Friday, October 20, 2017

Five on Friday

one. Woody
How cute is he? He is ready for Halloween. I got him a stuffed Bullseye but I didn't give it to him yet because he will never put it down so I am waiting till the night of. 

two. Best Friends Halloween
Today, Lina had a fun Halloween party for the kids. Lots of candy, pizza and cupcakes. How cute are all of them? Miguel as a Fireman, Brody is Woody, Isabel is Minnie, Patricio is Superman and a Zelda is a Dinosaur. 

three. The Walking Dead, season 8
It's back! Tune in to your local AMC Sunday night at 8pm (central). This marks the 100th episode and the beginning of the All Out War arc from the comics. My Walking Dead Monday's are back as well so stay tuned! I'm excited. 

These I am excited about. They are called Perfect Size for 1 and they are cakes, muffins and brownies that you mix with milk or water, and heat in a mug in the microwave for 4 minutes. And out pops a delicious ready to eat treat. It taste amazing and I don't have to waste. Which I do on many occasions. Plus it limits me from over eating sweets. They have SO many options (18 to be exact) to chose from. 

They have their candles for $12.50 right now plus 25% off which makes them $9.38 a piece. Use code COZYUP25 for discount. They just released some Christmas scents which has me all ready for cool temps. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Testament

Dear Diary,

Last week I told you about going vegan and I also told you a story about my friends dad. What my friend did for me was well beyond what I could have imagined. She interviewed her dad about his cancer and going vegan and sent that to me.

She said I could use names so her name is Elizabeth Plimmer and her dad is Richard. The interview is about 10 minutes long so I have just used the parts of the interview that relate to the cancer and going vegan and what he feels it has done for himself. Here is a dialogue.

Elizabeth: When you first found out you had cancer what was your first thing that you wanted change and what steps did you want to take?
Richard: I just knew I needed to stop sugar. I thought, well we went to the moon 50 years ago, this is only cancer. I knew I could beat it with food. 

E: You said you wanted to cut out sugar, but what made you want to cut out meat and stuff like that?
R: I guess I always wanted to but I was sick enough to actually do it now. 

E: Do you think by doing that, that made a huge impacted on your recovery process?
R: That is exactly what did it. 

E: And besides the food for the cancer, what has the food done to your body besides ridden the cancer?
R: I have never felt better. I have no aches and pains. I noticed that when my wife would ask me if I could get her purse and I would reach in the back seat, I would think "Oh I need to work on my shoulder" and now that pain is gone. I had back pains, leg pains, shoulder pains and now I have no pain. 

E: Do you think you will continue to do the program? Or how do you feel. I know the word Vegan isn't something you like to use. But what is your approach to your diet post-cancer?
R: If it has a label on it and I have to figure what's in it, I am not eating it. I eat fresh foods, I am going to juice everyday and I will continue to have no pain. And I found the best way is to eat right because we are what we eat. 

E: If you someone came to you that didn't have cancer or a serious illness, what would be your approach to them?
R: I can't decide that for you but I will share information with you. There are all types of videos and information and I did everything anything that anyone suggested that had good success and if it worked I continued and if it didn't I stopped. 

E: When you were diagnosed with your cancer, you were scheduled to have 8 chemo treatments but at the end, you left with 5. Do you think the food played a big part in keeping you healthy and not feeling ill or weak?
R: By all means. I had no side effects or evil things happen to me after chemo. Except for hair loss. And there were no side effects. After 3 or 4 chemo's I was starting to feel full of chemicals and got tired. I just had to make friends with it and take lots of nap. I try not to eat after the sun goes down. That's the time my body needs to rest and it can't rest if its digesting a piece of meat.

E: Are you against meat or just have changed the way you approach the products?
R: I love meat. I love corn beef sandwiches. I just won't have one. Not that I won't ever have one but I've learned that if I want to live long, feel better and not take medications, that I am going to eat correctly. 


I can't thank both Elizabeth and Richard enough for this. After I heard this, it was just the cherry on top of our decision. It's one thing to hear stories, but for it to happen to someone you know, it just hits close and makes you think. 



