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This Mom and Her Thoughts on Snow in the South

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Why is it whenever someone in the South hears snow is coming they have to rush to the store to buy milk and bread? I was born and raised in the South and I still don’t get it. I mean what can you make, milk sandwiches? If someone can explain this to me I would be very grateful!

This Mom is Checking Out Chia Seeds

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This Mom is Checking Out Chia Seeds

I, regretfully, am not much of a breakfast person. I stayed home by myself quite a bit as a child/young adult and I usually cooked my breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner. I didn’t know how to cook much, but I could make a mean egg sandwich. So needless to say, over the years I got tired of eggs. I am constantly in search of something I will like for breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day after all. In one of my Pinterest searches I found this, Mango Chia Breakfast Cereal recipe here from Dietitian Debbie.

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Photo Credits: Dietitian Debbie

I made it with a full can of coconut milk, a whole mango and double the Chia seed and milk so it made 5 small breakfast meals. I have them in cute to go cups so that I can eat them quickly at work. While I was making them, I proudly (and in a somewhat cocky way) told my husband that I was going to be eating healthy breakfasts this week because my meal had chia seeds in it. And of course, because he loves to tease me, he asked why chia seeds were so healthy. I stuttered and stammered, but I did not have an answer. I just knew that they were from hearing various comments and gossip from friends. I didn’t know why! After some mild gloating from my husband I new it was time to do some research!

I have learned several things from my little investigation:

  1. Chia seeds have antioxidents to protect themselves from souring. Some studies say more than blueberries. Which is awesome for us too!
  2. They have a high fiber content. This should increase chances for weight loss and reduce appetite. In fact the carbs in these little jewels are almost all fiber!
  3. Don’t underestimate their size, they hold considerable amounts of nutrients including calcium and magnesium.
  4. Because of all these amazing facts, chia seeds should increase energy levels which is great for working out and staying in shape.

Basically, these little seeds are jam packed with goodness! So without really knowing why, I am having some ‘good for you’ breakfasts this week! I hope this was helpful to you and I would love to know if you are already eating them. What are your favorite ways to use chia seeds?

This Mom’s AdvoCare Journey

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This Mom’s AdvoCare Journey

A little over a year ago I was up to 230 lbs and miserable. My husband would tell me that I was beautiful, but I didn’t feel it. I just stopped taking care of myself. I was tired all the time and by the time I got home from work, my kids got whatever was left, usually scraps. I knew I needed to do something to change, but I just diIMG_20150304_104426dn’t know where to start and I didn’t know if I could do it. I had tried diets before several from well known companies, but I can’t stand counting calories. I love food! I love flavor, I love to cook, and I love to eat 🙂 So diets were very hard for me. I was always hungry and they never worked because I would always cave in. In all I lost 20 lbs in 8 months.

One day I noticed a drastic change in a friend of mine. He had lost a significant amount of weight, his size  was noticeably different. He had tons of energy too. I saw life in him, something I vaguely remembered seeing in myself. Fun, bright, and happy….I wanted that! I asked him what was so different in him and he started to tell me about AdvoCare. At first I was like, well this is going to be a lot of money. It’s funny how fast excuses come. I used20151210_081652-2 to always say I didn’t want to start a diet on a weekend, that I would start on Monday. And then Monday would get there and I just had a bad day so ice cream was a necessity, of course. I thought a long time about what my friend told me. His story resonated with me and I liked the plans and the fact that I didn’t have to start with the full package. I could
customize it to my budget.

February 2015 I started a 10 day cleanse with Spark (the best drink on the planet) and Catalyst with a distributorship. It is basically like a wholesale membership club. I automatically got a discount on every order for a year. No obligation to sell, buy, or even continue my membership after that year. Following a plan that fit my budget, the help and advice of my new AdvoCare family, and an amazing meal plan that allowed me to EAT (and I mean eat alot, sometimes I just didn’t want anything) I lost 25 lbs in 3 months. And it wasn’t just the weight, it was the inches! I went from a size 22 to a 16. And the energy….I felt like a whole new person. I actually played with my kids when I came home from work, I went for walks and they rode their bikes, even housework was easier.

I have had to take a break from most of the products I love due to financial reasons, but I have been able to maintain my weight loss because of the great nutritional tips I learned with AdvoCare. Now, I know it’s not for everyone, but it worked for me and I am an AdvoCare Champion for life!

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This Mom Gets Asked, Why A Blog?

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It is 2016, I’m 35 years old, and I’m at a point in my life that I’m happy and more confident in my self than I ever have been. Between my 2 sons and my husband I rarely get any girl time to talk about what girls talk about. I love being a wife and a mom but sometimes I want to be more than that. To talk girly and be understood, to discuss creatively. I want this blog to do just that. Throughout this year I am challenging myself to get out there and engage myself with topics that will hopefully engage others. To enrich myself by enriching others. The truth is, I like to think I’m always right when sometimes I am wrong, I cry at movies (even animated ones), I love makeup and nail polish, I love the colors pink and purple, I believe in being soft but kicking a little butt when necessary, I believe in happy endings, love music not just for the beat but how I can relate to the lyrics, I am addicted to Pinterest, and I’m not perfect. I am a girl, a woman, and I want time to be just that. I proudly claim to be a girl and this is my girl time!