This is a major hit in my house, it's so good it pleases all of my crew. If you have never tried the Hawaiian Teriyaki bowls then you, my friend, have been seriously missing out! This is such an easy recipe that I usually make a double batch & freeze one. (when raising a family, homeschooling & running profitable business & attempting to blog you need quick & easy meals) I am really looking forward to grilling season, which is right around the corner, because I know this will be even better cooked on the grill. Enjoy!
Well, Christmas is done & the new year has come and its time to put away all of the Christmas decor. Each year it has taken me several days to a week to set up & take down all of the Christmas decorations. I️ realize just how precious my time is & I️ don’t want the set up & take down to take that long so I️ set out to figure out how to make it more quick and efficient.
I know New Years Eve is supposed to be extravagant & over the top but this year ours wasn’t any of those. Since Texas was supposed to have its ice-palooza we made the decision to go to my parents & stay the night. So without further ado, our New Years Eve.
Ya’ll, it’s not supposed to be this cold in Texas. We all have on 3 layers of clothes, including jackets, plus we loaded the car with blankets just in case. Coco got to go with us & she was “thrilled”, well she was once we got to my parents house.
We went back to Bass pro to see Santa just like we told him we would.
Fellowship Church in Grapevine put on a Christmas show this year & it was wonderful!
We were blessed to get to spend the evening with my parents.
Decorators Warehouse Christmas decor where everything is for sale. If you haven’t been you are missing out!
All loaded up & headed to South Padre Island, let the shenanigans begin!
After spending all day at The Johnson Space Center we were all anxious to fill our bellies with some delicious food! Joe found a great restaurant called Mi Luna and decided that we were going to try something new. Mi Luna is a Tapas restaurant and they have live music & that night had Flamenco Dancers. For those of you who don't know Tapas are Spanish appetizers & if you have never been to a restaurant like this one I suggest you go, it was a lot of fun!
Exploring new to them food
Our boys are so enthralled by Elon Musk and his Space X company and all that he is attempting to do so we just had to take the kids to the Johnson Space Center.
This past year we studied the Renaissance, Dark ages, & Medieval times as a big part of our history & so of course we had to take the kids to the Renaissance fair when it came to town! We had a fun time & it was neat for the kids to see history come to life. It rained a good portion of the day, hence the ponchos, but even so, we had fun!
As the cold & flu season is creeping upon us I figured I would share with you the soup that we use as a healing soup for colds & when we just aren't feeling great but aren't fully sick. I will tell you that I have started to alter this recipe a little, simply because 3 of the kids do not like the garbanzo beans. What I do now is instead of adding the beans to the soup I put a few cups of the broth in a sauce pan, when the chicken is done boiling & then cook the beans in there instead of putting them in the big pot. The 3 of us that like the beans can just add a spoon full to our soup & everyone is happy!
Hi everyone! This post is a review of a dog harness & leash that we recently found. I usually don't buy anything at craft fairs unless I know exactly what I am going for prior to going and I didn't purchase it the first time I saw it either. We saw this gentleman demonstrating how this harness worked on several dogs & I was so intrigued that I stood there in the freezing cold (which I hate) and watched in awe as dog after dog seemed to be completely transformed while using this harness. I was awaken from my awed trance by my children saying "mommy we are freeeeezing" so I grabbed the guys business card & ran our kiddos to the car to warm up. I honestly couldn't get that harness out of my mind & for weeks it haunted me. I finally convinced my husband that we needed it & he agreed! Yay!! We ordered the purple harness & the security leash & actually picked it up from the company owner, Bruce, at his place of work & he even had us bring Coco to have her sized! Bruce is awesome.
We ran into him at another county fair when it was much warmer outside & I was able to get some pictures!
The battle of San Jacinto is a pivotal part of Texas history so of course we had to take the kids to see it as well, and I'm so glad we did! Its a beautiful monument in a beautiful park and you can see the Battleship Texas from her. When we got to the elevators there was a sign that said they were closed so I told Joe "we can take the stairs".... he just looked at me like I was crazy & then said "its 40 stories!" Yeah, so we didn't get to go up to the observation deck, but we did explore the rest of the monument.
We went several weeks before she "sank" & no we didn't sink her! Although, my nephew went on field trip to see her the week before she sank......therein lies my suspicion. (I'm just kidding,)
Of course no San Antonio trip is complete without dinner & stroll down the iconic River Walk. Before dinner we took a walk down the river taking in the sights & of course photo opportunities!
A very nice gentleman insisted on taking a picture of all of us & I'm so very grateful he did, it turned out great.
Our first stop on our trip was San Antonio to see the Alamo & Mission San Jose. We stayed at Home 2 by Marriott which was a short walk to The Alamo, so of course we walked! There were so many fun & interesting shops along our walk, we wanted to go into all of them but we wouldn't have had time to see the missions, so we pressed on.
Since we started our trip on Mothers Day, Joe & the kids planned to take me out to a new restaurant, It was place called Zinc & it is a "must go" place! Delicious food, quaint old building, a very comfortable feeling, cozy. If we lived in San Antonio this is definitely a place we would frequent, with & without kids, my picky eaters even like the food!
