Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Lion's Tales: February 14-20

Inspired by Sadie's Saturday 7 and Jessica's Weekly Ramble, this weekly recap is where I blog about anything and everything from the past week. It could be about books, my kids, my garden... Random things in my life that don't fill enough space for their own post!

1. I ran my first ever Usborne Book Fair this week! It was at my daughter's preschool, and the church that I attend and work at part time. I had both cash & carry and an ordering table. I had SUCH a great time! I met a lot of people, sold a lot of books, and got some reading done during the downtime. :) It was 2.5 long days (setup Tuesday night, and 8:30-5:30 Wednesday & Thursday), but it was worth it.

I like the balance I'm finding with Usborne. I'm not really searching out too many opportunities for parties and booths, so I'm not earning the monthly awards, but I'm okay with that. I could push harder, but since there are no quotas to meet I'm really just pursuing things when I feel like it! I love the flexibility of this company.

2. Does anyone have any tips for finding cheap airfare? In July I'm going to be heading to Montana for the Annual GEMS Leadership Conference, and all of the round-trip flights I'm finding are $500-600+. The conference itself is $400, and while I'm getting some financial support from my club, I'll definitely have to pay quite a bit out of pocket.

3. My Sugar Fast is going alright. I'm 10 days in, and while physically I'm not feeling any different (no change in weight or energy), emotionally my cravings will either be non-existent or nearly unbearable. Mornings are pretty bad, and I'm thankful I've allowed myself to naturally sweeten my coffee with honey or maple syrup. Evenings are the second-worst, my girls are allowed one piece of Valentine candy if they finish their dinner, and Rocky still has ice cream every night while we hang out before bed (watching a show or playing a game). We have small group tonight, and I volunteered to bring dessert so that I can make something without refined sugar. :)

It's not very exciting, but here's my log for the week:

Day 4 - Saturday Feb 13
Coffee with heavy cream and maple syrup
Breakfast: Homemade granola (contains honey and maple syrup) with milk
Lunch: Leftover homemade pizza
Snack: Handful of cashews
Dinner: Homemade "hamburger helper" - burger, pasta, spices

Day 5 - Sunday Feb 14
Coffee with heavy cream and honey
Breakfast: Homemade bread (honey) with butter
Lunch: French toast with butter, strawberries, and maple syrup
Snack: Coffee with heavy cream and maple syrup (I tried doing just cream, it was flavored coffee, and could only drink a little bit. Maybe eventually I'll get there, but not yet. Added a little syrup.)
Dinner: Pan-fried salmon (first time cooking it!), homemade alfredo sauce on heart-shaped noodles from Aldi, broccoli, french bread

Day 6 - Monday Feb 15
Coffee with heavy cream and maple syrup
Breakfast: Homemade granola with milk
Lunch: Leftover salmon, alfredo, broccoli
Snack: Strawberry fruit strip, handful of cashews, homemade chai tea latte (Celestial Seasonings chai, with honey and cream)
Dinner: Tomato soup and grilled cheese/bacon sandwiches

Day 7 - Tuesday Feb 16
Coffee with heavy cream and maple syrup
Breakfast: Green smoothie (spinach, coconut water, pineapple, mango, banana)
Lunch: Cheese, summer sausage, crackers
Dinner: Beef enchiladas with rice, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce

Day 8 - Wednesday Feb 17
Coffee with heavy cream and maple syrup
Breakfast: Shredded wheat cereal with milk
Snacks throughout the day (ran a book fair): Cashews, cheese, pretzel chips, strawberry fruit strip
Dinner: Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce (no sugar in the tomato sauce)

Day 9 - Thursday Feb 18
Coffee with heavy cream and maple syrup
Breakfast: shredded wheat cereal with milk
Lunch: leftover enchilada
Snacks (throughout the book fair): Blueberry Larabar, cashews, pretzel chips, black coffee
Dinner (8:30pm...) Fried egg and buttered toast

Day 10 - Friday Feb 19
Almond-flavored coffee with heavy cream and honey
Breakfast: Homemade granola with milk
Lunch: Roast beef, cheese, lettuce, bacon, mayo wrapped in tortilla
Snack: Cashews, strawberry fruit strip, coffee with heavy cream
Dinner: Concession stand pizza at basketball game

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