Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lately

I've been in a funk. Ugh. I don't know why. Usually I can blame my funks on the weather, but it's been pretty nice out generally. Just the ebb and flow of life I suppose.

Not much is new with us. Well, except for this little boy who was mistaken for a three year old the other day.

His "I want more fruit snacks" face

I don't think he looks quite 3 years old, but he certainly is looking grown up! Earlier this week we took the tray off his high chair, so he now eats at the table like a big boy! Except the high chair is a little tall for the table and is the perfect height for a foot rest (re: this Instagram). We've been giving plates and bowls a try this week as well. I had low expectations and figured he wasn't ready for a plate yet, but he's done really well with them. He has picked them up and played with them (re: this Instagram), but only after he's finished his food. So, yay!

Oh, and we also just signed up for story time at the library. It doesn't start for another few weeks but I'm already getting excited for it. Harry will be one of the oldest in the class so he'll have a lot of fun playing with the other babies I bet.

I also wanted to share my latest home revamping project.


I bought this thing at JoAnn's a couple weeks ago. It was originally brown and Tiffany blue. I spray painted the metal parts black and painted and distressed the wooden frame navy blue. To finish, I glued some chevron fabric to the back, which was leftover from a previous project. It hangs a little too low, but the nail was already in the wall from the previous frame. I don't want to put another unnecessary hole in the wall so this'll have to do.

Probably the most exciting thing to happen this week is that I discovered Hart of Dixie. Wait, replace exciting with mundane. I never pictured myself watching that show. But if you look past the fact that Summer Roberts could never get in to med school and Jaime King's terrible southern accent, it's a cute show. Season 1 is on Netflix if you're interested in watching it. My favorite character is Annabeth, she's so adorable and spunky, and smart, too!

I also want to give an update on the Green Coffee Bean extract. I'm into my 2nd bottle now, but as of when I finished my first I was down 2 pounds. Not as great as I was hoping, but I swear I have the metabolism of someone 3x my age. So, progress is progress, right?

Have a great rest of your week, tomorrow is Friday!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More Money Saving Tips

I'm always finding out about new ways to save money, so I thought I'd pass on some more tips I've recently come across. (you can see my first money saving post here)

Cartwheel


target cartwheel

Target's newest way to save. Cartwheel is a joint program with Facebook that allows you extra savings on top of the in-store deals, coupons and Red Card discount you might already get. Basically, you go on the Cartwheel website and select the deals you want to use in-store (they don't work for online purchases yet). They have tons of different deals to choose from like 5% off fresh berries, 10% off Circo brand apparel and 25% Pepperidge Farm bread. To start you can load up to 11 different deals, but the more you use it the more you can load to your account (I'm up to 17!). To use Cartwheel you can have your cashier scan the bar code directly from your smartphone app or you can bring a print out with you to scan. Last shopping trip Cartwheel saved us an extra $5. (Here's an in-depth explanation of the program from the Totally Target blog)

Coupon Stacking


coupon stacking

I talked about using coupons in my last money saving blog, but I didn't talk about how to get the most out of your coupons. One of my most favorite things is coupon stacking. Many stores (I know Target and Walgreens for sure) will allow you to use one manufacturer's coupon and one store coupon on the same item, which can essentially double your savings.

To find store coupons, check their websites and the Sunday paper inserts. Target usually has their store coupons mixed in with the SmartSource and Red Plum coupons while Walgreens puts them in their store advertisements.

Reusable Bags



Did you know some stores reward you for bringing in your own shopping bags? It's not a lot, but Target will give you a 5¢ discount for every bag you use. We typically bring 6 bags with us, so that's a total savings of 30¢, woo! We got our bags free at the Chicago Auto Show back in February. We love using them. They are so much easier to carry and since they're about triple the size of a normal plastic bag, we have to take less trips to empty out the car.

A few updates on some previous money saving tips...

Target Red Card
We still love using our Red Card every week. If you shop at Target, I highly suggest signing up for one! We have the debit card option, which takes the money directly out of our bank account so we never see a bill. We save 5% every time we use it in-store and online, and we get free shipping on all online orders. Sometimes when we check out we'll get Catalina coupons for free items as well. This month alone I've gotten 3 free Shutterfly photo book coupons!

