Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Life is Amazing

15 months later. Yes, 15 months. I find it hard to believe that it has been so long since I last blogged. My life has had many twists and turns, ups and downs, lefts and rights since I blogged last back in August of 2012. It is now November 2013. Holy crap.

Well shit, where do I start???

I used to blog often. I blogged about my kids, my house, my life, my crafts. Then, I grew sour on Seattle and we moved to MA. I started on my HCG diet journey in an effort to decrease my size-physically. I had grown much too large for my health. The HCG protocol worked wonders for me over 7 months. I was able to decrease my weight and increase my health greatly over that time. I have metabolic disorder. For those of you that have not heard of it, it is (among other things) characterized by a heavy mid-section or "apple shape" It is no good for my heart, or for potential future diabetes. I had to take action for myself and my family. It worked well. I vlogged on YouTube a ton during that time. That time spent there meant that I no longer had the time to blog. We were also in the middle of moving. During the move I gained a bunch of weight. After moving, I was able to get the weight off again.

The last you heard from me, I was about to move out of our  corporate housing, and into an apartment. With 2 kids. After moving across the country. Can you say stress??? I ate myself back to my previous weight- yes I am an emotional eater... My kids missed their friends, I missed my friends, we had to get the kids into preschool on ridiculously short notice... We made it work. The kids went to summer camp and seemed happy. Due to the stress, my hair started falling out and so I chopped it all off...



The apartment was beautiful- an old paper mill-turned-apartment building. We spent 8 months there. It was a fantastic 8 months. We loved the apt and the neighbors. Let's not forget the mailman- he rocked my socks...
Check out those brick walls, ceiling beams, and wood floor! We loved it. We didn't love moving from 2.400 square feet to 1,000, but with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, we made it work. The kids did well sharing a room and it was nice to live in the community there. We put the kids into a preschool together and it worked out well. It wasn't perfect, but it worked out. We were itching to move, however. We were ready to set down roots again. We started house hunting in Feb 2013. By March we had found an amazing home and won the bidding war. Then began the 3 month wait until the close on the house. The previous owners had kids in school and wanted to wait until the summer to move. We were cool with that. We moved on June 29th to our gorgeous new home. Mindi and I still walk around the house, now, almost 5 months later, saying "oh my God, I can't believe this is our house". It is truly amazing- the best home we have ever had. There is a huge yard for the family, fully fenced- the neighbors are amazing too- they are the "bring homemade brownies to the door" kind of folks. We have an amazing babysitter that lives right next door and the school is incredible. This year, our oldest, Harris, entered Kindergarten. He is loving it and his favorite thing of the day is the school bus ride home. Stella is in her second year of preschool and comes home with interesting stories every day. To say that we are happy is the understatement if the century. To say that we are busy is also the understatement of the century. AS much as I could go on and on, I will give you some other highlights in list form...

1. June 21, 2013, on our 10 year anniversary, Mindi and I were officially and legally married.
2. After living in our house for 5 months, we still have no furniture in 2 rooms (formal living and dining room) but I have (single hand-idly!!!) painted and decorated Harris' bedroom, Stella's bedroom, and the guest room, bought a couch and a chair, painted all the main doors black, painted 75% of the gold doorknobs black, painted the entire kitchen (cabinetry).
3. I went back to school and became a licensed esthetician
4. We collected (and love) 5 guinea pigs and 2 dogs.

I am hoping that I will find some time to post stories and pictures of all of these things.

Now that Google Reader is gone, I am at a loss... what feed reader do you guys use now??? I am looking for my next fix!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Well... Hello!

Yes, she lives.

I have been gone for so long, I had almost forgotten about this blog. Yes, I have to admit, my brain has been so preoccupied with other things that my meager little blog escaped me. For 7 whole months. Yikes.

I received a few comments from some faithful readers of Family Style Love, the latest being from SisterSister (thank you thank you) letting me know that I was not forgotten, and you have no idea how much that means to me. Sometimes, in the world of blogging, a blog can go stagnant and forgotten and blow away like a tumbleweed. It almost seems as though the writer behind it must have done the same, but no. In reality, they may be leading a very interesting life- one simply unshared via their blog. I would like to think that I am one of those folks with an interesting life. Being that I am just now returning.

