27 February 2013

Tracy Anderson Method

Yesterday I mentioned that I am doing Blogilates and the Tracy Anderson Method for exercise. I modify all of these so that I am always on my mat and not using my ankle. Tracy Anderson co-owns her company with Gwyneth Paltrow. You know that Mrs. Paltrow-Martin looks lean and lovely. Here are three of the Tracy Anderson videos I do almost on a daily basis. The abs I do twice and just this week began using weights for the arm video. So proud of myself!

If you have the full program, I will pay you half of the cost to make copies of the dvd's and the meal plan. It's $100 on QVC. Email me through my profile.

26 February 2013

3 Months

Memorial Day is three months away. Three. Months. From. Tomorrow. The pool will open, which means a (modest) bathing suit must be worn for my daily swim. Oh. No. It just hit me like a ton of bricks that in 90 days I need to fit in summer clothing. CAN YOU SAY PANIC?

Most of the women on my father's side, the WASPs, are petite with small bone structure yet womanly figures. I'm totally jealous. I inherited my mother's height and large bones with the womanly figure of the other side. My mother has a tall and rectangular body. I'm tall, big boned, and hourglass. My aunt and grandmother never worked out, but walked and just stayed busy. Of what I understand, that is the case with most preppy ladies. Walking, tennis, golf, and swimming are how they exercise. I cannot include myself in this list, except for swimming because of my ankle disability.

4-5 times per week I do Blogilates or Tracy Anderson Method for 30 minutes then do additional spot work outs at night while the television is on. I'm working my way up to an hour with more advanced methods and repetition. I've also cut fast food and most wheat and sugar. I've heard a lot about the 30 day clean challenge and may start it on March 1st.

What do you do to exercise? How are you losing weight? Do you use Fitblr or Up? Would they help?

24 February 2013

Sunday Morning Soapbox

 Bacon. I could write an entire ode to bacon. It's salty, smoky, greasy, and crisp...and banned from my house. My husband and I are trying to lose weight and of course we don't want the children to have clogged arteries. So, husband banned pork bacon. I. could. cry. It's easy for him to do as he is a Yankee. The last two Sunday's have entailed me making turkey bacon. It is disgusting. I hate turkey anything, except for Kentucky Hot Brown, but then again, it's smothered in creamy cheese sauce, so that's alright. So, I end up just eating nothing. I'd rather starve than eat turkey bacon in all it's limpness and lack of salt. I WANT MY BACON! Maybe I will lose weight since I'm skipping the meal, so husband may be on to something.

It isn't easy to remember that God is in control...We have had some major goings-on here in the VW household. Mainly with husband's job. It's so easy to get caught up into the fear and worrying that as Christians we remember that He is in control and there is a reason for everything. God has a reason and His timing is perfect.

I hope y'all have a wonderful week! Stop by again!

20 February 2013

Goal Update

First of all, yesterday was my 100th post on VW! :) I've had over 1000 posts during my blogging career, but each milestone is neat.

Back in January, I shared with y'all my goals for this year. I just realized I have not updated as planned. So, here it is:


  • I am exercising on average 4 days per week. I have severe anemia and when it's that time I cannot physically exert the energy, otherwise, I have pretty much stayed on track.
  • I have also cut my calories some, but I'm not worrying as much about calories as just eating healthy. My Frigidaire is stocked with plenty of healthy foods. God foods. 
  • We have had healthy homemade dinners every day since the beginning of the year. I have strayed  on the no fast food aspect of the goal, but at least I do feel guilty, which is the next step.
  • I so enjoy sending my weekly letters! If you would like to start exchanging snail mail, please let me know!
  • Unfortunately I have not gone to career counseling center. I really need to do this. Please encourage me. 

