Sunday, June 11, 2017

Before baby, life with one kid and now 3 kids later... the comparison

I was looking back at old posts from when I had our oldest son and the cute little innocent list I made of how I thought life was different ... well 3 kids later I updated that list!! ('Then' is when our oldest was 3 months old) Enjoy
Before baby:
I cut coupons and would use them when I remember.
I not only cut them, I also print them out and bought a coupon organizer! Woo hoo! And then get excited with all the money I saved.

Now: Are you kidding me? Coupons with kids? Ain't no mommy got the sanity for that! Have you tried grocery shopping with 3 kids? If I leave with what I came in there for it was a good trip, it normally ends with me throwing my credit card to the cashier begging them to check me out faster before the kids run out the door.
Before baby:
Saw cute lil babies and would just smile at them and say "how cute."
I see babies and think "he is going to be that big soon! No stay a baby!! Where is he I miss him?!" (he is attached to me in my moby wrap)

Now: I still make goo-goo eyes at babies and then hold them in one arm while I take care of my own. Can't have to much cuteness! I have issues I know...
Before baby:
I would sing along to songs and not think much of the lyrics most of the time.
I heard a song the other day and was singing it to him and cried! (What happened to me!!!!! I was never that sappy before!!)

Now: "Can't listen to that song" "Nope the kids don't need to know that word" Ok the baby stops crying for Smashing Pumpkins so we listen to that now...
Before baby:
Laundry was just a once a week thing.
The washer and I have become good friends, his name is Chuck. All day long I 'chuck' laundry into its mouth.

Now: I swear more people live in this house then I know about, how do we have that many clothes? I never stop doing laundry! Forget folding it, all it does is sit there till we need to wear it again. If it doesn't smell musty from sitting in the washer to long I reward myself with a a glass of wine at night

Before baby:
Showers were nice and relaxing.
Then: I panic when I hear the baby fuss and my showers have become energy efficient!
Now: Its a party up in here! Do you really think I need all 3 of you in the shower? Oh now your dad too? *eye roll*
Before baby:
The house would get cleaned when ever I had time or people were coming over.
Then:The house can't be clean enough! No germs and cat fur allowed near my baby!
Now: HAHAHAHA! I can't believe I said and did that! Really? I am constantly cleaning up after the tornado that is having kids. There is no end.. and it looks like I never began all at the same time.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Vegan friendly?

 We went on a family vacation in the middle of April for 7 nights aboard the Norwegian Jade. This was not our first rodeo.. I mean cruise. We are not those 50 cruise under your belt people but we aren't new either. So this time was different for me though. The last time we did a cruise I was a vegetarian, not a vegan. Was Norwegian up for the challenge? We will see...

The first day we got on board we imminently went for lunch in the buffet area, I was impressed with the signs for 'Vegan' or 'gluten free' in all different locations. The first thing I tried was their offer of 'Veggie burgers available' so I asked. That sent the kitchen into a panic.. they were asking each other "where is it?" After a bit of a scurry they found it and made it on the grill. The taste was better then expected! You could see the vegetables in it so it wasn't a Boca burger... Thank goodness!
 So lunch buffet was a win for them and it continued to be so for the entire cruise. They had awesome Indian food every day for lunch and man was it spicy!!! Asian food one the one side was all labeled 'Vegan' so I was happy that I could freely choose and not worry.

Our little cruisers found plenty of options too, pasta bars with different sauce options (vegan also). Every morning for breakfast there was fruit, breads or all sorts, a fresh juice bar (that was extra $) and plenty for me to choose from! 
My coffee is a must in the morning so I brought my own coconut milk in case the cruise didn't have any non-dairy milk options. However I saw one day someone asking for soy milk and low and behold they had it!! So the next morning I chose a random staff member in the breakfast buffet area for soy milk. That sent a look of panic on her face as she asked someone else where it was, they motioned to the back and she left for at least 15min as I stood there looking like an orphan child with my plate of food and no where to go. Finally she returned and poured me a nice glass which I was happy to have :)
I learned that they keep it in the area where the cereal is at... no need to run to the back.. but neither one of us knew that I guess.
My final verdict? Yes Norwegian Cruise Line is vegan friendly!! Give them a try!!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Adult Chicken Pox how to survive and what helped

Can adults get chicken pox? Is it really worse to get them as an adult? Yes and YES!!

Since going through this horrid ordeal I realized that if adult chicken pox could be used to get the truth out of someone, man would it work!! "Anything! I'll give you anything you want just make it go away!"

 It starts off as a low fever, 101° for me, and just not feeling well for a day or 2.

Then BAM the next morning you wake up with some lovely red spots on your stomach and back. Not many, 20-30 and think to yourself "These itch, but hey it's not so bad. I bet the only difference is as a kid you can just lay around and watch TV all day but as an adult you still have a house to clean, dinner to cook and kids to take care of." So you take your 4,000mg of Vitamin C and sit in the sun and down the probiotics hoping it hurries this along.

Next day: Now they are all over your face, every uncomfortable place on your body, scalp and mouth included. You want to run away from your own skin till it passes. The pain, the itching and other overall feeling of bugs crawling on you will make a sane person go into the nut house.

That night: You CAN'T SLEEP! You lay there wondering what you did to deserve this torture, you are so tired but laying there feeling like you want to unzip you skin and run away doesn't help you relax into a peaceful slumber. You toss, then turn, then itch, then get a drink, then lay down, then start wondering when it will be morning only to realize its 11:45pm.... You beg your body to let you sleep, you start bargaining with it "What do you want? More rest on the weekend? Vegan ice cream every night?? What?! Just tell me!" "Why in the world does it feel like bugs are crawling on me? Are there bugs on me?"

