Tuesday, September 30, 2014

D Family Health Boosters

I am a huge lover of anything natural to get rid of being sick!! Here are a few of my favorite things that we do as a family to try to keep us as healthy as possible.  
Fish Oil- 
We have done fish oil for probably the past 3-4 years. We used to take it in pill form but switched a few years back to fermented cod liver oil because it is better for you. We take it daily in a syringe. The boys don't even mind it. We just give them a syringe full and they squirt it in and chase it down with water. We get ours here at Green Pasture. We love the Oslo Orange. 

Kombucha- 
This is honestly my most favorite part of everyday. I am obsessed with this stuff!! I am now brewing 2 gallons a week so I can drink it daily! This stuff gives me energy and also makes me feel regular haha I will be doing another post about the whole brewing process now that I feel like I finally have it under my belt. I am obsessed with flavoring it!!! Blueberry Ginger is my favorite at the moment! 

Elderberry Syrup- 
Last year I did just elderberry pills and I swear they worked. I was pregnant and never got sick. Obviously I got stuffed up but nothing too crazy. Definitely no flu! This year I made the elderberry syrup in hopes that it will be easier for all of us to just take a daily shot! Its pretty tasty too and was super easy to make! 

Neti Pot-
We started the netipot over 5 years ago. I am still obsessed. This baby clears out your sinuses and relives pressure. It is life changing I swear!! I made my dad try it the other week and he felt relief instantly! You can buy them anywhere and they come with saline packets too! You have to neti! 

Super Tonic-
This is the newest addition to our arsenal. This is insane. Its probably one of the grossest things I have ever consumed. It burns the crap out of your throat and you can legit feel it going through your system but it works!! It clears out your sinuses and everything super quick. We will be getting more of this for the future but this is an Allie and Jordan only trick.  

Fermented Foods
I am not a lover of these. I honestly gag over the smell but Jordan LOVES them. I do not think he cares for the smell either but he always says it will make him live longer so he is all for it! We haven't made our own yet so we just order from a farm that has a delivery service to our town. It's amazing because they work with another farm who sells meat and eggs and team up! So we can get all our eggs, cheese, and fermented foods in one delivery. 

Shakeology
I know I technically work for "Beachbody" so this may seem like an ad and it's not. Even if I did not work for them I would still have this on my list! I love and swear by this stuff. I can instantly tell when I haven't had it during the day. This stuff fills my body with all the vitamins and minerals I need and makes me feel alive! I have been drinking it since March and am still obsessed not only with the effects but the taste. I crave it! 

Other than those I also love chia seeds and coconut oil!! I have also been trying raw honey and tumeric too! I am really willing to try anything! What are your favorite all natural tricks!? 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Avocado Dip

I am a huge fan of Spinach Artichoke dip but clearly it is chalked full of not the healthiest of things! My friend posted this amazing recipe which uses avocados as the base!! GENIUS!!
I was a tad nervous to try because I am not the biggest fan of avocados but figured it was worth a shot! I added a few extras to spice it up and I think it turned out great!!
You will need:
1 tsp oil of choice 
16 oz spinach
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced white onion
1 (14 oz) can quartered artichoke hearts (packed in water, not oil)
3 small ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup shredded italian blend cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9” pie plate with cooking spray. Add oil and spinach, onion and garlic to deep skillet, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until spinach is mostly wilted. Once cooked, set aside to cool slightly. Pit and peel avocados. Place 2 avocados and lemon juice into a food processor and blend until very smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add remaining avocado to food processor and blend until small lumps remain (You could also just mash with a fork). Add to bowl. Drain artichoke hearts and chop into small pieces. Mix into avocados. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese and mix well. Transfer cooked spinach to cutting board and roughly chop. Add to avocado, artichoke and cheese mixture. Mix thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste. Place into prepared pie plate and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes, broil at the end to brown the cheese.
Serve with your favorite tortilas. I love blue corn chips! Yummo!!! 

