Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Diet Thing - Part 2

So, as you've read - I'm DIETING. And since I am experimenting with healthy foods/recipes via Pinterest, I thought I would share my thoughts and opinions on the foods I'm making. The original thought process on this, was to WARN ya'll on some of the not-so-yummy ones but so far I've liked everything except for one and that was just a taste preference. So that's good. I also have to say that I am undecided oh which 'diet' I'm following per se, but I can say that right now I am pretty much doing the Paleo thing.

The very first 'Pinterest' recipe that I made was this one: Avocado Bacon and Eggs from The View From In Here (Pin it for later: http://bit.ly/1sZAtnB). This was the one that I didn't care for. In theory it was a great idea BUT I've decided that I hate (like really hate) baked avocados. If you like baked avocados then you should really enjoy this recipe. It looked just like the pictures and her updates made it easy to make. I decided that I liked the idea of avocado, bacon, and eggs - so next time I decided to scramble an egg and serve it over an slicedavocado half, topped with crumbled bacon - THAT version was YUM.
Photo Courtesy: The View From In Here

Photo Courtesy: The View From In Here
The next recipe that I tried was this one: Chorizo Stuffed Zucchini {Paleo} from The View From In Here (Pin It for later: http://bit.ly/1AwO2z8). I REALLY liked this one. Not only was it delicious but it was super simple too. My husband and I had it for lunch on Saturday. This one will stay on the rotation.

Photo Courtesy: Bravo Paleo
Tonight I made Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps from Bravo for Paleo. I made Paleo & Gluten-Free Tortillas from Paleo Newbie and they were way easy and totally DELICIOUS. I'm in love with them. I am super excited to have found this recipe cause there was NO WAY in heck that I was going to pay $10+ to buy a 7 count of Paleo Wraps, nuh-uh no way!!! But if you are into that kind of thing, you can find them on Amazon. I also have to admit that I fully planned on making the Paleo mayonnaise using nom nom paleo's recipe. BUT I suck at planning sometimes and just was too impatient to do it tonight, I will for sure next time and let you know what I thought. This was a fabulous dinner (husband liked it too) and I will definitely be making it again.

So, the moral to my story is, so far so good and totally worth it.

To be continued...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ACK Attack on the Diet Thing

Hey there! I am dieting (or if you'd rather use the politically correct term, "making a lifestyle change"). Either way, I began 3 days ago and of course I am already struggling. Not really with the loss of the things I hold dear, like a Pepsi or a large McDonald's Coke (light ice), or even sugar in general. I am dealing okay with that stuff (so far). I'm struggling with the fact that I poorly planned for this 'lifestyle change' and I didn't get a lot of alternative food from the grocery store and now I am starving and eating the same crap over and over again. So I am sitting here (or was before I starting writing this post - ADD in full-force) browsing Pinterest looking at Paleo recipes, trying to create a menu and from that a grocery list. I'm not really even doing a Paleo 'diet' but the foods that you can eat on Paleo are pretty much those I am aiming for anyhow, so that is where I am starting. And I am discovering that SO MANY of the foods I love already can be combined to make a delicious meal that is healthy for me. Turns out this isn't going to be so hard after all. I am pretty excited about this little recipe - it's quick, easy, and looks delish: Oven Baked - Avocado, Bacon & Eggs from The View From In Here. Want to Pin It for Later, here's my pin: http://bit.ly/1sZAtnB.

Photo Courtesy of: The View From In Here
By the way, I've lost 3 full pounds since Monday (3 days ago). Yay me!!!

And by the way, by the way, I am so super ADD (self-diagnosed) lately that you can't even believe how long it took me to write this post and mid-way through I had forgotten what my dang point way. haha Gotta love being me. xo

Monday, August 11, 2014


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Just a quick post so that I can claim my blog on bloglovin'. Do you use bloglovin'? I have been using it to read my favorite blogs in one spot but it just dawned on me that I haven't put MY BLOG on there. Duh. That is all.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

You know you haven't eaten fast food in a while when...

