Snickers, Reese’s, Starbursts…Oh My!

So…who survived a full day of trick or treating with the kids…aka pounds and pounds of candy?

Not this girl!  Ugh, I was nervous going into the week that I’d be a slave the chocolate and boy was I right!  Maybe I jinxed myself?  I put a Halloween curse on myself…is that even possible?

We had a great day – despite me not being able to do half of the things I wanted to do thanks for a wardrobe malfunction.

This year we dressed up as a family.  Unfortunately our star character, Daddy Darth Vader had to work until 5 so we didn’t get to see him until night time trick or treating near his job.  Honestly at this point both Natie & I were pretty much done so we visited family near by and made a quick night of it.

These pictures are from when we went to the Bronx Zoo on Natie’s birthday for Boo at the Zoo, which has become a family tradition.  All the costumes were DIY thanks to many internet searches for patterns, ideas and a few of my own.  If anyone is interested I’ll share some details but for now – here we are as Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker!


My Force Family

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Oh how I’ve missed blogging…

Hi everyone – not sure if there are still subscribers here or is anyone is still getting notifications, but I just wanted to check in.  I’ve neglected my blog for YouTube.  As I mentioned in the past Kimberly over at GettingFabuless and I had started vlogging our weight loss journey as an alternative, which has really been great for us.  You can find us on YouTube as Fit and Fabuless Mamas. We found a wonderful community..shout out to the #NoExcuseClub that has really been such a great support system.  My PIC Kimberly just hit her 50 pounds released goal!!!  I’m finally in the 180’s…189, but hey – I’m there and so happy to see that number!

With that all said I’m just missing this community.  I miss doing recipe reviews – taking pictures of delicious foods, things that you really can’t do in videos unless you’re a pro & want to deal with editing, which – you all know I’m a simple girl.  I’d rather spend my time with Natie than at a computer editing a video.

There’s so much to catch up on…our TTC journey for baby #2 is in full swing.  Actually it has been for over 2 years now & we’re currently in our first IUI cycle, but the details in that will be for another day…another post!

Here’s my latest video, which is also my last weigh in video.  I’ll still be rocking the Weight Watchers way and weighing in weekly because I still have another 30 lbs to lose, but right now my main focus is getting healthy and having a baby!  So with things like hormones and all the side effects – it’s just not important to focus on the scale so much.

And I just have to share my PIC’s latest 50 lbs gone forever post!

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Thursday WI & Measurements!

It’s been another crazy week here at FNHM house.  I guess it’s our new norm with spring activities – Swim, T-ball & Soccer.  I love it though.  Keeps Natie & I moving all the time.  Wait, scratch that…it’s also stressful some days, so it’s not all peaches & cream, ya know?  Gotta keep it real!  For instance, Monday we didn’t make it to t-ball.  I had a stressful day at work, was still on a mission to find his sweatshirt that we all left at the soccer fields that day prior (still MIA), add PMS and Natie not getting a good behavior sticker that day in school I said “no t-ball tonight”.  Boy, was it for the best.  Monday nights are tough to begin with, add all the other “stuff” it probably would have put me over the edge either with my eating or my “zen” like attitude.  HA…if you know me there is no zen in my attitude!

It’s Thursday, which mean I weighed in this morning.  Check out the video to find out how I did!

Also – check out Kim’s FAB-U-LESS weigh in from yesterday here:

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Thursday WI – how did I do?

Just finished up a quick video on this week’s WI results…check it out!

Hoping to stay focused this week by tracking everything & keeping up with my #10kaday step goal!

How did you do?  Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday WI – 03/12/2015

Hey all, just a quick post to update you on my weigh-in today… 





Today I…..






Stayed the same!  LOL  All that suspense for that, I know, but I’m actually ok with it.  Well, I wasn’t at first.  If you’ve followed me for some time you know I lose one week, gain the next, lose, gain, lose, gain.  You see a pattern here, right?  Thanks to being a woman, and lovely water weight gain on (men close your eyes…) ovulating & having good ol’ “time of the month” (ok, open…) I seem to always be on this pattern.  Other women I know not so much, but me, always. 

So, despite being 100% on my game with WW, the gym & my 10k daily step goal, I still managed to stay the same.  That’s a win for me.  BUT knowing I rocked it out I still would have preferred a loss.

Thanks again to the support of friends and the health and fitness community on Instagram, I realized just for a moment today that it’s not always about the number on the scale.  I have to remember how good I feel that I’m in control of my foods, my health…ME!

