6/04/2014

Why I Want to Homeschool, and Why I Think You Should Too

Hey there! So today's post is going to be my opinion on homeschooling versus public school. I went to public school my whole life, so I know how public school is. I also went to lots of schools and know all about the differences they can have. I never thought about homeschooling until recently. I have a 9 month old son and I can't remember exactly what it was that made me start thinking about his education. I just remember that homeschooling sounded like an okay idea and I thought I would look into it. The more I did the more I love it!
Okay so let's get right into it!
Reasons why I want to homeschool, in no particular order:

  • Freedom! The first thing that really got me thinking about homeschooling was the freedom. I just remember thinking "wouldn't it be nice to be able to take my kids on field trips and vacations whenever we wanted!". Truth is: YES! It would be an amazing thing! And the other, crazier truth is it is a reality! Many homeschooling families go on vacations when other children are in school, making it less expensive and meaning there are less crowds. Also might be easier to get off work because, well, no one else is asking for it! 
  • Educational Freedom! This was the second biggest thing to me. I can teach my kids how I see fit. Meaning I will be able to incorporate gospel doctrine into my teachings. It also means that my kids can spend more time on subjects they want, learning what interests them. I feel that public schools can stifle a child's interests and their personality. I don't like that kids learn to hate learning or not want to learn outside of school. They think learning is only for school, and they dread the word "homework". At least I know I did!
  • No Bullying! No one wants their kid to be bullied. Right? It's just a fact. Good, loving parents do not want their children to be bullied. So naturally I don't either. But here is the sad truth: parents think it's inevitable and just allow it to happen. I don't like that train of thought, but I used to be like that. I was under the assumption that it would be good for my kids to have that experience. That they needed to know what it was like so they could handle it in their adult lives too. Here's the, no, here's one problem with that: I haven't been bullied as an adult. Yeah I run into people that I think are rude or that I don't like, yada yada, but I can't recall being bullied. I know it happens to some people but I think as an adult it's considered abuse and it's something, we as adults, know to get out of. (Geez! I'm going on and on! Haha sorry but I am very passionate about this point.)
    So anyways, I know I can't stop bullying completely! If you let your kids go outside your house, chances are they will be bullied at some point. So by homeschooling I reduce the risk substantially. I wont shelter my kids from everything. Actually the opposite! I WANT my kids to experience life! I want them to be immersed into as many cultures and experiences as they can! So yeah! Homeschooling will reduce bullying, plus I can be there to help my kids get through it and they wont be afraid to come to me. My main point is that parents shouldn't just throw their children to the wolves, instead if we all taught our kids how to be well mannered there wouldn't be any wolves in the first place. But we know that that wont happen. So instead I'm going to teach my kids to be awesome at home and they can reflect that in the real world. 
  • Closer Relationships! My children will want to come to me with questions and concerns and we will have a closer relationship throughout their lives. I don't know about you, but I want my kids to want to come to me with EVERYTHING! And yes I mean EVERYTHING! :)
  • Learn What They Want! I mentioned this a bit earlier, but I love the idea that my children can learn more of what they love and less of what they don't. And they can spread the time out by spending more time on what the love and get through the other stuff fast and be done. I also love that they can be themselves! They don't have to please their peers! 
  • Peer Pressure Gone! Okay, so chances are they will still get a little bit of peer pressure in sports or play dates or something. But they wont be in school 6-8 hours a day with children their own age telling them that in order to be "cool" they have to ______. I am grateful to know that my kids wont have to deal with that and that when they do experience they will come to me and learn how to deal with it instead of being scared they wont fit in, like at school. And since they have to go out of their way to make friends (good for helping with making them social), they are less likely to be friends with someone that tries to make them do something they don't like.
Well, that's my list so far! :) What are some reason's why you would want to homeschool? And what are some reason's you wouldn't want to? Keep it friendly! :)

5/14/2014

Top 6 Biggest Fears!

Hello guys!! I am SO happy to be writing again! My dang computer was in the "doctors office" getting fixed because the last time I had to take it in the had to reset it or something and it deleted the antivirus software and they didn't put it back on. So my computer was flippin out on me for about a week. But now it is fixed!! :) So now I can entertain you all with my wonderful words! Hehe!