Enjoy the different take on this party favorite!!
xoxo

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cold + Flu Protection::Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Well, its that time of year again. Fall sickness is just around the corner and every year I get the same way. ANAL. haha. I become a freak washing my hands and making sure to stay away from people who look sick. I just hate being sick and having my kids be sick so I am all about trying my best to prevent it before it hits! Last year was the boys first year at preschool and shockingly we did not have many sick days! I was kind of shocked and I survived Sams pregnancy without getting sick, minus the typical head cold but we had a fairly calm flu season last year. 

This year I still want to be prepared. I did elderberry pills last year so this year I am upping the ante and made Elderberry Syrup. I was going to buy it until I saw the price tag. It was like $25 for 5oz. No thanks! So I decided to make my own. You know since I am all Martha Stewart like over here brewing my kombucha like a pro! It was SHOCKINGLY EASY!
So whats the magic about this syrup??

It is packed full of antioxidants. It is said to relieve symptoms of colds and the flu, some swear it's more effective than TamiFlu! People use it also as a preventive once fall begins, which is what I will be doing! I have read such amazing things that I had to try it! 

Here's what you need!
(I ordered it ALL on amazon for like $35)
::I am stocked to make a ton of syrup::
2/3 cup Dried Elderberries (bought 1 pound bag on amazon
3 1/2 cups water
2 TBS Ginger Root (amazon
1 tsp Cinnamon (amazon
1/2 tsp ground cloves (amazon
1 cup Raw Honey (amazon

Directions: 
Bring water, spices and elderberries to a boil. Cover and Simmer for 45 minutes.
ENJOY THE AMAZING SMELL IN YOUR HOUSE. It's awesome.
Drain the elderberries and discard them saving the syrup in a jar.
Once it has cooled add your honey.
BAM. 
Elderberry Syrup is complete. 
Seriously one of the easiest recipes I have done. 
Dosing is easy too.
For kids 1/2 tsp- 1 tsp
For adults 1/2 TBSP to 1 TBSP.
We are going to take daily for immunity boost!
If and when sickness occurs take the dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms disappear.
I am so excited to see how our family holds up this fall. KNOCK on wood. I pray this helps! The kids love the taste and have no problem at all taking it! I use a syringe so it's easy for them to just pop in their mouth and suck it down! 
Let me know if you guys make it!!! Would love to hear your thoughts!!
Happy Flu and Cold Season!!
xoxo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I don't....

I don't do salads. I have tried time and time again but salads just are not my jam. I can eat them sometimes but it's not my favorite thing. I have learned that you have to create your own menu when being healthy and just because you don't lie salads doesn't mean you are doomed. I love stirfry loaded with veggies and also lettuce wraps. NOM! 

I don't wear real bras. Okay that isn't fully true. When we go out to eat or somewhere nice I will wear a real bra but normal days its sports bras all the time. I am all about comfort. Also if I don't feel like getting fully dressed but wanna look semi put together I just throw on a tee and a scarf. The scarf fully covers the sports bra straps that always show! So that is why I wear a lot of scarves. 

I don't do "perfect". I laugh at people when they say I have it all together. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I am not and will never be perfect. I am normal. I am human. I make tons of mistakes....daily! I do rock the crap out of being imperfect! 

I don't do drama. I used to play those drama games in high school and college but I don't play that anymore. Leave the drama at the door. 

I don't do spiders. I just can't. I think this is LEGIT one of the reasons that always comes up when Jordan and I discuss moving South! How embarrassing that this is a reason on my list. Jordan always says that we need winter to kill off the spiders. Maybe Alaska would be best. Freeze those monsters away.

I don't do fake. There is nothing more I hate than spending time with people who aren't genuine. I don't care what your husband does for work. I don't care how many square feet your house is. I do not care what type of car you drive. All those things are silly. I care about YOU. I care about how you treat people and what makes you tick! I want to know you and have a real relationship! 

I don't do bathroom breaks. I hope I am not the only mom who does this. But when I travel alone with the boys to my parents or what not I do not get out of the car for bathroom breaks. It's called pee out the door of the car or into a cup that I pour out the door. I think this is one of the reasons God blessed me with boys. They are talented like that! 