Swagbucks
Swagbucks isn't really a money saver, but more of a money maker. I love this website. Love love love! I mainly use it as a search engine instead of Google. It's not as good as Google, but it gets the job done and every few searches I earn some Swagbucks. There are many different ways to earn Swagbucks, this month I earned over $25 worth of Amazon gift cards! I'm saving up for a new printer stand, I'm thinking something like this one, and I'm over halfway there.

If you have any other money saving tips, I'd love to hear 'em! 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bahama Breeze Rice Bowls


Recently I was invited back to Bahama Breeze in Schaumburg to try out their newest menu item, rice bowls. We've eaten at the island-themed restaurant a few times since first trying it in January and  it has quickly become one of our family's favorites. No need to twist our arms to get us to go back, that's for sure!


As soon as we sat down we ordered drinks and a plate of Yuka Fries.



We'd never tried yuca before, so I wasn't sure what to expect when ordering them. Turns out they're pretty  similar to french fries but with a slightly sweeter taste and fluffier texture. The fries were served with ketchup and complimented them perfectly. If you ever see them on a menu, I suggest you give them a try, you won't be disappointed!


The new rice bowl menu features six different options, most of which sound delishious! It was hard to just pick two to try. We decided to break our "no red meat" rule for the evening and ordered the Chipolte Beef and Asian Chicken & Vegetable bowls to share.

Asian Chicken & Vegetable Rice Bowl

Chipolte Beef Rice Bowl

The Asian Chicken & Vegetable bowl was your basic stir-fry meal with teriyaki-type sauce and a variety of different veggies. The mushrooms and edamame were my favorite parts of the dish. The Chipolte Beef was our favorite of the two bowls. The meat was so flavorful and the rice and veggies all tasted wonderful with the chipolte sauce. It was very spicy, but I was able to take the heat with a large glass of water in hand and mixing in some of the sour cream to dull the hotness.

If you're lucky enough to live in an area with a Bahama Breeze, go check it out if you haven't! We haven't had a bad dish yet and the new rice bowls are a great addition to their already large menu.

On an unrelated note, I know I've been a bad blogger lately. I just haven't been doing much lately and post after post of how we watched TV and took an evening walk would get really boring. Plus Ant and Harry have been sick so I've been tending to them. Crossing my fingers I don't get the bug, too! I do have some fun post ideas so stick around and things should be more active around here in the coming weeks.

Disclaimer: In exchange for this blog post we received a complimentary meal from Bahama Breeze. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chevy Equinox Experience


Time for some car talk! A few weeks ago I had the chance to test drive a 2013 Chevy Equinox AWD LTZ (retail value: $36,385) for a week. This blog has given me quite a few awesome opportunities, but this was far and away the coolest (so far!). When I was approached by GM's marketing company I was given the choice of a few different vehicles; a couple different sedans, the Equinox and the GMC Acadia.

I've been obsessed with the Chevy Equinox for years and was thrilled to find it was available the week I had requested. When I bought my car in 2009 I test drove the 2010 model and desperately wanted to buy it. At the time it was out of my price range and I went with a similar model from Saturn.

Here's some information about the car.
  • Fuel economy: 17 MPG city/24 MPG highway (19 MPG combined)
  • 301 Horsepower 
  • Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds
  • 6 standard airbags
  • Front headroom: 39.8 inches, Rear headroom: 39.2 inches
  • Front legroom: 41.2 inches, Rear legroom: 37.2 inches
  • Max cargo room: 63.7 cubic feet
  • Color touch screen radio with optional navigation
  • Available rear-vision camera
  • Optional Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
The LTZ is the highest trim model and the car came with all the bells and whistles which were fun to play around with. It was fun listening to Sirius radio for the week and we used the navigation system more than once.


PROS
There was a lot I loved about the car. Here are some of the main features that really stood out to me.

Seats
The car had leather seats, something I'm usually indifferent about. But these were so comfortable! I felt like I just sunk into it each time. The bucket seats in the front are fully adjustable in a billion different directions so you can find the perfect position. 

The coolest thing about the driver's seat is the memory presets. You can save up to 2 different settings so you can have the perfect driving chair every time.