Okay so I thought for today's post I would write about my biggest fears! So lets get to it! (These are in no special order.)
  • Bears! Hands down, bears scare the poo out of me! They are the things of my nightmares! And it is all because I watched a movie called The Edge (don't recommend it). I was 17 and I slept in my parents bed that night haha I am a HUGE scaredy cat! Like seriously... its a little embarrassing.. at least it would be if I cared! Haha, which I don't. People can know how much of a pansy I am, I don't care. (Weirdly enough I have always wanted to go to Bear World...)
  • Spiders! Spiders give me the heeby geebies! (I just shuddered a little thinking about it.) So I know a lot of people are scared of spiders, but my reasoning comes from a little true story about my childhood. Okay, so my older brother and sister were my awesome idols and I liked to do what they did (who doesn't?) ANYWAYS, so I went with them to their friends house when I was like six-ish and we were all playing in the backyard and my brother's friend had a little tent set up in the backyard. In the tent he had a bunch of spiders, which he liked to collect. So him and my brother went in and I followed them in. Then my brother's friend went out and locked my brother and I in, then he let my brother out and left me in, and then shook the tent so that the spiders would move along the tent walls. AH! Eventually my brother and sister tackled the guy and let me out.
  • Losing one of my children. I think that is really all there is to say. I couldn't handle losing one of my children. 
  • Losing my husband. I don't even want to think about this one.
  • HEIGHTS! I am TERRIFIED of falling off of things. I guess this one should really say falling, not heights. But falling from a great height is the scariest!
  • Not being able to have anymore children. Now I know that this isn't the worst thing in the world. I could adopt (I plan to actually) but it would be really sad if I couldn't have anymore of my own children. I LOVE being pregnant and giving birth to someone that is a part of me. It is a wonderful feeling and I really am sad for those that can't feel it themselves. I do thing adoption is amazing though.
Well, what are YOU afraid of? I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment!

4/30/2014

Vlog Family Update

I did an update on our family on my Youtube channel! Check it out here!

So, I have a Youtube channel that I started a year ago to be a beauty channel but I recently decided that I am not the best beauty guru that ever lived and it isn't really my passion. So a couple days ago I decided to change it. Now I'll be doing vlogs, family fun we have, I'll answer questions that anyone has about anything, I will also be doing random videos, like tags and challenges (if I feel brave enough, I'll do some singing ones, because I like to sing). So check it out and let me know if you have a request for anything or a question you want answered. I'll do my best for you guys! :) 

Loves!

Have you ever wanted a Youtube channel of your own? If you had one what would you do it about?

4/23/2014

5 Ways to Ease Stress in the Middle of the Week

Photo Courtesy of Mind Body Green
I was thinking lately that I need some stress relief. I am sure you all feel the same way too sometimes. So I came up with five ways that I like to ease my burdens and feel relaxed in the middle of the week. Or anytime really. So here are some ways to relax and get through your week.

  1. Bath time! I LOVE me some bath time! Just fill up the bath to a really warm/almost too hot temperature, add some bubbles, burn some candles that are lavender scented and grab myself a book and I am relaxed! It really is one of my favorite things to do. (Even if I'm not stressed.)
  2. Reading! I love to read! Since getting married (to a husband that gets a wee bit frustrated when I am reading and tune him out. Seriously though, how can I not?) and then having a baby, I find it really hard to sit and read for hours on end like I used to. So reading now is a luxury, which means it is extra special and does an extra good job of relaxing me and distracting me from my worries.
  3. Yoga! Yes, I am a yoga-er. I have found yoga to be a soothing and fun way to relax and release some stress and tension. When you get stressed you tend to carry that stress around in your muscles in the form of knots. Yoga helps release that tension and therefore relieve some stress. Also it is an exercise, which releases endorphin's (or "happy hormones") and keeps you healthy, if done regularly, and can help keep you happy. So take a time out and do some yoga everyday. It's always a win win.
  4. Massages! Before you get all "I can't afford that!" on me, listen up! I have only had one paid for massage in my 25 years of living (I didn't even pay for it) and, even though it was nice, you can still get a good relaxing massage at home. Have your spouse give you a massage, ask a good friend too, have a child or parent give one to you. It doesn't have to be a clothes-off-under-a-sheet massage (unless its your spouse and you are planning for an intimate night. Which makes this suggestion a double bonus). Wear your clothes. Just have them massage your back or feet or as far up your legs as you are comfortable with. (Legs hold a LOT of tension!! As does your behind, but that one is totally up to you.) So just get a massage and feel how good it is! Also try a massage school, I hear they are much cheaper. 
  5. Movie Time! Let me paint a picture for ya: you are curled up on the couch in your pj's, possibly with your significant other. You both have a warm cup of cocoa and a snugly-wugly blanket and you pop in an ol' favorite and snuggle in for the next 2 hours for some much needed relaxation. Honestly? How could you NOT feel relaxed with that scenario? Got to love it!
Photo Courtesy of The Dating Divas
  • BONUS! I am going to try meditating as a way to relax. I have recently become aware of the voices in me head not shutting up when it's time for bed. And by voices, I mean me worrying about all I have to do the next day, what to post next and what to do with my business to make it better and so much more.
Well if any of you have tried meditating I want to know how it went, what you did, what made it work and how you learned more about it! 

So tell me, what is your favorite way to relax? Comment below! I'm dying to know! 

Hugs!

