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What to watch at 2a.m.?

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Last night, after almost a week and a half of sleeping through the night, Benjamin decided to stay awake until 4 a.m.!!! Eek! I am so exhausted today!

 I just thought though that I would share with you a glimpse into what I was watching at 2 am this morning, as I was praying that he would go to sleep....



I Used To Be Fat | Ep. 15 | Maddy: Maddy battles her drug and alcohol addictions by turning to food. Can she let go of her troubled past while managing to have portion control?

Did you watch tv when your babies wouldn't sleep? Do you watch tv late at night? What do you watch?

Wordless Wednesday: Benjamin: Then and Now

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What a difference 12 weeks makes!
Here is Benjamin THEN:


And here is Benjamin NOW: 

Man he is growing up WAY TOO FAST!!!! 

Review: Beloved Enemy by Al Lacy

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From the back cover:
Jenny's allegiance lay with the Confederate Army. But her heart belonged to the enemy. Faithful to her family and the land of her birth, young Jenny Jordan covers for her father's Confederate spy missions. But as she grows closer to handsome Union soldier Buck Brownell. Jenny finds herself torn between devotion to the South and her feelings for the man she is forbidden to love. Overwhelmed by pressure to assist the South, Jenny agrees to carry critical information over enemy lines. But when she is caught in Buck Brownell's territory, will he follow orders to execute the beautiful spy or find a way to save his Beloved Enemy?

My thoughts:
I will be honest and say that I normally do not read stories that revolve around wars or fighting. Those are typically not my style and I do not enjoy them in that I have found the stories to be biased versus one side over the other and  that tends to take itself away from the story line. I was pleasantly surprised…

A letter to me and to my blogging readers

Dear Me,

It is me speaking. I thought that maybe putting thoughts into words would help me to make  sense of all the different directions that my thoughts are going.

There are so many aspects of my life that I want to change and that I am worried about. My anxiety and depression have been acting up...granted I have weaned myself off my medication because I feel I should be stronger and not need them, I also don't want to have to take meds all my life for depression, and it saves our family over $300 a year by not being on them. I am just so stressed and anxious all the time now.

I don't like the way that I look. I have always been a little overweight. At times I was a LOT overweight, but now I am up to 241 pounds. That is a TON to me. I remember back when I was dating Bill and I was at the smallest I had been in a long time...I was able to get down to 199 before our wedding and man did it feel good NOT to have a 2 in front of my weight. I would love to get down to that weig…

Storytelling: A guest post from author Andy Gavin

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Games, Novels, and Story

Storytelling, the old fashioned way
Modern man has a wide variety of "pure" storytelling mediums, like film, long form television, and novels. While these have some very significant differences they all share the same basic focus on plot and character. Typically at least, good stories introduce a character with problems, get you to like them, then chronicle the struggle as they are compelled to change and adapt to overcome these problems. In the end, they either do so, or are defeated to teach us a lesson (a variant we call tragedy).
These elements: character, plot, and transformational arc, are completely central to the normal story (I deliberately ignore weird experimental storytelling). Really, they are the core of what makes a good film or novel.


Roman mosaic showing comedy (right) and tragedy (left)
But with a game, this whole business is secondary. The primary focus of a game is fun. And fun through gameplay. Does Tetris have any character or plot?…

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin-- on sale on Amazon Kindle

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A Vampire Novel with Actual Bite!

As the modern world establishes itself and pushes the supernatural into the shadows, the supernatural fights back.The Darkening Dream is a chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. The book has received rave reviews and is on sale for only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle from June 25th-29th!

In addition, Andy is doing a big giveaway, including a $100 gift certificate to Amazon, signed copies of his books, video games, posters, and more!

The Darkening Dream Rafflecopter Giveaway

Tweet, like, follow, share, blog and grab a copy of his book to enter.
Get your 99 cent copy of The Darkening Dream today on Amazon only. Long-time readers of dark historical fantasy (Tim Powers, Guy Gavriel Kay, Katherine Kurtz) will appreciate the weaving together of mythology, occult, and religion, while younger readers and fans of HBO dramas (True Blood, Carniv├ále) or urban fantasy (Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Jim Butch…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy & paste the starters & link up to Carla so she and others can visit you & see what you've been up to!

