Archive for September, 2012

WINNING!!

A look back at what I have learned over the past few years (read: since having kids).

1) It’s worth it. As in, the pain and hard times….no matter what the issue is that’s brought it on. It took 4 months to have no pain nursing my first….I was planning on like 4 weeks. I just took it day by day and we made it 19 months. This is example 833586 of what happens when you don’t. give. up.

2) It turns out I’m not a huge pushover. It sure would have been easier to stop nursing when everyone else thought I should, or to start weaning him when everyone else thought I should…..to just let him have juice because some of our parents think he should have some, to just give him formula so our parents could watch him, to just do the “recommended” vaccines, to just use disposable diapers…. I don’t choose the harder, sometimes less understood, route because I like a challenge or to be different, I chose routes that happened to be more difficult in some cases but my soul knew it was the right thing for him and for us. Sticking to your guns and being happy with your choices is empowering and peaceful.

3) I have regrets after all. What a bummer. I always liked to say, “No regrets” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes we just make some really stupid choices that have some really awful consequences. Pre-parent? Yea, there’s too many to list. Since becoming a parent? Pfff! Probably just to the point where I could list them but by next year there will be too many. I think if we didn’t have regrets we wouldn’t be human. I have learned a really hard lesson over the past few years but from that has come the most wonderful moments of my life.

4) The dog hair will always be there, even if I literally just vacuumed.

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(But it’s ok because how cute is he?)

5) I could have been a wife in the ’50s…just like I always thought. I’m very blessed to be able to stay home with the boys. I dig cooking and baking and making things from scratch that we grew up just buying. The cleaning, well, here’s a secret I never really shared with anyone, I do actually enjoy cleaning! Clean and organized is one of my things. Now some of you that know me might be saying, “Surely you jest” or “liar, liar, pants on fire” BUT it’s true! It’s just that some of my other things are more important to me right now. And also, I have a two year old. 😀

6) I can be a mom and still be a huge goofball, sometimes separately sometimes not. It’s nice to know that I still don’t have to be serious all the time….because if Serious were a class in school, I would get an F. Okay, okay, a D.

7) I don’t need much in the way of stuff. I can’t remember the last time I bought anything just for me….and all those things I had my eye on…meh. My favorites things aren’t things at all but times when my three guys are all home and all around me.

8) I can meet goals. I guess I didn’t realize I really do meet the ones that are truly important to me. Natural birth, CHECK! Nursing past 1 year, CHECK! Cloth diapers, CHECK! Organize the pantry, CHECK! Accept the Nobel Peace Prize, CHE-oh wait, no check, no check….yet! My current goal has been filled with way more obstacles than I anticipated but I will not give up.
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9) It’s hard to stay on top of things, but if you do it enough most things become habit and then it’s not as hard.

10) God is great….and He puts up with all of my crap. He truly is the best Dad ever.

11) I apparently traded something for my awesome spelling and grammar skills. I’m not sure what I got in return yet, but I am definitely thankful for autocorrect these days.

12) There IS such thing as magic, especially invisible magic elves who take some of my things into their little elven satchels for a few months then just put it right out for me to step on when they are done.
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(in my head this is him…)

13) I still don’t have a clue! The amount of knowledge I have yet to gain is ridiculous, but I’m ready and staying open-minded!

14) You can share important, life-changing things you have learned with people in hopes of helping them but after that, there’s nothing else you can do. This was a particularly hard lesson.

15) I forget at the moment. I know I have learned more than 14 things over the past couple years. 😀

Anyway, that’s me WINNING! Well except for number number 15….

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Are you a food eater?

If you eat food, then you should know that it is being messed with. Get the point there? It affects EVERYONE. It’s actually something that’s been going on for many years now but many trusting citizens are not aware of.

Here is the short and simple disgusting truth of it all. Our food is being messed with by a company that does not play by the rules, Monsanto. Several of the people that work for Monsanto have also worked for the FDA, in fact, some of them go back and forth. The FDAs own scientists said that more research needs to be done on GMOs before releasing them into the world for human consumption. In the end this was IGNORED by the FDA. Since the 1990s we have been eating GMO foods, unbeknownst to most of us.

I don’t know, is there anything any of YOU realize has increased drastically over the past couple decades? Children with food allergies, perhaps? Or asthma? Or hello, autism? Diabetes?? Let’s not forget irritable bowel syndrome; it seems like everyone has a problem with their gut. How about allergies in general? Ask your parents and grandparents if they remember so many sickies when they were younger. How about cancer? It is an epidemic. What about all these children getting cancer??

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Even if you barely paid attention in biology, you know that DNA is, at the very least, “really important” right? Well to make GMOs they put pieces of other organisms DNA into OUR FOOD’s DNA. So they change the DNA and natural make-up of our food and feed it to us. Without even CLOSE to sufficient testing and without a care in the world about how we feel about it.

Does that outrage you?