I don't do organized or clean. Back to the not being perfect. My house can clean up real nice and I can organize stellar but within a day or two things go back to normal! I do try my best to keep things clean and organized but it's just not me. I have like 4-5 junk drawers in the kitchen! It's all because I do not like clutter on the counters so I just swipe it into drawers. 

I don't let the past dictate my future. I used to dwell on things that didn't go right or that didn't happen! Not worth the time worrying. I didn't grow up Catholic and never went to church but that didn't mean I couldn't change the path for my children. Now we don't miss a mass. My parents got a divorce but that doesn't tarnish by belief in marriage. It doesn't dictate that my marriage will fail. It actually drives me to not want that to happen. So instead of letting the past weigh you down use it to propel you to rock out life! 

I don't do sushi. Seriously. I just cannot even. CAN. NOT. 

I don't blow dry my hair. Honestly MAYBE once every few months. I shower at night and my hair goes up in a messy bun. Mom hair for the win. 

I don't really like going out. I honestly never have. Even in college the bar scene was more annoying than exciting. I would much rather chill out around a fire with some friends than go out. If I have to put on shoes....and heels...it better be really important. I just love being comfy! 

Anyone feel the same???

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Marriage: Communication

A few weeks back Jordan and I did our first engaged couples conference presentation. The engaged couples conference is mandatory if you are being married in the Catholic church. It is an afternoon full of presentations on different aspects of marriage. I remember ours and remember hoping that one day Jordan and I would be asked to present. I am overwhelmed that our deacon asked us to join the presenters! Obviously Jordan and I have been marriage just 5 years so I cannot act or claim that we are experts. And honestly I am not sure anyone is an expert on the topic of marriage but we are all experts on what works for our OWN marriage! So I figured that I would sum up what we went over on the topic of Communication for our conference. 
We started off with a little introduction. The whole how we met. Jordan walked into the store Express which I was working at and I caught a glimpse of him! He was meeting my co-worker Harold for lunch and I knew that I wanted to meet him up close and personal. We had walkie talkies so I told someone to send them my way and I shyly introduced myself to this cute hunk! 
We decided to meet for dinner with friends to see if we had anything in common. Well long story short we have been together everyday since that dinner. Inseparable! We moved in after just a month of knowing eachother! It was one of those moments where you just knew this was the person! We lined up on moral views and also were super attracted to each other. Hello 4 children in 5 years. Jordan honestly is my other half. We are not at all alike in life. He is uber organized and a tad OCD where I am a messy not so organized person. I am super laid back and let things roll off my back quick where he holds onto things. We really do help each other and balance each other out! 

Anyways back to communication! 

You are TWO different people. 
I said it above that Jordan and I are different. We react and communicate completely different. That doesn't make one of us right or wrong. We are JUST different. You have to figure out each others communication style. I know what buttons to NOT push for Jordan and I respect those boundaries! I know when to back off and when to just let things simmer. I am always someone who wants a resolution NOW and I have learned that is not how it works. Accepting that you are different is HUGE for your communication. And fully accepting that. Not just saying you accept it, but actually wholeheartedly accepting it. Jordan gets quiet when he is upset, so instead of harping on him and creating drama and stress, I walk away. I used to be immature and push and all that caused was unneeded strain. So learn your spouses love language and how they communicate and RESPECT that. Do not try to change them to your line of thinking. Work together to figure out how to communicate best.  

Don't go to bed Angry.
I mean seriously. How many times have you heard that little tidbit of advice!? Some people think this is the best advice ever. We disagree. Assuming that you should be able to solve every argument before bed is just insane. Sometimes things TAKE TIME. One of my best friends told me to always give it 24 hours before reacting. At first I was annoyed and thought I knew best but when you really think about a disagreement or argument for a full 24 hours you might see the other persons side a little more clearly. Sometimes things just take time to resolve so stating that a couple should never go to bed angry is just silly in our opinion. Take your time. Think before you speak and act. There is NO time limit for these type of things so throw that advice away. 