I feel big. Big, as in all grown up. I have made a lot of changes within myself over the last 7 months. Changes relating to myself, friends, my partner, and kids. Not all good but mostly awesome. I started a weight loss protocol back in November- you may recall this post talking about it. I started the HCG Protocol, created by Dr. Simeons in the 1950's. This is obviously not a weight loss blog, and so I am not going to start ranting and raving about how awesome this weight loss protocol is, but if you have ever desired to lose weight and are struggling to do so, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PROTOCOL. Yes, I wrote that in all obnoxious capital letters to let you know that I am SERIOUS abut the awesomeness of this protocol. If you are interested in learning about it, the first thing you need to do is download the manuscript that explains the protocol. It is about 40 pages long, and free. To make it too easy for you- here is a link: Pounds & Inches by Dr. Simeons. NO EXCUSES PEOPLE (Both men and women do this protocol!!)

I am going to take a step back from the diet protocol and just give you the quick down low. I went from 168 lbs to 131 pounds over the course of 7 months. That was a pretty sweet loss.

So where have I been really? Well... I have been cheating on you blogland.... with whom you ask? YouTube... GASP! There, I said it- I admit it- I am cheating on blogger with YouTube! After I started the protocol, I started vlogging about it on YouTube- yes, you read that right- Vlogging. Video logging. I found an awesome community of women there that were doing the same protocol I was. Soooooo I put a lot of my time there, and still do. If you are interested in seeing what I have been up to, feel free to check out my YouTube channel- by clicking here.

So what have I been up to besides the weight loss? Moving. Yes, moving. "But didn't you own a cute little house in Seattle? The one with the cute little Gallery Wall? I sure did. Buuuut in March 2012, I started complaining about the weather, and my partner started complaining about work issues, and my Mother in Law started complaining about how ridiculously far away Seattle was from Miami, and well, we all made the decision that we should not be living on the west coast, but rather the East Coast! So, that is what we did. We MOVED.- In fact, the movers are coming tomorrow with our boxes after 2 months of living in corporate housing......

To be Continued....

If you still read my blog, please, let me know. I question whether or not I should keep this blog going, and I feel it is up to my readers. If you ended up getting this far, just leave a comment saying, at the very least "I read it" and it would TOTALLY make my day!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Panties

On the potty at Disney's Magic Kingdom


I don't mean to gloat here folks, but I have to let it out somewhere, no? I am so proud. You have no idea what a proud mama I am. Stella turned 2 on December 4th, making her about 25.5 months right now. I had it in my mind that I wanted to work on the potty training thing no later than 24 months. Harris, after all, much to our surprise, had decided that he wanted to be potty trained when 23 months rolled around, and he became a big brother. I hadn't seen that coming, that was for sure. With Harris, we worked on daytime training for about 2-3 months, and then nighttime training for about 3 months after that. When it came time for the night training, we would encourage him to pee before he went to bed, and then we would get him up at 11pm and 3am as well to pee. If we didn't he would wet the bed. We continued that path and eventually switched it to just 1 wake up, and then none, and so on. I figured Stella's experience would potentially be similar, if not a smidge easier since I always hear of girls being easier to potty train. We whipped out the potty and encouraged her to use it. It took a few weeks for us to convince her that this whole potty training thing was her idea (that seems to be the best route for her) but once she decided that she was into it, she took off. Visualising the timeline in my head now... We introduced the potty as a serious option to her right around her birthday, Dec. 4. 2 weeks later, on the 18th, she switched to panties during the day. 5 days later, we hopped on a long flight to Orlando to go to Disney. The whole week she only wore underwear (or nothing but a skirt) during the day and a diaper at night. As soon as we got home, right before new years, she started refusing her night time diaper. She wouldn't even honor a Pull-Up. So, we took the chance, being only 2-3 weeks into serious potty training to let her go bottomless in the bed. maybe 3 accidents and 2 weeks later, she is sleeping through the night without wake ups, and keeping her bed dry. Well I'll be dag nabbed! Go ahead folks, tell me how proud you are of me her! heheheee...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Unexpected home Improvement

Mindi has a home office on the lower level of our split level house. She spends gobs and gobs of hours in said room, yet after living here for over 2 years, we had done ZERO work on it to make it our own. Ok, maybe zero is an exageration- we did mount a tv on the wall, as well as declare war on a spontaneous ant colony, but still... other than that, we were living with nasty stained up carpeting, pukey walls that needed some tlc, and a total lack of character. We decided that it was time to make Mindi's office dreams come true, and so we started formulating a plan. We have a teeny tiny budget to work with, despite the fact that the room needs so much work. We decided that we would remove the gross carpet and paint the concrete floor a shiny white. I have been seeing this trend all over houzz.com, and I thought it would be cool in the room. Mindi liked the idea and we agreed that we would add some throw rugs for warmth- badabing. I went to Home Depot this morning to pick up the floor paint and some scrapers to remove the adhesive that was on the padding. I am going to fast forward just a bit here, and say that about an hour later, after much deliberation, I was driving home with 20 feet of carpet partially sticking out of my trunk...

