Monthly Archives: December 2014

Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy Kwanza!… And Whatever Else is Celebrated! And a Happy New Year!

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I think I have my bases covered! Haha!

Taking my Christmas break! Be back after the New year!

I may post a snippet it here or there! Depends on if I have time during this vacation home!

I hope you all enjoy time with your loved ones during this time of year!

Till next time!

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Boobs…What’s the Big Deal?

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I stumbled upon this on my facebook timeline and it made me think…Ok, I know, this is a hot topic! That’s what I don’t get…why?!

Society questions their purpose by asking us what is their real purpose? Are they there to sell things, play with or feed a baby?… The answer is obvious, Duh?! They are there for all of this.

Now, I know some of you may think “How can she say that? Used to sell things? Can you say objectifying women?” Or “To play with? Is this lady on something?” Or “To feed a baby?! Finally another person who get it?” I don’t know, maybe none of you are thinking this and agree with me! That would be great!

My biggest beef with this is as to why society can’t grasp all three as acceptable. For example:

1)It’s totally ok to walk down the street and see half dressed women in lingerie, boobs popping out (of course no nip), even topless with side boob selling jeans and commercials on TV with scantily dressed women eating fast food burgers! The boobs and sex appeal of women sell those bras, jeans, and burgers!

2)Those of us who have boobs, you know sometimes you may just grab them, especially after taking your bra off after a long day…I know you know that feeling! Then, we all have a sex life…doesn’t matter if it’s with a man, woman, or ourselves… The boobs are a factor in four play and more…

3) Nature deemed humans as mammals. Mammals (minus the egg laying bunch of mammals) make milk and nurse their young. Let me say that again… Mammals make milk and nurse their young… So there is their real purpose. Now remember I didn’t say only purpose.

I get that there is always going to be differing opinions amongst peoples, but the majority of peoples have accepted 1 and 2. Most have also accepted number 3, but there is still a stigma…Some people freak out when a mother is nursing her baby without a cover. They find it “disturbing” or “disgusting”, and it should only be done in “private”.

You see all the breastfeeding in public stories, some are showing breastfeeding or the mother in a good light, while others show us as “crazy tree-huggers”… When these stories blow up on social media or the news, there are multiple reactions from many different people. You get the moms who defend the breastfeeding mother, the moms who defend-but agree that they should cover, women who are disturbed, the men who defend, the men who are disgusted, the men who say “indecent exposure”… And more. I’ve also seen the whole “I understand babies have to eat, but I don’t want to have to watch.” This response rubs me the wrong way…I’m sure most nursing mothers , including myself, aren’t asking them to watch, why can’t that person take responsibility for their own eyes and look away? This one always gets me when the breastfeeding story occurs at an establishment that serves food… I mean , “Duh?! We are all eating, why can’t baby? And why do you have to watch?… Just eat your own food and pay attention to the people at your own table!”

Another thing about people freaking out about breastfeeding is nipples. It seems people are afraid of them. Somehow when the story is in the news, everyone immediately says, “I don’t want to see nipple, it’s indecent exposure.” First, WE ALL HAVE NIPPLES! (Remeber in Meet the Fockers, when Jack says “Greg, I have nipples, could you milk me too?”). Second, the amount of boob shown varies from woman to woman, but for the most part, no more boob is exposed than what you would see if she were wearing a swimsuit.

It’s frustrating! I just wish that everyone would accept what nature planned for boobs. In my opinion, the only indecent exposure is my stretch marked saggy belly… Maybe what’s what everyone is complaining about?!😋

I have been a lucky breastfeeding momma. I haven’t had anyone say anything to me or have an issue in public. When my son was born in 2012, breastfeeding was new to me and I used a cover, when in public or if we had company over the house. When my daughter was born, 9 months ago, I attempted a cover, and then said screw it! I am so much better at it and I know I’m allowed too. I now where two shirts always. One to cover my belly, from indecent exposure😜, and the other to lift. If I feel like I’m being watched I use my hand or my shirt to cover the exposed skin. I have also become a “professional” baby-wearer-nurser!

