Monthly Archives: April 2018

Food Log

I thought I’d share with you how I have been keeping track of what I eat lately. Most people probably don’t need to track their food but it can be helpful in a number of instances. The first of which is when one is trying to lose weight and change old habits. I follow the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle of eating. It is a low glycemic approach to eating. One of the big points of this way of eating is to not eat more often than every three hours, so my food log only needs room for about 5 things eaten each day.

Since I use a bullet journal I decided it would be a good place to keep the log. I’m not big into pre-planned pages so this went a little against my grain in the beginning but I needed it to be easily read. I attempted something a little differently with my first week of logging my food and it was a jumbled mess. It was only useful as a log not as any kind of idea bank for future menus. See!

food log bujo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added some thin washi tape around it when I was prettying up my pages. See, I fill may pages in very sparsely when I create them and then go back and pretty them up later when I have time and desire to do something crafty. If I tried to make my pages pretty from the outset, I’d never get them done.

So what I did next was create a place to put the food eaten. This is what it looks like on the first few days of the week.

food log bujo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t really care if I make mistakes on my lines. The important thing is to get it there so that I can have it to use without fuss. I’ll pretty it up later, maybe. ;)

I like to write down what “fuel type” it is too, so I can see if I’m shuffling it enough. For the longest time I was having nearly all “S” foods for breakfast every morning (that would be mostly eggs but even most of our pancakes are in the fats category). I’ve since added an oatmeal that I love and really enjoy–now if I can just make it so it is still hot when I eat it. ;) (Oatmeal is an “E” fuel type, a good healthy starch that energizes the body.)

This log helps me see what we’ve actually eaten and when, as opposed to a menu plan that shows what I’m planning to eat throughout the week. I don’t know if it works the same for you, but I seldom follow a plan exactly as written; I end up changing it somewhere along the line. Last night was one such instance. I thought I had another chicken breast in the freezer but I had unexpectedly used it for Michael’s dinner on Sunday–we had pork carnitas and at present he doesn’t eat pork, so I fixed him some chicken carnitas. So last night’s dinner had to change; thankfully I have a freezer with lots of meats in it. :)

Here is what my food log looks like after being filled in.

Food Log Bujo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t always write it down when I eat it, so sometimes there are blanks where I couldn’t remember what I had. :( But the goal is to fill it in as I eat it. The colors have absolutely no meaning. I like color and change use whatever color I’m feeling like using at the moment. I’m not worried about colors that go together so much, just what I want to use. :)

This food log is also helpful in making menus. I can look back and remind myself of what we’ve eaten to get ideas for what to put on the menu for a different week. I can also see how long it has been since we’ve eaten a particular recipe.

I don’t use a whole page for the food log and put a little tracker on the lower portion of the page, and leave space to make notes and items I want/need to make or bake.

Bujo Food Log ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe one above was last week’s log. I made a big list of items to make or bake near the end of the week, so I’ll be pulling from that list over the next week or so. :D

I hope this look into my bullet journal and food tracking has been helpful to you in some way. There is no right or wrong way to use a bullet journal. Some people use them more as a scrapbook and other’s use it more for a planner. Part of mine is to help me in my weight loss journey. :) If you have questions, I’ll try to help.

Until next time, God bless,

 
Michele ºÜº

Sometimes It’s About My Tone

Tone Sound ~ Lifeofjoy.meCommunication is a pet peeve of mine. I really dislike it when things are not communicated well. And I definitely do not like it when things are not communicated at all. ;)

One thing I am guilty of is letting my annoyance be known in my tone when I am relating something. I also have to keep reminding myself that there are ways that I can say things that will not bother my husband at all but the very same words spoken differently frustrate him. This is not his fault although I must admit, it is hard to deal with at times.

I’ve realized anew that I need to watch my tone when I speak, especially when I speak to my hubby. Years of miscommunication and frustration from using a wrong tone have caused there to be a short fuse sometimes. Once again, “the fault is mine.” (Yes, I did throw a little You’ve Got Mail quote in there. ;) ) It’s true. I cannot help how my tone has affected others but I can change my tone. I do not need to be overly cautious about it, just remember to have a good tone to my voice, not an irritated one.

