Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Loving Life... Naturally!

Hey everyone!  I am happy to announce that I am moving locations!  I have started a new blog and hope that you will follow along! I have such a passion for natural living that I found I have a ton to write about!  Please join me!

Loving Life... Naturally is the new blog!  Find me at Lovelifenaturally.org !!!  I'm just getting started, so join and support me in a new adventure that will bring us all to a healthier way of life!

My Pregnitude Experience... the final analysis!



I finished my 6th box of Pregnitude.  I committed to doing a six month personal analysis on taking this supplement.  Lets recap... I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom.  I have struggled, since puberty, with weight gain/weight loss, acne, abnormal cycles ranging from 50 to 80 days, low blood sugar, high testosterone levels, low Vitamin D levels, and last but not least, infertility. I had always trusted my doctors, believing that they had my best interest in mind, believing that medication WAS the only option for me.  I am beyond ecstatic to report that I have had GREAT success with pregnitude or myo inositol.

Here is a little what I have experienced

1. weight loss - I now weigh a healthy 135lbs at 5'6."  I am healthy, strong, and have never felt better.

2. clearer skin-  My skin looks great!  I continue to have breakouts when I am about to start my period, but that is normal for many women.

3. Better ranging cycles- Since beginning pregnitude my cycles have stayed consistently in the 30-39 day range.  I would say that is a significant improvement from 50-80 days, wouldn't you!?

4. I did not conceive a baby.  I know it is marketed towards women TTC.  DH and I did not prevent pregnancy.  We did BD around O time consistently (even though we technically weren't TTC).  Given our diagnosis of IF (DH sperm cannot penetrate my eggs w/out ICSI), I am not surprised.

 My last cycle on Pregnitude during my sixth month commitment was unfortunately my longest at 39 days.  I had committed to take solely Pregnitude during that duration.  However, since I felt my cycles lengthening again I decided to add a few more supplements to my regimen...

    -Cinnamon 2000mg (helps control blood sugar)
    -Vit D 5000iu (I was previously taking only 2000iu)
    -Chromium 800mg (helps with insulin resistance)
    -Biotin 7500mg
    -Calcium 1200mg
    -a whole foods multivitamin (I have always taken)

With the addition of these supplements, I am happy to report I just started AF today and had a 31 day cycle last month!  Yes, that is a lot of supplements.  However, I feel that it beats taking a medication for the rest of my life.  I feel great!

After I finish off the rest of my Pregnitude.  I plan to buy Myo-inositol by itself.  It is cheaper.  Buying pregnitude is great marketing geared towards women TTC.  I have found a ton of supplements for great prices on PuritonsPride.com They are constantly having great deals.

I hope this gives many of you success with your battle with PCOS, as it did for me!

My boys and I taken last week on the Island of Kauai!! Aloha... or "Aloka" as Rocco would say!









Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I've been to busy parenting to blog...

                       (I thought the boys were quietly playing with their toys...NOPE! Caught red handed!)

Yup that's right, life with two toddlers is no joke!  I'm so busy!  The holidays came and went. And here we are in January and I am sure its been well over a month since my last post!

Here is what we have been up to...

Christmas came and went... the boys were sick but still enjoyed opening their presents! Santa brought them each a firetruck speed racer, which they totally love!  However, they are still trying to get the whole push with your feet thing down.



We celebrated Christmas while fighting off illnesses.  The boys got VERY sick.  They each had fevers of 102, but kicked the fevers with no problem.  Later that week Rocco got his first ear infection so he ended up on antibiotics.  I didn't know that it is from having too much mucus. I use the Frida Nose sucker (the best invention ever for babies who don't know how to blow yet!), but still it wasn't enough! A few days later, Maximus ended up on the breathing machine because his cold moved to his lungs.

We were worried it was RSV, but thank goodness he was able to recover at home.  I had give him a breathing treatment every 4 hours, even at night!

Finally, Chris was sick and even the DOG ended up on antibiotics!  I was so exhausted from taking care of everyone in the house!  We took off and went to Laughlin,  NV to visit Chris's parents for New years!

After three weeks the boys were able to go to the park again... still a little sicky!  It was their first time out of the state, which was a little exciting!





Two weeks later, it was my birthday, which was last weekend!  I turned the big 3-2!  I hardly feel like it!  I am in the best shape of my life and feel great!  I am not sure what 32 is supposed to feel like but I am surely loving my 30's!  We celebrated in a winter wonderland!  Yes winter finally came to So Cal!  We rented a cabin up in Big Bear, went snowboarding, and played in the snow with the boys!  

My parents were pulling the boys in the sled and Rocco actually fell asleep here!  How cute and funny is that!?  I thought they looked the kid from the Christmas Story movie! So funny... and adorable!

 C and I, ready to hit the slopes!  G & G were babysitting for us!


Our lovely Cabin!

Mommy and Maximus!

That pretty much sums up our lives for the past month!  Life has been very good and yet challenging!  I am loving the age of the boys, yet finding it very hard too!  I am having to discipline more, which is exhausting.  I need a lot more Mommy breaks. And thank goodness I have a supportive husband who allows me to have them!  

I have a couple of blog posts to come! One on elderberries and a Pregnitude update!!  Stay tuned!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY Natural Deodorant!



I have tried a few different deodorants that are natural (aluminum and antiperspirant free!), and unfortunately, by the end of the day, I didn't smell so fresh.  With so much speculation out there that deodorant can cause cancer, and more specifically, breast cancer, I was determined to find one that works!  Aluminum has been established as a neurotoxin, yet it is the main ingredient in most deodorants!

I was tired of wasting my money with natural deodorants offered at the store and decided to make my own!  I found a great recipe and thought I would share.  Not only does it feel GREAT on (not sticky at all!), it actually works!

The only downside is that you have to rub it in with your hands. But you are applying it when you are clean and out of the shower, so for me it is not a big deal.

My test was to see if it would work over night and through a very tough and sweaty workout.  It worked great!   This is the easiest recipe ever!  I hope you enjoy!

Ingrediants
1/4 c. Organic raw coconut oil
1/4 c. arrowroot powder
1/4 c. baking soda
a few drops of your favorite essential oil (opt)


Directions
Melt coconut oil in a kettle on the stove.  Turn off the heat, stir in arrow root powder, baking soda and oil.  Pour in to Tupperware container and let cool.


**Summer months it will be very soft since Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and begins to melt at 76 degrees.

**Winter months it is harder to get out, but I scoop with my fingers and it melts right into the skin.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

The latest from the Twins...

Okay so I didn't add any pictures of my twinies in my last post, so I thought I would give you the latest (taken from my iPhone)...

Bongiorno!  This was taken this morning!!

Taken a few days ago!  They love exploring the back yard! It is definitely their favorite at home activity!

Mommy and Rocco picking out our Christmas tree!


At the Christmas tree farm. Maximus got sap on his hand and the pine needles were sticking to him! LOL!

Brotherly Love!! awwwwww


They are getting into EVERYTHING now! Pun Intended! LOL

Mommy and Maximus at the park! He just LOVES the swings!

We got passes to the Long Beach Aquarium!  They love it!  Here with their good friend Em!
Lets just say going anywhere is impossible without help!  We were out numbered 3 to 2.  It was not an easy day, but they sure enjoyed it! :)

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