Weight Loss Progress

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I know I know it’s been forever since I shared my weight loss progress! Don’t worry it’s not because I’m not progressing. My life has just been so turned upside down and crazy I have not had much time to sit and type and believe me I miss it very much! Talking with you feels therapeutic. 

Let’s get down to business! How much progress have I made?!?!?!?!?

A freaking lot! 

As many of you know I have a nifty little chart I made in Microsoft Word that I update each month. Some months I cried when I updated it and saw no progress and other months I did a happy dance when I saw a good amount of weight loss. 

Here is a screen shot of part of my chart

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My goal since I started was to just be more healthy and not focus so much on the numbers but I can’t help being a visual person. Tracking my measurements has helped me see on paper the difference in my body. Yeah, my clothes were fitting better but I see myself every single day of my life. Seeing a difference in me in much harder and the numbers helped me believe people when they said I looked different. 

The only number goal I have had since day one is to have a BMI in the normal range. For women the ideal BMI is 18-24.9. I started with a BMI in the 40′s! I’m getting close now with a BMI of 28. Part of me does wonder if I should be happier with a slightly higher BMI since I am only 4’9″ and I really feel like my height skews the BMI a little but for now I’m still aiming for 24. 

So there you have it my numbers out there for everyone to see! 

58 lbs less of me to squeeze into pants, hide under baggy clothes, and camouflage under layers. 

I must thank everyone who helped me get here and continues to help me! 

Thank you Erin E for remotivating me when I hit rock bottom

(and inspiring a new diet)


Thank you Mom, Dad, Sierra for the endless support


 Thank you to the hot guy who’s path I crossed and made me want to look good naked


Thank You to all my friends who put up with me! 


Thank You to my Ex-Huband for freeing up my schedule so I can focus on myself for once


Thank You to Crown Point Crossfit for putting up with me and my forgetfulness 


Thank You to all of you who read my blog and send me comments and e-mails filled with love, support, and encouragement! 


This has been a difficult battle for me and without my army of supporters I might not be as close to succeeding as I am today!

 Want to know how I lost so much weight???? Read These!



What Would You Do With an Extra $100?

How to save $100 www.sparklesandglue.comHave you ever wondered where your money goes to? I swear I save money, pinch pennies, and track every cent with a million apps- Yet every month I wonder where did it all go?  

Recently, I sat down and actually thought about it, in detail, like painfully detailed thoughts about my budget and savings and all that finical stuff that makes my head hurt. 

Then when I was asked what I would do with an extra $100 and that got me thinking too (Oh, there was so much thinking this week, there might have been noticeable smoke coming from my ears!) Please, no one call the fire department! Wait…unless the firemen are hot… then you can call them!

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Thank You Internet! You never fail me!

Sorry, I digress. Back to the point, what would you do with an extra $100? I can think of a million things Yeah, yeah, yeah I know put it in savings but, thats no fun to think about…and this is all hypothetical fun! Seriously tho…I found an easy way to save about $100 a year and save myself some time!

So here’s what I would do with my extra $100 bucks…

Go to the movies with a good friend or hot guy ;)

Fill my gas tank up and drive someplace I have never been

Go to the museum and act like a kid

Go to dinner someplace fancy

Buy someone I love something special to remind them how important they are to me

Leave it as a tip for someone deserving

Buy a round of drinks for the girls

Get a massage

Get my car detailed

Get my hair done

Treat a friend to a pedicure

Buy a new dress ( I need one since none of my clothes fit! Check out my weight loss updates here Getting Healthy)

Rent a limo for a night out

Buy new shoes and go hiking for the day

Buy a plane ticket to see a friend

Pay for a strangers dinner (anonymously)

Buy $100 worth of groceries for the food bank

I really could go on and on but I’ll save you from my never ending list and tell you how I plan to save that extra $100! I’m switching from over priced razors that I have to drive to the store to find to the

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

Who wouldn’t want razors shipped to their door for as little as $1 a month! ?

Dollar Shave Club

Do you know how often I end up with razor burn because I need new blades and haven’t had time to get them or I just keep forgetting? Come on don’t be shy you know you do the same thing! Now, I will save money, time, and not have to worry about remembering to stop for blade refills!

I think that is a WIN:WIN:WIN situation! 

Dollar Shave Club

Good bye razor burn

Do you have a tip to save $100? 

Please share it with us below!





Tips for Controlling Pet Hair in Your Home

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I live in a fairly large house just me my dog and 2 cats. You would think that keeping it clean would be a piece of cake. I mean I’m a very neat person! Well, you would be so wrong! I feel like my house is always so dirty! There is dog hair on the floor, cat fur balls floating through the air, my bedding is as furry as my pets, and trying to find a seat (good luck! hope you brought a lint roller!)

