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While there are so many reasons to love the holidays, they can be super stressful. #ad Between buying and wrapping gifts, cooking, getting the house ready and all of the gatherings, it's just go-go-go until the end of the year. I've found five ways to lessen the stress for you and your
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In honor of this smiling horse, and because yesterday’s pun tanked (guess most of you have never heard ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’)... today I’m sharing a horse joke. 🐎 
Once upon a time there was a rich man that was driving past a farm, he looked over and saw a beautiful stallion standing in the field. The rich man thought, ‘Wow I gotta have him’ so he pulled into the farm’s entrance. He found the owner and said, “I want that horse out yonder in that field. How much do you want for him?” The farmer said, “He don’t look to good.” “Nonsense” said the rich man “I’ll pay you $1000 for him.” “But he don’t look to good,” said the farmer. The rich man sighed and said, “$2000 dollars is my final offer.” The farmer sold the beautiful horse to the rich man. One week later the rich man came back angry as ever and said, “Darn you, you sold me a blind horse!” Then the farmer smiled and said, “I TOLD YOU HE DIDN’T LOOK TOO GOOD!!!!” .
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I just ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon.  I'll let you know.
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One thing I regret is not having newborn photos taken of all three girls. I’ve looked back at Falynn’s photos so many times over the years and they still give me all the feels. We were so blessed to have been able to have them taken by @jenpriesterphotography. Jen is so talented and really the sweetest person. I am forever grateful that she made the trip from Michigan to Florida to capture these for us. Did you have professional newborn pictures taken of your kids?
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Let’s talk about photo editing. There are so many people on IG that I admire, when it comes to their editing and photography styles… @theautismcafe, @momsinknots, @taramoon and @dearauggie, just to name a few. I’m constantly trying to learn, grow and improve my photos. So I thought it would be fun to take an older photo and edit it again, just to see the changes in my own personal style. Swipe to see the original edit from earlier this year. Not a huge difference, but I do notice slight improvements. Which do you prefer? Do you tend to gravitate toward the darker or brighter feeds?
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Halloween is over, so we can start talking about Christmas now, right?! 🙌🏻 The holidays are usually a blur for me. Between decorating, cooking and prepping the house, its non-stop. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when you add in our everyday chores as parents. I think it’s important to keep the kids occupied with something that you can use, instead of sitting them in front of a screen. Plus, it’s great to encourage your little one’s creativity. We love to choose a few projects every year and have the girls create our holiday décor. They love that we proudly display their projects and they make a great gift for your guests or their school friends! This year, we are excited to share our first Christmas craft idea, the snowman jar! What do you think?
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Headed to the dentist today for some fillings 😩. Tell me your best jokes and keep ‘em coming. .
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Trigger warning: Abduction 
Courageous is not the first adjective I'd use to describe myself. I don't open up easily, especially when it comes to traumatic events in my life. But what blogging has taught me, is that writing can be cathartic. It can free us of the fear we hold onto. So I write. Mostly for me and my mental health. I don't always share the posts. I have over 20 drafts that will probably never be published. But there are some subjects that are important enough to share, so that other people don't make the same mistakes I do.  This particular situation has taken me almost twenty five years to talk about. Very, very few people, family or friends, have heard this story. I think it was something that I tucked away because I was ashamed of myself and afraid of what might have been. Let me start by saying, I knew better. I was raised with common sense and knew the dangers of the world. So the decisions I made on this particular night weren't something I was proud of, let alone, wanted to share with people... until now. One of the scariest nights of my life, which only seemed fitting to share on Halloween. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit the blog and read about the night I was almost abducted.
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My Healthier Lifestyle – Month 1

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Do you have a specific weight in mind that absolutely terrifies you?  I did and in early December, I stepped on the scale and I had surpassed that frightening number.  I remember staring at the scale, with tears in my eyes, realizing that I had officially lost control of my body, but most of all, of my health.  I was spiraling out of control and I needed help.  I couldn’t allow myself to go one more day without changing my entire lifestyle.  I was unhappy, unhealthy and so tired.  I needed a change and more than anything, a healthier lifestyle.

Later that day, I was on Facebook, scrolling my newsfeed, when I saw a friend’s live video about her family’s vegetarian lifestyle.  I became a vegetarian years ago and just couldn’t commit.  I tried, but I failed miserably.  This time was different.  Watching Jessica’s video, I felt motivated.  I know how busy and hectic her days are and I knew if she could do it, I had no excuse not to try.  It might have just been that number on the scale but I knew I was ready to make a change.  That week, I started the path to a new me and haven’t looked back.