Being a mom requires a ton of energy all of the time with, seemingly, no end in sight! On top of being a mom we live a pretty active lifestyle & are always going. I get asked all of the time "How do you keep your energy up?" Well, let me tell you a story.
My friends & I were talking one day, & it came out that I had only had about 4 hours of sleep the night before & about 5 the previous night, they all said they had no idea & that I didn't look tired at all. Through this conversation I realized that I can go with the least amount of sleep, over a couple of days, 5-6 hours or less, & most of my friends needed an average of 9 consecutively or they were in terrible moods & in what I call "barely functioning mode". (I am not talking about all the time, I am talking about a couple of days in a row of little sleep) All of them asked how it was possible, for me to not only seem like I had had a great nights sleep but to look & act like I had, so I told them my secret - XS Energy & the fact that I take vitamins & most of them don't.
Meal planning is very time consuming the first time you do it, so plan for it to take several hours, you can even break it down into steps over several days to make it less daunting. I know this will seem very detailed & time consuming however it is a "do it once" kind of thing, once you do it then it will be done & your grocery list will be ready for the next time you go shopping. Remember, the main goal of this is to SAVE time in the long run!
This is the story of my health, my story of my illness and how I cured it, if I can help just one of you or someone you know then it's worth it!
My story begins just after our honeymoon. I came home and noticed a white, flaky spot on my skin in the fold of my arm & it sometimes itched. I went to the dermatologist & was told it was a fungus that I probably picked up on our honeymoon, was given an anti fungal cream & an antibiotic. I took the medicine & used it as directed, the rash went away, all seemed to be good until a few months later when the rash returned and had grown. I was finally diagnosed with Tenea Versicolor which is a yeast overgrowth or basically a whole body yeast infection. I went to several dermatologists and doctors, who responded the same, with an anti fungal & an antibiotic and the rash/illness would go away for a few months then return with a vengeance. The rash had spread over time, it was all over my neck & up into my hairline, all over my bra area in the front, and along my bikini line. This went on for twelve years,
After i had my third child I started having recurring sinus infections, every three months & I would have to have an antibiotic to get better. At this point I was also feeling sick in other ways, my stomach was hurting me all the time, I was having pain up under my rib cage that would radiate to under my shoulder blade in my back. I just didn't feel well. At this point I had a friend who suggested I go gluten free, I didn't listen. I went to a gastroenterologist who told me that I had a few gallstones, nothing serious, & after a series of questions, diagnosed me with IBS, for which there is no cure. I was not happy with that. He had scheduled me for other tests which we had to cancel because we found out we were expecting our fourth baby.
My pregnancies have all been high risk and number four was no different. I have a hard time putting on weight while pregnant, my doctor believes this to be why I go into preterm labor. *Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional however think about this..... whenever a pregnant woman has a yeast infection one of the biggest fears is that it will cause ...preterm labor. A candida overgrowth & Tinea Versicolor are a YEAST overgrowth, so basically your whole body is infected with too much yeast. So I believe that all of my preterm labor was due to this yeast overgrowth. This is just my theory, and I have no intention of testing this out, we have four kiddos and that is enough! This is something worth thinking about.
After I had my fourth baby I was still feeling bad, the same aforementioned friend suggested the same thing, go gluten free. I was skeptical. Her mom, who is a second mom to me gave me a book, The Candida Cure to help me understand and to see if this was my problem. In the book there is a test to determine your level of yeast, mine was off the charts. It was at this point that I decided I had nothing to lose by trying the suggested diet in the book. I started the gluten free / sugar free diet almost immediately and it was around the 3 month mark that I started to notice changes, my rash was going away and my stomach was feeling better. After 5 months of being on the gluten free / sugar free diet I noticed one day that my rash was COMPLETELY gone, no sign of it anywhere!! I could not believe it, I really did not think this diet would work, I was beyond wrong. Not only did the new diet cure my Tinea Versicolor, it also relieved my IBS symptoms! All these years, 12 years of being sick and not feeling well, so many antibiotics and they did nothing. All I needed was the correct food to heal my body. I am gluten free because of the IBS and I am sugar free (as much as humanly possible) because of the Tinea Versicolor. I love feeling good, I love that I dont have to cover up my body so no one looks at my rash, I love that i no longer itch like crazy, I love that my stomach is finally acting normal and that I don't have the IBS symptoms, unless i eat gluten. I feel healthy and I won't apologize for that. I hope that my experience can touch someone whether it is for them to understand what someone they love is going through or to help them find hope. There is always hope, if you search long enough.
*disclaimer : always check with your health care professional to make sure you are healthy enough to start any new diet.
We quit cable, for many reasons one of them being the cost. As I am sure you are aware cable costs are always going up & we were tired of it. I was also tired of the inappropriate commercials that were on what was considered a "kid channel" not to mention some of the content that was put into a children's show, some things need to be left for when they become adults! I was sick & tired of having to explain adult things to my children, so we pulled the plug on cable. I was unsure how I was going to like going without it but with the program we have, I love it not having cable. No more inappropriate commercials, no more adult content on a kids show, I no longer have to worry about what they will see when they watch a movie & its wonderful!
I have been homeschooling for 7 years now, I have learned a lot & am in a completely different place than in the first year. Our school room, curriculum, & my style of teaching has changed to fit our family & learning styles better. Let me take you on a tour of our schoolroom.
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