I’m still here!!!

4 May

My blogging life has been consistently inconsistent. I’m so sorry!! Thanks for sticking with me. I’m coming back and will hopefully be doing some blog revamps!!

Down & Out

13 Mar

Sorry for my absence everyone! I got hit with that awful stomach bug that’s going around yesterday and actually ended up in the Urgent Care needing fluids & anti-nausea meds. I spent today recuperating & getting our household back in order (it’s amazing how 1 day off as a mom & everything is chaos!!). I’ll be back up & running tomorrow!!!

Test Strip Tuesday – An Oldie But A Goodie

10 Mar

Today was wacko. Like I don’t know what was up with these kids but they tag teamed me today and I couldn’t get anything done and I am beat. So I’m reposting this from a year or so ago just because this really is a great book. Diabetic or not it’s a fun, educational read. Enjoy!!

A few weeks ago I got an email from Jonathan Lazzara from Three Rivers Press, part of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House about a book they just put out (11.1.11) by Chuck Eichten called ‘The Book of Better‘.  He sent me a complimentary copy of the book, & said I wasn’t at all obligated to write about it but if I did that would be great.

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After getting my copy of the book in the mail, sitting down & reading it a few times I realized there’s no way I couldn’t write anything about this book!  My quote review of the book (like the ones they put on the back) is this: “I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes for over 16 years and ‘The Book of Better’ not only taught me new things but it made me laugh, made me think, & has motivated me to do BETTER!” This book was not only a really easy read & very straight forward but it was seriously FUN to read!!  There were many times while I was reading where I just thought ‘Yes!! That’s exactly how I feel!!’.  It goes over everything from diabetes basics, to pumping, food, injections, even the best (believe it or not) & the worst things about diabetes.  It taught me things like who the first person treated with insulin was, & why exactly I always get super thirsty & pee a lot when my blood sugar is high (something I never really understood before).

book of better

The cover of the book says ‘Life with diabetes can’t be perfect. Make it better.’  And in my opinion, Chuck shows how to do it.  He’s honest about the downfalls of this disease but turns around & shows you how to make it better, that there are positive things to be found.  And it’s great knowing Chuck is a Type 1 as well.  It makes me feel like he gets me, he gets how diabetes makes me feel. While it does explain the difference between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes and some things are relevant to Type 2 I feel this book was mainly written for Type 1’s.  Which I think is awesome because it seems every piece of literature out there online & off, about diabetes is geared towards Type 2.  It’s very, very frustrating. The design of the book, I think, is fantastic.  Lot’s of illustrations, big fonts, little fonts, some cartoon-ish things; a lot of elements that make the book POP & stand out from others.  It really catches your eye and makes you WANT to read it.  It draws you in!!

book of better

All in all, I really loved this book.  I also think it’s a good book for people who don’t have diabetes (especially those who interact with diabetics daily) because it tells you about the disease, how diabetics feel, & things to watch out for like signs of high blood sugars and low blood sugars. If I could I’d put this book in the hands of my husband, my family, my co-workers, my friends, and especially those other Type 1’s who just want to make living with this disease better.  I really can’t wait to see what else Chuck Eichten will do.

***Disclaimer: Again as stated above I was sent this book free of charge. I was not obligated to write this review to receive it. I wrote this review because this book has too much awesomeness not to.***

Milkshakes & An Itty Bitty Blog Post

8 Mar

Grandma went back to NC today after spending a week with us 😞 At least I know we’ll see her & Poppy again in two weeks when I go up for my best friends baby shower (!!!! so excited!!!!). So to cheer Addy up we went out for milkshakes and took a bubble bath!!!



It was a good end to the weekend especially with how gorgeous it was! I’m not sure about you but it was sunny and 70* out there today 😎 I’m keeping this post short & sweet because I’m actually writing it while rocking the baby. He is fighting sleep like a champ & as soon as he’s out I’m right behind him!!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Lake Murray Love

6 Mar

I live close to Lake Murray which was created with the Dreher Shoals Dam way back when. It has a walking path that spans the entire dam totaling 1.7 miles one way (which means if you went back and forth you could get in an easy 5k!! Sweet!!).  On the Lexington side of the dam runs a chain link fence that holds many many different kinds and sizes of locks. Much like the Lover’s Bridge in Paris, though it doesn’t have quite that many locks on it yet.

Lock Fence of Love

Basically you take a lock, write you & your sweethearts name on it, lock it to the fence/bridge, & throw the key into the water. I’ve wanted to do it since we’ve moved but have just never gotten around to it. Well, my mom is down here visiting for the week from NC and she wanted to put a lock on for her & my dad so away we went! I couldn’t find a lock on short notice with a key (darn) but a combination lock works just as good. We scratched off the combo on the back so no one could take it off! Aaron wasn’t with us so instead I made a lock with mine & the babies names on it and will interlock mine & Aaron’s when we go back (aww ♥).