Hopefully one day, we will see the public finally understand that boobs were put on a woman’s body to feed a baby. If she chooses to feed her child this way, then let her! Don’t make her feel like she’s doing something wrong! Just be accepting! I mean really boobs are AMAZING! Awesome to look at, fun to play with, and incredible nourishment for babes.

Till next time!

*These are my opinions and experiences. Enjoy the humor and seriousness of the topic! Enjoy! D

Beginning Essential Oils…

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I am really trying to make better choices for myself and my family. One of the choices that I made was to start eating healthier…We 1/2 way have that under control. I mean we still screw up here or there, but we are trying…

The next choice I am making is to begin using essential oils (EOs), instead of always running to pop a pill! A much more natural way to cure ailments. Now, I know that there maybe an occasion here or there where a pill or some type of medication is needed, but I think a lot of things can be solved with EOs.

Here are my first few oils…

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Vertigo blend (ginger, lavender, peppermint , basil, frankincense, and orange), lemon, lavender, eucalyptus , frankincense, peppermint, and two doTerra blends Balance and Breathe.

So far I have been successful in a few areas and the EOs are working!

I have been able to take care of headaches with peppermint. I rub a drop on each temple and one drop on the back of my neck. If the headache occurs at nighttime or is slightly intense, I add a little lavender to help relax. I did experiment with a drop of frankincense on the roof of my mouth for a headache….oh boy, that was an intense experience. It tasted like a Christmas tree in my mouth. I think I was so focused on the icky flavor that I can’t remember if it helped or not. I don’t know if I will do that again.

My sister in law is very into EOs and I asked her what she would use for vertigo. Because I have been experiencing strange vertigo and slightly feeling off kilter. Especially at that lovely time of the month. she made a blend for me, but it just wasn’t feeling right. So, I began hunting for another blend. I discovered Balance by doTerra. Here is doTerra’s description:

Balance
Grounding Blend
Everyone experiences moments of disconnectedness or anxiety. The warm, woody aroma of Balance, dōTERRA’s grounding blend, creates a sense of calm and well-being. We perfectly blend spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy to offer an enticing fragrance which promotes tranquility and a sense of balance.

I have been using this for 3 days and it seems to be helping. I put two drops on each foot and one drop on my wrists. I reapply during the day. This blend smells wonderful.

I also discovered Breathe by doTerra.

Breathe
Respiratory Blend
Respiratory issues are prevalent in modern society. dōTERRA essential oils are a perfect way to ease breathing consistently for a sustained benefit. Breathe is a remarkable blend of CPTG® essential oils which combine to do just that—help you breathe easier. A proprietary blend including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for nighttime diffusion allowing for restful sleep

I have used this for my husband and son while they were congested. My husband added directly under nostrils. For my son, I diluted with coconut oil and rubbed on his chest and feet.

I literally began this journey on Black Friday…I’m loving it so far! I look forward to where this journey will take me. I do know that I need to add oils to my collection, a EOs book and a room diffuser or two.

I’ll be posting more essential oil adventures I’m sure!

*these are my opinions and experiences with essential oils. I am not affiliated with doTerra.

General Tso Chicken Over Quinoa

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INGREDIENTS:
-Chicken breasts(I tried to get organic, but they were out-free range and cruelty free it is)
-Organic Broccoli
-Organic White Onion
-Whole Foods Non-GMO General Tso’s Sauce
-Organic Garlic (2 cloves)
-Toasted Sesame Seed Oil (Trader Joes)
-Salt
-Pepper
-Organic Quinoa

