One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


A September 1 Sensational Sunday

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I can’t believe it’s September 1.  What happened to August? Is it just me or did the month fly by?

Anyway, today was jam packed. So much so I can hardly muster the energy to post this so I’m going to let my photos do most of the talking.

This is what I came home to after leaving for a morning run before anyone was up.


Notice how clean it is. I did all that yesterday.

Breakfast conversation is not possible when the TV is on.


Note: Breakfast was Banana Almond Oat Pancakes

Trains are currently all the rage.


We remembered our bags!!


Baking time!


This is a longer story I’ll tell on GreenLiteBites but in a nutshell, the 8-year-old and I made whoopie pies.


We had a blast and they came out great!


Laundry time.


I put some ribs in the oven to slow cook for dinner.


The Husband and I paid bills while the kids played.


They tuckered themselves out.


Yard work time!


Allowance time.


We make the 8-year-old send us a bill based on the chores he did. Our new system has been working out great and I’m shocked how good he’s getting at adding up money.



Is there anything cuter than a toddler with a cob of corn?


Our first evening Boy Scout outing. Little Brother tagged along.


He had a BLAST!


Little Brother enjoyed himself, too.


Bedtime stories.


Overall, a fabulous day!

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There are 18 comments so far.


    September 2, 2013

    What a blessed family :)


      September 2, 2013

      Thank you. :)

    Staci @

    September 2, 2013

    Tell him he’s getting commission, not allowance. The more he works, the more commission he gets. Ha!


      September 2, 2013

      That’s how we do it but we still call it allowance. Commission is a much better word!

      Staci @

      September 2, 2013

      I could tell that’s what you’re doing. I got that term from Dave Ramsey. Ever heard of him? He has a website (, and there is a tab for kids. He sells some stuff that helps teach them about finances, saving, spending, etc. You may not need it, but that’s where I got the term commission over allowance. Lol

    Leigh Anne

    September 2, 2013

    Do you have a particular system you use for allowance? I would love to hear more about it :) We really need to set up a system for our 7 year old.

    TV is an attention sucker, isn’t it! After a summer with way too much TV we are on a no TV challenge for the month of September! Two days in and so far so good!


      September 2, 2013

      We just started assigning small money amounts to the little chores. Then we keep track throughout the week on what he does and he’s responsible for “billing us” on Sundays which makes him add it all up. You can kind of see the amounts in the picture. If he does every possible thing he can earn up to $10.


    September 2, 2013

    What a wonderful summer you and your family had.
    Your Today Show sandwich was the talk of my WW meeting Saturday–congrats.


      September 2, 2013

      Thanks! We did and that’s awesome! i hope you guys like it.

    Christy VB

    September 2, 2013

    We had Banana Almond Oat Pancakes this morning. I love that recipe. And, it’s not just you, August was a blur and I didn’t do close to all the stuff you did, LOL! But we have a lot of August birthdays in my family. Will you be posting a Whoopie Pie recipe?


      September 2, 2013

      Yup! We modified it a little. I hope to post it today it tomorrow.


    September 2, 2013

    I am interested in your rib recipe? if you wouldn’t mind sharing

      Veronica H.

      September 4, 2013

      Me too, please. I don’t have a grill anymore and those ribs look great!


      September 5, 2013

      I’m working on one! WIll post when I get it down.My first batch was better than my second.


    September 2, 2013

    What a fun day! Wish I got more done this weekend. Was caring for my sick doggie. No regrets he’s getting better but he’s 16 years old so we are cautiously optimistic.


    September 2, 2013

    I have been following you for many years, Roni and I have learned a great deal from your journey. You are an amazing mentor not only for those losing weight but for parents as well.


    September 4, 2013

    Looks like it was a great day!


    September 5, 2013

    WOw this was a great read. Is your Whoopie pie recipe online? I like the “sending the bill” idea… although we told our kids what the price would be that we would pay for their services.