COMMUNICATE.....TALK
Guess what??? Communicating means talking. Your spouse cannot read your mind so if you are upset talk to him!!  Instead of posting to Facebook or social media about how upset you are, tell the person you are upset with!!! Chances are sometimes they might not even know that you are upset. Instead of wishing they would change, how about telling them how you feel! You cannot change something without work. I told the story about when Vincent was a baby I used to get so frustrated that I was the only one changing diapers. When he had a dirty diaper I would change him and I felt like I was the only one doing it. I would get so annoyed with Jordan and be frustrated. But guess what I never asked Jordan to change Vincent and I never told him that I was annoyed. So it just built and built inside me. I was wasting time being annoyed when I easily could have just said "hey babe will you change this one". So now I have started asking for help vs just doing it and then getting annoyed that he wasn't helping. He had NO IDEA that I was annoyed. So just little silly things like that can add built up anger for no reason at all. So TALK. TALK. TALK!  
Don't Throw BRICKS. EVER. 
You know what buttons to push to set your spouse off. Don't push them. We all have buttons that just send us over the top so respect those boundaries. Do not disrespect them. Honestly I see people talk down to their spouses all the time and it hurts my heart. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We learned that as children right?? Well I swear as adults we are quick to throw that rule out of the book. You don't like when someone talks down to you right?? So why would you think it is okay to talk down to the one person you love? The one person you vowed to love your entire life? It's not okay. Sure you will be annoyed with your spouse at times but walk away. Jordan frustrates me at times and I will just go upstairs and when I get in our room I will say "gosh you can be such a jerk!" to the wall. Just saying it relieves my anger. But saying that to Jordan would do NOTHING. It would create unneeded drama! So put those bricks down my friends! Even if you want to throw them THINK about how you would feel if your husband said that to you. 

Practice EMPATHY. 
This is huge for every relationship. Put yourself in their shoes. Just like I mentioned about throwing bricks! How would you feel? Probably not too great. So think before acting! ALWAYS!!! Also ask your spouse daily how they are feeling. Ask how their day was. We all have tons of outside stress and getting to talk openly about that helps a ton. You need to be there for each other all the time. Jordan has crazy outside stressed that I don't have with his job. He is constantly weighed down with work stuff so obviously it is huge for me to ask him about work and look at things from his perspective! So always think about things from their shoes. 

There is no one stop shop answer for How To Communicate! This was something huge that we shared. We do not have all the answers. Honestly the way we communicate and get along will be completely different than the way you and your spouse do things. Just like raising children. We all do what works for us! So while it might be nice to get some outside help on your marriage sometimes that doesn't help. There is no handbook to perfect communication. You have to do what works for you guys! Every relationship is different. Do not compare your marriage to ANYONE ELSES. EVER! Learn your own special formula. Listen to your spouse and talk often! We have been married 5 years and are still learning the exact formula to our communication. And also PRAISE them when you can see they are working on things! Jordan has become much more open with me in talking and letting him know that I see that progress is huge and vice versa.  

And one last thing. Please don't throw your spouse under the bus. EVER. This is one thing I am so passionate about. Marriage takes work. Just because you said "I do" and vowed yourselves does not mean that it's all magical and fun! Marriage is amazing and so rewarding but you have to be open and give yourself fully. You are a team now. All the single mindsets need to exit your mind! Love your husband with all your heart and be open with them!!! 
 xoxo

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our First Citrus Lane Box!!!

I was tempted a few months back to try out Citrus Lane but since I was already doing Julep for myself I passed. I decided last month that I had enough nail polish from Julep so I cancelled it and decided to get Jude a box for himself since his big brothers have school everyday. Poor little Jude gets lost in the rat race so I thought this would be something fun JUST for him and me and him could play with it each month and have our own one on one time!! I had a special coupon to get my first box for $7 so it was a no brainer. Then my friends also told me that when you go to cancel your subscription they will offer you 3 additional months for $15! So I did that too! Now I am only paying $15 a month for the box. WINNING. Here is a peek at our first box! 
We got a wooden Melissa and Doug Puzzle. I am a HUGE M&D fan because their stuff is so well made! We already had this one but its new colors so Jude and Sam were excited. 
Boon bath puzzle. This thing ROCKS. I don't know about you but I rarely get a shower ALONE. So I always end up having toys in the shower and this puzzle sticks right to the wall. It's awesome! 
Barefoot Books Book. I have heard a lot about this brand but never really looked into it. This book is awesome. Its really well made and also comes with a audio CD for the car. And Debra Messing from Will & Grace is reading the book. AWESOME! 
So just those 3 alone were well worth it! We also got a snack but Jude ate it! haha! 

