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How Important is it… Really?

Soooo…. here it is.  4:17 am on a Monday morning.  What am I doing?  Trolling the internet looking for networking and business building ideas in and around town this week.  I always start with my notifications and then the things going on in the Events section of Facebook.  It never fails that I always find myself lost in some article that I found from clicking on a link somewhere on Facebook.  I have learned some pretty amazing things and added a billion things to my useless knowledge bank from these clickable links.  However, I have also wasted several…. hours (ahem) minutes, reading through these articles.  Today I was lucky enough to stumble upon a gem… I think.

The link that I saw said, “7 Surprising Signs You’re Not Getting Enough…”  So, I clicked on it to find out what I may or may not be getting enough of.  This took me to an article at healthissues.pw about not getting enough… WATER!  At this point, I figured I had taken the time to click the link so I might as well see if I had any of the signs.

One of the first things it states is that your body is mostly water and even goes so far as to give percentages of water that different body parts are.  Percentages like, Your brain and heart are 73% water and even, bones are 31% water.  I’m not sure where they got that information or if it is even true.  However, I did find several websites that stated the same facts like water.usgs.gov, factslides.com and reference.com.  I generally hate to read things on the internet that force me to click 72.3 billion pages to get all of the information, but this one only had a few pages and also had already grabbed my attention with the opening, so I was willing to click each page to read the full article.

Here are the 7 signs they list as common symptoms you may be suffering from but not associating them with dehydration:

  1. Sleepiness. – WHAT?!  That’s like my middle name!  I have lengths of time where I only sleep 3 hours a night for weeks and then there are sometimes that I sleep an entire day away (and then hate myself for wasting such valuable time.)   It said that water allows your brain to focus and when it can’t it shuts down by inducing sleep.  That explains a lot!  Ok, now they really have my attention.  I definitely suffer from this symptom.
  2. Hunger. – WHAT?!  Do you even know me?  Food is like my favorite thing ever!!  Especially if it rhymes with paco, saco, maco… you get the idea.  But seriously – I am ALWAYS hungry!  So things like hunger and cravings for sweets can mean your body is actually craving water.  Hmmm, interesting.
  3. Blood Pressure Spikes. – Okay, so I don’t really struggle with this ailment, that I know of.  There have been times where I showed signs of high blood pressure and have checked it only to find I was normal.  Well… as normal as the kiosk in Walmart said I was.  Just incase though, I think I’ll try drinking a glass or two of water next time I have those symptoms.
  4. Headaches. – Everyday since I was 18.  Seriously.  Except for that one year when I went to the chiropractor 3 times a week.  Which seriously helped the headaches go away.  However, I quit going because it was quite pricey and also I was honestly terrified he was going to snap my neck.  Seriously, it terrified me.  Maybe I’ve watched a little too many crime dramas with people getting their necks snapped, but still.  The “crack-a-lack-a-lack” in the neck region really scares the poo out of me!  So as soon as I stopped my appointments the headaches came back and I get at least 3-5 every week.
  5. Constipation. – Maybe a little TMI, but my guess is everyone suffers from some type of bathroom issue from time to time.  So I can’t discount this as a possible symptom of not getting enough water.
  6. Bad Breath. – According to this article, saliva has antibacterial properties and dehydration prevents your body from making enough for it.  This leads to a virtual playground in your mouth and according to my 5 year old, who doesn’t mean to be rude and just speaks the truth – I may have a little issue with bacteria causing bad breath.
  7. Dry Skin. – Ok… well it is winter so I do suffer from dry skin a bit here and there, but I wouldn’t say it’s a chronic issue.  But, maybe it isn’t a winter ailment after all.  Maybe it’s because I’m not drinking enough water!

So after reading the entire article, identifying with most of the symptoms listed, and looking to see if the “facts” were listed on other websites – I’m self diagnosing myself with persistent dehydration.  As for the cure… water, of course.  So for the next 30 days I am going to drink nothing but water.  No sodas, no tea, and no…. sigh… Monster’s.  Starting today, Monday February 20th, 2017 and going through Wednesday March 22, 2017 – I will drink nothing but water.

On an average day I drink 1 glass or bottle (probably about 10-12 ounces) of water, one or two sodas or glasses of tea (usually Starbucks – because it is sooooooo yummy), 1-2 cans of Monster if I need the pick me up and every now and then a cup of hot tea from my trusty Kuerig.  But, for the next 30 days it will be only water.  The only exception I will make is to flavor the water from time to time with Kool-Aid Liquid Drink Mix, like these:

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They offer a flavored water with zero calories, carbs or caffeine!  So I feel justified in adding this to my water while completing this challenge.

I would like to challenge YOU to play along!  Start today, start tomorrow – just give it a try.  Follow my journey on the Facebook page I created: 30 Day Water Challenge – Is H2O the Answer? or type in http://fb.me/H2Ofor30days in your browser page.  I’ll be posting anything I notice – or don’t notice – changing over the next 30 days.  I’ll also include a few healthy recipe’s and exercises throughout the journey – please feel free to do the same.

