Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Giveaway ..



My sister Lindsay and I are hosting a giveaway.
Why, you ask?
No special reason, just cause we want to.
Tis the Season.


You can enter up to 5 times below!
 
Enter once if you are a follower of mine  via Google Friend Connect.
 
Enter once if you are a follower of Life as Lindsay via Google Friend Connect.
 
Enter once if you are my Twitter follower, you can follow me here!
 
Enter once of you are a Twitter follower of Lindsay, You can follow her here!
 
And if you are so kind to tweet about it, then you can enter one more time.
 
 
Oh, and your entering for a fabulous ...
 
$25
 
 Giftcard.

Ok, come on .. what are you waiting for?
 
 
 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful

November, The month of being thankful.
Why is there only one day a year to celebrate being Thankful?



Over the last few weeks, here are some of my thankful moments:

  • For friends that are willing to take time they do not have to help you out in anyway possible.

  • For a co-worker who mails me a gift card to one of my favorite restaurants to pick up dinner, when there was simply not enough time in the day to cook.

  • For technology, the way a message can arrive to me within a second from another country is simply amazing.

  • For the way you can pick up the phone and re-connect with a family member where there has been years of distance, and it not be awkward.

  • For hospitals, that have damn good hospital food.

  • For employers, who sometimes just understand.

  • For people that can just keep it real, and not feed you a bunch of BS.

  • For my iPad that travels well, to let me research extensively wherever I may be.

  • For Google, you have forever enhanced my life.

  • For Family, that comes together when it matters.

  • For complete strangers that are still so kind.

  • For my strength, wherever you come from, I have no idea.

  • For Facebook, and the way it allows you to check in with a lifelong friend.

  • For my husband, who helps pick up the pieces when I need it the most.

  • For my nieces & nephews, that can make me smile in whatever situation we may be in.

What are you thankful for?




Friday, October 12, 2012

Fridays Letters



Dear Car ... I know, I know. You are dirty. I am so sorry I have ignored you this long.  If it matters, I really do feel guilty every time I leave you.  Today, we will have a date. I will take you for a whirl through that fancy car wash. I promise.

Dear Costco ... I am in love with you for many reasons. The husband and I can have dinner &  dessert with you for less then $10. Also, thanks for providing me with enough bagels & cream cheese to last me many months.  You never know when there will be a bagel shortage.

Dear New Jersey Housewives ... One only more installment of the reunion is left.  I am not sure how I will live without all your drama for another year.  And Juicy Joe .. give up already. You got busted.

Dear Weather ... I see you have inserted a possibility of rain in my forecast.  I suggest you revise that, I'm not quite ready for that yet.  After all, I have a date with my car today, and she doesn't like to be rained on after she gets all pretty.

Dear Dr Pepper ... It has been 10 long months since I've last spent time with you.  I'm sure you miss me, but I don't miss you.  It has been refreshing living without all soda for an entire 10 months!  Sorry, your pretty and stuff in your adorable reddish can, but I don't like you anymore.

Dear Fred Meyer (grocery store) ... Yes, you saw it right.  I totally visited you without make up on. Whatever was I thinking? It was quite freeing, and thank goodness I didn't see anyone I knew. After I left you, I know I will never do it again.  Without running into anyone I know was a total freebie this time, I know I wont get so lucky a second time around.

Dear Friday ... Thank you for being you. The total ying to my yang. Come around more often, wont ya?


For more Friday letters, click the image above to check out Ashley's link up.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Endometriosis .. my story.

I have a disease called Endometrosis. Some people know a little about this, but in more cases then not, most are not familiar with exactly what this condition entails.   I thought I would write a little about it today, share my experiences, in hopes to bring more awareness.

For those that are not familiar, Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus.  Fun right?

From the endless hours of research I have done, I have learned that over one million women are affected with disease. Many are not even aware, because they do not have the symptoms, lucky them!

In my case, I have many of the symptoms. My cycles are extremely painful. I know, I know .. all cycles are painful right?  I have had many people tell me that when I explain that I have Endometriosis .  I don't want to judge others, but in my case there are times I cant even get out of bed. There are days I cant walk without being hunched over  because I am in so much pain, and simply some days I cant even walk for that matter.   There are days I am ghostly white and even the best of the best prescription pain medicine doesn't help.  The pelvic pain and cramps are really out of this world. Another symptom  I suffer from is infertility.

