Everyone who knows me knows that I have a few old fashioned ideas about a wife's place in the household as the primary housekeeper, cook, and caretaker of her husband and children. Some of my ideas might border on the extreme vintage side of things, but I truly feel that a child and ones husband function better and are happier in a clean well run home.
I love the fall.
No seriously…. I LOVE THE FALL!
It is my absolute most favorite time of year. The weather is perfection, the sun is always shining, and everything outside if turning beautiful. I love the cooler weather, it makes hiking more enjoyable. Fall is the perfect season for camping and bonfires.
I thought that I would just take a few minutes to give you all my personal reviews on some of the gluten free foods that I have tried. I hope that you find these reviews helpful. I am not sponsored or endorsed by any of these companies so my opinion is purely my own. So here are 5 of my recent gluten free indulgences, pretty good experiences overall…. But you know there is always that one exception.
I have suspected that I had gluten intolerance for some time now as removing most of it from my diet seemed to make a majority of my pain dissipate. I had a doctor’s appointment this week, first one in a very long time, which I wasn’t really looking forward to. After discussing all of the symptoms that I have been dealing with for well over a year I was told the one thing I really did not want to hear. “I am pretty sure you have celiac, Mrs. [----]”. I stared blankly at the woman for a good 2 minutes before I could gather my thoughts to speak, unfortunately the only thing I could get to come out of my mouth was “Wait…what?”.
Even going into my doctor’s appointment with the knowledge that there was at least a 75% chance I had gluten intolerance did not make the diagnoses any less shocking. It is one thing to be told that you have to avoid certain foods because they might make you feel bad, but being told you have to eliminate something from your diet entirely because it is slowly (but surely) killing you is totally different. It kinda really hits you the wrong way.
I purchased my 2 year old an iPad for his birthday; people judged me pretty hard for it. Personally I think that is was a great gift. It is very common knowledge that you should not allow your children to have too much screen time no matter what kind of screen they are staring at (tv, tablet, or computer). I have very strict rules with my sons iPad and honestly he gets it taken away a lot because of his little toddler tantrums. When his time is up he rarely wants to give it up but I make him; not only because he doesn’t need to be staring at a screen all day but because I want it to continue to be a treat. Over the last 2 months it has saved me a few times. If I need to make an important phone call I give him the iPad, when we are in church I bring his iPad, when we go out to a restaurant with my siblings or friends he gets his iPad. Do I allow his table to be a babysitter? Yes, for short periods of time I do. I don’t feel this is wrong at all. As parents we are all aware that we cannot entertain our children 24/7 or we would never get anything done so when I need him to be entertained and quiet at the same time insert iPad.
Mondays are made for laziness around here—especially the rainy ones. I work 2nd shift at the hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights; I do not get home sometimes until 1am. Monday morning’s Grey and I sleep in pretty late; this morning we didn’t even open our eyes until 10:15am and it took us another 15 minutes to actually make it out of the bed. On Mondays we have brunch, because we sleep through breakfast. We do not take our pajamas off all day, and I do not even put a bra on. We lay around all day and watch movies and Bubble Guppies (Lord help!), we play games on his iPad, and do puzzles, sometimes we even get off the couch—to lay in the floor and play cars. There is nothing stressful about our Mondays; the most hated day in the world happens to be my favorite. I am sure that some people would have a fit knowing that I do not even comb our hair for one whole day every week. I place no pressures or expectations on us. If I feel like cleaning I will, but if I don’t.. It WILL be there tomorrow. I let Grey lead our playtime activities… whatever he wants to do is fine by me. We don't rush anything, and we don't have a schedule. Often we will take a late nap, like today we didn't wake up from our nap until 6:00 pm. It was glorious!
I think that too many parents are putting too much pressure on themselves and not taking enough time to relax and enjoy their children. I know that most of you will not be able to take a day every week to just turn the world off, but you should try to at least take a day a month. Relax however you feel best suits your family. To some people relaxing is a nice long drive to nowhere, fishing on the shady banks of a river, or lounging in the backyard all day—whatever it is to you please do it. I am going to refrain from giving you the “life is short” speech or even the “they grow up so fast” speech; we all already know this, we just forget. I hope that you are able to find some time with your family this week to just be together; close your work, facebook, twitter, the news, and anything else that might distract you from relaxing and enjoying the beautiful family that you have built.
For children in our country today holidays mean one thing MORE CANDY. I have talked previously about the harmful effects of sugar to children. I set a goal this year to provide fun holidays for my son without all the crap food. Today I have some great Ideas for fun Easter baskets for your little ones without loading them up on sugar. All these products are from the Dollar Tree, thus being cute and affordable. At the end I will show you all the basket that I've made for my son. I would also love to see all of your sugar free baskets as well!
Let's start out with the Easter basic, baskets, grass, and Easter themed stuffers.
I have been researching going totally chemical free for quite some time now. I have made small changes such as switching over to cleaning with vinegar and baking soda form all those harmful chemicals. I have even made BIG changes to our diet, but one of the things that I haven’t been able to give up is my shampoo. I use tea tree shampoo that smells amaze-balls; we’re kind of in love with one another. BUT, today I am going to embark on an adventure; without my tea tree shampoo and without my bodywash (which out of shame I don’t dare discuss). I picked up some goats milk soap from a local vender and I made my on shampoo (will explain in a few). My hair is pretty dirty considering that I worked in the yard all morning sweating like a hog at a southern BBQ… so I am off to get clean now….
Drink a shake and lose weight! Sound too good to be true? That is because it is. Over the last few months I have seen my Facebook page explode with claims that people have purchased these miracle shakes and have magically lost weight. The Skinny Ass Fairy must be flying in to their rooms at night and sprinkling her Skinny Ass Dust all over them.
Hello! Welcome to my page. Let me introduce myself, my name is Sami. I am a single mother to a wonderful little boy who is the love of my life. I love cooking, reading, couponing, and traveling. Being a parent is the greatest adventure I have ever been on in my life. My goal is to try and not screw him up too bad. I suffer with Borderline Personality Disorder, controlled most of the time. Sometimes my BPD gets the best of me and wins the battle. But the war is yet to be won. Thank you for joining me and I hope you enjoy my life as much as I do.