Look forward to seeing you out there and seeing if I notice a difference in things when only drinking water.  Now I’m off to finish my Yeti full of ice water, go potty for the 3rd time since I began writing this post, finish this episode of Smallville and maybe getting a few hours of sleep.  I’m starting our kitchen makeover this week and need the rest!

BIG Texas hugs,

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Ipsy Review December 2016

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I really loved this bag this time!  Can’t wait to see how #Ipsy treats me in 2017!!

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♥ Cat

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Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy?! He’s only 4…

So just got the call about #LittleMan’s surgery. The anesthesiologist I spoke with made me feel so much better!! 🤗

I know having your tonsils and adenoids removed isn’t a huge surgery but it’s still scary from a moms point of view. 😞

I found out he is having it at a Cooks Clinic- not a huge scary hospital. He can have Sprite up to 2 hours before surgery which will make him happy.😊 

It will most likely be an early morning surgery so we can let him sleep till its time to go, so missing breakfast might not be a big deal.🍳

 And the way she explained anesthesia made me much more at ease.🙂

 Still nervous but much more relaxed. 😏

 You parents out there have experience with your kiddos having their tonsils/adenoids out? Or tips for when he’s waking in recovery?

  
Wishing for an easy surgery and lots of Popsicles after❣

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Embrace Your Geekness Day!! #MondayBlog

Are you a geek?! Do people call you for help with their phones? Computers? Cheat codes for whatever games they may be playing?

Celebrate it!! 

Relish in the fact that you are awesome and quite possibly the smartest person on the face of the Earth.  Okay maybe not…. But still. Celebrate who you are today!!

#ThisOrThat Game

Which would you rather live without?

Technology or Meat

Comments below please!! And as always… #HaveAnAwesomeDay!! Don’t forget about your #MondayBlog!!

Big Texas hugs and I’ll see ya’ll next time!!

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Re-Introduction…

Hi there. 

I. 

I am. 

I am just. 

I am just… me. 

Period. That’s it. 

I started out as a daughter. I am a good daughter. I try to take care of my parents as often as I can and make sure they know that I love them. In the beginning parents make us who we are and then society molds us into who we become. 

I am a sibling. One younger brother. We live too far apart to see each other often enough. I may be a little hard on him but it’s only because I want him to have an amazing life full of happy memories and no regrets. 

I am an ex-wife… twice. The first marriage was young minds thinking big thoughts and growing up too fast.  The second marriage taught me a few things I needed to move on in life and gave me 2 of 3 most cherished things in my life, my first 2 children. Some may think me a sinner for getting divorced and a failure for not succeeding in a successful marriage. Call it what you will. I know the choices I’ve made put my children where they are now and there are definitely no regrets there. 

I am a girl friend. I believe I finally found where my heart belongs and who it belonged with. I may not make the best choices all the time, I may not be able to cook anything. At all. Ever. I may be cluttered both literally and metaphorically. But I do love him and believe I made at least one right decision. 

I am a mother. A damn good mother. I am not the best mother. I make mistakes. I sometimes would rather catch a nap then go to the park. I may be a little more protective than other mothers. I may let them get away with a little too much some days. But my children will never wonder if I love them or what they mean to me. They are the keys to my heart and nothing more than there giggles are needed to change the prospective of any given day. They may think from time to time I have too many rules… I just want to keep them as safe as I can while I can. I want them to have the absolute best life with the best memories.    

I am a painter. I paint acrylic on canvas and love it. I look forward to learning more techniques and building my expertise. Giving or selling my paintings to other people makes me happy. I love the thought of my artistic vision hanging in someone else’s home. 

I am a DIY-er and crafter. I love to make things and repurpose things. I love to make things for other people.

I am a thrift shopper. I love to find great deals at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and clearance sales. 

I am a blogger. I love to tell stories. Whether they are fact or fiction, it makes me happy. Sometimes I type too much but I always try to reach out and touch someone with my posts. 

I am a vlogger. I don’t really know all of the ins and outs of it yet, but I love posting videos. I love watching other videos and learning about other people and their lives. 

I am a tweeter. I love putting out little tweets and sharing others. I won’t lie… I love when someone famous (or at least famous IMO) follows me. 

I am a worker. I work too much honestly. There are so many things I like and want to do.  I was a bartender for about 12 years and am just now closing that chapter of my life. I’ve been learning medical billing and coding for about a year now and am enjoying the challenge. I am a Scentsational Consultant for Scentsy and am looking forward to growing my business there. I am an Educational Comsultant for Usborne Books and More and that is honestly my passion. I someday hope to be so successful with Usborne that it is the only thing I do professionally. I work a lot. With taking bar tending out of the mix I will have more time for all of the things I love to do listed above. 

I am a woman. An all to often, hard on my self woman. I am not in love with the way I look, but then again who is? No one really, I suspect. At least no one “real” that is. I am who and what I am. And that’s all there is to that. 

