~ Sew Sweet 16 ~I’m packing your angry eyes just in case~Aug 2014~ BFF' bag 8/20!!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by DMGeurts, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Terkina

    Terkina DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    I agree with cogero about your training. Sounds like you had a productive day yesterday :cool1:
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  3. Restrasz

    Restrasz Mouseketeer

    Aug 1, 2011
    Sounds like yesterday was a busy day! As always I can't wait to see your next bag and of course your secret projects!
    For my birthday my daughters surprised me with the new pink disney tote bag! Now I have a special carry on bag for our trip next October.
    Can you share your "power ball" recipe? I'm always looking for something like that!
  4. Clio

    Clio Mouseketeer

    Feb 10, 2005
    I'm glad your workouts are starting to pay off. It's good to hear that you had a productive day.
    I worked and it was a bad day. It was just me and the new girl. It was so busy. There was a glith in the schedule and no one else was scheduled until after 8:00 pm and that was for the big video game release last night. Hopefully there are more people working today.
    Part of the problem is the reviews on the same freezers. We have one at work but I usually don't by appliances from Walmart. I would get my discount, though but if it isn't that good of a freezer in the first place, it's just a waste of money.
  5. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    D, I give you all the credit in the world. There is no way I could exercise and do the things you are doing.

    It sounds like you had a really productive day in the sewing room yesterday.

    I'm sorry the crowd calendar has gone up for your days again. I am so hoping we can go around Labor Day and not mid-August this trip (although I don't want to miss seeing you, I just want to avoid all that rain and crowds).
  6. Sweetly

    Sweetly Mouseketeer

    Feb 21, 2011
    Checking in, just a little behind. So excited to here about your next trip! And a special one too!!
    We did celebrate by DD Sweet 16 in Disney. It was a GREAT trip!! We celebrated a few months early due to scheduling and we did go in August.
    It was HOT, but we made the best of it. The worst, squeezing in everything in just 4 days :eek. On our reservations I told them we were celebrating her 16th birthday, so at every sit down meal we had a cupcake and the servers sang to her. DD got a birthday button and we all got a celebration button to wear. She was greeted with a "Happy Birthday" by everyone. She even got free FP to any ride she wanted one day by a cast member. If I remember any more details I will share. We had many surprises that trip and still till this day DD says it was the best way to spend her 16th birthday.
    Love your new bag. I have so many favorites and each one is a beautiful piece of art.
    I saw that you mentioned about a new machine and to check goodwill or craigslist. Have to say I bought another machine from craigslist :rolleyes1. It was the same machine that ended up breaking, and it came with a sewing table and chair for $35 :cool1: !!! The man originally wanted $125, a month prior to purchasing it and I said nah let it go, but a month later he lowered the price. The machine is great to work on and to have the extra table is great. I ended up taking the sewing chair and gave it a make over and now use it.
    Prayers for Jennifer and her family.
    Have a wonderful day!
  7. LMN

    LMN DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2008
    D- I'm curious- how much weight do you lift when you do your weightlifting- if you don't mind me asking? The reason I ask is that I was really good about going to the gym this summer but have slacked off. I really enjoyed the strength training that I was doing. Do you own your own weights? That would really be nice to have my own equipment because then I could do my strength training at home.

    I have an awesome breakfast recommendation for you since you're not sure about going back to Ohana. It's also at the Poly- KONA CAFE!! This is such a favorite of ours that we usually go twice every trip. The macadamia nut pancakes are to die for. You have to try it! I know you and your girls would love it! It is a favorite of our family's.

    Have a great day!

  8. Iamthequeen

    Iamthequeen DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    Not sure exactly what you are looking for in a freezer Clio, but Lowe's in our area carries smaller freezers. We are looking to get one too in the not too distant future. We want to get some beef and need a freezer to keep it in.

    I don't know if we are going to do the DDP next trip. Although we love the convenience of it, and feel it is a good value for us because we would spend about the same, we don't normally eat desserts with every meal and feel that we don't want them to go to waste, so many times we feel overstuffed when we get up from the table. We'd rather get an appetizer to share and skip the dessert. Haven't made any final decisions yet though.

    Have to tell you that I got a number of compliments on my Jiminy bag today - at the polls no less!

    Prayers for Jennifer and her family, of course. And just to let you all know - Kat is doing well.
  9. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    Hi D~!

    Thank you for sharing your personal story of transformation. I know it is a hard road to go down but you really look great and I congratulate you for your success to date and for keeping at it. :goodvibes

    I'm a RPBC lover too so if those are anywhere in my sight, they are gone. I wish I had the same obsession over raw veggies. :rolleyes:

    Enjoy your planning as you wait for your ADR window to open. :)
  10. DMGeurts

    DMGeurts Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attac

    Feb 25, 2008
    I hope so... I am still on Stage 1 (for another 3 weeks) of 7 stages... I am a bit nervous for the next stages, but I do feel stronger - so that is good.

