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Happy Happenings

27 Jul

What happy moments are going on in your life lately? I like sharing mine from time to time. Here are some of them…

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I am having a hard time believing how big my little baby is getting. He is becoming a little boy, and it’s happening toooo fast! He loves the park–loves to explore, swing, and get dirty. He’s ALL boy for sure!

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Being ALL boy means getting hurt every now and then. This was his first scraped knee. I think I took it harder than he did. He’s a tough little guy!

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Do you see that piece of fruit?! ? This is the nectarine tree my hubby bought me for our first wedding anniversary almost two years ago. It has started producing fruit, and it’s actually quite tasty. Little Mr. loves it too!

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Speaking of tasty things, I made some Paleo chocolate chip cookies the other night, and they were AMAZING!! I’ll be making them again soon. I just need to go buy some more almond flour…

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Another tasty dish that makes me happy is bison burgers with sweet potato fries. MMM MMM!

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Look at this dirty little stinker! We took him to the beach again, and he loved it. This time he enjoyed the water too. He walked down to it all by himself and didn’t get afraid of it like the time before. I’m a happy momma! Can’t wait to take him again. Maybe tomorrow!

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I’m back at it! Working out 3-4 times a week. I’m slowly starting to build up a routine and keep my focus. I always feel better when I work out regularly which is the number one reason I do it. Secondly, I would like to build some muscle and be in the best shape I can be. I’ll have to post my routine soon so you can join me! You in? πŸ˜‰

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These eggs make me happy too. I love eggs, especially organic, farm fresh eggs. These eggs were given to me by a coworker in exchange for working one of his Saturday shifts. Aren’t they pretty? I wish I had some chickens!

These are some of the happy happenings in my life right now. In between the work and stress of life, I try to find and focus on the happy times. What kind of happy things are going on in your life? I’d love to hear about them!

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My Rant About Diet and Medicine

15 Jun

I’ve been feeling pretty blah lately. I have been struggling with intense “brain fog” for several days. With this, my creativity, inspiration, and motivation have been pretty much non existent. I am starting to feel a little better each day. The doctors tell me it’s too broad of a symptom for them to figure out the cause. I have had blood work done, and everything has come back normal. I went back for a follow up and more tests were ordered, but I don’t even think it’s worth wasting my time to get them done. I asked if it could have been the significant amount of gluten that I ate while I was in Vegas (because it’s just so hard to avoid it while traveling). They said probably not. Unfortunately, the only symptom they relate to a gluten intolerance is digestive issues. There just isn’t enough research out there to suggest otherwise, but I am really starting to think that’s what it is.

Many people may call me crazy, and that’s okay. It makes sense to me that something I put into my body could result in an adverse symptom. I can’t wrap my head around why many people in the medical field don’t take diet into consideration as a possibility of ailments or disease. Food is the substance everyone puts into their body every day. Why couldn’t something in one’s diet be to blame? There are genetic tests related to Celiac disease that I inquired about, but because I did not have the “classic” symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea, they said it couldn’t possibly be that. I get it. There needs to be a clinical symptom in order to make a test medically necessary, but what I don’t get is the fact that it is assumed that everyone will present with the same symptoms. A friend of mine is a physician’s assistant, and she says that her office will run the genetic tests when other symptoms like mine are present and the obvious things have been ruled out. She said there are many people who test positive without the “classic” symptoms. This is just an example of how much we have yet to learn about medicine. Advancements in knowledge, testing, and research have come a long way over the years, but they have way further to travel before we know even half of the processes that take place in our bodies. It’s unfortunate that I can’t get any answers. It’s tough to be the crazy girl who can’t eat donuts or bread or cake like everyone else, but I feel like it’s got to be that way if I want to have a brain that functions properly. I don’t have a medical backing to my claim, but I’ve got to listen to my body and nourish it to the best of my ability. Therefore, I will continue on my gluten-free journey and urge others who may be struggling with similar situations to do the same. One day there will be a wake-up call to the Western medical world telling them that food does affect many systems in our body. I believe that diet should be the first thing to look at when we have any ailment, whether it be a headache, changes in bowels, fatigue, irritability or brain fog. The foods we eat today are full of sugar and processed chemicals that could be to blame for these things, and our doctors seem to be in denial and so quick to write a prescription instead of looking for the cause. Ok, I’ll end my rant right there. But, seriously if you are having any ongoing ailments, physical or psychological, look at what you are putting into your body each day. It may surprise you when you start to make some changes. If you got through this whole post, I thank you. πŸ˜‰ Have you had any adverse reactions to certain foods? Do you think I’m completely nuts? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go ahead, leave a comment!