  • Husband has had some unfortunate things go on at work. So, I am working really hard at letting him know that I am his teammate. I try to just listen and help when I can.
  • I am working on losing weight
  • I have gotten better about looking more presentable so he isn't embarrassed.
  • There is something about being 14-15 that causes children to have responsibility-itis. It's such a struggle with him, but not with the older ones.
  • Budgeting is ongoing.
  • I am blogging on average 3x's per week.
  • I can't say that I don't stress over the lack of comments and followers, but I'm not focusing on it.
Relationship With God-
  • For Lent I've begun a new bible study which I love by Teri Maxwell
  • I'm not doing so well at finding friends as I missed the opportunity to join a bible study. I'm looking for bunco or something like that to join for finding friends.
  • I've turned off the television during the day! :) Love it!
  • I'm going to bed a little earlier to get my reading in, but it's still a bit slow. I need to work on that.
  • I call my grandmothers frequently, but many times I don't get in touch with them as one grandmother is deaf and will not pay for new hearing aids as she's 93 and thinks she may die so why spend the money. Haha! The other grandmother is a social butterfly in the assisted living. If I don't talk to them I make sure to send them a letter. They just want to know they are being thought of and are loved.
**I want to add a goal of finding a new car. Also figuring out schooling for my youngest for the fall.**

18 February 2013

yes, i will forever be the baby

My big sister (whom I'm 2" taller than), her husband, and two children came to Atlanta to visit this past weekend from Indiana. We had so much fun. My BIL's best friend lives in the NE part of GA, and they stayed with them as we do not have anywhere for them to sleep. Still, we got together for a few hours of shopping (we have an American Girl store 10 minutes away so that makes me popular with the pre-teen set) on Saturday and lunch today at Cracker Barrel. I had pancakes and bacon, yum, yum, yum!

Something I realized this weekend is I am a mid-30's aged baby. On my dad's side I was the baby of the family until for 30 years. I'm the baby of my parents two children. My sister and I were about to leave the mall on Saturday, and I had some things in my hand, and while I was putting on my (cute) kelly green with white polka dot cardi, my sister came over and helped me put my arm in my sleeve like she did when we were growing up. J is nearly 7 years older than me, and quite frankly, pretty much raised me along with my parents, Muzzie, and my nanny, Miss Anna. She still helps me in any way she possibly can as my big sister.

There is a lot of truth to sibling personality order. My mother and sister are both super pulled together as in they can go on 5 hours of sleep and still get it all done. They both worked a gazillion hours a week and do girl scouts, ballet, and whatever their kids want to do, they make sure they do. Now, both of them are first born daughters. My husband, being a first born, has to have everything perfect. I'm like, if it's neat, clean, germ free, and I know where to find what I'm looking for then it's alright. I try, but I sometimes feel like I'm going against the grain.

I am the baby. This is my table that holds my stuff. It's a mess. I am alright with it though. Husband is not. I need a roll top desk. 

13 February 2013

Is J. Crew preppy?

When I was in high school, I discovered the J. Crew catalog. I still like catalogs better than online shopping, but that's a different topic for another day. J. Crew had polos, khakis, adorable yellow rain jackets (my favorite rain jacket, however, was my kelly green with navy and white striped lining from Pappagallo in the 90s), and cute OCBD's. Now...not so much.

Formerly preppy J. Crew has joined the ranks of Abercrombie, American Eagle, and Aeropostle. Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of what J. Crew has to offer, but except for a pair of seersucker shorts and flip flops, I have not purchased anything from there in years. J. Crew is a lot like Kate Spade style. It's classic as in Jackie Onassis, not classic as in Katherine Hepburn. In my opinion, which is not going to make the world spin or anything, J. Crew is no longer authentically preppy.

12 February 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook 02.12.13

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Outside my window... After it raining all day yesterday, we have a brief window of sunshine before the rain comes back this afternoon. It appears this is the end of the rain for a few days. Thank goodness!

I am thinking... how I wish I knew french. I am listening to the Carla Bruni Pandora station and though I love the music and the sound of the words, I have no idea what they are saying. :)

I am thankful... that my husband is finally going to the doctor over his pain. He knows what it is, but needs to get some medicine and a test for confirmation.

In the kitchen... I'm about to make some angel biscuits to put in the freezer. Dinner will be Mediterranean quinoa and kale salad. No dessert!

I am wearing... long knit red empire waist dress, barefoot, hair long, with little makeup-for now.

I am creating... an organized bedroom, new curriculum for ds2, and a special Anniversary present for husband.

I am going... to pick up the teenagers from their respective locations, library, and post office.

I am wondering... how to visit my cousin in France.

I am reading... Starlight by Dorothy Garlock and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (schoolwork) and my audio book is still The Paris Wife.

I am hoping... to make exercise my habit (on day 11 of 21 days).

I am learning... about everything...why not have a constant sense of wondering?

Around the house... organizing our bedroom today, usual load or two of laundry per day, and keeping the television off as much as possible.