SO HERE GOES:


What are you.....
Reading?


Watching?
Right this very second, I am watching "Doc McStuffins" with Rebecca.



Listening to?
The hum of the air conditioner---it is HOT here today!
Cooking/Baking?
I have been cooking a lot this week, trying out new healthier recipes and experimenting in the kitchen trying not to waste produce. Tonight I made marinated tilapia and roasted veggies for dinner! Yummy!
One of the recipes I made this week was an experiment that worked:

Pear-Cherry Muffins


Happy you accomplished this week?
I have come up with a plan for eating better/ healthier and exercising!   
Looking forward to next week?
Trying some creative things, including trying to lengthen a few of my shirts that are too short.
Cooking so…

Daily Goals for Sunday 6/24/2012

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In order to achieve my two big goals of losing weight and having better relationships with my family, I will focus daily on daily goals that are smaller and more attainable to help me achieve the larger goals.

Yesterday was an okay day goal wise. Let's keep up the momentum today even though I am VERY SORE from the workouts!

Today my goals are:

-Drink 60 oz of water.
-Eat 5 fruits and veggies
-Make a menu plan for the week so I know what we are eating
-Play a game with Rebecca
-Read to Jacob
-Feed my creative side by trying to fix a few of my short t-shirts

So there you have it. There are my goals. I will be back tonight to update! Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Daily Goals update for Saturday 6/22/2012

So yesterday I had a great day with my goals. Let's see how I did today....

-Drink 60 oz of water.
NOPE---Only drank 40 oz. and honestly I have no one to blame but myself for this.

-Eat 5 fruits and veggies
ACHIEVED---had a banana with breakfast, a peach and cucumber and lettuce with lunch, had lettuce, tomato and strawberries with dinner!

-Exercise for 30 minutes on Jillian Michaels' Wii game
NOPE--- HOWEVER, I DID do 35 minutes on the Wii Fit Plus game. I was too sore from doing the Jillian game yesterday so I am putting this as a pass since I did do a workout just not the one I planned.

-Play a game with Rebecca
YEP--- Got my behind kicked in Chutes and Ladders. I don't think I have ever beat her in this game.

-Read to Jacob
NOPE--- My mom read lots of books to him this afternoon when they visited and Bill put him to bed so he read him stories before bed.

-Give Bill a massage
NOT YET--- We are getting ready to go to bed, so we shall see....

So overall an okay day. Not eve…

Pork---It's whats for dinner!

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When you are on a diet and trying to eat healthier, the first things that come to mind when you think of healthy meat is boneless, skinless chicken breast, and fish. I don't think of pork as being healthy. When I think of pork the first things that come to mind are sausages and fat.

Boy am I wrong.  Pork can be a very healthy meat and if prepared the right way can be quite delicious. On average, the most common cuts of pork today have 16% less fat than the same cuts from over 20 years ago. And according to USDA data, most cuts from the loin – think succulent loin chops and bone-in sirloin roast – are actually leaner than skinless chicken thighs. That means it is a good choice for someone who is dieting--like me and my husband.

That is why I was so excited to be invited to be part of the Pork(R) Be Inspired(R) Bzz Campaign!



In my bzz kit I received:
Coupon for $5 off pork for meCoupons for $1 off pork to share with family and friendsnewsletters about pork with recipesa digital meat…

Pear-Cherry Muffins (I've been experimenting...)

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The other day I noticed that we had 2 pears that were really ripe...you know the kind: too ripe to eat, but not yet too ripe to be bad. We also had about a pound of bing cherries that were quickly going bad in the fridge (Hubby is the only one who eats these). I have really been concentrating on using up all the fresh produce that I have been buying, not only to make sure we are not wasting money, but also in an effort to be healthier. So what to do? What to do?

I looked online....and I found recipes using pears and recipes using cherries, but most recipes needed more than I had on hand. I thought and thought....then it hit me. Why not try to make a muffin using the pears and cherries. I looked online to see if I could find a recipe for a pear and cherry bread or muffin and could not find anything. There were lots of pear recipes but none that included cherries.

