Friday, February 26, 2016

Beautiful, Creative and Inspired Link Up #26

Welcome to the Party! We are live and ready to see all the amazing posts you have been working on all week. I have some great features for you and your family and one of them involves pranks on the kids.

And as usual new bloggers are always welcomed.

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It's the last few days of the heart health giveaway so if you haven't entered to win this FitBit Alta don't delay.  You can enter here.

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I have never been able to make a poached egg.  In this post Jacky of  Nom Recipes shares her non-vinegar technique that looks so easy I'm convinced I can do it!

Wishing for adventure on the high seas this summer with the family but don't know where to start?  Elaine of  Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess can point you in the right direction.

April's Fool is coming and nows the time to get back at the pests in you life with one or two of these pranks from Teach Mama.

Morgan Manages Mommyhood got me on this one with a healthier twist of peanut butter cups.  Um!

That's it for this week's features.  I hope you enjoy them and now it is time for the PARTY!!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Beautiful, Creative & Inspired Link Up #25

Welcome to The Beautifully Creative and Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informative and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and many more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here. New bloggers are always welcomed!

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Bringing attention to Heart Month we are giving away the latest
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How I Changed Our Health Story
This is my first guest post and I couldn't be any more pleased.  This is Lisa Nelson's of story of how she changed the direction of her family's health.  It is a testament of the power that a mother has the power to stir her family in the right direction.  At the end of the post Lisa included a not to be missed bonus post: 5 Reasons It Is Important To Do The Hard Work.

Hope you like this week's post.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

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There were a lot of great posts this week, but this is how I narrowed it down.

Grammie Time had a great post "Five Annual Exams For Women"  It was an excellent reminder that while we are taking care of others we must remember to take care of ourselves.

Stacie of had a great twist on an American classic - Indian Meatloaf.  I will be trying this for two reasons.  Meatloaf is a staple in my house and I love Indian food.

The Crafty Blog Stalker has an Easy Tape Manicure tutorial that even I could do.  

And lastly, Ginger Snaps just because I'm addicted to them.  Recipe by 2 Kids And Tired Cooks.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How I Changed Our Health Story

One mom explains she changed her family's health story
Do you think about your health on a daily basis? I certainly didn't, I didn't really think about it all that much. I was 300 lbs, and I did nothing about it. This is the way everyone in my family was. If I had a bad day, my mother would say - "eat a piece of cake, it will make you feel better." This is the way I grew up. This is the way I learned to be. This is the way it was. I ate to make myself feel better. I ate when I was happy, I ate when I was sad, I ate when I was bored, I ate... And ate...  And ate. What I didn't realize was that I was eating myself to death. Me, not doing anything about it - I lied. I knew I didn't like the way I looked. I knew I didn't like the way I felt. But did I put any kind of effort into it? No, Not really. I counted a few points, lost a few pounds, decided that the $45 a month was too expensive - that I wasn't worth the money nor the time, stopped - and gained it all back plus 20 lbs. It was a vicious and deadly cycle. I was getting bigger and bigger.

In the meantime, while I was yo yoing, my uncle had a massive heart attack while at the casino (at a card table) - and nobody talked about it. Nobody said anything except - "well, at least, he died doing what he loved." Sigh. Another uncle - 48 years old, after having untreated diabetes for so long - lost his eyesight, went into kidney failure - and finally had a massive heart attack while the furnace man was in the house. Still, nobody said anything. Nothing. Totally oblivious to what was happening - or where they?

My dad's side of the family - riddled with diabetes. All the brothers had it (there were 8 and all but two are gone). I remember the day. My dad had it so bad, that the nurse wondered how he could still be alive. And still, nobody said anything. My dad finally had a massive heart attack while at home - after waiting 4 days with terrible chest pain to go to the hospital. He died while walking out of the house on his way to the hospital. And still, nobody said anything. Nothing.

"A HUGE setback can be changed into a HUGE victory with the right mindset."
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It's just something that happens. No... it's not something that just happens. WE MAKE IT HAPPEN. We are doing it to ourselves with bad choices. It was my uncle's fault. It was my dad's fault. It was my Mother's fault the way she ended and the pain she was in. And it was my fault that I was 300 lbs, diagnosed with high blood pressure, prediabetic and feeling terrible about myself. It was my fault that my hubby didn't want to touch me. It was my fault that I was on high blood pressure medication. It was my fault - all of it.

