Monday, June 10, 2013

Death of a Black Thumb

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I have always been a big believer in "you have talent or you don't". I don't have a lot of talent. I'm kind of queen of mediocre. I can also kill any and all plants. When it comes to plants I'm a full fledged Serial Killer. Goo however, loves plants. We have a year pass to a local garden paradise and every time we go Goo and Gouda ask why our yard looks so crappy. I usually lie and blame it on soil conditions and make vague reference to the "Dust Bowl". My kids are going to be so confused when they find out that was in Oklahoma in the 1930's and not a specific condition in our backyard. The other day I stumbled onto Scott's Miracle-Gro page on Facebook, to my delight they have a plant project on their site The Gro Project.

The Toyarium project is so perfect. You will need a fish bowl, Miracle-Gro Moisture control potting soil, a few succulents, some plastic toys (dinosaurs since Goo is crazy about them), a spoon, and imagination.LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter Kit

Add the soil to the fish bowl, use the spoon to dig spots for the succulents, add the dinosaurs, and water. Watch them grow and impress the children!


I can't wait until Friday when I can pick up these items. If you want to impress your kids Miracle-Gro has some fabulous ideas on their Pintrest page. I've started to follow them and you should too. They have great ideas for the Newbie as well as the experienced Green thumber. fun garden projects

Check out Pintrest and then rush over to their website to pick out the perfect supply you will need to create your own Gro-Project and make the world around you bloom. Miracle-Gro. Click this link to access Miracle-Gro's large assortment of articles and instructions to help.


Also, check out this wonderful video for more information on The Gro Project


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Monday, May 13, 2013

Flood Wood Care Staining Guide and Sweepstakes

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When we moved out of our falling down house we were so excited to move into a house that was safe, structurally sound, and just in need of a little updating. Over the last year and a half the whole house has been touched in some way to spruce it up and change it over from builder grade 1990's to custom 2013.One of the ways we are doing this is by getting rid of the boring oak look for a richer, darker, more contemporary look with Flood Wood Stain. 

  Flood Wood Stain is a fabulous product that restores, protects, and transforms wood projects. It can be used on big projects like deck but is still perfect for the little projects like tables and chairs. I plan on using it again on a playset in the backyard. The Mohave Desert can do horrible things to wood. A friend of mine bought a glorious wood playset for her girls. After two years while one of her girls was playing on it she heard a big crack and the whole thing came apart. My friend negelected to treat the wood from the sun with Flood Wood Care. If she had just seen the Staining Made Simple Guide she would have known to protect it and the girls would be enjoying it to this day. Dont' make the same mistake! Press this link to take you to the Staining Guide you see below! Staining Made Simple



The Staining Guide will help you find the perfect color, the perfect finish, help you plan out exactly how much you need. The guide will even tell you where you can buy Flood Wood Care and how far it is from your home! They are amazing in customer service.Flood® Wood Care


Check out some of my ideas for the backyard playset and my next Flood Wood Care project.



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Weight Loss and Acid Reflux Update

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Hi all out there. I was amazed to see that even knowing that I haven't posted in a long time I am still getting 30+ hits a day. Some of you have even emailed me and asked for an update of my health post surgery. The surgery I had was called Gastric Sleevectomy. Basically the Doctor removed 85% of my stomach. It is now the size and shape of a banana.
  I have always promised that I would not lie to my readers and I am not going to start now. I had the surgery because I couldn't take anymore acid reflux. I've been on medicine for it for 21 years and I was done. The ARD was making me a grumpy mom. I hurt all the time and I was running out of medicine to try. My gastro doc suggested the sleeve surgery because it fixes 95% of ARD cases and let's face it I was morbidly obese.

The morning of the surgery I was scared and I wanted to chicken out. In fact right as the team (yeah it took a whole team to lift my giant butt) off the gurney onto the operating table I told them I changed my mind and tried to give up. Unfortunate for me the anesthesiologist had already given me the knock out shot and it was too late.

IT HURT LIKE HELL! MOST days I regret my decision. Really there are times when I am crying on the floor in the front room telling C he was right and I hate my life. I am getting better.... It's a slow process and I would never wish it on my worst enemy! Hear that Clay I would never want you to live like this and one time I would have gladly hit you with a car. (That's a sign I am growing up)!