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Vegas Recap

11 Jun

I’m baaack!

If you’re wondering how my recent trip to Vegas went, this post is for you. As most of you already know, I was in Vegas for the weekend for a work conference. It was a conference for the Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT). Basically, it was a nerd conference for all the big science geeks like me. It was lots of fun!

I arrived to the hotel (The Cosmopolitan) late on Thursday night. This worked out to my advantage because there were only large suites available. Oh darn! So, I checked in to my suite on the 51st floor. The room and the view were incredible!! I wish my hubby could have been there to enjoy it with me, but he had to stay home with the kiddo.

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Living room/office

Cosmo suite kitchen

Full size kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven and dishwasher

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Another picture of the living area

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This was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in! It was like sleeping on a cloud!

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Master bathroom

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Guest bathroom–I made sure it got used a couple of times. Haha!

Cosmo suite view (West Tower)

My amazing view of the Bellagio fountains-doesn’t get much better than this! I had a large patio with love seats, ottomans and side tables that I got to enjoy this view from. I even took a little nap on one of the love seats. It was perfect!

I totally lucked out with this room at The Cosmo. I would definitely stay here again. It was fabulous!!

The only negative thing about my stay here was when someone decided to play with one of the fire extinguishers on my Β floor. The alarms went off and scared the crap out of me! I packed up all my stuff and ran out of my room in a panic. We weren’t allowed to leave until they made sure there wasn’t a real emergency. This was not fun! I was relieved that it wasn’t a real fire though. That would have been really scary.

I was chosen to give a presentation at the conference. The conference was held on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan. It was a perfect venue with seating for about 300 people. It was a nerve racking experience speaking in front of all of these people. It was my first time doing something like this. I was pretty well prepared because I practiced about five times in front of my hubby and my coworkers. It went much better than I expected. I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I expected to be. When I got up on the stage, the light was quite blinding which kind of helped because I could barely see the crowd. It helped take away the fear of 300 people staring at me because I couldn’t see their eyes. I got through my 15 minute presentation and even answered some questions that one of the audience members had. It was a great experience, and I am very happy I did it.

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Here’s a selfie I took before my presentation.

After presenting and sitting through a few lectures I went up to my room to take a nap. I wanted to go to the pool, but I just didn’t have enough energy to change and walk all the way there (this hotel is huge!). I was worn out! So I napped and then went to the awards ceremony that evening. It was fun to see those that have been in the field for many years earn some recognition.

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At the awards ceremony with my coworker

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I ate a lot of delicious food while I was there including a delicious omelette at Henry’s for breakfast before giving my presentation, lunch at Estiatorio Milos that same day and lunch at Olive’s in the Bellagio the day before.

I also had the coolest drink ever at the Chandelier Bar in The Cosmo. We heard about it from one of the bartenders at a different bar. We called it the flower drink; I’m not sure of the official name though. Β The flower is called a Szechuan button, and you’re supposed to eat it before drinking the drink. The flower gives your mouth a crazy tingling sensation that lasts for about five minutes. It was really weird, but a fun experience. The drink tasted really good too! It was kind of like a lemon-y, ginger-y margarita. I recommend it!

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Overall, the conference was a great time and experience. It definitely helped that it was in Vegas! I am glad I got to go and hope to be able to participate again in the future.