Getting a diagnosis for this disease is not easy. I went through more then my fair share of ultrasounds, both the easy ones & the uncomfortable ones. I have had a handful of MRI's and cat scans, and more pelvic exams than I would wish on anyone.  It wasn't until a tumor was found on one of my ovaries during an MRI, that I had a operation, and that is when my doctor could give me a definite diagnosis.   The tumor was softball sized and in fact was a build up of all the endometrial tissue.  It was non-cancerous, thank you Jesus.

Treatments.  That's funny to me, because really there is nothing that really takes this away, or a certain cure of any sort for me. During my operation, many of the endometrial cells that were in a safe position to be cauterized were done so. However, they continue to grow. The cells attach to organs all over the body, can form tumors like I had, and in some cases turn cancerous. For some women, birth control can help, but in my case, made it worse.  You can opt to have operations over and over to get the cells cauterized.  You can have GnrH treatments which suppress the estrogen production in your body, and that can slow down the growth, but that also puts your body into a menopausal state (bone loss, hot flashes, mood swings).  In my 30's, I don't really want to be in a menopausal state.  Some women opt for a complete hysterectomy, again in a menopausal state. In some cases this helps them, unless of course you are one of the women that need hormone replacements and if you add in estrogen, then the Endometriosis will grow again.   So in my case, there is no real answer. I often re-visit all these treatments with my doctor, and for now I just deal with it. With of course my prescription pain medicine. I need this about 3 days a month.

Having a job with Endometriosis is not ideal. There are days each month, I just cannot function.  When I worked outside the home, it was a known fact that I would just be out of work for 2-3 days per month. Luckily, I work for a bigger company that has to comply with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), so after a whole lot of paperwork is filled out by my doctor, its gets approved.  In the last few years, Ive been lucky to be able to work from home, and choose my own hours, so my time away has lessened.  I can work during my good hours one day and make it up on another day. 

Having Endometriosis certainly has its control over my life. I have to plan around it, and try to gauge where the painful days will fall each month. Planning a vacation months in advance is not ideal.  I have taken part in a few medical studies for different medications they try to get approved for this disease, but as of now, nothing new. As I am getting older, I may re-visit some of these treatment options, but I am not on board with operations or treatments that are not certain. For example, Im not interested in a hysterectomy, not knowing if I will need hormone replacements, and then if I do, end up in the same spot I am in now. I have read many stories where this indeed happens, and women end up in worse shape then they were in before this procedure.

I have been judged over and over again.  I just ask that next time you want to roll your eyes at someone, or disregard someone for just being on their cycle .. there could be bigger issues.  I can't even count, how many times, when I worked in the office, I would come back in to hundreds of questions asking why I was out, and after explaining,  getting the "Oh my cycles are painful too, and I still come to work" replies.  Oh how I wish for a minute, they could go through what I do each month. (not really) We are all so quick to judge, myself included, that sometimes we need to step back and realize it could be a bigger issue.





Monday, October 8, 2012

Fun with Alyssa

Happy Monday. 
Weekends are never long enough,
and why does it seems Mondays
last forever?

This past weekend, I was lucky enough
to spend some time with my little niece Alyssa.
I don't get to spend much time with
these little's anymore, so when
I have the opportunity, I soak up
each and every minute.

Seems like yesterday, this little girl
was born. She recently turned 2, and
she has developed quite the personality,
She has the sweetest little voice, and
it just melts my heart each time
she calls me Nanu. Auntie Nanu .. is
what that all my niece's & nephews call me :)

We didn't have anything special planned, just
some time to play, and for me to annoy her
with the camera.   I think that's my job,
and I must admit it was nice to dust off
the camera and get reacquainted.

We stopped to smell the flowers, &
Isn't that what life is about anyway?


We cooked with lemons.

And of course, we made some make shift drums.
Add a whisk, a basting brush and a Mickey Mouse foot stool.
And drum. LOUDLY.
Yup, that's how we roll at my house.



