Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NIAW....

I missed it, but last week was National Infertility Awareness Week.
1 in 6, 1 in 8, 1 in 9-whatever the statistic is you've heard, struggle with infertility.  
Statistics are funny-theoretically for every group of 6-9 couples, 1 of them will have experienced some sort of infertility.  
Although, it doesn't actually work out like that all the time.  
I have come across plenty of people who have absolutely no idea what it means to be infertile, or don't know of anyone who has experienced infertility.  

That's why I choose to share my story. 
This is my soap box to spread awareness and create sensitivity. 
To spread gratitude and gratefulness.

Infertility is my  rose among thorns...

All the pain, all the agony, all the waiting, all the unknowns...
are worth it in the end. 

 

One of my greatest joys, are when people tell me my story touched them.
Or my story urged them to trust their intuition and seek additional medical help.
Or I planted a seed of awareness to someone unknowing, which allowed them to become gentler, more sensitive.  

For those of you still in the trenches, stay strong. 
You're journey is beautiful...

Tiny type with the message "Joy in the Journey" a reminder that life is a journey not a destination enjoy it. #rings 
For more of my infertility journey, you can read HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE

Monday, April 28, 2014

Getting back into the game...

I had to take a hiatus...
Between Passover, family and lack of babysitting, blogging was just not something I could make happen!
But I'm back in the game now...

So, let's start this week off with a Monday Munchies.  
Something I'm going to get into this week is my weight loss.
Or lack thereof...

In theory, I'd love to jump on the clean eating train-and truthfully, I'm still learning about what it means exactly.  
I'm a major foodie, a total junkie.  
I think in my former life I was a truck driver.
Not to stereotype or anything...
Anyway, when I can find clean food that I enjoy, I'm thrilled. 
I know it's better for me than that chocolate, or cookie.  

Something I've fallen totally in love with are chia seeds.  

 Raspberry and Chocolate Chia Pudding 

 Chia Yogurt Bowl #fitfluential #EAT 

What's so awesome about these little seeds?



Chia seeds have an interesting texture.  
If you mix them into a smoothie, or into more of a drier good, like a muffin-they have a seed like consistency.  
However, if "activated" by a liquid such as the puddings, or put into water, it creates a gel like consistency.  
Some people are turned off by that consistency, I happen to love it and frequently drink them.  

How amazing doe these look?



I hope to be showcasing some recipes made with chia seeds soon!

Friday, April 4, 2014

One Room Challenge....

I'm so happy to be participating in the One Room Challenge again...
I loved participating in the last one, you can check it out here.

Y'all know I'm terribly behind-so I have no pictures of my current spaces, yes I said spaces.  
See, I'm so anal, that I had my whole house painted in my colors before I moved in, I had all the decor picked out before I moved in, and I made sure that unpacking included decorating.
Should I mention we moved 13 days before Hannah was born?
Call me crazy...I'm used to it. 

Anyway, that presented me with a little challenge when it came to picking a space for the One Room Challenge.  
Hannah's room was the only unfinished space in our house.  
And then I got to thinking-there are some loose ends.  
So, that's what I plan on doing-sprucing up the upstairs bathroom and hallway-which houses the kids' desk.  

I'll be back next week with some current pictures.
Hope you'll stick around!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Purim, 2014...

Things around here are quite busy...
But most importantly, I've managed to make exercising a top priority! 
My house is not to thrilled, and honestly I curse a lot in the morning when I attempt to get dressed and that exact piece is dirty...but hey, it's all good.

I'm way behind here...
So let's back it up a bit.
Purim.

Planning Purim is like planning a birthday party-for me. 
All the details need to fall into place, but you can wrack your brain for days, weeks even and all of a sudden, BOOM, that perfect idea pops into mind and everything falls into place within a matter of minutes. 
Which is what happened here.
I don't know how it happened-but Poodle girls became our theme. 




Our skirts, and my glasses, scarf and socks were found at the wonderful shop called HipHop 50s Shop
Their customer service responded almost immediately and the products shipped right away with no issue! The products seem to be of quality and you can't beat the incredibly low prices. 

Now came the challenging part of figuring out a coordinated costume for the boys.
Because we do family themes. 
Poodle girls reminded me of Grease, so I did some Pinterest searching of Grease and decided on a leather jacket, converse shoes (although we didn't have any, so I went with our matching red TOMS), jeans, and a white t-shirt. 


Can they get any cuter?
Moshe was a little upset at the lack of real dress up. 
"This isn't a real costume."
He even asked if he could put a costume over this costume. 
I let him dress up as a doctor to school for their Purim fun-does that count?

Here's the thing-Purim was late Saturday night, so no real picture taking occurred. I was planning on having all day Sunday to tackle some Purim related fun, get dressed into our costumes and take plenty of pictures.
But around 1 am I found out my very close friend's grandmother died-she's like a sister to me and her grandmother was like a grandmother to me. 
I then stayed up all night and Sunday consisted of complete chaos and by the time 7:30pm rolled around, I was falling asleep.
I still have the costumes out, saying I'll dress the kids up and take pictures...we'll see if that ever happens.

I have missed this place, and I hope to be back on a consistent basis! 
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