OMGosh - my life is so random sometimes. Four of the kids and I went out to run some quick errands today (pay a bill cause I'm such a procrastinator that today was my drop dead date AND let the 11 year old boy use his Game Stop gift card he got from a friend for his birthday on Friday). After paying the bill, I decided to treat them to In-N-Out cause YUM! We ordered, we ate, we left and headed to the mall. Got in the freaking mall parking lot and YIKES - there was NO WAY I was going to be able to make it inside. My stomach had absolutely flipped out (like it felt like it was flipping inside out) and I was wearing ALL white. No way, suckers, this mom is not taking that kind of chance! So off we drove home so I could use the bathroom. ARGH, so super lame having I.B.S. But of course when we got home, I wasn't the only one calling dibs on 1 of the 3 bathrooms. haha Well, GOOD (I don't like to suffer alone.) Whew, potential embarrassing crisis avoided. Once everyone had been "saved", back in the car, and back to the mall we went. Almost shat myself again, when the 16 year old daughter announced that "In-N-Out is like ipecac for your butthole." hahaha Dang, I LOVE these kids.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Love & Marriage - Part One

Where do we go from here? Wouldn't it be wonderful if I typed this post and by the end of it I had the answer? Unfortunately I know that isn't possible because love and marriage aren't that straight-forward. You know that you've made the end-all mistake, once again, but you don't want it to end. Why not? If you didn't want it to end, you wouldn't have made the mistake, right? Wrong. Apparently that isn't true because the last thing in the world I want is for my marriage to end. But right next to that, sitting there waiting to be noticed (hand raised shouting 'pick me pick me') is that I don't want my marriage to stay the SAME.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Shouldn't Have Had Kids

I shouldn't have had kids, in fact I shouldn't have ever gotten married. Have you ever had that moment of clarity? It might come to you in the calm after the storm but it's there, nonetheless. This isn't to say I don't love my kids and my husband with my whole heart. The fact is they don't have a thing to do with this realization. They are not the problem, truth be told, they are amazing. I am the problem. I am not mentally fit to be that important in someone's life. This isn't me looking to you for sympathy or reassurance that I am not what I believe myself to be. I've known what a scene my life is since the age of 12, of course at that age it's hard to grasp the intensity and the importance of mental illness. But it does come to you, little by little that life, although not meant to be easy, is going to be really fucking hard for you.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Say 'Ello to SUMMER My Friends ☼

So with summer quickly approaching, 19 days to be exact, I'm panicking a wee bit. I mean having a bunch of kids at home for almost 3 months straight is nothing new to me. In fact, I prefer vacation time - the slower pace of life, the decline of pressing engagements, the later bedtimes, and the SLEEPING IN (ah yeah)!!!

But as the kids get older (The ones at home are 5, 8, 10, 16, and 18) there are more arguments, fussing, bitching, complaining, 'I'm bored's, and messes. (Oh the freaking messes!) They are just harder to entertain, harder to keep happy, and harder to keep out of my hair. The one thing that is new to us this summer, that should prove to be my saving grace, is that we have a pool again. We haven't had one since 2003 and it has been heinous, truly.

So why am I more panicked THIS summer? Seems like it should be much easier but deep down inside I just know that somethings' a brewing. Plus I will start out the summer vacation 2 days after my Hysterectomy and Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (2 days hospital, 2 weeks of feeling like crap, and 6 weeks of not being able to drive), so they totally have the advantage if I give it to them. Consequently, I plan on getting ahead of the curve. I'm not letting them conquer me, they will not win. WE WILL HAVE PEACEFUL AND PLEASANT FUN, dammit!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I Don't Know What the Hell I'm Doing

I don't know what the hell I'm doing most days, but really that's OK. Fabulous things happen in my life and completely horrendous things happen. Sound familiar? Cause let's be real, we are all a mess at heart. We try our damnedest to be 'the best' or at least better than we were the day before but we fail over and over again. At least this is my story and I'm here to share it.

Being a mom is unique for each one of us. No matter how many of us have heard or read the same advice it interprets differently for each mom and for each child. As for me - I mess it up on a regular basis but my kids have survived, so YAY!!!

But no matter what, my life is pretty entertaining, full of all sorts of HOOPLA and I have my husband and kids to thank for that. I'm not here to give advice, but to share my life (the good, the bad, and the ugly). So I hope that you enjoy not knowing what the hell YOU'RE doing along with me, cause I'm good at it.