Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello everyone, can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? It doesn't look like it is going to be a white Christmas around here which is a bit of a bummer. I feel like my mood is up and down on one hand I feel better physically going into the holiday season lighter than last year and determined not to gain weight, and on the other I feel down with the dark cold weather and I just want to nap until I feel better. I mostly think it's a combination of the weather and hormones. I feel better when I remember to take my vitamin D supplement and I exercise.

labor of love modge podged presents
I am loving the peppermint chocolate coffee, I have even put peppermint extract in my candy cane lane tea, I really feel that the coffee and teas are helping me not to over indulge. I took Thursday and Friday off work so I could enjoy getting ready for Christmas, I drank a ton of peppermint coffee watched Christmas movies and wrapped presents. Actually this year I modge podged my presents, so hopefully they can be re-used next year. That wasn't my intent in doing it in the first place it just sounded fun, and it was very enjoyable and relaxing. I think it's good to find things to do to get in the Christmas spirit that don't involve sugary foods.

Hubby and I bought a bunch of presents this year at World Market, I found a new low sugar chocolate bar that I LOVE. For $1.99 I got a delicious dark chocolate bar that has 2g of sugar for the whole bar!!! :) You have to try it,  I think it has a wonderful texture and taste.

Life is good, hubby and I looked at out first house yesterday :) it won't be a good fit for us but it was exciting to look. It's never a good sign when the house next store has a small bus, vw bug and trailer in their back yard. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, stay away from all the yummy sugary goodies you won't regret it :)
Delicious. You must try it :)


  1. Hi Kattie, Your presents look so beautiful!! Do you want to come wrap mine?? LOL
    I will definitely have tot try that chocolate the next time I go in there. There is one very close to me.
    Have a great day :-)

  2. Wow - I love that idea that people can re use their boxes! Actually I'd love to do that over here with some - they'd stay here at the house and I could reuse them! What an idea!

    I don't know where World Market is... sounds like it would be worth it to find though!

    And you look so awesome! Love your before and after pictures!!

  3. Wow, a 99% chocolate bar that tastes good??? I'll definitely have to try that. I have a World Market near me. Thanks for the heads up. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. I love Cost Plus World Market. I cant wait to try that chocolate! They also have a Viognier wine there thats really good, and I got some really cute bracelets for cheap. Merry Christmas :)

  5. Katie!! LOOK AT YOU!!!! OMG!! It is so noticeable your weight loss from last year to this year! Girl, I am so proud of you!
    You are such a bright little ray of sunshine in our blogging group. Thanks for all of oyur input and did I misss your peppermint coffee recipe? Can you direct me to where it is on your site or would you share it? Thanks!!
    Have a wonderful christmas with your hubs & the family. Sending you ((HUGS)) and all the best today & always!
    p.s It is soooo exciting to go house hunting isnt it? I remember doing that & imagining living in some of the houses we looked at. ITs like grown up pretending. :)

  6. Hi All,

    I had to close my blog, and set up a new one, because I was having so many troubles with it. Here's my new blog address...

    Hope to see you all at my "new" blog.


  7. I will have to head to the World Market! I still haven't acquired a taste for Dark Chocolate.
    You look amazing and I am glad that you are still doing great!
    I feel very blessed to have all of you!
    Your presents look really cute. Your generation is pretty darn crafty! Kayce loves to do these things too.
    Merry Christmas sweet Katie!

  8. Katie, I just realized I never commented on this post I am getting behind with all the holiday stuff. You look amazing and what a change from last year. You must feel so happy That chocolate sounds great. You guys on the west coast get all the good stuff. We don't have a world market here in PA, but I will keep a look out for that chocolate. Love your presents. Now I'd better get to that. It's on my list today! Big hugs from you to me!

  9. Hi Katie-I must check out that chocolate-I'm in Santa Monica...I bet there is a store close by??
    Yes, and I love those presents too-adorable.
    Merry Christmas

  10. Katie, I love all the new photos. If really shows how far you have come! Ill have to try this coffee, it sounds great. Merry Christmas!!

  11. Hi Katie, here's the comment I posted to you over at Rosie's blog...

    Sorry, Katie. I had to close my blog overnight to stop a computerized spammer from visiting my blog. Blogger Help basically said that if you ignore the visits the computer will move on because it's not getting any response. I took that a step further and assumed that if I closed my blog so that it couldn't even gain access to it that it would move on quicker. It seems to have worked and my blog is opened again. I was hoping it was late enough that nobody would have even noticed, but I guess not. :)

  12. BTW, I tried the 99% chocolate bar and found it to be too much for me. I have to say though, that the chocolate itself has a good flavor and I could see myself getting used to it over time. Some chocolate is just too bitter and I could never come to like it no matter what.