Monsanto has made a genetically modified corn that resists pesticides. They used a bacteria found in nature that produces a toxin that kills pests. They say it is species specific…in other words not toxic to humans. A recent study found traces of Bt toxins in 93 percent of pregnant women and in 80 percent of umbilical cords tested. Independent study after independent study and farmer after farmer is seeing nothing but problems tied to GMO foods.

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Having problems conceiving? Google “infertility from GMOs”. It’s appalling. Are there no food allergies in your family history but your kids have developed them? Google “food allergies from GMOs”. Independent research has linked GMOs to cancer, infertility, accelerated aging, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal tract issues….the list goes on and on and on and on.

How could this be you may wonder. Surely someone would have stopped this. Not when the wrong people are in charge and care more about the almighty dollar than ANYthing else. Spend some time on the Institute for Responsible Technology‘s website and educate yourself. Or watch this documentary, it is FREE to watch through Saturday (9/22/12). I urge you to make it a high priority.

We CAN change this insanity. They have been stopped before genetically modifying tomatoes and wheat. They need to be stopped from creating any further damage to the human race. That might sound dramatic. that’s because this is THAT serious! It IS dramatic! On November 6th 2012, California citizens will be voting on whether or not they want the labels on the foods we eat to HAVE to indicate if they contain GMO ingredients. In the mean time, every time you buy “USDA organic” or “Non-GMO project” labeled foods, you are voting against GMOs…no matter where you live.

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Protect yourselves and protect your children (even if they have not been born yet!), this is up to you; no one else! The FDA canNOT be trusted with this. They sent Monsanto letters saying that it is up to them (Monsanto) to ensure the safety of their products, that’s just not an entity you can trust.

Look how many other countries have taken a stand and require GMOs to be indicated on their food labels:

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TAKE YOUR FOOD BACK!!!

Kale & Crispy Bacon Salad {Paleo}

This is one of the many things I can thank my mom for. She made this for lunch recently when she was over and it was so good!

We used turkey bacon and of course you can omit it altogether if you are vegan…or just out of bacon. And then call it Kale & Crispy Baconless Salad 😀

Here’s what you need. Well, plus a tomato. I’m new to this posting recipes things, can you tell?:

Kale & Crispy Bacon Salad

  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1 bunch kale, tough ribs and stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh organic orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh organic lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 medium organic tomato, chopped
  • 2 organic green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp organic olive oil

Cook bacon as directed on package until nice and crispy. Let cool and chop into small pieces.

Chop kale.

Add orange juice, lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt. Using your hands, massage juices and salt into kale. That’s right, massage your food….nevermind that you haven’t had a massage since back in aught two and just massage that kale! Let stand 5 minutes.

Add tomato, green onion, olive oil, bacon and freshly ground black pepper. Toss until well combined.

Eat it up right nice!

Door to Door Organics

Look.

You cant even see everything. Those are shiitake mushrooms peeking out of that bag in the middle and some figs hidden in that container on the right. Plus some bread up top, a big ol’ loaf!

This was our first order with Door to Door Organics. I threw it all on the table as nicely as possible to take a picture before the sleeping babe woke up. He woke up right after I put the grass-fed beef away and everything sat there looking pretty and yummy until after my oldest woke up. When he saw the table he said “Wooooow!” So then I gave him bok choy and told him to say cheese!

He complied because he is QUITE a ham. So while I didn’t order cheese OR ham, there they are anyway. Bah dum bum! *crickets*

Anyway, my husband does the grocery shopping. I know right? He loves it. He says he is Italian from his stomach up (That’s why that grass-fed beef is there as well as the bread. Today is his birthday and I told him if he didn’t want any weird vegan thing that I was going to try out he better tell me what he wants for his birthday dinner. Spaghetti and meatballs. Italiano!) and Polish from his wallet down, so he likes to make sure he’s getting the most bang for his buck. It looks like he gave it his approval, which is cool because I like it mewcho. I like when things are delivered for me. “Ooooo! UPS guy is here! Mini-Christmas!” And I love food, so this is a two-fer.

This is a “medium box” and a couple extras from the store. The boxes come pre-picked but you can swap out up to 5 things. We’re going to stick with them for a few weeks and see how it works for us.  I noticed we can invite “x” amount of people per month to try it and if they do, they get 50% off their first order. Love that!

I like that this pushes me to meal plan. I like to meal plan but sometimes it doesn’t get done and then I’m sad in the kitchen. This will make me plan by Monday evening every week and then I will be happy in the kitchen, which will be good because I spend a lot of time in there.

I made a Kale & Crispy Bacon Salad with one of those bunches of kale you see. My mom found the recipe in some magazine and made it when she was over recently. I just took a picture of the finished product with my iPad so it’s not the best.

I will type up the recipe in a new post and take better pictures tomorrow since there’s still some left. Those kale bunches are HUGE!  Making Chow Mein tomorrow night with those mushrooms and that bok choy. Yummo!

Yay for organic food and all its healthfulness! And yay for it delivered right to my door! Yays all around, then!