Anxiety and My Diet

It’s no secret that I suffer from anxiety.  This anxiety keeps me from going places, doing things and experiencing life. I’d been on medication for a couple of years and wasn’t seeing any improvement. I had spoken to multiple people who suggested that a change in my diet could be what I needed to eliminate my anxiety.  The more I researched, the more I found that your mood is affected by the foods you put into your body.  And suddenly a healthier lifestyle made even more sense. If I could feel better, look better AND be able to enjoy life to the fullest, why wouldn’t I do everything in my power to commit to this?

What the Health

I had heard about the documentary, “What the Health”, a film that uncovers the secret to preventing and reversing chronic diseases.  I was honestly terrified to watch it.  Everyone who had, was instantly turned off from so many of the foods we all love.

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Since I had already stopped eating meat, I decided it was time to watch. Like a lot of people these days, diabetes, cancer and heart disease have affected both sides of my family.  I’ve always been told to watch what I eat but never really listened. Like my friends, this documentary totally changed me.  I was not only ready to change my eating habits and make healthier choices, but I was absolutely going full vegan (eventually). Like Jessica said in her video, baby steps.

In the past, each time I tried to change our eating habits, I would take away everything at once and it always came back to bite me.  I would feel like I was depriving myself and would slowly add things back into our diet until I was back to eating the same garbage all over again.  I would binge eat to make up for the lack of sweets or carbs or whatever the latest fad diet had me cutting out.  I had such an unhealthy relationship with food.  I ate when I was sad. I ate when I was happy.  I rewarded myself for a healthy meal by eating a big dessert.  They cancel each other out, right? WRONG.  I would even watch these weight loss shows while eating an entire container of ice cream. I was a hot mess.

This Time it’s Different.

This time, I’m doing things differently.  I’m removing one thing per month instead of everything all at once.  By gradually making a change, I know that it will be less of a shock to my body and the more successful I will be.

5 Accomplishments in January:

  1. No More Sweets: Our home always had cookies, ice cream, chocolate and some sort of sugary something in the house.  As of January 1st, it’s all stopped.  Now, instead of ice cream for dessert, we eat fruit! We take the kids to have ice cream once a month, as a treat, but my husband and I just enjoy watching them instead of gaining the extra calories.
  2. Walking 2-3 Miles a Day: I went from sitting at my computer or laying in bed all day, to dedicating an hour to walking around our neighborhood every single day.  Game changer.
  3. Dairy Free: While we are still working on cutting it out completely, I’d say we’re about 75% dairy free already.  We stopped eating eggs, substituted regular milk for almond or coconut milk and have almost completely cut out cheese.  We even swapped regular mayonnaise and yogurt for vegan mayonnaise and yogurt and we love them!
  4. No More Naps: I have so much more energy now and don’t feel like I have to nap in the afternoon which means I sleep better at night.
  5. 7 lbs Down: While losing weight wasn’t something I expected so soon, it was such a pleasant surprise to step on the scale and see that I had lost weight. I’m hoping that by the end of the year, I’ll be at my “healthy weight.”

And if all of that wasn’t great enough, I have found that my anxiety level has diminished.  I’ve gotten out of the house more and pushed myself to go places I would have been afraid to go last year.

I can’t wait to see what February brings. I appreciate you following my journey to a healthier lifestyle.   If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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  • Aduke Schulist
    February 7, 2018

    I’m at that point in my health journey where I have no energy and working out is hard, but I know that working out makes me feel better. It’s tough!

  • Cyn Gagen
    February 4, 2018

    It sounds like you are making progress. Good for you for figuring out the right approach for you and your family.

  • Lynndee
    February 4, 2018

    Congrats on your accomplishments! I’ve been wanting to walk outside for at least a mile a day, but it has been so cold here. Can’t wait for the warmer temps.

  • lauren
    February 4, 2018

    I LOVE That documentary, I have watched it a few times and it really is an eye opener! Good luck on the new changes, new changes can be hard but they can be done 🙂

  • Kate | Life of a Ginger
    February 3, 2018

    Oh wow! I too suffer from anxiety (and depression) and I’ve never thought about changing my diet to help. Very cool idea!

  • Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog
    February 3, 2018

    Good job and keep up the work. I wanted to do this in January as well. Here it is in Feb, and I haven’t started. I gotta get my butt in gear.

  • Mimi Green
    February 3, 2018

    Congrats on reclaiming your life back. That is major, sometimes the timing just has to be right. It sounds like it was this time around. I look forward to reading about your progress in this lifestyle change.

  • Stephanie Pass
    February 3, 2018

    I need to check out this documentary. We have chronic diseases in our family. It sounds like you are doing awesome!

  • Marysa
    February 2, 2018

    I like that you are taking lots of steps in the right direction. I think that’s the best way to make a lifestyle change instead of anything too drastic. It sounds like you are doing a great job with your goals!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    February 2, 2018

    I totally agree that diet can have a big impact on mood and anxiety levels. I am trying to follow a clean eating plan that focuses on fresh produce and it helps me have energy.

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