She found her Uncle's iPhone laying around, and she
maneuvered that thing like she had her own. She took
her tiny hands, swiped that thing off the table, and
made herself comfortable up on the sofa.   Too precious.
Looks like shes done this a time or two.
Santa beware ... she may
be asking for an iPhone this year.


The rest of the afternoon,
was just spent having fun and
spending time together.
A few hours with a pig tailed
little 2 year old, sure does that heart good.





If you don't have a two year old readily accessible,
I suggest you go find yourself one next weekend.
They will make you smile, laugh, and really melt your heart.

Have a great week -

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fridays Letters



Dear Yankee Candle ... Thank you for making my house smell like I have been baking all day.

Dear Husband ... I'm sorry those candles are tricking you. I will surprise you one day.

Dear Netflix ... Thank you for giving me helpful suggestions on what you think I should watch. I am now deep into the second season of Gossip Girl. Where have I been? xo xo

Dear DirecTv ... Can you please just fork over the money you are still charging me to Fox, so I can watch the  X Factor?

Dear Biotch ... It's not really funny to add me as the responsible party when you go to Emergency Room. That's kinda like fraud. I will find you.

Dear Free Credit Report ... Without you, I would not have learned of the trickery fraud some biotch is up to.

Dear Ulta ... Thank you for turning me into a make up whore and emptying my bank account.

Dear Garth ... Just when I made the decision to come see you in a few months, you went and ended your gig at the Wynn.  That's not nice Garth.

Dear Bloggers & Readers ... Its nice to be back, I'm slowly catching up on all your blogs.

Happy Weekend!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Network vs Family

           One of the many beautiful sunsets  I get to see straight from my living room each night. I do not take it for granted.

Is your network of friends more important then your family?
As they say, Is blood thicker then water? I don't know anymore.

I grew up in a home and family where it was taught that family came first.
Yes, there may be a crazy one here or there, but it didn't matter.
You stuck to your guns, and you knew where your loyalty laid.
It wasn't even something you had to think about. Am I wrong?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Knock, Knock?

Anyone Home?

I know. It's been awhile. A total of 126 days. Let's que the Season of Love music now. It's been one hundred eighty one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes. By the by, who doesn't love that song? And yes, I did just youtube it.

18 weeks. Where has the time gone? When Summer hit, I thought I would take a little break. I never for one second thought I would step away for this long. Life happens.

The real reason is because for once in my married life, my husband had normal working hours for the entire summer. My husband has a job that calls for off hours almost all the time. But for this entire summer, we had the same working hours, so when I was finishing up with work, he was coming home, and life happened. For some people, this may not be a big deal, but for me it is. My husband and I actually like each other.

So there ya go, totally my husbands fault. And now that we are back to not having the same schedule, here I am. See, told ya, it IS his fault.

And now seriously, how can we be in October already? I have so much to talk about. Summer happenings to share with you all. And this week, I compiled a list of things to talk about. I have refrained about talking many issues that are close to me, but since this is my space, I thought there is no better time to share. Many subjects to come. Stay tuned.

So kinda a new beginning here, along with a fresh look on the blog, and a new season to boot.

And to help get us in the Christmas season, you should totally take part in this ornament swap. Should be fun!

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That's all for tonight, I'll be back soon! xx Shauna

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Send Something Good Project

It was great fun to be apart of this project. Many of us around the globe got together to get to know each other without knowing who was stalking your page. We then put packages together that we thought one another would like. It was a lot of fun.

I received Christy from the blog Christopher Scott. She is a new blogger, so there was not a lot of stalking to do, I just had a list to go by.  She loves all things paper. So I sent her lots of stationary, a unique wooden trinket box and some chocolate. You can never go wrong with chocolate, right? She had also mentioned on her blog that I use real stamps when sending the package.  Normally I ship from my house, but for this I made an exception. Once I made it down there, and waited 35 minutes in line, the postal worker told me they could not use real postage.  I practically had to beg and plead and especially after all that waiting too. He finally gave in, so I hope you enjoyed your stamps Christy :)

I didn't take photos before packaging it up, but you can hop over to Christy's page to see her photos.
Here is what I sent:





I eagerly checked my mailbox every day to see what I would receive.  Sometimes I wondered who was on my blog trying to figure me out.   I was so happy when I made it to my mailbox one day, to see this ..

