Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nursing in Public is Offensive

Before my pro-nursing friends spit fire I'll get right to it...

Nursing in public (NIP) is offensive...but should that matter?

There's a mentality going around that NIP isn't offensive. So what if it is?  I find scantily clad women to be offensive (seriously, it's okay if your skirt covers your butt...) and have been called "anti-woman" because of it. (Because women have the "right" to show off their bodies) 

If you are in your own home you have the right to limit the offensive material that enters it. You can ask someone to go in the other room to breastfeed, you can ask someone to stop smacking their food at the table, or you can request someone put on a jacket if their outfit offends you. In public, however, you can't. You have to accept that when you leave the house you will be presented with things that offend you. 

When I go to the zoo I accept that there will be pro-evolution rhetoric everywhere (and "old Earth" stuff). I don't get mad at the zoo...if I didn't like it I would leave. If I get offended at the amount of skin I see at the store I'll leave. "But I'm trying to do my shopping and she's flaunting it." I can all but guarantee that she's not "flaunting it" when she's nursing. (If she's following you around screaming "LOOK AT ME BREASTFEEDING!!!!!!" then I'll retract my statement)

Now this is where people will say (and have said to me) "You have to be respectful of people. If it offends someone you shouldn't do it." or "If it could arouse someone you shouldn't do it." These kind of go hand in hand (because the line is kind of thin between the two).

Here's a list, off the top of my head, of things that pertain to my appearance that could possibly offend people when I leave my home:
- I cut my hair
- I have pink in my hair
- I wear makeup
- I wear pants
- I speak in a loud voice (some people do believe that women should only speak in meek, small voices)
- The language I use ("lame" is offensive apparently)
- I don't cover my head

Do I take any of these into consideration when I leave the house? Nope. Should I? I don't believe so. 

There will always be something that offends *someone* in the world. The only way to be 100% sure that you're NOT offending someone is to never leave your house...and even then people will get offended that you keep turning them down when they invite you to things. 

What about arousing men? Should I be afraid that my NIP is arousing someone? No. I have no control over that. My stand-by phrase for this comment is this: "People have foot fetishes and I still wear sandals." 
There was actually a study done on fetishes...
It was concluded that the most common fetishes were for body parts or for objects usually associated with body parts (33% and 30% respectively). Among those people preferring body parts, feet and toes were preferred by the greatest number, with 47% of those sampled preferring them. Among those people preferring objects related to body parts, footwear (shoes, boots, etc.) was most preferred (64%) source
So you're not even "safe" if you wear shoes! The mere act of leaving your house means that someone, somewhere, will be aroused. That isn't your responsibility.

I'll end this long post with one of my NIP photos! Me nursing the baby at the zoo.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest Article: Exercise Proves to Be Highly Beneficial for Cancer Patients

So, a few months ago Liz approached me to guest write on my blog. I know, right? Does that mean I'm cool now? Ha! I *love* her article. If you like it be sure and show her some love in the comments!!


Cancer patients face a range of emotions upon the diagnosis. Unfortunately, an unintended side effect is patients becoming sedentary when hearing the diagnosis of cancer. Formerly active patients sometimes abandon exercise routines with their new primary focus being on the illness and treatment. This is a mistake as exercise is highly beneficial to cancer patients.

 Cancer patients that have never adopted an exercise routine greatly benefit from doing so while undergoing cancer treatment and continue it after the illness has gone into remission. Suggestive evidence states that patients exercising regularly have a lower risk of recurrence. During treatment exercise is highly beneficial to combat many physical and psychological effects of treatment.

 Those exercising during treatment have a greater quality of life, sleep better, feel more self-confident and do not put on excessive weight from certain systematic treatments. Added health benefits include lower levels of fatigue and nausea, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and less reports of severe depression. Depression over the diagnosis and the major life change it brings causes people to slow down when they need most to keep moving, keeping their body healthy and their outlook positive.

 Some cancers call for specific attention to certain exercises. Gastrointestinal, head and neck cancers lead to loss of muscle mass to the point that range of motion is decreased. Those undergoing treatment for these types of cancer benefit from exercises that build lean muscle mass such as barbell curls and squats. 

 Breast cancer patients are at odds with weight gain due to increased appetite due to corticosteroids, taken to combat nausea, causing increased appetite. Another factor is that chemotherapy sometimes leads to early menopause in younger cancer patients, making their metabolism slow down, causing weight gain. Breast cancer patients benefit from weight loss exercises such as brisk walking, cycling and jogging. Pilates is also a favorite of many breast cancer patients. Pilates builds strength and flexibility and deepens the mind and body connection, making it a great exercise for any cancer patient well after treatment. Breast cancer patients often deal with the onset of lymphedema, which is a building up of lymph after breast cancer surgery. Moving muscle by exercising moves lymph fluids which prevents the lymph build-up.