What started out as a morning of …I’m not going to the gym today, I’m going to order lunch out today, turned into…new week, plan meals today, hit the gym…you’ve got this!


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New news coming your way…

Lots of changes going on over here.  I’ve updated my Instagram account to “fitnhealthymama7” so be sure to update if you happen to follow me over there.  I’m REALLY trying to focus on getting back to my 10k steps a day and use my IG account to keep me accountable.  Whatever works, right?  The support over there is fantastic too!  Not just people looking for likes in the health and fitness community, but real support.  Definitely check it out!

Speaking of tracking my steps… I’ve updated my Fitbit e-mail to my so feel free to friend request me.  I’m always looking for more active friends and more challenges to keep me motivated!

My PIC Kim & I have also started a new YouTube channel!  We are the “Fit and Fabuless Mamas” channel over there.  We’re planning on talking about pretty much everything.  From our struggles, our successes, our silly hijinks (HA!), to cooking, gardening…you name it!  Kim took the time to transfer all the old videos over to the new channel…so yeah Kim for doing this – it took a lot of time!

In those videos you’ll hear we’re both back to Weight Watchers!  I came to the decision when I realized I wasn’t doing anything, going anywhere…the scale was showing the same few pounds over & over, I was fed up with the process but most of all myself.  The last time I was losing was over the summer on WW.  Unfortunately meetings just don’t work for me.  I don’t have much alone time to go (aka, I’m not bringing Natie!) and the time I do have, like during lunch time I’d rather be at the gym. (wait, what, who said that?)  I decided online was the way for me to go.  I’m disciplined and now with their new 24/7 chat support I knew I’d have the support I needed when I needed it.  BOY was I right!  I decided to put the 24/7 chat feature to use and I was blown away by the immediate support I received.  I think this program is definitely the BEST fit for me right now.  Things may change, but for now, I’m so very happy!

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It’s the New Year & I’m Checking In!

Hey everyone!  Been busy here at FNHM…but seriously, who isn’t?

I keep saying after the holidays things will die down & we can “regroup”, but that never seems to happen as I look at my old school paper planner & see the calendar filling up!

Some Fit N’ Healthy news…  My PIC, Kim and I joined Planet Fitness in December!  We were so tired of making excuses not to work out during lunch because of the weather…ice, rain, you name it that we discovered a Planet Fitness not far from our job.  Being lunch time workouts work out to be best for the both of us we joined. 


I’ve been averaging 3 – 4 times a week and eventually would like to throw in a weekend workout, but for now the weekends have me so busy I’m more than happy with the amount of activity I have going on.  I’m finding myself alternating c25k and the express workout.  It’s a great beginning balance for me right now & helps maximize my time in the gym being it’s a limited lunch time work out.  I’ve even been taking advantage of the black card membership by using the hydromassage bed, massage chairs & red light therapy.  Why not?!

Yes, you heard me say c25k…  Love the program and it’s giving me the running bug I missed.  I’ve said many times it’s my therapy because it really is.  The endorphin rush is unbeatable.  Today I’m doing week 5 day 1.  It ups the runs from 5 minutes to 8 minutes.  So I’m both excited and nervous.  I’m excited for the push, but nervous that I won’t be able to do it.  Silly, right?  What’s there to be nervous about?  It’s not like I’m going to be ridiculed or humiliated.  There are times I think of how I used to run an entire 5k without missing a beat.  I keep trying to say – this is a new chapter in my life.  I’ll get there again, I know I will.  I’m already planning for my first 5k.  Now if only I can just commit and book the damn thing! 

How’s everyone doing with fitness in the new year?  Anyone running any fun 5ks? 

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An easy and fun last minute Christmas craft for kids!

I’ve been blogging over on LIFamilies and had to share this adorable project Natie did for his teachers. It’s so simple and very quick to do if you want to include this as a last minute personal touch to any gift you have.

I hope everyone is keeping busy…I have lots to update you on, but for now – Happy Holidays! Blog

As much as I do in advance this time of year, I always seem to be scrambling around last minute for something. This year it was personal touches on gifts.

It’s my son’s first year of “real school”…he’s in Kindergarten. That’s not to say preschool isn’t real school, but his preschool was also his daycare & they went off a different calendar year. So now that he’s in kindergarten I lose that extra time to prep for teacher’s gifts…a weekend too!

Like most Mom’s, I’m logging into Pinterest for ideas. I came across this easy and fun craft to add to his teacher’s gift. I always like to include something personal from my son in addition to their gifts. To me it just makes it special, not to mention he loves it too!