I would say hands down Citrus Lane is worth it!! Especially for $15 a box!! You customize it to your childs gender and age. This box is for Jude so its a 2 year old boy theme. My friend said her daughter got a cool cloud b nighttime light in her box! 

And after that box just go to "cancel" your account and they will give you your next 3 boxes for $15!! Or if you really don't like it just cancel but I have a feeling you will love it! PS it's all free shipping too! 
I hope you love it as much as we do now!! It's also an awesome idea for grandparent gifts. Spread the gifts out over a few months or a year!!! 
xoxo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

21....

Today I figured that I would break down my results and the reasons why I absolutely love the 21 day fix!! So I figured I would list the 21 reasons why I love the 21 day fix! Let me start by saying that I was always skeptical of home workouts! I always envisioned Richard Simmons and women doing Jazzercize. I also envisioned them being too hardcore for me similar to insanity and those intense programs. So I always thought the only way for me as a mom to get fit again would be running (which I hate) or going to the gym. Sadly I tried both of those after Luke and Jude and neither stuck or worked for me. Running made me angry and going to the gym was more work GETTING THERE than anything. I made no progress with either so after Sam I realized I would have to try another avenue. I gained around 45 with him and about 25 came off through breastfeeding and my post partum anxiety hell period. I literally could not eat there for a few weeks. I was forcing myself to chug Ensure and protein bars. Postpartum Anxiety is a horrible experience. But that hell aside I started this journey with 15 pounds to lose to get back to prepregnancy weight and I ended up losing 20!!! I have never dipped below 120 since high school.

Alright so let's start the list because obviously I am blown away.
0. Because this needs to be NOTED...You can do this while BREASTFEEDING. I started when Sam was 3 months old! He is still breastfeeding and I have ZERO issues!! 

1. This picture says it all.
I lost 10 lbs on the first round alone. Then an additional 10 on the months to follow.

2. The meal plan. I eat fairly clean so I did not follow the meal plan but if you have trouble eating this is completely AMAZING. Tells you exactly what portions to eat and what exactly to eat! So if you have trouble with portions and clean eating the meal plan ALONE will help you!

3. 30 minutes. The workouts are 30 minutes! 

4. Not too much cardio. PRAISE THE LORD. The days are all different. There are a few cardio things but you get to breathe in between sets and it doesn't kill your soul. I swear it's not that bad.

5. Autumn Calabrese 
I love her. She is so ENCOURAGING. She is also isn't too intense or scary fit. She is real and raw and such a fun person to do the video with!! She makes you believe in and push yourself 

6. Chocolate. You can still have chocolate with the meal plan.

7. Wine. You can still have wine.

8. Let's just REPEAT 6&7. You can still have chocolate and wine. 
Maybe I should just STOP there! haha!

9. It's only 21 days. I am a huge procrastinator so anytime I try a 60 day challenge or even 30 day challenge I usually burn out and quit. But 21 days was a tad easier to obtain. 3 weeks and done.  

10. Energy- I always rolled my eyes at people telling me how energetic I would feel from working out. Honestly I wanted to slap them because I was already dead tired how was physically exerting my precious energy going to give me any energy?? But it does!!! 

11. Never leave the house. I never ever ever have to step foot outside to workout! I never have to drag my boys to the gym to workout! 

12. $$$$ I wish this program would have been out before we joined the gym and signed a 1 year contract at $80 a month. Yep add that up. We literally threw money out the window. I could have bought the 21 day fix every single month and had 100's left over. Silly me.

13. Getting dressed. I look a complete mess when I workout and no one has to see me. I can legit roll out of bed and workout! No judgement zone in your own home. 

14. Back to the judgement. Since I am at home I don't have to worry about having to water down moves for myself. I don't have to worry when I have to hit pause. I do it at my own pace.

