Friday, May 17, 2013

Hi Everyone!

I am trying the new Bed Head products, and they are so awesome! The hair care line I received was made specifically for curly hair, which did serious wonders. I got it free from Bzz Agent, which actually mails you a good amount of samples to try and blog about. Seriously, no spamming and advertising aside, it is a great program! I am quite excited to continue using Bzz Agent for samples!

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day number 2: calorie counting madness!

Well, my first day documenting my calorie intake while working did not go as seamlessly as I had planned!

Word to the wise: when you work around food, BYOB - Bring Your Own Breakfast. Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but it is also the most most most important when you work around bacon and eggs and swedish pancakes and potato bake and well... need I say more? Skipping breakfast is never a great idea, but is even worse when you simply forget to bring the meal you had packed while simultaneously being tempted by the most delicious breakfast food in Rockford. Boo. I guess I can blame it on my 7:45am trip to my parents house with Benny ;) So today I did manage to stay within my 1200 calories, but definitely did not work with the general layout I had planned. Today you get my regular meal plan plus what I actually ate today... :)

Ideal meal plan: what I would have eaten if I had not forgotten my breakfast and morning snack, and gone out to eat at Outback later in the day

Breakfast: 265 calories

1/2 cup dry oatmeal [150 calories]
1 cup skim milk [85 calories]
2 teaspoons honey [30 calories]

Adding fruit will be extra calories, but a serving of blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries won't be more than 40-80 calories. Go ahead, right?

Just heat it up in the microwave OR what I like to do, is combine all the ingredients the night before and leave it in the fridge. I just heat it up at work or in the morning when I get it up. Easy!

Morning snack: 80-110 calories
A various fruit like a banana, a handful of grapes, or an apple will only be about [80-110] calories.

Lunch: approx 400 calories
Lets do Subway! Best 6 inch options:
Turkey breast
Veggie Delite
Chicken variety sandwiches
*one of the 9 grain breads would give the most nutrients

Although we all know lunch meat type meat is not the most healthy of meats to choose from, in all reality, we are on the go without food more often than we realize. Subway provides a great reasonable calorie lunch with little guilt.

Afternoon snack: 150 calories

3 Tablespoons of original flavored hummus [100 calories]
1 cup mixed peppers [50 calories]

My absolute favorite guilt free snack. I seriously eat almost as much as I want of this one. You'll find that 3 tablespoons of hummus is alot too :)

Dinner: 360 calories

1 cup mixed green spinach salad [25 calories]
2 tsp low cal dressing (ranch, french, italian) [30 calories]
4 oz grilled chicken [130 calories]
1/2 cup fried zucchini [75 calories]1 small sweet potato [100 calories]

That puts you in at 1,285 calories! Not bad :) Sorry, no sweet snack at the end of today!

SO this is what I actually ate, the abridged and unorganized version. First off, I should say my work day is full of snacks, so I'm going to try and keep a tab on that too.

Breakfast: 250 calories

 [250 calories] My snacks added up to about 250 ish calories in the morning. I won't go into all the calories because it's about 5 different things :)

Lunch: 255 calories

Salad [25 calories]
1 tablespoon Bleu cheese dressing [80 calories]
2 low cal banana muffins [150 calories]

 Outback! Served by the wonderful Paula :)
1/2 tablespoon bleu cheese dressing (yes again, I know, haha. Do as I say, not as I do, right?) [40 calories]
1/2 loaf outback bread [140 calories]
1 Tablespoon butter [100 calories]
4 oz chicken [110 calories]
1/2 order sweet potato fries [220 calories]
BBQ sauce [30 calories]

This is my actual, terribly spaced, 1,145 calories.

Now- goodnight!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day number 1: A week of low calorie ideas!

After not posting for a few weeks, you get a nice long post packed with lots of informative goodies! :)

I have been asked alot of times what EXACTLY I eat to stay under 1200 calories in a day. I'm sure my last post about my diet was helpful, and although I wasn't planning on bothering you with another large overwhelming post about my diet, I'm getting some people who are interested to know :)

A 1200 a day calorie counting diet, while not the right caloric amount for everyone, is NOT easy that's for sure, and requires some serious planning. Starting today, I'm going to try and document what I eat eeeeevery day for a whole week! Not only will this help keep me from straying, but it will hopefully help someone out there who needs a little guidance on where to start!

The best place to start is today :)

For breakfast: 260 calories

1/2 cup milk [60 calories]
     I drink my morning coffee with milk, I estimate about 1/2 cup for my approx 2 cups of coffee
2 cooked egg whites [50 calories]
     (add veggies for extra nutrition and not many extra calories, I didn't today because of time constraints)
2 low calorie banana muffins [150 calories]
      I made low calorie banana muffins with my unused bananas the other day! Not only are they delicious but they are only 75 calories each! Really?? You can't beat that! And banana muffins are so so easy to make. Why not make a bunch and freeze the extras so they don't get weird while sitting on the counter!
find the link here!

Mid morning snack: 120 or 180 calories

1 kiwi fruit - [80 calories]
1/2 cup blueberries [40 calories]
1 cup spinach - [7 calories]
1/2 cup unsweetened greek yogurt  [60 calories]

Directions: blend together for a nice size smoothie. Don't worry, you won't taste the spinach! The natural flavors of the fruit will overpower the spinach. The greek yogurt isn't necessary for a good taste, it just adds a little protein and creaminess.

Lunch: 350 calories

2 cups of home made chicken rice vegetable soup [350 calories]

I just tossed all my ingredients in a crockpot!
Here is the recipe!