I’m officially fed up with all the fur in my home! But now I’m one step ahead of the shed! I have taken all of the tips and tricks of the internet, my wise Mom, and all my opinionated friends and put them together for you! 

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Meet Bert & Ernie who you can see have taken over my bed!

1. Keep a lint roller handy. When my house has been recently vacuumed and the animal hair is pretty well managed I use a lint roller for touch ups. For instance, when your parents show up unannounced, you run the lint roller over a few seats and they are animal hair free!

2. Wrap tape around your hand (sticky side out) when your in a pinch and don’t have a lint roller. I have done this at work and home especially when my clothing needs a quick touch up!

3. Window squeegees are super cheap and do a fantastic job getting fur off furniture and carpets. I keep one under my sink and use it to clean the sides of my furniture that are hard to vacuum. 

4. Fabric softener sheets are your best friend. When I’m all done brushing my animals they always have little bits of lose hair stuck in their coats. It drives me nuts because as soon as they walk away they are leaving a trail of hair all over my fresh cleaned floor. So, now when I am all done brushing them I run a fabric softener sheet over them and it pulls most of those lose hair free! 

5. Sweeping and vacuuming on a regular basis is of course a must! I do a quick sweeping almost everyday and I vacuum 2-3 times a week. I find that if I just keep up its never that bad!

6. Bathe your stinky doggies! I brush my dog at least once a week but I also give her a bath about twice a month. I use a deshedding shampoo on her and it works like magic! You can see in the pictures below that even after brushing her the shampoo and bath removed a ton more fur which means less for me to vacuum around the house! 

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7. Brush your pet at least once a week! This is seriously the most important tip. If you keep your pet brushed they will shed less and have a healthier coat. Brushing their fun spreads natural oils from their skin and can help decrease the amount of hair your pet loses. 

For me the key has been to do all of these things on a regular basis. That keeps the pet hair from becoming overwhelming. I find that sweeping my house takes me about 20 minutes if I do it often but if I slack off for a week it takes me almost an hour to contain all the hair! So for me skipping is not an option! 

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Meet Stormie! My Big Girl!

What do you do to keep pet hair under control in your home? 

You can never have too many  Tips for Controlling Pet Hair

Comment below!


Coconut Cream Protein Shake

coconut cream protein shake www.sparklesandglue.comAs many of you know I have been on a mission to get healthy! I have slowly been making small changes that have added up and completely changed how I look at my health.

One of the easiest steps have taken is starting everyday with a protein shake. It’s a simple way to ensure that I’m getting a good healthy start to each day and it sets the tone for my gut. Donuts for breakfast tells my mind that lunch will be McDonald’s and dinner will include drive thru tacos and that is not how I want to fill my body. Having a shake fills me up and prepares me for a day of salad, vegetables, good fats, and healthy proteins. 

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This coconut cream protein shake is one of my favorite protein shakes to start the day with…

What You Need

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

2 tablespoons coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon coconut extract

Ice (about 6 cubes)


I usually start with the protein power in my ninja so it makes less mess then I add everything else and pulse until it’s blended. If it’s too thick I add a little more milk or water. Some days I want a really thick shake and other days I prefer it to be a little thinner so I can drink it on the go. 

If I know I have a really busy day ahead of me. I will pack 2 scoops of protein powder in my shaker cup then I just have to add water. This way I am not skipping meals because I’m too busy to stop and eat. I don’t make it a habit of having just a shake for multiple meals a day but I find I do better sticking with my healthy goals when I don’t skip meals. Something healthy is better than nothing. 

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What’s your favorite smoothie flavor? 

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Baked Tomato & Egg Bowls

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I’m a huge fan of eggs: scrambled, sunny side up, fried, baked, “dippy”, boiled, but not with a runny white, ICKY! I love that they are full of protein and taste so darn good! I would probably eat eggs everyday if my family would let me.

What You Need
Eggs (1 for each tomato)
Bacon bits
Shredded cheddar cheese
Green onions
Salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to about 250 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray Pam.


Cut the top 1/8 of the tomato off then use a spoon to clean out the tomato guts and create adorable tomato bowls.

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Salt & pepper each tomato bowl. Occasionally I sprinkle in a little ground red chili powder or Cajun seasonings for additional flavor.

Spoon about ¼ teaspoon of butter into each tomato bowl.

Crack an egg into each tomato bowl and top them off with a little more salt & pepper.

Bake them for about 20-30 minutes then top the cooked eggs with bacon bits, cheese, and green onions.

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I typically cook about 6-8 at a time and we each will eat one for breakfast over about a week. They refrigerate very well. I have thought about freezing them but I’m just not sure they would stand up to freezing, thawing, and reheating (let me know if you try it!)