So I got to work. I took a recipe from "JoCooks" for Pear and Chocolate Chip Muffins as a basis and then tweaked …

Daily Goals for Saturday 6/23/2012

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In order to achieve my two big goals of losing weight and having better relationships with my family, I will focus daily on daily goals that are smaller and more attainable to help me achieve the larger goals.

Yesterday was a good day goal wise. Let's keep up the momentum today!

Today my goals are:

-Drink 60 oz of water.
-Eat 5 fruits and veggies
-Exercise for 30 minutes on Jillian Michaels' Wii game
-Play a game with Rebecca
-Read to Jacob
-Give Bill a massage

So there you have it. There are my goals. I will be back tonight to update! Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Daily Goals update for Friday 6/22/2012

I thought I would pop on here to give an update of how today went. I just finished a work out, but thought I'd pop on before I head upstairs to shower and go to bed. Here is how I did today:

- Drink 60 oz of water. (will achieve this by drinking water at each meal)
ACHIEVED---I actually ended up drinking 4 bottles of water that held 19 oz each for a total of 76 oz!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!

- Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks today.
ACHIEVED---Had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 snacks. Although I did cheat and had a couple tootsie rolls that were in a glass jar full of mostly bubble gum.

- Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies
SORT OF ACHIEVED--- had a banana with breakfast, an apple with lunch, carrots and corn for dinner, and the sort of is I made pear and cherry muffins this afternoon so that is kind of counting too.

- Work out 30 minutes on Wii (figure out Jillian Michaels Wii game)
ACHIEVED, ACHIEVED, ACHIEVED!!!!!!---Did 30 minutes on the light weight loss workout and IT KICKED MY BEHIND!!!! I made …

Daily goals for Friday June 22, 2012

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In order to achieve my two big goals of losing weight and having better relationships with my family, I will focus daily on daily goals that are smaller and more attainable to help me achieve the larger goals.

So now here are my daily goals for today, Friday June 22, 2012:

- Drink 60 oz of water. (will achieve this by drinking water at each meal)
- Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks today.
- Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies
- Work out 30 minutes on Wii (figure out Jillian Michaels Wii game)
- Read to Jacob before bed
- Do some school work with Rebecca
- Tell Bill I love him at a random time

So there you have it. I will come back tonight and let you know how I did.

Do you make daily goals? If so what are they? If not, why not?


Daily Goals Update for Thurday 6/21/12

Well last night I was TOO tired to update my goals, Bill had to do some work from home on the computer, and frankly I didn't want to think about what a bad day it had been goal wise. It really was not a good day. I felt off all day, stressed and just blah. And that tends to lead me to overeat, not make good choices and not be able to focus. But because I am being accountable to whomever reads this blog (if anyone) I will share with you how I did....

So here goes:

- Drink 48 oz of water. (will achieve this by drinking water at each meal)
ACHIEVED THIS!!!! I actually drank close to 60oz of water. Granted I had to drink a lot in the late afternoon and evening as I realized that I was a little dehydrated and had not had much to drink yesterday. I felt sick to my stomach around 4 or so and that is when I realized that I needed to drink.

- Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks today.
Um....KIND OF.... I had breakfast, lunch, dinner and a few snacks. I had chips, a handful of gummy bears, and finished …

Sobe Lifewater Review

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As you know I am trying to lose weight. One of the ways that I am doing this is by trying to make better choices in what I eat and what I drink. While I try to drink as much water as possible, there are times that I just want something with more flavor! That is why I was so excited to receive an invitation to the Sobe Flavors with Benefits BzzCampaign! And I was even more excited when my bzz kit arrived in the mail!


I received a full size bottle of Sobe Lifewater Pomegranate Nectarine coconut water, a coupon for a free 20oz bottle of any flavor Sobe lifewater, chapstick, and coupons to share with family and friends.

The first thing I did was put my water in the freezer, as I prefer my drinks to be icy cold. A while later, I took it out and tried it. And MAN WAS IT YUMMY!!!!!!! It was light, refreshing, with just the right amount of flavor. 

And it was relatively low calorie: For a 20oz. bottle (2.5 servings) there were 80 calories and 0 grams of fat! That isn't too bad for a f…

Daily Goals for Thursday June 21, 2012

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In order to achieve my two big goals of losing weight and having better relationships with my family, I will focus daily on daily goals that are smaller and more attainable to help me achieve the larger goals.