We did this project in two days. My husband & I worked as a team to “build”…

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Catching up…where has time gone?

Things have been crazy since my last post!  Sometimes I don’t know what’s more hectic…the summer with things planned every weekend or the fall with MORE things planned every weekend!  My birthday & Natie’s along with several family members are in the fall, add fun fall activities and we’re always booked solid!  Once November comes I try my hardest to give us some time to just “be” before booking again for the holidays.

Well, let’s see…Oh!  BIG thing…little man Natie started Kindergarten this year!  He’s adjusting great but has mentioned how much more work they do compared to preschool.  The amount of homework they get is…well….a LOT!  Kindergarten has changed from when I was in it many, many moons ago!  I think I played dress up & ate paste all day.  I even remember naps.  No more, which is fine being Natie stopped taking them a couple of years ago anyway.  Here are some pictures of his first day. (swoon)

1st day of k

Walking to the bus stop…  this picture speaks volumes…

1st day of k1

Soon after the first day of school soccer season started!  Natie has never played so I wasn’t sure if he’d like it but boy he does!  He does fantastic at it too.  As much as he loves t-ball, soccer is definitely his favorite.  The constant moving is what helps keeps his focus.



For my birthday – apple picking…pumpkin picking…CHECK…CHECK!


Darn Saturday’s where Daddy has to work…


We’ve also been busy with Halloween!  It was never a favorite holiday of mine until I had Natie.  I was always obsessed with fall & harvest things, but when Natie came along & fell in love with dressing up & decorating….I did too!

Here’s a fun Pinterest project for Halloween – Tomato Cage Ghosts ~ A very simple project that is adorable to boot!

Pinterest Halloween

Can’t forget out favorite fall activity – Boo at the Zoo – Bronx Zoo that is!


It was so much fun.  Very strange having random people taking pictures of you throughout the entire day.  Following us around.  Screaming – “There’s the witch!”  Little girls love witches!  HA…I had one following me around the café and store.  It was cute though!  Lots of people giving us thumbs up and the staff was so happy saying we were the best dressed family there.  One lady even came up to use while eating and asked to take our picture…while eating… Natie said “that was awkward!”


For Halloween Rich & I dressed the same while taking Natie out for Trick or Treating, but the little man changed things up & went as a Marine.  He was a big hit as always.  Saluting the homes that gave him candy.  The men who were vets were so proud.  It was a great night!

Epps on Halloween

…oh and another big night for us was Natie’s 5th birthday!  We ended up taking him to Medieval Times and he had a blast!  (and yes, he dressed up too!)

Natie Medieval Times

All in all it’s been a blast…despite me getting some 24 hour stomach bug, and Natie & I having these head & chest colds that we can’t seem to shake.

The diet & exercise part of my life has been on hiatus.  I’ve been mindful – even with the darn Halloween candy in the house, but there’s been no real game plan.  I have yet to juggle life and staying on track.  My weight has remained the same – up & down a couple lbs. here & there, which is great in my book.  I’d rather stay on top of it & maintain then say – “Oh my…WTF happened?!”…because let’s face it – we all know what happens!

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Thursday, WI update…

Hey all – I hope everyone has had a great week.  I sure did!  We had a great holiday weekend upstate…got some more “things” done in the house upstate & managed to get out & have fun too.

I ended up eating out a lot – more than my normal weekends…  Our absolute favorite place Grazin is a must when we head up – at least once…sometimes twice we stop there!  We ended up ordering Chinese one night as a “I really don’t feel like cooking a meal tonight” and then one night out to a great BBQ place to celebrate a family friend’s birthday.  Oh and you can’t forget pie & ice cream celebration for the birthday too.

Meh…One weekend isn’t going to kill the journey…and it didn’t.  I gained 1.2 lbs., which is probably going to come off this week with plenty of water.  No worries here!

c25k is going great – up to week 2, day 1.  LOVING being back out there.  I realize I have a long way to go from where I once was, but I have no problem starting over.  My ankle is feeling great, my spirits are up…it’s a good thing!  I think as my “reward” when I finish the c25k program is to get new running shoes.  If you remember the caterpillar incident…(gag)…in my awesome holey shoes…well I’m still wearing them for runs.  They’re fabulous and are the perfect fit for me but are beaten up beyond belief, so I think a new pair would be a great reward to keep moving!

I did manage to skip the fair junk food and just focus on quality time with my wonderful niece & nephew & of course my booo Natie!  The ferris wheel is his absolute favorite ride…this one went fast!

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