I try really hard to focus on the positive things.
  •  I am off medication completely!
  • I can eat spicy food and it doesn't affect me!
  • I have lost 55 pounds since surgery!
There have been comments that there aren't any pictures of me on this blog. Well, DUH! I was fat as hell. However, knowing that I am down 55 pounds and will be down even further in the future I feel ok posting this picture. Please don't laugh....

My shirt was wet because I was doing dishes

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

No One Reads This So Why NOT!!!

I've had a lot of thoughts running through my head the last few weeks. I have no real place to talk them out but I do have this blog no one reads. I will write down the craziness in my brain and send it off to the universe to solve.

I am worried about my surgery. I am worried I might die. I think this is from watching that stupid show My 600 LB Life. You know that show where ultra fat people like me go in and have baratric surgery and then a week after surgery and several hundred pounds lost they get cocky check out of rehab and then promptly go back to what got them ultra fat in the first place and then DIE!

Yes, I know that was a run on sentence but I don't care. I've been trying really hard to make sure that doesn't happen to me. I have meet with a nutritionist a few times and I need to get a trainer for a few sessions and then work work work. I don't think anything is gonna keep me from having droopy water bed belly though. I think I'm gonna need a tummy tuck when I am done. Yippee another chance of death.

What I haven't told my husband and may not have even mentioned it to my surgeon is during my last 2 knee surgeries my heart has stopped and I had to be revived. If I told C this he would have been totally unsupportive of the surgery. As it is he isn't happy about it but is being supportive as he can.

In case someone actually reads this, yes I will mention it to my Doctor as well an the hospital staff. I'm not dumb just fat.

I don't plan on dying but I have thought about what would happen to my family if I did.... Yes, I am nervous about that!

C would need help with the kids but I hope he stays here in our home and in the life we have made for ourselves. I do not want him to run home to Mommy. I want him to man up and raise the kids like we would have had nothing happened to me. I have talked to him about that and he has agreed.

I also think about how different my life will be after the surgery. I will need all new clothes, shoes, and even a new wedding band. I am worried about the staples coming undone. I am worried about my stomach leaking. I'm worried about the acid reflux not going away (the main reason for this surgery).

I'm not gonna lie I am going to miss Coke like crazy. I've decided to quite drinking it a week before surgery so that I can get over the caffeine withdrawal before someone takes out over 90% of my stomach. (I thought only 75% but nope over 90%).

I think this is enough ramblings for now. Maybe more later.


Monday, January 14, 2013

No nonsense A New Me Coming Soon

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So what have I been up to lately? Well, on February 18th I am having Baratric Surgery. I'm embarassed to say this but at this momment I weigh almost 300 pounds. This surgery will make it so I can lose 150 pounds and it will take about 2 years. However, I should lose about 75 pounds the first 4 months. I have to admit I am scared out of my mind and I'm sure you wonder "What kind of person would do something this drastic?" Well I'll tell you a Wife, a Mother of 2, a Midwife, a Birth Doula. Someone with a lot to live for. I am going to lose the weight before something horrible happens. I have a sister that is overweight like me she developed diabetes and now is in a wheelchair. So I am taking control and I am working my butt literally off.



What keeps me going in the face of my fear is looking at the clothes I will be able to wear as the weight melts off. I have always loved the look of leggings! As you can imagine a 300 pound lady isn't very comfortable with the idea of leggings but that hasn't stopped me from looking and dreaming about them. The brand I love the most is No nonsense Tights and Leggings. They are so versitle and beautiful! Women just look so stylish and beautiful wearing them.

I will lose weight fast the first few months and I really don't want to go and spend a fortune on new clothes that won't fit in a month. That's one of the many things that make No nonsesne perfect for me. They are so affordable. You can find No Nonsense in most food and drug stores as well as most mass merchandise stores

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Right now my fashion style is "Hide the Fat Girl" but in just a few months it is going to be "Hip stylish, look at that skinny woman".


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I can't weight! (Yeah I spelled it that way on purpose)!

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