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September 2014 My Birthday Month

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nothing new. Mommyhood. Joey stays sick often. Working on business. Struggling with bills. Fights with husband. No weight loss. Blah blah.

I was really excited that my alma mater went up to the next level conference and our football team is headed to face GA Tech this week in Atlanta. I really wanted to go but we're broke so I'll be trying everything I can to keep my mind off of the game Saturday.

Joey started school and in the three weeks he has been sick he's had three different viruses. One goes away, a new one starts up. Oy!

My current obsession is trying some of these mug recipes that I keep looking up. I'm going to be trying French Toast in a mug, maybe tomorrow. Egg, Little butter, Cut up bread and a Tbsp of Syrup. There are other variations with chocolate chips and raisin toppings etc. Pop in a microwave. Looks awesome!

Also, I saw a recipe on All Recipes where you can cook chopped zucchini in oil and after it softens, add crumbled up pieces of cream cheese. Not a lot, maybe a couple tablespoons. I thought to myself. I GOTTA TRY THAT.

Do some of you out there use pinterest? There are so many great recipes out there, I don't even have a need for any of my cookbooks.

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WILDVIOLETS 9/13/2014 7:22PM

    I dread the cold and viruses that hit the with the new school year. Hopefully it will get better soon. And the fighting with the Hubby, I think that is what marriage is for :)

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    My son was sick constantly when he started school too. He was sick around 30 days in kindergarten and the same in first grade until he had his tonsils and adenoids out and ear tubes in.

My hubby used to make scrambled eggs in a mug.

I love pinterest. It's the first social media site I've ever liked.

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ADARKARA 9/11/2014 6:22AM

    I love looking at pinterest for recipes! Although a lot of them out there do seem to be unhealthy. Try slicing zucchini into strips and sauteing in a tiny bit of olive oil before sprinkling it with parmesan and black pepper. So good!

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MCFITZ2 9/11/2014 2:43AM

    Hope your little one builds up some strong immunities. I always seemed to get a gift from the students in the first month of school. Usually as sniffles and a sore throat.

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July 2015 - Wild Toddler

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I think I like giving my monthly blog a theme that represents what I'm going through and Wild Toddler is it. I'm not too fond of this age I admit. He seems to be needy all day long and discipline does not seem to help all that much. He's only compliant when he wants to be it seems. He starts school next month so I hope things get a little better. He gets to socialize and I will finally get a little time back for myself which will be good for my sanity.

Discipline seems to be the theme that is taking a toll on my marriage as well. Some days I feel like my husband is fighting a losing battle to gain control of our son's behavior and we do have differing opinions on this. I'm not sure how to deal with this. I'm considering calling a therapist for help. I hope this is common with all married couples. I've heard it can be.

We had a nice 4th. We went to Stone Mountain but its so hilly, my huge body was barely able to get up them. At times everyone had to wait on me. However I will still sticking out through out the day and made it further than my younger thinner sister without complaining. I wore sneakers which I felt gave me an advantage over the sandal flats she chose to wear that I warned her about.

I decided to order a Beachbody program to get an exercise routine going regularly. I tried PiYo but I found I was too big to do even the modified moves. Plus Joey kept jumping on my back which interferes with my poses. So I returned it and I've ordered Slim in 6. I can't wait to give it a whirl. I'll be sure to get some measurements and selfies before I start.

I don't know if you remember me discussing our issues with debt. Well, my husband and I had borrowed part of his army retirement fund to pay off debts last year. We had some extra after paying all of card overage fees and getting caught up to where we weren't behind. The problem still was the fact that our bills exceeded our income. So eventually our built savings ran out. We decided to go ahead and cash out the rest to pay off our largest credit card debt in order to put us in the black. Two days after we did this, our car brakes quit working. We had a local mechanic fix the booster and two weeks after we got it back we noticed a burning smell and our brakes had burned up so we had to take it back today. We went to the same folks because we felt they did something wrong during the first fix. They claim of course that by fixing the problem our use of our new booster actually caused our calipers, pad and roters ( not sure how to spell that) to burn up. What was a $480 dollar problem has now grown to a $950 problem. I'm angry about this. After they called my husband and he gave the go ahead, I called another shop because I wanted to get a second opinion and I told my husband to call them to pick it up. When we got there they said they were already half done. WHATEVER!