Backup Camera
I'd never driven a car with a backup camera before. In the Equinox it comes on automatically when the car is put in reverse. It is so helpful! We tested the limits by having Ant stand behind the car while I backed up. It gave me a stern warning when I was getting too close and started blaring an alarm when I was just about to hit him.


Backseat Room
In my car, Harry's car seat barely fits in the back. The passenger side seat is pushed so far forward Ant's head nearly hits the visor when he sits there. In the Equinox, we had room to spare with the passenger seat in a comfortable position. Ant installed the car seat and said using the Equinox's LATCH system much easier than in our car... the bars stuck out further or something like that.


Overall Driveability
I could go on and on about what I loved about the Equinox. But I'll just leave my last point as driveability. I thought the Equinox handled extremely well. The LTZ model even warns you when you get too close to the car in front of you and an alarm sounds if it thinks you're going to crash (it's a very sensitive system and went off twice while I was driving, even though we weren't in any danger).

The pickup was nice in the SUV and even though it was bigger than what I'm used to driving, I was able to maneuver it very well. Cabin noise was nearly non-existent and the pedals were very responsive.

CONS

Trunk Space
The only flaw I could find with the car was that the trunk is surprisingly small. In my car both of our strollers fit side to side in the trunk easily. Our umbrella stroller would only fit at an angle in the Equinox. Before we went grocery shopping we removed the stroller since we weren't sure how all our bags would fit. You can see it was kind of a tight squeeze!


Harry photo bomb!
Overall I really loved our experience with the Equinox. I'd drive it again in a second! We drove the SUV every day and added 250 miles to the odometer throughout the week. The last night I had it I was able to take it out myself and had a so much fun driving it around town. I was able to roll the windows down, blast the speakers and take full advantage of the satellite radio stations. I almost felt like I was back in high school cruising around with my friends. It was awesome!

If you're in the market for a new car and are considering a mid-sized SUV, go give the Equinox a test drive. It was an absolute joy to drive and many thanks are owed to GM and their marketing company for loaning it to us. I should mention that we are not currently looking to buy a new car, but when it comes time to replace mine we'll most certainly consider the Equinox again.

Disclaimer: In exchange for this blog post I was given the Chevorlet Equinox free to drive for a week. I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Worst Day

Yesterday was terrible. It started when we woke up and just snowballed from there. Yuck! Harry leaked through his diaper and we all were sleeping in a nice big puddle at one point. Gross. Then soon after breakfast he had a diaper blowout. Hands down his worst one ever. It was everywhere. Double gross.


Things went from bad to worse when we got to Harry's doctor for his 18 month check up. But first, lemme breakdown his current stats:
  • Weight: 24lbs 1oz: 25th percentile
  • Height: 34.25 inches: just over 90th percentile
  • Head circumference: 49.5 centimeters: 90th percentile
First off, they were running way behind so we were in the waiting room for over a half hour. There were a few other babies that Harry had fun playing with, though. When we finally got into the exam room the nurse performed a hearing test. You might recall Harry failed the test in his left ear at his last appointment. We figured it had been a fluke and were surprised to find he failed again yesterday. The doctor gave us a couple of options and we decided to do an ear wash to get rid of any impacted earwax that could be causing  him to fail- I've never had the impression that he doesn't hear well. 

I do not recommend an ear wash on an 18 month old. It was awful! The nurse said Harry was the youngest patient she's ever given one to. We had to wrap him up burrito-style in a towel to keep from flailing around and he just screamed the whole time. She got a lot out of his ear so it was worth it in the end. We'll retest again at his next appointment in 6 months (they didn't want to do it after the wash because the water in his ear could affect the results). 

On top of that traumatizing experience, Harry had three shots in the leg and a blood draw in his arm. Talk about painful! But as I said, he doesn't have to go back until after his birthday. 

Then of course my favorite show, The Office, had the series finale last night. I thought it was great, and a very fitting end to the story. Of course I cried my eyes out all night. I don't think I'll be able to watch it again for a while. 

But now I'm really looking to the return of Arrested Development next week! Ant got me hooked on it college and I'm excited to see what those crazy Bluth's are up to now. And today is Friday, best day of the week. It'll be a good weekend, I can tell :).