Install carpet on our own???

You BETCHA!

What happened to our budget???

Total for Super on sale carpet (20 feet worth?) $170 including tax!

Damn- we were going to spend more money than that on 2 big rugs! So, we plopped the kids down in front of a movie (or 3) and got to work removing the old and installing the new! This was completely not in the original plan, and typically, it takes me 10 years to decide on something as simple as a wall color- and here we were, pulling all the furniture out of the room and installing carpet (which we have never done before)- and you know what? We couldn't be happier! Despite the sheer size of our room (12ft x 19ft) it was a very straight-forward process, and the results are spectacular! We are taking a trip to IKEA on Sunday to pick up some furniture for the office, so I will check back with some pics after that is all put together!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For you, my readers

Thanks to you guys that commented on whether or not you enjoy watching vlogs. I have to agree with what most of you said- every now and again is ok, but I also really enjoy the act of reading written words. For this post, I will do both, but I am not writing what is in the video, so the video is like a bonus :).

Honestly, I wasn;t even sure if I was going to tell my blog readership about my latest venture. I suppose it is because I am slightly embarresed. It is about weight loss. Big time weight loss. As in... Holy crap, I can't believe I let myself get so fat, and I have no choice but to do somethign about it type of weight loss. I have done a lot of diets in my life. Atkins, South Beach (a few times), Medifast, Nutrisystem (a few times). Most of them worked, but they worked for about 10 pounds, and then, like a slingshot, I went back up and then some (sound familiar to anyone?) I was getting desperate. It is so frustrating to try sooooo hard for sooooo long, only to have the weight come off sloooooowly. After 7 pounds or so, I typically get frustrated and start cheating on my diet. After that happens, boy, look out! I am always sure I "make up for lost time..." if you know what I am saying.

I downloaded the app for www.myfitnesspal.com to my phone. (it is awesome on so many levels, bit the app and the website). It helps you track your foods, calories, and exercise, along with allowing you to (accurately) scan the bar code of almost every food imaginable to make it easier on you. I was on the tail end of a round of Nutrisystem in October, and had lost about 5 pounds. It was nice, but Nutrisystem is not cheap, and the weight, while coming off, was moving slooooowly. I needed a new plan. I needed a bunch of this weight gone to help me feel motivated enough to keep going on my own. I found the HCG Diet. Now, you may have heard of the HCG Diet, you may not have. I did a lot of research on it and decided to give it a try. It is not really a system that you go out and buy from 1 place, but if you actually want to know about it, feel free to comment, and I will tell you about my experience. All in all, however, I am thrilled with it. I started the diet on Halloween (yup- you read that right- no candy!) and I am down 12 pounds and 23" on this, my 18th day. WOW. Like WOWOWOWOW. I am impressed! Looking forward, I have a plan for my continued weight loss, and man am I jazzed about it!

So, here comes my vlog. It is regarding the HCG diet, and I think it accurately depicts my personality, for those of you that are curious! It was recorded yesterday :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

To Vlog or not to Vlog

...That is the question!!! What say you oh wise readers? Do you like it when people vlog? Does it annoy you? Would you rather read their text or see their face? I suppose it may also depend on the content of the vlog...

Any opinons? Do you think that vlogging is for people that like to look at themselves on camera? Heh heh!

Friday, October 28, 2011

As of Late

We took a little trip to an Autumn Festival at Remlinger Farms. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed a lot of "firsts" while we were there!

 First Canoe ride for Stella


 First nose-picking session on a train captured on camera... 

First serious interaction with a giant squash the same color as her hair...

 Harris' first mountain climbing expedition...

In other news, I finally took a few pictures of the room that I painted as a reaction to the miscarriage, and I think it looks fantastic! I am thrilled with the result of this accent wall. I am also thrilled with the little carrot bundle that I plucked from the garden today. Sadly enough, these tiny, yet plump carrots were planted this last February... I was expecting some monster carrots after having them in the ground for that long! Ahh well!
 So... here is a great shot that shows some awesomeness in my life... A. My awesome green wall, B. My neat-o curtains hanging over my newly painted white wall, C. My sweet IKEA light hanging in my entryway, and D. My cute almost 2 year old crawling up the stairs!

 I also picked up a new plant for the corner table. I love plants!

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