Dora’s Big Birthday

Working hard on our Dora Cupcakes

On Sunday, we celebrated Dora’s Big Birthday.  We invited some friends over to watch the new Dora birthday special.  Once everyone arrived we all made Dora cupcakes, using the instructions here at  The cupcakes are simple to make and would make a great activity for a Dora birthday party and it doubles as dessert!

Making Dora Cupcakes

I made regular cupcakes from cake mix and frosted them using light pink Strawberry frosting.   The kids started with the Dora hair that I made out of melted chocolate using the template that is part of the NickJr. instructions.  Then, they piped on white Betty Crocker cookie frosting (in a tube) for the outer part of the eyes.  The inner part is a chocolate chip.  We then used a black gel frosting pen to make the nose.  The mouth is the corner of a Target Archer Farms Strawberry Fruit Strip. 

Dora Cupcakes

WHA-LA!  Dora Cupcakes!

Dora Cupcakes

 Even my husband wanted in on the action!  Look at his focus!

Making Dora Cupcakes Takes FOCUS!

There are so many uses for these cupcakes - birthday party activity, birthday party dessert, play date activity, play date snack, girls get together activity, rainy day fun!

Now if only NickJr. would put out a Diego hair template.  Hmmmm….let me get out my art pens!

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I have the Cooties….Still!

I apologize for my lack of posts lately.  I’m sick…..and I don’t seem to be getting better.  Everyone else takes medicine and gets better.  Me?  I take medicine, feel slightly better and then seem to develop a whole new set of symptoms.  Thankfully due to better living through chemistry, my wicked sore throat is gone, but now I seem to have a major head cold including some painful sneezes - the kind that feel like someone punched you in the chest right as you ah-choo.  But, we are planning a little party for this weekend.  I’ll give you a hint.  So stay tuned for details.

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Pounds lost in Week 61: -3.4 pounds

Total weight lost so far : 26.4 pounds

I officially hate my “health” problems. Remember me talking about “old me” coming back with a vengeance last week? I was wrong. The vengeance came THIS week. Let’s forget that my face still looks like crap with all of the cysts, on Friday, I woke up and I felt like I was going to die - literally. I felt so sick and so terrible all over and I could hardly even stand up. I spent most of Friday laying on the couch, unable to move. I seem to have picked up whatever illness my kids brought home 2 weeks ago tenfold. I called my doc who was unable to see me, but graciously sent me a z-pack to the pharmacy. Then, I got my period - 2 week early - AGAIN (I thought we were past this crap with the new, ridiculously expensive birth control pills?!) - which explained why my body felt like someone beat it with a baseball bat. Lord only knows what is going on with me again. But, obviously no amount of vomiting or not eating this weekend could have spared me, what was by far, the most disappointing weigh-in ever. It was my last (due to my husband’s job loss) and I was hoping to go out on a high note. My weigh-in person even weighed me twice because she couldn’t believe how high/negative it was. Then, she asked me if it was “that time of the month”. I guess I’m not the only one with extra poundage issues around that time, but clearly my body hates me. Maybe by the time I hit menopause, I won’t have to deal with this crap anymore…..maybe.

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My dad has diabetes. Type 2. Because he is fat. This week he was told he now needs to take insulin. He doesn’t want to exercise and still thinks he doesn’t eat wrong. He is not eating the wrong things, just too much. The news was enough incentive for me to get up at the ungodly hour of 5:21 am (if you know me then you know about my alarm clock paranoia and are laughing now!) this morning to exercise. I thought I should bust out the exercise set my husband gave me for Christmas 2009 - you know…..before this Christmas arrives.

I really enjoyed this kickboxing video. There are several workouts on this one DVD and each is 10 minutes. They are not difficult, though I did have moments of spasticness (is that a word?!) this morning, but I think that was just because I was still half asleep. I did the first 2 workouts on the video today (yeah-yeah - 20 minutes isn’t that much, but in my shape, you’ve got to start light!). You can also customize your workout on the DVD by selecting which individual 10 minute sessions you want to do and in what order. I also liked the instructor. Unlike every other exercise instructor I’ve ever had, I didn’t want to feed her a donut. Don’t get me wrong, she has a banging body, but not that too skinny, I exercise 5 hours a day look. She was motivating. Not too perky, not too militant and not too snarky like my Wii Fit. I’m going to get up and exercise with this video. I want to show my dad that it can be done and that it doesn’t take much effort. I want him to lose weight with me and I want him to stop needing so many pills and insulin to treat a disease that he doesn’t need to have in the first place.

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