So now here are my daily goals for today, Thursday June 21, 2012:

- Drink 48 oz of water. (will achieve this by drinking water at each meal)
- Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks today.
- Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies
- Work out 30 minutes on Wii Fit
- Read 2 stories to both Rebecca and Jacob
- Compliment Bill at least 1 time.

So there you have it. I will come back tonight and let you know how I did.

Do you make daily goals? If so what are they? If not, why not?


Daily Goals update for Wednesday 6/20/12

Earlier today I posted my daily goals for today. How did I do??

- Drink 48 oz of water. (will achieve this by drinking water at each meal)
ACHIEVED!! I actually drank 67 oz. today. I have found the secret is to keep 2 water bottles in the fridge and when I finish one, refill it and put it back.
- Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks today.
ACHIEVED!! I had breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks. The only downfall was lunch was McDonald's and one snack was ice cream.
- NO eating after dinner
NOT ACHIEVED!!! As I am writing this I am eating a small bowl of ice cream. While this is a failure, it is actually an improvement from how I usually am at night. Right now I am stressed out and I think that is why I am eating.
- Work out 20 minutes on Wii Fit
ACHIEVED!!!! I actually did 30 minutes!
- Read 2 stories to both Rebecca and Jacob
1/2 ACHIEVED...I read to Jacob several times throughout the day. Did not find time to read to Rebecca but we did work on some school stuff together.
- Compliment Bill at…

Daily Goals for Wednesday 6/20/12

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Earlier I told you all wonderful readers how I was changing the way that I am setting about to meet my goals. I will set my goals. Make a DAILY GOAL plan each day that is meant to work toward the larger goal. I will GET TO WORK each day by working on my daily goals, and I will STICK TO IT by being accountable each evening on the blog. And in the end I WILL REACH my goals!

Today is the first day! Before I start on my daily goals, let me tell you the "BIG GOALS" that are helping to guide my daily goals. They are:

-LOSE 45 POUNDS
I currently weigh 242 pounds. OUCH! It hurt to put that in writing. I hate my body right now and I have no clothes that fit me right and that make me feel good. I just want to hide my body and am so very self conscious right now.

-BE A BETTER MOM AND WIFE
Now I think that I am a good mom and a good wife. But I want to be a BETTER mom and wife. I find myself getting snippy and being short tempered with both Bill and the kids. I get frustrated very easil…

Starting to set daily goals

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Over the last few weeks, I have been feeeling off and coming to the realization that I have lost motivation to change my life in ways to make it better. I have been feeling anxious, depressed and just not with it. I have basically been going through the motions. (Now don't get me wrong there are a lot of aspects of my life that are good, just I have not been feeling good about myself---weight wise, and relationship wise!)

I know what needs to be changed. I have LARGE goals that seem to be impossible to meet. And when I make even 1 mistake I beat myself up with guilt and with "oh well, there goes the day, might as well continue to be bad..." thoughts.

Well yesterday it hit me. I have been so focused on meeting the larger goals that I am not looking at ways to get there. I am just wanting to go from now to meeting the goals. That is the wrong way to go about it. Rationally I know that. I know that I did not get this way overnight, and it will take time for me to reach my …

Summer

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Happy, Happy Summer to everyone! Hope that the weather is great where ever you are. Here it is HOT, HOT, HOT. Temperatures are supposed to be 96 degrees today! That is HOT!!!! But it is Summer and for that I am thankful! Hope everyone has a wonderful Summer!

Weekly goals

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Taking a clue from Money Saving Mom, I have decided to make up a list of 10 weekly goals that I would like to accomplish this week. Not only will this give me some guidance as to what I find important to do, it will also make me accountable to getting them done. I have found since Benjamin was born that if I set weekly goals instead of daily goals then I am more apt to get them done.