Afternoon snack: 90 or 160 calories

1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese [90 calories]
1 tablespoon chopped pecans [70 calories]

Dinner:  300 calories

4 oz salmon, pan seared or grilled using a low fat low cal sauce like teriyaki or carribean jerk [130 calories]
Small baked potato [150 calories]
Veggies like mushrooms, green peppers, onions [approx 20 calories]

After dinner snack: 60 or 130 calories

1/2 cup unsweetened greek yogurt [60 calories]
1 tablespoon chocolate chips [70 calories]

The count ends up being 1,380 calories for the entire day! 3 meals and 3 snacks with the options of altering and tweaking for less calories than that? Awesome! For me, I end up under the 1200 because for the snacks I chose were the lower calorie versions :)

Remember, 80% of your success will be what you eat! Look for the coming posts in the next few days! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Giveaway preview!!

Alright, everyone! I am extra excited to a collaboration giveaway with a fellow etsy seller!!

Bashful Owl, Designs by Shannon and I are doing a giveaway together! Visit her shop, she sells quite amazing, reasonably priced, unique and fashionable pieces!

Giveaway starts February 18-22nd!

Let's take a look at what I'll be contributing for this giveaway  

Here are the rules:

-You must like the Hallie Johanna facebook page and like Bashful Owl's as well to qualify for the giveaway. Then share and comment on the post about the giveaway to get an entry.

-On Wednesday you will have the opportunity to get extra entries into the giveaway by going to our shops and comment on the post saying which item you like most from each shop!

-In the end, there will be TWO winners! Unfortunately, due to rising post costs, this giveaway is only for our fans living in the U.S.

I hope everyone is as excited by this as I am! :) :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

For the Rockfordians!

Today, I got to the gym and felt like a noodle, so I listened to my tired body and sat in the sauna. Don't judge. I'm a big fan of listening to your body (after all, you're the only one who can). Now, if only I had some cake around to really complete the "do as I say, not as I do" mantra :)

I am really excited about a deal I got on formula today! I saved over so much by buying some that was purchased but not being used because a mom's baby only liked to nurse. I'm always a little jealous when someone says that, buuut it's something that I've accepted as a part of life. Hopefully the next baby (maybe one more...maybe) will want to be a nursing baby! Anyhow, I'm not going to complain about this deal!! A big thank you, to an awesome Facebook group called Save and Rave and the sellers/buyers who have made the site such an awesome resource for the Rockford area.

Oh - and I did some overhauling of my etsy site, I'm trying to do some light housekeeping! So there is a brand new sale section, along with some other new sections to keep things better organized. If you're looking for a great deal, go take a peek! If you are in the Rockford area, and don't want to pay shipping, just contact me on etsy, on facebook, here on blogspot, anywhere! No need to pay for shipping when you're close by :) Anyway, check it out!

Have a great night and drive safely!
(p.s. once the roads are clear, please do not feel the need to drive 30 on a street labeled 45. Just a tip for the Rockfordians, avoid the intersections of Alpine/E State and Alpine/Spring Creek for the rest of your lives! Also watch out for the potholes which double as black holes/vortexes!)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hawaiian dreams and cabin fever!

Missing Hawaii tonight. Longing for a beach and a lawn chair, or at least an escape from the cold! I was pregnant in the heat of July, too! Even then, I wasn't complaining that much! I did complain a little, but when you're 9 months pregnant and outside is over 100... You have a little justification. Regardless, I know that I'd still much rather have it hot than cold. I don't have to start the car... :)

Soooo while I have been hibernating I made these (among other fabulous items)!

Find these - here - at my etsy shop!

 *Don't forget the special coupon code for my blogspot readers, 20% off at checkout using BLOGSPOTME
Flirty pink maze magnetic board, with a perfectly distressed thick antique frame. Truly my favorite new item.
Orange houndstooth infinity scarf. I can't stop making the infinity scarves! This fabric is so comfortable and fashionable.

Making these, a couple of my favorite items from the approximately 14 new products I have added, has almost detracted me from the fact that Benny has been sick for about 4 weeks. I feel so bad for him! My amazing mother came over to help me on Monday so that I could clean, do laundry,  and knock out about 8 errands in 4ish hours, instead of 4 errands in 8ish hours! What an awesome Granny. Make sure to wish her a happy birthday this Saturday!

Another bit of exciting news- a blogger from the London College of Fashion found me and one of my most requested items - the Tiffany Blue Chevron Metallic Magnetic Board - found right here

 We are in the process of working out the details, but she may be doing a product review on her blog! Great news for me!

Go check out her blog too, she has really reviewed some cool items! I'm hoping everything works out, and that I'll be posting a link to my product review in February!
Her blog -

I am also still in the process of trying to figure out where my items are getting pinned on Pinterest?

If you see this pink polka dot board on Pinterest somewhere, let me know!

The Semper Fidelis animal rescue silent auction is coming up in just a few short days! Very excited to be participating! I just remade the item I donated, check it out! 

You are all so awesome! Have a great night, and dream about Hawaiian beaches!
 Aloha `oe, aloha `oe 
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
A ho`i a`e au

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Home made detergent? Win.

Quick post!
I can't stop praising this home made laundry detergent I made today! I've done a few loads with it now, and, to my surprise, it smells a little like paradise (thanks to the Fels Naptha). I didn't calculate out how much I am saving or anything like that, but the run down that the author of the site below gives on the cost difference is this: Tide- $.23 a load, Homemade- $.07.

On top of that, I learned that powdered detergent is better on a washing machine anyway! I don't think you can lose making this. It only took me around a half hour! And for those without a sick infant, it may even take you less than 10... :)

So I think I spent about $5 on what I made this time. I mean really? So awesome. Want to make it? Go here!

*I personally added regular baking soda, per another site that suggests blending the shaved Fels soap and baking soda in your food processor if you have one. It just helps it from getting clumpy when mixed with the other ingredients.