 So far breast cancer has been the most thoroughly researched when it comes to its correlation with exercise. After seeing positive results other cancers are now being looked into more like lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and peritoneal mesothelioma.

 Doctors often fear overwhelming newly diagnosed cancer patients by influencing them to begin a fitness routine. This makes it important that patients do their own research if not lead by their medical professional. Of course, any fitness plan must be approved by the oncologist prior to a patient beginning.

 Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Great dinner...and some updates


From dinner the other night:

I mostly just loved out the plating turned out with this...I'll show you the picture before I really start explaining (because it's prettier than it sounds!)

It looks like some nifty restaurant meal doesn't it? Yeah...that's a hamburger and fries! 
I can't tell you what it was seasoned with because my husband made them! I wasn't privy to the ingredients (he probably wouldn't remember anyway to be honest) 
I sauteed some mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. 
We did sweet potato fries (and one red potato worth of fries). 
The plating started as an accident. I was putting mushroom and tomato on it and it looked so pretty that I went with it! 

See what a little creativity can do?
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Where have I been? Why, Kas Fitness of course! I'm still trying to get it up and going so be sure and jump over and check it out (and make my analytics numbers go up and stroke my ego...)

Stefan recently bought a NICE camera. We're starting a little photography biz. It's pretty exciting. I'm hoping that in a few years we'll both just being working our businesses and will be able to dictate our own hours. *sigh* SOMEDAY!
Here's a little bit of what he can do!

Light editing


Some extreme editing (let's play "spot the difference")
So if you or someone you know in the San Antonio area wants/needs photos done (for pretty much anything) head on over to Something More Photography and use the Contact Us button! We're working on a full website so it's just the landing page for now! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jonathan is growing...

I don't have any really good pictures so you'll have to check back later :) after I take some!

I will tell  you that Jonathan is growing....a lot. My evidence?

Last night, in the course of 2 hours, Jonathan (11mo) ate:
- At least 1/2cup of cooked rice
- 2 shrimp
- At least 5 Ginger Snap cookies
- 2 full breasts worth of breastmilk

 This morning, in the last 30 mins, he's eaten:
 - An egg and a half worth of scrambled eggs
- Half an oatmeal cookie
- 1 strawberry
- 3-4 raspberries

 ...and he's still hungry.

 Growth spurt much? He's a bottomless pit! He's eaten more than his 2.5yo brother.

Friday, December 9, 2011

TGIF....AND CLEAN

I've had SCREAMING children most of the day. I have no idea what's going on with them...I'm blaming the weather.

However, I still managed to finish:
- 1 round of dishes
- Counters (sort of)
- Sweep kitchen and dining
- Clear Dining Table (only to put more crap on it)
- Make Bread (and then eat half of it)
- Put all the clean laundry in bins instead of the floor
- Pick up the Guest Room
- Wash diapers
- Start another load of laundry
- Clean the downstairs bathroom
- Vacuum living room (including under furniture)

I still need to clean upstairs some more...mostly the guest bathroom and vacuum the hallway...and I need to rotate dishes (the sink is still full)

Was your day productive?

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The $5million Question...

This is something fun I've done before on forums and whatnot. The rules are VERY specific.

You're given $5million. However, there are rules you have to follow in spending it...

$1million has to be on yourself...NO savings.

$1million has to be on someone else in your family.

$1million has to be on someone NOT in your family.

$1million has to be to a charity.

$1million has to go to a total stranger...


So, what would you do in each category? Go shopping? Buy land and build your dream house? College savings for your kids?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Be Still And Know... (repost)

I know, another repost!

There will be several because I loved them when I wrote them last year...


My sweet boy

The verse that is on my mind today is Psalm 46:10a Be still and know that I am God.

Why that verse? Mothers of toddlers (I'm willing to bet especially mothers of BOYS) will get it quickly.

We want our children to know God. We want them raised to know that they have a wonderful Heavenly Father that sent his Son to die for their sins. The verse I've chosen is very specific in the manner of knowing God: Be still.

