Bachelorette Party Virgin

::Raises hand::

In a very short two months from today I will be attending my first bachelorette party.  Is it crazy that I am so super nervous?!  Maybe it is because this will be the first time I will be away from my child overnight, maybe it is because I am no longer in my 20’s, maybe it is because I haven’t stayed awake past 10:00 p.m. in over a year [maybe longer].  Who knows!?

One thing I am happy about is, the bride asked very nicely that there is no strip clubs and no penis paraphernalia (thank gawd!) I dont want to be “that girl”

It truly is amazing how movies and TV can flood your imagination with things to expect.  For me, this scares the daylights out of me.  The movie The Hangover and Bridesmaids has forever frightened me to the core. I have been avoiding weddings like the plague since I’ve seen these two flicks.

I know I will have a great time, so why am I so petrified?

Stop it! Now!

My heart races as I grab my keys … my hands tremble as I start my vehicle … a lump fills my throat as I reverse … I get butterflies birds, in my stomach as I leave my neighborhood…

Why you ask? Because of YOU because of your best friend, your sister, your neighbor – the list goes on and on! Everywhere I look everyone is texting, face booking, selfie’ing, checking emails and driving!

PLEASE STOP USING YOUR PHONE WHILE DRIVING! I have a family that I’d like to get home to every day. I have a life that I love living and wish to continue living it without the fear that someone like YOU is going to prevent that from happening.

Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

One of my all-time favorite recipes is Slow-Cooker Chicken Posole. However, I always have a hard time finding the green enchilada sauce! Rather than continuing to get frustrated, I decided to take a shot at making my own. I am happy to report that the outcome is outstanding! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2c8/78451374/files/2015/01/img_5097.jpg
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup canned diced green chiles*
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

*green chilies usually come in small 4oz cans. I used 2 for this recipe.

This recipe makes 18oz of sauce.

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring a few times to make sure the garlic and onions aren’t sticking (adjust the heat if they are).

Cook until the onions are soft but not browned.

2. Stir in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. It’s ok if the flour clumps around the onions, just keep stirring to let the flour get golden.

3. Slowly add the broth, whisking quickly and constantly to smooth out any lumps.

4. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes (uncovered), stirring occasionally.

The sauce should be thickened – able to coat a spoon but still drip off. Add more broth to thin out if needed.
Add additional salt to taste, if needed.

The sauce can be processed in a blender if you prefer a smoother consistency.

Storage:
It will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Otherwise, it can be frozen for up to a month or two if sealed well.

I am the Mom you love to Hate

I make organic homemade pumpkin pancakes and cut them into shapes like stars and hearts.

I make all of my child’s food and try whenever possible to limit the sugar involved in it.

I post 1,001 photos of my child on Facebook and Instagram, and you like it (btw).

I am the grammar police around my child. Dropping an F-bomb around any child is unacceptable, period.

My SUV sports a “baby on board” sticker.

I am a working mother.

I read to my child every day.

I lost almost every pound of my baby weight within the first few months postpartum because I worked out with my child and also go to the gym.

I don’t let my child play with my iPhone, iPad, remote control, or watch TV.

My baby shower was Pinterest inspired and my sons first birthday will also be.

But the one thing I think that you will probably hate the most about me is this … although I am ALL of the things above (and more), I am not the mom that judges YOU for not being just like me.

So what if I do all of these things?! I do all of these things because it makes me feel good. Why do YOU care?

YOU and I have a lot in common and that is way too often overlooked

We both love our children very much.

We both protect our children with all our might.

We both do our best every day!

Although our best may not look the same, it is still the best!

So please, if you are a mother, and you are reading this, please stop posting/sharing those articles titled “5 types of moms we hate” – that is a form of bullying and shaming of other parents.

It is mean and it hurts!

“What Susie says about Sally, says more about Sally then it says about Susie”

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Overcoming My Fear, One Crunch at a Time

Overcoming My Fear, One Crunch at a Time

Most people fear things like spiders, heights, fire, car accidents, etc. Me, I fear the gym!

There is this anxiety that comes over me that seriously causes me to feel physically sick. I want to go, all the time but when it comes to actually walking in the door alone I panic! I’m not sure what causes this anxiety, maybe it’s the fact that I feel like everyone is watching me [I know nobody is], maybe it’s the fear that I will use a machine wrong and look stupid, maybe it’s the fact that I don’t know which machines to use on the same day for it to make sense as a workout.

Whatever it is, I decided yesterday to overcome this fear and just go!

I got ready, got in the car, drove to the gym and as I pulled in the parking-lot realized that the gym was closed because of New Year’s Day. Honestly, there was a big part of me that was relieved. I went home and worked out in my living room.

This morning, I woke up early feeling very ambitious to go to the gym! The next thing I knew, I was stalling and then making up reasons not to go. I found myself canceling my gym membership in my head and had already completed a at-home workout.

My husband said to me “when are you going to the gym?”, this snapped me back into reality… I brushed my teeth, put on my sneakers and once again got ready to go. I did have to take a few deep breaths because I truly felt nauseous.

As I was about to walk out the door my husband handed me a piece paper that read as follows: /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2c8/78451374/files/2015/01/img_4966.jpg I mean seriously?! How cute is that!

I got to the gym, jumped on a treadmill and looked around for 10 minutes, then started my workout … as I completed each rep my confidence grew! After I finished my workout, I can honestly say I felt really great! Not only because I had the after workout glow, but because I conquered a fear of walking in that door.

My goal for 2015 is to tighten my body back up to where it used to be pre-baby. Having a baby changes your body significantly!! I am happy to say that I have lost all my pregnancy weight but my skin is looser than it used to be!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2c8/78451374/files/2015/01/img_4969.jpg LEFT: the month I found out I was pregnant
RIGHT: 9 months pregnant

Here’s to a healthy 2015!!