    Thanks Oopsi. I slept pretty good that night, but this morning I was up at 3:30... I have a feeling that it will take me a few weeks to adjust to this time change. And to top it off - we have our first dusting of snow... :crazy2:

    Thanks Lillian... I know I need to be patient -but sometimes it's so hard. I just keep telling myself that time will pass regardless - so I might as well make the most of it, right? LOL

    Yay!!! I am glad to hear you had a great birthday! And a new VB Disney tote is AWESOME!!!!

    OK - here goes the Powerball Recipe (I like that name... I think I will use it)...

    These are called Breakfast Bars and I found the recipe on elenaspantry.com

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    1 ¼ cup blanched almond flour
    ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
    ¼ teaspoon baking soda
    ¼ cup grapeseed oil
    ¼ cup agave nectar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    ½ cup pumpkin seeds
    ½ cup sunflower seeds
    ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds
    ¼ cup raisins

    1.In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
    2.In a large bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla
    3.Stir dry ingredients into wet
    4.Mix in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins
    5.Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with grapeseed oil
    6.Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly
    7.Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
    8.Cool bars in pan for 2 hours, then serve

    Makes 12-16 bars/balls

    There were a lot of "odd" ingredients for me to purchase to start off making these bars - and some of those ingredients were quite expensive... Like the Almond flour - $9.99/lb! Yikes, I was sure to get as little as possible - thankfully, that got me two batches of these beauties.

    Yesterdays rendition was that I omitted the coconut, raisins and half of the grapeseed oil... Instead I added 3 TBSP chunky peanut butter, 4 TBSP chocolate chips & 1 TBSP water... These turned out like cookie balls... So yummy. I decided to put them in the freezer, because I have a feeling these could give me the same situation as the caramel corn.

    Thank you! Sorry your day at work was bad... I have to work today and I hope we are super busy. I sure hope you are able to find a freezer soon... If all the reviews are questionable, then I would just by the cheapest one you can find and know that you will have to replace it sooner rather than later - as much as it pains me to say that.

    Hahaha... Thanks Kathy... I have to be pretty strict with my schedule or I don't get anything done. And it's really hard to work out this time of year when I have so much to be doing in my sewing room.

    I don't blame you for wanting to miss the rain/crowds... I just don't feel like we were able to get nearly as much done on this last trip than we did on trips in the past - I think it was the miserable heat? Unfortunately - until the girls are out of school, we are forced to do school breaks/summer vacation. :rolleyes:

    Hi Lynee! It's great to see you here! Thanks for the compliments. I am glad to hear that dd's 16th birthday was such a success, I hope we are able to figure out something special for the girls.

    Congrats on your new machine! That is awesome! And a great price for it too! So, what kind of Singer was it? And how awesome about the sewing chair - some of those are pretty cool.

    Hi Liesel... Well, this is what I am up to... Don't laugh. I am squatting 51lbs... Deadlifting 53lbs... Shoulder pressing 20lbs (each arm)... Lunging 35lbs... Step ups 35lbs... Push ups are still done from my knees, but my nose goes to the floor... This is not everything I do - just some of the main stuff.

    I have an olympic bar, but I need to invest in some weight plates very soon. To tide me over - I've been using my "Barbie-bells" and attaching them to my olympic bar with my 1lb leg weights... <--- Tightwad remember... But my biggest barbie-bell is 6lbs, so at some point, very soon, I am going to run out of weight to add. I also have a pull up bar that attaches over a door frame (which I haven't started using yet) and these weird "Block weights" - which start at 10 lbs and can be added to make them 45 each... The pull up bar and the block weights were BIL's before he moved to The Netherlands, so I was really happy to get them. I would like to start out by buying 2-5lb plates and 2-10lb plates, that should keep me going for a little while? I would also like to invest in some decent barbells, I have a set I found on clearance at Walmart - but they are kind of cheesy. They do their job for now, but if I decide to go any further into this - I am going to need to upgrade. We don't have a lot of space at home, but I prefer to work out here, as it's just more convenient for me.

    I have heard great things about Kona from MANY people (Suzi being one of them) - I do need to try eating there some day, it sounds delicious!

    Thanks for the update about Kat - I was going to ask about her today - so glad she is doing well. Does she have to go in for any more procedures?

    I feel the same way about DDP - although this last trip, I feel like the girls and I did pretty good... I don't remember leaving too many meals as stuffed as we did the previous trip.

    Super happy you got a few compliments on your Jiminy bag - I've been carrying mine since we've been home, I really need to swap out bags soon, because I don't want to wreck it before we go back.

    Thanks Brenda! It was really difficult for me to "put it all out there" - but I felt like I needed to be accountable to myself somehow - and that seemed like a good place to do it. I just keep pressing forward and looking for positive changes anywhere I can find them. LOL

    Yah - those RPBC are some bad stuff! I love PB anyways...

