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


                     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.
 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My First Step


 So, how can I save money? I do not do coupons, I sure wish I did. We rarely find a coupon for the foods that we eat. I have eight growing children who seem to be bottomless pits when it comes to food. and clothing, well did I mention I have eight growing children. Yes we do hand me downs as much as possible, and yes I shop second hand stores as often as possible.
  I think today, my first step I am taking on my Money Challenge is to unsubscribe my email from all of my beloved stores. Yes I know, whoa is me right. Here I thought I was being savvy, shopping only when things were  on sale.
                    
Not that I was suckered all the time, however it still made me want. And my plan is to want less :-) Even Yahoo has a posting "8 Things Worth Buying in January" ugh I am skipping that newsfeed today.
 I think that we are all fairly good on clothing, so staying away from the thrift stores may be somewhat easy for a little while. And because we live 45 minutes from the nearest mall or even Walmart, that type of shopping will be much easier to avoid.
  So, I am curious, will these things really save me money? Will I really see a difference?

 

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.

 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Two things I Want To Change This Year

  I want this year to be different. I know that so many of us make New Years Resolutions, only to have them belly up by February. So I am not going to make a Resolution, I am just going to try to change some things. One thing I need to change is my schedule. We are far to busy, busy doing what exactly, I am not sure. But we are busy. I need to get things back to a simpler place. I know the kids will not like that, they love being busy more then I do!
                       
  Another thing I would like to change is money. I love the whole idea of being frugal and all, but I also love to buy things, anything, diapers, groceries, thrift store finds just about anything.
                
I am curious to hear any ways that you have that may save you money, that you are being frugal. Also, what are some ways you have become less busy with just busyness? All these things and more for the new year, 2014!