4/21/2014

10 Things My Readers Don't Know About Me

Today I feel like sharing some things about myself that you might not know. So let's get to it!
  1. I got engaged 3 weeks after I met my husband. True story! My husband and I met March 2nd and got engaged March 24th. Then we got married June 4th. Best decision EVER!
  2. I have wanted to be a mom since I was very little. I have always wanted to be a mom. Now that I am one, I can't think of anything else I'd rather do.
  3. I love ducks! Weird, I know. But ducks are just so cute! Also, I collect rubber duckies. I'll have to get them all together and do a picture soon.
  4. I love dogs! We have a pet Labrador/Golden Retriever mix and she is awesome! She is 4 years old (as of April 19th). She is also sooo good with our 7 month old baby boy! She loves him! 
  5. I sell Mary Kay! I started selling Mary Kay the end of January and so far so good. I have enjoyed the girl time I get and the friendships I've made. I have always loved using Mary Kay, now I sell it! (Need anything? Go to my website! www.marykay.com/darcistout Check out our products!)
  6. I am addicted to chips. Seriously. They are my one vice. When trying to diet/cleanse/eat better, they are the one thing I can't not have. I try but after a few days I give in. AH! They are just too good!
  7. I love my life! I am happy with my life. I love being married to my husband and I love our beautiful baby boy and our dog Marley. As long as I have them I can get through anything. 
  8. I want 8 children! You read that right. EIGHT! I love love love children! Especially my own (who doesn't). I want lots of kids and a big family! Maybe I'll even have more than 8. Who knows?
  9. I want to adopt. Someday I want to adopt some little baby too. Maybe 2-3 wonderful children. We will see.
  10. I plan on homeschooling my children. Yup. I plan on hopping on the home-school train. I have many reasons for this. Mostly though I want the freedom to teach my children in the way I find best.

Well there you go! 10 things about me! Tell me something about you! What are some of your favorite things?


4/18/2014

Why I Think Couples Shouldn't Tell Others About Their Problems

Okay, so first off, I'm not a professional anything, I didn't go to school to learn this and I don't have any degrees or anything. The following is all my opinion.

Recently I was talking to a friend (names retracted for privacy), and she was venting a bit about how hard finances are right now. That doesn't really surprise me, a LOT of people are struggling with money, including me and my hubby. Crazy, I know. Anyways, her and her hubby have been having issues and I was there to listen to her.

But it got me thinking, "how come people like to talk to someone else about marital problems?". You see, while they, like many others, have money issues, one of them talks to the parents about it. Normally that doesn't sound like a bad thing. But when one of you goes and tells your parents that it is frustrating you and making you mad and upset and you are just hurting over it, then things get bad.

When you tell someone your money problems so you can get help, that is different then complaining about and blaming your spouse for your money problems. If you need to, go to someone for help to fix your budget and find one that works for you.

Short of that though, don't complain to someone else.

Here are some reasons why:

  1. It Hurts. The short and simple truth. NO ONE wants to feel like they are a bad person and not doing all they can. Seriously though. It really can effect the emotional state of the person you are complaining about. They think that you think very little of them and that you can't trust them and that they are no good. That's a bad thing to feel about yourself.
  2. It's Personal. Your finances and how you budget them is personal. I know I said earlier to get help, but help with how to budget isn't the same as help with your money. You decide where your money goes, you decide what kind of debt you want. Someone else can just advise you on how to budget best, you turn around and make it personal. That being said, don't go complain to someone else. 
  3. It Turns Them. When you complain to someone, a close friend or family member, especially parents, you can expect that person to automatically be on your side and defend you and to start to think less of your spouse. If you want your marriage to last, do not complain to someone else about something you need to discuss with your spouse. 
  4. It Turns You. After a long time of complaining and nagging and seeing the bad, you start to only see that and eventually it turns you against your spouse. You don't want that. You really don't. 
I have a picture that we got for our wedding that says, "Marriage requires falling in love many times. Always with the same person." To fall in love with someone over and over, you have to forgive the faults and move on. If it's harder said then done, then talk about it with your spouse and figure it out. Don't go complain to someone else and feed your negative feelings. By doing that you will more than likely end your marriage. Instead talk to your spouse and figure out how to compromise.

Well that's how I feel about that situation and I feel it can apply to more than just financial problems. 

What are things you do to help with marital stress? Have any tips with how to budget?


4/09/2014

No Spending Challenge

This last month (March) my husband and I did a No Spending Challenge. For the whole month we didn't spend any extra money than we absolutely had to. Well we did very good with it, I think. We only bought one thing for our son that we didn't HAVE to have. It was just a few dollars so we gave in. But it was the only thing we bought that we didn't need. So in my book, we did great! :) We didn't eat out, which wasn't too hard since we didn't really do that before. We didn't go shopping for anything but diapers, wipes, baby food and food for us. We also only drove around when we needed to so as to save gas. We even turned of as many lights and electronics as possible to save on our power bill. (We wont know how much till later this month.)


Okay, so you are probably wondering what exactly we got out of this? Well I can tell you, we didn't save a ton of money, or even any money. We had just enough to pay bills, gas, tithing and baby stuff. It was crazy to us that even with not spending, we still had no money left. But then I thought about it. I discovered that because of our faith in paying our tithing we were able to survive the last few months without extra income. I don't know how it happens, not exactly, but I know that by paying our tithing we were blessed and taken care of. I love that our Lord will do that for us! Yes, we go through hard times, but sometimes it's just a matter of having faith that we can get through it, knowing and seeing the little things in our lives that are blessings from God.