So that's what's going on right now. We did pay off that card though and now we are back in the black thankfully but we have depleted half our emergency income on the car. So hope this time things get fixed properly. Either that or I'm going to school for a mechanic license. LOL.

Hope you all are having a great summer.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/15/2014 12:53PM

    The terrible twos and trying threes are a challenge but once they reach around 4 years old things really improve. School will be good for Joey. It is for all of kids. They all learn that they are not the center of attention and they have to cooperate and share. They learn better ways to communicate and they find that certain behavior is not desirable or rewarded. It will help you at home a lot too. You both need to be away from each other. That's what developmental stage he is now anyway - the stage of autonomy where he learns that you and he are not one and that he can survive without you. I would reinforce ahead of time how fun school is - he will get to learn new things, play with new toys, make friends, etc.

A therapist can be a really great idea, especially if you find one who specializes in children and family dynamics. I understand about the parenting and I think everyone else does too. Keep in mind that just because you and your husband differ in parenting styles doesn't mean that one of you is right and the other wrong. Men parent differently than women and it's natural and normal. You both won't agree about everything. Your son has to learn to be a man and you can't teach him that. Men have expectations of each other. They don't necessarily interpret situations the same way that women do, they don't communicate like women do, solve problems like women do, etc. They do know what is acceptable behavior for a man though. For instance if a child goes to school and hits people, bites people, or cries all the time it will be discouraged by the adults an other children.

Stone Mountain sounds neat. I'm not in physical shape to handle anything like that either. Especially in sandals. LOL. It hurts just thinking about it.

I hope your enjoy the new exercise program. I have a new one too but I have yet to try it.

Have you ever read Dave Ramsey? He is excellent for getting people out of debt and keeping them that way. Everything is so expensive that it takes special tools to keep your above water these days.

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ROXYCARIN 7/15/2014 12:22AM

  It gets better

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June 2014 - Attack of the Norovirus

Monday, June 02, 2014

Well May has to be one of the worst months in my history books. My family and I were attacked by the Norovirus TWICE! That is cruel punishment. I can honestly say that luckily the second time around was a bit easier in the most important ways but worse than others. My son was sick on Sunday before Memorial Day, then my husband was sick the following day then, my stomach was upset all through the week and then I had the virus on Friday through Saturday night but I had Zofran. Yaaaay!! I can't think of anything worse than vomiting and this time I refused to let it happen.

Our poor kid had to go to the emergency room. He only had mild dehydration but that's where the zofran came from. Yeah, I took his meds, only because he was better of course!

I have lost a good bit of weight because of this virus and my taste buds have been all over the place. Out of no where I've grown an aversion to chicken. I mean not all forms of chicken, but I kinda hate it unless its a fried nugget which we both know isn't a good idea. So I don't know how I'm going to deal with that. I dunno, its just now I'm trying to find ways to eat it hidden. Like chicken and dumplings or soup or fried. LOL! I'm just over baked and grilled and even poached seems gross lately. I can still eat it but its not the star of my meal I guess which doesn't make eating easier.

Despite all that I'm really ready to try again. I think these viruses have made me just want to be healthier because I feel if I'm going to get this sick, it might be easier to deal with as a lighter weight or maybe I'd bounce back easier. I'm not sure but food doesn't seem so high priority when you've spent days without eating. So I'm going to work on tracking my calories again. I'm going to try and get in more water and cut out the sugary beverages.

Joey this month has become impossible some days. He has meltdowns all the time. And I'm talking yelling, kicking, spitting, crying, can't breathe meltdowns. We're working on a regular routine of wake up times and naps. Its tough when I'm up late like this working on eBay but I know that if I can't get him rested regularly, it might clear this up some. We're just trying to be positive about it.

It's getting hot here in GA and I'm craving beach time. I don't even care how I look in a swimsuit, usually because its covered in shorts and a shirt. I just can't wait til my next beach outing. The water feels wonderful!