As a mother of a toddler boy (with another boy on the way) I have to laugh a little bit. (It's okay to laugh when you read the Bible right?) My son is very rarely STILL. Even when he's not actively running around tearing the house down he's still moving. He's always busy. The only time this child is STILL is when he's sleeping...and sometimes not even then! As a result, I often forget to be be still.

New Year's Challenge: Create a time of stillness to commune with God. Even if it's just prayer time before bed. All of us need to have that time. We should begin developing this habit before the new baby gets here!

Will you accept the challenge? How are you "still" to hear God?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Taking Christ OUT of Christmas (repost)

I did this one last year. I hope you get something out of it this year too!


I thought the title might grab some attention!

It's a popular subject this time of year. There are entire websites devoted to the "cause" of keeping Christ in Christmas. There are lists put out by groups telling you which stores to avoid because they refuse to say "Christmas" on the grounds that it's offensive.

I'm going to submit a different thought. You've been told to fight these companies that are taking Christ out of Christmas...but what are you doing to put Christ IN Christmas?

It seems like a simple question doesn't it?

Today's Scripture choice is
Matthew 10:33 (NKJV) But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

I know there are probably a few people out there bristling right now. "I have NEVER denied Christ!!!" Before you click away, let's look at another definition of deny:
2: to refuse to admit or acknowledge
Do your toes hurt? I know mine did. 

You can passively refuse something. If you don't actively acknowledge that Christ belongs in this season then you are in danger of passively denying him. It can be as simple as a prayer before a meal. You can show the love of Christ by donating your time at a homeless shelter. Sign your Christmas cards "Love in Christ" instead of the standard "Merry Christmas." Read the Christmas Story in the Bible to your children this year. Do Advent activities. Take the focus off of Santa and gifts!!

This year be aware of how you're projecting your faith this season. Is Christ in YOUR Christmas?

I'm sorry!!

I feel like I've been neglecting you!

I'm working on getting my Fitness Blog off of the ground. http://kasfitness.blogspot.com/

I'm working on some blogs for you guys. Just hold on!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My son...the loser?

Yes, I want my son to eventually be a loser.

Why?

No, it's not some weird thing where I want my son to fail or think he isn't capable. It's a fact of life: You can't win at everything. Sometimes you have to lose.

It's interesting that this was one of the themes of a recent episode of Parenthood. But it's the truth. You shouldn't shield your kids from losing. 

I opened this up to my Facebook recently. I'll share some of the comments with you: (I apologize for it being tiny...it copies funny from FB)

 I think it is setting the world up for a bunch of spoiled brats that have no value in learning from loss and growing their character

Not good. Losing is a part of life.

 Kids need to learn that they can't always win, and with that comes lessons on hard work and perseverence. But everything doesn't have to be a competition either: )

 Losing is a part of life. I think learning how to bow out gracefully and how to be a polite winner is a much more important lesson than no winners or losers.

I think the kids that are getting awards for everything feel like they are owed something. And feel worthless and angry when not given what is owed them in their minds. As mentioned before losing is a part of life, we don't always get what we want or even what we may deserve. Sadly, these kids are learning that they don't have to work for anything I order to get their reward in life.

A good natured competitive spirit is a good thing. You win some you lose some. Kids need to know this!

 I think for some, friendly competition is motivation. Later in life, it's hard to be motivated for say, a job you don't like. I wish I was a little more competitive! However, I think you can also stress individual goals. You may not win each battle, but you finish the game!

 
I have two very different feelings on this. As a parent, I do think it's important to understand losing and winning and have a healthy (not overly emphasized) sense of competition. Winning and losing is part of life and kids need to be brought up to understand you can learn from your mistakes and improve your losses. However, as a teacher, I find it very detrimental to implement too much competition in the classroom. Especially with special education children, who very rarely "win" against their peers. I don't like my kids to come into class always competing with each other and calling each other losers in games and lessons. I do think it's important for them to compete against themselves and to "win" by improving their individual achievement. But it can have a very negative effect on children to be conditioned from a young age that winning and losing is so important, particularly for students who are not going to be winning much when put against peers with higher abilities in a lot of fields. Hope that makes sense.

 How will you ever know that you have succeeded unless you have failed?

It seems so strange that my kids have been given trophies for nothing more than showing up to dance class (yes, DANCE class) and soccer practice. They do not value those "awards" at ALL. My oldest 2 have played sports in Boys & Girls Club, which is a non-competitive league, so the scores don't mean anything, except in volleyball, because they play best of 3 games up to 25 points. Even in a non-competitive league, it's the PARENTS who get SO competitive & take the win/lose situation really far. Not all of them, but I feel bad for the kids whose parents compete through them. Healthy competition is good, but winning at all cost or being berated after a game (or during) for the way you played can't be good for those poor kids. They will certainly lose any love of playing the sport in those environments.