We also have a realization that we need to be better with our budget. We are trying, and struggling, with it. I am still keeping track of our budget by a system introduced to us by our friends. It is still the best way for us so far. I think our biggest problem is that we have a hard time checking it diligently and making sure we are on track. So while we work on that, we will continue to not spend more money than absolutely necessary. We will do this until it is habit. I think everyone should. Here are some reasons why I think it is good for everyone:
  • Savings: you learn to save up your money and ultimately have that fall back/emergency fund for when you desperately need it.
  • Smarts: along with saving money you learn the value of a dollar and know how to save for purchases rather than charge a credit card and go in debt.
  • Freedom: you gain freedom from debt. Instead of spending money on things you don't need you end up saving for and paying off your debt. You also get freedom from guilt, no more buyers guilt on big ticket items that you knew you didn't need but wanted. When you have the money to pay for it and it is set apart for that purpose, there is no guilt in buying that wanted item. It also gives you the financial freedom to save up and go on trips with your family. When you are broke or in debt you cant really have the fun of going places with your family.
  • Confidence: you can gain confidence in yourself and your abilities.
I have already seen these and more ways that doing this is going to help me and my family. My husband and I are having fun finding ways to not spend money but still have family fun.


What are some ways you found to have fun on a budget? And if you tried this challenge too, what did you get out of it? I'd love to know! Leave me a comment below!

My Testimony

In the spirit of General Conference this last weekend I thought that I should bear my testimony for all of you. I want you to know that I know without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one true church on the earth today. I have a testimony that President Monson is a prophet of God and has been put on this earth to lead and guide us to our Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and that he atoned for our sins and died for us. I have a testimony of tithing and the blessing we can receive by paying it. I know that no matter how far gone you think you are or how much you have sinned, you can return to Heavenly Father through repentance and obedience to the Lord. There is always hope! Fear not and delay not your repentance.
I also have a testimony of faith. If we do what we are supposed to do then we will be blessed! Whether in this life or the next, it will happen. I also want you all to know that I love you. I may not know you but I assure you I love you. I will not hate and I choose to believe in the goodness of mankind. I also want you to know that while I don't know everything, I don't understand everything and I can't tell you why everything happens the way it does, I know that God has a plan. We may not ever understand something until after we have moved from this earth into the spirit world, but all things have a meaning and purpose. I am excited to be apart of this church. I am proud to be LDS. And I love my God for blessing me and giving me the trials I need to grow and learn and become closer to Him.
I have a testimony of temple work. I know that it is a wonderful thing for obedient saints to do. I have felt the love of those who I have served while in the temple. I have a testimony of scripture study and prayer, I feel a significant difference in my life when I pray and read the scriptures versus when I don't.

I leave these things with you to ponder and pray about in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

3/25/2014

Haden is Almost 7 Months!

I can't believe how fast time flies. My sweet little baby is growing up! And becoming a little independent. He is loving all of his yummy baby foods, but he keeps trying to steal the spoon and do it himself. Well, mostly he likes to chomp on the spoon haha. He loves his standing saucer thing that he can play in. Oh and he is sitting up now! He doesn't know how to get there quite yet but he is loving sitting up so much that he gets cranky when he falls over and can't get back up. He also is getting closer to holding himself up in a crawling position. Haden as gotten very good at turning around on his belly and scooting to places. We also think that his first tooth is coming in soon. The last few nights have been hard for him, he just wants to chew on his binki because his gums hurt. So we are on the lookout for his first tooth.

Haden had a his six month check up a couple weeks ago and he is doing good. Healthy and happy. He is a little on the small side weight wise but he is on the tall side too so the doctors aren't worried. He will be getting a helmet soon to help correct the shape of his head. We should be going in and getting him measured for it this week. He will have to wear it for about 3 months. He eats his baby food 2-3 times a day (we are going to try 4 times now) and he still isn't getting enough to sleep through the night yet. He wakes up about every 2-3 hours still, just as hungry as ever. So I think the 4 times a day of baby food plus the formula and juice should hopefully be enough for his baby belly so he can get some decent sleep at night and so can David and I.

Well David and I have been praying a lot about where we should be and what we should be doing and we have decided, with the Lord's help, that we need to be in Arizona and that we aren't going to be doing the aquarium with our friends anymore. We know that it'll take off and become a real thing, it is just going to take longer than we have time for. But keep on the lookout for it you Idahoans! We also decided that Arizona is where we need to be right now. So as soon as we get the money to move we will be packing up. (So we think it'll be in the next 3-5 months, maybe a little longer.)

David is doing good at Cal Ranch and will hopefully be transferring to a Cal Ranch in Arizona. There are a couple new stores down there that need people so hopefully he can get full time. His leg is still regaining mobility back but we have gym memberships at Anytime Fitness and will be going and working out to help his leg and get us back in shape. He will also be trying to go back to school, either online at BYU-I or at ASU in Arizona (we haven't decided). Either way he will be applying for scholarships so if anyone knows of any good websites that we can look into please let us know. Thanks!

As for me, I am working really hard on Mary Kay. This weekend I am going to the career conference for MK and can't wait to go and learn and be motivated! It is going to be awesome. I am also working on building up my customer base and also working on gaining team members so I can be a team leader! I am really excited for the opportunity to be able to do this. I have been also working on eating a more insulin resistance friendly diet and a heart healthy diet for David. It's going to be slow going but we will get there. My decluttering journey is also slow going but it is happening haha.