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Trim fat off chicken breasts. Then cube meat. Place in a Ziploc bag or container to marinate in. Pour some of the sauce into bag/container and let sit while preparing rest of meal.
2. Put a pot of water, 2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Then cover and take off heat(to allow water to be absorbed into quinoa)
3. Cut up broccoli and onion to your liking.
4. Steam broccoli.
5. While broccoli is steaming, grab a large frying pan and pour a little sesame seed oil. Then, add chicken. Cook chicken until done and sauce on the chicken begins to “crisp”. Once that happens remove from pan and place on a dish.
6. Wipe out large frying pan, add some sesame seed oil. Once oil is hot sauté a clove of garlic. Add steamed broccoli and General Tso sauce. Add onions and Continue to sauté until onions are a golden brown. Add chicken back to warm up.
7. Scoop out quinoa onto/into desired bowl or dish. Place chicken and veggie mix on top. Can add extra sauce if you desire.
8. Enjoy!

Asparagus and Mushroom Tarts-Organic Where I Could!

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These make an excellent appetizer or can stand as a side.

They are so delish!

INGREDIENTS

1 17.3-ounce package organic frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted organic butter
12 ounces fresh organic shiitake and organic baby portobello mushrooms stemmed, caps cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 pound slender organic asparagus spears, trimmed, and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1/2 cup (packed) coarsely grated Gruyère cheese

PREPARATION

-Take pastry sheet out a few hours -before you want to work(especially if frozen), you want it to defrost.
Roll out each pastry sheet into a square.
-Cut each into 4 squares.
Set aside.
-Now it’s time to make the filling!
-Melt butter in pan over medium-high heat.
-Add mushrooms; sprinkle salt and pepper.
-Sauté until tender and lightly browned.
-Take mushrooms off heat and out of pan to cool down. Best to put in another bowl.
-Now add asparagus, thyme, lemon peel, salt, and pepper to mushrooms. –Mix in crème fraîche and cheese.
-Mound filling atop pastry squares, leaving 1/2-inch plain border. I fold them sometimes.
-Bake tarts 20 minutes, until crusts are puffed and golden.
-Take out of the oven and serve as you wish.

Recipe was first discovered in Bon Appetite the magazine! This is their recipient tweaked by me.

The first time my hubby and I made it for Easter dinner a few years ago…They were/are so tasty we wanted to make more and share with our friends!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecan Ginger Glaze (organic in parts)

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So, for Thanksgiving we decided to bring two sides…this was a shot in the dark…I didn’t want to make sweet potato anything…don’t get me wrong, I love me some sweet potatoes, but I feel like that’s a go to side. I wanted to be different, so, I decided to go with a butternut squash something. After some research using the awesome inter-web, I found this recipe.

Ingredients
1 cup organic Pecan Halves, divided
¼ cup organic granulated sugar cane
3 tsp. kosher salt, divided
2 tsp. dry ginger
6 pounds (3 medium) organic butternut squash, fully peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
cup honey
cup organic maple syrup
1 cinnamon stick
½ tsp. orange zest from organic orange
¼ cup orange juice from same organic orange
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger

Directions

First, roast pecans.
-Preheat oven to 400°F.
-Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spread pecans onto one of the baking sheets. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until they are lightly toasted and aromatic.
-Remove nuts from baking sheet and set aside.

Time to roast the squash!
-Mix sugar, salt and dry ginger in a large bowl.
-Add squash pieces and toss to coat evenly.
-Drizzle with olive oil and stir to combine.
-Transfer ½ of mixture to each of the prepared pans, spreading the squash so that the pieces are not touching.
-Bake for 30 minutes or until the squash has begun to brown and is tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.

While squash is baking, time to make the Glaze!
-Mix honey, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, orange zest and juice, salt, vinegar and fresh ginger in a small saucepan.
-Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and maintain a low boil until the mixture has reduced and become syrupy.
-Add them and the remaining pecan halves to the honey mixture.

Time to eat.
-Place roasted squash into a large bowl and toss with the honey pecan mixture.
-Serve immediately.

This was delicious. The shuttle hint of ginger was amazingly good.