Royal Mail - just for me?  I felt important for a whole minute.







The lovely Elise from Foof and Faff was my stalker. She is from Scotland which explains the Royal Mail.  She wrapped in this darling wrap, which made me smile.






Elise included lots of sugar which was nicely appreciated, and included a great magnet thermometer which is both in Fahrenheit  and Celsius.  This is really great, cause  I wonder sometimes.  Sanitizer cause maybe she read somewhere in my blog that I never leave home without it.  And a darling kitchen book.


Thank you so much Elise!





I cant wait for the next round, cause I would love to take part again.
Stay tuned for later in the week where I share about the fun mug swap I did.
I just love these things.


xo.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A weekend trip to ... Las Vegas!

I know I have been a little MIA lately, and sorry about that. Ive been trying to catch every last baseball game before it ends next week, and managing everyday life along with that thing called work. Don't we love work?  Well some days are better then others, simply stated. As I manage to catch up on this blog, I want to start with the Vegas trip my sister and I took last week.

I grew up with Vegas practically in my backyard so Ive been there too many times to count. Once you think you've been there, done that, Vegas seems to add more. Each time I go, there is more and more.  It never does disappoint, OK well maybe sometimes in the wallet. As this trip was a freebie, the spending money never ends all the way till you get back home. And yes, I'm even including the $5  snack size bag of Cheez It crackers from the airport.  I mean, really? Is that necessary?

My sister, Lindsay won this trip from a local TV station. She stayed up late night after night to catch the secret word of the day to enter in on the website, and she was the lucky one chosen. She received free airfare and free nights at the The Palazzo.  I've been lucky enough to stay at several of the hotels on the strip, and I must say this one is at the top of the list.

I didn't take my DSLR camera this time around. A couple of reasons why, it was going to be a quick trip and  I didn't want to have to lug it around. It's heavy people. And my husband stayed home this time around, and normally he's the one that will carry it for me.  So there ya go, I was being lazy.  So please bare with me on these photos, because they are all taken from my handy iPhone.


We arrived at night, and it was great to fly in seeing all the lights. It was sure bright and pretty. The nightlife in Vegas is just amazing. The lights, the people, the energy. There is nothing like it I tell ya.
1.Bellagio 2.Paris 3. The Venetian

The room was amazing. It had a sunken living room. A velvet gold couch. A mini bar stocked to the nines, where a bottled water would set you back $8. Had a fax machine, in case you were making this a working trip I guess. The over sized deep bathtub was amazing, and totally wished I could fit that thing in my luggage to bring back home. And sweet dreams, ah yes, sweet dreams were had indeed.



We started each day off by the Pool. As this swanky hotel had a handful of pools to choose from, we always steered towards the same one. It did not disappoint. The pool boys delivered us freshly sliced cucumbers, juicy orange slices, and scented frozen washcloths throughout the day.  It simply does not get better then this. OK, wait .. maybe it does.  This pool had lounge chairs in the water, a total bonus!

And I even got to read and FINISH a book. I'm telling you its been years since that has happened. This book is a must read, it was one of those books you just couldn't put down.


Vegas is full of lots of swanky, expensive places to eat. But I'm not hard to please. Give me an In n Out and that $5 meal will be like a million bucks to me.  My order always consist of a Grilled Cheese, Add Pickle & Grilled Onion, Extra Spread along with fries and a Medium Lemonade.  It always tastes the same, and I could eat this every day for the rest of my life, and be content. As we were eating outside, there was a new In n Out visitor, and as she took her first bite, she shouted across the patio, "OMG, this is the best burger ever!" As we laughed, and welcomed her to the In n Out club, it was nice to be reminded that we are really not that crazy with our love for this place.

