Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One of My Top Priorities

While there are always things that could be getting done, making time for our children is a top priority for me. Hadassah has already taken an interest in doing hair (maybe that's why she cut her hair twice) She can already braid my hair!!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

She is growing up

              It has happened, Orchid is now pulling herself up on everything!
While daddy is all for it, I am a nervous wreck. All I can think about are the bumps and bruises that she could get, if she falls.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

We are not going without, and it is not just about weight loss!

   There is something so cute about a two year old asking for quinoa (pronounced keen-wah).  People keep complimenting me on my weight loss, which yes is flattering, but very odd for me. But I wish that more people would realize that we did not change our eating habits, honestly my goal was 145, I never dreamed I would weigh 122. We changed our eating habits to be healthy. Being overweight might not be pleasant, but it seems to be mildly acceptable these days. So when we talk about being grain free and sugar free, people react as if that would be hard for them and simply not worth it just to loose weight. I dare to say some (stress SOME) people would rather have surgery then change what they are eating.
  What they are missing though, is that we are not eating more healthy to loose weight, we are eating healthy to be healthy! I mean I can do squats again, and easily, not pushing myself up while groaning. I just can't understand when people will talk about disease and illnesses that they or their family are suffering from, yet the strictly rely on Dr.s to heal them. Why not let your body heal itself, or, better yet, why not do all that's in your power not to get sick in the first place? 
  So rather then focusing on what you can't have focus on what you can...
snicker doodle cupcakes with meringue

chocolate chocolate pie with fresh whipped cream

and a quick lunch or snack, apples, almond butter prunes and pecans!
Now with sharing that, it is not as if we are going without. And the benefits are so worth it. A long healthy life!

Monday, January 13, 2014


                     Why is it so hard to admit  things to others?
 Writing about my wanting to slow down, makes me feel as if I am a failure. As if I can't handle being busy. I find myself wanting to explain, I can I really really can, I just don't want to!
  Writing about wanting to save money, be more frugal, makes me feel as if everyone will think we are poor. We may not be millionaires, but I do not think we are poor. I feel self employment has it's waves of ups and downs yes, but I just want to be more wise with my money. Yet I keep thinking, I don't want people to think we are poor so I have to do these things.
  Why am I like that? Why should it matter?
 I suppose it is my pride, and I know that it shouldn't matter, so I suppose these to are things I should be working on as well.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Baby Led Weaning, or Solid Starting at Least

I have always wanted to make it to a full year exclusively breastfeeding. However I never make it a full year without letting our little ones begin to eat solids. I usually give baby food, organic but still baby food. This time, with number eight I decided to skip the whole baby food mess. I was ale to hold her off until eight months before letting her begin tasting things. She LOVES solids. Not that she gets our food everyday, but boy she loves it when she does.
I am still providing her her main staple, breast milk. However she is allowed to try anything that isn't hard or needs a lot of chewing, so no steak.
I figure if she can pick it up, and it makes it to her mouth, why not. She has not had any digestive issues, she actually is filling her diaper more often. Which I know is due to the fact many babies use all of mama's milk, leaving no left overs to come out.
I will never buy baby food again though. We eat very healthy in my opinion, and because I am waiting until she is ready, practically begging for solids, I think this is the perfect way for children to start solids. We of course started with things such as avocado's and butternut squash soups and easy things, but I think she could do much more. I only wish I could have figured this out years ago. I highly recommend baby led weaning. And by weaning I mean starting solids, not weaning off breastfeeding. of course.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Orchid's First Teeth

My baby is getting big. I so love it when our little ones get their first four teeth. Breastfeeding may be painful from time to time, but we always manage :-)