Well that's our update for now. Please pray for us to do what's right and be healthy and happy. Also pray for David's dad, he is having back problems and could use it. Thanks everyone! Love you all! :)

3/04/2014

Organize my life please!

Hey friends, today I am going to do something a wee bit embarrassing. I am going to show you a picture of my messy, cluttered, crazy-out-of-control living room. I am going on a journey to clean my house and de-clutter my house and my life. So I am hoping that by showing my messy house online for all to see I can be motivated to clean it and KEEP it clean. A lot of that has to do with having too much stuff and not enough space. That is good at this point in our lives though, it is making us get rid of stuff we don't need.

I am going to do the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge I got off of White House Black Shutters.  Basically you have 40 days (with one day off a week included) and you pick an area/room of your house where you clean and de-clutter each day. You can get 5 bags in a day or 1/2 of one, just so long as you do it and clean one area a day. That's one goal.

The other thing I will be doing for the next year is following the plan laid out in a book called Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry. It is on amazon and it is amazing so far! It helps you to de-clutter yourself AND your house! Double win! I am excited to be sharing this with you!

Okay so here it is, moment of truth, my messy living room:


And there you have it! That is the mess I live in. It isn't always this way, we do clean. I am just sick of it taking all of 1 day to get this way again. We need to simplify and get rid of stuff! So I know I'll be hyperventilating a little when I post this, but it will be good for me. It'll also show my progress and give you guys motivation to do this yourself. I hope you decide to follow my posts and do this too!

What are ways that you de-clutter your house? What about your life?

2/19/2014

Why We Stopped The Cleanse... And Why I Am Starting Over

So we didn't make it very far before we got tempted and had some sugar and dairy. (Who can resist Cold Stone? Especially when you have to be there for 2 hours.) As a result of this we decided to stop the cleanse and just eat healthier. We decided that instead of doing this cleanse for six weeks, we would just stick to the basic diet and eat healthier always! (We were going to try to do this after anyways.) So here we are trying to eat healthier. So we eat mostly vegetables, but we added back in fruit, dairy and bread. And occasionally we eat some sugar.

I do feel somewhat bad about having stopped so soon. I really don't want to rely on taking a pill everyday for the rest of my life to manage my insulin resistance. So I might do the cleanse (and complete it) sometime in the future if eating healthy doesn't help take it away completely anyways. I'll need more help and motivation this next time around. And probably not hang out in Cold Stone or places that are a temptation. ESPECIALLY when give you samples. Never a good idea when trying to do a diet/cleanse.

Okay, so I basically decided while writing this that I am going to just start over and do the cleanse again now. Yes, its hard. Yes, my husband probably wont join me, making it harder. But I am going to complete it and hopefully stop having to take my insulin resistance pills and be healthy and not at risk for diabetes. I want to be healthy! It has always been a goal of mine to stay healthy but now that I know I am at risk for getting diabetes and now that I have a son, I want to get healthy even more.

We also decided not to eat meat everyday. Meat is expensive! And having too much isn't as good for us as we think. And here's the thing, America has made it so meat has to be in every meal and it has to be a HUGE portion or its not a meal. Well, it is a meal without meat and when we eat meat it should be very little portions with a bunch of veggies and fruit and other foods.

So there you have it. I am back on the cleanse starting today! Stay strong me, I know I can do it! :)

What is the hardest diet you have ever tried? Do you eat meat a lot? What are your tips for staying healthy?

2/06/2014

Reasons Behind the Cleanse

So others (and myself) have been wondering why I am even doing this cleanse. Well... "because" is a popular answer. But I am really doing it for health reasons. Let me first tell you my health problems. If I was always feeling fine and never had problems I wouldn't even think about changing my diet! It wouldn't have mattered much to me if I was sick or unhealthy in some way if I didn't feel it. I think most people think that way, "I feel fine, why should I change?"
Well the thing is, some people are sick or have problems and think that they really do feel fine. And honestly most days I feel "fine", but I have reasons to believe that I actually feel like crap and could feel way better than I do, just to get to "fine".
So here is what I feel on a regular basis (like almost everyday):

  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation (I know its gross but hey, it happens to everyone)
  • Gas
  • Sickness (I get sick a ton! I don't have a great immune system, which is part of the problem.)
  • Allergies
  • Dizzyness
  • Nausea 
And I know there is more I can't think of right now. The reason I have these problems is I have GERD and Mild Insulin Resistance. So GERD stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Basically I have reflux problems. Find out more about it here.

And Mild Insulin Resistance means that I can't process sugars the same as everyone else and means I am on the path to diabetes. I do not wish to be on this path anymore. Diabetes is a scary thing to me. I don't like needles or blood and I don't like the thought of having to maintain my blood sugar levels even more so than I do now.

Okay so my friend told me about this diet/cleanse thing and said her husband did it and felt so much better after! He lost weight, lost his arthritis and went from being even closer to diabetes than I am to being text book perfect. WOW! Now THAT'S results! I would love to not have to take a pill everyday to maintain how my body processes sugars. When I heard her talking about this to someone else I instantly thought that I need to do that! So now I am!