I didn't want my kids to go through the stuff I went through. I didn't want to live on medication for the rest of my life. I didn't want my family's story to be my story. I was tired of being miserable, I was tired of being tired, I was tired of not wanting to look in the mirror, and I was very tired (and still am) of being plus size. It had to change, and I am the one who needed to change it. I was already seeing the cycle replay in my oldest son's life. I had to say, "NO, this is enough and it stops here and now." So I changed. I got my goals in order.
  1. I want to get off the high blood pressure medication.
  2. I want to lose 130 lbs.
  3. I want to be able to look myself in the mirror
  4. I want to love myself and my body
  5. I want to be hot
  6. I want to look great in a swimsuit
  7. I want to live past the age of 75
  8. I want to be hot
  9. I want to be a hot homeschooling mama
  10. I want to be hot
Haha! Mostly what drove me, and what drives me is my blood pressure and my weight. But, I still dream of being hot. :)  

A mom explains how she changed her family's health story

I started exercising 30 minutes a day, I started portion controlled clean eating, I started drinking Shakeology - and I focused on loving the basics - homeschooling my four children, loving them, and loving myself.     And though those efforts - I lost 80 lbs, lowered my blood pressure significantly, and started loving myself. I was able to look in the mirror again and smile, and I am a much happier person. I got pregnant, exercised and ate clean throughout my entire pregnancy, and realized my dream of having a home waterbirth. I changed my story. My doctor was totally shocked.
  • A1C dropped to the normal range (from 5.7 to 5.3). I am no longer prediabetic. I have the same chance of getting diabetes as anyone in the community - which is remarkable for someone with a family history of diabetes (it's prevalent on both sides of the family).
  • My triglycerides dropped to 35.
  • My good cholesterol increased 18 points to 68. Nobody does that.
  • My bad cholesterol dropped to 50
  • Total cholesterol 118.
Not only did I change my story, I began to change the story of my family.

A mom explains how she changed her family's health story

Changes in my Family!
  • My son started noticing my changes and started to make healthier eating choices. The disease is hard, but at 11, he's working out at least once a day with me, and mostly twice. He is making better eating choices.
  • My husband has joined a gym and is trying to bulk up himself. Haha. How the world goes around, right?
  • My daughter reminds me to make better eating choices.
  • My baby is getting better whole-foods from the beginning.
It's the small steps that make the HUGE differences. Through my clean eating, daily exercise and care with my choices - they see the results of that - and they want those results themselves.
  • My kids are now drinking green smoothies instead of eating Oreo cookies.
  • The kids are exercising with me - sometimes twice a day!
  • Everyone is trying more foods as I try them. They might not like it, but they try - and that's what's important. They have found they LOVE the cauliflower clean fried rice, so I make it for them.
  • My son asks for salads. <BIG EYES>
  • My son's weight gain has stalled. While he is still overweight, he's not gaining and he's not losing. He's just growing taller - and transforming into a beautiful young man - right before my eyes. That was the plan. No weight loss, no weight gain - just grow up.
  • While my hubby hasn't been able to "bulk up" like he wants (thanks to those "thin spindly genes", he does still go to the gym, has stopped/severely decreased his alcoholic consumption (every once in a while, he will have a glass of wine or one beer), and is a much nicer more compassionate person.
    So, I have begun to change my story. For me, every day is a struggle with the eating, but I have worked on myself and my broken brain - and have found ways around my brain dysfunction. I didn't tell you this, but when I started my weight loss journey after my pregnancy, I learned the hard truth that some women don't lose weight while nursing. Well, guess who is lucky? Not a pound. So, having been on a frustrating plateau for almost a year of clean eating and exercising twice a day, I have learned a few things.

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A mom explains how she changed her family's health story

  • Realize that food is not the problem, it's the symptom of the problem. The problem was my head, and how it is programmed. Realizing that, working on that, helped me to be successful, keep the weight off during pregnancy and postpartum so I am not setting myself back, but always moving forward.
  • Realize how my body works. Usually, I gain 30-40 lbs postpartum. I thought it was because I ate too many oreo cookies, but in fact, it is due to the nursing. Nursing makes me gain weight - for whatever reason. It's been shown that this is FACT. The fact that I lost 15 lbs. is HUGE. In fact, I lost 55 if I normally gain 40. It's all in the way you look at things. You can turn a HUGE negative into a HUGE positive. A HUGE setback can be changed into a HUGE victory with the right mindset.
  • Realize that exercise is not a curse. It's a gift. I feel better, I look better, and I have more energy.
  • Realize that eating clean is not a curse, it's a gift. I am gifting myself and my body a better life. I am gifting myself a better outcome. I am gifting myself a better story.
  • Realize that it never stops. Even when I get to my goal weight, it never stops. It keeps going. Realizing that I will ALWAYS have to pay attention to my food and that I will ALWAYS have to exercise has helped me. This is a lifestyle, and such - I will never be able to take a break. This attitude has kept the weight off during the holidays, during birthdays and times when I just didn't feel like it. Now, I never have to worry. It's not coming back. I am always moving forward.

Lisa The Squishable babyAbout Me
I'm Lisa. I am a homeschooling mother of 4 (ages 11, 7, 3, and 10 months). I blog at The Squishable Baby, where I talk about both my health and homeschooling journeys and how improving my health has made me a better mother, wife and homeschooling tutor. Join me on my Facebook Page and follow my journey to a better, healthier more fulfilled life.


Wow! Wow! and Wow!  Is all I have to say about this post!  Lisa is our first guest post here at and we are so glad she chose to share her amazing story with us.  It is not easy to shift your own thinking, but look at the impact her shift has made for her family.  Lisa, we wish you the absolute best as you change your family's story and journey to health! Oh, and be HOT!

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