Love, Me

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Deal of the Day

Today's deal of the day goes to Payless Shoe Source. And you might be thinking...Payless? Really? Almost all of my boots last winter came from Payless and I got more compliments on them than my expensive ones. Plus their prices are already so good. Today's deal is their BOGO 50% off (buy one get one for 50% off). This is what I did last year with my boots and got 4 pairs for around $60! Plus they have an additional 15% off with code ZZBOGO15. The BOGO works on all shoes for the family so stock up for winter. Brody goes through shoes so fast so I don't mind buying him these since the prices are so good and the shoes are good quality and cute too. I already have my shopping cart full so if you'll excuse me......

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Preschool

Someone started preschool today!
Bobby and I have been talking about putting Brody in a preschool at a church for a while now but nothing was ever open. Finding a mothers day out program in Mansfield was proving to be harder than anything. Well not finding a place, but finding an opening I mean. So we figured out where we wanted him to go and put him on the wait list. He was number 15 for the Tuesday/Thursday class and I was for sure thinking he wouldn't make it even though the lady told me that she was sure he would be in by Christmas. Well she wasn't wrong and here we are. He will be going 9-12 and I will pick him up before nap time. I have no desire for him to nap there. He is a 3 hour napper at home and if he even remotely sleeps a little at school, he won't go back down for me here and it would be a nightmare from hell the rest of the day. So he will get all the education he needs in the those 3 hours, eat lunch and then come home. 
I am so excited for him and for me haha. I get 3 hours, 2 days a week to myself to get stuff done. Like grocery shop without sticky fingers and my phone being covered in dum-dum's. This is a good thing for me and for him. He had a fantastic first day his teacher said and I can tell she already loves him which is a blessing. I am excited to see my already smart kiddo learn even more! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Angie

Happy Birthday to my sister in law, Angie! 

Girl....you are something else. You are so incredibly special to me because a) you liked me first when Bobby brought me home to meet everyone and b) you never judge or criticize anyone. You have one of the most open minded minds I have ever known. You are down for anything and I always know I have a wine buddy. Your a fabulous teacher because of all the accomplishments you have received. And to top it off, you are a wonderful wife, a fantastic mother and your beautiful inside and out. There is no one in the world like you and I am so blessed to have you as my sister in law. 

Angie, 
I just adore everything about you and love you so very much. I hope you have a wonderful day and Happy birthday! 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Five on Friday

one. Friday the 13th
There is just something about this day. It's spooky and I am super cautious on this day. I kinda wanna watch scary movies all day and eat junk food. Anyone with me?

A couple years ago, Jimmy Fallon put out a book called Dada and it was a book I just had to get Brody. Bobby read it to him every night. This week, Jimmy released his newest book about Mama and y'all....it's super cute. We have read it more times than I can count and he loves the animals and objects in this book. 

three. The Big Three
This week Landry was out of school on Tuesday so she, her brother Hayden and my sister came to the zoo with us. We had a blast. Brody loves them, especially Landry who we call Lou. Every time she would get away from him, he would scream LOU LOU LOU till she came running back to him. I love that the three of them have a great relationship. They each bring something so different to the table and I am super blessed by them. 

four. Aunt Kiki
Speaking of my sister, I am blessed to have her. She loves her Brody and is always helping me with him (when Landry isn't). She has raised such amazing children and I LOVE this picture of her and Brody. I just adore you sis!

five. David and Jasmine
They got to come in this weekend and we were super excited that they wanted to stay a night with us. Brody was in heaven with Jasmine. Lord he loves her and David...but mostly her. He used every trick he had to keep her attention. He was so upset when they left and cried at the window. I can't wait till they are home for good! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vegetarian/Vegan Part 2

Dear Diary,

So on Tuesday, I spoke about becoming vegetarian/vegan but I didn't really give a reason why. Well here it is.