I think it is good for kids to learn how to lose. Build character and helps them learn to deal with disappointment. 
Also, I think everyone should be acknowledged for trying and doing their best. Too much focus is often put on the winners, but just because you lose doesn't mean you are a "loser"...if you did your best, that is what matters.


So, the general consensus was: Kids need to learn that losing happens and how to deal with it...but also how to be a gracious winner. I agree 100%. I remember doing Field Day at my school (does that still happen?) and everyone got a ribbon...but it was a place ribbon. If there were 7 participants and you came in dead last you got a 7th place ribbon. The kid that won got a bright blue 1st place ribbon. I remember doing my best at some thing and failing miserably...but the kids that got higher placement would ALWAYS congratulate the rest of us on a good try and job well done. No one flaunted (and if they did it was friendly competition and always in good taste...a silly victory dance or something)


What are your thoughts? Do kids need to win and lose? Or is it best when everyone is equal?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

7 Mins and Stairs = WORKOUT

Seriously. I challenged myself to get a quick workout in using nothing but my stairs and imagination. I did and I feel it today!

Equipment:
- Timer (I used my phone)
- Stairs (You could probably use a small set but I have an upstairs so it's a large set)
- Workout clothes if you want...I put on a sports bra and didn't change out of my jeans.

Workout:
These are each done in 1min increments. The cool thing is that if you're less in shape you can half it (30s each) and if you're in great shape you can double it (2min each).

- Running stairs (up and down)
- Pushups (Lean forward on the stairs)
- Forward Bends (I stood at the bottom and touched the bottom step. Kind of like a dead lift...do it slowly)
- Deep Squats (Again, standing at the bottom. Squat down until you're almost sitting on the bottom step. Knees over toes.)
- Plyo Step Ups (Kind of like this: http://youtu.be/2-IvoOYxt04 But I wasn't jumping as high. Just tap and switch)
- Regular Step Ups (30s each leg http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp?exercise=25)
- Crunches (I laid on the floor and put my legs on the stairs at a 90 degree angle...so for me that was laying them on the 2nd step)

DONE! Try it!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pinterest Post

I don't spend that much time on Pinterest (I know, I'm a freak...WHY AM I NOT ADDICTED?!)

Here are some of my recent favorites!


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I'm linking up here:
Crazy About My Baybah

Head on over and find some awesome pins and people to follow!! And be sure to FOLLOW ME!

Monday, November 14, 2011

I wish someone had told me...

So, I love my kids to death. I really really do! They're hilarious most of the time.

There are a few things I wish someone had told me about being a mom. I opened this thought up to Facebook and now I can't find it!! If you answered on the page please add your thoughts to the comments below!

I wish someone had told me...


- that I'd have bruises on the tops of my feet from my children stepping on me...it's just weird.


- that I'd willingly reach out and catch puke in my hands. 


- that I'd get pooped on and shrug it off...or LAUGH.


- that I'd get peed on weekly.


- that I'd become "that mom" that brings her own kid's snacks to parties. (Hey, food dye and HFCS makes him go NUTS)


- that it would be MY kid screaming "SHUT UP" repeatedly at the top of his lungs at the grocery store.


- that makeup would be a luxury.


- that I would consider a few bites of hotdog a "meal." (For kids or adults)


- that I'd love someone as much as I love my family. (Aww...you have to have the sappy entry!)


Comment below!! What things did you not expect as a parent?

Monday, November 7, 2011

On the Bandwagon...Judge Adams

There's an article (with additional links) here

Before I say anything I'm going to lay down a few rules...

1) This is not a spanking debate. I will not turn this into a spanking debate.

2) This is my OPINION.

3) I'm not playing out the "He said, she said" aspect of this.

4) We are not doing the "I've seen worse" dance. I don't care that your mama used to beat you worse than that so you don't see what the big deal is...just because there's "worse" doesn't make it OKAY.


I'm going to say flat out that I disagree with what he did. He went too far, he broke a cardinal rule of discipline (doing it during anger), and I disagree with spanking teenagers ANYWAY. I believe that, if you choose to spank, there is an age limit (both upper and lower).

I also believe there are more effective ways to discipline a teenager. From what I've gathered this incident was due to her downloading music illegally. Fine, if that's a rule in your house then follow through. I've also gathered that this was not the first time she'd done something like this...