So for this week my goals are:


FAMILY/ MOTHERING GOALS:
Get up, shower and get dressed before kids get up in the morning to help get mornings off to a good start. Work on summer school with RebeccaPERSONAL GOALS:
Eat more fruits and veggiesDrink 8 glasses of water a dayHOME MANAGEMENT GOALS:
Do a load of laundry from start to finish each day.Figure out budget for the summerMenu plan for the weekBLOGGING GOALS:
Get book reviews written and posted (or scheduled to post). The books are read, I just need to do the reviews for themBzzagent reviewsAt least 3 non -review posts Hope everyone has a great week! What ar…

Happy Father's Day!

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Happy Father's Day to ALL the wonderful Dads out there in the world! Be they Fathers biologically, by marriage, by choice, etc. The good Fathers in the world deserve recognition on this day!
I have been blessed with knowing 2 wonderful Fathers in my own personal life....
First, I have been blessed with my own Father. They say that a Daddy is a Daughter's first best friend. Well that is true. From day 1 and through today, I can say that I can go to my Dad for advice, love, guidance, and everything in between. He is a wonderful Father to me and a great Grandfather to our children!   Second- I have been BLESSED beyond belief to have married a man who is a Wonderful husband to me! And who also happens to be a PHENOMENAL Father to our children!
Bill is an amazing Dad to all 3 of our children and to our son in Heaven!
How did he come become a great Father?
It all started before we were married. Bill was told (before he ever met me) that he would never be able to father children.…

Cascadian Farm Coupon Giveaway from Mommy Does!

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Cascadian Farm was founded in 1972 with the knowledge that good food starts with caring for their land. Their farms are still being tended in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains. Not only that, but they also partner with other farmers who share their commitment to bringing consumers organic foods, so you can be sure every bite is good for you and your family.

Why Eat Organic?
Cascadian Farm products are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically engineered ingredients. Their organic foods also contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. Be sure to try Cascadian Farm's entire line of organic foods including cereal, frozen fruits and vegetables!
Giveaway:
Cascadian Farm provided Mommy Does... with four free product coupons worth up to $5.08 each for one lucky reader to win! These coupons don't expire until 3/5/14, so they will be good for ANY product of theirs!Giveaway is open to US ONLY and ends on 07/07/2012 at 11:59 …

Announcing the Shutterfly Print Code WINNER!!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who entered my Shutterfly giveaway! Time to announce the winner!

I used random.org to find the winner...

True Random Number Generator
Min:Max:

Result:13
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The WINNING COMMENT WAS NUMBER 13!!!!

Rachel R. said: I am following....
CONGRATS RACHEL!!!! An email has been sent to you!
Thanks again everyone! Have a great day!

Lots on my mind...

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I have had a TON of things on my mind lately...most of them changes and things that I feel like I need to make. Most of all I think that I need to take a few steps out of my comfort zone and spice things up a bit. Not sure yet what that means. Not sure yet what changes I will be making. It seems like I am going on and on with possibilities and yet I am scared to take any chances or do things that my change things up....I just have to do it I guess. And when I know, I will let you know....

GIVEAWAY: 100 free prints from Shutterfly

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I have been thinking a lot about how blessed my family is and how blessed I am to have a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children. I am blessed that I have wonderful family and friends and that this community that we live in has become home to Bill and I in many more ways than we could imagine.
One of the many ways that I like to remember how blessed I am is to take a ton of pictures to capture all the memories. And the only site that I like to get my pictures printed from is Shutterfly.com! The quality of their prints is outstanding and I have never had any problem with their work.

Because I feel so blessed, I wanted to offer a giveaway to one of my blog readers. When I gave birth to Benjamin, I was sent 2 Shutterfly codes good for 100 FREE PRINTS---there was one code for me and one code for a friend. Today and through this coming Tuesday (June 12, 2012) I am offering up the chance to win the code for a friend! THIS WILL BE A QUICK giveaway! I will take entries through TUESDAY nig…

16 pounds!!!!

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That is how much my sweet baby Benjamin weighed today at the doctor's office. That is without any clothes on, just a diaper. He is ONLY 9 WEEKS OLD!

He is big and HEALTHY and for that I am so blessed!


He also got 3 shots in his legs and 1 vaccine by mouth. Poor guy! So for the rest of today I am just focusing on taking care of Ben and resting. (I also had a tooth pulled yesterday so my mouth is in some pain!)