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You can top these with some many different

things to change the flavor profile.

If you make these comment below

and let me know what you top yours with!



20 Minutes a Day to a Clean House

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Cleaning your home can seem overwhelming when you think about everything: sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing, laundry, dishes, windows, and the list could go on for days but have no fear in about 20 minutes a day your house can be squeaky clean.

I have broken my house down into 20 minute cleaning sessions that I complete each day. Here is how I do it

OK we all love Mondays it’s the day that starts the week, we get to …who am I kidding? Mondays stink! So let’s keep it light by dusting everything. I use a swifter duster for hard to reach places and a damp cloth for everything else. I like a damp cloth the best because it really holds onto the dust opposed to just moving it around. 

I clean the kitchen on Tuesday so it’s clean for the rest of the week. This is a social space in my house so I want it looking good all week long. Each night after I cook dinner I load the dishwasher and wipe off the counters. Tuesday is reserved for a deeper clean: wiping down the inside of the microwave, scrubbing the stove top, and cleaning any messes that snuck through.

It’s Hump Day and time to clean the floors! Between dog hair, cat hair, people hair, dirty shoes, and leaky garbage bags my floors are always calling for help. I may spot sweep through out the week when I need to and have time but on Wednesday I vacuum and mop.

Scrub-a-dub-dub time to clean the tub and the mirrors, sink, and toilet. I spray everything down then wipe down the mirror, sink, and toilet. I save the tub for last so it can soak making it easier to scrub, rinse, and move on

Friday is a half day for my Prince Charming so I wake up early and pick up all the stuff around my house. After cleaning a little bit all week there usually isn’t too much to pick up and I can spend some quality time with him.

I spend Saturday doing laundry I know that takes more than 20 minutes but you have free time between the washer and drier. I usually only have 1 or 2 loads a week if your family is larger than mine you may need a little more time. Usually, I get it all done in the boring so that I can do fun stuff with my friends and family in the afternoon. 


When I have a whole day off once or twice a month I get some of the stuff done that requires less frequent attention.

Some of the stuff I do…

Deodorize the garbage disposal
Pour some drain cleaner down each drain to prevent clogs
Dust the door frames and ceiling fans
Vacuum the furniture
Clean the refrigerator out
Vacuum the drier vents
Bathe my dog (oh yes and the cats! FUN FUN!)
Break up the work, share with your Prince Charming, switch the days as long as you are doing a little everyday your house will stay clean with minimal effort!



What do you do to keep your house clean?




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Gluten Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust {{{most simple recipe}}}

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When I was told that I had to go gluten free I had one thought NO, MORE PIZZA! {as a tear ran down my cheek}. Ok Ok it wasn’t that dramatic but I really did think about all the foods I would be giving up. After a few years of practice I have found a way to make most of the foods I miss without grains and YES they taste great! 

Pizza was a staple in my household and I immediately started looking for different ways to prepare it. I have made egg plant pizzas, zucchini pizzas, and sweet potato pizzas. They were all pretty good but none of them taste like true pizza with a crust that you can cut in perfect little triangles….until now! 

It’s taken me about 5 tries to perfect this cauliflower pizza crust recipe but I think I have and I’m finally ready to share it! 

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Here is What you Need
4 cups raw cauliflower rice {about 1 medium-large head of cauliflower}
1 egg
1/3 cup creamy goat cheese
1/2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
pinch of salt & pepper
cheese clothe or a clean dish towel

Preheat the oven to 415 degrees

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1. Chop up the cauliflower, toss batches into a food processor {I use my ninja!}, pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice

2. Put 2 cups of water into a large pan and bring to a boil. Add cauliflower rice and cook for about 5 minutes.

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3. Strain the cauliflower out and use a large spoon to push as much water out as you can.

4. Lay cauliflower out on cheese cloth or clean dish towel then squeeze out the reaming water. Squeeze until you have all the water out!

5. In a bowl mix the dried cauliflower, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, egg, and seasonings. 

6. cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil and lightly spray with olive oil. 

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7. Press the mixture into the shape of pizza. This crust will not rise so make the shape of crust. 

8. Bake for about 40 minutes then remove.

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9.  Top your crust with whatever you love and bake 5-10 minutes longer and you have PIZZA! 

Easiest cauliflower pizza crust www.sparklesandglue.com

My family is so excited about this pizza recipe! The crust gets crispy on the edges and soft in the center. It holds it’s shape so you can pick pieces up and eat it like traditional pizza and most important it taste AMAZING! 

I really hope you get as excited about this recipe as I am! 

Comment below…what’s your favorite pizza toppings??



Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party {{{Week 13}}}

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Let’s just take a minute to celebrate everyone who joined in last weeks link up party! 


This party is growing every week and that means more people to see your posts each week! I’m so thankful for each person who shares this party and helps us grow! I will continue to pin every post that is shared at this party as well as give some social media love to some posts. 

CHEERS to everyone… now let’s keep this party jumping! 

On to the features for the week…

I get really excited when I find a new blogger sharing at the Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up party and this week we had quite a few! Hollybee Tells shared an awesomely delicious simple recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Brownies that I just had to try right away. It was a huge hit at my house and is sure to be a hit for you too!

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Gingerly Made {a personal favorite blog that shares so many simple ideas and recipes!} shared her Metallic Clay Leaf Bowls. This are adorable, beyond simple, and manage to still be sophisticated! I could see myself making a few of these as gifts or kids making them for someone special! 

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Slow Cooker Garlicky Chipotle Lime Carnitas {made with chicken}

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When I cook dinner I have 2 goals: create something so delicious I will catch my Price Charming licking his plate clean and serve something healthy. These slow cooker garlicky chipotle lime carnitas tacos do just that and as a bonus they are super duper easy to make! I’m all about easy lately since I’m still trying to figure out how to balance my life between working everyday and having a life. 

What You Need
1 lb Chicken or Pork, chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic, pressed 
2 limes, juiced
1 cup water
1 jar (about 1 cup) chipotle peppers, drained {I like the fire roasted ones}
1 orange, juiced
1 jalapeño, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/8 cup cilantro {diced}
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
taco shells & toppings

1. Start off by combining garlic, chipotle peppers, water,  juice from the limes and orange in a food processor.Ppulse about 10 times then pour into a medium bowl.

2. Toss the chopped up chicken in the crockpot. Spraying your crockpot with Pam will save you cleaning time later

3. Add the jalapeño, onion, cilantro, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to the sauce you made in the food processor. Mix then pour over the chicken. 

4. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 5 hours

5. Before serving shred  the meat up {I’m kinda lazy and shredding meat takes too much time so I smash mine with a wire whisk} 

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I warmed a corn taco shell, sprinkled shredded cheese over it, and then laid a second warm shell on top making a cheese filled yummy shell that I then filled with meat, cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and hot salsa! It’s a dinner your family will love!

Tell me what do you top your tacos with? 



I Need a Vacation!!! Memories from Our Dominican Republic Honeymoon

I need a vacation! Memories from the Dominican Republic www.sparklesandglue.com

I got home late last night after work and I was exhausted but I couldn’t sleep so I did what all insomniacs do grabbed my phone to waste time. First, I got caught up on all my words with friends games and there was quite a few of them since last week while sitting in the doctors office waiting room I started like 6 games.

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Then I started searching Groupon for something fun to buy or do which lead me to the getaways tab. I believe Prince Charming and I are about due for a getaway! Life has been really crazy lately and I don’t think we have really been spending enough quality time together. I don’t need to go someplace far or expensive I just want a couple days without thinking about work, cleaning, remodeling, bills, or IVF. 

After looking at about 50 locations and vacation packages I started to feel my eyelids droop and I hadn’t found any place that tickled my fancy so I plugged my phone in, laid my head down on my pillow, closed my eyes, and STILL couldn’t sleep.

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I started thinking about some of the best vacations I have been on. Prince Charming and I flew to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon and had a blast. We spent a week  barefoot, soaking up the sun, shedding the wedding planning stress, and relaxing. We enjoyed some good quality time together, got massages, went snorkeling on a private island, and fed some very brave animals at our backdoor. The fact that this was our honeymoon made it beyond special but it was also my first time seeing the ocean!

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My 1st time ever seeing & playing in the ocean!!

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I need a vacation! Memories from the Dominican Republic www.sparklesandglue.com

Prince Charming attacked some coral reef while we snorkeled. These guys cleaned him up with some rum :) Guess that’s the island way of preventing infection

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On our way to see the way of life in the Dominican Republic. It was really eye opening to see how others live

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I need a vacation! Memories from the Dominican Republic www.sparklesandglue.com

I need a vacation! Memories from the Dominican Republic www.sparklesandglue.com

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to meet people from all over the world. We hung out with a family from Wales, a couple from Serbia, some Canadians, true New Yorkers, and a wonderful couple from England!

Our newest friends Brenda from England!

Our newest friend Brenda from England rocking’ the mic!

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Malcolm, from England, and Prince Charming getting ready to sing some karaoke

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Last day in the Dominican Republic…got caught reflecting on the weeks adventures.

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Our last evening together as honeymooners

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Going home after an amazing week together!

These are some great memories.

Where have you been?

What’s your best memory?

Where should we go next?