Getting Healthy, Weight Loss

Weight Gone Update Round 1

I hit  8 pounds gone this past week!!!! So in my first round I did not take any measurements but I lost 8 pounds in 21 days!!!  I have another 16 to my first goal and a little under 3 months to do that!

I am still not getting a ton of exercise in because of my back.  I did have an MRI this week of my neck and I am seeing a new doctor about that and the rest of this pain tomorrow morning.  Hopefully I can get some more answers soon!  I will be trying to do more yoga after I see the new doc and get the ok and hopefully that will help this weight gone hit the next level, I am also hoping to hit the 10 pound mark by this weekend!

A5 Ring Planning

Placing a Coil Bound Planner in a Ring System

So you want to put your Plum Paper Planner ( or Erin Condren ) in a A5 ring binder…

If you have not yet ordered your planner make a note on the order that you want it to come un- coiled and un-punched!

You will need a few tools

I started with a un-punched planner from Plum Paper, if you start with a coiled planner , simply straighten the end of your coil with the pliers and twist it back out.  Now this is the point where some people decide to use sticker paper or washi to cover the holes and just punch with the A5 punch , I would simply trim the holes off.


***I am using a page from an EC notebook to show all of this.

Now I took my un-punched planner and trimmed off 1 cm on every single page where it would have been punched. After that I  was ready to punch my pages!

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So next I marked where the bottom of my punch should sit and top of each page with some washi tape. The top of the page sat at the bottom of the washi marking the page placement, and the bottom of the punch sat at the top of the piece of washi marking the punch placement.

Be sure to push the page all way into the punch and to firmly press down evenly on the punch also only do a few pages at a time!  If for some reason you miss punch a page grab some coordinating washi and washi over the holes and re punch!  I love wahsi tape!


After all my pages were punched I rounded the corners with my punch.  In all the whole process took me about an hour with the kids in toe!  (And I only messed up 1 page!)



Planners, Stickers

Cricut 8.5x 12in Mats For Silhouette Portrait

So the mats for the Silhouette Portrait are getting hard to come by as a prime item… Well up popped this!


Now I must say baby was napping and David was at the park with Kevin,  so the Ah Ha moment was not as hard to have!

These will fit my Silhouette Portrait!!!!!  They come in  a 2 pack for less than 1 mat for the Silhouette!  From now on I am ordering the Cricut StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat for Crafting, 8.5 by 12-Inch!

Weight Loss

Weight Loss Journey

So earlier this week I mentioned I am down 2 pounds this week yay!!! Well I have not yet elaborated on my weight loss goals and how I plan to meet them.

So I will be following the 21 day fix which uses clean eating (using portion control) and exercise.  This program is awesome for me as my workouts are done at home and the color coded containers make it very visual for me. To top it I have wanted to move our family away from processed foods anyway!

As with any lifestyle change there is a learning curve as I learn what we can and can’t have and begin to tweak my recipes.  I couldn’t do this without my coach Lindsay!  She is great always checking in and encouraging me!

Some keys to this plan are planning and having things ready to go.  As any busy mom knows it is often hard to find the time to eat let alone prepare the healthy option. I pre cook and pre chop tons of stuff and make sure I keep fruits and veggies on hand ready to grab!

Be on the look out for more about my WEIGHT GONE Journey, yes you read that right I am no longer calling it a weight loss journey as I have no intention of finding those pounds again!  This is the year I take CONTROL and that includes my health, not only for me but for the boys!  Kevin deserves a happy healthy wife and Patrick and David deserve a happy healthy mommy!

Oh yeah and now it is 4 pounds gone and 46 to go for my year-long goal hopefully I can get beyond that even!

For more information on the 21 Day Fix from Beach Body you can Contact Lindsay here!

Goals, Weight Loss

Weight Loss

So I am slowly getting the junk out of my diet, I am trying to get back to clean eating and the 21 day fix.  Although I am meeting this with a few roadblocks.

My back has been giving me issues following David running at me and across my leg that was half in the air while sitting on the floor with baby Patrick last week (way to make mommy feel her age!).