Then why is there still a computer in her room? (It's obvious at the start of the video) If she can't control herself with her computer then why does she still have it? That would have been my FIRST reaction: Remove Computer! There's also software you can install that prevents downloading ANYTHING without authorization. Install that on your public computer.

If she STILL can't follow the rules lock the computer and put a time limit on the access...or cut off access totally. No, no one NEEDS the computer.

Does she have a cell phone? Take that away! TV time? Nope! Friends? Nope!

Seriously, spanking is not the way to go with teenagers! There are better ways to make things stick...


Okay, those are my initial thoughts. Care to share?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Boob Tube Babble: New Shows


Boob Tube Babble


Shows I discovered this week are Grimm and Once Upon a Time.

I *really* enjoy these. I like that TV is going away from vampires a bit. It was really starting to get overdone. And I always enjoy a show that turns fairy tales on their ends. It's neat. I watched Tin Man and Alice on Syfy a few years back and enjoyed them!

Have you seen them? What did you think??

Last night's low starch dinner!

Dinner was anything but boring last night!

camera phone

I'll break it down. (Yes, I understand that I do NOT sound cool when I say that)

Porkchops: Butterflied and cut in half (so two butterflied chops makes 4 little ones) I seasoned them with salt, pepper, oregano, and curry (the last on one side). The curry was on a whim but it was really good! I just pan seared them over medium heat. Keep the lid on the pan and it cooks faster. I took them off when the inside reached 165F.

Steamed Broccoli: That's pretty much it. I did end up adding a bit of cheese to it...

Quinoa Stir Fry: This is the fun one. First I put the quinoa on to start cooking. Then, I chopped up bacon into small pieces. I don't know how many strips I used...it was leftover and a lot. I fried that in another pan until it was nice and crispy. When that was done I added chopped mushrooms to the mix and cooked for a few minutes. Add some frozen corn (again, as much or as little as you want...I just did it for color so I didn't do a lot). When that's heated add half a can of black beans. I rinsed them before throwing them in there. Season with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic to taste. When the quinoa is done add that in and stir fry until well mixed. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

Done. Dinner took 20-30mins. It was low starch, high protein, and REALLY filling. Everyone loved it! Yes, that includes both of my boys!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bounce!

My mother in law sent me this today and I thought it was full of awesome ideas! We don't normally buy dryer sheets (cloth diapers) but I might just for the bug repelling properties!

It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2.  Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3.  It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.
 
4.  It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5.  Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6.  Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling..

7.  Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8.  To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9.   Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10.  Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11.  Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12.  To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13.  Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan..

14.  Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15.  Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds.. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17.  Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18.  Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19.  Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20.  Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21.  Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22.  Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce. 

Beachbody Challenge (Discounts AND a Chance to Win MONEY!)

You know me. I'm always excited about sales and winning money!!

There are Challenge Packs now available through Beachbody.

If you want a ton of info and have 5mins there's a video here:



If not I'll sum it up...

I'm starting Challenge Groups!

'Challenge Group' is a great way to stay accountable, motivated, and get excellent tips, thoughts,and helpful suggestions along the way! Now, there really are 'no more excuses'....:)
(space will be limited-There will only be 5 spots available in each group)So, call your friends and get them into the group you choose...:)
Message me TODAY if you're SERIOUS about getting YOUR RESULTS!!



We'll be in a group on Facebook to check in and chat. There will be rules...but rules will get results.

Cool huh?

Right now I'm pretty flexible on what groups I'm starting. I would REALLY like to do a couple of groups. Body Gospel is awesome...and I've experienced cool stuff from P90X already. 

GETTING STARTED IS EASY:
~Choose one group:Workout Program along with Shakeology
~Commit to the full program!!
***Purchase your Challenge Pack HERE***
-Click on BEACHBODY CHALLENGE on right side of page- fill out information and that's it...you're in!!


Can't afford it? I feel ya! Economy sucks right now. But you know what's right around the corner? Christmas!!! (and other gift giving holidays if that's not your thing) I'm willing to bet a couple of my readers have birthdays coming up too. Tell everyone to pitch in and get you a Challenge Pack! Think of it like this: A TurboJam CP is 4 people giving $40...that's the price of the average gift right? (I don't know...we did stocking stuffers last year)

Another thing? Buying one as you sign up to coach WAIVES the coach fee. And Shakeology is cheaper even after the coach fee!! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

If I Re-did Reality Shows...

Has it really been a whole week since my last blog? Ugh, sorry about that! We have a teething baby and a toddler with strep! Thankfully we have Advil and antibiotics!!