15. 4 boys under 5. Yep insanely I can complete a full workout with the boys at home. It is nice because they take breaks in between sets so if the boys need me I just hit pause and come back to it! Some days it takes an hour to make it through the workout but I get it done. 

16. Shakeology. Yep I used to make fun of people for their shakes. I was totally the "I only eat real food" for meals girl. When I started the 21 day fix I swore I wouldn't do Shakeology! But from the first shake I drank I was sold! I no longer crave coffee or Starbucks for energy. I drink one of these daily and it fills my belly and gives me energy. Plus it helps my digestion a TON. 

17. Did someone say Starbucks. If you follow me on IG and FB you know how much I still love sweets and the occasional calorie high frappe! And guess what. I still have them and I will always still have them. This workout allows me to be able to eat things that I love (in moderation) and still maintain my weight and body. 

18. And back to chocolate and wine. Those too! :) 

19. Oh hi I weigh less than I did at 19 years old. WHAT?? After 4 babies in 5 years. After gaining a combined 200 lbs during those. Yes I ate for 2 during the first pregnancy and gained 70lbs. I legit weighed more than Jordan. I didn't care one bit! 

20. 20 LBS LOST!!! Holler!!!! I have been chilling at 117 all summer long. It's so awesome to me that I am maintaining my weight and not having to kill myself to do it! 
(I feel super confident!! A feeling no one can ever take away from me!)

21. It's on sale this month. Of course I had to share that detail. I have been waiting for this baby to come back on sale since I started back in March! 
Super bonus: You get me as your coach!!! Heyo!!! haha meaning I am beside you through your journey and will help you achieve your goals!!! I wish I would have had a coach pushing my butt!!!

So there you have it ladies!! The reasons why i have been doing the 21 Day fix since March. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Let's do this! Now is the time because it's on sale!! And we have a HUGE JACKPOT in our accountability group valued at $400 right now!!!! You get entries for purchase and also doing the workout and posting! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Let it go....

Last night I was reflecting on my crazy weekend with the boys. Jordan had a trip for his best friends bachelor party in Vegas so I was running this house solo for the weekend. And silly me also decided to take the boys solo to my parents last week for the county fair two hours away. Sleep away from home is pretty non existent so I was already running on fumes when the big weekend alone approached. I really should plan better. But oh well the fair was worth it! 
PS if you are terrified of heights riding with a squirmy 2 year old is not smart!! Seriously almost had a heart attack the guy running the ride said "do not rock because you will tip out". Well that doesnt correlate in the brain of Jude because when they stopped us at the top to let other riders out Jude threw a fit. I literally saw my life flashing before my eyes. Thank God I had my cell phone to bribe him with. Controlling a tantrum on top of a ferris wheel is not fun. or safe.... gahhhhhh! 
 "Hold hands so I can taje your picture" HOLLLLLLD HANDDDS!!! hahaha
 Sam's first Lerch's donuts experience. Heavenly goodness. They were still warm too. YUM. 
Now back to the real reason for the post.
Last night before bed I was recounting the madness of the weekend. The pure craziness of things that went down. To say it went smoothly would be laughable. Here is a quick tidbit of some of the things that transpired.
Peach yogurt mixed with dirty muddy feet from outside. yay....
Came out to climbing animals...."dad said we could"
Rice krispies....
The whole apples to apples card game on the floor.
(Sadly no pic of that)
Mass with all 4 boys. 
During mass I am pretty sure I was sweating bullets the entire time. We were stuck in a pew, meaning that if I had to exit someone had to move. Worst spot to be in. Jude of course had to pee. Everyone decided they were thirsty the moment we sat down and I had no cups. Jude ripped through my purse and yanked out a random pregnancy test in a bright pink wrapper. Then icing on the cake was my cell phone going off. I never take it to church but had it because J is out of town. So church was interesting. 
The boys all slept in my room both nights. So tons of jabs and kicking.

So as I was running down the list of complete madness through my head I wasn't upset or mad. I was a tad impressed that I was still in a good mood. I was proud of myself for conquering a weekend alone with all 4 boys.