My problems were just made more know from this it actually from 2 babies, 2 c-sections, my excess weight, being out of shape and I am sure what I do at work contributed as with my tummy muscles being so weak.

So I am happy that I am 2 pounds down this morning  leaving me with 22 to go by 4/30/16 to meet my first goal of the year!

Can’t wait to use my stickers to mark my milestones in my planner!!! il_570xN.892446133_lytn

A5 Ring Planning, Planners

A5 Six Hole Punch

I have been asked a few times in the past week what punch I am using to add into my  A5 Filofax Domino 11205070_1081475315220680_4911405306326130829_n

Shown here is my Plum Paper Planner Horizontal in the Domino  (I ordered this un-bound and un-punched)

I got my punch off of amazon it is the Open industrial 6 hole punch (Mobile) (japan import) (1, A)  (shown below) 

My recommendation is to mark where the top of where your page should be with washi on the table or counter you are punching at and be sure you keep the punch from moving this allows you to get all your pages punched the same.  Also make sure the pages are flush against the inner part of the punch and firmly press down to be sure you get all the holes through.  Also only punch a few pages at a time!51BhRB2OLRL._SL1000_

If you miss punch a page simply washi the edge and re punch!  (Don’t you just love washi???!)   Most important take your time and be patient it really wont take that long!  I want to say it took me about an hour to trim and punch my whole 12 month planner with 6 add ons and the kids were with me!


By the way if you want this same Domino on the cheap and can have some patience Amazon has them for just $26.46 and it will ship when they get them in!  Just scroll down and on the right you will see it for Prime and there is a button to add it your cart!!!!



Happy Punching!


*** I ordered my planner un-coiled and Un-punched, when it came I had to trim 1cm before I punched it.  I also rounded my corners.



As you can see some changes have come to the site David’s Mommy is now Simple Southern Mommy.  The shop name on etsy will also soon be changing (hopefully today).

So be on the look out as the month goes on for my first set of printable sticker (For FREE) yes it will only be here on the blog.  Also watch for monthly specials and future freebies that will come out 🙂

I will be working hard to share our stuff across more social media platforms as the year passes as well so look for out some periscope videos ( I will upload these to the you tube Chanel as well 🙂


Dilly Bread

This was one of Grandpa’s favorites, I remember when he adapted it for the bread machine.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons dillweed
1 large egg, beaten
2 1/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Heat cottage cheese to lukewarm. Mix together the yeast mixture, the cottage cheese, dried onion flakes, dillweed, and beaten egg. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Mix gradually into the cottage cheese mixture. Let rise in a warm place, covered, until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Stir and turn into a loaf pan. Let rise until doubled.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 40 to 50 minutes. Brush with butter and sprinkle with salt.

Makes 1 loaf.


Neiman-Marcus Cookies

Another great one from my Aunt Laura’s Collection, I will be using this with the cookie swap for church this year!


  • 2 Cups butter
  • 1 tsp salt
    2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    2 Cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
    4 eggs
  • 24 oz chocolate chips
    2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 8oz Hershey bar, grated
    4 cups flour
  • 4 Cups chopped nuts
    5 cups blended oatmeal*
    *measure oatmeal first blend in blender to a fine powder or flour. (your get oatmeal taste without the larger oats)


Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda, add to sugar and egg mix. Add chips candy and nuts. Roll into ball and place on cookie sheet, (does not tell how large to make you balls so try different sizes if you want. Bake at 375 for six (6) minutes, leave on cookie sheet a while and the will finish baking, at 6 minutes they seem undone, just adjust your cookie size. Makes about 112 cookies.


Orange Balls

I am posting some family recipes that I lost my copies of so that I never lose them again haha!

Nana’s last holiday with us she thought these were Onion balls because of the shredded coconut!


One (1) cube butter or margarine
Crush one (1) box (12oz) of vanilla wafers
One (1) cup chopped pecans
One (1) box powered sugar (i think it’s about 2 cups)
One (1) can of frozen orange juice


Work into small balls; roll in coconut. Makes about 75-100 depending on the size of your balls. Dough can be frozen.

These are so good Frozen!