Friday, August 28, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes

Happy Friday, y'all! 

If you contacted me about yesterday's post {HERE}, don't worry! I am working on some things for you and will reach out shortly. 

From curing tummy troubles to weight loss, apple cider vinegar seems to have many health benefits. From my own reading, I have read that apple cider vinegar can help with energy levels and adrenal function. I am all about finding better ways to manage my energy levels. Any of the other possible benefits are just icing on the cake. 

Drinking apple cider vinegar in water takes a LOT of getting used to. If you're like me and it tastes disgusting, you won't stick with it. I've found several ways to dress it up. Hopefully you can find one that you enjoy better. 

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, found {HERE}, is all that I use. 

ACV and Lime

2 tablespoons of ACV
1.5 tablespoons of lime juice 
Truvia/Stevia to taste (I use 3 packets)
1 quart of water

ACV and Tea

1 Pomegranate Fizz Herbal Tea (or your preferred herbal tea)
1 quart of water
2 tablespoons of ACV
Truvia/Stevia to taste (I use 3 packets)

***Prepare tea in boiling water. Then add remaining ingredients. 

Apple Pie ACV

2 tablespoons of ACV
1/4 teaspoon of caramel extract
A dash of cinnamon to taste
Truvia/Stevia to taste (I use 3 packets)
1 quart of water

Knock Your Socks Off ACV

2 tablespoons of ACV
1 tablespoon lemon juice
cayenne pepper to taste (Go easy!) 
1 quart of water

The tea recipe is my current favorite. I have enjoyed sipping it in the mornings while taking my little one to school. You can drink these hot or cold. It's totally up to you! I normally sip these three times per day. I always follow up with water after to rinse off the ACV on my teeth. 

Remember that I am not a pro! Always consult your own doctor before changing things up! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Full Blown Chaos

We're random today. My thoughts are all over the place....

  • My little kindergarten kid seems to be adjusting better now. He found some of his buddies and is getting used to the new schedule. And I have officially cried less today! 
  • Zulily released Christmas decor and gift ideas this week. The thought of Christmas at the new house is making me so happy. 
  • I am researching stuff this week involving food and weight loss. I am kinda thinking I want some volunteers to jump in with me and try it out. Any volunteers? Seriously.... Email me at for real. It's FREE! 
  • I'm also realizing that I have had a pretty unhealthy approach to food. I went from one extreme to another. From binging on food to deprivation. That's no way to live. 
  • I'm starting to piece together my weight loss issues may very well be health related issues. I've put so much pressure on my weight loss that I didn't stop to think some of it may be out of my control. 
  • My husband is clearing out my future studio. Yes, he has given me a place to turn loose, turn up the music, and dance! 
  • I am being referred to another specialist soon. I'd like to have a third set of eyes on my health just to make sure we are on the right track and are doing all we can to heal things. 
  • I struggle when people in real life ask how I am feeling. For some reason I have a difficult time letting people in to see my struggles and battles. I adore them for taking the time to ask how things are, but it's so hard to actually talk about it. There are so many people who have it ten times worse than I do and I don't like complaining. But in reality there are times I fight being sick the majority of my days. Some days it takes everything I have to climb out of bed. What kind of life is this? I don't know how to ask for help or accept help, even from my own mother. I just want to stay tough even though I am really not so tough anymore. 
  • I don't know what I'd do without my husband. He sees the mornings that I can't find my motivation, he sees the nights that I collapse, he sees the frustration that I have bottled up from not being able to do everything I want. He sees it all. I can't hide from him. 
  • My little boy is getting a Nintendo 3DS XL because I am a full blown sucker. He cried that the other boys at school have them and think he's a baby because he just has a Leap Pad. Yep, I am a sucker. But I am not alone.... my parents joined in. Because obviously he's great at convincing us he's pitiful. I keep telling myself that I am rewarding him for his stellar behavior lately. I am convinced he will make a great attorney or salesman one day.... I thought I had my daddy wrapped around my little finger....This child has taken my skills and mastered them. I am in trouble.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Structure and Balance

Kindergarten has been tough, y'all! Caleb and I love structure and order, but that got flipped around when he started something new. Have I mentioned I really struggle with change??? Apparently my child does too....

The first day I dropped him off in the car line. It literally felt like I was throwing my kid out on the side of the road to fend for himself. I cried when I got out of sight....

Then we tried a different approach. I walked him in early the next time and it was a little easier for both of us! Day five and I think we may finally be getting a handle on things. I think we're going to make it. Ha!

