Back to School, 2016

13891930_1768817376668071_7379808948391477885_nThe kids started school today- and I’ve got one in high school, one in middle school, two in elementary, and one home with me.  That’s three wake up times and three bus stop times.  Fun.

This is the first year the twins have gone without Mia, so that’s a little nerve wracking.  I like having and older sibling around to make sure they get on and off the bus correctly, and to tattle when they misbehave.  It’s also a little weird because Ryan is repeating first grade, so they’re not in the same year at school any longer.  I’m still not settled in that decision, but the school seems to think that’s the best choice, and because they made such strides with him last year, I’ve chosen to trust them.

I am hoping that middle school matures Mia.  She looks so much older than she acts.  It’s not that I want her to grow up fast, I just would like her to gain things like the desire for daily hygiene without me reminding her.

Lili is ambivalent about starting high school.  She says school is school and it’s just the same as every other first day, just in another building.  She’s changed schools a lot in her years, so I suppose that’s to be expected.  Three of her best friends moved away this summer, so she’s looking forward to making new ones.

I went to multiple Targets looking for a cute blackboard a la pinterest to have the kids hold commemorating their first day, but when it came down to it, I felt bad putting 1st grade on Ryan’s and 2nd grade on Dylan’s and didn’t have them do it.  I suppose I still could now that they’re home…

Choosing Healthy Food for Your Diet

Maintaining healthy weight can be a very difficult thing to do. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can eat whatever they want if they get enough exercise. However, this is not the case. Your diet will eventually catch up with you if you are eating the wrong thing. Therefore, you need to take your diet very seriously and pay very close attention to what you eat. Failure to do this will result in you gaining a significant amount of unwanted weight. Here are some things to think about that will help you to buy foods that will allow you to have a nutritious diet.

1. Avoid buying food in a can

Eating canned food on rare occasions will not do you any harm. However, it is not a smart thing to do on a regular basis. Food in a can is loaded with preservatives to prevent it from going bad. Getting into a habit of eating canned food will be robbing you of much of the nutritional value of the food you are consuming. The only way to get all of the nutritional value is to buy your food fresh. This is problematic to some people because fresh food obviously goes bad in a short period of time. The trick is to buy small amounts of fresh food so you will use it before it has time to go bad.

2. Avoid sugary foods

People who are serious about eating a healthy diet on a regular basis should make a conscious effort to limit the amount of sugary foods they are consuming. It will be fine to eat a chocolate bar if you find that you have a craving for one. However, it would be a bad idea to eat breakfast cereals that are filled with sugar every morning. This is unhealthy for a number of reasons. First, sugar is harmful to your body in a wide variety of ways. Secondly, the sugar rush you will get from eating the cereal will eventually fade. You will find that your energy will disappear and you will feel tired in the middle of the day.

3. Start buying organic foods

You might have heard about organic foods. However, you are not sure exactly what they are and how they differ from the foods that you are currently buying. To put it simply, organic food is the healthiest food that you can buy in a store. The reason for this is the fact that organic food does not contain many of the harmful elements that are commonly used to produce regular foods that you are used to buying. For example, it is not healthy to eat dairy products, eggs, poultry and meat when the animals used to make these things have been given growth hormones or antibiotics. You can be certain that the animals were not given those things if the food is organic. Organic foods are grown without being contaminated with ionizing radiation, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides made with harmful chemicals. It is true that organic foods cost more that non-organic foods. However, it will be worth the additional money if you are truly serious about living a healthy lifestyle. Using food products made by HamptonCreek will be a healthy addition to your diet.

4. Make sure you get enough fiber

The amount of fiber in your diet is something you will need to pay close attention to. Many people suffer from constipation because of a lack of fiber in their diet. You should check to see how much fiber is in the foods you eat.

The LLR Rabbit Hole


I get sucked into things.  Obsessed. I am not sure what it started with, but over the years it’s included things like: Strollers Cloth Diapers Essential Oils Washi Planners Beaded Jewelry Supplies Make Up Hair Bows Books Nail Polish Beanie Babies Jamberry Wraps You get the idea.  Some of these I still collect and use- […]

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Educational Conundrum


Last year, Ryan had an aide who followed him around all day, and basically did his work for him.  We didn’t know it at the time, as she was supposed to be helping him when he couldn’t see the board and stuff.  But it seems as if she was helping too much.  Last year, when […]

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Finding My Tribe


As an adult, I struggle with friendships.  I am a homebody, so it’s not my nature to put myself out there, or be in situations where it’s easy to meet people.  In NJ, I had a few people that I’d met years ago on a message board, so that was pretty awesome.  I am still […]

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Half Full


When we lost Raime, I remember thinking that I knew what sucked about the situation, that much was obvious.  I instead decided to try to find the good and positive in what happened.  I had an amazing nurse.  It brought Aaron and I super close together.  We wouldn’t have had Lili, etc. I try really […]

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