I'm also a little disappointed in myself. We way overspent this month and blew through our savings. We had gone from 380 to 800 down to 100. It's clearly irresponsible of us and my sales haven't been nearly good enough to get those numbers back so I don't know what we're going to do right now. Are we better than before? Yes. I haven't used my credit cards nearly as much. Once or twice. So the amounts are going down but we aren't even close to having one paid off because our steady income only takes care of the minimums. It was my fault because I messed up on finances. I won't make that mistake again!

So now on to June. I hope its a bit better.

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    Those noroviruses are horrible. My son got one in January 2013 and gave it to me and I got pneumonia. I still have lingering side effects from it. Strange, but I was left with an exact aversion to chicken too and it remains even today. I don't mind it fried but have no interest in it otherwise.

I agree about wanting to get my weight down too. I'm healthier when I eat better and weight less. And it's easier to be sick.

It's a rough time when kids are sick at Joey's age. It gets better as they get older.

I want to swim too but worry about wearing a bathing suit.

I have cut back on spending but plan on making a budget soon to save even more money.

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NELLJONES 6/2/2014 7:57AM

    I hope things are looking up for you.

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May 2014 - Some hard work is paying off!!

Friday, May 09, 2014

My days for the last 2.5 years has been, just do what you can. Some days I feel fatigue, sometimes complacency. I'm home with my son who is a ball of energy. I try to keep a clean home. I try to manage my family's finances. I did this while dealing with IBS, low vitamin D, and somewhat depressed because I felt like I wasn't getting enough time to do something for myself.

I'm slowly trying to get that back by pursuing my own passions. One thing I never would have thought I could have done was make money while hanging out at home. Last month, I went to an estate sale. It wasn't my first, but it was the first that I went with the intent to buy and resell. My husband caught a virus the night before and I got sick the DAY of!! It did not stop me from going. I went and I purchased. I went home and flipped.

This is my highest month of sales ever in my home business. I have put an additional $500 in savings and I'm on my way to raising $400 to help my parents pay for a week in a condo in Florida. I'm very proud that I was able to do this. Thanks to the support of my husband who believes in me.

My husband also luckily has an extra paycheck this month so we're able to put additional money in our savings. Its nice we don't have to borrow to get that, like we've had to do in the past.

I love what I do but it keeps me up at night. Its the only way I can get alone time so I often sleep in with my son and I don't really exercise. I would really like to find a way to start doing some cardio again because my endurance level is pretty much zero. I tried to do yard work with him this weekend and I wasn't able to do it. I'm still the SAME weight. So I know how to eat to maintain 280. LOL. If I can figure out how to balance this additional step then I'll really be great. I'm thinking of replacing a meal with the perfect vegan protein recipe, if I can find one. I think I'm going to purchase some green superfood powder to pair with some protein powder to see if I can raise my energy levels. I keep forgetting to take my Vitamin D during the day. Its the last thing on my mind.

So this is what I mean by some hard work. LOL. Can't find the balance just yet but mentally I've been feeling better. emoticon

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QUEENIEDMI 5/9/2014 9:01PM

Asian vegetable stir fry

14 ounces extra firm tofu, cubed

1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons Spike no-salt seasoning (or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste)

1/2 cup brown rice

1/4 cup unhulled sesame seeds


1/4 cup unsulfured dried apricots soaked in 1/2 cup water to cover overnight

1/4 cup unsalted natural peanut butter or raw cashew butter

2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger

4 cloves garlic, chopped

4 teaspoons Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste

1/4 cup Dr. Fuhrman's Black Fig vinegar or balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


2 tablespoons water

1 medium onion, cut into wedges and separated into 1-inch strips

4 cups small broccoli florets

2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/3 inch pieces

4 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1 inch squares

1 cup sugar snap peas or snow peas, strings removed

2 cups bok choy, cut in bite-sized pieces

3 cups fresh mushrooms (shiitake, porcini and/or cremini) , stems removed

1 pound fresh spinach

1/4 cup coarsely chopped raw cashews

1 1/4 pounds romaine lettuce, shredded

Marinate the tofu for 30 minutes in the liquid aminos, red pepper flakes and Spike.

While the tofu marinates, combine rice and 1 1/4 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 30 minutes or until water is absorbed. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the marinated tofu with the sesame seeds. Bake the sesame-coated tofu in a nonstick baking pan for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden.

To make the sauce, place the soaked apricots with the soaking liquid, peanut butter, ginger, garlic, VegiZest, vinegar, arrowroot powder, and red pepper flakes in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Heat water in a large pan and water saute the onion, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and peas for 5 minutes, adding more water as necessary to keep vegetables from scorching. Add the bok choy and mushrooms, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender. Remove the cover and cook off most of the water. Add the spinach and toss until wilted.

Add the sauce and stir until all the vegetables are glazed and the sauce is hot and bubbly, about 1 minute. Mix in the cashews and baked tofu. Serve the stir fry over the shredded lettuce along with 1/4 cup rice per person.

This recipe looks harder than it is. It is well worth the time it takes to make it and is great for company.

Variation: Stir-fry beans or small pieces of chicken breast or shrimp with the vegetables.

Per Serving:


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    I'm so glad to see you doing so well financially!! Great news!

I hope you can get your vitamin d in. I think it will help you. I have to set my pills right in front of where I eat. Of course, I'm senile, and you aren't. LOL.

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QUEENIEDMI 5/9/2014 12:42PM

    Try Dr Furhman's Eat to live plan, He has a lot of vegan recipes. I will search after work today and post 1-2 for you. I agree w/ fit Mary start w/ 10min per day as a goal for now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITMARY 5/9/2014 7:06AM

    Good for you for getting out there and blogging. You are making progress just by doing that. Don't underestimate the power of small steps either. Committing to "Just 10 Minutes" of exercise a day really, really helped me. It seems like so little---Just 10 Minutes---but it can make a HUGE difference! Stay strong!

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DNJEN471 5/9/2014 1:54AM

    Sometimes it's the mind that needs to be healthy first. So at least you are feeling better in that aspect. Keep up the great work!

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April 2014 Update

Monday, April 14, 2014

Since my last blog post, I've lost 10 lbs!!!

Don't get too worked up though. LOL. I lost them in two days over the past weekend with this awful stomach virus! Ugh! I was planning to head to an estate sale which was my first major buy and online sale, well I haven't listed the items yet but I was full of excitement!

Anyway, the night before Josh gets this awful virus! I get it the day of the sale! I haven't been that sick since February 2009. I am still recovering three days later. I've been deydrated. Weak. Shaky and I'm still queasy. I ate food today so I'm trying to get used to it again. LOL

So that's that. Not much to celebrate. LOL. It made for an interesting turn of events though. I eventually made it to the sale and all of my items were still there. I can't wait to resale and build up our savings account. It is nice to feel like I'm contributing again.

Our budgeting is getting better as well. I've tried to tighten our food costs but without making bad decisions on food. Next weekend is Easter so some bets might be off. I think there is a special Easter cake with my name on it at Publix. I will be sharing with my family of seven people though.

I'm glad the weather is starting to warm up. Although it goes from cold to hot 'round here it seems. I'd love to take my little one outside but we have a tree that seems to be a little bee friendly so that makes me nervous.

Other than that things are about the same. I had three planned festivals this year I could not wait for! And I've missed all three festivals due to sickness and weather. We don't plan to go out next weekend but just hang out with family. I think I have a wedding and a planned festival to go to next month so my fingers will be crossed so I can actually go.

I'll share with you a pic before I sign off. Know these guys? They are the Propery Brothers on HGTV!

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MRS.CARLY 4/15/2014 3:35PM

    Congrats on the weight loss, but sucks that you are sick! I was sick like a whole month this winter and it sucked. It makes it hard to want to do anything and I think it must be doubly hard when you have a little one to take care of on top of it all.

How did you get that picture of the famous guys?!?!? Thats a great picture!!!

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    Congratulations on the weight loss!! I hope you can keep it off. Terrible way to lose it but ten pounds is great.

The weather here is the same. We had 80 on the weekend and will spit snow tonight. I had to being in my plants and cover some.

I love the Property Brothers! They are great!

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FITMARY 4/14/2014 7:35AM

    Awesome pic! Good luck with your recovery and plans!!!

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