 I remember the first day Jordan went back to work after having Sam. I was a mess. He called to check in on me and I was sobbing. It was so rough. The boys weren't listening and Sam was crying and so was I. It was a very very rough time for me. I was burnt out from up all night newborn feedings and trying to keep up with being a good mom to the boys and tackle everything. Back then never would I have ever imagined myself being able to handle an entire weekend alone with the boys ALONE. I would have legit broke down and cried about it.

But time has passed. The boys have grown a tad. Sam now can play with toys and isn't attached to me 247. I can get some housework done at times. I could have easily got caught up in the horrible train wreck of messes from this weekend. I could have gotten annoyed and angry that my husband was hanging in Vegas with his buddies, eating dinner without kids, having to not wipe poopy butts and clean up messes. I could have been mean to the boys for all the messes they made. 
But what good would ANY of that do??
What would that fix?
NOTHING. 
Nothing at all comes from anger or resentment or dwelling. 
So last night instead of being upset I let it all go. 
I am slowly but surely learning ways to make it through this crazy life.
If you focus all your energy on negative things and things you cannot change you are WASTING time. Precious time you can never get back! Don't let the madness drag you down mommas. In 10 years our children will be old enough to wipe their butts and clean their messes. In 20 years our children will be gone. They will be living on their own. You will be wishing you hadn't spent all that time wasted on being upset over the messes or upset that your children were fighting with each other over the same toy for the 293th time of the day. 
It's tiring. It's exhausting. It some days brings you to tears.
But LET IT GO.
Focus on the fact that right now in these moments you are the center of your childrens lives. As much as I hate when my boys get hurt or fall I love that they run for me, every single time. They want me to comfort them. They want me to help them. They want me to SEE their new coloring project and how they can write their name. Soon enough they will not need me like they do now. They will be married and off with their own children. 
So this is why I am choosing to let it all go. I don't want their childhood years to drag by. I want to linger in the madness and chaos because soon it will be gone and I will miss it! 

So if you are in a rough patch, I promise it will get better. Let go of the madness and move on mommas. There are BRIGHTER times ahead. Don't let the crying and sibling fighting bring you down. As Luke and Jude are NO JOKE fighting over my cell phone now. SIGHHHHHHH.....
Happy Monday you all. 
Try to push away the low points from your past week or month. 
Let it go and rock it out! 
If that doesnt work go through the Starbucks drive thru! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Baked Peaches & Fresh Whipped Cream.

We have been on a peach kick lately in this house. We are burnt out on apples for the time being and soaking in as much fresh peaches as we can. I decided to make a dessert with them for something new and exciting for the boys. I was going to do peach cobbler but wanted it to be semi healthy. So I just decided to bake the peaches. 
 My little sous chef helped me chop them up and I tossed them in a tiny bit of coconut oil. 
Bake them in the oven for 30-40 minutes on 350. Half way through I drizzled a little bit of honey and sprinkled them with cinnamon to bring out some additional flavors. 

While they were baking I made my whipped cream.
I will now go into my quick spiel about WHY I HATE COOL WHIP.
Cool Whip my friends is NOT whipped cream, yes, I know, sounds crazy right? That they would sell it as whipped cream. Cool Whip is made of water, hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup, now that sounds awesome right?? Well, it grosses me out! So since I figured that out I have been whipping my own and it tastes a MILLION times better!!! So just a little FYI, it really creeped me out when I read the ingredients. No thank you!!! 

So to make your own it's easy. You just need some heavy whipping cream and I also use powdered sugar. I was out of powdered sugar so I put regular sugar in the vitamix and BAM, powdered sugar!
 Don't laugh, I thought you had to BUY powdered sugar. Never knew I could make it at home. 
 Just whip the heavy cream and as much powdered sugar as you like, I would say maybe 1/4 a cup, depending on how you want it to taste. Whip it on high for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it because once it starts to thicken it goes quick and if you dont catch it, it starts to turn to butter! haha!
 I promise you will be licking the bowl clean because this stuff is addicting!!! Peace out Cool Whip....errrrr hydrogenated oil whip?? haha 
 After peaches are done, top with the real whipped cream and ENJOY!!
Such an easy last minute dessert idea. You can also bake apples the same exact way.
xoxo