Wow! Another month down. February was insanely busy with Girl Scouts. Here in the Nashville area, this is peak Girl Scout cookie season. My little Daisy/Brownie troop of 11 (13 now) girls hustled those cookies! We had a lot of really great booth spots (cough, cough, KROGERS!) and some spots that were definitely more lesson learning opportunities. Over all my first-year troop sold just shy of 1800 boxes of cookies of our 2500 box goal. I think I was a little over ambitious as a first time troop leader. Either way, I am super proud of these girls. They worked through the hot, the cold, the pouring down rain, and the mild sprinkling, all with very few complaints. With some more careful booth choices on my behalf, I think we can reach that 2500 goal next year.
On top of having a fabulous first cookie season, my girl scouts also were trained in the art of Victorian tea etiquette. We had the wonderful Raina Van Setter come by and teach the girls the proper way to hold a tea cup, eat finger foods, and set like little ladies at a tea party. It was a huge hit. All of the girls loved smelling and touching the different types of tea Raina brought and learning her vast array of knowledge!
It is safe to say that Girl Scouts took over our February in the best way possible. It was such a wonderful month with so many positive lessons learned.
Carley had a very eventful month on her own. She entered her very first science fair and we made a paper mache horse for all of her Valentine’s Day cards. Originally, we had planned for her to make an interactive volcano that we found inspiration from on Pinterest. We had all of the supplies on hand and the project was going to cost $0.00 to make. What an awesome blog post, I thought. In girl scouts I was planning to teach the girls about recycling next month (coming soon!) I was super excited to incorporate that into her science fair project. Then, paper mache happened. The boxes we tried to re-purpose into the volcano supports weren’t quite strong enough. The paper mache paper we chose (packaging paper from an amazon prime delivery) was a little too heavy. In the end, her volcano was sunken in and not quite at all like the inspiration I had found for her to recreate. No worries, onto the next project…. A solar system! This project wasn’t quite as budget friendly as the previous, but Carley still rocked it! We found an old blocks box that wasn’t being used in the play room. The only thing we had to buy was the solar system balls. Thankfully, Walmart is open 24 hours and just 15 minutes away! Charles did the drilling in the box, I ran the wire and hung the planets after they were dry. Carley did all of the rest. She really loves all things science and she really shined with this project.
On top of her science fair, Carley had a daddy daughter dance with Charles and Kenzie. The girls picked out their prettiest and frilliest dresses, we did hair and make up, and they were treated like princesses for the night by their daddy. I called around, just hours before, the dance in hopes of grabbing them up corsages to add a little extra something to their outfits and make them feel special. I received quotes of any where from $25-$45 EACH. Oh no no no! Not in this house! Off to walmart I went, again. For just $3.99 I grabbed up a beautiful pink bouquet of little flowers. I added a little floral tape and some wire (the same wire that was reused in the science fair project), a help of a friend, and boom. We pumped out 3 corsages and had enough materials for a good 5 more… all for about $15.
Both girls had a blast and slept in extra late the next morning.
Kenzie’s month wasn’t quite as exciting as Carley’s. She spent the month with an awful ear infection. We go March 5th for her third set of tubes. Hopefully, this will be her final set. She has suffered through so many ear infections in her short little life. She’s had MRSA, staph, regular ear infections, and now ecoli…. in her ear!!! We spent this month concurring the letters A-D and counting to 15. I went with a friend to Costco a couple weeks back and got Kenzie a brain quest pre-k workbook. This has by far been her favorite book. It breaks things down and doesn’t get too advanced for her too quickly. I think we will be all ready for kindergarten in the fall!
As for me, I have some pretty exciting news! Last month I touched on New Year’s goals and resolutions. I was very proud of my 2lbs I had lost. This month was even better! I discovered the Keto way of eating. What is Keto? It is a high fat/ low carb diet. Whaaa? does that mean bacon? Yes! lots and lots of bacon, cheese, avocado, sausage, and other healthy fats and high protein meals. We have now subbed out regular milk for unsweetened almond milk, gotten all unhealthy carb rich food out of our house, and I have started baking and cooking a whole lot more!!! This way of eating has completely changed my life for the better. I feel amazing, I’m losing tons of weight, I’m still enjoying some really yummy food. So, I don’t feel like I am missing out on “junk” what so ever. I do, however, really really miss orange juice. Fruits, although super nutritious, are very high in carbs. Once I get down to my goal weight I will reestablish fruits into my diet. Until then, Charles and I are both keeping our carb count under 20 grams a day. I have read several studies about women with very similar health histories and medical reactions as mine being able to completely go off of their meds with this way of eating. Every aspect of it makes me hopeful for a better and healthier future. I love that Charles is so on board with it and is being the best support system! I am down 19 lbs in the month of February alone!
Listening- I am in love with the new Luke Bryan song, I believe all people are good. This really speaks to my heart and as naive as I may be, I believe the same. So many of the lyrics are spot on. Don’t go by the nightly news or you will lose your faith in mankind. There is so much hate and horror in the world and the news just amplifies it. Watch your children play… see a child share a toy with a little kid of a different ethnicity. They see no color. They know no hate. They see a friend. We can learn so much from children.
Eating- Bacon…. so much bacon. Sausage and cream cheese mixed together have become a favorite. I will soon be doing a post on Fathead pizza dough. oh my yumminess. It is delicious.
Drinking- We have given up cows milk and all things sugar. To get in plenty of electrolytes, I have been drinking a lot of powerade zero.
Wearing- I am down to a very comfy size 18 pant. I started in a tight 22.
Feeling- really good. Staying busy and feeling like I have purpose really helps with my bipolar disorder. My husband feels like I take on too much with girl scouts, wedding planning, volunteering, home schooling, etc… The busier I am, I feel the healthier I am mentally.
Weather- Ha is this a joke? The weather in the south has been crazy this month. One weekend we are bundling up in multiple layers freezing our tushes off. The next weekend I am debating whether or not to let the kids wear shorts. I can’t wait for spring to come and stay.
Wanting- a Kitchen aid mixer!
Enjoying- life. I am now 28 years old. I am a mother to two amazing and beautiful little girls. I have the most supportive and fantastic husband I could ever hope for. I have an amazing support system of local friends that I love like family. I am one insanely lucky lady.