Thursday, April 22, 2010


Today is the day our second baby, Emma, was born. She is such a joy to us, always ready to help out her sisters, her dad or me. She is very loving and feels everything straight to the heart, our Emma. She loves to ride her bike, and today she is getting a brand new one! I know she will be soo surprised and will want to ride it right away. Here is our beautiful little girl!

But the rain came back this week, and its wet and cold out, so she may not get the chance. Im hoping it wont be raining when she opens her presents. Were hoping it holds off until  everyone arrives safe and sound for and after dinner and cake. She has both sets of grandparents coming, and her aunt and uncles will be here too. She requested chicken enchiladas for her birthday dinner, so I thought I would share the recipe with all of you, in another post tonight or tomorrow.

Today is also Earth day. How are you celebrating it?

Here are a few ideas for taking care of our Mother Earth. 

*recycle anything and everything you can
*create a compost bin for paper scraps and combine with wood shavings, grass clippings, dead flowers and left over fruit and veggie peels and cores, and egg shells. A big wood crate or plastic trash can works fine, or you can even just make a pile; place in a sunny place, wet down and turn once in a while. Use it to fertilize your gardens.
*Speaking of gardens, plant one. Trees and flowers go a log way to helping the earth shed nasty air and replace it with clean, healthy air. Use an irrigation water system to cut down on water use and waste, and plant only what grows in your climate.
*Check for leaks in pipes and replace drippy hoses.
*Purchase a low flow shower head, and conserve 50-70 percent of water  use a bucket in the shower to catch extra water, and use to water your garden, bath the dog, even heat to wash the dishes
*use big trash cans to catch rain water, and use to water your garden.
*walk wherever you can.
*use reusable shopping bags. Keep a couple rolled up in the car or in your purse so you remember to bring them.
*use tap water instead of buying multiple plastic bottles, and fill reusable containers
*line dry your clothes, when you can, and when using the dryer do as many loads as possible, back to back. The dryer works more efficiently the more it is used in a row. Dry lightweight clothing, then do towels and jeans, coats and heavy sweaters. The dryer retains its heat and doesnt have to start from scratch heating.
*wash full loads of laundry and dishes in the dishwasher only.
*use green cleaning products or make your own, so less chemicals reach landfills, and ultimately our earth.
*buy things in the largest packages possible, to avoid waste
*buy fresh, locally grown produce, that is in season
*replace regular light bulbs with cfls. the initial cost is more, but you save more in the long run, not to mention you  use 70% less power, and less light bulbs wind up in the landfills.
*to save even more electricity, unplug appliances that arent in use, they still use energy. Use curtains and shades to block out the heat on hot sunny days, and the cold on cold dreary days. Keep your air at 85, and your heater at 60.

The biggest thing we can do, is to spread the word. Tell everyone you know about the benefits of recycling, using cfls, walking and low flow shower heads, anything you can think of. If we all just do our parts, there will be less waste, cleaner air and more natural resources to enjoy as the years come and go.

A couple books for Earth Day to enjoy with your kids:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Getting some exercise

Ive been struggling with my weight for a lot of years now, struggling to find clothes that fit right and still make me look attractive. My self esteem has steadily been dropping, despite my dear husband telling me I was sexy or beautiful. I just didnt feel it.  Im not exactly obese, but Im no longer thin either. I need to lose 50 lbs to be within normal range.

Almost 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and triglycerides. I wasnt totally shocked, because my dad has struggled with it for ages, but Im only 28, and I eat healthier than most people do. So when they (the doctors) told me my numbers were the highest they had ever seen, I was pretty shocked. I thought, "Ok. Ill just start some form of exercise, and eat less fattening foods." Well, I never started working out, I was too busy and had no energy (this was somewhat legitimate, as I had suffered from an emergency abdominal surgery to remove a ruptured ovary, followed by a pulmonary embolism in each of my lungs, and it took me almost a year to recuperate and feel normal again). I had any number of excuses, like not having a partner to feeling silly. Go figure. So a few months after my initial diagnosis, I developed pancreatitis, an incredibly painful inflammation of the pancreas. Ordinarily this is something that happens to people who drink alcohol in excess, but it happened to me because I have extraordinarily high triglycerides, fat in the blood.

In short, I was very sick for a couple of weeks and had to go without eating for a week to reduce the inflammation. A year went by, with no recurrences, but I wasnt doing anything about it either. In fact, I stopped taking my medications, and started to eat bad things that I normally didnt eat often. I was in a depression for a bit, and I did what made me feel good.

Well, fourteen months after my first episode, I had another. I spent 10 days in the hospital this time, not eating or drinking anything, being miserable away from my family. I vowed to change things, so this wouldnt happen again. That was 2 months ago.

Well I finally decided to do something about it! I adopted myself a workout buddy, an acquaintance from down the street who needs to lose weight too. Were going to start tonight, and Im pretty excited about it. Im excited because Im taking action, taking control from my body and doing something, just for me. I dont want to have a heart attack at 30 or 40 because I wasnt careful, and I dont want to continue to take so much medication. Not to mention, I dont want to have another bout of pancreatitis.

So tonight were going to walk/jog, and do some lunges and squats and I will add weight lifting and yoga to my routine. I cant wait to get started.... Wish me luck!!