This is just me thinking out loud and hoping my thoughts will give you something to consider as well.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Birthday Pie, Ants, Deals, and Visits

For Sean’s birthday the end of last month, he requested pecan pie for his dessert.

Birthday Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.mePecan Birthday Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a delicious idea and it did not outlast the day.


We had some little ants strolling around the kitchen counter last week or so. I put out some ant bait made from water, sugar, and Borax out on some cotton balls and within a couple days they were gone.

Then one day about a week later, I felt something crawling on me but when I asked the family, no one saw anything. It kept bugging me and finally Michael looked and low and behold I had an ant crawling around. UGH!!!  Then a day or two later I saw a whole slew of them on the table beside my recliner. They were just milling around. I couldn’t figure out where they were coming from and then I spied this.

Ants on an electrical outlet ~ Lifeofjoy.meDo you see those specks on my phone charger? The ants had created a highway from the electric box up my charging cable to my desktop. Well I put out some ant bait on my desk top but then Michael got smart and put some down closer to them, in that red basket. After a day or so, I haven’t seen them any more. I don’t know if it is just a coincidence with it also getting colder outside or if it is just the ant bait. We’ll see eventually. ;)


Tiffany and her lifelong friend decided to have lunch together/spend some time together. They hadn’t spent much time with each other since around the first of the year, so they decided to get together for a bit. We worked it out so that Tiffany and I would get errands taken care of and then I’d drop her off at their meeting location. I would then do a little shopping and then spend some time reading. I armed myself with books, d’nealian handwriting pages, my bullet journal, and some pens. We also packed lunch since we knew we’d be out for a long time.

Well, then I realized that these two might want to spend a LOT of time together and suggested that if that was the case, that she could catch a ride home with her brother when he got off work; it would be easy for her friend to drop her off there. I figured this would be the way it would work out and proceeded to run to Michael’s armed with my 20% off coupon. :)

I bought me a new Micron 01 pen for my tangling (see my Zentangles on Wednesdays). I hadn’t gotten a new one in ages, and it was about time.

Micron 01 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I saw these cute sayings in the checkout of Michael’s.

Woodstrip Sayings ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat dark pink one says, “Life is tough my darling but so are you.”

Then I decided that Mardel is so close by and I hadn’t been there in quite some time, that it was only smart to go by there. I like to look at their Bargain Books. This week I found a cool adult coloring book for $1!

Adult devotional coloring book ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a steal at $1. It has a devotional on the left side of the page and then a coloring page on the right throughout most of the book.

Adult devotional coloring book ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I found some books by some of the marriage bloggers I like. Sheila Gregoire of To Love, Honor, and Vacuum and J.Parker of Hot, Holy, and Humorous. Then there was also a book that they and Paul Byerly (the husband of Lori Byerly of The Generous Wife and blogger at The XY Code and The Generous Husband) all were noted on the book cover (sorry, can’t think of the word right now for when someone is quoted on a book cover). All of these books AND another were in the $1 each section. I got 5 books for $5 and change. :)

Marriage Book Finds ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was excited! :)

When I was leaving Mardel I saw this.

Urban Goose ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, that’s a goose. It just popped a squat right there in the middle of the parking lot. It did not care that cars drove near it. It just sat there as if it were on a pond. But no water was even in sight. Very strange!

Another day Tiffany and I got to have lunch with a dear friend from church. She is such a sweet lady and it really blessed us to get to know her better. We ate at iHop. We went at an off time, so that we wouldn’t be a nuisance with how long we stayed. ;)

Our sweet waitress could tell right away that we were there for the long haul because we didn’t even look at the menus for nearly the first thirty minutes we were there. :D I got the philly cheesesteak without the bun or fries, and added mushrooms and green peppers, as well as changed the cheese to cheddar. I also got some broccoli instead of those pesky fries. ;) It was a nice plate full of yumminess.

We were there a good long time, 3-4 cups of tea and at least as many glasses of water which I made into lemonade with my stevia glycerite and the lemon wedge brought to me with my tea. We had a very nice visit and were hungry again by the time we got home some seven hours after leaving the house that morning.

