchen just makes me feel like I'm ready to conquer the world. The rest of my house can be an absolute mess, but for some reason, waking up to a clean kitchen just makes everything better. Every night no matter how tired I am, the counters need to be cleaned and cloroxed and all the dirty dishes need to be in the dishwasher. If I wake up to a dirty kitchen I will feel paralyzed for the rest of the day, and it will completely trash my productivity. 

  • PLANNING: This is something I picked up more from hubby, who is literally a master planner. Being a great planner helps with all aspects of life, and can make taking care of multiples feel like a breeze! A little planning goes a long way, and is so necessary when trying to successfully run your household. Me and hubby hold monthly meetings to plan for the following month. We plan for things such as fun events for the kids, when and what to order online (we are ALL about Amazon Fresh and Prime), and when to do finances and hold budgeting meetings. I also make a meal plan every month for the following month and it helps tremendously.

So there are times in our life where for some reason or another we may not do the things above. The world doesn't fall apart BUT there tends to be more conflict, less fun and more stress. We find that doing these things makes life so much easier for all of us (but especially for mom and dad:) Many people think having three kids this small is really difficult, but it's really not too bad. I'm not saying it's a piece of cake, but it's no way as hard as I initially imagined. You just need to have a system that works for you. These tips might work great for some yet no so much for others. Always just do what works for you and your family.