Mine & THe babies love lock

I love it. There are so many different kinds of locks, some decorated, some all together to make a pattern, some that were used to ask someone to Prom. Ah, young love.

We were going to try to walk the dam but it was SO windy!! The poor babies couldn’t bare it so we locked our locks, strolled a little, and then headed back to the car. I can’t wait to go back with Aaron. Maybe it’ll be less windy and we can make it farther out.

Me & Addy shoes

Is there anything like this where you live? Have you ever put a ‘lovers lock’ on something?

Chickpea Patty Recipe

4 Mar

I have discovered one of my new favorite things to cook: Chickpea Patties!!! They’re super easy, good for you, and the babies love them too so it’s a win all around. My recipe that I use isn’t the best because I don’t measure anything, but I’ll give you the jist of how I cook these babies, and hopefully you’ll love them as much as I do!

Chickpea Patties

I empty 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) into the food processor. On top of that I sprinkle cumin, a little salt and pepper, parsley, garlic powder, and some lemon juice. Again, sorry I don’t have any exact measurements. Is a pinch/sprinkle an exact measurement? Once that’s all in I close that baby up and blend everything together.

Blended Chickpeas

I will tell you that I’ve tried to do this in a blender and it does NOT work. So if you don’t have a food processor you can still do this by just mashing everything together by hand. Anyways, after everything is good and chopped I transfer this mixture to a bowl and add about 2 tablespoons of flour to help hold it all together. Then form them into patties (I usually get about 6 from one can of beans) and either cook them right away or stick them in the fridge for 20 minutes to let them firm up. I’ve done it both ways and it is a little easier with them chilled.

Frying CHickpea Patties

I pour a tablespoon or two into a frying pan and lay my patties in. They just need to cook about 2 minutes on each side until they’re golden. Then set them out and you’re done!! The babies love to eat these straight up while my favorite way to eat them is in a bowl of lettuce with some Olive Garden salad dressing (that you can buy in groceries store now!!).

Chickpeas and Spinach

The babies and I were so ready to eat that I forgot to nab a good after shot of the patties after they were done cooking. Sorry! But here’s a summary of the recipe:Chickpea Patty RecipeChickpea Patty Recipe Card

 

Beachbody 24/7?

3 Mar

I know today is supposed to be Test-Strip Tuesday and that I haven’t put much of anything Beachbody related on the blog but I had to share this. As of now you can sign up for Beachbody on Demand and stream BB’s workouts 24/7!! You can use your computer, tablet, or phone – you just need an internet connection.

You can buy the challenge pack which comes with Shakeology for $140. Or if you don’t want to get it with the Shakeo you can still get Beachbody on Demand for $2.99/week billed quarterly for $38.87.

Here are those links for my Canadian followers: Challenge Pack & No Challenge Pack.

Okay, enough with the links. What workouts do you get? Well the programs that are included are P90X, P90X2, P90X3, P90X One on One, Insanity, Insanity: The Asylum, Turbofire, Brazil Butt Lift, ChaLEAN Extreme, 10-Minute Trainer, and Hip Hop Abs.

Plus you’ll get free sample workouts from 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme: Plyo, PiYo, Focus T25, Insanity Max:30, Body Beast, and P90.

Beachbody On Demand

Beachbody On Demand <—- I lied. Here’s one more link. This will take you to the BOD video and give you a little more information on it. Are you as excited as I am? I’ve fallen in love with Beachbody and am stoked I can take it anywhere now. Feel free to shoot me an email or a Facebook message if you have any questions!

Mommy Monday: Breastfeeding Lessons

2 Mar

Samuel has officially been breastfeeding for a year now and what a year it has been. I didn’t nurse my daughter. It was new, I didn’t have good guidance with it, I was overwhelmed…lots of things kept me from it. I tried but it didn’t work out. The nurses and lactation consultants I worked with while Samuel was in the NICU were amazing. So supportive, there whenever I needed advice, just absolutely great. Not saying that breastfeeding is easy peasy because it is NOT!! I’ve narrowed it down to 5 things that I’ve learned exclusively breastfeeding this past year.