Are you following me on Instagram? You may have already seen some of these pics if you are. πŸ˜‰

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Hello Monday

10 Jun

Hello Monday.

Hello to getting back in the swing of things after being in Vegas for the past three days. What a trip!

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Hello to unpacking and laundry. Boo!

Hello to being reunited with my boys. Yay!

Me and my boy

Hello to having the day off to rest and recuperate. I need it!

Hello to getting back on track with eating right and working out. It’s hard to stay on track when you’re living out of a suitcase. I don’t know how some people travel all the time for work. That would be tough.

Hello to blogging again. Did everyone enjoy Megan’s guest post while I was away? She’s so fun! Love her!

Hello to a beautiful sunny day that I plan on enjoying with my family.

Hello to the start of an awesome week! Stay positive my friends and good things will happen!

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I’m linking this post up with Lisa Leonard.

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Mickey Mouse First Birthday Party

5 Jun

We recently had our son’s first birthday party. We decided to have a Mickey Mouse themed party because he loves the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cartoon.

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We bought some of the decorations and I made a couple of banners, one was a flag banner with a picture of him each month, from the day he was born to 1 year.

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It was cool to look at all of them side by side and see how much he has changed over the past twelve months. The other banner was a Mickey Mouse ‘Happy Birthday’ banner.

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I also made cupcakes and Mickey Mouse cupcake toppers.

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I wish I had thought to buy a cupcake tower before the party started. Oh well, there’s always next year, right? At least he enjoyed them! (Find the recipe here.)

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My hubby put a cute slide show together of a bunch of pictures of his first year, and we played it on the T.V. so people could see it as they walked by. I thought it was a nice touch. Great idea, hubby! πŸ˜‰

We had lots of family and friends come over to celebrate this special event with us. He was spoiled with a ton of new clothes and toys.

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I am so grateful for all of the love shown to him. All in all, it was a great day!

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Happy Happenings

2 Jun

Yay, I’m so happy to finally be able to sit down and write a post. After six days of feeling like poop, I am feeling a little better and have a few free minutes. My hubby and I have been sick with some gnarly food poisoning since Tuesday. Yuck! And, yesterday we had our son’s first birthday party, so any free time I’ve had in between taking care of myself, the hubby, and the babe was devoted to getting ready for the party.

Minus the being sick part, this last week had many happy moments…

Last weekend we spent a couple days in Palm Springs for Memorial Day. It was fun to get away, soak up some sun and have quality family time. Little Mr. loved exploring the condo and swimming in the pool.

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Unfortunately, we got sick and didn’t get out much the rest of the week. I had the whole week off so I was looking forward to going to the beach and being out and about, but oh well. We still had fun being together.

Yesterday we had the birthday party. It was a hit! We had a Mickey Mouse themed party, and the lil guy was in LOVE with all of the decorations! He got so many new clothes and cool toys to play with. He enjoyed a chocolate cupcake too. It was bath time right after that! πŸ˜‰

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Cupcake time!

It’s hard to believe my little handsome boy is already one year old! Time has flooown this past year. I’m excited to see what the next year brings. I love watching him grow…best thing in the world!!

I hope you had a happy week too! What happy memories did you make?

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Mango Salsa Recipe

22 May

My husband and I recently found a new recipe to make…mango salsa! It is my new favorite. We make a large batch so we have enough to snack on with chips, enough to put on top of grilled chicken for dinner, and enough for the next day’s lunches. It is simple and yummy. By now you know that’s what I’m all about! πŸ˜‰

Here’s the ingredients list:

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers (with seeds), chopped
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

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Directions:

Option 1: Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend together.

Option 2: If you prefer a more chunky salsa, chop the ingredients by hand and mix together.

Enjoy with chips, atop grilled chicken, or as a topping on fish tacos.

Recipe inspired byΒ food.com

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I really wish we still had some of this left. We will have to make it again next week! Let me know if you like it as much as we do!

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