    Getting very excited for our ADR window to open - I am hoping we have more solid dates very soon.


    Yesterday was a great day for me... I did not get to work on my SSP or the stockings at all, but I did finish the applique for my current custom order - so I was happy about that.

    We had leftovers for dinner last night.... :crazy2:

    And then Josh and I watched some Netflix... Well, I watched Netflix - and he studied his new textbooks... He is taking a pretty intense course for work over the next few weeks, so it should be interesting - since he is taking it from home... We will be fighting over the desktop all day long. This also means I will have to work out and do my weight lifting in the livingroom (in front of the big bay window :crazy2:). <---- Not looking forward to that.

    I work at Target today... Hopefully it's busy so it goes fast.

    I hope you all have a fantastic day... Sending prayers out to all those who need them, I saw several of my Dis friends needing prayer over the last few days - so please know I am thinking and praying for all of you. I don't want to mention names, as I don't want to share your private troubles publically. :grouphug:

  11. cogero

    cogero DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2008
    Have a wonderful day at Target. Can't wait to see your new bag.
  12. Chicago Mo

    Chicago Mo DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 2010
    Oh what the... I am first to SUBSCRIBE then my subscription is GONE! Poof!!!

    I am back. i am caught up...

    I am SO PROUD of you getting the PH!!!! your going to LOVE IT. the freedom to do whatever you want! the EMH!!! :cool1:
    what do you think BFF will want to do for ressies???
    you- and now Tess- with your SSP crap... :furious: drives me crazy here!!!! :surfweb:

    as for the weight loss.. thanks for posting my fat you know what! :rotfl2: :rotfl: Just kidding!!!!!!! you are doing a great job and i am so proud of you keep up that great work!!!

    Of course all of you are constantly in my prayers. ALWAYS...

    now that i am back and i hope to stay that way bring on the good stuff!!!
  13. lovedonaldduck

    lovedonaldduck DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2009
    I am caught up! The girls weekend at Food and Wine Festival last weekend was awesome, but it put me behind on everything! I wouldn't trade it though!
  14. npierce25

    npierce25 Mouseketeer

    Dec 8, 2009
    Hi D! I love your reports and your projects. You have inspired me to unpack my sewing machine and get to work for my June trip! My dd is 7 (will turn 8 mid trip) and loved all the outfits on other sites, so we are working on designing her outfits for her on our trip! And I'm gonna start a pre-trio report! Thanks for being an awesome inspiration!
  15. sewmess

    sewmess DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2011
    Quick stop in to say :wave2:

    Work + kitten + dog = no real sewing (I did get an applique primed & found some material that I want to use for Christmas goodies)

    Have fun in the exciting world of holiday ramp-up retail!

    Back to excruciatingly boring but absolutely necessary work.
  16. sunnysideup3

    sunnysideup3 DIS Veteran

    Nov 14, 2010
    I'm here too (I can't remember if I commented?!?). Glad to see you back and doing another great TR. We're entertaining an August trip, I think I might cry if I don't see Disney in 2014!

    I'm with you on the weight loss. I've lost/gained the same weight over and over again. I just had my 2nd son in July and actually had lost weight after having him, but with being able to eat again (was SOOO sick during pregnancy), I've managed to gain that great jump start back:confused3. So, I'm with you on your journey, and no matter how slow progress is, it's progress... keep it up!:thumbsup2
  17. babynala

    babynala DIS Veteran

    Jun 27, 2007
    Sounds like a good day in the sewing room yesterday. Having to go to the gym to work out would probably make it easier to make an excuse not to go. Although I would come up with plenty of excuses for working out at home too so more kudos to you for doing your workout regularly. :goodvibes

    Actually sewing something today - a little bag to hold a diaper and wipes for Curtis's teacher as she is going to have a new baby soon (also giving her a gift card to Babies R Us since she is registered there. Of course kids don't get the concept of gift cards and like to give something that the person can open so Curtis wanted to give her an actual gift. ::yes::
  18. xlsm

    xlsm Snow White

    Oct 19, 2013
    I am not on the Aug 2014 Fbook group...I did not know such an animal existed! I will have to look for that!

    I'll figure out how to send a PM on here and send our dates to see if they overlap! If my DH and kids don't want to do a Dismeet they can just go do something else for awhile, LOL!!
  19. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    Glad you had a productive day in your sewing room yesterday and I hope your work day goes quickly (mine could not end soon enough...I swear all the nuts are out in droves today...must be the rain).

    Work out in front of your living room window? Oh my!
  20. nannye

    nannye DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2011
    I'm thinking we will be doing park hoppers too!
  21. ladylyons

    ladylyons Wishing I was closer to Disneyland

    Feb 1, 2009
    Glad you had a good day. Great job on your journey (weight and working out!!)

    Hope today was a good day at Target! Can't wait to see the new bag also!

    Prayers for everyone that needs them.

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