Over the past couple of months it is something I have been thinking about. I have never been a really big meat lover (besides cow, pig and sushi) and even the ones I did like, I was extremely picky on them. Then I had a friend who went vegan but never really promoted it. Something in her Instastory feed caught my attention so I questioned her on it. She told me her dad was diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma (a blood cancer) and he changed the way he ate (by going vegan). When he was originally diagnosed, he was supposed to have 8 chemo treatments. He ended up only having to have 5. He believes the reason is because of his diet change. So her diet changed. She does the 80/20 rule where is she eats 80% vegan and the other 20% is for cravings/out with friends/ etc. 

So after I heard all of this, Bobby saw a documentary on Netflix called What The Health. We randomly chose to watch it that evening. That is what sealed the deal for me. I never in my life thought my husband would be on board with me. He ate chicken/meat with almost every meal. But after seeing this documentary, it changed the way he felt. This documentary shines a light on where we get our meat from and how it is processed. It is extremely disturbing and made me feel so sick. It talks about diary and eggs as well. It also has interviews with doctors, scientist, real life people about how vegan has changed their way of life and the side effects from certain things. It talks about diabetes and obesity. It talks about how food is processed in the body and what goes where. It is seriously mind blowing!
There are a few things the film does talk about that I didn't quite agree with if I am being honest. One of them was about eggs and cigarettes but you have to use your own judgment and do your own research. Like this article right here

But how can watching a one sided documentary make you do this? 

Because I have wanted to do this for a while now, a really long time if I am being truly honest with myself. I just never knew the facts. I never took the time to research where my food came from and it wasn't until the documentary that I started looking into it. 

I wanna give you some quick facts about myself (and Bobby) that I have noticed in the past 2 and 1/2 weeks: 
-I had constant elbow pain from CrossFit and carrying Brody. I don't have it anymore. 
-I feel stronger at the gym now and I have noticed I am breathing better when I work out.
-I have Hashimoto's Disease (a thyroid condition) which normally makes me feel extremely tired and run down. I don't anymore. I do still take my morning pill to help control it, but I have noticed a change in the way I feel in these last weeks.
-My skin was breaking out everywhere. Including my neck and back. It's gone. 
-I have lost 5 pounds because instead of focusing on protein so much, I am focusing on fiber.
-I have never felt more aware of what I eat. I haven't had fast food and haven't craved it either. 
-Bobby is stronger. He hit a PR for dumbbell lifts the other day. Now he might tell you he isn't sure if its the diet or not, but I find it very odd that after he stops eating meat, he is able to workout better and stronger.
-Bobby has always had a gas problem (he would kill me for telling you that). He doesn't anymore. Now, he is a man and men fart but it isn't nearly as bad or frequent and that to me is a win. 
-Every time he would go to the doctor, they would tell him he had high cholesterol. Which is super odd because he is seriously one the healthiest eaters (or so we thought). He goes back next week and I am so curious as to what they say. I will keep you updated on that. 

I am not here to tell you to go vegan or vegetarian. I would never try to tell you what to do. I am only telling you what I know and the facts that I am seeing. A lot of people think I am doing this to save the animals and a part of me is. The way they are slaughtered, the way that they live is just disgusting but the main reason I did this was for myself. To try to make myself the best I can be. This doesn't mean I won't eat meat again, I told you that on Tuesday. This is just bringing awareness to where you get the meat from. What it does to your health. I am sure a lot of you won't agree with me and that is totally fine. What you do for yourself and your family is what you choose. 

Even if you don't believe in this, even if you think it's a bunch of poop....watch the documentary. Educate yourself on where your grocery store meat comes from. Where your meat market meat comes from. Don't be afraid to ask questions. 

I have only been doing this for a little over 2 weeks so I will keep you updated on us and this. If you notice a few changes to the blog (like my Five on Friday or what I promote) don't be surprised. I won't rub it in your face or tell you what to do. Pinkie Promise. 

Love, Me

p.s. the interview I have is with my friends dad but it is so good and kinda long that I am saving that for next week.
p.s.s. WATCH WHAT THE HEALTH and make your own assessment.