Thursday, May 16, 2013

An Ode to The Office: Goodbye Dunder Mifflin


You guys are going to think this post is nuts. But, I'm writing it anyways :).

If you haven't already guessed, my favorite TV show of all time is The Office. The series finale is tonight. After 9 seasons the show is sadly coming to an end. The show's quality has wavered the past couple years (I 'like to pretend the Robert California thing never happened), and it's definitely the right time to bow out.

That doesn't stop me from being sad about it though. I've watched the first five seasons on DVD at least 20 times and have gone through every episode on Netflix 2-3 times this year alone. If' I'm in a rut The Office is a guaranteed way to get me smiling again.

The show debuted in spring of 2005 when I was in college. At the time I had no interest in it. When I was home on winter break I caught the first Christmas episode. The one where Michael buys the iPod for Secret Santa. To this day that's one of my very favorite episodes. The only other episode I think I saw while in school was The Negotiation; the one where Michael wears a woman's suit to work.

It wasn't until I graduated that my love affair with the show really started. I wasn't working and applying for job after job gets tiring after a while. So, for motivation I turned on The Office. I found a bunch of episodes on YouTube and a few more on a Japanese website. After the first few episodes I was hooked. I couldn't stop watching. And haven't since!

I've gotten in to TV shows before, but not on this level. Like, I feel like I know the characters. Which I totally understand equates to an unhealthy obsession. Even though the show is a sitcom, I've cried while watching more times than I care to admit (oh, who am I kidding... Jim asking Pam out for the first time, Jam's subsequent wedding and birth of Cece, Michael's proposal to Holly and of course when Pam meets Michael at the airport before he moves to Colorado).

Anyways... I am having a hard time knowing that my favorite coworkers won't be back entertaining us on Thursday nights in the fall. I have my box of Kleenex ready and waiting for 7pm to roll around tonight. And what makes it even worse is even though the past couple seasons haven't been as good, the last two episodes have been ahhhmazing. I'm mad they didn't slack off and write crappy ones- because then it'd be so much easier to say goodbye. Damn you writers and your wonderfulness.

So, thank you The Office. Thank you...

  • For Jim's pranks. My personal favorite is the future faxes. I stole that little gem and pranked a few of my former coworkers with that one once, ha!
  • For "that's what she said." I know the joke isn't a Michael Scott original, but I'm pretty sure he's the first person I heard say it.
  • For confirming that mixed berries is the best kind of yogurt.
  • For showing us the evil that is Human Resources.
  • For warning millions about the dangers of cooking bacon in a Foreman grill.
  • For teaching me how to do an "air five."
  • For throwing the most epic office parties ever.
  • For telling us identity theft is not a joke. Millions of families suffer every year.
  • For creating the most perfect love story TV has ever seen.
But most of all, thank you for all the laughs, tears and moments that warmed my heart. Thursdays won't be the same without you.

Some Dunder Mifflin tributes from around the web:

Best Dundies Ever- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (TV Line)

Question of the day:
  • If you watch The Office, what's your favorite episode?
I have a hard time picking just one. It's probably a tie between Christmas Party, The Injury and Office Olympics. All from season 2, which can almost do no wrong in my book!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

I hope this post doesn't come off as too braggy. It's not my fault I was spoiled this weekend!


Airplanes!


(Thanks to Ant for these great shots, I was very impressed at how well they turned out!)

Friday and Saturday Ant took Harry out so I had some time to get stuff done at home. With Harry getting into any and everything at home it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the housework, so days like those are much appreciated!

On Friday the boys came home with a whole box of "mommy juice" and on Saturday Harry gave me a candle and car fresheners from Yankee Candle.



And check out this video I took on Saturday.



That was only his second time climbing the stairs by himself. I was holding the door for Ant on Friday and I figured Harry would run ahead and climb up the stairs like he's done in the past. Nope! There's no stoppin' him now.

Saturday night Ant and I tried the Redd's Apple Ale while we watched SNL. I'd been wanting to try it for a while and the drink did not disappoint! One of my new favorites.

Yesterday I was woken up with breakfast in bed and given even more gifts.





The first bouquet is from Ant and the second from Harry. Ant had the florist put together an arrangement that they thought a kid would put together.... awwww :). The flowers are so fragrant our whole kitchen smells like spring now, I love it! And how cute is the homemade card?