To add to this all you are now an adult, so you have little humans to keep alive while you slowly die inside (or so you think). The baby wants to nurse A LOT! He thinks your stirring around means he should do the same, so you are nursing him what feels like every hour for at least 30 minutes. "Don't itch, don't do it! Oh great the baby just pulled his razor blade nails out and scratched a pox on my chest! So now he is going to get sick!" Thus begins the new dialogue for the next hour in your head imagining the whole family getting as sick as you and you never getting any better and still being the one to take care of them.

The next morning you get out of bed having never slept and look more like a horror show. You kindly remind your husband that its 'death till you part' and that if he winces again looking at you the death might come sooner for him.

The kids want breakfast. You also want to eat but realize that your throat now has a pox in it and hurts like fire when you swallow. Oh joy now there are more in your mouth too, it hurts to eat... the only comfort you had is now torture. Where is the fast forward button?

That night you get a brilliant idea. Wine, you think wine is a great idea! The comfort of that bottle of sangria, just pour a glass and relax.. ahh yes.. finally some comfort. Anything to ease the pain and torture.... "FIRE! LAVA! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!" Open sores in my mouth and I pour an acidic component on them? Genius idea! That lack of sleep is catching up with me.

Finally you get sleep and over the next few days start to turn a corner, some of the pox are drying up and getting a crust on the top. They don't itch anymore and those nighttime or anytime oatmeal baths have paid off. You are trying everything to get rid of them! Dr. Google continues to be your go-to for advice and by the end of this horrible experience you have a new found sympathy for others that get chicken pox as an adult. You also feel like an expert on all things chicken pox and can tell everyone what to do to help it move along. So being the new expert that I am I will share with you what worked for me.

  • 4,000mg Vitamin C daily - I took Emergen-C
  • Probiotics - anything helps to build up your gut
  • Apple Cider vinegar - it helped ease the itch and dry out the pox at the same time, use it topically
  • Nelsons: Pure & Clear Acne Treatment Gel - I used this on my face and it was great! Helps clear up the pox the fastest then anything else I tried! It is meant for the face so it was gentle yet strong
  • Oatmeal baths with baking soda and lavender - it helped with the itching and relaxed me as well
I hope it goes quickly for you!!!
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Review of Nourishing Meals Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN

3 forks out of 5

I love a good cookbook that is meant for larger families and for those like us who eat healthy. This one didn't grab me as much as I wanted it too. Every week I would pull 5 recipes from it hoping I would love it, hoping that it would become a new favorite but it just didn't. While she appealed to my vegan family this was not a vegan book, there were a good number of recipes in there that were happily already vegan but others that I had to convert or just pass over all together. None of the recipes that I tried were a 'winner' in this house, no requests for "Please make that again!" or "Mom this is the best!" they mostly were forgotten and after a few weeks so was the book. The writer seems like someone I could be friends with, she has a large family and really wants them to eat healthy and convinces her audience that they too can be like them! For those reasons I love the heart this cookbook has. But the recipes just didn't make me want to keep coming back. So there it will sit on my shelf, I may open it from time to time looking for a recipe I forgot was in there, but over all it will just sit there.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Thursday, December 29, 2016

How to watch movies that are clean for the whole family

Do you enjoy watching movies with your family? Yes!
 Do you enjoy having your four-year-old repeat curse words that he heard for the first time? No...

We love being able to watch movies with our family and not be on the edge of our seats waiting to edit something out or close the kids eyes or ears. There is a fantastic company out there that we discovered and have since only watched movies on their website.


Use my link below to get 5 free movies and try them out.

You can edit the movie however you wish, no language, no nudity, no sex, no violence. Any and all of the above!

It's nice to be able to watch a move again and not have our kids learn anything they don't need to learn... If you know what I mean.

Monday, December 5, 2016

GIVEAWAY! The Good Rub products and review

Moms need some refresh time and down time, its hard to come by, I know. But we give of ourselves all day long, so that quick recharge does good for the whole family ;)

I was able to try out some great products recently and I want to share them with you!! The bath bombs from The Good Rub are exactly what a mom needs, after a nice run or a long day with the kids throw one of these bubbly friends into the bath and relax. This not only will relax those sore muscles, but will make you forget the fact your 4 year old had a melt down in Target over a piece of  used gum on the floor that wasn't his but he wanted it anyway.

After a long run you might have a new pain or sore muscles from that stretch you could do after the run because your 15 month old needed to nurse ASAP. So what to do? The Good Rub has you covered! Their Super Salvy  has a great smell and will help for other skin issues as well.

Their products are paraben free! They only use VEGAN, natural and organic ingredients. If you want to see for yourself check out their site here.

Are you ready to win some for yourself to try?? What do you need to do? Easy!

1. Follow me on Instagram
2. Like the giveaway picture
3. Follow the tag to The Good Rub's Instagram follow them
4. Tag at least 2 friends who you know would want to win as well!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Luverne running boards for the Nissan NV 3500 (how to install video)

Once you get the vehicle you want then comes the fun of customizing it! The Nissan NV 3500 was a large jump up for our kids and older friends. So the running boards were the first thing we need to add.

After a bit of research we decided on the Luverne MegaSteps. The common application on the short long (36" and 98") but we wanted to do a long long on our van, meaning the 98" would be on both sides. We liked the look of it and it would make washing the car easier and if we ever needed to put anything on the roof.
Ignore the mustang reflection... look at the running boards!

Again I had to find a good deal... I highly recommend RadCo Truck Accessories they were fantastic! The customer service and shipping time were fast and very responsive (they did not pay me a penny to say this). They helped us get the best deal and custom order the 'long long' application like we wanted for the running boards.

The biggest issue is that no where could we find a 'How To' video on how to install the Luverne MegaSteps for the Nissan NV 3500, let alone a long long set! So what did we do? Made one!