We did venture out to only one other Cafe in the Hotel,and I'm telling you that this was the best salad of my life. So good in fact, I had this salad 4 times in the 4 days I was there. Its just some simple iceberg lettuce with tomato (I had them hold the bacon & egg) and it was smeared in a holy goodness of  blue cheese dressing.  Its made with Maytag blue cheese, which is different I guess then the normal blue cheese used in dressings.   I am now on the lookout for some Maytag, and I would go back to Vegas just for this salad.  Seriously, it was that good. I'm not kidding. If you're going to Vegas, you must go  run as fast as you can to the Grand Luxe Cafe in the Palazzo and ask for the Wedge salad with Blue Cheese.

And of course, we had to partake in some yummy frozen colorful drinks. You know those ones sold on the corner in a makeshift bar, that only happens in Vegas. It was delish and totally worth the $16 it cost.



We saw a show called Jersey Boys. Located at the Paris Hotel, the theatre filled up quick and we were on our way to watch the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Even though the music was not popular in our lifetime, we all know their music, and it was a really good show. And Lindsay's first experience to a theatre show.



As walking through the shops at the Venetian Hotel, we came across this fun hat shop. We tried on many hats, and took the time to have a mini photo shoot too. And we both came home with the hats in the 2nd photo.  Now I just gotta find the opportunity to wear it in good ole Medford, Oregon.



Las Vegas is always fun with never ending things to do. I tried my hand at gambling and after spending $100, and not winning, I gave up. Lindsay had some better luck and I think she broke even. 

We didn't see any celebrities, but we did run into some familiar faces.
1. Bumblebee from Transformers, and at night he even lit up. 2. Elvis lives and  this is straight up proof. 3. The bagpiper. Cant blame him for trying, right? 4. Woody. damn Woody. This guy was rude. When you tried to take a picture, he would hang his head low and point to his fanny pack that read tips. So you could only take a photo if you paid.  I wasn't about to do that, so I caught him when he wasn't looking.



It was a great trip full of lots of sunshine and warm temperatures, and now that we have a three day weekend, I am recovering from the whirlwind trip.  Hope you all are having a great Memorial Day!













Saturday, May 19, 2012

Las Vegas

I'm in Las Vegas for a long weekend. Regularly scheduled posts should resume soon. For now, please follow on Twitter and Instagram (shaunawyrick) for fun weekend updates! Happy Weekend.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Catching Up & Some Baseball

Last week was crazy with trying to cram in each and every last hour of overtime. By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, I was exhausted. Fast forward to Sunday when all I wanted was some good food, or what I thought what good food.  I have been on this clean eating thing with nothing but fruits and vegetables for two weeks now, and I was just craving a sandwich and fries. So that's what we did, and before I left the restaurant, I started feeling sick. And I'm still sick. It could possibly be the flu, it could be that my body is not used to that food anymore, maybe a combination of both. I just know I don't feel well, and I'm just going to stick with the fruits and vegetables.  They make me feel good

As I stumbled through my house over seven pairs of my shoes laying around, I made it back to my office to get this blog out.  Yes, I said 7 as in seven.  I will pick them up as soon as I am done here. I promise.

Yesterday, the lovely Kyna from great expectations featured me on her blog. She also posted one of my families favorite recipe's that I make.  Check out her blog, she has a lovely space out there. Thanks Kyna!

Last week was full of baseball games.  Casey or Mr Happiness as I call him had his first game. He sure makes me happy. He went out there and played good.  His baseball pants much too big for him, makes it all the cuter.


When it is his turn to bat, he struts his way up to home plate, swings his bat a few times, smiling his best smile all the while standing in front of the bleachers.  He loves the laughs and attention. Such a ham he is.

After getting his first hit of the season, he landed on first.
And I couldn't help but get this. He is the smallest on his team, but his confidence out ways all the others.
And his little white glove is so Mickey Mouseish to me.  So cute. I hope this little one never grows up.

As Jake and Gage were playing at the same time, right across from Casey, I was running back and forth trying to give each side their equal time.

Jake impresses me time after time. This kid rattles off sport stats like it's no ones business. He will give up cartoons to watch Sports Center. When he comes over, he takes the reigns over the remote and I know that I will hear ESPN the whole time he is over.  He will have a serious conversation with anyone and can give you stats on any ball player or team for that matter. It's in his blood, and I know this little guy has a long, long future with this game.


Gage had an impressive run this game. He made it to first and stole his way all around those bases.