I am pondering... what to make for dinner on Valentine's Day (our anniversary).

A favorite quote for today... "Preppies have known it for years. Who needs LV or YSL when you can put a discreet EBW III?  In fact, most preppies are so proud of their monograms that they virtually put them on everything in sight." -The Official Preppy Handbook  by Lisa Birnbach

One of my favorite things... crostini

A few plans: write my grandmothers notes and finish taxes.

Photo of my day: This is the back of a note from a sweet friend of mine.

10 February 2013

When someone you love feels ill

My honey bear hasn't been feeling good this weekend. He is the healthier one, him being a doctor and all may have something to do with it, and I have severe joint issues. However, this weekend he was down and in pain and there wasn't anything I could do...that's the worst part...feeling helpless. I think he is doing better tonight, with the help of pain medications. We've been married for nearly 15 years (Valentine's Day is our anniversary) and he has never taken medication except antibiotics 1 time when he had pneumonia 8 years ago. So, I looked up what to do to help him feel better but mainly I was just there. I gave him lemon water. Gave him medicine when it was time. Kept the teens quite. Cleaned the house like he likes it. Called the insurance company. Make sure he knows that I'm here for him. Pray for his pain to go away. And I'll continue until he's back to par.

05 February 2013

National Pancake Day

First of all, allow me to apologize for the lack of pictures. I made the mistake of announcing dinner before taking pretty pictures.

IHOP began National Pancake Day for Children's Miracle Network. That is a great cause, but I will not eat IHOP foods. Some in our family have gluten and dairy allergies. So, making it homemade was the best decision. This is what I did:

  • Put on an apron. I got this last weekend with some Christmas money from my parents. You'll need to keep your cute clothes from being splattered on by the blueberry syrup.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place turkey bacon on a jellyroll pan covered with aluminum foil. Bake for 9 minutes. It took quite awhile as I make 2 packages and only 1/2 a package will fit on the pan.
  • In a huge Pyrex measuring cup or bowl mix together Pamela's Baking Mix.
  • In a 2 qt. heavy pan (I used cast-iron) put 1-2 cups of frozen berries (I used blueberries) & 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and stir frequently for a few minutes. Once it's soft, add about 1 tablespoon cornstarch to thicken. Continue to cook until it's a syrup, with lumps. 
  • In a skillet or griddle (need one!) put in 1 tablespoon butter and turn the burner on medium- medium high. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop into the skillet. Cook until slightly bubbled and sides are "thick"; flip and cook for 2 minutes. Place the pancakes on a plate and start over again. 
  • In a Pyrex cup, fill up to 1 cup line of maple syrup and warm in the microwave, or if you want, on the stove.
  • If you have whipped cream, get it ready.
  • Pile your plates (we all ate 3 pancakes!).
Sit at the table with a tablecloth, napkins, silverware, and cocoa and enjoy your family. Unplug and enjoy each other!

04 February 2013

Rocking Chairs

Having grown up in the South, where I still reside, spending time outdoors on the porch has been a huge part of my life. Oh the stories I heard from friends, family, and neighbors...My favorite memory was on my maternal grandparents rockers and porch swings. My cousins and I would get them going really high and have so much fun! When I would stay with them for a week or so every summer, at night I'd run off the porch to catch lightning bugs and run around while Nana and Papaw were on the porch. Papaw would play his guitar. He's in heaven now probably playing his guitar, wearing his white cowboy hat. My paternal grandparents also had a porch on the front of the house and the back. There were not swings though as they lived in a large antebellum plantation looking house. Muzzie had her wicker on the back porch and we'd sit out there and talk, play in the sprinklers, and watch the cows across the way. Oh, and eat pounds and pounds of watermelon (salted, please, and thank you). My parents didn't have a front porch, but we had a balcony. Unless there was a party of some sort, however, we spent little time out on the balcony. My husband and I have been designing our next house and no matter what, there will be a porch! My grandchildren will have porch swings!

In the meantime, my husband and I have a balcony, in which we are wanting to put rocking chairs like my grandparents had when I was growing up. Do y'all have any recommendations? We love the ones at Cracker Barrel (like the ones in the picture above), but if we are already paying over $100, I'm wondering if we should invest in some that will last a long time like at LL Bean. If you have durable rocking chairs, please let me know where you bought them!

Did you grow up spending your time in rocking chairs?


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