What he did was cut out all sugars (including anything that turns into sugars, like fruits and some veggies), gluten, dairy, and yeast. He also took pills to kill the yeast in his body. Starve it and kill it. That is how you do it. So, basically, he ate quinoa, dark leafy greens and lean meats for six weeks.

After doing this diet for 2 days, I think that that might be a bit hard for us. So we are going to cut out those same things, but not exactly. We are going to not eat refined or processed sugars, but still eat fruits and veggies low on the glycemic index. We also will occasionally have honey or agave nectar as substitutes. We plan on sticking to mostly the same diet except for with the sugars. That and I really don't think I can last a whole six weeks without even a HINT of something sweet.

Well there you have it. The reasons and the plans. To be healthier and get rid of my Insulin Resistance and to diminish the symptoms I feel too often. I want to feel great! I want to know what great feels like! So join us on this journey and let us know how it goes for you!

Know a good recipe to fit the cleanse diet? Why not share it in the comments! :)

Here are some websites that can help you understand:
http://blog.probacto.com/the-complete-candida-detox-diet-and-protocol-1-of-4v2/#chapter1

This one tells you another perspective on it and another diet you can do (it looks too intense for us though):
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/dont-waste-your-time-why-the-candida-diet-doesnt-work/




2/05/2014

6 Week Cleanse

So starting today, David and I are starting a 6 week cleanse to get healthier. We are cutting out yeast, gluten, sugar and dairy. It is going to be hard, and will suck for a while because are body is detoxifying, but it will be worth it. It's going to help us to detoxify and hopefully help me with my insulin resistance and help David remain healthy so as to not have heart problems.

If you want to join us on this journey, look out for more posts and also on look out for recipes on my other blog. Inventions of the Not-So-Chef

Sorry this post is so short. Look for more to come though! :)

Super Bowl Party Snacks

This last Sunday we had a Super Bowl Party! So much fun! We watched the Super Bowl and played games. Here are the treats we had:

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches! Super tasty and enjoyed by all! Recipe is here.

Spicy Meatballs! More breaded then I anticipated, but good all the same! Enjoy them here!

Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies! These were a huge hit! Recipe here.

Jalapeno Poppers! Spicy and delicious! Yum! Recipe of greatness!

Dill Pickle Dip! This tangy, dill dip is a crowd pleaser! Dip away!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn! I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it is true! It exists!

These are some of our new favorite recipes!

What are some of yours?

1/25/2014

Favorite Valentines Day Dates and Gifts!

I love Valentines Day! Who doesn't? (Besides single people.) I love it because I get to spend a wonderful day with my hubby, the man I am head over heels for, and it also happens to be my birthday! Hehe! It's awesome I know. 
So here are some good ideas for dates and gifts:

  1. The Classic
    Dinner and a movie! Everyone knows about this one. Pick your favorite place to eat, go watch a movie at a theater, hold hands, and enjoy each others company. It is a great classic date. Only one problem, EVERYONE does it! Haha! It must be great if everyone does it. Which is fine and dandy but it can make it hard to get seats at a restaurant or theater, which brings us to number two.
  2. The Secluded
    This one is similar to The Classic but instead of going out for a night of fun, you stay in! Make a delicious dinner for two, snuggle up in a blanket fort and watch a romantic movie! It is a fun, romantic twist on a classic date.
  3. The Scavenger Hunt
    This one is a fun date! Make a scavenger hunt for your spouse, they make one for you and then you race to get it done and the winner gets a prize of your choosing. You can make a scavenger hunt of love notes that last all day and each has a clue that leads to the next. This is a fun one that can happen all day while you go and do other stuff. It can take you all over the town or just around the house.
  4. The Double Date
    Some people are just social creatures and need a couple extra friends to have a great time. Generally Valentines Day is a day for couples, love and romance. But you can definitely still get together with a really close pair of friends and have a fun date and THEN go off to do your own thing. You can do The Classic or the Scavenger Hunt or basically anything you come up with for this date. Then when you and your spouse get home and are alone, well then it is up to you what you do next. 
  5. The Bucket List
    This one is fun! You and your spouse get together and write down all your bucket list items and then pick a few small ones or one big one and go and do it! This can be a completely awesome and random and exciting date! It is whatever you make it! 
  6. Cheesy Gifts
    For this gift you can go get the cheesiest Valentines Day stuff at the store or dollar store and have some fun with it! Get heart glasses, cute mugs, candy and cheesy teddy bears. Go all out and enjoy the funny cutesy things you and your spouse can get for each other. 
  7. Romantic Gifts
    Get your spouse something sexy this Valentines Day. Get some lingerie, sparkling cider and some chocolate dipped strawberries. You can also get massage oil and give each other massages. This is a gift best given and used when you are alone with your spouse. 
  8. Classic Gifts
    A box of chocolates and some flowers for the women and some candy and a movie for the men. Classic and easy!
  9. Personal Gifts
    I like this one because you pick out stuff that you know your spouse really wants, needs or uses a lot and give them that. It makes it super personal. Some ideas for this are: books, movies, personalized mugs or picture frames, pictures of you together, pocket knives, Chapstick, beef jerky, homemade gifts, candy or homemade treats.
  10. Homemade Gifts
    I love to make things for my family! I make hats, scarves, pot holders, and pretty much anything I can figure out how to make and give as a gift! This one is open to your imagination! Anything you can think to make you can give as a gift! And don't worry if it isn't perfect, your spouse isn't going to care. They will love you for trying! 
So what are some of your favorite gifts to give and get?