So, I'm linking up today to talk about TV. Instead of telling you what I watched all week I'm telling you my thoughts on a couple of reality shows...and how I would fix them!

Don't get your hopes up...I edited this...

Top Chef is first on my list of shows that need upgrade. Seriously, I'd be a better cook too with the best knives and top shelf ingredients. $500 at Whole Foods to make ONE dish?!? Can I keep the $300 I don't spend?

I think we need a Moms Edition of Top Chef. A few rules would apply...

- No more shopping strictly at Whole Foods. You'll be given $100 TOPS and forced to choose between the corner grocery store, Farmer's Market, and WF. Most challenges you'll be given $25-$50. (Seriously, who spends more than that per meal for an average family??)

- Some challenges will have odd time constraints. Like, 5mins in you'll have to take 1min breaks every 2mins for 10mins to "break up a sibling fight." Or 10mins in the baby wakes up and you have to cook while holding a doll (and keep that doll safe from knives and splatters)

- You have to make a meal while allowing a toddler to "help" with prep and cooking.

- Challenge: You're assigned to bring treats for a playdate...one child can't have dairy, one can't have peanuts (which means no nuts ANYWHERE), and one can't have gluten.

- Halfway into cooking a random ingredient gets removed and you have to finish the meal without it...


I think it's MUCH more realistic and entertaining!



Survivor doesn't need realism (although, that *would* be fun too); it mostly needs a face-lift.

- No more clues to the hidden immunity idols. It's understood that one is at your camp. Go find it.

- Hidden immunity idol AT CHALLENGES! This would only work after the merge when the challenges are for individual immunity. You can choose to opt out and go one a search instead of participate in the challenge. You'll each be given a different clue and sent off to look. This would be good for short challenges.


I haven't thought it through as much as Top Chef. I think Survivor is on its way out as a show...or it should be.

What do you think? Would you watch my shows?




Boob Tube Babble

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Long and Short of it

Today I'm linking up with

Boob Tube Babble


I'm talking about TV intros today!

Remember when the theme song took at least a full minute of show?

Example: Full House


I remember seeing the opening credits for Lost and thinking "Wait, did we miss something?"



I can't decide if I like a longer or shorter opening better. If you have a cool theme song (like House or CSI) I'm probably going to be okay with listening to 60 seconds or so...But I do like just cutting to the show as well.

So, which do YOU like better?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


That is my 9 month old CLIMBING...He already climbs the stairs.


That is my 2 year old, fully clothed, in the bathroom sink (yes, there was water).


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 


As a mom (especially a mom of boys!) I need that extra strength. There are days when I'm ready to throw in the towel. There are days the Enemy wants me to resent having children. There are days when I literally need to run away...(I always come back!)

I can do all things [change yet another diaper, break up another fight, deal with more screaming, wake after another sleepless night, clean up another mess...] through Christ who strengthens me.


http://www.themobsociety.com/2011/10/growing-godly-men-link-up-day-14/

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yesterday's Run

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Monday night I did a dumb thing...

I was doing the moves from P90X Chest and Back without the video (I had them listed) I wasn't paying attention to my form and tweaked my neck. I quickly developed a huge knot right at the base of my neck. I took an Advil and went to bed.

Tuesday (yesterday) I woke up sore. I pulled out the Arnica, Tiger Balm, and Advil for the day. By the end of the day I felt almost 100% better and decided to go on my run. I planned to keep it short and easy.

And then I started running...

The burn in my chest and legs felt amazing. I could actually feel the muscles in my back and neck start to RELEASE as I ran. The stress of the day melted off of me with each step. I realized I was running pretty fast and tried to check my pace and actually couldn't make myself slow down.

I walked a bit and came up on one of the steeper hills in my path (my neighborhood is full of them). At that point the chorus for Crossfade's No Giving Up came on and I took it at a dead sprint. I made it halfway up before I slowed to a run to finish it out. The way back is mostly downhill and I took that at an easy run/jog.

I got back and started using the music to calculate how long I'd been out. I hadn't planned on keeping track so I rounded UP a lot (because it felt fair) I had to do the math twice...each time it came out to less than 10mins.

This morning there's still some tension and soreness, but it's the kind that can be expected from working out.

I felt amazing. Can I officially call myself a runner now?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pinterest...I want to go shopping

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I went on an "outfit pinning spree" the other day. I need to go shopping but I'm waiting 1) Until I'm at my goal weight 2) until we can afford it!



















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