That’s a lot of extroverting for two introverts! :D But we both really enjoyed it. Of course it will probably take every bit of the days we have to be ready to extrovert again come Sunday. :D

Well, I’ve gotten long-winded again today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Gourdgeous Pickpocket

The challenge this week is to use the tangle by Tomas Pedros named Pickpocket. I decided to check the focus tangle for Square One Purely Zentangle and I discovered that it is Gourdeous. This is not my favorite tangle but when I looked at Helen’s recent video for how she use it, I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that it still isn’t my favorite but I think I have a better handle on it now.

I started with the four dots in the corners and added three straight lines and one with a loop in it to help a bit with Gourdgeous. I found pickpocket required close attention but I think it turned out okay in the end.

Here it is before shading.

DC#358 + Gourdgeous ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I don’t quite have the hang of the curly top of gourdgeous. ;) I’ll probably have to review the video a few more times before I get it completely. But it is good enough for this time around.

Here it is after I shaded it.

DC#358 + Gourdgeous ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping. I love it when you leave a comment, as it is so encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Sugar Free Chocolate Almond MIlk ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Milk and It’s Sugar Free

Milk (made from nuts) that is sweet and chocolatey are a favorite of mine!

Sean wanted chocolate milk one day and made this recipe up. Of course, he doesn’t really measure, he just adds a little of this and a little of that but it hits the spot. :)

So he starts by pouring the milk into the glass you wants to fill, so he has a full glass. ;)

Not yet chocolate milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen he pours it into a blending cup but you could use a blender. Next add in about 2 tablespoons of cocoa.

Almond Milk with cocoa powder ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add 3-4 tablespoons of Gentle Sweet (this is a THM powdered sweetener but you can use your favorite one).

Milk, cocoa and sweetener ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe said he usually adds the sweetener first because then he doesn’t have to wipe off the scoop. Then add a dash of vanilla.

Dash of vanilla ~ lifeofjoy.meI may add a small pinch of salt next time to round out the flavor; I just thought of that.

Then blend blend blend!

Blending Chocolate Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe cocoa will be resistant to blending but persevere and it will surrender. :)

Blending Chocolate Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen pour back into your glass and enjoy!

Sugar free Chocolate Almond Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Milk and It’s Sugar Free

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups nut milk (we use almond milk but cashew or coconut milk would probably work fine)
  • 3-4 tablespoons Gentle Sweet (or sweetener of your choice, best if powdered)
  • about 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash of vanilla
  • maybe a pinch of salt?

Instructions

  1. Pour your milk into either a blender or blending cup.
  2. Add sweetener
  3. Add cocoa powder
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Add the pinch of salt if desired
  6. Blend blend blend!
  7. Pour into your glass and Enjoy!
http://lifeofjoy.me/chocolate-milk-and-its-sugar-free/

I hope you enjoy this chocolate milk, we sure do.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

A Little Financial Help

Financial Help ~ Lifeofjoy.meFinances are one of the subjects that can cause friction in marriages. So working toward saving money when you can is a good idea.

I signed up for ibotta last month. I figured even if I didn’t save very much, it was worth checking out. Well, I was very surprised that I managed to submit $10 worth of offers in the month and thus make the welcome bonus. So, I earned a little over $20 in the month, which isn’t bad.

It’s like couponing without cutting coupons. Although, I think if you coupon that you can use both a paper coupon and submit it for an offer in ibotta too. I should also let you know that I don’t generally buy name brand items, unless I get a better deal than the generic version offered or I have tried the generic and don’t like it as well.

This past month there were offers for 15ȼ for purchasing any eggs, any bread, bananas, any cereal, flavored milk, juice, and even ham. Some might have been 25ȼ though. There were offers for other specific cereals that were higher. There were large offers for shampoos and such. There are even offers for Groupon and other stores too. So it is a really good idea to check it out. It is easy to use and worth the little bit of effort, in my opinion.

If you decide to check it out, please use my referral code via this link, then I can get a bonus for you doing so. ;)

There are other features that I don’t completely understand. One is the team bonus. If you link your facebook account to it, some how you and your friends benefit from each other’s savings.

So if finances are an area that causes you and your hubby some friction, check out ibotta to relieve a bit of that stress. Depending on the kinds of things you purchase, it may really be worth it for you and your family.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº