weekend update

New House Updates

We are slowly getting settled. Still unpacking a little, still organizing. We went to IKEA recently and got a bunch of stuff we needed.

Since our new house is a 1920’s Bungalow, part of the house that was original and not remodeled has the old lath and plaster walls. So you can’t really hang art or stuff on the walls. In our old house our TV was mounted on the walls. We can’t do that in this house so we bought a TV stand at IKEA (this one, without the bookcases). It looks really cute with the house.

We also got a dresser for our bedroom! Our new master bedroom is big enough to finally have one. 🙂 We got this one in brown. It looks really nice in the bedroom.

We got a free treadmill, too! A family member was getting rid of theirs and we happily took it. We haven’t set up our home gym yet. That will be in our basement.

The new house is nice. We are getting used to it. Bella loves the new house! The backyard is smaller than our old house, which is nice for us because it will be much more manageable for us. But there is a long section on one side that is perfect for Bella to run and chase her ball. 🙂

There is a bike/running path nearby. I took Logan there to explore and bike over the weekend. He loved it!

In other news, Michael got me a gift certificate recently to Loyly Spa and I finally went. It was really nice and I needed the break to recharge after such a stressful period with house-hunting and moving.

Saturday was women only. You arrive and get a bathrobe, towels, a cup and key for a locker. For women only time you can be naked or wear a swim suit. You can go into the dry sauna or the steam room. There is a cold shower right outside the sauna. Then there’s a lounge area where you can hang out in between. You can do face treatments or foot treatments and buy snacks/tea/kombucha etc.

It felt really nice! It was so relaxing. I would spend about 10-15 minutes in the sauna at a time, go out, take a quick cold shower, get more cold water to drink, sit on the lounge benches for a few and then go back in. After an hour, it was time for my 30 minute massage. Which was amazing!

After the massage I had another hour of the sauna. I did about 35 minutes of it, then showered and got dressed and went home. Super relaxed and mellow. It was bliss!

After a month of taking a break, I am back on the keto diet. Dinner was a delicious chicken cobb salad. It was so good. I could eat that salad every night!

And finally, after three days of being on the market, we accepted an offer on our old house. We are pending right now and hoping to close at the end of July! Keep your fingers crossed for no drama!

Hoppy Easter!

My little Easter Bunny had a GREAT weekend! 😀 The zoo and then Easter! We dyed easter eggs Saturday night. It was the first time for Logan.

Sunday morning Michael and I got up early and hid eggs around the house and then got Logan dressed and told him to find the eggs! He was so excited! It was cute to watch.

He found all his eggs and then found his basket. A friend gave me an Easter book that I put in his basket. He had a chocolate bunny, a new matchbook car, a small Elmo, a matching game, and a car from the movie “Cars.”

Seeing the joy on his face was fantastic. <3 He had candy before breakfast, of course. 😀 And played with his new toys. I went to the gym and then we went to Michael’s mom’s house for lunch. There were more eggs to find there!

She made her usual Easter fare: a cheese and potato casserole (which is good but I skipped because it’s not on the diet), and a crab and egg casserole that is sort of on the diet so I ate that. Plus she made a ham and had fruit salad (I had the strawberries from the salad), scones (I skipped those) and deviled eggs. Michael’s sister makes the deviled eggs and they are always great!

So except for some of the candy I swiped from Logan (ooops), I was on the keto diet for Easter.

For dinner, I made a Cuban Picadillo. Awhile ago I tried the Skinny Taste version and I liked it but found it a little bit on the plain side. So I looked for a different recipe to try. I used this recipe.

Verdict: DELICIOUS! I liked it a lot better than SkinnyTaste’s version. It had a lot more flavor.

So here’s the part where I talk about where I altered the recipe. 😉 Only because I started cooking and realized I didn’t have everything I needed! I didn’t have a green pepper so I used red. I used 80% beef instead of 90% (keto). I used red onion because I happened to be out of all other onions! I always have tons of onions, I don’t know what happened.

Anyways, the dinner was excellent. Topped with fresh cilantro, avocado and sour cream.

I would definitely make this version of the recipe again. I thought next time it needed it hint of lime. So I’ll add lime juice. Other than that, it was excellent! Would make again for sure!