1/09/2014

Book Review- Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Okay so I finished the book last night. And I enjoyed it! The book started out as a typical girl meets boy, they don't like each other, but over time they become friends. At first they just argue about things. She is a diva/prom queen type, who is the most popular girl in school, dating the most popular guy. And he is a film geek who can't talk to girls, has no social skills outside is geeky friends and really wants to get into a film school. So he decides to film a documentary of the popular girls and submit it for his college application. She decides, with the help of her dad, that he can film her for his documentary and so they start their awkward relationship.
So on this journey they actually start to open up to one another and become friends. Soon they find themselves actually liking being together and they are the first person the other one calls for anything. This whole time I thought FOR SURE they would end up dating! Even though she was dating the most popular guy and he liked someone else. It keeps leading you to think that they will end up falling in love. Same old story right? Refreshingly not!
Turns out that even though Dylan (the girl) and her boyfriend Asher end up breaking up, she finds someone else she really likes and he gets the girl he has been crushing on for forever. It is nice that I got a twist at the end. Making it not the same as the typical story that people usually write. Thanks for that refreshing new twist on a story Robin Palmer!
I would highly recommend reading this book. Its got a few twists and turns you wouldn't think were going to happen.
As for the movie? Well it's okay. But wrong! It doesn't follow the book. Except for some of the main points. Like the two main characters are the same. Their friends are the same. But how they meet is wrong. What he is doing the documentary for isn't accurate. And in the end they end up together, not just as best friends. Thanks Hollywood, you made into a typical princess story. Granted its still a good movie. But I like the book a TON better. So yeah, read it! :) And watch the movie, for fun!

This week I am reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I have read this before but I haven't finished the series and its been a while so I thought I would reread them from the beginning. Please join me in reading it and discussing it next week. Thanks!

1/07/2014

Top Ten Healthy Snacks!

This week I want to tell you about my top ten healthy snacks I enjoy. Since I am trying to eat healthier I want to share what I do to eat healthier and allow you guys the chance to reply with your healthy snack choices. So here are mine:

1. Green Smoothies/Fruit Smoothies

I like having smoothies for breakfast mostly. They also make a great snack when you need something to help fill you up and hold you over until lunch or dinner. I like doing kale or spinach with fruit and milk. Here are some recipes from other websites:

Boulder Locavore
100 Days of Real Food
Simply Recipes






I also like to make fruit smoothies. I use frozen fruits and veggies because they don't go bad as fast and they still taste good! Plus you can get more out of season fruits that way.



2. Cucumbers and Bell Peppers!
I like eating cucumbers with a little salt and pepper and bell peppers with a little salt. It is delicious and very good for you! Way better than chips or ice cream anyways.
3. Celery and peanut butter!
Delicious and very good for you! The celery burns more calories than it takes to eat it and the peanut butter i good protein and helps energize you!

4. Pretzels!
Pretzels are a great treat to eat! Especially when you want something salty but don't want chips. Trust me, chips are my downfall, so I can honestly say that pretzels help! Now they don't completely make up for it, especially if you want a different flavor of chip, but when you just want salty and crunchy, they totally work!
5. Carrots and Ranch Dip!
This is a yummy snack! I use light ranch dressing too so it makes it more healthy. They are packed with fiber, vitamin A and beta carotene.
6. Hummus!
Hummus is delicious! If you haven't tried it, you definitely should! I like the roasted red pepper kind. MMM!!! Good! I eat it with chips, carrots, pretzels, celery, pretty much anything you want works.
7. Trail Mix!
Trail mix is the perfect snack! Healthy, full of protein and vitamins, crunchy, chewy, yummy, salty, sweet! Basically covers everything! And with so many different varieties to choose from, it becomes a snack that can be for anytime and not make you sick of it!
8. Granola Bars!
I like granola bars! Especially with a hint of chocolate or peanut butter. Yummy and good for you! I eat the Fiber One bars a lot. The chocolate ones are delicious! (Not sponsored, it is my own opinion.)
9. Cheese and Crackers!
Cut up some cheese cubes, put it on a cracker and enjoy! With all the varieties of cheese and crackers this snack can be made into any variety of yumminess! :)
10. Rice Cakes!
Yum! Rice cakes are delicious! I like the crunchyness and texture of them. My favorite is the white cheddar kind! And for a sweet treat I like the apple and cinnamon flavor. They are way healthier than chips and candy and other snacks.

So there you have it! 10 deliciously healthy snack time foods! What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

1/06/2014

Eating Healthy!

For the next six months I will be cutting out certain foods for one month in order to eat healthier and stay fit. This month I will be cutting out fast food and fried foods! 