Meanwhile, I have flung myself back into Zumba® classes. It feels amazing! My body is tired, but it's a good kind of accomplished tired. Last week my doctors determined I am suffering from adrenal crisis due to all of the steroids I've been on for months. I am currently being treated for it. I am finally beginning to see some changes and I am quietly hopeful.

With fall coming and the weather getting just a bit cooler, I changed things up. I chopped off about six inches of hair and went to the dark side. It's drastic, but I think it's just what I have needed lately. Mentally I think I'm going through some major changes. My health has sidelined me and made me reevaluate my lifestyle. Last year my biggest goal was to see how small I could get. I didn't realize that it consumed me and I gave up so much just to be smaller.

That's not what life is all about. Now that I haven't had it, being healthy means so much more. I admit that I am still struggling with accepting the weight gain. I do think I will drop weight once I get my health issues straightened out, but I am growing impatient. My mind is ready to do so much, but my body isn't letting me yet.

I guess I'm trying to discover my new normal and find the motivation I need to redirect things.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


I completed Day 1 of Whole 30 yesterday. I feel like I deserve an award or something like that. Maybe a ribbon. While I have felt so run down, I have not had the energy to even really care about what I was eating. Sure, I knew it was bad for me but I absolutely did not care. 

Now that I am beginning to feel better, I am assessing where I am physically. I don't like what I see. Trying to find the motivation to buckle back down is a little tough mentally right now. I feel like I have so much to catch up on. 

Having a chronic illness stole so much from me. Now I'm just angry. Not only did being sick bring on the pounds, but it took a lot from me. It took my ambition and happiness. I missed things. I've got a lot to make up for. 

I had an amazing Zumba® fitness class last night! Being gone for several weeks was torture. I came back to smiling faces and a few new ones. We rocked a couple of new songs and it just felt so good to physically be able to workout. When I walked away from my last class a few weeks ago, I called my husband in tears. I told him I just could not teach another class until I had a treatment. My body was done. 

Coming back was just awesome! I am sore today, but it's a good kind of sore for once. My body worked and it feels the pain of being challenged. I have never been so happy to have sore muscles. 

What are you happy about today? What are you working on this week?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Roundup

This kid started Kindergarten last week. Can y'all believe it? I started this little blog when he was just a couple of months old. The only time I've seen my child nervous was walking into the elementary school for the first time. Fortunately that passed and he really enjoyed his first day. My biggest prayer for him right now is that he loves school. He has a fabulous teacher so I think the odds of him loving it are pretty good!

Caleb's sister went with us to his first day of school. I am so thankful she got to share that moment with him. Our home has been filled with wild and crazy these past six weeks. On Friday, we spent the evening with Ryan's parents. We all played football until it was almost too dark to see. Then we were entertained by their body bending skills.... Never a dull moment around our house.

 They also got to see Caleb's football practices.

Last year we played Caleb a little early. He was 4 playing on a 5/6 year old team. He was the smallest kid out there, but he had a lot of heart. This year he is one of the biggest. And his motor skills have improved drastically! It's amazing what a difference this past year has made. He's playing on the offensive line so far and I think he is beginning to grasp the concept of the game.

On Saturday, my stepkids went to their other home. Ryan was on the road all day, so Caleb and I spent the day together. He got in an early morning practice and then we had a date day.

We ended up at the trampoline park so we could get some energy out. 

He's really struggling with going back to a family of three the past couple of days. I'm trying to keep him distracted. I think between school, football, and family time we can help him transition back to being the only kid in the house.

My husband and I are ready to continue progress on the new house now that things are slowing down. We spend our summers wide open and now it's time to get back on schedule. I made a list of things to do in each room. We plan to tackle a room at a time to get things done. 

Today marks a week post-IVIG treatment. I am beginning to see a pretty big change. I got a Fit Bit a few days before my treatment. My heart beat was pretty high, but I've seen a big drop since the treatment. So something is working....

On Sunday we went to family night at our church. Lots of kids, sugar, and inflatables. Caleb and I tried to run the three legged race together. Epic fail! We definitely didn't win any graceful coordination awards either. 

We absolutely love our church. The people are some of the nicest you will ever meet. It's not the fake nice either. They have just honest to goodness amazing hearts and they love Jesus! It was great seeing my Zumba® Divas in the crowd too. 

It feels like life is finally returning to normal and I'm excited for the things to come. 


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