But my favorite gift? Hearing my sweet boy wish me a "happy mommy day." (Sorry my voice is so loud and obnoxious at the end of the video)



So, all in all it was a lovely weekend. It's just crazy to me that we celebrated my second year of motherhood. A lot of highs and lows over the past 18 months, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm so blessed with a supportive hubs and the best baby ever. I have a feeling that the next year is going to be even better :).

Oh, and one last picture! I meant to post this yesterday but totally spaced. My cute little cactus sprouted an adorable flower I wanted to share.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nature Lady

First and foremost, happy Mother's Day! I've had a nice weekend so far and anticipate more of the same today :). I'll try and get a full recap out tomorrow morning.

Today I thought I'd share one of my hobbies- nature photography. I love photography and I think I'm the best at taking photos of nature. I'm far from a professional but it's something I really enjoy. Yesterday I snuck outside for 20 minutes and snapped some pictures around our "yard." Here are a few of my favorites.




 


Holy bokeh!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Conscious Box Giveaway Winner

Time to announce the winner of last week's Conscious Box giveaway!


Congrats, Chelsie! I will contact you soon so we can get your prize out to you.

Thank you to Conscious Box for sponsoring this giveaway! My box is on the way and I can't wait to see what kind of goodies are in it. And of course thank you to everyone who entered to win!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

18 Month Update

Our baby boy officially turned a year and a half yesterday. Goodness, how time flies! Here's this month's update.

5/7/13

Weight: Probably still about 24 pounds. He has a doctor's appointment next week so we'll get the official number then.

Height: My best guess would be 33.75 inches.

Diaper Size: Size 4 disposables still. He's been waking up during the night a lot lately with full diaper, even with the Huggies Overnites. I think he hates the feeling of a super full diaper, which is a good first step towards potty training. I don't anticipate starting that process until next year, but becoming aware of what's in their diaper is a big step towards potty training. 


Clothing Size: Everything from 12 months to 2T! 18 month stuff is primarily what he's in though. Still size 5 shoes.


Eating:  Thankfully eating was a lot easier this past month. The other night he even ate a full serving of broccoli! I switched it up a bit at meal time and instead of offering a regular plate of different foods, I start by just offering the veggies so he's gotta eat them. Seems to be working. His favorite foods are still fruits, berries in particular. And I should mention that he loves using utensils. He's great with a fork and loves to stab his food, but doesn't quite get the concept of a spoon. He always turns it upside down and get's frustrated when all the food falls out. 


Sleeping: Still cosleeping, and as I mentioned above, he's been waking up a few times a week. He usually falls right back to sleep after a quick diaper change. He's typically in bed by 8:30pm and will wake up for the day anywhere between 7:30-9am.

Teeth: 15 now! Three new ones are just starting to pop through. I bet number 16 isn't too far behind. After that he's almost done teething, just one last set of molars remain, which shouldn't pop up until after his birthday according to this chart (he's been right on track for all his other teeth).


Communication: Harry is turning into quite a talker these days! He's still mostly in the "copy what he hears" stage, but recently he's asked for a few things on his own and will tell me what something is when I hold up the object. 


Here's a quick video I shot the other day of Harry talking to me.



And here are a few random pictures from yesterday.

Because it was Harry's half birthday, we got him some kolacky from Chicago Pastry as a little treat. The cookies are so rich and buttery, but the fruit makes them healthy, right?


We've been spending a lot of time outside lately. It's the best temper tantrum cure! These pictures aren't great, but Harry refuses to sit still for even a second outside so this is the best I was able to get yesterday.

He spotted an airplane



Twins, LOL!

Harry's always loved playing with spray bottles. He thinks it's hilarious when we spray the water on his head. Recently he learned how the spray mechanism works, and will soak his entire shirt in a matter of seconds. All in the name of fun!



Monday, May 6, 2013

Guest Post: Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

Happy Monday, everyone! Don't forget you can still enter the Conscious Box giveaway HERE

Today I have a fun guest post from Paul, who also blogs over at babysittingjobs.com. I connected with Paul a few weeks ago and loved his philosophy and blogging style so I thought he'd be a good fit with my blog. So without any further ado, here's Paul's post! 

