Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Fruit & Veggies ready to be juiced

Fruit & Veggies ready to be juiced.  Also notice our lovely Champion, counter top fixture.

Have you ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired?  That’s exactly where I found myself at the beginning of 2013 so I decided it was time for a major overhaul in the nutrition department. This translated into the juicer coming out of hiding and becoming a counter fixture, as who in their right mind wants to lift a 15lb. motor?  This also serves as a reminder of our new routine.

In the past two weeks I have cut back on coffee and caffeine as I’ve read numerous times that this simple sacrifice could help decrease pain and inflammation in the body.  Thus my daily coffee addiction and love affair is over, I will splurge occasionally.  Thankfully, I have experienced very little side affects.

Our mornings begin with fresh juice.  It’s a blessing that Cayley enjoys cutting up the fruit and veggies to help make our breakfast juice and then eagerly gulps them down.  Advantages thus far has been increased energy and weight loss of 5+lbs for all of us.

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While shopping the other day I came across the above book which attracted my attention – Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again. I am really excited about the six-week program that says it will repair, restore, relax, and renew.  The book is divided into forty-two daily actions items of things to eliminate and do.  I appreciate knowing what to do and when.

I plan to share simple and healthy recipes that my family enjoys.

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Garlic Butter

1 1/2 cups   peeled garlic cloves                  1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

2 oz. butter                                                      1 can (2 oz.) anchovies

Place all ingredients in oven casserole, cover and place in 275 degree oven for 1.5 hours.

Serve with bread and cut up vegetables.

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Happy Birthday Courtney

Happy birthday Courtney, I hope to one day be able to find the right words to express how much you mean to me.  Until that time I hope you know that having you as my daughter is a gift I cherish. I thank God for how He created you. Below are a few descriptive words that came to mind.

C – You are creative as you have so many talents.  You write music, sing, play various musical instruments (piano, violin, guitar) by ear, paint, write, etc.  It’s a joy to hear you sing and play the piano when you are home. You’ve recently created a blog to bring other creative minds together and showcase your works at Paint & Parcel One can also she your creatively at Confessions of an X Introvert.

O – As a child you were always obedient being quick to obey and cheerful to follow directions of those over you.  I’m sure this is why your employers value you. I’d also say you are an original one of a kind making you interesting and fun.

U – You have the special gift of truly understanding people as you listen and hear beyond mere words. As Albert Einstein said, “any fool can know.  The point is to understand.” You understand people and are also unbiased.

R – Finishing school two years earlier than your peers, moving to CA at 20, serving on staff for a campus ministry, etc… would qualify you as being responsible.

T – You learn from your mistakes as well as those of others 😉 making you not only smart but teachable.  “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” If you want to know something you will teach yourself or find someone to help.

N – You have a sensitive and caring demeanor allowing you to perceive the needs of others quickly making you a nurturer.  It’s no surprise why pouring love and life into others comes naturally for you.

E – You are such an encourager as you inspire, give hope, and confidence to those who know you. I feel you have grown as an encourager because you have had to endure many hardships in your own life giving you that sensitivity to cheer others on.

Y – You yearn to love Jesus and people better. You yearn for more wisdom, understanding, knowledge, etc.

You are a beautiful person not just outside, but inside too… it means a lot to me that you are my daughter and I will love you forever. A daughter like you is one of the greatest gifts in the world.

 

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If the eyes are the window to the soul, this girl is warm hearted, trust worthy, deep, wise, and full of love. Blessed are those who know her.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  I wonder what she is think?

A recent photo of her taken by her suster during Christmas.  

Flew to San Francisco with dad on business to celebrate Courtney's 10th birthday.  Her birthday dinner choice, prime rib at the Stinky Rose.

Flew to San Francisco with dad on business to celebrate Courtney’s 10th birthday. Her birthday dinner choice, prime rib at the Stinking Rose garlic restaurant.

You celebrated your 5th birthday in Oceanside, CA with the neighborhood crew at a McDonalds. Such a happy girl.

Celebrating her 5th birthday in Oceanside, CA with the neighborhood crew at a McDonalds. Such a happy girl. Your 5th, 6th and 7th birthday were all in CA.

Courtney age 4 before her ballet recital.  She loved being all dressed up.

Courtney age 4 before her ballet recital. She loved being all dressed up in pink.

She was born during an ice & snow storm in Fairfax, VA. She was 5 weeks early, weighing 5lbs 5oz, at 10:23am

Born during an ice & snow storm in Fairfax, VA, She was 5 weeks early, weighing 5lbs 5oz, at 10:23am

 

 

5-4-3-2-1 Launch! Desperate, Hope for Moms

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I’m very excited about the launch of this incredible book by my mentor and dear friend, Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. If you’re feeling weary, needing hope and encouragement it’s now available in one easy to read book.

Available 1/7/13 online at CBD, Dayspring, or ask for it at your local bookstore.

Be part of the movement, “NO more desperate moms.” Together we are stronger.

Helpful Links

The Desperate website: http://www.Desperatemom.com

Words from others about Desperate: http://desperatemom.com/words-from-others-about-desperate/

ChristianBook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/desperate-hope-mom-who-needs-breathe/sarah-mae/9781400204663/pd/204663?product_redirect=1&Ntt=204663&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/desperate-sarah-mae/1111892753?ean=9781400204663

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Hope-Mom-Needs-Breathe/dp/1400204666/ref=la_B004W4J6AU_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346247888&sr=1-1