It’s finally that time of year!

This is the beginning of my favorite time of year!  Thanksgiving needs it’s well deserved time in the spot lot, but as soon as it’s over…bring on the Christmas Cheer!  This year we finally got around to getting and putting up our tree.

We don’t own a tree skirt, but after getting the tree in the stand it was pretty obvious that we needed one…

So I hit the store, and picked up a cheap $6 fleece blanket.  Spread it out on the floor…

Folded it into quarters…

Cut an arch, which created a big oval shape…

Then I cut a slit so that it would fit around the tree.

 Then I put it under the tree, covering up the tree stand, and was quite pleased with the end result!

Here’s to $6 and 5 minutes of my time!

Brian and I had a great weekend together decorating and seeing lots of fun Christmas lights!

 After a fantastic weekend, it was back to work today.  Getting home at 7, it was grocery shopping time, ugh.  Getting home after 8, with no dinner made, and the pledge to stay healthy and under my calorie goal, I was just not feeling it.  But I’m pretty happy with what I came up with!

Easy, healthy, low calorie chicken salad!  I picked up a small rotisserie chicken while at the grocery store.  Shredded it up, added one cup of plain greek yogurt (much healthier and better than mayo!), 1 cup of red grapes cut in half, 1/2 cup of green onions, and 1 avocado chopped.

I stirred it all up, taste tested it, and was thrilled that it wasn’t missing anything flavor wise!

I added it to a tortilla (much lower calories than 2 slices of bread) and a glass of V-8 splash.  Overall my dinner came in around 346 calories (BAM!).  It was delicious, healthy, filling, and only took a couple minutes to whip up.  Best part is that I now have lunch for tomorrow, plus I will probably skip the tortilla which puts it at only 146 calories…love it!

I would say that throughout this whole healthy kick, my greatest achievement has been cutting out my daily cup of coffee, and my nightly glass(es) of wine.  I’m down to about 2 cups of coffee weekly, and only an occasional glass of wine.  I’m definitely feeling good!

Happy Monday to you all!

Simply Living