5 things breastfeeding I've learned

  1. Your nipples won’t fall off. They will surely feel like it though. A lot. Between getting used to nursing, thrush, biting, engorgement, & mastitis you’re nipples are going to go through a rollercoaster. Now not all of these things may happen to you, but if they do I promise there are ways to alleviate all of them, and your nipples will stay on your body.
  2. Maybe bottle-feed part time. I did bottle and breast at first but due to certain things I stopped pumping and went to exclusively breastfeeding. I really wish I’d never taken him completely off the bottle because over the course of the past year (& sometimes even now) he refuses to take anything but the breast. I’ve not had a night away from him, or more than a few hours actually, simply because he would freak out if he wanted milk and we tried to give it to him from a bottle or cup. Not that I would have left him with a sitter/grandparents all the time, but a kid-free reprieve would have been great here and there.
  3. Sometimes it doesn’t come naturally. I’ve heard the story about the baby who takes to the boob right away and everything goes perfect, it’s instinctual and natural, blah blah blah. Sometimes it’s not! Now it may have part been because Samuel was 6 weeks early, but even when he was discharged and home, it was hard. I had to have him in just the right position for him to latch, heaven forbid I moved after he was on. We both got frustrated A LOT. There were several times I almost gave up and went to pumping/formula. I cried a lot. I felt like I had failed. Why wasn’t this clicking? It’s supposed to be natural! I promise, it gets better, you both get used to it, get into a rhythm, and it doesn’t become work each time.
  4. You can exercise and not lost your supply. I was terrified of this. I really exercise and lose the baby weight, but I had heard of so many women exercising and losing their supply. I would do a little then chicken out. Exercise some, and chicken out. Well I’ll have you know it is possible to follow an exercise regimen and NOT lose your supply. The key is to not go hardcore with it, drink LOTS of water, and make sure you’re eating enough calories. Weight will come off a little slower but it will come off, and you’ll keep your supply.
  5. I would do it all over again. Yes, last but not least, doing this for a whole year has shown me how important breastfeeding is to me. It’s hard, it hurts, & it’s stressful, but I love it. It really makes me wish I’d have stuck it out with Addy. You get special smiles just for you, special cuddles, and sleepy dust. When they’re hurt/scared/sick, the fact that YOU can comfort and calm them, not a bottle, is a feeling like no other.

I could make a list of 50 things I’ve learned and go into so much detail about breastfeeding but I’ll leave you with these five lessons. I feel that breastfeeding is so amazing, and I’m so grateful I’ve been able to do it this long. Hopefully I’ll get a few more months out of it before Samuel weans.

Have you breastfed? Do you want to? What would you add to my list?

Birthday Party & Shakeology Winner!!!

28 Feb

Sorry this post is getting up so late, I’ve enjoyed a full day of celebrating my sons 1st birthday with my family ♥ Addy had a fun time playing in the snow for the first time, and even went sledding! She liked the snow but didn’t like to walk in it. And Samuel wasn’t too sure about his birthday cake at first but once I went to eat my own he decided that it looked delicious and dove in!

Samuel 1st BirthdayAddy went face first into her cake on her 1st birthday, so to see Samuel so timid about his cake was different. But we had such a good day with my parents, my brother, and his girlfriend ‘Nornen’ (Lauren) as Addy calls her. But I know today you’re not here to read about my day, you want to know who won the giveaway! As I said, I did the drawing the traditional way. I wrote both names down on a piece of paper, put them in a jar, and Adalyn drew a winner! Drum roll please….

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Congrats to Angela!! Shoot me an email with your contact information and I’ll get your weeks worth of Shakeology in the mail to you on Monday. Thanks to both of you for entering this giveaway. I’m looking forward to doing more in the future. What would you like to see as a giveaway in the future?

Mason Jar Blender Trick

26 Feb

Mason Jar Blender Trick

Did you know you can take the base and blade from your blender and attach it to a regular sized mouth mason jar? I didn’t! Thank you Pinterest! Now you have your very own single serve/all in one blender!! The thing I really like about this is that I don’t have to pour what I’ve mixed into a glass to drink it. I will sometimes use the blender to make pancake batter or something but for the most part I use it for smoothies. Using the blender this way means I’m only dirty-ing up one glass not two!!

I’ll admit though I was a little skeptical. Yes my blender base attached to the mason jar just fine but would it hold everything in? It kind of felt like everything would just leak all over the place and that wouldn’t be good for anyone. So I poured all my ingredients in the jar, screwed the base one, and turned it upside down…Everything stayed in! Okay, so far so good. Now let’s see how it blends.

Mason Jar in Blender

Hi Samuel!

It is a tiny bit shaky and I put my hand on it to keep it steady (I will note that I didn’t have to do this, it just made me feel better), but it worked like a champ! Everything mixed really good, nothing fell apart, or splattered, and when I was done I just unscrewed the base and stuck a straw in it. Voila!!

Mason Jar Smoothie

I’m so excited that I found this, I’ll definitely be using it a lot more. Especially when I make mine & Addy’s smoothies together. That way I’m still only using two glasses instead of two glasses plus the blender. I love making Addy smoothies as a sneaky way to get veggies in her!! Mom win!!

Mason Jar SmoothieHave you ever heard of this hack before? Do you like using the blender this way?

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