And as he led off third and made his way home, he got that run. The ball just didn't make it in time, and Gage scored the only run of the game. Good Job Gage!


And this is what that victory run looks like.
And someone, please tell me how he got this old already?


I am forever blessed to have all these Little's in my life. I knew my brother had 6 kids for a reason!  Each one brings out their own little characterics, and I have my own special relationship with each one. They call me Auntie Nanu. Nanu is a nickname I had growing up, and as the kids started coming along, someone called me that, and it stuck. As they get older, thay have started to drop off the Auntie part and just call me Nanu.  I'm OK with that, I'm sure its not cool to have your Auntie around all the time, so Nanu is OK with me.  My parents think differently, they think its a respect thing .. I don't know. As long as I'm still "cool" enough to have around, then I'm OK with that.

And finally,  we have a winner ...



Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and I wish I could give everyone a Amazon gift card, but this lucky winner, goes to comment #10 - Vanisha from Vanisha's Life in Australia.  I'll be in contact with you shortly, and congrats!

Happy Tuesday, and now I'm going to go pick up my shoes and watch my Housewives.

xxx, Until Next Time.


     
     
     
     
     

     
     

     
 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

I just received another blog award!!
(Insert rosy cheeks here, I am totally blushing)

The Wonderful Jessica over @ Sweet Simplicity
nominated me for this award .

It's the Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you so much Jessica!




The rules for this award are as followed:
  1. Nominate 15 Fellow Bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  2. Add an image of the Versatile Blogger Award
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link to their site.
  4. Share 7 completely random facts about yourself.
  5. Include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination.

7 Random Facts about me:

1. Plastic ware. I totally cannot use real silverware, I have a nice collection of plastic ware. Yes, I know I am weird.  Its the whole metal in the mouth that I cant handle.
2. I  stalk browse  take out restaurants for high quality plastic ware.

3. I am addicted to the Real Housewives on Bravo. New Jersey would have to be my favorite.

4. I use to drink pickle juice as a child, or that's what I'm told anyway.

5. I am in love with the sun.  I will lay in random spots in my house to catch the best rays.

6.  You will never find me without sanitizer. I am a little germophobic.

7. I really think I will live forever. So far, so good.


I would like to nominate these wonderful blogs for this award:
(in no particular order)

Red Lipstick and Melodies

Life as Lindsay
All Things Campbell
Moments Like These

Viva La Jussie

The Rich Life (on a budget)

"Mrs." in the Making

Happiness Is

Pinkbow Icecream

Lilac Dreams

Vanisha's Life in Australia

Sara in Le Petit Village

Coral and Coast

Life of Bon

nuef vies



I chose these particular 15 Blogs, because I think they are simply fascinating.
These are some extraordinary women with a lot of wonderful things to share. Check them out!

Again, Thank you Jessica!!!
 
 
 
P.S.  If you haven't entered to win the $25 Amazon Gift card, please hurry up and enter here.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy ... and a Giveaway!

This weekend was amazing. The skies came out with their vibrant blue hue's and that sunshine really came through and warmed us up.
It was one of those perfect picturesque weekends that we always dream of when we are in the middle of winter.

We could open up the windows, not only in the house but in the car too.
The clouds were so cotton candy like.

I started out the weekend with my two nieces having a sleep over on Friday.
We started off with the bubbles, and really who doesn't love bubbles?
Kate mastered it ~
And there is no other time then to get some great photos then at bath time.
Alyssa is really quite the ham, and when I pull out the camera now, she knows the drill.
She says "cheese" with no guidance and smiles her best smile.


Other things making me happy are these divine pillows ..

Ive been eyeing them on different Etsy sites, and doing many Google searches on ruffle pillows and
after seeing repetitive pricing of over $50 per pillow,  I had given up. 
However,  I saved some pictures of the ones I liked the most, and hit up my Mom. 
I waited till the perfect moment, in which you never know which way it will go.
I closed my eyes real tight and asked and hoped for the best, and she said yes!
And so glad she did ~ aren't they pretty? And yes, she made these!

