Thanks for holding.

Hey folks!

Sorry for the long absence, I’ve been taking care of Moms for the last week and haven’t been able to sit at the computer for an extendended period of time.  She finished her last radiation treatment this past Thursday and I’m happy to report today that she is finally starting to feel a bit better.  Please keep your fingers crossed – thanks!!

I wanted to give a big shout out to Miss Mia and Miss Ella who had a birthday yesterday!!!  The BIG #1

Ahhhh!!! Aren’t they adorable??!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

And another big shout out to my sisters’-in-law, Angela and Lynda whose birthday is today:

I bet you’re wondering how I enjoyed my first taste of Peanut Butter on Easter morning…….

Well, it was a tad anticlimactic:

Best rice cake EVER.  I had about 3 tbsp of PB in the morning and then OD’d on some Blue Diamond Cinnamon Brown Sugar almonds that night ☺

The kids’ Easter morning looked like this:

We went out to brunch with Officer M’s grandparents (his Mom & Dad were in Boston with his sister and the new baby), and my family came over later in the evening for some ham and potato soup and homemade cornbread.  Pretty low-key, which I love.

Well, I gotta get a move on.  Hopefully I can post the rest of the stuff I had planned on later today or tomorrow.  Have a great Tuesday!

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21 hours and counting……

Teeeheeee ♥ ☺ 

First off, let me announce that my sister in law gave birth to a cutie patootie baby boy on Thursday.  He weighed 7.5 pounds at 20 inches.  Don’t you just want to chew on those cheeks!?! 

LOVE HIM!  

Happy Birthday PJ!!

Now, on to the countdown.

I usually get up at 6am so that means I have 21 hours and 14 minutes to go!!  And I’ve been contemplating how I will enjoy my first taste of PB in 44 days.  I’m not kidding, I’ve been thinking about this for like 2 weeks now.  It’s gotten to the point where it NEEDS to be perfect!  

Here are some ideas:

 

Aww, who am I kidding?!  It’ll probably look more like this:

Or really more like this:

but I probably won”t wear a diaper….

Seriously though, it’s gonna go something like this:

Ohhhhh yeaaahhhhhh……

If you don’t hear from me for a while, I’ve probably OD’d and am in the hospital with an IV full of jelly. 

Cuz everyone knows jelly counteracts the effects of peanut butter.

Chia Seeds. Not just a cheesy Secret Santa gift anymore!

No not this:

This:

Now before you go thinking I’m crazy to be eating this stuff, let me give you some examples of the health benefits these little seeds carry.

  •  30% of the chia seed’s oil is Omega 3 oil. 40% of its oil is Omega 6 oil. This provides the nice balance those who take supplemental Essential Fatty Acids are looking for. The chia seed’s substantially dense percentage in alpha-linolenic fatty acid also makes this seed a healthy dietary source of fatty acids.
  • You do not need to grind the Chia Seeds to digest it. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Often, one has to grind flax seeds to be able to process them in their digestive system. That is not the case with chia seeds.
  • The chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic. Being hydrophilic means it absorbs large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our system longer.
  • Studies show that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics.
  • The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel, when in our digestive systems, helps prevent some of the food, hence calories that we eat from getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry!  (check out www.mariahealth.blogspot.com for a really cool pudding recipe!)
  • Chia seeds provide antioxidant activity
  • Chia is a great addition to a detoxification program. Chia seeds are high in fiber and in healthy oils making them an excellent addition to many detox programs.
  • Mix Chia seeds into yogurt, sprinkle them on cereal in the morning, add to salads, or even add them to your baking. There are many ways to add chia seeds into your daily routine!  Mine go into my daily bowl of oat bran!

Read more: http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-the-chia-seed/#ixzz1K45wEefU

They are pretty much tasteless, and added into my oat bran, they have a subtle crunch very similar to a poppy seed.  Go ahead, give em a try.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Oh, and in case you were wondering….

4 Days until BFF and I can have Peanut Butter!!!!

I’m stocked and ready: