Category Archives: Marriage and Family

Support a Doula, Get a Cool Shirt!

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Check out this awesome shirt design made by Princess Daddy to support me on my journey to become a childbirth educator and doula. Order your shirt today and share the idea with your friends. This design will only be available until April 15th so act now!

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Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars

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Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

e-Cloth GIVEAWAY: The Winner Has Been Chosen

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eclothCongratulations to Katie Henderson who was picked via random generator. Katie has already supplied her information and should be receiving her FREE 8 Piece Home Cleaning Kit from e-Cloth soon. I look forward to hearing what she has to say about her new products.

If you missed this opportunity, don’t fret. You can sign up at e-Cloth’s website to be notified about upcoming promotions and coupons.

Not sure what e-Cloth is? Check out the review I posted.

Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing.

Writer Road Trip: Ever Wonder What My Typical Day Looks Like?

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Writer Road TripFor the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.

6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.

7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.

7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)

7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.

8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)

8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.

8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.

8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.

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2014 in Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

#TenThoughtsTuesday … Connecting All My Medical Mysteries

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday1. One month ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and leaky gut syndrome. I’m kind of surprised by this but the most common reaction I seem to be getting is, “I didn’t even know you were sick.” That’s the thing. I am not sick. I function. I do what I need to do. I take care of my kids and finish my freelance work before my deadlines. My symptoms were so drastically different from what the average person saw of me. I often hide behind my smile.

2. I knew something was wrong. I’ve known for a very long time that something was wrong. I saw specialists for just about everything you can imagine, did blood tests and urine samples and MRI’s and CT scans. Gosh, I don’t even know how much money we’ve spent trying to figure out why my body is this way. I almost started feeling like it was all in my head. I asked my best friend on more than one occasion if she thought I was a hypochondriac. I have been mentally beaten, being told “everything is normal” over and over and over and over again. I don’t know how long that will take to heal. Part of me is still in disbelief. I say my diagnoses out loud and feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience, like I’m talking about someone else I know. Read the rest of this entry

My Countdown to 30: Happy Birthday All Year Long!

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An Aging Beauty: Yes, I'm Full of Myself

An Aging Beauty: Yes, I’m Full of Myself

A little over a month ago, I celebrated my 29th birthday. I am not afraid of getting older. Honestly, I think the only person that still believes I’m not already in my thirties is my mom and really, it’s just because she gave birth to me. I don’t exactly act like your typical twenty something. I married at 20 and settled quickly into adulthood because that is exactly what I wanted to do with my life. My bachelor’s degree reads my married name, not my maiden like most people I graduated with. Life isn’t a competition. I am an old soul. I know this. I always have been. I’m mature way beyond my actual age so who really cares if I turn 30 on my next birthday?

Still, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the event with some kind of important accomplishments. I’m already happily married with plenty of kids so you won’t see any of those milestones on my list but after spending the last month really thinking things over, I came up with 5 things I want to do before I turn 30, 5 personal development things that matter only to me. You can search for ideas on Pinterest. It’s really an interesting collection of bucket list items, traveling to foreign countries, charity work, savings, life events: it’s pretty extensive. Anyway, here is my list, in no particular order:

1. Run a 1/2 marathon. I will train this winter and sign up for a local race in April. I already have many plans in place to accomplish this one. Read the rest of this entry

5 Tips to Remove Plastics from Your Life in a Plastic Obsessed World

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Photo from Creative Commons Search

Photo from Creative Commons Search

This summer before having any clue about just how severe my medical issues were, I got the results of a basic hormone screening from my gynecologist. He’s a good guy but being told yet again that “everything is normal” when everything was very, very much NOT normal was extremely infuriating. I never advocate for using the internet to diagnose problems but with my range of symptoms, there was no way that it was all in my head. I knew something had to be wrong somewhere and I wasn’t giving up my fight yet to figure out what. I took to my trusty Bing search and tried to find ANYTHING that could explain. I came across a wide variety of [scary] articles about plastics and the endocrine blocking chemicals that make them up. It was overwhelming. I think everyone had a good idea about BPA these days but BPA is just the icing. There is so, so, so much more.

I began the extensive task of removing dangerous plastics from my life and my family’s lives as best as possible. I think it’s impractical to eliminate plastic completely but for anything controllable in your home, I highly recommend making the attempt.

Here are 5 practical ways to remove plastics from your life:

1. Dishes: It is easy for adults to use glass or ceramic plates and bowls but with small kids involved, finding a solution was hard. For our family, we selected a 5 piece set (plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork) from Untangled Living. We’ve used them 3 months now and still really love them. They are the perfect size for small kids. The girls think they are awesome too. And there was no looking back. We have just one set per kid as they are a bit pricey and we wash them every meal by hand. It keeps our clutter down as well so win-win. Read the rest of this entry

#TenThoughtsTuesday … A Mess of Being Sick

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday1. This past Friday I saw my doctor for the results of a massive amount of bloodwork I had done a few weeks prior. (They took nearly 30 vials of blood.) (I posted about it on Twitter.)
2. One of the tests was an ALCAT food sensitivity test that does a gut health profile.
3. My results and symptoms are consistent with patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. There are no official tests to diagnose these diseases.
4. It is a hard pill to swallow finding out I have an autoimmune disorder.
5. It is even harder to think of all of the healthy changes our family had already made, that I strongly advocate for and how they simply weren’t enough. (Side note, had we not made changes, there is a good chance my conditions could be so severe right now that I’d be bed bound some days with so much joint pain and inflammation.
6. In addition to these results I am vitamin D, iodine and melatonin deficient (I have since started natural, food based supplements to correct these issues. I’ll retest in 3 months.)
7. Furthermore, my ALCAT tests show I have an extreme case of leaky gut syndrome.
8. Out of 200 foods tested, 63 reacted with my blood, 10 of those severely reacted and I may never be able to eat those foods again.
9. I can no longer eat dairy (to be specific, casein), gluten, white potato, garlic, coconut, olive [oil], pineapple, pear, grapes, certain melons, carrots, cucumber, zucchini, chicken, rice, pinto and black beans, and so much more, obviously, since that doesn’t equal 63…
10. ALCAT provided a very detailed rotation of what foods I can eat on what days. It leaves me with kind of some strange combinations and I’ve had to get creative for sure but it’s taken a lot of he guess work out of meal planning and after just 3 strict days I’m already noticing some subtle changes. To follow along with my daily meals and snacks, check out my Instagram where I am keeping my picture food journal.

Writer Road Trip: Our New Home and Where I’ve Been Writing About It

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Writer Road TripGuys, life is CHAOS. We are so busy there are some days when I don’t even know which way is up. I am dealing with some health issues on top of other things so blogging has had to take a backseat… well… blogging HERE has had to take a backseat. I promise I’ll get more great pieces up soon but in the meantime, head over to Mumbling Mommy where I talk about moving and our new house.

Practical Moving Tips from a Mom that Just Did It

The Surprising Way Our Family Grew Closer in a Bigger House

And just because I really like you guys, I’ll leave you with a picture of our new beauty to hold you over:

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P.S. If you have been following me on Instagram you saw this picture months ago 🙂

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