I also was happy receiving this picture in my email this weekend. I sent over one of my favorite snacks of Parmesan Goldfish to my bestie in France.  I had told her about them over and over again like she cared or something.  I asked her once if she had small crackers shaped like fish, that tasted like Parmesan.  She politely said No, but I'm sure she was thinking I was a little crazy.  She got them and they made her smile. And today is her Birthday - Happy Birthday my friend!

The weekend ended with a Sunday morning baseball game. There is no better way to start off a Sunday, I gotta say. Good Game Jake!

Lastly - all you are making me happy!  My site has grown from a little 5 followers to over
50!  I enjoy reading all your comments and am so excited each time I see a new follower pop up. In celebration of my 2 year blogiversary and all my new followers, I wanted to have a little giveaway.

I will give one lucky person a $25 digital Amazon gift certificate ~
All you have to do is:

FOLLOW
MANDATORY
-You MUST be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment letting me know you are one.

TWEET
- Tweet about the giveaway and let me know that you did so by leaving a comment.

So you can have up to 2 entries per person.

Giveaway ends Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST.
Winner will be chosen by Random.org

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Clean Eating

Yes, I've said it many times on this blog. I'm a vegetarian, but maybe a unique one. French fries made from potatoes, that's been OK in my book. Still from a vegetable right? Onion rings, same deal.  Ice Cream, that's been all good too. I don't really like milk so I don't drink it, but who could pass up ice cream? I'm not stupid. Oh and cheese, we've been BFF's for  a long time.

On a rainy afternoon last week when I could find nothing else to do,  I started to peruse Netflix. Being that I like documentaries and true stories, I came across this one.  Fat Sick & Nearly Dead is a true story of an Australian man named Joe Cross who made it his mission to travel across America, with his juicer in tow to regain his health.  The outcome was amazing. Simply taking fruits & vegetables and juicing them was curing diseases that people had and making people feel better.

And of course Netflix gave me 500 a few more recommendations for related documentaries, and I chose Forks over Knives. Basically along the same lines as the other one, in taking a plant based diet and regaining your health.

I thought a lot about this, because it was simply amazing the effects it was having on people. I'm already a couple steps ahead in that, I already don't eat meat. I cut the soda habit out last Christmas, and all else I would have to give up is the little dairy I eat consisting of cheese and ice cream. I wasn't quite sure if I could do the whole juicing thing, so the husband and I started this week with a plant based diet. OK, well kinda. I added in nuts and beans for some protein.   And he's still having chicken. But whatever, my diet is now 95% pure fruits & vegetables.


So, I am now at the end of day four with this. Nothing but fruits & vegetables. I've had 2 servings of beans and a few handfuls of nuts for snacks.  It's not bad.  I'm not craving anything. Ive been tired though. They did mention this could happen in the first few weeks.  This morning I was a little grumpy cause I was tired and didn't want to work.  But if I'm going to be honest, being tired in the morning and not wanting to go to work is not much different then any other day. Just Sayin'


Losing some weight would be great, however I'm in this to feel better. I work a lot and by the time I am done with my day, I'm tired and exhausted, just like the rest of you, right? I just want to feel better. I want my energy back.


So, now fries and onion rings no more. Cheese and Ice cream are no longer existent in my house.
My dinner more looks like this now.
Well, sorta. Add some lettuce in with that and some other veggies too.


I'm not sure if I could go with 100% of juicing though.
We went to the wholesale food market yesterday and stocked up.
It wasn't fun cleaning and cutting all this crap  these lovely fruits & veggies up.
However, I'm really hoping it makes a difference.  Really there is nothing to lose.


I recommend if you want to try and feel better, or even lose a little weight to check these videos out.
Even if you don't have weight to lose, and you already feel great or you want to continue to feel like crap, I still recommend you watch these. Its a little eye opening at the effects this food has on you.

If you take time to watch these, let me know what you think ...

Disclaimer: This does not mean I will never eat cotton candy, popcorn, gummy bears, french fries, cheese, ice cream, and all other things I love again.  I'm trying this out for a few weeks, to see how it goes.  Will I splurge and have some pizza on a Saturday night, maybe I will.  And when  if  I do, don't judge me. Maybe it will make me feel like crap, and I won't want it anymore, so I'm just putting it out there.

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