I found the recipe on foodnetwork.com and tweaked it the way I liked it.

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Whirlwind Thanksgiving Week!

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Thank”sick”giving…Yup! That’s what our Thanksgiving was. I had two sick babies and one sick hubby.

It all began Monday morning. My husband went off to work with a tickle in his throat, nothing major. Then my son woke up with a 102.7 fever… This was the first time his fever ever got above 100. This is also the first time I have ever had to deal with something like this… so I did what I always did if he had a fever…gave him some Tylenol. Then I called my husband…I think I may have panicked a bit. I had him come home…I called the doctor and they just told me to watch it for 24hours and if it didn’t go away then to come in tomorrow… So that’s what we did! Luckily, it went away…My poor baby was so lethargic and feeling yucky… I never saw him like that before… It pulled on my heartstrings…

During the day my husband began to sneeze, cough, and say his throat hurt worse…Oh Boy! When we went to bed, he was feeling yucky, but not too yucky…He woke up and he was terrible, his throat was swollen. About two months ago, he had uvulitis, swollen uvula {hanging thing in back of throat}, that he went to the ER. His throat looked like that again, but not on the scary scale of how it was the last time. I told him to stay home. He insisted on going to work. At 11:30am he walked back in the door! Now, I have two sick boys in the house…Ethan was a bit better, no fever, but runny nose and a hacking cough and still very lethargic. Homeschool Pre-K took a break this week.

We were invited to go to Thanksgiving dinner over at our very good friends’ house. I texted them our status, because we were making the stuffing and another side, I didn’t want to just ditch them. This way they were prepared if we called on Wednesday night to say we weren’t coming. As Tuesday progressed, the boys were sick and Mommy and Eva were fine!

Wednesday, hubby stays home, Ethan is a little perkier-nowhere near 100%, but definitely better, Eva and mommy, still ok! We have a normal sick day, watch some TV, play some games, nap, mommy tries to get some stuff done, key word, try. As a family, since no one has a fever anymore, we make the executive decision to go to dinner.

I’m so glad that we did! We had an amazing time with our friends’ family. Our son calls one of our friend’s parents Grammy and Gruffy! They are Ethan’s extended grandparents and he loves it! And we know that they love him. Our family is far away, so we only go to them for Christmas time, so it was lovely to be surrounded by them.

We arrived home a little late, but the kiddies were sleeping and we managed to transfer both of them to bed without waking them…First time ever! At 3:30AM Eva awakes screaming her head off. I get her, and she’s burning up. I take her little temperature and Whoa! It’s 103.5…I get my hubby up and have him run a luke-warm bath, while I try to nurse her to calm her down… HAHA! Yeah right, she was so uncomfortable, she couldn’t stop to eat. So, at 3:40AM, we got her in the bath and she started to calm. As soon as she was calm enough to not choke, we gave her some Tylenol. I began pouring water down her back and over her shoulders while she played and splashed. I think we had her in there for 30-40 minutes. When we took her out, she was still warm, but not burning up. I retook her temp and it was at 101, I was so relieved. We got a diaper on her, and crawled into bed and I nursed her to sleep. When she woke up, she was happy and warm. Her fever was riding at 100; she had a runny runny nose, and now a hacking cough. I didn’t call the doctor this time, because of what they said when I called for Ethan. I watched it and by dinner time her fever was gone.

Happy Than”sick”giving! Having two sick babies and one sick hubby doesn’t help me get anything done. For the past week our house looked like a bomb exploded laundry, toys, and dishes everywhere… HAHA! I have finally begun to catch up, that even includes this blog.

Somehow we managed to decorate for Christmas over the weekend…It’s kind of a big deal for me…Ethan and hubby are much better, Eva just still has a runny nose. And I’m finally starting to clean up our house…Catching up feels nice.

I am the only one that didn’t get sick. Fingers crossed that it’s not lingering and going to hit me hard…

Till Next time!

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