As delicious as these foods are, they are NOT good for you! So for the month of January I will not eat fried and fast foods. I am hoping that by doing this I wont want to eat it very much after, therefore making me a healthier person! :)

As I go on this journey I will let you guys know how I feel and what is happening. If you would like to join me on this journey, well please do! Just post a comment and let me know what you are doing to be healthier.

What is the hardest thing for you to give up when it comes to food? Mine is chips! I have a hard time giving up chips! That and ice cream!

1/03/2014

Friday Date Night- Bucket List Date!


Tonight my husband and I will be having a romantic evening date right here at home. We are going to make our 2014 Bucket List!

We have these cute matching journals where we will write our bucket lists and also our new years resolutions for ourselves and as a couple. It is an awesome and fun way to spend an evening together! (I got the idea from this wonderful blog: The Dating Divas.)
My husband and I don't have a bucket but it is still fun to write down our hopes and dreams, and next year we will do it again and reread what we wrote this year and see what we got done, what has changed and what we still need to accomplish!

1/01/2014

Top Ten New Years Resolutions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can't believe it's 2014! Where has the time gone!? I feel like last year just started! And I have to admit, I didn't do very well with my New Years Resolutions last year... BUT! I have determined to do better this year! I am going to use THIS to help me build habits that stick! (Check it out!) But here is my list of resolutions for the year 2014! (Let's hope I make it this time haha)

#1. Exercise!
I want to exercise more! I say this every year, I know. And last year I did okay with it. At least I did better than the year before... maybe not great though haha! This year I am going to do much better! My husband is very supportive of me exercising and even got me exercising stuff for Christmas! I love it! :)

#2. Organize!
I am extremely bad at keeping things organized and clean! Seriously, I really am not good at it! This year I am changing that! Now that I have a baby I really want to make sure our house is clean and organized so he doesn't get into anything that would be bad for him. Here are some websites that help you to organize:
As always you can use Pinterest to find more. That is my favorite place to look for good ideas. (Follow me on Pinterest!)

#3. Be in my children's lives!
I have only one child at the moment and he is absolutely perfect! Of course I do want more though. I also want to make sure that my husband and will always be in our children's lives and that we always have a good time together! 

#4. Watch Less T.V.
I watch far too much T.V. Who's with me? I want to be better at getting other things done, so I am going to limit my T.V. time so I can do all the other things on my new years resolution list!

#5. Read More!
I LOVE to read! Honestly! It is the best! So I am making a goal to read a book a week! That may sound like a lot but I love to read and it really shouldn't be too hard. The most time I want to give myself is two weeks, you know, if it's a really really big book! Haha! I would also love to have a book club and read a book and discuss it with others, so whenever I finish a book I will be posting about it on my blog so others can discuss it with me! I will also be posting the next I will be reading on my blog so others can read it and participate too!

#6. Post more on my blogs!
I want to use my time I wasted on T.V. and turn it into a productive blog! I have this blog and a food blog. I want to make sure I post more on both. I want to do at least one food post a week and two to three posts on this blog a week.

#7. Try one new recipe a week!
In order to help me keep up with my blog posts on my food blog I want to do a new recipe every week! In order to do this I will need more recipes! (Obviously) Which means I will constantly be on the lookout for more fun recipes! And they could come from you! If you have a recipe you would like me to try let me know HERE! And I will gladly do a recipe swap and tell others about your blog as well! :)

#8. Do one new craft a month!
I want to try one new craft a month to help me with learning, posting on my blog, and just being creative and having fun! :)

#9. Budgeting and getting out of debt!
My husband and I are trying out a new way of budgeting. We got the idea from our friends and if it works out well I will post a template of it for everyone to see and use if you want! :) We are trying our best to be better about saving our money, how we spend it and how we get out of debt. I will be doing posts throughout the year on this subject. Here is a website where I found some good tips as well.

#10. Eat Healthier!
As I have mentioned in other posts, I have Mild Insulin Resistance. Which means I shouldn't be eating sweets and junk a lot because I am at risk for diabetes. So I want to do the best I can to eat healthy instead of eating junk, like chips, that I am VERY good at eating! Haha! So yeah, eat better! My goal is to cut down sweets and chips to about once a week. As in, only eat a small portion of chips and sweets once a week. I feel that you still need some of that junk occasionally, especially if you are used to eating it. Can't cut it out cold turkey! Makes it to hard to accomplish I think. So a little here or there will help me to be a healthier person.

 #11. Spend more time with my husband!
I added one more, because this is the most important! Keeping the romance alive! Do more date nights and learn to appreciate everything my husband does and not get mad at him for the little things. Check out this blog post!

What are some of YOUR New Years Resolutions? And how will you accomplish them?


Making Monday!

Today's random post is going to be about a wreath I made for my mom for Christmas! It was a fun and easy project! I hope everyone likes it!

I bought the straw wreath at Walmart.I also bought some ribbon as well. Then I used a couple old t-shirts and made the Pom-Poms on the front. You can use any colors you want. I used these colors to match my mom's house.
First I made the pom-poms. I lost my pictures for this project (lame computer!) BUT here is the website I got it from! Next I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath, glued it down and then glued on the pom poms!

It was easy and lots of fun to come up with ideas. What is your favorite colors to decorate with? What kind of wreaths have you made?