(source)


When it comes to sharing a love of sewing with your kids there are many fun activities you can try.
Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Button art – When I was a child I remember my grandmother giving me a needle, thread and
a jar of buttons. I had so much fun threading those buttons to create garlands and necklaces.
I also sewed buttons onto leftover material to create beautiful works of art. By adding a little
embroidery I made fields of flowers, bubbles and so much more. Kids love buttons because of
the variety of shapes and colors they come in and just letting them play with buttons is a great
activity you both can enjoy.

2. Bean bag – Making a bean bag is a fun and easy beginner’s project for a child. All they need is
two small pieces of material and a needle and thread. Have them sew together the two spices of
the material leaving open a small hole. Then fill the bag with beans or rice and sew shut. They
can decorate the bean bag with glitter and glue or even sew on button eyes. Fun and useful for
many games!

3. Travel Tic Tac Toe – A simple tic tac toe board is easy to make and fun for kids in the car or
on the go. Just have kids take two squares of material, about four inches by four inches. On one
piece have them embroider a hash pattern like #. Then sew three of the sides together making
a pocket. They can gather five dark buttons and five light buttons and use those for Xs and Os.
Store in the pocket and you have a homemade travel game!

4. Tote bag – For kids who like to carry around a lot of stuff have them make their own tote bag.
Two pieces of material about the size of a piece of paper and two strips of material about an
inch wide and five to eight inches long is all you need. Have the kids sew together three side
of the material making a pocket. Then at the opening sew on the strips of material to form
handles. Decorate and enjoy the tote bag!

5. Name art – Every child loves their name and this easy sewing project is a great idea for a gift
or room decoration. Using a large stencil cut out material in the shape of the letters that make
up their name, two pieces per each letter. Have the child line up the letters and sew together
the two pieces, filing them with stuffing as they sew to create letter pillows. Then attach thin
ribbon or other material to hang up the letters. You can hang them from the wall to spell out the
child’s name or even use the ribbon to attach the letters together as a banner. By varying the
materials you can have a work of art that matches the room’s d├ęcor and is still handmade by
your child!

These are just a few of the many ideas that you can use to encourage your children to learn to love
sewing. Sewing can be a fun activity for children as long as you find out what interests them. Most
children love to help mom and dad work, so sewing together is a great opportunity for you to share
your hobby.

Author Bio:
Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching
all things related to childcare. Their website “www.babysittingjobs.com” holds a wealth of
information for those looking for babysitters.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Conscious Box Giveaway

Good morning, everyone!



The awesome people at Conscious Box recently contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in teaming up for a giveaway. They're pretty awesome, so of course I said yes!

What is a Conscious Box you ask?

Well, they're a box of the month subscription service that focuses on natural, pure, non-toxic products from ethical and sustainable businesses. Each box contains a bunch of new products for you to try. Some recent companies Conscious Box has worked with include: Seventh Generation, Rockin' Green, Yogi Tea, Sacred Chocolate, Suntegrity Skincare and many more!

Conscious Box offers three different boxes each month- classic, gluten free or vegan. Something for everyone! Along with the monthly boxes you can also buy the products directly through their website.

To enter to win a Conscious Box-- your choice of classic, gluten free or vegan style (a $19.95 value), fill out the Rafflecoptor box below and I'll pick a winner next week.

Sorry, you must be a US resident to win!

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Disclaimer: In exchange for hosting this giveaway I will receive a free Conscious Box. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Instagram Challenge

Happy May, everyone! I can't believe we're already 5 months in to the year. It always goes so quickly, doesn't it?

During the month of April both Ant and I did a daily Instagram challenge. Instead of just taking whatever photo we wanted each day, we followed these @FatMumSlim prompts (all the details can be found on her blog).


It was a lot of fun! Some days were harder than others but both of us did all 30 pictures. Here are a few favorites of mine.



And here are the ones I liked best from Ant's feed.



I'm @LinzTAW on Instagram if you'd like to follow me.

@FatMumSlim does the challenge every month if you'd like to try it. Today's the perfect day to start! We're not participating in May but I'm sure we'll do it again, it's a lot of fun!
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