Browse Month: August 2016

Our Little Pond Makeover

Sharing some pictures of our pond since my husband added a little waterfall to it. Over the last few years, I have started to appreciate garden gnomes and added more to our yard. This musical little fella was a gift but here is a similar one with a Celtic mushroom.


My husband added the fishing gnome on the little dock to cover the filter pump. The fake fish was a little heavy for the fisherman, so we set it on the dock.

The floating alligator head has become one of my favorites. It is supposed to scare away critters and it provides another hiding spot for our fish. You might be able to see a few of the goldfish in the pictures; they have certainly grown. I guess the gator head worked this year!

Fishing dock

Next, I’d like to add some more ground cover on the side furthest from the deck. There’s also an area that leads to the pond with a bench & stepping stones – I think that’s the spot to start a fairy garden.

Pond gnome


My First Week as a Low-Carb Beginner

vegetables_peppers_onionI’ve been struggling with weight loss for a long time. Weight Watchers or counting calories have been my best options in the past because I was not willing to cut out food groups and didn’t want to feel like I couldn’t have my favorite foods. I tried Atkins several years ago, but lost the same 2 lbs in 2 weeks that I would have with WW anyway and I hated the restrictions. ¬†Several friends have lost a significant amount of weight by following a low carb diet. I always thought that there was no way I could survive that for even a few days. I loved my pasta too much to say goodbye.

My husband & I started talking about it after I got a recipe from my low carb friend. He’s been trying to tell me for years about the problems with white flour & white sugar and the effects they have on the body. I just didn’t want to hear it then. So, I started researching the subject a little more. I started reading about low carb for beginners & the positive effects on the body. I finally agreed to put in my best effort

I agreed to give the Low Carb way of eating a chance. My husband & I made a list of the foods to eat. I started a Pinterest board (Low Carb board ) . We read labels, shopped for Low Carb friendly foods and made our meal plan for the week. Our kids are active & still need the carbs, so we still made pasta, potatoes or rice with our meals when it called for it as a side. A little shift in perspective was all that was needed – I started looking for all of the great things I could have without guilt & without counting.

Veggies were on the rise! I’ve never had so many veggies in one day before – always opted for sweet fruits. I was throwing veggies into my eggs in the morning, more veggies at lunch with sauce, cheese & chicken, and more veggies at dinner with meat! And guess what…. I wasn’t as hungry throughout the day. I stopped having sugar cravings and had more energy in the afternoon. A few walnuts in the evening were satisfying. Some turkey pepperoni & cheese was a great snack.

The weight started coming off. Yes, much of it is water weight at first and I’ve been drinking plenty of water. Nevertheless, the scale showed a lower number! Something was going right! There have been temptations and there are times I wish I could have one of my “old favorites”, but honestly, it hasn’t been that bad. ¬†I’ve committed to the first two weeks and I’ll evaluate if it’s worth continuing then. As of now, though, I can see how this can fit in my life.

I’d love to share recipes & ideas with you! Comment below & let’s connect on Pinterest & Facebook.