In a nutshell I’m a free-spirited, passionate, artsy Usborne and Scentsy lady. A warm cup of Earl Grey, good book & giggles from my babies are the best. I am a lucky girl. 

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The easiest and most delicious Chicken and Rice dish EVER!

So there it was… Day 4 of my No Eating Out For a Week challenge. It was after 8:00 pm and after working later than I meant to I realized I never pulled out chicken to thaw for the dish I was going to make that night. Doggonit

Do I fall off the wagon and just grab Taco Casa on the way home? Suddenly, my inner voice screamed out at me, “NO! You started this challenge… Now figure something out, you big dummy!” Geez. You don’t have to be so mean. Ok. Ok. You’re right… What to do? This late? I need easy, fast and yummy; I thought.  

I began to push threw all of the jumbled up recipes in my mind that had been shared with me in the last few days. Information overload. 

Suddenly… Somewhere in the darkness I saw a tiny little lightbulb and it was getting closer and closer… Smack! It hit me right between my eyes and I suddenly knew exactly what to do!

I pushed a little harder on the gas pedal as I made my way through the barrage of soccer moms and people just getting out of late night meetings, all on their way to McD’s I’m sure. I really felt sorry for them knowing they would probably have to go back in or through the line again to fix their order that was sure to be messed up. Maybe not… Maybe I’m the only person that all restaurants and fast food places hate. 

I felt like I’d never make it in time. Eventually the sign appeared ahead of me. I felt it’s blue light shining on me from just a hundred feet away. Albertsons had never looked so sweet. 
As I got closer I saw that the parking lot was nearly empty! Aha! It was meant to be. I get a spot right up front. Wait. Why are there grocery carts blocking that door. Oh no!! Don’t tell me they are closed! I noticed a couple coming out of the Exit door so I snuck in and headed to the deli. 

The cleaning crew was no where in site but you could smell the overwhelming scent of lemon from the newly cleaned floor. As I rounded the corner my foot caught just the right slick spot and I felt the cold hard floor before my rear ever hit it. That’s what you get for sneaking in the exit, silly. 

After I picked myself up and looked around I only saw one person and he didn’t appear to be trying to hide laughter, so I didn’t think anyone saw my graceful journey to the floor. I placed my pride back in my pocket and slowly walked over to the heated kiosks. Damn. Empty. 

I took a deep breath and glided over to the young boy (We’ll call him Toby- he looked like a Toby) stocking bell pepper and onions. “Excuse me sir. I know you don’t work in that section, but do you know where they put the leftover rotisserie chickens?”  He nods and I’m pretty sure I can see a small grin that he is trying to hide. Dang it. He did see me wipeout. 

He walks me over to a glass case and there are 4 chickens left. Unfortunately, they are all cold and I don’t mean ‘not hot’, I mean like refrigerator chilled. That is not going to work. I guess Toby could see the disappointment in my face, or maybe he felt bad after watching me bust my ass on the lemony-fresh floor. He says he’ll be right back and sneaks in the deli and comes back out with 3 warm chickens – in 3 different flavors. That Toby, such a nice kid. I take the lemon pepper because it was the closest to me and give him a nod and a quiet, “Thank you very much.” He smiles, gives me a little wink and heads back to return the rest of the chickens. 

As I turn to head toward the checkout I realize I am absentmindedly rubbing my sore bum when an elderly couple turning onto the coffe isle are looking at me and snickering. I quietly take my pride out of my pocket, smack it around a bit, and tuck it deep into the bottom of my purse. Where it remained until much later. 

After I got home, I quickly got to work. The Mini-Me had already cooked the bag of frozen broccoli florets so I only had 3 things left to do. De-bone the chicken, cook the rice and cook the corn. 

I fill the pan with water and throw a couple of tablespoons of butter in to begin to melt. I open both bags of rice which looked the same on the outside:

  
But when I poured them in the pan, they were completely different. On the top you can see regular white rice with a white cheese powder and on the bottom it is more like a skinny long rice with a yellow cheese powder. Weird.

 

Anyway… Rice comes to a boil so I turn it to low and put on the lid for about 8 minutes. Which is perfect. It took about that long to de-bone the chicken. Although my niece had to leave the room during the de-boning process. She dissected a frog at school the same day and couldn’t take the sounds the bird was making as I savagely pulled it apart. (Enter evil aunt-y laugh here.)

Once the chicken was ready to go, I stirred the rice and poured the chicken in. While that was warming I emptied the corn in a bowl and added some good ol’ Country Crock and a little salt and pepper. After it spun in the microwave for 2 minutes… Dinner was done!! 

It was so yummy, easy clean up and hardly any leftovers! My family was so appreciative and so proud of me for sticking to my “No Fast Food For a Week” challenge.

Happy to say there seems to be no permanent damage to my bottom and in that moment watching my family eagerly get in line for seconds, I was so proud. 

Pride restored. 

Day 5 is Crock Pot BBQ Chicken. Wish me luck!